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First Grade Newsletter-December 7, 2018

It is hard to believe we still have 2 full weeks of school left before Christmas.  The activities of the season bring excitement for all and more difficulty focusing on learning.  Please encourage your child to continue focusing in on the reason we are at school.

A Note From Mrs. Gerber About Snow Boots:  As many of you are aware it is boot season. I remind each class every day that they need to wear tennis shoes because...

1. Affects their grade when they don't wear tennis shoes.

2. It's not safe for students to wear boots in the gym

3. It puts marks on the gym floor that the custodians have to spend time cleaning.

If you wear boots to school, please bring your tennis shoes to change into before Physical Education class.

Gym class schedule to wear tennis shoes for:

1WE:  Tuesday and Wednesday   1WY: Tuesday and Thursday  1WI: Wednesday and Thursday

PAJAMA DAY! WOO HOO!:  We met our DES goal for the number of pajamas donated.  Therefore, the children are allowed to wear to wear pajamas on Dec. 21st, the last day of school before break.  Please remember the pajamas need to be appropriate for the weather/recess, and should be fresh and clean that morning.

READING :Please see the Week at a Glance page for Unit 3.1 for the skills, high frequency words  and spelling words for the week.


MATH:  We will be continuing to work with measurement, data collection and graphing.  Students typically struggle with the “How many more and how many fewer” type questions on the graph reading.

Please check your child’s folders for papers that are marked to Correct and Return.

The children will:

·        Order 3 objects by length; compare lengths of 2 objects indirectly by using a third object.

·        Measure lengths indirectly and by iterating length units- express the length by laying objects end to end with no gaps or overlaps. They will understand the units of measure must be the same size.

·        Tell and write time in hours and half hours using analog and digital clocks.

·        Represent and interpret data; organize, represent and interpret data with up to 3 categories.  They will ask and answer questions about the total number of data points, how many in each category, and how many more or less of one category than another.

Continue to work on those addition and subtraction facts! Quick  recognition of the facts is very important. Some children still struggle finding the missing number in any position. ___- 3=6, 3+ __=7

GRINCH DAY:  The first grade will have Grinch Day on Dec. 20th to help celebrate the classic book by Dr. Seuss.  On this day, your first graders may dress in a “Grinchy Way”. This may include wearing green, Grinch shirts, or dressing as a member of Whoville”.

STOCKING STUFFERS: School supplies can make excellent stocking stuffers.  Check with your child about what they may be missing or low on at this time.  Many of you sent an extra box of crayons for January and we will give them to the children as needed.  Some children are in need of the thin, dry erase markers and headphones can be an issue. We use markers and headphones daily.

Just a reminder, we will NOT be having a Christmas exchange in the classroom.

Penguin Patch:  Thanks to the PTO and all of the volunteers that made this possible.



Dec. 20:  Grinch Day!

Dec. 21: Last day before break- Students may wear clean/fresh pajamas that are suitable for the weather.

Dec. 24-Jan. 2- Break

Jan. 3: School resumes

Jan. 15: Grades 1/2 Music Program at 10 and 7

March 22: Tentative McKinley Museum Field Trip




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Mrs. Wyckoff's Book Order Link



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