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Star of the Week

12-2     Kartikeya

12-9     Isaac

12-16   No Star

12-23   Winter Break

1-6       Gargee

Home-School Connection

Here are some concepts that we will be working on in school this month for you to help reinforce at home:


Language Arts:

  • Digraphs – sh, ch, th, wh
  • Review Blends
  • Verb tenses – -ed, -ing, -s
  • Partner Reading
  • Comprehension
  • Character, Setting, Problem, Solution


  • Subtraction Review
  • Related Facts
  • Story Problems


  • Non-fiction-stories that teach, or “All-Abouts”
  • Complete Sentences - capital letters & punctuation


  • Day and Night
  • Earth & Moon Rotation/Calendar

Social Studies:

  • World Holiday Traditions

Karen Hoskins



Dear Families,

I hope you had a nice and relaxing time over the Thanksgiving break with your families and friends. I can’t believe that it’s already December!

We started math Module 3 this week and it covers Measurement and Data. I made packets of Problem Sets and Homework pages that we will be covering in this unit. I sent home the Homework packet for the entire Module on Monday. Please keep this in a safe place and I recommend that they do not complete the whole packet at once. I will have them take home the Problem Sets as we go so you will know what lesson we covered that day.

Our Holiday party coming up on Friday, December 20th from 10:30-11:30 (give or take). Please contact our Room Moms (Leslie, Michelle and Felinda) to offer any help in running stations, purchasing materials, prepping projects, etc. They will also need help setting up beforehand and cleaning up afterwards. I’m sure it will be another fun and successful party because of all your hard work, thanks!!!

I will be sending home your child’s Semester One report cards on Friday, January 17th. I think I may have told some of you at conferences that you would get them before the break, but I was mistaken. The first semester ends just before Winter Break, so I’m busy completing assessments with the kids right now. If you can avoid unnecessary absences between now and then, I would very much appreciate it!

I sincerely hope that you and your families have a wonderful holiday break together. I will be holding my loved ones close and doing my best to remember what’s really important in life.


Mrs. Hoskins :)


About Me

Teaching Experience: Teaching first graders is an incredible journey! I love the way they come in at the beginning of the year with wide-eyed amazement, and leave in June, ready to take on the world. I have been a teacher for over 20 years, with experience in special education preschool, and general education Kindergarten, first, and third grades.


Colleges and Degrees: UC Davis: B.A. in Psychology; San Francisco State University: multiple subject and special education teaching credentials, M.A. in Special Education.

Hobbies and Interests: My family lives in the San Ramon Valley School District. We have two wonderful girls who are both in middle school. We love to hike, bike, read, create, travel, and have fun together. We are also a very busy soccer and swim team family!

Dates to Remember:

12/20  Min. Day 8:00-11:50

           Holiday Party @ 10:30

12/23-1/3  Winter Break

1/6  Teacher Work Day-no school




Each Week:

Practice Reading Sight Words

Reading Logs & Take Home Books due Friday

Oral Sharing

Optional Math Homework (do not need to return)

First grade homework is all about establishing routines. Start now by deciding upon a regular time for you to do your homework each day. Choose a special spot that will be all yours for homework. Make sure it is away from distractions like the TV and noisy siblings. It should be quiet and comfortable for you. Stock your homework area with all the supplies you will need such as pencils, erasers, crayons, scissors, and glue. It should never take more than 20 minutes and I certainly do not want any tears (from kids or parents!). Please let me know if you have any questions.

Reading Logs:

Remember to read with your child every night for 10-15 minutes. On Monday-Thursday, have your child write the name of the book read (or chapter) in their reading log and date it. Also, talk to them about the stories. These can be books you read, your child reads, or you both read together. You may help them with these at first, if needed. Starting in January, students will also be required to do one written response per week about a book they read. 

Take-Home Books:

On Mondays, your child will bring home a Ziploc bag with two books in it. These books will be at your child's instructional reading level (the level just above the one they can independently read fluently and comprehend). Please have your child read these books to you and retell the beginning, middle and end. It is a good idea to read these books multiple times. This will help with his/her fluency. These books can be used for the reading log. Please return these books with the reading log on Fridays. 

Sight Words:

Learn the high frequency words listed here weekly. Memorizing these will help your child's reading fluency.


Prepare for and practice your Sharing each week by following the directions you receive on Fridays. Please be ready on your Sharing day, as we don’t have time to do extras on other days.

Math Fluency:

I will send home math lessons and corresponding homework pages daily. Completing the homework is optional and parents can make the decision. I highly recommend that your child practices memorizing addition and subtraction facts to 12. I suggest using flash cards and there are several fun iPad apps as well. We will also have some low-pressure math fluency practice and games in the classroom.