Monday, May 12, 2014

Week of May 12, 2014


I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day and three-day weekend.  It is hard to believe we only have two weeks of school left! Next Monday is a full school day, but Tuesday through Friday we will be on the half day schedule.  The students will not have lunch at school on those half days.  If your student is not planning on being at school on the last day, please let me know so I can ensure they take all their belongings with them before the end of the week.

There will be no more reading groups for the remainder of the school year.

Here is a peek at what we will be learning the last two weeks of the school year:

Literature:  Students will continue to listen to stories from the Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner.

Science:  We will conclude our Astronomy Unit with constellation report presentations.  We will also be learning about famous astronauts and their historic missions into space.

History:  We will continue learning about Mexican traditions and culture.  On the last day of school, we will be celebrating with an end of the year Fiesta!  More details regarding the Fiesta will be sent out soon!

Have a great week!

Mrs. Figueroa

Monday, May 5, 2014

Week of May 5, 2014


I am glad to be back in the classroom with your students!  Being away for three months, I’ve noticed a big change in how much they have grown both physically and academically.  I am very pleased with how hard they have worked this year.  It is hard to believe the school year is almost over and they will soon be going on to second grade!

Don’t forget, tonight is Fine Arts Night at Archway starting at 5pm.  I hope to see you there!

There is No School this Friday, May 9th. 

Mrs. Narens is looking for a parent volunteer.  Please read her message below:
Parents we are in need of a volunteer to help sort Q4 art for our class' portfolios. If you are interested please sign up below. Mrs. Narens can send this home to be done at home and returned. 

Here is a look at the week ahead:

Literature: We will be reading some of the Adventures of Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne.  Later in the week, students will be making stick puppets of the characters and acting out some of the stories.

Science:  We will be continuing our space unit with a review of the planets and a closer look at constellation myths.  Each student will write a report about a constellation and will share their report with the class.

History: As part of our unit on Modern Mexico, we will be celebrating and learning the history behind Cinco de Mayo. We will also be learning about other Mexican holidays and traditions.

Have a wonderful Mother's Day weekend!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Week of April 21, 2014

Welcome back from our long weekend!  I hope that you all had a fabulous weekend and enjoyed the extra time with your children.

This is the last full week that I will be in the classroom with the children.  Mrs. Figueroa will return to work next week.  Once she is back, I have been asked to step into a Kindergarten classroom in order to take over for Ms. Parkins who will soon be going on maternity leave.  Mrs. Figueroa, Mrs. Hill, and Ms. Grace will be the ones with the class for the last month of school.  I will definitely miss seeing our class each day.

Literature: We have finished reading My Father's Dragon in reading groups and are now reading Elmer and the Dragon.  The students have enjoyed both of these books.  This week in class, we will be studying the fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood and the Chinese folk tale of Lon Po Po.  We will read and discuss each of these tales followed by comparing and contrasting of these two stories.

History: We are starting to learn about Mexico this week.  During the beginning of the week, we will talk about where Mexico is located and some of the geographical elements that are a part of Mexico.  After that, we will start talking about the different cultures that influenced life in Mexico today.

Science: We will continue our study of space this week by studying the inner planets.  We spend one day on each of the inner planets and make a fun foldable to go along with this.  There are so many fun facts to learn

Riggs: We are learning lists 143-147 and being tested on lists 138-142.  All lists can be found on the link to the right titled, "1st Grade Riggs Words."

Monday, April 14, 2014

Week of April 14, 2014

I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend!  First of all, thank you to all who contributed to help my birthday be so wonderful!  It was a nice day and we all had fun.  My favorite part of the day was when I let the kids guess what year I was born and the first guess was 1804.  :)  Fortunately, I am not 210 years old.

This week is a short week.  Friday there is no school and Thursday is a half-day (12:15/12:30 release time).  On Thursday, you do not need to send in a lunch but you will want to send in a big snack so the kids can make it to the end of the day.
Despite the short week, we have many things planned.

Literature: We will be working on our sayings all this week.  We will talk about the meaning of am and pm and the different things we do during the am and pm.  Additionally, we will talk about the saying, "Hit the nail on the head."  Finally, we will be compiling all of our sayings into a book with all of the sayings we have learned this year.

History: We are finishing up learning about Exploring the West this week.  We are continuing to talk about Lewis and Clark and reading about the expedition from Seaman's point of view.  We will also be finishing up a lapbook that the students have been working hard on and you should see it coming home at the end of the week.

Science: The students have enjoyed starting to learn about space.  This week we will learn more about the sun including why we have day and night and how shadows are formed.  At the end of the week, we will be learning about the moon and why the moon changes shape in the sky.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Week of March 31 and April 7

We had a great week last week.  Every morning we had the Stanford 10 test.  This will continue this week also.  Please continue to get your children to school by 8:10 so that they are ready to start the test with the class at 8:30.  

Literature: In literature we studied The Tale of Peter Rabbit.  Many students were familiar with this story and it made for a fun story to study.  Each child should have brought home puppets and settings that they can use to retell the story to you.  This week is a poetry week.  We will study a different poem every day.  

History: We studied the Lewis and Clark expedition all last week.  We wrote in journals just like they did on the Lewis and Clark expedition.  This week we will continue to study Lewis and Clark but from the perspective of their dog, Seaman.  

Science: Last week we wrapped up the unit on Earth Science.  We discussed rocks and how they are formed.  We also talked about how to take care of the earth and they worked in pairs to make posters about taking care of the earth.  This week we will be starting our new unit on the Planets and Astronomy.  In particular, this week, we will talk about space and starting to talk about the sun.  

Upcoming Events: 
  • Faculty vs. Student Dodge Ball game: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - go to the Archway homepage for more information and to register.  
  • Upcoming Half-day/No School: Thursday, April 17 is a half-day and Friday, April 18 there will be no school.  
I hope you all have a wonderful week!  

Monday, March 24, 2014

Week of March 24, 2014

Important News:

Tuesday March 25th we have our Spring Concert at Grace Community Church at
5:30 p.m. *Students should be there and ready at 5 p.m.

March 31- April 4- Stanford Testing
Please make sure your child arrives on time to school and has had a good breakfast. Testing starts everyday at 8:50 a.m.  Also, please do not schedule doctor or other appointments for the mornings during these two weeks.  
No volunteers before noon during testing days.

This week:

History: In History, we will be examining the purpose of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. We will look at obstacles they encountered and how they prepared for their journey out west. We will be reading parts of Lewis and Clark- A Journey West by William Fruge.  

Science: We are studying The Earth. We are going to be learning about volcanoes and the different types. We will be learning about a Shield Volcano, Cinder Cone Volcano, and Composite Volcano.

Literature/Reading: In Literature this week we will be discussing the saying “Never leave Till Tomorrow What Can Be Done Today.” We will also read the folktale, The Boy at the Dike. This folktale we will be talking about Heroes and how each of them can make a difference. We are continuing to read My Father’s Dragon during reading groups.

Riggs: This week’s lessons will be 125-129. 

Monday, March 17, 2014

Week of March 17, 2014

Welcome back from Spring Break!  I hope you all had a nice, relaxing break and all the children enjoyed it.  I had a nice time relaxing and spending time with my family.  It was nice to come back and see all your darling children today.

With the beginning of the 4th quarter, we will also be starting new units.

Literature/Reading: We will start reading My Father's Dragon today in reading groups.  This is a fun book that I think all of the kids will really enjoy.  We will also be studying the fun poem "I Know All the Sounds that the Animals Make" and reading the book "Duck on a Bike" this week.  Both of these will be really fun for the kids to read.

History: In history, we will be starting our unit on Exploration to the West.  We will start the week learning about Daniel Boone and why he was an important explorer.  At the end of the week we will learn about the Louisiana Purchase and why that purchase was so important for the United States.

Science: We are starting our unit on Earth Science this week.  We will be using the book Planet Earth/Inside Out all week as we learn about the earth.   We will learn about the layers of the earth, the tectonic plates and how they move, and end the week talking about different land forms found on the earth.

Be sure to mark your calendars for the Spring Music Concert which will be taking place on March 25 at Grace Community Church.  All first graders will need to be checked in by 5:15 with the concert starting at 5:30.