Here's the buzz...

The Hive in Room 5


This week we read many gingerbread stories (Gingerbread Pirate, Gingerbread Girl, Gingerbread Baby, Gingerbread Friends, and of course, The Gingerbread Boy) and practiced completing story maps in preparation for our next core assessment at the end of January. We emphasized the importance of using character names when writing the problem/solution and we learned it's important to include the time and place for the setting.

King Bee & Queen Bee

Over the past 2 weeks, we enjoyed learning about our very own Caeden Jann and Liz Kanyok. Thank you to Caeden's parents for coming in to read last week and thanks to Liz's mom for coming in to read to us today!


With all of the snow lately, we decided to embrace this early arrival of winter. We enjoyed some stories about snowmen and began a writing piece about How To Build a Snowman. This required us to use directional words like first, next, then, and last. We finished our rough copies and edited our work for mistakes. After the break, we will write our good copies and publish our work in the classroom.


This week we completed working in unit 4 focusing on the following skills:

  • telling time to the quarter hour
  • measuring lengths with a tape measure
  • understanding the importance of "fact power" - knowing our facts quickly

Social Studies

We received some postcards from our Gingerbread Man project! Peyton received a postcard from California, Amanda Lerro received one from Iowa, Liz received one from Massachusetts, and Mrs. Bullard brought one back from Cape May, NJ.

Bullard Bee Bucks

Today was the grand opening of the Bee Bucks Store. The kids each had a chance to purchase coupons for things like extra computer time at dismissal, lunch with Mrs. Bullard and a friend, sitting at Mrs. Bullard's desk for a day, and much more. We also had books for sale and I'm very excited to say there were very few left at the end of the sale. Finally, some of us enjoyed the "dollar store table" where we stocked up on games, notepads, and pens. I hear a new shipment is coming in for next month's store. Keep earning those Bee Bucks!

Holiday Party

I would like to thank Mrs. Eorio for organizing a wonderful classroom party. It was so well done and, most importantly, the kids had a blast. I also appreciated the efforts of the many parents who came to make pancakes, run games, help with crafts, or take photos. I am sure the kids went home with many memories from a fun-filled first grade party!


Today was the last day at Gayman for our worker bee Natalie. She moved to a new house and will no longer attend Gayman. We wish you well, Ward family, and you will be missed!

January Parent Volunteers

I am trying something new for next month's parent volunteers. If you are interested in being a parent volunteer at all for the month of January, please visit our Sign-Up Genius link below:

Thank You

In the madness of this past week, I found myself thinking about how far we've come as a class since September. Your kids are growing so much and every day they do or say something that puts a smile on my face. For that, I could not be more thankful that I am a teacher. Each day of work brings something new to my life and your kids have brightened my days since the beginning of this year.

I feel very fortunate to be the recipient of your generosity this holiday season. It was very overwhelming to receive the "Santa Sack" of gifts at our class winter party. By far, I am set for the cold months ahead and based on the past few weeks of weather, I'm going to need every scarf, pair of socks, cup of cocoa, and pair of gloves to keep me cozy warm. Over the break, I will enjoy spoiling myself with the many gift cards you showered me with this holiday season. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

I wish you all a restful and relaxing winter break and a very happy and healthy New Year!

~Mrs. Bullard