Monday, January 14, 2019

January 14, 2019

Dear Family,
Welcome back!  I hope all of you had a wonderful winter break!
Field Trip: Our field trip to the Thinkery is on Tuesday, 1/22. Chaperones, be on the lookout for a separate email with additional information!
        Lunch: We will be eating an early "lunch" (at 9:45) before we head to the Thinkery and will eat a heavy snack when we get back to school (at 2 PM). Please make sure to send your student with a home lunch (unless you said they would be buying lunch) and a heavy snack. As we are eating this in class (not at the field trip location), you can send it in a regular lunch box - it doesn't have to be disposable.

·         T-Shirts: Please have your child wear his/her GREY first grade t-shirt. This will make it easier for chaperones and teachers to keep track of their students.

This Week…
Math: Students will use numbers and equations to represent equality; where two things have the same value. For example, 5 has the same value as 4 and 1. Students will represent  relationships concretely with a balance and symbolically with the equal sign.
               
Science: Students will identify the characteristics of the seasons of the year (weather/nature, activities, months, and clothing).

Reading: This week, students review previously taught reading skills: retelling, character traits, main idea and details, asking questions and inferring.

Writing:  Students will continue letter writing with an emphasis on persuasive letters. The focus will be stating an opinion and providing compelling and relevant reasons to support it in order to persuade the reader.

Balanced Literacy: In Social Studies, students will be focused on creating and using simple maps. In Phonics, students will be working on identifying syllables and understanding the concept of a sentence.

Important Dates:


  • Jan. 14 Schlitterbahn’s Waves of Pages Reading Logs due
  • Jan. 21 No School/Holiday
  • Jan. 22 Thinkery Field trip
  • Feb. 15 Six Flags Read To Succeed Reading Logs due
  • Feb. 18-19 No School for students

  • *Library is every WEDNESDAY. Please return books!
    *Raz Kids reading assignments due every MONDAY.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

December 19, 2018

Dear Family,
We had a great time the last week and at our winter party!  Thank you for all of the holiday wishes and gifts.  Wishing all of you a safe and wonderful winter break!  See you on January 8, 2019.

Message from Mrs. K:
Dear parents,
Thank you all for the wonderful gifts. Wishing you all happy holidays. Enjoy your break with your kids! I look forward to seeing them in January.
Best,
Mrs. K

Next Week… (After winter break)
Math: Students will be introduced to fraction concepts (fair shares) by creating and analyzing examples and non-examples of halves and fourths. Students will describe fractional parts using language (one half, one fourth).

Science: Students will continue learning about and recording weather information, including weather temperature, such as hot or cold, clear or cloudy, calm or windy, and rainy or icy.  Students will also observe and record ways that wind is moving air.

Reading: Students will learn to visualize and create mental images in their mind while reading to help them better comprehend a story.

Writing:  Students will learn how to write friendly letters that include the five main parts: Heading, Greeting, Body, Closing, and Signature.

Balanced Literacy:  In Social Studies, we will be learning about maps, cardinal directions, and relative location. In Phonics, we will be working on changing beginning sounds to make new words.

Important Dates:

  • Dec. 20-Jan.7 No School for Students//Winter Break
  • Jan. 8 Students return to school
  • Jan. 14 Schlitterbahn’s Waves of Pages Reading Logs due
  • Jan. 21 No School/Holiday
  • Jan. 22 Thinkery Field trip
  • Feb. 15 Six Flags Read To Succeed Reading Logs due
  • Feb. 18-19 No School for students

  • *Library is every WEDNESDAY. Please return books!
    *Raz Kids reading assignments due every MONDAY.

Friday, December 14, 2018

December 14, 2018

Dear Family,
Fun theme days are planned for next week!  See below for information.  Several kids are forgetting to return library books on Thursdays.  Please remind your child to bring them back every Thursday.  Thanks so much!

Next Week...
Monday: Elf Day-Fun learning activities that are Elf themed will be done.  Students may dress like an elf or wear a shirt with one on it.
Tuesday: Grinch Day- Fun learning activities that are Grinch themed will be done.  Students are invited to wear green, dress like a Who, or wear a Grinch shirt if they wish.
Wednesday: Polar Express Day-Students are invited to wear pajamas to school if they wish.  Please be sure to wear appropriate shoes though.  Winter party is 10:40-11:30 AM.  Parents are invited to attend. 

Campus News…

A Note from Mrs. Satterwhite and Mrs. Ashby:
Our December Community Project is all about spreading kindness to people at school and in the community. Our classes had the great idea of helping the homeless and those less fortunate. We had a guest speaker,  Matt McElhaney come in to talk about his work with the homeless at Community First with Mobile Fishes and Loaves as the Assistant Property Manager. He listed tons of ways to help and the kids seemed the most interested in making care packages that hold gloves, socks, fruit bars etc. Please help us make these Go Bags a reality!
Mrs. Satterwhite's Sign Up

Important Dates:
  • Dec. 7 Field Trip permission forms and $7 payment due
  • Dec. 12 Science Fair Research Night in library 5:30-6:30 PM
  • Dec. 14 Friday Assembly K-2
  • Dec. 19 Winter Party 10:40 - 11:30 AM.
  • Dec. 20-Jan.7 No School for Students//Winter Break
  • Jan. 8 Students return to school
  • Jan. 14 Schlitterbahn’s Waves of Pages Reading Logs due
  • Jan. 21 No School/Holiday
  • Jan. 22 Thinkery Field trip
  • Feb. 15 Six Flags Read To Succeed Reading Logs due
  • Feb. 18-19 No School for students

  • *Library is every WEDNESDAY. Please return books!
    *Raz Kids reading assignments due every MONDAY.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

December 6, 2018

Dear Family,
Please send in field trip permission slips and $7 payment by this Friday.  Thank you!

Next Week...
Math: Students will practice telling time to the half hour. They will be able to identify and explain the minute hand and hour hand. Students will be able to show time to the half hour on both a digital clock and analog clock.

Science: Students will learn about and record weather information, including weather temperature, such as hot or cold, clear or cloudy, calm or windy, and rainy or icy.  Students will also discover that air is all around us and that wind is moving air by constructing and observing windsocks and/or pinwheels.

Reading: This week students will be learning about the elements of folktales  through a well known author, Jan Brett. We will end the week with a “Holidays Around the World” rotation to learn about 5 different holidays from other countries.

Writing:  We will continue to work on our fairy tale writing and focus on editing a final piece for publishing.

Balanced Literacy: Students will be finalizing their Aesop’s Fable play and presenting it to their partner class. We will also be doing some fun winter activities!

Campus News…

Important Dates:
  • Dec. 7 Field Trip permission forms and $7 payment due
  • Dec. 12 Science Fair Research Night in library 5:30-6:30 PM
  • Dec. 14 Friday Assembly K-2
  • Dec. 19 Winter Party 10:40 - 11:30 AM.
  • Dec. 20-Jan.7 No School for Students//Winter Break
  • Jan. 8 Students return to school
  • Jan. 14 Schlitterbahn’s Waves of Pages Reading Logs due
  • Jan. 21 No School/Holiday
  • Jan. 22 Thinkery Field trip
  • Feb. 15 Six Flags Read To Succeed Reading Logs due
  • Feb. 18-19 No School for students

  • *Library is every WEDNESDAY. Please return books!
    *Raz Kids reading assignments due every MONDAY.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

November 29, 2018

Dear Family,

Monday, I sent home the permission slip for our 1st grade field trip to The Thinkery.  Please fill out and return the yellow form and the front and back of the green form.  Cost is $7 per student.  Please send in exact cash or check payable to Sommer Elementary.  (Be sure to include your driver's license number and child’s first name on the check.) If you wish to volunteer, please indicate that on the bottom of the yellow form.  You will also need to fill out the district online volunteer form if not previously done this school year.  I will then contact you about chaperone payment.
                                                                
Next Week...
Math: We will be working with 2D/3D shapes and examining their properties. Students will be able to identify & distinguish between solid figures that can roll, stack, and/or slide.

Science: We will wrap up our unit on the physical properties of objects in which we observed, compared, described, and sorted the components of soil by size, texture and color, identified and described natural sources of water and how rocks, soil, and water were used to make products.  At the end of the week, we will begin our unit on weather by learning about and recording the relative temperature.

Reading/Writing:  We will continue our work with fairy tales and their elements. We will be focusing on Cinderella and the various versions included fractured fairy tales. In writing, students will continue creating their own fairy tale and learning strategies to help them make the story more detailed.

Balanced Literacy: In phonics, the students will be working on recognizing the beginning and ending sounds in words as well as changing those sounds to make new words.
In social studies, the students will be exploring Aesop’s Fables.  They will learn about the lessons that each story teaches as well as make connections, inferences and address any questions they may still have regarding the story.  

Campus News…
-It’s that time of the year again!  Science Fair is right around the corner.  Join us in the library for Science Research Night on Wednesday, December 12th from 5:30-6:30. We will have books, rubrics and some science project examples displayed to help your child get in their scientific mindset.  All grade levels may participate, however, only grades 3-5 will be judged and may progress to the regional fair. Science fair projects will be due Friday, January 11 no later than 7:35 am. Students will take projects to their classroom.  Judging will take place on Monday, January 14.
We will need Science Fair Judges on Wednesday, January 14th from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.   No science background needed! Your job will be to talk with students about their science fair project,and fill out simple judging rubrics.   There will be a brief training from 8:00-8:15 that day.   It is OK if you cannot help the entire 4 hours, just let us know your availability in your email.  Contact Laure Stroh at Laure_Stroh@roundrockisd.org.

-"Passport to Sommer is November 30th from 5:30-8:30pm! It is such an amazing event! Please consider volunteering for a slot or two to help us make it successful."https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090845a5ac2ba4f85-passport1 Thank you so much!!!
Best,Marta Pinheiro and Khushbu Kapasi
MultiCultural Committee Chairs 2018-19

Important Dates:
  • Nov. 30  Passport to Sommer
  • Dec. 7 Field Trip permission forms and $7 payment due
  • Dec. 14 Friday Assembly K-2
  • Dec. 19 Winter Party 10:40 - 11:30 AM.
  • Dec. 20-Jan.7 No School for Students//Winter Break
  • Jan. 8 Students return to school
  • Jan. 14 Schlitterbahn’s Waves of Pages Reading Logs due
  • Jan. 21 No School/Holiday
  • Jan. 22 Thinkery Field trip
  • Feb. 15 Six Flags Read To Succeed Reading Logs due
  • Feb. 18-19 No School for students

*Library is every WEDNESDAY. Please return books!
*Raz Kids reading assignments due every MONDAY.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

November 8, 2018

Dear Family,
Students are invited to wear red, white, and/or blue to our Veterans Day Assembly TOMORROW, Friday November 9th.

Keep sending in those canned foods to help our 4th grade stallion, Gracie meet her goal of 5,000 lbs of food for those in need.  We are collecting until Thursday, November 15th.

Please refer to my email regarding Operation Gratitude.  We will be collecting items through next Thursday.

Next Week...
Math: Students will continue with subtraction, focusing on writing number sentences and understanding the bigger number is written first. They will write subtraction sentences using various tools as models (dominoes, dice, pictures). Students will also visualize subtraction stories in their head and act out/model their thinking.

Science: Students will continue their study of physical properties of objects by observing, comparing, describing, and sorting the components of soil by size, texture and color.

Reading:  Students will learn what an inference is and begin making inferences throughout their books.  

Writing:  This is the last week of How-To writing. Students will publish and share their How-To.

Balanced Literacy: In Social Studies, we will be talking about different customs and traditions and will be presenting our timeline projects. In Phonics, we will be recognizing and reading known words and using letter-sound relationships to monitor word-solving accuracy.

Campus News…
Student Council Book Drive
Student Council is hosting a book drive on campus to collect children’s books for students attending other Round Rock ISD elementary schools as well as other students in our community.  The Book Drive will be from Monday, Nov. 5th to Thursday, Nov. 15th.  Please drop off new or gently used children’s books to Mrs.Macre’s office. Thank you!

From our Librarian
ACC's Vision + Voice Poetry contest now open to K-12 RRISD students!
Here's the link for information and submissions:  http://k12.visionandvoice.org/    Happy writing!

Important Dates:
  • Nov. 8  Specials Showcase 6:45 PM
  • Nov. 8  TAG Information meeting for parents to take place in Sommer Cafeteria from 5:30-6:15 PM (please note time changed)
  • Nov. 9 Veterans Day Assembly 7:45 AM
  • Nov. 12 At Home Timeline Project due
  • Nov. 19-23 No School/Holiday
  • Nov. 30  Passport to Sommer
  • Dec. 14 Friday Assembly K-2

*Library is every Wednesday. Please return books!
*Raz Kids reading assignments due every Monday.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

November 4, 2018

Dear Family,

Monday, November 5th - Wednesday, November 14th there will be a box in my classroom to help out a fellow Sommer Stallion reach her goal of 5,000 lbs of food for those in need!  Please see my email for more information!

Next Week...
Math: students will use the language of subtraction with lots of opportunities to explore subtraction situations with words, pictures, objects, and numbers. Students will also explore with 2D and 3D shapes.

Science: Students will identify and describe natural sources of water including streams, lakes, and oceans.

Reading:   Students will identify the main idea and important details in their reading.

Writing:  This is the second week of a three-week study on How-To writing. This week the focus is using transition words, writing an introduction, using detailed pictures to teach, and revising and editing with a partner.

Balanced Literacy: In Social Studies, students will be learning about the importance of voting and Veteran’s Day. In Phonics, students will continue to practice locating and reading high frequency words.

Campus News…
Student Council Book Drive
Student Council is hosting a book drive on campus to collect children’s books for students attending other Round Rock ISD elementary schools.  The Book Drive will be from Monday, Nov. 5th to Thursday, Nov. 15th.  Please drop off new or gently used children’s books to Mrs. Macre’s office.  Thank you!

Veterans Day
·  Patsy Sommer will celebrate our Stallion Family Veterans next Friday, Nov. 9.  We invite all active duty, reserve and retired/former military to join us for a special celebration assembly beginning at 7:40 AM.  Please join us for a reception in your honor at 7:00 am in the library. RSVP at this link:  Veterans Day RSVP
·  Additionally, our Sommer Wall of Heroes will be constructed next week.  Please send in pictures of your family members who have served in the military so that we can honor them throughout the month of November.  Copies of pictures are best, or be sure to add your child's name and teacher to the back.  Veterans Wall Template Link
Important Dates:
  • Nov. 8  Specials Showcase 6:45 PM
  • Nov. 8  TAG Information meeting for parents to take place in Sommer Cafeteria from 5:30-6:15 PM (please note time changed)
  • Nov. 9 Veterans Day Assembly 7:45 AM
  • Nov. 12 At Home Timeline Project due
  • Nov. 19-23 No School/Holiday

*Raz Kids reading assignments due every Monday.