It has been an AWESOME week in 1B! I missed your children so very much. They remember many of the routines we were just beginning to learn, and a little practicing went a long way for those that were forgotten. They’ve also been VERY patient with my voice issues. On Wednesday I got a microphone and speaker which helped so much!
Next week, prior to our pumpkin patch trip, we’ll be learning all about pumpkins! We will read the story Pumpkin, Pumpkin by Jean Titherington. We’ll learn about the lifecycle and make a project that shows it. They will be ready to go to Vala’s the following Monday. Start praying for nice weather now!!
**Wednesday, permission notes were sent for our field trip. These need to be returned by Monday, September 24th.
While I was gone, the children worked on addition. Next week we begin subtraction. This is a basic introduction to addition and subtraction, but many of the children still had some trouble with some of the concepts. We continue working on it through the year, but please know your children need practice. It is really the only way they will become more proficient with math facts. They don’t have to always write them down. I always encourage parents to help their children develop their MATH BRAIN. When you are in the car, make up math stories-There are 3 cars at the stoplight. If two more come, how many in all? If four drive away, how many are left? When you are getting gas-I’m going to pay them a $10.00 bill, but I’m just going to get $8.00 of gas. How much money will I get back? Take out the change from your pocket or bag. Put like coins together. Talk about them-their size, their pictures and their value. Practice counting the coins. First keep the same coins together, then 2 different, 3 and 4. Start now!
Count by 2s, 5s. (there will be a song when I get my voice back!) and 10s. Any time you can put math into the situation, it will help your child develp the thought processes required for math!!
I am so excited to begin Writer’s Workshop next week. Monday we have a fun special project. There will be a note sent home that day that asks your child to bring a “special item” to school. Be sure to watch for it!!
I sent our first book order this week. I know I will not have an opportunity to enter it into the computer until Saturday morning, so please have your order in by Friday night!!
You need to know……..
Friday,September 21st No school
Wednesday, September 26th. Grades 1-4 Mass. 8:30am.
Friday, September 28th. Dress Down Day.
God Bless! Have a wonderful weekend!
Happy Weekend!! I have had so much fun getting to know your children in 1B. I know it’s going to be an AWESOME school year! We had a lot of fun at our beach party.
This week I’m sending this paper copy to you all, but after this you can choose if you’d like a paper copy or if you’d like to read it on the school website. I will also be posting pictures of our class at the website, so be sure to check it out!
There are 3 things that will be coming home at the end of each week.
Thursdays (starting next week) Green word list folder. This contains vocabulary for your child
to practice at home.. You will keep the word cards each week, practice the words and
sentences and then return it on Monday or the first day of the following week.
Fridays, you will see your child’s Friday Folder. Please spend time looking through the
activities, reviewing concepts and quality of your child’s work. Be sure to praise your child
but also set goals for the following week. Return this the first day of the week.
Also on Fridays you’ll see your child’s poetry book. Please spend some time with this, too.
The note inside the cover explains it and gives you some ideas. It is a wonderful
Learning tool!! Return this the first day of the week.
We have a special bulletin board for your prayers. If you have someone special who you are praying for, you can send their picture or you can write their name on a piece of paper and send it with your child. It is very comforting to children when they know they have a place to put their prayers.
I hope you’ll be able to attend our First Grade Parent Meeting on Thursday night at 7:00 in the Tom O’Brien Parish Center. You will get some good information about first grade!
Next week we will begin going to Mass. Your child will attend Mass each Wednesday at 8:30 am.. Grades 1-4 will attend this Mass together. You are always welcome to join us!
A reminder about our specials………
Please make sure to send proper PE attire on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and be sure library books are returned on or before Wednesdays.
We have a great start to our year and I’m looking forward to seeing all of the growth we can make!! Have a great weekend!!
I am excited for the start of the 2018-19 school year this Thursday. I hope your family had a wonderful summer and your children are ready for school to start!
My name is Sue Kurtenbach. It's hard for me to believe, but I am in my 35th year of teaching at St. Pius X / St. Leo School. I have been teaching First Grade for about 25 of those years. I love seeing all of the growth that happens during the First Grade year. This school is very near and dear to me! I feel blessed to be a part of the SPSL community!