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     June 5, 2020

    Dear First Grade Friends,

    We want you to know how proud we are of each and every one of you. You have worked hard this school year. You have grown and changed in so many ways. One big new thing you had to adjust to was not going to Tularcitos these past few months. You had to let go of learning at school with all your teachers and playing with friends. You had to get used to homeschool life and the world of ZOOM! Even though it was hard, you did it! You did it to help keep everyone safe. We thank you for being understanding and flexible.

    We also want you to know we will all see each other again. At the start of the year you will see your first grade teacher and all your classmates before you head off to second grade! We cannot wait to see you again, hear your sweet voices and laughter.

    We love you and have missed you so very much!

     

    Your First Grade teachers,

    Mrs. O’Bryan, Ms. Stasio and Ms. Reimer

     


    May 24, 2020 - Home Study Update

    Dear Families & Friends,

    It was wonderful to see everyone at our Class Zoom Meeting and learn all about everyone’s favorite book, and celebrate last week’s Stars of the Week. I hope you got some great ideas of more good books to read over the summer!

    This week we will be having small group Zoom Chats and one last Class Zoom Meeting. Our Class Zoom Meeting will be at the usual time and I will send you another email inviting you to a small group time. This will give us the chance to say goodbye, share, connect, and have closure for the year in both a small and large group setting.

    Wednesday May 27th at 11:00 will be our last Class Zoom Meeting of the year. We’ll have a Beach Party (wear Hawaiian wear, a lei, beachwear, shorts, etc.) and we’ll share our favorite memories from first grade. We will also celebrate Eva’s birthday this week! She will share her Star of the Week Poster with us during our Zoom meeting and we’ll sing Happy Birthday to her!

    Please remember that when we are on Zoom together, it is like we are in the classroom. We need to listen respectfully while others are speaking, raise your hand when you want to ask a question or make a comment, and have our microphones muted when we are not speaking. Please do not bring toys or eat snacks during our class meetings. Thank you.

    This is our last week of at home learning for the school year!  You did it!  Keep reading every day, and continue to read all summer, too! This week we are on Week 31 on Spelling City. One of your journal entries this week should be writing about your favorite first grade memory or memories. Think of all our field trips, special days, parties, sharing circles, assemblies, specialist’ classes. What was your favorite memory from the year? Your topic sentence should be what you are going to tell about. Then write three or more descriptive sentences/details about the activity or event. End your entry with a strong conclusion sentence about your topic. Remember to write three journal entries a week. Math work includes our EnVision math mats and STMath every day. Please let me know if you need any help.

    Mr. Peterson’s Friday email outlined the Pick up and Drop off materials procedures for the end of the year. I'll be preparing your child's remaining projects and Memory Book for you to pick up. At the time you come into Bobcat Hall to pick up those materials, you will need to return the materials you have at home.  To return the materials you will need to place those materials in a bag with your child’s name on it. When you pick up your materials in Bobcat Hall, place the materials you are returning in the same spot on the table of the things you are picking up.  The dates to drop off and pick up your child’s materials will be Monday, June 1st and Tuesday, June 2nd from 8:00-4:00 in Bobcat Hall.

    End of Year Materials Return and Collection

    *Please return the following in a bag with your child’s name on it:

    • Wonders Anthology - Reading Textbook
    • Wonders Reading /Writing Workshop Book
    • Wonders Decodable books (there were 2)
    • Any library books or other class books you might have at home
    • Completed Classwork  - All paper work that was sent home: EnVision math mats, Social Studies magazines, Scholastic Readers, Handwriting Books, Your Turn Practice pages, Book logs, etc.

     

    *Please keep the following:

    • Journal
    • The Continent Book
    • Pencil Box with crayons, markers, pencils etc.

     

    I am so proud of each and every student and parent for the hard work, time, and dedication you have put into your child’s education over the past 10 weeks. We have all learned many things this year, but the most important thing we have learned is to be resilient in the face of change and challenge.

    Thank you for all your tireless academic and emotional support of your children during this shelter in place.

    With much appreciation and love, hugs, and high fives,

    Ms. Stasio


     

    May 18, 2020 - Home Study Update

    Dear Families & Friends,

    It was great to see everyone at last week’s “Class Costume Kindness Circle” and hear all the stories of kindness being spread!

    This week’s Zoom Meeting is a “Favorite Book Share”.  Please bring one of your favorite books to share at this week’s class meeting. We’ll hold up the book, so we can see the cover and you can tell your friends why you like this book.  We will also celebrate Beckett and Lucas’ birthdays this week! They will share their Star of the Week Posters with us during our Zoom meeting and we’ll sing Happy Birthday to them!

    Please remember that when we are on Zoom together, it is like we are in the classroom. We need to listen respectfully while others are speaking, raise your hand when you want to ask a question or make a comment, and have our microphones muted when we are not speaking. Please do not bring toys or eat snacks during our class meetings. Thank you.

    We only have two weeks of at home learning left in the school year.  Keep reading every day, and continue to read all summer, too! This week we are on Week 30 on Spelling City. One of your journal entries this week should be writing about learning something new. Many of you have shared stories with me over the last couple of weeks of learning to bake bread, learning to ride a scooter, or planting a garden for the first time, etc. Your topic sentence should be what you are going to tell about. Then write at least three descriptive sentences/details about the activity. End your entry with a conclusion sentence about your topic. Remember to write three entries a week. Math work includes our EnVision math mats and STMath every day. Please let me know if you need any help.

    Mr. Peterson’s Friday email outlined the Pick up and Drop off materials procedures for the end of the year. I'll be preparing your child's remaining projects and Memory Book for you to pick up when you drop off. Please plan to return the following on June 1st- 2nd : Wonders books (Anthology, Reading/Writing Workshop, 2 small decodables), any library books, math and social studies work. Originally, we wanted the journals returned, but decided we would rather you keep them so your child can stay in the routine of writing over the summer if desired.  I also want you to have them as memories of first grade experiences!  Please take a picture of your favorite journal entry from home learning time and email it to me to share with me.

    Please keep staying in touch. I am available and here to help and support you and your child via phone or Zoom meeting. Please email me if you would like to set up a one on one session, if you need help with anything, or just want to check in and connect. I am available for individual meetings Tuesday through Thursdays from 10:00-2:00.

    I will send a Zoom invitation for our class meeting.

    Looking forward to seeing you all again!

    Love, hugs, and high fives,

    Ms. Stasio



    May 10, 2020 - Home Study Update

     Dear Families & Friends,

    I hope all the moms had a Happy Mother’s Day!

    This week we celebrate Adam’s birthday! He will share his Star of the Week Poster with us during our Zoom meeting and we’ll sing Happy Birthday to him!

    This week’s Zoom Meeting is a “Class Costume Kindness Circle”.  Wear a costume or sports uniform and come with a story of some act of kindness that you did for someone or that someone did for you during our time that we’ve been at home. Remember to follow the school rules of no weapons or inappropriate costumes.

    Please remember that when we are on Zoom together, it is like we are in the classroom. We need to listen respectfully while others are speaking, raise your hand when you want to ask a question or make a comment, and have our microphones muted when we are not speaking. Please do not bring toys or eat snacks during our class meetings. Thank you.

    I am so proud of all your hard work at home. Keep reading every day. This week we are on Week 29 on Spelling City. Please remember to take your spelling test every Friday and see how well you’ve learned the new words. One of your journal entries this week should be writing about being a kid of character. Your topic sentence should be: I can show that I am a kid of character in many ways. Then give specific examples of how your actions and words show that you’re living by our character pillars: respect, responsibility, fairness, trustworthy, caring, and citizenship. End your entry with a conclusion sentence about being a kid of character. Math work includes our EnVision math mats and STMath every day.

    Please keep staying in touch. I am available and here to help and support you and your child via phone or Zoom meeting. Please email me if you would like to set up a one on one session, if you need help with anything, or just want to check in and connect. I am available for individual meetings Tuesday through Thursdays from 10:00-2:00.

    Looking forward to seeing you all again at our Class Zoom Meeting on Wednesday!

     

    Love, hugs, and high fives,

    Ms. Stasio

     


    May 1, 2020 - Home Study Update

    Dear Families & Friends,

    I hope you all had a fantastic week! The highlight of my week is always our Class Zoom Meeting when I get to see your smiling faces! I loved seeing everyone’s creations from home this week. They were magnificent! Your signs at the end of the meeting melted my heart. Thank you so much! I think you all know how much I really miss you too!

    Next week as a treat, our Class Zoom Meeting will be a nature walk with Miss Julie & Miss Kirsten at the Santa Lucia Preserve. They were so disappointed that our field trip was cancelled, that they wanted to give it to us during our Class Zoom Meeting! They will be at the Preserve and we’ll be all at home on our screens and we’ll listen, look, learn, and explore. Please remember that when we are on Zoom together, it is like we are in the classroom. We need to listen respectfully while others are speaking, raise your hand when you want to ask a question or make a comment, and have our microphones muted when we are not speaking. Due to the field trip, our meeting might be a little longer next week.

    Thank you for continuing to work hard at home. It is important that everyone continues with a schedule that works for their family. We have provided you with lots of resources in all subject areas and our specialist teachers have also included lessons online in Science, PE, Music, and Spanish on their web page. There are lots of choices in making the day and the week work for you.

    The first grade teachers suggested a daily and weekly schedule, but every family needs to prioritize as they see fit. The teachers’ priorities were to make sure our students were reading, writing, and doing math every day. Reading every day is the most important thing for students in first grade to keep their skill level growing. Please make sure reading is happening every day for at least 15 minutes. Writing is the next priority. Write at least 3 journal stories, letters to family members & friends, or silly stories while learning our weekly spelling words. This week we finished week #27 and next week we are on week #28 in Spelling City. As I mentioned last week, I will not be collecting journals when we pass in work in June. The stories are too precious and I know many families keep them as keepsakes over the years. (I will have enough evidence of work with the kids passing in completed handwriting books, math pages, spelling tests, etc.) The third priority is to make sure that your child keeps up with math skills by completing one EnVision math mat a day and completes at least the 10 minute fluency practice part of STMath every day. For those scholars who are hungering for more math, they can do the other 20 minutes of STMath cone. There’s also lots of other math fun links to try and use. This is the suggested priority of daily and weekly schoolwork. We want everyone to have time to play, create, snuggle, hike, build, ride bikes, etc. Please do not stress if it is hard to fit it all in. We are all doing the best we can. Everyone’s social and emotional well-being is of our utmost priority. The academics will follow.

    Please keep staying in touch and letting me know how I can help and support you and your family.  I am available and here for you via email, phone, or Zoom meeting.  I will send a Zoom invitation for our class meeting next week.

    Looking forward to seeing you all again!

    Have a relaxing weekend with your families!

    Love, hugs, and high fives,

    Ms. Stasio

     



    April 24, 2020 - Home Study Update

    Dear Families and Friends,

    I hope you are enjoying the wonderful weather and each other!

    Thank you for promptly picking up the prepared bags for your children earlier this week. I hope the materials and schedule ideas will be helpful as we finish out the school year doing distance learning at home.

    I have enjoyed connecting with everyone through our class Zoom meetings and our individual calls and video chats. Please keep emailing any questions or concerns that you may have. I am available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00-2:00 for any individual or family meetings.

    There are some fun new things on ClassLink and Ms. Stasio’s website page that you might want to check out if you haven’t already:

    • Journal Ideas- On our class webpage there are topics to write about in your journals, if you are looking for more ideas for writing.  Also, I wanted to let you know that you are going to keep your precious stories and not turn in your journals in June when we turn in all our other work. Some students are preferring not to take their weekly spelling tests in their journals and are putting it on a separate piece of paper instead.  Whatever works for you and your family is fine.

     

    • RAZ Kids – This site has lots of books for your child to read at their level. It offers a leveled reading program and includes quizzes so you can check on comprehension.   Access this through Classlink and the password is your child's lunch number 2x with no spaces. I’ve placed every child at their reading level to enhance continued skill building.  Of course they are welcome to read anything and all that interests them!

     

    • REFLEX MATH – This is another way to master addition and subtraction facts before the end of the year. The teacher’s username is tstasio in all lower case.   The password is your child’s lunch number 2X with no spaces.

     

    • Fun Links for Learning– There are some fun new websites here that you might want to check out on my webpage.

     

    • ZOOM Class Meeting agenda for next week. (Wednesdays at 11:00) Next time we will share some creation that they have made at home.   It can be a painting, a drawing, a lego, a cardboard roll construction, a cake, anything they made themselves that they would like their friends to see.  I’ll send out the Zoom invitation early in the week. 

     

    I know how hard everyone is working. Please know that I am here to help and support you in anyway I can.

    Take good care of yourselves and one another.

    Sending lots of love & hugs,

    Ms. Stasio

     


    April 20, 2020 - Home Study Update

    Dear Families,

    In the bundle of student work that you picked up today you will find:

    English Language Arts materials- Wonders hardcover student anthologies, Wonders California Reading and Writing Workshop books, Your Turn Student Books that allow for student student practice in grammar and student writing, Unit 5 and Unit 6 Decodable Readers (small softback).

    Please see attached Wonders materials weekly assignments for specific activities and page numbers that you may choose to have your child complete.

    Social Studies materials - Scholastic News and Social Studies student editions for the remainder of the school year; student continent books to finish. They will need to look up and write in the names of the oceans surrounding each continent. Students will know what color to color the continent by the color page it is glued on. They should also draw an animal that lives on that continent to include on each page.

    Math materials- Envision Math Student Workmats to help support learning in math for the remainder of the school year. Please focus on the inside and the back only. Reflex Math is also a new additional online resource for math in addition to STMath.  The teacher username is tstasio (all lower case) for Reflex Math.  StMath and Reflex Math can be found on Classlink.

    Below are details about online access and supplemental materials to support learning.

     

    Suggested Daily and Weekly Schedule

    We understand that every child learns differently and will require time and flexibility to settle into a daily regimen. Parents should decide which time of day works best for their student to be able to focus on more difficult tasks such as a new reading level or a new math concept. With that in mind, remember that the following schedule is a suggested framework for learning that needs to happen daily, every few days, or once a week. These times are applicable to regularly scheduled school days, Monday through Friday, starting Monday, April 20th and ending Friday, May 29th.

    • Please continue to have your child read to you out loud every day for at least 15 minutes. Students may choose from the Wonders books, Raz-Kids online option, or a book of their choosing that they can read with a little help from the parent.
    • Spelling City This week we are reviewing Week 26 on Spelling City. Please continue each week with spelling practice online and using paper and pencil.  Give the test each Friday in student journals or on a piece of paper of your choosing.
    • Student handwriting practice books: Please complete two pages a day 3 days a week.
    • Student journals & student dictionaries: Please complete three journal stories a week. A complete story includes an introduction; at least three details; and a conclusion sentence. Think about how you can write using each genre. You can write an opinion, narrative, or informational piece.
    • Math Practice:
    • Student issues of Social Studies lessons: To be completed one a week
    • Scholastic News/ Science Spin magazines: To be completed one a week; Online content that matches each issue is available on your child's teacher's webpage.
    • Also click on the links for Music, Science, Spanish and PE, available on ClassLink and their class web pages.
    • Please refer to the attached Language Arts Wonders Assignment Guide for Home Study for detailed weekly lesson ideas and assignments, if this fits into your family dynamic. It is not meant to overwhelm you, but to serve as a go to guide for what to do each week. You can certainly tweak it to your child’s needs as you see fit!    This is not mandatory.

     


    April 10, 2020 - Home Study Update     

    Dear Families & Friends,

    Happy Passover, Happy Easter, and Happy Spring!

    Next week is officially our spring break! Relax and spend time together not doing any schoolwork for a week.

    I am so grateful to have connected with you and your children either individually or in our group Zoom meeting. I am so happy to see how you all have risen to the occasion of distance learning and home study. Way to go Bobcats!

     Although it has been sad to have ended our time together in the classroom so abruptly, I am optimistic that we will not only continue to have a very positive shared (albeit virtual) experience as a class, but somehow in the future, we will get a chance to celebrate the end of our first grade year together.

    As mentioned in Mr. Peterson’s Friday email, teachers have assembled a new round of student materials, textbooks, workbooks, etc. that will be available to pick up from Bobcat Hall on April 20th and April 21st from 8:00-4:00.

     We have gathered quite a lot of materials from our classrooms intended for families to use as they see fit. They are considered resources for student learning only and their use is not mandatory. As Mr. Peterson mentioned, we are keeping learning “asynchronous” and flexible, and want you to choose how to meet your student’s academic needs in a way that works best for you and your family.

    Always know that I am just one email away and that I am here to help you. Please continue to email me, have your child email me, make a phone conference time or have a Zoom meeting. I am available Tuesdays-Thursdays from 10:00-2:00. Please do not hesitate to reach out. We are all in this together and we will continue to do our best to provide a good education for your child.

    Our weekly Zoom meeting will be a recurring event, starting Wednesday, April 22nd at 11:00 am.

    Have a wonderful, stress free spring break and I’ll see you at our class Zoom meeting on April 22nd!

    Love, Hugs, and High Fives,

    Ms. Stasio

     


    April 3, 2020 - Home Study Update

    Dear Families & Friends,

    Congratulations on finishing week three of distance learning and home study! I am sending a big hug out to all of you! I miss everyone so much!

    It was great to talk to so many of you this week and get emails and photos from you. Please know that I am here for you with any questions, concerns, and a listening ear. Just email me and I will get back to you as soon as I can. We can make phone appointments or Zoom time too.

    Thank you for working so hard at home. I hope you have created a schedule that works for your family. Remember the most important schedule is one that is flexible and one that works for you.

    Remember to always be a scholar and a person of character. If you always do your best, you will always be proud.

    Parents, next week we are on Week 26 for Spelling. Please have your child study the list for Week 26 on Spelling City, testing them on Friday in their journals. Your child’s weekly work includes: learning new spelling words, completing handwriting practice pages, writing in their journals, practicing math skills on STMath every day (both 10 minute fact fluency practice and 20 minute cone practice), and 15-20 minutes of daily reading. Some families have asked for more ideas for journal writing, so I have included some more ideas on my webpage. Look for “Journal Writing Ideas”.

    Next week the teachers will be working on making new packets to get us through the end of the year.  These will not be available to you until after spring break. Mr. Peterson will be sending out more information on how to pick up the additional packets. The new packets will include more Social Studies Magazines, Scholastic News, daily EnVision math mats, and our Wonders Reading Series with student practice pages.

    We will be starting class meetings via Zoom next week, and I am so excited that we will all be able to see and talk to each other! I will send out another email that will be the invitation.

    I know it was such sad news to hear that we will not be returning to school this year. I am not happy that we can’t finish the year together. But, I do know that we are a great team and we will always be friends!

    We will go forward with a positive attitude and make the best of the situation.

    Stay healthy and happy!

    Big love, hugs, and high fives,

    Ms. Stasio

     


    March 27, 2020 - Home Study Update

    Dear Families,

    I am sending a great big hug out to all of you as we are ending our second week of distant learning. I hope you and your family have created a routine that works for you.

    Going forward please have your child take the spelling test for Week 24 if you haven’t done so already. Please have your child take Week 24 Spelling Test on a page in their journal.

     Next week, please have your child study the list for week 25 on Spelling City, testing them on Friday on a page in their journals. We will continue to learn one spelling word list a week while we are home learning. Remember to access Spelling City from Classlink or my webpage to practice during the week. You can also use other pages in your journal to practice writing spelling word work.

    Your child’s weekly work includes: to keep practicing handwriting pages in our handwriting books, writing in their journals, and practicing math skills on ST math every day. The daily math work includes 20 minutes of STMath Cone & 10 minutes of STMath Fluency Practice.

    Keep track of what you are reading either on your reading log or on a page in your journal. Your child should read 15-20 minutes out loud every day. Yesterday, I sent out another email from our librarians that had more great links for books online. I hope everyone is finding books to read!

    Please know that we understand that this time can be full of emotions. We know that some days will be full of learning, some will be full of family fun, and some days will be stressful. We are in this together as we strive to continue your child’s education from home.

     I would love to touch base with every child to see how they are doing. Please have your child send me an email and let me know how they are doing or ask me any questions. You can also email me a time and a day between 10:00-2:00 that I may call them for a few minute chat, if they would like to talk in person.  I am missing them all so much!

    We hope to get back into our classrooms after spring break to put together another bag of work for you to pick up for your child. We will keep you posted.

    Stay healthy and strong, everyone! Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.

    Sending lots of love, (air)hugs, & (elbow)high fives,

    Ms. Stasio

     


    March 20, 2020 - Home Study Update

    Dear Families & Friends,

    I have been thinking about all of you so much and hope you are smiling!

    I hope you are staying well and enjoying all this free time together as a family.

    Each week going forward, the teachers will email their classes on Friday and let them know of any new assignments for the students to complete at home.  Our first letter outlined the first three weeks worth of work, which you would have found in your child’s bag for pick-up.  Thank you for assisting them in completing these assignments.  Don’t forget to go to Mrs. DeRenzo’s, Mrs. Kremer’s, Mr. A’s, and Senora Colon’s wegpages for their weekly assignments for our grade, as well.

    Going forward, please have your child study and take the spelling test for week 23. Have them take their spelling test on a page in their journal, so that I can see it when they get back.  Next week, please have your child study the list for week 24 on Spelling City, testing them on Friday on a page in their journal.  Thank you.  We will continue with one spelling list a week for as many weeks that we are out of school.

    Remember to keep practicing handwriting, writing in journals and practicing math skills on ST math.  Card games, board games, dice games, are all wonderful ways to spend your time.  ClassLink is always available and the kids know which programs we use on a regular basis.

    Also, there are plenty of sources out there for e-books:

    This one is the direct link to Monterey County Free Libraries (this is already a link on

    ClassLink)

    http://www.emcfl.org/

    Here is a really good website where you can search for free e-stories by reading level and grade:

    http://www.magickeys.com/books/coyote/index.html

    This is a list of the 16 best websites for children’s ebooks:

    https://www.tckpublishing.com/free-ebooks-for-kids/

     

    Last, here is a parent link to GoNoodle Good Energy which is full of fun activities devoted to having fun by getting moving:

    https://www.gonoodle.com/good-energy-at-home-kids-games-and-videos/

     

    I hope you all are staying healthy and adjusting as well as can be expected under these stressful circumstances.  If you haven’t set some sort of schedule yet, it might be a good idea.  Kids do best when they know what is expected from them and have a routine to rely on.  In class we always did our quiet reading time after recess & snack to settle down and know what to expect before we launched into math time.

     Please be sure to email with any questions or concerns you might have.  The kids are also welcome to email me.

    At times like these, it’s great to be part of this loving, caring community.

    Sending lots of love, (air)hugs, and (elbow)high fives,

    Ms. Stasio

     

     

     

     

Last Modified on June 7, 2020