Friday, October 29, 2010

Halloween Party

1st Grade Halloween Party on PhotoPeach

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

From Mrs. McEvoy

Dear Mrs. Levy's class,

Thank you all for making my Thursdays so special.  I smile all day long after my visit with you.

Peace & Love,
Mrs. McEvoy

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Jack-O-Lantern Big and Scary

Jack-o-lantern, big and scary
Some are sad, some are merry.
Some are large, some are small.
Some just have no teeth at all!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Spooky- Writing Prompt

In honor of Halloween coming up in just 11 days, please leave us a comment about something that scares you.

Are you scared of spiders?

Are you scared of snakes?

Are you scared of thunder and lightning?

Are you scared of ghosts?

What scares you?

Monday, October 18, 2010

Buddy Reading

We have been practicing reading to ourselves for a few weeks now.  Some important rules about reading to yourself are: 

  1. Read in your head.
  2. Read the whole time.
  3. Stay in one place.
  4. No talking.
Today was very exciting because we introduced "Buddy Reading."  Students could choose to read with a classmate, read to themselves or read with one of our stuffed buddies.   They did an amazing job and had fun too.

Thursday, October 14, 2010


Today we learned about the Dutch artist Piet Mondrian. We looked at his paintings and discussed his use of lines and primary colors.

Here are our Mondrian inspired pictures:

Who is your favorite artist?   

Do you like Mondrian's artwork?

Daily News

"I liked being with Mrs. McEvoy," rejoiced Noel!

"I have fun going to the library," rejoiced Gia.

"I had fun playing with hula hoops with Ryan," explained Elsie.

"I liked writing my letter to my penpal," noted Jakob!

Aliya said, "I loved doing math."

Monday, October 11, 2010

Quality Comments

Today in class we read a wonderful blog post from Mrs. Yollis about how to compose a quality comment and watched the video they created.  We learned that in a quality comment there should always be a capital at the beginning of your sentence and punctuation at the end of your sentence.  Also, you should only use one exclamation point if you want to exclaim something and you should try to end your comment with a question.  If you end your comment with a question, you will keep the conversation going. 

Check out this perfect example of a quality comment from Hannah in Mrs. Yollis' class.

"Dear Mrs. Levy,

My name is Hannah and I am a student in Mrs. Yollis' class. Congatulations on your amazing swim! 58 degrees sounds very cold!
I went to San Francisco two years ago with my family and friends. I loved it! My favorite part was going on the cable cars. We went on Thanksgiving and all the holiday decorations were up. Ghirardelli square looked beautiful and festive.
My question is, how long did you have to train for the swim? I love swimming but I don't think that I would be able to do the Alcatraz swim any time soon!!


Very impressive Hannah and all of Mrs. Yollis' class.  Thank you for all of your commenting tips.

Friday, October 8, 2010


Our poem of the week by Maurice Sendak


In October I'll be host,
To witches, goblins and a ghost.
I'll serve them chicken soup on toast.
Whoopy once,
Whoopy, twice,
Whoopy chicken soup with rice!

Thursday, October 7, 2010


Our Penpals, Mrs. McEvoy's Class

Mrs. McEvoy came today to bring the letters our penpals wrote back to us.  We were so excited to read what they wrote.  Tomorrow we will write back!

Reading our letters.

Our class with our folders

Daily News

Busy day for the busy bees!  Please remember that homework is due tomorrow.  Thanks for all of the classroom donations.  I will be sending out volunteer info. over the weekend, once I compile my email list.

Here's our daily news;

"I liked when Mrs. McEvoy came in," exclaimed Amy!

"I loved doing the leaf art," explained Aliya.

"I had fun doing our math pages," noted Natalie.

"I had fun going to the library," rejoiced Jake.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Daily News

"I had fun doing our math work," explained Jules.

 "I loved looking at the Winnie the Pooh books," explained Rain.

 "I had fun playing at the playground at recess time," noted Noel.

Nina said, "I liked jump roping."

"I liked to learn in school," noted Kiernan.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Alcatraz swim!

Mrs. Levy, Mr. Levy and Mrs. McEvoy swam from Alcatraz to San Francisco on Saturday.  The day started out cold and rainy but fortunately the rain stopped in time for the race.

We jumped off of the ferry at Alcatraz Island and swam the 1.5 miles.   The water temperature was 58 degrees (the same as the temperature as the water at our beaches.)  All three of us successfully crossed and enjoyed the fabulous swim!  We celebrated by enjoying a great day in the lovely city of San Francisco.

Have you ever been to San Francisco?  

Where was your favorite place to go?