Family STEM Night, January 23rd

East Side’s Annual Family STEM Night

Please join us for our annual Family STEM Night this January 23rd  from 6:00-7:30! Cheer your child on as they make paperclips fly, build roller coasters, play with robots, and much more!

Mark your calendars and bring your whole family for this fun-filled STEM Night!

                         **Please note: this is not a drop-off event**                   We are not selling pizza this year to make room for more STEM fun!

Welcome back-happy 2018!

I was so glad to see everyone this morning.  We welcomed a new friend, Neel, to our class. Everyone was so helpful in making Neel feel welcome.  We are now in the second half of first grade. I remind the students that they are now getting ready to be second graders and that we should not have to spend a lot of time going over rules and procedures. The second half will go by very quickly!

Since it’s a short week no overnight books will be coming home.  We will start up again on Monday.  Please remember to read the book and return it the next day.  Some of the books are getting longer.  If your child did not finish the book, please just have them tell me “I’m still reading it” if I ask “where is your book?”.  Return the book when finished.

In an effort to get ready for second grade, your child will now have a homework packet to complete for the rest of the year.  Every Monday a packet will come home.  Please return the completed packet by Friday. The packet is not intended to be done in one sitting (do a page a day) and homework should not take more than 20 minutes each day. Please let me know if there are circumstances that keep your child from completing the homework.

Tomorrow report cards are being sent home in your child’s folder.  Please keep the report card and sign the envelope.  Please return the envelope.

Stay warm!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!!  I am looking forward to seeing everyone bright and early on Thursday.  I can’t wait to hear all about everyone’s time off with family and friends. 🙂

Happy Holidays!

Today we had fun exploring sound and how it is made.  We noticed how an emergency sound (siren, alarm) sounds different than a song.  We then created our own version of an emergency sound.  Ask your first grader about it!

I hope everyone enjoys the holidays with family and friends.  I will see you in 2018!

We are out of tissues, if everyone could bring in a box after the break that would be fabulous! 🙂

Week of December 18th

We had a great time at our Holiday Party this afternoon.  A big thank you to all that helped! If you took some pictures please create an album on Shutterfly and share 🙂 

Tuesday and Wednesday are early release days.  Dismissal is at 12:30. The cafeteria will be serving sack lunches on both days.  We will eat at 9:30 in our classroom, please do not plan on joining us for lunch on these two days.  Thanks! If your child stays for ASP make sure they have a snack to eat before heading to ASP.

Students are due back at school on January 4th.  I can’t wait to hear all about everyone’s time with family and friends during the break.

Don’t forget to check lost and found this week.  No newsletter was sent home this week and no books will be coming home.

Happy New Year!!!

Week of December 11

What an exciting weekend with all of the snow!  Don’t forget I would love a picture of your child playing in the snow.  Either send in a print or upload to our Shutterfly site a picture.  I have created an album called “Snow Fun! December 2017”.

We are doing a lot of reviewing and assessing this week as the quarter comes to an end.  Some things you can work on at home:

  • Addition and subtraction facts to 20.  Play games on the computer or iPad, roll two dice and add, use a deck of cards flip over two cards and add.  Ask your child what are all the ways to make ____(say a number).  For example “what are all the ways to make 12?  Your child should be able to generate pairs of numbers that add up to 12.  Or say “I want to have 12, I only have 5.  How many more do I need?”  Do this in the car or waiting in line somewhere.  Keep practicing!  Fluency with numbers is the goal!
  • When your child is finished reading their overnight book ask: “what is the main idea?” if the book is non-fiction “what is the author’s purpose in writing this book?”.  If they can name the main idea they should be able to site details from the text that support the main idea.

Please make sure folders are being looked at and emptied.  On Friday a weekly progress report comes home.  Parents need to read, sign, and return by Monday.  Thanks!

Snow Fun!!! December 2017

I hope everyone is having a great weekend in the snow!  Wow, I did not expect to see so much. It sure is pretty!

By Monday please either send in a picture of your child playing in the snow or upload a picture to an album I added to our Shutterfly site.  I will print them from there.  Please do not email them too me, it will fill my mailbox.  We will use these pictures for a writing activity.  I would love for each student to have a picture!  Thanks!!!

Hour of Code

Today we participated in an official hour of code (we code all the time in our classroom on the iPads) in the computer lab by visiting the website Code.org . Everyone was able to find an activity to interest them.  Coding is great for building problem solving skills.  Visit the website and try some of the activities yourself!