Since I was not at school on Thursday or Friday weekly behavior sheets were not sent home.  This Monday there will not be a homework packet coming home. I did not have time to get one ready and a break is good every once in a while 🙂

Don’t forget to discuss with your 1st grader what they will write about in their journal on Monday.  Also, if you have an Ozobot or STEM kit please send them back on Monday!


Lost books

Please make sure books that come home in folders are sent back by Friday.  We are missing quite a few books, please check at home for any of our books…thanks!

We had a great few days working on  our “Magnocar Challenge”.  Ask your first grader about it!  You can see their car designs on SeeSaw!

Scholastic book orders for March are due on the 11th 🙂

A message from the computer lab…

Ms. Alter, our computer lab instructor, asks that students practice their typing skills.  Please practice typing for 10 minutes a day for 5 days a week.  For 1st grade, students, she recommends Dancemat, a free typing lesson tutorial.  Students need to learn how to use all 10 fingers when typing.  If students practice incorrectly, it only creates a bad habit.   To help our older students against this bad habit,she suggests using a towel over your hands.  We try this is skill with grades 2nd and above, but some 1st graders enjoy this challenge.  For these older students in the lab, students have skins over our keyboard when they practice typing.  Dancemat is self-explanatory and the program tells you what you need to do.  Once they have completed the lessons in this way to learn the keyboard and proper finger placement.  Then they should do the lessons again and this time focus on the speed recommended by the program. You can find Dancemat and other typing tutorials on our computer lab webpage at http://www.eastsidetechnology.org/?page_id=28.  Thanks for your help.


Week of March 5

We had a great day celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday on Friday!  Our day was packed with activities and problem solving.  Pictures from our day will be on Shutterfly soon…

Monday (March 5th) is our 1st grade music performance at 6:00 pm in the cafeteria.  Students need to be in our classroom (in our class t-shirt) no later than 5:45.  When you face the stage, we will be standing on the risers to the right, closest to the stage.  Hope this helps when picking your seat 🙂  After the performance, one family member needs to claim your first grader from the stage area.  Thanks!

Friday will be a school wide STEM day!  If your child has an East Side STEM shirt please make sure they wear it on Friday. We are working hard as a school to be STEM certified. On Friday we will have visitors from the county here to give us feedback on how we are doing! 

Some of our math standards can be tricky for grown ups to understand 🙂 Please see how you can support your first grader with our standard of solving for the unknown in the math section of my website.  I have posted an explanation of this standard and what we talk about in class to help us solve.  Hope this helps!

Week of February 26

I hope everyone enjoyed the week off!  I can’t wait  to hear all about everyone’s adventures.  Please help your child think about what they will write about in  their Monday journal about their week off 🙂 Please make sure folders are emptied before sending back on Monday 🙂

On Wednesday we are going to Xdrenaline for a STEM project and jumping time. Please make sure your first grader wears our class t-shirt. Also, please send in a snack that they can eat before we leave. We will not be eating lunch until we return around noon.

Friday is Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss’s birthday.  We have a lot of Seuss fun  planned!  If your child has a favorite Dr. Seuss book please send it in!

Looking forward to seeing everyone on Monday!

Thank you!!!!!

Thank you all so very much for a wonderful Teacher Appreciation Week! My lunch on Tuesday was delicious and I was overwhelmed by your generosity when I received my basket of goodies on Friday. Thank you all for making my week so special! The PTA did a fabulous job all week going above and beyond for us with breakfast, snack cart and luncheon. Thank you! Thank you!

We are still in need of some volunteer for next Friday’s Lewis and Clark adventure in the media center.  Please consider helping  us out!  Thanks!

Last Thursday a permission form came home for our first field trip.  We are going to Xdrenaline for a STEM activity and some jumping time. Please make sure you go online  and fill out the waiver form. Please return permission forms with payments this week.  Thanks!

Dates to remember

Student Council will be selling Valentine’s Day candy grams Monday, February 12th to Wednesday, February 14th from 7:20-8:00 in the cafeteria. Each candy gram is $1.00 and can be sent to friends, family, or teachers. Please make sure your child knows the first/last name of who they are sending the candy gram to as well as their homeroom teacher. Thank you for supporting East Side’s Student Council!

We will be celebrating National School Counselor Week (February 12th – 16th), by having counselor-themed dress up days.  Our National theme for this year is “School Counselors: Helping Students Reach for the Stars.”  The days/themes are as follows:

Monday (12th) Dress like your favorite movie star

Tuesday (13th) Dress like your favorite super career attire

Wednesday (14th) Dress in your favorite super color

Thursday (15th) Dress in your favorite super sports attire

Friday (16th) Wear your favorite super star ES eagle t-shirt/class shirt

Please encourage your child to participate in this fun-filled, exciting week in celebrating our school counselors.

Mark your calendar for Monday March 5th at 6pm for our 1st grade musical performance in the cafeteria.

Week of February 5

Here is what we have going on this week:

  • On Wednesday we are celebrating Global Day of Play (weather permitting) out on the front playground.  All of the first graders will be celebrating with an hour of unstructured play time!  Please wear your class shirt.
  • Thursday we will be learning from author, Jane O’Connor.  She is the author of the Fancy Nancy series.  For this special event your child may dress “fancy” if they want!  Oo-la-la!

Next week is National School Counselor Week. Information came home today regarding special dress up days for next week.

On February 16th we have a fun Lewis and Clark themed activity in the media center planned. We need 4 parent volunteers from 9-10 please sign up on Shutterfly if you can help!  Thanks!

If your child is participating in the Six Flags Read to Succeed program, the form is due back at school by next week.  I cannot accept late forms.

Have a great week!

Week of January 29th

Folders are jam packed today!  Please make sure you look at everything inside.  There is information about picture day, which is this Thursday. Pictures are pre-pay this time around so be sure to send that in if you want to buy pictures.

There are directions for making a Valentine’s Day mailbox.  Please follow the directions and only use a cereal box (or similar rectangular box). Your child does not have to give out Valentine’s but please have them make a box because they will receive Valentines. 🙂

Scholastic book order forms were sent home last week.  If you would like to order any books please place your order by this Friday, February 2nd. Thanks!

Have a great week!