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Nancy Petruzzelli Locker
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-48 Ticonderoga


-24 Crayola colored


-12 Elmer's glue

-Post-it paper


-2 of 24 Crayola


-Blue folder

  (for HW)


-Clorox wipes

-Baby wipes

-2 of Mars plastic

  white erasers

-Head-set for

  computer lab


Welcome to Ms. Petruzzelli's Class!

D-2 School of Fish...Just Keep Swimming!

Please sign-up for 1st Grade level remind.

First Day of School Dismissal Information for Picking-Up Your Child

Please fill-out the link for the first day of school dismissal link:

Read Immediately! First Day Tips

First Grade Survival Guide


The Night Before the first day of School


❏ Fill out the dismissal form on your child’s 1st grade teacher’s website.

It is CRUCIAL that your teacher knows where you plan on picking up your child after school. Parents are not allowed on campus during dismissal time and should remain out of the hallways.


There are 4 dismissal zones that you may choose to use:

1. Front of school (near flag pole and Office)

2. Carpool (parents must remain in their car)

3. Day care

4. Back gate (near day care, behind the back play structure) Parent must be present & standing at the gate to pick-up their child.


It is recommended that you park on the street and meet your child at the front of the school. Try to make the first couple of days the same so your teacher can dismiss your child with ease. If later you decide you want to switch to a different dismissal zone you may, but you must contact your child’s teacher via email or write a note.

Here’s how to fill out the Google Dismissal Form

● Head to

● Click on Grade Level--->1st Grade------>(your teacher’s name)

● Then click on the link for the Google Dismissal Form


❏ Pack a healthy snack!

Each day  your child will have a snack recess. This snack should be packed SEPARATELY from your child’s lunch. Show your child their snack before you put it in their tote bag so they can easily see and grab it at recess time. Keep it simple. A ziplock bag of crackers, fruit, granola bar, or yogurt are perfect snacks. Please no nut products!


❏ Lunch  

Pack your child’s lunch or remind them that they will be buying their lunch at school. Please do NOT pack any items that need to be reheated. 1st grade teachers and staff will help your child learn how to purchase their lunches the first few days of school. You can open a cafeteria fund on the MGE website (Staff-->Cafeteria) or you may also make payments for cafeteria lunches by going to the MUR before 11:00 AM and leaving a check, made payable to Monte Gardens with your students’ and teacher's name in the memo, and place in the School Lunch payment box
(big yellow box, located by the kitchen door).


❏ Make sure you have put your child’s full name on their:

1. Tote bag

2. Lunchbox & Thermos

3. Homework folder

4. Loose clothing (jackets, sweaters, etc.)


The Morning of the First Day of School


❏ Remind your child where you plan on picking them up!

1. Front of School

2. Carpool (Use only if you will remain in your car to pick up)

3. Day care

4. Back Gate


❏ Bring your school supplies on the first day of school. Please Do NOT label any items except for your child’s homework folder and tote bag (no backpacks).


❏ If you were unable to attend the Back-to-School Bonanza you must go directly to the office to get registered. They will give you your child’s teacher assignment and a card that notifies the teacher that you have registered in the office.


❏ Kids line up on the blacktop towards the back of the school in the morning. School begins promptly at 8:10 AM. Be sure to be in line before 8:10 AM. Their teacher will come out to greet them. Look for your teacher’s name or room number on the ground. First grade morning lines are near the carpool gate, on the basketball courts. **Please note: Parents may walk onto the campus and line up with their child for the first day of school only.


Class Schedule

D2 Classroom Schedule


8:10 am-First Bell and School begins

9:45-10:05 am Snack Recess

10:05-11:30 am Class time

11:30-12:o0 pm Lunch


1:25- 1:43 pm Recess

1:43-2:35 pm Class time

2:35 pm-Dismissal Bell


Wednesday Schedule

8:10 am-First Bell and School begins

9:55-10:05 am Snack Recess

10:05-11:00 am Class time

11:00-11:30 am Lunch

11:30-1:05 pm Class time

1:05 pm-Dismissal Bell


Monday Letter

March 30, 2020-April 24, 2020


Hi Parents,

We have moved the learning platform to Google Class.  Everyone has been enrolled into it.  If you have question, let me know.  I have all passwords and emails incase you can’t find them.


*Zoom meetings will continue as before.  Email if you need more information.


*Google Class:  Please see the assignments online and what needs to be turned in by Friday at 2:30pm. 

Work is up in Google Classroom:

**Practice pages-edit and "turn in" ALL PAGES due Friday by 2:30pm.

**Math pages-edit and "turn in" ALL PAGES due Friday by 2:30pm.

**Writing due Friday by 2:30pm.

  (See below for editing directions which is different than the other pages-Google Docs)

**Homework Accountability Signature Sheet due Friday by 2:30pm.

**P. E Accountability Sheet Friday by 2:30pm.


*iReady reading/math online at home.  Complete 1-2 reading and 1-2 math lessons DAILY. (Please Utilize online learning options in clever too):

  • Complete i-Ready Reading lessons (no more than 2/day) = 5+ lessons each week
  • Complete i-Ready Math lessons (no more than 2/day) = 5+ lessons each week

*Animal Reports & presentations will take place on Zoom.  You will show us your poster and mask as part of the presentation. Nothing will need to be turned into Google Classroom.  

Optional projects:

**Art-There is a posted Rabbit Salt Dough Art Project for fun-no due date & is optional

**STEAM-There is a posted Lego Challenge and Marshmallow Challenge projects for fun!-no due date & is optional



Thank you,

Ms. Petruzzelli



Monte Gardens Elementary

Home Study Information


Dear Families, 

    We are all doing our best to navigate this difficult time, and we understand that home learning may look different for each family. With that in mind, we are providing some basic recommendations for all families to follow with regard to continuing student learning during our school closure. Teachers will be available to families via email to answer any questions you may have and to share with you grade-level specific resources. During this time, students will not be graded on any of the material provided or be held accountable for any of the content upon their return to school, however, we do encourage you to do what you can. Students can always bring samples of their work back to school to share with the class when we return. Be sure to reach out to your child’s teacher for support, if needed.


General recommendations:

  1. Try to establish a daily routine. This will provide children with a sense of safety and security in an otherwise unsettling situation, and help them transition back to school when the time comes.
  2. Limit screen time to 1.5 hours (this includes online learning tools, video games, etc.), and limit sessions to 30 minutes (recommended by the AAP and WHO)
  3. Review basic academic skills.
  4. Wash your hands a lot, and practice ‘social distancing’.
  5. Have fun with your family!


Daily Academic Options:

  • Read, or be read to (20 min. for K-2 students, 30 min. for 3rd-5th graders)
  • Journal Writing - 
    • K/1 - Practice writing the alphabet or sight words, draw a picture and write a sentence or two about it.
    • 2-5 - Record daily thoughts, 3 Gratitudes, memorable events, etc.
  • Practice Math Facts (make it fun!)
  • Complete an activity from the Choice Board (on back)
  • Complete one hour of physical activity - outside or inside.
  • Utilize online learning options:
  • Complete i-Ready Reading lessons (no more than 2/day) 
  • Complete i-Ready Math lessons (no more than 2/day)
  • Practice typing skills
  • Explore available resources and activities in 

Home Study Choice Board

Try to complete a new one each day. Feel free to repeat a favorite.


Fun & Games

Arts & Crafts


Acts of Kindness

Get Outside

Work on a puzzle.

Draw, paint, or use craft supplies or everyday objects to make something new

Tinker: Design a machine/tool.

Volunteer to help with household chores.

Go on a hike or take a walk around the neighborhood (practice “Social Distancing”).

Learn a new card or dice game.

Act out a scene from a story (make your own costumes/ props)

Plant a seed and/or work in your garden.

Write and send notes to nursing home residents to cheer them up. 

Do jumping jacks, windmills, squats,

toe touches, lunges,planks, sit-ups, running in place,high-knees, yoga poses,spell your name challenge.

Play a board game (or 2) with a family member.

Choreograph a dance to one of your favorite songs. Perform it for your family.

Identify the trees/plants growing in your yard and/or neighborhood.

Make and display  a poster thanking first responders and health care workers for their service. 

Try geocaching.

Work on learning a new skill (tying your shoe, doing a trick on your skateboard, ASL, sewing).

Do some creative writing (Write a poem, design a comic strip, write a story).

Help prepare a family meal or treat (wash your hands!)

Call, emaiL, or video chat with a friend or family member to let them know you are thinking of him/her.

Make a paper airplane fleet (Try building different models and see which one flies the highest or furthest)

Build a fort (inside or outside)

Practice playing a musical instrument and/or learn to sing a favorite song.

Prepare a ‘time capsule’: collect items that capture this historic moment in time

Write and display a happy message to your neighbors.

Sit and listen. Record all of the sounds you hear.





Salt Dough Ceramics Rabbits:

Here is the recipe for the salt dough rabbits we were going to do in class.  Instead, you can still do them at home if you wish and share it in our Zoom morning meeting.



1 Cup table salt

    ½ Cup cornstarch

¾ Cup cold water

(**No food coloring is needed to make a white rabbit. If you would like to make a brown rabbit then you may do so with food coloring.)

**You will also need: 1 inch pompoms or cotton ball (white, brown, grey, or black) for the rabbit tail.  Something for the eyes, nose, whiskers, and ears,  You can use paper cut out for the ears, a bead for the nose, beads for the eyes or craft eyes.


Math Timed Tests:

Thur. mornings the students take the math timed test.  They will take it right after the bell.  They get 3 min. on the test.  It will go home in the Monday envelope.  Please look it over and work on the problems they do not pass.  They will get the same test the following week until they pass it.  If they get 100%, they will get to move onto the next math test the following week.  


Motor Skill Information:

  • Please sign-up to help with motor skills on Konstella. It will begin Thurs., Sept. 19th.
  • Remember: know how to tie shoes.Students take their shoes and socks off for motor skills so it is very important to know how to tie shoes to get them back on.

P.E. Information:

D-2 First Graders attend PE every:

  • Thursday in the multi-use room (MUR) for fine & gross motor skills.Please dress your child appropriately for physical activities each Thursday. Students cannot wear jewelry, dresses, skirts, or tights on motor skills days.
  • On Friday afternoon, please wear appropriate shoes for outside PE with laces.Slip on shoes and boots can cause more injuries and are not a stable shoe to be active in.
  • Also, it’s important to wear appropriate play shoes EVERYDAY for recess for their safety.
  • We also may have to P.E. on other days due to schedule conflicts, so it is important to be prepared with proper shoes EVERYDAY.

***For special days (like the 1st grade play), they can bring dress shoes to change into in their school tote bag. 

Snacks are Important:

Please have your child come to school with a healthy snack everyday for the first recess.  It is a long haul until lunch and they get hungry. They will keep their snack in a separate bag from the lunch bag so they can quickly get their snack and go out to recess.








Snacks & Lunch

Please send a small, healthy snack with your child daily. Students have one snack recess a day.  Snacks must be in a small, labeled container or baggie. 1st grade lunch bags are not allowed out on the playground. Lunch can be purchased in the cafeteria or brought from home. Please be sure to pack a nutritious and filling lunch daily. Please, do not have the students bring snacks or lunches to school that contain nuts or nut product. Although if students bring nut products, there will be a table set-up to eat them at.


When your child is absent or tardy please send a note explaining  the absence or tardiness with them when they return to school. Please also call the office (925-682-8000 x4469) to excuse your student. If the school receives no verification, the absence will be marked as unexcused. After 72 hours your absence cannot be excused.


Also, when the students is tardy please take them to the office to sign-in. They will then walk to the classroom on their own.

Request for Make-up Work

When an excused absence occurs, the procedure for getting make-up work is as follows: A one day excused absence: student will be given the make-up work upon returning to school.  A two day excused absence: parent/guardian calls the 24-hour absence hotline at 925-682-8000 x4469 before 8:30am and requests the student's work.  The work will be in the office at the end of the day and is to be turned in to the teacher when the student returns to school.  Three or more days: parent should call the 24-hour absence hotline at 925-682-8000 x4469 and leave a message for the teacher.  It will be teacher judgment as to what will be appropriate.

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