May/June Save-the-Dates

A few updates and some new information as we head into the last weeks of school:

GRANDPARENTS DAY is scheduled for Tuesday, May 21. Grandparents may arrive at the school at 8am for refreshments and a welcome presentation in the cafeteria. They will then visit our classroom from 8:45-9:15am and the morning will end with an assembly from 9:30-10:00am. If your child does not have grandparents in the area, any relative or friend is welcome to visit us that day ๐Ÿ™‚

Our FIELD TRIP will be on Monday, June 10 to Hidden Valley Animal Adventure Park in Varysburg, NY. We get to take a trolley ride around the park and feed animals like zebras, camels, and bison, then have a picnic lunch together and visit the small animal petting zoo! If you’re interested in coming along, we’d love to have you join us! Adult ticket prices are $19.50 and you will need to drive to the park on your own. If you’re planning to bring additional children, the cost for each child will be $14.00. Money can be turned in to me at the school (they will not accept money at the park that day). For more information about the park, you can visit their website here. More information will be coming home as we get closer to this date.

FIELD DAY will be Friday, June 14. This year, the first graders are only participating for the first half of the day…it can be a long day for the little ones! You are welcome to join us at the school and watch your children compete in lots of fun activities and water games. The first grade classes are wearing red this year. If you would like to purchase an official CG Field Day t-shirt, please click here and place your order with your child’s name as the recipient. *NOTE: this link closes on Monday, May 13! If you are not buying a shirt, please make sure your child wears a red shirt that day. With so many kids running around, it helps to have similar colors in order to locate wanderers or find our groups. Feel free to show your support and wear red or purchase your own red Field Day shirt as well!

Our AWARDS CEREMONY will be on Thursday, June 20. More information will be coming once we receive the schedule. We’re looking forward to a more streamlined process for the ceremony this year!

I am sending home information packets regarding the SUMMER READING PROGRAM and the SUMMER RECREATION PROGRAM for this year. They will run from Monday, July 15 through Friday, August 15. I highly encourage these programs for students who could use some extra reading practice or who get bored easily during the summer, even if it’s just for a couple days a week.

If you have any questions about the above, please send me an email or call the classroom and leave a message. I’m very excited about everything that we have planned for the next 7 weeks!

Pajama Day

To accommodate for some of the other activities that will be going on next week, our Polar Express Pajama Day (previously scheduled for Monday, December 17) is now going to be on Friday, December 21. A note has been sent home with more information.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

We have just received an update that as of 3pm today, all after-school activities will be canceled. This includes parent-teacher conferences. If you are scheduled to meet with me after 3pm today, I will be contacting you to set up another meeting. Thank you for understanding.

Stay safe and warm at home! ๐Ÿ™‚

Miss M

We Survived Halloween Week!

I don’t know about you, but I am just now feeling caught up on sleep after the craziness that is Halloween Week (thanks, Daylight Savings!).

I’ve updated the Spelling Words page. We’re still practicing words with the two different sounds that oo makes, and we’ve added the sound /ou/ (like in round).ย This is also the week where I get to try and make up sentences during the test that relate to the Buffalo Bills (and I get to teach the kids the Shout! song). Looks like it’s going to be another year where the sentence I give for the Tricky Word is something about being let down

Our assessments for report cards are well underway. Our reading intervention teacher has completed the benchmark reading assessments for everyone in my class so I will be getting you the information on that as soon as we go over the data and get a better picture of where the kids are as a grade level. It’s looking great so far! I’ve also finished up the math assessments and I am in the process of plugging all the numbers into my super awesome spreadsheet. This week I will focus on testing high-frequency words…keep practicing those at home! ๐Ÿ™‚

Don’t forget — parent-teacher conference day is scheduled for next Thursday! If you haven’t already, please check my availability on the Parent-Teacher Conferences tab at the top of this site. I know it’s always a crazy day and not everyone can make it then, so I’ve added extra days leading up to November 15. I can make adjustments too, so don’t be afraid to ask!

Have a great evening!

Miss M.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conference Day is less than a month away! To make it easier on everyone, I have set up a scheduling tool so that you can pick a time on that day or pick a completely different day and time if needed.

You can click on “Parent-Teacher Conferences” in the menu bar or go to to see the available spots.

I look forward to seeing you all!

Miss M

A Few Updates and Reminders :)

  • I just returned from a last-minute trip to NYC for the Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Project Saturday Reunion at Columbia University. My head has been packed full of information and ideas to make our reading and writing even better, from some of the brightest minds in reading and writing curriculum!
  • We will be starting spelling tomorrow, October 22. I have updated the Reading tab with our list of spelling words if you’d like to get a head start on practicing them!
  • Continue reading for 20 minutes each night. If you happen to visit our classroom, check out the goal tracker I’ve posted outside the door. Each time a student turns in a reading log, I get to color in some boxes showing how close he or she is to our goal of 100 books per student! I cannot emphasize enough just how proud I am of these kids…in less than 2 months, we’ve read OVER 500 BOOKS together! That’s crazy!
  • I’ve added some links and information to the Math and Writing tabs.
  • Starting tomorrow, the first-grade classes will be dismissed from the doors by the playground instead of from the front doors in an effort to help alleviate the congestion out front at the end of the day. Let me know if you have any questions.

Have a great evening!

Miss M.

Open House

Thank you to everyone who came to Open House last night! I loved seeing the kids again and meeting parents, siblings, grandparents, and friends.

Whether you were there or had prior commitments and didn’t make it, feel free to stop in on Wednesday morning! I can’t wait for the school year to start. I can already tell it’s going to be a great one!

Enjoy this last long weekend of the summer ๐Ÿ™‚

Miss M

Summer’s almost over!

Phew! I’ve been a traveling machine this summer. Now that I’m home and have had a chance to breathe, it’s time to gear back up for the new school year.

Am I the only one who is excited for the year to start because I’ll feelย less overwhelmed back at work? Yes? Okay.

I’ve finished your child’s welcome back letters and they will be sent out tomorrow morning. The letter includes some information about me and a little bit about Open House. Just a reminder: Open House is Thursday, August 30 at 5pm. My room is 129. If you enter through the main doors, turn right, and go past the office, my room is the first classroom on the right-hand side (after Mrs. Ambuski’s office). There’s a bunch of Dr. Seuss characters painted around the doorway, you really can’t miss it ๐Ÿ˜‰

I will be posting here occasionally to provide updates and add links to what we’re learning in class, so check back every so often.

Be well!

– Miss M.