WEEK OF 10/16


We had SO much fun this week with our Walk-a-Thon celebrations! From walking with our friends to turning Mr. Matt and Mrs. McClure into ice cream sundaes…it was an unforgettable day! Thank you to everyone who helped their child raise money for our school. We were able to raise over $14,000 to put towards new technology in our classrooms! AND our class raised so much money we even won a cider and donut party! Here is a look at next week:

Important Dates/Reminders:

  • Conference request forms are due Tuesday, October 17th
  • The Hudsonville Turkey Trot is on Tuesday, October 24th
  • Popcorn Friday is on Friday, October 27th
  • Our Halloween party will be on Tuesday, October 31st. More information regarding party and parade details will be coming soon!
  • Keep working on Xtra Math at home! Sounds like a lot of kiddos are having fun with this program and working hard on their math skills.

Reading: We will be reviewing the following reading strategies: Chunky Monkey, Stretchy the Snake, and Skippy the Frog.

Writing: We will be doing a “cold write” Monday and Tuesday to see what we have learned during our small moment story unit! We will also look at what makes a story “readable” vs. “unreadable.”

Math: We will be working through more subtraction strategies to help us become quick and accurate when solving equations.

Spelling: We will have our spelling test over the words we have learned and a sentence diction where students need to write down the sounds that they hear.

Have a fabulous weekend!

Miss Reisdorff

WEEK OF 10/9/17


We are cruising through the start of October! This upcoming week will be a busy one for us with some exciting events! We look forward to the start of our Super Switch interventions, our Walk-a-Thon, and our Early Release day. Take a peek at what’s ahead:

Important Dates/Reminders:

  • Due to our book fair coming up in November, there will be NO Scholastic book orders coming home this month or November. We will have lots of great books to choose from in our library so save those book funds for our school book fair :).
  • Our Walk-a-Thon is on Thursday, October 12th! Keep raising money that will help our school purchase some new technology for our classrooms. Also, the more we raise, the more we get to see Mrs. McClure and Mr. Matt do crazy things!
  • We have an Early Release Day on Friday, October 13th. Dismissal will be at 12:15.
  • The Hudsonville Turkey Trot will be on Tuesday, October 24th.
  • Halloween Party info. is TBD and will be coming soon.

Reading: We are going to work on retelling our stories using key words (first, next, then, last), using our reading “tools” (ex: chunky monkey), and review words with digraphs (ex: th, sh, ch).

Writing: We are going to finish up our first unit of small moment stories. We will learn how to add good endings and how to “edit” our writing before it becomes published! We will also get to celebrate our stories with our classmates.

Math: We will begin to learn strategies to help us with subtraction.

Spelling: Our words are: it, that, two, you.

For those of you enjoying the big game Saturday…GO GREEN :)!

Miss Reisdorff

WEEK OF 10/2/17


Welcome to October (almost)! This will be an exciting month for us with the Walk-a-Thon, our Halloween party, and our baggie books under way! We had a fun week wrapping up September by getting our lockers AND having Spirit Week! I LOVED all of the green and white on Wednesday ;). Here’s what we’re up to:


  • A reminder that homework is due on Thursdays and baggie books can be switched out on Tuesdays and Thursdays (please send the book in the bag).
  • We will be having “Plaiderday” on Friday, October 6th. Have your child wear anything plaid!
  • Keep raising money four our Walk-a-Thon! Mrs. McClure sent a message out with all of the fun incentives if we reach our goals! Our Walk-a-Thon will be on Thursday, October 12th.
  • I have changed our deadline with Scholastic Book Orders. I will now be giving you 2 weeks to submit your orders online! Our October orders will be due by 4p.m. on Monday, October 16th.
  • Our Halloween party will be on Tuesday, October 31st. Time and details are TBD and coming soon! Stay tuned!

Reading: We will review what the author’s message is and learn how to preview our books, make predictions, and retell the story using the illustrations.

Writing: We will learn how to add details by using descriptive words (and our 5 senses) and how to add a good beginning to our story.

Math: We will continue learning about addition strategies–specifically the “counting on” strategy.

Spelling: Our words are: in, is, look, you.

Have a great weekend!

Miss Reisdorff


WEEK OF 9/25/17

First Grade Families,

As we enter our LAST week of September here are some things to be aware of:

Important Reminders/Dates:

  • The Scholastic order due date was changed to Wednesday, September 20th by 4p.m. If you missed this date and wanted to purchase books you may still submit an order.
  • Both library books are due on Monday!
  • We will have a Walk-a-Thon assembly on Monday, September 25th in the afternoon to get us excited about this great event!
  • Homework will always be due on Thursdays (your child has one week to complete it).
  • ArtPrize has officially started–don’t forget to stop by the outside of the DeVos Performance Hall to see Hudsonville’s “Only One You” entry.
  • This week we will be having a Spirit Week…here is the list of our special days: Monday – Crazy Hair Day Tuesday – 80’s Day Wednesday – Favorite Sports Team (GO GREEN :)) Thursday – Pajama Day Friday – School/Hudsonville Spirit Day!
  • Popcorn Friday will be on Friday, September 29th.

Reading: We will work on comparing books, remembering what we read (retell), the big idea of the story, and figuring out tricky words.

Writing: We will review a “seed” story (going down the water slide vs. your whole trip to Great Wolf Lodge), learn about 5 start sentences, and how to add dialogue into our writing.

Math: We will begin Unit 2 which focuses on addition strategies for solving equations.

Spelling: We will have a spelling test to review the words we have learned (a, and, of, the, to, said) and will also complete a sentence dictation where we practice stretching out words we hear.

Have a great weekend–enjoy the summer weather!

Miss Reisdorff

WEEK OF 9/18/17


I cannot believe we are almost to the end of September! This was an exciting week for us as we had our first day of library and computers. We also get to celebrate and learn about “Constitution Day” today! I am looking forward to another great week of celebration and learning.

Important Dates/Reminders: 

  • Please make sure you are checking your child’s folder and their daily news each day. We have so many papers coming home that it will help keep your child’s folder organized and keep you up to date!
  • A reminder that library books are due back every Monday. Starting this Monday, your child will be allowed to check out 2 books at a time!
  • ArtPrize is an annual art event in Grand Rapids. This year, the Hudsonville Elementary Schools have entered a rock display inspired by the book “Only One You.” It will be outside of the DeVos Performance Hall from September 20th-October 8th. Don’t miss it!
  • Our school’s first Popcorn Friday will be Friday, September 29th.
  • Scholastic book orders are due by 4p.m. on Friday, September 29th.

Reading: We will be working on thinking about what words we might find in our books, understanding the story, and understanding the author’s message.

Writing: We will work on adding “who, what, where” in our stories, stretching out our words, and how to zoom in on ONE small moment to write about.

Math: We will finish up with partners of 10 and then review for our Chapter 1 test on Wednesday and Thursday!

Spelling: Our spelling words are: a, of, to, said.

*Friday, September 22nd we will have an apple themed day where we learn about apples and make our very own apple craft!*

Have a great weekend,

Miss Reisdorff

WEEK OF 9/11/17


We are entering our 3rd week of school! We have been busy starting reader’s and writer’s workshop, as well as math and learning about vowels. Our routines are under way and we are starting to master the habits of a successful 1st grader. Here is a look at the upcoming week:

Important Dates/Reminders:

  • If you have not yet turned in your Student Profile or Student Compact PLEASE do so by Monday, September 11th.
  • Our first day of library will be on Monday! We will go to the library every Monday afternoon so please have your child return their book(s) on this day.
  • School pictures are on Wednesday, September 13th.
  • Our “Early Release Day” is Friday, September 15th (dismissal at 12:15).
  • DON’T FORGET Scholastic book orders are due by 4p.m. on Friday, September 29th.

Reading: We will learn how to retell the events of a story, work on our reading stamina, and learn how to reread/focus after a distraction.

Writing: We will review the writing process (“think, draw, write”), learn how to plan our story before we write, and add the “3 W’s” into our writing (who, what, where).

Math: We will learn and add with the partners of 7, 8, 9, and 10 (ex: 3 and 4 are partners of 7 [3+4 = 7])!

Spelling: Our words for this week are “the, of, and.”

Have a great weekend,

Miss Reisdorff


WEEK OF 9/4/17

First Grade Families,

We did it! We made it through our first week of school :). I have to admit, it makes me a little sad to not be in school Friday or Monday–I love the time I get to spend with your child!

I will post on the blog every Friday morning to let you know what is coming the next week. I will post reminders and important dates as well as what we will be working on in each subject area.

Reminders/Important Dates:

  • NO SCHOOL on Friday, September 1st or Monday, September 4th (due to Labor Day)
  • School pictures are on Wednesday, September 13th
  • We have an Early Release Day (dismissal at 12:15) on Friday, September 15th
  • Scholastic book orders are due by 4p.m. on Friday, September 29th
  • Please remember to send your child’s daily news back to school with them every day. They will get a new one each week!

Reading: We will begin Reader’s Workshop and start with what good readers do during this time, the 3 ways to read a book, and learn how to make predictions.

Writing: We will start with a writing “test” where each student will write a small moment story with limited directions. This will serve as a starting point for what we need to review/learn with how to write a story. Thursday we will begin with the process “think, draw, write.”

Math: We will begin using our math books as we dive into Unit 1! Here we will continue to develop our basic number sense and practice writing numbers. We will also start learning the partners of a number (ex: 1 and 4 are partners of 5) with basic addition.

Spelling: Our words for the week are “the, of, and.”

Thanks for a great first week and enjoy your long weekend!

Miss Reisdorff


Miss Reisdorff’s 2017-2018 Supply List:


  • Pencil Box/Pouch (5″x7″) *labeled with child’s name
  • Ear Buds/Headphones (for iPod/iPad use) *labeled with child’s name
  • Scissors
  • 2 Glue Sticks
  • Markers and/or Colored Pencils
  • 1 Box of Tissues

{ I will supply a folder, pencils, erasers, and crayons}


Wish List:

  • Antibacterial Wipes
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Gallon and/or Sandwich Size Plastic Bags
  • Paper Cups, Plates, Napkins
  • Plastic Silverware
  • Sticky Notes
  • Construction Paper
  • Highlighters
  • White or Brown Paper Bags
  • Dry Erase Markers
  • Pipe Cleaners



WOW! We really are near the end! Summer is right around the corner and I cannot believe your child is about to be a 2nd grader! It has been an absolute pleasure to teach your child and I am a better teacher because of it. Here are some reminders/dates as we head into the business of our last week:


  • Today, June 2nd, is our First Grade Picnic! Please join us in the front lawn outside the school at 11:30 until 12. Bring your child a sack lunch and a blanket/towel to sit on! Younger siblings are welcome.
  • Wednesday, June 7th is going to be our “2nd Graders in Training Day.” We will wear badges and act the way 2nd graders act (walk quietly in the hall, are responsible for their materials, show respect, get drinks quickly and quietly, etc.). We will also do some end of the year activities as we reflect on our year as 1st graders.
  • Friday, June 9th is our LAST DAY OF SCHOOL. We will celebrate with Alward Olympics (because of our limited space due to construction, we are asking that there are no parents this year) and it will be an early release day at 12:15.

THANK YOU for a great year and have a marvelous summer! I will hopefully see some of you next year :).

Miss Reisdorff

WEEK OF 5/29/17


There are a lot of things going on as we head into our last 2 weeks of second grade! Please be aware of the important dates, reminders, as well as what is going on in class!


  • Monday, May 29th: NO SCHOOL (Memorial Day)
  • Tuesday, May 30th: ALL library books due
  • Wednesday, May 31st: Field Trip to John Ball Zoo
  • Friday, June 1st: 1st Grade Picnic at 11:30 (A yellow note went home about this yesterday)
  • Wednesday, June 7th: 2nd Graders in Training Day (We will spend time reflecting on the fun times we’ve had in 1st grade as well as prepare for 2nd grade by acting the way 2nd graders would act–quiet in the hall, walking in straight lines, transitioning quickly and quietly, etc.)
  • Friday, June 9th: LAST DAY OF SCHOOL (Early Release Day at 12:15)

Reading: We are going to enjoy read to self time and read some of our favorite classroom stories!

Writing: We are going to celebrate Mo Willems (our mentor author) and write fiction stories.

Math: We will be playing math games to review concepts we have learned in 1st grade.

Enjoy the long weekend!

Miss Reisdorff