K-9 Raven

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Detective Carlise and his K-9 Raven came to talk about fire safety.  After walking to the fire department he offered to come and talk to the students about his job and how K-9 Raven helps him investigate how fires start.  He spoke about how we should not play with fire and review some of the things we learned from the fire department.

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We then went outside and Mr. Osteen helped out Detective Carlise put out training spot with a chemical that smelt like accelerant.  Then he and K-9 Raven when out to look for the “source” of the fire.  The students enjoyed seeing K-9 Raven at work!

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If you have noticed the children were in their costumes….we did this after the dance!  It was a crazy day of fun and learning! 


Football Fun

I love to be involved in my students lives and support them in their out of school activities.  I have several students who are involved in flag football.  I have been able to attend everyone of the students game.  I have cheered for the Cowboys, Seminoles, and finally the Gators.  If your child is active in a sport or another activity let me know so I can come out and support! 

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The little guy on the right in blue is my student!

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Go Gators!


I also got to watch the Seminoles play the Cowboys a few weeks ago!  I love how the mom’s had made a sign for the players to run through!  They loved it! 


Go Cowboys! Go Seminoles!

Halloween Fun and a Bunch of Dancing

The four teachers at our end of the hall teamed up to do some fun Halloween centers.  Mrs. Inman’s class made oobleck from Dr. Seuss, Mrs. Thomas’s class had to feel “body parts” and describe them, and Mrs. Keene watched ‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.’  In my class the student did a candy corn sort.  We had pumpkin candy corn, Indian candy corn and the original.  They sorted it, graphed it, and added it.  They did great and had fun too!

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Remember the PTO change drive a few weeks back.  I am sure you all have heard we won first place for first grade!  Well on Friday we enjoyed cheese and pepperoni pizza with some Capri Suns!  One of our class mom’s brought in taste ghost brownies for the students to enjoy! 

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Did you notice costumes in the pictures above?  Well we were enjoying character dress up day.  We had Disney princess’s, Iron Man, Johnny Appleseed, a doctor, a pirate, a fireman, and a ninja! 

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All the student who earned 7 bear bucks for good behavior were able to attend the Character Dance!  The students danced, danced, and danced some more!  A few stopped to have some snack and drink for an addition 3 bear bucks. 

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The students had a great time and were rewarded for their good behavior!  I loved dancing and having fun with my book characters! 

Our Class Pumpkin

Last week we did a few pumpkin activities to celebrate Halloween.  We used our senses to explore and investigate our class pumpkin.  I thought this pumpkin had a pretty carving face!

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We smelled it!  They thought it smelled like stinky garbage.

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They had to feel it!  Gross, slimy, slippery were some comments that I received.

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Can you hear the seeds?

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Recording their observations/data!

Then the serious question came up.  Do we carve it scary or happy?  The majority vote was scary sharp teeth.  

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Our crooked scary smiling pumpkin!

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Happy to show off their pumpkin!

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Making scary faces with their pumpkin!


Monday Update….November 1

· Mrs. Whitehurst’s reading group is staying on the diagraphs th and ch. Mrs. Inman’s reading group is staying on the digraphs th and ch. Use the phonics packet that was added to your child’s HOME folder. There are words and sentences you can use to help your child practice reading and spelling these phonics skills.

· Behavior Passports: Students can only get two whole punches in order to participate in our Fun Friday activity.

· Each night Monday thru Thursday we are assigning a one minute timed reading of a story you will find in your child’s HOME folder.

    • These stories will build your child’s reading fluency. Fluency helps you to comprehend the text and build confidence in reading. Every Monday at school we’ll do a cold read (reading the passage for the first time) and record how many words correct they read in one minute. Each night the same passage will be in a sleeve in your child’s home folder. Please time your child’s progress each night on how many words were read correctly in 1 minute. On Friday your child will read the passage again at school (this will be the hot read) and you’ll be able to see the progress made throughout the week. The goal that is written at the bottom is based on how many words they read on Monday. Use the goal to motivate your children to read, because they always want to meet a goal.

· Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful, let’s help families in our community have a dinner to be thankful for. One can of food and $1 will help a family. Food needed: canned corn, canned cranberry sauce, large can of sweet potatoes, large can of fruit cocktail, chicken broth, box of powdered milk

· We are collecting toilet paper rolls and washed out Dole or Del Monte fruit cups for holiday crafts. Please send them in until we have enough!

· $1.00 Pickle Fridays