Words on our word wall (these are the NO EXCUSES words!): am, can, do, is, on, big, it, we, the, to, saw, out, I, at, get, be, car, in, new, he, has, like, me, went, you

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Box Tops and Scarecrows

Our fabulous PTO will begin collecting Box Tops for Education next week and we need your help!  Box Tops are found on various food and household items.  Each Box Top has a monetary value and when turned in to school, the PTO uses the money to fund some of the special events and things. 

Already our class has collected many Box Tops!  If you please, take the time to cut the Box Tops off of the items that you may have at home and turn them into school.  

On another note, each classroom at Melrose School will be creating a scarecrow to be put on display at the Godena Farm.  The Melrose School Improvement Team and the Conanicut Island Land Trust have worked together for the past 2 years for this fun, family- and community-centered event...The Harvest Celebration!  The celebration will take place at the Godena Farm on November 1st from 4:30-8pm.
Each grade-level has a specific theme for their scarecrows.  The first grade theme is SPORTS!  At school, we will brainstorm and plan a sports-themed scarecrow.  We will create the scarecrow in class at the end of next week (Oct 24th) or at the beginning of the following week. If you are interested in helping out in class to build the scarecrow, let me know!
If you are interested in seeing some scarecrows from the past, check out:  https://www.facebook.com/Conanicutlandtrust/events
click on "photos" and scroll down to "2013."  

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

October 16th Unity Day

Wear ORANGE at the Jamestown School District
for Unity Day!
If you care about safe and supportive schools and communities make your color ORANGE on Unity Day.
 This is the day everyone can come together
—in schools and communities—
and send one large ORANGE message of
 support, hope, and unity.

It can be an orange T-shirt, sweatshirt, wristband,
 socks, or even shoelaces.
 Show your support beyond the school—
wear ORANGE in the workplace, home and community!

Monday, October 6, 2014

New stuff...

Today we began our second math unit (1.2):  Understanding, Representing, and Solving Addition and Subtraction within 10.  I began with the question of "what does the = sign mean?"  It was interesting to hear their answers. We will begin with addition and subtraction on the number line and related strategies.

Also, I have been teaching the kids how to pick out a book for "Read to Self."  We use the IPICK acronym.
I - I pick a book
P - Purpose (why do you want to read this book?)
I - Interest (does the book interest you?)
C - Comprehension (do I understand what I a reading?)
K - Know the words (I must be able to read most of the words)

We also discussed 3 ways to read a book!  Ask your child what they are!

In science, we have finished our balancing portion of our "Balance and Motion" unit and are in learning about rotational energy with tops and zoomers!

Finally, our school psychologist, Dr. Lisa Wholey will be starting a social skills program on Friday afternoons after lunch recess.  I will be teaching with her.  We both believe that first grade is such an important time for social growth.  This addition will benefit all of the kiddos in our class.  The social skills class will run 6-8 weeks. 

Friday, October 3, 2014

Scholastic Reading Club

Hello Families!

I know that lots of teachers send home Scholastic Reading Club orders. I remember getting bringing them home from school when I was a kid.  While I didn't get to order many books, I loved looking at the flyer.

I would like to start to send the Reading Club orders home, but you can also check them out online.  There are SO many to choose from!  You can even search for books by reading level!

I'll let you know when the first order will be sent home and when it is due.  It usually takes about 1-2 weeks for the orders to come in.  Books make great birthday gifts and holiday gifts!


Monday, September 29, 2014

New Math Unit

Hello, Families!

We are finishing up our first math unit this week.  We have been working on counting numbers and writing numbers as well as representing numbers with tens and ones.  We also used place value to compare two 2-digit numbers.
The new unit (1.2) will be a 20-day unit all about addition and subtraction within 10.  The content includes:  
1.  add and subtract within 10 using counting on, making 10, and decomposing strategies
2.  Understand the meaning of the = sign
3.  apply the commutative property as a strategy to solve addition problems.
4.  represent an addition problem with an equation using symbols to represent the unknown number.

We keep adding words to our word wall, too!  Check out the orange words above!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Good morning!

Good morning, families!

It was so great to see so many of you at Open House the other night.  In fact (and this has never happened in all my 16 years of teaching), ALL families have signed up for parent/teacher conferences!!!  Be assured that I will send out a reminder for your conference a couple of weeks beforehand.

The kids are settling in to first grade well.  Having said that, I find that I still need to remind many of them of the classroom expectations...especially following directions!  I have confidence that with consistency on my part, we will all be successful in this area!

Please feel free to contact me for whatever the reason.  My door is always open, too!

Leanne Turenne

Friday, September 12, 2014

Hello Families!

There are quite a few things that I wanted to talk to you about today!  Some things might be a mere reminder, and some might be new information.

1.  As a parent, you have access to your child's school information on Aspen.  This is where medical information is updated as well as emergency contacts and so many other things!  If you have not taken the time to logon to Aspen this year, please take the time to do so.  I am guilty of not "updating" information for my 6th grader, but I'm glad that I did!  I noticed that I needed to update his emergency contact information!

2  A word about toys.  Many kids have been bringing in toys to school.  While I have allowed this for the first 2 weeks as students have been adjusting, I will ask that the toys be left at home.  Melrose School does have a policy that toys should be left at home.  Thank you in advance for your understanding in this matter.

3.  Wolf Paws!  Our school is a PBIS school.  PBIS stands for "Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports."  As part of our PBIS program, kids can earn Wolf Paws for exhibiting behavioral expectations, whether it be in the hallway, lunchroom, playground, or classroom!  When a student earns a Wolf Paw from an adult, he/she will take the slip of paper (with a paw-print on it) home from school.  If your child brings home a Wolf Paw, ask him/her about it!

4.  Today I introduced a new online math program to our class.  It is called IXL (www.ixl.com).  Each student has a username and password.  The site is fairly easy to maneuver.  I have taped your child's username and password to the inside of their take-home folder.  Feel free to use IXL anytime!  I will try to let you know which IXL subjects coincide with our current math unit as well.

5.  Today your child has brought home a pink paper packet.  This is Melrose School's after-school enrichment program.  There are several fun, after-school activities appropriate for first graders!  If your first grader wants to try strings, crafts, yoga, Mandarin, Art, karate, or chess be sure to fill out the paperwork and send it into the office ASAP!

6.  Open House is on Tuesday, September 16th!  I can't wait to meet you all face-to face!  It starts out in the Melrose Multipurpose Room at 7pm.  I was planning on making a cute slide-show to show you when we disperse and go into the individual classrooms.  If you DO NOT want your child's picture in the slide-show, please let me know!

Thank you so much,
Leanne Turenne