Monthly Archives: November 2015

Eshleman’s Drop Everything And Read day is tomorrow!  It’s Teddy Bear Tuesday, so everyone may bring a teddy bear (or any stuffed animal) to school.  Please be sure to send a fluffy friend that will fit in a backpack.  Bring along a good book too!  We will all take some time to “fall into a good book!”

Feel free to send your child’s Pizza Hut reading log to school on Monday or Tuesday.  I’ll send home a certificate for a personal pan pizza!  The 10 minutes of reading can be you reading to your child, or your child reading to you!  Thank you for encouraging a love of reading!

Each and every child in this room has captured my heart.  In an effort to be respectful of the beliefs and traditions of every one of my first graders and their families, I will leave holiday celebrations for you to do at home.   This is a decision that is supported and encouraged by my administration.  I’m not implying that we won’t be having fun in first grade!  Just today we had a blast playing “Race the Teacher” using our word wall words.  I am constantly trying to think of ways to keep the kids moving and engaged as they learn.  We will also continue to have the opportunity to have small celebrations, such as the fall festival we had in October.

There will be no school for students from Wednesday, November 25- Monday, November 30.  Enjoy the extra time with your family!

We will not be doing the Disguise a turkey project as listed on our owl charts.  Sorry for any confusion!  Thanks to each of you for taking time to come in to chat about your child during conferences.  I enjoy getting to know my 1-T families!  Enjoy your weekend!

Just a reminder that we have 1:30 dismissals on November 11, 12 & 13.  Please call the office to notify us of any end of the day transportation changes for your student!  I’m looking forward to seeing you for conferences!

Election Results

On Tuesday, November 3rd, first graders in 1-T went to the “polls” to vote for their favorite candy!  Before voting  we read the book Duck for President to learn about elections.  Next, students took turns going to the secret voting booth where they had to choose which candy is their favorite.  The “candidates” were:  Smarties, Mr. Goodbar, Hershey Bar, Krackel Bar, and Caramel Creams.  When the voting was complete we tallied the results.  The winner by a landslide was Caramel Creams!  Congratulations to all of the candidates for a great race!  Some of our first graders  went to the voting booth with their parents and thought it was “so cool!”


Reminder:  No school for Elementary students on Friday, November 6.

A Halloween book and flashlight were left in our room last week after our Drop Everything And Read time.  Not one first grader will claim either item.  If these items belong to you please let me know.  I’d be happy to send them home to you!

Thanks to each one of you who donated supplies and volunteered during our fall fest.  We had a fun time!

Mrs. Strosser, our guidance counselor, has been talking to the kids about being a Peacemaker.  She is teaching them how to deal with their feelings of anger, and how to tell the difference between tattling (to get someone in trouble) and reporting (because someone could be hurt).  I appreciate her lessons and have started to hear the kids try to solve small problems on their own.  I am proud of them!

We have 19 students in our room whom each have 2 feet!  That’s 38 shoes that can come untied each day (multiple times)!  If your child is able to tie their own shoes, HOORAY!  If your child isn’t able to tie their own shoes, please practice this important skill at home.  My husband was always the teacher in this area… I feel your pain!  Thanks for your help!

As you know, the kids earn tickets based on where they land on their owl chart each day.  10 tickets earns them a chance to “buy” a reward coupon from me.  The kids LOVE buying coupons and we usually try to do this each Friday.  One of my coupons is “Wear your PJ’s to school.”  If your child comes home and says s/he is allowed to wear their PJ’s to school, believe it!  I will try to send home individual notes to let you know but in case I forget, the kids ARE telling you the truth!  I usually recommend they don’t wear PJ’s on cycle day 5 when we have gym class.

Important reminder – There is no school for elementary students on Friday, November 6.  This is cycle day 1.  Since the middle school and high school kids are going to school on Friday, elementary kids will miss cycle day 1 (for now).  elementary students will make up this cycle day on another date  (when elementary comes to school and middle school and high school have off).  What I’m trying to say is that our last day of school this week is Thursday, Nov.5 (cycle day 6).  When we return to school on Monday, Nov. 9, it will be cycle day 2!  Whew!