Thursday, March 10, 2016

March 14 - 18, 2016

Here’s a peek at next week:

Spelling words: rainbow, cupcake, butterfly, ladybug, 

friendship, sailboat, starfish, cowboy, sunflower, goldfish.

Phonics- compound words

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? This week we will be reviewing skills we have already learned. (Text features and comprehension strategies)

L.Arts:  We will focus on compound words, synonyms and antonyms.

Writing Workshop: Students will review and begin a new teaching book. Students will have the opportunity to research information about an animal, write about it and present it to the class. We will focus on finding the important parts in our text. How can we share information from the book we are reading without plagiarizing?

Math: Students will review double digit adding and subtracting, measurement, and 2-D and 3-D shapes during number talks. We will focus on finding the perimeter of a shape, identifying coins and their values, as well as, adding the coins together, and elapsed time. 

Science: Students will investigate different animal habitats. They will learn about the Rainforest, Wetlands, Oceans, Arctic and Desert. We will look at what animals need to survive in each area and why other animals from other habitats would not be able to live there. ( Ex: polar bear would not be able to survive in the desert)

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

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

Class Pictures
Please check your student's homework folder for individual and class picture order information. The class photo can be ordered for $15. All orders are due back to school by March 17th.

Last Chance to Order

Don't forget this is your last chance to order a yearbook. They are $23 and must be ordered ASAP! :)

It is time for the RBES Spring Book Fair!  The dates for this exciting event are March 10, and 14-18 (No school/Make up day on March 11). The Book Fair will be open March 10, 14, 15, 16 and 17 from 8:00 AM until 2:30 PM, Tuesday night from 6-8 during the STEAM Night/Ice Cream Social, and on Friday, March 18 from 8:00 AM until 10:00 AM.   Grandparents and special friends are invited to lunch and the Book Fair any day, March 10 and Monday-Thursday, March 14th-17th. 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 Volunteer Spot to sign up!

I Scream, You Scream,
We All Scream for Ice Cream!

Please send in ice cream toppings to your child’s homeroom teacher before March 13th.  Sour gummi worms, caramel, sprinkles, strawberries, bananas and cherries are among the favorites!  All proceeds from the Ice Cream Social will benefit the Media Center. Thank you so much! 
RBES STEAM Night and Icecream social will be on Tuesday, March 15th. Looking forward to seeing everyone there! :)

                                 First Grade Play E-I-E-I-OOPS!

The first grade students will present three performances of the musical drama "E-I-E-I-Oops" on Thursday, March 31st. Our performances will be at 9:00, 10:15 a.m., and 7:00 p.m. 
*** Please send in your student's shirt in a ziploc baggie to school ASAP for the play.***

Calling All 1st Grade Parents!

Ms. Granger needs volunteers to help with the 1st Grade Musical, "E-I-E-I-Oops!"  Help is needed with the scenery and costumes for this performance.  Workdays to help with both will take place on the following days:
ThursdayMarch 17
MondayMarch 21

If you are able to help, please come to the Art & Music rooms from 2:45-4:00 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 asking for donations of gallon Ziploc bags.  We will need one for every 1st grade student to keep each child's costume in one safe place.  If you are able to send in any with your child, it would be greatly appreciated!

If you are interested in helping or have any questions, you can contact Lindsey Pollack at

 Upcoming STEM UNIT
In preparation for our next STEM unit: Building an Animal Habitat, we are collecting shoe boxes and building materials. Each student will be a creating a diorama that will represent the habitat for their animal. The students will research facts and become experts on their animal during our Daily 5 time. 

Every student will need a shoe box and any other materials that would be helpful in creating their habitat by Monday, March 21You can send your child's shoe box and building materials in a bag to school that is labeled with their name. 

Building Material ideas: clay, toilet paper roll, tissue paper, sandpaper, items from nature (rock, sticks, leaves, rocks), stickers, scrapbook paper, cardboard pieces, etc.

Thank you so much for your continued support of our STEM activities.

Be on the Look Out

Information will be coming home next week in your child's report card about the 1st grade field trip. First graders will have the opportunity to go the the University of Georgia Vet School for the day on April 1st.

Upcoming Events
3/13-- Daylight Savings Time

3/10, 3/14-3/17-- Book Fair at RBES

3/15--STEAM Night/Ice Cream Social/BOOK FAIR

3/17-- Individual and Class Picture Orders due

3/23--Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast 8am to 9am

3/31-- E-I-E-I- Oops Play at 9:00, 10:15 and 7:00 pm

4/1--1st Grade Field Trip Vet School

4/4-4/8-- Spring Break

Have a great weekend!!


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