I hope you all had a nice weekend. Today's weather was beautiful, in my opinion!
I wanted to let you know about a few things coming up in first grade.
1. There is no school on Wednesday, November 11th, in honor of Veterans' Day. The students have learned about what a veteran is and about the 5 branches of the military. We even made paper poppies last Friday to represent the Day of Remembrance for the soldiers who have died as they have fought for our country.
2. The first quarter of school comes to a close on Thursday. I have my first parent conference starting on that day. I think that I have scheduled just about everyone for a conference. I will send home reminder slips at least one week before your conference. If you did not schedule a conference yet, please contact me.
A note about parent conferences. My primary focus is to communicate to you how your child in doing in academic subjects: reading, writing, language, speaking and listening, mathematics, science, and social studies. We will also briefly discuss learner qualities. Each conference will last about 20 minutes. If you feel that you need more time after we have spoken for 20 minutes, we can schedule another meeting.
I will have a draft of your child's report card with me so that we can use it to guide our conversation.
When report cards are officially "released," you will receive a message via email from our school's automated system. You will then be able to view the report card online.
For most of you, you will be able to see your child's report card before we have our conference.
3. We will have our 2nd math assessment this week. I feel confident that the students have a solid understanding of how to model and solve word problems. They have also "discovered" the commutative property of addition. I will send the assessments home when they are scored.
4. I have sent home the first volume of our Read-Aloud Junior Great Books. Please keep these at home. We have been discussing the stories and poems, using the students' questions as a guide. We usually act out the stories as well as do an art piece.
Our next story is Rumpelstiltskin by the Brothers Grimm.
I am very proud of this fabulous group of kids. It is so nice to come to school each day and see their bright, smiling faces.