Thursday, May 17, 2018

4th 9 Weeks: Week 8

Important Dates:
  • May 18 Mother’s Day Tea 8:00 - 9:00am
  • May 18 Donuts with Dad 1:30 - 2:30pm
  • May 23 9:00 1st Grade EOY Recognition Ceremony
  • May 24 End of Year Party 11:30 - 12:10pm
  • May 28 School Holiday
  • May 29 Last Day of School

OUR LEARNING NEXT WEEK...4TH QUARTER, WEEK 9
                                                   

Monday
5/21/18
Tuesday
5/22/18
Wednesday
5/23/18
Thursday
5/24/18
Friday
5/25/18
Game Day

Students may bring board games, card games or puzzles. Please label with student names, No electronic games.
Arts & Crafts

Students will
get to use art supplies
to create different
pieces of art. Students may bring any extra supplies from home.
Electronics Day

Students may bring their own electronics.  Please make sure these devices are labeled with student names.
End of Year Party
 (Please wear your class shirt)

Autograph Day
(students may bring their yearbooks)
Read In / Movie Day

Students may bring their favorite books,
small blankets and a flashlight. This needs to fit in their backpack. They may wear pajamas if they wish.


Thursday, May 10, 2018

4th 9 Weeks: Week 7


Important Dates:
  • May 11th Mrs. Whitney in STL for cousin’s graduation
  • May 14 All library books due
  • May 18 Mother’s Day Tea 8:00 - 9:00am
  • May 18 Donuts with Dad 1:30 - 2:30pm
  • May 23 9:00 1st Grade EOY Recognition Ceremony
  • May 24 End of Year Party 11:30 - 12:10pm
  • May 28 School Holiday
  • May 29 Last Day of School

Class Announcements…
Mother’s Day Tea and Donuts with Dad
We will be celebrating Mother’s day and Father’s day on the same day.  May 18th will be our celebration.  We will be having a Mother’s Day Tea from 8:00 - 9:00am and Donuts with Dad will be from 1:30 - 2:30pm.  2 papers went home today for both of these events.  Please return these back to school by Friday, May 11th. 

Baby Pictures
I am in need of baby pictures of your child.  If you can please find a baby, or young picture of your child before age 2, please send it in to school with your child!  Thank you for your help in this!  I only need 1 picture of each child.  These pictures will NOT get returned back to you. 

Dismissal Tag Reflection
Thank you to the 7 people that have completed this survey!  Hopefully more people take the time to fill out this Dismissal Tag Survey so Mrs. Varljen and I can know what to add or change to these tags for next year.  This will allow us to try any suggestions y’all give us before the end of the year.  Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete this survey.  We appreciate the feedback!

OUR LEARNING NEXT WEEK...4TH QUARTER, WEEK 8
Math: This week will be a review week over math strategies and concepts such as Doubles, Making Tens, Subtraction, Time and Money. We will be reviewing these concepts with interactive activities and math games.

Reading: Students are going to have an opportunity to review and practice different comprehension strategies that have been taught throughout the school year.  They will be introduced to a “Reading Menu” that contains various way of responding to the different texts that they have read.  Once each of the strategies (ways of responding to a text) are explained, students will be given work time to practice responding to their readings.

Science: This week, students will be participating in several STEM challenges. They will work in various groups and will be focused on problem solving and working together as a team.

Writing:  Students are going to continue writing and exploring the creative writing world of fables and fairy tales.  They will be creating their own, using our Aesop’s Fables as a guide to what needs to be included.  Students will use this time to strengthen their basic foundational mechanics such as spelling, punctuation, and adding details to make their writing more interesting to readers.  We will also be spending time revising and editing.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

4th 9 Weeks: Week 6


Important Dates:
  • May 4 Last week to check out library books
  • May 4 Mrs. Whitney celebrating her 30th B-day with family from out of town
  • May 7 Mrs. Whitney celebrating her 30th B-day with family from out of town
  • May 10 Aesop’s Fables Performance
  • May 11th Mrs. Whitney in STL for cousin’s graduation
  • May 14 All library books due
  • May 18 Mother’s Day Tea 8:00 - 9:00am
  • May 18 Donuts with Dad 1:30 - 2:30pm
  • May 23 9:00 1st Grade EOY Recognition Ceremony
  • May 24 End of Year Party
  • May 28 School Holiday
  • May 29 Last Day of School

Class Announcements…
Special Days!
Shockingly, we have pulled 2 Whitney Stars out of our jar in the classroom the last 2 Fridays.  Whitney stars get earned when we get compliments from other teachers in the hall, and every Friday I draw from the bucket.  The students voted on these Whitney rewards.  We will be doing Electronics Day on May 8th and we will be doing Movie Day with pjs, animals, blankets, whatever can fit in your child’s backpack on May 9th.  Don’t worry, we are still teaching and learning.  But we also have to celebrate our hard work.  For more information about what is accepted, check Class Dojo.

Mother’s Day Tea and Donuts with Dad
We will be celebrating Mother’s day and Father’s day on the same day.  May 18th will be our celebration.  We will be having a Mother’s Day Tea from 8:00 - 9:00am and Donuts with Dad will be from 1:30 - 2:30pm.  2 papers went home today for both of these events.  Please return these back to school by next Friday, May 11th. 

Baby Pictures
I am in need of baby pictures of your child by Friday, May 11th.  If you can please find a baby, or young picture of your child before age 2, please send it in to school with your child!  Thank you for your help in this!  I only need 1 picture of each child.  These pictures will NOT get returned back to you. 

Aesop Fable Costumes
Students will be dressing up for our performance.  All narrators and students with no speaking parts will be a fern (the setting of our play). So we will wear our green class shirt and jeans or dark pants and try to find 2 big leaves, a fern, and twig, anything that looks like a plant. We will hold these leaves in our hands to try and create a forest look.  Students came up with additional suggestions during class today.  They said we could get an old shirt (green or brown) and glue leaves to it.  Feel free to get as creative as you’d like with this!  But we will need it by May 10th at 8:00am!

Dismissal Tag Reflection
Thank you to the 5 people that have completed this survey!  Hopefully more people take the time to fill out this Dismissal Tag Survey so Mrs. Varljen and I can know what to add or change to these tags for next year.  This will allow us to try any suggestions y’all give us before the end of the year.  Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete this survey.  We appreciate the feedback!

OUR LEARNING NEXT WEEK...4TH QUARTER, WEEK 7
Math: The students will be extending place value knowledge beyond 100. They will compare whole numbers, generate a number that is greater than or less than a given number and order whole numbers up to 130. They will also be writing these numbers in expanded form.

Reading: This week our first graders are finishing their journey through Aesop’s Fables.  They will be finishing reading more of the fables that will be performed by the individual classes.  Students will, once again, be using their comprehension strategies to help create a deeper meaning and understanding of these stories.

Science: This week, we will continue our unit on Plant Parts. In this unit, students will be given opportunities to identify and compare the parts from different plants as well as different parts of the same plant.

Writing:  We are working on publishing some of our small moment fiction stories.  Students have been working hard to include a hook, details, and dialogue to make our stories interesting.  Then we will start writing our own fairy tale! 

Friday, April 27, 2018

4th 9 Weeks: Week 5


Important Dates:
  • May 3 Class has voted to celebrate my birthday TODAY!
  • May 4 Last week to check out library books
  • May 4 Mrs. Whitney celebrating her 30th B-day with family from out of town
  • May 7 Mrs. Whitney celebrating her 30th B-day with family from out of town
  • May 10 Aesop’s Fables Performance
  • May 11th Mrs. Whitney in STL for cousin’s graduation
  • May 14 All library books due
  • May 18 Mother’s Day Tea 8:00 - 9:00am
  • May 18 Donuts with Dad 1:30 - 2:30pm
  • May 23 9:00 1st Grade EOY Recognition Ceremony
  • May 24 End of Year Party
  • May 28 School Holiday
  • May 29 Last Day of School

Class Announcements…
Dismissal Tag Reflection
Thank you to the 1 person that has completed this survey!  Hopefully more people take the time to fill out this Dismissal Tag Survey so Mrs. Varljen and I can know what to add or change to these tags for next year.  This will allow us to try any suggestions y’all give us before the end of the year.  Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete this survey.  We appreciate the feedback!

Baby Pictures
I am in need of baby pictures of your child.  If you can please find a baby, or young picture of your child before age 2, please send it in to school with your child!  Thank you for your help in this!  I only need 1 picture of each child.  These pictures will NOT get returned back to you. 

Help Needed!
I need a volunteer or a few volunteers to come in next week and test the students on their sight words.  You have to be an approved RRISD volunteer.  The time would preferably be from 12:00 to 12:30pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday.  Please let me know if you’d be willing to come in and help out this upcoming week! 

Aesop Fable Play Auditions
Everyone did a wonderful job with auditions it was hard for Mrs. Gustafson and I to decide!  But here are the parts,

Crow – Adi (Sahana Crow understudy)
Narrators – Bailey, Sofia L, Sriya, Romi, Sahana, Joyce, Saayi, Jaevon
Students will be dressing up for our performance.  All narrators and students with no speaking parts will be a fern (the setting of our play). So we will wear our green class shirt and jeans or dark pants and try to find 2 big leaves, a fern, and twig, anything that looks like a plant. We will hold these leaves in our hands to try and create a forest look.  Students came up with additional suggestions during class today.  They said we could get an old shirt (green or brown) and glue leaves to it.  Feel free to get as creative as you’d like with this! 


Mother’s Day Tea and Donuts with Dad
We will be celebrating mother’s day and father’s day on the same day.  May 18th will be our celebration.  We will be having a Mother’s Day Tea from 8:00 - 9:00am and Donuts with Dad will be from 1:30 - 2:30pm.  Please save the date and time!  If you are unable to attend, you may send in an aunt, uncle, or grandparent in your place.  But I’d like to try and have someone here for each child.  I will send out more information at a later date!  

OUR LEARNING NEXT WEEK...4TH QUARTER, WEEK 6
Math: Students will be introduced to personal financial literacy. They will define money earned as income, identify income as a means of obtaining goods and services, learn about making choices between wants and needs, distinguish between spending and saving, and consider charitable giving.

Reading: We are continuing our journey through Aesop’s Fables by reading individual fables.  Students will continue to deepen their understanding through the use of reading strategies to make meaning of each of the fables.  We will also continue practicing individual class fables and all the songs in preparation for our grade level performance on Thursday, May 10th at 8am.

Science: This week, we will begin our final science unit - Plant Parts. In this unit, students will be given opportunities to identify and compare the parts from different plants as well as different parts of the same plant.

Writing:  We are working on publishing some of our small moment fiction stories.  Students have been working hard to include a hook, details, and dialogue to make our stories interesting.  Then we will start writing our own fairy tale! 

Thursday, April 19, 2018

4th 9 Weeks: Week 4


Important Dates:
  • April 20 Spring Carnival
  • April 25 spring picture order forms due
  • April 26 Class auditions for a speaking part in Aesop’s Fables
  • April 26 Evening Performance of “Aladdin”
  • April 27 Whole School Assembly-Choir Performance “Aladdin”
  • May 3 Class has voted to celebrate my birthday TODAY!
  • May 4 Last week to check out library books
  • May 4 Mrs. Whitney celebrating her 30th B-day with family from out of town
  • May 7 Mrs. Whitney celebrating her 30th B-day with family from out of town
  • May 10 Aesop’s Fables Performance
  • May 11th Mrs. Whitney in STL for cousin’s graduation
  • May 14 All library books due

Class Announcements…
Dismissal Tag Reflection
Please fill out this Dismissal Tag Survey so Mrs. Varljen and I can know what to add or change to these tags for next year.  This will allow us to try any suggestions y’all give us before the end of the year.  Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete this survey.  We appreciate the feedback!

Aesop Fable Play Auditions
The first graders at Sommer will all be performing Aesop Fable Plays.  Each class will be performing a different play. 
Our class fable is “Where There’s A Will There’s A Way: The Crow and The Pitcher”.  The fable will be introduced today.  If your child is interested in obtaining a speaking part (8 narrators, and 1 crow), audition lines will be sent home on April 20. Students are expected to have lines memorized and said with feeling for the audition and play.  Auditions will be on April 26th in class.  I will let you know which students are selected for a role by April 27th.  If your child gets a part as a character in the fable, they are expected to dress for the part at our performance on May 10th.

April Reading Log
The students are challenged to try and read at least 450 minutes this month.  They will need to log their minutes and book title, add it up at the end of the month, then turn it in at the end of the month.  If they have at least 450 minutes read for April, they will earn lunch in the classroom. 

Campus Announcements…
Kindness Calendar
Student Council will be hosting Sommer Elementary’s second Kindness Week the week of April 2nd.  We are hoping to show all of our students how easy it can be to spread kindness to others.  We wanted to give everyone ideas about ways to spread kindness by creating a calendar for our classes that has ideas about being kind.  We want to challenge you to complete these acts of kindness and to watch it spread around our school.

OUR LEARNING NEXT WEEK...4TH QUARTER, WEEK 5
Math: This week we will review graphing and how to make a graph after collecting data. While graphing, we will also use our addition and subtraction skills by answering questions such as How many more?

Reading: Let’s go on a journey!  This week begins our 3 week journey through Aesop’s Fables.  Each week classes will take a close look at multiple fables and pull out literary elements to help make meaning. Students will also determine the theme/moral of each fable and hopefully be able to apply it to their own lives. The individual fables include: Bad Company:“The Farmer and The Stork”, Sour Grapes: “The Fox and The Grapes”, “Small Acts of Kindness: The Lion and The Mouse”, “Too Little, Too Late: The Grasshopper and The Ants”, “Wolf! Wolf!: “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”, “One Step At A Time: The Tortoise and The Hare”, “Simple Pleasures: The Town Mouse and The Country Mouse” and “Where There’s A Will There’s A Way: The Crow and The Pitcher”.

Science: Students will continue to add to their understanding of animal characteristics this week through lessons and learning experiences. Students will learn about how animals’ claws, fur, eyes, etc. can help them to survive in their environment.

Writing:  The next three weeks students will be writing and exploring the creative writing world of fables and fairytales.  They will write their own creative writing pieces while using our Aesop’s Fables as a guide to what elements need to be included.  Students will use this time to strengthen their basic foundational mechanics in spelling, punctuation, and adding details to make their writing more interesting to readers.     

Friday, April 13, 2018

4th 9 Weeks: Week 3


Important Dates:
  • April 13 1st Grade PBL Showcase 1:45-2:15 PM (all families invited)
  • April 14 RRISD Celebration of Families-Empty Bowl Festival
  • April 19 April Speaking Project (favorite field trip)
  • April 20 Spring Carnival
  • April 26 Evening Performance of “Aladdin”
  • April 27 Whole School Assembly-Choir Performance “Aladdin”
  • May 4 Last week to check out library books
  • May 4 Mrs. Whitney celebrating her 30th B-day with family from out of town
  • May 7 Mrs. Whitney celebrating her 30th B-day with family from out of town
  • May 10 Aesop’s Fables Performance
  • May 11th Mrs. Whitney in STL for cousin’s graduation
  • May 14 All library books due

Class Announcements…
PBL Showcase


April Reading Log
The students are challenged to try and read at least 450 minutes this month.  They will need to log their minutes and book title, add it up at the end of the month, then turn it in at the end of the month.  If they have at least 450 minutes read for April, they will earn lunch in the classroom. 

Campus Announcements…
Kindness Calendar
Student Council will be hosting Sommer Elementary’s second Kindness Week the week of April 2nd.  We are hoping to show all of our students how easy it can be to spread kindness to others.  We wanted to give everyone ideas about ways to spread kindness by creating a calendar for our classes that has ideas about being kind.  We want to challenge you to complete these acts of kindness and to watch it spread around our school.

OUR LEARNING NEXT WEEK...4TH QUARTER, WEEK 4
Math: Students will be dive deeper into comparison subtraction.  They will continue to discuss what they can learn about a number by comparing them.  They will also apply their knowledge of comparison subtraction to measurement.

Reading: This week students will be introduced to the genres of nonfiction and fantasy, as well as, fairy tales, legends, folktales, fables.  We will explore books in all genres and what makes each genre unique, fun, and interesting.  We will also discuss characteristics of each and how they play an important role in our world of literature. This is a segway into our three week study of Aesop’s Fables that will be starting next week.

Science: Students will continue to add to their understanding of animal characteristics this week through lessons and learning experiences. Students will learn about how animals’ claws, fur, eyes, etc. can help them to survive in their environment.

Writing: Piggybacking off what students will be learning about in reading, students will get a chance to write their own fairy tales, folktales, fables, and legends.  When writing, their own the focus will be on making sure elements that are unique to each genre are included in their stories like: “Once upon a time…”, “...happily ever after”, the number 3, animals that talk, princess and princes, etc.  It will be enjoyable to see each child’s imagination come alive when creating their own stories.