Busy Times

Hi All!

We are getting ready for a busy few weeks so I’m going to start with important dates and reminders.

The Denim Drive started today and runs through next week. Send in any gently used denim items for donation to Good Will. If we collect the most in the county we can earn money for our school.

Wednesday, April 17 is our field trip to the Metro Richmond Zoo. This is always such a fun trip! Thank you to Mrs. Kopelove, Mrs. Jaspen, and Mr. Pritchard for chaperoning the trip. If you are planning on meeting us there you must have a volunteer form on file from this school year and inform me in advance. You are welcome to send in a couple of quarters for your child to feed the giraffes. Please pack your child a lunch with all disposable items in a disposable bag. No glass please. Also, please make sure your child is wearing sneakers because there will be a lot of walking. We will be outdoors all day so you may want to put sunscreen on your child before school that morning.

Friday, April 19th is a half day. It is also Twin Day. We are going to come up with a simple outfit as a class in case your child does not have a specific person to twin with.

Monday, April 22 is a school holiday.

April 25 is Brusters Scooper Night. Teachers will be serving ice cream up at Brusters. My goal is to be there, depending on when the signup times are. This is that busy time of year with sports, but I would love to participate in this fun event!

Friday, April 26 is Field Day! Come out and enjoy all the fun with us! Ms. Inge is looking for parent volunteers. A flyer went home to signup to help out last week.

May 31 The SCA is hosting a Drive in Movie out at Independence Golf course. This is sure to be a really fun event. More information will come home about this in the coming weeks.

Here is what we are focusing on in class –

LA – We have been focusing on cause and effect, main idea, and context clues. We will delve deeper into reading comprehension over the next few weeks as well.

Math – We started working on recognizing coins. The children will need to count groups of like coins (all pennies, all nickels, etc.) A great way to practice this is counting by 5s and 10s. They will need to count collections up to $1.

Science – Over the next couple of weeks we will focus on plants. We will talk about plant parts, plant needs, and edible verse non-edible. We will have a very fun taste testing experience. More information about this will come home soon.

Thanks for all you do!

Almost there!

Hi All!

We are so close to Spring Break! Let’s hope this spring weather continues from now on!

Here are a few reminders –

Tomorrow is Red, White, and Blue Day in honor of the second grade Famous Americans parade. I forgot to mention that last week. I did mention it to the kiddos today.

We will also take our word study tests tomorrow due to the half-day this Friday, March 27. The Richmond Ballet will come and perform on Friday morning.

In celebration of all we are learning through our force and motion unit, Friday we will have a Force and Motion Derby. Each child is allowed to bring in a toy that shows motion. We are focusing on straight, circular, back and forth (up and down), and vibration. They can bring in toys that have remotes, but please no tablets or anything of that nature. Please remind them that taking care of their derby item is their own responsibility that day so to be very careful with their items. If your child WILL NOT be here on Friday, they can bring in their item tomorrow.

If you have not signed and returned the field trip permission slip, pleases do so as soon as possible. Even if you pay online, I will still need the permission slip signed and returned.

We are finishing up with time and force and motion this week. Today we started some very fun SPRING literacy centers so be sure to ask your child about all they are doing in class.

Have a great evening! 🙂


Hi All!

Thank you for your interest in chaperoning the field trip! We put the names in a cup this morning and pulled out 3 names. Mrs. Jaspen, Mrs Kopelove, and Mrs. Pritchard’s names were pulled out. I wish I could bring everyone who was interested, but I am only allowed to bring 3 chaperones!

Permission slips will be in the Friday Folders this afternoon. You can pay online or send in money with the signed permission slip.

Have a great Friday! Wish me luck with all the gum in this room today! 🙂

Kristina Rilee

Important Updates

Hi All!

The kids did a great job at last night’s performance!

We have a lot going on over the next few weeks.

If you are interested in chaperoning our field trip to the Metro Richmond Zoo on April 17, please email me that you would like to chaperone. It is going to be first come, first serve based on responding by this evening.

Tomorrow is Picture Day! Even if you do not want individual pictures, please dress your child for the class picture.

Friday will be gum day! I will provide the gum. The kids voted to have gum day for receiving their 10th compliment. Way to go, class!

Please return your child’s Student Information Sheet and Square 1 Art order as soon as possible. All proceeds from the art fundraiser will go to our art program.

There will be a half-day Friday, March 29th, which is the day before spring break.

Spring Break is April 1 – 5. I hope you have a nice, relaxing break!

Here is what we are studying in room 9 –

LA – We will take our word study test next THURSDAY instead of next Friday due to the half-day. We are working on possessives and showing ownership.

MATH – We will continue to focus on time to the hour and half hour. Next we will begin our unit on money.

SCIENCE/SOCIAL STUDIES – We will finish our unit on the land forms of Virginia and the recreational activities we do in each area today. Next we will focus on force and motion. We will study different types of motion (back and forth, circular, curved, and straight), vibration, and push and pull. We will learn about what a force is and the impact of friction on motion.

I think that covers it! Have a great day!

Happy Almost St. Patrick’s Day!

The kids have been busy making hats to trap any sneaky leprechauns that show up here tomorrow! Let’s hope we can trap one!

Here are some updates on what we are doing in room 9!

LA – We have begun our unit on ABC order to the first letter. The kids are doing a nice job with this. We are doing lots of fun St. Patrick’s Day writing.

Math – We are beginning our unit on time. We will compare minutes to hours, practice telling time to the hour and half half hour, and am and pm.

Social Studies – We are learning about the different land forms we have in Virginia (mountains, valleys, hills, and coastal plains). We will talk about recreational things you can do in these areas and the climate of Virginia.

Here are some important dates-

Tomorrow is rainbow/tie dye day!

Tuesday, March 19th we have our first grade performance at the PTA meeting. The kids will meet in the classroom between 6:15 and 6:20. Please do not arrive before this time. I will not be at school that day so I may not get here until then.

Have a great day! 🙂

A few tidbits

Hi All,

I tried to email you to let you know that I would not be here last Friday and I discovered my group emails do not work anymore now that I have a new computer. Sorry about that! I will get that kink worked out as soon as I can. I called in the troops so my mom will be here until Thomas feels better. On a good note for our classroom health, this is the first day in weeks everyone has been here. Hopefully it will leave us alone at Echo Lake now.

I gave the word study tests this morning. I will send home words and homework packets tomorrow. I like to have a chance to go over the sorts once before I send them home.

LA – We are working on adding s and es to nouns. Today we talked about when to change the y to an i when adding es and when to just add an s. This is complicated so please practice. If the y is preceded by a vowel, you just add an s (ex. toy) if the y is preceded by a consonant you change the y to an i before adding es (ex. candies). We will focus on irregular plurals next.

Math – We are beginning our unit on fractions. We will focus mostly on 1/2 and 1/4. We will talk about fraction of a whole and fractions of a group.

Social Studies – We are studying two fascinating famous African American Virginians. First we have been learning about Maggie Walker. Next we will learn about Arthur Ashe. Look for cool things to come home about these two important Virginians!

Friday March 15th is Tie Dye/Rainbow Day!

Many of the kids are low on the basic crayon colors. If you could send in an extra box for your child that would be great!

Have a nice evening!

Busy week! :)

Hi All,

I have to say I was a little disappointed our snow day was a flop. We have a ton to do this week though so it will be good to get here and get rolling.

LA – We finished our unit on adding ed and ing to verbs. The kids did a great job with this. We are focusing on adding er and est to describing words now.

MATH – We will finish our unit on place value. Our final focus in this area is putting groups of numbers in order from least to greatest and greatest to least. This can be difficult if the kids still do not recognize numbers to 110. If your child does not recognize all these numbers please practice number recognition at home nightly. Tomorrow is the 100th day of school! We have many fun 100th day activities planned! Information went home a couple of weeks ago about our 100th Day Fashion Show. Each child is to design a t-shirt with 100 objects, pictures, stamps, etc. on it for our big fashion show on the red carpet. The kids love a chance to shine and show their moves. Please have your child wear the shirt to school tomorrow with something warm underneath.

SCIENCE – We are finishing our unit on states of matter this afternoon. The concepts inn this unit are tricky so please review at home.

SOCIAL STUDIES – We are studying President’s Day. New this year we are focusing on President’s Washington and Jefferson who were both born in Virginia. We will move on to important African American leaders from Virginia with a focus on Arthur Ashe and Maggie Walker.

Here are some important dates –

Thursday, February 21st – 100th day of school

Friday, February 22nd – Jersey Day – Support your favorite team or a team you are on!


Hi All,

LA – We are finishing our unit on bossy r words. Next we will move on to -ed, and -ing endings on verbs.

The kids did some great writing last week. They wrote about what snowmen do at night.  They made a 4 square to organize their thoughts, a rough draft, and then a final copy. Look for these to come home soon.

MATH – We will finish our unit on place value. They are doing a good job recognizing groups of tens and ones. We will work on putting groups of numbers in order from least to greatest and greatest to least. We will also work with the greater than and less than symbols.

SOCIAL STUDIES – We are finishing up on our mapping unit. The next couple of days we will focus on the shape of Virginia and the USA. We will also learn that the capital of Virginia is Richmond and the capital of the USA is Washington, D.C.

SCIENCE – We will begin our unit on states of matter later this week. We will focus on solids, liquids, and gases. The kids will also learn about solids that dissolve in water (salt, sugar, drink mix, and baking soda) and solids that do not (sand, soil, and rocks). They will learn that milk and vinegar do mix with water, but oil does not.

I am sending home a class list for Valentine’s Day cards tomorrow. We will exchange cards with everyone in the class on Valentine’s Day. Please make sure your child has a card for every student in the class if you are going to participate. Please do not send in candy. If you would like to send something with the cards, pencils, tattoos, stickers, etc. are all good alternatives.

The 100th day of school is February 21. We have a really fun First Grade Fashion Show for the 100th Day. Information is going home about this tomorrow. Any days we miss for weather will push back this date.

I am looking forward to meeting with you all on Thursday Night. If you have not signed up for a conference and would like to, the link is on the last post.

Thanks for all you do to help us out at school! 🙂


Hi All!

We are looking forward to many fun activities tonight at STEAM Night. It is from 6:30 – 7:30 and I hope to see you there!

Here is what we are learning about!

LA – We finished out unit on compound words and now we will focus on bossy r vowel sounds (ar, or, ir, er, and ur).  We are working hard on writing stories with a beginning, middle and ending. They wrote some awesome stories about what snowmen do at night.

MATH – As we finish up with subtraction we are moving on to place value. The kids need to be able to count groups of tens and ones.  I love this unit and we have many games and fun activities to support their understanding of this important number sense concept.

SOCIAL STUDIES – We began our unit on map skills yesterday. Important topics include – the cardinal directions, parts of a map, reading and making maps ,and land and water features. This unit also includes the dreaded location of VA and USA and understanding that Richmond is the capital of VA and Washington D.C. is the capital of the USA. These are very abstract and hard concepts for first graders to understand.

Information regarding a project is going home today. The students are going to make a map of their bedroom. Things to remember are a map is a bird’s eye view and I want the kids to do the work themselves. The maps don’t have to look perfect! 🙂

The school store is now open every Tuesday and Thursday! There are many more school supplies and cool items this year! I will send home a list of items soon!

I will be posting again this afternoon with the link to sign up for a conference. Mid- year conferences are on an as needed basis. Feel free to sign up, but I will let you know if I’d like a conferences.

We have no more parents (grandparents) signed up to be a mystery reader for the rest of the year. I know the kids would love to have more so I will also resend that link.

Monday, January 28 is a student holiday.

Have a great day!