Week of: 4/20/15

Miss Collins Classroom News
Room 206

Important Dates:

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

  • April 20, 27
  • May 4, 11, 18
  • 4/21: NWEA Reading 1 Assessment
  • 4/23: NWEA Reading 2 Assessment
  • 5/5: Boston Market Night
  • 5/9: Tin Can Auction 4-9pm
  • 5/15: Half Day (11:30 Dismissal)
  • 5/25: No School (Memorial Day)
  • 6/2: Field Day AM (6/5 rain date)

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

Weekly Words

- sight words: red, blue, brow, think, jump
- word family: -ock

*Spelling test on sight words every Friday*

Reader's Workshop

Students worked in partnerships during reading to identify factual information about frogs and toads. These partnerships showed great teamwork and students were able to learn together and have meaningful conversations. I’ve been very impressed with their hard work! We have also been reviewing foundational skills in reading to prepare for the NWEA assessments next week.

Writing Workshop

This week we spent time comparing and contrasting frogs and toads. We will be writing a fictional story about a frog as well as an All About Frogs story over the next few weeks. This is a great practice for the Grosse Pointe Writing Assessment that is coming up.

Social Studies

Earth Day is celebrated in the month of April. To honor this special day, we have had conversations about ways to help out our Earth and the ways we already do without even realizing! We will be completing some Earth Day activities next week.


Collins Comments:

  • We will be taking the Reading NWEA assessments next Tuesday and Thursday. Please make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and a nice breakfast. Times for the Math NWEA will be sent home in the next newsletter.
  • We are in need of Clorox or Disinfecting wipes. Our classroom supply has been used up and we would appreciate any donations to help keep our kids and classroom healthy :)
  • Tin Can Auction: Please send in any Beach Day Basket items in with your child next week so the baskets can be assembled. Thank you to all for your generosity!
  • Afternoon Snack: Many of our growing first graders have asked for an afternoon snack. If you wish to pack a morning and afternoon snack for your child, feel free! These warmer days require a lot of energy and a full belly helps keep them going. Some have leftovers in their lunch bags that substitute for a snack as well. I have told the first graders that this snack rule is their responsibility and taking care of themselves is a second grade habit they can practice!