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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Information sent via Mrs. Wilson

The Bugz are Coming!!!
Thursday, April 18!

Dress Rehearsal Performance – Thursday, April 18– 9:00 a.m.
( performance for other grade levels)

Parents’ Performance – Thursday, April 18– 6:00 p.m.
                Students report to classrooms Thursday evening at 5:30

If you sign up to help with costumes for one of the performances,  you will need to go to your child’s classroom 30 minutes before that performance.  (example:  If you sign up to help with the 9:00 performance – show up at 8:30.)  We will also need your help after the performance!  

          Mr. Black from First Choice Video will be recording the performance on Thursday evening.  He does an excellent job, and he will have order forms available for VHS tapes and DVD’s. 

If you have any questions, please contact Mary Sherman Willson.

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If you would like to help with costume changes before and after performances, please mark below and send back to school or e-mail your child’s classroom teacher.

I can help with costume changes before and after the performance for the
          ______      9:00 dress rehearsal on Thursday, April 18

          ______      6:00  performance for parents on Thursday, April 18


Name ________________________________________________

Child’s Name _____________________  Homeroom ________

Mary Sherman Willson
Hunters Creek Elementary

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Welcome back parents ! Hope everyone has had a restful holiday break!

I have many things to share: 

This 9 weeks, we will begin incorporating Fast Facts into our curriculum.  The goal of Fast Facts is to promote mastery and fluency of basic mathematical facts and to retain that mastery over time. 

We will take a total of 4 tests this 9 weeks that will increase from 10 problems to 15 problems as the 9 weeks progresses. Your child will have 2 minutes in which to solve these addition and subtraction problems. The facts we will focus on are single digit, +1, +2, -1, -2 (i.e. 5+1, 2+6, 9-1 etc). We may give “practice” tests on the weeks that a formal test is not given.

Below are some helpful websites and games to help children learn their facts:

Online Resources: (online flashcards)

Number Cube Game
Drop 2 number cubes (dice) and adds them together. See how many you can do in 5 minutes.

Addition Battle (Card Game)
Place the stack of cards in the middle of the playing area. Each player picks two cards. Add their cards together. The student with the highest sum wins.

Guesstimate (Card Game)
Players will draw a card and place it on his/her forehead. They will try to guess the number without looking at the card. The other players will help by saying either greater or less. This can also be played with two playing cards. Players will place two cards on his/her forehead.

   Just a reminder : Need Binders please!

 I have received 8 binders so far~!  I would like to create a portfolio that is easier for parents to store.  If you would send a 3 ring binder to school, I  will organize your child's writing for the year. The binders should be 2.5 or 3  inches wide. The binders should also have a clear pocket on the front for the students to slip in a title page. (Most binders have a clear cover.)

Beginning next week we will honor one student a week as our “Super Star”. Our student “star” of the week will be selected by a drawing on Friday. Then on the following Monday, we want our “star” of the week to bring a poster. I’ll supply the poster and the student will use photographs and drawings to decorate the poster to represent themselves and their family. Student’s may bring anything they wish to display from home to teach us about their family, family history, interests, favorites, special trips, etc. in their tote/suitcase on Monday morning.

I have also sent out a new scholastic book order for January.  You may purchase books the traditional way or click on my link to purchase books online:

Activation code for our class:  KXC9R

Thanks for all you do!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Good Morning, 

Last week we read several Patricia Pollaco books.  We continued working on writing summaries using the beginning, middle and end.  This will be an ongoing task throughout this year.Two more weeks to go before our winter break.  

I need your help please.  I would like to create a portfolio that is easier for parents to store.  If you would send a 3 ring binder to school, I  will organize your child's writing for the year. The binders should be 2.5 or 3  inches wide. The binders should also have a clear pocket on the front for the students to slip in a title page. (Most binders have a clear cover.)

This week we will being introducing varied holiday traditions and customs including Hanukah, Christmas, and Kwanza.  Share with your children your traditions.  This week, our first Grade Team will be rotating rooms to learn about different holiday traditions.  In our room, I will be reading The Polar Express  to classes and discussing its importance to the spirit of the holiday. 

This week our class will be collecting can and perishable goods to donate.  First grade is asked to donate canned fruit and apple sauce.

Mrs. McGarry will be providing more information about our holiday party. 

In science, we will be learning about the properties of soil.  Some fun experiments coming our way.  If you would like to bring a small sample, of a different type of soil, to investigate in a small Ziploc bag please do so.  Thanks

Monday, October 29, 2012

November 2 is Field Day
First Grade's time is 8:15 to 9:45
Our team color is white.  Go Vazao's Vikings!!!

Students will need a sack lunch or they can purchase a sack lunch from the cafeteria.

If you are interested in volunteering to help monitor our class  please email me ASAP at .  Currently, I have one volunteer but would like more.  The more the merrier! 

This Friday, we will have our first mystery reader visit.  

November 1
Best Dressed Turkeys are due!
Remember to dress your turkey so that no one will be able to figure out that it is the Thanksgiving dinner turkey.

Thanksgiving Projects
Friday your child will have a sheet with directions for projects to complete and share. Each child only picks 1 project to complete and share with the class by November 15th.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

This week we will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week. Below is a list of activities/ suggestions for the week:

Please encourage your child to participate in the dress up theme day activities for Red Ribbon Week.  Daily prize drawings for children wearing their red ribbon.  Ribbons and safety pins provided on Monday, Oct 22. 

Monday, Oct 22:  Be the Captain of Your Ship:  All Deck Crew at HCE commits to being drug-free (alcohol, tobacco, and drugs) by accepting and signing the pledge card at school and home with a parent.  Wear RED to celebrate red ribbon week. 

Tuesday, Oct 23:  Bon Voyage:  Move Across Life and Put Drugs to Sea!  Wear crazy socks or shoes.
Wednesday, Oct 24:  Steer Clear of Drugs, "Clutch" on to Education!  Wear your favorite Sports Team Shirt and Enjoy a PEP RALLY from Houston Rocket's Mascot Clutch!
Thursday, Oct 25:  Torpedo Drugs!  Join the fight against drugs and Wear CAMO!

Friday, Oct 26:  Make Headway:  Wear a hat or fun hair accessories to school!  Navigate through life with a clear head, honoring your commitment keep off drugs.

This week is our conferences.  You child will be dismissed at Noon.  If you have a  change in transportation, PLEASE email me before 8:00 am.  I do not always have an opportunity to check email during the day.  To be on the safe side , I encourage all to email the front office as well.  Looking forward to speaking with each of you.  Thanks

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Good Morning,

This week we will begin our study of land forms.  Your child will be creating a flip book to share their learning with you soon.

Just a reminder fall conferences are soon approaching.  Please sign up if you have not done so. Thanks.  Looking forward to speaking with each of you.

In reading we will begin learning about the cognitive reading strategy of mental images: creating pictures in our minds as we read.  Reading is an active thinking process .  During read aloud time,we will begin reading chapter books and picture books ( without the pictures)  in order to create those images in our minds.

Retakes for pictures is Oct. 17, 2012

Your children last week were authors. They created their own version of the classic The Billy Goats Gruff.  Pictures will be posted soon!  I would like to encourage independent writers that spell words on their own.  Some of the writing will be "invented" but that is a productive stage for writers this time of year.  In the classroom, I encourage your children to do four things when they get stuck on a word:

  1. Say it
  2. Clap it
  3. Stretch it
  4. Write it
Your child also has a mini dictionary of words and is able to utilize our word wall as a resource.

In science we will study the effects on heat on matter.  We will perform a neat experiment with ice.

In math, we will continue working on part-part-whole in addition and subtraction by finding the missing part.

We encourage you to please wear pink on Friday. Ana

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Hope everyone enjoyed their three day weekend.  Just a few reminders this week: 

If you have not yet signed up for a conference, please do so this week.  

Pictures orders are due Today!!!

The new spelling sort should be in your child's green folder.  Please sort the words with your child. These sorts DO NOT have to be turned in but should be used to manipulate at home as they prepare for our test on Friday.   They completed the sort today in class.

Poetry folders were sent home today.  Please listen to your child's reading and return them dated with a comment .  

This week we will continue working on text to text and text to self connections with fairy tales.  We will compare and contrast different  versions.

If you would like to order books on line through scholastic please click on link below:

There are some great titles to motivate your children :)

Thanks again for all you do to support your children at home.