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Update for the Week of May 8th   
Dear Families, 
THANK YOU for all of the special treats, gifts, and cards this week for Teacher Appreciation Week.  I felt very appreciated!  Thank you all for sharing your sweet first grader with me each day! 😊
 
I hope you are enjoying this beautiful weekend!  We have a very busy week coming up.   
 
Coming up next week... 
Monday - No Encores
Tuesday - Library & STEAM 
Wednesday - No Encores, Gem Mining! 
Thursday - Art & Music
Friday - BUGZ! PERFORMANCE 9:30am and 1:30pm 
*Recess daily
*Snack daily
 
Field Trip
Our on-campus Gem Mining field trip is May 10th.  Our class will get to pan for different gems and stones right at school.  Please let me know if you have any questions.   
 
Kindergarten and First Grade Performance
Mark your calendars for May 12th for our performance - it's sure to be great!  Our class is being asked to wear red for the performances that day.  
 
NEW Field Trip
Our next field trip will be to Sturgeon City on Friday, May 26th.  The permission slip will be sent home tomorrow.  The signed permission slip and $4 will be due no later than Tuesday, May 24th.  
 
Recyclebots
Our class' Recyclebots were AMAZING!  Great job! 
 
Reading Logs
Continue to read for 20 minutes each night.  Reading Logs will be due June 1st.  

 

Conferences
I will be setting up conferences towards the end of May and would like to meet with each family to discuss your child's end of the year reading levels, and what you can do to help them be successful this summer.  I'll be sending out a link to sign up with available times, but if you would like to meet before then, please let me know.  
 
Writing
In order to help your student prepare for the end of the year and next year, I thought I'd send out the writing expectations for the end of first grade.  These will help you work with your child at home. 
-Uses drawings to enhance meaning of writing
-Writes several sentences about a topic
-Writes in complete sentences 
-Writes in a logical sequence 
-Use list-like details and descriptive language
-Spells many high frequency words correctly
-Uses capital letters and end punctuation correctly and consistently 
 
CHEW Challenge
Information was sent home about the CHEW Challenge through the United Way of Onslow County.  Please let me know if you have any questions about this challenge.  If you would like to participate, you pledge to donate $30 or 30 canned goods in 30 days beginning May 1st and running until June 1st.  Food donations can be brought to the front office.     
Please let me know if you have any questions! 

Update for the Week of May 1st   

Dear Families, 

I hope you're having a wonderful week!  May is sure to be a super busy month, so please let me know if you have any questions! 

Coming up next week... 

Monday - Library & STEAM

Tuesday - No Encore  - STEAM Night!  5:00 - 7:00pm 

Wednesday - Art & Music 

Thursday - No Encore

Friday - Spanish & PE

*Recess daily

*Snack daily

 

The Book Fair

The Book Fair is open every day in the Media Center from 8am-4pm now through May 5th.  It will also be open during STEAM night.  

STEAM Night

Join us for our Fairy Tale themed STEAM Night on Tuesday, May 2nd from 5:00 - 7:00pm.  It is sure to be a lot of fun!  

Field Trip

Our on-campus Gem Mining field trip is May 10th.  Permission slips and $7 are due by Friday, May 5th.  

Yearbooks

The last day to pre-order yearbooks is Monday, May 1st.  The cost is $15.00.  

Recyclebots

Recyclebots and brochures are due on Monday, May 1st.  

Reading Logs

Reading Logs are due on Monday, May 1st, as well.  

Kindergarten and First Grade Performance

Mark your calendars for May 12th for our performance - it's sure to be great!  Our class is being asked to wear red for the performances that day.  

Conferences

I will be setting up conferences towards the end of May and would like to meet with each family to discuss your child's end of the year reading levels, and what you can do to help them be successful this summer.  I'll be sending out a link to sign up with available times, but if you would like to meet before then, please let me know.  

Writing

In order to help your student prepare for the end of the year and next year, I thought I'd send out the writing expectations for the end of first grade.  These will help you work with your child at home.  

-Uses drawings to enhance meaning of writing

-Writes several sentences about a topic

-Writes in complete sentences 

-Writes in a logical sequence 

-Use list-like details and descriptive language

-Spells many high frequency words correctly

-Uses capital letters and end punctuation correctly and consistently 

CHEW Challenge

Information was sent home about the CHEW Challenge through the United Way of Onslow County.  Please let me know if you have any questions about this challenge.  If you would like to participate, you pledge to donate $30 or 30 canned goods in 30 days beginning May 1st and running until June 1st.  Food donations can be brought to the front office.   

Collecting for a Cause

If you would like to donate gently used books as part of our book drive, please send them in by Friday, May 5th.  

 


Update for the Week of April 17th   

Dear First Grade Families,

I hope you’re all having a wonderful Spring Break! 

Next week…

Next week is Spirit Week in honor of Relay for Life!  

Monday – Art & Music

Tuesday – No Encores

Wednesday – Spanish & PE

Thursday – No Encores

Friday – Library & STEAM Lab

*Recess every afternoon*

                               

                                      

A few updates…

Folders:  The rest of April and May are SUPER busy.  Please be sure to check your student’s S.T.A.R. folder each night.  There will be time sensitive information sent home about many exciting events (from shows, to STEAM night, to field day, etc.)that your student won’t want to miss. 

Donations:  Upon returning from Spring Break, our class would greatly appreciate donations of both tissues and Ziploc bags. 

Snack:  Please be sure to send in a snack for your student each day.    

Reading Logs:  The questions on the back of the reading logs provide a great opportunity for students to practice responding to texts.  Please encourage your student to complete these independently.  First graders are expected to read and respond to a text independently at the end of the year. 

Recyclebot:  The Recyclebot is our April At Home Project.  Please let me know if you have any questions about this project.  If you need another brochure for any reason, just send a note in your child’s folder.  Projects are due May 1st

Jump Rope for Heart:  Any donations for Jump Rope for Heart are due by April 28th

Scholastic News:  A few of the magazines that were not used by the substitute were sent home recently.  They are for students to keep and can be read to meet the nightly reading goal. 

Kindergarten and First Grade Show:  BUGZ!  On May 12th there will be two performances of this show – one at 9:30am and one at 1:30pm.  More information will be coming home soon. 

Scholastic Book Orders:  Due Friday, April 21st.  The online access code to order is J9RNT. 

Yearbooks: Order forms were sent home last week.  Please return yearbook orders by May 1st at the latest. 

Some new websites to use at home…  

Epic!

Looking for more books to read at home?  I signed us up for Epic!  It’s another online resource that has books (popular ones!) and audiobooks.  It is fantastic! 

Here’s how to get access: 

1.        https://www.getepic.com/

2.       Click “sign in” but do not pay for anything!

3.       Scroll to the bottom of the sign in page where it asks, “Are you a student?”

4.       Click “Sign in with your Classroom Code”

5.       Type in MYT-4165

6.       Click on your student’s name to gain access!

There’s also a parent access option.  If you would like access to it, reply back and I’ll get it set up for you. 

Zearn

We have been using Zearn as a piece of our math instruction in class.  I promised them I would send out logins for Zearn so they can access the website at home.  I have them printed to go home on Monday when we return.

Other Websites

Reminder that the username for Raz Kids is chockler. 

Students have individual logins for ReadingEggs.com that they like to do, as well!

 


Update for the Week December 12th   
Dear First Grade Families, 
I cannot believe that this is our last week before winter break!  It is also the last week that I will be with the students until I return from maternity leave.  I will check e-mail often, but your best way of communicating with school will be to send in a note, and check your child's folder each day (feel free to write notes or questions in there - we check them every morning).  
 
Coming up this week... 
Monday - Art & Music (be sure to check out the SUPER cute penguins your kiddos made in art and brought home today!)  
Tuesday - No Encores 
Wednesday - Spanish & PE
Thursday - Mustang Pride Day - Morning meeting and afternoon celebration (if earned)  
Friday - Polar Express Day (see note below!)
 
Polar Express
This month, First Grade will read The Polar Express and compare it to the movie. In keeping with the theme of the movie, students can wear school appropriate pajamas on Friday, December 16.
Additionally, students will have hot chocolate and marshmallows while enjoying the movie. Please check out the website below to donate items for this event. Please have all donated items in by Wednesday, December 14.
 
Thank you for all of your help and support.
 
December At Home Project:  

First Graders will be discussing needs and wants in the month of December and our Random Acts of Kindness at home project will help to further student understanding of this concept.  Rather than building an at home project, we are asking our first graders to complete random acts of kindness for their family members and friends.    


How does it work? 

-When students complete a random act of kindness, they can share with their class and add a paper to a paper chain that we will create in our hallway to show how kindness can spread.  

-You are welcome to send in a note describing an act of kindness that your student completed, but there is no formal paper requirement for this project. 

Here are some examples:

Helping someone who has dropped something, cleaning up garbage without being asked, including someone who is left out, playing with someone you don’t usually play with, smiling at people, helping your family without being asked, writing a nice note to someone, etc.  

*These acts of kindness do not cost any money*

 
 
Extra Info:  
  • Please check your child's folder each and every night.  There are often papers that are important or time sensitive.  
  • All dismissal changes need to be sent in on a separate piece of paper the morning of the change (please date!).  No dismissal changes can be sent via e-mail, as there is no guarantee that myself or someone else will check e-mail at that moment.  
  • December Reading Logs will be due when we get back from winter break on January 2nd.  First grade has lightened the paper homework load this year in an effort to focus on reading each and every night.  Reading on RAZ kids does count towards the nightly reading goal.  
  • In an effort to save paper, I will no longer be printing a monthly calendar for students' folders.  Aside from these e-mails, our class calendar can be found on my website (on the Morton School site - click staff - click my name). 
I hope that you have a wonderful winter break filled with many special moments with your sweet first grader.   

Update for the Week of December 5th   
Dear First Grade Families, 
We had an awesome field trip to Poplar Grove in Wilmington last week.  Our class was wonderful on the bus and on site.  I will be uploading pictures to my website in the near future.  We also had fun seeing the animals that Barnyard Preserve brought to school on Thursday.  It was a very exciting week!  
 
Coming up this week... 
Monday - No Encores  
Tuesday - Spanish & PE, Interim Reports Go Home 
Wednesday - No Encores
Thursday - Library & STEAM Lab  
Friday - No Encores, Popcorn on sale for $0.50 per bag
 
December At Home Project:  

First Graders will be discussing needs and wants in the month of December and our Random Acts of Kindness at home project will help to further student understanding of this concept.  Rather than building an at home project, we are asking our first graders to complete random acts of kindness for their family members and friends.    


How does it work? 

-When students complete a random act of kindness, they can share with their class and add a paper to a paper chain that we will create in our hallway to show how kindness can spread.  

-You are welcome to send in a note describing an act of kindness that your student completed, but there is no formal paper requirement for this project. 

Here are some examples:

Helping someone who has dropped something, cleaning up garbage without being asked, including someone who is left out, playing with someone you don’t usually play with, smiling at people, helping your family without being asked, writing a nice note to someone, etc.  

*These acts of kindness do not cost any money*

 
 
Extra Info:  
  • December Reading Logs will be due when we get back from winter break on January 2nd.  First grade has lightened the paper homework load this year in an effort to focus on reading each and every night.  Reading on RAZ kids does count towards the nightly reading goal.  
  • In an effort to save paper, I will no longer be printing a monthly calendar for students' folders.  Aside from these e-mails, our class calendar can be found on my website.  
Please let me know...  
  • Please let me know if you have any concerns about your students learning about holidays and traditions from around the world.  
Have a wonderful week!  

 


Update for the Week of November 28th   
Dear First Grade Families, 
I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family.  We have a busy three weeks coming up before we go on winter break.    
 
Coming up this week... 
Monday - FIELD TRIP TO POPLAR GROVE 
Tuesday - No Encores
Wednesday - Library and STEAM Lab 
Thursday - Animal Visit from Barn Hill Preserve, No Encores 
Friday - Art and Music 
 
Field Trip Reminders:  

Our First Grade Field Trip to Poplar Grove in Wilmington is Monday, November 28th

•We will be leaving at 8:45am, and it is extremely important that your student be on time for school on Monday. 
•If you are sending in lunch for your student, please send it in a Ziploc bag (no real lunch boxes) with items that can be thrown away/recycled. 
•Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.
•If you are planning to drive and meet us there, please let me know, and plan to bring the $10.68 to pay at Poplar Grove upon arrival.  
**We will have time for snack when we arrive back at school, so please send in something that will stay back at school for students to eat when we get back. 
 
Barn Hill Preserve Animal Visit 
In order for students to see the animals that will be coming to school on
Thursday, December 1st, they need a signed permission slip returned by
Tuesday, November 29th.  This does not cost any money.  You can purchase a
picture of your student with an animal for $10.00, but it is optional.  Students will not be allowed to go to the presentation if they do not have a signed permission slip.  
 
Extra Info:  
  • Our November At Home project is due this week.  Please return completed moon phase project by Thursday, December 1st.    
  • Please encourage your child to read each and every night.  It is important for them to take the responsibility to complete their nightly reading log and complete the reading log questions on their own.  Reading logs are due Thursday, December 1st.    
Please let me know...  
  • Please let me know if you have any concerns about your students learning about different holidays and celebrations during the months of November, and December.   
Have a great week!  

Update for the Week of November 14th   
Dear First Grade Families, 
I hope you had a wonderful weekend.  Please remember that the field trip permission slip (bright orange paper) and $7.41 (exact amount - sorry about that!) are due THIS Friday, November 18th.  The field trip is the first Monday we get back from Thanksgiving break, and we will need to have all of our counts in before break.  If you need a new permission slip, please let me know.  
 
Coming up this week... 
Monday - Library
Tuesday - Spanish & PE
Wednesday - No Encores
Thursday - Library and STEAM Lab    *Note new schedule* 
Friday - No Encores, Last day to turn in field trip permission slip and money.  
 
Extra Info:  
  • Please read the field trip information carefully and send in the exact amount.  I do not have change in my classroom when I receipt money that comes in, so please help me out!  Thank you! :)
  • Our November At Home project began last night with the "super moon"! Please let me know if you have any questions about this project.  
  • Please encourage your child to read each and every night.  It is important for them to take the responsibility to complete their nightly reading log and complete the reading log questions on their own.  
Looking ahead:  
  • November 17:  Chick Fil-A Night 
  • November 23:  Teacher Work Day 
  • November 24:  Thanksgiving - No School 
  • November 25:  No School 
  • November 28:  Field Trip to Poplar Grove
 
Please let me know...  
  • Please let me know if you have any concerns about your students learning about different holidays and celebrations during the months of November, and December.   
I hope you have a wonderful day! 

Update for the Week of November 7th   
Dear First Grade Families, 
I cannot believe we are already planning our second week of November!  A lot of important information will come home tomorrow, including our first field trip permission slip, and our November at home project.   
 
Coming up this week... 
Monday - No Encores
Tuesday - Art & Music 
Wednesday - Mustang Pride Day - No Encores, Cici's Pizza Night 
Thursday - Early Release Day 12:30pm 
Friday - No School - Thank you, Veterans, for your service to our country.  
 
Extra Info:  
  • Please read the field trip information carefully and send in the exact amount.  I do not have change in my classroom when I receipt money that comes in, so please help me out!  Thank you! :)
  • Our November At Home project will involve observing the phases of the moon.  It will start with the "super moon" on November 14th - which should be pretty fun to see!  Please let me know if you have any questions about this project.  I will be sending home resources to help you identify the different phases of the moon throughout this week.  
  • Donation Request:  Our classroom will be in need of more tissues very soon.  Thank you in advance if you can help! 
  • Please encourage your child to read each and every night.  It is important for them to take the responsibility to complete their nightly reading log and complete the reading log questions on their own.  
Looking ahead:  
  • November 7:  Report Cards Go Home
  • November 9:  Cici's Pizza Night
  • November 10:  Early Release Day 12:30pm
  • November 10:  Scholastic Book Orders Due  
  • November 11:  Veteran's Day - No School 
  • November 17:  Chick Fil-A Night 
  • November 23:  Teacher Work Day 
  • November 24:  Thanksgiving - No School 
  • November 28:  Field Trip to Poplar Grove
 
Please let me know...  
  • Please let me know if you have any concerns about your students learning about different holidays and celebrations as we head into November, and December.   
Have a great week! 

Update for the Week of October 31st   
Dear First Grade Families, 
I hope you are having a great weekend.  We had a busy, but fun, Red Ribbon and Pumpkin week last week.  We ended our week with a fun STEAM challenge (building a spider web to hold blocks) and discovered that pumpkins float! 
Coming up this week...    
Monday - Art & Music *NO Costumes are to be worn at school on Monday*
Tuesday - Library 
Wednesday - Spanish & PE
Thursday -  No Encores
Friday - Math Lab & STEAM Lab 
            Popcorn on sale for $.50 per bag  
 
Extra Info:  
  • If you are able to donate tissues or gallon sized zip-lock bags, I would truly appreciate it! 
  • Please send in a white t-shirt by October 31st for your student if you have not already.      
  • Ms. Lupa has asked for us to share that Morton STEAM Lab is on Facebook - be sure to check it out! :) 
Looking ahead:   
  • October 31:  Paper Plate At Home Project & Reading Logs Due
  • November 3:  Picture Make-up Day
  • November 4:  Candy Man Main Event for students who qualified
  • November 7:  Report Cards Go Home
  • November 9:  Cici's Pizza Night
  • November 10:  Early Release Day 12:30pm
  • November 10:  Scholastic Book Orders Due  
  • November 11:  Veteran's Day - No School 
  • November 17:  Chick Fil-A Night 
  • November 23:  Teacher Work Day 
  • November 24:  Thanksgiving - No School 
Please let me know...  
  • Please let me know if you have any concerns about your students learning about different holidays and celebrations as we head into November, and December.   
Have a wonderful week! 
 

Update for the Week of October 24th   
Dear First Grade Families, 
I am excited to share the news that our class won the K-2 Encore Award for the past few weeks!  This means that our class has been doing a great job in Encores and the teachers chose to honor us!  
Thank you to those of you who sent in pumpkins - I truly appreciate it.  
Last week, we learned about fire safety and got the opportunity to learn directly from the firefighters themselves! 
 
We've also completed some fun projects including building aluminum foils boats (in honor of Christopher Columbus) and designing, building, and testing ramps.  Here are just a few pictures of these STEAM projects:  
       
   
Coming up during "Red Ribbon"week:   
Monday - Library
Wear red and bring in a canned food or non-perishable item.  
Tuesday - Spanish & PE
"Don't let drugs turn you inside out"  Students may wear their clothes inside out.  
Wednesday - Computer Lab
"Shade out Drugs"  Wear your sunglasses all day! 
Thursday -  Math & STEAM Lab
"Sock it to drugs" Wear crazy socks! 
Friday - No Encores
"Team Up Against Drugs" Wear your favorite sports team t-shirt or jersey. 
Popcorn on sale for $.50 per bag  
 
Extra Info:  
  • Please send in a white t-shirt by October 31st for your student if you have not already.      
  • Ms. Lupa has asked for us to share that Morton STEAM Lab is on Facebook - be sure to check it out! :) 
Looking ahead:   
  • October 27:  First Grade Parent Workshop - "Pumpkin Spice-Up Math" at 12:00 noon  
  • October 31:  Paper Plate At Home Project & Reading Logs Due
  • November 10:  Scholastic Book Orders Due 

If you did not get to sign up for conferences at Open House, here is a link to sign up: 
Or - please send me a note with a time that works well for you. 
Please let me know...  
  • Please let me know if you have any concerns about your students learning about different holidays and celebrations as we head into the end of October, November, and December.   
Have a wonderful week! 

Update for the Week of October 10th   
Dear First Grade Families, 
I hope that you all made it out of the storm without any damage or issues.  
Coming up this week:    
 
Monday - No school for students  
Tuesday - No School for students 
Wednesday - Art & Music
Thursday - Library * Please send back any library books * 
Friday - Spanish & PE 
            Popcorn on sale for $.50 per bag 
 
Lunch 11:03 - 11:33 daily 
 
Extra Info: 
  • We are collecting Box Tops for Education all year.  
  • Please send in a white t-shirt for your student if you have not already. 
  • We have snack time every day.   
  • If you sent in a large pencil project, I will not be able to send it home on the bus.  Please stop by to pick it up or let me know how you would like to get it home.    
  • First grade will be organizing the water bucket challenge again this year at the Mustang Round Up.  Next week, you will be able to donate to the teacher who you or your student would like to see have the water bucket dumped on at the Mustang Round Up!  Donation cups will be located in the front office and when you arrive at the Mustang Round Up.  
 
Looking ahead:
  • October 12:  CiCi's Pizza Night 
  • October 14:  Scholastic Book Orders Due
  • October 20:  Early Release Day, Chick-Fil-A Night
  • October 21:  Mustang Round-Up
  • October 27:  First Grade Parent Workshop - "Pumpkin Spice-Up Math" at 12:00 noon  
 
If you did not get to sign up for conferences at Open House, here is a link to sign up:
 
 
Please let me know...  
  • Please let me know if you have any concerns about your students learning about different holidays and celebrations as we head into the end of October, November, and December.  
Next week:
  • We will begin our next Read-Aloud Anthology series about the Human Body (this last one was about Fables and Folktales).  Here is a note about this upcoming unit:  
  • In this unit, students will, "be introduced to a network of body systems, comprised of organs that work together to perform a variety of vitally important jobs.  They will learn the fundamental parts and functions of five body systems:  skeletal, muscular, digestive, circulatory, and nervous.  The narrator of these read-alouds, a rhyming pediatrician, will share rhymes that reinforce basic facts that the students are expected to learn."  Students will also "learn how germs can cause disease, as well as how to help stop the spread of germs.  Students will be taught five keys to good health - eat well, exercise, sleep, keep clean, and have regular checkups."   
  • Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  
 
Have a great rest of the week! 

Update for the Week of October 3rd   
Dear First Grade Families, 
What a busy week we had!  From Open House, to Apple Week, to Picture Day, our class did a great job all week long.  I really enjoyed seeing all of the pencil projects and listening to the students explain how they came up with their ideas and created such great projects! 
 
Coming up this week:    
 
Monday - No Encores 
Tuesday - Art & Music
Wednesday - Library
Thursday - Spanish & PE
Friday - Computer Lab 
            Popcorn on sale for $.50 per bag 
 
Extra Info: 
  • We are collecting Box Tops for Education all year.  
  • Please send in a white t-shirt for your student if you have not already. 
  • We have snack time every day.   
  • I will be sending home login information for Raz Kids tomorrow.  This program is fantastic because it gives you and your student access to hundreds of just right books online (both fiction and non-fiction) and can help your student meet their nightly reading goal.  
  • A new login card for ReadingEggs.com will also be sent home tomorrow because I had to change students' passwords back to their Onslow Digital Key.   
  • Tomorrow I will send home the at home project for the month of October.  Please let me know if you have any questions about this project.  
 
Looking ahead:
  • October 14:  Scholastic Book Orders Due
  • October 20:  Early Release Day 
  • October 21:  Mustang Round-Up*
  • October 27:  First Grade Parent Workshop* 
*more information to follow
 
Finally, if you did not get to sign up for conferences at Open House, here is a link to sign up:
 
 
We're using SignUp.com (the leading online SignUp and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming SignUps.
 
Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:
 
1) Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com: http://signup.com/go/oMcYhS
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.
 
Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.
 
*If none of these times work for you, please e-mail me so that we can schedule a time that works for both of us.  
 
I hope you all have a wonderful first week of October! 
-Mrs. Hockler

Update for the Week of September 26th   

Dear First Grade Families, 

I hope you are having a great weekend.  Last week flew by with the Early Release Day - our class had a great time at our Mustang Pride Event!   Here are a few pictures of us exploring with some science tools: 

    

    

                           

 

We have a busy week ahead with many important events, and it's Apple Week!  It's one of my favorites! 

Next Week:  

Monday - Art & Music 

             Open House 5:00 - 7:00pm 

             Book Fair Begins 

Tuesday - Library (please return the book previously checked out so your student can check out a new one) 

Wednesday - Spanish & PE 

Thursday - Computer Lab

                Picture Day 

                Interim Reports go home 

Friday - Math & STEAM Lab

            September At Home Pencil Project Due  

            Last day for Book Fair purchases 

            Popcorn on sale for $.50 per bag 

Extra Info: 

  • You will be able to sign up for a conference at Open House on Monday.  
  • If you are able to donate apples for our Apple Week, please send them in tomorrow or bring them to Open House with you.  I truly appreciate your contributions to our class! 
  • We are collecting Box Tops for Education all year.  
  • Please send in a white t-shirt for your student if you have not already. 
  • We have snack time every day.   

Looking ahead:

  • October 14:  Scholastic Book Orders Due
  • October 20:  Early Release Day 
  • October 21:  Mustang Round-Up*
  • October 27:  First Grade Parent Workshop* 

*more information to follow

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns!  I hope you have a wonderful week!  

:) Mrs. Hockler 


Update for the Week of September 19th   

Dear First Grade Families, 

We had a wonderful week including another shout out on the announcements about our great hallway behavior!  
We also worked on the science skills of predicting and recording with our first science experiment (it was a huge hit):
               
              
Great news!  We filled our pebble/compliment jar all the way up!  That meant that we earned a small treat and got to take out a new option for flexible seating.  We opened up the boxes to discover our new wobble chairs, which the class was very excited about!                              
                    
Here is a look at our week coming up: 
 
Monday - Spanish & PE
Tuesday - Computer Lab 
            - Candy Man Fundraiser Due 
Wednesday - Math & STEAM Lab
Thursday - Early Release Day (12:30pm dismissal) 
             - Mustang Pride Day (students will participate in a fun celebration at school) 
             - Chick-Fil-A Night 
             - First Day of Fall 
Friday - No Encores   

A few helpful reminders: 
  • Popcorn is on sale every Friday for 50 cents per bag.  
  • We will be collecting Boxtops all year (you can send them in with your student in a baggy or in his/her S.T.A.R. folder).  
  • white t-shirt was requested as part of our school supplies list - please send one in if you have not already - thank you!
  • Each student checked out one library book on Friday.  Please return them by Tuesday, September 27th.  
  • A letter was sent home on Friday with your student's login information for one of our new web based programs called, "Reading Eggs."  You can check it out here:http://app.readingeggs.com/login 
  • We have snack time every afternoon.  
  • Today is Constitution Day and we will be discussing this in class on Monday.  
 
Looking ahead:
  • Monday, September 26th: Open House from 5:00pm - 7:00pm.  More information will be sent home about the night including information sessions and classroom visits. 
  • September 26 - 30th:  Book Fair (you'll be able to visit the book fair during Open House)
  • September 26 - 30th:  Custodial Appreciation Week
  • September 26 - 30th:  Apple Week in Mrs. Hockler's Class (more information to follow)
  • September 29th:  Interim Reports & Picture Day 
Please let me know if you have any questions/concerns.  
Have a great weekend!
-Mrs. Hockler

Welcome  

Welcome to First Grade! 

I am so excited to meet everyone at Orientation this coming Thursday, August 25th from 3:30pm - 5:30pm here at Morton! 

My classroom is located in F Building, Room #6.  You are welcome to bring any school supplies with you on Thursday so that your child does not have to carry everything on Monday.  

This year, I will be using a program called Remind to assist with communication.  Remind allows me to send updates directly to your phone.  It also allows you to text me directly.  It's a great option for communication.  E-mail and phone are both options, as well, but I encourage you to give Remind a try.  

To sign up, you can go to the following link in your browser on your smartphone:    

            rmd.at/hockler  

Or, you can text @hockler to 81010.  

If you are have trouble, try texting @hockler to (910) 816-1636. 

 

This year, you will see a new behavior scale and expectation posters around the school.  I am excited to implement this school-wide positive behavior system this year.  Here is a quick overview of the different levels and expectations this year:  

                                     

                     

 

Feel free to e-mail me or use Remind to contact me with any questions or concerns!                  chelsey.hockler@onslow.k12.nc.us

:) Mrs. Hockler


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