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         Hello first grade friends!  We sure do miss you and wish we could be spending this last marking period of the school year with you!  We think about you everyday and hope you are doing well!  

         The most important thing for you to do as far as continuing your learning is to read EVERYDAY!!! Beginning on April 6th, we will be offering you opportunities to make your brains stronger by reviewing concepts you’ve already learned this year.  On weeks 1, 3, 5, and 7 you will have a choice board of activities in math and reading. We would like you to choose one from each subject. On weeks 2, 4, and 6 you will be invited to go on an exciting mission that will require your brains to be operating at FULL POWER!

         If you have any questions throughout the next few weeks or you just want to say, “Hello!”, please reach out to us!  We can’t wait to see you again and until then, happy learning!!!

     

     

     Spirit Week

    March News

    First Grade Team

    First Grade Team at Riverside Theatre Field Trip 

    Important Dates

    March 2nd: NED Assembly

    March 3rd: No School - Election Day

    March 9th: Barn Hill Assembly - Please sign and return permission slips

    March 10th: Chili's Spirit Night

    March 13th: No School - Professional Day

    March 16th-20th: No School - Spring Break

    March 27th: Report Cards Go Home - Please sign and return

    March 30th: Author Visit

    March 30th: Book Fair Begins

    Reading/Language Arts

    As we are drawing near the end of the third quarter, we are working on being fluent readers and reading with expression. In order to help your child continue to progress to the next reading level, please be sure your child is practicing their sight words (both reading in 3 seconds or less AND writing them) each day. The expectation is also to be reading at least 20 minutes per night. We are currently wrapping up asking and answering questions about text and will begin working on identifying the theme of a story.

    In writing, we are strengthing our opinions by adding details. We will continue to reinforce proper sentence structure without reminders. This includes using an uppercase letter at the beginning of a sentence, using spaces in between words, and adding punctuation at the end. Students are also beginning to learn the different types of punctuation and when to use them properly in their writing to make their writing more interesting.

    Science

    In science, we will begin learning about force and motion. We will conduct many hands-on science experiments to help strengthen our learning. 

    Social Studies

    In social studies, we will be learning about several famous Virginians, including Maggie Walker and Arthur Ashe.

    Math

    In math, we will continue to work on solving addition and subtraction problems with sums to 20. We will begin to solidify our knowledge of fluently adding and subtracting to 10. 

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    March is a short but busy month! We have many exciting assemblies we will attend and look forward to seeing how your child continues to bloom in the classroom. With the flu and many other illnesses going around, this is a friendly reminder to take time to thoroughly clean your child's belongings (backpack, lunchbox, etc). Please also remind your child to cover their nose and mouth with their elbow when sneezing or coughing. Also keep in mind that children may not come to school if they have had a fever (may not return until 24 hours fever free without fever reducing medicine) or thrown up within 24 hours. 

    Thank you for all you do! Your continued support is greatly appreciated!

    February News

    101

    Mrs Slough, Ms Fregosi, Mrs Smith, and Miss Bokum celebrating 101st Day of First Grade!

    101 days

    Mrs Slough, Ms Fregosi, Mrs Smith, and Miss Bokum celebrating the 101st Day of First Grade!

    Important Dates

    February 6th:  Interims come home

    Please sign and return.

    February 11th: Field to to Riverside

    Please send in a fully-disposable packed lunch.

    February 14th:  1:10 Early Realease

    February 17th:  No School Presidents' Day

    February 20th:  Multicultural Night 5-7

    February 27th:  Early Release

     

    Reading/Lanuguage Arts

         The third marking period we will now be looking ar fluency when our students read.  The rule of thumb is they should be able to read text at their instructional level like they are talking.  No more "robot reading".  We will continue to build vocabulary and introduce new sound spelling patterns.  Please read at least 20 mintues nightly.

         In writing we will still focus on mechanics, making sure there is an uppercase letter at the beginning of the sentence and punctuation at the end.  Your child should be able to spell many common sight words accurately and being spelling other words phonectically.  He/she should be adding more details to his/her writing and should be able to write AT LEAST three sentences.

    Science

         The focus in the content areas this month will be Social Studies.

    Social Studies

    *Economics:  goods, services, consumer, producer, choice, wants and needs

    *Civics:  people of Virginia make contributes to their communities and have different careers that contribute to the community.

    *Presidents’ Day, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington

    Math

    *Tell time to the half hour using analog and digital clocks

    *Create and solve single-step story and picture problems using addition and subtraction within 20 

    *Recognize and describe with fluency part-whole relationships for numbers up to 10

    *Demonstrate an understanding of equality through the use of the equal symbol

    *Collect, organize, and represent various forms of data using tables, picture graphs

    *Read and interpret data displayed in tables, picture graphs

         Some helpful reminders for you and for us.  Please check your child's folder daily.  Many important forms and notices come home that need your attention.  It is also a means of communication between home and school as these folders are checked first thing in the morning.  Please send in a full change of clothes.  If your child has ANY kind of accident, it is helpful to have these clothes on hand so there is minimal disruption to instruction and you.  As the weather becomes cooler, please remember to label all pieces of clothing in the case that these items get separated from your child.  Finally, please put any money in a baggie or envelope with your child's name and the purpose of the money.  With fundraisers, field trips, and lunch money coming in, we have no way of knowing what money is for if it's not labeled. 

    First Grade Team showing holiday spirit with Ugly Sweaters.

    The First Grade Team wearing ugly sweaters to show holiday spirit.

    First Grade Team Holiday Video

    First Grade Team building for our grade level holiday video!

    January News

       WOW! We can't believe we are halfway through the year already! December was a very exciting month! We had our house celebration and design challenge day.

       Some helpful reminders for you and for us.  Please check your child's folder daily.  Many important forms and notices come home that need your attention.  It is also a means of communication between home and school as these folders are checked first thing in the morning.  Please send in a full change of clothes.  If your child has ANY kind of accident, it is helpful to have these clothes on hand so there is minimal disruption to instruction and you.  As the weather becomes cooler, please remember to label all pieces of clothing in the case that these items get separated from your child.  Finally, please put any money in a baggie or envelope with your child's name and the purpose of the money.  With fundraisers, field trips, and lunch money coming in, we have no way of knowing what money is for if it's not labeled.  

       With two field trips remaining this school year, all parent chaperones must now get fingerprinted at Central Office. More information with directions will be coming out soon from your child's classroom teacher. 

       With the weather changing, various sicknesses are going around. Please remind your child to cover their nose and mouth with their elbow when sneezing or coughing. Please remember that students may not come to school if they have had a fever (may not return until 24 hours fever free without fever reducing medicine) or thrown up within 24 hours. Here is a link to the Moncure's excused absences for sicknesses

       We will beginning mid year assessments so please make sure your child is getting a good nights rest every night.

    Thank you for all your help!

    January Important Dates

    10 – Report Cards Go Home

    15 – Chick Fil A Spirit Night

    17 – EARLY RELEASE

    20 – No School

    27 – No School

    29 – Panera Spirit Night

    Reading/Language Arts

         In Reading the focus has been on decoding words and using strategies for figuring out unknown words.  Your child should have a solid foundation of letters and letter-sounds and be able to use this knowledge to decode words.  Please make reading to/with your child a part of your nightly routine. We have learned about story elements (characters, setting, problem, resolution) as well as describing characters in the story and are beginning to learn how to retell a story using the begining, middle, and end. We will begin to learn about asking wh questions (who, what, when, where, why) and sequencing a story back together to retell it to others. 

         In Writing we are continuing to begin sentences with an uppercase letter, end with punctuation, and put spaces between words.  They should begin spelling common high-frequency words correctly and spelling other words phonetically. We are continuing to practice our ordinal writing, opinion writing, and narrative writing. 

         We've been counting forward by 1s, 10s, and 5s to 110, and counting backwards from 30 to 1. We are continuing to practice our addition and subtraction strategies up to 20 including word problems. We will begin learning about fractions (halves and fourths), telling time to the half hour, and collect data to create and read various types of graphs.

    Science

         We will begin learning about animals in the winter time, force and motion, winter, and seasonal changes. 

    Social Studies

         We will begin learning about climate and landforms, famous americans from Virginia, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents Day, goods and services, needs and wants, and community helpers. 

    December News

         November has been an exciting month! We had our first field trip to Ferry Farm, had our house celebration, and our fun run!

         Some helpful reminders for you and for us.  Please check your child's folder daily.  Many important forms and notices come home that need your attention.  It is also a means of communication between home and school as these folders are checked first thing in the morning.  Please send in a full change of clothes.  If your child has ANY kind of accident, it is helpful to have these clothes on hand so there is minimal disruption to instruction and you.  As the weather becomes cooler, please remember to label all pieces of clothing in the case that these items get separated from your child.  Finally, please put any money in a baggie or envelope with your child's name and the purpose of the money.  With fundraisers, field trips, and lunch money coming in, we have no way of knowing what money is for if it's not labeled.  Thank you for all your help!

       With the weather changing, various sicknesses are going around. Please remind your child to cover their nose and mouth with their elbow when sneezing or coughing. Please remember that students may not come to school if they have had a fever (may not return until 24 hours fever free without fever reducing medicine) or thrown up within 24 hours. Here is a link to the Moncure's excused absences for sicknesses

    We will beginning mid year assessments so please make sure your child is getting a good nights rest every night.

    Happy Holidays!

    December Important Dates

    20 - EARLY RELEASE, Design Challenge

    Dec 23 - Jan 6 WINTER BREAK

    Reading/Language Arts

         In Reading the focus has been on decoding words and using strategies for figuring out unknown words.  Your child should have a solid foundation of letters and letter-sounds and be able to use this knowledge to decode words.  Please make reading to/with your child a part of your nightly routine. We have learned about story elements (characters, setting, problem, resolution) as well as describing characters in the story and are beginning to learn how to retell a story using the begining, middle, and end. 

         In Writing we have been learning what a complete sentence is, to begin sentences with an uppercase letter, end with punctuation, and put spaces between words.  They should begin spelling common high-frequency words correctly and spelling other words phonetcally. We have learned about narrative writing and have begun learning about writing our opinions.

    Math

         We've been counting forward by 1s, 10s, and 5s to 110, working with teen numbers, and ordering and comparing numbers.  We are continuing practicing our addition stratgies up to 20 and have begun subtraction. 

    Science

    We will begin learning about animals in the winter time.

    Social Studies

    We will begin learning about how different countries celebrate various holidays in December.

     First Grade Team celebrating 50 Days of First Grade

    First Grade Team celebrating 50 Days of First Grade!

    November News

         October has been an exciting month! We celebrated 50 days of first grade, had our house celebration, and our first school wide design challenge! We also had parent teacher conferences - thank you for meeting with us!

         Some helpful reminders for you and for us.  Please check your child's folder daily.  Many important forms and notices come home that need your attention.  It is also a means of communication between home and school as these folders are checked first thing in the morning.  Please send in a full change of clothes.  If your child has ANY kind of accident, it is helpful to have these clothes on hand so there is minimal disruption to instruction and you.  As the weather becomes cooler, please remember to label all pieces of clothing in the case that these items get separated from your child.  Finally, please put any money in a baggie or envelope with your child's name and the purpose of the money.  With fundraisers, field trips, and lunch money coming in, we have no way of knowing what money is for if it's not labeled.  Thank you for all your help!

        Our first Field trip is quickly approaching - please be sure to return the permission slip and indicate whether your child needs to buy a lunch from the school or will be bringing one from home! When sending in money please be sure to send in EXACT cash or check as we cannot provide change. CLICK HERE to pay for the field trip online! If you are chaperoning please be sure to pay 2 times! 

    Important November Dates

    5 - NO SCHOOL

    5 - Buffalo Wild Wings Spirit Night

    8 - Veteran's Day Tribute

    11 - NO SCHOOL

    15 - Interiums Go Home

    15 - Fun Run

    18 - House Celebration

    22 - Student of the Month Breakfast

    22 - Fall Festival

    27-29 - THANKSGIVING BREAK

     

    Reading/Language Arts

         In Reading the focus has been on decoding words and using strategies for figuring out unknown words.  Your child should have a solid foundation of letters and letter-sounds and be able to use this knowledge to decode words.  Please make reading to/with your child a part of your nightly routine. We have begun learning about story elements (characters, setting, problem, resolution) as well as describing characters in the story. 

         In Writing we have been learning what a complete sentence is, to begin sentences with an uppercase letter, end with punctuation, and put spaces between words.  They should begin spelling common high-frequency words correctly and spelling other words phonetcally. We have started learning about narrative writing.

    Math

         We've been counting forward by 1s, 10s, and 5s to 110, working with teen numbers, and ordering and comparing numbers.  We are continuing practicing our addition stratgies up to 20 and have begun subtraction. We will also begin exploring shapes.

         Students have been learning about what a scientist is and how we learn about the world around us using our five senses and inquiry skills. We have also been learning about matter and will begin to explore day and night.

    Social Studies

         We have been learning about Virginia in the past and the present and will begin learning about Jamestown and famous americans.

    1st Grade Team 2019-2020

    First Grade Teachers on Open House night 2019.

    October News

         The first few weeks of first grade have been a whirlwind!  We've been learning new rules and routines in a beautiful new school with new friends and new teachers!  Some helpful reminders for you and for us.  Please check your child's folder daily.  Many important forms and notices come home that need your attention.  It's also a means of communication between home and school as these folders are checked first thing in the morning.  Please send in a full change of clothes.  If your child has ANY kind of accident, it is helpful to have these clothes on hand so there is minimal disruption to instruction and you.  As the waether becomes cooler, please remember to label all pieces of clothing in the case that these items get separated from your child.  Finally, please put any money in a baggie or envelope with your child's name and the purpose of the money.  With fundraisers, field trips, and lunch money coming in, we have no way of knowing what money is for if it's not labeled.  Thank you for all your help!

    Reading/Language Arts

         In Reading the focus has been on decoding words and using strategies for figuring out unknown words.  Your child should have a solid foundation of letters and letter-sounds and be able to use this knowledge to decode words.  Please make reading to/with your child a part of your nightly routine.  

         In Writing we have been learning what a complete sentence is, to begin sentences with an uppercase letter, end with punctuation, and put spaces between words.  They should begin spelling common high-frequency words correctly and spelling other words phonetcally.

    Math

         We've been counting forward by 1s to 110, working with teen numbers, and ordering and comparing numbers.  We have begun addition, using the strategies of counting on and doubles to solve basic addition facts.  For time, we've been focusing on the hour- and minute-hands and teeling time to the hour on an analog and digital clock.

    Science

         Students have been learning about what a scientist is and how we learn about the world around us using our five senses and inquiry skills.  We've been also looking how the seasons of summer and fall effect animals, people, and plants.  We will soon move into our study of matter.

    Social Studies

         We have been learning what a good citizen looks like and what our responsibilities we have as American citizens in our community, state, and country.  We talked about Virginia symbols and customs and traditions that connect us as Virginian and American Citizens.  Looking forward, we will be comparing Virginia history now and then.