Our final week of school has begun for the 2019-2020 school year.  This week’s theme is all about summer.  Optional summer activities are placed in the “files and documents” page. There will be our last zoom meeting tomorrow at 11:00 am.   Since teachers are cleaning their classrooms.  We did pack up all the children’s remaining belongings and they are ready for pickup at the school.  You should have received an e-mail from the school regarding pick up times. 

May 27, 2020

Good afternoon!
  I hope you all having great week.  I'm sorry that I had to change our Zoom meeting to this Friday.  I look so forward to seeing everyone!  I have added suggested Edmark Reading activities on the Files and Documents page.  In regards to the www.readworks.org page, I am still having issues.  When issues are sorted I will reach out to everyone.   

May 20, 2020

Good Morning!  I hope everyone is having a wonderful week.  First, I am thankful for all the hard work everyone is doing.   I really appreciate it.  Do not forget our weekly meeting is today at 11:00 am.  This week’s book is “Let’s Go for a Drive.”  To add, we will share what our favorite place is to visit.  In, the files and documents section, you will find new suggested math activities.  See you then!

May 11, 2020
Good afternoon.  I hope everyone had a great weekend.  In keeping with the insect theme for this week.  In the documents section of this page, I have placed an optional activity.  I look forward to seeing you all Wednesday for our Story-time (ZOOM session).

May 7, 2020

Good afternoon.  I want to notify for that I will soon send transportation forms for the 2020-21 school year (via email).  Please review and let me know if they need any changes.  As I hear back from you, I will finalize the form and return it to you for your signature. 

I recently sent your child a invitation to the website: www.readworks.org/studentPlease explore the website with your child.  It contains articles that you and your child can read together.  More information will follow.  Once again this is an optional activity.  

This upcoming week I will read 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' by Eric Carle. I've added suggested activities for the week in the May Folder in Files and Documents. 

Have a great weekend!

April 27, 2020

Good afternoon!  It was so much fun to see everyone on Zoom last week.  We will continue to do Zoom meetings every Wednesday at 11:00 am.  This week’s story is “We are Growing!”

Weather is getting better outside.  My family and I have been putting new plants in our garden.  I have added some new garden themed activities for you and your child.  I thought everyone may enjoy some activities that focus on the garden.  

All of this is intended to support you and your child and reinforce previously taught skills. Please let me know if you have any questions.


I’ve put together a shortened school day schedule for you to help with some structured activities. This is just a suggested schedule.  If it does not work, no problem.  



9:00 – 9:30

Free Play:
Unstructured play activities.

9:30 – 9:45

Story Time:
Read a book together, ask your child “WH” (who, what, where, when, and why) questions. Ask parts of the story: beginning, middle, and end.

9:45 – 10:15

Morning Meeting:
Ask what the months is, the day’s date days of the week, seasons, and the day’s weather.

(I have included our “Morning Meeting” Powerpoint on the class page

10:15 – 10:30

Fine Motor Activity:
Work on an art activity, using crayons, markers or paint.

10:30 – 11:00

Sensory Activities:
Play-duh or shaving cream. Anything that allows your child to be hands-on.

11:00 – 11:30

Outside Play:
Go for a walk, play in the yard or ride a bike.

11:30 – 12:00

Have your child pick out their own snacks/lunch.

12:00 – 12:30

Free Play/Video:
After the kids eat, some like to sit and relax, while others like to play. Put on a favorite video or allow them some free play time.


One of the Speech Specialist kindly asked to include this on the class page.  It is a speech padlet:


April 22, 2020
Happy Earth Day!  I hope everyone is able to can go outside to enjoy this beautiful weather.  Perhaps take a nature walk and see what our Earth has to offer!   Remember the documents/ activities, I have offered on the class page.  Again, these are just some suggestions.  Do as many or as few as you would like. 

My office Hours are M-F from 12pm - 1pm. 

April 20, 2020

I hope you all are well and have enjoyed a wonderful weekend with your family.

I have posted suggested OT and Social Lesson (Zones of Regulation) activities for you.  If you have any question, please let me know.  Thank you.

April 16, 2020


Good morning everyone.  I have provided some suggestions for at home learning.

  • Help your child set short-term goals for learning each day.  Use a prompt such as: “My goal for today is to ____.”


  • Set a timer for focused work time.  Here is an optional online “Visual Timer” (https://www.online-stopwatch.com/)


  • Break tasks into smaller parts.  Complete one part at a time.  


  • Schedule “brain breaks” and physical movement into the day.   (YouTube videos: “Just Dance for Kids” or “Count to 100 with Spiderman”)


  • Have fun!!!

April 15, 2020

Good Morning!  I have added some new files and documents.  I even added our Morning Meeting (PowerPoint). There are some suggested language arts and math.  Have a wonderful day!

April 14, 2020

I am enjoying time with my family. I hope that everyone is well. I miss everybody. I cannot wait to see each of you again in school. I truly do miss everyone's smiles. I want to add a few resources to the site. I am going to add some material that you may find fun and useful. Please check out any and all links as well as downloaded documents.  

March 30, 2020

Good morning.  I am providing below links to songs that are part of our "morning meetings" and part of our day (via YouTube). Have a great day!  I miss all of you!  

Months of the Year:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPeAo1hz8GA
Days of the Week:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIQsyHoLudQ
Seasons of the Year:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZjpI6fgYSY
Weather:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5UTaPV-DIg
Count to 100:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHwlKl5SsHc
Spiderman Count to 100:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9md4L2pAVQ
Minon Classroom Rules:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddvTFgzkS5M
Just Dance:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3XyYOLfTU4
Milkshake (GoNoodle):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNL6RwymoNg

March 25,2020:

Greetings.  I hope you all are well.   Please know that I miss you all very much.  Please send me an e-mail greeting.  That way I will know that I have the most current e-mail address.  My e-mail address is manalag@pwcs.edu.  I check it daily. 

Today I have uploaded songs and activities that is part of our daily routine.  It is located in the “Useful Links” page.





Greetings!  My name is Gilbert Manalad this is my fourth year at Signal Hill Elementary.  My first two years was as a teacher assistant.  My third and fourth year as a special education teacher.  My degree is from Northern Illinois University.  Currently I am in graduate school.   I am happily married and we have a 12 year old daughter.

I enjoy building relationships with my students.  I also enjoy seeing the positive progress of the students.

This upcoming year will be fantastic! 

My email:  manalag@pwcs.edu