Capital Campaign

Dear Parents,

We are so fortunate to have a Foundation here at East Side. As you may know, the Capital Campaign fundraiser is happening now!

The Foundation gives us the ability to request materials and trainings to make East Side Elementary THE place to teach and learn! The first grade team would like you to know how much we appreciate your donations and support. Your generosity makes all the difference!

What has the Foundation already funded? Here are a few!

*       First graders have personal dry erase boards, Ozobots for coding activities, QuickWord resource books for writing, and educational apps for iPads.

*       Our teachers have received amazing trainings including: Orton-Gillingham, Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop, and Greg Tang Math.

*       The Foundation funds two collaboration days during the school year for grade levels to plan instruction.

*       Our students love the Maker Space which is funded by the Foundation!

*       Flexible seating in the media center that allows for students to work in different spaces.

Click to access the Foundation website for more information and to make a donation! The Foundation is asking each family for a donation of $75 per child; however, any donation amount gets us towards our goal.

As a bonus, the Foundation is even offering class rewards for participation rates. Oooh la la! J

Thank you,

             The First Grade Team

Wear Red, White, and Blue on Monday!

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Monday, September 17th,  first grade will be celebrating Constitution day and would love for your child to wear red, white, and blue as we learn more about this important document for our country. Thank you!

Bring your stuffed animal to school on Monday!

Your children have built up their reading stamina to 15 minutes! That means they can read without stopping or getting too tired. Encourage and celebrate this with your student this weekend . As a reward for reaching this goal as a class they are welcome to bring their favorite stuffed animal to read to on Monday. Their stuffed animal must fit into their book bag.

Meteorologist visit

Fox 5’s Ryan Beasley came to speak to us about the weather today! He told us all about his job and what he has to do so that he can report the weather on the news. Wow! There is much more to it than what we see. Ask you child about the visit and what they learned! They may even share our class pictures from first grade on the news! I will inform you of when that may be as soon as we find out!

Extra Supplies

Our first full week of school was a success! We are all settling into our new routines and schedule, getting to know one another better.

There were a few extra supplies I ask for in first grade. If you have not sent them in to school, please do so over the next few days. These supplies help us so much throughout the year. Thank you so much!

Mrs. Bicking’s Extra Supplies:

1  Pocket Folder – Picture/design on the outside Ex. Animal, cartoon, or sports team etc.

1  Mead Five Star 5½ x 3½ College Ruled Notebook $1.99 at Target or Wal-Mart (for sight words)

1.5 inch binder with clear plastic view on the front (you pick the color)

1 pair of earbuds or small headphones (please label with your child’s name)

Paper Towels


Antibacterial Cleaning Wipes (Clorox or Lysol)

First day of school

Our school year is off to a great start! Today was an awesome day of meeting new friends, learning each others’ names, and our classroom. Everyone had a great day and is excited to do more and learn more in first grade. We are going to have an amazing year!

First Day of School

Hi Parents!

It was so good to meet you our children yesterday. I cannot wait until tomorrow, it is going to be a WONDERFUL first day of school! 

A few things:

1. We have PE tomorrow so please make sure your child is wearing the appropriate shoes for PE. 

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2. Please have your child bring a healthy snack to eat later in the day. We will eat our snack at 12:40pm, our recess time.

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3. Your child may bring a water bottle to drink throughout the day. PLEASE LABEL IT WITH YOUR CHILD’S NAME. 

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Thank you for your help and partnership, we are all going have a GREAT year together!

Mrs. Bicking 🙂

Welcome to 1st grade!

Hello and welcome back! I am looking forward to meeting all my new OWLS and their parents at Meet and Greet on Monday, July 30th from 12:30-2:00 in your new classroom, Room 119! Please check out 1st grades’ school supply list (as well as the added supplies for our class) on this page. You are welcome to bring them with you to Meet and Greet. See you soon!

Mrs. Bicking 🙂

Owl Themed Welcome Back Printable (Freebie!)