Weekly Update #6

Hello Parents,

Your first grader had a super week at school!  We learned many new vocabulary words, practiced IXL, and completed our fall MAPs Reading Tests!  Please read about important reminders, upcoming dates, and other learning accomplishments below.

Vanessa’s Mom spoke about our Core Virtue of the Month: Perseverance!

Friendly Reminders

* The Jog-a-thon is just 1 week away!  Thank you for rallying sponsors and collecting donations!  I cannot wait to hear the results.  Since 10/19 is a half day, we will complete our Spelling Test on Thursday afternoon.  However, I will still collect Reading Logs and Spelling Homework on Friday. 

* We will be collecting BOX TOPS for education.  Please place box tops in a plastic bag, and place in the “right back to school” side of your child’s folder.  This is optional.

UnknownUpcoming Save the Dates

* OCT 19th:  Happy Birthday Mikayla!

* OCT. 19th: Jog-A-Thon! (HALF DAY)

* OCT. 31st: School-wide Halloween Parade and Fall Classroom Celebration (more details to come!)

* NOV. 1st: Last Day of the First Quarter (HALF DAY)

Curriculum Conversation Starters

(Ask your child the following questions about what we have learned this week! This is optional!)

1. What is the difference between a voluntary muscle and an involuntary muscle?

2. What is “saliva” and what does it do?

3. Name three adjectives to describe a puppy.  Name three adjectives to describe an ice cream cone.

4.  What is a “doubles” addition equation?

5.  If 8 + 5 = 13, then 13 – 5 = ?…If 3 + 9 = 12, then 12 – 9 = ?

6.  How did you show perseverance in school this week?  How did you show perseverance at home this week?

7.  Did your class fill the marble mug yet?!

8.  Who found Willy Wonka’s first Golden Ticket?

Thank you! And, enjoy your weekend!

– Mrs. Blackwood

Weekly Update #5

Dear Parents,

We completed another amazing week of learning (and fun!).  Please read about important reminders and upcoming dates below.

Friendly Reminders

* The OTA Jog-a-thon Fundraiser is in 2 weeks!  Please keep your pledge packet at home; we will collect all donations after the event.  Thank you for your support!

* Your child may access IXL from home. At this time, IXL homework is not required, only optional. If you are missing your child’s username and password, please contact me.

* We completed our Fall Session Math MAPs tests this week!  We will take our reading tests next week. I will present and discuss your child’s scores during conferences in November.

 

Upcoming Save the Dates

* OCT 9th: Picture Day!

* OCT. 19th: Happy Birthday Mikayla!  & the Jog-A-Thon (HALF DAY)

* OCT. 31st: School Halloween Parade and Classroom Fall Party…more details to come!

Curriculum Conversation Starters

(Ask your child the following questions about what we have learned this week! This is optional!)

1. Which body system protects your delicate organs and supports your body? (the skeletal system)

2. Which type of doctor takes care of children?

3. What is a noun?  Can you name 5 nouns?

4. Hector has 6 marbles in his left pocket.  He has some more marbles in his right pocket.  He has 13 marbles all together.  How many marbles does he have in his right pocket?  You may draw a picture and/or write an equation to discover the answer!

5. What is another name for your backbone?  What does your spine protect?

6.  Who was the fourth President of the United States? (James Madison) Was he the tallest or shortest U.S. President?

7.  Why does OTA have a Jog-a-thon every school year?  What is a fundraiser?

8.  Which Roald Dahl book is your class reading at the end of the day?

* Bonus!  What is our Core Virtue for the month of October? (Perseverance)  How will you persevere this month?  

– Mrs. Blackwood 

Weekly Update #4

Dear Parents and Guardians,

You should be so proud of your first grader!  We accomplished many learning tasks this week.  Next week, we will begin our first Science Unit on the Human Body!  Thank you for your continuous support and encouragement.  Here are some photos of us creating landforms with play-doh!

Friendly Reminders 

* We will complete our Fall MAPs Testing next week and the following week.  Please encourage your child to try his or her best!  We will view and discuss the results of the test during Fall Conferences.  

* The Jog-A-Thon is only 3 weeks away!  ALL of the following are due next Monday, October 1:

  • Drawing Contest submissions for JAT t-shirt
  • JAT Sponsorships: sponsors need to email and send company logo to [email protected]
  • Child Participation Form with shirt size (in JAT packet that was sent home in kid’s folders)

* Next week, we will complete our Quarter 1 PBL Activity!  You are welcome to visit our classroom on Thursday, 10/4 from 1:00-1:30. We will present in our classroom.   If you would like, you may take your child home after the presentation. 

Upcoming Save the Dates

* OCT. 1st:  Jog-A-Thon T-shirt designs and Participation Forms due

* OCT. 4th: PBL Presentation 1:00-1:30 

* OCT. 9th: Picture Day: Order forms are not required.  All students will have pictures taken for our yearbook.

* OCT 19th: Jog-A-Thon!  (HALF DAY)

Curriculum Conversation Starters

(Ask your child the following questions about what we have learned this week! This is optional!)

1. What did Lilly bring to school? (a purple plastic purse)

2. Who is your favorite Kevin Henkes character?  Why is he or she your favorite?

3. If Julius has 7 toys and Wemberly has 10, how many more toys does Wemberly have than Julius?

4. Who was the third President of the United States?  (Thomas Jefferson)  On which bill and coin does he appear?

5. How many continents are in our world?  Can you name them?  Which is the coldest?  Which is the biggest?

6. What questions do you have about the human body? (We will be learning about the human body next week!)

7. How were you respectful this week in school?  How were you respectful this week at home?

8.  What do you think will happen at the end of George’s Marvelous Medicine?!

Thank you! And, enjoy your weekend!

– Mrs. Blackwood

Weekly Update #3

Dear Parents,

Wow! Your first grader accomplished so much during the third week of school!  Today, we completed our first First Grade Spelling Test.  And, Police Officer Amber visited our classroom to teach us about responsibility!

Friendly Reminders

* Your child will receive a reading log and 8 spelling words in his or her take home folder each Monday. Please encourage your child to return the log on Friday.  Nightly spelling practice is optional.  

* You may order scholastic books here: https://clubs2.scholastic.com/  Our class code is PD8DX.  Of course, purchasing books from Scholastic is optional.  (We receive bonus points each time an order is placed.  I will use our bonus points to purchase more books for our classroom library!)  We will also gladly take any gently used books to add to our classroom library.  Thank you so very much for your donations thus far!

* Your child may access IXL from home.  IXL homework is not required, only optional.  If you misplaced your child’s username and password, please contact me via email.

Upcoming Save the Dates

* SEPT. 23rd: Happy Birthday Miles!

* SEPT. 24th: Substitute Teacher

Curriculum Conversation Starters

(Ask your child the following questions about what we have learned this week! This is optional!)

1. What is the setting of “The Fox and the Grapes”?  Can a story have more than one setting?

2. Who is the Noun Monster?  What does he like to eat?  Is “Coach Killacky” a noun?  Why or why not?  Is “pink” a noun?  Why or why not?

3. Who was the second President of the United States? (John Adams)  Where did he live? (The White House!)

4. Who was the special guest speaker on Monday? (Police Officer Amber)  What’s one way you can be responsible at school?  What’s one way you can be responsible at home?

5. Think about one of your classmates.  What country are his or her relatives from?

6. Are you excited about robotics?!  What do you hope to learn in robotics?

7. List 5 combinations of two numbers that add to 10.  (1+9, 2+8, etc.)

8. Do you think George’s Medicine will cure Grandma?!

Thank you!

– Mrs. Blackwood

Weekly Update #2

Hello Parents!

It was so nice to meet you on Back to School Night!  Every Friday, I will post a weekly update which will include the following:

  • Friendly Reminders and Announcements
  • Upcoming Save the Dates
  • Curriculum Conversation Starters

As always, please communicate with me by email with any questions, concerns, or ideas.

 

Friendly Reminders and Announcements

* Today, your child received a social studies assignment in his or her take home folder.  Please help your child complete the interview (on green paper).  He or she will share on Monday!

* Homework will begin next week!  Your child will receive a weekly reading log and 8 spelling words in their take home folder.  Please encourage your child to return his or her completed reading log each Friday. There is a list of suggested nightly spelling practice activities on the Homework Page These are optional.  We will have our first spelling test on Friday, 9/22!  IXL math practice is also recommended, not required.  

* I will be adding items to our Amazon Wishlist throughout the school year.  You may filter/sort the items from highest to lowest priority.  Thank you SO VERY MUCH for purchasing items for our classroom.

* You may order Scholastic books here: https://clubs2.scholastic.com/  at anytime.  Our class code is PD8DX.  Purchasing books from Scholastic is optional.  (We receive bonus points each time an order is placed.  I will use our bonus points to purchase more books for our classroom library!)

Upcoming Save the Dates

  • Monday, 9/17 – Happy Birthday Adaya!
  • Wednesday, 9/19 – Substitute Teacher
  • Sunday, 9/23 – Happy Birthday Miles!
  • Monday, 9/24 – Substitute Teacher

Curriculum Conversation Starters

(Ask your child the following questions about what we have learned this week! This is optional!)

1.  What is another word that means the same as “startled”?  Can you make a startled face?

2.  What lesson or moral did the milk maid learn? (“Don’t count your chickens before they hatch!”)

3. Why is it important to have neat handwriting?

4. What are 5 ways to make the number 10?  (1 + 9, 2 + 8, etc.)

5.  7 mice went to a mouse party.  4 more mice joined the mouse party.  How many mice were at the party in all?  Draw a picture and write numbers to show how you discovered the answer.  Write an addition equation to match the story.

6.  Who is the Desk Fairy?!

7.  Name one cool fact about George Washington.

8.  Why did George add brown shoe polish to his medicine?!

Thank you!  And, have a wonderful weekend.

– Mrs. Blackwood (Jenny)

Weekly Update #1

Dear Parents,

What a happy and successful first week of first grade!  I am so impressed by this class’ ability to adapt to a new learning environment.  So far, much of our time together has been spent learning routines, rules, and procedures.  You will learn more details about our routines, daily schedule, and behavior management system during Back to School Night.  We will also discuss volunteer opportunities in and out of the classroom.  In the meantime, if you have any pressing questions, ideas, or concerns, you may send an email at anytime.

Thank you again for purchasing supplies and materials from the Amazon Wish List.  We have everything we need for a successful year of learning!  Every so often, I will add items if our stock is running low.  As always, you are not required to buy supplies and materials for our class. 

Announcements & Friendly Reminders

  • Please check our classroom blog at least once a week.  I will create a blogpost each Friday, which will include announcements, reminders, upcoming save the dates, and questions you may ask your child about our learning objectives.  
  • The September Scholastic Catalog is in your child’s take home folder.  You may order Scholastic Books at anytime online.  Click the PARENTS button to get started!  Our class code is PD8DX.  We receive bonus points for each purchase!  I will use bonus points to purchase learning materials and books for our classroom.
  • Homework will not be given until the 3rd week of school.  Students will complete a reading log and study spelling words each week.  We will discuss in more detail during BTS Night!
  • Please return your child’s emergency bag and medical record papers (blue and white) to school as soon as possible.  

Upcoming Save the Dates

  • THURSDAY  9/13 6:00-6:25pm BTS Night Session 1, 6:30-6:55pm BTS Night Session 2 (You may attend either session.  I will give the same presentation twice.)

Curriculum Conversation Starters 

(You may ask your child these questions over the weekend to learn more about what we are learning in school!  This week’s questions are mostly about classroom routines and expectations.)

  1. Why is it important to bring your folder to school each day?
  2. What instrument does Mrs. Blackwood play before the Morning Meeting? (the triangle)
  3. What is a 4S Line? (silent, smiling, still, and straight!)
  4. What did you learn in Music class this week?
  5. Why was Grover scared of the end of the book? (because there was a monster!)
  6. When does Mrs. Blackwood open the music box?  What happens if there is music left at the end of the day?
  7. Describe George’s Grandma. 
  8. WHO is Mrs. Tackywood?!

Thank you again for your continuous support.  I feel grateful for the opportunity to teach your child.  This will be the best year yet!

Mrs. Blackwood

[email protected]

 

 

Welcome to the First Grade!

Hello Parents!

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I will be your child’s first grade teacher for the 2018-2019 school year.  We have such an exciting year ahead of us, filled with fun, exploration, and learning!

This will be my fourth year working at Old Town Academy, and my tenth year teaching first grade.  

We will be working together throughout the year to foster a fabulous first grade community.

I have been working diligently to set up a beautiful learning environment for your chid. Thank you so very much for your donations so far! 

This school year, classmates will be sharing a set of community supplies.  Please do not purchase individual supplies for your child to use at school.

If you wish to contribute to our class set of supplies, please view our Amazon Wish List. You may “filter/sort” items based on priority.  The items will be shipped directly to our school, and our office manager will receive the items and send them to our classroom. You may purchase items at anytime throughout the school year!

You may purchase an item directly from Amazon OR purchase the same item from another store.  *** If you do purchase the item from another store, please be sure to select the exact name brand and quantity of the item.

It is not mandatory to purchase community supplies for our classroom this year.  However, the average cost of individual first grade student supplies can total $50 – $100.  Please consider contributing to our community supplies.  We very much appreciate any and all contributions!

There will be many opportunities to help in addition to our wish list!  I will include volunteer information in Weekly Update #1.  Weekly Updates will be posted every Friday afternoon.  

I am grateful for your help and support.  And, I am looking forward to meeting you and your child very soon!  You are welcome to email me at anytime with questions, concerns, or introductions!

[email protected]

Best Regards,

Mrs. Blackwood

 

Weekly Update #35

Happy Week #35!  The Field Trip was amazing!  Please email any photos from our trip.  Thank you!

Friendly Reminders

* Next week, your child will look forward to second grade by creating a “vision board ” collage.  We would love to use your old magazines or newspapers.  Thank you for your donations!

Upcoming Save the Dates

* JUNE 7th: Field Day! Happy Birthday Max!

* JUNE 8th: Presidents Presentation (1st Show- 8:45   2nd Show- 1:00)  Happy Birthday Savannah!

* JUNE 14th: Awards Ceremony and Summer Birthdays Party (more details to come…)  Happy Birthday Reya!

* JUNE 15th: The Last Day of School! (HALF DAY)

Curriculum Conversation Starters

(Ask your child the following questions about what we have learned this week! This is optional!)

1. Why is Daniel Boone called a “trailblazer”?

2. Where are the Appalachian Mountains located?

3. Define “pioneer”.  Who do you consider to be a pioneer?

4. Mr. C. cuts an apple pie in four equal parts.  He eats one part.  What fraction of the apple pie did he eat?

5. Draw a rectangle.  Divide the rectangle into 3 equal parts.  Shade one part.  What fraction of the rectangle is shaded?

6. How did the widow Minna Shaw trick Mr. Spivey?

7. What did you learn during the field trip?

8. Describe The Twits home and garden.

See you next week!

– Mrs. Blackwood

Weekly Update #34

Holy Moly! Only 3 more weeks of 1st Grade left!  This week was amazing (as usual!)…Next week, we will complete the Spring Reading MAPs test.  Thank you for your continuous support.

Friendly Reminders

* Our Spring Field Trip is Friday, June 1st!  We will visit The Historic Balboa Theatre to see The Aloha Friends Presentation! 

Field Trip Schedule:

8:30 Chaperones- Please meet in our classroom

8:45 Departure from OTA 

9:30-11:00 Aloha Friends Presentation

11:15 Return to OTA (Chaperones- You have the option of taking your child home at this time.)

We will eat lunch during our normal time in the school cafeteria.  You do not need to pack a sack lunch for this field trip.  

Upcoming Save the Dates

* MAY 28th: Memorial Day Holiday (No School)

* MAY 30th and MAY 31st: Spring Reading MAPs Testing

* JUNE 1st: Field Trip!

* JUNE 7th: Field Day (more details to come…)

* JUNE 8th: Presidents Presentation

Curriculum Conversation Starters

(Ask your child the following questions about what we have learned this week! This is optional!)

1. Why did Ben Franklin cut his glasses in half?

2. Where is the Liberty Bell located?

3.  Are you ready for the Reading MAPs test?  What are three things you can do to prepare for the test?

4. Define “justice”.

5. On Friday, you completed the 164th day of first grade!  There are 178 days in the school year…how many days of school are left?

6. Find 3 cylinders, 2 spheres, and 1 rectangular prism in your home.

7. What was your favorite part of the Field Trip?!

8. How will you honor our military on Memorial Day?

I hope you have a relaxing 3 day weekend!

– Mrs. Blackwood

Weekly Update #33

Dear Parents and Families,

Another impressive week has gone by; thanks for your continuous support!

Friendly Reminders

* We will complete our Spring Math MAPs test this week!  Please alert me if your child will be absent on Wednesday or Thursday of this week.  MAPs results will be sent home in take home folders, before the end of the school year.  

* Our Spring Field Trip is Friday, June 1st!  We will see The Classics 4 Kids “Aloha Friends” Presentation at The Balboa Theatre.  Please complete the permission form, and send the entry fee to school as soon as possible.  If you would like to chaperone, please include the additional entry fee (first come, first served!)

Upcoming Save the Dates

* MAY 23rd and 24th: Spring Math MAPs Test

* MAY 28th: Memorial Day (No School!)

* MAY 30th and MAY 31st: Spring Reading MAPs Test

* JUNE 1st: Field Trip to The Balboa Theatre!

Curriculum Conversation Starters

(Ask your child the following questions about what we have learned this week! This is optional!)

1. Which European country helped the colonists during the American Revolution? (France)

2. What did George Washington want to do after the war?  What was he called to do instead?

3. Compare and contrast two 3-dimensional shapes.

4. List 3 attributes which do not change a shape. (color, size, position)

5. Are you ready for the MAPs Tests?  What can you do to prepare for your tests?

6. Which First Lady do you admire?  Why do you admire her?

7. Who was the 44th President?  Which superhero’s comic books did he collect? (Spiderman!)

8.  What do the Giants get during feeding time?!

Happy weekend!

– Mrs. Blackwood

Weekly Update #32

Happy Week #32!  With only 5 weeks left in the school year, we are working hard to prepare for second grade.

Thank you for the amazing gifts, delicious luncheon, and heartfelt notes.  I feel appreciated!

Friendly Reminders

* Next Friday 5/18, your child may wear his or her PJ’s to school!  We filled up our Marble Jar, and we will celebrate by watching a movie and eating popcorn!  Please sign & return the PG-13 Movie Permission form. It will be in your child’s take home folder next week.  If you would like to donate popcorn, please contact me by email.  Thank you!

* Does your child have small toys that he or she no longer plays with?  Please consider donating small prizes to our treasure box!  Items must be small enough to fit inside of the treasure box.  

Upcoming Save the Dates

* MAY 18th: PJ Day!

* MAY 28th: Memorial Day (No School)

Curriculum Conversation Starters

(Ask your child the following questions about what we have learned this week! This is optional!)

1. Why did the Sons of Liberty dump boxes of tea into the Boston Harbor?

2. How did Paul Revere help the Minutemen?

3. Who did the Continental Congress choose to write the Declaration of Independence?

4. If the hour hand is on the 3, and the minute hand is on the 12…what time is it?

5. If the hour hand is between the 7 and the 8, and the minute hand is on the 6…what time is it?

6. What is our core virtue for the month of May? (Joy!)  

7.  Who was the 42nd President of the United States? (Bill Clinton) What instrument does he play?

8.  Did the Queen of England have the nightmare?!  

Enjoy the Weekend!

– Mrs. Blackwood

Weekly Update #31

Good Afternoon Parents,

We had another amazing week of First Grade!  

Friendly Reminders

 

* This is the last call for Scholastic Book Orders!  Our class code is:PD8DX  We receive bonus points for each order, which I use to purchase books for our classroom library.  Thank you for your support!  You may place orders here: https://clubs.scholastic.com/home

Upcoming Save the Dates

 

* MAY 11th: Talent Show! 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM

* MAY 18th: Marble Jar Reward Day: PJ’s, Popcorn, and Movie Party!

* MAY 28th: Memorial Day (No School!)

Curriculum Conversation Starters

(Ask your child the following questions about what we have learned this week! This is optional!)

1. How many magic marbles did your class earn this week?!

2. Does all poetry rhyme?  

3. Do you like writing poetry?  Why or why not?

4. Which is longer: 1 inch or 1 centimeter?

5. What can you use to measure the length of your foot?

6. Are you looking forward to the Talent Show?!

7. Who was the 41st President of the United States? (George Bush)  He was born in 1924, how old is he now?

8. What does Sophie want the Queen of England to dream?

I hope you have an enjoyable weekend!

– Mrs. Blackwood

Weekly Update #30

We had such a joyful week!  Thank you Jennifer Darby for sharing your special Earth Day tea blend with our class!  

Friendly Reminders

* There are many opportunities to volunteer during the month of May.  Check out our Volunteer Opportunities page.  If you are interested in volunteering during a time that is not listed, we can fit you in!  Thank you for all of your help!

Upcoming Save the Dates

* APR. 30th – MAY 2nd: Substitute Teacher

* MAY 11th: Talent Show! (more details to come…)

Curriculum Conversation Starters

(Ask your child the following questions about what we have learned this week! This is optional!)

1.  Describe the settings, characters, problem, and solution of the story “Mossy”.

2. Who is Jan Brett?  Name 2 stories she has written.

3. Put the following animals in order from shortest to longest: elephant, hamster, cheetah

4. What could you use to measure the height of your water bottle?

5. Describe a Mexican tradition.

6. Why is it important to take care of our Planet Earth?

7.  Who was the 39th President of the United States? (Jimmy Carter)  What did he do before he became President? (He was a peanut farmer!)

8.  What kind of dream is a “trogglehumper”?

Have a marvelous weekend!

– Mrs. Blackwood

Weekly Update #29

Hi Parents and Happy Grandparents’ Day!

This month is packed with special events and exciting happenings!  Please continue to communicate your questions, ideas, and concerns.  I am grateful for your cooperation so far this school year.  See our friendly reminders and upcoming save the dates below…

Friendly Reminders

* On Monday 4/23, we will walk and clean up in front of the school building (and across the street) from 2:15-2:30.  Optional: Please send small buckets or mini-trash cans with your child on Monday.  (Please do not purchase items…we can share!)  Volunteers are welcome!  You may take your child home after the activity.  

Upcoming Save the Dates

* APR. 21st: The Annual OTA Wine Gala! 

* APR. 23rd:  Earth Day Activity

* APR. 25th and 26th: Talent Show Auditions at 3:15

* APR. 30th – May 2nd: Substitute Teacher

Curriculum Conversation Starters

(Ask your child the following questions about what we have learned this week! This is optional!)

1. How do most fairy tales begin?  How do most fairy tales end?

2. In the story of Sleeping Beauty, why was the 13th fairy furious?

3. Mental Math!  30-20=  90-30=  70-10=

4. What did you like best about Grandparents’ Day?

5. What book did you read with your 5th grade buddy this week?

6. Who is our new aide? (Mrs. Rashad)

7.  Who was the 37th President of the United States? (Richard Nixon)  Why did he resign from office?

8. Why does the BFG visit Dream Country?

I appreciate you!  Have a great weekend.

– Mrs. Blackwood

Weekly Update #28

Good Afternoon!

We had a super productive last week of the third quarter!  Here are some photos from our visit to the Mr. Solis’ middle school classroom…The first graders learned about statistical analysis!

Friendly Reminders

* We will have a classroom poetry contest on Wednesday, April 18th.  The girls will read poems from 8:45-9:05.  The boys will read poems from 1:30-1:50.  Friends and family are welcome to attend! 

3 first graders will be selected to participate in the school-wide poetry contest on Thursday, April 19th.

* Quarter 4 starts this Monday, 4/16.  During the final quarter, students will attend P.E. on Tuesday and Thursday.  Please dress your child in her or his P.E. uniform on these days.  Click here to view our Daily Activities and Q4 Learning Topics.  

* Please consider supporting our school by attending the annual Gala!  You may purchase tickets here: http://www.oldtownacademygala.org

* Grandparents’ Day is next Friday, April 20th! 

Grandparents Day Schedule:

8:30 -9:00 Refreshments in the Courtyard

9:00-9:45 Activities in the First Grade Classroom

9:45-10:05 Snack and Recess

10:05-11:00 PE Activities in the First Grade Classroom

11:00 Students may go home with Family Visitors

(11:00-12:00 Optional Music Room Open House)

12:00 Dismissal

Upcoming Save the Dates

* APR. 18th: Classroom Poetry Contest! (Girls 8:45-9:05 and Boys 1:30-1:50)

* APR. 19th: Schoolwide Poetry Contest!

* APR. 20th: Grandparents’ Day! (HALF DAY)

* APR. 21st: OTA Wine Gala!

Curriculum Conversation Starters

(Ask your child the following questions about what we have learned this week! This is optional!)

1. In your opinion, is a hundred chart helpful?  Why or why not?

2.  Today was the 133rd day of the First Grade!  There are 178 schooldays total.  How many days of First Grade do you have left?

3. Talk about the characters, settings, problem, and solution of “Hansel and Gretel”.

4. What was your favorite learning experience during school this week?  Why was it your favorite?

5.  Where is Mexico located on a world map?

6.  Why is it important to learn about other cultures?

7.  Who was the 35th President of the United States? (John F. Kennedy)  What does this famous quote mean: “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what can you do for your country.”

8. What is Frobscottle?!

Thank you for everything you do to support us!

– Mrs. Blackwood

Weekly Update #27

Hello Parents!

I hope you enjoyed the break.  We had a happy week of learning.  Thank you volunteers for all of your help.

Friendly Reminders

* On Monday, your child will receive 4 poems in his or her take home folder.  Please help your child select 1 poem to read aloud to our class.  Memorizaton is optional.  

We will have a classroom poetry contest on Wednesday, April 18th.  The girls will read poems from 8:45-9:05.  The boys will read poems from 1:30-1:50.  Friends and family are welcome to attend! 

3 first graders will be selected to participate in the school-wide poetry contest on Thursday, April 19th.

* Next Friday 4/13, is the end of Q3!  To celebrate, students may wear Disney-themed clothing to school that day. 

Upcoming Save the Dates

* APR. 9th: Happy Birthday Tyce!

* APR. 13th: End of Q3 (HALF DAY and Disney Spirit Day!)

* APR. 18th: Classroom Poetry Contest (Girls 8:45-9:05 & Boys 1:30-1:50)

* APR. 19th: School-wide Poetry Contest

* APR. 20th: Grandparents’ Day (more details to come…)

* APR. 21st: OTA Wine Gala!

Curriculum Conversation Starters

(Ask your child the following questions about what we have learned this week! This is optional!)

1. What is your favorite habitat?  Why is this your favorite?

2.  Define “coexist”.  How do oxpeckers and elephants coexist?

3. What is one difference between the Temperate Deciduous Forest and the Tropical Rainforest?

4. You have completed 129 days of First Grade!  There are 178 days in the school year.  How many days of school left?

5. Add: 45 + 67

6. What is April’s Core Virtue? How will you practice courtesy this month?

7.  Who was the 33rd U.S. President?  (Harry S Truman)  What does the “S” stand for? (nothing!)

8. Do you like “The BFG” so far?  Why or why not?

Have a fantastic weekend!

– Mrs. Blackwood

Weekly Update #26

Your First Grader accomplished many goals during Week #26! 

Upcoming Save the Dates

* MARCH 26th – MARCH 30th: No School (Spring Break)

* APR. 2nd: Substitute Teacher

* APR. 4th: Happy Birthday Val!

* APR. 9th: Happy Birthday Tyce!

* APR. 13th: End of Q3 (Half Day)

* APR. 20th: Grandparents’ Day (more details to come…) 

 

Curriculum Conversation Starters

(Ask your child the following questions about what we have learned this week! This is optional!)

1. List the basic needs of all living things. (food, water, air, and shelter)

2. Describe your dream shelter!

3. Who is Rattenborough the Rat?

4. Ms. King has 78 pianos.  She has 10 less guitars.  How many guitars does she have?

5.  How did you show faithfulness this week in school?  How did you show faithfulness this week at home?

6. Why is it important to line up quietly during a transition time?  Why is it important to walk up and down the steps quietly?

7. Who was the 30th President? (Calvin Coolidge)  What is his birthday? (Independence Day!)

8. What does the BFG collect in his jars?

Thank you for everything, and enjoy SPRING BREAK!

– Mrs. Blackwood

Weekly Update #25

Hello Parents,

Thank you for supporting another incredible week of school.  We did not catch the leprechaun, but we did have a ton of fun constructing traps! 

Friendly Reminders

* You may order Scholastic Books at anytime online.  Our class code is PD8DX.  We receive bonus points for each purchase!  So far this school year, I have purchased 22 books for our classroom library with bonus points!!!

Upcoming Save the Dates

* MARCH 21st: Happy Birthday Colette!

* MARCH 26th – MARCH 30th: No School (Spring Break)

 

Curriculum Conversation Starters

(Ask your child the following questions about what we have learned this week! This is optional!)

1. Who is Rattenborough?

2. List 3 animals who live in the arctic habitat.

3. Define the word: coexist

4. If today was the 119th day of First Grade, how many days are left? (There are 178 total school days)

5.  Describe the Gruffalo.

6.  Did you catch a leprechaun?!  What happened after recess on Friday?!

7.  Who was the 28th U.S. President? (Woodrow Wilson)  What is the Nobel Peace Prize?

8.  Why is Sophie hiding in the BFG’s cave?

Enjoy the weekend!

– Mrs. Blackwood

Weekly Update #24

Happy Friday!

We had a super cool week of school; the Field Trip was so much fun!

Friendly Reminders

* This Thursday, we will design and construct leprechaun traps!  Look for a letter with more details in your child’s take home folder.

* Thank you for your classroom supplies donations!  I’ve added a few items to our Amazon Wishlist; you may contribute at anytime throughout the school year.  As always, donations are completely optional.

Upcoming Save the Dates

* MARCH 16th: Leprechaun Trap Construction!

* MARCH 21st: Happy Birthday Colette!

* MARCH 26th – MARCH 30th: No School (Spring Break)

Curriculum Conversation Starters

(Ask your child the following questions about what we have learned this week! This is optional!)

1. How do you think the dinosaurs became extinct?

2. Would you like to be a Paleontologist when you grow up?  Why or why not?

3. In your opinion, which is the most fascinating dinosaur?

4. What is one amazing fact you learned during your field trip?

5. Where would you like to go for your next field trip?

6. Draw 10 sticks and 1 cubes to show the number 68.  Draw 10 sticks and 1 cubes to show the number 86.  Which number is greater?  How do you know?

7. Who was the 27th President? (William Howard Taft)  Why did he replace the White House bathtub?!  

8. Describe the BFG.

Thank you for everything!

– Mrs. Blackwood

Weekly Update #23

Dear First Grade Parents,

We had such a fun week of learning!  On Wednesday, we made solar system bracelets!  And today, we celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday!

Friendly Reminders

* Our field trip to the Museum of Man is this Thursday, March 8th!  If your child uses a carseat, please send it to school on that day.  Also, please pack a disposable bagged lunch.  We will be eating lunch in Balboa Park, after the museum tour.   

Field Trip Schedule:

9:15 Chaperones meet in the Cafeteria

9:45 Museum check-in

10:00-10:30 Guided Tour

10:30-11:15 Museum Activity

11:30-12:15 Lunch in Balboa Park

12:15-12:45 Chaperone’s Choice

12:45-1:00 Return to OTA

Upcoming Save the Dates

* MARCH 8th: Field Trip!

* MARCH 15th: Leprechaun Trap Building! (more details to come…)

Curriculum Conversation Starters

(Ask your child the following questions about what we have learned this week! This is optional!)

1. Describe the Earth’s inner core.

2. Is Hawaii a “hot spot”?  Why or why not?

3. Mrs. Tackywood borrows 37 books from the library.  Mrs. Tackywood borrows 10 more books.  How many books does she have now?

4. What is your favorite Dr. Seuss book?  Why is it your favorite?

5. 6.  List 3 adjectives to describe your favorite Dr. Seuss character.

6. Describe one Art project you completed this week.

7.  Who was the 24th U.S. President? (Grover Cleveland, again!) 

8. What Roald Dahl book are you reading together?

Have a marvelous weekend!

– Mrs. Blackwood

Weekly Update #22

Happy Week #22,

We had so much fun presenting our Moon Travel Agency Brochures!

Friendly Reminders

* On Friday, March 2nd, we will celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday!  Your child may share his or her favorite Dr. Seuss book with a partner.  Students may bring a book from home or borrow a book from our classroom library.

* The Field Trip Permission Form is in your child’s take home folder today.  Please return the form and fee as soon as possible.  

Upcoming Save the Dates

* MARCH 2nd: Dr. Seuss’ Birthday!

* MARCH 8th: Field Trip to the Museum of Man

Curriculum Conversation Starters

(Ask your child the following questions about what we have learned this week! This is optional!

1. Would you like to be a geologist when you grow up?  Why or why not?

2. What are the three most important factors in geology? (heat, pressure, and time)

3. What year will it be when you are 100 years old?!

4. Friday was the 104th day of First Grade!  How many ones? (4)  How many tens? (0) How many hundreds? (1)

5. Who is your 5th grade reading buddy?  What book did you read with him or her this week?  What book would you like to read next week?

6. What would you do if you were elected President?

7. Who has been your favorite President you have learned about so far?  Why is he your favorite?

8. What did Mr. Gregg build in the tree?

Enjoy the weekend!

– Mrs. Blackwood

Weekly Update #21

Wow!  What a week!

Here are a few photos from Mardi Gras and our Valentine’s Day Math Graphing Activity.  If you have any photos from the Valentine’s Day Celebration, please email them to me; I’ll include your photos in our next blog!  Thank you again volunteers!  And, thank you so very much for the party donations!

Friendly Reminders

* On Thursday of next week, students will present Moon Travel Agency brochures to grades K-5 and OTA staff members!  Your first grader may wear business-style clothing that day or his or her OTA uniform.  Students will not be able to change clothes during the school day.  Thank you for your support from home!

* Mrs. D. our fantastic Art Teacher, has a request.  Please collect bottle caps or lids for an upcoming project.  Any kind of lid or cap will do!

* The class filled up our Marble Reward Jar!  Students voted to have a “Pal Day” next Friday, 2/23.  Your child may bring a stuffed animal or action figure to school that day.  

Upcoming Save the Dates

* FEB. 16th & 19th: NO SCHOOL!  (President’s Day)

* FEB. 18th: Happy Birthday Bianca!

* FEB. 22st: Moon Travel Agency Presentations

* FEB. 23rd: Pal Day!

Curriculum Conversation Starters

(Ask your child the following questions about what we have learned this week! This is optional!)

1. What is your favorite planet and why?

2. Would you like to be an astronaut when you grow up?  Why or why not?

3. What was your favorite part of the Valentine’s Day party?

4. Can you count by 5’s to 100?  Can you count by 10’s to 100?

5. How were you patriotic this week in school?

6.  Who was the 22nd President? (Grover Cleveland)  Where was he married?! (in the White House)

7.  Who was the 23rd President? (Benjamin Harrison)  Who was his grandpa?! 

8. What did the Magic Finger do?

You are all amazing!  Thank you for your continuous support.

– Mrs. Blackwood

Weekly Update #20

Dear Parents,

We had a fun school week of learning!  Here are a few friendly reminders and dates to remember…

Friendly Reminders

* Next week, students will continue to study Astronomy.  Students will work in pairs to create an imaginary travel agency which specializes in trips to the Moon!  I will show the class actual travel brochures for inspiration.  Do you have any travel brochures you would like to donate to our classroom?  Please send them to school next week!

* Students may bring Valentine’s Day cards for classmates on Wednesday, 2/14.  Students will distribute cards from 1:15-1:30, and we will celebrate with treats and crafts that afternoon from 1:30-2:30.  Thank you for volunteering to help, and for donating items for our celebration!

* Next Thursday, we will celebrate The 100th Day of School!  There is an optional homework assignment in your child’s folder. 

Upcoming Save the Dates

* FEB. 14th: Valentine’s Day Party 1:30-2:30

* FEB. 15th: The 100th Day of School and Happy Birthday Kyle!

* FEB. 16th & 19th: NO SCHOOL  (President’s Day)

* FEB. 18th: Happy Birthday Bianca!

Curriculum Conversation Starters

(Ask your child the following questions about what we have learned this week! This is optional!)

1. Which two countries participated in the “Space Race” during the 1960’s?

2.  Name the four gas giants. (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune)

3.  Friday was the 96th day of First Grade!  How many more school days until our 100th day celebration?!

4.  Coach Killacky has 32 whistles.  How many groups of 10 can he make?  How many whistles will be left over if he makes 3 groups of 10?

5.  What is a constellation?

6.  What is one way you were a great student this week?  How can you be a better student next week?

7.  Who was the 21st US President? (Chester A. Arthur)  Why was he called “Elegant Arthur”?

8.  What happened at the end of “The Witches”?  What Roald Dahl book are you reading next?

Happy Valentine’s Day!

– Mrs. Blackwood

Weekly Update #19

Happy Q3!  Please check out the updated Learning Topics page.

Friendly Reminders

* Students may bring Valentine’s Day cards for classmates on Wednesday, 2/14.  We will celebrate and exchange cards that afternoon from 1:00-2:30.  Next week, there will be a sign-up list for party supplies.  As always, party supply donations are completely optional.  Please look for a list of names in your child’s folder next week!

* Thank you so much for purchasing items from our Amazon Wishlist!  You are not required to purchase items; it is completely optional, but very much appreciated! I will add items throughout the school year depending on our classroom needs.  You may sort the items by priority.  Amazon Wish List 

Upcoming Save the Dates

* FEB. 10th: OTA Superhero Dance!

* FEB. 14th: Valentine’s Day Party! 1:15-2:30

* FEB. 15th: The 100th Day of School! (more details to come…)

Curriculum Conversation Starters

(Ask your child the following questions about what we have learned this week! This is optional!)

1. When is it easiest to view the horizon?  When is it difficult to view the horizon?

2. Name 3 ancient civilizations which studied astronomy.

3. Is our sun the biggest star?

4. What is the difference between “dawn” and “dusk”?

5. Number 289:  How many hundreds?  How many tens?  How many ones?

6.  Who is the most famous groundhog?  Did he see his shadow?  Was your prediction correct?

7. Who was the 19th President of the United States? (Rutherford B. Hayes) What is the White House Easter Egg Roll?

8. Do you think The Witches will turn into mice?!

Thank you for all that you do!

– Mrs. Blackwood

Weekly Update #18

Good Afternoon Parents,

We have successfully completed the first half of First Grade!  You will receive your child’s Quarter 2 report card and winter MAPs scores in the mail.  If you have questions or concerns, you may get in touch with me at any time.  Please contact Coach Killacky or Miss King concerning your child’s P.E. or Music grade.  

Friendly Reminders

* During the Third Quarter, students will attend P.E. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  Please take note of schedule changes on the Daily Activities page.  You may also view our Q3 Learning Topics.  

* Thank you so much for purchasing items from our Amazon Wishlist!  You are not required to purchase items; it is completely optional, but very much appreciated! I will add items throughout the school year depending on our classroom needs.  You may sort the items by priority.  Amazon Wishlist

 

Upcoming Save the Dates

* JAN. 30th: Happy Birthday Ava!

* FEB. 5th: Substitute Teacher

* FEB. 10th: OTA Superhero Dance!

Curriculum Conversation Starters

(Ask your child the following questions about what we have learned this week! This is optional!)

1. What do you already know about Outer Space?

2. What are you looking forward to learning in math during Quarter 3?

3. Who is your favorite Mr. Men character?  Who is your favorite Little Miss character?

4. What project did you complete in Art this week?

5. What is one cool fact you learned about Islam?

6. Are you excited about your new seat on Monday?  Why or why not?  (If you’re not excited, please talk to Mrs. Blackwood..she will make you feel better!)

7. Who was the 17th President?  (Andrew Johnson)  Was he elected?  Why not?

8. What did The Witches order for lunch?

Happy Middle of the School Year!

– Mrs. Blackwood

Weekly Update #17

Happy Week #17!

THANK YOU for your continuous support from home.  We had another wonderful week of learning.  This week, your First Grader completed the Quarter 2 Project Based Learning Activity.  Students worked in groups to create models of Ancient Egyptian Amusement Parks!

Friendly Reminders

* Next Friday will be THROWBACK Day at OTA!  Students are encouraged to wear clothing from another decade.  Students may also participate in FREE DRESS.

* Thank you for ordering Scholastic Books!  I have purchased several new books for our classroom library with the bonus points earned from your purchases!  You may order books at anytime online: https://clubs2.scholastic.com/  Our class code: PD8DX.

Next week, January 22nd – 26th, OTA will participate in The Great Kindness Challenge!!  It’s a week in which students across the globe will be cultivating positivity in their schools by performing as many acts of kindness as possible!

I will include the kindness checklist in your child’s take home folder today.  Please encourage your child to complete as many acts of kindness as possible during that week.  Return the checklist on Friday, 1/27.  This is not for a grade, however students who return the checklist, will receive a small prize and a big hug!  Students do not have to complete the entire checklist to receive the small prize or the big hug.
 
Upcoming Save the Dates

* JAN. 22nd – 26th: The Great Kindness Challenge!

* JAN. 26th: End of Quarter 2 & Throwback/Free Dress Day  (HALF DAY) 

* JAN. 30th: Happy Birthday Ava!

Curriculum Conversation Starters

(Ask your child the following questions about what we have learned this week! This is optional!)

1. Who worships in a synagogue?

2.  Where do Christians worship?  Where do Muslims worship?

3.  What is one way to organize data?

4.  Make a tally chart with the following data:  FAVORITE FRUITS- 5 students like apples.  10 students like pears.  3 students like bananas.  

5.  Who is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.?  Who is Rosa Parks?

6.  Would you want to live in Ancient Egypt?  Why or why not?

7.  Who was the 16th President of the U.S.? (Abraham Lincoln)  What is the Emancipation Proclamation?

8.  Predict what will happen in the next chapter of “The Witches”.

Have a Wonderful Weekend!

– Mrs. Blackwood

Weekly Update #16

Hello Parents,

Next week, your first grader will complete the Winter Session Math MAPs Test.  The following week, he or she will complete the Winter Session Reading MAPs Test.  Please alert us of any upcoming absences.  

You may review the NWEA report at the end of the 2nd Quarter.  I will send MAPs reports home in your child’s folder.   I am available to answer any questions or concerns about your child’s progress.  Thank you for your continuous support from home!

Friendly Reminders

* Each Quarter, we will complete a Project Based Learning Activity.  For the next two weeks, your First Grader will design and construct an Ancient Egypt Amusement Park Model!  We will present our final project on January 18th from 2:00-2:30 in our classroom.  You are invited to view our final presentation!  (If you would like, you may take your child home at the conclusion of the presentation.)

* Scholastic Book Orders earn bonus points for our class!  I will use bonus points to order additional books for our classroom library.  You may order books online: https://clubs2.scholastic.com/  Our class code: PD8DX.

Upcoming Save the Dates

* JAN. 15th: NO SCHOOL (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)

* JAN. 18th: Project Based Learning Presentation 2:00-2:30

* JAN.22nd -26th The Great Kindness Challenge! (more details to come…)

* JAN. 26th: End of Quarter 2!  (HALF DAY)

* JAN. 30th: Happy Birthday Ava!

Curriculum Conversation Starters

(Ask your child the following questions about what we have learned this week! This is optional!)

1. Would you like to be an archaeologist when you grow up?  Why or why not?

2. How did Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. show courage?

3.  Solve the addition equation:  5 + 3 + 3 =   Can you think of a different way to solve the equation?

4. Are you looking forward to the MAPs Math Test?!  Why or why not? …If you are not looking forward to the test, please talk to Mrs. Blackwood on Tuesday morning, she will calm your nerves! 🙂

5.  Who are your PBL group members?  What is the name of your amusement park?  

6. What is a blueprint?

7.  Who was the 15th President of the United States? (James Buchanan)  Was he married? (No, he was the only bachelor President!)

8.  Where did the Grand High Witch hide the Delayed Action Mouse Maker Formula 86?!

I hope you have an enjoyable Three Day Weekend!

– Mrs. Blackwood

Weekly Update #15

Dear Parents,

Welcome back!  We had a wonderful 15th week of school.  Today, 1st graders participated in a Free Dress Day- as a reward for donating warm socks to StandUp for Kids!

Friendly Reminders

* Each Quarter, we will complete a Project Based Learning Activity.  For the next two weeks, your First Grader will design and construct an Ancient Egypt Amusement Park Model!  We will present our final project on January 18th from 2:00-2:30 in our classroom.  You are invited to view our final presentation!  (If you would like, you may take your child home at the conclusion of the presentation.)

* Scholastic Book Orders earn bonus points for our class!  I will use bonus points to order additional books for our classroom library.  You may order books online: https://clubs2.scholastic.com/  Our class code: PD8DX.

Upcoming Save the Dates

* JAN. 11th: Happy Birthday Stella!

* JAN. 12th: Happy Birthday Mia!

* JAN. 15th: NO SCHOOL (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)

* JAN. 22nd – 26th: The Great Kindness Challenge! (more details to come…)

* JAN. 26th: HALF DAY (End of Q2)

* JAN. 30th: Happy Birthday Ava!

Curriculum Conversation Starters

(Ask your child the following questions about what we have learned this week! This is optional!)

1. What does an architect do?

2.  Friday was the 70th day of First Grade!  How many more days until we celebrate the 100th day?

3.  What is the missing number?  “blank” + 7 = 14

What is the missing number? 18 – “blank” = 10

4.  Who was the 14th President of the United States? (Franklin Pierce) Why did many ladies like him? (He was very handsome!)

5.  What did Pharaoh Khufu build to honor himself?  Why was the top so shiny?

6.  What is our Core Virtue of the month? (Courage) When were you courageous?

7.  What task did you accomplish during robotics class this week?

8. What does The Boy want to steal from the Grand High Witch’s hotel room?!

Have an enjoyable weekend!

– Mrs. Blackwood

Weekly Update #14

Happy Holidays!

What a fantastic week of school!  We showed off our tacky sweaters and said goodbye to Nog, who flew back to the North Pole on Friday afternoon…  Thank YOU Parents and Volunteers; you give us such joy!

Friendly Reminders

* Enjoy your holiday break!

Upcoming Save the Dates

* DEC. 16th – JAN. 1st, Winter Break (NO SCHOOL)

* DEC. 27th: Happy Birthday Decker!

Curriculum Conversation Starters

(Ask your child the following questions about what we have learned this week! This is optional!)

1. Why was the flooding of the Nile River helpful in Ancient Egypt?

2. Spell “flood”.  Define “caravan”.

3.  If the numbers 15, 9, and 6 are in a “fact family”, who is the parent? (15) Who are the children? (9 & 6)  How are the numbers related? (9 + 6 = 15, 6 + 9 = 15, 15 – 6 = 9, 15 – 9 = 6)

4. What kind of symbols did the Ancient Egyptians use?

5.  Which tacky sweater did you like the best?!

6.  Who was the 13th President of the U.S.? (Millard Fillmore) Who did he marry? (his teacher!)

7.  What is your New Year’s Resolution?

8. How does The Boy feel about turning into a mouse?!

Happy Holidays!

– Mrs. Blackwood

Weekly Update #13

Happy Week #13!

Old Town Academy’s First Graders have completed many learning tasks this week.  And, we have much to look forward to before Winter Break.  Yesterday, our Speech Therapist-Miss Reed, and our Occupational Therapist- Mrs. Harvey, spoke with the First Graders about Kindness!

Friendly Reminders

* December’s Core Virtue is “Charity”.  Every year OTA sponsors a sock drive for homeless children at the StandUp For Kids Center.  The sock drive will be from December 4th through December 15th.  Please bring packages of new athletic children’s socks before our winter break.  Thank you for encouraging charity and generosity throughout this holiday season!

* I have added items to the Amazon Wishlist.  We very much appreciate any donations.  It’s best to sort items by priority.  You are not required to purchase materials or learning supplies.

* First Graders earned an Ice Cream Party for completing the Jog-a-thon!  We will have our celebration in the Cafeteria at 1:30 on Thursday, 12/14.  Parents are welcome to join us! If you would like, you may take your child home after the party. 

 Upcoming Save the Dates

* DEC. 10th: Happy Birthday Perri and Jules!

* DEC. 14th: Ice Cream Celebration! at 1:30 (Jog-a-thon Reward)  

* DEC. 15th: HALF DAY

* DEC. 16th – JAN. 1st: Winter Break (NO SCHOOL)

* DEC. 27th: Happy Birthday Decker!

Curriculum Conversation Starters

(Ask your child the following questions about what we have learned this week! This is optional!)

1. What is the difference between a symbol and a cymbal?

2. What is Historical Fiction?

3.  If the numbers 12, 4, and 8 are in a “fact family”, who is the parent? (12) Who are the children? (4 & 8)  How are the numbers related? (4 + 8 = 12, 8 + 4 = 12, 12 – 4 = 8, 12 – 8 = 4)

4. What is a ziggurat?

5.  How will you practice charity during the month of December?

6.  Who was the 12th U.S. President? (Zachary Taylor) How did he get his nickname: “Old Rough and Ready”?

7.  Why is Kindness cool?!

8. Predict what will happen next in “The Witches”.

Thank you!!!

– Mrs. Blackwood

Weekly Update #12

Dear Parents,

This week, a little gnome appeared in our classroom!  His name is Nog, and he lives at the North Pole.  He sits in a different spot in our classroom each day.  We have been on our very best behavior lately, and Nog is very impressed!

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Friendly Reminders

* The best way to order Scholastic Books is online.  When you purchase books for your child, our class receives bonus points!  I use bonus points to purchase classroom library books, learning materials, and art supplies.  Purchasing Scholastic Books is optional.

You may visit: https://clubs2.scholastic.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/UserLogon

Our class code is PD8DX

 

* The First Graders filled up the marble reward jar!  We decided to have a movie with popcorn party next Friday 12/8.  Your child may bring a small blanket and/or pillow to school that day (no sleeping bags or stuffed animals please).  There is a permission slip to sign in your child’s folder.  Please return to school as soon as possible.  We will be watching the movie “Sing”, which is rated PG.
 
* December’s Core Virtue is “Charity”.  Every year OTA sponsors a sock drive for homeless children at the StandUp For Kids Center.  The sock drive will be from December 4th through December 15th.  Please bring packages of new athletic children’s socks before our winter break.  Thank you for encouraging charity and generosity throughout this holiday season!

Upcoming Save the Dates

* DEC, 4th -15th: OTA’s Annual Sock Drive for the StandUp For Kids Center

* DEC. 8th: Movie and Popcorn Party!

* DEC. 10th: Happy Birthday Perri and Jules!

* DEC. 14th: Ice Cream Celebration! (Jog-a-thon Reward)  

* DEC. 15th: HALF DAY

* DEC. 16th – JAN. 1st: Winter Break (NO SCHOOL)

* DEC. 27th: Happy Birthday Decker!

Curriculum Conversation Starters

(Ask your child the following questions about what we have learned this week! This is optional!)

1. Who is in Little Critter’s family?  What’s one lesson Little Critter has learned?

2. Why is it important to add details to your writing?

3. Here is a Fact Family: 15, 7, 8      Please write two addition facts and two subtraction facts to match the fact family.  

4.Here is a Fact Family: 18, 12, 6      Please write two addition facts and two subtraction facts to match the fact family.  

5. Name 3 conductors of electricity.  Name 3 insulators of electricity.

6. How can you practice charity during the holiday season?

7. Who is Nog?!  Where has he been hiding?

8. What happened to Bruno Jenkins?!

Thank you for all that you do!

– Mrs. Blackwood

Weekly Update #11

Happy Week 11!

I truly enjoyed speaking with you during conferences.  Please keep in touch throughout the school year with any suggestions, questions, or concerns.  Thank you for your continuous support!

We had another wonderful week of school!  Students especially enjoyed the Jog-a-thon Assembly on Thursday morning.  Congratulations First Graders for earning an Ice Cream Party!  Announcements & Friendly Reminders

We are collecting recyclable materials for an upcoming project.  Thank you for your donations!

* There will be no homework next week during Thanksgiving Break.

* I have added items to the Amazon Wishlist.  We very much appreciate any donations.  It’s best to sort items by priority.  You are not required to purchase materials or learning supplies.

Upcoming Save the Dates

* NOV. 20th:  Happy Birthday Zander!

* NOV. 20th – 24th:  Happy Thanksgiving!  (NO SCHOOL)

Curriculum Conversation Starters

(Ask your child the following questions about what we have learned this week! This is optional!)

1. Tom Thumb’s father said: “You are the apple of my eye.” What did he mean?

2. Who stole Thumbelina from her flower? (The Toad’s Mother)

3. Coach Killacky has 16 pumpkin pies.  Miss Klim has 10 pumpkin pies.  How many more pies does Coach Killacky have than Miss Klim?

4. Is 3 + 3 a doubles equation?  How do you know?  Is 4 + 3 a doubles equation?  How do you know?

5.  What do you know about Electricity?

6.  What are you thankful for?

7. Who was the 10th President of the United States? (John Tyler)  How many children did he have? (15!)  

8.  What is Formula 86 Delayed Action Mouse Maker?!

Happy Thanksgiving! 

– Mrs. Blackwood

Weekly Update #10

Happy Quarter 2 to you!

We finished another fantastic week of first grade.  Thank you for adjusting to our new schedule!  You may review the updated Daily Schedule and Quarter 2 Learning Topics.  Our Core Virtue for the month of November is WONDER!

 

Friendly Reminders

* Thank you for collecting Jog-a-Thon donations!  The awards ceremony will be November 16th at 8:00 am.  Parents are welcome to attend!

* November 15th – 17th will be minimum school days due to conferences.  Your child will eat snack at the regularly scheduled time, but will not eat lunch at school.  Dismissal will be at 12:00 on these days.

* I look forward to meeting with you during conferences. 2017 Conference Schedule

* The best way to order Scholastic Books is online!  Please visit this website:  https://clubs2.scholastic.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/UserLogon

Our class code is PD8DX

Upcoming Save the Dates

* NOV. 15th – 17th: Fall Conferences (HALF DAYS)

* * NOV. 16th: Jog-a-thon Awards Ceremony 

* NOV. 20th:  Happy Birthday Zander!

* NOV. 20th – 24th:  Happy Thanksgiving!  (NO SCHOOL)

 

Curriculum Conversation Starters

(Ask your child the following questions about what we have learned this week! This is optional!)

1. How are Cinderella and Rhodopis similar?  How are Cinderella and Rhodopis different?

2. What is the definition of “worthy”?

3. What three items did Billy Beg carry? (a tablecloth, a magic stick, and a belt)

4.  What is one way to solve a math story problem?

5.  What are the three states of matter?  Name three solids.  Name two liquids.  Name one gas.

6. Did you enjoy learning about CPR today?!  What did you learn?!  Who did you meet?!

7. Who was the 9th President of the U.S.?  (William Henry Harrison)  How long did he serve as President? (less than 1 month!)

8. What will the witches buy when they return home? (Sweet Shops!)

Thank you! Enjoy the weekend!

– Mrs. Blackwood

Weekly Update #9

Dear Parents,

This week was a blast!  Our Halloween Parade and Classroom Party were so much fun; thank you volunteers!  And, congratulations to your First Grader for completing Quarter 1!

 

Friendly Reminders

* For the next few weeks, we will learn about matter and electricity during Science Class!  Do you have an experiment in mind that you would like to present to our class?!  Please keep in touch with your ideas!

* Jog-a-thon Pledge Packets are due Thursday, 11/9.  Please send donations in your child’s folder.  Thank you SO MUCH for collecting donations and encouraging sponsors.  You are amazing!

* During Quarter 2, we will have P.E. on Tuesday and Thursday.  So next week, your child should wear his or her gym uniform on these days.

* The best way to order Scholastic Books is online!  Please visit this website:  https://clubs2.scholastic.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/UserLogon  Our class code is PD8DX.

* I look forward to speaking with you during Parent-Teacher Conferences.  You may sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0c48a4a723a4f85-conferences

* You may view our Q2 Learning Objectives here: Learning Topics Page

Upcoming Save the Dates

* TODAY, NOV. 3rd: Last Day of Quarter 1 (Half Day)

* Happy Birthday Natalia!

* NOV. 9th: Jog-a-thon Donations Due

* NOV. 10th: Happy Veterans’ Day!  (NO SCHOOL – Our spelling test will be Thursday, 11/9)

* NOV. 15th – 17th: Fall Conferences (All Half Days)

Curriculum Conversation Starters

(Ask your child the following questions about what we have learned this week! This is optional!)

1. In the story “The Whingdingdilly”, how did Scamp the Dog change?

2. What was your favorite part of “Big Bad Bruce”?  Why was this part your favorite?

3. You have completed 44 days of first grade.  How many tens?  How many ones?  If there are 178 school days total, how many days of first grade do you have left?

4.  Which body system did you construct out of q-tips?  What is your favorite bone from that body system?

5.  What is something our class should improve on during Quarter 2?  What is something you would like to do better during Quarter 2?

6. What is due on Friday, November 10th?!

7.  Who was the 8th President of the United States? (Martin Van Buren)  How many times did he run for President? (3)

8.  Who is meeting in the giant ballroom?  Why are all of the women scratching their heads?

Thank you! Enjoy the weekend!

– Mrs. Blackwood

Weekly Update #8

Dear Parents,

Thank you for your support last Friday during the Jog-a-thon.  What an amazing experience!  This week of school was wonderful as well.  On Tuesday afternoon, Mr. Raymond, Langston’s Dad, visited our classroom to speak about the human body!  

 

Friendly Reminders

* The OTA Halloween Parade will be on Tuesday, October 31st from 8:30 – 9:30.  Your child should wear his/her costume to school that day.  Students will wear costumes the entire school day, you do not need to pack a change of clothes.

* The First Grade Halloween Celebration will begin at 1:30 in our classroom.  All are welcome to attend!  Thank you for donating decorations, party supplies, and treats!  We are super excited!!! If you volunteered to decorate, please meet in our classroom at 9:30 on Monday 10/30.  If you volunteered to help during the party, please meet in our classroom at 1:15 on Tuesday 10/31.  Thank you!  

* The best way to order Scholastic Books is online!  Please visit this website:  https://clubs2.scholastic.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/UserLogon.  Our class code is PD8DX.

Upcoming Save the Dates

* OCT. 31st: Halloween Parade (8:30-9:30) and Classroom Celebration (1:30-2:30)!

* NOV. 3rd: Last Day of Quarter 1 (Half Day)

* NOV. 4th: Happy Birthday Natalia!

* NOV. 10th: Veterans Day Observance (No School)

* NOV. 15th – 17th: Fall Conferences (Half Days of School)

Curriculum Conversation Starters

(Ask your child the following questions about what we have learned this week! This is optional!)

1. Name 3 foods included in the Protein Food Group.  Name 3 foods included in the Grain Food Group.

2. Is it important to eat a balanced diet?  Why or why not?

3. What are sensory words?  List 5 examples of sensory words.

4.  Fast Math!  2 + 2!  4 + 4! 10 + 10!

5.  How can Doubles Plus One equations help us solve Doubles equations?

6.  What happened to Chris Shabob in the Transmorgifier?!

7.  Who was the 7th President of the United States?  (Andrew Jackson)  What was his nickname? (Old Hickory)

8.  Who are the Boy’s pets?

Thank you! Have a Happy Halloween!

– Mrs. Blackwood

Weekly Update #7

Hello!

What an incredible seventh week of first grade!  Please read our friendly reminders and upcoming calendar dates.  As always, thank you for your support.  The Jog-a-thon will be a huge success!  Please forward any pictures or videos from the event; I will include them in next week’s blog!

 

Friendly Reminders and Announcements

* Our Halloween Party will be Tuesday, October 31st!  Our parade schedule is to be determined.  Your child should wear his/her costume to school that day.  Students will wear costumes the entire school day, you do not need to pack a change of clothes.  Our classroom party will be from 1:30-2:30.  I will create a list of party supplies on signup genius early next week.

* We are collecting recyclable items for an upcoming projects.  Please send items to school any day next week.  Thank you for your help!  We need:  cereal boxes, milk jugs/cartons, toilet paper rolls, egg cartons, jars, yogurt cups, etc.

Upcoming Save the Dates

* OCT. 31st – Halloween Parade and Party!

* NOV. 3rd: Last Day of Quarter 1 (Half Day of School)

* NOV. 10th: Veterans’ Day Observance (No School)

* NOV. 15th – 17th: Fall Conferences (Half Days of School)

Curriculum Conversation Starters

(Ask your child the following questions about what we have learned this week! This is optional!)

1. What are the five keys to health? (Eat Well, Sleep, Keep Clean, Exercise, Get Check-ups from your Doctor and Dentist)

2. Is 5 + 5 a doubles addition equation?  How did you know?

3. Is there a doubles addition equation that equals 7?  Why or why not?

4.  List 3 adjectives that describe a watermelon.

5.  Which is longer, the small intestine or the large intestine?

6. Did you practice self-control in school this week?  Did you practice self-control at home this week?

7.  What was your favorite part of the Jog-a-thon event?!

8.  Is Roald Dahl’s “The Witches” a fiction book or a non-fiction book?  How do you know?

Thank you! Have a lovely weekend!

– Mrs. Blackwood

Weekly Update #6

 

Hello Parents,

Your first grader had a super week at school!  We celebrated a birthday, learned many new vocabulary words, and practiced IXL in the Computer Lab!  Please read about important reminders, upcoming dates, and other learning accomplishments below.

 

Friendly Reminders

* The Jog-a-thon is just 1 week away!  Thank you for rallying sponsors and collecting donations!  I cannot wait to hear the results.  Since 10/20 is a half day, we will complete our Spelling Test on Thursday afternoon.  However, I will still collect Reading Logs and Spelling Homework on Friday. 

* We will be collecting BOX TOPS for education.  Please place box tops in a plastic bag, and place in the “right back to school” side of your child’s folder.  This is optional.

UnknownUpcoming Save the Dates

* OCT 14th:  Happy Birthday Langston!

* OCT 17th: Happy Birthday Cristian!

* OCT. 20th: Jog-A-Thon! (Half Day of School)

* OCT. 31st: Halloween Parade and Party (more details to come!)

* NOV. 3rd: Last Day of the First Quarter (Half Day of School)

* NOV. 10th: Veteran’s Day Observance (No School)

* NOV. 15th – 17th: Parent/Teacher Conferences

 

Curriculum Conversation Starters

(Ask your child the following questions about what we have learned this week! This is optional!)

1. What is the difference between a voluntary muscle and an involuntary muscle?

2. What is “saliva” and what does it do?

3. Name three adjectives to describe a puppy.  Name three adjectives to describe an ice cream cone.

 

4.  We have completed 29 days of the First Grade!  If there are 178 days in the school year, how many days of school are left?

5.  If 8 + 5 = 13, then 13 – 5 = ?…If 3 + 9 = 12, then 12 – 9 = ?

6.  How did you show self-control in school this week?  How did you show self-control at home this week?

7.  How full is the marble jar?!

8.  What happened to George’s Grandma?!

Thank you! And, enjoy your weekend!

– Mrs. Blackwood

Weekly Update #5

Dear Parents,

We completed another amazing week of learning (and fun!).  Please read about important reminders and upcoming dates below.

Friendly Reminders

* The OTA Jog-a-thon Fundraiser is in 2 weeks!  Please keep your pledge packet at home; we will collect all donations after the event.  Thank you for your support!

* Your child may access IXL from home. At this time, IXL homework is not required, only optional. If you are missing your child’s username and password, please contact me.

* Optional nightly spelling homework assignments are posted here: http://oldtownacademy.org/firstgrade/homework/

* We completed our Fall Session MAPs tests this week!  We will take reading and math MAPs tests twice more during the school year.  I will present and discuss your child’s scores during conferences in November.

Upcoming Save the Dates

* OCT. 8th: Happy Birthday Liana and Sophia!

* OCT. 10th: Picture Day!

* OCT. 14th: Happy Birthday Langston!

* OCT. 17th: Happy Birthday Cristian!

* OCT. 20th: Jog-A-Thon! (Half Day of School)

* OCT. 31st:  Halloween Party…more details to come!

 

Curriculum Conversation Starters

(Ask your child the following questions about what we have learned this week! This is optional!)

1. Which body system protects your delicate organs and supports your body? (the skeletal system)

2. Which type of doctor takes care of children?

3. Name 5 verbs.  What verb do you like to do at school?  What verb do you like to do at home?  What is your favorite verb to do with a friend?

4. Tyce has 6 marbles in his left pocket.  He has some more marbles in his right pocket.  He has 13 marbles all together.  How many marbles does he have in his right pocket?  You may draw a picture and/or write an equation to discover the answer!

5. What is another name for your backbone?  What does your spine protect?

6.  Who was the fourth President of the United States? (James Madison) Was he the tallest or shortest U.S. President?

7.  Why does OTA have a Jog-a-thon every school year?  What is a fundraiser?

8.  Why does Mr. Killy Kranky want to make more of George’s Marvelous Medicine?!

* Bonus!  What is our Core Virtue for the month of October? (Self-Control)  Did you have self control when Mrs. Blackwood blew bubbles in your classroom? 

Have a beautiful weekend!  I will not be in school on Friday or Monday, but you may email me in case of emergency.  I will relay important information to our substitute.  

– Mrs. Blackwood 

Weekly Update #4

Dear Parents and Guardians,

You should be so proud of your first grader!  We accomplished many learning tasks this week.  Next week, we will begin our first Science Unit on the Human Body!  Thank you for your continuous support and encouragement.

Thank You Volunteers!

Friendly Reminders

* Next week, we will discover texture during Art Class!  If you would like to donate art materials, you may pack a small ziplock bag of one of these dry materials: rice, pasta, oatmeal, or beans.  Thank you for your donations!  

* We will complete our Fall MAPs Testing next week.  Please encourage your child to try his or her best!  We will view and discuss the results of the test during Fall Conferences.  

* Please return the personal emergency kit as soon as possible.  Plastic bags and directions are in your child’s take home folder.  Thank you!

Upcoming Save the Dates

 

* OCT. 8th:  Happy Birthday Liana and Sophia!

* OCT. 10th: Picture Day: Order forms are not required.  All students will have pictures taken for our yearbook.

Curriculum Conversation Starters

(Ask your child the following questions about what we have learned this week! This is optional!)

1. What did Lilly bring to school? (a purple plastic purse)

2. Who is your favorite Kevin Henkes character?  Why is he or she your favorite?

3. If Julius has 7 toys and Wemberly has 10, how many more toys does Wemberly have than Julius?

4. Who was the third President of the United States?  (Thomas Jefferson)  On which bill and coin does he appear?

5. How many continents are in our world?  Can you name them?  Which is the coldest?  Which is the biggest?

6. What questions do you have about the human body? (We will be learning about the human body next week!)

7. How were you respectful this week in school?  How were you respectful this week at home?

8.  What do you think George’s parents will do when they see Grandma?!

Thank you! And, enjoy your weekend!

– Mrs. Blackwood

Weekly Update #3

Dear Parents,

Wow! Your first grader accomplished so much during the third week of school!  Today, we completed our first First Grade Spelling Test!

Important Announcement:  We will have a new student, Savannah, joining our class on Monday!

 

 

Friendly Reminders

* Your child will receive a reading log and 8 spelling words in his or her take home folder each Monday. Please encourage your child to return the log on Friday.  Nightly spelling practice is optional.  

* You may order scholastic books here: https://clubs2.scholastic.com/  Our class code is PD8DX.  Of course, purchasing books from Scholastic is optional.  (We receive bonus points each time an order is placed.  I will use our bonus points to purchase more books for our classroom library!)  We will also gladly take any gently used books to add to our classroom library.  Thank you so very much for your donations thus far!

* Your child may access IXL from home.  IXL homework is not required, only optional.  If you misplaced your child’s username and password, please contact me; I will send another copy home.

* Jog-a-thon T-shirt design entry forms are due next Friday, 9/29.  Contest entries are optional, not required.

 

Upcoming Save the Dates

* SEPT. 29th: First Graders will present our Quarter 1 Project Based Learning Activity.  You may visit our classroom from 1:30-2:00 if you would like!  Siblings are always welcome.  

* SEPT. 29th:  Jog-a-thon T-shirt Design Entries Due

 

Curriculum Conversation Starters

(Ask your child the following questions about what we have learned this week! This is optional!)

1. What is the setting of “The Fox and the Grapes”?  Can a story have more than one setting?

2. Who is the Noun Monster?  What does he like to eat?  Is “Coach Killacky” a noun?  Why or why not?  Is “pink” a noun?  Why or why not?

3. Who was the second President of the United States? (John Adams)  Where did he live? (The White House!)

4. Were the quitting crayons acting responsible?  What’s one way you can be responsible at school?  What’s one way you can be responsible at home?

5. What should every map have? (a key!)

6. Are you excited about robotics?!  What do you hope to learn in robotics?

7. List 5 combinations of two numbers that add to 10.  (1+9, 2+8, etc.)

8. Do you think George’s Medicine will cure Grandma?!

Thank you!

– Mrs. Blackwood

 

Weekly Update #2

It was so nice to meet you on Back to School Night!  Every Friday, I will post a weekly update which will include the following:

  • Friendly Reminders and Announcements
  • Next Week’s Spelling Words
  • Upcoming Save the Dates
  • Curriculum Conversation Starters

As always, please communicate with me by email with any questions, concerns, or ideas.

Friendly Reminders and Announcements

* Homework will begin next week!  Your child will receive a weekly reading log and 8 spelling words in their take home folder.  Please encourage your child to return his or her completed reading log each Friday.  I will update our Spelling List each week on the Homework Page of our blog. There is a list of suggested nightly spelling practice, however, this is optional.  We will have our first spelling test on Friday, 9/22!  IXL math practice is recommended, but not required.  

* I will be adding items to our Amazon Wishlist throughout the school year.  You may filter/sort the items from highest to lowest priority.  Thank you SO VERY MUCH for purchasing items for our classroom.

* You may order Scholastic books here: https://clubs2.scholastic.com/  at anytime.  Our class code is PD8DX.  Purchasing books from Scholastic is optional.  (We receive bonus points each time an order is placed.  I will use our bonus points to purchase more books for our classroom library!)

* Each week, we will celebrate a Spotlight Student!  If your child is selected, he or she will receive a poster in his or her take home folder.  Please encourage your child to complete the poster over the weekend.  The Spotlight Student will present to the class on Monday.

Upcoming Save the Dates

  • Monday, 9/18 – Happy Birthday Kadyn!  
  • Friday, 9/22 – Our First Spelling Test

Curriculum Conversation Starters

(Ask your child the following questions about what we have learned this week! This is optional!)

1.  What is another word that means the same as “startled”?  Can you make a startled face?

2.  What lesson or moral did the milk maid learn? (“Don’t count your chickens before they hatch!”)

3. Why is it important to have neat handwriting?

4. What are 5 ways to make the number 10?  (1 + 9, 2 + 8, etc.)

5.  7 mice went to a mouse party.  4 more mice joined the mouse party.  How many mice were at the party in all?  Draw a picture and write numbers to show how you discovered the answer.  Write an addition equation to match the story.

6.  Who is the Desk Fairy?!

7.  Name one cool fact about George Washington.

8.  Why did George add brown shoe polish to his medicine?!

Thank you!  And, have a wonderful weekend.

– Mrs. Blackwood (Jenny)

Weekly Update #1

Dear Parents,

What a happy and successful first week of first grade!  I am so impressed by this class’ ability to adapt to a new learning environment.  So far, much of our time together has been spent learning routines, rules, and procedures.  You will learn more details about our routines, daily schedule, and behavior management system during Back to School Night.  We will also discuss volunteer opportunities in and out of the classroom.  In the meantime, if you have any pressing questions, ideas, or concerns, you may send an email at anytime.

Thank you again for purchasing supplies and materials from the Amazon Wish List.  We have everything we need for a successful year of learning!  Every so often, I will add items if our stock is running low.  As always, you are not required to buy supplies and materials for our class. 

Announcements & Friendly Reminders

  • Please check our classroom blog at least once a week.  I will create a blogpost each Friday, which will include announcements, reminders, upcoming save the dates, and questions you may ask your child about our learning objectives.  You should automatically receive an email when a new post is published.  Please alert me if you are not receiving email updates from our blog.
  • The September Scholastic Catalog is in your child’s take home folder.  You may order Scholastic Books at anytime online.  Click the PARENTS button to get started!  Our class code is PD8DX.  We receive bonus points for each purchase!  I will use bonus points to purchase learning materials and books for our classroom.
  • Homework will not be given until the 3rd week of school.  Students will complete a reading log and study spelling words each week.  We will discuss in more detail during BTS Night!

Upcoming Save the Dates

  • THURSDAY  9/14 6:00-6:25pm BTS Night Session 1, 6:30-6:55pm BTS Night Session 2 (You may attend either session.  I will give the same presentation twice.)

Curriculum Conversation Starters 

(You may ask your child these questions over the weekend to learn more about what we are learning in school!  This week’s questions are mostly about classroom routines and expectations.)

  1. Why is it important to bring your folder to school each day?
  2. What instrument does Mrs. Blackwood play before the Pledge of Allegiance and the Morning Meeting? (the triangle)
  3. What is a 4S Line? (silent, smiling, still, and straight!)
  4. What was your favorite math manipulative?
  5. Why was Grover scared of the end of the book? (because there was a monster!)
  6. When does Mrs. Blackwood open the music box?  What happens if there is music left at the end of the day?
  7. Describe George’s Grandma. 
  8. WHO is Mrs. Tackywood?!

Thank you again for your continuous support.  I feel grateful for the opportunity to teach your child.  This will be the best year yet!

Mrs. Blackwood

[email protected]

 

 

Welcome to the First Grade!

Hello Parents!

I will be your child’s first grade teacher for the 2017-2018 school year.  We have such an exciting year ahead of us, filled with fun, exploration, and learning!

This will be my third year working at Old Town Academy, and my eighth year teaching first grade.  I also worked as an elementary school librarian for two years.

We will be working together throughout the year to foster a fabulous first grade community.

I have been working diligently to set up a beautiful learning environment for your chid. Thank you so very much for your donations so far! 

This school year, classmates will be sharing a set of community supplies.  Please do not purchase individual supplies for your child to use at school.

If you wish to contribute to our class set of supplies, please view our Amazon Wish List. You may “filter/sort” items based on priority.  The items will be shipped directly to our school, and our office manager will receive the items and send them to our classroom. You may purchase items at anytime throughout the school year!

You may purchase an item directly from Amazon OR purchase the same item from another store.  *** If you do purchase the item from another store, please be sure to select the exact name brand and quantity of the item.

It is not mandatory to purchase community supplies for our classroom this year.  However, the average cost of individual first grade student supplies can total $50 – $100.  Please consider contributing to our community supplies.  We very much appreciate any and all contributions!

There will be many opportunities to help in addition to our wish list!  I will include volunteer information in Weekly Update #1.  Weekly Updates will be posted every Friday afternoon.  

I am grateful for your help and support.  And, I am looking forward to meeting you and your child very soon!  You are welcome to email me at anytime with questions, concerns, or introductions!

[email protected]

Best Regards,

Mrs. Blackwood

 

Weekly Update #13

Happy Week #13!

Old Town Academy’s First Graders have completed many learning tasks this week.  And, we have much to look forward to before Winter Break.  Please continue to read for Friendly Reminders and Upcoming Save the Dates…

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Friendly Reminders

* It’s time for OTA’s Annual Sock Drive!  If you would like to benefit kids in need, send new socks to school with your first grader.  Athletic socks are preferred; thank you!

* The best way to order Scholastic Books is online!  Please visit this website:  https://clubs2.scholastic.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/UserLogon

Our class code is PD8DX

Upcoming Save the Dates

* DEC. 15th, 12:30-2:30 3rd Grade Spectacular Show at the Cygnet Theater!

* DEC. 16th, Free Dress and Holiday Sweater Spirit Day!

* DEC. 17th – JAN. 2nd, Winter Break (NO SCHOOL)

Curriculum Conversation Starters

(Ask your child the following questions about what we have learned this week! This is optional!)

1. What is the difference between a symbol and a cymbal?

2. What is Historical Fiction?

3.  If the numbers 12, 4, and 8 are in a “fact family”, who is the parent? (12) Who are the children? (4 & 8)  How are the numbers related? (4 + 8 = 12, 8 + 4 = 12, 12 – 4 = 8, 12 – 8 = 4)

4. What is a ziggurat?

5.  How did the Rainbow Fish practice genorousity?  How do you practice genorousity?

6.  Who was the 12th U.S. President? (Zachary Taylor) How did he get his nickname: “Old Rough and Ready”?

7.  Who was the 13th U.S. President?  (Millard Fillmore) Who did he marry?! (His teacher!..he was 19, and she was 21.)

8. Predict what will happen next in “Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator”.

Thank you!!!

– Mrs. Blackwood

Weekly Update #12

Dear Parents,

This week, a little gnome appeared in our classroom!  The first graders decided to name him Nog; we assume he is a spy from the North Pole.  So, all of us have been on our very best behavior.  It’s been a great 12th week of learning and growing in first grade!  As always, thank you for your support.

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Friendly Reminders

* The best way to order Scholastic Books is online.  When you purchase books for your child, our class receives bonus points!  I use bonus points to purchase classroom library books, learning materials, and art supplies.  Purchasing Scholastic Books is optional.

You may visit: https://clubs2.scholastic.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/UserLogon

Our class code is PD8DX

* Mr. Blackwood and I will appear on “Let’s Make a Deal!” at 9am on 12/15!  Mr. C. is awesome, and will watch our class that morning.  I’ll watch the show live with Elliott, and come to school shortly after recess.  The episode should be available here: http://www.cbs.com/shows/lets_make_a_deal/  the next day!  (We won something big and shiny…)
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Upcoming Save the Dates

* DEC. 15th, 12:30-2:30 3rd Grade Spectacular Show at the Cygnet Theater!

* DEC. 16th, Free Dress and Holiday Sweater Spirit Day!

* DEC. 19th-23rd and 26th-30th, Winter Break (NO SCHOOL)

Curriculum Conversation Starters

(Ask your child the following questions about what we have learned this week! This is optional!)

1. What is your favorite version of Little Red Riding Hood? (the original from Germany, Hu Gu Po from China, or Tselane from Botswana)  Why do you like it best?

2. What is the definition of “cunning”?

3. Why do authors use story hooks?

4. What is one way to solve the subtraction equation 15-8?  Can you think of a different way to solve the problem?

5. What is a timeline?  Name two events from our Inventions Timeline.

6. How can you practice generousity during the holiday season?

7. Who is Nog?!  Where has he been hiding?

8. Would you like to visit the Space Hotel U.S.A.?  Why or why not?

Thank you for all that you do!

– Mrs. Blackwood

Weekly Update #11

Happy Week 11!

I truly enjoyed speaking with you during conferences.  Please keep in touch throughout the school year with any suggestions, questions, or concerns.  Thank you for your continuous support!

We had another wonderful week of school!  Students especially enjoyed our Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Celebration.  Here are some photos from our edible necklace project (Thank you Marie!)

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Announcements & Friendly Reminders

* Our aide, Miss Olivo will be leaving us the first week of January to attend Nursing School at Johns Hopkins University!  We will not hire a new aide for the remainder of the school year.  Instead, I will add more opportunities to our monthly volunteer calendar.  More details to come…

* There will be no homework next week during Thanksgiving Break.

* The best way to order Scholastic Books is online!  Please visit this website:  https://clubs2.scholastic.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/UserLogon

Our class code is PD8DX

Upcoming Save the Dates

* NOV. 21st – 25th:  Happy Thanksgiving!  (NO SCHOOL)

Curriculum Conversation Starters

(Ask your child the following questions about what we have learned this week! This is optional!)

1. Tom Thumb’s father said: “You are the apple of my eye.” What did he mean?

2.  Who stole Thumbelina from her flower? (The Toad’s Mother)

3.  Coach Killacky has 16 pumpkin pies.  Miss Olivo has 10 pumpkin pies.  How many more pies does Coach Killacky have than Miss Olivo?

4. What is an inventor?  Name one famous inventor.

5.  What are you thankful for?  Define “gratitude”.

6.  Why is Grandma Josephine floating?!

Happy Thanksgiving!

– Mrs. Blackwood

Weekly Update #10

Happy Quarter 2 to you!

We finished another fantastic week of first grade.  Thank you for adjusting to our new schedule!  You may review the updated Daily Schedule and Quarter 2 Learning Topics.  Our Core Virtue for the month of November is GRATITUDE!

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Friendly Reminders

* Thank you for collecting Jog-a-Thon donations!  The awards ceremony will be November 17th (time TBD). Parents are welcome to attend!

* November 16th – 18th will be minimum school days due to conferences.  Your child will eat snack at the regularly scheduled time, but will not eat lunch at school.  Dismissal will be at 12:00 on these days.

* The best way to order Scholastic Books is online!  Please visit this website:  https://clubs2.scholastic.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/UserLogon

Our class code is PD8DX

Upcoming Save the Dates

* NOV. 16th: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Celebration!  Thank you for your donations!

* NOV. 16th – 18th: Fall Conferences (All Half Days)

* NOV. 17th: Jog-a-thon Awards Ceremony

* NOV. 21st – 25th:  Happy Thanksgiving!  (NO SCHOOL)

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Curriculum Conversation Starters

(Ask your child the following questions about what we have learned this week! This is optional!)

1. How are Cinderella and Rhodopis similar?  How are Cinderella and Rhodopis different?

2. What is the definition of “worthy”?

3. What three items did Billy Beg carry? (a tablecloth, a magic stick, and a belt)

4.  What is one way to solve a math story problem?

5.  What are the three states of matter?  Name three solids.  Name two liquids.  Name one gas.

6. Did you enjoy learning about CPR today?!  What did you learn?!  Who did you meet?!

7. Who was the 9th President of the U.S.?  (William Henry Harrison)  How long did he serve as President? (less than 1 month!)

8. What did Willy Wonka give to Charlie in the last chapter?

Thank you! Enjoy the weekend!

– Mrs. Blackwood

Weekly Update #9

Dear Parents,

This week was a blast!  Our Halloween Parade and Classroom Party were so much fun; thank you volunteers!  And, congratulations to your First Grader for completing Quarter 1!

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Friendly Reminders

* Jog-a-Thon Pledge Packets are due this Monday, 11/7.  Please send donations in your child’s folder.  Thank you SO MUCH for collecting donations fullsizerenderand encouraging sponsors.  You are amazing!

* During Quarter 2, we will have P.E. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  Your child should wear his or her gym uniform on these days beginning this Monday, 11/7.

 

 

* The best way to order Scholastic Books is online!  Please visit this website:  https://clubs2.scholastic.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/UserLogon  Our class code is PD8DX.

* I look forward to speaking with you during Parent-Teacher Conferences.  You may sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0c48a4a723a4f85-conferences

* You may view our Q2 Learning Objectives here: Learning Topics Page

Upcoming Save the Dates

* TODAY, NOV. 4th: Last Day of Quarter 1 (Half Day)

* NOV. 11th: Happy Veterans’ Day!  (NO SCHOOL – Our spelling test will be Thursday, 11/10)

* NOV. 16th – 18th: Fall Conferences (All Half Days)

* NOV. 21st – 25th:  Happy Thanksgiving!  (NO SCHOOL)

Curriculum Conversation Starters

(Ask your child the following questions about what we have learned this week! This is optional!)

1. Why did Victoria change her mind about Chrysanthemum’s name?

2. Name one of Wemberly’s worries.  Was she worried at the end of the story?  Why or why not?

3. You have completed 42 days of first grade.  How many tens?  How many ones?  If there are 180 school days total, how many days of first grade do you have left?

4.  Which body system did you construct out of recyclables?  What is your favorite organ from that body system?

5.  What is something our class should improve on during Quarter 2?  What is something you would like to do better during Quarter 2?

6. What is due on Monday, 11/7?!

7.  Who was the 8th President of the United States? (Martin Van Buren)  How many times did he run for President? (3)

8.  What is special about Willy Wonka’s lift?

Thank you! Enjoy the weekend!

– Mrs. Blackwood

Weekly Update #8

Dear Parents,

This week of school was truly amazing.  On Thursday afternoon, Mr. Blackwood visited our classroom to speak about vaccines and medical research!  And, on Friday morning, Mr. Daniel from the Point Loma YMCA came speak about nutrition and exercise!

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Friendly Reminders

* The OTA Halloween Parade will begin at 8:15 on Monday, October 31st.  Your child should wear his/her costume to school that day.  Students will wear costumes the entire school day, you do not need to pack a change of clothes.

* The First Grade Halloween Celebration will begin at 2:00 in our classroom.  All are welcome to attend!  Thank you for donating decorations, party supplies, and treats!  We are super excited!!! If you volunteered to help decorate, please meet in our classroom at 1:30.  Half our class will be in Music with Mr. Anthony.  I will be in the Computer Lab with the other half of our class.    

* Thank you for the recyclable items.  We have enough to complete our Project Based Learning Activity next week!  We will construct the skeletal, muscular, digestive, circulatory, and nervous systems using only recyclables!  Our project will be on display in our classroom until November 10th.  You are welcome to view our project anytime!

* The best way to order Scholastic Books is online!  Please visit this website:  https://clubs2.scholastic.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/UserLogon.  Our class code is PD8DX.

* Here are some wonderful photos from our Jog-a-thon.  Thank you Emmerlie Villegas!

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Upcoming Save the Dates

* OCT. 31st: Halloween Parade (8:15am) and Celebration (2:00pm)

* NOV. 4th: Last Day of Quarter 1 (Half Day)

* NOV. 11th: Veterans Day (No School)

* NOV. 16th – 18th: Fall Conferences (Expect the sign up list on Monday morning 10/31)

Curriculum Conversation Starters

(Ask your child the following questions about what we have learned this week! This is optional!)

1. Name 3 foods included in the Protein Food Group.  Name 3 foods included in the Grain Food Group.

2. Is it important to eat a balanced diet?  Why or why not?

3. What is a Circle Map and how can it help you during Writing Workshop?

4.  If 6 + 6 = 12, what does 6 + 7 = ?  If 10 + 10 = 20, what does 10 + 11 = ?

5.  Why does Mr. Blackwood experiment with Guinea Pigs?  And, who does Mr. Blackwood think served as our 7th U.S. President?

6.  What happened to McPufferson?!

7.  Who was the 7th President of the United States?  (Andrew Jackson)  What was his nickname? (Old Hickory)

8.  Who took Veruca Salt?!

Thank you! Have a Happy Halloween!

– Mrs. Blackwood

Weekly Update #7

Hello!

What an incredible seventh week of first grade!  Please read our friendly reminders and upcoming calendar dates.  As always, thank you for your support.  The Jog-a-thon was a huge success!  You may send me any photos or videos from the event; I will include them in next week’s blog.

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Friendly Reminders and Announcements

* Our Spanish Teacher Mrs. O. would like all students to have a pair of headphones for her class.  Please bring a set to school at your earliest convenience.  ($1.00 headphones are totally fine with her!)

* Our Halloween Party will be Monday, October 31st!  Our parade schedule is to be determined.  Your child should wear his/her costume to school that day.  Students will wear costumes the entire school day, you do not need to pack a change of clothes.  Our classroom party will be from 2:00-2:45.  All are invited (including siblings!).  I will create a list of party supplies on signup genius early next week.

* We are collecting recyclable items for an upcoming science project.  Please send items to school any day next week.  Thank you for your help!  

We need:  cereal boxes, milk jugs/cartons, toilet paper rolls, egg cartons, jars, yogurt cups, etc.

 

Upcoming Save the Dates

* OCT. 31st – Halloween Parade and Party!

* NOV. 4th: Last Day of Quarter 1 (Half Day of School)

* NOV. 16th – 18th: Fall Conferences (Half Days of School)

Curriculum Conversation Starters

(Ask your child the following questions about what we have learned this week! This is optional!)

1. What are the five keys to health? (Eat Well, Sleep, Keep Clean, Exercise, Get Check-ups from your Doctor and Dentist)

2. Is 5 + 5 a doubles addition equation?  How did you know?

3. Is there a doubles addition equation that equals 7?  Why or why not?

4.  List 3 adjectives that describe a watermelon.

5.  Which is longer, the small intestine or the large intestine?

6. Were you diligent this week in school?  Were you diligent this week at home?

7.  What was your favorite part of the Jog-a-thon event?!

8.  What color is Violet Beauregarde now?!

Thank you! Have a lovely weekend!

– Mrs. Blackwood

Weekly Update #6

Hello Parents,

Your first grader had a super week at school!  We celebrated two birthdays, learned many new vocabulary words, practiced IXL in the Computer Lab!  Please read about important reminders, upcoming dates, and other learning accomplishments below.

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Friendly Reminders

* The Jog-a-thon is just 1 week away!  Thank you for rallying sponsors and collecting donations!  I cannot wait to hear the results.  Since 10/21 is a half day, we will complete our Spelling Test on Thursday afternoon.  However, I will still collect Reading Logs and Spelling Homework on Friday. 

* We will be collecting BOX TOPS for education.  Please place box tops in a plastic bag, and place in the “right back to school” side of your child’s folder.  This is optional.

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* We will gladly take any used books to add to our classroom library.  Thank you so very much for your donations thus far.  The new shelves look amazing!

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We had a special presentation about cochlear implants!

Upcoming Save the Dates

* OCT. 17th: I will have a substitute teacher.  If you have pressing concerns or reminders during the school day, you may email our first grade aide Miss Olivo: [email protected]

* OCT. 21st: Jog-A-Thon! (Half Day of School)

* OCT. 31st: Halloween Parade and Party (more details to come next week!)

* NOV. 4th: Last Day of the First Quarter (Half Day of School)

* NOV. 16th – 18th: Parent/Teacher Conferences

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Curriculum Conversation Starters

(Ask your child the following questions about what we have learned this week! This is optional!)

1. What is the difference between a voluntary muscle and an involuntary muscle?

2. What is “saliva” and what does it do?

3. Name three adjectives to describe a puppy.  Name three adjectives to describe an ice cream cone.

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4.  Why did Coach Killacky have a guest P.E. teacher this week?! (He had a baby boy!)

5.  What happened to Augustus Gloop?!

Thank you! And, enjoy your weekend!

– Mrs. Blackwood

Weekly Update #5

Dear Parents,

We completed another amazing week of learning (and fun!).  Please read about important reminders and upcoming dates below.

Friendly Reminders

* The OTA Jog-a-thon Fundraiser is in 2 weeks!  Please keep your pledge packet at home; I will collect all donations after the event.  Thank you for your support!

* We will gladly take any used books to add to our classroom library! Thank you so very much for your donations thus far.

* Your child may access IXL from home. At this time, IXL homework is not required, only optional. If you are missing the blue sheet with your child’s username and password, please contact me; I will send another copy home.

* Nightly spelling homework assignments are posted here: http://oldtownacademy.org/firstgrade/homework/

* We completed our Fall Session MAPs tests this week!  We will take reading and math MAPs tests twice more during the school year.  I will present and discuss your child’s scores during conferences in November.

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Ivy enjoys being the Teacher’s Assistant!

Upcoming Save the Dates

* OCT. 8th: Emily turns 7!

* OCT. 11th: Picture Day: Students must wear collared OTA shirts to school on this day.  Please DO NOT bring a change of clothes for P.E.  Students will wear collared shirts to P.E. on this day only.  Thank you!

* OCT. 12th: Hayden and Zoey turn 7!

* OCT. 21st: Jog-A-Thon! (Half Day of School)

* OCT. 31st:  Halloween Party…more details to come!

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Our 1st Science Unit: The Human Body!

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Curriculum Conversation Starters

(Ask your child the following questions about what we have learned this week! This is optional!)

1. Which body system protects your delicate organs and supports your body? (the skeletal system)

2. Which type of doctor takes care of children?

3. Name 5 verbs.  What verb do you like to do at school?  What verb do you like to do at home?  What is your favorite verb to do with a friend?

4. Augustus has 6 chocolate bars in his left pocket.  He has some chocolate bars in his right pocket.  He has 13 chocolate bars all together.  How many chocolate bars does he have in his right pocket?  You may draw a picture and/or write an equation to discover the answer!

5. What is another name for your skull bone?  What is another name for your backbone?

6.  Who was the fourth President of the United States? (James Madison) Was he the tallest or shortest U.S. President?

7.  Why does OTA have a Jog-a-thon every school year?  What is a fundraiser?

8.  Describe Mr. Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Room.  Would you want to visit his factory?  Why or why not?

* Bonus!  What is our Core Virtue for the month of October? (Diligence)  Do you think Nelson Mandela was a diligent hero?  Why or why not?

Finally, thank you volunteers for the beautiful book shelves!  Our classroom library looks fantastic!

– Mrs. Blackwood

Weekly Update #4

Dear Parents and Guardians,

You should be so proud of your first grader!  We accomplished many learning tasks this week.  Next week, we will begin our first Science Unit on the Human Body!  Thank you for your continuous support and encouragement.

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Friendly Reminders

* Please be sure to complete the Jog-a-thon t-shirt order form and return to school this Monday, 10/3.  Your child will receive 1 free shirt, so we do not need $–but we do need to know the size.

* We will gladly take any used books to add to our classroom library! Thank you so very much for your donations thus far.

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Maya and Reece create landforms with play-doh!

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Jane and Leonard love collaborating!

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Max shows off his play-doh cave.

Upcoming Save the Dates

* OCT. 3rd: Jog-A-Thon! T-shirt Order Forms Due (Stop by our front office if you need an extra copy.)

* OCT. 3rd: Louis turns 7!

* OCT. 8th: Emily turns 7!

* OCT. 11th: Picture Day: Order forms are not required.  All students will have pictures taken for our yearbook.

* OCT. 12th: Hayden and Zoey turn 7!

* OCT. 21st: Jog-A-Thon! (Half Day of School)

* OCT. 31st:  Halloween Party…more details to come!

Curriculum Conversation Starters

(Ask your child the following questions about what we have learned this week! This is optional!)

1. Who is the keeper of all stories from the Sky God? (Anansi the Spider)

2. What did Mr. McGregor do with Peter the Rabbit’s jacket and shoes? (He created a scarecrow.)

3. If Charlie has 7 chocolate bars and Veruca has 10, how many more chocolate bars does Veruca have?

4. Who was the third President of the United States?  (Thomas Jefferson)  On which bill and coin does he appear?

5. Name 3 landforms.  Which landform is your favorite?

6. What questions do you have about the skeletal system?

7. How were you responsible this week in school?  How were you responsible this week at home?

8. Who found the 5th Golden Ticket?!

Thank you! And, enjoy your weekend!

– Mrs. Blackwood

Weekly Update #3

Dear Parents,

Wow! Your first grader accomplished so much during the third week of school!  On Thursday, we began our Robotics curriculum.  And, on Friday we completed our first First Grade Spelling Test!

Important Announcement:  During Back to School Night, I explained our grading scale.  However, my description was slightly off.  I apologize for any confusion.  Here is the revised grading scale we will use this school year-

O= Outstanding! (90-100%)   S= Satisfactory (70-89%)   N= Needs Improvement (60-69%)   U= Unsatisfactory (59% and below)

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* Your child will receive a reading log and 8 spelling words in his or her take home folder each Monday. Please encourage your child to return the log and spelling assignments on Friday.

* Volunteer hours will begin in October.  Our sign up filled up quickly!  Thank you for your help.  Occasionally, I will add opportunities throughout the month, depending on our schedule.  If you would like to volunteer in another way (unlisted on signupgenius), please tell me your idea; we are flexible!

* You may order scholastic books here: https://clubs2.scholastic.com/  Our class code is PD8DX.  Of course, purchasing books from Scholastic is optional.  (We receive bonus points each time an order is placed.  I will use our bonus points to purchase more books for our classroom library!)  We will also gladly take any gently used books to add to our classroom library.  Thank you so very much for your donations thus far!

* Your child may access IXL from home.  At this time, IXL homework is not required, only optional.  If you misplaced the blue sheet with your child’s username and password, please contact me; I will send another copy home.

* Jog-a-thon T-shirt design entry forms are due next Friday, 9/30.  Contest entries are optional, not required.

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Upcoming Save the Dates

* SEPT. 23rd:  Movie Night!

* SEPT. 30th:  Jog-a-thon T-shirt Design Entries Due

* OCT. 21st: Jog-A-Thon!  (Half Day of School)

Curriculum Conversation Starters

(Ask your child the following questions about what we have learned this week! This is optional!)

1. What is the setting of “The Fox and the Grapes”?  Can a story have more than one setting?

2. Who is Ninny the Noun Eater?  What does he like to eat?  Is “Coach Killacky” a noun?  Why or why not?  Is “pink” a noun?  Why or why not?

3. Who was the second President of the United States? (John Adams)  What time did he begin work every morning? (4 am!)

4. Were the quitting crayons acting responsible?  What’s one way you can be responsible at school?  What’s one way you can be responsible at home?

5. What should every map have? (a key!)

6. Are you excited about robotics?!  What do you hope to learn in robotics?

7. List 5 combinations of two numbers that add to 10.  (1+9, 2+8, etc.)

8. What is Violet Beauregarde’s terrible habit?

Thank you!

– Mrs. Blackwood

Weekly Update #2

Hello Parents!

It was so nice to meet you on Back to School Night!  Every Friday, I will post a weekly update which will include the following:

– Friendly Reminders and Announcements

– Upcoming Save the Dates

– Curriculum Conversation Starters

As always, please communicate with me by email with any questions, concerns, or ideas.

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Miss Olivo read a story to the class on Friday!

Friendly Reminders and Announcements

* Miss Olivo (Oh-Lee-Voh) is the new First Grade Aide.  And, she is AMAZING!

* Homework will begin next week!  Your child will receive a weekly reading log and 10 spelling words in their take home folder.  Please return the homework sheet on Friday.  You may keep the list of spelling activities at home.  We will have our first spelling test on Friday, 9/23!  IXL math practice is recommended, but not required.  

* You should have received an email from Signupgenius.com with a link to our October Volunteer Opportunities.  Please let me know if you did not receive this email.  You may also view our volunteer opportunities on our blog: http://oldtownacademy.org/firstgrade/volunteer-opportunities/ 

* I will be adding items to our Amazon Wishlist throughout the school year.  You may filter/sort the items from highest to lowest priority.  Thank you SO VERY MUCH for purchasing items for our classroom.

* Today, your child received the September Scholastic Catalog.  You may order books here: https://clubs2.scholastic.com/  Our class code is PD8DX.  Of course, purchasing books from Scholastic is optional.  (We receive bonus points each time an order is placed.  I will use our bonus points to purchase more books for our classroom library!)

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Upcoming Save the Dates

  • Sunday, 9/18 –     Roald Dahl Celebration in Balboa Park (This is not an official class trip, but you may meet me at 3:00 for the Save Starlight Magic Finger Presentation.)
  • Friday, 9/23 –     OTA Movie Night

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Curriculum Conversation Starters

(Ask your child the following questions about what we have learned this week! This is optional!)

1.  What is another word that means the same as “startled”?  Can you make a startled face?

2.  What lesson or moral did the milk maid learn? (“Don’t count your chickens before they hatch!”)

3. Why is it important to have neat handwriting?

4.  How many continents are in the world?  Which continent is the coldest?  Which continent is the largest?

5.  7 mice went to a mouse party.  4 more mice joined the mouse party.  How many mice were at the party in all?  Draw a picture and write numbers to show how you discovered the answer.

6.  Who is the Desk Fairy?!

7.  Name one cool fact about George Washington.

8.  Why did Mr. Willy Wonka lock the gates of his Chocolate Factory? (There were spies stealing his recipes!)

Thank you!  And, have a wonderful weekend.

– Mrs. Blackwood (Jenny)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Success!


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What a happy and successful first week of first grade!  Wow!  So far, much of our time together has been spent learning routines, rules, and procedures.  I run a tight ship!  You will learn more details about our routines, daily schedule, and behavior management system during Back to School Night.  We will also discuss volunteer opportunities in and out of the classroom.  In the meantime, if you have any pressing questions, ideas, or concerns, you may send an email at anytime.

Thank you again for purchasing supplies and materials from the Amazon Wish List.  We have everything we need for a successful year of learning!  Every so often, I will add items if our stock is running low.  As always, you are not required to buy supplies and materials for our class.

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Announcements & Friendly Reminders

  1. Please check our classroom blog at least once a week.  I will create a blogpost each Friday, which will include announcements, reminders, upcoming save the dates, and questions you may ask your child about our learning objectives.  You should automatically receive an email when a new post is published.  Please alert me if you are not receiving email updates from our blog.
  2. There have been more changes to our Daily Activities Schedule.  Please note: First Graders will now have Spanish with Mrs. Cynthia Ostrowski every Tuesday!  And, First Graders will now have Art with Mrs. Mireille DesRosiers every Monday and Wednesday!
  3. Homework will not be given until the 3rd week of school, and Parent Volunteering will begin the 5th week of school.  We will discuss in more detail during BTS Night!

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Upcoming Save the Dates

  • Wed.  9/14 5:00-6:30pm – Back to School Night BBQ, 6:30-6:55pm BTS Night Session 1, 7:00-7:25pm BTS Night Session 2
  • Sun. 9/18  Roald Dahl Celebration in Balboa Park (attendance is completely optional)
  • Fri.  9/23 – Movie Night (more details to come…)

Curriculum Conversation Starters (You may ask your child these questions over the weekend to learn more about what we are learning in school!  This week’s questions are mostly about classroom routines and expectations.)

  • What are the four items you should take out of your backpack after it’s hung on your numbered hook? (folder, lunch (if brought from home), snack, water bottle)
  • What instrument does Mrs. Blackwood play before the Pledge of Allegiance and the Morning Meeting? (the triangle)
  • What is a 4S Line? (silent, straight, still, smiling!)
  • What was your favorite math manipulative?
  • Why was Grover scared of the end of the book? (because there was a monster!)
  • What does Mr. Bucket do for work? (he works at a toothpaste factory)
  • WHO is Mrs. Tackywood?!

Thank you again for your continuous support.  I feel grateful for the opportunity to teach your child.  There is no school I would rather work for, no staff I would rather work with, and no class I would rather teach!

Mrs. Blackwood

[email protected]

 

 

See you soon!

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Hello Parents!

Our First Grade Classroom looks beautiful, and I cannot wait until Tuesday!  We have everything we need to start the school year.  Thank you so very much for purchasing supplies and materials from the Amazon Wish List.   Every so often, I will add items if our stock is running low.  As always, you are not required to buy supplies and materials for our class.

Announcements & Friendly Reminders

  1. Please check our classroom blog at least once a week.  I will create a blogpost each Friday, which will include announcements, reminders, upcoming save the dates, and questions you may ask your child about our learning objectives.  You should automatically receive an email when a new post is published.  Please alert me if you are not receiving email updates from our blog.
  2. There have been a few changes to our Daily Activities Schedule.  Please note: First Graders will now have Spanish with Mrs. Cynthia Ostrowski every Tuesday!
  3. First Graders will have P.E. on the first day of school, however, P.E. uniforms are optional for Coach Killacky’s first class.  You may also view our Physical Education Blog throughout the school year for announcements and updates.
  4. First Graders will line up on the field, and walk upstairs to our classroom each morning at 8:00am.  Tardy students must check in with the front office.
  5. Homework will not be given until the 3rd week of school, and Parent Volunteering will begin the 5th week of school.  We will discuss in more detail during BTS Night!

Upcoming Save the Dates

  • Fri.  9/9 8:00-8:15am – Osprey Pride Assembly
  • Wed.  9/14 5:00-6:30pm – Back to School Night BBQ, 6:30-7:00pm BTS Night Session 1, 7:30-8:00pm BTS Night Session 2
  • Fri.  9/23 – Movie Night (more details to come…)

That’s it for now!  Thank you again for your support during this time of preparation.  I look forward to meeting your first grader(s) on Tuesday morning!!!

– Mrs. Jenny Blackwood

Welcome to First Grade!

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Hello Parents!

I will be your child’s first grade teacher for the 2016-2017 school year.  We have such an exciting year ahead of us, filled with fun, exploration, and learning!

This will be my second year working at Old Town Academy, and my seventh year teaching first grade.  I also worked as an elementary school librarian for two years.

We will be working together throughout the year to foster a fabulous first grade community.

I have been working diligently to set up a beautiful learning environment for your chid. But, we are in need of several learning and art supplies.

This school year, classmates will be sharing a set of community supplies.  Please do not purchase individual supplies for your child to use at school.

If you wish to contribute to our class set of supplies, please view our Amazon Wish List. You may “filter/sort” items based on priority.  Please select for items to be shipped directly to Old Town Academy: 2120 San Diego Avenue.  You may begin purchasing items at anytime!  Our office manager will receive the items and send them to our classroom.  I will also make visits to our classroom before the first day of school!

You may purchase an item directly from Amazon OR purchase the same item from another store.  *** If you do purchase the item from another store, please be sure to select the exact name brand and quantity of the item.

It is not mandatory to purchase community supplies for our classroom this year.  However, the average cost of individual first grade student supplies can total $50 – $100.  Please consider contributing to our community supplies.  We very much appreciate any and all contributions!

There will be many opportunities to help in addition to our wish list!  I will be posting volunteer information on the blog during the first week of school.

I am grateful for your help and support.  And, I am looking forward to meeting you and your child very soon!  You are welcome to email me at anytime with questions, concerns, or introductions!

[email protected]

Best Regards,

Mrs. Blackwood

 

 

Weekly Update #10

Happy Quarter 2 to you!

We finished another fantastic week of first grade.  Thank you for adjusting to our new schedule!  You may review the updated Daily Schedule and First Grade Quarter 2 Project Trees.

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Lt. Rebekah Saxon visited our classroom to celebrate Veteran’s Day!

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Students asked questions about her job as a helicopter pilot in the Navy!

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Friendly Reminders

* Thank you for collecting Jog-a-Thon donations!  The awards ceremony will be November 20th during the morning assembly.  Parents are welcome to attend!

* November 16th – 18th will be minimum school days due to conferences.  Your child will eat snack at the regularly scheduled time, but will not eat lunch at school.  Dismissal will be at 12:00 on these days!

* The best way to order Scholastic Books is online!  Please visit this website:  https://clubs2.scholastic.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/UserLogon

Our class code is PD8DX

*  We will continue to use a Monthly Reading Log.  Please keep the log in your child’s folder for the entire month of November.  Next month, I will be sure to create a user friendly format, in which students will have more room to record book titles and minutes read.   For this month, you may help students record titles (I realize the boxes are tiny!)  I will check reading logs every Monday.

Upcoming Save the Dates

* NOV. 14th: Father Daughter Sock Hop!

* NOV. 16th – 18th: Fall Conferences (All Half Days)

* NOV. 25th – 27th:  Happy Thanksgiving!  (NO SCHOOL)

Curriculum Conversation Starters

(Ask your child the following questions about what we have learned this week! This is optional!)

1. What did the One-Inch Boy wish for at the end of his story?  What did the Princess wish for?  Were their wishes granted?

2. What is the definition of “scarcely”?

3. Who was the ninth President of the United States?  How did he get sick?  Who became the President when he died (only 1 month into his Presidency!)?

4.  How many hundreds are in the number 567?  How many tens are in the number 89?  How many ones are in the number 7,452?

5.  Is a rock alive?  How do you know?

6. Was there really a ghost in the Wormwood’s house?

Thank you! Enjoy the weekend!

– Mrs. Blackwood

Weekly Update #9

Dear Parents,

Your first grader has completed Quarter 1!  Week #9 was a true success.  We proved our knowledge on the Mesopotamia Test, and presented our AMAZING Habitat Projects!  Please read our Friendly Reminders and Upcoming Save the Dates.  Thank you!

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Dimitri presents his Terrarium Project to the class!

Friendly Reminders

* I truly appreciate any supply donations for our classroom.  I have added a few items to our Amazon Wish List.  It is OPTIONAL to donate supplies.

* During Quarter 2, we will have Gym on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  You child should wear his or her gym uniform on these days starting 11/9.

* Jog-a-Thon Pledge Packets are due on Tuesday, 11/10!  Please send donations in your child’s folder.

* The best way to order Scholastic Books is online!  Please visit this website:  https://clubs2.scholastic.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/UserLogon

Our class code is PD8DX

*  We will continue to use a Monthly Reading Log.  Please keep the log in your child’s folder for the entire month of November.  Next month, I will be sure to create a user friendly format, in which students will have more room to record book titles and minutes read.   For this month, you may help students record titles (I realize the boxes are tiny!)  I will check reading logs every Monday.

Upcoming Save the Dates

* TODAY, NOV. 6th: Last Day of Quarter 1 (Half Day)

* NOV. 11th: Happy Veterans’ Day!  (NO SCHOOL)

* NOV. 16th – 18th: Fall Conferences (All Half Days)

* NOV. 25th – 27th:  Happy Thanksgiving!  (NO SCHOOL)

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Tesla presents her Swamp Shadowbox to the class!

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Students had the opportunity to ask questions about each Science Project.

Curriculum Conversation Starters

(Ask your child the following questions about what we have learned this week! This is optional!)

1. How big is Tom Thumb?

2. What is the definition of “commotion”?

3. Who was the eighth President of the United States?  If he was born in 1782 and died in 1862, how many years did he live?  (You may need paper and pencil to figure this one out!)

4.  Represent the number 38 using tally marks.

5.  What is your favorite Habitat?  Why is it your favorite?

6. What is Mr. Wormwood’s job?  Is he an honest man?

Thank you! Enjoy the weekend!

– Mrs. Blackwood

Daily Schedule Change and Science Project Due Date

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We will begin our Second Quarter this Monday, November 9th.  I have posted the Q2 Schedule here under the Daily Activities page.

Most of the first grade schedule remains the same, however, your child will now attend Gym three times per week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  Please dress your child in their Gym uniform on those days starting 11/9.

Also, a reminder that First Quarter Science Projects are due this Thursday, November 5th. Please send emails with any questions or concerns.

Thank you very much for your support.  And, I hope to see you this evening at the Charter Petition Hearing!

 

 

Weekly Update #8

We are wrapping up the First Quarter!

This week of school was truly amazing.  And, we certainly ended with a bang!  The Halloween Party was so much fun.  THANK YOU Volunteers!  Our party was a success because of your help!

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* We are collecting BOX TOPS for education.  Please place box tops in a plastic bag, and place in the “right back to school” side of your child’s folder.  (This is optional.)

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* The best way to order Scholastic Books is online!  Please visit this website:  https://clubs2.scholastic.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/UserLogon

Our class code is PD8DX

*  Starting this week, we will use a MONTHLY Reading Log.  Please keep the log in your child’s folder for the entire month of November.  I will check reading logs every Monday.  (We are saving trees!)

Upcoming Save the Dates

* NOV. 5th: Final Science Projects Due

* NOV. 6th: Last Day of Quarter 1 (Half Day!)

* NOV. 16th – 18th: Fall Conferences

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Pal Day!

Curriculum Conversation Starters

(Ask your child the following questions about what we have learned this week! This is optional!)

1. How did Cinderella get her nickname?

2. What is the definition of “worthy”?

3. Who was the seventh President of the United States?  Why did he have to sneak out of the White House during his inauguration party?

4.  Represent the number 27 using tally marks.

5.  What is another name for the Savannah Biome?

6. Why is Mrs. Phelps amazed by Matilda?

Thank you! Have a Happy Halloween!

– Mrs. Blackwood

Happy Halloween!

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We are looking forward to a spectacular (and spooky!) Halloween celebration tomorrow.  You may RSVP on our signup page:  Halloween Party!

If you signed up to bring supplies or snacks, you may send the items with your child OR bring the items to our classroom 30 minutes before party time!  Thank you for your contributions!

You are welcome to join in the fun, even if you did not sign up to volunteer during our party! Younger siblings are also welcome to attend.

Schedule of Events:

8:25 – 8:30 Class Photo in the Cafeteria

8:30 – 9:15 Parade and School-wide Contests

9:15 – 9:30 Award Ceremony

9:30 – 1:00 Regular School Day Schedule

1:00 – 1:30 Party Set-up

1:30 – 2:30 First Grade Halloween Party!

2:30 – 3:00 Clean up and Dismissal

If you have questions, concerns, or ideas regarding the Halloween Party, please send an email to [email protected] Thank you!

 

 

Oh Happy Day!

Hooray!  Our class filled the reward jar with marbles!  We receive one marble per amazing day of school.

We took a vote…and the results are in!  Most students in our class would like to have a “Pal Day” as a reward.  Your child may bring one pal to school this Wednesday, October 28th, to keep on his or her desk.  Acceptable pals include stuffed animals or figurines that can fit in a backpack.  Thank you!

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Weekly Update #7

Hello!

What an incredible seventh week of first grade!  Please read our friendly reminders and upcoming calendar dates.  As always, thank you for your support!

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Jonah practices writing his name in cuneiform!

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Rigney pretends she is an Ancient Mesopotamian Queen!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friendly Reminders

* Our Halloween Party will be next Friday!  If you would like to attend or donate party supplies, please sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0c48a4a723a4f85-halloween (You may bring additional party supplies or snacks other than those listed, but please send an email to describe the items.)

* Your child may wear his or her costume OR uniform to school on Friday.  Students in costume will not be changing into their uniforms at anytime during the day.  Please send an email if you have any questions or concerns about costumes.

* There is a new Conference sign up page on our blog.  Please sign up by clicking the link on the page.  I am excited to speak with you about your child’s accomplishments in first grade so far!

* We will be collecting BOX TOPS for education.  Please place box tops in a plastic bag, and place in the “right back to school” side of your child’s folder.  (This is optional.)

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Upcoming Save the Dates

* OCT. 30th, 8:45: Halloween Parade!

* OCT. 30th, 1:30 – 2:30:  Halloween Party!

* NOV. 5th: Final Science Projects Due

* NOV. 6th: Last Day of Quarter 1 (Half Day!)

* NOV. 16th – 18th: Fall Conferences

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Camilla and Chace love hands-on science experiments!

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Novie and Vincent experiment with milk, dish soap, and food coloring!

Curriculum Conversation Starters

(Ask your child the following questions about what we have learned this week! This is optional!)

1. How can the food pyramid help us to eat healthier?

2. What is the definition of “nutritious”?

3. Who was the sixth President of the United States?  What type of pet did he keep in the White House?!

4.  Which is your favorite math folder center?  Why is it your favorite?

 

5. On average, how many inches of rainfall does a desert receive per year?

6. What happened to George’s mean Grandma?!

Thank you! Have a lovely weekend!

– Mrs. Blackwood

Weekly Update #6

Hello Parents,

Your first grader had a super week at school!  We celebrated a birthday, learned many new vocabulary words, practiced with JiJi, AND added a new student, Rigney, to our class!  Please read about important reminders, upcoming dates, and other learning accomplishments below.

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Isla loves to read and write about the human body systems!

Friendly Reminders

* There is a new Conference sign up page on our blog.  Please sign up by clicking the link on the page.  I am excited to speak with you about your child’s accomplishments in first grade so far!

* We will be collecting BOX TOPS for education.  Please place box tops in a plastic bag, and place in the “right back to school” side of your child’s folder.  (This is optional.)

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* We will gladly take any used books to add to our classroom library! Thank you so very much for your donations thus far.

Upcoming Save the Dates

* OCT. 23rd: Jog-A-Thon! (Half Day of School)

* OCT. 30th: Halloween Parade and Party (more details to come!)

* NOV. 16th – 18th: Fall Conferences

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Kaydon illustrates and writes facts about the Nervous System!

Curriculum Conversation Starters

(Ask your child the following questions about what we have learned this week! This is optional!)

1. Why is Louis Pasteur a hero?

2. What is the nervous system?  What is the spinal cord?

3. Who was the fifth President of the United States?  What day did he die? (Independence Day)  Why is this strange?!

4.  If a shape has 8 sides, how many angles does it have?

5. Name five animals that live in Arctic habitat.

6. What is a Venn Diagram?  How is it helpful?

Thank you! And, enjoy your weekend!

– Mrs. Blackwood

Weekly Update #5

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We completed another amazing week of learning (and fun!).  Please read about important reminders and upcoming dates below.

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Lylah competes her texture project during Art Class!

 

Friendly Reminders

* There is a new Volunteer Opportunities page on our blog.  You may sign up for volunteer opportunities by clicking the link for signup genius.  I will add more opportunities throughout the month!  Thank you so much for your help in and out of our classroom!

* We will gladly take any used books to add to our classroom library! Thank you so very much for your donations thus far.

* Your child may access ST MATH from home. At this time, ST MATH homework is not required, only optional. If your child does not remember his or her password, I will retrain at school.

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Robert is super excited to learn about the Human Body during Language Arts!

Upcoming Save the Dates

* OCT. 13th: Picture Day: Students must wear collared OTA shirts to school on this day.  Please DO NOT bring a change of clothes for P.E.  Students will wear collared shirts to P.E. on this day only.  Thank you!

* OCT. 23rd: Jog-A-Thon! (Half Day of School)

* OCT. 30th: Halloween Parade and Party (more details to come!)

Curriculum Conversation Starters

(Ask your child the following questions about what we have learned this week! This is optional!)

1. What is the difference between “voluntary” and “involuntary” muscles?

2. What is special about a pediatrician?

3. Who was the fourth President of the United States?  Was he the tallest or the shortest President?

5. Name three animals that live in the Temperate Forest.

6. Was George’s Dad angry about the medicine?  Why or why not?

Thank you! And, enjoy your weekend!

– Mrs. Blackwood

Texture Art Project

Dear Parents,

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Many students have brought EXTRA texture materials for our project on Wednesday, October 7th!  Therefore, if your child has not brought materials to school yet, he/she may borrow materials from his/her classmates.

Thank you for your help!

Best Regards,

Mrs. Blackwood

Weekly Update #4

Dear Parents and Guardians,

You should be so proud of your first grader!  We accomplished many learning tasks this week, and we are well on our way to climbing our Quarter 1 Project Trees!

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Friendly Reminders

* There is a new Volunteer Opportunities page on our blog.  You may sign up for volunteer opportunities by clicking the link for signup genius.  I will add more opportunities throughout the month!  Thank you so much for your help in and out of our classroom!

* We will be completing a texture project in Art Class next Wednesday, October 7th.  Please read the 9/29 blog post for more information.

* We will gladly take any used books to add to our classroom library! Thank you so very much for your donations thus far.

* Your child may access ST MATH from home. At this time, ST MATH homework is not required, only optional. If your child does not remember his or her password, I will retrain at school.
Upcoming Save the Dates

* OCT. 7th: Jog-A-Thon! T-shirt Order Forms Due (extra forms located in the office)

* OCT. 13th: Picture Day (email me if you need an extra form)

* OCT. 23rd: Jog-A-Thon! (Half Day of School)

Curriculum Conversation Starters

(Ask your child the following questions about what we have learned this week! This is optional!)

1. What is the definition of a “system” in the human body?

2. How many bones are in the human body? (206)

3. What is free writing?

4. Who was the third President of the United States?  What did he write?

5. Name the 4 layers of the rainforest.

6. What happened when Grandma took George’s Marvelous Medicine?!!!

Thank you! And, enjoy your weekend!

– Mrs. Blackwood

Robotics!

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First grade students will participate in Robotics on Wednesday or Friday mornings.  This week, our Bee-Bots are exploring the seven continents!

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Brianna, Abby, and Noah are taking Bee-Bot on a trip to South America.

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Jonah, Sophia, and Novie know how to make Bee-Bot move!

 

We are learning about texture in Art class!

Hello Parents!

Next week, we will be learning about texture in Art class.  Students will view and discuss textile paintings and other textile works of art.

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Your child will complete a texture art project next Wednesday, October 7th!  He/she will need a small sandwich size bag of materials to complete the project.

Please choose ONE of the following materials to bring to school for our art project.  The material should be in a small sandwich size bag.  Please label the bag with your child’s name.  You may bring the material in ANYTIME between now and next Wednesday, October 7th.

* uncooked rice

* dry oatmeal

* sunflower seeds

* uncooked macaroni

Thank you so much for your help!  Please email me with any questions or concerns.

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Weekly Update #3

Dear Parents and Guardians,

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Isabel shows off our growing Word Wall!

 

Wow!  Your first grader accomplished so much during the third week of school!  On Tuesday, we completed the Reading MAPS Assessment.  And on Wednesday, we completed our Math MAPS Assessment.  Absent students will have the opportunity to make up the test next week.

Also, the first First Grade Spelling Test took place on Friday afternoon!  Your child will receive his or her spelling test results on Monday.

Friendly Reminders

* Your child will receive a reading log and 8 spelling words in their take home folder each Monday. Please return the homework sheet the following Monday of each week. (So, this week’s reading log 9/28 – 10/2 should be returned on 10/5.)

* Volunteer hours will begin in October. I may contact you by email to schedule a time for you to volunteer in our classroom OR to complete projects from home.  I will also create a new page on our blog with a link to signup genius.  This website will help with our Volunteer Schedule.  More details to come this week!

* We will gladly take any used books to add to our classroom library!  Thank you so very much for your donations thus far.

* Your child may access ST MATH from home.  At this time, ST MATH homework is not required, only optional.  If your child does not remember his or her password, I will retrain at school.

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Caden enjoys silent and independent reading after recess each day.

Upcoming Save the Dates

* OCT. 1st: Jog-A-Thon! T-shirt Design Entries Due

* OCT. 13th: Picture Day

* OCT. 23rd: Jog-A-Thon!  (Half Day of School)

Curriculum Conversation Starters

(Ask your child the following questions about what we have learned this week! This is optional!)

1. What is the definition of “satisfied”?

2. What is the definition of “mischief”?

3. How can a brainstorm help us during writing?

4. Who was the second President of the United States?

5. Name 3 types of wetlands.  (bog, marsh, swamp)

6. What is in George’s Marvelous Medicine?!!!

Thank you! And, have a wonderful weekend.

– Mrs. Blackwood

Scholastic Reading Club!

I have great news to share!

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Our class has an official Scholastic Reading Club Activation Code…

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You may now visit https://clubs2.scholastic.com at anytime to purchase books for your child.  You may also order from the paper flyer, which I will send in your child’s folder.

This is optional.

Our class will earn points for each purchase.  These points will be used to order new books and materials for our classroom!

Thank you for your continuous support!

– Mrs. Blackwood

 

Weekly Update #36

Congratulations!  Next week is our last week of school, and this will be our last weekly update of the 2017-2018 School Year.  Thank you for your continuous support and encouragement!

Friendly Reminders

* The MAPs Reading and Math Test scores will be sent in the mail along with your child’s report card.  If you have any questions about the results, I would love to discuss them with you!  Here is a link, which may help you interpret the data: https://www.nwea.org/content/uploads/2015/08/2015-MAP-Normative-Data-NOV15.pdf

* Next Thursday 6/14, we will have a 1st Grade Awards Ceremony in our classroom from 1:30-2:00.  You are welcome to attend!  Each student will receive a special award.

* We will have a Summer Birthdays Celebration directly after the Awards Ceremony from 2:00-2:30.  You are welcome to stay for the party, and take your child(ren) home afterward.  Thank you for signing up to bring treats and party supplies!  

* There will be no homework or spelling test the last week of school 🙂

Upcoming Save the Dates

* JUNE 14th: Awards Ceremony & Summer Birthday Celebration! 1:30-2:30…Happy Birthday Reya!

* JUNE 15th: The Last Day of School and Spirit Day! (Early Dismissal at 12:00)

Curriculum Conversation Starters

(Ask your child the following questions about what we have learned this week! This is optional!)

1. Who was the co-captain of Meriwether Lewis?

2. What is a synonym for “expedition”?

3. What do you hope to learn in math during second grade?

4. The core virtue of the month is Lives to Learn From.  Who do you admire and why?

5. What was your favorite part of field day?

6. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?  Are you looking forward to the first grade ice cream sundae party?

7. What will you do over the summer to prepare for the second grade?

8. How do you think “The Twits” will end?

THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING!

– Mrs. Blackwood