Friday, September 16, 2016

Hello everyone!  We've successfully completed our first full week of school, and it was packed full of fun, learning, establishing new friendships and reconnecting with old friends.  One of my young friends commented, " I can't believe it's already time to go home, this day went by in a snap!"

We had our first Guidance lesson with Mrs. G and learned about our new Friendship Bench!  The bench is lovely to look at, and even more special because of the way it is used.  Ask your first grader about it!!

Our principal, Miss Hasson, came to our class and read us a story!  We enjoyed hearing School's First Day of School, by Adam Rex and Christian Robinson.  We also played a fun, and challenging (for Miss Hasson) name game!

During Reading Workshop this week we grew our reading muscles by building stamina when reading to ourselves.  We also got to read with our Reading Partners!  We practiced building the reading habits of checking our sneak peak (predictions), reading more and more, and doing something when we finish a book.  Doing something means rereading a favorite part over again, rereading the whole book, or retelling the story.  We are learning how to reread our story to make our voice sound smooth, like talking!  

We were so lucky, we got to go to the fire station and meet some Cape Elizabeth and South Portland fire fighters, and police officers!  We got to go inside a fire truck and an ambulance, and we looked inside a police car.  It was so much fun meeting the men and women who keep us safe!

Families, please remember that next Monday, September 19th will be our first Early Release Day.  Children will be dismissed by noon while staff remains until 4:30 working with technology, and other important learning goals.

Smile!! Picture Day is next Tuesday, September 20th!  You can pre order online, or send in the order form with a check, with your child on Tuesday.  All children will be photographed individually, and with their class.  It's so sweet to see the little ones coming into school dressed in their 'fancy' picture clothes.  :)  If you would like your child to change into play clothes after their photo is taken, be sure to send them in their backpacks.

Have a lovely September weekend!

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