It’s so hard for us to believe that this year is already at the end. We feel blessed to have been your child’s teachers. Thank your for all of your help, support and hard work through these last nine months. We will keep you and your children in our prayers!
We can’t stress enough the importance of continuing some kind of structured learning throughout the summer. We know that schedules get busy and it’s easy to forget, but we want to strongly encourage you to set aside some time each day from Mon.-Fri. to spend on learning activities. If you put learning on your priority list for the summer, your child will get the message that you think it is important, and you are your child’s first and best model! The benefit for both of you is that when your child begins school in the fall, he/she will have a greater sense of confidence and there’s a better chance of a smooth transition to 2nd grade.
“Summer Activities” doesn’t necessarily mean workbooks or writing the answers to numerous math facts. Here are a few ideas…….
*Include Math and Reading in your daily activities. Read cereal boxes, street signs, and advertisements. Anything in print! As you are driving around count red, blue or yellow cars. Have them keep tally marks of the color, make or model of certain cars. Let them make a graph of these findings. “Talk Math” as much as you can, adding, subtracting, classifying and counting, time and money.
*If you go on an outing or vacation, have your child write about it. They love to make books! Print out pictures and let them make a memory book!
*When you are at Mass have them follow along with the words to the songs and prayers in the hymnal.
*Sign up for the summer reading program at the local library. Many of the incentives are great fun for the whole family! The library also has many FREE activity classes for children. Be sure to read fiction AND non-fiction.
*Use dice and decks of cards to add and subtract-it is beneficial to have the facts to 12 memorized.
*Play “school” and YOU are the student sometime!
*Model writing for your child. Keep your own journal of summer activities. Write your own stories and have an “Author’s Night: where everyone shares what they’ve written, even the adults!
*TURN OFF THE ELECTRONICS!! Encourage your child’s creativity! You do not have to plan every minute for your child. Creative play with blocks, cars, dolls, stuffed animals, dress up clothes and other non-electronic toys promotes creativity, imagination and language.
*If your child has an idea that seems reasonable like a lemonade stand or fun house, expect him/her to follow through and do most of the work, but be the “guide on the side.” Projects such as this give a real world purpose for counting money, organization and responsibility. Money and telling time are skills that need to be reinforced. Once they are learned will, they are not easily forgotten.
*Be sure to read TO your child. They need to hear fluent reading. We hope you will continue to use the poetry book to help your child with reading fluency!
****Be sure to question your child about what he/she reads. This is essential!****
These are great for the car…….
>Read aloud a chapter book or take turns reading it.
>Have one person start a story, the next adds on..etc.
>Have your child add and subtract in their heads.
>Get a real paper map and have your child help navigate.
>Say the rosary when you go on a family trip. When you are in other cities, go to Mass. You give a wonderful gift to your child when they experience the universality of the Catholic faith!
Above all, have a safe, happy and restful summer. Thank you again for everything!
God Bless and Keep you all!
Miss Buttell Mrs. Kurtenbach Mrs. Wilson
This is my last newsletter for this school year! Please read carefully for lots of information. You may keep the Friday folders and poetry books at home. The portfolios will be sent home on Monday. You may keep it at home, too!
The report cards will not come home until the last day of school.
Next week the students have full days of school Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Thursday is an 11:00 dismissal. Please be sure to send the backpack each day. Check and empty it every day. I will be sending lots of stuff home each day!
One thing I will be sending home is a packet of summer ideas for your child. These things are optional of course. Some skills to continue to practice over the summer are: reading (of course), writing, math facts (addition and subtraction to 18), telling time, counting money, and having fun!
Monday, May 20th: Science Olympics at 8:30-10:00.
Tuesday, May 21st: Cleaning Day; each student needs to bring an old rag (that will be thrown away) and a paper grocery bag for desk cleaning. The students will be bringing home most of the things in their desks; please make sure to keep these things at home.
Wednesday, May 22nd: 1st Grade Fun Day! The students may dress down. Each first grade student needs to bring a lunch from home on this day. We will not be having hot lunch. Toys for playing outside are great for this day. We will spend part of the morning at the park and the afternoon on the soccer field.
Thursday, May 23rd: Last day of school; we have an all school mass at 8:30. School will dismiss at 11:00. Report cards will be given if all lunch accounts are up to date and library books have been returned.
Thanks to everyone who was able to come to Memories and Munchies! This has been a very special year! I just can’t believe it’s over! Thank you so much for sharing your child with me!
Have a great summer!
I wanted to tell all of you that our Mission Possible day last Thursday was truly amazing. I’m so glad your child got to experience this day. They all worked super hard cleaning the park and made a big difference!
Please return any library books that you have at home.
On Thursday I sent the white Word List folders home. Please keep them at home. We are finished with them. Please practice ALL of the words because your child will be tested on them next week.
The field trip to the zoo is Monday, May 13th. I sent a note on Thursday to all parents who have volunteered to help us at the zoo. It looks as though it’s going to be a beautiful day!
*1st graders may dress down! No sleeveless shirts or skinny-strapped shirts. They will do lots of walking, so they should wear comfortable walking shoes!
*Students need to bring a COMPLETELY disposable sack lunch!
Memories and Munchies will be Friday, May 17th in our classroom (1A) at 2:30. We will need to start promptly at 2:30. I’m worried we might run out of time. I hope to see all of you there! The students will be performing reader’s theater, singing two songs and sharing favorite memories of 1st grade. It will end at approximately 3:20. If your child has other siblings in school, I ask that you do not pull them out of class to come watch. Because it is in our classroom, we just don’t have enough room. Thanks for understanding.
One thing all parents can practice at home is counting coins and telling time on an analog (face) clock. These are two very important skills that many kids just don’t get to practice enough. Counting pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters; combinations of those coins. Please continue to practice counting money, telling time and memorizing math facts up to 18 over the summer months.
There is a May crowning and living rosary on Tuesday, May 14th @ 8:45 in the church. It is for grades 1-7. Parents are welcome to come, but it will be very crowded.
Monday, May 20th–Science Olympics. We really need parents to help. Currently, we only have two parents from 1A. We will need help from 8:30-10:00. Please email and let me know if you can help, email@example.com.
Please check and empty your child’s GO folder and backpack every day. I will be sending lots of things home.
Happy Mother’s Day to all of you moms! I hope you enjoy your special day on Sunday and a special gift from your 1st grader.
Have a wonderful weekend!
I have had the pleasure of teaching children at SPSL for 24 years. It is a community that reminds me of the small central Nebraska town where I grew up. I am very passionate about teaching and helping children to be the best that they can be. My husband Blake and I have four children and two dogs. I am proud to say that our kids all graduated from SPSL with a great introduction to education.