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!