New letter 12/13/2019

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Hello First-grade families! One week left to go and our kiddoes will be halfway to second grade, I can hardly believe! Just a few months ago they were coming in fresh from kinder and how they have all grown.  😊


Classroom announcements

We have a field trip coming up! Please use this link to fill out the digital permission slip. We are going to see a play tour backstage! Read below to learn what the play is about:


There have been no alien sightings in Rachel, Nevada for two whole years.  This means trouble for 50 townspeople that live or die by Area 51 tourism.  When the Coates family moves to Rachel, they are enlisted by the town kids to help stage an alien sighting to save their new home.  Little do they know that the actual aliens of Area 51 have been watching the town too, and they have a plan of their own.


I have created a class fund page on TPT (teachers pay teachers)! Please check it out if you are interested in helping contribute to the classroom. I am looking to purchase fun science and social studies activities as well as book studies for the classroom. Thank you for help!

My TPT class fund page


If anyone has any old pencil boxes at home, would you mind sending them in for the students to use in their table groups? We will be working a lot on cooperation next semester and pencil boxes for students to share at their tables would be a huge help! Thanks!

Please remember to have your student bring in a wide mouth mason jar Monday for our science-art project! We will be making snowflakes in the mason jars.

Scholastic Bookclub! Use this link to order books for your child which will help improve the classroom library. For every book, you order the classroom gets points to use toward new interesting books for our classroom. Please use the class code Q7HBT to ensure the classroom can use the points.

Next week at a glance:

Language arts

Reading: We are working hard at our long vowels! Students will be working on long U and O while reviewing A, E and I.

Writing: we will be working on Informational writing about mammals! We will also be practicing a bit of narrative writing as the end of the year approaches. In Grammar, we will be focusing on capitals and longer sentences.


We are doing so very well learning place value! We will continue to learn about tens, ones and hundreds! We will also be practicing 10 more, 10 less and 1 more, 1 less as we round of the year.


We are focusing on mammals! We will be finishing up our mammal unit with a fun craft to decorate our halfway and show what facts we know about mammals.

School-Wide announcements

Parents, with the cold weather brings a very full Lost & Found.  Please come in and check for any missing jackets, sweaters, and sweatshirts.  As a reminder, please put your child’s first and last name on everything that comes to school.

Friday the 20th we are having our jingle jog! Student Council will be selling jingle bracelets to wear during this fun event and all proceeds will be going toward classroom technology in our school. Students will wear jingle bells throughout the day bring loud winter cheer and have 15 minutes of jogging time and 15 minutes of outside games on the 20th.

San Tan’s annual Gifted Testing event is approaching quickly! 

If you are interested in having your child tested for giftedness, please complete the attached Parent Request Form and return it to the office with the testing Co-Pay. Once a child is identified as gifted, they do not need to retest.  Gifted testing will begin in mid- February.

Note:  If your child is currently in a gifted class and identified as ‘provisional’ they will automatically be retested, you do not need to send in the recommendation form. : -)

**Gifted Testing Requests are due no later than January 15th.


Have a great weekend,

Ms. Kelsey Donovan