Half Day of School on Monday!

Quick reminder that Monday will be a half day for students.

What a great time we all had on Friday at Cubs Night In!  Thanks to all the families who were able to participate.  We missed so many of you!!!  Here are a few pictures!

https://photos.app.goo.gl/jNmm7LYi5Cz9Fun1A

Huge thanks to the Quann family for helping to start our class collection of Magna Tiles (3-D magnetic building blocks)!  We all love building and creating with Keva blocks and now we will be able to use Magna Tiles as well!  Great for building, designing and problem solving.  Contributions are are always welcome!

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

This week is Spirit Week:

        • Mustache Monday
        • Twisted Tuesday (teachers dress like students/students like teachers)
        • Wicked Wednesday – Heroes and Villains (Are you a hero or a villain? You decide and dress like your favorite hero or your favorite villain)
        • Throwback Thursday (Dress in your favorite decade)
        • Footie Friday (Wear your favorite PJs)

Bonus Day!!! Friday, Dec. 20th

        • Tacky Sweater Day! Wear your favorite tacky holiday or winter gear!

This week we will learn about the following:

Language:  review common and proper nouns, asking and answering questions as we read, getting more from pictures when reading, writing a bold beginning, short o and long o with a silent e (ex.  hop and hope)

Math: using doubles to add and subtract

Science: sun, day and night, rotation of the Earth

Dates to Remember:

Monday, December 9 – Half Day for Students

December 21 – January 5 – Winter Break!

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Cubs Night In on Friday!!!

Thank you again to all the families who made contributions to the Christmas Mother.  I really enjoyed representing first grade on the Turkey Court!!

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

This week we will learn about the following:

Language: creating questions when reading, ending blends, adding silent e to words to make the long a vowel sound (ex. cap-cape, at-ate, mad-made)

Math: comparing 2 digit numbers using the words “greater than” and “less than”

Social Studies: Christopher Newport and review Chief Powhatan and Pocahontas

Science: the sun, day and night and heat from the sun

Important Dates:

  • December 6 – PTA Cubs Night In, Parents Night Out!
  • December 9 – 1/2 day of school- dismissal at 11:35
  • December 21 – January 5 – Winter Break
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Happy Thanksgiving!

Well Thanksgiving is almost here!  We are all very excited.  We also have so much to be thankful for.  I know that I am blessed each day with the opportunity to teach your wonderful children and to see the excitement in their eyes when they are learning, solving problems and creating.  I am also very thankful for the parent support that I receive in the classroom and at home.  Thank you to everyone!  Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

There will be no assigned homework this week!!!!  Please continue to practice reading!!! 🙂  

On Friday we will participate in the famous Turkey Trot.  First grade will be outside from 9:15 – 9:45.  Please remember to dress your child for the weather.  We will be running/walking a track for 30 minutes!  Focus will be on moving!!!

Special thanks to Colin’s mom for being our Mystery Reader on Friday!

Last week we had a great time learning about the Jamestown settlement.  We also took time for a STEM challenge to build with Keva Planks!  See link below:

https://photos.app.goo.gl/K2uJ1ghA69jh7uGa9

This week we will learn about the following:

Language: Using bold beginnings when we write stories, sight word review and practice reciting poetry

Math:  Place value

Social Studies:  Famous Virginians (Christopher Newport)

Dates to remember:

November 27-29 -Thanksgiving Break

December 6 – PTA Cubs Night In, Parents Night Out!

December 9 – Student half day

 

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Half Day for Students on Monday!

Quick reminder that Monday will be a half day for students.

I really appreciate all of the families who made contributions to the canned food drive.  Looks like I had the most cans collected in first grade!!!!! 🙂

On Friday your child brought home a homework assignment.  It is to disguise a turkey! The assignment had directions on one page and a turkey on the other.  We read a couple of books on Thanksgiving and talked about disguises and modeled a few!  Please allow them to be creative!  The disguised turkey is due on Wednesday! Thanks

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

This week we will learn about the following:

Language:  how to write a bold beginning to “hook” your reader, asking questions as we read (who, what, when, where, why and how), blending phonemes to make words

Math:  Place Value

Social Studies:  Continue our unit on Jamestown, Chief Powhatan, Pocahontas and Christopher Newport

Reminders:

Monday, November 18- 1/2 day of school/dismissal at 11:35AM

Tuesday, November 26 – Turkey Trot fun run

November 27 – 30 – Thanksgiving Holiday (No school for students)

Cubs Night In!!….Parents Night Out!!

Friday, December 6, 5:30 to 8:30 pm

The deadline to submit your student registration is Tuesday, November 26.

For more details visit:https://colonialtrailpta.membershiptoolkit.com/packet/4020

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Veteran’s Day Assembly on Monday!

Monday is Veteran’s Day.  We will celebrate our veterans with a wonderful assembly at 9:00.  We ask that the children wear the patriotic colors – red, white, blue.  Thank you.

Thank you to all the parents who were able to attend conferences last week.  I enjoyed the opportunity to meet with you to discuss your child’s progress.

Special thanks to Arjun’s mom for being our Mystery Reader last week.

On Tuesday, November 26th we will be having our annual Turkey Trot. This is a fun run for all students to participate in during the morning of the 26th. Our K-2 students will be running from 9:15-9:45 AM and our 3-5 students will be running from 10:00-10:30 AM.

Coach will be setting up a cross country (running) course on school grounds for students to run for 30 minutes. The course will be marked off with flags, signs and cones to help students know where to run. There will be many adults there helping students to stay on the course. If you are interested in volunteering for our Turkey Trot please click on the link below to read more and to sign up!

Thank you to all of you who will volunteer and help make this event a fun one for our students.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4fa4ab23a75-turkey

We are collecting cans of food to donate to those less fortunate.  Each can represents a vote for your child’s teacher to be the Turkey Queen or King!  Please remember our resource teachers too!!!  Collection will be from November 1-13!

Congratulation to Vivaan for writing a book at home to share with the class!

This week we will learn about the following:

Language:  Writing about small moments, organizing our writing, identifying character, setting, problem and solution in a story by retelling beginning/middle/end

Math: we will continue skip counting and observing number patterns

Social Studies: we will begin a unit on Jamestown and learn about Christopher Newport, Pocahontas and Chief Powhatan.

Dates to remember:

Monday, November 11 – Veteran’s Day Assembly 9:00

Tuesday, November 26 – Turkey Trot

November 27 – 30 – Thanksgiving Holiday (No school for students)

 

 

 

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Election Day on Tuesday!!!!!

Tuesday will be election day.  School will be closed for students.  Please take time to talk with your child about voting and democratic elections.  We will have a mock election in the room to practice on Monday!

HUGE THANKS to all the parent chaperones who went to the zoo with us on Friday and to the parents who met us there to help out.  We had a beautiful day and the kids had a wonderful time.  We all enjoyed having Mr. Schutz with us as well!  I will add a link with pictures when I get them from parents!  I will send and email and let you know!

I also want to thank all the families who donated books to our classroom library from the Book Fair.  You are all so very generous!

Last week we had a great time with a STEAM challenge where the class built catapults!  Ask your child about it!!!!

This week we will learn about the following:

Language:  Writing on a given topic, making predictions with non-fiction text and telling who, what, why and story retell.

Math:  Skip counting, word problems

Social Studies:  Elections

Science:  Animals (wild/tame, appendages, review body coverings)

Dates to remember:

Tuesday, November 5 – Election Day – No School for Students

Monday, November 11 – Veteran’s Day Assembly

 

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The Book Fair is Here!

The CETS book fair is here!  See hours below:

Monday, October 28 after school from 3:00 to 5:45 pm

Tuesday, October 29 during school day from 7:50 am to 2:30 pm

Wednesday, October 30 after school from 3:00 to 6:00 pm

Thursday, October 31 during the school day 7:50 am to 2:30 pm

To volunteer visit  

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c044aa5a922a2f85-book

See pictures from our first Book Buddy meeting.  They helped us do research for our animal projects:

https://photos.app.goo.gl/CzcB9swmFen6JdtU7

Meeting Zack!!This week we had great fun learning about graphing!

https://photos.app.goo.gl/PPvdmqZfuNx27uUP8

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

This week we will learn about the following:

Language: We will continue making predictions when we read, gathering information from non-fiction text using headers, captions, glossary, index etc. We will also continue sight words and learn about endings on words (s, er, ing, ed)

Math: Counting and writing numbers from 0-110.  Counting forward and back from the number 30.

Science: We will continue our animal unit.  Students will begin work on their animal habitats and complete their research report.  We will also learn about wild/tame animals, habitats and animal appendages.  Friday we are going to the zoo!!!!!!

Reminders:

Monday, October 28  – Half Day for students.

Tuesday, October 29 – After School Enrichment Classes start.  See Cub Chronicle for notes and reminders.

Friday, November 1 – Field Trip to the Zoo!  Dress for the weather!  More details later this week.

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Fall Family Picnic!

HUGE THANKS for all the wonderful supplies that have been donated for our animal projects.  I also want to thank the families who donated snacks for our class for the friends who forget.  I think we have enough to last all year!!!!!

I also want to thank everyone who has donated supplies for the class from our class wish list.  I have plenty of sticky notes too!!!!

I feel so very blessed to have such a wonderful and sharing class!

Special thanks to Carson’s mom for being our Mystery Reader this week and for the special holiday treats!

There is a PTA competition going on to see what grade level can get the MOST PTA members. We are currently around 25% membership. Winning grade levels can win:

* Party in the gym with Mr. Schatz

* Pizza and popsicle parties

*CTES swag

*Silly string Mr. Schatz

Please visit the PTA tab at the top this blog to join!

If your child wishes to participate in the Reflections program, the deadline to submit entries to school is October 28.  The Reflections program is an opportunity for interested students to submit original works of art in photography, visual arts, dance, music, literature and more! The theme this year is: “Look Within.” If you are interested in participating, please read all the rules carefully before submitting your work. Information can be found at the CTES PTA website: www.ctespta.org

Look under “Programs and Events” and “Reflections.”

This week we will learn about the following:

Language: writing on one topic in complete sentences, getting information from a non-fiction text, short e sound, adding /s/ and /ing/ to words, sight words

Math:  graphing – creating a graph and gathering information from the graph

Science:  Animals (needs, body coverings, habitats, how they move, appendages)

Dates to remember:

Thursday, October 24 – Fall Family Picnic on the Buss Loop (6:00-8:00) Rain date 11/7

Monday, October 28 – Student half day.  Dismissal begins at 11:35

Friday, November 1 – Field Trip to the Metro Richmond Zoo!

Science:  We will continue our science unit on animals this week.  Please be sure that you have sent in a shoe box for our projects!!!

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Columbus Day on Monday!

Monday will be a student holiday.  Please take time to discuss Columbus Day!

We had so much fun this week!  We learned about how and why the leaves change color and did our first experiment! Ask your child what 2 things cause the leaves to change color. (Hint:  shorter days, plants make less chlorophyll so natural color in the leaves comes out)

We also had our first technology lesson! We learned how to sign onto the laptop computers and do research on Epic!  See link below:

https://photos.app.goo.gl/mGWU1yzR3sbPvqbs7

This week we will learn about the following:

Language: Nouns, ending punctuation, making predictions when we read,

Phonics: short u sound, diagraphs /sh//wh//th//ch/

Math: collecting data and graphing

Science: Animal unit begins!  Animal needs this week.

Animal Research Project

Dates to Remember:

Monday, October 14 – Student Holiday

Wednesday, October 16 – Gifted Parent Information Session 6-7pm

Tuesday, October 22 – our first Young Scientist class (Animal needs)

Thursday, October 24 – PTA Fall Family Picnic

Monday, October 28 – student half day

 

 

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Picture Day on Friday!

After School Enrichment Classes are Here!!

On Thursday your child brought home an After School Enrichment packet.  If you are interested in having your child attend one of the classes, please sign up early!  They fill up quickly!

Huge thanks to Kathleen’s family for sending in board games for us to play at recess!!!!  I also love the seasonal sticker and card stock I have received!

Mystery Reader will start next Friday.  I hope you received and email from Joanna St. Jacques, our room parent,  about signing up!  Remember everyone must have a volunteer form already on file in the office!

Please remember to check your child’s Cub folder daily!  Also remember to send monthly reading/math homework calendar back on Friday!

We will be doing a project soon in which each student will need a shoe box. If you have any old shoe boxes laying around, please send them in with your child’s name on it. If you have extras, we’d love to allow other students to use them. THANK YOU!

If you have not sent in your $18 for the field trip, class shirt, and dictionary, please send it in ASAP so these supplies can be ordered.

This week we will learn about the following:

Reading:  Making personal connections with fiction books. Using text features in nonfiction books.

Phonics:  Counting phonemes (each sound in a word) and the /sh/ /wh/digraph

Writing:  Writing about small moments –  focusing on one topic adding details

Math: Sorting and classifying objects

Science:  Fall – how the weather changes affects plants, animals and people

Dates to remember:

  • Monday, October 7 – Donuts with Dear Ones k-2  7:30 – 8:00
  • Friday, October 11 – Picture Day
  • Monday, October 14 – No School for Students
  • Tuesday, October 22 – our first Young Scientist class (Animal needs)
  • Thursday, October 24 – PTA Fall Family Picnic
  • Monday, October 28 – student half day
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