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Welcome to First Grade!

November 26, 2019 | Becca Brasser

Welcome to the First Grade blog!

This blog, hosted by the teachers of the Sun and Moon first grade classes, will contain information about classroom procedures and parent requirements, updates about what we’ve been working on, and photos of our day-to-day activities. In other posts on this blog, you can find out more about:
Keep in touch!

Every week, parents receive an email newsletter from one of the first grade lead teachers (Ms. Streelman or Ms. Brasser). Within the newsletter is important information about current and upcoming projects and events, as well as links to the first grade blog.

Parents are expected to read weekly newsletters and check the blog at least once each week.

Questions about individual children or other questions that are not answered on the blog may be directed to Ms. Streelman, the lead teacher in the Moon class, or Ms. Brasser, the lead teacher in the Sun class, as appropriate.

Ms. Brasser: [email protected]
Ms. Streelman: [email protected]

Please know that teachers typically do not read or answer emails after 7PM or before 7AM.

Additionally, emails that are sent during the school day might not be seen until after school, as teachers are not often online during the school day (the first grade day is too busy for much “screen time”!)

If you have an emergency need or question during the school day, calling the school office is the best option–they can get a message to a teacher during the school day.

For example, if your child’s dismissal plans change, the teachers will not likely see an email about this during the school day. It would be best to contact the school office in this situation. The main office can be reached at 201-653-5548.

Becca Brasser

Teacher, Grade 1

Becca Brasser has been teaching first grade at Mustard Seed School since 2002. She’s passionate about teaching children to read, write, experiment, and take risks as they explore the world around them. Her own studies (including a Master of Arts degree from New Jersey City University) have given her expertise and experience in the area of literacy education.

Ms. Brasser especially enjoys taking her students on field trips all over the New York Metropolitan area, traveling on foot, subway, bus, commuter train, and ferry. Some favorite trips: the Hudson Hike, the New York Transit Museum, and the Central Park Zoo to study penguins.

Although she lives in the city, Ms. Brasser loves escaping to nature and finding it in her everyday life as well. She loves to explore rivers and lakes, woods and mountains with her husband Matt, their daughter, Annika, and son, Theo.

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