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Friday, May 18, 2018

 

Field Day

This year’s Field Day will be on Wednesday, May 23rd, and is different than any other Field Day MB has had in the past. Firsts, it is not just about Track and Field events. It highlights all kinds of areas, especially fun! It will be an all-day event, starting at 9:11 a.m. and ending at 2:41 p.m.  Please feel free to join in the fun all day or part of the day.  Highlights of Field Day include a water balloon toss, washable tattoos, face painting and temporary hair spray paint. If you have specific questions regarding these events please contact Ms. Matthews (kmatthews@aak8.org).

 

End of Year Party

1st grade will have an end of year party on the last day of school, Thursday, May 24th, from 2pm to 2:45pm. Your room parents will be reaching out to you about your class party. Feel free to join in on the fun!

 

Backpacks

Please remember to have your child bring their backpacks every day as we will be sending home things for them each day of next week.

 

Library Books

Don’t forget to return all library books before the end of school. You don’t want to be paying any fines!

 

Read, Read and Practice Math Over the Summer

Your children have grown so much this year, and it would be such a shame to lose some of that growth over the summer.  Keep your child reading books whether it is from the library or online with Raz Kids to continue the wonderful skills they learned this year. There are many great phonogram apps on iPads or your phones that you can also download.  Make math fun this summer by having your child be the one to pay the bill for ice cream, groceries or toys; measure their forts and swing sets, or have them cut up the pizza in equal fractions; play cards and do their math facts (especially subtraction). Keep those math skills going all summer long!

  

Reminder that there is no homework club or crash club after school next week!

 

Important Upcoming Dates

 

May 23

Field Day

May 24

Last Day of School and End of Year Parties


 

This will be our last newsletter of the year, so we once again wanted to tell you how thankful we are for you and your children.  Tell your child to not be a stranger next year; we will be right down the hall! Have a wonderful weekend AND summer!

                   

 

 

 

 

Friday, May 4, 2018

It’s been a fun filled week here in first grade!  We had our last field trip of the year, and we all can’t believe that it is May!

 

Conferences

Remember to sign up for a math conference with your student’s math teacher by this coming Monday.  Signups can be found in our previous conference email that was sent out on Wednesday.

 

Library

Remember that classes are no longer going to library for the duration of the year.  Please make sure your child has all of their books turned in, so you are not charged for them.

 

Field Day

This year’s Field Day will be on Wednesday, May 23rd, and is different than any other Field Day MB has had in the past. Firsts, it is not just about Track and Field events. It highlights all kinds of areas, especially fun! It will be an all-day event, starting at 9:11 a.m. and ending at 2:41 p.m.  Please feel free to join in the fun all day or part of the day.  Highlights of Field Day include a water balloon toss, washable tattoos, face painting and temporary hair spray paint. If you have specific questions regarding these events please contact Ms. Matthews (kmatthews@aak8.org).

 

Running a successful field day requires a lot of planning and help from VOLUNTEERS. If you would like to help by donating supplies for this year’s Field Day Click Here, if you would like to help by volunteering and running an activity for part of the day Click Here. We appreciate all of YOUR help to make this event a successful event for all students at American Academy.

 

End of Year Party

1st grade will have an end of year party on the last day of school, Thursday, May 24th, from 2pm to 2:45pm.  Feel free to join in on the fun!

 

Important Upcoming Dates

 

May 9-10

Evening Math Conferences

May 23

Field Day

May 24

Last Day of School and End of Year Parties

 

Friday April 27, 2018

 

Students have been learning about the colonist's fight for freedom from England. We are looking forward to the field trip to the Colorado History Museum on Monday!

 

May Bulletin Board

The character trait American Academy is focusing on in May is perseverance. First grade is responsible for creating a perseverance themed bulletin board near the student entrance. If you are looking for volunteer hours and have some creative ideas for the board, we are looking for you. Email your child's homeroom teacher if you'd like to volunteer.

 

Colorado History Museum

First graders will be visiting the History Colorado Center Museum to learn more about how the early settlers of North America traveled west. Students will need to wear school uniforms and bring a sack lunch (NO PEANUT BUTTER) and a disposable water bottle. Make sure your child is signed up in the school store for this fun learning experience!

 

Dibels Testing

Please make sure you have signed up your child with their Literacy teacher for the last Dibels test on Wednesday, May 2. You may use the link below. There will be no school that day for first graders as teachers will be testing each student individually. It is important to be prompt. If you are looking for volunteer hours we could use parents to escort children up to classrooms from the lobby.

 

Mrs. Pumphrey

Mrs. Hagemann

Mrs. Day                                                                                                

Mrs. LeClair                                                                                                                       

Mrs. Owen

Mrs. Marion

 

Field Day

The year is coming to an end which means Field Day is just around the corner. This year’s Field Day is on May 23, it is different than any other Field Day Motsenbocker has had before. It is an all-day event. It includes a relay station, water games station, track and field station, playground station, art and crafts station and an imagination station. Aside from the stations students will also receive popsicles from PTO. Highlights of Field Day include a water balloon toss, washable tattoos, face painting and temporary hair spray paint. If you have specific questions regarding these events please contact Ms. Matthews (kmatthews@aak8.org).

Running a successful field day requires a lot of planning and help from VOLUNTEERS. If you would like to help by donating supplies for this year’s Field Day click here, if you would like to help by volunteering and running an activity for part of the day click here. We appreciate all of YOUR help to make this event a successful event for all students at American Academy.

 

 

Upcoming Events                                                                                              

April 30

Colorado History Museum

May 2

No School- DIBELS testing

May 9 &10

Math Conferences

May 24

Last Day of School

 

 

Friday April 20, 2018

 

We had quite an adventure to the Denver Zoo this week in spite of the weather. We also got to enjoy a special presentation of “Peter Pan” by the Douglas County Libraries. Your students thoroughly enjoyed both the performance and the field trip!

 

Practice Spring MAP Testing

We highly recommend doing a practice test at home before next week. You can try the practice tests at https://practice.mapnwea.org. To practice taking MAP Growth, use 'grow' as the username, and 'grow' as the password.

 

MAP Testing

This coming Monday and Tuesday, April 23 and 24 respectively will be MAP testing days. Please do not schedule doctor or dentist appointments during these days or have your student be absent. Remember to feed your students a good breakfast so that they will be ready to do their best during testing.

 

Colorado History Museum

First graders will be visiting the History Colorado Center Museum to learn more about how the early settlers of North America traveled west. Students will need a sack lunch (NO PEANUT BUTTER) and a disposable water bottle.

 

Dibels Testing

Please sign up with your Literacy teacher for the last Dibels test on Wednesday, May 2. There will be no school that day for first graders but only testing going on.

 

Mrs. Pumphrey- http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4dafaf28a3fa7-dibels5

Mrs. Hagemann- http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d44a4aa22a6fa7-draassessments

Mrs. Day-www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E0D4DACAA2DA4F85-dibels2                                                                                                  Mrs. LeClair- http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d49afaa2aa7fb6-endofthe                                                                                                                            Mrs. Owen-www.SignUpGenius.com/go/5080B4CA8AB2BA5F85-endofthe 

Mrs. Marion-http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080b4faaac22a3fa7-dibels1

 

Field Day

The year is coming to an end which means Field Day is just around the corner. This year’s Field Day is on May 23, it is different than any other Field Day Motsenbocker has had before. It is an all-day event. It includes a relay station, water games station, track and field station, playground station, art and crafts station and an imagination station. Aside from the stations students will also receive popsicles from PTO. Highlights of Field Day include a water balloon toss, washable tattoos, face painting and temporary hair spray paint. If you have specific questions regarding these events please contact Ms. Matthews (kmatthews@aak8.org).

Running a successful field day requires a lot of planning and help from VOLUNTEERS. If you would like to help by donating supplies for this year’s Field Day click here, if you would like to help by volunteering and running an activity for part of the day click here. We appreciate all of YOUR help to make this event a successful event for all students at American Academy.

 

 

Upcoming Events                                                                                              

April 23-24

MAP Testing

April 27

No School

April 30

Colorado History Museum

May 2

No School - Dibels Testing Day

 

 

 

 

 

Friday April 13, 2017

 

We had a great week learning about animals for our research projects in literacy. Please check out our newsletter for some important information and upcoming events.

 

AA Soiree Teacher Time

We hope to see you all at this year’s soiree!  Keep your eye out for the 1st grade teacher time auction items.  The lucky winners of this auction item will get to have breakfast with their teacher and play board games with them before school at the end of April.

 

 Field Trip to the Denver Zoo

 

Next Friday, we will be going to the Denver Zoo. We will be leaving school at 9:30 and arriving back around 2:00. Students will need to wear their uniforms, but may bring a hat or sunglasses. Please be sure your child has a sack lunch, water bottle, and a small backpack to carry their things in. 

 

Field Day

 

The year is coming to an end which means Field Day is just around the cornor. This year’s Field Day is on May 23, it is different than any other Field Day Motsenbocker has had before. It is an all day event. It includes a relay station, water games station, track and field station, playground station, art and crafts station and an imagination station. Aside from the stations students will also receive popsicles from PTO. Highlights of Field Day include a water balloon toss, washable tattoos, face painting and temporary hair spray paint. If you have speicifc qeustions regarding these events please contact Ms. Matthews (kmatthews@aak8.org).

 

Running a successful field day requires a lot of planning and help from VOLUNTEERS. If you would like to help by donating supplies for this years Field Day click here, if you would like to help by volunteering and running an activity for part of the day click here. We appreciate all of YOUR help to make this event a successful event for all students at American Academy.

 

 

 

Upcoming Events                                                                                              

April 20

Zoo Field Trip

April 27

No School

April 30

Colorado History Museum

 

 

 

Friday, April 6, 2018

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Dear American Academy Parents,                                                                        

 

It’s been a crazy weather week here in first grade!

 

Field Trip

On Friday April 20th, we will be going to the Denver Zoo. We will be leaving school at 9:30 and arriving back around 2:00. Students will need to wear their uniforms, but may bring a hat or sunglasses. Please pack a sack lunch and water bottle for your child as well. If you are interested in chaperoning, reach out to your child’s homeroom teacher.

 

AA Soiree Teacher Time

We hope to see you all at this year’s soiree!  Keep your eye out for the 1st grade teacher time auction items.  The lucky winners of this auction item will get to have breakfast with their teacher and play board games with them before school at the end of April.

 

Important Upcoming Dates

 

April 14

Spring Soiree

April 20

Zoo Field Trip

April 27

No School (Teacher Comp Day)


 

As always, thank you so much for your partnership with us!  Have a wonderful weekend!

                   

Sincerely,

 

Your First Grade Team

 

Shannon Day, Maggie Hagemann, Amber Marion and Jorie Pumphrey

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Newsletter 3-20-18

We had a wonderful week learning about marine animals in STEAM. Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped with the t-shirt painting and our trip to the Downtown Aquarium. We could not have done it without you!

 

Upcoming field trips

We will be going to the Zoo on April the 20th and to the Colorado History Museum on April the 3oth. Please make sure to sign up for these field trips in the school store and to email your child's homeroom teacher if you would like to be a chaperone.

 

Animal Reports

We will begin to write reports about animals in our literacy classes. Each student will need to choose an animal and check out a book at the local public library about that animal. They will use that book as a resource for their report so ideally it should be a book written for young children. If you have an opportunity to check one out over the weekend that would be great. Students will need books in class by Tuesday.

 

April 20

Zoo field trip

April 27

No School

April 30

Colorado History Museum

 

Newsletter 3-16-18 

Field Trip to the Aquarium

On Friday March 30th we will be going to the Aquarium to help tie in our final STEAM unit on marine biology. Outside lunches are not allowed in at the Aquarium, with the exception of students who have a gluten allergy. 

 

Read Read Read!

Reading over Spring break is not required but highly encouraged. Having your child read aloud to you, or you reading to them helps build up their reading fluency. Raz- Kids is a great resource to use if you are looking for leveled books. Students have their own logins. Please reach out to your child’s literacy teacher if you need more information on this.

 

STEAM

After Spring break we will start our final STEAM week. This unit will be a week long and will be all about marine biology!  Please try to not schedule appointments during your child’s STEAM time.  A schedule can be found below. 

 

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

8:55-9:55

Day

Hagemann

Marion

Pumphrey

Field trip

11:10-12:10

Marion

Day

Hagemann

Marion

Field trip

1:25-2:25

Hagemann

Pumphrey

Day

Hagemann

Field trip

2:30-3:30

Pumphrey

Marion

Pumphrey

Day

Field trip

 

Important Upcoming Dates

 

March 19-23

Spring Break

March 26-30

STEAM

March 30

Downtown Aquarium Field Trip

 
 
 
 

Newsletter 3-9-18 

Field Trip to the Aquarium

On Friday March 30th we will be going to the Aquarium to help tie in our final STEAM unit on marine biology. Outside lunches are not allowed in at the Aquarium, with the exception of students who have a gluten allergy. Students and chaperones can choose from a ham, turkey, or cheese sandwich for lunch. If you are interested in chaperoning, please reach out to your child’s homeroom teacher.

 

Read Read Read!

Reading over Spring break is not required but highly encouraged. Having your child read aloud to you, or you reading to them helps build up their reading fluency. Raz- Kids is a great resource to use if you are looking for leveled books. Students have their own logins. Please reach out to your child’s literacy teacher if you need more information on this.

 

STEAM

After Spring break we will start our final STEAM week. This unit will be a week long and will be all about marine biology!  Please try to not schedule appointments during your child’s STEAM time.  A schedule can be found below. 

 

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

8:55-9:55

Day

Hagemann

Marion

Pumphrey

Field trip

11:10-12:10

Marion

Day

Hagemann

Marion

Field trip

1:25-2:25

Hagemann

Pumphrey

Day

Hagemann

Field trip

2:30-3:30

Pumphrey

Marion

Pumphrey

Day

Field trip

 

Important Upcoming Dates

 

March 19-23

Spring Break

March 26-30

STEAM

March 30

Downtown Aquarium Field Trip


 

 
Newsletter 3-2-18
 

It has been a fun-filled week in 1st grade!  The children have loved learning about organisms in science and have definitely enjoyed the warmer weather.

 

Organisms

We have switched back to science and have begun learning about organisms. Our focus will be on observing the external features of plants and animals and thinking about how those features help those organisms survive. We will use an engineering design process to create a product that solves common human problems with the ideas we got from our observations. We really could use your help of supplying supplies for this unit.  Please consider donating to make this unit great for your child!  Please bring in all supplies by this coming Monday.  Click here to sign up!

 

Late Start Next Wednesday

Your child’s safety is our number one priority.  Therefore, we will be having a one hour delay next Wednesday, so all staff members can attend an updated safety meeting.  Classes will begin at 9:05am that day.

 

STEAM is Back!

The week following spring break, we will start our last STEAM unit.  This unit will be a week long and will be all about marine biology!  Please try to not schedule appointments during your child’s STEAM time.  A schedule can be found below.  On Friday, we will have a STEAM field trip to the Downtown Aquarium.  More information about that will be coming out in another newsletter.

 

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

8:55-9:55

Day

Hagemann

Marion

Pumphrey

Field trip

11:10-12:10

Marion

Day

Hagemann

Marion

Field trip

1:25-2:25

Hagemann

Pumphrey

Day

Hagemann

Field trip

2:30-3:30

Pumphrey

Marion

Pumphrey

Day

Field trip

 

Important Upcoming Dates

 

March 7

Late start (classes begin at 9:05am)

March 19-23

Spring Break

March 26-30

STEAM

March 30

Downtown Aquarium Field Trip

 
Newsletter 2-23-18
 
We hope you had had a great week. If you looking for a fun way to celebrate the end of the week come see Ms. Pumphrey and Ms. Day in the Student and Staff Spring Showcase is at the Castle Pines Campus at 7:00. We'd love to see you!
 
Volunteer Opportunity: Recess Referee!
Do you have a passion for sportsmanship? Are you interested in helping our students learn about teamwork and how to form and follow rules of a game? We are seeking Recess Referees to guide students in fair play and following the golden rule to demonstrate good sportsmanship. If you are interested, please check in with the front office as a volunteer during lunch/recess times.
 
Organisms Unit
We have had a great time learning about Mexico in history. Now we will switch back to science and begin learning about organisms. Our focus will be on observing the external features of plants and animals and thinking about how those features help those organisms survive. We will use an engineering design process to create a product that solves common problems with the ideas we got from our observations. We could use a few simple materials for creating the projects. If you'd like to donate you may sign up here.
 
 
 
Important Upcoming Dates
 
Mar 2- Spirit Day
Mar 7- 60 minute delayed start
 
 
 
Newsletter 2-9-18
 
Happy Friday! We hope you have had another wonderful week. Please take a look at the upcoming events below.
 
Supplies Needed
We are in need of newspaper. If possible, please cut the newspaper into strips, these will be used for a fun Paper Mache project during our Mexico unit.
 
Volunteer Opportunity: Recess Referee!
Do you have a passion for sportsmanship? Are you interested in helping our students learn about teamwork and how to form and follow rules of a game? We are seeking Recess Referees to guide students in fair play and following the golden rule to demonstrate good sportsmanship. If you are interested, please check in with the front office as a volunteer during lunch/recess times.
 
Valentine's Day Party and the 100th day of school
Our Valentine's Day parties will be on Wednesday, February 14th from 11:30-12:15 p.m. Students are encouraged to make Valentines to pass out to their classmates. No food items may be attached to valentine cards. If you have any questions regarding the Valentine's Day party, please reach out to your child's homeroom teacher. 
 
The 100th day of school also falls on Valentine's Day! To celebrate this special day, students are encouraged to dress up like a "100 year old person" if they would like to. If you child chooses not to participate in dressing up, they must be in their uniform. We are also asking students to bring in a collection of 100 items (100 Legos, 100 stickers, 100 beads). This is not a requirement, but students are encouraged to participate. We will be having a gallery walk throughout the four first grade classrooms to check out all the ways to show 100. 
 
Important Upcoming Dates
 
Feb 14- Valentine's Day parties and the 100th day of school
Feb 16- No school (Teacher Comp Day)
Feb 19- No school (Presidents' Day)
 
 
 
Newsletter 1-26-18
 
Thank you to everyone who took the time to conference with us about your child.  It is always a pleasure to get to share their growth with you!
 
Field Trip
We will be going to the Lone Tree Arts Center to watch My Father's Dragon on January 31. Students will not be able to have lunch in the cafeteria that day, so your child will need to bring a nut-free lunch to school along with wearing their regular school uniform.  Please make sure to sign your child up for this wonderful event if you have not done so already!
 
Valentine's Day Parties and 100th Day of School
Valentine's Day parties will be on actual Valentine's Day, which is on a Wednesday this year.  A class list of all the names will be given to your child in their Friday folder NEXT week, so they can make Valentines.  Children are encouraged to make homemade Valentines, and please remember that absolutely no food items can be attached to their cards.  The party will be from 11:30 to 12:15. 
 
That date will actually be 1st grade's 100th day of school, as well, so children will be allowed to dress like a "100 year old person" if they would like to.  If children choose not to dress up like their 100 year old self, then they must still wear their uniforms.  We are also asking children to bring in a collection of 100 items.  This is not required, but we would love to see most children participate.  Some examples could be 100 buttons, 100 Legos, or 100 stickers.  There are some great Pinterest ideas out there, too!
 
Mexico History Unit
We will soon be learning about Mexico in history, and we are in need of as much newspapers as possible!  We would love if the newspapers could be cut into long strips, as we will be using the strips to make pinatas (shhh, please don't tell your child what they are for).  
 
Important Upcoming Dates
 
Jan 31- Field Trip to the Lone Tree Arts Center
Feb 14- Valentine's Day parties and the 100th day of school
Feb 16- No school (Teacher Comp Day)
Feb 19- No school (Presidents' Day) 
Newsletter 2-23-18
 
We hope you had had a great week. If you looking for a fun way to celebrate the end of the week come see Ms. Pumphrey and Ms. Day in the Student and Staff Spring Showcase is at the Castle Pines Campus at 7:00. We'd love to see you!
 
Volunteer Opportunity: Recess Referee!
Do you have a passion for sportsmanship? Are you interested in helping our students learn about teamwork and how to form and follow rules of a game? We are seeking Recess Referees to guide students in fair play and following the golden rule to demonstrate good sportsmanship. If you are interested, please check in with the front office as a volunteer during lunch/recess times.
 
Organisms Unit
We have had a great time learning about Mexico in history. Now we will switch back to science and begin learning about organisms. Our focus will be on observing the external features of plants and animals and thinking about how those features help those organisms survive. We will use an engineering design process to create a product that solves common problems with the ideas we got from our observations. We could use a few simple materials for creating the projects. If you'd like to donate you may sign up here.
 
 
 
Important Upcoming Dates
 
Mar 2- Spirit Day
Mar 7- 60 minute delayed start