Newsletter for January 24 -28, 2022

This is an early blog post for next week. I wanted to make sure I shared with you that Monday is another half day of school. I hope you have a lovely weekend.

Lost and hopefully it will be Found

We are looking for a very soft, fluffy headband ear warmer. It is black. We have a student who is missing it. It was a special gift from a family member. Please check your child’s backpack, just in case it was placed in there by accident. Thank you.

Mark Your Calendar

  • Monday, January 24th – Half Day of School – Dismissal at 12:05
  • Friday, January 28th – Bake Sale – Please only one dollar. Thank you.

We Need Supplies for Two Projects

We will be making Valentine’s Day mailboxes. Please send in an empty facial tissue box as soon as you have an empty one. We will also be making a constellation in science in the next couple of weeks. Please send in an empty toilet paper roll. Please see the photos below. Thanks.

Brad Nelson | Empty Toilet Paper Roll (2019) | Artsy

Valentines

If you would like your child to start working on their Valentines. Here is a class list. Please make one Valentine for each student.

  1. Mousa
  2. Alex
  3. Jana E.
  4. Elissa
  5. Gabriella
  6. Zain F.
  7. Zuhair
  8. Jenna F.
  9. Scarlett
  10. Alan
  11. Johnny
  12. Zane H.
  13. Saqip
  14. Samantha
  15. Amelie
  16. Mohamad
  17. Rida
  18. Ali
  19. Hana
  20. London
  21. Jaad
  22. Naheda
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ELA

We will finish up the last shared reading and writing in Unit 4 on Monday. (It was tricky to get it all in last week.) Then we will begin Unit 5. In Unit 5, we will take a look at how things have changed from the past to the present. We will also make some predictions about how they might change, due to technology, in the future. We will start our Social Studies unit to match this.

I FINALLY finished the Reading Assessments. I am sorry that they take so long to complete. It is a one to one assessment. There is a reading, retelling, reflection, and connection section for each book. I have grouped students based on their similar reading strategies. It has been a long time, but please remember to allow your child to read their books to you and sign their literacy log.

SPELLING

We will be the long a vowel this week. Each of the words has a silent e at the end. We are back to rhyming words, again. Also, as you have probably noticed, the high frequency spelling words are getting tricky.

  1. game
  2. name
  3. shame
  4. frame
  5. take
  6. fake
  7. shake
  8. brake
  9. why
  10. many
  11. right
  12. start

WRITING

We are going to write one more opinion piece before moving on to explanatory writing. Due to the short week, this was pushed back a bit. The students will take the piece through the writing process with a little less scaffolding.

MATH

I made an error in my planning, We will have a quick quiz on Tuesday about various strategies to use when subtracting. Then we will move to Topic C. It is all about number stories. The students will have to be able to put the information into a number sentence, draw a supporting picture, and write a statement with the answer and the units.

SCIENCE and SOCIAL STUDIES

I will be teaching both topics for the next few weeks.

In Science, we will be learning about the Sun. In Social Studies, we will be learning about the past and how things are the same or different in the present.

Thank you for your support!

Mrs. Korte

Newsletter for the Week of January 18 – 21, 2022

During Media Center with Mrs. Lorenze, the kids learned about Dr. Martin Luther King, jr. We added to that learning on Friday. Hopefully, today you will have a moment to reflect on Dr. King’s life and teachings.

This is the last week of the second quarter. I will be posting the report cards on Friday.

Class Representative

The students, who were running for the class representative, did a lovely job speaking in front of their peers. The class privately voted and cast their ballots. I would like to extend a great, big congratulations to Jenna Fayad.

Mark Your Calendar

  • Friday, January 21 – 1/2 day of school – Release time 12:05 – It is also the last day of the second quarter.
  • Monday, January 24 – 1/2 day of school – Release time 12:05 (Teachers have professional development.)

ELA

We are starting the last week of Unit 4. Unit 4, we are learning about the narrator of stories. We are also discussing the lesson to be learned from the stories.

WRITING

With guidance, we finished our first opinion piece. We used a R.A.C.E.R. graphic organizer. R, for restating the question. A, for answer the question by stating your opinion. C, for citing your reason from the text. E, for elaborate or give more evidence. R, for restating your opinion or answer. This graphic organizer is used all of the way through 5th grade.

We will write another opinion piece this week using the R.A.C.E.R. graphic organizer. This time the class will apply what we learned last week about opinions.

SPELLING

This week, the words will have 3 letter blends. These are a bit tricky.

  1. split
  2. splash
  3. strap
  4. stretch
  5. sprint
  6. spring
  7. squint
  8. squid
  9. when
  10. from
  11. their
  12. because

MATH

This Subtraction Unit is broken into small groups of concepts and short quizzes. We have two short quizzes this week.

SCIENCE

We will be learning about the Earth and space systems for a while.

Thank you for your support.

Mrs. Korte

Newsletter for the week of January 10-14, 2022

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend. Please make sure to send warm snow clothing this week. I don’t know if we will get fresh snow, but the meteorologists are predicting cold temperatures.

Class Representative for Student Council

The students who would like to be the class representative for the student council will share their brief speeches tomorrow. We will vote in class on either Tuesday or Wednesday. Thank you for all of your support during this process.

Mark Your Calendar

  • Monday, January 17th – No School – MLK Day
  • Friday, January, 21st – 1/2 day of school for students and end of the second quarter

ELA

We will continue to learn about the narrator of a story.

SPELLING

  • chop
  • check
  • chill
  • match
  • clutch
  • pitch
  • whim
  • which
  • once
  • upon
  • hurt
  • that

WRITING

We are working on two pieces. During Writer’s Workshop, we are working on our personal narrative about our winter break. During shared writing, we are learning to write an opinion.

READING

We will be finishing our Developmental Reading Assessments this week.

MATH

We are subtracting from a teen.

SCIENCE

We are going to start reviewing the seasons and learning about why we have seasons.

Thank you so much for your support.

Mrs. Korte

Newsletter the Week of January 3-7, 2022

Happy New Year! I am not used to writing, typing, or saying 2022 yet. I hope you all had a wonderful winter break. We are writing a personal narrative during our writer’s workshop about our breaks.

I am SO sorry that this blog post is delayed. I think I was in denial about being back at work. Just kidding. Really, I was in the airport all day on Sunday, Monday I had to grocery shop and work with my own kids, and Tuesday I had Girl Scouts, so…here we are on Wednesday. Again, I am sorry for the delayed post.

We are reviewing routines this week. So, we are going slow with lots of reminders in order to go fast later on.

ELA

NWEA Reading – Most of us took the Reading NWEA on Tuesday. As soon as we all have it complete, I will send home the results for your child. Lots of really big jumps. Yay! If your child did not have a big jump, it is because they went REALLY fast through the test. We have one in the Spring to slow down and do our best.

We are learning about a narrator of a story. It can be a character, it can be someone not in the story at all. They are telling what is happening or what the characters are thinking.

WRITING

We are writing a narrative about our winter break. We are learning to draw pictures to help us get lots of detail in our story.

We are also learning to write an opinion. We state our opinion, give a reason for the opinion, give an example for the reason, and then restate the opinion.

SPELLING

We have been practicing our spelling words every day! Our words this week have the digraphs are sh, th, and ng (or ing)

  1. shop
  2. ship
  3. shut
  4. this
  5. than
  6. thing
  7. sing
  8. bring
  9. thing
  10. our
  11. were
  12. these
  13. could

MATH

We are subtracting in math. We are taking a 9 from a 10 to help us make subtracting from a teen easier. Yes, it is not what we learned as a first grader, but this builds into the second grade concepts.

SCIENCE

We are learning about Earth cycles and Space cycles.

Thank you for your support. Again, I am sorry for the delayed post.

Mrs. Korte

Newsletter the Week of December 13-17, 2021

One week left before Winter Break. I know we can do it! Thank you for hanging in there with me.

Mark your Calendar
  • Wednesday, December 15th – Holiday Boutique – Our time slot is from 1:00 – 1:30.
  • Thursday, December 16th – Winter Celebration Pajama Party and Fuzzy Sock Exchange
  • Friday, December 17th – Last day of school before Winter Break
  • Monday, January 3rd – Return to school

Fuzzy Sock Exchange

Please be sure to send in a pair of NEW fuzzy socks for the exchange during our pajama party. If you don’t have wrapping paper, that’s ok. I do.

Winter Celebration Pajama Party

Your child is welcome to wear their pajamas to school. Remember, we will still have lunch recess and afternoon recess, so warm school appropriate pajamas are best. Thank you for donating money for our party. We will be having a pancake breakfast, making a craft, exchanging our fuzzy sock presents, and enjoying a movie.

PTA Sponsored Holiday Boutique

We will be shopping at the Holiday Boutique on Wednesday at 1:00. Everything costs $2 including tax.

Read Alouds

I have been reading many variations of the Gingerbread Man to the kids. We have enjoyed them all. I have also been reading Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Ramadan, Eid, and Christmas books. The kids are loving learning about many different ways to celebrate.

Spelling

We do not have a new spelling list for this week. We will resume when we return from winter break. You probably noticed that I am no longer tracing the words to model printing. We have moved beyond this point in my guidance. I have small conferences with students as needed to help them.

ELA

We finish our Unit 3 Booklet on Friday. I will send it home as soon as I check their last response to literature piece. I will not be sending book bags home for the break. Your child has access to Raz-Kids via my blog. This is a good time to snuggle up and share reading too.

I have started our second round of reading assessments with the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA). I use the results of these to adjust reading groups when we return.

Writing

They wrote about how to be a good citizen in school in a flow chart. I conduct a writing conference with each student. Sometimes their write their final draft in their journal. Other times, we write on nice paper to be displayed in the hallway. This particular piece will be displayed in the hallway.

Math

We are almost finished with Topic A in Module 2. We are making a ten when adding 3 numbers or numbers that have a sum more than 10. We will take Topic A2 quiz this week. Then we will have a bit of fun with math for the rest of the week.

Social Studies

This week, we will take our Unit Assessment – How We Get Along with Others. When we return from Winter Break, we will step back into Science for a bit.

Thank you for your constant support. If I do not see you before Friday, please have a lovely break. Enjoy your time with your precious first grader.

Please Check Your First Grader’s Backpack

Hello parents!

Zuhair earned the opportunity to pick from the treasure chest today. He picked a little white stuffy similar to the one pictured below. It was taken out of his backpack. Please check your first grader’s backpack for it.

If you find it, please send it to school tomorrow. Thank you so much for helping out a first grade friend.

Week of December 6-10, 2021

Winter Celebration and Fuzzy Sock Gift Exchange

The first grade teachers are planning for our Winter Celebration. We will wear our pajamas to school on Thursday, December 16th. I will be doing a pancake breakfast, a craft, etc. We, the first grade teachers, are still ironing out the details. The fuzzy sock exchange will be part of our celebration too. We will place them under our mini tree until the celebration.

I will not be having a sign up genius this time. I will just purchase all of the supplies. 🙂

I would prefer non-gender-specific socks so that we can just pick randomly at our Celebration. I guess I am asking that your first grader picks a pair of fuzzy socks, wrap them with your first grader, and have your child fill out a tag with just their name. Not to anyone specific.

Here are some photos of fuzzy socks.

Students of the Month

The Howard PBiS committee started up the Student of the Month. The teachers need to pick two students who show leadership, respect, responsibility, integrity, and kindness.

I truly feel that all of the kids in my class are amazing, but I was required, by the committee, one girl and one boy. I have popsicle sticks with the students’ names on them. One for each student. Here are our students for the Month of November. Congratulations!

  • Wednesday, December 8th – Late Start
  • Friday, December 10th – Bake Sale – We will be allowed 1 item. Please send in one dollar. We have a special place to keep our money until the bake sale.
  • Please send in your WRAPPED fuzzy socks before Wednesday, December 15th. Thanks!

We are having a good time reading different versions of The Gingerbread Man. We are also reading about different cultures and different celebrations: Hannuka, Ramada, Eid, Kwanzaa, and Christmas.

Spelling

These can be found in the yellow folder on Schoology.

List 9 – The mp, st, nd blends at the end of words and high frequency words. Remember, we have 3 cold words. So far, the kids are pretty good at applying the spelling concepts of the week and the understanding of short and vowels.

  • jump
  • clamp
  • mist
  • west
  • trust
  • bland
  • send
  • wind
  • who
  • good
  • by
  • them

ELA – Reading and Writing

We will start Week 3 of Unit 3. The theme is still: What is a good citizen? But this time it is in a school setting.

We will continue to work on annotating our reading and building our comprehension skills. It is incredible how annotations help with reading fluency and comprehension. A classroom is always filled with an array of reading abilities, but annotations help each and every student. (This was presented at the PTA meeting last month.)

Math

We are adding three addends. The brain identifies patterns all of the time. We are using “making a ten” as our pattern to help make adding three numbers easier. We also NOTICED the pattern that a 9 needs a 1 to make a ten.

As a teacher, I constantly wondered, “Why do I have to teach this?” I grew up with memorization and facts without a reason for why. NOW, I know that each brain sees math differently. It is my responsibility to show the multiple ways to solve a math equation. I am teaching the students that it is alright to have a favorite solution too. Teaching the students to think outside the box and that a math picture is a great way to check your work.

Social Studies

We will move on to fairness. What is a fair rule? This came into play this past week. Several examples occurred in real time this week.

  • Students, classes, and teachers must walk quietly through the hallways so that we do not disturb the learning in classrooms. Then the kids noticed that teachers talk in the hallways. Why?
  • Different bed times at home, based on your age. This is a good “at home” conversation.
  • Boots AND snow pants to play in the snow keep us dry and clean. We got first hand experience with this. They totally understood why by the end of playing in the snow. See below…

Thank you for being my partner in teaching. Please reach out whenever you have any questions or concerns. I appreciate all of you.

Mrs. Korte

Week of November 29th -December 3rd, 2021

I hope you had an amazing Thanksgiving!

We have 3 weeks of school before winter break. It will be a busy 3 weeks.

Can you believe that we have snow? For 24 years, first grade has asked for first graders to have boots and snow pants to be able to play in the snow. The boots keep our feet dry and clean. The snow pants keep our clothes dry and clean. I don’t know if we will have any snow tomorrow, but it is officially boot season.

It is officially Boot Season

Please make sure your first grader wears boots to school and has a pair of inside shoes for the classroom.

The kids are doing a great job taking off their outside shoes, lining them up along the wall, and putting on their spare “inside shoes” for class. We no longer have mud and dirt in the classroom. If you haven’t sent a spare pair of gym shoes, crocs, slides, or hard-soled slippers yet, please do so.

We have P.E. on Monday and Wednesday, so gym shoes would help on those days.

Thank you for understanding and helping.

Winter Celebration and Fuzzy Sock Gift Exchange

The first grade teachers are planning for our Winter Celebration. We don’t have a date or any details yet, but I am crossing my fingers for a pajama breakfast party. I will share more as soon as I have a chance to discuss more with Mrs. Miller and Mrs. Szalai.

We would like to have a fuzzy sock exchange at our Winter Celebration. I would prefer non-gender-specific socks so that we can just pick randomly at our Celebration. I guess I am asking that your first grader picks a pair of fuzzy socks, wrap them with your first grader, and have your child fill out a tag with just their name. Not to anyone specific.

Here are some photos of fuzzy socks.

I am going to be reading different variations of The Gingerbread Man. We will compare and contrast them, but mainly it is for fun. I hope you are ok with that.

Spelling

These can be found in the yellow folder on Schoology.

List 8 – S Blend words and high frequency words.

  • skin
  • skip
  • skill
  • smell
  • smug
  • smock
  • swell
  • swim
  • was
  • there
  • then
  • out

ELA – Reading and Writing

We will start Week 2 of Unit 3. The theme: What is a good citizen?

We will continue to work on annotating our reading and building our comprehension skills.

We will also continue to work on writing. Currently, we are working on a single paragraph that stays on topic and provides details. I model sentence starters for their writing. Our writing goal, by the end of the year, is to independently write a solid paragraph. Small steps right now.

Math

We are officially starting Module 2. The focus is still addition and algebraic thinking. Now we will be putting together 3 addends together. This week we will be making a 10 with 2 of the addends.

Social Studies

We will move on to fairness. What is a fair rule? Can rules be different for family members who are older or younger? For example, a bedtime. My daughter had an earlier bedtime than her older “high school” age brother and sister. I will be using that as an example for the students.

Thank you for being my partner in teaching.

Mrs. Korte

Week of November 22-23, 2021

Please read all of the way through this blog post. There is important information about Schoology included.

Thank you for all of your generous donations. The kids loved counting our tally marks each day and we discussed how important the food is for the less fortunate. In the end, our collective donations added up to 219 items for our classroom. That is wonderful.

  • Monday, November 22 – We go to the Howard Library. Please make sure your child’s book is in their backpack on Sunday night. We only get to go every other week. Some students have already returned their book.
  • Wednesday, November 24th – No school
  • Thursday, November 25th – No school – Happy Thanksgiving!
  • Friday, November 26th – No school

November 29th through December 3rd – Book Fair – This is a great way to build your child’s personal library and to support the PTA. A flyer went home on Friday for you and your child to preview. Remember, there are many more books to select from at the book fair.

We go on Schoology to access our quick links like Zearn, Epic!, ABCya, etc. I also have folders, like spelling and parent resources on there. As a parent, you can access my blog via the parent resource folder. The students can access all of the spelling words, past and present, via the yellow spelling folder. We use Schoology every day to go onto Zearn for math. Zearn is our morning bellwork while I am collecting materials from purple folders, taking attendance, taking lunch count, and meeting quickly with students to make up missed assessments, etc.

Your child is also accessing Benchmark on my Schoology course. Benchmark is our ELA platform and materials. I try my best to meet with half of the class for reading groups on one day and the other half the next day. I rotate back and forth throughout the week. On Friday, I met with students for writing conferences. This is a necessary part of our ELA program and to help develop your child as an independent writer. When I have writing conferences, I cannot meet for reading groups. I did assign a book to every student on Benchmark though.

From here on, I will send a blog post or mass email indicating that a book was assigned to your child via the Schoology/Benchmark. I am asking that you take the time to read it with your child either that night or on the weekend, if assigned on a Friday. So…please take a peek, at Schoology, click on Benchmark, click on assignments, open the ebook, and have your child read their book to you. Thank you.

How to access Schoology at home.

  • Go to Student Portal on the Dearbornschools.org website
  • Click on the S (Schoology) icon
  • Click on Courses. If you don’t see my bitmoji and classroom, you will need to join my course. The access code is 8N2C TFD9 63VXG
  • Then click on my Course.
  • Once you are in my Course, you will see this bitmoji and classroom, a zoom link, quick academic links, Benchmark, and folders.
  • You can access Benchmark from home now. Again, Benchmark is where I will have your child’s ebook assigned.

By the way, Raz-Kids is not working right now. My subscription ended so I am going to pay for it so that your child has access again. Also, this is the platform if we need to go to virtual learning. So, please remind your first grader to keep their mask up so that we prevent any and all germs from spreading. Thank you. (cold, flu, the C-19 virus, etc)

Spare “Inside Shoes”

The kids are doing a great job taking off their outside shoes, lining them up along the wall, and putting on their spare “inside shoes” for class. We no longer have mud and dirt in the classroom. If you haven’t sent a spare pair of gym shoes, crocs, slides, or hard-soled slippers yet, please do so. Thank you.

Believe it or not, we will be learning over these two days.

Spelling

No spelling this week

ELA

We will finish up Unit 3, Week 1 in our booklet. There is a shared reading passage and a shared writing practice.

Writing

Each student picked a community helper to write about. We have our flow chart revised and edited.

On Monday and Tuesday, we will write our final copies or drafts. We will also make an appropriate illustration to support our writing. This will be hung in the hallway as a published writing piece.

Math

We are taking the end of Module 1 assessment on Monday. We will not begin Module 2 until we return from the 5 day weekend.

Social Studies

We discussed who has power with authority and who tries to have power without authority. So that you know, power with authority is the people who should be making the rules. Moms and dads, principals, teachers, community leaders. Power without authority is the people who should not be making the rules, like bullies and strangers.

This came at the right time for us, because we have had a bit of bossiness on the playground lately. My rule is all friends can play.

We will move on to fairness. What is a fair rule? Can rules be different for family members who are older or younger? For example, a bedtime. My daughter had an earlier bedtime than her older “high school” age brother and sister. I will be using that as an example for the students. (We might not get to this until next week though, because Mrs. Miller, Ms. Szalai, and I would like to have a bit of fun with the kids before the 5 day weekend.)

Thank you for your support! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones!

Mrs. Korte