Thursday, November 17, 2016

November Newsletter

November 2016
Dear Families,

November is a time for giving thanks and celebrating family traditions. As part of our curriculum students will be learning about nutrition; including how to make healthy food choices each day using the guidelines. Students will also be encouraged to engage in active lifestyle choices to keep healthy and fit. Please use this opportunity to introduce new fruits and vegetable to your child, find ways to stay moving and enjoy some final outdoor family activities before the snow comes.

We will also be discussing how our families celebrate Thanksgiving with traditions and feasts. This is a great time for recognizing similarities and differences amongst us. Please encourage your child to come up with ideas about how they celebrate Thanksgiving with you and your family to share with their peers.

Below are some important dates to remember:

November 4th – Report Cards sent home
November 7th – Picture Re-take Day
November 8th – No School (Parent/teacher conferences)
November 11th – No School (Veteran’s Day)
November 23rd, 24th and 25th – No School (Thanksgiving Break)


Ms. Taylor

October Newsletter

October 2016
Dear Families,

This month our class will be creeping into a science unit all about insects. We will learn what an animal must have to be categorized as an insect, what insects eat, how they move and even how they grow. As a culminating activity for our “insect unit”, we will be combining all of our first grade classes for a Bug Ball on Friday, October 21st. You will receive more information regarding this even in the upcoming days.

We will also be exploring the life of bats during the month of October. Students will use facts they learn about bats to help create a “spooky” hallway bulletin board, feel what it is like to use their sense of sound by participating in a game called “Echolocation Tag”, and create a class KWL chart listing things they Know, Want to know, and have Learned about bats.

October is also a time in which we begin classroom celebrations. As mentioned at our parent Open House night we are lucky to have Meg Mazzola helping us to plan and organize many of these events. Please be aware that she will be contacting families this month regarding a Halloween celebration and how you may be able to assist. I thank you in advance for all of your contributions and support.

As the children’s seating assignments change I am looking forward to seeing more connections blossom amongst classmates, children continue to come out of their shell and a tightly knit community becoming stronger.

Below are some important dates to be aware of this month:

Wednesday, Oct. 5 – Early Release Day (12:45 dismissal time)
Monday, Oct. 10 – No School (Columbus Day)
Friday, Oct. 21 – Bug Ball (a flyer will be sent with further info)
Friday, Oct. 28 – Halloween Parade and classroom celebration


Ms. Taylor

September Newsletter

September 2016
Dear Families,

The beginning of the school year can be full of excitement, nerves and uncertainty for many students. In order to help make the transition into first grade more comfortable for the children we will be spending a lot of time in class working on “getting to know you” and “all about me” activities. These activities are geared to help build a strong sense of community amongst the students and teachers.

Along with strengthening our classroom relationships the students will be engaged in a science curriculum highlighting the lifecycle of insects and monarch butterflies. If any of you happen to stumble upon a monarch caterpillar we would love to have the opportunity to see the life cycle firsthand. Our classroom has a butterfly home already; the only thing we are missing is a monarch caterpillar, or two, and some delicious milkweed. Please contact me or send the caterpillar and milkweed to school in a breathable container with your child. The children benefit greatly from this hands-on learning and their excitement in the lifecycle is truly contagious!

Below are some important dates to be aware of this month.

Friday, Sept. 2 – No School
Monday, Sept. 5 – No School
Wednesday, Sept. 21 – Early Release 12:45 Dismissal
Thursday, Sept. 22 – Open House Parent Night 6:00-7:30
Tuesday, Sept. 27 – Field Trip to Coppal House Farm
Friday, Sept. 30 – Picture Day J

I look forward to having the opportunity to meet with you at our Open House night to discuss our day-to-day routines and some of the things your child will be learning this year!

Ms. Taylor