Conference Week

I am looking forward to meeting with parents this week for our scheduled conference. Please be on time, many of my conferences are back to back with no extra time in between. If it is your time to start and the last conference is still going, please feel free to knock on the door to let us know time is up. 🙂

This whole week is early release. We will start dismissal at 12:20, buses are scheduled to leave by 12:30.

Our lunch time is 9:02-9:32 every day this week. 

If your child is staying for ASP please pack them a snack, I will make sure they eat before going to ASP. 

There are no clubs after school this week. Please make sure your child and I know how they are going home.


Susanne Smith

First Grade Economics

Thank you all for helping your first grader learn about economics this week. I appreciate everyone’s help with making sure students worked at home to earn some money for the Eagle’s Nest. We learned some important lessons about supply and demand, saving and spending, and making choices based on what we can afford. We had great conversations and your students already know a lot about being economic wise. The students were so proud of themselves for earning the money and having the power of choice. These are great life lessons and I hope they will continue at home throughout the years not just this week. The next time your child wants to get something at the Eagle’s Nest, have them earn the money! 🙂

Week of October 8th

Folders are jam packed with information today. Please check your child’s folder for important papers!

Xdrenaline field trip forms are due this week. Thank you to those who have already turned in. 

Thursday we will be shopping at the  Eagle’s Nest with the money we earned at home for doing chores. Several students have not turned this in. I would hate for someone  to miss out on shopping!  Please turn in before Thursday!

Please help your first grader be ready to write in their Monday journal each week. Review your weekend and ask your student what they will write about the night before or in the morning. Sometimes they just need a reminder from home about what they did over the weekend!

Don’t forget Thursday is an early release day. We do not eat lunch at our regular time. If you plan to join your first grader for lunch we eat at 9:02. If your child stays for ASP please pack a snack. I will allow ASP students time to eat a snack before heading up to ASP.

The Foundation Capital Campaign

Foundation Capital Campaign

The Foundation is one week into its Capital Campaign. Have you donated yet? They are requesting a minimum, tax-deductible donation of $75 per student. This year they have new classroom incentives based on donor participation. One of them is the first classroom to achieve 100% participation will be the first class to play on the new turf field being funded by the Foundation. Note that all donations received from May 1, 2018 through Oct. 12, 2018 are included in these incentives. Please visit their website to donate today and for more information about their incentive levels at

Thank you foundation!!!!

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



Pizza time!

We picked some fresh oregano and basil from the garden and  then  we  were off to make our pizza! We had so much fun making  and eating our pizza today. If your child didn’t eat all of it they brought the  rest home 🙂 There is also a recipe book so you can have fun making pizza at home. Thank you to everyone that helped us out today!

Welcome back! Week of October 1st

I hope everyone enjoyed the week off! I loved hearing about everyone’s adventures today 🙂

Today (Monday) we learned how to make pizza dough with our wonderful cafe manager, Kristin Cronk. Mrs. Clark stopped by and even lent us a helping hand! Thank you so much to our parent volunteers too, we couldn’t have done it without you!  Tomorrow we will top the pizza with homemade sauce and herbs from our garden…yum!

Tuesday is also vision and hearing screening for all first graders. You will be notified if there is a concern.

On Wednesday we will have an adventure in art! 

Please check folders! This week we are learning about economics and your child has a project to complete at home, the information was sent home Monday. 

If you would like to place a Scholastic book order this month please place the order by next Friday, Oct. 12th. 

Thank  you all for scheduling a conference for October.  Please email me if you need to change your appointment.

Have a great week!

Week of Sept. 17

We had a great day of learning about the Constitution today!

I will be sending home this week another copy of your child’s Raz-kids login and password information. Please use this resource at home for reading practice. Please show your child their password so that they can use this resource at school on our iPads.

Information about how to sign up for a fall conference will be emailed out this week. Please be on the lookout for this information.

Can your child tie their own shoes? Please practice at home if they can’t do it yet 🙂

Please go through your child’s folder daily and keep any work that is sent  home. When a new calendar for the month is sent home please place it in the fasteners for me. Thanks!

Have a great week!