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Busy week!

Everyone has taken the i-Ready Math test and everyone has taken the reading test except one absence makeup. Scores will be discussed and sent home at conferences in November 🙂

Tomorrow is our first spelling test! Please make sure your child studies their words and takes a practice test at home today. Fluency passages and phonics book bags (both were sent home Monday) are due tomorrow also.

Weekly Update September 18-22

Good afternoon,

Hope you enjoyed your weekend 🙂 This week:

  • This week on Tuesday and Thursday morning we will be taking the math and reading iready computer test. The test is new this year and it takes the place of the NWEA that we’ve taken in previous years. Please ensure your child is in school and on time those days having eaten a healthy breakfast and had a good night’s sleep.
  • Please join the PTA if you haven’t yet! Currently our class has 52% PTA participation. Let’s get it up to 100%! Also, the first PTA meeting will be this Thursday. More info to come.
  • Field trip permission slips and money, $12 per person are due this Wednesday. Please let me know ASAP if your child won’t be attending the trip.
  • Due to the iready testing this week, in math we will only be completing lessons 9-11.
  • We started our ELA Benchmark curriculum today. On Friday I sent home spelling words and sight words/high frequency words for this week. The test for all those words is Friday. Spelling words can also be found at the top of the blog under the heading Spelling Words. Going home today (and every Monday) is a fluency passage. Your child should read the passage three times each day, put a check mark in the box for each time it is read and a parent signs each day. Students should also find and highlight the words in the passage. Fluency passages stay home all week and are due Friday. Also going home today (and every Monday) is your child’s book bag. There are two phonics books inside. Your child should read the books everyday at home and return them on Friday. Students do not keep the books and should not write in them. Benchmark starts off easier and progressively gets more challenging as the year goes on. Let me know if you have any questions.

Have a lovely week!

Weekly Update September 11-15


I hope everyone had a good weekend. This week September 11 – 15:

  • Ichat forms are due today! Your child cannot attend the field trip if this is not turned in. Please turn them in tomorrow at the latest. Don’t forget to include a clear copy of your driver’s license. You can even email me a picture of your license.
  • Field trip permission slips and money are due September 20th.
  • Next week we will be starting our ELA Benchmark curriculum. This Friday students will bring home a sheet with our focus for the week and spelling words to study. Spelling tests will be every Friday. Students will have their spelling words which follow the spelling pattern for the week then they will have five sight words to also study. Students should study at home all week as needed. I also recommend students take a practice test at home Thursday so they are ready for Friday. There is a list of activities to help your child practice their words at the top tab of the blog main page titled, Sight Word/Spelling Homework Activities.
  • Thanks to those of you that signed up for the PTA. If you haven’t yet, please consider doing so. Forms were sent home last week. Our goal is to have our whole class signed up!
  • The PTA is starting Popcorn Fridays once a month. Flyers are going home today.
  • This week in math: lessons 5-6, Wednesday quiz, lessons 7-8.
  • Book Fair is this week! Students will come home with a wish list tomorrow and they can bring in money on Wednesday to purchase books.
  • Happy Birthday to Mona (Wednesday)!

Enjoy your week!

Book Fair!!

Next week is the Book Fair! Set up day is Monday, preview day is Tuesday, Wednesday is shopping day, and Thursday morning is make up day. Please help the PTA by signing up for a time slot to help next week (click on the sign up genius below).

Students will come home Tuesday with a list of books they would like and they may bring in money on Wednesday to purchase the books. The students love the book fair and always look forward to shopping and buying new books!

Weekly Update Sept. 5-8

Good afternoon,

I hope everyone enjoyed the long holiday weekend. At the beginning of every week I will post important info for the week. Here is what is happening this week:

  • Thanks again for all the school supplies, paperwork, and family pictures. Keep them coming if you haven’t turned them in yet 🙂
  • Going home today is a district field trip form (purple) and a field trip permission slip. Both of these must be completed and returned. The permission slip is due with money, $12 per person by September 20th. Please read the permission slip carefully. More detailed info about the trip will be sent home later this month.
  • Many of you will also be getting an iChat form to fill out out. This is a required background check needed for all parents/chaperones attending field trips. The form must be completed front and back and returned with a copy of your driver’s license. This takes a couple weeks to process so these are due Monday, September 11th.
  • Remember to bring water bottles and a healthy snack everyday.
  • Today we started our math curriculum: Eureka Math2 (squared). It is similar to Eureka Math, the program we have been using for several years. One of the components is the Apply math homework book. Apply gives students more practice with the concepts learned in class. There are three components in Apply that support students in deepening their understanding of the concepts covered in the daily lesson: Family Math, Practice, and Practice Partners. Each lesson in the Apply book corresponds to the same lesson we completed in class. This week in math we will be completing lessons 1-4. The Apply homework books are being sent home today. These books are to be kept in a safe place at home and used in conjunction with the lessons we complete in class. I do not expect students to complete every lesson in the Apply book. The goal would be to complete at least a few lessons in it each week as review and practice of what we learn in class. I hope that makes sense. Let me know if you have any questions.

That’s it for now. Enjoy your week!

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Good afternoon,

We had a busy first week of 1st grade! It’s been wonderful getting to know your child and everyone is doing great so far! Just a few things:

  • Thanks for all of the school supplies, we appreciate it!
  • Don’t forget to bring in a family picture for your child to share with the class.
  • Going home in your child’s folder today is a September reading log. It is the expectation that students will read at least 20 minutes at home on most nights. This can be someone reading to them, with them, or them reading independently. Put the log in a safe place and have your child color an apple each night they read for 20 minutes, fill in the back too. It is due the beginning of October.
  • Please mark your calendars for our two planned field trips this school year, September 29th and May 23rd. All students must have a chaperone drive them and attend the trip with them. We will not be taking a bus. All chaperones must complete an iChat form to attend. Permission slips and iChats forms will be sent home next week. IChat forms must be completed and turned in with a copy of your driver’s license. If you completed a form last year then you are all set. Forms are good for three years. More info to come. We will be attending the field trip with kindergarten and second grade.
  • There is no school Friday-Monday for Labor Day. School resumes next week on Tuesday.
  • Please let me know if these are your bags (see below). I didn’t see a label.

Enjoy the long weekend. See you Tuesday!

Welcome back!

Good afternoon,

I hope everyone had a wonderful summer, I know I did. I enjoyed meeting many of you on Friday at Open House. Can you believe tomorrow is the first day of school?! I am so excited to be your child’s teacher and I know it will be a great year 🙂

Students will be dropped off and picked up in the front at door 18 everyday (with the covered walkway, same as in kindergarten). Drop off starts at 8:35 for breakfast in the cafeteria, school starts at 9am. If you still have school supplies to drop off, there will be tables outside in the morning tomorrow. Please make sure the bag/box is labeled with Schneider. Parents will not be allowed in the building; there will be many staff assisting students with where to go so please do not worry! It is a half day and students will be dismissed at 12:05 outside door 18. All students must give me a fist bump before being dismissed. If your child has an older sibling in grades 3-5 they will be dismissed in the back with their siblings class at door 12.

Students need a water bottle and a healthy snack daily. We will have snack in the morning since we have a late lunch this year. I will have a snack for them tomorrow but they may bring their own if they’d like. They will also be getting their red folders with important paperwork inside. Please read over everything carefully and return when complete. Their folder comes back to school each day.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

I am so excited to see everyone tomorrow!

Mrs. Schneider

Open House

Please join us for the Howe School Open House on Friday, August 25 from 1:30-3:00.

This event provides an opportunity for students and parents to see the classroom, see their classmates, and meet the teacher they will be learning with this year. It is a great time to bring in any school supplies as well. Our new bus company that will support our special education students will be here to meet our special education parents and students as well.

Be sure to come to the cafeteria to say hello to the principal and enjoy a special treat!

We are looking forward to seeing everyone!