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!