Monday is a Student Holiday!

I hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend!  Once the storm passed on Friday the weather was beautiful.  Just a quick reminder that there is no school on Monday.

For the homework this week, you will only need to choose 3 assignments due to the short week!

Special thanks to Ian’s mom for being our Mystery Reader last week and for adjusting her schedule to come in early.

Spring has arrived – plants are growing, kids are spending more time outside, and the temperatures are warming up.  With these changes, what we wear also changes.   Parents – please be mindful of what your child wears to school to ensure that they are in compliance with the HCPS Code of Conduct – Dress Code.  Thanks in advance for adhering to these expectations.

 

Dress code excerpt below from the HCPS Code of Conduct:

Students may not wear the following items unless otherwise stated:

  • Hoods, hats, face masks, or head coverings of any kind inside school buildings during regular school hours, unless required for religious or medical reasons.
  • The following items on school grounds during regular school hours: bandanas, do-rags, head scarves (with the exception of head garments for religious reasons), hair picks, wave caps, large combs, brushes, and rollers.
  • Sunglasses, unless prescribed by a physician.
  • Dresses, skirts, shorts, athletic shorts, and other similar clothing must reach the tip of the thumb when hands placed at the sides (arms straight with palms flat). When wearing leggings, tights, or similar apparel as an outer garment, tops must also reach the tip of the thumb.
  • Messages on clothing, chains, jewelry, and personal belongings that pertain to drugs, alcohol, tobacco, sex, gangs, vulgarity, or that could cause a substantial disruption to the learning environment.
  • Spiked jewelry, chains, and items which could cause student injury.
  • Beachwear (which includes bathing suits and trunks) and sleepwear.
  • Clothing that reveals undergarments.
  • Cut-off jeans, cut-off sweat pants, or torn, ripped, or slashed clothing that reveals undergarments or body parts excluded by other parts of this code.
  • Bedroom slippers or shoes with wheels, also known as “Heelys.”
  • Clothing that reveals the midriff while sitting or standing.
  • Clothing that is tight, skimpy, or with plunging necklines.
  • Clothing that is see-through, revealing, or resembles undergarments.
  • Tube tops, halter-tops, halter-top dresses, strapless dresses or tops or dresses with spaghetti straps (tops must be at least two inches wide at the shoulder).
  • High heels or flip flops at the elementary level (Elementary students are encouraged to wear athletic shoes or closed toe shoes with a rubber sole and should wear such shoes for Physical Education and recess).

This week we will learn about:

Language: story elements (character, setting, plot, problem, solution), sight words for week 3:  around, should, pretty, through, before

Apparently I got off schedule and taught the sight words for week 4 last week.  We should have learned the words for week 2.  Sorry for the confusion.  We will get on schedule this week with words for week 3 and then I will do words for week 2 when we get to week 4.  Sorry!

Math:  measurement – volume and weight

Social Studies:  economics – goods/services, consumer/producer, savings, economic choices

Reminders:

Friday, April 26 – Talent Show

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Go Nuts For Reading on Thursday!

Special thanks once again to all the parents who were able to attend our field trip to the state capitol last week.  We had a beautiful day and learned so much about the capitol, the designer (Thomas Jefferson) and other Virginia Presidents.  We were able to see the Governor’s Mansion and many other historical monuments on the capitol grounds.  I was very proud of the children and the knowledge that they shared!  Thanks again!

What we will be learning this week:

Math: measurement using non-standard units (paper clips, unifix cubes, pencils, etc) We will be exploring: length,height, capacity, volume, weight

Language Arts: who, what, when, where, why, and how

Writing: P.I.E.  writing to persuade, inform and entertain

Social studies: Economics unit (wants and needs; goods and services; consumer/producer)

Reminders:

Thursday, April 18th – Go Nuts for Reading at the Diamond!

Friday, April 19th- 1/2 day of school for students; dismissal at 11:35AM.

Monday, April 22- NO SCHOOL for Easter holiday

Tuesday, April 23- Report cards come home

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Field Trip on Wednesday!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Spring Break.  I can’t wait to hear about all of your adventures!

I want to say a special thank you to all the parents and children who helped to make my birthday celebration so much fun.  I received so many beautiful flowers from the children that it took 3 vases to hold them all!  They are still beautiful today!  I also want to say a special thanks to all the parents who contributed to the class gift.  I love it!!!!  Teachers always need new tote bags especially ones that are monogrammed!  Huge thank you goes to Heather for coordinating such a special day for me and for bringing in the delicious cupcakes!!!  Thanks to all!!!

Field Trip on Wednesday to the Virginia State Capital! 

  • Students will need to bring a bagged lunch with a drink in a disposable container for our picnic on the grounds.
  • Students should wear their CLASS SHIRT and comfortable shoes. We will be outside for the majority of the field trip so please dress according to the weather.

As we return to school and our normal routine, please talk with your child about our class rules and expectations.  (be respectful, be safe and be kind)  We will also review them this week in class.

We will also get back to our normal homework routine.  Please be sure that you review what we are learning each week and that your child practices reading nightly.  We will be focusing on fluency this nine weeks.

This week we will learn about the following:

Language: asking and answering questions when we read to help our comprehension, the long vowel sound -igh makes in words like light and fight, sight words:  always, first, please, once, other

Math: measurement using non-standard units (unifix cubes, paperclips etc)

Science:  review natural resources, 3 R’s, pollution and conservation

Sight Word List for 4th Quarter!

sight words 4

Reminders:

Wednesday, April 10th – Field Trip to the Virginia State Capital

Friday, April 12th – Career Day

Deadline to fill out the parent survey is now April 19. See link below.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HCPS2019Parent

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Spring Is Here!

Well even though the weather is cool, Spring has arrived!  Last week we learned about how the Spring weather affects plants, animals and people.

I have extended the Scholastic Book order date until Wednesday, March 27.  I can then place the order and the books should arrive the first week we get back from Spring Break.

We will not have written homework this week.  Please remember to practice reading nightly, use Raz-Kids, Reflex Math and Zern!!!!!

We will not have any new vocabulary words this week.  We will review all third quarter words in preparation for our test on Thursday.

This week we will learn about the following:

Math: centers that review time to the hour and 1/2 hour and number sense

Language Arts: making inferences in a story

Writing: using voice in our writing

Science: conserving our natural resources (reduce, reuse, recycle), spring

Reminders:

Half Day for student March 29 – dismissal begins at 11:35

Spring Break is from April 1 – 5.  We will be returning to school on Monday, April 8.

Field Trip to the Virginia State Capital will be on Wednesday, April 10.

Career Day will be on Friday, April 12.

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Did Your Trap Catch a Leprechaun?

Wear Green on Monday!  We will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Monday and see if the traps we constructed caught any leprechauns.  Please see pictures of our STEAM project which was to design and build a Leprechaun Trap.  Special thanks to Mrs. Franklin for helping us with this project.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/2LyUBe9zk2CVKbXP9

Scholastic Book Orders went home in your child’s folder on Friday.  The due date for placing an order will be Friday, March 22.

Special thanks to Aakanksha’s mom for coming in as our Mystery Reader last week.

This week we will learn about:

Language: Making inferences when we read, using voice in our writing to entertain, persuade or inform, review adjectives  Sight Words:  all, buy, favorite, house, live

Math: review money (identifying coins and counting coins)

Science: Natural Resources

Social Studies: We will conclude our unit on geography.

Dates to Remember:

Friday, March 29th is a 1/2 day of school for students and also the end of the 3rd marking period.

Spring Break – April 1-5th

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St. Patrick’s Day is on the way!

Special thanks to all the families who have donated the St. Baldrick’s fundraiser.  It has been extended  until the end of this week. Your child may support team Tariq by bringing in money.

*I you haven’t already, please sign and return interim reports!

Special thanks to Collette’s mom for being our Mystery Reader last week!

What we will be learning this week:

Math: addition and subtraction story problems

Language Arts: Gathering facts from non-fiction text,  review -all sound, sight words:  or, again, children, bring, work

Writing: Writing with voice

Science: We will begin a unit on natural resources and recycling

Social Studies:  Geography of Virginia to include climate, location in the U.S. and physical surroundings

 

 

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Read Across America Week!

This week we will be celebrating Read Across America week! We are celebrating Dr. Seuss in honor of his birthday on March 2nd, please see the spirit week schedule below:

Special thanks to Saira’s mom for being our Mystery Reader last week!

What we will be learning this week:

Math: Identifying coins and determine the value of a collection of like coins

Language Arts: /or/ sound, questioning when reading to better understand text, sight words:  two, over, after, been, done

Writing: Writing with voice

Science: Understanding our state’s physical surroundings and climate. We will do a comparison with other regions such as the desert, Antarctica.

Reminders:

*Students will be bringing home third quarter interims on Tuesday!

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Multicultural Museum Night Thursday!

Thank you to all the friends who shared Valentine’s with me.  We all felt the love on Thursday! 🙂

This week we will celebrate Multicultural Museum Night on Thursday.

Multicultural Museum Night on Thursday, February 21st.  Reminders include the following:

  1.  Children need to wear their class field trip t-shirt, blue jeans, and tennis shoes.
  2.  Parent drop off in the hallway by the cafeteria between 6:00 and 6:10 p.m.  (Mrs. Hartman will stand in the hall to guide parents to the gym and students to their classroom.)
  3.  Parents keep the children’s coats because students will not be returning to their classroom after they preform.
  4.  Parents will pick their children up in the gym after the students perform.

Special thanks to Tyce’s mom and dad for being our Mystery Readers on Friday.

What we will be learning this week:

Language Arts– theme of a story and  reviewing ABC order  Sight Words for the week are:  them, home, as, has, water

Math– telling time to the hour

Science– Solids, Liquids, and Gas

Writing– Using a variety of sentence structures in our writing.  Varying the beginnings and using different length sentences.

Reminders:

Monday, February 18th- is a full day of school!

Thursday, February 21st- 100th day of school! Students are invited to wear a shirt with a number on it (any number is fine!) OR can decorate one to wear for the 100th day.

Thursday, February 21st – Multicultural Museum Night

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HUGE THANKS!!!

Thank you so much to all the parents who responded to my request for class supplies and snacks!  We received plenty of snacks for those who forget and highlight markers and dry erase marker and index cards.  Thank you all so very much!!!!

On Monday, your child will bring home information to log into 2 new exciting websites!  The first one is Zearn which is a math site to practice at home.  The children used it in class on Thursday.  The second one is Clever which will allow students access at home to many of the links we use at school such as EPIC, Pebblego, Britannica Encyclopedia for Kids and World Almanac for Kids along with access to Brianpopjr. and Raz-Kids.   Enjoy!!!

Mrs. LeClair, our librarian, asked that we share the following exciting information about the “Go Nuts for Reading” program:

The Richmond Flying Squirrels are pleased to announce that the Flying Squirrels Reading Program, “Go Nuts for Reading!” is back for its tenth season! This year’s program, which will run through Wednesday, March 20th 2019, is open to all CTES to participate! After reading 8 books and signing your child’s bookmark, your child will receive a FREE baseball voucher to the 6:35 pm April 18th baseball game. It will be a fun-filled night, beginning with a school parade around the diamond and ending with (fingers crossed) a win for our Flying Squirrels!! Look for more information in the Cub Chronicle and lets “play ball!”

Students will also bring home a permission slip for the performance at the Multicultural Museum Night on Thursday, February 21st.  It will include the following:

  1.  Children need to wear their class field trip t-shirt, blue jeans, and tennis shoes.
  2.  Parent drop off in the hallway by the cafeteria between 6:00 and 6:10 p.m.  (Mrs. Hartman will stand in the hall to guide parents to the gym and students to their classroom.)
  3.  Parents keep the children’s coats because students will not be returning to their classroom after they preform.
  4.  Parents will pick their children up in the gym after the students perform.

This week we will learn about the following:

Language:  the sound /ar/ makes in words like shark, using sentence variety when writing and expanding our sentences, we will also continue to work on our projects for the Multicultural Museum Night.  Sight words for the week will be:  friend, little, how, do, there

Math:  Fractions (parts of a whole and parts of a set)

Social Studies:  George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and we will also learn about President’s Day

Important Dates:

Monday, February 18th  – Full Day for Students!  This is a calendar change!

Multicultural Museum Night on Thursday, February 21st.  – First grade will perform!

 

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Early Spring! According to the Groundhog!

Special thanks to Connor’s dad for being our Mystery Reader last week!

There are a few items we need in our class.  If you are able to donate any of them, we would greatly appreciate it!

Black Expo Markers          Index Cards      Card Stock (white and colors)     Yellow Highlighters     Snacks to share with friends who forget (graham crackers, animal crackers, etc.  no sweets please!)

See link below for Valentine’s List of Names!

Valentine’s Exchange 2019

This week we will learn about the following:

Math: Fraction 1/2 and 1/4 (equal shares)

Language Arts: long e spelled (ee and ea), proper nouns, ABC order, Review Plot of a story, sight words:  does, walk, no, so be

Writing: Writing our Multi-Cultural projects AND adding Excellent Endings to our writing

Social Studies: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Arthur Ashe, Maggie Walker

Date to Remember:

Thursday, February 21st – MULTICULTURAL MUSEUM NIGHT. (First grade will preform!)

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