Wednesday, May 23, 2018

A few items

As the year is coming to a close, I wanted to offer some information.

To start, your child has been working on a 1st Grade Portfolio that they would like to share it with you at school on: 
   Thursday, May 31st at    7:30-8:15 a.m.       or     3:30- 5:30p.m.
Please plan on spending about a half hour with your child to view all of their work! If you could let me know which of those two times works out the best for your family, that would be appreciated. If neither of those times works, please let me know. 

Next, I have notified you about this in an email, but I do want to remind you about the 
Lower School Closing  on Friday, June 1st at 1:30p.m. The chapel doors will open at noon for families to claim their seats. Also.... the attire is semi-dressy for students. Please plan on picking up your child in the classroom directly after the program. 

Many of you have turned in the yellow sheet informing us if your child will be attending Baccaularuete to honor their senior buddy. If you have said that your child will be attending , this is a reminder that it is on 
Sunday, June 3rd. The students will meet in room 38 at 4:45. We encourage the parents to go to the chapel to watch the first graders process with the guide of the teachers. 

Last but no least, Emily Jones has some information about summer reading: 

I'll be showing your class this webpage during Library class, and book-talking eight of the suggested titles. 

While the LS Library will be closed over the summer, families are encouraged to visit their local public libraries and/or independent bookstores. 

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Book Fair

Dear Lower School Parents:
Breck Lower School Library is once again hosting a Lower School Book Fair — held this year before spring break from March 5-12. Your student(s) will visit the Book Fair in the Lower School Library during their regular library time. (Friday afternoon)

You should have received a spending permission slip that needs to be returned to his or her classroom teacher before Conferences next week. 

New this year! We’re offering a new Online Book Fair as a way for your family to select more books than I could ever o er at our physical Book Fair sale. e online Book Fair is available March 1-14. During this time, our library receives 30%
of all proceeds from this site! ere is no permission slip for online shopping; parents simply log in and shop with their personal credit cards.

Click here to access the Online Book Fair | Access code = MUSTANGS18
I hope you will enjoy shopping, knowing that your purchases directly support the growth of our library collection! Sincerely,
Emily Jones
Lower School Librarian 

Link to online Book Fair flyer
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Conference Sign Up

Just so everyone knows.....

Conference sign up goes as follows:

February 20 - 9:00am for parents with 3 or more children

February 22 - 9:00am for all parents

*** Also, you might remind parents that we will have childcare on Thursday, March 1.  Parents need to register children with Katie Peterson.
Sunday, January 21, 2018

New Year

The new year has begun and along with it we have been exceptionally busy in first grade. Traditionally the month of January is a time of year where students seem to start putting all the pieces together and great growth occurs. This year is following suit- and we are excited to see that the students are not only increasing in skills but they all seem to be genuinely excited about learning and wanting to know more. Our classroom community has become very supportive of each other and we are cheering each other on as we achieve new goals!

The new month brought on a new writing unit : OPINION Writing-specifically how to write a review. The tiny topic notebooks came home last week in hopes that the students would write down ideas as they saw fit. The goal is to have multiple items in the book that could  either be things that they feel good or bad about. We are trying to get the students to understand that their voice (through their words) can be a very powerful tool. We have been teaching them how to effectively write a review in order to persuade the reader to be convinced. We have read a few reviews for movies and books. What you can do as family members is- read any reviews that you may come across. The more they see and hear reviews, the better the students will understand that process. As I have been reading the reviews that are being written, I think that we have a class that have a lot of great opinions and strong points!

When we came back after break, in math we had a mini-unit in solid shapes. Overall, the students did well in their assessments so we are moving on. Before we went onto the next chapter on higher numbers, Ms. Madden and I felt that it was imperative to review how to add and subtract numbers up to 20 using the strategies that we have been teaching them. We are glad that we made that decision as we feel that it solidified their understanding.   We will be working on numbers for 20-40 next.

Next week we will be going to the Minnesota Zoo. It will be the start of our science unit of the ocean. We have been packing up the rocks in the room and will soon be studying the different zones of the ocean and ocean life. You will also start seeing more non-fiction books about the ocean coming home in the student’s book bags. As our next unit in writing will be our “All Abouts”, we will be writing about some type of ocean life. These books going home will be an opportunity for your child to learn some facts about certain ocean animals.

By now, I am assuming that the routine of reading each night has been established. Whether we have a guided reading assignment or not, we still would like to see that your child has had a chance to read about 15 minutes a night. We have been very pleased with our guided reading sessions with your children. They are all progressing and seem to be more confident in their reading.

In social studies, we will be talking about “CHANGE MAKERS” or people who have made a change in our society. So far we have Jane Goodall and Martin Luther King Jr. and we will be continuing the list in the next couple of months.

Last but not least, I wanted to let you know that we will be having a student teacher from South Korea in our classroom starting January 29th. Her name is Yena Jang and she is involved in a student teaching exchange through the University of Minnesota. The students will be learning a bit about South Korea in the upcoming week so that we can be prepared for her. We are very excitied about this opportunity.

Hope that everyone has recovered from the Vikings loss. Now we mover forward and get ready for the excitement in sharing our city with the rest of the United States. 
Friday, October 27, 2017

Special opportunity!

Just wanted you to know that next Wednesday the students will get a chance to hear the author Shelly Boyum- Breen durning Community Meeting.
You can get your child a book ordered and personally autographed if you order by Monday. Use the code BRECK17
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Service opportunities!

Breck Scares Hunger!  Students in gr. 1-4 will be bringing home a card this week that will help them participate in our All School Food Drive.  We are asking students to consider asking a friend or neighbor to donate canned or boxed food that we will then deliver to community partners.  Donations can be delivered to school Sunday, Oct. 29, or before school Mon. Oct. 30-Nov. 1

All-School Chapel: Tuesday, November 7
Next month in honor of All Saints' Day, our All-School Chapel will include a small tribute remembering people within or connected to our community who have passed away. 

If you would like a loved one remembered, email Alexis Kent with his or her name, their connection to Breck and a photograph. Please submit the name(s) and photograph(s) by Friday, November 3rd to