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October 10, 2019 ~ Purse BINGO!

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Christine Chamberlain

Christine Chamberlain

Grade:
First Grade and First Grade Religion

Email:
cchamber@sfdscs.org

Christine Chamberlain

Welcome Message

WELCOME

 FIRST GRADE PARENTS

Welcome to First Grade!  Get ready for an exciting, fun-filled year where, together, we will watch your child flourish into a strong and independent reader and mathematician! To help maintain your child’s current reading level, read to your child or listen to your child read this summer 3-5 days a week for at least 15 minutes!  The idea is not to teach your child how to read but to help your child become a book lover!  Read favorites over and over until your child is able to read them to you.  Help your child select books from the attached reading list that are of high interest.  The books should be available at the Wicomico County Library…plan weekly visits! Please feel free to substitute books on the list with books you and your child find fun and exciting.

Please keep a list of the books you read together on the attached Reading Log.  You and your child should share at least 20 books.  Plans are currently underway for our Reading and Math Carnival that will take place in September and the completed Reading Log is your child’s golden ticket to the Carnival!

In addition to summer reading, we are asking you to assist your child in completing a Math Packet.  Attached to this file, you will find worksheets containing concepts your child learned in Kindergarten.  In order to give your child a GIANT head start in 1st grade, begin working on the worksheets in August. Return both the Math Packet and the Reading Log the first day of school and your child will receive a ticket to the carnival!

It is my sincere hope that your child experiences nothing but success during their entire First Grade experience!  You can help ensure their success by reading to/with them regularly!  I have one summer read for all parents called The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease.  This book is a MUST for all parents!  It includes age-appropriate book lists along with guidelines for helping your young child become a lover of books! Borrow it from the library or purchase it and then pass it on to a friend!

Finally, look for an email in August inviting you to stop by the classroom for an Open House!  At this time you can drop-off school supplies and summer work before the first day of school!   Have a safe and happy summer and remember to READ, READ, READ!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Chamberlain

P.S. Suggested Reading List, Reading Log and Math Packet can all be found and printed from the Supply List Tab on my webpage!!

P.S. Also enclosed is a list of the first 100 and 200 Fry Sight Words that we will begin memorizing starting the first day of school! If you would like to give your child a GIANT head-start before school even begins, copy the words onto index cards and have your child review 5-10 every day until he/she has them memorized!  Remembering to do this can be difficult, so try taping 10 words to your refrigerator and ask your child to read the words every time he or she opens the refrigerator door!

Teachers bio

Christine Chamberlain is the first grade teacher and teaches religion to the first grade students. She has 19 years of experience teaching at SFdS and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Salisbury State University. She has earned a Master’s equivalence in Elementary Education and regularly completes summer courses in order to keep her Maryland State Teaching Certificate up to date.

She likes to use a wide variety of teaching methods in order to increase her students’ engagement in each lesson. She believes that an active classroom is a happy classroom and skillfully blends activity-based teaching methods throughout the day. Instilling a love of learning is a priority in her classroom.

In addition to implementing well-balanced teaching methodologies, daily assessing of her students’ progress is also key to assuring student success. She uses a blend of both formal and informal assessments throughout the day and then plans differentiated instruction based on results. She ensures students receive extra academic support when needed or enrichment for advanced students when needed. Mrs. Chamberlain is assisted by a Title 1 teacher, Resource teacher and an Educational Assistant.

Welcome Message

WELCOME

 FIRST GRADE PARENTS

Welcome to First Grade!  Get ready for an exciting, fun-filled year where, together, we will watch your child flourish into a strong and independent reader and mathematician! To help maintain your child’s current reading level, read to your child or listen to your child read this summer 3-5 days a week for at least 15 minutes!  The idea is not to teach your child how to read but to help your child become a book lover!  Read favorites over and over until your child is able to read them to you.  Help your child select books from the attached reading list that are of high interest.  The books should be available at the Wicomico County Library…plan weekly visits! Please feel free to substitute books on the list with books you and your child find fun and exciting.

Please keep a list of the books you read together on the attached Reading Log.  You and your child should share at least 20 books.  Plans are currently underway for our Reading and Math Carnival that will take place in September and the completed Reading Log is your child’s golden ticket to the Carnival!

In addition to summer reading, we are asking you to assist your child in completing a Math Packet.  Attached to this file, you will find worksheets containing concepts your child learned in Kindergarten.  In order to give your child a GIANT head start in 1st grade, begin working on the worksheets in August. Return both the Math Packet and the Reading Log the first day of school and your child will receive a ticket to the carnival!

It is my sincere hope that your child experiences nothing but success during their entire First Grade experience!  You can help ensure their success by reading to/with them regularly!  I have one summer read for all parents called The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease.  This book is a MUST for all parents!  It includes age-appropriate book lists along with guidelines for helping your young child become a lover of books! Borrow it from the library or purchase it and then pass it on to a friend!

Finally, look for an email in August inviting you to stop by the classroom for an Open House!  At this time you can drop-off school supplies and summer work before the first day of school!   Have a safe and happy summer and remember to READ, READ, READ!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Chamberlain

P.S. Suggested Reading List, Reading Log and Math Packet can all be found and printed from the Supply List Tab on my webpage!!

P.S. Also enclosed is a list of the first 100 and 200 Fry Sight Words that we will begin memorizing starting the first day of school! If you would like to give your child a GIANT head-start before school even begins, copy the words onto index cards and have your child review 5-10 every day until he/she has them memorized!  Remembering to do this can be difficult, so try taping 10 words to your refrigerator and ask your child to read the words every time he or she opens the refrigerator door!

Announcements

First Grade Homework and News

Oct. 7 – Oct. 11

STAR STUDENT OF THE WEEK…NIKI!!

I hope everyone is able to make it to our Fall Fundraiser…Designer Bag BINGO!   Doors open at 5:30 this Thursday. It’s always a fun and exciting night!… Hope to see you there!

Spelling instruction begins this week!     We’ll be practicing our homework in class so the children will know how it should be completing at home.

HALF of our students are taking advantage of RAZ-KIDS…YAHOOOO!   If you’ve not checked it out yet, please do! I guarantee your child will find tons of fun and interesting books to read!

Our School-Wide service project this month is called “BOX OF JOY”! The items our school collects will be boxed up and sent to less fortunate children around the world! First graders are collecting (new)small toys and small plush stuffed animals.   The service project ends Friday, Oct. 18th. All your donations are so appreciated! Thanks so much!

Scarecrow book reports are due Friday…I can’t wait to see them! The students have been asked NOT to color over any of the words! The students will read their books report to classmates and this is hard if they’ve colored over the words! Also, if your child borrowed one of our classroom library books, please send it to school Friday as well!! Thanks

Monday we celebrate Christopher Columbus with a day off…YAHOO!!

Monday- Read independently for 15 mins.           (RAZ!!)

Fluency- Read your decodable to an adult!

Math

Spelling- Write each word 2 times (completed in class)

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Tuesday- Read independently for 15 mins. *Work on your book report!

Comprehension- Read Gus Takes the Train to an adult! Talk about your favorite trip. Where did you go? What did you see?

Math

Spelling- Write your words in ABC order (completed in class)

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Wednesday- Read independently for 15 mins. *work on your book report!

Fluency- Read your decodable to an adult

Math

Spelling- copy/Cover/Spell each spelling words (completed in class) Practice check-up tomorrow!

Teacher Notes_____________________________________________________________________

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Thursday- Add final touches to your book report…remember to also bring the book!

Fluency and Phonics- Read your story and complete the sorting activity.

Math- Go over the Chapter 2 math review completed in class today!

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Friday- No homework! Have a wonderful weekend and remember…no school Monday!

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Upcoming Events

Homework

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Supply List

FIRST GRADE SUPPLY LIST 

Printable Supply List

Below you will find a list of supplies needed for the first day of First Grade. Feel free to bring the items to our Open House in August!

  •  1-4×6 snapshot of your family from a SUMMER trip or event that we may keep and hang on our Back-to-School bulletin board!
  • 6 pk. sharpened wooden pencils (please don’t write names on them!)
  • 2 soft pink erasers
  • 1-24 pk. Crayola Crayons (plus 1 box for home)
  • 1 pair blunt-end scissors
  • 1-8 oz. Elmer’s White Liquid School Glue
  • 6 glue sticks (please don’t write names on them!)
  • 1 highlighter, any color (one will last all year)
  • 1 backpack (not on wheels)
  • 1 box facial tissue

Last Name A-H (2) rolls of paper towels

Last Name I-P (1) box of Sandwich Size baggies and (1) box of Gallon Size Ziplock storage bags

Last Name Q-Z (2) Clorox Disinfecting Wipes

PURCHASE FROM YOUR TEACHER:

Heavy Duty vinyl Pencil Case (reuse the one from kindergarten if in good shape)  $4

2-pocket Heavy Duty Poly Folder with Brads and inserts for classwork and homework $5

Writing/Reading Journals: 2 each Blue No. 8037  $3

Spelling Journals:             2 each of Green No. 4037 $3

PURCHASE AND KEEP AT HOME:

2 rolls of Clear Contac Paper (workbooks will need to be covered)

1 box of crayons for homework

 1st Grade Dress Code

1st Grade Reading List & Log

1st Grade Fun Learning Website