Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Week 36 News/Information

Student Growth Forms
These will come on Thursday, 5/17. There are two copies: the stapled copy is yours to keep, and the loose single-sheet is for you to sign and return to school. 
This information is mainly about the AimsWeb Math and Literacy assessments that were given at the beginning of May. It is important to note that the fluency assessments are timed. Some scores may appear to be lower, but it is most likely due to the student not getting as far in 60 seconds as the test thinks they should have for this time of year; not because they don't know the content. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Student Appreciation Week Activities

Library Books:
All books were due Monday, 5/14. Please return any books that are still outstanding as soon as possible so that our entire class can have a 'clear account'!
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Week 36 Learning Concepts:
Student Appreciation Activities celebrating a year of hard work!

Important Dates:
May 21st-25th: Student Appreciation Week
May 23rd: 1st Grade Recognition Ceremony 9am
May 24th: End-of-Year Party @ 11:30-12:10
May 28th: Memorial Day/No School
May 29th: Make-up Day/Last day of School

Friday, May 11, 2018

Week 35 News/Information

Wow! What a great job our class did on their Aesop's Fable performance of "Sour Grapes"! All the credit goes to the kids because they 100% took on the responsibility of the play! From selecting speaking parts, memorizing lines, learning songs, practicing with a substitute while I was gone, knowing where to stand on stage...all of it done by them! Thank you for supporting first grade and we hope you enjoyed the performance!

Shout-Out!
Our very own Ishani composed a writing piece that she submitted to the KLRU kids writing contest back in March, and she received the news yesterday that she won 1st place!! She was asked to read her writing piece, titled "A New School", this morning at the assembly from the perspective of a "new-to-Sommer-student who is carrying on the legacy of leadership"! We are so proud of her!

Thank you for thoroughly surprising me with an 'early birthday' celebration on Thursday! Summer birthdays to tend to be forgotten during the school year, so it was such a thoughtful surprise and I know the class enjoyed their donut holes! :)

With that said, if your child has a birthday during the summer and would like to celebrate early in class by bringing a treat, please let me know and we can arrange it!

Closed Campus
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday are STAAR testing days for 3rd-5th grades and the campus will be closed to all visitors.
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Week 35 Learning Concepts:
Math: Financial Literacy/Assessment
Writing Workshop: Fairy Tales/Elements of FT's
Reading Workshop: Review Comprehension Strategies
Science: Plants/Assessment

Important Dates:
May 14th: All Library Books Due
May 14th-16th: STAAR Testing/Closed Campus
May 21st-25th: Student Appreciation Week
May 23rd: 1st Grade Recognition Ceremony 9am
May 24th: End-of-Year Party @ 11:30-12:10
May 28th: Memorial Day/No School
May 29th: Make-up Day/Last day of School

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Week 34 News/Information

Aesop's Fable Performance
If your child has a speaking part, please practice with them to ensure their lines are memorized and they are speaking with expression. Can't wait for everyone to see these cute fables!

Reading Folders
This week was the last week for reading folders! You may, however, continue using Raz-Kids for reading practice at home. The link is on our class webpage. Teacher name: aturner69  Password: a123

May 8th/9th
I will be in San Marcos conducting interviews for our school both days so our class will have a sub both Tuesday and Wednesday. Please call the office or leave a note in the folder for the sub if there are changes in your child's after school transportation.

Scholastic Book Orders
April and May book order forms will come home Friday. If you would like to purchase any books for summer reading, you can do so online or return payment with the order form by Wednesday, May 9th. These are the last book orders of the year!

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Week 34 Learning Concepts:
Math: Comparison Word Problems/Graphs
Writing Workshop: Fairy Tales/Elements of FT's
Reading Workshop: Aesop's Fables
Science: Plants

Important Dates:
May 8th: Mrs. Turner has a full day sub
May 9th: Mrs. Turner has a full day sub
May 10th: Aesop's Fable Performance (8am, Cafeteria)
May 11th: All School Assembly
May 14th: All Library Books Due
May 14th-16th: STAAR Testing/Closed Campus
May 23rd: 1st Grade EOY Recognition Ceremony
May 24th: End-of-Year Party
May 28th: Memorial Day/No School
May 29th: Make-up Day/Last day of School

Friday, April 27, 2018

Week 33 News/Information

Class Play- "Sour Grapes"
Auditions for our class play went very well. We had many students trying out for only seven speaking parts. I am so proud of everyone who decided to audition because, like I have told the class many times, it takes a brave and courageous person to stand and speak in front of a crowd of people. That is a skill that even adults feel intimidated about! So, kudos to all! 
I strive to make class as student-driven as possible, therefore, selections were made by a class vote after reviewing and discussing each audition as a team. The comments, feedback, and compliments the students were giving each other were honest and superb! It truly is amazing what children can do when given the tools and freedom to take charge. Proud, proud teacher in Room A123!
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Week 33 Learning Concepts:
Math: Comparison Word Problems/Graphs
Writing Workshop: Fairy Tales/Elements of FT's
Reading Workshop: Aesop's Fables
Science: Plants

Important Dates:
May 1st: Mrs. Turner has a full day sub
May 8th: Mrs. Turner has a full day sub
May 10th: Aesop's Fable Performance (8am, Cafeteria)
May 11th: All School Assembly
May 14th: All Library Books Due
May 14th-16th: STAAR Testing/Closed Campus
May 23rd: 1st Grade EOY Recognition Ceremony
May 24th: End-of-Year Party
May 28th: Memorial Day/No School
May 29th: Make-up Day/Last day of School

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Week 32 News/Information

Spring Carnival
Tomorrow from 4:30-7:30 pm, our PTA is hosting the spring carnival. Click here to volunteer! Don't forget about the online silent auction---it ends tomorrow! Click here to view items up for bid, including a trip to Jumpoline with Mrs. Turner!

Aesop's Fables
Tomorrow (Friday), we will begin discussing our class performance of the fable "Sour Grapes". If your child is interested in auditioning for a speaking part (Narrator, Grape Cluster, Fox), they will need to memorize the first stanza of that role and perform it from memory on audition day. I will send home copies of the play tomorrow and auditions will be Thursday, April 26th. Students who do not have speaking parts are still a very important part of the performance on May 10th. Simple costumes will need to be put together for the speaking parts, particularly the Fox and the Grape Cluster. You can find a copy of the play here.

Spring Pictures 
Order forms came home Friday. If you are purchasing, please return order forms by Wednesday, April 25th. 

Mr. Frog Let
Our class pet- first name Frog, last name Let, will soon be a fully grown frog and needs a new home. If your child would like to bring him home, please let me know. He comes with a container, although lid-less, and....that's about it. Ha.

Apex Fun Run $$
We have received the supplies we ordered using the fun run money our class earned! We were able to get an assortment of different things for various needs! Colored copy paper, clipboards, 300 map pencils, smelly markers, scoop chairs, and a new STEM activity!
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Week 32 Learning Concepts
Math: Comparing Numbers using Measurement and Subtraction
Writing Workshop: Fairy Tales/Elements of FT's
Reading Workshop: Aesop's Fables
Science: Animal Characteristics

Important Dates:
April 20th: K-2 Assembly
                   Spring Carnival 4:30-7:30
April 23rd: Author Visit
April 25th: Spring Picture Order Forms Due
April 26th: Fable Auditions (for speaking parts in our class performance)
May 10th: Aesop's Fable Performance 8am
May 11th: All School Assembly
May 14th: All Library Books Due
May 28th: Memorial Day/No School
May 29th: Make-up Day/Last day of School

Monday, April 16, 2018

Week 31 News/Information

Thank you for attending and supporting the students during the PBL Showcase last Friday! For the past four weeks, everyone has worked very hard researching, learning, and designing their product for the Animal PBL. The class was very excited and proud to be able to present to you!

Spring Carnival Volunteers
PTA Carnival Committee is in great need for your time at Friday's school carnival.  Please consider volunteering one hour to help our students enjoy this spring event and to ensure all games are available.  Click here to sign up to volunteer. 

Spring Pictures
Order forms came home Friday. If you are purchasing, please return order forms by Wednesday, April 25th. 

Silent Auction
Our PTA is holding our annual online silent auction. There are a lot of cool items and activities up for bid, including a trip to Jumpoline with Mrs. Turner and a friend! If you are interested in bidding on anything, please visit the auction website here.

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Week 31 Learning Concepts
Math: Comparing Numbers
Writing Workshop: Fairy Tales/Elements of FT's
Reading Workshop: Folktales, Fairy Tales, Fables, Legends
Science: Animal Characteristics

Important Dates:
April 17th: Mrs. Turner has a full-day sub
April 20th: K-2 Assembly
                   Spring Carnival 4:30-7:30
April 23rd: Author Visit
April 25th: Spring Picture Order Forms Due
April 26th: Fable Auditions (for speaking parts in our class performance)
May 10th: Aesop's Fable Performance 8am
May 11th: All School Assembly
May 14th: All Library Books Due
May 28th: Memorial Day/No School
May 29th: Make-up Day/Last day of School

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Week 30 News/Information

Report Cards
Report cards came home today.  Please sign and return the envelope after emptying the contents. Please keep in mind, that you may still see 2’s on your child’s report card.  This indicates that your child is working to meet expectations with minimal guidance and is progressing as a learner.  A two may also be given for a skill that is ongoing and built upon throughout the year- such as research.

PBL
We are in full swing of our animal PBL and have just started planning, designing and creating the final products. Some groups have decided on products that require materials to be brought from home. Please talk with your child and find out their needs, if any. 
*There will be a sign-out sheet available for you to take your child home after the showcase.*

Silent Auction

Our PTA is holding our annual online silent auction. There are a lot of cool items and activities up for bid, including a trip to Jumpoline with Mrs. Turner and a friend! If you are interested in bidding on anything, please visit the auction website here.

Food Drive
The Student Ambassadors are collecting food for the Round Rock Serving Center. This food drive is part of the Empty Bowl festival. We will be collecting food and other items through April 12th. We are hoping to collect over 1000 items this year!! There will be a collection bin outside the office. 

Most Needed Items to Collect:
• Canned vegetables ~ corn and green beans are the most popular
• Canned fruit
• Canned soup
• Top Ramen
• Peanut Butter
• Macaroni ‘n cheese
• Canned meat and tuna
• Pasta ~ spaghetti, macaroni
• Rice and pinto beans
• Cereal
• Toilet paper

• Diapers

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Week 30 Learning Concepts:
Math: Money, Greater Than/Less Than, Assessment
Writing Workshop: Organization/Structure with B/M/E
Reading Workshop/Science: Endangered Animal PBL

Important Dates:
April 13th: 1st Grade PBL Showcase 1:45-2:15
April 20th: K-2 Assembly
                   Spring Carnival 4:30-7:30
April 23rd: Author Visit
April 26th: Fable Auditions (for speaking parts in our class performance)
May 10th: Aesop's Fable Performance 8am
May 11th: All School Assembly
May 14th: All Library Books Due
May 28th: Memorial Day/No School

May 29th: Make-up Day/Last day of School

Week 36 News/Information

Student Growth Forms These will come on Thursday, 5/17. There are two copies: the stapled copy is yours to keep, and the loose single-sheet...