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Classroom News 5.16.17  


This week we are continuing to review reading, writing, and math concepts for our End-of-Year assessments. Be on the lookout for a sign-up for End-of-Year conferences coming soon! In Word Study, we are learning about words with the "-er" pattern and words with the "-o" pattern that sounds like a short "-u." In Science, we are continuing to study plant life and we are beginning to plant in our classroom garden. 

 Our classroom supply of Lysol wipes is running low if you are able to send some in, thank you! 

 Makerspace Race Car Projects

The last great MAKE for the year in Makerspace will be “Upcycled Race Cars”. The students will create cars to race downhill (similar to pinewood derby) in class. We have all the parts necessary for this project in the Makerspace except for the car’s body. We will need each student to bring to school one 20 oz. soda bottle, Pringles can, or similarly sized container to use as their race car body. Please do not send in 2-liters, full sized coffee cans, or jugs of any kind. They are just too big. If possible please send in supplies by Monday, May 22nd. Thank you!
"Trip Around the World" Field Day
Our field day will be on Friday, May 26th! Field day will begin with a global parade first thing in the morning. Each classroom has been learning about a different country throughout the year. Our class has learned about South Korea and we will be making a traditional South Korean craft to represent our country at field day. First Graders will participate in field day activities from 12:00 - 1:20. Please bring a change of clothes, beach towel and water. Also, please apply any sunscreen at home. 
Kona Ice
Kona Ice will be here on May 23rd! If you would like to purchase a Kona Ice, please send in a note with your payment. Here are the sizes and prices:
$2.00 Kiddie. $3.00 Klassic. $4.00 King Kona. $5.00 Kowabunga or Color Change Cup. 
$6.00 Island Rush Cup. $3.00 Refill with Kowabunga, Color Change Cup, or Island Rush Cup. 
"We Are Monsters" Musical

Come out and support our Musical Cast performing

We Are Monsters

Thursday, May 18th and Friday, May 19th

7:00 pm

$5 Advance Tickets can be purchased by visiting or calling the school at 910-478-2460

Tickets are $6 at the Door

Important Dates:

School Musical "We Are Monsters" - May 18th and 19th

Makerspace supplies due - May 22nd

Kona Ice - May 23rd

Field Day - May 26th

Memorial Day - No School, May 29th 

Last Day of School - June 9th 


What We're Learning This Week

 Reading: We will be beginning to learn about the author's purpose. We will learn that there are three main reasons an author writes a text: to persuade the reader, to inform the reader, or to entertain the reader.

Writing: Opinion writing with details.

Word Study: Long "-a" vowel patterns. In Letterland, when Mr. A and Mr. I go walking together in the middle of a word, Mr. A says his name and they make the long "-a" sound, like in "rain." Mr. I gets dizzy at the end of words so he asks Yellow Yo-Yo Man to take his place at the end of words like "play." Mr. I rewards Yellow Yo-Yo Man with a nice ice cream cone :) 

Math: Addition and subtraction with two-digit numbers.

Science: Rocks and minerals. We had a blast exploring for rocks yesterday. This week we will be analyzing our rock and soil samples in class.

Social Studies: Goods and services. This week you will be receiving more information about our economics project. Our classroom is going to become a store, and each student will create and sell goods or services to another class!


Yearbook Sales

Today your student brought home information about yearbooks. Yearbooks can be purchased for $20.00 by order form or online.

Field Trip  

The First Grade will be attending a field trip on March 2nd to Northside High School for a MADCAP Productions performance "Jumping Over the Moon." Permission slips went home today in your student's binder. Please return permission slip and $7.00 fee by Friday, February 24th.

Classroom News 1.20.17  


What We're Learning This Week

Math: This week we studied Geometry - Attributes of shapes. We are also beginning a Mid-Year review of our previous  Math concepts.

Reading: Using reading comprehension strategies in Non-Fiction texts. Reviewing Non Fiction text features.

Writing: Finishing up our unit on Informational Writing. 

Word Study: Words with the Long Vowel sounds and the "Magic -E."

Science: Continuing to study force and motion. 


Please remember that each week, if you send in 50 cents by Thursday, your student will receive a special Friday snack. We rotate between popcorn, lollipops, and goldfish. Thank you for supporting our classroom!


Upcoming Dates: 


Monday, January 23rd and Tuesday, January 24th: Teacher Workdays. No school for students. 


Wednesday, January 25th: End of the 2nd Nine Weeks grading period. 



Field Trip Tomorrow!  

Tomorrow is our field trip to the Albert J. Ellis airport! We are planning to leave at 8:30 AM. Please remember if your student is planning to bring a lunch. Please have students dress warmly and eat a hearty breakfast. Parents are welcome to meet us at the airport if you would like to follow our buses. Please expect parking fees, and let me know if you have any questions! We will be eating lunch at Steed Park in the afternoon and we will return to school around 1:30 PM. 

Classroom News 11/28/16  

I hope you and your family enjoyed a restful Thanksgiving. December is a very busy month for our First Graders! In your student's binder, there is an additional resource for helping your student read unknown words, called "Helping Your Child to Read." There are also Reading Response questions for Fiction and Non-Fiction. These questions can start some excellent and challenging conversations with your child when you are reading together. This week only, if your student writes a detailed response to one of these questions based on their baggy book and returns their answer on Friday, he/she may receive a special reward!

What We're Learning This Week:
Reading: Non-Fiction text features - We are reviewing Photographs, Labels, Captions and Comparisons. We are introducing the Index, Table of Contents, and Glossary. 
Writing: Informational writing. 
Math: True/False Statements. For homework, please ask your student to explain how he/she knew each answer was true or false. 
Word Study: Blends with "-L" 
Science: The phases of the moon. 
First Grade Holiday Concert
Our STES 1st graders will be performing a musical version of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” on Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 6:30 pm in the school’s Multi-Purpose Room. This will be a great opportunity to get into the holiday spirit and see some of what your child has been learning in music. All 1st grade students will be involved, so it is important that they are in attendance. A few details:
1.      Students will need to arrive and report to their homeroom class that evening at 5:50. Parents can move into the Multi-Purpose Room once their child is in the classroom to find seats for the performance.
2.      Students will wear Pajamas for their costumes. They will also need to wear socks with shoes, as we will be going shoe-less for the performance. Although a certain type of pajamas is not required, I’d prefer Holiday colors and would discourage Gowns unless they are very long or have leggings/pants underneath, as they will be sitting on the floor at times. Please do not feel like you have to purchase anything new for this.
3.      The performance will last approximately 30 minutes. There is no admission cost.
Stay tuned for other upcoming holiday events in our classroom :) 
Classroom Wish List
Our classroom is running low on Expo markers. We use these daily to practice our spelling words and math strategies. If you would like to donate Expo markers it would be greatly appreciated, thank you!

Classroom News 11.7.16  

This week in reading we will be beginning to learn about Non-Fiction text features. We will not be learning new Letterland words due to our shortened week. In Math, we will be learning about ways to subtract from 10 and relating addition to subtraction. For Writing, we will be beginning to learn about informational writing. In Science, we are continuing to learn about the Earth and beginning to learn about recycling. 


Veterans Day Flag: The first grade classes at Stateside Elementary would like to honor all Veterans by creating our own Flag of Honor. We have created a large U.S. flag in the first grade hallway to honor all service members. We are asking that you write the name and rank of any parent, sibling, or grandparent of any Veteran related to your student. These names will be displayed on a flag. If you would like to include a picture of your Veteran, please make sure that it is no larger than 3 inches by 5 inches. If you would like this picture returned please write your student’s name and teacher on the back. Names and photos must be turned in no later than Thursday, November 10th! Thank you again for all of your help with this project.


Operation Christmas Child: ATTENTION PATRIOTS!  Please help pay it forward this holiday season by helping STES NEHS collect items for Operation Christmas Child.  The last day to donate items will be Monday, November 14.  If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Jenkins at

•       Kindergarten and 5th Grade – toys, games, stuffed animals, and fun activities
•       1st and 4th Grades – school, art, and craft supplies
•       2nd and 3rd Grades – personal care items and accessories


Report Cards: Report cards were sent home today. Please sign and return the envelope, and let me know if you have any questions! 


Upcoming Dates:


Thursday, November 10th: Early release at 12:20 PM. 

Friday, November 11th: No school, Veteran's Day. 

Classroom News 11.1.16  

What We're Learning This Week 

Reading: Reading strategies for accuracy. Reviewing fiction story elements. Next week, we will be beginning non-fiction text features.
Writing: Completing our unit on Personal Narrative writing. 
Word Study: Double consonants at the end of words (-ff, -ss, -ll). 
Math: Subtraction strategies and related facts. 
Science: Characteristics of the earth. 
Ident-a-Kid Retakes
If you would still like to order an identification card for your student, please let me know. There will be picture retakes on Thursday, November 3rd and I can send home a new order form. 
Veteran's Day Events
On Thursday, November 10th Stateside will be observing Veteran's Day on our early release day. There will be various school-wide activities and presentations to thank our Veterans for their service. The First Grade team is looking for volunteers that have military experience that are interested in giving a grade-level presentation. If you would be interested in giving a Veteran's Day presentation to the First Graders, between 11:00 and 12:00 on Thursday, November 10th, please contact me for more details! 
Friday Snacks 
This Friday will be popcorn day! Please send in 50 cents by Thursday if you would your student to receive popcorn on Friday. Thank you for supporting our classroom! 
Upcoming Dates
Monday, November 7th: Report cards go home. 
Thursday, November 10th: Early release day at 12:20 PM and Veteran's Day events. 
Friday, November 11th: Veteran's Day. No school. 

Classroom News 10.17.16  

Here's What We're Learning This Week:

Reading: Reading Comprehension Strategies. Summarizing the most important details of a story using a Beginning, Middle and End story map.
Writing: Personal Narrative writing.
Word Study: Vowel men at the end. Short words with ending vowel sounds. 
Math: Vertical addition and ways to make numbers. 
Social Studies: Patriotic Symbols. 
Literacy Night TONIGHT
Please join us for Literacy Night tonight from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. We will be revealing our Pirate-themed book fair, and students can participate in free activities throughout the school building! Pizza will be served for donations in the cafeteria. Students are encouraged to wear their best pirate outfit. Hope to see you there!
Early Release Day Thursday, October 20th 2016
Thursday is an early release day for students. Dismissal will be at 12:20 PM. 
Smencil Sale for Relay for Life
Our Relay for Life team is selling Smencils (scented pencils)! Each smencil costs $1.00 and proceeds benefit Relay for Life. There is a small blue order form in your student's binder. 
Friday Snack
Please send in 50 cents by Thursday each week if you would like your child to receive a special Friday snack. Thank you for supporting our classroom! 
Beginning of Year Conferences
If you have not yet done so, please sign up for a date and time for our parent-teacher conference. Feel free to contact me with any questions! The sign-up link is below:
Reading Eggs
Today your student brought home his/her login information for Reading Eggs, an online reading program that Stateside is using this year. Reading Eggs is an excellent tool for additional reading practice for your student. Please let me know if you have any questions about this program. 

Beginning of Year Conferences  

Please follow the link below to sign up for a parent-teacher conference:

September 28th Weekly News  

What We're Learning This Week

Reading: Identifying the problem and solution in a story. We are also practicing the reading strategy, "Check for Understanding," to stop and check while we are reading that we understand what the author has told us so far. If we do not understand, then we will back up and reread. 
Writing: Sentence structure, capitalization and punctuation. 
Math: Addition and subtraction strategies. Fact families. 
Word Study: Words with the letter "-u." 
Social Studies: We are beginning a Project-Based Learning assignment about the patriotic symbols and what they represent. 
Interim Progress Reports
We are halfway through the first 9 weeks of school! Interim progress reports will be sent home tomorrow. Please feel free to contact me with any questions about your student's progress report. I will be sending information soon about beginning of year parent-teacher conferences! 
Upcoming Dates
Monday, October 3rd: Charleston Wrap Fundraiser Deadline.
Tuesday, October 4th: First Grade Picture Day. If you would like to purchase a picture, please complete the pictures information packet that was sent home and include payment by picture day. 
Friday, October 14th: Stateside Fall Festival, 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM. 
Monday, October 17th: Stateside Literacy Night, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM. 

September 21st Weekly News  

 Here's what we're learning this week in 1st Grade: 

Reading: Identifying the character and setting in a fiction story. Using details to support our answer. 
Writing: Using capital letters and punctuation in our writing. 
Word Study: Words with the short "-e" sound. 
Math: Subtraction word problem strategies. Addition in any order. 
Social Studies: Patriotic symbols. 
Early Release Day 
Tomorrow, Thursday, September 22nd will be an early release day for students. Students will be released at 12:20. If you will be making any transportation changes on this day please let me know! 
Excused Absences
If your child is absent, please remember to send in a note in order to excuse his/her absence. Thank you! 
Friday Snacks
Please send in 50 cents by Thursday of this week if you would like your child to receive our Stateside special Friday snack! 
Upcoming Dates
Interim Progress Reports will be sent home on Thursday, September 29th.

September 12th Weekly News  

Here's what we are learning about this week:

Reading: Reading comprehension strategies and identifying character and setting in a fiction story.
Word Study: Unit 4 of Letterland - words with the short "-o" sound. 
Math: Subtraction story problems and subtraction number sentences. 
Writing: Simple sentence structure and narrative writing. 
Friday Snacks
Every Friday throughout the school year, your child may purchase a special snack at school. Please send 50 cents by Thursday of each week if you would like your child to participate. The snacks will rotate between popcorn, goldfish, and lollipops. Check back to see which snack we are serving each week! This week will be goldfish. No snack money will be accepted on Fridays! The money earned from Friday Snacks will benefit supplies for our classroom :) 
Weekly Homework
Today, your child is bringing home their first homework assignments. Homework is an excellent way to reinforce the strategies we are learning in class! There will be a September homework calendar in a sheet protector in the binder. All weekly homework is collected on Friday! It is up to you if you would like to follow the scheduled calendar dates, or you may complete the assignments together at your own pace. Please be mindful that if you complete the math assignments early, we may not have learned that skill in class yet. Your child will be completing homework for Math, Reading, and Letterland. Each week, there will be two math assignments, one reading assignment, and nightly reading. Please record nightly reading in your child's reading log. For Letterland, your student will receive a new list of spelling words to practice each week. There will also be a "Look-Say-Cover-Write-Check" activity sheet to practice the list of spelling words. There is a Letterland parent letter included in the binder as well. This details the nightly activities for spelling practice. On Fridays, your child will be tested in class on their spelling words. Thank you for supporting your child's learning! 
Charleston Wrap Fundraising packets are coming home today as well! 

Earbuds Request  

Patriot parents,

This year your First Graders will be interacting with technology in our classroom every day. We are excited to have more computers in our classroom this year! For hygiene purposes, we ask that you please send in one pair of earbud-style headphones for your child to use when he/she is on the computer. I will store each student's earbuds separately so that he/she is the only one using them. Please let me know if you have any questions, thank you! 

Announcement Image for Earbuds Request

Welcome Back Patriots!  

Welcome to the First Grade! I am so excited for our new school year together. 

Open House

Thursday, August 25th

Between 3:00 - 7:00 PM

Room 311 (at the end of the K/1 hallway)

I look forward to meeting you at Open House! During Open House, you may bring in your child's school supplies to the classroom and you may pay this years school fees ($6.00). You may also complete some important paperwork including emergency contact and transportation information. Your child will have a chance to tour their new classroom and meet some of their new friends! 


Enjoy your last week of summer vacation, and I'll see you soon!