Weekly Update 1/4/19

Happy New Year!

What we are learning 1/7-1/11

We had a great transition back to school this week! The children did a fantastic job of falling back into routine in the classroom and it was wonderful to see their smiling faces and hear all of the exciting stories of their winter break. January is a month full of learning and fun. The students will be participating in some mid year progress assessments and working hard on their musical performance. Homework will begin again on Monday January 7th so be sure to look for the  RED folde to come home.  We have a few Monday holidays over the next few weeks. On those weeks homework will be returned on Tuesday.

Please note that parent referrals for gifted identification for students in Kindergarten, first, and second grade are being accepted through January 18, 2019. Please submit referrals in writing (email is acceptable) to our Associate Principal, Jennifer Rhoden at jmrhoden1@henrico.k12.va.us

Upcoming Events:

  • Jan. 21st-Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday (No School)
  • Students will have a holiday on Monday, January 28th.
  • Please come join us for our  First Grade Winter Concert and PTO Meeting on Tuesday, January 29th.
  • There will be a PTO Spirit Night at Zaxby’s on Thursday, January 31st.

Weekly Update 12/14/18

What we are learning 12/17-12/19  

What a week it has been! The class has enjoyed sharing all of the fun they had on their extended weekend due to snow and came back ready to work hard. Please remind your child how important it is to maintain their best behavior before winter break. We have a lot of learning and fun planned and will accomplish more of both when we make our best choices. Monday and Tuesday we will follow our regular academic schedule. On Wednesday we will wear our pajamas to school and  have a day of grinchy fun planned.

Parent referrals for gifted identification will be accepted beginning January 3 to January 18, 2019.  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 18.  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.

December 19th: Winter Party 1-2pm -pajama day

December 20th-January 2nd: Winter Break

January 3rd: School Re-opens

January 3-18 K-2 Gifted Referral Window (see note above)

Weekly Update

Here is what we are learning next week! 

Thank you for all the kind words and notes last week. It was great to be back after Thanksgiving and I am so thankful for the group of students and kind families I have this year. As winter break approaches please help me by keeping your routine as consistent as possible and getting your child to school ready to learn each day . It is extra important to continue reinforcing  high expectations for classroom conduct and work habits as the excitement of break builds.

As the holiday season approaches we will be participating in a 13 Days of Kindness Tree. Each day I will reveal a new “challenge” for our students. An example would be “Give someone a compliment”. First grade is so excited to spread joy this season!

Important News and Dates!

PTO Santa Waffle Dinner-December 5th

The PTO Santa Waffle Dinner is Wednesday, December 5th. This event is at Trevvett Elementary School at 5:00 pm. Tickets are available at the door. My son and I plan to attend, I hope to see you there!

Interims will come home December 7th

Principal’s New Year’s Breakfast

A letter about our Virginia School Report Card was sent home last week in the communication folder. The letter provided information about a Principal’s New Year’s Breakfast on December 4th at 8:00 am. This event is for parents and guardians to come and enjoy breakfast, build relationships with other families, ask questions and share concerns, and learn about our School Improvement Plan. If you are interested in joining Mrs. Broudy for breakfast, then please sign up using the link below:


Math YouTube Channel

Please visit this website to view step by step video tutorials of math instruction.


Please remember to send in your Box Tops! Thank you for supporting our school!

Weekly Update 11/16

Here’s what we will be learning about next week!

It has been a great week in first grade. I am proud of how hard my students have been working in class and the progress they are making. I Have enjoyed talking to a few families who didn’t make conferences last week, and want to reming you to reach out to me any time you have a question. I sen a big thank you everyone who was able to contribute to our school food drive for the Henrico Christmas Mother. The food carts were packed full of donations this afternoon and the stuidents were so proud to contribute.

Next week will be short but busy! Please see below for some important reminders:

Monday 11/19 is picture day, if you would like to buy pictures please send in the envelope with money and the package you choose.

Tuesday 11/ 20 Report cards will be sent home! We will have a brief awards ceremony at 1:00 in our classroom. A flyer was sent home in your child’s folder this week with more details. If you do not sign up ahead you are still welcome to join us, just be sure to arrive early enough to wait in the line top sign in in the office. This is our last day before Thanksgiving break!

Please note that school will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday Wednesday, November 21st- Friday, November 23rd.

Weekly update 11/9

What we are learning 11/12-11/16

Thank you to those of you who were able to attend parent teacher conferences this week. It was wonderful meeting with you all and I appreciate all that you do to support learning at home. For those who were not able to attend, please let me know if you would like to reschedule.

We spent some time this week in social studies learning about elections. We held a class election to chose a class pet stuffed animal. The students made campaign posters for their favorite canidate and we will vote Monday.  The students begain making improtant connections in math stations this week and got further than ever on their 100 puzzle.

We had a “beary” fun week in language arts. We practiced retelling stories using the “Five Finger Retell” strategy with Karma Wilson’s “Bear” series. The students worked on retelling the stories by identifying the characters, setting, problem, events and ending. We read Bear Wants More, Bear Feels Sick, Bear Feels Scared, and Bear Snores On. They were able to retell  these stories with their classmates using their bear finger puppets. Be sure to sure to have them retell their favorite “Bear” story to you.

Upcoming Dates:

  • PAW Achievement trip is Monday, 11/12/18. Students who earned this trip with good citizenship over the 1st 9 weeks will go see “Junie B. Jones Is Not A Crook”, put on by Hermitage High School.
  • Picture Day is Monday, 11/19/18 – order forms were sent home this week. Please let me know if you need another copy.
  • Tuesday, 11/20/18 we will host our 1st 9 weeks awards ceremony in the classroom at 1:00. Parents are welcome to join us for this brief celebration! Report cards will be sent home this day.
  • Thanksgiving Holiday is Nov. 21 -23 – No school!
  • Trevvett is collecting non-perishable food items November 12-16 to support Henrico Christmas Mother. We need canned food, crackers, cereal, pasta, and peanut butter. Please send in what you can!

Weekly Update 11/2/18

What we are learning 11/5-11/9

We had a great start to November in first grade! It was a fun week at school with plenty of fun fall themed books and activities. Please be sure to ask your child about some of the great books we read this week.  One of our favorites was Round Robin.

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I want to thank you all for signing up for conferences. If you have not scheduled a conference yet,  please be sure to visit my   Sign Up Genius Link  . There are still spaces available both days and I am glad to work with you to find another time if needed. I will be holding conferences on Tuesday, November 6th from 8:00-11:00 AM and Thursday, November 8th from 3:00-7:00 PM. I look forward to meeting with you.

Please note that Tuesday, November 6th is a Student Holiday.

Next week is our school Book Fair. Our class will preview the bookfair on Monday afternoon. The Book Fair is open daily next week and after school on Wednesday, November 7th until 4:30 and Thursday, November 8th from 4:00-7:30.

Dates to Remember

  • Sun., Nov. 4th-Daylight Savings Time ends. Fall Back!
  • Nov. 5-9th-  Book Fair
    • Wed., Nov. 7th 2:45 – 4:00pm
    • Thur., Nov. 8th 4:00 – 7:30pm
  • Mon., Nov. 5th-End of Nine Weeks
  • Tues., Nov. 6th-Election Day-Student Holiday
  • Thur., Nov. 8th-Parent Teacher Conference Night
  • Mon., Nov. 12th-Fri., Nov. 16th-Christmas Mother Canned Food Drive
  • Mon., Nov. 12th-PAW Achievement
  • Fri., Nov. 16th-PTO Spirit Night Panera
  • Mon., Nov. 19th-Picture Day
  • Tues., Nov. 20th
    • Report Cards Sent Home
    • Classroom Award Ceremony
  • Wed., Nov. 21st-Fri., Nov. 23rd-Thanksgiving Holiday (No School)

Weekly Update 10/26/18

What we are learning 10/29 – 11/2

We had a busy week in first grade working on our animal habitat research projects. Students worked collaboratively in learning groups to investigate what animals need to live and  how different animals meet these needs in their environment. After exploring and researching many species of animals, each learning group chose an animal that they wanted to learn more about. Students used research from Pebble Go, Epic, and library books to discover why their animal lives where they live and then created habitats for their animal. They did an amazing job! On Monday, the groups will share their habitats with the class.

Please help support Fifth Grade’s Halloween Treats for Troops service project!  They are collecting candy for soldiers through Soldiers’ Angels from Oct. 29 – Nov. 2nd.  A flyer featuring student artwork was sent home this week . Boxes will be placed in the school lobby for donations. Thank you!

The PTO is running a classroom – to – classroom contest for Box Tops this year! Please help support our school. Please label your Box Tops with Lang so that our class earns points towards winning a Pizza Party sponsored by the PTO!

Please help out by:

  1. Checking the dates on their box tops (expired box tops can make our entire submission get tossed out)
  2. Putting box tops into groups of 50, in a ziploc baggie with the number “50” on the outside or using the 50-count Submission sheet if you prefer.
  3. Bonus Box Tops Certificates cannot go into the baggie of 50 or be attached to a collection sheet.They are turned in separately and can be sent in a separate baggie.

– Please  be sure to visit my  Sign Up Genius Link to to sign up for your Parent- Teacher Conference. I will be having conferences on Tuesday, November 6th from 7:30-11:00 AM and Thursday, November 8th from 3:00-7:00 PM. I still have many spots open and would like to meet with each family.

Weekly Update 10/19

What we are learning 10/22-10/26  

We have had such a busy week in first grade. Over the last week we worked on sorting items by similar attributes. In our math small groups we sorted colored goldfish into like groups! Our students got creative and sorted them by color, smiles vs. no smiles and broken vs. whole. This can be a difficult skill for students and fun to practice at home. Try soring different items different ways and playing a game to see who can guess your sort.

Upcoming dates and events:

Sunday, October 21 is PTO Spirit Night at Chipotle and Bruster’s from 4-8 pm. You MUST bring the flyer to get credit. Please support the Tigers!

Tuesday, October 23  is our PTO Meeting and International Night starting at 6 pm.

Next week is also College and Career Awareness Week!                                    Click above to see the flier, I know students will have fun participating in the spirit activities each day!

Please remember to check the daily communication folder everyday for important information from the school and graded papers on Friday!

RED homework folders and take home books are due on Monday. I have enjoyed the pictures and videos of the children reading! Keep up the great work. the first grade teachers are making plans to reduce the paper used in homwork so please look out for the format to change slightly over the next few weeks. Thank you for all of your support from home.

Weekly Update 10/12

What we are learning 10/15-10/19

What a crazy end to the school week. I hope that everyone has power and is safe at home. My family is safe, but not expected to get power back until sometime Sunday so my ability to respond to messages this weekend may be limited. Due to school being closed Friday, interims will now be sent home on Monday in your child’s daily folder. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. We will also collect Red homework folders on Monday. Please be sure the book sent home each week is returned with the folder.

Next week is Health and PE Success Week! To celebrate, Mr. Holscher is hosting Bring Your Parents to PE  on Wednesday, 10/17 at 9:35 am. A flyer was sent home in your child’s folder with more details. Come join your child for 30 minutes of heart pumping fun in the gym!!! Please be sure to check in at the main office when you arrive for your child’s PE class!

Upcoming Dates:

PTO Spirit Night will be held at Chipotle and Brusters on October 21st.

Tuesday, 10/23: PTO Meeting & International Night

Hope you are able to get outside and enjoy the beautiful fall weather this weekend!

Weekly Update 10/5

What we are learning 10/9-10/12

We had a great first week of October! This week we continued our unit on patterns in math, focused on nonfiction comprehension in reading, and began our social studies unit on the American flag. We finished the week with a special performance of  The Frog & Prince by the Virginia Repertory Theater. One of the favorite activities this week was our pattern bracelets. Students had to pay careful attention while creating them because the beads all appear white indoors but they react to the UV light from the sun and patterns appear when worn out in the sun.

Upcoming dates and events:

  • Monday, October 8th- Student Holiday
  • Tuesday, October 9th is the PTO Bingo Night at 6 p.m. PTO Members – first card FREE! $3 for additional cards- Fantastic Prizes!
  • Friday, October 12th – 1st Quarter Interim Reports will be sent home
  • Please be sure to visit my   Sign Up Genius Link  to sign up for your Parent-Teacher Conference. I will be having conferences on Tuesday, November 6th from 7:30-11:00 AM and Thursday, November 8th from 3:00-7:00 PM. Thank you!

Wishing everyone a nice 3 day weekend!!!