Sunday, September 17, 2017

We have been MATCHED...

Our class has officially been match with another 1st grade class from Coldspring, TX that was affected by Hurricane Harvey.  The class that we are matched with are in need of basic items that some of their families will be unable to repurchase for themselves. If you are able to donate any of the items listed below, please send them to school with your child by September 25th.  Thank you for all your help!!

Some items needed...

Glue Sticks
Pencil boxes
Composition Notebooks
Plastic folders

September 17, 2017

Hey Family!

I hope you all have had a wonderful weekend!

On Friday, I sent home information about logging into an app called Seesaw.  This is an online portfolio for the kids.  Periodically throughout the year the kids will be submitting their work on Seesaw to be checked by me and for you to be able to see as well.  I can't wait to share their work with you!

I also sent home a sheet with your child's login information for RAZ-Kids.  This is a wonderful online resource for reading.  I will be assigning weekly reading homework on this site.  Your child will also be bringing home a journal next week to complete reading responses over their reading.  The instructions for the journal will be sent to you as well via email on the day the journal comes home.

This week...
Math: We will introduce the addition sign and reinforce the skill of counting-on with one and counting-on with two with various Origo activities and games.  Spiral skills from Kinder will include using comparative language to describe the relationship of numbers based on Place Value and counting collections efficiently.

Science:  We will be finishing up our unit on properties of objects.

Integrated SS: This week we will continue our Good Citizens PBL lessons.

Reading: This week poses one of the more challenging wees in terms of reading skills taught throughout the year.  Students will be introduced to Inferring.  Inferring is very similar to predicting, yet so vastly different.  It is making meaning of the text based on what is read (and understood) while using established background knowledge (schema) to gain deeper meaning of what lies beyond the pages of the book.  On the other hand, making predictions is using ONLY the information derived from the text itself(and bringing nothing more).  Students will gain valuable practice and insight into inferring through the use of a variety of books that will activate their background knowledge and present them with opportunities to make connections and form meaning to what is read.

Writing: Through the use of literature (Punctuation Takes A Vacation) and authentic practice/writing students will be introduced to the use of ending punctuation in writing.  This week's focus will be on the period, question mark and exclamation mark.  Students will explore and discover how each "end mark" plays a special role within their writing, as well as when reading someone else's writing.  They will come to understand that a period is used when one statement has come to an end and a new one is about to begin.  When reading, a period signals to the reader to pause briefly to collect their thoughts and continue to make meaning of what they're reading.  With a question mark, it's always used when questions are being asked of or to someone or something.  In both reading and writing an exclamation mark is used at the end of a statement to show excitement.  Students will also be introduced to capitalization of proper names, places and beginning of sentences.

Phonics: Students will be reintroduced to long and short vowels over the next several weeks.  This week's focus will be on Short E and Long E.  Students will be hearing, seeing and have practice writing various words that contain the different sounds of E.  they will also gain further understanding into the "why?" the different sounds are made and how that sound changes words and their meanings.

Upcoming Dates...
~Sept. 22: K-2 Assembly
~Sept. 29: Fall Pictures
~Oct. 9-10: No School for Students

Library books are due every Wednesday.  RAZ-Kids reading assignments due every Monday (starting Sept. 26)

Monday, September 11, 2017

September 11, 2017

Dear Family,

Scholastic Book Orders are due by this Wednesday at 3:00PM.  You may visit to sign up and place orders online.  Any time you order, our class collects points that turn into more books for our classroom library.

Math SuperStars will be done differently this year.  Please look for the yellow flyer that was in your child's green daily folder last week.

Club Night was last week.  Registration will be open until tonight, September 11 at midnight.  You may sign up on the Sommer website.  This is not first come, first serve basis.  Our goal is to have every student who registers get into at least one club.  The registration asks for 2 preferences and 2 options.

Running Club started today!!  1st graders will run on Mondays and Wednesdays (weather permitting) from 7:10-7:30AM.  There is no registration required and parents are welcome!

~If there is a change in dismissal, please email prior to 2PM.  If it is after that time please contact the front office at 512-704-0600 and they will get the message to me.

~Snacks should be small and healthy please.  No NUTS and nothing that will require utensils.

~We will have Vision & Hearing Testing on Thursday morning.  If your child wears glasses please send them to school with them for the testing!!!  Thank you!

This week...
Math: This week we will continue our graphing unit.  We will continue to learn about Data Collection.  The students will be introduced to forms of data collection with various types of graphs.  There will be a different graph each day and a Graphing test on Friday.

Science: Students will continue to classify objects by their observable properties (larger/smaller, heavier/lighter, shape, color and texture) through hands on activities.  At the end of the week, students will be assessed on their knowledge of lab safety and classifying matter.

Reading: Students will continue to retell stories using Beginning, middle, end sequencing, describing characters and setting.  Students will also be introduced to inferring.  (Inferring: making meaning of something through the use of prior knowledge[schema] and information provided/given)  Students will learn how to infer feelings and emotions based on certain situations that arise in a book and how to construct meaning.  Inferring meaning will also be practiced through looking at pictures, using context clues and discussing the theme.

SS Integration: We will continue our "Good Citizen" PBL.  Students will continue exploring/discovering what they know about being a good citizen, the difference between rules and laws, the roles of community leaders and our responsibilities to take part in our government.  Students will then determine how they can share with others how to be good Sommer citizens.

Writing: Students will be introduced to ABC order.  They will practice their skills with ABC ordere using a dictionary.  Students will also practice using their Word Wall as a resource for spelling.

Phonics:  Students will be reintroduced to long and short vowels over the next several weeks.  This week's focus will be on Short A and Long A.  Students will be hearing, seeing and have practice writing various words that contain the different sounds of A.  They will also gain a further understanding into the "why?" the different sounds are made and how that sound changes words and their meanings.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

September 5, 2017

Hey Families!!!

I hope you all enjoyed your 3 day weekend!  It was well deserved after how hard each and every one of the kids worked the first two weeks of school!!

Our first Scholastic Book Order is due next Wednesday, September 13th.  As I stated at parent night this is all done online.  Please visit to place your order.  Our class online code is J7MP6.

Club Night is scheduled during the PTA meeting on September 7th that starts at 6PM.  More information about the teacher led clubs will be shared at that time.  You may even be able to sign up for some clubs at that time.

This week...

Math: We will collect and organize data in up to three categories.  Students will represent data using tally charts and T-charts.  We will also determine what kinds of things we can learn about the world around us by collecting data.

Science: Students will work to classify objects by observable properties such as larger and smaller, heavier and lighter, shape, color and texture.  Students will look at similarities and differences in objects based on their properties.

Reading/Social Studies: We will continue setting up the expectations for Reader's Workshop.  Students will continue to explore "just right books" and putting their "shopping" for books to the test.  We will discuss and will model what reading "looks like" when reading on own, with the teacher and/or reading with another student.  At the end of the week, students will practice making predictions while reading a new story.  Over the next few weeks, we will also learn about the important symbols, customs and celebrations that represent American beliefs and principles and contribute to our national identity.  Specifically students will explain state and national patriotic symbols, including the U.S. flags, the Liberty Bell, the Statue of Liberty and the Alamo.  In addition, students will recite and explain the meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States Flag and the Pledge to the Texas Flag and identify anthems and mottoes of Texas and the United States.  Students will begin exploring/discovering what they know about being a good citizen and what it takes to be one through researching and investigating people in history who exhibited the traits of "being a good citizen".

Writing:  Students will learn what an author and/or illustrator may draw pictures to show implied space or things that don't appear on the page, but can be inferred (are) there.  Students are invited to practice doing this in their own stories as well.  Students will also be introduced to various types of covers (wrap around, same as an illustration within the books, completely new illustration, etc.) that authors create for their books and they can too.

Phonics: Students will be introduced to the sounds of and practice using each of the following:
         -hard G = "guh" sound (gap, goat, gum)
         -soft G = "juh" sound (gym, giant, gel)
         -hard C = "kuh" sound (candy, cat, cup)
         -soft C = "suh" sound (cell, city, cycle)
         -Tricky Q = "qua" sound (queen, quail, quack)
         -Sound of S = "z" sound (cheese, season, easy)
         -Sound of X (extra, excited, extraordinary)

Important Dates:
Sept. 7: Club Night during PTA meeting 6PM
Sept. 8: Mrs. Ashby out
Sept. 13: Scholastic Book Order due online
Sept. 29: Fall Pictures
Oct. 9-10: No School for Students

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Parent Night Information

Hello Families,

What a wonderful first day of school!!!  It was truly a great day!

I would like to invite all of you to the 1st Grade Parent Night on Tuesday, August 29th.  Teachers will run 2 separate, but identical, classroom information sessions in the classroom with administration sharing in the middle of the two time slots.  Parents only need to attend one teacher information session.  The first teacher session is 5:00-5:35PM.  Administration will share from 5:40-6:00PM and then a repeat of the teacher information session is from 6:10-6:45PM.  You may choose which works best for you: 5:00-6:00PM or 5:40-6:45PM.  If possible, we do ask that children do not attend.

Please also remember to send your child with a small healthy snack and a water bottle every day!

If you have not sent in your order forms and payment for our class t-shirt and Scholastic News(part of our daily curriculum), please send them in as soon as possible.  Please place all forms and payment inside your child's green daily folder.  Also, please initial his/her calendar so that I know the folder has been shared with you daily.  Thanks so much!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Welcome Back

Welcome Back

My name is Mrs. Jaclyn Ashby and I am so happy to be your child’s 1st grade teacher.  This will be a great year at Patsy Sommer.  I know you will be amazed and excited to see how your child learns and grows.  I am looking forward to meeting you at supply drop off Friday August 18th in room A114. During this time, I will provide you with instructions on how to label your child’s supplies and how to organize for the first day of school.  Before then, be sure to visit my teacher website located under the Directory tab on the Sommer Elementary web page at  Here you will find information about our classroom, our school and all about me! While there, please fill out the 2017-2018 Student Information form by clicking on the tab labeled Student Information Form at the top of my page.  One of the questions asks how your child will go home from school and it is important that I am aware of the arrangements in advance. I am looking forward to getting to know and working with your family this year.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Jaclyn Ashby
1st Grade Teacher
Sommer Elementary

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

1st Grade-Is your child ready?

Is your child ready for 1st grade? If you have been enjoying the lazy days of summer as I have, then now is the time to get back in shape for school. There is an abundance of research that demonstrates most children require a full 9 weeks of instruction to simply get them back to where they were developmentally at the end of their previous school year. This is a lot of time wasted that could be spent advancing your child's development. I have searched several educational sources to create a 1st grade readiness checklist (skills your child should have mastered in kindergarten or over summer). If your child has mastered all of these things that great, continue to read and write at home. If your child has not mastered any of these skills, then take note and work diligently to accomplish these skills before school starts.

1. Does your child know the entire alphabet, along with all the accompanying sounds in capital and lowercase?
2. Does your child read two and three letter words easily?
3. Does your child count from 1 to 100 and back down from 100 to 1?
4. Does your child understand, create, and identify simple patterns?
5. Does your child write his/her first and last name using currect casing?
6. Does your child write descriptive sentences, such as "The lazy cat refused to chase the rat"?
7. Does your child write all 26 letters in capital and lowercase neatly?
8. Does your child recognize and identify all of the basic colors
9. Does your child skip count by 2's, 5's, and 10's up to at least 100? (2,4,6,8...and 5,10,15,20...)10. Does your child write all of the numbers between 1 and 100?
11. Does your child know basic word families? (at, bat, cat, fat go together & an, ban, can, Dan, fan go together)
12. Does your child recognize and identify basic shapes?
13. Does your child recognize and identify basic coins (dollar coin, 50 cent piece, quarter, dime, and nickel) and their value?
14. Does your child know the difference between consonants and vowels?
15. Does your child understand comparisons/opposites? (greater than/less than, hot/cold, shorter/taller...)
16. Does your child know that sentences start with a capital letter?
17. Does your child know that sentences end with a period?
18. Does your child know that questions end with a question mark?
19. Does your child tell time on the hour and half hour?
20. Does your child understand and recognize rhyming words?
21. Does your child recognize and understand one-half?22. Does your child speak in complete sentences?
23. Does your child mark vowels in a word or sentence if asked?
24. Does your child complete assignments based on oral direction? (draw a red line over the cat, circle the blue monkey...)
25. Does your child read months and days on a calendar?
26. Does your child make it until 4 pm without a nap?
27. Does your child know addition and subtraction facts 0-9?