Mrs. Panuska

Hello! My name is Kelly Panuska.  I have been teaching for 20 years.  In those twenty years, I have taught Kindergarten for 2 years, second grade for 4 years, first grade for 2 years and third grade for 12 years.  This is my second year at Edgemere teaching Kindergarten.  I have a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Towson University and a Master’s Equivalency.  One of my favorite things to do in my spare time is to spend time with my family.  We travel when we are able to watch my son wrestle.  He attends McDaniel College and travels frequently to wrestling matches. 

My goal for my students is not only the academics and content, but to foster a love of learning and curiosity about the world.  I want them to be excited to come to school and have fun learning.  My favorite part of teaching are those ah ha moments with the kiddos when they learn something new.  The smiles on their faces, the inquisitiveness, their willingness to work hard and their enthusiasm inspires me and makes me love my job every day.

1st Quarter

A Peek at Quarter 1


Phonics is a time for us to learn our letters, sounds, and strategies to help us become better readers.

*We will identify and practice writing the letters: Mm, Aa, Ss, Pp, Tt, Ii, Nn, Cc.

*The sight words we will practice this quarter are: I, Can, The, We, See, a, Like, to, and, go.

*Please practice letter recognition and sight words at home with your child.


Shared Reading-

Unit 1 theme: Take a New Step

Essential Question: What can we learn when we try new things?

The stories we will be reading are:

-What About Bear?
-How to Be a Friend
-Baby Animals on the Move
-Senses at the Seashore

Unit 2 theme: Let's Explore

Essential Question: What can you find out when you explore?

The stories we will be reading are:

-The Handiest Things in the World
-Discover with Tools
-Shapes All Around
-Find the Shapes
-I Love Bugs!
-Bugs All Around

Vocabulary Words from these stories that will be introduced are: problem, grasped, escape, rescue, adventure, movement, exhausted, exciting, arrived, senses, explore, feast, kneads, discover, fetch, rumble, defeated, materials, nature, curious, observe, process, slender


Unit 1: Who Is in School Today?

In this unit, students practice classroom routines and explore materials.

Unit 2: Counting and Comparing.

In this unit, students practice measurement and connecting numbers to quantities.

Color Thursdays

Please dress your child in the following colors on these days: 

  • 9/8- Red
  • 9/15- Orange
  • 9/22- Yellow
  • 9/29- Green
  • 10/6- Blue
  • 10/13-Purple
  • 10/20-Pink
  • 10/29-Black 
  • 11/3-Brown
  • 11/10-Gray

Upcoming Events

  • 9/5- Labor Day- No School
  • 9/12- Professional Development Day for teachers-No School for students
  • 9/13-9/15-Book Fair
  • 9/16- Independence “Kiss and Go” Day!
  • 9/28- Picture Day!