Hawthorne Elementary School

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Beth Allaire

The Hawk Squawk

Here is a link to the Hawk Squawk, a Hawthorne newspaper produced by some fifth grade students and Mr. Hobbs.  Copy and paste this link to enjoy!





Welcome To First Grade in Room 112!

Welcome to the 2017 - 2018 school year!  I am excited to be working with your child in first grade this year.  This is my 27th year teaching overall and my 24th year teaching first grade at Hawthorne Elementary.  My favorite part about teaching first grade is the incredible amount of growth I see within each child from the beginning of the year to the end.  Here's to a wonderful year of growing!

Weekly News

We are well into our third trimester already, and the first graders in Room 112 continue to work hard, have fun, and learn each day!  We have been and will continue to focus on getting ready for second grade each and every day!


These past few weeks, we have been working through our Poetry Unit during Reading Workshop.  We have learned so much about the literary tools that poets use to make their poems interesting to their readers...things like rhyme, repetition, alliteration, as well as onomatopoeia!  We have focused on a poet's precise word choice, helping the reader to see, hear, taste, touch and smell things within a poem.  We practiced visualizing poems as well!  By asking questions and making connections, we learned that we can figure out the mood of a poem.  We have been very busy learning all about poetry and will continue to do so throughout the upcoming weeks. 


In math, we just completed the lessons in Module 4 and reviewed for our upcoming assessment.  These last several lessons have taught us many ways to solve addition problems with 2 digit addends.  We will take the end of Module 4 assessment this week and it will come home for you to see soon after.   The assessment will cover place value, and using what we know about place value to add and subtract tens and ones.  After the assessment, we will move along to Module 6.


In Science, we have been busy creating our animal habitat books.  Your child created one animal that lives in each of the habitats we studied (ocean, arctic, desert, & rain forest).  We then added a page for Mysty, our mystery animal.  Mysty is a fennec fox who lives in the desert.  We had fun learning about animal habitats with the help of Mysty and our Magic School Bus book!  To end our study of animals, we learned about endangered and extinct animals as well.  We discussed dinosaurs along with some of the theories behind their extinction. 



Reminders...Wednesday, April 25th is a late start day.  Please plan accordingly!


...Hawthorne's Celebration of Learning Night (BRAG Night) is coming up on Thursday, April 26th from 5:30 - 7:00.  Refer to the reminder note that came home last week with your child.


...If you have not come in to be a Guest Reader yet this year, I only have two slots left...May 14th and May 21st from 2:35 - 2:55.  Send me a note or email if you would like to come in to read to your child's class before the end of first grade!


...It is a good idea to pack an extra outfit in a bag in your child's backpack in case of a spill or accident here at school.


...All homework your child does needs to be checked by an adult. I would really appreciate your help with this.


...PLEASE get your child to school by 8:05 every morning, so he/she can line up on the back playground with classmates and walk into the building at 8:10.  Children arriving late really creates distractions and unnecessary morning chaos for us all.


Enjoy this crazy weather...why do we all live here again?!  


Beth Allaire

Room 112's Good Choices

1.  Keep your hands, feet and objects to yourself.

2.  Listen with your eyes, ears, and still hands.

3.  Raise your hand during class discussions and quiet work time.

4.  Do your best printing, coloring, cutting, and gluing.

5.  Walk from place to place in our classroom.

6.  Follow directions the first time they are given.

Specials Schedule

Monday - Music

Tuesday - Art

Wednesday - P.E.

Thursday -  None

Friday - P.E. & Music & Library Check-Out

Class Size

We have 23 kids in our class -  12 boys and  11 girls.

Keep Practicing...

  • counting by 1s, 5s, and 10s to 110
  • counting by 2s to 20
  • counting backwards from 25
  • making and counting tallies
  • decoding unknown words in a book by sounding them out, using picture clues, and thinking about the meaning of the story
  • writing complete sentences with a capital letter, ending mark, and spaces between each word
  • reciting phone number and address from memory
  • sight word flash cards each night

Remember To...

*  practice tying shoes with your child

*  write a note if your child is going home for lunch

*  write a note if your child's after school routine changes

*  take mail out of red folder each night

*  check over your child's homework & help him/her make any corrections 

*  return homework the following day

*  read with your child each night

*  label all your child's personal items (coats, boots, lunchbox, snowpants,) with his/her name