2020-2021 Virtual Learning Update

Update 3/20/2020

I hope everyone’s first week of distance learning is going well. I am missing seeing everyone each day. If your child is interested in video chatting or emailing to catch up or if there is any way I can support you please let me know, I would love to hear from you!  I have been spending a lot of time in my yard noticing the signs of spring. If you would like to send pictures of what you are doing, learning, or reading to my email at hrlang@henrico.k12.va.us I will share them on our blog next week. Below is the redbud tree I planted in honor of my grandmother budding for the first time.

Here are a few reading resources recommended by HCPS. Kidlit TV and Read Wonder and Learn! provide videos of authors reading their own books with permission from their publishers. Please see the Reading Resources document for more resources.

Update 3/16/2020

On Friday your student brought home many things in their backpack. There was a large zipper bag including the distance learning packet and some paper that can be used to complete some of the open ended activities in the packet.  Students were able to check out multiple books to use to complete the literacy activities. They may also use the books that are in the homework pouch. I made sure each child had the logins to the digital resources they are familiar with in their homework pouch, also. Here are directions for how to access HCPS’s CLEVER platform  if you choose to complete activities that use it from the packet. If your child was absent today you can come to Trevvett on Monday to pick up their packet and materials. 

As you go through the distance learning packet in the next few days, please let me know if you have any questions. I can still be reached via email while we are out and I will do my best to help you in any way I can. Please stay safe and healthy. I look forward to jumping back into learning with your child when we are able to return to school.


Update 3/6/2020

Here’s what we are learning next week.

We had such a fun week with Read Across America and our field trip to Maymont on Thursday. The weather was perfect for spending time outdoors. We were able to participate in a “Creature Features” lesson on animal adaptations and explore the Children’s Farm. Many thanks to our parent chaperones for joining us. I know many students would love to return with family.

Upcoming dates:

Saturday March 14 and Sunday March 15- Henrico ARTS Festival at Deep Run High School

Spring Book Fair March 9th-14th- Please check your child’s folder for more details. We will do a preview in class early next week.

This is the last week to order field day shirts! Here is the link to order online: https://pswear.com/Trevvett

Ms. Bushey is seeking presenters, volunteers, and cool trucks for this year’s Career Day! Please see this flyer for more information and to RSVP by March 11.

March Homework Log

March Homework Activities

First grade sight word list – by week

Update 2/21/2020

What we are learning 2/24-2/28

We had a great time creating our STEAM project to answer the question “What makes Trevvett special?” based on the artwork of Tyree Guyton. Our class project, shows how “Pawsome” Trevvett is. The paws of all different materials, sizes and colors work together just like the students of Trevvett. This week we continued learning about fractions and enjoyed exploring matter through scientific investigations. We read biographies about famous African-American Trail Blazers and wrote books about our writing partners.

Upcoming Dates:

2/26: PTO Spirit Night at McDonald’s

2/28: Q3 Interims and Progress Reports

3/2: Dr Seuss Day/Read Across America Day…more details coming soon!

3/3: Student Holiday/Staff Clerical Day

3/5: Maymont Field Trip

3/6: Spring Picture Day

3/9: Spring Book Fair!

3/13: Last day to order Field Day T-Shirts

February Homework Log

February Homework Activities

First grade sight word list – by week

Update 2/14/2020

What we are learning 2/17-2/21

What an exciting and busy week in first grade! We learned all about equal shares, halves and fourths with our fractions unit in math this week. We continued learning about important African American figures for Black History Month by reading biographies of famous African Americans including Venus and Serena Williams, Barack Obama, and Tyree Guyton. We learned about the -ai/-ay pattern for phonics, and started our matter unit in science. We also visited the 4th grade African-American living history museum to learn all about famous African American Trailblazers.


On Thursday the students had an amazing opportunity to video chat with Detroit artist Tyree Guyton about the Heidelberg Project. We learned about the hardships faced during Guyton’s youth, and how he overcame the sadness from the destruction of his hometown neighborhood. His story and artistic vision truly inspired all of us. On Monday we are going to create a mural together out of re-purposed materials that represents Trevvett’s Paw Values. I hope you can join us.

Of course we also celebrated Valentine’s Day! We read a fun book about a cranky boy, Crankenstein, who despises Valentine’s Day until someone special comes along. Students created special valentines, decorated their valentine bags, exchanged valentines with their classmates, and enjoyed treats for our class party. I am sure they came home and shared some of the love with you.

February Homework Log

February Homework Activities

First grade sight word list – by week

Upcoming Dates:

2/17: Half Day/STEAM Day

2/21: Last Day to turn in field trip permission forms and fees

3/2: Dr. Seuss Day

3/5: Field Trip to Maymont Park

3/6: Spring Picture Day

Update 1/31/2020

What we are learning 2/3-2/7

February Homework Log

February Homework Activities

First grade sight word list – by week

We had another busy week in first grade. This week we learned all about famous Virginians Maggie Walker and Arthur Ashe Jr, and their important contributions in African American history. We read several fun versions of “The Three Billy Goats Gruff” and practiced retelling story plot and discussing the themes.  In math, we learned about attributes of shapes, including sides, vertices, and right angles. The students enjoyed creating shape snowmen and an interactive lesson based on the book The Greedy Triangle by Marilyn Burns. In writing, we focused on the long e vowel patterns -ee and -ea and wrote about how we can show kindness for our school wide Kindness Challenge.

Please note that Winter Conferences are scheduled for this Thursday, February 6th from 3:00-6:30 pm. Students have been working hard and I can’t wait to share their progress with you! Thanks to those of you who have signed up for a time slot! Winter conference forms were sent home in folders last week. Please let me know if you would like to meet but have not yet scheduled a time. Most of the early and late times have already been taken. If you need to meet on a different day I am available both before or after school and will try to work with your schedule.

Upcoming Dates: 

2/3 – 2/13: Pennies for Patients Charity Fundraiser- Please see the flyer sent home in folders!

2/6: Winter Conferences 3:00 – 6:30 PM

2/10: Quarter 2 Report Cards and Classroom Awards Presentation 7:45-8:00 AM. Awards will be sent home with report cards on this day.

2/14: Valentines Party/PAW Achievement (More information coming soon!)

2/17: Half Day

Weekly Update 1/24/2020

Here is what we are learning next week.

This week in language arts we focused on how to generate questions and research for answers. The students choose a topic that they wanted to know more about and worked with partners to learn more about their topic. They enjoyed researching many various topics including rocks, storms, tropical rain forests, and more. In math this week, we continued working hard on solving and creating story problems. In social studies we learned about the important contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and reviewed content from throughout the nine weeks.

Can you believe we are half way through the school year? It is amazing how much the students are learning and growing! Please encourage your child to take as much responsibility as possible for their daily school routine. Challenge them to be the one to remember to put the folder back in their backpack, remember when it is library day or what day to wear apppropriate shoes for PE. In class we will be stepping up the expectations for responsibility as well. Please remind your child of the importance of keeping a neat work area so that they can find their needed supplies and remember to turn work in on time and completed. It will be just a little more difficult to earn Fun Friday in Q3 than it was in Q2, but focusing on the PAW values of Perseverence, Attitude, and Work Ethic will bring success!

Here is what we are learning next week.

Homework Resources: 

January Homework Log

January Homework Activities

First grade sight word list – by week

Upcoming Dates:

  • No School Monday January 27th
  • Mid-year conferences will be on Thursday, Feb. 6th 3:00-6:30. Be on the look out for more information in the folder on Tuesday.

Weekly Update 1/10/2020

What we are learning 1/13-1/17

We had a great transition back to school this week. The children worked hard to get back into routine in the classroom and it was wonderful to see their smiling faces and hear all of the exciting stories from winter break!

This week we have focused on making predictions and connections with fictional text. In math, we focused on part-whole relationships for numbers up to 10. In science, we investigated the basic relationships between the sun and Earth. The students have LOVED learning all about the sun! Please ask them what they have learned!

I hope everyone enjoys the warm weather the weekend and is able to spend some time outside this weekend. Please see below for reminders about the sick policy and  information about gifted referrals.

We have had quite a few sick students in first grade this week. Please see the following important note from our school clinic to help keep our class healthy!

Parents- as a reminder, the following is the Henrico County Public Schools ill student policy. These measures are in place and must be followed to ensure a healthy learning environment for ALL students.

Students should not be in the school if they have the following:

  •         A fever of 100.4 degrees or greater before taking a fever-reducing medication.
  •         Vomiting or diarrhea because of illness
  •         An unknown rash or possible contagious condition (requires MD note before return)
  •         Are unable to focus due to: pain, chronic health condition and/ or acute illness
  •         Flu-like illness (with or without fever)- headache, fatigue, cough, aches, weakness, and sore throat.

A child should be free of symptoms of contagious disease (fever, vomiting, diarrhea, suspicious rash, etc.) for at least 24 hours before returning to school. If your child has been vomiting or having diarrhea, they should also be able to eat a full meal without any GI symptoms.

Gifted Identification Information:

Please note that parent referrals for gifted identification will be accepted from January 6 to January 24, 2020.  As you consider your decision to refer your child, please be sure to speak with his/her teacher to discuss any gifted qualities being observed in the classroom on a consistent basis.  Referrals should be submitted in writing (email is acceptable) to Jennifer Rhoden at jmrhoden1@henrico.k12.va.us during these designated dates.  No referrals will be accepted after January 24.  Subject line of email should state Gifted Referral, and the email should include student’s first and last name, grade level, teacher, and area of referral (English, Math or Both areas).  An email confirmation will be sent within 48 hours.  If you do not receive an email confirmation, please call the school.

Upcoming dates:

  • Jan. 18th–PTO Spirit Night: Ashland Skateland (5:30-7:30 pm)
  • Jan. 20th-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day-Student Holiday (no school)
  • Jan. 27th-Student Holiday

Happy New Year! 2020

Here’s what we are learning next week! 

January Homework Log

January Homework Activities

First grade sight word list – by week

Happy New Year! I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday and winter break. I’m looking forward to shearing abiut all the things your families did when I see the class tomorrow.

We had a fun filled final week of 2019 in first grade. We connected coding with map skills and taught Colby the purple mouse to get from one place to another. The students participated in lots of fun spirit week activities including the Great Giving Market, Winter Pep Rally, and the Holiday Party on Friday. It was a great close to 2019!

Upcoming dates:

  • Jan. 9th-L.A.M.P. Night
  • Jan. 18th–PTO Spirit Night: Ashland Skateland (5:30-7:30 pm)
  • Jan. 20th-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day-Student Holiday (no school)
  • Jan. 27th-Student Holiday