• October 23

    Posted by Stacey Mead on 10/25/2020 7:00:00 PM

    This week we finally started to see some sprouts from our seeds! It’s so neat to see the beginning of the growth process - we found some seeds just beginning to split and take root, while others seemed to sprout and grow leaves overnight! What a fun five-day week we had together.

     

    Updates:

    Black and Orange Pumpkin Day!: Next Friday will be Black and Orange Pumpkin Day here in our classroom! This is a day completely devoted to pumpkin and harvest activities! We have pumpkin math games, autumn stories, and a few art projects to do together. We are so excited for this day! If your child would like to wear black and orange that day they are welcome to!



    Responsive Classroom: Each day, students begin with a morning meeting, with the goal being to meet students’ needs for Belonging, Significance and Fun. We greet each other, share ideas (sometimes about school and sometimes not!), play a group activity together and then read the message. This is a crucial time of day for us to work together to build our classroom community, for students to practice social skills, and for academic content to be reviewed or previewed. This week some activities we tried were: Count to 10 and What’s Changed.

     

    In addition to the practice of morning meeting, Responsive Classroom focuses on the importance of students gaining both social/emotional as well as academic skills to support them in school and life. We created our chart about Responsibility. The words the students used to describe what it means to be responsible are:

    • Wait your turn
    • Tell the truth IF it’s helpful for necessary
    • Save the things you want to do for last
    • Ask Questions
    • Do the hard things first
    • Raise hands
    • Listen 

     

    Our rules are alive and well! We all signed them agreeing to do our best to follow them, and to help each other remember.

     

    We will…

    1. Cooperate with each other.
    2. Have patience with ourselves.
    3. Listen so we can take care of our space.

     

    Subjects

    Math: We continued with math menu this week, and played games that strengthened subitizing, and recognizing quantities within 10. Some students are working on feeling comfortable with pairs of numbers that make 10,  while others who are already comfortable working with 10, have moved on to bigger decades, and are working within 100 and beyond!

     

    In addition to these math concepts, students participate in Number Corner and a Number Talk each day. These portions of our math block are to strengthen students’ mental calculation abilities as well as to foster conversations around math. The calendar collector specifically targets the practice of looking for patterns while building upon various math concepts.  We have now seen some of the patterns repeat in our calendar collector - this week we returned to collecting leaves in baskets, and thinking about different ways to make 9.

     

    Science: This week we continued our first science unit, How Plants and Animals Survive. We continue to take care of our seeds each day, and we also watched a video on plant structure.

     

    Reading: 1st graders have continued working on strategies for solving puzzling words while reading. This week in addition to decoding strategies, we started focusing on Long vowel patterns. We created charts for all the ways Long A and Long E can be spelled in words, and readers are using these patterns to help solve puzzling words while they read.

     

    In Reader’s Workshop, students continue to put these strategies into practice with their independent reading. I finished reading assessments this week (woo hoo!), and am planning to start meeting officially with small groups of students next week.  These groups will be flexible and change based on student needs. 

     

    Writing: We continued with Small Moments in writing. All writers are continuously moving through the writing cycle of,  “Choosing a Seed, Drafting and Polishing!” In addition to this process, we also talked about telling a small moment story with JUST pictures. Some writers have tried one of these as well.

     

    Technology

    Chromebooks: I will plan to use the chromebooks in school on Mondays and Fridays only (for now). So, if you would like to plan on only sending it in on those days and keeping it at home Tuesday-Thursday, please feel free to do so!

     

    Headphones:If you have headphones or earbuds for your child, please send them in their backpack, labeled. Please let me know if this is not a possibility for you, and I will do my best to locate some!

     

    Seesaw: The hope is that students will continue to gain familiarity and dexterity with Seesaw and the chromebook in general, so we will use Seesaw to complete activities on Mondays and Fridays. While we are at school full-time, there will be no “at home” assignments. 

     

     

    Nuts and Bolts

     

    Halloween: Even though Halloween falls on a Saturday, this is a reminder that we do not celebrate Halloween here at school. All costumes and candy must be left at home. 

     

    Breakfast: Breakfast is available and offered to all students each day, free of charge. Please let me know if you do not want your child to eat the school-provided breakfast.

     

    Prepare for the Weather: Dressing your child in layers as the cold comes in is important. We were asked to share with parents that students will be having outside recess everyday, unless it is thunder/lightning, or below zero. Your child should have an extra set of clothes - these can stay at school in their bin unless they are used and need to come home to be washed. A raincoat is also a good idea, and can certainly be left on their hook here. Please label all items. 

     

    Snack: Please send in a daily healthy snack and drink. We will now have our snack each morning between 9:20 and 10:00.

     

    Our Schedule: Our schedule is linked here, and has been updated on our class website. You should also have seen a paper copy of this come home!

     

    Birthdays: Birthdays are a very special time and I am happy to have your child share their special day with our class if they choose! My hope is to have a connection from a special adult for the birthday student that can be shared with the class. This could be: 

    • a video with a short message
    • a video reading of a favorite book
    • a visit from a special adult in the school! 
    • any other ideas are welcome!

    If your child has a summer birthday, they can choose when we celebrate this year:) Please reach out ahead of your child’s birthday to let me know how you would like us to recognize this day for them! 

     

    Outside of School:

    Your child should be exposed to reading every night. This can include you reading aloud to your child or them listening to an audio book. 

     

    Please make sure your child has the following items each day:

    • 2 facemasks and small tupperware container to store their masks
    • water bottle labeled with their name
    • snack
    • extra clothes in their backpack



    Important Events

    Pumpkin Day October 30

    Voting Day November 3rd (no school)

    Parent Conferences November 19 (evening) and November 23 (daytime)

    Thanksgiving Break November 25-27 (no school)

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  • 10/2

    Posted by Stacey Mead on 10/7/2020 7:00:00 PM

    We completed our last hybrid week! Both groups of students are so excited to be in the room together. We have rearranged some furniture, given students new seats, and done all we can to get ready to welcome everyone on Monday!


    Updates:

    Responsive Classroom: Each day, students begin with a morning meeting, with the goal being to meet students’ needs for Belonging, Significance and Fun. We greet each other, share ideas (sometimes about school and sometimes not!), play a group activity together and then read the message. This is a crucial time of day for us to work together to build our classroom community, for students to practice social skills, and for academic content to be reviewed or previewed. This week some activities we tried were: Do what I say and not what I do! and Going on Vacation We also practiced tracking while reading the message and listening to the thinking of others. 

     

    In addition to the practice of morning meeting, Responsive Classroom focuses on the importance of students gaining both social/emotional as well as academic skills to support them in school and life. This week, we finished our poster about what Cooperation could look and sound like here in our classroom. 

    Subjects

    Math: The past few weeks in math have focused on becoming “five-wise” and “ten-wise.” This is the idea that students are beginning to recognize 5 and 10 as quantities or groups, rather than amounts that they need to count from 1. We are using models such as ten-frames, number racks and tally marks to strengthen this grouping skill. We are playing games like: Quick, Look!, Spill those Beans and Finger Talk. 

     

    In addition to these math concepts, students participate in Number Corner and a Number Talk each day. These portions of our math block are to strengthen students’ mental calculation abilities as well as to foster conversations around math. The calendar collector specifically targets the practice of looking for patterns while building upon various math concepts.  In September, our calendar collector focused on the math models of ten frames, popsicle sticks and tally marks. October has just started, and so far we have seen groups of colored apples appear on the calendar cards. 

     

    Science: We began the year thinking about how scientists gather information. We did some observing up close outside, and included labeled sketches as well as questions with our observations. This past week we have started our first official science unit, How Plants and Animals Survive. We began by learning about the parts of plants, and completed an experiment with celery and food coloring to see specifically how the stem of a plant brings nutrients from the ground up through to the leaves and flowers. 

     

    Reading: 1st graders have focused on some decoding strategies that careful readers can use when they get stuck on a word. So far we have talked about using the pictures, thinking about the letters and sounds, asking what word would make sense, and using what you know about word families. In Reader’s Workshop, students have practiced using some of these strategies. We have also been working on identifying just right books, as well as discussing all the reasons readers read. Students have book bins in the room with collections of books - some that they have determined to be a “just right” match to the words, and others that are based on topics that interest them! While Reader’s Workshop is happening, I am also assessing to determine instructional next steps for each reader. This information will ultimately inform small groups in the near future:)

     

    Writing: Our first writing unit of the year is: Small Moments. We have read some small moment books together (The Roller Coaster and The Snowy Day), and we have done some brainstorming activities to think about how writers get ideas. Students are now in the finishing stages of their first small moment stories. They have thought about three parts to their stories: Setting the Scene, Telling the Most Exciting Part, and Telling the End. Now writers are putting their stories into polished books! 

     

    Technology

    Chromebooks: Students have done a fantastic job gaining the habit of bringing chromebooks to and from school each day. We know that there may be times when students need to transition to some at home learning, whether it is from illness, Covid19 exposure or a whole-school shift. If you would like your child to continue to bring the chromebook to and from school each day, I am happy to support that. 

     

    If you would prefer that they not have to do that everyday, I am proposing an alternative: I will plan to use the chromebooks in school on Mondays and Fridays only (for now). So, if you would like to plan on only sending it in on those days and keeping it at home Tuesday-Thursday, please feel free to do so!

     

    Headphones:As we use chromebooks more and more at school, there may be times when students can listen to something. Unfortunately, the school is not able to provide a set of headphones for every student. If you have headphones or earbuds for your child, please send them in their backpack, labeled. Please let me know if this is not a possibility for you, and I will do my best to locate some!

     

    Seesaw: Even though we are returning to in-person school all five days, we will still use Seesaw periodically. The hope is that students will continue to gain familiarity and dexterity with Seesaw and the chromebook in general. While we are at school full-time, there will be no “at home” assignments. 

     

    RAZ-kids: Students are now set up with RAZ-kids accounts! Your child logged into this website at school, and should still be logged in on their chromebooks. Students “saved” the login info on their chromebooks, and as a back-up, they have this info taped to their home folders. We will use this throughout the year. The link was sent to students in Seesaw (they can find it in their inbox) and can also be found here:  https://www.raz-kids.com/

     

     

    Nuts and Bolts

     

    Dismissal: Kindergartners and their siblings will still be picked up at the entrance to the school on rte. 128, while all other pick-ups will continue to happen out front. The only change is that now parents picking up out front will park and walk over to the school building to collect their child from us. 

     

    Breakfast: Breakfast is available and offered to all students each day, free of charge. Please let me know if you do not want your child to eat the school-provided breakfast.

     

    Prepare for the Weather: As the weather starts to change, dressing in layers will be even more important. We were asked to share with parents that students will be having outside recess everyday, unless it is thunder/lightning, or below zero. Your child should have an extra set of clothes - these can stay at school in their bin unless they are used and need to come home to be washed. A raincoat is also a good idea, and can certainly be left on their hook here. Please label all items. 

     

    Snack: Please send in a daily healthy snack and drink. We will now have our snack each morning at 9:20.

     

    Our Schedule: Next week our schedule will be different, since everyone is back together all five days. Our schedule is linked here, and has been updated on our class website. You should also have seen a paper copy of this come home!

     

    Birthdays: Birthdays are a very special time and I am happy to have your child share their special day with our class if they choose! My hope is to have a connection from a special adult for the birthday student that can be shared with the class. This could be: 

    • a video with a short message
    • a video reading of a favorite book
    • a visit from a special adult in the school! 
    • any other ideas are welcome!

    If your child has a summer birthday, they can choose when we celebrate this year:) Please reach out ahead of your child’s birthday to let me know how you would like us to recognize this day for them! 

     

    Outside of School:

    Your child should be exposed to reading every night. This can include you reading aloud to your child or them listening to an audio book. Your child will not receive weekly homework, however, I may periodically send home special projects throughout the year to work on together. Students will always have time in school to work on projects as well.

    Please make sure your child has the following items each day:

    *2 facemasks and small tupperware container to store their masks

    *water bottle labeled with their name

    *snack

    *extra clothes in their backpack



    Important Events

    Picture Day October 22nd (for our class)

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  • 9/25

    Posted by Stacey Mead on 9/28/2020 4:00:00 PM

    The students have worked so hard to create our classroom community! It’s so much fun seeing the way they are making connections, finding ways to be kind and helpful, and supporting each other in their learning.



    Updates:

     

    Responsive Classroom: Each day, students begin with a morning meeting, with the goal being to meet students’ needs for Belonging, Significance and Fun. We greet each other, share ideas (sometimes about school and sometimes not!), play a group activity together and then read the message. This is a crucial time of day for us to work together to build our classroom community, for students to practice social skills, and for academic content to be reviewed or previewed. This week some activities we tried were: What’s in My Bag and Animals! We also practiced tracking while reading the message and listening to the thinking of others. 

     

    In addition to the practice of morning meeting, Responsive Classroom focuses on the importance of students gaining both social/emotional as well as academic skills to support them in school and life. This week, we continued reading and learning about the skill of Cooperation and why it is important. We added to our ideas of what it looks like and sounds like to cooperate. 

     

    Technology

    Chromebooks: Chromebooks are to travel back and forth between home and school each day. Chargers stay at home. Please charge chromebooks at night. If chromebooks are shut down (rather than just closing the top), they will hold the battery longer. 

     

    Headphones:As we use chromebooks more and more at school, there may be times when students can listen to something. Unfortunately, the school is not able to provide a set of headphones for every student. If you have headphones or earbuds for your child, please send them in their backpack, labeled. Please let me know if this is not a possibility for you, and I will do my best to locate some!

     

    Seesaw: Plans, morning welcome messages and SOME learning activities are now being posted in Seesaw! I will also continue to email the plans to parents as well. Students are becoming more independent with this online platform, and we continue to use it at school to practice. Here is a video introducing Seesaw from the student view. 

     

    Please know that it is never our goal for students to feel frustration with any school work. If you see your child is reaching this point with anything, please have them stop. You can write a note on the paper packet to me if you'd like, or shoot me an email and I will follow up with them at school. The goal is no tears!

     

    Zoom: We are using Zoom for our live morning meeting on Wednesday mornings. If students are having trouble with their microphone working (the group is saying they can’t hear them), here is a video showing some things to look at. Most importantly, is that students select “join with video” when they are let into the meeting.

     

    RAZ-kids: Students are now set up with RAZ-kids accounts! Your child logged into this website at school, and should still be logged in on their chromebooks. Students “saved” the login info on their chromebooks, and as a back-up, they have this info taped to their home folders. We will use this throughout the year, both in school and for remote assignments. The link was sent to students in Seesaw (they can find it in their inbox) and can also be found here:  https://www.raz-kids.com/

     

     

    Nuts and Bolts

    Dismissal: Buses and students walking/riding their bikes are now dismissed first, around 2:35. If you are meeting your child to walk or bike home with them, they will be on the far left side of the building, at the end of the second grade wing. Kindergartners and their siblings will be picked up at the entrance to the school on rte. 128, while all other pick-ups will continue to happen out front.

     

    Breakfast: Breakfast is available and offered to all students each day, free of charge. Please let me know if you do not want your child to eat the school-provided breakfast.

     

    Prepare for the Weather: We are getting outside as much as possible (in addition to daily recess). Your child should also have an extra set of clothes - these can stay at school in their bin unless they are used and need to come home to be washed. 

     

    Snack: Please send in a daily healthy snack and drink. We have snack each morning at 9:50, and since we have the latest lunch (12:10), this mid-morning snack is needed!

     

    Our Schedule: A paper copy of our schedule was sent home, and it is also posted on our class website. The week of September 28th will be a green week. 

     

    Birthdays: Birthdays are a very special time and I am happy to have your child share their special day with our class if they choose! My hope is to have a connection from a special adult for the birthday student that can be shared with the class. This could be: 

    • a video with a short message
    • a video reading of a favorite book
    • a visit from a special adult in the school! 
    • any other ideas are welcome!

    If your child has a summer birthday, they can choose when we celebrate this year:) Please reach out ahead of your child’s birthday to let me know how you would like us to recognize this day for them! 

     

    Outside of School:

    Your child should be exposed to reading every night. This can include you reading aloud to your child or them listening to an audio book. Your child will not receive weekly homework, however, I may periodically send home special projects throughout the year to work on together. Students will always have time in school to work on projects as well.

    Please make sure your child has the following items each day:

    *2 facemasks and small tupperware container to store their masks

    *water bottle labeled with their name

    *snack

    *extra clothes in their backpack

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  • 9/18 Update

    Posted by Stacey Mead on 9/20/2020 10:00:00 AM

    It felt great to have a “regular” week together. We are working on ways to build connections between the two different cohorts of students. This week we worked together on a poster about Cooperation!

     

    Updates:

     

    Responsive Classroom: Each day, students begin with a morning meeting, with the goal being to meet students’ needs for Belonging, Significance and Fun. We greet each other, share ideas (sometimes about school and sometimes not!), play a group activity together and then read the message. This is a crucial time of day for us to work together to build our classroom community, for students to practice social skills, and for academic content to be reviewed or previewed.

     

    In addition to the practice of morning meeting, Responsive Classroom focuses on the importance of students gaining both social/emotional as well as academic skills to support them in school and life. This week, we began reading and learning about the skill of Cooperation and why it is important. Both groups began generating ideas of what it looks like and sounds like to cooperate. 

     

    Chromebooks: Chromebooks are to travel back and forth between home and school each day. Chargers stay at home. Please charge chromebooks at night. If chromebooks are shut down (rather than just closing the top), they will hold the battery longer. 

     

    Headphones:As we use chromebooks more and more at school, there may be times when students can listen to something. Unfortunately, the school is not able to provide a set of headphones for every student. If you have headphones or earbuds for your child, please send them in their backpack, labeled. Please let me know if this is not a possibility for you, and I will do my best to locate some!

     

    Seesaw: If you have not yet connected with your child’s Seesaw account, please do so. Starting next week (Sept 21st), I will be posting student assignments directly in Seesaw. To be consistent with all 1st grade classrooms, I will also continue to email the plans to parents. Although the goal is for students to be independent with this online platform, we know that they are going to need support for a while with it. Here is a video introducing Seesaw from the student view. 

     

    Please know that it is never our goal for students to feel frustration with any school work. If you see your child is reaching this point with anything, please have them stop. You can write a note on the paper packet to me if you'd like, or shoot me an email and I will follow up with them at school. The goal is no tears!

     

    Dismissal: Buses and students walking/riding their bikes are now dismissed first, around 2:35. If you are meeting your child to walk or bike home with them, they will be on the far left side of the building, at the end of the second grade wing. Kindergartners and their siblings will be picked up at the entrance to the school on rte. 128, while all other pick-ups will continue to happen out front.

     

    Breakfast: Breakfast is available and offered to all students each day, free of charge. Please let me know if you do not want your child to eat the school-provided breakfast.

     

    Prepare for the Weather: We are getting outside as much as possible (in addition to daily recess). Your child should also have an extra set of clothes - these can stay at school in their bin unless they are used and need to come home to be washed. 

     

    Snack: Please send in a daily healthy snack and drink. This should be packed in a separate bag from your child’s lunch. We will have snack each morning between 9:30 and 10:00. 

     

    Our Schedule: A paper copy of our schedule was sent home, and it is also posted on our class website. The week of September 21st will be a blue week. 

     

    Birthdays: Birthdays are a very special time and I am happy to have your child share their special day with our class if they choose! My hope is to have a connection from a special adult for the birthday student that can be shared with the class. This could be: 

    • a video with a short message
    • a video reading of a favorite book
    • a visit from a special adult in the school! 
    • any other ideas are welcome!

    If your child has a summer birthday, they can choose when we celebrate this year:) Please reach out ahead of your child’s birthday to let me know how you would like us to recognize this day for them! 

    Outside of School:

    Your child should be exposed to reading every night. This can include you reading aloud to your child or them listening to an audio book. Your child will not receive weekly homework, however, I may periodically send home special projects throughout the year to work on together. Students will always have time in school to work on projects as well.

     

    Please make sure your child has the following items each day:

    *2 facemasks and small tupperware container to store their masks

    *water bottle labeled with their name

    *snack

    *extra clothes in their backpack



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  • 9/11 Update

    Posted by Stacey Mead on 9/16/2020 9:25:00 PM

    What a wonderful start to the year! It has been so rewarding to be with students again, even with all of the new procedures and rules! I hope your children had something positive to share with you at home about our first few days.

    Here are a few updates:

     

    Chromebooks: Chromebooks are to travel back and forth between home and school each day. Chargers stay at home. Please charge chromebooks at night. If chromebooks are shut down (rather than just closing the top), they will hold the battery longer. 

     

    Seesaw: If you have not yet connected with your child’s Seesaw account, please do so. Starting the week of September 21st, I will be posting student assignments directly in Seesaw rather than emailing the plans to parents. Although the goal is for students to be independent with this online platform, we know that they are going to need support for a while with it. Here is a video introducing Seesaw from the student view. 

     

    Dismissal: Buses and students walking/riding their bikes are now dismissed first, around 2:35. If you are meeting your child to walk or bike home with them, they will be on the far left side of the building, at the end of the second grade wing. All parent pick-ups (in cars), will still happen out front with classroom teachers, starting at 2:45.

     

    Breakfast: Breakfast is available and offered to all students each day, free of charge. Please let me know if you do not want your child to eat the school-provided breakfast.

     

    Communication: A majority of our communication will be through email this year. If you have not been receiving emails from me, please let me know so I can add you to our class email list. In an effort to build community across our cohorts, I would like to create a class contact list (emails). If you do not want me to share your email with the other families in class, please let me know. 

     

    Prepare for the Weather: We are getting outside as much as possible (in addition to daily recess). Your child should also have an extra set of clothes - these can stay at school in their bin unless they are used and need to come home to be washed. 

     

    Snack: Please send in a daily healthy snack and drink. This should be packed in a separate bag from your child’s lunch. We will have snack each morning between 9:30 and 10:00. Your child should also bring a water bottle (labeled with their name) to school each day.

     

    Our Schedule: A paper copy of our schedule was sent home, and it is also posted on my class website. This first week was a blue week for specials, so next week will be a green week. 

     

    Birthdays: Birthdays are a very special time and I am happy to have your child share their special day with our class if they choose! My hope is to have a connection from a special adult for the birthday student that can be shared with the class. This could be: 

    • a video with a short message
    • a video reading of a favorite book
    • a visit from a special adult in the school! 
    • any other ideas are welcome!

    If your child has a summer birthday, they can choose when we celebrate this year:) Please reach out ahead of your child’s birthday to let me know how you would like us to recognize this day for them! 

     

    Outside of School:

    Your child should be exposed to reading every night. This can include you reading aloud to your child or them listening to an audio book. Your child will not receive weekly homework, however, I may periodically send home special projects throughout the year to work on together. Students will always have time in school to work on projects as well.

     

    Please make sure your child has the following items each day:

    *2 facemasks and small tupperware container to store their masks

    *water bottle labeled with their name

    *snack

    *extra clothes in their backpack



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  • 9/1

    Posted by Stacey Mead on 9/16/2020 9:00:00 PM

    Mrs. Mead’s First Grade Class 

    Email: smead@ewsd.org

    Phone: 878-2584 ext. 2122

    Dear Families,

     

    Welcome to first grade! I am looking forward to an exciting year with all of you - it will certainly be one to remember!

     

    This year things will look different at EES so I wanted to let you know about some important information for the school year.

     

    Arrival: As you know, parents will not be allowed to enter the building during the school day. Students will be dropped off by car or bus and adults will help them walk to the back door of our classroom (Room 24). I will meet them at our back door, take their temperature, and then we will start our day together. 

     

    Dismissal: Dismissal begins at 2:45. Students riding the bus will be walked to their bus by a staff member. I will walk the rest of the class to the front of the building where we will wait for your arrival. There should be more information and a video coming from the school. Please make sure you have filled out your dismissal form from the office. If your child has a change in dismissal plans, please send in a note or call the main office before 2:30.

     

    Communication: A majority of our communication will be through email this year. If you have not been receiving emails from me, please let me know so I can add you to our class email list. In an effort to build community across our cohorts, I would like to create a class contact list (emails). If you do not want me to share your email with the other families in class, please let me know. Your child will also have a Home Folder that will go home each week (Tuesdays-Group A and Fridays-Group B). Your child will bring home notes and schoolwork in the folder. Please be sure to check the folder and send it back to school when your child returns for in-person learning. 

     

    Lunch and Recess: We will be eating lunch in our classrooms from 12:10-12:40. The children will then go out for recess from 12:40-1:10. Please make sure your child is dressed for the weather (including appropriate footwear) as we will be getting outside as much as possible (in addition to daily recess). Your child should also have an extra set of clothes in their backpack each day. 

     

    Snack: Please send in a daily healthy snack and drink. This should be packed in a separate bag from your child’s lunch. We will have snack each morning between 9:00 and 9:30. Your child should also bring a water bottle (labeled with their name) to school each day as the water fountains will be turned off in the building. 

    Our Schedule: We will be using a rotating schedule this year so that each child receives unified arts in person. The whole class schedule is included with this letter, and the UA schedule is here:

     

    Cohort A

    Cohort B


    Monday

    PE or Art

    Tuesday

    Music or Learning Center


    Thursday

    PE or Art

    Friday

    Music or Learning Center

     

    Birthdays: Birthdays are a very special time and I am happy to have your child share their special day with our class if they choose! My hope is to have a connection from a special adult for the birthday student that can be shared with the class. This could be: 

    • a video with a short message
    • a video reading of a favorite book
    • a visit from a special adult in the school! 
    • any other ideas are welcome!

    If your child has a summer birthday, they can choose when we celebrate this year:) Please reach out ahead of your child’s birthday to let me know how you would like us to recognize this day for them! 

     

    Outside of School:

    Your child should be exposed to reading every night. This can include you reading aloud to your child or them listening to an audio book. Your child will not receive weekly homework, however, I may periodically send home special projects throughout the year to work on together. Students will always have time in school to work on projects as well.

     

    Please make sure your child has the following items each day:

    *2 facemasks and small tupperware container to store their masks

    *water bottle labeled with their name

    *snack

    *extra clothes in their backpack

     

    I look forward to working with you this year. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have. We are going to have a great year together!

     

    Sincerely,

    Stacey Mead

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