Welcome to the 2014-2015 School Year!

Thank you for visiting our website! Please take some time to familiarize yourself with the blog. I have tried to add many pieces of important information regarding our class. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think. If there is something you would like to me to add, please let me know. This blog is a work in progress:-) I look forward to working with all of you. My contact e-mail is shannon.descamps@fraserk12.org

Weekly Newsletter for the Week of March 30th

Hello! Please click on the link below for our Weekly Newsletter. Please note the change in due dates for homework this week. There will be new spelling words for the week. Our test will be given on Thursday.

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I’m looking forward to our field trip on Wednesday. Please have your child wear their 1st grade shirt. We will be back to school in time for lunch. Chaperones: please come to school with your child at the start of school.

Maker Space supply request- The students are running low paper towel/toilet paper tubes and tissue boxes. Thank you!

Maker Space

Our Maker Space time has been a big hit!! Each week has been even better than the last. Thank you so much for all of the wonderful donations we’ve received. The students have loved creating during this time. It’s been fun to watch how they work as teams to make some very thought out projects. This is a first experience for me as well so I was not exactly sure how the results would come about.  I have been happily amused to hear the students tell visitors to our room about this time… “Can you believe we get to do this EVERY Wed. ” and “I don’t want to leave. Can I stay at school tonight?”.

Background: “The Maker movement is poised to transform learning in our schools. To counteract educational standards, testing and uniformity, this fresh approach emphasizes creation and creativity — products and processes born from tinkering, playing, experimenting, expressing, iterating and collaborating — and exploits new digital tools to make, share and learn across space and time, do-it-yourself (DIY) style.” (quote- edutopia.org)

The first week, the students and I discussed what our classroom would look like during this time. We came up with a list of norms we would follow. Some of these included sharing, working as a group, respecting others, and using the supplies properly. For supplies we are using cardboard boxes, tape (masking and the fancy Duck brand prints), paper towel & toilet paper tubes, popsicle sticks, aluminum foil, water color paints, play dough, cotton balls, q-tips, and 2 building kits (thank you to the Rambow family!). In addition to the building/art portion the students also have the opportunity to explore the coding programs on our iPads. Two of our favorites are the Floors app from Pixel Press and Kodable. I am devoting 40 minutes of our week to Maker Space time.

Once a project is complete, I now have the students present it to the class and the other children offer positive feedback and possible ways to improve it. During that session the students can then improve upon their creation if they choose. Mrs. Kuras (in the library) has agreed to give us a space on top of bookshelves to display our creations. We plan on changing the display out every week. Once done in the library, the creation will come home. If the children worked as a group it is their responsibility to agree who gets to take it home. The experience has been even better than I imagined. We are also very thankful for the help of Mrs. Reilly (a teacher here on staff at Ike). She has helped from the beginning and has even donated some fun supplies.

Here are some photos from the last few weeks…

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A flute!

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Working on their dragon

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Souvenir Bit- The Paper Bag Princess

This week’s book is the fairy tale of The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch. The students will be bringing home their souvenir bits today. All of the directions will be in the bag. We have read this book a few times this week and I have included a video of the story (if needed). Please click on the link below if you would like to submit the homework online. You do not need to send the response sheet back if you choose to submit via blog. Please make sure the post is submitted by the time school starts on Friday.
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Weekly Newsletter for the Week of March 23rd

Hello! Please click on the link below for our class newsletter. Have a great week!
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Sneaking a Kid President Quote in because he always has great advice!…
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Souvenir Bit- The 3 Billy Goats Gruff

This week’s book is the fairy tale of The Three Billy Goats Gruff. The students will be bringing home their souvenir bits today. All of the directions will be in the bag. We have read this book a few times this week and I have included a video of the story (if needed) down below. Please click on the link below if you would like to submit the homework online. You do not need to send the response sheet back if you choose to submit via blog. Please make sure the post is submitted by the time school starts on Friday.
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Weekly Newsletter

Hello! Please click on the link below for our weekly newsletter. The short week last week put us a little behind. I had the students take their spelling test today. Unfortunately, I seem to have a new tradition of getting sick and losing my voice the week of report cards. I will be out of the classroom tomorrow.
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Matter- Souvenir Bit

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This week’s book is about Matter. This is our first non-fiction/informational souvenir bit. The students will be bringing home their souvenir bits today. All of the directions are in the bag. We have been learning about matter during our current science unit. I included a fun song down below. Please click on the link if you would like to submit the homework online. You do not need to send the response sheet back if you choose to submit via blog. Please make sure the post is submitted by the time school starts on Monday.
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Weekly Newsletter for March 9th

Please click on the link below for our weekly newsletter. Have a great week!
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Souvenir Bit- The Sneetches

This week’s book is The Sneetches by Dr. Seuss. The students will be bringing home their souvenir bits today. All of the directions will be in the bag. We have read this book a few times this week and I have included a video of the story (if needed) down below. Please click on the link below if you would like to submit the homework online. You do not need to send the response sheet back if you choose to submit via blog. Please make sure the post is submitted by the time school starts on Friday.
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Weekly Newsletter for the Week of March 2nd

Hello! Please click on the link below for our weekly newsletter. Math and technology homework will be coming home on TUESDAY this week. Our copier was just fixed this afternoon so we will get it all together for tomorrow.
Please remember to have your child turn in their March is Reading Month reading sheet every week this month so your child qualifies for the weekly prizes. 1st graders are being asked to read 100 minutes a week. The reading log is due on Monday and must be turned in on time to qualify. Please let me know if you have any questions.
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