Dear Families,

The weather is changing! Please be sure to send your child to school with appropriate recess attire; jackets, hats, mittens, boots (when applicable). All items of clothing must be labeled with your child's name!

Home Learning  We have noticed that not all students are completing their home learning assignments! We are continuing to assign TenMarks math practice at home. This week's assignment is due next Monday, October 27, 2014. 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!

Some students have not been using RazKids at home! Others are using it too frequently! Please remember that students should log on to RazKids 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!  

Please remember to be reading your child's "just right" book with him/her at night.  They need to return their book the next day for another book!  Happy Reading!

Online Subscription: BrainPop Jr.- we use this website a lot in our classrooms.  
login: bloomfieldhills
password: bhsd
Vocabulary  This week we will be exploring the -it and -ing word families. The poems we are learning will come home today. Please ask your child to read and spell these words. Have them generate other words that rhyme with these rhyming words. Remember this is a minimum of what your child should do. For an added challenge, have your child continue to look for these chunks in larger words while reading. Additionally, we will be practicing the spelling of high frequency words such as: be, this, from, I, and have throughout the week.
Spelling City
Practice making blends

Reader's Workshop 

Please remember to read with your child daily for at least 15-20 minutes!   

This week your reader will use the strategies we are exploring to improve fluency. We are learning how to attend to punctuation, 'chunking' text to make it sound smooth, and reading with a storyteller's voice. 

We have worked hard on building a safe and enjoyable reading community in our classrooms!

Reading Apps for home:
Little Stars ~ Word Wizard
Hooked on Phonics
Word Bingo

We will begin writing our own Halloween stories this week. We are exploring the use of adjectives and details to engage our readers by making our stories more interesting.  

We are reviewing the writing process and making sure that capital letters are used only for the first word of a sentence and for proper nouns. Upper case letters should not be used within a sentence unless a proper noun is used. We are also working on punctuation at the end of our sentences. Students continue to write in their daily journals to practice these writing conventions.

Various Writing Activities   


Understanding Goal: What do we know about numbers and number sentences that can help us solve problems?

   In math this week we will explore the similarities and differences of number lines and number grids, find patterns of numbers on these devices, explore even and odd number patterns, and provide practice making up and solving equations. We will also explore dot patterns on dominoes and dice, and find values of groups of coins. Please remember to complete the Home Learning on TenMarks.

Everyday Mathematics Link for Parents
Math Fact Practice
Everyday Math Games for 1st Grade


 Important Dates:

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - Wear a Hat Day at Way! Students bring in $1 to wear a hat to benefit the greening of Detroit for Make a Difference Day.

Friday, October 24, 2014 is Apple Crunch Day to celebrate Michigan apples and educate students about the benefits of eating fresh,whole and local foods. Michigan farms will be providing apples to all students.

October 31st- Halloween- 1/2 Day Dismissal 12:20 Parade begins at 10:45 AM; class parties will follow.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 Election Day. NO SCHOOL

Enjoy the fall weather!
First Grade Teachers