Sunday, November 18, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Dear Parents,

Can you believe it is Thanksgiving week already??? Time is flying by so quick. I am excited for Thanksgiving break and especially for the yummy Thanksgiving food. :) I hope you all have some place to go to spend time with family and friends and enjoy the holidays. I love this time of year.

This week is a short week. We only have school Monday and Tuesday. Since Tuesday is a short day, please pick up your child at 1:15. With the short week, I decided that I won't be giving out any homework. I know that everyone will be busy with family and fun traditions so I didn't want to take away from that. We will start up with homework the following Monday. I will be keeping the homework folders over the break. Even though we won't have any assigned homework, please encourage your child to still be reading over the break. I'm sure they will have some down time in between all of the excitement. That would be a great time to have them read. Ask them to read a book to you out loud so they can show off their reading skills to you! They are becoming such great readers!

Happy Turkey Day Everyone!

-Mrs. Hembree :)

Friday, November 9, 2012


Dear Parents,

I hope everyone had a great long weekend especially with the beautiful snow that we got on Friday. Stay safe on the roads out there!

Thanks for coming to our parent teacher conferences last week! I was able to meet with every child's parents during those two days. It was fun sharing the things that your children have been working on since the beginning of school. All of your children are so unique and have their own special strengths. I am so glad that each of them are in my class!

I have heard that there are some questions about the weekly study sheet.....hopefully this will help clear things up. For the spelling test each Friday, (or the last day of the week on short weeks) your child needs to know the high frequency words, and the spelling patterns and associated words. The spelling pattern words are words that work with the particular phonics pattern that we have been learning that week. The high frequency words are words that can't be segmented or sounded out, but just need to be memorized and learned. Please drill all of these words with your kids at home. The oral vocabulary box is full of the amazing words that we learn each week. The students aren't required to spell these words but just know what they mean and use them when they speak. These words are not tested. The story words are words that are used many times in the weekly story that we read in class. These are not tested either. This sheet also includes the question of the week as well as the unit big question. These are good to review with your child as well. This whole paper is very valuable and I would highly encourage you to review it with your child on a nightly basis! Thanks!

The kids are always expected to go outside for recess except for very extreme weather days. Please make sure that your children are coming to school prepared with the right clothing to go outside. Warm coats, warm boots, hats, and gloves are a must on snowy days!

Thanksgiving break is coming up soon! Crazy how fast the school year is flying by.

Have a great week!

-Mrs. Hembree

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Our Class Halloween Party!

Dear Parents,
I wanted to give a huge, huge, huge, thank you to all the parents who donated items for our Halloween party to make it a success! We had a great time watching the parade, wearing our costumes to school, and having a super fun party. Here are some pictures below of the spooky day......

Making a fun Halloween spider craft!
Doing a cake walk on the carpet for fun Halloween prizes!
Playing Halloween Bingo!
Being brave to reach our hands into the spooky holes and feel the mysterious Halloween items!
"Beware! Reach your hand in if you dare!"

What was really hiding behind each hole was household food items.....
Happy Halloween! :)
Now on to the business.....
Remember: Parent teacher conferences are this coming Wednesday and Thursday, the 7th and 8th. I sent home a note with the kids on Friday telling the time and day that you are scheduled to come in. Hopefully you all got that! Each conference lasts only 15 minutes. Please leave your child at home if at all possible. I am excited to see you all and celebrate the amazing things that your children are doing in school! 

This Friday we don't have school. Thursday is an early out day. Please pick up your kids at 1:15. 

Please practice the spelling words with your children each night. The words are getting harder each week and so that extra practice is essential for your children to do well on their test. Reviewing the "Weekly Study Skills" sheet is a great way to reinforce the concepts at home that your child is learning in school. The skills on that sheet are crucial things that your child needs to know for 1st grade. 

In your homework folders, I also included a "Sight Words Speed Drill" sheet. I will continue to include this sheet in the homework folders each week. In our classroom we have a wall called our, "Word Wall." This wall  is where we put words that we are working on in class. Most of these words are words that can't be segmented or sounded out. They are words that just need to be memorized and reviewed over and over for mastery to occur. I will be putting these types of words each week on this speed drill sheet.  Please have your child read each column over and over until they can read all the words at a fast rate. Encourage them to use their finger to point to each word as they read. This practice will help your children memorize these words and recognize them in their reading. It is a great tool for learning high frequency words!

Have a great week! :)

-Mrs. Hembree

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