Wednesday, October 9, 2019

October News

I can hardly believe it is already October! We had a wonderful month in First Grade. Here are some highlights!

Reading: We learned good habits for solving tricky words. If your child gets "stuck" on a hard word, don't just tell them the word, instead try:
-Checking the picture
-Look at ALL the parts of the word
-Get a running start
-Check it! Do a double check, does it make sense? Does it look right?
-Try it two ways..use the short vowel and the long vowel sound.
-Crash it together
-Do a s-l-o-w check
I bet your little reader can show you how to do a few of these strategies next time you are reading!
Math: We have been hard at work learning different strategies to help us add and subtract. Students know they can:
-Draw a picture
-Use a tool ( cubes)
-Add to subtract, if  4+2=6 then 6-2=4
-Use their doubles, if 4+4=8 then  4+5=9
To help your child, continue to play the math games we send home. I also recommend practicing addition and subtraction facts to 10. It is important that students memorize these facts. It does not have to be fast, but the more facts they know the better mathematicians they will become! If you feel your child has mastered their addition and subtraction facts to 10, start working on facts to 20!
Writing: We are still focusing on writing small moment stories. We have learned that it is important to unfreeze our characters. Our characters should think, feel and move on each page. I have had a few students tell me that writing time is their favorite part of the day! This makes me so happy. Be sure to ask your child what story they are working on. 
Science: We are becoming Geologists in our room! This exciting new unit will have us exploring and learning about rocks and minerals. Be sure to ask your little Geologist what they have learned!
Upcoming Events:
-Halloween Parade is on Thursday, October 31! More information to come. 

Looking forward to another wonderful month!
Mandy Miller

Thursday, September 5, 2019

September News!

September Newsletter

Hello Parents!
What a great first few weeks of school we have had! I really have enjoyed getting to know all of your kiddos! Below are some highlights!

Reading: We are learning that readers build good habits. Readers in our room know to choose a just right book, take a sneak peek, check their sneak peek, do something at the end and make a goal to read more and more! Be sure to ask your little reader about these great habits. We also are leaning how to make connections to books we read. We stop and ask ourselves, "what does this book remind me of"? We will continue to work on good reading habits and choosing just right books through the month of September. We will also begin learning good habits to solve tricky words!

Writing:  We started our writing adventure by thinking of a small moment that we could write about. We learned our idea does not have to come from a BIG event, it can come from a trip to the store, a run through the park, or all your papers spilling onto the floor ( ask your kiddo about that one:) My writers learned to think of an idea, make a plan, write and then revise. Our new favorite saying is,"When you think you're done, you've only just begun"! This month we will focus on writing many small moments stories. The Identity Web students made at home can help with this.

Math: The mathematicians have been working on various ways to add and subtract. We are learning what tools to use to help us,  how to write and equation and to decide when you need to add or when you need to subtract. We will continue to work on addition and subtraction throughout this month.

Social Studies:  I am so proud of the kiddos and how they have come together as a classroom community. We have really worked on how we can respect each other and show kindness. We talked about how we can all have times where we might say or do something that  can "crinkle a heart". We talked about ways you can fix that heart. The students have been referring to this when problems arise. This week we will wrap up social studies by going over the right and wrong way to act in various places in our school. Our science unit will begin shortly and will be focused on rocks!

Upcoming Events:
Digger Dash: Envelopes came home in their red folders this week. The Dash will be on Friday, September 27 from 9:00-11:35. 

As always, please reach out if you have questions!

Ms. Miller

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Welcome to 1st Grade!

Dear First Grade Families,

Welcome to first grade at Gold Rush Elementary! My name is Mandy Miller and I will be your child's first grade teacher this year. I am looking forward to a year full of learning and partnering with you to ensure your child's success.

I would like to take this opportunity to share some information about myself with you. I received my degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Missouri, Columbia. This will be my third year teaching in Douglas County and my second year teaching 1st grade at GRE! Teaching 1st grade has always been a dream of mine and I am so excited to be able to do it at Gold Rush!

I was born in South Carolina and lived in Utah and California before my family moved to Denver in 2006. When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, reading, watching movies, baking, trying new restaurants, and enjoying all this wonderful state has to offer!

Just as I am sure you are curious about me, I am curious about your child! I would love a chance to learn a little about your first grader before the school year starts. As such, I am asking you to please email me a short letter to tell me a little bit about your child. This letter could include interests (both in and out of school), strengths, needs, learning style, motivators and anything else that could help me get to know your child. I would also love if you could include a picture to help me put a face with the name! Please send these by August 1st if possible. Thank you in advance!

I look forward to meeting you and getting to know your child! Please do not hesitate to email me at if you have any questions or concerns. I look forward to an amazing year together!


Mandy Miller