Good morning! It was so great to get to talk to many of you last week. I love sharing your children’s successes and I can’t wait to meet with the rest of you this week.
Thank you for all of your help with homework. I know they all enjoy the math much more, but I believe the reading is even more important. Some kids are getting a little lazy on their reading logs: not filling in time read, or sloppily answering the comprehension questions. Please encourage your students to take their time on these. In addition, some kids are reading all 80 minutes in one or two nights. I would really love for them to read at least 20 minutes every night so that they are getting that reading practice every day.
We will not have spelling or homework next week due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
This week we will take our Unit 1 math test and continue talking about problem solving. We will also be reading Young Thomas Edison and focusing on the phonics skills of au, aw, al, and o. We will be talking about inventors and hopefully doing a little inventing of our own. I passed out spelling lists right at the bell yesterday afternoon, and I know I missed a few kids. We will make sure those go home today. Students have no other homework this week as they earned a “Punch it”. I will pay them for minutes read however.
We had a very exciting group of visitors last week who awarded us a grant of a little over $800 for board games. I ordered 55 games last night and we can’t wait to start using them in class. Games are such great learning tools not only for content, but interpersonal skills as well. Helena Education Foundation is so good to us! If you are an Amazon user, please consider adding them on the Smile feature.
Finally, I know many of you were here for the Veterans Day assembly, but if you were not many kids from 3S are in the video. Here is the link: https://jimdarcy.helenaschools.org/2017/11/11/jim-darcy-veterans-day-celebration/
Wednesday 11/15: Happy Birthday Devon
Thursday 11/16: Parent Teacher Conferences Night 2
Tuesday 11/21: Book Orders Due
Wednesday 11/22: No School
Thursday 11/23:No School Thanksgiving
Friday 11/24: No School
Have a great week!
I love teaching first graders!
Parents, I am so excited to teach your child, and I look forward to getting to know you throughout the school year.
A little bit about me: I have been teaching 1st grade at Jim Darcy since 2014 and I have also taught 3rd and 4th grades. I grew up in Bozeman, attended Carroll College, and received my masters in teaching from Gonzaga University. My husband and I have two teenage sons who are very active. We love to spend time together in the outdoors!
I will be posting updates on the Jim Darcy website, so please visit my page for classroom news and upcoming events, as well as the Jim Darcy pages for more school information.
Please feel free to contact me any time you have questions or concerns, and you are welcome to stop by our classroom anytime. Thank you to those parents who have already volunteered to help in first grade!
Students will have a home folder to bring home papers each night and this folder can be used to send notes to school as well. The folders and newsletters will keep you updated on the skills we are learning in math, as well as the weekly spelling words and sight words for your child to practice at home. I also encourage you to read with your child for 10-15 minutes each night. This makes a huge difference in their reading progress throughout the year. Students will be bringing home two readers each week for practice.
Reminders for Mrs. Bubb’s class:
Mondays – Remember library books
Wednesdays & Fridays – Remember gym shoes
Fridays – Remember to turn in Reading Homework slips.
We are going to have a great time learning together!
* One box crayons (24 count or more)
* One large box of Kleenex
* One box of graham crackers
* Two boxes of goldfish crackers
* 40 #2 lead, yellow pencils (sharpened if possible)
* One 8 oz. Bottle Elmer’s school glue (orange top)
* One large eraser
* One pair pointed scissors (Fiskar brand)
* Two plastic pocket folders
* Six glue sticks
* One school box
* One pencil pouch
* One wide-ruled spiral notebook
At times the 10 problems that 4th graders have for math homework can be confusing or frustrating. Remember the goal is to try to do the problem. It is ok to ask for help AFTER you have tried to do the problem yourself. Always remember – if it is a new concept it is a freebie and google is your friend!
In fourth grade your child will get to have three teachers. I teach reading and spelling, Ms. Brothers teaches math, and Mr. Furshong teaches social studies, science, and writing. We are excited to have the opportunity to get to know all fourth graders.
Your child’s first assignment is to bring in a family photo. We will hang these on the wall for the entire year. Family is very important to me and I know the students love to have a picture from home to look at each day. Thank you!
I have posted our daily schedule and upcoming events. Please continue to check this site for new information.
You can email me if you have questions or concerns. I am excited for the 2016-2017 school year!!
My name is Brenna Stefanik, formerly Brenna Kerins, and I have been teaching in the Helena School district for 5 years. I was born and raised in Helena and graduated from Capital High. I spent two years cheering on the Beavers at Oregon State before finishing my Bachelors at MSU in Bozeman. Last summer I completed my Masters in Educational Leadership through the University of Montana. I have spent the last five years teaching a variety of subjects including Spanish, English, Social Studies, Math and Health at Helena Middle School. I am so excited to teach 3rd grade this year and to be part of the Jim Darcy team.
Aside from teaching, I love to be outside. I especially enjoy fishing, hunting, horseback riding, skiing, and gardening. When forced inside I like to bake, sew, and read.
I can’t wait to get to know all of you and I look forward to a great year!