Parent Survey: 2016-2017

First Grade Families,

I know it’s only the last week of July, but I am so incredibly EXCITED to learn more about my new first graders!!!  In fact, I’ve already begun sprucing up our classroom library and changing around our classroom set-up!!

I would love your help to get ready for this upcoming year too!  Below I’ve included a link to a parent survey for you to fill out:

All About Your First Grader

All responses will be kept confidential and will help to prepare myself and our classroom for the first day of school.


Mrs. Stadt :)

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School Supplies: 2016-2017

Welcome to first grade!!!  I am so excited that your child will be learning and growing in Room 106 this year!!!Unknown

Thank you for stopping by our classroom blog!!!  This blog will be the place to check for information about special events, important dates, curriculum, assessments, pictures, and more throughout the year.  Take some time to explore all of the pages, posts, and links on our class blog this summer.  Please send me any e-mail if you have any questions as you explore.  I would be happy to help you out!!!

Now for some important information about SCHOOL SUPPLIES for next year!!  If you are eager to get this important shopping out of the way and catch all the good deals, here is a list of the supplies that your first grader will need this year.  I will provide most of the essentials, but we need some help!

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Here is a pdf copy of our list if you would like to print it out: School Supplies

Our four kiddos in their red, white, & blue.

Our four kiddos in their red, white, & blue.

Happy 4th oJuly!!! Enjoy that sunshine!!!

Mrs. Stadt  :)

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Open Library & Moby Max

First Grade Families,

We will have our second OPEN LIBRARY this Tuesday, June 28, from 10 am to 12 pm.  This is open to all students…new and old…grades K-5.

While attending, please feel free to take down your JOYFUL LEARNER PHOTO. I will be adding new photos next year…so you are welcome to take the 2015-16 photo from the board.

Also, it’s time to remind everyone to keep their brains engaged in learning over the summer.  I invite you to participate in MOBYMAX for 10-20 minutesper day (math fact fluency, reading and any other content that interests you).  Also, if you would like to track your reading over the summer, this counts too.  Simply log into this form once a week to tell me how many minutes per week you are reading.  Summer learning contest ends on August 20.

All students who participate in summer learning will be entered into a drawing for a AMAZON GIFT CARD.  These will be handed out during a pizza lunch with me!

Finally, Mrs. Vandenberg, our librarian, would love to have post photos of you reading over the summer.  If you have a photo of your reading during vacation, send her the photo at

Hope your summer is going well!

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Summer Learning!

First Grade Families,

Summer is about to be in full swing!!  As you settle into your summer routine, remember your student has access to the following activities all summer long…

(Click on the highlighted links for more details about each activity!)

1. Raz-Kids – Continue to read books, listen to stories, and take comprehension quizzes even during the summer!  I have updated your child’s level so it matches the books that are just right for him or her.  Of course, when you have finished one level, you can move right up to the next one!

Our teacher username is: rstadt0

2. Moby Max – This website offers a great way to practice skills taught during the school year.  Your child can take a placement test to find their just right level.  If you are unsure of your child’s login & password – just send me an e-mail.

3. Summer Library – Our school library is open every Tuesday from 10:00 until 12:00.  Find some “just right” books to read at home and chat with your past and future teachers too!

Keep up the great work reading at home for 20 minutes everyday!!!

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End of the year notes…

Our final week of the 2015-2016 school year is here!!!  I can still picture these cute little first graders on the first day of school.  It is hard to believe that 36 weeks of being nice, working hard and learning well have passed.  In celebration of all of our amazing journey this year, we will be enjoying fun activities each day this week.

June 6 – Meeting up with some Kindergarten friends

June 8 – Final Writing Celebration

Bring in a beach towel for the week!!

June 9 – Chalk, Bubble, Popsicle Day

Bring sunglasses AND wear sunscreen!

June 9 – Surprise Pizza Party Lunch

Shhhhhh! We haven’t told the first graders yet…

June 10 –  Last Day & Awards

Lunch will be served at school.  School is dismissed at 1:00 pm.

June 17 – Report Cards Mailed

*Information about your child’s second grade teacher will be on the top of the comments page. Class lists will not be posted due to confidentiality.

 It is going to be a great week!!!

Don’t forget to continue to send backpacks and blue folders right up until the last day of school.  Lots of goodies are still being sent home. Thank you!!!

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Bubble & Chalk Day!!

Every year, we look forward to celebrating the end of the year together outside with bubblessidewalk chalkpopsicles, and fun!  We are all stocked up on FUN, but…we would LOVE if you would add bubbles, LARGE bubble wands (Dollar Tree), popsicles, or sidewalk chalk to one of your shopping lists in the next few weeks.  We hold our celebration on the second to the last day of school (June 9), so if you are willing to help supply us, you can feel free to send in your goodies anytime before that day. 

Thanks so much!

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Week 33!


I hope you had time to relax and enjoy those you love.  I also wanted to share how thankful I am for all that you do each day to support your child as he/she grows in kindness, wisdom, and character.  We could not do what we do at school each day without your support, encouragement, and care!!  THANK YOU MOMS!!!

May 12 – Zoo Field Trip

May 13 – Library Day

This will be our final week to check out books for this school year.

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Week 32!

May 3 & 4 – Jet’s Pizza Night

May 6 – Library Day

May 6 – Popcorn Friday

May 6 – Body Safety Presentation

(make up from our fog delay – presented by the Children’s Advocacy Center)

Writing Update!

We have been working hard during writing the past couple weeks. First graders have been working on their teaching pages we looked at other nonfiction booked and noticed the different text features that authors often include in their nonfiction books. We are trying to use some of those features when we are writing our own books. Some of those features include: facts, labels, bolded words, How To’s, comparisons, diagrams, captions, text boxes, and fun facts.

Nonfiction books frequently have a conclusion at the end to summarize the big ideas.  We learned how to add a conclusion that shared how our topic is important/interesting and encouraged our reader to care about our topics the way we love our topics.

“One favorite winter drink after playing in the snow is hot chocolate with marshmallows. Now you know all about winter.”

In first grade, you get to play on the playground in the Ga-ga Ball Pit. I hope
 you get to play Ga-ga ball someday!”

We have been working on going back and checking all of our older All About books and making sure that each book has all of the features from our Anchor Chart.

First graders have been working hard and have been enjoying writing these nonfiction books!

Math Update!

We have been working on adding two 2-digit numbers together and solving it by drawing ten sticks and circles. We checked to see if we had enough circles left over to make a new ten.  If we did, we circled them into a group of ten.  Then we counted all our ten sticks and then our leftover ones to find the answer. In order to be accurate, we know that our tens and circles have to match our numbers and they must be lined up neatly, with five groups clearly showing, so it’s easy for us to ring a 10.

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Your first grader ​can use the strategy that he/she ​ feels the most comfortable​ with. Our goal is to be accurate and to understand that sometimes when we add two-digit numbers – we make a new ten!!!

Reading Update!

In Reader’s Workshop this past week we focused on becoming the character in the books we are reading. We found that we can use our voice, face, and body to help us act like the characters.

We practiced with some of our favorite books like Elephant and Piggie, Pigeon, and Arthur and DW. We will continue working on characters with some reader’s theater next week!

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Week 31

Looks like a beautiful week ahead and perfect weather for Mileage Club!

April 29 – Library Day

We are anticipating the arrival of some new classmates (caterpillars!) to go along with our science unit on life cycles and baby/adult attributes.

We spent a lot of time last week focused on Earth Day and reducing, reusing, and recycling. We had a lot of fun reading some books about Earth Day and doing some activities to go along with our books.

Math Update!

This past week our mathematicians studied measurement.  We discussed how in the old days before rulers were invented, people used to use their body parts to measure objects.  This kids couldn’t believe this was true and brought up a very big problem… our feet and fingers are different sizes!  We realized that when we use a common unit – like a paperclip – we all get the same results.  To test this theory, we used paperclips to measure various things in our math book and around the room.

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We also introduced the word “length” and talked about how to line up measurement tools properly to get the most accurate measurement.  We compared lengths of objects from shortest to longest and longest to shortest (1, 2, 3)

At the end of the week we took our Unit 7 assessment – our first graders did great!!!  Next week, we will start our last math unit on 2-digit addition!!

Reading Update!

We wrapped up our unit on learning from fiction and nonfiction books, this week.

We spent a few last days with our topic baggies working on fluency. We had each partner pick one book from their topic and practice reading with a storytelling voice (fiction) or a teacher voice (nonfiction). To do this, they first practice reading their section once to figure out the tricky words. Then, they went back to read carefully, paying close attention to punctuation and what is happening in the story. We got to read our section to our partners and show off our fluency skills.

The kids have loved working with their partners for the past month and learning about new topics every week.

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Week 30!

April 20 – Marco’s Pizza Night

April 20 – Georgetown Artist Reception Night

(Hudsonville City Hall @ 5:30)

Be sure to check out the AMAZING student artwork at the HPS Art Show.  The artwork is being showcased at the Hudsonville City Hall. The Georgetown artist reception is on April 20 from 5:30-7:30 pm.

April 22 – Earth Day!

April 22 – Library Day!

April 22 – Body Safety Presentation

(Presented by the Children’s Advocacy Center)

Math Update!

We learned that shapes can be divided into equal parts.  When a shape is broken into two equal parts we call these halves.  When a shape is broken into four equal parts we call these fourths.  It’s important to understand halves and fourths especially when we are trying to share something (like a pizza, cookie or granola bar) equally.

We continued to study shapes during our math time this week.  We started the week combining triangles, rectangles and squares to form new shapes.  We learned about: rhombuses, trapezoids, parallelograms, and hexagons.  We also found that we could combine and transpose our shapes to create patterns.

Later in the week we began exploring with 3-dimensional shapes! We touched on the following shapes…

We learned about the attributes of each of these shapes.  We also briefly discussed how these 3-D shapes compare to the 2-D shapes. For example: the 3-D sphere is just like a 2-D circle and the 3-D rectangular prism is just like a 2-D rectangle.  We combined different shapes together to create new shapes and also tried to break large shapes apart into smaller ones.

Writing Update!

This week during Writer’s Workshop we jumped right back into our nonfiction books. We began the week reviewing all that we’ve learned!  First we pick a topic that we are an expert in.  Then, we brainstorm five facts that we know about that topic.  We use teaching pictures (labels, captions, zoomed in details, and direction arrows) and add our fact and an extra detail on each page of our book.

This week we also discussed the importance of using headings on each page of our writing. A heading gives our audience an idea of what they are going to learn about on that page.

To end the week, we learned that we need an introduction to hook our readers into reading our books. We began our introduction with a question or an interesting fact, so our audience will want to keep on reading!

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Our first graders have loved using all of the facts they’ve learned about their fascinating topic during Reader’s Workshop to help them write new “All About” books during our writing time.  We can’t wait to explore more nonfiction text features next week!

Reading Update!

We jumped back into reading workshop this week by helping ourselves get ready to read new books by first asking what we already knew about our topic before reading. When we pulled out a new book, we asked ourselves, “What do I already know?” This helps get our mind ready to make connections to new ideas.  We spent time comparing the books in our ‘topic bags’ and really thinking about the facts we were learning.  They were able to find examples in multiple books that taught the same information, so they knew that fact must be true.  We were able to share with our partners about things we had learned. We also looked at what new vocabulary words we were learning about a topic.

As we are learning new information on our topics, we want to keep track of our thinking. Our books were filled with post it notes marking pages to show new learning and the kids had a blast sharing all this new information with the class.

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