Monday 2/19 No School Presidents' Day
Friday 2/23 Envelopes Due Jump Rope for Heart
Field Day is coming up next month. Our class will be tie-dying our shirts. If you are able to donate a package of children's white tee shirts in either xs, s or m please let me know. We will also need 2 tie dye kits. Thank you in advance
In First Grade:
ow, ear, ou, er, ur, ir, or, ch, sh, th, ea, ee, au, ed kn, wh, y, o, e, s
dead, leave, early, close, close, flower, flour, nothing, ground
lead, led, lead, such, morning, however, mind, shall, alone, order
Same Stories Different Lands: Little Red Riding Hood
Human Body: Brain
Early Settlers and Explorers: Roanoke and Jamestown
This week in first grade:
Great Hearted Day 2/14 http://signup.com/login/entry/10169830936975620100
No school 2/19 Presidents' Day
Spring Concert 4/5 (this mandatory please mark calendars!)
indeed, four, herself, power, wish, because, cause, world, country
meet, meat, tripped, trip, list, people, ever, held, church
once, one, own, before, know, no, were, where, there, here
Repeated addition, arrays and multiplication
Human body, heart and brain
Incas and Christopher Columbus (Quiz Thursday)
Happy Birthday Magistra Ruchames (2/4)
Jump Rope for Heart Kickoff 2/5
Early Release 12:30 2/9
Daddy Daughter Dance 2/10 6:30-8:30pm Archway Lincoln Gym
Great Hearted Day 2/14
We are still in need of library volunteers. Thank you to those who have already donated time. Please let me know if you are able to help out.
chalk, grant, soap, news, new, small, smaller, smallest, war, summer
above, express, turn, lesson, half, father, anything, table, high, June
right, write, wrote, date, road, rode, ride, March, march, next
Numbers 1-40 (test this week)
Early Civilizations: Aztecs
Welcome back for another great week! As we move forward we are looking for Library helpers just for the time we are in there reading. See below how you would be helping out on Wednesdays!
Here is an opportunity to help our class without a huge time commitment! We need a parent volunteer to aid during our library time which is from 11:45-12:15 on Wednesdays. You can help any capacity that you feel comfortable with...
* Read a book to the class
* Assist scholars looking for books
* Check books in and out of the computer system
* Shelve books
You do need to be fingerprinted to assist in this capacity. If you would like a quick training on the layout of the library, how to search for books or how to check books in and out of the computer you can contact Shannon Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To sign up, just click the following link: http://signup.com/go/aEkUQxO
Spalding: 28 words
catch, catcher, kitchen, butcher, black, warm, unless, clothing, clothes, clothe
began, begin, begun, able, gone, go, done, do, suit
track, watch, dash, fell, fight, buy, by, stopping, stop
Phonograms: Please practice 1-55
Literature: Frog and Toad All Year
Math: subtracting ones form ten, subtract form a ten, subtracting by renaming, and solving work problems
Science: Muscular system, Healthy eating & Digestive System
History: Early Civilizations of the Americas: Inca, Mayan & Aztec
Hello first grade families I hope you have all had a wonderful weekend. I am looking forward to another great week with your children.
THIS WEEK IN FIRST GRADE:
Scholars are now responsible for recording homework in their agendas, you will still have a cover page to the homework. Encourage your child to use his or her agenda to check off completed items. Please initial the agenda each evening.
This Thursday January 25th we will be taking class photos. You may order online or send the envelope with a check to school with your child.
night, pass, shut, easy, ease, bone, cloud, draw, drink, garden goose, hopping, hop, knife, mouth, oak, peach, pole, queen, rope season, sign, space, wagon, wheat, window
Frog and Toad Together
Numbers 1-40 addition and subtraction
The Human Body
Early Civilizations: From Hunting to Farming, Mayas
I hope you all had a wonderful and restful three day weekend. Here are a few things to expect in first grade this week:
finish, hurt, maybe, across, tonight, tenth, sir, these, those, club
seen, see, felt, full, fail, setting, set, stamp, light
Frog and Toad are Friends
Numbers 1-40 (patterns on the 100s chart)
Three World Religions
Review and Test this week
The Human Body
Happy New Year First Grade Families!
It was great connecting with you at conferences if you were unable to make it or have further questions please feel free to contact me via email.
Next Monday January 15th HOLIDAY NO SCHOOL
Beginning today first grade scholars will be writing in agendas. These should go back and forth each day and be initialed by you each night. You will still receive the homework cover sheet.
This month's poem is The Months and will be recited the week of January 29th
July, head, story, open, short, lady, reach, better, water, round
cost, price, become, class, horse, care, try, move, delay, pound
behind, around, burn, camp, bear, bare, clear, clean, spell, poor
y, i, c, s, z, u, j, ei, ie, ey, ea, ou, ow, ui, ew, oo, dge, eigh, ng, qu, a, e, f, g, j, n, o, oa, gu, ph, kn, gn, ch, aw, au, ck, ed
Numbers to 40: Counting to 40, tens and ones
Three World Religions: Christianity and Islam
Hello First Grade Families!
This week we will close out the second quarter on Wednesday December 20th. Please note that this week dismissal will be at 12:30.
Our Hansel and Gretel celebration will be this Tuesday. Thank you to everyone who has already signed up to volunteer and bring in supplies.
Conferences will be January 4th and 5th http://signup.com/go/gkKEAgh.
School Resumes January 8th 2018 (animal projects are due)
Have a safe and relaxing break, looking forward to seeing you NEXT year!!!
First Grade Families,
We have just one more full week and one half week all half days before the quarter ends. Here is what to expect before we send you off on a safe and happy break:
Field Trip 12/14
Early Dismissal 12:30 12/18-12/20
Conferences 1/4 and 1/5
two, twin, twice, twelve, twenty, between, they, would, could, should any, many, city, only, where, week, weak, first, sent, cent mile, seem, even, without, afternoon, Friday, hour, our, wife, state
Tally charts and bar graphs
Hanukkah and Christmas Around the World
I cannot believe we are almost finished with our second quarter! Please read below for what to expect in first grade this week:
k, l, m, n, p, r, t, u, v, w, ei, eigh, ti, si, ci, sh, ee, th, ow, ou
room, hope, same, glad, with, mine, chair, forgot, guess, hang meat, mouse, phone, store, supper, through, toe, became, bother, rain keep, start, mail, male, female, eye, I, glass, party, upon
Poem: Solomon and Grundy
Frog and Toad
Three World Religions: Judaism
I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving and some family time. We had a great Thanksgiving play and are so grateful we were able to share it with you.
This week in first grade:
never, found, side, kind, life, here, car, word, every, under,
most, made, said, says, say, work, our, more, when,
from, form, wind, wind, print, air, fill, along, lost, name
Poem: Thanksgiving Day - the students will recite it individually this week.
Literature: Frog and Toad- please make sure if you were sent an email that your child still needs they copy.
History: We will start exploring the world religions.
Math: We will finish exploring comparing numbers and be tested on comparing numbers on Friday.
Science: We are continuing to explore habitats by looking into the Tropical rainforest.
Hello First Grade Families!
It is hard to believe that it is already the week of Thanksgiving! I want to thank you all for all of your support with the fall concert and our Thanksgiving play.
With this being a holiday week we will spend time reviewing objectives, looking at life-cycles and comparing numbers. When we return we will begin studying religions around the world. This week we will not have Spalding homework. The Thanksgiving holiday is an R and R weekend- there will be no school 11/22-11/24. We hope you enjoy this time with your families and are truly thankful to have you as a part of our Great Hearts family!
THIS Thursday November 16th: Fall Choir Concert (participation is required, please see pink information sheet sent home last week)
November 20th 1:30pm: Thanksgiving Play MPR
November 22-24: No School Thanksgiving R&R
This week in first grade:
u, v, w, x, y, z, a , c, d, f, aw, au, or, ck, wh, ed, ew, ui, oa, gu
fire, wire, tire, age, gold, read, read, red, fine, can, not
May, may, line, left, ship, train, saw, pay, large, near
down, why, bill, want, girl, part, still, place, report
Play Practice and Frog and Toad
Length test on Thursday 11/16
Habitats: deciduous and coniferous forest
I hope you all had a restful weekend and were able to enjoy the nicer weather we have been having! Thank you so much for dressing up your children and donating your time and supplies last week for Character Day! Our scholars had the best time celebrating the books that they love, these things would not be possible without all of your dedication and support and I am so grateful for you all.
This is a busy quarter and we have more excitement coming your way! Please remember to get out and grab the appropriate attire for the fall concert which will be taking place at the Higley Center for the Arts on the evening of November 16th. If you have any questions please reach out to myself or our music teacher Mrs. Boswell.
This year all first grade classes will be presenting a Thanksgiving play. Our class will be performing from 1:30-2:30 pm on November 20th in the MPR. All children will have speaking parts that they will be reading from a script for the play. On the day of the play please send your child to school wearing his or her "concert" attire. Our liaisons are busy preparing simple costumes and props that they will be given the day of. If you have any questions regarding this please do not hesitate to reach out to me.
This upcoming week:
No school on Friday 11/10 Veteran's Day Observed
h, l, j, k, m, n, p, r, t, ai, oy, oi, er, ir, ur, wor, ear, ng, ea
inside, blue, post, town, stay, grand, outside, dark, band, game
boat, rest, east, son, sun, help, hard, race, cover
*This week we only have 20 words. Practice test will be Wednesday and test will be Thursday.
Puss in Boots and The Princess and the Pea
Poem: Thanksgiving Day by Lydia Maria Child
Students will explore length and measuring objects and be tested on the skills they learned on Thursday. Students will begin an exploration into comparing numbers.
We are wrapping up ancient Egypt. This week we will learn about King Tut the "boy king".
In our short week we will continue to learn about habitats and focus on the East African savanna.
Many exciting things are happening in first grade this week!
Tuesday 10/31 is character day. You should have received approval for your child's costume from me on the green slip of paper by now. If you still have questions please reach out to me via email. I am so excited to see everyone dressed as their favorite literary characters! We have a fun afternoon planned and hope you are able to join in the fun or donate supplies. Thank you to Mrs. Searcy and Mrs. Cuevas for making this happen!
Friday November 3rd is early release at 12:30 for teacher inservice, please plan accordingly.
a, c, d, f, g, o, s, qu, b, e, ci, sh ee, th ow, ou, oo, ch, ar, ay
told, best, form, far, gave, alike, add, brave, corn, dance
dinner, doll, egg, fruit, looks, pick, rich, zoo, zip, zero
seven, forge, happy, noon, think, sister, cast, card, south, deep
Jack and the Beanstalk and The Frog Prince
We are learning about habitats and will be taking a deeper look at arctic habitats. We will be discussing animals and how they adapt to their habitats.
This week we will be looking at hieroglyphics and how the ancient Egyptians used this to read and write. We will also learn about the duties of a scribe.
We will continue to learn about shapes.
I hope that you have all had a relaxing break. I have really enjoyed meeting with all of you during Parent Teacher Conferences. If you have not had the opportunity to meet with me and have not already arranged a time please reach out to me via email to set up a conference.
The Read-A-Thon is still going on. We encourage your children to continue reading and interacting with the online system. We will end the Read-A-Thon with character day on October 31st. Permission slips have been sent home and need to come back to school to receive approval from me. All characters should come from classical literature.
The fall concert is coming up on November 16th. This event is part of your child's music grade. The concert will be at Higley Center for the Perform Arts at 4132 E Pecos Road. The concert begins at 5:30 and first graders need to arrive by 5:00. Girls should wear a black skirt, black tights, black dress shoes and a white top. Hair should be pulled back. Boys should wear black pants, white dress shirt, black dress shoes and black socks, hair should be neat.
This week we are diving back into curriculum:
put, each, soon, came, Sunday, show, Monday, moon, yet find, give, new, letter, take, Mr., after, thing, what, than, its, his, her, it's, very, or, thank, dear, west, sold
Please focus on the first 50 phonograms. The ones that will be tested will be noted on the homework sheet.
Math:We are wrapping up our unit with addition and subtraction to 20 and will test at the end of the week.
We are beginning to explore habitats
We are still studying ancient Egypt and will wrap this unit up at the end of October. We are learning about the sphinx. For our activity this week your child will need to bring in a picture of his or her face to glue onto the body of the sphinx.
It has been such a pleasure serving you and your children this first quarter, it truly has flown by! Please remember that the Read-A-Thon is going on for the month of October. All proceeds will fund the library, and there are so many fun incentives for your children, we greatly appreciate your participation in this exciting event. The book fair will be held in the library this week. Your children may purchase books before or after school or during their regularly scheduled library time. Due to the book fair children will NOT be checking out library books this week, but are encouraged to return any checked out items during this time. A gentle reminder that Friday is a half day and children will be dismissed at 12:30. We hope you all enjoy a safe and fun fall break!
Please sign up for a conference time at http://signup.com/go/kdsPaKy conferences are mandatory and children are not permitted to attend. If you have a scheduling conflict please reach out to me directly. Children return to school on the 18th.
In the classroom this week:
e, h, l, j, k, m, n, p, r, au, or, ck, wh, ed, ew, ui, oa, gu, ph
white, spent, foot, feet, blows, blow, block, spring, river
planted, plant, cut, song, sing, sang, sung, winter, stone, free
lake, lace, page, nice, end, fall, went, back, away, paper
Cinderella Around the World
Addition and subtraction with two digit numbers
Electricity: electrical currents and safety
Ancient Egypt: pyramids and mummies
I hope you have had an enjoyable weekend. Here a few things in store for your first grader this week:
Literacy Night and Read-a-Thon Kick-Off 9/29 5-8pm
Half Day 9/29 12:30 Dismissal
for, run, ran, was, that, his, led, lay, apple, ate
author, bread, brown, dog, eats, fast, food, jump, sleep, wash
yellow, nine, face, miss, rides, ride, tree, sick, got, north
We are continuing to learn about matter and atoms in the form of electricity. We will learn about electrical circuits, static electricity and who Thomas Edison is.
We are continuing our study of ancient Egypt. This week we will explore pharaohs and mummies.
Cinderella Around the World
Last week was an exciting one with all of our hands on activities in science and history! We enjoyed seeing what happens when a liquid is frozen (popsicles!), and building The Nile out of salt dough. We hope that you are feeling more settled into the Spalding and Singapore programs and encourage you to reach out if you have any further questions.
Please focus on single and double letter phonograms at home
ask, just, way, get, home, much, call, long, love, then
house, year, to, I, as, send, alone, one, some
if, how, her, them, other, baby, well, about, men, man
We will have our next unit test on subtraction this Tuesday 9/19
Practicing math facts at home will help ensure your child's success in our Rocket Math program
We are continuing to explore states of matter
Ancient Egypt: The Nile, everyday life in ancient Egypt
Owl at Home
Proper nouns, periods
It is hard to believe we are already half way through our first quarter! I hope you all have had a restful weekend and are ready for another great week!
This week in first grade:
fur, green, oil, paint, pool, teeth, worm, day, eat sits, sit, box, school, belong, door, floor, yes, low soft, stands, stand, bring, tell, five, ball, law, ask, yard
e, hi, l, j, k, m, n, p, oa, gu, ph, ough, oe, ey, igh, kn, gn, wr, ie
Relating subtraction to addition, finding missing addends
Ancient Egypt, The Nile
States of Matter
Owl at Home (please bring this book in if you have not already)
Just a reminder to please be reading with your child each night. Homework is collected on Mondays and math workbooks are checked daily. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me via email if you have any questions.
First Grade Families:
We are so grateful for everything that you have done to make August a successful first month of school! We hope you all had a restful weekend and are ready for a great September!
Thank you to everyone who volunteered for this position. Just a reminder to those who were chosen there is a mandatory meeting this Tuesday. All questions and concerns should be directed towards Cristy Kec our liaison coordinator at archwayparentteacherliaisons.com.
Spalding and Singapore night was a success, thank you to all who joined us in learning more about how to support child at home. If you need further support with homework please do not hesitate to reach out. Please continue to work on phonograms and correct letter formation at home. The math work book should be going back and forth between home and school each day.
Poem of the Month:
By: Robert Frost
ear, ng, ea, aw, au, or, ck, wh, ed, ew, ui, a, c, d, f, g, o, s, qu, b
let, big, bag, beg, bog, bug, mother, three, land, cold, hot, hat, child, ice, play, sea, see, bird, cool, earth
We will begin Subtraction within 10 in math We will start exploring Ancient Egypt vocabulary and the importance of the Nile River We will continue using the scientific method in our exploration of states of matter.
Our year is off to a fantastic start! It is a pleasure to spend each day with your children. Here are a few things you can expect this week in first grade:
This week in Spalding we will continue to work in our notebooks, practice our phonograms and words and the homework will look the same. Please remember the homework packet and Spalding words go home each Monday, and the previous week's packet should be returned the following Monday. Your children should be using the markings in their homework, but will not be tested on them. If you are new to Great Hearts you can find out more about Spalding this upcoming Thursday in the MPR from 6:00-7:30.
In math we will be wrapping up our unit on number bonds. The unit test will be on Friday and you will receive review homework on Thursday. We will also be covering Singapore math on Thursday from 6:00-7:30 in the MPR.
We appreciate all of your support and participation during the solar eclipse. All of our students were able to benefit from this educational experience. This week in science we will be looking at atoms and states of matter. If you have not already sent in a white pillowcase you may still do so, we will be cutting and marking these to create our "lab coats" for the year.
In history we are still studying the first civilization Mesopotamia. In the coming weeks we will be exploring more ancient civilizations.
We are going into our fourth week of homework. If you need additional support please feel free to reach out via email. We value responsibility at Great Hearts and encourage children to take charge of the materials that they need to be successful with their homework at the end of each day. However even with reminders things happen. Should you find your child is missing materials he or she can make up the work the following day or evening. Children will take responsibility for agendas in January.
If you are able to join us for Singapore and Spalding night this will be taking place in the MPR from 6:00-7:30 and is a great resource for families new to Archway Lincoln.
We are in the process of selecting classroom liasons. For additional information on how to submit your name please refer to the Headmaster update. Once liasons have been selected you will be notified.
We are so grateful for your support and enthusiasm. You are a valuable asset to our team and could not do the work that we do without you!
Monday students will be viewing the eclipse live from the classroom. If you are planning to come observe it in person with your child please remember your drive line number. Parents may begin to arrive at 9:30 and you will be greeted in the MPR and your child will be sent to meet you. Glasses will be passed out to the students. As of now we do not know how many extra we will have and cannot guarantee all adults will be given a pair.
A packet will be sent home every Monday and needs to be returned the next Monday.
We are reading Aesop Fables. Each day we read a new fable and talk about the lesson or moral the characters have learned. We try to help students make connections with the story to their own life through asking questions so they have a greater understanding of what Aesop was teaching. This week we will read The Maid and the Milk Pail, The Fox and the Grapes, The Boy who Cried Wolf and The Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs.
We are still memorizing the poem The Catepillar and reviewing the saying Treat others the way you want to be treated.
In Spalding we are going to be learning 25 new words. We will be working on learning the silent e and all the jobs it has. Please make sure you are taking time to practice the phonograms at home.
We will be finishing their exploration of number bonds. We will begin learning the meaning of addition and exploring addition equations. Your child will relate number bonds to addition and using story problems to look at addition sentences.
We will be continuing to learn about the eclipse and taking time Monday to view it. We will also begin learning about atoms and molecules. We will create a project to have an understanding of protons and electrons.
We are continuing to learn more about Mesopotamia. We will discuss what a civilization is and how they begin. We will talk about the Gate of Ishtar and how it was constructed and about cuneiform writing.
First Grade Parents:
We have had a terrific first full week of school! Your children have been settling into routines and expectations this past week and we are looking forward to diving into our curriculum this week!
This week you can expect to see math homework, which will be in your child’s math workbook. Please be sure that the workbook comes back to school the next day as we will be using it to check for understanding and plan future lessons. Your child will also have Spalding homework starting this week.
This week the math skill is number bonds. Your children will create number bonds and identify the missing number in number bonds. This gives your child hands on experience with putting numbers together and taking them apart, which leads to understanding of addition, subtraction and fractions!
We will continue to explore ancient Mesopotamia the “cradle of civilization” and understand the importance of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. Your children will get hands on experience creating timelines, reading maps and learning new vocabulary.
With the solar eclipse quickly approaching we will be focusing on shadows and a simulation of the eclipse. This week we will also create our lab coats! This is a fun activity for the children so please ensure you sent in a white pillow case for your child if you have not already.
We appreciate the outpouring of support we have received from our parents! We have had plenty of glasses donated and are looking forward to the participation of all of our first graders! Please note a signed permission slip will be required for your child to participate. You should expect to see this in your child’s green folder this week.
Thank you for all that you do to make Great Hearts a great place to teach and learn!
As you know, the Solar Eclipse is on Monday, August 21st, and 65% eclipse will occur around 10:30am. We would like for all students to have equal opportunity be a part of this scientific phenomenon! Unfortunately this requires a quick turnaround to secure eye wear for all students. MOST sunglasses are NOT approved for this event, so ordering the correct glasses is imperative. (Many who advertise as being safe on Amazon are in fact not approved for the eclipse). If you would like for your child to participate in this event please visit the site below to purchase the approved glasses. If you are interested in donating glasses to children whose parents may be unable to purchase them please send me an email and let me know how many pairs you are able to donate.
We are asking that all literature books be labeled with your child’s name and brought to school. We will keep track of them and pass them out as needed. Once we are finished with the book it will go home with your child.
Please bring in a white pillow case by Friday, August 11 if you have not already done so. We will be using these as lab coats for science.
What we are learning:
We are answering the questions what is history, and what is science. We have done two science experiments and are discovering key vocabulary words that will guide our understanding of our first unit in History, Mesopotamia.
We are also discussing the golden rule. We read The Golden Rule by Ilene Cooper and agreed to treat one another the way we want to be treated.
Monday - Art and PE
Tuesday - PE and Latin
Wednesday - Library
Thursday - Latin and Music
Friday - Music and Art