Friday, May 25, 2018

May 25, 2018

Hey Families,

I just wanted to take a moment to say THANK YOU to every one of you for such an amazing year.  These kids have been a true blessing.  I have loved getting to know each of them and the things that make them happy.  Their smiles brightened my day each and every morning.  I am truly going to miss them over the summer and next year.

Thank you parents for all your love and support throughout this year.  I know that because of your continued love and support your kids will do GREAT things.  Please know that your kids will always be a part of me!  Thank you for sharing your kids with me.

I hope you all have a fantastic summer!

Quick note...Tuesday is the last day of school.  We will be having a PTA sponsored movie showing of "Finding Dory" and some fun activities.  Attendance is at 8:45am.  If your child will not be here or will be leaving early and you have not let me know, please send me an email letting me know. 

Once again...THANK YOU for a fantastic year!

Love,
Mrs. Ashby

Friday, May 18, 2018

May 18, 2018

What a wonderful year it has been!  I can't believe it is already the end.  Please see schedule below for STUDENT APPRECIATION WEEK.



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 (AM)
(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
Important Dates…
  • May 21 Volunteer Recognition Luncheon
  • May 23 9:00 AM 1st Grade EOY Recognition Ceremony (all are invited)
  • May 24-End of Year Party 11:30-12:10 PM on the outside track
  • May 28-School Holiday
  • May 29-Last Day of School

Friday, May 11, 2018

May 11, 2018

Dear Family,
I hope you enjoyed our journey through Aesop’s Adventures yesterday! Your kids did a fabulous job!

Today I sent home two copies of your child’s End of Year Student Growth Form. You will find strengths and areas for growth/action steps listed for each core subject. After reviewing, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Please then sign and return the copy with the copy that says: “Please SIGN and RETURN” by May 17th. The additional copy is yours to keep. Report cards and data binders will go home on the last day of school, May 29. 

All library books due TODAY!  Please return.

Next Week…
Math: This week will be a review week over math strategies and concepts such as Doubles, Making Tens, Subtraction, Time, and Money. We will review these concepts with interactive activities and math games.

Science: This will be the last week of our unit on Plant Parts. Students will continue to explore the different parts of plants and will compare and contrast parts of different plants. Test on Friday.

Reading:Students will 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  time to practice responding to their readings.

Writing: Students will continue 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 the elements that need to be included. Students will use this time to strengthen their basic foundational mechanics in spelling, punctuation, adding details, revising, and editing to make their writing more interesting to readers.

Important Dates…
  • May 14 All library books due
  • May 21 Volunteer Recognition Luncheon
  • May 23 9:00 AM 1st Grade EOY Recognition Ceremony
  • May 24-End of Year Party 11:30-12:10 PM on the outside track
  • May 28-School Holiday
  • May 29-Last Day of School

Friday, May 4, 2018

May 4, 2018

Dear Family,
Are you ready for an Aesop Adventure?!  We sure are!  Hope to see all of you at our performance on May 10.  Show starts at 8 AM in the cafeteria. All students will be part of the chorus during the performance. If your child is a character, please send them already wearing their costume. All others should wear his/her grey class shirt and dark pants or jeans. Hope to see you there!

Next Week…
Math:  Students will extend 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 write these numbers in expanded form.

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.

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

Writing: Students will continue 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 the elements that 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.   

Important Dates…
  • May 10 Aesop’s Fables performance 8 AM in cafeteria
  • May 14 All library books due
  • May 23 9:00 AM 1st Grade EOY Recognition Ceremony
  • May 24-End of Year Party 11:30-12:10 PM
  • May 28-School Holiday
  • May 29-Last Day of School

Thursday, April 26, 2018

April 26, 2018

Dear Family,
Tryouts were today for Aesop’s Fables!  Your kiddos did such wonderful jobs!  Unfortunately, there are very few speaking parts and over 20 kids. If your child was assigned a part they will get a new copy of the script with their part highlighted, please continue having them practice lines with emotion and gestures. All lines should be memorized. All students will be part of the chorus during the performance.  Please send them to school wearing his/her class shirt and dark pants or jeans on May 10.  Show starts at 8 AM in the cafeteria.  All are invited to attend!

Just a reminder, the last book order of the year is due next Wednesday, May 2nd.  I will be submitting the order promptly at 3pm so that I am able to ensure they arrive prior to the end of the school year.

Next Week…
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.

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.

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.

Writing: Students will continue 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.   

Important Dates…
  • April 26 Evening Performance of “Aladdin”
  • April 27 Whole School Assembly-Choir Performance “Aladdin”
  • May 4 Last week to check out library
  • May 10 Aesop’s Fables performance 8 AM in cafeteria
  • May 14 All library books due
  • 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

Library books due every Wednesday and RAZ Kids Assignments every Monday.

Friday, April 20, 2018

April 20, 2018

Dear Family,

Today is Spring Carnival!!  I hope to see some of you there!  If you take pictures...please share them with me!  I love to see all the great memories you guys are making.

Just a reminder...if you have not sent me an electronic copy of a baby picture of your child please do so by the end of the month.

Next Week…
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?

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.

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”.

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.   

Important Dates…
  • April 20 Spring Carnival
  • April 25 spring picture order forms due
  • April 26 Evening Performance of “Aladdin”
  • April 26 Class auditions for a speaking part in Aesop’s Fables
  • April 27 Whole School Assembly-Choir Performance “Aladdin”
  • May 4 Last week to check out library books
  • May 10 Aesop’s Fables performance (more info. sent at a later date)
  • May 14 All library books due
Library books due on Wednesdays and RAZ Kids assignments every Monday!

Friday, April 13, 2018

April 13, 2018

Dear Family,
1st Grade Animal PBL Showcase is TODAY! We hope to see you in Room A114 & A115 from 1:45-2:15 PM.

As it is getting closer to the end of the year I have a request.  Could you please send me an electronic version of a baby picture of your child?  I would like to have these by the end of April if at all possible.  Thank you ahead of time!!

REMINDER...RAZ-Kids assignments are due every Monday morning.  

Library is every Wednesday.  Please help your child remember to return their books every week!

Next Week…
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.

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.

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.

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.  

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 20 Spring Carnival
  • April 20 k-2 assembly
  • April 26 Evening Performance of “Aladdin”
  • April 27 Whole School Assembly-Choir Performance “Aladdin”
  • May 4 Last week to check out library books
  • May 14 All library books due