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Mrs. Durante- August 13th- August 17th

Classroom Annoucements

BREAKFAST FROM THE SCE CAFE- Our school cafeteria will start selling breakfast on Monday, August 13th.

FRIDAY FOLDERS- This year Friday folders are BLUE. This week inside Friday Folders you will find several items that need to be signed and returned.

  • Tech Agreement- Please read with your child and have them initial each statement. Be sure to read the back side.
  • Fun Run t-shirt sizes- Please return the yellow note with your child's name and shirt size.
  • All About Me Bag- Please read letter for directions. This is a great way for the class to get to know each other.
  • Lunch Number- Please have your child practice his or her lunch number. This will help them not only be able to buy lunch but it is a number that will stay with them throughout their education in DCSD.
  • Student Information Sheet- I have not received all of the information sheet surveys digitally, so I have given a paper copy to the students I am missing.
  • Emergency Closure Form- I have sent home the forms to the students who were not able to attend supply drop off/ meet the teacher.

SCHOOL PICTURES FOR 2018-19- Wednesday, August 29th.

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


Reading-  Please continue to have your child read daily.  This will help them remember everything from this year. I have sent a leveled book list to help students pick just right books (level 12 is a G, level 14 is a H, level 16 is an I, etc).  Here are some additional resources:

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

Wow!  What a fun first two days of school!  I truly enjoyed getting to meet and know your children. We played name games and learned new things about our classmates. We learned about S.O.A.R. expectations (Safe, Organized, Accountable, Respectful).  Next week, we will be coming up with classroom expectations.

As a fun way to start first grade, we started our Laura Numeroff author study. We read If You Take a Mouse to School and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. We created a puppet of the character Mouse and made a graph of our favorite kind of cookie. Ask your child what kind of cookie got the most votes!

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.

Specials Schedule

PE- All week.  Please wear or bring tennis shoes.
TECH- Monday- Thursday
LIBRARY- Thursdays. Please bring books back on Wednesdays.

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.


This week I have sent home the following homework:
  • If You Take a First Grader to School
  • All About Me Bag
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. 

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

  • Math- 2-3 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.