Tuesday, October 16, 2018

First Grade Families,

We hope that you all had a relaxing and fun fall break! We enjoyed meeting with you during fall conferences. The Read-a-Thon will continue through the end of the month so keep logging those minutes! Our culminating event will be on Literacy Day, October 31st. Scholars will be able to dress as their favorite character in literature. All characters must be approved by your child's teacher and will be subject to guidelines. Pop-culture will not be permitted.

Larry Kerby's Love and Logic seminar is this Thursday evening. Childcare is provided.

Clubs will begin next week, early dismissal is at 12:30 Wednesday, October 17th.

***Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of our headmaster, Dr. Toyin Atolagbe!  This weekend Mrs. Atolagbe will be receiving her Doctorate in Education from Grand Canyon University.  If you would like to write her a note of congratulations, please send your family letter/note to your child's teacher no later than THIS FRIDAY, October 19th.  We will collect the letters and present them to her in a gift box after her ceremony this weekend.  Thank you for taking the time to celebrate Dr. Atolagbe's accomplishments with us!

Regarding Fall Concert:

Greetings, Archway Lincoln Parents and Guardians!

Believe it or not, the fourth annual, mandatory Archway Lincoln Fall Concert is fast approaching. It will be held on           

  Thursday, November 15th
at the
Higley Center for the Performing Arts
4132 E. Pecos Road Gilbert, AZ 85295.

The K-2 concert will be 5:30-6:30 p.m. with students arriving at 5:00 p.m.

Attire for concerts is as follows:
Boys: White dress shirt, black pants, black dress shoes, and black socks. Hair should be combed neatly.
Girls: White top, black skirt (black tights optional), or black dress pants, and black dress shoes. Hair should be styled neatly.

Working with your children is a delight and privilege. I look forward to enjoying this beautiful event with you. If you have any questions, please reach out to me atrboswell@archwaylincoln.org

Thank You,

Rachel Boswell
Phonograms 1-70 * newly introduced 55-70

This week in literature we will begin our fairy tales unit. Our first story will be Sleeping Beauty. We will take a look at characters and story elements.

This week we will explore ordinal numbers and ordering numbers. It will be a very short unit with the test on Friday. 

We are continuing our unit in habitats. This week we will explore the Tropical Rain Forest and  talk about the various levels. We will learn the vocabulary words canopy, dense and colonies. We will also compare this to a deciduous forest and coniferous forest. 

We will begin our unit on Early Civilizations. We will discuss how long ago people moved from hunting and gathering to farming. We will take a closer look at the Aztecs, Incas and Mayas in this unit.

We are looking forward to a terrific quarter with each of you!

-The First Grade Team

Sunday, September 30, 2018

First Grade Families we did it! 
This is our final week before a well deserved break. Just a reminder that our annual Read-A-Thon has begun and will continue through October. This is a great opportunity for you to encourage your child to read while supporting our school. Our goal is to have 100% of our scholars get at least one donation. Your child will be bringing home the instructions on how to log minutes and earn points. We are raising funds to purchase permanent shelving for the library, as what is there was meant to be temporary and is already starting to sage from use, as well as the ability to mount all classroom projectors to free up much needed space in all rooms. 

Book Fair Dates:
The Book Fair will be open Monday, 10/1- Friday, 10/5.  All classes will have a chance to preview the book fair on Monday, October 1st during the school day.  

Book Fair Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday:  7:30am-4:30pm
Thursday:                                                 7:30am-6:30pm

Students with money will be able to shop during the school day Tuesday-Friday.  They will be brought down 15 minutes prior to their morning special.

Quarter 1  Conferences:
This quarter parent teacher conferences are mandatory and will be held on October 15th-17th. School will resume Wednesday October 17th with a normal half day. Please sign up for a conference here http://signup.com/login/entry/12330421940112

This week:
We will be taking our Morrison McCall monthly test on Monday and will only have 20 words this week. Please continue to practice phonograms 1-52.

men, man, for, ran, run, was, that, his, led, lay
apple, ate, author, bread, brown, dog, eats, fast, food, jump

Language Arts
We will continue our unit on Cinderella. We will be exploring Yeh Shen the Chinese Cinderella, the original Cinderella, Cendrillon from the Caribbean, The Rough Face Girl (Native American) and Adelita from Mexico. We will discuss and work through the common problem in each of these versions of our beloved classic. 

We will wrap up our subtraction unit at the end of this week with our unit test on Friday. We will continue to hone our skills at subtraction facts and encourage continued practice at home. We will also take a look at true and false equations.

We are continue to work through different habitats. This week our focus will be on the temperate deciduous forest. We will begin to understand the characteristics of this habitat and the adaptations that have been made in order for plants and animals to thrive there. 

We will add the finishing touches to our Ancient Egypt books and review the many exciting things we have learned over the past month. Our unit test has been pushed to this week due to the half day on Friday.

Wishing you a wonderful week ahead and a well deserved fall break! We are looking forward to meeting with you at our fall conferences!


The First Grade Team

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Hello first grade families!

We are about to wrap up September and we have much to accomplish before fall break in a few weeks. Read on to see the exciting things that we will be covering this week!

Important Dates
Wednesday 9/26 Chipotle Fundraiser for PSO
Friday 9/28 Half Day for teacher inservice
Friday 9/28 Literacy Night and book fair kick-off
9/28-10/5 Book Fair in library (no regular library time)
10/8-10/16 Fall break - No school
10/15-10/17 Parent Teacher Conferences

Phonograms  1-54

ask, just, way, get, home, much, call, long, love. then

house, year, to, I, as, send, alone, lone, one, has

some, if, how, her, them, other, baby, well, about

Launguage Arts
We will be exploring the same story in different lands this week with the different versions of Cinderella. We will read Korean Cinderella and Yeh Shen. We will note differences and similarities and take a look at story elements and vocabulary.
- We will also be reciting the poem The Pasture this Wednesday.

This week we will dive into the relationship between addition and subtraction. Scholars will be able to rely on fact families, counting on and counting backward to solve for missing parts of an addition or subtraction equation. We will start memorizing subtraction facts. Practicing facts at home with flash cards will help ensure your child's success.

We have had so much fun learning about the different habitats and adaptations of animals these past few weeks. We will learn about the savanna this week. We will begin to understand how animals coexist and the relationships between predator and prey. 

Ancient Egypt has been such an exciting unit for our scholars. We have been working on a book to showcase all of the fun facts we have learned. This week we will learn about hieroglyphics and put our books together. We will also learn about King Tut and Hatshepsut two of Egypt's well known pharaohs. We will take our end of unit quiz this week.

Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead,

The First Grade Team

Friday, September 14, 2018

Hello first grade families!

It is hard to believe that we are already more than half way through the first quarter. We really appreciate your support and have loved having you in the classroom especially as we are getting our reading and math groups off the ground. Please reach out to me via email if you wish to help with these endeavors.

What to expect this week:

In Spalding please continue to review phonogram cards 1-52. 

New words:

feed, fur, green, oil, paint, pool, tooth, teeth, worm, day

eat, sits, sit, lot, box, school, belong, door, floor, yes

low, soft, stands, stand, yard, bring, tell, five, ball, law

In language arts we will be wrapping up Owl at Home and beginning Cinderella. This week will read and study Egyptian and Korean Cinderella. We will compare the similarities and differences between these two versions. We will be emphasizing proper nouns, specifically places this week. 

In math we will test on Methods of Addition on Tuesday, please use the review in the workbook to study. We will move into Unit 4 Subtraction Within 10 this week. We will look at subtraction number stories and explore the relationship between subtraction and number bonds.

In science we are continuing to study habitats. This week our focus will be on Desert Sonoran Habitats. We will learn about nocturnal animals and camouflage. We will create a flip book to showcase what we have learned. 

In history our scholars are really enjoying our Ancient Egypt unit of study. This week is no exception as we continue to look at mummies, pyramids and tomb robbers! Scholars are completing an informational book that will be sent home at the end of our unit. 

Wishing you all a great week, 

The First Grade Team

Sunday, September 9, 2018

First Grade Families,

I hope that everyone had a great weekend!  It’s hard to believe that we are about halfway through the first quarter.  We appreciate all that you do. I know not all of you were able to attend Spalding, Singapore night so if you have any questions please reach out. 

Here is what is coming up this week:

Please continue to practice phonogram cards 1-54

New Words:
make, street, say, come, hand, ring, live, live, hill, late
let, big, bag, beg, bog, bug, mother, three, land, cold
hot, hat, child, ice, play, sea, see, bird, cool, earth

Language Arts

This week we will continue reading Owl at Home. We will also look at sentence structure, the meaning of "The Land of Nod" and continue memorizing our September poem The Pasture by Robert Frost.


We are continuing to work through addition problems. This week we will specifically be looking at how to solve addition problems by counting on and memorizing math facts. Please continue to work on math facts using numbers 1-10. In class, we will review all the strategies presented throughout this unit. 


This week we will continue our unit on habitats. We will be exploring the Arctic Tundra and the Arctic Ocean habitat. We will talk about how animals and plants adapt to their habitats.


We will continue our unit on Ancient Egypt this week. We will be finishing our discussion of the Nile and start learning about the Pharaohs.

Thank you for all of your support, the start of our year together has been strong and we are looking forward to all that is to come.

The First Grade Team

Sunday, September 2, 2018

First Grade Families,
I hope you are all enjoying a relaxing three day weekend! We have many exciting things coming up this week.

This Tuesday September 4th we will be hosting our Singapore and Spalding Night. New and returning families please join us for a hands-on, interactive workshop highlighting the techniques and teaching strategies for Singapore and Spalding. You will have the opportunity to experience sample lessons, receive homework pointers and help and much, much more. 

The evening will be divided into two parts. If your child is in section A or B you will attend Spalding workshop first, from 6:00-6:40. If your child is in section C or D you will attend the Singapore workshop first also from 6:00-6:40. From 6:50-7:30 you will rotate.

Please continue to practice phonogram cards 1-54

New Words:
your, you, out, time, may, into, him, today, look, did
like, six, boy, book, by, have, are, had, over, must

Language Arts
This week we will begin reading Owl at Home. If you have not already sent in a copy for your child please have him or her bring it to school on Tuesday. I do have a few extra copies, please reach out to me if you are unable to get the book. I will beemailing you individually to remind you who still needs a book.

We will also look at sentence structure, the meaning of "The Land of Nod" and begin memorizing our September poem The Pasture by Robert Louis Stevenson.

We are continuing to work through addition problems. This week we will specifically be looking at how to solve addition problems using number bonds. Please continue to work on math facts using numbers 1-5. In class we flip over number cards 1-5 to solve problems. Using a regular deck of cards with these numbers is a fun and easy way to squeeze in extra practice.

This week we will begin our unit on habitats. We will explain what a habitat is and why living things live in habitats to which they are particularly suited. 

We launch our unit on Ancient Egypt this week. We will be discussing the Nile and its seasonal floods and the role it has played in farming. One of our activities will be creating a model of The Nile. If you are able to donate sugar cubes, salt dough, paint or plain paper plates please let me know. We will also be in need of a few parents to help prep projects at home in the coming weeks. You can email me directly if you are interested.

Thank you for all of your support, the start of our year together has been strong and we are looking forward to all that is to come.

The First Grade Team

Sunday, August 26, 2018

First Grade Families:

It's hard to believe that August is on its way out and that we are heading into our fourth full week of school! By now we are settled into our routines and fully immersed in our exciting and challenging curriculum. Last week your child had both Spalding and math homework. If you have questions about these procedures please reach out to me individually via email. 

This week we have volunteer night on Thursday August 30th. If you are able and willing to commit to serving your child's class 1-2 hours per week this training is for you. If you are interested in volunteering and unable to attend please let me know. All volunteers must be fingerprinted. 

If you are able to help send in supplies from home I am in need of things for history:

White salt dough (about 8 batches - homemade or purchased)

Sugar cubes (6 boxes)

Brown paint (1 large or 3 small acrylic)

Blue paint (2 large or 5 small)

* Please email me first, so we don't have an over abundance of anything, if you are able to donate. The supplies will be needed after labor day, but can be sent in earlier. 

**If you know what reading level your student was at by the end of Kindergarten please email me. 


an, my, up, last, not, us, am, good

time, have, blue, chance, charge, little, are, little, ago, old

bad, red, of, be, but, this, all, your, you, out

Phonograms 1-52


This week in literature we will continue to read different versions of Tom Thumb. Many folktales from different cultures around the world feature similar characters, plots, settings and details. One such familiar character is Tom Thumb. The earliest know version of this tale in English, "The History of Tom Thumb," by Richard Johnson was first published in 1621. Other versions are found in France, Germany, Denmark, Japan and India. We will explore the similarities, differences and backgrounds of Issun Boshi, Little Finger of the Watermelon Patch, Tom Thumb and Thumbelina. 


This week we will wrap up our unit on number bonds. Our test will be this Tuesday. On Wednesday we will continue to work through procedures for our math groups. We are looking for one or two volunteers each Wednesday to help facilitate this beginning in September. This would be a year-long commitment. If you are interested please let me know.

Later in the week will move into Unit 3- Addition Within 10. Scholars will make number stories and equations for addition within 10.


This week we will wrap up our unit on Ancient Mesopotamia. Our final project will be a map of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers with a ship that moves up and down the Tigris. Scholars will be able to explain how the rivers facilitated trade long ago. We will review and check for understanding on Wednesday. Thursday we begin our unit on Ancient Egypt. We will discuss the importance of the Nile River.


This week we will look further into what matter is and learn how matter changes physically and chemically. We will discuss the water cycle, complete a matter sort assessment and conduct experiments.