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Monday, September 28, 2015


Hello Parents! I hope everyone had a wonderful Fall Break. The school year is flying by!


-Your children will be taking the CogAT Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week. Please have the students at school on time with plenty of rest and a good breakfast! :)

-Today you will be receiving information regarding our fundraiser, Charleston Wrap. The students will receive a HERO temporary tattoo when they sell their first item. 

-Please remember to return the behavior sheet if you have not already.

Important Dates

Monday, September 28th:  Last day to place September book orders.   October fliers went home before break and those are due by October 28th. Friday, October 2nd: FBI @ 7:15am Dad's come have breakfast with your child and then stay for the meeting. Tuesday, October 6th: Zaxby's Night-- come out and support our school. Saturday, October 10th: Garden Day Monday, October 12th: Ben Franklin Project due (information coming home on Thursday) Thursday, October 15th: Papa Johns Night Friday, October 16th: Fall Festival--More information to come from the PTA October 19-23: Conference Week and Early Release (We do student led conferences so please plan on bringing your child so they can talk about their progress) Tuesday, October 20th: Sprayberry Deli Night Friday, October 30th: FBI-- Dad's come in and have breakfast at 7:15 with your child and then stay for the meeting.

What Your Children Are Learning
This week we are beginning our Measurement unit. We will be doing lots of "non-standard" measurement using things like cubes, counters, paper clips, etc.We will also be comparing different objects and putting them in order from shortest to tallest or tallest to shortest. The students will also continue to rotate through various place value centers introduced before the break.

We are also continuing our research on Benjamin Franklin. This week we will compare and contrast our lives to Ben Franklin's and begin to provide important facts about Benjamin Franklin. Be on the lookout for the Benjamin Franklin project the students will be completing at home.

We have already learned about antonyms and synonyms (ask your children about them and see if they can provide examples of antonyms and synonyms for words). Now we will be learning about common and proper nouns and sorting words into categories. We will also be continuing to work on our narratives, creating hooks and beginning to put our stories together including plenty of descriptive words.

Some things you can continue to work on at home are writing numbers to 120 and determining what is 10 more than a number and 10 less than a number.

Please continue to have your children read everyday and ask them questions about their reading - make predictions (show them pictures and ask what do you think will happen and why), as you read ask them what they think will happen next and why, who are the characters, who is the main character, what is the setting(s), does the setting change, retell the story with a beginning, middle, and end, what is the problem, how was it solved, what is the main idea of the text, what did the story remind you of or was there anything in the story you connected with, etc. It is very important to make sure they understand what they read as well as learn to read fluently. 

Thanks so much!  Just let me know if you have any questions.



Friday, September 18, 2015


Just some pictures when we were creating groups of ten with cubes.


Wow! What a busy week! I hope all of you are off for wonderful adventures in the next week, even if those adventures involve just relaxing a little!

In math this week, we have continued to work on place value, bar and picture graphs, counting to 120, recognizing numbers to 120, and determining 10 more or 10 less than a number. Please continue to practice counting to 120 and  recognizing numbers to 120. If your child needs an extension, have them count backwards from 120, skip count by 2's, 5's or 10's beginning with different numbers, pick a number and have them tell you what is 1 more, 1 less, 10 more, 10 less, or tell how many tens and how many ones a number has. 

When we return, we will begin working on measurement. This will include comparing long, longer, longest, longer/shorter, and non-standard measurement (measuring with cubes, counters, papers clips,etc.)

In reading, we have been discriminating between long and short vowel sounds, learning about adjectives and learning the difference between synonyms and antonyms. 

In writing, we are continuing our personal narratives. We have decided on the basic story we want to tell, the characters and descriptions of our characters, the setting (where and when and description), the problem and the solution. When we return, we will discuss how we create a beginning to hook our reader in, and we will begin to put our stories together with transition words (first, next, then, after that, finally, etc.). We have also begun learning how to add quotation marks for dialogue, commas in lists and commas in dates. 

We began to learn about Ben Franklin and how he is important to our country. Ask your children something about him! We have been learning a lot. They will be writing about his contributions and will complete a project about his inventions after we come back from the break. Keep a lookout for the project details! :)

Sept. 21 - Sept 25 - Fall Break - No School
Monday Sept. 28 - Charleston Wrap Sales Begin

Monday Sept. 28 - We will have MEDIA CENTER
Tues. Sept. 29-Thurs. Oct. 1 - CogAT testing for 1st and 3rd
Tues. Oct. 6 - Zaxby's Night
Sat. Oct. 10 - Garden Day, 8:30
Thurs. Oct. 15 - Papa John's Night
Fri. Oct. 16 - FBI Breakfast at 7:15 and Fall Festival, 5-8pm

Please remember that the students must complete 4 out of the 6 items on the homework list AND they must complete at least 4 of the spelling activities from the grid at the beginning of the book. The class has not yet been able to earn a class reward for every student completing homework. 

Also, if your child doesn't make it home with their homework notebook, please let me know as soon as possible. They are responsible for gluing in the homework and putting it in their cubbies to take home. I've talked to the students about this as well and how they are responsible for putting the homework in the cubby. 

Please remember to sign and return the behavior sheet each Monday. 

Have a wonderful week!
Joy Shore


Friday, September 11, 2015


Wow!  What a great day! I wish we could have a reader's day every week! We appreciate the Grandparents coming and reading and sharing their lives with us!  We all thoroughly enjoyed it!

Just a reminder, please complete the required choices and also complete at least four of the spelling activities, labeling each one. Also, please complete several activities per page and do not skip pages.

Reflections Contest 

Are you an incredible dancer? An insanely skilled filmmaker?
Are you great at capturing the perfect image in a photograph?
Are you intensely musical or an awesome illustrator?
Then consider entering the PTSA’s Reflections Contest.
Each year the PTSA sponsors an arts contest designed so that you can showcase your talents in one of six artistic areas:
Dance choreography, Film production, Literature, Musical Composition, Photography and Visual Arts
All you have to do is submit an original piece in one of the six categories that is inspired by the theme:
“Let Your Imagination Fly”
That piece will be judged at the school level and the winners in each category will receive award certificates and medals. Winning pieces will then be submitted to the county and or state level for further judging.
Pick up a packet for further information on the categories, rules and entry forms. Don’t delay-projects are due by October 14th

We hope you will try and let your imagination fly!

Media Center
We will go to the media center, so have your children return books if they haven't already.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Joy Shore


Wednesday, September 9, 2015


Congratulations to NOOR KHAN for being voted our first Leader of the Month! She will represent the class for the month of September!



Please note that Kindergarten and First Grade do not send out progress reports for the 1st nine weeks. If you have any questions about your child, just let me know. I will let you know or have already let you know of any significant struggles your child may be having at this time.

Just let me know if you have any questions.
Joy Shore

Sunday, September 6, 2015


I can't believe 5 weeks has passed already!  

The students have been doing a great job completing homework. Please remember to complete the reading log each day indicating the students have read each day. They do not have to do the summary. This is there is they WANT to do the summary. 

Just as a reminder, have the students neatly complete several activities per page. Label and/or number each activity and use both sides of the pages. We want to try to keep these as long as possible before moving to a new notebook. If you have questions about the homework don't hesitate to contact me.  
  What are we learning?
In Math, we have been working on Place Value including composing and decomposing numbers from 11-19, making groups of 10 and understanding the value of numbers.   We spend a great deal of time on Place Value so that the students have a solid foundation of number sense.  This is especially important as they move into the higher grades.  If we can master it in 1st grade, they will have an easier time in math later now and later on.  

In Reading, we have been practicing more aspects of Daily 5, and we will practice our first round of Daily 5 next week.  We have also been practicing capitalization and punctuation, including using commas in lists and alphabetical order. 

Remember that the kids can still go to the Kids A-Z link on the blog for reading practice. I have begun adjusting the reading levels, so if the level seems to easy or to difficult while your children are reading at home, just let me know. The kids are supposed to choose the "eye" not the "ear" as they are supposed to "read" not "listen" to the reading, and they also need to take the quiz for each book. Please allow them to take the quizzes on their own as this tells me important information. Sometimes the reading can be very easy, but they are missing much of the comprehension.

In Writing, we have begun to talk about what is a narrative and what must it include. We have reviewed the First Grade rubric for narrative writing and what we can do to make our writing exceptional. We have practiced adding details to our sentences including Who, What, When, Where, and Why. Next week, we will begin creating our own narrative stories including hooks, closings, characters, settings, problems, solutions, details, great describing words, several events, capitalization, punctuation, etc.  This will be our focus for the next few weeks.

In Science, we have been learning about different types of weather, different types of precipitation, writing about our favorite weather, and the water cycle. On Friday, we began a writing piece imagining we are a water droplet and explaining what happens as we go through the water cycle. What the kids have written so far is really impressive!
Important Dates: 

Thursday, September 10th and Friday, September 11th:  Grandparents Breakfast 7:15-7:45 (Last name A-L come on Thursday.  Last name M-Z come on Friday) Friday, September 11th:  Grandparent reading day.  I have two more slots available if you want to sign up!
Saturday, September 12th---East Cobber Parade Tuesday, September 15th --Picture Day Tuesday, September 15th: Stevie B's night Thursday, September 17th: Sparkles Night September 21-25th: Fall Break NO SCHOOL!
Hope you have a great Labor Day weekend!

Joy Shore

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Welcome to First Grade!