Monday, September 2, 2019

Week of September 3-6

Hello Room 5,

I hope you all had the chance to enjoy the gorgeous weather and extra day off this weekend.
I got to enjoy both friends and family and am recharged and looking forward to seeing your kiddos
tomorrow. It was fun to see several of them playing their hearts out on the Soquel High football field
Sunday morning. 

 Thank you to everyone who was able to attend Back to School Night. I know there was a lot of
information to take in in one night, so don't hesitate to reach out to me if you have questions or need
clarification. I sent most of the pertinent information home. Most importantly, please check your
child’s homework folder daily and stay connected with classroom happenings. This will help you know
how to best support your child from day-to-day.

Math: We will continue working in our Engage New York Program in Module One working on finding
groups of 8 and 9  in a picture and counting on from 5. We will be working with number bonds and
subitizing as well. You can continue to support this learning at home by reviewing the math worksheets
your child brings home and encouraging your child to work in their Zearn Computer Program.
Flashcards are another fun way to help your child add and subtract at home. Engage New York
homework packets will go home Tuesday. These are optional and meant to offer extra support to those
who need it. If I write “please review” on their classwork, you can use the corresponding homework page
to support them further at home. 

Reading: We will enjoy two new stories from our Houghton Mifflin Reading Series that will focus on
helping your child evaluate a story and think about cause and effect in a story.
Reading Workshop has started and we will continue working in Unit One learning about the many
strategies readers use when they read. The students now have their own book bag filled with books at
their level from our leveled library. They will shop each week for new books to read independently in an
area of their choice. By first grade, it is the hope that students begin the year at level “D”. If your child is
not there yet, I will begin sending home a book bag with them each night for extra practice. Please take
the time to read with your child and fill out the reading form. I will switch books out based on your

Word Wall Words:       favorite         find who

Writing; Writing happens across the curriculum and will continue this week as the students write to
the Mystery Person, write in their Weekend Journal, and during our Language Wall Time. We are into
our narrative unit of Writing Workshop,  learning about how writers gather ideas for their writing by
thinking about times they have felt strong emotions, and by thinking of things that are special to them.
We will continue to gather ideas next week and then move into picking a “seed”--an idea we will take
through to publication!

Handwriting: We will finish learning how to write all the lowercase letters and start learning how to
write the capital letters. Daily handwriting practice at home is important as your child is just learning
how to write the letters the magic c way and the stick way.


Take home folders: Please take time to go over your child's work daily and help him or her remember to
bring their empty folder back to school each day.

Important Dates:
Parent Alliance Meeting: Thurs, 9/12
Run For Rio: Sun, 9/15
Picture Day: Fri, 9/20
Movie Night: Fri, 9/20
Harvest Festival: Fri, 10/11

Needed Classroom Supplies:
prize box items (dollar store type)
Gummy Bears
Baby Wipes

I hope you all have exactly the week you’re hoping for! Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any
questions, comments, or concerns.  


Caryn Allen

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