Classroom News

  • Week of October 21st

    Posted by Amy Petrini on 10/23/2019 6:00:00 PM


    This week I included an additional piece of homework with a small research question about how an animal of their choice sleeps. Please let me know if you have any questions about this. As a reminder, homework is due on Fridays, but please take the weekend if needed and definitely have it in by Monday. Conferences are coming soon and there is an Effort grade given for homework on their report card.
    Volunteers: Thanks for letting me know if you have turned in your forms to clear you.  I have still not confirmed a start date quite yet. Thanks for your patience as I prepare how you can best use your time in our class.
    We will have a Halloween celebration next week after lunch. Here is a link to sign-up genius if you would like to donate your time and or ideas/items needed.
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    Here is a note from our principal:


    We look forward to having a fun day on Halloween! 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)
    *** Also, students need to bring their costumes in a labeled bag to change into after lunch.
    Look for a sign-up genius message going out on the 29th to sign up for a conference time. I look forward to seeing you all.
    Please check  my webpage on our school site for questions that you may have regarding birthdays, homework, wish lists, etc.
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  • Week of October 28

    Posted by Amy Petrini on 9/26/2019

    Hello Parents,

    Please use this link to sign-up for conferences:

    Please be on time for your scheduled conference.  I suggest that you not schedule sibling conferences back to back so that you have time to travel between classes. Also, one late conference will effect my entire schedule. Thanks for your help and understanding. I know that some of you may be traveling during our scheduled days/times. Please respond with an e-mail and we will find a time to meet when you return.

    This week I included a homework sheet to do after Halloween. You can return this sheet on Monday.  

    Ms. Gibson asked that you please check out her web-page.

    Lastly, we need some toilet paper for a fun Halloween game. Please send in a roll if you can "spare a square".

    Thanks and I'll see some of you on Halloween!

    Amy Petrini


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  • September 23rd

    Posted by Amy Petrini on 9/26/2019

    Please remember to read to your child nightly. I realize that this is not always easy to fit in, but there is so much value in it. If you do not have time to read to them have a sibling read with/to them and or consider one of the many audio versions that might be available via an app or the library. Even if your child is a strong reader currently there are many skills that can still be learned by listening to reading- so you're not off the hook! For homework, I would like each child to bring a short picture book to share with our class this week. I will be using them to promote a love of reading in our class by sharing different authors and illustrators. Books will be kept here until their book has been shared, which might last into next week.  Confident readers may read their book to our class and all other books will be read by me.

    I sent home an opt out sheet for our field trip to the PEAS farm next week. Please only send back if you do not want your child to participate. Please reply to this e-mail if you would like to join us.

    That is all for now. Happy Fall Y'all!

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  • September 16th

    Posted by Amy Petrini on 9/26/2019

    This week starts our first full week of learning. At this point we are still doing lots of Kindergarten review of colors, numbers, letters, classroom routines, and building our PAX community. I will start to assess student's levels this week of reading and some math. Next week I will be better able to differentiate their learning but all students will get the same basic instruction and homework.  This means that all students will read the same book together as a class, learn the same letters/sounds and general math concepts so that there are no gaps in their learning. I will eventually be working with students individually, in groups, and during WIN (What I Need) time with myself and my first grade team to best meet all learning abilities. Homework is generally a math sheet and is given as a review/practice of what we are doing in class. Many times the language and strategy that is used is foreign to "how we learned", but please use this time to learn the terms and strategies by asking your child what/how to do them. Check with me for any clarification. There will sometimes be an additional sheet that expands on a concept in our class. This week it is simply for me to get to know your child better, which is important for our community building.  Nightly reading with and/or to your child is highly encouraged and will only increase their skills.  Please look to my webpage for any other questions that you might have. Our music teacher< MS. Gibson, has asked that you also check out her page to see what the first graders have been up to in music.

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  • Welcome to 1P

    Posted by Amy Petrini on 8/26/2019 8:00:00 AM


    I am so excited to see all of you that can make it to our Back to School Night on Tuesday from 5-6. Please bring any school supplies that you have. You can use the rest of your time to see what student number you have been assigned, where your cubby is, and who is in your class.  

    School Supplies

    Supplies marked with * will be shared as community supplies for our class. Please only label your child's items that do not have an *.

    • *1 box of 24 crayons
    • *2 packs of 10, number 2 pencils
    • *1 pack of 12 classic colored pencils
    • *1 hard rubber eraser
    • *1 box of 10 wide water based markers
    • *4 glue sticks
    • *1 pack assorted crayola water colors
    • *2 boxes of tissues
    • *1 pack of Clorox wipes
    • 1 pair of Friskar scissors
    • 1 two pocket folder
    • 1 plain cover composition book
    • 1 pair of headphones
    • 1 pair of gym or running shoes
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