SPES Announcements

We are collecting some data to see how we can continue to help our Hive thrive. Please complete this 10-minute survey by Friday, January 18th: http://tiny.cc/spesfamilysurvey.

The Gifted Referral Window for K-2 is open from 1/3/19-1/18/19.  If you are interested in referring your child for gifted services please email Rebecca Walker (rswalker@henrico.k12.va.us) and/or Karen Wright (kewright@henrico.k12.va.us)  If you’d like to learn more about Gifted Programs in Henrico County, visit https://henricoschools.us/gifted/

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Class Pictures

Here are some links to recent pictures from Room 209!

Pumpkin STEM Project
Engineering Lesson with the MSIC
Veterans Day Performance (I did the best I could :)).

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Supporting Your Child’s Reading Development

I enjoyed meeting with many of you on Monday and Tuesday. Below are some additional resources you might find helpful in supporting your child’s reading development in first grade.

21 Questions to Ask Your Child
Book Talks
Books by Reading Level

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Oct. 15-19

Fall has definitely made it’s appearance here in Richmond this weekend! This week is success week with lots of fun dress-up days planned. Check out this week’s newsletter for more information.

Students will also be receiving their first Scholastic Book Order. This is a great way to support your child’s reading development at home and also helps to build our classroom library at school. Use code: HQKLP at www.clubs2.scholastic.com

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Oct. 8-12

I hope everyone is enjoying the long Columbus Day weekend! Here is a copy of this week’s newsletter. Hope to see many of you at Trunk or Treat this Friday from 6-8.

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Mystery Reader

Here is the link for Mystery Reader sign ups for this year. I will send out an e-mail announcing when new dates are added. Thanks for volunteering to enrich our love of reading this year!

Mystery Reader Sign-Ups

Hint: You must “check” the slot you want to sign up for, then at the bottom of the screen click “Submit and Sign Up”. Then you will need to fill in your name, and finally click “Sign Up Now”.

**If you can no longer fulfill your spot, please e-mail me so we can open your slot for another parent.**

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Oct. 1-5

Wow! I can’t believe October is here already! We’ve got a busy month with the start of HomeFun, picture day, PTA’s Trunk-or-Treat, and our Meet Your Teacher at Gayton Library night. Be sure to pay attention to our class’s “Latest Buzz” for these important dates.

This week’s newsletter can be found here.

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Helping Our Community

We had a great time last week learning all about how we can help our school and local community. We helped the school by returning recess equipment that was left out on the playground, cleaning up litter, and writing a letter to Dr. Slaughter about having a trashcan placed in the Secret Garden. We took a trip to Short Pump Park and even got to see a community volunteer in action. Ms. Betty from the Master Gardeners shared with us how the garden at Short Pump Park was donated by her organization and volunteers help tend the community garden. We also saw the Little Free Library that was donated by a family in our community last summer. We enjoyed borrowing a book to read while we were outside and donated a new book to the library. How else can you and your family help our community?


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Sept. 24-28

Wow! I can’t believe the last week of September is here already. The first few weeks of school sure have flown by. This Friday, your child will be bringing home his/her HomeFun notebook. As a reminder, your child is expected to complete 1 math AND 1 language arts activity a week. The reading log should also be filled in for the week. Please see the HomeFun page for an example and more tidbits. **You are not required to do any work over the weekend, as notebooks are not due until Friday, Oct. 5th. I just like to send the HomeFun notebooks home so that you have the option to work over the weekend as I know week nights can be busy.**

This week’s newsletter can be found here.

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Shapes All Around!

We had a great time going on a Shape Hunt around the school this week. Can you find any shapes around your house?

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