Classroom News

  • January

    Posted by Amy Petrini on 1/23/2023

    This week we will be concluding our special art activity with our SPARK artist, Tabitha Beard.  It looks like all of their hands are nice and clean after a couple days of dying fabric with her last week. Here are a couple of important reminders:

    • Please have your child bring back their PE/indoor shoes if they took them home during break. It is nice for them to have a dry pair of shoes to change into.
    • Please have your child return their green folders on Mondays. I usually save finished work such as art projects and special notes for home from the office on Fridays.
    • Library books and bags need to be returned by Friday mornings.  Last week students were able to check out 2 books- 1 "good fit" book at their reading level as well as 1 book of choice. Students can only check out books when books and bags are brought back. Please help your child get these items together so that they are disappointed when we go to check out books.

    In just a few days we will be half way through our year! I can hardly believe it. I am really enjoying your children and witnessing all of the growth that they are demonstrating at this point in the year.

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  • Winter Fun

    Posted by Amy Petrini on 12/13/2022

    Hello Families,

    I hope you all are staying healthy at your houses. We are continuing to have several kids out daily due to various illnesses. Thanks again for keeping your sick child home.

    We have lots of fun planned next week. Please let me know if your child will be missing any days and/or leaving early for break.

    We will be making gingerbread houses next week. Here is a link to contribute to supplies needed:

    Our school will also be having Spirit Week next week. Here is what we will be doing for our 3 days together:

    Monday: December 19th, Ugly Sweater Day! Wear a festive sweater to celebrate winter! 

    Tuesday: December 20th, Hat Day! Break out your warm beanies, festive hats, silly hats for a legendary hat day!

    Wednesday: December 21st, Pajama Day! Cozy up in your PJ’s for the last day before break!

    Many of you have asked if there will be a Winter Sing and unfortunately there will not be. Our school will be having a fun assembly/sing-along but it is for students and staff only.

    Thanks and Happy Holidays!

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  • Week of December 5th

    Posted by Amy Petrini on 12/5/2022

    Hello Families

    Just a quick note to tell you thank you for keeping your child home when they are sick. We have had quite a range of illnesses in our classroom resulting in lots of absences.I am very diligent about keeping our surfaces clean while they are at school, but I still have quite a few students who are putting their hands in their noses and mouths. I always prompt them to wash their hands when I see this. Please help me by prompting your child as well in order to limit germ transition.
    I also want to thank you for attending and participating in your child's conferences. I always enjoy sharing your child's work and connecting with you when I get the chance.  Many of you asked what your child could work on. I would love for all of your children to memorize all of the double facts to 20. This is 2+2 to 10+10. They can also work on fact families for 10 such as 1+9, 2+8, 3+7 and so on. In addition to these, nightly reading is also recommended. Please don't stop reading to your child as they become a reader. There are other skills that they can learn by listening to reading.
    Please continue to inform me about absences and early dismissals as you are able.
    Thanks and have a great week.
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  • Halloween

    Posted by Amy Petrini on 10/31/2022

    Thank you so much for your donations for our Halloween celebration.

    ***Please sign up for your child's conference if you have not done so yet. Here is the link:

    You will need to copy and paste it into your browser.


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  • Conference Sign-up

    Posted by Amy Petrini on 10/27/2022

    Here is the link for you to sign up for your child's conference:


    Thank you for giving me advance notice of absences due to appointments, trips, etc.  I am really enjoying your children and looking forward to connecting with you during conference week.

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  • Week of October 17th

    Posted by Amy Petrini on 10/19/2022

    Hello Families, 

    Here are a few reminders and/or upcoming events:
    • NO school this Thursday and Friday
    • Here is a link for October books orders. I do not have any hard copies this time.  Please complete orders by Monday.
    • Here is the sign-up for Halloween treats:
    • No weapons, no blood, or masks/make-up that make a student’s face unidentifiable can be worn on Halloween.
    • Please let myself AND the office know about absences and early pickups.  It helps me and your child prepare.  I will be doing assessments in preparation for our conferences so a "heads up" helps me change plans as needed.
    • Pictures were taken today. I am sending home a form that lets you view and order their pics.
    • Please return green folders on Mondays (Thursday at the latest) so that important papers don't get lost.
    Thanks and enjoy the long weekend.
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  • Week of September 3rd

    Posted by Amy Petrini on 10/7/2022
    • This weekend I am sending home homework. As a first grade team we are not currently sending home weekly homework. This is a special project for an activity that we are doing in class. Please return on Monday.
    • This month we are focusing school-wide on the character trait Responsiblity. I am attaching a letter that is from the program that we are using. It has some great ideas of how this trait can be reinforced at home.
    • Halloween- we will be having a small celebration at the end of the day. Your child may bring their costume in a bag to change into for our party. Here is a link for treat donations:
    • Water Bottles- please send for your child. We have PE this week.
    • Garden- we had a garden lesson on Monday which focused on "Putting the Garden to Bed." At the end we got to sample soup made from vegetables from the garden. Recipes were sent home, but I understand some students lost theirs and are interested in making it. Here is the recipe:

    Rainbow Harvest Soup

    This veggie soup recipe is full of color and flavor! It is perfect for fall and is a kid favorite. 


    • 2 red tomatoes

    • 3 orange carrots

    • 1 yellow Onions

    • 4 green kale leaves

    • ½ cup green (or purple) beans 

    • ½ small winter squash or pumpkin, peeled.

    • 2 Tbsp fresh parsley

    • 6 cups veggie stock

    • Salt and pepper to taste

    Directions: Chop all veggies into bite sized pieces. Bring stock to a boil in a large pot. Add carrots, potatoes, onions and winter squash to stock and simmer until tender. Add beans, kale, tomatoes and parsley. Simmer for 5 minutes and turn off heat. Enjoy!


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  • Field Trip/Spirit Week

    Posted by Amy Petrini on 9/19/2022

    Please let me know if you plan to join us for our field trip tomorrow. We will meet you at the front office and walk over to the PEAS Farm at 1.  You are also welcome to meet us at the farm around 1:15.

    If you're interested....

    Griz Homecoming Week- spirit week for staff and students

    Wednesday 9/21- Rattlesnake day (dress in green and yellow or school attire)

    Thursday 9/22- Sports day (favorite jersey or whatever is sporty to you)

    Friday 9/23- Montana U colors or attire

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  • Week of September 12th

    Posted by Amy Petrini on 9/16/2022

    We are just completing our first full week of school.  Here are a few reminders, upcoming events, and other important information:

    • Green folders- these will come home on Fridays and should come back the following Monday. Please help to remind your child to take it out of their backpack to unload over the weekend. On Monday, remind them to give it to me.
    • This week's folder includes book orders. I would like your orders back on Monday too. Check out the online ordering option for more variety and ease of paying. I also have a wishlist if you would like to contribute to our classroom library.
    • Please let myself AND the office know about any scheduled absences or days/times that you will need to pick up your child early. This helps me to rearrange my schedule if needed.  I prefer an email but you can also call the office, and they will forward it to me.
    • We will have our first field trip to the PEAS farm next Tuesday, September 20.  We will leave school at 1 and return around 3. Please let me know if you can join us either by walking with us or by meeting us there.  You will need to fill out the "opt out" form if you would NOT like your child to participate.
    • Speaking of forms... please make sure that you have all of your child's forms signed. These were sent via email by the district.  I particularly need the forms regarding field trips and permission to use computers.  Here is some info from our principal:  You should have received an email directly from the district encouraging you to fill out the required annual forms.  These include things like:  annual field trip form, technology use forms, Google Suite permission and more.  If you are in need of hard copies of these forms, please let me or the office know.  I will be happy to send them home.  Annual forms may be completed online for this school year using the Infinite Campus Parent Portal found on the MCPS website ( Step-by-step instructions for filling out these forms in Infinite Campus are attached to this email. 



    Thanks and have a great weekend. Fingers crossed that we get more of these blue skies.

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  • Back to School

    Posted by Amy Petrini on 8/24/2022

    I look forward to meeting you and your child on our Back to School Night on Tuesday August 30th from 5-6. This will give us a chance to meet, and for you to bring your child's supplies in as well as get acquainted with where some things can be found with in our classroom and school.

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