Week of 10-9-2017

Hello room 106 families!

I hope this message finds you well! I hope your kiddos enjoyed a relaxing three day weekend they deserve it 🙂 I have spent most of this weekend celebrating my 10 year anniversary, attending Benjamin’s soccer tournament and his last kid-pitch baseball game! WOW I need a weekend to recover from my weekend 🙂 I am excited to begin a new week with your darlings, and here is what you can expect!

*Important info

Monday 10/9-Red Wings assembly (students can wear red wings jerseys and t-shirts or red and white to show support to the Detroit Red Wings!

Friday– ½ day for students 

Monday: LAST DAY to hand in or online order book orders! Mrs. Ross will place the order by 8:00pm Monday 🙂 


*Math: Students will begin Unit 2 which is about comparing numbers, alike and different, sorting and grouping based on attributes of numbers


*Science: 5 Senses Unit Continue…this week we will continue finishing up the unit on the 5 senses! 


*Writer’s Workshop- THis week we will continue working on our goal of “labeling” parts of our very detailed pictures! We will use our new tool that was introduced last week called the “pencil”! We will also work on showing and “retelling” our stories! This is a HUGE skill that should be worked on whever reading or writign stories! This is something you could help your child do at home each night as you read for pleasure. Ask your child to “retell” the story aloud. This helps with comprehension.

*Please make sure to check your child’s “grip” at all times as they are writing at home. Your child should be gripping with three fingers in a tripod grip and not with a whole hand, or any form of a grasped hand. 



*Language Arts Week 5 Transportation is our theme! We will be talking about what vehicles we use to transport us from here to there, how we get to school and home, what the different vehicles are used for and comparing our narrative story to the informational one! We will also continue to work on the CCSS: environmental sounds, beginning and ending sounds, words in a sentence, hearing rhymes. 

-Trade Books: “Transportation in my Neighborhood” by Shelly Lyons and “Planes, Trucks, Trains”



*Spelling– First grade spelling assessment will be this Friday 

First: Week 5: -ed and -en families (sled, bed, red, fed, ten, then, men, hen) *can, see

-kdg: introduce: can, see 



Have a wonderful week! If there is anything I forgot I’ll be sure to update it as soon as possible.


Mrs. Ross 🙂










Image result for scholastic book clubs

Kindergarten Families have no school tomorrow! First graders best of luck on your spelling test tomorrow!

Have a great weekend everyone 🙂 Since we will not be there tomorrow take your time looking at the first book order 🙂 I’ll wait until Monday afternoon to place the first order! Those of you who placed them online already they’ll just wait there until Monday in my account 🙂

Happy Friday!

Mrs. Ross and Class 🙂

Week of 10-2-2016…Hello October!

Image result for october pictures

Dear Families of 106,

Happy October! I can not believe September is over. I am also so HAPPY we made it through the HOT weather! THANK YOU again for all the provisions you helped us with last week. We are SO truly grateful for your help! We may be ok with our two fans now, so if you miss your fans and coolers at home we may be able to part with them this week 🙂 As we head into October, here is what you can expect for this week in our K/1 world:


*Tuesday is library checkout! Please make sure to place books into your child’s backpack Monday night! Thank you for your help in becoming responsible with DuVall materials! I hope you and your child enjoyed reading together this week! Remember those library books count towards the 10-15 minutes you read every night! 

Kinder families your child does NOT have school this Friday (Mrs. Ross has her second kindergarten PD with the district. First graders, you will report as usual and be with Ms. Kerby the first grade teacher next door! 


First Grade: Week 4: ug and un family (slug, sun, run, bun, bug, fun, mug, plug, can, see) Please visit spelling city at least twice this week to help you learn your word family words along with the green list sight words 

-KDG: introducing: can, see (kinders are welcome to play Spelling city at their leisure to learn their sight words 🙂 

*Language Arts:  Please log onto Raz-Kids to read at night! Remember as your child receives a reading pack (first graders already have) these books count for the 10-15 minutes a night of reading total! If you’d like to read 20-30 go for it! 

-Trade Books: Main: “A Tree for All Seasons” and “Tap the Magic Tree”

POEM: All Leaves are Falling Down

*Mini Lessons: Poetry, rhyming words/providing rhyme, how many words are in the oral sentence I provide? Beginning sound and ending sound in a word I provide orally

*Writing Workshop: Continue Writing through Illustrations Unit 1. This week our lessons will add to writing and sharing our picture story to adding labels in the pictures to stand for beginning sounds of the illustrations, introducing the “pencil” as a tool in addition to crayons and markers, and labeling for “detail”. I can’t wait until you see the progression of this first unit when they bring these home at the end of the unit! Last week we also introduced the concept of “goal setting” which is so essential to writer’s workshop and Daily 5. Our goals will vary in the future, however we are all starting with the goals of detailed pictures.


*Social Studies: This week we will further our discussions of “what is a good citizen” by working on the topics “Good and Bad Choices” and “Being a Good friend”.

*Science:  This week we will continue working on our 5 Senses Unit. We will continue learning and experimenting with a new sense every day this week (Hearing, Sight, Smell, Touch). Let us know if you’d like to come in and help during one of these experiments! We had a blast on Friday experimenting with color! We mixed food together in clear cups of water and predicted what we thought would happen and what color it would make! We discuss how scientists: Ask questions, Make predictions or hypothesis’s, observe and measure, write observations down and talk about their findings! Ask your little scientist to share what they learned and remembered with you! 

*Math: This week we will finish Unit 1 working with number 0-5 and 0-10. We have been working so hard to understand number recognition, number order, comparing numbers 0-5, writing numbers, counting and cardinality (counting objects one at a time and saying one number for each object while doing so), and  subitizing. This week we will finish with lessons that include: ordering numbers 0-5, understanding quantities 0-5 and read and write 0-5. This week I will also do another assessment one on one to recheck the basic skills I asked your child to perform during the first week of school! You can help them prepare by playing the games we send home every week (I suggest putting them in sheet protectors and clipping them into a 3 ring binder at home so your child will have a large resource to use! Sheet protectors are also great for using with the dry erase markers because the markers wipe off SO easily!) 

*Skills to be reassessed this week: counting by 1s (how far can I go?), writing my numbers from 0-5, reading my numbers from 0-5, counting objects 1:1 up to five objects

PBIS: This week your child will take our “behavior program” a step further and help communicate further each day from school to home about our wonderful manners and if we have any challenges we need to work on during the day 🙂 We have spent the month of September learning expectations, however by NO MEANS are we perfect! If your child comes home with a color other than green, PLEASE do not be too upset with them! It takes the young child a very long time to learn social graces. At this point they are still in the “egocentric” stages of life and their personal needs are very important and often do not see the “group” they are in. I have VERY high expectations for my students as far as learners and contributors to our classroom environment. HOWEVER, as a mother and an educator with my masters in early childhood I know the time and patience it takes to become “ready to learn”. I want you to know that I love ALL your children and although I must use the PBIS system, I look at it in a positive way. We can communicate daily about behavior and I ask you to look at it and “discuss” how the day went with your child. If your child is on a color other than blue please ask them “how do you think the day went today? Is there anything you think you could work on as a “goal” tomorrow? I usually do not like to discuss colors at the end of the day in front of other families (as a mother I feel this is very personal and private and I would NOT like it if my son’s teacher was discussing his manners outside in front of others!) however, I am always available after people leave, by email or personal meeting 🙂 Having said all that, I assure you there is no real mystery to a blue lol and I have seen it all 🙂 Remember they are 5 and not perfect! I do not move students down quickly, so if your child is on blue know that if was after several redirecting lessons and over the period of the day. I tend to choose the color based on the “whole day” rather than an event or two 🙂 The behavior sheet I send home this month for October will live in the BACK of the red Homework folder! This is perfect so that it doesn’t get lost and I have also written all the late start, vacation days etc. on the calendars. Simply look and discuss your child’s behavior at night and praise/discuss a game plan for the next day 🙂 Kindly initial it once a week so we can partner together in their success! THANK YOU in advance for your help! Every month your child will receive a new one. remember: Every week they spend all 5 days on green they will be able to pick from the treasure box on Fridays!  Every month if your child has enough greens they can attend the PBIS celebrations when they begin 🙂

*Students that are trying SO hard to correct behavior that may have been against classroom policies will have the opportunity to “clip back up” if they are showing the teacher effort yay! However, if a child is clipped down for verbal or physical violence this is NOT a behavior I clip back for. DuVall has a ZERO tolerance for bullying and physical/verbal aggression. In addition, if you child is exhibiting exemplary behavior as a student, friend, DuVall Upstander (and I do not mean just being “nice” or “quiet” they will be recognized for being a “proud penguin” and clipped up to the color pink! This is not given out often, so children should not expect it just for having a great day and being “ready to learn” that is green and what we should ALL strive for!


Have a WONDERFUL week and I will update you with any news I may have not included in this post!


Mrs. Ross and Class 🙂