Friday’s FUNds Run

All student will be outside for our FUNds Run on Friday from 9:15-11:30.  Please dress your student in comfy clothing and sneakers since all students will be participating in the fun run.  Students will be rotating to stations and will have the opportunity to run two times.   Our running times begin at 9:45 and 11:00. You are welcome to come cheer on all of the students at Eshleman!

Crazy Hair Day!

Eshleman has reached the next donation goal for our Run for FUNds.  Tomorrow (Wednesday) is Crazy Hair Day.  Send those kids to school with bed head, ponytails, colors, spikes, or whatever you can come up with!  Thanks for helping our school!  Our class is still in first place however I have heard through the grapevine that Mrs. Becker’s class is determined to get to first place!  It’s not too late to send in labels or make a donation on line!

October 15-19

First, let me say “Thank you” for accepting our Eshleman Run For FUNds challenge!  Our class is currently the top fundraising class and I hope we can hold on to our lead.  If you sent labels to school, letters have been mailed!  It’s not too late to send in labels if you haven’t already, and cash donations are welcome too!  Thanks for helping our school!

Family members are invited to watch us run on Friday, October 19th.  I’ll send home a time as soon as I know our schedule.  It will be in the morning!

Monday, October 15 – We have Music.  Please practice spelling words.  Please send conference planning sheets to school if you haven’t already.

Tuesday, October 16 – We have a spelling test on our short “o” words.  We have book exchange today.  Our special is Phys. Ed.

Wednesday, October 17 – Our special is Art class.  We’ll have our second guidance lesson with Mrs. Strosser (about how to be a friend and a good citizen in school).  New spelling words will come home.

Thursday, October 18 – We’ll have a special treat this morning – Future teachers from MU will be coming over to present a science fair to our students!  They always do an outstanding job providing first graders with many hands on activities!  Thursday night is our first grade parent night from 6-8.  Pizza will be provided from 6-6:20.  Students will stay and play in the gym while parents join Mr. Heiney, Ms. Wilson, and myself in the library.

Friday, October 19 –  Box Tops and dimes are due for the PTO.

Today is a 1:30 early dismissal.  Please call the office with any transportation changes.  Today is the Eshleman Run for FUNds.  Please join us to cheer on the students.

A few new items:

Reading groups are up and running.  Please look for your child’s red reading folder to come home each day.  Inside may be a book that we’re reading, or an activity that we did during our reading group time.  You don’t need to complete any activities or worksheets.  We’ll continue that at school.

I’ve also sent home Pink high frequency word booklets along with a letter explaining how they work.  Please practice the words on your child’s list for a few minutes each night.  If the list is challenging, please work on just 3 words at a time.  We don’t want this practice to be frustrating for your student.  

Math flash cards have been sent home with everyone too.  We call this our “bubble gum math” because the kids earn paper gum balls on a gumball machine each time they complete a level.  Our classroom aide tests the kids on their Math facts.  She’s only in our room a short time so she may not be able to test your student the day s/he returns their paper.  

Please keep in mind that it’s not a race to see how fast students can master their sight words and math flash cards.  Students should work at their own pace.  Slow and right is better than fast and wrong at this point in the school year.  Thanks for your help practicing at home!

First Grade Fall Fest

On Friday, October 26 first graders will be having a fall festival.  We’ll combine with Mr. Heiney’s class from 1:00-2:30 PM to make crafts and play games.  Volunteers are needed to help run some of our stations.  Parents with PM clearances are welcome to sign up to volunteer using the link below.  If you’re not able to attend, please feel free to check out some of the donations we need for our activities. 

Here is the link…

Parents who don’t have Penn Manor clearances are encouraged to apply for them so you can join in on our upcoming activities.  Thank you!

Eshleman Run for FUNds

Students who have raised $10 for our school earned extra recess.  I’ve been keeping these coupons at school until your child receives extra recess, and then they will come home in the Froggy Folder for you to keep.

Several students have raised $50 for our school and have earned a $5.00 voucher to shop at the book fair in November.  I’m also keeping these at school so they don’t get misplaced.  Please let me know if you would prefer to have the book fair voucher come home.

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, Mr. Heiney 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

Eshleman Run for Funds!

THANK YOU – for asking your friends and family to donate to our Eshleman Run for Funds!  Our class is currently in the lead for the most donations, but 3-Tran and 1-Heiney are hot on the trail!  If our class raises the most money in the school, we will receive an ice cream party!

Our school has met the first goal of raising $1,000, so on Friday everyone in the school gets to wear a hat!  YA – HOO!

Please continue to spread the word and send in labels of friends and family who may be willing to help out our school.  Every little bit will help us reach our goal!

  • Donations to Eshleman Run for FUNds or to register can be done here.

Please mark your calendar for Friday, October 19th.  Our Run for FUNds will be in the morning, and you are invited to come out and cheer for us!

I (Christopher Columbus) had a fun week with my crew (first graders) going on a voyage around the school trying to find the Indies.  We found many Indians (as Columbus called them) and traded our beads, gold & bells for corn, feathers, and cotton.  We had plenty of provisions for our trip – dry meat, (gold) fish, and crackers!  Check out the Columbus journal the kids made after our journey!

Monday, October 8 – No School (Columbus Day)

Tuesday, October 9 – Our special is Music.  A new spelling list will come home.  This cycle we’ll be learning about the short “o” sound.   This is the start of fire prevention week, so we’ll talk about how to stay safe at home and in school.  We’re learning how to subtract in Math.

Wednesday, October 10 – Our special is phys. ed.  Please wear sneakers to school.  Study spelling words for a few minutes tonight.

Thursday, October 11 – Our special is Art.  Mrs. Strosser will begin her guidance lessons about how students can become Peacemakers when they have a conflict with a friend.

Friday, October 12 – Our special is Applied Engineering.  

Notes:  We kicked off the Eshleman “Run for FUNds” this week.  I saw that some of you have already registered!  Our class is currently in the lead with $200 in donations!   Thank you!  We would love to earn the soft serve ice cream party for being the top fundraising class!

Please send in your labels so that we can mail letters to friends and family.  Every little bit helps our school raise money and is so appreciated! 

  • Please continue making donations to Eshleman Run for FUNds.  Please register here.

Looking Ahead:

Library books are due on 10/16

First Grade Parent Night is 10/18 – Please send back your RSVP if you plan to attend.  I hope to see everyone!

Box Tops and dimes are due 10/19.  I have many box tops that some of you sent to school before the PTO handed out the collection bags.  I’ll be distributing them evenly among the class!  Please send the Box Top baggy to school by 10/19 so I can fill it.

10/19 is also the day of our Eshleman Run for FUNds.  Plan to bring your family out to cheer for your first grade runner!

Enjoy your extra long weekend with your sweeeeett  first grader!

Eshleman Spirit Week

Oct 2-5: Spirit Week: 

*Twin Tuesday (10/2): dress like a friend (How about all first graders wear blue shirts and we can all be “twins.”

*Picture Day Wednesday (10/3): dress for pictures

*Tie-Dye Thursday (10/4): dress in tie-dye or a bright color

*First Friday (10/5)– : PM/Esh shirt/any jersey/blue & gold day