This will be my seventh year teaching. This is my fifth year teaching first-grade in East Helena. 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!  
    Me, James, and Mr. Sandau (Jake)
    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-Thursday night with a reading game, small book, or story sheet in the little brown pocket. After you have played the game or practiced the story, date and initial in the appropriate box. Then put the book or sheet back into the pocket and have it ready to go back to school the next day. Please take good care of the little books. I have limited copies and they are hard to replace.

     I will award stickers for completing reading log homework!

     Reading Log work is reflected on report cards!