Important Notes: Week 19

What a crazy week of weather!!  I loved hearing about your ice day activities from the kids: snowmobiling, forts, legos – so much fun!  It looks like we’re expecting another warm-up this week.  Our playground will likely be soggy – make sure to continue sending in those snow pants & boots.

January 16 – Marin Luther King Jr. Day

January 18 – Library Day

January 18 – Happy Half Birthday Luke!!!

January 19 – Marco’s Pizza Night

January 21 – Happy Birthday Taleah!!!

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!  If your child is eager to get to work on his/her valentines, I will be sending an e-mail later this week with our class list. :)

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Learning Update!!!


We spent time looking at different nonfiction books to see how nonfiction books work differently than fiction stories.  We noticed features that could help us to understand what we were reading better.

The kids have learned so much from our nonfiction books already and they just LOVE sharing what they learned with the class.


This week, we practiced our “Make a 10″ strategy using new green quilt cards. The cards are explained below:

The front side of our green cards shows an equation and the back side shows the answer along with the “Make a 10″ strategy. We wanted our first graders to try to “Make a 10″ before checking on the back side, so we taught them how to practice solving these equations using their fingers to represent the smaller partner. After borrowing from our fingers to make a ten, it was easy to find the teen total.

We ended the week studying our doubles facts. Many of our first graders know the first 5 doubles in a snap. The final 5 doubles were a little tougher.

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We will talk about how we can use what we know about doubles to help us solve other equations. We noticed that here is often a set of doubles that can be found hiding inside an equation. If we can find the hidden double, all we need to do is add one or subtract one to solve the equation.  For example:
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We will continue to work on our doubles facts, so our first graders can more easily use the Doubles +1 and Doubles -1 strategy. It would be wonderful if your child could practice their doubles facts at home too!! Practice makes permanent!!


This week, we worked on brainstorming a list of different things we can teach other people to do. To help the kids think of more ideas, we broke our ideas up into different categories: DO, MAKE, PLAY, or COOK.

Then, the kids got to try writing their own how-to teaching stories. We focused on sketching out a plan of the tools/materials that we need and then the steps of a beginning, middle, and end.

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Learning Update!!!


We are just getting started with a new writing unit: How To! We noticed this week that How To writing teaches us how to do something

 We then practiced writing a How To  as a whole class. We wrote How To wash your hands. As a class we thought of all the materials you would need and the steps in order. Before we wrote our steps, we drew a teaching picture for each step and then wrote our steps out.

We want to make sure that what we are writing about is something we know how to do before we start.  We need your help! This weekend, please brainstorm with your First Grader about some topics that they know how to do. Some ideas included might include…

-How to build a snowman

-How to jump rope

-How to play with your dog

-How to take care of your pet

-How to play tic, tac, toe

-How to brush your teeth

We will create a class list of ideas on Tuesday! I can’t wait to hear all the good ideas!


We spent some time this week reviewing our read to self routines. The kids fell right back into the swing of our workshop.  We began a new unit of study focused on nonfiction books. The kids are so excited to dig into this section of our classroom library.  They have found books about animals, planets, weather, people, vehicles, and much more.

We talked about how important it is to warm up to their book before trying to read. Nonficition books are filled with new vocabulary words and if we take the time to look through the pictures, we often have a general idea of what is going on and can make better guesses as we tackle new words.  Encourage your first grader to warm up to new books before they read the words!


We began new math learning this past week!!  Our Unit 4 in math will focus on tens and teen numbers, place value to 100, and strategies for adding larger numbers.  So far, we’ve practiced counting groups of tens.

We studied the teen numbers (11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19) and noticed that every teen number has a 10 hiding inside along with some extra ones.  We also represented teen numbers using a ten stick and circles, and wrote an equation to match our work.

Finally, we introduced our first graders to a new addition strategy called “Make a 10″.  For the equation, 9 + 4 = ___, we can “count on” to find the total of 13.  Since the total, 13, is a teen number (which has a 10 hiding inside) we helped our students notice that 9 + 4 = 10 + 3.  Both of these equations produce the total 13, but solving 10 + 3 is quicker and more accurate.

We will spend much of our math time next week working with this new strategy as it is still very new and fragile.

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Important Notes: Week 18

We had a great four days back at school last week despite the cold weather outside!!!  I was so impressed with the way that everyone in our class was helping each other, sharing with each other, and making mindful choices!!!  Here’s to another great week!!!

January 11 – Library Day

January 12 – PTC Meeting @ 6:30

January 13 – Spelling Assessment

January 13 – Early Release Day

Students are dismissed from school at 12:15.  (Sack lunches can be ordered through Food Service and will be sent home with your child.  Please make sure your child knows if he or she needs to order a sack lunch.)

We are only 6 stars away from our next class prize!!  A show & tell day may be in order later this week or early next week!  Stay tuned for more details.  The kids are excited!

Mrs. Stadt :)

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Important Notes: Week 17

Welcome back, first grade families!!  I hope that everyone had a wonderful break!!  I am looking forward to seeing your first grader’s smiling face tomorrow.  :) :) :)   I also can’t wait to hear about your favorite adventures over break and share some of the fun that our family had too.  We will be reviewing a lot of routines tomorrow, writing small moment stories about our break, switching our desk seats, and celebrating Breckin’s birthday too!!  Bring on the learning!!! :) :) :)

January 1 – Happy New Year!!!

January 1 – Happy Birthday Breckin!!!

January 2 – NO SCHOOL

January 3 – Welcome Back!!!

January 3 & 4 – Jet’s Pizza Nights

January 4 – Library Day

January 6 – Popcorn Day

A few reminders:

Library: Our check out day is on Wednesdays. Please help your first grader find his/her library book and make sure that it is returned to school. Right now, our class can check out any books from the picture book section or the nonfiction section of our library. These books are just for fun and can be read with your child.

Snacks: We eat snacks twice a day – one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Please send in two healthy snacks so that your child stays fueled for learning.  Don’t forget a water bottle too!

Recess: We go outside for a lunchtime recess every day unless it is raining or the “feels like” temperature is below zero degrees. Please send your child to school with boots, hats, gloves, snow pants, and coats every day. Even if there isn’t snow on the ground, spending 30 minutes outside can get really chilly.

Sweatshirts: Our classroom can be on the chilly side so if your child would like to bring a sweatshirt to keep in their locker or on the back of their chair, that would be no problem!

Transportation Changes: If your child will be leaving school a different way than normal or if your child will be leaving early for an appointment, be sure to send a note in his or her blue folder or call the office to let us know of the changes before 3:00 pm.

Thank you!

Rachel :)

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Important Notes: Week 16

What an amazing Holiday Program this past week!!!!  The kids sure did sparkle and shine up front.  A big thank you goes out to Mrs. Bretz and our first graders who practiced tirelessly to perform our wonderful songs!!!

December 19 – Library Day

December 19 – Writing Celebration: Take 2 :)

December 20 – Marco’s Pizza Night

December 21 – P.J. Day for all First Graders

December 19-21 – Holiday Fun Activities

Check the photo stream for picture updates this week!

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Learning Update!!!


This week, we took some time to review what the kids have learned since the beginning of first grade. We gave the kids an interim assessment that covers unit 1, 2, & 3. The kids have grown so much in their understanding of numbers, partners, and equations.

We will continue to move ahead with our next units of math that move into teen numbers and beyond (with equations and stories), but we plan to send home an overview of how each child performed on the interim assessment. Please look for that to come home and check to see if there are areas that your child might need to continue to get support. We will meet with any students who have not mastered any areas that were assessed and continue to practice with them. We appreciate any practice that you can do at home with your first grader. Thanks!


As we wrap up our unit focused on characters, we talked about how good readers are thinking while they read.  One of the ways that we think is by making connections to what is happening to our characters. As we read, we stopped to think, ‘Would I feel the same way, if that had happened to me?’ or ‘Do I know of any other characters, from different books, who have felt this way before?’ Connections help us to understand how characters feel and why they are acting the way they are acting in different parts of a story.

Next week, we will focus our attention on fluency.  The kids will practice rereading over and over again.  We will encourage the kids to scoop their words into longer phrases, paying attention to punctuation, using a storyteller voice, and showing our feelings through our voice and facial expressions!


This week, we continued to challenge the first graders to add all the parts of a good persuasive letter as they wrote each day. At the end of the week, we picked a few of their final letters to edit (to be a 5 star sentence) and revise (to make sure it has all the parts of a persuasive letter). Next week, we will celebrate the work that these kids have done in this unit and send off one final persuasive letter before break.  (We pushed our celebration date

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Snow Day – 12.12.16

Due to the poor driving conditions, school is closed MONDAY DECEMBER 12.

It’s a great day to sleep in (this will make your parents VERY HAPPY…and SANTA TOO.)

images-1After you’ve eaten breakfast and picked up your rooms, practice for the HOLIDAY PROGRAM! You’ll make Mrs. Bretz and everyone in your grade very proud.

It’s great packing snow, so I recommend that you head outside to build a snowman or two.

If you are missing school and learning, pick up a book and read. Or log onto MOBYMAX! Students who spend at least 30 minutes working online (Mobymax or RAZ-Kids) or reading a book enter a drawing for a $10.00 BARNES and NOBLE GIFT CARD – one per grade.

ONLINE learning record for reading minutes

Students have until 7 pm tonight to participate.

Most importantly, stay warm…sing…and have fun!

Mrs. Reagan

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Important Notes: Week 15

What a snowy weekend!!  I hope your family had lots of fun playing, building, and sledding outside.  Thank you sending in all your child’s winter gear this past week.  The kids were experts at putting on their snow clothes.  We’ve been trying our best to carefully put everything away in our lockers.  If a hat or gloves end up missing, please let me know, and we will make sure to check for them here at school.

December 5-16 – Candy Cane Sale

December 11 – Happy Birthday Faith!!!

December 13 – Dress Rehearsal @ Fair Haven Church

We will ride over on busses in the late morning to practice for our program with all the first graders and second graders that will be performing with our class.

December 13 – Holiday Program @ 6:30

The first graders should arrive @ 6:15.  There will be signs showing you were to drop off your child.  Please see Mrs. Reagan’s post for more details!  Click here –> Holiday Program

December 14 – Library Day

December 16 – Writing Celebration

Our class will be decorating envelopes and mailing a persuasive letter.  Keep practicing your child’s home address as we will be writing these on the envelopes.

December 16 – Holiday Program DVD Forms Due

December 17 – Happy Birthday Jasper!!!

We are getting excited for some festive activities the week before Christmas.  We will be incorporating the holidays into every part of our curriculum and enjoying some fun games and creating some cute crafts too.  Be sure to check out our photo steam for pictures!

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