Saturday, September 23, 2017


Next week is homecoming.  The dress up days are listed above.  Please let me know if you have any questions about the days.  

The first graders learned a new game in math.  They played Rolling for 50.  The skill this game works on is using a number grid to count up and back.  

Top-it is another game the students play in math.  The purpose of this game is for the students to be able to identify which number is greater.  The player with the greater number gets both cards.  

The first graders have learned about nouns, verbs and adjectives.  Our focus last week was adjectives.  The students learned that adjectives describe nouns.  Please ask your child to describe what they are eating or what they are wearing.  
  
An activity that the first graders do is partner talk.  This is a great way for students to learn how to share with one another and how to be a good listener.   

On Friday, the elementary had an assembly on leadership.  The speaker talked about the important components of how to be a good leader and work as a team.  



  • Spelling test will be Friday.
  • Unit 1 math test will be on Tuesday.  
  • If you have not signed up for Parent/Teacher conferences, please click on the link.  Conferences .  The nights for conferences are Tuesday, October 3rd and Thursday, October 5th.  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

The class learned about action words in writing.  They made verb videos on Seesaw.  

The first graders were exploring with base-10 blocks, pattern blocks and geo boards in math..  

The students have been taking photos of items that equal 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6.  They will continue to take pictures up to the number 10 next week and then we will make number posters to display their pictures.  

The guidance counselor, Mrs. Skahill talked to the class about teamwork.  She read the book above to the first graders.  Please ask your child what teamwork is.  


  • Spelling test will be on Friday.
  • Sight words will be tested on Tuesday or Thursday.
  • Picture day is Tuesday, September 19th.
  • There will be math homework on Tuesday and Thursday.
  • The first grade classes have started reading enrichment groups.  Your child could have Mrs. Bertman, Mrs. Hagen, Miss Saylor or me during this time.  Please let me know if you have any questions about this.  The 1st graders finished iReady diagnostic tests for reading and math, so you will be getting the reports soon.  

Sunday, September 10, 2017


The class showed their favorite team spirit on Friday.

The first graders learned about tally marks in math.  They played rock, paper, scissors with a partner and made a tally mark for the winner of each round.

The students used the Epic website to read and listen to number books.  This is a site we will be using throughout the year during one of the reading rotations.  

I started reading this book to the class during snack/milk time.  Please ask your child what Humphrey has been up to.  


  • The spelling test will be on Friday.  The pink word list will be given out on Monday.  Please keep this at home.  
  • Math homework will be sent home on Tuesday and Thursday this week.  Please let me know if you have any questions about the note that was sent home last week about the homework.  
  • The first graders will be taking lesson 2 reading test on Monday.
  • The class started taking the diagnostic iReady math and reading tests last week and will finish up this week.  
  • School pictures are scheduled for September 19th.  

Friday, September 1, 2017

The first graders learned about nouns this week.  They worked as a team to write down people, places, things and animals.  Please ask your child what a noun is and have them give you some examples that they see around the house.

The class got to shop with their tickets on Friday.  They can use their tickets to buy a variety of passes.  The first graders have done a great job of following the bulldog beliefs!     

Your child will bring home a pink sheet on Mondays.  The spelling words are on one side and on the other side you'll be able to see what reading skills the students will be learning.  This sheet can stay at home.  If you can't find the list, you will find the spelling words on the blog.  


During our snack/milk time, I read to the students.  I'll read several Junie B. Jones books throughout the year.  We finished this book on Thursday.  Please ask your child what Junie B. shared during show and tell. 

  • Spelling test on Friday
  • No school on Monday 
  • Hearing screening on September 5th and 6th
  • Picture Day is September 19th
  • The September snack calendar will be sent home on Tuesday.  I have the calendar on the blog if you can't find your calendar.  Please do not send any snacks with peanuts.  


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Welcome Back!

Hello 1st graders!  

I hope you had a fun summer and you are ready to be back to school.  I'm looking forward to meeting you all at open house on Monday, August 21st from 5-7.  Please bring all of your supplies with you and if you ordered a school supply pack, it will be on your desk.  If you have any questions or concerns before open house, please feel free to email me.  mindy.doggett@vmbulldogs.com 

See you Monday night!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Have a great summer!
















I sent out the recreational swimming form earlier in the week.  You must fill out the form and give it to the bus driver the first day of swimming.  
  • iReady Math and Reading    firstname.lastname        ready123
  • Epic Books   class code  YKA-5582
  • Tales2Go video     Here is a link to a short video that explains how to access Tales2Go at home this summer. It's only 6 minutes and could give your child some ideas for summer reading.
  • digital.readworks.org/student        The class code is CLFUMC.  The password is 1234.  You can change the password if you'd like.  
  • I hope you have a wonderful summer!  Please email me with any questions that you may have over break.   

Sunday, May 21, 2017













  • The first graders had a blast on Thursday participating in the Puppy Dog Relays.  It was so fun to watch them all compete!
  • The Blank Park Zoo field trip was a success.  A huge thanks to all of the parents that were able to go with us.  We really appreciate it!
  • The K-2 students signed up for a Passion project.  They were able to pick from baking, pay it forward, science, health/fitness, community service, drama, finger weaving, and goose chase.  Please ask your child what they liked about it.  
  • The first graders can bring in a drink (no pop) and a snack (no peanuts) on Monday.
  • There will be no spelling test or math homework this week.
  • If your child still has library books out, please have them returned to school by Thursday, or paid for.
  • There will be a 1:30 dismissal on Thursday.