First Grade Team

 Amy Fairley

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Amy Fairley

My name is Amy Fairley and I am so excited to be your 1st grade teacher!  This is my second year in the Shoreline School District and my first year at Parkwood.  I taught Kindergarten last year at North City.

I have been teaching for 19 years (most of it in 1st grade because it is my favorite).  When I'm not in the classroom I enjoy baking, gardening, and reading books. My passions are teaching science and reading.  I am married with two children (one is 9 and one is 13).   I am so excited to share my love of reading and my favorite books with you.  We are going to have an amazing year together!

I know that you have many questions about this year.  I will partner with you to make your child's year wonderful!  I look forward to getting to know you, your child, your special circumstances, and how we can best work together as a team.  I encourage you to email me directly if you ever need to.  You can write to me at amy.fairley@shorelineschools.org. We are all in this together. 

 Victoria Hayashi

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Victoria Hayashi

My name is Victoria Hayashi and I am your 1st grade teacher.  Even though we are starting remotely and won't get to see each other face-to-face, we are going to have an amazing year trying new things, getting to know each other, building a super classroom community, and becoming lifelong learners!

This is my 2nd year teaching at Parkwood but it is my 10th year teaching overall.  Last year I taught 3rd grade and I am so excited to teach 1st grade this year.  In my 10 years of teaching I have taught 1st, 3rd, and 4th grade in the Bay Area of California, on Bainbridge Island, Washington, and now here in Shoreline.  I enjoy quilting, exercising, watching movies, and spending time traveling with my family.  What I enjoy most of all is working with students like you!  My superpower is to help students become super 1st grade learners that are Respectful, Responsible, Safe, and Kind!

 Bethany Ibach

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Bethany Ibach

My name is Bethany Ibach, and I am so excited that you are in my class this year!  Even though we are starting remotely, I am really excited to try new things and learn with you as we explore the world of first grade together through interactive on-line learning.  Our class blends with Miss Kim’s students.  You are a part of a unique Blending program at Parkwood where you will create friendship bonds with students in both classes that will last a lifetime.  You will learn more about our Blending program as the year progresses.  

I graduated from Western Washington University in Bellingham (Go Vikings!).  I spent my first couple years of teaching substituting in the Lake Washington, Issaquah, Edmonds, and Shoreline School District.  I was really lucky to be hired as a first grade teacher in the Blended program and have stayed in this position for 16 years.  I love first grade, I love the Blended program, and I know that you will too! I have three kids Brayden-13, Kaitlyn-10, and Ben 6.  I also have two very funny dogs, Bella and Jack.  I love spending time with my family and friends, learning new things, camping, and reading.  I can’t wait to meet you.  This really is going to be a GREAT year!

 Gina Rohrbach

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Gina Rohrbach

My name is Gina Rohrbach and I am excited to be your teacher! We are going to have a great year and I am so excited to try new things, get to know you, build a strong classroom community and learn together. 
 
This is my fourth year of teaching and I have been so lucky to have taught at Parkwood for all of these years. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Social and Cultural Communication and a Masters Degree in Teaching from the University of Washington. Before teaching first grade, I had experience in kindergarten through fourth grade classrooms in different elementary schools spanning from south to north Seattle. I enjoy hiking, spending time with my family and painting. I love teaching at Parkwood because of our wonderful community and amazing students!


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    We are excited for the many great learning experiences we have in 1st grade! An important characteristic of 1st grade is the integration of skills and knowledge across different subjects; this enhances student learning and helps children see the connection between various subjects. Our goal is to foster a love of learning in all our first grade students.

    In first grade we follow the Common Core State Standards, however we have specifically targeted some skills that are more critical for math success for this year and the years beyond. Please help us help your student by ensuring that they are experts in the standards below.

    1st Grade Math Essential Standards

    1. I can use strategies to solve addition and subtraction word problems.  For example, use cubes or draw a picture to solve a word Problem.
    2. I can add and subtract within 20.  For example, 6+8=____ or 14-6=____.
    3. I know what an equal sign means.  I can tell if addition and subtraction equations are true or false. For example, 9=5+4 is a true equation, but 4+5=10 is false.
    4. I can count to 120.  I can read and write numbers to 120.
    5. I can tell how many tens and how many ones are in a number. For example, the number 43 has 4 tens and 3 ones.
    6. I can use tools and pictures to help me solve problems within 100.
    7. I can use math strategies to help me solve problems within 100.  For example, Ahmed had 24 Legos. Then he got 10 more. How many Legos does Ahmed have?
    8. I can divide shapes into parts.  For example, a pizza can be divided into fourths by creating four equal pieces.

    Bridges in Mathmatics is our math curriculum. It is aligned with the Common Core State Standards.

    Our math curriculum includes geometry and graphing, a focus on patterns, as well as connections to real life math experiences. We emphasize problem-solving strategies, which prepare students to solve higher level thinking problems.

    Reading/Writing:

    Part of our English Language Arts mission in first grade is to support students in becoming independent readers who apply decoding strategies to sound-out unknown words. We also teach students to apply comprehension strategies to understand and enjoy what they read! We work together in class to give students the tools they need to become better readers. For reading comprehension, we do extensive work with the concept of story retell. This includes understanding the parts of a story, such as character, setting, problem, and solution. Other strategies we focus on are building background knowledge, making connections, questioning, visualizing, inferring (a tricky one!), determining important information, and synthesizing (putting it all together!).

    Wonders is the main reading resource we use to support this work. It is aligned with the Common Core State Standards for Language Arts.

    Writing

    There are multiple writing Common Core State Standards for first grade.  While all of them are important, the standards below are absolutely critical to a Parkwood first grader’s writing success this year and beyond.  Please help us support your child by ensuring they are experts in the standards below.


    1st Grade Writing Essential Standards

    1. I can write opinion text using my opinion, reasons, and closure.
    2. I can write informative text with a topic, facts, and closure.
    3. I can write narrative text with sequenced events, details, transition words, and closure.
    4. I can gather and remember information to help me write.
    5. I can use correct capitalization, punctuation, and spelling that make sense when I write.

    Additional foci in writing are:

    • writing conventions (capital letters, punctuation)
    • different forms of writing (report, narrative, recount...)
    • varied purpose (to describe, imagine, learn...)
    • varied audience (for self, teacher, friend, parent...)

    First graders will explore scientific concepts with a variety of hands-on activities and experiments. In these activities, we lead students to grasp new knowledge and come to conclusions through the use of the scientific method. The main resource we use to support our science curriculum in first grade is called Carolina Science.

    Our three units of study are

    • Organisms
    • Weather
    • Solids & Liquids

    Our Social Studies curriculum is called TCI Social Studies Alive:  My School and Family. This curriculum combines strong content and interactive classroom experiences.

    We have regular classroom meetings featuring routines and themes taken from the Second Step curriculum. These meetings serve as a supportive and safe place for our students to learn new social and emotional learning strategies and to ask for help in solving problems. Students will also be presented with school-wide monthly traits with assigned ASL signs and visual posters.

    Second steps includes a variety of lessons that help foster social and emotional learning. Some of the concepts include, compassion, empathy, friendship, kindness, self-control, community, and to be an individual who is aware of themselves and those around them.