Out of the Mouths – or From the Hands – of Babes…

More important than a pot of gold…

St. Patrick’s Day provided the opportunity for some creative writing assignments and the results were so special I had to share.

Students were asked to identify someone (or, in a few cases, some thing) that was more important to them than a pot of gold, and identify three Here are some of their responses…

My mom is more important to me than gold. She takes care of me. She makes hot chocolate. She loves me. (Finn)

My brother is more important to me than gold. He is always nice to me. He plays with me. He makes me feel loved. (Molly)

My brother is more important to me than gold. He plays with me a lot. He helps me. He talks with me. (Sylas)

Natalia is more important to me than gold. She takes care of me. She plays on the monkey bars with me. (Noelle)

My blankie is more important to me than gold. I had it since I was a baby. I bring it places. It give me all its love. (Morgan)

Mr. Heiney is more important to me than gold. He is my teacher. He teaches me math. He makes everybody smart. (Liam)

Emma and Hannah are more important to me than gold. They are my best friends. They are funny. They make me happy. (Thea)

Mrs. Nadu is more important to me than gold. She gives me hugs. She loves me. She helps me. A pot of gold can’t do that. (Cheyanne)

Dad is more important to me than gold. He loeves me. He tucks me in. He plays games with me. (Keeley)

My cousin Mason is more important to me than gold. He plays with me. He goes to the pool with me. (Carter)

Another assignment was to Make a Wish. Students were asked to make a wish for their family, a wish for the world, a wish for a friend, and a wish for themselves. Here are some of their wishes…

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A wish for my family: to not have a fight with my brother. A wish for the world: that everyone is quiet and has a good home. A wish for a friend: that they could be my friend forever. A wish for myself: that I look good. (Thea)

A wish for my family: the whole house to be clean! A wish for the world: no fighting! A wish for a friend: for Morgan to have a unicorn. A wish for myself: for me to have a unicorn! (Cheyanne)

A wish for the world: I wish that the world could be nicer. (Finn)

A wish for the world: that nobody was mean. (James)

A wish for the world: to be nice to each other. A wish for myself: to be in school forever. (Lilah)

A wish for the world: for the world to love me. (Emma)

A wish for the world: to be full of chocolate. A wish for a friend: that they can have chocolate. (Mason)

A wish for the world: for the world to not be homeless. A wish for a friend: to be friends with Morgan forever. (Keeley)

A wish for the world: no more fighting. (Carter)

A wish for my family: that my family is healthy. A wish for the world: no more fighting. A wish for myself: that I can get along better with my brother. (Sylas)

A wish for my family: for them to not have to do everything. A wish for the world: for the world to have no more homeless. A wish for a friend: for my dad to have time to sleep. (Logan)

A wish for my family: I wish that my family is lucky. A wish for the world: that noone gets hurt. (Aidan)

A wish for my family: to have 1,000 puppies. A wish for the world: that people don’t get hurt. A wish for a friend: for Morgan and Molly to be my friends. (Landon)

If only the world would stop and listen to a child…

On the Hunt for Community Helpers

On the hunt for Community Helpers

We are looking for some community helpers – do you know someone who could come in to talk to us about their job as a community helper?  Maybe it’s you! A mail carrier, nurse, dentist, doctor, weatherman, construction worker, chef  etc…  I know 52 first graders who would love to hear about all of the people who help us in and around Millersville.  Please contact me (jeffrey.heiney@pennmanor.net) if you can give us a lead!  I will provide you with questions in advance to help prepare you for your “presentation.” Thank you!

100th Day is on its Way!

Celebrating 100 days of school!

Hello everyone!  Would you please consider joining us for our 100th Day Celebration on Friday, February 1st?  We have an afternoon of first grade fun planned for everyone, so we would love to have you here to help us out.  If you are unable to join us in person, would you consider donating supplies for the festivities?  Thanks so much!

Please note that all volunteers MUST have their clearances on file with the district.  The date for the 100th Day Celebration will remain the same, regardless of whether or not there is a snow day between now and February 1st.

Please follow the link below to sign-up for our celebration.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e44a8a72ea3ff2-100th

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 jeffrey.heiney@pennmanor.net.

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:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E44A8A72EA3FF2-first3

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:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e44a8a72ea3ff2-johnny