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Friday, December 16, 2016

Reminders



Hello parents!

Just a few reminders again!

·      Monday is going to be “Grinch Day” in the classroom. If your children want to come dressed in Green or “Grinchy”, they may do that. We will be doing Grinch-themed ELA and math activities all day (as well as going to Lightbulb Lab). We watched the Grinch cartoon today with our Third Grade Leadership Buddies to set the tone!
·      Tuesday is Polar Express Literacy Day. Your children should come dressed in their most comfy pajamas! It will be a day full of Polar Express themed ELA activities as well as cocoa, candy canes, and the movie “Polar Express”!
·      Wednesday will be the Book Exchange and the Holiday party. Please remember to send in a gender neutral book for the book exchange. It can new or gently used. I will do the book exchange Wednesday morning, and the holiday party will be at 1:00.  

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Monday, December 5, 2016

December 5 - 9

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

What is Your Child Learning this Week?
In Math, we will be reviewing some past concepts like graphing, fact families, adding and subtracting to 20, balancing equations, missing addends and subtrahends, practicing more with 10 more, 10 less than a number and problem solving. During Reading, we will be working on determining main idea and details and identifying author's reasons to support a point in the text. In Writing we are working on explanatory writing. Students will complete their How To Build A Snowman, and they can begin How To Decorate A Christmas Tree.  In Social Studies, we are finishing up Lewis, Clark and Sacagawea.

This week I will be sending home a letter about our Book Exchange.  We will be having this on the day of our Holiday Party.  Please send in the books as soon as you can so that I can make sure we have enough for each students.

FIRST GRADE PERFORMANCE
Our 1st grade performance is next Thursday, December 15th at 6pm.  Please make sure your child is in costume and arrives at our classroom by 5:45. We will also be having a dress rehearsal that morning so the children will need their costume when they come to school.

TREASURE BOX
Please note we always need treasure box items so please don't hesitate to send in any toys, stickers, pencils, etc. that you would like to get rid of.

Important Dates:
Tuesday, December 6th: Zaxby's night
Saturday, December 10th: Holiday Shoppe
Thursday, December 15th: 1st grade pla
Tuesday, December 20th: 1st grade Polar Express Day
Wednesday, December 21st: Holiday Party 
Thursday, December 22 - January 4th: Holiday Break
 
DON'T FORGET THE HERO WRITING
EVERYDAY HEROES: THE POWER OF ONE

We are excited to be kicking off the 2016-17 Honoring Our Heroes Essay program on November 11th, Veterans Day. Honoring Our Heroes is a writing program that encourages students to discover, honor, and write about real-life heroes - role models displaying generosity, trust, persistence, dedication, leadership, creativity, caring, bravery, imagination, service, gentleness, courage or compassion.  Students are asked to redefine media-hyped and cartoon heroes such as professional athletes, movie stars, and rock musicians and instead recognize someone who has made a more personal impact on the student's life such as a family member, doctor, public safety officer, soldier, or teacher.

What a great opportunity to honor someone who may not even know what a difference they are making in your child’s life!

The rules of this writing contest are:

Essay Rules and Guidelines
1.      The essay can be handwritten or typed.
2.      The essay must be on one single sheet of 8½ x 11-inch paper
(Single or double-sided but no more than one sheet of paper)
3.      Completed entry form below must be attached to essay
4.      Student name ONLY should be placed in top right corner of the essay;
NO other identifying information should be on the essay.
5.      A picture of the hero should be attached if possible.
Label the picture on the back with the student’s name.

Entries will be judged on the student’s ability to articulate the qualities of the hero and to describe the manner in which the hero has impacted the student’s life.
ECCC will hold a special reception to recognize the first place winner from each grade level at each school.

Please request an entry form if your child is interested in this inspirational contest.  Entries are due to your child’s teacher by January 27, 2017

Please contact Jennifer Powers at Jennifer.powers@cobbk12.org if you have any questions.
 
Please let me know if you have any questions!
 
Joy Shore


Sunday, November 13, 2016

HERO ESSAY



EVERYDAY HEROES: THE POWER OF ONE

We are excited to be kicking off the 2016-17 Honoring Our Heroes Essay program on November 11th, Veterans Day. Honoring Our Heroes is a writing program that encourages students to discover, honor, and write about real-life heroes - role models displaying generosity, trust, persistence, dedication, leadership, creativity, caring, bravery, imagination, service, gentleness, courage or compassion.  Students are asked to redefine media-hyped and cartoon heroes such as professional athletes, movie stars, and rock musicians and instead recognize someone who has made a more personal impact on the student's life such as a family member, doctor, public safety officer, soldier, or teacher.

What a great opportunity to honor someone who may not even know what a difference they are making in your child’s life!

The rules of this writing contest are:

Essay Rules and Guidelines
1.      The essay can be handwritten or typed.
2.      The essay must be on one single sheet of 8½ x 11-inch paper
(Single or double-sided but no more than one sheet of paper)
3.      Completed entry form below must be attached to essay
4.      Student name ONLY should be placed in top right corner of the essay;
NO other identifying information should be on the essay.
5.      A picture of the hero should be attached if possible.
Label the picture on the back with the student’s name.

Entries will be judged on the student’s ability to articulate the qualities of the hero and to describe the manner in which the hero has impacted the student’s life.
ECCC will hold a special reception to recognize the first place winner from each grade level at each school.

Please request an entry form if your child is interested in this inspirational contest.  Entries are due to your child’s teacher by January 27, 2017

Please contact Jennifer Powers at Jennifer.powers@cobbk12.org if you have any questions.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Week of November 7 - 11

I hope everyone had a great time at the Fall Festival, and a wonderful weekend! My weekend was full of lacrosse as I spent the weekend at my daughter's lacrosse tournament! :)


What is Your Child Learning this Week?
This week in Math, we are continuing to learn about missing addends/subtrahends and balancing equations. The students will also continue to practice making predictions about whether equations are true or false and determining if equations are true or false. During Language Arts, some are focusing on the final digraph ck, and we are continuing to focus on main ideas, details and identifying text features. We are also learning about informational writing, and we will soon begin an informational piece on Thomas Jefferson. Of course, we are finishing up our unit on Thomas Jefferson in Social Studies. The students will complete their bubble maps listing facts they have learned about Thomas Jefferson. They will also discuss what character traits Thomas Jefferson exhibited and why, and will compare and contrast themselves to Thomas Jefferson. Hopefully, I will be able to introduce Lewis and Clark and Sacagawea this week as well. 

Important Dates:
Tuesday, November 8th: Election Day!! NO SCHOOL for the Kiddos!
Wednesday, November 9th: 1st grade Field Trip WEAR LEADERSHIP T-SHIRTS
Thursday, November 10th: Chick-fil-a night (come out and support your school)
Friday, November 11th: Leader of the Month Breakfast
Friday, November 11th: SPIRIT WEAR - RED, WHITE AND BLUE DAY 
Friday, November 11th: KIDS' NIGHT OUT - Check out the auction site to sign up. www.biddingowl.com/addisonelementary
Saturday, November 12th: Hot Wheels DaY
Tuesday, November 15th: Stevie B's night
Thursday, November 17th: 1st grade Thanksgiving Lunch
Friday, November 18th: FBI (Father's Being Involved )
Friday, November 18th: SPIRIT WEAR - SILLY SOCKS DAY
November 21-25: NO SCHOOL THANKSGIVING BREAK
Tuesday, November 29th: Texas Roadhouse

HOMEWORK
As a reminder about homework:
A good rule of thumb could be to give your child a spelling test at the beginning of the week to see if they know how to spell all of the words. If they know how to spell them all, they do not need to complete the spelling grid. If they want to do the spelling grid, they of course may complete it. 

Also, if the Math/Language Arts page is just too simple, there are many options for extension. You may have them work from sites on my blog on many different math/ELA concepts and critical thinking, or they can log into Front Row Math or Front Row ELA. Reading A-Z is always an option for reading, and let me know if the level needs to be increased as I do not review that everyday. Read Theory will still be an option as well. Your child can go on and complete pretests. The site will level the reading for them, and they can continue to read passages, take quizzes and complete constructed response items that I can see on my end. If you would like the login before I get them forwarded to you, just send me an email. 

Please continue to complete the reading log. The minimum is reading 4 nights, and the students are required to list the book they have read. The "extras" as well as the fifth reading day are an option for extension.



Please let me know if you have any questions!

Have a great week!

Joy Shore