Classroom News

  • First Day

    Posted by Amy Petrini on 8/31/2020 2:00:00 PM

    Thanks so much for helping prepare your children for their first day of school last week. I am so happy to report that they were great at wearing their masks all day, distancing, keeping hands and spaces clean, and had great excited attitudes. Here are a few of their quotes:

    “This is actually really fun.”

    “I was nervous but now I feel happy.”

    “My teacher is nice.”

    “I am so happy that I have a friend in my class.”

    “I can see the moon when I swing high.”

    “I’ve never seen these (new) balls before.”

    “I can’t wait to come back to school again.”

    I realized that we will be needing additional boxes to store all of their supplies. This is because our classroom does not have desks and in the past we shared supplies. I am asking that you send your child with a plastic lidded shoebox to school when you are able.  This size will allow room for everything that they will need during the school day. This box is in addition to a supply box/pencil case which you may have already sent them with. We will then store these on a shelf in their lockers/cubbies.

    Other important Information:

    • Last week I sent home a “Me Bag” for them to fill up with objects that tell about them. Please have your child practice sharing with you while wearing their mask so that they are prepared to share with our class.
    • Homework will only be given in paper format at this time. At the end of our 2 days together your child will be given a packet of work. This packet is intended for them to work on for 1-1.5 hours of time at home on the 2 days that they are not at school. Mondays are currently a day off for students. There are challenges/extensions included that are optional based on your child’s needs which are determined by you at this time.
    • My understanding is that we have not received all of the computers which were ordered. They may be coming as late as the end of October. In the meantime, we will be teaching students in class how to use Seesaw, which they will eventually use on remote learning days.
    • Please send an email to me with any other questions that you might have at this time.
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  • Week of June 1st

    Posted by Amy Petrini on 6/1/2020 9:30:00 AM

    This is our last week of Remote Learning. This week's lessons are a review of concepts that have been previously taught.  Use it as a guide to keep your learner in the "groove", especially if you plan to continue with some sort of learning over the summer.

    Important Notes:
    • There will be a reverse parade on Thursday from 6-6:30. Please look for more information from our principal. I will plan to be there.
    • Student belongings pick-up will be next Monday from 1-3. I also plan on being there.
    • Student questions from last week- I was happy to hear from most of you and still need to respond to all of your questions. Thanks for keeping your kids engaged and in touch with me.
    • Wednesday meeting will be at 10. Please have your child prepared to share something that they are excited to do for summer. They can bring props and dress up too if they would like. This will be our last meeting.
    Thanks for a great year and your work during our Remote Learning.  I appreciate you all and hope you have a great summer.
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  • Week of May 25th

    Posted by Amy Petrini on 5/26/2020 2:30:00 PM

    Hello Parents,

    I hope you were able to take some time and enjoy the long weekend. We were able to get away and go camping and forage for morels so I'm feeling like I put a little more fuel in my tank.
    I hope that your child will be able to join us for our class meeting tomorrow morning at 10.  Please help them to prepare by bringing a book to share. This can be a book that they have read, you have read to them, or one that they/you are currently reading. They can share the cover/title, a favorite picture/part, and tell why they would recommend it to their classmates. This is a great way to discover books that may be at your child's reading level, chapter books to read as a family, and discover new authors and series.  Thanks for helping them prepare. They may also share something about their weekend or past week.
    I hope to see your child, but I understand if they are not able to/uncomfortable with join us.
    I want to share some information from a website/blog/Facebook page that I follow. 

    "The Big Life Journal is the world's first growth mindset journal for kids. It teaches perseverance, grit, self-belief, positive thinking, and more."
    It has lots of printables and ways to help children with a Growth Mindset. I have used some of the things in class that I have learned from their site. I think that it is important to help children during this "new" normal, and it provides lots of tools to help assist you and them. I am attaching the printable that they sent out this week about "worries". Check it out if you are interested.
    Thanks for all you have done and continue to do to assist your child with remote learning.
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  • Week of May 18th

    Posted by Amy Petrini on 5/19/2020 1:00:00 PM

    We are starting to wind down our remote learning. Next week will be our last plan with "new" learning.

    Here is some very important reminders/news items:
    • Please remember to listen to Mrs. Wright's Monday Message every week.  Next week it will be on Tuesday. All of her messages (past and present) can be found on the homepage of our Rattleschool Elementary School website or on our school Facebook page.
    • Remote Learning Template- also found on our school website should be accessed every week. This is where all of our detailed lesson plans are located.
    • Google Classroom- use this to turn in most of your child's 2 weekly assignments or to see what/when they are due.
    • Other ways to turn in assignments have been the padlet, Google Survey, Google tests, and emails/photos which are usually linked from the Remote Learning Plan.
    • Padlet- our class had about 50% participation with this last week.I love this way of sharing their work with other first grade students and teachers. There is another one this week. I tried to comment on all of my student's entries, but I noticed that it didn't save my comments. That is just one of the many kinks that we are trying to work out, but please know that I did see all of their creative work.
    • Emails sent from student's Google classroom- I am also not able to respond to these considering the settings that we have to use. If they want to send me a personal message, please have them do it from your address and I will be sure to respond.
    • myOn- this is one of the apps that the district has provided and will be able to continue to provide through the summer. This app is great as it individualizes your child's reading skills and assigns books at their level.  The district has asked that you make sure that your child has accessed this app.  Mrs. Nygren will be assigning a summer reading list towards the end of school, but you must get on the app before then.  Please get them signed on this week so that this can happen.  Above all, reading is the most important skill that they need to stay on top of.
    • School Auction- this year it is being done online. I was asked to share this link with you:             
    • My emails/blog-  All of my emails can be found on my staff webpage under Classroom News. Please refer back to this with any questions.
    • Returning books, devices, and pick ups- my understanding is that there will be a 2 hour window that you will be able to come and pick up/return your child's items during the week of June 8th. More information will be coming out soon from the principal.
    • Class meeting- we will have our weekly meetings on Wednesdays at 10 for the next 3 weeks. We will continue with our same format tomorrow where they can read the book they wrote, artwork created, facts learned or a joke- related to space, planets, moon, sun, etc.  This will be our last week with this theme and they are welcome to show more than 1 item if they would like.  We would also love to hear what they have been up to and as always pets, parents, and siblings are welcome. 
    Have a great weekend- even if you're not going anywhere.  Enjoy one less day of school work and hopefully screen time...  
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  • Week of May 11th

    Posted by Amy Petrini on 5/12/2020 10:40:00 AM
    I am looking forward to seeing you all again for our class Google Meeting at 10 tomorrow, where your child will again share something space related. So far our biggest meeting has been 16 students, which is great!
    I just finished my staff meeting, where Mrs. Wright. was discussing year end plans. She will be getting more information out soon regarding final plans to return items such as library books and devices and pick up any items that your child may have at school. At this point, building access is still limited. I have only been there for 2 quick trips to pick up a couple of items and have not yet packed up our classroom, etc.  As a reminder, please watch her weekly messages which can be found on our school Facebook page or by logging into our school website homepage and scrolling down to the bottom of the page.
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  • Additional Book Order Information

    Posted by Amy Petrini on 5/5/2020 10:45:00 AM

    Correction, the books will be sent to MY home, and then I will make arrangements to deliver them to you.  Please complete your orders by Friday at 4, and then I will complete my information. I'm not sure how long it will take the books to get here, but I would imagine that it would be around 2 weeks.

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  • Scholastic Book Orders

    Posted by Amy Petrini on 5/4/2020 11:40:00 AM

    You can order books from Scholastic and have them sent to your door. Here is the link: .

    Class code:  TF6K4

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  • Week of May 4th

    Posted by Amy Petrini on 5/4/2020 9:30:00 AM

    As you know, we will not be returning to school to complete our first grade year together. While I  assumed that this was the case, I still let out an audible gasp and cried thinking about how we will not all be able to come back together in our classroom at Rattlesnake. That being said, I am so grateful that most of our class has been able to come together in our Google Classroom for meetings to see each other and share things together in the only way that is currently available.  On Thursday we will be having our weekly staff meeting and will wait to hear what, if any, additional changes there will be as we complete our year online.  We will meet again at 10 on Wednesday morning, and I am hoping this week to have 100% participation.  I want to remind you at the end of the meeting to close out the tab at the top of your screen to completely log your child out of our meeting.  This week I would like your child to come prepared to share anything about the sun, moon, and/or planets. Some examples could be an art project that they chose from Friday's lesson, an interesting fact, the cover of a book that they have at home, or anything related to this theme. Please have them ready by practicing presenting it to you first.

    I want to remind you of 2 valuable apps that are located in our Google Classroom and are pictured at the top of their weekly remote learning plans-ARC and MyOn. Both of these resources provide books for your child at their reading level.  I am also able to see who is accessing these books and how many pages your child has read. This will be very useful information for your child's teacher next year.  Please get in contact with me if your child cannot remember what (color) level they are on.

    Thanks and have a great week.

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  • Week of April 27th

    Posted by Amy Petrini on 4/27/2020 6:00:00 PM
    This week we will have another Google Meeting. We will again do it at 10 on Wednesday morning. I have been working hard to troubleshoot why some of you may not have been able to join us. Here are a few possible reasons/ways to troubleshoot if you are unable to join us again this Wednesday:
    1. Make sure that you are logged into Google Classroom by using their MCPS email. If you try through your google account, it will not work.
    2. Click on the Classroom tab.
    3. There should be a video camera icon at the top with the word Meet next to it.
    4. Click on the video camera. It will only work when I turn mine on and not a second before or after.
    5. Sometimes it asks for a code (but it should just have a button to JOIN).
    6. If it asks for a code you can try going to the top where it says 1P with the graphic design and click on the bottom link (not the class code above, which is confusing).
    7. I have asked if different devices mattered and was told that it shouldn't if they are on the student's Google account (sometimes it puts your Google address in, if you have one).
    8. If none of this still works and is asking for a code- use the part that is after the last "/" (as stated in #6).
    I'm hoping that this all brings us together on Wednesday. The students who were not able to attend last week will get to go first and share a story, pet, stuffy, or something that they have worked on. If anyone is unable to meet again, I will set up a separate time to meet with your child and will get to the bottom of this. 
    Please help your child prepare for this week's meeting by having them find 1 object in your home that is 3D- sphere, cylinder, cube, or cone only.  They can practice with you by saying what their object is and what 3D shape it is.  
    I look forward to seeing your child on Wednesday at 10.
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  • First Google Meeting

    Posted by Amy Petrini on 4/22/2020 9:45:00 AM


    I am looking forward to seeing your kids for our first Google Meeting. You will need to have your child logged into their Google Classroom in order to join us. Simply go to their Classwork section and click on the video camera. Fingers crossed that we will all be able to connect this way. I will enable the video camera at 10. They will not be able to join until  I do. Thanks and see you soon!


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