Friday, November 3, 2017

Hello everyone!  What a crazy few weeks it has been; an unexpected early dismissal last week due to a gas spill nearby, followed by a wind storm that knocked out power to two thirds of the State of Maine.  Combine those events with the energy of Halloween!  Phew!

We were going to have a Halloween Craft morning on October 31st, but had to postpone due to the power outage.  We did have a successful craft morning today, Friday, November. 3rd.  Many, many thanks to Mary Lake, Kim Case, and Karen Emery who volunteered their time and talents to craft with our first graders!  Here are some photos from craft time:

Making haunted houses with Mrs. Lake

Creating a skeleton with Ms. Emery
Web painting with watercolors.  Thank you Mrs. Case!

Transparent web designs!

We were doubly excited to celebrate our achievement of reaching our Learning to Listen goal!  We celebrated with a pajama day!  Here were are relaxing with our friends on the rug!

I look forward to seeing you all next for parent/teacher conferences.  Have a wonderful weekend, and see you then!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Well, we did it!  Our class completed the first session of the K-2 MAP ®Growth™ test from NWEA ® on a tablet this morning.  We used a full class set of iPads to log in and work on the Mathematics section.  As explained in our principal's letter, we give students MAP Growth tests to determine their instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year (and from year to year) in reading and mathematics.  We will complete the Reading section next week, on Tuesday, October 17th.

If your child was absent today, there will be an opportunity to take the Growth test when your child returns to school.

If you'd like more information about the MAP Growth test, visit:

We enjoyed our trip to Alewive's Brooks Farm last week, though we all got a little soggy!  We learned that some farms grow a lot of plants for food!  We walked through most of the fields identifying various vegetables, and we got to harvest a bunch, too!  We harvested peppers, tomatoes, carrots, broccoli, swiss chard, kale, turnips, and dug for potatoes.  At the end, we got to choose a pumpkin to bring home.  Did I mention the delicious apple cider we enjoyed during snack time?

Here are some photos of the trip that I managed to get in between the raindrops!  Many thanks to Tiffany Drake, Whitney's mom, who was a tremendous help as chaperone -- thank you!

  preparing to harvest peppers


  that is a GIANT turnip!

                                            Digging up potatoes was super fun!

Mr. Charltray, our own technology specialist, visits our classroom from time to time to help us learn new apps, and to help us understand why the apps help us as learners.

Here is a photo of Mr. Charltray coming into our classroom to help us learn the iPad app called IXL.  We figured out how to log into our own accounts and play one of the math games.  There is a wide variety of educational games on IXL, and we'll be using it as one of the educational apps during the school year.

                         Here Mr. Charltray is demonstrating how to find the
                                                  app on the iPad.

Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences are approaching....
Please watch for an email and attachment coming from me soon (hopefully by this weekend)
with dates and times to meet.  As you probably know, the district has designated the afternoon of Monday, November 6th, and all day Tuesday, November 7th as release time for teachers to conduct parent/teacher conferences.  (Nov. 6th is an early release day for students, and Nov. 7th is a no school day for students - election day)

I'll be offering meeting times on Nov. 6th and 7th.   After you've had a chance to look over your schedule, please email me your top 3 choices.  I'll coordinate from there!

Thanks, everyone, I look forward to seeing you soon!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Hello everyone,

I am so pleased with how our class began the school year!  We are learning new routines throughout the day, catching up with friends while making new friends, too.  It's quite an adjustment from our summer routines, although this class is a happy group ready to take on the school year. :)

Here are some moments from our first nine days together, enjoy!

Alphabet Aerobics with Mr. Charltray, to get our thinking ready for the
I Can IPad lesson

Here we are getting our wiggles out with Kidz Bop
doing the Kids Bop Shuffle!  
Do YOU Go Noodle?!

On Day 4 of school we had our first whole group
Grade 1 meeting at the Thomas Memorial Library!
We were getting ready to play the game called
"Find Your Match".

In these photos we are working on building our reading stamina
during quiet independent reading time.

After independent reading time, we team up with our
reading partner to share our stories!

Here are some photos of us practicing adding to 20 by
playing a game called "Penny-Dice Roll".

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Hello First Grade Friends and Families!

I am emailing the letter that I posted below tonight with some information about beginning our school year together.  There is a very brief supply list, as well as an invitation to drop by our classroom for a quick hello and look around on the afternoon of Thursday, August 31st from 3:30 to 4:00.  If you're able to stop by at that time I would love to see you!  However, if you're not able to make it, no worries, there will be an Open House during September.

Welcome to First Grade!!! :)

       August 16, 2017    
Dear First Grade friends and families,
Welcome to a new school year at Pond Cove School!  My name is Mrs. Alfiero, and I am very excited to be your first grade teacher.  I hope you have been having a wonderful summer, are having fun, and are excited to start school, too!  I’ve also had fun this summer, and am now busy getting things ready for school to begin.  

You probably want to know what school supplies you will need, so here is a list.  Please know that some of the supplies will be shared with everyone, so those things won’t need to be labeled with your name.  I’ve noted below which are shared supplies.

At the 8/31/17 Open House (see below) or the  first day of school, each child should bring:

*One pair of headphones (not earbuds!) compatible with Apple iPads.  Please label the headphones with your name.  Please put the headphones in a gallon size, zip lock bag, also labeled with your name.  These will stay at school all year, and be returned home at the end of the school year.

*One flat, sturdy two-pocket folder with your name on the front.  
This is a communications folder for transporting notes to and from school.  The folder travels in your backpack each day.

*One box of kleenex tissues (shared).

*One plastic container of Clorox wipes (shared).

Open House: I would like to invite you to attend a very informal Open House in our classroom to meet your classmates, and find your locker and classroom cubby before the beginning of school!  If you can, please come to our classroom on Thursday, August 31st, from 3:30 to 4:00.  Please note, the whole school is not open that day, just some classrooms for 30 minutes to give everyone a chance to say hello before school begins.  

Follow that Blog!  All teachers at Pond Cove School will be blogging information your way once again this year!  To find my blog, you can click on this link:
Or, you can go to the Cape Elizabeth’s school’s website, and click on the ‘Teacher Website’ link on the left column.  Click on the Pond Cove teacher’s link, and you will find my name under First Grade.  Once you click on that, you’ll be automatically directed to my blog.  
Once on my blog you will notice on the right side there is a “Follow by Email” space.  If you type in your email address and click ‘submit’ you will automatically receive blog updates.  What a quick and easy way to stay connected!
Lastly, I will post lots of photos on our blog, but not children’s names.  It is important that you update the photo permission spot on your Parent Powerschool Portal indicating that you will allow your child’s image on our school blog, or not.

September Focus: September’s focus will be your child’s re-adjustment to school, and building our classroom as a community.   Becoming reacquainted with old friends and meeting new friends, learning classroom routines and schedules, and becoming acquainted with school staff and the environment are important experiences that will help to ensure a smooth transition from summertime to school time.
Here is some other general information that may be helpful:

ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL TIMES:  8:25 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
All students arrive at school and go directly to the classroom at 8:25.
As it was last year, if students arrive earlier than 8:25, they will be directed to the cafetorium until 8:25.  There will be adult supervision in the cafetorium.  If you are bringing your child to school, please be sure that he or she arrives in time for our 8:35 morning meeting.  Dismissal is at 3:00 p.m.  If you are picking your child up from school you should meet your child in the pick up circle, or park first and wait for your child near the front door.  It is important to send a dated, written note with your child’s full name to school if there are any changes in your child’s dismissal procedure.  If sending an email, please also copy the Pond Cove office as I may miss your email during the busy school day.  If you find yourself in a position that you must unexpectedly alter your child’s dismissal plan during the school day, please call the Pond Cove office at 799-7339 and the office staff will get the message to me.  If you send an email, I might not see it before dismissal begins.

Snack Time:  Each morning the children will have a mid-session snack.  Please remember to help your child pack a healthy snack and drink in a separate container other than his or her lunch.  Please be sure to write your child’s name on refillable water bottles, which may be left in school.

Lunch:  First graders will have lunch in the cafetorium from 11:45 to 12:10.  Our class will eat together at a pre-designated table.  Your child may bring her lunch and drink from home, or select the school lunch and drink.  You may already have a school lunch account for your child, which is the same account from their Kindergarten year.   If you are new to Pond Cove School, you will have the opportunity to set up a school lunch account and deposit funds directly to it, so your little one does not need to carry money with him.

Enjoy the rest of this beautiful summer, everyone!  I can’t wait to see you!

Mrs. Alfiero

Friday, April 28, 2017

Hi again!

I just updated the Dates to Remember list in the left column.  Included please note that our class's music performance in planned for the early evening of May 10th, here in our cafetorium.  The performance is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m.  Children should arrive here in our classroom no by 5:45, where I'll meet them.  Children should dress in 'something nice' for the performance.

Also, please note that the First Grade Field day is being planned for June 6th.  I believe we will be at Hannaford Field that morning!  It begins at 9:00 a.m.!  More information will follow.

We will begin studying tide pools very soon, and will be taking a trip to Kettle Cove on the morning of June 16th to look at the tide pools.  More to follow on that, too!
Hello everyone! I hope everyone had an enjoyable April break (was it only last week?)!  Here are some images from this week; enjoy!

High School seniors Caroline, Sarah, and  Faith, who've been studying French for many years while at Cape schools, came to our class twice this week for some fun with French!  Above we are learning the names of some fruit.

Here we are playing Memory Game in French with the fruit picture cards.

Today, we played charades in French using animal picture cards!  

With so many rainy days, we had some fun during recess inside our classroom.  Here are two friends feeling creative!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Hello families and friends!  Please enjoy these photos representing activities over the past few weeks...

Here are some friends wearing their 'crazy' hats in celebration of Dr. Seuss day, March 2nd!  We read our collection of Dr. Seuss stories, and wrote a persuasive piece about which of two stories that I read aloud was our favorite.  The stores were The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, and To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street.
Ask your first grader to tell you the title of the very first book that Ted Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, published!

On Dr. Seuss day our goal was to read 100 books during Writing Workshop!  We were so close, we got to 95 books in one workshop session; now that's teamwork!

"Puppets and people, eyes on me!", is how Mrs. Gallagher, or Mrs. G., gains attention during guidance class.  Today during guidance our puppets were tools helping us practice how to be an 'up stander'.  Ask your first grader to tell you how you can be an up stander, too!

In the above photo two friends demonstrate their skill while the class listens.

Thank you for scheduling your conference time with me; I look forward to meeting you all of you, soon!  As always, should you need to reschedule your appointment, please send me an email and we'll find another time that works.

Happy weekend, and remember it's time to Spring Ahead!!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Greetings everyone!  While wishing for a good helping of some 'real' snow, I hope you are all enjoying this Spring-like January weather.

Last week we learned about what happens to light when it travels through something transparent, like water.  Ask your first grader to describe what happens, and what the word 'refraction' means.

Here are some friends watching light travel through water. The pencil in the cup of water helps to illustrate refraction.  Try it at home!

Since the New Year began, we have been reading our books looking for Keywords.  We have been practicing using highlighter tape to find keywords.  To help with comprehension we played a game with the keywords we found.  To play, we wrote the keywords on a sticky note.  The we faced a friend and gave hints (descriptions) of the keyword.  We know we understand the words when our friend guessed the keyword  from our verbal descriptions!  This is also something really fun to try at home.

            Above are two friends practicing and playing the Keyword game last week!

We got to read with our friends from Mrs. Hollowell's class this week!  We practiced our non-fiction texts by reading and talking about our reading with each other.  Above is a friend from our class and a friend from Mrs. Hollowell's class enjoying some non fiction.

Have a wonderful weekend!