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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Sam's Summer Reading

Sam is getting ready for first grade by doing some summer reading - just like many of you. Below Sam shares some of the facts he learned while reading his book on spiders. I bet some of you will be ready to visit the library to check out this book after you read his facts and see his pictures!

Samuel's report on his book about spiders:
I learned that spiders can kill people with their fangs and its very dangerous. I learned about web builders. Some spiders make trap door webs. That is very cool! The part that I like is that spiders can be very helpful by eating biting bugs. I am happy that all spiders eat biting bugs. I borrowed this book so that I could freak out my grandma.

What are you reading this summer? We would all love to hear from you, too. If you have found some great books this summer, please share with us. Send me an email and I will post your ideas and photos to our crew blog.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Summer Reading

Hey, crew! Have you read any good books lately? In the picture above, I am reading a book for Young Adults called Endangered. So far it is about a girl who helps her Mom run a sanctuary for bonobos (a type of chimpanzee). One of the bonobos has bonded with the the girl so she has to keep it with her all of the time while it is recovering from being hurt. It is a good book so far. I think it might turn into an adventure story soon because a war is about to break out in the Congo in Africa where they live.

What books have you read so far this summer? Did you sign up for the Summer Reading program at the library. (I know at least one of you did.) I would love to hear about the books you are reading. You could write a blog post about them so we can all hear about them.

Send me a picture of you reading some place comfy and I will post it on our crew blog. I can't wait to hear from you. Keep reading!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Summer Reading Gives You Superpowers!

The crew will really enjoy watching this short video about summer reading that shows Dav Pilkey drawing as he talks. Enjoy! If you get this post by email, you will need to go directly to the blog to view the video.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Crew News June 5, 2013

We will always have so many great memories of first grade. You can hear us share some of our favorite memories of the year in the VoiceThread below. If you get this post by email, you will need to go directly to the blog to view (and hear) our memories.

To close out our year, I thought I would share some of the fortunes that the crew wrote for Wendy and me in our fortune cookie door display. Enjoy. Some of these will bring a tear to your eye.

Jill's Fortunes
  • Thank you for helping me go to chapter books.   -LJ
  • You are my favorite teacher!!!    - Henry
  • You are the best teacher I have had so far!!  -Caleb
  • You will always be a good teacher.   -Cheyenne
  • You made me love books.   -Charlie
  • You are a very helpful and caring teacher. I am happy because of all of your games and books are awesome.    -Ashlyn
  • I love Ms. Jill because she reads books that are great!!!!!!!!   Love, Sophia
  • You make first grade the best!    -Trey
  • I like when you spelled words.    -Asher
  • You will brighten the future of many kids.   -Abby
  • You are the best!  -Owen
  • You taught me to read and write.    -Natalie
  • You work so hard for us and so good.    -Logan
  • Thank you for being a good teacher.   - Phoebe
  • I like when you teach me math.    - Matthew
  • You are a great teacher.     -Ian
  • I'm fortunate to have you for a teacher because you helped me read chapter books and become a really, really good reader.       Love, Jonathan
  • Thank you for making learning so much fun!!     Love, Reese
  • Thank you for teaching me.     - Leyton
  • Thank you for being a good teacher.   -Vitorio
  • I will never forget you.    - Nathan
  • You are the best teacher in the whole world because we learn a lot.  -Cutter
  • You taught me: You learn to read from writing and you learn to write from reading.  -Olivia
  • I like you as a teacher.    -Van
  • You are the best!   -Rylan
Wendy's Fortunes
  • Thank you for teaching me not to blurt out.   - LJ
  • Thank you for all your help!!  -Caleb
  • Thank you for helping us!!!   -Henry
  • You will always be a good teacher.  -Cheyenne
  • Thank you so much for helping me.   -Charlie
  • You are a very caring teacher and you are hilarious! I am happy because you can teach sign language.   -Ashlyn
  • I love Ms. Wendy because she helps us every day!!!!!!!!   Love, Sophia
  • Best Teacher Ever!   -Trey
  • Sign Language  -Asher
  • Your help is a great example to many kids.   -Abby
  • You are a good helper and are good at teaching sign language.   -Natalie
  • You are the best of being funny.    -Logan
  • Thank you for helping us.   -Phoebe
  • I like when you teach me sign language.   -Matthew
  • You will have a great summer.  -Ian
  • Thank you for helping me learn so much about China, bees, and worms! Love, Jonathan
  • Thank you for helping so that we can learn more good stuff.  Love, Reese
  • Dear Ms. Wendy, I love you as a teacher.  -Leyton
  • You are good at sign language.  -Vitorio
  • You are really nice to us, Ms. Wendy.   -Cutter
  • You were always there for me!    -Nathan
  • You help me with words I don't know in reading and writing.  -Olivia
  • Thank you for all that you have done for us.   -Rylan
  • I like you as a teacher.   -Van
  • You are awesome. Thank you for teaching us sign language.   -Owen

Happy Summer Birthday Vitorio!

Happy Summer Birthday Matt!

Happy Summer Birthday Charlie!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Crew News June 4, 2013

Our Year in Pictures
It has been a wonderful year. Truly! Check out the Haiku Deck below for a look back at all we have learned and accomplished. If you get this post by email, you will need to go directly to the blog to view the Haiku Deck.


Blast Off!
For his birthday treat, Trey choose to have his family come in and launch a rocket. It was a great idea and the crew had a great time. Below are a few pictures.

Reading ~ Read a good book or two.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Happy Birthday Cheyenne!

Crew News June 3, 2013

Then and Now
Take a look at the Haiku Deck below to see how much we have changed since the first day of school. We have grown so much. If you get this post by email, you will need to go directly to the blog to view the Haiku Deck. It will be worth your time. Enjoy!

Response from Tedd Arnold
Trey had something special to share today. Earlier Trey wrote a letter to Tedd Arnold, the author of the Fly Guy series. Today, Trey brought in the response he received from Tedd Arnold. It was a very nice handmade card. Trey and the crew were all so excited about this. What a great memory this will make for Trey!

Reading ~ Read a good book or two.