About Wendy Cassidy

I have been a teacher in Cobb County for 16 years and have taught both Kindergarten and First Grade. I have been married for 34 years to my best friend Mike. We have 2 grown up daughters, Sarah and Tory. Sarah, her husband Shawn, and my beautiful granddaughter Maddie live in Alabama. Tory has decided to settle closer to home and is a teacher. In my spare time I love to read, sew, and play on the computer.

Friday, November 8, 2019

FROM THE TEACHER:
This week flew by and I am sure next week will do the same. We have a lot to complete during the 2nd nine weeks of school. We have been reading about eagles, writing about eagles and learning about Veterans Day.

PLEASE HAVE YOUR CHILD WEAR RED, WHITE AND BLUE CLOTHING ON MONDAY TO HELP US CELEBRATE THE VETERANS WHO WILL BE ENJOYING BREAKFAST AT OUR SCHOOL. IF YOU HAVE A VETERAN ATTENDING PLEASE LET ME KNOW SO YOUR CHILD CAN JOIN THEM FOR BREAKFAST.

Friday is spirit day at Pitner. Please have your child wear their teal class t-shirt on Fridays.

The students had a wonderful time on the Day of Awesomeness here at Pitner. Each grade level had an hour and a half of fun in the bounce houses and obstacle courses that were set up out on our playground. Thank you so much to the parents who were able to come and help.

THANKSGIVING SNACK FEAST
We will have a snack feast with on Thursday, November 21st to celebrate our friendship in Kindergarten. Students will fill their plate with snacks and the entire grade will meet in the hall by our classes to share our friendship. There is a paper with more information in your child’s folder.

RAFFLE BASKETS:
Pitner’s annual Dinner with Santa is on December 6th and with it brings the tradition of the raffle basket. Each class collects goodies to create a themed basket that the PTSA raffles off at Dinner with Santa. The money earned is used by the PTSA to purchase items for the school. The theme for our class basket will be “Snacking Good Fun”. Please donate an item or two for our basket if you are able.

LANGUAGE ARTS:
We continued to work on our phonics skills this week. We learned about the letter K and L. We practiced writing the letter and how it looks and sounds at the beginning of words. We also worked on sorting letters and pictures. During readers’ workshop, we have been learning about nonfiction or informational books. We have been reading about Eagles this week and learning to look for facts and details in nonfiction books. Please continue to work on sight words at home. Students will need to know 25 sight words by the end of the second nine week period.

MATH:
We have been working hard to build our number skills by counting and writing the numbers to 20. We will be moving on to a unit about measurement next week.

INTEGRATED STUDIES: We have learned about Veteran’s Day this week. Next week we will start working on a unit about Thanksgiving then and now. We will continue with this unit through the next week of school.

Have a great weekend!
Mrs. Cassidy, Mrs. Perry and Mrs. Palmer

Friday, October 25, 2019

FROM THE TEACHER:

Time is flying by this year and it is hard to believe that October is almost over.  Thank you to all of the parents who dressed your children for red ribbon week.  In Kindergarten we stress healthy living as a way to take care of ourselves.

We had an awesome time at the Cobb Performing Arts Center. The children enjoyed the play about Peter Rabbit.

We know that many of you will be celebrating Halloween next week. We ask that you not send any candy to school with your child for snack after Halloween.

We had a visit from author Gail Langer Karwoski this week. The children enjoyed listening to her story about the animals who sleep near or on the river.

ICE CREAM: Just a reminder that students are allowed to purchase ice cream on Fridays. They must bring in or already have the money in their accounts to pay for it. The cost is $1.25.

WATER BOTTLES: Please do not put anything but water in your child’s water bottle. We have had numerous spills in the classroom this year and we are not equipped to clean up juice and milk.

LANGUAGE ARTS:

We continued to work on our phonics skills this week. We learned about the letter C & H. We practiced writing the letter and how it looks and sounds at the beginning of words.  We also worked on sorting letters and pictures.  We will move on to the letters F & D next week. During readers workshop we have been learning about nonfiction or informational books.  We have been reading about bats this week and comparing books filled with information about bats.

Please continue to work on sight words at home.  Students will need to know 25 sight words by the end of the second nine week period.

MATH:

We have continued to work on our teen numbers this week. We will finish this unit in the next two weeks and review to strengthen their knowledge of the numbers.

INTEGRATED STUDIES:  We have been working on a unit about night and day this week. As part of the unit we have learned about nocturnal animals and how they are different from us. We will be continue working on our unit about night and day next week.

 

Friday, October 11, 2019

FROM THE TEACHER

Fall may be finally here in Georgia and we hope that the cooler weather will stay awhile.  We are enjoying watching the changes that are happening outside our window. We learned about apples this week. We looked at different apples. We tasted both apple juice and apple cider and talked about how they are different. We make apples sauce today to end the unit.

FIELD TRIP: Just a reminder that the field trip to the Cobb Energy Center to see Peter Rabbit will be on October 24th. Our class shirts have arrived and I will give them to the children to wear on the day of the field trip. Those who paid for a shirt will wear their shirt home that day. Students can wear their shirts every Friday and on field trips throughout the year.   

 50Th Day: Just a reminder that Thursday next week is the 50th day of school and if your child wishes to they may dress in the style of the 1950s. We will rotate to different classrooms to dance to 50’s music, practice counting to 50 and try to make a list of 50 words.

CONFERENCES: Conferences are being held during the week of Oct 14 – 18.  Students will be released at 12:30 every day.  I am looking forward to meeting with those who have confirmed that they will attend.

LANGUAGE ARTS: We continued to work on our phonics skills this week. We practiced the letters “t” and “g” this week. We will work on “n” and “p”.  We have been learning about informational writing in writers workshop. We learned about apples this week. We used our five senses to explore apples and write facts about them. We will be exploring owls the week after conference week. We will continue with this unit for the next few weeks.   Please continue to work on sight words at home.  Students will need to know 25 sight words by the end of the second nine week period.

 MATH: We have being learning the numbers 11 to 20 this week. Teen numbers are hard for most children to understand. You can help your child by having them write the teen numbers and draw objects to match the number. Please continue to work with your student to help them practice counting to 100.

Integrated Studies: We learned about one of the early explorers who came to the Americas, Christopher Columbus. We discussed the difference between the past and the present. Next week we will be exploring how we can create a boat to carry Columbus’s crew across the ocean. This will be a 3-day STEAM activity.

 

Zoo-Phonics Parade

Thank you to all of our parents for creating such creative costumes for our Zoo-Phonics parade. This parade is our moment to shine and share our accomplishments with the school. It is great as a teacher to walk with my students and hear the older students cheer for them and remember when they were a part of the parade. Thank you to all of the parents who were able to attend our parade. The students enjoyed having you visit our school.

Friday, September 20, 2019

News from Room 105

FROM THE TEACHER: We have been very busy here in our classroom working to complete the required academics for this first nine weeks. We have 2 weeks after we come back until the end of this nine week period. Just a reminder that there will be no school next week as it is our Fall break.

FIELD TRIP: Just a reminder that the permission slip and money for our upcoming field trip to see Peter Rabbit is on Oct 24th is due after the break. Thank you to all of the families who have send in their forms.

LANGUAGE ARTS:

We have spent the week reviewing the letters “b” and “m”. We will be repeating the alphabet over the next few months out of alphabetical order. Next week we will practice the letters “r” & “s”.  Please continue to work with your child at home if they don’t know all of the letters or sounds yet.  Knowing the letters and sounds plays a very important role as we learn to read.

We are working to get all of our students on blue or above on our sight word rainbow.  As of today 7 students are on blue, 5 are on green and 1 is on yellow. Their goal is to move up the rainbow to the top and then reach for the stars by learning 75 sight words. Please keep practicing the sight words with your child.  We spell and say the words 5 times each here in class each day. The word list is on the back of your child’s folder.

 MATH: We have been working on 3D shapes in our classroom this week. We sorted different 2D and 3D shaped snacks today to share for snack. When we return we will be reviewing our numbers to 10 until the end of this nine weeks. We will then start working on the numbers 11 – 20.  We are also counting from 1 – 50 in our class every day to help the students on reach their long term goal of counting to 100.

INTEGRATED STUDIES: We are working on properties of matter here in our classroom. The key to this unit is to teach the children how to use their five senses in discovery. We have talked about the attributes of different objects and sorted them using our five senses.  We will use our five senses to discover some of the changes in our outdoors (fall) when we return from the break.

Have a great break!

Mrs. Cassidy, Mrs.  Perry and Mrs. Palmer

Friday, September 13, 2019

FROM THE TEACHER

The heat has returned, and we are back to having shortened time outside to ensure that our students don’t suffer from heat exhaustion.  I am really looking forward to some cooler weather in the coming weeks.

We are working to get all of our students on blue on our sight word rainbow.  Please keep practicing the sight words with your child.  We spell and say the words 5 times each here in class each day. We try to go slowly so that the children will remember all of the words, so this process will take a couple of weeks. For those of you who have moved beyond blue and know more sight words, please continue to work on them until you know all 75. Learning the sight words will help your child learn to read fluently.

Congratulations to Alyssa who knows all of the Kindergarten sight words and is working on her first-grade words. Congratulations to Omar, Harper and Oksana who made it to the top of the rainbow.

BOX TOPS: Thank you to all of the parents who filled the box top paper and sent it in. Our school receives $2.50 for every filled page we send it. Please continue to save those box tops.

LANGUAGE ARTS: We completed our unit on Zoophonics this week and will start reviewing our letters and sounds next week.  We will have a Zoophonics parade here at Pitner on Friday, October 4th to celebrate the completion of the unit. Each class/student will be asked to dress up in a simple costume to represent an assigned Zoophonics letter animal.  The information is in your child’s folder so please look it over. Our class is the letters A, B, C, and D. To be fair we had the students draw paper with a letter on it.

 MATH: We have been working on our 2D and 3D shapes this week and will continue with this unit for another week. We are also counting from 1 – 50 in our class every day to help the students on reach their long term goal of counting to 100.

INTEGRATED STUDIES: We continued to work on our unit about maps and globe this week. We also started a unit on properties of matter. This unit teaches students how to use their senses to look at and analyse the world around them. We will do a boat experiment after learning about sink and float. We will sort items by shape, size, texture and color.

Friday, September 6, 2019

FROM THE TEACHER

We have been in school for 36 days. During the school year we count the days and add a paper clip to create groups of tens till we get to 180 days. This helps the students learn how to count by 1’s and by 10”s.

We are working to get all of our students on blue on our sight word rainbow.  Please keep practicing the sight words with your child.  We spell and say the words 5 times each here in class each day. We try to go slowly so that the children will remember all of the words, so this process will take a couple of weeks. For those of you who have moved beyond blue and know more sight words, please continue to work on them until you know all 75. Learning the sight words will help your child learn to read fluently.

BOX TOPS: Thank you to all of the parents who are scanning box tops to support our school. I know that there is now a phone app to help you collect. Please continue to save those box tops.

LANGUAGE ARTS: We will complete our unit on Zoophonics next week. We will have a Zoophonics parade here at Pitner on Friday, October 4th to celebrate the completion of the unit. Each class/student will be asked to dress up in a simple costume to represent an assigned Zoophonics letter animal.  The information on what letter your child has been assigned will be sent home at the end of next week.

 MATH: We have been working on a unit on shapes for the past week and we will continue with this unit for another 2 weeks. We are currently learning about 2D shapes and will start learning about 3D shapes at the end of next week. We are also counting from 1 – 50 in our class every day to help the students reach their long-term goal of counting to 100.

INTEGRATED STUDIES: We have been learning about maps and globes this week. This unit is continuous throughout the year. We will learn about our continent, country, state and city during the next two quarters and we will learn our home address in the spring. I did let students who already knew their address tell it to me, but it is not on the report card until next spring. Next week we will start a unit on properties of matter.

This is the community that we build last week.