Mrs. Kluz
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Welcome to Mrs. Kluz's class! 
My name is Beth Kluz and I am beginning my fifteenth 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!

Specials Rotation
A- Library
B- Music
D- Art, Spanish

October News pumpkin

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 19th and 20th. 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 be bringing home math homework as well and 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 efficient and effective 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 doubles facts to solve other addition problems and counting by 5’s and 10’s.  They 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. We are excited to be using the ipads during this unit to create iMovies of interviews with school staff members. Students will also be studying the school promise and learning how they can responsible, respectful, prepared, safe, and kind each day.