Weekly FYI

FYI from Polly for week of May 29 - June 1

Dear 102 Families,                                                                                                               5/26/18


*NO SCHOOL an Monday due to the Memorial Day National Holiday.

**Here is a list of students that don’t yet have their Vocabulary Parade required sheets in: Bruh, Bryn, Elayna, Hawa, Hodan, Isaiah, Joseph, Maggie, Matthew, Milo, Savanah. PLEASE help your student to get this form filled out & turned in. New forms went home in the Friday Folder yesterday, with these students. Thank you!

***The following students did not yet get their Ocean Animal Homework in yet: Hodan, Javonna, Joseph. PLEASE help them to get this homework completed. It was due on May 17th. Thank you!

****PLEASE support your student to get any Marcy Library turned in ASAP.

*****Our field trip to Flint Hills Children’s Festival at the Ordway is this Wednesday, May 30th.
If you are a chaperone riding the bus, the bus leaves Marcy at 8:45am and returns around 12:00noon. If you are a chaperone meeting us there, please be outside in front of the Ordway by 10:30am. I will have a group of children for each chaperone to lead for that hour of park activities. Thank you so much!!!!  We are eating lunch back at school.

 ******Below are announcements we have been asked to include in our family newsletters:

Hello Parents of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders!  On Tuesday, May 29th, your students will be attending a book fair sponsored by Start Reading Now.  During the book fair, students pick out 10 brand new books and use a $50 Start Reading Now voucher to pay for them (so there is no cost to the student).  Kids are able to create their own library of 30 books built over 3 years-at the end of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade.  Having the fair at the end of the school year helps address the summer reading set-back and inspires kids to read by choice.  We are so grateful to Start Reading Now for bringing this opportunity to Marcy Open!  If you are interested in volunteering for this amazing event, go to:

https://www.startreadingnow.org/book_fairs_2018

We are excited for the 'Start Reading Now' book fair to come to Marcy Open School on Tuesday, May 29th.  At this book fair all Grade 1-3 students get to choose 10 FREE brand new books to take home!  This is a great privilege to partner with this organization. We do need some help 'working' the book fair.  There are 2 shifts posted for sign up 8:30-1:00 or 1:00-3:00. To sign up, visit the following website, scroll down to click 'Marcy Open School' and then choose the shift you are signing up for.  Thank you! https://www.startreadingnow.org/book_fairs_2018

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READING: We will continue Reading  Unit 10 titled “Exploring Sound & Light.” Students will ask questions, determine text importance, use fix-up/monitoring strategies, listen & retell key details, use text features to locate key facts, use illustrations to understand text, compare & contrast a rhyming narrative and an informational text, and use context clues. Students have the choice of using the Raz Kids Reading app, on an i-pad, once per week, during their independent reading time.

PHONICS: Each day students use white boards to practice phonics lessons. This week we will focus on the long & short vowel pattern sound spelled ‘oo’ as in moon or foot.

MATH: We will continue math Unit 6 titled “Data Analysis.” In this unit, students will create graphs & tally charts and analyze data from them.

WRITING: Writing will be integrated with science & social studies work. We continue reviewing & emphasizing neat letter formation, using uppercase & lowercase letters in the correct places, correct punctuation, good spacing between words, staying on the lines, proper use of a sheet of paper & spelling. Each student has their own mini write-in dictionary which they can use for spelling & can add words to, with adult help.

SOCIAL STUDIES: We will continue our GEOGRAPHY unit this week. In this unit students will draw & interpret maps of a familiar place, describe where things are using location words, tell why they would use location words or an address to describe where a place is located, and compare natural & human-made characteristics of a local & faraway place. Scholastic News covers lots of our social studies topics also.

SCIENCE: We have finished all science units for the school year. Students should have brought their science journals home yesterday in their backpacks. Scholastic News covers lots of science topics as well.

SCHOLASTIC NEWS: This is a magazine that each student will receive a copy of each week, which covers many different science & social studies topics. The May topics are Insects, Summer, Ocean Animals, Kid’s Choice (Legos.) These magazines also have a few worksheets that accompany them. We work through all of these materials together in class.  The SN topic this week is titled “Safe in the Summer Sun.” Students will learn and write about sun, water, and bike safety rules.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Monday, May 28 - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day National Holiday
Wednesday, May 30 - Flint Hills Children’s Festival Performance & Activities - bus leaves at 8:45am / return at 12:00pm) *Lunch back at school

Thursday, June 7, 2:00pm - K-4 Vocabulary Parade

Friday, June 8 - Last Day of School for Students     

Thank you for reading this!!!
Polly

FYI from Polly for week of May 21-25

Dear 102 Families,                                                                                                               5/19/18

*Many students have not turned in their “Ocean Animal” homework and their “Vocabulary Parade” costume sheets. PLEASE support your students to get these in asap. Thank you!

**PLEASE support your student to get any books, they have checked out from the Marcy Library in, by the end of the week!

***Your 102 student brought home his/her Unit 4 Math Workbook. Please encourage your student to finish any unfinished pages.

****K-2 Field Day activities will be happening this Thursday, May 24, 9-10:30am. Please watch the weather forecast and prepare your student with appropriate clothes & shoes & sunblock. Please apply the sunblock at home rather than sending it with your student to school. Bringing a water bottle that day would be a good idea too. There is a drinking fountain on the playground as well.

***** Students will have their last Buddies time together this Friday, May 25

******Below are announcements we have been asked to include in our family newsletters:

Hello Parents of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders!  On Tuesday, May 29th, your students will be attending a book fair sponsored by Start Reading Now.  During the book fair, students pick out 10 brand new books and use a $50 Start Reading Now voucher to pay for them (so there is no cost to the student).  Kids are able to create their own library of 30 books built over 3 years-at the end of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade.  Having the fair at the end of the school year helps address the summer reading set-back and inspires kids to read by choice.  We are so grateful to Start Reading Now for bringing this opportunity to Marcy Open!  If you are interested in volunteering for this amazing event, go to:

https://www.startreadingnow.org/book_fairs_2018

We are excited for the 'Start Reading Now' book fair to come to Marcy Open School on Tuesday, May 29th.  At this book fair all Grade 1-3 students get to choose 10 FREE brand new books to take home!  This is a great privilege to partner with this organization. We do need some help 'working' the book fair.  There are 2 shifts posted for sign up 8:30-1:00 or 1:00-3:00. To sign up, visit the following website, scroll down to click 'Marcy Open School' and then choose the shift you are signing up for.  Thank you! https://www.startreadingnow.org/book_fairs_2018

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READING: We will continue Reading  Unit 10 titled “Exploring Sound & Light.” Students will ask questions, determine text importance, use fix-up/monitoring strategies, listen & retell key details, identify words & phrases that appeal to the senses, draw inferences about elements, and compare & contrast a rhyming narrative and a poem. Students have the choice of using the Raz Kids Reading app, on an i-pad, once per week, during their independent reading time.

PHONICS: Each day students use white boards to practice phonics lessons. This week we will focus on the vowel pattern sound, spelled ‘oi’ or ‘oy.’

MATH: We will continue math Unit 6 titled “Data Analysis.” In this unit, students will create graphs & tally charts and analyze data from them.

WRITING: Writing will be integrated with science & social studies work. We continue reviewing & emphasizing neat letter formation, using uppercase & lowercase letters in the correct places, correct punctuation, good spacing between words, staying on the lines, proper use of a sheet of paper & spelling. Each student has their own mini write-in dictionary which they can use for spelling & can add words to, with adult help.

SOCIAL STUDIES: We will begin GEOGRAPHY this week. Scholastic News covers lots of our social studies topics also.

SCIENCE: We will wrap up our science unit titled “Rocks, Sand, Soils.” In this unit students will identify properties of rocks, sort rocks by properties, explain their reasons for sorting based on observations, identify & describe earth materials, compare different types of earth materials, and describe objects made of earth materials. Scholastic News covers lots of science topics as well.

SCHOLASTIC NEWS: This is a magazine that each student will receive a copy of each week, which covers many different science & social studies topics. The May topics are Insects, Summer, Ocean Animals, Kid’s Choice (Legos.) These magazines also have a few worksheets that accompany them. We work through all of these materials together in class.  The SN topic this week is titled “Insect Showdown.” Students will learn the characteristics & advantages of 2 insects - predator & prey - and write their opinion about which one will win a showdown.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

NEXT (last one) Assembly & Buddies, Fri., May 25, 1:30-2:45pm

Thurs., May 24 ...  K-5 Field Day ... 9:00-10:30am

Monday, May 28 - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day National Holiday
Wednesday, May 30 - Flint Hills Children’s Festival Performance & Activities - bus leaves at 8:45am / return at 12:00pm) *Lunch back at school

Thursday, June 7, 2:00pm - K-4 Vocabulary Parade

Friday, June 8 - Last Day of School for Students     

Thank you for reading this!!!
Polly

FYI from Polly for week of May 14-18

Dear 102 Families,                                                                                                               5/12/18

*Thank you so much to the volunteers that helped with the artist residency & chaperoned on the Mia field trip! Your help was greatly appreciated!

**Students brought home their self portrait paintings on Friday.

***Please find a small homework assignment on an ocean animal, of your student’s choice, in the Friday Folder. It is due this next Thursday, May 17. I attached an example of what I am looking for. When we went to the library on Friday, students were strongly encouraged to choose a book on an ocean animal. If they did not, I spoke with each student about whether they had access to a computer to do their research that way and they assured me that they did. Please support your student to complete this work. Students were quite excited to do it, when it was introduced. Thank you!

****Also, please find the “Vocabulary Parade” packet to explain about this project & event. Please support your student with this project as well. Please fill out & return the back sheet, titled “Vocabulary Parade Required Form Grade 1-3” asap. Thank you!

******LAST Media Book Check Out on Thursday

*******Students will be taking the Spring FAST test this Wednesday, 9:15-11:00am ... PLEASE don’t schedule any absences during this time, if at all possible.

*******This Friday, May 18, students will have a substitute teacher while I attend professional development along with the other 1st grade teachers (the meeting will be in the Marcy bldg)


********These next 2 paragraphs are about an event happening on May 29 ... teachers have been asked to send this to you in our newsletters:

Hello Parents of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders!  On Tuesday, May 29th, your students will be attending a book fair sponsored by Start Reading Now.  During the book fair, students pick out 10 brand new books and use a $50 Start Reading Now voucher to pay for them (so there is no cost to the student).  Kids are able to create their own library of 30 books built over 3 years-at the end of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade.  Having the fair at the end of the school year helps address the summer reading set-back and inspires kids to read by choice.  We are so grateful to Start Reading Now for bringing this opportunity to Marcy Open!  If you are interested in volunteering for this amazing event, go to:

https://www.startreadingnow.org/book_fairs_2018

We are excited for the 'Start Reading Now' book fair to come to Marcy Open School on Tuesday, May 29th.  At this book fair all Grade 1-3 students get to choose 10 FREE brand new books to take home!  This is a great privilege to partner with this organization. We do need some help 'working' the book fair.  There are 2 shifts posted for sign up 8:30-1:00 or 1:00-3:00. To sign up, visit the following website, scroll down to click 'Marcy Open School' and then choose the shift you are signing up for.  Thank you! https://www.startreadingnow.org/book_fairs_2018


READING: We will begin our next new Reading  Unit 10 this week titled “Exploring Sound & Light.” Students will ask questions, determine text importance, use fix-up/monitoring strategies, listen & retell key details, identify words & phrases that appeal to the senses, draw inferences about elements in a poem, use illustrations to understand text, and compare & contrast a poem and an informational text, and use context clues. Students have the choice of using the Raz Kids Reading app, on an i-pad, once per week, during their independent reading time.

PHONICS: Each day students use white boards to practice phonics lessons. This week we will continue our focus on the vowel pattern ‘ou’.

MATH: We will begin a new math Unit 6 titled “Data Analysis.” In this unit, students will create graphs & tally charts and analyze data on graphs and charts.

WRITING: Writing will be integrated with science & social studies work. We continue reviewing & emphasizing neat letter formation, using uppercase & lowercase letters in the correct places, correct punctuation, good spacing between words, staying on the lines, proper use of a sheet of paper & spelling. Each student has their own mini write-in dictionary which they can use for spelling & can add words to, with adult help.

SOCIAL STUDIES: Our next unit will be on GEOGRAPHY. Scholastic News covers lots of our social studies topics also.

SCIENCE: We continue working through a science unit titled “Rocks, Sand, Soils.” In this unit students will identify properties of rocks, sort rocks by properties, explain their reasons for sorting based on observations, identify & describe earth materials, compare different types of earth materials, and describe objects made of earth materials. Scholastic News covers lots of science topics as well.

SCHOLASTIC NEWS: This is a magazine that each student will receive a copy of each week, which covers many different science & social studies topics. The May topics are Insects, Summer, Ocean Animals, Kid’s Choice (Legos.) These magazines also have a few worksheets that accompany them. We work through all of these materials together in class.  The SN topic this week is titled “A Lego Ocean Mystery.” Students will learn about how LEGO pieces traveled many miles across the ocean, and possibly participate in a LEGO challenge to work in a group to design, build, & test LEGO towers according to specific criteria (STEM project like the bridge building unit was.) This will depend on whether we can fit it in time wise and gather the right materials. *We would need 800 LEGOS & I don’t know where to get that many.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

EVERY Thursday, 12:00-12:15 - Media Book Check Out - This will be our check out time every week unless the library is closed due to special events, testing, or Krista’s absence.  *Last check-out date is this Thursday, May 17

NEXT (last one) Assembly & Buddies, Fri., May 25, 1:30-2:45pm

Thurs., May 24 ...  K-5 Field Day

Thursday, May 10 - Mpls Institute of Arts field trip - bus leaves 10:45 / returns 12:45
*Lunch back at school

Thursday, May 18 - Required Professional Development for Grade 1 teachers - students will have a substitute teacher for the day

Monday, May 28 - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day National Holiday

Wednesday, May 30 - Flint Hills Children’s Festival Performance & Activities - bus leaves at 8:45am / return at 12:00pm) *Lunch back at school

Thursday, June 7, 2:00pm - K-4 Vocabulary Parade

Friday, June 8 - Last Day of School for Students     

Thank you for reading this!!!
Polly

FYI from Polly for week of May 7-11

Dear 102 Families,                                                                                                               5/5/18

*NO MORE After School Classes this school year!

**Mia Field Trip this Thursday, May 10 -PLEASE ALLOW YOUR STUDENT TO BRING A SNACK because students will need to eat one before we leave (our lunch time will be delayed from usual) - bus leaves Marcy at 10:45am/returns to Marcy by 12:45pm - I have the following parents who indicated they will chaperone: Kathy (Savanah’s mom) / Tony (Joseph’s dad) / Debbie (Javonna’s grandma) / Sam (Holland’s dad) / Jessica (Matthew’s mom) Please let me know if this is incorrect, and if you are meeting us at the museum, please let me know. The museum was not able to accommodate 3 classrooms at one time so that is why 2 rooms are going at an earlier time.Thanks!!

***Media Book Check Out on Thursday

****Turn any paper form orders into me for the Marcy Yearbook (you can order online as well)

*****It’s our turn to work with the portrait artist, Leslie Barlow, this Tuesday & Wednesday, May 8 & 9, 9-11am

READING: We will continue through Unit 8 this week titled “Observing the Sky.” Students will ask questions, determine text importance, & summarize/synthesize, listen & retell key details, describe major events in a story, and compare & contrast an informational text and a fable. Students have the choice of using the Raz Kids Reading app, on an i-pad, once per week, during their independent reading time.

PHONICS: Each day students use white boards to practice phonics lessons. This week we will continue our focus on an r-Controlled Vowel (ur).

MATH: We will continue our work in math Unit 5 titled “Number Patterns & Grouping Tens.” In this unit, students will describe & represent numbers 10-100 in groups of 10, identify a number that is 10 more or 10 less than a given number, count by 2‘s, 5‘s, & 10‘s from any given number, solve addition & subtraction problems using patterns in numbers & explain the relationship between counting, adding & subtracting, create & extend patterns in many ways, and identify & explain the rule of a given pattern.

WRITING: Writing will be integrated with science & social studies work. We continue reviewing & emphasizing neat letter formation, using uppercase & lowercase letters in the correct places, correct punctuation, good spacing between words, staying on the lines, proper use of a sheet of paper & spelling. Each student has their own mini write-in dictionary which they can use for spelling & can add words to, with adult help.

SOCIAL STUDIES: Our next unit will be on GEOGRAPHY. Scholastic News covers lots of our social studies topics also.

SCIENCE: We are working through a science unit titled “Rocks, Sand, Soils.” In this unit students will identify properties of rocks, sort rocks by properties, explain their reasons for sorting based on observations, identify & describe earth materials, compare different types of earth materials, and describe objects made of earth materials.  Scholastic News covers lots of science topics as well.

SCHOLASTIC NEWS: This is a magazine that each student will receive a copy of each week, which covers many different science & social studies topics. The May topics are Insects, Summer, Ocean Animals, Kid’s Choice (Legos.) These magazines also have a few worksheets that accompany them. We work through all of these materials together in class.  The SN topic this week is “Talk Like a Dolphin.” Students will learn about dolphin anatomy & behavior, as well as possibly do independent research about ocean animals.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

EVERY Thursday, 12:00-12:15 - Media Book Check Out - This will be our check out time every week unless the library is closed due to special events, testing, or Krista’s absence.

NEXT Assembly & Buddies, Fri., May 25, 1:30-2:45pm

Thurs., May 24-  K-5 Field Day

Tues. & Wed., May 8 & 9 (9:00-11:00am) - Artist Residency in our classroom with Leslie Barlow

Thursday, May 10 - Mpls Institute of Arts field trip - bus leaves 10:45 / returns 12:45
*Lunch back at school

Thursday, May 18 - Required Professional Development for Grade 1 teachers - students will have a substitute teacher for the day

Monday, May 28 - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day National Holiday

Wednesday, May 30 - Flint Hills Children’s Festival Performance & Activities - bus leaves at 8:45am / return at 12:00pm) *Lunch back at school

Thursday, June 7, 2:00pm - K-4 Vocabulary Parade

Friday, June 8 - Last Day of School for Students     

Thank you for reading this!!!
Polly

FYI from Polly for week of April 30 - May 4

Dear 102 Families,                                                                                                               4/28/18

*After School Classes Mon., Tues., & Wed. ... this is the last week of classes

**ALL FIELD TRIP SLIPS IN!!!!!! YAHOO!!!! Again, thank you for all your generous scholarship donations!

***Media Book Check Out on Thursday

****Turn any paper form orders into me for the Marcy Yearbook (you can order online as well)

*****As you have probably heard or read in the Marcy Pages, looping will be ending at Marcy. This means that your students will be having a new teacher every year at Marcy from now on. I am deeply disappointed that I will not be moving up with your students to 2nd grade. In all my years of teaching (all at Marcy), I have always had students for 2 years, so this will be a new experience for me as well. I will welcome a new class of 1st graders next year. Rest assured that your students will move on to many fine teachers throughout Marcy. I have made my own peace with this decision.  

READING: We will continue through Unit 8 this week titled “Observing the Sky.” Students will ask questions, determine text importance, & summarize/synthesize, listen & retell key details, distinguish between information from pictures & text, describe connections between events, and compare & contrast 2 informational texts, determine central message, identify text structure, and use context clues & sensory words. Students have the choice of using the Raz Kids Reading app, on an i-pad, once per week, during their independent reading time.

PHONICS: Each day students use white boards to practice phonics lessons. This week we will continue our focus on r-Controlled Vowel (or).

MATH: We will continue our work in math Unit 5 titled “Number Patterns & Grouping Tens.” In this unit, students will describe & represent numbers 10-100 in groups of 10, identify a number that is 10 more or 10 less than a given number, count by 2‘s, 5‘s, & 10‘s from any given number, solve addition & subtraction problems using patterns in numbers & explain the relationship between counting, adding & subtracting, create & extend patterns in many ways, and identify & explain the rule of a given pattern.

WRITING: Writing will be integrated with science & social studies work. We continue reviewing & emphasizing neat letter formation, using uppercase & lowercase letters in the correct places, correct punctuation, good spacing between words, staying on the lines, proper use of a sheet of paper & spelling. Each student has their own mini write-in dictionary which they can use for spelling & can add words to, with adult help.

SOCIAL STUDIES: Our next unit will be on GEOGRAPHY. Scholastic News covers lots of our social studies topics also.

SCIENCE: We are working through a science unit titled “Rocks, Sand, Soils.” In this unit students will identify properties of rocks, sort rocks by properties, explain their reasons for sorting based on observations, identify & describe earth materials, compare different types of earth materials, and describe objects made of earth materials.  Scholastic News covers lots of science topics as well.

SCHOLASTIC NEWS: This is a magazine that each student will receive a copy of each week, which covers many different science & social studies topics. The May topics are Insects, Summer, Ocean Animals, Kid’s Choice (Legos.) These magazines also have a few worksheets that accompany them. We work through all of these materials together in class.  The SN topic this week is “Lend a Hand to Lemurs.” Students will learn about about the lemur, an endangered animal, & discover ways to help lemurs & maybe even publish books about them (if we can fit it in between our geography lessons & science unit.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

EVERY Thursday, 12:00-12:15 - Media Book Check Out - This will be our check out time every week unless the library is closed due to special events, testing, or Krista’s absence.

NEXT Assembly & Buddies, THIS Fri., May 25, 1:30-2:45pm

Thurs., May 24-  K-5 Field Day

Tues. & Wed., May 8 & 9 (9:00-11:00am) - Artist Residency in our classroom with Leslie Barlow

Thursday, May 10 - Mpls Institute of Arts field trip - bus leaves 10:45 / returns 12:45
*Lunch back at school

Thursday, May 18 - Required Professional Development for Grade 1 teachers - student will have substitute teacher

Monday, May 28 - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day National Holiday

Wednesday, May 30 - Flint Hills Children’s Festival Performance & Activities - bus leaves at 8:45am / return at 12:00pm) *Lunch back at school

Thursday, June 7, 2:00pm - K-4 Vocabulary Parade

Friday, June 8 - Last Day of School for Students     

Thank you for reading this!!!
Polly

FYI from Polly for week of April 23-27

Dear 102 Families,                                                                                                               4/21/18

*After School Classes Mon., Tues., & Wed.

**PLEASE help your student to turn in the 2 field trip slips. Thanks so much for the generous Scholarship donations. Your donations go to work immediately!!! We are waiting for just 2 students to get both of their field trip slips turned in: Elvin & Matthew

**Media Book Check Out on Thursday

***Turn any paper form orders into me for the Marcy Yearbook (you can order online as well)

****Assembly & Buddies, THIS Fri., April 27, 1:30-2:45pm


READING: We will begin Unit 8 this week titled “Observing the Sky.” Students will ask questions, determine text importance, & summarize details, listen & retell story key details, distinguish between information in pictures & text, describe connections between events, and compare & contrast a Folktale and an Informational Texts. Students have the choice of using the Raz Kids Reading app, on an i-pad, once per week, during their independent reading time.

PHONICS: Each day students use white boards to practice phonics lessons. This week we will continue our focus on r-Controlled Vowel (ar).

MATH: We will continue our work in math Unit 5 titled “Number Patterns & Grouping Tens.” In this unit, students will describe & represent numbers 10-100 in groups of 10, identify a number that is 10 more or 10 less than a given number, count by 2‘s, 5‘s, & 10‘s from any given number, solve addition & subtraction problems using patterns in numbers & explain the relationship between counting, adding & subtracting, create & extend patterns in many ways, and identify & explain the rule of a given pattern.

WRITING: Writing will be integrated with science & social studies work. We continue reviewing & emphasizing neat letter formation, using uppercase & lowercase letters in the correct places, correct punctuation, good spacing between words, staying on the lines, proper use of a sheet of paper & spelling. Each student has their own mini write-in dictionary which they can use for spelling & can add words to, with adult help.

SOCIAL STUDIES: Our next unit will be on GEOGRAPHY. Scholastic News covers lots of our social studies topics also.

SCIENCE: We are working through a science unit titled “Rocks, Sand, Soils.” In this unit students will identify properties of rocks, sort rocks by properties, explain their reasons for sorting based on observations, identify & describe earth materials, compare different types of earth materials, and describe objects made of earth materials.  Scholastic News covers lots of science topics as well.

SCHOLASTIC NEWS: This is a magazine that each student will receive a copy of each week, which covers many different science & social studies topics. The April topics are Earth Day, Endangered Animals, Plants, Egg Animals. These magazines also have a few worksheets that accompany them. We work through all of these materials together in class.  The SN topic this week is “Sunflower Snack.” Students will learn about plant defenses.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

EVERY Thursday, 12:00-12:15 - Media Book Check Out - This will be our check out time every week unless the library is closed due to special events, testing, or Krista’s absence.

NEXT Assembly & Buddies, THIS Fri., April 27, 1:30-2:45pm

Tuesdays, April 24 (10:30-11:20) - Art Adventures Presentations

Date TBA -  K-5 Field Day

Tues. & Wed., May 8 & 9 (9:00-11:00am) - Artist Residency in our classroom with Leslie Barlow

Thursday, May 10 - Mpls Institute of Arts field trip - bus leaves 10:45 / returns 12:45
*Lunch back at school

Thursday, May 18 - Required Professional Development for Grade 1 teachers - substitute teacher

Monday, May 28 - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day National Holiday

Wednesday, May 30 - Flint Hills Children’s Festival Performance & Activities - bus leaves at 8:45am / return at 12:00pm) *Lunch back at school

Thursday, June 7, 2:00pm - K-4 Vocabulary Parade

Friday, June 8 - Last Day of School for Students     

Thank you for reading this!!!
Polly

FYI from Polly for week of April 16-20

Dear 102 Families,                                                                                                               4/14/18

*After School Classes Mon., Tues., & Wed.

**PLEASE help your student to turn in the 2 field trip slips. Thanks so much for the generous Scholarship donations. Your donations go to work immediately!!! We are waiting for just 4 students to get both of their field trip slips turned in: Elvin, Hawa, Maggie, & Matthew *also Andrew needs to turn in Flint Hills field trip (MIA field trip slip already in for him)

***NO Media Book Check Out this week due to the Scholastic Book Fair

****Book Fair visit where students can spend money or browse will be  on Thur., at 8:55am. IF you send money with your student, PLEASE send it in some sort of wallet, coin purse or baggy. THANK YOU! Loose money in a pocket or hand does not work well for 1st graders. (We will visit the Book Fair for just 5 minutes on Wed. morning for a preview but NO shopping allowed)

*****Designs for the Marcy T-Shirt contest are due to me THIS Tuesday, April 17

******Turn any paper form orders into me for the Marcy Yearbook (you can order online as well)*yearbooks almost sold out!

*******Spring Photos - update ... there was no class picture this year, only individual, if you put in an order.

********Thursday evening is the Family Dinner, 5-6:30pm, then the Talent Show beginning at 6:30pm.

READING: We will continue working through Unit 7 this week titled “Past, Present, Future.” Students will use fix-up/monitoring strategies, listen & retell story key details, distinguish between information in pictures & text, describe connections between ideas, find text evidence in captions, and compare & contrast 2 informational texts, and use context clues. Students have the choice of using the Raz Kids Reading app, on an i-pad, once per week, during their independent reading time.

PHONICS: Each day students use white boards to practice phonics lessons. This week we will continue our focus on long ‘i‘ vowel teams & single letters.

MATH: We will continue our work in math Unit 5 titled “Number Patterns & Grouping Tens.” In this unit, students will describe & represent numbers 10-100 in groups of 10, identify a number that is 10 more or 10 less than a given number, count by 2‘s, 5‘s, & 10‘s from any given number, solve addition & subtraction problems using patterns in numbers & explain the relationship between counting, adding & subtracting, create & extend patterns in many ways, and identify & explain the rule of a given pattern.

WRITING: Writing will be integrated with science & social studies work. We continue reviewing & emphasizing neat letter formation, using uppercase & lowercase letters in the correct places, correct punctuation, good spacing between words, staying on the lines, proper use of a sheet of paper & spelling. Each student has their own mini write-in dictionary which they can use for spelling & can add words to, with adult help.

SOCIAL STUDIES: Our next unit will be on GEOGRAPHY. Scholastic News covers lots of our social studies topics.

SCIENCE: We are working through a science unit titled “Rocks, Sand, Soils.” In this unit students will identify properties of rocks, sort rocks by properties, explain their reasons for sorting based on observations, identify & describe earth materials, compare different types of earth materials, and describe objects made of earth materials.  Scholastic News covers lots of science topics as well.

SCHOLASTIC NEWS: This is a magazine that each student will receive a copy of each week, which covers many different science & social studies topics. The April topics are Earth Day, Endangered Animals, Plants, Egg Animals. These magazines also have a few worksheets that accompany them. We work through all of these materials together in class.  The SN topic this week is “Keeping the Earth Healthy.” Students will learn about some of the Earth’s symbiotic relationships & write about ways they can keep the Earth beautiful.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

EVERY Thursday, 12:00-12:15 - Media Book Check Out - This will be our check out time every week unless the library is closed due to special events, testing, or Krista’s absence.

NEXT Assembly & Buddies, Fri., April 27, 1:30-2:45pm

Tuesdays, April 17, & 24 (10:30-11:20) - Art Adventures Presentations

Thursday, April 19 - Marcy’s Family Dinner (5:00-6:30pm, Book Fair, & Talent Show(begins at 6:30pm)

Saturday, March 21 - Marcy Arts Gala (adults only, evening)

Thursday, May 3 -  K-5 Field Day

Tues. & Wed., May 8 & 9 (9:00-11:00am) - Artist Residency in our classroom with Leslie Barlow

Thursday, May 10 - Mpls Institute of Arts field trip - bus leaves 10:45 / returns 12:45

Thursday, May 18 - Required Professional Development for Grade 1 teachers - substitute teacher

Monday, May 28 - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day National Holiday

Wednesday, May 30 - Flint Hills Children’s Festival Performance & Activities - bus leaves at 8:45am / return at 12:00pm) *Lunch back at school

Thursday, June 7, 2:00pm - K-4 Vocabulary Parade

Friday, June 8 - Last Day of School for Students     

Thank you for reading this!!!
Polly

FYI from Polly for week of March 26-29

Dear 102 Families,                                                                                                               3/24/18

*Actually ALL AFTER SCHOOL CLASSES continue this Monday (snow day make up), but Tuesday & Wednesday only ALC classes (Reading & Math for 1st graders.) Spring Classes begin Monday, April 9)

**PLEASE find 2 field trip slips in the Friday Folder...we now need to collect the field trip fees way in advance...so the field trips are actually in May. You are welcome to send in one check or cash for both trips (they are each $5, so $10 in total.) Contributing to scholarships is greatly appreciated if that is something you are able to do. Please send in asap. The date on the Flint Hills trip is incorrect on the slip...it should read May 30. Chaperones are unlimited on MIA trip. For the Flint Hills trip, we have only one chaperone space at the “Tetris” performance. We would love to have parents meet us at the Ordway Terrace to attend the “tent” activities in Rice Park across the street. Breaking into small groups is preferable to traveling as a class. This year we will not be picnicking. We will return to school for lunch.

***Media Book Check Out on Thursday

****Thank you SO MUCH for the donations of wipes & facial tissue...we should be good for awhile.

*****Thank you to Lora Wichser, Harold’s mom, for volunteering to serve as our class captain for the Marcy Arts Gala.

******Fri., March 29 - NO SCHOOL - Record Keeping Day for teachers

*******Mon. - Fri., April 2-6 - NO SCHOOL - Spring Break

READING: We are working through Unit 7 this week titled “Past, Present, Future.” Students will use fix-up/monitoring strategies, listen & retell story key details & events, identify text structure & sequence, use text features (captions & time lines),  and compare & contrast 2 informational texts. Students have the choice of using the Raz Kids Reading app, on an i-pad, once per week, during their independent reading time.

PHONICS: Each day students use white boards to practice phonics lessons. This week we will continue our focus on long ‘o‘ vowel teams & single letters

MATH: We continue our work in math Unit 5 titled “Number Patterns & Grouping Tens.” In this unit, students will describe & represent numbers 10-100 in groups of 10, identify a number that is 10 more or 10 less than a given number, count by 2‘s, 5‘s, & 10‘s from any given number, solve addition & subtraction problems using patterns in numbers & explain the relationship between counting, adding & subtracting, create & extend patterns in many ways, and identify & explain the rule of a given pattern.

WRITING: We have wrapped up our “HOW TO...” writing projects. We will work on an art project this week which will be displayed outside the classroom when it is complete. One piece is on display in the classroom and others went home in the Friday Folder. Some students were in the middle of a piece so they might choose to finish them at home. We continue reviewing & emphasizing neat letter formation, using uppercase & lowercase letters in the correct places, correct punctuation, good spacing between words, staying on the lines, proper use of a sheet of paper & spelling. Each student has their own mini write-in dictionary which they can use for spelling & can add words to, with adult help.

SOCIAL STUDIES: Our next unit will be on GEOGRAPHY, most likely beginning after Spring Break. Scholastic News covers lots of our social studies topics.

SCIENCE: Our next science unit be “Rocks, Sand, Soils” and will begin after Spring Break. Scholastic News covers lots of science topics as well.

SCHOLASTIC NEWS: This is a magazine that each student will receive a copy of each week, which covers many different science & social studies topics. The March topics are Read Across America (Dr. Seuss), Kites, Weather, & Nutrition. These magazines also have a few worksheets that accompany them. We work through all of these materials together in class.  The SN topic this week is “nutrition.”

UPCOMING EVENTS:

EVERY Thursday, 12:00-12:15 - Media Book Check Out - This will be our check out time every week unless the library is closed due to special events, testing, or Krista’s absence.

NEXT Assembly & Buddies, Fri., April 27, 1:30-2:45pm

Fri., March 29 - NO SCHOOL - Record Keeping Day for teachers

Mon. - Fri., April 2-6 - NO SCHOOL - Spring Break

Tuesday, April 10, 17, & 24 - Art Adventures Presentations

Thursday, April 19 - Marcy’s Family Dinner (5:00-6:30pm, Book Fair, & Talent Show(begins at 6:30pm)
Saturday, March 21 - Marcy Arts Gala (adults only, evening)

Thursday, May 3 -  K-5 Field Day

Tues. & Wed., May 8 & 9, 9:00-11:00am - Artist Residency in our classroom with Leslie Barlow

Thursday, May 10 - Mpls Institute of Arts field trip - bus leaves 10:45 / returns 12:45

Thursday, May 18 - Required Professional Development for Grade 1 teachers - substitute teacher

Monday, May 28 - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day National Holiday

Wednesday, May 30 - Flint Hills Children’s Festival Performance & Activities - bus leaves at 8:45am / return at 11:30am

Thursday, June 7. 2:00pm - K-4 Vocabulary Parade

Friday, June 8 - Last Day of School for Students     

Thank you for reading this!!!
Polly

FYI from Polly for week of March 19-23

Dear 102 Families,                                                                                                               3/17/18

*AFTER SCHOOL CLASSES continue this week (It’s the last week of Winter Classes - Spring Classes begin Monday, April 9)

**Media Book Check Out on Thursday

***Assembly & Buddies On Friday, 1:30-2:45pm

****Unit 3 Math Workbooks went home in the Friday Folder...Please support your student to finish the incomplete pages

*****We would gratefully accept donations of wipes & boxes of facial tissues. We are down to 1 left of each. Thank you!

****** MESSAGE FROM MAP COMMITTEE: We are looking for one parent in each classroom to serve as a classroom captain for the upcoming Marcy Arts Gala on April 21. The role of each classroom captain is simple: invite the parents in each class to purchase a ticket to the Gala and also consider signing up for a volunteer shift. That’s it! A MAP representative will provide you with all the email content you need to communicate with the parents in our class as well as answer any follow-up questions.
This is a very limited time commitment and will help make this years Gala a success by increasing attendance of parents and other supporters of Marcy Open. Please email marcyarts@gmail.com if you would like to volunteer for this role.


READING: I will be administering the Literacy Interim Assessment (reading & writing) on Monday & Tuesday this week. We will begin Unit 7 this week titled “Past, Present, Future.” Students will use fix-up/monitoring strategies, listen & retell story key details & events, identify text structure & sequence, use text features (captions & time lines),  and compare & contrast 2 informational texts. Students have the choice of using the Raz Kids Reading app, on an i-pad, once per week, during their independent reading time.

PHONICS: Each day students use white boards to practice phonics lessons. This week we will focus on long ‘o‘ vowel teams & single letters

MATH: We begin math Unit 5 titled “Number Patterns & Grouping Tens.” In this unit, students will describe & represent numbers 10-100 in groups of 10, identify a number that is 10 more or 10 less than a given number, count by 2‘s, 5‘s, & 10‘s from any given number, solve addition & subtraction problems using patterns in numbers & explain the relationship between counting, adding & subtracting, create & extend patterns in many ways, and identify & explain the rule of a given pattern.

WRITING: We integrate writing with science & social studies. Students will write a “How To”  piece. They will begin by following a model of “How to Make a Complete Circuit” and then choose their own “How To” topic for their second & final piece. We continue reviewing & emphasizing neat letter formation, using uppercase & lowercase letters in the correct places, correct punctuation, good spacing between words, staying on the lines, proper use of a sheet of paper & spelling. Each student has their own mini write-in dictionary which they can use for spelling & can add words to, with adult help.

SOCIAL STUDIES: Our next unit will be on GEOGRAPHY, most likely beginning after Spring Break. Scholastic News covers lots of our social studies topics.

SCIENCE: Our next science unit be “Rocks, Sand, Soils” and will begin after Spring Break. Scholastic News covers lots of science topics as well.

SCHOLASTIC NEWS: This is a magazine that each student will receive a copy of each week, which covers many different science & social studies topics. The March topics are Read Across America (Dr. Seuss), Kites, Weather, & Nutrition. These magazines also have a few worksheets that accompany them. We work through all of these materials together in class.  The SN topic this week is “weather.”

UPCOMING EVENTS:

EVERY Thursday, 12:00-12:15 - Media Book Check Out - This will be our check out time every week unless the library is closed due to special events, testing, or Krista’s absence.

NEXT Assembly & Buddies, Fri., March 23, 1:30-2:45pm

Fri., March 29 - NO SCHOOL - Record Keeping Day for teachers

Mon. - Fri., April 2-6 - NO SCHOOL - Spring Break

Thank you for reading this!!!
Polly

FYI from Polly for week of March 12-17

Dear 102 Families,                                                                                                               3/10/18

*AFTER SCHOOL CLASSES continue this week

**Media Book Check Out on Thursday

READING: We will wrap up Unit 6 this week titled “Stories Teach Many Lessons.” Students will make connections, listen & retell story events, describe characters, describe sequence of events, identify the central message,  and compare & contrast the central message in 2 texts. Students have the choice of using the Raz Kids Reading app, on an i-pad, once per week, during their independent reading time.

PHONICS: Each day students use white boards to practice phonics lessons. This week we will focus on long ‘a‘ vowel teams ‘ai’ & ‘ay.’  

MATH: Towards the end of the week, I will be administering the Math Interim #3, during math time. This is a paper/pencil assessment, required by the district, 4 times per year. We will wrap up math Unit 4 titled “Addition & Subtraction; Counting to Deriving.” In this unit, students will solve real world addition & subtraction problems in many ways, determine if an addition & subtraction problem are true, identify the missing number in an addition or subtraction problem, represent a situation in a story problem with an addition or subtraction equation, and decompose & compose numbers to 12 automatically.  Next week we will begin math Unit 5 titled “Number Patterns & Grouping Tens.”

WRITING: We integrate writing with science & social studies. Students will write a “How To”  piece. They will begin by following a model of “How to Make a Complete Circuit” and then choose their own “How To” topic for their second & final piece. We continue reviewing & emphasizing neat letter formation, using uppercase & lowercase letters in the correct places, correct punctuation, good spacing between words, staying on the lines, proper use of a sheet of paper & spelling. Each student has their own mini write-in dictionary which they can use for spelling & can add words to, with adult help.

SOCIAL STUDIES: Within our History unit students will order important events of their lives, collect information about past events by asking questions, compare & contrast family life, buildings, transportation, and communication, from long ago and today. Scholastic News covers lots of our social studies topics.

SCIENCE: We will wrap up our science unit on “Electricity.” In this unit students will make a complete circuit using a battery, light bulb, & switch, explain that nonliving things are made of parts and that, if a part of a circuit is missing or broken, it will not function properly, and assemble materials using a picture as a guide. Our next science unit be “Rocks, Sand, Soils” and will begin after Spring Break.

SCHOLASTIC NEWS: This is a magazine that each student will receive a copy of each week, which covers many different science & social studies topics. The March topics are Read Across America (Dr. Seuss), Kites, Weather, & Nutrition. These magazines also have a few worksheets that accompany them. We work through all of these materials together in class.  The SN topic this week is “Kites.”

UPCOMING EVENTS:

EVERY Thursday, 12:00-12:15 - Media Book Check Out - This will be our check out time every week unless the library is closed due to special events, testing, or Krista’s absence.

NEXT Assembly & Buddies, Fri., March 23, 1:30-2:45pm

Fri., March 29 - NO SCHOOL - Record Keeping Day for teachers

Mon. - Fri., April 2-6 - NO SCHOOL - Spring Break

Thank you for reading this!!!
Polly

FYI from Polly for week of March 5-9

Dear 102 Families,                                                                                                               3/3/18

*AFTER SCHOOL CLASSES continue this week

**Media Book Check Out on Thursday

READING: We will continue Unit 6 this week titled “Stories Teach Many Lessons.” Students will make connections, listen & retell key ideas, describe character, describe sequence of events, understand the central message, use context clues, and compare & contrast characters and central message in 2 texts. Students have the choice of using the Raz Kids Reading app, on an i-pad, once per week, during their independent reading time.

PHONICS: Each day students use white boards to practice phonics lessons. This week we will focus on long ‘e‘ (final silent ‘e’).  

MATH: We continue working through math Unit 4 titled “Addition & Subtraction; Counting to Deriving.” In this unit, students will solve real world addition & subtraction problems in many ways, determine if an addition & subtraction problem are true, identify the missing number in an addition or subtraction problem, represent a situation in a story problem with an addition or subtraction equation, and decompose & compose numbers to 12 automatically.

WRITING: We integrate writing with science & social studies. We continue reviewing & emphasizing neat letter formation, using uppercase & lowercase letters in the correct places, correct punctuation, good spacing between words, staying on the lines, proper use of a sheet of paper & spelling. Each student has their own mini write-in dictionary which they can use for spelling & can add words to, with adult help.

SOCIAL STUDIES: Within our History unit students will order important events of their lives, collect information about past events by asking questions, compare & contrast family life, buildings, transportation, and communication, from long ago and today. Scholastic News covers lots of our social studies topics.

SCIENCE: We will continue working through our science unit on “Electricity.” In this unit students will make a complete circuit using a battery, light bulb, & switch, explain that nonliving things are made of parts and that, if a part of a circuit is missing or broken, it will not function properly, and assemble materials using a picture as a guide.

SCHOLASTIC NEWS: This is a magazine that each student will receive a copy of each week, which covers many different science & social studies topics. The March topics are Read Across America (Dr. Seuss), Kites, Weather, & Nutrition. These magazines also have a few worksheets that accompany them. We work through all of these materials together in class.  The SN topic this week is Read Across America & particularly about Dr. Seuss books.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

EVERY Thursday, 12:00-12:15 - Media Book Check Out - This will be our check out time every week unless the library is closed due to special events or Krista’s absence.

NEXT Assembly & Buddies, Fri., March 23, 1:30-2:45pm

Fri., March 29 - NO SCHOOL - Record Keeping Day for teachers

Mon. - Fri., April 2-6 - NO SCHOOL - Spring Break

Thank you for reading this!!!
Polly

FYI from Polly for week of February 26-March 2

Dear 102 Families,                                                                                                               2/24/18

*AFTER SCHOOL CLASSES continue this week

**Media Book Check Out on Thursday

***Please support your student to complete the science homework sheet that was sent home in his/her Friday Folder. Thanks!

****Marcy’s Writers’ & Artists’ Fair is a one-night event where students have the chance to showcase their writing and artwork. Mark your calendars! K-8 student work will be showcased THIS Thursday, March 1st, 5:30-7:00 pm. Refreshments will be provided! In addition to time to ‘Ooh and Ahh’ over your student’s work, we will have professional authors, illustrators and story tellers located around Marcy! You will have the opportunity to attend their readings, ask them questions, purchase their books! Some of our confirmed published artists include: Gary Harbo, E.G. Bailey & Sha Cage, Jeanne Foley, Melina Mangul, Mia Posada. This is a night you wont want to miss!

READING: We will begin Unit 6 this week titled “Technology at Work.” Students will make connections, listen & retell key ideas, describe sequence of events, understand the central message, use context clues, and compare & contrast characters in 2 texts. Students have the choice of using the Raz Kids Reading app, on an i-pad, once per week, during their independent reading time.

PHONICS: Each day students use white boards to practice phonics lessons. This week we will focus on long ‘i‘ (final ‘e’).  

MATH: We continue working through math Unit 4 titled “Addition & Subtraction; Counting to Deriving.” In this unit, students will solve real world addition & subtraction problems in many ways, determine if an addition & subtraction problem are true, identify the missing number in an addition or subtraction problem, represent a situation in a story problem with an addition or subtraction equation, and decompose & compose numbers to 12 automatically.

WRITING: We integrate writing with science & social studies. We continue reviewing & emphasizing neat letter formation, using uppercase & lowercase letters in the correct places, correct punctuation, good spacing between words, staying on the lines, proper use of a sheet of paper & spelling. Each student has their own mini write-in dictionary which they can use for spelling & can add words to, with adult help.

SOCIAL STUDIES: Within our History unit students will order important events of their lives, collect information about past events by asking questions, compare & contrast family life, buildings, transportation, and communication, from long ago and today. Scholastic News covers lots of our social studies topics.

SCIENCE: We will continue working through our science unit on “Electricity.” In this unit students will make a complete circuit using a battery, light bulb, & switch, explain that nonliving things are made of parts and that, if a part of a circuit is missing or broken, it will not function properly, and assemble materials using a picture as a guide.

SCHOLASTIC NEWS: This is a magazine that each student will receive a copy of each week, which covers many different science & social studies topics. The February topics are Dental Health, Presidents’ Day, Black History Month, & American symbols & landforms. These magazines also have a few worksheets that accompany them. We work through all of these materials together in class.  The SN topic this week is symbols & landforms in USA.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

EVERY Thursday, 12:00-12:15 - Media Book Check Out - This will be our check out time every week unless the library is closed due to special events or Krista’s absence.

NEXT Assembly & Buddies, Fri., March 23, 1:30-2:45pm

Thurs., March 1 - 5:30-7:00pm - Writers’ & Artists’ Fair (evening event)

Fri., March 29 - NO SCHOOL - Record Keeping Day for teachers

Mon. - Fri., April 2-6 - NO SCHOOL - Spring Break

Thank you for reading this!!!
Polly

FYI from Polly for week of February 20-23

Dear 102 Families,                                                                                                               2/17/18

*It was wonderful seeing you at conferences & checking in on those goals.

**Mon., Feb. 19 - NO SCHOOL - Presidents Day National Holiday

***AFTER SCHOOL CLASSES continue this week

****Thank you for all the support you gave to your students in preparing valentines & thanks for all the teacher valentines & treats!

*****Marcy’s Writers’ & Artists’ Fair is a one-night event where students have the chance to showcase their writing and artwork. Mark your calendars! K-8 student work will be showcased on Thursday, March 1st, 5:30-7:00 pm. Refreshments will be provided! In addition to time to ‘Ooh and Ahh’ over your student’s work, we will have professional authors, illustrators and story tellers located around Marcy! You will have the opportunity to attend their readings, ask them questions, purchase their books! Some of our confirmed published artists include: Gary Harbo, E.G. Bailey & Sha Cage, Jeanne Foley, Melina Mangul, Mia Posada. This is a night you wont want to miss!

READING: We will begin Unit 5 this week titled “Technology at Work.” Students will summarize & synthesize, listen & retell key ideas, use details to describe setting, make inferences, and compare and compare & contrast an informational text & a rhyming story. Students have the choice of using the Raz Kids Reading app, on an i-pad, once per week, during their independent reading time.

PHONICS: Each day students use white boards to practice phonics lessons. This week we will focus on soft ‘c‘ & ‘g’  

MATH: We continue working through math Unit 4 titled “Addition & Subtraction; Counting to Deriving.” In this unit, students will solve real world addition & subtraction problems in many ways, determine if an addition & subtraction problem are true, identify the missing number in an addition or subtraction problem, represent a situation in a story problem with an addition or subtraction equation, and decompose & compose numbers to 12 automatically.

WRITING: We integrate writing with science & social studies. We continue reviewing & emphasizing neat letter formation, using uppercase & lowercase letters in the correct places, correct punctuation, good spacing between words, staying on the lines, proper use of a sheet of paper & spelling. Each student has their own mini write-in dictionary which they can use for spelling & can add words to, with adult help.

SOCIAL STUDIES:  We will do some work within our History unit and continue with our Engineering unit. Within our History unit students will order important events of their lives, collect information about past events by asking questions, compare & contrast family life, buildings, transportation, and communication, from long ago and today. Also, Scholastic News covers lots of social studies topics.

SCIENCE: We will continue working through our science unit on “Electricity.” In this unit students will make a complete circuit using a battery, light bulb, & switch, explain that nonliving things are made of parts and that, if a part of a circuit is missing or broken, it will not function properly, and assemble materials using a picture as a guide.

SCHOLASTIC NEWS: This is a magazine that each student will receive a copy of each week, which covers many different science & social studies topics. The February topics are Dental Health, Presidents’ Day, Black History Month, & American symbols & landforms. These magazines also have a few worksheets that accompany them. We work through all of these materials together in class.  The SN topic this week is dental health & how toothbrushes are made.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

EVERY Thursday, 12:00-12:15 - Media Book Check Out - This will be our check out time every week unless the library is closed due to special events or Krista’s absence.

NEXT Assembly & Buddies, Fri., March 23, 1:30-2:45pm

Mon., Feb. 19 - NO SCHOOL - Presidents Day National Holiday

Thurs., March 1 - 5:30-7:00pm - Writers’ & Artists’ Fair (evening event)

Fri., March 29 - NO SCHOOL - Record Keeping Day for teachers

Mon. - Fri., April 2-6 - NO SCHOOL - Spring Break

Thank you for reading this!!!
Polly

FYI from Polly for week of February 12-16

Dear 102 Families,                                                                                                               2/10/18

*Thurs. Feb. 15 - 3:30-7:30pm - Conferences

**Fri., Feb 16 - 7:30am - 3:30pm - Conferences - NO SCHOOL

***Mon., Feb. 19 - NO SCHOOL - Presidents Day National Holiday

****AFTER SCHOOL CLASSES continue this week

*****See attached updated Winter Conference Schedule.

******Wed., Feb. 14 - Valentine Exchange - Optional participation - prepare valentines & mailboxes at home if you want (there will not be time at school to make these things) *bring in any day & I can store them **please avoid candy treats...THANK YOU!!!

*******A valentine class name list was sent home in the Friday Folder  

READING: We will begin Unit 5 this week titled “Technology at Work.” Students will summarize & synthesize, listen & retell key ideas, use photographs to describe work settings describe sequence of events, compare and compare & contrast two informational texts, and use sidebars. Students now have the choice of using the Raz Kids Reading app, on an i-pad, once per week, during their independent reading time.

PHONICS: Each day students use white boards to practice phonics lessons. This week we will focus on long ‘o‘  (final -e.)  

MATH: This week we continue math Unit 4 titled “Addition & Subtraction; Counting to Deriving” In this unit, students will solve real world addition & subtraction problems in many ways, determine if an addition & subtraction problem are true, identify the missing number in an addition or subtraction problem, represent a situation in a story problem with an addition or subtraction equation, and decompose & compose numbers to 12 automatically.

WRITING: We integrate writing with science & social studies. We continue reviewing & emphasizing neat letter formation, using uppercase & lowercase letters in the correct places, correct punctuation, good spacing between words, staying on the lines, proper use of a sheet of paper & spelling. Each student has their own mini write-in dictionary which they can use for spelling & can add words to, with adult help.

SOCIAL STUDIES:  We will do some work within our History unit and continue with our Engineering unit. Within our History unit students will order important events of their lives, collect information about past events by asking questions, compare & contrast family life, buildings, transportation, and communication, from long ago and today. Also, Scholastic News covers lots of social studies topics.

SCIENCE: Our STEM unit on civil engineering has come to a close. We will begin the new science unit, “Electricity.” In this unit students will make a complete circuit using a battery, light bulb, & switch, explain that nonliving things are made of parts and that, if a part of a circuit is missing or broken, it will not function properly, and assemble materials using a picture as a guide.

SCHOLASTIC NEWS: This is a magazine that each student will receive a copy of each week, which covers many different science & social studies topics. The February topics are Dental Health, Presidents’ Day, Black History Month, & American symbols & landforms. These magazines also have a few worksheets that accompany them. We work through all of these materials together in class.  The SN topic this week is about Abe Lincoln. Students will learn about his life & compare it to life today.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

EVERY Thursday, 12:00-12:15 - Media Book Check Out - This will be our check out time every week unless the library is closed due to special events or Krista’s absence.

NEXT Assembly & Buddies, Fri., March 23, 1:30-2:45pm

Wed., Feb. 14 - Valentine Exchange - Optional participation - prepare valentines & mailboxes at home if you want (there will not be time at school to make these things) *bring in any day & I can store them **please avoid candy treats...THANK YOU!!!

Thurs. Feb. 15 - 3:30-7:30pm - Conferences

Fri., Feb 16 - 7:30am - 3:30pm - Conferences - NO SCHOOL

Mon., Feb. 19 - NO SCHOOL - Presidents Day National Holiday

Thurs., March 1 - 5:30-7:00pm - Writers’ & Artists’ Fair (evening event)

Fri., March 29 - NO SCHOOL - Record Keeping Day for teachers

Mon. - Fri., April 2-6 - NO SCHOOL - Spring Break

Thank you for reading this!!!
Polly

FYI for week of February 5-9

Dear 102 Families,                                                                                                               2/3/18

*AFTER SCHOOL CLASSES continue this week

**See attached updated Winter Conference Schedule.

***Unit 2 Math Geometry Workbooks went home in Friday Folder. Please have your student finish any unfinished pages that they can.  

READING: We will begin Unit 5 this week titled “Technology at Work.” Students will summarize & synthesize, listen & retell key details, use photographs to identify key details, describe sequence of events, understand the connections between details, and compare, and compare & contrast real & imaginary robots. Students are now have the choice of using the Raz Kids Reading app, on an i-pad, once per week, during their independent reading time.

PHONICS: Each day students use white boards to practice phonics lessons. This week we will focus on long ‘a‘  (final -e.)  

MATH: This week we continue math Unit 4 titled “Addition & Subtraction; Counting to Deriving” In this unit, students will solve real world addition & subtraction problems in many ways, determine if an addition & subtraction problem are true, identify the missing number in an addition or subtraction problem, represent a situation in a story problem with an addition or subtraction equation, and decompose & compose numbers to 12 automatically.

WRITING: We integrate writing with science & social studies. We continue reviewing & emphasizing neat letter formation, using uppercase & lowercase letters in the correct places, correct punctuation, good spacing between words, staying on the lines, proper use of a sheet of paper & spelling. Each student has their own mini write-in dictionary which they can use for spelling & can add words to, with adult help.

SOCIAL STUDIES:  We will do some work within our History unit and continue with our Engineering unit. Within our History unit students will order important events of their lives, collect information about past events by asking questions, compare & contrast family life, buildings, transportation, and communication, from long ago and today. Also, Scholastic News covers lots of social studies topics.

SCIENCE: We will wrap up our STEM Science unit on bridge building. This week student groups will be challenged to design their own bridges &  test them to see how much weight they can support & how adding weight affects the structure of the bridge. They will need to examine the materials available to them for designing their bridges & brainstorm how they might use each material in their bridges & make a plan. They will also have to consider the prices of materials to consider a budget.
We also may get a start on the new science unit, “Electricity.” In this unit students will make a complete circuit using a battery, light bulb, & switch, explain that nonliving things are made of parts and that, if a part of a circuit is missing or broken, it will not function properly, and assemble materials using a picture as a guide.

SCHOLASTIC NEWS: This is a magazine that each student will receive a copy of each week, which covers many different science & social studies topics. The February topics are Dental Health, Presidents’ Day, Black History Month, & American symbols & landforms. These magazines also have a few worksheets that accompany them. We work through all of these materials together in class.  The SN topic this week is about Rosa Parks, the Montgomery bus boycott, and the achievements of the civil rights movement.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

EVERY Thursday, 12:00-12:15 - Media Book Check Out - This will be our check out time every week unless the library is closed due to special events or Krista’s absence.

NEXT Assembly & Buddies, Fri., March 23, 1:30-2:45pm

Wed., Feb. 14 - Valentine Exchange - Optional participation - prepare valentines & mailboxes at home if you want (there will not be time at school to make these things) *bring in any day & I can store them **please avoid candy treats...THANK YOU!!!

Thurs. Feb. 15 - 3:30-7:30pm - Conferences

Fri., Feb 16 - 7:30am - 3:30pm - Conferences - NO SCHOOL

Mon., Feb. 19 - NO SCHOOL - Presidents Day National Holiday

Thurs., Feb 1 - 5:30-7:00pm - Writers’ & Artists’ Fair (evening event)

Fri., March 29 - NO SCHOOL - Record Keeping Day for teachers

Mon. - Fri., April 2-6 - NO SCHOOL - Spring Break

Thank you for reading this!!!
Polly

FYI from Polly for week of January 29-February 2

Dear 102 Families,                                                                                                               1/27/18

* AFTER SCHOOL CLASSES continue this week

** Assembly & Buddies, THIS Fri., Feb 2, 1:30-2:45pm

*** See attachment on upcoming “Spirit Days”

READING: We will begin Unit 5 this week titled “Technology at Work.” Students will summarize & synthesize, listen & retell key details, use photographs to identify key details, describe sequence of events, understand the connections between details, and compare, and compare & contrast real & imaginary robots. Students are now have the choice of using the Raz Kids Reading app, on an i-pad, once per week, during their independent reading time.

PHONICS: Each day students use white boards to practice phonics lessons. This week we will focus on long ‘a‘  (final -e.)  

MATH: This week we begin math Unit 4 titled “Addition & Subtraction; Counting to Deriving” In this unit, students will solve real world addition & subtraction problems in many ways, determine if an addition & subtraction problem are true, identify the missing number in an addition or subtraction problem, represent a situation in a story problem with an addition or subtraction equation, and decompose & compose numbers to 12 automatically.

WRITING: We integrate writing with science & social studies. We continue reviewing & emphasizing neat letter formation, using uppercase & lowercase letters in the correct places, correct punctuation, good spacing between words, staying on the lines, proper use of a sheet of paper & spelling. Each student has their own mini write-in dictionary which they can use for spelling & can add words to, with adult help.

SOCIAL STUDIES:  We will do some work within our History unit and continue with our Engineering unit. Within our History unit students will order important events of their lives, collect information about past events by asking questions, compare & contrast family life, buildings, transportation, and communication, from long ago and today. Also, Scholastic News covers lots of social studies topics.

SCIENCE: We will continue our STEM Science unit on bridge building. This week students will create 3 different types of bridges (beam, arch, & deep beam) out of index cards, test each type of bridge to see how much weight it can support & how adding weight affects the structure of the bridge, and examine the materials available to them for designing their bridges & brainstorm how they might use each material in their bridges.

SCHOLASTIC NEWS: This is a magazine that each student will receive a copy of each week, which covers many different science & social studies topics. The January topics are Martin Luther King Jr., Penguins, Winter in Our Community, and Story of a Special Kid. These magazines also have a few worksheets that accompany them. We work through all of these materials together in class.  The SN topic this week is about how people with disabilities can be great athletes.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

EVERY Thursday, 12:00-12:15 - Media Book Check Out - This will be our check out time every week unless the library is closed due to special events or Krista’s absence.

NEXT Assembly & Buddies, Fri., Feb 2, 1:30-2:45pm

Wed., Feb. 14 - Valentine Exchange - Optional participation - prepare valentines & mailboxes at home if you want (there will not be time at school to make these things) *bring in any day & I can store them **please avoid candy treats...THANK YOU!!!

Thurs. Feb. 15 - 3:30-7:30pm - Conferences

Fri., Feb 16 - 7:30am - 3:30pm - Conferences - NO SCHOOL

Mon., Feb. 19 - NO SCHOOL - Presidents Day National Holiday

Thurs., Feb 1 - 5:30-7:00pm - Writers’ & Artists’ Fair (evening event)

Fri., March 29 - NO SCHOOL - Record Keeping Day for teachers

Mon. - Fri., April 2-6 - NO SCHOOL - Spring Break

Thank you for reading this!!!
Polly

FYI from Polly for week of January 22-24

Dear 102 Families,                                                                                                               1/20/18

* NO SCHOOL this Thurs., & Fri., Jan. 25 & 26 - - District required Professional Development & Record Keeping Day for teachers

** AFTER SCHOOL CLASSES continue this week

*** Wednesday, January 24 - OPTIONS - 1-3pm - Students attend a 2-hour mini class somewhere in the Marcy School building after identifying their 1st, 2nd, 3rd choices. Our daily schedule will be altered this day to accommodate this event.

**** Thanks for the boxes! We have enough now!

***** See attachment on upcoming “Spirit Days”

READING: Students will make inferences & predictions, listen & retell key details, identify who is telling the story, draw inferences about characters, compare & contrast characters, identify setting, and use context clues. Students are now allowed the choice of using the Raz Kids Reading app, on an i-pad, once per week, during their independent reading time.

PHONICS: Each day students use white boards to practice phonics lessons. This week we will focus on 3-letter blends: scr, spl, spr, squ, str  

MATH: This week we will continue & wrap up our work in math Unit 3 titled “Measurement.” In this unit, students will learn to measure the length of an object using nonstandard units of measurement(using cubes, paperclips, tiles), name pennies, nickels, & dimes and count a combination of coins to $1.00, and tell time to the hour & half hour. We will begin Unit 4 titled “Addition & Subtraction” the following week.  

WRITING: We integrate writing with science & social studies. We continue reviewing & emphasizing neat letter formation, using uppercase & lowercase letters in the correct places, correct punctuation, good spacing between words, staying on the lines, proper use of a sheet of paper & spelling. Each student has their own mini write-in dictionary which they can use for spelling & can add words to, with adult help.

SOCIAL STUDIES:  A new unit on History begins after our Engineering unit.  Scholastic News covers lots of social studies topics.

SCIENCE: We will continue our STEM Science unit on bridge building. This week students will create 3 different types of bridges (beam, arch, & deep beam) out of index cards, test each type of bridge to see how much weight it can support & how adding weight affects the structure of the bridge, and examine the materials available to them for designing their bridges & brainstorm how they might use each material in their bridges.

SCHOLASTIC NEWS: This is a magazine that each student will receive a copy of each week, which covers many different science & social studies topics. The January topics are Martin Luther King Jr., Penguins, Winter in Our Community, and Story of a Special Kid. These magazines also have a few worksheets that accompany them. We work through all of these materials together in class.  The SN topic this week is comparing a fiction & nonfiction text on about snow.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

EVERY Thursday, 12:00-12:15 - Media Book Check Out - This will be our check out time every week unless the library is closed due to special events or Krista’s absence.

NEXT Assembly & Buddies, Fri., Feb 2, 1:30-2:45pm

Wednesday, January 24 - OPTIONS - 1-3pm - Students attend a 2-hour mini class somewhere in the Marcy School building - last week students identified their 1st, 2nd, 3rd choices.

Thurs., & Fri., Jan. 25 & 26 - NO SCHOOL - District required Professional Development, Record Keeping Day

Wed., Feb. 14 - Valentine Exchange - Optional participation

Thurs. Feb. 15 - 3:30-7:30pm - Conferences

Fri., Feb 16 - 7:30am - 3:30pm - Conferences - NO SCHOOL

Mon., Feb. 19 - NO SCHOOL - Presidents Day National Holiday

Thurs., Feb 1 - 5:30-7:00pm - Writers’ & Artists’ Fair (evening event)

Fri., March 29 - NO SCHOOL - Record Keeping Day for teachers

Mon. - Fri., April 2-6 - NO SCHOOL - Spring Break

Thank you for reading this!!!
Polly

FYI from Polly for week of January 16-19

Dear 102 Families,                                                                                                               1/13/18

*NO SCHOOL Monday, January 15 - MLK Jr Honor Day

**AFTER SCHOOL CLASSES begin this week on Tues., January 16th *After School Confirmation Sheets went home in the Friday Folder yesterday

***We have an upcoming project that requires small boxes (like from jewelry.) If you have any that you can part with, please send them to school. Thank you! *could use a few more

****Students will have a substitute teacher all day this Thursday, while I attend a required math professional development class (all 1st grade teachers will have subs that day, for this)

READING: Students will make inferences & predictions, listen & retell key details, identify who is telling the story, draw inferences about characters, compare & contrast characters, identify setting, and use context clues. Students are now allowed the choice of using the Raz Kids Reading app, on an i-pad, once per week, during their independent reading time.

PHONICS: Each day students use white boards to practice phonics lessons. This week we will focus on 3-letter blends: scr, spl, spr, squ, str  

MATH: This week we will continue our work in math Unit 3 titled “Measurement.” In this unit, students will learn to measure the length of an object using nonstandard units of measurement(using cubes, paperclips, tiles), name pennies, nickels, & dimes and count a combination of coins to $1.00, and tell time to the hour & half hour.  

WRITING: We integrate writing with science & social studies. We continue reviewing & emphasizing neat letter formation, using uppercase & lowercase letters in the correct places, correct punctuation, good spacing between words, staying on the lines, proper use of a sheet of paper & spelling. Each student has their own mini write-in dictionary which they can use for spelling & can add words to, with adult help.

SOCIAL STUDIES:  A new unit on History begins after our Engineering unit.  Scholastic News covers lots of social studies topics.

SCIENCE: We will continue our STEM Science unit on bridge building. This week students will examine several different structures and observe how each is affected by force, brainstorm & implement some engineering solutions to prevent forces from causing a structure to fail, and discuss how civil engineers work to counteract the forces (pushes & pulls) on a structure in order to make it safe & stable.

SCHOLASTIC NEWS: This is a magazine that each student will receive a copy of each week, which covers many different science & social studies topics. The January topics are Martin Luther King Jr., Penguins, Winter in Our Community, and Story of a Special Kid. These magazines also have a few worksheets that accompany them. We work through all of these materials together in class.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

EVERY Thursday, 12:00-12:15 - Media Book Check Out - This will be our check out time every week unless the library is closed due to special events or Krista’s absence.

THIS Friday, January 19 - Assembly & Buddies: 1:30-2:45pm

Wednesday, January 24 - OPTIONS - 1-3pm - Students attend a 2-hour mini class somewhere in the Marcy School building - last week students identified their 1st, 2nd, 3rd choices.

Thurs., & Fri., Jan. 25 & 26 - NO SCHOOL - District required Professional Development, Record Keeping Day

Wed., Feb. 14 - Valentine Exchange - Optional participation

Thurs. Feb. 15 - 3:30-7:30pm - Conferences

Fri., Feb 16 - 7:30am - 3:30pm - Conferences - NO SCHOOL

Mon., Feb. 19 - NO SCHOOL - Presidents Day National Holiday

Thurs., Feb 1 - 5:30-7:00pm - Writers’ & Artists’ Fair (evening event)

Fri., March 29 - NO SCHOOL - Record Keeping Day for teachers

Mon. - Fri., April 2-6 - NO SCHOOL - Spring Break

Thank you for reading this!!!
Polly


Polly Smull
Room 102 / Grade 1
Marcy School

FYI from Polly for week of January 8-12

Dear 102 Families,                                                                                                               1/6/18

*HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!

**School resumes on Monday, January 8.

***NO AFTER SCHOOL CLASSES this week...Winter Session begins on Tues., January 16th

****We have an upcoming project that requires small boxes (like from jewelry.) If you have any that you can part with, please send them to school. Thank you!

*****FAST Math Test for 102 students happens this Friday, 10:00-11:25am

******NO SCHOOL Monday, January 15 - MLK Jr Honor Day

*******FAST Reading Test for 102 on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 9:10-10:30am

********Students will have a substitute teacher all day while I attend a required math professional development class (all 1st grade teachers will have subs that day for this)

READING: Students will use illustrations & text evidence to retell story details in order, to describe story settings, to draw conclusions and to compare & contrast 2 stories. Students are now allowed the choice of using the Raz Kids Reading app, on an i-pad, once per week, during their independent reading time.

PHONICS: Each day students use white boards to practice phonics lessons. We have focused on every consonant sound and all short vowel sounds, l-blends, r-blends & s-blends, final consonant blends of -nd, -nk, -nt, -mp, & -st, and consonant digraphs of sh & ng. This week we will be focusing on consonant digraphs of ch, tch & wh.  

MATH: This week we will continue our work in math Unit 3 titled “Measurement.” In this unit, students will learn to measure the length of an object using nonstandard units of measurement(using cubes, paperclips, tiles), name pennies, nickels, & dimes and count a combination of coins to $1.00, and tell time to the hour & half hour.  

WRITING: We integrate writing with science & social studies. We continue reviewing & emphasizing neat letter formation, using uppercase & lowercase letters in the correct places, correct punctuation, good spacing between words, staying on the lines, proper use of a sheet of paper & spelling. Each student has their own mini write-in dictionary which they can use for spelling & can add words to, with adult help.

SOCIAL STUDIES:  A new unit on History begins after our Engineering unit.  Scholastci News covers lots of social studies topics.

SCIENCE: We will begin our STEM Science unit on bridge building. This week students will explore what technology is & what an engineer does. We will particularly focus on civil engineering. We will identify types of bridges, what civil engineers do for their jobs, what the engineering design process is, and students will identify some of the forces that act on a structures and how civil engineers design structures that withstand these forces.

SCHOLASTIC NEWS: This is a magazine that each student will receive a copy of each week, which covers many different science & social studies topics. The January topics are Martin Luther King Jr., Polar Bears, Winter in Our Community, and Story of a Special Kid. These magazines also have a few worksheets that accompany them. We work through all of these materials together in class.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

EVERY Thursday, 12:00-12:15 - Media Book Check Out - This will be our check out time every week unless the library is closed due to special events or Krista’s absence.

Friday, January 19 - Assembly & Buddies: 1:30-2:45pm

Wednesday, January 24 - OPTIONS - 1-3pm - Students attend a 2-hour mini class somewhere in the Marcy School building - they get to indicate their 1st, 2nd, 3rd choices this week.

Thurs., & Fri., Jan. 25 & 26 - NO SCHOOL - District required Professional Development, Record Keeping Day

Wed., Feb. 14 - Valentine Exchange - Optional participation

Thurs. Feb. 15 - 3:30-7:30pm - Conferences

Fri., Feb 16 - 7:30am - 3:30pm - Conferences - NO SCHOOL

Mon., Feb. 19 - NO SCHOOL - Presidents Day National Holiday

Thurs., Feb 1 - 5:30-7:00pm - Writers & Artists Fair (evening event)

Fri., March 29 - NO SCHOOL - Record Keeping Day for teachers

Mon. - Fri., April 2-6 - NO SCHOOL - Spring Break

Thank you for reading this!!!
Polly

FYI from Polly for week of December 11-15

Dear 102 Families,                                                                                                               12/9/17


*After School Classes continue this week through Wednesday, December 13th and then resume on Tuesday, January 16th.  

READING: Students will practice determining text importance, listening to, retelling & describing key story events, using illustrations to understand story events, comparing & contrasting informational & narrative texts, and defining words by category. Students are now allowed the choice of using the Raz Kids Reading app, on an i-pad, once per week, during their independent reading time.

PHONICS: Each day students use white boards to practice phonics lessons. We have focused on every consonant sound and all short vowel sounds, l-blends, r-blends & s-blends. This week we will be focusing on final consonant blends of -nd, -nk, -nt, -mp, & -st.  

MATH: This week we will try to wrap up math Unit 2 titled “Geometry-2D & 3D Shapes.” In this unit, students will learn to describe the attributes of 2 & 3 dimensional shapes and combine & take them apart. I will be administering the district required Math Interim 2 test this week.  

WRITING: We integrate writing with science & social studies.  Students have been writing & illustrating an opinion essay & creating a book explaining the economics of the decisions made by Ant or Grasshopper in a traditional fable. These will be shared with families at the “Writers’ & Artists’ Fair in March at Marcy. We continue reviewing & emphasizing neat letter formation, using uppercase & lowercase letters in the correct places, correct punctuation, good spacing between words, staying on the lines, proper use of a sheet of paper & spelling. Each student has their own mini write-in dictionary which they can use for spelling & can add words to, with adult help.

SOCIAL STUDIES: We will continue working through Unit 2 on “Economics” this week. In this new unit, students will learn to define “scarcity” and give examples of it, describe some costs & benefits of choices, and explain why people trade. Scholastic News magazine this week will will be about making Gingerbread cookies & teaches about economics terms of producers & consumers. I have found a gingerbread edible playdough/cookie dough recipe which I hope to have students shape & decorate their own cookie and eat the next day. (Shhhh! Thanks! This is a surprise activity for last week before Winter Break & there are no eggs in the dough, in case you were wondering.)

SCIENCE: We may have a STEM Science unit in Jan. on bridge building, if I can figure out how to fit it in. (This unit is not required but an extra unit I would like to try out.) I attended an all-day workshop on it on Dec. 4 to prepare to teach it. Our next regular science unit will be on “Electricity” beginning in February.

SCHOLASTIC NEWS: This is a magazine that each student will receive a copy of each week, which covers many different science & social studies topics. The November/December topics are Veterans Day, Pilgrims, Wampanoag, Winter Holidays. These magazines also have a few worksheets that accompany them. We work through all of these materials together in class.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

EVERY Thursday, 12:00-12:15 - Media Book Check Out - This will be our check out time every week unless the library is closed due to special events or Krista’s absence.

Friday, Friday, December 22 - Assembly & Buddies: 1:30-2:45pm

Thank you for reading this!!!
Polly

FYI from Polly for week of December 4-8

Dear 102 Families,                                                                                                               12/2/17

*I have a small supply of mittens for students to use if they don’t have any on a cold day. They are beginning to disappear fast. If they come home with your student, by accident, please have your student return them the next day. They are labeled with 102 in permanent marker or thread. Thanks!

**Students will have a substitute teacher on Monday while I am out attending a science class at the Science Museum of MN. This class is preparation to teach a special STEM (science/technology/math/engineering) unit in Dec. or Jan.

***The new sharing theme question for students is “What is your favorite outdoor winter activity?

****The number of home lunchers that need to trek back to the lunchroom for eating utensils is growing again. If you can, please send eating utensils from home. Thanks!!!

*****After School Classes continue through Wednesday, December 13th and then resume on Tuesday, January 16th.  

READING: Students will practice determining text importance, listening & telling key ideas, describing sequence of events, analyzing author’s purpose, comparing & contrasting informational & narrative texts, and using a flow chart. . Students are now allowed the choice of using the Raz Kids Reading app, on an i-pad, once per week, during independent reading time.

PHONICS: Each day students use white boards to practice phonics lessons. We have focused on every consonant sound and all short vowel sounds, l-blends & r-blends. We are currently focusing on s-blends & constructing & writing sentences using words with these sounds.  

MATH: We are traveling through math Unit 2 titled “Geometry-2D & 3D Shapes.” In this new unit, students will learn to describe the attributes of 2 & 3 dimensional shapes and combine & take the shapes apart.

WRITING: We integrate writing with science & social studies. We continue reviewing & emphasizing neat letter formation, using uppercase & lowercase letters in the correct places, correct punctuation, good spacing between words, staying on the lines, proper use of a sheet of paper & spelling. Each student has their own mini write-in dictionary which they can use for spelling & can add words to, with adult help.

SOCIAL STUDIES: We will continue working through Unit 2 on “Economics” this week. In this new unit, students will learn to define “scarcity” and give examples of it, describe some costs & benefits of choices, and explain why people trade. We will not have a Scholastic News magazine this week.

SCIENCE: We may have a STEM Science unit in Dec. or Jan. on bridge building, if I can figure out how to fit it in. (This unit is not required but an extra unit I would like to try out.) I will be attending an all-day workshop on it on Dec. 4 (students will have a substitute teacher that day.) Our next regular science unit will be on “Electricity” beginning in February.

SCHOLASTIC NEWS: This is a magazine that each student will receive a copy of each week, which covers many different science & social studies topics. The November/December topics are Veterans Day, Pilgrims, Wampanoag, Winter Holidays. These magazines also have a few worksheets that accompany them. We work through all of these materials together in class.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

EVERY Thursday, 12:00-12:15 - Media Book Check Out - This will be our check out time every week unless the library is closed due to special events or Krista’s absence.

Friday, Friday, December 22 - Assembly & Buddies: 1:30-2:45pm

Mon., Dec. 4 - students will have a substitute teacher for the day - I will be attending a training on a new STEM science kit for 1st grade on building bridges at the Science Museum.

December 23 - January 8 - Winter Break   

Thank you for reading this!!!
Polly

FYI from Polly for week of November 27-December 1

Dear 102 Families,                                                                                                               11/25/17

*WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL! I HOPE YOUR THANKSGIVING BREAK WAS EVERYTHING YOU WERE HOPING FOR!

**It is difficult to prepare students each morning with the proper outdoor clothing this time of the year with one day temps in the 40’s and the next in the 20’s. PLEASE send your student with mittens every day for the rest of the winter. Last week we had a day with temp in 20’s at recess time and most students had no mittens. THANK YOU!

READING: Students will practice identifying features of an informational text, retelling key details & identifying the author’s purpose. Students are now allowed the choice of using the Raz Kids Reading app, on an i-pad, once per week, during independent reading time.

PHONICS: Each day students use white boards to practice phonics lessons. We have focused on every consonant sound and all short vowel sounds & l-blends. We are currently focusing on
r-blends & constructing & writing sentences using words with these sounds.  

MATH: We are traveling through math Unit 2 titled “Geometry-2D & 3D Shapes.” In this new unit, students will learn to describe the attributes of 2 & 3 dimensional shapes and combine & take the shapes apart.

WRITING: We integrate writing with science & social studies. We continue reviewing & emphasizing neat letter formation, using uppercase & lowercase letters in the correct places, correct punctuation, good spacing between words, staying on the lines, proper use of a sheet of paper & spelling. Each student has their own mini write-in dictionary which they can use for spelling & can add words to, with adult help.

SOCIAL STUDIES: We will continue working through Unit 2 on “Economics” this week. In this new unit, students will learn to define “scarcity” and give examples of it, describe some costs & benefits of choices, and explain why people trade. We will not have a Scholastic News magazine this week.

SCIENCE: We may have a STEM Science unit in Dec. or Jan. on bridge building, if I can figure out how to fit it in. (This unit is not required but an extra unit I would like to try out.) I will be attending an all-day workshop on it on Dec. 4 (students will have a substitute teacher that day.) Our next science unit will be on “Electricity” beginning in February.

SCHOLASTIC NEWS: This is a magazine that each student will receive a copy of each week, which covers many different science & social studies topics. The November/December topics are Veterans Day, Pilgrims, Wampanoag, Winter Holidays. These magazines also have a few worksheets that accompany them. We work through all of these materials together in class.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

EVERY Thursday, 12:00-12:15 - Media Book Check Out - This will be our check out time every week unless the library is closed due to special events or Krista’s absence.

Friday, Friday, December 22 - Assembly & Buddies: 1:30-2:45pm

Mon., Dec. 4 - students will have a substitute teacher for the day - I will be attending a training on a new STEM science kit for 1st grade on building bridges at the Science Museum.    

Thank you for reading this!!!
Polly

FYI from Polly for week of November 20-21

Dear 102 Families,                                                                                                               11/18/17

*NO After School Classes this week!

**NO SCHOOL Wednesday, Thursday & Friday this week due to Thanksgiving Break.

***Children’s Museum Field Trip was FANTASTIC! Thanks for all your support through donating scholarship money & chaperoning!

****Friday, Tuesday, November 21 - Assembly & Buddies: 1:30-2:45pm - Native American Family Day

*****HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL!


READING: Students will practice identifying features of an informational text & retelling key details. Students are now allowed the choice of using the Raz Kids Reading app, on an i-pad, once per week, during independent reading time.

PHONICS: Each day students use white boards to practice phonics lessons. We have focused on every consonant sound and all short vowel sounds & l-blends. We will begin focusing on
r-blends this week & constructing & writing sentences using words with these sounds.  

MATH: We have launched into math Unit 2 titled “Geometry-2D & 3D Shapes.” In this new unit, students will learn to describe the attributes of 2 & 3 dimensional shapes and combine & take the shapes apart.

WRITING: We integrate writing with science & social studies. We continue reviewing & emphasizing neat letter formation, using uppercase & lowercase letters in the correct places, correct punctuation, good spacing between words, staying on the lines, proper use of a sheet of paper & spelling. Each student has their own mini write-in dictionary which they can use for spelling & can add words to, with adult help.

SOCIAL STUDIES: We began Unit 2 on “Economics” last week. In this new unit, students will learn to define “scarcity” and give examples of it, describe some costs & benefits of choices, and explain why people trade. This week Scholastic News is devoted to helping students understand what a Wampanoag child’s life was like long ago.  Students will compare & contrast the lives of pilgrim children & Wampanoag children from long ago.

SCIENCE: We still have a lesson to wrap up our unit on “Organisms.” We may have a STEM Science unit in Dec. or Jan. on bridge building, if I can figure out how to fit it in. (This unit is not required but an extra unit I would like to try out.) I will be attending an all-day workshop on it on Dec. 4 (students will have a substitute teacher that day.) Our next science unit will be on “Electricity” beginning in February.

SCHOLASTIC NEWS: This is a magazine that each student will receive a copy of each week, which covers many different science & social studies topics. The November/December topics are Veterans Day, Pilgrims, Wampanoag, Winter Holidays. These magazines also have a few worksheets that accompany them. We work through all of these materials together in class.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

EVERY Thursday, 12:00-12:15 - Media Book Check Out - This will be our check out time every week unless the library is closed due to special events or Krista’s absence.

Friday, Tuesday, November 21 - Assembly & Buddies: 1:30-2:45pm - Native American Family Day
   
Wed., Thurs., Fri., Nov. 22, 23, 24 - THANKSGIVING BREAK

Mon., Dec. 4 - students will have a substitute teacher for the day - I will be attending a training on a new STEM science kit for 1st grade on building bridges at the Science Museum.    

Thank you for reading this!!!
Polly

FYI from Polly for week of November 13-16

Dear 102 Families,                                                                                                               11/11/17

*FIELD TRIP THIS WEDNESDAY - Bus leaves school at 9:00am & returns around 12:30am.
Chaperones, please be here before 9:00am. Thanks! We will eat lunch upon return to school.

**MEDIA BOOK CHECK OUT - Thursday

READING: Students will continue to practice identifying and retelling key story details, becoming more familiar with the fairy tale genre. They will begin to to answer questions about the characters & events in a story, use evidence from the text to answer questions & use words from the text to support their answers. Students are now allowed the choice of using the Raz Kids Reading app on an i-pad sometimes during independent reading time.

PHONICS: Each day students use white boards to practice phonics lessons. We have focused on every consonant sound and all short vowel sounds. We are focusing l-blends this week & constructing & writing sentences using words with these sounds.  

MATH: We will wrap up our current math unit 1 titled “Numbers, Counting, & Quantities” and begin Unit 2 titled “Geometry-2D & 3D Shapes. In this new unit, students will learn to describe the attributes of 2 & 3 dimensional shapes and combine & take the shapes apart.

WRITING: Students integrate writing with science & social studies. We continue reviewing & emphasizing neat letter formation, using uppercase & lowercase letters in the correct places, correct punctuation, good spacing between words, staying on the lines, proper use of a sheet of paper & spelling. Each student has their own mini write-in dictionary which they can use for spelling & can add words to, with adult help.

SOCIAL STUDIES: We will begin Unit 2 on “Economics” this week. In this new unit, students will learn to define “scarcity” and give examples of it, describe some costs & benefits of choices, and explain why people trade. This week Scholastic News is devoted to helping students understand what a pilgrim’s life was like. The following week, students will learn about a Wampanoag Indian’s life was like long ago. Students will compare & contrast these two cultures.

SCIENCE: We will wrap up our unit on “Organisms.” The millipedes did arrive last week! Hurrah! Our next science unit will be on “Electricity” beginning in February.

SCHOLASTIC NEWS: This is a magazine that each student will receive a copy of each week which covers many different science & social studies topics. The November/December topics are Veterans Day, Pilgrims, Wampanoag, Winter Holidays. Sometimes they also have a few worksheets that accompany the magazine. We work through all of these materials together in class. We will not have a Scholastic News Magazine this short week.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

EVERY Thursday, 12:00-12:15 - Media Book Check Out - This will be our check out time every week unless the library is closed due to special events or Krista’s absence.

Friday, Tuesday, November 21 - Assembly & Buddies: 1:30-2:45pm - Native American Family Day
   
Wednesday, Nov. 15, 9:00-12:30 - Children’s Museum Field Trip *chaperones greatly appreciated

Wed., Thurs., Fri., Nov. 22, 23, 24 - THANKSGIVING BREAK   

Thank you for reading this!!!
Polly

FYI from Polly for week of November 6-10

Dear 102 Families,                                                                                                               11/4/17

*Unfortunately, we did not make our Media Book Check Out time last Monday. Students will have it this Thursday, 12:00-12:15 (our regularly scheduled time for every week.)

** One of our students, Deqsan, has moved to a different school. We weren’t able say goodbye to her, so we are hoping to send a class letter to her.

***The new theme for student sharing is about their favorite family celebration: Thanksgiving, birthdays, Ramadan, Christmas, family reunions, annual vacations, etc. Again, students can bring photos or an object that helps them share about this theme.

READING: Students will continue to practice identifying and retelling key story details, becoming more familiar with the fairy tale genre, describing the most important story events in order and identifying the main characters & setting of a story. Students are now allowed the choice of using the Raz Kids Reading app on an i-pad for their independent reading time.

PHONICS: Each day students use white boards to practice phonics lessons. We have focused on every consonant sound and all short vowel sounds. We are focusing especially on short ‘e, i, o, & u’ sounds this week & constructing & writing sentences using words with these sounds.  

MATH: We will be continue our current math unit 1 titled “Numbers, Counting, & Quantities” for another week. Next week we will begin Unit 2 titled “Geometry-2D & 3D Shapes. In this new unit, students will learn to describe the attributes of 2 & 3 dimensional shapes and combine & take the shapes apart.

WRITING: We are hoping that the millipedes arrive this week, so we can observe & record about them and compare them to our other woodland creatures (pill bugs.). In our integrated writing, we continue reviewing & emphasizing neat letter formation, using uppercase & lowercase letters in the correct places, correct punctuation, good spacing between words, staying on the lines, proper use of a sheet of paper & spelling. Each student has their own mini write-in dictionary which they can use for spelling & can add words to, with adult help.

SOCIAL STUDIES: We will be busy with science most of the week, so will begin the new Unit 2 on “Economics” next week. In this new unit, students will learn to define “scarcity” and give examples of it, describe some costs & benefits of choices, and explain why people trade. This week Scholastic News is devoted to helping students understand what Veterans Day is all about.

SCIENCE: We continue working through a unit titled “Organisms.” In this unit, students will sort animals & plants into groups by their observable properties, explain how they sorted them, identify needs of animals & plants, explain that if a part of a living system is missing, it may not function correctly, explain how an animal’s habitat provides for its basic needs, describe the changes that take place in a plant’s life cycle, and describe how a seed changes as it grows. Students have built & recorded about their terrariums & aquariums, comparing 2 types of woodland plants & 2 types of freshwater plants. Students observe daily guppies & snails living in their aquariums on their tables. Students added pill bugs to their terrariums several weeks ago, for observation. We are hoping again, that the millipedes arrive this week. The science living creature department tells us that they are having trouble obtaining millipedes this year.

SCHOLASTIC NEWS: This is a magazine that each student will receive a copy of each week which covers many different science & social studies topics. The November/December topics are Veterans Day, Pilgrims, Wampanoag, Winter Holidays. Sometimes they also have a few worksheets that accompany the magazine. We work through all of these materials together in class. We will not have a Scholastic News Magazine this short week.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

EVERY Thursday, 12:00-12:15 - Media Book Check Out - This will be our check out time every week unless the library is closed due to special events or Krista’s absence.

Friday, Tuesday, November 21 - Assembly & Buddies: 1:30-2:45pm - Native American Family Day
   
Wednesday, Nov. 15, 9:00-12:30 - Children’s Museum Field Trip *chaperones greatly appreciated

Wed., Thurs., Fri., Nov. 22, 23, 24 - THANKSGIVING BREAK   

Thank you for reading this!!!
Polly

FYI from Polly for week of October 30 - November 1

Dear 102 Families,                                                                                                               10/28/17


*NO SCHOOL for students on Thursday & Friday this week due to District Teacher Professional Development & Teacher Record Keeping Day

**Media Book Check Out will be on Monday this week! I made a special arrangement with Krista. PLEASE make sure that your student has their media book with them to return!

***Hurrah! All field trip slips are in except for just 1 student! We are almost there!

****The new theme for student sharing is about their favorite family celebration: Thanksgiving, birthdays, Ramadan, Christmas, family reunions, annual vacations, etc. Again, students can bring photos or an object that helps them share about this theme.

*****SPIRIT DAYS this week: Monday = Pajama Day, Tuesday = Costume Day (no weapons or masks) or Marcy Pride Day (wear Marcy t-shirts, hats, etc.), Wednesday = Throwback Day 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s

******Students brought home the procedure for using the Raz Kids online reading program at home if you have an electronic device available.

*******We have welcomed a new student into our classroom, Javonna Brown.

READING: Students will learn to identify and retell key story details, become familiar with the fairy tale genre, and practice describing the most important story events in order and identify the main characters & setting of a story. Students are now allowed the choice of using the Raz Kids Reading app on an i-pad for their independent reading time.

PHONICS: Each day students use white boards to practice phonics lessons. We have focused on every consonant sound and all short vowel sounds. We are focusing especially on short ‘a’ sound and word families using that sound. Example: -at family / bat, cat, fat, hat, mat, pat, rat, sat, vat...

MATH: We will be wrapping up our current math unit 1 titled “Numbers, Counting, & Quantities.”  Students will be taking the Unit 1 Math Interim Test this week. Next week we will begin Unit 2 titled “Geometry-2D & 3D Shapes. In this new unit, students will learn to describe the attributes of 2 & 3 dimensional shapes and combine & take the shapes apart.

WRITING: Students will create the books we were hoping to complete with Big Buddies on “Cesar Chavez” but ran out of time.  The Pill Bugs arrived last week, but not the millipedes, so we are hoping to receive them & observe & record about them. We continue reviewing & emphasizing neat letter formation, using uppercase & lowercase letters in the correct places, correct punctuation, good spacing between words, staying on the lines, proper use of a sheet of paper & spelling. Each student has their own mini write-in dictionary which they can use for spelling & can add words to, with adult help.

SOCIAL STUDIES: We will be wrapping up our social studies unit 1 on “Citizenship” and beginning a new Unit 2 on “Economics” beginning the following week. In this new unit, students will learn to define “scarcity” and give examples of it, describe some costs & benefits of choices, and explain why people trade.

SCIENCE: We continue working through a unit titled “Organisms.” In this unit, students will sort animals & plants into groups by their observable properties, explain how they sorted them, identify needs of animals & plants, explain that if a part of a living system is missing, it may not function correctly, explain how an animal’s habitat provides for its basic needs, describe the changes that take place in a plant’s life cycle, and describe how a seed changes as it grows. Students have built & recorded about their terrariums & aquariums, comparing 2 types of woodland plants & 2 types of freshwater plants. Students observe daily guppies & snails living in their aquariums on their tables. Students have added pill bugs to their terrariums last week, for observation. We are hoping the millipedes arrive this week.

SCHOLASTIC NEWS: This is a magazine that each student will receive a copy of each week which covers many different science & social studies topics. The November/December topics are Veterans Day, Pilgrims, Wampanoag, Winter Holidays. Sometimes they also have a few worksheets that accompany the magazine. We work through all of these materials together in class. We will not have a Scholastic News Magazine this short week.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

EVERY Thursday, 12:00-12:15 - Media Book Check Out - This will be our check out time every week unless the library is closed due to special events or Krista’s absence.

Friday, Tuesday, November 21 - Assembly & Buddies: 1:30-2:45pm - Native American Family Day
   
Thursday & Friday, Nov. 2&3 - NO SCHOOL - due to District Staff Development & Record Keeping Day

Wednesday, Nov. 15, 9:00-12:30 - Children’s Museum Field Trip *chaperones greatly appreciated

Wed., Thurs., Fri., Nov. 22, 23, 24 - THANKSGIVING BREAK   

Thank you for reading this!!!
Polly

FYI from Polly for week of October 23-27

Dear 102 Families,                                                                                                               10/21/17


*It was so great connecting with students & parents at conferences! Thanks for making the time!

**PLEASE RETURN THE FIELD TRIP PERMISSION SLIP FOR THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM right away! We need to collect the funds for field trips much earlier than in the past for processing! MANY THANKS!!!!!

***The new theme for student sharing is about their favorite family celebration: Thanksgiving, birthdays, Ramadan, Christmas, family reunions, annual vacations, etc. Again, they can bring photos or an object that helps them share about this theme.

****Our third (& last) lesson with Uli, on Healthy Foods, happens this Tuesday, 12:00-12:55.

*****We would greatly appreciate donations of new items for our Fall Fun Theme Basket. Students voted for a “Pokemon” theme. This is a basket, along with many others from all other classrooms, that people can submit tickets for a chance to win, at Fall Fun on October 27th. We also would welcome a large container of some sort (basket, laundry is fine.) Thank you for considering.

******Marcy will be celebrating “Latino Family Day” on Friday, October 27. Please see the Parents Press for details.

*******Unfortunately, we missed Media Book Check-out last week, due to the short week. We will miss it again this week due to the Scholastic Book Fair and next week also because we don’t have school on Thursday. Our next check-out day will be November 9. I may need to check with Krista to see if we can make an alternative arrangement.   

READING: Students will continue to focus on identifying features of an informational text (glossary, boldfaced words, table of contents, sub-headings, photos, etc.) We continue practicing our literacy stations format which consist of rotating through an independent reading time, guided reading time with a teacher, and a writing/spelling station. Before the literacy stations begin each day, there will be a mini lesson presented by the teacher and a closing, after the station rotations, led by the teacher.

MATH: Similar to reading time, before the stations begin there is always a mini-lesson (referred to as a number talk) usually focusing on counting, telling time, identifying & counting money, quick views of dot arrangements to encourage counting by identifying sets, true/false number strings which is a fundamental practice of algebraic concepts. Students continue to practice rotating through 3 math stations: ST Math (an i-pad activity,) games, & a guided math small group with the teacher. After math station rotations are finished, there will be a math closure time led by the teacher.

WRITING: Students will continue to write in response to some social studies concepts & record, in their science journals about their science observations. This week students will be recording their observations of the pill bugs and millipedes that we will be adding to their terrariums. They also will be writing about what the president’s job is. We continue reviewing & emphasizing neat letter formation, using uppercase & lowercase letters in the correct places, correct punctuation, good spacing between words, staying on the lines, proper use of a sheet of paper & spelling. Each student has their own mini write-in dictionary which they can use for spelling & can add words to, with adult help.

SOCIAL STUDIES: Our current unit is called “Citizenship.” Students will learn about what the U.S. president’s job is and what the significance is of some U.S. symbols, like the flag. Our Scholastic News Magazines have been covering similar social studies topics.

SCIENCE: We are working through a unit titled “Organisms.” In this unit, students will sort animals & plants into groups by their observable properties, explain how they sorted them, identify needs of animals & plants, explain that if a part of a living system is missing, it may not function correctly, explain how an animal’s habitat provides for its basic needs, describe the changes that take place in a plant’s life cycle, and describe how a seed changes as it grows. Students have built & recorded about their terrariums & aquariums, comparing 2 types of woodland plants & 2 types of freshwater plants. Students are now able to observe guppies & snails living in their aquariums on their tables. Students will be adding pill bugs & millipedes to their terrariums this week, for observation.

SCHOLASTIC NEWS: This is a magazine that each student will receive a copy of each week which covers many different science & social studies topics. The October topics are Pumpkins, Fire Safety/Firefighters, Autumn, & Bats. Sometimes they also have a few worksheets that accompany the magazine. We work through all of these materials together in class. The Scholastic News topic this week is “bats.”  

UPCOMING EVENTS:

EVERY Thursday, 12:00-12:15 - Media Book Check Out - This will be our check out time every week unless the library is closed due to special events or Krista’s absence.

Tuesdays, Oct. 24 - Uli’s Healthy Foods Presentations & Activities - 12:00-12:55

Friday, October 27 - Assembly & Buddies: 1:30-2:45pm - Latino Family Day
*also Fall Fun in the evening at Marcy   

Thursday & Friday, Nov. 2&3 - NO SCHOOL - due to District Staff Development & Record Keeping Day

Wednesday, Nov. 15, 9:00-12:30 - Children’s Museum Field Trip *chaperones greatly appreciated

Wed., Thurs., Fri., Nov. 22, 23, 24 - THANKSGIVING BREAK   


Thank you for reading this!!!

Polly Smull
Room 102 / Grade 1
Marcy School

FYI from Polly for week of October 16-18

Dear 102 Families,                                                                                                               10/14/17


NO AFTER SCHOOL CLASSES THIS WEEK due to the short week & conferences.

**NO SCHOOL this week on Wednesday, Thursday & Friday due to conferences & MN Teachers’ Convention

***Attached is the Fall Conference Sign Up Sheet, scanned.  Please email me with your preferred meeting time and I will confirm or let you know if it is already taken, requiring you to make another choice. Thank you! *An evening spot just opened up for 3:50pm on Tuesday, October 17 (sorry that I mistakenly emailed the wrong time slot at first.) All but 2 families are now signed up. Hurrah!!!

****PLEASE RETURN THE FIELD TRIP PERMISSION SLIP FOR THE CHILDRENS’ MUSEUM right away! We need to collect the funds for field trips much earlier than in the past for processing! MANY THANKS!!!!! *you’ll find it in the Friday Folder that just came home!

*****At this point, every 102 student has had an opportunity to share their “memory objects.” Starting Monday, every student will begin having their 2nd sharing time. The theme this time will be their favorite family celebration: Thanksgiving, birthdays, Ramadan, Christmas, family reunions, annual vacations, etc. Again, they can bring photos or an object that helps them share about this theme.

******Our second lesson with Uli, on Healthy Foods, happens this Tuesday, 12:00-12:55.

*******We would greatly appreciate donations of new items for our Fall Fun Theme Basket. Students voted for a “Pokemon” theme. This is a basket, along with many others from all other classrooms, that people can submit tickets, for a chance to win, at Fall Fun on October 27th. We also would welcome a large container of some sort (basket, laundry is fine.) Thank you for considering.

********Marcy will be celebrating “Latino Family Day” on Friday, October 27. Please see the Parents Press for details.  

READING: Students will continue to focus on identifying features of an informational text (table of contents, sub-headings, photos, etc.) We continue practicing our literacy stations format which will consist of rotating through an independent reading time, guided reading time with a teacher, and a writing/spelling station. Before the literacy stations begin each day, there will be a mini lesson presented by the teacher and a closing, after the station rotations, led by the teacher.

MATH: We continue playing counting games & counting chorally forwards & backwards beginning at any random number. Students will be working hard on being able to break apart numbers 5 and 10 with automaticity, for instance knowing all the combinations that make 10 (1+9, 2+8, 3+7, 4+6, 5+5) with automaticity. Over time, we want students to be able to do this with all numbers through 12. We will be working on solving addition & subtraction problems with answers up to 20. Students continue to practice rotating through 3 math stations: ST Math (an i-pad activity,) games, & a guided math small group with the teacher. Similar to reading time, the math station rotation will be preceded by a mini-lesson (called a”number talk”) and after math station rotations are finished, there will be a math closure time led by the teacher.

WRITING: Students will continue to write in response to some social studies concepts & record, in their science journals about their science observations. Currently they are observing & recording about the growth of the seeds that they planted. We continue reviewing & emphasizing neat letter formation, using uppercase & lowercase letters in the correct places, correct punctuation, good spacing between words, staying on the lines, proper use of a sheet of paper & spelling. Each student has their own mini write-in dictionary which they can use for spelling & can add words to with adult help.

SOCIAL STUDIES: Students have worked on setting goals for themselves, making classroom rules, and learning ways to work together, share, help each other, work problems out with others Our current unit is called “Citizenship.” Our Scholastic News Magazines have been covering similar social studies topics.

SCIENCE: We are working through a unit titled “Organisms.” In this unit, students will sort animals & plants into groups by their observable properties, explain how they sorted them, identify needs of animals & plants, explain that if a part of a living system is missing, it may not function correctly, explain how an animal’s habitat provides for its basic needs, describe the changes that take place in a plant’s life cycle, and describe how a seed changes as it grows. Students have built & recorded about their terrariums & aquariums, comparing 2 types of woodland plants & 2 types of freshwater plants. Students are now able to observe guppies & snails living in their aquariums on their tables.

SCHOLASTIC NEWS: This is a magazine that each student will receive a copy of each week which covers many different science & social studies topics. The October topics are Pumpkins, Fire Safety/Firefighters, Autumn, & Bats. Sometimes they also have a few worksheets that accompany the magazine. We work through all of these materials together in class. We will skip Scholastic News this week since we have only 2 days.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

EVERY Thursday, 12:00-12:15 - Media Book Check Out - This will be our check out time every week unless the library is closed due to special events or Krista’s absence.

Tuesdays, Oct. 17, 24 - Uli’s Healthy Foods Presentations & Activities - 12:00-12:55

Tuesday, October 17 Conferences: 3:30pm - 7:30pm

Wednesday, October 18 - NO SCHOOL - Conferences: 7:30am - 3:30pm

Thursday & Friday, October 19 & 20 - NO SCHOOL - Minnesota Teachers‘ Convention
 
Friday, October 27 - Assembly & Buddies: 1:30-2:45pm - Latino Family Day
*also Fall Fun in the evening at Marcy   

Thank you for reading this!!!

Polly

FYI from Polly for week of October 9-13

Dear 102 Families,                                                                                                                 10/7/17

*Attached is the Fall Conference Sign Up Sheet, scanned.  Please email me with your preferred meeting time and I will confirm or let you know if it is already taken, requiring you to make another choice. Thank you! All but 3 families are now signed up. Hurrah!!!

**Our first lesson with Uli, on Healthy Foods, happens this Tuesday, 12:00-12:55.

***Please know that your student was given a prize of candy, at dismissal on Friday, from their recess supervisor, Raya, for good behavior. This did not come from me. Following district policy, I do not give candy rewards for behavior.

****We would greatly appreciate donations of new items for our Fall Fun Theme Basket. Students voted for a “Pokemon” theme. This is a basket, along with many others from all other classrooms, that people can submit tickets, for a chance to win, at Fall Fun on October 27th. We also would welcome a large container of some sort (basket, laundry is fine.) Thank you for considering.

*****Marcy will be celebrating “Latino Family Day” on Friday, October 27. Please watch the Parents Press for details.  

******Demetria is back with us this week & next. Yahoo!!!

READING: Students will focus on identifying features of an informational text (table of contents, sub-headings, photos, etc.) We continue practicing our literacy stations format which will consist of rotating through an independent reading time, guided reading time with a teacher, and a writing/spelling station. Before the literacy stations begin each day, there will be a mini lesson presented by the teacher and a closing, after the station rotations, led by the teacher. Students seem to be adjusting well to this station format.

MATH: We continue playing counting games & counting chorally forwards & backwards beginning at any random number. Students will be working hard on being able to break apart numbers 5 and 10 with automaticity, for instance knowing all the combinations that make 10 (1+9, 2+8, 3+7, 4+6, 5+5) with automaticity. Over time, we want students to be able to do this with all numbers through 12. We will be working on solving addition & subtraction problems with answers up to 20. Students continue to practice rotating through 3 math stations: ST Math (an i-pad activity,) games, & a guided math small group with the teacher. Similar to reading time, the math station rotation will be preceded by a mini-lesson (called a”number talk”) and after math station rotations are finished, there will be a math closure time led by the teacher.

WRITING: Students will continue to write in response to some social studies concepts & record, in their science journals about their science observations. Currently they are observing & recording about the growth of the seeds that they planted. We continue reviewing & emphasizing neat letter formation, using uppercase & lowercase letters in the correct places, correct punctuation, good spacing between words, staying on the lines, and proper use of a sheet of paper.

SOCIAL STUDIES: Students have worked on setting goals for themselves, making classroom rules, and learning ways to work together, share, help each other, work problems out with others Our current unit is called “Citizenship.” Our Scholastic News Magazines have been covering similar social studies topics.

SCIENCE: We are working through a unit titled “Organisms.” In this unit, students will sort animals & plants into groups by their observable properties, explain how they sorted them, identify needs of animals & plants, explain that if a part of a living system is missing, it may not function correctly, explain how an animal’s habitat provides for its basic needs, describe the changes that take place in a plant’s life cycle, and describe how a seed changes as it grows. Students have built & recorded about their terrariums & aquariums, comparing 2 types of woodland plants & 2 types of freshwater plants. This week we will add guppies & snails to student aquariums and compare & contrast these 2 creatures.

SCHOLASTIC NEWS: This is a magazine that each student will receive a copy of each week which covers many different science & social studies topics. The October topics are Pumpkins, Fire Safety/Firefighters, Autumn, & Bats. Sometimes they also have a few worksheets that accompany the magazine. We work through all of these materials together in class. This week our magazine focuses on learning about fall leaves & how to observe them.

UPCOMING EVENTS:
Wednesday, October 4 - School Photos

EVERY Thursday, 12:00-12:15 - Media Book Check Out - This will be our check out time every week unless the library is closed due to special events or Krista’s absence.

Tuesdays, Oct. 10, 17, 24 - Uli’s Healthy Foods Presentations & Activities - 12:00-12:55

Tuesday, October 17 Conferences: 3:30pm - 7:30pm

Wednesday, October 18 - NO SCHOOL - Conferences: 7:30am - 3:30pm

Thursday & Friday, October 19 & 20 - NO SCHOOL - Minnesota Teachers‘ Convention
 
Friday, October 27 - Assembly & Buddies: 1:30-2:45pm - Latino Family Day
*also Fall Fun in the evening at Marcy   

Thank you for reading this!!!

Polly

FYI from Polly for week of October 2-6

Dear 102 Families,                                                                                                                 9/30/17

*Attached is the Fall Conference Sign Up Sheet, scanned ... it was available at Open House ... please email me with your preferred meeting time and I will confirm or let you know if it is already taken requiring you to make another choice. Thank you! I promise not to forget to attach it this time.

**AFTER SCHOOL CLASSES begin this week. We have many students participating.

***Fall School Pictures Day is Wednesday. We are scheduled for 11:55am.

****Our first Media Book Check Out Time happens this Thursday, 12:00-12:15. This will be our check out time every week unless the library is closed due to Book Fair or Krista’s absence.  

*****Demetria continues back at U of M for classes this week. Her schedule now is a rotation of 2 weeks with us & 2 weeks back at U of M through December. Beginning in January, when school resumes, after Winter Break, she will be with us full time through the end of the school year. In January, she will slowly take on being lead teacher, taking over all parts of teaching for 2 weeks, in March probably. Since this is a co-teaching model, I will always be there as a support.  
   
READING: Students will focus on asking & answering questions about their reading this week.We continue practicing our literacy stations format which will consist of rotating through an independent reading time, guided reading time with a teacher, and a writing/spelling station. Before the literacy stations begin each day, there will be a mini lesson presented by the teacher and a closing, after the station rotations, led by the teacher. Students seem to be adjusting well to this station format.

MATH: We continue playing counting games & counting chorally forwards & backwards beginning at any random number. Students will be working hard on being able to break apart numbers 5 and 10 with automaticity, for instance knowing all the combinations that make 10 (1+9, 2+8, 3+7, 4+6, 5+5) with automaticity. Over time, we want students to be able to do this with all numbers through 12. We will be working on solving addition & subtraction problems with answers up to 20. Students continue to practice rotating through 3 math stations: ST Math (an i-pad activity,) games, & a guided math small group with the teacher. Similar to reading time, the math station rotation will be preceded by a mini-lesson (called a”number talk”) and after math station rotations are finished, there will be a math closure time led by the teacher.

WRITING: Students will continue to write in response to some social studies concepts & record, in their science journals about their science observations. Currently they are observing & recording about the growth of the seeds that they planted. We continue reviewing & emphasizing neat letter formation, using uppercase & lowercase letters in the correct places, correct punctuation, good spacing between words, staying on the lines, and proper use of a sheet of paper.


SOCIAL STUDIES: Students have been working on setting goals for themselves, making classroom rules, and learning ways to work together, share, help each other, work problems out with others The unit is called “Citizenship.” Our Scholastic News Magazines have been covering the same social studies topics.

SCIENCE: We have begun a unit titled “Organisms.” In this unit, students will sort animals & plants into groups by their observable properties, explain how they sorted them, identify needs of animals & plants, explain that if a part of a living system is missing, it may not function correctly, explain how an animal’s habitat provides for its basic needs, describe the changes that take place in a plant’s life cycle, and describe how a seed changes as it grows. Students have built & recorded about their terrariums & aquariums, comparing 2 types of woodland plants & 2 types of freshwater plants.

SCHOLASTIC NEWS: This is a magazine that each student will receive a copy of each week which covers many different science & social studies topics. The October topics are Pumpkins, Fire Safety/Firefighters, Autumn, & Bats. Sometimes they also have a few worksheets that accompany the magazine. We work through all of these materials together in class.

UPCOMING EVENTS:
Wednesday, October 4 - School Photos

Thursday, October 5 - Media Book Check Out (our first one!!!) - this will be the check out time every week, from this day on when the Marcy library is open.

Tuesdays, Oct. 10, 17, 24 - Uli’s Healthy Foods Presentations & Activities - 12:00-12:55

Tuesday, October 17 Conferences: 3:30pm - 7:30pm

Wednesday, October 18 - NO SCHOOL - Conferences: 7:30am - 3:30pm

Thursday & Friday, October 19 & 20 - NO SCHOOL - Minnesota Teachers‘ Convention
 
Friday, October 27 - Assembly & Buddies: 1:30-2:45pm
*also Fall Fun in the evening at Marcy   

Thank you for reading this!!!

Polly

FYI from Polly for week of September 25-29

Dear 102 Families,                                                                                                                 9/23/17

*We have continue to practice & build stamina in our academic routines, reading & math station rotation & science / social studies / writing activities.

**The 1st grade team has now determined that our field trip to the Children’s Museum will be  on Wednesday, November 15...bus leaves from Marcy at 9:00am & returns by 12:30pm. We hope to have many parent chaperones volunteer on this one ... entry to museum is free for chaperones.

***Thank you, parents of home lunchers, for sending eating utensils in their lunchbags!

****Attached is the Fall Conference Sign Up Sheet, scanned ... it was available at Open House ... please email me with your preferred meeting time and I will confirm or let you know if it is already taken requiring you to make another choice. Thank you! I promise not to forget to attach it this time.

*****Demetria will be back at U of M for classes this week & next. Her schedule now will be a rotation of 2 weeks with us & 2 weeks back at U of M through December. Beginning in January, when school resumes, after Winter Break, she will be with us full time through the end of the school year. In January, she will slowly take on being lead teacher, taking over all parts of teaching for 2 weeks, in March probably. Since this is a co-teaching model, I will always be there as a support.  
   
READING: We continue building stamina for an independent reading time slowly. Students are working on how to care for books, finding books to read that are just right for them, and understanding that there are many different genres to try out. We continue practicing a literacy stations format which will consist of rotating through an independent reading time, guided reading time with a teacher, and a writing/spelling station. Before the literacy stations begin each day, there will be a mini lesson presented by the teacher and a closing, after the station rotations, led by the teacher. Students seem to be adjusting well to this station format.

MATH: We continue playing counting games & counting chorally forwards & backwards beginning at any random number. Students will be working hard on being able to break apart numbers with automaticity, for instance knowing all the combinations that make 10 (1+9, 2+8, 3+7, 4+6, 5+5) with automaticity. Over time, we want students to be able to do this with all numbers through 12.  Students continue to practice rotating through 3 math stations: ST Math (an i-pad activity,) games, & a guided math small group with the teacher. Similar to reading time, the math station rotation will be preceded by a mini-lesson (called a”number talk”) and after math station rotations are finished there will be a math closure time led by the teacher.

WRITING: Students will continue to write in response to some social studies concepts & record, in their science journals about their science observations. Currently they are observing & recording about the growth of the seeds that they planted. We continue reviewing & emphasizing neat letter formation, using uppercase & lowercase letters in the correct places, correct punctuation, good spacing between words, staying on the lines, and proper use of a sheet of paper.

SOCIAL STUDIES: Students have been working on setting goals for themselves, making classroom rules, and learning ways to work together, share, help each other, work problems out with others The unit is called “Citizenship.” Our Scholastic News Magazines have been covering the same social studies topics.

SCIENCE: We have begun a unit titled “Organisms.” In this unit, students will sort animals & plants into groups by their observable properties, explain how they sorted them, identify needs of animals & plants, explain that if a part of a living system is missing, it may not function correctly, explain how an animal’s habitat provides for its basic needs, describe the changes that take place in a plant’s life cycle, and describe how a seed changes as it grows. Students will be building & recording about terrariums this week.

SCHOLASTIC NEWS: This is a magazine that each student will receive a copy of each week which covers many different science & social studies topics. The October topics are Pumpkins, Fire Safety/Firefighters, Autumn, & Bats. Sometimes they also have a few worksheets that accompany the magazine. We work through all of these materials together in class.

UPCOMING EVENTS:
Friday, September 29 - Assembly & Buddies - 1:30-2:45 (Labyrinth Peace Dedication at 2:00)

Wednesday, October 4 - School Photos

Thursday, October 5 - Media Book Check Out (our first one!!!) - this will be the check out time every week, from this day on

Tuesday, October 17 Conferences: 3:30pm - 7:30pm
Wednesday, October 18 - NO SCHOOL - Conferences: 7:30am - 3:30pm

Thursday & Friday, October 19 & 20 - NO SCHOOL - Minnesota Teachers‘ Convention
 
Friday, October 27 - Assembly & Buddies: 1:30-2:45pm
*also Fall Fun in the evening at Marcy   

Thank you for reading this!!!

Polly

 

FYI from Polly for week of September 18-22

Dear 102 Families,                                                                                                                 9/16/17

*We are still looking for “Student Information & Emergency Card forms” from 3 families. PLEASE return as soon as possible.

**We have begun to practice & build stamina in our academic routines, reading & math station rotation & science / social studies activities.

***The 1st grade team has determined our field trips for the school year: Children’s Museum or “The Works” in the fall sometime (TBA), Children’s Theatre Performance in the spring (date TBA), Mpls Institute of Arts tour with focus on the Art Adventure theme on May 10, and Flint Hills Children’s Performance & Festival on May 30 (picnic lunch there.)

**** STUDENTS WHO BRING THEIR OWN LUNCH TO SCHOOL ... If at all possible,  please send eating utensils with your students. We eat in the classroom and many students are missing needed spoons or forks to eat their lunches with & are needing to make trips to the lunchroom when they discover this. The plastic utensils in the lunchroom are really part of the school purchased lunch plan. Thank you!

*****Attached is the Fall Conference Sign Up Sheet scanned ... it was available at Open House this past Thursday night ... please email me with your preferred meeting time and I will confirm or let you know if it is already taken requiring you to make another choice. Thank you!  
   

READING: We continue building stamina for an independent reading time slowly. Students are working on how to care for books, finding books to read that are just right for them, and understanding that there are many different genres to try out. We will be working towards a literacy stations format which will consist of rotating through an independent reading time, guided reading time with a teacher, and a writing station. Before the literacy stations begin each day, there will be a mini lesson presented by the teacher and a closing, after the station rotations, led by the teacher. We will move slowly towards this format. This past week, I administered the Unit 1 Literacy Interim Test required by the district.

MATH: We have been playing counting games & counting chorally forwards & backwards beginning at any random number. We will begin exploring math materials this week. Students will be working hard on being able to break apart numbers with automaticity, for instance knowing all the combinations that make 10 (1+9, 2+8, 3+7, 4+6, 5+5) with automaticity. Over time, we want students to be able to do this with all numbers up through 12. Last week we students began to practice rotating through 3 math stations: ST Math (an i-pad activity,) games, & math materials exploration. The 3rd station mentioned will soon turn into a guided math group with the teacher. Similar to reading time, the math station rotation will be preceded by a mini-lesson and after math station rotations are finished there will be a math closure time led by the teacher.

WRITING: Students have done some reading response writing and will continue writing for specific science & social studies assignments.We continue reviewing & emphasizing neat letter formation, using uppercase & lowercase letters in the correct places, correct punctuation, good spacing between words, staying on the lines, and proper use of a sheet of paper.

SOCIAL STUDIES: Students have been working on setting goals for themselves, making classroom rules, and learning ways to work together, share, help each other, work problems out with others The unit is called “Citizenship.” Our Scholastic News Magazines have been covering the same social studies topics.

SCIENCE: We have begun a unit titled “Organisms.” In this unit, students will sort animals & plants into groups by their observable properties, explain how they sorted them, identify needs of animals & plants, explain that if a part of a living system is missing, it may not function correctly, explain how an animal’s habitat provides for its basic needs, describe the changes that take place in a plant’s life cycle, and describe how a seed changes as it grows.

SCHOLASTIC NEWS: This is a magazine that each student will receive a copy of each week which covers many different science & social studies topics. This month the topics are school rules, choose kindness, animal friends and an author’s good work habits. Sometimes they also have a few worksheets that accompany the magazine. We work through all of these materials together in class.

Thank you for reading this!!!

Polly

FYI from Polly for week of September 11-15

Dear 102 Families,                                           9/10/17

*We are still looking for “Student Information & Emergency Card forms” from 6 families. PLEASE return as soon as possible.

*Thank you for the donations of snacks but we don’t need any more. As stated in my  first newsletter, we will not be having a snack time as our lunch is nicely schedule in the middle of our school day at 11:30am (not too early or too late.)

We continue with a major focus on community building and practice of routines & rituals.

READING: We have begun building stamina for an independent reading time slowly. Students are working on how to care for books, finding books to read that are just right for them, and understanding that there are many different genres to try out. We will be working towards a literacy stations format which will consist of cycling through an independent reading time, guided reading time with a teacher, and a writing station. Before the literacy stations begin, there will be a mini lesson presented by the teacher and a closing, after the stations cycles, led by the teacher. We will move slowly towards this format.

MATH: We have been playing counting games & counting chorally forwards & backwards beginning at any random number. We will begin exploring math materials this week. Students will be working hard on being able to break apart numbers with automaticity, for instance knowing all the combinations that make 10 (1+9, 2+8, 3+7, 4+6, 5+5) with automaticity. Over time, we want students to be able to do this with all numbers up through 12.

WRITING: Students have completed their “All About Me” books. They will be displayed in the classroom on Curriculum Night. This required writing & drawing to respond to a number of questions about themselves. We are reviewing & emphasizing neat letter formation, using uppercase & lowercase letters in the correct places, correct punctuation, good spacing between words, staying on the lines, and proper use of a sheet of paper.

SOCIAL STUDIES: Students have been working on setting goals for themselves, making classroom rules, and learning ways to work together, share, help each other, work problems out with others The unit is called “Citizenship.”

SCIENCE: We are about to launch a unit titled “Organisms.” In this unit, students will sort animals & plants into groups by their observable properties, explain how they sorted them, identify needs of animals & plants, explain that if a part of a living system is missing, it may not function correctly, explain how an animal’s habitat provides for its basic needs, describe the changes that take place in a plant’s life cycle, and describe how a seed changes as it grows.

SCHOLASTIC NEWS: This is a magazine that each student will receive a copy of each week which covers many different science & social studies topics. This month the topics are school rules, choose kindness, animal friends and an author’s good work habits. Sometimes they also have a few worksheets that accompany the magazine. We work through all of these materials together.

Hope to see you at Curriculum Night, this Thursday.

Thank you for reading this!!!

Polly

 

FYI from Polly on 8/26/17 *all families received this in paper copy

WELCOME to ROOM 102 at MARCY OPEN SCHOOL

Dear Room 102 Families,                        August 2017



Welcome to room 102! My name is Polly Smull and I have the great honor and privilege of teaching and learning with your children this 2017-2018 school year at Marcy. I have taught at Marcy for about 26 years including a few years of subbing. Before that, I was a parent volunteer which gives me a grand total of 32 years of history with Marcy. Although I have an elementary teaching license, my original teaching license was in art. I do like to weave the arts throughout the curriculum. Both of my own daughters attended Marcy K-8 and then went on to graduate from the South High School Open Program. They now are college graduates and one is currently in graduate school at U of MN. I live in Southeast Minneapolis. I am enjoying being a grandma with my first grandchild, Ruth, who is 8 months old now.



I’m excited to have a “co-teacher” (student teacher for the entire school year) from U of M, Demetria Poe. She will be with us on & off this fall & then full time after Winter Break. 



Students will spend time each day reading independently, working in small guided reading groups with an adult, responding to what they read often, have individual meetings with an adult about reading and may be assessed to monitor their progress during the school year using the Fountas & Pinnell testing system. Students will write each day and select certain pieces to take to a publishing level. They may also be working on their handwriting and on phonics skills. For math, we will follow math curriculum required by the school district & guided by our school math specialist. Science will offer lots of hands on experiences & require journaling about the experiences. The 4 science units will be: Plants & Animals: Habitats, Life Cycles, & Needs, Electric Circuits, and Rocks, Sand & Soils.

Marcy students in all grades will have the opportunity to work with a portrait artist (more details on this in the spring.) This special arts opportunity is funded by the Marcy Arts Partnership.  We will have a “Healthy Foods” presenter, Uli, this year in the spring. I will cover Social Studies with our Scholastic News Magazines which are always full of fascinating, kid appropriate, current events from around the globe as well as the district assigned curriculum in social studies covering topics of Citizenship & Government, Economics, History, and Geography. I also encourage students to talk about current events in morning circle.



We have not yet planned our field trips for the school year but will most certainly be taking some. 


Our 1st grade team will have the same daily schedule for the entire year. Our team will consist of 4 teachers: Rachel (110) / Andrea & Pang job-sharing (107) / Polly (102)



8:30 Arrival / Breakfast (in the lunchroom this year)

9:00 Circle

9:30 Reading 


10:30 Math  

11:30 Lunch (in the classroom with classroom teacher supervising)

11:55 Integrated Writing, Social Studies, & Science   


12:55 Recess (with support staff supervising)  


1:30 Centers (art, music, media, gym)   

2:30 Phonics or Read Aloud
2:45 Cleanup/Prepare for Dismissal
3:05 DISMISSAL 


Each Friday (or the last day of the school week) your student will bring home a folder full of papers. We call this the “Friday Folder.” These papers could be permission slips, newsletters, various program flyers, after school class registration materials, homework assignments, and corrected papers. Please watch for this. Reading at home is probably the most important homework. There may be some home projects that tie in with various units in social studies & science. The first week of school we will be looking for emergency cards, discipline & weapons policy contracts, walking field trip & video release forms, and bus rules & regulations forms and many others to be filled out and returned. PLEASE GET THEM IN IMMEDIATELY!!! We may want to be able to go on a walk ASAP while the weather is still nice. 


I welcome your presence in the classroom at any time. I may not always be available to talk with you, as the students are always my first priority, but your help will always be welcome. Your assistance on field trips, for special classroom events, regular weekly help or spontaneous visits are all appreciated.



We will not be having a snack time in class because our lunch time is nicely placed in the middle of the day. If your child has allergies to any foods, please let me know. Make sure your student has a breakfast at home or school. If your student brings lunch from home, please do not send soda pop for their beverage or excessive sweets. Students may bring healthy snacks to share with the class to celebrate their birthdays or special event days which I will announce in advance. That could be cheese sticks or fruit or popcorn. Please see class website for birthday snack ideas.


The first weeks of school we will concentrate on becoming a community, learning the rituals & routines of the classroom & school day, and assessing where students are at in math & reading.



Please send a note with your child or call me at school (612-668-1020) if you have concerns or questions and need an immediate response. If a response is needed, I will make every effort to get back to you the same day by telephone or a note. If you can wait for a response until the next day, you can e-mail me at psmull@mpls.k12.mn.us which I check every day. If you’re willing, I also would like to have an e-mail address from you so that I can contact you. I send an FYI e-newsletter every weekend to parents. 



We’re looking forward to an amazing year! I hope to welcome you to 102 for the 2017-18 school year at the Ice Cream Social & Open House on Thursday, August 24th, 5:00-7:00pm. There will be another Open House, later in September. The sign-up sheet for October conferences will be available at the September Open House. I will have a sheet to share your e-mail address with me at both events, if you are willing to share it with me.



PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOUR STUDENT KNOWS HOW THEY WILL BE GETTING HOME OR TO DAYCARE ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL.  

Thank you so much!! Looking forward to an incredible 2017-2018 school year!  
Polly Smull

Marcy 1st Grade Team Request for School Supplies: This year we are requesting a donation of $10, from each family, to purchase the school supplies needed throughout the school year. Thank you for considering.