Friday, March 13, 2020

Stansberry's Scoop

This week we started learning about Space.  We learned about the phases of the moon through this really cool activity...and it tasted really good, too!

Parents,

Happy Friday!  We sure have been busy learning about so many fun things in first grade!

Here's a bit of what we have been up to....

CORE: This has been a fun week full of Science!  We started off by learning about the Sun.  Did you know that the sun is 93,000,000 miles away?  After learning about the sun, we learned about the moon.  We talked about phases of the moon and did the really neat activity that you see above.  We also spent some time learning about our very own planet, Earth.  We also discussed stars and constellations.  Students made their own constellations as well as the Big Dipper using pretzels and marshmallows.  This is so much fun!

Reading:  We just began our 7th anthology of the year.  The students have learned so much about literature this year as well as spelling patterns.  I am so pleased with their progress.  Continue reading over Spring Break and the weeks folllwing and keep a list of books to take quizzes on. Some students have already made their goal and others are so close.  

Conferences:  Spring conferences are not mandatory, but are available if you are interested in meeting with us. We may be emailing you directly if we feel there are areas of concern.  However, if you are interested in having a conference scheduled, please email us and we will figure out the best time for both of us to meet.  Please know that these conferences are for the purpose of discussing your child's academics or questions you may have for me about your child.  These conferences are not for the purpose of discussing class placement for next year. 

School Closure information and resources: Please refer to the emails you received this week and have your child complete the packet that was sent home.  There is 2 weeks of work for your child to complete.  Please have them continue to read daily at least 30 min. per day.  Additional resources for you to access are below. Mrs. Stansberry and Mrs. Grell will be available and on duty starting on March 23 from our homes.  Please reach out if you need to.

* 100's of online free subscriptions and activities click here Please take the time to join Epic! for free.  This is an amazing online library.  Also, the kids love Mystery Science and they are offering free student subscriptions as well.  

* Scholastic has created a Free Learn at Home Website. click here
The site supports students with approximately three hours of learning opportunities per day, including projects, articles and stories, virtual field trips, reading and geography challenges, and more. These daily learning opportunities were carefully curated by our editors to reduce the burden on teachers and families needing to create meaningful learning experiences. 

Dates to Remember:

LUNCH SCHEDULE CHANGE: 
We are adjusting our lunch and recess schedule to help accommodate other grade levels testing. These dates are different then on last week's email. Please note the following changes.
April 7, 8, 9- Lunch and Recess will be at 10:50-11:35.

Dates to Remember:

March 16-27- NO SCHOOL due to Spring Break and school closures
April 15 (New Date)- First Grade Musical at 6:00 PM 
April 10- NO SCHOOL
May 11- Zoo field trip
May 14- Hollywood Award Ceremony 1:30 (You don't want to miss this!)

Be safe and stay healthy!

Mrs. Stansberry and Mrs. Grell


Friday, March 6, 2020

Stansberry's Scoop

Parents,

What a super fun week we had this week!  We are working so hard and having a blast in first grade! We are now experts on the American Revolution!

Here's a bit of what we have been up to...

First Grade Musical:  Parts came home last Friday folders for the first grade musical.  Please do not lose this paper.  Students need to work on memorizing their line or lines and be prepared to practice soon.  The performance will be on April 2 at 6:00 PM.

Reading:  We are working on week 4 of our 6th unit and this week we focused on a story called Chasing Storms.  We have been talking a lot about weather in this unit.  The students are doing a great job working toward AR goals!  Don't forget to keep reading at least 30 minutes per day over Spring Break and keep a list of books they are reading so they can take quizzes upon their return.

CORE: Today we finished up our unit about the American Revolution.  We studied George Washington, Betsy Ross, and several symbols including the flag, bald eagle, and liberty bell. Please enjoy the book they will bring home.  The students have been working very hard on them. Next week, we start learning about space.  This is always a really fun unit for the students.  Ask them questions about space next week.

Writing:  We are working on writing 8 sentence paragraphs in class.  Students have learned about topic sentences, star ideas, details, and conclusions.  We have written a couple paragraphs so far with this structure and the students are catching on quickly.

LUNCH SCHEDULE CHANGE: 
We are adjusting our lunch and recess schedule to help accommodate other grade levels testing.  Please note the following changes.
March 31, April 1 and 2- Lunch and Recess will be at 10:50-11:35.

Dates to Remember:

March 16-20- NO SCHOOL due to Spring Break
April 2- First Grade Musical at 6:00 PM 
April 10- NO SCHOOL
May 11- Zoo field trip
May 14- Hollywood Award Ceremony 1:30 (You don't want to miss this!)

Mrs. Stansberry and Mrs. Grell

Friday, February 28, 2020

Stansberry's Scoop

Parents

We have so much to celebrate!  Our students are so hardworking and love to learn together in class! The way they care about each other is amazing.  The classroom community they have formed together is so refreshing to see. We are so lucky to have such a wonderful group of students.  We truly love our job and working with these outstanding scholars every day!

Here's a bit of what we have been up to in first grade...

Reading: We are currently in Unit 6 Week 3 of our Reach for Reading series and are focusing on oo, ou, ow, ue, ui and ,u_e as our phonics skill.  We have read some great literature and have been learning a lot of new vocabulary words as we learn.  Our strategies this week are classify details and make inferences, Please encourage your child to take AR quizzes daily if they are reading picture books (worth 0.5 points) and if they are reading chapter books (usually are worth 1 point), every couple of days they can take a quiz.  Students are encouraged to bring books from school that they are working on in class to their house for nightly reading as well. They are required to take one quiz in class for a grade, but they will not make their goal if they only take one quiz per week. Please check out the website ARbookfind.com for information on book levels and point values. Thank you for the support.  

CORE: We are learning about the beginning of our country starting with the colonies.  We have discussed many important people and places during the Revolutionary War.  We have learned about the Declaration of Independence, the Boston Tea Party, Paul Revere, Minutemen and Redcoats, and Thomas Jefferson.  We have a lot more information to cover including Benjamin Franklin, important symbols (American Flag and bald eagle).  We will also learn about George Washington and Betsy Ross next week.

Dates to Remember:
March 2: NO SCHOOL
March 14- Talent show
March 16-20 NO SCHOOL due to Spring Break
April 2- First Grade Musical at 6:00 PM
April 10- NO SCHOOL

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Stansberry and Mrs. Grell

Friday, February 21, 2020

Stansberry's Scoop

Parents,

We had a great shortened week in first grade.  The weather was super cold and I must say...we just want to be able to play outside!  I am just going to update you on a few things from the week.

Reading:  This week we were working on the long I sound using ie and igh.  We discussed compound words and syllables.  They are learning about the various types of sentences (i.e. commands and questions).  In the story "Wind Eagle", we discussed the actions and experiences of the characters in the story.

CORE: We have been learning about the American Revolution.  This week we focused on the colonies and the history of the relationship between the colonists and England, and Boston Tea Party. Next week we will discuss taxes without representation, Paul Revere, and Minutemen. This is a super fun unit and the children are so interested in learning this content.


Dates to remember:

Month of February- Keep filling out the forms for Schools on the Move. Forms are due on March 3.
February 24-28- Testing for We Love to Learn
Monday, March 2- No School
Tuesday, March 3- Jump Rope forms due
Wednesday, March 4- Talent Show Tryouts and artwork due (no specials this day)
Friday, March 13- Talent Show 8:30 AM

SAVE THE DATE:  Hollywood Award Ceremony (you don't want to miss this) May 14 at 2:00-2:50.

Enjoy your weekend!

Mrs. Stansberry and Mrs. Grell

Friday, February 14, 2020

Stansberry's Scoop

Thank you to all the parent helpers who made our Valentine's Day party a success! 

Parents,

We hope you are all doing well and are enjoying your February! The kiddos have been working so hard and are impressing us daily with their knowledge and reading skills. They are like sponges at this age and they are ever changing and growing. It is such a pleasure to be a part of their lives and to work with them on a daily basis. We LOVE our job!

Here is what we are up to these days...

CORE: We just finished learning about modern day Mexico. Passports came home and I hope you were able to see some of the interesting things your child has been learning. Next week we will start our CORE unit From Colonies to Independence.  We will discuss the 13 colonies and the events leading up to the Revolutionary War. 

Reading: We are in Unit 6 in our Reach for Reading books. Children are currently working on long o (oa, ow, old) in spelling. Some important things that you should be working on at home are making predictions with your child before reading, having them retell the story using character names and specific story events, ask your child their favorite part and why, and have them make connections to the story (text to text, text to self, or text to world). Always reread! This is so important to build fluency and comprehension as readers. You should be seeing some reports come home from recent AR quizzes. Children have individual goals to help them stay motivated with reading.  I'm sure you have heard them talk about "filling their flower."  For each book they read, they have to read the book 3 times through for picture books and once for chapter books. The AR book that they read must be within their reading level (they all know their levels) and they must score 80% or higher on the quizzes. Taking AR tests is good practice for the kiddos. This is required in second grade and beyond as a check for comprehension.

Book Order:  There is a new Scholastic book order form in your child's Friday Folder.  Orders are due next Friday.  Thank you for supporting our classroom library!

STAR Results: The students did a fantastic job focusing on their STAR tests this week.  Many of the students are showing amazing growth.  Diagnostic Reports are coming home with new reading level ranges.  Please go over the results with your child and praise them for their efforts. I have already met with all the kids and they all know where they are, but a little encouragement from you is priceless to them.  Remember that you can always look up books on ARbookfind.com to check book levels.

We Love to Learn:  Testing for the We Love to Learn project starts on Monday, February 24.  Please have your child practice the 10 items on the list.  The friendly letter can be brought to class as early as Monday, February 24 but no later than Friday, February 28.  This way all students can open them together.

Dates to remember...
Monday, February 17- No school - Teacher Work Day
Friday, February 21- Book order due
March 4- Jump Rope fundraiser envelopes due
Wednesday, March 4-Talent Show Tryouts (no specials this day) and artwork for the Talent Show is due

Have a fantastic weekend,

Mrs. Stansberry and Mrs. Grell

Friday, February 7, 2020

Stansberry's Scoop


Look...we made it to 100!


What can you make with the numbers in 100?


We found 100 Hershey Kisses around the room!


Parents,

Can you believe that we celebrated the 100th Day of School this week!  What an accomplishment for these sweet first graders.  We all had a bunch of fun and got to complete some activities this week for the 100th Day of School.

Here is what we are up to these days...

CORE: We started learning about modern day Mexico. All students received a passport and will rotate throughout the first grade classrooms next week learning about the different aspects of the Mexican culture. This is a really fun unit for the kiddos!  

Reading: We are working our way through our Reach for Reading program. Children are currently working on recognizing long e in the form of ee, ea, ie. Ask your child questions as they read and see how well they can retell the story.  This skill is tested on DIBELS as a benchmark skill.  We also learned some new high frequency words and they are...head, hold, once, into, few, and food.  Keep working on remembering the spelling of because.  It is already on the word wall, but the students use this word all the time.  I gave them a little hint on how to remember this one...Becky Eats Candy And Uncle Sells Eggs.  They sometimes remember this funny sentence and hopefully transfer the correct spelling into their writing.

We Love to Learn:  Keep practicing at home for this fun test to show what they know.  The testing for this fun project will start on February 24.

Volunteers Needed: Please consider helping for a research project we will be working on in late April and early May.  I need 4 volunteers per day Tuesday-Friday on the specified dates.  I would LOVE to have some consistent helpers if possible. Click here to help.  

Dates to remember...
February 17- NO SCHOOL
Friday, February 21- Talent Show forms due
Wednesday, March 4-Talent Show Tryouts (no specials this day) and artwork for the Talent Show is due
Monday, March 3- NO SCHOOL 
Friday, March 13-Talent Show (no specials this day)
March 16-20-NO SCHOOL Spring Break

Have a fantastic weekend,

Mrs. Stansberry and Mrs. Grell

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Stansberry's Scoop

Here we are learning about tens and ones....






Here we are making circuits for our electricity unit in CORE!









Thank you to a fun sister who came in and read to the class!


Parents,

Here's a bit of what we have been up to...

Reading:  We are on Week 3 of our 5th unit in Reach for Reading.  Our spelling pattern was long a (ai, ay) and we worked hard on our word sort this week.  We are still working on retell with the prompts Somebody...Wanted...But...So.  Try retelling at home with this retell frame.

CORE:  We were very impressed with our students this week as we learned about Electricity in CORE.  We made circuits, started a motor, figured out how to make a light bulb turn on, and learned about conductors.  We tested many materials to see if electricity would pass through them after we made predictions.  Another thing we learned about was electrical safety.

Valentines Day:  Students are all making Valentine boxes at home. See the note in the Friday folders from last week (on pink paper) for instructions and classmates names. These can start coming in on Monday, Feb. 10.  Valentine cards can come on Friday, Feb. 14.  Our class party will be on Friday, Feb. 14 from 2:00-2:45.  Please join us if you are able.

Schools on the Move-The whole month of February-  The bright yellow form is in your child's folder.  Starting on Monday, I need your help filling out the information and questions as well as helping your child fill out the form daily.  The forms will need to be returned by March 4 with a parent signature and at least 80 check marks in order to receive a free Schools on the Move t-shirt. Please keep the forms next to the reading log as a daily reminder to check it each night. Thank you!

We Love to Learn:  Information for this fun project will be coming home tomorrow in Friday Folders. This is similar to the November Turkey Feather project where kids will master first grade skills at home and be tested the week of Feb. 28.  Please let us know if you have any questions.

Mystery Reader:  We have many slots left for Mystery Reader.  This occurs on Thursdays at 12:40-1:00.  Click here for the link to sign up!

Notes to remember:
- Add to the Schools on the Move calendar for the month of February.  Parents need to fill out the information on the front of the calendar and sign the form in order to get the free t-shirt. Students also need 60 check marks to complete the challenge.
- Monday, Feb. 17- NO SCHOOL- Teacher Work Day
- Friday, Feb. 21- Talent Show forms due
- Friday, March 13- Talent Show


Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Stansberry and Mrs. Grell