Welcome to 1 st Grade “ Meet the Teacher Night ”. Mrs. Tomaszewski Wexford Elementary School August 29, 2013. Mrs. Terrilyn Tomaszewski. Originally from Greensburg, PA.
Wexford Elementary School
August 29, 2013
Reading - Harcourt: Trophies
Components used: 5 Anthologies: A collection of literature
Big Books Practice Book Pages Decodable Books Word Builders Poetry
Dolch Words Leveled Readers Reading Centers Word Books Journals
Scholastic Dolch Words (Sight Words)
Dolch words are an organized list of the most commonly seen words in children’s books and everyday text. They are sometimes called sight words because some of them can’t be sounded out and need to be learned by sight. The children will be responsible for learning a list of words each week. In order for me to check their mastery of the Dolch Words, I will be testing students every Friday. Immediate feedback will be sent home that day, so you know which words they’ve mastered and which words they’ll need to continue to work on until they’ve mastered them. I will be retesting the children at the end of every 9 weeks. Sight Word Books are to be kept at home. They do not need to come to and from school each week.
(correlates with weekly anthology story)
* A research recommended instructional approach in a small group setting
* Tailors direct instruction to your child’s specific reading needs
* Helps deepen understanding and processing of a wide variety of texts
* Appropriate for all level readers-from the primary level reader to the most capable intermediate reader
* Frequency of the group meeting will vary upon the instructional needs of the students
* Groups are constructed according to instructional level, specific need, reading strategies
or interest. The groups are flexible.
During guided reading students are in quiet groups. These groups are…
Word Work, Work on Spelling, Work on Writing, Read to Self, Work with Teacher
- The Process of Writing (plan, write, revise, check, publish)
- The Forms of Writing (journals, notes, stories, and poems)
- Tools of Learning (listening, speaking, reading, writing)
- Proofreader’s Guide (using capital letters and punctuation)
(Our 1st Grade Goal: To write 5 complete sentences on topic)
- Short Vowels
- Digraphs (sh, th, wh, ch, ck)
- Bonus Letter (ss, ll, ff, zz)
- Glued Sounds (an, am, ang, ing, ung, ong, ink, onk, ank, unk)
- Suffixes (s, es,)
- Blends (dr, ft, fl, br, st, sl, nt, st, sw, br, etc.)
- Compound & Multisyllabic Words
- Long Vowels & R Controlled Vowels
**Dictations given at the end of each unit**
- A list of 10-13 spelling words will be sent home on Monday.
- A practice test will be given on Wednesday and formal test will be given on
Your child is to read 40 minutes each week. Parents complete the reading log weekly.
Books and reading log are to be returned every Friday morning.
The Scott Foresman-Envision math series give students the opportunities to explore math concepts through concrete math manipulatives as well as through paper and pencil assignments. The students will learn math concepts and problem solving skills through whole class activities, small group games, and individual work.
counting addition to 20 subtraction to 20 money fractions
geometry patterns measurement time place value
data & graphs two-digit addition two-digit subtraction
- Inquiry-based FOSS/ASSET science curriculum
2 Big Units: Weather and Solids & Liquids
- Introduce the process of the scientific method - predict, explore, test
- Students will also learn about mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish,
birds & insects.
- Series: Houghton Mifflin - School and Family
(My Family, Community, Country, Heroes, World Near & Far, Map Skills)
- Time for Kids, Weekly Reader “Weekly News” & National Geographic
5 senses, nutrition, teeth, healthy habits
Art 2:55-3:35 (Mrs. Scheller)
(t-shirt with child’s name on it)
(library books returned on this day)
Grading - assessments, daily work, daily observation
Report Cards - Issued Quarterly
timely manner, working well in centers)
& emotions, making good choices)
asked, raising hand to speak, working well in groups)
* Please help your child to keep his/her toys at home *
“At Wexford Elementary We Care for Ourselves, We Care for Others and We Care for Our School”
Be A Bucket Filler!!!
Encouragement: Verbal praise, Coins, Structured Free Time, Special Privilege, Special Recognition, Wexford WOW Ticket
Enforcement: Verbal warning, Loss of coins, Loss of recess & reflection form, Family conference or phone call home, Referral to office
Mrs.Tomaszewski’s Classroom Store
The students will be earning coins throughout the school year in my classroom as part of my classroom management program. Coins can be earned for following rules, having a positive attitude, being respectful and polite to their classmates, property, and myself, and completing homework, assignments, and projects neatly and on time (just to name a few). Coins can also be taken away for unacceptable behavior. Every other Friday, students can visit my classroom store to spend their coins if they wish.
** I’m looking for parent volunteers interested in setting up, running, and cleaning up my store every other Friday from about 9:15-9:45. Please sign up tonight! **
- Daily Car Rider: Fill out “Daily PM Car Pick Up” form from the office.
- Occasional Car Rider: Please send in a note with your child that morning.
- If your child is going home with a friend on a different bus, on the same
bus but different bus stop, or as a car rider, a note is required from BOTH families.
- Homework Buddy - Please sign up to have a homework buddy. All work missed will be sent home with the homework buddy unless you request differently.
- Advanced notice for vacations
(School policy : 2 weeks in advance and forms are in the office)
-All work will be sent home prior to leaving for vacation.
-All work must be completed upon returning to school.
There has been a revision to school board policy (246) on wellness. “Celebrations and classroom parties are a privilege afforded to students as social functions that deviate from the normal academic program and instructional day. Classroom celebrations and parties should focus on the interactive social benefits of such activities. Food items should not be offered or made available for consumption by students during such events.” Since food items are not permitted, an acceptable replacement would be pencils, erasers, or stickers.
* Scholastic Weekly News - $6.98 check made payable to Scholastic
due Friday, September 6th
Thank you for taking the time to attend
“Meet the Teacher Night.”
I look forward to working with you and your child this year. It is going to be a wonderful year filled with exciting learning activities!
If you need to reach me anytime throughout the year, please don’t hesitate to call at school, the extension is #394 (8:15 - 8:50 or 3:45-4:00). You can also e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I check my e-mail periodically throughout the day and will get back to you within 24 hours.