Thank You and Last Set of Photos

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Thank you so much for an amazing year!  This was the best group of friends.  They really enjoyed playing, reading, working, and sharing.  I am blessed to have had them for approximately 9 months.  Thank you for all of your support throughout the year.  It takes a village to teach a child.

I want to also thank many of the families for the gifts at the end of the year.  You are all so thoughtful and generous.  Thank you so much!

Have a lovely summer!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Korte

 

Last Set of Photos

Here are the photos that I took on the last few days.  We have Bubble-ology, the class picnic, the Oreo cookie challenge, the PBiS reward of the DHS Marching Band, and the End of the Year PBiS celebrations with our Golden, Silver, and Bronze Dragons.

Enjoy!

Please Read!!!

Change in Plans

Our first grade picnic will be TOMORROW from 11-1.  

There is an 80% chance of rain for Thursday.  We are switching our picnic to Wednesday, tomorrow, so that we can allow the kids to enjoy themselves.  We cannot meet at York Park, because it is reserved by another grade level.  Instead, we are meeting at the NW corner of the school playground.  It is a very grassy area for us to spread out picnic blankets and towels.

Please send a sack lunch and disposable drink with your child.  He/She may also bring a beach towel or picnic blanket.  We will have a table for the treats that families are planning to bring.  Please contact Mrs. Hazime, Mrs. Soueid, or Mrs. Obeid if you have another treat in mind.  Please NO NUTS!  We have a nut allergy.

You might want to bring a folding chair for yourself.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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Here are our awesome May students!

 

We will enjoy our reward today.  It’s one of my favorites.

Thank you PTA, Mrs. Soueid, and All the Parent Volunteers

Thank you so much for making our field day such a success.  The kids had a blast.  We loved the magician.  The students were mesmerized by his illusions.  They loved the raffle.  We were a lucky class!  The lunch and ice cream was delicious!

We have the best parents in town!

What’s Happening During our Last Week Together?

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  • Monday, June 10th – Field Day! – Rain or Shine, we will be having field day!  Our class participates in the morning time.  Lunch will be provided for the kids.  Please, please come help out, if you can.  
    • Please put sunscreen on your first grader.
  • Tuesday, June 11th – Donuts with Dad – In honor of  Father’s Day, please join us in the Howard Cafeteria from 7:45am – 8:45am
  • Thursday, June 13th – First Grade Picnic – 11:00 – 1:00 – Please pack a sack lunch with a disposable drink for your first grader.  You may also send in a picnic blanket or a beach towel for him/her to sit on while eating.  We will have a shared snack table during the picnic, but we will play our own class games.
  • Friday, June 14th – Last Day of School – 1/2 day of school

 

What’s the News for the Week of June 6-7, 2019

Eid Mubarak to all of the First Grade families celebrating!

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  • Monday, June 10th – Field Day!
  • Thursday, June 13th – First Grade Picnic – York Park from 11-1
  • Friday, June 14th – Last day of school – 1/2 day students

Help Prevent the Summer Slide

Summer learning loss, also called the summer slide, is the loss of academic skills and knowledge over the course of summer holidays. The loss in learning varies across grade level and subject matter.  Help prevent the summer learning loss.  Here are some of my recommendations.

First, I recommend purchasing the Brain Quest workbook.  I always wanted to challenge my girls.  I would purchase the grade that they were going into the next year.  I was always able to find mine at Target.  Barnes and Noble has it online and pick up in the store for $10.  Amazon has the workbook for $9.99 plus shipping.

Brain Quest Workbook, Grade 2

This takes consistent monitoring.  I would put a post-it at the top of the phonics, spelling/vocabulary, and reading for Language Arts.  I would mark two sections in math.  One day Science and the next day Social Studies.  We would do it first thing in the morning, while laying around in pjs, and while I was making breakfast.  I would check the pages for comprehension, and move the post-its to the next page for the next day.  We always took the weekend off, but if we were ever stuck in a car for a long trip, we would do extra pages.  This really helped my girls prepare for the next year.

I see that they have a summer version of the workbook.  I have never used this one.

Title: Summer Brain Quest: Between Grades 2 & 3, Author: Workman Publishing

The second thing I recommend is going to the public library and getting your first grader his/her own library card.  Take the time each week to get new books.  Set aside time to read.  My girls all had screen time limitations.  The only thing I never limit is the app, Libby.  Libby allows you to borrow digital library books.  Some to read.  Some for listening.  All you do it plug in your library location and your library card.  My girls and I are always using this app.

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Lastly, your child can use Zearn, MobyMax, GetEpic, and KhanAcademy.  These should be supplemental.

NWEA

We finished our NWEA testing last week.  I will print out your child’s scores/percentiles, and send them home in their take home folder.

Epic!

I added a new link.  Epic! books.  The student are familiar with this website.  They use it with Mr. Neff in Media Center.  Our class code is pqg8304

There is currently a great deal for parents on the website. www.getepic.com

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READING

We are winding down our academic year.  I am still teaching reading strategies, but will not be sending book bags home any longer.

MATH

My goal is to give the Module 4 assessment.

SCIENCE

I also have the goal of giving the final assessment about plants this Friday.

We are quickly running out of time, and report cards are right around the corner.

Thank you for your support all year long.

 

Class News for the Week of May 28 – June 1, 2019

I hope you had a lovely and reflective Memorial Day.

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  • Friday, June 1 – All library books are due back for the school year.
  • Monday, June 3 – No School – Eid
  • Tuesday, June 4 – No School – Eid
  • Wednesday, June 5 – No School Eid

Eid Mubarak to all those celebrating!

Epic!

I added a new link.  Epic! books.  The student are familiar with this website.  They use it with Mr. Neff in Media Center.  Our class code is pqg8304

There is currently a great deal for parents on the website. www.getepic.com

NWEA

We will get both of the reading and math NWEA this week.  Please let me know if your child has a planned family absence.

 

 

 

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We are always learning, but due to the broken up weeks, the assessments, and the quickly approaching end of the year, it will just look a bit different.

Thank you for all of your support!

What’s New the Week of May 20-23, 2019?

Please accept my apology for the delayed post.  I am without a personal cellphone, which I use to post my blog at times.  I am also without internet at home, due to a cut cable.   Also, I lost all of my photos from Greenfield Village, as I neglected to hook my phone up to a computer to download them after our trip.

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  • May 23th – 1st Grade Informances in the Music Room  12:05 – Unfortunately, I will not be there due to a District inservice.  The kids have really worked at learning the Michigan Music Content and Objectives.  This is their time to shine.
  • May 24th – 27th – Memorial Weekend – No school on this Friday or the following Monday.
  • June 7th – Donuts for Dad – 7:45am in the cafeteria

Thank You!

Thank you to all of our chaperones last week.  The field trip was a huge success.  We shared our scavenger hunts during Social Studies the next day.  The kids loved the trip.

NWEA

I have been shoring up some concepts, with mini lessons, in ELA and Mathematics the past few weeks.  We will start taking the NWEA assessments this week.

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READING

I will finish up reading groups in the classroom.  Book bags will not come home unless your child is in an intervention group.

WRITING

We are going to be writing an informational piece using Text Dependent Analysis and a R.A.N. chart.  This is for their writing folders.

MATH

Working on being fast and flexible with adding tens and ones.  There are 3 ways the kids are being taught:  quick tens and ones, number bonds to make a ten, and the arrow way.  I would like your child to know all 3 ways, but he/she will always have a preference for a favorite way.

SCIENCE

We are finishing up animal kingdoms, and assess.  We will be moving to plants.

SOCIAL STUDIES

We are finishing up how to learn about the past through the calendar, holidays, family members (grandparents), and artifacts.  We will be assessing soon.  That will leave the last Content Objective for Social Studies, which is taking a stand.

What’s New the Week of May 13 – 17, 2019?

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  • May 15th – 1st Grade Field Trip to Greenfield Village – This is a late start day, arrive at 9:35.  We will leave as soon as we have attendance taken at 9:45.
  • May 20th – Clean Up Parade
  • May 23th – 1st Grade Informances in the Music Room  12:05
  • June 7th – Donuts for Dad – 7:45am in the cafeteria

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Our field trip to Greenfield Village is this Wednesday.  Please arrive at the late start time of 9:35.  We will take attendance and leave immediately.  Yes, we will be going whether it is raining or the sun is shining, chilly or warm.  Please, please dress your child accordingly.  I would definitely recommend a warm jacket.

There is a scavenger hunt for our kids to complete.  Due to the shortened day and the scavenger hunt, we expect the kids to stay out of the playground area.

Chaperones, please bring a backpack or large bag, to carry your group’s lunches.  I have 11 chaperones for our class of 21.  You might just have your own child, or you might have your child and one other.  If you only have your child, please walk with another chaperone.  Have fun!  Work together to complete the scavenger hunt.  Thank you!

Birthday Bash

We had a successful Birthday Bash on Friday.  Thank you Mrs. Soueid and Mrs. Hazime for planning the celebration.  Thank you Mrs. Sobh for letting us grab you to run a game.

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We are gearing up for our NWEA.  I will be giving the reading and math NWEA in the classroom, as I have with the past two.  Our goal is to show the projected growth.  I cannot say exactly when we will be taking them, but the window opens today.

READING

We are meeting again for reading groups.  We will continue to meet until the end of the year, but book bags will only go home until the end of May.

WRITING

We are finishing up any writing pieces that are in our folder.  We will write a How to… together.  Then our last piece will be a Text Dependent Analysis using a R.A.N. chart.  One writing piece will go into the time capsule, the rest will come home at the end of the year.

SPELLING

We have finished all of the words that go along with our Treasures series.  We will not have anymore words for an official assessment on Friday, but we will continue to learn spelling patterns during Word Work of our Daily 5.

MATH

We will continue adding and subtracting with place value (tens and ones), these will move into number stories aka story problems.  The goal is to get the students to be fast and flexible adding tens to tens and ones to ones.  Also, also the goal of the number stories is for the students to show their thinking with quick tens and ones, number bonds, tape diagrams, ten frames, and symbols of comparison (<,>, and =).

SCIENCE

We are moving to reptiles and amphibians.  We took a break to do Social Studies.

SOCIAL STUDIES

We learned about the 8 National Holidays, calendars, learning about the past by asking grandparents and great-grandparents questions about when they were little, and artifacts.  This is leading us to our field trip.  We have a scavenger hunt to find artifacts and information based on the history and the past.

What’s New the Week of May 6-10th?

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We were just informed by the office that we cannot leave early for Greenfield Village next week.  Students must arrive at the late start time, 9:35.  We will take attendance and leave. 

I apologize for the change in plans.

Parents will be driving separately and meeting us at the village by our bus.  As soon as we give you your group of students and tickets, you are welcome to start the scavenger hunt within the village.

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  • May 15th – 1st Grade Field Trip to Greenfield Village – This is a late start day, arrive at 9:35.  We will leave as soon as we have attendance taken at 9:45.
  • May 20th – Clean Up Parade
  • May 23th – 1st Grade Informances in the Music Room  12:05
  • June 7th – Donuts for Dad – 7:45am in the cafeteria

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Thank you so much for the beautiful flowers last week.  Thank you also for the gift from the class.  I love tulips.  I will plant these pink tulips in my yard by my peonies.  The gardening carrier, tools, seeds (Bachelor Buttons & Lavender) , and sunhat are perfect for getting out in the yard this spring.  I love the Rae Dunn planters too.  I would be planting my basil, cilantro, and oregano in them.

Thanks also for the gift card to White House/Black Market and the Visa gift card as well.

It is all so very thoughtful.

Thank you!  Thank you! Thank you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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READING

I am finally finished with the DRAs.  I will start up with Reading Groups again.

WRITING

Some student decided last week that they wanted to write a personal narrative and submit it to the Brainstormers.  We had about 9 students.  The stories were sent on Friday.  We will not hear back until the day of the program.  If a student from our class is selected, he/she will be called up to the author’s chair.  I am hopeful, but know that this is a K-2nd grade program.  There quite a few stories submitted.  I cannot guarantee that any of our student will be picked.

SPELLING

This is the last spelling test.  We will continue to learn spelling, but it will be applying concepts.  I will also be focusing on strategies for the spring NWEA.

MATH

We have working with adding and subtracting tens and ones to a 2 digit number.  This module has quite a few quizzes.  If I send a quiz home, it can stay home.  We will take the Mid-Module Assessment on Thursday.  It is all about place value, adding and subtracting tens and ones, and this will involve counting dimes and pennies.

SCIENCE

The kids are having a great time learning about animal kingdoms.  For the vertebrates, we still have to learn about amphibians.  Then we will learn about some invertebrates.

SOCIAL STUDIES

We are learning about the past for this final unit.  We really practiced interpreting a calendar.  We learned about the 8 National holidays.  We learned why we celebrate these holidays, and we learned the month that they are celebrated.  We are going to learn about artifacts before our trip to Greenfield Village.  I know the many have expressed that the Kindergarten went there last year.  This has been a first grade field trip for 14 years, because it links to our Content and Objectives.  We have a scavenger hunt that is a grade for unit 4.

Thank you for your continued support!  Have a great week.

 

 

 

What’s New the Week of April 29th – May 3rd?

I hope you had a lovely weekend.  I would like to let you know that I will be out on Monday and Tuesday on the doctor’s orders.  I have influenza A and bronchitis.  I apologize for this inconvenience.  Here is a brief rundown of thing for his week.

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  • May 2nd – Curriculum Night – 5:00 to 6:30pm – Child must be with their parent.
  • May 3rd – Muffins for Mom – 7:45am in the cafeteria
  • May 15th – 1st Grade Field Trip to Greenfield Village – This is a late start day, BUT we will not be starting late.  We need to arrive at the normal time and leave for the field trip.  If you are interested in chaperoning this field trip, please make sure you have all of your background information to the office ASAP.  You will not be allowed to chaperone if this is not up to date.
  • May 20th – Clean Up Parade
  • May 23th – 1st Grade Informances in the Music Room  12:05
  • June 7th – Donuts for Dad – 7:45am in the cafeteria

Care to the Core

Our class did a great job with our door decorations for the Care to the Core program.  We were given Culture.  The kids brainstormed ideas of being on a team, working together, having a heart for everyone, helping hands, not a sports team but a Howard Team, and by working really hard for 45 minutes they put together an amazing presentation.

They won for the K-2 category.  Yay!  I am so proud of their efforts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Howard School is having a Can and Bottle Drive.  Please send in your RINSED bottles and cans for us to recycle for 10 cents each.  The money will be used to purchase flowers for the front of the building.  Please no water bottles.  Thank you for your support.

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READING

Thank you for your support while I finish the Development Reading Assessments.  I am almost finished.  I would be done by Tuesday, but due to my absence it will be more like Thursday or Friday.  Please know that we read everyday in class.  I will resume guided reading as soon as these assessments are complete.

WRITING

The kids love writer’s workshop time.  I will give the student an opportunity to write a personal narrative for the Brainstormers.  This will not be required, but encouraged.  We will start on Wednesday, when I return.

SPELLING

The spelling words were up on Friday.  The patterns are aw and au.  Here is the general rule:  use au at the beginning or in the middle of a word for the /ô/ sound. Use aw at the end of a word for the /ô/ sound. If a single l, n, or k follows the /ô/ sound at the end of the word, use aw.

MATH

We are going to compare number.  First by circling the greater or lesser number, then by writing the words: greater than, less than, equal to, finally we will learn to use the symbols <,>, and = when comparing numbers.

SCIENCE

We are learning about mammals, birds, fish, and amphibians this week.  They had a great jump start in Art class with Mrs. Thomas.

SOCIAL STUDIES

We will take a stand on an issue for Social Studies.  This goes well with our opinion writing.

I hope you have a great week!  Thank you for all of your support!