Tammy Harper and Julie Bremer

Monday, January 21, 2019

January 22-25 Classroom News

Dear First Grade Families,

We hope you are all enjoying this long weekend with your families in honor of the wonderful Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.! Ask your child to tell you some of the interesting facts they learned about MLK, Jr. last week and why we celebrate him each year.

Room 10 kids are so excited to kick off our first big science units of 2019, learning all about Light and Sound!  Students will be thinking about and recording the sounds all around them, wondering how shadows are made, and conducting fun experiments that promote sound and light discovery and exploration.  We will also learn and focus on light and sound vocabulary -vibration, pitch, volume, opaque, transparent, and translucent - in the coming weeks.  

SPELLING- We began our exciting spelling unit last week introducing “Super E”!  Super E has a magic power of changing short vowel sounds into long vowel sounds – ie. cap- cape.  We started with long a words- late, cake, shape, etc., last week, and are moving into long I words this week.  The primary reason for teaching spelling in first grade is to help kids recognize and decode spelling patterns in their reading and writing. We will study a new spelling pattern each week and hope you have fun spelling together!!

MATH- We continue exploring place value this week, learning that all numbers have value and a specific place in line. Our focus will be counting and sorting groups of ten, comparing values, and understanding and recognizing the hundreds, tens, and ones place in numbers. We have also learned new math vocabulary- unit (wild ones), rod (tidy ten), and flat (happy hundred). Ask your child to tell you what these are and how we use them in class :o)

INTERACTIVE ART SHOW : February 4-8, 2019
Starting Monday, February 4, the multi-purpose room will be transformed into a vibrant art gallery, where you can peruse magnificent original works from EVERY Edna student.
Throughout the week, students will participate in special Kiddo! Art classes held in the MPR. The classes are open to family members, so plan to join your junior Picasso or Rodin for what's sure to be a fun and exciting art project! 

The Interactive Art Show for our classroom is on Wednesday, February 6th from 11:10-12:00 in the multi-purpose room. All parents are encouraged to come and participate in an art project with your child and we hope to see you there!


VALENTINE’S PARTY:  Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019
We are planning a fun celebration of friendship on Valentine’s Day in Room 10 and look forward to reading and sorting all those sweet valentines from our classmates. There is no need for parents to attend this one, but be on the lookout for a signup genius for a few items to make this day extra special for our class! 

A few valentine card reminders:
·      If your child is planning to make/bring valentines to share with classmates, please be sure they have addressed one to every student in our class. (A class list of names will be included in this Friday’s homework packet.)
·      We will be making our valentine holders (boxes) at home this year and bringing to school to hold our card collections. Instructions regarding this project will be in this Friday’s homework folder as well and be on the lookout for pictures of creative ideas for valentine boxes posted in our classroom windows! ( examples include: robots, football fields, castles, race cars, dinosaurs, etc.) Your child is welcome to be as creative as possible, but remember that the holders must have a lid or opening  to access valentines cards without destroying the box:) 



READING: As part of our Reader’s Workshop, we often listen to reading at our just right reading level using an app called RAZ kids. This is an on-line leveled book resource that reads the book to your child as they follow along and then allows your child to read the book independently and take a quiz. If you are ever searching for a just right book for your child to read at night, you and your child can sign-on to RAZkids—Use the KIDS LOGIN ICON and then enter: tharper4 
when it asks for the teacher name. Then your child can choose just-right books for themselves.


ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS:

Please help your child remember that we have library each Friday and ensure that s/he is bringing library books to school each week so new ones can be checked out. Students are allowed to have 5 books total checked out at a time, so the more books that are brought back the more new ones they are able to check out.

 -Ask your child what they will write about after the long MLK Day weekend for their Weekend News Journal!

Dates to Remember
-Thursday, Feb. 14th- Valentine’s Party- 
Feb. 18th- 22nd-  President’s week- No School


Have a wonderful week!
Warmly,
Tammy and Julie


Friday, January 11, 2019

Room 10 News for the week of Jan. 14-18


Dear First Grade Families,
It was wonderful to see all of your little-ones last week and we truly enjoyed hearing about all of your adventures over the vacation. We have been working hard to get back into our daily routines. 

"Peek at our week"

Writer’s Workshop- We are continuing our writing unit on All About Books for writer’s workshop this week. The kids have come back from the break with new ideas of things they are experts on. we can tell that they are really enjoying this unit. Last week we picked stories to “publish” and we can't wait to show you our hard work!

Math- We continue exploring place value this week,  learning that all numbers have value and a specific place in line. Our focus will be counting and sorting groups of ten, comparing values, and understanding and recognizing the hundreds, tens, and ones place in numbers.

Martin Luther King- Monday, January 21st is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and we will be learning all about this wonderful man in the next couple weeks.  Please talk to your child about some of the important things MLK Jr. believed in and why he is important to you or your family.  

Reading: As part of our Reader’s Workshop, we often listen to reading at our just right reading level using an app called RAZ kids. This is an on-line leveled book resource that reads the book to your child as they follow along and then allows your child to read the book independently and take a quiz. If you are ever searching for a just right book for your child to read at night, you and your child can sign-on to RAZkids—Use the KIDS LOGIN ICON and then enter: tharper4
when it asks for the teacher name. Then your child can choose just-right books for themselves.
Each week in library, the kids are also asked to choose at least one leveled reader at their just right level. We hope you are enjoying watching and listening to your child become a stronger and more fluent reader each night as much as we are at school!


Dance- We are excited to announce that our First Grade Team wrote a Kiddo grant for dance classes and we got it! THANK YOU KIDDO! Last Wednesday, we had our first of eight dance classes taught by Annie Thistle. The First Grade Dance Program follows the theme of "American Dance Through the Decades." It begins with the Charleston in the 1920's and culminates with 1970's disco. The classes begin with a basic jazz warm-up, working on building coordination, balance, flexibility, and strength. The dance steps and style associated with the specific decade are then incorporated into a dance during which students not only move and experience the style, but also become familiar with the music of the decade. Each class allows the students opportunities to move freely and explore individual creativity with movement activities that offer a departure from concrete dance steps. Students gain knowledge of past decades while honing physical, mental, and creative skills. Their last dance class will also be a performance for the parents, so the students can showcase what they’ve learned. Stay tuned for the dance performance date! Annie own and runs The Performing Arts Academy of Marin, where she teaches dance, voice and theater arts to children from 18 months to 18 years of age. (Visit www.paamarin.com <http://www.paamarin.com/> for a bio and additional information on her studio and work.)

Art Show- Starting Monday, February 4, the multi-purpose room will be transformed into a vibrant art gallery, where you can peruse magnificent original works from EVERY single Edna student. Throughout the week, students will participate in special Kiddo! Art classes held in the MPR. The classes are open to family members, so plan to join your junior Picasso or Rodin for what's sure to be a fun and exciting art project! The  Interactive Art Show for our classroom is on Wednesday, February 6thfrom 11:10-12:00 in the multi-purpose room. All parents are encouraged to come and participate in an art project with your child!

LIBRARY- Please help your child remember that we have library each Friday and ensure that s/he is bringing library books to school each week so new ones can be checked out. Students are allowed to have 5 books total checked out at a time, so the more books that are brought back the more new ones they are able to check out.

Have a wonderful week!
Love,
Julie and Tammy



Important Dates and Reminders:

Jan. 21- Martin Luther King Jr. Day- No School
Jan. 17- Picture Retake Day-if you would like a re-take of your child's picture, please let us know!
Feb. 18th- President’s Day
Feb. 18th- 22th – No school

Sunday, January 06, 2019

Class News For January 8-12


Dear First Grade Families,

Happy 2019! We hope you had a happy and restful winter break with your family. We’re so excited to get back to school with your amazing children and looking forward to hearing about all of your fun holiday adventures!
Please talk with your child tonight about what they can write about for Weekend News writing on Monday. You could discuss one favorite activity from the break and have your child tell you THREE details about what they did! 

Help out with Centers: Check out the Room 10 Centers Sign Up Genius for January- June! We would love to have  any parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles…even close family friends!


 Rainy Days ahead!  With all the wet weather expected this winter, here are a few important reminders:

 Remember to clearly label all rain jackets and boots.  
 If your child chooses to wear rain boots to school, please bring an extra pair of tennis shoes for P.E. time!
·     Please do not send an umbrella to school with your child.


"Peek at our week"

Reading- We can’t stress enough how important it is for you to continue to read and practice sight words and math facts each night with your child. We are really hoping that everyone is taking a little time each day to continue to practice these skills to ensure that the children are ready for the second half of First Grade!

Math- We will begin our exciting unit on place value this week!  For the next few weeks, students will be learning how to group numbers by hundreds, tens, and ones, how to write numbers in expanded notation, and comparing numbers to 120 and beyond.  We also continue work with addition and subtraction fact fluency and computation to 20.

Science- We are excited to begin our next science unit on Light. For the next few weeks, we will be learning  about sources of light and conducting experiments with light.  


Thanks so much and have a wonderful week!

♡Tammy and ♡Julie






January 22-25 Classroom News Dear First Grade Families, We hope you are all enjoying this long weekend with your families in honor ...