Room 104 Adopts an Angel for Christmas

Posted by monica.gallagher | Uncategorized | Posted on November 24th, 2010

Dear Families,

As the holidays approach I would like to take the opportunity to help a child in our community that may not be as well taken care of as the students in our class. Working with our school’s Family Resource Center, we are adopting an angel and trying to give him some material things that will make his Christmas a better one. Here is his sizes and wishes:

Age-10, Coat– 16/18, Shirt-14/16, Pants-16 Husky, Shoes-8 1/2                                                 

 Toy wishes-skateboard, Transformers, and board games

I hope that as you are doing your holiday shopping,  you can help this child by providing something for Christmas. For my part, I will be furnishing the skateboard. All items should be sent to school on or before Tuesday, December 7th, 2010. Thanks in advance for your support.

Fall Festival Review, Happy Thanksgiving and Preview for Week 17!

Posted by monica.gallagher | Uncategorized | Posted on November 24th, 2010

I want to extend special thanks to everyone for the wonderful support  for South Edmonson’s 2010 Fall Festival. With your help, our school raised over $17,000 for our PTO! This is an amazing number and again, nothing like I have ever experienced in my previous job! As an executive member of the PTO this year, I found out how much manpower, organization and donations it takes to accomplish a public event like this, but this type of success really makes all the hard work worth it.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving with their families and friends!

Once we are ready to work again, here is the preview for School Week 17:

Reading-Changes Unit 3.2  Ruby in Her Own Time–  As many of you parents noted, Unit 2 tests were quite a bit harder than Unit 1. This progression will continue throughout First Grade as we work through Unit 3.  In writing, since the beginning of the year, we have been learning about sentence structure (capitalization and punctuation). This will come into assessments now, as the test for this unit will expand to include two written responses from the students. Spelling homework on Thursdays will also reflect this change. It’s time to find out if students can write a well composed sentence!

Writing- Persuasive Letters-we will begin working on persuasive letters to Santa!

Spelling– words with ng  and nk, : bring, trunk, pink, bank, sang, wing, rink, blank, rang, sunk  bonus words:  every, sure, were, own, enough                                                                                                                                                                                                 Last week, there was a question on the spelling test about capitalization. Several students capitalized a few of the bonus words–not sure why–and one student capitalized every word on the test.  Words on the spelling test should NOT be capitalized unless they are proper nouns. We have only had one this year, June. It is important for students to know how to capitalize the first word of a sentence, but also important to know when NOT to capitalize, too.

Math– Chapter 3, Subtraction Strategies

Science-The Brassica Seeds have been harvested! Our next unit of study will be the Three States of Matter: solids, liquids and gases.

Gearing up for FALL FESTIVAL as Teacher takes a fall.

Posted by monica.gallagher | Uncategorized | Posted on November 14th, 2010

Special Note: On the way to my car Friday morning on the way to school, I rolled my ankle over a hickory nut in my yard. I went to AcuteCare and had an x-ray, my ankle is not broken, just badly sprained. I have an aircast and  crutches until swelling is better. I am taking Monday off, please give students the alert for a guest teacher.

Everyone is excited for Fall Festival on Friday, but we have a lot of work to do first for School Week 15:

Reading-Changes Unit 3.1  An Egg is an Egg–The beginning of this next unit begins a different type of test on Friday.  As many of you parents noted, Unit 2 tests were quite a bit harder than Unit 1. This progression will continue throughout First Grade.  In writing, since the beginning of the year, we have been learning about sentence structure (capitalization and punctuation). This will come into assessments now, as the test this week will expand to include two written responses from the students. Spelling homework on Thursday will also reflect this change. It’s time to find out if students can write a well composed sentence!

Writing- Persuasive Letters-focus this week is wondering what a turkey would write to a family about Thanksgiving.

Spelling– words with y  as long /e/ and long /i/, : puppy, lucky, by, try, fly, cry,my, any, body, silly bonus words:  always, become, day, stays, thing

Math– Chapter 3, Subtraction Strategies

Science-The Brassica Seeds are being harvested!

Here are some important dates and events coming up:

COLLECTIONS  Please remember we are still collecting “Sunny D” UPC labels, Box Tops for Education, and Tyson Chicken Labels.

5:00 p.m., Friday November 19, 2010- FALL FESTIVAL     South Edmonson’s Fall Festival will be held next Friday. Please accept my sincere thanks to everyone who has contributed to our basket theme, Family Dinner. Our basket is going to be amazing! I have contributed a cookbook from Stockholm Church, please send in any contributions before this Wednesday,  Nov. 17.

A big THANK YOU to all the super cute scarecrows that helped make our First Grade performance wonderful at the PTO meeting on November 4. There were so many positive responses and everyone enjoyed it. We will perform our program again at our Bulldog Bash on Monday, November 22 at 8:00 a.m. All are welcome to come!

As Thanksgiving draws into focus for next week, so begins the holiday shopping season. Our class will be adopting an angel to support a needy child in our community. I will be posting our angel’s sizes and wish-list on our blog next week. I hope I can count on our parents continued support with this effort.

I hope to see everyone this Friday for FALL FESTIVAL!

Scarecrows a BIG hit at PTO meeting…What’s next for week 14?

Posted by monica.gallagher | Uncategorized | Posted on November 7th, 2010

ROOM 104’s  work continues for School Week 14:

ReadingCommunities- Unit 2.6  Honey Bees

Writing- Friendly Letters-focus this week will be on Greetings and Closings and sharing the pen.

Spelling– words with and ee as long /e/, : be, feet, we, she, me, he, week, see, green, tree   bonus words:  some, family

Math– Chapter 3, Adding Strategies (cont.)

Science-The students really love studying science. Our Brassica plants have formed flowers and have developed seedpods.This week our science teams will compare and contrast their teams’ plants.  NEXT: harvesting the seeds!

Here are some important dates and events coming up:

Friday, November 12, 2010-COLLECTIONS This is the last day of the can tab competition to benefit Ronald McDonald house. If you have any can tabs, please send them to school as soon as possible. Please remember we are also collecting “Sunny D” UPC labels, Box Tops for Education, and Tyson Chicken Labels. The FRC is also sponsoring a food drive for Thanksgiving. Please clean out those cupboards and send in some can goods and non-perishables! All of these collections have a party as a reward for the class that collects the most, and we want to WIN!

5:00 p.m., Friday November 19, 2010- FALL FESTIVAL     South Edmonson’s annual Fall Festival will be held in November this year. Our classroom will be participating in the  basket auction fund raiser.  Our basket theme is: Family Dinner. This can include anything for the kitchen or cooking dinner for the  family. I have contributed a cookbook from Stockholm Church, please send in your contributions before Nov. 17.

A big THANK YOU to all the super cute scarecrows that helped make our First Grade perfromance wonderful at the PTO meeting last Thursday. There were so many positive responses and everyone enjoyed it. We will perform our program again at our Bulldog Bash on Monday, November 22 at 8:00 a.m. All are welcome to come!

November rolls into Room 104

Posted by monica.gallagher | Uncategorized | Posted on November 2nd, 2010

Welcome to November from Room 104! Here is what is on tap for school week 13:

 

 

ReadingCommunities- Unit 2.5  Life in the Forest

Writing- Friendly Letters-focus this week will be on Greetings and Closings and sharing the pen.

Spelling– words with long /u/, silent e: cube, rule, June, flute, huge, rude, use, mule, cute, tube                      BONUS WORDS: around, find, food, under, water

Math– Chapter 3, Adding On and Fact Families

Science-The students really love studying science. Our Brassica plants have formed flowers and have developed seedpods.This week our science teams will compare and contrast their teams’ plants.  NEXT: harvesting the seeds!

Here are some important dates and events coming up:

6:00 p.m. Thursday, November 4, 2010- P.T.O. Meeting  Our first grade team will be performing at the PTO meeting! We will be preforming two numbers. One is the Turkey Wobble and the other is Scarecrow, Scarecrow. We will make turkey headdresses at school. We are asking parents to help their child dress as a scarecrow.  Students should be dressed and at school, meet in our classroom, by 5:30.

Friday, November 12, 2010-This is the last day of the can tab competition to benefit Ronald McDonald house. If you have any can tabs, please send them to school as soon as possible. Please remember we are also collecting “Sunny D” UPC labels, Box Tops for Education, and Tyson Chicken Labels. The FRC is also sponsoring a food drive for Thanksgiving. Please clean out those cupboards and send in some can goods and non-perishables!

5:00 p.m., Friday November 19, 2010- FALL FESTIVAL     South Edmonson’s annual Fall Festival will be held in November this year. Our classroom will be participating in the  basket auction fund raiser.  Our basket theme is: Family Dinner. This can include anything for the kitchen or cooking dinner for the  family. I have contributed a cookbook from Stockholm Church, please send in your contributions within the next two weeks.

THANKS FOR ALL THE HALLOWEEN CONTRIBUTIONS! I APPRECIATE ALL THE SUPPORT AND SO ENJOY CELEBRATING WITH OUR STUDENT’S FAMILIES.