Be Prepared! Be Safe!

This month your child will be participating in three very important safety drills.  

SHELTER IN PLACE DRILL – CODE YELLOW DRILL

This drill will be used in cases of severe weather emergencies.  During this drill, students will evacuate their classrooms and go to a safe interior location.  Students are instructed how to best protect their body from possible falling debris.

LAW ENFORCEMENT DRILL – CODE RED DRILL

This drill is a “lockdown” drill and prepares students in the event of an intruder or unsafe situation within the school building.

BUS EVACUATION DRILL

This drill prepares students in the event that an emergency should arise during a bus ride to school or on a classroom field trip. A representative of the transportation company will instruct students how to safely use the emergency exits located on all school buses.

Your child’s well-being is my first priority.  If you have any further questions about these drills or any safety concerns regarding our school building please contact me by calling the school office or sending an email.

Scholastic Book Orders

      Your child has brought home a brochure from the Scholastic Book Clubs.  These book clubs are a convenient way for you to acquire quality children’s literature at very reasonable prices.  Each purchase you make earns our class free Scholastic books.  Please do not feel obligated to make a purchase from the book club.  These books and many other fine books are available at the public library too.

Our school will host a Scholastic Book Fair during our parent-teacher conferences.  A book fair is a temporary book store with part of the proceeds benefiting the Disney PTA.  Students will have the opportunity to browse/purchase books during the school day.  The book fair will be open to all visitors during regular conference hours.  Items for purchase vary in price from $2.00 erasers to $25.00 large hardcover books. A 10% sales tax will be added to all purchases.

Scholastic Book Order Instructions

 Online Ordering:Click on the picture below to be taken to our class link.  Our class code is NFQ96. Follow the instructions on the website to order.  Payment must be made online at time of order.

SCHOLASTIC BOOKS

 

Delivery: Book orders will arrive about 1 week from the order due date stamped on brochures.  All books will be sent home with your child in their backpack.

Gifts: If you are planning to use all or part of your order as a gift for your child please indicate this with your order.  I will contact you by note/email when your order arrives to arrange special delivery.

Thank you for supporting our reading program!

MAP Testing Next Week

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Next week our class will take the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test.  CPS administers this test to determine your child’s current reading and math instructional levels and to measure academic growth throughout the school year.

MAP tests are unique in that they adapt to be appropriate for your child’s level of learning.  As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing. And with MAP tests, we can administer shorter tests and use less class time while still receiving detailed, accurate information about your child’s growth.

Math MAP tests will be taken with homeroom classes.

All students in room 104 will test on Monday afternoon 9/18/2017.

Reading MAP tests will be taken with reading teachers.

Brandt (106): Monday 9/11/2017

Thorton-Stocks  (101) Tuesday 9/12/2017

Brannigan (104) & McDonnough (102) Wednesday 9/13/2017

Davis (107) Thursday 9/14/2017

Visit www.nwea.org to download the MAP Parent Toolkit. The toolkit includes helpful tips and website links to better prepare your child for the MAP test. Your child will take the MAP tests on a computer. Experience using a desktop computer and mouse is beneficial.

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MAP Parent Toolkit

https://www.nwea.org/content/uploads/2014/07/ParentToolkit_0.pdf

 

Welcome

Welcome to first grade!  I am so excited for our new school year to begin.  Our first day of first grade will be Tuesday, September 5, 2017.  Join your new first grade friends in the CAC by 7:30 am.

All first graders will come to pod 100 together. Your teacher will lead you to your new classroom.  We are room 104.  After a little while, we will say goodbye to the grown-ups and begin our school day.  We will play games, read stories and do some fun projects.  I can’t wait to hear all about what you did this summer!

Don’t forget to plan a yummy lunch for the first day of school!  We will be eating in the cafeteria before recess.  You can bring your favorite foods from home or our cafeteria helpers serve delicious hot lunches too.  All school lunches are free. Don’t worry if this is new for you,  I’ll be in the lunchroom to help you and the cafeteria helpers are really nice people too.

Our classroom is a very special place to learn and grow.  I know we will have great fun playing games and reading stories together.  This year we will laugh a lot, explore, learn new things, sometimes get messy, and be very good friends.  See you soon!

-Mrs. Brannigan

All Aboard!

First graders need time to learn classroom routines and independence. 

The schedule below represents a typical day of first grade.

SAMPLE   DAILY   SCHEDULE ROOM 104

7:30-8:00 Arrival/Morning Meeting/Breakfast:  greet classmates, read morning message, enjoy optional provided breakfast

8:00-8:30 Social Studies

8:30-10:30 “Walking Reading”  Students change classrooms for language arts instructon.

10:30-11:30 Specials Class (Art, Music, Library, Gym, Science Arts)

11:30-12:30 Recess/Lunch

12:30-1:30 Math large group lesson, small group lessons + math work stations

1:30-2:30 Science 

2:30 Dismissal

SPECIAL CLASSES SCHEDULE

Monday – Physical Education (Ms. McDonald)

Tuesday – Science Arts (Mr. Vacanti)

Wednesday – Library (Ms. Rowe)

Thursday – Art  (Ms.Varner)

Friday – Physical Education (Ms. McDonald)

Attention Readers!

Great news!  The Office of Early Childhood Education has purchased our school a Scholastic BookFlix account. Bookflix supports literacy through animated storybooks. This digital platform provides an engaging library of paired fiction and nonfiction eBooks along with supporting literacy activities.

Access Book Flix at  http://bookflix.scholastic.com

Enter: username:  ecedisney           password: ecedisney

Scholastic BookFlix Library

Language Arts Instruction

WALKING READING CLASSES WILL BEGIN WEDNESDAY!

     One of the most exciting and challenging aspects of teaching first grade is creating a language arts program that meets the wide range of developmental abilities students bring to the classroom.  To best meet this challenge, first graders will participate in a variety of daily literacy experiences.

READING WORKSHOP    

    Time will be reserved daily for students to practice reading independently.  A wide range of reading materials will be provided to practice applying reading strategies, promote fluency and build confidence as readers.  Whole group lessons using large books, chart poems, and songs provide the opportunity for students to participate as a reader with the support of the group.  We will use this time to demonstrate early reading strategies, build vocabulary and discuss story elements.  The Journeys reading series will serve as our main source of materials for these lessons.

 

    GUIDED READING SMALL GROUP INSTRUCTION

     Students will work in small groups with a teacher or specialist to practice skills appropriate for their current level of reading.  Small groups will be selected based on student scores using the NWEA MAP test scores, teacher observations, classroom performance and student interests.  Small groups are reformed at regular intervals throughout the school year to reflect reading progress. Working with leveled books our lessons will focus on decoding strategies, fluency, and comprehension.

WORD WORK

    In order to read and write effectively, first graders must learn to recognize and spell the most commonly written words in the English language quickly.  These “sight words” will be introduced in the classroom and then sent home for practice.  First graders are expected to master 100+ basic words by the end of the school year.  They must also develop the ability to manipulate letter sounds and recognize letter patterns to identify and spell unfamiliar words.  A combination of whole class activities and independent assignments will be used to develop this phonological awareness.

 

WRITING WORKSHOP 

  Just as in our reading program, our writing program continues to provide differentiated instruction for all learners by utilizing a variety of writing lesson formats.  Students will participate in interactive writing lessons, sharing the pen with the teacher, to compose messages and stories on chart paper.  Daily instruction in grammar, punctuation and story elements will guide students as they are provided the opportunity to independently write for different purposes.  Students will participate in the revision and editing process as their written work is prepared for publishing.  Our writing program is supplemented by Units of Study for Primary Writing: A Yearlong Curriculum.

 PLEASE CHECK YOUR CHILD’S RED READING FOLDER FOR A LETTER FROM THE WALKING READING TEACHER. – THANK YOU! 

Attendance Policy

     I want to make school an exciting experience for your child, one that they will look forward to each day.  I plan to incorporate activities that will enrich your child’s life and motivate them to want to come to school.  It is important that your child attends school every day and I ask that you arrive on time. I have listed below highlights of our district attendance policy.  For more information visit the CPS home page on the sidebar.

  • ARRIVAL: Entry into CAC will begin at 7:30 am
  • LATE ARRIVAL: Students arriving before 9:30 will be marked morning tardy.  Students arriving after 9:30 will be marked as half-day absent.
  • DISMISSAL: The 2:30 bell signals general student dismissal.   Please send a note if your child will be going home with a friend for a play date.  Students that are not picked up at the dismissal door will be brought to the office to wait for you.  Please call the office if something unexpected has delayed your arrival.  First graders become very worried when their grown-up is not on time.
  • EXCUSED ABSENCE:  The district has 6 types of excused absences; illness, observance of a religious holiday, death in the family, or family emergency, circumstances which cause reasonable concern for child’s safety, other situations beyond the control of the student.  Your child must bring a signed note stating the date and reason for absence to be excused.
  • UNEXCUSED ABSENCE:  5 unexcused absences = truant; 9 unexcused absences = at risk of not being promoted to the next grade

.Should your child not want to come to school for any reason (anything from a problem with peers to anxiety about an activity or concern about routines), please contact me and I will see how we can make the situation more comfortable for your child.