• Monday, October 15th, 2018

Happy Monday!

This week we will continue learning all about animals and will be doing a fun project!  Thank you to those who have sent in cardboard materials for us to use!  We are also learning about complete sentences vs sentence fragments, and we are also starting our unit on graphing and data collection.

Tonight I am sending home your child’s word study words that are to be kept at home.  They have another copy of their words at school.  On Friday, I will be testing the class on their words.  They must spell the words correctly as well as sorting them under the correct “header.”  Thank you for sending in more notebooks!  If your child did not bring a notebook home but you think you sent an extra one in (this is not the one on the supply list), please let me know.  There were a couple notebooks that were not labeled.  Let me know if you have any questions about the homework sheet!

Next week will be Dolphin Spirit Week (week of Oct. 22)

Monday: Wear RED to show that at Echo Lake, we respect ourselves and others.

Tuesday:  Wear your sweats and workout clothes to show that we make healthy choices about our bodies.

Wednesday:  Wear “mix” matched socks for Mix it Up Day where we mix it up at lunch and recess to make new friends

Thursday:  Wear your favorite college gear or dress to represent your future career to show you are thinking about a bright future ahead.

Friday:  Wear orange to show that you stand up against bullying.

Be sure to check the Blog next Monday!  I will be sending out the link to sign up for Parent teacher conferences, which will be held on November 5.


• Tuesday, October 09th, 2018

Good afternoon,

This week in Room 10 we are learning all about animals in Science.  Next week, we will be doing some fun project-based learning and we will need your help!  If anyone has any materials such as paper towel or toilet paper rolls, shoe boxes, cereal boxes, or anything cardboard they would like to donate, we would really appreciate it.  Please send it by Wednesday of next week.

Also, throughout the year we will be doing some projects that involve magazines. If anyone has any kid-friendly magazines they would like to donate, (food or recipe magazines or decorating magazines work really well) I would be glad to take any of them off your hands!

Next week, we are beginning Word Study homework.  Please send in a composition wide-ruled notebook if you have not already done so.  This is an EXTRA notebook, not the one that was on the regular supply list (those go to Mrs. Vick in the library).

If you would like to be Mystery Reader, you can click on this link to sign up!  You can even sign up for more than one date if you would like.

Be sure to check out the Upcoming Events and Reminders page!

Join the PTA if you have not already done so! 🙂

• Monday, October 01st, 2018

Good morning Room 10 Parents,

We have a busy week!  On Thursday, we are celebrating the fall season (even though it will be in the 80’s!) with the first grade tradition of making “apple pizzas.”  If you would be willing to send in some ingredients for the apple pizzas, just send me an email with something you would be interested in sending.  Thank you so much for your help!

Needed ingredients:

3 rolls of biscuits (jumbo sized- 24 total)

Butter (2 sticks)

4 apples (doesn’t matter what color, but the rounder the apple the better for the special apple corer/slicer/peeler)

Small container of cinnamon

Pack of 40 napkins

Book Fair- We will not be doing Scholastic books for October in order to promote the Book Fair.  If you ordered Scholastic books in September, they will be here any day!  Please consider stopping by the book fair either today, Tuesday, or Wednesday after school!

Star Student– Starting next week, we will have a Star Student of the week each week!  Be on the lookout for a special sheet when your child is selected as the Star Student.

Wish List– At Back to School Night, I mentioned the Amazon Classroom Wish List that I made in case anyone was interested in donating items for us to use in Room 10 this year. Here is the link if you are interested in taking a look/ordering.  Thank you!


Mystery Readers: Be on the lookout for a sign up genius later in the week in case you want to sign up to be a Mystery Reader!  It will mostly be on Thursdays, but if another day works better for you, just send me an email and we can work something out.

This week we will learn about short o vowel sounds, handwriting, the fall season, and ordinal numbers.

Have a great week!


• Monday, September 24th, 2018

Good morning!  Thank you to all the parents who came out to Back to School Night last Thursday!  I hope you learned some useful information about first grade.  If you did not get a chance to jot down my email address, it is  This is the best way to contact me during at school.  I try to respond to all emails within 24 hours.

This week in reading we will be focusing on short i words and will be working on handwriting.  In Social Studies, we will continue learning about American and Virginian symbols.  In math, we will finish up our unit on growing and repeating patterns.

If you have not already done so, please consider joining the PTA!

The bbgb Book Fair will take place October 1-3.October 1-2 the book fair hours will be 3 pm – 4 pm and on October 3 the hours will be 3 pm – 7 pm. Credit cards, cash and checks will be accepted. bbgb is a local children’s bookstore that is located in Carytown. So you will be shopping “local” to benefit Echo Lake. Please come out and support Echo Lake with your book purchases.

Have a great week!

• Monday, September 17th, 2018

Good evening!

I hope to see everyone this Thursday at Back to School Night at 6:00!  This is a great night for parents to come visit Room 10 and learn all about the exciting things that will happen in first grade.

Just a reminder that Wednesday is a half day for students.  We will have time for a morning snack, but lunch will only be served to those students that returned the beige half sheet.  Please write me a note if your child is going home a different way than usual.

This week in reading we are still reviewing short vowel sounds with a focus on words with short e.  We will also begin handwriting instruction and practice this week.  In math, we are learning all about patterns.  Not only are we reviewing what we know about repeating patterns, we will also learn about “growing” patterns as well.  Ex.:  12, 123, 1234, etc.  In Social Studies, we are learning all about Virginia symbols such as the cardinal, the dogwood, the VA flag, and the Capital building.

Just a reminder that Scholastic book orders are due Friday for those that are interested in ordering.  Also, there is a Book Fair coming up which will be supporting a local book store in Richmond for the first time!  This will be after school on October 1, 2, and 3.  Parents must attend with their child to purchase books.

Lastly, a few parents have asked about enrichment programs.  If you are interested in an enrichment opportunity for your child, here is a link to the registration information for the fall Discoverers program run by the Math and Science Innovation Center:

All registration forms must be mailed directly to the MathScience Innovation Center or completed online at

• Monday, September 10th, 2018

Happy Monday!  Thank you for subscribing to my blog!  We had a wonderful first week of first grade.  I have been enjoying getting to know these awesome first graders!

Each Monday I will update the blog with a quick summary of what’s happening in Room 10. Be sure to check the Upcoming Events and Reminders page to see Echo Lake events coming up.

Last week we had a great time practicing routines and procedures and we did a lot of “get to know you” type activities.  This week we will begin reviewing short vowel sounds, starting with short a word families.  We are also practicing various literacy centers to prepare for small reading groups/centers.  In math this week, we will be reviewing shapes from Kg as well as learning about sides, corners, and locating right angles in shapes.  In Social Studies, we will be learning about being a good citizen at school as well as in our community.

Today you will see a Scholastic Book order.  If you wish to order, please use the online instructions provided.  Each time a student orders books, our class receives free books to share!  Let me know if you have any questions about ordering.

I hope you see you at Back to School Night next week!  It is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 20 at 6:00.

• Monday, May 21st, 2018

Good evening!

I cannot believe this is the last week with all of you!  This has truly been one of the best years yet, and I will miss these boys and girls so much.  I told them that Friday is my last day, and that I would probably not be back up here before the end of school, but I will definitely send some pictures for the sub to show the class of baby Zabel! And I hope you will all come stop by and say hi at Open House in August!

Mrs. Myers, who will be taking over for me, came by today to spend some time with us in the afternoon, and she will be back on Friday as well.  After Friday, I will probably not be checking my email for awhile.  If you need anything, please contact Diane Myers at  

A couple things for the end of the year:  Next week the first grade boys and girls will be beginning to rehearse for our Moving Up Ceremony on the last day of school.  For this performance on June 15, please dress your child in a solid light blue shirt (any shorts are fine).  Also, they may bring a beach towel that day to sit on since the blacktop will be hot!  Also, please send in a bag of some sort (brown grocery or reusable bags are fine) your child to take home their art smock, headphones, pencil box, etc. on Thursday, June 14.  

This week we will be learning about some reading comprehension strategies such as cause and effect and main idea.  We will practice this a lot as a class and will also have some graded assignments on this as well.  Today was our last Word Study test!  Please continue reading at home and getting on Reflex Math and Raz Kids as much as possible.  In math, we will practice balancing equations (2+4=3+___) and will continue practicing word problems.  In science, we will finish up our unit on plants.

If there is anything I forgot to mention between now and Friday, I will be sure to let you know!  Mrs. Myers will keep you updated as well, probably through group email.

Thank you for sharing your sweet boys and girls with me every day!  I have had the most awesome students and parents this year! 🙂

• Monday, May 14th, 2018

Good afternoon!

This week we will be doing Word Study for the last time with a test on Friday.  We will be learning about plants in science, estimation and word problems in math, and cause and effect in reading.  I am still working on various end of the year testing for reading as well.

If everything goes according to plan, my last day will be May 25 (next Friday).  I cannot believe how time has flown and that I only have a few days left.  My long term sub will be Mrs. Diane Myers, who is a retired Echo Lake teacher!  We are so lucky to have her join our first grade team for the last few weeks of school.  She will reach out to you soon and share her contact info with you.

Thank you all for all of the wonderful notes, flowers, sweets, and school supplies for teacher appreciation week!  It was such a fun week!  I am one lucky teacher! 🙂

If you are interested in attending ELES Flying Squirrels Night, you must sign up online by Wednesday (sign up for section 213).  Here is the link:

Here are some end of the year events/reminders:

May 15: PTA General Membership Meeting 6:30 pm followed by 4th Grade Performance

May 18: Flying Squirrels Spirit Night – Game starts 7:05 pm

May 19: Donuts and Digging Gardening Day 10 am – 12 pm

May 22-26: Destination Imagination Globals – 2 ELES Teams will be competing this year!

May 28– Memorial Day-no school

June 1: Crazy Hair Day

June 8: Kindergarten Assembly 8:30 am

June 12: Career Day

June 14: 5th Grade Awards Ceremony 8:30 am

June 14: 5th Grade Event  2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

June 15: Last Day of School – Moving Up Ceremony 9 am with Dismissal 11:35 am- Students may bring beach towel to sit on for the last day.

• Monday, April 30th, 2018

Good evening!  This week we will be finishing up learning about natural resources and begin our Social Studies unit on George Washington Carver.  In math, we will continue learning about measurement and comparing weights, lengths, capacity, temperature, etc. and learning about what tools we use to measure them.  In reading, we will finish up our unit on -er and -est.

Last week I said that we would test Word Study this Friday.  Since Field Day has been rescheduled, I would like to test this Thursday instead when it is a little easier for the kids to concentrate. 🙂  Please let me know if that is an issue.

The next couple of weeks I will be doing a lot of testing!  We have to test individually everyone for PALS and Fountas and Pinnell.  This will give a detailed look on how much growth your child has shown in reading this year.  I can’t wait to see all of the growth we have made this year!

This Thursday is PTA Bingo Night starting at 7:00!  Hope many of you can make it to this fun event!

• Monday, April 23rd, 2018

Good morning!  I wanted to let everyone know that I will not be in school today or tomorrow (Monday and Tuesday) due to my husband having surgery.  Mrs. Myers (a retired Echo Lake teacher) is subbing for me these 2 days.

I will hand out this week’s Word Study words on Wednesday.  I will not test these words until next Friday, so that will give them a week and a half to complete the homework/prepare for the test.

A few reminders:  The Volunteer Brunch is this Thursday at 9am.

Field Day is Friday (first grade is first thing in the morning)!  If you purchased a field day shirt, please have your child wear it on Friday.  If not, please dress your child in a shirt that is the color of their team in PE (they know their color) if possible.  This helps organize the teams for field day.

Report cards will go home next Monday!

Have a good week!