Thursday, August 22, 2019

Welcome Back to School!

Hello 1st grade families!

I am so glad you found me here at weareowls.net!
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I thought you might be interested in accessing the district's calendar for the 2019-2020 school year.  Please click on the link below if you would like that for your records.




Of course, there will be plenty of other dates to know such as: parties, field trips, school performances, etc. As the year goes on, I will post important dates on the blog, and they will also come home on a weekly calendar that can be found in your child's home folder.



 If you would like to see our daily specials and lunch schedule, take a look here:

 Specials and Lunch Schedule


I look forward to spending my 24th year of teaching with each one of your children!  I'm excited to get to know them and spend my days with them.  If you ever need to contact me with questions/concerns, anything at all, you can reach me via email or phone.  I check my email throughout the day. I will not likely answer the phone during learning time, but you can certainly leave a message. 

bissonnette.jennifer@westada.org
Phone:  208-350-4410

Friday, August 2, 2019

WELCOME TO FIRST GRADE!

Have you heard?  We are having a first grade popsicle party! I hope to see you there!  Stop by any time between 3-6 pm to meet me and enjoy a popsicle!



Sunday, May 19, 2019

5/20-5/24


Hello everyone!

This week is Camp Read-A-Lot!  We have many fun activities planned for this week.  Most of the announcements for this fun week have already been sent out, but here a couple of things to know

*I am looking for 2 volunteers who are willing to be field day escorts for our class on Wednesday, May 29 from 10:00-11:50. If you are interested in helping out, please email me!

* Our walking field trip to Heroes Park is this Wednesday, May 22. We are keeping a close eye on the weather. As of right now, the Wednesday weather prediction is cloudy.  Hopefully it will remain that way!

That’s it for this week!

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Weekly Update 5/6-5/10


Hello everyone!

Last week we had a wonderful time on our field trip to the Idaho Botanical Gardens. IN addition to our field trip, we had special guests visit first grade last week! Mrs. McCall’s parents are beekeepers, and they brought a beehive for us to see! It was interesting to learn about the life of bees.  Afterward, we got to try on a beekeeper suit! I have pictures, but I’m having some technical difficulties, so I will try to post them next week.

*Our carnival was a big success! It was good to see so many of you there. Thank you to those that were able to volunteer.

*Thank you for getting a mirror for your child to use this week. They will be returned by this Friday!

*We have a walking field trip planned for Wednesday, May 22 to Heroes Park. Permission slips will be sent home soon. We will be eating lunch at the park. If you’d like, you are welcome to join us. You can walk with us or meet us there! 😊




*Good readers can retell a story in the correct order

*Good readers can determine important v. unimportant details in a fiction text.


Mathematics

*Attributes of 3D shapes

* Compare/contrast 3D shapes

*District benchmark assessment

Word Study/Grammar/Writing

*What makes a sentence a sentence?  (parts of a sentence)
*Sentence v. fragment

Unit (Social Studies and/or Science)

How do living things grow and change?

How do living things use their parts to help them survive?

Bean seed experiment
Celery experiment





Sunday, April 28, 2019

Weekly Update 4/29-5/3


Hello everyone!

We have a busy week going on!  Field trips, carnivallots of fun! Here are this week’s announcements

*Our field trip to Idaho Botanical Gardens is tomorrow (Monday).  Please remember to pack a lunch for your child.  We will be eating lunch while on the field trip. We will leave school at 10:00, and return by 2:00. It will be sunny but chilly tomorrow, so please make sure your child brings a jacket to take on the field trip.

*Carnival is this Friday, May 3!  Thank you for all of the donations you gave for the first grade raffle baskets.  I heard a ton of stuff came in on Thursday and Friday!  The carnival is Friday, from 5-8. Can you volunteer?  I signed up to work the Bounce House from 5-5:30. I’d love to have some company during that timethere are three more volunteer slots available from 5-5:30. 



*This is kind of a strange request, but I need every child to bring in a hand held mirror by Friday, May 3.  We need them for an art project we are doing!  Mirrors WILL be returned to you by the next Friday,  May 10. Thank you!






*Good readers can retell a story

*Good readers can determine important v. umimportant details in a fiction text.

Mathematics

Adding through 120

Compare with difference unknown story problems (How many more? How many fewer?)

*Introduce Geometry unit

Word Study/Grammar/Writing

*Pronoun practice

*  /igh/ spelling practice

Unit (Social Studies and/or Science)

Science Unit: “It’s Alive!”

What do all living things need?

How do you living things grow and change?

Caterpillar observations/journaling





Sunday, April 21, 2019

Weekly Update 4/22-4/26


Hello everyone!

I’m so happy to report that 100% of our families attended our learning showcase.  The kids were excited to show you what they learned and researched about the United States.  It was an engaging way for them to learn about our country, as well as work on literacy skills.  I’m so proud of the work they put into it. Thank you for coming!  Below is a link to our “concert” video.


In other newsthere are lots of links and announcements this week!  Please read on

*Our school carnival is on Friday, May 3, from 5:00-8:00 pm.  Each grade level is responsible for collecting items for gift baskets to auction off at the carnival. First grade has 2 baskets.  Our basket themes are:  Family Night and Road Trip.  Anything you can donate to add to the baskets would be appreciated! Some things that have been donated so far are:  board games, DVD movies, card games, candy, gift cards to restaurants. Any more of these would be good donations, or if you’ve got something else in mind, that’s great too. The PTA has made online sign-ups for our baskets. Please click the link below to see what else is needed. If you have already donated, kindly head to the online sign-up and note what you have already donated on the sign-up form. Thank you!





*We need carnival volunteers!!!  If you would like to volunteer at the carnival, please click on the link below!

Carnival Volunteer Sign-Up

*Tuesday is an early release day.  School will dismiss at 1:25pm. Lunch will be served!

*Just a heads-up to youI will be gone Wednesday morning for a doctor’s appointment, Thursday all day for a professional development meeting, and Friday all day because I will be out of town! Everything fell together all in the same week!  As always, I will check my email regularly, so please email if you need to get in touch with me. There will be no Math group Thursday morning!


*Our field trip to the Idaho Botanical Gardens is Monday, April 29.  We will leave school at 10:00 and return by 2:00.  Please turn in your child’s permission slip.  If you would like to volunteer/chaperone, please click on the link below to sign up!

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Weekly Update 4/15-4/19


Hello everyone!  Here are this week’s announcements

*We are excited to share all of the things we have learned during our “Home Sweet Home” unit about the United States with you. Please stop by our classroom any time between 4:00-4:45 this Tuesday, April 16th to see what your child has learned!

*Subway Day is Friday, April 19th!

*Our field trip to the Idaho Botanical Gardens is Monday, April 29.  We will leave school at 10:00 and return by 2:00.  Please turn in your child’s permission slip.  If you would like to volunteer/chaperone, please click on the link below to sign up!

*Our school carnival is on Friday, May 3, from 5:00-8:00 pm.  Each grade level is responsible for collecting items for gift baskets to auction off at the carnival. First grade has 2 baskets.  Our basket themes are:  Family Night and Road Trip.  Anything you can donate to add to the baskets would be appreciated! Some things that have been donated so far are:  board games, DVD movies, card games, candy, gift cards to restaurants. Any more of these would be good donations, or if you’ve got something else in mind, that’s great too.  If you would like to volunteer at the carnival, please click on the link below!




Sunday, April 7, 2019

Weekly Update 4/8-4/12


Hello families! 

I hope everyone had a fantastic spring break. We are down to the final 8 weeks of first grade!  It will be jam packed with learning and fun.  Now, get out your calendar, because I have lots of important dates this week that I know you’ll want to take note of

*Did you get your invitation for our Learning Showcase next week?  If not, ask your child about it! We are excited to share all of the things we have learned during our “Home Sweet Home” unit about the United States with you. Please stop by our classroom any time between 4:00-4:45 on Tuesday, April 16th to see what your child has learned!

*Speaking of our learning showcasethis Friday, I will be making a video of the kids singing a few patriotic songs we have learned during this unit. I’ll have it going during the showcase for families to view. If possible, please have your child wear something red, white, and/or blue this Friday. Please DO NOT go buy something special and spend lots of money! Just a basic t-shirt will do. Nothing fancy! 😊

*Subway forms came home on Friday.  Subway Day is Friday, April 19th!

*We have two field trips coming soon!  Here is more information

Monday, April 29:  Field trip to Idaho Botanical Gardens.  We will leave school at 10:00 and return by 2:00.  We will eat lunch while on field trip  Permission slips will come home very soon, and a link for parent volunteer sign-up will be sent out sometime this week!

Wednesday, May 22:  Walking field trip to Heroes Park.  As part of our first grade Camp Read-a-Lot festivities, we will walk to Heroes Park for some outdoor reading time.  We will have lunch and playtime at the park as well. We will leave school at 10:45, and return at 2:15. Permission slips and parent volunteer sign-up will be sent home the first week of May.




*Good readers can determine what is important vs unimportant in a non-fiction text

*Good readers know the difference between a fact and an opinion

*Research skills

Mathematics

End of Module 4 assessment

Compare with difference unknown story problems (How many more? How many fewer?)

Word Study/Grammar/Writing

*Adjectives practice

“/oo/ /ew/ spelling practice

Unit (Social Studies and/or Science)

*How do we make decisions for our community and country?

*National symbol research groups





Sunday, March 17, 2019

March 18-March 22


Hello everyone--

This week before Spring Break will be a fun one!  Please read below to see what's happening this week.


*Read Week is this week at Willow Creek Elementary.  Here is a list of events and how we will celebrate:


Monday:  Green Eggs and Ham Day:  Wear GREEN!

Tuesday:  Cat in the Hat Day:  Wear your favorite HAT!

Wednesday:  Wacky Wednesday:  Wear your wackiest outfit!

Thursday:  Snuggle Up with a Good Book Day:  Pajama Day!
  Bring your favorite stuffie and blanket!

Friday:  NO SCHOOL for kids!  Have a great Spring Break!



*Don’t forgetSpring Break is Monday, March 25- Friday, March 29.  There is no school for students on Friday, March 22!  It is a teacher in-service day.






Good readers use clues the author leaves to help them understand more about the characters and story.

*Good readers notice that characters change throughout the story.

Mathematics

*Adding across tens (carrying)

*Story problems through 50

*Quiz on Wednesday

Word Study/Grammar/Writing

*Adjectives practice

“Bossy R” sound /or/

Unit (Social Studies and/or Science)

*What are the national symbols that represent our country?

*How do we make decisions for our community and country?

*State of Liberty paintings