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Mrs. Durante- October 22nd- October 26th

Classroom Annoucements

HENRY COLE AUTHOR VISIT- Henry Cole author of Another Quest for Celeste will be coming to Sand Creek on Friday, October 26th. The students will be listening to him speak and asking questions.

FALL/ HALLOWEEN PARTY- Our class Halloween/ Fall party will be Friday, October 26th at 3:00pm. Our parent volunteers have been planning a fun time! Students can bring their costumes in a bag. Please NO weapons, gore, blood or masks. They will change before the party. All our welcome!

PTO MASQUERADE BALL- The PTO is hosting the annual Masquerade Ball on Friday, October 26th from 6:30pm-8:30pm. There will be a DJ, dancing, costume contests and snacks! Please come in costume!

NO SCHOOL- There is no school, Tuesday, November 6th. It is a teacher work day.

VETERAN'S DAY ASSEMBLY- Monday, November 12th.

THANKSGIVING BREAK- There is no school Monday, November 19th- Friday, November 23rd.

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 in reading we read the story The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Students colored pictures cards for the story. Next week they will be practicing putting the pictures in order and retelling the events of the story. We continued to write small moments.

Fundations- This week we started Unit 4- bonus letters f, l, s.  We practiced making words by tapping it out, using magnetic letters and writing the words. We practiced the trick words: you, your, I, and they.

Math-  This week we did topic G, subtraction as the unknown addend problem. We learned how to write a subtraction sentence and how to use a number path to subtract.  We will be practicing subtraction word problems next week.

Social Studies/ Science- We made a map of Australia.  We learned Australia has deserts, forests, grasslands and rainforests. We learned about kangaroos. Students wrote about the kangaroos in their koala journals. We also started a direct a draw of a kangaroo.

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