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First Grade Homework sheet is due Last Friday of the month

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Bridget Quinn

Welcome to First Grade!

The key to a successful school year is a good parent-teacher relationship.  Please use this site as a means of communication between Room 15 and your home. Through this site you will find important dates, documents, fun educational games and our newsletter and homework assignments. I hope this helps you stay connected with our classroom.  I encourage you to contact me if you have any questions or concerns at any time. The best way to contact me is through my school's email:  I am looking forward to a fun filled, exciting year in first grade!

What a terrific week we had in Room 15! Your first grader has been busy preparing for their upcoming friendship feast, and learning about the Pilgrims and Native Americans and comparing our lives to theirs.

-Friendship Fruit Salad: To help celebrate friendship, we will be making a class fruit salad. More information will be sent home tomorrow in your child’s backpack. Please send your child with the fruit item and quantity listed on their sheet by Thursday. November 21st. Thanks for your help with this fun event!

-ARF Fieldtrip- Inside your child’s Friday bag you will find a permission slip for our fieldtrip To Animal Rescue Foundation on December 18thWe will be touring the facility, learning about the foundation, visiting the animals and sharing kindness. Please return the permission slip ASAP.

If you are interested in driving on this fieldtrip please email me at You will be asked to transport 5 students and their car seats. I am looking for 5 drivers. Please be sure you have insurance information on file in our school office in order to drive. Thank you for your help.

-Homework: Students are expected to read 20 minutes daily and should mark a happy face on the November calendar for each day read. Calendars are due next week on Friday, November 22nd. Students who turn in their calendars on time will have the opportunity to select a prize from the prize box. Thanks!

-Room 15 Friendship Feast: Friday, November 22nd. Thank you all who have offered to donate ingredients, and help orchestrate this fun celebration.

 -Library books due Tuesdays.

-Report cards go home on Friday, November 22nd. All our first graders have grown since entering the school year and have achievements to be celebrated. They also all have something to work on as they develop as learners and kind citizens.

-Thanksgiving Break November 25 - 29th. Hope you are able to spend time with family/friends, unplug, and be outdoors! :)

-If interested, Scholastic Book orders due Friday, December 6th.

Subject Spotlight: Writers Workshop

We continue to work on our nonfiction writing including text features, captions, titles, all about pages, diagrams…

Over the past few weeks we have worked together as a class to understand more about why authors use capital letters. We learned that authors writing in English show meaning by drawing the reader’s attention to important names and places. We also discovered that authors show the start of a new idea by capitalizing the first letter of a word at the beginning of a sentence. Each day your students were asked to practice using capital letters appropriately by creating their own sentences on their own and with classmates. To continue this learning, please ask your student about the capitalization concepts learned in class. When reading with your student, you can ask them to show you how the author used capitals and why. Please encourage your student to also continue writing at home and remind them of the concepts learned about the use of capitals to help elevate their writing.

Currently, we are practicing handwriting skills to better organize and refine letter writing. Our class is additionally continuing to work on spelling words phonetically using knowledge of spelling/sound relationships taught. Thus far, students have been taught and engaged in activities around the following sound teams: short vowels, magic e (ex: tap --> tape), blends, "H brothers" (Sh, Ch, Wh, Th), ck, and ing.

School Wide Read Aloud:

Our class has been participating in our school wide read aloud program where once a month, every classroom reads a selected book that highlights characters from varying backgrounds and cultures. The books mostly focus on themes emphasizing kindness, inclusion, and acceptance. This month, we read Mr. Peabody's Apples by Madonna. The primary message of the book is to be honest and kind to/with others. Some questions you can ask your student at home might be . . .How are you honest at school?  At home?  With friends? How do others feel when things are said about them that are not true? Should we share things with /about others that may be hurtful? What are some kind words you could say to someone?


I hope you had an amazing weekend,

Bridget Quinn

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The past few years I have been deeply engrossed in discovering what research says most benefits students as they become readers, writers and lifelong learners.  As a result, the structure of my literacy block may look and sound a little different than perhaps an older child of yours did, and I am EXCITED! 

I am hoping you are hearing your child talk about their Reading and Writing Workshops. 

    Reading Workshop is a way of structuring the reading block so every student is engaged in meaningful literacy tasks. These research based tasks are ones that will have the biggest impact on student reading and writing achievement, as well as help foster children who love to read and write. Students receive explicit whole group instruction (minilesson) and then are given independent practice time to read and write independently while I provide focused, intense instruction to individuals and small groups of students.

  We are spending our first weeks of school working intensely on building our reading and writing stamina, learning the routines of the Workshop model and fostering our classroom community.  I am also spending time learning about your child’s strengths and greatest needs as a reader in order to best plan for each student’s instruction.

   One thing you’ll notice that may be a change for you is a direct decrease in the number of worksheets your child brings home.  While worksheets keep students busy, they don’t really result in the high level of learning I want for your child.  Instead, your child will be taught to select “Just Right Books” or books they can read, understand and are interested in, which they will read during Independent and Partner Reading.  They will be spending most of their time actually reading, which research supports as the number one way to improve reading. They will be reading high interest books that are within each individual readers' grasp.  I anticipate the motivation and enjoyment of reading will skyrocket when this gift of choosing their own books is accompanied by extended practice and specific reading instruction for each individual child. 

Our Units of study in first grade reading will include: building good reading habits, being word detectives, learning about the world through nonfiction text, getting to know characters in fiction text, and deepening our comprehension. 

    As you can see, I am excited about giving your child the opportunity to be involved in this workshop model that will have a positive effect on their education.

     Please think of our classroom as you visit garage sales or clean your own child’s bookcase.  It is my goal to make our classroom library as appealing as your favorite bookstore for browsing.  







Math Work Shop provides quality instruction with connected independent practice. Students can work with a partner or independently and use instructional materials to explore and expand their mathematical thinking. The many activities  reinforce or extend prior instruction, allowing children the opportunity to develop their mathematical understanding. Math Work Shop encourages students to communicate, reason, represent, and make connections in math. The students participate in Number Talks sharing a variety of strategies to solve problems, work in math journals, and read math literature.

Units of study will include;  number concepts, one and two digit addition/subtraction, place value, measurement/time, and geometry.










Similar to Readers Workshop, Writers Workshop also starts with a minilesson where we will often look at another author’s work to help mentor us in learning a new writing skill. Students engage in shared or interactive writing and then have the opportunity to write independently while the teacher conferences with individual students and small groups to help scaffold them in their writing process. The writing process involves planning, writing, editing, and publishing. At the end of each writing unit, we will celebrate our writing with a publishing party!

*Writing Units of Study will include narrative writing, informative, opinion and fairytale writing. 












Bridget Quinn

First Grade 

Springhill Elementary

 (925) 927-3580 ext. 8015

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Room 15 Friendship Feast - November 22nd

Report Cards go home - November 22nd

ARF Fieldtrip - December 18th