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Mrs. Smith-October 16-20

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Dear Parents,

We did it!! It's hard to believe that fall break is already here! Thank you all so much for your support and participation in our

parent/teacher conferences. I so enjoyed sitting with each of you and sharing your student's wonderful progress. They have all worked hard to accomplish their beginning of the year goals and now have a new set of goals to work towards. Be sure to celebrate with your amazing students!

This week we were able to get back into the groove of reading rotations! It took a few days to assess each student with the DRA, sight words and writing anchors. I sent home a red, hard cover anthology for them to have some extra reading opportunities over the fall break. If the story seems too difficult just read it to your child and enjoy! Our students are moving on to comprehension goals...retelling the story using key details, names and accurate sequencing.

We finished our Three Billy Goats Gruff unit and the students created their own artistic version of a troll. They wrote to describe

their troll using adjectives and details. We played "Guess My Troll" as a class, where classmates tried to match the troll with the writing based on good descriptions! It was so fun!


Mrs. Joanie Smith

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Upcoming Dates  

BULLY PREVENTION DAY- On Monday, October 2nd, please have your child wear a blue shirt in honor of World Day of Bully Prevention.

PICTURE RETAKES- Tuesday, October 3rd is picture retakes. Please let me know if you wish to have your child retake their pictures.

PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES- Tuesday, October 3rd and Thursday, October 5th are parent teacher conferences.

PTO CHICK-FIL-A NIGHT- Friday, October 6th from 4-8pm is a PTO fundraiser. Please come out and support SCE!

FALL BREAK- Monday, October 9th- Friday, October 13th.

HEARING & VISION SCREENINGS- Monday, October 16th & Tuesday, October 17th.

HALLOWEEN PARTY- We will celebrate Halloween on Friday, October 27th from 3-4pm. More information to come soon!

Social Studies / Science

Science:  Five Senses-This is a foundational unit to explore and do research. We are learning how
powerful and important each of our senses is to take in the world around us. Making thoughtful observations is a vital aspect of learning!

Social Studies:  Last week the students learned a song about the Seven Continents and created a world map, labeling each of the continents. Their passports are filled out, suitcases decorated and are anxiously awaiting their first flight on Sand Creek Airlines!  Destination...Australia!

The Big Cheese


Our Big Cheese for the week was Ryder Eley!  Ryder wants to be in the army when he grows up. He loves to play football and is a really fast runner!

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?

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Our Upcoming Week At A Glance... 
For the week of Oct. 2-6
Theme:  The Three Billy Goats Gruff
Story Elements

Phonics: Fundations- Blending CVC words-changing   medial short vowels, sentence dictation
Phonemic Awareness: Rhyming, syllables 
High Frequency Words:  Unit 1 and Unit 2 words
Comprehension: comparing/contrasting similar texts, story elements (title, setting, character, problem/solution), sequence of events
Fluency: Reading with expression, rapid naming of       sight words
Grammar: Sentence structure, punctuation
Writing: 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 went home last weekend with Solrena! She took Froggy to church and then they enjoyed pizza at Old Chicago! Solrena even introduced Froggy to her newborn baby cousin!


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/ Letter Study:
  • Unit 2 resources
  • 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.
  • i-ready- online lessons (one reading & one math per week)
  • Friday Folders- Please review items and return folder on Monday.

Tricky Words:  a, and, the, is, his,                                            of 

Review Words:  

  Homework Due Date
 MondayMath packet/iReady ReadingHomework packet due Friday
 TuesdayiReady Math
 Wednesday iReady Readingi
 ThursdayiReady Math

Spelling Test
Math packet due


This week in math we have been building our number fluency. The students are using two sided counters to shake and record the different number combinations for 8, 9 and 10. Knowing all the combinations for 10 is especially important for adding/subtracting two-digit numbers. We also started solving story problems with addition of two sets. The students enjoy sharing their favorite strategy to solve various story problems.
Eureka Math has many ways for students to practice.

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.

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 October 16-20

PE-No-Wear your gym shoes!

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