Classroom News

  • 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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  • Open House

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

    Here is a link to my virtual Open House:

    Please let me know if you are unable to view it.

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  • 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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