December 9-13, 2019

  • Just a quick reminder that tomorrow, Monday, December 9th is a 1/2 day for students. Dismissal at 11:35 AM
  • Thank you to our room parents for organizing our winter celebration on Thursday, December 19th.
  • This week’s Optional SCA Spirit Week is:
        • Mustache Monday- Dec. 9th
        • Twisted Tuesday (teachers dress like students/students like teachers)- Dec. 10th
        • Wicked Wednesday – Heroes and Villains (Are you a hero or a villain? You decide and dress like your favorite hero or your favorite villain) Dec. 11th
        • Throwback Thursday (Dress in your favorite decade)- Dec. 12th
        • Footie Friday (Wear your favorite PJs – no slippers please)- Dec. 13th

Bonus Day!!! Friday, Dec. 20th

        • Tacky Sweater Day! Wear your favorite tacky holiday or winter gear!
What are we learning this week:

Reading: Comprehension with fiction/ non fiction text by creating mental images and visualization.

Phonics/Phonemic Awareness: short vs long vowels

Writing: Writing with bold beginnings

Math: adding and subtracting doubles (4+4=8 and 8-4=4), number combinations whose sum equal 10, and near doubles (if  4+4=8 then 4+5=9 because 5 is 1 more than 4 and 9 is one more than 8) *near doubles can be tricky.

Science: day/night; the Sun

Important Dates:

  • December 9 – Student 1/2 day
  • December 19 – Winter celebration 1:00-2:00
  • December 21 – January 5 – Winter Break

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!

December 2-6, 2019

Happy December! I hope everyone had a restful and enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday. Not too much longer until our Winter break arrives…

What we will be learning this week:

Reading: Comprehension with fiction/ non fiction text by creating mental images and visualization.

Phonics/Phonemic Awareness: ending blends such as sk, ft, lk (mask, left, milk) and aCe words (ex. made, cake, plate, etc)

Writing: Writing stories with a bold beginning

Math: using place value to compare numbers and their values

Science: the sun, day and night, and heat from the sun

Important Dates:

  • December 6 – PTA Cubs Night In, Parents Night Out!
  • December 9 – 1/2 day of school- dismissal at 11:35AM
  • December 19 – Winter celebration in our room 1:00-2:00 * our room parents will be in touch soon with ways to volunteer
  • December 21 – January 5 – Winter Break

November 25-26, 2019

There will be No Book bags coming home this week! We will resume after the Thanksgiving break.   

On Tuesday we will participate in the Turkey Trot. We will be outside from 9:15 – 9:45.  Please remember to dress your child for the weather.  We will be running/walking a track for 30 minutes!  The focus will be on fitness and fun!

Special thanks to Colette’s Mom for being our Mystery Reader on Friday!

This week we will learn about the following:

Language: Using bold (bright) beginnings to our writing, sight word practice

Math:  Place value

Social Studies:  Famous Virginians (Christopher Newport); the First Thanksgiving

Reminders:

November 27-29 -Thanksgiving Break

December 6 – PTA Cubs Night In, Parents Night Out!

December 9 – 1/2 day of school; dismissal at 11:35AM

November 18-22

  • Don’t forget that tomorrow is a 1/2 day of school- dismissal at 11:35AM!
  • Turkey disguise homework is due on Wednesday, November 20th- please have fun designing a disguise for your turkey.  You may assist in creating the turkeys, but the majority should be completed by your child. This is not a grade.
  • Recyclables needed- If you have any toilet paper rolls (the cardboard part) or empty water bottles this week, please send them in. We will be doing a special project with them.
  • Thank you to Sophia’s Mom for being our mystery reader last week and for organizing our mystery reader signup Mystery reader signup
  • We collected 136 cans for the Henrico Christmas Mother! What an amazing way to show our global citizenship!! We shall see who wins the turkey court queen/king???

What we will be learning this week

Reading: Asking questions when reading

Writing: Writing stories with a bold (bright) beginning

Math: place value

Social Studies: Important historical Virginians (Chief Powhatan, Pocahontas, and Christopher Newport) and their contributions to the Jamestown settlement.

Important Dates:

  • November 18 – student half day
  • November 22 – Scholastic Book Orders due
  • November 26 – Turkey Trot
  • November 27-29 Thanksgiving break, NO SCHOOL!
  • December 6 – PTA Cubs Night In, Parents Night Out!
  • December 9 – Student half day

November 11-15, 2019

I greatly enjoyed meeting with parents last week for conferences. It was wonderful to share all the progress your 1st grader is making this year.

On Tuesday, November 26th we will be having our annual Turkey Trot. This is a fun run for all students to participate in during the morning of the 26th. Our K-2 students will be running from 9:15-9:45 AM and our 3-5 students will be running from 10:00-10:30 AM.

Coach LeClair will be setting up a cross country (running) course on school grounds for students to run for 30 minutes. The course will be marked off with flags, signs and cones to help students know where to run. There will be many adults there helping students to stay on the course. If you are interested in volunteering for our Turkey Trot please click on the link below to read more and to sign up!

Thank you to all of you who will volunteer and help make this event a fun one for our students.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4fa4ab23a75-turkey

We are collecting cans of food to donate to those less fortunate.  Each can represents a vote for your child’s teacher to be the Turkey Queen or King!  Please remember our resource teachers too!!!  Collection will be from November 1-13!

This week we will learn about the following:

Language:  identifying character, setting, problem and solution in a story by retelling beginning/middle/end (5 finger story retell)

Math: we will continue skip counting and observing number patterns; begin place value

Social Studies: we will begin a unit on the Jamestown settlement and learn about Christopher Newport, Pocahontas and Chief Powhatan.

Dates to remember:

Monday, November 11 – Veteran’s Day Assembly 9:00AM

Monday, November 18- 1/2 day of school/dismissal at 11:35AM

Tuesday, November 26 – Turkey Trot fun run

November 27 – 30 – Thanksgiving Holiday (No school for students)

November 4-8, 2019

  • What a gorgeous field trip to the Richmond Metro Zoo! Many thanks to our parent volunteers for joining us on this special day.
  • Conferences are this week! Please arrive a few minutes early. Each conference is  15 mins long. If you arrive late or at another time, I will not be able to accommodate you.
  • Monday is the end of the first marking period. There will also be new sight words for your child to practice reading and spelling at home.
  • THANK YOU SO much to the families that graciously purchased books from our CTES book fair. We will enjoy reading them!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What we will be learning this week:

Reading: Retelling stories using the beginning, middle, and end

Phonics/Phonemic Awareness: L and R blends such as crab, brown, flop, clock

Writing: Animal Research and practice editing skills

Math: Numbers to 30 and skip counting by 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s

Science: Animal research projects

Social Studies: Voting and Election Day

Important Dates:

  • Conferences this week! Signup Genius should email you a reminder.
  • No School for students Tuesday, November 5th
  • November 11 Veteran’s Day celebration/assembly.
  • November 18 1/2 day for students- dismissal at 11:35AM

Visit the Cub Chronicle for more important dates such as the book fair, after school enrichment, and the year book!

October 28-November 1st

The CTES book fair is here!  See hours below:

Monday, October 28 after school from 3:00 to 5:45 pm

Tuesday, October 29 during school day from 7:50 am to 2:30 pm

Wednesday, October 30 after school from 3:00 to 6:00 pm

Thursday, October 31 during the school day 7:50 am to 2:30 pm

To volunteer visit  

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c044aa5a922a2f85-book

A special thank you to Colette’s grandmother for being a mystery reader last week! In addition, Colette’s family purchased a “Pete the Cat” book from our Book Fair wish list. We love books!!

This week we will learn about the following:

Language: We will continue making predictions when we read, gathering information from non-fiction text using headers, captions, glossary, index etc. We will also continue sight words and learn about endings on words (s, er, ing, ed)

Math: Counting and writing numbers from 0-110.  Counting forward and back from the number 30.

Science: We will continue our animal unit.  Students will begin work on their animal habitats and complete their research report.  We will also learn about wild/tame animals, habitats and animal appendages.  Friday we are going to the zoo!!!!!!

Reminders:

Monday, October 28  – Half Day for students. Dismissal at 11:35am

Tuesday, October 29 – After School Enrichment Classes start.  See Cub Chronicle for notes and reminders.

Friday, November 1 – Field Trip to the Zoo!  Dress for the weather!  There will be more details later this week.

Tuesday, November 5- Student Holiday/Election Day

October 21-25, 2019

Tomorrow is the last day to bring in a shoe box for our animal projects. I am so grateful to several families which sent in extra, so that everyone can have one to use.

Also a special thank you to the the families that have donated extra snack as well! We are well stocked in case someone forgets their snack one day.

There is a PTA competition going on to see what grade level can get the MOST PTA members. We are currently around 25% membership. Winning grade levels can win:

* Party in the gym with Mr. Schatz

* Pizza and popsicle parties

*CTES swag

*Silly string Mr. Schatz

Please visit the PTA tab at the top this blog to join!

If your child wishes to participate in the Reflections program, the deadline to submit entries to school is October 28.  The Reflections program is an opportunity for interested students to submit original works of art in photography, visual arts, dance, music, literature and more! The theme this year is: “Look Within.” If you are interested in participating, please read all the rules carefully before submitting your work. Information can be found at the CTES PTA website: www.ctespta.org

Look under “Programs and Events” and “Reflections.”

Scholastic Book Fair 

Thursday, October 24  5:00-8:00pm

Friday, October 25   3:00-5:00pm

Monday, October 28   3:00-5:45pm

Tuesday, October 29   During the school day, 7:50-2:30

Wednesday, October 30   3:00-6:00pm

LAST DAY!! Thursday, October 31   During the school day, 7:50-2:30

October 15-18, 2019

 

  • Please send in shoe boxes for our animal research project.
  • Field trip money and permission slips were due last Friday. Please send $18 and permission slips in ASAP.
  • There is a PTA competition going on to see what grade level can get the MOST PTA members. We are currently around 25% membership. Winning grade levels can win:

o Party in the gym with Mr. Schatz

o Pizza and popsicle parties

o CTES swag

o Silly string Mr. Schatz

  • Visit the PTA tab on this blog to join!
What we are learning this week:

Reading: Making predictions when reading

Phonics/Phonemic Awareness: Digraphs “th and ch” and short u (duck, jug, cut)

Writing: Nouns (common and proper)

Math: Graphing and interpreting data

Science: Animal basic needs

Important Dates:

  • Monday, October 14 – No School for Students
  • Wednesday, October 16 – Spirit Night at Pot Belly *be sure to mention CTES!
  • Saturday, October 19 – Trunk or Treat at Deep Run High School
  • Tuesday, October 22 – our first Young Scientist class (Animal needs)
  • Thursday, October 24 – PTA Fall Family Picnic
  • Monday, October 28 – student half day

Visit the Cub Chronicle for more important dates such as the book fair, after school enrichment, and the year book

October 7-11, 2019

  • A big thank you to Sophia’s Mom and Abhi’s Mom for volunteering to be our room parents this year!
  • Visit The Cub Chronicle to catch up on important PTA dates. If you sign up on their website, you get this email automatically. Stay in the Loop!
  • After School Enrichment information went home this week in a green packet. You must sign up online. Students LOVE these activities and it’s a GREAT fundraiser for the PTA.
  • We will be doing a project soon in which each student will need a shoe box. If you have any old shoe boxes laying around, please send them in with your child’s name on it. If you have extras, we’d love to allow other students to use them. THANK YOU!
  • If you have not sent in your $18 for the field trip, class shirt, and dictionary, please send it in ASAP so these supplies can be ordered.
  • Last week your child brought home a reading log and math fact flashcards. Please cut out the math flash cards and keep them in a baggie to practice. They do not need to be brought back to school. I will be sending home more to add to the bag as we learn new strategies. Remember that Reflex Math and Zearn are additional resources you can use.
  • Fall Picture day is this Friday! Dress your best as these are typically used for the year book.
What we will be learning this week:

Reading: Making personal connections with fiction books. Using text features in nonfiction books.

Phonics/Phonemic Awareness: Counting phonemes (each sound in a word) and the /sh/ /wh/digraph

Writing: Writing about small moments

Math: Sorting

Science: the season of Fall

Important Dates:

  • Monday, October 7 – Donuts with Dear Ones
  • Friday, October 11 – Picture Day
  • Monday, October 14 – No School for Students
  • Tuesday, October 22 – our first Young Scientist class (Animal needs)
  • Thursday, October 24 – PTA Fall Family Picnic
  • Monday, October 28 – student half day