Memorial Day

Reminder:  No School Monday, May 30th

Memorial Day is a day to express our gratitude to all those brave hearts who laid down their lives to safeguard our nation.  Check out the “Explore Chicago” link on the sidebar to find local Memorial Day events for your family.

Spring Vacation

REMINDER:  There will be NO CLASSES April 8-15

I hope everyone has a safe and relaxing vacation.  There are no assignments or special projects assigned during this time.

Presidents Day


There will be no classes in recognition of Presidents Day on Monday, February 21st.  This day is intended as a celebration of all United States presidents, past and present.

Check out this link from National Geographic Kids to learn some fun facts.  Explore the videos available on the side bar to learn more about our past presidents.


National Geographic Kids

Happy Groundhog Day!


The Legend of Groundhog Day

Shadow, Go; Cloudy, Howdy!
The groundhog is another name for a woodchuck. According to legend, the hibernating groundhog comes out of its burrow on February 2. If it sees its shadow, it gets frightened and scurries back into its burrow. This means six more weeks of winter. If it’s cloudy and the groundhog does not see its shadow, it does not get frightened, and stays outside. This means a mild spring. February is also a breeding time for the groundhogs, so that may have something to do with why they surface from their burrow.

Celebrate at home with one of these fun groundhog themed treats:

Germs & Absence

Cold & Flu season has arrived here in Chicago!  In an effort to prevent the spread of germs in our classroom we are continuing our regular hand washing and cleaning our desks daily.  Additionally, I use Lysol spray to kill germs on frequently used classroom materials.  Please help us stop the spread of contagious diseases at our school.

  • Get the flu & Covid vaccines.
  • Wash your hands frequently, especially before eating and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
  • Keep your sneezes and coughs to yourself (use a tissue or your elbow instead of your hand).
  • Keep your hands out of your eyes, mouth, and nose.

Notify the school nurse if your child is ill, especially if they have been diagnosed by a physician as having a communicable disease.  Thank you!


chicken pox  –   mumps   –  measles

infectious hepatitis  –   MRSA skin infections

Impetigo  –   Scabies  –   Lice

Strep Throat   –  Diagnosed Flu

Pertussis   –  Cough & Fever

COVID virus

* REMINDER: All absences require a signed note from parent/guardian upon the student’s return to the classroom.  You may send a handwritten note stating name/date/reason for absence or click on the picture below to print Absence Report form.

Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s day in first grade is extra special fun! 

Our class will be exchanging cards on Monday, February 14, 2020. Students will need to bring 29 store-bought or homemade cards for classmates. Please have your child sign only their name on each card.  Leave the “to” section blank for easier distribution. Your child may choose to send individually wrapped treats or non-edible items to be shared with classmates. Treats are optional.


Thanksgiving is Thursday, November 25!  In preparation for this national holiday, we will be reading books about the first Thanksgiving celebration and completing other themed activities in our classroom.  I know this is a very busy travel weekend for many families; if your child will be missing any school days please contact me as soon as possible so that I may gather work to be sent home.

There are no classes Wednesday, November 24 – Friday, November 26th.

Veteran’s Day

There will be no school on  Thursday, November 11th in honor of Veterans Day.  This is a day to thank our veterans for dedicated and loyal service to their country. We thank all our veterans for the sacrifices they have made in their lives to keep our country free. Check out the “Explore Chicago” link on the sidebar to find local events honoring our nation’s veterans this weekend.

Also, a reminder that Report Card Pick Up is Wednesday, November 17th.  There will be no classes for students this day.  More information will be sent home in backpack mail.