Laura Harris






Please remind your child

to put it in their backpacks 

to bring back to school

each night!

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  • Return take- home folder each day
  • Read each night (10-15 min.)
  • Practice tying shoes
  • Read and write high frequency words
  • Library books are due on the stamped due date
  • Practice reciting phone number and address
  • Practice healthy habits- washing hands, nose blowing, covering sneezes and coughs, and discourage sharing of clothing items.

First grade is definitely a transition for many children.  It is very difficult for their little bodies to stay in school all day long.  Throughout the day we exercise, stretch, dance, & sing to help, but please be aware it may take them until December to be completely in the full-day routine.  Hang in there!


I love brain research!


Monday     Gym        12:30-1:00
                     Music       1:00-1:30

Tuesday    LRC          12:30-1:30

Wednesday     Extra Specials vary                           12:30-1:30

Thursday  Art          12:30-1:30 

Friday       Gym        12:30-1:00
                   Music        1:00-1:30

4th Grade Partners                    every other week


Click below to access Math websites for extra practice 

 Click below to access help for math homework

Duane has recorded every Eureka math lesson on You Tube!




Book Club orders can be placed online.  Sign up at  On the parent page, click the "Don't have a User Name and Password?" link, then register for your own username and password.  Remember your username and password for future book orders throughtout the year.  When prompted, enter the one-time Class Activation Code: GX2JC.  This code ensures that your order is sent to us. Select the books you'd like, and send your order to us online by the due date.  Books will be delivered directly to our classroom, as always.

Everytime you place an order online, our class earns a free book.  Books make great gifts, so if yours is a gift, please contact us to arrange a secret pick-up!  Thank you for your reading support!  Happy Reading!

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School starts next Wednesday! I am excited to start a fantastic new year. I look forward to meeting everyone at the Back to School Ice Cream Social on Tuesday, August 14, 3:30-4:30. We will unpack all the school supplies together on the first day of school. You do not need to label--Expo markers, pencils, highlighters, glue bottles, glue sticks, post-its, tissues, wipes and hand sanitizer as these are community supplies. Thank you for helping your child get ready for school.


The learning process is a very delicate thing. Research has proven that children learn best when their whole body is ready to learn and this all starts at home. To best help your child prepare for school is to have a calm and peaceful morning as they transition into the full day of school. 



Here are several ideas:

  • Fresh Fruits
    • apple
    • orange
    • strawberries
    • banana
    • grapes
    • watermelon
    • pineapple
    • cucumbers
  • Dried fruits
    • raisins
    • cranberries
    • mangoes
    • apricots
  • Veggies
    • celery
    • carrots
    • broccoli
    • cauliflower
    • asparagus
  • Unsweetened Applesauce (in squeeze packages or pack a spoon)

Thank you for your help with this!! 


Dear Families,

Hello! There are a couple easy ways to help raise money for Jackson School's Student Council. One way is to collect Box Tops from grocery products purchased. Just cut off the Box Top label and send them in to school and I will pass them on to the student council members. Another way is to drop off your paper recycling goods into the bin located in our parking lot. We get money per each pound dropped off. Please do not put cardboard in the container. 

Thank you for your help with this endeavor.

I sure am looking forward to working with my new little friends!!!  


Laura Harris


Reading daily with your child is VERY important!

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During read alouds it is imperative to, “Provide opportunities for children to respond orally to books read aloud.  Their oral responses prepare them for their written responses they’ll later be asked to make on their own” (Taberski, 2000).


Pre-Reading Strategies:

Take a picture walk through the story and ask your child what they think will happen throughout the story (predicting) while looking through the illustrations.

During Reading Experiences:

Read and discuss stories together. Have your child: identify the main characters, where the story takes place, what were the problem(s) and solutions to the story.

After Reading Reflections:

Ask them questions such as: What was your favorite part in the story?  Can you relate to the events that took place in the story? How? Do you think the problem was solved in a clever way? 

When your child comes to a word they don’t know, encourage them to:

  • Look at the picture.  Think about the story (what word would make sense that matches the letters and sounds of the word printed).
  • Go back and reread from the beginning of the sentence.
  • Get your mouth ready, point and slide under the word while sounding out the word.
  • Skip the word and read through the end of the sentence and go back (what word would make sense that matches the letters and sounds of the word printed).
  • Try a word.

             Does it make sense?

             Does it sound like language?

             Do the letters match?

Take a mini-vacation and read a good book!



What exactly are brain breaks?

Brain breaks are teacher coached energizing movement breaks that allow the children to regroup and refocus. These breaks only take 2-3 minutes to do. I use them in my classroom because they challenge our brains, are fun to do and they make us laugh. These are all important to the learning process! Whenever you cross the mid-line of your body, it helps engage both sides of our brains. Brain research suggests performing brain breaks every 30 minutes with my friends. The children and I have been having a ton of fun during our brain break exercises. Ask your child which brain break they did today!