April Update

8 weeks left of school! 8 weeks to be prepared for second grade! 8 weeks left together!

April sharing is being passed around.  Each students will have one night to spend with a special stuffed animal.  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.

Please wear CREW blue on Thursday April 23rd.

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. Every Lincoln Park family will receive  a copy of Judy Blume’s Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. Please follow the reading schedule on the included bookmark and enjoy this book with your little one. CAUTION: It is extremely funny and might cause fits of laughter from yourself and your child.  :)

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.

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 Fun!

February brings two very fun first grade celebrations. This year, we are celebrating the 101st Day of School…..since we are 1st graders! That same week, 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 2015!

Remember, we return to school on Monday, January 5th

Happy New Year 2015!

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 News

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 future e-mails as we begin to plan our Holiday party. We’ll need your help to make this event fun for the little ones. You can find the date for the Christmas party, as well as other important dates in the coming newsletters.

November News

We are looking forward to meeting with all of our first grade families at conferences this month. It is always fun to brag about children and how well they are doing to parents! Conferences are November 17 and November 20.  If you have misplaced your time, please contact your teacher.

November is also a time of giving thanks. We are sooo thankful for the great group of kiddos we get to work with this year.  We will celebrate at school by making Stone Soup.  Please follow your teacher’s link to Volunteerspot.com to help.  The idea is that everyone pitches in to make a wonderful snack.

Check the newsletter for all the tricky dates for November.  Lots of 1/2 days to plan for!

 

Halloween Reminders

Halloween Parties:

1. Friday,  Oct. 31st from 2:15-3:15pm – all are welcome to attend….and help, if you notified us in advance.  Increased security on this day means that only parents who are on the list in the office, will be permitted to enter.

2.  If you donated food that requires refrigeration, please send it in the morning of October 31st Please send all other donations in by Wednesday, October 29th.

Halloween Costumes:

1. Please send your child’s costume and all the necessary accessories in a clearly marked bag so it will be easy for them to find and put on.

2. Remember….no gore, violence, weapons or scary costumes allowed.

October Already?

Wow! Where did September go?

We are really settling in to first grade. Students are getting more comfortable with their days at school and their new friends. We are learning the expectations and are working diligently every day!  Congratulations to all of our first graders for the bucket full of CREW tickets they have earned so far!

October means Halloween!  Your child’s teacher will be sending out an e-mail with a link to volunteerspot.com.  This is the website that we use to organize the materials needed for the upcoming party, and the website you will use to sign up for items you are willing to send in for this special day.  Just follow the link sent by your child’s teacher.  Thanks!

Spirit Week 9/22 – 9/26

Next week is Spirit Week at Lincoln Park!

Monday 9/22:  Hat Day

Tuesday 9/23: Mismatch Day

Wednesday 9/24:  Crazy Hair Day and CREW Blue

Thursday 9/25:  Pajama Day

Friday 9/26:  Sailor Pride Day

Welcome To First Grade!

Welcome to the first grade!  We are glad you are here and look forward to a great year of growing, learning, and fun.

Thanks for checking out our classroom blog.  Be sure to check back regularly to read the weekly newsletter (which will no longer be printed in hard copy), for helpful updates, if you need copies of lost Book It forms, and to have your child visit the web links I select for extra practice under the “blogroll.”

Be sure to check out the “Important Dates” page on the right to see what dates you will need to know for September.

It was great to see so many of you at Open House.  Please keep the parent packet of curriculum information you received for future reference.  Need a new one or an extra copy?  Ralston parent packet    VanderWall parent packet   Callow Parent Packet  Recor-Parent-Packet

Please remember to fill out all of those important papers and send them back in the envelope as soon as possible.