Letters to Parents


posted Jan 3, 2020, 4:34 PM by Jan Schaedle


posted 5 minutes ago by Jan Schaedle
I want to wish everyone a healthy and happy New Year.  School will be back into full swing January 6.  I am finally having my hip replaced on January 7 and will be on Medical Leave until mid-February.  The students will be in good hands while I am on the mend.  Mrs. Shannon Davis will take my place teaching and Ms. Werner will be here to assist.  The children have met Mrs. Davis and they will get along just fine.  I will miss everyone while I am gone.

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posted Jan 3, 2020, 4:31 PM by Jan Schaedle

Ten Reasons to Read to Your Child

1.  Because when you hold them and give them attention, they know you love them.
2.  Because reading to them will encourage them to become readers.
3.  Because children's books today are so good that they are fun even for adults.
4.  Children's books' illustrations often rank with the best, giving them a lifelong feeling for good       art.
5.  Books are one way of passing on moral values to them.  Readers know how to put                
     themselves in others' shoes.
6.  Because, until they learn to read themselves, they will think you are magic.
7.  Because every teacher and librarian they will ever encounter will thank you.
8.  Because it's nostalgic.
9.  Because, for that short space of time, they will stay clean and quiet.
10. Because, if you do, they will let you read in peace.

from The U*N*A*B*A*S*H*E*D Librarian Magazine, No. 39


posted Dec 1, 2019, 2:13 PM by Jan Schaedle

Dear Parents,

It's hard to believe that December is here already.  We have lots to do in a short time!  Welcome to our new first grader, Alaycia.  We are enjoying having her in our class and getting to know her.

The Christmas Program will be on Thursday, December 12 at 7pm.  We look forward to seeing you there.

I will be checking with the students on Friday to see if the students can tell me their address.  
The following Friday I will check to see if the students can tie their shoes.

There is no school on December 20.  On the the afternoon of December 19 Literacy Network will have a Christmas party with our students.  Please do not send treats.

I will have my hip replacement surgery on January 7 and will be out of school for 5 weeks.  The students will meet the Substitute Teacher on Dec. 11.  Ms. Werner will be in the classroom helping and teaching Reading group as usual.

Please send Baby Wipes to school if you can.  We have lots of Chlorox wipes but we need something gentle for our sticky fingers after Art projects. Thank you!

Happy Holidays!

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posted Nov 1, 2019, 7:54 AM by Jan Schaedle

November 1, 2019

Now that cooler weather is upon us the kiddies are bringing jackets and hats to keep warm.  PLEASE put your child's name in the coats.  One day we spent 20 minutes trying to straighten out which jacket belonged to which child.  

Miss Lisa has been coming to our class once a week to teach Mindfulness.  The children are learning to recognize and name their feelings.  They are learning how to tune in to their bodies and how to calm themselves.  It's remarkable.

Next week I will be out of town Monday,Tuesday and Wednesday.  I will be here Thursday.  On Friday I am having an epidural steroid injection in my back to hopefully help my legs feel better.  Mrs. Werner will be the Substitute Teacher on these days.  

Thursday, November 7 is Picture Day!  Be sure to send your money if you wish to purchase pictures.


September 20, 2019

posted Sep 20, 2019, 4:33 AM by Jan Schaedle

The first graders have been working hard brushing up on the skills they learned in Kindergarten.  We reviewed numbers to 10 and practiced the correct way to write numbers.  We are reviewing the alphabet and sounds, blending letter sounds to decode words, and the correct way to write letters.  We learned abut nouns and next week we will learn action words, or verbs.  We have learned that God created us and the world around us and that we are special and God loves us always.  We learned a song about butterflies to show how happy we are that God made us.  We have learned about rules and responsibilities at home, school and in the community.  The children especially love story time and I can tell the parents are reading to the children at home and asking questions about the story.

Next week we will celebrate the birthday of Johnny Appleseed.  We will make applesauce!  

Skills to work on at home:
*  Say, not sing, the alphabet
*  Tie shoes
*  Sight words
* Math vocabulary words - there is a test on Tuesday

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posted Sep 8, 2019, 8:20 AM by Jan Schaedle

September 8, 2019

We have been reviewing and assessing and we are beginning to get into our books.  Our lessons this week will include:
Reading - Read "What Is a Pal" and discuss the characteristics of a good pal, identifying fact and fiction
Math - Continue writing and comparing numbers
Religion - The Creation Story, learning to pray
Social Studies - Rights and responsibilities of a good citizen,. identify fact and fiction  Vocabulary: citizen, good sport, rule
      The legend of Johnny Appleseed
Science - Using our senses and scientific tools to learn
Art - make butterflies to go with song "If I Were a Butterfly"

Classroom Rules

posted Aug 29, 2019, 10:21 AM by Jan Schaedle

Ask your child to tell you about our Classroom Rules!
1. The Elephant rule
2. The Turtle rule
3. The Cat rule
4. The Puppy rule
5. The Penguin rule

Classroom Prayers

posted Aug 26, 2019, 10:13 AM by Jan Schaedle




Morning Prayers:

Angel of God my Guardian Dear to whom God’s love commits me here.

Every this day be at my side to light, to guard, to rule and guide.



Day by Day, Oh Lord, three things I pray:

To see You more clearly,

To love You more dearly,

To follow You more nearly, day by day.




Bless us, Oh Lord, and these Your gifts

Which we are about to receive through the bounty of Christ Our Lord.





Our Father who are in Heaven hallowed be Thy name,

They kingdom come, Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.


Classroom Information

posted Aug 26, 2019, 10:10 AM by Jan Schaedle


                                                                                          August 27, 2019




Welcome to First Grade!  We are all looking forward to this new school year.  I am happy to have your child in my class.  Together we can have a terrific school year.  Here is some information that will help us all have a successful school year:


~  Mrs. Werner is our classroom aide.  She will help the children with Reading lessons in the mornings.  She helps serve all of the school’s lunches.


~  No cologne, perfume, or scented lotions, please!  I am allergic to these products.  They cause me to have an asthma attack very quickly.  Please do not let your child come to school wearing any scents.  Thank you.


~  Yellow folder – Please check the Homework sheet every day for notes or messages. Be sure to sign the Homework Sheet each day M-Th.  This tells me that you checked your child’s completed homework and helped with practicing words.  Homework will begin Sept. 3.  


~ Sight Word Lists – These lists are to be practiced daily at home.  Reading becomes easier when the student instantly recognizes these common words.  We will work our way through 11 of these lists at your child’s own pace.  Please keep this list in the folder so we can practice at school also.


~ Breakfast begins at 7:30.  Please be on time.  Breakfast is not offered after 7:55.  A hungry child has difficulty staying on task.


~  Put names on backpacks and jackets.  Belongings don’t get mixed up if they are labeled.


~ Feel free to leave a message at the school office if you need to speak with me.  I will return your call within 24 hours.



                                                            I know this will be a wonderful school year!

                                                            Mrs. Schaedle

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