Friday, September 26, 2014

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Scholastic Books

Scholastic Book order is due September 30 (next Wednesday).  Various book orders will be sent home monthly.  We hope you find these discounted books to be a wonderful tool for building your child's library at home.

Highlights for Kids

If you submitted your child's Highlights for Kids, their magazine order will be arriving in 4-6 weeks.

Hip, hip hooray!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Check Out Some Great Websites


Literacy Studies:

Fun Interactive Websites:

Social Studies:


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Reader's Workshop

We are working on reading long and strong!  Good readers are able to read, without distraction for 10-15 minutes.  They read, think about what they are reading, and use strategies to solve tricky words, such as looking at the picture and using their letter sounds.  This school year we will be learning a lot of strategies so that we can move from Level D to Level J (grade level expectations).  That is a lot of levels, so make sure you are reading every night at home for at least 15 minutes. 

1 just right reading book should be coming home every day in your child's red folder.  Please return that book each day and a new one will be sent home.  If things are not coming home right away, please allow time, your child is learning new routines and this takes time.  We are understanding on this matter this first full week of school.  Next week we expect that your child will be more familiar with our routines.

Don't forget to visit Raz Kids.  We check every week to see how your child is performing and progressing.  Raz Kids

Word Study Homework notebook

How do I make rainbow words?

Select 5 crayons.  Write the word on top of each word, 5 times to create a rainbow.  Look below for an example.


We are learning all about narrative writing.  We are focusing on small moment stories where we write about something we have experienced.  We zoom into a moment in time and tell what happens first, next, and last.  Today we shared the pen to learn how we can hook our reader to start our narrative piece.  We even learned how we can talk about the setting to get started.


This chapter we are learning all about addition.  We will be learning different methods to solve addition problems.  Which way works best for you?

Addition Math Games

Friday, September 5, 2014

Homework Books

These two books are to be kept at home.  When homework is assigned, please tear the pages out carefully and place inside of your child's folder.  This way your child is not carrying heavy books back and forth every day.  

We are waiting for PS 89 folders.  In the meantime, continue to use the red folder.  Please bring back the red folder every day.

Thursday, September 4, 2014


We will be spending this week learning new routines, classroom rules, and expectations for first grade.  Please bring in school supplies as soon as possible, but remember, your child has to carry their own things.  There was some confusion today with name tags.  We are located in room 212.  You will be receiving new tags soon!

Today many papers went home:
-Welcome letter
-Supply list (some students brought in supplies, including money in envelopes, we are keeping track of who brought in what - please try to get in notebooks right away, folders, pencils, and copy paper)
-Homework sheet (math books will be brought home tomorrow)
-Sight words, small moments handout - please return
-Raz kids information
-GO money envelope
-PTA money envelope
-3 Blue cards for emergency contacts - must fill out all 3 cards and return immediately
-Academy times -- please note that although we are Britton Academy, we follow a Gleane schedule lunch, that is why your child needs a snack every day.
-Snack policy