Thursday, January 10, 2019

January 11 Newsletter


Mrs. Bali’s First Grade News
January 11, 2019

Review of our week:
         This week I have spent some time assessing and doing some reviewing where we needed it. In Math we finished up related facts and will be starting our next chapter on place value. We also started a new unit in our CKLA skills.  We are reading informational text about animals that live in a zoo.  

Math Groups:
         In First grade we have been doing some math groups.  We gave a common assessment with addition problems up to 20.  We then divided them into groups. One teacher is working with the students who could use a little more help with counting on and the other 2 teachers are working with the kids who understand it and just need fluency practice.
         As First Grade teachers we went through the core and decided and what was the most important math and reading concepts we wanted them to know by the end of the year.  In our math groups we are working on these skills. 

Homework:
         After your child has finished reading their book, I would like you to have them tell you what happened in the book and also ask them some questions to clarify.  Most of them are getting to the point where they can decode very well, now we need to start working on comprehension and fluency. 
         I have packets of books on each reading level.  If you would be interested in some extra books for your child to read on their reading level, please let me know.

FYI’s:
* Keep saving your Box Tops. 

* Thanks for everything you have done. I really want to thank all of you who come in and read in the mornings.

Upcoming Events:
·      Monday, January 21 – No School (MLK)
·      Wednesday, January 23 – Celebrate Jonah’s Birthday
·      Friday, January 25 – Family Fun Day
·      Monday, January 28 – Celebrate Evelyn’s Birthday
·      Monday, January 28 – Family Fun Day (Blackburn)
·      Wednesday, January 30 – Celebrate Lucy’s Birthday
·      Friday, February 1 – Celebrate Hunter’s ½ Birthday
·      February 4-8 – SEP Week (School gets out at 2:30 every day, even Wednesday.)
·      Monday, February 4 – Celebrate Jonathan’s Birthday
·      Friday, February 8 – Celebrate Julia & Mrs. Bali’s Birthdays
·      Monday, February 18 – No School (President’s Day)
·      Tuesday, February 19 – Spelling Bee
·      Friday, February 22 – Family Fun Day
·      Friday, March 1 Family Fun Day
·      Friday, March 8 – End of Third Quarter
·      Friday, March 8 – Family Fun Day
·      March 11-12 – No School
·      Friday, March 15 – Spring Pictures
·      Friday, March 15 – Family Fun Day
·      Friday, March 22 – Family Fun Day
·      Wednesday, March 27 – Kindergarten Registration
·      Friday, March 29 – Family Fun Day


Friday, January 4, 2019

January 4 Newsletter


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Mrs. Bali’s First Grade News
January 4, 2019

Review of our week:
         In math this week we are still working on related facts.  We will take our test next week.
         We wrote some New Year Resolutions.  I have been really happy with the progress we are making in reading.  Almost everyone has moved up a level. If your child is reading on a J or higher, they won’t move levels in their take home book as often. 
                          
Book Orders:
         I am sending home the January Book Orders.  If you would like to order books, please return your order by Friday, January 11.  There is a link at the bottom of my email.

Spelling Bee:
         All of the information about the Spelling Bee is on the school website.

F.Y.I’s
*If you would like to do a Family Fun Day, please look at the dates and let me know if there is one that would work for you.    

*For this time of year your child needs to be on a F-G instructional reading level to be on track for being on grade level for the end of the year.  That means their take home books would be E-F.  Reading for the 20 minutes every night will make the biggest difference.

Upcoming Events:
·      Friday, January 11 – Family Fun Day
* Friday, January 11 - Toy day for PE (It has to fit inside their backpack.)
·      Monday, January 21 – No School (MLK)
·      Wednesday, January 23 – Celebrate Jonah’s Birthday
·      Friday, January 25 – Family Fun Day
·      Monday, January 28 – Celebrate Evelyn’s Birthday
·      Monday, January 28 – Family Fun Day (Blackburn)
·      Wednesday, January 30 – Celebrate Lucy’s Birthday
·      Friday, February 1 – Celebrate Hunter’s ½ Birthday
·      February 4-8 – SEP Week (School gets out at 2:30 every day, even Wednesday.)
·      Monday, February 4 – Celebrate Jonathan’s Birthday
·      Friday, February 8 – Celebrate Julia & Mrs. Bali’s Birthdays
·      Monday, February 18 – No School (President’s Day)
·      Tuesday, February 19 – Spelling Bee
·      Friday, February 22 – Family Fun Day
·      Friday, March 1 Family Fun Day
·      Friday, March 8 – End of Third Quarter
·      Friday, March 8 – Family Fun Day
·      March 11-12 – No School
·      Friday, March 15 – Spring Pictures
·      Friday, March 15 – Family Fun Day
·      Friday, March 22 – Family Fun Day
·      Wednesday, March 27 – Kindergarten Registration
·      Friday, March 29 – Family Fun Day

Friday, December 7, 2018

December 7 Newsletter


Mrs. Bali’s First Grade News
December 7, 2018

Review of our week:
         We have been doing some more fun Christmas things.  We read  Santa’s Stuck and wrote how we would help him get out, we also wrote letters to Santa. Santa even came to visit our class on Wednesday. Next week we are going to fill out an application to be one of Santa’s Elves, talk about Christmas in Australia (which is in the summer), made gingerbread men.  In math we are working on related facts. We will finish the chapter before Christmas break.

Reading:
         I know this time of year gets really busy, but it is so important that you make sure your child keeps reading the next couple of weeks. I really need you as parents to help your child with their reading, so they can make the progress they need to. At this point they should be doing most of that 20 minutes of reading.  If you would like some extra books for your child to read on their independent reading level, please let me know.
        
F.Y.I’s
         I just wanted to thank all of you for everything you do for our class and me.  I won’t be sending home a newsletter next week, so I hope you all have a Merry Christmas. Thanks to all the parents who helped with gingerbread houses and sent things to decorate them. 

Upcoming Events:
·      Friday, December 14 – Family Fun Day
·      Monday, December 17 – Celebrate Arinne’s Birthday
·      Tuesday, December 18 – Celebrate Bridget’s Birthday
·      Thursday, December 20 – Celebrate Zoey’s Birthday
·      Thursday, December 20 – Christmas Party 1:00
·      Thursday, December 20 – End of 2nd Quarter
·      Wednesday, January 2 – School starts again
·      Wednesday, January 2 – Celebrate Taevin’s Birthday
·      Friday, January 11 – Family Fun Day
·      Monday, January 21 – No School (MLK)
·      Wednesday, January 23 – Celebrate Jonah’s Birthday
·      Friday, January 25 – Family Fun Day
·      Monday, January 28 – Celebrate Evelyn’s Birthday
·      Wednesday, January 30 – Celebrate Lucy’s Birthday
·      Friday, February 1 – Celebrate Hunter’s ½ Birthday
·      Monday, February 4 – Celebrate Jonathan’s Birthday
·      Friday, February 8 – Celebrate Julia & Mrs. Bali’s Birthdays