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Hello my name is Laura Fowell,
This is my fifth year at Athlos Leadership Academy.  I am very excited to teach first grade again! First grade is a very special time in your child's life and you will see your child blossom immensely throughout the year.  I have a B.S. degree from North Central University in Children's Ministries.  I have worked as an educator for many years.  I was born and raised in SW Wisconsin.
 I currently live in Columbia Heights. I have a wonderful adopted Kenyan family that I spend lots of time with. In my free time I enjoy spending time with family, love reading, and many outdoor activities.
 
I can't wait for an amazing year!
763-777-8942 ext:8810
 
 
 

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May 27-31

Look at the Week May 27th

Hello first grade families! Take a look at our week.

Math:

This week we will review all the things we learned in math this year. We will take the end of the year assessment on Wednesday.

Language Arts

Reading:

We will begin a new Junie B Jones chapter book! Each day five students will read a book of their choice to the class.

Life Science: This week we will continue to observe our plans as they grow in our garden!

Reminder: MAY MADNESS!! MAY 28th 4:30-7:00.

Our class will be going to the book fair Thursday, May 28th. If you would like your student to purchase a book, please send money with them to school on Thursday!

 

Upcoming Dates to Remember

May 28th: MAY MADNESS

May 28th-31st: Book Fair

May 30th- Lunch at the Community Park

May 31st: Beach Day

June 1st: Tater Daze Parade

June 3rd: Talent Show

 

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns! Email is the best way to communicate.

Laura Fowell
First Grade Teacher
Contact info:
[email protected]  
763-777-8942 ext:8810

May 20-24

Look at the Week May 20th

Hello first grade families! Take a look at our week.

Math:

This week we will review all the things we learned in math this year.

Language Arts

Reading:

This week we will continue unit ten! We will explore sound, light, and heat. We will compare and contrast the differences between them.

Spelling/Phonics:

We will be making and reading long ‘e’ words.

Spelling words this week are; sunny, speedy, sleepy, money, mommy, lucky, eagle, eager, brief, & thief.  The bonus word is family

We will take a spelling and reading comprehension assessment on Friday.

Life Science: This week we will continue to observe our plans as they grow in our garden!

Reminders:

· Monday, May 20th

Field Day! Please send a water bottle with your student on Monday.  If it rains, this will be rescheduled for a different day this week!

 

Upcoming Dates to Remember

May 20th-First Grade Field Day

May 20th-24th: Field Days

May 28th: MAY MADNESS after school

May 28th-31st: Book Fair

May 30th- Lunch at the Community Park

May 31st: Beach Day

June 1st: Tater Daze Parade

June 3rd: Talent Show

June 6th:  LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

 

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns! Email is the best way to communicate.

Laura Fowell
First Grade Teacher
Contact info:
[email protected]  
763-777-8942 ext:8810

May 13-17

Look at the Week May 13th

Hello first grade families! Take a look at our week.

Math:

This week we will take unit nine assessment. We will review all first-grade math skills learned this year. Next week we will take the end of the year math assessment.

Homework:

We will have math homework activity every night.

Language Arts

Reading:

This week we will continue unit ten! We will explore sound, light, and heat. We will compare and contrast the differences between them.

Language and Writing Skills: This week we will review end punctuation, prefixes, and suffixes.  We will also write 2 complete sentences.

Spelling/Phonics:

We will be making and reading complex vowel /O/ words.

Spelling words this week are; taught, caught, calls, small, claws, draw, straw, talk, walk, & vault.  The bonus word is malt.

We will take a spelling and reading comprehension assessment on THURSDAY.

Life Science: This week we will take our sprouts and plant them outside!

Reminders:

Upcoming Dates to Remember

May 16th: Mother/Son Dance

May 17th: Father/Daughter Dance

May 17th: Family Deadline to Register for Summer Camp

May 20th-24th: Field Days

May 28th: MAY MADNESS

May 28th-31st: Book Fair

May 31st: Beach Day

June 1st: Tater Daze Parade

June 3rd: Talent Show

June 6th: Last day of school

 

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns! Email is the best way to communicate.

Laura Fowell
First Grade Teacher
Contact info:
[email protected]  
763-777-8942 ext:8810

Look at the Week May 6th

Hello first grade families! Take a look at our week.

Math:

This week we will continue unit nine. We will take a doubles quiz. We will review measurement and learn how to add and subtract two-digit numbers. Next week we will take the unit nine assessment.

Homework:

We will have math homework activity every night.

Language Arts

Reading:

This week we will begin unit ten! We will explore sound, light, and heat. We will compare and contrast the differences between them.

Language and Writing Skills: This week we will continue to learn about preposition words. Words such as; between, during, beyond, up, over & in. We will write complete sentences using preposition words. We will take a preposition assessment on Friday.

Spelling/Phonics:

We will be making and reading silent letters (wr, kn, gn) words.

Spelling words this week are; better, carry, learn, very, wrong, write, wrap, sign, know, & knock.  The bonus word is pizza.

We will take a spelling and reading comprehension assessment on Friday.

Life Science: Last week we let our butterflies free into the wild so they can complete their life cycle. This week we will observe our planted seeds as they begin to sprout.

Homework: Make sure your child is reading and working on sight words for at least twenty minutes each night.

Reading at home:

Please have your student read online on their Razkids account twenty minutes each night!

Reminders:

· May 9th Music Program 10:15-Parents Welcome!

Upcoming Dates to Remember

May 9th: Prek-1st Music Program

May 16th: Mother/Son Dance

May 17th: Father/Daughter Dance

May 17th: Family Deadline to Register for Summer Camp

May 20th-24th: Field Days

May 28th: MAY MADNESS

May 28th-31st: Book Fair

May 31st: Beach Day

June 1st: Tater Daze Parade

June 3rd: Talent Show

 

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns! Email is the best way to communicate.

Laura Fowell
First Grade Teacher
Contact info:
[email protected] 
763-777-8942 ext:8810

April 29-May3

Look at the Week April 29th

Hello first grade families!

Math:

This week we will continue unit nine. In unit nine we will review measurement and learn how to add and subtract two-digit numbers.

Homework:

We will have math homework activity every night.

Language Arts

Reading:

This week we will continue unit nine. In unit nine we are learning about goods and services.

Language and Writing Skills: This week we will learn about preposition words. Words such as; between, during, beyond, up, over & in. We will write complete sentences using preposition words.

Spelling/Phonics:

We will be making and reading /oo/ words.

Spelling words this week are; bookshop, food, stood, room, scooted, good, took, cooked, cool, & soon. The bonus word is moon.

We will take a spelling and reading comprehension assessment on Friday.

Life Science: Last week our pupas became adult butterflies! This week we will plant seeds and learn about the life cycle of a plant.

Social Studies: We will compare and contrast wants and needs.

Homework: Make sure your child is reading and working on sight words for at least twenty minutes each night.

Reading at home:

Please have your student read online on their Razkids account twenty minutes each night!

 

Reminders:

· April 30th Field Trip to the Como Zoo PLZ WEAR SCHOOL UNIFORM!

· April 30th Raffle Basket Items Due

· May 9th Music Program 10:15-Parents Welcome

Upcoming Dates to Remember

May 9th: Prek-1st Music Program

May 16th: Mother/Son Dance

May 17th: Father/Daughter Dance

May 17th: Family Deadline to Register for Summer Camp

May 20th-24th: Field Days

May 28th: MAY MADNESS

May 28th-31st: Book Fair

May 31st: Beach Day

June 1st: Tater Daze Parade

June 3rd: Talent Show

 

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns! Email is the best way to communicate.

Laura Fowell
First Grade Teacher
Contact info:
[email protected]  
763-777-8942 ext:8810

April 22-26

Look at the Week April 22nd

Hello first grade families!

Math:

This week we will be reviewing and taking the unit 8 math test.

Homework:

We will have math homework activity every night.

Language Arts

Reading:

This week we will continue unit nine. In unit nine we are learning about goods and services.

Language and Writing Skills: This week we will review pronouns. We will write a story about the life cycle of a butterfly.

Spelling/Phonics:

We will be making and reading /oi/ diphthong words.

Spelling words this week are; join, moist, point, spoil, choice, enjoy, cowboy, destroy, joy, & toy.  The bonus word is boy.

We will take a spelling and reading comprehension assessment on Friday.

Life Science: This week we will continue learning and observing the life cycle of a butterfly. Last week our caterpillars moved into the pupa stage!

Social Studies: We will be learning about trading goods and services in the past and present.

Homework: Make sure your child is reading and working on sight words for at least twenty minutes each night.

Reading at home:

Please have your student read online on their Razkids account twenty minutes each night!

 

Reminders:

  • April 24th Field Trip Forms Due!!  Please be sure to pay online!!
  • Friday, April 26- Twin day.  Dress the same as a sibling or friend.
  • April 30th Field Trip to the Como Zoo
  • April 30th Raffle Basket Items Due

Please send in items for our May Madness Raffle!

 

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns! Email is the best way to communicate.

Laura Fowell
First Grade Teacher
Contact info:
[email protected]  
763-777-8942 ext:8810

 

April 15-18

Look at the Week April 15th

Hello first grade families!

Math:

This week we will continue unit eight. We will review defining and nondefining attributes of shapes, fractions, and bar graphs.  We will be learning how to fill in missing #s of a 100s chart.

Homework:

We will have math homework activity every night.

Language Arts

Reading:

This week we will begin unit nine. We will learn about goods and services and wants and needs.

Language and Writing Skills: This week we will continue categorizing different objects. We will write sentences about people who do services in our community. We will review word endings and discuss how they change meaning of the words.

Spelling/Phonics:

We will be making and reading /ou/ diphthong words.

Spelling words this week are; shouts, rounds, houses, clouds, count, ground, town, now, our, out and the bonus word is down.

We will take a spelling and reading comprehension assessment on Thursday.

Life Science: This week we will continue observing the life cycle of a butterfly. Last week our caterpillars moved into the pupa stage!

Social Studies: We will be learning about wants versus needs and goods and services.

Homework: Make sure your child is reading and working on sight words for at least twenty minutes each night.

Reading at home:

Please have your student read online on their Razkids account twenty minutes each night!

Reminders:

· Friday, April 19th NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS!!

· April 24th Field Trip Forms Due!!

· April 30th Field Trip to the Como Zoo!

· April 30th Raffle Basket Items Due!!

Please send in items for our May Madness Raffle!

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns! Email is the best way to communicate.

Laura Fowell
First Grade Teacher
Contact info:
[email protected] 
763-777-8942 ext:8810

April 8-12

Look at the Week April 8th

Hello first grade families!

Math:

This week we will continue unit eight. In unit eight we will learn more about fractions of shapes. This week we will find and fill in missing numbers on a number grid.

Homework:

We will have math homework activity every night.

Language Arts

Reading:

This week we will continue unit eight. In unit eight we are researching the sky. We will work on cause and effect of storms and explore the eclipse.

Language and Writing Skills: This week we will categorize different objects in to like and unlike categories. We will write cause and effect sentences.

Spelling/Phonics:

We will be making and reading “UR” controlled R words.

We will take a spelling and reading assessment on Friday.

Homework: Make sure your child is reading and working on sight words for at least twenty minutes each night.

Reading at home:

Please have your student read online on their Razkids account twenty minutes each night!

To use student account login to: https://www.kidsa-z.com/main/Login

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns! Email is the best way to communicate.

Laura Fowell
First Grade Teacher
Contact info:
[email protected]  
763-777-8942 ext:8810

April 1-5

Look at the Week April 1st

Hello first grade families! I hope you had a great spring break!

Math:

This week we will begin unit eight. In unit eight we will learn about geometry. This week we will build shapes and talk about defining attributes. We will learn about halves and fourths of shapes.

Homework:

We will have math homework activity every night.

Language Arts

Reading:

This week we will continue unit eight. In unit eight we are researching the sky.

Language and Writing Skills: This week we will learn about adjectives and continue working on pronouns. We will write describing sentences with adjectives!

Spelling/Phonics:

We will be making and reading "or" words. This week’s spelling words are; order, orbit, story, storm, roar, soar, more, store, floor, snore and the bonus word is pour.

We will take a spelling and reading assessment on Friday.

Homework: Make sure your child is reading and working on sight words for at least twenty minutes each night.

Reading at home:

Please have your student read online on their Razkids account twenty minutes each night!

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns! Email is the best way to communicate.

Laura Fowell
First Grade Teacher
Contact info:
[email protected]  
763-777-8942 ext:8810

March 18-22

Look at the Week March 18th

Hello first grade families! It is Spartan Spirit Week!!

Monday: Hoodie Day

Tuesday: Pajama Day

Wednesday: School Color Day (red, black, gray, white)

Thursday: Jersey Day

Friday: Hat Day

Math:

This week we will complete and take the unit assessment for unit seven.

Homework:

We will have math homework activity every night.

Language Arts

Reading:

This week we will begin unit eight. In unit eight we will research how to observe the sky.

Language and Writing Skills: This week we will learn about pronouns. We will write sentences focusing on pronouns.

Spelling/Phonics:

We will be making and reading ar words. This week’s spelling words are; are, arch, art, dark, bark, smart, garden, star, scar, guitar, and the bonus word is start.

We will take a spelling and reading assessment on Friday.

Homework: Make sure your child is reading and working on sight words for at least twenty minutes each night.

Reading at home:

Please have your student read online on their Razkids account twenty minutes each night!

Reminders:

Monday: Hoodie Day

Tuesday: Pajama Day

Wednesday: School Color Day (red, black, gray, white)

Thursday: Jersey Day

Friday: Hat Day

March 25-29th Spring Break- No School

Students will come home with a spring break packet to complete over spring break. The packet is due April 1st. Please make sure your child is reading and working on sight words everyday over spring break!!!

Let's keep the momentum of learning and reading as we near the end of 1st grade and be extra ready for 2nd grade!  And a huge THANK YOU to all you parents that have worked so hard this year to help your child succeed in 1st grade!

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns! Email is the best way to communicate.

Laura Fowell
First Grade Teacher
Contact info:
[email protected] 
763-777-8942 ext:8810

March 11-15

Look at the Week March 11th

Hello first grade families! Week one of trimester three!

Math:

This week we will continue unit seven. In unit 7 we will be learning about subtraction strategies and attributes of shapes. This week we will have a subtraction quiz.

Homework:

We will have math homework activity every night.

Language Arts

Reading:

This week we will finish unit seven, learning about the past, present and future.

Language and Writing Skills: This week we will write stories about things that have happened in the past.

Spelling/Phonics:

We will be making and reading long vowel i words. This week spelling words are; high, night, bright, buy, guy, cry, lie, tie, idea, item and Bonus word (pie).

We will take a spelling and reading assessment on Friday.

Homework: Make sure your child is reading and working on sight words for at least twenty minutes each night.

Reading at home:

Please have your student read online on their Razkids account twenty minutes each night!  If you need any paper books for you child to read, please let me know!  If you child returns the book log complete with parent signature, they can pick out a prize from our prize box. :)

Reminder:

Week of March 11th tri two report cards will be sent home with students.

March 25-29th Spring Break- No School

 

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns! Email is the best way to communicate.

Laura Fowell
First Grade Teacher
Contact info:
[email protected]  
763-777-8942 ext:8810

March 4th-8th

Look at the Week March 4th

Hello first grade families!

Math:

This week we will continue unit seven. In unit 7 we will be learning about subtraction strategies and attributes of shapes.

Homework:

We will have math homework activity every night. Homework is mandatory and will be graded. Please make sure your student is completing their math homework nightly.

Language Arts

Reading:

This week we will continue unit seven, learning about the past, present and future.

Language and Writing Skills: This week we will write sentences about things that have happen in the past.

Spelling/Phonics:

We will be making and reading long vowel E words. The spelling words this week are:  easy, each, even, equal, field, thief, sleep, teeth, monkey, happy, and the bonus word is chief.

We will take a spelling and reading assessment on and Thursday.

Homework: Make sure your child is reading and working on sight words for at least twenty minutes each night.

Reading at home:

Please have your student read online on their Razkids account twenty minutes each night!

Reminder:

This FRIDAY, March 8th No School-End of trimester Grading Day

Have a great week.

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns! Email is the best way to communicate.

Laura Fowell
First Grade Teacher
Contact info:
[email protected]  
763-777-8942 ext:8810

Feb 26th-March 1

Look at the Week February 26th

Hello first grade families!

Math:

This week we begin unit seven. In unit 7 we will be learning about subtraction strategies and attributes of shapes.

Homework:

We will have math homework activity every night. Homework is mandatory and will be graded. Please make sure your student is completing their math homework nightly.

Language Arts

Reading:

This week we will begin unit seven. In unit seven we will be learning about the past, present and future.

Language and Writing Skills: This week we will write sentences about things that have happen in the past.

Spelling/Phonics:

We will be making and reading long vowel o, oa, ow, & oe, team words. This week spelling words are; old, mold, cold, scold, grow, snow, road, coat, no, & go.

We will take a spelling and reading assessment on Friday.

Homework: Make sure your child is reading and working on sight words for at least twenty minutes each night.

Reading at home:

Please have your student read online on their Razkids account twenty minutes each night!  All students should have a reading log that they are filling in to bring back to school.  Once it is complete, your child can bring it back for a prize from our prize box!!

Dates to remember:

FRIDAY, March 8th- NO SCHOOL

THURSDAY, March 14th- 1st/2nd grade Music Program

FRIDAY, March 22nd- Hat day

March 25th-29th- SPRING BREAK!

Have a great week!

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns! Email is the best way to communicate.

Laura Fowell
First Grade Teacher
Contact info:
[email protected]  
763-777-8942 ext:8810

Feb 20-23

Look at the Week February 19th

Hello first grade families!

Math:

This week we complete continue unit six. We will be taking our unit 6 math test on Wed and Thursday.

Homework:

We will have math homework activity every night. Homework is mandatory and will be graded. Please make sure your student is completing their math homework nightly.

Language Arts

Reading:

This week we will be reading fiction stories and talk about the lesson the story teaches us.

Language and Writing Skills: This week we will write sentences using commas in a series. A quiz on this skill will be given.

Spelling/Phonics:

We will be making and reading variant vowel team words. This week spelling words are; coin, oil, clown, crowd, draw, saw, mouth, mound, & chief.

We will take a spelling and reading assessment on Friday.

Homework: Make sure your child is reading and working on sight words for at least twenty minutes each night.

Reading at home:

Please have your student read online on their Razkids account twenty minutes each night!

Upcoming events:

TUESDAY, Feb. 20, World Culture Fair

Help us celebrate diversity at Athlos! The World Fair will take place on Tuesday, February 20th from 4:30-6:15pm. Families can come to school and travel around the world learning about a different country in each classroom!

FRIDAY, Feb. 23, Red, White, and Blue Day

FRIDAY, March 8th NO SCHOOL 

Have a great week!

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns! Email is the best way to communicate.

Laura Fowell
First Grade Teacher
Contact info:
[email protected]  
763-777-8942 ext:8810

 

Feb 12-16

Look at the Week February 12th

Hello first grade families!

Thanks so much for meeting me at conferences!!  YOU are your child's HERO! Thanks for all you hard work to help them succeed in 1st grade and beyond!

Math:

This week we will continue unit six. In unit six we will be learning about telling time, adding two-digit numbers in story problems, and place value. We will also review fact families and partners of ten. This week we will work on adding 2-digit numbers and review telling time to the hour and half hour.

Homework:

We will have math homework activity every night. Homework is mandatory and will be graded. Please make sure your student is completing their math homework nightly.

Language Arts

Reading:

This week we will be reading fiction stories and talk about the lesson the story teaches us.

Language Skills: This week we will learn about commas in a series.

Writing: We will write an option paragraph of our favorite book!

Spelling/Phonics:

We will be making and reading long vowel words. This week spelling words are; cutie, lie, real, leaf, drain, grain, soak, coat, keep, & meet.

We will take a spelling test on Friday.

Homework: Make sure your child is reading and working on sight words for at least twenty minutes each night.

Reading at home:

Please have your student read online on their Razkids account twenty minutes each nightly

Upcoming events:

Feb. 14, Flower Delivery and Classroom Friendship party. Wednesday will be a PINK and RED Free Dress Day for all students!

Friendship party: Feel free to send cards, small toys or treats with your student on Wednesday, for our friendship party. We have 15 students and 1 teacher in the classroom. Please do not have your child put each student name on the cards. Just have your student write that it is from them by signing their name on the cards they will pass out to their classmates. Thanks!

Feb. 19, No School

Feb. 20, World Culture Fair

Feb. 23, Red, White, and Blue Day

 

Have a great week!

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns! Email is the best way to communicate.

Laura Fowell
Room 230
First Grade Teacher
Contact info:
[email protected]  
763-777-8942 ext:8810