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Mrs. Lori West
1st Grade Teacher
1st Grade Level Leader
Phone: (513) 722-2224 ext.4060
Classroom: Room #418
E-mail:westl@goshenlocalschools.org

Communication: It is best to contact me by email because I can check this throughout the day. Since I check it daily I should be able to respond within 24 hours of contact. I also use Class Dojo which can be used for class announcements and picture sharing. Also, I will send class updates home weekly in a newsletter which will be included in our Friday Folders.


WELCOME!
I'm excited to be teaching your child this year. This is my 13th year teaching and 12th year teaching first grade at M/C Elementary. I graduated from Wilmington College in 2005 with a Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education. In 2008, I received my Masters of Art Degree in Reading and Literacy from Walden University. In my leisure time, I enjoy reading, traveling and spending time with my family. I have a 17 year old daughter named Breanna. Breanna will be attending Ohio Northern University this fall and will be studying pharmacy. 
 

Recent Posts

Newsletter Week of Sep. 11

Our Learning:

Reading-We finished our first week in the Journeys reading program this week. Next week we will read The Storm and our focus reading skills will be characters and inferring. See the reverse side for ALL of our other Language Arts focus skills.

Math-We continued working in Unit 1: Partners and Number Partners Through Ten for Math Expressions and have worked on partners of 8,9. Next week we will finish this unit. The review for this unit will come home for homework and we will test next week. Students have also continued working in and online program called TenMarks for math enrichment.

Word Study- Today students took their 2nd spelling test of 5 words from their leveled spelling list and 5 new words. Next week, students will have new skills to work on (word lists are in weekly homework packets and will be stapled in agendas on Monday).

Writing-This week will finished working on narrative writing of labels. Next week we will work on writing narrative captions.

Spelling City Information

If you're child wants to do Spelling City for a homework menu choice you can sign up for a free student account at this link:
Click at the bottom to register as a parent.
If you sign up this way they will have to type their words each week and they will not be saved. The only way to keep word lists is a paid subscription which I do not have access to this year. Thanks!

Weekly Newsletter September 1st

Reading-We began our first week in the Journeys reading program this week. Next week we will continue in this program since we have a 4 day week and 2 sessions of MAP testing. 
Math-We have started Unit 1: Partners and Number Partners Through Ten for Math Expressions and have worked on partners of 5,6,7. Next week we will continue this unit. Students have also started working in and online program called TenMarks for math enrichment.
Word Study- Today students took their 1st spelling test of 5 words from their leveled spelling list and 5 new words. Next week, students will have a new skills to work on (word lists are in weekly homework packets and will be stapled in agendas on Monday).
Writing-This week will worked on narrative writing of labels and will continue this next week. 
Important Information:
Class Carnival Raffle Basket- On Friday, September 8th we will have a Marr/Cook Fall carnival. Our class will be doing a baking basket. Please consider sending in donations such as any mixes (cookie, cake, muffin, brownie), icing, decorations, baking cups, cooking spray, cookie cutters, etc. Thanks in advance for your help!
AR-Students will have quarterly goals to meet for AR. AR books will be sent home for homework on M,T,W,H. Please help students read these books a few times at home and be ready for quizzes in the morning (except chapter books should be done within a week).
Book Order-These will be due on Mon. Sep. 11. My online classroom code for Scholastic Book orders is H422G.

Weekly Newsletter August 25th

Our Learning
In Reading-We will begin our first week in the Journeys reading program. Students will be working in small group reading groups. See the reverse side for ALL of our Language Arts focus skills.
In Math-We have started Unit 1: Partners and Number Partners Through Ten for Math Expressions. Students will also begin TenMarks for math enrichment. Finally, to help with number writing fluency we will practice number formation to help us get ready for Rocket Math.
In Word Study- Students took a spelling inventory and were placed in leveled word study groups (word lists are in weekly homework packets and will be stapled in agendas on Monday). At the end of each week, students will be given a spelling test that will include 5 words from the given list and 5 new words from the same pattern.
In Writing-Our focus this week will be narrative writing of labels.
In Science-This week we started used our senses to begin our class tree observation books.
Important Information:
Class Carnival Raffle Basket: On Friday, September 8th we will have a Marr/Cook Fall carnival. Our class will be doing a baking basket. Please consider sending in donations such as any mixes (cookie, cake, muffin, brownie), icing,decorations, baking cups, cooking spray, cookie cutters, etc. Thanks in advance for your help!
AR:Students will have quarterly goals to meet for AR (Accelerated Reader). AR books will be sent home for homework on M,T,W,H. Please help students read these books a few times at home and be ready for quizzes in the morning (except chapter books should be done within a week).

Weekly Newsletter August 18th

What We're Learning:  

 READING: This week we read a few back to school books. Next week we will do a “Back to School” review unit in our Journeys reading program. Review word.

  WRITING: This week we wrote about ourselves and our families. Next week, we will review correct letter formation of upper/lower case letters.

   WORD STUDY: Next week we will review some sounds letters make and sort letters into vowels and consonants.

    MATH: Next week we will take a placement test for Unit 1: Partners and Number Patterns Through Ten. We will also take our number writing assessment for Rocket Math our math fluency program.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

  •  Solar Eclipse: On Monday, August 21st we will have the opportunity as a school to view the solar eclipse. An informational letter was sent home the first day of school. Please look over this and if you DO NOT want your child to participate sign the form and return by Monday.

  • Class Carnival Raffle Basket:  On Friday, September 8th we will have Marr/Cook’s Fall carnival. Our classroom will be submitting a raffle basket for the carnival. Our basket theme is “Cookies”. We are in need of any donations related to baking (cookie mix, icing, baking cups, cooking spray, cookie cutters, liners, etc.) would be GREATLY appreciated!

  • BOOK ORDERS: I will be accepting class book orders until Monday, September 11th. If you’d prefer to order online my class code it H422G and you can go to Scholastic Reading clubs website.

Picture Day-We we will have fall pictures on August, 31st. Order forms will come home shortly.

News: Jan. 29th

NEWS:
READING: This week we worked on parts of a letter, purpose for a letter, fact or opinion, and author’s purpose. We also took our Unit 3 Assessment. Next week, we will begin Unit 4: Treasures. We will read Mama’s Birthday Present. The theme for this unit is Treasures: What do we treasure? Our comprehension skills this week are draw conclusions and monitor and fix up. The week’s sight words are: about, enjoy, gives, would, surprise, worry.
WRITING: This week we finished our opinion writing pieces. Next week we will begin how-to writing unit.
SPELLING: This week, we didn't have spelling lists but instead focused on prefixes, suffixes and base words. Next week, we will be working on leveled spelling lists again. The focus skills are as follows:
List #6: Review Long Vowel Patterns (CVCe)
List #28:”or” and “ore” (HINT: if /or/ sound is in the middle then it’s “or” if it’s at the end of the word then it’s “ore”)
List #35: “ou” and “ou”
List #49: “long e” (ea, ee, and oddball) homophones
MATH: This week we will had our 100th day celebration and started working in Unit 6. In this unit we will be recording data, using comparative bars and asking and answering questions on data. Next week we will continue this unit.

IMPORTANT
INFORMATION:

Valentine’s Day Celebration: We will not have a formal party. However, we will pass out Valentine’s on Thursday, February 11th (a class list is in today’s folder). Also, I’m asking that each child decorate a box or bag to bring in on this day. Finally, if you would like to send in a treat for this day please let me know by writing a note in your child’s agenda.
Conferences: These will be Thursday, February 11th or Tuesday, February 16th. Confirmations have went home as I have received requests.
100th Day Project: Thanks for all your help with these!

NEWS:
READING: This week we read Frog and Toad Together. In this story, we learned more about plot and visualization. Next week we will be reading Where Are My Animal Friends?. In this story we will be learning sequence and using prior knowledge to aid in reading comprehension. Our sight words this week are: before, good-bye, right, does, oh, and won’t. PLEASE READ DAILY with your child.
WRITING: This week we continued writing opinion pieces. Next week, we will add review writing and then we will finish this unit.
SPELLING: This week, we worked on our leveled spelling lists. Next week’s focus skills are as follows:
List #5: long e (ee)
List #27: “ir” and “ire”
List #34: “wa” “al” “ou”
List #48: more homophone pairs with (a_e; ai; ay; ei)
MATH: This week we continued working on Unit 5 (counting up to 120, adding and subtracting by 10’s, finding patterns on the 100 board). Next week we will finish this unit.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
SNACKS: We could always use whole class snacks.
Report Cards: These are coming home today with students that have at least 1/2 of their supply fees paid ($22.50). Please sign the envelope and return. Once all of our testing is complete I will send an updated student data sheet home.
100th Day Project: 100th Day Project: Please see the enclosed handout for more information. This will be due Monday, January 25th (our 100th day will be January 27th-weather permitting). Please mark the bottle with your child’s name.Then send the bottle and clue sheet to school in a bag that isn’t see-through (remember to write your child’s name on the outside).
NO SCHOOL: We will have no school Monday, January 18th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Book Orders: I will be collecting these until Friday, January 22nd. If you’d like to order online go to https://clubs2.scholastic.com and our class code is H422G.

Have a Great Weekend!

Week of Oct. 19th News


READING: This week we read The Farmer in the Hat. In this story, we discussed realistic fiction and cause and effect. We also looked at different components of a city. Next week we will read Who Works Here? In this story, we will be looking at the author’s purpose and asking questions. Next week’s sight words are: live, out, people, who, work.
WRITING: Next week, we will continue working on writing descriptions and story reflections. In grammar, we will continue working on proper nouns.
SPELLING: This week we worked on our leveled spelling lists. Next week’s focus skills are as follows:
LNL List 20: blends “sc” “sw””sn”
WWE List 8: CVCe (long i) w/“soft c”
WWM List 19: long a sounds with “ai” and “ay” HINT:if long a sound is in the middle its “ai” if it’s at the end “ay”)
WWL List 26: “-ear” and “-eer” word families

MATH: This week we almost finished Unit 3: Unknown numbers in Addition and Subtraction. We worked on unknown addends in word problems and using related addition and subtraction facts. Next week we will finish this unit and take the unit test.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
CNC Field Trip: Don't forget this Thursday, Oct. 22nd is our rescheduled field trip to Cincinnati Nature Center. Students should dress for the outside, wear comfortable shoes and bring a bag lunch (no lunch boxes). 
Fall Party: Pumpkin Math- Please look at the volunteer sheet. We will be doing pumpkin explorations and a tasting for our fall celebration. It will be from 10:00-11:40 on Friday, October 30th..We will need both pumpkin foods and multiple sized pumpkins donated.
SNACKS: If you would like to send in whole class snack such as pretzels, animal crackers, goldfish, etc. we are always appreciative☺
REPORT CARDS: These will be sent home next Friday with students that have paid school fees for the quarter or the whole year ($11.25-quarter or $45-year) or if fees have been waived.

News Week of Oct. 5th:

READING: This week we wrapped our first reading theme Unit 1:Animals Tame and Wild. Next week, we will begin Unit 2: Communities. Our story next week is A Big Fish for Max. We will also be learning about main idea and predicting during reading. Our sight words for next week are as follows: catch, good, no, put, want.
WRITING: This week we wrote a personal narrative about a trip to the zoo. We used all of the writing steps of prewriting, first draft, editing, final copy, and publish. Next week, we will write lists, story responses, and directions. In grammar, we looked at nouns and verbs.
SPELLING:This week we worked on vocabulary (synonyms and antonyms). Next week we will resume leveled spelling lists. Focus skills are as follows:

MATH: This week we continued working in Unit 3. We worked on finding missing partners in math mountains and adding labels to word problems. Next week we will continue this unit.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

CNC Field Trip/Photo Release: Don’t forget to send in a signed permission slip and $4 for each student for our field trip to the Cincinnati Nature Center in Friday, October 9th. Also, please sign and return signed CNC photo release papers (these are coming home today) before our trip. Students should dress for the outdoors and bring a bagged lunch (no lunch boxes).

SNACK: We are always happy to accept whole class snacks (pretzels, goldfish, and graham crackers).

BOOK ORDERS: The last day for book orders to be returned is Monday, Oct. 19th.

NO School, Friday October 2nd: Students will not have school thisday due to a teacher inservice.

This week we have been working on subtraction strategies (drawing pictures and circle drawings), adding illustrations to writing, main idea in reading, and taking MAP math assessment. We also started observing our class tree.