September 27

Reading Baggies: Your child has a reading baggy that goes home and comes back to school every day. They should be reading the books in their bag as part of their 10 minutes of reading homework. It is important for students to reread the same books several times to build up their fluency, accuracy, and sight word recognition.

Karate Belts: Most students got their sight word karate belt this week. They will start on the white belt and work their way to the black belt. There will be a check mark next to the words they know without sounding out. The words that are circled are the words they should practice. Please practice them at home and we will practice them during our reading group time.

We have been focusing on kindness this month. If your child is showing kindness at home please let me know! I would love to give them a shout-out in our classroom for showing kindness at home- especially with siblings!!  🙂

Apple Week: We did a lot of fun apple activities to celebrate Apple Week. We did an apple taste test, made homemade applesauce, made “applecanos” erupt, completed an apple investigation with our 5th grade buddies, and made apple slime. It was a wonderful week with a lot of great hands-on activities.

September 20

We had another great week in first grade!

Math: We are working hard to practice adding numbers to 10. We will have our first math test on Friday.

Spelling: The students are doing fantastic with their spelling words. They will get their new spelling list on Monday. We will have our test on Friday.

Apples: We are looking for apple donations for this upcoming week. We will be doing several different apple experiments to celebrate Apple Week!

Race for Education: Keep finding sponsors for your child! The class with the most sponsors will win a pizza party!! Next week any student who brings back the mailer with a $15 or more donation will receive a coupon for a free scoop at Good Life Ice Cream and Treats.

Mark your Calendars:

  • Tuesday, September 24th- CM School Picture Day
  • Friday, September 27th – 1:30 Early dismissal
  • Thursday, October 3rd-Shine Time
  • Friday, October 4th-Race for Education
  • Friday, October 11-District-wide Pink-Out day
  • Monday, October 14th-No school-Columbus Day

September 13



We had a great first 5-day week of school! The students did a wonderful job on our second spelling test. Thank you for practicing the words at home! The students earned their 10 class points so they voted to have popsicles today. They earn points by getting compliments at specials, in the hallway, or in the classroom. I am so proud of them!

Here are some pictures from our week:



September 6

Spelling: The students did awesome on our practice spelling test today! They will bring home new spelling words on Monday. Please practice these words at home. We will have our spelling test on Friday.

Reading baggies: Starting next week, your child will be bringing home a reading baggy that contains a book we have read together in our small reading group. These books will be based on your child’s reading level. Please have them read these books as part of their 10 minute reading homework.

Kindness: Our school will be focusing on kindness during the month of September. Ask your child about our kindness challenge! I have already seen a difference and our class is going above and beyond to help one another. I am so proud of them!

Race for Education: Last week a few papers went home about Race of Education. The white page is an overall info sheet about the race day, schedule, incentives, the mailer and how to find the students online donation link. To find this go to http://www.race4ed.com/cme there sponsors can search for students by first and last name and make online donations. It’s very simple!  The green paper is the mailer, this can be used to send to a sponsor and have them enclose a check and mail it back. Unlike previous years we will not be mailing these out for families. Instructions on how to use this mailer are on the back of the white sheet. They are a special grade of paper specifically for using through the USPS system so it’s important that families do not just copy the paper if they would like to send out more than 1. There are a pile of extra mailers in the office available at a first come, first serve basis.

August 25

We had a wonderful first few days of school! We are having a lot of fun getting to know each other and learn our school routines.

Mark Your Calendars:

  • August 28: Meet the Teacher Open House 4:00-6:00 PM (Drop in anytime between 4-6)
  • August 29: Early Dismissal 1:30 PM
  • August 29: Penn Manor Fall Athletic Kick Off Classic at Comet Field
  • August 30 : No School
  • September 2: No School, Labor Day
  • September 27: Early dismissal 1:30 PM



First Week of School

Can you believe our first day of school is Wednesday? I am so excited to meet your new first grader and get our year off to an incredible start! Here are a few reminders for our first week of school:

  • Name Tags: Please make sure your child wears their name tag for the first day of school. I will be wearing a matching name tag. I will meet the students’ right inside the front doors of the school. We will walk to our classroom together.
  • Lunch: The school lunch for the first day of school is a choice between: chicken patty, egg sandwich, peanut butter and jelly, and yogurt and string cheese.
  • Snack: Students may bring in a small, dry snack to eat in the morning. Due to allergies, students may not bring in anything with peanut butter.
  • Specials: Our special on the first day of school is library. We will have gym on Thursday. Please have your child wear sneakers on Thursday.

I am looking forward to an amazing year with you and your child! Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns for our first week of school!

PM Food Service & Meal Assistance

School is right around the corner. It’s not too early to start getting ready. You and your family may be eligible under a federal program for Child Nutrition: https://www.fns.usda.gov/cnp/fr-032019

Research has shown that good nutrition has a positive impact on a child’s ability to focus and learn. It is important that we provide a nurturing environment for each child, so that individual success as a student can be maximized.  We would encourage you to review the links below and submit an application.  Even kindergarten students can qualify for meals; which is certainly helpful if you plan to send them to breakfast or for the days when they have a chance to eat lunch at school with the older students.  Please contact Brian Malek for more details.  All information is confidential.  Many families are unaware that they qualify for this meal assistance program. 

Eligibility for 2019-20

Online application

PM Food Services

Week of May 20

Next Week:

Tuesday: This is nowPajama Day (This was moved from Wednesday since our Olympic Day was rescheduled).

Wednesday: It is Olympic Day. Students should try to wear a red shirt to support Team Devenburgh and sneakers. Students may bring in a labeled water bottle to bring outside.

Thursday: Drop in to see the Devenburgh Zoo anytime between 1:45-2:30. We are excited to show off our Animal Reports! All animal dioramas are due by Thursday! Students may bring them in earlier in the week.

Friday: We have school! This was a weather make-up day. Please send in a white t-shirt with your child by Friday, May 24 for a tie-dye project. 

Looking ahead with some important dates…

  • *May 27 – No School
  • *May 30 – School Picnic from 5:30-7:30. See the teachers you voted for take a turn in the dunk tank!
  • *June 5 – Last Day of School. Dismissal at 11:30.

Week of May 13-17

Penny Wars: Bring in your coins this Monday- Wednesday to vote for the teachers you want to see in the Dunk Tank at our school picnic.

Olympic Day: Please wear sneakers and red on Tuesday for Olympic Day. Students are also encouraged to bring in a water bottle to use outside.

Zoo: You are invited to come to the Devenburgh Zoo on May 23rd. You may drop in anytime between 1:45-2:30. Students will share their Animal Research Books.

Looking ahead with some important dates…

  • *May 13 – PTO Meeting at 6:30 in the CM Library
  • *May 24 – We ARE in school today! This is a snow make-up day!
  • *May 27 – No School
  • *May 30 – School Picnic from 5:30-7:30. See the teachers you voted for take a turn in the dunk tank!
  • *June 5 – Last Day of School