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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