Guided Reading groups will begin this week! This will be small group guided reading lessons on your child’s instructional reading level. Each child will be bringing books home in  ziplock “Book Baggies”.  Please read and sign the information letter that will be enclosed the first week.  Be sure they return their Book Baggie everyday or else they will not have a book for small group instruction.

Interim grades will come home in your child’s Monday folder. Please sign and return this paper. *Keep in mind that this is the average of the grades so far. Some subjects may only have 2 or 3 grades to average together. Each subject will have at least 10 grades by the end of the marking period. If you have any questions about your child’s grades, please let me know.

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on November 5th in the afternoon and November 6th in the morning.  You will receive a link to sign up on Signup Genius on Monday!

Picture Day will be rescheduled along with Doughnuts With Dad.   I will let you know when the dates are set!

This week we will learn about the following:

Language Arts:  Making predictions when we read, digraphs /th/ and /ch/,  the short /u/ sound as in bug and rug and new sight words: this, up, into, look, back

Math:  Graphing

Science:  Animals Needs

Dates to Remember:

Friday, October 26th –  Field Trip to Meadow Farm

Friday, October 26th – PTA Fall Family Movie Night

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Monday is a Student Holiday!

This week I will be sending home our permission slip for our 1st field trip of the year to Meadow Farm museum on Friday, October 26th. Please send these back as soon as possible. If you are interested in being a chaperone, there is a spot to indicate on the permission slip. All chaperones MUST have a completed volunteer form in order to attend.

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

This week we will learn about the following:

Math: Sorting using different attributes: shape, size, color, thickness, etc.

Language Arts: We will be learning about nonfiction text features such as captions, titles, and headers.  We will focus on the  digraphs- sh, -wh along with the short i sound (sick, pig, win, shin.)

Writing: We will be focusing on narrowing down a topic to write about (small moments). We will dip deep into a topic by writing with details.

Social Studies: We will be continuing to learn about Virginia State Symbols ( state flag, dogwood-state flower, cardinal-state bird and the capital building.)

Dates to Remember:

Monday, October 8 – Student Holiday (No School for students)

Tuesday, October 9 – Spirit Night at Chipotle by Short Pump mall! A percentage of the profits comes back to CTES PTA! Be sure to mention CTES when you check out!

Friday, October 12th- Donuts with Dad 7:30-8am (a flyer came home last week)

Friday, October 26th- Field trip to Meadow Farm Museum!

Showing our patriotism waving the American Flag!

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We Love Fall!

Thanks to all the parents who have sent in items from our class wish list!  We will enjoy using them this year!

Special thanks to Alex’s mom and dad for coming in this week as our guest Mystery Readers!

This week we will learn about the following:

Math: growing patterns. For example:  A, AB, ABC, ABCD

Language Arts: short /o/, rhyming words, syllables, comprehension of fiction and non-fiction

Writing:  writing complete sentences with an uppercase letter at the beginning, a complete thought, and punctuation at the end.

Social Studies: American Flag, Pledge of Allegiance, and Virginia Symbols(state flag, cardinal, capital and

Please continue to read nightly.  Add your reading time to the reading log each night.  Remember, time reading on Raz-Kids counts!  The sight words are meant to be practiced for 9 weeks. We will focus on 5 words each week.

If you paid for the field trip t-shirts online, please be sure to send in the bottom of the blue form to tell me what size t-shirt to order.

Dates to Remember:

Thursday, October 4th at 6:00pm Gifted Parent Information Session.  If you have any questions about the gifted process, please plan to attend.

October 8 – Student Holiday

October 12 Donuts with Dads. Students will meet with fathers in cafeteria from 7:30-8.

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Homework Starts This Week!

Thanks to all the families who were able to attend Back-To-School night.  I enjoyed seeing everyone and sharing information about our class.  If you were not able to attend, you can view the powerpoint presentation below:

back to school night 2018

Homework starts Monday!  Be sure to check out the homework tab at the top! 

I will be adding a library station to our reading rotations this week.  Library books will not be exchanged on library days. They will be exchanged during the student’s reading center library rotation which is usually 1 or 2 times a week. The best way to be sure your child can get new books is to have them bring in their books when they are finished and we will keep them until they go to the library center.

There will be a Gifted Information Session at CTES on October 4th from 6:00 – 7:00.  If you would like more information about the process in Henrico County, please try to attend this session.

This week we will learn about the following:

Math: We will be learning about patterns (ab, abc, aab, abb, aabb).

Language Arts: We will be counting syllables in words as well as making text to self connections when we read.

Writing: We will be learning about becoming authors.  We will begin to practice using ideas from out “idea hearts.”

Science: The season is changing from summer to fall! We will be learning about how people, animals, and plants adapt to the fall.

Dates to Remember:

Tuesday, September 25 – New Family Coffee

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Back-To-School Night Thursday!

Please mark your calendars to attend Back-To-School Night on Thursday!  The PTA will begin at 6:15 in the gym.  In the room I will cover class expectations, homework and how you can support your child at home.  I am looking forward to seeing everyone.

We had a great learning week.  We reviewed calendar language, rhyming words, poetry, rules, ordinal numbers and writing.

I sent home our first Scholastic Book Order in your child’s folder on Thursday.  This is a great way to purchase books for your family and help us get books for our classroom.  Please note that the Due Date to order is Friday, September 21.  It is easy to place orders online!

Principal’s Coffee for new parents has been rescheduled for September 25th at 8:30.

Please consider joining the PTA! They do OUTSTANDING things for our school and cannot do it without your help and donations!

Special thanks to Ian’s mom for providing some extra snacks for friends who might forget!

This week will will learn about the following:

Language: Retelling stories using beginning, middle and end/where writers get ideas as we learn to become better writers

Math:  Shapes in our environment (circle, square, triangle and rectangle), verticies (corners) and sides

Science: The season of Fall and how it affects animals, people and weather

Dates to Remember:

September 19th – Half Day for Students

September 20th – Back-To-School Night  6:15 in the gym

September 25th – Principal’s Coffee


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Wonderful First Week of First Grade!

We had a great time last week meeting new friends and learning names!  We established our class rules and learned school  and playground rules.  I am excited about our first grade year together!


*Please check your child’s Cub Folder daily.

* Please send in any forms that you may still have for the school.

*We have a snack every day.  Please remember to send one with your child.  I do not have extra snacks to give.  I would appreciate it if there is a family that would like to donate a few snacks for those friends who might forget! ( examples:  graham crackers, pretzels, animal crackers) Nothing with nuts!!!!

*Please remember to join the PTA!  See the link above to join.  The PTA provides so many wonderful instructional tools and materials for us!

There will be no homework this week. Homework will be explained during Back to School Night on Thursday, September 20th. *Please mark your calendars and plan to attend as there will be a lot of important information presented.

Dates to remember:

Friday, September 14 – Principal’s Coffee for new parents 8:30

Wednesday, September 19 – Half Day for Students

Thursday, September 20 – Back-to-School Night 6:15

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Welcome To First Grade!

I am so excited to start our first grade year together!  I enjoyed meeting new friends on Thursday and look forward to meeting a few more in our class on Tuesday.

This week we will focus on building friendships, getting to know each other and establishing classroom rules.  Please see the “All About Me” sheet in your child’s folder.  It will be due on Thursday!

I have sent two group emails to test parent email addresses.  If you have not receive one, please let me know so that I can update my address book.  Thank you.

Important Dates:

Friday, September 14 – Principal’s Coffee for new parents 8:30

Wednesday, September 19 – Half Day for Students

Thursday, September 20 – Back-to-School Night 6:15

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