It was so nice to talk with you at parent-teacher conferences this week! Thank you for all of your support. I am grateful to be working with such a dedicated group of parents.
PARENTS AND PASTRIES - This Monday, March 2nd is Read Across America Day, a celebration of the life and work of Dr. Seuss. Odyssey will be hosting a “Parents and Pastries” event before school, from 7:45-8:15. Please bring a book and join us as we enjoy some reading time together with our kids.
KINDNESS COUNTS - I am taking some time with our class to revisit the basics of what it means to be a good friend. Each day after lunch, we are watching a “Word on the Street” (Sesame Street Workshop ) video podcast, and we are talking about ideas that are foundational to kindness and friendship. These are the ideas we have discussed this week:
Cheer - Giving words of encouragement or congratulations Cheer
Patience - To wait in a calm way Patience
Include - To invite someone to be part of the group. Include
FIELD TRIP - Our field trip to the Living Planet Aquarium will be Wednesday, March 11th. I will be sending more information next week to let you know what to expect. If you have already returned the permission slip, thank you. If you have not, please complete and return the signed form no later than Friday, March 6th.
I have had several parents ask about coming along as chaperones. I am sending a separate email today with information about the requirements for chaperone volunteers, and if you are interested, please let me know. Please be aware that I am only able to choose a limited number of chaperones.
The first grade school lunch orders for March 11th have been cancelled, and funds reimbursed. Our class will be expected to bring a home lunch on the day of our field trip. We will be eating together in our classroom when we return.
Have a wonderful weekend!
I hope to see you Monday morning.
We are beginning our unit on Animal Habitats. We will be learning about animals who make their homes in the Arctic Tundra, the Sonoran Desert, the East African Savanna, temperate deciduous forests, the Amazon Rainforest, and in freshwater and saltwater habitats. Our first grade classes will have the chance to see some of these animals in their habitat as we visit the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium for our field trip on March 11th.
FIELD TRIP PERMISSION SLIPS - This week I am handing out permission slips for our field trip to the Living Planet Aquarium. Please complete and return the signed forms no later than Friday, March 6th.
KINDNESS COUNTS - I am taking some time with our class to revisit the basics of what it means to be a good friend. Each day after lunch, we are watching a “Word on the Street” (Sesame Street Workshop ) video podcast, and we are talking about ideas that are foundational to kindness and friendship. These are the ideas we have discussed so far:
Respect - Treating people in a way that makes them feel cared for and important Respect
Courtesy - To be polite and use good manners Courteous
Compliment - To say something nice about someone. Compliment
PARENTS AND PASTRIES - Monday, March 2nd is Read Across America Day, a celebration of the life and work of Dr. Seuss. Odyssey will be hosting a “Parents and Pastries” event before school, from 7:45-8:15. Please bring a book and join us as we enjoy some reading time together with our kids.
BOOK REPORTS - It is so exciting to see all of the inspiring people that our students are getting to know through the biographies / autobiographies that they are reading!
February Book reports and Reading calendars are due this Friday, February 28th. This is a digital write-up of the book that your child is reading. I am happy to print your child’s report if needed - just send a copy of the project to my email.
REACH FOR THE STARS READING CHALLENGE - Many thanks to all of our students who participated in the Reach for the Stars reading challenge. Our students earned $106 in book credits for our classroom! Ya-hoo!
Congratulations to Ayden and Aria P., who tied for our top pledges. Congratulations to our Star Readers: Jordan and Aria P., who each read over 500 minutes! Congratulations also to Livia, who was not only another star reader, but also earned the blue ribbon for being the student from our class who read the most minutes!
For those students who brought in pledges, I sent book vouchers home today. They can be used to purchase books at the book fair this week.
PTC / EARLY OUT - Please remember that both Wednesday AND Thursday will be early out days this week. I look forward to seeing you at parent-teacher conferences.
It has been such a crazy, interesting week with all of the obstacles that were created by the snow, and the excitement of our Kindness Week activities. We made it through it all, but I do apologize that my communication has been lagging.
FEBRUARY BOOK REPORTS & READING CALENDARS - Our February book report is a little more intensive than those of previous months. Our genre is biography / autobiography. The students will read a book about any real, historical person.
There is no book report form this month - only a model of what the report should look like. After your child reads / listens to the book, he or she will type a summary on the computer, and print the report (with a photo included). If you are not able to print the report, please upload a copy of the report and send it to me. I can print it here at the school.
Because this is a short month, you will want to get started right away with selecting a book. Book reports & reading calendars are due Friday, February 28th.
VALENTINE’S DAY CELEBRATION - We are NOT going to have a class party for Valentine’s Day. We WILL do some friendship activities in class on Friday, February 14th, and the students WILL have a chance to pass out Valentine cards.
If your child would like to share valentines with their friends, please keep it simple. Sweets are fine (we will be sending all of the treats home so that you can decide what you would like your child to have). Non-food or healthy treats are even better. (Please be sure that any food treats are store bought and individually packaged.) Of course, simple cards or notes are fantastic as well.
Please have your child sign his/her name on each card, but do not write CLASSMATES’ NAMES on the cards. This will save us oodles of time and will help prevent any peer distress.
We have 25 children in our class. We do have one or more students with a peanut allergy, so please avoid any edible treats that contain nuts.
We will decorate Valentine bags in class for sharing cards, so you do NOT need to prepare a valentine “mailbox” at home.
WELCOME - We have a new student in our class. Stetson has been with us for a couple weeks now, and we are delighted to have him at our school.
CONGRATULATIONS - I am not sure if I have given a shout-out to our term 2 academic award winners. If I have already, pardon me while I do it again. Congratulations to Maggie, our Academic Award winner. Maggie takes such pride in everything she does, and her work and grades show it. She is an excellent student and classmate. Congratulations also to Ellie, our Citizenship Award winner. Ellie has such a positive, inviting disposition, and she is always helpful and always kind to all of her peers. It is a joy to have her in our class. Congratulations to Cooper, for perfect attendance this term. It is quite an accomplishment to be at school all day, every day, for an entire quarter. Nice work!
Congratulations to Livia, our February Ambassador of Kindness. Livia is always looking for ways to help and care for her classmates. She is always friendly and joyful, and a very positive person to be around.
Thank you, parents, for all you do. I am very grateful for this opportunity to work with you and your children each day.
Have a wonderful weekend.
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