November 8, 2015

November 8, 2015

Dear Parents,

It has been busy at school.  Lots has been happening.  On October 30th, Fox Hill had its first vocabulary parade.  It was very exciting.  The children did a great job deciding on a vocabulary word.  It was so much fun to hear the vocabulary words of all the children as well as see how they dressed to show their word.


This week we will review our spelling words that have been introduced so far.  We will not start a new set of words because of the two days off for the children.  Please continue to practice these words with your children so they will be able to spell them in their writing.   Also, as the children bring home guided reading books to read to you at night, please set aside some time to listen to them read the story to you.  This story was read in class with the teacher.  They need to practice reading this book to help them develop expression and fluency when reading.  It is important that the books are returned to school the next day.  Thank you for your help with this.

On Friday, I sent home a form for conferences.  Please be sure to fill it our and send it back by Friday, November 13th.  I will do my best to accommodate your choices.  I will send home a confirmation note with your day and time.


The children are very excited about the Peppermint Parade.  On Friday, they chose a poem they would like to learn and recite in our production in December.  Invitations will be coming home to you soon.  Please help your child learn his/her poem and practice with them each night.  We will have our first practice this week as we begin to prepare for the show.

The November Scholastic Book Club flyer will come home Thursday.  If you would bookwormlike to order books you may do so on-line or fill out the order form on the back of the flyer and send it into school with a check made out to Scholastic Reading club.  Please return orders by Monday, November 16th.  If you would like to order any books as gifts just let me know and I will hold them for you and let you know when you can pick them up.


Thank you for your continued cooperation and support.

Jane Doyle





October 25,2015

October 25, 2015


Dear Parents,

Last week was a busy week in First grade.  The first grade was treated to an exciting Bird Show with Ms. Pavlicek from the Burlington  Science Center on Tuesday.  The children learned about the many features of a bird.  One of the first graders was transformed into a bird and some helped by showing the different beaks birds have as well as what type of food the bird would eat.  Ms. Pavlicek brought two live birds with her, Crystal a grey African parrot and Scout a Barred owl.   The children also listened to bird calls and tried to identify the bird by its sound.  This show is always a favorite with the children.

On Thursday,  the first grade went on our first field trip to the Franklin Park Zoo.  The children got to see many animals along with a huge variety of birds.  We visit the zoo to see its many birds and we were lucky to see several peacocks along the walkway. The children were able to see them up close.  The weather was beautiful that day, which made the trip even more enjoyable.  Thank you to Mrs. Doody, Mrs. Matta, and Mrs. Mohamed for chaperoning and making the experience terrific for the children in their care that day.

When we returned  to school we were greeted by Mrs. Johnson, who had received a call from the zoo complimenting her on the children’s wonderful interactions with the zoo attendants and their great behavior.  Mrs. Johnson was so pleased she gave each of the classes certificates for our rooms.  At the end of the day, she highlighted the children by making an announcement about their positive behavior and the call from the zoo.

By now you have received the information regarding our first Vocabulary Parade!!  This will take place on Friday, October 30th.  The children need to have their vocabulary word on their costume and the definition of that word attached as well.  Costumes can be simply made from poster board and pictures.  I know everyone will do a great job and be very creative.  This week I will be sending home a “Party in the Bag” bag.  I am asking that you send in an extra snack in that bag that the children can have on Friday afternoon.  It can be something sweet or salty along with a drink. Thank you.

During recess this week a child lost a jacket.  It is a black North Face jacket with the initials NK on the inside tag.  If your child came home with the wrong jacket could you please send it back to school so we can return the right jacket back to you.  Thanks for your help with this mix up.

This week we begin the next unit in Fundations.  Unit 4 will cover the introduction of bonus letters, f,l,s and sometimes z.  The children will also learn about the first glued sound all.  They will learn the Trick words you, your, I, they, was, one, said.

In Math, we are working on Topic 3 – Five and Ten Relationships.  We are working on representing and recognizing numbers on a ten-frame.  They will find different ways 10 can be split into two parts and find missing parts of 10.

Watch for some pictures to be posted later this week!!

Mrs. Doyle


October Letter

October 5, 2015

Dear Parents,
bluebirdIt’s hard to believe it is already October!  This letter is to update you on the many things that are happening in school.  Our theme for the month of October is Birds.  We will study birds in depth before going on our Field trip to the Franklin Park Zoo, which is on Thursday, October 22nd.  The Burlington Science Center will also present a bird show prior to our observations of birds at the zoo.  In class we will learn the attributes and features of some of the estimated 500 billion birds in the world.

The children have completed the first topic in Math which was Addition.  We are now working on Understanding Subtraction.  We have worked on finding the missing parts of 6,7,8 and 9 and are learning how to write number sentences.

Our reading groups are just about up and running.  The children are very enthusiastic about reading.  They will be working in small groups based on their instructional levels.  We are also doing shared reading.  We are working on Unit 2 in Fundations.  We are working on our second week of Spelling words.  Many of the children already can identify these words in shared reading, morning message and our poems.  These frequently used words often cannot be sounded out and need to be memorized.  Children need a lot of practice with these words in order to retain them.  Please keep on reviewing these words as they will help your child with all the reading we do.

Our author for this month is Lois Ehlert.  She has many wonderful books that I will be reading to the children.


Kevin Henkes, (our September author) was a big hit.  Be sure to check out his books when visiting the library.

Thank you to everyone who sent back the field trip forms.  I will let you know if  you have been picked as a chaperone as soon as all forms are in.  Permission slips are due back on Friday, October 9th.

Important Dates

  • October 9th – Picture Day
  • October 12th – No School – Columbus Day
  • October 16th – Scholastic Book Club orders due
  • October 22nd – Franklin Park Zoo Field Trip

I hope you find this information helpful in communicating with your child about what is going on in our classroom.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Jane Doyle

Updates – Day 10

Back-To-School-Apple-ClipartDear Parents,

Last week was a very busy week for the children.  They worked hard each day getting things ready in the room for Back to School Night.  On Tuesday, they worked on their watermelon slices for the bulletin board.  After completing the project they chose a plastic knife from the basket, looked at the number on it and cut out that number of seeds to put on their watermelons.  They look fabulous on our board.  They also painted a circle to look like the inside of a watermelon slice and put it together with their favorite summer memory.  Displayed in bowls on the table they also look fantastic!

Wednesday brought the children to the pod where they were joined with their other first grade friends to hear the story If You Give A Mouse A Cookie by Laura Numeroff.  The children made their own mice and wrote what they would give a mouse.  We had some very creative ideas!


On Thursday, the children wrote a letter to you asking you to look at the many things they have done since school started.  As a class we have been talking about school rules and classroom rules.  Children have modeled for each other the way to come to the rug for Morning Meeting.  They have learned many new greetings as we practice learning each other’s names.  Our first assembly of the year took place on Friday morning with Mrs. Johnson leading the Belonging Assembly with kindergarten through second grade participating.  The children later enjoyed a Fun Friday read aloud Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes and sequenced the story using pictures.  Ask your child to tell you about the story while looking at their pictures.


This week in Math we have been working on addition number combinations for 6,7,8 and 9.

Scholastic Book Club flyers went home yesterday.  Please look through the selections and if you would like to order you may do so on-line or you may fill out the order form and send it back to school with a check made out to Scholastic Reading Club. All orders are due by Friday, September 25th.

It was wonderful meeting so many of you last Thursday.  I look forward to a great year with your children.

Mrs. Doyle


owlappleDear Parents,

Welcome to the Room 28 First Grade Blog. I am looking forward to working with you and your children this year. This is my first attempt at a blog so you will need to have patience and understanding with me as I learn how to use this piece of technology.

I will be posting updates about things happening in school and in the classroom, so please check in periodically to see what’s happening in Room 28.

Looking forward to a great year with your children.

Mrs. Doyle