Week of 10/7-10/11

Posted by Ariel West on 10/4/2019

Reading Focus: understanding characters

Words of the week:away, call, come, every, hear, said

Weekly Story: Jack and the Wolf (fable)

Weekly phonics study: words with double final consonants (-ii, -ss, -gg,e tc.) and words with phonogram -ck

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. We will also be practicing neat handwriting, spacing between letters and words, and capitalization, punctuation (. ? !) all year long. We are moving toward a two star (noun, verb, and adjective) and then starting our narrative unit. 

Grammer: complete sentences

Science: We had our first lesson and the kids are so excited to help solve the problem of how to communicate with light and sound. This year all first grade science curriculum was updated so all units are different. I am so excited to start science! I am a part of a grant called Project Lead the Way which puts more STEM into our science units. We will be learning the same concepts as the other classes but using this program instead. I used some last year and the kids had so much fun building and creating during science time. 

Social Studies: N/A

Math: We are applying what we have learned so far in math to equalites. We will learn what equal means and start comparing equations. 


Upcoming Events: 



Oct 7: NO SCHOOL. Teachers will be in meetings all day collaborating about grading, curriculum, etc. 

Oct 10: Desert Sage Night at the Farmstead. A teacher just might have to KISS a pig! (more information is coming)

Oct 14: Family Engagement Meeting @ 8:15am in Library

Oct 23: Parent Teacher Conferences from 4-8pm

Oct 24: NO SCHOOL Parent Teacher Conferenes from 8:30am-8:00pm

Oct 25: NO SCHOOL 





 REMINDER: 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; Tanner, Marcus, Alexis, and Kathryn!  We will  be having these birthday celebrations on Friday the 18th of October from 2:15-2:30. If you would like to bring in a sweet treat; there can only be one :) Please e-mail me to let me know if you are interested. (There is no school on the last Friday of October, that is why we are celebrating a week earlier). 


Box Tops

Please click the link for more information about the new way to collect Box Tops: Box Tops Website


Please see the Seesaw tab on the left hand side of this website. Seesaw is so much fun to use in the classroom! I sent home instructions in the Welcome to First Grade packet at Meet and Greet. I would love to have everyone (who would like to participate) have their accounts made by next week. **Students learned how to take their own picture this week and upload Wow Work. As they start learning the app we will start using it more frequently. 


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. I sent home instructions in the Welcome to First Grade packet at Meet and Greet. I would love to have everyone (who would like to participate) have their accounts made by next week. If you are not wanting your child to participate - please let me know.  ** I will not be using the portfolio portion of this app. I use Seesaw instead because the format is easier for students to use.



Blue folders are in your child's backpack! Please make sure you are checking your child's backpack every Friday and taking out the weekly blue folder. It is filled with weekly work, important information about upcoming events, and their weekly reading log/spelling practice. It is to be returned every Friday.  

 We will be taking ISIP every month. I will have a more detailed report on how your child is doing during parent teacher conferences in October. 


Please remember that the weather is getting cooler. Please have your child start bringing a light jacket for those morning recesses. 


I NEED HELP! If you are someone who likes to decorate or is pintrist savvy...I would love your expertise in decorating our classroom door! The school is having a door decorating contest between all the teachers. The only requirements is that it has to have a fall theme (no scary Halloween characters) and include the students (names or they make something small to add to it). If we win we get the coveted trophy that gets passed around the school every year. It has to be doen by the 18th. Please e-mail me if you would like to help out! I am not this creative (I don't even have a Pintrist account) and cannot do this alone. If more than one parent wants to be involved that is great! 


If you have any other questions, please e-mail me!

Let's have another great week of school!

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!