Your children have done an extraordinary job in their 8 days of school. They are creative and very kind to one another. I am thrilled to see them taking risks with making new friends and trying new things.
We are talking more about Growth Mindset and taking on challenges. They learned about the word "determination" this week.
We read books by Denise Fleming this week. The children then responded through words and pictures about key text details.
We are learning our high frequency words and blending decodable short vowel words.
We began reading groups too. This Wednesday, be on the look out for their first "Take Home" Book. This will be one of their weekly "Homework" assignments. It's a time to celebrate what they are reading! More details will come home with their first book on Wednesday.
We have released many Monarch butterflies, we have planted Sunflowers, and we have learned about mixtures and how they can bring about change.
We also had a lesson on the voting process. We brainstormed names for our class, narrowed down the options through a "Primary Election" and then had the final election. We are now known as the BEST BOBCATS.
I have enjoyed talking with each family through a "Phone Call from the Teacher". If you have not yet signed up, there are still a few slots open for tomorrow. If these times don't work for you, please contact me directly to set up a time that will. You can sign up via this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0c4cacad28a3f94-aphone
2018 School Year Families: A Phone Call from the Teacher...
I'd like to have a brief phone call with each family next week. This should be about 5-10 minutes, and it's an opportunity to check in with questions you might have and to share how your child is navigating the school day. Please sign up for a time, and then reply via email with the BEST number to reach you at that time. Let me know if these times do not work, and we can work to figure out a time that will.
School pictures will be on Tuesday.
This week we will read books by Eric Litwin. We will also be learning about Constitution Day.
It's going to be a great week!
Our first week in school has been a rich one.
We have learned the three big rules of our school and classroom. Be safe. Be respectful. Be responsible.
Your children have learned so much about their new classroom, playground, cafeteria, hallway, bathroom, and so much more! There is a lot to take in, and we will continue to practice and learn these things! Learning happens over time, and soon those rules and expectations will be inherent.
Besides the hopping bugs that livened up our classroom, we also created ant playgrounds. We read Effie, a story about a loud ant who has trouble making friends. Your child had a challenge to create a playground for Effie and her new found friends. The children were so invested, they designed and created, and then joined their playgrounds to make even more fun for the ants!
We've been reading books about Scaredy Squirrel as well. We have been learning about kNOwtions. I've explained this to the kids as thoughts that we have about things we think we know that might stop us from thinking, learning, and doing. Scaredy Squirrel has a lot of kNOwtions that prevent him from enjoying and learning. Within the next few weeks we will begin to call this type of thinking a "Fixed Mindset". Scaredy Squirrel, begins to take some risks and change his thinking. He begins to experience and learn new things. We will begin to address this type of thinking as a "Growth Mindset".
I have enjoyed a great first week with your children.
If you have not done so already, please visit Sign Up Genius to sign up for a Phone Call with me. www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0C4CACAD28A3F94-aphone
It was a hot start to the school year, but your kids handled it with pizzazz! We hydrate often, so please be sure to pack a drink for snack and lunch and a water bottle! Thank you.
Lunch and milk can be confusing for some children. It may be a good idea for a few days to write a quick note to me if your child will be purchasing a snack milk, a lunch milk, or having hot lunch. There is so much for them to remember and to learn, that sometimes they get confused. A note can help me to guide them in the planned direction! As they get into the routines, the notes will likely not be needed, but it's a good place to start!
We are learning each other's names and we created some fun caterpillars based on the book Caterpillar Dance! Their caterpillars are up and ready to greet them tomorrow.
The first day of school is almost here! I am sure your children are very excited to start the school year, and probably have a few jitters too! Guess what? Their teacher gets the jitters too!
Please have your child pack an extra water bottle tomorrow...and each day. We hydrate often.
When your child comes to school, I will be greeting them in the classroom. Part of our daily check in routine will be a hot lunch count. I ask each child to be able to tell me if they have a lunch from home or if they will be getting hot lunch. It is helpful if you assure your child each day about his/her lunch plans.
We have a great day planned. We will start to learn about each other through stories, games, and art activities.
Hurray for the first day!
It was very nice to meet so many of you today at the Meet Your Teacher and Your Classmates time. Now, I can't wait until Tuesday.
I wanted to post the class letter about our allergy. Please be sure that no cashew products are in your child's snacks and lunches. Peanut butter and Hazelnut spreads are allowed at this time.
New Boston Central School
“A Special Place to Learn and Grow”
15 Central School Road
New Boston, NH 03070
This year we have students in our classroom with food allergies. We appreciate your help and
cooperation to help them stay safe.
We have students who are allergic to cashews and mixed nuts. Reactions range from mild to life threatening.
There are several practices that will be in place to help prevent allergic reactions:
We look forward to working together with you to have a wonderful year in first
grade. If you have any questions regarding our allergy aware room, please contact Mrs. Judith Limondin at ext. 5733 or Ms. Tori Underwood at ext. 5701.
Our first day will be filled with new adventures! See you soon!
Welcome to First Grade!
My name is Mrs. Veilleux, and I am so excited that you will be a part of our amazing class! We will have lots of fun as we learn. I love learning, and I have many fun lessons waiting for you! We will do lots of creating and exploring.
I love to read, and we will read lots of great books together. I also love to write books with you, so throughout the year we will create many fiction and nonfiction books!
I bet you have lots of questions for me, and you can get those questions answered on our Meet the Teacher and Your Classmates Day. This will be on August 30th from 1:30-2:30 pm. Please save the date, and I hope to see you there.
As the school year begins, I will be updating my site often. For now, please explore the tabs to learn about our classroom. The “Nuts and Bolts” and “School Supplies” tabs will be a great place to learn the ins and outs of our classroom and what you will need to start the year.
Thank you for a wonderful year with your child.
Thank you too for the special gifts and heartfelt notes of appreciation. I will treasure them, and I will treasure the memories of The Curious Caterpillars!
Today we read Mrs. Spitzer's Garden. This book is about a teacher and the "garden" that she tends to each year. Like Mrs. Spitzer, I too tended the "garden" that appeared at my door this past September. We spent 180 days growing, blooming, weeding, and reblooming! I know that each of them will continue to grow and bloom!
Report cards went home today and they are in your child's folder. If your child was not in attendance today, you may pick up the report card at the main office.
Have a wonderful summer!
We have had a wonderful and enriching year. Your children have grown so very much.
This week we will focus on some favorite stories and we will create a memory book.
Throughout the course of the week, you will see some "Memories" come home. Last week, "The Messy Treasure" folder (Our rough drafts) came home. Mrs. Chalson also sent home their art projects!
We will be visiting the Historical Society on Wednesday. This is a walking trip. A permission slip went home on Friday. Please return as soon as possible.
We look forward to hatch day! We expect hatching on Tuesday, but sometimes they come early. It will be an exciting time!
Monday is the Reading Challenge Celebration. Please have your children pack a towel or blanket. There is a letter about the Reading Challenge in my previous posts. Please check it out.
Students from second grade are selling lemonade on Thursday. Children may pre-order tomorrow. Cost is 50 cents (small) and 1 dollar (large). More information is in the school's Thursday notice.
Field Day is on Thursday as well as the school-wide barbecue. There is no cost to students for the barbecue.
Please have your child dress for field day. Sneakers, shorts, water bottle. Please apply sunscreen and bug spray before sending your child to school.
We are learning about traditions. We have read about traditional dances and we have discussed traditions of our own.
We had a visit from my friend Mrs. Judd on Friday. She helped us to "candle" our eggs. We were able to shine a light onto the egg to see the developing chicks. So far, we have 7 developing chicks! We have about one more week to go before hatch time.
Next week we will be reviewing our math concepts and practicing counting money. Mid-week we will begin our final end of year Math Assessment.
This week will be our final homework week. Your children have done a great job with their homework, and the reading log! Please encourage your child to fill out the minutes part. It is a small step in owning their learning.
Our school-wide reading celebration is on Monday. A letter went home about this, and your children heard about it during our Community Meeting. I have posted the letter below this post. It will outline all your children will need.