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.
December 9 - 13, 2013
Theme: Fables/The Gingerbread Man
Spelling Words: want also show around rain train drain cupcake wet dry
Math Skills: Equivalent Names for Numbers/Fact Families
Language/Phonics Skills: Review compound words/blends & Long Vowelpatterns/ -ain chunk (brain, plain,chain, etc.)
Homework: Study the spelling wordsevery night. We will continue 9-weeks assessments this week. Your child may ormay not have a book-in-a-bag. If one is sent home, please return it the nextday.
Homework: Comprehensionreview/Math and Skills review
· Ourclass Christmas party is Thursday, December 19th, from 11:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m. All parents are welcome toattend.
· Wewill dismiss at 11:30 a.m. Friday, December 20th.
· Pleaseread the attached note regarding lunch on our half-day.
· TheGingerbread Man projects look GREAT!!! Thank you for helping your child with thisas we learn a little about some of the states in the US. Also, we are enjoyingreading all of the letters from friends and family about the Gingerbread Man’stravels! The children are having fun tracking him across the United States!Thank you for helping to make this a fun learning experience! J