Today your child is bringing home a set of paper dominoes. Please encourage them to play Domino Top It with someone. Each person picks up a domino and adds the two sides together. The person with the higher sum takes both dominoes. This is a great way to practice math facts. After several times they should be able to recognize dot patterns and know how many without counting and also remember some math facts without counting or adding on. Continue to have you child reread any paper readers that come home. They include sight words we are practicing and letter patterns. I have seen wonderful progress from each student already this year. Thank you for your support at home!
This week we have been reading a variety of books with the same story line as The Three Little Pigs. We talked about the characters, settings, and events in these stories. We compared them to each other. Another topic of discussion were the shelters that each of them made. We talked about why some were better than others to withstand the enemy in the story. Today each group of students were given the same supplies with the directions to make a strong shelter that can stand up to the big bad wolf trying to blow it down (my hairdryer). They had one hour to complete their shelter.
"I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house down!"
All of the houses stayed standing on the low setting and everyone that dared the high setting withstood the blowdryer as well! We all agreed that this was a fun project!
I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! Hopefully with the long break everyone will come back rested and healthy.
This week in reading we will be working on the last of the short vowels. After this week we will be introducing ending and beginning blends, long vowels, and vowel patterns. Please continue to practice spelling words, sight words, and sentence reading on the sheet that comes home on Mondays. Also continue rereading the paper books that are sent home.
In math we will soon be including a dime into our nickel and penny counting. Challenge your child by having them count a handful of coin combinations and then trade for fewer or fewest coins.
We finished our habitats unit in science. I hope your child shared their habitat project with you a couple of weeks ago. They also used an app on the ipads called SeeSaw to take a picture of their project and record themselves telling about it.
*Thursday, October 25: Vet Clinic Field Trip: We will be walking to Lake Country Vet Clinic for a field trip. Please have your child prepared for cold weather (coat, hat, gloves). We will walk unless it is raining. Permission is covered by a blanket form signed at the beginning of the school year for trips in Albany.
*Halloween Party: October 31: We will have a party and parade around the school. Please send your child's costume in a separate bag to help stay organized.
This year we will have parties on Halloween, Valentines, & Christmas. I will ask some kids to bring treats for each party (you would've already received a note if you were on for Halloween). Some folks still like to send a treat even if they aren't on for something, and that is okay.
*Please continue to help your child work on telling time to the hour and counting combinations of nickels and pennies. We just reviewed adding and subtracting, so fact practice is also great to work on.
*No spelling or speak-up this week.
*No school Thursday, October 18 or Friday, October 19.
*Check out the pictures tab on my website. I will try to add more pictures each month.
*Please continue to count money (nickels and pennies). Try also trading for fewest coins. Practice telling time on a clock to the hour and half hour. Remember to log into Moby Max for practice in math facts and other areas.
*Picture Retakes are Oct. 24. Pictures should be arriving this week.
It is that time again!! You can order yearbooks until February 1. Use the link below.
*Walkathon: The Walkathon went great! We did end up having it inside at the BECC. We are so fortunate to have such a wonderful place to use.
*Clocks: This coming week I will send home a paper clock we made in class. Please keep this clock for practice for the rest of the year. Right now we are working on very basic things. Please help your child tell the difference between the hour & minute hand and tell time to the hour.
*Apple Crunch, October 11: Our school is participating in the Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch. The Great Apple Crunch is promoting that schools, early care and education sites, hospitals, and other organizations care about supporting Minnesota agriculture, farmers and farmworkers. We will "crunch" apples on Thursday, October 11 at Noon. Have your child wear a flannel/plaid shirt if they'd like to!
*Weather: As the weather fluctuates, please make sure your child has a jacket, hat & gloves each day. If you'd like, they can leave extras on the top shelf of his/her locker.
*Book Fair Volunteer Opportunity from Ms. Eibensteiner:
I'm gathering a team volunteers to help out at our upcoming Scholastic Book Fair, and I would like to invite you to help out by cashiering at the book fair. It really is easy and fun!
Please take a moment to view our sign-up sheet. Spread the word to your friends and invite them to help us have the best Book Fair ever!
If you need to contact me, please use the email address below. Thank you!
*Reading- Today your child will bring home a weekly practice sheet. These will come home at the beginning of each week. Practice reading this sheet throughout the week. It also contains the spelling words. Please practice those words too. Spelling tests are on Fridays unless it is a short week. Keep these sheets so that your child can go back and review as needed.
*Math- Keep counting by 2's, 5's and 10's. You can also have them count backwards with those same patterns. We have started on Moby Max with our Math facts. A parent sheet will come home later this week letting you know how to log on from home.
*Conferences- Purple slips with your conference date and time will be sent home on Tuesday, October 2.
*Friday, October 5- Walk-a-Thon (Please dress for the weather) *1st Spelling test
*Early Dismissal Day
Our first graders have made a lot of progress already and are adjusting to their new schedule. Please continue to practice letter sounds and sight words. Next week there will be a whole packet for your child to practice. You can choose to do a different page each day, or the same one until they can read it easily. You may need more than one week to complete this packet. In math we are working on tally marks, counting by 5’s and 2’s, and number writing.
A conference sign up sheet came home in your child’s backpack yesterday. Please select several days and hours that work for you. We will need these back by Tuesday, September 25. Later next week you will get a date and time for your conference. I look forward to seeing you soon!
Next week is Homecoming Week! We will be celebrating with something special each day.
Monday 24-Yellow Day
Tuesday 25-Mismatch and Pattern Day (stripes, plaid, polka-dot)
Wednesday 26-Wacky Hair Day
Thursday 27-Tie Dye Day
Friday 28- Spirit Day- wear your Huskie gear
Our Walk-a-thon kick-off is this week Friday. Look for an envelope in your child’s backpack with information. The walk-a-thon is scheduled for the morning of Friday, October 5.
Remember to sign up for 100 mile club by tomorrow, Friday Sept 7. Walking starts on Monday, Sept. 10th. Students can walk from 7:30-8AM on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. They can walk/run as much as they'd like and can go to breakfast at 7:45am. There are 2 staff members available, they will let students know when they can go to breakfast.
Look for black and white paper "Readers" to collect each week. There is one coming home today titled, “I Like To.” Students in the past like to save them in a shoebox, at home, to reread for extra practice. If your child reads their book to you, please sign it and return it to school for me to see. They can collect one sticker for every book read. The book will be sent home after I have starred your signature to show the sticker was received.
School pictures are scheduled for Thursday, September 13. The envelopes are coming home today with directions on ordering. Everyone will get their picture taken for the yearbook regardless of whether you order or not.
Thank you for all your support!
*The first day of school was so much fun! I bet everyone will be tired tonight. The kids were troopers.
*Website: http://albanyfirstgrade.weebly.com This year I will be sending updates through my blogpost on my website. I will email you a link to the website each time I post an update. Check out my website!
*Please check your child's purple Huskie take home folder daily for important information. If you need to send a note to school, please put it in this folder as I check them each morning. Please remind your child to bring this folder back and forth daily.
*If your child has a change in his/her regular afternoon routine, please send a note or call the office. If you email, please email a couple of days in advance because I often don’t get to my email until after the school day is over.
*Please note that we will not have snack time this year due to our lunch time. Free breakfast is available everyday starting at 7:50AM and ending at 8:10.
*Every Friday is school spirit day! Dress in ‘Albany Huskies' clothes or purple & white.
*Albany Elementary has a recycling program called Trash 2 Cash. Students are encouraged to bring in the following items to promote recycling and raise money for their school! Items such as GoGo squeeze pouches get sent to a company where they are up-cycled into other materials. The goal of the company is to keep plastic out of landfills. Pop tabs will be donated to the Ronald McDonald house. Thanks for collecting!
-Box Tops for Education
-Country Hearth Bread bags (UPC codes)
-GoGo squeeze pouches
-Pop Cans/Pop Tabs
-Kwik Trip Milk Caps