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Instructor: Ms. Leale   
Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year! I am so excited to be your child's teacher this year and I am looking forward to working alongside each one of my students in a classroom that is built to foster their learning. They will be a part of a safe, engaging, and educational environment that will help develop their love for learning. We are going to have a great year together! 
December News
December News:

This month, we shared our families’ different holiday traditions and customs and practiced with Mrs. Delaney for our school sing-a-long.

In reading, we learned that good readers connect what they read to their own lives and to other books. At home, practice making connections. Ask your child, What experiences in your own life does this story make me think of? Or How does this book remind you of another book you have read?

Writing: First Grade: Students learned about the characteristics of a personal narrative. They also worked on writing their own personal narrative about an event that they enjoyed taking part in.
Second Grade: Students continue to work on their writing skills while working on narrative pieces. The students worked on creating a Class News Story based on an event they have taken part of in school this year.

Math: First Grade: We learned different ways to solve addition facts with sums up to 20.
Second Grade: Students have been learning to use mental math to subtract, as well as different strategies to use in order to add 2 two-digit numbers.

In science we continue to work with rocks and learn about different earth materials.

In social studies we have been learning about traditions, community, and the different roles of people working in a school. We work on forming connections between text and self.
November News
November News:

This month, we discussed what we are most thankful for. We also worked as geologists as we completed many of our science investigations with different kinds of earth materials.

In reading, we discovered how to use a book’s title, pictures, and words as clues to help predict what we might read in a text. At home, practice making predictions by reading the title and looking at the pictures on the cover. We also learned to be curious and ask questions about books in order to be active readers. At home, encourage your child to ask questions about a book’s title and pictures.

Writing: First Grade: Students have been practicing telling a simple story in the proper sequence. Using sentence starters, they have begun planning stories.
Second Grade: Continued to work on writing their personal narratives using the six traits of writing.

Math: First Grade: The students learned to show numbers on a ten-frame and as parts of ten. We also explored different ways to add and subtract numbers with sums and differences within 12. Students also learned to use the strategies of doubles and near doubles to help solve problems.
Second Grade: Students learned about place value and how to read/write numbers one to a hundred.
Field Trip
In October 1/2L also got to enjoy a trip to Demarest Farm to pick pumpkins. When we returned we carved our own pumpkin. Before doing so we estimated how many seeds we thought were in our pumpkin and we read "How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?" by Margaret McNamara. Students got to feel the seeds and the inside of the pumpkin. In small groups we counted how many seeds were in our pumpkin, reaching 488 seeds! It was a great day!
October News
October News:

October was a productive month in First/Second Grade! The children are becoming more and more independent each day. Here are some highlights from the month:

In Reading Workshop, we practiced building our reading stamina by rereading our favorite books. Students learned as readers, we can use different strategies to identify unfamiliar words when they appear in a text. We also practiced summarizing and retelling stories that we read to show our comprehension of the text.

Writing: First Grade: Students learned how to select a topic and focus on that chosen topic. Students were guided to apply their knowledge of sentence structure by focusing on capitalization, punctuation and spelling. Students also learned how to organize their text by using sequencing words such as, first, next, then, and last.
Second Grade: Students have been working on personal narratives by using a variety of graphic organizers to help visualize their ideas better so that their writing is able to flow.

Math: First Grade: The students learned how to subtract a part from the whole to find the missing part. They also learned more about addition and subtraction terms and strategies.
Second Grade: Students continued practicing adding and subtracting, while learning more key vocabulary words.

Our FOSS science module provided many opportunities for our students to engage in scientific and engineering practices such as observing, describing and comparing the properties of rocks.

In social studies, students learned about their responsibilities as classmates and explored ways to get along in school.

We look forward to the coming months and sharing our families’ holiday traditions.
September News
September News:
September has been an exciting month in first/second grade. Students have learned their routines and are beginning to develop Good Habits in reading with our reading program, Good Habits, Great Readers. Using the five-finger rule, the children have been practicing choosing “just right” books by looking for books that are hard enough to learn new things, but easy enough for them to understand and enjoy. Students also learned to use the title, pictures and words in a text to help them predict what the book might be about. At home, please continue to create structures and routines to support reading at home.

Writing: First Grade: Students are learning that we write for readers, so that we are able to get the reader interested in the topic being written. The students are discovering they are all writers and they will be writing realistic stories about what people do and events that happen in real life.
Second Grade: Students are identifying the six traits of good writing. They will be using these six traits of writing to write descriptive poems.

Math: First Grade: Students learning about understanding addition which included, learning different ways to make 6, 7, 8, and 9 as well as, exploring different addition sentences.
Second Grade: They explored key vocabulary words such as how many more, in all, and fewer than to help them add and/or subtract.
Important Information
Please check your child’s folder daily for any important information that I send home. Look to see what must be returned! Checking your child’s folder also allows you to see what they have completed in school that day and I encourage you to strike up a conversation about topics they learned about. In addition, this is a good place for you to send in notes notifying me regarding any change in your child’s pick up routine, if your child has to leave early, sending in envelops with money (please label with your child’s name and what the money is for), etc. so that I will see it first thing in the morning.

Every night the students will be assigned math, spelling/word study, and reading homework. Students are required to read for 20 minutes per night and then record what they read. They will get to shop for books in there leveled reading area, in our classroom library, and bring them home in a book baggy. There will also be some projects/reports assigned throughout the year for the students to work on at home. Additional information on this topic will be discussed at back to school night! *Please inform me if any students are having trouble completing the homework at home!*

Communication Logs:
Each child will have a communication log that is to go home and come back to school everyday. These are used to provide open communication between myself and the parents of my students. Everyday I will briefly inform you on how your child’s day went. It is also a way for you respond to my questions or comments and/or to reach out to me with any questions or concerns.

Drop Off:
The students should get dropped off in the front of the school and line up in the designated spot for our class. Students must be at school by 8:30 each morning. Incase of inclement weather the students will report to the gym. Those who come early for breakfast will be dropped off in the front and report to the gym every morning.

Our class will have snack every morning so please provide your child with something healthy to eat each day! There are milk forms that you may fill out each month if you would like your child to have milk during snack. In addition, please let me know of any food allergies ASAP!

Students can choose to either bring their own lunch or order from the school menu. A calendar will go home every month indicating the different options students can choose from each day. If your child is ordering, please make sure he or she knows what to order so they get the correct lunch. If you would like you can highlight the specific lunch your child is going to order each day and they may leave the calendar in their folder as a reminder.

The students are dismissed at 3:00 each day from the front lobby. Those who attend aftercare will report directly to the gym once school is over. Please inform me on how your child will be getting home each day to prevent any mix up. Days that there will be a change in your child's pick up routine please let me know because they will not be released to anyone without my prior knowledge. Thank you!
Welcome Letter

Dear Parents and Guardians,
I would like to welcome you and your child to first and second grade self-contained. My name is Kristina Leale and I will be your child’s teacher this upcoming school year. I graduated from Monmouth University with a degree in Anthropology and Education with concentrations in Early Childhood and Special Education. I was born and raised in Fort Lee and went through the Fort Lee School District myself. I am so excited to get the opportunity to teach here at School #2 and give back to the town that has taught me so much.
First and second grade are very exciting years with many fun activities that will enhance your child’s learning. I will work hard towards helping your child grow intellectually, emotionally, and socially. This year your child will be apart of a very hands on learning approach when in the classroom. We will be using a variety of manipulatives, learning centers, and games to help improve the skills of each child. There will be a great emphasis on reading, writing, and math while also taking the time to explore topics in science and social studies. I am eager to start the year and help your child to use his/her creative mind in order to become the best student he/she can possibly be. I strongly encourage you, as parents, to become involved in your child’s educational journey so that they can grow not only as learners, but also as a person. There will be plenty of opportunities to join in on our classroom and become a part of your child’s learning experience. I promote strong parent-teacher communication so that we can work together to help your child succeed.
Please make sure to check your child’s folder everyday for important notices that will be sent home, along with their homework notebook with the assigned homework for the night. In addition, frequently visit our fusion page for important information, events, and activities your children will take part in throughout the year. You can also see our special periods on the right side of our fusion page. Please make sure your child is prepared for each special with the appropriate items and attire.
I would like you to keep in mind that back to school night will be September 15th at 7:00 P.M. This is a great opportunity for you to get an inside look at the classroom routines, expectations, and topics we will be focusing on throughout the year. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact me! As Mrs. Martin has stated I do have a telephone in my room that you can leave a voicemail on and I will get back to you as soon as possible. You may also contact me through your child’s communication logs or my email. I am very excited to meet you and your child! It is going to be a great year!

Phone: 201-585-4630 Ext. 2640
Email: kleale@flboe.com

Ms. Kristina Leale

PS. Please label everything that you send to school with your child!
Discussion Topics
September Bulletin Board
We Are An "APPLESOLUTELY" Amazing Bunch
How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?
October Bulletin Board
We Are Batty For Math
November Bulletin Board
Fall is Fun for All
December Bulletin Board
Warm Up With A Good Book
December Bulletin Board
Poetry Is COOL!
Monday: Library (Please return books)

Tuesday: P.E. (Please wear sneakers)

Wednesday: Art - 1st Graders
                      Music - 2nd Graders 

Thursday: P.E. (Please wear sneakers) 

Friday: Art - 2nd Graders
             Music - 1st Graders 
No "Homework" exist(s)

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