Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Weekly Update for 02/19/18


First Grade EXPO Project

Dear Parents,
The first grade students at CAES will be working on a special project during our Family Stories unit.  Each class will create a book containing real stories that show examples of EMPATHY.  To help with this project, we are asking you to do the following activity with your first grader:
·      Think of a time your family showed EMPATHY to others. Examples could be helping someone who is hungry, helping someone who is sick, showing kindness to new neighbors, or helping an elderly person. 
·      Only choose ONE family story that shows EMPATHY and record it on the graphic organizer.
·      Help your child fill out the attached form that describes the act of EMPATHY.  All three parts of the graphic organizer should be completed.
·      Once completed, your child will use this graphic organizer at school to write a story telling about the time his/her family showed EMPATHY.
·      The stories will be combined to make a class book that will be published and shared at our First Grade EXPO on April 17th!
·      Reminder - This is not just an individual showing empathy, but the family.
·      If your family hasn’t done this sort of activity, please consider planning a family activity that displays EMPATHY so your child is able to share their story in our classroom book.
·      Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
·      This graphic organizer needs to be completed and returned to school by February 27th or earlier.


____________________________’s Family Story showing EMPATHY
***Complete all three parts of the story by drawing and labeling.  Your child does not need to write sentences or try to write the story.  This will be done at school.***

Just in case there is any confusion re: the assignment, we added a sample story.  Please do not allow your child to use this example for their EMPATHY story. 

This example cannot be used by students: An example of a family story showing EMPATHY is…A mom, dad and first grade daughter noticed a new family moved into their neighborhood.  They also noticed that while the new neighbors were unpacking, their daughter sat outside alone.  The family decided to bake cookies for the new family, welcome them to the neighborhood and see if the little girls could play together one day. 

CHARACTERS AND SETTING-Part 1
In this box draw and label a picture showing your family members involved in an act of empathy and where this activity took place.
This example (used from the above story) cannot by used by students: The child could draw a picture of her family baking cookies.  A label would be above the location (kitchen) and the people involved (mom, dad, and daughter).





PROBLEM – Part 2
In this box, draw and label a picture to represent the problem your family solved.
This example (used from the above story) cannot be used by students:  The child could draw a picture of the new neighbors moving in and the their daughter sitting alone.  The child could label the people in the picture.






SOLUTION - Part 3
In this box, draw and label how your family showed EMPATHY.
This example (used from the above story) cannot be used by students: The child could draw a picture of the family giving cookies to the new neighbors, welcoming them to the neighborhood and the two little girls playing together.  The child could label all the people in the picture.










Food Drive
The SEARCH students are coordinating a school wide food drive. The non-perishable pantry items will be donated to the COP Food Bank to help our community.  Students may send in items beginning Monday, February 5.  The food drive will continue through Friday, March 9th.



What are we learning this week?
Reading SOL 1.9 The student will read and demonstrate comprehension of a variety of fictional texts.
b) Set a purpose for reading.
e) Ask and answer who, what, where, when, why, and how questions about what is read.
f) Identify characters, setting, and important events.

Writing SOL 1.13 The student will write to communicate ideas of a variety of purposes. 
a) Generate ideas.
b) Focus on one topic.
c) Revise by adding descriptive words when writing about people, places, things, and events.
d) Use complete sentences in final copies.
e) Begin each sentence with a capital letter and use ending punctuation in final copies.
f) Use correct spelling for commonly used sight words and phonetically regular words in final copies.
g) Share writing with others.

Math SOL  Equality
1.15 The student will demonstrate an understanding of equality through the use of the equal symbol.

Weekly Schedule

*Monday, February 19  No School

*Tuesday, February 20 Red Resource  312 Steps
Guest Speaker from Headstart

*Wednesday, Feb. 21 Orange Resource 316 Steps

*Thursday, Feb. 22   Yellow Resource 320 Steps
Jump Night @ CAES 6:00-7:30

*Friday, February 23 Green Resource 324 Steps
Guest Speaker from Christian Outreach

                Looking Ahead
*March 5-15  Spring Book Fair
*March 6th  2nd Grade Weather Expo Night (5:30) & Empty Bowls, Full Hearts Night (6:30) 
*March 7th  No School - Staff Development
*March 9th  Grand Lunch

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Weekly Update for 02/12/18


Valentine’s Day Cards
We will be celebrating Valentine’s Day on Wednesday, February 14.
Class Dojo. 
In an effort to help foster a “GREAT” classroom, we will begin using Class Dojo.  If you have not signed up for Class Dojo, please do so.  Let me know if you need another information sheet with your child’s specific log-in information.    
Food Drive
The SEARCH students are coordinating a school wide food drive. The non-perishable pantry items will be donated to the COP Food Bank to help our community.  Students may send in items beginning Monday, February 5.  The food drive will continue through Friday, March 9th.

IOW Comprehensive Plan.
Isle of Wight County is in the process of revising the IOW Comprehensive Plan.  The county has been conducting a series of public meetings to gather input from the community, which will be used to update the current plan.  The next public forum will focus on “Where and How Should We Grow?”  Please consider attending the last session to share your thoughts and ideas on the future of Isle of Wight County.  The meeting in our zone is Tuesday, Feb. 13at 3:30-5:00 and 6:30-8:00 in the Sentara St. Luke’s Medical Center Conference Room.


What are we learning this week?
Reading SOL 1.9 The student will read and demonstrate comprehension of a variety of fictional texts.
b) Set a purpose for reading.
e) Ask and answer who, what, where, when, why, and how questions about what is read.
f) Identify characters, setting, and important events.

Writing SOL 1.13 The student will write to communicate ideas of a variety of purposes. 
a) Generate ideas.
b) Focus on one topic.
c) Revise by adding descriptive words when writing about people, places, things, and events.
d) Use complete sentences in final copies.
e) Begin each sentence with a capital letter and use ending punctuation in final copies.
f) Use correct spelling for commonly used sight words and phonetically regular words in final copies.
g) Share writing with others.

Math SOL  Time
1.9  The student will investigate the passage of time and
a)   tell time to the hour and half-hour, using analog and digital clocks
b)   read and interpret a calendar

Weekly Schedule
*Monday, February 12 Orange Resource 292 Steps

*Tuesday, February 13 Yellow Resource 296 Steps   Donuts for Dad 7:45-8:15

*Wednesday, February 14 Green Resource 300 Steps
Valentine's Day

*Thursday, February 15 Blue Resource  304 Steps


*Friday, February 16 Purple Resource 308 Steps

                Looking Ahead
 Feb. 19  President’s Day – No School for Students and Staff
 Feb. 22  Jump Rope For Heart Night (6:00-7:30)
March 5-15  Spring Book Fair
March 6 2nd Grade Expo Night

Friday, February 2, 2018

Weekly Update for 02/05/18

Class Dojo. 
In an effort to help foster a “GREAT” classroom, we will begin using Class Dojo.  Attached to this memo is your child’s log-in information.  Please register by Monday, February 12.  As a class we will use this app to earn points for being “GREAT” citizens.  I will also occasionally use it to send out updates about our class. 
What does it mean to be a “GREAT” citizen?  A “GREAT” citizen shows the following:
Growth:  Do your choices show improvement in learning and/or implementing the routines, procedures and expectations of our school community?
Respect:  Do your action show that you value yourself, others and your environment?
Empathy:  Do your actions show understanding of another’s thoughts and feelings?
Accountability:  Do your actions show that you take ownership of your choices?
Trustworthiness:  Do you actions and words show integrity, honesty, and reliability?

Food Drive
The SEARCH students are coordinating a school wide food drive. The non-perishable pantry items will be donated to the COP Food Bank to help our community.  Students may send in items beginning Monday, February 5.  The food drive will continue through Friday, March 9th.

Valentine’s Day Cards
We will be celebrating Valentine’s Day on Wednesday, February 14.  Attached to the weekly memo for last week was a list of all the students in our class.  Please let me know if you didn't receive one.  If your child would like to bring in Valentine’s Day cards to share with the class, please make sure to include of our classmates.


What are we learning this week?
Reading SOL 1.9 The student will read and demonstrate comprehension of a variety of fictional texts.
b) Set a purpose for reading.
e) Ask and answer who, what, where, when, why, and how questions about what is read.
f) Identify characters, setting, and important events.

Writing SOL 1.13 The student will write to communicate ideas of a variety of purposes. 
a) Generate ideas.
b) Focus on one topic.
c) Revise by adding descriptive words when writing about people, places, things, and events.
d) Use complete sentences in final copies.
e) Begin each sentence with a capital letter and use ending punctuation in final copies.
f) Use correct spelling for commonly used sight words and phonetically regular words in final copies.
g) Share writing with others.

Math SOL  Time
1.9  The student will investigate the passage of time and
a)   tell time to the hour and half-hour, using analog and digital clocks
b)   read and interpret a calendar



        Weekly Schedule
*Monday, February 5     Yellow Resource 274 Steps

*Tuesday, February 6     Green Resource 278 Steps   

*Wednesday, February 7  Blue Resource   282 Steps
Report Cards Issued
Guest Speaker from Head Start

*Thursday, February 8    Purple Resource  286 Steps


*Friday, February 9       Red Resource    270 Steps
Snowball Dance 6:00-8:00 sponsored by the PTA

                Looking Ahead
  • Feb. 13 – “Donuts for Dads” (7:45 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.)
  • Feb. 19 – Presidents Day: No school