Mrs. Cornell's Class

News for the week of November 26 - November 30

Dear Parents,

It was good to meet with everyone for conferences. It’s nice to be able to spend some time with just you and your child. That being said, it was also nice for everyone to have a few days off to spend time with family.

As you may have seen, Grammy Mac (with several students) was featured in The Free Press a couple of weeks ago. Addtionally, the story was picked up by the StarTribune in the Sunday paper on the 18th. What fun!

This week we will be finishing up our second unit of reading with review and assessment. When these tests come home, remember that some students will not have done the tests completely independently. Extra support is given at times to keep the test purposeful. That being said, the score may not be a true reflection of your child's independent ability.

During conferences I shared that students would be switching for Social Studies to Mr. Meyer. This will start soon!

Please help us out at school. All outdoor clothing items must be marked with names. Many students have similar looking jackets, etc., and it really helps to have them clearly marked so the wrong jacket isn’t picked up.

In just three weeks, we will have our Winter Music Concert. It is always an exciting day. Please note the date for scheduling purposes.

Have a good week!

Mrs. Cornell


This "Glog" is a fantastic resource for me in the classroom. We are able to use some things on it each week to enhance our learning through engaging activities. I am sharing it with you. Students may do some exploring or may go back to activities that we used in class.
Raz-Kids is an online, self-paced reading website. The teacher username is "jocornell". Students know their passwords. Students first listen to a story, then read that story, then take a quiz. Each task they do earns them points.


We started using IXL a short time ago. Many students started using this in kindergarten. Your child should know their username and password, if not I can email it to you. Most students should be working on First Grade skills. Your child should know which ones I have introduced, but with your assistance they could find many others that would provide great practice. Students should work to earn a score of 80 or higher before moving on to another skill, but if they are struggling with a particular skill it may not be the right time to work on it and they may have greater success later in the year.
Be sure to bookmark this site. There are hundreds of math games to choose from. The higher the number, the more difficult the skills.


December 11th - Two Hour Late Start
December 14th - Winter Music Program
December 21st - Last day before break
December 24th - January 4th - Winter Break

November Skills Checklist

This checklist includes many of the concepts and skills that your child is working on during the month of November. You will notice our Math Home Links correlate with the math skills. You can help me in tracking your child’s progress by using and returning this checklist at the end of the month. When you feel that your child has mastered a skill, check on the line. Not all lines need to be checked off to return the sheet to school, but please work on each skill with your child throughout the month of November. Thank you for all of your extra help working with your child at home.

  • Knows how to tie shoes ___
  • Can tell time on an analog clock to the hour and half hour (half past) ___
  • Identifies numbers as even or odd ___
  • Knows sums of 10 (8+2, 5+5, 3+7, etc.)
  • Can write a complete sentence using correct capitalization and punctuation ___

(inventive spelling expected – try descriptive or persuasive)

  • Can solve +/- number or word problems using the number line or number grid ___
  • Can calculate the value of money including pennies, nickels, and dimes ___
  • Can use a number grid or number line to identify and complete number

patterns (3, 6, 9, . . .) ___

  • Can count by 2’s to 120 ___
  • Can count up and back by 5’s and 10’s to 120 ___
  • Can read high frequency words (see below) ___
  • Can retell a story using beginning, middle and end ___
  • Is starting to use word endings (s, es, ed, ing) ___
  • Knows proper nouns need to be capitalized (Target, Dan, Kennedy Elementary School) ___

Your Child’s Name _____________________________

Parent Signature _____________________________

*Please keep your chart in a safe place so it will not get lost or destroyed.*

Due back December 1

High Frequency Words

does, one, two, her, they

who, some, of, no, eat

into, live, many, out

put, show, make, three, under, want

away, late, school, today, way, why