Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Guest post from Mrs. McEvoy - Thougths on the season

I love this time of year for many reasons.  Being with family and friends to celebrate the holidays makes me extremely happy.  I love to decorate our house and my favorite decorations are the houses and buildings in the village that I set up on our hearth.  I hope your holidays are filled with joy, peace, and love.  

What do you love about the winter holidays?

Mrs. McEvoy

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Thanksgiving traditions

At this time of year, people look forward to certain family traditions. A tradition is “the process of handing down a belief or custom from one generation to the next.” 

Today in class we were talking about our Thanksgiving Traditions.  Some people go to their grandma's house and eat turkey dinner with their family.  Some friends in class eat special food from the countries their family came from.  In my family, Mr. Levy (who is a wonderful cook) prepares the big feast.  Then we all sit down at the table together to eat turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and salad.  

What is your Thanksgiving tradition?   

What is your favorite Thanksgiving food?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Spooky Stuff!

Halloween is coming up next week.  It is a spooky time of year!

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?

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


Last week we started writing to our 9th grade pen pals at Calabasas High School.  This week we received our first pen pal letter back.  In first grade we talk a lot about what makes a good friend. For me a friend is someone you can have fun with, someone who listens to you and someone who helps you.  I feel super lucky that I get to work with my good friend Mrs. McEvoy every week. 
 What do you think makes a good friend? 
What do you like to do with your friends?

Monday, September 15, 2014

Read to Self

For the past few days we have been working hard on reading to ourselves from our book boxes.  In "read to self" we have certain behaviors that allow us to become better readers and increase our stamina.  Today we made it to 6 minutes of stamina.

Below are some pictures of today's "read to self" and sentences explaining our "read to self" rules.

 "Logan is reading quietly," grinned David.

 "Matthew and Ariana are reading in their heads," noted Nolan.

"Olivia, Harper, Valeria are reading the whole time," exclaimed Ryan.

"Baxter is reading because it's fun," related Jaslene.

"We are reading to become better readers," roared Leslie.             

What were you reading during today's "read to self" time?

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Jumping into the new school year

On Sundays,  I swim in the ocean.  I love the swelly, blue-green salt water and the chill in the misty morning air.  It is an amazing way to start the day.  As much as I love it, I am always a little bit nervous right before I jump in. I stand at the waters edge with butterflies in my stomach.  Will the water be really cold?  Will I see any dolphin or seals?  What direction is the current traveling?    Slowly I get my toes wet, then I go in up to my knees and before I know it I am swimming through the first wave, then down the coast.

As I was swimming today I was thinking about how starting the school year is a lot like going out into the ocean.  Most of us, on the first day of school are a little nervous because we don't know what to expect.  But as the first few days pass, we meet our teacher and make new friends, we learn rules, routines and begin to work together as a class. Friday was the 8th day of school.  In class we talked about what we can do better today compared to the first day of school.  Every day is a new opportunity to learn and make better choices. We have memorized poems, played math games, we are working on our reading stamina, we started working in math on number sense and writing in our journals.  We are reading books of our choice, and as groups we made either a rural, urban or suburban community and last week. 

Our class has jumped in and we are diving through the surf :-)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Friday, August 22, 2014

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Today's News

Valeria said, "I played on the playground with Taylor and Ella."

"I put books in my book box," explained Grant.

"I liked drawing my picture, it was really fun too."  said Baxter.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

First day of school!

Our first day of first grade was fantastic!

We started the morning, by meeting on the upper yard.  We saw some old friends and met new ones.

We listened to our principal, Mrs. Brazell.

Then we walked down to our new classroom, where we got to work.  
We decorated leaves for our classroom library tree.

 We read the  book Chrysanthemum and graphed the number of letters in our names.

After recess we took a tour of our school.  

Right before we left we played with magic playdoh.  If our white playdoh changed colors we new it would be a magical year. 
What a fun day! 
 What was your favorite part of today?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Welcome to Room F

In the first few days of school, we will learn so much about everyone in class.  Here are a few facts about Mrs. Levy.

1. This summer I learned how to paddle board.

2. I love the ocean and love open water swimming.

3. Before I was a teacher, I worked as a librarian at Calabasas High School.

4. I have blue eyes.

5. I am the youngest of 5, and I have 4 older brothers.

6. My mom and my grandma were both first grade teachers.

7. One of my favorite books is Where the Wild Things Are

8. This is my 6th year at Chaparral Elementary.

9. My favorite color is blue.

10. I love chocolate.

11. I lived in Europe for three years.

12. My car license plate says, Sue <3 br="" sea="">
13. My husband is a teacher too.

14. When I'm not at school, I am at home or swimming.

15. I make mistakes.

16. Blueberry pancakes are one of my favorite breakfast.  I love them!

17. I listen to all music.

18. Butterflies don't scare me.

19. I love veggies.

20. I love dogs, especially bulldogs.

21. Sunny days are my favorite.

22. I think macaroni and cheese is the best meal ever.

23. Sharks are amazing.

24. My son Max just started college.

25. First grade is the BEST.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Sunday, March 23, 2014



We are now in the continent of Africa. Africa is the world's second largest continent.  The longest river in the world is in Africa, do you know what it is?   For homework in the next two weeks, we will be studying the animals of Africa and writing reports.  What is your African animal, and what is one fun fact about your animal.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

First grade is taking off!

Our first grade is touring the 7 continents.  First stop was Antarctica!  Check out our first grade blog.