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

Yoga Balls for Everyone!

I’m sure some of you may have heard the big news. We now have yoga balls for all of the students in the classroom!!! On Friday we had a visit from Katelynn’s Aunt Dawn. She brought in the remaining 20 yoga balls we needed. The kids were so excited. It will take some getting used to, but they were all working hard to follow our safety rules: 2 feet on the floor, ¬†and gentle bouncing at all time.

Thank you, Aunt Dawn!!!

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Weekly Newsletter for the Week of Oct. 13th

Happy Monday! Please click on the link below for our weekly newsletter.

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Fun Run Update!

As of this morning our class has raised $350 for the Fun Run. We’ve only made 23% of our goal ($55 a student) at this time. Adopt a Classroom forms (for business donations) will be coming home with the children tomorrow. It is $75 to adopt the room. Last year, I ended up with having a few business sponsors and we proudly hung the signs outside our classroom for the school year!

Parents are invited to come to school during our Fun Run time on Tuesday, October 14th. We will be participating from 10:30 am to 11:10. Our 1st grade spirit color is RED! Please have your child wear something red that day.

Our classroom Fun Run page is here

Weekly Newsletter for the Week of Oct. 7th

Hello! Please click below for our classroom weekly classroom newsletter.

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Our required testing is now complete for 1st grade. This means we can start our “official” reading groups and interventions. If your child had difficulty in an area tested, I will be sending home a letter to let you know the amount of additional help your child is able to receive. Please sign and return the letter as soon as possible. They will be sent home later this week.

Thank you!

Grandparent’s Day!

We had a wonderful time with our special guests on Wednesday for Grandparent’s Day. We read a story about the things we like to do with grandparents, we created a page for our class book about a special family memory and then the students could choose to take their grandparents on a tour of the school or read from their reading bins.
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What We Know About Weather

We started our weather unit today. Our first step was to make a list of what we already know. We created this padlet as we went. Now it is saved so we can reference at the end of the unit and see how much we learned! (If you scroll to the side and up & down you can see it all)

 

Weekly Newsletter for the Week of Sept. 29th

Good Morning! I hope everyone had a great weekend. Please click on the link below for our class newsletter.

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Please remember t-shirt money for 1st grade shirts is due tomorrow (9/30).

Fun Run!

A special thank you to everyone who has started collecting pledges for our annual Fun Run. Our school was very successful with this fundraiser last year and we know this year can be even better! Click on the link below for the information sent home by Mr. Metty earlier in the week.

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Click here to access our class page and watch our progress.

We are very lucky to have such a supportive P.T.O. at our building. The money raised for the Fun Run benefits all the students at Eisenhower.

**We are also accepting business donations! For $75, your business is announced in the newsletter and also outside our building for the school year!

Thank you for your support:-)

Weekly Newsletter for Sept. 22nd-26th

Good Morning! Please click on the link at the bottom of the post for our weekly newsletter. I will only be sending it digitally unless a paper one is requested. Our newsletter will have all the important information for the happenings in our classroom!

Spelling- I have set up our spelling words on the website Spelling City for practice. If you follow the link on the bottom/left side of the blog, it will take you directly to our class lists. We are on Short i/Week 3. A few parents have requested spelling words be sent home on Fridays so they can practice over the weekend. We are going to start sending them on Fridays from now on.

Have a great week:-)

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Yoga Balls in the Classroom!

The children may have come home talking about the new yoga balls that arrived in our classroom on Friday. I have been reading about the benefits of using balance balls in the classroom for a while now. One of our 2nd grade teachers (Mrs. Laidlaw) has had them in her classroom for a few years. I had a few students try them out on Friday and hope to do some rotating soon. We only have 7, but I would love to expand our selection. Fortunately, the store Five Below (Hall Road, Shelby Twp.) has kid-sized balls for $5, which makes it semi-affordable:-)

I would like to thank Mr. Metty for covering our first group of stability balls!!

Here are some articles about the use of balance balls in the classroom:

http://www.livestrong.com/article/403541-what-are-the-benefits-of-stability-balls-in-schools/

http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2014/06/exercise_balls_replace_chairs.html

http://life.gaiam.com/article/how-sitting-ball-helps-kids-focus-and-do-better-school

One of our happy students!

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If anyone is interested in donating to help grow our classroom supply, We would definitely appreciate some Five Below kid-sized balls or gift card donations! :-)

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