Mrs. Cornell's Class

News for February 4 - 8

Dear Parents,

Cheers to the change in weather! I think we are all ready for this week of milder weather.

Recently we started a second Get Ready time during our day. This allows us to have both Math and Reading Get Ready most days. We are working hard to learn as much as we can and to attain those Essential Learner Outcomes. Our Get Ready times help us to work on just what students need in each group - from review/practice to enrichment.

This Friday students and staff will have some fun with the jump rope demonstration. Some students from each grade will participate and we will all watch and cheer everyone on!

Our computer lab time is becoming very limited. If possible, please encourage your child to use IXL and Raz-Kids at home. They are very engaged when we use these sites and really seem to enjoy the practice. Please see my comments near the IXL link for ideas for activities.

Valentine's Day is next week, and first graders LOVE Valentine's Day! Students may bring valentines/treats to exchange. If students do bring them, they should bring for each student in class. I am sending home a class list. Students should not bring them to school until next Wednesday or Thursday and should bring them in a bag marked with their name. I will keep them until we pass them out. We've got some other fun activities planned for that day, too.

In case you haven't heard, Kennedy Elementary has been recognized by the Minnesota Department of Education as a "Celebration School!" Very cool!

The February Skills Checklist can be found at the bottom of this newsletter.

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 use this weekly in school. Students really enjoy practicing math on this site. Your child should know their username and password, if not I can email it to you.

Some good activities to practice this week include:
First Grade: B11, B15, D13, D14, F3, F6, L3, L4, M1, M2, N2
Second Grade: E7, E10, E11, F7, F9, F11

Students may explore other activities and may need support.
Be sure to bookmark this site. There are hundreds of math games to choose from. The higher the number, the more difficult the skills.

February Skills Checklist

Dear Parents,

This checklist includes many of the topics and skills that your child is working on during the month of February. Many skills continue from previous months. 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 February. Thank you for all of your extra help working with your child at home.

Sincerely, Mrs. Cornell

· Can tell time on an analog clock to the half hour (half past) and quarter hour

(quarter-to or before and quarter-past or after) ___

· Can write time in digital notation (example: 5:45 or 11:30) ___

· Identifies numbers as even or odd ___

· Can draw and solve +/- number stories using the number line, number grid, tallies,

pictures, counters, base 10 (any) ___

· Can calculate and write the value of money when using pennies/nickels/dimes/quarters ___

· Can solve math facts including adding or subtracting 0, 1, 2, and doubles up to 10 + 10 ___

· Knows facts whose sums are 10 (example: 7+3 = ) ___

· Can read any two and three digit number ___

· Can compare numbers using > = < symbols ___

· Can measure to the nearest inch / centimeter ___

· Can count by 2’s to 100 and up and back by 5’s and 10’s to 100 ___

· Can read high frequency words (see below) ___

· When reading, pauses for commas and periods ___

· Can answer questions about what he/she has read ___

Can identify main characters, setting and main events in stories ___

Can read long u, long a (ay, ai), and long e (ee, ea, ey, y) words: tune, train, meat

· Can write complete sentences using correct capitalization and punctuation ___

Your Child’s Name _____________________________

Parent Signature _____________________________

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

Due back March 1st.


February 4 to 8 - work, after, find, old, new, done

February 11 to 15 - warm, cold, sounds, great, know, their, there

February 18 to 22 - kind, knew, house, friends, far, by,

February 25 to March 1 - heard, began, before, happen, told, falls