August 24

~The 2015-2016 School Year~


This blog will be used as an additional way to communicate with parents. Homework reminders, weekly newsletters, due dates, classroom information, and student work are just a few of the things you will find on this site.

Please contact me with any questions, problems, or suggestions about the blog. 

November 4

Makerspace Update

We have been having so much fun during our Makerspace times in the classroom. Last week we finished a lot of our projects. Mrs. Kuras is allowing us to display the finished projects in the library. I had the students present to the class during our library time. Once we have some more finished projects to add to the already completed ones, our creations will be coming home!

I have had a few parents ask me what we could use to stock our shelves for Makerspace time. Here is a list of some of the things the students have been asking for.

  • tissue boxes (small or large)
  • shipping boxes, cereal boxes (pretty much any boxes that have not had food directly touching the cardboard and are still in good condition)
  • tissue paper
  • wrapping paper
  • googly eyes
  • playdoh
  • yarn and string
  • pipe cleaners

If you are interested in donating some purchased items, we would love Legos (even used- eBay sells them!) and fun craft items like rainbow scratch paper, iron melt beads, rainbow looms/refills , and any other building type kits you can think of. The students would enjoy any and all of the above!  Thank you for all of your support. This time has become one of the most anticipated times of the week.

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November 2

Class Newsletter for the Week of Nov. 2nd (and Halloween photos!)

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Please click on the link below to access our class newsletter.

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We had such a great time during our Halloween party on Friday! We had many different games and activities planned. We had a penny toss game, a fruit snack sort, we made a foam craft, and decorated cookies. Thank you to everyone who donated items for the celebration. A special thank you to the parents who volunteered and helped our party run so smoothly!

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October 19

Class Newsletter for the Week of Oct. 19th

Hello! Please click on the link below to access our weekly newsletter.

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Did you hear we now have a full class set of iPads?! We received them last week. We are all very excited! This will allow us so many more options than the 9 we used to share. I look forward to blogging about the projects we complete and what we are able to do! The iPads in 1st grade will stay in the classroom. These will not be brought home. 

We do not have anyone in the PTO Liasion position. I am looking for a parent to attend the Wed. PTO meeting at 6pm. Please let me know if you are able to help this week. THANK YOU!

Over the weekend, I e-mailed information about our class Halloween party. We need some donations in order to do the fun activities we have planned. Please check out Volunteer Spot to see what is needed. Thank to everyone who has already signed up to donate. 

Have a great week!


October 6

Makerspace time!

A Makerspace is a DIY space where students can gather to create, invent, problem-solve and learn. We will be doing a 1st grade version of a Makerspace in our classroom. This will allow the students to spend time to be creative, work in teams, and build (problem-solving). ​We don’t need much to start and simple donations are just what we need!  

Some ideas for supplies we could use during Makerspace time:

*play dough

*masking tape or DUCK brand tape (with designs)

*cardboard (empty shoe boxes, small shipping boxes, tissue boxes, paper towel rolls/toilet paper rolls)

*chenille stems (pipe cleaners)

*aluminum foil

*google eyes

*felt or foam

*yarn or string

*used building sets (Tinker Toys, Duplos, Legos, etc.)

*cotton balls

*cups (styrofoam or plastic)

*drinking straws

*scrapbook paper

*anything else you can think of!! (no glitter, please ;-) )


Once started, I’m hoping to devote an hour once a week on this (more if possible once we tackle our requirements!). We will be doing Makerspace every Wednesday throughout the year, so feel free to send items in whenever you have them.

Thank you in advance!! Please let me know if you have any questions.


Here is a video of what our Makerspace time looked like last year:


Here are few others we’ve been watching in class to get inspired!


October 6

Class Newsletter for the Week of Oct. 5th

Hello! Please click the link below to access our weekly newsletter.

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Our Fun Run is coming up on Friday! We are still taking donations for individual students, Classroom Adoptions, and Shout Outs. Our class is currently in 6th place (woo hoo!) for the school. Thank you to everyone who has donated already. We have collected $660!!

Please stay tuned for info about our new Makerspace time. The students are getting very excited for this new addition to our weekly schedule.