Happy Monday! We hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend!  Thank you to all the families that continue to support your child's learning by completing the Tenmarks assignments and reading books on RazKids at least two nights per week!  

We hope you have had a chance to go on XtraMath.  This is a web-based program we are adding to increase your child's speed and accuracy in math.  Your child's enrollment code is highlighted on their paper. Also, taped in the inside cover of their BEE book is their pin #.  

The cold weather is here!  Please make sure your child has all his/her winter gear!  The children go outside everyday that the weather is above 10 degrees.

For our classroom post office please send in one box of valentines cards and have your child sign his/her own name on each card at home.  We would also appreciate having one box of business size envelopes instead of the envelopes provided with the valentines.  
In addition we are asking that your child make their own valentine box AT HOME to hold their valentines in.  This could be a shoe box, cereal box, or bag.  Please decorate your container at home. Please have your child bring his/her valentine cards and decorated valentine container by Monday, February 2nd.


Vocabulary  A new poem will be in your child's BEE book today. We will be working on the Word Family chunks -ug and -unk.  Please read with your child's poem paying close attention to words with these chunks. Use the website Spelling City (see below) to create a spelling test for the first 45 word wall words (pick only 20) listed in the Bee Book to see what words your child still needs to practice. (Some recommendations are the following that are still challenging for many students: which, there vs. their, what, were, when, & said).
Spelling City
Word Family Sort ~ practice sorting short a, short i, and short e word families. Be sure to READ the words!
Word Wheels ~ challenge yourself by reading a clue and stopping the wheel to make a word that matches the clue. 

Reader's Workshop  
This week we will begin our Character Study unit.  Throughout this unit our readers will develop their understanding of characters across a variety of texts.  Our readers will notice, wonder and make personal and text to text connections.  We will also work on recognizing how characters change and develop over time in a story setting.
We will also incorporate our 4 C's thinking routine throughout our unit of study. This is something you could do with your budding reader at home. 
Connections: text to text and text to self
Challenges: Are there any character actions you disagree with?
Concepts: What was your stories theme or what was the take away?
Changes: How did the characters change?

Various Writing Activities   


We will continue our unit on math facts.  Here we are learning about "Fact Power" which means knowing math facts automatically which will help with more difficult mathematical problems later.  We highly encourage you to be practicing math facts at home.  This might be using flash cards, dominoes, dice, games, or online resources.  

Please remember to have your child do XtraMath at home!
Everyday Mathematics Link for Parents

Math Fact Practice
Everyday Math Games for 1st Grade

Home Learning  We are continuing to assign TenMarks math practice at home. Many families have asked for additional practice.  We have added these and extended the due date.  Please have your child sign in two times per week. This way, the assignment will not be overwhelming and can be finished even though your families are so busy!  Also, if your child finishes all of the assignments and is looking for additional practice, the Jam Sessions on TenMarks are engaging and beneficial.  

Please remember that students should log on to RazKids at least two times per week. Your child's log-in information is taped to the inside cover of their BEE book.  This is excellent practice that will enhance your child's reading experiences. Enjoy!  In addition to RazKids, continue to have your child read the book he/she brings home in his/her Bee Book each night. 

Online Subscription: BrainPop Jr.- we use this website a lot in our classrooms.  
login: bloomfieldhills
password: bhsd

Stay warm!

 Important Dates:
January 30th- Report Cards will be coming home in your child's backpack.  Please sign the envelope and return just the envelope to school.  Thank you!

February 2nd- valentines and containers due!

February 2/16 - 2/18 - Mid Winter Break-School resumes on Thursday, Feb. 19th