We are wrapping up a fantastic unit on the ancient civilizations of Babylon and Egypt. We have learned about the Tigris, Euphrates, and Nile rivers, and how they supported the growth and sustenance of these civilizations. We learned about the Mesopotamian ziggurats and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.
We learned about the Egyptian pyramids and some significant pharaohs, including Pharaoh Khufu, who built the Great Pyramid in Giza, and his son Khafre, who built the Great Sphinx. We learned about treasures that were discovered in the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun (a.k.a. “King Tut”) by the English archaeologist Howard Carter.
C.E.T. - Today our first graders made an Egyptian headdress, a sugar cube pyramid, and a sarcophagus with its own mummy. They sampled some Egyptian foods as well (lentils, honey, dates, hummus, and pita bread). Many thanks to all who participated in our Egypt C.E.T.. Our activities ran so smoothly because of so much help, and the kids had such a fun time!
BOOK REPORTS & READING CALENDARS - Thank you for reading with your child each day. Please continue to record those minutes on your November reading calendars.
The genre for this month’s book report is The genre for this month’s book report is NON-FICTION. Non-fiction books are informational books that are based on facts. These could be books that are historical, biographical, or scientific.
The OCS book list does not have a wide selection of choices in this category, because there is such a broad selection of books to read within this genre. Please do not feel limited to the books on our book list for this genre. We are just asking that you choose a quality book that will help your child to learn true information / facts about a topic that interests him/her.
National Geographic Kids, Usborne, Dorling Kindersley, and Scholastic are all publishers of great non-fiction books. Here is a link to some specific book recommendations if you need a few ideas:
If you have any questions, please let me know.
STUDENT OF THE WEEK SCHEDULE - I am sending a pdf copy of our student of the week schedule with this email. Please mark on your calendar the date that your child is scheduled to present. If you need to change a date, please give me enough advance notice so that I can coordinate the change with another family.
READING GROUPS / 6-MINUTE FLUENCY - Our voyager time is packed full this year. Every day (M,T, TH,F) we work on a new sight word, and then the students have focused intervention in leveled reading groups. Our school is implementing The Six-Minute Solution reading fluency program this year, and our students are working together to give feedback and discuss reading progress.
Because of this change, I adjusted my reading group time a bit, and we are now doing group work from 10:30 - 11:00. I would love to have parents come in and read with our students. Please contact our room parents, Melanie Hutchings or Camille Mullen
if you are interested. You are also welcome to stop by first thing in the morning (between 8:15-8:30) to read with students as well. You don’t need to be “scheduled” for this - feel free to just stop in.
Have a wonderful weekend.
It has been a busy week as we are returning from fall break. We are reading and discussing various versions of “Cinderella,” and we worked on our final line art project.
AWARD ASSEMBLY - Today we attended our quarterly school award assembly. Congratulations to Shamayeeta, the Academic Hero Award recipient for this first term! Congratulations also to Santiago, who was awarded the Citizenship Award for our class. We are also very proud of Itzae and James for their perfect attendance during the first quarter.
VOYAGER TIME - I want to tell you about some changes in our “voyager” class time that have begun this week. For the remainder of this school year we will be learning and practicing sight words. Each week the students will have four new words to practice. The students are expected to use the new sight word to write their own sentences each day, and there will be a daily poem for them to practice reading. Each day the students will bring home a sight word worksheet. It may not be stamped, but it does not need to be returned for a grade.
We are also beginning a new “Six Minute Solution” reading fluency program schoolwide. The students will work with a partner to practice smooth, quick, accurate reading each day.
In two weeks we will also begin dividing into guided reading groups for daily skill practice and intervention. I will tell you more about this as we go.
CLASSICAL CHARACTER PARADE & Book Reports - Next Thursday, October 31st, our students will participate in a “Classical Characters” costume parade at 8:45 a.m. Please be sure that book reports are completed and turned in before this day. There is some flexibility in your historical fiction book selection this month, but please be sure that your child is reading about a real event or historic figure.
We will have our class party in the afternoon on the 31st. Special thanks to our room parents, Camille Mullen and Melanie Hutchings for their efforts in organizing our party!
I am very grateful for the opportunity to work with your children! I am so proud of the way that our students have been focused and ready to learn each day. I am proud of the ways that I see them showing kindness to one another. I am very appreciative of the support and help that I have received from you all. Thank you.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend.
This week we have been reading similar stories from different lands, and comparing the essential story elements. This week we read Little Red Riding Hood by Jerry Pinkney, Lon Po Po by Ed Young, and Pretty Salma by Niki Daly. We imitated the work of Henri Matisse (“The Swan”), and made watercolor pumpkin line art.
BOOK REPORTS - October genre is historical fiction. Book reports will be due Wednesday, October 30th.
READING CALENDAR - Please keep track of October reading minutes. Your child should be reading 20 minutes a day, 5 days a week (400 minutes per month). You can record reading times on your October calendar.
CLASSICAL CHARACTER PARADE - Today I sent home the classical character parade information and permission form. Please let us know what character your child would like to portray, and return the form by October 22. If you have any questions, please send an email, and I will direct them to Debbie Gulledge, our parade coordinator.
END OF TERM - October 22nd is the end of the first term of school. Please have any missing assignments turned in by Monday, October 21st.
I still have a few grades to enter, but ASPIRE should be fully updated by the end of day tomorrow. .
HOME LUNCH NEXT WEEK - Next week will be a short week, with 2 full days and Wednesday early out. Please plan to send a home lunch with your child each day, as there will be no school lunch provided.
Have a great weekend!
This week we completed our studies on the human body, and we learned about germs, and the contributions of Dr. Edward Jenner and scientist Louis Pasteur.
Our class had so much fun today with their human body C.E.T. activities! Thank you SO MUCH to all who volunteered their time and/or donated supplies for our day. You all are awesome!
OCTOBER BOOK REPORTS - I sent home a copy of the October reading calendars, and the October book report forms this week. Our genre for October is Historical Fiction. A historical fiction book will have fictional characters and a fictional story, but will be set in a historical time period, involve real people who were a part of history, or convey a historical event. Please refer to our OCS book list, but know that there are a plethora of other options. You can look up historical fiction ideas for kids online, or talk with the librarian at your local library for recommendations. Please let me know if you have any questions.
CLASSICAL CHARACTER PARADE - I want to give you a heads up if you are new to Odyssey about the way that we celebrate Halloween. Each year, we have a “Classical Characters” parade, and all Odyssey students are invited to dress up as historical figures, or characters from classical literature (no superheroes or comic book figures). I will attach a brochure for you to read so that you can plan accordingly for Halloween costumes. October book reports will need to be turned in if students want to participate in dressing up for the parade.
CONGRATULATIONS to Ellie, our October Ambassador of LOYALTY! Ellie is a very kind, friendly person, and she has a way of making others feel welcome. She is also very quick to stand up for her classmates or help out whenever there is a need. It is a pleasure to have Ellie in our class!
Congratulations also to the kids in our class who go out of their way to include their classmates, or do small acts of service, or to stand up for and show loyalty to their friends. Here is a list of our “honorable mentions”: Ayden, Santi, Jarom, James, and Sydney.
FALL BREAK - Our fall break is coming up Thursday and Friday, October 17 - 19. The school will be closed on Monday, October 21st as well for Professional Development. I hope you can plan a nice time of rest or vacationing during this time. There will be NO SCHOOL LUNCH service during the week of October 14th-16th. Please be prepared to send a lunch to school with your child.
BOX TOPS - If you are collecting any Box Tops for Education, Holly Patino will be collecting them next Friday, October 11th. If you have not yet collected any Box Tops, please look for them on these products: https://www.boxtops4education.com/Participating-Products-Page
They are a great way for our school to earn money toward free school supplies and equipment.
Thank you for all of your support. I am so grateful to be working with all of you, and I love teaching your children each day!
Have a great weekend.
Thank you so much for taking the time to meet with me during parent-teacher conferences. I was so happy to share the things that I love about your kids, and to let you know about the good work that they are doing so far in first grade. I am very proud of our class, and I am so grateful for the support that I have received from each of you.
This week we have been learning human body systems: the skeletal system, the muscular system, the circulatory system, and the digestive system. We also talked about ways to stay healthy: eating healthy food, exercising, sleeping, getting doctor check-ups and vaccinations, and staying clean.
FIRST GRADE C.E.T. = Our human body C.E.T. activities are this Friday. Thank you to all who have volunteered to help, and to those who have donated supplies.
PICTURE DAY - School pictures will be taken on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1st. Please dress your child in his/her school uniform for school pictures. If you would like to order photos, send the school order form with your child that morning. The kids will carry the order forms to the photographer as we take our photos.
BOOK REPORTS & READING CALENDARS - Book reports and reading calendars are DUE MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30th. Your child will read a fictional book and decorate the t-shirt to reflect one of the characters from the story. The t-shirt should be cut out and glued onto a piece of construction paper or other decorative paper.
CONGRATULATIONS to Ayden for winning the book fair coloring contest for our class. Nice job, Ayden!
Have a great weekend!
I hope that you have had some good conversations with your children this week as we celebrated Red Ribbon Week. We have been talking about the importance of developing good habits like taking care of our bodies and our minds, and saying no to friends who ask us to do things that we know are not right. We also talked about sticking together and encouraging our friends to make good choices, and standing up for each other when we see bullies trying to hurt others.
We had a wonderful presentation from the Bobby Lawrence Karate studio at our school assembly today. It was a great way to wrap up our week, and to reinforce all that we have learned this week.
If you would like to know more about getting your child involved in the Bobby Lawrence Karate program, they are sponsoring a free class for all Odyssey families tomorrow at noon. A flyer was sent home with your child today.
This week we read some more Anansi stories, and we created an “Anansi” spider art project. We also learned about symbols of the state of Utah. How many of them do you know? What is the: Utah state capital? flower? tree? bird? insect? fish?
Congratulations to our class for winning our second Golden Book Award for having exceptional library manners.
PARENT- TEACHER CONFERENCES - Many of you have already signed up for conferences on Wednesday and Thursday next week. If you would like to meet but have not yet signed up, you can schedule an appointment here: www.ptcfast.com/schools/Odyssey_Charter_School
It has been an eventful, busy week. We had our first fire drill and our first school assembly, and our class won the very first Golden Book Award for doing such a great job in the library. We have been practicing our penmanship, making a fall color book, and reading and discussing fables together.
PARENT NIGHT - Thank you so much for coming to parent night this week. It was a pleasure to talk with you. I sent home a copy of some important class information for those of you who were not able to make it.
NO SCHOOL ON MONDAY - Our school will be CLOSED on Monday, September 2nd for the Labor Day holiday. I look forward to seeing all of your bright, smiling faces again on Tuesday.
INSTRUCTOR TEACHER NEXT WEEK - I will be out of the classroom on Thursday and Friday next week. My daughter is getting married, and we will have family coming in from out of state. Our instructor, Ms. Dastrup will be leading our class all day Thursday and Friday morning, and our other first grade instructor, Ms. Passi, will be teaching the class on Friday afternoon. Both of our instructors are very capable and great with our kids, and I am confident that our students will be kind and helpful as they step in.
PUPPIES - One of the parents in our class has a litter of the most ADORABLE puppies, and she has offered to bring them in to our class for a visit. I am going to try to set this up for next week. If your child has any allergies that would prevent him / her from being able to handle the puppies, PLEASE LET ME KNOW before school begins next week.
OCS CARNIVAL - We are going to have a wonderful time at our SCHOOL CARNIVAL, Monday, September 9th from 4:00 - 7:00. Don’t forget to PRE-ORDER your tickets for games and food by Tuesday, September 3rd.
CET LEAD VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY- We are still looking for a volunteer to lead our first grade C.E.T. events. If you are interested, please let me know, or contact Megan Carpenter, who is heading up the C.E.T. program for the school: firstname.lastname@example.org
LIBRARY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Ms. Beckstrand is looking for people willing to help in our library. We need library volunteers to come in during our class library time , and also HRP (Home Reading Program) volunteers who can help prepare the books to send home with our students each week.
HEARING SCREENINGS - We will have schoolwide hearing screenings on September 13. Please let me know beforehand if you have any concerns or requests that you would like me to pass along to our hearing specialist.
I hope that you all will be able to relax and enjoy this wonderful Labor Day weekend.
We had another great day in our first grade classroom! Congratulations to all of our students (and to all of you parents) for having a successful first week of school!
Today we learned the first song in our Core Knowledge book: "Make new Friends (but keep the old)". We read a book calledRibbit! by Rodrigo Folgueira, and we talked about ways that we can make new friends. Our class has done a super job of being kind and inclusive so far!
Today we mixed primary colors to make the secondary colors: orange, purple, green. We also began our geography unit. We learned about a globe, and looked at the continents and oceans on our globe. We played a game of four corners and answered some questions to review these new ideas. I will attach a pdf copy of the scope and sequence of the Core Knowledge topics that we will be covering in first grade this year.
Our first grade team met together today to evaluate the math and language arts assessments, and we have placed our first grade students into the most fitting leveled classes. We will begin language arts and math classes next week, and you will be hearing from Ms. East, Ms. Skinner, or myself to let you know what will be happening in our respective classes.
We're off to a great start! Thank you so much for all of your support.
Have a great weekend!
It is exciting to see our class working together and being kind to each other. We have a great group of kids!
Today we did our first lesson in our Core Knowledge books. We learned the saying: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you," and we talked and wrote about ways that we can treat people kindly. Along with that, we read the book Me Too by Mercer Meyer, and we learned our class rule #2: Be respectful. The kids worked in teams and drew the best pictures of people and things that they will respect ( https://novotnenews.weebly.com/gratitude--cheers.html). Today we also began our first art lesson about the three primary colors: red, yellow, and blue. We will soon be learning about how they work together to create secondary and complimentary colors.
We had a math assessment again today (yesterday we worked on math facts - today we were seeing how well the students can understand and apply math concepts). It was a big job for them, and so we also learned our class rule #4: Do your best. We also had a bonus recess as a reward for their great work.
Today the kids had their first music class with Ms. Perkins. Our class has music on Monday and Thursday afternoons.
I'm sure that your kids will be tuckered out after their first full day. Have a great, restful evening. I look forward to seeing them again tomorrow!
We are off to a great start!
Today we practiced our Morning 5 routine (Backpacks, lunch box, lunch clip, homework folders, and pencils). We passed out school supplies and drew a self portrait. After recess the kids had their first P.E. class with Coach G, and we took our first spelling and math placement tests. After lunch we read 10 Rules of Being a Superhero by Deb Pilutti, and we practiced our class rule #1: "One person talks at a time" as we got to know each other.
I enjoyed working with your children. They were very cooperative and eager to learn. I think that this is going to be a great year!
I was very happy to meet all of you at Back to School night as well. THANK YOU SO MUCH for all of the school supply donations. It is so amazing to see what happens when everyone is so kind and generous. Working together we can do great things!
Have a great evening.
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