Friday, November 4, 2016

Week of November 7 - 11, 2016

Here’s a peek at next week!

Phonics Family Words: globe, home, those, road, coast, toe, water, could, look, every.
Phonics- long o (o, oa, ow, o_e)
Reading: Daily 5 implementation with emphasis on asking and answering questions about details in texts (compare/contrast)We will be reading about turkeys and applying reading comprehension strategies (Text to Self, Text to World).

L.Arts: Fix it upSentence correction (capitalization, punctuation, does my sentence make sense, 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. 
Social Studies: Who is Thomas Jefferson? What is he known for?
Positive Discipline: What is kindness? How can I show kindness?
1. Study phonics family words! (Try out Spelling City) 
2. Practice sight words
3. Math sheet – (Balancing equations)
4. Reading passage (Turkeys)
5. Practice math fact fluency! (adding doubles, tens pairs, subtracting by 0-2)
5. READ!

It's Secret Santa Time!

If you would like to help with this year's Secret Santa, please contact Mrs. Porter at 706-769-3232 ext. 1307 or

You can help by:
·                        Purchasing a specific gift or gifts from a child's wish list (anywhere from $10 - $200).
·                        Making a financial contribution to Secret Santa.
·                        Volunteering your time to organize the Secret Santa boxes and items.
·                        Volunteering your time to shop with donated money.
·                        Volunteering your time to write follow-up thank you notes.

The Growing Mound of Lost and Found
As we've had spurts of cooler weather, we have started seeing the Lost and Found Mound growing again. Please ask your child to look through Lost and Found for any lost items. If you are planning to join us for our Thanksgiving Feast, please take the time to look through Lost and Found while you are here. It will be organized to help you look so you don't have to search The Mound!

Also, please help by putting your child's name in all jackets, sweatshirts, or sweaters that he/she wears to school (lunchboxes and water bottles, too).  We really do look for names and will return them to your child IF the item has a name in it. Items in good condition left in the Lost and Found before Thanksgiving break are sold at a consignment store and the proceeds go to RBES Secret Santa or counseling needs that arise throughout the school year.

Six Flags Read to Succeed

Your child will receive a Six Flags Read to Succeed Student Reading Log Monday. Keep track of your child’s reading with this log to qualify for a free ticket to Six Flags Over Georgia. Students must read and log 6 hours. Reading logs are due to Mrs. Ashley by February 10th, but may be turned in sooner if at least 6 hours are completed. I will distribute tickets in the spring when they arrive at school. Happy Reading!


 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.
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

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 and our class goal of 169 cans!

I have enjoyed meeting with each of you 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 (no juice, soft drinks, or sports drinks).

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
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 and Veteran’s Day – November 11th
Thanksgiving Break – November 21st-25th
MAP Reading (Winter) – December 1st
Volunteer Training – December 2nd
1st Grade Field Trip – December 2nd
Watkinsville Christmas Parade – December 3rd
MAP Math (Winter) – December 7th

Have a great weekend!

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