Welcome Back again!


I am so happy to be back at school with this awesome class after the crazy bitter cold! I hope everyone stayed warm and enjoyed some family fun time!

We will continue with last week’s Phonics list since we were only here 1 day. Please help your child study the words with y as a vowel. Also, I will not be sending home a new homework packet until next week. Some students completed it but many did not.

We will pick up where we left off last week working on 10 more and 10 less than a number, determining central message, writing opinion texts, and studying Lewis and Clark.

The class enjoyed a guidance lesson from Ms. Gilner today on setting goals.

Have a great week and enjoy the warmer weather!

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December is here!


I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season! The month of December is so busy! Here are some fun theme days that are coming up next week.

Thurs., Dec. 14th is Holiday Hat Day!

Fri., Dec 15th is Favorite or Tacky Christmas Sweater Day!

Mon., Dec. 18th is dress as your favorite Christmas character!

Tues., Dec. 19th is dress like a candy cane and our class holiday party. The party will begin at 8:30 with a yummy pancake breakfast! Tuesday is also an Early Release Day. School will dismiss at 12:15.

Wed., Dec. 20th is Pajama Day! We will also be having a fun sing a long in the morning. School will dismiss at 12:15 due to the Early Release schedule.

The Holiday shop will be open next week, Dec. 11th -15th for your child to shop for some holiday gifts for the family. More information will come home this week.


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Kennesaw Mountain Success!


What a fun day of hiking Kennesaw Mountain! We all successfully made it to the top and learned some neat things about the mountain along the way! I don’t know about the students but this tired teacher went home and took a nap!


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Week of Nov. 6th – 10th


There is no school tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 7th due to the teacher work day!

This week we will continue our work with non-fiction texts. Our focus is to understand the points an author is making in a text and find the supporting reasons.

In Math we are working on solving for a missing addend in equations and in word problems. Some examples are 5 + ___ = 8,  ___ – 6 =9,  12 – ___ = 4. Please encourage your child to practice missing addends at home. The subtraction ones are a little harder!

Our unit test on Thomas Jefferson is on Wed., Nov. 8th. A study guide came home with your child today. We will review before the test one more time. After the test, we will be moving on to our science unit on Magnets.

In writing, we will continue our work with writing How to’s and informational texts. In our writing, we are focusing on subject-verb agreement, using capitals at the beginning of sentences, and end punctuation. I encourage you to have your child practice writing at home with letters to friends, in a journal, or just a fun story. The more we write the better we will get!

The Fall Jamboree is Friday, Nov. 10th from 5-8pm. Come on out and enjoy the fun!

Our class field trip to Kennesaw Mountain is next Wed., Nov. 15th. Please have your child wear their green class shirt, tennis shoes for lots of walking, and be sure to check the weather that morning.

Have a great week!

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Happy November!


Just a few reminders as we head into the month of November!

Field trip permission slips and money for Kennesaw Mountain are due asap! Our trip is scheduled for Wed., November 15th. We will wear our green class shirts for the trip.

Next Tuesday, November 7th is a Teacher Work Day! No school on Tuesday!

The Fall Jamboree has been rescheduled for Friday, Nov. 10th from 5-8pm. More information will come home in your child’s folder.

Don’t forget to encourage your child to try out Raz kids. We are looking forward to using the laptop cart on Wednesdays in class to access the program and work on our reading skills.

We are finishing up our text features unit in Reading and the meaning of the equal sign unit in Math this Friday. Check back on Monday for our new focus for Reading and Math.

Have a great week end!



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Red Ribbon Week!


Thank you for a wonderful conference week! It was so good to talk with each of you about your child’s successes so far this year! We will continue to work hard and build those strong reading, writing, and math skills. If you need anything or have a question, please don’t hesitate to call or email me. I’m here to help!!

This week is Red Ribbon Week. For the last two days, we will be wearing mixed matched or backward clothing on Thursday and crazy or favorite hats on Friday. Thank you to everyone that sent in a canned good to support families in need during the holidays. It’s not to late to send some in if you forgot.

Come out Saturday, October 28th to the Pitner Fall Jamboree from 10-2.

This week in Reading we are working on using non-fiction text features such as table of contents, glossary, index, labels, bold words, captions, headings, and maps/charts.

In Math, we are working on understanding the meaning of the equal sign and building our fluency in math facts to 20.

Our Phonics words are long I words with silent e. Don’t forget to go over your child’s word list before the test on Friday.

In Social Studies we will be wrapping up our study of Benjamin Franklin. Our test will be on Friday, Oct. 27th.

The Book Fair is coming! We will be previewing it this Friday. Stop by and shop with your child next week before school. Oct. 30th – Nov. 3rd.


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Conference Week


This week is parent teacher conference week. School will dismiss all week at 12:30. I look forward to meeting with all of you to discuss your child’s growth and successes this year!

Wed., Oct. 18th is the 50th day of school. Your child may dress up in 50’s attire to celebrate 50 days of school!

Thurs., Oct. 19th is Library Day! Don’t forget to return all library books by Thursday.

Friday, Oct. 20th is Cape Day! Your child may pay $1 and wear a cape to school for the day. All proceeds will go to Children’s Health Care of Atlanta.

In Reading this week, we will continue to work on identifying the main topic and supporting details of non-fiction texts.

In Math, we are focusing on strategies to subtract numbers up to 20. So far we have looked at using addition to subtract, tried making a 10, and counting on or back. Our goal is to build fluency and accuracy when subtracting.

We have finished our research on Bats and started our informational writing. Look for this writing to come home soon so you can become an expert on bats too.

Don’t forget to study your Phonics words this week. We are working on long o silent e words.

Next week is Red Ribbon Week! More information will be coming home soon!

See you at conferences!


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Happy October!


Welcome Back! I hope everyone had a great Fall Break!!

The month of September flew by with testing, hurricane days, and fall break!

This week I will be checking your child’s progress in reading comprehension, fluency, and sight words. Please continue to read nightly! Also, take time to have your child retell the story. This is a great way to build comprehension skills. Keep practicing those sight words. Our goal is 75 words by this Friday, Oct. 6th.

In Math, we are working on our Measurement unit. We are ordering 3 objects from smallest to largest and creating comparison statements based on their measurement. Ex. The fork is longer than the spoon but shorter than the knife.

In Social Studies, we are starting our Personal Finance unit. We will be talking about the differences between Wants vs. Needs. We will also learn about producers and consumers plus develop an understanding of scarcity. Hopefully when we are finished, we will have a group of future money savers!

We are wrapping up our Narrative writing unit this week. We have focused on writing small moment stories from our lives. I look forward to sharing some of these stories at conferences.

Conference notes will come home on Tues., Oct. 3rd. Please check your child’s conference time and let me know if the day and time work for you. We have tried to schedule sibling conferences back to back for your convenience. If your time does not work, please send me a couple of days and times that work better for you.

Library Day is on Thursday. Please return all books by Thursday morning.

Have a great week and enjoy this beautiful fall weather!

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Spirit Day is Coming!


Friday, Sept. 1st is our next Spirit Day! Don’t forget to dress your child in their favorite college team spirit wear or Pitner shirt to support their favorite school!! I know I’ll be wearing my Georgia Bulldog gear!! Go Dawgs!!

Also, on Friday, we will be having Hat Day to raise money to help our friends in Houston. The cost to wear a hat for the day is $1.oo. However, if you would like to donate more to help support the people of Houston recover from this horrific hurricane, please feel free to send it in. Pitner is excited about doing their part to support Houston!

Monday, Sept. 4th is Labor Day so there will be no school! I hope everyone enjoys the long weekend and finds time to relax and spend time with family!

PTSA will be kicking off our school fundraiser on Tuesday, Sept. 5th. We will be working with a company called Cherrydale. Look for more information to come home soon! Also, if you have not joined PTSA, please join and support our school!

CoGat testing for all first graders will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 6th. We will also be testing on Thursday, Sept. 7th and Friday, Sept. 8th. The CoGat is a cognitive abilities test. The test will take approximately an hour each day. Please be sure your child gets a good night’s rest, eats a good breakfast, and arrives to school on time each day. Testing will begin promptly at 8:00 each day!


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Eclipse Week Aug. 21st – 25th


Welcome to First Grade! We have had an amazing start to the school year! I can’t believe we are already into the fourth week of school. Feel free to check here weekly for class information, upcoming events, and much more!

This week started with that awesome eclipse which changed our class plans for the day. Homework did not come home until Tuesday because I wanted to make sure every student had the opportunity to take the pretest for the weekly Phonics words. The homework activities should not take more than 10 minutes to complete and are due by Friday. Don’t forget to practice those Phonics words to help your child become more familiar with spelling patterns and sounds. This week we are focused on R blends.

In Math we are studying place value. We are working on understanding and building two-digit numbers with tens and ones. This is a great follow up to counting to 120.

During Reader’s Work shop, we are working on describing characters, settings and events in stories we read. We have learned the routines of shopping for books at our levels, reading for stamina, and sharing the stories. Guided reading will begin soon and your child will be bringing home books to share with you.

In Social Studies, we are learning our global address. Your child needs to know and locate on a simple map their county, city, state, country and continent. We will be making a book to help your child learn all this information. It will come home later this week!

T-shirt and quick word order forms came home on Tuesday. If you would like to order, please return your form and money by Friday, Sept. 1st. Our class shirt will be green this year. The quick word books are a great tool to help during writing.

Next Wed., August 30th is an Early Release Day! School will dismiss at 12:30 that day!

Please check back to my blog often for more information and also to see pictures of class activities as we grow and learn together in First Grade!


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