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‘FUN’damentals of First Grade: Room 3

Mrs. Desrochers’ February 2020 Newsletter: Edition 6

Greetings Room 3 Families! Happy half-way through the Winter Season. Breaking News:
this just in…Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow: predicting an Early Spring! Here’s
hoping- fingers crossed! The Specialist Report cards were distributed on Friday 1/31/20.
I’m sure you saw them in your child’s folder. We’re gearing up for the 100th Day of school!

Recess Reminder: As stated in the previous 2 editions of my newsletter, we will be

going out for recess throughout the winter as long as the temperature is not too cold.
Please make sure your child comes to school DAILY with a warm coat, hat, gloves, and
scarf. Snow pants and boots need to be brought in a separate bag with their name
clearly marked, only on days that snow is on the ground. They will have to stay on the
pavement during recess if they do not have these items, in the event snow is on the
Please be sure to remember to send your child in wearing sneakers or pack them on Days 1
and 3 when they have Wellness.
Library books are always due on Day 2 in our cycle! 😊

SAVE the DATE~ February Dates to Remember:

BEAP classes are in session month-long Mon.-Thurs. The students who are enrolled enjoyed
their first week.

Wed. 2/5: Feb. Homeside Activity Due in school for Mrs. Reynolds

Fri. 2/7: Burrell Family winter-themed Dance in the evening. 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Mon. 2/10: 100th Day of School! We will celebrate with some fun activities in the classroom!
Mr. Alshara will also come in to serve as our second iCARE reader of the school year. These
readings always take place the week leading up to a school vacation week.

Tues. 2/11: Kindergarten Title 1/Reading Support Parent Info. Night: 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Igo

Wed. 2/12: Grade 1 and Grade 4 combined Music Concert! 9:45-10:15 a.m. in the Burrell
Auditorium! Also, on this date is the Feb. PTO meeting @ 7 pm.

Fri. 2/14: Valentine’s Day Celebration! Our class party with the Room Mothers will take
place from 10:30-11:50 a.m. An emailed Sign-up Genius link was sent from the Room Mothers to
all Room 3 families, in the event you’d like to donate a healthy snack item, or beverage, or
bundle of valentine-themed stickers for the party. As a reminder, all snacks must be store-
bought and must be peanut and tree nut FREE! The students will decorate personal “mailboxes”
during the party prior to our class card swap! It’s sure to be a fun morning.
** I sent home a class list and Valentine’s memo on pink paper at the end of Jan. I also sent an
email to all families containing the same information. Students are welcome to participate in
the optional Valentine card swap. Cards can be store-bought or home-made. Candy or chocolate
CANNOT be attached to the cards. Attaching for example pencils, erasers, stickers, temp.
tattoos, are A-ok! If a student chooses to participate, he/she must write out a card for all of
their fellow classmates.**

Feb.17-Feb.21- February vacation week- no school! Enjoy & be safe!

Looking ahead to the first half of MARCH 2020~

Mon. 3/2: Dr. Seuss’s Birthday- We’ll recognize the famous author’s birthday in some way in
the classroom to recognize Read Across America Day!

Mon. 3/2: BIT Family Literacy Night at the Elem. schools! 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Thurs. 3/12: Kindergarten Info. Night~ Burrell Auditorium 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Fri. 3/13: Elem. Trimester 2 Ends. *Term 2 Report cards are distributed the following Friday,


Reading: Our focus this month was learning more about sounds that will help us with our
accuracy. In Fundations, we have been learning about blends (two or more consonants that
make a mixture, or blend, of the sounds). This is different from digraphs that are 2
consonants that make 1 new sound. Some beginning blends we have seen include “bl” as in
“blend,” “tr” as in “try,” “st” as in “star,” etc. We have seen blends at the end of words,
such as “st” in “first”, “nd” as in “end,” and “ft” as in “left.” Beginning in February we will be
learning about long vowel teams: ai, ay, ee, ea, ey. We have also learned about R controlled
vowel sounds: ar, or, er, ir, ur. It is exciting to watch the children start to recognize these
blends and vowel teams in both isolation and when writing and reading.
Writing: We have been working towards our goal of writing a coherent 5 sentence
paragraph. We have had a lot of practice writing a main idea sentence and at least 2
related detail sentences that support the main idea. We are working on adding an
additional detail sentence and completing the paragraph with the final “clincher” or
conclusion sentence. We’ve also spent time discussing nouns and verbs and coding both in
our writing to distinguish one part of the speech from the other. Finally, we’ve worked
towards Expanding our Vocabulary for both Reading and Writing. We’ve been using a
Thesaurus to find more robust adjectives/synonyms for more basic words to beef up our
sentences to help them go from “good to great!”
Math – We have finished our dense unit on Place Value. We have also started our new unit
on time, money, and length and are learning about analog and digital clocks, and how to tell
time using these tools to the hour and half hour. We will also be discussing Data and
interpreting data; such as tally marks, bar graphs, and picture graphs.
Social Studies: In January we learned about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his impact on
changing unfair ‘Jim Crow’ laws, and how his message of non-violence has impacted our
history. We talked about segregation and the civil rights movement. I read a Junior
Biographer’s book about MLK Jr. during Daily Read Aloud. Our class learned a lot about Dr.
King and we looked at a timeline of his life and discussed his legacy. We also studied Rosa
Parks and learned about the bus boycott movement of the early 1960s and how the
segregation laws were proven unconstitutional. Finally, we discussed Chinese New Year and
the customs and traditions centered around this annual celebration.
We’ll be studying some of our Forefathers during the month of February- primarily George
Washington and Abraham Lincoln in prep for the students understanding about the
Presidents’ Day holiday.
Science: We are exploring Light and Sound. The students are learning the differences
between transparent, translucent and opaque. They are discovering how a shadow is made
and can change.
Technology HW option: Redbird is going well both during Math Workshop and our
Technology blocks. I encourage students to log in at home when they can, which counts
towards their Math homework expectations. If a student uses Redbird in a given week, be
sure to have them record a required mathematical “I Can” statement on their HW log. You
can assist them with this so they can reflect on the standard/skill practiced. Under the
Gr. 1 Resources tab on my classroom Weebly, students can click on the Redbird link to
access the program. Any questions- let me know! They have a unique 3-character passcode.
If they don’t know it by heart, send me an email and I’d be happy to provide it.

Classroom ‘Wish-List’ items: Especially during the winter months, it is always

appreciated if families donate a box of tissues, container of Lysol or Clorox
antibacterial wipes, or a roll of paper towels. We currently need plastic spoons too
during snack time for those students who forget to pack a spoon to go with their
snack. Thank you in advance for all of those that have contributed already this year or
plan to this month or in the following months! I truly appreciate the gesture.

As always, in the event you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me.
Email is preferred, as I can typically respond in a timelier manner; however, if you’d
like to set up a phone call, don’t hesitate to reach out.

Respectfully Submitted,
Mrs. Brigid Desrochers

Email: desrochersb@foxborough.k12.ma.us
Weebly website: https://mrsdesrochersgradefour.weebly.com/