Mrs. Herr's 1st Grade

Apple Day!

Our Apple Day celebration was a blast! Some of the many things we were able to do included: make apple glyphs, taste test all things apples, and learn about the famous tall tale, Johnny Appleseed  This week we will continue to learn more about apples and their life cycle. Thank you so much to my volunteers and to all of you who donated items. Apple Day was possible because of you!


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Help Wanted

Hi Parents and Guardians!

Although volunteering won’t officially begin in the classroom until the end of September, I am looking for 1-2 volunteers to help out this week with assessing sight words. If you are interested in giving an hour or two of of your time, please e-mail me and we can work out a day and time.

Thanks for the consideration! 🙂

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Some First Week Pictures

From learning new routines, making new friends, going to school for a whole day, and studying butterflies, we’ve been on the go in first grade! Check out some pictures below…



Our Second Day!

We’re off to a great start this school year! We’ve spent the first two days learning new routines but we’ve also had a lot of time to make new friends and have fun! Ask your child about our “Friendship Salad” or the “Magic Playdough.” I’m really looking forward to getting to know your child even better and helping him/her learn and grow this year!

                              Mrs. Herr’s First Grade Class 2017-2018

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Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! I hope everyone had an enjoyable summer. I’m so excited to meet my new students and families at Back to School Night on Thursday August 24th at 6:00. I will have some important information to give you at that time. Until then, please make sure your child is ready for the first day of school by having the following items:

* A book bag

* A small stuffed animal if your child is feeling a little shy

* A family picture to add to our family tree

*Lunch money


Stay on the look-out for some fun classroom tour pictures to be posted.

I’m looking forward to seeing you soon!

Mrs. Herr


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End of the Year Survey

Parents and Guardians,

As we wind down this school year, I just want to say THANK YOU for all of your support this year. I believe that our team effort has really paid off in helping our students become their best selves. I would appreciate it if you would take the time to complete this survey I created. I look forward to honest and open opinions so I can grow as an educator. Please know that all responses are anonymous. A paper copy of this will also be sent home next week if you would rather use pen and paper.

Thank you!

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Chilly Rooms

The building AC is on and with weekend low temperatures, it may be chillier than normal in our classrooms this week. Please make sure your students are dressed warmly. Thank you!

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April Fun!

It is officially May and I’m still getting April Fools’ed by 6 and 7 year olds. I guess that’s what I get for pulling the best April Fool’s prank ever. In case you didn’t hear, we grew donuts this year. Well, that’s what my students thought we were doing. We started by planting donut seeds on Monday March 27th. I told the students I purchased the packet of seeds from Walmart, but really made the packet myself and used Cheerios. We sprayed our donut plants throughout the week with our choice of glazed or chocolate donut spray. On Wednesday, we were surprised to find our donut plants sprouting. Some firsties were non-believers but I reminded them to believe in the magic or their donut plant might not grow! They were pretty quick to become believers then. On Thursday, mini-donuts sprouted from our plants and by Friday, we had full grown donuts. Most of the students were skeptical, but still seemed shocked when I shouted, April Fools! Fortunately for them, they were still able to enjoy their yummy April Fools treat.

And, of course, we were busy learners this month. We learned all about how real plants grow, what they need to survive, and the parts of a plant. We practiced fluent reading by performing our stories to the kindergarten classes. We tested our problem solving skills by “breaking out” of the Edubreakout box and worked collaboratively with partners to build a tower made of spaghetti noodles that actually held a marshmallow. In math, we explored symmetry and geometric shapes to make our names and create new patterns. And Easter was celebrated with some egg decorating, Easter stories, and some fun crafts.

We broke out of the box!


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March Has Come and Gone

Wow! Time is flying! This week will end the 3rd marking period and begin the 4th. Our little first graders are even closer to being big second graders. We have a lot left to do and learn within these next two months. Don’t forget to read the newsletter to see what’s happening during the month of April.

Check out some of the things we’ve been doing during the month of March…

During Read Across America week, we read a lot of Dr. Seuss!

Comparing and contrasting different Dr. Seuss stories

Reading Dr. Seuss stories

Hearing some “big kids” from the high school reading during Read Across America Week.

Some of us were grossed out! 🙂


Playing with our Oobleck during Dr. Seuss week.

Tracking our mushers during the 2017 Iditarod Race. Our one racer, Dallas, came in second place!

Using our map skills to track mushers.

Using our inference skills to figure out how to catch this silly leprechaun!

Using indoor recess time to google photos and videos of leprechaun traps (all without my help!)

Making the clever traps.

Our St. Patrick’s Day Disco Dance Party!

Well-earned and deserved reward for our first graders who have worked so hard this year!

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Read Across America and February Fun

Don’t forget that this Read Across America week and we are celebrating as an entire school. If possible, we encourage your child to participate in the following Dr. Seuss dress up days:

Monday, February 27– “Fox in Socks”-   wear crazy socks

Tuesday, February 28– “The Cat in the Hat”-   wear a hat

Wednesday, March 1-“Wacky Wednesday”- dress wacky

Thursday, March 2-“Many Colored Days”- wear your favorite color

Friday, March 3- “I Am Not Going to get Up Today”- wear comfortable clothes/ sweatpants and Sneakers for PE.



From making groundhog shadows to showering our friends with Valentine’s, February was full of learning, love, and lots of fun! Take a look at some of the learning we did this month…

Sorting our 100th Day items before taking a look at everyone’s projects.

Showing off our projects and our crowns.

Happy to be 100 days smarter!

Hopping on hearts to retell, The Biggest Valentine Ever, beginning with the “setting”.

We like to get crafty, too.

The birthday girl getting crafty and writing about the things she loves. We all enjoyed this project!

What does it mean when the groundhog sees his shadow? Why does he see it some days and not on other days? We explored these questions and more using groundhogs and flashlights.


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