Happy New Year!
It makes my heart smile to see your sweet kids’ faces again!!
Coming Home Friday
I am keeping this packet to continue working on next week!!
Phonics Packet: Long E, O, U with the silent e at the end
This week we wrapped up the long vowels with the focus on the silent -e spelling.
We also introduced all the ways of spelling long vowels.
Take a look to see what your kids are working on:
Continue with Verbs as action words; noun-verb agreement with is/are and present vs. past tense
Continue with Nouns: singular and plural nouns; irregular plural nouns; possessive nouns, proper and common nouns
Spelling Tests will be tomorrow and I hope to get it home to you…Please check your child’s folder!
In class, we say, “We all make mistakes because we are trying!” If your child gets words wrong, please know that we focus on the effort! One of our goals is to learn the process of taking a spelling test and all of the kids are doing great!
A Glimpse into Our Class
We are still watching our class plants grow!
Thank you to the Olson family and the Andrews family for caring for the plants during break.
Both are looking great! The Molina family also gave us a beautiful flowering plant that I hope to keep blooming for a long time! It is so fun when the kids notice changes and take control of caring for them!
We FINALLY got out Scholastic News on time and enjoyed the issue “New Year, New Habits”
Also, we have been reading about life long ago vs, life today. I wish you could hear the conversations!!
One student said he thinks his mom grew up with no electricity!
They thought that in the “old days”, kids played Nintendo…
And all of them were shocked to think of having to do dishes with no dishwasher!
I hope you all enjoyed seeing the kids’ writing from July thru December. We are excited to continue writing in our new notebooks thru May! They have the BEST ideas!!
Math Topic 7: Extend the Counting Sequence
We are counting to 120 by 1’s and 10’s beginning at any number.
This is tricky for some, but most are getting the hang of it. We’ve been working on this skill as we count the number of days of school during our daily calendar time. Ask your first grader to show off this skill!
Mrs. Merkuri is still volunteering on Mondays to work with this group of first grade mathematicians on Noetic Math. This is a math contest twice a year for grades 2-8.
What a great opportunity for math enrichment, practice, and fun!
XtraMath at Home!
Try it! If they earn a certificate, let me know and I will set them up for the next group of math problems.
We will celebrate in class!!
Literacy Pro at Home!
I am still learning this and trying to navigate it! Thank you for your patience!
Log in to Literacy Pro! Let me know how the kids like it…my own children really enjoy it!
This is our new online reading program that you paid for when you purchased the RASK kit. It is super cool! My own kids just started using it. The first step is to take an assessment and then the program will suggest books for your child. Please take time to login and check it out. I would love to have them reading even more over the break!
At LiteracyPro, kids can “access over 2,500 authentic, high-quality ebooks, some in Spanish, as well as connections to thousands of print books in classroom libraries. Students are given a personalized reading experience with choice, while educators are provided with actionable data about reading levels, activity, comprehension, and progress.”
Instructions: Go to https://digital.scholastic.com/#/signin
Choose “Sign in with Google Classroom”
Choose your child’s account: email@example.com
It will guide you through the rest! Please let me know how it goes! My own kids love it so far!
*To My Parents of Above Grade Level Learners:
These pages may not seem challenging enough for your kids! Rest assured, in class, we do a lot of enrichment activities and extensions! For example, the book at the end of the /i/ packet has very few words for beginning first grade level readers. One extension idea would be to add more detail to the sentences, like descriptive words or an addition at the end of the sentence.
For math, our discussions are deep and the activities and games that we play can be more challenging!
Library on Fridays!
NO library this Friday (1/7) because the Scholastic Book Fair is going on.
I am also not sending a class book order so you can support the school book fair.
Next Week, Please send in your child’s library book on Fridays or before. They will be choosing a new book when they return the book from last week.
Parents at School!
This link is through our 3rd Quarter. We LOVE having parents on campus!!
Our next Art Masterpiece will be on Friday, January 21st.
Thank you to CHRISTY OLSON for volunteering to work with Jenn.
If you have any questions or ideas, contact Jenn Jacobs. Jenn Jacobs @ firstname.lastname@example.org
San Tan’s annual Gifted Testing event is approaching quickly!
If you are interested in having your child tested for giftedness, please complete the digital Parent Request Form, along with the $50 Co-Pay, linked below. Gifted testing is will be offered in mid. February. Once a child is identified as gifted, they do not need to retest. Gifted testing will begin in mid- February.
- If your child is currently in a gifted class and identified as ‘provisional’ they will automatically be retested, you do not need to send in the recommendation form. : -)
- Gifted Testing Requests are due no later than January 12th of 2022.
- Digital Parent Request & Payment: Click Here
From the Principal
Letter from the Principal
Dear San Tan Families,
Happy first week back from break! It is so nice to see all the students back. They were missed! Conferences are going well this week and it has been so lovely to see everyone on campus.
Club sign ups are going out in a separate email from me tomorrow so please look for that from me!
Arizona Tax Credit Program
The program is a win/win for everyone. By redirecting your tax dollars, you will support special programs at San Tan Charter School such as Music Education and Media Sciences, which each student participates in and Physical Education including Character Education, in which students participate in daily. It also helps support our newest addition of Library and computer lab time for our students.
The best part, is whatever you contribute, you will receive dollar for dollar back on your state taxes. So, if you give $100, you can deduct that $100 off what you owe in taxes. If you are a married couple, you may only contribute up to $400. If you are single, the total amount that you can contribute is $200. A one-time contribution is also wonderful.
Donate through your Arizona Tax Credit https://yqysjrrxph.formstack.com/forms/?1627645-EuNcDzZTd2
Calling all artists! We want to see your masterpiece! Sign up to participate in the Art Competition. You can submit a creation of your choosing. Turn in your project by 2/25/2022.
Forgot to come to the UsBorne Book Fair last week? Don’t worry because we have our Scholastic Book Fair coming up the first week back! We’re excited to invite you to our upcoming Scholastic Book Fair. Hosted by our staff, this event is an opportunity for students of all ages to build their home libraries and further their love of reading. As always, all purchases benefit our school.
We will begin with online shopping all day starting January 1st, in person shopping from January 3rd– 7th (Monday and Wednesday from 7:30- 8:30 AM & 11:00-4:00 PM, Tuesday from 7:30- 8:30 AM & 11:00-7:00 PM, and Thursday-Friday from 7:30- 8:30 AM & 3:00-4:00 PM) and finishing with online shopping until January 9th.
Half Day Camp
Here is our sign-up link for all the half days from January through the end of the year!
March Book Madness
Introducing March Book Madness 2022! During the spring semester, we will be reading the following books and then voting on the school’s favorite book out of the 16! This year’s theme is Turning Points. The brackets will be announced on February 1, 2022. First round voting will start on March 2, 2022. If you want to purchase the books to read along, here is our list of books!
Above the Rim: How Elgin Baylor Changed Basketball by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Frank Morrison
The Cot In The Living Room by Hilda Eunice Burgos, illustrated by Gaby D’Alessandro
Change Sings by Amanda Gorman, illustrated by Loren Long
Sharice’s Big Voice: A Native Kid Becomes A Congresswoman by Sharice Davids, illustrated by Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley
Norman Didn’t Do It!: (Yes, He Did) by Ryan T. Higgins
Every Night Is Pizza Night by J. Kenji Lopéz-Alt, illustrated by Gianna Ruggiero
Zonia’s Rain Forest by Juana Martinez-Neal
My First Day by Phùng Nguyên Quang, Huỳnh Kim Liên
Stollercoaster by Matt Ringler, illustrated by Raul The Third
This Very Tree: A Story of 9/11, Resilience, and Regrowth by Sean Rubin
Hardly Haunted by Jessie Sima
Classified: The Secret Career of Mary Golda Ross, Cherokee Aerospace Engineer by Traci Sorell, illustrated by Natasha Donovan
Except Antarctica by Todd Sturgell
A Walk in the Words by Hudson Talbott
Someone Builds the Dream by Lisa Wheeler, illustrated by Loren Long
Everything Naomi Loved by Katie Yamasaki
I will also be filming the reading of the books for your family to enjoy! More information to follow!
We have begun reenrollment for next year. We have a two-process step for reenrollment. Reenrollment paperwork and Infinite Campus Kiosk will be due by January 14th.
STEP 1: Please complete the online application for your children (One online application per family). Infinite Campus KIOSK LINK
STEP 2: Please review the ’22-23 Enrollment Instructions’ document (see link) for remaining paperwork requirements. 22-23 Enrollment Instructions
Looking to work at San Tan?
San Tan Charter is looking to hire for Guest Teachers. Please call 480-222-0811 or contact me at email@example.com if you are interested.
Looking for shopping opportunities this weekend? Courtney Molina has organized a shopping opportunity with Zyia workout clothes. For every $100.00 in sales, Ms. Molina will be donating $20.00 back to the school.
Along with this, Ms. Molina would like to offer Free Shipping for all orders $150.00 or less and 15% off any orders $200 and up.
Ms. Molina’s Contact information is:
Country Momma Athletics – Ind. Zyia Rep.
Please contact her in order to attain provide the individual shoppers their coupon codes or rebates. She is happy to help find the best fit for every shopper. Right now, all exchanges and returns are extended through January 31, 2022.
Another great shopping opportunity is brought to you by Christy Olson through Thirty-One.
For every $100 in sales, Ms. Olson will be donating 20% back to the school.
Helping can be so easy, shop the link below for all your gift, home organization or decorating needs.
Thirty-One is having their ANNUAL OUTLET SALE with hundreds of items up to 75% off. And can always be added to the current Thirty-One special of spending $50, and adding a qualifying item at 50% off!
Ms. Olson’s contact information is:
FB: Christy’s Tote-ally Awesome Group
Please contact her with any questions about products, specials or for more information.
Staff Shout Outs
I think we can all agree that we have AMAZING staff at STCS Recker Campus. We would love to hear from you all the wonderful things that the staff are doing so please click the following link to give our staff a “Shout Outs”. Frost Gelato has generously donated gift cards to help reward out staff members after they have received a shout out!
Open DonorsChoose Projects
- Yearbook Purchase
- Submit Pictures to the Yearbook
- Become an Athletic Sponsor- Click Here to Donate
- Order Lunch
- Arizona Tax Credit Form
- Spirit Gear – Do you need school spirit gear to wear on Spirit Fridays? Click Here to Purchase
- January Late Night Conference Teacher Dinner Donation
- FEC Donations
Social Media Links
Mrs. Sarah Laramie, M.A.
Principal, Recker Campus
Doctoral Candidate, Grand Canyon University
San Tan Charter School
3959 E. Elliot Rd.
Gilbert, AZ 85234
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”- Nelson Mandela