Mrs. Kluz
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Welcome to Mrs. Kluz's class! 
My name is Beth Kluz and I am beginning my sixteenth year of teaching here at Essex Elementary School. I bring into my classroom a passion for teaching and learning as well as the belief that all children can succeed. I am excited to have your child as a member of my class and am looking forward to the year ahead. Welcome to First Grade!

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October News


Dear Parents,

   Meeting all of you at Curriculum Night was a pleasure and we look forward to seeing you again during the October conferences. Parent-Teacher Conferences will be on October 18th and 19th. Please remember that conference days are single session days with dismissal at 1:00 pm. Students will have lunch at school.

   Homework in Grade 1 will begin this month! Children will be bringing home a Home/School Reading bag with books at their “just right” reading level.  Please remember that the books being brought home are “Just Right Books” - books your child should read with ease.  They are meant to increase confidence, provide an opportunity for independent practice of the reading strategies they are learning in school, as well as build fluency.  Later this school year, students will begin bringing home math homework.  Further information will be provided when that time comes.

As we continue to build phonemic awareness skills using the Fundations program, students will be working on sound manipulations as well as blending, reading, segmenting and spelling short vowel words.  Students will also focus on adding capitalization and punctuation to their writing and we will establish proofreading procedures for independent use in their writing.

In math, students will focus on building confidence with effective and efficient strategies for adding and subtracting single-digit numbers.  They will utilize dice and dominoes to become better at subitizing numbers (the ability to recognize the quantity represented in a set without having to count each individual object in the set).  They will utilize strategies to help them solve problems, such as, counting on, combining small groups of numbers within larger numbers, building from known facts, using double facts to solve other addition problems and counting by 5’s and 10’s.  The students will also begin to take a close look at various fact families.  

In social studies this month, students are learning about the Essex Elementary School Community, including all of its members, as well as the important role they play within it to make it so successful. Students will also continue their work with their “Zones of Regulation” and work with the school promise discussing how they can be responsible, respectful, prepared, safe, and kind each day.  

Another focus this year will be to increase the students’ ability to build their Critical Thinking and Creative Problem Solving skills.  Throughout various lessons and interactions the students will be encouraged to identify problems, come up with various solutions, carry out some of their ideas, and then think critically back on the process.  We’ll keep you posted!


        The Grade One Team

October Highlights

October 8 - No School (Professional Development)

October 10 - Fire Prevention Program

October 11- Cultural Arts Performance

October 14 - Harvest Festival 12:00-4:00pm at EES

October 18 & 19– Parent Teacher Conferences (1:00 dismissal)

October 18 & 19 - PTO Book Fair

October 31- Halloween Parade at 2:00 PM