Virtual Spirit Days

This week’s spirit days! Remember to post your picture on our CTES Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter pages!

Monday, March 23 – Cartoon day! Read your favorite cartoon and then create your own cartoon!

Tuesday, March 24 – Toy day! Pick out your favorite toy and come up with a new way to play with it!

Wednesday, March 25 – Workout day! Go outside to play or go to gonoodle.com and get moving! It’s free!

Thursday, March 26 – Share your favorite reading spot! Don’t forget to include your reading buddy ~ parent, sibling, pet, stuffed animal, etc.

Friday, March 27 – Pajama Day! Whew, you have been working hard, so relax and wear your pajamas all day!

Distance learning packet

 

This is the link to the packet of materials that your child should be working on over the next two weeks.

https://sites.google.com/henrico.k12.va.us/hcpsdistancelearning/home?authuser=0

In the top right hand corner, you will need to click on K & 1 tab to access the first grade materials.

If your child was not at school on Friday, you will need to pick up the packet on  Monday in the main hallway with your child’s supply box.

Please keep in mind that this if for the entire two weeks. There are directions at the top of the pages.

I told the students today that if an assignment says draw or write, I expect students to do both.

  • “What’s the Weather?”  (Student Assignment #1):
    • ways to show learning (Data tally chart and bar graph which is attached to the packet)
    • student reflection (on packet)
    • what to return to school
      • digital or hard copy of performance task product
      • student self-reflection
  • Choice Board (Student Assignment #2) completion. Students should__
    • select at least one activity per content column to complete each week.
    • color or cross off the box as each activity is completed.
  • Students should complete one activity per category per week from the Reading activities (Student Assignment #3). These activities may be returned to school, but should not be graded.  The letter cards will need to be cut apart for some of the activities.
  • Students should complete one activity per category per week from the Math activities (Student Assignment #4). These activities may be returned to school, but should not be graded.  Additional resources (120 Chart, Ten Frames, and Digit Cards are in the packet).  The digit cards will need to be cut apart for some of the activities.

March 9-13, 2020

  • Thank you to Charlie’s grandmother, Mrs. Smith, for being our mystery reader last Friday. She read us 2 stories about dogs that competed in the Iditarod (Balto and Granite.) Even more exciting this annual race began on Saturday, March 7th. We are excited to follow the action!
  • This week is a busy one with Young Scientists, Spring Pictures, and Career day! I will be sending home envelopes to pay for our CLASS picture if you choose to purchase.
    • Pop Top Collection to help support our local resource, The Ronald McDonald House of RichmondPlease help the SCA with our local service project! Our students will be collecting Pop Tops for another month, but our activity pack collection is time-sensitive. It’s so easy to get involved with this wonderful charity. Please have all donations returned by, 3/17/20. Thank you so much for your support of our community.
    • Support the Ronald McDonald House of Richmond by helping us collect the supplies necessary to make activity packs for children in the hospital.
      • Activity Packs Activity packs are handed out through the Happy Wheels program to families in the pediatric areas of the hospital. These items provide a small comfort and distraction for families during long days at the hospital.

    Directions: 

        • Volunteers purchase 3-4 items appropriate for children to play with in the hospital
        • Items may include full size coloring books, crayons, puzzle books, playing cards, PlayDoh, travel size games, etc.
        • Activity packs may be geared towards infants, toddlers, school-aged children, and teens (please do not label)
        • Please DO NOT include food items
What we will be learning this week:

Reading: Inferring when reading

Phonics/Phonemic Awareness: -ow words

Writing: showing our “voice” when writing

Math: Counting money (pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters)

Science: Natural Resources

Important Dates:
  • Monday, March 9 – Young Scientists
  • Wednesday, March 11 – Spring Pictures
  • Friday, March 13 – Career Day
  • Friday, March 20- Scholastic Book Orders Due!

March 2-6, 2020

  • Heritage Night was outstanding! Our 1st graders were great performers and the parade of nations was so exciting to see. CTES is a great place to be!!
  • This week is Read Across America week (aka Dr. Seuss week). Please see below for the themed days this week!
  • We have been thrilled to welcome a Deep Run HS intern, Kaitlyn Correll to our classroom. She will be assisting our class 2-3 days a week and we love having her!

Monday, March 2nd – The Cat in the Hat

  • Wear a hat to school.

Wednesday, March 4th – Wacky Wednesday!

  • Wear wacky clothes (mismatched, backwards…) in honor of the book, Wacky Wednesday!

Thursday, March 5th – Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

  • Wear a souvenir shirt from some place you’ve visited or would like to visit.

Friday, March 6th– Dr. Seuss Dress Up!

  • Dress up as your favorite Dr. Seuss character.
What we will be learning this week:

Reading: Plot vs. Theme

Phonics/Phonemic Awareness: -all words

Writing: showing our “voice” when writing

Math: Money (pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters)

Science: Natural Resources

Important Dates:

  • Tuesday, March 3 – Student Holiday
  • Monday, March 9 – Young Scientists
  • Wednesday, March 11 – Spring Pictures
  • Friday, March 13 – Career Day

February 24-28, 2020

  • This Thursday night is Heritage Night! Please dress your child in their BLUE field trip t-shirt and they need to arrive at school at 5:45pm.
  • Also, PTA needs your help! Check out this link
  • Please fill out this short survey regarding Student led conferences here .
  • Please remember that Homework notebooks are due on Fridays!
  • CTES is on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! If you are on these social medias, please follow us!
What we will be learning this week:

Reading: Plot vs. Theme

Phonics/Phonemic Awareness: or

Writing: sentence fluency

Math: Telling time to the hour and half hour

Social Studies: Famous Virginians (George Washington and Thomas Jefferson); President’s Day

Important Dates:
  • Thursday, February 27 – Heritage Night (first grade will be performing 2 songs) *wear your blue field trip shirt!
  • Tuesday, March 3 – Student Holiday

February 17-21, 2020

Last week was a busy one in 1st grade! We are 100 days smarter, we rocked our student led conferences, and celebrated valentines day on Friday! I am so proud of the glows that were shared and the goals that were set.

  • Heritage Night is coming up and YOUR child will be performing on stage! We’ve been practicing 2 songs with Mrs. N. Please return the orange permission slip ASAP.  Also, PTA needs your help! Check out this link
What we will be learning this week:

Reading: ABC order

Phonics/Phonemic Awareness: oa (ex. boat, goat, toad)

Writing: sentence fluency

Math: Telling time to the hour and half hour

Social Studies: Famous Virginians, Black History Month, Presidents’ day

Important Dates:

  • Monday, February 17 – student half day- dismissal at 11:35AM
  • Thursday, February 27 – Heritage Night (first grade will be performing 2 songs)

Visit the Cub Chronicle for more important information such as how YOU can help our PTA just buy purchasing thing on Amazon! Register your account with CTES!

February 10-14, 2020

  • Great job on the first week with our new Homework routine.  Everyone did a wonderful job choosing 4 activities or more and completing them in their notebooks.  Please remember to use a pencil for your homework and show your thinking. Make sure to list the activity you have done each night including online activities!
  • Heritage Night is coming up and first grade will be performing 2 songs on stage!  A permission slip came home on Friday.  Also, PTA needs your help! Check out this link
  • Report cards will also be coming home Monday. You may keep all papers, but please sign and return the manila envelope
  • ASE (after school enrichment) begins Monday. If your child signed up, they will stay after school every day their class is being held unless you write a note for your child to go home another way.
  • Flying Squirrel book marks went home this past week! If your child reads just 8 books, they can color in the book mark and fill out the back completely with their first, last name, my name, and your signature, they get a FREE ticket to a squirrel game! They will even have the opportunity to parade on the field prior to the game! It’s a fun way to celebrate readers!
What we will be learning this week:

Reading: Plot vs Theme

Phonics/Phonemic Awareness: ay

Writing: We will be preparing for our student lead conferences

Math: Fractions and equal shares (1/4, 1/2, and whole) of a set

Social Studies: Famous Virginians (Maggie Walker and Arthur Ashe) and Black History Month

Important Dates:

  • Monday, February 10 – report cards go home
  • Wednesday, February 12 – 100th Day of School *please see handout for 100th day T-shirt ideas
  • Thursday, February 13 – Student Lead Conferences student led conferences please sign up for ONE time slot!
  • Monday, February 17 – student half day- dismissal at 11:35AM
  • Thursday, February 27 – Heritage Night (first grade will be performing 2 songs)

Visit the Cub Chronicle for more important information such as how YOU can help our PTA just buy purchasing thing on Amazon! Register your account with CTES!

February 3-7, 2020

Happy February! Early Spring or Winter weather to come??

We will be starting a new homework routine tomorrow (February 3rd.) Students will bring home a homework choice board and a homework notebook on the first day of the week. Students will be expected to choose one assignment each night and complete it in the homework notebook.  If they choose to do a computer assignment (Raz-Kids, Reflex Math or Zearn) they are to list the name of the program and the date in their notebook.  Notebooks are to be returned on Friday.

  • We will be having a valentine exchange on Friday, February 14th. I will be sending home a list of names this week. Please do not send in candy, thank you!
What we will be learning this week:

Reading: Plot of a story

Phonics/Phonemic Awareness: ar, ir, ur

Writing: Writing with bold beginnings, mighty middles, and excellent endings!

Math: Fractions and equal shares (1/4, 1/2, and whole)

Science: Solid, liquid, and gas

Important Dates:

  • Monday, February 10 – report cards go home
  • Wednesday, February 12 – 100th Day of School *please see handout for 100th day T-shirt ideas
  • Thursday, February 13 – Student Lead Conferences
  • Monday, February 17 – student half day
  • Thursday, February 27 – Heritage Night (first grade will be performing 2 songs)

Visit the Cub Chronicle for more important information such as how YOU can help our PTA just buy purchasing thing on Amazon! Register your account with CTES!

January 27-31, 2020

Can you believe we are halfway through the year? Last Friday marked the end of the 2nd marking period. A new sight word/spelling list will be coming home on Tuesday. Next week we will begin a new Homework routine. Students will be given a choice board and a notebook to complete assignments. They will be turned in on Fridays. Stay tuned….
  • Third grade is collecting change/coins to donate to help the devastation of the Wild Fires in Australia. If you’d like to donate, we will have a container for money in our room. Thank you!
  • After School Enrichment (ASE) is back! A green packet went home with your child. There are a lot of really great options! This is a great fundraiser for our PTA. You must sign up online. The directions are on the last page of the green packet. (or you can find more information HERE.
  • Many thanks to Officer Sheehan and Eleanor’s Mom for being mystery readers last week! We loved learning about our community helpers and the Lunar New Year:) Please see the Mystery reader tab for photos.
  • We had our 1st pep rally of the school year and 3 of our classmates were recognized! Congrats to Zoya, Jase, and Raneem!
What we will be learning this week:

Reading: character traits and setting

Phonics/Phonemic Awareness: review of short and love vowel sounds

Writing: Writing with bold beginnings, mighty middles, and excellent endings!

Math: Shapes and right angles

Science: Solid, liquid, and gas

Important Dates:

  • Monday, January 27 – Student Holiday
  • Tuesday, January 28 – The Great Kindness Challenge Begins! (More information to follow from Mrs. Reece)
  • Monday, February 10 – report cards go home
  • Thursday, February 13 – Student Lead Conferences (more information to follow)
  • Monday, February 17 – student half day

Visit the Cub Chronicle for more important information such as how YOU can help our PTA just buy purchasing thing on Amazon! Register your account with CTES!

January 20-25, 2020

I hope you enjoyed your 3 day weekend.We have been learning about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and all that he accomplished for us!

  • Wow, this coming Friday marks the end of the 2nd marking period.Stayed tune for a new Homework routine beginning in the next marking period.
  • Third grade is collecting change/coins to donate to help the devastation of the Wild Fires in Australia. If you’d like to donate, we will have a container for money in our room. Thank you!
  • After School Enrichment (ASE) is back! A green packet went home with your child on Friday. There are a lot of really great options! This is a great fundraiser for our PTA. You must sign up online. The directions are on the last page of the green packet. (or you can find more information HERE.)
What we will be learning this week:

Reading: asking and answering questions

Phonics/Phonemic Awareness: review of short and long vowel sounds

Writing: Writing with bold beginnings, mighty middles, and excellent endings!

Math: equality

Social Studies: Maps and directions

Important Dates:

  • Monday, January 20 – No School MLK Day
  • Friday, January 24 – Scholastic Book Orders due, end of the 2nd marking period
  • Monday, January 27 – Student Holiday
  • Tuesday, January 28 – The Great Kindness Challenge Begins! (More information to come from Mrs. Reece)

Visit the Cub Chronicle for more important information such as how YOU can help our PTA just buy purchasing thing on Amazon! Register your account with CTES!