Happy Thanksgiving!


Progress Reports are coming home today, Nov. 16th. Please sign and return them on Monday, Nov. 26th.

Don’t forget to send in your $5.00 donation to support our class raffle basket. The baskets will be available at the Dinner with Santa event on Friday, Dec. 7th. We have changed our basket to “A Warm Winter” theme, because another class has already purchased a fire pit. The basket will include blankets, hot chocolate essentials and much more. Thank you for your support!

I hope everyone has a wonderful, restful break! If you are traveling, be safe and stay warm. Enjoy time with family and friends.  Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

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Red Ribbon Week!


Here are this week’s events for Red Ribbon Week!

Monday: Wear red!

Tuesday: Wear a tie dye shirt and bring a canned good to donate!

Wednesday: Wear your favorite team shirt!

Thursday: Wear a crazy hat!

Friday: Wear a Pitner shirt!

October Reading logs are due on Thursday, Nov. 1st. I will send home new Reading logs for November on Thursday also.

The Book Fair is coming next week! It will be here from Oct. 29th – Nov. 2nd. More information about the Book Fair will come home later this week.

I am looking for some Secret Readers for Wed., Oct. 31st. Let me know if you are interested in coming into class to read a favorite story. Look for a letter to come home on Tuesday with more information.


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Conference Week Oct. 15th-19th



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Welcome Back and Happy Fall!


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Our Phonics words this week focus on ending blends with -nk, -ng, -nt, and -nd.  Our word lists are:

List 1: sing, bang, bank, pink, land, send, bent, went, was, they

List 2: bring, swing, trunk, drink, stand, blend, spent, print, was , they

In Reading, we are learning the differences between books that tell stories and books that give us information. We will look at the different features of these books to better understand them. Some books entertain and some books teach.

In Math, we are working on solving addition and subtraction word problems to 10. We will show our work with a picture, write a number sentence, and an answer statement. I will send home some examples of your child’s great work later this week.

Our next unit in Social Studies is on Land forms. We will be learning about mountains, plateaus, coasts, plains, valleys, and deserts.

In Writing, we will be working on a narrative prompt of what we like to do in the Fall. Your child is expected to write an opening, with two or more sequenced events, including details, and provide some sense of closure. We are working on using our temporal words to help sequence our stories. (First, next, then, after that, finally)

Don’t forget to send in those Box Tops to help our class win some playground equipment.

Next week is Fall Break, Sept. 24th – 28th! I hope everyone has a fun, restful week! See everyone back at school on October 1st.



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Thank you for a great week of testing! The class did awesome! Results of the CoGat will be back sometime in November.

Thursday, Sept. 13th is Library Day for our class. Please be sure your child returns their books tomorrow.

Our schedule will change on Thursday, Sept. 13th – Sept. 21st. We will have Specials first thing in the morning at 8:05. The schedule change is to help accommodate the older grades with their early morning testing schedule.

Ways to help your child at home:

  • Read nightly
  • Practice sight words
  • Ask your child to retell a familiar story that they have read in order.
  • Identify main characters, setting, problem and solutions in books.
  • Practice addition and subtraction facts to 10.
  • Count to 120.

Fall Break is fast approaching! The break is the week of Sept. 24th – 28th.

Don’t forget to send in those Box Tops! They help raise money for our school. This month our class has the chance to win a set of playground balls for our recess time.

Catch Your Student Reading:

If you catch your child reading, please snap a picture and send it in to me for our reading wall. We need some more pictures to fill our board.

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Last Week of August


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Attached above you will find a link to my Homework sheet for this week.

Don’t forget that Wednesday, August 29th is an Early Release Day. School will dismiss at 12:30. If your child’s regular transportation will change for the Early Release Day, please be sure to send in a note. I want to make sure everyone gets home safely.

Our class will be going to the library on Thursday, August 30th for our second lesson. Please return all library books by Thursday morning. Starting Thursday, your child will be able to check out 2 books.

Picture shirt order forms came home on Monday. Our class shirt will be yellow this year. The cost of the shirt is $6. However, we are also offering a Quick word book which will help your child during writing time for $2. If you would like to order both, please return your order form and $8 by Friday, Sept. 7th.

Grandparent’s Day is coming up! Our day is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 7th at 1:00. The cost of ice cream is $1 per person. Please send in your paper work with the name of who will be attending. All ID’s will be checked in the office. Money for the ice cream may be brought in the day of the event.

There is no school on Monday, Sept. 3rd due to the Labor Day holiday. I hope everyone enjoys their 3 day weekend..

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Happy Monday!


This week the class will have a guidance lesson with Ms. Perry on Monday, August 20th. The class learned all about her job and how she can help make sure everyone has a successful year!

Picture Day is Tuesday, August 21st. Don’t forget to send in your child’s picture money and a big happy smile. All students will have their picture taken so they can be placed in the school yearbook.

Please hold onto your child’s library book at home or the students can keep it in their desk at school. We will not go back to the library until August 30th for our next lesson. After the next lesson, your child will begin checking out 2 books at a time. Also, your child may start going to the library everyday if they are finished reading their books. My students usually have time to go in the morning after they finish morning work. I will also give them a chance to go during reader’s work shop each day.



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Open House


Tonight, Thursday, August 9th is Pitner’s Open House. Open House gives you the opportunity to learn more about the classroom and learning expectations. I hope everyone will be able to attend! Open House will start at 6:00 pm with a short PTSA meeting and then we will promptly move to the classrooms. I look forward to seeing everyone. If you are not able to attend, I will send home any paper work in your child’s red folder on Friday.

Homework will start next week. The activities will support classroom learning and should only take your child about 10 minutes to complete. All Homework will not be due until Friday of each week.

We continue to work on our classroom procedures and expectations daily. Behavior sheets started coming home on Monday. Please check your child’s folder daily.

This week in Math we are focusing on counting to 120 from any given number. Today we had some fun building number lines with partners. We will use these number lines throughout the year for various math activities and games. Here are some pictures from math time today:



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Welcome to First Grade


I am so excited for the start of another school year! It’s going to be an amazing year and I am looking forward to working with you and your child. My blog will keep you up to date on things we are learning in class, important events, and much more so don’t forget to check it often.

This year begins my 32nd year of teaching in Cobb County. I taught kindergarten for 15 years and this is my 17th year in first grade. How lucky am I to work at a job that is filled with lots of learning and fun everyday!

If you need to contact me, my email is [email protected] I will check my email a couple of times a day and get back with you as soon as possible!

Open House is Thursday, August 9th. I hope to see everyone there to learn more about first grade and our classroom procedures.

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