Mrs. Ursitti's First Grade Class


Weekly Newsletter

It’s kick-off time!  Not quite time for the Super Bowl, but it is time for our 4th Annual Charter School Rally.  Help from our charter school families is requested each year to sell raffle tickets.  All of the information is coming home today. Please look through it carefully and take note of all of the incentives associated with selling and buying these raffle tickets. 


Rocket Math will begin next week and a parent information letter is being sent home today to explain how this works.  You may ask, why in this day and age with so many calculators and computers are math facts still important?  Research shows that fact fluency has many benefits:

*Math facts fluency leads to a greater understanding of higher order mathematics

*Fluent math facts mean less confusion with the more challenging skills learned down the road

*Math fact automaticity affects performance and scores on tests that have time limits

*Knowing your math facts results in less math anxiety


Our research on the planets is going well.  So far, we have used books to find and record information.  Next week, we will use a website to gather additional information.  The facts that the students have written will be sent home next Thursday.  They will then use this information to create their poster, along with a model of their planet.  These projects will be due on February 2.  


Reminder:  We will celebrate the 100th day of school on Monday with a hat fashion show and afternoon fun centers.  Please remember that there is a writing assignment that should be completed at home to accompany each hat.


Get ready for another Christa Writes on Wednesday!  This schoolwide event is held to encourage and promote writing across the grade levels.  This month’s focus in first grade will be on narrative writing.  Students will be given a prompt asking them about our experience at our Tuesday field trip to the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium. The students have become very skilled at writing five sentence paragraphs that include a grabber (topic) sentence, three supporting details, and a wrap up (conclusion) sentence. 


Please note that there is a slight adjustment to our lunch time on Wednesday (in case any of you will be coming to eat with your son or daughter).  We will have lunch from 11:24 - 11:54.  Also, for an upcoming project, I am requesting that each student bring in an empty cereal box. These are needed by February 1.  If you have any extras to send, it would be appreciated. 


Happy birthday to Gianna who turned 7 this week!

 Have an enjoyable weekend!