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Thursday, December 14, 2017


Dear Parents,
ALL ABOARD THE POLAR EXPRESS as we begin our Winter Literacy Adventure! 
We are so excited for our special day we have planned for Monday, December 18th. Your child’s day will be filled with an abundance of hands-on learning that will provide a rich, meaningful connection to our literacy selection, The Polar Express. Thank you so much for all of your support. The first grade team is really excited for our learning filled day.
P.S. Great News! Your child may wear his/her pajamas on this magical day!  (Pants and tops only for the pajamas, please.  No night gowns and no slippers for safety reasons.)
                                                 Thank you!

                                                     Joy Shore

Thursday, December 7, 2017


     I am excited to announce that our classroom will be holding a holiday book exchange on Wednesday, December 19, 2017!
     As you know, reading is so important and what better way to ring in the holiday season than celebrating with a new book?
     Your child should bring a book that could be for a boy or a girl (gender neutral). Please wrap the book in some fun wrapping paper with a tag telling who the book is FROM. We will be playing a game that will have us passing the books around and around, so we do not know where they will “land” – maybe with a boy, maybe with a girl. That is why the books need to be gender neutral. Also, we have lots of super readers, so PLEASE do not get SUPER, SUPER simple books.
     Books can be new books bought at the store or gently used books from home or the thrift store. If you are exchanging a new book, please try to keep the book under $7. If you are exchanging a used book, please make sure it is gently used. Remember, this will be a brand new book to another child! 
     Please let me know if you have any questions or if you need help bringing in a book for the exchange. I am so excited because the children always have a wonderful time!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Week of December 4

I hope everyone is having a good week! It is been super busy, and I was out yesterday at a terrific Leader in Me training!

What is Your Child Learning This Week?
We have been finishing up lots of assessments for report cards! We also began an informational writing piece on reindeer, we will be creating word problems with an Elf on the Shelf and lots of other activities!

Important Dates:
Saturday, December 9th: Holiday Shoppe
Tuesday, December 12th: Papa Johns Night
Monday, December 18th: Polar Express Day (more information to come)
Tuesday, December 19th: Early Release and Book Exchange Day ( more information to come)
Wednesday, December 20th: Early Release and Holiday Party.  Party will be from 10-11am.
Thursday, December 21st - January 3rd: Holiday Break.
Thursday, January 4th: Children return to school.

Please talk to your children and remind them of the importance of behavior and following rules. I know they get excited at this time of year, and they are anticipating the break, but we still must maintain the same behavioral standards.

Thanks so much.

Joy Shore

Tuesday, December 5, 2017



Remember the Science Fair intent forms are due this Friday, December 8. Let me know if your child would like to participate.

Thank you.

Joy Shore

Sunday, November 5, 2017


Nov. 13th- Parent Information MEETING

Dr. Patti Agatston will be here at 8:30 in the morning and 5:30 in the afternoon to discuss Parenting in the digital age. She visited Addison last year and her session was extremely informative for any parent who has a school age child. There is so much out there that our kids are exposed to.

Thursday, November 2, 2017


     Tomorrow is Spirit Day! Wear green, Addison wear, or Leader in Me t-shirt.
    Thanksgiving Day lunches will be Thursday, November 16 (for us). Our time will be 12:10. A sheet will be coming home tomorrow.

We are beginning a “Thanks for Giving” food drive.
Our classroom donation goal is 100. The students may bring in non-perishable items. They can bring in their items to class so that we can tally them for our goal sheet outside our classroom. Then, I will send them to the cafeteria to drop off the donation in the designated donation areas. We need to tally the items first because the SLT reps will be coming by to see who is leading in the donations. The class with the most donations will win a treat.
The food drive ends 11/14/17.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Week of October 30

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! It is hard to believe October is coming to an end! This year is flying!

We have a new Leader of the Month! Gabriela Perez
Zoe Redd was our previous Leader of the Month.
Gabriel Bernardino was our 1st Leader of the Month!

What is your child learning this week?
In Math, we are working on missing addends/subtrahends and continuing fact families. We will be doing an activity using candy corn this week! In Language Arts, we are continuing to learn about close reading and how to find evidence in text. We will also be talking about main idea/details. We will be learning about informational writing including explanatory, or "How To" writing. We will be writing a "How To" piece about "How to Carve a Pumpkin". We will also integrate Social Studies and write an informational piece about Ben Franklin. In Science, we will be learning more about magnets in the Science Lab.

Gumball Math
We have begun Gumball Addition! Please have your children practice addition math facts!

Important Dates
Thursday, 11/2: Wellstar visit
Sunday, 11/5: Daylight Saving Time ends
Tuesday, 11/7:  No school for students
Thursday, 11/9: Author visit
Thursday, 11/9: Field Trip
Monday, 11/13: Parenting in the Digital Age, 8:30 AM and 5-30 PM Addison Learning Commons

Students are not allowed to wear costumes to school on Halloween.

I hope everyone has a great week!

Joy Shore

Wednesday, October 4, 2017


Red Ribbon Week Theme: Leaders are Drug Free!
October 16-20, 2017

Red Ribbon Week is a national event that promotes drug awareness and prevention each year. At Addison, we use this week to encourage our students to make good choices. We hope you will support us in celebrating happy, healthy choices at home! J

Monday – “Make a pledge Monday!” to live a healthy life:At the start of this nationally recognized Red Ribbon Week – Students will receive Red Ribbon Week ribbons and sign class pledge to show that they pledge to live a healthy life!
Tuesday – “Hats off to being drug free!”:Students will wear their favorite hat.
Wednesday – “Wear Red Wednesday!”:
Wear red to support a healthy life!
Thursday – “Shade out drugs!”:
Wear your favorite sunglasses.

Friday – “Team up against drugs!”:
Wear your favorite team gear or Addison spiritwear.  

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Week of October 2

I hope everyone had a wonderful break! 

What is your child learning this week?
In Math, we are beginning our unit on addition and subtraction strategies. We are beginning with addition strategies like drawing a picture, counting on, using a number line, part-part-whole, using ten frames, doubles, doubles + 1, etc. We have also begun to dive into problem solving and using some of those same strategies.  
In Language Arts, we are continuing capitalization and punctuation, and we are learning how we can use illustrations to get information about stories. We will continue our narratives as well. 
In Social Studies, we are beginning to learn about needs and wants, goods and services, saving and spending and scarcity.  
We will also begin talking about Ben Franklin in some new Learning Commons lessons!
On Wednesday, we will have Science Lab and begin learning about Magnets. We will have Lightbulb Lab on Friday. 

Important Dates
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

Please remember OCTOBER 5 IS PICTURE DAY!

Also, please return the field trip permission forms and conference forms if you have not already. 

Just let me know if you have any questions.

Joy Shore

Wednesday, September 27, 2017


First, I want to say THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone who donated items for our First Grade STEM activities. We completed our first activity this week, and I am so proud of all of the students! They did such a great job! The activity was to engineer something to help "Harry" see around the classroom. We watched a video and talked about the Engineering Process. I have posted the video on my blog. Here are a few pictures from the lesson.

Let's Dive Into Learning!!

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