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Mrs. Durante- February 18th- February 22nd

Classroom Annoucements

VALENTINE'S DAY PARTY- Thank you to the Chidester, Smith and Symes families for planning a fun valentine's day party. Thank you to all the families who donated items/ food. The students had a wonderful time!

NO SCHOOLS- Friday, February 15th is a teacher work day.

HOLIDAY- There will be no school on Monday, February 18th.

EARTH BALLOON FIELD TRIP- The Denver Museum of Nature and Science is coming to first grade with “The Earth Balloon” program. The students will explore a one-of-a-kind look at the Earth from inside our 26-foot Earth Balloon. Students will gain an understanding of continents, countries, rivers, mountains, and oceans in this interactive trip around the globe. The special date is Thursday, February 21st. You can pay online through The cost for this program is $5.65. Once you login, click on School Store and select the product from there.  We are NOT accepting cash or checks.

DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE- Friday, February 22nd 7-9pm in the SCE gym. Tickets are $40 per couple and $12 per additional girl.

RESTAURANT NIGHT- On Monday, February 25th, PTO will be having another restaurant fundraiser night at Wahoo's from 4pm-close.

PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES- Tuesday, March 12th & Thursday, March 14th. More information coming soon.

SPRING BREAK- Monday, March 18th- Friday, March 22nd

FIRST GRADE SYMBALOO- This is where students can find links for i-ready, Teach Your Monster to Read, Prodigy and much more!



Book Wizard- This is a website where you can look the book titles to find out what level they are.

Booklist by series- This is a website that lists the names of books by reading level.

MATH- Please remember students have access to Zearn and many other resources through the first grade symbaloo.

A Glance at Our Week

Literacy- This week we started up learning about US Symbols. Students will be making a US symbols book as we continue to learn about non-fiction reading & writing. Students continued to practice blends during their center time.  We learned about alphabetical order by putting our valentine's bags into ABC order.

Fundations- This week we continued Unit 9- closed syllables (must have one vowel and be closed in by a consonant). They were also introduced to vowel teams oi and oy.  We practiced making words by tapping it out. We continued to use magnetic letters and write words. We practiced the trick words: see, each, and between.

Math-  This week we continued Module 3; Ordering and comparing length measurements as numbers. We finished topic B: standard measurement. Students continued to measure using centimeter cubes. We also completed topic C; non-standard and standard length units by measuring with paper clips and toothpicks. We started topic D: data interpretation. We will be collecting and analyzing data to answer questions like how much more or how much less.

Social Studies/ Science- We flew to North America.  On this trip we will be learning about US Symbols and famous Americans. We started our US symbols book by learning about the American Flag.

Eureka Math

Eureka Math has many ways for students to practice.

Sprint/ Fluency Builders- We practice our fluency with timed (usually one minute unless directions state differently) tests. At the end of the test, the students circle the number they got to and then we correct our work with a different color crayon. If you wish to practice at home here are sprints and fluency builders for all of the modules.

Problem Set- Students practice independently in class. Teacher is there for support and then we go over it. Students explain their thinking and correct as needed.

Exit Tickets- Students complete exit ticket on their own and turn into teacher. Teacher uses this to inform instruction. This is not sent home.

Homework- Students should be able to complete at home on their own. If you need some help understanding what is expected, I found some resources where you can watch videos on how to complete each lesson.
  • Resource 1
  • Resource 2
  • Zearn- This a website that goes directly with Eureka.  Please use your child's username and password to log in.

Scholastic Book Orders

If you would like to place an order through Scholastic books, please follow the steps below.

  • ENTER the one-time Class Activation Code: PLGCY

  • SHOP from a carefully curated selection of the best books and value packs

  • SUBMIT your order and earn FREE Books for our classroom

  • All book orders will be shipped to our classroom.


Homework should not exceed more than 30 minutes a night. Our purpose is to build responsibility and practice skills.
  • Read nightly for 10-15 minutes from their reading bags.

  • Word work skills- Fundations: Please see parent resources in Fundations box for ways to practice with your child. We are in Unit 4.

  • Sight Words- Please practice reading and writing words in reading bag.

  • Math- 1-2 pages per week. Sent home Monday & returned on Friday in yellow folder. Here are the parent letters for all modules.

  • i-ready- online lessons (one reading & one math per week)

  • Friday Folders- Please review items and return folder on Monday.

Reading Bags

Your child’s reading bag will contain familiar books that we have gone over in class. These books are for your child to be able to read independently. Some books may seem easy, but they are meant for your child to practice expression and fluency as well as build confidence. Our goal is for your child to receive a new book about every other day.  Please know that all books do not have to be read every day.  Your child should read the newest book first and then any other books they can during a 10-15 minutes time period.

Please continue to make sure that your child returns his or her reading bags every day.  They are a vital part of our guided reading time.

After reading the book, ask your child comprehension questions about the story.

  • Who are the main characters?
  • What happened in the beginning, middle and the end?
  • What connections can you make with the story?
  • What does the story remind you about?


Fundations provides all students with a foundation for reading and spelling. Fundations emphasizes phonemic awareness, phonics-word study, high frequency word study, fluency, vocabulary, handwriting and spelling.

Specials Schedule

ART- Tuesday- Thursday. 
MUSIC- Tuesday- Friday.  
LIBRARY- Thursdays. Please bring books back on Wednesdays.