• The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them. -Ralph Nichols

    11/12 - 11/14: Remember, there are shortened days on Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday this week due to conferences.  School dismissal will be at 1:35.

    Parent/teacher conferences are scheduled for November 12th, 13th, or 14th. 

    11/15: American Education Week, Grade 1, 9:30 -10:00.

                    Supply Cart Day

    11/16: Wear your school colors to show your spirit.

    The next due date for reading logs is Monday, November 19th.


      Smile for the camera!

    Items you need in first grade:  A backpack, an extra sweater or sweatshirt as sometimes room tempuratures fluctuate,and  a lunch or lunch money (credit online works best).

    If you wish to make any donations to our class, we can often use quart sized baggies with zipper tabs, tissues, and miscellaneous treats like pencils, stickers, etc. 


    Weekly Sight Words will be sent home for study book review and posted here for your reference.

    been big came away your  

    These words will be tested on 11/16/18


    Rainy day? Need to move in the house? Copy and paste this link to keep your child moving: https://app.gonoodle.com/  Better yet, do it with them & have fun too!

    Homework Helper:

    1. Help your child clear out his daily folder.

    2. Check for any papers that need to be signed like tests, forms, etc.

    3. Complete Math Practice page.  

    4. Read for at least 15 minutes & record parent signature on log kept in daily folder.

    5. Practice different kinds of spelling sorts from the WTW Words Their Way) yellow folder. 

    6. Review the 5 weekly sight words in the black & white study buddy.  If your child can read them with automaticity, you do not need to repeat this assignment as the words are also reviewed in class until the test which is every Friday. If your child does need to practice the sight words, the following are some ideas of how to keep practice engaging.

    Sight Word Practice Ideas: 

    1. Write sentences using the sight words in the study buddy.
    2. Play "EyeSpy" with the list of words. For example, "I spy a 5 letter word." The other player must ask a question before guessing which is the word.
    3. Trace each letter of a sight word & guess which is the word.



     Our Schedule for 2018-2019:

    Lunch: 10:50 - 11:20

    Recess: 11:25 - 11:55

    Special Class (see schedule below): 1:45 - 2:25

    Monday: Music w/ Ms. O'Keeffe

    Tuesday: Library w/Ms. Conley

    Wednesday: Computers w/ Mrs. Sendecki

    Thursday: Gym w/ Mr. D'Ambrosio

    Friday: Art w/ Mr. Bryan

    First graders will be thinking about reading goals.  We will set goals a number of times throughout the school year as we beginthinking about what we'd like to do differently for our next challenge. We will begin reading independently for 5 minutes as we work up to... 45 MINUTES!  WOW!! We will become GREAT word detectives as we use all of our skills to decode tricky words. We'll be learning to deepen comprehension of stories by retelling about the characters, setting, and plot.  So essentially, talk in depth about who, where, when, what was the problem, how did the character change, and why did the plot end as it did, are all inquiries that will increase understanding.

    Online Math Resource:

    Student Log

    Pearson Math Games

    When signing in, be sure to use the following format.  Also student names should be entered exactly as they are entered in the Genesis portal.  If you have any issues, please email Ms. O'Brien.

    User #@jtsd-nj
    Pass: first name (capitalize first initial & enter the name as it is in the Genesis portal) 01. No spaces 
    Pass; Carolk01



    Online Library Link:



     Please always know that if you have any concerns or questions, I'm only a click away: cmobrien@jacksonsd.org or you may call the school at 732-833-4680.  

    I look forward to growth with each student.  We make a great team together!

    Carol O'Brien

    Ready to engage, excel, & exemplify.

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    High Frequency Word HW Practice Suggestions

    What can parents do to help study sight  (also known as high frequency) words that are listed in the study buddy book?

    1. Play “Eye Spy” a word.  
    2. Make matching word cards for “Concentration”.
    3. Think of words that rhyme with each sight word.

    We are using stories to dig deeper concepts such as:
    -identifying a lesson taught in a story
    -getting to know characters to help us predict
    -using characters to understand a series
    -try to predict what characters might say before you read the text

    When we are stuck we:

    Look  at the picture clues.
    Look at the beginning sound 
    Read through the word
    Think about what would make sense
    Think about what would sound right
    Look for smaller words inside of bigger words
    Think if it is like a word you know

    Let's Get Ready to Read 
    1. Look at the cover.
    2. Read the title.
    3. Take a picture walk.
    4. Ask Questions
    -Will this book teach me something?
    -Will I enjoy this book?
    -Does this book remind me of something or someone?
    5. Make a prediction. 
    Weekly Stamina Goal: 5 Minutes of Independent Reading.    Flex your Reading Muscles!

    Words Their Way: Students bring home their individual words sorts in a zip bag.  It is a sort that was chosen specifically for them and their needs.  Students will complete a word sorting activity daily to help learn the spelling pattern within their sort.  Children will be tested on their individual sorting patterns approximately every 6 to 10 days, depending on how they are progressing.  Tested words may or may not be words from the sort but will follow the same pattern.  The goal is not to memorize a list of words, but to understand and use a special pattern.
    Every student should practice math facts daily.   Strong practice brings strong results!
    MATH: Topic 14: Using Data to Answer Questions:  Reading different kinds of graphs & interpreting data to solve problems.

    Donations:   Many parents have asked what they could donate to our class.  Items that we could use are tissues, baby wipes (or sanitizing wipes),  Ziploc bags(all sizes, especially small) and treasure treats for student rewards (just ask your child what prizes he'd like to chose from). Any donations are greatly appreciated






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