A Peek at our Week 5-21-18

A Peek at our Week 5-21-18

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 dbmyers@henrico.k12.va.us.  

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! 🙂

A Peek at our Week 5-14-18

A Peek at our Week 5-14-18

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:  https://groupmatics.events/event/EcholakeES

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.

A Peek at our Week 4-30-18

A Peek at our Week 4-30-18

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!

A Peek at our Week 4-23-18

A Peek at our Week 4-23-18

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!

A Peek at our Week 4-16-18

A Peek at our Week 4-16-18

This week we will focus on possessive nouns and using apostrophes in writing.  We will also begin learning about measurement.  We mainly focus on nonstandard units of measurement, but we will be introducing the ruler, inches, centimeters, etc. later on.  We will also learn about the contributions of Eleanor Roosevelt this week and discuss what it means to be a volunteer.

Speaking of volunteers, please consider attending the Volunteer Brunch next Thursday at 9:00 am.  This is a great way for Echo Lake teachers and staff to show appreciation for all of the hard work that our wonderful families do for our school!

Our class is in first place in the Denim Drive for first grade!  Please continue sending in any denim items until Friday!  A special shout-out to Mackenzie for bringing in over half of the denim we have collected so far!

Next Friday is Field Day!  If you did not purchase a field day shirt, please have your child wear a shirt that has the color of their team.  They know what color team they are on. 🙂  If you are interested in volunteering to run a station, please send back the little blue form that was sent home last week.

Scholastic book orders for April are due this Friday.  Let me know if you have any questions about ordering.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Book Boogie fundraiser!  The kids have been so excited earning tickets and can’t wait to see who wins the fun raffles this week.  We could not do this without our awesome families!

Have a good week!

A Peek at our Week 4-9-18

A Peek at our Week 4-9-18

I hope everyone had a great spring break!  I cannot believe we are about to be in the fourth nine weeks!

Please send in any denim items this week that you don’t want anymore.  We are collecting denim for our Denim Drive!  Also, please send in Book Boogie envelopes if you have any.  For each 5 dollars, your child receives a ticket to enter in some raffles for fun prizes!

Please send back Original Artwork items.  Please send back the magnets if you do not wish to purchase them or keep the magnet and fill out the form/send payment.

This week we will finish our unit on money.  We are learning about the signs of Spring (starting with morning snowflakes on Monday!?) and possessive singular nouns (using apostrophes).  We will have a Word Study test this Friday.

If you have a runner in the Weekend Warriors, our assembly will be this Friday at 9:30.  Please have them wear their t-shirt!

Reminder:  Next Monday, April 16 is a half day for students.


A Peek at our Week 3-27-18

A Peek at our Week 3-27-18

Good evening,

This week we will not have Word Study.  We will start back up after Spring Break.  This week we will continue our math unit on counting coins.  In Social Studies, we are learning about the inventions and contributions of Benjamin Franklin.  In reading, we are learning how to put words in ABC order to the second letter as well as continuing to work on writing.

We are excited for the Book Boogie this Friday!  Our students will participate in a variety of fun dance activities for thirty minutes to help raise funds for our book room.  The book room is where teachers choose books on your child’s level to use for reading instruction.  We are trying to provide more choices and programs to help our small group reading instruction. This is a school-wide event with every grade level participating.  Families are encouraged to join us on Friday March 30th and see for themselves how important reading is to our school!  First grade will be doing the Book Boogie from 12:20-12:50.

Before The BOOK BOOGIE:  GET SPONSORS from now until THE BIG DAY! Envelopes were sent home with your child.  Return the envelopes after spring break.

YEARBOOKS:  Time is running out! Sale ends in April. Yearbooks are still on sale for $30. Ordering is easy and done online. All books allow for 2 free personalized pages where you can add your own memories for your children. For each book purchased, the publisher plants a tree. Please note that we will not have extra books for purchase once the order is finalized. For questions, contact yearbook@elespta.com

I hope everyone has a wonderful Spring Break!

A Peek at our Week 3-19-18

A Peek at our Week 3-19-18

We are excited for the first grade performance tonight at the PTA meeting!  The meeting begins at 6:30.  Please bring your child to my classroom right at 6:15/6:20 before the meeting so we can all walk down together.  Mrs. Franklin asks that the kids wear blue jeans with a solid color shirt (no pictures, patterns, or words).  The kids have been practicing and sound great!

We are also excited for our field trip on Thursday!  We are hoping the weather holds off!  Please have your child dress to be outside for a few hours, and also send a bag lunch.  The students will not be able to buy lunch on Thursday.  You may still send a snack as we will have a few minutes for an afternoon snack later.

Next Monday (3/26) is Spring Picture Day!  We will be taking a class picture as well as individual photos.  The only photos that you have the option to purchase right now are the class photos.  I will be sending the forms home today.  The individual photos will come home much later for you to view and decide if you would like to purchase.  Unfortunately, I will be out of town on Monday and will not be in the class photo!  I am so sad about this!  There will be a great substitute here for me who will do a great job organizing the kids for picture day. 🙂

I will also be out of town this Friday.  I am going to postpone giving this week’s word study test until Tuesday, March 27.  I prefer not to have subs give the test and that will give the kids more time to prepare for the test.

Last call on Scholastic books!  Scholastic books will be ordered tomorrow, March 22.

Have a great week!



A Peek at our Week 3-12-18

A Peek at our Week 3-12-18

I will be placing an order for March Scholastic books on Wednesday, March 21.  Thank you so much for your support in Scholastic book orders!  Because of your orders last month, not only did your children get some awesome books and activities to enjoy at home, Scholastic also sent us 15 free, brand new titles for the kids to read in the classroom!

I’m not sure how this happened so early, but the majority of the class is running low on glue sticks already! If anyone would be willing to donate any glue sticks to try and help get us to the end of the year, that would be amazing!  I am always trying to remind them not to use too much glue, not roll up the glue too far and break it, not lose the lid, etc., but sometimes glue disasters happen!

Thank you for promptly sending back the field trip permission forms.  Our class is so lucky to have so many volunteers to chaperone, but unfortunately we are only allowed to bring 3.  Our chaperones will be Mrs. Burton, Mrs. Lancto, and Mrs. Harrell.  Our field trip will be Thursday, March 22.  Please dress your child appropriately for the weather, and please send a bag lunch (all items can be thrown away).

This week we will focus on plurals in reading.  In science, we are continuing our unit on force and motion.  In math, we are learning about fractions (halves and fourths).

Just a reminder that first graders will be performing at the PTA meeting on Tuesday, March 20.  I hope to see everyone there!  The kids have been working on the songs in music, and they sound so great!

Have a great week!

A Peek at our Week 3-5-18

A Peek at our Week 3-5-18

Happy Monday!

As you have heard, Teacher Delivery Night is this Thursday night!  If you wish to participate, you must place your order online by Wednesday night at midnight. This is such a fun fundraiser, and I hope to be the one delivering to your house on Thursday evening! 🙂  If we get enough families in our class to order pizzas, we get a class pizza party!  Let’s go Room 10!  If you need another sheet or directions on how to order, please let me know.

This Friday is Superhero Day!  Dress like your favorite superhero or wear anything superhero themed. 🙂

We are looking forward to our field trip on March 22 to Meadow Farm.  Please send back the permission forms as soon as you can and make sure to check off “yes” or “no” in the middle of the form where it talks about medications.  This part is easy to miss on the form.  If you wish to be considered to chaperone, please check the box at the bottom and include your cell phone number.

This week we will begin our unit on force and motion in science.  In math, we will start learning about fractions.  In reading, we will finish our unit on -ed and -ing endings.

Have a good week!