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December 7, 2018
 
It has been a great week in first grade! We finished up our unit on Ancient Egypt and began learning about the three major world religions. Ms. Hunt was our special guest speaker this week and told us all about Hanukkah and the traditions her family celebrates. We also had fun today at our Bunt cake testing. We hope you have a wonderful weekend. Please take a look at some important information and upcoming events.

Book Fair
Unicorns, gnomes and dragons oh my! There is no better place to get those new books than the Enchanted Forest Book Fair! Opening next Wednesday, Dec 12th and running through Tuesday, Dec. 18th. We will once again be open on Saturday alongside the Holiday Boutique. In need of volunteer hours? All volunteers receive 10% off their book fair purchases. Sign up here! Thanks for supporting the MB Library!

Winter Party
Winter parties will be on Thursday December 20th from 2:00-2:45. Room parents will be sending out an email about classroom parties soon. We hope to see you there!


STEAM
Our STEAM unit on the chemical engineering process continues next week. Due to STEAM, our schedule has needed to be adjusted, so children do not lose out on their Specials classes. This means that math and literacy times have been shortened. We ask you to please, please work with your child at home on their reading, spelling words, and math facts, so they keep up with all of their great progress they have made so far. RAZ Kids is a great way to keep your child engaged in reading at home. Ask your child or your child’s literacy teacher for their login info. Spelling words can always be found on our 1st grade webpage under “Spelling Words”. Thank you very much for your help with this! Below, please find the STEAM schedule for your child’s homeroom class:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:40-9:40 Pearson Hagemann Marion Pumphrey Pearson
9:45-10:45 Marion Pearson Hagemann Marion Pumphrey
11:10-12:10 Hagemann Pumphrey Pearson Hagemann Marion
2:15-3:15 Pumphrey Marion Pumphrey Pearson Hagemann





Harry Potter Club

Do you love Harry Potter? Are you in kindergarten through second grade? If so, come join Mrs. Chardon Thursday mornings starting January 17th from 7-8 (miss carpool, yay!) to watch Harry Potter movies 1-3 and do fun Harry Potter crafts! Every week we will have a new fun Harry Potter craft or game to play while the movies are playing. This club will go until March 7th. So grab and a friend and come enjoy your mornings with Mrs. Chardon!




Parents Night Out

Feeling kinda grouchy?
Holiday spirit can’t be found?
Join Ms. Mercy and Ms. Wren
For the most fun around!

Games will be played and there will be winners,
Then we’ll enjoy some pizza for dinner!
The fun will continue with crafts to create,
And to finish the night, we’ll watch a movie that’s great!

Ready for more?
Here’s what you should remember:
Sign up on the school store,
Parents Night Out is the fourteenth of December!



Art
This week, first grade students will master their usage of primary and secondary colors. After a day of experimenting with color mixing, first grade art geniuses design an image using overlapping shapes. Artists then paint these shapes with primary colors, discovering secondary colors mixing in the overlaps.

Music
What a Generous Guy! Not only was Johannes Brahms a composer, but he was a giving and generous person. This month students will learn about Brahms, his compositions, and how he showed generosity. We may even fall asleep after listening to Brahms' famous composition "Lullaby and Goodnight" (aka. Brahms Lullaby).

ABA, is that a pattern? Well actually, it's Form, the arrangement of sections in a musical composition. This month, students will learn what form is and how it applies to music. We will use flashlights, and Makey-Makey play-dough pianos to explore form.

Tis the season to be...musical! To finish our unit, students will practice reading music from the Treble Clef using bells, boomwackers, and recorders.

If you would like to schedule a conference with Mrs. Jacob during the January conferences, please check available times here on Signup Genius.

Physical Education
Students will learn all about basketball dribbling. They will learn the proper part of their hand to use, explore the relationship of force and how to dribble while moving.

If you would like to schedule a conference with Mrs. Matthews during the January conference, please check available times here on Signup Genius.

Technology
Students will explore computer programming concepts through a series of online activities using Learning.com and BrainPOP. They will code Ozobots robots using different color patterns. Students will also continue to progress through the Dance Mat Typing keyboarding stages. Look for certificates of achievement to come home as students complete the different stages of Dance Mat Typing keyboarding program.

If you would like to schedule a conference with Mrs. Weil during the January conferences, please check available times here on Signup Genius.



December Curriculum Focus

Literacy: This month in literacy we continue to work on learning about the parts of a narrative. We are focusing on our comprehension and on being able to retell the parts of a story. We are learning about the author’s purpose and what the main idea of a narrative is. In writing, we continue to work on writing narratives and personal narratives. We use a planning sheet to organize our writing, and we talk about making sentences more detailed by adding adjectives and adverbs

History: In history this month, we are finishing up our study of Ancient Egypt and will begin to learn about the 3 major world religions: Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. We will bring this study together by talking about the holidays that each religion celebrates, and we will have some special guests coming in, including Ms. Hunt, who will teach us about Judaism.

Important Upcoming Dates

Dec 3-13 Chemical Engineering STEAM unit
Dec 12-18 Book Fair
Dec 20 Winter Party
Dec 21- Jan 7 Winter Break
 
 
 
 
November 30, 2018
 
It has been a great first week back from Thanksgiving break. We have loved hearing about your family’s Thanksgiving traditions. We also had a wonderful time on our field trip this Tuesday!

STEAM
We are sure that your child has probably told you all about STEAM this week, and that they are beginning to learn about the chemical engineering process. Due to STEAM, our schedule has needed to be adjusted, so children do not lose out on their Specials classes. This means that math and literacy times have been shortened. We ask you to please, please work with your child at home on their reading, spelling words, and math facts, so they keep up with all of their great progress they have made so far. RAZ Kids is a great way to keep your child engaged in reading at home. Ask your child or your child’s literacy teacher for their login info. Spelling words can always be found on our 1st grade webpage under “Spelling Words”. Thank you very much for your help with this! 

Literacy Testing this Coming Wednesday!!
Next week, there will be a K-3 Testing day on Wednesday, December 5th. This test is mandatory for compliance with the Colorado READ Act, so it is imperative that all students complete this testing.

These assessments will be administered by your child’s LITERACY teacher. Testing should take about 10 to 20 minutes for each student, although some might take up to 30 minutes, but no longer. On the day of the test, please drop your child off at the front lobby, and they will walk up to their literacy teacher’s classroom independently. Since the test should take no more than 30 minutes, we recommend that you wait in the lobby, and your child will walk back down after they are finished.

Please sign up your child for a time as soon as possible. Again, you should sign up with your child’s literacy teacher. If you are unsure what teacher to sign up with, you can find your child’s schedule on Infinite Campus.
December Curriculum Focus
Literacy: This month in literacy we continue to work on learning about the parts of a narrative. We are focusing on our comprehension and on being able to retell the parts of a story. We are learning about the author’s purpose and what the main idea of a narrative is. In writing, we continue to work on writing narratives and personal narratives. We use a planning sheet to organize our writing, and we talk about making sentences more detailed by adding adjectives and adverbs.

History: In history this month, we are finishing up our study of Ancient Egypt and will begin to learn about the 3 major world religions: Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. We will bring this study together by talking about the holidays that each religion celebrates, and we will have some special guests coming in, including Ms. Hunt, who will teach us about Judaism.

Important Upcoming Dates

Dec 5 Literacy Testing
Dec 3-13 Chemical Engineering STEAM Unit
Dec 7 Bundt Cake Testing at School

It should be a wonderful December! We are so happy with how the year has been so far and are excited for what the New Year will bring! Have a fabulous weekend!
 
November 16, 2018
 
What a busy week closing down the trimester! Thank you all for hanging in there with all the craziness!

"Congrats Mrs. Hagemann's homeroom has won Mr. See's Original Works Competition! Their homeroom had the
most orders for this years's Art Fundraiser out of the entire school! The prize? This Friday during snack time,
they get to hang out in Mr. See's room watching one of his favorite cartoons: Shaun the Sheep.

Robot Mouse
If your child loves robotics and would love to learn more about the fundamentals of coding, then this is the club
for them!Kindergarten and 1st grade students will create a maze, "program" each step of the path through the maze
into the Robot Mouse, and watch as the Mouse follows the sequence as it races to find the cheese! Students will first
complete set of mazes and then make up their own challenges to complete with the Robot Mouse. A great foundation for future coding! Come join Mrs. Chardon starting every Tuesday morning from 7-8 and miss the carpool craze! Robot Mouse will start on January 15th and the last class will be March 5th!

Cheer Night K-4
Have you heard the cheer team announcements? Do you get sad when they tell you its grades 4-8? Well now is your chance to come join Coach Mallory and Coach Christine with their Spirit Squad and become a part of the team for a night! K-4th graders are welcome to come learn some cheers from the spirit squad and get a chance to perform for our group! We will then finish the night with some pizza and cheer games! Join us Thursday, December 20th, from 4-7 for a chance to cheer the night away!

Chaperones Needed for the Upcoming Field Trip
Tuesday, November 27th we will be taking a field trip to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science to visit the Egyptian exhibit. We will leave the school around 9:15 a.m. and return around 2:15 p.m. Your child will need to bring a sack lunch. If you would like to chaperone, please reach out to your child's homeroom teacher.

Don't Forget to Register for the Field Trip!
Please go online to the school store to register your child for the field trip! Remember, if they are not registered
they will be able to attend. Here is the link:

https://americanacademyk8.revtrak.net/Motsenbocker-Campus/Local-Field-Trips-1019/

Reminder for Wednesday, December 5
Please remember that Wednesday, December 5 is not a school day but a day for DIBELS testing. When we get back from Thanksgiving Break look for a sign up from your literacy teacher.
             
Important Upcoming Dates

Nov 19-23rd Thanksgiving Break
Nov 27th Field Trip to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Dec 5th DIBELS Testing 
 
 
 
 
November 1, 2018
 
Another wonderful week in 1st grade has flown by. We had a great time at our fall parties, it was so fun seeing everyone dressed up. Thank you to our room moms and all of our volunteers who helped make our parties a huge success! Please take a look at our newsletter for some important information and upcoming events. If you have any questions please reach out to your child’s homeroom teacher.

No School Friday, November 2nd
There is no school tomorrow, Friday November 2nd due to a professional day. Enjoy the three day weekend!

No Toys or Candy at School
Please refrain from letting your child bring toys to school. If they earn something from the treasure box they need to keep it at home.

Please also refrain from letting your child bring Halloween candy to school for a snack or in their lunches. Many Halloween candies have nuts in them, and we also want to promote healthy habits at school to help their brains be at their best. Also, please remember that snacks should always be healthy snacks and not treats, and juice is not allowed in the classrooms. You know from your own experience that the mid-afternoon “crash” in energy and attentiveness is a real thing, and it’s no different for our students. Just like you, kids feel the call of sugary snacks, but those empty calories do not contain nutrients that will help see your child through to the end of the day and give him or her the fuel the brain needs to complete the day’s studies.

Upcoming Field Trip
In history we will be learning about ancient Egypt. On Tuesday, November 27th we will be taking a field trip to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science to visit the Egyptian exhibit. We will leave school at 9:30 and return around 2:15. Your child will need to bring a sack lunch. If you would like to chaperone, please reach out to your child’s homeroom teacher.

Shoe Boxes Needed
For our upcoming unit on Egypt we are in need of shoe boxes. If you have any empty shoe boxes please send them in with your child. We will start collecting these next week.

Music
What? What did you say?!? That's probably how Beethoven felt when his hearing went out. On the first day of each rotation, your 1st-5th grader will be learning how Beethoven showed perseverance’s his hearing began to dwindle.

What are those amazing noises? If you walk into a 1st-5th music class this month, you'll see paper, scissors, glue sticks, and colored pencils everywhere. 1st-5th grades will continue their study on instruments. Several classes will be bringing home a project of some kind, it may even be a handmade instrument.


Physical Education
Students will be learning how to volley a ball during this unit. They will focus on an underhand volley, how to volley with different body parts and partake in small sided volley games such as 4-Square and Keep It Up.

Technology
Students will continue to explore and develop their keyboarding and mouse navigation skills by working through a series of online lessons in Learning.com. Students will also continue to progress through the Dance Mat Typing keyboarding stages. Look for certificates of achievement to come home as students complete the different stages of Dance Mat Typing.


ART
Mr. See has got some fun new art projects going on. Plus, the deadline for Original Works is coming up very soon: this Thursday, November 1st! Visit his landing page here for more info on our Original Works fundraiser and the latest happenings. Or visit his art curriculum page here for more info on your art genius' next art project



Important Upcoming Dates

Nov 2 No School ( Professional Development Day)
Nov 16 End of Trimester 1
Nov 19-23rd Thanksgiving Break
Nov 27th Field Trip to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science


November Curriculum Focus

Literacy: We are working on writing narratives; making sure we are writing in complete sentences. We are working on nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs. In reading we are working on identifying whether what we read is a narrative or an informative text. We are also working on sequencing and re-tell after we read a story.

History: We are wrapping up Mesopotamia and will move into learning about Ancient Egypt.
 
 
 
October 25, 2018
 
It was another wonderful week in 1st grade. The children loved the field trip to the Littleton Historical Museum and looked great for their class picture!

Fall Party
Your student can wear their costumes all day on Wednesday, October 31st in celebration for the Fall Party. The party is being planned by room parents and will be from 2-2:45 p.m. Check out the main American Academy webpage for the costume guidelines.

Candy at School
Please refrain from letting your child bring Halloween candy to school for a snack or in their lunches. Many Halloween candies have nuts in them, and we also want to promote healthy habits at school to help their brains be at their best. Also, please remember that snacks should always be healthy snacks and not treats, and juice is not allowed in the classrooms. You know from your own experience that the mid-afternoon “crash” in energy and attentiveness is a real thing, and it’s no different for our students. Just like you, kids feel the call of sugary snacks, but those empty calories do not contain nutrients that will help see your child through to the end of the day and give him or her the fuel the brain needs to complete the day’s studies.

Original Works
Remember that the Mr. See’s Original Works order forms are due on Thursday, November 1st. These are great gift ideas for the holiday season, and the proceeds go to art supplies for our school.

Late Work Policy
Since the end of the trimester is in sight, we wanted to remind you of AA’s late assignment policy. Late assignments in kindergarten through third grade are marked 10% off the first school day late, 20% off the second school day late, and 50% off if not turned in within 5 school days. After 5 school days, no credit will be received.

No School Friday, November 2nd
There will be no school on November 2nd for a professional development day.

Important Upcoming Dates

Oct 31 Fall Party
Nov 1 Original Works Due Date
Nov 2 No School (Professional Development Day)
Nov 16 End of Trimester 1
 
October 19, 2018

Welcome back after break. It was great to see all our student's smiling faces in the classrooms. Please go through
all the important papers in your child's yellow folder this Friday because there are many things for
you to know and complete, thanks!

Field Trip to the Littleton History Museum
On Tuesday October 23, we will be taking a field trip to the Littleton History Museum. Please make sure your child is
registered for the field trip. If you did not receive a confirmation email your child is not registered. If they are not fully registered they will not be able to go on the field trip with their class.

Spelling Test Reminders
There will be a spelling test each week in your child's literacy class. The spelling words will be posted on the first
page of the website each Monday morning for you to review, and practice at home throughout the week before the test.
Make sure you are looking at the list for your child's literacy teacher.

Class Pictures on Wednesday October 24
Please find the order form in your child's yellow folder for class pictures and complete and return the class picture
order forms with payment by Wednesday, October 24.

Fall Party on Wednesday October 31
Your student can wear their costumes all day on Wednesday in celebration for the Fall Party. The party is being planned by room moms and will be from 2-2:45 p.m. Check out the main American Academy web page for the costume guidelines.

Important Upcoming Dates
October 23 Field Trip to The Littleton History Museum
October 24 Class Pictures
October 31 Fall Party
November 2 No School Professional Development
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Monday, October 15, 2018


Dear American Academy Parents,

Hopefully you had a wonderful fall break! We are happy to be back, refreshed, and ready to get back on our routine and ready to work! As you know we had some technical difficulties before break, so the newsletter is a little late getting out to you. Please review the information carefully so you are fully informed about what is going on in first grade!


Field Trip to the Littleton History Museum
On Tuesday October, 23rd we will be taking a field trip to the Littleton History Museum. Each class will need Chaperones, so please notify your student’s homeroom teacher if you would like to help out on this field trip. Chaperones and students will need to pack a sack lunch that is totally disposable. Please make sure your child is registered for the fieldtrip. If you did not receive a confirmation email your child is not registered. If they are not fully registered they will not be able to go on the fieldtrip with their class.

Spelling Test Reminders
There will be a spelling test each week in your child’s literacy class. The spelling words will be posted on the first grade page of the website each Monday morning for you to review, and practice at home throughout the week for the Friday spelling test. Make sure you are looking at the list for your child’s literacy teacher.

Cold Weather
With the weather getting colder, we will still be going outside for recess so be sure to pack weather appropriate clothing. Also be sure to label items like gloves, hats, etc. as these tend to get lost easily and having a name on them will help to ensure they are returned!

Important Upcoming Dates

October 23 Field Trip to The Littleton History Museum
November 2 No School Professional Development








Thank you so much for your partnership with us! Have a great weekend!

Sincerely,

Your First Grade Team

Maggie Hagemann, Amber Marion, Brittnie Pearson, and Jorie Pumphrey
September 28, 2018

Flash Lights Needed
Next week we will be working on a light unit in science. If you have flash lights, please send them in on Monday with your child. Please make sure you write your child’s name on them, so it can be returned.

Kickboard
Thank you so much for continuing to check your child’s kickboard account. Students now start each week with 30 Rebel bucks in their account. By the end of the day on Thursday, Students with 30 bucks in their weekly account will earn Fun Friday. If bucks are being taken away, and the same behavior reoccurs throughout the week, you will see a reflection sheet come home Thursday night. This will need to be filled out with parent support and returned to school the next day. Please reach out to your child’s homeroom teacher if you have any questions.

Mystery Readers
If you are interested in being a mystery reader, please be sure to sign up with your child’s literacy teacher. We would love to have you! If you have any questions, please reach out to Ms. Bunyak LBunyak@aak8.org

Ms. Pearson’s Literacy:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c45acaa23ab9-mspearsons

Ms. Marion and Ms. LeClair’s Literacy:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c45acaa23ab9-msmarions

Ms. Pumphrey and Ms. Regan(Owen)’s Literacy:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c45acaa23ab9-mspumphreys

Ms. Hagemann’s Literacy:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c45acaa23ab9-mshagemanns


Literacy Conferences
Literacy conferences are next Wednesday and Thursday. These will be held by your child's LITERACY teacher and will be 10 minutes long. Please only sign up for a conference if you have questions or concerns. We are so very excited to chat with you about your child's progress in literacy this year. You will receive an email saying you signed up with the incorrect teacher if it is not your child’s literacy teacher’s signup. 

Important Upcoming Dates

Oct. 3rd and 4th Literacy Conferences
Oct. 5th No School- Teacher comp day
Oct. 8th- 12th Fall Break

Thank you so much for your partnership with us! Have a great weekend!

September 21, 2018
 
It has been a STEAM filled week in 1st grade, and the children have loved learning all about marine biology.  The field trip to the Downtown Aquarium was a huge success, and thank you to all of our fearless chaperones!It has been a STEAM filled week in 1st grade, and the children have loved learning all about marine biology.  The field trip to the Downtown Aquarium was a huge success, and thank you to all of our fearless chaperones!
 
Fun Run
 
This year’s Fun Run will be on Friday, September 28th.  Make sure to look out for emails from your student’s room parent about how you can help and about our all-important costumes!  Also be sure to look out for any PTO emails regarding the Fun Run and ways you can help.
 
Robot Mouse
 
If your child loves robotics and would love to learn more about the fundamentals of coding, then this is the club for them! Kindergarten and 1st grade students will create a maze, "program" each step of the path through the maze into the Robot Mouse, and watch as the Mouse follows the sequence as it races to find the cheese! Students will first complete set mazes and then make up their own challenges to complete with the Robot Mouse. A great foundation for future coding! Come join Mrs. Chardon!
 
Math Homework
 
Just a reminder that you should be going over your child’s math homework with them, checking it, and signing it at the top.  Students will not lose points for no signature, but if it is repeatedly not signed, an email reminder will be sent.  Thank you for your help in making sure that your child is understanding these important math concepts at home, in a one-on-one setting!  
 
Literacy Conferences
 
We will be conducting literacy conferences on the evenings of Oct. 3rd and 4th.  Conferences are with your child's LITERACY teacher and will be 10 minutes long.  Please only sign up for a conference if you have questions or concerns.  We are so very excited to chat with you about your child's progress in literacy this year.  You will receive an email saying you signed up with the incorrect teacher if it is not your child’s literacy teacher’s signup.  
 
What’s Up in Specials?
 
MUSIC
How do you add feeling to a story? Through Music! Kindergarten and 1st grade will be studying Major and Minor keys, and how the two can change the feeling of a story.
 
PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Students will have a pretest on underhand and overhand throwing. They will learn the cues help with proper form of any type of throw and catch. They will build on accuracy when using an underhand throw and play a modified game of bowling with peers. 
 
TECHNOLOGY
Students will focus on DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP. Through interactive lessons, online quizzes, and engaging games, students will gain a better understanding of how to interact with others online, protect their identity, and avoid/handle cyber-bullying situations. Students will also continue to develop their keyboarding skills through the use of Learning.com and other online typing resources.
 
ART
Gogh Colorado!  We're taking some well-known Colorado wild flowers and recreating them using Vincent Van Gogh's signature style.  Not only does this project teach students the difference between "still-life" and "portrait."  It also encourages patient perseverance as we use crayon to replicate Van Gogh's meticulously patterned brushstrokes.
 
Important Upcoming Dates
Sept 28 Fun Run
Oct 3-4 Literacy Conferences (4:15-7pm)
Oct 5 No School (Teacher Comp Day)
Oct 8-12 No School (Fall Break)
 
Thank you so much for your partnership with us, and have a colorful leaf-filled weekend!
 
September 7, 2018

We hope that you all had a wonderful Labor Day Weekend! It sure made this week so fast for all of us! This newsletter has
a lot of information so please read through all of it, thanks!

Water Bottles
Remind your students to bring their water bottles every day. We still have hot days in September so it is important to stay hydrated!

Spelling Words
Starting on Monday, September 10 we will be posting the spelling words for the
week. Check the first grade web page under Spelling Words and then under your student's literacy teacher. It always helps to practice
spelling words at home.

Red Folders
Please remember to check your student's backpacks for their red folders which have math homework in them every night except on Fridays.
Also don't forget to check their math homework and sign on side B so that they can get full credit for it. Help remind your students
to put their homework back in their red folders and their red folders back in their backpacks to return the following morning!

Volunteers Needed for STEAM Project on Monday, September 17
Parents are needed from every homeroom to help students do a fun, fish painting for an hour during STEAM. Please contact your student's
homeroom teacher to let them know you are available and they will let you know what time to be there that day.

Field Trip
On Tuesday, September 18 we will be taking a STEAM field trip to the Denver Aquarium. Chaperones and students will need to pack a sack
lunch and water bottle.

Library
CALLING ALL READERS!!! SHH it's a secret!
Do you love reading with your kids? Sign up to be a mystery reader in your kiddo's literacy class! What is a mystery reader you ask?
A mystery reader can be a mom, dad, aunt, grandma, grandpa, next-door neighbor, anyone your kiddo would like to see in class. Make sure you
arrive at the library by 12:20 the day you sign up. You will fill out your mystery reader clues and hide until after they are read to
the class. After the class has a chance to quess, you will pop out and read a book to the class (either one you bring or one from the
library). This is a favorite among the first graders so if you are able to make it that is wonderful! Please email me with any questions
you have LBunyak@aak8.org. For classroom links go to the first grade web page under teacher sign-ups.

No School on Friday, September 14
Just a reminder that there will be no school on Friday because of Professional Development for the teachers.

Important Dates
Sep. 14- No School
Sep. 18- Field Trip to the Aquarium
Sep. 28- Fun Run
 
 
August 30, 2018
 
We have had another great week in 1st grade. Thank you for joining us at Back to School Night, it was nice seeing you all again. We are very proud of all our first graders for working so hard on their DIELS assessment this week. Way to go! Please check out our newsletter for some informant information and events. Just as a reminder there is no school Monday September 3rd (Labor Day). Enjoy your long weekend.

MAPS Testing
We will be taking the MAPS math assessment on Tuesday September 4th and the MAPS reading assessment on Wednesday September 5th. It is very important that your child is at school for these testing days. Your child will need headphones for both assessments, please make sure they have a pair here at school. Please reach out to your child’s homeroom teacher if you have any questions.

Morning Millage Club
Do you need before school child care? Want to avoid the morning carpool traffic? If so, consider signing your children up for Morning Mileage Club. This before school child care service works just like after school Homework Club and Crash Club. Morning Mileage runs from 6:45-7:45AM every morning. To learn more about this service, please visit the School Store or contact the front office.

Kickboard
Next week we will officially begin Friday Fun Day. The goal for your child is to get 30 Rebel Bucks a week so they are able to participate. Please be sure you are checking your child’s kickboard account nightly. If you are having trouble logging on or have questions about it, please reach out to our Dean Robyn Hunt.

Field Trip to the Denver Aquarium
On Tuesday September 18th we will be taking a STEAM field trip to the Denver Aquarium. Chaperones and students will need to pack a sack lunch and water bottle. If you are interested in coming with us, please reach out to your child’s homeroom teacher.

Library begins the week September 10th
If you are interested in being a Mystery reader or helping out during library time we would love to have you! Sign up with your child’s literacy teacher, links to the Mystery reader/ library helper sign up can found on our 1st grade website.

Important Upcoming Dates

Sep 3rd No School (Labor Day )
Sept 14 No School (Professional Development Day)
Sept 17 Field Trip to the Denver Aquarium
 
 
 
 
 August 24, 2018
 
This is your weekly newsletter from your child’s 1st grade team of teachers. Please read this newsletter each week, as it will ALWAYS have very important information for you. The newsletter will come out every Friday, and it can also be found on our website.

Our first week of 1st grade was stupendous! There is a lot of information for your student to take in, and we are so proud of all of them. The children are making new friends and discovering new things each day. We are so excited to continue to get to know your children and your families this year. It looks like we have a great group!

Literacy Testing
On Wednesday, August 29th, your child will not be coming to school at the usual time. This is a very important literacy testing day, however, and each child must take this assessment. You will need to sign up for a time for your child to come in and take the assessment with their literacy teacher. The time slot will only be 10 minutes long, so please make sure to have your child in the front lobby of the school at their scheduled time. After they are finished, they may go home and enjoy the rest of their day! Children do not have to come in uniform or bring their backpacks for the assessment. Your child does not need to prepare for this assessment in any way. It is simply to help guide our instruction through the data we will collect during each testing slot.

Remember to sign your child up with their literacy teacher. Click on the links below to sign up:
 
 
Back to School Night
You are all invited to our Back to School Night next Wednesday, August 29th, from 5pm to 6pm. At this time, we will be giving a presentation on very important 1st grade information you will definitely want to know. A few topics you will learn about will be our 1st grade homework policies, behavior expectations, and all about our curriculum.

Yellow Folders
Remember that today your child will be coming home with their yellow Friday folder. Please look through the folder with them and celebrate their work with them! Often times we see that students come back on Monday with the papers still in their folder; please help them to clean out their folders on the weekend.

Uniforms
Just a reminder that soon the grace period for uniform infractions will end, and children will begin to be written up and/or losing Rebel Bucks if they do not have the proper uniform attire on. Please refer to the AA Parent Handbook to make sure you are aware of what your child should be wearing to school each day.

Upcoming History Unit
In our first history unit, we will be learning all about maps and the continents. We know that here at American Academy, we have families from all around the world, and you are the experts! If you are from another continent and would enjoy coming into our classrooms to teach us about where you come from, please contact Mrs. Hagemann.

Important Upcoming Dates

Aug 29 DIBELS Testing Day
Aug 29 Back to School Night (5pm-6pm)
Sept 3 No School (Labor Day)
Sept 14 No School (Professional Development Day)
 
August 20, 2018
 
Our team is so looking forward to teaching your wonderful students in 2018-2019! We will send home an email newsletter each week, and post that same news here so you can reference the information online any time. If you have questions for any of our teachers throughout the year, please don't hesitate to email us! You can find our email addresses in the Staff Directory or by visiting the Staff page in the menu on this page.
 
Here's to a fantastic year!