• Let's do this!

    Posted by Mary Finnegan on 3/30/2020 8:00:00 AM

    Good morning Firsties and families, 

    Happy Monday! Today we will be starting our official, teacher-planned, distance learning menu.  Please click on this link for instructions on how to access this document and what to do each day. 

    Questions? Please feel free to e-mail me!




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  • End of Week One

    Posted by Mary Finnegan on 3/27/2020 4:00:00 PM

    As week one of our school closure comes to an end, I just want to take a moment to let you know that I appreciate each and every one of you for all you have done to support your children on our adventures in remote learning this week!  It has been a steep learning curve for me, but I am committed to doing everything I can to help our little classroom community stay connected and engaged during these uncertain and very different times.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend and I will "see" you Monday at 10:30am for our morning Zoom meeting.  If you need the code to join, please don't hesitate to e-mail me at msfinnegan@mcpsmt.k12.mt.us 

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  • I Miss You! Let's Connect!

    Posted by Mary Finnegan on 3/24/2020 7:00:00 PM

    Hello there first grade families!

    I've been working to learn some new technology so we can connect!  Join me on ZOOM tomorrow, Thursday, and Friday (you can join every day or just one of the days) at 11:00am to say "hello" and practice using the application.

    Download the app (google Zoom Meeting), create an account, then use our meeting ID (that has been sent to you) to join!  If you need more assistance, click on the link below:



    Can't wait to "see" you soon!

    Mrs. Finnegan

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  • What To Expect This Week

    Posted by Mary Finnegan on 3/23/2020 2:00:00 PM

    Greetings First Grade Families!

    As you already know, MCPS is closed from March 23rd – 27th. We are fortunate that our Teaching and Learning Department has done an amazing job of compiling resources for you to access this week. Please review what they have prepared and do only what works for your family. Many of the links will require you to enter your child’s username and password. If you run into this issue, please do not hesitate to contact me via e-mail (msfinnegan@mcps.k12.mt.us) and I will happily get you the information you need to log in.

    +Visit this link to find resources for remote learning



    +For district-wide, up-to-date information regarding the school closure, please visit: https://www.mcpsmt.org/covid-19


    + Breakfast & Lunch bags will be available to any child, ages 0-18 at Russell Elementary Monday-Friday, 10:00am – 1:00pm.  Please enter at the back of the building through the cafeteria doors. Each bag will contain breakfast and lunch inside.  These bags will also be delivered by Beach Transportation to bus stops.  To see when your "lunch bus" will arrive, go to infofinder routes and type in your address to find the nearest drop off location/times. Please know that these breakfast + lunch bags are available to ALL children up to age 18 regardless of free/reduced lunch status.   Please send only one family member to pick up these bags and remember to keep 6 feet distance between you and other individuals who are also picking up food.

    + Please continue to watch for messages from me throughout the week and check my blog for posts!

    Stay well and please give your kiddos a BIG HUG from me!


    Mrs. Finnegan

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  • Represent Russell In the Riverbank Run!

    Posted by Mary Finnegan on 3/5/2020 4:00:00 PM

    Join us in representing Russell Elementary at the YMCA Riverbank Run

    The Riverbank Run is a family-friendly event that is open to all ages and abilities. Choose from the 1 Mile Fun Run, 5K, 10K, or run all three events in the signature event, the Trifecta (10.321 miles). Strollers and wheelchairs welcome! No pets, please.  Proceeds benefit the Missoula Y Financial Assistance Program. This program ensures that everyone can participate in Y programs and services, regardless of ability to pay. 


    We would love for Russell Elementary to be represented in this fun, community event!  Please note: this is NOT a chaperoned event.  All families must accompany their child.


    To Register for Saturday, April 25th


    Early Bird Pricing February 14-29

    Regular Pricing March 1-April 12

    Late Registration Pricing April 13-25


    Hope to see our Russell Bears there!


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  • I Love To Read Week!

    Posted by Mary Finnegan on 2/27/2020 2:55:00 PM

    Russell ElementaryI love to Read Week is March 2-March 6! Grab a book and have some fun!



    Pocket Day

    Wear as many pockets

    as you can



    Sleep Day

    Wear your PJs!



    Wacky Wednesday

    Wear something a little wacky



    Green Day

    Wear something green



    Stripes Day

    Wear something with stripes

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  • Support Rare Disease Day

    Posted by Mary Finnegan on 2/13/2020 4:05:00 PM


    Rare Disease Day is February 29th.  This is a day to raise awareness for patients, families, friends, teachers and caregivers who aid in helping others who are special in our world.   It’s a call for action for people living with a rare disease to realize their potential for participation in family, work and social life.

    The 300 million people living with a rare disease around the world and their families face common challenges in their daily lives.  There are over 6000 rare diseases that are chronic, progressive, degenerative, disabling and frequently life threatening. Due to the rarity of each individual disease and scattered populations, expertise and information is scarce.  The long-term goal of Rare Disease Day is increased equity for people living with a rare disease and their families. 

    What can Russell Bears do to support?

    On Friday, February 28th wear your ‘genes’ (blue jeans) to help bring awareness to these efforts of support for these people and their families—perhaps there is someone you know that is living with a rare disease…perhaps your child has a classmate that is living with a rare disease? 

    Need more in order to support your child in understanding Rare Disease Day?  Visit https://rarediseases.org/rare-disease-day/

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  • Happy November!

    Posted by Mary Finnegan on 11/3/2019 11:00:00 PM

    It's hard to believe it is already November!  Mark your calendar for these important dates:

    Field Trip to Lady GrizB-ball game: November 5th

    Family BINGO: November 8th

    BOOK FAIR: November 8th & 11 – 14th in the library!

    Veteran’s Day Concert: November 11th @ 2:15pm

    Parent/Teacher Conferences: November 12th -14th

    No School: November 15th

    Thanksgiving Break: November 27th – 29th

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