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Contact Information

wgee@srvusd.net

Office: (925) 803-3100

Attendance: (925) 803-3199

Book Orders

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Class Activation Code: L8VRG

https://orders.scholastic.com/L8VRG

Happy Birthday!

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August

Eesha - 3

Abhaybir - 4

Austin - 11

September

Aaron - 2

Spirit Wednesdays

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Show your Live Oak pride by putting on your spirit wear each Wednesday.  You can also wear an item of clothing that's red, maroon, yellow or gold. 

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Wendy Gee

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Welcome to First Grade! I hope you and your child had a wonderful summer break! I am excited to begin the school year with you!

First grade is an exciting time as children embark upon new adventures in the world of learning. You will be amazed at just how much your child will grow this year. Most likely, your child has had the seeds of reading and writing planted, and during first grade, those seeds will grow and blossom, making your child an accomplished reader and writer! You will see changes in your child's thinking, as he/she becomes familiar with abstract concepts and symbols. The change will be dramatic -- just compare a tiny seed with a full-grown sunflower! That's the kind of growth you'll see this year!

School begins each day at 8:00 AM.  Please bring your child to the back playground (blacktop) to line up with classmates.  I will be meeting all students at line #26 on the blacktop.
 

Please make sure your child knows how he/she will be going home.  Will your child be going to carpool, vanpool, blacktop, or the Growing Room?  That’s the question I will be asking students at the end of each day.  Due to duties at other parts of the school, another teacher may lead your child to the appropriate pick-up area. 

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During the assessment period (8/15, 8/16, 8/19, 8/20, 8/22, 8/23), First graders will attend school from 8:00AM - 12:40 PM. Your child may stay late on one of those days for assessments. Please be sure to select a day/time for your child. Click here to sign up!

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Here is some information that may be helpful in the days ahead:

Lunch:  First grade students may bring or purchase their lunch.  Please label your child’s lunch bag in order to avoid confusion.  School lunches may also be purchased online through SchoolCafe.

Clothing:  Students should wear appropriate clothing and closed-toe shoes every day since they will be skipping, jumping, climbing and swinging on the playground each day. 

Backpacks: Please provide your child with a lightweight backpack (preferably without wheels).  It will help ensure that folders, books, notes and homework all travel between home and school safely.

Keep in Touch.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me at wgee@srvusd.net

I am looking forward to a wonderful school year!

Warmly,

Mrs. Gee

Balanced Literacy

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What does balanced literacy look like in First Grade?

* Read Alouds

* Shared Reading

* Guided Reading

* Readers Workshop mini lesson

* Independent Reading

* Writers Workshop mini lesson

* Shared Writing

* Independent Writing

* Word Study/Phonics Work

As teachers, our goal is to prepare kids for any reading and writing task and to turn them into life-long, confident readers and writers. 

Reading Binder

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On Fridays students will bring home a reading binder filled with poems, songs and chants.  Your child should be familiar with most of the words since we have enjoyed reciting the poems and singing the songs in class.  Be sure to return the binder on Monday for classroom activities.  A poem is introduced and practiced each week as a part of our reading program.

Due Dates

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Here are a few due dates for the materials we use in our classroom:

Mondays:  Reading Binder

Fridays:  Live Oak folder with Completed Homework inside and library book

Tuesdays through Fridays: Book Baggies needs to be returned daily

Important Dates & Events

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  • Aug 13 ~ First Day of School, 11:50 Dismissal
  • Aug 15, 16, 19, 20, 22, 23 ~ Assessment Days 12:40 Dismissal
  • Aug 26  ~ Minimum Day, 11:50 Dismissal

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  • Sept 2 ~ No School (Labor Day)

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  • Oct 1 ~ Minimum Day, 11:50 Dismissal
  • Oct 4 ~ No School
  • Oct 7-11 ~ Conference Week, 11:50 Dismissal
  • Oct 31 ~ Halloween, Minimum Day, 11:50 Dismissal

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  • Nov 1 ~ No School
  • Nov 11 ~ No School
  • Nov 25 - 29 ~ Thanksgiving Break

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  • Dec 20 ~ Minimum Day, 11:50 Dismissal
  • Dec 23 - Jan 6 ~ Winter Break

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  • Jan 20 ~ No School

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  • Feb 17-18 ~ No School

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  • March 18-20 ~ Minimum Days, 11:50 Dismissal
  • March 24 ~ Minimum Day, 11:50 Dismissal

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  • April 3 ~ Minimum Day, 11:50 Dismissal
  • April 6-10 ~ Spring Break

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  • May 25 ~ No School (Memorial Day)
  • May  29 ~ Last Day of School, 11:50 Dismissal
Homework

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Homework and other important information will be posted on our First Grade Website

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September (Respect):

October (Responsibility):

November (Citizenship):

December (Caring):

January (Effort):

February (Empathy):

March (Fairness):

April (Trustworthy):

Literacy Corner

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The Common Core Standards emphasize that students should spend a significant amount of time reading and writing non-fiction, as well as fiction. Within our literacy program, we provide frequent opportunities for our students to read and talk about books (both fiction and non-fiction genres), as well as their own writing. As teachers, we explicitly teach our students: how to get ready to read and write; how to monitor for meaning; and how to apply thinking strategies, such as visualizing, asking questions and wondering, predicting, and inferring. Additionally, we help our young readers develop print strategies for figuring out unfamiliar and challenging words. And, we continually monitor our students attitudes toward reading—are they eager or hesitant and what books and topics do they gravitate toward—with the goal of encouraging and supporting their excitement about learning and growth in first grade.

Math Corner

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Children must understand why math processes work. Knowing "why" - not just "how". Simply learning an algorithm is not enough. They must also be able to explain their thinking through oral language, writing, and/or pictures. With our newly adopted math curriculum Eureka, it accentuates the importance of student thinking. Eureka’s emphasis on conceptual understanding and use of problem-solving skills provokes students to think deeply about what they are learning, instead of simply repeating algorithms. We will be learning about relationships between numbers and how to build numbers in a variety of ways. Students will learn place value, comparison, addition and subtraction to 100, identifying, composing, and partitioning shapes, as well as measurements.

Suggested iPad Apps

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Flash to Pass

Todo Math

Concentration

Math Bingo

Numbers League

Raz Kids

Doodle Buddy

Magnetic ABC

Write About

Starfall

Letter School

Educreations

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