Messer Mailer

A Week in Review

Friday, September 16, 2016

A Note from Mrs. Messer

Our class continues to amaze me with how well they work together as a group! They certainly exemplify our 4 C's of Trojan Pride: Community, Compassion, Curiosity and Commitment.

School wide health screening is just around the corner! This important service provides us with important information regarding your child's vision and hearing. If you are interested in helping, please contact Paula Sarsland at 952-607-0177.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Language Arts

This week students practiced three of the important components of our Daily 4 routine: Read to Self, Read to Someone and Word Work. Next week we will add Writing. Each of these has an expectation for independence. Our goal is for the teacher (me!) to work with various small reading and math groups while the rest of the class engages in meaningful work.


Students built "Number Racks" this week which we used to show various combinations for a given number. For example, 7 can be shown as 5+2, 6+1, 3+4, etc. We also practiced counting by 2's, 5's and 10's. Please use the highlighted hundreds grids sent home this week to practice. Once counting forward is mastered, try counting backwards!


This week in our "Second Step" health curriculum we focused on our feelings. It is important for students to not only be able to recognize and name their own feelings, but understand the feelings of others. We learned that an individual's facial expression and body language provide clues.

Digital Day Schedule

9/19 Day 5: Art
9/20 Day 1: PE/Media (Book Check-Out)
9/21 Day 2: PE/Music
9/22 Day 3: PE/Music
9/23 Day 4:Technology

Upcoming Events

9/20: Health Screening (Volunteers Needed!)
9/27: Picture Day
9/30: Movie Night (6:30-9:30pm)

Don't Forget Gym Shoes!

Our class has physical education three times a week. Please be sure your child has gym shoes, as he or she will not be able to safely participate in the days activity without them.

Snack Time!

Students are encouraged to bring a healthy snack and water bottle (sport tops, only) to school each day. Please be sure that all snack items are ready to be eaten and do not need to washed, peeled, etc. Also, don't forget to send a spoon for those foods needing one.

Peanut and Tree-Nut Sensitive Classroom

Please do not send peanuts or tree nuts (almonds, cashews, pistachios, hazelnuts, walnuts, etc.) to school with your child. This includes snacks containing these products. There are many healthy-nut free alternatives from which to choose. Thank you for keeping our students safe!

Important Links

The "Nuts and Bolts" of First Grade

The following video features important information regarding the procedures, curriculum and homework requirements of first grade. This resource is designed to only give an overview, as additional details will be seny home throughout the school year.

Math Support

The following link provides information and materials for families using Bridges math curriculum. I will be sending home information regarding the program with your child, but use this as an additional resource.


You do not need to sign up on Twitter in order to keep updated on classroom events. Simply click on the link below to get a peak at your child's learning!

Raz Kids (Look to begin in October!)

Online guided reading program with interactive ebooks, downloadable books and reading quizzes.