I began teaching first grade in East Helena in the fall of 2014. Before that, I taught 2nd grade for two years in Safford, Arizona. In 2012, I graduated in elementary and special education from the University of Montana (Go Griz!) and completed my student teaching in Helena at the first grade and preschool levels. In 2017, I earned a master's degree in education with a specialization in teacher leadership and in 2018 I became Nationally Board Certified! I renewed my National Board Certification in 2022 and am looking forward to furthering my education in the near future. 
    Email: ssandau@ehps.k12.mt.us 
    I send a newsletter home every Monday! This newsletter includes upcoming dates for classroom and school events. It also lists our math and reading focuses. The weekly sight words, spelling words, and amazing words (vocabulary) are included in the newsletter. On the back of the spelling list and pictured below, there is a great resource on fun ways to practice spelling words! If your child needs extra practice of spelling, sight, or amazing words at home, these ideas could be perfect!
    How to make spelling fun  

    Approximately 10-15 minutes a night, no weekends! Each child has a R.E.D (Read Every Day) folder/log. These logs are a tool for both teachers and families. Research tells us that parents’ reading with their children at home is one of the most significant factors in children becoming fluent readers.


    I know that by working together we can help your child succeed!

    The reading log will be sent home Monday night with flashcards, a foldable decodable story, and two printed stories in the little brown pocket. After you have completed each activity (one per night), fill in, date, and initial in the appropriate box. Then, return the reading log Friday morning. You can keep all of the activities.

     I will award stickers and a small candy on Fridays for completing reading log homework!