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Mrs. Smith

Office # 303-387-6600


Dear Parents,

Wow! We had an incredible first two days of school! What a wonderful group of students we have in our class. I am looking forward to getting to know them even more as our year goes progresses. The first three weeks we will focus on building relationships and a

positive classroom culture. We will practice routines and procedures that will be in place when our literacy and math groups begin.

These first two days we started an author's study on Laura Numeroff, who wrote the "If You Give..." books. Thursday we started the school year with "If You Take a Mouse to School" and Friday we read "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie". The students recognized the circle story element and enjoyed retell the story in their own words. They made a lunch box using a glyph which helped me get to know each student better. They also enjoyed making a mouse puppet and are bringing them home to help retell "If You Give a Mouse

a Cookie" story. We also read a book about a monster who goes to school and needs to learn school rules. The students did an excellent job watercoloring their own monsters which will be displayed in our room as we write our class promises.

Please be sure to look into your child's Friday folders to find some important papers. If you have not yet filled out the online

student survey I have enclose a paper copy. It is very important that I have your current emails and other information so you will

stay informed on all our class happenings. You will also find a Fun Run t-shirt paper to be filled out and returned with your child's

shirt size. Mr. F has sent home a technology agreement that needs to be signed in order for your chid to use school technology.

Some of you still need to fill out and send me the emergency forms. This is very important as you never know if we might have a

lightning dismissal or another emergency. Finally... please be sure your child learns their lunch number. I have sent home their numbers and a picture of the key pad used in the cafeteria.

As the weather heats up it is important for your child to have a non-spill water bottle to keep in their cubbie. They will be able to get drinks during any transition in and out of our room. Thank you for all your support!


Mrs. Joanie Smith

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Important Dates:

BREAKFAST FROM THE SCE CAFE- Our school cafeteria will start selling breakfast on Monday, August 13th.

FRIDAY FOLDERS- This year Friday folders are BLUE. This week inside Friday Folders you will find several items that need to be signed and returned.

  • Tech Agreement- Please read with your child and have them initial each statement. Be sure to read the back side.
  • Fun Run t-shirt sizes- Please return the yellow note with your child's name and shirt size.
  • All About Me Bag- Please read letter for directions. This is a great way for the class to get to know each other.
  • Lunch Number- Please have your child practice his or her lunch number. This will help them not only be able to buy lunch but it is a number that will stay with them throughout their education in DCSD.
  • Student Information Sheet- I have not received all of the information sheet surveys digitally, so I have given a paper copy to the students I am missing.
  • Emergency Closure Form- I have sent home the forms to the students who were not able to attend supply drop off/ meet the teacher.

SCHOOL PICTURES FOR 2018-19- Wednesday, August 29th.

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

Social Studies / Science

Social Studies:

Social Studies Vocabulary: 

Science Vocabulary

The Big Cheese

The Big Cheese
Each week a different student will be randomly picked to be the BIG CHEESE for the week! 

This student will bring home an " All About Me" poster to decorate and fill out. They will have the opportunity to share their poster with our class and have it displayed on the door for the week. The Big Cheese will also be in charge of our "Estimation Jar", filling it and leading our estimation activity for that week. 
Guess who the first Big Cheese is...???  

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 
August 13-17
Theme: Author's Study-Laura Numeroff
All About Me

Phonics: Fundations: Letter formation and orientation
Phonemic Awareness: Review beginning sounds
High Frequency Words:
Vocabulary: author, illustrator 
Writing: Literature responses, 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 is looking forward to going home with each or our first graders for a weekend during the year! 
He comes complete with a journal to document his adventures and a tote full of clothes!  


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:

Trick Words:  

New Words:       

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

Math packet due



Here are the parent letters for Module 1.

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. Here are some practice sprint/fluency activities for 

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 August 13-17

PE- Monday-ThursdayWear your gym shoes!
Library-Weds at 3:10

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