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January 14-18  

Dear Parents,

Our first graders will be taking the Performance Series Reading test on Wednesday, Jan. 16th. Please be sure your child has plenty of rest the night before and a good breakfast that morning. Our testing begins at 8:10, so please make sure your child is at school on time that day.

Please ask your child his/her current level in Lexia. Any level lower than level 9 indicates that your child would benefit greatly from using our Lexia practice at home.

AR continues to be a big part of our day in Reading. Please have your child read his/her library book aloud each day and send the book back to school daily. Our goal is to successfully read and test on 2-4 books per week. Children who meet their goal will get to attend our AR Street Party on March 22nd.

We Are Learning About

Reading: Story-“Frog & Toad”

Phonics: r-controlled vowel ar/adding endings ed,ing

Spelling Words: call, called, help, helped, plan, planned, ask, asked, drop, dropped, *again, *soon

High Frequency Words: afraid, again, few, how, read, soon

Grammar: Verbs for Past and Future

Math: Topic 8: Test, Topic 9: Comparing & Ordering Numbers to 100

Science/Social Studies: Life Cycle of a Frog

Dates to Remember

Jan. 21         MLK Holiday

Jan. 22        100th day of school

 

 


January 7-11  

Dear Parents,

I hope everyone had a great Christmas holiday!

We will focus on our story “The Class Pet” in Reading. Please be sure to practice vocabulary/skills each day. All tests will be given on Friday this week.

Dates To Remember:

Jan. 11          Report Cards go home

Jan. 21         MLK Holiday – No School

Jan. 22         100th Day of School (Info will come home soon!)

Jan. 29         APT Meeting @ 6:00 p.m. in Auditorium

We Are Learning About

Reading: Story-“The Class Pet”

Phonics: r-controlled vowel or/ore

            Plural –es

Spelling Words: fix, fixes, class, classes, wish, wishes, kiss, kisses, bus, buses, *friends, *very

High Frequency Words: away, car, friends, house, our, school, very

Grammar: Verbs that do not add s

Math: Topic 8: Place Value/ Tens & Ones

Science/Social Studies: Weather/New Year celebrations


December 17-21  

Dear Parents,

We are looking forward to a great few days before we get out for Christmas! We will cover the skills and vocabulary for our next story, “Ruby in Her Own Time”, and will do assessments on Wednesday.

Thanks so much to everyone for signing up to send in items for refreshments on Thursday, as well as volunteering to help serve! If you can, please send these in by Wednesday. I’ll send a reminder note home today in case you’ve forgotten what you signed up for. J Please plan to join us for refreshments that day at 2:00. I will have a sign-out sheet for parents wishing to check children out afterwards.

If anyone has the animated version of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas that we could borrow Wednesday, I would appreciate it!

I wish you all peace, joy and a very Merry Christmas!

 

We Are Learning About

 

Reading: Story-“Ruby in Her Own Time”

 

Phonics: Consonant patterns –ng, -nk

 

             Compound Words

 

Grammar: Verbs That Add -s

 

Math: Finish Topic 7

 

Science/Social Studies: Polar Animals/Christmas

 

                       

Dates to Remember

 

Dec 17-19       Santa’s Workshop

 

Dec 18             Marco’s Spirit Night

 

Dec 19             AR Celebrations

 

Dec 20            Christmas Party @ 2:00

Speak to your children as if
they are the wisest, kindest, most beautiful and magical humans on earth. For what they believe is what they will
become

               

 


December 10-14  

Dear Parents,

Hope you all had a great weekend! We are on the final countdown to Christmas holidays and look forward to lots of fun activities during this time. Thanks to all who have volunteered to send in goodies for our classroom Christmas Party on Dec. 20th. I appreciate so much if you could send in your item by Wed. Dec 19th so that I can make sure we have everything we need. J

My children have been working so hard to meet the AR challenge! They are also making awesome progress in Lexia and Reflex. I hope you all will use these 2 great resources over the holidays.

Have a great week!

 

We Are Learning About

 

Reading: Story: “A Place To Play”

 

Phonics:             Vowel sounds of /y/

 

Spelling:         by, try, sunny, handy, fly, cry, lucky, silly, puppy, my, *things, *always

 

Handwriting:       Letter Yy

 

Grammar:      Action Verbs

 

Math:           Topic 7: Counting and Number       Patterns to 120

 

Science/Social Studies: Arctic Animals/Habitats

 

                                       Wants/Needs & Christmas

 

Homework Folder

 

Unit 3 Reading Homework pages have been placed in your child’s binder. Please be sure to read the information below the schedule of stories.


December 3-7  

 

Dear Parents,

This week will be a Review Week in Reading. We will take our Unit 2 Test on Thursday and Friday. The only homework this week is to review back over Vocabulary and Language skills. There will be no Spelling test/Weekly Reading tests/Grammar tests this week. I will send home your child’s score on the Reading Unit test next Tuesday.

Homework materials for Unit 3 will be placed in your child’s binder by next Monday.

Today I’m sending home a sign-up sheet and a little info on our Christmas party scheduled for December 20th at 2:00. If you would like to volunteer to send in items, please do so by the 19th.   Thank you! J

We will finish Topic 6 in Math this week.

During the month of December, we will learn about different polar animals including reindeer(of course!) We will also learn about how Christmas is celebrated around the world.

Please be sure to check out the school website or my web page for upcoming dates.

Hope you all have a great week!

Patti Hodge


November 26-30  

Dear Parents,

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I caught the nasty stomach virus on Thursday before we left school and didn’t get to enjoy celebrating with my class. Thanks so much to everyone who sent in goodies for the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving “Feast”!

Our class Christmas Party will be on Thursday, December 20th at 2:00. I hope you all will be able to join us! I’ll be sending home a sign up sheet with more information next week.

This week marks the end of Unit 2 in Reading. We will finish our last story in that book and take our regular Reading/Language/Spelling tests. Next week is a Review Week and I would encourage you to go back over the vocabulary and skills that we covered in Unit 2. Please focus on having your child read the long vowel words and high frequency words. As we move on to the next book in a couple of weeks, the vocabulary and skills will become more challenging.

Please allow your child to read his/her AR book aloud to you each day. This really help children understand better what they’ve read when they hear themselves read. Our goal is to read and take an AR test at least 1-2 per week. Children earn a sticker for each 100% and will go to the AR prize box when they’ve accumulated 10 stickers.  

Again, thank you for all that you do! Have a great week! J

 

 

We Are Learning About

 

Reading: Story: “Honey Bees” (Dec 14-18)

 

Phonics:             Long e/ee (Dec 14-18)

 

Grammar:      Nouns in a sentence (Dec 14-18)

 

Math:           Topic 6 Subtraction Facts

 

Science/Social Studies: Insects- Honey Bees

 

Leader in Me:    Habit 7 – Sharpen the Saw

 

·        Sharpen the body, mind, heart, and soul

 

 

December Reminders

 

APT Meeting                       November 27

 

Santa Pictures                  November 30

 

Polar Express Day             December 7

 

DIBELS testing                  December 11-12

 

AR Celebrations                 December 19

 

Class Christmas Party       December 20

 

Christmas Holidays           Dec. 23- Jan 7

 

**Wear your “house” shirt every Thursday.

 


November 12-16  

Dear Parents,

I hope everyone had a Happy Veteran’s Day weekend! Thank you to our parents and family members who serve this great nation and help to keep us free.

Progress reports go home today and are in the Tuesday folder. Please sign and return these.

The blue Impact Aid forms are due by Friday. Everyone is requested to sign and return it to school.

Next week is Thanksgiving and I wish you all blessings and safe travels for those who will be going out of town.

Santa pictures will be taken on November 30th.

 

We Are Learning About

 

Reading: Story-“Life in the Forest

 

Phonics: long u/inflected –ed

 

Grammar: Singular/Plural

 

Math: Topic 6: Subtraction Facts to 20

 

Science/Social Studies: Energy: Sound/Heat/Light

 

                                        First Thanksgiving

 

 


November 5 - 9  

 

Dear Parents,

Thanks to everyone who sent in Halloween treats and also for joining us in the Monster Mile!

Our Veteran’s Day program will be Thursday, Nov. 8th at 8:30. We encourage your child to wear red, white, and blue to honor our veterans on that day.

We will have a “Charlie Brown” Thanksgiving in our classroom next Thursday. I am sending home a sign up sheet if you would like to send an item in. We will watch “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” and enjoy our “feast”.

The blue “Impact Aid” forms are due back no later than November 16th.

Rice bowls need to be returned by this Friday, November 9th.

Please send in the “disguised turkeys” by this Friday. I can’t wait to see how they turned out! I hope you enjoyed doing this project with your child. J

 

Dates to Remember

 

Nov. 8                   Veteran’s Day Assembly

 

Nov. 9                   Rice Bowl Breaking

 

Nov. 12                 Veteran’s Day

 

Nov. 13                 Progress Reports

 

Nov. 13-16            Book Fair

 

Nov. 19-23           Thanksgiving Holidays

 

We Are Learning About

 

Reading: Story – “The Big Circle”

 

             Phonics Skills – Long vowel o, o-e

 

               Contractions

 

            HF Words – down,inside,now,there,together

 

Language Arts: Grammar – Proper Nouns:   Days/Months/Holidays                

 

Math: Topic 5 – We will take our test on Thursday.

 

Science/Social Studies: Pilgrims & Indians

 

                                         Veteran’s Day

 

                                         Prehistoric Animals

 

         Spelling List

 

home                hope                 rose

 

woke                those               bone

 

hose                 joke                 rode

 

stone               *there             *together


October 29 - November 2  

 

Dear Parents,

This week we will have the Monster Mile Walk on Wednesday, October 31st. I sent home a reminder on Friday for anyone who wishes to still participate. Money will need to be turned in by tomorrow.

We will also enjoy a “Spooky Snack” that day! Thanks so much to everyone who signed up to send in a treat. Please send them in by tomorrow if possible. The children will enjoy them. I appreciate your generosity and willingness to always go the extra mile for our children!

Just a quick reminder that children are allowed to dress up in their costumes Wednesday. They may not wear masks, props, etc. I can’t wait to see “who” shows up in my classroom on Halloween!

 

This Week We Are Learning About

 

Reading: Story-“Who Works Here”

 

Phonics: long vowel i/silent e

 

             Digraphs wh/ch/tch/ph

 

Grammar: Special Titles

 

High Frequency Words: live,who,out,work,people

 

Math: Topic 5: Addition Facts to 20

 

Science/Social Studies:   Community Helpers

 

                                         Halloween Safety

 

Leader in Me: Habit 5- Seek First to Understand    and Then to be Understood        

                      Children are the most important distraction


October 22- 26  

Dear Parents,

Hope you all have enjoyed this beautiful long weekend! It was so nice to meet with everyone Monday at Report Card Conference Day. Thank you for making the effort to come and discuss your child’s progress.

This week is Red Ribbon Drug Awareness week and a flyer was sent home with what our focus is each day.

Please remember to have your child wear the “house” shirt every Thursday.

I would like to encourage everyone to make use of the great resources available at home- Lexia and Reflex Math. There are 18 levels in Lexia to master before completion. On the Conference checklist, I wrote the level your child is currently on. Lexia reinforces what is being taught and introduces skills that will be taught later.

Reflex Math will help your child become proficient in Math Facts and is also free to use.

 

 

Halloween

 

I would like to make Treat Bags for each child to take home for Halloween. If you would like to send in individually wrapped candy, fun treats (pencils, stickers, tattoos, etc.) I will provide bags, etc.   Please send in by next Monday…Thanks!

 

 

This Week We Are Learning About

 

Reading: Story-“Farmer in the Hat”

 

Phonics: long vowel a

 

             “soft” sounds of g/c

 

Grammar: Proper Nouns

 

High Frequency Words: be,could,horse,of, old, paper

 

Math: Topic 5 Addition Facts to 20

 

Science/Social Studies: Bats

 

                                       Map & Globe Skills

 

                                       Red Ribbon Week

 

 

Spelling List

 

face                 made                age

 

safe                 make                take

 

cage                 cake                 late

 

name                *could              *old


October 22- 26  

Dear Parents,

Hope you all have enjoyed this beautiful long weekend! It was so nice to meet with everyone Monday at Report Card Conference Day. Thank you for making the effort to come and discuss your child’s progress.

This week is Red Ribbon Drug Awareness week and a flyer was sent home with what our focus is each day.

Please remember to have your child wear the “house” shirt every Thursday.

I would like to encourage everyone to make use of the great resources available at home- Lexia and Reflex Math. There are 18 levels in Lexia to master before completion. On the Conference checklist, I wrote the level your child is currently on. Lexia reinforces what is being taught and introduces skills that will be taught later.

Reflex Math will help your child become proficient in Math Facts and is also free to use.

 

 

Halloween

 

I would like to make Treat Bags for each child to take home for Halloween. If you would like to send in individually wrapped candy, fun treats (pencils, stickers, tattoos, etc.) I will provide bags, etc.   Please send in by next Monday…Thanks!

 

 

This Week We Are Learning About

 

Reading: Story-“Farmer in the Hat”

 

Phonics: long vowel a

 

             “soft” sounds of g/c

 

Grammar: Proper Nouns

 

High Frequency Words: be,could,horse,of, old, paper

 

Math: Topic 5 Addition Facts to 20

 

Science/Social Studies: Bats

 

                                       Map & Globe Skills

 

                                       Red Ribbon Week

 

 

Spelling List

 

face                 made                age

 

safe                 make                take

 

cage                 cake                 late

 

name                *could              *old


October 15-19  

We have completed Unit 1 in Reading and will begin Unit 2 this week. I’ve placed new homework materials in the Take Home Binder with a homework calendar at the front. We focused on mainly short vowel words and blendsa last 9 weeks. We will begin working on new phonics skills in Unit 2: long vowels, digraphs, “soft” sounds of consonants, contractions, inflected endings, and counting syllables. We will be learning the following in Grammar: common nouns, proper nouns, special titles, proper nouns-days/months/holidays, singular and plural nouns, and recognizing nouns in sentences. In addition, we will continue to learn new high frequency words each week. Please be sure to practice the words and skills daily. Our vocabulary and skills will become more challenging and need to be practiced at home. Accelerated Reader will also become an important part of our Reading each day. Please allow your child to read the AR book aloud each day and return the book back to school. Thank you for your commitment to helping our children be successful in First Grade!

 

We Are Learning About

 

Reading: Story – “A Big Fish for Max”

 

Phonics Skills – sh,th and the a sound as in   “ball”

 

Language Arts: Grammar – Common Nouns                

 

Math: Topic 4: Addition and Subtraction Facts to 12

Science/Social Studies: Fire Safety

Leader in Me:  Habit 4 - Think Win-Win

                                       

 

*We will begin taking a Sentence Dictation Test each week with decodable, high frequency, and spelling words.

 

 

 

         Spelling List

 

fish                  then                 shut

 

with                 rush                 shell

 

shop                 trash               thin

 

ship                  *want               *good

 

 

Parent Report Card Conference Day

Our Report Card Conference Day is Monday, Oct. 22nd. Forms were sent home last week providing a choice of 3 times that are most convenient for you. I’m assigning the times on a first received basis and will try my best to accommodate everyone. I am sending the conference time home with your child on Thursday.


October 10-13  

Dear Parents,

This week will be a Review Week in Reading. We will take our Unit 1 Test on Thursday and Friday, so the only homework this week is to review back over Vocabulary and Language skills. There will be no Spelling test/Weekly Reading tests/Grammar tests this week. I will send home your child’s score on the Reading Unit test next Tuesday.

Homework materials for Unit 2 will be placed in your child’s binder on Monday.

Thanks so much to everyone who chaperoned our field trip to Penton Farms! The children had so much fun and I appreciate each of you coming.

We will continue Topic 4 in Math this week.

Parent Report Card Conference Day- October 22nd. I’ll send a sign up form home on Friday for you to select a time that is convenient to meet.

Red Ribbon Week- October 23-26 Info will come home next week.

Halloween

We will be doing the “Monster Mile” at 1:00 Oct. 31st. All students and their families are invited to participate. Participants will pay $5.00 each to walk a mile downtown Prattville wearing their favorite costume. This is an APT fundraiser. We will have a “Special Snack” that day. If you would like to send in an item below, please put a check beside it and send in the morning of October 31st. Thanks!

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Name_____________________

I would like to send in:

_____ 20 mini cupcakes

______20 Capri Suns

______Large Bag of Potato Chips

______Carton of Ranch Dip


October 1 - 5  

Dear Parents,

We are looking forward to our field trip this Wednesday to Penton Farms!   A reminder was sent home on Friday with all of the info. Thanks in advance to all parents who will be helping to chaperone. I am bringing a cooler with bottles of water and would appreciate it if one of you could be in charge of loading it and bringing it to the area that we will be eating. If you are sending a lunch from home, please put it in a labeled bag or Ziploc. Everything will be thrown away there and we won’t have room for lunch boxes. Children who have a blue PPS t-shirt may wear theirs on Wednesday. J

Please help your child remember to bring his/her library book to school each day. We will begin the Pizza Hut Book It program this month and children will earn a certificate for a free personal pizza from Pizza Hut at the end of each month if they’ve met their monthly goal. A reading log will be attached to your child’s Home Folder on the “Back to School” side. Our goal for October is to read at least 6 books. Please sign the log each time your child reads to you.

I will be out this Friday and will give all tests on Thursday. Next week is a “Review Week” in Reading. We will take our Unit 1 test next Friday and will begin Unit 2 the following week.

 

This Week We Are Learning About

 

Reading: Stories-“Animal Park”

 

Phonics: Short vowel u/final consonant blends

 

Grammar: Exclamatory Sentences

 

High Frequency Words: home,into,many,them

 

Math: Topic 4: Addition and Subtraction Facts to 12

 

Science: Pumpkins/Farms

 

Social Studies: Columbus Day

 

 

Reminders

 

·        Oct. 2      Mixed Bag Fundraiser

 

·        Oct. 3      Penton Farms Field Trip

 

·        Oct. 5      Special Snack/Slushie/$1

 

·        Oct. 8-9     Fall Break-No School

 

·        Oct. 10    End of 1st Nine Weeks

 

·        Oct. 10       Fire Safety Posters are due

 

·        Oct. 11-12 Handprint Tiles

 

·        Oct. 15       Picture Retake Day

 

Halloween Party (TBA)

 

I will send home info next week on our Halloween party.

 


September 24-28  

Dear Parents,

Thank you all so much for sending in apples and treats for our Treasure Box and Treat Jar!

We are very excited about our upcoming field trip to Penton Farms next week…October 3rd. I’ll send final info later this week.

We will spend the next two weeks practicing Habit 3 in  Leader in Me...Put First Things First.  We'll be emphasizing setting priorities and getting the most important things done first.

Please be sure to allow your child to read his/her AR book aloud each night and send the book back to school each day. We have a designated time for AR reading and children need their books with them.

You may begin sending in Fire Safety posters beginning this week. Hope you all have a great week!

 

We Are Learning About

 

Reading: Story – “Get the Egg”

 

               Comprehension Skill-Main Idea & Details

 

            Phonics Skills – short vowel e/initial blends

 

            Grammar: Interrogative Sentences

 

            HF Words –* saw, tree, small, your

 

Math: Review Topic 3

 

Science/Social Studies: Johnny Appleseed

 

                                        Habitats

 

 

Reminders

 

9/27 Spirit Night/Chicken Salad Chick

 

9/28 Special Snack $1.00 Bomb Pops

 

10/3   Field Trip to Penton Farms

 

10/5   AR Challenge ends for 1st 9 weeks

 

10/8-10/9 Fall Break

 

 

 

 

         Spelling List

 

bed                  men                  red

 

step                 ten                   net

 

leg                   jet                   sled

 

wet                  *saw                *your


September 17 - 21  

Dear Parents,

Hope everyone had a great weekend! As we begin a new week I have just a couple of announcements:

·         Field trip money/permission slips are due tomorrow by 8:00.

·         Please be sure to send AR library books back to school each day. Your child should be reading it aloud nightly in order to be prepared to AR test. Our goal is 1-2 AR tests per week.

·         Fire Safety poster contest (info coming home this week)

·         We will be doing apple experiments/activities over the next several days and I would appreciate it if anyone could send in:

*pre-cut apples in different colors

*2 whole apples (any color)

We will need these by Thursday and thank you in advance!

 

This Week We Are Learning About

 

Reading: Stories-“Fox and a Kit”

 

Phonics: Inflected endings –s, -ing

 

Grammar: Declarative Sentences

 

High Frequency Words: eat,five,four,her,this,too

 

Math: Topic 3 – Understanding 5 and 10 Relationships on a Ten Frame

 

Social Studies/Science: Johnny Appleseed &    Apple Experiments/Activities

 


September 10 - 14  

Dear Parents,

It was so nice seeing many of you who joined us last week for Parent’s Night! Thank you for coming out!

I sent home the Lexia and Reflex Math login information for your use at home. I hope everyone is able to use this great resource.

Please have your child read his/her library book aloud each night. You may help them read it so that they are ready to take an AR test after 3-4 readings.

This week we recognize all of our wonderful grandparents! They are invited to join their grandchild for breakfast during this week. Cost of breakfast for adults is $1.75.

We’re waiting on final approval for our Pumpkin Patch field trip for October 3rd.

 

This Week We Are Learning About

 

Reading: Stories-“Big Blue Ox”

 

Phonics: Short vowel o/plural -s

 

Grammar: Predicates of Sentences

 

High Frequency Words: blue, from, get, help, little, use

 

Math: Review Topic 3: Ten Frames & Addition/Subtraction

 

Social Studies/Science: Transportation

 

                                       Citizenship

 

                                       Characteristics of Animals

 

Reminders

 

·       9/10 – 9/14 Grandparents Breakfast Week

 

·       Sept. 11 Fall Picture Day

 

·       Sept. 14 Special Snack (Sour Straws)

 

Wish List

 

Individually wrapped bubble gum

 

Sidewalk chalk


September 3- 7  

Dear Parents,

Hope everyone has enjoyed a restful Labor Day weekend! We have a busy week ahead as we really begin to engage full steam into our curriculum. Please be sure that your child is working on the daily assignment in the Reading Homework section of the Binder. As you can see, the vocabulary and skills will become more challenging as we progress. The two areas I would like us to focus on this week are recognizing the High Frequency words from last week/this week, and comprehension skills. As your child is reading from the story passage or library book, ask questions to assess for understanding.

Attendance Challenge- Classes with 100% attendance during Sept. 4- Oct. 2 will receive a slushie party. J

Progress reports will go home Sept. 6th. Please sign and return these back to school.

September 7th – Special Snack sale: Slushies @ $1.00

Thank you for the hard work you all are putting in to helping your child be successful! It takes teamwork to really make a difference and you are doing a great job!

Parent Night

I hope you all are able to attend Parent Night on Thursday, September 6th at 5:30. We will meet in my classroom and have a brief Powerpoint that will cover our curriculum , FAQs, etc.

Children are invited, but will sit in hallway and read so that the adults may meet. I’ll have a treat for them! J

We Are Learning About

Reading: Story – “Pig in a Wig”

            Phonics Skills – short vowel i/,consonant /x

            HF Words – she, take, what, up

Language Arts: Grammar – Subject of Sentences                

Math: Topic 2: Understanding Subtraction

Science/Social Studies: What is a Scientist?

                                        Farm Unit/Pigs

Spelling List

in                     it                     did

sit                    six                   fix

lip                    mix                  pin

wig                   *she                 *take

                                      

 


August 27-31  

Dear Parents,

We have completed our Kindergarten Review and are now ready to begin Unit 1 in our Reading series. I’ve placed the stories/skills in the “Reading Homework” section of the Take Home binder. You will find the Homework Instruction/Schedule page and Unit 1 Overview pages in front of our first story. Please initial each page as it is completed. It is important to spend time daily reinforcing the skills that are being taught in class.

Weekly graded papers/assessments are in today’s Back To School Folder. Please return them in the same pocket and be sure to sign the front page and log sheet.

We will begin our weekly Read the Words, Selection Test, Grammar Test, and Spelling tests this week. Daily grades will also be taken throughout the week in all subjects.

This Week We Are Learning About

 

Reading: Stories-“Sam, Come Back”

Phonics: Short vowel a/consonant /ck/

Grammar: Sentences

High Frequency Words: come,in,my,on,way

Math: Continue Topic 2- Understanding Subtraction

Social Studies: Leader in Me/Community Helpers

Science: Five Senses

Lexia/Reflex Math

We are doing great in Lexia and have pretty much mastered logging on!

We will begin Reflex Math this week and I will send information on how you can use this resource at home.

Miscellaneous

·        Library Books will begin coming home today. Please send back to school each day! J

·        We will take our DIBELS test this week.


August 20 - 24  

Dear Parents,

This week will complete our Readiness Review in Reading.  We will do the Readiness Assessment later in the week and begin Unit 1 the following week. I’ve done several informal assessments on each child, and am sending home the Kindergarten Readiness Words page. Any missed words have been highlighted and blank index cards are provided to help you make flashcards at home. Please make sure to practice these words so that your child is ready to begin Unit One.

Our grading policy is as follows:

Reading- Major grades will consist of Read the Words/Sentences, Weekly Selection Test, and end of unit Benchmark Test. All major tests will be given on Fridays. Minor grades will consist of workbook pages/skill sheets and will be given throughout the week. A cumulative average of 60% at the end of the school year is required for promotion to 2nd grade.

Language Arts- This includes Spelling, Grammar, and Writing. While these are important components, they are not used to determine promotion/retention. We will begin taking a weekly Spelling Test next week when we start Unit 1. The Spelling Test will be given on Fridays. I will take out the old Reading Homework assignments and replace them with our first Unit 1 story/vocabulary/grammar pages. In each Reading Unit, there are 6 stories-1 story per week. I would highly encourage you to make flashcards for our weekly High Frequency Words. These words should be recognized on sight without having to sound them out. We will begin to “blend” words more fluently and the more your child practices, the better reader he/she will become.

Math- Major Grades will include Math Topic Tests. Minor grades will consist of workbook pages, skill practice pages, etc.

Social Studies/Science – All grades in these subjects will be weighted equally.

What We Are Learning This Week

Reading:

Stories – “School Day” & “Farmer’s Market”

Phonics Skills – Consonants r, w, j, k, v, y, z, qu & Short Vowels e and u

High Frequency Words – he, to, is, with, three

                                       for, me, go, where, here

Grammar: Adjectives (describing words)

Handwriting: Holding pencil correctly/letter formation/spacing

Social Studies – Leader in Me: Habits 4 – 7

                           Habit 4 – Think Win-Win (Everyone Can Win)

Habit 5 – Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood (Listen       before you talk.)

Habit 6 – Synergize (Together is Better)

Habit 7 – Sharpen the Saw (Take Care of Yourself)

Science – Introduce Living & Non-Living Things

Important Dates to Remember:

·        August 21 – Chappy’s Deli Spirit Night

·        August 24 – Popsicle Sale $0.50 (Send money in on Friday)

·        August 28 – DIBELS Testing

·        August 30 – Flu Shot Clinic(for those who filled out the yellow form indicating you wanted your child to receive it)

·        August 31 – Popsicle Sale $0.50

We are still waiting for our Tuesday Folders to arrive. Until we receive them, I will place all graded papers in the “Back to School” pocket of your child’s Take Home Binder next week.

Thank you so much to my wonderful parents who have sent in Treats for our treat jar and awesome goodies for our Treasure Box! You are incredibly generous and I can’t thank you enough!

We enjoyed sharing our “Brown Bag” getting to know you activities, as well as the “All About Me” posters. Thanks so much for helping your child with these activities! Have a great week!

 


August 13-17  

Dear Parents,

We had a great first week of school and I appreciate your help in making that happen! Thanks also to my sweet parents who sent in treats for our Treasure Box, Treat Jar, and extra snacks. Ya’ll are the best! J

We will cover our next 2 stories this week in Reading- “Tip and Tam” and “The Big Top”. I am doing weekly assessments that will not count as a grade during our Readiness Review. The following week will be our final review week in Reading. Please help your child with the High Frequency Words/beginning and ending sounds/short vowel sounds, and reading the short passages for each story. In order to be ready to begin our First Grade Reading series on August 27, children should easily recognize all of the Kindergarten Readiness Words and be able to begin blending words. I’m excited to see the great progress each of my children will make this year!

We Are Learning About

Reading: Story – “Tip and Tam”   “The Big Top”

Phonics Skills – Consonants Ff/Bb/Gg/Dd/Ll/Hh & Short Vowels i and o

HF Words – do, yellow, look, you, was, are, they, have, two, that

Language Arts: Grammar – Simple Sentences/Verbs in Sentences                

Math: Topic 1: Understanding Addition

Science/Social Studies: Introduction to Leader in Me

Reminders

One of our greatest resources is the Lexia Core 5 Program that enriches our reading program. It will become an integral part of our day and will help your child master many Reading/Language skills. I’m sending home information this week regarding how you may use this at home. It will have your child’s username and password. I highly encourage everyone to take advantage of this excellent (and free to our parents!) resource to help your child with Reading skills.


August 6 - 10  

 

Dear Parents,

Our first day in first grade was awesome! Thanks for your help in making today a very smooth transition.J I have a few reminders, info, etc. to share:

·       Please have your child wear the RedTransportation Tag each day this week, plus next Monday.

·       Your child is bringing the Take Home Binder home today. Please be sure to return it to school each day and initial in the behavior square daily. Also, remember to check the Daily Folder.

·       We will be learning our new routines, touring the school, and learning procedures this week.

·       A weekly newsletter will be sent home on Mondays with information about what we are doing during that week.

·       First graders will do Kindergarten Review in Reading over the next 3 weeks. During this time, we will practice the Kindergarten High Frequency Words, letters/sounds, recognizing color/number words, etc. Please be sure to work with your child daily in the “Reading Homework” section. Homework practice pages will placed in there either Tuesday or Wednesday. No Reading grades will be taken this week.

·       Please remember to send a snack/drink from home (in a labeled bag/lunchbox) or purchase one daily(send money in a labeled Ziploc bag/envelope).

There is so much for parents to remember during the first few days/weeks of school and I don’t want to overload everyone at one time! J My main focus this week is helping your child transition from Kindergarten to First Grade with a happy heart and excitement about all that they will learn this year.

Patti Hodge


Welcome to First Grade! School Year 2018-2019  

Dear Parents,

I hope everyone has enjoyed a great summer and is ready for First Grade!  I'm so happy to have the absolute pleasure of being your child's teacher this year in what I consider to be one of the most important years of school. 

Our First Grade Open House will be on August 2nd at 12:00.  My class is located on the Red Hall in Room 21.  We will get acquainted at that time and I encourage you to bring your child!  Orientation will allow us to cover the basics of our upcoming school year, answer any questions you may have, and fill out forms that will need to be completed and turned in.  You may also choose to purchase school supplies, t-shirts, lunch, etc.  I would encourage you to bring in your child's supplies on August 2nd just so that everything can be sorted, labeled, and placed in desks prior to the first day of school.

Please be sure to bring important information (emergency phone numbers/contacts, etc.) in order to complete all forms.

The main thing I will need to know at Orientation is how your child will go home in the afternoons(Car rider, Bus rider, Afterschool Care/which one, etc.)  I'll have a Transportation Card necklace that you will need to put all information on for your child to wear every dayfor the first week of school.  Please make sure that he/she does not leave home without it in the mornings for the first week...It takes valuable time to make new ones when I want to use that time getting to know my children and going over routines, etc.  Thank you in advance!

Your child may either bring a snack/drink from home or purchase it daily at school.  Please send snacks from home in a labeled sack or ziploc bag.  My experience has been that many children who bring their lunches will eat their snack/drink at lunch.  When snack time rolls around, they realize that they ate it at lunch.  Of course, I never let anyone go hungry and have extra snacks on hand, but it really helps to separate these.

Snacks and drinks are .75 each ($1.50 total).  Please place this money in a separate, labeled ziploc/envelope.  These may be purchased only one day at a time.

Lunches are $2.50 daily or $12.50 for ten days. You may purchase lunch tickets at Orientation. 

Breakfast is $1.25 daily.

Listed below you will find items that may be purchased during Orientation/Open House:

  • Paper                               $6.00 (for the whole year)
  • Tote Bag                          10.00 (no backpacks are allowed) 
  • PPS T-shirt                      10.00
  • INOW/Technology Fee     5.00
  • School Contribution          15.00
  • APT Donation                     5.00

 

One check may be written for all of the above except for the APT donation, which will be separate.  Payment for lunch is also separate, and all checks are to be made out to Prattville Primary School.

 

You may call the Transportation Department if you need to verify your child's bus information at 361-3897.

 

If you are unable to attend, please email me at patti.hodge@acboe.net or call the school at 365-6277 so that you can pick up your Orientation materials.

 

I am so looking forward to meeting each and every one of you, especially my children!  We are going to have such a wonderful year!

 

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May 21-25  

Dear Parents,

I want to take this time to tell you all what a pleasure it’s been having your child in my class this year! It’s always the most amazing thing to me, even after teaching many years, to see the growth from August to May in every single child! Thank you for all that you’ve done this year to help this happen!

Just a couple of reminders:

·       Thursday – Teacher Inservice Day (no school)

·       Friday – School dismisses at 12:00.  Report cards will be issued. If students are not present on this day, parents may pick them up between 10:00-11:30. There will be staff members set up in the front parking lot and you may “drive through” to pick them up. If you would like your child’s report card to be mailed, please send in a stamped, self-addressed envelope to me by Wednesday.

Your child may bring in a board game, puzzle, or tablet this week to enjoy during any free time we have. I hope you all have a wonderful summer, and I wish my children all the best in the years to come!

Patti Hodge

 

 


May 14-18  

Dear Parents,

Thank you so much for showering me with so many sweet treats and gifts last week! I appreciate your thoughtfulness more than you’ll ever know. Thanks to for joining us for our Mother’s Day program…I hope you enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed doing it!

Our final story this week is “Stone Garden” in Reading. I’m not sending home a Homework sheet this week since we will not be taking grades. I’ll just be teaching the skills, so enjoy this homework/test-free week!

Again, there will be NO MORE TESTS!! J

 

We Are Learning About

 

Reading: “Stone Garden”

 

Phonics: Prefixes –un, -re

 

Grammar: Prepositions

 

High Frequency Words: carry, different, answered, poor

 

Math: Review First Grade Math skills

 

Science/Social Studies: Goods and Services

Dates to Remember

 

May 15             Field day snack money due

 

May 16             AR Dance Party

 

May 18             PPS Field Day

 

May 21             PPS Awards Day

 

May 24             Teacher Inservice Day

May 25             Report cards go hom


May 7 - 11  

Dear Parents,

This week marks the end of all testing for Reading, Language, and Spelling. We have completed all required grades for those subjects. There will be a final Math grade taken for our Topic 16 test.

The children have been practicing for our Mother’s Day Program on Thursday and they are so excited to honor you! I hope you’re able to join us at 12:30 in the Auditorium on May 10th. We will serve refreshments and your child will have your Mother’s Day gift for you.

Have a good week and hope to see you Thursday!

We Are Learning About

 

Reading: “Alexander Graham Bell”

 

Phonics: vowels aw/au and short e: ea

 

Grammar: Adverbs

 

High Frequency Words: *through, *science, built, early, learn

 

Spelling Words: crawl, draw, hawk, jaw, law, lawn, paw, saw, straw, *through, *science

 

Math: Topic 16 - Fractions

 

Science/Social Studies: Inventors

Dates to Remember

May 10         Mother’s Day Program

                   12:30 in Auditorium

May 18         PPS Field Day

May 21         PPS Awards Day

 


April 30 - May 4  

Dear Parents,

It’s hard to believe that we are beginning the last month of school! I can’t thank you all enough for all of your hard work this year… our children have made enormous progress and you share in the credit for it!

We will be taking our final DIBELS test on Tuesday morning. Please be sure that your child gets plenty of rest tonight and eats a good breakfast in the morning in order to do his/her very best.

The children have been practicing for our upcoming Mother’s Day Program next Thursday, May 10th at 12:30 in the Auditorium. We would love to have all of our moms and grandmothers who are able to attend join us! Refreshments will be provided and you may sign your child out afterwards if you like.

Our Accelerated Reader Dance party is scheduled for May 16th for all children who have met their goals. Please allow your child to read his/her AR book aloud each night in order to be ready to take an AR test the next day.

We Are Learning About

Reading: “Simple Machines”

Phonics: oi/oy and suffixes –er, -or

Grammar: Pronouns

High Frequency Words: *against, *heavy, goes, kinds, today

Spelling Words: oil, soil, voice, point, oink, coin, join, boil, boy, toy, *against, *heavy

Math: Finish Topic 15 - Geometry

Science/Social Studies: Simple Machines

Dates to Remember

May 1           DIBELS Testing

May 5           PPS Lanark Family Day

May 10         Mother’s Day Program

May 18         PPS Field Day

May 21         PPS Awards Day


April 23 - 27  

 

Happy Earth Day!

Dear Parents,

I was out several days last week, but look forward to having a full week back with my children! The Tuesday Folder will come home tomorrow with all of the previous week’s graded papers, including your child’s Unit 4 Test score and the Progress Report.

We will only cover 3 stories in Unit 5 and those will complete our grades in Reading, Language & Spelling for the year. The Reading Homework will consist of a Vocabulary Page and a skill page. I will send these home the next 3 Mondays with the Newsletter. So there will be no need to send the Reading Homework folder to school. Our Reading Homework schedule is as follows:

April 23-27                  “Dot and Jabber”

April 30 – May 4          “Simple Machines”

May 7 - May 11           “Alexander Graham Bell”

We Are Learning About

Reading: “Dot and Jabber”

Phonics: Vowel sound in “foot”:oo/Adding endings

Grammar: Pronouns I and Me

High Frequency Words: among, none, another, instead

Spelling Words: book, moon, took, food, look, pool, zoo, noon, good, foot, *instead, *another

Math: Topic 15 Geometry

Science/Social Studies: Earth Day

                                      Life Cycle of a Butterfly

             

Dates to Remember

 

Apr. 24                        Progress Reports go home

 

May 5              PPS Lanark Family Day

 

May 10             Mother’s Day Program

 

May 18             PPS Field Day

 

May 21             PPS Awards Day

           

     Mother’s Day Program

 

Information and invitations will be sent out next week to our sweet mothers and grandmothers. We hope you are able to attend!


April 9-13  

 

Dear Parents,

Our Cubs Create Art and Music Show is on Thursday, April 12th from 5-7. The children are so proud of their creations and I hope you all will join us that evening!

The deadline to pay for our upcoming field trip to see the play “Clementine” is due no later than April 12th by 10:00 a.m. We will walk over to First United Methodist Church for the performance. I’m sending home a reminder notice today for those who have not paid.

Career Fair is scheduled for April 18th. We will be learning about different occupations.

 

We Are Learning About

 

Reading: Story-“Henry and Mudge”

 

Phonics: Word Families with “oo”

 

               Suffixes –ly, -ful

 

Spelling Words: slowly, useful, sadly, careful, painful, gladly, quickly, playful, nicely, wonderful, *because, *across

 

High Frequency Words: across, only, told, because, opened, dance, shoes

 

Grammar: Adjectives that Compare (er, est)

 

Math: Topic 14: Using Data to Answer Questions

 

Soc. Studies: Communities/Careers

 

Science: Insects

 

Reminders

 

April 12       Cubs Create Art Show

 

April 12       Deadline to pay for for “Clementine” Field Trip

 

April 18       Career Fair

April 19       Field Trip to see "Clementine" play at First Methodist Church

 

April 20       Weather Day/No School

 

April 24       Progress Reports go home

 

 


April 2-6  

Dear Parents,

I hope you all had a restful break and a Happy Easter. We are on the final leg of First Grade!

We have a busy schedule for the next couple of months. The children have been working on their “masterpieces” in art for our upcoming Cub Create Art Show on April 12 from 5-7.

On April 19th , we will have Theatre Works perform for our school. Info on that activity will be sent home this week.

I’m so proud of my children! 100% of my students met their goal in AR for the 3rd nine weeks and attended the Glow Party…awesome!

We Are Learning About

 

Reading: Story-“Peter’s Chair”

 

Phonics: Vowel digraphs ue, ew, ui

 

Spelling Words: backpack, outside, baseball, herself, flashlight, bluebird, lunchbox, suitcase, inside, brainstorm, *remember, *picture

 

High Frequency Words: picture, remember, room, stood, thought

 

Grammar: Adjectives for How Many and Articles

 

Math: Topic 13: Time

 

Soc. Studies: Communities Unit

 

Science: Plants: Needs/Parts/Life Cycle

 

                       

Reminders

 

April 5             Career Pictures

 

April 12           Cub Create Art Show

 

April 19           Theatre Works Play

 

April 20           Weather Day/No School

 

April 24           Progress Reports

 

Lexia/Reflex Math

 

As we get closer to the end of the year, I would encourage you to let your child work on these two free resources at home in order to get as far as possible.

 

 


March 19-23  

Dear Parents,

This week will be a busy week for us as we get ready to leave for Spring Break. All of our tests will be given on Thursday this week since many of you will be traveling out of town on Friday.

Our children are making great gains in their Reading fluency and comprehension skills! Their Lexia levels are really taking off, as well as Accelerated Reader. Thank you for all of the hard work you do at home reinforcing skills taught at school. It makes an incredible difference and you share in their success!

I hope you all have a blessed Easter and a restful Spring Break! Safe travels.

We Are Learning About

Reading: Story-“A Southern Ranch”

Phonics: Vowel Digraphs ie, igh

               Consonant Patterns kn, wr

Spelling Words: lie, tie, high, might, right, night, bright, light, pie, tight, *above, *laugh

High Frequency Words: laugh, above, eight, moon, touch

Grammar: Adjectives for What Kind

Math: Topic 13: Time

Soc. Studies: Urban/Suburban/Rural Communities

Science: Our Five Senses

Reminders

March 19-23    Book Fair

March 21         Report Cards

March 23         AR Glow Party

March 26-30   Spring Break

                       


March 12-16  

Dear Parents,

This month is “march”ing on by!  We have our Shamrock March this Thursday, March 15th.  The deadline to pay is on Wednesday, so be sure to join us!

Our Friday Slushies are a great hit!  Remember to send in .75 each Friday and your child will receive a slushie at P.E.

Hope you are able to join your child for breakfast one morning this week during Breakfast Week.

Our Spring Book Fair is next week and there should be plenty of great books to purchase!

We Are Learning About

Reading: Story-“Washington, D. C.”

Phonics: Long vowel o: oa,ow/Three letter consonant blends

Spelling Words: boat, road, snow, row, yellow, loaf, coat, soap, blow, pillow, *once, *wild

 

High Frequency Words: found, took, mouth, wild, once

Grammar: Adjectives for Size

Math: Topic 12 Test/Begin Topic 13: Telling Time

Soc. Studies: St. Patrick’s Day

Science:  Magnets

Reminders

 

March 12-16     Breakfast Week

March 14          Deadline to pay for Shamrock Walk

March 15          Shamrock Walk

March 19-23    Book Fair

March 21          Report Cards

March 23         AR Glow Party

March 26-30    Spring Break

 


March 5-9  

Dear Parents,

We enjoyed celebrating Dr. Seuss last week! Thanks to all who helped make it special.

You are all doing a great job in helping our children succeed in first grade! Please remember to let your child read his/her library book aloud to you at home each day. We are devoting extra time for AR and children need all the practice they can get!

If your child is struggling in Reading, please use Lexia at home! It is free for your use and reinforces the skills being taught in school. Children know their username/password. All you will need to do is log in to Lexia Core 5 and enter my email address: patti.hodge@acboe.net.

We Are Learning About

Reading: Story-“Cinderella”

Phonics: Long vowel e: ea/Inflected endings

Spelling Words: eat, sea, each, team, please, dream, treat, beach, clean, lean, *colors, * sign

High Frequency Words: colors, draws, great, over, show, sign

Grammar: Adjectives for colors and shapes

Math: Topic 12: Measurement

Soc. Studies: Studies Weekly-Rights and   Responsibilities

Science: Solar System

Reminders

March 5           Yearbook Order Deadline

March 12-16     Breakfast Week

March 15          Shamrock Walk

March 19-23    Book Fair

March 21          Report Cards

March 23         AR Glow Party

March 26-30    Spring Break

 


February 26 - March 2  

You’re never too old,

too wacky, too wild,

to pick up a book

and read to a child.

Dear Parents,                        

We will celebrate Dr. Seuss all week long! Hats will be available to purchase for $5 and will need to be in a labeled envelope or Ziploc bag. They may be worn all week. If any of my parents would like to read to the class Friday, please let me know! J Luke’s dad has volunteered and we look forward to it. We will have a first and second grade contest during Read Across America Week. The student in each grade with the most AR points will will a $5 gift certificate for our Spring Book Fair!

I’ve placed Unit 4 Reading Homework materials in your child’s folder. These last 2 books in our Reading series will have more challenging vocabulary and skills, so it is important to practice every day.

We Are Learning About

 

Reading: Story-“Mama’s Birthday Present”

 

Phonics: Long vowel a: ai, ay/singular & plural possessives

 

Spelling Words: train, way, tail, play, day, may, rain, gray, mail, afraid, *about, *would

 

High Frequency Words: about, enjoy, give, surprise, worry, would

 

Grammar: Adjectives

 

Math: Topic 11: Subtracting with Tens and Ones

 

Science/Soc. Studies: Dr. Seuss Read Across America Week

Reminder

Class Picture Day is Thursday. J

                       


February 19-23  

Dear Parents,

This week will be our Review Week in Reading. Please go back over Unit 3 vocabulary/skills. There will be no weekly Spelling Test, Selection Test, or Read the Sentences Test this week. We will take our Unit 3 Test on Friday and new homework material for Unit 4 will be placed in your child’s folder.

Just a note: The safety of our children is of utmost concern. Our front office staff will begin checking IDs of anyone who is checking in/checking out students.

Thank you again to everyone who sent in items for our Valentine Party! The children enjoyed them all and had a great day!

We Are Learning About

Reading/Language Arts: Review for Unit 3 Test

**Please go back over all of the high frequency words, vocabulary and grammar skills in the homework folder.

Math: Topic 10: Adding with Tens and Ones

Science/Soc. Studies: George Washington

                                   Dental Health

Wish List

 

White copy paper

 


February 12-16  

Dear Parents,

 

Thanks so much for helping your child with our Valentine Heart project! Each one was unique and precious and we will be placing some great writing with it in the hallway this week. Thank you also for your continued generosity in sending items for our Valentine’s Party! You always go above and beyond what is expected and I appreciate all that you do. Our Valentine Party is Wednesday from 12:45-1:15. There will be a sign-out sheet in the classroom if you’d like to have your child leave at that time. Please be sure to let your child bring his/her valentine cards in before Wednesday.

 

Next Monday is President’s Day and Tuesday will be Teacher Inservice Day. Children will return to school on Wednesday, February 21st.

 

The week of February 19th will be our Review Week in Reading. Please go back over Unit 3 vocabulary/skills. There will be no weekly Spelling Test, Selection Test, or Read the Sentences Test next week. We will take our Unit 3 Test next Friday and new homework material for Unit 4 will be placed in your child’s folder.

We Are Learning About

Reading: Story-“Where Are My Animal Friends?”

Phonics: Comparative endings –er,-est/Consonant Pattern –dge

Spelling Words: faster,fastest, taller, tallest, shorter, shortest, sadder, saddest, bigger, biggest, *good-bye, *before

High Frequency Words: before, does, good-bye, oh, right, won’t

Grammar: Contractions with “not”

Math: Topic 10: Adding with Tens and Ones

Science/Soc. Studies: President’s Day/American Symbols

                                  Dental Health

 

 

Dates to Remember

 

Feb. 14- Valentine Party @ 12:45                                 Feb. 16 – Six Flag Reading Logs due                             Feb. 19-20 – President’s Day/ Teacher Inservice       Feb. 23 - Box Tops due

 


February 5-9  

Dear Parents,

Just a couple of reminders as we begin the first full week of February! Progress Reports will go home tomorrow and will be placed in your child’s Tuesday Folder. Please sign and return back in the folder.

Our Valentine “home” project is due this Friday. I hope you enjoy this as a family activity…the children are always so proud of their creations. Thank you for helping with this and we will display them in our hallway.

Your child may bring in valentines next Monday and Tuesday. We will be making our bags this week! I sent home a class list last week so that your child could put names on their valentines.

Hope you all have an awesome week!

We Are Learning About

Reading: Story-“I’m a Caterpillar”

Phonics: r-controlled vowels ir,er,ur/contractions

Spelling Words: her, first, bird, girl, burn, were, shirt, fur, hurt, sir, *visit, *done

High Frequency Words: done, know, push, visit, wait

Grammar: Verbs am, is, are, was, were

Math: Finish Topic 9/Test Introduce Topic 10: Adding with Tens and Ones

Science/Social Studies: Life Cycle of a Butterfly

                                       President’s Day

Accelerated Reader

We are ramping up AR and doing an awesome job! Children who meet their goal will get to attend a “glow” party! We are trying to read and take an AR test on at least 2-3 times per week with an average of at least 85%. We want our children to read 75% fiction and 25% non-fiction.


Jan. 29-Feb. 2  

Dear Parents,

We had an awesome 100th day of school and I loved seeing my children dress up as “old” people! They were so cute! J

The children are excited about AR and getting on the “roller coaster” when they turn in their completed AR forms that were sent home last week! Please be sure to write each book they read and how many minutes. When your child has read a total of 6 hours, return the form and their name goes on the board outside the library. You may use books from home, the public library, etc.

We’re crossing our fingers that the groundhog won’t see his shadow this week and maybe we will have an early spring! Hope you all have an awesome week.

We Are Learning About

Reading: Story-“Frog & Toad”

Phonics: r-controlled vowel ar/adding endings ed,ing

Spelling Words: call, called, help, helped, plan, planned, ask, asked, drop, dropped, *again, *soon

High Frequency Words: afraid, again, few, how, read, soon

Grammar: Verbs for Past and Future

Math: Topic 8: Test, Topic 9: Comparing & Ordering Numbers to 100

Science/Social Studies: Life Cycle of a Frog

                                       Groundhog Day

 

 

Valentine Party

I am sending home information and a sign up list for our Valentine Party. We will enjoy refreshments and exchange valentines on Wednesday, February 14th. Attached is a class list of our students.

 


January 22-26  

Dear Parents,

I hope everyone enjoyed our “snow week” last week! I sure did, but I think we’re all probably ready for some warmer weather.

We are going back over skills from last week and introducing our new vocabulary and skills for this week. Your child will not bring home the Tuesday folder since we did not take any grades last week.

Our first page copies in the Homework folder have cut off some of the Spelling Words and I know they’re hard to read. I will put them in the box below for your convenience! Hope you all have a great week!

We Are Learning About

 

Reading: Story-“The Class Pet”

 

Phonics: r-controlled vowel or/ore

 

            Plural –es

 

Spelling Words: fix, fixes, class, classes, wish, wishes, kiss, kisses, bus, buses, *friends, *very

 

High Frequency Words: away, car, friends, house, our, school, very

 

Grammar: Verbs that do not add s

 

Math: Topic 8: Place Value/ Tens & Ones

 

Science/Social Studies: Animals in Winter


**January Snow Week Announcement  

Due to our Monday holiday and snow days, we will not take any grades this week.  We will cover skills on Friday and begin with the next story in Reading as scheduled.  Stay warm and hope to see everyone on Friday!

 


January 15-19  

Dear Parents,

Hope you all enjoyed a restful 3 day weekend! Since this will be a short week, please be sure to cover the Reading Assignments for Monday and Tuesday.

As we move on through the year, one of our main areas of focus will be to read more fluently…not sounding out, but blending whole words and recognizing high frequency words. The Spring DIBELS benchmark is to read a minimum of 47 words per minute. As you practice the weekly timed fluency passages, your child should be reading a few more words each night. If your child is having difficulty recognizing high frequency words, making flashcards is helpful. I would also highly encourage using Lexia and Reflex Math at home, as it provides a great resource for Reading and Math.


 

We Are Learning About

 

Reading: Story-“Ruby in Her Own Time”

 

Phonics: Consonant patterns –ng, -nk

 

             Compound Words

 

Grammar: Verbs That Add -s

 

Math: Topic 8

 

Science/Social Studies: Polar Animals/Hibernation

 

                                       Maps: Polar Region

Reading/Language Arts Grades

I wanted to make sure everyone understands the difference between the Reading grades and Language Arts grades. A cumulative (end of school year) average of at least 60% in Reading (not Language Arts) is required for promotion to 2nd grade. I’ve broken them down below for easier understanding of what each is comprised of:

Reading Grades:

·      Weekly “Read the Sentences”

·      Weekly “Selection Test”

·      Benchmark Assessments at end of each unit (counts twice)

Language Arts Grades:

·      Weekly Spelling Test

·      Weekly Sentence Dictation Test

·      Weekly Grammar Test

** Please see attached page for how the weekly Selection Test is administered for each Unit.

 

 

Conferences

 

If you have any concerns and would like to set up a conference, I am able to meet most days at 12:45. Please send a note or email me and I will be happy to set up a day/time that will work.

 

Speak to your children as if
they are the wisest, kindest, most beautiful and magical humans on earth. For what they believe is what they will
become


January 8-12  

Happy New Year!

Dear Parents,

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!   Beginning Monday, we will change our early morning procedures. Rather than children going to the auditorium, they will come directly to our hallway and read quietly outside until the 7:40 bell. A teacher will be on hall duty each day at 7:15 to monitor the halls. I’m glad we are returning to this practice because it allows me more time early in the morning to work with my children. J I’m sending home a new Home Folder and Reading Homework Folder today.   Unit 3 in our Reading series will be challenging, so it will be important to practice each day. Please make use of Lexia & Reflex Math at home. They are excellent resources to help your child in Reading and Math.

January 10: Report Cards go home

January 15: MLK Holiday/No School

January 18: APT Meeting at 5:30

We Are Learning About

Reading: Story: “A Place To Play”

Phonics:             Vowel sounds of /y/

Spelling:         by, try, sunny, handy, fly, cry, lucky, silly, puppy, my, *things, *always

Handwriting:      Letter Yy

Grammar:      Action Verbs

Math:           Topic 7: Counting and Number       Patterns to 120

Science/Social Studies: Arctic Animals/Habitats

                                       New Year’s Goal/ MLK

Accelerated Reader

Our flex time has increased so that we are able to visit the library more frequently. Please have your child read aloud to you each day and make sure his/her library book returns to school daily. We will have a DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) time each day and they will need their library books.

Homework Folder

I’ve placed the weekly, dated assignments at the front of the folder. Please initial each day as the assignment is completed. I will also place an extra Story Practice and Fluency Practice page in left pocket.


November 27-December 1  

Dear Parents,

I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving! I am so happy to see my children and missed their smiles over the holidays.

We will be completing our final two stories in Unit 2 Reading before we break for Christmas holidays. We will also be DIBELS testing during December.

I will send a letter home later in the week with info on our Christmas party. Hope you all have a great week!

 

We Are Learning About

Reading: Story-“Life in the Forest

Phonics: long u/inflected –ed

Grammar: Singular/Plural

Math: Topic 6: Subtraction Facts to 20

Science/Social Studies: Sound & Movement

                                        Christmas

 

Accelerated Reader

We are back on track this week with AR. The library was closed prior to Thanksgiving due to the Book Fair.

Miscellaneous

Please purchase another set of twistable crayons for your child. We use these every day and they are in need of replacement…thanks


November 13-17  

Dear Parents,

I hope you all enjoyed our 3 day weekend! I will be out today and tomorrow and will return on Wednesday. J

We are going to enjoy our Charlie Brown Thanksgiving on Thursday. Thank you to everyone who volunteered to send in special snacks for that day! We are going to watch “Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” and enjoy our “feast” during that time. J

I’ll be sending home info on our Christmas Party soon. We will be doing Christmas crafts and refreshments. I’d appreciate it if I could have several volunteers to help out. Thank you always for your generosity!

 

We Are Learning About

 

Reading: Story – “The Big Circle”

 

             Phonics Skills – Long vowel o, o-e

 

               Contractions

 

            HF Words – down,inside,now,there,together

 

Language Arts: Grammar – Proper Nouns:  Days/Months/Holidays                

 

Math: Topic 6- Subtraction Facts to 20

 

Science/Social Studies: Pilgrims & Indians

 

                                      

         Spelling List

 

home                hope                 rose

 

woke                those               bone

 

hose                 joke                 rode

 

stone               *there             *together

 

 


November 13-17  

Dear Parents,

We will be out on Friday in observance of Veteran’s Day. I would like to honor and thank my parents in my classroom who are currently serving in the United States military for your service, as well as my son who is currently deployed to the Middle East. We owe so very much to those who are willing to defend our great nation.

Please be sure to work with your child each night in the Reading Homework folder as our vocabulary and skills are becoming more challenging. I am going to begin placing a grammar or reading comprehension page in the left pocket of the Homework folder for practice each week.(Usually on Monday)

I’m sending home a sign up list for our Charlie Brown Thanksgiving “Special Snack this week. We will watch a “Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” and enjoy our friendships with a special snack on Thursday, November 16th.

This Week We Are Learning About

Reading: Story-“Who Works Here”

Phonics: long vowel i/silent e

             Digraphs wh/ch/tch/ph

Grammar: Special Titles

High Frequency Words: live,who,out,work,people

Math: Topic 6: Subtraction Facts to 20

Science/Social Studies: Veteran’s Day

                                       Community Helpers

                                       Earth’s Land & Water

 


October 30 - Nov.3  

 

Dear Parents,

Thanks so much to everyone who has sent in treats, etc. for our Halloween party tomorrow! Your child may wear a costume to school on Tuesday as long as it doesn’t have props (sword, etc.) We will serve refreshments at 12:45 – 1:15 and you are welcome to join us!

I did not give our first Sentence Dictation Test last week due to it being a short week and our first one. This week we will begin taking the weekly Dictation Test. When Tuesday folders come home, please go back over any missed questions, words, or problems. We will begin having more daily practice in Reading comprehension, Spelling, etc. Please review back over these with your child if he/she missed any.

Just a reminder that we are beginning AR (Accelerated Reader). Please allow your child to read aloud his/her Library book each day and return it back to school the next day.

**Turkey Disguise Project is due on Friday, November 3rd.                            

This Week We Are Learning About

Reading: Story-“Farmer in the Hat”

Phonics: long vowel a

             “soft” sounds of g/c

Grammar: Proper Nouns

High Frequency Words: be,could,horse,of, old, paper

Math: Topic 5 Addition Facts to 20

Science/Social Studies: Indians/Pilgrims

Spelling List

face                 made                age

safe                 make                take

cage                 cake                 late

name                *could              *old

Reminders

·       November 10- Veteran’s Day-No School

·       November 20-24 – Thanksgiving Holidays

                                      

 


October 23-27  

        

We have completed Unit 1 in Reading and will begin Unit 2 on Tuesday. I’ve placed new homework materials in the yellow Homework Folder with a homework calendar at the front. The Vocabulary page with Spelling Words for each story does not list the two high frequency words. I will highlight the two HF words each week that will be on our Spelling Test. We focused on mainly short vowel words last 9 weeks. We will begin working on new phonics skills in Unit 2: long vowels, digraphs, “soft” sounds of consonants, contractions, inflected endings, and counting syllables. We will be learning the following in Grammar: common nouns, proper nouns, special titles, proper nouns-days/months/holidays, singular and plural nouns, and recognizing nouns in sentences. In addition, we will continue to learn new high frequency words each week. Please be sure to practice the words and read the story each day. Our vocabulary and skills will become more challenging and need to be practiced at home. Thank you for your commitment to helping our children be successful in First Grade!

 

We Are Learning About

Reading: Story – “A Big Fish for Max”

Phonics Skills – sh,th and the a sound as in   “ball”

Language Arts: Grammar – Common Nouns                

Math: Topic 5-Addition Facts to 20

Science/Social Studies: Drug Awareness/Red Ribbon Week

                                         Past, Present, & Future

                                         Halloween Safety

**Halloween Party: October 31 @12:45-1:15

Red Ribbon Week

Say No To Drugs

Tuesday-Drug Free Paw Sticker

Wednesday-Wear Red Day

Thursday- Wear favorite team jersey

Friday-Wear your PPS t-shirt

 Spelling List

 

fish                  then                 shut

 

with                 rush                 shell

 

shop                 trash               thin

 

ship                  *want               *good


October 2-6  

Dear Parents,

Just a reminder that we are headed to the Pumpkin Patch on Friday! This week we will learn all about pumpkins and their life cycle. If you are a chaperone, please sign in at the office and be ready to follow the buses around 8:15 near the Northington Street side. You may take your child home from the Pumpkin Patch if you sign in that morning. Please be sure to have your child wear his/her most comfortable shoes that day. Several of you indicated that you will be sending lunch from home. Please put it in a labeled, disposable lunch bag as we will not be able to transport lunchboxes, etc.

We Are Learning About

Reading: Story – “Get the Egg”

               Comprehension Skill-Main Idea & Details

            Phonics Skills – short vowel e/initial blends

            Grammar: Interrogative Sentences

            HF Words –* saw, tree, small, your

Math: Topic 4-Addition & Subtraction Facts to 12

Science/Social Studies: Columbus Day

                                Life Cycle of Pumpkins                                      

Reminders

 

Pumpkin Patch Field Trip – Oct. 6th

Fall Break- October 9th and 10th  

         Spelling List

bed                  men                  red

step                  ten                   net

leg                    jet                    sled

wet                   *saw                 *your

           


September 18-22  

Dear Parents,

I feel that I don’t say it often enough, but thank you for all that you do for your children and me! I appreciate so much all of the hard work that goes into helping your child be successful at school.

I wanted to make sure everyone understands how our weekly Reading/Language Arts grades are counted. The “Read the Words” and Selection Test count as a Reading grade. The Spelling Test, Grammar Test, and Sentence Dictation(beginning soon) count as a Language Arts grade.   The cumulative Reading averages, which will also include a Unit Benchmark Test at the end of each unit, will be used at the end of the year(along with cumulative Math grades) to determine if your child is ready to be promoted to 2nd grade. A cumulative average of at least 60% in both Reading and Math to be promoted. Although it is early in the year, if your child is struggling at this point I would be happy to meet with you to discuss concerns/ways to help.

I’m excited to say that every single child will be going on our Pumpkin Patch field trip! Thanks to all who will be chaperoning.   Hope you all have a great week!

This Week We Are Learning About

Reading: Stories-“Big Blue Ox”

Phonics: Short vowel o/plural -s

Grammar: Predicates of Sentences

High Frequency Words: blue, from, get, help, little, use

Math: Topic 3: Ten Frames & Addition/Subtraction

Social Studies/Science: Folktales


August 28 - September 1  

Dear Parents,

Hope you all had a great weekend! We will finish our Readiness Unit in Reading this week and you are all doing a great job in practicing the high frequency words, beginning/ending sound practice skills, etc. in the Reading Homework Folder. Our final 2 stories are “School Days” and “Farmer’s Market”. We are learning about characters, setting, and plot in stories. We will identify adjectives, as well as understand how to write a simple sentence. In Math, we will complete Topic 1 and take our test later in the week.

Every Tuesday, your child will bring home a “Tuesday Folder”. You will find graded papers in the right pocket. Please look over these each week, sign the log on the left side and return all graded papers back to school in the blue folder the next day. There will only be a couple of papers sent home this Tuesday because we haven’t taken any Reading grades yet. Once we begin Unit 1, I will let you know which Reading/Language/Spelling grades will be taken each week. I will place new Unit 1 Reading Homework in the Homework folder next week with directions and a schedule.

I’m sending two letters home today for your use at home: Lexia (Reading) and Reflex (Math). These are computer/ipad programs purchased through the school that we use in our classroom and are an excellent (free) resource for you to use at home with your child. I really encourage everyone to take advantage of this!

We will share our “All About Me” posters this week and proudly display them in the hallway! J If you have misplaced yours and need a replacement, let me know and I will send home another one.

Please be sure to send any money in a Ziploc bag or envelope with your child’s name on it and what the money is for. This week, the children will begin checking their red folder(instead of me) each morning first thing for money, notes, etc. We are beginning to learn responsibility and this is one very important area we’ll work on. J

Next Monday is Labor Day…no school! Hope you all have a wonderful week!

Patti Hodge


August 21-25  

Dear Parents,

Hope you all enjoyed the solar eclipse of 2017!

My oldest son, Will, is about to be deployed to the Middle East for a year and will be home Wednesday through Friday visiting this week. I am taking those days off to visit with him before he leaves. I don’t like being out for more than a day at a time, but I wouldn’t miss this time with my son for anything. I’ll miss my class, but I am leaving them in capable hands. J

Take care and have a great week!

This Week We Are Learning About

Reading: Stories-“Tip & Tam”, “The Big Top”

Phonics: consonants f/b/g/d/l/h

               Short vowels I and O

Grammar: Verbs/Simple Sentences

Math: Topic 1: Understanding Addition

Social Studies/Science: Map & Globe Skills


August 14 - 18, 2017  

 

Dear Parents,

I really wanted to let each of you know how much I am enjoying having your child in my class! Everyone is off to a great start and you have done a wonderful job of helping. We will begin the Readiness Unit in Reading this week. Your child is bringing home the yellow “Reading Homework” folder. I’ve placed the Readiness Overview, the list of Kindergarten High Frequency Words, and each week’s assignment inside the folder. We will be covering two stories per week during the Readiness Review. Please be sure to work with your child daily on the assignments. I’m also sending home the Kindergarten High Frequency Words checkup with words highlighted that your child needs practice in recognizing. It is very important to learn these words before we begin our First Grade Reading units. I would encourage you to use the blank cards for practice with missed words. **Please be sure to send the Home Folder and the Reading Folder to school each day.

Your child brought home an “All About Me” poster on Friday. We are looking forward to sharing these and I would like to have these completed and sent back by Friday. They will be returned to you in a couple of weeks. Hope you all have a great week! J

This Week We Are Learning About

Reading: Stories-“Sam”, “Snap”

Phonics: Consonants m,s,t,c,p,n/short vowel a

Grammar: Introduce Nouns

High Frequency Words: I, a, see, green

                                       like, one, the, we

Math: Begin Topic 1- Understanding Addition

Social Studies: All About Me: Home & Family

Science: Patterns in Space – “What would the Earth be like without the Sun?” We will be learning about the solar eclipse which will happen on August 21st.

Reminders

·       Children who are dropped off in the morning will go to the auditorium in the main building.

·       Please put loose snacks/drinks in a labeled bag or Ziploc.

·       Wear Transportation Tags Monday and Tuesday.

Wish List

Small bottles of bubbles for recess

Individual bags of snacks and drinks (Goldfish, Fruit Rollups, Capri Sun etc.) for children who forget to bring snacks

Treasure Box toys/items(Dollar Tree)


Welcome to First Grade!  

 

 

Welcome class of 2017-2018!  I'm so happy to have your child in my class this year and look forward to meeting everyone at Open House on August 3rd at 5:30.  My classroom is Room 21 on the Red Hall.  We will have a short meeting to go over a few things pertaining to the first few days of school and general questions.  If you wish, you may bring your child's supplies that night.  Please put names on everything except for the glue sticks, glue bottles and pink erasers.  Below is a list of items that you may purchase on Aug. 3rd:

School Tote:  $12

School T-Shirt: $12

Paper for the entire year: $6

INOW Parent Portal: $5

(Voluntary) Contribution: $15

Lunch: $2.25/day

Breakfast: $1.25/day

Snack: $0.75

Juice:  $0.75

I can't wait to meet all of my children(and their parents!)  Hope to see you all next Thursday at 5:30!

Patti Hodge


March 13-17  

Dear Parents,

I hope you all are looking forward to a restful Spring Break! We will have all of our testing done prior to Friday due to families traveling out of town.

Thanks again so much for faithfully working with your child to make sure he/she is prepared each day to give 100%!

Enjoy next week and safe travels to all who will be out of town!

This Week We Are Learning About

Reading: Story-“A Trip to Washington, D.C.”

Phonics: Long vowel oa/ow

             3 Letter consonant blends

Grammar: Adjectives for size

Math: Topic 13: Telling Time

Science/Social Studies: United States/National Symbols

March Reminders

Spring Break March 20-24

March Art/Activity Supplies Needed

Green Construction Paper

Large box of Lucky Charms cereal for graphing activity.


February 27-March 3  

 

 

Dear Parents,

We are honoring Dr. Seuss this week!

·       Monday-“Cat in the Hat”. We’ll create a Dr. Seuss picture.

·       Tuesday- “Fox in Socks”. Wear wacky socks.

·       Wednesday- “Wacky Wednesday”. Wear mixed up clothes.

                     “Green Eggs and Ham” breakfast in cafeteria

·       Thursday- “Thidwick, the Big-Hearted Moose” Wear your best smile.

·       Friday- “I’m Not Going to Get Up Today”. Wear pajamas to school.

 

We Are Learning About

 

Reading: “Mama’s Birthday Present”

 

Grammar: Adjectives

 

Math: Topic 12- Measurement

 

Science/Social Studies: Dr. Seuss

 

                

Reminders

Dr. Seuss hats are on sale in the library. Children may wear them on Friday.

 

March Items Needed J

 

Green Construction Paper

 

 

 

 


February 13 - 17  

Thank you to everyone who has sent in goodies for our Valentine Party! You always go above and beyond what is expected. J

We are looking forward to our upcoming field trips to watch the play, “Teacher From the Black Lagoon”, and our trip to Let’s Pretend Hospital! Mrs. Cone and Mrs. Martin will be chaperoning our trip to Let’s Pretend Hospital. J

We will be finishing up Unit 3 in Reading this week and will test as usual. Next week will be our Review Week and children should go back over vocabulary and skills in the Homework section. We will take the Unit 3 test next Wednesday & Thursday.

 

This Week We Are Learning About

Reading: Story-“Where Are My Animal Friends”

Phonics: comparative endings –er,-est/ ending    -dge

Grammar: Contractions with “not”

High Frequency Words: before, does, good-bye, oh, right, won’t

Math: Topic 11: Subtracting with Tens & Ones

Science/Social Studies: George Washington

Reminders

Valentine Party        Feb. 14 @12:15

Teacher From the Black Lagoon Feb. 17

Let’s Pretend Hospital Feb. 22

 

I am sending a fluency practice page home this week (didn’t send one last weekJ). Please continue letting your child practice a one minute read at least 2-3 days per week. Our spring DIBELS benchmark is to read at least 47 words per minute.


February 6-10  

 

Dear Parents,

Thanks so very much to everyone who sent in Fruit Loops and Tootsie Pops for our 100th Day celebration! The children had a great day and I loved seeing them dress up as “old” people! J

Also, a heartfelt thank you to my sweet parents who donated money for our APT February teacher luncheon…I am so excited!

Valentine refreshments/treats sign up page was sent home on Friday. We are looking forward to celebrating Valentine’s Day and children may begin sending in valentines on Wednesday.

I’m sending a final reminder home today on both field trips- Teacher From the Black Lagoon and Let’s Pretend Hospital. Please let me know if you prefer your child to not go so that I know what your wishes are. Thanks!

This Week We Are Learning About

 

Reading: Stories-“I’m a Caterpillar”

Phonics: r controlled vowels –er,-ir,-ur

             Contractions ‘s, ‘ve, ‘re

Grammar: Verbs am, is, are, was, were

High Frequency Words: wait,push,know,visit,done

Math: Topic 10: Adding with Tens and Ones

Social Studies/Science: Life Cycle of a Butterfly/ Abraham Lincoln            

Reminders

·         Feb. 9-Deadline to pay for Let’s Pretend Hospital field trip

·         Feb. 13- Deadline to pay for “Teacher From the Black Lagoon”

·         Feb. 14-Valentine Party

·         Feb. 17-Walking field trip

Feb. 22-Let’s Pretend Hospital


January 30 - February 3  

 

 

Dear Parents,

Thanks so much to my parents who sent in items today for our celebration of our 100th day of school tomorrow!

You all are doing a great job of working with your children on Reading and Math fluency. I am seeing growth and improvement in both areas!

Our walking field trip to see “Teacher From the Black Lagoon” is February 17th and the final deadline to pay is by 10 a.m. on February 13th.

We will celebrate with a Valentine’s Day party on February 14th. I’ll send home a class list and refreshment sign up next week. Our party will be at 12:15.

 

 

This Week We Are Learning About

 

 

 

Reading: Stories-“Frog & Toad Together”

 

Phonics: r controlled vowel –ar/adding endings

 

Grammar: Verbs for past and future

 

High Frequency Words: few, afraid, read, soon, how, again

 

Math: Topic 10: Adding with Tens and Ones

Social Studies/Science: 100th Day of School/ Groundhog Day/Life Cycle of a Frog

 

 

Reminders

 

·         Jan. 31- 100th Day of School

 

·         Feb. 13- Deadline to pay for “Teacher From the Black Lagoon”

 

·         Feb. 14-Valentine Party

 

·         Feb. 17-Walking field trip

 

 

February Craft Supplies Needed

 

Pink, purple, red, and white construction paper

 

Package of large google eyes

 


January 16-20  

We Are Learning About

Reading: Story-“Ruby in Her Own Time”

Phonics: Consonant patterns –ng, -nk

             Compound Words

Grammar: Verbs That Add -s

Math: Topic 8 Test/Begin Topic 9:Comparing and Ordering Numbers to 100.

Science/Social Studies: Polar Animals/Hibernation

                                       Martin L. King Jr.

Conferences

If you have any concerns and would like to set up a conference, I am able to meet most days at 1:00. Please send a note or email me and I will be happy to set up a day/time that will work.

We would love to have any unwanted/unused games for our Friday afternoon centers: ex.

Candy Land, Chutes & Ladders, Mr. Potato Head, checkers, etc.

Dear Parents,

Hope you all enjoyed a restful 3 day weekend! Since this will be a short week, please be sure to cover the Reading Assignments for Monday and Tuesday.

As we move on through the year, one of our main areas of focus will be to read more fluently…not sounding out, but blending whole words. It’s very important to go back over high frequency words from Units 1 and 2, in addition to words from last week and practice these until your child knows them on sight. The Spring DIBELS benchmark is to read a minimum of 47 words per minute. As you practice the weekly timed fluency passages, your child should be reading a few words more each night. If your child is having difficulty recognizing high frequency words, making flashcards is helpful. I would also highly encourage using Lexia at home, as it provides extra help with these areas.

I’ve recorded your child’s Winter DIBELS scores inside the Tuesday folder. Please be sure to look at these and let me know if you have any questions.


January 5  

Happy New Year!

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year and I hope your Christmas holidays were wonderful! I wanted to let you know that I will not be back at school until Tuesday. I will be spending the next several days helping my daughter who has a scheduled c-section for January 4th. I’m so excited to meet my new grandson!

This week will be a short review week and there will be no grades given or tests taken. J My substitute will be placing the new Unit 3 Reading homework pages in the Take Home binders on Friday. I will have the dates for each story/assignments at the front of the homework section. I will also be placing “Lightning Words” (high frequency) for Units 1, 2, and 3 behind the dated page. Children should easily read the words for Units 1 and 2 without sounding these out. Please be sure to practice these regularly as they affect fluency in Reading. The second semester will become increasingly challenging in both Reading and Math, so it will be important to check daily papers that come home. Please try to go back over any areas that your child is having difficulty with.

During second semester, we will begin working on Math fluency in addition and subtraction. If you haven’t purchased a set of flash cards from Dollar Tree, etc. please try to do so. It’s very important for your child to learn their math facts prior to leaving first grade. We will be doing our “Rocket Math” 2-3 times per week in order to become more proficient in addition and subtraction.

As always, thank you for all you do!

Patti Hodge


November 28-December 2  

 

Dear Parents,

I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving! I am so happy to see my children and missed their smiles over the holidays.

We will be completing our final two stories in Unit 2 Reading before we break for Christmas holidays. We will also be DIBELS testing during December and I will send home fluency practice pages to help with your child’s fluency(speed and smoothness).

Please remember to send in a white long sleeve t-shirt or sweatshirt for our Christmas program. I still need 2 volunteers to help paint these next week. J

We Are Learning About

Reading: Story-“Life in the Forest” (Dec 8-12)

Phonics: long u/inflected –ed(Dec 8-12)

Grammar: Singular/Plural (Dec 8-12)

Math: Topic 7:Counting and Number Patterns to 120.

Science/Social Studies: Forest Habitats

                                       Animal Hibernation

Accelerated Reader

 

We are back on track this week with AR. The library was closed prior to Thanksgiving due to the Book Fair.

                                      


November 7 - 11  

 

Dear Parents,

We will be out on Friday in observance of Veteran’s Day. I would like to honor and thank my parents in my classroom who are currently serving in the United States military for your service, as well as my son who is in Iraq/Afghanistan. We owe so very much to those who are willing to defend our great nation.

On Tuesday, our Red Hall will have a mock Presidential election so that our children will understand the voting process a little better. We’ll set up a “voting booth” and each child will mark his/her ballot and cast it secretly in the ballot box.

Thank you to all who are sending in our Charlie Brown Thanksgiving snacks! The children always enjoy this celebration!

This Week We Are Learning About

Reading: Story-“Who Works Here”

Phonics: long vowel i/silent e

             Digraphs wh/ch/tch/ph

Grammar: Special Titles

High Frequency Words: live,who,out,work,people

Math: Topic 5: Addition and Subtraction Facts to 20 (Work on fluency) Take Topic 5 Test/Begin Topic 6

Science/Social Studies: Our National Election

                                       Veteran’s Day

                     

Our LC is planning a Christmas program and will send home information in a couple of weeks!


October 31 - November 4  

 

Dear Parents,

Thank you all so very much for making last week so much fun!. Thanks also to everyone who sent in items and helped with our Halloween party…the children had an awesome day! You are all so incredibly generous in making sure we always have everything we need!

Beginning this week, be sure to check in your child’s binder for the Reading Fluency page. This is a one-minute timed passage and will provide your child a chance to practice at home. We are also beginning to work on fluency with our Math Facts. I will begin sending home a weekly (short) Math practice page to be completed and returned the next day. One of the best things you can do to help your child become more proficient with math facts is practicing with addition flash cards. While we are using fingers, counters, cubes, and number lines to help us learn how to add, we’re now ready to take it to the next level and begin learning the math facts and gaining fluency. You can purchase these at Dollar Tree, Walmart, etc.

This Week We Are Learning About

Reading: Story-“Farmer in the Hat”

Phonics: long vowel a

             “soft” sounds of g/c

Grammar: Proper Nouns

High Frequency Words: be,could,horse,of, old, paper

Math: Topic 5 Test/Begin Topic 6:Subtraction Facts to 20

Science/Social Studies: Indians/Pilgrims

Reminders

·       November 11- Veteran’s Day-No School

·       Nov. 14-18 – PPS Book Fair

·       Nov. 21-25 –Thanksgiving Break

Spelling List

 

face                 made                age

 

safe                 make                take

 

cage                 cake                 late

 

name                *could              *old

 


October 24 - 28  

                     

                     

Thank you to all my parents who chaperoned our field trip to the Pumpkin Patch and sent in goodies for our Halloween refreshments! The children had so much fun last week and I really appreciate all that you did to help make it a happy memory for each child. J

We will begin Unit 2 in Reading this week and the new materials are in your child’s Reading Homework section of the binder. The front page lists our story order. We’ve changed up the homework just a little to focus more on the vocabulary and reading each story. During the first 9 weeks, we have worked on short vowel sounds and consonant blends. We will begin learning about long vowel sounds, digraphs (sh,th,wh,ch), and other “special” vowel sounds in addition to learning new High Frequency words each week. We are also working on fluency(reading smoothly and reading the whole word instead of sounding out each individual letter sound). I’ll send home a fluency practice page for your use at home. Here is how to use it: Set a timer for 60 seconds/your child begins reading/mark any words missed/stop at 60 seconds/count total number of correct words read. This will give you an idea of how many words per minute your child is reading. At the present time, your child should be reading around 23 wpm. By April, he/she should be reading around 46 wpm. You do not need to return the fluency passages to school but should practice these at home a couple of times per week.

We Are Learning About

 

Reading: Story – “A Big Fish for Max”

 

Phonics Skills – sh,th and the a sound as in   “ball”

 

Language Arts: Grammar – Common Nouns                

 

Math: Topic 5-Addition Facts to 20

 

Science/Social Studies: Halloween

 

                                         Red Ribbon Week

 

           

Red Ribbon Week

 

Say No To Drugs

 

Wednesday-Wear Red Day

 

Thursday- Wear favorite team jersey

 

Friday- Wear sunglasses

         Spelling List

fish                  then                 shut

with                 rush                 shell

shop                 trash               thin

ship                  *want               *good


October 17 - 21  

 

This week will be a Review Week in Reading. We will take our Unit 1 Test on Wednesday and Thursday, so the only homework this week is to review back over Vocabulary and Language skills. There will be no Spelling test/Weekly Reading tests/Grammar tests this week. I will send home your child’s score on the Reading Unit test next Tuesday.

Homework materials for Unit 2 will be placed in your child’s binder by Friday.

Our field trip to the Pumpkin Patch is on Friday! J I’ll send a memo home on Thursday to let you know what time we will leave school, directions, etc.

We will finish Topic 4 in Math this week and begin Topic 5: Addition Facts to 20. I’d recommend purchasing a set of addition flash cards to practice with your child at home. You can find these at the Dollar Tree.

Parent Report Card Conference Day is Monday and a reminder with your scheduled time was sent home last week. If you’ve misplaced yours let me know and I’ll be happy to send another one home.

We’ll get back into our regular routine next week when we begin Unit 2 in Reading. Hope you all have a great week!

Patti Hodge


October 10 - 14  

                     

Dear Parents,

Due to this being a short week, there will be no Reading, Spelling, or Grammar tests given. Please review over the “Animal Park” vocabulary & skills. Next week is a “Review Week” in Reading and we will take the Unit 1 Reading Test later next week. I’ll place the new Reading Homework pages in your child’s binder by next Friday.

I’m sending home a Conference Reminder slip/time in the Tuesday folder today. Conferences are in 15 minute blocks so we will have to try and keep it in that time range. If you’d like to schedule a conference for another day I’m always more than happy to do so! J

Cub Carnival is on Thursday, Oct. 13th from 5-7 p.m. Hope you all can come!

School pictures are also Thursday, Oct. 13th. All students will have an individual photo taken for the yearbook. I’m sending home a reminder notice in the Tuesday folder in case you need one.

I will be out on Thursday and Friday as I travel to see my daughter-in-law and 4 month old grandson in South Carolina. J They are stationed in Seattle, so our visits are not as often as I’d like! My son recently deployed for several months to the Middle East and I can’t pass up any opportunity to see his wife and son. I’ll miss my students but they will be in good hands until I get back!

I don’t say if often enough, but I sincerely appreciate all that you do. Thank you to my moms who help pull & sort workbook pages, listen to children read, and generously send in needed treats, etc. Most of all, thank you for the work you do with your child on a daily basis to help them be successful! Have a great week. J

Patti Hodge


October 3-7  

 

Dear Parents,

Tomorrow is the last day to pay for the Pumpkin Patch field trip. I’m sending home a final form if you would like for your child to attend. If you do not wish for your child to go, please note that on the form and send it back in so that I know what your wishes are.

Fire Safety posters are due back on Thursday, October 6th. We will display these in the hallway and our firefighters will be choosing a winner soon! J

Our Fall Break is October 10-11th…enjoy the nice long weekend!

We Are Learning About

 

Reading: Story – “Get the Egg”

 

               Comprehension Skill-Main Idea & Details

 

            Phonics Skills – short vowel e/initial blends

 

            Grammar: Interrogative Sentences

 

            HF Words –* saw, tree, small, your

 

Math: Topic 4-Addition & Subtraction Facts to 12

 

Science/Social Studies: Columbus Day

 

                                 Fire Safety      

                        

Reminders

Fall Break- October 10th & 11th

Pumpkin Patch Field Trip – Oct. 21st

Report Card Conferences – Oct. 24th

Halloween Party – Oct. 28 @ 12:00

Spelling List

bed                  men                  red

step                 ten                   net

leg                   jet                   sled

wet                  *saw                *your

        


September 26-30  

Dear Parents,

Hope everyone had a great weekend! As we begin a new week I have just a couple of announcements:

·       Field trip money/permission slips are due October 3rd.

·       Please be sure to send AR library books back to school each day. We devote 15 minutes per day AR reading. J

·       Next week, we will begin our AR “Book It” program and I’ll send home info later in the week. (Free Pizza Hut coupon for books read)

·       Fire Safety poster contest (info coming home this week)

This Week We Are Learning About

Reading: Stories-“Fox and a Kit”

Phonics: Inflected endings –s, -ing

Grammar: Declarative Sentences

High Frequency Words: eat,five,four,her,this,too

Math: Topic 4: Addition and Subtraction Facts to 12

Social Studies/Science: Habitats

 


September 12-16  

Dear Parents,

Grandparents are invited September 12-16 to eat breakfast with their grandchildren. Since many of you don’t have grandparents in the area, please feel welcome to join your child any morning for breakfast!

We are learning so much about apples this week and would greatly appreciate if anyone would like to send in the following:

·       Bag of red, yellow, or green apples (to test for our favorite J)

·       Large bottle of apple juice or apple cider (again, testing to compare!)

·       Bottle of red food coloring (to make an apple “volcano”)

Thank you all so much for sending in needed items…they are very much appreciated!

 

We Are Learning About

Reading: Story – “Pig in a Wig”

            Phonics Skills – short vowel i/,consonant /x

            HF Words – she, take, what, up

Language Arts: Grammar – Subject of Sentences                

Math: Topic 3: Five and Ten Relationships

Science/Social Studies: Johnny Appleseed/Apples

                                         Farm Unit

                                         Rural/Urban/Suburban

Reminders

Lexia: I hope you’ve been able to begin using Lexia at home. The main thing we are working on is learning how to log in independently. JAccelerated Reader: We are going to take our first AR test this week! This will not count as a grade. I will try to send a report home every 2-3 weeks so that you can see how your child is doing on these.(As long as my ink cartridge lasts!)

Spelling List

in                     it                     did

sit                    six                   fix

lip                    mix                  pin

wig                   *she                 *take


September 5-9  


Dear Parents,

Hope everyone had a great Labor Day and caught up on some rest!

We have completed our Kindergarten Review and are now ready to begin Unit 1 in our Reading series. I’ve placed the stories/skills in the “Reading Homework” section of the Take Home binder. I’ve placed a schedule/guide in front of our first story. Please initial each page as it is completed. It is important to spend time daily reinforcing the skills that are being taught in class.

Weekly graded papers/assessments are in today’s Tuesday folder. Please return them in the same pocket and be sure to sign the log sheet.

We will begin our weekly Spelling Test this Friday. Please be sure to practice the words. J

This Week We Are Learning About

 

Reading: Stories-“Sam, Come Back”

Phonics: Short vowel a/consonant /ck/

Grammar: Sentences

High Frequency Words: come,in,my,on,way

Math: Continue Topic 2- Understanding Subtraction

Social Studies/Science: (September)

·       Farm Unit

·       Fall

Lexia

We are beginning our daily Lexia computer Reading enrichment program this week! I’ve placed an information sheet in your child’s home folder that tells you all about it, and has your child’s log-in username and password if you would like. PPS pays for it and it is free for you to use at home!  

Miscellaneous

·        Library Books will begin coming home today. Please send back to school each day! J

·        We completed our DIBELS testing and I will send home results when I get them.


August 29- September 2  

                     

Mrs. Hodge’s Newsletter

August 29-September 2        

Dear Parents,

This week will complete our Readiness Review in Reading. During this time, no grades have been taken in Reading or Language Arts. We will do the Readiness Assessment later in the week and begin Unit 1 the following week. At that time, graded papers will come home in Reading and Language Arts. I wanted to break down how we separate the two subjects:

Reading- Weekly grades will consist of “Read the Words” and a “Selection Test”. A cumulative average of 60% at the end of the school year is required for promotion to 2nd grade.

Language Arts- This includes Spelling, Grammar, and Writing. While these are important components, they are not used to determine promotion/retention. We will begin taking a weekly Spelling Test next week. This Friday, I will take out the old Reading Homework assignments and replace them with our first Unit 1 story/vocabulary/grammar pages. Each week, a new story will be placed in the binder. In each Reading Unit, there are 6 stories-1 story per week. The directions will be in front of our first new story. This is my philosophy on “homework”: I will not grade it…It is intended to help your child become a better reader and provide extra practice with our weekly Grammar skills. I would encourage you to work with your child daily on the vocabulary and reading passages. At 6 or 7 years old, your child should spend no more than 15-20 minutes on homework.

Our children will take their DIBELS test this week. I’ll send results as soon as they are given to me.

Math- We will begin Topic 2: Understanding Subtraction.

Social Studies- Community Helpers/Labor Day

We’ll be out of school next Monday in observance of Labor Day. J Thanks again to everyone for all that you do and I hope you have a great week!

Patti Hodge


August 15 - 19  

Mrs. Hodge’s Newsletter

August 15-19

Dear Parents,

We had a great first week of school and I appreciate your help in making things run very smoothly! I love my children and they are all so eager to learn. J Your child is bringing the Take Home Binder home today. In it you will find:

·        Behavior Calendar Page-The code is at the very bottom of the calendar. Please initial daily and leave in that pocket.

·        Zippered pouch- Please place money in labeled envelope/Ziploc bag in here.

·        Daily Folder – The left-hand pocket will contain papers that you take out and leave at home. The right-hand pocket will contain papers, etc. that need to be returned back to school. Any notes that you are sending from home to me (absentee note, transportation change, etc.) should be placed in the right-hand pocket of the Daily Folder so that I will be sure to see it.

·        Tuesday Folder – This folder will contain graded papers from the previous week. Please look over these and place back in the pocket. When you have checked these, please sign the form that is attached to the left-hand side and date it. There will be no papers in the Tuesday folder this week. J

·        1st Tab- This section includes our class schedule, class roll, Absence Note, change of transportation note, and resources that I hope will be helpful.

·        2nd Tab- This section holds our Reading Homework practice pages. The first page has a list of the Readiness Unit High Frequency Words. I’m sending home index cards in a Ziploc bag and I would suggest making flashcards with these words. The second page is our homework for this week and is dated August 15-19. The directions are above each activity. Please be sure to look on the back of each page, as there is a short, decodable story for your child to practice reading. I’ve put the first 3 weeks’ assignments in this section. We will read “Sam” and “Snap” this week in the classroom. We are reviewing letters/sounds, beginning and ending sounds. Our Phonics/Handwriting skills for this week are Mm,Ss,Tt,Cc,Pp, and Nn. We will learn about “nouns” which name people, places, things, and animals.

Math- We will begin Topic 1: Understanding Addition.

Our focus in Social Studies for the next 2 weeks is “All About Me” and families/school. I’m sending home an “All About Me” poster to complete. We will proudly display these in the hallway! J Please try to complete these and send them back in by Friday if possible…thank you!

If you ever need to reach me, you may do so by emailing me at patti.hodge@acboe.net or my home phone #380-3504. Thanks again for all you do!


August 10 - 12  

Dear Parents,

It was a pleasure to meet each of you during our Orientation and I'm looking forward to the start of a great new year in First Grade with your child! 

As we get ready to begin our first week, I'd like to offer a few reminders:

  • Children must wear their bus/car tags to school each day during the first week of school.  Children who remember to wear their tag each day will receive a special treat!

  • School will dismiss at 2:40 during our first week in order to help car riders learn the routine and get bus riders to their correct place.

  • You may walk your child into school on the first day to get a picture.  After the first day, please allow your child to go to the classroom by him/herself in order to promote independence.

  • Most of you have completed Orientation forms and returned them.  I will be sending home forms to those who will need to return them completed.  It is very important to have current phone numbers on our forms so that we can contact you in case of illness, etc.

  • Two things are most important on the first few days of school: 1. How your child is to get home from school  2. Is your child bringing a lunch from home/eating cafeteria food?

  • Please remember to label any money that comes to me...lunch money/snack & juice money, etc.

  • During the first week of school, your child will bring home a "Home Folder".  Please check it each day for papers that we have worked on and also for communication from myself or the school and return it to school each day next week.  Your child's Owl Binder will come home on Monday, August 15th and it will be set up with instructions on how we use it.  I hope you will find it helpful!

  • Lunch is $2.25/day or $22.50 for a 10 day ticket. Breakfast is $1.25 and may be purchased daily...We have a great breakfast program and Mrs. Mary always prepares a delicious breakfast and lunch!

  • Snack & Juice: You may send snack and juice from home in a labeled bag or lunch box or you may choose to purchase it daily.  The cost is .75 for each ($1.50 both). Please send money in a labeled ziploc or envelope with your child's name/Snack & Juice.

  • My weekly newsletter will be sent home every Monday and I will update my website weekly(Usually by Sunday night).

Communication is so very important and I welcome the chance to talk with you anytime you have a question!  I am really looking forward to teaching your children and you will be amazed at their progress as we go through this school year.  Thank you in advance for all of the help I know you will give in making this a successful and exciting school year!

Patti Hodge


Back to School!  

Dear Parents,

I'm so excited to meet you and my children next Wednesday, August 3rd at 6:30 during Orientation!  My classroom is on the Red HallI hope everyone had a great summer and is ready to get started on this most important journey of first grade.

We will go over a few basic things Wednesday night, and of course there will be forms to be completed.  Please be sure to have contact information (phone numbers, etc.) with you.  Below are items that may be purchased Wednesday evening:

  • Technology Fee/INOW: $10.00
  • Paper ( 7 line/9 line):      8.00
  • PPS Tote Bag              12.00
  • PPS T-Shirt               12.00

 

I will mail out my "Welcome" letters as soon as I receive my class list.  I've included my classroom supply list with it.  You may bring the supplies in on Wednesday if you'd like.

The most important information I will need is how you want your child to travel home on the first day of school.

I will have a Class Handbook for you Wednesday which will have basic school/classroom information.

Enjoy the final days of summer vacation and I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday!

Patti Hodge

 

 


April 25-29  

Dear Parents,

Thanks so much to everyone who chaperoned on our trip to Lanark last week! We had a great time. J

We will be DIBELS testing on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. Also, I have placed our final Reading homework sheets in your child’s binder. There are only 3 stories and I put the weekly assignment in front of each story.

Please make plans to attend our Mother’s Day Program & Refreshments we have planned for you next Wednesday, May 4th at 1:00. Your invitation is coming home today with your child and we hope you are able to come!

Our final field trip will be to the YMCA on Friday, May 13th. The deadline to pay for this trip is on May 2nd.

We Are Learning About

 

 

Reading: “Simple Machines”

Math: Topic 15 – Geometry (Shapes)

Science/Social Studies: Simple Machines

                                       

April Reminders

·        DIBELS Testing-April 26,27

·        Mother’s Day Tea- May 4th @ 1:00

·        Field Day – May 5th

·        YMCA deadline for payment-May 2nd

·        YMCA field trip – May 13th

We would love to have donations of sidewalk chalk, bubbles and playdough! The children will be allowed to use these at recess. J


April 11-15  

 

Dear Parents,

We have several things going on this week to note:

·       Performance Series testing(Reading & Math) These are assessments but do not count as a grade.

·       Today is the deadline to pay for our field trip to Lanark. If you paid an additional $7.00, you will have a lunch provided that day. Otherwise, you will need to bring a lunch.

·       Our Weather Day is Friday, so there will be no school.

We Are Learning About

Reading: “Henry and Mudge”

Grammar: Suffixes ly, ful

                 Vowel sound oo (moon)

Math: Topic 14- Graphing

Reminders

 

Our final field trip will be to the YMCA on May 13th for the end of the year party. Info will be sent home soon.

Thanks so much to Cayden and Preston’s mom for sending in cups, soil and seeds!

Announcement Image for April 11-15

February 22-26  

 

 

Dear Parents,

This is our Review Week in Reading. Since we had a short week last week we will test on Spelling and take the Selection test tomorrow. The children will take the Unit 3 Reading Test on Wednesday and Thursday and new homework will be placed in their binders by the end of the week. There will be no fluency passage to practice this week.

·       Please go back and practice ALL High Frequency words in Unit 3.

·       Choose 1 or 2 stories in the homework section for your child to read and answer questions. The test is fairly long and each child is required to read much of it independently.

We Are Learning About

Reading: Review Week

Math: Topic 10- Adding Tens and Ones

Science/Social Studies: Dental Health

                             George Washington

February Reminders

 

*Remember you can access LexiaCore5 at home for your child.

We are in need of hand sanitizer and Clorox Wipes! J

 


February 8-12  

Dear Parents,

We are at the mid-point of the 3rd nine weeks and progress reports will come home on Tuesday.

Our walking field trip to the play Skippy Jon Jones is on Tuesday. Due to limited seating, parents will not be able to attend.

Our Valentine exchange is on Friday and your child may bring in their valentines any day this week. I am providing a snack for the children that day, but if you would like to send in individually wrapped candy that would be awesome!

I’m placing fluency practice pages in your child’s Reading Homework and I would encourage daily practice with this. Remember to set your timer for 1 minute and count the number of correctly read words. Our goal is to read at least 50 words per minutes. There is a comprehension activity on the back of each fluency page to practice. Children are required to read all of the weekly selection test from this point on, so this is good practice for weekly preparation.

There will be no school next Monday and Tuesday due to President’s Day and Teacher Inservice.

We Are Learning About

Reading: Story-“I’m a Caterpillar”

Phonics: r-controlled vowels er,ir,ur

            Contractions – ‘s,’ve, and ‘re

Grammar: Verbs am, is, are, was, were

Math: Topic 9- Comparing and Ordering Numbers to 100

Science/Social Studies: Life Cycle of a Butterfly

                                       President’s Day

February Reminders

 

February 9           Field Trip: Play             Progress Reports go home

Feb. 15 & 16        No School(President’s Day & Teacher Inservice Day)

Remember that Lexia is available for you to use free of charge at home! The children are really progressing. J


January 25-29  

Dear Parents,

I am returning to this format for our newsletter-minus the daily Reading Log. I know that most parents will allow their child to read 15 minutes per day without having to write it on a log. J

I will be out on Friday and the following Monday, as we travel to Charleston for my oldest son’s “Baby Reveal” party. Needless to say, I’m very excited to welcome another grandchild into our family! I will be giving all tests on Thursday, so I hope everyone is able to be at school on that day.

The final day to send in money for our Field Trip to the Skippy Jon Jones play is tomorrow and costs $6.00.

 

We Are Learning About

Reading: Story-“The Class Pet”

Phonics: r-controlled vowel or/ore

            Plural -es

Grammar: Verbs that do not add s

Math: Topic 8: Place Value

Science/Social Studies: Map & Globe Skills

                                      Day & Night Sky

January Reminders

January 26          Field Trip Money deadline

January 29          Jump Rope for Heart

February 9           Field Trip: Play             Progress Reports go home

Feb. 15 & 16        No School(President’s Day & Teacher Inservice Day)

Our Valentine exchange will be on Friday, February 12th and I will provide a special snack on that day. Please make sure your child puts his/her name on each valentine and you may begin sending them in on Monday, February 8th.


January 18-22  

Dear Parents,

I hope everyone had a great three day weekend! Please remember to complete the Reading Log below each night as your child reads his/her AR book aloud to you. Our goal this nine weeks is to read and AR test on at least 2 books per week.

Please remember to send in the permission slip/money for the school-wide play. The flyer was sent home last week and I will send another one home today.          

This week’s spelling words:

 

1.bring       7. rink             2.trunk       8. blank             3.pink         9. rang

5.Sang  10.sunk

6.Wing  *11.every

  *12.sure

 

 

*High Frequency Words

 

Reminders

 

Please be sure that your child’s AR book returns itself to school each day! Thanks! J

Science

 

We will learn about Weather this week.

 


January 11-15  

 

 

Dear Parents,

As we begin the 3rd nine weeks, I wanted to remind everyone about several things:

1.     Weekly Reading Test- Beginning this week, your child will be required to read all of the test questions and answer choices entirely by themselves. The teacher is not allowed to help on this.

2.    The Reading Unit Test counts double. Your child’s Reading Grade consists of the *weekly Reading Test, *Read the Sentences, and all *Unit Tests. A minimum cumulative average of at least 60% is required in Reading and Math in order to be promoted to 2nd grade.

3.    Spelling and Language Arts(Spelling Tests, Grammar, and Writing)grades do not count under Reading.

4.    Your child’s winter DIBELS report indicates his/her scores on :

·        Correct Letter Sounds

·        Nonsense Word Fluency

·        Oral Reading Fluency

I’ve put your child’s scores on the report. Please compare their scores to the benchmark numbers(the minimum of what they should score. Children who have not benchmarked in Oral Reading Fluency will bring home a fluency practice page for each week. This page will be placed in front of the current week’s homework assignment. Please be sure to time your child for 1 minute and subtract the number of mistakes.

Our Reading curriculum is becoming more challenging during the second semester, so it is very important that you work with your child each day in Reading

Thank you for the hard work you do in helping your child become a successful reader!

 

 

 

 

Dear Parents,  

We are taking our Reading Unit 2 Test on Monday. I will place Unit 3 Homework materials in binders Monday and we will begin “A Place to Play” on Tuesday. We will resume our normal schedule of tests- Spelling, etc. this week.

**Please record on the Reading Log each day as your child reads his/her AR book to you. Also, it is very important that the AR book returns to school each day!

There will be no school next Monday in observance of MLK Holiday.        

 

 

This week’s spelling words:

 

my  by

 

try  sunny

 

handy  fly

 

cry  lucky

 

silly  puppy

 

*things  *always

 

 

*High Frequency Words

 

Curriculum

 

Reading: “Place to Play”

 

 

 

Phonics: Vowel sounds of y

 

 

 

Language: Action Verbs

 

 

 

Math: Numbers 11-19

 

 

 

Science: Arctic Animals

 

 

 

Soc Studies: M. L. King

 

 

 

 

Homework

I am placing a homework schedule in front of Unit 3 materials. Please be sure to initial and date each activity completed.

 

Reading Fluency

 

 

 

Please do a 1 minute timed fluency passage each night. The goal is to read at least 50 words per minute by the end of first grade. Be sure to subtract errors.

 

 


January 4-8  

Reminders:

 

*Report Cards go out on January 8th.

 

*Unit Test- January 11th

 

*MLK Holiday (No school)- January 18th

 

*100th Day of School – January 29th

Dear Parents,

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas holiday and I’d like to wish everyone a Happy New Year!

We will be reviewing skills from Unit 2 in Reading this week in preparation for our Unit Test on Monday. There will be no tests given this week! I will place Unit 3 Reading Homework materials in your child’s binder as soon as they are run (hopefully by Friday J). Please take the next 3 days to review back over the vocabulary and skills in the Reading Homework section.            

Accelerated Reader

I am placing the weekly newsletter in the binder and ask that you not remove it. Please allow your child to read his/her AR book each day aloud to you and record it on the form below. The AR goal for 3rd nine weeks is to test on at least 2 books per week with a score of 85% or above. Thanks for your help in reaching this goal!

Math

We are beginning “Mastering Math Facts” this 9 weeks. Please practice with addition flash cards.

January Craft Items Needed

Men’s long tube socks with colored ring on top

 

Buttons (large or small)

 


December 7-11 & December 14-18  

 

 

 

Dear Parents,

This newsletter will be covering activities and assignments for the next two weeks, so I won’t send one next week. Thanks so very much to all of my parents who have sent in items for our Christmas Around the World activities. We will be enjoying these during the next two weeks! I will provide refreshments for our Christmas Party next Wednesday, Dec. 16th at 1:00 and I hope you will join us! Please try to have your child’s $5 gift card for the gift exchange to school no later than next Monday. It needs to be either wrapped or in a small gift bag. I will number them and the children will draw a number for their gift. Please send in a note ASAP if you are unable to participate so that I can purchase extra gifts if needed.

We will have our usual tests this week. Next week, we will cover the skills for the next story(“Honey Bees”) but there will be no tests the week of December 14th! J

We will be DIBELS testing this week. If anyone has the DVD of “Annabelle’s Wish” and/or “Prancer” that we could borrow it would be very much appreciated! I’d like to wish each of you a very Merry Christmas and best wishes for a Happy New Year!

 

 

Holiday Service Project

 

 

 

Our LC has chosen to give back to our local Humane Shelters and we are collecting items that are needed. I’m sending home a list with suggested items and we’ll be collecting through December 17th. Thank you so much for any help!

 

December Reminders

 

Santa Pictures – December 8th

 

Christmas Party – Dec. 16th @ 1:00

 

Christmas Break: Dec. 19-Jan. 4

 

Teacher Inservice Day – Jan. 4

 

Students return to school – Jan. 5

 

We Are Learning About

 

Reading: Story-“Life in the Forest” (Dec7-11)

 

                         “Honey Bees” (Dec 14-18)

 

Phonics: long u/inflected –ed(Dec 7-11)

 

             Long e/ee (Dec 14-18)

 

Grammar: Singular/Plural (Dec 7-11)

 

                 Nouns in a sentence (Dec 14-18)

 

Math: Topic 6 Test

 

Science/Social Studies: Christmas Around the World

 

                                       Animal Hibernation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


November 30-December 4  

 

Dear Parents,

I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving and only 3 weeks until we are out for Christmas! Our class will be having fun as we learn about Christmas customs around the world. To help us enjoy our “trip” to each country, I would appreciate if you could send in the checked item on the sheet coming home today.

This Friday, December 4th, will be our Polar Express Day! Children may wear their pajamas to school.   We will watch the movie and enjoy a special treat as we watch! If you have the DVD of Polar Express, I would love to borrow it! Otherwise, I will go purchase one (mine has gone missing L)

Our Christmas Party will be on Wednesday, December 16th at 1:00 and I will send home a refreshment sign-up list later this week. For our gift exchange, each child may bring a $5.00 gift card (Walmart, Target, McDonald’s, etc.) either wrapped or in a small gift bag. Please let me know if you are unable to do this so that I can make sure each child receives a gift. If you would like to purchase an extra gift card for a child who is unable to do so, it would be very much appreciated!

Reminders

 

 

 

Dec. 4th- Polar Express Day

 

 

 

Dec. 16th Christmas Party @ 1:00

 

 

 

Dec. 18th Last day before Christmas Break

We Are Learning About

 

Reading: Story – “The Big Circle”

 

             Phonics Skills – Long vowel o, o_e

 

               Contractions

 

            HF Words – down,inside,now,there,together

 

Language Arts: Grammar – Proper Nouns: Days/Months/Holidays                

 

Math: Topic 6- Subtraction Facts to 20

 

Science/Social Studies: Christmas Around the World

 

                                        Sound

 

                                         Reindeer/Arctic Animals

         Spelling List

 

home                hope                 rose

 

woke                those               bone

 

hose                 joke                 rode

 

stone               *there             *together

 

 


November 9-12  

 

 

Dear Parents,

 

Just a reminder that we will be out of school on Wednesday, November 11th as we observe Veteran’s Day.

 

We are midway through our 2nd nine weeks and progress reports will go home on November 13th.

 

Our Book Fair will be November 16-20th.

 

Our Thanksgiving Feast will be Thursday, November 19th at 1:30 and I hope you will join us!

 

We Are Learning About

Reading: Story – “Farmer in the Hat

             Phonics Skills – Long vowel /a/

               “soft” sounds of c/s/, and g/j/

            HF Words – be, could, horse, of, old, paper

Language Arts: Grammar – Proper Nouns                

Math: Topic 6- Subtraction Facts to 20

Science/Social Studies: Pilgrims/Native Americans  

 Landforms

         Spelling List

face                 made                age

safe                 take                 make

cage                 cake                 late

name                *could              *old

Reminders

**Please practice the fluency page M-Th and write the number of words read/per minute.

Read AR book each night and return it to school each day.

**Please check the Red Folder and remove papers. Thanks so much! J

 

 

 

 


November 2-6  

 

                     

 

Thank you to all my parents who chaperoned our field trip to Dream Field Farms and sent in goodies for our Halloween refreshments! The children had so much fun last week and I really appreciate all that you did to help make it a happy memory for each child. J

We will begin Unit 2 in Reading this week and the new materials are in your child’s Reading Homework section of the binder. Included in each week’s homework you will find a fluency page to practice Monday through Thursday. Please time your child for 1 minute, count the number of words read correctly, and mark the number beside each day and initial. These phrases contain high frequency words that your child needs to know by sight.

We will be out of school next Wednesday, November 11th as we honor our veterans who serve this great nation.

***Please make sure your child comes to school with his/her Library book every day! Accelerated Reader is now an important part of our day and children are unable to test and choose another book if it has been left at home. Thanks so much for your help with this. J

We Are Learning About

Reading: Story – “A Big Fish for Max”

Phonics Skills – sh,th and the a sound as in   “ball”

Language Arts: Grammar – Common Nouns                

Math: Topic 5-Addition Facts to 20

Science/Social Studies: Veteran’s Day

                                         Colonial Days

                                         Landforms

                                      

Reminders

Practice Spelling/High Frequency Words

Read AR book each night and return it to school each day.

Check Tuesday folder. Place graded papers back in folder and sign the log sheet.

Spelling List

fish                  then                 shut

with                 rush                 shell

shop                 trash               thin

ship                  *want               *good

 

 

 


October 26-30  

Hodge’s Happenings                              

October 26-30

Dear Parents,

It was so nice meeting with each of you last Friday during our Report Card Conference Day. I see where my children get their awesomeness!! Several of you indicated that the Lexia login page never made it home so I will resend it in the next few days. I am also in the process of putting together a Reading Practice Packet that is for your use at home. It will contain comprehension practice, fluency practice, and sight word practice. These do not need to be returned to me. J

This week is our Review Week, so there will be no new material-please go back over vocabulary/skills in Unit 1. We will complete our Unit 1 Reading test on Wednesday. There will be no Spelling Test or Weekly Reading Test this week. Homework materials for Unit 2 will be placed in your child’s binder next Monday.

Our big event this week is the field trip to Dream Field Farms on Thursday. If you are a chaperone, please go to the office before 8:00 to sign in. I would recommend parking in the Northington Street outer parking area near the P.E. field so that you may follow the buses. As soon as you sign in, please be in your cars and ready to roll! Your child’s lunch is included in the admission, but adults will either have to bring a lunch or they serve lunch and you may purchase one there. You may sign your child out at any time you wish to leave…please be sure that you have signed out on the sheet and let me know. Your child may wear the PPS t-shirt if he/she has one. Make sure that comfortable shoes are worn as we will do a good deal of walking! We are going to have a blast! J

Finally, thank you to everyone who is sending in refreshments and goodies for our Friday Halloween fun day! Your child may wear a costume to school as long as it doesn’t have a mask or extra “parts” that would be an issue. We’ll enjoy our refreshments around 1:45 and then head out to P.E. to burn off the sugar! J

Thanks again for everything you do every day to make this a great year for your child!

 


October 13-16  

 

                           

 

 

Hodge’s Happenings

October 13-16

Hope everyone has enjoyed the 4 day Fall Break!

 

Please check your child’s Tuesday folder for graded papers and also the Halloween Party sign up sheet.

 

The deadline to pay for our field trip to Dream Field Farms is this Friday, October 16th and is cash only. I’m sending home a reminder today for those who have not yet paid.

 

**Please send the Parent/Teacher Report Card conference scheduling form with your assigned time if you haven’t already done so. I look forward to seeing each of you!

 

We Are Learning About

 

 

 

Reading: Story – “Get the Egg”  

 

 

 

               Comprehension Skill-Main Idea & Details

 

 

 

            Phonics Skills – short vowel e/initial blends

 

 

 

            Grammar: Interrogative Sentences

 

 

 

            HF Words – saw, tree, small, your

 

 

 

Math: Topic 4-Addition & Subtraction Facts to 12

 

 

 

Science/Social Studies: Nocturnal Animals

 

 

 

                                        Fire Safety           

 

         Spelling List

 

bed                  men                  red

 

step                 ten                   net

 

leg                   jet                   sled

 

wet                  *saw                *your

 

Reminders

 

Practice Spelling/High Frequency Words

 

Read AR book each night and return it to school each day.

 

**Please try to pick up some addition flash cards to practice Math Facts with your child. It won’t be long before we begin taking timed Math Tests.

 

 

 

 

 


October 5-8  

Hodge's Happenings

Dear Parents,

We will be out of school on Friday and the next Monday for our Fall Break.  All weekly tests will be given on Thursday this week.

Reminders

  • October 9-12 Fall Break
  • October 23 -Report Card Conference Day-no school (Schedule will be sent home soon)
  • October 27 - Picture Retake Day]
  • October 29 - Field Trip to Dream Field Farms

READING/LANGUAGE ARTS

Story of the Week: "A Fox and a Kit"

Phonics Skills: Inflected endings -s, -ing

Grammar Skill: Declarative Sentences

Focus Skill/Strategy: Main Idea & Details

 

Spelling Words

nap       naps      sit      sits      hit      hits

win       wins       fit      fits       *her   *too

High Frequency Words

eat  four  five  her  this  too

MATH

We will continue working on Topic 4: Addition and Subtraction to 12.

Science/Social Studies

We are learning about different nocturnal animals in Science.  In Social Studies, we will learn about the discovery of America and Christopher Columbus.

 

 

 


September 28 - October 2  

 

                                      

Hodge’s Happenings

September 28-October 2

I will send home information and permission slips next week for our field trip to Dream Field Farms on October 29th. We will collect money the first two weeks and the deadline to pay will be on October 16th. This is a fun trip and I hope you are able to join us!

Accelerated Reader has begun and it is very important that your child return his/her library book to school each day. Please help your child read the book each day.

I hope you are finding our Lexia computer website helpful and engaging!

We’ve used the last two weeks to practice sentence dictation. Beginning this week, we will write 2 dictation sentences and a grade will be given. The sentences will contain decodable words with previously taught phonics skills and high frequency words. Each sentence should begin with a capital letter and end with a punctuation mark. We are also working daily on letter formation/handwriting. I am sending home extra handwriting paper for use at home to practice.

This week we will begin Topic 4: Addition and Subtraction Facts to 12. I will send home a practice page for children who need extra help.

**Cub Carnival is October 1st from 5-7! J

We Are Learning About

 

Reading: Story – “Big Blue Ox”

 

               Comprehension Skill-Character/setting

 

            Phonics Skills – short vowel o/,plural -s

 

            HF Words – blue, help, little, from, *use, *get

 

Language Arts: Grammar – Predicate of Sentences                

 

Math: Topic 4-Addition & Subtraction Facts to 12

 

Science/Social Studies: American Symbols

Reminders

Practice Spelling/High Frequency Words

Read AR book each night and return it to school each day.

Check Tuesday folder. Place graded papers back in folder and sign the log sheet.

         Spelling List

mom                 hot                   hop

pot                   pop                   ox

lock                  mop                  got

rock                 *help                *use

 

                                         Seasons/Fall


September 21-25  

Hodge’s Happenings

September 21-25

Dear Parents,

I’ve missed my children during my two days off! I have been fortunate to spend a long weekend with my son and daughter-in-law who are visiting from Seattle, Washington. J

I have just a couple of things to mention:

·        Accelerated Reader – Please be sure to let your child practice reading his/her library book to you each day. You may need to help with words until they become a little more proficient. Our goal at this point is to AR test at least once a week.

·        Some great websites for parents/teachers to help your child with Reading: waltkesweb.com, friedalewis.com, starfall.com, abcya.com

·        Thank you to my sweet parents who sent in treats for our treat jar!! J

·        Please be sure to follow the Reading Homework directions for each week. It’s very important to work on the vocabulary/skills daily because each week will build on the previous one. Remember to check your child’s Spelling/High Frequency list. I will put an *asterick beside the two high frequency words that will be on the spelling test.

We Are Learning About

Reading: Story – “Pig in a Wig”

            Phonics Skills – short vowel i/,consonant /x

            HF Words – she, take, what, up

Language Arts: Grammar – Subject of Sentences                

Math: Topic 3: Five and Ten Relationships

Science/Social Studies: Johnny Appleseed

                                         American Symbols

                                      

Reminders

Practice Spelling/High Frequency Words

Read AR book each night and return it to school each day.

Check Tuesday folder. Place graded papers back in folder and sign the log sheet.

Spelling List

in                     it                     did

sit                    six                   fix

lip                    mix                  pin

wig                   *she                 *take


September 14 - 18  

 

Hodge’s Happenings

September 14 - 18

We are beginning Unit 1 in Reading this week. The new homework materials will be placed in your child’s binder today with instructions and a schedule. The following assessments will be taken each week:

·        Reading – 1. Read the Words Test                              2. Weekly Reading Skills Test        3. Phonics Assessment         

·        Language Arts – 1. Spelling Test   2. Grammar Test                  3.Sentence Dictation Test(These will not count as a grade until the 2nd nine weeks.

The Spelling Test will be given on Fridays. However, I will not be here this Friday and will give the test on Thursday this week. I want to teach the children how to set up their paper, etc. and do not want to leave it to a substitute teacher to give. I will do a practice Spelling Test Tuesday and send it home for you and your child to go over. On the back of that page will be our Practice Dictation Test. I will call out a sentence using high frequency words/spelling words and children will write the sentence using a capital letter at the beginning and punctuation at the end.

We have started our Lexia computer reading enrichment program and I will send a letter home with information and your child’s username/password for use at home. It’s a great resource for our children to gain skills in reading!

 

We Are Learning About

Reading: Story – “Sam, Come Back!”

            Phonics Skills – short vowel a/,consonant /ck

            HF Words – in, on come, my, way

Language Arts: Grammar – Sentence Structure                

Math: Topic 2: Understanding Subtraction

Science/Social Studies: Living Things/Apples

                                         Map & Globe Skills

         Spelling List

at                     dad                  ran

can                   am                    sack

cat                   bat                   way

back                 mad                  come

Reminders

·        Sept. 14-18 – Grandparents may eat breakfast with the children in the lunchroom.

·        Sept. 15 – Fall Pictures

·        Sept. 15 – Progress Reports go home


September 7 - 11  

Hodge’s Happenings

September 7-11

 

 

Dear Parents,

 

I hope you all enjoyed a great Labor Day Weekend! This will be our “Review Week” in Reading and we will take the Kindergarten Readiness Baseline Assessment, as well as the High Frequency Words assessment. Please go back over these in the homework binder. We will begin Unit 1 next week and the new homework practice materials will be placed in the binder Friday.

 

We are waiting on approval for our first field trip this year to Dream Field Farms in late October. I’ll send home info soon!

 

Please remember to check your child’s red folder each day and remove any papers in the “left at home” side. Thanks! Last week’s graded papers are coming home today in the Tuesday Folder. Please sign beside the date and return all stapled papers back to school.

 

In addition to working on handwriting, we will begin focusing on the writing process…complete sentences, spacing, punctuation, etc.

 

A weekly Spelling Test will be given each week beginning next week.

 

We Are Learning About

 

Reading/Language Arts: Review Week – Review letters/sounds, blending to make words, high frequency words, grammar skills(noun, verb, and adjective)

 

Math: Topic 2: Understanding Subtraction

 

Science/Social Studies: Patriot’s Day/Sept. 11

 

                           Animals/Habitats

 

                                       Me on the Map

 

Reminders

 

·        Sign Tuesday Folder today (Please put graded papers back in the yellow folder and return them to school.)

 

·        Sept. 15 – Fall Pictures

 

·        Sept. 15 – Progress Reports go home

 

         Wish List

 

Toys/Treats for Treat Jar & Treasure Box

 

***Clorox Wipes!

 

 

 

 


August 31 - September 4  

Hodge’s Happenings

August 31 – September 4

Dear Parents,

This is our final week to review Kindergarten Readiness skills. We will test on all high frequency words, letters and sounds, and simple decodable words this week. Please be sure to go back over the homework materials for the previous two weeks, as well as for this week’s assignment.

We’ve been learning about nouns, verbs, and will introduce adjectives this week. We’ll go into more depth with these as the year progresses. We are also working on writing/recognizing simple sentences(Begin with a capital/end with punctuation/complete thought with noun and verb)

We will begin Unit 1 in Reading next Tuesday when we return from our Labor Day holiday. I will put the homework materials in on Friday. We will only do 1 story per week from here on out and your child will begin having a Spelling Test each week.  

We Are Learning About

Reading: Stories – “School Day”, “Farmer’s Market”

Phonics: Consonants r,w,j,k,e,v,y,z,u, and q

               Short vowels e, u

High Frequency Words: he,is,to,with,three,where,here,for,me,go

Grammar: Adjectives and Simple Sentence

Math: Topic 2: Understanding Subtraction

Science/Social Studies: Animals/Habitats

                                       Me on the Map

                                      

Reminders

·        Sign Tuesday Folder tomorrow (Please put graded papers back in the yellow folder and return them to school.)

·        If you have not sent in headphones for your child, please do so. They will use these in the computer lab.

·        Monday September 7th-Labor Day Holiday/No School

Wish List

HP Ink Cartridges 94 or 95 (I use a ton to make colorful centers for my kids J)

We are in need of toys/treats for our Treasure Box and daily treat jar.

           


August 24 - 28  

 

Hodge’s Happenings

August 24 - 28

Dear Parents,

Thank you for the great job you did last week in practicing High Frequency words and for reviewing back over letters and sounds. All of last week’s graded papers will come home tomorrow in your child’s yellow Tuesday folder. Please look over each one to see what additional help is needed. Sign the dated log sheet inside the folder and please return all papers back in the Tuesday folder for me to keep. If you would like to meet with me to address any concerns send a note and I will gladly set up a conference for us to discuss any concerns.

 

We will continue working on Readiness this week and will not begin our Spelling Words until Unit 1. Please do the Reading Assignment for the week of August 24-28.

 

Hope you all have a wonderful week!

We Are Learning About

 

Reading: Stories – “Tip & Tam”/”The Big Top”

 

Phonics: Consonants f/b/g/d/l ,short vowels i,o   Read the Words Test/Weekly Reading Test

 

Grammar: Verbs and Simple Sentences

 

            Grammar Assessments on Thursday/Friday

 

Math: Topic 1: Finish “Understanding Addition”

 

            Topic 1 Test

 

Science/Social Studies: Animals/Characteristics

 

                                       Community Helpers

Reminders

 

·        Sign Tuesday Folder tomorrow

 

·        Snack/Juice money need to be sent in labeled Ziploc bag.

 

·        Work on letters/sounds, high frequency words and blending 2 and 3 letter words.

 

·        APT Meeting-Aug. 25th @6:00

         Wish List

HP Ink Cartridges 94 or 95 (I use a ton to make colorful centers for my kids J)

We are in need of toys/treats for our Treasure Box and daily treat jar.


August 17 - 21  

Hodge’s Happenings

August 17 - 21

Dear Parents,

Thanks so much for helping make our first week of school a great one! Please be sure to check your child’s Take Home Binder each day as it begins coming home today. The Reading Homework is behind the yellow Tuesday folder with assignments/directions. Graded papers will begin coming home next Tuesday, August 25th.

Children will need to wear their Transportation Tags through Tuesday.

Last week was our “getting to know you and our routines” and learning behavior expectations. I didn’t move clothespins because we were practicing. Beginning today, my children understand what our rules are because they helped develop them. J I will mark their behavior chart each day and I ask that you initial so that I know you’ve seen it. If a child moves his/her clothespin during the day, I’ll send home a behavior “Traffic Light” with an explanation of what the problem was. Please be sure to sign and return it in the binder the next day. Our classroom discipline letter was sent home on Friday and I would appreciate it if you could sign it and send it back in this week. Have a great week!

We Are Learning About

Reading: “Sam” & “Snap”

Phonics: Consonants /m/, /s/, /t/,/ck/,/p/

               and /n/     Short vowel /a/

Grammar: Nouns

Math: Topic 1 –Understanding Addition

Science/Social Studies: Living & Non-living things

                                       All About Me/Family

This Week’s Extras

Your child is bringing home an “All About Me” poster today. Please help him/her complete it and return it to school by Friday. We will proudly display these in our hallway! J

An “All About Me” bag with instructions will come home Wednesday.

Reading Homework

Our next 3 weeks will be spent reviewing over Kindergarten words/skills. Please be sure to work with your child Monday-Thursday on letters/sounds, high frequency words, and beginning to blend CVC words.


August 10-14  

Dear Parents,

It was wonderful meeting everyone last week and I look forward to a great year with my children!  We will be practicing procedures, rules, and getting to know our way around Prattville Primary this week.  I will send home a Home Folder for this week only, which will have communication from school, daily work, etc.  Next Monday, your child will bring home the Take Home Binder.  Please make sure to initial the daily behavior box so that I know you have seen it.  Next, check in the red Take Home folder(inside the binder) to see if there are any communications from school, notes, work, etc.  Items in the "left at home" side should be taken out daily.  Anything in the "right back to school" side should be signed and returned the next day.  The yellow Tuesday folder will contain graded papers that will be stapled. (Aug. 18th will have first set)  Please sign beside the date on the log sheet so that I know you have looked over your child's work.  Please leave all papers stapled and return them back in the yellow folder the next day.  It's very important that you check the folders to see how your child is doing in school each day, as well as monitoring your child's behavior on the daily chart.  If at any time you have a question or concern, please don't hesitate to contact me via any of the numbers/email address in the Class Handbook or the blue Orientation flyer.  I will contact you if I have concerns, as well. 

The section behind the yellow Tuesday folder will contain a schedule and directions for Reading Homework each day.  It is so important that you practice with your child Monday through Thursday(no homework on Fridays!)  During our first 4 weeks, we will be reviewing Kindergarten Readiness words, beginning and ending sounds, and short vowel sounds.  Please use the word cards (either cut out or put on index cards) to practice.  Your child should recognize these words upon sight by the end of the Readiness unit.  I will also be assessing your child to make sure he/she knows the letters/sounds of the alphabet.  I'll send home extra practice for children who are having difficulty.  It is important to have these basics mastered before we begin Unit 1 in Reading.

The section behind the Reading Homework is for Classroom Forms/Info.  I've placed a "Change of Transportation" and an "Excuse for Absence" in it.  I'll continue to place items that I think might be helpful to you throughout the school year.

**If you did not complete/return the Orientation paperwork last Thursday, please do so ASAP.  I especially need the green info sheet(these remain with me for contact info), the stapled Code of Conduct forms, and the red APT form.  I highly encourage everyone to complete the Free/Reduced lunch forms as we are a Title 1 school and receive funding through these.

Please make sure that your child wears the transportation tag Wednesday through Wednesday and that you have marked how you wish for your child to get home each day. 

Finally, thank you in advance for the effort I know you are going to give in helping your child be successful this year!  First grade is such an important year and I look forward to working together with you to help our children have a great year.


August 1st  

 

   

Hodge’s Happenings

 

 

 

Dear Parents,

It was great talking to everyone and I'm excited to meet my new class of first graders!  Hopefully, everyone has received the letter I mailed out on Thursday!  One correction I'd like to make is that the price of a student lunch has increased from $2.00 to $2.25.  That will be $22.50 for 10 days and will need to be paid separately from supplies, etc.

I'm looking forward to meeting you and your child on Thursday, August 6th at 6:30 in Room 21 of the Red Hall.  Please be sure to bring important phone numbers, SSN, etc. to make it easier when filling out forms.  Also, I'd like to  know if possible) that evening how your child will travel home from school on the first day.

You may bring your child's supplies in either during Orientation or the first day of school.  Please label the supplies with your child's name so that we don't get anyone's things mixed up. 

I hope you all enjoy the last little bit of summer vacation and I can't wait to meet my children! 

Patti Hodge

 


April 6-10  

 

Hodge’s Happenings

April 6-10, 2015

Dear Parents,

I hope you’ve enjoyed our Spring Break and Easter! We’re on the fast track toward the end of First Grade and will be very busy over the next few weeks.

Our Spring DIBELS Benchmark Test will be given April 29th and 30th. Between now and then, I am sending home fluency practice work for students whom I feel would benefit from the extra practice. This will include High Frequency Words that your child should know on sight – not sound out. Remember to time your child for one minute and subtract the mistakes from the total number of words read. Your child should be reading at least 47-50 words per minute at this point in first grade to benchmark.

Please remember to send in an excuse every time your child is absent. You have 3 days to send in excuses. Parent notes are limited to 10 a year.

Upcoming May activities will be announced soon! J

We Are Learning About

Reading: Story-“Peter’s Chair” **Practice the fluency page each day-sign and initial.

Phonics: ue,ui,ew/compound words

Grammar: Adjectives for how many and articles

Math: Finish Topic 13 – Telling Time

           Topic 14 – Using Data (Graphing)

Science/Social Studies: Plants

February Reminders

·        Apr. 10-Cap Day/Relay for Life

·        Apr. 15 -Progress Report

·        Apr.29-30 – DIBELS Testing

Spelling Words

backpack         outside

baseball           herself

flashlight        bluebird

lunchbox          suitcase

inside               brainstorm

picture             remember

           

                                       


March 1 - 30  

                     

             

   
   

Mrs.     Hodge’s March Newsletter

   

March     1 – 30, 2015

   
   

 

Dear Parents,

I will begin sending home a monthly newsletter rather than a weekly one. You will find the stories/skills for each of our stories in Reading, our Math topics, and our units of study in Science and Social Studies. In addition I am attaching the monthly newsletter that the school sent home last week with activities, etc. during the month of March at PPS.

I am also changing our Reading Homework somewhat. Please refer to the yellow page that has been placed at the front of your child’s homework section. Rather than putting the entire Book 4 homework in the binder, I will place the Vocabulary/Spelling/Decodable word page and the fluency page for that week’s story in on Monday. This means less pages(hooray!) but the focus will be in mastering the words, meeting fluency goals and improving reading comprehension skills. Please be sure to do the nightly assignment on the back of the fluency page and practice the words on the Vocabulary page.

March 2-6                      Reading                  Story:”Mama’s Birthday Present

                                                                                Grammar: Adjectives

                                                                               Phonics: vowel digraphs ai/ay, singular & plural possessives

                                                Math                       Topic 11: Subtracting Tens

                                                Science/SS           Dr. Seuss/ Solar System

March 9-13                    Reading                  Story: “Cinderella”

                                                                Grammar: Adjectives for Color and Sizes

                                                                              Phonics: Long vowel e/ee/ea, Adding endings

                                                Math                       Topic 12: Measurement – Length

                                                Science/SS           Magnets/Matter, Fairytales

March 16-20                  Reading                  Story: “A Trip to Washington, D.C.”

                                                                                Grammar: Adjectives for Size

                                                                                Phonics: Digraphs oa/ow, three letter consonant blends

                                                Math                       Finish Topic 12: Length

                                                Science/SS           Our Nation’s Symbols/Natural Wonders, St. Patrick’s Day

March 23-26                  Reading                  Story: “A Southern Ranch”

                                                                                Grammar: Adjectives for What Kind

                                                                                Phonics: Vowel digraphs ie/igh, consonant pattern kn/wr

                                                Math                       Topic 13: Telling Time to the Hour and Half Hour

                                                Science/SS           Our State: Alabama

 


February 2-6  

Hodge’s Happenings

February 2-6

Dear Parents,

Please remember to send in an excuse every time your child is absent. You have 3 days to send in excuses. Parent notes are limited to 10 a year.

A field trip notice for Paddington Bear movie was sent home last Friday. Money/permission slips are due no later than Friday. Due to limited space we are unable to invite chaperones.

Thank you to everyone who sent in items for our 100th day celebration! I am sending home a Valentine Party refreshment sign-up with our class list. Your child may begin bringing in his/her valentines next Monday. We’ll be working on our Valentine bags this week. Our Valentine Party will be from 1:30-2:00 on Friday, February 13th and we would love for you to join us!

We begin our graded timed addition tests this week. We do 2 weeks of practice and take a grade on each 3rd test.

February Reminders

·        Feb. 10-Paddington Field Trip

·        Feb. 11-Progress Reports

·        Feb. 16-President’s Day Holiday

·        Feb. 17-Mardi Gras Mile

·        Feb.25-March 9 APT Mixed Bag Fund Raiser

·        Feb. 24-Chick Fil-A Spirit Night

Spelling Words

plan                  call

planned            called

help                 ask

helped              asked

drop                 again

dropped           soon


January 26-30  

Hodge’s Happenings

January 26-30

Dear Parents,

I want to thank each of you for the hard work you’ve done in being diligent with Reading Homework…it’s time consuming but you are laying the groundwork for your child’s success! I’m so pleased with the progress each child is making in Reading Fluency. Our goal by spring is for each child to be reading at least 47 words per minutes and many of my children are reading double or more!

The children are enjoying Mastering Math Facts, or Rocket Math as they like to call it. We are beginning the weekly timed math fact tests. We’ll do 2 weeks of one minute timed tests that don’t count as a grade. On the third week, we’ll take a one minute timed math test that will count as a grade. We are mastering adding 0 and 1 at this time.

While taking AR tests, the children are now taking the test without looking up answers. Please let your child read aloud their AR book to you each day. They are reading/answering the questions by themselves, so their scores will reflect that.

Looking Ahead

We will exchange valentines and enjoy refreshments on Friday, February 13th and I will send home a class list, as well as a sign up sheet, for anyone who would like to send in refreshments. This will come home later this week.


January 19-23  

Hodge’s Happenings

January 19-23

 

Dear Parents,

I hope you all enjoyed the day off with your children! Since this is a short week, please be sure to double up on the Reading Homework folder. It’s very important to practice the word boxes for each story. While the Spelling/High Frequency words are important, the decodable words in the large bottom box are very important as well. Also, I will place the blue “fluency” practice pages in each story section. Please practice a 1 minute timed reading on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday and indicate the number of words read correctly and initial.

We are getting into more challenging vocabulary and skills in Reading, so it’s important to not get behind. Thanks for all of the hard work!

Miscellaneous

We will begin our Performance Testing in Reading Foundations and Math.

Children who successfully read/test on at least 13 books with a minimum score of at least 85% by the end of the 3rd nine weeks will participate in the Library’s AR party.

Spelling Words

blank                                       sunk        **every

wing                                        pink         **sure

bring                                       rink

trunk                                       rang

bank                                        sang


January 12-16  

Hodge’s Happenings

January 12-16

Dear Parents,

We began our Mastering Math Facts last week and I believe it will benefit our children in becoming more proficient in addition. If you don’t have addition flash cards, please get some or you can make them on index cards. We are beginning with adding 1 to each number and taking a 1 minute timed test to see how many facts your child can correctly answer. These do not count as a grade yet. When your child has correctly answered 23 problems, he/she will move on to the next level. The levels are A –Z.

I am placing a “Renaissance” label inside your child’s Home Folder with the Username/Password for Follett(Library)/Big Universe(e books) and AR. Please follow the guide/link at the top of the label. These are great sites for free ebooks online as well as checking your child’s AR progress.

We are beginning Unit 3 in Reading and are back on a regular schedule for our daily and weekly tests. New homework materials have been placed in the Binder.

January Reminders

Please be sure to send both your child’s library book and blue hardback reader to school every day.

**Please pick up a new pack of crayons and glue sticks…we have exhausted the first semester’s supply. J

Upcoming Art/Craft Needs:

·        Pink, red, blue and white construction paper

·        White cardstock


January 5-9  

                     

Dear Parents,

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and I wish you all health and happiness in 2015!

This week’s newsletter will be short as this is a Review Week in Reading. We are reviewing vocabulary and skills and will take the Unit 2 Test in Reading later this week. The new homework pages are being run and I will place these in your child’s binder on Friday.   Book 3 will be assigned to your child as before and the book will come home each day and must be returned to school each day. There will be a homework schedule at the front of the homework pages. We will begin Unit 3 next week.

We begin Topic 7: Counting and Patterns to 120 in Math. In addition, we are also beginning “Mastering Math Facts”. Please pick up a pack of addition flash cards and work with your child several times a week. I would suggest beginning with cards that add 0, 1, and 2 to a number and let them become proficient with those and then add 3,4,etc. I’ll send home more info on this as we get going.

Our topics/themes for January in Social Studies/Science are:

Winter & Seasons, Arctic Animals/Hibernation and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Have a great week and stay warm!

Patti Hodge


December 8-12 and December 15-19  

 


Hodge’s Happenings

December 8-12, 2014

December 15-19,2014

 

 

Dear Parents,

 

This newsletter will be covering activities and assignments for the next two weeks, so I won’t send one next week. I am preparing to be out at a moment’s notice when my daughter has her baby any day now! We will not have a Christmas Party but will do our “Polar Express Day” next Tuesday, December 16th. Your child may wear pajamas that day and bring in his/her favorite board game to enjoy. We will serve “Yoo Hoo” chocolate drinks and Christmas tree cakes that day and your child will bring home the Christmas present that was made for youJ I am sending a sign up sheet for refreshments and would appreciate if you could send your item in no later than this Friday.

 

We will take our usual weekly grades this week and work from the previous two weeks will go home tomorrow in the Tuesday folder. We will cover Reading skills next week but there will not be any tests given (Selection Test, Spelling Test, etc.)

 

I’d like to wish each of you a very Merry Christmas and best wishes for a Happy New Year!

 

December Reminders

 

Santa Pictures – December 9th

 

Polar Express Day – Tues. Dec. 16th

 

Christmas Break: Dec. 22-Jan. 5

 

Return from Christmas break – Jan. 6th

 

Wish List

 

HP Black Ink Cartridge #94

 

HP Color Ink Cartridge  #95

 

 

 

 


December 1-5  

Hodge’s Happenings

December 1-5, 2014

Dear Parents,

I hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving! I missed my children and am glad to see everyone back healthy…we had quite a run of flu(myself included).

Thanks so much to my parents who sent in items for our Thanksgiving Feast and especially to those who helped with our Colonial Days!

We have only 3 weeks before school is out for Christmas break. Our winter DIBELS assessment will be given before we get out and I would encourage you to allow your child to practice the fluency practice pages. If your child knows most of the high frequency words that will account for about 50% of the Oral Reading Fluency part. In addition, please focus on the long vowel words with silent e…some of the children are having difficulty remembering that an /e/ on the end of a word usually makes the other vowel “say its name”. We are also learning to build speed/fluency in reading, so please work with your child on sounding out words quickly. I’m sending home a set of practice fluency passages that I hope will help.

December Reminders

Christmas Around the World – date TBA

Polar Express Day – date TBA

Christmas Break: Dec. 22-Jan. 6

Wish List

HP Black Ink Cartridge #94

HP Color Ink Cartridge  #95


November 17-21  

Hodge’s Happenings

 

November 17-21, 2014

 

Dear Parents,

 

This will be another busy week for us as we prepare to be out next week for our Thanksgiving Week! Thanks so much to everyone who has signed up to bring items for our Feast on Thursday. I would appreciate it if you could send your item in by Wednesday so that we can make sure we have everything prior to Thursday. Thanks also to everyone who has signed up to help with our Colonial Day Activities…please be in my classroom by 8:20 on Thursday if you are planning to help. J

 

Please be sure to practice in the Reading Homework section the decodable words and high frequency words nightly. We are learning how to read words with long vowel/special sounds and need lots of extra practice with those “magic e” words. Due to our Feast and Colonial Days on Thursday, and several of you traveling on Friday, I am giving all of our tests on Wednesday,including our Spelling Test.  We are finishing Topic 5 this week- Addition to 20. Please be sure to work with your child on Math Facts to 20.

I'd like to wish each one of you a very Happy Thanksgiving and hope that you enjoy time with your families!

 

Reminders

 

·        November 20-Colonial Day Activities:

 

     8:30-10:00

 

     Thanksgiving Feast @11:30

 

Book Fair: November 17-21

 

 

 

 

Wish List

 

HP Black Ink Cartridge #94

 

HP Color Ink Cartridge  #95

 


November 10-14  

Hodge’s Happenings

November 10-14, 2014

 

 

Dear Parents,

 

We will be out of school tomorrow as we honor those who have served this great nation! I am sending home graded papers today since we won’t be at school on Tuesday.

 

Our LC is planning a Colonial Days craft rotation on November 20th from 8:30-10:00 and I am in great need of 3-4 moms to oversee an activity in our classroom. Please let me know if you can help ASAP J Also on that same day our Red Hall will be having our Thanksgiving Feast and we would love for you to join us at 11:30. We will eat in the hallway! I’ll be sending home a sign up sheet for food items this week.

 

I don’t say it often enough, but I appreciate each and every one of you! Thank you all so much for always being willing to go the extra mile for our children.

 

 

Reminders

 

·        November 11- Veteran’s Day-No School

 

·        November 20-Colonial Day Activities: 8:30-10:00

      Thanksgiving Feast @11:30

 

 

Wish List

 

HP Black Ink Cartridge #94

 

HP Color Ink Cartridge  #95

 


November 3-7  


Hodge’s Happenings

November 3-7, 2014

Dear Parents,

Thank you all so very much for making last week so much fun! I appreciate everyone who helped chaperone our field trip to Dream Field Farms. Thanks also to everyone who sent in items and helped with our Halloween party…the children had an awesome day! A very special thanks to Alycia Crews who organized and came up with such fun activities for our party…you worked very hard and we all loved it!

I am placing our new Unit 2 Reading Homework materials in the binders today. Also, I sent home a form on Friday for everyone to sign and return for permission/responsibility to bring home a hardback reader. As soon as I receive your child’s signed slip, the book will begin coming home daily. Please make sure the Reading Book is returned to school each day, along with their Binder and Library book.

Each Monday be sure to check in your child’s binder for the Reading Fluency page. Please time your child for 1 minute each day and record his/her time daily and return it to school each Friday.

We are also beginning to work on fluency with our Math Facts. I will begin sending home a weekly (short) Math practice page to be completed and returned the next day. One of the best things you can do to help your child become more proficient with math facts is practicing with addition flash cards. While we are using fingers, counters, cubes, and number lines to help us learn how to add, we’re now ready to take it to the next level and begin learning the math facts and gaining fluency. Dollar Tree and Walmart sell them. J

Reminders

·       November 11- Veteran’s Day-No School

·       Colonial Day/Thanksgiving Feast-TBA

Wish List

HP Black Ink Cartridge #94

HP Color Ink Cartridge  #95


October 20-24  

Hodge’s Happenings

 

October 20-24, 2014

 

 

Dear Parents,

 

Hope you enjoyed our beautiful fall weather over the weekend! Thanks so much to everyone who is sending in water bottle caps and empty paper towel rolls…keep them coming! We will be painting our shirts Tuesday. The following week will be very busy as we go to Dream Field Farms, to the play Click, Clack, Moo and enjoy refreshments at our Halloween Party.

 

Parents who will chaperone our Dream Field Farm field trip will need to sign in at the office no later than 8:00 and be in your cars on Northington Street ready to follow the buses when they depart around 8:15. You may sign your child out from Dream Field Farms.

 

Please help your child remember to bring his/her library book to school each day as this is an important part of our reading. We are just beginning to take AR tests and the children need to practice reading their books in order to answer questions on the tests. These don’t count as a grade, but are important in gaining comprehension skills. Next week will be Review Week in Reading. There will be no Selection test or Spelling Test. The Unit 1 Assessment Test will be given.

Picture retakes are scheduled for Monday, October 20th.  Report cards go home on Thursday, October 23rd.

 

 

Reminders

 

·        October 20-t shirts due in

 

·        October 27-31 Red Ribbon Week

 

·        October 28- Dream Field Farms

 

·        October 29 – Click, Clack, Moo Play

 

·        October 31 – Halloween Party @ 1:15

 

Wish List

 

Treasure Box toys/items(Dollar Tree)

 

White Cardstock

 

Black/White Construction Paper

 

 

 


October 13-17  

Hodge’s Happenings

October 13-17, 2014

Dear Parents,

Hope everyone enjoyed their Fall Break! It’s hard to believe how quickly this year is getting by…it will be Thanksgiving before we know it. J

Just a reminder that we will be painting field trip t-shirts next week. If you would like for your child to have one, please send in an orange, green or purple shirt by Tuesday or your child may wear the PPS t-shirt. Please put his/her name inside with a sharpie marker.

The deadline to pay for our “Click,Clack, Moo” play at First Baptist Church is Monday, October 20-$4.00(cash only). We are unable to allow for chaperones due to lack of extra seating.

               

Reminders

·        October 16th- PPS Movie Night

·        October 28- Dream Field Farms

·        October 29 – Click, Clack, Moo Play

·        October 31 – Halloween Party @ 1:15

Wish List

Treasure Box toys/items(Dollar Tree)

Empty paper towel rolls

Bottle caps from water bottles

       


October 6 - 10  

Hodge’s Happenings

October 6-10, 2014

 

 

 

Hope everyone had a great weekend! Our Fall Break will be Oct. 10-13, which means we will have 2 four day weeks in a row. Since we will be out this Friday, I will give our spelling test on Thursday.

The Dream Field Farms field trip form was sent home last week and the deadline to pay is this Thursday. If your child is not planning to attend, please indicate this on the field trip form. We are not limited on number of chaperones, so I hope you’re able to join us!

I’m sending home today a Halloween Party sign up sheet. Our Halloween party will be 1:15-2:00 on Friday, October 31st. Please check to see which item your child is signed up for. I would appreciate if you could send it back before this Friday so that I know who is able to provide which items. Thanks!

Reminders

·        October 8th-Walk Your Child to School Day

·        October 10-13 – Fall Break

·        October 16th- PPS Movie Night

·        October 28- Dream Field Farms

·        October 31 – Halloween Party

Wish List

Treasure Box toys/items(Dollar Tree)

Empty paper towel rolls

Bottle caps from water bottles

                       


September 29 - October 3  

Hodge’s Happenings

September 29-October 3, 2014

Dear Parents,

I will be out this week as I attend a conference out of town with my husband. J I sure will miss my children, but they are in the capable hands of Mrs. Porter (sub).

We enjoyed having Mayor Gillespie speak to our LC last week and learned about how our city is run. The children loved the walking field trip and were able to visit several businesses, as well as the fire station and the Prattville Museum. I will be attempting to load several pictures on my prattvilleprimary.com website so be sure to check them out!

Thank you so much to my parents who helped with our lunches and field trip! Thanks also to Ethan’s parents for sending in extra treats for our Treasure Box!

I will be sending home a Halloween Party refreshments/treats sign up sheet next week. Mrs. Crews(Ashton’s mom) has graciously volunteered to organize it so please let me know if you’d like to help. As always, thanks for all you do every single day!

 

Reminders

·        October 8th-Walk Your Child to School Day

·        October 16th- PPS Movie Night (info will come home soon!)

·        We are finalizing plans for our October 28 field trip to Dream Field Farms pumpkin patch. Info will come home when it has been approved.

Wish List

Treasure Box toys/items(Dollar Tree)

Empty paper towel rolls

Bottle caps from water bottles


September 22-26  

 

Hodge’s Happenings

Dear Parents,

I hope you all have enjoyed a restful weekend! Thank you for the awesome job you are doing in helping our children get off to a great start. The transition from kindergarten to first grade often takes a little while, but my children seem to be settling in well and making great progress already! Thanks to everyone who came to our PPS Cubs Carnival…it was a great success J

Our Walking Field Trip is on Wednesday, so please be sure your child is wearing comfortable shoes. Also, if you are sending your child’s lunch that day please put it in a labeled paper bag. We will need to be able to throw everything away. If you would like to send in a case of water for that day it would be greatly appreciated!

**School Pictures are scheduled for Thursday.

**Your child will begin bringing home a library book each day. Please allow him/her to practice reading it to you and return it back to school every morning. Be sure to put any books read in your child’s Reading Log(in the OWL Binder). Our goal for September is 5 books and each child who reaches their goal will get a special treat!

Please be sure to check out our PPS School Home Page and take the Parent Survey...we would love to have your input!

 

Reminders

 

·        Monday, Sept. 22-Traveling Cow will visit J

 

·        Walking Field Trip – September 24

 

·        We are finalizing plans for our October 28 field trip to Dream Field Farms pumpkin patch. Info will come home when it has been approved.

 

·        Community leaders & workers will speak to our LC on Tuesday.

 

Wish List

 

Treasure Box toys/items(Dollar Tree)

 

Empty paper towel rolls

 

Bottle caps from water bottles

 

 

 


September 15 - 19  


Dear Parents,

We have completed our Kindergarten Review and are now ready to begin Unit 1 in our Reading series. I’ve placed the stories/skills in the “Reading Homework” section of the OWL binder. Please follow the assignment schedule and initial each page as it is completed. It is important to spend time each day reinforcing the skills that are being taught in class.

Graded papers will come home tomorrow along with your child’s results on our first DIBELS test. Please keep all papers stapled together and return them back in the Tuesday folder.

We will begin our weekly Spelling Tests on Fridays. Please be sure to practice the words. J

Reminders

·        CUBS Carnival/Family Fun Night at PPS – September 18

·        Walking Field Trip – September 24 (I’ll send info by Friday to parents who are helping.)

·        We are finalizing plans for our October 28 field trip to Dream Field Farms pumpkin patch. Info will come home when it has been approved.

Wish List

Treasure Box toys/items(Dollar Tree)

HP Ink Cartridges (94)

Walmart Scotch laminator(Mine finally bit the dust!)


September 8-12, 2014  

 


Hodge’s Happenings

September 8-12, 2014

 

Dear Parents,

 

I really wanted to let each of you know how much I am enjoying having your child in my class! Everyone is off to a great start and you have done a wonderful job of helping. We will complete the Readiness Unit in Reading this week and be ready to begin Unit 1 in our Reading Series next Monday. I will be placing the stories/skills in the Homework section of your child’s binder on Friday. You will also find a guide for the dates/assignments. Please be sure to practice with your child each night on the words/skills for that week. We will begin taking a weekly spelling test on Fridays so be sure to practice our words! Please be sure that your child is practicing the high frequency words and knows them by sight…putting them on index cards is a great way to review!

 

 

 

Reminders

 

·       Please remember to sign your child’s Tuesday Folder sheet and also the front page of the stapled graded papers. The papers should be returned in the Tuesday Folder.

 

·       Our Parent Volunteers will begin this week…thank you so much!!

 

 

Wish List

 

Treasure Box toys/items(Dollar Tree)

 

HP Ink Cartridges (94)

 

Walmart Scotch laminator(Mine finally bit the dust!)

 

 

 

 

 

 


September 1-5, 2014  

Hodge’s Happenings

September 1-5, 2014

Dear Parents,

I hope you all enjoyed a restful Labor Day weekend! Please be sure to check in the “Tuesday Folder” today for graded work that was done last week. Look over all of the pages, sign the front page and return back in that folder to school on Wednesday. This lets me know that you’ve seen your child’s work. If there are any questions or concerns you may call me at 294-6577 or email me at patti.hodge@acboe.net. I’m always very happy to speak with you.

We will finish our Readiness Unit next Friday and be ready to begin Unit 1 in Reading. I’ll be placing the Reading Homework pages in your child’s OWL binder with the assignment schedule next Friday.

We missed our Counselor & Computer time last week due to 2nd grade testing but will pick up our “specials” this week.

Thanks so much to Kalah’s parents for donating 2 color ink cartridges!! They are very much appreciated.

Reminders

·       Sign front page in Tuesday Folder and return the stapled papers back to school on Wednesday.

·       INOW home login sheets are in binder for everyone who paid.

·       Please remember to initial each day on your child’s behavior chart.

Wish List

Treasure Box toys/items(Dollar Tree)

HP Black Ink Cartridges #94

Small bean bags for classroom library area

Hoola Hoops for our Recess


August 25-29, 2014  

Dear Parents,

 

Thanks so much for all of your work last week in making it such a great start! Please be sure to check out your child’s new OWL Binder....this will hold all notes to and from school and home as well as the behavior sticker chart. You will need to initial each day and also check the Home Folder daily. We will combine 2 stories/skills this week. Please practice the High Frequency words on the 2 “Refrigerator Copies” I’m putting in the Home Folder. These words were taught in Kindergarten and your child should already know these. We will begin taking daily/weekly grades this week on the vocabulary and skills that are being taught. Beginning next Tuesday, please be sure to look in your child’s Tuesday folder for graded papers from the previous week. Please sign the front page of the graded papers, put them back into the folder and return everything back to school the next day. This lets me know that you have seen your child’s grades.

 

Reminders

 

·       Car riders will dismiss at 3:00

 

·       APT Meeting on Aug. 26th @ 6:00

 

·       We will begin our weekly Computer Lab, Music, and Library classes.

 

·       We will not have Spelling Words during our Readiness Unit.

 

Wish List

 

Treasure Box toys/items(Dollar Tree)

 

HP Ink Cartridges (94/95)

 

Small bean bags for classroom library area


August 18-22  

Dear Parents,

It was a pleasure to meet each of you during our Orientation and I'm looking forward to the start of a great new year in First Grade with your child! 

As we get ready to begin our first week, I'd like to offer a few reminders:

  • Children must wear their bus/car tags to school each day during the first week of school.  Children who remember to wear their tag each day will receive a special treat!
  • School will dismiss at 2:40 during our first week in order to help car riders learn the routine and get bus riders to their correct place.
  • You may walk your child into school on the first day to get a picture.  After the first day, please allow your child to go to the classroom by him/herself in order to promote independence.
  • Most of you have completed Orientation forms and returned them.  I will be sending home forms to those who will need to return them completed.  It is very important to have current phone numbers on our forms so that we can contact you in case of illness, etc.
  • Two things are most important on the first few days of school: 1. How your child is to get home from school  2. Is your child bringing a lunch from home/eating cafeteria food?
  • Please remember to label any money that comes to me...lunch money/snack & juice money, etc.
  • During the first week of school, your child will bring home a "Home Folder".  Please check it each day for papers that we have worked on and also for communication from myself or the school and return it to school each day next week.  Your child's Owl Binder will come home on Monday, August 25th and it will be set up with instructions on how we use it.  I hope you will find it helpful!
  • Lunch is $2.00/day or $20 for a 10 day ticket. Breakfast is $1.25 and may be purchased daily...We have a great breakfast program and Mrs. Mary is our awesome cafeteria manager with delicious food!
  • Snack & Juice: You may send snack and juice from home in a labeled bag or lunch box or you may choose to purchase it daily.  The cost is .75 for each ($1.50 both). Please send money in a labeled ziploc or envelope with your child's name/Snack & Juice.
  • My weekly newsletter will be sent home every Monday and I will update my website weekly.

Communication is so very important and I welcome the chance to talk with you anytime you have a question!  I am really looking forward to teaching your children and you will be amazed at their progress as we go through this school year.  Thank you in advance for all of the help I know you will give in making this a successful and exciting school year!

Patti Hodge