Weekly News October 5-9
Sunday October 04th 2015, 9:16 pm
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Welcome to October! Can you believe it’s here already? This week is National Fire Safety week and we will be discussing different elements of Fire Safety this week. Students brought home letters containing information about how to access RAZ-Kids online at home. This allows students to read/listen to stories and then take a quiz to test their comprehension. Please consider allowing students to do this to strengthen their reading skills. :)

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Reminders & News:

  • There is a PTO Meeting on Monday, October 5 at 3:45.
  • Our next Spelling Test is Thursday, October 8. Please help your child study their words each night.
  • District Wide Pink Out on October 9! Wear your Penn Manor Pink Out shirt or just wear pink!
  • There is no school on October 12 for Columbus Day
  • Please empty your child’s blue home folder each night, this will help them to stay organized.
  • When they bring home their yellow reading folder, please leave all papers in the pockets, they will be completed during their guided reading rotations. They should take their book/books out to read at home, these count as their minutes on their reading calendars!

Upcoming News & Events

  • No school Friday, October 23!

Can you help?

With the cooler weather comes more sneezes and coughs. We are looking for some donations of tissues, hand sanitizer, and anti-bacterial soap for our class. We appreciate any help in keeping our classroom as germ free as possible. :) Thank you for your consideration!

Mystery Readers
Sunday September 27th 2015, 10:42 pm
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Calling All Mystery Readers!


I would like to invite any parents, older siblings, grandparents, relatives, or other special people to surprise your child by being a “Mystery Reader” this year in our classroom. Students LOVE having their family, friends, and relatives, visit our classroom to share in our learning by reading a favorite story aloud to our class. Mystery Readers will visit us Fridays at 3:00 PM each week. Readers are asked to bring a book to read or read a teacher chosen book from our classroom library.

If you can find a date that works for you, please sign up to be a Mystery Reader for the 2015-2016 school year! There are many open dates to choose from throughout the year. If none of the dates/times listed work for you please let me know and I will try my very best to fit you into our schedule.

Included with this post is a list of dates that are available. Please indicate at least three dates (if possible) that will work for you so that I can accommodate the most people. You can either email me your preferred dates or send your top three choices in a “top secret” envelope to school with your child. I will get back to you as soon as I can to confirm your official Mystery Reader date.

Remember, you are a mystery to the class, so try not to tell your child when you will be coming! Please drop me a “secret” note or email if you have any further questions. We can’t wait to meet our 2015-2016 Mystery Readers!


Mrs. Saxton

Mystery Readers will visit our classroom on Fridays at 3:00 PM, some Fridays are not available due to early dismissals, and some THURSDAYS are available during some of the weeks we do not have school on Friday. I will send a reminder to you during the week of your chosen date, asking you to write five facts about yourself that will be used as clues for the students to help them guess who will be reading to the class.


Available dates for the 2015-2016 school year:


Friday, November 20        Thursday, February 11         Friday, April 29

Friday, December 4          Thursday, February 25       Friday, May 6

Friday, December 11          Friday, March 4               Friday, May 20

Friday, December 18         Friday, March 11               Friday, May 27

Friday, January 8             Thursday, March 17           Friday, June 3

Friday, January 14            Friday, April 1

Thursday, January 28        Thursday, April 7

Friday, February 5            Friday, April 15

Weekly News September 28 – October 2
Sunday September 27th 2015, 8:36 pm
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Reminders and News:

  • Our next Spelling Test is Wednesday, September 30. Please help your child study their words each night.
  • Reading calendars will be coming home this week in your child’s yellow reading folder. Please be sure to sign this and the behavior calendar in their blue folder each night.

Upcoming News and Events:

  • District Wide Pink Out on October 9! Wear your Penn Manor Pink Out shirt or just wear pink!
  • There is no school on October 12 for Columbus Day
  • There is no school on October 23 for teacher in-service.

Apple Day
Friday September 25th 2015, 7:38 am
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Johnny Appleseed’s birthday is on Saturday. To honor him, we will be celebrating Apple Day on Monday, September 28. We are looking for some donations of apples. If you can share with the class, please comment below so we can keep track of the types of apples coming in. I would love to have about 6 apples in each type of apple for taste testing. MacIntosh, Red Delicious, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, etc. :)



Thank you so much!

Book Orders
Wednesday September 23rd 2015, 8:23 pm
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I will be placing the book order at the end of the day tomorrow. There’s still time to order if you are interested. :) If you want to order online, our classroom code is HC3B3. 

Tuesday September 22nd 2015, 3:38 pm
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Don’t forget, tomorrow is picture day! Some of you have already paid online, please be sure to send in any money and forms with your child if you did not order online and would like to purchase your child’s pictures.

Students need to return their library books tomorrow.

Students have started bringing home their yellow reading folder. Starting next week, they will have a calendar in the back that needs to be signed each night that they read to you. Please fill in the number of minutes they read and then initial or sign it. Students are required to to read 4 nights a week for 10 minutes a night. I will collect these calendars at the end of each month. If students complete their homework they will receive a Book-It slip.

Book Orders are due by Thursday.

I will not be in school on Friday, I will be at a Science curriculum meeting for the school district. Please remind your students of expected behaviors so they can have a successful day with the substitute. :)


Thank you!

Tuesday September 15th 2015, 9:48 am
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Thursday is Meet the Teacher Night! Please drop in any time between 4:30-6:30. I look forward to meeting all of you. Bring your child to show you around the building and the classroom.


Friday is a 1:30 Dismissal.

Book Orders are due next Thursday, September 24. Remember you can order online or send in a check attached to your order for me to mail in.

Weekly News September 14-18
Friday September 11th 2015, 3:17 pm
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Wow! Can you believe it’s been 3 weeks in first grade already?! We are working hard and learning a lot. Many students are still adjusting to the differences between kindergarten and first grade. Don’t be alarmed if your child comes home tired and needs to nap!  They may need a 15 minute power nap to be able to make it to bedtime!  This is normal and is a common question parents ask me at the beginning of the year.

Here are a few tips.

  • Help your child get back into the routine by moving the bedtime earlier each night.
  • Get back into the reading routine! (The reading calendar to track reading homework will not come home until September.)
  • Help them to be prepared for school before bed each night, with the backpack ready and sitting by the door.
  • To make it easier for you, I recommend putting 4 or 5 days of dry, nutritious snacks in their backpacks on Sunday.
  • If your child is having trouble separating from you, send a picture of you with your child. They may keep it in their desks to look at whenever they need to feel your love!


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Reminders and News:

  • Our first Spelling Test is Monday, September 14. Please help your child study their words each night.
  • Thursday, September 17 is Meet the Teacher Night from 4:30-6:30. (Stop in anytime between 4:30-6:30 to see our classroom. I’m looking forward to meeting you!) The PTO meeting will be held during the Open House time.
  • 1:30 Dismissal on Friday, September 18.

 Upcoming News and Events:

  • Book Orders are due Thursday, September 24
  • Picture Day is on Wednesday, September 23. More information and forms will be coming home shortly.

A few things…
Thursday September 10th 2015, 2:53 pm
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  • Students will be bringing home a paper marked with E/C on it. It stands for Extra Credit. I like to give students the opportunity to go above and beyond at home if they choose. This is NOT mandatory, but if students complete the E/C they may return it tomorrow and know what happens next! :)


  • We are looking for some donations of hand sanitizer. If you would like to send any in, it would be greatly appreciated!


  • Please be sure that your child is wearing sneakers on gym days. It is often unsafe for them to participate in the activities if they are not wearing the appropriate shoes.


Thank you for all that you have done to help start this school year!

Weekly News September 8-11
Thursday September 03rd 2015, 6:36 pm
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I hope you are all ready to enjoy your long holiday weekend. The class is definitely ready for a short break, they’ve been working so hard this week.


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Reminders & News:

  • Mrs. Jeffers is aide in our room this year. She will be assisting me in the classroom. Here is a little bit about her:

Hi! I’m Mrs. Jeffers and I will be assisting Mrs. Saxton this year in first grade. I have worked in the school system for the past 11 years, but am new to Penn Manor (with the exception of attending here)!
I have a daughter, Lily, and a son, Connor. As a family we like to go camping in our camper and go to Sweet Frog! I enjoy cooking, scrapbooking, and traveling. Some of my favorite places include the beach, Africa, England, and Germany! I am excited to be working with your child’s class and I can’t wait to see what great experiences lie ahead!

  • Our first Spelling Test is Monday, September 14. Please help your child study their words each night.
  • Friday is the Kickoff Classic from 5-6 PM at Comet Field
  • A book order is coming home today it is due Thursday, September 24
  • Just a reminder that milk costs $0.60 and snacks are now $0.75.

Looking Ahead:

  • Meet the Teacher Night is Thursday, September 17 from 4-6:30. It is a drop in and visit evening and I look forward to meeting everyone!
  • 1:30 Dismissal on Friday, September 18.
  • Picture Day is on Wednesday, September 23. More information and forms will be coming home shortly.