Final Day of 1st and 2nd Grade in Room 4

Hello Room 4 Families,

First, let me say, as I look back on my blog posting this year, I apologize for not posting more regularly as I had in years past.  It has been a beautiful, busy year and I wish I could have shared more of it on this platform.

With that being said, I would like to emphasize how much I have loved working with you and, of course, each of our students this year.  They are a very special group.  The growth, kindness, compassion, and learning that I have been a part of this year is really astounding.

On a personal note, this class is always going to hold a very special place in my heart for many reasons.  First, I have been teaching some of our students for two years in a row now.  This year was my first blended classroom experience (which I absolutely loved). Lastly, this will be my last year at Centennial for awhile.  I will continue to work with the staff and students in several respects as a Literacy Specialist, but this will be my final year as a classroom teacher for a little while.

For this reason, it is an emotional day.  It is emotional for me and the students, as we have all built relationships we value deeply.  While I am so sad to say goodbye, I am so excited to see what the future holds for each one of the students in room 4!

I care deeply about the learning and growth every student makes, but I also care about their character development, positive relationship building, and self concept.  I have been honored to work with them on all of those aspects of education this year.

Thank you for your support, and thank you for sharing these special people with me.


Alyssa Nestler



Hello Fabulous Families of Room 4!

Wow!  The weather is warm, the sun in shining…that must mean that summer is just around the corner.  Time sure flies!

I cannot believe we are nearing the end of our school year together!  I honestly feel so lucky every day I get to spend with our students.  They are learning so much and I am so proud of them.

Here are our current learning targets:


We are working on…

Reading fluently and accurately.

Identifying sequence of events

Comparing and Contrasting Text

Understanding characters in fiction


We are working on…

Writing information text.

Writing narratives with a correct sequence of events and appropriate transition words.


We are working on…

1st Graders:

Identifying half of a number

Doubling a number

2nd Graders:

Adding and Subtracting with Regrouping


Identifying the Life Cycle of a Plant


Also, we have an outdoor field trip coming up on the afternoon of June 7th to the Eugene Wetlands.  A permission slip and lunch request form will be going home on Monday.

I heard the music program was a great success!  So proud of our students!  I’m so disappointed I couldn’t be there, but my heart was with them.

I am looking forward to a warm week of learning.  If possible, please send a water bottle with students.  That will help everyone stay hydrated and focused!

Thank you!

Alyssa Nestler

1/2 Grade Teacher

Centennial Elementary


Hello Fabulous Families of Room 4!

Wow!  It has been quite awhile since I have updated you with the goings-on in our busy classroom.  Time flies when there is some serious learning going on 🙂


We have been working hard on writing opinion text.  For our final writing sample of this unit we wrote an piece that started “The most important thing about an imaginary friend is…”.  Students had to give reasons why that quality was important.  They worked on an introduction, conclusion, and relevant details.  In addition, they drafted their work!  We worked on editing and revising into a final draft.  I am so proud of they persistence through this challenging task.  We are now working on writing informational text.

We are continuing to work hard on improving reading fluency every day.  If you are looking for a way to help your student, the best thing to do is read and enjoy stories with them.  Let them practice reading to you.  Ask them questions about what they read.  Most of all, model being passionate about reading.  Excitement for literature is contagious 🙂

Reading Olympics

Speaking of being passionate about reading…

The reading Olympics runs from April 4th-10th.  Remember to read, read read!  What a wonderful way for our fantastic PTA to raise money for our school and promote literacy!  We have the best families on planet earth!

Book Fair

The book fair is coming, the book fair is coming!  The book fair opens in the family center at Centennial starting on April 21st.

Special Friends Lunch

Special friends lunch RSVP was sent home last week.  Please return your RSVP as soon as possible. Our lunch will take place at the end of April.  More information to come!  Please let me know if your child did not get the RSVP home to you.

Behavior Goal 

Our behavior focus for this week is:

I can listen when adults and classmates are speaking.

I can stay on task.


Let’s continue to promote positive behavior because that promotes learning and happy school environments!

Go bluejays!!!


Alyssa Nestler



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