Welcome to Room 32!
About the Teacher
Hi! My name is Patti Pirrello. I’m very excited to be teaching your children this year. This year will be my fifth year teaching First Grade at Cottage Street School. I have two grown children, a daughter named Ali (age 25) and a son named Tyler (age 23). My children actually went to Cottage Street School and loved it here. In fact, my son met his best friend in First Grade. They even roomed together in college! Amazing isn’t it? Just think, you’re child’s first grade friend could end up being a lifelong friend! I also have two thirteen-year old toy poodles, named Snoop-Dogg and Pudgie. Be prepared, you will soon be hearing all about my dog's adventures.
In terms of my education, I went to Boston College and majored in Communications and Sociology. After college I worked for ABC TV/Radio and went to graduate school receiving a Master’s Degree in Media Studies from the New School. I loved NYC (and still do), but knew that I would be moving back to Boston. After returning to Boston, I worked in advertising, got married, and had two children. While my children were in preschool I was offered a teaching position at their preschool's newly formed kindergarten enrichment program. I accepted that position and came to realize that teaching was my passion! After a few stints as a substitute teacher, a long term substitute, and a kindergarten assistant, I decided to go back to school and earned my Master’s in Education from Lesley University. It has been an incredible journey and I couldn't be happier.
First Grade is an amazing, magical year filled with incredible growth. My goal is to create a loving, nurturing, creative environment where children feel safe and comfortable and love learning. It’s going to be a great year! I can't wait to get started.
(Class photo coming soon!
CLASS OF 2018 - 2019
Spencer, Gary, Krish, Matthew, Shane, Kyrin, Jay, Nathaniel, Ian, Emaad, Levi
Sophie, Caelan, Isabel, Natalie, Medha, Sara, Arya, Prerna, Shaelyn, Grace
Room 32 Information
The students will have outdoor recess everyday weather permitting. Please make certain that your child is dressed appropriately, especially in winter, as all children must go out with the class.
The children will be able to enjoy a snack every day, mid-afternoon. I strongly encourage you to send in fruit, yogurt, cheese and crackers, a bar, or some other type of healthy snack. If your child's snack requires a spoon or other utensil, please send one in with them.
Lunch accounts can be set up at:
School Hours: School begins at 8:55am. Students may enter the building at 8:40am. Any child arriving after 8:55am must report to the front office before proceeding to the classroom. Dismissal is at 3:10am. Walkers/car pickups will be dismissed through the front entrance. If you pick up your child, please wait outside and be prompt. Any departure from your child's regular dismissal procedure requires a note. If your child has a different means of departure one or two days a week for a prolonged period, or throughout the school year (ex. Religious school, Sports Club, etc.), one note is all that is required.
Supplies: Pencils, markers, crayons, glue sticks and scissors are provided for your child. Throughout the year, should you wish to donate items to the class, we can always use the following; soft tissues for sensitive noses, gallon size heavy duty Hefty Zip lock storage bags, Ticonderoga pencils and EXPO dry erase, fine point, black markers are always appreciated. Your child is welcome to bring a water bottle to school to keep on his or her desk. I ask that the water bottle have a pop up top, or one that has a straw so that they can drink from it easily, reducing spills.
Labels: Please make sure to label all of your child's belongings - bags, lunch boxes, coats, backpacks, sweatshirts, etc. You would be amazed at the number of unlabeled clothing and personal belongings that accumulate throughout the year.
Extra Clothes: Please send in an extra pair of clothes in a labeled bag (pants, shirt, socks, underwear) for your child to keep in their locker for the year. This will help when a drink spills, or an accident occurs.
Birthdays: For a variety of reasons, food treats for birthdays are not allowed. First graders are still welcome to celebrate their birthday in school. If you would like to send something in for the celebration, I suggest sharpened pencils, stickers, or other small items. Also, if your child is having a birthday party outside of school, please do not send birthday invitations to school to be handed out, unless the whole class is invited. (We don't want any hurt feelings.)
CORI Check: If you plan to volunteer in the classroom or school you must complete a CORI check. Please stop by the office so that you can pick up the forms. They will also need to copy your license. Once your CORI check comes back complete then you will be able to volunteer.
Things You Can Do At Home:
Early bedtime is VERY important.
Please make sure your child eats a healthy breakfast.
Look at your child's daily work and talk about it with him, or her, each day.
Practice counting to 100.
Practice counting by 2's, 5's and 10's.
Practice writing the alphabet with the correct handwriting strokes.
Practice rhyming words.
Read to your child daily and talk about what you have read.
Who are the characters? What is the setting? Can you make a connection?
What is your favorite part? Can you retell the story with a beginning, middle and end?
Allow your child to handle coins and become familiar with their names and values.
Try not to repeat directions more than once. This will help them to develop better listening skills.
Contacting Me: If you have any questions or concerns at any time, please don't hesitate to contact me. I will get back to you as quickly as possible.
Send in a note with your child.
Leave a message at school (781) 784-1580
Emai me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please check your child’s home folder each night and remove school notices and completed, or corrected work from the day. This helps your child to stay organized. It’s best to look over your child’s completed or corrected work with him or her, whenever possible. Please be sure to review any errors they have made and share with them the notes that I have written on their assignments. I am often not able to review corrected work or assignment notes in class.
Homework is an important time for you and your child to sit together and discuss what your child has learned in school that day. The homework itself is not as important as setting aside a time and place for your child to be responsible for his or her learning. Establishing good work habits now will pay off when the children are in older grades.
Written homework, usually math, will be twice a week and should not exceed 10 minutes each night. Monday night’s homework will be due on Wednesday, and Wednesday’s homework will be due on Friday.
The math homework reinforces skills that are developing in the classroom. These assignments are usually quite brief, however, they are powerful tools in helping your child gain a secure understanding of important skills. Each math homework assignment is two-sided. The front page, titled “Homework” covers material learned that day. The back page, titled “Remembering” reviews material from previous lessons. The “Homework” page is a “must-do”. The “Remembering” page is optional. If you or your child wishes, your child can complete both sides of the homework to ensure a full understanding of the current and previous content.
There will be no homework on weekends, or during school vacation weeks. In addition to 10 minutes of written homework, reading practice is recommended for 10 minutes each night. You may read a book to your child, or have them read it to you. In early October, the first grade team will launch our Books on the Go program which allows children to bring home leveled books that are “just right” for them. It’s a terrific program! You’ll learn more about this program in a few weeks.
Your children are responsible for bringing in their homework on the day that it is due. I will keep a record of homework assignments which will be reflected on the homework section of your child’s report card. Homework is not graded based upon accuracy.
When assisting your child with his or her homework, please allow them to complete it to the best of their knowledge. If your child makes an error on their homework, you may leave it as is, so that I can see what areas need to be reviewed in class, or you may take advantage of the learning opportunity to help your child correct their error and leave me a note on the homework indicating that you provided help. Writing “WA” is a helpful way for me to know that your child completed the activity with assistance.
At the beginning of each phonics unit, I will provide you with information on the phonics concepts being taught in class along with activities that can be practiced at home. The phonics activities are optional, but please note they are useful and highly recommended.
Dates for No School, or Early Release Dates for 2018 - 2019
August 31 - No School
September 3 - No School, Labor Day
September 10 – No School, Rosh Hashanah
Septembe 11 - No School, Rosh Hashanah
September 19 - No School, Yom Kippur
October 3 – Half Day, 12:30 dismissal
October 8 - No School, Columbus Day
November 6 – Early Release, 12:30 dismissal (Parent/Teacher Conferences)
November 8 – Early Release, 12:30 dismissal (Parent/Teacher Conferences)
November 12- No School, Veteran’s Day
November 14 – Early Release, 12:30 dismissal (Parent/Teacher Conferences)
November 21-23 – Thanksgiving Recess, No School
December 13 – Early Release Day, 12:30 dismissal
December 24 - January 1 - No School, December Recess
January 21 - No School, Martin King, Jr. Day
February 5 – Early Release Day, 12:30 dismissal
February 18-22 – No School, February Recess
April 2 – Early Release, 12:30pm dismissal (Parent/Teacher Conferences)
April 4 – Early Release, 12:30pm dismissal (Parent/Teacher Conferences)
April 10 – Early Release, 12:30pm (Parent/Teacher Conferences)
April 15-19 – No School, Spring Recess (Good Friday, 4/19)
May 2 – No School, Early Release, 12:30pm
May 27 - No School, Memorial Day
Last Day of School, Tentative (usually 12:30pm dismissal)
June 17 – 180th Day of School (if no snow days)
June 20 - Last Day of School (if non traditional learning days are employed, after three snow days)
June 24 – 185th day of school (if five snow days are used, 1230pm dismissal.)