Wednesday, November 28, 2012


November is quickly coming to a close and December (along with Winter Break) is right around the corner. I hope you all had a wonderful and restful Thanksgiving Break.
Tomorrow your child's Progress Report for the first trimester will be coming home in their Thursday Folder. This copy is yours to keep. You will notice that there will be some N/A (not applicable) because these are concepts that aren't covered during the first trimester. Much of what was covered in the first trimester was a review of Kindergarten and this new trimester will become more challenging with greater expectations. From here on out everything the kids will be learning are skills they will build upon in second grade, third grade and so on. 

We are now down to 23 students in our classroom with Molly Williamson and her family moving back to North Carolina last week. We will miss them all greatly! Now that we are down a room parent (Leila, Molly's mom) Angela Montoya could use a co-room parent to assist her. If anyone is interested please let me know so I can pass the info on to Angela, or you can email her at

We will begin new units of study next week in Math and Readers/Writers Workshop. In Math the next unit is all about measurement and basic facts. If you want to learn a little more or get a heads up on this unit and some of the concepts your child be learning, click on the following link.
Everyday Math
In Readers and Writers Workshop the kids will be learning about procedural writing and non-fiction text features. They will be writing a how-to book and learn about following explicit directions when completing a how-to project. This is a fun, hands-on unit, and any parent(s) who have a special skill or talent they wold like to teach to kids are welcome to help us out--just let me know!

I think that does it. Shoot me an email if you think I forgot anything!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Turkey Trot

1st Annual Westerly Creek Turkey Trot | Tuesday, November 20
Westerly Creek Is Giving Back!  
With your help, we’d like to create a new school tradition: The Westerly Creek Turkey Trot. It’s all about getting a little exercise, giving thanks, and sharing with those in need.
For those who can, please send in $1 (or any amount you can spare) with each of your students, along with their sneakers for a little trot along the Greenway beginning at 3PM! Proceeds from this 1stAnnual Turkey Trot will be donated to benefit the Hurricane Sandy victims from the Breezy Point community in Queens, NY. We hope this will be something fun your students can be proud of. What a great way to end a short week on a high note!  


Tuesday, November 13, 2012


 This is a reminder for those who haven't yet brought in 10 dimes for math--please do so by tomorrow as we will be using them for our next few math lessons. Your child will add these to their math tool kit to keep at school.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012



I have noticed some big behavior changes in the kids in the past couple of weeks--negative behaviors that are impeding the growth of our our classroom in both learning and how we get along with others. I have had to stop several times during my teaching to redirect students to make better choices because of calling out without raising their hand, talking while I'm teaching or while another student is talking, tattling on other students for no good reason, rolling eyes, and just plain wasting time and not getting any work done. We have had to review what the rules and expectations are in our class and the school, and though I know the kids know what is expected many are failing to follow through making good choices. Please have a discussion with your child about what kinds of behaviors are expected and the rules which are to be followed while at school. I would GREATLY appreciate it!

On a different note, we will soon be adding dimes to our math routine. If you haven't already done so, please send 10 dimes with your child so they may add them to their math tool kit.


Hi All!
Just wanted to send a few shout outs to some folks. Thank you Roxanne Guthmann for donating a lovely and ever so useful floor lamp to our classroom. It really warms up the space and provides a much softer light than the harsh fluorescent lights. Also many thanks to our chaperones who attended the performance How I Became a Pirate yesterday. We enjoyed having you come along with us!

Tomorrow is our school Thanksgiving Lunch. Tickets for this must be purchased from the main office. If your child plans on eating hot lunch they can pay for their lunch through their lunch account (must have money on their account). Please note, our lunch time tomorrow will be from 11:30-12:00. At 12:30 we will celebrate Math Day in the classroom. This will last for about 30 minutes and the kids will show you how they play some of the math games they have been learning this year as well as ways for you to help your child with math at home.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Hi Families!

Thought I would get you all caught up on all the latest happenings in our classroom and the building. 

If October wasn't jam-packed enough, we are now into November and it is just as busy. Before we know it, the holidays will soon be upon us. First off, a great big thank you to all who volunteered their time/materials for our Halloween shindig! What a great time we had and I love being able to have so many parents in the class. 
If you plan on ordering products made from your child's artwork through Original Art, orders are due tomorrow. 
On Tuesday our first grade classes will be going on a field trip to the Arvada Center to see the performance How I Became a Pirate. Please make sure your child is at school on time as the bus will leave promptly at 9:15. We will return in time for lunch so no sack lunch is needed. 
Thursday is our CREEK KIDS assembly at 10 AM. It is also our annual Thanksgiving Lunch and Math Day. Whew! Come and eat lunch with your child, then stop by to see some of the math games your kids have learned so far this year. Tickets for the lunch are on sale at the front office. 
We have a long weekend coming up and will be off of school Monday, the 12th on honor of Veteran's Day. The following week will be even shorter with a long Thanksgiving Break from the 21st-25th. 
Regardless of our days off, students must continue to follow all rituals and routines that have been in place since the beginning of the year. They should also continue to read and practice math during our breaks.
Kelly Young has finished her student teaching and will be graduating from UNC this winter. She did such a great job in our class that she will be working as an interventionist in the 5th grade classes. We will miss her in the class but are happy to still have her in the building

Wish List Items for the Class:
Floor lamp  
Color copy paper

Finally--please make sure your child brings a water bottle to keep in class.