Week of April 30th

WOW!!!!  That’s all I can say is WOW!  This year is flying by.  I can’t believe we are almost to May.  Your kiddos have been working so hard.  I feel so blessed each day to be a small part of their lives.  We have a lot going on over the next few weeks.  I am going to try my best to mention it all but I feel like I’m going to forget something.

Wednesday of this week, May 2nd, we will be having class pictures taken.  The cost is $10.00 for an 8×10 and 5×7 funny shot.  This is a great keep sake for them and you.  We will be sending an envelope home today for you to send back with your kiddo.  You have until this Friday to order.

We are having our final spelling test tomorrow on the following words: way, find, water, may, use, long, little, very, after, words

Math:  We have been working on double digit addition and subtraction without regrouping, three addends, and 3 dimensional shapes.  This week we will  work on fractions, 1/2, 1/3 and 1/4.  We will also work on expanded notation.

Phonics:  We are just reviewing a lot of things throughout the year that seem to be giving us a little trouble in our writing like sneaky “e” at the end of words, vowel combinations (ay, oi, oy, etc…), and those blends.

Writing:  Our focus is still on beginning-middle-end of stories.  We are really struggling with getting those details in our stories.  I have hit punctuation pretty hard with them so hopefully that’s starting to show up.  Using capitals in the right places and when writing I.  We are starting to get there I think.  You will see another graded writing sample come home sometime this week.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to call me!

Zoo Trip

I sent a note home today with a few little notes to help our day go smoothly tomorrow.  I made mention that the zoo is not allowing outside food for parents.  Today Kindergarten went and said that they had no issue with parents bringing lunches in backpacks.  I will leave that up to your discretion!!!  Kindergarten also had some trouble with parents getting through the gates because there were so many schools there.  I’m not sure how many schools will be there tomorrow but it took some parents over an hour to get through.  You may want to leave ahead of us to get your ticket or order your ticket online if you plan on going with your Firstie.  The admission is free for your child so no need to send money, but if you would like for your kiddo to feed the birds ($1.00) or feed the ducks ($.50) you may want to send them with a little.  Please do not feel obligated as I want this to be a stress free, fun trip!  Please feel free to text or email me with any questions.  I can’t wait to spend a fun day with these kiddos!!!!

Zoo Field Trip

Just a reminder that we will be going to the zoo this Wednesday.  Please make sure your kiddo is in comfortable shoes and is wearing a White Oak shirt (if you have one).  To help make the morning flow smoothly, please put your child’s name on his/her lunch and drinks.  I put the drinks in a cooler so they are cold when they go to lunch.  I will be separating the drinks from the lunch.  Remember if you are going, your kiddo still has to ride the bus to the zoo but can ride home with you afterwards.  I will have a sign out sheet with me.  I can’t wait to have some fun with these sweeties!!!

Week of April 2

Hey guys!!!!  Hope everyone had a fantastic Easter with family and friends.  I can’t believe we are down to our last weeks of school.  This year has FLOWN by!  Your kiddos are doing so great.  I am so proud of them!

A few notes before we move on to what we are learning about.  Your student should have brought home a note today for our field trip next Wednesday.  I need this form back as soon as possible.  This note will serve as their permission slip to go and let us know how many lunches might be needed from the cafeteria.  If I do not get this form back, they will not be allowed to go.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.  The first round of STAAR testing will begin next Tuesday and Wednesday (this is why we are vacating the building on Wednesday) so you will be unable to eat with your kiddo on Tuesday.  We have to keep it as quiet as possible for our upstairs friends.

Spelling:  We will have a spelling test tomorrow on the following words:  no, make, than, first, been, its, who, now, people my

Math:  Please continue to work with your kiddos on time and counting a collection of coins!!!  We are really focusing on number patterns (skip counting) by 2’s, 4’s, 5’s, and 10’s.  We are also starting double digit addition without re-grouping.

Writing:  Our big focus is on, as it has been, making sure our stories have a beginning-middle-end and that we use our imagination.  We will chart what gets a capital letter and what punctuation person I need to use. We have talked about these things all year but I will be holding them accountable for these in the last 9 weeks.  I have really had a hard time this year getting these sweeties to just use their imagination and write, so the mechanics (punctuation, talking marks, commas, etc..) have not been too much of a focus for us.

Science/Social Studies:  We are learning about the amazing state of Texas over the next two weeks.  We will learn the capital, regions, state symbols, where things can be located, and neighboring states.

Frog and Toad Play

Just a quick reminder that our Frog and Toad play is in the morning, March 8th, at 9:00.  The kiddos should wear jeans and a black shirt.  If you do not have a black shirt just choose a dark colored shirt for them.  Can’t wait to see all of you there.  You may take your student with you after the play if you wish.

Spring Break is coming up next week!!!!  I think we are all ready for a little family time and a break.  Spring pictures will be the week we come back from Spring Break.

Our Easter Party will be March 30th at 11::30.  If I have any parent that would like to take charge of this party please let me know.  It will be pretty simple because we hunt eggs outside then play a few relay games so the only thing would be organizing food, drinks, and maybe a quick craft.  I’d love to have a cute picture frame or something.

One more thing, sorry for the overload.  We will be taking a field trip to the zoo April 11th.  I will need a few parents to volunteer to go and help with a few students while there. Please let me know if you are interested in this fun adventure!!!  You have to of had the background check to help with a group of students so if you are interested and have not gone through the volunteer paperwork let me know and I’ll get it to you.  You do not have to have the background check if you are just coming to be with your student but in order for me to let other students walk around with you, you do have to have it.

Week of February 12th

Hi guys!  Hope everyone is staying healthy out there!!!  Happy Valentine’s Day.  The party will be Wednesday February 14th at 11:15.  You can begin setting up at 10:45.  If any of my parents would be willing to help set up for the party please come at 10:45!!!  We need a few extra hands if possible.  I know a lot of you like to eat with your kiddos before parties but…we just don’t have the room in the cafeteria to accommodate that many parents and kiddos (when you add kindergarten, first, then second grade) so please do not eat with your sweetie tomorrow.  You can take them home after the party if you want to.  There will be a sign out sheet on my desk.

Spelling words: him, could, time, see, like, two, more, has, her

Math:  We are learning time to the hour and half hour and identifying and counting coins.  We count a collection of coins with dimes; pennies    nickels;pennies    quarters; pennies  In first grade the collections do not combine quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies.  If they are ready I have them practice this but not until they are ready.  They do, however, have to count each coin with pennies.  Both of these concepts are difficult for many of these kiddos so please allow them to practice at home.  Ask them what time it is, what time the clock says when it’s bedtime, what time the clock says when they eat breakfast, etc..  Hand them change and let them separate like coins and count it out.  We continue to practice addition and subtraction strategies with higher numbers now.

Phonics:  We have learned nouns, adjectives, and verbs.  This week we are concentration on compound words.

Writing:  Punctuation is a huge focus right now.  We are also not quite getting beginning/middle/end so we are working in small groups on this.

Science/Social Studies: We learned all about penguins and next week we will focus on Presidents.  We will learn about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

Remember no school Monday for Presidents Day.  Hope to see everyone at the party!

Week of February 6th

Hey everyone!!!  Hope everyone is surviving the cold weather and flu!!!  I can’t seem to get back into the swing of things after all the craziness.  I need to give a few updates on upcoming events then I’ll update academics.  Valentine’s Party is this Wednesday at 11:15 (right after lunch). I sent a note home with all the information needed (names of classmates and Mrs. White’s information).  I am still in need of some stickers, foam letters, etc… to decorate their Valentine’s bags if anyone can help out with that I’d be very grateful!  We will have a school holiday on February 19th for Presidents day and an early release on February 28th for PLC work day for teachers.

Spelling words:  into, has, more,her, two, like, him, see, time, could

Math:  We are concentrating on money and time to the hour and half hour right now.  It is really important that you let your kiddo touch change, sort it, and count it. Time to the half hour always gives them fits just knowing what hour it is.

Phonics/Writing:  We are working on nouns, adjectives, verbs and compound words.

Science/Social Studies:  As most of you know, we are learning about arctic animals with a concentration on penguins.  The kiddos love penguins.

 

January

Good afternoon everyone!  I hope everyone has enjoyed some peace and quiet and time with family.  I sure have enjoyed catching up with my family and friends over the break.  Zachary got in from ACU the same day we got out so we have been staying up late and drinking lots of hot chocolate!  I wanted to give a special THANK YOU to our Christmas Party room mom, Amy Williams, for doing an amazing job on our Christmas Party.  I have such amazing parents who are always willing to help.  I also would like to thank ALL of you for spoiling me with gifts.  I am always humbled this time of year by so many giving hearts.  I am truly blessed beyond measure.

Just a quick reminder, if you think your kiddo may be sick please keep them home.  I am a big advocate if there’s no fever you are going to school, but the flu is just still so crazy right now we want to keep everyone well!!!  I bought a few extra things of hand-sanitizer and I will buy a few more but we do have 20 kids in one room pretty much touching everything so…

I can’t wait to see all of our kiddos in the morning, I have missed them soooooo!!!!  I will begin to build our lego wall this weekend and I can’t wait to see ALL the amazing things that we are going to do with this awesome gift to our classroom.  Just working on a vertical surface alone is so good for so many things with our littles but to add legos to the mix, well that just makes it magical to 6 and 7 year olds. (OK maybe this teacher too just saying:).