Joanie Smith


Dear Parents,
I hope you are all enjoying your Thanksgiving break! I am sure you had time for feasting in between all the crazy snow! 

Our first graders were SO excited to finish up their tour in Australia and bring home their suitcases. They all worked so very hard writing about Australian animals as well as learning about Australian culture. Please be sure to take some time for your student to share the "souvenirs" they collected during their trip. Our next flight will head to Europe to learn as we begin a holidays around the world unit. Please contact me if you would like to share a special holiday your family celebrates.

It is hard to believe it will be December when we get back to school! These next few weeks will fly by quickly. 

Thank you again for all your support!~

Mrs. Joanie Smith


THANKSGIVING BREAK- Monday, November 25th- Friday, November 29th

HOLIDAY PARTY- Thursday, December 19th. More information coming soon.

END OF 1ST SEMESTER & EPRs- Friday, December 20th is the end of the first semester. EPRs will be released Saturday, December 21st. Please be sure to log into Parent Engaged to view report cards.

WINTER BREAK- Friday, December 20th- Monday, January 6th



8:55-9:10 Arrival

9:10-9:20 Morning Meeting

9:20-9:50 Fundations-Whole Group 

10:05-11:45 Literacy- small group rotations

11:50-12:30 Lunch

12:35-1:30 Math Instruction- Whole Group/Small Group

1:35-2:25 Specials (PE, Tech, Music, Art)

2:30-3:10 Writer's Workshop

3:10-3:25 Afternoon Snack Recess

3:25-3:50 Integrated Learning Block

3:50-4:00 Clean-up and dismissal


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 Yellow Homework Folders: Homework folders went home last Monday and should have been returned with completed homework Friday. Your child will take home this yellow folder each Monday and keep it at home for the week, returning it on Friday. Their iReady and Zearn online passcodes are stapled into their homework folder. Please be sure they spend some time during the week on iReady reading and math.

Reading Bags: Read the books each night and return the following day. The sight word rings are to stay in the bags so that new words can be added. Please go over these words nightly with your student. 



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Our Upcoming Week At A Glance... 

                                       For the week of Dec. 2-6

Theme: Holidays Around The World
Phonics: making words plural by adding the suffix (s) to base words 
Phonemic Awareness: identifying beginning, middle and end sounds-rhyming-changing the onset sound
Fundations: We completed unit 5, tapping words with glued sounds -am, -all. Please continue to have your child practice writing their letters.

High Frequency Words: were, are, does, who, what, when, where, there, here
Comprehension: non-fiction text features (headings, labels, table of contents), "reading" the pictures, asking questions and finding answers.
Fluency: automaticity of sight words
Grammar: sentence structure-capital, period
Vocabulary: tradition, custom, holiday, culture, 
Writing: Squiggle books, Sticker stories, journals, informational writing,
Mondays the students will have the opportunity to write in their journals. It can be helpful to discuss with your student what they may want to write about. 


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This week we finished Module 1. Students took their end of the module assessment. Results are in your child's Friday Folder. After break, we will be starting Module 2: Introduction to Place Value Through Addition and Subtraction Within 20. Please continue to have your child practice number formation. 

Please have your child practice writing their numbers!

Problem Set- Students practice independently in class. Teacher is there for support and then we go over it. Students explain their thinking and correct as needed.

Exit Tickets- Students complete exit ticket on their own and turn into teacher. Teacher uses this to inform instruction. This is not sent home.
Math homework will be going home in the yellow homework folders Monday and can be turned in on Fridays.


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 Social Studies: Holidays Around The World-Trip to Europe
Social Studies/Science Vocabulary: tradition, custom, holiday, culture
SCIENCE/ SOCIAL STUDIES- We continued to discuss SCE's SOAR like an EAGLE expectations. 


First Grade Froggy
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First Grade Froggy spent last weekend with Sawyer! Froggy had a blast with Sawyer and they even went Trick or Treating together!


The Big Cheese

This week Rehan was the Big Cheese! He shared his All About Me poster with the class. Rehan wants to be a doctor when he grows up and his favorite sport is soccer! It was so nice to get to know Rehan better last week!


 I began my career teaching kindergarten at Moorpark Unified School District in Moorpark, California. I eventually moved to first grade and also served two years as a reading specialist in the Early Reading Intervention Program. This will be my eighteenth year here at Sand Creek Elementary and my twenty-fourth year of teaching!

 I love to teach! The little ones in kindergarten and first grade are my very favorite! There is nothing as rewarding as watching a child learn to read for the very first time! I believe learning takes place best in a warm, loving and structured environment. Young children need lots of hands-on and engaging activities to learn new concepts best. I also love to sing and have lots of fun in the classroom!