Friday, April 28, 2017

Animal Project, Free Dress Days, and Pictures!

Hello First grade families,

I can't believe it's almost May! Here are our classroom updates and upcoming events for May. The biggest announcement is our Animal Project. See below for details.

Free Dress Days: Our two free dress days (earned from the technology fundraiser) are Wednesday, May 10th and Wednesday May 17th. For our class, I am asking for no costumes or pajamas. Please no open-toed shoes. Athletic wear (jerseys, athletic shorts/pants) and regular t-shirts/jeans, etc. are acceptable. If you have any more raised money to turn in, our last day for the fundraiser is May 1st!

Annual Perception Survey: Please complete the annual survey before May 7th. Our staff looks at the surveys very closely to help improve our school!

Animal Project: Please note: Students will choose their animals on Monday.

Animal Habitat Project and Presentation
Your assignment is to research one animal (chosen in class) and present about that animal in front of the class. We will work on research at school and a rough draft will come home on May 18th. The final report is an at-home project due May 31st. The final report should be written on Riggs paper in your best handwriting. The length should be between one and two paragraphs. We will write one paragraph in class and the second paragraph is optional. You are welcome to do more research at home.

Presentation: We will create masks in Art class for the animal you are presenting about. You may dress up more like your animal on that day. Please practice reading your report at home for your presentation. We will also have a parade on that day around the school!

Due Date and Presentation Date: May 31st  (Presentations at 12:30 and 3:00. Parade at 1:00)

Requirements for Report Content:
  1. Name the type of habitat the animal is found in (forest, underground, desert, ocean, etc) and why this animal is suited for this habitat
  2. Classify the animal according to what it eats (herbivore, carnivore, omnivore)
  3. Describe where in the food chain the animal resides. (What it eats and what eats it)
Optional: Explain the dangers to this animal’s environment or potential destruction.

Requirements for Written Report Structure and Format:
  1. Begin sentences with a capital letter and end them with a period.
  2. Writing is legible and spaced correctly.
  3. Identify title and authors of each resource used (1 or 2).

1 (Poor)
2 (Fair)
3 (Good)
4 (Excellent)
Written report structure
Displays little or no understanding of capitalization or ending with appropriate punctuation.
Makes errors in capitalization, punctuation, and spelling which distract from the meaning of what is written.
Makes occasional errors in capitalization, punctuation, and spelling.
Consistently begins sentences with a capital letter and ends with a period. Uses correct spelling for frequently used words.
Written report format
Unable to identify titles or authors used. Writing is difficult to read. Leaves little spacing between words.
Identifies a title or author of resources used. Leaves spacing between some words.
Identifies some titles and authors of resources used. Leaves spacing between most words.
Identifies title and author of each resource used. Leaves spacing between words.
Shows difficulty communicating facts and does not speak clearly.
Speaks somewhat clearly and is somewhat hard to hear. Speaks with an uneven voice or tone.
The presentation has all required elements. The presentation can be heard clearly.
All required elements are present, plus the presentation can be heard. Additionally, extra elements have been presented or added to the presentation.
Upcoming Events:
PTA Parent Information Night on Internet Safety: May 9th @ 6:30pm
PTA Menchie's Night Out May 11th, 3:30-8pm
Field Trip Friday: May 19th
No School for Memorial Day: May 29th
Animal Presentations and Parade: May 31st
Diffendoofer Day/Field Day: June 5th
USO Show/Fly-up/Last Day: June 6th

Working in groups to count different materials in Math:

 Learning about static electricity with balloons:

Exploring Rocks in our classroom:

Field trip to Rice NW Rock Museum:

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Spring Concert Reminders, New Core unit, and Field Trips!

Hello First grade families,

Spring Concert:
The K-8 Spring Concert is this Thursday! You may arrive at school between 6:00 and 6:10. The concert will start at 6:30. Please dress your child in their normal school uniform for the nighttime performance. There will also be a dress rehearsal at 1:00 with the whole school which parents are welcome to attend!

Core Knowledge Unit:
Our Core Knowledge unit this month is Matter, Electricity, and Earth's Rocks. If you have something you would like to show the class or have your child bring in to show the class this month, that would be great. We especially like looking at rock collections and identifying the rocks! We are learning about electricity this week and will begin with rocks next week.

Last Two Field Trips:
Our last two field trips are April 21st to the Rice NW Rock Museum and May 19th to Zenger Farm. Thank you to everyone who signed up to chaperone for these trips. The list is on the sign-up genius if you forgot! Please let me know if you cannot make it, so that other parents may sign up! LINK

Jamba Juice Fundraiser:

Jamba Juice cards will be available until APRIL 13TH

$6820 raised so far!

How it works:
  • Decide how many Jamba Juice discount cards you want.
  • Send in your order form with payment and specify whether your cards should be sent home with your children or held in the office for you to pick up.
  • Use each discount card to buy up to 8 medium smoothies for the discounted price of $3 each (normally $5 - $6) and one free small smoothie, a savings of over $20 per card.
Each Jamba Juice discount card is $10 and $5 goes directly back to our school! All proceeds from this fundraiser will be used to upgrade our technology. As the school wins, so do students…
  • $10,000 raised = a laptop cart + 2 free dress days!
    $20,000 raised = a laptop cart + smart boards + document cameras + 4 free dress days!
Order forms were sent home. They are also available in the office and classrooms. Donations in lieu of card purchases are welcome.
Everybody loves smoothies - please share with all your family and friends. Thank you for your support!

Upcoming Events:
Coffee in the Library with Mrs. Macy April 13th at 8:00am
Spring Concert: April 13th 1:00pm and 6:30pm
MAP Testing: April 17th and 18th
Field Trip Friday: April 21st
PTA Meeting: May 9th
Field Trip Friday: May 19th
No School for Memorial Day: May 29th:
Diffendoofer Day/Field Day: June 5th
USO Show/Fly-up/Last Day: June 6th


Signing the Declarations of Independence with a feather pen:

Field Trip to the Audubon Society:

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Field trip next week, Spring Concert, and so many pictures!

Hello First grade families,

This month is flying by! I can't believe we only have one more week until spring break! I hope you are all having a good week (and staying dry!) Here are our updates for the upcoming weeks.

Field Trip: Next week we have a "bonus" (non-Friday) field trip on Thursday, March 23rd to go visit the Audubon Society. This relates to our upcoming Core Knowledge unit (in May) about living things and their environments. Please make sure your child brings a lunch from home, as well as a waterproof jacket, good shoes (rainboots are ok to change into) and a water bottle. 

Spring Concert: The students will be performing twice on April 13th. One performance is at 1:00pm and one is at 6:30pm. You will be receiving more information from Mrs. Pridey about the dress code and time to show up that night. I heard the first graders singing today in Music class and they sound amazing!

Jamba Juice Technology Fundraiser: Thank you for your flexibility on Monday when we had a surprise assembly about this exciting fundraiser. Flyers will go out tomorrow with more information. The fundraiser will take place from March 16th-April 13th. 

Here are the details: Purchase a $10 Jamba Juice discount card and $5 goes directly back to our school. Every cent will be used for technology! As the school wins so do students! When students raise $10,000 they  earn a laptop cart (A class set of laptop computers with cart that classes can utilize) for the school and 2 free dress days! $20,000 raised earns a laptop cart, smartboards and document cameras plus 4 free dress days!

Upcoming Events:
March Field Trip (Thursday): March 23rd
Spring Break: March 27th-31st
MAP Testing: April 5th & April 10th
Spring Concert: April 13th 1:00pm and 6:30pm
Field Trip Friday: April 21st

Solar System Pictures: We had an amazing set of projects this year! Here are some pictures from our Solar System Unit:

Marshmallow Constellations:

Field Trip Day (OMSI, park, and Oreo Moon phases)

Guest Speakers Mr. Lee and Mr. Sou speak about astronauts and rockets

Solar System projects: