Arthur Ashe

Did you know Arthur Ashe was a famous tennis player born right here in Richmond, VA? To get us ready to learn all about this tennis star, students engineered their own tennis rackets! Check out additional pictures at the link below!
Tennis Racket Engineering Pictures

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100th Day of School

Happy 100th Day of School from these grannies, grandpas, and their grandkids!

What can you build with 100 items??


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Kindness Week

We love showing kindness everyday at school!

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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:

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 ( and/or Karen Wright (  If you’d like to learn more about Gifted Programs in Henrico County, visit

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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

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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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