Please refer to the email to be sent Monday morning, 3/17, for details about the upcoming week of online learning. Lesson plans will be provided in English and Spanish, as well as reading passages, writing paper to print if needed, and other helpful resources.
We have quite the busy month ahead of us, so I wanted to send out some important dates and reminders:
March 10 - BurgerFi spirit night @ 5-9. Students will go home with either a bracelet or sticker from BurgerFi (will be sent home on March 10). If they show up to spirit night and show the bracelet or sticker, they will receive a FREE frozen custard.
March 13 - no school
March 16 - no school
March 17 - Report cards go home.
BOOK FAIR ALL WEEK, 3/17-20! If your child would like to purchase books, please either use eWallet (info was in the blue folder Friday) or send money in a clearly labeled envelope or bag. Please specify whether or not your child should only purchase books or can also purchase things like erasers, posters, journals, etc.
March 20 - Picture day! Order forms came home in the blue folder Friday Please hold onto money and order form, then return to school on March 20th!
March 23-27 - Staff Appreciation Week
March 24 - no school
March 26 - Chick-Fil-A spirit night @ 5:30-7:30
April 1 - Last day to order yearbooks!
Hello! I hope everyone was able to enjoy this extra day! Jumping into this week's expectations:
BEHAVIOR - I am working on a new daily reporting system that will more effectively let you know what we need to work on if the day doesn't go smoothly. This will begin with the new March calendar. Some of my little friends have had a backslide since December break & we need your help to get back on track!
SOCIAL STUDIES - George Washington Carver TEST THURSDAY. Study/review materials will come home Tuesday. We move immediately on to learning about RUBY BRIDGES Friday, 2/21.
MATH - Continuing to work on place value, representing tens and ones.
WRITING - Continuing our work on expressing our opinion, explaining our reasons with details and closure.
READING - I will be having students read with me individually to check their reading level, as well as their sight word acquisition. You may have noticed that we often have half-page quick assessments, These serve to guide instruction as well as usually being posted as grades toward report cards. Teachers also meet weekly and discuss selected assessments to share ideas and suggestions.
THANK YOU for continuing to send in SNACK DAILY. Please don't assume I have snacks to share. Sometimes, yes....but not always. :-)
Students should have one library book AT SCHOOL daily. One can go home, the other stays for our use. I also try to allow students to visit the library more frequently than our scheduled visits, but if the books are at home then obviously they cannot. Thanks!
I hope you are planning to help beautify MOE as well as come to International Night, both coming up soon! Check out the website for details.
I hope everyone enjoyed some snow time this weekend! I thought it was a welcome and fun surprise - enough for fun in the snow but no dangerous driving, and now we are back to normal!
Valentine's Day - I trust everyone received the info that came home in the blue folders Friday with student names & reminders to help us enjoy the day. (NOTE: We are NOT having a party. However, rest assured - we will have tons of fun with our card exchange!) I'll post pictures next weekend!
MATH - We begin a new unit that focuses on how we can talk about PLACE VALUE, and represent tens and ones. Please be sure to check the Fox Folder daily and take a look at any math papers that come home so you can support our first graders with place value. This is a very important topic that carries over into all future math, and we will be working very hard in class!
SOCIAL STUDIES - This week we begin studying about George Washington Carver, his contributions to our country, and how his life was different or the same as ours. Tomorrow I will be sending home a yellow student workbook, called "1st Grade Social Studies, Our American Heritage". Please keep this at home - it does not need to be returned. :-) The writing is too sophisticated to use for our daily lessons, but you may wish to help your child read & work through the topics as we work on them in class. THIS IS NOT MANDATORY, but could be a fun & easy way for you to help with social studies topics.
SCIENCE - We will return to science in a few weeks. Last week students brought home a science workbook (red, white, & blue on the cover). This is the same as the above mentioned student workbook. It should be kept at home & worked on as you choose, or not ;-).
READING - We want students to be able to tell the characters and setting in a book they read, as well as the problem, solution, and a few details.
WRITING - We are learning how to write to tell others our opinion, giving reasons to support our opinion and examples.
This week in the classroom:
MATH - Tomorrow we will complete the study guide for Unit 4 math assessment, to be given Thursday. This (and the reading log) will be homework for the week.
READING - We begin a new unit where students really use their problem solving skills to read and comprehend what they read.
WRITING - We will learn how to explain why we like something and justify that with details and reasons. PLEASE BE SURE TO SEND IN A PICTURE OF A "COLLECTION" FOR YOUR CHILD TO USE TOMORROW.
Upcoming: February 17 - no school for President's Day
February 27 - International Night
Tuesday is DAY 100 of school! Wow! I hope you saw the info that came home (twice) & will help your child dress as if they are 100 years old. I'll take some pictures and you'll be able to see our little old group with next week's post! :-)
Wednesday is library day. Please help students bring their books back to school as soon as they have read them.
Friday we'll enjoy our BOOK CHARACTER PARADE! We'll walk down the hallways for our fellow MOE students that afternoon. Please help children be comfortable in their character clothing, as we will otherwise have a normal day that includes P.E. and recess. We can have some minimal clothing adjustments (such as putting on a hat) but no complete clothing changes. I'll post pics from that day also!
Please be sure to check out the Manning Oaks website as there are several upcoming opportunities for fun service and fun.
A note about recess taken directly from the Fulton County handbook:
The students go outside unless it is raining, the wind chill is 15 degrees or lower, there are dangerous weather conditions such as ice, snow, powerful winds, etc.
PROPER DRESS - 51-60 degrees JACKETS ARE REQUIRED
16-50 degrees WINTER COATS ARE REQUIRED
If winter coats are required since the high temperature is not expected to be above 50 degrees then shorts are not appropriate. Please help your child dress accordingly as this policy will be STRICTLY ENFORCED.
Continuing to reinforce our Manning Oaks ROARS - Responsibility, Ownership, Attitude, Respect, and Safety - in the classroom and throughout the school - ALL DAY, EVERY DAY! :-)
MATH - Telling time to the hour and half hour, names and differences in digital and analog clocks, working toward fluency (knowing facts in our heads without needing fingers) with all addition and subtraction up to 10, being able to TALK ABOUT and EXPLAIN our thinking with all math topics
SCIENCE - Magnets...understanding our vocabulary: attract, repel, poles
WRITING - Another week with different poems, focusing on one topic at a time
READING - Reading our books as if we are acting them out, using our voices to help us understand the characters.
I hope everyone has enjoyed this three-day weekend in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.! Our next four day week will be here before we know it. President's Day holiday is February 17.
This week we will dive into our MAGNETS studies. We continue working on POETRY, and READING TO GET TO KNOW OUR CHARACTERS. In MATH we will keep reviewing measurement but this week our focus shifts to telling time to the hour, followed by time to the half hour.
THANKS for removing papers from the Fox Folder DAILY and sending it back in with your child! Also thanks for checking the blue folder that comes home on Fridays.
REMINDER: We do have snack time each day. Thanks for helping your child be prepared with a small snack item!
NEW YEAR'S WISH LIST :-)
Here are a few items we could make use of in the classroom.
- package of PLAIN white PAPER plates
- box of plain Cheerios (generic will be fine - NOT honey nut)
- paper towels
- ream of white card stock (available at Walmart)
- gallon zip top bags
If you can help, thanks in advance!
Welcome to our new student, Nigel, and welcome back to Humaira and Saarth! We are now at 22 students again with the addition of these three and our sweet Janani moving away in December. It's nice to have everyone back and get back into our learning routines!
Lewis & Clark with Sacagawea - test Wednesday / review sheet coming home tomorrow.
MLK Jr holiday Monday, 1/20.
THIS WEEK - Flyer came home in the blue folder with fun daily opportunities to support our Honor Society for $1 (also daily).
MATH: Continued work on measurement using different items, beginning to work on telling time to the hour and half hour.
READING: Continuing to work on retelling what we read, also putting ourselves into our characters' place to better understand what we read.
WRITING: Making sure ALL basic mechanics of writing are not only in place, but are consistent but also automatic. Writing poems in the class.
SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE: Wrapping up & testing on Lewis & Clark with Sacagawea, then beginning our study about magnets.
Please continue to send in a small, healthy, non-messy snack daily. Please help children choose something other than cookies or cupcakes if they select their own snacks.
It's hard to believe that as we ring in 2020, that means half our year is complete! Students have learned so much, but now it becomes even more important for them to read NIGHTLY, do homework (it should all be identical to what we do in class so students should not have trouble, but let me know if there is any confusion), and for you to help us by checking the Fox Folder DAILY for the behavior calendar as well as for work coming home that you can look over with your child. Incomplete work should be completed at home and returned the following day. Coming up:
MATH - measuring with different items ("non-standard units") such as paper clips, toothpicks, as long as the items are identical in size. We do not measure with rulers in first grade.
WRITING - We must be sure that students are FLUENTLY writing all letters, consistently using proper punctuation, and forming letters the appropriate sizes and placement on the line. You will see some work coming home this week to reinforce this expectation. We will also be working on writing a variety of POETRY TYPES this month, which is a fun way to begin the new year!
SOCIAL STUDIES - We will launch right in tomorrow learning about the explorers Lewis and Clark along with Sacagawea. Test will be on or about January 15.
READING - We'll work on retelling and continue building our sight word fluency.
HOLIDAY - No school on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day January 20.
CHARACTER PARADE - More info to come, but students may dress in costume to depict a favorite book character! Bring the book to carry along and we will parade for our fellow students in the afternoon Jan. 31.
*Please sign and return the report card envelope when report cards come home next Monday, January 13. :-)
This will be a busy week! We will test on all of our recent math skills, as well as Thomas Jefferson and phonics. We'll also be having our end of writing unit final writing piece. We will also enjoy sharing the student holiday projects! Please be sure to help your child complete and send those in ASAP. I have allotted time early in the week for this project.
NO HOMEWORK THIS WEEK!
Please send in party items with your child in the morning this week. Refrigeration is available as needed so all items can be sent in ahead of time. If you have completed the Fulton County Volunteer process and are able to come help, please let me know so I can plan.
Please continue to remind students to leave toys at home, and that even though these are exciting days, we do come to school to learn! Thank you for your support!
These are some high points - not a full list....
Many topics carry over from week to week.