Monday, April 23, 2018

Week of April 23-27, 2018


Weekly Newsletter for April 23- 27, 2018

            This week, we will begin our new story, “I’m a Caterpillar.”   We will discuss what changes we can see in nature.  In this story, we will continue to work on the fact vs. opinion skill! 

            Our focus phonics skills for this story are r-controlled er, ir, and ur, as well as, contractions.  Our spelling words are: her, first, bird, girl, burn, were, shirt, fur, hurt, and sir.  Our challenge words include: “visit” and “done.” 

            In Math, we began a new topic!  In Topic 14, we will discuss using Data to answer questions.  Key vocabulary includes: picture graph, bar graph, tally mark, and data. 

            We are very excited to share that we earned another “BINGO” on our 100’s chart!  For this TEAMWORK reward, we are going to have a pizza party on Friday (4/27) during Snack.  Pizza, popcorn, and drinks will be provided but if your child would like to bring their own snack/drink, they are more than welcome! 

Our schedule for this upcoming week:

Monday (4/23)- Day 3- Art
Tuesday (4/24)- Day 4- Library
*Art Show and Science Fair (4pm-6pm)
Wednesday (4/25)- Day 5- Gym
Thursday (4/26)- Day 6- Music
*PBIS Reward Day!  Please wear socks today for the Bounce House reward!
Friday (4/27)- Day 7- Computers
*“Pink Against Bullying” dress down day!  Wear Jeans or Sweatpants with a pink shirt with a $1 donation. 
*Pizza party during snack for our TEAMWORK bingo!  If you would still like to bring your own snack and/or drink, you are more than welcome too!

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me!  I can be reached by phone, note, email (cschuster@northschuylkill.net) or by Class Dojo message.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Week of April 16-20, 2018


Weekly Newsletter for April 16- 20, 2018

In our new story, “Frog and Toad Together,” we will be discussing changes we see in a garden.  Throughout this story, we will also dive into authors purpose.  Our test for this story will be on Friday, April 20th. 

Our focus phonics skills for this story are words with an ending (-ed) and r-controlled ar.  Our spelling words are: plan, planned, help, helped, drop, dropped, call, called, ask, asked.  Our challenge words include: “again” and “very.”  Our spelling test on these words will also be on Friday, April 20th. 

We have learned how to read both an analog and digital clock to the hour and half hour.  Our key vocabulary includes: hour hand, hour, minute hand, minute, o’clock, half hour and schedule.  We will take our Topic 13 test on time and schedules tomorrow, April 17th. 

A friendly reminder that on Thursday, April 19th is our class field trip to Hershey Chocolate World!  Students are to wear the blue “North Schuylkill Spartans” shirt from Boosterthon and school dress-code pants/ shorts.  No jeans or sweatpants are permitted.  Also, please be sure that all lunch items are disposable.  All items will be thrown away! 

Our schedule for this upcoming week:
Monday (4/16)- Day 8- Art
Tuesday (4/17)- Day 9- Keyboarding
Wednesday (4/18)- Day 10- Gym
Thursday (4/19)- Day 1- Field Trip to Chocolate World!  Please wear your blue “North Schuylkill Spartans” shirt, dress-code pants/ shorts and comfortable shoes!   
Friday (4/20)- Day 2- Computers –Spartan Dress Down for a $1 donation

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me!  I can be reached by phone, note, email (cschuster@northschuylkill.net) or by Class Dojo message.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Week of April 2-6, 2018


Weekly Newsletter for April 2-6, 2018

            We will begin our new story this week titled, “The Class Pet.”  Throughout our story we will be discussing how we can learn about animals as they grow and change.  We will also begin discussing the difference between fact and opinion and identifying a fact vs. opinion. 

            Our focus phonics skills for this story are words with –es and r-controlled (or, ore).  Our spelling words are: fix, fixes, class, classes, wish, wishes, kiss, kisses, bus, buses.  Our challenge words include: “friends” and “very.” 

            In Math, we are continuing to discuss length by answering how objects can be measured, compared and ordered by length.  Vocabulary for this topic includes: longest, shortest, taller, shorter, estimate and measure.  Our test for Topic 12 will be on Thursday, April 5th. 

            Attached is our April Scholastic book order forms!  Each student has received “a special gift” coupon from Scholastic that provides them with a free book with a $5 purchase!  As always, you may order online using our class code: MJJ8J or by sending in cash or check (Scholastic Inc.) along with your order slip!  If you are interested in ordering from Scholastic, all orders are due by Friday, April 13th.    

            We are so excited to share that our field trip to Hershey Chocolate World is approaching!  Our class will be attending the field trip on Thursday, April 19th.  Please check your student’s Friday Folder for a permission form as well as important information! 

            Our schedule for this upcoming week:
Monday (4/2)- Day 8- Art
Tuesday (4/3)- Day 9- Keyboarding *Spring Pictures are rescheduled for this day!
Wednesday (4/4)- Day 10- Gym
Thursday (4/5)- Day 1- Music
Friday (4/6)- Day 2- Computers  

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me!  I can be reached by phone, note, email (cschuster@northschuylkill.net) or by Class Dojo message!

Monday, March 26, 2018

Week of March 26- 30, 2018


Weekly Newsletter for March 26-30, 2018

            In our story, “Ruby in Her Own Time,” we are discussing what we learn as we grow and change.  We have also discussed comparing and contrasting.  Our test for this story will be Thursday, March 29th. 

            Our focus phonics skills for this story are words with –ng and –nk and compound words.  Our spelling words are: bring, trunk, pink, bank, sang, wing, rink, blank, rang, and sunk.  Our challenge words include: “every” and “sure.”  Our spelling test will also be on Thursday, March 29th. 

            In Topic 12, we are discussing length!  We are discussing how objects can be measured, compared and ordered by length.  Key vocabulary for this topic includes: longest, shortest, taller, shorter, estimate, and measure. 

            March AR Reading logs will be collected on Thursday, March 29th.  A new April AR paper will be sent home as well!  Students have really enjoyed reading books from our classroom library and putting them on their AR paper! 

            Our schedule for this upcoming week:
Monday (3/26)- Day 5- Gym
Tuesday (3/27)- Day 6- Music
Wednesday (3/28)- Day 7- Computers
*Last day for donations for our PTO basket! 
Thursday (3/29)- This is a Non-Rotation Day due to the PBIS reward! 
Friday (3/30)- No School! Enjoy your break! 

Important dates for the future:
Monday, April 2nd- School is in session!
Tuesday, April 3rd- Spring pictures were rescheduled for this day! 
April 14th (10am- 5pm) &  April 15th (10am- 3pm) - North Schuylkill Elementary PTO raffle basket fundraiser in the Elementary School Gym! 

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me!  I can be reached by phone, note, email (cschuster@northschuylkill.net) or by Class Dojo message!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Week of March 19- 23, 2018


Weekly Newsletter for March 19-23, 2018

            In our new story, “Ruby in Her Own Time,” we will be discussing what we learn as we grow and change.  As a class, we will also be re-visiting the skill of compare and contrast. 

            Our focus phonics skills for this story are words with –ng and –nk and compound words.  Our spelling words are: bring, trunk, pink, bank, sang, wing, rink, blank, rang, and sunk.  Our challenge words include: “every” and “sure.”

            In Math, we took our Topic 9 test today!  Next, we will be diving into “length” in Topic 12.  Throughout this topic, we will be discussing how objects can be measured, compared and ordered by length. 

            Our PTO basket raffle is quickly approaching!  The dates of this event are April 14th and April 15th.  This year, our theme is a gift card assortment!  If you are interested in participating in our class basket, all gift cards and money must be turned in by Wednesday, March 28th.  Thank you to all that have participated so far! J

            Last week, I sent home a Scholastic Flyer for the Spring edition!  If you are interested in ordering from Scholastic, all orders are due by Thursday, March 22nd.   You may order online using our class code: MJJ8J or by sending in cash or check (Scholastic Inc.) along with your order slip!  Thank you for your continued support! J 

            With cold and flu season, our supply of tissues and hand sanitizer has dwindled as we tried to keep those germs away.   If you are willing to donate these items to our classroom, we would really appreciate it!   Thank you! 

            Our schedule for this upcoming week:
Monday (3/19)- Day 2- Computers
Tuesday (3/20)- Day 3- Art
Wednesday (3/21) Day 4- Library
Thursday (3/22)- Day 5- Gym *Scholastic Book Orders are due! 
Friday (3/23)- Day 6- Music

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me!  I can be reached by phone, note, email (cschuster@northschuylkill.net) or by Class Dojo message!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Week of March 12- 16, 2018


Weekly Newsletter for March 12- 16, 2018

            We are continuing to discuss how places change in our story, “A Place to Play.”  We are also identifying sequencing words and talking about the sequence of a story.  Our test for “A Place to Play” will be Friday, March 16th. 

Our focus phonics skills for this story are vowel sounds of y and syllable pattern cv.  Our spelling words are: my, by, try, sunny, handy, fly, cry, lucky, silly and puppy. Our challenge words for this story include: “things” and “always.”  Our test for these focus skills will be on Friday, March 16th. 

In Math, we are really focusing on comparing and ordering numbers to 100.  We have really focused on identifying one more, one less, ten more, and ten less!  We are going to begin comparing numbers to identify which is greater than, less than or equal to.  Our test for Topic 9 will be early next week! 

On Friday, I sent home a paper outlining our PTO’s basket raffle.  The event will be held on April 14th and April 15th.  Each classroom has selected a theme to donate towards the basket raffle.  This year, our theme will be a gift card assortment.

There are two ways you can participate in our class basket:

1.     1. You may purchase a gift card on your own and send it to school with your child in their OWL folder. 
      2. You may send in a monetary donation in an envelope in your child’s OWL folder and I will purchase the gift card for you! 

*Please note, any size gift card/ money donation would be greatly appreciated!  
*If you are interested in participating in the PTO basket raffle, all gift cards and money must be turned in by Wednesday, March 28th.

Our schedule for the upcoming week:
Monday (3/12)- Day 7- Computers
Tuesday (3/13)- Day 8- Art
Wednesday (3/14)- Day 9- Keyboarding
Thursday (3/15)- Day 10- Gym
Friday (3/16)- Day 1- Music  *Spartan Dress Down Day for a $1 donation

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me!  I can be reached by phone, note, email (cschuster@northschuylkill.net) or by Class Dojo message!

Monday, March 5, 2018

Week of March 5-9, 2018


Weekly Newsletter for March 5- 9, 2018

            We will begin a new Unit in Reading focusing on changes.  For our first story, “A Place to Play,” we will be discussing how places change.  We will also be re-visiting the skill of sequencing throughout this story.  

            Our focus phonics skills for this story are vowel sounds of y and syllable pattern cv.  Our spelling words are: my, by, try, sunny, handy, fly, cry, lucky, silly and puppy. Our challenge words for this story include: “things” and “always.” 

            In Math, we will continue to compare and order numbers to 100.  Key vocabulary we will be using include: more, less, greater than, and less than.   

            March 5- March 9th is Newspaper in Education week!  Read at Home Challenge papers were sent home today in your child’s Friday Folder.  If you are interested in participating, please return the paper by Monday, March 12th.  Your child’s name will be published in the Republican & Herald at a later date. To go along with Newspaper in Education week, I have submitted an “ad” to the Republican & Herald.  This ad will be placed in the classified section of the newspaper sometime this week!  J

            I am happy to report that our class has won another BINGO on our 100s chart for TEAMWORK!  As a reward for working together, we will be creating/ designing a puzzle!  J  Keep up the amazing job, first grade!

Our schedule for this upcoming week:

Monday (3/5)- Day 3- Art
Tuesday (3/6) Day 4- Library
Wednesday (3/7)- Day 5- Gym
Thursday (3/8)- Day 6- Music
*Hero Day for Career Week.  Please check your students OWL folder for a
note outlining the clothing guidelines for Hero Day. 
Friday (3/9)- Day 7- Computers
            *Spring pictures will be taken today!  It is also PBIS reward day! J

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me!  I can be reached by phone, note, email (cschuster@northschuylkill.net) or by Class Dojo message!