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!


February 4-8, 2019

Early Spring (or so says the groundhog!) This week certainly looks to support this. On Monday, students will be bringing home a class list for our Valentine exchange on Thursday, February 14th. Please do not bring in valentines until that Thursday!

What we will be learning this week:

Language Arts– the plot of a story (BME); words with the “ar” sound (star, car, starve, jar)

New Word Wall Words: does, walk, no, so be

Math– understanding fractions (whole, 1/2, 1/4)

Writing– working on our multi-cultural night writing

Social Studies– Famous Virginians: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Arthur Ashe, Maggie Walker

January 29-February 1, 2019

Hi Families,

  • Tuesday marks the beginning of the 3rd marking period! Wow, time sure does fly by! Please continue to take advantage of Raz Kids, Reflex Math, and math flash cards. They DO make a difference.
  • We said farewell to Sultan last week. We wish safe travels to his whole family on their move back to Saudi Arabia.

2019 Winter After School Enrichment Classes

Classes will begin the week of February 11 and will run through the week of March 18.

If you have a PTA Membership, you will have first “choice” on ASE Classes!!

ASE registration for PTA Membership begins January 22nd – 24th.

Regular ASE registration begins Friday, January 25.

Registration deadline is Monday, February 4, 2019.

Please see link below for more information on classes and to register online.


What we are learning this week:

Math: Shapes and right angles

Language Arts: Plot: characters and setting review

Writing: Writing our Multi-Cultural projects

Social Studies: Famous Virginians: Maggie Walker and Arthur Ashe

January 22-25, 2019

Many thanks to our wonderful PTA for a terrific “Muffins with Mom” event last Friday! Our gym was packed and it seemed like a special time for all.

If you have not turned in your Multi-cultural night slip, please do so ASAP as we are starting the pre-writing process this week.

What we will be learning this week:

Language/Writing- generating and answering questions (conducting an interview) to generate ideas for writing

Math- equality

Social Studies- why do we commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr in January?

Dates to remember:

Monday, January 28th- Student Holiday

January 14-18, 2019

Hi Families,

We were so delighted to welcome a new student, Eduardo, to our class on Friday! His family has moved to CTES from Brazil, and he is excited to be learning English from us. Homework notebooks came home on Friday (a bit early due to the snowy forecast.) They are due on Friday. Raz Kids is up and working again, the website was down last Thursday/Friday.

What we will be learning this week:

Math: addition/subtraction (part/part/whole); the concept of = equality

Language Arts: Review of predictions and making text to self connections

Writing: Bold beginnings/Mighty middles/excellent endings

Social Studies: Maps

  • Scholastic Book Orders due January 18 (this month, you get a free book up to $5 when you place an order of $25 or more)
  • Muffins with Mom January 18
  • No school/ MLK Jr. Day- Monday, January 21st
  • Student Holiday- Monday, January 28th

January 7-11, 2019

Welcome back and happy 2019!

We will  resume our Homework notebook routine this week, you can find our weekly choice board on the Homework tab.

  • Scholastic Book Orders are due January 18 (this month, you get a free book up to $5 when you place an order of $25 or more)

Thank you again to our wonderful room parents and all the volunteers that sent in supplies.


What we will be learning this week:

Language Arts- using context clues to figure out the meaning of unknown words when reading.

Math- addition/subtraction strategies/fact families

Social Studies- a unit on Maps and geography

Science- the Winter season

Writing- how can we hook our reader using a Bold beginning?


December 17-19, 2018

Dear Families,

I wish everyone a safe and wonderful winter break! I look forward to welcoming everyone back on Thursday, January 3rd. PLEASE remember to READ and utilize Raz Kids/Reflex Math over break! It makes a huge difference to keep that routine going over a break.

This week will be a spirit week:

  • Monday – Mix it up Monday or wear your PJs! (no slippers)
  • Tuesday – Wear tacky holiday clothes
  • Wednesday – Wear your favorite winter outfit (hats included)

There will be no written homework this week, we will resume our weekly routine on January 7th.

What we will be learning this week:

Language: story retell (beginning, middle, end), silent e added to short o words, using bold beginnings in our writing, sight words make, came, what, over, her

Math: addition/subtraction strategies using +10/-10

Science:  Winter weather- how plants, animals and people adapt to the change in the weather.

Social Studies: holiday traditions around the world

Dates to remember:

Winter Break – December 20 – January 2 (School re-opens on January 3)

Dec 10-14, 2018

It’s a winter wonderland! I hope everyone is enjoying their snow days:) There will be NO written homework this week, however the days off are a great opportunity to READ, READ, READ!
  • Interim grades will be sent home the next time we are in school. Please sign and return them the following day.
  • THANK YOU for those who have volunteered to donate materials or your time for the holiday celebration on Tuesday, December 18th! If you have volunteered your time, please be sure you have filled out a volunteer form for the 2018-2019 school year. Without this form, the office will not allow you to come to the classroom. Forms can be found here: https://henricoschools.us/pdf/Community/VolunteerApplication.pdf
What we are learning this week:

Math: addition and subtraction +/- 10 strategy (3+10=13; 22-10=12)

Language Arts: Phonics/phonemic awareness (sounding out sounds within words)

 Sight words:  make, came, and over -be sure you are practicing how to spell, write and read these words!

Writing: Strong leads, bold beginnings and strong transitions in our writing

Science: Winter – seasonal changes and how they affect people, animals, and plants.

  • Tuesday, December 18th is our winter celebration from 12:00-1:00pm
  • Winter Break begins December 20th. School resumes January 3rd

Dec. 3-7, 2018

Reminders for this week:

This Friday is Cubs Night In! – Fun, Fun, Fun with your teachers! $15 per child.

Please make sure that your 1st grader is coming to school with appropriate winter gear (coat, hat, gloves.) We do make an effort to get outside for fresh air!

This week we will learn about the following:

Language:  identifying character traits from the outside and inside, getting information from pictures when we read non-fiction text

sight words for the week: all, down, want, now, have

Math:  Adding doubles 0-12 (0+0 2+2 12+12 etc).

Science: Sun and how it gives Earth heat and light, day/night and the rotation of the Earth