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Week of September 9th, 2019



Open House:  Open house is this Thursday, September 12th at 4:00pm.  I am looking forward to seeing all of you there.  I will meet parents in my room from 4:00 – 5:00pm.  We will then head to the auditorium, where Dr. Garner and Mrs. Neely will have a presentation from 5:00 – 6:00pm.  I will be going over many things about first grade, and room 115 procedures.  Open house is not an opportunity for individual conferences, and it is too early in the school year for progress reports on how students are doing.  It is a wonderful opportunity, however, to meet, greet and learn more about room 115 and Ray school.  

Volunteering:  I know that many of you are interested in volunteering in the classroom this school year.  We are still in the process of learning our routines. Once our centers are up and running, I will ask for volunteers to pick times they are interested in signing up for.  In the meantime, please make sure that you have completed CPS’ volunteer application. Only parents who are cleared through CPS may volunteer in the classroom, or chaperone field trips.  Here is the link: https://cpsparentu.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=319488&type=d.  Please complete the application process now so that you are cleared for future field trips and volunteer opportunities.

Snacks:  Each day at second recess students receive a snack.  We ask that all families donate snack several times a year for 27 students.  We prefer healthy peanut free snacks, as we do have peanut allergies in the classroom.  Healthy snack suggestions include: pretzels, goldfish, raisins, baby carrots, popcorn, cheese sticks, apple slices, and graham crackers. There are of course other healthy options, but these are a few suggestions.  Please let us know if you cannot provide snack, or if your child has an allergy that prevents them from having shared snack.  

The following schedule has been made for your convenience:  September, November, January, March, May = Last names beginning with A-K.  October, December, February, April, June = Last names beginning with L-Z

Math – This week students will begin working in Unit 1 of our Everyday Math curriculum.  Students will be learning our daily math routines of calendar, the weather, and real world math problems involving addition and subtraction.

Language Arts – This week we will begin learning strategies for finding “just right books” for our own independent reading.  Students will practice listening and thinking about books, as well as learning the importance of listening to books more than one time.  

Social Studies – This week we will continue discussing rules and why we need them.  We will begin discussing rules in the larger context of our society as well as school.  

Science – This week students will begin our first unit of the year – Sun, Moon, and Planets.  This week students will begin discussing what we already know about the sun, moon, and planets, as well as what we’d like to learn in this unit. 

 If you have any questions, please e-mail me at mmwebb@cps.edu or call me at 773-535-0970.

 For your convenience the homework chart for the week is on the reverse of this overview.

Sincerely,

Ms. Webb

Homework chart for the week:

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
Math and Reading Comprehension WorkHomework Sheet #4 Writing and Graphing.Homework Sheet #5 Vocabulary and Review.Homework Sheet # 6 Phonics and Place ValueHomework Sheet #7 Comprehen-sion and Fast FactsNone
High Frequency Words:  walked, until around, five, be, help, or, next, pull, takeMake a note card for each word. Practice reading the cards until you can
read each word quickly and accurately.
Write the words in ABC order.  Continue to practice cards.Continue to practice cardsContinue to practice cardsNone
  ReadingRead for a minimum of 15 minutesRead for a minimum of 15 minutesRead for a minimum of 15 minutesRead for a minimum of 15 minutesRead for a minimum of 15 minutes

Name ________________________________

High Frequency words:  walked, until around, five, be, help, or, next, pull, take

Tuesday night:  Make a note card for each High Frequency word.  Practice reading the cards until you can read each word quickly and accurately.  (These cards should be reviewed every night.)

Write the High Frequency words in ABC order.  

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Wednesday nightWrite a story using as many of the high frequency words as possible.  Make sure to use periods and capital letters appropriately! (You can write the story on this paper or on a separate sheet.)

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