Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Our 1st Butterfly Has Hatched!

Our first butterfly has emerged from its chrysalis.  We are so excited to share the news, it's a girl!
You may be asking how do we know?  The best thing to do is ask your child, they know!  Boys have thinner lines on their wings and a dark spot on the lower 2 wings.  Girls have thicker lines throughout their wings.  It was so fun to watch her fly off and begin her migration!  

Saturday, September 11, 2021

News from our Week

I couldn’t be prouder of our students this week!  They are learning our routines and expected behaviors!

I am so impressed with their efforts.  A few things to note:

Picture Day is Monday, 9/13 @ 8:45

Here is what we worked on this week in 1st Grade:

  • Whole Body Listening and strategies to keep yourself focused during learning time

  • 3 Ways to Read a Book- 

-Read the Pictures

-Read the Words

-Retell the Story

  • All About Me Pages and Self Portraits

  • Adding Strategies- Counting on and using a number line

  • The life cycle of the Monarch Butterfly

  • Outdoor Learning- Respecting our environment



Here is what is on deck for next week:

We will:

  • Welcome 2 UVM student teachers into our classroom on Tuesdays and Thursdays

  • Learn phonics skills and spelling patterns

  • Work on lowercase letter formation

  • Practice Read to Self and Partner Reading

  • Introduce Word Problems and Strategies to Solve them

  • Continue to build up our stamina and independence with tasks

Monday, September 6, 2021

Outdoor Learning at RES


Dress for Success:

Outdoor Learning at RES

Dear Families,

Outdoor learning is amping up at RES both as a practical response to health and safety regulations for Covid 19 and because we feel it is an important way to connect the concepts we are teaching in real and purposeful ways.

To enrich your child’s learning experience, your child will be going outside for learning activities on school grounds, in our incredible outdoor classroom spaces and nearby off campus for activities such as PE. We will be exploring in the sun, rain and snow.

You can help by: 

Dressing your children for outdoor learning every day. In fall, winter and spring. The grass is really wet in the mornings and the air very chilly. Being over prepared is better than not having enough.

Providing a change of clothing, socks and shoes (boots can be a change of shoes) in case they are needed. If your child gets dirty, they have been active and engaged in their learning. 

A bag (plastic grocery one works) to put dirty or wet clothes in. 

Providing boots for outdoor explorations when the ground and grass is wet, snowy or cold. It has been cold and wet in the mornings this week.

Providing a reusable water bottle and a nutritious snack (which can be provided by the school).  

Recommended Clothing: 

Wool or synthetic socks. Ones that wick moisture away from the skin. 


Pair of waterproof boots.  

•  Outer shell of waterproof, windproof clothing, including a rain jacket and rain pants. 

Warm and waterproof hat and gloves/mittens that slip on and off easily. 

Layers that are breathable and wick moisture away from the skin.

Extra layers, including a warm and waterproof winter jacket and snow pants. We will be active outside, but there will be times when we are sitting which can be chilly.

An extra pair of warm gloves and warm socks to keep in their backpacks.

Layers that are breathable and wick moisture away from the skin. 

Please reach out if you need help gathering these items.

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Week 2 is in the Books!

We did it! Week 2 is in the books.

This week our class worked on:

  • Spelling our last names and using lowercase letters in them except for the first letter.
  • Learning the Group Plan and practicing thinking about others
  • Daily routines and following our Class Schedule
  • Strategies for counting and organizing larger amounts
  • The life cycle of the buttery- This week we studied the egg and caterpillar phases.
  • Outdoor Classroom expectations- how to be safe

What's on deck for next week?
  • Hopes and Dreams- What do you want to learn the most in 1st Grade
  • Comparing numbers- Greater than, Less than and equal to
  • All about me writing and self portraits
  • Whole Body Listening
  • Introduction to Reading Workshop- Reading to Self and how to build stamina


Wednesday, August 25, 2021

 What a great first day of school! Today we spent some time getting to know each other and our classroom space!  This afternoon we had a chance to try Magic Playdough!  Below is the poem we read together and just like magic, everyone's playdough changed color! Thank you so much for all of the supply donations!  Our class is so lucky!

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Welcome Back Letter!


August 3, 2021

Dear First Grader and Family,

I hope you are having a wonderful summer!  School will be starting in just a few weeks and I’m very excited to get to know you and your classmates.  In addition to some summer fun, I have also been busy planning lots of fun activities for the beginning of the year, along with Ms.  Purvee and Mrs. Poor!  We will begin the year building “Our Caring Classroom,” by working on ways to create a safe, respectful community, both in our classroom and our school.

School starts on Wednesday, August 25th.  Please remember the official start of our school day is 7:50.  Remember to bring a healthy snack and lunch with you, or plan to pick up one or both from our school cafeteria.  Your backpack and lunchbox should have your name on them. I have included a list of back to school supplies. Some of the items will stay in your cubby, while others are combined for classroom community use. Please let me know if there is anything on the list you are unable to find or purchase.  I provide extras of everything.    

In order for our first day to run smoothly, please bring a note about where you are going after school and how you are getting there.

I would love to hear about what you have been up to over the summer! Remember if you mail me a letter or a picture, I will write you back!  Just remember to include your address on the envelope.  My address is 32 Lily Rd.  Fairfax, Vt 05454.

I look forward to seeing you in a few short weeks, but until then, enjoy the rest of your summer!

Your First Grade Teacher,

Mrs. Hackett


Back to School List- Mrs. Hackett’s First Grade Class                                C:\Users\hackettb\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\SRCM091F\MC900232723[1].wmf

-1 sturdy 2 pocket folder (labeled with your name to use as a home – school folder for the entire year)

- 1 wide ruled composition book (labeled with your name for our Friday Letters)

- 1 pencil box (labeled with your name to hold all your supplies)

-1 package of markers (not labeled for shared use)

-1 package of colored pencils (not labeled for shared use)

-1 package of glue sticks (not labeled for shared use)

- 1 Pair of over the ear headphones labeled with your name in a ziploc bag

Optional Wish List  Items For Our Class - 

-Clear pencil boxes

-Over the ear headphones 

-Colored Post-it notes

-Dry erase markers

-Sharpie Markers


-Thin Stick Markers

-Water color paints 

-Soft tissues

-Baby Wipes

-Hand Sanitizer

-Paper Towels

-3x5 index cards 

-Ziplock bags- all sizesThank you for all your help and support!

 I can’t wait to hear all about your summer!

Sunday, March 15, 2020

More resources that are FREE!

With online learning getting ready to start, I wanted to add a few more resources for our kids.  Students have played many of the games on ABCYA.  They love Guess the Number!  In addition we are learning about Dr. Seuss right now!  Seussville has lots of games, stories and printables.  I will keep  you posted with how to access more learning tools and ways to connect with our class!