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Monday, July 25, 2011

Welcome Crew!

Dear Crew,

The first day of school is only a week and a half away. I am getting so excited to meet you and start our year. We have so many books to read and things to learn. I do have one little secret that I want to share with you. I am just a bit nervous about the first day. Did you know that teachers get nervous, too? Well, we do. But I know that I will feel fine once I meet all of you and we start our day. How about you? Are you excited and just a little bit nervous about the first day, too?

I have been getting things ready for us. Below is a picture of me shopping for our school supplies. Do you see how many carts it took to hold all of our supplies? (The picture is a little blurry because of the lighting in the store. Sorry about that.)

I also thought you might like to see a picture of me with my family. The picture below was taken a few months ago. It shows my husband, Karl, my daughter, Abby, my dog, Annie and me. I often write stories about my family during Writer's Workshop so I thought it would be nice for you to see what everyone looks like. Abby used to go to our school but this year she will be going to middle school.

I hope that you are having a fun summer. I can't wait to meet you. If you have any questions or things you are wondering about, you can ask me about them in the comments below or you can send me an email.

See you on Wednesday, August 3rd!
Ms. Jill

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


Welcome to First Grade! First grade is such an exciting year because
kids grow and change so much. It is fascinating to watch the crew
develop into readers, writers and mathematicians. Even if you have
experienced first grade before with an older child, it is still
amazing to watch each child transform and thrive.

This will be my 18th year of teaching and it is still just as
interesting and exciting as my first year. I have taught grades 1, 3,
4, 5, 6, and 8. While I truly enjoyed teaching all of those grades,
first grade is my very favorite.

A few years ago, my husband and I chose Renaissance for our daughter
and I liked it so much that I decided that I wanted to teach here. I
love our philosophy - character traits, Expeditionary Learning,
Adventure Education, morning meetings, closing circles, etc.

I love spending time with my family, watching my daughter play
softball and basketball, going for bike rides, taking our dog on
walks, reading and teaching.

I am really looking forward to our upcoming listening conferences and
learning all about your child. I want to know everything about them -
their passions, their interests, their skills, their challenges, their
dislikes, etc. All of this will help me bond with them and make their
year successful.

I want you to feel comfortable this year. Come visit the classroom any
time. If you ever have a question, no matter how big or small, send me
an email, check in with me at pick-up time, or give me a call.

I am looking forward to meeting you in August!