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 or add me on Remind!

* 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 2019-2020:

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

Important Dates 2019-2020:

October: October 14th School Closed for Columbus Day

What are we learning in First Grade?

Reading: Daily Five Centers (Work on Writing, Read to Self, Read to Someone, Listen to Reading and Word Work)

Math: Playing number games and familiarizing ourselves with addition and subtraction up to 20. 
Games: Five In A Row, Roll and Record

Science/Social Studies: Engineer Design Study- begin inventing starting with a plan

Word Study: Vowels (a,e,i,o,u)

Writing Workshop: Writing Small Moment stories (First, Next, Last)

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


Last Week's Words write two draw run

*Students will practice 4 SPECIAL words each week*


*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 22 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.