Summer Bucket List

21 Jun 2019

In Lieu of the 1st Grade Summer Packet- adapted from Betsy Eggart
Please Read! And have a GREAT Summer!

-Teach your child to tie their shoes. Find a fun trick! Watch a video! Give an incentive! Be persistent! Just make sure your child isn’t the one dragging their laces through the bathroom and cafeteria then asking the teacher to tie it.

-Keep bedtime in the routine. It may be a little later and there will be nights that bedtime doesn’t apply. But overall, if we keep our bodies in a routine with sleep, September won’t hit quite so hard.
-Choose a few family members and friends to write a letter to this summer. Ask your child to write in full sentences, ask questions and give details. Writing with a purpose makes it relevant and real for your child. Maybe someone will write them back! Include an envelope with return address and stamp to encourage that!

-Sit at the table and eat together. Really watch your child. Is he sitting on his knees, mouth wide open, food everywhere? This is how he looks in the cafeteria. Work on that.

-Encourage kindness. Find someone or several others that your child can do something simple to bring a smile. Deliver cookies, make a card, flowers, chores, a song…something simply for a smile.

-Don’t rush to the rescue. Hear me out. Our children need us. But they need us to let them learn to problem solve. If your child is in a situation that is frustrating, but not harmful (example: can’t put together a new toy, can’t open a lunchable, can’t decide which color shirt to wear) let them work it out! It saves time and our nerves to just do it! But in the long run, it’s crippling our children of the basic and necessary skill to problem solve and think through an issue…for themselves. Hang back…just a bit. They’ll be ok!

-Read TO your child. I can’t encourage reading enough! Please visit the library and make books a part of your summer days. Most importantly, let your child see you read- to yourself and to them. Let them hear your silly voices. Let them tell you the best parts and predict how it will end. We tell them all the time they must read, but are we showing them WE read?

-Put down your phone. Spend an hour at the park together without any technology. Leave your phone at home, it will be there when you get back. We must look up from our screens and look at our children. They are growing so incredibly fast. We could spend this summer scrolling through strangers’ vacation pictures wishing we had their reality or we could be chasing our reality through the sprinkler in our own backyard.

-Rest. Be ok with not constantly going somewhere. Society, media, Facebook all have us believing we must seize the day and do it all. Our children have worked hard and they need to rest. If we keep them in perpetual motion through the summer, it will feel like a continuation of the chaos with less homework. Squeeze in the fun, but allow the time to rest. Boredom gives way to creativity. Rest renews our bodies and our minds for all the next school year has in store.

-Give a hug – get a hug. Enjoy your family time. See you in the fall!!

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Welcome to an exciting year at Ray. We hope everyone is having a relaxing and fun-filled summer. We are looking forward to the upcoming school year and can’t wait to get to know all of our new students and families!

We are eager to begin working with each student and their family to create an awesome learning environment that attends to the needs of the 1st grade student. Students will be encouraged to participate fully in class projects, field trips and cooperative grouping/discussions. In addition, this milestone year will provide opportunities for each student to become a more responsible, organized and independent individual.

Parents–starting on the first day of school please help your child get organized. Each day, set aside a time to encourage your child to unpack his/her backpack and take-home folder. Students will have homework nightly Monday-Thursday and are encouraged to read or be read to daily. Please check for important notices and updates from the school and teachers. Beginning the first week of school, you will receive a weekly overview describing areas of study and upcoming events. You can also visit the individual classroom blogs for weekly updates and helpful resources. Communication is essential. Please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher by email or phone. We welcome your thoughts and questions and look forward to making first grade a successful year for your child.

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  • Please send in clippings of houseplants.
  • Please submit snack for 25 kids. Please avoid nuts, dairy and sugary snacks.
  • Please sign your child up for the Ray School Walk-a-Thon. Go to dojiggy.com. register your child.
  • Return the STUDENT RELEASE form as soon as possible. I am working on my National Board Teacher recertification and would like to be able to include all of the children and their work.

READER’S WORKSHOP:

This week we will read various versions of Little Red Riding Hood. We will read Lon Po Po, Pretty Salma, and Petit Rouge. Students will identify common elements within the texts and look closely at character motivation. Students will ask and answer questions about the main character and identify the lesson in the story.

Sight Words: Any, going, from, some, thank

Vocabulary Words: – terry, custard, chat, gracious, escort, considerate, bouquet- these words come from the weekly read aloud text, please discuss these words at home

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:

We will continue with our unit on opinion writing. Students will develop their understanding of opinions vs. facts. Students will continue working on their favorite neighborhood place opinion writing. Students will use transition words as they transfer their ideas into paragraph form.

MATH: This week we will continue with unit 8. Students will complete an open response prompt. The prompt asks students to share a piece of paper between 2 and 4 children and then identify whose share is larger. Students will practice finding 10 more and 10 less. We will combine 2D shapes to make larger shapes and play a new game called Make My Design.

Please use the fact triangles from the home links to practice addition and subtraction facts

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE: In science we will talk more about characteristics of living things. Students will compare and contrast plants and animals. We will also look more closely at animal groups and their habitats. In social studies we will learn about how things were different in the past. Students will looks at technological advances of the past including the telephone, the record player and the wheel.

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  • I hope you all had a lovely spring break! The students seem rested and relaxed and happy to be back!
  • Please send a snack for 25 students.
  • I will be absent this Thursday and next Thursday. I am working on my National Board Recertification. Ms. Jones will be the substitute on those days.
  • This week we will begin Art as our next specials rotation.

 

READER’S WORKSHOP:

This week we will read Bad Ants by Chris Van Allsburg. We will continue to discuss elements that make Van Allsburg’s books unique and interesting. Students will write about their favorite book and give supporting reasons why.

I will assess students using the “words their way” assessment that I used at the start of the year. I will be identifying spelling strategies that individual students need to work on.

Vocabulary Words: smog, traffic, dump, smokestack, factory– these words come from the weekly read aloud text, please discuss these words at home

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:

We will continue with our unit on opinion writing. Students will develop their understanding of opinions vs. facts. Students will begin working on their favorite neighborhood place opinion writing.

MATH: This week we will start unit 8 in math. We will play I Spy with shapes using shapes defining and non-defining attributes as clues. Students will make shapes using straws and twist ties and will learn about characteristics of polygons and non-polygons. We will learn about equal shares and practice dividing shapes into halves and fourths.

Please use the fact triangles from the home links to practice addition and subtraction facts

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE: In science we will talk about characteristics of all living things. We will sort items into living and non living categories. We will also water our cherry tree. We will learn more about how we can care for the Earth. Students will assist in collecting trash around the schoolyard. We will also learn about the benefits of reducing, reusing and recycling.

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12:00-12:10 Kendall R.

12:10-12:20 Steven

12:20-12:30 Nia

12:30-12:40 Zoey

12:40-12:50 Brock

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1:20-1:30 Journey

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2:30-2:40 Bobby

2:40-2:50 Mohanad

 

3:10-3:20 Aaqilah

3:20-3:30 Aleshia

3:30-3:40 Kendall D.

3:40-3:50 Barnaby

 

4:10-4:20 Serenity

4:20-4:30 Jackson

4:30-4:40 Bryan

4:40-4:50 Iris

 

5:10-5:20 Dominic

5:20-5:30 John

5:30-5:40 Sofia

5:40-5:50 Emily

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  • There is no school for students on Wednesday, April 10th. There is no school next week for Spring Break. Enjoy your time with your family.
  • I am posting the report card sign up on the classroom blog. If you have not signed up for a time, please contact me via email. I can not guarantee that I will be able to meet with you on Wednesday if you don’t have a confirmed time slot.
  • Please note that Friday mornings students will be outdoors, weather permitting, from 8:45am-9:15am. Otherwise students will meet in the auditorium until 9:15am
  • Many students have been arriving late on a regular basis. Starting the school day on time is vital in establishing routine and appropriate learning and social behaviors.
  • We forgot all about Friday Letter Journals last week (AGAIN). For the final quarter I would like the children to complete their letters independently. Please look over your child’s letter and respond back! Feel free to use the notebook over break to have your child write to me about their week!

READER’S WORKSHOP:

This week we will read Just a Dream by Chris Van Allsburg. This is a great story about a Muslim girl that joins a class in the United States. We will be exploring cultural differences, as well as discussing why people sometimes leave their home countries. This book is one of the texts with diverse characters that we are focusing on this quarter. We will learn about the sounds of /ng/ and inflectional endings –s, -ed and –ing. We will also learn about words that begin with blends cr and fr.

Sight Words: Again, fly, give, her, let, put– students are assessed weekly on the spelling of these words. They have access to the words on the word wall, but should study the words weekly and be able to read the words without sounding them out.

Vocabulary Words: smog, traffic, dump, smokestack, factory– these words come from the weekly read aloud text, please discuss these words at home

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:

We will continue with our unit on opinion writing. Students will develop their understanding of opinions vs. facts. Students will generate their own topics for opinion writing by sharing some favorites and writing about why we love our Earth.

MATH: This week we will finish unit 7 in math. This week we will continue to work with the function machines and determine the rule, input and some students will work on determining the output. We will explore digital clock and review telling time on analog clocks with the hour only hand. Students will practice their math facts using the fact triangles and will learn a new game called Beat the Calculator.

Please use the fact triangles from the home links to practice addition and subtraction facts

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE: In science we will start a new unit on living things. This week will discuss what living things need and identify living things in the schoolyard and in Amanda’s Garden. We will also water our cherry tree. We will learn more about how we can care for the Earth. Students will assist in collecting trash around the schoolyard. We will also learn about the benefits of reducing, reusing and recycling.

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  • Please donate snacks.
  • Thanks to Sofia’s family for donating juice pouches for our farewell party for Ms. Jones.
  • School begins at 8:45am. Please make sure your child arrives to school on time. We begin each day with a short morning work activity. If you’re child arrives late, chances are that they have missed the instructions and some or all of the work time.
  • This Friday our townhall meetings resume in the auditorium, Students will come to the classroom at 9:15am.
  • The students are bringing home completed/graded work this week. Please look over the work and let me know if you have questions. I am holding the students more accountable for finishing work within the allotted time, as this will be an expectation in 2nd grade.

READER’S WORKSHOP:

This week we will read Under the Same Sun by Sharon Robinson. This is a great story about a family that returns to Tanzania to visit relatives. We will be exploring cultural differences, as well as discussing why people sometimes leave their home countries. This book is one of the texts with diverse characters that we are focusing on this quarter. We will learn about the sounds of hard and soft g and inflectional endings –s, -ed and –ing.

Sight Words: brother, sister, says, always, think- students are assessed weekly on the spelling of these words. They have access to the words on the word wall, but should study the words weekly and be able to read the words without sounding them out.

Vocabulary Words: terminal, greet, bustle, safari, ruins- these words come from the weekly read aloud text, please discuss these words at home

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:

We will really finish our nonfiction unit this week. Students will be creating All About Me books that feature themselves. Students will publish their nonfiction booklets and share them with the rest of the class. We will start opinion writing mid-week. We will read the book The Best Part of Me

MATH: This week we will continue unit 7 in math. This unit will focus on the relationships between facts. We will use fact triangles and dominoes to look closely at fact families. The students are avidly working on their number scrolls. It is a great activity that highlights the patterns in numbers and allows children to look closely at place value to check for accuracy. Please use the fact triangles from the home links to practice addition and subtraction facts

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE: In science we will continue our unit on light and conduct experiments about refraction and reflection. We will learn about materials that reflect light (such as mirrors) and why certain objects look bent in water. We will continue to learn about women who have made a difference in history. We will read and discuss The Life of Helen Keller and Brave Girl.

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  • Please donate snacks.
  • Thanks to the parents who joined us on our field trip last week. It was a wonderful trip.
  • Our beloved Ms. Jones will complete her final week of student teaching this week. As a token of our appreciation, I would like to put together a bag of books for her to start her own classroom library. If your child would like to submit a book, please send it to school no later than Wednesday of this week. If you have questions- don’t hesitate to email me.

READER’S WORKSHOP:

This week we will read Big Red Lollipop by Ruhksana Kahn. This is a great story about a young girl who is forced, by her mother, to take her younger sister along to a birthday party. The book does a great job at showcasing cultural differences and similarities and looks closely at the dynamics between siblings. Consider viewing the reading of this text on YouTube with your child. We will watch a retelling by the author in class. This book is one of the texts with diverse characters that we are focusing on this quarter.

Sight Words: while, place, under, always, father

Vocabulary Words: Invited, fair, plead, scurries, aside

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:

We will really finish our nonfiction unit this week. Students will be creating All About Me books that feature themselves. Students will publish their nonfiction booklets and share them with the rest of the class.

MATH: This week we will begin unit 7 in math. This unit will focus on the relationships between facts. We will use fact triangles and dominoes to look closely at fact families. The students are avidly working on their number scrolls. It is a great activity that highlights the patterns in numbers and allows children to look closely at place value to check for accuracy.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE: In science we will continue our unit on light and conduct experiments about refraction and reflection. We will learn about materials that reflect light (such as mirrors) and why certain objects look bent in water.

We will continue to learn about women who have made a difference in history. We will read and discuss I Can Do That: Ester Morris Gets

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  • On Friday, March 8th, there will be a Ray Rocks concert, which the 1st graders will be singing in. It is in the auditorium from 9:15am-10:15am.
  • Students will take their Unit 6 math test on Thursday.
  • Next week is our field trip- please plan on dressing warmly and bringing a sack lunch.
  • I will be absent for a doctor’s appointment on Friday, March 8th, 2019. Ms. Jones will be here, as well as a substitute.

READER’S WORKSHOP: This week we will read A Chair For My Mother by Matt de la Peña. We will practice identifying the message and the theme of the story, as well as track the main character’s feelings throughout the course of the book. We will also design our own dream chairs, just like the one Rosa’s family dreamed of in the book. This book is one of the texts with diverse characters that we are focusing on this quarter.

Sight Words: saw, play, because, through, before

Vocabulary Words: spoiled, tips, saving, single, block

WRITER’S WORKSHOP: We will begin our nonfiction books this week. Students have been brainstorming topics they are knowledgeable about, and this week they will learn more about the language used in nonfiction texts, and how to incorporate nonfiction features into their own booklets.

MATH: This week we will continue Unit 6 in math. We will talk more about place value and equivalence, and review for the Unit 6 test they will take at the end of the week.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE: In science we will continue our unit on light. Specifically, we will learn about the direction light moves in, as well as how we communicate with light. We will also experiment with mirrors, and see how they reflect light and images.To begin celebrating Women’s History Month, we will learn about some important women in history in Social Studies. We will read I Can Do It, a story about a woman passionate about becoming involved in the government. We will also read She Persisted, which highlights different women from different countries who have persisted despite obstacles and challenges. Students will write about a time they persisted through something that was hard for them.

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  • Please email Ms. Bethanie if you can volunteer on February 22nd for the 2nd “My Very Own School Library.”
  • Please send in snack as soon as possible. Has your child donated snack recently? Thank you to all of the families that donate!

READER’S WORKSHOP:

This week we will read The Sandwich Swap, as we continue focusing on diverse texts this quarter. We will discuss story elements such as characters, setting, problems, and solution, as well as exploring the lesson of the book. We will connect this book about two girls sharing foods from their culture to our social studies lessons this week.

Sight Words: called, just, where, more, know

Vocabulary Words: swap, suggest, pesky, gooey, ashamed, nibbled

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:

We will finish our How-To writing this week as students work on publishing their booklets and adding a title page. Students will have the chance to practice peer editing as they perfect their booklets, as well as have the opportunity to present their work to the class.

MATH: This week we will continue working on Unit 6. This week’s lessons will focus on doubles facts, near doubles facts, and making tens using ten frames. This is a great opportunity for students to practice their mental math. We will also keep working on telling time using the hour hand, which students will practice with the clock they created in math last week.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE: In science, we will review light properties and the concepts of transparent, translucent, and opaque, as well as drawing our shadows and the shadows of other objects. In social studies, we will be talking about our differently cultures and the unique foods that come along with it. Students will take home a worksheet to assist them in an interview of a family member (parent, grandparent, aunt, sibling, etc.) asking about where the family comes from and what food is special to the family’s culture and traditions. If available, they are encouraged to bring in a recipe for this food, as we will be making a classroom recipe book. The interview and recipe should be brought in by Friday.

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Ray Parents,

At roughly 12 pm, the school office was notified by CPD that students should not leave the building as they looked for an armed robbery suspect in the neighborhood.  A few minutes later, officers came to secure the building.  With their support, we did a brief full-building lockdown as a safety precaution to ensure our building was safe.  We also kept all recess indoors during that time.  By 12:45, CPD let us know that the suspects were apprehended.

We want to assure you that all students were safe during the process and remain safe.  As always, our teachers and counselors were available for any students who may have been impacted during this event.

Thank you for your support,

-Megan & Gayle

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  • Please email Ms. Bethanie if you can volunteer on February 22nd for the 2nd “My Very Own School Library.”
  • Report Cards will go home today. Please email me if you would like to set up a meeting.
  • This Wednesday is the Black History Month Celebration. Please join us if you can. Room 115 will have versions of the Alice Walker poem There is a Flower at the Tip of My Nose Smelling Me displayed in the hallway.
  • On Valentine’s Day we will have time at 1pm to pass out cards. I encourage you to create homemade cards with your child and limit food/candy. Children will not have time to address or put together cards at school. This is a great opportunity to practice handwriting and reading.

READER’S WORKSHOP:

This week we will read A Different Pond. We will identify story elements such as characters, setting, character development and author’s purpose. We will use the book to make predictions and inferences. Students will be exploring texts with diverse characters this quarter.

Sight Words: long, very, little, words, after

Vocabulary Words: tackle, bait, lure, tackle, callous, trespass

WRITER’S WORKSHOP:

We will continue How-To writing this week. Students will independently and with partners write step-by-step directions for things they know how to do. We will use our planning sheets to make How-To booklets. Ms. Jones will teach the students how to make a Valentine’s Day card bag. Students will practice adding details to their writing and using pictures to better explain directions.

MATH: This week we will start unit 6 in math. Students will make hour only clocks to works on practicing telling time on the analog clock. Students are encouraged to use the language “a little before, a little after and in between” to describe the time. Students will also receive new math journals this week (volume 2). Students will bring home volume 1 tomorrow.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE: We will use flashlights to explore objects that are transparent, translucent and opaque. Students will use flashlights to make shadows and review how shadows are made.

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