October 15-19, 2018

Due to our quicker than normal departure on Thursday and no school on Friday, there will most likely be updates this week regarding our re-scheduled Donuts for Dad and Fall picture day. I will e-mail you once I have those details.

Interim grades will come home in your child’s blue folder tomorrow. Please sign and return this paper. *Keep in mind that this is the average of the grades so far. Some subjects may only have 2 or 3 grades to average together. Each subject will have a minimum of 10 grades by the end of the marking period. As always if you have any questions about your child’s grades, please contact me.

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on November 5th in the afternoon and November 6th in the morning.  You will receive a link to sign up on Signup Genius on Monday!

This week we will learn about the following:

Language Arts:  Making predictions when we read, digraphs /th/ and /ch/,  the short /u/ sound as in bug and rug.

new sight wordsthis, up, into, look, back

Math:  Graphing

Science:  Animals Needs

Social Studies: finish our unit on Virginia symbols and traditions

Dates to Remember:

Friday, October 26th –  Field Trip to Meadow Farm

Friday, October 26th – PTA Fall Family Movie Night

October 9-12, 2018

Hello families,

I hope you are enjoying your long weekend due to Columbus Day! We also want to wish a Happy October birthday to: Imrhan and Rithwik!!

This week I will be sending home our permission slip for our 1st field trip of the year to Meadow Farm museum on Friday, October 26th. Please send these back as soon as possible. If you are interested in being a chaperone, there is a spot to indicate on the permission slip. All chaperones MUST have a completed volunteer form in order to attend.

What we will be learning this week:

Language Arts:  Counting phonemes (sounds) in one-syllable words and blending sounds to make one-syllable words. We will focus on the  digraph- sh, wh along with the short i sound (sick, pig, win, shin.)

Math: a unit on sorting or classifying objects

Social Studies: Virginia symbols (flag, dogwood-state flower, cardinal-state bird, capital building.)

Important Dates:

Monday, October 8th- Student Holiday

Week of October 8th- After School Enrichment Classes begin

Tuesday, October 9th- PTA Spirit Night at Chipotle 5-9pm

Before October 12th- Yearbooks $25

Friday, October 12th- Donuts with Dad 7:30-8am (a flyer came home last week)

Friday, October 26th- Field trip to Meadow Farm museum

October 1-5, 2018

Hi Families,

We are hoping for a sunnier start to October and looking forward to spotting some signs of Fall as we move into the season. We were sad to say farewell to Abhinav and his family as they move to TN, we wish him the best!

Important Reminders:

  • Please let me know if you have any questions about homework. The sight words that came home are meant to be practiced during the 1st nine weeks.  Students should be reading about 15 minutes a night. Homework should not all be completed in one night.
  • If you paid for the field trip t-shirts and dictionaries online, please be sure to send in the bottom of the blue form to tell me what size t-shirt to order.

What we will be learning this week:

Math: We will continue to review repeating patterns and learn about growing patterns. For example, building stairs out of blocks is a growing pattern. (A, AB, ABC, ABCD)

Language Arts: comprehension of non-fiction texts

Writing: last week we created a writing from the heart organizer to help us develop ideas when we write. This week we will explore what a complete sentence looks like, focusing on a capital letter at the beginning and punctuation at the end.

Social Studies: We will begin a new unit on the American flag and Pledge of Allegiance along with Virginia symbols, including our state flag, state flower: the dogwood, state bird: the cardinal, and state capitol building in downtown Richmond.


Monday, October 8th- Student Holiday

Friday, October 26th- 1st grade field trip to Meadow Farm museum



September 24-28, 2018

Thank you so much for coming to Back to School Night!!! It was so nice seeing all of you! We would like to extend a warm welcome to Rithwik, who joined our class on Friday! A HUGE thank you to Omie’s family for sending in items from our classroom wishlist and congratulations to Pranav on his new baby brother!

Dates to Remember:

9/25- New Parent Coffee 8:30 AM in cafeteria

10/8- No school for students

10/26- 1st grade Field Trip to Meadow Farm museum

What we will be learning this week:

Language Arts– short a sound (ex. cat, man, sad); syllables; rhyming words continuation

Writing- where to get ideas from

Math- beginning a unit on patterns

Science- the season of Fall and how weather changes can affects people, plants, and animals. 

Sight words: and, my, at, can, like, the. Students are reasonable for recognizing and spelling the words.

I will sending home log-in information for Raz Kids and Reflex Math in Blue Communication folders on Monday along with our “Reading to New Heights” recording sheet for Homework.


September 17-21, 2018

Hi Families,

It will be wonderful to see everyone again on Monday! A HUGE thank you to Iniya’s family for sending in some Play doh from our classroom wish list and also to Blake’s family for sending in Goldfish crackers for snack in case a student forgets. If you would like to order from Scholastic Book Clubs for September the last day is Friday, September 21st. Here is the link: https://orders.scholastic.com/1FNZE

I sincerely hope you will attend Back-To-School Night on Thursday at 6:15pm. Following the PTA meeting, I will be presenting information about our year in first grade and how you can support your child at home.

Please consider joining the PTA! They do WONDERFUL things for our school and cannot do it without your help and donations!

The PTA has some great incentives for the classes who have the MOST parents sign up first!

  • First class in each grade level to get 100% of their parents to LOG IN and just CREATE ACCOUNT (no payment necessary) will receive a Popsicle party.
  • First class to get 100% PTA Membership (pay to join) will get a pizza party!
  • If the school gets 100% PTA membership, Mr. E will do something silly with them!


This week will will learn about the following:

Language: Retelling stories using beginning, middle and end/where do writers get ideas from?

Math:  Shapes in our environment (circle, square, triangle and rectangle), vertices(corners) and sides

Science: The season of Fall/Autumn and how it affects animals, plants, people, and weather

Dates to Remember:

September 19th – Half Day for Students- dismissal at 11:35AM.

September 20th – Back-To-School Night  6:15 in the gym

September 25th – Re-scheduled Principal’s Coffee for new parents at 8:30 am in the cafeteria


September 10-14, 2018

What a fantastic first week in first grade we had!!  Welcome to our classroom blog!  Please plan to read it weekly as it will contain important information.  Please also explore the PTA tab and the Wish List tab. Many thanks to Lyric’s family for contributing to our classroom wish list already:)

There will be no homework this week. Homework will be explained during Back to School Night on Thursday, September 20th. *Please mark your calendars and plan to attend. This is a parental  opportunity to learn more about first grade curriculum.  Unfortunately, there will not be time for us to discuss your child’s individual progress. I will look forward to sharing your child’s progress with you at our parent teacher conferences in early November.

Please consider joining the PTA! They do OUTSTANDING things for our school and cannot do it without your help and donations! https://colonialtrailpta.membershiptoolkit.com/home

September Scholastic book orders– Last Friday I sent home a hard copy of the books available for September. If you are interested in ordering, the link for our classroom code is posted below. The date to order by is September 21st.

Scholastic book order code

Dates to remember:

Friday, September 14 – Principal’s Coffee for new parents 8:30AM

Wednesday, September 19 – 1/2 day for students, dismissal at 11:35AM

Thursday, September 20 – Back-to-School Night 6:15PM

Happy September birthday to Solomon!

September 4-7, 2018

Welcome to first grade! I was thrilled to meet so many of you last Thursday afternoon and am looking forward to meeting the rest of you Tuesday morning.

This week we will focus on what it means to be a Colonial Trail citizen, get to know one another and create our classroom rules.  There will be an “All About Me” sheet coming home in your child’s blue folder.  It will be due on Thursday!

Important Dates:

Friday, September 14 – Principal’s Coffee for new parents 8:30

Wednesday, September 19 – 1/2 day for students, dismissal at 11:35AM

Thursday, September 20 – Back-to-School Night 6:15

Welcome to 1st grade!

Hi 1st grade Families,

I’m so excited to be your teacher this year, I look forward to welcoming everyone on Thursday, August 30, 2018 for our CTES Open House from 1:00-3:00pm. Please bring your school supplies with you!

Please check out the link below for your HCPS first day of school sign to use at home on Tuesday morning,

September 2018 Back-to-School Signs!

September Scholastic book orders- I will be sending home information regarding book orders but wanted you to have our classroom code as well

Scholastic book order code