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Officer Frost comes to visit

Ms. Johnston finished her teaching unit about communities in Virginia and the contributions of our local governments and volunteers. As a culminating activity, she had the students prepare questions to interview our very special visitor, Officer Frost.

He is a part of our local government, as he is a police officer. He also volunteers his time in our school and in our community. He is also the dad of one of our students!

We enjoyed our visit with him and he gave the students nice gift bags from the police department. Thank you, Officer Frost!




Pete the Cat Pumpkin won the popular vote!


Our school had a pumpkin decorating contest. Our class voted to decorate the pumpkin as Pete the Cat. I really wanted Fly Guy, but maybe next year.

It was a good thing we listened to the popular vote in the classroom, because Pete the Cat won this year. I think it was the beautiful painting that Glenn and Katherine did on the body of our pumpkin!

Drop, Cover, and Hold On!

Where did everyone go? Oh, there they are!

On October 18th at 10:18, we had an earthquake drill. Our class dropped to the floor, took cover under our sturdy desks, and held on. We were not afraid and we feel prepared.

Check out the Drop! Cover! Hold On! web site for more information.

Fun Friday Game Day

Our Fun Friday activity was Board Game day. Many people brought their games to share today, and even more important, some came prepared to learn a new game from their friends!

We had two different kinds of Monopoly, a Bingo game, a Guess Who? game, dinosaur matching game, and even some Angry Birds!

One School, One Book

picture used with permission by flickrcc

One School, One Book starts today! Every family will receive a copy of The World According to Humphrey to read over the month of January. The reading schedule, book, and introductory letter will be sent home today. I cannot wait to talk to the students at school about the chapters we are all reading at home!

To get us interested in the main character of the book, Riley has written a hamster story!

I am a hamster person. I love hamsters. Hamsters are little balls of fur. My favorite thing about hamsters is that they climb up their cage.

Honoring Veterans

Our school had a wonderful assembly on Friday morning to honor the veterans in our community. Many moms, dads, grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins came to be honored by our school and school board members.

We also remembered our veterans in the classroom at 11:11 on 11-11-11 with a moment of silence, captured on film.

My dad was in the U.S. Navy, on a submarine. Here are a few pictures.

Panama, 1947

November, 1949

Now, a connection from my dad to the classroom! My dad loved math and was good at it. He was the one who helped me with my math homework  when I was a kid.

Here is a game that will help you practice place value – tens and units (ones). See you Monday!



See you soon!

Hello First Graders!

I am looking forward to seeing you on Thursday, August 18th. Our Open House hours are 12:00-3:00 and 4:00-7:00.

Updated calendar information! Open House hours are from 4-7 p.m.

Please bring your school supplies with you on Thursday. This will help our first day go smoothly and be all about the students, instead of the supplies! Here’s a list to remind you what is on the list this year.

Mrs. Wojtera’s Class Supply List:

2 boxes Crayola Crayons (24 count)

1 pair Fiskars scissors

8 glue sticks (Elmer’s works great!)

1 pack of broad Crayola washable markers (classic colors please)

1 pack of thin Crayola markers

2 – two pocket homework folders with fasteners (plastic/poly vinyl please)

Plastic pencil box (no zippers please)

1 Dozen #2 pencils

1 Container of disinfectant wipes

Girls-Hand Sanitizer

Boys-Hand Soap

Back pack (no wheels, please!)





All Aboard!

The Countdown has begun!

We are counting down the days, hours, and minutes until Polar Express Day!

We will start at 9:00 on Friday, 17th by listening to the story on our morning announcements. We will also watch the movie before lunch.

We can wear our pajamas and we will play Polar Express Bingo with the whole school! I also hear that hot chocolate will be served, so be ready for a cozy day with a good book and good friends!

Super Fun Friday!


We had a Wonderful Fun Friday!

We started with Jack’s mom as a guest reader for D.E.A.R. time this morning. Then we got very busy with our O.R.E.O. project. (Our Really Exciting Online Project)

We each had two attempts at stacking oreo cookies. We made our tally marks as we stacked, then compared our best attempt with our prediction.

We took pictures and Zaina narrated our movie. Then we added our new movie to our iPods so we can watch it over and over again. Here it is for you to enjoy!

OREO Project

We turned in our results online and got a certificate!

We had popcorn at lunch and watched our favorite story, Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel. It was a great day!

Stay tuned to the blog this weekend for another episode of Chicken Jane!