Dear Parents,                                                                                     3/3/03
     I cannot believe another month has passed.  I have seen such a change in maturity level in most of the children since we have been back from Christmas break.  It seems like yesterday when the children were just flipping through pages of books looking at the pictures.  Now if you walked in our room, the children are actually reading those books that they were unable to at the first half of school year.  It is so rewarding to watch them grow into fluent readers.  I am so proud of them all!  They seem to be well on their way to 2nd grade.  Keep up the good work first graders!

     We would like to welcome a new face to our classroom, Miles Nelson.  He left Villa last year and moved to Washington, D.C. but he is back now.  We are very happy to have him in our classroom.

     Spring Break is approaching!  Please continue to work with your child in the areas of reading, writing, and math.  This is the most crucial time for them to continue working hard in order to be promoted to 2nd grade.

                                                                               God bless,
                                                                               Mrs. Miller

Here's what is in store for this month:

Math Minutes with Mrs. Miller:

This month in Math, we will be beginning Ch. 11, which deals with addition and subtraction facts to 18.

In Ch. 11, the students will be able to:

1.   Learn sums of 13, 14, 15, and 16.
2.   Learn to subtract from 13, 14, 15, and 16, using related facts and other strategies.
3.   Add numbers with sums of 17 or 18 or less.
4.   Subtract from 17 or 18 or less.
5.   Check subtraction by adding.
6.   Recognize fact families for sums of 18 or less.
7.   Apply the order property and adding strategies to find the sum of three numbers.
8.   Solve problems by eliminating extra information.
9.   Solve problems by drawing a picture.

Extra!  Extra!  Read All About It!:

     In Language Arts, we are finishing up Unit 5 and will be taking our unit test on Monday, March 10th.  For the remaining weeks in March, we will be working very hard in our reading groups to help children maintain or achieve the level they need to be on for next quarter.  After Spring Break, we will begin Unit 6:  Hometowns.  During Spring Break, please continue to have your child read to you.

On the Write Track!:

     Please continue to work with your child in writing.  Many of them are really improving already.  Some of them have very creative imaginations, which make their stories very interesting.  Please stress punctuation and capitalization.  It is very important for your child to proofread their work and to take their time while they are writing.

     I sent home last week to some children a handwriting sheet showing the correct way to write the letters of the alphabet.  Please help your child form their letters correctly.  I have noticed that the children are rushing through our writing assignments, which have caused them to have to do their assignments over.

Jesus Shows Us His Great Love:
We are following our Lenten practices daily.  We will begin to learn about the Stations of the Cross.  We will be having a test on the stations during the week of the 17th.  Please make sure that your child knows the Stations of the Cross in order.  I will be sending home a study guide to help prepare your child.

Some important dates:

3/3     (Mon.)      Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!
3/5     (Wed.)      Ash Wednesday
                          Lenten boxes go out today and are due on 4/14
3/7     (Fri.)         Half-day of school
                          Spring pictures
3/14    (Fri.)        3rd Quarter ends
                          Book orders are due!
3/17    (Mon.)      Report cards go out
3/24    (Mon.)      Spring Break begins
3/31    (Mon.)      School resumes
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