Money and permission slips for our field trip to the zoo are due TOMORROW (Monday, the 16th). We will go to the zoo this week 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!

Mrs. Donelson

First Grade Parent Meeting

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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 🙂

Mrs. Donelson



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!!

Mrs. Donelson

A Big Thank You

Good Afternoon,

I just wanted to thank all the families who sent in fans and/or popsicles over the course of the last two weeks. While we had to overcome a few hot days, your generosity made the experience a bit more bearable. Hopefully these wonderful fall temperatures stay around for a while. Thanks again and HAPPY FALL!!!


Mrs. Donelson

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Reading Logs

Dear Parents and Families,

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 😀

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Mrs. Donelson

PBIS Celebration!

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


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!



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!!


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Tomorrow,  the first graders will take the first portion of the NWEA math test. The children will have two forty minute sessions to complete all 56 questions. I will encourage them to take their time and listen carefully to the questions asked of them. Later this week, we will take the reading portion.  Wish us luck!!


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