• Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

I hope everyone had a wonderful snow day!  This week we will not have Word Study due to being out on Monday.  I would like to do Word Study next week, so what I will be doing is introducing the new words this Friday, then everyone can have all of next week do to the homework, with the test next Friday.

Ms. Inge has offered to make up all of the Mondays we will miss in January.  This means that we will have PE on Thursdays for the remainder of the month.  Please have your child wear athletic shoes each Thursday until February.  Thank you!

This week we will continue learning about compound words and subtraction.  In Social Studies, we will begin our unit on the life and contributions of Martin Luther King Jr.

I hope to see everyone next Thursday, January 24th for STEAM night from 6:30-7:30.  Each grade level will have fun STEAM activities for the students to complete. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.

• Tuesday, January 08th, 2019

Good morning!

Sorry for the late blog post.  Welcome back to school!  I hope everyone had a fabulous winter break.

Dads, Grandpas, and other father figures:  Please consider volunteering to be a Watch Dog!  Here is the link to sign up (you must have a volunteer form on file in the office…please let me know if you need help!):

Scholastic Book orders for January are due by Friday!

This week we will be doing our mid year reading screening with Fountas and Pinnell.  I went over the fall scores with you during conferences.  We will also be learning about compound words this week, as well as subtraction strategies and the winter season.

Mark your calendar for STEAM night on January 24 at 6:30.  Each grade level will have fun STEAM activities for students to complete and there will be drawings for prizes every few minutes!

A few reminders:  Please remember to send back Word Study notebooks on Friday and to please send in a snack for your child each day.  Thank you!

Be sure to check the Upcoming Dates and Reminders section!


• Tuesday, December 04th, 2018

Sorry the day late blog post!

We have been very excited this week about the arrival of our classroom elf, Jingles!  Jingles has been getting into lots of mischief recently, and we have been enjoying writing about what he is doing in our Elf Journal each morning.

This week we are excited to start our unit on the Earth and Sun! We will be learning all about what causes day and night, the seasons, and learn new words like rotation, orbit, axis, etc.  In math we are practicing single step addition word problems.  In reading we are starting to learn about long vowel patterns such as ai, ea, oa, and ee.

Just a reminder to please send back Word Study notebooks on Friday.  You do not need to send them each day to school, only Friday is necessary (but if it helps you to keep it in the backpack, that is fine too!)  Friday is when I see the homework and when we glue this week’s words into the notebook.  Thank you for your help with this!

Another friendly reminder to please make sure your child has a healthy snack each day for snack time.  I try to have some extra things on hand for those that forget, but I cannot always guarantee this.  Let me know if you have any questions.

Mark your calendars for next Friday, Dec. 14.  It is one of our favorite days of the year, Pajama Day!

Have a great week!

• Monday, November 26th, 2018

I hope everyone had a fun Thanksgiving!

This week we will continue to practice long vowel words and continue our unit on addition.  This week we will also finish our unit on Jamestown and will be learning about Powhatan, Pocahontas, and Christopher Newport.

Please see information about the Giving Tree below:

Our Echo Lake Giving Tree will provide gifts of toys and clothing to underprivileged students at Holladay Elementary School.   We will have our tree on display, and parents may begin selecting ornaments at any time.  All gifts are due back to ELES  by Dec. 10th and will be delivered to Holladay Elementary School on Dec. 11th.  As you see in the letter that was sent home, we are asking that students not take requests.  Instead, parents may email our school counselor and a request will be sent home with the student.  Thank you, as always, for your generous response to our Echo Lake Giving Tree collection!

Also, Picture Make Up Day is this Thursday.  If you would like your child to re-take their school photo, please return the previous photos with a note on Thursday.

• Monday, November 19th, 2018

Just a reminder that tomorrow is our Thanksgiving feast!  If you have signed up to send in something, please send it with your child and bring it up to school before 1:15.  If your dish requires a serving utensil, please send that in as well (label all containers and utensils so we can make sure it gets back to you.)  Volunteers, please sign in at 1:15 and someone will meet you at the cafeteria with instructions.  Thank you so much for your help!

Report cards go home tomorrow. Please keep the report card and only send back the envelope signed on the front.  Thank you!

I hope everyone has a fun and relaxing Thanksgiving!  I am thankful for such wonderful first graders and families!

• Monday, November 12th, 2018

Good afternoon!

I am so impressed with all of the Culture Cases that came in today!  We have presented half of the culture cases today in class and will do the rest tomorrow.  We have already learned so much (myself included)!

Next Tuesday, we will have our annual Thanksgiving Feast in first grade.  If you would like to sign up to send in something, here is the link below.  Thank you so much for your help with this fun tradition!  I will also need 3 volunteers to help set up, serve, and clean up (included on sign up genius).  If you send in any containers or utensils, please label them so I can return them to the right people.

This week we are learning all about Thanksgiving as well as learning about Pocahontas and Powhatan.  In math, we are continuing our unit on addition.  In reading, we are focusing on long vowel sounds, using a “magic e” on the ends of words.

Have a great week!

• Monday, November 05th, 2018

Good morning!

I look forward to meeting with most of you this evening for Parent Teacher conferences!  We have a completely full schedule, so please knock when it is time for your conference to keep us on schedule.

Wednesday is our field trip to Meadow Farm!  Please send in a bag lunch Wednesday for your child.  They will be eating at Meadow Farm and will not be going to the cafeteria.  While I love being “green” and using reusable containers, it is best to send your child with disposable items for field trips.  Any items that are reusable (tupperware, water bottles) must be carried by the child and I cannot promise it will make it home.

Going home today will be the first project that will be completed at home.  One of our standards in first grade is learning all about culture and diversity in Virginia and America.  We are learning the importance of recognizing and celebrating different cultures.  In order to do that, I am asking that students complete the “Culture Case” project at home this week and return it to school a week from today (Monday, November 12).  We will do the first part of the project today in school.  I am sending home the family directions and the rest of the materials today.  I am also going to send some pictures through email today of an example that a teacher friend of mine made, so you can see an idea of what it looks like.  Basically the students will work with you at home to learn more about the culture that your family identifies with, whether your family or ancestors come from an Irish background, Indian, Korean, etc.  You can fill out any or all of the information that you are comfortable sharing about your family and culture!  The students will present their “culture case” during the week of November 12.  We are so excited to celebrate and learn more about the diversity and cultures of Room 10 friends.  Please reach out to me if you have any questions at all!

Please send in any leftover candy for soldiers this week.  We will be sending all non-chocolate candy overseas!


• Monday, October 29th, 2018

Good evening and happy Monday!

The kids did awesome while I was away last week and I loved hearing all about Pumpkin Palooza!

This week we will be starting our unit on consonant blends in reading.  We will also be focusing on questions vs statements in our writing.  In Math, we are learning to skip count by 10, 5, and 2 as well as count backward from 30.  In Social Studies, we will be learning all about voting and elections.  Just a reminder that school is closed November 6 for Election Day!

Thank you for signing up for conferences on the Sign up genius link I sent.  If anyone is still looking to sign up, there is one stop still available, and I am also available for phone conferences or meeting a different day after school.  You can find the link in last week’s post.

Next Wednesday, November 7, is our first field trip to Meadow Farm!  I will be letting the chaperones know who was selected tomorrow!  If you have not sent back the field trip permission form, please do so as soon as possible.  If you need another one, let me know.

Have a great week!

• Monday, October 22nd, 2018

Good morning!

We did great on our first week of Word Study!  Just a reminder to please send notebooks to school every Friday (you can send them each day, but Friday is the day we our glue words in and I check homework.)  I also wanted to let you all know that I will be going out of town this Thursday and Friday.  I’m very sad to miss Pumpkin Palooza this year!  Mrs. Farthing, who retired from our first grade team last year) will be my substitute.  We will still have a Word Study test Friday.

Parent Teacher Conferences are fast approaching!  They will be held on Monday, November 5 from 3:00-7:00.  I have 15 slots of 15 minutes each on November 5.  If you would like to meet and all the slots are filled or you cannot meet on Nov. 5, I will make myself available to meet on another day and will be glad to work something out after school.  I am also able to do phone conferences at any time if that is better for you.  Click on the link below to sign up.

This week we will be finishing up our animal unit.  We did fantastic job with our projects last week.  The kids were told that the Metro Richmond Zoo needed another animal exhibit.  The kids worked in groups of 3 to research different animals, build a zoo habitat for that animal out of various materials, present their findings to the class, and then Mrs. Woodard’s fifth grade class came and gave feedback on our projects!  This week we will also continue learning about what makes a complete sentence and the consonant digraphs sh, th, ch, and wh.  In math, we are learning and reviewing how to write different two digit numbers correctly and counting to 110.

We have an opportunity to collect supplies for an elementary school that was damaged by the recent hurricane in Florida. Mrs. Taylor’s 3rd grade class is pen pals with a 3rd grade class at Tyndall Elementary School in Panama City. Luckily the pen pals in Florida are all safe, but the roof of their school was ripped off and many homes destroyed. It will likely be months before the students are able to return to their school. Mrs. Taylor is in direct contact with the teacher of the 3rd grade class in Panama City. He is planning to pick up any supplies we collect and ensure they are delivered to his students and their community. A list of items needed went out to all ELES families in the newsletter last week.

Let me know if you have any questions!


• 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.