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!

Welcome back!

Hi All!

I think we are starting to get back in the swing of things (before the next snow hits!)

I hope everyone had a wonderful break. We are done playing catch up from the snow before break and I worry we are going to get behind yet again with the impending forecast.

I have started our mid-year F&P testing. This is the individual reading assessment we give the students 3 times a year to help us better meet the needs of each student. Since it is an individual assessment it does take a long time to test the entire class. This is nothing to study for and it is only one tool used to help with reading instruction.

LA – We are focusing on compound words.

WS – On our next word study test there will be a few changes. I will now be taking off 2 points for every unnecessary uppercase letter. We have been working hard on differentiating between upper and lowercase letters. Each assessment the children will be writing a dictation sentence based on the sort they have. The sentence will have common sight words, words from the sort, and words that fit the pattern but may not be in their sorts. I will be grading these based on spelling and sentence mechanics.

MATH – We are switching from addition to subtraction. We will practice using different tools and strategies to help us.

SCIENCE – We began our unit on winter today. We will focus on changes in temperature, clothing, length of the day, and how animals adapt to the colder temperatures.

Here are a few reminders –

Please make sure your child has a snack everyday. They get very hungry by the time lunch rolls around.

Please make sure your child is prepared for the weather at recess each day. If it is above freezing we love to get our wiggles out!

Every Wednesday is now a “Workout Wednesday” We will do exercises each Wednesday morning (led by teachers 🙂 ) on the morning announcements and the kids are free to wear workout clothes.

There will be no school on January 21st in honor of MLK, Jr. Day

January 28th is a student holiday. This is a clerical day for teachers. If we do miss school for snow next week, this could change.

Conferences are planned for Thursday, February 7.

Stay warm and let me know if you need anything!

Almost to break!

Hi All!

What crazy weather we had – I didn’t see that big of a storm coming!

Here are some important events coming in the next week.

Tomorrow is PJ Day. Please do not send in slippers. We were also notified to let the kids know that onesies are not allowed.

The kids voted on a movie and popcorn for their 10th compliment. I am hoping to do that tomorrow since it is possibly going to rain. If not we will do it next week.

Homework will be due next Tuesday. I plan on giving the word study assessment on Tuesday.

We will have our annual Sing and Ring next Wednesday. Your child is welcome to dress in holiday gear and bring bells to ring during our assembly.

Our break will begin next Thursday.

I hope you all had a great time in the snow!

Welcome back!

I hope everyone had a great, restful Thanksgiving! Here are a few tidbits and an update on what we are learning.

Next week will be Ms. Galloway’s last week. She has done an amazing job and the kids have learned so much from her! I wanted to plan a little going away present for her. I am planning on making a gift basket filled with teaching supplies she will need as she begins her own career. I will be collecting the following type items between now and next Thursday (December 6). Things such as post-its, note cards, pens, markers, anything office/school supply will work. Please have your child sneak it to me in a bag of some sort, not to Ms. Galloway because we want to surprise her. I will NOT be her next Monday (12/3) or Tuesday (12/4) so please refrain from sending anything in on those days. My dad is having some surgery so I am heading to NC to be with my parents for that.

The word study homework this week will be using the words from BEFORE Thanksgiving. Please let me know if they got misplaced, I am happy to send home another copy.

LA – We will continue to focus on magic e and word order in sentences. As always, we will focus on capitalization and ending marks.

Math – We will continue to focus on addition strategies.

Social Studies – We will finish our study of Thanksgiving and Pocahontas and begin learning about Jamestown and Christopher Newport.

Here are some upcoming events –

November 27 – Spirit Night at Zaxby’s 4-8

November 29 – Picture retakes

Have a great week! 🙂

November 15

Hi there!

The kids are enjoying Ms. Galloway leading the class! It is so nice to have two adults here to help work with the kids. Just a reminder that there are two Signup Geniuses to check out.

Thanksgiving Feast – We are looking forward to the annual First Grade Feast next Tuesday, November 20 at 1:45. The kids will get to sit with friends from other first grade classes and enjoy some traditional Thanksgiving food. There are still a few more slots to fill if you are interested.


There are many more opportunities to be a Mystery Reader! Click the link below to sign up.


Here is what we are up to over the next couple of weeks.

LA – We are focusing on Magic e. Adding e to the end of cvc words makes the vowel say its name. We are also focusing on the importance of word order in sentences. We have many fun games and activities to help the children practice this skill.

WS – The kids will not have word study next week. The words from this week will be used for homework during the week of November 26 – 30. The test will be Friday, November 30.

MATH – We will continue to work on addition and different strategies to help us, such as number lines, counters, hundreds charts, and many more.

SOCIAL STUDIES – We are learning about Pocahontas, Thanksgiving, and the Powhatan tribe. We will lead into our study of Christopher Newport next.

As the Thanksgiving holiday quickly approaches, I wanted to say how thankful I am for you all and your WONDERFUL children. I love this class and I feel so grateful to get to teach here at The Lake!

Fun day at Meadow Farm!

We had a great day at Meadow Farm yesterday. The kids learned a lot and the weather was perfect. Here are a few important dates to be aware of for the next few weeks!

I am working on uploading all of the pictures form our Animal STEM activity and the field trip. I am not very tech savoy so I apologize for the delay. 🙂

Tomorrow, Friday, November 9th, is Emoji Day. They can wear something or bring something with Emojis on it. Please do NOT send them with poop emoji items.

Our Veterans Day assembly is on Monday, November 12. We will dress in red, white, and blue to show our Patriotism.

Culture Cases are due on the 12th as well.

Christmas Mother canned food  – Will we be the Turkey Queens? Please send in non-perishable items to school November 12 – 16. The classroom that collects the most will win the honor of their teacher being crowned the Turkey Queen.

November 16th is our first Silent Auction, Raffle, and BINGO night! Come and get some holiday shopping done while enjoying so family fun!.

Thanksgiving Break is Wednesday, November 21 – 25. We will have Thanksgiving Feast here at school Tuesday, November 20. More information about this and signing up to bring in items will be coming out soon!

I know this is a lot to take it! Thanks for all you do! 🙂


November 5 – 9

Hi All!

We have been very busy in room 9! I am looking forward to meeting with you all this evening to discuss your child’s progress. If you have not signed up yet, there is still space available. If tonight does not work please email me so we can find a good time to meet.

Here is what we are up to this week.

LA – We will continue to focus on blends. In the area of grammar we are working on asking verse telling sentences.


Math – We will finish our number recognition and counting unit. Next we will move into basic addition strategies.

Social Studies – New this year we are focusing more on cultures. We will talk about the cultural traditions we share as Virginians and the cultural heritage we bring to our community. A project is going home today that will be due on Monday, February 12. We will explain it in class today.

We are super excited about our field trip to Meadow Farm on Wednesday. Please pack your child’s lunch in an disposable bag. No glass. The forecast looks to be sunny with a high of 70!

Have a great day!