Dear Families,
I wish you all a wonderful weekend. We will be running in “The Relay” from Napa to Santa Cruz. I am looking forward to a weekend of fun with family and friends. I haven’t run in The Relay since 2009, so it will be fun to participate in it again. We are in van #2, so our van gets to cross the finish line and that is always lots of fun.

I look forward to seeing your children on Monday morning for our field trip to the San Francisco Symphony!
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1. Sharing topic for the week of 5/5 – something about our unit of study on Plants

2. Please use the doodle link below to sign-up for your child’s PLP. PLP’s are required for first graders and optional for kinders. I sent out a detailed e-mail about PLP’s on Monday 4/28.
Here is the link:
http://doodle.com/ck78n2xbmkf9if6n

3. SAVE THE DATE – Class Play performance for families and friends – Wednesday, May 21 at 6:30pm
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Monday – our science lesson on plants was about stems. The children had an interesting lesson learning about why stems are an important part of a plant. The learners used celery stalks to understand how the stems in plants feed the plant nutrients. While half the class had science with the parent volunteers in Educare the other half had Slingerland handwriting time. As I mentioned before spring break we completed all of the lowercase letters and now we have moved onto uppercase letter formation. The uppercase letters for this week were A, C, G, and S. After recess we had spanish, and our first class play practice.
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Tuesday – we continued with our sixth round of the K/1 Specials which is the same program that was formerly called seminars. This year each child will rotate through all seven K-1 Specials. The K/1 Specials will each last four weeks and we will have seven sessions from now until June. The topics this year are: Mindfulness, Math in Art, Robotics, Handwork, Earth Science, Take a Part, and Archeology. After recess we had writers portfolio and our prompt was “If I could have one wish for the class play it would be…”
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Wednesday – we had math tiles and our letter of the week story about the letter r. Please ask your learner about the robber who was trying to take all the words that begin with r. After recess we had our class play practice and music. We ended our day with families and our topic for our family meeting was to create poems. The learners wrote some precious poems during families.
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Thursday – We began our day with writers workshop and continued with our unit on learning how to write an opinion piece about their favorite book or topic. This week we read several books by Laura Numeroff and today we made a list of why we would recommend her books. Then we had spanish and recess. After recess was cooking – the first graders made yummy wholewheat tortilla roll-ups with veggies, cream cheese, and other tasty items. Then we had another successful class play practice.
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First Grade Language Arts time
During language arts time this week the learners moved through centers that worked on their sight words, phonics, independent reading/writing, listening center, and our guided reading groups. Our phonics lessons this week worked on reviewing and practicing all of our consonant sounds and all the short vowel sounds a, e, i, o, and u.

I also wanted to share that all of the learners have made amazing progress in reading. Every group has moved onto a new level in their guided reading groups over the past two weeks. Some groups even went up two levels.
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Math in Room 10
This week our math lessons were about subtraction word problems. We had several discussions on the most efficient strategies to solve subtraction problems. We also played two fun math games that involved taking away ten or one from a two digit number.