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)


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!