Weekly FYI

FYI from Polly for week of September 24-28

Dear 102 Families,                                    9/22/18

*Many students forgot to put their Friday Folders in the Hand-in Box this week. I have to prepare the Friday Folders on Thursday so they must be turned in by Thursday morning. I will try to give students more reminders this week. If you got a stapled pile of Friday papers with a “WHOOPS” note, your student probably forgot y=to turn their folder in.

**I STILL need the “2019 Student Information & Emergency Card” from the following students: Abdullahi, Jihan, Nadira, Nasteho, & Rocky. I sent new copies home these students. Thanks for filling them out & returning them ASAP!

***Please get the After School class registration forms in, if you want your student to attend.

****The “Memory Sharing Project” continues to go great! It is so fun & exciting to see & hear about each student’s special memories. Thanks so much for supporting your student to gather a few items in a baggy, that spark memories on their day.  

*****I will be printing this out & sending with 2 students for whom I have no parent email address. Please share an email address with me ASAP if you are willing & aren’t getting this by email already.

******Students will be taking the FAST on Monday, September 24, from 10:00-11:00am in a Marcy computer lab.
*******Attached is a scanned Fall Conference Schedule for room 102. Conferences will be happening in about 3 weeks. Please look at the schedule & email me with your 1st, 2nd, & 3rd choices for when you could attend. I will then email you with a confirmation of one of your preferred times. Thank you! Each weekend, before conferences, I will scan & attach the updated version of the 102 conference schedule.


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We continue to concentrate on becoming a community, learning & practicing the rituals & routines of the classroom & school day. Most math & reading assessing in complete.

SOCIAL STUDIES / SCIENCE / WRITING (integrated)
Our first Social Studies unit of the school year is titled “Citizenship & Government.” Learning Goals for this unit are: Students will identify characteristics of good rules, demonstrate ways to be a good citizen in their community & explain why that is important, describe historical U.S. symbols, and describe how the president is elected.
Soon we will begin the first Science unit of the school year as well. It is titled “Organisms.” Learning Goals for this unit are: Students will sort animals & plants into groups by their observable properties & explain how they did it, identify needs of animals & plants (space, water, food, air & shelter,) 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.
Many writing projects are worked into these units.

READING
We will be working through the 1st grade Benchmark Reading Curriculum all year long. The first unit of the school year is titled “Being a Good Community Member.” This ties in well with our Social Studies unit. Learning Goals, pertaining to student reading, for this unit are: Asking questions, listening for key details, identifying reasons that support key points, using illustrations & photos to describe key ideas, cause & affect text structure, asking & answering questions for clarification, compare & contrast 2 informational texts. As me move forward through the next few weeks, students will be working in groups that cycle through language arts stations. One station will be meeting with a teacher for guided reading instruction, another will be independent reading, and another will be some independent writing work. Eventually, students will be able to work within the Raz Kids online program, at their reading level, with i-pads during their independent reading station one time per week. This system of stations & i-pad use will be introduced slowly.

MATH
Unit 1 in math is titled “Numbers, Counting, Quantities.” Learning goals for this unit will be: reading & writing numbers up to 120, representing numbers up to 120 in many different ways, counting forward & backward from any given number from 0-120, comparing & ordering numbers up to 100, using words (more than, less than, equal to) to describe & compare the size of numbers, solving addition & subtraction problems in many ways, combining & taking apart numbers up to 12. Also, over time, students will be traveling in math groups through 3 stations: meeting with a teacher in one to have a lesson, a second station to play a related math game, and a third station to work independently on an i-pad with an online math program called “Dreambox.” This will slowly roll out over weeks of introduction & practice.     


UPCOMING EVENTS

Friday, Oct. 26 - NEXT Buddies / 1:00-1:30pm - we will be pairing with Room 113 Homeroom Group - 6th graders

Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences Tues., Oct. 16, 3:30pm-7:30pm & Wed., Oct. 7, 7:30am-3:30pm. I will scan & send a conference sign-up schedule in a few weeks. You will need to email me a 1st, 2nd & 3rd choice and I will then confirm your time. I will scan & email an updated version each weekend until conferences happen.

NO SCHOOL Wed., Thurs., & Fri, Oct. 17, 18 & 19 due to conferences & MN Teachers’ Convention
 

FYI from Polly for week of September 17-21

Dear 102 Families,                                    9/15/18

*FRIDAY FOLDERS arrived!! Student papers came home in folder this week. Please make sure to return this next week asap. Friday is too late. Thanks!

**I STILL need the “2019 Student Information & Emergency Card” from many families yet. I sent new copies home with all students that don’t have them in.

***Please get the After School class registration forms in if you want your student to attend.

***The “Memory Sharing Project” is going great! It is so fun & exciting to see & hear about each student’s special memories. Thanks so much for supporting your student to gather a few items in a baggy that spark memories on their day.  

****I will be printing this out & sending with 3 students for whom I have no parent email address. Please share an email address with me ASAP if you are willing & aren’t getting this by email already.

***** We no longer need donation of wipes. A big change began this week. Students now eat in the lunchroom. We will no longer be wiping our classroom tables every day. Thanks though! Some students eat breakfast in the room so we need the wipes we have for that clean up.

******Classroom teachers now supervise recess.

*******A message form Marcy Administration:We have noticed many students arriving to Marcy prior to school hours.  School hours are from 8:40am-3:10pm.  Students may arrive by 8:25 to receive breakfast.  We do not have staffing for students arriving prior to 8:25am and the building will be locked until that time.  We also do not have staffing to supervise students after school. The expectation is students are picked up by 3:15 and the building will be locked at 3:30. If you need care for your student, please use the link to sign your children up for MPLS Kids. Please contact Donna or Trinity with any questions or concerns.  http://mplskids.mpls.k12.mn.us/marcy.html


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This week we will continue to concentrate on becoming a community, learning the rituals & routines of the classroom & school day. Most math & reading assessing in complete.

SOCIAL STUDIES / SCIENCE / WRITING (integrated)
Our first Social Studies unit of the school year is titled “Citizenship & Government.” Learning Goals for this unit are: Students will identify characteristics of good rules, demonstrate ways to be a good citizen in their community & explain why that is important, describe historical U.S. symbols, and describe how the president is elected.
Soon we will begin the first Science unit of the school year as well. It is titled “Organisms.” Learning Goals for this unit are: Students will sort animals & plants into groups by their observable properties & explain how they did it, identify needs of animals & plants (space, water, food, air & shelter,) 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.
Many writing projects are worked into these units.

READING
We will be working through the 1st grade Benchmark Reading Curriculum all year long. The first unit of the school year is titled “Being a Good Community Member.” This ties in well with our Social Studies unit. Learning Goals, pertaining to student reading, for this unit are: Asking questions, listening for key details, identifying reasons that support key points, using illustrations & photos to describe key ideas, cause & affect text structure, asking & answering questions for clarification, compare & contrast 2 informational texts. As me move forward through the next few weeks, students will be working in groups that cycle through language arts stations. One station will be meeting with a teacher for guided reading instruction, another will be independent reading, and another will be some independent writing work. Eventually, students will be able to work within the Raz Kids online program, at their reading level, with i-pads during their independent reading station one time per week. This system of stations & i-pad use will be introduced slowly.

MATH
Unit 1 in math is titled “Numbers, Counting, Quantities.” Learning goals for this unit will be: reading & writing numbers up to 120, representing numbers up to 120 in many different ways, counting forward & backward from any given number from 0-120, comparing & ordering numbers up to 100, using words (more than, less than, equal to) to describe & compare the size of numbers, solving addition & subtraction problems in many ways, combining & taking apart numbers up to 12. Also, over time, students will be traveling in math groups through 3 stations: meeting with a teacher in one to have a lesson, a second station to play a related math game, and a third station to work independently on an i-pad with an online math program called “Dreambox.” This will slowly roll out over weeks of introduction & practice.     


UPCOMING EVENTS

Friday, Oct. 21 - Assembly & Buddies - assembly 9-10am/Buddies 1:00-1:30pm - we will be pairing with Room 113 Homeroom Group - 6th graders

Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences Tues., Oct. 16, 3:30pm-7:30pm & Wed., Oct. 7, 7:30am-3:30pm. I will scan & send a conference sign-up schedule in a few weeks. You will need to email me a 1st, 2nd & 3rd choice and I will then confirm your time. I will scan & email an updated version each weekend until conferences happen.

NO SCHOOL Wed., Thurs., & Fri, Oct. 17, 18 & 19 due to conferences & MN Teachers’ Convention
 

FYI from Polly for week of September 10-14

Dear 102 Families,                                        9/8/18

*Again this week I just stapled Friday Folder papers together because the folders have not yet arrived.

**I need the “2019 Student Information & Emergency Card” from many families yet. Please let me know if you need a new copy.

***You will find the Marcy After School Program packet within the stapled papers. It is blue. For those students that I feel would benefit by attending after school Reading & Math support, I have circled those classes that you could consider signing your student up for. This was based on my fall assessment of their reading. I am almost finished assessing each student in reading.

***You will find an explanation sheet about a “Memory Sharing Project” that we will be working on beginning Monday. Please read all about it & support your student to bring a baggy with a few items to share one or two memories with the class on their day. Thanks!  

****I will be printing this out & sending home with a number of students for whom I have no parent email address. Please share an email address with me ASAP if you are willing & aren’t getting this by email already.

*****THANK YOU FOR THE DONATIONS OF SCHOOL SUPPLY MONEY, FACIAL TISSUES & WIPES!!!! They are greatly appreciated!!!!

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This week we will continue to concentrate on becoming a community, learning the rituals & routines of the classroom & school day, and assessing where students are at in math & reading.

SOCIAL STUDIES / SCIENCE / WRITING (integrated)
Our first Social Studies unit of the school year is titled “Citizenship & Government.” Learning Goals for this unit are: Students will identify characteristics of good rules, demonstrate ways to be a good citizen in their community & explain why that is important, describe historical U.S. symbols, and describe how the president is elected.
Soon we will begin the first Science unit of the school year as well. It is titled “Organisms.” Learning Goals for this unit are: Students will sort animals & plants into groups by their observable properties & explain how they did it, identify needs of animals & plants (space, water, food, air & shelter,) 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.
Many writing projects are worked into these units.

READING
We will be working through the 1st grade Benchmark Reading Curriculum all year long. The first unit of the school year is titled “Being a Good Community Member.” This ties in well with our Social Studies unit. Learning Goals, pertaining to student reading, for this unit are: Asking questions, listening for key details, identifying reasons that support key points, using illustrations & photos to describe key ideas, cause & affect text structure, asking & answering questions for clarification, compare & contrast 2 informational texts. As me move forward through the next few weeks, students will be working in groups that cycle through language arts stations. One station will be meeting with a teacher for guided reading instruction, another will be independent reading, and another will be some independent writing work. Eventually, students will be able to work within the Raz Kids online program, at their reading level, with i-pads during their independent reading station one time per week. This system of stations & i-pad use will be introduced slowly.

MATH
Unit 1 in math is titled “Numbers, Counting, Quantities.” Learning goals for this unit will be: reading & writing numbers up to 120, representing numbers up to 120 in many different ways, counting forward & backward from any given number from 0-120, comparing & ordering numbers up to 100, using words (more than, less than, equal to) to describe & compare the size of numbers, solving addition & subtraction problems in many ways, combining & taking apart numbers up to 12. Also, over time, students will be traveling in math groups through 3 stations: meeting with a teacher in one to have a lesson, a second station to play a related math game, and a third station to work independently on an i-pad with an online math program called “Dreambox.” This will slowly roll out over weeks of introduction & practice.     

Beginning next weekend, I will give you a summary of what we will be focusing  on in each academic area: Reading, Writing, Math, Social Studies, Science & Phonics.


UPCOMING EVENTS

Friday, Oct. 21 - Buddies - we will be pairing with Room 113 Homeroom Group - 6th graders I think

Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences Tues., Oct. 16, 3:30pm-7:30pm & Wed., Oct. 7, 7:30am-3:30pm. I will scan & send a conference sign-up schedule in a few weeks. You will need to email me a 1st, 2nd & 3rd choice and I will then confirm your time. I will scan & email an updated version each weekend until conferences happen.

NO SCHOOL Wed., Thurs., & Fri, Oct. 17, 18 & 19 due to conferences & MN Teachers’ Convention

FYI from Polly for week of September 4-7

Welcome to 102 & my Weekly FYI Newsletter!                     9/2/18

**Please know that beginning next week your student will bring their important papers home in a Marcy Friday Folders. This week I just stapled them together because the folders were not yet available.

***The most important paper this week, in that stapled bundle, is the “2019 Student Information & Emergency Card.” Some of you received this in your large envelope of papers but if you picked your envelope up at the Ice Cream Social Open House, those forms were not ready yet.

****Also, in that stapled packet of papers is the “Pre-Registration Form for Community Education Afterschool Marcy Open School 2018-19” form. Please consider filling this out if your student will be taking an afterschool class. This will expedite setting up a bus ride home.

*****NO SCHOOL Monday, September 3 due to Labor Day National Holiday

******I will be printing this out & sending home with a number of students for whom I have no parent email address. Please share an email address with me ASAP if you are willing & aren’t getting this by email already.

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This week we will continue to concentrate on becoming a community, learning the rituals & routines of the classroom & school day, and assessing where students are at in math & reading.

Beginning next weekend, I will give you a summary of what we will be focusing  on in each academic area: Reading, Writing, Math, Social Studies, Science & Phonics.


UPCOMING EVENTS

Friday, Oct. 21 - Buddies - we will be pairing with Room 113 Homeroom Group - 6th graders I think

Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences Tues., Oct. 16, 3:30pm-7:30pm & Wed., Oct. 7, 7:30am-3:30pm. I will scan & send a conference sign-up schedule in a few weeks. You will need to email me a 1st, 2nd & 3rd choice and I will then confirm your time. I will scan & email an updated version each weekend until conferences happen.

NO SCHOOL Wed., Thurs., & Fri, Oct. 17, 18 & 19 due to conferences & MN Teachers’ Convention
 

WELCOME to ROOM 102 at MARCY OPEN SCHOOL

Dear Room 102 Families,                        August 2018



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 2018-2019 school year at Marcy. I have taught at Marcy for about 27 years including a few years of subbing. Before that, I was a parent volunteer which gives me a grand total of 33 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 just finished graduate school at U of MN. I live in Southeast Minneapolis. I am enjoying being a grandma with my first grandchild, Ruth, who is 1&1/2 years old now.



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 an art residency experience at some point during the school year, yet to be announced. This special arts opportunity is funded by the Marcy Arts Partnership.  We will have a “Healthy Foods” presenter, Uli, at some point this year. I will cover Social Studies with our Scholastic News Magazines which are always full of fascinating, age 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.

Our field trips this year will be to the new Bell Museum(fall), MN Zoo(April 26), & a Flint Hills Performance(end of May or early June). 


Our 1st grade team will have the same daily schedule for the entire year. Our team will consist of 4 teachers: Nicole (108) / Andrea & Pang job-sharing (107) / Polly (102)



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

9:40 Morning Circle

9:10 Integrated Writing, Social Studies, & Science 

9:50 Reading  

11:05 CENTERS (art, music, technology exploration, gym)

12:05 Lunch (in the classroom/teacher reads aloud)   


12:40 Math #1   


1:40 Recess (with support staff supervising)    

2:10 Math #2


2:35 Phonics

2:50 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 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, library check out form, 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 polly.smull@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 2018-19 school year at the Ice Cream Social & Open House on Thursday, August 30th, 5:30-7:00pm. I will have a sheet to share your e-mail address with me at this event, 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 2018-2019 school year!  
Polly Smull

Marcy 1st Grade Team Request for School Supplies: This year we are requesting a donation of $20, from each family, to purchase the school supplies needed throughout the school year. Thank you for considering.

*Beyond this, we can ALWAYS use boxes of facial tissue & containers of wipes. For clean up after lunch in the classroom, we go through many wipes.