Mrs. C's Class Blog

  • Preparing for the End of the Year

    Posted by ALEXANDRA CREDENDINO on 6/1/2020 9:00:00 AM

    Last Day of School 6/18/20

    You've all received the call from Dr. Quezada that our school year will be ending a little early on June 18, 2020.  I am so sad that we won't get to say goodbye to you and have all of our end of the year parties and events, but I am proud of the work you have done and the way you've adjusted to distance learning during this very difficult time.  Hopefully, we will be able to return to our classrooms in September, and I am especially glad to be an ENL teacher right now--I'll still be teaching most of you again next year!  

    Please continue to complete your assignments until the very last day, and refer to the schedule Mrs. Delany sent out to find out when your grade level is invited to come and pick up your personal belongings from the Cesar Chavez building.  If you have any questions or there is anything I can help with, contact me at acredendino@yonkerspublicschools.org.  I will continue to be available when school is over and throughout the summer to help with skills practice (so you don't forget what you've learned this year!), summer school and preparations for returning in the fall.  Love and miss you all ❤️

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  • Memorial Day Projects

    Posted by ALEXANDRA CREDENDINO on 5/19/2020 9:00:00 AM

    Memorial Day Projects

    This week, I'd like you to take a look at the Yonkers Public Schools Memorial Day Project List and choose one to complete and send in via e-mail.  I will send it to Ms. Delany and Ms. Richardson to post on our school website so everyone can see your beautiful work!  Please be reminded that per Governor Cuomo's order, we will continue distance learning on May 22, 2020.  Hope to see your work soon!

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  • Just Checking In

    Posted by ALEXANDRA CREDENDINO on 5/14/2020 9:00:00 AM

    Just Checking In

    Hi all.  I'm still here, appreciating your great work and effort during distance learning!  Remember that you can reach out to me at any time for modified assignments, help with your other classwork, translation services or assistance speaking to building or district administration.  Please reach out to me at acredendino@yonkerspublicschools.org if you need support or guidance with any school-related concerns.  Miss you!!

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  • Happy Mother's Day

    Posted by ALEXANDRA CREDENDINO on 5/7/2020 12:00:00 PM

    Happy Mother's Day

    Happy Mother's Day to all the moms, stepmoms, grandmas, aunts, babysitters and caretakers who put kids first in their lives and are helping to raise the next generation of achievers!  Please check your grade level distance learning page for some fun Mother's Day activities you can do in preparation for this weekend!

     

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  • Schools Closed for Remainder of School Year

    Posted by ALEXANDRA CREDENDINO on 5/1/2020 1:00:00 PM

    Schools Closed for Remainder of School Year

    I know you have all heard that schools will be closed for the rest of the 2019-20 year in New York State.  Guys, I am so sorry if you are missing prom, graduation or other end of the year celebrations--I know how much you were looking forward to those. Even though I've enjoyed the extra time with my own kids, I really miss you all and I'm sad that we won't get to finish our year together and do all of the fun things we planned.  Please know that all your teachers, administrators and support staff at Chavez are working together to figure out a way for us to celebrate your achievements this year even though we can't ge together in real life, and more information about that will be announced this month.  

    However, you have to remember that even though we won't be returning to the building this year, you must continue to complete your schoolwork for your classroom teachers and for me.  Your teachers cannot give you a grade if you have not submitted work during the closure, and I will not be able to put you in the correct group next year if I don't know how your language development is going.  Please continue to work on ReadWorksClever and Reading A-Z and complete the assignments I post on your grade level distance learning pages each week. 

    As always, you can e-mail me pictures of your work and any questions or comments you may have.  If you need more ideas for things to do in the coming days and weeks, you can always check out my Digital LibraryPaper & Pencil Projects and brand new Arts & Literature Exchange--I will continue updating them every few days so there will always be something new to read, craft and view!

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  • Arts & Literature Exchange

    Posted by ALEXANDRA CREDENDINO on 4/30/2020 12:00:00 PM

    Librairie Ancienne & Moderne

    I have been thinking about ways we can connect besides our classwork, and one idea I had was to create an Arts & Literature Exchange so that we can share our artwork and reading with the ENL community.  I finished this watercolor painting of a bookstore in Paris this week, and I wanted to show you! I would love for you guys to send some pictures of the books you're reading, the drawings you're doing and the crafts you're making while we are away from our classroom.  The more we share and stay engaged with our literacy and arts skills, the more we'll have to talk about and celebrate when we are together again.

    Please check out the Exchange page and e-mail me a picture if you'd like to share something so that we can all appreciate your reading recommendations and/or creativity! 

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  • Outside My Window Exhibition at The Hudson River Museum

    Posted by ALEXANDRA CREDENDINO on 4/28/2020 9:00:00 AM

    Outside My Window Exhibition at The Hudson River Museum

    Our district has been invited to make submissions to The Hudson River Museum's Outside My Window Virtual Community Exhibition! Here's what they said:

    "We invite your teachers and students to share their new world with us—what each child or adult can see outside their window, or on their walk—virtually! Have them make a picture—a photograph, a sketch, a drawing, a painting—or write a short poem or prose piece.

    Ultimately, a selection of their creations will form a community exhibition of images and words that will chronicle the historic time we are living in and spark a conversation about our unique perspectives on life spent inside the confines of our homes during the pandemic. We recognize that moments can be challenging or uplifting, dark or beautiful. At the same time, they reveal our shared experiences and our common humanity. By sharing, through pictures or words, what we see outside, we communicate what we are feeling inside. That is the power of art."

    If you would like to participate in this exhibit, please e-mail me your writing piece or a picture of your artwork!  

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  • ReadWorks Assignments

    Posted by ALEXANDRA CREDENDINO on 4/24/2020 1:00:00 PM

    ReadWorks

    Even though I am not assigning texts and comprehension questions on ReadWorks every day, there is still a list of assignments organized by class if you enter the ReadWorks Student Portal using the login information provided on your grade level distance learning page.  You can do these assignments instead of the weekly work that I post on Mondays, or you can use them as extra credit/extra practice in addition to your other work.  As long as you are reading, writing, and working on your language skills each day, you're doing a great job--just please remember to e-mail me pictures of your work.  If you complete an article on ReadWorks, I'll see your finished work when I log in.  Remember to use your close reading strategies!  

    Have a great weekend and check back Monday for your next assignment!

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  • First Grade Reading Resource

    Posted by ALEXANDRA CREDENDINO on 4/24/2020 12:00:00 PM

    Story Mentors

    As I continue building my digital library, I will be sharing resources with you that you can use on your own at home to access books, activities and other tools.  I will only post websites and programs that are free, good quality, and easy to use in the hope that you will take advantage of them!  

    Please enjoy the 25 free, clickable e-books available to first grade readers from Story Mentors.  The books are nonfiction texts organized by subject.  They can also be used in conjunction with the Paper & Pencil Projects I shared earlier this week.  Also, keep checking back for new titles in the Digital Library--I've expanded it to include grades K-12 and more will be added every few days. 

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  • Paper & Pencil Projects

    Posted by ALEXANDRA CREDENDINO on 4/22/2020 4:00:00 PM

    Paper & Pencil Projects

    This week I've been working on some fun tutorials for you to try when you're finished with your assignments.  I've posted the first three on the Paper & Pencil Projects page, and I'll be adding seven more in the coming weeks.  You can use books from my Digital Library (which is expanding every day too!) or a story you have at home to create ELA projects using just paper and a pencil (and some extra scraps and supplies you have at home if you want!).  Each tutorial shows you how to create one item that you can reuse with many different stories and which can be recycled when you're done with it.

    Happy reading and crafting!

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