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.

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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.