Friday, September 2, 2011

Welcome Back to School!

Welcome to 3R1! Since I will be working with your son or daughter, I thought you would like to know some information about me. My name is Becky Ritland. I recently graduated from Wartburg College with a degree in elementary education and endorsements in early childhood and reading. I recently relocated to Fairfield, Iowa, but I am originally from Zearing, Iowa. It is very exciting to have the opportunity to work with you and your student.

Last week, the students enjoyed doing many activities that helped us get to know one another. One activity we enjoyed doing was using sticky notes to compare our favorite pizza toppings, ice cream flavor, subject, and recess activity. The results are listed below. The favorite is listed and then the number of students who “voted” for it.

Our Favorites
        Pizza Topping                                                       Ice Cream
                 Taco - 2                                                          I don't like it!- 1
              Cheese- 11                                                             Twist- 1
          I don't like it! - 1                                                    Snickers- 1
             Sausage- 1                                                            Vanilla- 5
           Pepperoni- 4                                                         Chocolate- 8
          Black olive- 1                                                    Cookie dough- 6
      Canadian bacon- 1

          Subject                                                           Recess Activity
       Mathematics- 9                                               Play with a person- 3
           Reading- 7                                                              Tag- 3
            Writing- 5                                                        Monkey bars- 6
            Science- 1                                                            Swings- 3
                                                                                                Kickball- 7

We have also been very busy this week. In math, we have discussed equivalent names, bar graphs and tally charts, using tools for mathematics, and number sequences. The students really enjoyed playing the Number-Line Squeeze game during math time. Ask your child about this game and some of the others we have been playing to practice our math facts.

Overall, it has been a very busy but exciting start to the school year. Thank you for welcoming me so kindly into this school district and community. I hope you all had a great summer and are as excited to start the new school year as I am! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at

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