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Sunday, November 13, 2016



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 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.
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
Tuesday, November 29th: Texas Roadhouse

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

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

October 31 - November 4

I hope you all had a safe and Happy Halloween if you were out and about last night! 
Just an update on our Leaders of the Month:
September - Jack Rodgers
October - Cameron Brown
and our new Leader of the Month for November is 
Katherine Samaan
Congratulations to our Leaders of the Month. These students have been recognized by their classmates as leaders in the classroom.
What is Your Child Learning this Week?
In Math we are continuing with addition and subtraction strategies to 20 with extensions in place for those who evidence mastery, missing addends/subtrahends and balancing equations. In Reading, we are working on open and closed vowels, Main Idea and Details and practicing close reading. In Social Studies we are beginning to talk about Thomas Jefferson. The students will learn who he is, why he is important, how they can compare and contrast themselves to him and what character traits he exhibits. In Writing, we will continue to learn about informational writing. Eventually, the students will be choosing an important figure to write an informational piece about.

Important Dates:
Friday, November 4th: Fall Festival
Tuesday, November 8th: Election Day!! NO SCHOOL for the Kiddos!
Wednesday, November 9th: 1st grade Field Trip
Thursday, November 10th: Chick-fil-a night
Friday, November 11th: Leader of the Month Breakfast
Tuesday, November 15th: Stevie B's night 
Thursday, November 17th: 1st grade Thanksgiving Lunch
Friday, November 18th: FBI (Father's Being Involved )
Tuesday, November 29th: Texas Roadhouse

Spirit Wear Friday's 
4th: Addison Wear
11th: Red, White and Blue Day
18th: Silly Socks Day

REMINDER: Please remember to look at the sides of the blog for tons of educational activities for at-home practice.

Just let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you!
Joy Shore

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