April 22-26, 2019

Happy Earth Day!

Report cards will be coming home on Tuesday, April 23rd. Please return the ENVELOPE, you may keep the report card.

What we will be learning this week:

Math: Measurement unit: weight, capacity, and volume

Language Arts: Characters and setting

Writing: adding strong verbs (word choice trait)

Social studies: economics (goods/services; producer/consumer; making choices)

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)
  • April 22- NO School for Easter holiday
  • April 23- Report cards come home
  • April 26 -PTA Talent Show 6-8 pm

April 15-19, 2019

What a gorgeous day we had at the Virginia capitol building. Many thanks to our chaperones: Blake’s Mom, Aum’s Mom, and Namita’s Mom for joining us on the bus. Also thank you to Divyataa’s Mom for meeting us down there. Click on the link below to view some photos from our tour and picnic lunch.


We also say thank you to Advaith’s Dad and Kendall’s Mom for volunteering as presenters for our Career Day last week. It was wonderful to learn about different jobs. In addition to them, we had a presenter from Publix bakery, Sweet Frog, and an assembly by Ros Runner, former meterologist on NBC 12.


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: word choice; how can we use strong verbs in our writing

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


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


April 8-12, 2019

Welcome back from Spring Break! I can’t wait to hear about everyone’s adventures and travels.

Field Trip on Wednesday to the Virginia State Capitol! 

  • 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 Lime green CLASS SHIRT and comfortable shoes. We will be outside for the majority of the field trip so please dress according to the weather.

We will be resuming our normal homework routine.  Please be sure that nightly reading is occurring, it makes a HUGE difference. I will be sending home a 4th nine weeks sight word list in blue folders on Monday (and also attached below.)

This week we will learn about the following:

Language: asking/answering questions when we read to help our comprehension

sight words:  always, first, please, once, other

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

Social Studies: a review of Virginia symbols; comparing transportation in the past to today in our state.

Sight Word List for 4th Quarter!

sight words 4


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

Friday, April 12th – Career Day

Friday, April 19th- 1/2 day of school for students

Monday, April 22nd- NO SCHOOL

March 25-29, 2019

Dear Families,

We are almost to Spring Break, yahoo! I hope everyone has an enjoyable and restful time off. One early gift is that there will be NO written homework this week:) Please take advantage of reading nightly along with Raz Kids, Reflex Math, and Zearn.

  • Please turn in all permission forms for the April 10th field trip. If you would like to be a chaperone there must be a volunteer application on file. 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 lime green CLASS SHIRT and comfortable shoes. We will be outside for the majority of the field trip so please dress according to the weather.
What we are learning this week:

Math: centers that review addition and subtraction story problems and money

Language Arts: making inferences in a story

Writing: matching voice to punctuation

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

  • March 29 end of marking period
  • March 29 half day- dismissal at 11:35AM
  • April 1- 5 spring break
  • April 10 field trip to Virginia State Capitol

March 18-22, 2019

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Last Friday, we enjoyed working on a STEAM design challenge with Mrs. Franklin to make leprechaun traps. We are eager to see if we caught a leprechaun in room 113. Check out some photos on the link below:

Leprechaun design challenge

What we will be learning this week:

Math: review of addition/ subtraction story problems and money

Language Arts: main idea (most important part of a story)

Writing: using the voice trait in our writing

Science: conserving our natural resources


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



March 11-15, 2019

Many thanks to all the families that have contributed to St. Baldrick’s in support of Tariq and his family. I had the privilege of teaching Tariq’s big brother, Sulayman a few years ago and I know how appreciative the family is to everyone at CTES for their incredible support. The campaign will extend into this week, so if you haven’t had a chance to donate, now is your chance.

*Please sign and return interim reports!

*Happy March birthday to Omie, Sloka, and Ms. Holland too!

*March Scholastic book orders are due on Friday, March 15th. There is a new “Fly Guy” book on recycling that has many students excited.

What we will be learning this week:

Math: addition and subtraction story problems

Language Arts: inferencing using pictures

Writing: Writing with voice

Science: beginning a unit on Natural Resources

Last week our class used the computers and logged into a math site called Zearn. I will be sending home log-in information in your child’s folder this week. You will also start seeing it as a Homework choice as well.

March 4-8 2019

Hi Families,

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

We were sad to say farewell to both Shreyan and Lyric this week:( We wish them the best of luck in their new schools!

What we will be learning this week:

Math: Determine the value of a collection of coins

Language Arts: Gather facts to answer questions from the text (Who, What, Where, When, How?)

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.


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

*March Scholastic Book orders are due on Friday, March 15th.

Henrico County Schools would like to hear from you.  How are we doing?  Tell us about your perspectives and experiences, so that we may improve and make important decisions about the future.

On March 11, you will receive an email from HCPS that contains a survey we’d like for you to take.  It will be available from March 11 – 29.  It will take 15 – 20 minutes to complete.

Students in grade 5 – 12 are also asked to complete the survey.  Parents will have the needed link to preview the student survey.  They may then decide if they’d like for their child to participate or if they’d like to submit an opt-out form.  These forms will come home the week of February 25.


February 25-March 1st

“Hello, Bonjour, Buenos Dias”… weren’t out 1st graders just fabulous performers on Multi-cultural night? I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

We are also 100 days smarter too! 

What we will be learning this week:

Language Arts– reviewing theme of a story (the lesson or moral); phonics sound of: ar/or (star, car, store, more)

Word Wall Words: made, long, going, by, today

Math– time to the half hour; calendar review

Science– dissolving experiments



February 18-22, 2019

Thank you SO much for the delicious chocolates, flowers, kind notes, what a way to spread kindness on Valentines day! his week we are looking forward to sharing our Multi-cultural night writing with you and performing. Here are a few reminders:

  1.  Children need to wear their class field trip t-shirt (or a lime/light green 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.

What we will be learning this week:

Language Arts– what is the theme in a story? Review ABC order

Math– telling time to the hour

Science– Solids, Liquids, and Gas

Writing– using “voice” in our writing


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.

February 11-15, 2019

Hello families,

We want to wish a very happy February birthday to Eduardo, Divyataa, and Kendall! If your child is participating in our class valentine exchange, please send those in on Thursday, Feb. 14th.  Report cards will come home on Monday! You may keep the hard copy of the report card, however please sign and return the yellow envelope on Tuesday.

  • LIbrary news- fill out the Flying Squirrels reading bookmark for a free ticket to the Squirrels game on April 18th! It’s a lot of fun and the kids get to parade on the field! I have been the last several years and it is a fun night for all!
  • We will have our 2nd Young Scientist lesson this coming Friday on Matter!
  • A bright pink permission slip came home on Friday. This contains the information about the First Grade Performance at the Multi-Cultural Museum on Thursday, February 21. Please let us know if your child is able to attend.
  • Scholastic book orders for February are due February 15th.
What we will be learning this week:

Math: Fractions of a whole and fractions of a set

Language Arts: Plot vs Theme (the moral of the story)

Sight words for the week: friend, little, how, do, there

Writing: finishing our Multi-cultural projects

Social Studies: Presidents Day and famous Virginians review

  • February 18 is now a full day of school
  • February 21 – Multicultural Museum – first grade will also be performing!

Thank you to Mrs. Johnson, our PTA President, for coming to our class and teaching us about Chinese New Year! Happy Year of the Pig to all!