We’re off to a great start!

Today we had our best school day of the year!  The kids are really learning our routine, getting to know new friends, and practicing their great behavior!  Did you hear that we have a Mrs. Potato head in our room?  When the whole class is following directions, I add a body part to the potato.  Today we earned TWO parts!  When she has all of her parts, the kids will earn a class reward of their choice!  They really lived up to their name “GRADE ONEderful” today!  I was so proud of each one of them!

We have been “practicing” using our clip chart for the past two weeks.  I’ve been giving the kids examples of clip ups, and clip downs.  On Monday we start “the real deal.”  A behavior log will come home letting you know where your son/daughter clipped to for the day.  If your child stays on ready to learn, please keep in mind this means s/he is having a great day!  If a clip down is needed, I will try to write on the behavior log the reason for the clip down.  The end of our day can be very busy, and sometimes we may not have time to complete the behavior chart.  Don’t worry, we can fill it in the next morning.  When students clip down, I do reassure them that everyone makes mistakes, and they  have the rest of the day to clip back up the chart!

On Monday I will introduce a ticket system that will tie in with our clip chart.  My friends will earn tickets for clip ups, and pay me tickets for clip downs.  The tickets can be redeemed for prize coupons for fun things such as:  wear your pajamas to school, eat lunch in the room, or use a pen all day in school.  The kids will have a variety of choices – there’s something for everyone!

Mark your calendar for Thursday, September 11.  Eshleman’s meet the teacher night will run from 4-6 PM.  Stop in to say hello, take a tour of the building, meet some of our specialists, and see the “alpha bird” we made!  I’m looking forward to seeing each of you!

Thank you for helping the kids practice their spelling words at home.  I think they were excited to receive their first list!  Everyone had fun writing their words out on the sidewalk today with chalk!  Our test will be on Thursday!  Please sign and return the corrected test when it comes home.


– It’s been fun seeing what the kids bring to school in their “All about me” bags.  We will finish sharing these next week.  If you haven’t already, feel free to send a bag in on Monday!  We all love seeing the baby pictures!

– You have until 9/19 to place a book order.  Feel free to use our class code to order on line, or to send your completed order and check in to school.

– I will set up a classroom volunteer schedule beginning in October based on the forms you turned in.  Thanks for all of the support!

– If you know someone who is a “community helper” and would enjoy coming in to talk to both first grades about their job,  please touch base with me through email (wendy.lutz-terry@pennmanor.net).  We’re looking for firefighters, police officers, nurses, trash collectors, dentists, doctors, mail carriers, etc…

Enjoy your weekend!  The kids worked hard this week.  They deserve a break!


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