Money and permission slips for our field trip to the zoo are due TOMORROW (Friday, the 13th). I have to go to the zoo this weekend to purchase the tickets in advance to get the group rate pricing, so I will not be able to accept any money or permission slips after tomorrow. 

Thank you for your help 🙂

Also, if you have already signed up to chaperone, please make sure you have a current background check on file with our front office. Thanks!

Ms. Otto


1st Grade Parent Meeting

I just wanted to remind everyone that our First Grade Parent Meeting will be this Thursday, the 12th, from 3:45-4:30 in the library.

The purpose of the meeting is to inform parents and family members of the first grade expectations, daily curriculum, standardized tests, etc. We also want to familiarize you with our daily routine and practices that we are using the classroom. This is also a great opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

I look forward to seeing you there 🙂

Ms. Otto

Number Walk Project

For this project you will need to go on a Number Walk in your local community with an adult member of your family.


  • You may choose one specific number to look for on your Number Walk (e.g. Just look for the number 7) or you may decide to look for all numbers from 0-10 or from 0-20.
  • Keep a record of the numbers you see on your walk. You can draw pictures, take photographs or write about the numbers you see.
  • Think of a creative way to share the numbers you saw on your walk with the class. You can make a poster, a book, or even a multimedia presentation.
  • You will have 2-5 minutes to share your project. Practice what you will say with a family member so that you feel confident speaking in front of the class.

Don´t forget to bring your project to school to share on November 2nd. I’m looking forward to see what you have done!!

Thank you!

Ms. Otto

Reading Logs

You should have found an October reading log in your child’s folder today. These will be sent home at the beginning of each month for you and your child to keep track of their daily reading. Simply write down the title of the book(s) and sign your name.

I have found sticking this on your refrigerator works best. That way its always visible and you remember to fill it out each day. I’ve also had parents keep it in their child’s bedroom because they always read before bed. You can also have your child fill out the reading log – what great practice! 😉

Fill out your logs and turn them back into me at the end of the month. If your child has kept up with their reading consistently (15-20 MINUTES EVERY SINGLE DAY), they will get a coupon for a FREE personal pizza from Pizza Hut!!

I get it – sometimes you miss a day – life happens (trust me, I really do get it). If you miss a day here and there, no biggie (yes, you still get a free pizza coupon even if you miss a couple of days). But, consistency is key. Don’t let it become a habit. We can do this together 😀

Happy reading!!

Ms. Otto

Picture Day is TOMORROW


Image result for PICTURE DAY

Picture day is tomorrow, Friday, September 29th. Please make sure you send in your completed order form along with exact change with your child. I don’t know the exact time our pictures will be taken, but it will be before lunch 🙂

Thank you!

Ms. Otto

September PBIS Celebration

PBIS Celebration!

Image result for bubbles

Dear Families,

On Monday, October 2nd we will be having our first PBIS celebration of the year. This celebration is to recognize your child’s positive behavior for the month of September. Our theme will be Float, Fly, Glide! This event will take place outside, so let’s hope the weather stays pleasant!

Be sure to check the weather forecast and make sure your child is dressed appropriately, students will be outside for 45 minutes.

Thank you,

Haigh PBIS Committee

Reading bags and reading response journals

This week, your child will be bringing home their “book bag.” It is a large, blue and red bag with their name on it, a book inside and a more detailed letter regarding the use of the bag. Each child has their own bag and will be responsible for bringing it home EVERY night and returning it to school EVERY day.

Your child’s job is to read the book(s) inside the bag every night at least 3 times. Please note that your child may not bring home a new book every night. This reading can be counted toward your 15 minutes of reading each night for your child’s reading log (reading logs will begin in October).

In addition to your child reading their book bag books every night, you will find a READING RESPONSE JOURNAL inside their bag. This journal is used for follow-up reading activities from their group time with me that day. The activities in their journal will differ from drawing a picture of their favorite part of the book and labeling the pictures, to story maps, to answering comprehension questions, etc. Please check you child’s reading response journal every night to see if there is an assignment in there. Note that there may not be an assignment every night, however, when you do see an assignment, it is due on the date highlighted at the top of the page.

Also, below are some activities you can do with your child while reading his/her book bag books (or any other books):

1) Retell the story after reading. What happened first, next, then and last?

2) Draw a picture of your favorite part of the story. Then write a few sentences and tell why it was your favorite part.

3) Rewrite the ending of a story. This is super fun using fairytales such as “The 3 little pigs,” “Cinderella,” “Goldilocks and the 3 bears,” etc.

4) Make a list of the characters and write about your favorite one.

5) Create a family drama and act out the story with your family.

I hope these ideas help create a fun and exciting reading environment with you and your family. Your nightly reading doesn’t always have to be something to check off your To-Do list; make it fun and get the whole family involved! 😀

Happy Reading!!

Ms. Otto

Spelling Test Books

Each Friday your child will take their weekly spelling test. I will grade and send those home in your child’s Owl Folder on Friday (hopefully, could be Monday). Please review the words with your child, sign the bottom of the test and return to school on Monday so they are ready to go for next week’s test.
Thanks for your help in making these assessments run smoothly! I really appreciate it!

NWEA Testing



Beginning Wednesday, September 20, the first graders will take the first portion of the NWEA reading test. The children will have two forty minute sessions to complete all 56 questions. The test will be read to them through headphones and they will need to choose the best answer to the questions. I will encourage them to take their time and listen carefully to the questions asked.

Please make sure your child gets a good night’s rest the night before and wakes up with a big, healthy breakfast to get their brains going in the morning! Please stress the importance of these tests to your child and encourage them to take their time, listen to the questions and do their best.

Next week, we will take the math NWEA test.  Wish us luck!!

Thank you for your continued support 🙂

Ms. Otto

New resource!!

Dear Parents,

Under the educational websites tab on my blog you will now find access to Your child’s login information is included under the link. Please note that Frontrow is a great resource for differentiation of instruction. Everything your child completes on the site is consistently modified to their level. My favorite part about this site is that it covers ELA, math, science and social studies! It’s very interactive and your student will LOVE how the site adapts to their interests and ability levels, so it is challenging, but not frustrating. Please take some time to go through this FREE site; even a few times a week can make a big difference!

In addition to Frontrow, your child will also be given weekly homework for both math and language. These sheets are spiraled to offer a quick review of skills and strategies that each child needs to know and/or practice. These sheets will be sent home in your child’s folder every Monday and will be collected Friday mornings. Frontrow in connection with our daily homework, is more than enough of a nightly review for each student.

I will be showing the kids how to log in to the site tomorrow and take the initial pre-test. I will put their passwords and logins for the site into their homework folders as well.

Have a wonderful evening! 🙂


Ms. Otto

P.S. – Here are some frequently asked questions about Frontrow:

How do I start the pre-test? 

Since Front Row is fully adaptive, you don’t need to do anything to start the pre-test! Just have your students log in at, and pick a domain (Fractions, Numbers in Base 10, etc), and the pre-test will start automatically!

How long does the pre-test take?

The pre-test takes between 10 and 30 minutes, depending on how far ahead or behind the student is. The farther ahead they are, the longer it will take.

How do I pick what students should work on?

With Front Row, you don’t need to! Since Front Row is completely adaptive, all you need to tell your students is on which of the topic areas you want them to focus. Once they select that topic area, Front Row will automatically pick the appropriate level for them, and will give them practice where they need it.

Skip to toolbar