Monday, December 5, 2016


Hello families!

As you are aware, I am using the Bloomz app for most of my school-to-home communication, including calendar happenings and pictures.
At times I will send emails to the entire group as well.
So, this blog page can be used to find my email or to take a took at the links to the right.

Thanks for visiting!

Mrs. Turenne

Monday, October 10, 2016

November dates

Here are a few dates to keep in mind:

October 29th:  Scarecrows and family fun at the Godena Farm!

November 8th:  election day.  No school for students.

November 10th marks the end of the first quarter.  I have scheduled parent/teacher conferences around this time.  I will use our first grade report card to guide us through these conferences, using pieces of your child's work to show you how he/she is doing compared to standards and also compared to himself/herself.
Report cards will be distributed via Aspen on November 23rd.

November 11th:  Veterans' day.  No school.

November 24/25th:  Thanksgiving recess

Thursday, September 15, 2016


Dear Families,
I will use Bloomz and email as my primary means of communication to you.  Please use this webpage as a reference.
Thank you!

Leanne Turenne

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Welcome Back!

Hello families!

I am very excited to start a new school year and I hope that you are, too!

I have updated this blog so that you can use it as you wish.  It's a pretty good reference for information.

High on my priority list is parent-teacher communication.  When school starts, I will direct you to sign up for one of two web apps:  either ClassDojo or SeeSaw.  Both provide a great venue for communication, so I'm playing around with both to see which I like the best.

By now, I hope that you have received my initial email and I hope that your first grader has received his/her letter in the mail from me.

Please don't hesitate to contact me...even to just say "hi!"

Thank you very much and I look forward to a fantastic year!


Leanne Turenne

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Happy Summer!

Hello families!

Well, today is your child's first day of summer vacation.  We have had a WONDERFUL year together and I cherish all of the memories that we have shared.
I am working on a slideshow including all of the photos that I have taken throughout the year.  Once finished, I will email it to you!
Feel free to contact me over the summer with questions or concerns or to just say hi!

Leanne Turenne

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

April and the end of the 3rd quarter!

Hello, families!

The third quarter's end is upon us.  With that, I will be working on report cards over the weekend and wrapping up some quick assessments this week.   I believe that you will be able to look at the report card via Aspen next Thursday, April 14th.

Over all, I am so proud of these students!  They are all great readers and writers, mathematicians and scientists!  We have a lot of fun in school (at least I think so!) and because of our good relationships among each other, we are more likely to be ourselves and take risks.

Here are some things that we are working on....

In mathematics - We have been learning and practicing addition strategies.  Such strategies are counting on (for equations with +1, +2, and +3), doubles, doubles +1, doubles -1, and making 10.  Once we get those squared away, we will practice them with subtraction.
I will give the students a math assessment next week so that when they come back from vacation, we can start fresh with a new unit.

In science (...this is where I get excited!!!) - We are observing many parts of the weather!  We log the temperature 3 times a day and our class meteorologist (the leader of the day) determines the weather and charts it on our calendar.  We have also been tracking the moon phase.  There is a great website that we look at for this:

Next weekend, your first grader will responsible for viewing the moon at night (or before bed!) for 4 nights in a row.  I will send home this homework on Friday.

In writing - Students just finished a narrative piece of writing.  The piece has a beginning, middle, and end.  We have shared our writing with our partners and gotten feedback.  Yesterday we were editors and looked through our writing to check for periods (or !?)at the end of all of our sentences, capital letters and the beginning of each sentence, and checked for our sight words to be spelled correctly.
Today, the students created a cover for their text - with an illustration, a title, and a "written and illustrated by:" line as well.

After vacation we will start informational writing!

I hope you enjoy the upcoming vacation; maybe the weather will warm up!

Leanne Turenne

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

March happenings

Hello, families!
We are very busy in first grade.  Today is day 120 of school.  Where does the time go?  Our third quarter of school ends on day 135.

In mathematics, the students took an assessment on unit 3.1 last week.  It's focus was the geometry standards:  "reason with shapes and their attributes."  This is not a critical area in first grade.  
The unit that we just started yesterday is all about operations and algebraic thinking: "Solving all addition and subtraction problem types within 20."  One of the major goals for this unit is to get kids fluent in their addition and subtraction facts to 10.  If you have flash cards at home, it would be a good idea to break them out and use them with your first grader.  By year's end they should be fluent (meaning quickly and accurately) in such facts.

In writing, we have been writing stories with a beginning, middle, and end.  We have added feelings words and made sure that our sight words are spelled correctly.  This week and next week we will write another story while adding exclamations and feelings.

Science has been really fun.  We've talked about Gabriel Fahrenheit and his thermometer scale.  We've been recording the weather this week and continue to record our morning temperature.  We will be checking the temperature three times a day to see what part of the day is the warmest.
Next week we will go outside to see the moon in its third quarter and draw a picture of it.  I plan to have the students use the MakerSpace's green-screen to create a "News and Weather" report over the next couple of weeks. 

That's about all for now.
Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Mrs. Turenne