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School Assembly Fun!

As many of you may have heard, we had a very exciting school assembly yesterday afternoon. We got to watch the fourth graders duct tape Mr. Kangas to a wall. This was the reward for being the class to raise the most money during our PTF penny drive two weeks ago.

We also had three students from our class who received perfect attendance for the first trimester. This means that they had zero absences, no tardies, and no early dismissals. Congratulations to Austin, Jayden, and Lily!

I have attached two pictures for all to see.

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Report Cards

It is hard to believe that the first trimester has already come to a close. Report cards went home yesterday in manila envelopes. Please sign and date the envelope and return them to school next week.

As most are aware, the goal is to have all children at or above a 3 by the end of first grade. This means that they are proficient in each standard listed. X’s indicate a topic that has not been fully introduced yet. 1’s indicate that your child is currently struggling in that area and needs help from others to do what is asked. 2’s indicate that your child is showing understanding at this time, can work mainly on his/her own, but will need more exposure and practice to be fully proficient. 3’s indicate an area where your child has already demonstrated his/her proficiency.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at lisa_sturgis@msad.org or call me at school.

Mrs. Sturgis


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Scholastic Book Order Due Tomorrow

This is just a reminder that our classroom book order is due tomorrow for anyone who is interested in placing an order.  You can send in the paper order form with a check made out to Scholastic, Inc. You can also order online as long as you have a credit card or debit card. Just click into the link from the Scholastic Reading Club page here on the blog. It will take you directly to our classroom link.

Mrs. Sturgis


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Book Buddy Photos

Sorry for being so late with these, but I wanted to share some pictures of our first graders working with their Pre-K book buddies on 10/31/14. We will be meeting up with them once a month on Friday as part of our service learning project in Social Studies to be helpers in our communities. Both classes really enjoyed this, and I feel that it was a big ego boost for all of our first graders to be able to show off their reading skills to younger children!

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Science Fun

Because we only have two 40 minute periods a week to cover Science and Social Studies, we will switch back and forth between the two areas throughout the year. Our first target area in Science will fall under heredity and reproduction by learning about the life cycle of honeybees.  We are using our read aloud time to help us gain and retain as much information as possible. We started to learn a little about this process with our Monarch butterfly stories from the week before too. Since we only had 3 days of school last week and will have 4 days this week, our read alouds will continue to be about honeybees this week.

The honeybee is the Maine state insect, so I thought it would be interesting to use it for this learning target. We have also added a new reading team with that name to go along with our other four teams: moose, landlocked salmons, chickadees, and coon cats.

This week we will watch an interesting video about honeybees, and our morning seat work will also have a honeybee theme while working with words, sentences, and poems.

Mrs. Sturgis


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Parent/Teacher Conferences

This is just a reminder that Monday, November 10th and Wednesday, November 12th have been set aside for parent/teacher conferences. The time slots are in 15 minute intervals starting at 3:30 p.m. and ending at 7 p.m. both nights. If you need a reminder about your day or time, please feel free to email me at lisa_sturgis@msad40.org. I look forward to meeting with everyone and sharing some of your children’s work samples, strengths, and opportunities while being available for any questions or concerns you may have.

See you soon,

Mrs. Sturgis