Week of: 2/2/15

Miss Collins Classroom News
Room 206

Important Dates:

Late Start Monday’s (school begins @ 9:05am)

  • Feb. 2, 9, 23
  • March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • 2/2: Buffalo Wild Wings Fundraiser – present the certificate on the back of the Mason Gazette and 20% of proceeds will go to Mason PTO.
  • 2/3: Boston Market Night – 15% of sales go to Mason PTO.
  • 2/4-2/5: Returnable Can collection
  • 2/6: Pretty in Pink Dance @ 7pm
  • 2/9: Elsa’s Princess Ball (@GPN) 4-6 & 6:30-8:30
  • 2/11: Student Count Day
  • 2/13: Valentine’s Day Party (9:15-10:15am)
  • 2/16-2/20: Mid-Winter Break
  • 3/3: Half Day (11:30 dismissal) & Boston Market Night – 15% of sales go to Mason PTO.

Monday: music
Tuesday: gym
Wednesday: art
Thursday: library
Friday: music

Weekly Words

- sight words: them, there, their, could would
- word family: -ent

*Spelling test on sight words every Friday*

Reader's Workshop

Students have been introduced to nonfiction text features and continue to identify them through the different stories we read together as a class and books that they read from independently. We will continue to practice these text features as it lends a hand to our how-to writing unit where we learned about the table of contents, glossary and index.

Writing Workshop

Students began writing their own how to stories this week. They decided on a topic they were experts in and followed the how-to writing format by first writing the items needed and then describing each step by beginning with a transition word. You will see some of their previous writing from units we have wrapped up coming home. The stories have been stapled together to help keep them organized in their folders, however they are not stapled in the order in which they wrote them. See if you can spot the growth in their writing!

Social Studies

-Looking ahead: Feb. 19 is Chinese New Year, which falls during February break. We will be planning a field trip to Golden Dragon (Mack & Kerby), date TBD. Look out for a permission slip coming home soon! We will be need parent drivers for our 25 booster seat-riding first graders :)


Students were introduced to the three states of matter. While first grade only focuses on solids and liquids, students became familiar with solids, liquids and gases and identified objects in the room and the world we live in with these titles.

Collins Comments:

  •   Our Valentine’s Day party will be on Friday, 2/13 @ 9:15-10:15. Not all classes will have their parties in the morning. Just a heads up for families with multiple Mason students.

Homework for our Valentine’s Day Party!
Please do the following on days that are convenient for you. This project needs to be completed by Thursday, Feb. 12th.

Valentine Mailbox: For homework your child will need to make a Valentine Mailbox which can hold all of their Valentines. You can use a shoebox or a cereal box and decorate it with tissue paper, construction paper, markers, stickers, pipe cleaners, foam pieces, or any other kind of material that would make a fun box for your child to keep their Valentines in. Help your child to be creative with their work.  -This is something you can work on together over the next couple of weeks. Then send it back to school on Feb. 12th so your child will have it for the party. Thank you in advance for all your help with this home project.

--Please have your child print THEIR NAME ONLY on the Valentine’s Day cards they choose to hand out. Your child does not have to address their cards. We have 25 students in our class so please make sure that your child has enough for everyone. Your child does not have to buy cards. They can make their own paper cards if they choose.

--Please place the Valentine’s Day cards in a plastic baggie with your child’s name written on the bag. Then place the baggie inside of the Valentine’s Box. I will have a place in the classroom where they will be kept safe until the party!

--If you and/or your child would like to pass out special things with their Valentine’s Day cards you may. BUT it is not required! Stickers, pencils, suckers, candies are acceptable if you choose.

--Please remember that we have peanut allergies in our classroom. We appreciate your efforts in sending in treats that haven’t been processed in peanut factories and are peanut free.