Monday, October 31, 2011

Great day for an adventure!

We had a wonderful time at the park today, and I couldn't have asked for better weather! We learned about different kinds of animals and their "homes" or habitats. The students also learned about different kinds of animals and their bones. The kids played games that revolved around acting like squirrels and we took a great hike!

Keep watching for pictures!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Jefferson County Park, October 31st

The long awaited for trip is finally here!

Your student will need to bring a sack lunch, clothes that can get dirty, and good walking shoes. We will depart form Pence at 9:00am and we will return around 2:30 pm. Thank you to the great parent volunteers who are taking time out of their day to help this day run a little smoother!

Students will not be able to wear costumes or bring toys to the park. Students will be able to bring a water bottle but it will be their responsibility to hold on to. If you have any questions, feel free to call or email me at any time.

This will be a new adventure for me and the students!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Parent Teacher Conferences! Feb 21st and 23rd

Sign up for parent teacher conferences online!

1. Go to
2. Click on the "Schools" tab
3. Select Parent/Teacher Conferences
... 4. Sign in or register if you haven't already
5. Select PES P/T conferences (choose which day you want)
6. Click on the teachers name
7. Enter students name
8. Hit "Continue"
9. You should see a list of times available to select from.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions!



Monday, October 24, 2011

School Trip - Mark Twain! October 28th

Pence will be visiting the Fairfield Civic center on Friday morning. We will be learning a little bit about Mark Twain and his life. Check out the link above to see more information about this production.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


Hello followers! You would not believe how much progress our first graders have made! Luckily, if you are a parent, conferences are Nov. 1st and 3rd and you will get to see for yourself. Keep up the great work reading and filling out those reading logs.

This week in first grade we are:

Math - learning about touch math with Miss Shepard. Touch math is a good technique for counting, adding, and subtraction. Ask your student to show you how to do touch math at home!

Reading - We are reading about bugs! Today we read a story about two kids who went on a picnic and they were blocking a bug from their home. Then we talked about the order of the story. When you are reading with your little genius at home, be sure to ask what happened first, next, and last and be ready to be blown away with how much your student can retell the story!

Writing- Our focus is on making words with the short Uu sound. We wrote about why we did, or didn't like bugs today. We should also be working on our word wall words at home! These are being sent home each week. It is very important to keep up with the words each week, the word wall is filling up and students are expected to know how to read and write them after they are posted to the wall.

 Check our these photos of our fabulous class.

Green team won our class competition last week! 

 These students learned a new game with nickels and pennies

During guided reading time students have different activities each day. Group six was at the computers reading from, and in the second page we have a student whose group was reading-to-self.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Its the week to show off what you know!

With report cards and parent teacher conferences right around the corner, students have been show me all the knowledge they have been absorbing these past few weeks. They have worked very hard on different kinds of assessments for our Standard Based Reporting. Some of our tests where taken individually, where others where given to our whole class at once! Tomorrow (Friday) we will be wrapping up our reading unit as well as our chapter 2 in math.

As a way to reward ourselves for all the hard work we have put in, tomorrow we will have a pajama day, and a movie at the end of the day. But sssshhhh, the students don't know about that yet :). Our reading units theme is "surprise' and I thought this would be a great way to wrap up a challenging week.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Don't forget:
1. Sign and turn in the Jefferson County Park permission slip form. October 31, 2011
2. Turn in those box tops!
3. Keep reading for our new "Out of this world" reading incentive.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


This week we will be touching on subtraction! This will be new to many students so I wanted to provide parents with some ideas for practice at home.

Here is a simple link to have your student watch at home.

You can also help by providing your student with different problems at home. Use items such as books. cans, spoons etc as models.

For example: Ask the child what is 7 - 3. Then have them show seven of the objects and then tell them to take three away. As a way to help reinforce the idea have them write out the problem with numbers as well.

Hope this helps :)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Reading Incentive/Fundraising

Two big things are due TOMORROW!! (10-11-11)

1. Reading Incentive Cards are due. These are the yellow sheets that were sent home last Tuesday. Students where required to read 10 minutes per night and document their time.

2. If you sold anything for the Chippe Shop fundraiser, you will need to pick up these tomorrow.


Saturday, October 1, 2011

It's October already!?

Wow, can you believe it is already October? This year is going fast. Before you know it, the quarter will be over and we will be having parent teacher conferences. If you haven't already, sign up at the office for a time! If you have any concerns, please feel free to contact me at anytime rather than waiting for conferences.

On Friday, we took our Theme 1 week 3 reading assessment. We rocked this test! 3/4 of the class had a 90% or more. Way to go 1st graders! Our weekly assessments include reading the weeks sight words aloud to an adult, then filling in the missing letter to complete a word. 

Tuesday Pence will kick off the "Fall Reading Incentives." Students will be able to earn prizes for reading. The students already have the assignment of reading for 10 minutes a day, this will be able to count towards both our reading logs, and the Fall reading.

This week in math we started learning about time, and telling time to the hour. This would be a great thing to work on at home.  In first grade they are required to read time to the hour and half hour.

 On Friday, the Fairfield Trojans came to give us a little pep assembly. Our class made them signs and had the choice of giving the signs to the football players and cheerleaders.

Below are a few pictures of how we kick it in first grade.