First Grade Newsletter
On Monday we celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday by learning about his life and reading some of his books. The students wrote mini book reports and completed a word search about this famous author. I cooked up some green eggs and ham, which they thoroughly enjoyed.
We’ve finished our first story in Unit 4 of Reading Street and learned how to write an invitation. The stories are longer now, so students should not be stopping to sound out words that they already know. Please continue to encourage your child to read out loud with expression every night to increase fluency. I administered the Unit 3 benchmark test and sent home the booklet yesterday. Please go over anything your child got wrong. I am pleased with the results.
I am looking at the neatness of the homework that is being passed in. Students should feel proud of their work, so it should be neatly done. When they write the spelling words in sentences, please make sure they have at least 8 words in them and are using adjectives to describe the nouns. If you need more lined paper because the work is not neat, just ask for more to be sent home.
You may have noticed the timed math fact quizzes in the students’ green folders this week. They only have 1 to 2 minutes to complete these quizzes. Students NEED to know their math facts by memory now. These assessments will be given quite often. We will also be practicing subtraction facts in the near future. We will begin Topic 11 in math next week which focuses on subtraction.
Our class mascot, Super Bear, had fun with Bruno last weekend. He went to a hockey game, a concert, had dinner with the family and even had a spa day. Those Hubbards really know how to have fun! Super Bear will go home with Markhus this weekend.
Maya was our “special” student of the week. She is sweet, soft-spoken, loves ballet and princesses. On a side-note, Maya will be leaving us at the end of the month because she and her family are moving to Connecticut. We will miss her dearly)=:
The first graders will lead the St. Joseph’s Day liturgy on March 19th. Students received their new speaking parts on Wednesday. I appreciate your help by practicing with them throughout the week. I hope you will be able to come to this Mass which will be on a Thursday.
Students really want to try to catch a leprechaun this year, so if you want to do this as a family project, feel free. Students may bring in their traps on Monday, March 16th and we’ll set them up around the classroom before dismissal. Who knows what may happen?
Don’t forget to SPRING ahead this weekend! I do not like to lose the hour of sleep, but it will stay lighter a little later.