Suddenly we find ourselves at the bittersweet last day of vacation. I hope each of you had a safe and relaxing week with your students and are ready for the months ahead, as these last four are the ones that really fly!
As a reminder, when we return to school tomorrow BES will be celebrating Read Across America week to celebrate the life and work of Dr. Seuss as well as to celebrate a student's love for reading and learning. Each day has an optional theme for participation, which was sent home in a flyer and the school newsletter. On Monday we will participate in "Drop Everything and Read", a time where the entire school pauses in what they are doing and reads together. Students may bring a small stuffed animal to school tomorrow in which to use for this activity.
And now, a little look back at our last week of school before we left for break. BES celebrated our Invention Convention, an opportunity for students to choose a self-directed project in which they have to solve a problem. I was extremely impressed by the inventions in our class. We even had one of our own win the Grade 1 Student Choice Award!
On Friday we had reading buddy time with Mrs. Heyliger's class. The students love the chance to see friends from other classrooms, share books, and practice partner reading!
The 2018 Winter Olympics ended on February 25th. We decided to do a medal count to compare how many gold medals different countries had won. Check out this patriotic graph!
As always, please contact me with any questions you have and I will respond in a timely manner. Fingers crossed that Spring is on its way!
Dear parents and guardians,
What a busy week we've had in first grade! Tuesday was the 100th day of school. We celebrated by working on 100-themed math centers and writing about what we thought it would be like to be 100 years old. We're 100 days smarter!
Wednesday we took a field trip to the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord to supplement our current Space unit in Science. Students were able to explore the engaging exhibits and watched a Planetarium show about stars. Thank you to our wonderful chaperones! The students had a blast and learned a lot. Look at those smiles!
Good Afternoon, parents and guardians,
It certainly has been a challenge to have consistency in January and February between snow days and widespread illness, but fingers crossed that the worst of it is behind us!
Here are a few updates for the last two weeks of February:
-Tomorrow is the 100th day of school! We will be doing 100-themed academic activities and celebrating all that we've learned and accomplished since the first day of school.
-On Wednesday we will be traveling to the McAuliffe Planetarium to supplement our current science unit on space. The bus will be leaving BES at 8:50am so please ensure that your student arrives on time to school that day. We will be returning to school around 1:15pm, at which point we will have a small Valentine's Day celebration. Feel free to send in class Valentines tomorrow or Wednesday and I will store them in the classroom until we are ready for them Wednesday afternoon.
-February Vacation will be February 26th-March 2nd, with school resuming on Monday March 5th. Whatever you do I hope you travel safely and have lots of fun!
As always please email me if you have any questions or concerns.
Dear Parents and Guardians,
I hope you're healthy and well during this terrible cold and flu season! Although we may have had stuffy noses, our hearts were full with a wonderful Kindness and Justice week here at BES.
On Tuesday we talked about Martin Luther King, Jr. and the powerful impact he had on the world through his belief in kindness and equality. We read Martin's Big Words by Doreen Rappaport and created our own hopes and dreams for the world.
On Thursday we read Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World About Kindness, the incredible true story of a man who taught the world about the intelligence of animals through his emphasis on treating them with kindness and love. To spread some of that kindness and love we made dog toys to donate to the NHSPCA for needy animals.
On Friday we had a whole school meeting to celebrate Kindness and Justice Week, which included a very special acknowledgement of an unsung hero at our school, head custodian Karly. We donned our "Choose Kind" t-shirts and returned to class to give compliments to our classmates.
To cap off our week we created this communal piece of artwork to show our hearts beat as one.
Last but not least, we started I-Ready testing yesterday with our math Mid-Year Diagnostic. On Tuesday we will take the reading test. Please encourage your student to get a good night's sleep and to eat a healthy breakfast that day!
Dear parents and guardians,
Welcome to 2018! We certainly had an interesting start to January with that blizzard last week. As we transitioned into the second part of Term 2 as a class we thought hard about what our goals were for the new year. Here are some examples of their resolutions for home, school, and their personal lives:
-I will work on my handwriting.
-I will play with my brother more.
-I will clean my room.
-I will be a first-time listener.
-I help my family.
Next week is Kindness and Justice week at BES. We will be learning about Martin Luther King, Jr., and other heroes who worked tirelessly to help others. We will be brainstorming kind things we can do for others and making our own "Be Kind" class promise. On Friday we have a whole-school meeting where we will wear our "Be Kind" t-shirts. THANK YOU SO MUCH TO THE MYSTERY PERSON WHO DONATED AN ENTIRE BOX OF T-SHIRTS FOR THIS EVENT!
Please be well during this cold and flu season. And I humbly ask that if you have any containers of anti-bacterial wipes we would love a donation. I am doing my best to prevent the spread of germs to keep your kiddos healthy!
Dear parents and guardians,
Believe it or not there are only 30 more hours of left 2017! Traditionally the start of a new year is a time to reflect and to make goals for the coming year. As students return to school on Tuesday we will be reflecting on our areas of strength as well as subjects and situations that challenge us in order to form goals for the new year. Students will be encouraged to make a personal goal, a home goal, and a school goal. Goal setting is an important part of growth mindset, which acknowledges that it's okay to say you can't do something...yet. Knowing what challenges you helps to guide you toward self-improvement, and we'll use that knowledge to guide us into forming our 2018 goals.
Looking back, we had a wonderful snowy day on Friday. We had reading buddies with Mrs. Heyliger's class and did a snowman craft before heading home to hunker down for the storm.
I wish you all a happy and safe new year. See you in 2018!
Today we made gingerbread houses in Art class! Thank you to those of you who sent in materials or volunteered their time. The kids had a blast getting in the holiday spirit!
Hello, parents and guardians,
I hope you all are having a safe and fun Thanksgiving break!
As the term draws to a close in the following week we are wrapping up several academic units. We will be finishing up our geometry unit as well as our how-to writing. In guidance we've been practicing being flexible, as sometimes the school day (and life in general) brings changes and surprises. Our students donned capes that said "Superflexible Me" and brainstormed ways in which they could handle unexpected changes. Flexibility is an important attribute to have!
I hope you all enjoy the rest of your Thanksgiving break and travel safely!
Good Afternoon, Parents and Guardians,
I hope this post finds you well on this dreary day. Here are some updates of what's going on in class...
Reading: We're continuing to talk about non-fiction books and the ways in which they can show up information. Today we looked at a Ranger Rick magazine for diagrams, pictures, and what information about the world this magazine could tell us.
Math: We've started our geometry unit, and we're currently working on sorting shapes by their attributes as well as ways in which shapes can fold and/or move.
Fundations: We're taking a few days to review the spelling rules that we've learned in the past few weeks, such as identifying digraphs, when to use a bonus letter, and welded sounds. We're also continuing to work on proper capitalization and punctuation.
Writing: As we move into the last two weeks of our How-to writing unit we're trying to give poor turkeys a break...by writing how to disguise them so that they don't get gobbled up in someone's Thanksgiving feast!
Which brings me to my next topic: your students brought home a cardstock turkey today, with the goal of disguising this turkey so he no longer looks like himself! Let's see if the turkeys can escape being eaten this Thanksgiving! Turkeys are due back to school by Monday, November 20th. Below are some examples of ways to disguise your turkey (you can also google "How to Disguise a Turkey for kids" and the results are very creative!) This ties into our current science unit on animal adaptations and survival.
This week is a regular week of school, but please be advised that the following week there is no school November 22nd-24th in observance of Thanksgiving. If your child will be missing any school for a family trip, etc, please let myself and the office know. There will be no homework that week.
Have a wonderful night!
came Good Afternoon, parents and guardians,
We had such a special guest visit the first grade last week...some wonderfully interesting animals came from Animal Encounters in Rochester came to help us learn more about adaptations and survival. We got to see a macaw, a lizard, an albino hedgehog, a crocodile, a boa constrictor, and a wallaby.
CONFERENCES: Parent-Teacher Conferences will be occurring next week on November 6th and 7th (unless otherwise scheduled with me).
Conferences run back-to-back and are 20 minutes long. I kindly ask that you respect the timeframe and arrive a few minutes before your scheduled time so that conferences do not run over or get cut short. I look forward to seeing all of you again and telling you about all the hard work the students have done so far this year!
If you can no longer attend your originally scheduled time please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to reschedule.
Have a wonderful evening!