Friday, March 20

Dear Parents,

What a wonderful week we’ve had leading up to spring break. The children have been amazing all through the rehearsing and preparations for the assembly and it sure did pay off today! I think each felt what it was like to be a part of something very, very special. We wrapped up our opinion writing, character study, and unit five of math this week too. I’ll have assessments to send home after break and we’re also planning another writing celebration in April. When school resumes, we’ll be starting non-fiction units in reading and writing, geometry in math, a unit on plants and animals in science, and a new social studies unit too! But for now…let’s just all enjoy a wonderful family holiday! Kind regards, Lisa


Friday, March 6

Dear Parents,

Grade one is rolling right along and this week was a happy one as we celebrated the genius of Dr. Seuss. He would have turned 111 this year! I have vivid memories of my grandmother reading, And To Think I Saw It On Mulberry Street over and over to me. I read it to the kids today, and the Seuss magic worked again as they leaned forward begging me to turn another page to see what Marco would dream up next! Starting on Monday, we’ll get back to our regular routine of me sending specific, leveled books from the book room. Please continue to help your child focus on the characters closely, but I’d also like them to get back into the habit of retelling after they read. We’re listening to see if they can tell what happens in the beginning, middle, and end, that they include most of the important events with some details, and that they use the vocabulary from the book. For instance, if the books say, “Chip was a tiny mouse.” We want them to use the word “tiny” in their retelling, not “small.” Again, it is most beneficial if a parent or tutor is reading right along with the child, taking turns with the pages. Thanks and I hope you all have a great weekend! Lisa