1st Grade Newsletter

February 8, 2019


Dear First Grade Families,


Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring….. with all the snow this week we are second guessing that forecast. Please remind your student to bring a jacket, hat, mittens, and any other warm accessory to school. Items should be labeled with first and last name.

We are February first graders! What does that mean?

  • We read in a strong, clear, first grade voice.
  • We use a story map to retell the parts of a story, including characters, setting, problem, and solution.
  • We write sentences with capital letters, spacing between words, and periods at the end.  We also spell LOTS of words correctly.
  • We are safe, kind, ready, responsible and respectful.

The first graders are really focusing on the last bullet regarding readiness and responsibility.  We are finding that in our classrooms and with all specialists, the first graders are having difficulty listening to all of the directions, following them the first time, and taking responsibility for their own independent work and behavior.  An important first grade motto is “Boss yourself.” It does not matter what other students are doing; we are encouraging each child to be responsible for his or her own choices at school.


February is a busy month: Groundhog’s Day, Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, the100th day of school, Black History Month, and more.  A few reminders about all of these events:

Valentine’s Day:  Our parties will be Thursday, February 14th.  Each child needs to bring one valentine for every member of the class.  Valentines should be signed, but not addressed

President’s Day:  We celebrate by having a few days off of school!  No school for students Feb. 15,18 and 19. If your family is missing school before or after President’s Day, please be sure to fill out a pre-planned absence form and turn it into the office.

Tuesday, March 6th – Field Trip: The permission slip to Thistle Theater is included in your student’s folder today. Please fill out both sides and return back to school by Monday, February 11th. If you choose to volunteer, please specify the name of the driver.

Super stars:    February 11th – Josie (1B) and None (1A)

February 18th – None

Stay warm & Enjoy your weekend!                         The First Grade Team