Saturday, August 4, 2018

Hello 1st Grader!
Welcome back to a brand new school year!  I hope your summer break has been
joyful and full of adventures with your family and friends. I can not wait to hear
all about it.   I am so excited to have you as one of my Fantastic First Graders.
We are going to do so many FUN things, and of course we will LEARN a lot.
I can not wait to get to know each of you and learn with you every day!

Want to know a little more about me?  Here are a few of my favorite things.
Color:       Blue and Purple
Food:      Pizza and Ice Cream
Book:       Charlotte’s Web…...I really have so many favorites:)
Drink:      Coffee and water
Hobby:     Reading, walking, watching Bryce and Mallory at their activities,
                             and spending time with family and friends

I am sure you are anxious to go back to school shopping.  I remember those days.
Here is a list of the personal supplies that each of you will need.  
  • #2 pencils (they sharpen the best)
  • Glue sticks (4-5 would be great)
  • A box of crayons (no larger than a 24 pack)
Plastic containers and supply organizers will be provided for you to keep your school tools in.  

Here are a few helpful and useful items that are used everyday by all our class.
 These items are always greatly appreciated as donations to our classroom.
Thank you in advance for any of these items.
*more glue sticks *tissue *Clorox wipes
*Pencil top erasers *plastic spoons *black dry erase markers
As summer wraps up, I have a couple of things I want you to think about
and prepare for our first day together.
  1. Please bring in something that tells about YOU!  Perhaps this is a favorite stuffie,
a souvenir, a picture, or a toy.  The possibilities are endless.
Please be prepared to share why you picked the item that you brought in.
        2.  Bring in your favorite book or a book you are reading.  We will do a book share.

I am so anxious to meet you and looking forward to this incredible journey called 1st grade.
 Enjoy the rest of your summer vacation!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

I came upon a perfect quote today.  As I read it I had feelings of happiness/joy and sadness all at the same time....
"What makes teaching worth it?  When you get to the end of the year and see how much they've changed and grown.  That makes teaching worth it."  
That and so much more....the daily stories, hugs, laughs, challenges, and memories. 
I have truly enjoyed my fantastic first graders (soon to be super second graders) and I wish you all a fun summer. 

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Some very important dates
*May 31st Wiswell Farm
  • June 5th Field trip to Moose Point

Items students will need for the field trip:

- Bag lunch with plenty of water
- Sunscreen/bug spray
- Change of clothes (in case we get wet)
- boots/sneakers/water shoes that can get wet
- sweatshirt or coat (we are on the coast where it can be breezy)
- shovel/bucket (if you have one to explore the tidal pools)

* We are only taking two buses for all the students.
We will fill the buses, so parents will be asked to carpool.
 The park has asked for us to do this because of limited parking spaces.

  • June 8th concert at 1:00
  • June 14th field day
  • June 15th last day of school & early release at 12:00

Thursday, May 10, 2018

We are raising Painted Lady Butterflies.  We will be observing their life cycle
 and watching them grow.  These caterpillars will grow 10 times their
 size, and they will shed their skin 5 times before they become a chrysalis.
 After 7 to 10 days as a chrysalis.....we will have butterflies.
 We will wait and observe them for 2 days and release
 them outside into the world!

Monday, April 30, 2018

There is a very important form all about our
Moose Point field trip going home today.
 Please check folders.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

  May in Grade One
It is hard to believe that we have already entered the month of May.  
As the saying goes…..“time flies when you are having fun.”

Important Dates
May 25th Inservice day
May 28th Memorial Day

As we read and work on comprehension we will also focus on making predictions,
sequence of events, and summarizing.  Keep reading daily.

We are now working on narrative writing.  The children are writing realistic fiction.
 They are fiction writers that will call upon their pretending skills
to invent characters and small adventures. They need to realize that
realistic fiction is something that could happen but has not really happened…..not fantasy.

Animal Trait Inheritance and Variation is our new topic.  
Students will be comparing and matching baby offspring to the parent(s).  
There will be lots of discussions about traits and characteristics.
Once this unit is complete we will be moving into plant science.  

We will be wrapping up our unit in Go Math on two-digit addition and subtraction.
 The students did very well with these new skill and new math curriculum.
We will begin piloting Envision math and our topic will be place value.

As always if you have any questions or concerns please never hesitate to contact me.