Hello Families,
           It’s hard to believe we have been in school for seven weeks now.  We are settling in quite nicely into our regular school schedule.  I can already tell we are going to have a great year together. This is my first monthly newsletter.   I typically will send these letters home on the first Friday of each month in your child’s Friday Folder.  I will also post them on my website.  There will be times when these letters might come home a little early or late depending on classroom events, so it’s good to always check your child’s folders.  Hopefully these letters will help you stay on top of all our important happenings in our classroom and school. I know this letter contains quite a bit of information so please bear with me.

            Our first field trip to see Junie B. Jones at St. Mary’s University was definitely perfect for our first grade class. Everyone really seems to enjoy reading Junie B. Jones books and the children recognized many familiar parts of the stories we have already read and will be able to recall some parts of stories that we have yet to read. I was so proud of our class; everyone was so well behaved and respectful on this trip.

            We will have our second field trip of the year on October 9th. We will be going to Quarry Hill Nature Center in Rochester. More details were provided with the permission slip that was sent home last week in your child’s Friday Folder. We will participate in a Whose Clues game, visit Exploration Hall and do some fossil hunting. This field trip should combine quite well with our study on how to be a scientist and the change of seasons.

            Our conferences will be October 18th and 19th. I encourage you all to sign up for a conference time. If you are unable to attend either of these days please let me know and I will be glad to set something up with you at a different time. I feel as if these conferences in the beginning of the year are so important.

           Your children have now completed their first MAP tests of the year this week. We will take these tests again in the winter and spring this year.  We use these tests as a tool to help us provide the best education for your child.  I will be happy to share your child’s test results at our conference time if you are interested in them.

          Please be aware that many times we will send home worksheets or workbooks with incomplete pages. Rest assured we cover all the necessary concepts, but we do tend to use many different techniques to teach our first grade content.

           I am sending home a science book with each child. Our science curriculum has changed and we no longer use these books, but I do think there are many worthwhile lessons and activities that this book provides. Feel free to use this science book in whatever way you choose.

            I am also sending home a free book that came with our Scholastic book order. This is one of the fun benefits of using Scholastic Book Clubs. The classroom and students receive free books many times when we place orders. The October book order is included with this letter. Feel free to place an order but do not feel obligated to do so. If you do place an order please try not to send cash with your orders. Online orders or a check, made out to Scholastic Book Club, is preferred. This will be the last book order I will send home for a while because our Scholastic Book Fair will be in November.

          Our class is in need of more snacks so whenever you are at a grocery store please keep us in mind.  One average size box of crackers is usually enough for about one snack and typically I provide two options at snack time.  Your children definitely appreciate their snack break in the morning.  I do have a small refrigerator for our classroom, so you are welcome to bring in items that need to be refrigerated.  Pretzels, various crackers, and some cereals make good inexpensive snacks that go a long way.  Thanks for helping replenish our snack supply.

          Our school needs our support!  I have seen first hand all the wonderful things we receive because of the money that has been raised from our Read-A-Thon, please do your best to bring your pledges in. We thank you for your continued support for our WACS system!

 

October Blessings,
Mrs. Walker


         It seems early to talk about a Halloween party but I do plan on having one on Tuesday, October 31st from 1:00 to 2:00.  I would appreciate a few volunteers who would be willing to help out during the party. We also have a few party needs that I am hoping can be brought in for our party as well.  I have provided a sign up sheet on the bottom of this letter. If you sign up to donate items for the party you are welcome to bring these items in any time before the party. Please plan on bringing in the item you signed up for unless I contact you with a different request. Please note; the children will NOT need to wear their costumes for our party. Any Orange and black or fun Halloween clothing is always welcome though. From past experiences I have found it is best for the children to save their costumes until the evening of Trick-or-Treating.

Halloween Party Needs:

 

________ I am willing to donate small water bottles.

 

________ I am willing to donate juice boxes.

 

________ I am willing to donate Halloween plates and napkins.

 

________ I am willing to donate small party favors.

 

________ I am willing to donate plain sugar cookies for frosting.

 

________ I am willing to donate frosting and cookie decorations.

 

________ I would like to help out during the party.

 

 

Contact name and number ____________________________________________

 

All donated items can be brought in at any time before the party. Thank you very much for your time and donations.