Week Nineteen Highlights

Just For Parents:

  • Please look for an email coming from Miss Raisch tomorrow about our Valentine’s party and how to volunteer if you are interested!
  • The annual P.E. apparel sale is happening right now and runs through January 29th. If you are interested in purchasing something, here is the link: P.E. Clothing
  • Here is the volunteer schedule for the upcoming week: Volunteers! Feel free to add your name to an open slot.

Celebrations:

  • Quote of the Week – The quote that we focused on and tried to live out this week was, “Be a rainbow in somebody else’s cloud.” This week’s quote went to HARPER who is constantly smiling and sharing her joy with others.
  • First Grade Family Time – This week we celebrated awards for lost teeth, shoe-tying, and birthdays. Here are our “award-winning” first graders from this week!

  


Our Learning: 

  • Writing – Students had fun learning to agree or disagree with someone else in their writing and giving reviews for their least favorite objects in a collection. On Friday each student received a blue ribbon for their best piece of writing from the last two weeks!
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  • Word Study – We had a lot of practice spelling and reading snap words, especially using our classroom word wall. Our new words that you can practice at home are could, should, would, from, mother. 
  • Math – Students are doing a great job practicing teen addition using pictures, their fingers, and other new strategies!
  • Reading – Our class is studying how characters change in books and how the authors/illustrators show what is on the inside and outside of characters.

Upcoming Dates: 

  • Monday, January 20 – Aria’s 1/2 birthday, P.E.
  • Tuesday, January 21 – Art
  • Wednesday, January 22 – STEAM, STAR Testing on Computers
  • Thursday, January 23 – Music, STAR Testing on Computers
  • Friday, January 24 – P.E., Library

Week Eighteen Highlights

Just For Parents:

  • At Georgetown Elementary, we just started a new whole-school recognition system that we are very excited about! Each classroom now has small Outstanding certificates to more frequently honor great work. Every week we come up with a new class goal to focus on (ex. walk quietly in the hallway) and students can only earn a mini-Outstanding for meeting that specific goal. You will see these certificates coming home in your child’s blue folder. I am excited for this additional way to celebrate our incredible kids!
  • We have lots of openings for mystery readers, including a spot for this Thursday! If you would still like a chance to read to our students on a Thursday afternoon, please sign up here.
  • Our class just began our most recent round of Star of the Day. For this round, students will get our Word Study lion Rasheed at their desk for the whole day!
  • Here is the volunteer schedule for the upcoming week: Volunteers! Feel free to add your name to an open slot.

Celebrations:

  • Quote of the Week – The quote that we focused on and tried to live out this week was, “Never say, I can’t. Always say, I’ll try.” This week’s quote went to ELINE who gives her full effort and tries new challenges with a smile!

  • First Grade Family Time – This week we celebrated awards for lost teeth, shoe-tying, and birthdays. Here are our “award-winning” first graders from this week!

 


Our Learning:

  • Writing – We began our new unit focusing on writing reviews. Students are learning to write their opinion with defending reasons. It was cool to watch students become the judge of their shoebox collections and write reviews for the items receiving 1st and 2nd place.
  • Word Study – This week we learned to karate-chop off the endings of words and then push the parts back together when we are spelling. We also learned about how each syllable has a vowel!

    

  • Math – It was an exciting week in math as we began something totally new: math stations! Our 1st graders are building independence as they practice transitions and completing some assignments by themselves.

   

  • Reading – Students practiced doing the 5-finger retell after reading stories. This is something great that you can be doing with your child at home too!

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, January 13 – Music, Miss Raisch’s birthday
  • Tuesday, January 14 – P.E.
  • Wednesday, January 15 – Art
  • Thursday, January 16 – STEAM
  • Friday, January 17 – Music, Brooks’ 1/2 birthday

Week Seventeen Highlights

Just for Parents:

  • Thank you SO much for the generosity and love that you all showed me throughout the week! The many cards and gifts were absolutely incredible and I feel so blessed to be apart of your community!
  • For our next writing unit, students will need to bring in a special treasure box on Tuesday, January 7th. A paper copy is being sent home today, but here is the digital copy as well:
  • Here is the volunteer schedule for the week that we come back from break: Volunteers! Feel free to add your name to an open slot.

Celebrations: 

  • Quote of the Week – The quote that we focused on and tried to live out this week was, “No act of kindness no matter how small is ever wasted.” This week’s quote went to KEATON who tries to make people feel better, especially when they are sad or upset!
  • First Grade Family Time – This week we celebrated awards for lost teeth, shoe-tying, and birthdays. Here are our “award-winning” first graders from this week!

  


Our Learning: 

  • Writing – This week students worked REALLY hard to finish up their nonfiction chapter books and they turned out great! They will be bringing these home to share in early January.

 

  • Word Study – This week we practiced spelling some of our snap words and did a Word Wall scavenger hunt!
  • Math – We took a pre-test so that Miss Raisch could learn what students already know as we head into a new unit! We also started talking about place value and learned about the 10s place and 1s place!
  • Reading – Students got to read with new partners this week to show off their amazing nonfiction reading skills. They are doing a great job using “teacher voices” while reading!

     

  • Holidays Around the World – This week we visited 4 new places, including Sweden! Mrs. Greenlund came into our classroom to teach us some special things about St. Lucia. We ended the week in America and we made Kwanzaa bracelets.

     


Upcoming Week: 

  • Monday, January 6 – Jayce H.’s birthday, STEAM
  • Tuesday, January 7 – Music
  • Wednesday, January 8 – Sidney’s 1/2 birthday, PE
  • Thursday, January 9 – Art
  • Friday, January 10 – Breslyn’s 1/2 birthday, STEAM, Library

Week Sixteen Highlights

Just For Parents: 

  • On Tuesday, December 17th, our class will have the opportunity to visit the Holiday Shop! This is optional. If you would like, pleased send your child with money in the envelop that was already sent home attached to the paper about the Holiday Shop on Monday or Tuesday of next week.
  • Our party is next week on Thursday, December 19th. Sadly we cannot have every parent there, so please only come if you have signed up as a volunteer! Thank you for being respectful of this!
  • Here is the volunteer schedule for this upcoming week: Volunteers! Feel free to add your name to an open slot.

Celebrations: 

  • We earned our 20-star prize this week and celebrated with pajama day! Each of your kiddos looked SO cute!
  • Quote of the Week – The quote that we focused on and tried to live out this week was, “You don’t need a cape to be a hero, you just need to care.” This week’s quote went to MAKINLEY who is always showing kindness to others and is especially a great helper for Miss Raisch!

  • First Grade Family Time – This week we celebrated awards for lost teeth, shoe-tying, and birthdays. Here are our “award-winning” first graders from this week!

Our Learning:

  • Writing – This week we looked at published nonfiction books that we have been reading to help us as we write one final nonfiction book of our own to publish!
  • Word Study – We practiced matching word beginnings and endings to make new words and continued to learn new important word endings!
  • Math – This week students wrapped up unit 3 of math focusing on word problems and did so great on their tests! These will be coming home sometime next week.
  • Reading – Kiddos shared new words that they were discovering in their nonfiction books and searched for key words during their reading time.
  • Holidays Around the World – This week we traveled to several new countries! In Germany we made gingerbread houses with our 4th grade buddies which was SO much fun! In the Netherlands we decorated shoes and left them out overnight for Sinterklaas to fill them with a special treat. Ask your students about what we did in Australia and India as well!
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Upcoming Dates: 

  • Monday, December 16 – Green/Red Day, Art
  • Tuesday, December 17 – Holiday Hat Day, STEAM, Penguin Patch Holiday Shop
  • Wednesday, December 18 – Cozy Scarf of Socks Day, Music
  • Thursday, December 19 – PJ Day, Holiday Party!, P.E., Celebrating Brody’s birthday
  • Friday, December 20 – Holiday Sweater Day, Art, Celebrating Elijah’s birthday

Week Fifteen Highlights

Just For Parents:

  • This week we have our holiday concert! Students have been working very hard and cannot wait to share this with you! Our 1st graders need to arrive by 6:15. This link will provide you with all of the information that you need: Holiday Program
  • If you signed up to donate something for our TOP SECRET gingerbread house making, please send these items in on Monday, December 9th. Thank you again!
  • Here is the volunteer schedule for this week: Volunteers! Feel free to add your name to an open slot.

Celebrations:

  • Quote of the Week – The quote that we focused on and tried to live out this week was, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you will go.” This week’s quote went to BROOKS who has been working very hard on his reading and is always sharing with us the new things that his books are teaching him.

  • First Grade Family Time – This week we celebrated awards for lost teeth, shoe-tying, and birthdays. Here are our “award-winning” first graders from this week!

 

Our Learning: 

  • Writing – I was SO impressed as students began writing nonfiction CHAPTER books! Students practiced writing a Table of Contents and adding lots of facts to their wonderful writing.

  • Word Study – This week we looked at common word endings (ex. -ing, -ank, -ump, -st, -th) and practiced using these to write and read new words.
  • Reading – Students are becoming great nonfiction readers as they persevere through challenging new words using different strategies. We practiced “crashing” word parts together and asking ourselves the questions, “Does that word look right?” and “Does the word make sense?”

 

  • Math – As we prepare for our upcoming math test on unit 3, our class practiced solving word problems that had either an unknown partner (2+_=8, 8-2=_ ) or unknown total ( _-5=4 or 4+5=_ )
  • Holidays Around the World – Students received suitcases and passports on Monday and we took  LONG flights to Greenland, Israel, and England throughout the week. We learned about the different holiday traditions in these countries and had a special activity to go along with each day!  

Upcoming Dates: 

  • Monday, December 9 – Art
  • Tuesday, December 10 – STEAM
  • Wednesday, December 11 – Morning rehearsal at school for Holiday Program
  • Thursday, December 12 – Morning rehearsal at FAIRHAVEN CHURCH for Holiday Program, PE, Holiday Program at night!
  • Friday, December 13 – Early Release, Flannel Day, Music, Library

Thanksgiving Fun

In celebration of Thanksgiving this upcoming Thursday, our class did a lot of fun activities today! In the morning, we shared our turkeys in disguise that everyone worked so hard on!

                  

Then we finished our thankful books that we have been working on throughout the whole month of November. Your kiddos are SO excited to share these with you!

   

Our students worked together with a buddy to complete a fun math challenge around our room, and then we ended our day with some cranberry science! We learned about why cranberries float in water and discovered that they “dance” when placed in Sprite.

  

 

 

I am SO thankful for each one of your sweet kiddos! Thank you tons for sharing them with me this year! I loved getting to share this list with them at the end of the day:

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving,

Miss Raisch

Week Thirteen Highlights

Just For Parents:

  • I have enjoyed seeing the disguised turkeys that your kiddos are bringing into school! These are due Tuesday, November 26. 
  • Here is the volunteer schedule for this week: Volunteers! Feel free to add your name to an open slot.

Celebrations:

  • Quote of the Week – The quote that we focused on and tried to live out this week was, “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” This week’s quote went to ELIJAH who is always himself and stands out with his GREAT sense of humor!

  • First Grade Family Time – This week we celebrated awards for lost teeth, shoe-tying, and birthdays. Here are our “award-winning” first graders from this week!

 

Our Learning: 

  • Writing – I am loving the expert, non-fiction stories that students are writing! We made writing goals and worked on editing our pieces and teaching a partner.

    

  • Word Study – This week we studied the endings on words (ex. -ed, -ing, -s/es) and discovered that -ed makes three different sounds.
  • Reading – Students practiced taking a sneak peek and learned that just one page can teach us SO much through the words and pictures! On Friday, we studied bats and learned about how they are nocturnal. We enjoyed some “nocturnal reading” in the dark with our flashlights to help!

   

  • Math – This week students ROCKED it out on our most recent quiz focusing on addition and subtraction word problems! We are focusing on using math mountains, pictures, and equations to help us out.

Upcoming Dates: 

  • Monday, November 25 – STEAM
  • Tuesday, November 26 – Music
  • No school the rest of the week!

Week Twelve Highlights

Just For Parents:

  • Thank you to everyone who has volunteered as a Mystery Reader in my classroom! We have many openings for after Winter Break, but a closer opening on December 5th that I would love someone to sign up for! Here is the link: mystery reader schedule
  • Book fair is this week! Feel free to stop by during parent-teacher conferences to check it out. Our class will be visiting the book fair to make our wish lists on Tuesday and then students will have the opportunity to bring money and purchase books on Thursday.
  • I will be placing our scholastic book order this Friday, November 22nd. If you are interested in purchasing a book, please place an online order or send back the form with your student.
  • Just a friendly reminder that parent-teacher conferences are this week! I look forward to seeing you at your assigned time on either Monday or Wednesday!
  • I have enjoyed seeing the disguised turkeys that your kiddos are bringing into school! These are due Tuesday, November 26. 
  • Here is the volunteer schedule for this week: Volunteers! Feel free to add your name to an open slot.

Celebrations: 

  • Our class earned our star prize this week! We celebrated on Tuesday afternoon with some free choice time on the iPads to honor the hard work that your kiddos have been doing.
  • Quote of the Week – The quote that we focused on and tried to live out this week was, “Do the right thing, even when no one is looking.” This week’s quote went to EMERY who is always a role model.
  • First Grade Family Time – This week we celebrated awards for lost teeth, shoe-tying, and birthdays. Here are our “award-winning” first graders from this week! 

 


Our Learning:

  • Writing – This week we explored the differences between nonfiction and fiction texts and began writing information books about topics that we are experts on!
  • Word Study – We finished solving our cases from the Super Secret Detective Agency by studying compound words and using words we already know to help sound out tricker words.
  • Reading – As detectives, we used magnifying glasses to find vowel teams (ex. ea, ee,) and words with apostrophes.

   

  • Math – Students continued to practice both addition and subtraction math problems with unknown partners. This is definitely a tricky concept, but our kiddos are persevering and doing a great job.
  • Social/Emotional – This week we talked about the different parts of our brain and how they respond in different situations and help keep us safe.
  • 4th Grade Buddies – On Friday we got together with our 4th grade buddies and practiced gratitude by writing thank you cards to staff in our building!

          


Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, November 18 – Art, Conferences
  • Tuesday, November 19 – STEAM, Book Fair
  • Wednesday, November 20 – Music, Conferences
  • Thursday, November 21 – PE, Book Fair
  • Friday, November 22- Art

Week Eleven Highlights

Just For Parents:

  • I was out of the classroom Monday afternoon for a training and unexpectedly all day Thursday with the flu, but your kiddos did an amazing job and received great reports from the substitute teachers!
  • Here is the volunteer schedule for this week: Volunteers! Feel free to add your name to an open slot.

Celebrations: 

  • Quote of the Week – The quote that we focused on and tried to live out this week was, “Never look down on someone unless you’re helping them up.” This week’s quote went to AVA who is always looking out for others, especially friends who are sad or hurting.
  • First Grade Family Time – This week we celebrated awards for lost teeth, shoe-tying, and birthdays. Here are our “award-winning” first graders from this week!

  


Our Learning: 

  • Writing – We wrapped up our how-to stories this week! Students will be bringing these home on Monday, and they are excited to share them with you.
  • Word Study – This week we had Snap Word Bootcamp, where we learned a lot of snap words through different exercises! Later on, we received some secret case files from the Super Secret Detective Agency and investigated letter twins (ex. getting) and sticky letters (ex. three, stripe). 

  • Reading – We practiced making our reading smooth to sound more like talking and used the beginning of words to help us solve the whole word.
  • Math – Students used many different strategies to solve addition problems with unknown partners such as 4 + __ = 10 or __ + 2 = 6.
  • Social/Emotional – Our class read Little Penguin Calms Down and are beginning to learn how we also can calm our bodies and minds down when we get upset.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, November 11 – Art
  • Tuesday, November 12 – STEAM
  • Wednesday, November 13 – Miss Raisch will be gone in the morning for teacher development, Music
  • Thursday, November 14 – PE
  • Friday, November 15 – Art, Early Release Day