Memo 9-14-18

Hello Parents! Have a joyful weekend! What a week we have had. We finished sharing All About Me Posters and celebrated International Dot Day all day today. Ask your child about the book and art activity we did with Mrs. Plavcan’s class. We wore dots, did a dot water experiment with pennies, learned about Seurat who invented pointilism (dot art) and more. My camera died so pictures of that next week. So nice seeing you all at the Book Fair and how fun to learn a parent and I are graduates of the same high school along with another who also lived in Brazil and speaks Portuguese. It’s a small world. Your children are amazing and learning so much already! Can’t wait for next week, International Peace Day and movie night!

PLEASE check Friday Folders. Progress reports are in there along with a reading report so that you are aware of goals I’m working with your child on and there are a TON of papers from the office and district to look at. Thank you! Ms. E

Ship to Shore News from Captain Edwards

Ahoy New Sailor Students and First Officer Parents!

Let’s get set for an exciting trip into 1st Grade Learning! I am your new Captain for the 2018-2019 Voyage, Ms. Edwards!

Our ship classroom is located down in the green pod D26 in the left corner. After you check in at the office go left then take a right before you reach the library.

Please know to enter the building everyone must be buzzed in through the office. If it is your first time volunteering or coming into the school, you will need a photo ID to be entered into our computerized safety/security system. You will always need to wear the visitor or volunteer badge, such that it is visable. It is our procedure to stop anyone and ask to see the badge. Safety is our top priority!

Please remember in the report card envelope from the last day of K that there was information about summer reading, math facts, etc. to help your child prepare for the start of first grade. Be sure to have your child return this the first day of school.  If your child is new to Kenston, please have them record some book titles they read over the summer and bring that the first day.  Have them practice math flashcards or play games.

I look forward to meeting you all on Drop Off Supply Day on August 14th at 8:30 AM before school starts. It would be helpful to label the folders, journal, and supplies with your child’s name. Red is ELA, blue is Math, yellow is SS/Science, and Green is Word Work.

Please do not label ziplock bags, wipes, or tissue boxes.

Our first day together will be Wednesday August 15.

Spend lots of time this summer in shared learning experiences, reading to, with, and having your child read to you, visiting museums, writing stories, sending relatives written letters and emails, measuring in the kitchen and workshop, counting money, reviewing the ABCs and Numbers, adding and subtracting simple problems. Your child should be able to read and write all letters and numbers along with their name neatly.

It is most helpful if your child can come 1st grade ready by knowing how to tie their shoes, zip their coat, button, pack and unpack their book bag, and utilize a restroom quickly and appropriately; remembering to wash their hands. Have them practice. They can do it! Just help them to establish routines and model expectations, how and where to place their bag, items, papers, homework folder, library books, etc., and you will see just how independent they can be!

I am so excited for the new journey we are about to embark upon! 1st Grade is perhaps the biggest year of growth in your child’s school career, and I am so happy to be your child’s teacher!

Our school phone number is 440-543-9380 if you need anything.

Until then,
Captain Edwards

Ship to Shore May 4, 2018

Ahoy First Officers,

We are shortly docking into port where our next adventure will take us onto second grade travels! It has been a pleasure to serve as your Captain of the TES D26 Ship!

This is our last homework packet for the year. Please have your child put forth his/her very best!

Please update lunch accounts and check all fees have been paid for the year. Return all library books, and please remember to send in books from home for your child to explore these last couple of weeks.

Remember Field Day to wear any shade of blue, wear sunscreen and send water. Fun on the Run lunch available this day.

On the last day, we have a PTO sponsored lunch of hamburgers, etc. If children wish to bring a beach towel for the picnic they may, but it isn’t necessary.

I truly hope you see the amazing growth of your seamen and women. They have truly learned so much and have a strong foundation from which to continue to grow. Remember it’s a journey!

I will miss their smiling faces and look forward to continuing to see them progress throughout their time here at TES.

Please read and continue to build fact fluency over the summer! It is so important especially in preventing summer slide! I believe in each of them and their abilities!

All my best always,
Captain Edwards

Ship to Shore April 20th 2018

Hello First Officers:

Couple things: students have been working so hard to show what they know on end of the year reading assessments and summative math tests. Testing sessions can often be tiring, thus your children will NOT have homework this week due Thursday (even though newsletter says they do) Again NO HOMEWORK. Please encourage your child to get outside and play. It has been a very long winter. Please discuss with them end of the year focus, manners, and kindness to finish the year out as wonderful first grade citizens. I believe in them!

Thank you!

Captain Edwards

Spring Break Memo 3-23-18

Greetings Families,

Spring Break is upon us and the students are very excited. I hope that you enjoy this special time with your family.

There will be NO HOMEWORK over Spring Break, but I do ask that you continue reading for 15-20 minutes daily with your child. You can log this on the regular monthly reading calendar. Please send those in after break. There is no other Captains’ log sheet for our class. I didn’t want you to have to complete a 2nd sheet. I trust the children to be honest that they are reading. They have loved our baseball theme.

We will pick back up with our regular homework packets on Thursday, April 5th. Thank you for your wonderful support from home. Enjoy your family time!
Sincerely,
Ms. Edwards

Ship to Shore Memo 3-8-18

Ship to Shore Memo

Dear Families,

The Captains Reading Program begins today, March 9th! This is always a big hit for the kids to participate in. The end reward is a ticket to a Lake County Captains game on Saturday, May 5th! The students are invited to wear BASEBALL ATTIRE on Tuesday, MARCH 13th to help with the kick off. Please refer to the parent letter that was sent home today for more info. Keep reading weekly and recording on the log I gave you. To earn the ticket, each student must read 90-100 minutes per week.

“Bugz”, our first grade music program, is Thursday, March 15th at 9:30 a.m. Please remember that any costume accessories that your child will need should be sent to school by Tuesday, March 13th. Girls are ladybugs, boys are army ants, unless your child has a selected part. Per the music teacher, it is fine to wear any portion of their costume for both Wednesday student performance and then again for Thursday parent performance to make it as easy as possible for them each day.

Last, thank you to everyone who donated to the American Heart Association! The students loved receiving their keychain buddies and jumping for a great cause!

Happy Weekend!

No Homework for week of 2-16/2-22 Happy Valentine’s Day

Dear Families,
Thank you for making our Valentine Party a successful one! Whether you helped out at the school party, donated supplies, or you assisted your child in filling out their special valentines, it all was appreciated!
With our long weekend approaching, it’s time for a little homework break!

Please enjoy some quality time with your family.We will pick back up with our regular homework packets on Friday, February 23rd! Please continue to read DAILY for 15 minutes! Remember to log this on your Reading Calendar. Thank you for your continued support from home!
Sincerely,
Ms. Edwards

Ship to Shore News 2-2-18

Ahoy First Mates! It’s been quite the week with illnesses. Ensure your children rest up this weekend, drink lots of water, and wash their hands. We disinfect our desks and had custodial do an extra time this week too. Stay healthy!

Valentine’s Day list is attached to this weeks newsletter.

Good job on January genre reading sheet. February’s is coming home today: biography

Homework packet is coming home too. Due Thursday 2-8-18!

Happy Groundhog’s Day. Ask your child what their weather prediction was and if they were correct. We watched the PA ceremony this afternoon.

Take care all!

Captain Edwards and your Sailors of 1st grade

Ship to Shore 1-16-18

Homework this week will be due Friday Jan. 19th. Students were provided time in class to complete the MLK pages and a math page as packets weren’t distributed Friday due to calamity day nor Monday due to the holiday. Students should’ve also brought home a newsletter. Please continue to read to and with your child, review sight words for Q3 while continuing to practice Q 1 and 2, and be sure to complete the January genre activity sent with the January reading log. Reading is the most important support at this time! Thank you.

Ship to Shore January 2, 2018

Ahoy First Officers and First Grade Sailors! How is everyone? I hope
this all finds you happy and well. I want to thank you each for all
the thoughtful cards, gifts, and goodies. It is nice to be thought of
and appreciated. Your children and all their handmade cards and notes
are just the sweetest! 🙂

School resumes tomorrow, Wednesday January 3, 2018. For some of our
sailors, they may need a little extra reassurance in finding their sea
legs post break. Please give them an extra hug out the door that they
will do just fine, and that I will be in the classroom doorway
awaiting their smile and arrival. It is bitter cold. Be sure you
bundle them up in the Big 5. Send an extra sweatshirt or sweater to
keep here in the room as temperatures vary throughout the day too.
Return December Reading Calendars.

Tomorrow begins the 3rd quarter. Q 2 Report Cards will come home at
the end of the week. Please sign and return the envelope. Q 2 ran
from the middle of October through the last school day of December,
covering much time and curriculum. First grade is a stretch year, and
I see their growth. Please continue to read to and with your child.
If a student is reading below benchmark Indep. E, while we want them
to make a year’s growth, the ultimate goal is to fill in their gap to
get them to on grade for reading. The benchmark for Q 3 in reading
will be independent G. As they move up in E books and beyond, they
will now be exposed more to long vowels – flippy dolphin strategy can
help. If they try a short vowel and the word doesn’t sound right,
encourage them to try a long vowel sound. For those reading at or
above,really work with your child on their fluency and expression.
Read complete phrases/sentences in 1 breath, get into character, and
heed punctuation. Retelling reinforcement along with sequence of
events is always important. They can do it!

Happy 2018! Please tell your child I can’t wait to see them tomorrow
with their “I can do it” positive attitudes. 🙂