Thursday, January 17, 2019

3rd 9 weeks, week 2


Dear Family,

Your child brought home his/her data binder today. It comes home every nine weeks with his/her report card in a gold envelope located in the the inside pocket of the binder.  In the binder, each nine weeks grading period is separated.  Behind each colored divider (pink for 2nd 9 weeks) you will find an independent writing sample, math assessments, and science assessments.  Please review and discuss the common assessments with your child, but do not remove any of these work samples. (I will return the entire binder to you at the end of the year.)  If you have any questions about what a 1, 2, 3, or 4 means on the report card, please refer to the grading guidelines tab on the 1st grade blog. At this time of year, several students may have mostly 2’s. This indicates that a child is meeting expectations with minimal guidance and is progressing as expected as a learner.  Kindly return the data binder and signed report card envelope with your child by Tuesday. The report card is yours to keep.
Field Trip: Our field trip to the Thinkery is on Wednesday, 1/23.
Lunch: We will be eating an early "lunch" (at 9:45) before we head to the Thinkery and will eat a heavy snack when we get back to school (at 2 PM). Please make sure to send your student with a home lunch (unless you said they would be buying lunch) and a heavy snack. As we are eating this in class (not at the field trip location), you can send it in a regular lunch box - it doesn't have to be disposable.
T-Shirts: Please have your child wear his/her GOLD first grade t-shirt. This will make it easier for chaperones and teachers to keep track of their students.
Next Week…
Math: Students will continue to work with equality and balancing equations. Students will use manipulatives, balance scales, ten frames, equations, etc. to represent equality. Please note: Equality in math can be an incredibly difficult concept for students, therefore, we are continuing this concept from last week.

Science: Students will identify the characteristics of day and night.  They will also observe and record changes in the appearance of the moon, stars, and sun the sky.

Reading/Writing: This week we will begin a research unit on Eric Carle. We will read books by Eric Carle, develop open ended questions, gather information from relevant sources, revise and produce a product to show our class research.

Balanced Literacy: This week in Social Studies the students will continue with their explorations of maps.  They will be creating a flipbook to show their location in space.  In phonics, the students will be working on recognizing letter patterns and CVC patterns in words.

Campus News…
Lost and Found:
Is your child missing a coat, sweater, jacket, water bottle, etc???  The Lost & Found is located by our cafeteria.  Come check it out this week and/or have your child take a second and third look.  ALL items will be donated to the RRISD Clothes Closet after this Friday, Jan. 18.

Campus Climate/Family Survey!!
It's TIME!! We work so hard to not only be the best educational institution in the area, but the most welcoming, fun, educational & innovative school anywhere!  Your participation & active involvement is so very important to us, and what makes us great!  Please take a few moments (Literally 1-3 minutes this year!) to complete this district survey to let us know how we are doing.  The survey has been rewritten to gain maximum feedback from minimum time.  We take your feedback & recommendations seriously!  Our goal this year is no less than 100% participation!  Let us know how we are doing to serve the needs of your child(ren) by clicking on this link:  RRISD Family Survey Link  Please complete one survey per child.  The district goal is 25% participation by campus.  Traditionally, we have about 35-40% with one year (our competitive year with Elsa England at 65%).  Let's make it 100%!  I PROMISE....IT'S EASY!!!

Important Dates:
·         Jan. 17 Report Cards sent home
·         Jan. 21 No School/Holiday
·         Jan. 23 Thinkery Field trip
·         Jan. 25 Schlitterbahn’s Waves of Pages Reading Logs due
·         Jan. 25 Scholastic Book Orders Due by 3 PM
·         Feb. 15 Six Flags Read To Succeed Reading Logs due
·         Feb. 18-19 No School for students

*Library is every Tuesday. Please return books!
*Raz Kids reading assignments due every Friday.


Friday, January 11, 2019

3rd 9 weeks, week 1


Dear Family,
You may have noticed your child's new reflection sheet in their daily folder. Please review your child's day with them and initial the folder every day, please remove any papers in the pocket as well. 

Field Trip: Our field trip to the Thinkery is on Wednesday, 1/23. Chaperones, be on the lookout for a separate email with additional information!
        Lunch: We will be eating an early "lunch" (at 9:45) before we head to the Thinkery and will eat a heavy snack when we get back to school (at 2 PM). Please make sure to send your student with a home lunch (unless you said they would be buying lunch) and a heavy snack. As we are eating this in class (not at the field trip location), you can send it in a regular lunch box - it doesn't have to be disposable.
·         T-Shirts: Please have your child wear his/her GOLD first grade t-shirt. This will make it easier for chaperones and teachers to keep track of their students.

Next Week…
Math: Students will use numbers and equations to represent equality; where two things have the same value. For example, 5 has the same value as 4 and 1. Students will represent relationships concretely with a balance and symbolically with the equal sign.
               
Science: Students will identify the characteristics of the seasons of the year (weather/nature, activities, months, and clothing).

Reading: This week, students review previously taught reading skills: retelling, character traits, main idea and details, asking questions and inferring.

Writing:  Students will continue letter writing with an emphasis on persuasive letters. The focus will be stating an opinion and providing compelling and relevant reasons to support it in order to persuade the reader.

Balanced Literacy: In Social Studies, students will be focused on creating and using simple maps. In Phonics, students will be working on identifying syllables and understanding the concept of a sentence.


Important Dates:
·         Jan. 17 Report Cards sent home
·         Jan. 21 No School/Holiday
·         Jan. 23 Thinkery Field trip
·         Jan. 25 Schlitterbahn’s Waves of Pages Reading Logs due
·         Feb. 15 Six Flags Read To Succeed Reading Logs due
·         Feb. 18-19 No School for students

*Library is every Tuesday. Please return books!
*Raz Kids reading assignments due every Friday.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Welcome Back!


Dear Parents,

I hope you all had a wonderful break with family and friends! I got to spend some time with family and took a trip to sunny San Diego. I am back at work today prepping for a great last semester of first grade! I look forward to seeing all the smiling faces tomorrow! 
Here is what we will be learning this week:

Math: Students will be introduced to fraction concepts (fair shares) by creating and analyzing examples and non-examples of halves and fourths. Students will describe fractional parts using language (one half, one fourth).

Science: Students will continue learning about and recording weather information, including weather temperature, such as hot or cold, clear or cloudy, calm or windy, and rainy or icy.  Students will also observe and record ways that wind is moving air.

Reading: Students will learn to visualize and create mental images in their mind while reading to help them better comprehend a story.

Writing:  Students will learn how to write friendly letters that include the five main parts: Heading, Greeting, Body, Closing, and Signature.

Balanced Literacy:  In Social Studies, we will be learning about maps, cardinal directions, and relative location. In Phonics, we will be working on changing beginning sounds to make new words.

Important Dates:
·         Jan. 8 Students return to school
·         Jan. 21 No School/Holiday
·         Jan. 23 Thinkery Field trip
·         Jan. 25 Schlitterbahn’s Waves of Pages Reading Logs due
·         Feb. 15 Six Flags Read To Succeed Reading Logs due
·         Feb. 18-19 No School for students
Please remember to bring library books to school tomorrow!
I have updated RAZ kids to reflect your child's new reading level. They will not have a reading assignment this week, I will assign new books this Friday.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Week 7, 2nd 9 Weeks


Dear Family,
Fun theme days are planned for next week!  See below for information.  Several kids are forgetting to return library books.  Please remind your child to bring them back every week. Thanks so much!

Next Week...

Monday: Elf Day-Fun learning activities that are Elf themed will be done.  Students may dress like an elf or wear a shirt with one on it.
Tuesday: Grinch Day- Fun learning activities that are Grinch themed will be done.  Students are invited to wear green, dress like a Who, or wear a Grinch shirt if they wish.
Wednesday: Polar Express Day-Students are invited to wear pajamas to school.  Please be sure to wear appropriate shoes though.  Winter party is 10:40-11:30 AM. Parents are invited to attend. 


Important Dates:
·         Dec. 19 Winter Party 10:40 - 11:30 AM.
·         Dec. 20-Jan.7 No School for Students//Winter Break
·         Jan. 8 Students return to school
·         Jan. 21 No School/Holiday
·         Jan. 23 Thinkery Field trip
·         Jan. 25 Schlitterbahn’s Waves of Pages Reading Logs due
·         Feb. 15 Six Flags Read To Succeed Reading Logs due
·         Feb. 18-19 No School for students

*Library is every Tuesday. Please return books!
*Raz Kids reading assignments due every Friday.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Week 6 2nd 9 Weeks


Dear Parents,

Today is the last day to turn in the field trip permission form and $7. Drop it by the office if you have not already done so!
We will have special themed days before we leave for the holidays. The themes and dates will be as follows:
Dec. 17 ELF day
Dec. 18 GRINCH day
Dec. 19 POLAR EXPRESS day (also the day of our winter party 10:40-11:30)
Our PBL (project based learning) this semester is about kindness. We have been brainstorming ideas to answer our driving question, "How can we as first graders spread kindness in our school and community?" The students have come up with some pretty amazing responses!

Next Week...
Math: Students will practice telling time to the half hour. They will be able to identify and explain the minute hand and hour hand. Students will be able to show time to the half hour on both a digital clock and analog clock.

Science: Students will learn about and record weather information, including weather temperature, such as hot or cold, clear or cloudy, calm or windy, and rainy or icy.  Students will also discover that air is all around us and that wind is moving air by constructing and observing windsocks and/or pinwheels.

Reading: This week students will be learning about the elements of folktales  through a well known author, Jan Brett. We will end the week with a “Holidays Around the World” rotation to learn about 5 different holidays from other countries.

Writing:  We will continue to work on our fairy tale writing and focus on editing a final piece for publishing.

Balanced Literacy: Students will be reading Aesop’s Fables and discussing the moral or lesson of each fable and how they can apply to themselves. We will also be doing some fun winter activities!

Important Dates:
·         Dec. 7 Field Trip permission forms and $7 payment due
·         Dec. 12 Science Fair Research Night in library 5:30-6:30 PM (optional for k-2)
·         Dec. 14 Friday Assembly K-2
·         Dec. 19 Winter Party 10:40 - 11:30 AM.
·         Dec. 20-Jan.7 No School for Students//Winter Break
·         Jan. 8 Students return to school
·         Jan. 21 No School/Holiday
·         Jan. 23 Thinkery Field trip
·         Jan. 25 Schlitterbahn’s Waves of Pages Reading Logs due
·         Feb. 15 Six Flags Read To Succeed Reading Logs due
·         Feb. 18-19 No School for students

*Library is every Tuesday. Please return books!
RAZ kids assignments are due every Friday.

Friday, November 30, 2018

week 5 , 2nd 9 weeks

Dear Family,
This week I sent home the permission slip for our 1st grade field trip to The Thinkery.  Please fill out and return the yellow form and the front and back of the green form.  Cost is $7 per student.  Please send in exact cash or check payable to Sommer Elementary.  (Be sure to include your driver's license number and child’s first name on the check.) If you wish to volunteer, please indicate that on the bottom of the yellow form.  You will also need to fill out the district online volunteer form if not previously done this school year.  I will then contact you about chaperone payment.
                                                                
Next Week...
Math: We will be working with 2D/3D shapes and examining their properties. Students will be able to identify & distinguish between solid figures that can roll, stack, and/or slide.

Science: We will wrap up our unit on the physical properties of objects in which we observed, compared, described, and sorted the components of soil by size, texture and color, identified and described natural sources of water and how rocks, soil, and water were used to make products.  At the end of the week, we will begin our unit on weather by learning about and recording the relative temperature.

Reading/Writing:  We will continue our work with fairy tales and their elements. We will be focusing on Cinderella and the various versions included fractured fairy tales. In writing, students will continue creating their own fairy tale and learning strategies to help them make the story more detailed.

Balanced Literacy: In phonics, the students will be working on recognizing the beginning and ending sounds in words as well as changing those sounds to make new words.

Social Studies: The students will be exploring Aesop’s Fables.  They will learn about the lessons that each story teaches as well as make connections, inferences and address any questions they may still have regarding the story.  

Campus News…
-It’s that time of the year again!  Science Fair is right around the corner.  Join us in the library for Science Research Night on Wednesday, December 12th from 5:30-6:30. We will have books, rubrics and some science project examples displayed to help your child get in their scientific mindset.  All grade levels may participate, however, only grades 3-5 will be judged and may progress to the regional fair. Science fair projects will be due Friday, January 11 no later than 7:35 am. Students will take projects to their classroom.  Judging will take place on Monday, January 14.
We will need Science Fair Judges on Wednesday, January 14th from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.   No science background needed! Your job will be to talk with students about their science fair project,and fill out simple judging rubrics.   There will be a brief training from8:00-8:15 that day.   It is OK if you cannot help the entire 4 hours, just let us know your availability in your email.  Contact Laure Stroh at Laure_Stroh@roundrockisd.org.

-"Passport to Sommer is November 30th from 5:30-8:30pm! It is such an amazing event! Please consider volunteering for a slot or two to help us make it successful."https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090845a5ac2ba4f85-passport1 Thank you so much!!!
Best,Marta Pinheiro and Khushbu Kapasi
MultiCultural Committee Chairs 2018-19

Important Dates:
·         Nov. 30  Passport to Sommer
·         Dec. 7 Field Trip permission forms and $7 payment due
·         Dec. 14 Friday Assembly K-2
·         Dec. 19 Winter Party 10:40 - 11:30 AM.
·         Dec. 20-Jan.7 No School for Students//Winter Break
·         Jan. 8 Students return to school
·         Jan. 21 No School/Holiday
·         Jan. 23 Thinkery Field trip
·         Jan. 25 Schlitterbahn’s Waves of Pages Reading Logs due
·         Feb. 15 Six Flags Read To Succeed Reading Logs due
·         Feb. 18-19 No School for students

*Library is every Tuesday. Please return books!
Don't forget to complete your RAZ kids assignment each week!

Eric Carle Research Links

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