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Sunday, August 20, 2017

First Grade Curriculum Night Information

Thank you to everyone who came out to attend First Grade Curriculum Night on August 17th! We appreciate your support this year and hope that you found the information helpful. If you were unable to attend, please see the link to our presentation below:


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Peak at Next Week 8.21-8.25

Here’s a peek at next week!


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Phonics Family Words: it, sit, hit, six, his, this, kid, is, did, in
Phonics: short i
Reading: Establishing Daily 5 Routines- Word Work
Mentor Sentence: “Camilla Cream loved lima beans.” -Bad Case of Stripes
L.Arts: Common and Proper Nouns
Writing Workshop: Personal Narratives-"Small Moments"
Math: Numeration- Exploring the 99’s Chart and Number Line
**Please practice counting and writing numbers to 120 at home.**
3D Science: Exploring Weather
Positive Discipline “ROCKET Time”: How can I respectfully solve problems with friends?


Homework
  1. Study phonics family words
  2. Practice your "Lightning Words"
  3. Practice counting and writing numbers 0-120
  4. READ!
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Scholastic News/RAZ Kids/Headsprouts Donation
If you are able and have not already done so, please send in a $15 donation for your child's Scholastic News subscription and RAZ Kids/Headsprouts account. Logins will be sent to you via email for your child to get started at home soon. Thank you!



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Volunteer Training
Georgia law regarding volunteers in non-profit organizations establishes that all volunteers are now mandated reporters.  In order for all volunteers to understand the law and know the reporting protocols, volunteer training regarding the new mandated reporter law will be provided. Below are the dates for the RBES volunteer training. If you plan to volunteer or visit in a classroom (this includes attending class parties, Field Day, working with students, etc.), please plan on attending the last volunteer training date this fall. Volunteers must have a new training EACH school year to ensure up-to-date information is received.


August 24th @ 8:45 AM


Please know we appreciate you, your time, and commitment to RBES.


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Snack Reminders
-Please send a healthy snack {low in sugar} to school with your child every day.
-Due to having a short amount of time for snack time, please send in only one snack.
-Please only send a small water bottle for your child to have with his/her snack - no juice or Gatorade.
We are PEANUT FREE classroom. Please take this into consideration when packing a snack for your child each night, keeping everyone safe is our priority.


Shoe Tying Practice
If your child hasn't learned how to tie their shoes yet,
please practice this skill with him/her at home.


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Upcoming Events
Solar Eclipse Extended School Day – August 21st (3:00PM Dismissal)
K-1 Picture Day – August 29th
PTO Meeting – August 29th at 6:30PM
Labor Day (No School) - September 4th
Quarterly Coffee with Mrs. Mason – September 5th at 8:00AM
Boy Scouts Parent Meeting - September 7th at 7:00PM
Fall Book Fair/Grandparent Lunches - September 8th-14th
iMom Breakfast - September 11th
STEAM Night - September 12th at 6:00PM
Zaxby’s Night - September 18th
First Grade Parent Breakfast - September 21st


Have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Peek at Next Week: 8.14-8.18

What a great first FULL week!
We are working hard and learning so much in first grade!

Here’s a peek at next week!
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Phonics Family Words: let, get, pet, met, ten, then, went, bed, red, yes
Phonics: short e
Reading: Establishing Daily 5 Routines- Work on Writing
Mentor Sentence: “Her parents named her Chrysanthemum.” -Chrysanthemum
L.Arts: Common Nouns
Writing Workshop: Personal Narratives-"Small Moments"
Math: Numeration- Counting and Comparing Numbers
**Please practice counting and writing numbers to 120 at home.**
Science: Weather


Homework
1.Study phonics family words!
2. Complete Math About Me activity sheet.
3. Practice this week's Lightning Words.


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Scholastic News/RAZ Kids/Headsprouts Donation
If you are able and have not already done so, please send in a $15 donation for your child's Scholastic News subscription and RAZ Kids/Headsprouts account. Thank you!

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Volunteer Training
Georgia law regarding volunteers in non-profit organizations establishes that all volunteers are now mandated reporters.  In order for all volunteers to understand the law and know the reporting protocols, volunteer training regarding the new mandated reporter law will be provided. Below are the dates for the RBES volunteer training. If you plan to volunteer or visit in a classroom (this includes attending class parties, Field Day, working with students, etc.), you should attend one of the dates below.

August 15th @ 7:00 PM
August 17th @ 7:00 PM
August 24th @ 8:45 AM

We will need ALL volunteers to attend one of the training options in order for everyone to be able to continue to serve as a volunteer. Please know we appreciate you, your time, and commitment to RBES.
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First Grade Curriculum Night
Please join the first grade team on Thursday, August 17th from 6:00-7:00PM in the RBES Media Center to learn all you need to know about first grade! We will inform you of curriculum, expectations, etc., as well as answer any questions you may have. Mrs. Mason will also be offering a volunteer training session immediately following Curriculum Night, if you would like to get involved at RBES!

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Snack Reminders
-Please send a healthy snack {low in sugar} to school with your child every day.
-Due to having a short amount of time for snack time, please send in only one snack.
-Please only send a small water bottle for your child to have with his/her snack - no juice or Gatorade.

Shoe Tying Practice
If your child hasn't learned how to tie their shoes yet,
please practice this skill with him/her at home.

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Upcoming Events
Curriculum Night 3,4,5 Grade – August 15th at 6:00PM
Curriculum Night K,1,2 Grade – August 17th at 6:00PM
Solar Eclipse Extended School Day – August 21st (3:00PM Dismissal)
K-1 Picture Day – August 29th
PTO Meeting – August 29th at 6:30PM
Quarterly Coffee with Mrs. Mason – September 5th at 8:00AM

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Week of August 7-11

Week of August 7-11

Here’s a sneak peek at next week!


What a great first week! We've had fun getting to know each other and are working hard to learn classroom routines/procedures. I can already tell we are going to have a great year together! 

Phonics Family Words: at, hat, bad, an, ran, sat, had, am, can, that

We will not have spelling tests in first grade. Our goal is to work with the students on building their phonological and phonemic awareness through hands-on word building and word manipulating activities. Each week, we will focus on a different “phonics family.” It is more important to us for students to be able to build a strong phonological/phonemic awareness and not memorize spelling words each week.

Need ideas for practicing phonics family words at home?
Check out 
Spelling City!
Phonics: short a 

Reading: Establishing Daily 5 Routines- Read to Self 

Writing Workshop: Personal Narratives

Math: Numeration – counting large quantities, comparing objects in a set, representing numbers in different ways 


Social Studies: All About Me

Positive Discipline: Class procedures/guidelines; What is respect?
 Homework 
(Due by Friday 8/11)
1. Practice phonics family words!
2. Words That Describe Me activity {see details in Daily Folder}
3.  Lightning Words
4. Please make sure you have returned all paperwork/forms sent home in your child's Daily Folder. 
5. Update your child's PowerSchool account {a login information sheet was given out at Open House}  



Scholastic News/RAZ Kids/Headsprouts Donation
If you are able and have not already done so, please send in a $15 donation for your child's Scholastic News subscription and RAZ Kids/Headsprouts account. Thank you! 


Fall MAP Testing
Our class will participate in Fall MAP testing next week. Be sure to send your children to school well rested and fed so they may do their best. We will use this data to drive instruction and track progress throughout the school year. 




Volunteer Training
Georgia law regarding volunteers in non-profit organizations establishes that all volunteers are now mandated reporters.  In order for all volunteers to understand the law and know the reporting protocols, volunteer training regarding the new mandated reporter law will be provided. Below are the dates for the RBES volunteer training. If you plan to volunteer or visit in a classroom (this includes attending class parties, Field Day, working with students, etc.), you should attend one of the dates below.

August 1st @ 6:00 PM
August 4th @ 9:00 AM
August 15th @ 7:00 PM
August 17th @ 7:00 PM
August 24th @ 8:45 AM

We will need ALL volunteers to attend one of the training options in order for everyone to be able to continue to serve as a volunteer. Please know we appreciate you, your time, and commitment to RBES.



Upcoming Events
MAP Reading – August 8th at 8:00AM
Newcomers' Welcome – August 10th at 9:00AM
MAP Math – August 10th at 8:00AM
Curriculum Night 3,4,5 Grade – August 15th at 6:00PM
Curriculum Night K,1,2 Grade – August 17th at 6:00PM
Solar Eclipse Extended School Day – August 21st(3:00PM Dismissal)
K-1 Picture Day – August 29th
PTO Meeting – August 29th at 6:30PM

Quarterly Coffee with Mrs. Mason – September 5th at 8:00AM

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Camp Invention Information!

Imaginations get their rocket fuel this summer at Camp Invention!
Rocky Branch Elementary is partnering with the National Inventors Hall of Fame to provide Camp Invention, a unique out-of-school-time elementary enrichment experience with a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) focus for children in our community, the week of:

June 5 -9 from 9:00am - 3:30pm
or 
June 12-16 from 9:00am - 3:30pm

An exciting, week long summer adventure awaits with activities that explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation and sharpen their 21st century skills. A program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Camp Invention allows children in kindergarten through 6th grade to experience real-world problem solving, creative thinking, invention, and teamwork. Local, certified educators lead a week of hands-on activities that fuel children’s confidence in their natural ability to dream and create. Early registration discounts are available so don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity. Visit campinvention.org or call 800.968.4332 for information.

In the Launch curriculum, children will participate in four fun-filled modules each day:

Duct Tape Billionaire™
Your child will experience invention with a twist in Duct Tape Billionaire. Children can choose to explore their imaginations and invent from scratch, or they can select a basic design to make their own. They explore patents, hear how to launch a business, and present their products to mock investors.

Mission Space Makers™
This mission takes your child out of this world to locate and prepare a new planet for human habitation. Mission Control sends teams challenges to design inventions that transform the atmosphere, terrain, and ecosystem of an exoplanet. They set up a Space Lab to hatch eggs and grow crystal trees. Take on the jobs of tomorrow and explore beyond our galaxy!

Have A Blast™
Your child will fling, fly and float through high-energy air battles while using physics to boost their advantage. Children engineer a variety of working tools, including “snowball” throwers, a giant air cannon and more. Everyone builds their own high-tech Bubble Blaster with flashing lights to take home. This summer, campers will Have A Blast that will last a lifetime!

 
Register at http://www.campinvention.orgEvery registration includes a complimentary Camp Invention t-shirt. Availability is limited, so visit  www.campinvention.org or call 800.968.4332 to secure your child’s spot today! 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Extra Yearbooks

If you would like to purchase a year book, the cost is $27.00. Send in your money early next week if you would like one!

May 15th-19th

Here’s a sneak peek at next week!


For the last week of school, First Grade has decided to have a fun theme each day!

Monday, May 15th: Game Day/Electronic Day
Your child may bring in an electronic or their favorite board game/puzzle!


Tuesday, May 16th: STEAM Day/Maker space Day
Students can bring in recyclables from home to turn into toys that kids may enjoy! (empty soup cans, empty drink cans, plastic gallon jugs, straws, paper plates, etc.)


Wednesday, May 17th: Art Day/Outside Fun
Bring your crafting skills and supplies for art and outdoor fun!
(coloring books, markers, pom pom balls, glitter, glue, water colors, paper, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, football, soccer ball)
Students may bring in yearbooks today for their friends to sign! Those who did not purchase a yearbook can pass around their memory book.


Thursday, May 18th:Read-In/Clean-Up
Bring in some of your favorite books to read with a friend or friends! You may bring in one stuffed animal today along with your books. We will also be cleaning out our desks and classroom.


Friday, May 19th: LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!
We will watch a movie in the morning and conclude our day with a Chick-fil-A box lunch and fun station rotations in each first grade classroom – Volunteer trained parents may join in on the fun at 12:30!
Stations: Dance, Limbo, Outdoor Fun, Popsicle/Karaoke, Minute to Win It, Beach Ball Autograph



Thank you for sharing your sweet children with me this year! They have made it a very special year. I have made lasting memories with each of them and I wish them nothing but the best in their future. Thank you all for all of the volunteer hours you put into this year, all of the donations, and all of your support. I am truly grateful! Please stay in touch and have a safe and enjoyable summer!

Mobley Brandenburg :)