Madison Crossing Elementary

Mark Of Excellence

Laura Morris

Morris’s Memos

April21 - 25, 2014


Theme:  Fairy Tales

Spelling Words:  did this  they  make pink  are  his do  by  went

**ReviewWeek** – These words will be retired from the word wall. Test is Thursday.

Math Skills: Addition/Subtraction WordProblems



Language/Phonics Skills:  Review Prefixes & Suffixes/Main Words


Homework:  Study the spelling wordsevery night.  Please return your Book-in-a-Bageach day. 

ComprehensionSkills/Math Review           


·       Classroom Needs: Treasure box items (ALL OUT)—trinkets from your playroom willdo!

·       NoSchool this Friday, April 18th and Monday, April 21st forEaster holiday. We hope you all have awonderful break! J

·       Ifyou have not sent in your 2 bills for residency, please do so as soon aspossible. They are due Thursday, April17th.

·       OurFairy Tale Program is next Friday, April 25th. It will beginpromptly at 8:15 a.m. in the school gym. We look forward to seeing you there!  Parking will probably be a challenge!

·       Ifyou would like to purchase a DVD of our fairy tale program next week, please see the attached note.



Hello!  My name is Laura Morris and this is my eighth year to be teaching under the leadership of Dr. Martha D'Amico at Madison Crossing Elementary School.  GO MAVS!!!
This year will mark my fourth year as a First grade teacher.  I've completed fourteen years of teaching in various elementary grades but I have most recently enjoyed four years in the Kindergarten classroom prior to coming to first grade.  I absolutely love this age group because they are truly curious and energetic and the possibilities for growth are so great!  It still amazes me to see just how much each student grows from the beginning of first grade to the end of the year.
I want to officially "Welcome you to First grade!"  We are going to have a great time this year as we develop our reading, writing, and use of numbers.  We are partners in your child's education.  By working together, we can ensure that your child has a successful learning experience this year.  I will communicate your child's progress through: a weekly newsletter (telling about class events, any reminders, test items, homework, and skills that are being focused on for that week), calls home or emails, parent/teacher conferences in the Fall and Spring (if necessary), signed paper folders (each Tuesday or Wednesday), as well as report cards.  Communication is key, so if you have any concerns or questions during the year, please call the school, email me, or send a note in your child's take-home folder.  First grade students will be given Math homework (2-3 times a week), spelling words to practice nightly, and a book-in-a-bag (3-4 times a week) to read to a parent/guardian.  I would also encourage you to have your child write during the week as well, whether it is helping you with a grocery list, practicing on readable handwriting, sending a thank you note or letter to a friend or family member, or writing their own story to share at the dinner table.  Please help make school a priority by spending time together working on these activities/homework with your child.  It will help reinforce what is being taught at school on a daily basis.
Educationally yours,
Laura Morris