Weekly FYI

FYI from Polly for week of October 16-18

Dear 102 Families,                                                                                                               10/14/17


NO AFTER SCHOOL CLASSES THIS WEEK due to the short week & conferences.

**NO SCHOOL this week on Wednesday, Thursday & Friday due to conferences & MN Teachers’ Convention

***Attached is the Fall Conference Sign Up Sheet, scanned.  Please email me with your preferred meeting time and I will confirm or let you know if it is already taken, requiring you to make another choice. Thank you! *An evening spot just opened up for 3:50pm on Tuesday, October 17 (sorry that I mistakenly emailed the wrong time slot at first.) All but 2 families are now signed up. Hurrah!!!

****PLEASE RETURN THE FIELD TRIP PERMISSION SLIP FOR THE CHILDRENS’ MUSEUM right away! We need to collect the funds for field trips much earlier than in the past for processing! MANY THANKS!!!!! *you’ll find it in the Friday Folder that just came home!

*****At this point, every 102 student has had an opportunity to share their “memory objects.” Starting Monday, every student will begin having their 2nd sharing time. The theme this time will be their favorite family celebration: Thanksgiving, birthdays, Ramadan, Christmas, family reunions, annual vacations, etc. Again, they can bring photos or an object that helps them share about this theme.

******Our second lesson with Uli, on Healthy Foods, happens this Tuesday, 12:00-12:55.

*******We would greatly appreciate donations of new items for our Fall Fun Theme Basket. Students voted for a “Pokemon” theme. This is a basket, along with many others from all other classrooms, that people can submit tickets, for a chance to win, at Fall Fun on October 27th. We also would welcome a large container of some sort (basket, laundry is fine.) Thank you for considering.

********Marcy will be celebrating “Latino Family Day” on Friday, October 27. Please see the Parents Press for details.  

READING: Students will continue to focus on identifying features of an informational text (table of contents, sub-headings, photos, etc.) We continue practicing our literacy stations format which will consist of rotating through an independent reading time, guided reading time with a teacher, and a writing/spelling station. Before the literacy stations begin each day, there will be a mini lesson presented by the teacher and a closing, after the station rotations, led by the teacher.

MATH: We continue playing counting games & counting chorally forwards & backwards beginning at any random number. Students will be working hard on being able to break apart numbers 5 and 10 with automaticity, for instance knowing all the combinations that make 10 (1+9, 2+8, 3+7, 4+6, 5+5) with automaticity. Over time, we want students to be able to do this with all numbers through 12. We will be working on solving addition & subtraction problems with answers up to 20. Students continue to practice rotating through 3 math stations: ST Math (an i-pad activity,) games, & a guided math small group with the teacher. Similar to reading time, the math station rotation will be preceded by a mini-lesson (called a”number talk”) and after math station rotations are finished, there will be a math closure time led by the teacher.

WRITING: Students will continue to write in response to some social studies concepts & record, in their science journals about their science observations. Currently they are observing & recording about the growth of the seeds that they planted. We continue reviewing & emphasizing neat letter formation, using uppercase & lowercase letters in the correct places, correct punctuation, good spacing between words, staying on the lines, proper use of a sheet of paper & spelling. Each student has their own mini write-in dictionary which they can use for spelling & can add words to with adult help.

SOCIAL STUDIES: Students have worked on setting goals for themselves, making classroom rules, and learning ways to work together, share, help each other, work problems out with others Our current unit is called “Citizenship.” Our Scholastic News Magazines have been covering similar social studies topics.

SCIENCE: We are working through a unit titled “Organisms.” In this unit, students will sort animals & plants into groups by their observable properties, explain how they sorted them, identify needs of animals & plants, explain that if a part of a living system is missing, it may not function correctly, explain how an animal’s habitat provides for its basic needs, describe the changes that take place in a plant’s life cycle, and describe how a seed changes as it grows. Students have built & recorded about their terrariums & aquariums, comparing 2 types of woodland plants & 2 types of freshwater plants. Students are now able to observe guppies & snails living in their aquariums on their tables.

SCHOLASTIC NEWS: This is a magazine that each student will receive a copy of each week which covers many different science & social studies topics. The October topics are Pumpkins, Fire Safety/Firefighters, Autumn, & Bats. Sometimes they also have a few worksheets that accompany the magazine. We work through all of these materials together in class. We will skip Scholastic News this week since we have only 2 days.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

EVERY Thursday, 12:00-12:15 - Media Book Check Out - This will be our check out time every week unless the library is closed due to special events or Krista’s absence.

Tuesdays, Oct. 17, 24 - Uli’s Healthy Foods Presentations & Activities - 12:00-12:55

Tuesday, October 17 Conferences: 3:30pm - 7:30pm

Wednesday, October 18 - NO SCHOOL - Conferences: 7:30am - 3:30pm

Thursday & Friday, October 19 & 20 - NO SCHOOL - Minnesota Teachers‘ Convention
 
Friday, October 27 - Assembly & Buddies: 1:30-2:45pm - Latino Family Day
*also Fall Fun in the evening at Marcy   

Thank you for reading this!!!

Polly

FYI from Polly for week of October 9-13

Dear 102 Families,                                                                                                                 10/7/17

*Attached is the Fall Conference Sign Up Sheet, scanned.  Please email me with your preferred meeting time and I will confirm or let you know if it is already taken, requiring you to make another choice. Thank you! All but 3 families are now signed up. Hurrah!!!

**Our first lesson with Uli, on Healthy Foods, happens this Tuesday, 12:00-12:55.

***Please know that your student was given a prize of candy, at dismissal on Friday, from their recess supervisor, Raya, for good behavior. This did not come from me. Following district policy, I do not give candy rewards for behavior.

****We would greatly appreciate donations of new items for our Fall Fun Theme Basket. Students voted for a “Pokemon” theme. This is a basket, along with many others from all other classrooms, that people can submit tickets, for a chance to win, at Fall Fun on October 27th. We also would welcome a large container of some sort (basket, laundry is fine.) Thank you for considering.

*****Marcy will be celebrating “Latino Family Day” on Friday, October 27. Please watch the Parents Press for details.  

******Demetria is back with us this week & next. Yahoo!!!

READING: Students will focus on identifying features of an informational text (table of contents, sub-headings, photos, etc.) We continue practicing our literacy stations format which will consist of rotating through an independent reading time, guided reading time with a teacher, and a writing/spelling station. Before the literacy stations begin each day, there will be a mini lesson presented by the teacher and a closing, after the station rotations, led by the teacher. Students seem to be adjusting well to this station format.

MATH: We continue playing counting games & counting chorally forwards & backwards beginning at any random number. Students will be working hard on being able to break apart numbers 5 and 10 with automaticity, for instance knowing all the combinations that make 10 (1+9, 2+8, 3+7, 4+6, 5+5) with automaticity. Over time, we want students to be able to do this with all numbers through 12. We will be working on solving addition & subtraction problems with answers up to 20. Students continue to practice rotating through 3 math stations: ST Math (an i-pad activity,) games, & a guided math small group with the teacher. Similar to reading time, the math station rotation will be preceded by a mini-lesson (called a”number talk”) and after math station rotations are finished, there will be a math closure time led by the teacher.

WRITING: Students will continue to write in response to some social studies concepts & record, in their science journals about their science observations. Currently they are observing & recording about the growth of the seeds that they planted. We continue reviewing & emphasizing neat letter formation, using uppercase & lowercase letters in the correct places, correct punctuation, good spacing between words, staying on the lines, and proper use of a sheet of paper.

SOCIAL STUDIES: Students have worked on setting goals for themselves, making classroom rules, and learning ways to work together, share, help each other, work problems out with others Our current unit is called “Citizenship.” Our Scholastic News Magazines have been covering similar social studies topics.

SCIENCE: We are working through a unit titled “Organisms.” In this unit, students will sort animals & plants into groups by their observable properties, explain how they sorted them, identify needs of animals & plants, explain that if a part of a living system is missing, it may not function correctly, explain how an animal’s habitat provides for its basic needs, describe the changes that take place in a plant’s life cycle, and describe how a seed changes as it grows. Students have built & recorded about their terrariums & aquariums, comparing 2 types of woodland plants & 2 types of freshwater plants. This week we will add guppies & snails to student aquariums and compare & contrast these 2 creatures.

SCHOLASTIC NEWS: This is a magazine that each student will receive a copy of each week which covers many different science & social studies topics. The October topics are Pumpkins, Fire Safety/Firefighters, Autumn, & Bats. Sometimes they also have a few worksheets that accompany the magazine. We work through all of these materials together in class. This week our magazine focuses on learning about fall leaves & how to observe them.

UPCOMING EVENTS:
Wednesday, October 4 - School Photos

EVERY Thursday, 12:00-12:15 - Media Book Check Out - This will be our check out time every week unless the library is closed due to special events or Krista’s absence.

Tuesdays, Oct. 10, 17, 24 - Uli’s Healthy Foods Presentations & Activities - 12:00-12:55

Tuesday, October 17 Conferences: 3:30pm - 7:30pm

Wednesday, October 18 - NO SCHOOL - Conferences: 7:30am - 3:30pm

Thursday & Friday, October 19 & 20 - NO SCHOOL - Minnesota Teachers‘ Convention
 
Friday, October 27 - Assembly & Buddies: 1:30-2:45pm - Latino Family Day
*also Fall Fun in the evening at Marcy   

Thank you for reading this!!!

Polly

FYI from Polly for week of October 2-6

Dear 102 Families,                                                                                                                 9/30/17

*Attached is the Fall Conference Sign Up Sheet, scanned ... it was available at Open House ... please email me with your preferred meeting time and I will confirm or let you know if it is already taken requiring you to make another choice. Thank you! I promise not to forget to attach it this time.

**AFTER SCHOOL CLASSES begin this week. We have many students participating.

***Fall School Pictures Day is Wednesday. We are scheduled for 11:55am.

****Our first Media Book Check Out Time happens this Thursday, 12:00-12:15. This will be our check out time every week unless the library is closed due to Book Fair or Krista’s absence.  

*****Demetria continues back at U of M for classes this week. Her schedule now is a rotation of 2 weeks with us & 2 weeks back at U of M through December. Beginning in January, when school resumes, after Winter Break, she will be with us full time through the end of the school year. In January, she will slowly take on being lead teacher, taking over all parts of teaching for 2 weeks, in March probably. Since this is a co-teaching model, I will always be there as a support.  
   
READING: Students will focus on asking & answering questions about their reading this week.We continue practicing our literacy stations format which will consist of rotating through an independent reading time, guided reading time with a teacher, and a writing/spelling station. Before the literacy stations begin each day, there will be a mini lesson presented by the teacher and a closing, after the station rotations, led by the teacher. Students seem to be adjusting well to this station format.

MATH: We continue playing counting games & counting chorally forwards & backwards beginning at any random number. Students will be working hard on being able to break apart numbers 5 and 10 with automaticity, for instance knowing all the combinations that make 10 (1+9, 2+8, 3+7, 4+6, 5+5) with automaticity. Over time, we want students to be able to do this with all numbers through 12. We will be working on solving addition & subtraction problems with answers up to 20. Students continue to practice rotating through 3 math stations: ST Math (an i-pad activity,) games, & a guided math small group with the teacher. Similar to reading time, the math station rotation will be preceded by a mini-lesson (called a”number talk”) and after math station rotations are finished, there will be a math closure time led by the teacher.

WRITING: Students will continue to write in response to some social studies concepts & record, in their science journals about their science observations. Currently they are observing & recording about the growth of the seeds that they planted. We continue reviewing & emphasizing neat letter formation, using uppercase & lowercase letters in the correct places, correct punctuation, good spacing between words, staying on the lines, and proper use of a sheet of paper.


SOCIAL STUDIES: Students have been working on setting goals for themselves, making classroom rules, and learning ways to work together, share, help each other, work problems out with others The unit is called “Citizenship.” Our Scholastic News Magazines have been covering the same social studies topics.

SCIENCE: We have begun a unit titled “Organisms.” In this unit, students will sort animals & plants into groups by their observable properties, explain how they sorted them, identify needs of animals & plants, explain that if a part of a living system is missing, it may not function correctly, explain how an animal’s habitat provides for its basic needs, describe the changes that take place in a plant’s life cycle, and describe how a seed changes as it grows. Students have built & recorded about their terrariums & aquariums, comparing 2 types of woodland plants & 2 types of freshwater plants.

SCHOLASTIC NEWS: This is a magazine that each student will receive a copy of each week which covers many different science & social studies topics. The October topics are Pumpkins, Fire Safety/Firefighters, Autumn, & Bats. Sometimes they also have a few worksheets that accompany the magazine. We work through all of these materials together in class.

UPCOMING EVENTS:
Wednesday, October 4 - School Photos

Thursday, October 5 - Media Book Check Out (our first one!!!) - this will be the check out time every week, from this day on when the Marcy library is open.

Tuesdays, Oct. 10, 17, 24 - Uli’s Healthy Foods Presentations & Activities - 12:00-12:55

Tuesday, October 17 Conferences: 3:30pm - 7:30pm

Wednesday, October 18 - NO SCHOOL - Conferences: 7:30am - 3:30pm

Thursday & Friday, October 19 & 20 - NO SCHOOL - Minnesota Teachers‘ Convention
 
Friday, October 27 - Assembly & Buddies: 1:30-2:45pm
*also Fall Fun in the evening at Marcy   

Thank you for reading this!!!

Polly

FYI from Polly for week of September 25-29

Dear 102 Families,                                                                                                                 9/23/17

*We have continue to practice & build stamina in our academic routines, reading & math station rotation & science / social studies / writing activities.

**The 1st grade team has now determined that our field trip to the Children’s Museum will be  on Wednesday, November 15...bus leaves from Marcy at 9:00am & returns by 12:30pm. We hope to have many parent chaperones volunteer on this one ... entry to museum is free for chaperones.

***Thank you, parents of home lunchers, for sending eating utensils in their lunchbags!

****Attached is the Fall Conference Sign Up Sheet, scanned ... it was available at Open House ... please email me with your preferred meeting time and I will confirm or let you know if it is already taken requiring you to make another choice. Thank you! I promise not to forget to attach it this time.

*****Demetria will be back at U of M for classes this week & next. Her schedule now will be a rotation of 2 weeks with us & 2 weeks back at U of M through December. Beginning in January, when school resumes, after Winter Break, she will be with us full time through the end of the school year. In January, she will slowly take on being lead teacher, taking over all parts of teaching for 2 weeks, in March probably. Since this is a co-teaching model, I will always be there as a support.  
   
READING: We continue building stamina for an independent reading time slowly. Students are working on how to care for books, finding books to read that are just right for them, and understanding that there are many different genres to try out. We continue practicing a literacy stations format which will consist of rotating through an independent reading time, guided reading time with a teacher, and a writing/spelling station. Before the literacy stations begin each day, there will be a mini lesson presented by the teacher and a closing, after the station rotations, led by the teacher. Students seem to be adjusting well to this station format.

MATH: We continue playing counting games & counting chorally forwards & backwards beginning at any random number. Students will be working hard on being able to break apart numbers with automaticity, for instance knowing all the combinations that make 10 (1+9, 2+8, 3+7, 4+6, 5+5) with automaticity. Over time, we want students to be able to do this with all numbers through 12.  Students continue to practice rotating through 3 math stations: ST Math (an i-pad activity,) games, & a guided math small group with the teacher. Similar to reading time, the math station rotation will be preceded by a mini-lesson (called a”number talk”) and after math station rotations are finished there will be a math closure time led by the teacher.

WRITING: Students will continue to write in response to some social studies concepts & record, in their science journals about their science observations. Currently they are observing & recording about the growth of the seeds that they planted. We continue reviewing & emphasizing neat letter formation, using uppercase & lowercase letters in the correct places, correct punctuation, good spacing between words, staying on the lines, and proper use of a sheet of paper.

SOCIAL STUDIES: Students have been working on setting goals for themselves, making classroom rules, and learning ways to work together, share, help each other, work problems out with others The unit is called “Citizenship.” Our Scholastic News Magazines have been covering the same social studies topics.

SCIENCE: We have begun a unit titled “Organisms.” In this unit, students will sort animals & plants into groups by their observable properties, explain how they sorted them, identify needs of animals & plants, explain that if a part of a living system is missing, it may not function correctly, explain how an animal’s habitat provides for its basic needs, describe the changes that take place in a plant’s life cycle, and describe how a seed changes as it grows. Students will be building & recording about terrariums this week.

SCHOLASTIC NEWS: This is a magazine that each student will receive a copy of each week which covers many different science & social studies topics. The October topics are Pumpkins, Fire Safety/Firefighters, Autumn, & Bats. Sometimes they also have a few worksheets that accompany the magazine. We work through all of these materials together in class.

UPCOMING EVENTS:
Friday, September 29 - Assembly & Buddies - 1:30-2:45 (Labyrinth Peace Dedication at 2:00)

Wednesday, October 4 - School Photos

Thursday, October 5 - Media Book Check Out (our first one!!!) - this will be the check out time every week, from this day on

Tuesday, October 17 Conferences: 3:30pm - 7:30pm
Wednesday, October 18 - NO SCHOOL - Conferences: 7:30am - 3:30pm

Thursday & Friday, October 19 & 20 - NO SCHOOL - Minnesota Teachers‘ Convention
 
Friday, October 27 - Assembly & Buddies: 1:30-2:45pm
*also Fall Fun in the evening at Marcy   

Thank you for reading this!!!

Polly

 

FYI from Polly for week of September 18-22

Dear 102 Families,                                                                                                                 9/16/17

*We are still looking for “Student Information & Emergency Card forms” from 3 families. PLEASE return as soon as possible.

**We have begun to practice & build stamina in our academic routines, reading & math station rotation & science / social studies activities.

***The 1st grade team has determined our field trips for the school year: Children’s Museum or “The Works” in the fall sometime (TBA), Children’s Theatre Performance in the spring (date TBA), Mpls Institute of Arts tour with focus on the Art Adventure theme on May 10, and Flint Hills Children’s Performance & Festival on May 30 (picnic lunch there.)

**** STUDENTS WHO BRING THEIR OWN LUNCH TO SCHOOL ... If at all possible,  please send eating utensils with your students. We eat in the classroom and many students are missing needed spoons or forks to eat their lunches with & are needing to make trips to the lunchroom when they discover this. The plastic utensils in the lunchroom are really part of the school purchased lunch plan. Thank you!

*****Attached is the Fall Conference Sign Up Sheet scanned ... it was available at Open House this past Thursday night ... please email me with your preferred meeting time and I will confirm or let you know if it is already taken requiring you to make another choice. Thank you!  
   

READING: We continue building stamina for an independent reading time slowly. Students are working on how to care for books, finding books to read that are just right for them, and understanding that there are many different genres to try out. We will be working towards a literacy stations format which will consist of rotating through an independent reading time, guided reading time with a teacher, and a writing station. Before the literacy stations begin each day, there will be a mini lesson presented by the teacher and a closing, after the station rotations, led by the teacher. We will move slowly towards this format. This past week, I administered the Unit 1 Literacy Interim Test required by the district.

MATH: We have been playing counting games & counting chorally forwards & backwards beginning at any random number. We will begin exploring math materials this week. Students will be working hard on being able to break apart numbers with automaticity, for instance knowing all the combinations that make 10 (1+9, 2+8, 3+7, 4+6, 5+5) with automaticity. Over time, we want students to be able to do this with all numbers up through 12. Last week we students began to practice rotating through 3 math stations: ST Math (an i-pad activity,) games, & math materials exploration. The 3rd station mentioned will soon turn into a guided math group with the teacher. Similar to reading time, the math station rotation will be preceded by a mini-lesson and after math station rotations are finished there will be a math closure time led by the teacher.

WRITING: Students have done some reading response writing and will continue writing for specific science & social studies assignments.We continue reviewing & emphasizing neat letter formation, using uppercase & lowercase letters in the correct places, correct punctuation, good spacing between words, staying on the lines, and proper use of a sheet of paper.

SOCIAL STUDIES: Students have been working on setting goals for themselves, making classroom rules, and learning ways to work together, share, help each other, work problems out with others The unit is called “Citizenship.” Our Scholastic News Magazines have been covering the same social studies topics.

SCIENCE: We have begun a unit titled “Organisms.” In this unit, students will sort animals & plants into groups by their observable properties, explain how they sorted them, identify needs of animals & plants, explain that if a part of a living system is missing, it may not function correctly, explain how an animal’s habitat provides for its basic needs, describe the changes that take place in a plant’s life cycle, and describe how a seed changes as it grows.

SCHOLASTIC NEWS: This is a magazine that each student will receive a copy of each week which covers many different science & social studies topics. This month the topics are school rules, choose kindness, animal friends and an author’s good work habits. Sometimes they also have a few worksheets that accompany the magazine. We work through all of these materials together in class.

Thank you for reading this!!!

Polly

FYI from Polly for week of September 11-15

Dear 102 Families,                                           9/10/17

*We are still looking for “Student Information & Emergency Card forms” from 6 families. PLEASE return as soon as possible.

*Thank you for the donations of snacks but we don’t need any more. As stated in my  first newsletter, we will not be having a snack time as our lunch is nicely schedule in the middle of our school day at 11:30am (not too early or too late.)

We continue with a major focus on community building and practice of routines & rituals.

READING: We have begun building stamina for an independent reading time slowly. Students are working on how to care for books, finding books to read that are just right for them, and understanding that there are many different genres to try out. We will be working towards a literacy stations format which will consist of cycling through an independent reading time, guided reading time with a teacher, and a writing station. Before the literacy stations begin, there will be a mini lesson presented by the teacher and a closing, after the stations cycles, led by the teacher. We will move slowly towards this format.

MATH: We have been playing counting games & counting chorally forwards & backwards beginning at any random number. We will begin exploring math materials this week. Students will be working hard on being able to break apart numbers with automaticity, for instance knowing all the combinations that make 10 (1+9, 2+8, 3+7, 4+6, 5+5) with automaticity. Over time, we want students to be able to do this with all numbers up through 12.

WRITING: Students have completed their “All About Me” books. They will be displayed in the classroom on Curriculum Night. This required writing & drawing to respond to a number of questions about themselves. We are reviewing & emphasizing neat letter formation, using uppercase & lowercase letters in the correct places, correct punctuation, good spacing between words, staying on the lines, and proper use of a sheet of paper.

SOCIAL STUDIES: Students have been working on setting goals for themselves, making classroom rules, and learning ways to work together, share, help each other, work problems out with others The unit is called “Citizenship.”

SCIENCE: We are about to launch a unit titled “Organisms.” In this unit, students will sort animals & plants into groups by their observable properties, explain how they sorted them, identify needs of animals & plants, explain that if a part of a living system is missing, it may not function correctly, explain how an animal’s habitat provides for its basic needs, describe the changes that take place in a plant’s life cycle, and describe how a seed changes as it grows.

SCHOLASTIC NEWS: This is a magazine that each student will receive a copy of each week which covers many different science & social studies topics. This month the topics are school rules, choose kindness, animal friends and an author’s good work habits. Sometimes they also have a few worksheets that accompany the magazine. We work through all of these materials together.

Hope to see you at Curriculum Night, this Thursday.

Thank you for reading this!!!

Polly

 

FYI from Polly on 8/26/17 *all families received this in paper copy

WELCOME to ROOM 102 at MARCY OPEN SCHOOL

Dear Room 102 Families,                        August 2017



Welcome to room 102! My name is Polly Smull and I have the great honor and privilege of teaching and learning with your children this 2017-2018 school year at Marcy. I have taught at Marcy for about 26 years including a few years of subbing. Before that, I was a parent volunteer which gives me a grand total of 32 years of history with Marcy. Although I have an elementary teaching license, my original teaching license was in art. I do like to weave the arts throughout the curriculum. Both of my own daughters attended Marcy K-8 and then went on to graduate from the South High School Open Program. They now are college graduates and one is currently in graduate school at U of MN. I live in Southeast Minneapolis. I am enjoying being a grandma with my first grandchild, Ruth, who is 8 months old now.



I’m excited to have a “co-teacher” (student teacher for the entire school year) from U of M, Demetria Poe. She will be with us on & off this fall & then full time after Winter Break. 



Students will spend time each day reading independently, working in small guided reading groups with an adult, responding to what they read often, have individual meetings with an adult about reading and may be assessed to monitor their progress during the school year using the Fountas & Pinnell testing system. Students will write each day and select certain pieces to take to a publishing level. They may also be working on their handwriting and on phonics skills. For math, we will follow math curriculum required by the school district & guided by our school math specialist. Science will offer lots of hands on experiences & require journaling about the experiences. The 4 science units will be: Plants & Animals: Habitats, Life Cycles, & Needs, Electric Circuits, and Rocks, Sand & Soils.

Marcy students in all grades will have the opportunity to work with a portrait artist (more details on this in the spring.) This special arts opportunity is funded by the Marcy Arts Partnership.  We will have a “Healthy Foods” presenter, Uli, this year in the spring. I will cover Social Studies with our Scholastic News Magazines which are always full of fascinating, kid appropriate, current events from around the globe as well as the district assigned curriculum in social studies covering topics of Citizenship & Government, Economics, History, and Geography. I also encourage students to talk about current events in morning circle.



We have not yet planned our field trips for the school year but will most certainly be taking some. 


Our 1st grade team will have the same daily schedule for the entire year. Our team will consist of 4 teachers: Rachel (110) / Andrea & Pang job-sharing (107) / Polly (102)



8:30 Arrival / Breakfast (in the lunchroom this year)

9:00 Circle

9:30 Reading 


10:30 Math  

11:30 Lunch (in the classroom with classroom teacher supervising)

11:55 Integrated Writing, Social Studies, & Science   


12:55 Recess (with support staff supervising)  


1:30 Centers (art, music, media, gym)   

2:30 Phonics or Read Aloud
2:45 Cleanup/Prepare for Dismissal
3:05 DISMISSAL 


Each Friday (or the last day of the school week) your student will bring home a folder full of papers. We call this the “Friday Folder.” These papers could be permission slips, newsletters, various program flyers, after school class registration materials, homework assignments, and corrected papers. Please watch for this. Reading at home is probably the most important homework. There may be some home projects that tie in with various units in social studies & science. The first week of school we will be looking for emergency cards, discipline & weapons policy contracts, walking field trip & video release forms, and bus rules & regulations forms and many others to be filled out and returned. PLEASE GET THEM IN IMMEDIATELY!!! We may want to be able to go on a walk ASAP while the weather is still nice. 


I welcome your presence in the classroom at any time. I may not always be available to talk with you, as the students are always my first priority, but your help will always be welcome. Your assistance on field trips, for special classroom events, regular weekly help or spontaneous visits are all appreciated.



We will not be having a snack time in class because our lunch time is nicely placed in the middle of the day. If your child has allergies to any foods, please let me know. Make sure your student has a breakfast at home or school. If your student brings lunch from home, please do not send soda pop for their beverage or excessive sweets. Students may bring healthy snacks to share with the class to celebrate their birthdays or special event days which I will announce in advance. That could be cheese sticks or fruit or popcorn. Please see class website for birthday snack ideas.


The first weeks of school we will concentrate on becoming a community, learning the rituals & routines of the classroom & school day, and assessing where students are at in math & reading.



Please send a note with your child or call me at school (612-668-1020) if you have concerns or questions and need an immediate response. If a response is needed, I will make every effort to get back to you the same day by telephone or a note. If you can wait for a response until the next day, you can e-mail me at psmull@mpls.k12.mn.us which I check every day. If you’re willing, I also would like to have an e-mail address from you so that I can contact you. I send an FYI e-newsletter every weekend to parents. 



We’re looking forward to an amazing year! I hope to welcome you to 102 for the 2017-18 school year at the Ice Cream Social & Open House on Thursday, August 24th, 5:00-7:00pm. There will be another Open House, later in September. The sign-up sheet for October conferences will be available at the September Open House. I will have a sheet to share your e-mail address with me at both events, if you are willing to share it with me.



PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOUR STUDENT KNOWS HOW THEY WILL BE GETTING HOME OR TO DAYCARE ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL.  

Thank you so much!! Looking forward to an incredible 2017-2018 school year!  
Polly Smull

Marcy 1st Grade Team Request for School Supplies: This year we are requesting a donation of $10, from each family, to purchase the school supplies needed throughout the school year. Thank you for considering.