Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Differentiating learning for your child

 Dear Parents,

As we work through what  hybrid learning looks like, 

we realize that not all work is differentiated for your

 student’s ability.  Here are some ways you can address this at home. 

Struggling learners

Advanced learners

*break up learning sessions into smaller time periods

*have students read the read aloud selection/poems to you

*give your student extra practice on needed skills such as letter ID and sight words or math concepts

*give your child more opportunities for deeper discussions of stories (sequencing, character motivation, and cause and effect)

*reread familiar text multiple times

*students can use the sight words to make up sentences, or they can put sight words in alphabetical order

*use math tools such as counters, pictures, and number lines to help with math concepts

*encourage your student to explain and defend their mathematical reasoning, or as the adult come up with similar math work and have your student critique your reasoning

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Virtual learning on Wednesdays

 September 9, 2020

Dear Parents,

Sorry for any confusion about the Wednesday virtual learning.  

Wednesdays are reserved for remote learning for all specials 

(Art, Music, PE, Guidance, and Computer). This is expected 

to begin next Wednesday the 16th.

We are still waiting for our devices to be shipped, 

so next Wednesday if you do not have a device at

home to be used we totally understand.  You can expect to 

start Wednesday specials later in September.

Also, until we receive our tablets, set them up, and teach the students how to access Google classroom, I will not be posting any remote lessons. I will be sending home the paper copies for students to work on, along with directions. Once we have the tablets and get them all set up and get the children prepared, I will begin posting remote lessons on our Google classroom.

Thank you

Monday, September 7, 2020

A couple of routine things

September 7, 2020

Happy Labor Day! I hope you are all enjoying some quality time with family before school starts this week. I just wanted to let you know about a couple of routine things that will hopefully help as you are getting ready for your child’s days at school.  We do have 1snack in our classroom. So if you could please send that in your child’s backpack each day for them, I know they would really appreciate that. Also, since we can’t use any of the water fountains at school I am going to ask each of my students to bring a water bottle to class with them. That way they can have access to fresh water throughout the school day. on the warm fall days I know your child will probably need to get lots of drinks! If you have any questions about these daily routines, please let me know. I can’t wait to meet the children this week!

Friday, September 4, 2020

Frequently asked questions about hybrid learning

 September 4, 2020

Dear Parents,

Here are a few answers to some recently asked questions to hybrid learning.

  1. When does my pod 1 child start school work?

Because pod 1 students are in school Monday and Thursday they will not begin school work until Thursday September 10th.  We would like a chance to work with your student in person before assigning at home work. 

  1. When will my child receive their tablet?

Tablets are scheduled to arrive the week of the 14th.  Once they get to the school the staff will need time to prepare them for your learner. Paper school work will come to begin hybrid learning on the 14th. Devices will not be used until a later date.  

  1. What is my home schedule going to look like?

Your first grader should not do more than 2 to 3 hours(some days it will be shorter) of school work while at home. This can be done at any time during your day.

HOWEVER….we will be sending a Google Form to your child’s email on their at home days.  Please help your child respond to this form by 9:00 each day they are home.  This is how we take attendance.  More info to follow on this topic :)

  1. Can my child bring toys to school?

No, they should not be bringing any extra stuff to school. Just their backpack (folder &  any work),water bottle, snack, and lunch if needed.

Please remember health guidelines and school protocol may change as time goes on. We will do our best to keep you informed of any changes. 

Thank you for your continued support and flexibility.

First Grade Teachers

Mrs. Lausier & Mrs. Gray

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Open House video

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

       With Mrs. Miller's help I have a quick Open House video for you to watch, just so you can get a sneak peek at the classroom. It's not the same as being here, but I will get to see a lot of you next week. Here's the link to my Open House video - . See you soon!


Getting everything ready for you!

 September 1, 2020

      Hello from your first grade teacher! I'm busy getting everything ready to go for next Tuesday, September 8th. I have your desks all ready to go with all your supplies in your supply box. And your Take Home folder is all set on your desk, too. We'll talk all about that when you come on your first day of school. 

      All of the teachers and staff have been busy making everything as inviting, but also as safe as we possibly can. You will notice several changes around our school, but we will all get used to these new changes and routines together. We'll all make mistakes, and we'll learn from them. I love it when we learn new things!

       I hope you are enjoying your last days of summer vacation. We have had such nice weather, and I hope you've been able to get outside and enjoy it. I can't wait to hear about all of your summer adventures! See you soon!


   Miss Gray

P.S. - An Open House video will be posted on my blog, hopefully by the end of the day tomorrow, maybe even sooner. Check back in soon to see if it's all set to view!