Saturday, October 24, 2020

Parent Teacher Conferences

 Parent Teacher conferences will be held on Wednesday, November 4th from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. The conferences will be virtual this year, so after you make your appointment using the link that was sent earlier this month from the office I will set up the virtual meeting and send you an e-mail with a link to join the meeting. I hope to see all of you on November 4th. Thanks to those parents who have already set up a conference. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Differentiating learning for your child

 Dear Parents,

As we work through what  hybrid learning looks like, 

we realize that not all work is differentiated for your

 student’s ability.  Here are some ways you can address this at home. 

Struggling learners

Advanced learners

*break up learning sessions into smaller time periods

*have students read the read aloud selection/poems to you

*give your student extra practice on needed skills such as letter ID and sight words or math concepts

*give your child more opportunities for deeper discussions of stories (sequencing, character motivation, and cause and effect)

*reread familiar text multiple times

*students can use the sight words to make up sentences, or they can put sight words in alphabetical order

*use math tools such as counters, pictures, and number lines to help with math concepts

*encourage your student to explain and defend their mathematical reasoning, or as the adult come up with similar math work and have your student critique your reasoning

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Virtual learning on Wednesdays

 September 9, 2020

Dear Parents,

Sorry for any confusion about the Wednesday virtual learning.  

Wednesdays are reserved for remote learning for all specials 

(Art, Music, PE, Guidance, and Computer). This is expected 

to begin next Wednesday the 16th.

We are still waiting for our devices to be shipped, 

so next Wednesday if you do not have a device at

home to be used we totally understand.  You can expect to 

start Wednesday specials later in September.

Also, until we receive our tablets, set them up, and teach the students how to access Google classroom, I will not be posting any remote lessons. I will be sending home the paper copies for students to work on, along with directions. Once we have the tablets and get them all set up and get the children prepared, I will begin posting remote lessons on our Google classroom.

Thank you

Monday, September 7, 2020

A couple of routine things

September 7, 2020

Happy Labor Day! I hope you are all enjoying some quality time with family before school starts this week. I just wanted to let you know about a couple of routine things that will hopefully help as you are getting ready for your child’s days at school.  We do have 1snack in our classroom. So if you could please send that in your child’s backpack each day for them, I know they would really appreciate that. Also, since we can’t use any of the water fountains at school I am going to ask each of my students to bring a water bottle to class with them. That way they can have access to fresh water throughout the school day. on the warm fall days I know your child will probably need to get lots of drinks! If you have any questions about these daily routines, please let me know. I can’t wait to meet the children this week!

Friday, September 4, 2020

Frequently asked questions about hybrid learning

 September 4, 2020

Dear Parents,

Here are a few answers to some recently asked questions to hybrid learning.

  1. When does my pod 1 child start school work?

Because pod 1 students are in school Monday and Thursday they will not begin school work until Thursday September 10th.  We would like a chance to work with your student in person before assigning at home work. 

  1. When will my child receive their tablet?

Tablets are scheduled to arrive the week of the 14th.  Once they get to the school the staff will need time to prepare them for your learner. Paper school work will come to begin hybrid learning on the 14th. Devices will not be used until a later date.  

  1. What is my home schedule going to look like?

Your first grader should not do more than 2 to 3 hours(some days it will be shorter) of school work while at home. This can be done at any time during your day.

HOWEVER….we will be sending a Google Form to your child’s email on their at home days.  Please help your child respond to this form by 9:00 each day they are home.  This is how we take attendance.  More info to follow on this topic :)

  1. Can my child bring toys to school?

No, they should not be bringing any extra stuff to school. Just their backpack (folder &  any work),water bottle, snack, and lunch if needed.

Please remember health guidelines and school protocol may change as time goes on. We will do our best to keep you informed of any changes. 

Thank you for your continued support and flexibility.

First Grade Teachers

Mrs. Lausier & Mrs. Gray

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Open House video

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

       With Mrs. Miller's help I have a quick Open House video for you to watch, just so you can get a sneak peek at the classroom. It's not the same as being here, but I will get to see a lot of you next week. Here's the link to my Open House video - . See you soon!


Getting everything ready for you!

 September 1, 2020

      Hello from your first grade teacher! I'm busy getting everything ready to go for next Tuesday, September 8th. I have your desks all ready to go with all your supplies in your supply box. And your Take Home folder is all set on your desk, too. We'll talk all about that when you come on your first day of school. 

      All of the teachers and staff have been busy making everything as inviting, but also as safe as we possibly can. You will notice several changes around our school, but we will all get used to these new changes and routines together. We'll all make mistakes, and we'll learn from them. I love it when we learn new things!

       I hope you are enjoying your last days of summer vacation. We have had such nice weather, and I hope you've been able to get outside and enjoy it. I can't wait to hear about all of your summer adventures! See you soon!


   Miss Gray

P.S. - An Open House video will be posted on my blog, hopefully by the end of the day tomorrow, maybe even sooner. Check back in soon to see if it's all set to view!


Thursday, June 4, 2020

Last Day of First Grade! - June 5, 2020

Dear Almost Second Graders,

      Good morning. Happy Friday! It is with a very sad heart that I have to say good-bye to you all today. I have so enjoyed being your first grade teacher this year. You have worked so hard and learned so many new things. Even through the school closure these past 11 weeks a lot of you continued to do your remote learning lessons every single day. I am so proud of you for being so dedicated to your school work and to learning. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to talk with you several times each week. And thanks to your families for supporting you during your remote learning. I know it wasn't an easy thing to take on, but you all worked so hard with your children, and for that I am very grateful. Without you this would not have been possible. 

      I hope I get to see you at the 'parade' around Orrington today. I can't wait to wave to you and say good-bye to you in person, and wish you a wonderful summer. Until then...

    Miss Gray

June 5th will be our last formal day of school. As promised, we will be doing a bus/car parade. We will be leaving Center Drive at 10:00. Our route will be as follows: Turn left onto Center Drive to the River Road. Turn left onto River Road to Swett's Pond Road.On Swett's Pond, turn left onto Johnson Mill Road, then right onto Center Drive. Turn left onto Long Hill, then right onto Brewer Lake. Go out and around the loop on Brewer Lake and return to Lake Road and to Bob's Kozy Korner. Turn right onto Snow's Corner, then left onto Kent's Drive. Turn left onto Snow's Corner, then right onto River Road, driving down McKinley and Roosevelt Avenues. Turn left onto River Road back to Center Drive. Turn left at Bouchard Drive, then return to school. Our hope, of course, is if your road isn’t within this route you will find a place to bring some chairs along the route and wait for us. WE WANT TO SEE AS MANY KIDS AS POSSIBLE!

June 8th and 9th:  Parents may come to school to pick up their child’s personal belongings and drop off and items belonging to the school (laptops, ipads, bag of books, library books, etc.) Similar to how we did our packet pick-up in March, drive to the roundabout by the flagpole. Someone will greet you and bring your things to the car. Times for this are as follows:
Monday, June 8th: 9:00-12:00, 5:00-7:00
Tuesday, June 9th: 1:00-4:00

June 12th:  You should be receiving report cards in the mail sometime around the 12th. If you do not receive it by the following mid-week, please call the school.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Last Thursday of First Grade! - June 4, 2020

Dear Almost Second Graders,

     Good morning. Happy Thursday! Today will be your last day of remote learning lessons. Yay! I hope I'll be able to see all of you as the teachers ride around Orrington tomorrow in our 'parade'. I hope if the road you live on is not on the parade route you can find another spot to watch the parade.
     Please take the time to write a letter to the second grade teachers. I know you don't know yet which teacher you will be having, and that's o.k. Once you find out which teacher you'll be having you can send her your letter. I know she would enjoy reading it!
     Have fun learning today! Hope to see you tomorrow!

       Miss Gray

Thursday- June 4, 2020


'The Night Before Summer Vacation'


Write a letter to your next year’s teacher.  What do you want them to know about you?
What do you want to know about them? Please try to include at least 3 things you think
your second grade teacher should know about you - things you are good at in school,
things you really like about school, things you like to do outside of school, do you have
any brothers or sisters, or any pets - the possibilities are endless!

Dear Second Grade Teacher,

Hi! My name is __________. I was a first grader in Miss Gray's room. I...

When you finish your letter, don't forget to sign your name at the bottom.


Explore all kinds of fish


Practice your favorite IXL skills.

Which ones did you pick?

June 5th will be our last formal day of school. As promised, we will be doing a bus/car parade. We will be leaving Center Drive at 10:00. Our route will be as follows: Turn left onto Center Drive to the River Road. Turn left onto River Road to Swett's Pond Road.On Swett's Pond, turn left onto Johnson Mill Road, then right onto Center Drive. Turn left onto Long Hill, then right onto Brewer Lake. Go out and around the loop on Brewer Lake and return to Lake Road and to Bob's Kozy Korner. Turn right onto Snow's Corner, then left onto Kent's Drive. Turn left onto Snow's Corner, then right onto River Road, driving down McKinley and Roosevelt Avenues. Turn left onto River Road back to Center Drive. Turn left at Bouchard Drive, then return to school. Our hope, of course, is if your road isn’t within this route you will find a place to bring some chairs along the route and wait for us. WE WANT TO SEE AS MANY KIDS AS POSSIBLE!

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Last Wednesday in First Grade! - June 3, 2020

Dear Almost Second Graders,

     Good morning. Happy Wednesday! You are only going to be first graders for 3 more days. So enjoy these last few days in first grade. On Friday, just like magic, you will transform into a second grader!
     Today you are going to be writing your summer vacation 'bucket list'. That's a list of things you really want to do this summer. I can't wait to see what you include on your list.
     Today is Wednesday, so find a good buddy to share a great story with - a brother or sister, Mom, Dad, a grandparent, or maybe even a furry friend. Have fun reading today!

     Miss Gray

Wednesday- June 3, 2020

Summer vacation

And Then Comes Summer

Write a summer vacation bucket list.  You could even try to draw a big bucket and write your list in it.

Wacky Wednesday- Unscramble these sentences

1. beach crab is A on the

2. is fast The swimming dolphin

3. the beach I to  at  sandcastles like build

4. you when go to the Wear sunscreen beach

5. I to My and have swimming sister races like


Can you write 2 or 3 of your own word problems about the ocean and have someone solve them?

Here is an example.

Jane found 18 shells.
She gave her sister 6 shells.
How many does she have left?
18-6= 12 shells

Monday, June 1, 2020

Last Tuesday of First Grade! - June 2, 2020

Dear Almost Second Graders,

     Good morning. Happy Tuesday! The weather definitely cooled down yesterday! I didn't get in my very cold pool. But I did get some plants planted. I can't wait to have some fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, and string beans!
     Today you'll be taking a look back at your first grade year, thinking about some of your favorite memories. I can't wait to hear what they are!
     It's Tuesday, so make sure you check out Mrs. Miller's site for the last time in first grade.

Have fun learning today!

  Miss Gray

"Hi Everyone, Mrs. Stone here!

I am hoping you can take a few minutes today or tomorrow to go to my blog and watch my final class video message! It's a pretty important and special project, and I don't want you to miss out on it! There might also be a video clip of my puppy, Tucker!"


Tuesday- June 2, 2020 

Favorite things about this year

‘Last Day Blues’

Word Families



My favorite part of school this year was……..

Play 'Race to 120'

Each player needs a paper.  Roll a dice and write down that number. Roll again and count
on and write down your new number.  Keep going until you reach 120.
I roll a 6.
I write it down.
I roll a 3.
Now I write down a 9.
I roll a 5 now I write down 14.

Who will get to 120 first?


Sunday, May 31, 2020

Your Last Week of First Grade! - June 1, 2020

Dear Almost Second Graders,

     Good morning. Happy Monday! You are starting your last week in first grade! Congratulations! You have worked very hard this year. I am so proud of all you have accomplished.
     This week has a beach/ocean theme. Hopefully you'll get right in the mood for summer vacation!
     Today is Monday, so please remember to visit Mr. Reed's blog one last time this year to see what he has in store for you.

    Have fun learning on your last Monday in first grade!

    Miss Gray

P.S. - If you weren't able to check out Mrs. Stone's blog on Friday, please take the time to do that today. She really wanted everyone's help with a project. I don't know what the project is, but she sent me a message asking for all of her students' help. So if you can find the time to do that, I know she would really appreciate it. Thank you!

Monday- June 1, 2020

Beach/Ocean Day

‘The Ocean Alphabet Book’

‘Commotion in the Ocean’


The best part about going to the beach is….

Play Beach Volleyball

1 Get a ball or a balloon
2 Get a partner or two to play
3 Start passing the ball back and forth over an imaginary net or use a chair or other
object as the net.
4 How many times can you pass/tap the ball back and forth
5 The goal is 120…..did you do it?
*Can you count to 100 by 2’s as you tap the ball?
*Can you count by 5’s?

Fun Time
Play ‘Dolphin Diving’

Thursday, May 28, 2020

TGIF! - May 29, 2020

Dear Almost Second Graders,

     Good morning. Happy Friday! Thank you for working so hard on your remote learning lessons this week. I know how hard it is to focus on your work when the weather starts getting warmer. So I really appreciate how hard you have been working and focusing on your lessons.
     Today you are going to be taking a quiz. Do you remember what a quiz is? Another word for a quiz is a test. You are going to be quizzed to see what you learned about the 5 senses. Good luck!
     Today is Friday, and it is computer lab day for us. Mrs. Stone has a special message for all of her students.

"Hi, Mrs. Stone here! I need you to do something for me, and it's really important! Please go to my blog and read my message for this weeks project. This is one that I can't do by myself, so I need your help....ALL OF YOU! And you will want to be a part of it because it's going to be so neat, so just take a few minutes to check it out! Thanks for your help!"

Have fun learning today!

  Miss Gray

Friday, May 29, 2020

Take this quiz! What did you learn this week?

‘The Listening Walk’

Stop and listen for a few minutes. Write down all of the sounds you can hear. Then
count how many different sounds you heard. 

Flash Card Friday- If you don’t have your own flashcards, use this link...[0]=addition&level=1

IXL Math - Log on to IXL and complete skill D.9 - Addition Facts - Sums Up to 20.

Fun Time
Make your own character. Be sure to label each body part they use for each of the 5 senses.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Remote Learning Lessons - May 28, 2020

Dear Almost Second Graders,

     Good morning. Happy Thursday! It sounds like it's going to be another hot day. I hope you are able to find some ways to stay cool. I'm hoping to get in my pool for the first time this season. It's still a bit chilly, but it will feel good on this warm day.
     I think you'll enjoy listening to/reading your story today - 'I Hear a Pickle'. What do you think a pickle sounds like? Have fun with your writing today, all you fishes. If you were a fish what do you think you would see?
      Since it's Thursday, don't forget to visit Mrs. Stevens' blog to see the special art assignment she wants you to do today. Mrs. Stevens says that it's time for a celebration!

Mrs. Stevens would also like you to send her a picture of your art project when you get it finished. Could you please surprise her today and do that?

Have fun learning on this hot day!

   Miss Gray

Thursday, May 28, 2020


‘I Hear a Pickle’

Pretend you are a fish. Describe what you might see in your habitat.

Building Words
How many words can you make using the letters in the word…

Use these shapes.
You can use each one more than once to create a geometry picture.
You could make an animal, a city, or anything you can think of. Name the shapes in your

IXL Math - Please log in to IXL and complete skill V. - Compose Two-dimensional Shapes.
This is a new skill right under V.10.

Fun Time
Salt Painting - touch when dry.

1. Trace or draw a picture on paper.
2. Trace your picture with glue (liquid glue works best)
3. Add salt to the top of the glue and gently shake off excess salt.
4. Tap gently with watercolors or gel food coloring.
5. Let dry.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Remote Learning Lessons - May 27, 2020

Dear Almost Second Graders,

     Good morning. Happy Wednesday! I never did get my lawn mowed yesterday! But I got my beans planted this morning. Hopefully this weekend I'll get my other vegetables planted. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
     Just think - at the end of next week you will officially be second graders! It's so hard for me to believe. It seems like you just walked through my classroom on the first day of school! But I know you are ready for the challenges that second grade will have for you.
    I hope you enjoy listening to/reading 'Big Smelly Bear' today. It's a really cute story with a really good lesson that everyone should learn. 
    It's Wednesday, so don't forget to find a buddy to share a book with - your mom, dad, dog, cat, or unicorn!
     Have fun learning today!

  Miss Gray

Wednesday, May 27, 2020


‘Super Senses of Animals - Facts’

How many word problems can you solve?

IXL Math - Log on to IXL and complete skill J.5 - Addition and Subtraction Facts - up to 20.

Describe your favorite food. Use as many of the senses as you can.
For example, you might write 'My favorite food is _________. It looks like _______. It smells like _______. When I eat it it feels _______. It tastes like _______. When I eat it it sounds _______.

Wacky Wednesday
Unscramble these sentences

1 ears can hear drum My loud the

2 smell can the pizza hot nose My

3 things tongue good can My taste 

Fun Time
Draw an ice cream