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Monday, December 1, 2014

December is here!

Hello, families!

It's hard to believe that today is the first day of December.  Tomorrow marks the 60th day of school.  Time needs to S-L-O-W D-O-W-N!!!

Meanwhile, we are plugging along in first grade.  The "Choose MyPlate.gov" mini-unit is going well!  We have all learned about the 5 food groups and how to identify foods as being a part of a particular food group.  We have discussed the fact that people add things to foods in order to make them taste appealing (sugar to cranberries, ketchup for example).  We have thought about why we like to eat certain foods together (pasta with chicken nuggets, sauce with pasta), too.

On December 11th our class will visit a PTO-created holiday store just for kids!  All items are priced $5.00 and less (with most items $1 or $2).  Kids will be able to shop for family members.   In the past, we have even wrapped and tagged gifts in class.  More information will follow via a flyer from the PTO.

We will finish our math unit on data and measurement this week and the kids will be assessed on Friday.  Look for the assessment to come home next week.  Our next unit will be on addition and subtraction and the relationship between the two.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
Thank you!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

December plans...

Dear Families,

We have a new student in 1-2!  She has moved from New Jersey and we welcomed her into our classroom on Friday.  I hope that she didn't get overwhelmed with all the attention and cards made for her!!!  I look forward to spending the rest of the year with her in our first grade family.

I am wrapping up parent/teacher conferences this week.  I am so proud of these kiddos.  First grade is rigorous!  These kids rise to challenges with confidence and pride.  I love watching them grow.

Tomorrow evening (Monday, November 24th), from 5-6pm is our first grade "Balance and Motion Family Night!"  It's has been a successful, annual event and I am looking forward to it! 

Now that our first science unit is completed, I would like to introduce an integrated unit for the month of December called "Serving Up My Plate."  It's an interactive unit about making healthy food choices.  There are 9 lessons in this unit which was provided by the USDA using the MyPlate icon.  For more information, visit  http://www.choosemyplate.gov/kids/ParentsEducators.html

In mathematics, we have completed the "data" portion of our unit and have begun "time."  I have introduced the following terms:  minute hand, hour hand, clockwise, counterclockwise, digital, and analog.
The first grade standard is to learn how to tell time to the hour and half-hour.
The last portion of our unit involved measurement using non-standard units.  For instance, I might ask "How long is this table if I were to measure in Mrs. Turenne shoes?  In crayons?  Why would it take more crayons than Mrs. Turenne shoes?"

On Tuesday of this week we are lucky enough to be invited to enjoy the second grade's Thanksgiving musical performance!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Balance and Motion Family Night!!!

Dear Families,

On Monday, November 24, 2014 from 5:00-6:00pm, the first grade teachers will host the annual


Join the fun in the Melrose Multipurpose Room while your first grader teaches you all there is to know about balance and motion!
You will hear science vocabulary, such as "momentum," "gravity," "weight," "friction," and much, much more!!!

We hope to see you on Monday!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Scholastic Reading Club

Hello, families!

I just want to remind you that if you want to order anything from the October First Grade or SeeSaw Scholastic Reading Clubs, the orders are due on Friday, November 21st.
After Thanksgiving, I will send another book order home for December.
Thank you!

I look forward to meeting with you all for parent-teacher conferences!

Mrs. Turenne

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

report cards, conferences, reading, ...and more!

Hello, families!

Today finds me feeling very grateful for all of those brave, selfless men and women who have served in the armed forces (and who continue to serve).  I am blown away thinking about the sacrifices that they have made (and still make).  I know that 6- and 7-year-olds might not understand the big picture of what Veterans Day means, but I tried to do my part.

Anyway, this week I will complete first quarter report cards! The report cards will not be posted in Aspen until November 20th, therefore, I will have a copy handy during our parent/teacher conferences next week.
It can be very difficult to decipher what a number actually means on a report card and I will do my best to give you the "full picture."

I did send home parent/teacher conference reminders last Friday.  I hope that you have received yours and the date and time are still good for you.  I truly enjoy conferences as it give me a chance to chat about the fabulous first graders I have in my class as well as to get to know you, the parents/guardians, a little bit better!

This week and next, I will be doing a reading assessment with your child.  This reading assessment will determine the reading level at which your child is fluent and comprehending. This level will change throughout the year and I will do my best to keep you informed!

A note about cold weather:  many kids in first grade complain about dry hands and chapped lips throughout the cold weather months.  It might be a good idea to put a stick of chap stick and a sample-size container of hand lotion in you child's backpack.  I remember doing this for my son and it was quite convenient for him.
Also, don't forget that the kids go outside for recess daily! Be sure to prepare them for the weather!  This means to dress in (or pack) a hat, mittens or gloves, and a coat.

Thank you so much!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Conferences and book orders

Good evening families!
I forgot to mention a couple other November things in my last post:  parent/teacher conferences and book orders.

Tomorrow I will send home reminders of when your conference is with me.  If the date doesn't work out, we can schedule another time. My plan for conferencing is to show you your child's report card from the first quarter.  We can use the report card as a guide for our discussion.  I plan to show you work samples and also how your child doing socially within the classroom.  Please write down questions that you may have for me and bring them with you to the conference.

Second, I want to send home another Scholastic Book order.  You can order online as well as filling out the form that I will send home. I will send home the 1st Graders November order and the SeeSaw order. Our class activation code is H3XL9.  The due date for orders will be November 21st.

Scarecrows will be set up at the Godena Farm on Saturday!  The Harvest Festival will begin at 4:30, but you can come anytime after noon to see the scarecrows!  The address for the Godena Farm is 891 North Main Road, Jamestown.  Hope to see you there!  I'll be making the s'mores!

Monday, November 3, 2014

November News

Hello families!
The month of November is short yet packed full!

The Melrose-student/parent created scarecrows will be on display at the Godena farm this Saturday, November 8th!  

There are a few days that the kids don't have school:  November 4, 11, 27, and 28th.

We will have a special evening called "Balance and Motion Night" at school on November 24th from 5:00-6:00pm.  Stay tuned for details...

Thank you to the families who ordered from the Scholastic book order.  Those books should be coming in sometime next week!

We are beginning a new math unit this week all about introducing time, data, and measurement.  This is a short unit...about 5 days long.
I hope you have taken advantage of the information in the dropbox (http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=1295472).

Leanne Turenne