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

October News #3

News from Room 101

Monday, October 19, 2015

Message from Mrs. Wetzel:

                        The weather is beginning to be chilly in the mornings, all students go outside to line up in the morning, please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather.  Students did a fantastic job on our field trip to Red Lobster and walking to the homecoming parade.  Thank you to the chaperones that attended with us. 

What’s Happening in Room 101

        During writing workshop our focus this week is on pubishing a completed piece.  During guided reading we continue to build our Reader’s Toolbox of strategies that good reader’s use. This week in math we will begin by identifying like addition equations and practice building our fluency with additoin facts to 10.  Students will also be introduced to subtraction concepts as they relate to addition equations.  Student will be introduced to a new math strategy using number paths or number lines to solve equations.

Gym Shoes

Please make sure your son or daughter has gym shoes everyday at school.  If you are uncomfortable leaving them in their locker, please send them inside their backpack everyday.

Halloween Celebration

Thank you to all those who volunteered to send in supplies or assist that morning at the celebration.  Notes will go home on Wednesday with more details and the requested supplies. 

Planning ahead…Students should wear their costumes to school on Friday, October 30, 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


Week 6- Spelling Words: from, had, or, one, skin, pin, spin, thin

Spelling words will be on the top of your child’s weekly communication sheet inside their blue folder or on our classroom website under the spelling tab.    Students will work with their weekly words in class, but families should also set aside some time during the week to work with their child at home.  Below are a few multisensory suggestions for working at home on spelling.

  1. Ask your child to give you or a sibling the spelling test and have your child correct it.  You may even want to make mistakes on purpose for them to find.
  2. Ask your child to use each word in a sentence.
  3. Ask your child to look at the word and spell it.  Then, have him/her close his/her eyes and write the word in the air.  Ask him/her to name each letter as he/she writes it.
  4. Spell the word aloud and have your child guess the word you spelled.
  5. Using your finger, write the spelling words on your child’s palm and have him/her guess the words.
  6. Spread a thin layer of sugar on a cookie sheet and him/her spell the word in the grains.
  7. Form the letters in the words out of play dough
  8. Spread shaving cream on the counter and let him/her write the words in it.

Reading at Home

This week we will implement reading homework on Mondays and Fridays.  However, I encourage students to read everyday not just on the assigned days. 

Why Can't I Skip My Twenty Minutes of Reading Tonight?

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Let's figure it out -- mathematically!

Student A reads 20 minutes five nights of every week;
Student B reads only 4 minutes a night...or not at all!

Step 1: Multiply minutes a night x 5 times each week.
Student A reads 20 min. x 5 times a week = 100 mins./week
Student B reads 4 minutes x 5 times a week = 20 minutes

Step 2: Multiply minutes a week x 4 weeks each month.
Student A reads 400 minutes a month.
Student B reads 80 minutes a month.

Step 3: Multiply minutes a month x 9 months/school year
Student A reads 3600 min. in a school year.
Student B reads 720 min. in a school year.

Student A practices reading the equivalent of ten whole school days a year. Student B gets the equivalent of only two school days of reading practice.

By the end of 6th grade if Student A and Student B maintain
these same reading habits, Student A will have read the equivalent of 60 whole school days Student B will have read the equivalent of only 12 school days.

One would expect the gap of information retained will have widened considerably and so, undoubtedly, will school performance. How do you think Student B will feel about him/herself as a student?

Some questions to ponder:
Which student would you expect to read better?
Which student would you expect to know more?
Which student would you expect to write better?
Which student would you expect to have a better vocabulary?
Which student would you expect to be more successful in school....and in life?


Please check out our classroom website at www.theadrianmaples.com





  • APS Bond Community Input Night @ AHS Cafeteria  October 19 @ 7pm
  • Math Night @ Lincoln October 20th 6-7:30
  • PTO Meeting October 22 6-7
  • Halloween Celebration October 30th
  • Spirit Wear Orders Due October 30th
  • Fire department Field Trip November 4th
  • Picture Retakes November 4th                                                    Thanks for sharing your child with me.

Natasha Wetzel