First Week of School

We had an AMAZING first week of school!

Here are a few things to know for our 2nd week of school:

Reading Calendar: Your child will be coming home with their reading calendar on Tuesday. This calendar needs to stay in their home folder. Your child’s reading homework is to read four times a week for 10 minutes each. Please initial the calendar wheny our child reads. Their goal is to read 140 minutes by the end of September.

Poetry Folder: Students will received their Poetry Folder on Tuesday. Every Monday (or beginning of the week), your child will come home with a poem we have read together in class. We will be working with these poems all week. Their homework is to read the poem three times by the following Monday. They may read to anyone including calling grandparents or friends, reading to pets, or stuffed animals. After your child reads the poem they can color in a star on the page. The repetitive reading will help students build confidence in their reading while developing skills. The Poetry Folder should come back to school every day. This can count towards their 10 minutes of reading homeowork!

Scholastic Book Orders are due on Friday. You can order online at by entering our class code NX4ZH

Here are a few pictures of our first week!

End of Year Videos

Reminder: Everyone has been working so hard and we would love to see what else you’ve been doing at home. We are planning to create a video by grade level and have students showcase themselves however they would like to be showcased.  So, your child could share a video or picture of themselves with their sheep, their new hens, or the cool science video they created for an assignment! This will also allow kids to see their peers across the entire grade level and will be a great way to end the year with a final farewell! Please email photos or videos to me ( by Friday May 15. Thank you for your support!

Just a reminder! April 14

Good Morning First Grade Families!

For those who have already sent me your child’s work from yesterday, THANK YOU! For those who have not, I am still accepting the work! When you click on the checklist for each day, it will tell you what must be submitted to me for the day. It usually will be at least one thing from each subject! I am asking you send a picture of their work in one email to me by the end of each day! I am marking “R” for received, and “I” for incomplete.

I am attaching the spelling challenge words for the remainder of the year. Each week I would practice 8-10 words, and that will last you until the last week of school! This IS NOT mandatory, but just something extra if you need it!

Don’t forget if you want extra work for your students to practice, they have access to Xtra Math, as well as A-Zkids. If you need their login information, please feel free to reach out to me.

I hope you all are staying healthy, and as busy as you can!

Moving Forward – April 9

Good Evening First Grade Families!

As the Penn Manor School District moves forward with online learning, students and parents/guardians can expect that new learning activities will be posted on the district website each Monday starting Monday, April 13, 2020.

To keep track of all the submissions from each student, I have created a folder with their names in my email. On the check list for next week, each subject area will tell you what must be submitted to the teacher. I am asking that at the end of every day you email me a picture of the work that was assigned for the day (scanned or pictures is fine!) Please make sure that I am able to see the student work so that I can email back a glow and a grow! Also, please make sure it is one email with all the work for one day! I will be keeping an Excel spread sheet of each assignment and when I receive the work I will mark “R” for received or “I” for incomplete.

If you ever have any questions or concerns during this time please do not hesitate to email me. I am setting up office hours from 9:00am-9:30am and 1:00pm-1:30pm, but I will be checking my email frequently! Here is my email for questions, concerns and for all student work to be sent to:

THANK YOU for working with your children at home to help them continue to grow during such a hard time. I am here for you!


Google Meet Monday

Good Morning!

I would really like as many students to participate in this as possible! So with that being said I had a few parents reach out to me to have the zoom meeting a little later in the day. If you emailed me to participate, I will be sending you a link to still meet on Monday, but instead of noon we will now meet at 2:30 PM. If you would like to participate and have not yet emailed me, please make sure to email me before 2:30 PM on Monday so you can join!

I also wanted to thank the parents who have sent their child’s work in from this past week! I am so happy to see the learning is still going on at home. Please feel free to reach out to me any time for any questions or concerns.

Hope all is well!

April 3

Hello first grade families!

I would really like to create a Google Hangout meeting to say hello, check-in, and have them share what they have been doing during this time off. I know this whole situation has been tough, and some normalcy would be nice to all see each others faces.

With that being said, I would like to do this next week Monday, April 5th and noon. If you feel comfortable having your child participate, please email me ( so I can share the link with you. Parents must be present during this meeting. This will just be around a 10 minute meeting.

Thank you, MaryKate