Friday, October 28, 2016

Week of October 31 - November 4, 2016

Week of October 31st-November 4th

Here’s a peek at next week!

Phonics Family Words: side, white, time, find, tie, night, sight, right, fly, why
Phonics- long i (i, igh, y)
Reading: Daily 5 implementation with emphasis on asking and answering questions about details in texts.
(Main idea, supporting details, sequencing)We will continue reading about bats,spiders, foxes, and owls and applying reading comprehension strategies.
L.Arts: Fix it upSentence correction (capitalization, punctuation, plural/possessive noun, personal pronouns) What are pronouns and how can I use them?
Writing Workshop: Working on teaching booklets about things we are 'experts' at. We teach with our pictures by adding details, labels and words. We will review editing our writing and how to make a table of contents. We will learn how to create chapter books.
Math: How to balance equations, subtracting zero, subtracting same number, counting back and subtracting with doubles. Students will learn the rules of subtraction and subtraction fact strategies.
Positive Discipline: How can we show contribution? What are ways I can solve a problem?
Social Studies: Who is Benjamin Franklin? What is he known for?

1. Study Phonics Family Words - Try out Spelling City
2. Math Sheet 
3. Reading Passage
4. Discuss ways you can show contribution at home – Try an idea out!
5. READ!

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 a wheel of choice that we are creating 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.

Thank you for supporting RBES and our STEAM efforts by helping your student get sponsors for the DA$H. DA$H funds are due by November, 1st. Thank you!

iMom Breakfast

What:              iMom Breakfast
Who:               Moms and their kindergarten and first grade students
When:             Monday, November 7 from 7:20 a.m. to 8 a.m.
Where:            Rocky Branch Elementary School cafeteria
Topic:              Guiding Your Kids to Reach Goals

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.


We are gearing up for our annual Can-A-Thon at RBES. Bring in canned goods October 31st-November 11th to help feed Oconee families in need. Our goal as a school is to collect 4,500 cans this year. Thank you for helping out as you can. We look forward to reaching our school goal!

I have enjoyed meeting with each of you this week regarding your child’s progress so far in first grade. Thank you for your partnership in your child’s learning!

Snack Reminders
-Please send a healthy snack {low in sugar} to school with your child every day (no nuts, please).
-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.

The Oconee County BOE has submitted, to the voters, a renewal of the Education SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) at the November 8th election. ESPLOST IV expires in December 2017. The continuation of the ESPLOST V, should it be approved by the voters, will be in effect 2018 – 2022. For more information please visit

Upcoming Events

Book Character Fair (Students and Staff) – October 28th
All Pro Dad Breakfast (3rd-5th grade dads) – October 31st
DA$H Funds Due – November 1st
Daylight Savings Time Ends – November 6th
iMom Breakfast – November 7th
Teacher Workday and Election Day (No School for Students) – November 8th
Can-a-Thon – October 31st–November 11th
Thanksgiving Feast – November 11th
Thanksgiving Break – November 21st-25th
Volunteer Training – December 2nd
1st Grade Field Trip – December 2nd
Watkinsville Christmas Parade – December 3rd

Have a great weekend!

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