1st Grade – Mann

October Newsletter

Good-bye to summer and hello fall.  September went by so quickly and now it is October! We have lots of information to share with you this month.

Sight Word Practice
Please continue to practice the weekly sight words that come home with your child. Our goal is that each child would master their list of 10 words within 1 to 2 weeks, so they can move to the next list.

It is much easier for students to memorize the sight words, rather than sound out each word. The goal is that the child will be able to recognize the familiar sight word within 5 seconds of seeing the word. Sight word fluency benefits  reading comprehension and reading fluency. If a child is sounding out each word they see, their reading will slow down and the passage will have no meaning.  It is appropriate for a child to sound out unfamiliar words phonetically.  Our goal is to familiarize our students with the 156 Dolch sight words, so they can identify the words quickly and build their reading fluency.

You will be amazed at your child’s reading development this year!

Character Count
The character trait we are focusing on for the month of October is ‘Responsibility’. I will be looking for 1 or 2 students who display responsibility in and out of the classroom. The 2 winners will earn certificates and will have pizza lunch with Mrs. Boris at the end of the month!

Trunk-or-Treat will be on Friday, October 27th.   All students need to bring some type of bag to hold all their candy. Trunk-or-Treat will start at 1:15 pm.

Because we celebrate Fall Harvest (and not a Halloween) we ask that your child does not wear a costume that would be considered unsafe, scary or menacing.  No weapons or gory objects are allowed.  If your child does wear/bring a costume like this, he or she will not be allowed to wear it.

Examples of unsafe, scary, or menacing costumes are:

  • costumes with masks
  • costumes with guns, knives, swords, etc.
  • ghost, vampires, witches, devils or other scary creatures

Some ideas for acceptable costumes are:

  • favorite characters from children’s literature
  • favorite cartoon characters
  • superheroes
  • fruit or vegetables
  • animals

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.  Parents are welcome and if you come–wear a costume and join the fun!  We’re really looking forward to the trunk or treat.

End of First Quarter
The end of the 1st quarter will be on November 3rd. Our classroom will be holding parent-teacher conferences the week of November 7th-10th.  More information will be coming home soon.

PTO News
The next PTO meeting will be on Tuesday, October 18th at 6:00pm.  Please come and join us! Keep collecting those Box Tops and Campbell soup labels!!!

Wish List
Thank you to everyone for all the wish list items donated to our class.

The first month of school has been great.  If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us.  I am here from 7:30am to 4:00pm.  Enjoy the beautiful colors of autumn!

Mrs. Mann