Short week coming – No School Thursday and Friday – Happy Women’s Day to all of the first grade Moms. We appreciate all you do for your child and AAS. THANK YOU!
Monday is Friday??! Because we have had more Fridays away from school, some children have missed several swimming lessons or art lessons. So on Monday we will be following a Friday schedule. Monday after school activities will still be on Monday. What does it mean for your child?
1RD – Swimming on Monday, but no library visit
1HA – return library books and wear PE uniforms on Monday
1HM – NO swimming, wear PE uniforms on Monday
1DC – wear PE uniforms on Monday (We will still go to the library – return books)
1AO – No PE on Monday – can wear regular school uniform
Tuesday is the 111th day of school! In kindergarten your child may have celebrated the 100th day of school, but in first grade the 111th day is a milestone. Hmmm . . . wondering why? Well in first grade math we are exploring place value and 111 is the first number that has a counter in the hundred’s place, ten’s place, and one’s place. So we will celebrate the 111th day of school on Tuesday. We are asking each family to send in 111 of something that can be shared with classmates (pieces of pasta, cereal, paperclips, raisins, cotton swabs, beads, stickers, pieces of paper etc.) Please help your child collect, count and bring in 111 things on Monday or Tuesday.
Where We Are in Place and Time – Journeys – This week many students shared information about their journeys over the break. Thanks to those who worked on their holiday journal and brought it in to show the class. Some of the classes have begun looking more closely at maps and how they help us on our journeys. Some have begun taking virtual journeys with our classroom iPads. Ask your child about it.
Field trip! – Thursday, March 15 we will journey to the train museum. Look for permission slips coming home next week.
Writing – This week the first graders worked on improving their opinion pieces by adding a “hook” to their writing. Thank you to our literacy coordinator, Maureen Carpenter, for demonstrating this lesson for teachers and making it easy! A hook is a beginning that grabs the reader. It can be a story, an attention getter (like a sound or expression), a question, etc. Although we are working on opinion writing, using a hook is a great way to start many writing genres. We are looking for students to apply their new hook-writing skills in future pieces.
Math – The first graders have been busy surveying their classmates this week. They have been asking about favorite colors, super heroes, pets, ice cream flavors, etc. Then they are using classmate responses to create bar graphs. At home: Ask your child about the survey questions he/she may have asked or answered in class. How does your graph look? What response was the most popular? Least? Find a kid-friendly bar graph online and ask your child to tell you what information he/she can learn from it.
Save the Date – Planning ahead? Student-led conferences are on Thursday, March 29. This is an opportunity for students to share their learning and give evidence of the growth they have made. You will get information from the ES office about sign-up times in the near future. Please make plans to come to school with your child that day.
Monday, March 5 – we follow a Friday schedule
Thursday, Friday March 8-9 – No school – Women’s Day
Thursday, March 15 – Field trip to the train museum
Friday, March 16 – Spirit Day – dress as your favorite character
Thursday, March 29 – Student-led conferences
Friday, March 30 – No school – Faculty professional development
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