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Monday, September 22, 2014

Monday 9/22

Writing: Picking one moment from the weekend to write all about

Math: Practicing combinations to 6 

Upcoming Parent Forum

 October 2, 2014

                      Children’s Experience of Adoption, Ambiguous Loss
                             and Membership in Non-traditional Families

                                                 Michelle Novelle, MSW, LICSW,

Michelle Novelle is a researcher whose focus is on the process of identity formation for adolescent social orphans, that is, those children who live outside parental care despite the presence of at least one living biological parent. In particular, Michelle focuses on the impact of ambiguous loss for these youth; how does the psychological presence yet physical absence of the missing parent(s) influence the adolescent’s sense of social belonging as well as their ability to successfully negotiate the tasks of adolescence? She has conducted research in Colombia as well as the United States and continues to provide consultation and training to MSPCC in the areas of foster care and adoption.

This training will provide participants with an overview of:
             1.     Ambiguous loss   
            2.     The seven core issues inherent in adoption
            3.     Common responses in children with respect to adoption
            4.     Typical features of non-traditional families
5.     Successful strategies for interacting with children who have membership in         non-traditional families ; same sex as well as families formed by adoption                         

Upcoming Dates- Emailed out 9/21

Hello First Grade Families, 
I hope you had a nice weekend.  I went to CT to visit with my parents. 

This is the email list that Vicki compiled from PowerSchool.  If you notice anything that should be changed, please let me know. 

What a busy week!  Important dates this week:
Tuesday- Early Release 1pm 
Tuesday- PTO Meeting 7-8:30pm (I'm joining as a teacher rep, hope to see many of you there!) 
Thursday- No School (First evening of packing/passing out food bags for Arlington EATS- let me know if you'd like to volunteer or would like to request a bag for your family)
Friday- Picture Day 
*Save the date* Curriculum Night, Tuesday, September 30th (Mrs. Donato's talk at 6:45, visit our classroom 7-7:40)

If you don't get email updates from our blog,, let me know.

As always, let me know if you have any questions/concerns. 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday!

Wow! This week flew by!

The kids have been working very hard at becoming more independent as we have many one-on-one assessments to complete so we can learn the students just right reading level and working number in math. 

Recording fluency and comprehension 
If I have 5 in all and you can see 2, how many are hiding? Finding the right number to practice in math! 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tuesday, September 16th.. Dot Day!

Here's a Vine showing our fun word games from this morning!  Yesterday we decided that we had to practice keeping our sounds more quiet during word time.. And today the kids did a great job at it!

Today we celebrated Dot Day! 

We were inspired to make our mark on Drawing Pad.

You can listen to The Dot here

We made our marks on paper with markers and paint too!  Look for an art gallery of these unique dots soon.. 
Look at all of those dot clothes too!

Then we used the colAR app to watch our dots go from 2D to 3D. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Monday 9/15

Daily 5- Soon the kids will have 5 stations to choose from each day. 
Today the kids could choose between 3 stations- word work, read to self, and work on writing. Each child worked on 2 of these stations today. 
New pillows were a big hit! 

Calming time drawing:

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Friday 9/12

Hope everyone had a nice weekend.  Great to see so many of you at town day!  

Tuesday- wear dots! 

Here's a few pics from Friday. Readers workshop... Look at the engagement! 

Writing favorite memory of the week:

Favorite memory of the week- Kidblog!! 

2 upcoming events from Town Day that you may be interested in: