Monthly Archives: May 2017


Tomorrow (Friday, May 26) is “CRAZY HAIR” day at Hambright!
Tuesday, May 30 is our Writing Celebration.  9:15-10:00
Wednesday, May 31 we must have all library books returned.
Friday, June 2 is our trip to the park
Monday, June 5 is our last assembly (wear Leader shirts to sing our “Farewell First Grade” song)
Tuesday, June 6 is Tye Dye Day
Wednesday, June 7 is our last day. Boo Hoo…. 🙁  Dismissal at 11:30, no breakfast or lunch is served)


Also, special thanks to Michaela’s family for giving Sparky a great safe home after school is out!  We appreciate knowing Sparky will be in good hands!

Rainbow Catchers

We had one last follow-up lesson from the Hands-on House.  This lesson was about light.  Today our class made “Rainbow Catchers!”  They assembled the catcher, but we were not able to make a rainbow.  Here is how:

Half-fill a bucket with a strong soap solution (made from dishwashing liquid and water).  Add 2-3 tablespoons sugar (the sugar makes a thicker, more viscous solution).  Dip the tetrahedral bubble shape into the soap solution.  Draw the “rainbow catcher” out slowly and examine the colors.  Notice how the colored bands change as the soap solution sinks to the bottom of the shape.

Have fun!




Our first graders have enjoyed learning about the life cycle of a frog.  They have been watching Sparky grow, eat, and swim around each day!  By the end of the year he will still be in his cycle of changing into a frog.  Please let me know if you would be interested in housing him after school ends and then letting him go near a pond after he becomes a frog (there’s one near Manor Middle). I would just need his container back next year. Otherwise, we will put him in the pond near the end of the year. It would be a great experience for your child. I have the food needed.  

A few pictures

I forgot to post a few pictures from this month.  First, the students proudly showing off their new Race for Education t-shirts.  Way to go, raising $22,000 for our school!!!! (there is plenty of money leftover after purchasing the new shirts!).

Also, they wanted to practice writing spelling words in a fun way.  Since the weather was so beautiful last week, they enjoyed writing with sidewalk chalk.  Keep up the good work first grade!


Book Fair

Just a friendly reminder that our class will have time to shop at the Book Fair tomorrow (Thursday).  If your child is shopping tomorrow, students should bring their money to school in a labeled envelope or other container to hold their coins/dollars.  Thank you!

Bookmobile Info for the Summer!

The Bookmobile is coming to Hambright neighborhoods, as well as some other locations, this summer. Anyone with a library card can borrow and return books over the summer. 

Eshleman Elementary 1st& 3rd Thursday of the month   9:00-10:30 a.m.
West Willow UMC 1st& 3rd Thursday of the month   11-11:45 a.m.
Pequea Church of the Brethren 2nd Monday of the month   9:30-10:30 a.m.
The Mix @ Arbor Place 2nd & 4thTuesday of the month   9:00-10:30 a.m.
Camp Optimist @ Conestoga Pines 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month   11:00 – noon
Manor Ridge 2nd Tuesday of the month   1:30-2:30 pm
San Juan Bautista LC 2nd Wednesday of the month   9:00- 10:15 a.m.
Pheasant Ridge 2nd & 4th Thursday of the month   11:00 a.m. – noon

Also, the Bookmobile will be at Pheasant Ridge on Thursday, May 18, 4:30-5:30. This is a great chance to explore the Bookmobile. The Cruisin’ Creamery will be there too, giving free ice cream to students who explore the Bookmobile with their parents. This is the same ice cream truck that rewarded our students for meeting the Summer Reading Challenge last year.

Details are being worked out for a visit to Manor Heights as well. Stay tuned for details!  🙂