Monday, December 19, 2016

Library this week....

Will be on Weds. with Mrs. Burnham's class.
Please be sure to bring books back for Wednesday.

Thank you :)

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Classroom updates and reminders

I can't believe we are nearing the end of December!
I just wanted to send a few reminders:

1. Tomorrow is the last day (12/15) to send in pajamas for our drive. I will be taking the box to the post office after school.

2. Next week is the First Grade Winter Showcase. If you are planning to dismiss your child from the show at 2:00, you MUST send a note in with your child in the morning.

3. We are becoming writers!! 

Enjoying recess before the arctic freeze heading our way:

Happy Winter!!

Monday, December 5, 2016


Hello Families,

I am sure you will hear all about our emergency evacuation today from your child. Below is a notice that Mrs. Dressler is sending home today. Room 111 students were amazing and showed that they know how to react appropriately and safely in an emergency situation.  :)

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Bear Says Thanks

Today during reading we read Bear Says Thanks and practiced retelling the story with shared writing. Later in the day we watched our 4th grade buddies put on a play for us called Turkey Takes a Stand. Don't let anyone know but sometimes there is some fun in first ;)

Bear says thanks video

4th grade play clip

Thanksgiving Break

Hello everyone, I want to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving and safe travels if you are traveling. I hope you enjoy the time with your family. Just a reminder that tomorrow is an early release day and dismissal will be at 11:15. If your child is doing something different to go home PLEASE be sure to send a note in the morning. Also, students are going home on the bus they come in on in the morning, there are no combined buses in the afternoon. I will double check with the students but if your child takes a different bus in the morning than in the afternoon, can you please let me know. I want to make sure everyone gets to where they need to be. Thanks for your help and have a wonderful Thanksgiving break, Crystal

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Food Drive

Ms. Bannon and Mr. Peterson are collecting non perishable food items for the Burlington food pantry through Wednesday. If you would like to contribute, please send your items in and we will send them to the gym.

Thank you!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Election Day

From poll helpers to check everyone in and out, to personal polling stations, to homeroom questions and presidential write-in candidates:
Today Room 111 had their own mock election along with 2 questions to vote on. One question ended in a tie due to someone deciding not to answer it (which was a choice). That gave a valuable lesson about how important each person's voice truly is.
Don't tell anyone but we had a ton of fun :)

Friday, November 4, 2016

Plant Assessments

The students created their own plants and then recorded each other naming all of the parts and their functions as our final plants parts and function assessment.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Day of the Dead

Today Mrs. Weinberg taught us about The Day of the Dead celebrated in Mexico.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Reading Class

We are having such a great time during our reading block!
On Fridays, we decided to do a program called Making Meaning, which we love but haven't had the time to fit in, in the past few years.
In each unit, we cover a new reading strategy through a read aloud, turn and talks, and then creating a class book based on the story we read.
Weeellllll... my readers didn't want to create a book because they all want to take their own work home in the end.
SO... Today I got the great idea to create a class read aloud video! Each time we finish our writing, I will record them reading it and put it together for you to see :) I think this will help the students become better readers and writers because there is an audience for them.
Unfortunately, I ran out of space on my iPad and didn't know so 1 student's didn't get recorded but he will just retread his and I will post it next week.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Final roots observations

Can you guess which plants were in the closet, on the window sill, or in the middle of the room? See if your child can tell you. After you view the photos, follow this link to see if you were correct:
Many of the plants got overwatered or dropped so they all didn't sprout 😆 just more info for us as scientists!

Be sure to ask your child the parts of the plant and what their function is (how does it help the plant survive). Here is a link to the information they need to know: 

For future reference, you can find all of the information about our science units and expectations through the Burlington Science Center blog. The link is on the right hand side of this blog.

Tomorrow we go on a walk with Ms. Pavlicek to learn about trees we can find in our backyard and how they are a type of plant. Stay tuned.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Locker Decorating

The students had so much fun detracting their lockers on Friday morning. Hopefully the decorations will last through conferences so you can get a chance to see them in person 😉

Just a reminder from the PTO: the annual I scream Halloween party is on Friday the 28th. Children have to be registered beforehand and you can only register online. Also, don't forget to pay your dues. This money helps support social and classroom activities. You can find the link to the Memorial School PTO website on the right-hand side of this blog :)

Sunday, October 16, 2016

More experiments

We are continuing to learn about plant parts and their functions. So far we've learned about the super stem and now the righteous roots. We planted seeds in clear cups so we can see the roots grow. Be sure to ask your child how the stem and roots help plants survive.

Seed cups were placed in different areas of the room. The window sill, a shelf in the middle of the classroom, and in a closet. Some students wanted to prove weather plants need sunlight in order to grow. What do you predict??

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

They all want to be....

SCIENTISTS!! We are having a fantastic learning experience studying our new science topic Plant Parts and Functions. Yesterday, the students led discussions about what parts are and which living and non living things have parts.

Then today, our budding scientists observed and dissected a flower. They used ipads to take photos and science journals to draw their observations, take notes, and write any ideas or questions down. Can't wait to meet tomorrow and have a group talk about what everyone noticed.

Stay tuned to see what other amazing learning experiences and experiments we will be doing in the next few days and upcoming weeks! 

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Picture Day and....

Just a reminder that tomorrow is picture day! ***WE WILL STILL HAVE GYM** Please be sure to send in sneakers &/or gym clothes and your child can change at the end of the day :)
Also, the class earned their 2nd class prize :)
On Monday we will have pajama day.

Image result for pajama day

Don't hesitate to reach out with any questions.

Thursday, September 15, 2016


This notice went home in backpacks today:

Dear Parent/Guardian of students in first and third grade:
This letter is to inform you that a reporter from the TV show "Chronicle" will be at the Memorial School tomorrow to film a segment about educational topics. The filming may take place in your child's classroom.
We have the photo release form for your child on file but we wanted you to be aware that this will be taking place. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at 781-270-1721 or email
Deborah Dressler

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Whole Brain Teaching

It was a long week for everyone but we finished strong! The children worked really hard at practicing our new rules and putting them into effect. I use rules from Whole Brain Teaching, as well as attention getters, some games, and a few other ideas. Here is a link to what it is all about if you are interested:

Ask your children the rule # and they should be able to show you the gestures and tell you the rule:
Rule #1 follow directions quickly
Rule #2 raise your hand for permission to speak
Rule #3 raise your hand for permission to leave your seat
Rule #4 make smart choices
Rule #5 keep your dear teacher happy 
Diamond Rule keep your eye on the target

I'll go over these a little more a open house on Wednesday. There are 2 sessions: 6:30-7 in classroom, 7-7:30 in cafe, 7:30-8 repeat in classroom. I look forward to seeing you there!

In the meantime, enjoy the videos of the kids practicing and our selfie :)

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

First Day of First Grade is in the books!

What a day we had today! I am sure your little munchkins were tuckered out because they were ready to leave by mid-morning ;) By the end of next week, we will be all settled into our new routines and the days will just sail along. This week we will be focusing on class rules and routines. I try to follow the Whole Brain Teaching method and have had great success. I appreciate everyone filling out the student information sheet and the 3-2-1 form. They were a huge help in getting everyone where they needed to be. If anything went wrong with how your child got dismissed, please let me know ASAP. This week is all about fixing those kinks. As for the 3-2-1 form, I just read through them all and I felt like The heart literally expanded with every page I read. I am so excited to get to know these students and hearing about them through your words is special. Here is a word cloud that represents what you had to say about your children. The bigger the word, the more frequently it was used.
I was able to get pictures...unfortunately not a whole class one...and someone was in the restroom and I forgot to get him. Take 2 tomorrow ;)
I am looking forward to a great school year! Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.