Today we talked about the ‘corpse flower’, a large flowering plant native to Sumatra in Indonesia. It only blooms once every 7-10 years and is supposed to smell like rotten fish, smelly socks, stinky cheese and poop.
A big thank you to our room parent Neha and everyone that made our August birthdays possible. Thank you to everyone for helping our children adjust back to a regular school schedule, and thank you for all of the kind words I’ve received since my first day at Ross.
On that note, we decided our classroom name and decided on The Helpful Hummingbirds! The second place suggestion was The Crazy Cookies. The vote was a lot closer than you would think.
We are continuing to assess our students to see what kind of gains were made over the summer. We are beginning our unit on American Heroes, with the first being Crazy Horse. We will spend the week exploring his life and what made him an American hero.
We are beginning our dive into all of our curriculum after our first week of setting expectations and practicing routines. Our exploration into our Eureka Math, Handwriting Without Tears and Guided Reading has already begun and more will be rolled out as the weeks go on.
Back to School Night is on Wednesday night at 6:00pm. We use this time to give the parents a quick rundown of the school year and answer any questions you may have. If you have any questions that you would like answered in greater detail, feel free to reach out to me via email or phone (406-459-1280) as we generally run out of time in our Q&A.
We have a cluster! It’s a photo sharing app that Ms. Konig used last year for families to view (and add!) any photos that are taken during the school year. Click here to visit and feel free to add any photos that you may have taken on field trips or class visits.
How you can help.
Attendance is absolutely necessary for all of our students at Ross. Our curriculum is so dense that I would prefer them not to miss a single day.
With handwriting, our main goal is to develop healthy handwriting habits. If your student is in 1st grade, they should be able to write primarily in lowercase, but this is a great goal for all of my students. If you watch your child writing, make sure they have a good grip and are beginning their letters at the top. Bad handwriting habits are difficult to shake, so a gentle reminder can go a long way.
8/30 Back to School Night in the classroom at 6:00pm
9/1 Free Dress Day
9/4 Holiday, no school
Please, please feel free to reach out via phone or email before Back to School Night with any questions you would like answered.
Our class website is up and running. Look here for regular updates throughout the week.