Upcoming Events:

  • Jan. 24 - Magic All Around Us Variety Show
  • Jan. 27 - Teacher Work Day - No School for Students
  • Jan. 30 - 1st Grade Concert - 6:30pm


Next Star Students:

  • Jan. 21 – Britney
  • Jan. 28 – Aiden
  • Feb. 3 - Noah


Other Notes:

  • Family Interview – I sent home a second copy of the Family Interview since I wasn’t able to send a reminder email over Winter Break. These are due next Friday, Jan. 24th since that’s when we’ll be sharing them! Let me know if you have questions.
  • Classroom Calendar – It's all updated for the rest of the year! https://signup.com/go/eWUiHjd Remember, please email me if you sign up within the same week of your spot since I usually only check it on Mondays. There have also been some changes to the times after making some daily schedule adjustments (e.g. moving math to the morning), so please email me if you would like to volunteer, but don't see a time or subject area that works for you. We can definitely figure something out! 


  • Visualizing -  Visualizing means creating a picture or movie in our  minds of the story. For example, if the book says, "It was a beautiful day at the beach," we might imagine a sunny day with calm water and people relaxing and playing in the sand. This is a great skill to use as more and more students begin exploring chapter books. 
  • R Blends - When two or more consonants are together in a word, their sounds often blend together (like the "bl" in blend). So far, we've been focusing on "r" blends such as gr, cr, tr, pr, and more!



  • Thinking About Questions - 1st graders learned to think about their audience while writing. In this case, we're writing books to people who want to learn more about our topic. What are some questions they might have? We practiced using question words to think of information we could teach about our topics (e.g. When does it snow? What are some things you need for the snow?)
  • Teaching with Pictures - The class also practiced being intentional about their pictures. Instead of just drawing pictures as decoration, we studied informational books to see how authors use their pictures to teach as well as entertain. Students practiced adding labels, arrows, or zooming in to say more.



  • Making a 10 to Add Nine - The class also practiced manipulating addends to make equations easier to solve. This week we practiced adding to nine by making groups of ten. For example when adding 9 + 6, we can really think of the problem as 10 + 5. This aids mental math fluency for students with a firm understanding of the partners to 10.



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Messages from the PTA:

  • The Read At Home Winter Challenge is taking place now! If your child completes and returns the challenge by February 28th, they will get to pick out a new book for free in March from the Apollo PTA! Visit for more information: http://apollopta.ourschoolpages.com/Page/Programs/RAH

​​About Weekly Updates:

Based on feedback from parents over the years, I’ve retired the tradition of the “cute” PDF bi-weekly/monthly newsletters in favor of much less “cute” weekly updates. In order to get these updates out quickly and often, please forgive the boring format, brief bullet points, and occasional typos. I promise I do proofread  them, but my Friday afternoon brain will definitely miss things. These updates are be emailed, posted on our class website, and posted to Class Dojo. If at any point you would like to add or remove an email from this list, please let me know!