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

March 26-30th, 2018

Hi Families,

5 more days until Spring Break, whew! Hopefully we might even get some spring-like weather too.

I had the chance to visit our Henrico Arts Festival this weekend (I even took my Mom along!) and saw some amazing art work from our students. If you didn’t have a chance to make it over there, have no fear Mrs. Smith will be displaying the show at CTES this week for the 2nd grade performance on Thursday evening.

What we will be learning this week:

Language Arts– reading and comprehending poetry; using our ideas to write and adding descriptive detail to our stories.

Math– reviewing basic addition/subtraction strategies; problem solving

Science- finishing natural resources. Be sure to ask your 1st grader about our guest from Henrico County that explained about soil and how pollution can affect us.

Social Studies– beginning our unit on Geography. This week we will explore maps/globes, cardinal directions, map legend/key; symbols.

Dates to remember:

April 2-6th Spring Break

April 9th- School re-opens following Spring Break

Friday, April 13th- 1st grade field trip to the Science Museum of Virginia. A permission slip and payment information WILL be coming home soon. Please send back ASAP!

March 19-23, 2018

Hi Families,

We had a great time at our CTES Spirit Night at California Pizza Kitchen. Thank you for coming out and supporting our PTA!

What we will be learning this week:

Writing- we will continue to work on developing ideas and giving our writing more detail by adding adjectives.

Math- we will be reviewing some addition strategies (making ten, counting on, using a numberline)

Science- Spring begins this week! Natural Resources unit

March 12-16, 2018

Hi Families,

Many, many thanks for the lovely birthday wishes, sweet treats, and gorgeous flowers! It certainly brighten my day.

Will we see more snow this week??? We shall wait and see.

What we will be learning this week:

Writing- we will do a writing focus this week on developing ideas.

Math- Money unit

Science-beginning a unit on Natural Resources


*Tuesday 3/14 is PTA Spirit Night at California Pizza Kitchen. 1st grade teachers will be there! Come and join us!

*PTA Papa Johns Pizza fundraiser ends on Tuesday, March 20th.

There are 2 coupon cards to choose from: a $10 card which has a variety of coupons including free pizza, desserts, or sides OR a $15 card which has 16 buy one get one free large pizza codes. The card pays for itself after the first use! They make great gifts for family and friends, too! The best part is CTES will receive up to 70% of the proceeds!

To top it off, the class with the most pizza cards sold will receive a FREE PIZZA PARTY!!! This fundraiser is online only- so please click here and take a look at the attached PDF. Papa Johns!.pdf




March 5-9th, 2018

Hi Families,

We had a fantastic Read Across America week and March certainly came in roaring like a lion, how about that wind on Friday??

March is  “Art and Music in our Schools Month!”

Monday – Cool colors Day (blue, Green and Purple)

Tuesday – Primary Color Day (Red, Yellow and Blue)

Wednesday – Secondary Colors (Orange, Green, and Purple)

Thursday – Wear shapes day!

Friday – Wear patterns day!

What we will be learning this week:

Language Arts- ABC order using the 2nd letter; plot (answering who, what, where, when, why)

Math- beginning our money unit

Science- Matter unit (experiments with different materials to explore whether they dissolve, sink, float with water.)


*As we approach warmer weather and “spring fever”  it is a good time to encourage your 1st grader to always put forth their best effort at school. Please remember that your child should be completing 4 choices on their weekly Homework choice board.

Happy March birthday to Miss Holland, Mohamad, and Jaswitha!


February 26-March 2nd, 2018

Hi Families,

Famous Americans and 100th day of school all in ONE week! Our 1st graders were a showstopper for sure in the Social Studies Showcase.

What we will learning this week:

Language Arts- plot; main idea and details; we will also practice ABC order to the 2nd letter

Math- telling time to the half hour

Science- properties of Matter


Read Across America Spirit week:

Monday, Feb. 26. Fox in Sox Day (wear crazy socks)

Tuesday, Feb 27 I Can Read With My Eyes Shut Day (wear a shirt you can read)

Wednesday, Feb. 28 Green Eggs and Clothes Day (wear green).

Thursday, March 1 I I Ran the Zoo (wear animal print). Half day dismissal at 11:35. 

Friday, March 2 Dr. Seuss Day–Dress as your favorite Dr. Seuss character.

Feb. 19-23, 2018

Hi Families,

Happy Chinese New Year! 2018 is the year of the dog. Many, many thanks to Mrs. Johnson and Jameson for sharing their traditions with us. Our door decorations will hopefully bring us lots of good luck!

Last week we also learned from our school nurse, Mrs. Texter, about our teeth in honor of Dental Health month. Thank you for the new toothbrushes!!

Reminders for this BUSY week ahead:

*If you have not turned in your graphic organizer/sloppy copy, Please bring it in on MONDAY!

Tuesday 2/20- All 1st graders will come to school dressed as their Famous American for the parade at 8:15AM.

Wednesday 2/21- First Grade performance at the Social Studies Showcase- your 1st grader needs to be in our classroom (113) by 5:30PM in their Famous American outfit. We will be on-stage at 5:45PM!!

Thursday 2/22- 100th day of school!! In honor of our celebration, students are invited to wear a shirt/clothes that features numbers on it. Be creative!!

What we will be learning this week:

Language Arts- story elements (plot) of a story: what happened at the beginning, middle, end. Using descriptive words (adjectives) to our writing.

Math- beginning a unit on Time; 100th day of school!

Social Studies- Famous Americans reports

Science- beginning a unit on Matter

February 12-16th

Hi Families,

Our room is excited about the start of the Winter Olympics in Pyongyang, South Korea. What an exciting two weeks it will be cheering on athletes from all over the world!

Last Friday, I sent home information regarding our Famous American project/parade. I encouraged the students to select their famous American over the weekend, so they can begin researching this week. I have also posted the information about the morning parade at school and the evening Social Studies Showcase on our Homework page.

What we will be learning this week;

Language Arts– pronouns (takes the place of nouns); identifying the main idea and details

Math– fractions of a set

Social Studies– Famous Americans, President’s Day


2/12- Report card will be sent home. Please sign and return the envelope. You may keep the report card and contents.

2/14- Valentines day class exchange (no food/candy)

2/20- 8:15AM Famous American parade in the main hall.

2/21- Social Studies Showcase/ 1st grade will be performing!

2/22- Please return all student pictures or money if you wish to purchase the photos