Thursday, August 20, 2015

A new school year!

The countdown is on to a new school year! 19 days to go until September 8th.

Welcome to my blog page.  This is where I like to keep you updated and share information.  Please "follow by email" so that you won't miss anything!  I will occasionally send out group emails as well, to be sure that everyone is receiving the same information.
I'm getting ready to start the school year.  Can't wait to start arranging the classroom, labeling notebooks, and sharpening the pencils.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Happy Summer!

First grade is just about a memory.  There are only 3 days left!  We have some fun in store, though:  the  Teddy Bear sleepover, a class party, fun with Dr. Wholey for our last social group, and lots of great memories to reflect on.
Speaking of memories, here is the slideshow:

Tuesday, June 9, 2015


Hello, families!

There are a few items that I wanted to email you about:

1.  The last day of school is June 25th.  It is a full day of school.  If your first grader will be leaving us earlier than June 25th, please notify the office ( and me.

2.  Report cards will be sent home on the last day of school.  They will also be available for viewing on Aspen.

3.  Tomorrow, June 10th, is Field Day.  It runs for 2 hours in the morning.  Please make sure that your first grader dresses appropriately...shorts and sneakers,  Also, dont' forget a labeled water bottle and sunscreen!

4.  The fourth grade's annual Penny Carnival will take place at the playground on June 19th from 1-2pm.  The fourth graders have been working hard at making up cool carnival games for us!  Each game will cost anywhere between 10-25 cents.  The money will go to charity.  More information will come soon!

That's all for now...

Monday, June 1, 2015

June is here!

Hello families!

Today is June 1st and we only have 18 more days of first grade.  I can't believe it!  We will be saying good-bye to Sam, Lila, Emma, Tripp, and Pacha as they will be moving!

We have "field day" on June 10th in the morning.  If you are interested in helping out, please email Mr. Ucci.  Field day ends by 11:00am. 

Hot and humid days are among us. Please make sure that you pack your child with a water bottle (labeled with his/her name) and sunscreen is always a good idea.

The fourth graders will be putting on their Penny Carnival on June 19th in the afternoon.  More information will follow.  

Friday, May 15, 2015

Hello, families!

I just wanted to make sure that you are all aware of how impressed I am with all the kids!  Their reading and writing is FANTASTIC!  They will be ready for second grade, for sure!

The PTO has arranged for the Scholastic Book Fair to return next week:  Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, and  it's  BUY ONE GET ONE FREE!
I have signed up our class to visit the book fair on Monday, May 18th at 11:00.  If there is any parent who might like to meet us there (in the lobby of Melrose School) and help us select books, please let me know!  We sure could use the extra help.

In math, we have started a new unit about addition and subtraction facts, solving word problems in more than one way, and strategies to solving addition equations with 3 addends.

In science, we are growing brassica plants.  Many of our plants have buds on them already!  When they flower, we will pollinate them to be sure our plants grow seed pods.

Our musical, "Number Bop" is next week.  We have a dress rehearsal on Tuesday afternoon at 1pm.  On Wednesday, May 20th, at 9:15, we will perform for parents.
Our class stands in the middle of the stage.  If you are able to come to the show, you should be able to see your first grader wherever you sit!

Our field trip to URI is on May 29th.  I have received many permissions slips already.  They are due next Friday, May 22.
If you would like to chaperone, it would be best to meet us at URI.
I will send you a separate email with a map of our meeting spot.

I am working on Unit 3.3 math grades,  I will send them home next week.  Keep in mind that the measurement and data "strand" is not a critical area in first grade. 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Into the 4th quarter!

Hello, families!

Earth Week is in full swing!  Today I was so impressed with how many kids used reusable container for their snacks! Tomorrow we will create a mural of pictures and words to capture what "going green" means. On Thursday we have a whole-school campus clean-up.  It's amazing what we find.  Friday will end our week with a visit to the Earth Dome, which will be at the Lawn Avenue gym.

Science - We are just begninning a new unit (our final) called "New Plants."  It's one of my favorite GEMS NET units. Tomorrow we will plant seeds called brassica.  These plants are in the broccoli, cauliflower, mustard family.  We will be able to observe this plant through its entire life cycle; from seed to seedpod.  We will make new plants by growing stems (potatoe eyes) and roots (carrot tops) as well as clippings from plants which take root in water.

Math - We just began a new math unit today.  It is all about telling time to the hour and half hour as well as collecting, representing, and analyzing data. (Parent Newsletter)

Writing - We continue to work on writing non-fiction.  Today we went on a fact-finding mission to the library.  Students worked with partners to write 4 facts about the library.  Tomorrow we work on making a book about a fellow classmate; but first, students need to conduct interviews!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Reading Week!

Tomorrow is the start of Reading Week 2015!
We have one guest reader in the afternoon.  We will also hear the 3rd of 5 books that Mrs. Casey has chosen for this week.  By Wednesday, the entire student body will have heard all 5.  On Thursday morning, we will vote for our favorite!  So far we have heard Gaston and The Watermelon Seed.

Kids will also keep track of how many minutes they read for homework.  Each day (Tuesday - Thursday), students will return their reading log papers.

I'm trying to think of a clever book character to dress up as for Thursday.

If you'd like to "sign up" to come to read to our class, please check the email that was sent last week.  It had a link to a Google Document that I used to create a schedule.  If you are having trouble with it, email me a some dates and possible times and I'll get back to you.

Hope you are all enjoying this nice weather!