From the first day of school, I have aimed to create a long lasting relationship with your child, in hopes to build a classroom community where all students have the freedom to express their ideas, learn in a way that best fits them, and share with me anything they presume important about them as an individual. This website has been created in hopes that I can invite you into our "Learning Palace" (our theme for this year). My goal is to create a place where you can step into the life of your first grader. Here you can gain awareness on what goes on in the classroom including classroom procedures and routines, and the content that the students learn throughout the year.
I am aware that families play a vital role in a child's academic success, as they know their child the best and can therefore provide support, and knowledge to me as well. Therefore, I hope this web page will allow you to obtain the information you need to provide adequate assistance to your child. Please feel free to contact me with any questions and/or concerns pertaining to this web page that will best help you become a part of our classroom community. Overall, I think we can agree that our goal is to ensure the children receive the best academic experience possible so that they can become a better individual and reach their full learning potential.
Thanks so much for taking the time to be involved in your child's learning; it really does go a long way.
Dr. Seuss Week
Next week (02/27- 03/04) we are celebrating Dr. Seuss and celebrating reading in general. We encourage you and your family to participate in our Dr. Seuss themed days. Please see the schedule below:
Monday, February 27th - Cat in the Hat (wear your favorite hat)
Tuesday, February 28th- I am Not Going to Get Up Today (wear your pajamas NO SLIPPERS )
Wednesday, March 1st - Wacky Wednesday (dress silly)
Thursday, March 2nd - My Many Colored Days (wear as many colors as you can)
Friday, March 3rd - Fox in Socks (wear mismatched socks)
If you know that your child will be leaving early, please send in a note with your child letting me and the office know. That way I can do my best to make sure your child is ready when you come to pick him/her up. Also, be mindful of the Schedule as they have Specials, lunch, and computer lab, which will interrupt them and take even more time to get them packed up.
Shooting Star Reader:
Thank you for those who have signed up and been confirmed to be a reader in our classroom. Below are the dates that are still available to read. Please email me or send the green form back in If you'd like to read on one of these dates.
December 9, December 16, February 24.
We are in need of a volunteer to help us with Monday folders. You would need to be able to commit yourself to every Monday(sometimes Tuesdays if Monday we are out). We would just need you to stuff our work and any letters that go home on Mondays into each student's folder. You may come in any time before 2:00 p.m so that we are sure they make it home that day. Please email me if you are available to take on this role.
Box Top Winner!
Thank you so much for donating/sending in all of your box tops at the beginning of the year! We are the top winner for our grade level. You guys are awesome! The students each received a fun winter pencil as a reward.
Unfortunately, we do not have a water fountain in our new classroom (not sure if they are planning to install one or not). With that being said, it would be great if you send your child with a labeled water bottle each day. Please send one with a pop up top. Let your child know if you would like for him/her to bring the bottle home each day, or leave it here in the classroom.
Homework: Book Response:
The first grade team, and another parent noticed that the book response page was left out of the homework packet for this week. You may have your child write on the back of any sheet of the homework packet or on another blank paper you may have at home. As long as it is in the homework bag by Thursday, your child will receive a check for this week. The response should include: Title, Author, 1 or 2 sentences about the book.
We got word this week that our new classroom will be ready by Friday! I hope to be able to start moving things before then (a little each day), so that by next week we will be settled into our new rooms. For those of you who don't know, we will be going into the third grade hallway (the hallway next to the new office). I will take the kids over there for a tour so they know where to come once we move.
Read-a-thon Spirt Week.
This week (October 24) Is Antietam's Spirit Week! Below is the schedule:
Monday- Wear your p.j's
Tuesday- Wear your Antietam gear
Wednesday- Wear your crazy socks
Thursday- Wear your favorite hat
Friday- Dress as your favorite Book Character (remember to bring the book your character is in)
Microsoft 365 Log in:
Some of you were having issues logging in to your child's Microsoft account. If your username does not work, try adding: pwcs-edu.org to the end of your child's username. You may email Mr. Ward (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions/comments concerning Microsoft 365.
Homework officially started Today (October 3). Please make sure your child is reading a book EVERY night. This can be a book sent home in their bag by me, or a book they have at home. I'm not picky on the book, as long as they are reading something that is on their level. Students should be doing 3 activities from the homework packet, but it doesn't need to be turned in. Just initial next to the activity telling me that they completed it. The words 3 times each does need to be turned in BY Friday. Homework needs to be returned EVERY DAY. I will finally collect and grade all homework on Friday. There is no homework over the weekend.
Don't forget to order books from Scholastic books. The class code is N2F6H and the link is:
Explanation of Grades:
This year your child will be graded based on a 4 point, non-letter scale. The grading critera is as followed:
S+: outstanding achievement, goes over and beyond expectations of the teacher, superior level of performance, and demonstrates effort in all class activities
S: adequately meets objectives, achieves the majority of the grade level objectives, and willingly participates in class
S-: inconsistently meets objectives, needs teacher support or excessive time to complete work, doesn’t demonstrate effort in class
N: has difficulty meeting objectives even with teacher support or excessive time, consistently requires teacher direction and encouragement to participate in class