Thursday, January 17, 2019

Dear Parents,

Important Dates:
  • Jan. 17 Report Cards sent home
  • Jan. 18 (updated) Schlitterbahn’s Waves of Pages Reading Logs due
  • Jan. 21 No School/Holiday
  • Jan. 23 Thinkery Field trip *** see below

***Field Trip: Our field trip to the Thinkery is on Wednesday, 1/23. Chaperones,
be on the lookout for a separate email with additional information!
        Lunch: We will be eating an early "lunch" (at 9:45) before we head to the Thinkery and will eat a heavy snack when we get back to school (at 2 PM). Please make sure to send your student with a home lunch (unless you marked buying lunch) and a heavy snack. As we are eating this in class (not at the field trip location), you can send it in a regular lunch box - it doesn't have to be disposable.
·         T-Shirts: Please have your child wear his/her RED first grade t-shirt. This will make it easier for chaperones and teachers to keep track of their students.


Our learning next week...
Math: Students will continue to work with equality and balancing equations. Students will use manipulatives, balance scales, ten frames, equations, etc. to represent equality. Please note: Equality in math can be an incredibly difficult concept for students, therefore, we are continuing this concept from last week.

Science: Students will identify the characteristics of day and night.  They will also observe and record changes in the appearance of the moon, stars, and sun the sky.

Reading/Writing: This week we will begin a research unit on Eric Carle. We will read books by Eric Carle, develop open ended questions, gather information from relevant sources, revise and produce a product to show our class research.

Balanced Literacy: This week in Social Studies the students will continue with their explorations of maps and finding their location in space. In phonics, the students will be working on recognizing letter patterns and CVC patterns in words.


Campus News:
Campus Climate/Family Survey!!
It's TIME!! We work so hard to not only be the best educational institution in the area, but the most welcoming, fun, educational & innovative school anywhere!  Your participation & active involvement is so very important to us, and what makes us great!  Please take a few moments (Literally 1-3 minutes this year!) to complete this district survey to let us know how we are doing.  The survey has been rewritten to gain maximum feedback from minimum time.  We take your feedback & recommendations seriously!  Our goal this year is no less than 100% participation!  Let us know how we are doing to serve the needs of your child(ren) by clicking on this link:  RRISD Family Survey Link  Please complete one survey per child.  The district goal is 25% participation by campus.  Traditionally, we have about 35-40% with one year (our competitive year with Elsa England at 65%).  Let's make it 100%!

Thank you,
Mrs. Butler

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year! We are off to a great start this year with lots of new learning!

Important Dates:
  • Jan. 17 Report Cards sent home
  • Jan. 21 No School/Holiday
  • Jan. 23 Thinkery Field trip ***see below
  • Jan. 18 (updated) Schlitterbahn’s Waves of Pages Reading Logs due

***Field Trip: Our field trip to the Thinkery is on Wednesday, 1/23. Chaperones, be on the lookout for a separate email with additional information!
        Lunch: We will be eating an early "lunch" (at 9:45) before we head to the Thinkery and will eat a heavy snack when we get back to school (at 2 PM). Please make sure to send your student with a home lunch (unless you marked buying lunch) and a heavy snack. As we are eating this in class (not at the field trip location), you can send it in a regular lunch box - it doesn't have to be disposable.

·         T-Shirts: Please have your child wear his/her RED first grade t-shirt. This will make it easier for chaperones and teachers to keep track of their students.



Our learning next week...
Math: Students will use numbers and equations to represent equality; where two things have the same value. For example, 5 has the same value as 4 and 1. Students will represent relationships concretely with a balance and symbolically with the equal sign.


Science: Students will identify the characteristics of the seasons of the year (weather/nature, activities, months, and clothing).


Reading: This week the students will be reviewing previously taught reading skills: retelling, character traits, main idea and details, asking questions and inferring.


Writing:  Students will continue letter writing with an emphasis on persuasive letters. The focus will be stating an opinion and providing compelling and relevant reasons to support it in order to persuade the reader.


Balanced Literacy: In Social Studies, students will be focused on creating and using simple maps.

Thank you,
Mrs. Butler

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Dear Parents,
Fun theme days are planned for next week!  See below for information.  Several kids are forgetting to return library books on Thursdays.  Please remind your child to bring them back every Thursday.  Thanks so much!

Important Dates:
  • Dec. 19 Winter Party 10:40 - 11:30 AM.
  • Dec. 20-Jan.7 No School for Students//Winter Break
  • Jan. 8 Students return to school
  • Jan. 21 No School/Holiday
  • Jan. 23 Thinkery Field trip

Our learning next week...

Monday: Elf DayFun learning activities that are Elf themed will be done.  Students may dress like an elf or wear a shirt with one on it.
Tuesday: Grinch Day- Fun learning activities that are Grinch themed will be done.  Students are invited to wear green, dress like a Who, or wear a Grinch shirt if they wish.
Wednesday: Polar Express Day- Students are invited to wear pajamas to school if they wish. Please be sure to wear appropriate shoes though.  Winter party is 10:40-11:30 AM.  Parents are invited to attend. 

Thank you,
Mrs. Butler

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Dear Parents,

Important Dates:
  • Dec. 7 Field Trip permission forms and $7 payment due
  • Dec. 12 Science Fair Research Night in library 5:30-6:30 PM
  • Dec. 19 Winter Party 10:40 - 11:30 AM.
  • Dec. 20-Jan.7 No School for Students//Winter Break
  • Jan. 8 Students return to school

Our learning next week...
Math: Students will practice telling time to the half hour. They will be able to identify and explain the minute hand and hour hand. Students will be able to show time to the half hour on both a digital clock and analog clock.

Science: Students will learn about and record weather information, including weather temperature, such as hot or cold, clear or cloudy, calm or windy, and rainy or icy.  Students will also discover that air is all around us and that wind is moving air by constructing and observing windsocks and/or pinwheels.

Reading: This week students will be learning about folktales elements through a well known author, Jan Brett. We will end the week with a “Holidays Around the World” rotation to learn about 5 different holidays from other countries.

Writing:  We will continue to work on our fairy tale writing and focus on editing a final piece for publishing.

Balanced Literacy: Students will be finalizing their Aesop’s Fable play and presenting it to their partner class. We will also be doing some fun winter activities!

Thank you,
Mrs. Butler

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Dear Parents,

Important Dates:
  • Nov. 30  Passport to Sommer 5:30-8:30 pm
  • Dec. 7 Field Trip permission forms and $7 payment due
  • Dec. 19 Winter Party 10:40 - 11:30 am
  • Dec. 20-Jan.7 No School for Students//Winter Break
  • Jan. 8 Students return to school

Our learning next week...

Math: We will be working with 2D/3D shapes and examining their properties. Students will be able to identify & distinguish between solid figures that can roll, stack, and/or slide.

Science: We will wrap up our unit on the physical properties of objects in which we observed, compared, described, and sorted the components of soil by size, texture and color, identified and described natural sources of water and how rocks, soil, and water were used to make products.  At the end of the week, we will begin our unit on weather by learning about and recording the relative temperature.

Reading/Writing:  We will continue our work with fairy tales and their elements. We will be focusing on Cinderella and the various versions included fractured fairy tales. In writing, students will continue creating their own fairy tale and learning strategies to help them make the story more detailed.

Balanced Literacy: In phonics, the students will be working on recognizing the beginning and ending sounds in words as well as changing those sounds to make new words.
In social studies, the students will be exploring Aesop’s Fables. They will learn about the lessons that each story teaches as well as make connections, inferences and address any questions they may still have regarding the story.

Campus News:
-It’s that time of the year again!  Science Fair is right around the corner.  Join us in the library for Science Research Night on Wednesday, December 12th from 5:30-6:30. We will have books, rubrics and some science project examples displayed to help your child get in their scientific mindset.  All grade levels may participate, however, only grades 3-5 will be judged and may progress to the regional fair. Science fair projects will be due Friday, January 11 no later than 7:35 am. Students will take projects to their classroom.  Judging will take place on Monday, January 14.
We will need Science Fair Judges on Wednesday, January 14th from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.   No science background needed! Your job will be to talk with students about their science fair project,and fill out simple judging rubrics.   There will be a brief training from8:00-8:15 that day.   It is OK if you cannot help the entire 4 hours, just let us know your availability in your email.  Contact Laure Stroh at Laure_Stroh@roundrockisd.org.

Thank you,
Mrs. Butler