1st | Harris

Dear Families,                                                                                                                                                May 22nd, 2017


Upcoming Spirit Days—we encourage all to participate in these fun dress-up days:

  • Friday, May 26th: High School or College Spirit Day (wear the colors or shirts of your favorite high school or college)
  • June Spirit Day (date TBD): School Spirit (blue & gold)


Science:  We will be making habitat models in shoeboxes this week! If you would like to help with this fun activity, join us on Thursday at 2:15—please send a note/email if you can make it.  Many hands make for more successful (and creative!) projects.  Our finished projects will be on display in the hall the next day.


Math: From now through the rest of the year we will be teaching extension lessons, which will take concepts already learned this year and bring them to the next level.  (For example, instead of just adding 2-digit numbers we will work on adding 2-digit numbers using coins; instead of measuring with non-standard units we will measure in inches and centimeters.)  These lessons will help our students be prepared for math as 2nd graders.


Reader’s/Writer’s Workshop

  • Sight/Vocabulary words: clues, detective, floor, nature, piece, pulls
  • Phonics skills: Long vowel /o/ (e.g., cold, mold, hold, bold, etc.)
  • Comprehension strategy: We will continue to explore synthesis as a strategy good readers use, learning how our thinking about a book evolves as we read. 
  • Writing focus: From now through the end of the school year we will explore personal narrative, opinion writing, journal writing, and poetry.

End of Year Assessments  It’s almost time for the kids to show what they know at the end of 1st grade!  In a few weeks your child will participate in DRA (our district reading assessment), classroom-based reading assessments, sight word spelling assessments, and math fact fluency assessments.  We will send home the results of your child’s assessments as they become available.  You can help your child’s success by sticking to a nightly reading routine (minimum of 15 minutes) – reading in the car is a great option for families involved in spring sports.  Keep practicing those sight words, nonsense words, and reading out loud!


TRANSITION TO SECOND GRADE  It is that time of year where we need to work on strengthening independent skills for a successful transition to second grade. As students move into their last year at the primary level, more independent behaviors are expected. The following are some of the expectations of beginning second graders:


  • Follow the 4 B’s (Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Kind).
  • Come to school on time.
  • Enter the classroom and take care of entry tasks independently and quickly.
  • Return homework daily.  This will include math, reading, and spelling homework next year.
  • Solve small social conflicts independently using Kelso’s Choices.
  • Take responsibility for one’s own learning; do not interfere with the learning of others.


Please encourage your child to show a high level of responsibility and self-sufficiency in our last weeks as 1st graders.  They are ready for this!


Your 1st Grade Team,

Melissa Brown & Melanie Harris

mbrown@conway.k12.wa.us  mharris@conway.k12.wa.us






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Phone:  360-445-5785
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Conway School District
19710 State Route 534, Mount Vernon, WA 98274

Monday to Friday: 8am to 4pm
Saturday and Sunday: Closed