Ms. Russo

Bookworm.png First Grade News!

Welcome to Ms. Russo's First Grade Class! I am so excited to be your teacher! Please use this website as a reference for important dates, field trips, spelling words, schedules etc.! Feel free to email me with any questions at

* Please refer to the "Useful links" tab for important notices! *

If it is your week to send in snacks for the class, please make sure to send in any necessary utensils needed for the snack. THANK YOU!


Special Schedule 2017-2018:

Monday- Gym (wear sneakers) & Art
Tuesday- Music
Wednesday- Gym (wear sneakers) & Music
Thursday- Spanish
Friday- Art


Important Dates: September 2017

9/5: First Day of School
9/19: Half-day of school (12:20 dismissal with Apollo)
9/20: Emergency half-day of school (12:20 dismissal without Apollo)


What are we learning in First Grade?

In Reading, we explored our first grade library and learned how to take care of our books.  We also learned how to display what a good reading workshop looks like and sounds like.  Last, we worked on building our stamina when reading independently.

We took a math assessment to determine which math concepts we are familiar with.  We also explored our math manipulatives.

Science/Social Studies
We decided to take this time to enjoy the nice weather and play outside.  We will start our Invention Study next week.

Word Study:
In Word Study, we read a poem and practiced using the sound "ch" in our reading and writing.

Writing Workshop
In writing, we explored and discussed things we love and made a map of our hearts to begin our Small Moment Unit.

Here is a look at our Busy Week!


Spelling Words

Please have your child spell and write these words every night.  There will be a spelling quiz every Friday on the words.

This Week's Words





with Last Week's Words





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*Homework Announcement*

There are daily homework worksheets that are sent home Monday through Thursday.  These worksheets should be completed and returned the following day of when it was sent home.  For example, Monday's worksheet will be completed and returned on Tuesday morning. Your child will also bring home a book to read Monday-Thursday.  This book should be returned the following morning as well.  After your child has read his/her book, please log it into his/her reading journal (see below).

On Mondays, there is an OPTIONAL challenge problem and a reading log sent home.  These two worksheets are to be completed and returned on Monday morning.  

Any questions about homework please email me at ________________________________________

Snack and Birthdays

To help keep germs away, I would like to have snack individualized for the students.  For example, if you purchase a big box of goldfish the goldfish must be placed into 20 zip lock bags for each student to have.

First Grade will no longer celebrate birthdays with "cake."  If you would like to celebrate your child's birthday, please donate a book to our library.  A family member may also want to read a story to the class in honor of the student's birthday.  Please email your teacher to set up a date.