Avoid the Summer Slide

Wow, what a year! Because we’ve worked soooo hard to gain skills this year, I want to see them remain academically strong and ready for second grade. I have some specific suggestions that can help your child avoid this decline of skills.

You will find engaging links for reading and math, on the right, that can be used to keep those first grade skills ready for second grade rigor. Check it out and take advantage of the fun resources gathered here.  In addition, Lexia (for those working below or close to grade level work), Raz, MobyMax, XtraMath can easily be assessed through this blog.

In addition, here are some suggested activities for the summer months in a calendar format…such cute ideas! Summer Activities Calendar

I am placing a link to two large files that consist of pages that can be printed for those rainy days and car rides when paper and pencil work can be completed. 1st_Grade_Literacy_Activities_ First Grade Math_Activities

Visit theNorton Shores library and take advantage of their fun summer reading programs. In addition, Barnes and Nobel gives away free books in their summer reading program. You can find it here>


Teusink Reminders

Here are some important fartm trip reminders for our trip to Teusink Farm on Friday,June 10th:

  • We will leave school by 8:30 and return around 1:30.
  • Students will ride the bus.
  • Chaperones can not ride the bus…but can carpool behind.
  • Smaller siblings are not allowed to attend with us on this day…sorry!
  • If you would like to take your child home with you at the end of the day, please see your child’s teacher and they will have you sign a waiver.  Please do this prior to the day if possible.  That day gets a little busy!!
  • School lunches have been ordered for those who responded by the deadline and for those students who qualify for free lunch.
  • All other students and parents should bring a “brown bag” lunch. Please leave lunchboxes at home for the day.
  • Please dress appropriately for being outdoors. Tennis shoes and CREW blue are the preferred attire for the day.
  • Remember sunscreen that morning.
  • We are in need of several large coolers with ice packs to store and carry the lunches. Please let your teacher know if you can bring one.

May in First Grade

May is here.  That means there are just over 6 weeks of school left.  Crazy!

Poetry Picnic:  Friday, May 20th.  As we need to ensure each first grader has a special audience member for their poetry celeb ration, please send your RSVP back as soon as possible.

Teusink Farms: Friday, June 10th.  If you are planning on attending as a chaperone, you must fill out an ICHAT form and turn them into the office with a copy of your drivers license as soon as possible.


April is Almost Here

April Update

April sharing will be coming to your house soon!   Each student will have one night to spend with a special stuffed animal and enjoy a story.  They will record their events in a class journal.  Please be sure to send the bag and all of it’s contents back to school the very next day.

March is Reading Month

Wow! March is Reading Month and is filled with lots of fun things you will want to know about:

  1. One School, One Book. On March 1st, every Lincoln Park family will receive  a copy of E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. Please follow the reading schedule on the included bookmark and enjoy this book with your little one.
  2. March Sharing – student readers. Students were assigned a day of the month to read a book of their choosing to the class. Please help your child repeatedly practice this book and ensure they are fluent at reading it. Please choose a book that can be finished within 5 minutes. Please see your child’s assigned day on the calendar sent home on Friday, February 26th.
  3.  March Fun Calendar – As students participate in the fun activities suggested on the March Reading Calendar, please send the completed projects to school.  We would also love to have pictures sent to us by e-mail.  The students love to see each other on the big screen in the classroom when we share them with the class.

February News

February brings two very fun first grade celebrations. This year, we are celebrating the 101st Day of School…..since we are 1st graders! Also in February, students will enjoy a Valentine exchange with their friends.  Please help make these fun events possible by donating needed items through your teacher’s volunteerspot link.

Happy 2016

Happy 2016

Remember, we return to school on Monday, January 4th

Happy New Year 2016!

The holidays are over and January is here. It’s time to get back to school and focus on learning once again. Our sharing project for January will help us make some goals for the new year. Our school goal for these first graders is reading, reading, reading!

December Updates

It’s December in First Grade…so please remember how toasty your children will feel playing outside in the proper gear. Boots, gloves, snowpants and hats can make for happy outside play. It will be important to remember to send in shoes to change into as well, so those wet boots can dry in the hallway during the day.

It is so exciting to see all of the new readers in our rooms grow in their love of reading! First graders are excited to read every day, which makes our jobs a little easier. Remember to read at home as well, and record those minutes on the December Book It recording sheet.

First Graders are in charge of our Toys For Tots drive at Lincoln Park.  They will be making announcements, giving reminders, and counting toys to encourage Lincoln Park to donate toys.  Have they asked you if they can earn some extra chore money to purchase a new toy to donate to this worthy cause?

Be on the lookout for links to volunteerspot.com in teacher e-mails as we begin to plan our Holiday party. We’ll need your help to make this event fun for the little ones.

Word Work Wednesday, December 2nd

Please complete homework number #1, ABC order,  for this week’s homework assignment.


November News

November is  a time of giving thanks. The first grade teachers are sooo thankful for the great group of kiddos we get to work with this year. We are also thankful for the wonderful amount of parent volunteers and helpers we have working with us this year in first grade.