Thursday, August 3, 2017

Week of August 7-11

Here’s a sneak peek at next week!

What a great first week! We've had fun getting to know each other and are working hard to learn classroom routines/procedures. I can already tell we are going to have a great year together! 

Phonics Family Words: at, hat, bad, an, ran, sat, had, am, can, that

We will not have spelling tests in first grade. Our goal is to work with the students on building their phonological and phonemic awareness through hands-on word building and word manipulating activities. Each week, we will focus on a different “phonics family.” It is more important to us for students to be able to build a strong phonological/phonemic awareness and not memorize spelling words each week.

Need ideas for practicing phonics family words at home?
Check out 
Spelling City!

Phonics: short a 

Reading: Establishing Daily 5 Routines- Read to Self 

Writing Workshop: Personal Narratives

Math: Numeration – counting large quantities, comparing objects in a set, representing numbers in different ways 

Social Studies: All About Me

Positive Discipline: Class procedures/guidelines; What is respect?
(Due by Friday 8/11)
1. Practice phonics family words!
2. Words That Describe Me activity {see details in Daily Folder}
3.  Lightning Words
4. Please make sure you have returned all paperwork/forms sent home in your child's Daily Folder. 
5. Update your child's PowerSchool account {a login information sheet was given out at Open House}  

Scholastic News/RAZ Kids/Headsprouts Donation
If you are able and have not already done so, please send in a $15 donation for your child's Scholastic News subscription and RAZ Kids/Headsprouts account. Thank you! 

Fall MAP Testing
Our class will participate in MAP Reading on August 8th at 8:00 a.m. and MAP Math on August 10th at 8:00 a.m.. Be sure to send your children to school well rested and fed so they may do their best. We will use this data to drive instruction and track progress throughout the school year.

Volunteer Training
Georgia law regarding volunteers in non-profit organizations establishes that all volunteers are now mandated reporters.  In order for all volunteers to understand the law and know the reporting protocols, volunteer training regarding the new mandated reporter law will be provided. Below are the dates for the RBES volunteer training. If you plan to volunteer or visit in a classroom (this includes attending class parties, Field Day, working with students, etc.), you should attend one of the dates below.

August 1st @ 6:00 PM
August 4th @ 9:00 AM
August 15th @ 7:00 PM
August 17th @ 7:00 PM
August 24th @ 8:45 AM

We will need ALL volunteers to attend one of the training options in order for everyone to be able to continue to serve as a volunteer. Please know we appreciate you, your time, and commitment to RBES.

Upcoming Events
MAP Reading – August 8th at 8:00AM
Newcomers' Welcome – August 10th at 9:00AM
MAP Math – August 10th at 8:00AM
Curriculum Night 3,4,5 Grade – August 15th at 6:00PM
Curriculum Night K,1,2 Grade – August 17th at 6:00PM
Solar Eclipse Extended School Day – August 21st (3:00PM Dismissal)
K-1 Picture Day – August 29th
PTO Meeting – August 29th at 6:30PM

Quarterly Coffee with Mrs. Mason – September 5th at 8:00AM

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