Monday, October 15, 2018

Week of October 15-19, 2018

Weekly Newsletter for October 15-19, 2018

In Reading, we will continue with our story, “The Big Blue Ox.”  We are discussing ways that animals help people.  Throughout this story we identified the characters and how the setting changed. Sight words for “The Big Blue OX” are: blue, help, little, from, use, and get.  Our Reading test will be Thursday, October 18th. 

Our focus phonics skills for this story are short o and plural –s; consonant s/z/.  The spelling words for this story are: hot, hop, pot, pop, ox, lock, mop, got, rock, and mom.  The challenge words are “help” and “use.”  Our Spelling test will be on Thursday, October 18th. 

In Math, we started learning addition facts to 10 in Unit 2!  We have been identifying the missing addend in our number sentence, and discussing the communitive property! Key vocabulary words you will hear this week are: join, plus, sum, and equal. 

Our schedule for the upcoming week:

Monday (10/15) – Day 4- Library- Students will shop during this time! Family Night to shop the Book Fair is from 4pm-7pm tonight in the Library!
Tuesday (10/16) – Day 5- Gym
Wednesday (10/17)- Day 6- Music
Thursday (10/18)- Day 7- Computers
Friday (10/19)- Day 8- Art- 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!   

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Week of October 8-12, 2018


Weekly Newsletter for October 8- 12, 2018

          In Reading, we will dive into our new story, “The Big Blue Ox.”  We will be discussing ways that animals help people.  We will also be focusing on identifying the character and setting of a story!  Our sight words for this story are: blue, help, little, from, use, and get. 

            Our focus phonics skills for this story are short o and plural –s; consonant s/z/.  The spelling words for this story are: hot, hop, pot, pop, ox, lock, mop, got, rock, and mom.  The challenge words are “help” and “use.”  

            We are also continuing to practice our handwriting!  We are watching for a “writer’s eye” when writing.  We look for a capital letter to begin our sentence, lower case letters throughout our sentence, finger spaces between words, and punctuation at the end of our sentence.  We check our sentence at the end to make sure it is a complete thought! 

            In Math, we are beginning Unit 2!  Throughout this unit we will focus on addition and subtraction.  Listen for our key vocabulary words such as: join, separate, sum, difference and equal. 

Our schedule for the upcoming week:
Monday (10/8) – No School for Students- Teacher In-Service Day!  
Tuesday (10/9) – Day 10- Gym-  Decades Day!
Wednesday (10/10)- Day 1- Music- Cartoon Day!
Thursday (10/11)- Day 2- Computers- Cruise Ship All Aboard Day!
Friday (10/12)- Day 3- Art- Spartan Spirit Day!  *Free Dress Down to show your school spirit!!

Monday (10/15)- Library- This will be our day to shop the Scholastic Book Fair! 
                                     **It is also parent night to shop from 4pm-7pm. 

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, October 1, 2018

Week of October 1-5, 2018


Weekly Newsletter for October 1-5, 2018

            In Reading, we took our test for the story “Pig in a Wig.” Throughout this story we discussed who helps animals.  We focused on identifying the plot of the story.  We took our test on this story today!

            Our focus phonics skill was short I and consonant –x.  Our spelling words were six, lip, in, wig, it, did, mix, sit, pin, and fix.  Our challenge words were “she” and “take.”  We took our test on these spelling words today!

In Math, we are learning how to create, organize and represent mathematical ideas!  This week we will continue to work on identifying numbers using ten frames.  We will also introduce simple addition through “part, part, whole” mats.  The Unit 1 test for Math will be on Wednesday, October 3rd. 

New AR Reading Logs were sent home today!  Please continue to read with your child throughout the month of October!  Students are encouraged to read 15 books (or more) to practice reading fluency and comprehension skills.

Our schedule for the upcoming week:
Monday (10/1) – Day 5- Gym
Tuesday (10/2) – Day 6- Music
Wednesday (10/3)- Day 7- Computers
Thursday (10/4)- Day 8- Art
Friday (10/5)- Day 9- Keyboarding *Act 80 Half Day!  Students will be dismissed at 12:00

Important Upcoming Dates:
Monday (10/8) -Teacher In-Service Day! *No school for students
Tuesday- Friday (10/9-10/12)- Homecoming Week! *Please refer to the theme days sent home in the Friday Folder
Tuesday (10/15)- Family Night at our School Book fair from 4pm-7pm

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, September 24, 2018

Week of September 24- 28, 2018


Weekly Newsletter for September 24- 28, 2018

            In Reading, we will continue with our story, “Pig in a Wig.”  As a class, we will be discussing who helps animals.  We will also be working on identifying the plot of a story with key details.  The key sight words for this story are: up, take, she and what.  Our test on this story will be early next week. 

            Our focus phonics skills for this week are short I and consonant –x.  Our spelling words are: six, lip, in, wig, it, did, mix, sit, pin, and fix.  Our challenge words are, “she” and “take.”  Our spelling test on these words will be early next week. 

            In Math, we are learning how to create, organize and represent mathematical ideas!  We are focusing on identifying numbers using a ten frame or tally marks.  We are also identifying if numbers are even or odd and placing numbers on a number line! 

            Last week, I sent home our first Scholastic Book order!  If you are still interested in ordering, you may order online using our class code: MJJ8J or you may send in your book order with a check (Scholastic INC.).  All Scholastic Book orders will be due on Friday, September 28th. 

            As the month of September comes to a close, I will be collecting your students AR papers for September.  Each student is encouraged to read 15 books each month to practice our literacy and phonics skills!  Students who read 15 books will receive a prize for that month!  If your child should complete the AR paper before the end of the month, I will provide them with another log!  I will collect September AR logs on Monday, October 1st. 

As a class, we love to read and listen to stories!  It is very important that kids hear fluent reading and apply comprehension strategies.  One way we can practice these skills is by having guest readers come into our classroom!  If any parent/ grandparent/ guardian would like to come into our classroom as a guest reader, please let me know by writing me a note, email or Class Dojo message!

Our schedule for the upcoming week:
Monday (9/24) – Day 10- Gym
Tuesday (9/25) – Day 1- Music
Wednesday (9/26)- Day 2- Computers
Thursday (9/27)- Day 3- Art
Friday (9/28)- Day 4- Library

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!   

Week of September 17-21, 2018


Weekly Newsletter for September 17- 21, 2018

            In Reading, we will begin our new story, “Pig in a Wig.”  Throughout this story, we will discuss who helps animals.  We will also be discussing the plot of a story and identifying the key details. 

In Math, we are continuing to discuss ways we can organize and represent information about our new class through graphing.  Next, we will begin to dive into number sense and identifying even and odd numbers while using a number line.

This past week our class celebrated our first bingo on our 100s chart for TEAMWORK!  We were so excited to receive so many complements and work together as a team to reach this goal!  Great job, First Grade! J

Later this week, I will be sending home our first Scholastic Book order form.  You may order online using our class code: MJJ8J or you may send in your book order with a check (Scholastic INC.).  All Scholastic Book orders will be due on Friday, September 28th. 

As a class, we love to read and listen to stories!  It is very important that kids hear fluent reading and apply comprehension strategies.  One way we can practice these skills is by having guest readers come into our classroom!  If any parent/ grandparent/ guardian would like to come into our classroom as a guest reader, please let me know by writing me a note, email or Class Dojo message!

Our schedule for the upcoming week:

Monday (9/17) – Day 5- Gym
Tuesday (9/18) – Day 6- Music
Wednesday (9/19)- Day 7- Computers
Thursday (9/20)- Day 8- Art
Friday (9/21)- Day 9- Keyboarding  *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, September 10, 2018

Week of September 10-14, 2018


Weekly Newsletter for September 10-14, 2018

          As a class, we are continuing to build a sense of community in our classroom and working as a team!  We continue to practice our classroom routines and following the S.P.AR.T.Y way!  Students have been working very hard earning their Class Dojo points and we are so close to a bingo on our hundreds chart for teamwork! 

In Reading, we are continuing to discuss what pets need in our first story, “Sam, Come Back!”  We are also working on identifying the characters and setting of our story!  Our key sight words are: my, come, way, on, in.  Our test for this story will be on Friday, September 14th. 

Our spelling words for this story are: at, can, cat, back, dad, am, bat, mad, ran, sack.  Our challenge words are: “way” and “come.”  The phonics focus skills are the short a sound and consonant pattern –ck.  Our test for this set of spelling words will be on Friday, September 14th. 

In Math, we are beginning Unit 1: Number Sense.  Currently, we are discussing ways we can organize and represent information about our new class! 

Our schedule for this coming week includes:

Monday (9/10)- Day 10- Gym 
Tuesday (9/11)- Day 1- Music
Wednesday (9/12)- Day 2- Computers
Thursday (9/13)- Day 3- Art
Friday (9/14)- Day 4 Library  
** NSE Picture Day!  Remember to SMILE! 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!   

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Week of September 3-7, 2018


Weekly Newsletter for September 3-7, 2018

          The 2018-2019 school year is off to a great start!  This past week, we have been focusing on building a sense of community in our classroom and working as a team!  As a class, we have been practicing daily classroom routines and learning/ reviewing our classroom and school rules!  Our class has been working very hard earing Class Dojo points and working together to cross numbers off our 100’s chart!  If you need another Class Dojo parent/guardian code, please write me a note and I would be happy to send one home with your child! 

          In Reading, we are beginning our first story, “Sam, Come Back!”  Throughout this story, we will discuss what pets need.  Our key sight words are: my, come, way, on, in. We are also continuing to build our stamina for both reading and writing!

          Our spelling words for this story are: at, can, cat, back, dad, am, bat, mad, ran, sack.  Our challenge words are: “way” and “come.”  The phonics focus skills are the short a sound and consonant pattern –ck.  Students will now begin to keep a notebook that has their spelling words for a reference in their B.E.E folder. 
         
Our schedule for this coming week includes:
Monday (9/3)- No School!  Happy Labor Day! 
Tuesday (9/4)- Day 6- Music
Wednesday (9/5)- Day 7- Computers
Thursday (9/6)- Day 8- Art
Friday (9/7)- Day 9 Keyboarding
** Monday(9/10)- Day 10- 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!