• Week of 11/18-11/22

    Posted by Ariel West on 11/19/2019

    Reading Focus: author's purpose

    Words of the week:cold, where, blue, live, far, their, little, water

    Weekly Story:At Home in the Ocean (non-fiction)

    Weekly phonics study: words with th, ing, and ed. We will heavily focus on words with th. We will also breifly look at when we add s and es to words. 

    Writing:Throughout the year we will be focusing on narratives, informational, and persuasive types of writing. Near the end of the year we will also have a research project. We will also be practicing neat handwriting, spacing between letters and words, and capitalization, punctuation (. ? !) all year long. The students are writing their own narrative this week. We are working through our learner progression making sure that we have all the elements of a narrative (beginning, middle, and end). After break we will finish up with narrative and move into informational writing. 

    Grammer: common and proper nouns

    Science:  This year all first grade science curriculum was updated so all units are different. I am so excited to start science! I am a part of a grant called Project Lead the Way which puts more STEM into our science units. We will be learning the same concepts as the other classes but using this program instead. I used some last year and the kids had so much fun building and creating during science time. We made our models and tested them out last week. I forgot to take pictures of them...bummer. The students did an excellent job using light and sound to try to communicate over a distance (inside and outside). We will be taking a break from science for a little bit and focus on social studies for a bit. 

    Social Studies: Comparing families from the past to how we live now. 

    Math: We are done with our first math unit. We will be taking our end of module assessment this week. and then start our 2nd Module. We are learning about the friendly number/our best friend...the number 10. We are learning to find the 10 when adding three numbers together and when adding two numbers together. 

     

    Upcoming Events: 

     

    Nov 20: ISIP Monthly test. We will take it right in the morning at 9:30am. Please do not be late. 

    Nov 22: Bring a stuffed animal to school day! The class reached their goal of earning 2000 points as a class!! They worked really hard for it. They decided that they would love to bring a stuffed animal to school (that fits in their backpack) on Friday of this week. Please do not have them bring an extra special stuffed animal. There is always the potential of it getting lost or broken. 

    Nov 19-?: Delta Dental Sealent Clinic (over multiple days) Another form is being sent home today that needs to be returned tomorrow. If you already sent your form in, you will not be getting one today. 

    Nov 25-29: NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Break

    Dec 6: NO SCHOOL- Teacher collaboration day

    Dec 13: Winter Music Program - The students will be singing Christmas songs from around the world. We will be singing two from the United States and one from Africa. I do not have a time yet. 

    Dec 23-Jan 3: NO SCHOOL Winter Break

     

      

     

        

     REMINDER: I do not provide a class snack. If you would like your child to have a snack during the day, please pack them one daily. We have an afternoon snack to help keep our brains alert and ready to learn. I have a fridge for those snacks that need to stay cold (fruit, cheese sticks, yogurt, etc.) Please remember that we have around 5-7 minutes to eat snack; they should not be huge. There have been a lot of snacks that have been quite large. Snacks should be only one item (please only send one item per day). We don't always have a lot of time to eat snack. 

      

     

    There are 2 birthdays this month; Adelynn and Ally! We will  be having these birthday celebrations on Friday the 22nd of November from 2:15-2:30. If you would like to bring in a sweet treat; there can only be one :) Please e-mail me to let me know if you are interested. (There is no school on the last Friday of October, that is why we are celebrating a week earlier). 

     

    Box Tops

    Please click the link for more information about the new way to collect Box Tops: Box Tops Website

     

    Please see the Seesaw tab on the left hand side of this website. Seesaw is so much fun to use in the classroom! 

     

    Please see the Class Dojo tab on the left hand sife of this website. I am excited to use it this year. You will have the opportunity to see live updates on how your child is behaving in class. If you are not wanting your child to participate - please let me know.  ** I will not be using the portfolio portion of this app. I use Seesaw instead because the format is easier for students to use.

     

                 

    Blue folders are in your child's backpack! Please make sure you are checking your child's backpack every Friday and taking out the weekly blue folder. It is filled with weekly work, important information about upcoming events, and their weekly reading log/spelling practice. It is to be returned every Friday.  

     We will be taking ISIP every month. Once we take it this month, I will send home the updated graphs. Our monthly ISIP is Wednesday the 20th at 9:30am. If you child misses it, they will make it up during the week.  

    Please remember that the weather is getting cooler. Please have your child start bringing a light jacket for those morning recesses. 

     

     

     

     

    Thank you to the parents who were able to make it to the harvest party. 

     

     

    If you have any other questions, please e-mail me!

    Let's have another great week of school!

    Ariel West

     

    Please remember that EVERY child recieves FREE (yes, FREE) breakfast every morning and lunch in the afternoon.

    I encourage you to have your child partake if your mornings are choatic and time is short. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

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  • Week of Nov 11-Nov 15

    Posted by Ariel West on 11/10/2019

    Reading Focus: story structure and dialogue

    Words of the week:eat, give, put, small, one, take

    Weekly Story:Cupcake Party (fantasy)

    Weekly phonics study: words with final blends (mp, sk, st, nk, etc.) and review words with the short u shound

    Writing:Throughout the year we will be focusing on narratives, informational, and persuasive types of writing. Near the end of the year we will also have a research project. We will also be practicing neat handwriting, spacing between letters and words, and capitalization, punctuation (. ? !) all year long. The students are writing their own narrative this week. We are working through our learner progression making sure that we have all the elements of a narrative (beginning, middle, and end). 

    Grammer: using a, an, the

    Science:  This year all first grade science curriculum was updated so all units are different. I am so excited to start science! I am a part of a grant called Project Lead the Way which puts more STEM into our science units. We will be learning the same concepts as the other classes but using this program instead. I used some last year and the kids had so much fun building and creating during science time. We have learned all about sound waves and the vibrations they make. We have also concluded our investigation about light. We did many experiments on how light reacts to solid, clear, and colored items. We also created our own stained glass art that is hanging on our window. Be sure to look at it after school! We will applying what we know and building a model that can use light and/or sound to communicate across a distance. It should be fun! 

    Social Studies: N/A

    Math: We are done with our first math unit. We will be taking our end of module assessment this week. and then start our 2nd Module. We are learning about subtraction now and how addition and subtraction are similar. If we are becoming fluent in adding, then subtraction will be a little easier. We are using drawings and the number track to help us undertand what subtraction is. 

     

    Upcoming Events: 

    Nov 11: Veteran's Day - we will be doing several activities involved with Veteran's Day. If you or your family members are veterans, I would like to give you a BIG thank you!

    Nov 11-15: Book Fair Week - See flyer that went home with a preview of books that are available to buy. It had times that students could buy and the date of the K.I.S.S. event. Our preview is on Monday; the student's will bring home a wishlist...you do not have to buy the books on the wishlist. 

    NOV 11-15: Canned Food Drive - Please have your child bring in any noparishable food item and put them in the cans in the front of the school.

    Nov 15: Harvest Party @ 1:40-2:30pm Parents are welcome to come join in on the fun! Please see below with more information.

    Nov 13: Picture Retakes

    Nov 19: Delta Dental Sealent Clinic (over multiple days) Please see form that was sent home 2 weeks ago.

    Nov 25-29: NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Break

    Dec 6: NO SCHOOL- Teacher collaboration day

    Dec 13: Winter Music Program - The students will be singing Christmas songs from around the world. We will be singing two from the United States and one from Africa. I do not have a time yet. 

    Dec 23-Jan 3: NO SCHOOL Winter Break

     

      

     

        

     REMINDER: I do not provide a class snack. If you would like your child to have a snack during the day, please pack them one daily. We have an afternoon snack to help keep our brains alert and ready to learn. I have a fridge for those snacks that need to stay cold (fruit, cheese sticks, yogurt, etc.) Please remember that we have around 5-7 minutes to eat snack; they should not be huge. There have been a lot of snacks that have been quite large. Snacks should be only one item (please only send one item per day). We don't always have a lot of time to eat snack. 

      

     

    There are 2 birthdays this month; Adelynn and Ally! We will  be having these birthday celebrations on Friday the 22nd of November from 2:15-2:30. If you would like to bring in a sweet treat; there can only be one :) Please e-mail me to let me know if you are interested. (There is no school on the last Friday of October, that is why we are celebrating a week earlier). 

     

    Box Tops

    Please click the link for more information about the new way to collect Box Tops: Box Tops Website

     

    Please see the Seesaw tab on the left hand side of this website. Seesaw is so much fun to use in the classroom! 

     

    Please see the Class Dojo tab on the left hand sife of this website. I am excited to use it this year. You will have the opportunity to see live updates on how your child is behaving in class. If you are not wanting your child to participate - please let me know.  ** I will not be using the portfolio portion of this app. I use Seesaw instead because the format is easier for students to use.

     

                 

    Blue folders are in your child's backpack! Please make sure you are checking your child's backpack every Friday and taking out the weekly blue folder. It is filled with weekly work, important information about upcoming events, and their weekly reading log/spelling practice. It is to be returned every Friday.  

     We will be taking ISIP every month. Once we take it this month, I will send home the updated graphs. We will be taking in the week before Thanksgiving Break. 

    Please remember that the weather is getting cooler. Please have your child start bringing a light jacket for those morning recesses. 

     

     

     

     

    At Desert Sage we do not have Halloween Parties. Please do not have your child come to school in their costume. Please try your best to keep all candy at home the next day as well. Remember: candy is not considered to be a healthy snack for the afternoon. Instead of a Halloween Party we have Harvest Parties in November. Please look above in the Upcoming Dates section to see when the party will be. During our Harvest Party we will be having a Literary Pumpkin Walk. We will be decorating paper pumpkins to describe our favorite part, characters, etc. from a story that week. Your student will present it to you. The whole first grade will come together and create pumpkin puppets and use them to recite a section of the poem "5 Little Pumpkins." Afterward, I will provide each student with a rice krispie treat. I need one parent to provide juice boxes. If you would are able to bring those, please e-mail me to let me know. Siblings are welcome to join us, we jut won't have enough supplies for them to make a puppet, they will have to help their first grade brother/sister. If you are not able to make it, please let your child know. It is best that they are prepared for you to not be there than be upset because they got their hopes up. 

     

     

    If you have any other questions, please e-mail me!

    Let's have another great week of school!

    Ariel West

     

    Please remember that EVERY child recieves FREE (yes, FREE) breakfast every morning and lunch in the afternoon.

    I encourage you to have your child partake if your mornings are choatic and time is short. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

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  • Week of 10/21-10/25

    Posted by Ariel West on 10/19/2019

    Reading Focus: Review

    Words of the week:Review 

    Weekly Story:N/A

    Weekly phonics study: Review

    Writing:Throughout the year we will be focusing on narratives, informational, and persuasive types of writing. Near the end of the year we will also have a research project. We will also be practicing neat handwriting, spacing between letters and words, and capitalization, punctuation (. ? !) all year long. This week will be be focusing heavily on narrative writing. We have not quite been able to get to it yet. We will be doing a lot of writing this week! 

    Grammer: review

    Science:  This year all first grade science curriculum was updated so all units are different. I am so excited to start science! I am a part of a grant called Project Lead the Way which puts more STEM into our science units. We will be learning the same concepts as the other classes but using this program instead. I used some last year and the kids had so much fun building and creating during science time. We have learned all about sound waves and the vibrations they make. Some students got to take home the cup phones that we made a week ago. We will be moving on to light and how it travels. Once we understand how light and sound travel we will have our cummulating activity of creating a model to communicate over a distance with light and sound. 

    Social Studies: N/A

    Math: We are almost halfway through our first math unit. We will be taking our mid module assessment this week. and then start comparing addition and subtraction. We learned a doubles song last week! If your child did not sing it to you, please ask them to! We did upload a picture of their Double's Man onto Seesaw where you can hear us singing it. 

     

    Upcoming Events: 

     

    Oct 23: OCT ISIP TEST @ 9:30-10:00am (Please try to not miss school this day. I will not have updated information for conferences, if your child misses the test for Oct.)

    Oct 23: Parent Teacher Conferences from 4-8pm

    Oct 24: NO SCHOOL Parent Teacher Conferenes from 8:30am-8:00pm

    Oct 25: NO SCHOOL 

    Oct 28-Nov 1: RED RIBBON WEEK "Send a Message: Stay Drug Free!" (There will be dress up days this week...be on the look out for more info)

    Oct 31: K9 Deputy assembly @ 2:15

    Oct 31: NO HALLOWEEN CLASS PARTY (school wide)

    Nov 4: Student Flu Clinic

    Nov 11-15: Book Fair Week

    Nov 15: Harvest Party @ 1:30-2:30pm Parents are welcome to come join in on the fun! Please see below with more information.

    Nov 13: Picture Retakes

    Nov 19: Delta Dental Sealent Clinic (over multiple days) Please see form that was sent home 2 weeks ago.

    Nov 25-29: NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Break

     

      

     

        

     REMINDER: I do not provide a class snack. If you would like your child to have a snack during the day, please pack them one daily. We have an afternoon snack to help keep our brains alert and ready to learn. I have a fridge for those snacks that need to stay cold (fruit, cheese sticks, yogurt, etc.) Please remember that we have around 5-7 minutes to eat snack; they should not be huge. There have been a lot of snacks that have been quite large. Snacks should be only one item (please only send one item per day). We don't always have a lot of time to eat snack. 

      

     

    There are 4 birthdays this month; Tanner, Marcus, Alexis, and Kathryn!  We already had our birthday celebrations for this month.  

     

    Box Tops

    Please click the link for more information about the new way to collect Box Tops: Box Tops Website

     

    Please see the Seesaw tab on the left hand side of this website. Seesaw is so much fun to use in the classroom! I sent home instructions in the Welcome to First Grade packet at Meet and Greet. I would love to have everyone (who would like to participate) have their accounts made by next week. **Students learned how to take their own picture this week and upload Wow Work. As they start learning the app we will start using it more frequently. 

     

    Please see the Class Dojo tab on the left hand sife of this website. I am excited to use it this year. You will have the opportunity to see live updates on how your child is behaving in class. I sent home instructions in the Welcome to First Grade packet at Meet and Greet. I would love to have everyone (who would like to participate) have their accounts made by next week. If you are not wanting your child to participate - please let me know.  ** I will not be using the portfolio portion of this app. I use Seesaw instead because the format is easier for students to use.

     

                 

    Blue folders are in your child's backpack! Please make sure you are checking your child's backpack every Friday and taking out the weekly blue folder. It is filled with weekly work, important information about upcoming events, and their weekly reading log/spelling practice. It is to be returned every Friday.  

     We will be taking ISIP every month. I will have a more detailed report on how your child is doing during parent teacher conferences in October. We are scheduled to take this month's ISIP on Wednesday the 23rd at 9:30am. If you know your child will be late or gone that day, please let me know in advanced. I can try to have them take the test earlier in the week or after condferences with another first grade class. If your child misses our day to take the test this week, I will not have updated information to give to you at conferences.  

     

    Please remember that the weather is getting cooler. Please have your child start bringing a light jacket for those morning recesses. 

     

    I NEED HELP! If you are someone who likes to decorate or is pintrist savvy...I would love your expertise in decorating our classroom door! The school is having a door decorating contest between all the teachers. The only requirements is that it has to have a fall theme (no scary Halloween characters) and include the students (names or they make something small to add to it). If we win we get the coveted trophy that gets passed around the school every year. It has to be doen by the 24th. Please e-mail me if you would like to help out! I am not this creative (I don't even have a Pintrist account) and cannot do this alone. If more than one parent wants to be involved that is great! 

    If you have not signed up for a conference time, please click on the following link: https://calendly.com/west-ariel

     

    At Desert Sage we do not have Halloween Parties. Please do not have your child come to school in their costume. Please try your best to keep all candy at home the next day as well. Remember: candy is not considered to be a healthy snack for the afternoon. Instead of a Halloween Party we have Harvest Parties in November. Please look above in the Upcoming Dates section to see when the party will be. During our Harvest Party we will be having a Literary Pumpkin Walk. We will be decorating paper pumpkins to describe our favorite part, characters, etc. from a story that week. We will also have some time for treats etc. In a week I will send out more information and  a link to sign up to help bring food. 

    If you do not sign up for a time and date by Monday at 12:00pm, I will be scheduling a time and date for you. I will send it home with your child at the end of the day. 

     

    If you have any other questions, please e-mail me!

    Let's have another great week of school!

    Ariel West

     

    Please remember that EVERY child recieves FREE (yes, FREE) breakfast every morning and lunch in the afternoon.

    I encourage you to have your child partake if your mornings are choatic and time is short. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

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  • Week of 10/7-10/11

    Posted by Ariel West on 10/4/2019

    Reading Focus: understanding characters

    Words of the week:away, call, come, every, hear, said

    Weekly Story: Jack and the Wolf (fable)

    Weekly phonics study: words with double final consonants (-ii, -ss, -gg,e tc.) and words with phonogram -ck

    Writing:Throughout the year we will be focusing on narratives, informational, and persuasive types of writing. Near the end of the year we will also have a research project. We will also be practicing neat handwriting, spacing between letters and words, and capitalization, punctuation (. ? !) all year long. We are moving toward a two star (noun, verb, and adjective) and then starting our narrative unit. 

    Grammer: complete sentences

    Science: We had our first lesson and the kids are so excited to help solve the problem of how to communicate with light and sound. This year all first grade science curriculum was updated so all units are different. I am so excited to start science! I am a part of a grant called Project Lead the Way which puts more STEM into our science units. We will be learning the same concepts as the other classes but using this program instead. I used some last year and the kids had so much fun building and creating during science time. 

    Social Studies: N/A

    Math: We are applying what we have learned so far in math to equalites. We will learn what equal means and start comparing equations. 

     

    Upcoming Events: 

     

     

    Oct 7: NO SCHOOL. Teachers will be in meetings all day collaborating about grading, curriculum, etc. 

    Oct 10: Desert Sage Night at the Farmstead. A teacher just might have to KISS a pig! (more information is coming)

    Oct 14: Family Engagement Meeting @ 8:15am in Library

    Oct 23: Parent Teacher Conferences from 4-8pm

    Oct 24: NO SCHOOL Parent Teacher Conferenes from 8:30am-8:00pm

    Oct 25: NO SCHOOL 

     

      

     

        

     REMINDER: I do not provide a class snack. If you would like your child to have a snack during the day, please pack them one daily. We have an afternoon snack to help keep our brains alert and ready to learn. I have a fridge for those snacks that need to stay cold (fruit, cheese sticks, yogurt, etc.) Please remember that we have around 5-7 minutes to eat snack; they should not be huge. There have been a lot of snacks that have been quite large. Snacks should be only one item (please only send one item per day). We don't always have a lot of time to eat snack. 

      

     

    There are 4 birthdays this month; Tanner, Marcus, Alexis, and Kathryn!  We will  be having these birthday celebrations on Friday the 18th of October from 2:15-2:30. If you would like to bring in a sweet treat; there can only be one :) Please e-mail me to let me know if you are interested. (There is no school on the last Friday of October, that is why we are celebrating a week earlier). 

     

    Box Tops

    Please click the link for more information about the new way to collect Box Tops: Box Tops Website

     

    Please see the Seesaw tab on the left hand side of this website. Seesaw is so much fun to use in the classroom! I sent home instructions in the Welcome to First Grade packet at Meet and Greet. I would love to have everyone (who would like to participate) have their accounts made by next week. **Students learned how to take their own picture this week and upload Wow Work. As they start learning the app we will start using it more frequently. 

     

    Please see the Class Dojo tab on the left hand sife of this website. I am excited to use it this year. You will have the opportunity to see live updates on how your child is behaving in class. I sent home instructions in the Welcome to First Grade packet at Meet and Greet. I would love to have everyone (who would like to participate) have their accounts made by next week. If you are not wanting your child to participate - please let me know.  ** I will not be using the portfolio portion of this app. I use Seesaw instead because the format is easier for students to use.

     

                 

    Blue folders are in your child's backpack! Please make sure you are checking your child's backpack every Friday and taking out the weekly blue folder. It is filled with weekly work, important information about upcoming events, and their weekly reading log/spelling practice. It is to be returned every Friday.  

     We will be taking ISIP every month. I will have a more detailed report on how your child is doing during parent teacher conferences in October. 

     

    Please remember that the weather is getting cooler. Please have your child start bringing a light jacket for those morning recesses. 

     

    I NEED HELP! If you are someone who likes to decorate or is pintrist savvy...I would love your expertise in decorating our classroom door! The school is having a door decorating contest between all the teachers. The only requirements is that it has to have a fall theme (no scary Halloween characters) and include the students (names or they make something small to add to it). If we win we get the coveted trophy that gets passed around the school every year. It has to be doen by the 18th. Please e-mail me if you would like to help out! I am not this creative (I don't even have a Pintrist account) and cannot do this alone. If more than one parent wants to be involved that is great! 

     

    If you have any other questions, please e-mail me!

    Let's have another great week of school!

    Ariel West

     

    Please remember that EVERY child recieves FREE (yes, FREE) breakfast every morning and lunch in the afternoon.

    I encourage you to have your child partake if your mornings are choatic and time is short. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

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  • Week of Sept 30 - Oct 4

    Posted by Ariel West on 9/28/2019

    Reading Focus: story structure

    Words of the week: friend, full, good, hold, many, pull

    Weekly Story: Gus Takes a Train (fantasy)

    Weekly phonics study: words with short u (and review consonants q and z)

    Writing:Throughout the year we will be focusing on narratives, informational, and persuasive types of writing. Near the end of the year we will also have a research project. We will also be practicing neat handwriting, spacing between letters and words, and capitalization, punctuation (. ? !) all year long. We learned how to write a one star sentence the past week (a sentence with a noun and a verb). We will be practicing with them for another week and then learn how to write a 2 star sentence (a sentence with a noun, verb, and adjective). 

    Grammer: We have learned about nouns, verbs, and possessive s. This week we will be learning about adjectives.

    Science: We are going to try and start our first NEW science unit; light and sound this week. This year all first grade science curriculum was updated so all units are different. I am so excited to start science! I am a part of a grant called Project Lead the Way which puts more STEM into our science units. We will be learning the same concepts as the other classes but using this program instead. I used some last year and the kids had so much fun building and creating during science time. 

    Social Studies: We are wrapping up our first social studies unit about rules and citizenship. 

    Math: We are moving on to word problems with an unknown (1 + __ = 3). 

     

    Upcoming Events: 

     

     

    Oct 7: NO SCHOOL. Teachers will be in meetings all day collaborating about grading, curriculum, etc. 

    Oct 10: Desert Sage Night at the Farmstead. A teacher just might have to KISS a pig! (more information is coming)

    Oct 14: Family Engagement Meeting @ 8:15am in Library

    Oct 23: Parent Teacher Conferences from 4-8pm

    Oct 24: NO SCHOOL Parent Teacher Conferenes from 8:30am-8:00pm

    Oct 25: NO SCHOOL 

     

      

     

        

     REMINDER: I do not provide a class snack. If you would like your child to have a snack during the day, please pack them one daily. We have an afternoon snack to help keep our brains alert and ready to learn. I have a fridge for those snacks that need to stay cold (fruit, cheese sticks, yogurt, etc.) Please remember that we have around 5-7 minutes to eat snack; they should not be huge. There have been a lot of snacks that have been quite large. Snacks should be only one item (please only send one item per day). We don't always have a lot of time to eat snack. 

      

     

    There are 4 birthdays this month; Tanner, Marcus, Alexis, and Kathryn!  We will  be having these birthday celebrations on Friday the 18th of October from 2:15-2:30. If you would like to bring in a sweet treat; there can only be one :) Please e-mail me to let me know if you are interested. (There is no school on the last Friday of October, that is why we are celebrating a week earlier). 

     

    Box Tops

    Please click the link for more information about the new way to collect Box Tops: Box Tops Website

     

    Please see the Seesaw tab on the left hand side of this website. Seesaw is so much fun to use in the classroom! I sent home instructions in the Welcome to First Grade packet at Meet and Greet. I would love to have everyone (who would like to participate) have their accounts made by next week. If you are not wanting your child to participate - please let me know. 

     

    Please see the Class Dojo tab on the left hand sife of this website. I am excited to use it this year. You will have the opportunity to see live updates on how your child is behaving in class. I sent home instructions in the Welcome to First Grade packet at Meet and Greet. I would love to have everyone (who would like to participate) have their accounts made by next week. If you are not wanting your child to participate - please let me know. 

     

                 

    Blue folders are in your child's backpack! Please make sure you are checking your child's backpack every Friday and taking out the weekly blue folder. It is filled with weekly work, important information about upcoming events, and their weekly reading log/spelling practice. It is to be returned every Friday. 

     

    Apple Week was a success. Thank you to those parents who sent in supplies and who came and helped cut up apples. The class really enjoyed all the activities and eating the applesauce. 

     

     

     We will be taking ISIP every month. I will have a more detailed report on how your child is doing during parent teacher conferences in October. 

     

    Please remember that the weather is getting cooler. Please have your child start bringing a light jacket for those morning recesses. 

     

    EXCITING NEWS! The WHOLE school is going to start having a healthy morning snack every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. It will be a different fruit or veggie every day. The fruits and veggies will be uncommon ones that the students might not always have access to or be able to try.  Please continue to send your child with a snack for the afternoon. This does not replace it.

    If you have any other questions, please e-mail me!

    Let's have another great week of school!

    Ariel West

     

    Please remember that EVERY child recieves FREE (yes, FREE) breakfast every morning and lunch in the afternoon.

    I encourage you to have your child partake if your mornings are choatic and time is short. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

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  • Week of Sept 23-27

    Posted by Ariel West on 9/20/2019

    Reading Focus: text and graphic features

    Words of the week: all, does, here, me, my, who

    Weekly Story: Lucia's Neighborhood (non-ficition)

    Weekly phonics study: words with short e (and review consonants y,w,k,v,j)

    Writing:Throughout the year we will be focusing on narratives, informational, and persuasive types of writing. Near the end of the year we will also have a research project. We will also be practicing neat handwriting, spacing between letters and words, and capitalization, punctuation (. ? !) all year long. We learned how to write a one star sentence the past week (a sentence with a noun and a verb). We will be practicing with them for another week and then learn how to write a 2 star sentence (a sentence with a noun, verb, and adjective). 

    Grammer: We have learned about nouns, verbs, and possessive s. This week we will be learning about adjectives.

    Science: We are going to try and start our first NEW science unit; light and sound this week. This year all first grade science curriculum was updated so all units are different. I am so excited to start science! I am a part of a grant called Project Lead the Way which puts more STEM into our science units. We will be learning the same concepts as the other classes but using this program instead. I used some last year and the kids had so much fun building and creating during science time. 

    Social Studies: We are wrapping up our first social studies unit about rules and citizenship. 

    Math: We will be applying what we know about composing numbers into word problems. 

     

    Upcoming Events: 

     

    Sept 25: Individual School Pictures (Picture packets are in your child's blue folder)

    Sept 26: Field Trip to the Ag Expo at Meridian High School from 9:30-11:30am 

    Sept 26: Back to School Night - COLOR RUN! It starts at 5:30pm (Another reminder will be sent home on Monday)

    Oct 7: NO SCHOOL

    Oct 10: Desert Sage Night at the Farmstead. A teacher just might have to KISS a pig! (more information is coming)

     

      

     

        

     REMINDER: I do not provide a class snack. If you would like your child to have a snack during the day, please pack them one daily. We have an afternoon snack to help keep our brains alert and ready to learn. I have a fridge for those snacks that need to stay cold (fruit, cheese sticks, yogurt, etc.) Please remember that we have around 5-7 minutes to eat snack; they should not be huge. There have been a lot of snacks that have been quite large. Snacks should be only one item (please only send one item per day). We don't always have a lot of time to eat snack. 

      

     

    There are 2 birthdays this month; Beau and Myla! We will be combining the August birthdays with September. We will  be having these birthday celebrations on Friday the 27th of September from 2:00-2:30. If you would like to bring in a sweet treat; there can only be one :) Please e-mail me to let me know if you are interested. 

     

    Box Tops

    Please click the link for more information about the new way to collect Box Tops: Box Tops Website

     

    Please see the Seesaw tab on the left hand side of this website. Seesaw is so much fun to use in the classroom! I sent home instructions in the Welcome to First Grade packet at Meet and Greet. I would love to have everyone (who would like to participate) have their accounts made by next week. If you are not wanting your child to participate - please let me know. 

     

    Please see the Class Dojo tab on the left hand sife of this website. I am excited to use it this year. You will have the opportunity to see live updates on how your child is behaving in class. I sent home instructions in the Welcome to First Grade packet at Meet and Greet. I would love to have everyone (who would like to participate) have their accounts made by next week. If you are not wanting your child to participate - please let me know. 

     

                 

    Blue folders are in your child's backpack! Please make sure you are checking your child's backpack every Friday and taking out the weekly blue folder. It is filled with weekly work, important information about upcoming events, and their weekly reading log/spelling practice. It is to be returned every Friday. 

     

    Back To School Night Color Run! 

    Color Run Info

       

    Apple Week is upon us (Sept. 23-27)! Fall is upon us and so is Johnny Appleseed's birthday. We celebrate with apple activities throughout the week and then end the week with making apple sauce. Please see your child's blue folder with more information about making applesauce on Friday Sept 27th!

     

     

    Our class took their first ISIP test this week and did amazing. They all stayed focused and followed all the steps to stay quiet and raised their hands when they needed a break. We will be taking these every month. I will have a more detailed report on how your child is doing during parent teacher conferences in October. 

     

    Please remember that the weather is getting cooler. Please have your child start bringing a light jacket for those morning recesses. 

     

    EXCITING NEWS! The WHOLE school is going to start having a healthy morning snack every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. It will be a different fruit or veggie every day. The fruits and veggies will be uncommon ones that the students might not always have access to or be able to try. Our first morning snack starts on Tuesday. Please continue to send your child with a snack for the afternoon. This does not replace it.

    If you have any other questions, please e-mail me!

    Let's have another great week of school!

    Ariel West

     

    Please remember that EVERY child recieves FREE (yes, FREE) breakfast every morning and lunch in the afternoon.

    I encourage you to have your child partake if your mornings are choatic and time is short. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

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  • Week of 9/9-9/13

    Posted by Ariel West on 9/8/2019

    Reading Focus: understanding characters

    Words of the week: for, what, have, he, look, too

    Weekly Story: The Storm (fiction)

    Weekly phonics study: words with short i (and review consonants r, h, b, g, s-with the sound of /z/

    Writing:Throughout the year we will be focusing on narratives, informational, and persuasive types of writing. Near the end of the year we will also have a research project. We will also be practicing neat handwriting, spacing between letters and words, and capitalization, punctuation (. ? !) all year long.

    Grammer: Nouns

    Science: N/A

    Social Studies: Civics and Government - Why rules at home and school are important, why they are created, why apply them fairly, and what are responsbilities?

    Math: The frist week of school we composing (building) and decomposed (breaking apart) numbers 1-10. This week we will be using number bonds, part-part-whole mats, and maybe some ten frame strategies to apply what we learned to basic addition. 

     

    Upcoming Events: 

    Sept 12: Free Community Health Screening @ 5:00-7:00pm

    Sept 17: Constitution Day

    Setp 17: Operation School Bell. Please contact the school counselor for more information (Erin Fischer).

    Sept 18: PTO Meeting in Teacher Lounge @ 4:10pm. Please come and get involved. We can't do events or fun celebrations without parental involvement. 

    Sept19: Culture and Community English Language Family Night

    Sept 25: Individual School Pictures (More information to come. I should be getting picture packets this week or next.)

    Sept 26: Field Trip to the Ag Expo at Meridian High School from 9:30-11:30am (I will need 2-3 volunteers for this field trip. Please see the yellow permission slip in your child's blue folder. Please return them ASAP.)

    Sept 26: Back to School Night - COLOR RUN! It starts at 5:30pm (Please see the hand out in your child's blue folder. It sounds like a lot of fun...there is an opportunity to spray silly string on the teacher!!!!) MONEY FOR THIS RUN IS DUE ON MONDAY THE 9TH

      

     

        

     REMINDER: I do not provide a class snack. If you would like your child to have a snack during the day, please pack them one daily. We have an afternoon snack to help keep our brains alert and ready to learn. I have a fridge for those snacks that need to stay cold (fruit, cheese sticks, yogurt, etc.) Please remember that we have around 5-7 minutes to eat snack; they should not be huge. There have been a lot of snacks that have been quite large. Snacks should be only one item (please only send one item per day). We don't always have a lot of time to eat snack. 

      

     

    There are 2 birthdays this month; Beau and Myla! We will be combining the August birthdays with September. We will  be having these birthday celebrations on Friday the 27th of September from 2:00-2:30. If you would like to bring in a sweet treat; there can only be one :) Please e-mail me to let me know if you are interested. 

     

    Box Tops

    Please click the link for more information about the new way to collect Box Tops: Box Tops Website

     

    Please see the Seesaw tab on the left hand side of this website. Seesaw is so much fun to use in the classroom! I sent home instructions in the Welcome to First Grade packet at Meet and Greet. I would love to have everyone (who would like to participate) have their accounts made by next week. If you are not wanting your child to participate - please let me know. I will send home instructions again in next week's blue Friday folder.

     

    Please see the Class Dojo tab on the left hand sife of this website. I am excited to use it this year. You will have the opportunity to see live updates on how your child is behaving in class. I sent home instructions in the Welcome to First Grade packet at Meet and Greet. I would love to have everyone (who would like to participate) have their accounts made by next week. If you are not wanting your child to participate - please let me know. I will send home instructions again in next week's blue Friday folder.

     

                 

    Blue folders are in your child's backpack! Please make sure you are checking your child's backpack every Friday and taking out the weekly blue folder. It is filled with weekly work, important information about upcoming events, and their weekly reading log/spelling practice. It is to be returned every Friday. Please see the yellow papers in the folder and return them signed ASAP.

     

    Back To School Night Color Run! **Money is due this Monday the 9th** 

    Color Run Info

       

    Apple Week is coming (Sept. 23-27)! Fall is upon us and so is Johnny Appleseed's birthday. We celebrate with apple activities throughout the week and then end the week with making apple sauce. I will be sending home more information about making applesauce (I will need help) in blue folders this Friday (the 13th). 

     

     

    This week I will start some more beginning of year assessing. We have already taken the beginning of year math assessment and initial reading asssessment. There are only two left: sight words and a one minute fluency timing. Please make sure your child is at school as much as possible. They miss a lot when they are absent. I use all of this data to form reading and math groups. If you child misses an assessment they could spend some recess time making it up. 

    If you have any other questions, please e-mail me!

    Let's have another great week of school!

    Ariel West

     

    Please remember that EVERY child recieves FREE (yes, FREE) breakfast every morning and lunch in the afternoon.

    I encourage you to have your child partake if your mornings are choatic and time is short. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

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  • Week of 9/2-9/6

    Posted by Ariel West on 8/30/2019

    Reading Focus: finding the main idea of an informational text 

    Weekly word study: and, be, help, you, play, with

    Weekly Story: What is a Pal?

    Weekly phonics study: words with short a (and review consonants n, d, p, f)

    Writing:Throughout the year we will be focusing on narratives, informational, and persuasive types of writing. Near the end of the year we will also have a research project. We will also be practicing neat handwriting, spacing between letters and words, and capitalization, punctuation (. ? !) all year long.

    Grammer: Nouns

    Science: N/A

    Social Studies: Civics and Government - Why rules at home and school are important, why they are created, why apply them fairly, and what are responsbilities?

    Math: The frist week of school we composing (building) and decomposed (breaking apart) numbers 1-10. This week we will be using number bonds, part-part-whole mats, and maybe some ten frame strategies to apply what we learned to basic addition. 

     

    Upcoming Events: 

    Sept 2: NO SCHOOL - Labor Day

    Sept 12: Free Community Health Screening @ 5:00-7:00pm

    Sept 17: Constitution Day

    Setp 17: Operation School Bell. Please contact the school counselor for more information (Erin Fischer).

    Sept 18: PTO Meeting in Teacher Lounge @ 4:10pm. Please come and get involved. We can't do events or fun celebrations without parental involvement. 

    Sept19: Culture and Community English Language Family Night

    Sept 25: Individual School Pictures (More information to come)

    Sept 26: Field Trip to the Ag Expo at Meridian High School. (I will need 2-3 volunteers for this field trip. I will have more information and permission slip in next week's blue Friday Folders)

    Sept 26: Back to School Night - COLOR RUN! (Please see the hand out in your child's blue folder. It sounds like a lot of fun...there is an opportunity to spray silly string on the teacher!!!!

      

     

        

     REMINDER: I do not provide a class snack. If you would like your child to have a snack during the day, please pack them one daily. We have an afternoon snack to help keep our brains alert and ready to learn. I have a fridge for those snacks that need to stay cold (fruit, cheese sticks, yogurt, etc.) Please remember that we have around 5-7 minutes to eat snack; they should not be huge. There have been a lot of snacks that have been quite large. Snacks should be only one item (please only send one item per day). We don't always have a lot of time to eat snack. 

      

     

    There are 2 birthdays this month; Beau and Myla! We will be combining the August birthdays with September. We will  be having these birthday celebrations on Friday the 27th of September from 2:00-2:30. If you would like to bring in a sweet treat; there can only be one :) Please e-mail me to let me know if you are interested. 

     

    Box Tops

    Please click the link for more information about the new way to collect Box Tops: Box Tops Website

     

    Please see the Seesaw tab on the left hand side of this website. Seesaw is so much fun to use in the classroom! I sent home instructions in the Welcome to First Grade packet at Meet and Greet. I would love to have everyone (who would like to participate) have their accounts made by next week. If you are not wanting your child to participate - please let me know. I will send home instructions again in next week's blue Friday folder.

     

    Please see the Class Dojo tab on the left hand sife of this website. I am excited to use it this year. You will have the opportunity to see live updates on how your child is behaving in class. I sent home instructions in the Welcome to First Grade packet at Meet and Greet. I would love to have everyone (who would like to participate) have their accounts made by next week. If you are not wanting your child to participate - please let me know. I will send home instructions again in next week's blue Friday folder.

     

                 

    I sent your child's blue Friday folder home for the first time today! Please make sure you are checking your child's backpack every Friday and taking out the weekly blue folder. It is filled with weekly work, important information about upcoming events, and their weekly reading log/spelling practice. It is to be returned every Friday. I also send home 4 page paper books along with the reading log. These books are for you to keep and have your child practice reading. They correlate to our weekly reading focus. They start off very easy and gradually become harder as the year progresses. Your child will also be bringing additional short stories home as we read one in class every Monday. Please e-mail me with any questions regarding blue Friday Folders.

     

    Back To School Night Color Run!

    Color Run Info

       

    If you have any other questions, please e-mail me!

    Let's have another great week of school!

    Ariel West

     

    Please remember that EVERY child recieves FREE (yes, FREE) breakfast every morning and lunch in the afternoon.

    I encourage you to have your child partake if your mornings are choatic and time is short. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

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  • Weeks of April 29 - May 3/May 6 - 10

    Posted by ARIEL WEST on 5/1/2019

    Reading Focus: the plot and story elements

    Weekly word study: words with long vowel i spelled ie, -y, and igh. We are also reviewing word endings ed, ing, er, est, and es.

    Weekly phonograms: igh and ie

    Weekly Story: The Kite (Frog and Toad) (fantasy)

    Writing:Throughout the year we will be focusing on narratives, informational, and persuasive types of writing. Near the end of the year we will also have a research project on an anima/insect's lifecycle. We will also be practicing neat handwriting, spacing between letters and words, and capitalization, punctuation (. ? !) all year long. Our opinion writing is still going strong. The students researched an animal that they thought was most amazing. They did such a nice job. I can't wait to send it home for you to read! We will be doing one more opinion peice this year. They are going to write a letter their best advice to succeed in first grade to the incoming Kindergarteners.

    Grammer: review

    Science: Lifecycles - We are watching two life cycles of living things right now - plants and butterflies. Almost all plants have entered into the first stage of their life cycle - a sprout. Some are still working on growing. All our caterpillars are on their third stage of their life cycle - the chrysalis. The students have loved having them on their desks and observing them throughout the day. I will be transferring the chrysalises to a larger cage meant for butterflies at the end of this week. Once they emerge we will do some data collecting and then let them go out in the playground. When the relase date comes closer, I will send out an invite for those parents who would like to partake.  

    Social Studies:  Wehave finished all our units for social studies this year! Phew! Please see the gradebook on Powerschools for updated Social Studie grades. 

    Math:   We are about to wrap up Module 4 and will be learning some basic 2D/3D shapes and also diving into some beginning of the year 2nd grade material. They have been working so hard in math, I hope that you have seen their problems on Seesaw. I know some friends might not have the right answer all the time, but their thinking is almost there. Without mistakes, their brains would not grow stonger and smarter. 

     

    Upcoming Events:

     

    May 6 - 10: Teacher Appreciation Week

    May 7: Parent Teacher Organization meeting at 4:10 in staff lounge

    May 8: Zoo Field Trip!  We will leave around 9:30am. Any student that is late, will miss the bus. Please make sure that your child is at school on time. All students have turned in permission slips. Please make sure you pack your child's lunch if you stated it would be brought from home on their permission slip. I will send home one more reminder on Monday the 6th. All volunteers must sign up through this link: Volunteer Sign Up

    If you wish to volunteer, the absolutely last day to sign up and pay is Monday May 6th.

    May 14: The LAST ISIP test for the year!!!! We will be taking it at 12:30-1:30. This test will be reported to the state and will be used as a starting point to identify areas of strengths and areas of needs for 2nd grade. If your child scores a 3, they are on a strong path to have success in 2nd grade. If your child scores a 2, there could be some material that will be more challenging and they could struggle a little bit. If your child scores a 1, your child will most likely enter 2nd grade with more struggles than most students. I will also be setting up a meeting with you before the end of this year, to start creating a plan for next year. 

    May 17: Birthday Celebrations for the summer months (June/July). We will be celebrating a week early due to the following week being very full of activities. Please let me know if you want to bring a sweet treat in. 

    May 20: 2nd Semester Awards ceremony at 10:45 in the cafeteria. I will be e-mailing parents of those students who will be receiving an award. 

    May 23: I will have a substitute this day. I will be in the building but in a meeting with all other first grade teachers all day. We will be discussing 2nd grade classes and looking at all the data that we have collected over the year. 

    **Possible walking field trip to the Lake Hazel Library on either the 21st or the 24th. We will be walking there in the morning and coming back around lunch time. I will need a few volunteers if this field trip actually happens. We are waiting for confirmation from the library at this time.**

    May 20-24: Classroom Campground! One of my favorite events of the year! It has become a tradition in my classroom to celebrate our amazing first grade year! Our classroom turns into a campground for a week. We  learn about summer safety and learn about camping activities. Please wait for more information about this fun filled week! I will be sending home a flyer on Monday the 6th about what is needed and how you can help. Parents will be invited to come visit on the 24th to sing songs and listen to poetry around our camp fire.

    May 27: No School - Memorial Day

    May 28: K-2 Talent Show at 10:30am. Parents of students who signed up to perform are encouraged to come. All K-2 classes will be watching.

    May 29: Field Day - more information coming once I get it. 

    May 31: LAST DAY OF SCHOOL! Early Release - Family picnic for lunch. More information coming once I get it. 

     

    This could possibly be the last blog entry for the year. Thank you for keeping up to date with the class!

    Please find the new page on the website titled: 1 Hour Classroom Volunteer. It will take you to a website to sign up for 1 hour time slots on what ever day you choose. You can create your own schedule and sign up for the same time every week etc. If you have more than 1 hour in a day, you can sign up for multiple time slots in one day. I normally do not have volunteers do a lot of work with the kids unless I see the need. I have my volunteers help me with copies, creating fun materials, sorting, filing, some one-on-one testing, etc. If that sounds like something you would like to do, I would greatly appreciate the help. 

    The PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) is in desperate need of parental support. Please join them at the next meeting in May. You can find their page on Facebook and keep in the know: Desert Sage PTO.

     

    It is spring time in Idaho which means it can be sunny, rainy, and cold all in one day! Please make sure your child is dressed for the day's weather. This also means on PE days, please try and pack an extra pair of tennis shoes for your child to change into.  A light jacket is always best to have packed in a back pack for just in case purposes. 

      

        

    I do not provide a class snack. If you would like your child to have a snack during the day, please pack them one daily. We have an afternoon snack to help keep our brains alert and ready to learn. I have a fridge for those snacks that need to stay cold (fruit, cheese sticks, yogurt, etc.) Please remember that we have around 5-7 minutes to eat snack; they should not be huge. There have been a lot of snacks that have been quite large. Snacks should be only one item (please only send one item per day). We don't always have a lot of time to eat snack. 

      

     

    There are 3 birthdays suring the summer months; Molly, Jakob, and Raelynn! We will  be having their birthday celebrations early on Friday the 17th of May from 2:15-2:30pm. If you would like to bring in a sweet treat, there can only be one :) Please let me know if you are interested. 

    If you have any Box Tops please send them in with your child. Click on the Class Document  tab for printable sheets to tape them to. You can bring in BoxTops whenever you like.    

     

     

    Please see the Seesaw tab on the left hand side of this website. Seesaw has been so much fun to use in the classroom! If you have not set up an account and have lost the QR code, please e-mail me and I will get another one for you! 

     

    Please see the Class Dojo tab on the left hand sife of this website. I am excited to use it this year. You will have the opportunity to see live updates on how your child is behaving in class. 

             

    Please make sure you are checking your child's backpack every Monday and taking out the weekly blue folder. It is filled with weekly work and important information about upcoming events. I CANNOT STRESS THIS ENOUGH! PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU ARE CHECKING THEIR BACKPACK!

     

     

    A lot of students are getting low in supplies.  Remember that it is your responsibility to make sure that your child has supplies to complete assignments. If you are unable to provide new supplies please contact our counselor or the new community liason, and they will help you out! ALL supplies will be taken home at the end of the year.

     

    As you can tell, May is going to be very busy! Please make sure that if you have any questions about the events coming up, that you e-mail me. I try to be prompt with my responses. Most likely, if you have a question, so does another parent. Please ask it, so I can pass on the answer to the rest of the wonderful parents of Room 6. 

    With the end of the year approaching, it is vital that your child is in school as much as possible. I will be starting my end of year assessing and unit tests. If your child doesn't have to leave early, please keep them in school. They miss more content than you can imagine. If it is unavoidable, I understand, just know they are still expected to make up most work. 

      

    If you have any other questions, please e-mail me!

    Have a great week!

    Ariel West

     

    Please remember that EVERY child recieves FREE (yes, FREE) breakfast every morning and lunch in the afternoon.

    I encourage you to have your child partake if your mornings are choatic and time is short. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

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  • Franz Bakery #2

    Posted by ARIEL WEST on 4/7/2019

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  • Week of April 8 - 12

    Posted by ARIEL WEST on 4/7/2019

    Reading Focus: understanding characters and finding the narrator

    Weekly word study: words with vowel combinations - ou, ow, oi, oy, au, aw

    Weekly phonograms: review

    Weekly Story: The New Friend (realistic fiction)

    Writing:Throughout the year we will be focusing on narratives, informational, and persuasive types of writing. Near the end of the year we will also have a research project on an anima/insect's lifecycle. We will also be practicing neat handwriting, spacing between letters and words, and capitalization, punctuation (. ? !) all year long. Our opinion writing is still going strong. The students researched an animal that they thought was most amazing. They did such a nice job. I can't wait to send it home for you to read! We will continue out opinion writing with topics like: What is the best American symbol? What is the best color? Why the Pigeon should go to bed.

    Grammer: contractions

    Science: Lifecycles - We are coming to some of the funnest science yet! We will be learning about plant and animal lifecycles which include a lot of hands on activities. We will focus on plant lifecycles first and then move onto animal lifecycles. We will be having real caterpillars in the classroom and watch them grow and change into a butterfly. This will be our last year doing this activity - these kiddos are lucky! Since we will be studying lifecycles, we will also be taking a field trip to the Zoo in the beginning of May. Please be on the look out for more information on this. 

    Social Studies:  We are starting our last unit of the year - American symbols. We will study and learn about a handful of symbols and learn their importance of them to our country. 

    Math:   We have finished up measurement and are now in our Module 4: place value and adding/subtracting double digit numbers. We have been busy decomposing numbers and finding how many ones and tens it contains. We will then use that knowledge and apply it to adding and subtracting double digit numbers with no carrying (borrowing). 

     

    Upcoming Events:

     

    April 8-12: Book Fair - Our preview day is at the end of the day on Tuesday. Students can start buying books on Wednesday. The book fair will be open late on Thursday. 

    April 9: First grade music program @ 1:30 in school gym. It will last from 20-30 minutes. We will be the last class to perform. 

    April 11: College/Career/STEM Family Night - there will be food trucks and activities for the whole family. The food starts around 5:00pm and the activities start around 6:00pm. 

    April 23: Early Release @ 1:25 for teacher collaboration

       

    Don't forget to check this blog weekly for updates...very important information is in it! It will be updated every week. 

    Please find the new page on the website titled: 1 Hour Classroom Volunteer. It will take you to a website to sign up for 1 hour time slots on what ever day you choose. You can create your own schedule and sign up for the same time every week etc. If you have more than 1 hour in a day, you can sign up for multiple time slots in one day. I normally do not have volunteers do a lot of work with the kids unless I see the need. I have my volunteers help me with copies, creating fun materials, sorting, filing, some one-on-one testing, etc. If that sounds like something you would like to do, I would greatly appreciate the help. 

    The PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) is in desperate need of parental support. Please join them at the next meeting in February. You can find their page on Facebook and keep in the know: Desert Sage PTO.

     

    It is spring time in Idaho which means it can be sunny, rainy, and cold all in one day! Please make sure your child is dressed for the day's weather. This also means on PE days, please try and pack an extra pair of tennis shoes for your child to change into.  A light jacket is always best to have packed in a back pack for just in case purposes. 

      

        

    I do not provide a class snack. If you would like your child to have a snack during the day, please pack them one daily. We have an afternoon snack to help keep our brains alert and ready to learn. I have a fridge for those snacks that need to stay cold (fruit, cheese sticks, yogurt, etc.) Please remember that we have around 5-7 minutes to eat snack; they should not be huge. There have been a lot of snacks that have been quite large. Snacks should be only one item (please only send one item per day). We don't always have a lot of time to eat snack. 

      

     

    There are 4 birthdays this month; Annabell, Abdul, Hasan, and Walter! We will  be having the birthday celebration on Friday the 26th of April from 2:15-2:30pm. If you would like to bring in a sweet treat, there can only be one :) Please let me know if you are interested. 

    If you have any Box Tops please send them in with your child. Click on the Class Document  tab for printable sheets to tape them to. You can bring in BoxTops whenever you like.    

     

     

    Please see the Seesaw tab on the left hand side of this website. Seesaw has been so much fun to use in the classroom! If you have not set up an account and have lost the QR code, please e-mail me and I will get another one for you! 

     

    Please see the Class Dojo tab on the left hand sife of this website. I am excited to use it this year. You will have the opportunity to see live updates on how your child is behaving in class. 

             

    Please make sure you are checking your child's backpack every Monday and taking out the weekly blue folder. It is filled with weekly work and important information about upcoming events. 

     

     

    A lot of students are getting low in supplies.  Remember that it is your responsibility to make sure that your child has supplies to complete assignments. If you are unable to provide new supplies please contact our counselor or the new community liason, and they will help you out!

     

     

     

    I sent out new book orders this week. Remember that you can order online anytime. Just click the book order tab on this website. Then click the picture, it will take you right to our class's order page. They are due on April 15.

    The Spring book fair is almost here! 

    It will be April 8-12. Please see the school's newsletter or click on the link for more information: http://www.scholastic.com/bf/desertsageelementaryschool1 

    If you are available to volunteer - please click on the link below and sign up for a spot that works with your schedule and your talents: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e084aaeac29a2f49-dinomite

      

    **Due to the Book Fair this week we will not have our scheduled Library time. Please have your child return their library books on Tuesday like normal if they are finished reading them. Otherwise, they are welcome to keep them for another week. We will have our book fair preview on Tuesday at the end of the day. This is when the students get to fill out a wishlist of books that they would like to buy. YOU ARE NOT OBLIGATED TO BUY THEM. It is just what they wish for. 

     

    Please come to our family College/Career/STEM night on Thursday the 11th. Food trucks will start arriving at 5:00 and activities begin in the school at 6:00. Please see the school newsletter for more information in the Newsletter tab on this website. I will also be e-mailing more information as I get it.

    First grade's music concert is on Tuesday the 9th at 1:30. It will be a different kind of music concert. The music teachers have guided the students into creating and writing their own music to go with the nursery tale of Little Red Riding Hood. It is completely student created. They will be playing instruments instead of singing. Our class will be going last in the concert. Please arrive early for seating and parking. 

      

    If you have any other questions, please e-mail me!

    Have a great week!

    Ariel West

     

    Please remember that EVERY child recieves FREE (yes, FREE) breakfast every morning and lunch in the afternoon.

    I encourage you to have your child partake if your mornings are choatic and time is short. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

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  • Franz Bakery

    Posted by ARIEL WEST on 4/1/2019

     

     

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  • Spring Break

    Posted by ARIEL WEST on 3/22/2019

     

     

     

    Upcoming Events:

     

     

    March 25-29: NO SCHOOL SPRING BREAK

    April 1: School Resumes

    April 8-12: Book Fair

    April 9: First grade music program @ 1:30

    April 11: Career Family Night

    April 23: Early Release @ 1:25 for teacher collaboration

      

    Don't forget to check this blog weekly for updates...very important information is in it! It will be updated every week. 

    Please find the new page on the website titled: 1 Hour Classroom Volunteer. It will take you to a website to sign up for 1 hour time slots on what ever day you choose. You can create your own schedule and sign up for the same time every week etc. If you have more than 1 hour in a day, you can sign up for multiple time slots in one day. I normally do not have volunteers do a lot of work with the kids unless I see the need. I have my volunteers help me with copies, creating fun materials, sorting, filing, some one-on-one testing, etc. If that sounds like something you would like to do, I would greatly appreciate the help. 

    The PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) is in desperate need of parental support. Please join them at the next meeting in February. You can find their page on Facebook and keep in the know: Desert Sage PTO.

     

      

        

    I do not provide a class snack. If you would like your child to have a snack during the day, please pack them one daily. We have an afternoon snack to help keep our brains alert and ready to learn. I have a fridge for those snacks that need to stay cold (fruit, cheese sticks, yogurt, etc.) Please remember that we have around 5-7 minutes to eat snack; they should not be huge. There have been a lot of snacks that have been quite large. Snacks should be only one item (please only send one item per day). We don't always have a lot of time to eat snack. 

      

     

    There are 4 birthdays this month; Annabell, Abdul, Hasan, and Walter! We will  be having the birthday celebration on Friday the 26th of April from 2:15-2:30pm. If you would like to bring in a sweet treat, there can only be one :) Please let me know if you are interested. 

    If you have any Box Tops please send them in with your child. Click on the Class Document  tab for printable sheets to tape them to. You can bring in BoxTops whenever you like.    

     

     

    Please see the Seesaw tab on the left hand side of this website. Seesaw has been so much fun to use in the classroom! If you have not set up an account and have lost the QR code, please e-mail me and I will get another one for you! 

     

    Please see the Class Dojo tab on the left hand sife of this website. I am excited to use it this year. You will have the opportunity to see live updates on how your child is behaving in class. 

             

    Please make sure you are checking your child's backpack every Monday and taking out the weekly blue folder. It is filled with weekly work and important information about upcoming events. 

     

     

    A lot of students are getting low in supplies.  Remember that it is your responsibility to make sure that your child has supplies to complete assignments. If you are unable to provide new supplies please contact our counselor or the new community liason, and they will help you out!

     

     

     

    I sent out new book orders this week. Remember that you can order online anytime. Just click the book order tab on this website. Then click the picture, it will take you right to our class's order page. They are due on April 15.

     

    The Spring book fair is almost here! 

    It will be April 8-12. Please see the school's newsletter or click on the link for more information: http://www.scholastic.com/bf/desertsageelementaryschool1 

    If you are available to volunteer - please click on the link below and sign up for a spot that works with your schedule and your talents: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e084aaeac29a2f49-dinomite

     

    Other Annoucements:

     

    Spring Break is here! I hope that everyone gets to spend some time with family and that the weather allows us to get outside!  

    If you have any other questions, please e-mail me!

    Have a great week!

    Ariel West

     

    Please remember that EVERY child recieves FREE (yes, FREE) breakfast every morning and lunch in the afternoon.

    I encourage you to have your child partake if your mornings are choatic and time is short. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

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  • Week of March 10 - 15

    Posted by ARIEL WEST on 3/10/2019

    Reading Focus: conclusions and using context

    Weekly word study: words with r-controlled vowel ir, er, and ur

    Weekly phonograms: ir, er, ur

    Weekly Story: Amazing Animals (non-fiction)

    Writing:Throughout the year we will be focusing on narratives, informational, and persuasive types of writing. Near the end of the year we will also have a research project on an anima/insect's lifecycle. We will also be practicing neat handwriting, spacing between letters and words, and capitalization, punctuation (. ? !) all year long. We have taken a break on writing to focus on social studies and science. We will be starting back up this week with our new theme of opinion writing. We will connect our writing to our story and write about an amazing animal and why we think it is the best. 

    Grammer: pronouns

    Science: Matter- We are nearing the end of our matter unit. We have learned what matter is, what properties are, and the three states of matter. We will further this study by using the engineering design process to create a way to keep ice pops cold when there is no freezer or cooler near by. The kids have loved this unit (so have I)!

    Social Studies:  Maps, maps, and more maps! We have started our unit by trying to find our own place on the map. We will be drawing and creating multiple kinds of maps as well as learn about the important features of maps (keys, symbols, compass rose). The kiddos will also review a skill from Kindergarten; identifying land and water on a map. 

    Math:   We are moving into our Module 3: measurement. We are actually almost done with it (it is a very short unit). The students have learned 3 important rules of measuring: find the endpoint, no overlapping, and no gaps. They will add one more rule (use the same measuring tool) near the end of the unit. We use non-standard units when measuring in first grade: paper clips, cubes, string, pieces of paper, etc. They have learned what a centimeter is by measuring with centimeter cubes. 

     

    Upcoming Events:

     

    March 15 and 21: Personal Safety Classes  The school counselor will be coming in for 30 minutes at the end of the day starting this Thursday. It will continue for every Thursday for the month of March. An Opt-Out form was sent home a few weeks ago. If you did not want your child attending the class, you were to send the bright green flyer back to the school. If you wanted your child to attend, you were to do nothing. 

    March 22: NO SCHOOL

    March 25-29: NO SCHOOL SPRING BREAK

    April 1: School Resumes

    April 8-12: Book Fair

    April 9: First grade music program @ 1:30

    April 11: Career Family Night

    April 23: Early Release @ 1:25 for teacher collaboration

      

    Don't forget to check this blog weekly for updates...very important information is in it! It will be updated every week. 

    Please find the new page on the website titled: 1 Hour Classroom Volunteer. It will take you to a website to sign up for 1 hour time slots on what ever day you choose. You can create your own schedule and sign up for the same time every week etc. If you have more than 1 hour in a day, you can sign up for multiple time slots in one day. I normally do not have volunteers do a lot of work with the kids unless I see the need. I have my volunteers help me with copies, creating fun materials, sorting, filing, some one-on-one testing, etc. If that sounds like something you would like to do, I would greatly appreciate the help. 

    The PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) is in desperate need of parental support. Please join them at the next meeting in February. You can find their page on Facebook and keep in the know: Desert Sage PTO.

     

    The weather is starting to get cooler; please make sure your child is dressed for the day's weather. This also means on PE days, please try and pack an extra pair of tennis shoes for your child to change into.  March is a season of cold and warm temperatures. Please make sure your child is dressed appropriatley before they leave home. 

      

        

    I do not provide a class snack. If you would like your child to have a snack during the day, please pack them one daily. We have an afternoon snack to help keep our brains alert and ready to learn. I have a fridge for those snacks that need to stay cold (fruit, cheese sticks, yogurt, etc.) Please remember that we have around 5-7 minutes to eat snack; they should not be huge. There have been a lot of snacks that have been quite large. Snacks should be only one item (please only send one item per day). We don't always have a lot of time to eat snack. 

      

     

    There are 2 birthdays this month; Ryan and Aya! We will  be having the birthday celebration on Thursday the 21st of March from 2:15-2:30pm. If you would like to bring in a sweet treat, there can only be one :) Please let me know if you are interested. The sweet treat is already being brought for this month. If you would like to bring a healthy snack option, that is welcomed. 

    If you have any Box Tops please send them in with your child. Click on the Class Document  tab for printable sheets to tape them to. You can bring in BoxTops whenever you like.    

     

     

    Please see the Seesaw tab on the left hand side of this website. Seesaw has been so much fun to use in the classroom! If you have not set up an account and have lost the QR code, please e-mail me and I will get another one for you! 

     

    Please see the Class Dojo tab on the left hand sife of this website. I am excited to use it this year. You will have the opportunity to see live updates on how your child is behaving in class. 

             

    Please make sure you are checking your child's backpack every Monday and taking out the weekly blue folder. It is filled with weekly work and important information about upcoming events. 

     

     

    A lot of students are getting low in supplies.  Remember that it is your responsibility to make sure that your child has supplies to complete assignments. If you are unable to provide new supplies please contact our counselor or the new community liason, and they will help you out!

     

     

     

    I sent out new book orders this week. Remember that you can order online anytime. Just click the book order tab on this website. Then click the picture, it will take you right to our class's order page. They are due on March 15.

     

    Other Annoucements:

     

    Spring Break is almost here! If your family is going to start it early, please inform the office. 

      

    If you have any other questions, please e-mail me!

    Have a great week!

    Ariel West

     

    Please remember that EVERY child recieves FREE (yes, FREE) breakfast every morning and lunch in the afternoon.

    I encourage you to have your child partake if your mornings are choatic and time is short. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

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  • Week of March 3 - 8

    Posted by ARIEL WEST on 3/3/2019

    Reading Focus: story structure and repetition

    Weekly word study: words with r-controlled vowel ar, or, and ore

    Weekly phonograms:ar and or

    Weekly Story: Frog and Toad Together

    Writing:Throughout the year we will be focusing on narratives, informational, and persuasive types of writing. Near the end of the year we will also have a research project on an anima/insect's lifecycle. We will also be practicing neat handwriting, spacing between letters and words, and capitalization, punctuation (. ? !) all year long. We have taken a break on writing to focus on social studies and science. We will be starting back up this week with our new theme of opinion writing. We will write about our favorite Dr. Seuss book and give reasons why it is the best. 

    Grammer: pronouns

    Science: Matter- We are nearing the end of our matter unit. We have learned what matter is, what properties are, and the three states of matter. We will further this study by using the engineering design process to create a way to keep ice pops cold when there is no freezer or cooler near by. The kids have loved this unit (so have I)!

    Social Studies:  Maps, maps, and more maps! We have started our unit by trying to find our own place on the map. We will be drawing and creating multiple kinds of maps as well as learn about the important features of maps (keys, symbols, compass rose). The kiddos will also review a skill from Kindergarten; identifying land and water on a map. 

    Math:   We are moving into our Module 3: measurement. We are actually almost done with it (it is a very short unit). The students have learned 3 important rules of measuring: find the endpoint, no overlapping, and no gaps. They will add one more rule (use the same measuring tool) near the end of the unit. We use non-standard units when measuring in first grade: paper clips, cubes, string, pieces of paper, etc. They have learned what a centimeter is by measuring with centimeter cubes. 

     

    Upcoming Events:

    March 4-8: Read Week! Please see the flyers that were sent home for dress up days and all happenings. They are also available under the READ WEEK INFORMATION TAB on this website.

    March 5: Talent Show forms are due. Your child received this form in Music last Thursday. 

    March 6: Mrs. West has a substitute in the morning until lunch. I will be at the school in a data meeting with all the other first grade teachers discussing math/reading groups etc. I will return after lunch. 

    March 7: Class photos. It is also crazy sock day (for Read Week). Please return all picture orders by this day. They were sent home a week ago in the blue Monday folder. 

    March 7: Personal Safety Classes start. The school counselor will be coming in for 30 minutes at the end of the day starting this Thursday. It will continue for every Thursday for the month of March. An Opt-Out form was sent home a few weeks ago. If you did not want your child attending the class, you were to send the bright green flyer back to the school. If you wanted your child to attend, you were to do nothing. 

    March 8: Parents are invited to come and read with their child from 1:40-2:30. You are encouraged to wear pjs and bring a pillow/blanket for you and your child to snuggle up with while reading. A special snack will be provided adn each child will receive a special gift.

    March 22: NO SCHOOL

    March 25-29: NO SCHOOL SPRING BREAK

    April 1: School Resumes

      

    Don't forget to check this blog weekly for updates...very important information is in it! It will be updated every week. 

    Please find the new page on the website titled: 1 Hour Classroom Volunteer. It will take you to a website to sign up for 1 hour time slots on what ever day you choose. You can create your own schedule and sign up for the same time every week etc. If you have more than 1 hour in a day, you can sign up for multiple time slots in one day. I normally do not have volunteers do a lot of work with the kids unless I see the need. I have my volunteers help me with copies, creating fun materials, sorting, filing, some one-on-one testing, etc. If that sounds like something you would like to do, I would greatly appreciate the help. 

    The PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) is in desperate need of parental support. Please join them at the next meeting in February. You can find their page on Facebook and keep in the know: Desert Sage PTO.

     

    The weather is starting to get cooler; please make sure your child is dressed for the day's weather. This also means on PE days, please try and pack an extra pair of tennis shoes for your child to change into.  March is a season of cold and warm temperatures. Please make sure your child is dressed appropriatley before they leave home. 

      

        

    REMINDER: NO SNACKS CONTAINING NUTS PLEASE! Our classroom is a NUT FREE room. I do not provide a class snack. If you would like your child to have a snack during the day, please pack them one daily. We have an afternoon snack to help keep our brains alert and ready to learn. I have a fridge for those snacks that need to stay cold (fruit, cheese sticks, yogurt, etc.) Please remember that we have around 5-7 minutes to eat snack; they should not be huge. There have been a lot of snacks that have been quite large. Snacks should be only one item (please only send one item per day). We don't always have a lot of time to eat snack. 

      

     

    There are 2 birthdays this month; Ryan and Aya! We will  be having the birthday celebration on Thursday the 21st of March from 2:15-2:30pm. If you would like to bring in a sweet treat, there can only be one :) Please let me know if you are interested. The sweet treat is already being brought for this month. If you would like to bring a healthy snack option, that is welcomed. 

    If you have any Box Tops please send them in with your child. Click on the Class Document  tab for printable sheets to tape them to. You can bring in BoxTops whenever you like.    

     

     

    Please see the Seesaw tab on the left hand side of this website. Seesaw has been so much fun to use in the classroom! If you have not set up an account and have lost the QR code, please e-mail me and I will get another one for you! 

     

    Please see the Class Dojo tab on the left hand sife of this website. I am excited to use it this year. You will have the opportunity to see live updates on how your child is behaving in class. 

             

    Please make sure you are checking your child's backpack every Monday and taking out the weekly blue folder. It is filled with weekly work and important information about upcoming events. 

     

     

    A lot of students are getting low in supplies.  Remember that it is your responsibility to make sure that your child has supplies to complete assignments. If you are unable to provide new supplies please contact our counselor or the new community liason, and they will help you out!

     

     

     

    I sent out new book orders this week. Remember that you can order online anytime. Just click the book order tab on this website. Then click the picture, it will take you right to our class's order page. They are due on March 15.

     

    Other Annoucements:

     

    Read Week is this week! It is going to be a very fun week! We are encouraging all parents to sneak and take a photo of their child while reading. Please e-mail them to me and I will put the photo on the gigantic poster in the front of the school. It would be amazing to have a photo of all the students included on the poster by the end of the week.  

     

    I have taken down all the 100th Day of School posters. I will be sending them home with your child on Monday. If you would like me to wait for a better day, please e-mail me before the end of the day on Monday. Some students took theirs home last Friday. 

     

    All students were tested on their monthly sight words and minute fluencies for February. I am proud to say that every student has passed their Kindergarten list. I have never had that happen before. That is a testament to how hard this class is working this year (at home and at school). Way to go! Students are also making steady gains in their words per minute as well. If you are able to come on Friday for the parent read time, you should check out our class data wall and see where your child is. There has been a lot of movement and the kids are so proud of themselves. Please make sure you tell them that you are proud too!

     

    ISIP!! For the 2nd month in a row this class has reached their goal of everyone scoring a 2 or a 3! They were cheering each other on and so excited to hear that they are all working so hard. You should have gotten a print out of your child's score in last week's blue folder. If you ever have questions about it, please call or e-mail me. 

     

    If you have any other questions, please e-mail me!

    Have a great week!

    Ariel West

     

    Please remember that EVERY child recieves FREE (yes, FREE) breakfast every morning and lunch in the afternoon.

    I encourage you to have your child partake if your mornings are choatic and time is short. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

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  • February 11-15

    Posted by ARIEL WEST on 2/12/2019

    Reading Focus: main topic and details/author's purpose

    Weekly word study: words long a sound spelled ai and ay

    Weekly phonograms: ai and ay

    Weekly Story: Where Does Food Come From? (non-fiction)

    Writing:Throughout the year we will be focusing on narratives, informational, and persuasive types of writing. Near the end of the year we will also have a research project on an anima/insect's lifecycle. We will also be practicing neat handwriting, spacing between letters and words, and capitalization, punctuation (. ? !) all year long. We have started our informational writing unit. We are learning to give details about a subject and use transition words.  This week we will be presenting our Missing Snowman writing piece. The studetns have been working really hard on their handwriting and working toward their own handwriting goal. It is impressive to see how far some students have come. 

    Grammer: N/A

    Science: Matter- Last week we learned about what matter is (anything that has mass and takes up space) and what some properties of matter are. We studied a toy monster truck to practice finding properties. This week will be going into our third matter activity of discovering the three states of matter and how some objects can be more than one (solid, liquid, gas). 

    Social Studies:  N/A

    Math:   We are moving into our Module 2:  We have been studying place value for a while. We are now applying what we know to addition and subtraction sentences. We will finish Module 2 by next week and start our new module of measurement after. 

     

    Upcoming Events:

     

     

    Feb 11-15th: Kindness Week - Please look in this week's blue folder for more information about this fun week. There will also be a fundraiser for childhood leukemia this week (The penny drive). 

    February 12th: Family Math Night! Please see flyers that have been sent home the past two weeks! Everyone who attends will get a prize from the tutoring company Mathnasium. 

    Feb 14th: Valentine's Day. Please click on the link for more information and to sign up for needed supplies. Click here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090E4CABAE2BAAFA7-room1

    Feb 15th: Desert Sage Night at the Idaho Steelheads - please see flyer that was sent home a week ago.

     

     

    Don't forget to check this blog weekly for updates...very important information is in it! It will be updated every week. 

    Please find the new page on the website titled: 1 Hour Classroom Volunteer. It will take you to a website to sign up for 1 hour time slots on what ever day you choose. You can create your own schedule and sign up for the same time every week etc. If you have more than 1 hour in a day, you can sign up for multiple time slots in one day. I normally do not have volunteers do a lot of work with the kids unless I see the need. I have my volunteers help me with copies, creating fun materials, sorting, filing, some one-on-one testing, etc. If that sounds like something you would like to do, I would greatly appreciate the help. 

    The PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) is in desperate need of parental support. Please join them at the next meeting in February. You can find their page on Facebook and keep in the know: Desert Sage PTO.

     

    The weather is starting to get cooler; please make sure your child is dressed for the day's weather. This also means on PE days, please try and pack an extra pair of tennis shoes for your child to change into.  

      

        

    REMINDER: NO SNACKS CONTAINING NUTS PLEASE! Our classroom is a NUT FREE room. I do not provide a class snack. If you would like your child to have a snack during the day, please pack them one daily. We have an afternoon snack to help keep our brains alert and ready to learn. I have a fridge for those snacks that need to stay cold (fruit, cheese sticks, yogurt, etc.) Please remember that we have around 5-7 minutes to eat snack; they should not be huge. There have been a lot of snacks that have been quite large. Snacks should be only one item (please only send one item per day). We don't always have a lot of time to eat snack. 

      

     

    There are no student birthdays this month. 

    If you have any Box Tops please send them in with your child. Click on the Class Document  tab for printable sheets to tape them to. Boxtops are due February 20th. The class with the most turned in will when a class party.   

     

     

    Please see the Seesaw tab on the left hand side of this website. Seesaw has been so much fun to use in the classroom! If you have not set up an account and have lost the QR code, please e-mail me and I will get another one for you! 

     

    Please see the Class Dojo tab on the left hand sife of this website. I am excited to use it this year. You will have the opportunity to see live updates on how your child is behaving in class. 

             

     

     

    A lot of students are getting low in supplies.  Remember that it is your responsibility to make sure that your child has supplies to complete assignments. If you are unable to provide new supplies please contact our counselor or the new community liason, and they will help you out!

     

     

     

    I sent out new book orders this week. Remember that you can order online anytime. Just click the book order tab on this website. Then click the picture, it will take you right to our class's order page. They are due on Feb 15.  

     

    Thank you to all the parents who helped their child with their 100's Day poster. They all turned out fantastic! I am amazed at the creativity that was put into each one. Way to go! We had a lot of fun on 100's Day and these posters helped us see just how large the number 100 is. 

     

    If you have any other questions, please e-mail me!

    Have a great week!

    Ariel West

     

    Please remember that EVERY child recieves FREE (yes, FREE) breakfast every morning and lunch in the afternoon.

    I encourage you to have your child partake if your mornings are choatic and time is short. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

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  • Week of Jan 28 - Feb 1

    Posted by ARIEL WEST on 1/29/2019

    Reading Focus: main topic and details/author's purpose

    Weekly word study: words long o and u with silent e (o_e, u_e)

    Weekly phonograms: review

    Weekly Story: Let's Go to the Moon! (non-fiction)

    Writing:Throughout the year we will be focusing on narratives, informational, and persuasive types of writing. Near the end of the year we will also have a research project on an anima/insect's lifecycle. We will also be practicing neat handwriting, spacing between letters and words, and capitalization, punctuation (. ? !) all year long. We have started our informational writing unit. We are learning to give details about a subject and use transition words.  We have written mulitple informational pieces. We have begun working on our Missing Snowman pieces. We are creating our snowmen and then will write about them.

    Grammer: N/A

    Science: Matter- Last week we started our introduction and are learning about the Engineering Design Process (like the scientific method) and watched ice cubes melt and frozen yogurt thaw out. We are writing in our science logs about our observations and questions that we have. We will continue learning about matter and their properties by looking at toy cars. 

    Social Studies:  N/A

    Math:   We are moving into our Module 2:  We are heading toward the end of our module. We have taken a break from addition and subtraction word problems and are know learning about equal equations. We will then start learning about place value.

     

    Upcoming Events:

     

    Jan 31: Star Lab presentation at 10:30am

    Feb 5: Parent Teacher Organization meeting at 4:10pm in the teacher's lounge. Please come and be a part of the activities that take place at school. 

    Feb 5: Guest Speaker - Alane Adams (author) visits school

    February 7: The 100th day of school! Please make sure your child is at school this day! They will not want to miss the celebration. There will be a homework assignment about the 100th day sent home next week in regards to the 100th day. 

    Feb 11-15th: Kindness Week - Please look in next week's blue folders for more information about this fun week. There will also be a fundraiser for childhood leukemia this week. 

    February 12th: Family Math Night! More information to come!

    Feb 14th: Valentine's Day. Please click on the link for more information and to sign up for needed supplies. 

    Feb 15th: Desert Sage Night at the Idaho Steelheads - please see flyer that was sent home a week ago.

    Click here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090E4CABAE2BAAFA7-room1

     

    Don't forget to check this blog weekly for updates...very important information is in it! It will be updated every week. 

    Please find the new page on the website titled: 1 Hour Classroom Volunteer. It will take you to a website to sign up for 1 hour time slots on what ever day you choose. You can create your own schedule and sign up for the same time every week etc. If you have more than 1 hour in a day, you can sign up for multiple time slots in one day. I normally do not have volunteers do a lot of work with the kids unless I see the need. I have my volunteers help me with copies, creating fun materials, sorting, filing, some one-on-one testing, etc. If that sounds like something you would like to do, I would greatly appreciate the help. 

    The PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) is in desperate need of parental support. Please join them at the next meeting in February. You can find their page on Facebook and keep in the know: Desert Sage PTO.

     

    The weather is starting to get cooler; please make sure your child is dressed for the day's weather. This also means on PE days, please try and pack an extra pair of tennis shoes for your child to change into.  

      

        

    REMINDER: NO SNACKS CONTAINING NUTS PLEASE! Our classroom is a NUT FREE room. I do not provide a class snack. If you would like your child to have a snack during the day, please pack them one daily. We have an afternoon snack to help keep our brains alert and ready to learn. I have a fridge for those snacks that need to stay cold (fruit, cheese sticks, yogurt, etc.) Please remember that we have around 5-7 minutes to eat snack; they should not be huge. There have been a lot of snacks that have been quite large. Snacks should be only one item (please only send one item per day). We don't always have a lot of time to eat snack. 

      

     

    There are 2 birthdays this month; Amber and Brooke! We will  be having the birthday celebration on Friday the 25th of January from 2:15-2:30pm. If you would like to bring in a sweet treat, there can only be one :) Please let me know if you are interested. 

    If you have any Box Tops please send them in with your child. Click on the Class Document  tab for printable sheets to tape them to. You can send Box Tops in whenever. They will go to our next year's submission for our class.   

     

     

    Please see the Seesaw tab on the left hand side of this website. Seesaw has been so much fun to use in the classroom! If you have not set up an account and have lost the QR code, please e-mail me and I will get another one for you! 

     

    Please see the Class Dojo tab on the left hand sife of this website. I am excited to use it this year. You will have the opportunity to see live updates on how your child is behaving in class. 

             

     

     

    A lot of students are getting low in supplies.  Remember that it is your responsibility to make sure that your child has supplies to complete assignments. If you are unable to provide new supplies please contact our counselor or the new community liason, and they will help you out!

     

     

     

    I sent out new book orders this week. Remember that you can order online anytime. Just click the book order tab on this website. Then click the picture, it will take you right to our class's order page. They are due on Feb 15.  

     

     

    If you have any other questions, please e-mail me!

    Have a great week!

    Ariel West

     

    Please remember that EVERY child recieves FREE (yes, FREE) breakfast every morning and lunch in the afternoon.

    I encourage you to have your child partake if your mornings are choatic and time is short. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

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  • Week of Jan 22-25

    Posted by ARIEL WEST on 1/23/2019

    Reading Focus: compare/contrast and text graphic features

    Weekly word study: words long i silent e (i_e)

    Weekly phonograms: kn, mb, wr, gn

    Weekly Story: Animal Groups (non-fiction)

    Writing:Throughout the year we will be focusing on narratives, informational, and persuasive types of writing. Near the end of the year we will also have a research project on an anima/insect's lifecycle. We will also be practicing neat handwriting, spacing between letters and words, and capitalization, punctuation (. ? !) all year long. We have started our informational writing unit. We are learning to give details about a subject and use transition words.  We have written mulitple informational pieces. We have begun working on our Missing Snowman pieces. We are creating our snowmen and then will write about them.

    Grammer: N/A

    Science: Matter- we will have a small introduction to the scientific method before we really dig into one of my favorite units. 

    Social Studies:  N/A

    Math:   We are moving into our Module 2:  We are now applying our ability to find the friendly number of ten to subtraction sentences with teen numbers. 

     

    Upcoming Events:

     

    Jan 28th:  First Semester Awards Ceremony at 11:00-11:30am. Not every first grader will recieve an award. I will be e-mailing those parents whose child is receiving an award later this week. 

    February 7: The 100th day of school! Please make sure your child is at school this day! They will not want to miss the celebration. There will be a homework assignment about the 100th day sent home next week in regards to the 100th day. 

    Feb 14th: Valentine's Day. Please click on the link for more information and to sign up for needed supplies. 

    Click here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090E4CABAE2BAAFA7-room1

     

    Don't forget to check this blog weekly for updates...very important information is in it! It will be updated every week. 

    Please find the new page on the website titled: 1 Hour Classroom Volunteer. It will take you to a website to sign up for 1 hour time slots on what ever day you choose. You can create your own schedule and sign up for the same time every week etc. If you have more than 1 hour in a day, you can sign up for multiple time slots in one day. I normally do not have volunteers do a lot of work with the kids unless I see the need. I have my volunteers help me with copies, creating fun materials, sorting, filing, some one-on-one testing, etc. If that sounds like something you would like to do, I would greatly appreciate the help. 

    The PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) is in desperate need of parental support. Please join them at the next meeting in February. You can find their page on Facebook and keep in the know: Desert Sage PTO.

     

    The weather is starting to get cooler; please make sure your child is dressed for the day's weather. This also means on PE days, please try and pack an extra pair of tennis shoes for your child to change into.  

      

        

    REMINDER: NO SNACKS CONTAINING NUTS PLEASE! Our classroom is a NUT FREE room. I do not provide a class snack. If you would like your child to have a snack during the day, please pack them one daily. We have an afternoon snack to help keep our brains alert and ready to learn. I have a fridge for those snacks that need to stay cold (fruit, cheese sticks, yogurt, etc.) Please remember that we have around 5-7 minutes to eat snack; they should not be huge. There have been a lot of snacks that have been quite large. Snacks should be only one item (please only send one item per day). We don't always have a lot of time to eat snack. 

      

     

    There are 2 birthdays this month; Amber and Brooke! We will  be having the birthday celebration on Friday the 25th of January from 2:15-2:30pm. If you would like to bring in a sweet treat, there can only be one :) Please let me know if you are interested. 

    If you have any Box Tops please send them in with your child. Click on the Class Document  tab for printable sheets to tape them to. You can send Box Tops in whenever. They will go to our next year's submission for our class.   

     

     

    Please see the Seesaw tab on the left hand side of this website. Seesaw has been so much fun to use in the classroom! If you have not set up an account and have lost the QR code, please e-mail me and I will get another one for you! 

     

    Please see the Class Dojo tab on the left hand sife of this website. I am excited to use it this year. You will have the opportunity to see live updates on how your child is behaving in class. 

                 

    Don't forget to return your child's blue  folder every Monday. Please take the time to look inside. If you are ready to return it to school prior to Monday, you may do so. 

     

    Click on the link below for more information. Click Here: Parent Education Classes 2019

     

     

      

     

     

    A lot of students are getting low in supplies. I will be sending home exactly what your child needs to be re-stocked on before Winter Break. Remember that it is your responsibility to make sure that your child has supplies to complete assignments. If you are unable to provide new supplies please contact our counselor or the new community liason, and they will help you out!

     

     

     

    I sent out new book orders this week. Remember that you can order online anytime. Just click the book order tab on this website. Then click the picture, it will take you right to our class's order page. They are due on Feb 15.  

     

     

    If you have any other questions, please e-mail me!

    Have a great week!

    Ariel West

     

    Please remember that EVERY child recieves FREE (yes, FREE) breakfast every morning and lunch in the afternoon.

    I encourage you to have your child partake if your mornings are choatic and time is short. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

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  • Week(s) of April 30 - May 11

    Posted by ARIEL WEST on 5/3/2018

    Reading Focus:  Author's purpose and using context

    Weekly word study: inflections -er and -est and the syllable -le

    Weekly Phonograms: -le

    Weekly Story: What Can You Do?

    Writing:Throughout the year we will be focusing on narratives, informational, and persuasive types of writing. We will also be practicing neat handwriting, spacing between letters and words, and capitalization, punctuation (. ?) all year long.

    • We have moved on to writing 2 star sentences (noun, verb, and adjective)
    • We finished our opinion/persuasive writing. We will focus on handwriting and sentence structure until we start our research project (after the visit to the Zoo)

    Grammer: exclamations and types of sentences

    Science: Plant and animal life cycles 

    Social Studies: We wrapped up our worldy travels last week. We will now focus all our attention to Science for the rest of the year. 

    Math: We are moving into our last unit of 2D and 3D shapes!

     

    Upcoming Events: 

    May 4: FIELD TRIP TO THE ZOO!  Please see the e-mail that was sent to everyone's e-mail inboxes. 

    May 7-11: Book Fair Week! Our preview day (no buying at this time) will be on Monday the 7th in the morning. Please see the flyer from the librarian for different events. 

    May 7-11: Staff Appreciation Week

    May 8: PTO Meeting at 4:10 in the staff lounge  

    May 10: STEM NIGHT Please see flyer coming home soon! There is going to be many activities this night as well as food trucks to eat dinner! Please see the flyer that is being sent home on Friday. 

    May 16: Year End Awards. If your child is receiving an award, please be on the look out for an e-mail coming soon. 

    May 21-25: Classroom Campground! One of my favorite events of the year! Our classroom turns into a campground for a week. We  learn about summer safety and learn about camping activities. Please wait for more information about this fun filled week! I will be sending home a flyer this week about what is needed and how you can help.

    May 21-25: Testing Celebration Week: Dress up days all week long.

    May 25: Talent Shows - 10:30 and 1:30pm

    May 29: Lake Hazel Library walking field trip. I will only need 2-3 volunteers for this trip. We will walk through the neighborhoods to the library to get a tour, see what they have, storytelling, and check out books if want too. 

    May 29: Lake Hazel Library School-wide presentation in afternoon

    May 30: Field Day: volunteers will be needed. More information to come.

    June 1: Early Release @1:25 School-wide picnic lunch. More information to come. 

     

        

    REMINDER: NO SNACKS CONTAINING NUTS PLEASE! Our classroom is a NUT FREE room. We are running out of class snacks, so if your child does not pack a snack next week, they will do a brain break activity instead.

      

     

    There is 5 birthdays this month; Damon, Rachel, Shane, Savannah, and Kiarah! We also have some summer birthdays that we will celebrate: Chloe, Faith, Kimmy, and Frankie. We will be having the birthday celebration on Friday the 25 from 2:00-2:30. If you would like to bring in a sweet treat, there can only be one :) Please let me know if you are interested. 

    If you have any Box Tops please send them in with your child. Click on the Class Document  tab for printable sheets to stick them to. It would be a great help if they were already stuck on the paper so I do not have too. If you do not have access to a printer, please send them in in a baggie. 

     

     

    Please see the Seesaw tab on the left hand side of this website. Seesaw has been so much fun to use in the classroom! If you have not set up an account and have lost the QR code, please e-mail me and I will get another one for you! I will be sending home year-end instructions if you would like to save the items that your child has uploaded this year. 

     

                 

    Don't forget to return your child's blue Friday/Homework folder every Friday. This week the folder will be filled with completed work and very important flyers. Please make sure you take the time to go through all the papers. 

       

    If you have any other questions, please e-mail me!

    Have a great weekend!

    Ariel West

     

    Please remember that EVERY child recieves FREE (yes, FREE) breakfast every morning and lunch in the afternoon.

    I encourage you to have your child partake if your mornings are choatic and time is short. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

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  • Week of April 23 - 27

    Posted by ARIEL WEST on 4/22/2018

    Reading Focus: understanding characters and who/what is a narrorator

    Weekly word study: words with -ou and -ow 

    Weekly Phonograms: --oi, -oy, -aw, -au

    Weekly Story: The New Friend

    Writing:Throughout the year we will be focusing on narratives, informational, and persuasive types of writing. We will also be practicing neat handwriting, spacing between letters and words, and capitalization, punctuation (. ?) all year long.

    • We have moved on to writing 2 star sentences (noun, verb, and adjective)
    • We finished our opinion/persuasive writing. We will focus on handwriting and sentence structure until we start our research project (after the visit to the Zoo)

    Grammer: contractions

    Science: Plant and animal life cycles 

    Social Studies: We wrapped up our worldy travels last week. We will now focus all our attention to Science for the rest of the year. 

    Math: We are moving into adding and subtracting larger numbers to 40. 

     

    Upcoming Events: 

    April 24: Early Release at 1:25

    April 26: IRI (Idaho Reading Indicator) Spring Test We were told the wrong dates for the IRI! We will actually be taking the test right after lunch on Thursday this week.The students will be tested on their reading fluency not their letter sound fluency this time around. They will be reading for a minute to see how many words they can read. To get a 3 on the test this Spring, your child needs to read a minimum of 53 words per minute. 

    April 27: Monthly birthday celebrations at 2:15. Please see below for more information.

    May 4: FIELD TRIP TO THE ZOO!  Please see the flyer that was sent home on Friday. I will need a few parent chaperones to help watch students. We will be eating lunch in the park before we head back to school too! Please make sure you sign and return your child's permission slip. (We will have one more field trip to the Lake Hazel Library at the end of the year)

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    May 10: STEM NIGHT Please see flyer coming home soon! There is going to be many activities this night as well as food trucks to eat dinner! 

    May 21-25: Classroom Campground! One of my favorite events of the year! Our classroom turns into a campground for a week. We  learn about summer safety and learn about camping activities. Please wait for more information about this fun filled week! 

    May 30: Field Day: volunteers will be needed. More information to come.

    June 1: Early Release @1:25 School-wide picnic lunch. More information to come. 

     

        

    REMINDER: NO SNACKS CONTAINING NUTS PLEASE! Our classroom is a NUT FREE room. We are running out of class snacks, so if your child does not pack a snack next week, they will do a brain break activity instead.

      

     

    There is 3 birthdays this month; Connor, Kaila, and Sam! We will be having the birthday celebration on Friday the 27 from 2:15-2:30. If you would like to bring in a sweet treat, there can only be one :) Please let me know if you are interested. 

    If you have any Box Tops please send them in with your child. Click on the Class Document  tab for printable sheets to stick them to. It would be a great help if they were already stuck on the paper so I do not have too. If you do not have access to a printer, please send them in in a baggie. 

     

     

    Please see the Seesaw tab on the left hand side of this website. Seesaw has been so much fun to use in the classroom! If you have not set up an account and have lost the QR code, please e-mail me and I will get another one for you! 

     

                 

    Don't forget to return your child's blue Friday/Homework folder every Friday. In it this week: a green 1/2 slip of paper that needs to be returned this week to myself or the office. It is in regards to next year's enrollment numbers. 

     

    This Monday the 24th - come eat and raise money for our school! In your child's folder was a small white flyer about this fundraiser. If you loose it, there will be extras at the restaurant. Come eat with other families from the school community and see teachers dancin' the night away! I hope to see you there!

     

    Almost every student is in desperate need of some essential school supplies: glue sticks (even white gloppy glue), dry erase marker, hand sanitizer, and facial tissues. I do not have any more glue sticks to lend out/give to students. My supply of dry erase markers is almost gone. I do not have any facial tissues or hand sanitizer to share.

    In the WestAda School District it is the parent's responsibliity to replenish their child's school supplies when needed (that includes hand sanitizer and facial tissues). Do to this rule, we are not supposed to share supplies. Please ask your child what they are in need of. About half of the class does not have hand sanitizer, too. If you want your child to wash their hands that is fine, but please be sure you have communicated that with them.

    If you feel like you are buying more supplies than they should be going through - it would be a great time to talk about respecting supplies and being responsible with them. I will have to say that we do use glue every day...so we go through a lot!

     

     

    If you have any other questions, please e-mail me!

    Have a great weekend!

    Ariel West

     

    Please remember that EVERY child recieves FREE (yes, FREE) breakfast every morning and lunch in the afternoon.

    I encourage you to have your child partake if your mornings are choatic and time is short. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

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  • Week of April 6-13

    Posted by ARIEL WEST on 4/6/2018

    Reading Focus: cause and effect

    Weekly word study: words with -oo (with the short u sound)

    Weekly Phonograms: --oo

    Weekly Story: Whistle for Willie

    Writing:Throughout the year we will be focusing on narratives, informational, and persuasive types of writing. We will also be practicing neat handwriting, spacing between letters and words, and capitalization, punctuation (. ?) all year long.

    • We have moved on to writing 2 star sentences (noun, verb, and adjective)
    • Writing Opinion/Persuasive pieces: This is our writing focus for the year. We will start by doing a series of book studies on stories that have opinion and persuasion as the main focus (I Wanna Iguana, Click Clack Moo, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, Red is Best, etc.) and mimic some of their writing. We will then be writing an opinion piece about what animal is the best animal.

    Grammer: possessive pronouns

    Science: N/A. 

    Social Studies: We are in the middle of comparing families around the world. We pack our 'suitcases' and 'fly' to a different country every week. We visited Japan last week and compared their family life and ours. We also made a carpe kite that they make on Boy's Day. This week we traveled to Australia. We will finish up in the Outback country next week. We will compare one more country before we wrap up our travels...Mexico!

    Math: We are moving into adding and subtracting larger numbers to 40. 

     

    Upcoming Events: 

     

    April 11: CLASS PICTURE RETAKE! We are one of 4 classes that need to retake our class picture. Something went wrong and ours did not turn out. You do not need to pay for more pictures, the money will be applied to this new class photo. For those who had individual pictures taken that day - they turned out fine, it is only the class photo that needs to be re-taken. Please have your child wear their "picture best" clothes for this re-take. It will be done before lunch. 

    April 18-20: IRI (Idaho Reading Indicator) Spring Test The students will be tested on their reading fluency not their letter sound fluency this time around. They will be reading for a minute to see how many words they can read. To get a 3 on the test this Spring, your child needs to read a minimum of 53 words per minute. 

    April 24: Early Release at 1:25

    April 27: Monthly birthday celebrations at 2:15. Please see below for more information.

    May 4: FIELD TRIP TO THE ZOO!  There will be more information coming next week in regards to this field trip. I will need a few parent chaperones to help watch students. We will be eating lunch in the park before we head back to school too! (We will have one more field trip to the Lake Hazel Library at the end of the year)

     

        

    REMINDER: NO SNACKS CONTAINING NUTS PLEASE! Our classroom is a NUT FREE room. We are running out of class snacks, so if your child does not pack a snack next week, they will do a brain break activity instead.

      

     

    There is 3 birthdays this month; Connor, Kaila, and Sam! We will be having the birthday celebration on Friday the 27 from 2:15-2:30. If you would like to bring in a sweet treat, there can only be one :) Please let me know if you are interested. 

    If you have any Box Tops please send them in with your child. Click on the Class Document  tab for printable sheets to stick them to. It would be a great help if they were already stuck on the paper so I do not have too. If you do not have access to a printer, please send them in in a baggie. 

     

     

    Please see the Seesaw tab on the left hand side of this website. Seesaw has been so much fun to use in the classroom! If you have not set up an account and have lost the QR code, please e-mail me and I will get another one for you! 

     

                 

    Don't forget to return your child's blue Friday/Homework folder every Friday. I am still revceiving quite a few folders that are full and nothing has been touched. Please ask to see your child's folder if they are not giving it to you. Please take the time to look through all their work. They have taken a lot of time to complete every paper and are very proud of their work ethic.      

     

    I realize that it is a lot of work for most first grade students to have two reading logs. For that reason, every child that had reached the reading party by April 2, had their name written down for a free pass to Roaring Springs. They will be given out before the end of the school year.

     

    Almost every student is in desperate need of some essential school supplies: glue sticks (even white gloppy glue), dry erase marker, hand sanitizer, and facial tissues. I do not have any more glue sticks to lend out/give to students. My supply of dry erase markers is almost gone. I do not have any facial tissues or hand sanitizer to share.

    In the WestAda School District it is the parent's responsibliity to replenish their child's school supplies when needed (that includes hand sanitizer and facial tissues). Do to this rule, we are not supposed to share supplies. Please ask your child what they are in need of. About half of the class does not have hand sanitizer, too. If you want your child to wash their hands that is fine, but please be sure you have communicated that with them.

    If you feel like you are buying more supplies than they should be going through - it would be a great time to talk about respecting supplies and being responsible with them. I will have to say that we do use glue every day...so we go through a lot!

     

    If you have any other questions, please e-mail me!

    Have a great weekend!

    Ariel West

     

    Please remember that EVERY child recieves FREE (yes, FREE) breakfast every morning and lunch in the afternoon.

    I encourage you to have your child partake if your mornings are choatic and time is short. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

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  • Week of March 19 - 23

    Posted by ARIEL WEST on 3/16/2018

    Reading Focus: story structure and repitition

    Weekly word study: words with r controlled -ar and -or

    Weekly Phonograms: --ar and -or

    Weekly Story: Frog and Toad Together

    Writing:Throughout the year we will be focusing on narratives, informational, and persuasive types of writing. We will also be practicing neat handwriting, spacing between letters and words, and capitalization, punctuation (. ?) all year long.

    • We have moved on to writing 2 star sentences (noun, verb, and adjective)
    • Writing Opinion/Persuasive pieces: This is our writing focus for the year. We will start by doing a series of book studies on stories that have opinion and persuasion as the main focus (I Wanna Iguana, Click Clack Moo, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, Red is Best, etc.) and mimic some of their writing. We will then be writing an opinion piece about what animal is the best animal.

    Grammer: pronouns

    Science: N/A. 

    Social Studies: We are wrapping up maps with our final project of a 3D city and taking a test over all the things that we learned. They have really enjoyed this unit!

    Math: We are diving in deep into place value, comparing numbers, and ordering numbers. Please see the parent tip sheet in your child's folder to help better understand what is in our most important unit. 

     

    Upcoming Events: 

     

    Mar 20-22: Star Lab

    Mar 21: Jim Cogan Assembly

    Mar 23: NO SCHOOL

    Mar 26-30: SPRING BREAK (NO SCHOOL)

    Apr 2: Roaring Readers Reading Log due!

     

        

    REMINDER: NO SNACKS CONTAINING NUTS PLEASE! Our classroom is a NUT FREE room. We are running out of class snacks, so if your child does not pack a snack next week, they will do a brain break activity instead.

      

     

    There is 1 birthday this month; Brinley! We will be having the birthday celebration on Thursday the 22 from 2:15-2:30. If you would like to bring in a sweet treat, there can only be one :) Please let me know if you are interested. 

    If you have any Box Tops please send them in with your child. Click on the Class Document  tab for printable sheets to stick them to. It would be a great help if they were already stuck on the paper so I do not have too. If you do not have access to a printer, please send them in in a baggie. 

     

     

    Please see the Seesaw tab on the left hand side of this website. Seesaw has been so much fun to use in the classroom! If you have not set up an account and have lost the QR code, please e-mail me and I will get another one for you! 

     

                 

    Don't forget to return your child's blue Friday/Homework folder every Friday. I am still revceiving quite a few folders that are full and nothing has been touched. Please ask to see your child's folder if they are not giving it to you. Please take the time to look through all their work. They have taken a lot of time to complete every paper and are very proud of their work ethic.      

     

    Another important thing in your child's folder is a chance to earn a free ticket to Roaring Springs this summer. It is on a white sheet of paper. BE SURE TO BE FILLING OUT THE READING LOG TO EARN THE FREE PASS. I have received 1 log so far. Your child has until April to record 600 minutes on their log. 

    Have a great weekend!

    Ariel West

     

    Please remember that EVERY child recieves FREE (yes, FREE) breakfast every morning and lunch in the afternoon.

    I encourage you to have your child partake if your mornings are choatic and time is short. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

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  • Mar 5 - 9

    Posted by ARIEL WEST on 3/6/2018

    Reading Focus: putting events of a story in order (sequential order)

    Weekly word study: words with -oa and -ow that say o

    Weekly Phonograms: --oa and --ow

    Weekly Story: Tomas Rivera (biography)

    Writing:Throughout the year we will be focusing on narratives, informational, and persuasive types of writing. We will also be practicing neat handwriting, spacing between letters and words, and capitalization, punctuation (. ?) all year long.

    • We have moved on to writing 2 star sentences (noun, verb, and adjective)
    • Writing Opinion/Persuasive pieces: This is our writing focus for the year. We will start by doing a series of book studies on stories that have opinion and persuasion as the main focus (I Wanna Iguana, Click Clack Moo, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, Red is Best, etc.) and mimic some of their writing. We will then be writing an opinion piece about what animal is the best animal.

    Grammer: contractions

    Science: N/A. 

    Social Studies: We are starting one of my favorite units ( I have many) - Mapping! We made our version of a globe this week and applied our knowledge of water and land on a map. We then labeled the cardinal directions and added a title. In your child's homework they are practicing making a map of their room. 

    Math: We wrapped up our short measurement unit and are back into learning about place value. We are learning that counting by groups of ten is easier/faster than counting by ones. 

     

    Upcoming Events: 

    Mar 8: Class Pictures

    Mar 11: Daylight Savings time (turn clocks ahead) Send students to bed earlier to help with an easier transition.

    Mar 17: St. Patrick's Day (will celebrate on the 16th)

    Mar 20-22: Star Lab

    Mar 21: Jim Cogan Assembly

    Mar 23: NO SCHOOL

    Mar 26-30: SPRING BREAK (NO SCHOOL)

     

     

     

     

        

    REMINDER: NO SNACKS CONTAINING NUTS PLEASE! Our classroom is a NUT FREE room. We are running out of class snacks, so if your child does not pack a snack next week, they will do a brain break activity instead.

      

     

    There is 1 birthday this month; Brinley! We will be having the birthday celebration on Thursday the 22 from 2:15-2:30. If you would like to bring in a sweet treat, there can only be one :) Please let me know if you are interested. 

    If you have any Box Tops please send them in with your child. Click on the Class Document  tab for printable sheets to stick them to. It would be a great help if they were already stuck on the paper so I do not have too. If you do not have access to a printer, please send them in in a baggie. 

     

     

    Please see the Seesaw tab on the left hand side of this website. Seesaw has been so much fun to use in the classroom! If you have not set up an account and have lost the QR code, please e-mail me and I will get another one for you! 

    I hope that everyone enjoyed the 100s day activities. We did so many things with the number 100, I just had to share them. The kids had so much fun! The posters were amazing and thoughtful; thanks for your help!

     

                 

    Don't forget to return your child's blue Friday/Homework folder every Friday. I am still revceiving quite a few folders that are full and nothing has been touched. Please ask to see your child's folder if they are not giving it to you. Please take the time to look through all their work. They have taken a lot of time to complete every paper and are very proud of their work ethic.      

     

    Another important thing in your child's folder is a chance to earn a free ticket to Roaring Springs this summer. It is on a white sheet of paper. BE SURE TO BE FILLING OUT THE READING LOG TO EARN THE FREE PASS. I have received 1 log so far. Your child has until April to record 600 minutes on their log. I will send home another one this week. 

     

     

    Wahoo!!! Our school raised around $5,000 for Jumprope for heart!!

     

    Picture Day is on Thursday! Packets went home this week. If you need on (because it got lost) please get one from the front office. 

     

     

    Have a great weekend!

    Ariel West

     

    Please remember that EVERY child recieves FREE (yes, FREE) breakfast every morning and lunch in the afternoon.

    I encourage you to have your child partake if your mornings are choatic and time is short. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

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  • Feb 26 - March 2

    Posted by ARIEL WEST on 2/23/2018

    Reading Focus: the author's purpose and making conclusions. 

    Weekly word study: words with -ay and -ai

    Weekly Phonograms: --ay and -ai

    Weekly Story: Where Does Food Come From?(non-fiction)

    Writing:Throughout the year we will be focusing on narratives, informational, and persuasive types of writing. We will also be practicing neat handwriting, spacing between letters and words, and capitalization, punctuation (. ?) all year long.

    • We have moved on to writing 2 star sentences (noun, verb, and adjective)
    • Writing Opinion/Persuasive pieces: This is our writing focus for the year. We will start by doing a series of book studies on stories that have opinion and persuasion as the main focus (I Wanna Iguana, Click Clack Moo, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, Red is Best, etc.) and mimic some of their writing. We will then be writing an opinion piece about what animal is the best animal.

    Grammer: review

    Science: We wrapped up out Matter unit this week with an experiment to see all three states of matter: having our own ice cube and seeing it melt and talking about evaporation. the kiddos really enjoyed learning about the matter that is all around us. 

    Social Studies: We are starting one of my favorite units ( I have many) - Mapping! We are starting with the basics: identifying water, land and a key on a map, the different types of maps and learning what a compass rose is. Please see this week's homework for an introduction to mapping activity. 

    Math: We have moved into measurement (this week and the next). Please see the green piece of paper in your child's blue folder that help explains what they will be learning throughout the unit. It also has the math language that we will be using and some examples of problems that they will be working on. Please see the measuring activity in this week's homework. 

     

    Upcoming Events:

    Feb 26 - Mar 2: READ WEEK! See your child's blue folder for more information.

    Mar 2: Jumprope for Heart money due and assembly during the day. There could possibly be an afterschool event as well. 

    Mar 8: Class Pictures

    Mar 17: St. Patrick's Day (will celebrate on the 16th)

    Mar 23: NO SCHOOL

    Mar 26-30: SPRING BREAK (NO SCHOOL)

     

     

     

     

        

    REMINDER: NO SNACKS CONTAINING NUTS PLEASE! Our classroom is a NUT FREE room. We are running out of class snacks, so if your child does not pack a snack next week, they will do a brain break activity instead.

      

     

    There is 1 birthday this month; Roxanna! We will be having the birthday celebration on Friday the 23 from 2:15-2:30. If you would like to bring in a sweet treat, there can only be one :) Please let me know if you are interested. 

    If you have any Box Tops please send them in with your child. Click on the Class Document  tab for printable sheets to stick them to. It would be a great help if they were already stuck on the paper so I do not have too. If you do not have access to a printer, please send them in in a baggie. 

     

     

    Please see the Seesaw tab on the left hand side of this website. Seesaw has been so much fun to use in the classroom! If you have not set up an account and have lost the QR code, please e-mail me and I will get another one for you! 

    I hope that everyone enjoyed the 100s day activities. We did so many things with the number 100, I just had to share them. The kids had so much fun! The posters were amazing and thoughtful; thanks for your help!

     

                 

    Don't forget to return your child's blue Friday/Homework folder every Friday. I am still revceiving quite a few folders that are full and nothing has been touched. Please ask to see your child's folder if they are not giving it to you. Please take the time to look through all their work. They have taken a lot of time to complete every paper and are very proud of their work ethic.    

     

     

    We are done wil all three personal saftey lessons taught by Mrs. Fischer. They all went very well.  

     

    Another important thing in your child's folder is a chance to earn a free ticket to Roaring Springs this summer. It is on a white sheet of paper. BE SURE TO BE FILLING OUT THE READING LOG TO EARN THE FREE PASS.

     

     

    It is time to raise money for Jump Rope for Heart! Your child brought home the flyer for the fundraising event. Your child does not even have to sell anything to get a prize. If you just register on-line, they can earn a glow in the dark bracelet. Pleaase click the link for more information:

    http://www2.heart.org/site/TR?fr_id=3195&pg=company&company_id=61208&s_hasSecureSession=true 

    Please have all checks and money turned in on March 2. We will have an assembly on the 2nd and their could possibly be an after school event. 

     

     

    Please click the link to see Read Week's Special/Dress Up Days

    Parents are invited to come and enjoy an hour of reading with their child on March 2nd. Please click on the link to see more information about the Read-In Day. The flyer did not make it in your child's blue folder this week with the attached library card application form. I will send them both home on Monday. 

    Have a great weekend!

    Ariel West

     

    Please remember that EVERY child recieves FREE (yes, FREE) breakfast every morning and lunch in the afternoon.

    I encourage you to have your child partake if your mornings are choatic and time is short. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

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  • Feb 12-16

    Posted by ARIEL WEST on 2/11/2018

    Reading Focus: comparing and contrasting characters action and feelings and dialogue

    Weekly word study: long e (e_e, ea, ee)

    Weekly Phonograms: -ng, -nk

    Weekly Story: The Big Trip (fiction)

    Writing:Throughout the year we will be focusing on narratives, informational, and persuasive types of writing. We will also be practicing neat handwriting, spacing between letters and words, and capitalization, punctuation (. ?) all year long.

    • We have moved on to writing 2 star sentences (noun, verb, and adjective)
    • Writing Informational pieces: We are finishing up our informational writings with "My Snowman is Missing!" Each student will create a unique snowman and have to give details about what it looks like. We will be using our writings to find our missing snowmen/girls. Hopefully we have used good details to inform our audience what they look like. 

    Grammer: review

    Science: We have done multiple experiments on Matter. We are focusing on all the different types of properties that Matter can have: color, wieght, breakable, flexible, magnetic, sinkable, floatable, etc. We have done several experiments that the kids are loving. We will be getting into the three states that Matter can take in the upcoming weeks: solid, liquid, or gas.

    Social Studies: N/A

    Math: We are looking into the place value of numbers. We are learning to see that numbers are made up of ones and tens.

     

    Upcoming Events:

     

    Feb 12-16: Kindness Week (dress up days included-see below)

    Feb 14: Valentine's DayParty @ 1:45-2:30. Please let me know if you want to come. 

    Feb 19: NO SCHOOL President's Day

    Feb 22: Early Release @ 1:25

    Feb 23: Birthday Celebrations @ 2:10

     

     

        

    REMINDER: NO SNACKS CONTAINING NUTS PLEASE! Our classroom is a NUT FREE room. We are running out of class snacks, so if your child does not pack a snack next week, they will do a brain break activity instead.

      

     

    There is 1 birthday this month; Roxanna! We will be having the birthday celebration on Friday the 23 from 2:15-2:30. If you would like to bring in a sweet treat, there can only be one :) Please let me know if you are interested. 

     

     

     

    Please see the Seesaw tab on the left hand side of this website. Seesaw has been so much fun to use in the classroom! If you have not set up an account and have lost the QR code, please e-mail me and I will get another one for you! 

    I hope that everyone enjoyed the 100s day activities. We did so many things with the number 100, I just had to share them. The kids had so much fun! The posters were amazing and thoughtful; thanks for your help!

     

                 

    Don't forget to return your child's blue Friday/Homework folder every Friday. I am still revceiving quite a few folders that are full and nothing has been touched. Please ask to see your child's folder if they are not giving it to you. Please take the time to look through all their work. They have taken a lot of time to complete every paper and are very proud of their work ethic.    

     

     

    Our 2nd personal safety lesson is this week on Thursday. The first one went very well. 

     

    Another important thing in your child's folder is a chance to earn a free ticket to Roaring Springs this summer. It is on a white sheet of paper. BE SURE TO BE FILLING OUT THE READING LOG TO EARN THE FREE PASS.

     

    Those who scored a 1 or a 2 on the Fall IRI took the Winter IRI a few weeks ago and showed great progress.  

    Our class heater has been working fine for the past few weeks! Phew!

     

     

     

    It is time to raise money for Jump Rope for Heart! Your child brought home the flyer for the fundraising event. Your child does not even have to sell anything to get a prize. If you just register on-line, they can earn a glow in the dark bracelet. Pleaase click the link for more information:

    http://www2.heart.org/site/TR?fr_id=3195&pg=company&company_id=61208&s_hasSecureSession=true 

    This week is Kindness Week. Please see your child's blue folder to learn about this event and how to dress each day if your child wants to participate. 

    Our Valentine's Day party is coming quick! I already have a parent bringing in the sweet treat for the party. At the party we will pass out valentines and each a sweet treat. The kids like to then open up their cards and eat a few pieces of candy. If you want to come, please do so!

     

    Have a great weekend!

    Ariel West

     

    Please remember that EVERY child recieves FREE (yes, FREE) breakfast every morning and lunch in the afternoon.

    I encourage you to have your child partake if your mornings are choatic and time is short. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

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  • Jan 29 - Feb 2

    Posted by ARIEL WEST on 1/28/2018

    Reading Focus: graphic features and comparing/contrasting

    Weekly word study: long i silent e (i_e)

    Weekly Phonograms: -gn, mp, wr, kn

    Weekly Story: Animal Groups (nonfiction)

    Writing:Throughout the year we will be focusing on narratives, informational, and persuasive types of writing. We will also be practicing neat handwriting, spacing between letters and words, and capitalization, punctuation (. ?) all year long.

    • We have moved on to writing 2 star sentences (noun, verb, and adjective)
    • Writing Informational pieces: We are finishing up our informational writings with "My Snowman is Missing!" Each student will create a unique snowman and have to give details about what it looks like. 

    Grammer: using is, are and were, was correctly in a sentence

    Science: We are diving deeper into Matter! We have talked about how everthing is matter and that we use properties to describe matter. We will be using our 5 senses to experiment and classifying matter. 

    Social Studies: N/A

    Math: We are using what we have learned already this year (adding and subtracting to find a whole/adding and subtracting to find a missing part) and using teens in our problems. 

     

    Upcoming Events:

     

    Jan 23: Semester Award Ceremony @ 10:30 in gym (I will e-mail parents of students who are receiving awards)

    Jan 29-31: First Grade IRI Winter testing dates

    Feb 5: Jump Rope for Heart Kickoff Assembly @ 10:45

    Feb 6: PTO Meeting @ 4:10

    Feb 8: 100th Day of School Celebration

    Feb 8: 1st Personal Safety Lesson with Erin Fischer

    Feb 13-15: Star Lab

    Feb 14: Valentine's Day (information about class party coming soon)

    Feb 19: NO SCHOOL President's Day

    Feb 22: Early Release @ 1:25

    Feb 23: Birthday Celebrations @ 2:10

     

     

        

    REMINDER: NO SNACKS CONTAINING NUTS PLEASE! Our classroom is a NUT FREE room. We are running out of class snacks, so if your child does not pack a snack next week, they will do a brain break activity instead.

      

     

    There is 1 birthday this month; Roxanna! We will be having the birthday celebration on Friday the 23 from 2:15-2:30. If you would like to bring in a sweet treat, there can only be one :) Please let me know if you are interested. 

     

     

     

    Please see the Seesaw tab on the left hand side of this website. Seesaw has been so much fun to use in the classroom! If you have not set up an account and have lost the QR code, please e-mail me and I will get another one for you! 

     

                 

    Don't forget to return your child's blue Friday/Homework folder every Friday. I am still revceiving quite a few folders that are full and nothing has been touched. Please ask to see your child's folder if they are not giving it to you. Please take the time to look through all their work. They have taken a lot of time to complete every paper and are very proud of their work ethic.   

     

    Please see the supply letter in your child's blue folder. A lot of students have ran out of supplies like glue sticks and dry erase markers. We have talked about treating supplies respectfully and being responsible with them (not losing them or leaving the caps off). We use glue every day! If your child needs glue sticks, please think about sending 3-4. That should be enough for the rest of the year. 

     

     

    Please see the gold paper in your child's blue folder. It is from the school counselor about three lessons that she will teach every first grade class about personal safety. They have to have parent's permission in order to be in the classroom while she is teaching. The forms need to be back by January 29th. If you do not want your child to participate in the lessons, they will sit out in the hall and do some work out of their work folder or and educational game on the iPad. 

     

    Another important thing in your child's folder is a change to earn a free ticket to Roaring Springs this summer. It is on a white sheet of paper. 

     

    Please be on the look out for an e-mail about semester grades. The gradebook had a huge overhaul this year and it did not come without hiccups. There will be no paper report cards sent out, you will have to check Powerschool for your child's grades. Again, please be on the lookout for an e-mail that will be sent out for when report cards are ready to be viewed. If you have an questions, please let me know via e-mail or a phone call. 

    The Winter IRI will be given to those students who scored a 1 or 2 on the Fall IRI. They will be pulled out of class and given the test one on one. I have only been given the dates Jan 29-31 for when the test will be given. It all depends on where our class is in the line up. 

    Our classes heater has been malfunctioning lately. It was a little drafty last week. I have been in contact with the school's janitor to fix it. In the mean time, please have your child pack an extra sweater to wear in class if they need it. 

     

    Have a great weekend!

    Ariel West

     

    Please remember that EVERY child recieves FREE (yes, FREE) breakfast every morning and lunch in the afternoon.

    I encourage you to have your child partake if your mornings are choatic and time is short. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

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  • Week of Jan 15-19

    Posted by ARIEL WEST on 1/12/2018

    Reading Focus: N/A

    Weekly word study: Review

    Weekly Phonograms: -oi and -oy

    Weekly Story: various stories

    Writing:Throughout the year we will be focusing on narratives, informational, and persuasive types of writing. We will also be practicing neat handwriting, spacing between letters and words, and capitalization, punctuation (. ?) all year long.

    • We have moved on to writing 2 star sentences (noun, verb, and adjective)
    • Writing Informational pieces: We will be writing an informational piece about their favorite season and what activities you can do in it.

    Grammer: Review

    Science: We might start one of my favorite units....Matter! What is matter, what are properties of matter, and what are the three types of matter.  

    Social Studies: We are wrapping up our unit on Needs and Wants. 

    Math: We are shifting gears into building numbers and teen numbers. Numbers are built with tens and ones. We will then be applying this knowledge to addition and subtraction. 

     

    Upcoming Events:

    Jan 15: NO SCHOOL - MLK Day

    Jan 19: End of 1st Semester - Early release at 1:25

    Jan 23: Semester Award Ceremony @ 10:30 in gym (I will e-mail parents of students who are receiving awards)

    Jan 29-31: First Grade IRI Winter testing dates    

     

        

    REMINDER: NO SNACKS CONTAINING NUTS PLEASE! Our classroom is a NUT FREE room. We are running out of class snacks, so if your child does not pack a snack next week, they will do a brain break activity instead.

      

     

    There are 2 January birthdays this month! Gabe and Sevrin! We will be having the birthday celebration on Friday the 26 from 2:15-2:30. If you would like to bring in a sweet treat, there can only be one :) Please let me know if you are interested. 

     

     

     

    Please see the Seesaw tab on the left hand side of this website. Seesaw has been so much fun to use in the classroom! If you have not set up an account and have lost the QR code, please e-mail me and I will get another one for you! 

     

                 

    Don't forget to return your child's blue Friday/Homework folder every Friday. I am still revceiving quite a few folders that are full and nothing has been touched. Please ask to see your child's folder if they are not giving it to you. Please take the time to look through all their work. They have taken a lot of time to complete every paper and are very proud of their work ethic.   

     

    Please see the supply letter in your child's blue folder. A lot of students have ran out of supplies like glue sticks and dry erase markers. We have talked about treating supplies respectfully and being responsible with them (not losing them or leaving the caps off). We use glue every day! If your child needs glue sticks, please think about sending 3-4. That should be enough for the rest of the year. 

     

     

    Please see the gold paper in your child's blue folder. It is from the school counselor about three lessons that she will teach every first grade class about personal safety. They have to have parent's permission in order to be in the classroom while she is teaching. The forms need to be back by January 29th. If you do not want your child to participate in the lessons, they will sit out in the hall and do some work out of their work folder or and educational game on the iPad. 

     

    Another important thing in your child's folder is a change to earn a free ticket to Roaring Springs this summer. It is on a white sheet of paper. 

     

    I will be burried deep in grading this weekend, as I am a bit behind! I will be updating the gradebook to get ready for the end of the semester on this upcoming Friday. This is my first year entering practice and evidence pieces. Please let me know if something does not look right on your end of the gradebook OR if you have question regarding your child's grade. Again, the gradebook had a huge update this year, so I want to make sure that everything is correct. 

    Have a great weekend!

    Ariel West

     

    Please remember that EVERY child recieves FREE (yes, FREE) breakfast every morning and lunch in the afternoon.

    I encourage you to have your child partake if your mornings are choatic and time is short. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

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  • Week of Dec 18 - 21

    Posted by ARIEL WEST on 12/17/2017

    It's Gingerbread Week!

    Most of our activities this week with be based around gingerbread, even the homework...did you notice?! We will be writing, reading, and eating gingerbread people this whole week. Please remember to sign up for an item to bring to our gingerbread party on Thursday. (See update below). Don't forget that our music program is tomorrow (Monday the 18th) at 1:30. 

    In celebration of the winter holidays, students are encouraged to dress up in festive clothing if they want to. Christmas pjs, holiday colors, winter symbols, etc. Let's have our last day of school before break be a fun one!

     

    Reading Focus: comparing contrasting stories on same topic 

    Weekly word study: review

    Weekly Phonograms: 

    Weekly Story: The Gingerbread Man, The Gingerbread Baby, The Gingerbread Girl etc.  (All different types of Gingerbread Man stories)

    Writing:Throughout the year we will be focusing on narratives, informational, and persuasive types of writing. We will also be practicing neat handwriting, spacing between letters and words, and capitalization, punctuation (. ?) all year long.

    • We have moved on to writing 2 star sentences (noun, verb, and adjective)
    • Writing Informational pieces: We are finishing how to decorate a Christmas tree and will be moving on to how to decorate/make a gingerbread man or woman. 

    Grammer:Review

    Science: N/A  

    Social Studies: We are learning about symbols of the United States (the flag, Statue of Liberty, Liberty Bell, Whitehouse, fireworks, bald eagle)

    Math: We are shifting gears into building numbers and teen numbers. Numbers are built with tens and ones. We will then be applying this knowledge to addition and subtraction. We are finding the friendly number of 10 within addition sentences to make them easier to answer. (9 + 3 is the same as 10 +2) 

     

    Upcoming Events:

     

    Dec 18: 1st Grade Music Concert @ 1:30pm in Gym

    Dec 20: December Birthday Celebrations @ 2:15-2:30

    Dec 21: Gingerbread Party @ 1:40 - 2:30

    Dec 21: Dress up in your most festive clothes!

    Dec 22: NO SCHOOL (first day of Winter Break)

    Dec 22 - Jan 7: Winter Break (No School)   

     

        

    REMINDER: NO SNACKS CONTAINING NUTS PLEASE! Our classroom is a NUT FREE room. We are running out of class snacks, so if your child does not pack a snack next week, they will do a brain break activity instead.

      

    We will be having our Gingerbread Party on Thursday Dec 21 at 1:45 - 2:30. We can have one sweet treat and the rest are encouraged to be healthy. Our sweet treat will be gingerbread people and all the decorations that go on top! If you are available to attend or help out please let me know. 

    Here is the link to the sign up website: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090E4CABAE2BAAFA7-gingerbread 

    It will send out a reminder to you 2 days prior to the party. Thanks to those who have already signed up! I am so excited for the party. 

     

    There are 2 December birthdays this month! Lily and Madison! We will be having the birthday celebration on Wednesday the 20 from 2:15-2:30. If you would like to bring in a sweet treat, there can only be one :) Please let me know if you are interested. This date for birthday celebrations is most likely different from other classes. I want to let the students celebrate their birthdays without the Gingerbread party.

     

     

     

    Please see the Seesaw tab on the left hand side of this website. Seesaw has been so much fun to use in the classroom! If you have not set up an account and have lost the QR code, please e-mail me and I will get another one for you! 

     

                 

    Don't forget to return your child's blue Friday/Homework folder every Friday. I am still receiving quite a few folders that are full and nothing has been touched. Please ask to see your child's folder if they are not giving it to you. Please take the time to look through all their work. They have taken a lot of time to complete every paper and are very proud of their work ethic.   

     

     

     

    Our music program is fast approaching! It is on December 18th at 1:30 in the afternoon. It will last aprx. 30 minutes. They have been getting 5 stars (almost) every music class! That is the highest amount the teacher will give out! She says they are one of her best classes! I cannot wait to see them sing their hearts out - you will not want to miss it! 

     

     

    The weather is changing! Please make sure your child has a nice heavy coat and gloves. I encourage all students to wear their coats out to recess, however, some are still taking them off because it is not cold enough for them?!? If you cannot provide a winter coat for your child, please e-mail myself or the counselor (Erin Fischer) and we can help. 

    Have a great weekend!

     

    Please remember that EVERY child recieves FREE (yes, FREE) breakfast every morning and lunch in the afternoon.

    I encourage you to have your child partake if your mornings are choatic and time is short. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

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