Welcome to Mrs. Russell's First Grade Class!!!


    Distance learning officially began on April 1. Here are a few important points that I wanted to make you aware of as we move into this new way of learning and work for all of us. 

    • Office Hours: Beginning April 1 I will have office hours Mon-Fri. from 10:00am-11:00am and from 1:00pm-2:00pm. During this time, I will be available to answer messages from students and parents via Class Dojo, email, and voice mail.  If you wish to call the school (352)671-0800 and leave me a voice mail, I will be checking remotely.  If you or your child have questions about an assignment, you may reach me directly during office hours, please call the phone number I posted to Class Dojo and the email I sent.  Please give me up to 24 hours to return phone calls and messages.  
    • ZOOM: I would like to hold remote class meetings using Zoom for students who can participate.  When I have created a schedule, I will post the meeting on Class Dojo or via email at least 24 hours in advance in order for your child to participate.  
    • Assignments: All assignments will be posted to my webpage on Monday, and will be due no more than 7 days after they’ve been posted in order for  your child to get credit on the assignment. Microsoft 365 is available on your child's student desktop, with a student email set up in Outlook, and can be used to submit assignments.  Additionally, work can be done on notebook paper, and a snapshot of the work can be sent via Class Dojo or emailed to me, as no physical papers are to be turned in. Each week, you will see assignments for the following subjects:
    • Language Arts: 5 assignments AND 45 minutes iReady Reading (weekly)
    • Math: 4 assignments AND 45 minutes iReady Math
    • Science: 1 assignment
    • Social Studies: 1 assignment
    • Specials: Specials schedule is below. Please click the links to individual special area teachers’ webpages for assignments.
    • Week of 4/1-4/3 - Art with Tyler Chighizola
    • Week of 4/6-4/10 - PE with Scott Schaub and Regina Dooley
    • Week of 4/13-4/15 - Music with Ms. Louis
    • Attendance: Taking attendance is still a legal obligation, even in an online setting, and is a record that is frequently monitored for compliance. Students can demonstrate attendance in the following ways:  attending class meeting on Zoom; Logging into one of the following platforms, available on the student desktop (iReady, MyOn, Stemscopes, Studies Weekly, Think Central); sending a message via Class Dojo or Email, or engaging in a phone call with teacher during the contracted student day (7:45-2:05).  If there is a reason that your child is unable to be present through one of these methods during the contracted day, please contact me via Class Dojo, email, or telephone. 

    Please be patient, as this is unchartered territory for all of us!  As always, contact me with questions or concerns.  We're all in this together!