Friday, October 30, 2015

Fall Festival Fun!

Fall Festival A BIG thank you to our parents who volunteered to help us at our Fall Festival. We had a fantastic fall morning celebrating the Autumn season! Another thank you to our families who donated materials for our event. Check out some pictures of our festival below!

READO Boards: November READO boards will go home next week. Students who choose to complete the board by the end of the month will receive a prize. Your first grader may require some assistance in completing the tasks on the board. November boards must be completed and returned to school by Monday, November 30th for students to receive a prize.

Library volunteers:  The Pine Glen Library is looking for volunteers! For more information or to sign up, please contact Miss Carney at (781) 221-7798 or email

Talking Tidbits:

  • Halloween Sing-A-Long
  • Fall Festival Fun!
  • Using ASK (Appropriate/Safe/Kind) Behavior to earn “Hoots!” at Pine Glen
  • Meeting Scout the owl

ASK Assembly

Fall Festival!

Halloween Sing a Long

Friday, October 23, 2015

Homework is Here!!

Our first week of homework was successful! A reminder that Homework Folders go home on Mondays and are due back on Fridays.  If you have any questions regarding homework, please let me know.

Reading Corps Reminder: Please leave your first graders reading corp chart in their blue folder. If your child reads over the weekend, you may record it when the folder comes home on Monday.  This makes it easier for us to track our progress on becoming Five Star Generals. Reading corps should be filled out with the date and parent initials. Each box is 15 minutes, so if there was 30+ minutes of reading one day, 2+ boxes can be filled! Thank you for your support!



This week we began writing about our experience in the StarLab. We learned that when authors write about something that happened to them, it is called Narrative Writing. We discussed features of a great narrative then we wrote about our StarLab experience in order. We first wrote the beginning, then the middle, and moved on to the end. Our narratives were typed, and then we edited our work to see if we could find any corrections or if we could add any extra details! Be on the lookout for your child’s rough drafts and graphic organizers of this writing project. They were sent home in your writers green home/school folder.  We look forward to sharing our published projects with you later in the year and are excited to write some more narratives in the coming weeks!

Fall Festival: A reminder that next Friday is our Fall Festival.  First graders may bring in their pumpkins and paper towel rolls beginning on Monday, October 26th. Students are also invited to bring in a special fall snack on Friday to enjoy during our event. Thank you to families who helped us by donating items and thank you to our volunteers! We are looking forward to some fall fun!

Crazy Hat Day! l The PG Student Council is also hosting a Crazy Hat Day on Friday, October 30th.

October READO Boards: Next week is the last week to turn in October READO Boards, which are due by October 30th. READOs are not required but are strongly recommended. They can help to build independent reading routines at home, plus - they’re fun! :) Be on the lookout for a November READO Board coming home soon!

Talking Tidbits:
-Digraphs in phonics
-Starlab Narrative Publishing
-Stories about Subtraction
-What we’ve been learning in Reading Groups

Friday, October 16, 2015

An All Star Week!

Writing & Science
This week was a very exciting week in first grade. Mr. Musselman from the science center visited our school with the Burlington Science Center’s “Star Lab”. To prepare for this exciting event, first graders were given research notebooks and researched all about the sun. We discussed what researchers do, brainstormed facts we thought we already knew about the sun, and then explored the topic further by reading and exploring some nonfiction books on the sun from the Pine Glen Library. When Mr. Musselman got here, we were so excited to venture into the Star Lab and learn even more about the stars and planets! We learned about all kinds of constellations such as the Big and Little Dippers, Orion the Hunter, Sirius the Dog, Queen Cassiopeia and more!  We had a blast!

After Star Lab, we began writing about our experience. We learned that when authors write about something that happened to them, it is called Narrative Writing. In the coming weeks, first grader authors will write narrative stories about their trip into the Starlab.  Thursday and Friday this week we spent time sketching pictures to help us remember the beginning, middle and end of our morning under the stars. Next week, we will work on turning those sketches into a story with lots of interesting details!   

Don’t Forget!
Next week is Elaine Babajtis’s retirement celebration on October 21st at 3:00pm! If you plan on attending, please RSVP to Mrs. Gordon at

Homework: Homework will begin on Monday. Your first grader’s homework folder will go home on Monday and should be returned to school on Friday. An overview of assignments will be included in the folder. A reminder that there are four components to first grade homework
  1. Reading - Every night for at least 15 minutes. (Please leave Reading Corp slips in the blue folder)
  2. EnVision Math Sheet
  3. Journal
  4. ST Math

If you have any questions or trouble with homework, just ask!

Talking Tidbits
  • Starlab!
  • What good researchers do
  • The sun
  • CVC words
  • Subtracting in math
  • Strategies to solve math facts (punch it out, count on, count back, draw a picture)
  • Narrative Writing-- Our stories about the Starlab!

Friday, October 9, 2015

OCTO-BURRR is here!

Recess: As the weather starts to get cooler, please be sure your first grader is prepared for outdoor recess! :)

Starlab!  On Wednesday, October 14th, first grade will have a pajama day and will spend their morning exploring the stars in Burlington Science Center’s “Star Lab”! Even though we will be cozy in our pajamas, please be sure students have appropriate footwear for outdoor recess.  

Math Time! First graders began Topic 2 of our math program EnVision.  This topic focuses on subtraction. When possible, use the math resources sent home last week to help support your child at home.

Reado Boards: Have some reading fun and help your child complete their October READO board. Students may bring in completed boards before the end of the month to receive a special prize!

Fall Festival: First grade will have  a Fall Festival on Friday, October 30th. A notice was sent home this week in your child’s green folder. If you would like to volunteer for this event, please let me know. Be sure you have a CORI on file and that you have attended a Confidentiality Meeting.  

Library this week:  In Library this week, Miss Carney gave us a tour of the library. Each first grader was challenged to “branch out” and find a new book, character, or author to check out. As a class we discussed trying something new whether it be trying a new food, a new game, or a new book! We talked about how new things can make us feel all sorts of things--  scared, nervous, excited!  In the next few weeks we will continue to encourage first graders to step outside their comfort zones and try some new kinds of books.   Please remember that if your child checks out a book that they cannot read independently, it is okay to read it to them! Most importantly, we want to foster a love of reading and literacy.  It is our hope that by asking first graders to try some new things, they made find new genres and authors they enjoy in addition to those books they already know and love.  

Writing & Science:  This week in writing we finished publishing and shared our All About Me books.  We also practiced writing more stories. Next week we will begin researching about the sun to prepare for Starlab with Mr. Musselman.  Writers will use a research notebook and learn to take notes to organize their information.  

Have a great long weekend!

Sharing our All About Me books!

Friday, October 2, 2015

A Fantastic Fall Week!

Happy Friday everyone! We had yet another great week here in first grade. We have reviewed all of our letters and their sounds. We have also been very busy learning many strategies on how to solve addition sentences and problems. Next week we will start Envision Math Topic 2 and Fundations Unit 2. Be sure to visit the “What We’re Learning” page on this blog to find out more about these topics!

Helping your child at home!
A math resource handout was sent home today in your child’s green folder. There are a lot of great apps, websites, card games, and more that you can play with your child at home to help them with their math. These resources are not required but are strongly encouraged and will benefit your child in the classroom!

iReady & Symphony Reports!
On Monday you will be receiving reports from iReady and Symphony assessments that were taken by students in September. Please be aware are simply a snapshot of your child's learning.  If you have any questions about your child's academic progress please feel free to contact me.

Brrrr.... Cooler Weather!
Please note that we will continue to go out for recess even as the weather gets cooler. Please be sure your first grader is prepared for outdoor weather.

Scholastic Book Orders: If you would like to order, October Scholastic book orders are due by next Friday 10/9. Information on ordering online can be found on the notice sent home or on the right side of the blog.

Upcoming 1st Grade Events:

Elaine Babajtis’ (Mrs. B) Retirement Party!
All of Elaine’s colleagues, parents, and students are welcome to stop by the Pine Glen Cafeteria on Wednesday, October 21 at 3:30 to say hello catch up with Elaine. Treats and drinks will be served! Please RSVP to by October 14th if you plan on attending.

On Wednesday, October 14th, first grade will spend their morning exploring the stars and planets in Burlington Science Center’s “Star Lab”! More information about this exciting event will be sent home next week!

Fall Festival
On Friday, October 30th, first grade will be having our first seasonal event: Fall Festival! If you would like to volunteer for this event from 9:00-10:45am, please email me to let me know. Again, more information will be sent home next week!

Talking Tidbits
-All About Me Book publishing (We’re ALMOST done! See pictures of our authors below!)
-Letter formations
-Our new Author of the Month: David Shannon
-Starting Reading Groups!