Sunday, May 27, 2018

Wk 38 May 27th - 31st.

Thank you for taking the time to read our weekly news. It is hard to believe that this is the last full week of school; we will make the most out of it! Thank you to all the parents that came to our Student Led Conferences last week. Our students did an amazing job displaying all the growth that they have had in their journey through first grade. They were all very proud, as it is the result of hard work and they have been reflecting on it for the past couple of weeks. They are lucky to have such supportive parents like you, and we are sure that you enjoyed listening to them talk about it.

First Graders practicing SLC with partners

Proud students sharing their work!

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Dear parents, we are counting on your support to help us collect back all the books that our avid readers have taken home. Whether they are library books, guided reading books, Classroom library books, independent reading books....we need them all back :). Please take this week to look around your house and send them all back in their take-home folder.
Thank you!!

Big Splash Day (Tuesday 29th) - Last House event!

Please have students come to school wearing their swimsuit under their clothes (house shirt) and appropriate shoes for the pool. Students are to leave their backpacks in their assigned assembly spot where their teachers will meet them. Classes will walk to the pool at 7:50, so please help us ensure that students begin their day with a smile by having them be by the ramp at 7:50 at the latest. If they come in late, please have them leave their backpack by the assembly spot before they come to the pool. Students should only bring their pool bags and a change of clothes if they wish to change.

From the Curriculum Corner

Reading Workshop: Read About Science Topics

The Essential Questions are:
1) How can I learn about Science through reading?
2) How do different texts help me get information about the same topic?
3) How can I become an expert about a Science topic?

This week we will continue to learn from non fiction books. They will be using information they already know to connect to the new information that they are learning. They will stop and jot wonders, questions, main ideas and contradictions; and they will raise important questions about the books they are reading.

Writing Workshop: Writing About Science

The Essential Question is: How can I write like a scientist to inform my reader?

This week our students will continue to write their Science book about "Matter". They will learn that teaching books can include: how-to, persuasive, and narrative writing; and that they can add this to the chapters in their books. First grade Science writers will also work on adding non fiction features such as headings, glossaries and table of contents. By the end of this book, they will have an edited, revised book ready to be published!

Math: Place Value, Comparison, Plus and Minus to 100

The Essential Questions are:
1) How does counting by tens and ones help you count larger numbers?
2) What is place value?
3) How does a digit's position affect it's value?
4) How can numbers be expressed and compared?
5) In what ways can numbers be composed and decomposed?

This week we will continue to review what we have learned in this unit, and we will practice our fluency through games and Math challenges.

Playing games to practice and improve fluency and other Math concepts learned this year!

Science: Matter Manipulations - Solids and Liquids

The Essential Question is: How and why do scientists change matter?

This week we will finish our unit on Matter, and we will take the time to reflect on all the exciting things that we have learned during this unit. To start that reflection, we will ask ourselves the big question Why do scientists change matter?, and we will have discussions in groups and with partners.

We made Flubber!!!
No hot lunch last week of school. Last day for hot lunch is May 31st.
Please arrange a packed lunch from home on the days required.

Lost and Found

Part of educating students at CAC is encouraging independence through increasing responsible behaviors. We constantly encourage students to label their items so that they are easily identified and returned back to the owner. It is also important that students know what to do when they lose any of their items.

Here is what we advise students to do when they report a lost item:

1- Look everywhere (lost & found table/class/playground/inside backpacks/home ,etc,...)
2- Ask Others (friends/teachers/parents/siblings,etc,..)
3-Ask parents to report to the lost and found link. Upper grade students can do this too.
4- Use the same link to report when item is found.

In order to support our students and community members with the above process, we created the below Lost and Found link to help us track of lost and found items.

Attendance Information:

If you would like to check your child’s detailed attendance report, please follow steps below:

Login to > you will be taken to your dashboard

click on the skyward icon on your skyward

on your family access click on Attendance you will see your child’s total attendance for the year.

Attendance codes:

T- Tardy                              H- Half day A- Absent

10 T is counted as 1 absent day

2 H  is counted as 1 absent day

Students absent on ERD ( early release day when students are dismissed at 11:30 ) is counted as 1 A

Arrival after 10:00 a.m. is considered a half-day absence.

Leaving school before 1:00 p.m. is considered a half-day absence.

Early departures between 1:00-3:00 p.m. will be recorded and treated in the same manner as our tardy policy.

More information about the Attendance Policy can be found in the handbook link available on the CAC website: > Learning > Elementary School >Elementary Handbook

Click here for the handbook link : Elementary Handbook

Important dates

May 22nd. - Last library class - no library class this week
May 29th - Last house event - Big Splash day
May 29th - Summer book checkout starts
May 31st. -  Last day for hot lunch
June 3rd.- Grade 5 moving on celebration assembly
June 3rd. - First Grade end of year party 12:30 - 1:15 parents are welcome to attend
June 5th. - End of year assembly 10:30 in the ES hall
June 5th. - Last day of school. Students dismissed at 11:30

If you have any other questions or concerns about this week, please don't hesitate to contact your classroom teacher.

Your Partners in Learning,

Taryn Carr (
Gaby Morales (
Charlie Saunders (

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