Special Assignments

Hello Families,

I thought I should check in with a quick reminder about some special assignments that are due soon.

1. Be sure to finish up that extra special valentine heart for your child.  We’d like to read them to the class this Friday.

2. Our 100th Day Celebration will be on the 25th.  Your child needs your assistance to collect exactly 100 items that will fit in the plastic bag that was sent home in the homework folder.

New Photos Added

Be sure to check the Photoblog Tab for new photos that have been posted. I hope you enjoy getting a glimpse into our class activities in this way.  Remember, you can select your favorites and print your own book at the end of the year.  If you forgot the password or never logged on before, let me know and I can help you out.

Antarctica, Here We Come!

downloadI have registered our class for a very special event on Wednesday, January 21st.  We will be participating in a video conference from 10 – 11 AM with scientists in ANTARCTICA!  Time For Kids has arranged for many, many classrooms to get connected via the internet to hear directly from those men and women who are way down under studying penguins.  I have some penguin-related activities planned for the week, so I think we are in for a treat all week long.

Please Comment!


We have noticed that we are getting visitors from around our state, the  country and even the world.  We are so excited about that.  Please leave us a comment.  Don’t be shy. We would love to start a conversation with you.  You can also follow us on Twitter @mrspetuyasclass.

Mrs. Petuya’s Class


Help Wanted

42VolunteersNeeded_jpgLooking for some ways to help in class or at home? Read on!

The take-home work is on the counter next to the door. Just pick up a project and bring it back in a day or so. A sample or directions will be included.

In class help has many options. For example:
Mondays- collect library books from students
Daily- put notices in student cubbies
Weekly- lead a small group activity; sharpen pencils
Monthly- check in student homework; prep new homework packets
Occasionally- assist with special art, science, or technology projects; be a guest reader (or listener)

Here are some in-class projects that I have planned:

O.R.E.O cookie project- we’ll be stacking, measuring, and graphing Oreo cookies in a nationwide project.
Symbolic Monarch Migration- we’ll be decorating paper butterflies and sending them to children in Mexico as we learn about migration.
Tulip Garden- we’ll be planting tulip bulbs and comparing our observations with other classes around the world through Journey North.

Donations needed: Oreos (4 packages); tulip bulbs (24 or more); potting soil and a barrel.

There are many more projects in the works, including Twitter and Skpe; but I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself. Let’s just say that you will be amazed and eager to join us.

Blogging with Our Buddies

We have buddied up with Mrs. Ghilain’s third grade class  for some collaborative work. Each small group has discussed the benefits of a favorite activity.  Their assignment is to write a persuasive comment about it and convince our readers about the useful skills learned from each activity.   We invite you to read our comments and respond .

Mrs. P.

It’s Been an Amazing Year!

I can scarcely believe our year together is ending this week.  It has been my joy and privilege to have spent the year with such a clever, creative, and kind group of children.  Every day there was a new challenge to tackle and the students learned to do more than they thought they could.  It is so rewarding to see them learn and grow and achieve.  Most of all I am humbled by their willingness to accept everyone and find ways to use each other’s strengths in whatever the assigned task.   I will remember this year with joy in my heart.  Thank you for the opportunity to have been your teacher.


Mrs. Petuya