It was a beautiful day for a Reading Celebration! Many thanks go out to our parents who came in to share some books! This weekend, the saints will arrive! The children had so much fun assembling them today, and they look — well, bright — and definitely made by your child. They should be sent back to school by November 1 filled with “artifacts” that represent the saint’s life. The children are VERY excited about this. While making them today, I overheard many “saintly exchanges”!
In math, we will continue addition through missing addends and number bonds. The children have added some new math words to their vocabulary — addends and sums. They know that these are the same as parts and wholes. We will find words with the short “o” sound, and identify the characters, setting, problem and solutions in a narrative. In science, we will look at the life cycle of a pumpkin through the story “Pumpkin Jack”. We’ll continue to find out why leaves change color.
In religion, we will have a special unit on the sanctity of life. We will discuss that all people are treasured and respected at every stage of their lives, from birth to death. To support this unit, we will do two things. The organization, BIRTHRIGHT, offers assistance to expectant mothers and their babies. In first grade, we are asking for a small donation to send to Birthright of Manassas. We would appreciate a donation of $1 per child to support this organization. Please send it in an envelope by Monday if you care to donate. We will also make cards for my father-in-law, who recently celebrated his 98th birthday! He will be thrilled to receive the children’s well wishes!
Our trip to the zoo is next Thursday. Look for a letter to come home on MONDAY with the details.
Please remember to send back the nightly reading books. They should be returned in the blue folders each day.
We still have a sweatshirt (size S) and now TWO girls’ sweaters (size YS) in our classroom. Are you missing these items? Both are unmarked. With the colder weather coming, PLEASE, PLEASE mark your children’s clothing, coats, etc. in permanent marker with the current owner!!
Next week’s words are as follows: (PLEASE NOTE: due to the short week next week, we will explore these features and words for TWO WEEKS. The test will be Friday, November 4, but there will be homework each night.)
Yellow – “ill” “ell” “all” word families
drill small spill still shell smell chill well tall will call mill
Purple — “ad” “ed” “ab” and “ob” word families with beginning blends (pay special attention to practicing those “b’s” and “d’s”!)
sled cab glob glad shed grab blob tab pad led bad sob
Orange -short “a” and “i” with initial blends
spin skip grill brat slap slam drag slid crab flip drip cram
Green — short vowels with final blends oddball
half dust left list nest tusk mask soft milk fist help raft
Enjoy the crisp fall weather this weekend,
Thursday, October 27 — Field trip to the Zoo
Thursday, October 27 — end of first quarter
Friday, October 28 — no school, professional development