Nadine MendezHeifert, M. Ed., NBCT

Nadine Mendez-Heifert, M. Ed., NBCT


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Grade: First Grade
Room: 112

Nadine.Mendezheifert@gilbertschools.net


Welcome! 

First Grade takes over where Kindergarten left off. We build upon the skills we learned in Kindergarten and we enhance those skills so that not only are we able to do them independently, we are also able to apply them fluently without having to stop to figure things out. By the end of the school year, you will notice a significant difference in how we gain information and use it to express our thoughts and ideas. This is going to be GREAT!

Our classroom is a very fun place to be -- we love to sing and dance as we learn to seamlessly apply our reading and math skills.  We're excited to get better at writing down our thoughts, feelings, and ideas - so that anyone can read them without needing any help to do so.

About Me

I grew up in Bethlehem, PA and began teaching in 1990. My husband and I moved to Arizona in 2001 for the many beautiful sunny days and we don't miss shoveling snow at all!

I've taught in many different settings and each of those experiences has helped me grow and develop my craft. I've taught all grades from Pre-K through 5th, and I discovered that I am truly "at home" with First Grade.  I am an Early Childhood Specialist by training, and I am a National Board Certified Teacher in the area of English as a New Language, Early & Middle Childhood. I'm excited to have been given the opportunity to return to the Harris School Community this year, and I am looking forward to being with you for many years to come!



Our Daily Schedule

As you can see from the grid below, our day is very very full. It's important to arrive at school on time every day and to be ready to learn. We begin academics within 15 minutes of arriving and we have English/Language Arts and Mathematics during the majority of our day. Formal and informal assessments of your child's academic progress toward end-of-year standards happen frequently all throughout the day, every day, so each day is an important one!

You are welcome to join your child for lunch from 12:45-1:05 - during their time in the cafeteria. Although it is fun to surprise our children with a visit at lunch time, we do ask that you do us the courtesy of letting us know to expect you. You can easily do this through a note in your child's agenda, a message on the Remind App (be sure you are in this year's group) or a voice mail. Your visit can still be a fun surprise for your child. We are a closed campus, so letting us know ahead helps us all. 


Please see the materials you received from me at Meet the Teacher Night and Curriculum Night for more information.

Monday Tuesday
 Wednesday Thursday
 Friday
 8:30
School Begins
 8:30
School Begins
8:30
School Begins
 
8:30
School Begins
 
 8:30
School Begins
 8:35-8:45 
Breakfast
  8:35-8:45 
Breakfast
  8:35-8:45 
Breakfast
 8:35-8:45 
Breakfast 
  8:35-8:45 
Breakfast
8:45 - 9:35
Reading & Writing

 8:45 - 9:35
Reading & Writing
  8:45 - 9:25
Reading & Writing
8:45 - 9:35
Reading & Writing
 
8:45 - 9:35
Reading & Writing
 
9:35-10:20
Small Group Reading Instruction
&
Independent
Learning Stations

 9:35-10:20
Small Group Reading Instruction
&
Independent
Learning Stations
  9:25-10:15
Small Group Reading Instruction
&
Independent
Learning Stations
 9:35-10:20
Small Group Reading Instruction
&
Independent
Learning Stations
 9:35-10:20
Small Group Reading Instruction
&
Independent
Learning Stations
 10:20-10:35
Recess
  10:20-10:35
Recess
10:15-10:45
Hawk Reading
Intervention & Enrichment
 
  10:20-10:35
Recess
 10:20-10:35
Recess
 
 10:35-11:05
Hawk Reading
Intervention & Enrichment
  10:35-11:05
Hawk Reading
Intervention & Enrichment
 10:45 - 11:20
Fundations
Phonics
  10:35-11:05
Hawk Reading
Intervention & Enrichment
 10:35-11:05
Hawk Reading
Intervention & Enrichment
 
 11:05 - 11:45
Fundations
Phonics
 11:05 - 11:45
Fundations
Phonics
 11:20-11:35
Recess
11:05 - 11:45
Fundations
Phonics
 
 11:05 - 11:45
Fundations
Phonics
 11:45 - 12:45
Math
 11:45 - 12:45
Math
 
11:35 - 12:25
Math

 11:45 - 12:45
Math
 
 11:45 - 12:45
Math 
 12:45 - 1:05
Lunch (Cafeteria)
 12:45 - 1:05
Lunch (Cafeteria)
 12:25-12:45
Science / Social Studies
 12:45 - 1:05
Lunch (Cafeteria)
12:45 - 1:05
Lunch (Cafeteria)

1:05-1:25
Recess

 1:05-1:25
Recess
12:45 - 1:05
Lunch (Cafeteria)
1:05-1:25
Recess
 
 1:05-1:25
Recess
 1:25-2:05
Hawk Math
Intervention & Enrichment
  1:25-2:05
Hawk Math
Intervention & Enrichment
1:05-1:25
Recess

  1:25-2:05
Hawk Math
Intervention & Enrichment
 1:25-2:05
Hawk Math
Intervention & Enrichment 
 2:05-2:45
PE (Wear Sneakers)
 2:05-2:45
Library
 1:25-2:00
Hawk Math
Intervention & Enrichment
 2:05-2:45
A Week Art
B Week Computers
2:05-2:45
Music

 2:45 - 2:55
Math Daily Routines
2:45 - 2:55
Math Daily Routines
 
2:00 - 2:20
Flex Special
2:45 - 2:55
Math Daily Routines
 
2:45 - 2:55
Math Daily Routines
 
 2:55-3:20
Science / Social Studies
 2:55-3:25
Science / Social Studies
  2:20 - 2:25
Move to Dismissal Spots
2:55-3:25
Science / Social Studies
 
2:55-3:25
Science / Social Studies
 
 3:20 - 3:25
Move to Dismissal Spots
 3:20 - 3:25
Move to Dismissal Spots
   3:20 - 3:25
Move to Dismissal Spots
 3:20 - 3:25
Move to Dismissal Spots


Please check the calendar for more information about special days and Wednesday Flex Specials. We use your child's agenda every day to share information and messages are sent multiple times each week through our Remind Class.

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