Bardes Bulletin

News, events, and celebrations from our room to yours!

May 11, 2015

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MONSTER thanks!

I am so deeply touched by the overwhelming number of pictures, cards, letters, and gifts that I received last week. I feel so appreciated, loved, and supported. Thank you to Mrs. Privette for organizing such a wonderful week for me and making sure that each day was full of surprises! I was truly touched by your generosity and love all of the wonderful gifts from the class! Thank you to Mrs. Phetteplace for staying with the class for an hour on Thursday so I could enjoy a delicious lunch and time with my coworkers.
NOTE: I received several gifts with no name tag and also discovered this weekend that one of the members of my family accidentally threw away my "thank you list". Please know that your generosity was received and that I am so thankful for you all and your gifts of appreciation.
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This week our spotlight is on our friend Vicky. Here are some fun and interesting things about her.


Vicky's birthday is on December 5. She has one brother. Vicky's favorite colors are pink, red, and blue. Her favorite food is pizza. Vicky enjoys doing her homework when she is not in school. Vicky's best friend is Ava. Her favorite subject in school is Math, her favorite special is PE, and reading is her favorite part of the school day. Science has been Vicky's favorite part of first grade so far. When she grows up Vicky wants to be a doctor because she likes it. Some of her friends describe Vicky as "smart", "quiet", and "considerate". We are so lucky to have Vicky in our class!

1.E.1 Understand basic economic concepts.

This is the last week of our Economics unit.
The first graders will continue to:

1.E.1.3 Explain how supply and demand affects the choices families and communities make.

They will understand:

•Scarcity impacts lives and understand its role in decision-making.

•That the choices families and communities make impact supply and demand.

They will know:

•The process of making choices using available resources and why people cannot have

everything they want.

•The definition of supply and demand.

REMINDER: Test on Friday


Thank you in advance for sending in items we need for the classroom.
  1. Treasure box items
  2. Sweet Treats for rewards (Starbursts, Jolly Ranchers)


  • Kona Ice is coming to Field Day. Please send in $2.00 if you'd like for your first grader to receive a Kona Ice.
  • Please remember to check the 2015 - 2016 FA school calendar when planning vacations for next year.
  • Please help your first grader to remember to turn in their Falcon Mall "job application" if they have not yet done so. Our Falcon Mall is scheduled for IOWA week, May 18-22. As a reminder, this activity culminates our History unit on Economics where the boys and girls will be studying concepts like goods/services, wants/needs, and division of labor. After studying this material, the classroom will become a "Mall" where the students will apply the economic skills they have learned. They will work in one of four departments (Men's, Women's Accessories, or Toys) to produce different items, earn "Bardes Bucks" for their hard work, and then use their money at the end of the week to purchase the items created.

Calendar of Upcoming Events

See below for all of the upcoming events this quarter.

IOWA testing

Monday, May 18th, 8pm to Friday, May 22nd, 11am

FA l & ll

Please be sure all first graders have a hearty breakfast and are to school on time. Testing will begin after carpool.

Oakview Historic Park Field Trip

Monday, May 4th, 10:15am-2:30pm

4028 Carya Drive

Raleigh, NC

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The price is $1.50 per student. Chaperones are free. All payment must be made online through the following link: (No cash or checks).

Payment can be made through the link listed above. Franklin Academy just added a new link to the Franklin Academy website where parents can make payments for events. Go to “Quick Links” and scroll to the bottom and click on “Online Store.” Next, click on “Elementary School” and then click on “Field Trips.” You’ll see Historic Oak View Park listed.

Our class and Mrs. Carter’s classes will be leaving the school by 10:15am. If you are driving/chaperoning, please arrive at the school by 10:10am. We will arrive at the park by 11:00am. At 11:00am, we will all gather at the picnic shelter area and eat lunch together with Mrs. Crosland’s, Mrs. Lewis’, and Ms. Steinmiller’s classes from 11-11:30am. After lunch, we will participate in 3 different educational programs from 11:45am-1:45pm. We will head back to school no later than 2:00pm


*If you are driving/chaperoning please let me know if your child will be coming to school in the morning or if they will arrive with you at 10:10. We will NOT be switching classes in the morning as Mrs. Crosland's, Mrs. Lewis's, and Ms. Steinmiller's classes will be at Oak View for the morning session.

*Please pack a completely disposable (and labeled) lunch for your child. All 5 classes will eat together at the park’s picnic area from 11-11:30am

*Please pack bottled water for your child to drink. Be sure to write his/her name on the bottle(s).

*We will eat a snack at school in the morning. Please pack a snack for your child.

*Every child must have a booster seat/car seat the day of the field trip. Please be sure that the seat is labeled with your child’s name.

*If you are driving/chaperoning students other than your own child, we will need the following information on file in the office prior to the day of the field trip: A valid copy of your driver’s license, a current auto insurance card and a completed background check.

*Students will need to wear their uniforms with comfortable shoes. We will be outside for lunch and we’ll also be outside when walking between buildings.

Prior to the field trip, we encourage you to visit the Historic Oak View County Park online at

Last but not least…

Here are some details on the three educational programs we’ll be participating in at the park:

All in a Day's Work: This program focuses on chores that were done in and around the farm's barn, with hands-on activities including milking a cow, feeding the horse, slopping the pig, and collecting eggs. (All activities use “fake” animals)! Students will learn how farms today differ from those smaller family/local farms of the past like Oak View, and will learn about farm work by examining some barn-related artifacts.

From Field to Fiber: During this interactive program, presented in the early-20th-century Cotton Gin House, students will learn about the history of cotton in North Carolina. They will even get to try their hand at picking cotton! (Weather permitting)

In the Farm’s Kitchen: This program will allow students to explore the daily work done in the farm’s kitchen through hands-on and sensory activities. Students will try their hands at butter making, and cleaning laundry with a scrub board and lye soap.

We greatly appreciate all of our drivers/chaperones!! We will give you directions to the park on the day of the field trip. Please feel free to contact your child’s homeroom teacher with any questions you may have.

Field Day

Friday, May 29th, 8:15am-12pm

FA l & ll campus

Last Day of School

Friday, June 5th, 3pm

Room 215

Stay tuned for information on our First Grade Talent Show and Classroom End of Year Awards Ceremony.

2015-2016 Open House

Thursday, July 9th, 5-5:45pm

Homeroom Classrooms

Homeroom lists will be posted on the front door of the school. Please plan to come and meet your child's homeroom teacher and hear all about the upcoming school year.