January 7-11, 2019

Welcome back and happy 2019!

We will  resume our Homework notebook routine this week, you can find our weekly choice board on the Homework tab.

  • Scholastic Book Orders are due January 18 (this month, you get a free book up to $5 when you place an order of $25 or more)

Thank you again to our wonderful room parents and all the volunteers that sent in supplies.


What we will be learning this week:

Language Arts- using context clues to figure out the meaning of unknown words when reading.

Math- addition/subtraction strategies/fact families

Social Studies- a unit on Maps and geography

Science- the Winter season

Writing- how can we hook our reader using a Bold beginning?


December 17-19, 2018

Dear Families,

I wish everyone a safe and wonderful winter break! I look forward to welcoming everyone back on Thursday, January 3rd. PLEASE remember to READ and utilize Raz Kids/Reflex Math over break! It makes a huge difference to keep that routine going over a break.

This week will be a spirit week:

  • Monday – Mix it up Monday or wear your PJs! (no slippers)
  • Tuesday – Wear tacky holiday clothes
  • Wednesday – Wear your favorite winter outfit (hats included)

There will be no written homework this week, we will resume our weekly routine on January 7th.

What we will be learning this week:

Language: story retell (beginning, middle, end), silent e added to short o words, using bold beginnings in our writing, sight words make, came, what, over, her

Math: addition/subtraction strategies using +10/-10

Science:  Winter weather- how plants, animals and people adapt to the change in the weather.

Social Studies: holiday traditions around the world

Dates to remember:

Winter Break – December 20 – January 2 (School re-opens on January 3)

Dec 10-14, 2018

It’s a winter wonderland! I hope everyone is enjoying their snow days:) There will be NO written homework this week, however the days off are a great opportunity to READ, READ, READ!
  • Interim grades will be sent home the next time we are in school. Please sign and return them the following day.
  • THANK YOU for those who have volunteered to donate materials or your time for the holiday celebration on Tuesday, December 18th! If you have volunteered your time, please be sure you have filled out a volunteer form for the 2018-2019 school year. Without this form, the office will not allow you to come to the classroom. Forms can be found here: https://henricoschools.us/pdf/Community/VolunteerApplication.pdf
What we are learning this week:

Math: addition and subtraction +/- 10 strategy (3+10=13; 22-10=12)

Language Arts: Phonics/phonemic awareness (sounding out sounds within words)

 Sight words:  make, came, and over -be sure you are practicing how to spell, write and read these words!

Writing: Strong leads, bold beginnings and strong transitions in our writing

Science: Winter – seasonal changes and how they affect people, animals, and plants.

  • Tuesday, December 18th is our winter celebration from 12:00-1:00pm
  • Winter Break begins December 20th. School resumes January 3rd

Dec. 3-7, 2018

Reminders for this week:

This Friday is Cubs Night In! – Fun, Fun, Fun with your teachers! $15 per child.

Please make sure that your 1st grader is coming to school with appropriate winter gear (coat, hat, gloves.) We do make an effort to get outside for fresh air!

This week we will learn about the following:

Language:  identifying character traits from the outside and inside, getting information from pictures when we read non-fiction text

sight words for the week: all, down, want, now, have

Math:  Adding doubles 0-12 (0+0 2+2 12+12 etc).

Science: Sun and how it gives Earth heat and light, day/night and the rotation of the Earth


November 26-30, 2018

Hi Families,

I hope everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable Thanksgiving break. We had a blast at the Turkey trot last Tuesday! Report cards came home on Tuesday. Please sign and return the manila colored envelope to school. You may keep the report card. Tomorrow is the last day for the canned food drive! We wish Pranav the best of luck in his new school, he will be missed in our classroom.

What we will be learning this week:

Math: Comparing and ordering numbers (greater than and less than)

Language Arts: Asking and answering questions when reading (who, what, where, when, why, how)

Writing: Strong leads and bold beginnings in our writing

Science: Sun and Earth (day and night)

  • Scholastic Book Orders are due Friday, November 30th.
  •  https://orders.scholastic.com/1FNZE
  • PTA Cubs Night In- Friday, December 7th. Information to come home soon.
  • Tuesday, December 18th- Winter Celebration from 12:00pm-1:00pm in our classroom. Information on ways to help will be coming home from our room parents soon.

November 19-20, 2018

Hi Families,

Due to our short week this week, there is NO written Homework coming home:) However, over your Thanksgiving break please continue to read nightly and take advantage of Raz Kids/Reflex Math. It makes a BIG difference.

  • The Turkey Trot is Tuesday. Please have your child dress for the weather and wear P.E. shoes
  • Thank you to all of those who have donated to the Christmas Mother Food Drive! We will be collecting food items until November 26th!
  • We will be having our Winter Celebration on Tuesday, December 18th from 12:00-1:00 pm in our classroom. Information will be coming home from our room parents regarding this event following the Thanksgiving break.
What we will be learning this week:
Math: Place value (ones, tens, hundreds)

Language Arts: Plot – the beginning, middle, and end of a story

Social Studies: Thanksgiving

November 12-16, 2018

Thank you to ALL of our Veterans that serve our country!

Last week was a busy one with a visit from Henrico County firefighters to teach us about fire safety, along with animal project research and habitat construction. We owe a HUGE thank you to our 4th grade reading buddies that provided some assistance as well. Please click on the link to check out some photos below:

Animal projects

I greatly enjoyed meeting with for Parent/Teacher conferences last week. As I mentioned to you our new Homework routine will begin tomorrow. All students will be bringing home a Homework notebook along with a Choice board that is to be completed and turned in on Friday. I will also be posting the Homework choice board weekly on the Homework tab on this blog.

What we will be learning this week:

Language Arts–  nouns (person, place, animal, thing, idea); Five finger story re-tell; instructional reading groups

Math– number sense to 110 using place value (understanding of tens/ones place and it’s value)

Social Studies– beginning a unit on the Jamestown settlement and the Powhatan tribe. Famous Virginians: Chief Powhatan, Pocahontas, and Christopher Newport

Vocabulary to know: settlement, settler, contributions, explorer

Dates to know:

Monday, November 12th- Veteran’s Day assembly at 9:00AM, wear red, white, and blue!

November 12th-26th Canned food collection for Henrico Christmas Mother

November 21-23rd- Thanksgiving Holiday


November 5th-9th, 2018

Hi Families,

Can you believe that Monday begins the second marking period? I am looking forward to meeting with you for Parent/Teacher conferences this week. Please arrive before your scheduled time so that I can stay on-track.

As mentioned at Back to School Night, the Homework routine will be adjusted this nine weeks. Next week (November 12th) all students in my room will be bringing home a Homework notebook along with a Choice board. They will turn in their completed choice board and notebook on Friday. Students should be choosing one “choice” a night to complete, however they can do more if they want to.

Also, for this marking period we will have a new classroom behavior incentive. Instead of weekly Lunch bunch, students that make good choices with their behavior will be earning a visit to our classroom treasure box on Fridays. If you are willing to donate to our classroom treasure box some ideas include: small non-edible objects (block erasers, stickers, bouncy balls.) Per our school policy, edible items are not permitted.

What we will be learning this week:

Language Arts– retelling stories/events in sequential order; new sight word vocabulary will be coming home, instructional reading groups, research for our animal projects

Math– skip counting by 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s. Introduction to odd/even numbers

Social Studies– voting/election day

Science– Animals projects


November 5th- Parent/Teacher conferences PM

November 6th- NO SCHOOL for students/Parent Teacher conferences AM

November 12th- Veterans Day assembly in the morning

November 21st-23rd- Thanksgiving Holiday

October 29-November 2, 2018

It was a busy and exciting week in first grade! We had a Young Scientist lesson about Animal Needs, a PTA sponsored Robotics assembly, field trip to Meadow Farm museum, and our PTA Fall movie night! Whew!

A HUGE thank you to Lyric’s Mom, Divyataa’s Mom, and Advaith’s Mom for volunteering as chaperones to Meadow Farm. The weather held off just enough for us to see the large animals, sit by a fire, and walk through the main house. The picnic lunch was moved indoors to our classroom:)

What we will be learning this week:

Language Arts- consonant blends, instructional reading groups

Math- Numbers to 110 and counting backwards from 30.

Social Studies- Traditions (a custom or a belief that happens over a period of time.) On Monday, your child will bring home a Homework sheet to be completed and turned in by Friday regarding a Tradition in your family. We will be sharing these in class.

Science- Animal unit (body coverings, appendages, wild, tame) Information was sent home on Friday regarding our In-class Animal project. Please send in a sturdy shoebox by Wednesday, October 31st!

Dates to Remember:

Scholastic Book Fair all Week!!!!!!

Monday, October 29— 3:00 pm- 6:30 pm

Tuesday, October 30— 3:00 pm- 6:30 pm

Wednesday, October 31— (All school day) 7:50 am- 4:00 pm

Thursday, November 1— 3:00- 6:30 pm

Friday, November 2— (All school day) 7:50 am- 4:00 pm

November 2 – Doughnuts with Dad 7:30 – 8:30

November 5 – Parent Teacher Conferences PM

November 6 – Parent teacher Conferences AM


October 22-26, 2018

Tomorrow is Picture Day!!!!!!

We have a busy week ahead! On Tuesday we will have our first Young Scientist ( in school field trip)  with a lesson on animal needs! Please remember to sign and return the permission slip that was sent home Friday in your child’s folder!

On Friday we will have our first away from school field trip to Meadow Farm museum!  Please remember to dress your child for the weather.  We will be outside most of the day and the weather is predicted to be chilly.  They will also need to bring a bag lunch on Friday.  If the weather permits, we will enjoy a picnic lunch at Meadow Farm.

This week we will learn about the following:

Language: short /e/, adding endings -s and -ing to nouns.  How to get information from the picture and text in non-fiction books.  Writing complete sentences.  Sight words for the week are:  are, come, for, here, play

Math: Graphing, combinations to 10

Science: Animal needs and body coverings

Dates to Remember:

Friday, October 26th –  Field Trip to Meadow Farm

Friday, October 26th – PTA Fall Family Movie Night

Friday, November 2 – Doughnuts for Dad

Monday, November 5  – PM Parent Teacher Conferences

Tuesday, November 6 – AM Parent teacher Conferences/Student Holiday