Words on our word wall (these are the NO EXCUSES words!): am, can, do, is, on, big, it, we, the, to, saw, out, I, at, get, be, car, in, new, he

Monday, September 29, 2014

New Math Unit

Hello, Families!

We are finishing up our first math unit this week.  We have been working on counting numbers and writing numbers as well as representing numbers with tens and ones.  We also used place value to compare two 2-digit numbers.
The new unit (1.2) will be a 20-day unit all about addition and subtraction within 10.  The content includes:  
1.  add and subtract within 10 using counting on, making 10, and decomposing strategies
2.  Understand the meaning of the = sign
3.  apply the commutative property as a strategy to solve addition problems.
4.  represent an addition problem with an equation using symbols to represent the unknown number.

We keep adding words to our word wall, too!  Check out the orange words above!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Good morning!

Good morning, families!

It was so great to see so many of you at Open House the other night.  In fact (and this has never happened in all my 16 years of teaching), ALL families have signed up for parent/teacher conferences!!!  Be assured that I will send out a reminder for your conference a couple of weeks beforehand.

The kids are settling in to first grade well.  Having said that, I find that I still need to remind many of them of the classroom expectations...especially following directions!  I have confidence that with consistency on my part, we will all be successful in this area!

Please feel free to contact me for whatever the reason.  My door is always open, too!

Leanne Turenne

Friday, September 12, 2014

Hello Families!

There are quite a few things that I wanted to talk to you about today!  Some things might be a mere reminder, and some might be new information.

1.  As a parent, you have access to your child's school information on Aspen.  This is where medical information is updated as well as emergency contacts and so many other things!  If you have not taken the time to logon to Aspen this year, please take the time to do so.  I am guilty of not "updating" information for my 6th grader, but I'm glad that I did!  I noticed that I needed to update his emergency contact information!

2  A word about toys.  Many kids have been bringing in toys to school.  While I have allowed this for the first 2 weeks as students have been adjusting, I will ask that the toys be left at home.  Melrose School does have a policy that toys should be left at home.  Thank you in advance for your understanding in this matter.

3.  Wolf Paws!  Our school is a PBIS school.  PBIS stands for "Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports."  As part of our PBIS program, kids can earn Wolf Paws for exhibiting behavioral expectations, whether it be in the hallway, lunchroom, playground, or classroom!  When a student earns a Wolf Paw from an adult, he/she will take the slip of paper (with a paw-print on it) home from school.  If your child brings home a Wolf Paw, ask him/her about it!

4.  Today I introduced a new online math program to our class.  It is called IXL (www.ixl.com).  Each student has a username and password.  The site is fairly easy to maneuver.  I have taped your child's username and password to the inside of their take-home folder.  Feel free to use IXL anytime!  I will try to let you know which IXL subjects coincide with our current math unit as well.

5.  Today your child has brought home a pink paper packet.  This is Melrose School's after-school enrichment program.  There are several fun, after-school activities appropriate for first graders!  If your first grader wants to try strings, crafts, yoga, Mandarin, Art, karate, or chess be sure to fill out the paperwork and send it into the office ASAP!

6.  Open House is on Tuesday, September 16th!  I can't wait to meet you all face-to face!  It starts out in the Melrose Multipurpose Room at 7pm.  I was planning on making a cute slide-show to show you when we disperse and go into the individual classrooms.  If you DO NOT want your child's picture in the slide-show, please let me know!

Thank you so much,
Leanne Turenne

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Week ending 9/12/14

Hello, Families!

I just wanted to send out a reminder that school pictures are on Friday, September 12th.  Luckily, our class will be one of the first to get their pictures taken!
I noticed on the picture order envelope that one of the options is to just get the class picture!  (Just a thought).
If your child is absent on Friday, he/she will be able to get his/her picture taken on the make-up day, which has yet to be determined.

Also, your child's "All About Me" poster is due on Friday.  We will start to share the posters and hang them up in the room.

I hope that your child has shared with you his/her behavior chart.  I am very proud of these kids!  They are doing so well!  If you do take the behavior chart out of the folder to look at it, please put it back as your child uses it daily.

Thank you so much!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Follow My Blog!

Hello, families!

As you may have already guessed, I like to keep families "in the know" about what is going on in the classroom.  This blog page is a fun and easy way for me to communicate to you.
Please feel free to get updated each time I add a new posting by entering your email address in the "follow by email" gadget on this page.

The first week of school was HOT!!!  We made it through and the kids are learning their new routines.  I wanted to thank each family for sending their first grader with nut-free and tree nut- free snacks.  

In case you weren't aware, the kids do not have school on Tuesday, September 9th due to Primary Day.  The teachers will be at school because we will have a Professional Development Day.

School picture day is on Friday, September 12th. There was school picture information and an envelope that was sent home with your first grader yesterday.   If you would like to purchase school pictures, please send in the envelope by Friday morning.  First grade is scheduled to the the first to get their pics taken (phew!).  Every child will get their picture taken as they use them for the class photo and the yearbook.

Lastly, I wanted to send you a link to some information regarding our classroom behavior program.  It is a simple tool that I've used for the past 2 years and I feel that it works very well.  


Kids get a chance to clip their clothespin up the chart or down the chart, depending on their behavior.  I like to reward the kids for following classroom expectations and also for those extraordinary acts that shouldn't go unnoticed!
At the end of each school day, each student will fill out his/her own behavior chart with whichever color he/she has landed on by the end of the day.  The chart will stay in their folder.  That way, you will be able to see how your child did in school and start a conversation about it.

I think that is all for now.  Enjoy your weekend.  I look forward to cooler days next week!

Leanne Turenne

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

First 2 days!

Dear Families,
The first 2 days of school have passed and I am so happy to have met your children and have them in my life.  I can already tell that this year is going to be a great one!

Today we started our first lesson in Being A Writer, our writing program.  There is a link to the program to the right...just scroll down a bit.  I really like this program because it encompasses so much of language use:  reading, listening, writing, speaking, and communicating with our community of writers!

Tomorrow we begin our first math lesson aligned to the Common Core State Standards. It is a 20 day unit and its title is " Introduction to Place Value and Comparing to 30"
Here is a link to some information that you may find useful:  http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=1295472

Again, thank you for your support and  communication!

Mrs. Turenne

Thursday, August 28, 2014

5 more days!

Hello families!

There are 5 more days until school starts!  I am putting the  finishing touches on the classroom and planning for the first week of school.

Currently we have 11 girls and 5 boys in the class...that's a whole lotta girls!

Please contact me at any time for any reason at all (turenne.leanne@jamestownschool.org).


Leanne Turenne