Presidents Day


There will be no classes in recognition of Presidents Day on Monday, February 17, 2020.  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

Valentine’s Day

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

Our class will be exchanging cards on Friday, February 14, 2020. Students will need to bring 25 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.

Holiday Theme Week


Mistletoe Monday – December 16th

Wear red and green to start off our theme week!

Tinsel Tuesday – December 17th

Wear shiny colors of silver and blue!

Winter Candy Cane Wednesday – December 18th

Wear red and white or stripes!

Holiday Traditions Thursday – December 19th

Wear your holiday shirts & other clothing items!

Fuzzy, Comfy Jammie Friday – December 20th

Wear your favorite pajamas!  No slippers, please.

Picture Day


Our class pictures will be taken on Friday, December 6th.  If you would like to purchase photos please complete the form and return payment in the provided envelope.  Picture forms & envelopes were sent home in backpacks.  If you did not receive one please contact me for a replacement.

Happy Thanksgiving!

    Before I stuff our turkey and before I eat too many slices of Grandma B’s special homemade pie, I wanted to say how thankful I am to have your children with me this school year.  I feel so very blessed to be a part of their lives and to be given the opportunity to share in their learning. Thank you parents for all of your support at home and for your hours of volunteer time in our classroom.  Room 104 and our school are exciting places to learn because of you!  I hope you have a safe and happy holiday weekend. I look forward to seeing those first grade smiles again on Monday morning!

Happy Thanksgiving!


Thanksgiving is Thursday, November 22!  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 27 – Friday, November 29th.

Veteran’s Day

There will be no school on  Monday, November 11th in honor of Veterans Day.  Veterans Day 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 13th.  There will be no classes for students this day.  More information will be sent home in backpack mail.