It is hard to believe that it is the last week of school before February vacation. I hope everyone has a great vacation. Safe travels if you are traveling somewhere.
In reading this week, we will be in Wonders-Unit 4 week 2. The new spelling words are posted on the spelling page. They are very tricky words this week.
In math, we will still continue with our fraction unit and concentrate on our multiplication facts. Some of us are getting very good and fast at our facts.
Tomorrow afternoon(Tuesday) we will be going on our walking field trip to the New Boston Historical Society. The kids are very excited about this. We will be going with our first grade reading buddies.
On Friday we will be watching our movie in class for a reward and for vacation. The kids are welcome to dress up for non-fiction day. That means they can dress up as a real character from history or modern day. We will be doing favorite book characters(fiction characters) in March.
We are working on our second formal writing piece of the year. This is our" opinion" writing piece. We have read different picture books with strong opinions and have discussed the rubric. We did one together, and now for stage 2. The kids will do one on their own and then it will be scored.
Have a good week.
Thank you to everyone who sent in toppings and ice cream, drinks, and cookies and cupcakes. The party was awesome. The kids were so happy. Also, thank you for coming to our performance on Valentine's Day. I thought the kids did an awesome job. They received so many compliments on how confident and sincere they were. I couldn't agree more!!!
Happy 100th day of school on Monday. It is hard to believe that the year is more than half over. The Radsox are progressing very nicely with their studies.
On Wednesday, February 14th at 8:30 in the library, we will be doing a special Valentine presentation for parents, grandparents, and friends with our first grade reading buddies. This is truly a special yearly tradition that you don't want to miss. Bring your recording devices. Hope to see you there. The program should take about 45 minutes. We will start right at 8:30.
At 1:00, on February 14th, we will be celebrating Valentine's Day with a small party. We will be passing out our Valentines and making our own ice cream sundaes. There is a sign-up genius on line. Kids may bring in their Valentine boxes when they are finished. I sent a class list home on Friday with all of the kids. Please feel free to join us for the party.
We will be starting a new Wonders Unit and a new Math Unit. The new spelling words for Unit 4-week 1 are posted on the spelling page of the web site. Our unit in math will be focusing in fractions. We will also be practicing our 2's through 5's multiplication tables.
This week the whole school will be working on acts of kindness. Look for the red strips that will be hanging up in the hallway.
We are on our way to the Reading Challenge which will end in April. We have chosen to read one million words through the Reading Counts program. The kids are very busy reading books and taking quizzes.
In Social Studies, we are comparing New Boston with other communities around the United States. We will be taking a field trip to the Historical Society with our first grade buddies next week.
Happy February everyone. I hope everyone gets to enjoy the Super Bowl. We celebrated the Patriots on Friday the 2nd. Hopefully we can celebrate again this week!
On February 14th at 8:30 in the morning, we will be putting on a special presentation with our reading buddies in the library. This is a very special tradition for family and friends. It should last about an hour. Make sure to bring your recording devices. In the afternoon at 1:00, we will have our Valentine's Party. The kids have voted to do "make your own sundaes". The room moms will put a sign-up genius on line. The kids should be making a box at home to hold their valentines. I will be sending home a class list to help with spelling of names.
We will be taking a break from Wonders this week. We will concentrate on Social Studies and Science and do some fun writing activities. The spelling list will be posted on the spelling page.
We will be taking our Unit 4 Math test this week also. Please have the kids study their multiplication facts a little each night. They should be concentrating on 2's through 5's.
We are enjoying the "Wayside School" series. Ask the kids to tell you about it.
We also had fun playing the original "Oregon Trail" game on the computer. Unfortunately, none of us made it, but we had a great adventure on the way. The kids had a blast!
Hope to see everybody on the 14th.
I hope everyone had a nice weekend. Hopefully most of the ice is melted. My driveway is almost back to normal.
We will be doing Unit 3-Week 5 in Wonders this week. The spelling words are posted on the spelling word page. In math, we will be finishing up chapter 4 and continuing to work on area and perimeter. The kids should be studying their multiplication facts at home a little each night. We have lots of tools to help us with them in class.
In Social Studies, we have been talking about the three branches of government and learning about other communities in the United States. We have also learned how to use a map scale.
It is almost time to start planning the Valentine's Party. The kids should be preparing a box at home for their Valentines. They can decorate it anyway they want to. I will talk to the kids and see what they would like for the party.
For our read aloud series, we are reading "Wayside School". Ask the kids to tell you about it. We just finished Matilda. The kids may be considering that for their reward movie.
Report cards will be coming home on Friday the 2nd of February. I am very proud of this class and their accomplishments. Radsox are the best!!!
Wow!!!! What a win for the Pats!! Super Bowl here we come. I hope all enjoyed the game. Hopefully, we will have a normal five day week coming up.
We have extended the Wonders unit through this week. For those of you who follow at home, we are on Unit 3-week 4. We will do the same spelling words this week also and have our test on Friday. the words are posted on the spelling page.
Grades close on Tuesday and it is almost report card time once again. It is hard to believe that half the year is over.
We have made multiplication books in class. I would like the kids to be studying at home at least ten minutes a night. We will work on our 3's and 4's very hard in school. Every Friday we will have a quiz to see where the kids are at. In math this week, we will be working on area and perimeter.
Please check out our snowman stories on the bulletin board. The kids did a great job.
We had a great yoga session with Mrs. Caron. Hopefully we will be able to do yoga every other week. The kids really enjoyed it.
Thank you to all who donated to our New England Sports basket. It looks great. See you all at the Lip Sync contest on Saturday night. Good luck to all of the participants.
I hope everyone had a great three day weekend. I attended a great workshop on Friday. Unfortunately, on the way home my car broke down on 93 and then I came down with the flu. I am much better now and ready for the week. More snow in the forecast???
We have a new set of spelling words from Wonders Unit 3 Week 4. They are posted on the Spelling Words page. The kids will be tested on Friday.
In Science this week, we watched videos on bridges, and then the fun began. The kids had the opportunity to work in small groups to plan and build their own bridge. The challenge was two use only two pieces of paper and then to see how much weight could be placed on the bridge. It was amazing to see the different structures. One bridge held 567 pennies. There are a few pictures posted on the Class Happenings page.
We will be working on Wonders- Unit 3 Week 4. It is a non fiction story about Nature.
In math this week we will be discussing polygons, perimeter, and area. Please have the kids work on memorizing their multiplication facts at home. 2's thru 5's.
On Tuesday morning and Thursday morning, we will be taking our Aimsweb tests in Reading and Math. These are given three times during the year. Please encourage the kids to take their time and do their best. I know they will.
Friday morning we will be treated to a Yoga session by Mrs. Caron. We are looking forward to that.
The After Christmas party was amazing. Thank you everyone for sending in food and drinks. The kids had a blast and they all enjoyed their gifts. Thank you so much for all of my wonderful Christmas gifts. I am one lucky guy. I hope all the kids enjoy their snow globes and their Radsox Snoopy Stockings that Mrs. Mud made for them.
Please make sure the kids have the appropriate clothing for outdoor recess. We do go out if the temperature is 14 degrees or above, unless there is a windchill factor. It would be nice to have an extra pair of slippers or shoes in class, so the kids don't have to sit in their wet boots.
We are stretching Wonders to another week for lesson 3-3. We will be having a spelling test on Friday on the words listed on the website. We have been working with them for almost two weeks. Hopefully, we will have a "normal" week this week.
In math, we continue to talk about measurement and geometric shapes.
We will begin our winter Aimsweb assessments this week also. The kids will be assessed in Math and reading.
I hope everyone had a safe and eventful snow day. So now....wait for it... we will have our After Christmas Party at 11:00 on Friday. Please send in what you can if you were signed up, and we will make the best of it.
Skiing has been cancelled for tomorrow also.
We have decided to have our After-Christmas Party on Thursday at 10:30. If you signed up for something, hopefully you can still help us out. I have all the paper goods. Please feel free to join us. Please have the kids bring their presents for the gift exchange if they haven't done so yet. If school is cancelled because of snow, I will get back to everybody once again.
It was good to see everyone today. What a great time we had sharing vacation stories.
We are starting off with Wonders this week. We are back to normal spelling words which you can find on the spelling words page. In math, we will be talking about measuring and geometric shapes. Please have the kids start memorizing their multiplication facts. We will make study books in school. Remember there is no school on Monday the 15th for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Dear Parents and kids,
I hope everyone enjoyed their day off on Friday. We spent the day Saturday in New York City. The snow really added to the festive atmosphere. I hope all the kids will get a chance to play in the snow on Sunday.
This week we will be very busy practicing for our Christmas play. It will take place on Thursday the 14th. You may come to the classroom at 6 for Open House and then go down and find seats for the show.
Our Christmas party is scheduled for the 22nd of December on Friday from 1:00-2:00. We will be picking names and exchanging our gifts at the party. Each of us will pick a name and buy their person a present. We ask that you keep the cost around 6 or 7 dollars. We will see who can keep their person a secret the longest.Please wrap the gift and put to so and so from question mark. The room moms will post a sign up genius for food for the party.
We are working on Wonders Unit 3 week 2 this week. Spelling words are posted on the spelling page. In math we are working towards our unit 3 assessment.
Let the kids be kids. Every child has a strength. It is up to the teacher to find it or tap it so they can work to their highest potential. I tend to set the bar very high. Lifetime memories should be made in the classroom and at school. NBCS should be a place where kids enter happy and go home with a smile on their face. I want my kids getting up in the morning begging to go to school!