Category Archives: 1st Grade

Brady’s Birthday Party

Alan’s winter birthday party tour continued today at Brady’s house.  Brady invited over Grady, Xavier, Anton, Liam, and Alan to celebrate his 7th birthday.  The kids ate popcorn and watched Cars 3!  Alan even got to build a pillow fort, which he loves doing.

According to Alan, Brady is his very best friend.  They play together every day at recess and, on occasion, they swim together and play together at Brady’s house.

One School, One Book Night

Millridge Elementary has finished reading Fenway and Hattie, and to celebrate, the school hosted a party tonight.  The event was centered around a dog show that featured dogs up for adoption.  Alan had a front row seat for the show (and appeared to catch the dog’s attention in the photo below).

Kids also had an opportunity to make dog toys and dog blankets for the dogs in the show.  It ended up being more of an activity for first grade parents, though, as Alan used the time to get re-acquainted with Anton, Xavier, and Noah — almost the whole gang of friends from Mrs. Feldman’s Kindergarten class!

Alan didn’t leave the event empty-handed.  Before the night was out, Alan took home three new stuffed dogs.  🙂

Alan’s Favorite Activities

First grade – Part II – edition of the Top 10:

-Getting balloon animals at Tribe Fest!

-Playing LBJ league basketball

-Championship races on the Super Ultimate Garage racetrack!

-Reading Fenway & Hattie chapters nightly with different family members

-Making new creations with Tinker Toys!

-School parties (followed by Alan & Daddy hangouts at McDonald’s)

-Playing Chutes and Ladders

-Ice Skating and Swimming

-Playing Florida Speedway (Cars 3) with Tyler and Carleigh at Grandma Debbie’s

-Building (and re-building) “3-in-1” Lego sets

Valentines Day Party

Today Alan and I got to spend Valentine’s Day together at another great Millridge party.  The kids ate cookies, made bead bracelets, and then passed out their valentines to each other!  There were some unique valentines – particularly one that came with heart glasses and another that came with a mini stuffed animal.  Alan decorated his valentines bag by drawing a picture of him swimming with Mom and playing baseball with Dad. 🙂

After the party, Alan and I went to our favorite hang out place — McDonald’s — and also read another chapter in Fenway and Hattie!

  

Student of the Week

The week of January 29th through Feb 2nd was Alan’s week to be the featured student of the week in Mrs. Russo’s class!

On Monday, Alan turned in his “Emojis About Me!” poster, in which he revealed his favorite subject (tie: gym and library), animal (Lulu), hobby (learning music), holiday (Christmas), food (Chinese bean sprouts), and sport (tie: baseball and basketball). Alan also worked in stickers/mentions of some of his other favorites, including parents, cousins, swimming, Cars 3, the Hot Wheels Super Ultimate Garage, and Tribe Fest!

On Tuesday, Alan brought in one of his “Lava Crawler” Lego vehicles (pictured on the far left below) for show-and-tell.

On Wednesday, Alan brought in one of the books we bought at last fall’s book fair – Ten Baby Bears – to share with his class.

On Thursday night, Alan compiled 100 loose Lego pieces as part of a homework assignment to collect and bring in 100 items in honor of the 100th day of school (Friday)!

On Friday, Alan’s big week culminated with his parents visiting class to help him present his poster.  We shared pictures and told stories about Alan.  I made sure to bring pictures of Tyler, Lulu & Rosie, the Super Ultimate Garage, Alan meeting Jose Ramirez, and Alan in his LeBron jersey. Then the class presented Alan with a “star student” book that they made. It was full of nice comments about Alan, which he loved to hear.

Alan was all smiles with his arm around either Mom or Dad the whole time.  When I took out my camera, some of his friends, especially Ella, wanted in the pictures too!

Afterwards I got to take Alan to lunch.  He picked McDonald’s of course – our favorite hang out spot!

One School, One Book

The national “One School, One Book”  program has made its way to Millridge.  To promote literacy, as well as community, the whole school will be reading Fenway and Hattie on the same reading schedule.  Trivia questions related to the prior night’s reading assignment will be read over the daily morning announcements.

Alan is excited the main character is a dog. 🙂

Timeline Project

For one of Alan’s school projects (which coincidentally have been fewer and farther between in 1st grade than Kindergarten), he had to create a timeline featuring his top moments and milestones from 2017.  He picked: 1) Appearance in the Kids Starting Lineup, 2) First piano recital, 3) Hole-in-one during mini golf in Chicago, and 4) First day of 1st grade. 🙂

Dance Party

Alan has taken a new interest in music these days, particularly Kidz Bop songs.  His favorites are “Fight Song,” “Thunder,” “Just Like Fire,” “Can’t Stop the Feeling!,” “Best Day of My Life,” and “Feel It Still” — all of which he’s heard during 1st grade dance breaks, which are a variation of more traditional stretch breaks.

Recently we purchased and downloaded all of these songs to our iPhone.  We had our own dance party – featuring the “dancing water speakers” pictured above – right before Ohio State’s Cotton Bowl victory tonight over USC!

Holiday Party

Today I met up with Alan at the holiday party for Mrs. Russo’s class.  The class made ornaments after unwrapping a new book as part of a book exchange.  Earlier in the day the class sang songs in the gym – including Alan’s new favorite, “Joy to the World.”

I’ve already got my new ornament up on the tree!

     

Winter Book Fair

This evening Alan and I went to the winter book fair at Millridge.  Alan read all about Legos, but ultimately we bought Ten Tiny Ninjas and Ten Baby Bears.  Before we left, Alan told me he wants to go to all the book fairs at Millridge (there are three per year.

While we were at the school, Alan showed me the first grade rock garden outside the drop-off/pick-up door!  Alan’s rock is the green one with black stripes.

Alan’s Favorite Activities

First grade edition of the Top 10:

-Anything and everything related to Cars 3!

-Saturday nights with Tyler and Carleigh

-The Haunted Hot Rod episode of Mickey and the Roadster Racers

-Swimming at the MHS pool

-Lulu & Rosie…and Lacey too!

-Learning to read

-Collecting Indians, Cavs, Browns, and Buckeyes cars & trucks

-Building with Legos

-Playing Memory Match Game & Go Fish

-Building with Tinker Toys!

Cassady’s Birthday Party

For the second year in a row, Cassady’s birthday party was held at Chuck E. Cheese’s.  Alan and I loved it because we got to play air hockey together.  Later on, after the kids ran out of tokens, Alan, Xavier, and Josh entertained themselves by running through the play area and hanging out in their cage hideout.  They had so much fun that they closed the place down for the second year in a row!

Thanksgiving Project

For his Thanksgiving homework assignment, Alan disguised a turkey as a construction worker to avoid being spotted on Thanksgiving.  It was a throwback to the same preschool homework assignment for Mrs. Davisson’s class, when Alan also disguised a turkey as a construction worker.  Alan’s interests haven’t changed since then!

Student of the Month

Congrats to Alan, the student of the month representative from Mrs. Russo’s class for November!  Alan, along with the other five first grade winners, was invited to lunch with the principal, as his reward.

I was thrilled to see Alan’s smiling face come through on my Twitter timeline while at work this afternoon. Best post I’ve ever seen on social media. 🙂

‘Guys Only’ Week

Alan and I had extra quality time together this week with Mom going out of town!

Throughout the week, we reviewed schoolwork together (Alan loves sharing his take-home folder contents), and we read Alan’s new library book, Zak’s Lunch.  We listened to Alan’s favorite CD in the car during every morning drive to school. And we certainly made time for fun, including playing our favorite games at home and playing with Alan’s glow-in-the-dark toys under the covers before bed.   It was both a fun and productive week.

Mrs. Russo posted the following picture from class on Tuesday.  Alan told me the class was playing a math game on their tablets.  Alan’s wearing his Cavs championship shirt in the photo, since it was Cavs Day at Millridge.  That night Alan and I watched the Cavs beat the Celtics at the Q to open the new season!

Fall Weekends

To Alan’s delight, fall weekends this year have been following a similar formula to last year.

Friday nights again involve parties with me.  Saturday afternoons involve music lessons at the Musical Settlement and Chinese & Martial Arts class at the Cleveland Public Library.  Best of all, Saturday nights involve visits to see Tyler and Carleigh and sleepovers at Grandma Debbie’s house!

Sundays can include trips to the Wildcat Fitness Center to practice basketball, visits to see Tata & Papa, or playing “Go Fish,” the Cars 3 Memory Game, or fidget spinner battles with Daddy.

On Monday mornings at school Alan has to write in his journal about what he did over the weekend.  Alan said that he enjoys writing about playing with Tyler the most. 🙂

   

(Pictured is a Chinese lantern craft that Alan made for his Mom).

Fidget Spinners

Alan now has a fidget spinner for each of his favorite teams.  After picking up a Cavs spinner at Giant Eagle a couple weeks ago and an Indians spinner at the Tribe game last week, we got OSU and the Browns at Kohl’s this week.

Alan takes his fidget spinners to school and has “fidget battles” with his friends before the morning bell rings.  During these battles, each participant spins their spinner and then bangs them into their opponents’ spinner.  The person whose spinner stays spinning the longest is declared the winner!

In other news, Alan lost his right front tooth today!  The new left one has not grown in all the way yet, so Alan says his mouth feels funny without any front teeth.

1st Annual Father Figure Walk

Today Alan and I walked to school together as part of Millridge’s 1st Annual Father Figures Walk.  We parked at the Fitworks at the corner of Wilson Mills and Brainard and walked to school along the planned route.  There was still a little bit of time remaining for Alan to play on the playground before the morning bell.  🙂

Bowling Party With Friends

Today Alan had his first birthday party with friends! It was a bowling party at Wickliffe Lanes.  Among the attendees were his best friends Xavier, Cassidy, Grady, Brady (pictured above), and Noah, as well as eight first grade classmates: Kilian, Jonah, De’onta, Kiara, Luke, Logan, Ryleigh, and Valentina.

Alan led off the lineup of 7 kids on his lane, while Xavier led 7 more on the other lane.  Alan’s bowling highlight of the day was picking up a spare!  Around the bowling, the kids had pizza that we picked up from Pizza Hut, chips, and of course cake. Alan’s friends had fun when Alan was blowing out the candles.

At the end of the party, Alan passed out Cars 3 party favor bags, which he and I had fun organizing on Friday night.  Alan had also picked out a Cars 3 balloon on our way to the party to enhance the Cars 3 theme at his table.  🙂

  

It’s been a great week celebrating Alan’s 7th birthday!

Happy 7th Birthday Alan!!

My favorite guy turned 7 today!

Alan got to sleep in today since there was no school on his birthday due to Rosh Hashanah.  Later he went to the beach with his Mom to walk by the water and fly a kite.  It was the second straight year Alan had the day off on his birthday.  His class celebrated with him yesterday by making birthday cards for him in class.  And Alan gave all his classmates a Cars 3 pencil and sticker to take home.

Stay tuned for Sunday’s post, as the fun will continue this weekend!

Donuts With Dad

Today, before school, Alan and I attended one of our favorite events together — Donuts with Dad!  Alan and I had our milk and coffee together (neither of us are donut-eaters) at the same table as Cassidy, Xavier, and their Dad.  We also had our picture taken by a photographer.  At Alan’s request, I wore my Ohio State shirt and Alan wore his Cavaliers championship shirt.  Our photo turned out great!

Open House

Tonight at parent orientation I learned about all the fun that’s in store for Alan in Mrs. Russo’s first grade class this school year!  I also got to see Alan’s desk (it’s very neat) and some of his work that was hanging in the hallway outside the classroom.

He also left a note for his Mom and I to find tucked away in his desk.  Look at that beautiful handwriting! I enjoyed writing a note for him to find tomorrow as well.  🙂

Ice Cream Social

This evening Alan and I headed to the annual ice cream social at Millridge.  The social — the unofficial kick-off to the school year — has become one of our favorite annual events.  Alan got to enjoy another orange popsicle while spending a lot of quality time on the playground!

Alan spent the most time with Brady (pictured above) on the swings, slide, and rock climbing wall.  He also saw Kindergarten friends Brooklyn, Tony, Noah, Piper, and Colin, as well as new classmate De’onte.

Pretty soon it’ll be time for open house and Donuts with Dad!  We know what to look forward to now as Millridge veterans.

First Day of 1st Grade

  

Today Alan started his journey into 1st Grade!  He went to the bus stop about 15 minutes early because he just couldn’t wait to get to school and see all his friends.

Two years ago he had to adjust to a new school.  Last year he had to adjust to a full school day and riding the bus.  But this year there were no major adjustments.  I could tell it was ‘business as usual’ for him now.  He’s becoming a pro at this back to school thing.

As for how the day went, Alan described it as “Greeeaaaat!”  He went on to explain how his class had not one, but two recesses.  Clearly it doesn’t get any better than that!

Popsicles with the Principal

Today Alan got ready for 1st grade at “Popsicles with the Principal.” This new event involved students coming into the building on the final day of summer vacation to check out their classrooms and drop off school supplies at their desks.  And of course the Principal was on hand to pass out popsicles to the kids!