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Monday, September 18, 2017


I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. Mine was filled with lots of lacrosse!

What is your child learning this week?
In Math, we are continuing to discuss counting to 120, forward, backward, with missing numbers, counting groups of ten, etc. Also, we are reviewing some place value. We will soon begin addition and subtraction strategies and problem solving. 
In Language Arts, we are continuing our narratives about our "small moments", and will start conferencing to make our writing better (first draft, editing, revising, final draft). We are also learning about capitalization and punctuation. 
In Science, we will be completing our first STEM activity. THANK YOU to all of the parents for sending in STEM supplies! We are so appreciative!
In Social Studies, we are taking the summative assessment for continents and oceans, and we are beginning Landforms. 

Important Dates
Sept 18th IOWA Testing
Sept 19th IOWA Testing
Sept 21st X-Drenaline Night
Sept 25th-29th No School- Fall Break
Oct 3rd Zaxby’s Night
Oct 5th Picture Day
Oct 5th PTA/Foundation Meeting 5thgrade play
Oct 6th SLT Inauguration
Oct 10th Papa John’s Night
Oct 10th 7:30am School Council
Oct 12th Early Release Day- 12:30pm
Oct 15th-20th Conference Week, Book Fair, Red Ribbon Week
Oct 27th FBI 7:15am, Boo-vie Night

Just let me know if you have any questions.

Joy Shore

Thursday, September 7, 2017



Please check your child’s binder/book bag for the progress reports sent home today.

Please sign, detach the bottom and return to me. You may keep the actual report.

Just let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks so much.

Joy Shore

Wednesday, September 6, 2017



Please keep an eye out for a bright orange piece of paper regarding our first STEAM lesson coming up soon (Science, Technology, Art, Math)! We are in need of help. These lessons are fun and engaging and require a lot of higher order thinking and creativity. However, they also require LOTS of materials. If you can donate any of the items to First Grade, it would be greatly appreciated. Please send in the items by September 18th. Thank you so much.

Paper plates
Pipe cleaners
Craft glue
Modeling clay
Rubber bands
Cupcake liners
Brown paper bags
Aluminum foil
Scotch tape
Wax paper
Tissue paper
Paper towel rolls
Cotton balls
Popsicle sticks
Coffee filters
Twist ties


Joy Shore

Week of September 4

What Is Your Child Learning This Week?

In Math, we will continue learning about Place Value and making groups of tens. Also, please continue to practice counting to 120 by 1's, 2's, 5's and 10's. give your children a number and have them count forward/backward from that number. In Social Studies, we are continuing to talk about continent, country, state, nation, county, city and address. Please practice these with your children. We are beginning to learn the seven continents and major oceans. The students will be required to identify these as well. In Language Arts, we are working on retelling with characters, setting, problem, solution, beginning, middle and end. We are beginning to talk about the essential elements of narratives and writing our own narratives. 

RAZ Kids (Kids A-Z)
Please remember RAZ kids as an option for reading. The link is on the blog. The teacher password is jshoree. The student passwords should be in the front of your child's agenda. Just let me know if the level seems to easy or difficult, and I will change the level. 

Also, FRONT ROW is a great option for Math and Language Arts practice. The link is on my blog as well. 

We will be visiting the Learning Commons on Friday, so please return your books.


Wednesday. Sept. 6: Brewster's Spirit Night -   4-7pm
September 6, 7, 8:  CogAT testing
Thursday, September 7: Progress Reports
Tuesday, September 12: Firehouse Subs
Friday, September 15: FBI Breakfast
Friday, September 22: Leader of the Month breakfast
September 25 - 29: Fall Break 


If you have any toys or things you would like to get rid of that would be great for our treasure box, please send our way!

Please just let me know if you ever have any questions.

Joy Shore

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Week of August 28

It is hard to believe we are already in the fifth week of school! So much to do and so little time!

What Is Your Child Learning This Week?
In Math, we will continue learning about Place Value, including what is a ten, what is a one, how do I determine the value of each, counting out tens and ones, etc. I have added some place value/tens and ones videos to the "Parent Resources" section if you would like to check them out. Also, there are links to games in the math section of the blog. Also, many of the students are not yet able to count to 120 consistently. Please practice with your child if he or she is not yet able to do this. Soon, we will be moving on to solving word problems within 10 and learning addition and subtraction strategies. In Science, we completed weather and precipitation. The students made weather vanes in the Science Lab today, which they seemed to love. We are now learning about where we live in Social Studies. The students must learn their address, city, county, state, country and continent and be able to locate on a map. Please practice your address with your child at home. I have been assessing them in class to determine if they could state their entire address. In Language Arts, we are continuing to work on reading stamina and learning about the Daily 5 centers. We have reached 20 minutes of reading stamina for Read to Self, but we are still working on reading stamina for Read to Someone. We need to master that and work on writing stamina as well. We have begun to learn about the Word Work centers and how to complete them. Soon, we will move into retelling, including characters, setting and major events and distinguishing between fiction and non-fiction. We are going to try to begin talking about narrative writing this week. The students will be visiting the Lightbulb Lab on Friday.

Important Dates

Wednesday, August 30: Early Release - 12:30
Thursday, August 31st: Grandparents' Breakfast - 3, 4 and 5 @ 7:15 - 7:45

Thursday. August 31st: Chick-Fil-A Night 5-8pm
Friday, September 1st: Grandparents' Breakfast - K, 1 and 2 @ 7:15 - 7:45
Monday. Sept. 4: Labor Day - No School
Wednesday. Sept. 6: Brewster's Spirit Night -   4-7pm
September 6, 7, 8:  CogAT testing
Thursday, September 7: Progress Reports


Just some reminders about homework. First, the students can choose a minimum of 16 activities on the math page. They can complete the problems on the page or use the addition "Math Work" page provided. That is just meant for extra writing space if they want to use it. Second, the students should choose a spelling activity each night and complete on the page provided. The spelling words are at the top of the math page, and they are also on the blog. Third, they should complete the reading log each night. They are really doing a great job with homework! If you have any questions or concerns, just let me know. 

Please continue to talk to your children about expected behaviors at school. We are continuing to discuss rules and procedures each day, and many are continuing to struggle to follow rules and procedures and control talking. There is so much to learn in First Grade. I want the students to have fun along the way, but we really need to focus on our learning. I want them to understand how important it is to take responsibility for their learning and behavior, and that learning is disrupted when behavior is an issue. I only want them to feel success, learn and continue to grow.  

Next week will be the CogAt testing on September 6, 7 and 8. Please have your children to school on time as the testing begins at 8:00. Also, please be sure they get a good night's rest, a good breakfast and send in a healthy snack! :) 

Progress Reports
Progress reports will be sent home next week. Progress reports are based on what we have been able to assess in the classroom so far. Of course, we are unable to provide information on standards we have not yet taught. I will keep in touch regarding any struggles your student may be having. If you ever have any questions or concerns, just let me know.

If you have any toys or things you would like to get rid of that would be great for our treasure box, please send our way!

Please just let me know if you ever have any questions.

Joy Shore 

Thursday, August 17, 2017


Good afternoon Parents!

Just a couple of reminders:

·         Tomorrow is SPIRIT DAY! The students can wear green, the Leader In Me t-shirt, or Addison Spirit Wear. If we win spirit day, we get to keep the trophy for the week! J

·         Homework is due tomorrow. Please return the homework folder with the Spelling Grid and homework packet. The spelling grid will be used all quarter, so please keep this grid in the folder in the plastic sleeve.

Have a great night.

Joy Shore

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Ending Week 2! Beginning Week 3!

First, thank you to all of you who were able to make it to Open House. It was wonderful to have the opportunity to see everyone. The first two weeks have been filled with rules, procedures and getting to know each other! We had the opportunity to have Learning Commons orientation, the students met the new Guidance Counselor, Mrs. Waite, and we had Lightbulb Lab on Friday! This coming week brings a visit to the Science lab, another visit to the Learning Commons and Lightbulb Lab! 

What will we be learning!

In Writing, we will begin working on narrative writing. In Language Arts, the students will be introduced to Daily 5, and we will be working on our Read to Self stamina and choosing "just right" books. We will begin learning about our Daily 5 centers and expectations during Daily 5. This will continue for a while. In First Grade, we really work on developing independence and reading stamina, which is a work in progress. In phonics, we will be practicing with "l" blends. In Science, we will begin learning about weather, weather instruments and types of precipitation. In Math, we will begin our unit on representing numbers, collecting data and graphing data.  

Leader of the Month

We have elected our first Leader of the Month! Congratulations to Gabriel Bernardino! He was elected by the class for showing leadership qualities.

Important Dates to Remember
August 15th: Zaxby's Night
August 17th: Xdrenaline

August 21st: Eclipse Day, Late Dismissal, 3:00 PM
August 25th: FBI Breakfast 7:15 - 7:45
August 30th: Early Dismissal 12:15
**Don't forget Spirit day is EVERY FRIDAY. Please make sure your shows their Addison Spirit! The students may wear Addison spirit wear, Leadership t-shirt, or just GREEN.

Class Wishlist

If anyone has Legos or plastic lap desks they would like to get rid of, these are items I am hoping to add to the class!


Please keep in mind that we have tree nut, peanut, raw egg and seafood allergies and a gluten intolerance in the classroom. Please keep this in mind with snacks, lunches, birthdays, etc. 


Homework will begin this Monday. Please return by Friday and study for the spelling test on Friday. The students will have a spelling test each Friday.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend, and the students come back Monday ready to learn! Please do not hesitate to let me know if you have any questions or concerns!

Mrs. Shore

Monday, July 31, 2017


We had a great first day in first grade! It was VERY busy! We met new friends, toured the school and had the opportunity to hear an interactive story in the newly renovated Learning Commons! It was a very successful first day. Here's a peek at some pictures from today. 

Let's Dive Into Learning!!

Let's Dive Into Learning!!
Welcome to First Grade!