Sunday, November 20, 2016

Just remember....
Parent Teacher Conferences are Monday, November 21st and Tuesday, November 22nd from 11:45-3:30
Early Release @11 am

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Don't forget, your child's Turkey in Disguise assignment is due tomorrow. I can't wait to see all of the creativity!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Dear Families,
I apologize that this week's Harris Happenings Newsletter was a day late. I was experiencing "technical difficulties" yesterday and couldn't get it to print. I hope your child had an amazing Halloween!

-Mrs. Harris

Harris Happenings
Week of October 31st

Happy November!! STEM day was amazing! First grade had a wonderful time doing activities centered around the stories The Three Little Pigs, Gingerbread Baby, and The Three Billy Goats Gruff!

School and Classroom Procedures:
Students have been using the behavior clip system. It is working well to reinforce rules and expectations in our classroom. Students are expected to be truthful when filling out their color sheets at the end of the day. Please initial the sheets each day so I know you have seen them. Return them to school on Monday because I do collect them. We have earned 18 out of 20 frogs for our classroom behavior system. When we receive 20 frogs, the students will vote on what type of reward they want. Keep it up…we’re almost there!

Math: This week we will continue to learn about Addition Strategies. We are still using the Counting On strategy. Also this week, we will be looking at Commutative Property of Addition and solving expressions to see if they are equal. If they are unequal, we will be changing one expression to make both equivalent.

Listening & Learning: We will finish learning about the Human Body this week. I will be reading to the class the book Whose Tracks Are These?  by Jim Nail, which is the selected book for the Kid’s Book Fest this year. This book is a great lead way into our Animals and Habitats Unit, which we will also be starting this week.

Skills Reading: Your child should be practicing the skills and stories brought home in his/her Reading Folder.

Intervention: Intervention (R.T.I) has started off smoothly. We re-evaluate each student’s progress every 10 weeks and will make changes to students programs as necessary.

Writer’s Workshop: Writer’s Workshop is going well. Last week, we had our first Writing Celebration, where students were able to edit and revise a piece of writing they selected and share it with the class. They were even given a sweet treat to celebrate! We are now working on planning our stories (using a graphic organizer), planning our sentences (by counting the words), and working with a partner (partner feedback and introduction to a grading rubric).

Important Dates:
Monday, October 31st-Happy Halloween. Class party! Halloween Parade at 2:20
Wednesday, November 2nd-Early Release @1:30
Friday, November 11th-No School Veteran’s Day
Monday, November 21st and Tuesday, November 22nd-Early Release @ 11
Parent Teacher Conferences 11:45-3:50
Wednesday, November 23rd-Friday, November 25th-No School Thanksgiving Break

If you haven’t already signed up for a Parent Teacher Conference, please do so. There is a link to sign-up online on the school website. Thanks!

Don’t forget to check out my blog at or sign up for the Remind App on your computer or cell phone. I post reminders and other classroom news periodically. Here’s to another great week of school in Room 8! Feel free to contact me any time with questions or concerns.