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Mrs. Hewey’s First Grade News

December 5, 2016

Dear Families,

       You have probably already heard the news that our mealworms hatched into beetles!  The children have been able to observe the beetles closely, and they know for sure that they are insects because they counted the three body parts (the head, the thorax and the abdomen) and the six legs.  Last week the children even got to read to their beetles during quiet reading time.  Ask your child to tell you about reading to a beetle!

       The class learned how to write more lowercase letters: h, b, m, n, r and p.  All of these letters start by making a straight line down from the top and then going back up the line half way.  Your child brought home a handwriting book yesterday so you can see the letters he or she wrote. 

       We kicked off a new science study of light last Wednesday.  All the first grade classes went to the stage and we had a great light show.  We showed them candles and lanterns that people used to use to have light, and then we looked at some modern lights that are run by batteries or electricity.  At the very end, we turned on a disco ball and danced to a song about light.  It was very fun and the children got excited about learning about light in the month of December.   On December 21st, from 5:00-5:30 PM, we are going to have a first grade celebration of learning and light.  Please mark your calendars and plan to come to school with your child that night!      

       Today I sent home a note about the five things that your child needs for winter recess:  a pair of snowpants, a winter coat, a pair of boots, a hat and some mittens or gloves.  Please send your child with these clothes EVERY DAY, even if it doesn’t snow, because these clothes keep them warm.  If you need help getting some of these items, please circle the picture of what you need on the yellow paper that I sent home and send it back to school.

                                           Kristie Hewey

       

Posted by Kristina Hewey  On Dec 05, 2016 at 5:44 PM
  

Mrs. Hewey’s First Grade News

November 21, 2016

 

Dear Families,

       Thank you to all of you for coming to your child’s conference last week.  It was great to see you again or to meet you for the first time.  The children were very excited for you to know about the progress they are all making.

       The children have been enjoying reading a How To Make An Island book and trying out the steps themselves.  If your child hasn’t brought home his or her island yet, it will be coming home soon.  You can ask your child to tell you all the different steps they took to finish the island.  Some children were excited to add animals, coconuts, and fish to their island when they got home!

       Today your child is bringing home a handwriting book that we worked on last week.  The students are learning to write lowercase letters.  All the letters we learned last week start with a C shape, and the kids are supposed to start writing the C by starting at the top of the letter.  You can ask your child to show you how they made the letters.  If your child likes to write at home, remind them to use the lowercase letters, especially when they are writing an a or an e.

       Happy Birthday to Bilan this week!  Thank you to Abduljalil’s family for bringing in a special treat to everyone in the class in honor of his birthday.

       There will be no school on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday, November 23, 24, and 25th, due to the Thanksgiving holidays.  To those of you who are celebrating Eid this week, may you enjoy your celebrations this week.  Regardless of what holidays your family celebrates, the children and I have been talking about how important it is to think about what you are thankful for in your life.  Tomorrow your child will be bringing home a little present for your family to give thanks for what they appreciate! 

                             Best to you and your families this week,

                            

                             Kristie Hewey

Posted by Kristina Hewey  On Nov 20, 2016 at 11:56 AM
  

     Mrs. Hewey’s First Grade News

                                      November 14, 2016

 

Dear Families,

         As I told you last week, this Monday and Tuesday are our school’s parent teacher conference days.  We will be serving an early school lunch on both days, and the children will be dismissed at 11:40.  Your conference will last for half an hour.   Please be on time because I will most likely have another conference scheduled right after yours.  Your child is excited to show you his/her work and I want to talk to you about your child’s progress so a half an hour goes very quickly.

         On Friday, the children created their own insects using oil pastel crayons.  The children had fun making the three body parts and the six legs and then deciding whether their insect was going to have wings, what kind of mouth it would have, and what kind of markings it would have.  The class also continued to experiment with symmetry as they drew their insects.  Check out everyone’s insect pictures on the hall bulletin board outside our classroom. 

         Happy Birthday to Abduljalil this week! 

         Looking forward to seeing you all in the near future,

 

                                    Kristie Hewey

        

        

 

         

 

        

        

 

         

Posted by Kristina Hewey  On Nov 13, 2016 at 5:27 PM
  

                         Mrs. Hewey’s First Grade News

                                  November 7, 2016

Dear Families,

         Last week we kept a close eye on our mealworms.  One of Kiley’s mealworms had turned into a pupa, and every day we wondered who else would find a pupa in their container.  By the end of the week, Ali had found a pupa in his container, too.  The kids could tell that something was inside the pupa because sometimes it wiggled and moved.  They are all very excited to find out what the pupas are going to turn into! 

         When we were in the garden on Monday, we looked at some different seeds and one of the children remembered eating a watermelon seed by mistake.  I found a funny book called The Watermelon Seed (by Greg Pizzoli) in the library and read it to the class.  Ask your child to tell you what happens in the story.

         In art class, the children have been learning about symmetry.  They painted butterflies with our art teacher, Ms. Maher, and they tried to paint both sides of the butterfly so the sides looked the same.  The paintings are hung up in the front hall of the school so please ask your child to show you the paintings when you come for conferences next week!

                                    All the best,  Kristie Hewey

        

REMINDERS:  This week there will be no school on Tuesday (tomorrow, due to Election Day) and Friday (due to Veteran’s Day).  Your child brought home a green paper that tells about four places in the neighborhood that will be serving free lunch and fun activities to East End students on Tuesday.  Also, I made a mistake.  Next week, on November 14 and 15, children will be dismissed at 11:40, not 12:00 as I told you two weeks ago.  

Posted by Kristina Hewey  On Nov 06, 2016 at 2:42 PM
  

                  Mrs. Hewey’s First Grade News

                                     October 31, 2016

Dear Families,

         Last week we started learning about a new kind of writing; the children are learning to write “how to” books.  We learned that these kinds of books are made to teach people how to do something they’ve never done before.  We made homemade applesauce in the classroom and almost everyone in the class wanted a second helping of it!   Then the children began writing a book to teach someone else how to make applesauce.  This week your child will be writing more how to books.  You can remind your child about all the things he or she knows how to do at home– it can be as simple as brushing your teeth, taking care of your baby brother or sister, riding a bike, or getting ready for the bus. 

         Hopefully your child showed you the pumpkin seeds that we collected from a pumpkin in the school garden. We counted 401 seeds! The kids really wanted to bring some seeds home to show you, and we have washed and saved some of the pumpkin seeds to plant in the spring.  We also toasted some of the pumpkin seeds.  Ask your child if he or she liked eating roasted pumpkin seeds.

         Thank you to Ashley’s mom, Evelyne, and Oliver’s mom, Shannon, for coming to the recess and lunch on Friday.  It was really nice for all of the kids to have families in the room and in the cafeteria. 

         We have another new friend in our classroom!  Welcome to Sebastino (who also likes to be called Subby). He had a great first day on Friday.

         I have put a conference schedule and a Scholastic book order form in your child’s blue folder or backpack!  If you want to order a book, please send in the money by this Friday, Nov. 4th.  If you are signing up for a conference time, please return the paper to me by Wednesday.

                                             All the best,   Kristie Hewey

Posted by Kristina Hewey  On Oct 30, 2016 at 4:33 PM
  

Mrs. Hewey’s First Grade News

                        October 24, 2016

 

Dear Families,

       The children and I went to the school garden across the street last week.  We worked with Lily, a wonderful Food Corps member who works with an organization called Cultivating Community.  The class had a scavenger hunt in the garden, looking for vegetables, fruits and, of course, we couldn’t help looking for insects, too!  A lot of the kids who were at the school last year remembered what they had planted when they were in kindergarten.  They were excited to see how big the sunflowers got and to find their carrots peeking out of the ground.  We are going to go to the garden every Monday at 1:30 for the next four weeks so please feel free to join us (if you don’t mind being outside in October and November weather).

       All the children looked so beautiful on picture day.   It was hard to keep those fancy hairdos and ties straight all morning, but we did it. Everyone tried really hard to give their best smile for the photographer. 

       November is going to be a very busy month, and I want to let you know about some days that our school will be closed.  East End will be closed on both Election Day, Nov. 8th, and Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11th.  The next week our school is having parent teacher conferences on November 14th and November 15th.  These two days will be half days; that means that the children will go home at 12:00 on Nov. 14th and 15th.  Teachers will have conferences with families in the afternoons and early evening of those two days.  If you need a translator for your conference, someone will be calling you to speak to you in your language and schedule a time for you to meet with me.  Once I get the translated conferences schedule, then I will send a schedule home to the rest of the families and you can sign up for a time that works for you. I hope to send that next Monday.  Please don’t worry if you are unavailable on Nov. 14 and 15 because we can always schedule your conference on a different day.  I am looking forward to talking to you about your child’s learning and progress.

       Reminder: Next Monday is Halloween and the children who celebrate that holiday will be very excited.  If you celebrate Halloween, please make sure that your child keeps his or her costume and all candy at home.  Children will be able to tell their friends about their costumes, but we do not want anyone’s costume to get lost or broken, especially on the big day!  I have also had students who are terrified by masks and we want the day to be calm and happy for everyone.  

       Also, this Friday some of you have signed up to come to recess and lunch with the first graders.  Please come sign in at the office at 11:15!

                                                  Kristie Hewey

Posted by Kristina Hewey  On Oct 23, 2016 at 5:26 PM
  

Mrs. Hewey’s First Grade News

October 17, 2016

 

Dear Families,

    Last week the children were very excited to get their own mealworms to study and care for.  Each child has two mealworms in a small plastic container.  The class is learning that all insects start as an egg and many then change into larva.  The mealworms we have in the classroom are in the larva stage. We will watch and feed our mealworms to see how they change!  You can ask your child to tell you what the mealworms eat.

    On Friday we had an exciting visit from local firefighters.  The firefighters came to tell the children how important it is for everyone to have a smoke alarm in their bedroom.  They showed the children the equipment that a firefighter has to wear so that the kids would not be scared if they ever saw someone wearing a fire mask.  They said that families should have a meeting place that everyone agrees to go to if there is a fire in the house, like a neighbor’s house or a friend’s house.  The firefighters also told the kids some safety tips if they celebrate Halloween.  Then we got to visit the fire trucks outside the school and we saw them put up a VERY long ladder!

    I want to welcome our newest student, Kiley, into our classroom.  Kiley did an amazing job of learning lots of new routines, and everyone in the class was so helpful and friendly to her.

    Happy Birthday to Rosalia this week and don’t forget that Thursday is also our school’s Picture Day.  If you want to order a picture package, you must return the photo form and the payment by Thursday morning.  If you lost the form I already sent home, you can get a new one from the office.

    More special news…You are all invited to come join the first graders for recess and lunch on Friday, Oct. 28, between 11:15 and 12:15.  If you want to come, please let us know so we can order you a lunch to have with the kids.  Your child brought home a paper about this on Friday and you can fill it out if you want to come. 

        Have a great week and enjoy the warm weather that is coming!

                    Kristie Hewey

Posted by Kristina Hewey  On Oct 16, 2016 at 4:34 PM
  

Mrs. Hewey’s First Grade News

   

                              October 11, 2016

 

Dear Families,

    I hope you all had a lovely long weekend.   Today your child is going to be able to act out the story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff for you.  All the children painted a scene with a bridge and they cut and colored puppets over the last week or two.  The kids love making the voices of the characters. I hope you enjoy your child’s performance!

    In reading workshop, the children are learning different strategies to figure out words when they read.  For instance, children can look at the pictures in a book to help them figure out a word.  They can also look at the letters in the words.  If your child is just beginning to learn to read any words, you can encourage him to look at the first letter to help him sound out a word.  If a child saw a picture of a horse and a word that started with the h sound, it would make sense that the word might be horse.  A lot of beginning readers need encouragement that what they think might make sense is often true and very smart!

 If your child is reading books already, encourage your child to look at the beginning, the middle AND the end of difficult words and then go back to see if the word would make sense.  For instance, if a child was reading a book and thought a word was “winter”, she might notice the w sound at the beginning of the word, the little word “in” in the middle, and the r sound at the end of the word.  Then she could check the pictures and think about what she’d read already to see if the word winter would make sense.  Stopping to think about whether their reading makes sense is one of the most critical skills for all readers to develop.

Ask your child to tell you what he or she has been learning to do with a hula-hoop in gym class!

                Kristie Hewey

Posted by Kristina Hewey  On Oct 10, 2016 at 6:52 PM
  

Mrs. Hewey’s First Grade News

October 2, 2016

 

Dear Families,

      On Monday your child is going to bring home a lot of papers! Thank you to those of you who have been sending your child’s blue folder back to school every week.  It helps the children if they have their blue folder and can put their papers inside the folder.

 I am sending home my first Scholastic News book order.  Scholastic offers children’s books for a good price and some families like to order a book for their child to have at home.  (I will send home a book order every month so do not worry if you can’t order a book this month. You will have plenty of other chances!)  If you do want to order a book, please send the money and the order form to school by Thursday, October 6th or you can follow the directions to order online.  I am also sending home the school picture form because the children will be getting their pictures taken on October 20thIf you want to order pictures for your child, you must send in the money and the form by Oct. 20th or you can order online for that as well.

      Your child is bringing home a book called Kelso’s Choices.  Kelso is a frog and we have learned about all different ways that Kelso can solve problems with his friends.  The kids in the class use these ways to solve problems, too.  Have your child show you the Kelso coloring book and explain what his choices are.

      In case you didn’t see the paper I sent home Thursday, Ms. Tedesco and I have made “just right” math groups for our classes so that every child is doing the math that is just the right challenge for him or her.

      Last week we kicked off our new science study of insects.  I asked the children to tell me what they knew about insects and we went out into the garden to look for anything we thought was an insect.  The class had so much fun!  On Friday we read a book about insects and we learned about how many legs an insect has. We realized that some of the creatures we thought were insects were not actually insects because they had too many legs!

REMINDERS:  Your child will not have school on Friday, October 7, or Monday, October 10, due to the Columbus Day holiday.  All Portland schools will be closed.

      Please remember to make sure that your child does not bring toys to school.  The first grade teachers have found that toys are incredibly distracting to young children, plus the children get very sad if their special things from home get lost or broken.  We have lots of things for the children to play with at school, so please help remind your child to keep toys and special things at home.

Posted by Kristina Hewey  On Oct 03, 2016 at 10:15 AM
  

Mrs. Hewey’s First Grade News

                             Sept. 26, 2016

 

Dear Families,

A look at last week:   In math, the class has been learning to put together numbers to make five quickly (1 and 4, 2 and 3, 5 and 0).  The students have also been telling stories to “take apart” 5.  For example, one student told me a story about five chickens.  He said that one chicken went to the barn to lay eggs, and the other four went to sleep.  Another child told a story about five chickens, but she said that two of the chickens were dancing and the other three didn’t want to.  The reason we are doing this work is to help kids understand that there is a “whole” (the total number of chickens) that can be broken up into different “parts”.  We will keep working on this concept of whole and part because it is the foundation of addition and subtraction.  You can ask your child to tell you math stories at home, too.

The students were excited to start the IRead program on the IPads.  This is a program that helps children learn phonics and word patterns, but most of the time they feel like they are playing a game. Ask your child to tell you what they like about IRead. 

Special News:  We have a Foster Grandparent Volunteer in our classroom.  Her name is Grammy Bev, and she is in our classroom all morning four days a week.  She reads to kids or listens to them read, and she also helps kids with writing and math.  We are very lucky to have such a kind, caring volunteer in our room.  I’m sure you will start to hear your child talk about Grammy.

         Reminders!!   This Wednesday is the first early release Wednesday of the year.  Every Wednesday your child will get out of school at 1:50 instead of 2:50   If your child takes the bus, your child will get home an hour earlier on Wednesday.

                                   

                Have a great week,     Kristie Hewey

Posted by Kristina Hewey  On Sep 25, 2016 at 4:06 PM
  
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