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!