Tammy Harper and Julie Bremer

Monday, November 12, 2018

Room 10 News for the week of November 13-16


Dear First Grade Families,

We have truly enjoyed meeting with many of you at conferences and we are looking forward to sitting down with each of you by the end of next week. It has been wonderful to share your child’s work as well as talk about his/her progress thus far.
During Conferences, we have been talking with a few parents about some great kids’ apps and websites on which one can practice math skills, reading, memory, problem solving, etc. through games. In class, we are using RAZ kids, this is a reading app that gives kids the opportunity to listen to and read books at their just right reading level. You just need to enter our username: tharper4 and our class list should pop up.  The kids can listen to the stories, then read and record their reading, and finally take a quiz answering questions about the text.
Also, for handwriting practice, we have been working on the handwriting without tears  app called “Wet, Dry, Try” and there is another great handwriting app called Letter School. A fun way to practice sight words is Sight Word Ninja. Some great math apps are Number Lines, which practices addition and subtraction facts on the number line, and 10 Frame Fill, which provides children practice with fact families up to 10.  IXL (website and app): IXL is one of the few sites with great math content for younger kids that doesn't require a lot of reading. Each skill adjusts to your child’s level—if you get enough problems right, it skips to the end, but if you get some wrong you have to do more. Your child can do a few sets of problems per day for free, or you can subscribe for $9.99/month. Wonder Bunny Math Race is a comprehensive math computation practice app that builds skills such as speed and fluency as they add and subtract.   Some other apps are:
   Gamequariumhttp://www.gamequarium.com (this site has some “ads by google” listed at the top, the actual games are below that box)
·      Starfallhttp://www.starfall.com
·      Aracademic Skill buildershttp://www.arcademics.com
      Addition and Subtraction Facts: Hungry FishFlash to Pass, Speedo Math,Math Bingo, Splash Math
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·   Teach Me First Grade – All subject areas

We hope this helps and we will have plenty more websites/apps to share with you as time goes on.

TURKEY HOMEWORK: Hopefully your child has already come up with some ideas for how to disguise their turkey and are sketching these ideas, choosing a favorite, deciding what materials he/she will need and ultimately creating the disguise. These are all steps in design thinking. We have assigned this homework over the course of a week and half, please help to keep your child working on it a little bit each night, so that they can turn it in on time on Wednesday when  they will present them to the class. Please contact us if you have any questions.

NEW PHOTO DAY THIS WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2018. The form was sent home in last week’s Wednesday Folder.

FIRST FIELD TRIP: We are so excited about our first field trip on Tuesday, November 27th  from 9am – 1:30pm to the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley. Thank you so much to everyone who has already turned in your signed permission slip! If you haven’t returned your form, please fill out the entire form and return to school as soon as possible. We still need at least one more driver for this field trip. Let us know if you need a new form!

“FRIENDSHIP FEAST”: We are so excited for our annual Friendship Feast this year! In the spirit of Thanksgiving and appreciation of friends and family, students will share a special potluck “feast” together in Room10 on Friday, November 16th. We will be busy these next few weeks making fun projects in class to prepare for our feast and talking a lot about what being thankful means. If you would like to contribute an item to this fun event, please click on the signup genius below to see what is needed.  We ask that you please bring your contribution to our classroom by Thursday, Nov. 15th.  Parents will not need to come to this event, so be on the lookout for sweet photos on seesaw! Also, we will have our normal lunch time at 12:00, but you may want to pack a lighter lunch and/or cancel hot lunch for your child on this day- we will be stuffed little turkeys from our earlier feast ! Friendship Feast sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E49AEA629A6F85-friendship2

KIDDO!:  Your contributions to Kiddo! bring so many important programs to our school. Because of your donations, our students are given regular instruction in art, music, dance, drama, poetry, and P.E. This year, my students and I get help from Kiddo!-funded classroom aides, library aides, and our district-wide technology coach. Please know that your voluntary donations to Kiddo! every year – in any amount – help keep great programs and people in place at our school. Thanks in advance for helping Kiddo! help our schools. Please visit www.kiddo.org to learn more.  Kids need Kiddo! and Kiddo! needs you!  Thank you for your support!

DATES TO REMEMBER:       
·     Monday-Friday 11/19 -23rd  NO SCHOOL: Thanksgiving Break
·      The Book Faire is coming – December 3rd – 7th!

As always. Please let you know if you have any questions or concerns!

Julie and Tammy

Sunday, November 04, 2018

News for November 5-9




Dear Families,

Happy November! We are excited to meet with all of you for our conferences these next two weeks and can't wait to tell you all about your child's progress in first grade so far. Please let us know asap if you should need to cancel or change your scheduled time for any reason. A pre-conference questionnaire was sent out over the weekend and we encourage you to take a few moments to please complete and return this to us prior to your conference date. (You may request a hard copy of this in our classroom if you need one.) Also, remember that dismissal time for the next 2 weeks will be at 1:55 every day. 


Thank you to everyone who contributed and volunteered to our fabulous Halloween Party last week! The kids had a wonderful time at our parade and party, and we truly appreciate all of your efforts in making this such a special day for them. 


HOMEWORK:  Last Friday, your child brought home directions in their homework folder for a special “Turkey in Disguise” project that is in lieu of our regular math practice packet. This will be the only homework, besides nightly reading, assigned for the next 3 weeks and we would like these completed by November 14th.(Your child may also turn in their turkey before if they finish early!) Hopefully, your child is/was able to tell you about some of the creative ideas shown and discussed in class for disguising their own paper turkey and read you the paper mini book (both also included in last Friday’s folder).  We hope you have lots of fun doing this project together and we encourage the kids to be as creative as they can with thisJ  We can’t wait to see these and write about our favorites in class! 

You can google “Turkey in disguise project” to get some ideas to help your child or below is a list of a few ideas seen in class:
Mermaid    lego guy           tree                       fireman
Superhero   Princess Elsa    ice cream cone     king and queen
Doctor        Ninja               cupcake                
snowman     ghost              taco



“FRIENDSHIP FEAST”: We are so excited for our annual Friendship Feast this year! In the spirit of Thanksgiving and appreciation of friends and family, students will share a special potluck “feast” together in Room10 on Friday, November 16th. We will be busy these next few weeks making fun projects in class to prepare for our feast and talking a lot about what being thankful means. If you would like to contribute an item to this fun event, please click on the signup genius below to see what is needed.  We ask that you please bring your contribution to our classroom by Thursday, Nov. 15th.  Parents will not need to come to this event, so be on the lookout for sweet photos on seesaw! Also, we will have our normal lunch time at 12:00, but you may want to pack a lighter lunch and/or cancel hot lunch for your child on this day- we will be stuffed little turkeys from our earlier feast !




 Edna Picture Day- “Take 2”- As you read from Mr. Kostelnik’s message earlier last week, our school will have a new company re-taking school photos on Wednesday, November 14th.  Ordering and contact information for the new company, Dorian, will be coming home in this week’s Wednesday folder.  



Keep Room 10 Healthy: The flu season is upon us, and we want to keep everyone in Room 10 healthy. At school we are working hard to remember to wash our hands frequently, cough into our elbows and to blow our noses into kleenex (not wipe our noses with our sleeves). As it becomes colder, students will need long sleeves when they are out on the playground. Please be sure that your child comes to school appropriately dressed for the weather. Also, please keep your children at home if they are not feeling well and they should be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school. THANK YOU!  


Important Dates and reminders:
Nov. 12 Veteran’s Day- No School
Nov. 5-16 Conference weeks- minimum day dismissal at 1:55
Nov. 16th Friendship Feast @10:30
Nov. 19-23 Thanksgiving Week- No School!


Have a Wonderful week!
Warmly,
Tammy and Julie



Friday, October 26, 2018

Room 10 News- week of Oct. 29- Nov. 2


Dear Room 10 Families,


 We hope you are all enjoying this beautiful weekend and are gearing up for some Halloween fun this week! This is such a fun and busy time in first grade and with parent conferences and the holiday season quickly approaching, there are no signs of slowing down anytime soon!  

Thinking ahead to November, it is important to remember that at this time of the year the children should be reading out loud to an adult for their nightly reading. Ideally, they would be reading out loud for 10 or more minutes each night. I would still like to encourage families to continue to read TO your children as well, but this would be in addition to their nightly reading.

On Wednesday, October 31st we are having our Halloween celebration at school. The school parade will be outside at 8:45 am. Our parade route will be similar to last year. We are asking all parents to stand INSIDE of the route to cheer our kids on. Please see the photo below for the route.


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Please make sure to send your child to school IN their Halloween costume. We will walk in the parade and then change back into our regular clothes for the rest of the day, after our party. Please send your child to school with a bag that includes a change of clothes. We will repack their costumes into that bag as well. Our classroom party will begin at 12:45. Laura sent out a sign up genius last week for the items needed for the party and it looks like we are all set! Thank you in advance for your help with this and the donations, as we really could not do it without you! As a reminder, all families are welcome to attend our party and watch the parade, but we will only have enough classroom treats and crafts for the students in Room 10. Thank you for understanding.

As you all know, flu season is starting to make its way into Room 10. Please remember that it is important to keep your child home if they have a fever over 100 degrees. The school is asking that all children not return to school until they have been fever free for 24 hours and have been off all medication for 24 hours. We are trying to keep all of the kids healthy. Thank you for your understanding.

KIDS READING A-Z: Many of the first graders are enjoying listening to, reading, and completing a comprehension quiz on books at their just right reading level. The link to RAZ KIDS is on our class website. If you click on the link and enter "tharper4", our class list should appear and your child can enter his/her password. There will be just write reading material at their reading level. They can record themselves reading the book. In addition they can work on using their points to build a robot. This incentive is not something they can do during class time but is something they may want to work on at home. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments. 

Friendship Feast- Be on the lookout for a signup genius coming soon for contributions to our class feast on Friday, Nov. 16th.  This is a class celebration (students only) of friendship and thankful hearts!  It is a much loved event for appreciation of each other and the people we love:)

     Conference Scheduling:  Please remember there will be early dismissal (1:55) EVERY DAY for the 2 conference weeks- November 5-16 At our conference, we look forward to reviewing your child’s progress report and discussing your child’s strengths, first grade academic and social goals, and any concerns/questions you may have thus far.  Don’t forget to mark your signup date and time on your calendars! Below is the signup link as a reminder:

Important Dates and reminders:
•  Nov. 12    Veteran’s Day- No School
•  Nov. 5-16   Conference weeks- dismissal at 1:55
•  Nov. 16th    Friendship Feast
•  Nov. 19-23 Thanksgiving Week- No School! 


Have a Wonderful week and Happy Halloween!
Warmly,
Tammy and Julie




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