Mrs. Emily Cirka



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Mrs. Emily Cirka

Hello Room 17 Families!

Thank you everyone for coming to Parent-Teacher Conferences last week.  It was such a pleasure to sit and talk about your child's awesome growth!  Room 17 has some amazing families!

This week, ARES celebrates Red Ribbon Week!  On Monday, students can wear CRAZY socks, and on Wednesday, students wear RED!  There will be a special Red Ribbon Week Assembly on Wednesday, as well.  PE returns to Monday and Friday this week.

In Math, we will continue to work on subtraction as take-away, and we will look at subtraction as comparing numbers (finding the difference) and finding a missing part, as well.  Did your child tell you about our "Zombie Math" Escape Room last Friday?  It was super fun to see them so excited about solving problems!  

Most students have mastered or are making tremendous progress on their "Doubles" and "Friends on 10" facts!  Way to go!  Keep studying in short bursts with the flashcards until mastered.  Knowing these facts automatically really helps students over the long haul.  (I have taught 2nd and 3rd as well, so I have seen that the older kids who master their facts early on see math as fun, whereas the kids who still rely on their fingers struggle.)  Also, knowing addition facts makes our new subtraction unit easier, as students see the relationship between addition (2+3=5) and subtraction (5-2=3).    

In ELA, our phonics focus will be on ending consonant blends, and we will focus on nouns and verbs in Grammar.  

We will be doing a Spiders unit this week as well, integrating Science, Math, Writing, and Art!

Thank you to every family who signed up to help or donate items for our Halloween Rotations on Tuesday, October 29th!  Please send in all donations prior to October 25.  Many are already turned-in.  Thank you!  We have such wonderful families in Room 17!  There are still a few slots available, so please go to if you would like to donate or help! 

Looking ahead, 1st Grade will be doing a STEM Pumpkin Day on 10/31, so I have added just a few donation requests to the Room Mom's Shutterfly site (link above).

Have a wonderful week! 

Thank you,

Emily Cirka



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    Emily Cirka

    1st Grade- Room 17

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