Welcome to Ms. Anderson's First Grade Class
Upcoming Classroom Holiday Activities
Keep in mind there are 2 more classroom activities the 1st grade will participate in throughout the week NEXT WEEK as well as the First Grade’s Festive Function parent-invited event during that week. Here is the timeline:
* Mon. Dec. 16th: “Holidays Around the World” = The students will “visit” other countries/ continents (First Grade Classrooms) and create a craft that encompasses the continent/country’s holiday and tradition. Five parent volunteers are needed.
** Wed. Dec. 18th: “First Grade’s Festive Function” = All parents/guardians invited to this event
from 1 – 2pm.
*** Fri. Dec. 20th (Early Release with Dismissal at 12:20pm): “The Polar Express” Day = On this day, students can wear school appropriate pajamas and should still wear school appropriate shoes. We will be reading the book, “The Polar Express” and participating in Winter Literacy/Math activities with the movie, “The Polar Express” playing in the background. Please sign & return the blue Polar Express paper that was given last week.
**** Sign Up Genius = With all that activity some items for each activity/volunteers for 12/16 only, are needed to make it a fun and academic success! Below is a link for “Sign Up Genius”. Click on the below link by pressing the Ctrl keyboard button and then click on the link. It will bring you to an online Sign Up sheet. If you could contribute, that would be greatly appreciated. :-) All items will need to be donated by THIS FRIDAY, December 13th! Thank you for all you do!
Sign Up Genius link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0F4FA9AE29A0F49-december
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School Times to Know
* Student Day -- 8:00 AM - 2:20 PM
* Breakfast Served -- 7:30 - 7:50 AM
* Teacher Day -- 7:30 AM - 3:15 PM
* Early Release Dismissal -- 12:20 PM
* School Office Hours -- 7:15 AM - 3:15 PM
** Extended Day Hours **
Important Information from Ms. Anderson 2019-2020 (sent home 8/19/19)
O.W.L. (Organized Weekly Learning) Binder
Starting on Monday, August 19th, your child will have a white binder that is their O.W.L. (Organized Weekly Learning) Binder and will be sent home each day. The Binder will contain a Weekly Behavior Log, which will be in the first tabbed pocket and should not be removed. Please check your child’s Binder DAILY for any home learning assignments and/or teacher comments and return it to school.
On Wednesdays, your child’s O.W.L. Binder may have important school notices and newsletters. This will be in the Home-School Communication Papers pocket.
On Fridays, your child’s Binder will contain graded papers, more important notices, artwork, etc. This will also be in the Home-School Communication Papers pocket. Please go through the Binder with your child, taking out papers that need to stay at home, read any teacher comments, and sign the Weekly Behavior Log. The Binder should be returned the following Monday.
Your child should be reading at least 20 minutes of an AR book or other book if AR book already read. A Reading Log will need to be filled out as well. Please read the next heading titled, Accelerated Reader and Reading Log for more information.
Your child will also be responsible to complete a Home Learning assignment. Home Learning assignments allow students the opportunity to practice a newly learned skill, remediate on a deficient skill, or enrich an already acquired skill. I may suggest your child work on Reading/Math computer programs for working on weak areas or for enrichment. Please keep me informed on any connection issues or if you do not have internet access. Your child might have some at home long-term projects to work on together with parent help. Supporting good work habits requires us to work together. I will support your child and encourage good work habits at school. Your child will benefit a great deal from your support and encouragement at home. See below for the nightly Home Learning assignments. These assignments are due every morning on the 7:50 bell (when students can enter my classroom) and is the student’s responsibility. I do not accept assignments/projects brought in later or put in my teacher box. Because my teaching is child-centered and based on individual needs, not all students will have the same assignments. Many times, I will assign Reading or Math computer programs as a homework assignment. Please keep me informed on any connection issues or if you do not have internet access.
Day of the Week
The Area of the Home Learning Assignment
At least 20 minutes of reading AR book or other book if AR book already read (must be documented on the Reading Log in the O.W.L. Binder) + a Spelling/Phonics or Fluency assignment
At least 20 minutes of reading AR book or other book if AR book already read (must be documented on the Reading Log in the O.W.L. Binder) + a Math assignment
At least 20 minutes of reading AR book or other book if AR book already read (must be documented on the Reading Log in the O.W.L. Binder) + a Writing or Grammar assignment
At least 20 minutes of reading AR book or other book if AR book already read (must be documented on the Reading Log in the O.W.L. Binder) + a Math, Science or Social Studies assignment
Friday - Sunday
At least 20 minutes EACH weekend night of reading AR book or other book if AR book already read (must be documented on the Reading Log in the O.W.L. Binder) + study for any upcoming tests you know of
A weekly information sheet titled “What We Are Learning this Week” will be emailed on Mondays (it will also be on my website). If requested, I will send home a hard copy in your child’s O.W.L Binder as well. The information sheet will list the weekly Sight/Vocabulary Words and the Phonics Pattern/Skills for the week. It will also list the current Reading, Grammar/Writing, Math, Science and Social Studies skills. The items that change weekly are Sight/Vocabulary Words, Phonics Skills Focus and any upcoming Tests or graded assignments that are due.
Accelerated Reader and Reading Log
Reading every night reinforces learning at school and a love of reading. Each student should read for a minimum of twenty minutes each night. Please allow your child to read to you as well as independently. Also, each night, the Reading Log (will be in one of the tabbed pockets in your child’s O.W.L Binder) needs to be filled out and be kept in that pocket in the Binder. Students will be given an AR point and book level goal to work toward each nine-week period. Students may take more than one test per week, but a limit of three is encouraged. Students can take AR tests in class each day as well as parents can bring their child to the media center each morning from 7:30 – 7:50. AR Tests are not able to be taken at home but instead can only be taken at school during school day hours. Reading to/with your child or having your child read independently is very important. Additional information about AR is available on the school website. As we progress through the year, students will have the opportunity to check out two books (one fiction/one nonfiction). Students’ book reading levels will be determined by their individual performances on the STAR test which will be given the first weeks of school. The test will be given again at the end of each 9-week period, so book reading levels will change throughout the year. Individual goals will be set using student reading levels each grading period. I give time in class for AR reading. I give time in class for AR reading/test taking each day. Students will need to bring their AR books to school each day and take home each night to read/discuss/reread with parents/guardians. Please encourage your child of this responsibility. AR books that aren’t brought to school (by students) will result in a lowered conduct grade for the week.
Day of Week
10:10 – 11:00pm
11:40 – 12:30pm
1:20 – 2:10pm
** Breakfast and Lunch are both FREE for all students! (A la carte items such as ice cream and chips have additional charges.)
Breakfast Time = 7:30am-7:50am
***Lunch Time = 11:00am-11:25am
Students are allowed to have a water bottle at their desks. The bottles must be the kind that snap shut (no twist top or just a straw). Bottles should be taken home each day and washed. The water bottle should be filled with clear, unflavored water. NO GATORADE or other drinks allowed in the water bottle. If the water bottle becomes a problem for a child, the bottle will be sent home and will not be allowed back. The classroom does have a water fountain to use at appropriate times during the day.
You must fill out volunteer forms each year. You must also scan your driver’s license. Try to do this ASAP. Having an approved volunteer form allows you to chaperone field trips, volunteer on campus, help in the classroom or special area class or help with the Fall Festival. You do not need a volunteer form in order to attend share shows or class, eat lunch with your child or attend class celebrations.
Ms. Anderson’s Website and Instagram
Please visit my website often. I have a wealth of information for you and upload class documents weekly/monthly. Also, follow me on Instagram. I will be uploading pictures and videos of the class participating in many creative learning activities. My website address is: https://www.marionschools.net/Domain/13697 and my Instagram is: ms. dma.
Marion County Public Schools is pleased to announce the implementation of Family/Student Access by Skyward, Inc. Family/Student Access is a secure internet-based website that will allow you to easily keep track of nearly everything your student(s) does while at school.
This service will allow you to view your student’s attendance, grades, schedule, progress, assignments, test scores, emergency contact information and much more. You can even set an alert to when I update any information on my webpage.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Madison Street's IPC, Christine Dienes at 671-7250. You can also click on the below county website link for FAQs:
CHARACTER EDUCATION (BUCKET FILLERS PROGRAM)
Bucket Fillers is our character education program at Madison Street. Bucket filling is an easyto-understand concept: We all carry an invisible bucket. This bucket contains our feelings. When our bucket is full, we feel great; when it’s empty, we feel empty. A Bucket Filler is someone who says or does nice things for other people. By doing this, they are filling other people’s buckets and filling their own bucket at the same time. On the other hand, a Bucket Dipper says or does things to cause other people to feel bad. This simple but profound philosophy applies to every aspect of life. Check out these read alouds of 2 Bucket Filler books:
** Two students from each class will be recognized monthly for demonstrating bucket filling characteristics.
Friday Spirit Shirts
Each Friday have your child wear a MSA Spirit shirt. Each Monday it is announced on the Morning Show which 1st grade class had the most "spiriteers". That class then has the "Golden Owl Trophy" to be housed in their classroom for the week! Go Anderson Spiriteers! :-)
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Ms. Anderson’s 1st Grade Class Schedule for
2019 – 2020 School Year
10:10 – 11:00
11:40 – 12:30
10:10 – 11:00
11:40 – 12:30
10:10 – 11:00
10:10 – 11:00
1:20 – 2:10
10:10 – 11:00
**LUNCH: 11:00 – 11:25 at Tables 14B and 15**