Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a nice and restful break. We are back in full-swing here at school. Today we spent a lot of time reviewing our classroom and school-wide expectations/routines. We also did some fun learning activities to help us get back in the routine of things.
Jan. 8: Homework will continue this week
Jan. 9-10: Mrs. Davis out. Please contact the office directly if you need to get a message to the sub over the next two days.
Jan.10: Author visit. Emma J. Virjan will be here on Thursday. If your child ordered one of her books before the break, they will get to have it autographed on this day. I hate to miss this event!
Jan. 11: Science Fair Registration Deadline. Science Fair participation is optional for first graders. If your child would like to participate, you can find the online registration form on the FCE homepage. The Science Fair will be on January 24th.
In the classroom:
Writing: Revising/using emotions to generate writing topics
Reading: Comparing Real vs. Fantasy fiction
Social Studies: Geography
Math: Review.. geometry, fractions, time/ ways to make tens
Science: Weather and air
SEL: Reviewing school-wide expectations
We have a lot happening the next couple of days at school!
Our class Winter Party will be Wed., Dec. 19th in our classroom from 1pm-2pm. Students will be rotating through 4 stations. We will decorate sugar cookies, make reindeer food & antlers, make picture frames & ornaments, and use technology to create 3D coloring images. If you signed up for donations, please start sending those items to school.
Traditions around the World – First grade teachers will be teaching students about various traditions around the world. On Tuesday, Dec. 18, students will rotate through different classrooms for a special lesson throughout the day.
No Homework this week! First grade teachers will not be sending home any Homework this week. Please have your child continue daily reading this week and throughout the break. A fun Winter Break Reading Challenge was sent home last week in Red Folders. Please encourage your child to keep up on their reading!
Baggie Books- I will be taking inventory on Baggie Books this week. Please return all Baggie Books by Wednesday. I will not send home new Baggie Books this week. Students may continue to use Raz-kids for leveled books over the break.
No Library this week- With the short school week, we will not be able to visit the library as a class. If you child needs library books for the break, please return checked out books, and I will do my best to find a time to send him/her to the library.
Tardies- Just a friendly reminder that the school day starts at 7:30. The Tardy bell rings at 7:40 am. Students should be in the classroom no later than this time. We have had several tardies the past couple of weeks. Thanks for your help!
- Middle of Year assessments have started. Please keep your child reading and writing daily to help them meet grade level expectations. We will also be taking our Universal Screeners in the areas of reading and math soon.
- When visiting the library, encourage your child to check out appropriate reading level books. I don’t mind if your child checks out one chapter book if someone is reading to them at home and they can show good comprehension. I also want them to practice reading “just right books” at home as well. Please let me know if your child needs more guidance on finding appropriate books in the library.
- Passport to Adventure is next Thursday from 5pm-7pm. Stop by to learn about some of the different cultures we have in our Forest Creek community. We will also have some student work out to view.
- Holiday Party will be the afternoon of December 19th. More information being sent out soon.
In the classroom this week:
Writing Workshop: Small moment stories/Using mentor texts
Reading Workshop: Fairy Tales
Social Studies: Traditions & Cultures
Math: Geometry & fraction concepts
Science: Properties of Soil & bodies of water
Social & Emotional: Feelings change over time
Monday's Veterans Day Program! All veterans and current military members are cordially invited to attend our Veterans Day Program on Monday, November 12, 2018 at 8:15 am and 9:00 am. Please click here for details. Kindergarten- 2nd grades will attend the 8:15 program. To those that have served and sacrificed for our country, thank you! We hope to see you tomorrow!
*We would like to invite all students to wear red, white, and blue for Veteran’s Day on Monday!
Family Turkey Projects- Please make sure your child returns their Turkey Projects by Tuesday, November 13th in order to give us adequate time to share them this week.
Thanksgiving Lunch will be this Thursday during our regular scheduled lunch time, 11:40-12:10. If you would like to join your student for lunch, please RSVP so that we may have your badge printed in advance, when possible. This RSVP is separate from the meal RSVP you may have returned earlier. This RSVP is to have your badge pre-printed. If you have previously ordered a Thanksgiving meal through the cafeteria, the visitor price is $3.65, payable upon arrival. If you did not RSVP for lunch, you may still join your child for lunch but will need to bring your own meal. RSVP for your pre-printed badge using this link until noon on Wednesday, November 14. Our designated lunch overflow area will be in the Library (only to be used if our cafeteria table is full).
November 19th-23rd Thanksgiving Break- - No School - - A Thanksgiving Break Reading Log will be sent home this week. Please encourage your child to continue daily reading over the Holiday Break.
Mark your calendars! FCE’s Passport to Adventure- Literacy and Multicultural Night will be on December 6th this year. Don’t forget to check out first grade’s Australian Animal Research Projects. Our Australian Wallaby Research Books will be ready to share. More information to come soon.
In the classroom this week:
Writing Workshop: Using Transition words/ “How to..” Writing
Reading Workshop: Non-fiction Research & Note taking
Social Studies: Veteran’s Day & Thanksgiving Holidays
Math: Finishing Doubles strategies / Starting Geometry- Two-Dimensional Figures
Science: Finishing Magnets & Movement/ Starting Properties of Soil & Rocks
SEL: Similarities & Differences with feelings
Toy Drive Information:
The Service Club is having a toy drive to benefit Dell Children's Hospital and to bring awareness to OMS. OMS (Opsoclonus Myoclonus Syndrome) is a rare childhood disease that has no cure. The doctors think it is caused when the child's immune system tries to fight a cancerous tumor and instead attacks the brain.
For the past four years, our school collected new toys to donate to Dell Children's Hospital to promote awareness of OMS. One of our third graders has OMS and his mom brought this to our attention when he was in preschool. Our goal is 150 NEW toys.
Box Tops Contest
The Box Tops for Education contest is in full swing! Please keep sending in those Box Tops for a chance to win a Kona Ice Party for your class! The winning teacher will also win an extra $100 to buy classroom materials. The contest runs from Sept. 12-February 15th. Questions? Please contact Melinda Castillo at email@example.com.
Cash for Coyotes Direct Donation Drive
Thank you to all of the families who have already contributed to this year’s Direct Donation Drive! We are off to a great start, but still have a long way to go before we reach our goal of $25,000. We are currently at approximately $4,300, which means we have $20,700 left to go. Thank You for participating!
Parent Back-to-School Checklist
- VOLUNTEER: All RRISD volunteers must submit a volunteer application each school year.
- ONLINE DIRECTORY: Visit the FCE PTA website for our online directory, volunteer opportunities, PTA membership, and online store:
- JOIN THE PTA: Each year, purchase a membership here.
- FACEBOOK: Like and follow our FCE PTA Facebook page.
- REMIND101: Get PTA updates sent right to your mobile device! (This is the same application used by many FCE teachers for class announcements.)
- Checklist link click here.