"Children are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them leaves an impression."

Thursday, August 14, 2014

A new school year is just around the corner!

Hello families!

I am very excited to start a new school year!  Sometimes I get nervous, too!
I will be sending letters out to all of my new students soon...so keep a look out in your mailboxes!

I find that the best way to communicate with me (besides face to face, which I prefer) is email.  So, please don't hesitate to send me an email, whether you have a question, a concern, or anything on your mind!


Mrs. Turenne

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Half-way through...

Hello Families,

Well, it's hard for me to believe, but tomorrow is the 90th day of school...the official halfway point.
Having said that, I will be assessing the students in reading and mathematics.  Nothing big - just a mid-year check up. Report cards will be available online for viewing in a couple of weeks.  If you do not know your Aspen username/password, please notify Mrs. Moretti in the office.

On Tuesday this week, students will be treated to an assembly featuring the author of "Schmitty the Weather Dog!"  I have not read the book yet, but I will try to get my hands on it!

The following week is the Scholastic Book Fair.  More information will be sent home on this topic.  I will sign up the class for a specific time to visit the book fair and I will let you know when that is as soon as possible.

Thank you to all who have donated tissues!  We have a good amount now so we should be all set for the winter!  Kids have been getting chapped lips, so if you could put some chap stick in your first grader's backpack, that would help out considerably!

Sunday, January 5, 2014


Well, it's finally the first full week of 2014!

In first grade, we will start a new science unit this week!
It is called "Pebbles, Sand, and Silt" (our earth science unit) and students will explore different types of volcanic rocks, observing rocks using land lenses, sorting rocks, and the hardness of rocks.
Then, we will look at particle size to determine what is smaller than a rock and how smaller particles break off from larger boulders.

In mathematics, we will begin a 5-day geometry unit about  2-D and 3-D shapes.  

Content to be learned in this unit (standard 1.G.2):
  • Compose two-dimensional shapes (rectangles, squares, trapezoids, triangles, half circles and quarter circles) or three-dimensional shapes
(cubes, right rectangular prisms, right circular cones and right circular cylinders) to create a composite shape.

  • Compose new shapes from the composite shape.

There will be a summative assessment taken on Friday.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Last week of 2013

Dear Families,

These next 5 days are the last of the 2013 school days!
We will be busy doing many fun activities in class this week.  Many will involve measuring, cutting, folding, and writing.  Every year, it surprises me how many kids do not know how to fold a square in half!   They give up too quickly.  Rest assured, partitioning squares, rectangles, and circles in half (and into fourths) is a common core state standard in math!

Besides the more "crafty" activities that the first graders will do this week, they will also take the Unit 2.2 assessment in math.

On Friday, we will be visited by our "Room Parents" for a special activity.  We will finish the day with an all-school Sing-Along in the multipurpose room.

Also, I notice that there is snow in this week's forecast.  Here are the recess rules as I interpret them:  Kids will always go outside as long as it is above 20 degrees (that is including wind chill), not raining, and not too icy. Therefore, please send your child to school with all necessary accouterments for playing outside at recess. There is nothing more miserable than trying to focus on school work when your sneakers and socks are soaked! Thank you!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

End of November and plans for December...

Dear Families,
In one week, it will be Thanksgiving. Even though Thanksgiving is late this year, it seems to have come up awfully quick!

We have a lot going on and a lot to look forward to!

I have been enjoying parent/teacher conferences. It is a great time to chat and communicate with one another about your first grader.

Next week will be busy!


On Monday evening, from 5-6:00 pm, we host the annual "Balance and Motion Night" in the Melrose Multipurpose Room. The first grade teachers and I will have the room set up with all of the activities that we investigated throughout this unit. Your first grader will show you around and teach you all about balance and motion!
We hope that you are able to come by. If so, you are welcome to stay for the entire hour or for part of it, whatever you choose.

On Wednesday morning, we will be in attendance at the second grade Thanksgiving play. It is so nice that we are able to be in the audience. First graders will get a chance to see the play that they will be a part of next year!

On Wednesday afternoon, we will see a drumming performance! This special activity is sponsored by the Jamestown PTO...thank you, PTO!!!

Tomorrow we being a new unit in mathematics. It is all about measurement and data! The standards are listed below (the strike-throughs are present for this unit but will not be present in future units of measurement and data):

Measure lengths indirectly and by iterating length units
1.MD.1  Order three objects by length; compare the lengths of two objects indirectly by using a third object.
1.MD.2 Express the length of an object as a whole number of length units, by laying multiple copies of a shorter object (the length unit) end to end; understand that the length measurement of an object is the number of same-size length units that span it with no gaps or overlaps.

Tell and write time
1.MD.3  Tell and write time in hours and half hours using analog and digital clocks.
Represent and interpret data
1.MD.4  Organize, represent, and interpret data with up to 3 categories; ask and answer questions about the total number of data points, how many in each category, and how many more or less are in one category than in another.

Mathematical Practice Standard 4: Model with Mathematics
Mathematical Practice Standard 5: Use appropriate tools strategically

Mathematical Practice Standard 6: Attend to precision

For the month of December, as we will be between science units, I would like to do a unit on money...coin identification, adding coins together, making change, buying items at a "classroom store," etc. One parent even suggested that we culminate the unit with a trip to the "Young Shopper's Store!" There, the kids can use their own money to purchase a gift for a loved one. (Information about the Young Shoppers Store will be forthcoming).

Monday, November 4, 2013

November Stuff

Dear Families,

November is here and so is the cold weather, apparently!
I want to keep you up-to-date with what is going on in school.
Last Friday, November 1st marked the end of the first quarter of school. I will be working on report cards (online!) and you will get a notice as to when you can view them via the Aspen Family Portal. I would like to print out a copy of your child's report card for us to use as a guideline for our parent/teacher conferences coming up...
Speaking of conferences, I will send home reminder slips this week!

I want you to know that I was out of school today and will be tomorrow due to my work in writing assessments for first grade mathematics.  I do not like being out of the classroom at all, but this work will help get our youngsters ready for what they might see in the PARCC assessments coming down the pike.

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns...no matter how small!

Monday, October 14, 2013

A short week, but lots going on!

Hello, Families!

I hope you are all enjoying what is sure to be a beautiful Columbus Day.  The skies look clear the air looks crisp and the temperatures will be in the "yellow."  (Ask your first grader what that means!)

This week we begin a new math unit, 1.1.4.    This unit will last for 4 weeks and is one of the critical areas in first grade.  Here is the content of this unit:

.Add within 20 to solve word problems (adding 
to, putting together). 
• Relate counting to addition. 
• Add within 20 using counting on, making 10, 
and decomposing strategies. 
• Understand the meaning of equals sign (=) 
involving addition. 
• Apply the commutative property as a strategy 
to solve addition problems. 
• Represent an addition problem with an 

equation using symbols to represent the unknown number.

In language, we take a week off from Read Aloud Junior Great Books and focus on the Framing Your Thoughts program.  We will review subjects, both common and proper.  Then we will learn about compound subjects and how to diagram them in a sentence.  By the end of the week we will start our study on predicates.

In science, we have been investigating rotational energy and the forces behind it.  This week, we will do a couple of science investigations regarding "twirlers."  This involves gravity and the effects that air has on the twirlers' wings.