Valentine's Day and more announcements!

Posted by Clarke McGibben on 2/11/2022 3:30:00 PM

Hello First Grade Families,


We had an exciting week celebrating the 100th day of school! On Tuesday, we created a 100 cup tower as a group. We worked together, rolling a die for each child to determine how many cups they would add, and we managed to not knock it down the whole day! Children had to communicate with each other while taking turns to make sure the tower would keep standing and rise up. Please read below for important information and important dates.


Monday is Valentine's day! Please have your child bring their valentines (without food or candy!) in the morning. In the afternoon, we will exchange cards before the end of the day. Children will get to open each card at home. The list of names went out on Monday, both in email and through a letter on pink paper put in each backpack. If you have any questions, please let me know.


Next weeks special is PE! Please provide a separate pair of shoes for your child. Also, waterbottles! 


Thanks to the families that purchased items from my wish list on Amazon! A few things came without names…if you didn’t receive a thank you from me, that is why. Please reach out if you purchased items and didn’t hear from me. We are all enjoying our new items in class. From books to a new high-frequency word chart, all the purchases are helping our young readers and scholars! 


In ELA, for those who don’t spend Literacy with Ms. Ellison, we are finishing our unit on “The Family Tree” and “Arbor Day.” To celebrate family, we are studying poetry, cinquain poems to be exact. Syllable cinquain poems have five lines and 22 syllables (2-4-6-8-2). We’ve been working hard on our syllable counting! These poems will be finished next week so stay tuned.


In math, we are finishing up Lesson 13 and will begin Lesson 14 next week. Look for the family letter coming home on what that unit focuses on. 


Black History Month news…we finished “The ABC’s on Black History” on Thursday. Over the next week, we will be learning about Harriet Tubman, Jackie Robinson, and more! Soon we will read “Henry’s Freedom Box” a true story, and high-quality children’s picture book, about a slave that escaped to freedom. 


Have a wonderful weekend!


Ms. McGibben 

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