We have had such a great week. We finished our ancient Egypt unit this week. The kids read about the pharaohs and pyramids, and about the Egyptian homes, clothing, and food, and then they shared their discoveries with their classmates. We had a fun C.E.T. about Egypt today: The kids made mummies, colored a headdress, and wrote their names on an Egyptian Cartouche. They tasted foods that were familiar to the Egyptian people: hummus, lentils, dates, and honey.
A great big thanks for all of your donations and to so many of you who were able to come and help in our classroom. I am so grateful for your support.
THANKSGIVING BREAK - There will be no school on Wednesday, November 21st - November 23rd, in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday. I hope that you all enjoy this time together.
FOOD PERMISSION - Our class earned a “Friday fun fifteen” reward, but with the C.E. T. today, we are going to postpone our reward to Monday. I am planning to make applesauce with our class, but I want to ask that if your child is not able to eat the applesauce, PLEASE LET ME KNOW BY MONDAY. The ingredients are apples, cinnamon, lemon juice, and a little sugar.
FOOD DRIVE - Thank you for bringing food donations to our school this week. There were five full barrels in our front hallway by the end of the week. Great job!
BOOK REPORTS - Please remember that it is only a couple weeks before November book reports are due. The genre is fiction - you can choose any non-fiction book that will help your child to learn some new facts about something about which they are interested. I will attach a copy of the book report form.
Have a wonderful weekend!
We have had a full week of learning. We learned about the Nile River and why it was important to the ancient Egyptian people. We learned about the pyramids and the Great Sphinx. We learned about Dr. Howard Carter’s discovery of the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun, also known as “King Tut.” Our class had an extra treat today: We took a “15-minute field trip” to the upstairs hallway where we saw the display of the sarcophagi that the sixth graders created. The sixth grade students acted as our “tour guides,” and they taught our class interesting facts about ancient Egypt, and lessons about each individual sarcophagus!
EGYPT C.E.T. - Our first grade team will finish our study of ancient Egypt next week, and we will conclude the unit with our C.E.T. activities. Please consider how you might be able to volunteer. Here is a link to the sign-up genius:
COATS - As the weather is getting colder, please be sure to send warm jackets or coats with your child. Some of our students are wanting to sit inside rather than going out to play because they are not bringing jackets to school. Please label all of these outerwear items as well - we want to be sure that they are returned quickly if they become lost.
CONGRATULATIONS - Tyler is our November Ambassador of Courage. Tyler is so confident and is willing to try any task. He works so hard each day to learn and to reach his personal best. Congratulations Tyler.
I am so happy to be working with all of you. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to teach your fantastic children each day.
Have a great weekend!
It has been a busy, exciting week.
We have begun our study on ancient civilizations. This week we learned about Babylon, the great city of ancient Mesopotamia. We learned about the canals from the Euphrates and Tigris rivers for the Mesopotamian farm lands, the ancient cuneiform writing, and the Code of Hammurabi. We also learned about the Ishtar Gate at the entrance of Babylon, and the Hanging Gardens that King Nebuchadnezzar built for his queen.
THANK YOU - Thank you Heather Andersen and Kristina Gregory for all of the effort that they put into planning and organizing our Halloween class party. Thanks also to all of you who came to help with the party, and those who prepared materials and donated supplies. The kids had a great day!
CONGRATULATIONS - Thursday was our 1st quarter award assembly. Congratulations to Dax, who won the Academic Award for this term. Congratulations to Leslyn who won the Citizenship Award for this term. And Congratulations to Arnav, who won an award for perfect attendance. I am very proud of each one of these fine students.
NOVEMBER BOOK REPORTS - I have sent home the reading calendars and book report forms for November.
Our genre is non-fiction. It is not so crucial this month that you find a book from our OCS classical literature list. There are so many great non-fiction books available. Please just help your child find a good book that will teach them more about something that they are interested in learning.
LABELS - Thank you for writing your child’s name on the labels of coats, jackets, lunch boxes, etc.. This makes it so much easier to find items that have gone missing, and it will save all a lot of distress.
Enjoy your weekend!
I hope you all enjoyed your fall break. The weather was lovely.
I was pleased by how well the kids came back to school ready to learn and to get back to work. (Have I mentioned how fantastic I think our students are??)
CLASSICAL CHARACTER PARADE - Thank you for those who have returned your classical character forms. If you have not returned these or contacted me but would still like to have your child dress up for our Classical Character Parade on the 31st, please return the form or let me know via email.
BOOK REPORTS - I was noticing today that there is a discrepancy between the due date set by our first grade team and the due date listed on the Classical Character informational flyer. Our due date for October book reports was set for this FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26TH. However, since the date on the flyer is set for the 29th, I WILL ACCEPT OCTOBER BOOK REPORTS ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 29TH. (This is different than what I told our students today.) Please help your child to complete and return his/her HISTORICAL FICTION book report by Monday.
If you are still uncertain about book ideas, you can check at your local city library (or the school library), or you can do a google search on historical fiction books for 1st grade. Here are a few good lists that I found:
CURRICULUM - This is our final week of the “Similar Stories / Different Lands” unit. We are beginning our sight words this week during our voyager time. I am excited about the work we are going to be doing together. I will let you know more about that next week.
HALLOWEEN PARTY - Our room parents, Heather Andersen and Kristina Gregory will be sending emails to let you know how you can help with our class party on the 31st. Thank you in advance for all of your support.
HOME AND SCHOOL NEWSLETTER - I am also attaching a copy of the “Home and School” newsletter from our Assistant Director, Brooke Austin. I hope that you will take a minute to read it.
Thank you, parents, for all of your great work!
We are coming to the end of the first quarter. It is quite exciting to see how much your children have accomplished already this year!
This week we completed our alphabet handwriting practice workbook. Our class is working hard, and I have seen much improvement in their penmanship. In our Core Knowledge time, we are reading stories from different countries and comparing what story elements are the same and which are different. I am feel so grateful to be teaching your children each day.
RED RIBBON WEEK - This has been a great week of conversation as we have talked about the importance of making good choices for our bodies. Our class has learned why red ribbon week began, and we have talked about why it is important to say no to drugs. We also discussed why the improper use of medicine can be just as detrimental to our lives. The kids were eager to commit to living a drug free life.
END OF TERM - Next week is the end of term one, and I will be busy finalizing grades. Please be sure that any missing assignments are turned in by MONDAY, OCTOBER 15th.
FALL BREAK - Fall break begins next Thursday, October 18th. There will be no school on Monday, October 12th, for Professional Development training, so classes will not resume until TUESDAY, October 23rd.
NO SCHOOL LUNCH NEXT WEEK - Our lunch vendor will not be able to provide lunches for us next week. Please send a home lunch with your child next week, OCTOBER 15-17th.
AMBASSADOR OF LOYALTY - Congratulations to Jamila, our October Ambassador of Loyalty. Jamila is a good friend to her peers, and she is so kind and helpful to her classmates.
THANK YOU - Our human body C.E.T. was a success! The students made skeletons, experienced how the digestive system works, and charted their different eye and hair colors Thank you to all who helped make our first C.E.T. successful - both to those who donated time to help, and those who donated supplies. It is so wonderful to be working together with such supportive families!
I will not be sending a newsletter out next week, so I want to take this opportunity to wish you all a wonderful, relaxing fall break.
This has been an exciting week for our class, with our school assembly and school pictures, and lots of great learning. We are finishing our unit on the human body systems, and tomorrow will be our first C.E.T.. The children will be doing some great activities geared toward discovering how our bodies work.
HOUSE COLOR COMPETITIONS - Your student was given a colored wristband today that he/she will wear each Friday, along with the Odyssey house shirts (if your child has one). Please be sure to keep track of the wristband, as it will need to last throughout the school year.
HEARING / VISION SCREENING - Next week the students will be given a hearing and a vision screening. I will not have the information on the screening results. You will be notified by a school specialist if there is any reason for concern.
OCTOBER BOOK REPORTS / READING CALENDARS - I will send October book report forms and reading calendars on Friday. They will both be due on Friday, October 26th. The genre for this month is HISTORICAL FICTION:
Historical fiction presents a fictional story set within a real historical event or significant time period In historical fiction, the time period is often an important part of the story or setting. The characters may be real historical figures, fictional characters, or a combination of the two.
Please use the OCS classical literature list as a guide; However, if there is a book that you would like to read that is not included on our book list, please let me know.
You can find the book list on our school website here: http://odysseycharter.net/book-reports/ or you can look on the Book Report tab on my website to download a list that is categorized by genre.
I am so grateful for the opportunity to teach your wonderful kids each day!
I am so proud of our class. They are doing great work, and are working well together. We have begun our human body unit, and I am looking forward to our human body C.E.T. on Friday, October 5th.
PARENT- TEACHER CONFERENCES - Thank you for signing up for parent-teacher conferences. I look forward to meeting with you and sharing with you the great things your child is doing at school.
BOOK FAIR - Come check out the book fair this week while you are at the school. There are some great books to encourage your child’s love of reading.
BOOK REPORTS - September book reports are due this Friday, the 28th. The genre is fiction, and the format is a character t-shirt. Once your child has read a book, have him/her decorate the t-shirt to look like a main character from the story. The shirts will be cut out and glued onto a piece of construction paper or other decorative paper. (I have construction paper in the class if you need a piece.)
You can find book report forms to print, as well as pdf files of book lists on my website here: https://novotnenews.weebly.com/book-report-forms.html
READING CALENDARS - September reading calendars are also due on the 28th. Please add up the number of minutes read for the month, and record the total at the bottom of the calendar.
Thank you all for your support and the hard work that you put into helping your kids to be successful in school. I am so grateful to partner with you on this journey.
It was so nice to talk with so many of you at the carnival yesterday. I am so glad that you could come! Thank you so much to all of you who donated prizes for our raffle baskets, or time to volunteer. I appreciate you so much!
This week we are learning about electricity and about the American inventor, Thomas Edison. We are also reading stories about Anansi the spider.
PARENT - TEACHER CONFERENCES: I would love to meet with you at parent-teacher conferences on Wednesday and Thursday, September 26-27. Please sign up for an appointment by Monday, September 24th. Here is the link to schedule a time:
STUDENT OF THE WEEK SCHEDULE: I am attaching a copy of our Student of the Week schedule to this email. Please make a note of the date when your child will give a presentation to the class. If you have any conflicts with the date, please let me know as soon as possible so that I can adjust the schedule.
READING CALENDAR / BOOK REPORT FORMS: I have sent reading calendars and book report forms home with each student. Both will be due on September 28th. Our book report genre for this month is FICTION. Please look at our OCS classical literature list to find an excellent book for your child. If there is a different book that you would like to choose, please send me an email for approval. You can find the book lists and a book list by genre on my website here: https://novotnenews.weebly.com/book-report-forms.html
You can download an extra copy of our monthly reading calendars here: https://novotnenews.weebly.com/reading-calendars.html
COMPUTER CLASS: A parent requested information on the typing program that our students are working on at school. It is called BBC / Dance Mat Typing. You can find the link here: https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/articles/z3c6tfr This is great practice for your child at home, as well. By the end of the first term, our class will switch to practicing math facts on Moby Max during our computer time.
CONGRATULATIONS to Varuni, who is our September Ambassador of Excellence. Varuni is a very dedicated student who loves to learn and who gives her best effort to all that she does. I love to see the enthusiasm that she brings to school each day.
Thank you, parents, for all of your wonderful support.
Have a great week!
I hope you had a wonderful weekend. It was so nice to welcome your children back to school today.
CARNIVAL - Our school carnival is next Monday, September 10th. It is going to be so much fun!! If you want to purchase discounted game tickets or food packages for the carnival, tomorrow is the last day for early-bird orders. You can turn your money in at the front office.
Our first grade team is collecting Legos/Lego gear and sweet treat coupons for prize baskets. If you are able to donate an item to include, you can send it with your child to our classroom. Thanks so much in advance - and thanks to those who have already donated!
BOOK REPORTS - Each month we ask our students to complete a book report. There is a different genre from which to read each month. This month the first grade students will choose a FICTIONAL book to read. I sent a book report form home with your child today. Please take a look at it to see what is expected. All book reports will be due on Friday, September 28th. If you have any questions, please let me know. You can read more about book reports here: https://novotnenews.weebly.com/book-report-forms.html
WHAT WE ARE LEARNING - This week we will be reading more fables, along with “The Story of Peter Rabbit.” We will be learning about complimentary colors as well.
NET SMARTZ ASSEMBLY - On Friday we will have a school assembly to learn about staying safe on the internet. Be sure to talk with your child about what they learn. There is a NetSmartzKids website that is full of activities and videos that you can explore together: https://www.netsmartzkids.org/
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, concerns, or ideas about our classroom.
Have a great week!
Our class is working so well together, and I am proud to be their teacher. They are fantastic kids!
This week we finished our safety book, and we are beginning our unit on fables. We are also learning the difference between our city, state, country, and continent (this is a VERY difficult concept for 1st graders). This will be the first week for us to check out books during library time as well.
FIRE DRILL - We will have our first fire drill tomorrow morning, so please take some time to talk with your child about this if you feel like they might need the extra confidence boost. I will also help them, to the best of my ability, to feel comfortable with the whole process.
MATH/LANG ARTS CLASSES - We are beginning our second week of leveled math and reading classes. If you have any questions about who your math/language arts teachers are, please let me know. We have a really fantastic team of first grade teachers, so your children are all in good hands.
ASPIRE - Last week I sent home student i.d. Numbers along with instructions for setting up your ASPIRE account. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Ms. Withers in the front office or send your question to me. My grades are not yet set up in ASPIRE just yet - my apologies. I am having some technical difficulties but am trying to resolve the situation quickly.
CARNIVAL - Our carnival is coming soon - September 10, from 4-7 p.m. I hope that you will plan to come. This is a very fun time for our families. You can pre-purchase tickets at a discounted price through the front office until September 5th.
If you would like to donate items for a prize basket, the first grade team is collecting Legos (and Lego-related items) and gift cards to any bakeries/sweet shops in the area.
LIBRARY VOLUNTEERS - We are in need of parents, grandparents, or other relatives who would like to come and help in our library. There are two opportunities: one is helping kids check out books during our library time (Thursdays 1:30 - 2:00). The other is helping with the HRP program, which is preparing readers “baggie books” for kids to take home. If you are interested in either, you can go to this link to sign up, or you can email Ms. Beckstrand, our librarian. https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/2403241/false#/invitation or email@example.com
LABOR DAY & SCHOOL LUNCH - Please remember that there will be no school on Monday, September 3rd. I know that your children will enjoy the extra time with you over the holiday weekend. When we return to school on Tuesday, September 4th, our school lunch program will begin. If you are purchasing lunch for your child, Please be sure that they know. Thank you!
Have a great week!