Sunday, October 15, 2017

October 16-20

Conference week is here! Please please please arrive on time for your conference. I have conference scheduled every 30min so it is important that we start on time in order for myself and your child to share everything. Also, remember that here at Addison we hold student led conferences which means your child will be sharing their data and work samples so please remember to bring them along! :)

What is your child learning this week?
This week we will begin our unit on Time. Students in first grade are expected to tell time to the hour and half hour. In Language Arts we will be learning about verbs, nouns, and adjectives. We will visit the Science Lab this week to begin our unit on Magnets. With report cards finally finished we should be getting back to our normal reading groups, finally! :) There will also still be a spelling test on Friday and homework packet sent home Monday.

**Please remember to send in a healthy snack each day! Our emergency snack stash is starting to run low. Thank you!**

Red Ribbon Week Theme: Leaders are Drug Free!
October 16-20, 2017
Red Ribbon Week is a national event that promotes drug awareness and prevention each year. At Addison, we use this week to encourage our students to make good choices. We hope you will support us in celebrating happy, healthy choices at home! J
Monday – “Make a pledge Monday!” to live a healthy life –   At the start of this nationally recognized Red Ribbon Week – Students will receive Red Ribbon Week ribbons and sign class pledge to show that they pledge to live a healthy life!
Tuesday – “Hats off to being drug free!”- Students will wear their favorite hat.
Wednesday – “Wear Red Wednesday!”  Wear red to support a healthy life!
Thursday – “Shade out drugs!” – Wear your favorite sunglasses.

Friday – “Team up against drugs!”- Wear your favorite team gear or Addison spirit wear.  

Monday, October 2, 2017

Successful STEM Day! The class loved working together to create something to help Harry see better around our classroom! 






















Tuesday, September 12, 2017

September 13 - 15

What is your child learning this week?
In Math we will continue to work on being able to verbally count and write to 120 as well as review place value. In Social Studies we will continue to learn about where we live and now focus on specific continents and oceans. During Reading students will rotate through the different Daily 5 centers independently. I am hoping to start full time reading groups the Monday we return from Fall Break. In Writing students will continue to work on basic sentence formation with capitalization, punctuation, and phonemic spelling.

*There will be NO homework or spelling this week! We will start back with this next Monday.*


Monday, September 4, 2017

August 4-8
*CoGat testing - please make sure your child gets a good nights rest and a filling breakfast each morning**

What is your child learning this week?
In Math we will continue to work on our understanding of place value. During Language Arts we will begin our phonics unit on the final S family blend. Please remember that students will still have homework this week as well as a spelling test on Friday. During our Reading time we will continue practicing our Daily 5 rotations. Students have now begun to participate in two different rounds of Daily 5. In writing, we will begin discussing Narratives and expectations for overall writing in 1st grade. In Social Studies we will move into learning about Continents and Oceans. On Friday, I will have a special treat for the kids to celebrate our completion of the CoGat :)

Important Dates:
Wednesday, September 6th: Bruster's Night
Thursday, September 7th: Quarter 1 Progress Reports go home
Tuesday, September 12th: Firehouse Subs Night
Friday, September 15th: FBI Breakfast , Addison Carnival!!! 
Friday, September 22nd: Leader of the Month Breakfast
September 25-29: Fall Break

Monday, August 28, 2017

August 28 - September 1

What Is Your Child Learning This Week?
In Math, we will continue learning about Place Value and begin working in our math journals on word problems.  We have finished up Weather in Science, so now we will move into Social Studies and learn about where we live (planet, continent, country, state, county and city).  The students will need to know their address by Friday so please work on this with them.  During Language Arts, we will continue working on our Daily 5 stamina.  We made it to 20 minutes for Read to Self, Read to Someone and Working on Writing, so now we will introduce some of the Word Work activities for the students to complete. We visit the Science Lab on Tuesday, where Mrs. Knobbe will continue with Weather and the children will visit the Light Bulb Lab on Friday.  We will go to the Learning Commons on Monday and return for a lesson on Thursday. Please help your child remember to bring their book back by then so they can check out a new one for the weekend.

Important Dates:
Wednesday, August 31st: Early Release - School will dismiss at 12:15
Thursday, August 31st: Grandparents' Breakfast Grades 3, 4 and 5 @ 7:15 - 7:45
Thursday. August 31st - Chick-Fil-A Night 5-8pm Come out and support our school

Friday, September 1st: Grandparents' Breakfast Grades K, 1 and 2 @ 7:15 - 7:45
Monday. Sept. 4 - Labor Day - No School
Wednesday. Sept. 6 - Brewster's Spirit Night -   4-7pm
Thursday, Sept. 7th: Quarter 1 progress reports will be sent home. 
Tuesday, Sept. 6-8: CoGat (please make sure your child eats a healthy breakfast and is at school on time)

Reminders about Homework:

1.They should be doing a Spelling Activity each night.  Rather than mark it on the Menu sheet have them write the activity done next to their work
2. Please make sure they are doing their homework in pencil unless it is part of the Spelling Activity
3. The Spelling words will be listed on my Blog each week for easy reference. 
If you have any additional questions regarding homework don't hesitate to contact me.
Lets have another great week in 1st grade!!!

Monday, August 14, 2017

August 14 - 18

What is your child learning this week?
In Math we will continue working to create and read bar graphs with up to three categories. We will also begin looking at picture graphs and tally charts. In Language Arts we will begin out very first phonics unit on L family blends. During Daily 5 we will continue to work on Read to Self and hopefully move into reading with someone. We have accomplished 18 of our 20 min goal! During Writing time we will be learning about our Habit of the Month which is Proactive. Our Science standard for this week will be Weather. On Tuesday students will be taking a Math Inventory Assessment in the Computer Lab. We will use these results and compare to those that students take at the end of year to track their growth. Tuesday we will also take our first visit to the Science Lab.


Homework!
Homework is coming home Monday and should be returned on Friday. You will find the Spelling Words at the top of the homework packet along with the number of questions your child needs to complete (spelling words will also be posted on the left side of this blog each week). Please have your child complete a portion of the homework every night if possible. If for some reason homework is not completed by Friday, please just send in a note. If you have any questions regarding the homework feel free to contact me. I know it will take some getting used to for both parents and students, but I know it will soon become routine :)
**Spelling Tests will be given every Friday**
 
Important Dates to Remember:
August 15th: Zaxby's Night come out and support your school
August 17th: Xdrenaline.
August 18th::  All Leader In Me t-shirt money is Due (remember we wear these when we go on field trips)
August 25th: FBI @ 7:15am (Dads come have breakfast with your child and stay for the meeting)


Sunday, August 6, 2017

August 8-12
Get ready for week 2!

What is your child learning this week?
In Math we will start our unit on making 10, representing numbers to 10, and graphing. In Language Arts we will continue to practice our Daily 5 procedures which I hope your child has mentioned! So far we have started Read to Self. We will continue our lessons on manners, classroom rules and procedures, and how to build a classroom community. Later in the week students will complete their first Narrative independently so that I can assess where they are in their writing. We will also use this to see how far they have come at the end of the year.

Open House
This Thursday from 5-6pm I invite you to join me for Open House! I will go over many different aspects of our classroom and schedule as well as answer any parent questions or concerns! This is going to be a parent only event so please make arrangements for your children. Thank you for your support and understanding!

Schedule for Open House:
5-6pm K-1 Open House
5-6 Target 2nd-5th Target Orientation
6-6:30 PTA/ Foundation in Cafeteria (Please plan on attending!)
6:30-7:30 5th grade Open House
6:30-7:30 1st grade Target Orientation








Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Can you believe it's already time to come back to school! I hope everyone had a fun, safe, and relaxing summer! As nice as its been spending time with my family and taking a few mini trips to the beach, I am extremely excited to be back in the classroom with a brand new group of amazing students! I hope to see everyone at meet and greet Friday morning between 7:30 and 9:30. This will be the time to drop off your school supplies, meet myself, pick out a desk, and complete needed school and Cobb County paperwork. After that we will kick of the year bright and early Monday, July 31st! I look forward to seeing everyone soon!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

May 22-24

Only 3 more days of school! Please remember that both Tuesday and Wednesday are early release days.  Monday is our last full day of school. Students are to bring their backpacks both Monday and Tuesday, but not on Wednesday. We will be doing a soft clean out of our desks Monday and a full on clean out on Tuesday (students can bring in just a bag Tuesday if they prefer, otherwise everything will go in their backpacks). Report cards will be sent home via mail the following week. If you have any additional questions or concerns, I will be checking my email until Friday, May 26th. After that I will begin my summer vacation! 

I can't express enough how much I have enjoyed this year. It has been filled with firsts that I will never forget. I hope everyone is looking forward to a fun, relaxing, and safe summer!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

April 24-28
T-23 days until summer vacation!

What are we learning this week?
In Math we will begin our unit on 3 Dimensional shapes while continuing to review multiple types of word problems. In Social Studies we will dig deeper into George Washington Carver, his life, and his great impact on the society of his time. Our writing block this week will be filled with many exciting things such as book buddies, the media center, and a visit from Wellstar. Students will participate in their daily 5 activities each day as I begin to move into final reading level evaluations for the year.

*Please make sure your child is reading every night. Students need to be on a level I by the end of our final quarter in order to be ready for 2nd grade*

Important Dates:
Friday, April 28th - Garden Day! Students will be planting during class. ABC countdown begins.
Thursday, May 11th- Gator Gala 6pm

Sunday, April 9, 2017

April 10-14
T-33 days until summer vacation!  

What is your child learning this week?
Its time to push for the finish! This week in Math we will begin our unit on 2-D shapes and partitioning. Our Social Studies hero of the week will be George Washington Carver. Students will learn about his life and his impact on our society today. We will start up our narrative writing unit with Spring Break writing. As a reminder, students will be graded on all three writing types during our final quarter (narrative, informative, and opinion). During our reading time I will continue to pull reading groups daily. We will focus primarily on reading comprehension and fluency through cloze reading passages. At the end of this quarter, students should be reading on a level H.

Important Dates: 
Tues. April 11 - Hot Wheels Skate Night
Thurs. April 13 - Chick-Fil-A Night 5-8pm
Tues. April 18 - Papa John's Night
Thurs. April 20 - ESOL Night 6 to 7pm
Fri. April 21 - Edrenaline Night

Sunday, March 26, 2017

March 27-31 - Book Fair Week!!!

What is your child learning this week?
This week during Math we will wrap up our mini unit on telling time. Students will be expected to tell time to the hour and half hour. In Social Studies we will finish folktales by reviewing our final person, Paul Bunyan. In Science we will continue to learn about plants. In Language Arts we will begin to review narrative writing, as this is the first type of writing we will complete when we come back from the break. As a reminder, students will be expected to complete all three types of writing for their quarter 4 report card (narrative, informative, opinion). During our reading time I will continue to pull reading groups. We will be focusing on increasing reading level through cloze reading passages and comprehension questions. If your child received a reading level below a G for quarter 3, please be diligent to have them read every night. We work very hard in class, but without home support it makes it more challenging for students to progress in their reading. Thank you for all you do!

Important Dates:
Mon. March 27 - Fri. March 31 - Book Fair all week
Wed. March 29 - Kindergarten Registration at 8:30am and Bruster's Night 4-7pm
Thurs. March 30 - PTA/Foundation Meeting and 3rd Grade Play at 6pm
Fri. March 31 - FBI Breakfast at 7:15am
Mon. April 3 - Fri. April 7- Spring Break!!! Get some rest and relaxation before the final few weeks of school!

St. Patrick's Day! 










 Science Lab Fun! - Playing with hermit crabs and plants









Monday, March 13, 2017

Exciting Upcoming Events!

Gator Gallop 5K & Fun Run!!!

MARCH 25, 2017 

Race Schedule:

8am - 5K
9am - Tot Trot
9:15 - K-2nd Fun Run
9:30 - 3-5th Fun Run
*Awards to follow*


Monday, March 6, 2017

We love learning about plants in our fabulous Science Lab!!!









Book Buddies on D.E.A.R day!