Friday, August 11, 2017

August 14 - 18, 2017

Week of August 14th

What a great first FULL week!
We are working hard and learning so much in first grade!

Here’s a peek at next week!
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Phonics Family Words: let, get, pet, met, ten, then, went, bed, red, yes
Phonics: short e
Reading: Establishing Daily 5 Routines- Work on Writing
Mentor Sentence: “Her parents named her Chrysanthemum.” -Chrysanthemum
L.Arts: Common and Proper Nouns
Writing Workshop: Personal Narratives-"Small Moments"
Math: Numeration- Counting and Comparing Numbers
**Please practice counting and writing numbers to 120 at home.**
Science: Weather

Homework
1.Study phonics family words!
2. Complete Math About Me activity sheet.
3. Practice this week's Lightning Words.


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Scholastic News/RAZ Kids/Headsprouts Donation
If you are able and have not already done so, please send in a $15 donation for your child's Scholastic News subscription and RAZ Kids/Headsprouts account. Logins will be sent out soon. Thank you!

Scholastic Book Order
Scholastic book orders will be sent home in Daily Folders. This is a great opportunity to foster your child’s love for learning! You may send filled out order forms and checks to school with your child, or you may order online using our class code.

Online Ordering
Under the “Parents” section, click on “Get Started”
Enter our class code: LV22J

I will submit all orders on the due date each month and books will be sent home with your child when they arrive at school. (If you want books to be a surprise or gift, I will be happy to make arrangements with you to pick them up.)

Order forms will go home each month. This month’s due date is August 29th.

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Volunteer Training
Georgia law regarding volunteers in non-profit organizations establishes that all volunteers are now mandated reporters.  In order for all volunteers to understand the law and know the reporting protocols, volunteer training regarding the new mandated reporter law will be provided. Below are the dates for the RBES volunteer training. If you plan to volunteer or visit in a classroom (this includes attending class parties, Field Day, working with students, etc.), you should attend one of the dates below.

August 15th @ 7:00 PM
August 17th @ 7:00 PM
August 24th @ 8:45 AM

We will need ALL volunteers to attend one of the training options in order for everyone to be able to continue to serve as a volunteer. Please know we appreciate you, your time, and commitment to RBES.
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First Grade Curriculum Night
Please join the first grade team on Thursday, August 17th from 6:00-7:00PM in the RBES Media Center to learn all you need to know about first grade! We will inform you of curriculum, expectations, etc., as well as answer any questions you may have. Mrs. Mason will also be offering a volunteer training session immediately following Curriculum Night, if you would like to get involved at RBES!

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Snack Reminders
-Please send a healthy snack {low in sugar} to school with your child every day.
-Due to having a short amount of time for snack time, please send in only one snack.
-Please only send a small water bottle for your child to have with his/her snack - no juice or Gatorade.

Shoe Tying Practice
If your child hasn't learned how to tie their shoes yet,
please practice this skill with him/her at home.

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Upcoming Events
Curriculum Night 3,4,5 Grade – August 15th at 6:00PM
Curriculum Night K,1,2 Grade – August 17th at 6:00PM
Solar Eclipse Extended School Day – August 21st (3:00PM Dismissal)
K-1 Picture Day – August 29th
PTO Meeting – August 29th at 6:30PM
Quarterly Coffee with Mrs. Mason – September 5th at 8:00AM

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Week of August 7-11

Here’s a sneak peek at next week!



What a great first week! We've had fun getting to know each other and are working hard to learn classroom routines/procedures. I can already tell we are going to have a great year together! 

Phonics Family Words: at, hat, bad, an, ran, sat, had, am, can, that

We will not have spelling tests in first grade. Our goal is to work with the students on building their phonological and phonemic awareness through hands-on word building and word manipulating activities. Each week, we will focus on a different “phonics family.” It is more important to us for students to be able to build a strong phonological/phonemic awareness and not memorize spelling words each week.

Need ideas for practicing phonics family words at home?
Check out 
Spelling City!

Phonics: short a 

Reading: Establishing Daily 5 Routines- Read to Self 

Writing Workshop: Personal Narratives

Math: Numeration – counting large quantities, comparing objects in a set, representing numbers in different ways 


Social Studies: All About Me

Positive Discipline: Class procedures/guidelines; What is respect?
 Homework 
(Due by Friday 8/11)
1. Practice phonics family words!
2. Words That Describe Me activity {see details in Daily Folder}
3.  Lightning Words
4. Please make sure you have returned all paperwork/forms sent home in your child's Daily Folder. 
5. Update your child's PowerSchool account {a login information sheet was given out at Open House}  



Scholastic News/RAZ Kids/Headsprouts Donation
If you are able and have not already done so, please send in a $15 donation for your child's Scholastic News subscription and RAZ Kids/Headsprouts account. Thank you! 


Fall MAP Testing
Our class will participate in MAP Reading on August 8th at 8:00 a.m. and MAP Math on August 10th at 8:00 a.m.. Be sure to send your children to school well rested and fed so they may do their best. We will use this data to drive instruction and track progress throughout the school year.




Volunteer Training
Georgia law regarding volunteers in non-profit organizations establishes that all volunteers are now mandated reporters.  In order for all volunteers to understand the law and know the reporting protocols, volunteer training regarding the new mandated reporter law will be provided. Below are the dates for the RBES volunteer training. If you plan to volunteer or visit in a classroom (this includes attending class parties, Field Day, working with students, etc.), you should attend one of the dates below.

August 1st @ 6:00 PM
August 4th @ 9:00 AM
August 15th @ 7:00 PM
August 17th @ 7:00 PM
August 24th @ 8:45 AM

We will need ALL volunteers to attend one of the training options in order for everyone to be able to continue to serve as a volunteer. Please know we appreciate you, your time, and commitment to RBES.



Upcoming Events
MAP Reading – August 8th at 8:00AM
Newcomers' Welcome – August 10th at 9:00AM
MAP Math – August 10th at 8:00AM
Curriculum Night 3,4,5 Grade – August 15th at 6:00PM
Curriculum Night K,1,2 Grade – August 17th at 6:00PM
Solar Eclipse Extended School Day – August 21st (3:00PM Dismissal)
K-1 Picture Day – August 29th
PTO Meeting – August 29th at 6:30PM

Quarterly Coffee with Mrs. Mason – September 5th at 8:00AM

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Meet the Teacher


Meet the Teacher and First Day of School

We are so excited to begin the 2017-2018 school year! Students and parents are invited to come Monday, July 31st between 1:00 and 3:00 to find out who their child's teacher will be and visit the classroom! We look forward to seeing you!

The first day of school for students is Wednesday, August 2nd.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Camp Invention Information

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Imaginations get their rocket fuel this summer at Camp Invention!
Rocky Branch Elementary is partnering with the National Inventors Hall of Fame to provide Camp Invention, a unique out-of-school-time elementary enrichment experience with a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) focus for children in our community, the week of:

June 5 -9 from 9:00am - 3:30pm
or 
June 12-16 from 9:00am - 3:30pm

An exciting, week long summer adventure awaits with activities that explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation and sharpen their 21st century skills. A program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Camp Invention allows children in kindergarten through 6th grade to experience real-world problem solving, creative thinking, invention, and teamwork. Local, certified educators lead a week of hands-on activities that fuel children’s confidence in their natural ability to dream and create. Early registration discounts are available so don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity. Visit campinvention.org or call 800.968.4332 for information.

In the Launch curriculum, children will participate in four fun-filled modules each day:

Duct Tape Billionaire™
Your child will experience invention with a twist in Duct Tape Billionaire. Children can choose to explore their imaginations and invent from scratch, or they can select a basic design to make their own. They explore patents, hear how to launch a business, and present their products to mock investors.

Mission Space Makers™
This mission takes your child out of this world to locate and prepare a new planet for human habitation. Mission Control sends teams challenges to design inventions that transform the atmosphere, terrain, and ecosystem of an exoplanet. They set up a Space Lab to hatch eggs and grow crystal trees. Take on the jobs of tomorrow and explore beyond our galaxy!

Have A Blast™
Your child will fling, fly and float through high-energy air battles while using physics to boost their advantage. Children engineer a variety of working tools, including “snowball” throwers, a giant air cannon and more. Everyone builds their own high-tech Bubble Blaster with flashing lights to take home. This summer, campers will Have A Blast that will last a lifetime!

 
Register at http://www.campinvention.orgEvery registration includes a complimentary Camp Invention t-shirt. Availability is limited, so visit  www.campinvention.org or call 800.968.4332 to secure your child’s spot today! 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

May 15 - 19, 2017

May 15th-19th
Here’s a sneak peek at next week!


For the last week of school, First Grade has decided to have a fun theme each day!

Monday, May 15th: Game Day/Electronic Day
Your child may bring in an electronic or their favorite board game/puzzle!

Tuesday, May 16th: STEAM Day/Makerspace Day
Students can bring in recyclables from home to turn into toys that kids may enjoy! (empty soup cans, empty drink cans, plastic gallon jugs, straws, paper plates, etc.)

Wednesday, May 17th: Art Day/Outside Fun
Bring your crafting skills and supplies for art and outdoor fun!
(coloring books, markers, pom pom balls, glitter, glue, water colors, paper, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, football, soccer ball)
Students may bring in yearbooks today for their friends to sign! Those who did not purchase a yearbook can pass around their memory book.

Thursday, May 18th: Read-In/Clean-Up
Bring in some of your favorite books to read with a friend or friends! You may bring in one stuffed animal today along with your books. We will also be cleaning out our desks and classroom.

Friday, May 19th: LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!
We will watch a movie in the morning and conclude our day with a Chick-fil-A box lunch and fun station rotations in each first grade classroom – Volunteer trained parents may join in on the fun at 12:30!
Stations: Dance, Limbo, Outdoor Fun, Popsicle/Karaoke, Minute to Win It, Beach Ball Autograph
   
Thank you for sharing your sweet children with me this year! They have all made this year so special. I have made lasting memories with each of them and I wish them nothing but the best in their future. Thank you all for all of the volunteer hours you put into this year, all of the donations, and all of your support. I am truly grateful! Have a safe and enjoyable summer!
Claire Ashley