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Mrs Gilliatt

434-528-6499 ext 21005
Classes Taught: 
First Grade
Mrs. Gilliatt's 
First Grade Class
Madison Heights Elementary School
For the week of
September 26-30, 2016

Class Dojo is up and running.  It is a great tool for student encouragement, as well as a way for school/home communication.  I receive all messages in real time, and I do my best to answer them as soon as I can.  Please understand, there are times that I cannot respond until I have a break or am free to quickly type my response. 


I read all agendas everyday, so if you need to tell me something, the agenda is another place to do it.  I may also use the agenda for quick notes home.  It is important that you sign and return the agenda every day.  Thank you so much.


Our class goes to lunch at 11:36.  If you'd like to eat lunch with your child, please feel free to do so.  Just stop by the office first to sign in.


As each child acquires new skills in reading, they may move from one group to another or the entire group may move!  First grade is such an exciting year of growth!  I think you will be amazed.


Please ask your child which spelling group he/she is in.  Spelling groups change often, as your child gains new understandings of spelling features.  The spelling words for this week are:

     orange group:  sun, run, fun, pun, bun, bug, rug, tug, hug, mug

     white group:  stun, spun, fun, pun, bun, plug, drug, snug, hug, mug


In reading, students are reviewing how print is organized.  They are also applying phonics for reading and writing, as well as using syntax and semantic clues for growing vocabularies.  As always, they are rereading familiar texts to increase their fluency. 


Our words to remember (review) for this week are:  new, this, ate, no, too


Students are working on number sense and calendar language in math.  They are counting to 100 by 1's, 5's, and 10's, and writing the corresponding numeral.  They are also working on what the teen numbers look like (a set) and how the numeral is written.  The students are also using calendar language appropriately.  Students are finishing up with a unit on patterns and then they begin addition!


In social studies, students are learning about national symbols including the Statue of Liberty, the Liberty Bell, the Washington Monument, the US Flag, and the bald eagle.


**Important Dates and Things to Know**

*Music/Art is on Mondays

*PE is on Tuesdays

*Computers/Library is on Wednesdays

*Guidance/Computers is on Thursdays

*Resource rotates by week on Fridays

*September 29th - PALS testing in our room

*October 18th - start of the Book Fair!


I am so excited for this new school year.  I truly believe that we are a team, so if you need anything, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Tami Gilliatt
First Grade
Madison Heights Elementary School

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