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 πŸ™‚ ) 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! πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

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 foodΒ  – 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! πŸ™‚


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!

October 29 – November 2

Hi All!

We are very excited for our field trip to Meadow Farm on Wednesday, November 7. Mrs. Aquilo and Mrs. Neilson will be chaperoning the trip with us. Thank you to all the parents who volunteered, we had 10 parents respond that they were interested in joining us! Please remember if you are planning on meeting us out there you MUST notify me before and you MUST have your volunteer application turned in to the school. New applications must be submitted every year.

I am looking forward to conference night next Monday, November 5. Please let me know ASAP if you need to reschedule.

The children will be free to exchange their library books as soon as they finish reading them from now on. If your child would like to exchange his/her books, they can go during PIE time each morning.

I know the children are excited for Wednesday night. Please remind then when packing lunches and snacks that candy is not a snack for snack time. They are welcome to enjoy some candy at lunch, but they need a snack for snack time.

Here is what we are up to in room 9 –

LAΒ  – We are focusing on blends over the next two weeks. We will start with r blends (ex. br, dr, gr, cr, fr, pr, tr, wr), move on to l blends (bl, cl, fl, gl, pl, sl,) and then finish up with s blends (sc, sk, sl, sm, sn, sp, st, sw). In the area of writing we are focusing on asking verse telling sentences.

Math – Mrs. Galloway began her unit on number recognition and counting today with many fun activities. The kids will focus on recognizing number to 110, counting numbers to 110, writing numbers correctly to 30, and counting backwards from 20. They will also practice skip counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s.

Social Studies – This week the kids will learn about being citizens of the US and voting.

Have a great evening!

Field Trip

Hi All!

A couple of things –

Field trip permission slips came home today. Chaperones are first come first serve so make sure you send it back tomorrow if you would like to chaperone. I am only allowed to bring two chaperones when I have a student teacher. Please read all the information carefully and fill in all of the blanks on the permission slip.

Homework is not due until Friday, but the kids can bring it in early. Make sure they review the words throughout this week to prepare for Friday’s word study test.

Have a great evening! πŸ™‚

October 19 update

We are really enjoying our student teacher, Kelly Galloway! She is a natural and is already a wonderful addition to our class. Ms. Galloway is coming to us from VCU and will be here for the next 8 weeks.

The kids did an amazing job creating and presenting their animal dioramas! They are currently on display in the library for all the school to enjoy.

This week the kids were “hired” by the Metro Richmond Zoo to create a new animal exhibit. They worked in groups to research the animal they selected, they created a new exhibit as a group, and are sharing the exhibit in class today. I have taken lots of pictures so look for a blog update with a link to the pictures soon!

Here is what we are studying now and next-

LA – We will finish our short vowel unit this week. Next week we will focus on digraphs (sh, ch, th, wh).

The kids did a nice job with word study this week. A few things to remember

  1. They will use the same words for 2 weeks so please don’t throw the words away. The second week they will glue the words onto the homework sheet.
  2. Please have your child use pencil to complete the homework.
  3. When the kids are doing sentences inventive spelling is encouraged. I do want them to spell the word study words correctly, but when they are working on the rest of the sentence I want them to try stretching out the words as they write it. This helps us see where they are in their spelling progress.
  4. Feel free to let me know if you lose your homework packet or threw away your words this week and I will get you more.

Math – We will finish up graphing and move on the number recognition to 110. We will also work on writing our numbers to 30.

Science – We will finish up our animal unit.

Next week we have a spirit week. Here are the themes for each day of the week.

Monday – Wear red to show that at Echo Lake, we respect ourselves and others.

Tuesday – Wear sweats or workout clothes to show that we make healthy choices about our bodies.

Wednesday – Wear “mix-matched” socks for Mix-It-Up Day where we mix it up at lunch and recess to make new friend.

Thursday – Wear your favorite college gear or dress to represent your future career to show you are thinking about a bright future ahead.

Friday – Wear orange to show that you stand up against bullying.

Next Friday is Pumpkin Palooza! This is a fun, free family event Friday evening. Come join us for the fun! πŸ™‚