February 17-21, 2020

Last week was a busy one in 1st grade! We are 100 days smarter, we rocked our student led conferences, and celebrated valentines day on Friday! I am so proud of the glows that were shared and the goals that were set.

  • Heritage Night is coming up and YOUR child will be performing on stage! We’ve been practicing 2 songs with Mrs. N. Please return the orange permission slip ASAP.  Also, PTA needs your help! Check out this link
What we will be learning this week:

Reading: ABC order

Phonics/Phonemic Awareness: oa (ex. boat, goat, toad)

Writing: sentence fluency

Math: Telling time to the hour and half hour

Social Studies: Famous Virginians, Black History Month, Presidents’ day

Important Dates:

  • Monday, February 17 – student half day- dismissal at 11:35AM
  • Thursday, February 27 – Heritage Night (first grade will be performing 2 songs)

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February 10-14, 2020

  • Great job on the first week with our new Homework routine.  Everyone did a wonderful job choosing 4 activities or more and completing them in their notebooks.  Please remember to use a pencil for your homework and show your thinking. Make sure to list the activity you have done each night including online activities!
  • Heritage Night is coming up and first grade will be performing 2 songs on stage!  A permission slip came home on Friday.  Also, PTA needs your help! Check out this link
  • Report cards will also be coming home Monday. You may keep all papers, but please sign and return the manila envelope
  • ASE (after school enrichment) begins Monday. If your child signed up, they will stay after school every day their class is being held unless you write a note for your child to go home another way.
  • Flying Squirrel book marks went home this past week! If your child reads just 8 books, they can color in the book mark and fill out the back completely with their first, last name, my name, and your signature, they get a FREE ticket to a squirrel game! They will even have the opportunity to parade on the field prior to the game! It’s a fun way to celebrate readers!
What we will be learning this week:

Reading: Plot vs Theme

Phonics/Phonemic Awareness: ay

Writing: We will be preparing for our student lead conferences

Math: Fractions and equal shares (1/4, 1/2, and whole) of a set

Social Studies: Famous Virginians (Maggie Walker and Arthur Ashe) and Black History Month

Important Dates:

  • Monday, February 10 – report cards go home
  • Wednesday, February 12 – 100th Day of School *please see handout for 100th day T-shirt ideas
  • Thursday, February 13 – Student Lead Conferences student led conferences please sign up for ONE time slot!
  • Monday, February 17 – student half day- dismissal at 11:35AM
  • Thursday, February 27 – Heritage Night (first grade will be performing 2 songs)

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!

February 3-7, 2020

Happy February! Early Spring or Winter weather to come??

We will be starting a new homework routine tomorrow (February 3rd.) Students will bring home a homework choice board and a homework notebook on the first day of the week. Students will be expected to choose one assignment each night and complete it in the homework notebook.  If they choose to do a computer assignment (Raz-Kids, Reflex Math or Zearn) they are to list the name of the program and the date in their notebook.  Notebooks are to be returned on Friday.

  • We will be having a valentine exchange on Friday, February 14th. I will be sending home a list of names this week. Please do not send in candy, thank you!
What we will be learning this week:

Reading: Plot of a story

Phonics/Phonemic Awareness: ar, ir, ur

Writing: Writing with bold beginnings, mighty middles, and excellent endings!

Math: Fractions and equal shares (1/4, 1/2, and whole)

Science: Solid, liquid, and gas

Important Dates:

  • Monday, February 10 – report cards go home
  • Wednesday, February 12 – 100th Day of School *please see handout for 100th day T-shirt ideas
  • Thursday, February 13 – Student Lead Conferences
  • Monday, February 17 – student half day
  • Thursday, February 27 – Heritage Night (first grade will be performing 2 songs)

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!

January 27-31, 2020

Can you believe we are halfway through the year? Last Friday marked the end of the 2nd marking period. A new sight word/spelling list will be coming home on Tuesday. Next week we will begin a new Homework routine. Students will be given a choice board and a notebook to complete assignments. They will be turned in on Fridays. Stay tuned….
  • Third grade is collecting change/coins to donate to help the devastation of the Wild Fires in Australia. If you’d like to donate, we will have a container for money in our room. Thank you!
  • After School Enrichment (ASE) is back! A green packet went home with your child. There are a lot of really great options! This is a great fundraiser for our PTA. You must sign up online. The directions are on the last page of the green packet. (or you can find more information HERE.
  • Many thanks to Officer Sheehan and Eleanor’s Mom for being mystery readers last week! We loved learning about our community helpers and the Lunar New Year:) Please see the Mystery reader tab for photos.
  • We had our 1st pep rally of the school year and 3 of our classmates were recognized! Congrats to Zoya, Jase, and Raneem!
What we will be learning this week:

Reading: character traits and setting

Phonics/Phonemic Awareness: review of short and love vowel sounds

Writing: Writing with bold beginnings, mighty middles, and excellent endings!

Math: Shapes and right angles

Science: Solid, liquid, and gas

Important Dates:

  • Monday, January 27 – Student Holiday
  • Tuesday, January 28 – The Great Kindness Challenge Begins! (More information to follow from Mrs. Reece)
  • Monday, February 10 – report cards go home
  • Thursday, February 13 – Student Lead Conferences (more information to follow)
  • Monday, February 17 – student half day

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!

January 20-25, 2020

I hope you enjoyed your 3 day weekend.We have been learning about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and all that he accomplished for us!

  • Wow, this coming Friday marks the end of the 2nd marking period.Stayed tune for a new Homework routine beginning in the next marking period.
  • Third grade is collecting change/coins to donate to help the devastation of the Wild Fires in Australia. If you’d like to donate, we will have a container for money in our room. Thank you!
  • After School Enrichment (ASE) is back! A green packet went home with your child on Friday. There are a lot of really great options! This is a great fundraiser for our PTA. You must sign up online. The directions are on the last page of the green packet. (or you can find more information HERE.)
What we will be learning this week:

Reading: asking and answering questions

Phonics/Phonemic Awareness: review of short and long vowel sounds

Writing: Writing with bold beginnings, mighty middles, and excellent endings!

Math: equality

Social Studies: Maps and directions

Important Dates:

  • Monday, January 20 – No School MLK Day
  • Friday, January 24 – Scholastic Book Orders due, end of the 2nd marking period
  • Monday, January 27 – Student Holiday
  • Tuesday, January 28 – The Great Kindness Challenge Begins! (More information to come from Mrs. Reece)

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!

January 13-17, 2020

We had a great first week of 2020! We reviewed our classroom goals and enjoyed seeing our friends again. Please make sure your 1st grader is completing their Homework reading/math log nightly M-TH night. Raz Kids, Zearn, Reflex Math are fine to use. Don’t forget to initial indicating that your child met the expectation!
What we are learning this week:

Reading: making personal connections when reading (text to self connections)

Phonics/Phonemic Awareness: short vs long O

Writing: Writing with bold beginnings, mighty middles, and excellent endings!

Math: finishing estimation and beginning a unit on equality – this is the building blocks of equations when they get older

Social Studies: Maps and directions

Important Dates:

  • Monday, January 20 – No School MLK Day
  • Friday, January 24 – Scholastic Book Orders due
  • Monday, January 27 – Student Holiday
  • Tuesday, January 28 – The Great Kindness Challenge Begins! (More information to follow from Mrs. Reece)

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!

January 6-10, 2020

  • Welcome back and Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable break. I had a chance to see my entire family in Florida for the holiday.
  • A HUGE thank you to Ms. Harris (Sophia’s Mom) and the other parents/volunteers who helped make our winter celebration a success.Please click on the link for photos!
  • We are nearing the end of the 2nd nine weeks and with that the rigor of first grade increases greatly. Please be sure to check the blog weekly to see what we’re learning. At home continue to read daily and record on the Homework reading log. Please take advantage of Reflex Math, Zearn, and flashcards for understanding.
  • On Monday, January 6, 2020, your child will be coming home with a ziplock baggie for math homework. We will be using this throughout the week to estimate. Please fill the bag with a multitude of the same object and fold a piece of paper with the total amount on the inside. We need baggies full of things anywhere between 5 and 500! For example, if you choose to fill it with cereal, choose a cereal like Cheerios that is all the same shape and size not Lucky Charms that has different shapes and sizes. Count all of the pieces. Write it on the piece of paper and put it in the baggie. You can return this any day between January 7 – 10. Some examples may include erasers, bouncy balls, marbles, pennies, hair ties, cheese balls, etc. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you!
What we are learning this week:

Reading: using context clues to figure out unknown words

Phonics/Phonemic Awareness: short vs long U

Writing: Writing with bold beginnings, mighty middles, and excellent endings!

Math: Estimation/magnitude

Social Studies: Maps

Important Dates:

  • Monday, January 20 – No School MLK Day
  • Friday, January 24 – Scholastic Book Orders due
  • Monday, January 27 – Student Holiday
  • Tuesday, January 28 – The Great Kindness Challenge Begins! (More information to follow from Mrs. Reece)

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 16-20, 2019

  • Our winter celebration is on Thursday afternoon. Let’s show our class spirit and wear our blue class t-shirts!
  • 2nd nine weeks interim reports will be coming home this Tuesday. Please sign and return them. These are your child’s grades so far this marking period. Please remember that the rigor of first grade increases greatly throughout the year.
  • Over the winter break, is is so important to READ daily! Raz Kids, Zearn, and Reflex Math are excellent to utilize as well. It will make a big difference when we return in January.
  • Friday, Dec. 20th Tacky Sweater Day! Wear your favorite tacky holiday or winter gear!
  • Thank you to Colette’s Dad for being our mystery reader last week! We enjoyed hearing about the Elf on the Shelf tradition in the Dira household.
What we are learning this week:

Phonics/Phonemic Awareness: short vs long I

Writing: using transition words in our stories (First, Next, Then, Last)

Math:  doubles and fact families

Science: How people, plants, and animals change in winter in the winter season

Social Studies: Winter traditions around the world

Important Dates:

  • December 19 – Winter Party 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 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

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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