Sunday, March 5, 2017

Spring is Around the Corner!

Dear Parents,

We had a fun Dr. Seuss Week! Chief Kent from the Burlington Police Department came to read to the boys and girls. The boys and girls also got to ask questions about what it is like to be a police officer. For Dr. Seuss week we got to decorate our doors, our classroom's theme was "The Lorax". The boys and girls wrote about what they would do to save the trees.

The Lorax also came for a visit..... oh no, wait, that's Joe!!

Chief Kent reading to the boys and girls

We have also had a great month of parents coming in to share artifacts from their cultures to share with the class. The boys and girls are learning so much about different cultures and different parts of the world. 

Friday, March 10th will be our field trip to the Museum of Science. Please have the boys and girls bring a bagged lunch. It should be a really fun day!

Thank you! Have a nice week!

- Room 112

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Happy February!

Hello Parents,

        Happy February! We have had a busy start to 2017. The boys and girls have completed their testings and we are all very proud of their hard work and growth they have made in first grade. Some results will be coming home on Monday, February 6, 2017 such as the I-Ready Reading results.

Our next unit of study will be the patterns in the sky, the sun, moon and earth. The culminating activity will be followed by a field trip to the museum of science on March 10, 2017. The field trip slip will be sent home on Monday, February 6th.

In our classroom we are hatching chicks! The boys and girls got to take part in a presentation with the Science department describing the life cycle of the chick.

Here are some pictures from the presentation.

On this past Monday morning, we had the chick eggs delivered. And on Tuesday, we had 6 baby chicks. They boys and girls named them Brady, Pearl, Evony, Sparkles, Isabelle, and Ninja. They will be leaving on Wednesday, February 8th to go to their forever homes.

We have also been enjoying learning about the boys and girls different cultures. They have been bringing artifacts to share that represent their cultures. Here are some pictures of some artifacts that have been shared.

On February 14th, they boys and girls will be exchanging Valentines Cards. This will be voluntary. I will send home a list of the boys and girls names in case your child wants to participate. 

Please have a happy and safe February Vacation and if you have questions please feel free to contact me.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Happy New Year!

Dear Parents,

I hope you all had a very happy and restful vacation. We are excited to start a new year of learning and growing. This month we will be exploring space and the patterns in the sky to include the moon, sun and stars. We will also be discovering and learning about the properties of  light and sound. At the end of January we will be hatching chicks in our classroom.

January is also a busy month for assessment. We will be taking the I-Ready test for reading and the Symphony test for math. Parents, you will be amazed at the growth the boys and girls have made so far this year. I am very proud of them!

Here are some pictures that were taken before break during our assembly and Polar Express Day. Enjoy!


All of Francis Wyman doing the Mannequin Challenge!

And here we are enjoying cookies and hot chocolate at the Polar Express!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Room 112 Announcements

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Dear Parents,

I hope everyone had a very Happy Thanksgiving. December will go by very quickly and we have so much to do. We are reading about Fairytales and celebrations around the world. Don't forget we would love to have parents volunteer to come and read/share about some of your customs and celebrations.

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On Wednesday, December 21st we will be taking a virtual trip to the North Pole. We will be reading the Polar Express. The boys and girls are asked to wear their pajamas on that day. They can wear slippers too. We will be having hot chocolate and cookies in the cafeteria. Our cafeteria staff will make the hot chocolate and cookies so all the ingredients are safe for those with allergies.

We will also be focusing on "Acts of Kindness" with the boys and girls. The boys and girls have been working hard on what it means to be nice to each other and others. I am very proud of their efforts.

Please check back for more information.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

October Announcements

Dear Parents,

       I can't believe it is almost the end of October! Our trip to Drumlin Farm on Friday was great! We had a wonderful time seeing the different animals that live on the farm and exploring the surrounding nature. 

At the end of this month, a costume parade is being planned for the boys and girls. More details will follow on day and times of the parade.

Wednesday, October 19th is picture day! If the boys and girls plan to have their pictures taken that day please send in their envelopes with choice of background.

Notices will be coming home in regards to parent conferences with their child's reading teacher on Thursday, December 1st. Please choose a time that is convenient for you. Teachers will try to accommodate around your schedules.

Mrs. Lamprey, the English Language Learners teacher, and I are working together in the afternoons to teach and talk about our different cultures. We would love to have parents volunteer to come in to read to the students and share more about their cultures and traditions. The times that we meet in afternoons are from 12:45pm - 1:30pm. If you are interested and available, please send me an e-mail and we can coordinate a day and time for you to come in and read to the students.

Thank you,
Mrs. Ski

Here are some pictures from Drumlin Farm, Enjoy!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Happy Fall!

Hello Parents,

It was so nice to meet everyone at Open House. The boys and girls are eager about beginning our Farm Unit. We have already learned some farm songs and poems to go with our Unit. In science we will be learning about the functions and parts of farm animals. This week, we will be learning all about the Pig!

We have begun the process of switching classrooms for Reading and the boys and girls are excited to read! We will be working on Fundations to further improve our phonics. Not only will we be reading and working on our phonics but we will be working on reading comprehension and fluency by retelling stories they have read.

In Math, we are using the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) approach to further enhance the conceptions of Math. We are working on addition and subtraction. Here are some pictures of the boys and girls using a hands-on approach while using math manipulatives to create shapes and patterns.

Greta Says: "Do you like my beautiful flower?"

Here are Georgia and Maeve's patterns

Peter and Kaden Say: "This bridge is solid."

Another beautiful flower!

Jack and Kaden building!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Welcome to Room 112!

Dear Parents and Families,

Welcome to Room 112! The boys and girls have made a wonderful adjustment to first grade. We had a busy first week! The children started the week off by building a school community and learning about the Francis Wyman Falcon's SOAR motto. Here is a chart of the behaviors that are expected of the Francis Wyman community.

Francis Wyman Falcons SOAR

Hallway and Common Area
Bus and Bus Line
*Keep hands and feet to yourself
*Take Turns
*Raise your hand and wait quietly to be called on
*Use a quiet voice
*Wait quietly in line
*Talk quietly with friends
*Stay seated until dismissed
*Stay in a single file line
*Personal Space
*Keep hands and feet to yourself
*Be silent
*Keep hands and feet to yourself
1. Try to solve problems with peers yourself
2. If unable to solve problem, get help from the teacher
3. After problem solving, let it go
*Give others privacy
*Use quiet voices
*Keep the light on
*Stay seated single file in your bus line
*Calm body and quiet voice
*Stay in your seat on the bus

Outstanding Effort
*Do your best work the first time
*Keep trying when something is hard

FW Falcons soar when showing outstanding effort
in self-control, acts of kindness and respect!

Acts of Kindness
*Use kind words
*Friendly face, friendly voice
*Ask, “Are you ok?”
*Ask if others need help
*Recycle and pick up all trash on the table and floor, even if it isn’t yours.
*Include others in your conversation
*Hold the door for others

*Invite others to play
*Share equipment
* Pick up equipment that is left behind
*Wait patiently
*Share your seat
*Include others in your conversation
*Use kind words
*Follow directions the first time
*Work together with others
*Listen when others are talking
*Use materials appropriately
*Say “please and thank you”
*Use appropriate language
*Eat your own lunch
*Quiet voices at lockers
*Use your manners--say hello, good morning, please, and thank you

*Use equipment appropriately
*Play fairly
*Be a good sport
*Line up calmly when called the first time
*Put towels in garbage
*Flush toilet and wash hands
*Keep water in the sink

*Listen to the bus driver
*Use appropriate language
*Follow the Bus Rules
*Sit in grade level section

In our morning meeting and in the classroom we are constantly modeling and practicing these values. We took a tour of the school where they boys and girls were able to see what behaviors are expected in the different areas of the school (lunch room, bathrooms, hallway, library, etc.).

This week will be spent learning more about each other and our families. I also encourage you to ask your child about their day and to check back on this blog to see what it happening in Room 112. Feel free to contact me any time at or leave comments below on the blog.

I look forward to meeting you all at the open house on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm.

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Our first field trip is on Friday, October 14, 2016 to Drumlin Farm! More information will be sent out.