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Mrs. Smith February 19-22

February 19-22

Office # 303-387-6600

Dear Parents,

A BIG thank you to all who helped with our class Valentine Party! Our kiddos had so much fun and I am sure they really enjoyed looking at all their Valentines in their bags! I would especially like to thank Amani's parents, Austin and Stevie, and Howell's mother Jennifer for organizing such a wonderful party!

Last week we boarded Sand Creek Airlines once again and landed in our nation's capital, Washington D.C. We will take these next few weeks to tour America and learn about some very famous American symbols. Our first symbol we read about was the American Flag. The students made their own flags on their suitcases and started writing a new non-fiction book on American Symbols. Next week... The Liberty Bell and The Statue of Liberty! It is always extra special to explore our very own country and the continent of North America!

Wish Week was a big success! MVHS, together with Sand Creek and the other elementary feeders raised over $194,000!! Our first grade class raised the MOST money each day as a class and collectively at the end of the week! Our kiddos were so excited to help Chad get his wish and also help so many other ill children receive their wishes as well. We learned a lot about helping others and the joy that brings us as well as how when we all work together we can accomplish bigger things! Thank you again for all your support and generosity. Check on this link from the news showcasing MVHS and the assembly they put together for Chad!

Mrs. Joanie Smith

Class Pages:


Important Dates:

NO SCHOOLS- Friday, February 15th is a teacher work day.

HOLIDAY- There will be no school on Monday, February 18th.

EARTH BALLOON FIELD TRIP- The Denver Museum of Nature and Science is coming to first grade with “The Earth Balloon” program. The students will explore a one-of-a-kind look at the Earth from inside our 26-foot Earth Balloon. Students will gain an understanding of continents, countries, rivers, mountains, and oceans in this interactive trip around the globe. The special date is Thursday, February 21st. You can pay online through The cost for this program is $5.65. Once you login, click on School Store and select the product from there.  We are NOT accepting cash or checks.

DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE- Friday, February 22nd 7-9pm in the SCE gym. Tickets are $40 per couple and $12 per additional girl.

RESTAURANT NIGHT- On Monday, February 25th, PTO will be having another restaurant fundraiser night at Wahoo's from 4pm-close.

PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES- Tuesday, March 12th & Thursday, March 14th. More information coming soon.

SPRING BREAK- Monday, March 18th- Friday, March 22nd

FIRST GRADE SYMBALOO- This is where students can find links for i-ready, Teach Your Monster to Read, Prodigy and much more!


Reading-  Please continue to have your child read daily.  This will help them remember everything from this year. I have sent a leveled book list to help students pick just right books (level 12 is a G, level 14 is a H, level 16 is an I, etc).  Here are some additional resources:

Book Wizard- This is a website where you can look the book titles to find out what level they are.

Booklist by series- This is a website that lists the names of books by reading level.

MATH- Please remember students have access to Zearn and many other resources through the first grade symbaloo.

Social Studies / Science

Social Studies: North America- American Symbols-maps and globes, 7 Continents, Holidays Around The World

Social Studies Vocabulary: symbol, patriotic, monument, respect, national

Science: solids and liquids, Antarctica, penguins
Science Vocabularyclimate, harsh, regurgitate, toboggan, rookery

The Big Cheese

The Big Cheese
Our Big Cheese last week was Annelise Twist! Annelise loves animals and wants to be a vet when she grows up. Her favorite color is purple! It was nice getting to know Annelise better last week!

Reading Bags

Please return reading bags each day even if you have not been able to read the book  This enables your child to bring home a new book from that days guided reading lesson.  Sight word rings are added to every few days.  These are to be reinforced each night at home to improve fluency.

After reading the book, ask your child comprehension questions about the story.

  • Who are the main characters?
  • What happened in the beginning, middle and the end?
  • What connections can you make with the story?
  • What does the story remind you about?

My website is updated weekly, by Friday evening.  Make sure you check-in for the latest classroom information!



Our Upcoming Week At A Glance... 
For the week of 
February 19-22

American Symbols 

Phonics: Fundations: closed syllables
Phonemic Awareness: identifying syllables in words- onset/rime using blends, digraphs and short vowels

 Unit 1 Letter- Keyword- Sound 
 Unit 2 blending & reading three sound short vowel words
 Unit 3 digraphs- wh, ch, sh, th, ck

High Frequency Words: the, and, a, is, his, of, as, has, to, into, they, you, your, I, said, was, one, from, have, were, are, who, what, when, where, here, there, my, why, by, try, two, put, very, also, would, could, should, come, some, over, her, number, say, says
Comprehension: using text features to help when reading non-fiction texts
Fluency: sight word automaticity 
Grammar: identifying nouns and verbs, distinguishing base words and suffix (s), nouns
Vocabulary: symbol, respect, national, monument, patriotic 
Writing: Small Moments, Literature responses, American Symbols research writing, Squiggle Books, personal journals, birthday pages
Mondays the students will have the opportunity to write in their journals. It can be helpful to discuss with your student what they may want to write about. 

First Grade Froggy

 First Grade Froggy

First Grade Froggy spent the weekend with Amani!
Froggy and Amani had a sleepover at her grandmother's house! 


Yellow Homework Folders:  Homework folders went home last Monday and should have been returned with completed homework Friday. Your child will take home this yellow folder each Monday and keep it at home for the week, returning it on Friday. Their iReady and Zearn online passcodes are stapled into their homework folder. Please be sure they spend some time during the week on iReady reading and math.

Reading Bags: Read the books each night and return the following day.  The sight word rings are to stay in the bags so that new words can be added.  Please go over these words nightly with your student.  

Homework should not exceed more than 30 minutes a night. Our purpose is to build responsibility and practice skills.
  • Read nightly for 10-15 minutes from their reading bags.

  • Word work skills- Fundations: Please see parent resources in Fundations box for ways to practice with your child. We are finishing up unit 6 this week. Be sure to check on our newest trick words for this unit.

  • Sight Words- Please practice reading and writing words in reading bag.

  • Math- 1-2 pages per week. Sent home Monday & returned on Friday in yellow folder. Here are the parent letters for all modules.

  • i-ready- online lessons (one reading & one math per week)

  • Friday Folders- Please review items and return folder on Monday.


Math- This week we continued Module 3; Ordering and comparing length measurements as numbers. We finished topic A: indirect comparison in length measurement by learning to measure distance by using blocks on a map. We started topic B: standard measurement. Students were introduced to centimeter cubes. They practiced measuring things by making sure to start at an endpoint and not leaving any gaps between the blocks. We continued to compare objects to see which was longer or shorter.

Here are the parent letters for Module 1.
Here are the parent letters for Module 2.

Sprint/ Fluency Builders- We practice our fluency with timed tests. At the end of the test, the students circle the number they got to and then we correct our work with a different color crayon. If you wish to practice at home here are sprints and fluency builders for all of the modules.

Problem Set- Students practice independently in class. Teacher is there for support and then we go over it. Students explain their thinking and correct as needed.

Exit Tickets- Students complete exit ticket on their own and turn into teacher. Teacher uses this to inform instruction. This is not sent home.
Math homework will be going home in the yellow homework folders Monday and can be turned in on Fridays.

Specials Schedule

Specials for the week of Feb. 11-14

PE-Yes-Wear your gym shoes!
Library-Weds at 3:10

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