Fun at Run for FUNds!

Eshleman Elementary held its fundraiser on Friday, October 19th – and the key word being FUN!  From a special visit from Cylo, to playing Bean Bag Toe Tag and Rock Paper Scissors (but not as you have ever seen it before!), Mr. Heiney leading the ENTIRE school in the chicken dance, and, of course, running, a fun time was had by all.  

But it’s not over yet – funds can still be donated until November 2nd, so please continue to encourage family and friends to donate funds to the PTO.  Currently, we are in third place behind Mrs. Terry and Mrs. Tran’s classes.  The classroom to raise the most money earns an ice cream party – and who doesn’t love an ice cream party?

First Grade Science Fair Brings Fun and Learning to Eshleman!

On Thursday, October 18th, some of the Elementary Education students from Millersville University brought some fun and hands-on learning activities to the first grade students at Eshleman.  In what has become an annual tradition, our students had the opportunity to move among seven different stations, learning about a variety of topics, including fossils, recycling, solids and liquids, phases of the moon, the water cycle, and building a structure to survive an earthquake.  The students were fully engaged in each of the stations, as the education majors shared their activities with our students.  A special thank you to the MU students and their advisers for such a great morning of fun and learning.  Check out some of the pictures below.

First Grade Family Literacy Night is October 18th

First Grade Family Literacy Night is Thursday, October 18th from 6:00-8:00

It’s not too late to still sign-up for the First Grade Family Literacy Night happening next Thursday, October 18th.  We will start the night off in the cafeteria with some pizza for everyone, so don’t worry about dinner – we’ve got that under control!  

Children (siblings are invited) will remain in the gym for a movie while the parents are invited to join Mrs. Wilson, Mrs. Terry and myself as we provide you with the tools to help provide additional supports for your developing readers at home.  We will include such topics as The Power of Yet, managing homework, and how best to help your child with developing and strengthening their reading and math skills.  Parents who attended last year’s presentation found the information presented to be of value to them as we look to strengthen the bond between home and school.

Please return the response form that was sent home previously, or, if you are unable to find the form but are interested in attending, simply send me an email with the number of adults and the number of children who will be attending.

If you should have any questions, please let me know by sending an email to

First Grade Fall Fest

The First Grade Fall Fest will be Friday, October 26th, 2018 from 1:00-2:30.

Our annual First Grade Fall Fest will be held on Friday, October 26th from 1:00-2:30 in the first grade hallway and outside (weather permitting).  Mrs. Terry and I combine classes for the afternoon.  Students are divided into groups, rotating between a variety of stations, including Fall Bingo, Apple Relay, Pumpkin Bowling and Ring Toss.

We are looking for volunteers to help supervise each of the stations, as well as supplies to be donated to help make this a successful and fun day for the children.  Please note that Penn Manor requires all volunteers to have clearances on file with the district.  If you are interested and able to volunteer, or are willing to donate items, please click on the link below.  We are looking forward to a fun-filled Fall Fest in first grade!

To access the Sign-Up Genius, please lick on the link below:

Pajama Party Friday!

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Pajama Day is Friday, October 12th!

I set a goal, the students worked hard to achieve it, and now they get to experience the reward of hard work and dedication.  In September, I set what I felt was an achievable goal for the first 5-6 weeks of school.  If the students could earn 1,000 ClassDojo points, they could choose a reward for the entire class.  So we sat down and everyone contributed an idea; we brainstormed, so no idea was initially rejected.  After everyone contributed, we talked about those rewards that could be considered, and eliminated those that would cost Mr. Heiney WAY more than his teacher salary could afford.  When the list was narrowed to five, every child was given the opportunity to vote on two of them, with the reward earning the highest number of votes considered to be the winner.  (Voting was done the old fashioned way – heads down, eyes closed and hands up).  

As a result, this Friday – October 12th – is our classroom pajama party.  Students are invited to wear their pajamas to school for the day.  They are allowed to wear slippers if they choose; however, I do ask that they wear sneakers or other acceptable footwear to school to prevent any safety hazards and to also wear on the playground at recess.  

If you should have any questions regarding the pajama party, please don’t hesitate to ask.

It’s Apple Time!

We’ll be doing some fun apple activities (choosing our favorite color apple, making home made applesauce, and celebrating Johnny Appleseed’s birthday) on Wednesday, 9/26.  Would you please consider helping us out by sending in the items listed on the attached link?  All donations should be sent to school no later than Tuesday, September 25th.  Thanks for helping to make our day fun!

Here is the link:

Parents – YOU have homework!

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I had a room full of excited children when I told them that their family now had homework every Friday that we have school.  Starting this weekend, you are now being asked to complete a weekly assignment – writing a letter back to your child.  Every Friday that we have school, your child will be writing a letter home to you.  Initially, we will be writing these letters whole group, so everyone will have the same topic – what we learned this week in first grade.  As the year progresses, however, the letter will become more personal and more individualized, as the students become more comfortable with the writing process.  As the letter home explained, I will be compiling every letter into a journal that your child will take home at the end of the school year.  This will not only serve as evidence of their progress throughout the year, but, more importantly, serve as a reminder of your child’s first grade year.  Please join me in helping to create some special memories for your child.

Coming Up This Week in Room 6…

Monday, September 17th – Day D  Physical Education with Mr. McCabe – remember to wear your sneakers!

Tuesday, September 18th – Day A Music with Miss Brennan

Wednesday, September 19th – Day B Applied Engineering with Mr. Kelley

Lesson Two Spelling Test – click here to see a list of this week’s words

Thursday, September 20th – Day C Art with Miss Fasnacht

Friday, September 21st – Day D Physical Education with Mr. McCabe – remember to wear your sneakers!

Coming up later in September…

Friday, September 28th – Elementary In-Service – No school for students