Sunday, October 21, 2018

Weekly Update October 22-26, 2018

Important information: Red Ribbon Week begins today. It runs from Oct. 22-31. The themes for each day are listed below. If your child is not participating in the daily theme, they must come in regular dress code.

There will be a pretest today so check the spelling notebook. We will be working on short “i” and “s” as a plural ending. There will also be a new list of high frequency words in the blue notebook for our story “A Fox and a Kit”.

Please make sure your child is reading to you for the book logs. It’s great practice for them. The entire log must be full in order for it to count. They may complete more than one log per month. If you need books, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

You will notice writings coming home, from your children, more regularly now. These are done “Kid Writing Style”. I want them to learn to love to write stories, real or make-believe. I don’t want them worrying about spelling. You will notice, sometimes, an underwriting of words by me, only if it’s a word that is difficult to figure out. As time goes on they will pick-up spelling rules that will then be expected to be used in their writings. You will be amazed if you keep these stories to compare their growth from the beginning of the year to the end. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.



Monday (Day 9): Computer class with Mr. Leibig; “Wear Super Hero T-shirt”

Tuesday (Day 10): Music class w/Mrs. Schwartz; “Wear Crazy Socks-Sock It to Drugs”

Wednesday (Day 1): Art class w/Mrs. Zink; “Wear NS Spirit shirt-Our School is Drug Free”

Thursday (Day 2): Keyboarding class with Mr. Leibig; “Wear Your Favorite Sports Team-Team Up Against Drugs”

Friday (Day 3): Gym class w/Mrs. Geidner “Wear Jeans-I’m a JEANious, I’m Drug Free”

Please check the Friday Folder for important papers to keep; then sign and date the front sheet of the folder. Send the folder back to class the next school day.

I hope you have a wonderful week!

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Weekly Update October 15-19, 2018

Important information: We will begin a new story this week. I will be sending the text book home on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. Please be sure to have your child read the 3 stories we have read in class. You may then add them to your child’s book log.

There will be a pretest today so check the spelling notebook. We will be working on short “o” and “s” as a plural ending. There will also be a new list of high frequency words in the blue notebook for our story “Big Blue Ox”.

Due to the pep rally and the excitement of Spirit Week, I again, forgot to send the reading strategies. I apologize. They are coming home today! They will include everything that we worked on during the month of September. It will be beneficial to use the same terms and phrases to reinforce their learning.

Please make sure your child is reading to you for the book logs. It’s great practice for them. The entire log must be full in order for it to count. They may complete more than one log per month. If you need books, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Book Fair Shopping for our class is during our scheduled library time. We will shop on Thursday as a class. If you send in money with your child, please be sure to mark how much they are to spend. Also, please be sure to include money for tax. They must charge tax on the items bought at the Book Fair.


Monday (Day 4): Computer class with Mr. Leibig

Tuesday (Day 5): Music class w/Mrs. Schwartz

Wednesday (Day 6): Art class w/Mrs. Zink

Thursday (Day 7): Library class with Mr. Demsko and Book Fair Shopping

Friday (Day 8): Gym class w/Mrs. Geidner

Please check the Friday Folder for important papers to keep; then sign and date the front sheet of the folder. Send the folder back to class the next school day.

I hope you have an enjoyable week!

Monday, October 8, 2018

Weekly Update October 8-12, 2018

Important information: This week we will have assessments in spelling: short i, and x, in comprehension on “Pig in a Wig” and a pre-test in math, for unit 2, which is adding and subtracting.

The September reading strategies will be in this week’s Friday Folder. We had to review a few strategies last week. I didn’t want to send them home until I was sure they could explain most of them to you. Some children are still acquiring them but the majority is on track.

Please make sure your child is reading to you for the book logs. It’s great practice for them. The entire log must be full in order for it to count. They may complete more than one log per month. If you need books, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Our class has been doing a fantastic job with “Sparty” Rules and class Dojo! I’m so proud of their hard work in accomplishing our daily goals of Safety, Participation, Acting Respectfully, Team work and being the best “You” each day.

This week is “Spirit Week”. Check us out on class Dojo so you will be able to see just how much spirit our class has!



Monday (Day ): No school, teacher in-service day.

Tuesday (Day 10): Music class w/Mrs. Schwartz “Decades Day!”

Wednesday (Day 1): Art class w/Mrs. Zink “Favorite Cartoon Character!”

Thursday (Day 2): Keyboarding class w/Mr. Leibig “Cruise Ship All Aboard; dress as a captain of ship, a wacky tourist or a waiter at the buffet!”

Friday (Day 3): Gym class w/Mrs. Geidner “Spartan Pride; a free dress down day (jeans or sweats) with a Spartan shirt! We will have a district wide pep rally in the elementary school gymnasium!

Please check the Friday Folder for important papers to keep; then sign and date the front sheet of the folder. Send the folder back to class the next school day.

Enjoy your week! Let’s Go Spartans!!!

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Weekly Update October 1-5, 2018

Important information: We will begin a new story this week. There will be a pretest today so check the spelling notebook. We will be working on short “i” and “x”. There will also be a new list of high frequency words in the blue notebook.

Reading strategies and phonetic rules will be coming home in the Friday Folder this week. They will include everything that we worked on during the month of September. It will be beneficial to use the same terms and phrases to reinforce their learning.

I will be doing a special science unit during October where I will need some parent volunteers. You must have your clearances on file in the office to be permitted in the classroom to help us with the projects. They will be on Fridays in October and will be scheduled for the afternoon. Please send me a note if you’re interested and then I will give you the details. We will not have one this week due to the early dismissal.

We will have a math assessment this week on graphing, number lines, greater and less than, and tally marks.

Please make sure your child is reading to you for the book logs. It’s great practice for them. The entire log must be full in order for it to count. They may complete more than one log per month. If you need books, please don’t hesitate to contact me.


Monday (Day 5): Music class w/Mrs. Schwartz

Tuesday (Day 6): Art class w/Mrs. Zink

Wednesday (Day 7): Library class with Mr. Demsko

Thursday (Day 8): Gym class w/Mrs. Geidner

Friday (Day 9): Computer class with Mr. Leibig *Early dismissal!!! No school Monday!!!!

Please check the Friday Folder for important papers to keep; then sign and date the front sheet of the folder. Send the folder back to class the next school day.

I hope you have a fantastic week!

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Weekly Update Sept.24-28, 2018

Important information:
We have been doing a great job with our reading strategies and building stamina! The end of this week, we will be up to 20 minutes of focused work. Next week we begin our small group rotations! The children have also been doing a magnificent job following all the “SPARTY” school rules! Our class Dojo is filled with positive points! The class has received special treats from me every week of class so far! I’m very proud of them!

The green notebook that will come home on a Monday is the Spelling Notebook. Each new story will have a 10 word list. The words that are written in red, need to be written for homework each night until the test on Friday. If your child gets all of the words correct on the pre-test, they will not have to take the Friday test. The notebook will come home Monday for everyone so you will be able to see their performance. It will not come home the remainder of the week if your child scored 100 on the pre-test. (There will NOT be a new story this week. There will NOT be a new spelling list until next Monday, October 1st.)

The blue notebook will come home every night. It contains High Frequency Words that are being introduced for each new story. The words should never be spelled. The words should be practiced on flash cards or just by pointing and reading them. Most of the words will not be able to be “sounded-out”, so practice every night is crucial for mastery. The more they see it the better chance they have for remembering it. The words spiral through our text book and will reappear in each new story so it’s very important to maintain nightly practice. Your child will be assessed by reading the words to me at the end of each story.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me for any questions you may have regarding any of these school routines.

Monday (Day 10): Music class w/Mrs. Schwartz

Tuesday (Day 1): Art class w/Mrs. Zink

Wednesday (Day 2): Keyboarding class with Mr. Leibig

Thursday (Day 3): Gym class w/Mrs. Geidner

Friday (Day 4): Computer class with Mr. Leibig
Please check the Friday Folder for important papers to keep; then sign and date the front sheet of the folder. Send the folder back to class the next school day.

I hope you have a stress-free week!

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Weekly Update Sept.17-21, 2018

Important information: Your children may shop in the school store on Tuesday mornings. Anything they purchase I will be sure it goes home so you may see what they are buying.

We have been doing a great job with our reading strategies and building stamina! The end of this week, we will be up to 15 minutes of focused work. We are just about on our regular schedule for first grade. We are closing in our 20 min., soon we will be able to have successful independent and small group work.

Please be sure to check the T.H.F. nightly to remove any work that was completed that day.

Don’t hesitate to contact me if you need books for your child to read for the book log. They will be adding books this week in school while we are building stamina so keep the log in their T.H.F. on the return side. Don’t forget they must be reading to you for the book log.

This Friday is a paid dress down day. They must bring in a donation to participate in wearing jeans with their Spartan shirt. Otherwise they may wear a Spartan shirt with dress code bottoms. Please contact me if you have any questions.

Thank you to those parents who have sent in schedules for your children’s activities. I will send a note home, with your child, when I will be attending their game. The note will be on a Friday if the event happens on a weekend, or a day before if it occurs during the week. Thank you! I can’t wait to see them “do their thing.”


Monday (Day 5): Music class w/Mrs. Schwartz

Tuesday (Day 6): Art class w/Mrs. Zink

Wednesday (Day 7): Library class w/Mr. Demsko

Thursday (Day 8): Gym class w/Mrs. Geidner

Friday (Day 9): Computer class with Mr. Leibig
Please check the Friday Folder for important papers to keep; then sign and date the front sheet of the folder. Send the folder back to class the next school day.

I hope your week is fantastic!

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Weekly Update Sept.10-14, 2018

Important information: Your children may shop in the school store on Tuesday mornings. Anything they purchase I will be sure it goes home so you may see what they are buying.

They will also be shopping in my school store with their accumulated Do Jo points on Fridays. Their good behavior will earn the points and the reward is shopping for things like extra computer time, treasure chest items, Silly Stretch leader (which is Simon Says without the words) and my special helper for a day.

We have been doing a great job with our reading strategies and building stamina! The end of this week, we will be up to 10 minutes of focused work. We are beginning to add math strategies this week. We will be practicing using manipulatives that will help us in small groups and individual work; by the end of the month, we will be ready to move from teacher guided groups to individual work and small student groups to enhance our learning.

Don’t forget picture day is this Friday, Sept. 14th. Your child needs to be in school dress code. Every child will have their picture taken regardless if you are buying a package. The photos are used for the yearbook, unless you sent in the forms from the beginning of the year stating you didn’t want your child’s picture in the yearbook. Please contact me if you have any questions in this matter or anything else regarding our class.



Monday (Day 10): Music class w/Mrs. Schwartz

Tuesday (Day 1): Art class w/Mrs. Zink

Wednesday (Day 2): Keyboarding class w/Mr. Leibig

Thursday (Day 3): Gym class w/Mrs. Geidner

Friday (Day 4): Computer class with Mr. Leibig
Please check the Friday Folder for important papers to keep; then sign and date the front sheet of the folder. Send the folder back to class the next school day.

I hope you have a stress-free week!