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                                 Mrs. Hartley’s First Grade Class 


Important Dates:



Mon. 3/12-No school (report card teacher work day)

Wed. 3/14- First Grade leads chapel

Fri. 3/16- Free Dress Day

Wed. 3/27- Field Trip to see Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed at the Seattle Children’s Theater

Wed. 3/28-Talent Show @ 1:15

Fri. 3/30-noon dismissal (Good Friday)

Mon. 4/2-Fri. 4/6-Spring Break


Notes and News:


Homework Connections: The gold sheet with homework activities is optional supplemental homework for your child. Many kids are ready to take on something more and they reportedly finish the regular homework in only one or two nights. I will send a new one home each week for you to look over and if your child chooses to do some of the activities, simply circle the ones that were completed and sign the bottom of the paper. They will receive 5 bonus dojo points for each activity they do!  In the past, these activities have been really enjoyed by first grade families. The intent is to offer something beyond the usual packet that will be a fun, exploratory activity do be done with parents. Most of the choices don’t take much time at all and I have been told that families have had lots of fun and meaningful interactions as they complete activities together.

Xtra Math: Today information went home regarding doing XtraMath at home. This is a basic math facts program that helps kids memorize their addition and subtraction facts to 10. The goal is to have answers automatic (within 3 seconds). This will really help, especially as they get ready to enter 2nd grade. Using fingers or number lines will be too time-consuming when more complex math concepts are tackled. XtraMath is free if you log in using a browser rather than the app. Simply log in using Safari or other browser and save to your home screen for quicker log-in. Let me know if you have any questions. We already have 3 kids who have “graduated” from addition and are working on subtraction! I would like to encourage one XtraMath session each night whenever possible. It really only takes about 5 minutes a day to get those math facts memorized!

Chapel: Today your child brought home their parts to practice reading for our chapel service next Wednesday (March 14th.) Please have them read their part to you several times until they seem confident. Kids all chose which parts they wanted to read and we have already been practicing in class. It is important to note that some kids are uncomfortable with having long chapel speaking parts, even if they are able to do the reading. Others would do the whole thing on their own if they could! I love seeing how their different personalities come out and shine in so many different ways! The song “The Lamb” will be sung by first grade and they brought home the words to that today, too. They should practice singing it for you several times to make sure we sound loud and proud during our performance. Thanks for all your support at home. We hope some of you are able to join us next week!