Mrs. Cornell's Class

News for the week of January 14 - 18

Dear Parents,

Whew! It looks like a chilly, chilly start to the week. Please continue to monitor what your children are wearing. I had a few students need to borrow my "emergency" hats and gloves last week.

We will take our mid-year Dibels tests Monday morning. I have taken some time to get students acquainted with the new test they will take which is the Oral Reading Fluency test. We also did a brief review of nonsense words since many haven't taken them since September.

A reminder: This Tuesday is the re-scheduled Two-Hour Late Start.

Next Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Students are home as that is a curriculum day, so we will spend some time this week learning about this important man and what he believed and fought for.

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

Have a good week! Stay healthy!

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.


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.


January 15th - Two Hour Late Start
January 18th - PTO Meeting - 6:30 pm
January 21st - No School - Curriculum Day

January Skills Checklist

Dear Parents,

This checklist includes many of the topics and skills that your child is working on during the month of January. You will notice our math Home Links correlate with the math skills. Some 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. Thank you for all of your extra help working with your child at home.

Sincerely, Mrs. Cornell

- Knows how to tie shoes ___

- 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 identify numbers as even or odd ___

- Can write a complete sentence using correct capitalization and punctuation ___

(inventive spelling expected)

- Can solve +/- number or word problems using the number line or number grid ___

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

- Can solve math facts including adding or subtracting 0, 1, and 2 ___

- Can solve math facts including doubles up to 10+10 ___

- Can read a thermometer ___

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

- Can write any dictated number up to 1000 ___

- Can compare numbers using > = < symbols ___

- 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) ___

- When reading, pauses for commas and periods ___

- Knows all short vowels sounds ___

- Can read long a, long o, and long i words (shade, ride, mane, bite, poke, dose) ___

- Can read 3 letter blend words (stripe, scrap, splash, split, scrub) ___

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

Your Child’s Name _____________________________

Parent Signature _____________________________


January 7 - 11 call, funny, there, how, more, so

January 14 - 18 were, give, read, about, say, says

January 21 - 25 Review and Unit 3 assessment

January 28 - February 1 saw, opened, soon, any, every, soon