Friday, December 2, 2016

Week of December 5-9, 2016

Week of December 5-9

Here’s a peek at next week!

Phonics- review from past weeks
Reading: Daily 5 implementation with emphasis on asking and answering questions about 
details in texts (compare/contrast)We will be reading Mooselttoe and Grinch stories and 
applying reading comprehension strategies (looking at non fiction texts and identifying text 
features). We will also discuss and identify story elements. I will be working to assess kids one-
on-one in reading during the 3 weeks before the holiday break. More leveled readers will be
 sent home after the break.  Please keep reading  Raz Kids, Headsprouts, and other books at

L.Arts: Fix it upSentence correction (capitalization, punctuation, does my sentence make 
sense, plural/possessive noun, personal pronouns) How can I use conjunctions (FANBOY) and
 recognize nouns vs. verbs?
Writing Workshop: Reviewing “small moment stories” from quarter one. How do I write about 
“one time” and “one place”? Can I improve upon my first quarter narrative writing?
Math: Implementation of addition and subtraction strategies through Christmas word problems,
 number talks, and equation “scoots”. We will also be continuing our practice with our number 
fact families.
PBL: Collecting, counting, and graphing items for our Chemo Care Packages. We will also be 
making posters to advertise our cause and creating announcements to share on the school 
announcement broadcast. Once we receive items, we will assemble our Chemo Care Packages
 and write notes of encouragement to cancer patients.
Positive Discipline: Emphasis on “kindness” – How can we show kindness daily? Learning 
how to solve our problems respectfully. Zones of Regulation – What are the differences between
 small, medium, and large problems? How should I react to each?
1. Practice your sight word list
2. Reading Passage – Winter  themed
3. Math Sheet - Fill in the missing Addends
4. Do a random act of kindness for someone!
5. READ!

We will be taking the math MAP test on Tuesday, December 6th at 9:30AM.  We hope to see the students' scores improve from when we took the MAP in August.
***Please make sure your child comes to school well-rested. A healthy breakfast also helps!

We Need Your Help!
In keeping with our service learning project of healthcare, first grade is putting contribution in action and collecting items to put chemo care packages together starting the week after Thanksgiving and ending December 16th. We are in need of the following items: Chap Stick, hand sanitizer, unscented lotion, alcohol free mouthwash, games (Sudoku, adult coloring books, crossword puzzles, adult word searches), hard candy. Thank you for your support!

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.

Six Flags Read to Succeed

Your child was sent home with a Six Flags Read to Succeed Student Reading Log. 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!

Upcoming Events
Watkinsville Christmas Parade – December 3rd
MAP Math (Winter) – December 6th
Fifth Grade Performance – December 8th
Grinch Day – Have you child dress in their “Grinchiest” clothing today! – December 9th
Polar Express Day – Your child may bring their favorite stuffed animal and blanket or towel to lay with while we watch the Polar Express. Everything must fit in your child’s book bag. – December 15th
End of 2nd Nine Weeks – December 16th
Class Parties (if you are volunteer trained, we would love to have you!) – December 16th at 1:30pm
Christmas Break – December 19th-January 3rd
Students Back to School – January 4th
Report Cards go Home – January 6th

Have a great weekend!

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