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January 14, 2013 Weekly Update


Dear Families,

     Hi!  I hope you enjoyed your weekend.  Today, students will be bringing home their reflection cards, their math homework packets, and a special reading calendar homework.  In order to complete the reading calendar homework, students should choose one book they’re currently reading and complete a “Story Cube” according to the directions provided.  Both homework assignments will be due on Tuesday, January 22nd.  Please be reminded that students do not have school on Friday, January 18th, a teacher’s record keeping day, and Monday, January 21st, Martin Luther King Holiday.

     Last week, we read together a nonfiction book entitled “All About Owls” by Jim Arnosky.  As a class, we began collecting owl facts.  We completed our owl pellet dissection as well.  This week, along with our regular reading and writing work, students will continue to research these interesting birds both independently and with the help of partners.  We’ll use our collection of facts to write sentences and paragraphs.  We’ll also learn a poem entitled “The Great Gray Owl.”  This poem takes a look at the actions of owls and provides us an opportunity to think about verbs. 

    On Wednesday, January 16th, the 1st graders will participate in a vision check with the Phillips Eye Institute.

    Finally, at last week’s all-school morning meeting, we practiced a new Barton cheer created by the Student Council.  The cheer ended with “Be Safe, Have Fun, and Learn a Lot!”  Well said!  Our classroom will use one of our morning meetings this week to review playground behavior.  Please remind your child the importance of being safe and having fun on the playground.  Snow and ice need to remain on the ground.  Wrestling or “play fighting” is not allowed.  Students need to watch so as to not run into or land on top of others.  Students are asked to be inclusive of others and always use appropriate language and actions towards others.   

     As always, thanks for your continued communication and support.