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Wednesday, June 7, 2017
 Ms. K (Reading):
Mrs. Groenke:
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Work on your semester goal.
The website is:  http://arbookfind.com


IXL practice: 15 min. per week


Our school uses two programs your child will be participating in. They are IXL and Accelerated Reader (AR).


Our school participates in IXL, a computer based Math program.

First Graders should be working in this program for 15 minutes a week.

You can click on the link below to take you there.


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Research shows that reading something of interest to or with your child for the enjoyment of reading is beneficial. We are blessed to be participants in the Accelerated Reading (AR) program.  Ms. K requires that first graders participate in the program as part of their reading grade. AR is tracked by points per semester. Your child will be given an AR paper in their reading folder by Ms. K, when your child has finished their book you will fill out this paper and send it to school with your child. Upon arriving at school the child will put their reading folder, including their AR paper, in the AR basket and I will know to send them to take the AR test. The AR test is a reading comprehension test based on the story they read.  Ms. K will receive the test results and update the AR paper in your child’s folder. Ms. K sets these goals for your child each semester. First Graders should start reading for about 10 minutes a day. Overtime they should increase their reading stamina to 15-20 minutes a day.  As always do what works best for your child as their parent you know them best. Please remember that this reading should be enjoyable.  If your child is having a lot of trouble with the book then you should pick an easier book, one that has a lower level. The goal is to make them life long readers, we don’t want them frustrated. I want this to be a positive experience. Cuddle up with a good book and enjoy this experience together, this is a great bonding time.

The following website is a place to look and see if books you have at home or at the public library are Accelerated Reader books, not every book is. Your child may also check out AR books from our library on their library day. The librarian does not make them check out AR books, so let me know or send a note if you want your child to check out a book specifically for AR.

The website is:  http://arbookfind.com


If your child is ever absent, their school work will be sent home for completion. (See the student/parent handbook for time frame.)

If we are working on assignment in class and your child is unable to finish during school time for one reason or another, their work may be sent home for completion. Keep in my that every attempt to complete this work will be made so that is does not need to go home. If your child is having difficulty understanding or grasping the assignment I will plan for extra time to work on the assignment/concept with your child. My hope is that you take notice that this assignment has come home for a reason. Maybe you could talk to your child about why it came home.

*Is It because it is something that just takes them a little more time to do.?

*Is it because they do not understand the concept and a conversation with you could  better communicate that to me?

*Is it because they were not on task during class? (Work habits could be discussed.)


There will be a few projects throughout the year, for example: a Personal Timeline project and a Ten Commandments project.

If you have questions or concerns you may contact me at: tgroenke@stlucysschool.com





Important Dates


(school calendar)





Book Mobile

Book Mobile continues for First Grade on Wednesday’s.  In order for your child to check out books you will need to get them a Racine library card.I have been informed that the child must have their own library card not their parents card.


We have snack everyday. Please send in a HEALTHY snack and drink each day. (this is an individual snack for your child only, there is no sharing) I will have something available for those who forget.(ex. cheerios, fruit snacks) There is also a water fountain in our classroom. The First Graders will be well hydrated.

I would appreciate anyone who would like to donate something for the emergency snack pantry. Fell free to send in some healthy snacks for us to have on hand so that no one goes with out. I am aware that some students have eating restrictions. If you would like to send in something specific for your child only, feel free to label it as such and I can put it in the pantry.

Special Schedule


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