Monday, December 21, 2015



Dear Families,

To celebrate the onset of winter, we invite all first graders to wear warm, cozy, pajamas to school on Weds. December 23rd. They may bring slippers to change into while at school and a small stuffed animal.  

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

We hope everyone has a safe, fun, and healthy break!
The 1st Grade Team

Monday, December 14, 2015

1st Grade Winter Caroling

Dear Parents/Guardian,

    Your first grade child will be caroling in the hallways during their music class on Thursday, Dec. 17th and Friday, Dec. 18th at 1:30pm. Classes will perform on the following dates:

  • Thursday, Dec. 17th- Mrs. Farrell and Mrs. Panagiotopoulos
  • Friday, Dec. 18th- Mrs. Burnham and Mrs. Gearin

Parents are welcome to join us and sing along!  We have talked to the students about the wonderful tradition of caroling, and how it brings the community together in song.  They would really love to hear their loved ones singing with them!

If you would like to dismiss your child after the assembly, please send in a note the morning of the sing-along.

Mrs. Rzasa and Mrs. Niu

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Starbucks Winners

Starbucks winners for 1st grade have been from room 111 for 2 weeks in a row! Congratulations Emily and Dante!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Book Fair

Memorial’s Scholastic Book Fair

December 7, 2015

Dear parent(s)/guardian(s),

The whole school is excited about our upcoming Book Fair. An amazing selection of books will be in our library December 14th-18th! The latest and finest titles for kids can be found at the Book Fair, as well as books of interest to parents. The Book Fair is a great way to get everyone excited about reading. And, you can contribute books to your child's classroom library.

Your child will preview the books on: Tuesday, December 15, 10:40-11:00 am

Your child will have the opportunity to purchase books on:  Thursday, December 17, 10:40-11:00 am

You may come into the library from 8:00 a.m. until 2:45 p.m. during the entire week to purchase books. A limited supply of gift wrapping will be available as well.

If you would like to purchase books online, you may do so here:

Attached is a flyer to get a glimpse of some of the great books we have.

See you at the Book Fair,

Rachel V. Small
Teacher Librarian, Memorial Elementary School
(781) 273-7656

P.S. If you would like to volunteer at the Book Fair, please fill out this form:

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Feeling Thankful

What an amazing day we had today! I left school yesterday all planned and ready for our half day of learning:

Knowing I wasn't going to get through all of it, I had some fun, academic activities all ready to go.

While the students were working on a color by sight word turkey packet for morning warm up, I had remembered that Ms. Conceison mentioned she was collecting cards to pass out at a soup kitchen she is volunteering at on Thanksgiving. My plans shifted and we spent the morning having a heartfelt conversation about feeling thankful and what that means. 

These are all from the mouths of the kids! After our conversation, we all went back to our seats and made cards for those who are less fortunate. Reminding them that they are loved and wished well. 

The end result was beautiful:

Then we had just enough time to talk a bit about the first settlers and Native Americans. We also happen to have a student of Wampanoag descent in our classroom who shared some photos and talked a bit about some of her experiences.

Wow!! Today was definitely a reminder about why I love my job. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to become a part of your child's life. I am one lucky gal!

PS we never touched any more of the planned activities I had. Last minute planning at its best! :)

May you all have a wonderful thanksgiving with your families.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Scholastic Book Club Ordering

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One-Time Class Activation Code: H4CH7

Dear Families,

Good news! This month's Scholastic Reading Club flyers are ready for you to explore with your child. Children read more when they choose their own books, so I encourage you to look at the flyers together. Each flyer is filled with grade-specific, affordable titles. 
They will be sent home today and are viewable online.​

Place your order online at or send the order form and payment to me. Ordering online is the easiest way to ensure I get your order on time. Also, there are more books to choose from as well as teacher recommendations. 
​F​or every book you order, our class earns FREE Books and supplies.
Thank you for your support! 

PS: Books make wonderful gifts! Please let me know if your order includes a gift, and I will contact you when it arrives.
I am also happy to let you know what books would be at your child's independent reading level. 

Ordering online is fast and easy:
- ENTER the one-time Class Activation Code (top of this letter)
- SHOP from a carefully curated selection of the best books and value packs
- SUBMIT your order and earn FREE Books for our classroom
- All book orders will be shipped to our classroom so we can celebrate the joy of reading together!

Friday, November 6, 2015

Tree observation

As part of our science standards in knowing the life cycle of plants, we are observing a tree 3 times this year and keeping a journal on it.
Today was such a beautiful day, we took advantage of doing some work outside :)

Monday, November 2, 2015

Writing on the rug

Dear families,

I am sad to send this letter home but I feel that is a necessity for students to know we are on the same page. You are receiving this notice because your child is in my class for learning at some point in the day.

This summer, Mrs. Dresser purchased brand new rugs for 1st grade classrooms that are bright and beautiful. Today, while we were meeting on the rug, I happened to notice that a student had used black marker to write on the rug :(

I spoke with the students about respecting school property and I would greatly appreciate it if you had the same conversation. I am not looking to place blame or figure out who did it, I just want to make sure it doesn't happen again and that our beautiful, new school and materials are respected.

Thank you so much for your support.

Friday, October 30, 2015

1st graders teaching 3rd graders

Today, the first graders got to put together all they learned about whole body listening and teach some third graders about it. It went so very well! Be sure to ask your child what it means to be a whole body listener :)

Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

4th grade buddies

I forgot to take pictures the last time we met but I didn't this time :)
We meet with Mrs.Felton's reading class 1-2x a month and do various activities.

Today the 4th graders read a story to their 1st grade buddy and they had to cut a piece of the paper according to the directions. They had fun!

I also posted on Instagram so be sure to follow me there @mrspanag.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

lessons on interrupting

This week the students have been working really hard on practicing our rules. Particularly rule numbers 1, 2, & 3 (if you don't know what they are, please ask your child). We read a book called My Mouth is a Volcano and recalled times everybody has been interrupted and how it made them feel. We also learned and discussed ways we could stop ourselves from interrupting others: breath our words out of our nose until it is our turn and breath them back in, make figure eights that Ms. F showed us last week, raise pur hand, or just wait patiently for our turn to speak. It would be very helpful to to talk about these and have your child practice some of these turn talking strategies in your everyday routines.

Tomorrow we will read Interrupting Chicken and do some follow up activities as well.

Next week we will practice our listening/following directions skills. 
Stay tuned :)

Monday, October 19, 2015

Fluency Tests and Homework

Today, in your child's folder, you will find math fluency tests from the last 4 weeks. These are given every Friday throughout the year as a means to help build the students' fact fluency from 0-10. They are given 2 minutes to complete 20 problems. Right now we are focusing on addition and will start subtraction in another month or two. You should notice that your child's score gets a little better each week.
If you are interested in fun ways to help your child's fluency, I am happy to give you suggestions :)

Also, in regards to the homework, please be sure your child brings in his/her homework notebook, the menu, AND the must do math sheets on Fridays. Be sure to do the math pages listed on the menu. We assign particular pages to make sure everyone is practicing things we've already learned and not moving ahead of what is taught in the classroom.

As always, thank you for your support and let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Have a great Monday!!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Zones of Regulation

Ms. Flaccavento came into our class today to talk about "Zones of Regulation" in regards to our feelings and behavior. She also talked about ways to calm ourselves when we are feeling anxious, angry, or upset, focusing on making a figure eight with our finger and controlling our breathing. Please be sure to ask your child for more information about these ideas to reinforce their learning. Attached is I for Marion about the Zones of Regulation and a feelings song we learned. 

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Homework Update

Dear Families,

It is so nice to be back in the classroom. We had a great transition last week and are in full swing in room 111!

Thank you for your patience as things get a little readjusted from Mrs. Blois to myself.

I have decided to change the homework a little bit. I am thinking it may be easier to keep the work all in one place so instead of stapling papers together, everything that needs to be written can be written in the notebook and then the students can pass in the menu paper, notebook, and any must do math sheets altogether on Fridays.

This homework menu and system is new to us this year, so your patience and constructive feedback is helpful.

Also, please make sure to follow our class if you haven’t already:
instagram: @mrspanag
remind: text @cpanag to 81010

I will not be sending paper notices home from myself if I can help it. They will be sent via email, blog, or remind when possible.

Let me know if you have any questions.

I am exciting to get our collaboration for a great year underway :)

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Welcome Back!

Welcome to First Grade!

I hope you have enjoyed your summer.  I am so excited to welcome you to Room 111! As you know, the first day of school is Monday, August 31st. I will not be there to welcome you on the first day of school but Mrs. Blois will be. I had a baby boy in May and will be home with him and will return on October 5th. However, I am working behind the scenes to help with the beginning of the school year and the transition. I may pop in a couple of times the week before to see how everything is going. I can’t wait to meet you! We are going to have a fantastic school year and you are going to learn so much!

Don’t forget that the school day begins promptly at 8:10 (drop off is 7:55-8:10), bring a healthy, nut-free snack and water. There is no need to bring any supplies as the town has provided all that is needed.

Parents, please fill out the forms included and return them on the 1st day. This will help Mrs. Blois and I get to know your child and your family and  be sure to let us know how your child will be getting home on the first day of school and each day afterwards.

Be sure to check out our class blog and enter your email to follow us and get an email whenever there is a new post:
As the town hopes to use less and less paper, my goal will be to post as much information on the blog as possible.

Have a wonderful 1st day of school!

Mrs. Panagiotopoulos

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

I was able to visit the kids a couple of weeks ago and brought Theo in to meet them :)
They were so excited and it was so nice to be with them.

The last day is here and although I was unable to be in the classroom to say goodbye to the students, I was able to FaceTime them.

I hope everyone has a fantastic summer! Thank you again for all of your support this school year.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Last Day...

Dear families,

I found out today that it will be my last day for the year. I have been having some high blood pressure issues and so they are planning to take me in on Monday to have this little guy!

I will definitely be in touch with the kids and you. All of your kids are amazing and I love them all to pieces! 

Thank you for all of your support this year.

Have a great end of the year and a wonderful summer!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

...and more awesome bird projects

Blizzard Bag Information

Here is a link to Mr. Larkin's blog post/letter home about the blizzard bag project:

Here is a link to Mrs. Dressler's blog post/letter home with information specific to how Memorial staff will provide support:

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns  :)

Tuesday, April 14, 2015