Author Archives: appelc

Good Afternoon Families

 It was so nice being able to connect via phone with a lot of you over the past few days.  Miss Riley and I called all our families to check in and give some updates to you.  If we did not get a hold of you, then I probably left a voicemail, and you can gladly email me if you want us to try calling you again tomorrow.  I am going to post some highlights down below if you need help…

**Starting on Monday afternoon the district will have Optional learning activities for students to access by grade level on the Penn Manor district homepage, which is There will be a first grade folder with some optional activities that first grade teachers across the district have gathered for your child to do at home for seven days.  Please know they are fun review concepts for reading, writing, math, and content areas and feel free to send a picture of your child work. (If you have questions once posted on Monday, please let us know)

**Also we wanted to make sure that you are signed up for the Hambright Blog as that will be the primary means of communication for the Hambright school.  (If you need to subscribe for notifications, go to the Penn Manor website, select school on the top right and choose Hambright, under the parent tab there is a subscribe to blog link.    

**Report cards: On the Hambright blog, they have posted reminders for parents to obtain a Sapphire account so they can review student grades, attendance, etc. We will be distributing our third marking period report cards for grades 1-6 through the parent portal. Simply click here and follow the directions to obtain this account. If you have already done so, then great.  Next week you should be able to view your child’s report card on Sapphire;  information will be posted on the school blog when available.

**Last but not least, I appreciate your flexibility and support as we are working from home to help your child.  We do not know what the future holds but we want to be here to help.  I hope you have all received an invite to the Class Tag parent/teacher communication app.  This is new for me but I have heard good things and would like to be able to try a quick source/connection with all of you.  So you can just click on the link in your email invite and get added to our Class Tag.  There is an easy and free app on your phone too.  So I will be using it like our class blog communication as in posting announcements, newsletter/reminders, and feel free to message us directly through the app.  The Class Tag is only set up for our class to view and participate.  Miss Riley will be responding and posting throughout the next few days as well.

We miss you and we truly miss our classroom family. Please know that we are thinking of you and hope to see you as soon as possible! – Cristen Appel and Shayla Riley

Springing Ahead into the Week!

Monday 3/9 Day B ART Today we will work on our new spelling and high frequency word list which was sent home Friday. Below are the words for the week…

Spelling Words ( pattern a_e ) : came game gate late lake take day play four place

High Frequency Words: around hears open found might tired near gone

Tuesday 3/10 Day C Phys Ed- Please wear sneakers. I will be out of the building today, but Miss Riley will be out substitute. In science our class will be learning the difference between and creating both solutions and mixtures.

Wednesday 3/11 Day D ART

Thursday 3/12 Day A Library – NO BOOK EXCHANGE today . Today we will begin to explore the concept of regrouping when adding two digit numbers. This is a tough concept and we will be working on it for the next several days. Our spelling test is today.

Friday Day B ART Today we have an early dismissal at 1:30. Please let the office know of any transportation changes. We will take a short science quiz today.

Week at a Glance:

Phonics- Long a using spelling pattern: a ____ e as in safe

Literary Concept- Cause and Effect- Problem and Solution

Math – Adding two digit numbers with and without regrouping

Science – mixtures, solutions, and experimenting with dissolving objects.

Read Across America Week!

  • This is sure to be a fun week in first grade! We are looking forward to having special fun activities each day!
  • Monday Day A Library ( No Book Exchange) “ Be a Who in Whoville!” Crazy hair Day!
  • Tuesday Day B Art “Thing One and Thing Two Twin Day!” Be a twin with someone in the class or wear a red shirt and we can all be twins! I have ‘ Thing” signs for us in the classroom! Spelling Test – long a words
  • Wednesday Day C Phys Ed – Please wear sneakers “Cat in the Hat” Hat Day!
  • Thursday Day D- Music- Fox in Socks Crazy Sock Day!
  • Friday Day A- Library ( Book Exchange)- Green Eggs and Ham, wear green today! We will also have special Dr. Suess stations in the afternoon. If you have your school clearances and would like to help out, please email me asap!
  • Topics at a Glance for the week of 3/2…
  • Phonics/ Spelling- long a words represented with – ay or -ai-
  • Reading Topic- cause and effect, problem and solution
  • Math- adding tens and adding tens and ones EX: 30+40=70, 30+7=37
  • Science – mixtures and solutions, review solids, liquids, and gases

Week of Feb 24

Monday 2.24 Day D – Music Today we began learning about the stages of matter: solids, liquids, and gases. We also studied for our spelling test tomorrow.

Tuesday 2.25 Day A- Book Exchange We have an All School Closing Assembly today. We also will take our spelling test on words with ee and ea.

Wednesday 2.26 Day B Art We will review today for our math test on Chapter 5. This test includes tens and ones, 10 more and 10 less, greater than and less than, and writing numbers to 120. We will also get new spelling words. Please see below.

Spelling : day, say, play, plain, rain, wait, feet, me, door, told

High Frequency Words: cool warm dry place holes four move

Thursday 2.27 Day C Phys. Ed Please wear sneakers. We will have our Chapter 5 math test today.

Friday 2.28 Day D Music We will begin a new chapter in math class… adding tens!

Week of February 18, 2020

Tuesday Day D- Music Today we will begin spelling words with a long e. Our Test will be next Tuesday.

Spelling Words: me see feet seat mean team slow road our over

High Frequency Words: dear door hurry mother should sky told

Wednesday Day A Library- No Book Exchange

Thursday Day B Art- We will have a social skills lesson today from Mr. Schuck.

Friday Day C- Please wear sneakers!

Week at A Glance-

Social Studies- We will be studying Presidents Lincoln and Washington.

Math- We will be counting to, reading, and writing numbers to 120 and identifying the hundreds column.

Reading- We will be discussing author’s purpose and point of view.

Phonics- We will be reading and writing using words with ee and ea.

Valentine Day List

Valentine Day List

If you would like to join in the fun, please send one valentine for each member of our class. We are going to have our celebration on Friday 2/14. Please have cards sent in by Thursday 2/13.





























Please check your child’s folder for math homework tonight!

We are sending home a voluntary kindness activity! Please feel free to complete and return by Friday 2/14 for a special kindness treat!

Week of February 10

Monday – Day C- Gym Class– Please wear sneakers. Today we will bring home new spelling and high frequency words. Our test will be on Friday.

Spelling Words- low slow grow road soap boat little handle carry would

High Frequency Words- mouse our over pretty surprise three

Vocabulary Words- command labor vary bulged jostled argue

Tuesday Day D- Music – Our class is happy to have Mrs. Tuel substituting for Mrs. Brubaker while she is home with her new baby boy!

Wednesday Day A -Library- BOOK EXCHANGE

Thursday Day B – Art- Mr. Schuck will teach a social skills lesson today. Please make sure you bring your class valentine cards in today ! If you need another class list copy, please let me know.

Friday Day C- Phys Ed and VALENTINE’S DAY! We are excited to have a celebration this afternoon!

Spelling Test on words with -oa and –ow

Week Topics at a Glance-

In math we will be comparing numbers, and beginning to use the greater than and less than symbols.

In spelling and phonics this week we are working on the long o sound, such as at the end of a word slow, or in the middle of a word, boat.

In reading, we are studying point of view and author’s purpose.

In science we are examining heat energy and living and non living things.

Looking Ahead: Monday, February 17. No School. Happy President’s Day!