Thursday, March 2, 2017

Week of March 6-10, 2017

Here’s a peek at next week!

Phonics Family Words: we'll, I'll, you'll, they're, we're, you're, I've, you've, could've, we've

Phonics: contractions
Reading: Daily 5 with emphasis on beginning, middle, and ending, finding evidence in text to support answer and retelling the story. What was the author's purpose? We will compare stories using a Venn diagram. Students will identify specific details in informational/fictional narrative texts that describe characters, setting and events. 

L.Arts: We will focus on commas in a series, as well as dates. Students will also learn about homonyms.

Writing Workshop: Review informational writing. Students will continue researching an animal of their choice and writing a teaching book all about their animal. An informational writing sample will be completed.

Math: Students will continue to practice telling time to the hour and half hour on both digital and analog clocks. How many seconds are in a minute? How many minutes are in an hour? How many hours are in a day?

Science: Students will begin to investigate the difference between living and nonliving things. What do living things need to survive? How can we classify animals? What are some differences among amphibians, birds, fish, and mammals?
Positive Discipline: We are continuing to work to find problems to our solutions with our friends. We are working on showing kindness and respect at all times.
1. Practice your sight word list
2. Reading Passage – St. Patrick’s Day
3. Math – Telling Time
4. Review your phonics family words nightly
5. READ!

Thank You!

We really appreciate everyone sending in items for our STEM Challenge! Your students really enjoyed building a model of a building for New York City to consider. Phillipe Petit would be proud of each group, I am sure!

Our Ice Cream Social benefiting the RBES Media Center will be Tuesday, March 14th, 6:00 to 8:00 pm in the cafeteria. Please send in any of the following toppings and materials to the RBES front office, attention Jennifer Dollander.
Caramel, hot fudge, whipped cream, cherries, 2-liter bottles of Coke, gummies, Sour Patch Kids, M&Ms, Skittles, crushed Oreos, and any other fun toppings for ice cream.
Also, plastic spoons, paper bowls and Solo cups.
We appreciate your support of the RBES Media Center!

First Grade Musical Play
This musical play features fairy tale and nursery rhyme characters who are all having a bad day. However, with the help of Mother Goose they discover how they can learn to make the best of life’s ups and downs by trying to make the best of the situation.
“When the world gives you sunshine, don’t live in the shade-When the world gives you lemons...make lemonade!”

When: Thursday, March 23rd
Performances: 9:00 a.m., 10:15 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Dress Rehearsal- Tuesday, March 21 during the school day
1.  All first grade students are in the play. Some first grade students from each class will be selected as speakers or dancers in the play. If your child is selected as a speaker or dancer, they must be present for the night performance.
2.  There will be opportunities for first grade parents to assist with the making of scenery for the stage after school. Scenery work days are:
March 6,9,13, 16
Scenery work days are from 2:30-4:00 and if you plan to help please meet in the art room.
3.  Your child will need a white short-sleeve t-shirt and jeans for the play. There will be additional items added to this costume which will be at school.
Looking forward to a great show! Thanks so much for your help and support!
Teresa Granger, RBES Music Teacher

Calling All 1st Grade Parents!

Ms. Granger needs volunteers to help with the 1st Grade Musical, "Lemonade!"  Help is needed with the scenery and costumes for this performance.  Workdays to help with scenery will take place on the following days:

Monday, March 6
Thursday, March 9
Monday, March 13
Thursday, March 16

If you are able to help, please come to the Art & Music rooms from 2:30-4:00 pm.  Children are welcome, and they can even help, so you can write a note for any school-aged children to stay after school on any day you are able to work.  You may want to bring your child a snack for after school.

We are also in need of some costumes for the following characters:
Chicken Little
Jack and the Beanstalk's Mother
Three Billy Goats Gruff
Mother Goose
Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe
Little Miss Muffet
Little Red Riding Hood
Cat with a Fiddle
Little Bo Peep

If you have any of these costumes, or even items that could work as part of one of these costumes, please contact Lindsey Pollack at  Also email Lindsey with any questions or if you are able to help in any capacity!  Thank you!

It is time for the RBES Spring Book Fair!  The dates for this exciting event are March 9, and 13-17. The Book Fair will be open March 9 and 13-16 from 8:00 AM until 2:30 PM, Tuesday night from 6-8 during the STEAM Night/Ice Cream Social, and on Friday, March 17 from 8:00 AM until 10:00 AM. Grandparents and special friends are invited to lunch and the Book Fair any day, March 9 and Monday-Thursday, March 13-16. The Book Fair provides students, parents, grandparents, and special friends an excellent opportunity to purchase great books that your children will love to read.  This is also a wonderful way to help support the RBES Media Center.  All proceeds go directly to the RBES Media Center.
We need volunteers!  Please go to to sign up!

Upcoming Events
End of Third Nine Weeks – March 9th
Teacher Workday – March 10th
Daylight Savings Time Begins – March 12th
Spring Book Fair/Grandparent Lunches – March 9th-16th
Report Cards Go Home – March 17th
“Lemonade” Musical – March 23rd (9:00am, 10:15am, 7:00pm)
Volunteer Training – March 28th (9:00am)
MAP Reading – April 11th (8:00-10:00am)
MAP Math – April 14th (8:00-10:00am)

Have a great weekend!


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