Room 212 News #3

September 15

Apple Tree

Outside our classroom there is an apple tree with wishes (on apples) for classroom supplies. Some of these items include:

  • tissues
  • hand sanitizer
  • napkins
  • paper towels
  • pencils
  • "pink pearl" type erasers
  • dry erase markers or dry erase crayons

NWEA testing

Our fall NWEA testing will be this Wednesday and Thursday morning. This is a computer based test that adjusts the level of difficulty as the student answers questions.

Guided Reading and Centers to begin soon!

Last week we continued to build stamina for Reading to Self and Reading to Someone - two of the main activities students will be doing while I meet with small reading groups. Ask your child, what do you have to do during Read to Self or Read to Someone to rate yourself a 4? Students give themselves a rating on their fingers after we practice.

We have also been learning about some of the word work centers that will take place during this time.

Words with Beads -building sight words on pipe cleaners with letter beads

If I Can Spell - creating words from simple word families, If I can spell "fin," I can spell bin, tin, win, chin...

Field Trips

As I shared at Curriculum Night, all first grade classes district-wide attend an environmental field trip in the winter to Kensington Metro-Park. I will let you know when that date has been confirmed. It is likely there will be a few other trips throughout the year as well. I will notify you as trips are arranged and the dates approach.

Any volunteer who will be alone with children (e.g. leading a group on a field trip) needs to have a background check prior to the event. The form can be found here:

Please download the form, fill it out and submit it to the Bryant or Pattengill office. You will need to present your ID.


Please send a snack with your child each day, if possible. A snack will be provided for children who don't bring one from home. Check labels carefully. Items containing even traces of nuts or processed in facilities with nuts are not safe for nut-free schools like Bryant. The school no longer has a suggested list of snacks, but this may be a helpful resource :

Watch for a "Fresh Fruit Friday" Sign-up Genius in the next few weeks. You will have the opportunity to sign up to send in a healthy snack for the class on Fridays throughout the year.

An item of interest...

Click to open your newsletter in another window, then click below to hear a radio program about the effects of sleep deprivation on children. Some interesting information.

Special Schedule

Here are the days we'll be having special classes! Students need gym shoes on Monday and Thursday. Please be sure your child returns his/her library book by Wednesday.

Monday: PE and Music

Tuesday: Art

Wednesday: Music and Library

Thursday: PE and Music

Friday: Music

Dates to Remember:

9/16 Pattengill Curriculum Night 6:30

10/1 Bryant Picture Day

10/2 PTO Meeting at Bryant 7:30

10/17 Family Movie Night at Bryant 5:30