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Mrs. Durante- October 16th- October 20th

Classroom Annoucements

PTO CHICK-FIL-A NIGHT- Friday, October 6th from 4-8pm is a PTO fundraiser. Please come out and support SCE!

SCE BOOK FAIR- Thank you to the families who purchased books for our class. I can't wait to read them!
IF YOU GIVE A TIGER A TACO- Our second order will be here after break!

PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES- Thank you for coming to conferences. I know it was a short amount of time. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

FALL BREAK- Monday, October 9th- Friday, October 13th.

HEARING & VISION SCREENINGS- Monday, October 16th & Tuesday, October 17th.

HALLOWEEN PARTY- We will celebrate Halloween on Friday, October 27th from 3-4pm. More information to come soon!

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

A Glance at Our Week

My website will be updated weekly by Friday evenings.

READINGThis week we continued our work with The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Students colored the background setting and made stick puppets to retell the story. We also read The Three Cabritos and The Three Armadilles Tuff.  We continued to compare and contrast the different versions of the story. In writing students, created their own troll.  Then they made a web in order to write a description of their troll.  In centers, we reviewed the short e. Students identified pictures with the short e sound as well as read and made short e words. 

MATH- We finished topic D.  We practiced using different strategies (5-group dot card, fingers, or I used my head) to solve word problems and math facts. We practiced drawing, writing number sentences and making number bonds to go with the stories. In math centers, we practiced making 10 with cubes, facts for 7 and learned how to use the website Prodigy. There is a letter in Friday Folders about Prodigy.

FUNDATIONS- We continued unit 3 digraphs (wh, ch, sh, th, ck). They continued  to practice making the words with letter tiles and then writing the words. We also learned about trick words- of and into. We talked about how we need to know how to spell these words because they can not be tapped out.

SCIENCE/ SOCIAL STUDIES- We flew to Australia. Students watched different video clips about the land and animals of Australia while enjoying a snack and drink. They can't wait to fill up our suitcases with information about Australia when we get back from break!

Eureka Math

Eureka Math has many ways for students to practice.

Sprint/ Fluency Builders- We practice our fluency with timed 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.

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.

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: Phonemic Awareness and Phonics Skills- blend, read, and write short vowel words with digraphs.

  • Sight Words- Please practice reading and writing words in reading bag. Unit 1 Words come home this week!

Unit 1 words- down, jump, not, up, it, over, too, yes, be, ride, run, come, good, on, that, very, help, use, now
  • Math- 1-2 pages per week. Sent home Monday & returned on Friday in yellow folder. Here are the parent letters for Module 1. We are starting Topic E The Commutative Property of Addition (7+1=6+2) and the equal sign.

  • 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?

Specials Schedule

PE- All week! Please bring or wear tennis shoes. 
TECH- All week! (Every 3 weeks)
LIBRARY- Thursdays. Please bring books back on Wednesdays.

Character Education

SCE Character Education:

Our overall goal is for every student to become a character of Integrity.  We will do this by learning about the following character traits throughout the year.

  • Accountability
  • Respect
  • Empathy
  • Fairness
  • Trustworthiness
  • Perseverance
  • Citizenship