• Growth Mindset Article

    Throughout this year, the students and I have been working on growth mindset.  I have found that participation has been a struggle among the group of kiddos in our classroom, particularly with having the mindset or self-confidence to take risks in sharing their thinking.  We have had many conversations about how important it is to share your thinking, because other students and adults learn from what you have to say.  One…

    • 23 Mar 2016
  • Mindfulness

    Hi Families :)

    Throughout the month of January, we have been working on mindfulness.  "The purpose of teaching mindfulness to our children is to give them skills to develop their awareness of their inner and outer experiences, to recognize their thoughts, to understand how emotions manifest in their bodies, to recognize when their attention has wandered, and to provide tools for impulse control." (quoted from an article…

    • 10 Feb 2016
  • Learn 360!

    The students have been introduced to a fantastic resource available through our Newcastle Library called Learn 360. 

    You can access the link on the front page of the Newcastle Library website, or click here.

    Students do not already have a login.  Parents will need to create a login and password to access the site.

    This site has great videos in all academic and social areas for students to view.  It does contain material…

    • 27 Jan 2016
  • Parent Toolkit Website

    Please follow this link to access a fabulous resource for parents/guardians of students in Pre-K to 12th Grade.


    • 3 Dec 2015
  • Choosing Just Right Books

    We have been practicing choosing Just Right Books for independent and partner reading.

    Students use the acronym IPICK to choose these books.

    I- I choose my books

    P- Purpose:  Why do I want to read it?

    I- Interest: Am I interested in reading it?

    C- Comprehend: Do I understand what I am reading?  Can I talk about what I am reading?

    K- Know the words: Can I read most of the words in the book and know what they mean by…

    • 7 Oct 2015
  • Mrs. Hirshberg's Top Twelve for First Grade

    Attached is a list of the Top Twelve requests from families for a successful first grade year. :)

    • 16 Sep 2015