Need to Know

Weekly "Newsletters"

In lieu of Monthly Newsletters with a month's worth of information that may not be relevant yet, we will be sending weekly emails that include reminders, celebrations, and going's on for the week at Elk Creek and in First Grade. These emails will be sent to First Grade Families at the end of every week. 


Math: Math homework will be sent home 2 or 3 days a week in your student's Homework Folder. We like for it to be sent back to school the following school day but we understand that life gets busy and sometimes it will be late. The math homework is from our Math Expressions resource and will follow lessons taught on the same content. If we take two days to cover a lesson, homework will not be sent home the first day but on the second day. 

Reading: After we establish our Reader's Workshop, students will begin to bring home their Book Buddy. Their Book Buddies will contain about 6 books and are to be kept at home until the following week. We will have book groups and each group will have a day of the week that they switch out their Book Buddy books. So, if I'm in the Sun Bear group, I will change my Book Buddy books every Monday. If I'm a Brown Bear, I change mine every Tuesday, and so forth. These six or so books are to be read and REREAD every night. Not all have to be read everyday but 15 minutes of reading is the goal each night.  Their day to return books and pick new ones is also written on their Book Buddy. 

This 15 minutes can be spent reading book buddy books, books you have at home, cookbooks, song lyrics, reading on one of our favorite sites, being read to, listening to audiobooks, and anything else that will promote and foster a love of words and texts!!

Mrs. Chism
Monday: Sun Bears 
Tuesday: Black Bears 
Wednesday: Polar Bears 
Thursday: Panda Bears 

Fundations: Fundations homework packets will be sent home in your
student's Friday Folder near the beginning of each unit. Most units are two or three weeks long. Fundations homework NEED NOT be sent back to us. Practice the skills and spelling the unit's trick words in preparation for the Unit Tests. 

Snacks and Water

Students may bring two healthy snacks that they can eat in the classroom each day. We have designated times that they may eat before and after lunch (to help keep our materials clean ;). Water bottles are HIGHLY ENCOURAGED as we want our students to always be hydrated and water bottles are much more convenient than running back and forth from the water fountain. Please just send water so that spills don't become sticky. 


Friday Folders - Friday Folders are sent home every Friday or on the last school day of the week. There is completed work and other important information. Please check your student's Friday Folder each week and send back the folder every Monday with anything that needs to be returned.

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