Thursday, May 17, 2018

Dear Parents,

I can't believe the last week (and a day) of school is already here! What a joy it has been to teach each and every one of your children this past year. I will miss seeing them everyday, but hope they will swing by and say "Hi" when they are second graders! To reward the students for such a great year we will be having student appreciation next week. I will send home a schedule of the events for each day.



Important Dates:
  • May 23: First Grade Awards Ceremony - 9:00 am (every student gets an award)
  • May 24: End of Year Party - 11:30-12:10 pm
  • May 28: No School - Memorial Day
  • May 29: Last Day of School
Thank you for a wonderful year,
Mrs. Butler

















































Thursday, May 10, 2018

Dear Parents,

I am so proud of all the kids in their performance of Aesop's Adventures. All their hard work definitely showed!


Important Dates:

  • May 14: All library books due
  • May 23: First Grade Awards Ceremony - 9:00am
  • May 24: End of Year party - 11:30 -12:10 pm
  • May 28: No School - Memorial Day
  • May 29: Last day of school
Our learning next week...

Math:  This week will be a review week over math strategies and concepts such as Doubles, Making Tens, Subtraction, Time and Money. We will be reviewing these concepts with interactive activities and Math games.

Science: This will be the last week of our unit on Plant Parts. Students will continue to explore the different parts of plants and will compare and contrast parts of different plants. Test on Friday.

Reading: Students are going to have an opportunity to review and practice different comprehension strategies that have been taught throughout the school year.  They will be introduced to a “Reading Menu” that contains various way of responding to the different texts that they have read. Once each of the strategies (ways of responding to  a text) are explained, students will be given work time to practice responding to their readings.

Writing:  Students are going to continue writing and exploring the creative writing world of fables and fairy tales.  They will be creating their own, using our Aesop’s Fables as a guide to what needs to be included. Students will use this time to strengthen their basic foundational mechanics such as spelling, punctuation, and adding details to make their writing more interesting to readers.  We will also be spending time revising and editing.

Thank you,
Mrs. Butler

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Dear Parents,

Thank you so much for all the gifts and cards for Teacher Appreciation. You sure do know how to make a teacher feel special!

Starting next week I will no longer be sending reading group books for homework. Please have your child read nightly from their RAZ kids account.

Important Dates:
  • May 10: Aesop’s Fables Performance -  8:00 am  
  • May 14: All library books due
  • May 23: First Grade Awards Ceremony - 9:00am
  • May 24: End of Year party
  • May 28: No School - Memorial Day
  • May 29: Last day of school
Our learning next week...

Math:  The students will be extending place value knowledge beyond 100. They will compare whole numbers, generate a number that is greater than or less than a given number and order whole numbers up to 130. They will also be writing these numbers in expanded form.

Science/Social Studies: This week, we will continue our unit on Plant Parts. In this unit, students will be given opportunities to identify and compare the parts from different plants as well as different parts of the same plant.

Reading: This week our first graders are finishing their journey through Aesop’s Fables.  They will be finishing reading the remainder of the fables that will be performed by the individual classes.  Students will, once again, be using their comprehension strategies to help create a deeper meaning and understanding of these stories.

Writing:  Students are going to continue writing and exploring the creative writing world of fables and fairy tales.  They will be creating their own, using our Aesop’s Fables as a guide to what needs to be included. Students will use this time to strengthen their basic foundational mechanics such as spelling, punctuation, and adding details to make their writing more interesting to readers.  We will also be spending time revising and editing.

Thank you,
Mrs. Butler



Thursday, April 26, 2018

Dear Parents,

Important Dates:
  • May 10: Aesop’s Fables Performance -  8:00 am  
  • May 14: All library books due
  • May 23: First Grade Awards Ceremony - 9:00am
  • May 24: End of Year party
  • May 28: No School - Memorial Day
  • May 29: Last day of school
Our learning next week...
Math:  Students will be introduced to personal financial literacy. They will be able to define money earned as income,  identify income as a means of obtaining goods and services, learn about making choices between wants and needs, distinguish between spending and saving and consider charitable giving.

Science:  This week, we will begin our final science unit - Plant Parts. In this unit, students will be given opportunities to identify and compare the parts from different plants as well as different parts of the same plant.

Reading: We are continuing our journey through Aesop’s Fables by looking at the individual fables.  Students will continue to deepen their understanding and use of reading strategies while reading and making meaning of each of the fables.  We will also continue practicing individual class fables and all the songs in preparation for our grade level performance on Thursday, May 10th at 8am.

Writing:  Students are going to continue writing and exploring the creative writing world of fables and fairytales.  They will be creating their own, using our Aesop’s Fables as a guide to what needs to be included. Students will use this time to strengthen their basic foundational mechanics such as spelling, punctuation, and adding details to make their writing more interesting to readers.

Thank you,
Mrs. Butler

Friday, April 20, 2018

Dear Parents,

Important Dates:

  • April 20: Spring Carnival 4:30-7:30 pm
  • May 10: Aesop’s Fables Performance -  8:00 am  **See below
  • May 14: All library books due
  • May 24: End of Year party
  • May 28: No School - Memorial Day
  • May 29: Last day of school
** Audition lines were sent home on Wednesday. If your child would like to try out for a part they will need to practice and memorize their lines for auditions on Thursday, April 26th. 

Our learning next week...


Math: This week we will be reviewing graphing and how to make a graph after collecting data. We will also be using our addition and subtraction skills by answering questions such as How many more? with the graphing data.

Science: Students will continue to add to their understanding of animal characteristics this week through lessons and learning experiences. Students will learn about how animals’ claws, fur, eyes, etc can help them to survive in their environment. Students will have a test on Friday over animal characteristics and life cycles.

Reading:  Let’s go on a journey!  This week begins our 3 week journey through Aesop’s Fables.  Each week classes will be taking a close look at multiple fables and pulling out the literary elements of them to help make meaning.  Students will also determine the theme/moral of each fable hopefully being able to apply it to their own lives in some manner. The individual fables include: Bad Company:“The Farmer and The Stork”, Sour Grapes: “The Fox and The Grapes”, “Small Acts of Kindness: The Lion and The Mouse”, “Too Little, Too Late: The Grasshopper and The Ants”, “Wolf! Wolf!: “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”, “One Step At A Time: The Tortoise and The Hare”, “Simple Pleasures: The Town Mouse and The Country Mouse” and “Where There’s A Will There’s A Way: The Crow and The Pitcher”.

Writing:  The next three weeks students will be writing and exploring the creative writing world of fables and fairytales.  They will be creating their own, using our Aesop’s Fables as a guide to what needs to be included. Students will use this time to strengthen their basic foundational mechanics such as spelling, punctuation, and adding details to make their writing more interesting to readers.   

Thank you,
Mrs. Butler