Thursday, September 24, 2015

Week of September 28 - October 2, 2015

Here’s a peek at next week:
Spelling words: have, does, are, you, what, black, blue, class, glad, play.

Phonics- L blend

Reading: Daily 5 implementation with emphasis on asking and answering questions about details in texts. What was the main idea? How can I retell the story?(5 finger retell); Fluency Building through Reader's Theater about our Folk Heroes that we are learning about in Social Studies.

L.Arts: Sentence level context clues for meanings of words and phrases.

Writing Workshop: Personal Narratives. How can I revise my work? How do I get my work ready to be published? How is a published piece different than what is in my writing folder?

Math: Numeration:Place Value(Patterns within 100) Making ten bundles, +10 and -10, what comes before and after a certain number? We will continue to show to make a number with base ten blocks. We will also explore the importance of organizing our data in a chart/graph that can be easily read by others. 

Social Studies: What is a tall tale? Who is Paul Bunyan and John Henry?

1.Study spelling words! 
2.Practice your "Lightning Words"
3. Math Sheet 
4. READ! :)
During your child's STEAM activity October 2-8, Mrs. Harris is going to be working on a special animation project with the first grade students. She will need some extra hands to help the children animate his/her weather forecast.   If you would be willing to volunteer any days this week from 10:45 to 12:05,  she could use some extra hands.  You  will mainly be helping first graders type and navigate the screen to select specific objects for his/her animation. If you have attended the volunteer training and would be willing to help, please email  Angela Harris at Let her know what day or days you would be willing to come!

iMom Breakfast
Please join us for this school year’s first iMom breakfast, a special time for moms to connect with their children and spend one-on-one time discussing issues around character development and growth. iMom breakfasts are also a great way to get connected with the Rocky Branch community.
What:              iMom Breakfast
Who:               Moms and their kindergarten and first grade students
When:             Monday, September 28 from 7:20 a.m. to 8 a.m.
Where:            Rocky Branch Elementary School cafeteria
Topic:              Family Team

You may order breakfast from Chick-fil-A for you and/or your child. It will be ready and waiting when you arrive the morning of the event. Each Chick-fil-A breakfast will include your choice of a chicken biscuit or chicken minis, orange juice, and coffee for adults for $3.50. Children may also purchase breakfast from the Rocky Branch cafeteria. School breakfasts will be charged to the student’s school meal account.

7:15-7:20 a.m.      Parents check in at the front office
7:20-7:25 a.m.      Parents and children pick up their breakfast orders in the cafeteria
7:25-7:50 a.m.      iMom program and discussion
7:50-7:55 a.m.      Students dismissed to classes
7:50-8:00 a.m.      Summary with parents and door prizes; parents sign out at the front office

You should've received a google doc to sign up for Fall Conferences.  I will be scheduling them throughout the school day, after school, and on the parent/teacher conference day.  I am going to try something new this year.  I want to have your child come to the conference with you this year.  I am wanting to implement student led conferences.  This first time that we meet, your child may need a lot of prompting and support with leading the conference.  I really want your child to learn to take ownership for their own learning.  I look forward to meeting with you all!

Changes in Transportation
Please use attached forms for changes in transportation. 

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 is the last date 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.
Wednesday, November 4th at 9:00 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.

Snack Reminders
-Please send a healthy snack {low in sugar} to school with your child every day.
-Due to having 5 minutes 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.

Upcoming Events

DA$H T-Shirt Contest Drawings Due-- September 25th

iMom Breakfast- Sept.28th at 7:20

Hearing, Vision, and Dental Screening-- October 1st

DA$H Kickoff-- October 9th

End of the 1st 9 Weeks-- October 9th

Teacher Workday/Conferences-- October 12th

Picture Makeup Day-- October 14th

DA$H Event-- October 23rd

Volunteer Training
Wednesday, November 4th at 9:00 am 

Have a great weekend!!

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