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Important Dates:

Upcoming Reminders!

October:

Monday, 10/8- No school!, staff development day

Friday, 10/12- Fun Run, wear your tee-shirt and comfortable shoes!

Friday, 10/12- Reflections entries due

Wednesday, 10/31- Halloween parade at 8:25 am, class party to follow, ALL students come early this day

 

September:

Monday, 9/10- Early/Late Schedule begins

Thursday, 9/27- Picture Day

Friday, 9/28- LP Fall Carnival

Pull-out Schedule

Mondays: Art 10:45-11:30 (every other week)

Tuesdays: Drama 9.30-10:25

Science 10:50-11:50

Wednesdays: Music 9:00-9:30

Math Stations 10:45-11:45 (every other week)

First Grade PE 1:05-1:50

Thursdays: Library 9:55-10:25

PE 10:45-11:30

Fridays: Computers 1:00- 1:30

Tanya Rago Locker

Tanya Rago

Room 8 News!

November 5, 2018

General News:

*  Parent/Teacher Conferences are coming up! Please check your emails for an evite reminder of the day and time that we are scheduled to meet.

*  We have a new student in Room 8! We would like to welcome Connor Staines and his family to first grade. We look forward to getting to know you. I have sent home an updated class list on the Daily Folder today.

*  Please remember, our days in first grade can be VERY busy. There will be days throughout the year that I am unable to send home a Daily Message, and in order for me to be “present” with your children there will also be times that I don’t send Progress Reports. With Parent/Teacher Conferences and report cards this month I will not be updating the website again until December. I want you to be aware that these inconsistencies will occur and I appreciate your understanding in advance!

 

Social Studies and Science:

In science we are continuing to learn about the weather and the phases of the moon.

This month students will begin our Now and Then Unit in social studies. We will be comparing the past and the present. How have things stayed the same? and how are they different?

 

Reading:

We are finishing our Word Detective Unit in Reader’s Workshop. In our next unit we will be reading nonfiction stories. Students begin the unit by learning that "nonfiction readers become super smart about topics", and learn all they can from a book. We are working on comprehension strategies, such as previewing the text, predicting text structure, and synthesizing information from multiple sources (the picture, the print, the text boxes). At home, encourage your child to read a nonfiction book with you. Ask them what they know about nonfiction books? How are they similar to fiction books? and how are they different?

 


Writing:

We are also launching our Informational Writing Unit in our Writer's Workshop program. The beginning of the unit will are asked to think of something that they know a lot about. It helps if it is something they do or something they have. The more they know about something, then the more they will have to write about it. Brainstorm with your child at home and come up with some topic ideas, what does your child know a lot about? We will also spotlight using a "teaching voice" (vs. a story telling voice) and writing a lot, so that each page teaches new and interesting information. 

 

Math:

We have started a new unit on story problems. We are using "Math Mountains" to help us find the missing part. In a Math Mountain the total/whole number sits at the top and the parts (or partners) sit at the bottom of the mountain. 

Memorizing the basic addition facts helps to ease student's frustrations in the classroom. It is a good idea to practice them at home!

October 19, 2018

General News:

  • Remember that you child will have to sit in their Halloween costume all day at school. Please consider simplifying their costume for the day, then they can go all out on Halloween night. Hair becomes uncomfortable, make-up often itches, smears and gets all over their clothes. Students also have to be able to go out to recess and play. All students should be able to help themselves to put costume parts on and take costume parts off. 

 

  • Our Halloween school parade is at 8:45 am on Wednesday, October 31. Everyone is invited to the parade. The classroom party following the parade is for volunteers only.

Bats:

We have been learning all about bats and our room has turned into a roost! We have read a number of books about bats, both fiction and non-fiction. We read Stellaluna and discussed what happened at the beginning, middle, and end of the story. We also wrote down bat facts that we learned. See if your child can remember some of the fantastic bat vocabulary words that we learned about?

 

Reading:

In first grade we are working on our Word Detective Unit. Students are Word Detectives, learning strategies to help them decode and use high-frequency words. We are also working on identifying character traits, and the beginning, middle, and end of a story. Our interactive read-aloud time is an opportunity to support students in thinking deeply and talking about books.


Writing:

We are currently reviewing how to write “How To” stories from kindergarten. Next, students will begin writing all about something they are an expert in. Something they can teach someone else about. This is the beginning of our Non-Fiction/Informational Writing Unit. We discuss and share ideas in class, but it is also helpful to brainstorm ideas at home. What is something your child knows a lot about? What is something they do often and would have a lot to tell about?

 

Math:

In math we have been working on subtraction. Students are building math stories to help them learn the difference between subtraction and addition. We are also using pictures and circles to help us write the corresponding equation.

Memorizing the basic addition facts helps to ease student's frustrations in the classroom. It is a good idea to practice them at home!

 

October 5, 2018

General News:

* On Monday, October 8 there is NO SCHOOL due to a Staff Development Day.

 

* District Progress Reports came home today for some students. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

 

* Parent volunteers are needed! Please revisit Sign-up Genius. We are greatly in need of Math Station helpers and Computer helpers. Thank you in advance!

 

Halloween Reminders:

Remember that you child will have to sit in their Halloween costume all day at school. Please consider simplifying their costume for the day, then they can go all out on Halloween night. Hair becomes uncomfortable, make-up often itches, smears and gets all over their clothes. Students also have to be able to go out to recess and play. All students should be able to help themselves to put costume parts on and take costume parts off. 

 

Our Halloween school parade is at 8:45 am on Wednesday, October 31. Everyone is invited to the parade. The classroom party following the parade is for volunteers only.

 

On Wednesday, 10/31 ALL students will be on the early schedule.  Arriving at 8:25 am and departing at 1:55 pm.

 

Spiders:

We have been learning all about spiders! We are reading fiction and non-fiction stories about spiders. We are writing facts about spiders, too. We are also reading about a spider character named Anansi. Ask your child about Anansi's character traits. How does he look on the outside? And what is he like on the inside? We made an Anansi out of paper to go with our webs made of glue!

 

Reading:

In first grade we are beginning our Word Detective Unit. Students are Word Detectives, learning strategies to help them decode and use high-frequency words. We are also working on identifying character traits. Students have practiced using question words to help them discuss characters in our stories. We are also learning to identify the beginning, middle and end of a story. This is important in helping students to differentiate between fiction and non-fiction text.


Phonics:

We have come to the end of Unit 2 in our Fundations Phonics program. Your child’s Unit 2 test will be coming home next week. Attached to the Unit test will be suggestions and support activities that you can do with your child at home that correlate with the concepts that were taught in Unit 2.

 

Writing:

We have published our Small Moment, narrative stories! We will be celebrating by sharing them with our 3rd grade Buddies soon. Next week we will begin our Informational, non-fiction, writing unit.

 

Many students are also continuing to work on correct letter formation. If your child still needs support in this area, please correct letter formation at home by using the paper I provided.

 

Our first graders are also working on sentence dictation through the Fundations program. They are learning to use their phonics skills to “tap out” words to help themselves write beginning cvc words. Students are also learning to use rehouses like our Word Wall and their dictionaries to help themselves double-check their “trick words”. These “trick words” are also good words to practice at home. Students should be able to both read and write these words. “Trick word” flash cards were sent home with the informational packet at the beginning of Unit 2. At the beginning of each unit I will send an informational letter about the unit along with “trick work” flash cards that students will be learning in that unit.

 

Math:

In math we are continuing to learn addition strategies and practice our basic addition math facts. We are also using addition in word problems.  We have also started to work on subtraction. Memorizing the basic addition facts helps to ease student's frustrations in the classroom. It is a good idea to practice them at home!

 

Our Math Stations started this week! Thank you to the one parent that was able to join us and help us out.

September 21. 2018

General News:

* A not from MEF: Thank you to all of the families in our class who have donated to the Moraga Education Foundation (MEF) so far this year.  Your donations make a direct impact on your child’s education every day.  Students at Los Perales have additional teachers and staff in their lives because of your generosity, from our teacher’s aide, Melinda Davis, to Constance Russell, our librarian, to Max Jent, our music teacher and more.   In addition, your donations are helping fund the new dedicated elementary counselor and providing additional technology at our school.  MEF has set a goal of raising $250,000 during their Day of Giving on September 26th.   Please make the decision today to maintain our great school by donating to MEF at www.moragaeducation.org.  Thank you for your support!

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*  Volunteer Sign-Ups went out this week. Thank you in advance for all of the support that you can give our class!

 

*  Please remember that our class has PE on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Please send your child to school with the appropriate shoes so that they can participate. It is very hard to run and play in dress flats and Crocs.

 

*  Progress Reports for the second half of the class will come home Friday, September 21. Many students received blank pages so they can practice correct letter and number formation at home. Please make copies of, and use these pages at home for practice and do not return them to school.

 

Reading:

Students should be reading at least 30 minutes EVERY DAY. This will look different for each individual family. It should be a mix of independent reading that is level appropriate and listening to reading.

 

Phonics:

We have completed Unit 1 in out Fundations phonics program. Your child was tested on letter formation and letter sounds. Your child’s test with scores came home this week. Our next Unit will be focusing on phonemic awareness skills, cvc words, five new Trick Words, and sentence writing. For more information, please see the packet that was sent home

 


Writing:

We are continuing to write many different small moment, narrative stories. Students are working on going back into their stories to add and make changes. At the same time students should be thinking about putting a capital at the beginning of their sentences and punctuation at the end. They are also putting space between words and using lower case letters more consistently.

 

Math:

We are working on different addition and subtraction strategies in math. To improve your child’s automaticity of the basic math facts (0-10), it is a good idea to practice them whenever you get a chance.

September 7, 2018

General News:

*  Early/Late: Our Early/Late Scholars times begin next Monday, 9/10! Students might need some reminders to help them adjust to the new schedule. During the Early/Late Scholar hours, we are busy working on our Fundations phonics program. We also work in Guided Reading groups!

 

*  Conference Sign-Ups went out yesterday! If you have not already signed up, please do so. Please contact me if none of the times are going to work for you and your family. Thank you!

 

*  An Apple Newsletter came home today. Please review it! I always let you know if there is going to be any food served/provided in the classroom, so that you can contact me if you do not want your child to eat the snack. I am also looking for parent volunteers to help cut apples for our applesauce!

 

*  Information came home today so individual students can use the Raz-Kidz Reading Program at home.

 

*  The first set of Progress Reports will come home Friday, September 14.

 

First Grade Bear Hunt:

At the beginning of the year all of the First Graders at LP went on a “Bear Hunt”. The students walked around the school in search of a bear that had been sighted. We also got to know the Los Perales campus. We tracked the bear through the office, where he left a path of destruction in his wake, then thorough Ms. Richards office. We finally caught up with him in the First Grade Common Room. He was sitting with Ms. Richards waiting to read us a story!

 

Apples:

This month we are learning all about apples! We are sorting and graphing apples. We are also writing apple word problems. We are learning about the life cycle of an apple and we made apple sauce in class! Our first graders willalso enjoyed a number of books about apples.

 

Reading:

In first grade we are practicing how to pick out “Good Fit” books. We are also working on previewing a book, making predictions, and identifying the beginning, middle, and end of a story. When you read at home with your child, try reviewing some of these skills.

 

Phonics:

Continue to look out for updates about what we are doing in phonics. Our Fundations program provides an extensive overview of the skills that we are working on week by week. Occasionally, skills practice pages will come home attached to these letters. These practice pages are intended for your use at home, they do not have to be returned to class.

 


Writing:

We are busy writing many different “Small Moment”, narrative stories! Currently, we are going back into some of the stories we have created and we are adding “craft ideas” to improve our stories.

 

Math:

In math we are learning about addition strategies. We are working to find the partners in addition by building Math Mountains, making circle pictures, and finding patterns with our equations. We played Shake Those Beans to find all of the different ways to make a number. We are also using addition in word problems. First graders are also learning to understand even and odd numbers.