Joanie Smith


Dear Parents,

Our wonderful first graders have been enjoying learning about Antarctica, specifically the funny penguins that make their home there. We have been reading and researching about Emperor Penguins this week. Our budding authors started their second informational book, "Emperor Penguins". They learned about how to write an introduction with an interesting hook to engage their readers. We also acted out Emperor Penguin parents, taking such good care of their offspring. Ask your child how long a father penguin goes without eating while holding their egg on his feet. Did they tell you about regurgitating? These students are so curious about penguins!

Did you know a silly penguin named Peter came to school each day this week? The students wrote a book called "If You Take a Penguin to School" describing what Peter did each day in our classroom. 

 Mrs. Joanie Smith


Upcoming Events

 Holiday- Monday, January 20th.

Wish Week-February 3-This is a great week full of spirit and fundraising in order to make a very ill child's wish come true.

TEACHER WORK DAY- Friday, February 14th

HOLIDAY- Monday, February 17th

SPRING PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES- Tuesday, March 10th & Thursday, March 12th. More info to come.

SPRING BREAK- Monday, March 16th- Friday, March 20th


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 Jan. 20-24

Theme: Antarctica!!
Phonics: Consonant blends, introduction to bossy r (or, ar, ir, er, ur) 
Phonemic Awareness: baseword with added suffix s
Fundations: We started unit 8-consonant blends

High Frequency Words: would, could, should, her, over, number

Comprehension: fiction- retell using the characters, setting, problem and solution. Students are practicing using transition words such as first, next, then and last or at the end. 

Fluency: automaticity of sight words
Grammar: sentence structure-capital, period
Vocabulary: harsh, climate, regurgitate, rookery, toboggan
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 continued Module 2 topic B: counting on or taking from ten to solve results unknown and total unknown. Students are learning to subtract 8 from teen numbers. They learned to break the teen number into ten and ones, for example 12 is 10 & 2.  Then they draw the picture and cross out 8.

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: 
Social Studies/Science Vocabulary: harsh, climate, regurgitate, rookery, toboggan
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 Rehan! Froggy had a blast with Rehan watching an Indian movie together!! 


The Big Cheese

This week Olivia was the Big Cheese! She shared her All About Me poster with the class. Olivia wants to be Wonder Woman when she grows up and her favorite animal is a tiger! It was so nice to get to know Olivia better last week!


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 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!