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March Updates

We had a fabulous time at Suessical, the musical! The kids were awesome and all went well! Next "field trip" is in the Spring and will be an "in-house" presentation by B St. Theatre. You are welcome to attend.
Lots of sickness means we need-
Open House is Coming so we will be doing special projects and need-
1 Large Mason jar per student
paper towels (for seed sprouting jars)
pea, bean and sunflower seeds
Thank You!

Reading Fair Coming!

 --SECOND ANNUAL READING FAIR COMING TO FIRST GRADE-                           Dear First Grade Families,

This year at Cottage Hill, the first grade students will present our First Grade Reading Fair, on April 12, 2018. This is our performing arts activity for the year. We are sending you this information early so you can begin to plan with your child. Here is a breakdown of what you can expect.

What is a Reading Fair?

It is an opportunity for students to share their favorite fiction book through a storyboard display. Students must identify story elements such as characters and plot. Students should be creative in decorating their board to illustrate the theme of the story. They will be present at their boards to answer questions and may dress as the main character in their story (optional).

Where can we get the book? 

The book can be one from home, the library, or purchased for this event. We just ask that the book be appropriate for your child’s reading and grade level. It can be a book that your child has read or one that you have read with them. Please help your child choose quality stories that have all the required story elements.

What is a storyboard?

A storyboard looks similar to a science fair board (tri-fold display) and allows the students to display story elements from the book such as characters, setting and summary. These boards are available at many stores including Michael’s, Staples, and Wal-Mart. (Open Board) Dimensions- 22” x 28” More details are in the packet.

When is it due?

All projects are due Wednesday, April 11, and will be on display at the Reading Fair held on Thursday, April 12, from 8:15-9:15 in the MPR at Cottage Hill School. All family and friends are welcome to attend. School classes may also visit. The boards will also be on display in individual classrooms on Open House night.

Where do I find more information?

Check the complete planning packet which came home March 8, in your child’s blue Communication folder. Reminders will also be here on the website, come home throughout the project, and just prior to the due date. We hope you and your child enjoy this fun opportunity!

Happy Reading, The First Grade Staff

Field Trip Friday

Our field trip to the Roseville Theater, to see 'Seussical', is this Friday. This trip takes place during the regular school day, so you can still send cold lunch or order hot lunch for your child as normal. Please make sure your child arrives to school on time as we leave early that morning. Parent volunteers were randomly chosen from candidates who signed up to be part of the lottery and were previously notified. Thank you!

Chinese New Year Feast Success

Thanks to many helpers, the Chinese New Year feast was a great success! Food and help was provided by the families of Deagen, Ella, J.J., Harrison,
Christian, Zoie, Nicholas and Avery. If I missed anyone, please let me know! Thank you again for helping make a wonderful opportunity for your child possible. We used chopsticks and even ate tofu! The children were awesome eaters! On to March!

Math Homework Reminders

Please don't worry about it if/when you come across a confusing math problem in your child's homework. It is not worth the stress for you or your child! This is just one of many strategies taught in GoMath! Some are confusing.
Simply have your child solve the equation in the problem if possible, or you can cross out if needed, and initial next to the math problem to show me you made the change. Thanks for your help!

Welcome Mr. Browning!

I am pleased to announce the addition of a new student teacher in Room 2. His name is Mr. Browning and the children and I are excited to welcome him!