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Is it really October?  I can hardly believe it!  October is always a very busy month!  The end of the 1st quarter is quickly approaching and it will soon be time for Parent/Teacher conferences.  Mrs. Floyd will be sending home letters some time this week confirming your conference date/time.  Please be watching for this to come home soon.  At Back To School Night I failed to mention (until almost everyone had left my room) that I had a sign up sheet for the holiday parties.  We are still in need of someone to send in a snack and napkins for the Halloween party on 10/31.  If you are able to help, please let me know.  Thanks for your continued help with our daily snacks!  Below is a preview of some of the things we’ll be doing this week:

Field Trip:

Our field trip will “kick off” our Science lessons on animal habitats this week.  We will be leaving for the zoo Tuesday morning promptly at 9:00.  If you are going as a chaperone, please be in the atrium no later than 8:45.  This is a NUT day for 1st grade, however, we’d like the children to wear St. Rose spirit wear OR our school colors (blue/yellow).  We will be inside for the workshop (10-11), but will be outside the remainder of the time so please be sure the students are dressed for the weather.  The children will want to wear comfy shoes since we will be walking after the workshop.  We will not be visiting the gift shop and will not be buying lunch/concessions so no money is needed.  The following students have ordered a school “sack lunch:”  Haven, Aidan, Brooklyn, Malia, Maggie, Roman, Brady & Bristol.  All other students will need to bring a “sack lunch/drink” (no lunchboxes please).  I will have a cooler for student & chaperone lunches.  The following is a list of chaperones, please let me know if there has been a change:  Mr. Bobish, Mrs. Bowker, Ms. Brooks, Mr. Butler, Mrs. Goins, Ms. Hernandez, Mrs. Louden, Mr. Marshall, Mrs. Pappas, Ms. Pennington, Mrs. Petro,  Mr. Voland & Mrs. Wooten.

Phonics:

This week we will work on reading & spelling digraph ee, final /k/ spelling after vowel digraphs, syllable division, reading and spelling vowel u (long & short), reading & spelling w and the blends sw & tw.  I have been noticing that the children are using many of the rules we have been learning to help them figure out words they don’t know when we are reading (and spelling) during class.  🙂  Hopefully they are doing the same for you.  The sight words that will be introduced with this week’s Phonics lessons are:  been, put, want & was.  Please continue working on the high frequency words on the back side of the Saxon Phonics pages, especially if your child is having difficulty reading these words.  I do not assess these words every day, however, on the days that I do I will circle any of the words that your child was unable to read for me.  Thanks for working on these words at home!  It truly makes a difference!

Spelling:

This week you will notice 2 words with an asterisk on your child’s spelling list.  These words are sight words and need to be memorized, not “sounded out.”  The following list of words was sent home on Friday:  he, be, if, got, his, has, hot, ran, hand, fast, said*, & the*.  The children will also be given a sentence to write:  It ran so fast.  The pre-test will be on Wednesday and the final test on Friday.  If the children spell all of the words (including writing the sentence) correct on Wednesday, they will NOT have to take the test on Friday.  The children are doing a great job!  Keep up the good work!

Reading:

Our story this week is one of my favorite Folk Tales, “Little Red Hen.”  The children will bring home their reading books on Monday for homework.  They are expected to read (can be read to if needed) the “Get Ready Story” (Who Will Help?) and the “Main Selection” (Little Red Hen).  They will bring home a leveled reader on Wednesday to read for homework.  If you feel like your child is struggling with the leveled reader I send home on Wednesdays, please let me know.  I have a few different levels and can change the books out if it becomes too frustrating.  PLEASE be sure the children return their books the NEXT day so they have them for reading here at school.  Last week we were mising 4 leveled readers the next day.  It’s a good idea to ask the “Think and Compare” questions at the end of each selection.

Math:

We will continue working on Subtraction.   Most of the children are doing a pretty good job, however,  it’s a good idea to review the papers they bring home.  I want to make sure they are going over any mistakes they make on their papers so that they understand and learn from their mistakes.  Thanks for your help!  We do a lot of work in our math books together and always have manipulatives on hand to help.   For the most part, the children really seem to understand the concept, but there have been a few more mistakes than when we were working on addition which is normally the case.  🙂

Religion:

Chapter 6/God Speaks To Us.  In this chapter we will talk about how God can speak to us in the quiet of our hearts, through the Bible as we listen to God’s word and through those who love and care for us.  We are also going to talk about what it means to “Be A Rose” as we work on understanding our Student Mission:

Respect for all
Obedience to Christ
Service to Others
Excellence in Education

Important Dates:

10/1  FINAL DAY TO TURN IN TRASH BAG ORDERS.  Scholastic Book orders due.

10/3  1st grade trip to the Indianapolis Zoo to attend “Building A Habitat” workshop.  PRIDE meeting at 6:30 p.m.

10/4  Deputy Baird will be returning to St. Rose again this year to talk to grades K-5.  He will talk about a different topic to each grade.  The 1st grade will be learning about bullying.

10/6  Spirit Day

10/9  Picture Retakes

10/11  Pink/Purple NUT day for a donation to the American Cancer Society (more info. to come)

10/16-10/20  Fall Break

10/23  Flat Stanley Project due

10/25  Parent/Teacher Conferences beginning at 3:00.  Student Council NUT day (more info. to come).

10/26 & 10/27  Early Dismissal @ 1:00 for Parent/Teacher Conferences

Special Schedule:

Monday:  PE (Students should wear “tennis” shoes.)

Tuesday:  Library **Due to our field trip Tuesday, we will NOT be going library this week.**

Wednesday:  PE

Thursday:  Prayer service this week instead of mass (mass uniforms should be worn still) & Music

Friday:  Art

Be sure to read Mrs. Floyd’s Weekly Roar every Monday to keep up on all that is going on at St. Rose.  Also, be sure to check out our website www.stroselions.net frequently so you don’t miss out on anything important.  The Google calendar is always full of important dates and upcoming events.  You don’t want to miss out!