Sunday, October 20, 2019

Weekly Update 10/21-10/24

Hello families!
This week is parent teacher conferences! Thank you for signing up so promptly, I can't wait to meet with you all! 😊 Reminder: there will be school this Wednesday, but no school on Thursday or Friday due to parent teacher conferences.

Halloween Party 

Our Halloween party is coming up soon! Our class will be having a Halloween party on October 31st, from 2:40-3:30pm. All families are welcome to join us for the party! For more information or to sign up to volunteer, click HERE. I am still looking for a parent volunteer to help run the bingo game during our party! Thank you for helping make this a special day!

Book Fair

Our school will be having a book fair in the school library starting on Tuesday, October 22nd. The book fair will be open from 4:30pm-8:00pm Tuesday, Wednesday, and all day Thursday 8:00am-6:00pm. The students will be making a wish list during their library time on Monday, so they will not be checking out books this week.

This Week We Are Learning...

Reading Comprehension
* We are learning the difference between fiction & non-fiction texts.
*We are learning how to read informational texts.
* We are learning how to use non-fictions text features to determine the main idea of the text.
Word Study
This week there were no spelling words sent home. We will be continuing to work on blends, there will not be a spelling test on blends.
Writing
We are finishing writing our first narrative story!
Math
*We are learning how to use the counting on strategy while solving addition problems.
*We are learning about fact families
*We are learning how to write addition and subtraction equations for a fact family.
*We are learning how to solve subtraction problems.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Weekly Update 10/14-10/18

Hello families!
Over the next few weeks we have a lot of exciting things happening at Willow Creek 🎉. Parent teacher conferences, Ghouls at School, our Halloween party, etc.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Have you signed up for parent teacher conferences yet? Parent teacher conferences will be October 23rd & October 24th. I also added a few extra time slots that we could meet on Monday, October 21st. I can't wait to meet with you to discuss the progress your child has made so far. 😊

Click HERE to sign up for parent teacher conferences. 

Ghouls at School 

Every Halloween at Willow Creek, students and staff come to school dressed up in their Halloween costumes for the day (please no masks). At the end of the day the students are given a bag and they get to "trick or treat" at school. Our PTA puts this event on for us and they will be sending out more details as it gets closer to Halloween. Our PTA is asking for donations of candy and non edible items. To see a list of non edible ideas that you could donate, click HERE. You can drop off your goodies in the monster donation box at the front office. If you would like to volunteer for this event contact the PTA at willowcreekparents@gmail.com.  Thank you for your support! 

Halloween Party 

Our class will be having a Halloween party on October 31st, from 2:40-3:30pm. For more information and to sign up to donate supplies and/or volunteer, click HERE. All families are welcome to join us for the party! Thank you for helping make this a special day! 

Snack Time

Since school has started, we have always had snack in the morning. We will be switching to an afternoon snack time and no longer have snack in the morning. This works better for our schedule. Snack time is only a few minutes long and is optional. Please make sure your child has a filling breakfast in the morning. 😊

PTA Meeting 

The Willow Creek PTA will have their monthly meeting on Thursday, October 17th at 4:15pm. It's not too late to join the PTA if you are interested in joining! If you want to become a member, click HERE to fill out the membership form and send it to school with your child. Even if you don't fill out the membership form, you can still attend the meetings at any point throughout the year. 

This Week We Are Learning....

Reading Comprehension
*We are learning the difference between fiction & non-fiction texts.
* We are learning how to read informational texts.
* We are learning how to use non-fiction text features so we can understand the text better.
Word Study
We are learning to spell and read blends so we can become better readers and writers.
Writing
We are continuing to write our narrative story and edit with C.U.P.S.
Math
*We are learning to use the counting on strategy while solving addition problems
*We are learning how to solve subtraction problems.




Monday, October 7, 2019

Weekly Update 10/8-10/11

Hello families!
We had a great time at Jog-A-Thon last week! Our school raised over $12,000! 🎉 This is a major fundraiser that our PTA puts on to give money back to our school, so thank for your donations!

Parent Volunteers

Last week our parent volunteers started (YAY! 🎉) I am so thankful for your help! If you haven't signed up and are interested in volunteering in our class, you can sign up anytime throughout the year by clicking HERE to sign up. If at any time you are not able to come during your scheduled volunteer time, please email me at newton.kelsey@westada.org to let me know you are not able to come. I know we all have busy lives, so I understand when schedules conflict.

Box Tops

We are still collecting box tops! If you have any box tops, you can send them to school with your child. 😊 Box tops helps raise money for our school and the class that earns the most, wins a party!

Sight Words Assessment

At the end of this week, your child will be assessed on the sight words they have been learning since school has started. These are the sight words that are sent home every week on their homework paper.  If you would like to see all of the sight words click HERE to see the sight word list. Please review the words with your child this week to make sure they are ready for the assessment. Building fluency with sight words helps tremendously to make them strong readers. They will need to be able to read these words in 3 seconds or less. Thank you for your support!

Spelling Test

This Friday your child will take their first spelling test. The spelling words were sent home on Friday (short u).

Subway Day

Subway Day is coming to Willow Creek again on Friday, October 18th. This week your child will be bringing home a Subway order form. If you want to buy subway for your child make sure to turn in the Subway order form by Thursday, October 10th. If you would like to join your child for Subway day, they have extra order forms at the office. *Reminder -- you are welcome to join your child any day for lunch. Our lunch is from 12:15-12:35.

This Week We Are Learning...

Reading Comprehension
*We are learning the difference between fiction & non-fiction texts.
* We are learning how to read informational texts so that we can answer questions about the text.
* We are learning how to use non-fiction text features so we can understand the text better.
Word Study
We are learning to spell and read the short u pattern so we can become better readers and writers.
Writing
We are learning how to write a fiction story.
Math
We are learning addition strategies so can be more efficient solving addition equations. We will be learning about the doubles & doubles plus 1 strategy.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Weekly Update 9/30 - 10/4

Hello families!
We had a great time on our field trip this week! Thank you to all the families that volunteered to chaperone. Click HERE to see a slide show of the field trip 😊 

*Reminder: There will be no school next Monday, October 7th due to teacher collaboration. 

Jog-A-Thon

On Wednesday, October 2nd Willow Creek will be holding our annual Jog-A-Thon! Jog-A-Thon is a fundraiser put on by our amazing PTA that helps raise money for our school! The entire school will be walking or jogging on the Willow Creek track on Wednesday, October 2nd at 2:45pm. I hope you will able be able to join us! 😊

 Click HERE to see the flyer that was sent home with more information. 
*To make a donation, you can send cash/check in with your student or to donate online click HERE.

Thank you for helping support our school! Donations are due by Monday, September 30th. 

This Week We Are Learning...

Reading Comprehension
*We are learning the difference between fiction vs. non-fiction.
*We are learning how to identify the characters, setting, problem, and solution in a story.
*We are learning how to fill out a story map so we can understand the story better.
Word Study
We are learning to spell and read the short e pattern so we can become better readers and writers.
Writing 
This week we are starting our narrative writing unit. We are learning how to write a fiction story.
Math
We are learning how to use the counting on strategy to solve word problems & understanding the meaning of the equal sign.
Click on "Math Tips" at the top of this screen to see in more detail what we are learning during this math module. 


It's going to be an another awesome week down in first grade! 😁