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158 S. Scott St.
Adrian, MI 49221
Phone: (517) 265-8544
Fax: (517) 265-8923
Natasha Wetzel
First Grade


October News #2

News from Room 101

Monday, October 12, 2015

 

Message from Mrs. Wetzel:

                  Please make sure your child is bring their folder to school everyday.  The blue folders are used as a main communication tool between school and home.  In your child’s folder are any permission slips your son or daughter may be missing, please sign and return a.s.a.p.  If you did not send in your child’s $3 for our Red Lobster trip please do so. 

Here is an excerpt from a post on our classroom Facebook Page:  “I am beyond proud of my First Graders today. Yesterday with a guest teacher and today with our specials teacher our behaviors and choices were not as principled as maybe they should have been. We spent time building our vocabulary, learning the words and definitions for respectful and disrespectful. Students then had some self-reflection time and then we shared our reflections as a class. The connections students made to their school choices and choices at home blew me away. The power of reflection is amazing; our afternoon was 100% different. Students were even helping other students reflect by saying, "are you being respectful or disrespectful?" Sometimes the greatest learning comes from the unexpected lessons.” If you haven’t joined our classroom Facebook page please do.

What’s Happening in Room 101

         This week we will travel to Red Lobster on Wednesday which will diectly connect to our summative assessment for our current unit of inquiry.   Students are doing a great during writing workshop and streching their personal stories over the pages and building our stamina.  During guided reading we continue to build our Reader’s Toolbox of strategies that good reader’s use.  Last week, we took the mid-module assessment for our math unit.  I spent time this weekend focusing on areas of strenths and weakness as continue the second half of module one.  If you have questions or concerns about your child’s academic progress, please don’t hesitate to contact me. 

Halloween Celebration

Please see the attached note regarding our Halloween celebration breakfast on October 31st, 2015

Planning ahead…Students should wear their costumes to school on Friday, October 31, 2015. Please do not wear full face paint, scary, or bloody costumes. We will take our costumes off after our celebration.  If your child does not want to wear their costume please have them dress in black and orange.

Save the Date for the 5th Annual Lincoln Elementary Fall into Fitness 5K run/walk

The race is Saturday, November 14th, 2015

Spelling

Spelling words will be on the top of your child’s weekly communication sheet inside their blue folder. 

Week 6- Spelling Words: this, have, be, at, big, pig, dig, wig

Reminders:                                                          

  • Red Lobster Field Trip October 14th
  • Book Orders Due October 16th
  • Picture Retakes November 4th                                                  Thanks for sharing your child with me.

Natasha Wetzel

Attendance

Our goal this year is to ensure that every student attends school regularly. Attendance has a direct impact on student learning and success in school. I don’t want your child to fall behind in school and get discouraged.  Please ensure that your child attends school every day, arrives on time and stays until the end of the school day, 3:48.   Showing up for school has a huge impact on a student’s academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school. Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and in life.

Here are a few practical tips to help support regular attendance:

  • Make sure your children keep a regular bedtime and establish a morning routine.
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
  • Ensure your children go to school every day unless they are truly sick
  • Avoid scheduling vacations or doctor’s appointments when school is in session.
  • Talk to teachers and counselors for advice if your children feel anxious about going to school.
  • Develop back up plans for getting to school if something comes up.  Call on a family member, neighbor, or another parent to take your child to school.