Summer Day 1

Well we made it.  We made it to the start of summer.  I am sitting in the classroom with the books put away and the student’s work all gone.  It’s so empty.  But within these walls, of this first year, at this new school, we’ve imprinted so many great memories into the walls.  You have awesome kids!  I can’t wait to see them back in the hallways.  But until then, enjoy the summer.  Enjoy reading a book without having to put it down to do something else.  Enjoy swim team and watermelon.  Enjoy writing about the things you’ve done or even have your main character have a little summer fun too!  Enjoy the thunderstorms and the quiet.  Oh, I will enjoy the quiet the most.  But come the end of July, remember to pop in and say hi.  Even if I am busy with the new kids.  Make great memories and have a blast!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Bradley

Day 177

Can you believe it is day 177?  We have 4 days left.  I am sure you are a little happy to have a break from the day to day routine of a school year.  I know I am excited to have no agenda at least for a few days.  I am also sure you are thinking how can you fill time in the summer without your child falling behind.  This is always tricky.  Did you know that the average student regresses almost 2 full levels in reading over the summer?  Yikes, that is a little scary!  As a mother, I try to find time for my girls to have a “Technology Free” time sometime during the day during the summer, EVERY DAY!  This is when we have no electronics, no tv, no music going in my house.  Do they have to read… maybe when they were little it was required but now it is just a time for them to be creative.  They can read, draw, write, go outside, pull weeds…. anything that unplugs their brains from the crazy would of social media.  I encourage you to do the same.  Oh, I almost forgot, they cannot come “visit” with me during technology free time either.  Of course, I do love chatting with my girls, but sometimes, they only want to talk to me when I want to enjoy the quiet.  So, they tell me what they plan to do and then they go do it.  I don’t want to then have to entertain them because they have no technology.  And I will be honest with you, this sounds easy, but it isn’t really.  They don’t know what to do with 45 minutes of  quiet!  You need to be tough in the beginning or it might just fall apart.  Know this.  Every single day of this school year, for 55 minutes we have Daily Five.  Daily Five is almost like Technology free time.  They do have a computer once every other day to do RAZ kids but other than that they are reading, writing, or working with words.  So this isn’t necessarily something completely new to them.  So, if you are brave, I encourage you to set a block of quiet time in your house over the summer.  Then let me know how it goes.

Now that you had to read all that, I just wanted to thank you for an amazing school year.  We’ve laughed, we’ve played, we’ve learned.  Thank you for supporting me as a teacher.  Your kind words means the world to me and I will forever cherish your appreciation for my craft.  I love being your child’s teacher.

Finally, tomorrow students will begin bringing home some of their supplies.  Please take time to look through their journals to see their amazing growth.  It is so fun to see what they’ve done throughout the school year.

Thanks a million!

Let’s Celebrate!

Since next week is our last full week First Grade is having a dress up day for all the days until school is out.  Here is our schedule:

Monday- Superhero Day

Tuesday- Hawaiian/Beach Day

Wednesday- PJ day

Thursday-  Camping day

Friday- Show your school spirit, wear you MVE shirts!

Monday- Wear your favorite team shirt or jersey

Tuesday- Game day-bring a game we can play together as a class

Wednesday- Bring a special snack day

 

Of course you do NOT have to dress up each day, it is just for fun!  Don’t forget this starts Monday, May 14th!

Week of April 30th

What a great week last week!  With the field trip and field day, this coming week is going to seem a little normal!  Hopefully it won’t be too bad!  Here is what we have going on this week in first grade:

Math:  This week we will wrap up adding three digit numbers and begin reviewing graphing and how to interpret graphs.

Reading:  This week we will work on answering key details in a text or article.

Writing:  Students are writing their final realistic fiction stories.

Phonics:  Since we are done with all our spelling patterns, we are going to work on spelling our sight words correctly.

Social Studies:  We will learn about Ruby Bridges and how she showed courage.

STEM:  This Friday, we will have a special STEM day with a Star Wars theme!  I do not think we need any special materials.

Other things to know:

  1. This week we will take the final RI and MI test.  These are the computer test we do to test their reading and math.  Please help me by encouraging your child to SLOW DOWN and to do their personal best.
  2. Our End of the Year party will be Tuesday, May 15th from 12:00 to 1:00.
  3. The library is beginning to do their inventory of books, please make sure your child knows where their library books are and they should bring them to school everyday.
  4. There is homework!  I am going to keep homework going until the last week of school.  I like to keep things as normal as possible.  But if you are busy or if you do not turn it in, I totally understand.  It’s there if you would like to do it, otherwise, it is fine if you want to not do it as well.

 

Field Trip and Sports-a-thon Information

Field Trip – April 25, 2018

Our field trip to the Georgia Aquarium is almost here.  Here are a few things you need to know:

  1. Please have your child wear their Be Nice t-shirt (orange).
  2. Due to time constraints, we will not have time to visit the gift shop. Please do not send any money to school with your child.
  3. Electronic devices are not permitted, please do not send any device with your child for the field trip.
  4. We will eat snack before we leave. Since our lunch will not be until we return, please send a hearty snack on the day of our trip.
  5. Please make sure your child is at school on time on April 25th. We will leave promptly when the buses arrive.

Sports-A-Thon – April 27, 2018

  1. Students will participate in water stations. Please send in a plastic, consumable bag with a change of clothes (shoes, socks, shorts, shirt, underwear, and towel).
  2. Students will still need a snack. Snack time will be in the morning due to a later lunch.
  3. Students must wear their orange, Be Nice t-shirt. 🙂

Thursday

Happy Thursday!  Here are few questions you can ask your child about school tonight!

  1.  What is a fraction?  We’ve been working hard on fractions.  I feel like we could use more time!  Students should know equal and not equal.  They should know how to partition a shape into equal parts.  They should also know how to label a fraction using 1 out of 4.
  2. Who is Marvin Redpost?  We are reading Louis Sacher’s series about Marvin Redpost.  Marvin just accidentally kissed his elbow falling out of bed.  Will he turn into a girl?  What do your kids think?
  3. How is writing going?  We are currently writing our realistic fiction stories and they are doing great.  Today I challenged them to see if they could add a long talking series for their character.  I am excited to read their thoughts!
  4. What letter NEVER, not even ONCE, ends a word?  V- no words end with V.
  5. What is a diagram?  Today as we were studying fish, we drew a fish, which included a window to their insides, and labeled the picture.  They did an amazing job!

Well, that’s a little about our day!

Happy Monday

This week we will be busy!  Here’s a look at what we are doing this week in first grade!

Math:  This week we will begin learning about fractions.  Students need to know one half, one quarter as well as the term one fourth.  Students should know what it means to draw equal portions.  Usually students love our fraction study!

Reading:  This week we are comparing and contrasting two books on the same topic.  They are going to tell how the story of The Three Little Pigs and the True Story of the Three Little Pigs are alike and how they are different.

Science:  This week we are doing an animal study on fish.  Students are learning how to find and research different groups of animals.  This week I am modeling how to do the fish booklet then students will work on their own animal books about mammals, birds, amphibians, and reptiles.

Phonics: This week we are working on the /oo/ and /ew/ sounds.  We will no longer take spelling test.  But we will study the vowel combinations in class.

Other tidbits to know:

Field Trip:  We are getting excited for our field trip.  All money should be turned in.

Sports-a-thon: We will have a fun Pep Rally for the Sports-a-thon on Wednesday.

Envelope:  Don’t forget to give me an envelope that is addressed with 2 stamps!

 

Field Trip Information and a little more

Hi Families!  I hope everyone had a DELIGHTFUL spring break.  I know I LOVED it!  So we are in the last stretch of this school year.  So many things seem to be packed in the last few weeks.  Here are a few things you need to know about.

  1.  Field trip- Right now I have about 14 parents interested in going on the field trip.  Which is amazing!  The cost might be a little more than I expected.  I need a FOR SURE exact number of parents who are coming.  Please email me ASAP if you are FOR SURE coming.  I believe the cost will be $19.
  2. Sports-a-thon– this event is taking place like our field day.
  3.  I need you to provide me with a self address stamped envelope with 2 stamps on it.  This is how you will receive your report card home at the end of the school year.  Thank you to those who did it without me even asking.
  4. Today we had our first different schedule for Milestone Testing.  The kids did GREAT.  Some were a little hungry this morning as our snack is in the afternoon since lunch is at 10:39.  Don’t forget to send a healthy snack with your child to school.

Okay, that is enough information for today!  Don’t forget to email me if you are FOR SURE going on the field trip!

 

Thanks a million!

Field trip info:  

When: Wednesday, April 25

Time: Arrive at the aquarium around 10:15-10:30

Leave: We will leave the aquarium around 12:45

Forms due: Monday, April 16