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


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!