Friday, October 27, 2017

Week of October 30 - November 3, 2017

Here’s a peek at next week!
Responsive Classroom/Positive Discipline: Community building; Feelings; How can I show contribution?
Phonics Family Words: we, clean, tree, seen, these, treat, feet, speak, teacher, eve, queen
Phonics: long e (digraphs ee, ea)
Reading: Reading Non-fiction books/text about a student selected bat species to gather facts; begin writing a research report about bats; Computer Lab to make a Google Slide version of a book; Daily 5 implementation with emphasis on asking and answering questions (thick and thin) about details in texts - What is the main idea? Supporting details? How can I retell the story? (5 Finger Retell, Fist to Five, story maps); Comparing texts on the same topic
Mentor Sentence: “I’m sleeping over at Worm’s house tonight.” -Diary of a Spider
L.Arts: Possessive nouns; personal pronouns; apostrophe; proper nouns
Writing Workshop: Informational - What am I an expert at? How can I teach through my pictures and words? How do I add a Table of Contents?
Social Studies: Landforms
Math: Fractions - equal shares; half of, quarter of/fourth of

  1. Study Phonics Family Words/Sight Words
  2. Math - Equal and Unequal Shapes
  3. Owl comprehension passage
  4. READ! - Headsprouts practice/”Book in a Bag”
*Students should read their “Book in a Bag” the night it gets sent home, and then bring it back to school the next day for reading groups.
First Grade PBL
As a part of our grade level service learning project, we are collecting soda tabs for the Ronald McDonald House all year starting in October. Send tabs in at any time in a plastic bag, and we will do the rest!

It's Secret Santa Time!  
If you would like to help with this year's Secret Santa, please use this Secret Santa Survey Link to complete a short survey.  Mrs. Porter will contact you about how you would like to help.
You can help by:
  • Purchasing a specific gift or gifts from a child's wish list
  • 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.
The Growing Mound of Lost and Found
As we've had cooler and wetter weather, we've 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 Thanksgiving Lunch, 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.  Any items still in Lost and Found on Thursday, November 26 will be washed and donated.  Items in good condition are sold at a consignment store and the proceeds go to RBES Secret Santa or counseling needs that arise throughout the school year.
Attention Parents, Square ONE art is back!  
Your students worked very hard on their first art project this year and now you can purchase their work on a variety of products offered by Square ONE art.  These personalized items make fantastic keepsakes and gifts for loved ones.  Rocky Branch students have received their original artwork back along with a page of stickers of their artwork and an order catalog.  You may place orders online with the code on the catalog, send in the catalog order form to the school with a check made out to Square ONE art, or call the number on the catalog.  This program raises funds for our art classroom at Rocky Branch and allows Ms. Stephanie to replenish our art materials when we run out or purchase something new to try with the students.  Please consider supporting your child and our art program with a purchase by November 6th, 2017.  All orders will be delivered to the school on November 28th, 2017, in time for holiday gift giving.  
Please contact Stephanie Jenkins (RBES art teacher) at with any questions or concerns. Thank you!
Upcoming Events
Square ONE Orders Due - November 6th
Can-a-Thon - October 30th-November 10th
Thanksgiving Feast - November 10th

Thanksgiving Break - November 20th-24th

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