Snow Days Continue Our Studies for This Week!

Posted by monica.gallagher | Uncategorized | Posted on January 27th, 2011

Good evening everyone! It is Thursday night and we have the ‘go’ for school tomorrow, unless something happens with the weather tonight. Since we have only had a couple of days with the new spelling words and story, we will not have any testing tomorrow. We will take the day to orient ourselves and test on Monday. Hope everyone has a good evening and let’s get ready for a FUN FRIDAY!

PLEASE plan on spelling and reading testing for Where Are My Animal Friends?-Unit 3.6 for Monday, January 31. After we test, I will evaluate scores and see if we are ready to move on to Unit 4. I will then update all of the following information about what we will study for the remainder of the week. A  newsletter with all updates will be sent home, too!

Here is what we are currently studying:

Reading- Unit 3.6- Where Are My Animal Friends?

Writing- Literary Stories-We  have begun writing fiction stories. Ask your child to write you a story that begins “Once upon a time….”

Math-Chapter 4- Graphs and Charts   We have joined the school-wide competition of “Study Island” and have been working hard. This is a computer math program that allows students to work through the first grade math curriculum and take tests on each section. The first elimination has been postponed due to snow days. I will update as soon as the first round is complete.                                                                                       ** MATH NOTE**: There were several parent notes and questions about grades on a  recent math paper that was sent home on Monday.  Please understand we are having such inconsistency in routine and instruction, all grades are subject to extra credit. Also, please help your child to understand that it is ok to mess up. Grades on tests show the teacher what still needs to be learned! I will continue  sending home extra work for snow days and keep practicing at home. Send in any work that students complete at home and I will count towards extra credit.

Science-What do animals do in winter?

Snow Days continue our study of ‘I am a Caterpillar”

Posted by monica.gallagher | Uncategorized | Posted on January 23rd, 2011

Good evening everyone! It is Sunday night at the Gallagher household and as we plan for a new week of school, snow is in the forecast again! I think we are all a little frustrated about missing school, but we will just have to make the best of it!  I am getting a lot accomplished at home!

Please plan on spelling and reading testing for I am a Caterpillar-Unit 3.5 for tomorrow, January 24 or our  first day back. After we test, I will evaluate scores and see if we are ready to move on to Unit 3.6. I will then update all of the following information about what we will study for the remainder of the week. A  newsletter with all updates will be sent home, too!

Here is what we are studying this week:

Reading- Unit 3.5- I am a Caterpillar

Spelling- Words with: er, ir and ur:shirt, sir, were, first, hurt, girl , fur, bird, her, burn  BONUS:  done, visit, know, wait

 Writing- Literary Stories-We  have begun writing fiction stories. Ask your child to write you a story that begins “Once upon a time….”

Math-Chapter 3-Subtraction Strategies. We have joined the school-wide competition of “Study Island” and have been working hard. This is a computer math program that allows students to work through the first grade math curriculum and take tests on each section. The first elimination has been postponed due to snow days. I will update as soon as the first round is complete. Keep practing at home!

Science-Life Cycle of a Butterfly

Welcome to Week 22

Posted by monica.gallagher | Uncategorized | Posted on January 18th, 2011

 Due to the snow days last week and missing Monday this week, we will continue with the same spelling and reading units from last week. The schedule for homework reading assignments has been adjusted somewhat, but are clearly marked on reading logs in folders. Snow or no snow, continue to read daily. Please don’t forget writing, too. So many teachers seem to overlook this, but I believe reading and writing go hand and hand. When your child has reached their daily limits of reading, ask them to write a sentence about the book they have read or about their day. Writing is very important in our class. Students should be familiar with genres of personal narrative, friendly letters, persuasive letters and now literary stories.

Here is what we are studying this week:

Reading- Unit 3.5- I am a Caterpillar

Spelling- Words with: er, ir and ur:shirt, sir, were, first, hurt, girl , fur, bird, her, burn  BONUS:  done, visit, know, wait

 Writing- Literary Stories-We will begin writing fiction stories this week. Ask your child to write you a story that begins “Once upon a time….”

Math-Chapter 3-Subtraction Strategies. We have joined the school-wide competition of “Study Island” and have been working hard. This is a computer math program that allows students to work through the first grade math curriculum and take tests on each section.  I hope everyone had the time to read through the informative letter that was sent home this week. The students are very excited about earning “blue ribbons” and the possibility of winning a field trip!

Science-Life Cycle of a Butterfly

Ask your child about tasting star fruit!

School Week 21

Posted by monica.gallagher | Uncategorized | Posted on January 8th, 2011

Greetings to you and your family! We sure had a great week back to school! SINCE WE MISSED SCHOOL FRIDAY WITH A SNOW DAY, WE WILL HAVE OUR SPELLING AND READING TESTS THE FIRST DAY WE RETURN. I hope everyone has reviewed report cards and grades. If not, please read the report with your child and complete the homework page that goes with it. I know we will all be trying to get back in routine, but please make sure to sign one copy of the report and return it along with the report card envelope in folders for when we return. There were several questions and concerns and I have scheduled two conferences next week and held one this past week. If you would like to discuss your child’s progress, I would be happy to schedule a conference. Please call the office or you may reach me directly at school during my planning period 1:45-2:30. Please know how much I enjoy “talking shop” and there are no bad questions! It is my job to make you informed of what is happening in our class and your child’s progress.

Here is what we are studying this week:

Reading- Unit 3.5- I am a Caterpillar

Spelling- Words with: er, ir and ur:shirt, sir, were, first, hurt, girl , fur, bird, her, burn  BONUS:  done, visit

 Writing- Thank You Letters-We will finish our letter writing unit by thanking some people for gifts we have received.

Math-Chapter 3-Subtraction Strategies. We have joined the school-wide competition of “Study Island” and have been working hard. This is a computer math program that allows students to work through the first grade math curriculum and take tests on each section.  I hope everyone had the time to read through the informative letter that was sent home this week. The students are very excited about earning “blue ribbons” and the possiblitiy of winning a field trip!

Science-Life Cycle of a Butterfly

There was issue this week about how to get the duck prize. This is a fund raiser by our librarian, Ms. Doris, who is working to get all our  students Weekly Reader subscribtions. This is done by filling out the mailer packet with multiple address. If the parent does this and returns it to school, the students gets a small duck keychain and then a silly band. I have plenty of extra packets if anyone would still like to participate. There is also a new PTO fund rasier beginning this week named “School Mall.” This is the same type, parents must fill out multiple addresses and return to school for prizes. I know this can be a pain, but our school gets money for each one returned, so get out those address books and pens and fill them out!

I hope everyone had a good first week back and our great learning continues!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR! Welcome to WEEK 20

Posted by monica.gallagher | Uncategorized | Posted on January 2nd, 2011

Welcome to a brand new year and the beginning of the Third Grading Term. Report cards will be sent home this Thursday, January 6.   Please read the report with your child and complete the homework page that goes with it. I know we will all be trying to get back in routine, but please make sure to sign one copy of the report and return it along with the report card envelope in folders for Friday. If you would like to discuss your child’s progress, I would be happy to schedule a conference. Please call the office or you may reach me directly at school during my planning period 1:45-2:30.

ReadingUnit 3.4- Frog and Toad

 Writing- Thank You Letters-We will finish our letter writing unit by thanking some people for gifts we have received.

Math-Chapter 3-Subtraction Strategies

Science-Life Cycle of a Frog

I hope everyone has had a restful break and is ready for some upcoming hard work. We will be focusing on improving reading skills and learning new strategies. Many students will be ready for easy chapter books and our story this week, Frog and Toad, is a perfect lead. While shopping during our break, I found a collection of Frog and Toad stories at Barnes and Nobel in the discount section. I would recommend this collection for any of our students.  I bought and will be introducing another series called “First Grade Friends” by Grace Marracrone. I would also like to recommend the many picture books they have available on the the high-interest subject of STAR WARS that many of our boys enjoy.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the wonderful gifts I received for Christmas. I was truly amazed! More than the material items, the heartfelt wishes, beautiful cards and an especially nice note of thanks were very thoughtful and helped me to feel the true meaning of Christmas. I especially loved the photo cards, they helped me when I was missing those sweet faces during our break. I hope everyone had a great Christmas and I am looking forward to the wonderful new year.