Friday, January 18, 2019

Week 22


Happy 3-day weekend, 1B families!


 Thank you so much for the class birthday gift and kind cards! Your thoughtfulness made my birthday extra special. Thank you for thinking of me!

We have a few exciting upcoming events so please be sure to read the announcements below to stay in the loop! Have a wonderful week!



In pursuit of truth, beauty and goodness,



Shannon Dawson 



Calendar

Monday, January 19th: No school- Martin Luther King Jr. Observance

Friday, January 25th: 100th day of school! J Please see announcement below.

Friday, February 1st: Athletic Field Day. Please see the announcements below for important information regarding field day.

Friday, February 8th: No school 



Homework

Nightly: Read for 15 minutes, practice poem (1 minute), practice rocket math (1 minute)

Phonograms to practice: ou, ur, ea, ei, oo, sh, si, igh, i, ti

Tuesday: behind, around, burn, camp, bear, bare, clear, clean, spell, poor and math WB pg. 30-32

Wednesday: finish, hurt, maybe, across, tonight, tenth, sir, these, those, club and math WB pg. 33-35

Thursday:  Review all 20 words and phonograms and math WB pg. 36-37

Friday: read for 15 minutes (book of your choice)



Announcements
100th day of school: In honor of the 100th day of school, students are encourage are encouraged to fill a sandwich size bag with 100 items.  Items can be the students choice but need to be large enough to be sorted but small enough to fit in a sandwich bag.  

Athletic Field Day is Friday, February 1st from 8:30-11:00 for K-2.

Attire

Each year classes are assigned a Greek City State for their team. This year, your child’s team is Corinth, and our team color is yellow. Your child may wear a plain yellow shirt (no logos) with their athletic bottoms or they can create a shirt with our Greek City State name and logo. 

Snack and Class Volunteers

Our class will be in need of a few volunteers to bring snacks, water bottles, a cooler and to help our class while we rotate through the field day activities. Please sign-up here to help out! This is such a fun events and we hope you can participate with us!

Volunteers for the Athletic Field Day Events

 Coach Gethings &Coach Warren need volunteers setting up and running the event. Please visit here to sign-up at to help with the events.

Lunch

There will be no school lunch offered on Athletic Field Day. Please send your child to school with a lunch on this day.


Academics


Poem: I Know The Sounds That The Animals Make by Jack Prelutsky (recitations the week of 1/28) Idiom: Fish Out of Water

Spalding: Due to MLK Day on Monday, this week we will only have 20 words Spelling Test on Friday!

Tuesday: behind, around, burn, camp, bear, bare, clear, clean, spell, poor

Wednesday: finish, hurt, maybe, across, tonight, tenth, sir, these, those, club

Phonograms: ou, ur, ea, ei, oo, sh, si, igh, i, ti

Writing: Copy work and narration exercises will be from Winnie-The-Pooh by A.A. Milne.

Grammar: We will review all forms of verbs learned this year including action, being, linking, and helping. We will take a verb assessment at the end of the week.

 Math: Students will explore two-digit numbers as they learn how to identify the place value of tens and ones. On Friday, students will participate in various math activities to celebrate the 100th day of school!

Literature:  We will read our final fairy tale; The Princess and Pea! On Wednesday, we will review all 9 fairy tales we have read and on Friday we will read a special story about the 100th day of school. On the 28th we will begin reading A Bargain for Frances.  Please ensure that your child brings their copy to school by this date. Thank you!

History: This week we will continue to learn about the Aztec people. We will learn more about where they lived, who their leaders were and what religion they followed.

Science: This week we will continue learning about the human body. We will explore the muscular system and its purpose. We will practice using our muscles and will observe different pictures to understand the importance of how strong muscles allow our bodies to function properly.


Monday, January 14, 2019

Week 21


Happy Monday, 1B families!



The scholars came back from break ready to learn. Here they are hard at work on their rocket math!




We’re back in full swing this week with math and reading groups resuming!  Thank you to those who have signed up to help with math and reading groups.  We are still in need of a few parents.  Your support is vital to our learning and we greatly appreciate your help!



Have a wonderful week!



In pursuit of truth, beauty and goodness,



Shannon Dawson 



Calendar

Wednesday, January 16th: Math groups resume. Please visit here to join us!

Thursday, January 17th: Reading groups resume. Please visit here to join us!

Friday, January 18th: Library Visit. Please visit here to volunteer! J

Monday, January 19th: No school- Martin Luther King Jr. Observance

Friday, January 25th: 100th day of school! J

Friday, February 1st: Athletic Field Day. Please visit here to volunteer!

Friday, February 8th: No school 



Homework

*Please read the about the homework changes under the announcements portion.

Nightly: Read for 15 minutes, practice poem (1 minute), practice rocket math (1 minute)

Phonograms: ee, ey, e, ou, oo, er, ur, or, o, th

Monday: mile, seem, even, without, afternoon, Friday, hour, our, wife, state and math WB pg. 21-23

Tuesday: July, head, story, open, short, lady, reach, better, water, round and math WB pg. 24-27

Wednesday: cost, price, become, class, horse, care, try, move, delay, pound and math WB pg. 28-29

Thursday:  Review all 30 words and phonograms and Test B



Friday: read for 15 minutes (book of your choice)



Announcements
Clubs

Spring club sign-ups have begun! If you are interested, please visit: https://docs.google.com/document/d/18DwPk4-JICmHZG_1ECNFz_ObqUlNc4rkamFSJ_a30t0/edit?usp=sharing

Homework Change

Thank you for taking the time to complete the latest homework survey.  We looked carefully at the numeric data and anonymous comments and had good conversation as a team.  Every child is unique and homework experiences vary widely, but there are occasional patterns in these surveys that help us to adjust our homework assignments.  With this in mind, we are going to make a few adjustments in the third quarter that will hopefully make the homework experience more joyful without sacrificing good learning.  We will continue to discuss as a team and will send another survey near the end of third quarter.  Beginning January 7th, parents and students can look forward to the following changes:

 1.  Spalding words will only need to be written once using the scholar’s best handwriting. As always it is crucial that parents read the words aloud to their child. Students will also write one sentence using one or more Spalding words.

       2.  Math homework will take place Monday- Thursdays. There will not be any math homework on Fridays.
Academics

Poem: I Know The Sounds That The Animals Make by Jack Prelutsky  Idiom: Fish Out of Water

Spalding: This week we have 30 words Spelling Test on Friday!

Monday: mile, seem, even, without, afternoon, Friday, hour, our, wife, state

Tuesday: July, head, story, open, short, lady, reach, better, water, round

Wednesday: cost, price, become, class, horse, care, try, move, delay, pound

phonograms: ee, ey, e, ou, oo, er, ur, or, o, th

Writing: Copy work and narration exercises will be from The Reluctant Dragon.

Grammar: We will review action verbs and how we use them in sentences. We will also learn about linking and helping verbs and practice using them orally and in written sentences.

Math: This week is all about graphing! We will collect data to create bar, picture and tally graphs. Literature:  We will continue to explore various fairy tales as we read Puss in Boots, Rapunzel and Jack and the Bean Stalk.

History: This week we will begin to explore the culture of the Aztecs. On Wednesday, we will learn about the daily life of this ancient culture and how they decided on where to settle.

Science: This week we will continue learning about the human body. We will explore the muscular system and its purpose. We will practice using our muscles and will observe different pictures to understand the importance of how strong muscles allow our bodies to function properly.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Week 20


Happy New Year 1B Families!



I hope that you and your family had a restful break full of wonderful memories!  I headed to colder weather and enjoyed time with my family in Chicago.  Although I had a wonderful time, I was ready to return to the desert!



Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns after reviewing your child’s checklist and evaluation and I will be happy to discuss it with you.  We have also made a few changes to our homework routine so please take a moment to review the changes in the “announcements” portion of this post.


I look forward to getting back into the swing of things with your kiddos and to continue their great learning. Here’s to a great start of 2019!




In pursuit of truth, beauty and goodness,



Shannon Dawson 



Calendar

January 7th: School Resumes





Homework

*Please read the about the homework changes under the announcements portion.

Nightly: Read for 15 minutes, practice poem (1 minute), practice rocket math (1 minute)



Monday: mail, male, female, eye, I, glass, party, upon and math wkbk pg. 7-8



Tuesday: two, twin, twice, twelve, twenty, between, they, would, could, should and math wkbk. pg. 9-10

Wednesday: any, many, city, only, where, week, weak, first, sent, cent and math wkbk. pg. 13-14

Thursday: write all words 1 time and Test B



Friday: read for 15 minutes (book of your choice)



Announcements



Homework Change

Thank you for taking the time to complete the latest homework survey.  We looked carefully at the numeric data and anonymous comments and had good conversation as a team.  Every child is unique and homework experiences vary widely, but there are occasional patterns in these surveys that help us to adjust our homework assignments.  With this in mind, we are going to make a few adjustments in the third quarter that will hopefully make the homework experience more joyful without sacrificing good learning.  We will continue to discuss as a team and will send another survey near the end of third quarter.  Beginning January 7th, parents and students can look forward to the following changes:

 1.  Spalding words will only need to be written once using the scholar’s best handwriting. As always it is crucial that parents read the words aloud to their child. Students will also write one sentence using one or more Spalding words.

       2.  Math homework will take place Monday- Thursdays. There will not be any math homework on Fridays.


Academics


Poem: I Know The Sounds That The Animals Make by Jack Prelutsky  Idiom: Fish Out of Water

Spalding: This week we have 28 words Spelling Test on Friday!

Monday: mail, male, female, eye, I, glass, party, upon

Tuesday: two, twin, twice, twelve, twenty, between, they, would, could, should

Wednesday: any, many, city, only, where, week, weak, first, sent, cent

phonograms: ai, ey, ar, w, t, ou, sh, wh, ea, ir

Writing: Copy work and narration exercises will be from Master of all Masters and Aesop's Fables.

Grammar: Students will observe Diego Rivera's painting of La Piñata. We will identify nouns, verbs, and adjectives that exist within this painting. We will write a full sentence about this painting based on observations made throughout the week.

Math: This week is all about comparing and ordering numbers. We will compare by using the phrases “__ more than” “__less than” and we will also compare by subtracting.

Literature:  We will be reading a variety of fairy tales this week including Sleeping Beauty, Frog Prince, Rumpelstiltskin, and Hansel Gretel.  As we read each fairy tale, we will also work to identify various story elements.  We will also learn how to use the decoding skill “stretchy snake” to help us become fluent readers!  

History: This week in history we will be studying the ancient culture of the Maya.  We will learn about the cities they built in the rainforest, their ancient writings and other aspects of their everyday culture.

Science: This week we will begin a new unit on the human body! We will start by learning about the skeletal system. The class will be able to explain the different functions of the skeletal system. We will also put together and label our own skeletal system using q tips!

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Happy Holidays!















We had a wonderful world religions celebration today!  Thank you to all the parents who helped make this day a huge success for all!  

Thank you for all the kind Christmas cards and gifts!  May you have a wonderful holiday season filled with joy and love!

Happy Holidays,
Shannon Dawson 

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Week 19

Greetings 1B Families,

Only a few days left before winter break but they are filled with many exciting activities.  Please see the announcements below for some important info. before we head off for break!  I will be sure to post one last blog post with pictures from our world religions party before we close out 2018.  We're almost there!

In pursuit of truth, beauty and goodness,
Shannon Dawson


Calendar
December 18th & 19th: Half Days; Dismissal beginning at 11:45am.
December 18th: Poetry Recitation
December 19th: World Religions Celebration with class book exchange; please visit here to help out!
December 20th-January 4th: No school; Winter Break- Happy Holidays!
January 7th: School Resumes


Homework
Nightly: Read for 15 minutes, practice poem (1 minute), practice rocket math (1 minute)
*Poetry recitation on Monday! 
Monday: Phonogram practice sheet and wkbk pg.171-174
Tuesday:  Wkbk pg. 175-178
Wednesday: No homework. Have a wonderful winter break!

Announcements
Class Book Exchange: During our world religions celebration on December 19th, we will have a class book exchange. Please have your child bring a wrapped book (used or new) and will receive a new (to them) book in return!
Desk Cleaning: As we prepare for the new year, our wonderful cleaning crew will be cleaning the insides of desks.  Please have your child bring a 2 plastic grocery bags (to double) or a sturdy canvas bag to hold their desk supplies during winter break.
Thank you!: Thank you to all who took the time to complete the homework survey.  We appreciate your feedback!
Lost and Found: The lost and found will be cleared out over break. Please stop by the MPR for any missing sweaters, water bottles, etc.
Book Bags: Book bags will not be sent home this week.  Although there is not assigned homework, break is a great time for some free reading!

Academics
Poem: Table Manners by Gelett Burgess- Recitations on Monday and Tuesday
Idiom: The More The Merrier!
Spalding: This week we will not have spelling words. Students will be assessed on all 70 phonograms, half on Monday and half on Tuesday.
Please make sure to practice the phonograms over the weekend and on Monday night in preparation. Practice sheets will be sent home on Friday, 12/14 and on Monday, 12/17.
There will be no book bags sent home this week.
There will be no grammar/writing this week due to the half days.

Math: On Monday, we will practice our sorting and graphing skills with jelly beans.  On Tuesday, we will build a snowflake with various shapes.  We will also take part in various holiday math games.

Literature:  We will conclude our Frog and Toad book series by making a Toad puppet to remember all of his adventures with Frog. We will also read the African American folktale “Brer Rabbit Gets Brer Fox’s Dinner”.

History: This week we will be finishing up our Mexico unit with a review, a story and a craft! 

Science: This week we will conduct a holiday themed science experiment and practice following the steps of the scientific method. We will make a hypothesis and observe what happens when candy canes are placed in different liquids such as water, salt water, and vinegar. 


Friday, December 7, 2018

Week 18

Greetings 1B Families!

Our Archway Arete library has officially launched and we had our very first visit yesterday! It was such a joy to watch the student's faces beam with excitement as they selected a book! There is an orange slip of paper stating when the book is due (a 3 week time period). Students are welcome to turn-in their book before the 3 week mark.  We are looking for volunteers to help students check out books.  Sign up here to serve! Our next class library visit will be on January 18th from 8-:115.

Have a wonderful weekend! 

In pursuit of truth, beauty and goodness,

Shannon Dawson 

Calendar
December 18th & 19th: Half Days
December 19th: World Religions Celebration; please visit here to help out! Class book exchange.
December 20th-January 4th: No school; Winter Break
January 7th: School Resumes

Homework

Nightly: Read for 15 minutes, practice poem (1 minute), practice rocket math (1 minute)
phonograms: oo, ch, or, ph, gu, g, f, ar, p, r
Monday: wind, wind (a toy), print, air, fill, along, lost, name, room, hope and wkbk pg.154-156
Tuesday: same, glad, with, mine, chair, forgot, guess, hang, meat, mouse and wkbk pg. 157-159
Wednesday: phone, store, supper, through, toe, became, brother, rain, keep, start and wkbk pg. 160-162
Thursday: Review all words and wkbk pg. 163-166
Friday: Review phonograms and wkbk. pg. 167-170

Announcements
Class Book Exchange: During our world religions celebration on December 19th, we will have a class book exchange. Your child is welcome to bring a wrapped book (used or new) and will receive a new (to them) book in return!
Winter Dress Code: Winter dress code has begun! Shorts are longer permitted and girls must wear tights or knee socks with dresses.  Pants must be worn with belts.  Also, please ensure that your child wears black sneakers for P.E. (Monday and Thursdays).  Thank you!

Lunch Snacks: We are thankful to our PSO for selling snacks during lunch for students to purchase.  Snacks are typically 50 cents each so we recommend students who wish to participate to bring 50 cents to one dollar with them  to school.  Thank you!  

Homework survey: In an effort to provide a fruitful homework experience for our scholars, we rely on the feedback of our families. Please find the homework survey here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdiwa2O-PdfvbfEJ_tMkn7drot0erm-yOIA0LAgsO9lYdGibQ/viewform


Academics

Poem: Table Manners by Gelett Burgess  Idiom: The More The Merrier!

Spalding: This week we have 30 words Spelling Test on Friday!
Monday: wind, wind (a toy), print, air, fill, along, lost, name, room, hope
Tuesday: same, glad, with, mine, chair, forgot, guess, hang, meat, mouse
Wednesday: phone, store, supper, through, toe, became, brother, rain, keep, start
phonograms: oo, ch, or, ph, gu, g, f, ar, p, r
Writing: Copy work and narration exercises will be from two poems called "The Months" and "Bed in Summer".

Grammar: Students will observe Francisco Goya's painting of Don Manuel Osorio Manrique de Zuniga. We will identify nouns, verbs, and adjectives that exist within this painting. 
Math: We will review various concepts that we have learned this year.  We will take our cumulative assessment on Friday.  
Literature:  We will finish reading Frog and Toad All Year and we will respond to what we have read. 
History:This week in History we will be learning about Mexico’s independence day and the important role Hidalgo played in Mexico’s independence. We will also be learning about how hunting and gathering turned to farming and settling in one place to form cities. 
Science: This week we will continue to learn about matter. We will conduct a melting experiment and observe how a substance can change states from a solid to a liquid by applying heat and pressure. We will talk a short quiz on Thursday to demonstrate what we have learned.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Week 17



Happy December 1B Families!



We conducted our class spelling bee this week! All of the scholars worked very hard and should be proud of their participation in this event. We are proud to announce that the winners of our 1B spelling bee are Jeric and Aria. Jeric will move on to compete in the school spelling bee with his 1st-5th grade peers. Aria will attend as a runner up. The school spelling bee is on Wednesday, January 9th at 6pm in the MPR. All are welcome to attend this event but only the 1st place winners from each section will perform in the school spelling bee.



Congratulations to Antonio for demonstrating courage during the month of November and earning the virtue of the month!  We are looking forward to practicing and demonstrating humility during the months of December and January.



In pursuit of truth, beauty and goodness,

Shannon Dawson 



Calendar

December 18th & 19th: Half Days

December 19th: World Religions Celebration; more information to come! Class book exchange.

December 20th-January 4th: No school; Winter Break

January 7th: School Resumes



Homework

Nightly: Read for 15 minutes, practice poem (1 minute), practice rocket math (1 minute)

phonograms: y, wh, ir, or, ou, er, r, ay, ai, o

Monday: why, bill, want, girls, girl, part, still, place, report, never and math wkbk. pg. 139-143

Tuesday: found, side, kind, life, here, car, word, every, under, most and math wkbk. pg. 144-148

Wednesday: made, said, says, say, work, our, more, when, from  form and Test B

Thursday: Review all words and Test B

Friday:Review phonograms and wkbk. pg. 149-153





Announcements

Class Book Exchange: During our world religions celebration on December 19th, we will have a class book exchange. Your child is welcome to bring a wrapped book (used or new) and will receive a new (to them) book in return!
Winter Dress Code: Winter dress code has begun! Shorts are longer permitted and girls must wear tights or knee socks with dresses.  Pants must be worn with belts.  Also, please ensure that your child wears black sneakers for P.E. (Monday and Thursdays).  Thank you!

Lunch Snacks: We are thankful to our PSO for selling snacks during lunch for students to purchase.  Snacks are typically 50 cents each so we recommend students who wish to participate to bring 50 cents to one dollar with them  to school.  Thank you!  

Homework survey: In an effort to provide a fruitful homework experience for our scholars, we rely on the feedback of our families. Please find the homework survey here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdiwa2O-PdfvbfEJ_tMkn7drot0erm-yOIA0LAgsO9lYdGibQ/viewform


Academics


Poem: Table Manners by Gelett Burgess  Idiom: The More The Merrier!

Spalding: This week we have 30 words Spelling Test on Friday!

Monday: why, bill, want, girls, girl, part, still, place, report, never

Tuesday: found, side, kind, life, here, car, word, every, under, most

Wednesday: made, said, says, say, work, our, more, when, from  form

phonograms: y, wh, ir, or, ou, er, r, ay, ai, o

Writing: Copy work and narration exercises will be from The Saturdays.

Grammar: We will practice writing complete sentences. Complete sentences must have a capital letter, punctuation mark, a subject, and a verb. We will also practice how to write with abbreviations and titles of respect. 

Math: This week’s form of measurement is capacity! Students will compare the capacity of two containers as well as estimate and measure capacity using non-standard units of measurement.

Literature:  We will journey through the four seasons with Frog and Toad as we read Frog and Toad All Year. Please ensure that your child has their copy at school to be read during class time.

History:  This week we will begin our unit on Mexico. The students will learn how to locate Mexico is relation to Canada and the United States. We will learn about the mix of Native American and Spanish heritage in Mexican culture as well as what tradition is and how a fiesta and piñata are important Mexican traditions.

Science: This week we will continue to learn about matter. We will study closely the different relationship between solids, liquids, and gasses. Scholars will complete two different experiments and observe chemical reactions such as evaporation and condensation. 

Week 22

Happy 3-day weekend, 1B families!  Thank you so much for the class birthday gift and kind cards! Your thoughtfulness made my birthda...