June 10-14, 2019

Happy last week of school! We have a spirit week to celebrate:

Spirit Week:

Monday:  Wear something from a different place

Tuesday:  Student Holiday (no school)

Wednesday:  Wear your PJ’s (no slippers!)

Thursday:  Wear your favorite summer hat!

Friday:  Beach Day – Wear your favorite beach outfit and flip flops! (No bathing suits!) You can bring a beach towel!

Friday is also a half day for students.  Dismissal at 11:35AM

Thank you to all the families who were able to attend our STEAM Night and Cub Celebration on Friday. It was a wonderful turnout and I’m very proud of the projects that the students created. We read the book “The Little House” by Virginia Burton and saw how a community changed over time. Our challenge was to show how the little house experienced change (seasons, day/night/years.)

Don’t forget to sign-up for the Henrico County Public library summer reading program! Last week we did an author study on Tomie DePaola and his Strega Nona series. If you sign up feel free to add these titles to your list, we read them all!

Strega Nona

Strega Nona’s Magic Lessons

Strega Nona meets her match

Big Anthony and the Magic Ring

Big Anthony: His story

June 3-7, 2019

We’ve made it to June! All library books were due last Friday, if you still have some at home please return them ASAP:)

Thank you to Coach LeClair for a fantastic field day! Also many thanks to Divyataa’s Mom and Eduardo’s Mom for volunteering to sit with our class so that I could have lunch.


What we will be learning this week:

Math: First grade review

Language Arts: author study on Tomie dePaola

Writing: revising/ editing sentences

Science: plants

Social Studies: STEAM projects on Past/Present

Important Dates:

  • June 7 – STEAM night / Cub Celebration
  • June 11 – no school for students
  • June 16th – half day – last day of school!

May 27-May 31, 2019

Happy Memorial Day! We honor and remember those that served our country so bravely.

As we approach the end of the school year, I will be sending home information regarding the summer reading program offered by Henrico county public libraries. I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to stay consistent with reading over the summer. Raz Kids, Reflex Math, and Zearn are all available to use during the summer months.

What we will be learning this week:

Math: combinations of 10

Language Arts: cause and effect

Writing: revising/ editing sentences

Science: plant life cycle/ parts of a plant

Social Studies: STEAM projects on showing change (past/present)

Dates to remember:

Friday, May 31st- CTES Field Day- please wear our lime green class t-shirt; bring a labeled water bottle. It will be quite HOT and we are outside during the morning hours. Sunscreen should be applied at home and a hat is encouraged.

Friday, June 7th- CTES Steam night and Cub celebration

Tuesday, June 11th- NO SCHOOL for students

Friday, June 14th- 1/2 day of school; Final day of 1st grade:)

May 20-24, 2019

Later this week, we will begin working on our STEAM projects for our CTES STEAM Night on June 7th.  We will be reviewing how communities change over time, comparing the past to the present along with how seasonal changes.

What we will be learning this week:

Language:  Visualization

sight words boy, girl, thank, kind, which

Math:  Addition and subtraction to 20

Science: beginning a unit on Plants

Dates to remember:

Monday, May 27th – Memorial Day – No School for Students

Friday, May 31st – Field Day!

Friday, June 7th- STEAM night; Cub Celebration

May 13-17, 2019

Happy Mother’s Day! I hope everyone enjoys their special day.

Thank you SO much for all the wonderful gifts I received for Teacher Appreciation Week.  I feel very blessed to have such thoughtful and giving students and families in our room. The additional school supplies, handmade cards, and books for our classroom library were greatly appreciated.

A special thanks to Iniya’s mom and Divyataa’s mom for the extra lunch coverage this week. Many THANKS to our outstanding PTA for making it the best Teacher Appreciation week!

This week we will learn about the following:

Language:  Main idea of a story

sight words:  write, about, rain, their, know

Math:  review equality and problem solving to 20

Science:  Force and motion

Dates to Remember:

Monday, May 27th- NO SCHOOL for Memorial Day

Friday, May 31st- CTES Field Day!   Everyone must have a volunteer form on file in the office prior to volunteering to participate in Field Day!

May 6-10, 2019


Hi Families,

For the month of May your child will bring home a calendar for homework.  They will be required to read for at least 15 minutes and practice math for at least 15 minutes each night.  They can read a book of their choice or use Raz-Kids.  For math they can use ZEARN or Reflex Math.  Please initial the calendar each night as your child completes the homework.  The calendar can stay in their Blue cub folder.  I will check it each Friday.  Thank you for your continued support at home.

What we are learning this week:

Language/Writing:  Describing words/adjectives, story retell

sight words:  saw, brother, sister, never, goes

Math:  Review and practice number combinations to 10 and adding and subtracting 10 from a number

Science:  Force and Motion


Sunday, May 12th- Mother’s Day

Monday, May 27th- NO SCHOOL for Memorial Day

Friday, May 31st- CTES Field Day!  Please see the email I sent home earlier this week regarding volunteering for Field Day. Everyone must have a volunteer form on file in the office prior to volunteering to participate in Field Day!

April 29-May 3

What a gorgeous spring weather weekend! I hope everyone was able to enjoy some outside time. If you have not returned Spring pictures, please do so by TOMORROW!

This week we will learn about the following:

Language:  Review plot and 5 finger retell of a story, the sound /oi/ makes in words like oil,coin, join

sight words:  another, would, teacher, school, nice

Math: Finishing our unit on non-standard measurement and begin a unit on estimation.

Students will be bringing home an Estimation baggie for Homework. These can be turned as you complete them. Please make sure the bag contains the same item (a bag of macaroni noodles, cereal, etc)

Social Studies: Finish our unit on economics.

Science:  Force and motion


Sunday, May 12th- Mother’s Day

Monday, May 27th- NO SCHOOL for Memorial Day

Friday, May 31st- CTES Field Day

April 22-26, 2019

Happy Earth Day!

Report cards will be coming home on Tuesday, April 23rd. Please return the ENVELOPE, you may keep the report card.

What we will be learning this week:

Math: Measurement unit: weight, capacity, and volume

Language Arts: Characters and setting

Writing: adding strong verbs (word choice trait)

Social studies: economics (goods/services; producer/consumer; making choices)

Spring has arrived – plants are growing, kids are spending more time outside, and the temperatures are warming up.  With these changes, what we wear also changes.   Parents – please be mindful of what your child wears to school to ensure that they are in compliance with the HCPS Code of Conduct – Dress Code.  Thanks in advance for adhering to these expectations.


Dress code excerpt below from the HCPS Code of Conduct:

Students may not wear the following items unless otherwise stated:

  • Hoods, hats, face masks, or head coverings of any kind inside school buildings during regular school hours, unless required for religious or medical reasons.
  • The following items on school grounds during regular school hours: bandanas, do-rags, head scarves (with the exception of head garments for religious reasons), hair picks, wave caps, large combs, brushes, and rollers.
  • Sunglasses, unless prescribed by a physician.
  • Dresses, skirts, shorts, athletic shorts, and other similar clothing must reach the tip of the thumb when hands placed at the sides (arms straight with palms flat). When wearing leggings, tights, or similar apparel as an outer garment, tops must also reach the tip of the thumb.
  • Messages on clothing, chains, jewelry, and personal belongings that pertain to drugs, alcohol, tobacco, sex, gangs, vulgarity, or that could cause a substantial disruption to the learning environment.
  • Spiked jewelry, chains, and items which could cause student injury.
  • Beachwear (which includes bathing suits and trunks) and sleepwear.
  • Clothing that reveals undergarments.
  • Cut-off jeans, cut-off sweat pants, or torn, ripped, or slashed clothing that reveals undergarments or body parts excluded by other parts of this code.
  • Bedroom slippers or shoes with wheels, also known as “Heelys.”
  • Clothing that reveals the midriff while sitting or standing.
  • Clothing that is tight, skimpy, or with plunging necklines.
  • Clothing that is see-through, revealing, or resembles undergarments.
  • Tube tops, halter-tops, halter-top dresses, strapless dresses or tops or dresses with spaghetti straps (tops must be at least two inches wide at the shoulder).
  • High heels or flip flops at the elementary level (Elementary students are encouraged to wear athletic shoes or closed toe shoes with a rubber sole and should wear such shoes for Physical Education and recess)
  • April 22- NO School for Easter holiday
  • April 23- Report cards come home
  • April 26 -PTA Talent Show 6-8 pm

April 15-19, 2019

What a gorgeous day we had at the Virginia capitol building. Many thanks to our chaperones: Blake’s Mom, Aum’s Mom, and Namita’s Mom for joining us on the bus. Also thank you to Divyataa’s Mom for meeting us down there. Click on the link below to view some photos from our tour and picnic lunch.


We also say thank you to Advaith’s Dad and Kendall’s Mom for volunteering as presenters for our Career Day last week. It was wonderful to learn about different jobs. In addition to them, we had a presenter from Publix bakery, Sweet Frog, and an assembly by Ros Runner, former meterologist on NBC 12.


What we will be learning this week:

Math: measurement using non-standard units (paper clips, unifix cubes, pencils, etc) We will be exploring: length,height, capacity, volume, weight

Language Arts: who, what, when, where, why, and how

Writing: word choice; how can we use strong verbs in our writing

Social studies: Economics unit (goods and services; consumer/producer)


Friday, April 19th- 1/2 day of school for students; dismissal at 11:35AM.

Monday, April 22- NO SCHOOL for Easter holiday

Tuesday, April 23- Report cards come home


April 8-12, 2019

Welcome back from Spring Break! I can’t wait to hear about everyone’s adventures and travels.

Field Trip on Wednesday to the Virginia State Capitol! 

  • Students will need to bring a bagged lunch with a drink in a disposable container for our picnic on the grounds.
  • Students should wear their Lime green CLASS SHIRT and comfortable shoes. We will be outside for the majority of the field trip so please dress according to the weather.

We will be resuming our normal homework routine.  Please be sure that nightly reading is occurring, it makes a HUGE difference. I will be sending home a 4th nine weeks sight word list in blue folders on Monday (and also attached below.)

This week we will learn about the following:

Language: asking/answering questions when we read to help our comprehension

sight words:  always, first, please, once, other

Math: measurement using non-standard units (unifix cubes, paperclips etc)

Social Studies: a review of Virginia symbols; comparing transportation in the past to today in our state.

Sight Word List for 4th Quarter!

sight words 4


Wednesday, April 10th – Field Trip to the Virginia State Capitol

Friday, April 12th – Career Day

Friday, April 19th- 1/2 day of school for students

Monday, April 22nd- NO SCHOOL