Friday, September 21, 2018

Conferences – It was great to meet with families at our goal-setting conferences today. Thank you for taking the time to share information and set goals for your child. As many families are fighting the stomach virus that is going around, you may have been unable to attend. If so, please contact your child’s teacher to reschedule your conference.

Puppet Theatre trip! As part of the culmination of our culture study all of the first graders are off to the puppet theatre on Wednesday. We will see puppets from around the world as well as a performance of Puss and Boots. Your child will need a snack and lunch from home on Wednesday.

Who We Are – Culture Homework – To help us identify aspects of our culture as opposed to things we like, we are asking the students to return their “Me in a Bag” with a few artifacts from their culture. This time we may not have a favorite toy, but we might have something that tells about our family traditions and culture. Please bring the bags in anytime next week.

Reading Homework – So how did the first week of bringing home “just right” books go for your family? Did you read in the same place and at the same time each day to begin to build a reading habit? Just like any healthy routine you are trying to start, missing one day, makes it easier to miss a second and third day and no habit develops. Although we would like your child to initiate this, it may not happen at first. Please ask about the book and declare a “reading time” at home. Thank you for your help with this. Happy reading!

Writing –  As we begin writing personal narratives, it can be difficult for students to think of experiences they believe are worthy of putting down in writing. Although we know stories are everywhere and nearly any experience when told with detail and emotion is a good idea, this can be a challenge for some writers. How about providing a bit of inspiration for your child? Aside from talking about possible writing subjects or events, you can send in some photos that could inspire personal narratives. Students will keep the photos in their writing folders and refer to them when they need an idea to write about. One photo of a child on an amusement park ride or at the beach or riding bikes with cousins can inspire lots of good writing. Thanks for your help with this.

Math  – Here’s a game to try at home to help your child become more efficient with number combinations. Use playing cards to play Turn Over Ten. Remove the jacks and kings (queens become zeros). Lay the cards face down, in four rows of four. Players take turns turning over 2 cards, looking for pairs that make 10 (2 and 8, 7 and 3). If they find a pair they keep it and use the extra cards to fill the vacant spaces. When all of the cards are paired, the player with the most “tens” wins. Some families may want to begin with Turn Over Five. When your child is feeling comfortable with the pairs that make five, move on to six and seven. Need more challenge: Use the jacks (11), queens (12), kings (13) and jokers (zero) and try Turn Over Thirteen.

Important Dates:

Wednesday, September 26 – First Grade Puppet theater field trip

October 4 and 5 – No School – faculty professional development

Thursday, October 18 – Last day of Session 1 after school activities

October 22-26 – No School – Autumn Break

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