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Mrs. Hewey’s First Grade News

May 1, 2017


Dear Families,

       Last week we got a new student in our room and her name is Helena.  Everyone in the class has been eager to help her and to show her all the new routines.  Welcome Helena and happy birthday this week, too!

I am sad to say that today is Kiley’s last day in our classroom.  She is moving to a new house in another town, and the children will miss her friendly, gentle presence in the class.  We wish her well in her new school and know that she will quickly find new friends!

Last week Portland Stage Company actors came to visit our school and to act out some stories and poems for us.  For instance, four actors performed two books called Mean Jean The Recess Queen and Chester and Wilson.  They showed the students how actors use their voice, their body and their imagination to bring stories alive.  Following the performance, an actor named Dustin came to work with our class in the room and it was lots of fun.

The children have been noticing birds everywhere we go.  On Friday we saw yellow goldfinches swooping on the playground, two chickadees and we found bird’s nests hidden in some evergreen trees.  In writing, I am teaching the children how to read information about the bird they are studying and to take short notes to remember the information.  Over the past few days, the children have been learning where their bird lives and we have been calling that the “habitat” of the bird.  Ask your child about his or her bird’s habitat and what kind of nest it has!

All the best,




Posted by Kristina Hewey  On Apr 30, 2017 at 6:11 PM 23 Comments

Mrs. Hewey’s First Grade News

April 10, 2017


Dear Families,

     The children had a great time at the Golden Acrobats performance at the Merrill Auditorium.  The acrobats did amazing tricks with their bodies, and I wish I could have taken pictures of the children’s faces as they watched!  If you Google Golden Acrobats, you can see some pictures of the tricks they do.

     Today and tomorrow (Monday and Tuesday) your family is scheduled for your child’s conference.  We only have 30 minutes to talk so please make sure to be on time.  Your conference time is written on the yellow newsletter in your child’s blue folder or backpack.

     Last week we had another bird mount (a dead but real bird that is stuffed) in the classroom and it was a duck.  The children learned that a male duck is called a drake and the female is a hen.  We had a drake in the classroom and the kids loved his bright green head and yellow bill.  Then, when the kids went out for recess, some of them saw real ducks waddling on the field.  It was as if the live ducks knew we were learning about them!

     This upcoming week is supposed to be very warm so your child won’t need snow pants or mittens or hats.  The kids will be very happy to have true spring weather and not have to get all their winter clothes on.

     Every child in the class is going to be studying one particular bird and learning about where that bird lives, what it eats, what is special about is body, as well as learning about its eggs and babies.  Ask your child to tell you what bird he or she is going to study.

                    All the best,   Kristie



Posted by Kristina Hewey  On Apr 09, 2017 at 3:21 PM 19 Comments

Mrs. Hewey’s First Grade News

April 3, 2017

Dear Families,

     Last week the children began learning about birds.  They got to see a real kestrel, a type of falcon bird, which we borrowed from the Maine Audubon.  The bird was not alive anymore but had been stuffed, so the kids enjoyed looking closely at the feathers and body parts of the bird.  Ask your child to tell you what the kestrel looked like.

     On Friday a writer named Sarah Braunstein came to celebrate the I Am poems that all of the first graders wrote.  Two children from each first grade class used a microphone and read their poem to the entire group.  Congratulations to Believe and Dalyla who were brave enough to do this!  Then Sarah Braunstein, my husband, Mrs. Melton, three fourth and fifth graders, and Ms. Alexander came back to our class and everyone got to read their poem to our visitors. Sarah was so impressed by the details that the children put into their poems and how much she learned about each one of them. The children’s I Am poems are hanging in the hallway of the first grade wing so you will be able to see them when you come for conferences next week. 

     Happy Birthday to our March birthday friends, Dalyla and Oliver! 

     Reminders!!  This Thursday, April 6th, is our fieldtrip to see acrobatics at the Merrill Auditorium.  We will be leaving after 9:00 so please make sure to get your child to school on time.  We will be back before lunch.

     Also, next week is conferences so children will be dismissed at 11:40 on Monday and Tuesday, April 10th and 11th.  Lunch will be served very early those days.  On Friday, April 14th, April vacation begins so there will be no school on Friday and the following week.  We will return to school on Monday, April 24th.

Posted by Kristina Hewey  On Apr 02, 2017 at 3:33 PM 34 Comments