100th Day on Monday

100th Day: Since school was closed today we will celebrate our 100th day of school on Monday, February 4th. Please have students bring their collections of 100 items by Monday. We will dress like we are 100 years old on Monday!

Report cards: Report cards will be sent home tomorrow. Please keep the report card itself, but return the signed envelope and comment sheet as soon as possible. Please contact me with any questions! If you would like to know more about how your child is doing in school, please feel free to call or e-mail me! I would be happy to discuss your child’s progress and answer any questions you may have.

Mystery Readers: I have openings for mystery readers! If you or a family member is interested in being a mystery reader please e-mail me to schedule a time.

January 29

Scholastic Book Orders are due on Thursday. You can order online at https://clubs.scholastic.com/home by entering our class code NX4ZH

Friday (2/1) is our 100th day of school! We will be doing several different activities to celebrate our 100th day.

  • Collections: Students may bring in their collection of 100 items any time before Friday.
    • Dressing like we are 100: All of first grade is celebrating our 100th day by dressing like we are 100 years old.

Spelling Words this week- quit, quick, quiz, whiz, which, when, arm, part, house, put

Spelling Test is on Friday!

Report cards are coming home on Friday! Please keep the report card itself, but return the signed envelope and comment sheet as soon as possible. Please contact me with any questions! If you would like to know more about how your child is doing in school, please feel free to call or e-mail me! I would be happy to discuss your child’s progress and answer any questions you may have.

Looking Ahead…

  • *February 1- 100th Day of school (Dress like you are 100)
  • *February 5 – Kindergarten Information Night 7PM at Hambright (Snow Date is Feb. 6)
  • *February 7 – PTO Meeting
  • *February 8 – Freaky Friday (in support of PM High School Musical) Spirit Day (Students dress like teachers, teachers dress like students)
  • *February 13 – Restaurant Night at Friendlys from 5-8 PM
  • *February 14 – Candy Sale starts
  • *February 15 – No School or Weather Make Up Day
  • *February 18 – Presidents’ Day Vacation Day (No School)
  • *February 22 – Kids At Work Day (More info to come!)
  • *March 1 – 1:30 Early Dismissal

We had a lot of fun last week working on the ar sound! We read pirate books, practiced our spelling words with eye patches, and even went on a treasure hunt!

January 3

Spelling:  We got our new spelling words yesterday. We will have our spelling test next Friday. Starting with this test, students will be given a sentence to write. The sentence will had a few spelling words. This will be worth 10 points (1 point for each word spelling correctly, 1 point for the capital, 1 point for the punctuation, and 1 point for spaces between words).

Poetry: We will get a new poem next week!

Reading: Students have been working hard during their reading groups to learn different strategies to figure out unknown words. Our goal for this time of year is for students to use those strategies independently. We are also focusing on reading in short phrases rather than word by word. One way to practice this at home is to have your child go back and reread the page if they get stuck on a word. This will help them remember the world and also hear themselves reading fluently. Please make sure your child is reading the books in their reading baggies and practicing their karate belts at home.

Mystery Readers:  Are you interested in being a mystery reader? Mystery readers come in and read a book to the class. I will give the students clues to try to guess the reader. Shhh- don’t tell your child when you are planning to come in and be our reader, they’ll love the surprise!

We are looking for mystery readers for the following dates:

Friday, January 11

Thursday, January 17

Friday, January 25

Friday, February 8

Friday, February 22

Friday, March 1

Friday, March 8

Friday, March 15

Friday, March 22

If Fridays do not work for your schedule please send me an e-mail and we can find a date that works! Please spread the word to grandparents, older siblings, aunts/uncles. We love having any family member come to read to the class!

Gingerbread Plays

Reminder: We will be performing three different versions of The Gingerbread Man on Wednesday, December 19th. We will start at 1:30. Right after the plays, families are invited back to our classroom to help decorate gingerbread houses! Grandparents and younger siblings are all invited! If you plan on coming please let me know. We will finish by 2:40 so they can get to library at the end of the day. 

The students have been working hard to add expression to their lines. They will have their scripts with them on Wednesday so they do not need to memorize their part. They are getting very excited!! 

Happy Thanksgiving

We had a great short week before Thanksgiving. We learned all about the first Thanksgiving and we got to weave place-mats with out 5th grade buddies. We also enjoyed making pumpkin pie in a cup! We had our own feast in classroom and enjoyed sitting at long tables. 

Enjoy your 5 day weekend. School starts back up on Tuesday!

November 5

Reminders for this week

Early Dismissals: We have early dismissals Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday for parent-teacher conferences.

Book Fair: We will be going to the Book Fair tomorrow from 2:40-3:25. You are welcome to join us or send in money with your child. Please make sure money is in an envelope or baggy with your child’s name. The book fair will be open during conferences as well.

We had a lot of fun last week working with pumpkins. See some pictures below!

October 23

We had a lot of fun with our Scrabble letters today! We worked together to unscramble our sentence. They all got a letter and had to figure out the words and then they had to create a sentence. Our sentence was : Mrs. D’s class is super awesome! We also used different letters to make our spelling words!

We had a really fun assembly this afternoon. The presenter did some awesome magic tricks that go along with different books. They loved it!!


Wednesday: Pajama Day for the whole school. Students may bring in slippers or socks to wear around the classroom. Please have them wear regular shoes to school. 

Thursday: Wear your favorite sports jersey

Friday: Wear pink! 

Friday: We will be turning our classroom into a bat cave. Please bring in a flashlight. We will be using them for different activities. I will have extra. 

October 20

Next week is Spirit Week:

  • Monday: 10/22- Favorite Penn Manor Shirt/jersey – or wear blue/gold
  • Wednesday: 10/24-Pajama Day
  • Thursday:  10/25-Wear your favorite sports jersey
  • Friday:  10/26- DistrictPink Out! Wear pink

Pumpkin Donations:

I am looking for 4-5 pumpkins for an activity on the 31st. If you would be willing to donate a pumpkin to the class please let me know. I really appreciate it!!

Reading Assessments:

I completed reading assessments this week. I will be happy to share this information during our parent-teacher conferences. If you would like more information on your child’s current reading level before then, please let me know!

We had the opportunity to attend a “Wellness Fair” given by Millersville University students. We learned about germs, brushing our teeth, yoga, healthy eating, and so much more.

Our Start Student this past week was Violet!

Spelling Tests

Beginning with Friday’s spelling test, words with letters that are reversed or that are formed incorrectly will be marked wrong. For example, if the word is tall and the t stops at the dotted line, then it will be marked wrong. Students have an alphabet chart on their desks to use and are reminded to double check their letters throughout the test. We have been working really hard to use nice handwriting these past few weeks. As students practice their words at home, please make sure they are forming their letters correctly and fixing any reversals. 

Thank you for your help!

October 15

Reading Calendar: Please initial your child’s reading calendar whenever they read at home. They should be reading at least 40 minutes per week for their homework.

Math Flash Cards: Students took their first timed test for their addition facts. If they earned a 90% or more then they should have brought home the next level of flashcards. We will work our way from +1s all the way to +10s. Flashcards should come back to school every day in their home folder.

Challenge Spelling Lists: Students are able to be on the challenge list if they get 100% on the regular spelling list. The challenge list follows the same phonics pattern with more difficult words. Students have the choice to be on the challenge list or not.

Looking Ahead for October:

  • 10/15- PTO Meeting- 6:30 PM Library
  • 10/19- K-12 Early Dismissal 1:30 PM- PM KDG in session
  • 10/22-10/26- Bus Driver Appreciation Week
  • 10/26- District Pink Out
  • 10/28- PTO Designer Bag Bingo- Manor Church
  • 10/31- End of 1st Marking Period

We had a blast playing spelling basketball to review our spelling words! It was the perfect time to practice teamwork.

Students had a lot of fun learning about rocks and soil. They loved getting their hands dirty!!

Thank you to our mystery readers for coming in and reading to the class!

Jocelyn and James were our star students over the past two weeks.