Classroom News

  • Week of January 11th

    Posted by Amy Petrini on 1/15/2021 4:00:00 PM
    • There will be no Seesaw homework next week as Monday is a holiday.


    • Book orders are due next week.
    • Please help prepare your child to come back to school for more days by helping them get into a consistent sleep schedule.
    Thanks and have a great weekend.
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  • Week of December 14th

    Posted by Amy Petrini on 12/14/2020 2:00:00 PM

    This week is Spirit Week.  Tuesday and Thursday is PJ day and/or holiday sweater days. Wednesday and Friday are hat/headband holiday or festive button days.

    Please have your child return their library books on their first days back.  They will get one more opportunity to check out books this week if they return their current books.
    We will send homework this week, but there will not be additional work even though the break is longer. Enjoy your time together.
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  • Homework Updates

    Posted by Amy Petrini on 12/5/2020 6:00:00 PM

    As a first grade team we have discussed what you all shared with us regarding homework during conferences and have made some adjustments/added work. Remember that they should be doing 1 1/2 hours of work per day for the 3 days that they are not in school. That should allow time for their packet, Seesaw assignments, and daily reading.    

    This week we have added a book to your child's homework folder. Please have your child practice reading it at least 3 times. When they are done and can confidently read it, have them read it to me via the Seesaw assignment.  Some books may be easier/harder for your child, but this will give us a starting point. Your child may write in and color in their books and keep them at home.
    Please always read over the packet with your child before they start it. Again, emphasize neatness (use pencils for writing) and accuracy such as correct letter/number formation, capitalization, punctuation, etc. Also, please look it over before they bring it back to turn it in.
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  • Week of November 30th

    Posted by Amy Petrini on 11/19/2020 3:00:00 PM


    I truly enjoyed meeting and talking with you this week for your child's conference. I appreciate the feedback and additional information that I learn about your child during our time together. Here are a few important notes for the next couple of weeks:
    • This week there is a reading log included in your child's folder.  One side gives lots of different ideas/variation of types of books to motivate your reader. On the other side is a log to record their time, books, etc. You may do the writing on this side.  The books may be ones that your child read and/or that you read to them.
    • Your child should be reading/being read to a minimum of 30 minutes a day in addition to their other school work.
    • Book orders need to be in tomorrow either be paper or online.
    • I would love if you could help your child with learning to tie their shoes and/or zip their coats- especially since we are trying to limit contact.
    Have a wonderful break and I'll see your kids in December.
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  • Week of November 16th

    Posted by Amy Petrini on 11/12/2020 8:00:00 AM

    Important Notes for this week/Conferences:

    • Please sign up ASAP for your child's conference.  Use this link (copy and paste):
    • I will assume that you want to meet via Zoom if I don't hear otherwise from you.  I'll send out the link prior to our meeting.
    • Please load/set-up Zoom if needed on your device.
    • Report cards are being sent home Wednesday and Friday this week.  There are several papers. Please look over them in preparation for our conference.
    • Please remember that scores reflect progress towards an end of the year school goal. (Scores of 1s and 2s are normal.)
    • Please continue to do weekly work on Seesaw with your child.
    I look forward to meeting with you all.
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  • Conferences, etc.

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

    Dear Families,

    Here are a few important items:

    • I am currently scheduling conferences for the week of November 16th-20th.  Please use this link to sign up(copy and paste):
    • Please sign up ASAP. I will call next week if you haven't signed up for a time.
    • Included in this week's homework is a conference survey for you to fill out. Please return it with your child's homework next week. The information that you fill out will help to guide our conference.  The time slots are for 20 minutes, but we will only be meeting for 15 minutes of that time.
    • We started PE this week. Please make sure that your child has a pair of shoes that they can keep here or in their backpack to use on days that they wear boots to school.
    • Book Fair- Fact and Fiction online book fair is happening this week and next. Please see flier in your child's folder.
    • Homework- please make sure that you read over your child's homework with them so that they can complete all of the parts of it. Writing should be done in pencil. Please check for errors such as backwards numbers when they are done (misspellings are okay). Also, don't forget to complete Seesaw homework weekly.


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  • Halloween

    Posted by Amy Petrini on 10/21/2020 4:00:00 PM

    Your child may wear their costume on their second day of school next week. Please know that this varies between classes and grades and that it may be different for sibling classes.  It is also okay if your child does not want to wear their costume. We will be making animal masks as a grade so no worries if they don't have a costume. We will have some light snacks and games to celebrate.


    Here are our guidelines and expectations for that school day:

    • Costumes must conform to the Rattlesnake School Dress Code.
    • Costumes may not be demeaning to any ethnic group, race, religion, nationality, disabilities, gender, or individual (staff or student) at the school.
    • Costumes may not cause a disruption or distraction to the school program.
    • No weapons, toy weapons, or props replicating weapons (sorry no light sabers either!) are to be brought to school.
    • No costumes are allowed that would completely hide the identity of the student, i.e. Hazmat suit, gorilla suit, "Scream" character. Face paint shouldn’t cover more than 50% of the face (again we want to know who you are).
    •  No full face masks are permitted (they may not be worn OR carried)
    Thanks and don't forgot to help your child with their Seesaw online lessons.
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  • Week of October 13th

    Posted by Amy Petrini on 10/13/2020 4:00:00 PM

    Hello Families,

    Please remember:

    • There is no school for Group A tomorrow. Group B will come tomorrow.  The rest of the week there is NO SCHOOL.


    • Remember to have your child do their Seesaw homework every week in addition to their paper packet. Please let me know if you have any questions. There will be 3 new assignments this week.


    • We have been practicing the doubles math facts in class. You can help by quizzing your child and helping them to memorize them. This can be done in the car, at the table, or anywhere that you can think of.

    Thanks and have a great long weekend.

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  • Week of October 5th

    Posted by Amy Petrini on 10/7/2020 3:00:00 PM

    Hello Families,

    I have 2 short messages for you.

    First of all, thanks for helping your child get onto Seesaw to complete their first remote lesson for last week's homework.  Please let me know if you are having difficulty. This week we will be adding 3 additional assignments. These are all to be completed in addition to their homework packets and are NOT optional.  I will be sending these to Group A today and to Group B on Friday.

    The other important message that I have for you is that school is for only one day next week. Group A will be on Tuesday and Group B will be on Wednesday only.  There will be no school on Thursday or Friday.

    Thanks and have a great week.


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  • Week of September 29th/Seesaw

    Posted by Amy Petrini on 9/30/2020 7:05:00 PM

    Hello Families,

    This week in your child's folder is information about Seesaw (our online platform for Remote Learning). Please keep this salmon colored sheet to use as a reference. Our first grade team has been introducing this in our classes and showing students how to use the various tools. We have found it very user friendly and a fun way for student's to share their work remotely as well as keep a journal for you to view their work.  This week we would like you and and your child to login through Clever and complete 1 simple name activity in addition to their packet of homework.  Please let me know of any complications. I have found that the students were very good problem solvers as we worked through various activities together.  

    *** Group B- we will be working on this in class this week and the information will come home with your child on Friday.

    **Please contact the office and ask for Erin if your family would like to check out a device. We have limited devices available at this time.

    I want to let you all know how much I am enjoying your wonderful children. They continue to demonstrate such resiliency, flexible, and joy.  Towards the end of the week I'll share some pictures of recent art projects that I have hung in our classroom.  Thanks for your assistance at home to help them be successful this school year.

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