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, and, day, fun, go, up

Thursday, October 23, 2014

scarecrow and Halloween

Good evening, families!

The scarecrow that our class will build next Monday and Tuesday will be a SURFER!!!!  In class today, we were discussing what a swimmer wears (to determine what items to put on the scarecrow) and the kiddos seemed to have gotten excited when someone mentioned a wetsuit.  Naturally, the conversation turned to surfing...then a vote on changing our scarecrow to a surfer.  And the surfer won.

So, today in your child's folder is a short list of what we came up with for possible items (donated) for our surfer scarecrow.  I have lots of leaves in my back yard that I will bring in for "stuffing."  Feel free to get creative and recommend items for our surfer...sunglasses?  flip flops?
We will try to paint a wave for the background on a big piece of cardboard.  Anyone have a big piece of cardboard?

The best time to build the scarecrow will be Monday and  Tuesday from 1:30-2:30pm.  If you are interested in coming in to help out, just make sure that you have your background check all taken care of first!

Halloween is next Friday!!!  The kids are excited, I know!
We can't allow them to wear costumes to school, but Mrs. Froberg (our room parent) and I will be organizing fun "Halloween-y" activities for the last hour of the day.  If you are interested in helping out, let me know or you can give her a shout.

Thank you!!!
Mrs. Turenne

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