Thursday, August 17, 2017

Welcome to FIRST GRADE!!!

Welcome to FIRST GRADE!  I am so excited to meet all of you!  Below are a few things you need to know for the first day of school!  Please check this blog often to see what's happening in the classroom. :) Mrs. Jilek-Wolfe

Please come to the open house on August 30th from 6-7:30!
As a mother of 3 I know that the first day of school can be very scary for some!  Please read this with your child to let him or her know what will happen.  This may reduce some of the stress!

1.  When you arrive to school on the bus you will walk off the bus and into the school right to the classroom.  If you are not sure where to go please find a teacher outside holding a sign with my  name on it.  That teacher will walk you to the classroom.   Please put all of your things in front of your locker and come on into the classroom!
If you are getting dropped off by your mom or dad please walk down to the classroom!
You can give mom and dad a hug goodbye, put everything you have in front of your locker and come right in!

2. Be sure to show me the name tag mom and dad made for you with your name, my name and your bus number or pick up or kids kare on the front.  I will write down what bus you are to take home or if you are getting picked up or going to kids kare. 

3.  You will play with Legos and color. We will wait for our entire class to arrive and then we will gather our things and practice walking into the building and go into our classroom.  I will show you how to get there the first day.  On the second day I will stand outside the classroom and you will come to see me.  Don't worry...we will practice this on the first day!  There is also a video about this on the tabs above labeled VIDEOS!

4.  When we get into the classroom I will show you where your seat is and then have you meet me at the class meeting  carpet.  I will show you what to do each morning when you get to school and where to put all of your things.  

You do not need to bring any school supplies, but PLEASE bring a lunch or lunch money and 2 healthy snacks.  If you would like to bring a water bottle with a pop top (no twist tops to avoid spilling) you may bring that and keep it on your desk.

5.  You will put your lunch and snack on the top shelf of your locker when I tell you to and hang up your backpack in your locker.  After that we will meet again at the carpet and get ready to have some fun.

6.  We will get to know each other, go out for recess, read a book, do a project and meet with the entire first grade to go over our class rules!  They are...
  • listen when the teacher is talking
  • follow directions quickly
  • raise your hand for permission to speak
  • respect yourself, respect others, respect your school
  • be safe, be honest
  • keep your dear teacher happy
7.  It will then be time for recess and lunch.  You will go out for recess with the playground helpers.  Then when you come in you will wash your hands and get your lunch from the top shelf of your locker or simply line up at the end of the hall if you are buying.  When you go into the lunch room you will sit down and eat or line up to get your lunch.  I will pick you up from the lunchroom after I walk and eat!

8.  We will take a bathroom break and then head back to the classroom for math and writing!  After writing we will go to specials (gym or art or computers or music). After that, we you will get your yellow folder.  This folder is very important and should be brought back to school EVERY DAY!  We will then have snack and recess and finally work on social studies and science.

9.  It will then be time to go home.  We will line up at the door.  One line for pick ups and one for busses.  Don't will have bus buddies for the first few weeks of school!

I hope this helps.  Please let me know if you have any questions.  You can email me at

Can't wait to meet you!  Mrs. Jilek-Wolfe

    When you walk into our classroom, you are going to notice that it looks a little different.   You will see that instead of desks and chairs, there are soft chairs, stability balls, stools, ottomans, low tables, yoga mats and more.  You will also notice that something is missing.  The missing piece is your child’s desk.  

            I have been researching flexible seating for awhile now and decided it was time to give it a try.  The research shows so many positives using flexible seating.  Here are just a few examples of why this alternative seating is successful...

1.      helps students attention spans which results in higher achievement

2.      makes students more actively engaged in the classroom

3.      gives them an active outlet without disrupting their learning

4.      makes them more physically fit

5.      motivates students to want to come to school

6.      helps those with ADHD and Autism, along with other special needs

7.      helps develop a sense of community among the students which improves their social skills

8.      helps them to become independent learners

9.      is LOVED by the students and teacher

  This flexible seating method will allow your child to do their BEST learning.  For example, I do my best work sitting in a soft chair at a desk. My husband works best laying on the couch with a laptop. Children are no different.  Just like children have different learning styles, they have different physical needs when it comes to learning.  

Monday, June 12, 2017

Summer Activities!

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Summer Activities / Ideas
As we come to a close in the school year, I have many parents that request for some ideas to keep the kids engaged over the summer.  We have compiled some ideas and resources for you to use:)

Friday, June 9, 2017

Staff Act

Click the picture above to see the staff act from the talent show! 
 What a great show!
Thank you Mrs. Shultz!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Wolfepack Restaurant!

What a GREAT time we had SERVING our FAMILIES!  
Thank you for an AMAZING year!   
I hoped you loved seeing their GROWTH in first grade!

We took our KINDNESS ROCKS to the Garden today!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Thank you Green-Up Landscape!

Click the picture to see the Garden Center!
A HUGE thank you to Erika Perry for stopping at Green-Up today and a HUGE thank you to the people at Green-Up for donating 30 rocks to the class for our Kindness Rocks Project!  The rocks are worth $40!  Now THAT'S Kindness!  

If you have any old sharpies that you would like to let the children use for this project please write your name on them and send them in! I will get them back to you next week.  I am SO excited to start this amazing project!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

The Kindness Rocks Project

I saw this project while visiting Florida and I thought what better 
time of the year than now to get this going. 
 Our class will be working on the KINDNESS ROCKS project.  
Click the picture above to see how it all began! 

 Here is how it works...

The class will send out info to the school telling everyone about the project. 
 I will spray rocks.  
Children will submit ideas for rocks and the class will create them.  
We will place them throughout the school yard to spread kindness!

If you have any medium or small sized rocks you would like to donate for this project please feel free to send them in to school with your child!  

Click on the picture above to watch a video about The Kindness Rocks Project!

Click on the picture avobe to see how these kindness rocks can make a day brighter!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Square Brick Donations Needed

Math garden | Flickr:

We are so excited to announce that we are starting a school garden here at Hutchings!  

Our class would love to contribute this wonderful garden and thought FRACTION BRICKS would be a perfect addition from our first grade class.  

If you are able to donate any SQUARE BRICKS for this project or know someone who can get us a discount please let me know!  

We will need 16 bricks total!  

Thank you in advance for your help!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Camp items needed!

  • The last few days of school we will be "camping" in the classroom!  We will work on some great camp activities, play camping math games and do some amazing camp crafts!  We will also make s'mores and will also "go fishing"!  
    Below are some donations that we will need!  Please let me know if you are able to send in any of these items!  
  • Thank you SO MUCH for your donations!!
I am updating the items below as people say they can donate!
  • 1 bag of large marshmallows (30) Soto
  • tin foil (roll or 31 sheets)
  • marshmallow fluff (1 container) Weller
  • graham crackers (62) Weir
  • hershey chocolate bars (10)
  • pretzel rods (3 bags)
  • goldfish (1 LARGE box) White
  • sunbutter (1 container) White
  • vanilla frosting (2 containers) Weller
Rottach...anything not taken

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Field Day Fun

Click on the picture above to watch MISS NELSON HAS A FIELD DAY!

Today the children participated in FIELD DAY!
  What a great day for it.  
They had a blast! 

No more parent helpers!

Wonderful parents,

I will no longer need parent helpers in the classroom...

except for Mrs. Perry and Mrs. Weller on Wednesday the 7th to make muffins... 

THANK YOU ALL for all of your help this school year.  You are an amazing group of parents!  

See you all on June 8th at 9:30 for the Reading and Writing Restaurant!  

You will LOVE it!  :) Jana