Our School

Our School

Monday, August 22, 2016

Daily Routines

 Daily Routines

Leadership Binder:
Each child will start using their Leadership Binder this week. The students will add to their binder all school year. There are two sections- Goal Setting and Be A Leader. The binder will come home everyday and serve as their daily home folder as well.  Be sure to send the binder back to school each day. Important papers from school will be in their binder. Papers or notes for me or the office will go in the binder as well. Please keep in mind that the students will manage the organization of their binder at school. It is advised that you and your child look through it on a regular basis and discuss their school progress and leadership skills.

We will be creating our Class Mission Statement and Personal Mission Statements this week. These will go in their Leadership Binder as well. 

I use the planner as a way to communicate to parents about our day. They will bring home their planner this week too. They will fill out their planner each day. It provides a place for reminders, behavior notes (if needed), block reminders and a place for parents to sign their initials.  

Reading Logs:
Your child is expected to read or be read to M-F for 10 minutes per night. There will be a reading log for each month in their binder under Goal Setting. Our school wide goal is to read 1. 5 Million Minutes by the end of the year. The reading logs and reading homework will start in September.

Weekly Spelling Words:
The students will have weekly spelling words starting in September. They are expected to practice writing/ spelling 5 words each week.The test will be on Fridays. We will only have spelling words on 5 day weeks. 

Students are expected to read for 10 minutes or more each night. They will also study their 5 spelling words each week. 

Birthday Celebrations:
We will help your child feel special on their special day. They will receive a birthday crown, birthday book, birthday pencil and choose from 'menu' of activities ( brain break, free choice, extra recess...).

Sweater/ Sweatshirt:
It can get really cold in our classroom. Your child may want to bring a sweatshirt or a sweater to school. They can keep one here at school in their cubby.

Heads Up:

This year, curriculum information will be shared electronically instead of being presented live during Curriculum Night events. Parents, please adjust your calendars accordingly.

Nightly Reading Homework:
This is a great video for parents to help them as they support at home reading.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Such a Great First Day!


We had such a great day!

Getting to know our friends!

Developing Class Rules

All About Me Papers

Brain Break- Gummy Bear Song

Tomorrow will be another day of developing classroom community and learning about our classroom. 

You child will bring home Leadership Binders everyday and a yellow planner. These will start coming home on Monday. 

I will send home more info about our daily routines next week. 

Thank you for your help! You all have such precious first graders! 

Monday, August 15, 2016

Welcome Families/Class List 2016-2017

Hip Hip Hooray!  Welcome to First Grade!
I am so happy to have all of you in my class this year! We are going to have a wonderful year!

Here are your classmates:

Izabella A. 
Madison B.
Lucas C.
William C.
Natalie E.
Adelyn E.
Charles G.
Selina G.
Anylah J.
Sarah K.
Molly M.
Elijah M.
Caleb P.
Maxwell P.
Natalie R.
Paige R.
Roman S.
Caden S.
Caden V. 

Welcome Miss Calcaterra!  She is a student teacher joining us from Lindenwood University. Miss Calcaterra is very excited to get to know your student and create a fun and engaging classroom environment. She grew up in southern Illinois, but currently lives in Saint Louis. In her free time, she enjoys baking and spending time with family and friends. We are happy to have her join us in 1st grade! Miss Calcaterra will be with us through the beginning of December.

* Parents- please check your email on Monday from Mrs. Boyd. It will have a Welcome Letter attachment. 

We are so excited to meet all of you on Tuesday evening! Be sure to bring your supplies!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

End of Year Gift

YAY- now they each have at least one Stink book of their own! 

Happy End of First Grade. I am so proud of all of you and I hope you have a wonderful summer! 
                                Mrs. Boyd

Friday, May 20, 2016


Monday- Device Day for our class
Wednesday- Hat day for our class

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Fun Day tomorrow

Friday is FUN Day!

We will be outside rotating through fun activities from 12:30- 3:00 pm. The students will need to be dressed appropriately in tennis shoes, shorts and a t -shirt if the forecast calls for hot weather. Don't forget sunscreen. Your child may carry a water bottle, wear a hat and sunglasses too. 

The yearbooks have arrived, however the office requested that all teachers hold on to the yearbooks until Party Day, which is next Tuesday. 

Your child will bring home a few things each day over the next few days. Please check their backpack each night. The plan is NO BACKPACK on Friday the 27th.

We enjoyed being serenaded today by 4th Grade Strings!

Thursday, May 12, 2016


Writer's Workshop: 
They students have really enjoyed writing Poetry the last few weeks. They learned 5 types of poems- Acrostic, Cinquain, Diamante, I Wish..., and List Poem. Poetry writing was a great way to review nouns, verbs and adjectives and using them correctly in their writing.

We will continue learning about Shapes and money. They enjoyed working with a buddy as they counted play money.


After we finished our Weather unit we started Plants. They liked learning about Plants, but really like learning about Animals. This week we started learning How to Classify Animals and next week we will start habitats.  They love looking at pictures of the different animal groupings and drawing and coloring pictures for each group. 

Spelling Tests: 
Since we do not have school tomorrow and Fun Day is next Friday, we will not have any more spelling tests the rest of year. 

Guided Reading Books:
Your child will bring a book home today or possibly one more next week. I will collect all of the books by next Friday. Be sure to return the book in the envelope the very next school day. 

Summer Packet and Resources:
Your child will be bringing home summer resources next week. Please take a look at these and put them in a great place for safe keeping. The blue packet can be a wonderful way to review all the concepts from First Grade and keep a routine during summer break. Having some time during the day for reading and other academics is very important, these resources can help you with that!