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Welcome back!  I hope the children enjoyed their time off and are ready to “hit the ground running” as we begin a new quarter.  I had a wonderful week and am looking forward to seeing the children!  Thanks for all of your help in making the 1st quarter a success!  We couldn’t have done it without your help and support!  I’m very PROUD of the children and all of their hard work.  They have adjusted to 1st grade nicely (I seem to be adjusting too 🙂 )!  We have a very busy week ahead.  Please make note of the 2 early dismissal days this week.  Parent/Teacher conferences begin on Wednesday.  Please do your best to arrive on time so we can stay on schedule.  Many families have more than one conference to attend so it’s important that we do our best to stay on schedule so we don’t cause another teacher’s schedule to get behind.  Thanks for understanding!  This week we will have some special visitors from the Franklin College Men’s basketball team come and read to our class.   Every year they participate in the NABC Reading Program, a nation-wide literacy effort sponsored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.  The program is designed to utilize college basketball players as role models to emphasize the importance of education in general and reading in particular for elementary school children in the early primary grades.  We are looking forward to their visit!  Just a reminder that shorts are not to be worn from now until after spring break.    Below is a preview of some of the things we’ll be doing this week:

Phonics:

This week we will continue working on the reading & spelling vowel-consonant-e rule AKA “Sneaky e” (o-e; u-e; i-e; e-e)  and reading and spelling contractions.  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:  done, one, sure, don’t & won’t.  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:

Once again, you will notice 2 words with an asterisk on your child’s spelling list this week.  These words are sight words and need to be memorized, not “sounded out.”  The following list of words was sent home before fall break:  go, hi, am, get, him, ten, best, help, pick, black, you* & what* The children will also be given a sentence to write:  Get a can of clams.  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.  Some of the children have not been writing neatly and/or have not been making their letters the correct size.  Please be sure to talk to them about the importance of this.  It makes the words difficult to read or sometimes looks as if they are writing a capital letter when it’s not necessary.  Thanks for your help!  I am pleased with how well the children have been doing on the Spelling test each week.

Reading:

Our story this week is “The Fun Kids Band.”  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” (A Fun Show) and the “Main Selection” (The Fun Kids Band).  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.  Each week we’ve been missing a few books for reading time.  It’s a good idea to ask the “Think and Compare” questions at the end of each selection.  As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, the 1st graders have been working on writing, illustrating and publishing their very own class book.  Order forms are coming home on Monday in case you would like to order a copy for your child.  PLEASE RETURN THE ORDER FORM WITH YOUR SIGNATURE EVEN IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO ORDER A BOOK BY WEDNESDAY 10/25.  I have to ship everything back to the company for our book to be published at the end of this week.  If we receive all of the order forms back, even the ones NOT ordering we will receive a FREE COPY for our class library.  The kids are very excited about this project!  They did a great job coming up with ideas, sentences, writing their rough draft, editing, writing their final draft and drawing their illustrations.  I’m very PROUD of the work they did, especially since they had only been in 1st grade 7 weeks when they started this process!  🙂

Math:

We will begin Chapter 3/Addition Strategies.  In this chapter we will learn about addition strategies such as counting on, adding doubles, doubles + 1 and adding in any order.  I will be sending home some information soon about a Math program called Xtra Math.  This is a program that the children can use at home to get extra practice on their math facts.   I know a few other classes are using it and both the students and teachers are happy with the program.  Stay tuned….

Religion:

We will begin Chapter 7/We Pray To God Our Father.  We will talk about prayer and the 4 types of prayer:  Praising God, Asking God for help, Thanking God and Saying we are sorry.  We will discuss the importance of talking to God and listening to God.  We will go to church at 12:30 Thursday as a school family for the Living Rosary.

Important Dates:

10/23  Flat Stanley Project due.  I can’t wait to see Flat Stanley’s adventures! 🙂

10/25  Report Cards go home.  Parent/Teacher Conferences beginning at 3:00.  Student Council NUT day for a “toiletry donation” for Hurricane Relief (small items needed:  travel size toothpaste, deodorant, soap & shampoo).  If the students bring a donation they can come dressed as their favorite book or movie character.

10/26  Living Rosary in church at 12:30,  ALL ARE WELCOME.  Early Dismissal @ 1:00 for Parent/Teacher Conferences.

10/27  Honor’s Day in the PLC at 12:15,  ALL ARE WELCOME.  Early Dismissal @ 1:00 for Parent/Teacher Conferences.  Last day to hand in Boo-Gram order forms and money (if you need another order form let me know).  All money collected will go toward the 8th grade class trip to Washington DC.  Thanks for your support!

10/28  PRIDE’s Halloween Hootenanny/Family Fun Dance & Costume Party in the PLC from 7-9 p.m.

10/31  Halloween Party @ 1:30.  Students can bring their costumes (no make up please) to change into before the party if they’d like.  All are welcome to attend the party.  We can always use the help.  If you are planning to attend, you can come to our classroom at 1:20 to help us get ready.  The following parents signed up at Back To School Night to help:  Craft/Mrs. Louden, Game/Mrs. Marshall, Snack/Ms. Smith, Drink Pouches/Boxes & Napkins/Mrs. Goins.  If you signed up to help, but cannot attend the party you can send in your donations that morning.  Thanks for your help!

Special Schedule:

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

Tuesday:  Library (Students did NOT check out books before fall beak.)

Wednesday:  PE

Thursday:  Mass (All are welcome!) & 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!