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Helen Rasmussen

925-927-3550 ext 5014


  BVE Office 925-927-3550 

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  925-927-3550 ext. 3554

Mystery Reader


Teddy's Grandma was our mystery reader this week.  The students enjoyed the story Even Superheroes Have Bad Days by Shelly Becker.  It was so fun having her read to us!

Star of the Week!



A poster and a directions sheet will be sent home with your child the Friday before they are Star of the Week.  Please add pictures and answer the questions on the poster and return to school on Monday.  Let me know if Wednesday or Friday morning at 8:30 works best for the star presentation- all family members are welcome!  


You will find the schedule in this week's Friday Folder.

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Can we run a marathon?

I have challenged the kids to run the distance of a marathon (26.2 miles)!  As a fun fitness activity, the class will be running a few laps each week and I will keep track of their distance.  We are hoping to complete a marathon by the end of the year!


Helen Rasmussen


September 16 - 20


Conference week  - 12:00 dismissal all week.



In this week's Friday Folder you will find Dot - Number Cards with directions for several games to play with them.  We played with these in class. It is a great way to get some extra practice at home.



Math Talks:

Some of the questions I pose in a math talk include:

Probing questions (help students express their thinking)

  • Can you tell us where you got that?
  • How did you figure that out?
  • What was the first thing your eyes saw, or your brain did?

Connecting questions (help students respond to each other’s thinking)

  • Who did it another way?
  • What questions do you have for them?
  • Do you agree or disagree?  Why?

The students continue to build good reading habits while reading from their book boxes and with me.  They also have a reading partner that they can practice these skills with while also learning to be a good partner.  Next week, they will practice "scooping up words" to make smooth phrases.


You will find Reading A-Z books in your child's Friday folder.  These are books at your child's level that they have practiced during the week and read with me or Mrs. Winkles.  It is a good idea to keep these in a special place for extra practice at home. 

Writer's Workshop

We continue to work on Small Moment stories in Writer's Workshop.  These are stories that zoom in on one tiny moment.  For example, a student would write about going on a ride at Disneyland rather than the whole day in the park.


Some of the main goals for first graders in our small moments unit of study include: generating a true story from one's life, valuing a small moment from one's life, "zooming in" (focusing on the small things), stretching a moment across the pages, showing through feelings, actions and expression, dialogue (speech bubbles), and picturing a story like a movie in one's mind.  WOW, that's a lot for a first grader, but we will try and never give up!!

Ask your first grader:

What rhymes with _____?  What are some partners to 10? (1+9. 3+7)   Can you recite the poem M-O-M Spells Mom? Tell me about your first day with Coach K for PE!  

(We had our first PE class with Coach Kenneth.  They did an amazing job following directions and had so much fun!)

Classroom Volunteers

Tuesday 9:45-10:30


Wednesday 10:40-11:40



Thursday 9:45-10:30




No sharing this week.


Sharing Schedule

Tuesday Avery, Fletcher, Josh, Maya, Sasha, Tristan

Wednesday  Bridget, Georgia, Lauren, Mila, Shaela, Troy

Thursday  Carina, Grant, Liam, Ozzy, Tabitha, Valentina

Friday Collins, Grayson, Maverick, Richie, Teddy



• 9/16-20 Conference Week

                12:00 Dismissal

Why our children are less patient, more lonely and more entitled than generations before? ? By Becky Mansfield

5. The lack of real face-to-face INTERACTION dilemma.

“We know from lots and lots of research that spending time with other people in person is one of the best predictors of psychological well-being and one of the best protections against having mental health issues.” – Audie Cornish

Time on social media “may elicit feelings of envy and the distorted belief that others lead happier and more successful lives,” a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine says.    “Today’s teens and children are just not spending as much time with their friends in person.  They aren’t going for a walk outside or meeting up at a friend’s house. They aren’t playing games together.  In turn, they aren’t learning to read each others’ emotions or give support.”

These social skills are so valuable, in fact, that study after study proves they are the key to a prosperous future. Excellent social skills, combined with intelligence, are now considered to be the key to having a high-paying job. “Leadership requires you to be socially adept. In fact, your social skills may be just as important as your intelligence when it comes to achieving success, according to new research published in in the Review of Economics and Statistics

Book Orders


Scholastic book orders are a great way to add to your home library.  Books are fairly inexpensive.

You can easily order online at:

Our class activation code is: DW66V