Hello Fabulous Families of Room 4!

We are heading into third trimester!  Can you believe it?  How time flies…

But we still have so much to do!!!

First, we have started a new Mystery Science unit.  We are engaging in interactive lessons that guide us through the 1st and 2nd grade science standards that culminate in hands on projects.

We are still holding several book club meetings with our James and the Giant Peach text.  The students love it!  At the end of every day I hear, “Can you read a little bit more…”.  It is music to my ears!  We are working on visualizing, listening for interesting and new vocabulary words to add to our reading notebooks, and answering comprehension questions.

We will be starting a short unit on Pablo Picasso that will culminate in making Spring Art based off of the famous ” Flowers” piece.

In addition, we are wrapping up a writing unit on Opinion text.  Now, we will be moving on to creating expository or informational text.  We will be researching and creating reports on a variety of topics.

Here are the upcoming learning targets for reading next week:

1st grade:  Sequence of events, using context, synonyms, biographies

2nd grade: Text and graphic features, points of view, questions

Self Managers and Behavior Management

As we enter the end of the school year, we are raising the expectations for students behavior and work habits.  Students will now be applying to be self managers.  They will have to meet the self manager criteria in every area of the school before getting their badge:  cafeteria, specials, homeroom, and they will be expected to get one more signature from a reading, math or supervision teacher.

In addition, we will be tracking our Clip up/Clip Down system by coloring in what behavior color we end on at the end of each day.  These behavior sheets will be sent home at the end of the week for parents to view.

I am excited about the fun and challenging learning taking place in our classroom.  Thank you for your continued help and participation!


Alyssa Nestler


Hello Fabulous Families of Room 4!

Well we had a wonderful time during our Pizza and Lego SRR celebration.  It was wonderful to celebrate the students success!

This week we have another busy week full of learning

Here is what is on our agenda:

Subject Focus:


1st Grade:  Comparing and Contrasting Characters, fluency

2nd Grade: Sequence of Events, fluency


Opinion Text

Math:  Story problems, differing ways to solve and communicating using mathematical language, place value


Light and Sound

Extra Supplies and Box Tops

We are going to be counting box tops soon!  Please send in your box tops so that we can have resources for our classroom.  It is how we are able to have extra art supplies, classroom parties and celebrations and special educational guests.

We are running low on certain supplies at this point in the school year.  If you are willing to donate baby wipes to clean desks or expo pens it would be greatly appreciated.

Report Cards/Grading Day

We will be having a grading day on March 10th.  Report cards will be sent some shortly after this.  There will be no school on March 10th for students.

I hope you enjoy your weekend! Looking forward to seeing everyone on Monday!

Warm Regards,

Alyssa Nestler


Hello Fabulous Families of Room 4!

We filled our marble jar!  That means we will be having a class celebration.  We will be having pizza and playing Legos on Thursday the 23rd.

If your child has a Lego set they would like to bring in, they may bring it in a bag or box so that it doesn’t get mixed in with the class Legos.

We will be having pizza after lunch at 12:30.  Students will eat and go to lunch at their regularly scheduled time.  The pizza will be an added treat.

I am excited to celebrate positive behavior!

We are Safe, Respectful and Responsible!

Thank you!!

Alyssa Nestler


Week of 2/6/2017

Hello Fabulous Families of Room 4!

Book Club

Thank you, thank you, thank you for sending helping us get our first chapter book club up and running!  We almost have a copy of James and the Giant Peach for every child!  We are going to have our first book club meeting tomorrow.  We will be predicting, discussing and using our imaginations to visualize this awesome Roald Dahl book!

Valentine’s Day

We will be celebrating Valentine’s Day next Tuesday the 14th from 1:30-2:00.  Valentine’s Day class lists to help address the cards will go home Tuesday the 7th.  Students can bring in their cards to pass out to mailboxes Thursday the 9th, Monday the 13 or Tuesday the 14.  Students will pass out cards before school or during the first few minutes of recess.


SRR Celebration:  Lego and Pizza Day

We filled our marble jar for being safe, respectful and responsible!!  The students voted and they would like to be rewarded with a Lego and Pizza day.  We have not scheduled the actual party date yet.  We have a very busy, short month so Mrs. Nestler is trying to find a day to fit in a fun afternoon.  Please give your child a big hug and reward them for being such a wonderful Centennial Super Student.  As a group, I am so impressed with students work ethic and dedication to education!

Unfortunately, some students may be had to be in another place during our party if they are unable to be consistently safe, respectful and responsible.  This celebration is to reward students who are doing their best and working hard to get along with their classmates.  If you are interested in having a daily behavior update, please call me about the Class Dojo app.  This will give you a daily behavior report.


Special Units:  President Washington and Lincoln

In social studies this month, we will be learning about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln in honor or President’s Day.

Mrs. Nestler’s Absence

I will be out for a Workshop on Friday the 10th.  For this reason, I ask that parents refrain from sending students to school with V-day cards to pass out on this day.  Thank you!

Subject Focus:

Reading: Predicting/Inferring/Visualization/decoding 

Writing:  Narratives: Adding details and temporal words

Math:  Story problems, differing ways to solve and communicating using mathematical language

Social Studies: George Washington and Abraham Lincoln

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to contact me!

Warm Regards,

Alyssa Nestler







Week of January 23rd, 2017

Hello Fabulous Families of Room 4!

Well the new year is in full swing!  We are having a blast in room 4 learning and playing together.  I have to say, this is a pretty special class 🙂  Our students are some of the nicest, smartest kids on planet earth…and that’s the truth!

Here is an overview of what we are doing in class these days:

1st Grade Math: Story problems and subtraction

2nd Grade Math:  Place Value and story problems

1st grade Reading: Digraph sounds, ch, ph, wh, contractions ‘s & n’t, Cause and Effect/Sound Words

2nd Grade Reading:  Main idea and Details, Text and Graphic Features (headings, captions, photos)

Writing:  Narratives

We are setting writing goals for ourselves and engaging in goal setting conferences.  We are focusing on adding interesting adjectives to our writing, making sure there is a beginning middle and end, as well as relevant details.  We are adding our drafts to our portfolios.  Make sure to check SeeSaw to see student work!


After the exciting weather we have been having, we have started a unit on the science of Snow.


We will be making Snow Globe art this week.

Reader’s Workshop:

We are working on asking and answering questions about fiction and nonfiction text.

Special Reading Unit:  Children’s Literature and Student Book Club

I would like to start a book club with interested students.  I will be reading aloud James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl to our entire class.  For students who would like to read along and re-read on their own, I have a special request.  I would love if parents who are able could purchase the paperback book for the students.  I will be attempting to acquire some additional copies of the book for families who do not have funds to purchase it at this time.  However, for families who are able to buy the book on their own, I found it for $7.99 on Amazon at full price.  I’m sure a used copy would be even less expensive.  Please put you child’s name in the book and send it to school if you are able to afford this expense.  We will start reading the story February 1st.  Students do not have to have the text to participate in the book club, but it is helpful if they can read along as I read.  Thank you so much for your help with this project!

I am looking forward to another week of learning!  Let’s make it a great week!

Please contact me with any questions, comments or concerns!

Warm Regards,

Alyssa Nestler


1/2/2016: Happy New Year!

Hello Fabulous Families of Room 4!

Happy New Year Everyone!  Welcome Back to School!

Well, I am happy to report, my family had a lovely, low key holiday season.  We got some projects done, celebrated, relaxed and enjoyed each other’s company.  I hope you had a wonderful time over your break as well.

I am excited to jump right into learning!

Special Units for January

We will be engaging in some excited new educational units in the New Year!  We will start out by writing New Years Resolutions, which will help us set reasonable goals for ourselves.  We will begin goal setting conferences through this process as well.

We will have a short unit that will be a study of Martin Luther King Jr., then we will end January by starting a unit of Study on the Chinese New Year.

Class Dojo

We will be reviewing safe, respectful and responsible classroom behavior and routines. I will be resetting Class Dojo as we review positive behaviors.  Please check class dojo with your student so that you can help with review these behaviors and routines at home as well.


Music: Monday and Thursday

Library: Tuesday and Wednesday

*Library Books are Due on Tuesday and Library Check Out happens on Wednesday

PE: Monday and Regular Schedule Friday

Upcoming Events:

Early Release: January 13th

No school: January 16th, MLK Jr Day


Looking forward to seeing everyone back at Centennial tomorrow!  I have missed you all so much.  We did not get a chance to send everything from the Holiday season home due to the inclement weather.  There will be several holiday art projects and a learning unit folder going home over the next few days.  Thank you for your understanding!



Alyssa Nestler

Week of 11/21/2016

Hello fabulous families of room 4!

I hope you are enjoying a restful and fun weekend.  This weekend was one of rest, recuperation, and some productivity for my family.  It has been truly lovely.

As always, and I really mean this, I am looking forward to this week.  This is the season for gratitude, and I am so grateful for room 4.  Each and every 1st and 2nd grade student in my classroom is valuable, important and has an unlimited amount of potential for personal growth.  I care so much about each of my students.  I am so grateful for each of you as well!  First, you share your child with me each day.  Also, you partner with me and support our classroom in ways that I can never fully share my gratitude for.  So, humbly, thank you for all you do to help me educate your child.  Thank you for sending your wonderful little person to room 4 every day.  I consider myself lucky to be a small part of your lives this year 🙂

Here is some information about our classroom and upcoming events, learning, and projects happening in room 4 in the upcoming weeks:

Thanksgiving Holiday

We have a three day week this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday.  We have been studying the Mayflower over the last several weeks.  We have completed several art, writing and reading projects related to this topic.  At the end of this week, students will be bringing home their Mayflower folder.

Next Week…

November 30th-Report Card Grading Day-No School

December 1st-Conference Day-No School

December 2nd-Conference Day-No School


I will be making the conference schedule on Monday and Tuesday.  I will be sending home notices of your conference day and time.  I try my best to give one of the times you have indicated on your conference form.  I will also try and accommodate people who have a scheduling conflict due to work or some other unforeseen event that prevents us from sitting down together.  Please call me or send me a message over Class Dojo if you do not think that those conference days will work for you.  The sooner we can schedule an outside time, the  better 🙂

SeeSaw:  An Online Growth Portfolio

Students are integrating technology into their work more and more in order to prepare them for a 21st century education.  We are learning how to use SeeSaw, on online application that allows students to store their work to show their growth toward learning targets.  At conferences, I will be handing out the code for parents to access this portfolio.  You can see new additions we include in this space.  I am so excited to get families even more involved in their child’s education.

Current Learning Topics:

Social Studies:  Holidays Across the World


1st Grade:  Subtraction

2nd Grade:  Geometry/Subtraction


Comprehension:  Questioning, Inferences, Prediction

Informational text:  Text Features

Narrative Text:  Author’s Message and Voice


Personal Narrative

Informational Writing: Description


If you have any questions regarding your child’s progress, specific learning topics, or how you can help you child at home.  Please bring those questions to conference time. We will start out our conference addressing your questions.

Remember, when the Green Folder comes home, that is unfinished work from the school day.  Please find time for your student to complete it and send it back.  Students have had extensive time and directions in class-they should not need any additional help to complete.  If students do not know what to do-send it back as is.  Thank you!

Warm Regards,

Alyssa Nestler

Centennial Elementary

1/2 Blend Teacher



Week of November 7th, 2016

Hello Fabulous families of Room 4!

I hope you are having a restful weekend.  Last week was a wonderful, full week of learning!  We started a new social studies unit, played math games with our buddies and did some special Harvest activities for the holiday.  Here is an update on what is taking place at Centennial, and of course, in room 4.

Food Drive

Our fabulous Family Center has organized a canned and boxed food drive.  Send some food with your student to help our families in our community.  There are canned food bins all over the school that students can donate the food in.  This is the season for helping students see how they can be active in helping their school and local community.

The Mayflower

Recently students took home their first special unit folder, entitled: Marvelous Me!  Take a look at what students have been studying!  We just wrapped up a unit on the Human Body.  Now, we are moving on in our studies.  We are going to be learning about the Mayflower this month.  Students kicked off their studies last Friday and will continue with nonfiction reading and writing, as well as special art projects all through this month.

Unfinished Work

At school students keep track of their work completion in their red, unfinished work folder.  This folder means: Stop! Before you choose an “I’m Done” activity, you need to complete an assignment you may not have finished at the original deadline.  We try our best to complete work at school, but sometimes students need some extra time.  For this reason, we are starting a Take Home Folder.  This folder is green.  It means:  This Goes Home.  Please check your students backpack nightly to see if they need to complete an assignment and bring it back the next day.  Students will not get this folder sent home every night.  It will only be given to students when they have had multiple chances to finish an assignment at school and did not take the opportunity to finish.  If this folder comes home, please complete with student and send it back with them the next day.  Thank you for your help!

Self Managers

I am happy to report we have many self managers in our classroom this year.  The self manager list as of Friday is: Ben, Bella, Dalton, Abraham, Josie, Navaeh, Lou-Lou, Macey, Ethan, Jake, Jazlyn, Madilyn, Ronin.  Way to go everyone!!!  These are our first students to earn their self manager badges, and I know there are many more to come!

Self managers are consistently:

  1.  Safe:  Hands, feet, bodies, are under control and calm.
  2. Respectful:  Students treat others the way they want to be treated and follow adult directions the first time.
  3. Responsible:  Students work before they play

For students who are not listed, they are still working on one or more of the above criteria.  Student may do these things sometimes, but need several reminders throughout the day.  Please check Class DoJo to see students behavior reports daily. This should help keep you updated on what reminders students are getting.

All students have the ability to manage their own behavior.  I truly believe we have a classroom full of self managers who are successful, kind and engaged students.  If you do not see you student’s name listed as a self manager that does not mean they are in trouble.  On the contrary!  It means they are getting help with one of the above criteria for positive behavior, just as students are receiving help and support in math, reading, and writing.

Self managers get special privileges and responsibilities.  They often are the first to be excused for free time and they have a monthly self manager lunch in the classroom with the teacher.  Self managers are leaders who are entrusted to be special helpers for teachers.  They sometimes receive extra recess as well during social skills instruction.  This is a small way for me to give a little bit more responsibility and trust to students who consistently show they are ready for that.

If you have any questions about what your student can do to be a self manager, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you and have a wonderful week!


Alyssa Nestler


Week of October 31st, 2016

Hello Fabulous Families of Room 4!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend!  I had a nice, relaxing weekend at home.  It was lovely and restful…which is necessary for this week of Celebration!

Halloween Celebration

We will have a simple harvest celebration on Monday from 2:15-2:45.  We will have popcorn, fruit snacks and juice brought in by the PTA.  Thank you PTA!

Science Unit

This week we continue our science unit on the Human Body.  We are currently studying the skeletal system.

Pumpkin Patch Field Trip

We had a wonderful time at the pumpkin patch!  Thank you to all the parent volunteers who helped us out.  Check out the pictures!


Let’s have a great week!


Thank you!

Alyssa Nestler


Week of October 10th, 2016

Hello Fabulous families of Room 4!

I hope you are enjoying your weekend!  Here is the update for this week!

Class Dojo

We are working to develop positive behaviors in Room 4.  Please check your class Dojo behavior report at the end of each day to see a break down of positives and reminders your student has had throughout the day.  All information should be inputed by 4 pm.

Upcoming Field Trips

Rose Children’s Theatre Play at Churchill High School:  October 18th, 2016

Pumpkin Patch Field Trip:  October 26th, 2016

I am looking for field trip volunteers for our Pumpkin Patch field trip.  Also, just a reminder that all volunteers need to fill out a volunteer form in the office each year and give required information for a background check before working with students in the classroom or going on a field trip.

Thank you so much!  I look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

Warm Regards,

Alyssa Nestler