From our Mr. Cathey

Hello Frey Families,

Today is our third day of our two week STEM-tastic campaign for the Frey Foundation.  Let me start by thanking those families and businesses that have made early donations.  As an added bonus, all students who donate early by this Friday will receive a small gift of LED finger flashlights from the foundation. 

My first email covered some Science, and Last night’s callout mentioned how much this community has done to support STEM at Frey by addressing the big picture.  I shared how we have raised over 150,000 tax free dollars for the school. Well today, I’d like to move on to the letter T of STEM…Technology.  Each year the Foundation has been able to increase the amount of extra technologies that our students have access to.  We currently have 2 laptop carts for literacy and research along with 94 iPads in use by our students thanks to the Frey Foundation.  With your help, it is one of our goals to double that for next year.  Students are able to code and program mini-robots, film and post themselves doing assignments and presentations in all subjects, and take assessments that provide immediate data to their teachers. These examples are just naming a few of the many benefits of this technology.  I have already mentioned how our students are given opportunities and advantages that most public and private school students do not receive, and in the coming days, you will hear personal accounts of the experiences and resources provided to your student’s teacher thanks to these Foundation funds.  We hope that you will visit our Foundation webpage and join us in being a part of The 2018 STEM-tastic Campaign!



Jason Cathey


Week of March 5-9

Dear families,


We are so excited about our field trip this Friday to the art barn! If you have not sent in your child’s permission form, please be sure to send it in as soon as possible.  If you are planning to chaperone, please remember that you will have to provide your own transportation. Also, your child will need to ride on the school bus, or be counted absent from school if you elect to bring him or her with you. In years past, parents have met at the school to carpool and follow the buses. Please feel free to continue this tradition.

Remember, we are going to a farm, so send your child in appropriate clothing (clothes toed shoes, comfortable clothes, overalls optional :).

Remember that lunches need to be disposable, so please do not send in lunchboxes or water bottles that cannot be thrown away.


We will be going to the STEM lab on Thursday to learn more about our science standard on rocks and soil.


We hope everyone had a great time at STEM night. Our STEM-TASTIC campaign is in full swing. Please continue to support our STEM program. All monies earned will go directly to our children.




A parade is coming

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a fabulous February break and enjoyed the beautiful weather! If you traveled or had a “staycation”, what a wonderful week to enjoy as a family.

We have an exciting week this week!   On Thursday, we will have our storybook character parade! Don’t forget to send in the form indicating the character your child will portray, along with the filled out character foldout that was sent home. I am soo excited to see the amazing characters.

Later in the evening, please come join us for STEM night!  It is a fun family night that has something for everyone!  Come and join us in the Kindergarten wing to build a boat and see if it will sink or float!


If you have not completed the parent survey for our school, please take a moment to let the state of Georgia know about the best school in the nation.!


Georgia Parent Survey
Parents please complete this survey as it calculates into our School Climate Rating and reflects on us as an entire school, teaching staff, and community.  The Georgia Parent Survey is required for all schools in Georgia. Parents may complete the survey using their personal computer, smartphones or tablet. All parents should be encouraged to participate in the Georgia Parent Survey because the data will be used as part of the calculation of the School Climate Star Rating. Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis.  Individual data results from the Georgia Parent Survey will not be available to the public and will not be posted online.  The URL address for the Georgia Parent Survey is posted below.
Georgia Parent Survey:


Important dates to remember:

March 1st at 8:15am – Story Book Parade – parents are welcome to join us as we parade through the halls as our favorite storybook characters! 
March 1st at 6:00 p.m.  STEM night
March 16th at 12pm – St Patrick’s Day treat and craft  from our room moms- parents invited.
March 30th – Kindergarten Easter Egg Hunt –More information coming home this week!


Week of January 4 and January 8

Welcome 2018!  As much as I treasure my time with my own family…..what an honest burst of happiness to see all of your little ones come through my door yesterday morning!  We shared stories of lost teeth, some new wiggly ones and all of the holiday magic  that occurred over the break! 

Report Cards are in folders!  I will send home an updated copy of your child’s sight word list  next week!  As always, if you would like to meet to discuss your child’s progress or any concerns you have, please contact me at your convenience!

-Mrs. Cireddu

Important Dates to remember:

January 5     Show your team spirit!!  wear the colors of your team to show your spirit.

January 5     Report Cards come home

January 11  Wellstar nurses visit our classroom to teach nutrition.  The title of this lesson “Eat it”

January 15  Martin Luther King Jr. Day–NO SCHOOL

January 19  Science Fair Projects due (If you need additional information, head to the PTSA link on Frey’s webpage for all the details)

January 23  2nd grade students have a singing performance

January 26  For a $1donation your child may wear Crazy socks to school.  All proceeds benefit Relay for Life 

January 30  Zaxby’s spirit night


This week and next week in the classroom:


Writer’s workshop

  • Winter break narrative writing, then students will act out their story in charades for everyone to guess.
  • What writers do if a story is confusing to the readers or seems to be missing important information

Starting quarter 3 we will learn about informational writing.  We will begin writing “how to books”

Mini lessons include

  • Writers study the kind of writing they plan to make
  • writers use what they already know know: touching and telling the steps across the pages
  • Writers become readers, Asking, “Can I follow this?”
  • Writers answer a partners questions
  • Writers label their diagrams to teach even more information


Readers Workshop

Night and Day big book and culmination project

Quarter 3  roll up your sleaves–we are investigating bigger books, bigger reading muscles!

Mini lessons:

  • Tackling more challenging books
  • Readers use patterns to help them read every page
  • Readers figure out the changing words in a pattern
  • Readers check their reading
  • Readers use all of their strategies to read books


Sight words we are working on in the classroom:

red, orange, yellow, green, blue, pink, purple, white, black, brown, help, we, are, I, like, me, my, play, the, you, is, yes, no, can, he, has, one, or, it, at, this, see, to, by, in, will, for, here, up, be,  said, and, go, big,  come

  • Onset and rime


We will be studying this quarter addition and subtraction within 5.  Some concepts we will be on this quarter include:

  • Understand addition as putting together and adding to, and understand subtraction is taking apart and taking from.
  • Students will model simple joining and separating situations with sets of objects.
  • Demonstrate the understanding of how objects can be joined (addition) and separated (subtraction) by representing addition and subtraction situations in various ways
  • Solve problems presented in a story format using objects or drawings to determine the solution.
  • Understand that a set of (5) objects can be decomposed-broken into two sets (3 and 2) or (4 and 1) and still be the same total amount (5)
  • Count to 100 by 1’s and 10’s

Social Studies

  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Last few day

Tomorrow and Wednesday are early release days!

On Wednesday, wear your p.j.’s and come prepared to enjoy some winter wonderland hot chocolate!  You may wear slippers, just bring p.e. shoes!


Lunch time is 10:14

Enjoy your holiday break with your families!  Feeling so blessed and thankful for your children and for you!


Here is the grit casserole from Mrs. Englund:


Kindergarten Holiday singing program

Our program starts at 8:15!  Arrive a few minutes early to get a good seat!  If you are facing the stage, our class is on the right hand side.  A note is in your child’s folder today!  Please join us for a winter get together in the classroom following the program!

From our Mr. Cathey

Hello Frey Parents,
I’d like to take an opportunity as we wrap up the first 9 weeks of school, to share some celebrations along with some useful logistical information.
Let me first say that in my fourth year as the principal here at Frey, this has been the best start to a school year yet!  Your students are each active members of a pretty amazing learning community.  Their teachers have been collaborating and planning together to make the previously outstanding instructional experiences even better.   The other administrators and I see this everyday as we observe in the classrooms, but more importantly, the district staff and other visitors to our building continually rave about the high levels of student engagement and outstanding atmosphere across our campus.  On top of all of this, the support from our two excellent parent organizations, PTSA and Foundation has been second to none.  Friday night it truly filled my heart to see such authentic community in action at our Fall Festival.  I know I speak for all of the staff and volunteers, when I say that the smiles on your children’s faces are worth every single second of preparation and hard work.  With all of this said, I am even more optimistic and hopeful for the great things up ahead for the Flames of Frey!
After sharing all that we have to celebrate and look forward to, I’d like to encourage each of you to take advantage of some great ways to stay informed with all things Frey.  The reason for sending this letter electronically is so that you could easily have active links to each of these resources on your computers or mobile devices.  Please visit and get connected to each of these outlets:
School Website:  
I’ve also included an electronic attachment of our hours and transportation information for your reference.
Following us on Twitter and liking us on Facebook will allow you to quickly see the great things that we celebrate as well as be informed of reminders and upcoming dates without having to go and check email or visit our website.  However, our website is always a one-stop shop where everything is literally one or two clicks away.  The calendar on our beautifully updated PTSA website is a great feature as well.  No matter what, it is our goal for you to stay as connected as possible to Frey Elementary. And always remember that it is you, our families who make it the best school in the nation.  We hope that you have a great week and we look forward to seeing you at your students’ upcoming conferences.             
Jason Cathey
Frey Elementary School

Week of October 1, 2017

My dearest Kindergarten families,

Sincere apologies on our blog!  The 2 weeks leading up to fall break were very busy! With that being said, we are ending the first quarter this Friday! Conferences will begin the week of October 16th!  I am soo excited to share all of the growth that is happening in our Kindergarten family!  Be on the look out for an email on Monday October 9, 2017!  I will be sending out  a link to sign up with the website “sign up genius”!  You will be able to schedule your conference with me through this website.

Welcome the first week of October!  We would love to have some family members join us and share a favorite story!  We have already had an amazing Grandma (and former 1st grade teacher)  share a story!  Her grandson was beaming with pride!  Feel free to email or text and we can set up time and day!

We will also have our first official get together!  Save the date if possible for October 31, 2017!  We will be inviting parents in for Fall Centers!  This is a perfect time to get to know the other amazing families that are part your Kindergarten family!  More information will be coming your way soon!

I hope to see everyone at Fall festival on Friday!  It is a beautiful sight to see the community that makes up Frey!  It is a fun family night that I look forward to every year!  A special “thank you” to all the families that donated time and items to make our fall festival basket and the goodies that make the night special!


Melissa Cireddu


Important Dates to remember:

Oct 6          Fall Festival 6-8:30

Oct 9          Columbus Day Rotations (your kindergartner will travel as a class to all five Kindergarten classrooms!  Each teacher will be teaching a lesson about Christopher Columbus)

Oct 10          Picture retake or make up day

Oct 12          Early Release day

Oct 13          House celebration (The house with the most points will win a celebration in the cafeteria!)

Oct 16-20     Conference Week (Early dismissal all week)–Red Ribbon Week–Book Fair in Learning Commons–we will also be collecting can goods this week!

October 31     Fall Centers (more info to come)  Your child may dress up as a character for a $5 donation to Relay for Life Charity


In our classroom:

Phonics block:

letters: t,b f,n,m, i,u,e,r,p,j c,o,a,g,d,s

sight words: me, to, it, up, on, go, I, a, is, at, look, my, red, blue, yellow,black, green, purple, pink orange, and, the

rhyming words, antonyms,


Reader’s Workshop:

  • Read a book to learn about the world, beginning with the cover.
  • Reader’s read a book from cover to cover
  • Directionality  through a book, a page, a line, a word, using return sweep
  • Readers read to themselves and with others (private reading/ partner reading)
  • Readers mark pages that surprise them
  • Readers reread and reread to think
  • Readers learn from words in books (picture support and words)
  • Readers sound lik teacher when they read learn about the world books
  • Readers can read stories they have heard a zillion times
  • Readers work hard to make the words they read match the page they are reading

Writer’s workshop:

  • Writers know that “when we are done, we have just begun.”
  • Continuing rituals and routines and tools of writer’s workshop
  • Carrying on Independently as writers
  • Writers call to mind what they want to say, then put that onto the page
  • Stretching out words to write them
  • Elkonin Boxes
  • Adding labels to pictures
  • Writing even hard to write ideas
  •  turning pieces into books


Sophisticated shapes

  • Describing objects using names of shapes
  • Naming and studying 2 and 3-D shapes
  • Analyzing and comparing 2 and 3-D shapes
  • Modeling shapes
  • Composing simple shapes
  • Classifying objects

Social Studies

  • Maps and Globes
  • United States Flag
  • Georgia Flag
  • Needs and wants
  • Goods and services
  • Good citizenship
  • Pledge of Allegiance