Friday, January 15, 2016

Week of January 18 - 22, 2016

The Week of January 19th - 22nd

Here’s a peek at next week:

Spelling words: girl, first, nurse, turn, Thursday, her, ever, number, verb, stir

Phonics- er, ir, ur

Reading: Daily 5 will be a review of the expectations for groups and how to rotate to groups. Students will continue to identify the main topic and supporting details as well as ask and answer questions. Students will also identify the meaning of words from phrases. 

L.Arts: How to can I fix the sentence? (capital letters, punctuation and spelling) Focus on adjectives this week. What are adjectives? How can I use them in my own writing?

Writing Workshop: We will continue our focus on Opinion writing. What ideas are important to include when writing your opinion?  How can I organize my thoughts to share my opinion?How do I provide reasoning for my opinion?

Math:Students will review fractions. What are fractions? Why are they important? How can I show a fraction of a whole? How do you compare fractions? How can I interpret a graph by sharing the information as parts of a whole/fractions? Students will have the opportunity to sort candy pieces and share what colors or flavors were part of the whole bag. 

Social Studies: Who was Martin Luther King Jr.? Why do we have a holiday dedicated to him? What can I learn from his " I have a Dream" speech?

1. Practice your Sight Word List
2.Reading Passage (Blizzards)
3.Math (Fractional Family)
4. Review your spelling words nightly
5.READ! :)

Check Spelling City out to practice your spelling words for the week. :)

Students and teachers will  have no school this Monday, January 18th in observation of Martin Luther King Jr. 

As a first grade we would like to thank you for ALL of the donations for our noise maker STEM project. Students really enjoy any opportunity to create and build. Without each of you these projects wouldn't be possible! :)
Rocky Branch Elementary School holds a Father/Daughter Dance each year. The money from the entry fee for each couple is sent to Relay for Life. The cost is $35 per couple and the event will be held on Friday, February 5th from 7 pm to 9 pm. Please email me if you have any questions about reservations. Tickets can be purchased the night of at the door. 

We are seeking parent feedback on this state
The results from the survey will be used by the Georgia Department of Education to calculate a statewide accountability rating called the School Climate Star Rating within the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI). Please visit the following link to participate in this important survey that will be published statewide as a component of the accountability system.

The Georgia Parent Survey will remain open through Friday, February 26, 2016. We appreciate your participation.

Oconee Food for Kids
Oconee Food for Kids was created to help bridge the food gap for some of Oconee’s kids. Sacks of kid-friendly food are given each week to children in need.  January 11 - January 29, Rocky Branch will be collecting individual containers of fruit with pull tops (peaches, apple sauce, fruit cocktail, pears, etc.).  This is a great way to include your child in putting the Rockets’ Way into action.  Include them when you purchase the items.  Or maybe, let them earn some money toward purchasing some of the items. Discuss how this helps other students in Oconee County Schools.  This is Contribution, Effort and Teamwork all tied together!

At Rocky Branch our focus is on finding solutions to our problems. We have been learning some techniques ( Ignore it, talk it over respectfully with the person, try to agree on a win-win solution or get help from the teacher) We are working to be problem solvers by using the wheel of choice that we created as a class and to share our thoughts with each other during class meetings. We have created bonds by sharing strategies that have worked in the past. :)



Please have your child participate in the Six Flags Read to Succeed Program by reading and recording 6 hours of reading.  Once they have completed and documented their reading, please have them return the completed form to me.  The deadline to submit your reading log is Friday, February 19.  Please let me know if you have any questions.  You can print out the forms below by clicking on the link.

Parent Letter (Print Out)

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

Upcoming Events

1/18- Student Holiday (MLK Holiday)

1/29 iMom Breakfast

2/5 Father/Daughter Dance-- 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

2/9 PTO Meeting-- 6:30 pm  to 7:30 pm

2/12 Valentine's day Party-- 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

2/15 Winter Break/Makeup day if necessary

Have a great weekend!!

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