June 11-15, 2018

It’s the last week of 1st grade! Thank you SO much for your generosity with Boosterthon and the 5th grade Wax museum/Coins for Charity. The Fun Run was a great event! We will be having a classroom board game day on Tuesday, June 12th, students are invited to bring in a board game to play with their friends.


*Friday is a 1/2 day of school and report cards will be coming home. I will be sending home supplies throughout the week, so please make sure your child brings their backpack everyday.

*Don’t forget to sign-up for the Summer reading program through Henrico County Public libraries! We have been doing an author study on Tomie DePaola and his “Strega Nona” stories. Feel free to add these titles to your log if you have already signed up: Strega Nona, Strega Nona Meets her Match, Strega Nona Magic Lessons, Strega Nona Takes a Vacation. 

Happy June Birthday to Rishwitha and Jackson!

Happy July Birthday to Dorian!

Happy August Birthday to Haasa!


June 4-8, 2018

Spirit week is this week:

Monday, June 4th- Mix it up Monday/Pajama Day

Tuesday, June 5th- Tie dye Tuesday

Wednesday, June 6th- Work out Wednesday

Thursday, June 7th- T-shirt day

Friday June 8th—Festive Friday—wear your favorite outfit.  Yearbooks are distributed today.  FUN RUN AND CUB CELEBRATION, 6-8PM.

This week we will be collecting Coins for Charity to help with a 5th grade community service project.  Students are asked to bring in loose change that can be donated.  Any amount will be appreciated.  Thank you for your support.

All library books are due on Friday of this week!


We had a fabulous time at Field Day last Friday.  Special thanks also goes out to Coach LeClair and Coach Sponsler along with ALL of our parent volunteers who made it happen!

What we will be learning this week:

Language:  author study on Tomie DePaola

Math:  Review

Science:  Force and Motion

Reminders:    One more week for our Fun Run collection!!!!

May 28-June 3, 2018

Happy Memorial Day!

We honor and remember those men and women in our military that have died serving our country. We will be spending some time this week learning about the importance of Memorial Day.

Field Day is on Friday!

Please remember to dress your child in their red class t-shirt  and wear P.E. shoes.  If you did not order a lunch in advance, please remember to bring a bag lunch.  If the weather is pleasant, we will have a picnic outside!

This week we will continue:

Language:  writing using Bold Beginnings, Mighty Middles and Exciting Endings!

Math:  Review

Science:  Force and Motion

There will be no more written homework for the year.  Please continue to use Study Island for practice and review math skills and use Raz-Kids for reading practice. Information will be coming home soon regarding the County of Henrico Summer reading program at the library, I strongly encourage all students to enroll and help CTES win the trophy for the most participation!!

*Be sure to check out the pictures of our Plant STEM projects on the Projects tab!

May 21-25, 2018

Hi Families,

I’m looking forward to seeing some sunshine again this week, that certainly was a GREAT deal of rain we received last week. Since we did not have school on Friday, please go ahead and keep Homework notebooks for this week as well and I will check over both weeks on Friday.

What we will be learning this week:

Writing – adding detail to our writing.

Math- review

Science- beginning a unit on Force and Motion


Dates to remember:

Monday, May 28th- Memorial Day, NO SCHOOL!

Friday, June 1st- CTES Field Day

May 14-18

Thank YOU so much for a very special Teacher Appeciation Week! The cards, sweet treats, gorgeous flowers, decorated door, gifts, gift cards certainly made me feel loved and special. The extra lunch coverage was amazing as well. I greatly appreciate ALL of our parent volunteers and PTA for organizing and treating everyone at CTES so well.

What we will be learning this week:

Language Arts- comprehension (who, what, where, when, why?) passages

Math- review

Science- plant unit (classification and a STEM activity)


*If you would like to order a bagged lunch for Field Day, please send in by Tuesday, May 15th.

May 7-11, 2018

Hi Families,

We had a perfect night for baseball last Tuesday for our reading night. It was a wonderful way to celebrate reading.

*Information will be coming home on Monday regarding our CTES field day on Friday, June 1st. Please send back the second page regarding lunch that day ASAP.

*Please check out the “Projects” tab at the top and check out our Stop Motion maps!

What we will be learning this week:

Language Arts- we will be writing with bold beginnings, mighty middles, and excellent endings to stories

Math- problem solving

Science- plant unit

April 30-May 4, 2018

Hi Families,

Spring is FINALLY here! A big thank you to our PTA for the skateboarding assembly on last Friday. It was overheard that this was “the best assembly EVER!”

Monday, April 30th- 3rd nine week report cards will be sent home. Please return the envelope!

What we will be learning this week:

Language Arts- using context clues in our reading

Math- review of number combinations, place value, and story problems

Science- beginning a unit on Plants


*During the next several weeks I will begin our end of year assessment testing with PALS, F&P, along with our Math screener. The best way to prepare your 1st grader is to make sure they are getting a good night’s sleep and eating a healthy breakfast!

*Mrs. Smith, our Colonial Trail art teacher, is collecting some interesting items to be used in the art room this spring and next fall.  Please consider donating any of the following items to be used by the children in their art classes.  Feel free to collect these supplies during the summer and send them in the fall as well.  Your trash is our treasure!! Thanks for all of your help!!

Old CDs, Felt, Yarn, Fabric Scraps, Beads or old Necklaces, 4 oz Elmers Glue Bottles, Cheap White Paper Plates, Styrofoam or Plastic Egg Cartons, Empty Toilet Tissue and Paper Towel Rolls, Newspaper

*Last week I sent home information regarding how to order Schoolkidz supplies for 2nd grade. This is an excellent way to ensure that your child has the right materials and supplies for next year.

April 23-27, 2018

Thank you to Vinuta’s Dad for being a Career Day presenter! Did you catch us on the 6:00pm news with Curt Autry??

Reminders- Monday, April 23rd is Class and Spring Picture Day! Remember to dress your best and if you wish to purchase, please send in the envelope TOMORROW!

What we will be learning this week:

Writing – writing in complete sentences with a subject and predicate

Math – measuring (length, capacity, and temperature)

Social Studies – locations and Climates around the world (desert, rain forest, island, polar village)



April 16-20, 2018

Hi Families,

A HUGE thank you to Reed’s Mom, Jameson’s Mom, and Shivam M.’s Mom for volunteering as chaperones last Friday for our field trip. The students had a wonderful time at the Science museum.


  1. MONDAY IS A HALF DAY!! Please be sure to still pack your child a lunch because we will be eating lunch in the classroom. If you would like your child to purchase a lunch, please be sure to email me and let me know.
  2. FRIDAY IS CAREER DAY!! We have several 1st grade parents participating including Vinuta’s Dad.  We also have a guest speaker from NBC12 News, Curt Autry coming to speak to the whole student body.  Please be sure to ask your child what they learned from each career.
  3. MONDAY, APRIL  23 is class group picture day along with Spring picture day. More information will be coming home soon.

What we are learning for the week:

Language Arts: Theme vs. Main Idea

Math: Measurement unit continued (looking at volume and capacity this week)

Social Studies: Map unit- this week we will explore about different locations (the desert, a polar village, the rainforest, an island) and see how climate affects the way people live.

April 9-13, 2018

Hi Families,

Welcome back from Spring Break! I hope everyone had a relaxing and fun break from school. I had a chance to visit New Orleans and walk in a 10K there, I’m bringing in my medal to share with everyone this week.

Happy April birthday to: Harshitha, Sreetoma, Hanuveer, and Shashine!

Just a reminder, we have a Field Trip this Friday, April 13th!  All students will need to wear their red First Grade t-shirt.  If your child does not have a first grade t-shirt, they will need to wear a red shirt.  All students must also bring a disposable lunch.  Please put all lunches in a plastic or paper bag with their name on it.  Everything must be able to be thrown away (such as ziplock bags, plastic utensils, plastic water bottles, etc.). Thank you!

What we will be learning this week:

Writing- using expression in our sentences to make them unique and exciting

Math- measurement unit using nonstandard units

Social Studies-Maps