Athlos Leadership Academy

Ms. Sara Gray DeSmidt » Bio


I am excited to welcome you to the 2023-2024 school year! I’m  looking forward to having your child as a student in 1st grade. This year, students will be learning deeply across all subjects through a variety of interactive and engaging activitiesIn order to have a successful year, my most important goal is to create a community of learners in our classroom. I want your child to feel valued at school every single day.


I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with my degree in Elementary Education and I have been teaching for 35 years. This is my first year at Athlos Leadership Academy, and I am so excited to get to know each student and their families.


I welcome and value parent communication throughout the the year. Please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns you may have.


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Phone: (763) 777-8942 ext. 8809





Lunch at the Community Park

Tomorrow, Thursday, May 30th, we will be having lunch at the park. Please have your First Grader wear comfortable shoes and bring a water bottle. A bag lunch will be provided.
Thank you

Grade 1 Field Day Rescheduled

Field Day for First Grade has been rescheduled for Thursday, May 23rd from 9:25 to 10:40. Please have your child wear comfortable shoes and bring a water bottle. Hopefully the field will be dry enough to have fun Field Day activities!
Thank you,
Sara Gray

Grade 1 Field Day

Field Day for First Grade is Monday, May 20th from 1:15 to 2:15. Please have your child wear comfortable shoes and bring a water bottle.
Thank you,
Sara Gray

Mrs. Gray's Grade 1 Box City

We will be creating our own Box City as a class!

Please have your First Grader bring in one box the size of a shoe box or a cereal box.

Each student will select the building they want to design and create for the city. They will create a blueprint, and then apply their knowledge of 2D and 3D shapes, and measurement, addition, and subtraction skills to create their building.

Thank you,

Mrs. Gray


Additional Field Trip Information

Yesterday, a field trip permission slip was sent home and I wanted to reach out and give you some additional information:

All students must have a permission slip turned in to go to the zoo with us.  Please pay for the trip on the school portal as no cash will be taken.  If you have trouble or need help, please contact Christina Ferguson at the front desk and she can walk you through it. 

If you would like to be a chaperone, mark the spot on the slip.  Expectations of a chaperone:

Chaperones will complete a background check.  

Chaperones will help with all students, not just your own. 

Chaperones will drive to the zoo on their own and meet us there. 

Chaperones may not bring other family members along. 

Chaperones may not take their child home from the zoo.  All children need to ride the bus home.   

If you check the chaperone on the slip, a background check will be sent home with your child and I will be in touch with you.  

If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. 

Thank you, 

Sara Gray

Look at the Week October 23rd

Look at the Week October 23rd

Hello First Grade Families!

Math: This week we will begin unit 3 in math. We will be working on number partners.

LA: We will begin unit three in our Benchmark Reading Curriculum and we will learn about being responsible citizens. We will work on the main idea of nonfiction text, and we will be continue working on end punctuation, when to use capital letters, and creating complete sentences.   

Homework: Week 8’s Homework Packet was sent home Monday, October 23 and should be completed and returned on Friday, October 27. Please practice reading with your First Grader every night for 15-20 minutes. I have put several appropriately levelled readers in each student’s Take Home Folder.

Please have your student read online on their RazKids account.

To use student account login to:

Teacher: sdesmidt

Click their name

Student passwords are their student ID/lunch number.

Social Studies: This week we will begin our social studies unit and we will learn about the rights and responsibilities of citizens.


We go outside for recess twice daily, please make sure your child is dressed for the weather.

Up Coming Events:

Oct. 27 Super Hero Day-Free dress day for all students

Oct. 30 Book Fair-students may bring money to purchase books.

Nov. 2 Picture Retake Day

Nov. 9 – 10 Parent teacher conferences-Schedule your conference today

Parent/Teacher conferences Thu. 11/9 (3:45pm - 6:45pm) and Fri. 11/10 (7:15am - 12:45pm).

Sara Gray

First Grade Teacher

Room 228

[email protected]

Book Fair Fall 2023

Our day and time slot for the Book Fair is Monday, October 30th from 8:30-9:00am. Flyers were sent home with your child so you and your 1st Grader can begin looking at some of the book choices. If you would like your child to purchase books, please send money with your child, and I will help keep track of money, and money spent.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Thank you,
Sara Gray
Grade 1
Room 228