100th Day of School:
We will be celebrating the 100th day of school on Friday, January 25th. Students may dress down on Friday, with their 100th day shirt. Making a 100th day shirt is not mandatory, but just a fun way to celebrate this day.
Word Wall Assessment:
Unit 3 word wall assessment is scheduled for January 29th. List was sent home two weeks ago. Words can also be found on word wall tab at the top of this page.
New Spelling Contracts:
New contracts are stapled into your child's green folder. Students will still follow the same protocol with choosing three different activities on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings. Please use the spelling pretest for Wednesday evenings. There are new activities for the children to pick from.
Library sign up sheet for read aloud:
You can not directly click on the link above to take you to the read aloud sign up sheet. You can however cut and paste into your web browser to open it up into a new tab. Thank you to those who have already signed up.
New Grading system in Science and Social Studies:
Mr. Moore will be sending out a correspondence for the new grading system in science and social studies. These subjects will still be covered everyday, but the grade at the top of the page will now resemble that of handwriting. (E= excellent, S= satisfactory,
N= needs improvement)
Parents with cooler temperatures upon us please make sure your child has a proper jacket, scarves, hats, and gloves. We do try and get outside everyday. Girls may want to consider wearing leggings or tights under their dresses or skirts.
PTO meetings are held in the school cafeteria at 8:00am.
Here are the dates for upcoming PTO meetings;
February 11, 2019
March 4, 2019
April 1, 2019
May 6, 2019
Reading log books:
Reading log books will be sent home on January 16th. Children will bring home small readers to read with an adult on Wednesday evenings. Students may keep these books until the following Monday. Please return book and signed paper in the baggie provided. We do ask parents or guardian to sign the log sheet along with a small grade to let us know how well your child read the selection. The grading code is located at the bottom of the log sheet with either an: E- for easy; Jr- for just right: or H- hard. We are assessing on fluency, word recall, and understanding of text.
Students will write in their planners nightly any assignments they may have for the evening. They also include important events that are occurring the next day. Please look over the assignment book nightly and sign in the date box on the far left of that day's assignments. This is also a great way to begin conversations about your child's day at school. Inquire what they have learned that day as well as recall events or happenings coming up.
Snack time will be observed everyday around 9:00am. Children will need to bring in their own snack. Please be cognizant that this is an early morning snack. No candy, chips, or cookies is considered a nutritional snack. We are a peanut free classroom, but not in the cafeteria. Please insure your child knows what items in their lunchbox is for snack and lunch.
On a two-hour delay we do not have snack time.
Students in first grade normally have homework every night. Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings, students will be assigned to reread their story from their basal reader with an adult. The students are practicing their fluency, comprehension, and decoding of words on these homework nights. Students usually have a math homework sheet that covers the latest skill that was introduced in class that afternoon. This is a review of what was practiced during the day. Eventually, students will be working on mastering math facts for weekly assessments. Late assignments will have a 10 point deduction. This will be noted at the top of their paper.
A no name paper will have a 10 point deduction as well at the top of the paper.
Grades are posted weekly on our new school grading system, "RenWeb." You will need to log onto your child's account and monitor their grades. If you go to the St. Francis web page, instructions are posted on the "RenWeb" link at the top. Any questions about your account please contact Mr. Eddie Swierkos.
AR books and Assessments:
We have a 20 minute window each day we designated as AR time and students will read silently in the classroom. At the end of the week students will take test on their selected book they have chosen. This allows me to check for their understanding of the story and to determine if the student can move on to a new level. Students do have the availability to move up to more challenging levels when they have completed three books with a 100% mastery at that particular level.
Students will be checking out new AR books on Monday. These books will not come home.
Scholastic Book orders:
Thank you all for taking time to order for your child. Not only can students get material at their reading level, but it is also a great way to help replenish our classroom library with new books. You may either send in a check made out to Scholastics or you can go online to place your book order. I will send out Reminds as we get closer to the due date for book selections. It usually takes about one week for orders to arrive.