First Grade News

September 8 - 11

Email Address Please!

If you have not already given your teacher your email address, please send her an email with your primary email address. We communicate a lot through email so please be sure that we have an address that you check often. As soon as we have everyone’s email address, each teacher will send out volunteer schedules through Sign Up Genius.

This Week's Lifework

Tuesday is Day 6 of the Encore Rotation. Wednesday is Day 1

Monday - No School

Tuesday - Read 10 min.

Do math worksheet.

Wednesday - Read 10 min.

Write 3 words that rhyme with cat and illustrate each one.

Thursday - Read 10 min.

Do phonics worksheet.

Friday - Read 20 min.


Students may bring in a treat for the class on their birthdays. Please send in peanut free treats. The treat must be prepared in individual servings such as cupcakes, doughnuts, or cookies. We will enjoy the treat during lunch. (Each class has 26 students.)

Physical Education Days

On P.E. days the children should wear sneakers to school. There is not enough time for children to change shoes before and after P.E. Also, if girls wear a skirt or jumper that day, they should wear shorts under it. P.E. is held on the following days:

Mrs. Brandt’s class Day 1 and 4

Mrs. Moore’s class Day 2 and 5

Mrs. Buck’s class Day 3 and 6

D'Nealian Handwriting

Students at Pennington are expected to use D'Nealian handwriting on all assignments. First graders learned how to write a D'Nealian "A" last week. They will learn how to write a D'Nealian "B" this week. Next week they will learn the letter "C"...and so on. Please encourage your child to start using D'Nealian handwriting on their lifework at home. The primary lined notebooks will help the students form their letters correctly and guide their writing. For more information on D'Nealian Manuscript go to the link below.

September Poems

A Wise Old Owl

A wise old owl

lived in an oak;

The more he saw

the less he spoke;

The less he spoke

the more he heard

Why can't we all

be like that bird?

by Edward Hersey Richards

Always Finish

If a task is once begun,

Never leave it till it’s done.

Be the labor great or small,

Do it well or not at all.

Donate School Supplies

Hilda M. Barg Homeless Prevention Center Website

Please help the Hilda M. Barg Homeless Prevention Center in Woodbridge provide much needed school supplies for their children. The following is a list of the items that are being collected:

Large Back Packs

3-ring (1") or (2") binders (please no zipper binders)



Composition Books


Pocket Folders

CRAYOLA Colored Pencils



Flash Drives

Dry Erase Markers

Pump Hand Soap

Boxes of Tissues

Paper Towels


Zip Lock Bags (All Sizes)

**New socks/underwear (all children sizes) and gift certificates/cards for new shoes**

***One hour of community service will be provided for a donation of 2 items! (MAXIMUM OF 2 HOURS)***


Back to School Night

Tuesday, Sep. 29th 2015 at 7pm

9305 Stonewall Road

Manassas, VA

Please leave your children at home and come to Back to School Night to learn all about First Grade at Pennington! This is not parent teacher conference time. We will schedule conferences in November to talk to you about your child in more depth.
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Johnny Appleseed Day

Friday, Sep. 25th 2015 at 9am

9305 Stonewall Road

Manassas, VA

The first grade classes will celebrate Johnny Appleseed's Birthday by making applesauce in the slow cooker and sampling other apple products in class. We will ask every student to bring in peeled and cut apples to make the applesauce. We will also ask parents to send in apple food and drinks: apple juice, apple cider, apple muffins, apple pie...etc. Please stay tuned for a sign up list and more information!
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Bluejay 5K and Hero Mile

Saturday, Oct. 31st 2015 at 8:30am

9305 Stonewall Road

Manassas, VA

Come dressed as your favorite hero and join us for the Pennington Blue Jay 5K and Hero Mile. Costumes are encouraged but not required. This year's race will be held on Saturday, October 31st, 2015. Online registration is now open. So come join us for a morning of fun and celebration. Proceeds from the race will go to support the Prince William County Police Survivors Fund and the technology fund for the students attending Philip Michael Pennington School.

The cost for the race(s):

Blue Jay 5K
June 1st - September 30th $25
October 1st - October 30th $30
Race Day Registration $40

Hero Mile
June 1st - September 30th $15
October 1st - October 30th $20
Race Day Registration $30

The Race needs more sponsors! Please consider asking your business to help support our race. To register for or sponsor the event go to the website listed below.