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.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Week of March 3, 2014

Upcoming Events:

Field Day is on Wednesday, March 5 for kindergarten and 1st grade. Students do not need to wear their uniforms on Field Day as long as they wear athletic clothes. Students are also permitted to bring hats and sunglasses. Please remember to put sunscreen on your child. Please note that while this is a fun day for the children, unfortunately we cannot have parents who are not signed up to volunteer come and watch. The events will begin at 8:15 A.M. and will end around 11:30 A.M. If you are able to volunteer your time and have your fingerprint clearance card from Great Hearts, please sign up at
Spring Break is March 8-16.

Literature: This week we are reviewing some of the Brother Grimm fairytales they have read this year. Students will discuss all the elements that make up a fairytale. I will be checking homework a little more closely and expecting high quality work. Students should be writing sentences that are interesting, creative and detailed.

Science: This is our last week of studying the ocean. Students will learn about coral habitats. Students will also explore the different kinds of animals that thrive in this habitat. Students will also learn where seashells come from and be able to sort the different kinds of seashells. Last week Dr. Cheroske came in to teach us the different kinds of sea life animal classifications. He brought in many unique species. It was an amazing presentation and the students really found it fascinating.

History: This week students will learn the important roles of a  president. We discuss the white house, seal of the president and Washington D.C.

 I hope you have a nice week.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Week of February 24th

Wow!  There are only two more weeks of this quarter.  It is crazy how quickly it has flown by.  Thank you to all the parents who helped out at our field trip either by being a chaperon or by donating snacks.  The children had a grand time and we all enjoyed seeing all the animals.

As always, we have a busy week ahead of us.

Literature: This week we are studying "Rumpelstiltskin."  We had a fun time reading the story this week.  Throughout the week we will work on sequencing, and writing summaries.  We are also starting to work on writing better sentences.  We have started talking about what makes a sentence and how to make it more interesting.  We will continue to work on this throughout the rest of the year.  Please note that as we are working on getting the children ready for second grade, we are also going to be checking homework a little more closely and expecting high quality work.

Science: This is our week where we will be studying sharks.  This is always an exciting unit for the kids as we get to draw and paint life-size sharks.  This year we will also be making dolphins with our sharks.  We will be painting on Thursday morning.  If any parent, with a fingerprint clearance card, wants to come and help us, please send me an email and I will let you know the definite time.

History: We are starting to wrap up our unit on the Revolutionary War.  We will end this unit talking about some of the important symbols of our nation.  We will specifically talk about the American Flag, the bald eagle, and Washington D. C.  We will finish the week with a fun review of the Revolutionary War.

Upcoming Events: 

Field Day is on Wednesday, March 5 for Kindergarten and 1st grade.  Students do not need to wear their uniforms on Field Day as long as they wear athletic clothes instead.  Students are also permitted to bring hats and sunglasses to use while on the field.  Please remember to put sunscreen on your child also.  Please note that while this is a fun day for the children, unfortunately, we cannot have parents who are not signed up to volunteer come and watch.

Spring Break is March 8-16.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Week of February 18th

Welcome back from our three day weekend!  Thank you to everyone who sent in snacks and goodies for our Great Heart's Day celebration.  The students had a fun time and we all enjoyed celebrating a week of friendship.

This week will go by quickly with only four days of school and one of those being a field trip.  All the students are so excited for the field trip.  It will be a great week this week!

Literature: We are learning about Sleeping Beauty this week.  We will read the story, do some sequencing of events, fill out a vocabulary worksheet, and do some creative writing all having to do with Sleeping Beauty.

Science: We are still learning about Oceans.  This week we will keep talking about tides and what causes the tides.  We will also talk about tide pools and what you can find in a tide pool.  Finally, we will begin to talk about sharks.

History: In history, we are still learning about the early colonies to independence.  This week we will focus a couple of days on George Washington and who he was.  We will also start talking about some of our American Symbols starting with the Liberty Bell.

Field Trip: We are very excited for our field trip this week.  We will leave the school by 8:30 and be back around 2:30 or 2:45.  Please remember to put sunscreen on your students in the morning.  Also, please send them with a lunch that is in a disposable bag with disposable containers and a disposable water bottle.