Friday, January 5, 2018



Welcome back!   I hope you had a restful and fun vacation.  We are getting back into the routines of the classroom.  

Starting next Tuesday, your child will begin to bring home books to read to you.  These are books they have practiced over and over.  They should be easy and sound like they have been memorized.  Snuggle up and enjoy your child's progress!  You will find a note in their folder explaining more about the reading bags today.

Wish List:

shaving cream
corn starch

Upcoming Events:

Handwriting Letters: c, o, s , v & w
Phonics Letters: ch & j
Word of the Week: it
No school - 1/15 
Early Release - 2/7

Friday, December 15, 2017

Upcoming Events:

Handwriting Letters: T & J
Phonics Letters:  s & z
Word of the Week: the
Gingerbread Decorating Party: 12/21 @ 2:00
PJ Day: 12/22
Winter Vacation: 12/25-1/2/29

Wish List:
wax paper

Monday, December 11, 2017


We have begun work on our gingerbread unit.  We have read a few versions of the folktale The Gingerbread Man.  We will work on retelling, comparing & contrasting and other elements to stories.

Language Arts:  

We worked on the letters C, O, Q & G.   We also worked on the word and & is.   We started writing patterned books which matches with our work in reading.  The students are learning they have super powers to be super readers.  They have been reading and writing easy books with language patterns and lots of sight words.  Ask your Panda about their super reading powers.


We have been practicing counting to fifty by ones.  We have been focusing on studying shapes.  We have looked at their characteristics and naming them.  We have played several games to reinforce these skills.  We also have been working on problem solving strategies for word problems.  



The students worked on a winter quilt this week.  They gingerbread men sun catchers and painted a giant gingerbread man.

Book of the Week: The Gingerbread Boy by Richard Egielski

Upcoming Events:
Handwriting Letters: S, A, & I
Phonics Letters:  u
Word of the Week: am
Wednesday, December 13th Early Release (students dismissed at 12:50)
Gingerbread Decorating Party: 12/21 @ 2:00
PJ Day: 12/22
Winter Vacation: 12/25-1/2/29

Wish List:
wax paper
small zip lock sandwich bags

Friday, November 17, 2017


This week was National Education Week.  We celebrated what we were thankful for at school.

As you know our Family Breakfast is Tuesday, November 22nd.  It will start at 8:00.  We will finish with reciting a poem at 8:25.  I hope all will be able to join us. I hope all of you have a restful and happy Thanksgiving. 

I am having trouble with the Flickr account.  It seems that my up loaded pictures are not showing up.  I am working on this problem so stay tuned!!!

Language Arts:  

We have been working on the word I and reviewing the other words we have learned.  The Pandas practiced diagonal lines in handwriting.  We worked on the letters XZ.  Please try and reinforce the correct school way of holding a writing tool and forming letters and numbers.  I am trying to break  some bad habits.  If they can learn proper formation now  it will help with the fluency going forward. We also wrote our own version of  I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Pie.  


The classroom is looking very festive with all the Thanksgiving art work we have been creating!

Book of the Week:  I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Pie
Song of the Week:  "Turkey, Turkey" (tune of Twinkle, Twinkle)

Upcoming Events:

Handwriting Letters:  C, O, & Q
Phonics Letters: m & n
Word of the Week: and
Book Fair: 11/27-11/30
Thanksgiving Break:  11/22-11/24
Family Breakfast: 11/20 @ 8:00-8:25 (Panda Classroom)
Gingerbread Decorating:  12/21 @ 2:00 more info to follow
Winter Vacation: 12/25-1/1/16

Friday, November 3, 2017


Our Halloween celebration was a success. The children had a wonderful time. Check out the new photos I added to Flickr.  Thank you for all the donations and help.  I couldn't do it without you!  

I enjoyed speaking to all of you during conference.  Next Thursday, you will receive your child's report card, conference sheet, and record sheet of the Boehm.  As I mentioned, there will be no grades on the report card.  The attendance is reported and it gives you insight to the expectations for your child's development.  Please, sign the envelope and return it to school.  The contents of the envelope are yours to keep.

Here is a glimpse of our week in the Panda class:

Language arts:  The children wrote a piggy back version of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? using their costume photos.  We have focused on the word see & I.  We have been working on reading familiar storybooks. The kids are practicing read the books sounding like the author.  
Math:  We played various Halloween math games.  

Art:  We made candy corn people and jack-o-lanters.

Books of the Week:  Stellaluna 
Songs of the Week:  "Wizard's Brew" 

Upcoming Events:

Handwriting Letters V & W
Phonics Letters: a
Word of the Week: see
November Conferences:  11/8  (this is an early release day)
No school: 11/9 & 11/10
Family Breakfast: 11/20 from 8:00-8:25 a.m.
Thanksgiving Break:  11/22-11/26




Friday, October 20, 2017

Panda News:

We had Mrs. Griffith talk about Personal Body Safety on Thursday.  She talked about bathing suit areas on your body and uncomfortable touches.  The students learned if something is making you feel uncomfortable you say Stop (assertively), Get Away, and Tell Someone.  They also talked about "stranger danger."  She included a handout in your child's folder.


Yesterday, we went out to the garden and planted bulbs.  Each child got to dig a whole and plant a bulb.  The children are excited to see what blooms in the spring.  A special thanks to volunteers for making sure the garden was turned over so the children could plant.   

Language Arts: 

We practiced writing uppercase frog jump letters.    We also worked on the word the sight word introduced so far.  The Pandas learned about the sound qu.   We began learning to read like a storyteller.  The Pandas used very familiar stories to use the picture, remember the story & read it.  Have them try it with there favorite bedtime story you have read thousands of times!    


We made spiders, ghosts, bats oh my!  We made glittered place-mats and we will make a pattern on them.

Upcoming Events:

Book of the Week- The Carrot Seed 
App of the Week-  Make Ten 
Upcoming Letters-  U & L
Word of the Week- an
Phonics- th & th
Parent Conferences- 11/1 & 11/8 early release (please sign-up if you have not) 
Halloween Celebration- Students and Staff only 10/31 (please see signup genius for more info)
Nov. 9th & 10th- No School

Friday, October 13, 2017


October is Safety Month.  We will do a variety of activities to promote safety.  We will be having presentations from the fire department, police, and many more.  We will also practice safety drills.
Our guidance counselor will come into our classroom to talk about personal body safety.    

Today we had a visit from the Stratham Fire Department.  Look for the safety photos on Flickr soon!

Language Arts: 

We have practiced writing uppercase H & K.  We have used wood pieces and our slate boards to practice.  We also worked on the word  at.   We have been focusing on telling stories based on a moment in time.  It is called a small moment story.  During Readers Workshop we learned that readers have fun reading privately and with a partner.   Ask your student what they learned about in there books this week.


We have begun working with a computer program iReady.  The students practiced logging in and logging out.  They also worked on there first "just right" lesson.  They also have been working on counting starting at a number other than 1.


The Pandas made Sparky the Fire Dog for our visit from the fire fighters today.

Upcoming Events:

Book of the Week- Itsy Bitsy Spider
App of the Week- Alphabet Monster
Upcoming Letters- H & K
Word of the Week- at
Phonics- qu
Parent Conferences- 11/1 &11/8
Halloween Celebration- Students and Staff only 10/31 
No School- 11/9 & 11/10