The Last Week of First Grade

The Last Week of First Grade

Hello last week of school!

By this time next week, you will have 2nd graders!

Thank you so much to everyone who has donated to the Boosterthon AND the American Red Cross (5th grade wax museum).  You all have been extremely generous this year!

If your child purchased a yearbook, first grade will be having a yearbook signing party on Wednesday!  Be sure to send them to school with their yearbooks!  *If there is a special pen or marker you wish to have students sign their book, please send them to school with it.  If you did not purchase a yearbook, each child will be getting a memory packet with an autograph page that they can get signed.

Children will continue to need their bookbags until Thursday.  I will be starting to send things home with them each day so as not to make their bookbags too heavy.  Please do not send their bookbags on Friday.  They will bring home their report cards on Friday and they do not need to be returned.

Please remember that Friday is a shortened day. 🙂


**New photos added to the bottom from the FUNRUN!!!  What a blast!

It’s June!

It’s June!

This year has flown by!  I cannot believe it is already June!  Although there are only 2 more weeks of school left, we will continue to learn until the very last day!  We had a VERY busy week this week! Check out all of our pictures below!

A HUGE thank you for everyone’s support so far in our Boosterthon / FunRun fundraiser!  This is the first time CTES has done a fundraiser like this.  If you have any questions at all, please feel free to email me and I will try to answer them to the best of my knowledge!

I have to be honest, I had a whole list of things that I wanted to be sure to put on the blog this week….and I forgot that list on my desk at school!  I’ll try to remember everything, however, there might be a follow up email tomorrow.  SORRY!

  • Class pictures are in!  They will be coming home Monday.  If you would like to order one, you can send in $9 and I can send home a copy the same day.

  • Shhh….don’t tell the students, but tomorrow is BEACH day when we pop our balloon!  We will be reading and relaxing outside in the grass for 30 minutes in the afternoon.  If you would like, you can pack your child a towel, sunglasses, and a good book to share with their book buddies!

  • All library books are due by this Thursday for inventory.  I will begin collecting them tomorrow. 🙁

  • This Friday, June 8th is the FUNRUN followed by the PTA Cub Celebration!  I hope to see you all there!

  • This week is Spirit week!

June 4th – Mixed Up Monday or Pajamas!

June 5th – Tye-Dye or colorful clothing!

June 6th – Workout Wednesday!

June 7th – T-shirt Thursday!

June 8th – Festive Friday!

Reading – we are LOVING our chapter book study!  Please be sure your child brings their chapter book back to school every day!

Math – double digit addition! (this is not a 1st grade SOL)

Science – force and motion – We will FINALLY get to use the toys they brought in for an experiment!  Thank you for allowing me to keep them for so long!

**We have loved our class set of sidewalk chalk SO much that it’s all gone.  We would love a new box if anyone would be able to donate some!  Thank you!**

Please enjoy the pictures as much as we did taking them!  We had lots of fun with science experiments, math rotations, selfie day, field day, and Junior Achievement this week!

Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day!

I hope you all have been able to enjoy some quality family time over this long weekend!  

Please excuse the long blog post this week as there is a lot of important information to communicate!

  • Last week’s homework was the LAST homework in the homework journals for First grade!  I will grade and return them this week as I was not in school on Friday.  However, I will still give students an assignment for guided reading, which is different than usual!

  • We are finally done with our one-on-one testing!  Yay!  This will allow me to start chapter book studies with the children!  Based on your child’s reading level, we will be reading and discussing a chapter book during guided reading every day.  I will  give each child a post-it to write their homework assignment on it each night.  Please check your child’s postit and be sure they complete the reading so they are prepared to discuss the next day.  We will be using these books every day and I do not have extras.  Please be sure your child is bringing their books every day as well.  Their discussion and comprehension of the books will be their final reading grade for the year.

  • Art shirts will be sent home some time this week as they are not needed for the remainder of the year.

  • We are participating in a FUN RUN fundraiser for the school!  I have a meeting about it on Tuesday.  I will relay more information about it after the meeting!  All proceeds from this fundraiser are going to improved books for guided reading and renewing a music program for ALL grade levels.  Thank you for your participation!

  • FIELD DAY is Friday!  Fingers crossed for good weather!  Thank you to those of you who have volunteered to help.  This is the children’s favorite day of the year!  Coach will be sending home more information this week on field day specifics.  However, be sure that your child has a packed lunch (if you filled out the form to have them pack a lunch), wear appropriate gym clothing with sneakers, and a water bottle with their name on it for the day.  I suggest having them bring a disposable water bottle with their name on the cap for field day and an additional water bottle for lunch.

  • Just a heads up, over the summer, I will need to delete some posts/pictures to allow space for next year’s blog.  If there are any pictures you would like to save, please feel free to save/download them.  Your children are only in first grade once; these are their memories!

Reading – guided reading books study!

Math – review and learning SOME double digit addiiton

Science – force and motion

I hope everyone has stayed dry and safe during all of these storms!

With that being said, we will be having our plant “party” on Monday since school was canceled on Friday.  Also, I will collect last week’s homework on Tuesday, May 22nd.  I know that sounds weird, however, Monday is our no resource day so I would not have time before the end of the day to check it.

*Just a heads up; I will be out of school this Friday.  Mrs. Self will be our substitute.  I will be checking my email, however, if you need to contact the class please call the office.

  • With just 4 weeks left of school, the students are beginning to get excited!  We try to keep routine as consistent as possible as there is still a lot of learning to do!  However, it is hard for children to stay focused at times.  Please talk to your children about maintaining good behavior and acting like second graders.  Thank you for your help!

Writing – adding detail to our writing.  We will be calling this “adding energy and voice to our writing”

Math – review

Science – motion


Thank You!

Thank You!

A HUGE Thank You to every one of the parents and children who helped make my teacher appreciation week the best week ever!  I was truly blown away by your kindness and generosity! It is my pleasure to be able to teach your children every day as I have the best job in the world!  Thank you!

Reading: Students will be reading independently for comprehension.  They will be able to read and answer questions about their reading.

Math: Reviewing adding/subtracting

Science: Plants – students will be completing a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Project on plants!

We had a great week this week learning about plants and seeds!

This past week was exciting in the Buchanan household!  Last Saturday, Mr. Buchanan and I ran the Rugged Maniac Race and Tuesday was Lizzy’s birthday!  I promised the children I would share some pictures! 🙂

Happy Cinco De Mayo!

Happy Cinco De Mayo!

What a beautiful we we had this week!  We had a lot of fun in school as well as we started our plant unit, met Ms. Chantel, our Junior Achievement teacher, and enjoyed an evening at the Richmond Squirrels game!  Be sure to check out the pictures below!

For the past few weeks, we have worked hard with Mr. Price, our technology teacher, on a special map project!  Check it out!

We will be completing a really cool science project next week as well!  If you happen to empty a paper towel roll at home this week, please send in the empty roll instead of throwing it away!  We can use empty paper towel rolls for our project.  Thank you!

On Monday, a Field Day packet will be coming home.  This has a bunch of information on our upcoming field day!  Please fill out and return the 2nd paper regarding lunch for that day.  Thank you!

Writing – bold beginnings, mighty middles, and excellent endings to stories

Math – review

Science – plants

“It’s Gonna Be May!”

“It’s Gonna Be May!”

It’s hard to believe that it’s already May!

With that being said, it’s time of the end of the year testing.  We do Fountas and Pinnell reading assessment, PALs reading assessment, and The Henrico Math Screener.  These assessments help us to show your child’s growth throughout the year and shows their second grade teacher what reading and math level they left first grade.  Each of these assessments are completed one on one.  This takes a very long time.  They will be administered any chance we have.  Unfortunately, our Guided reading time will be used to administer these assessments.  I will begin collecting your child’s book baggie books this week.  However, I do encourage them to check out their just right level books from the library and continue reading on Raz Kids every night to help prepare for these assessment!

If your child read and filled out the Flying Squirrel Bookmark, this Tuesday is the day their free ticket is for!  I suggest parents to try to purchase their tickets online in advance so you do not have to stand in a very long line at the ball park.  If your child would like to walk in the parade, be there before 5;45!

A message from Art:

Mrs. Smith, our Colonial Trail art teacher, is collecting some interesting items to be used in the art room this spring and next fall.  Please consider donating any of the following items to be used by the children in their art classes.  Feel free to collect these supplies during the summer and send them in the fall as well.  Your trash is our treasure!! Thanks for all of your help!!

Old CDs, Felt, Yarn, Fabric Scraps, Beads or old Necklaces, 4 oz Elmers Glue Bottles, Cheap White Paper Plates, Styrofoam or Plastic Egg Cartons, Empty Toilet Tissue and Paper Towel Rolls, Newspaper

Reading: Using context clues to figure out unknown words

Math: review

Science: Plants


Picture day is Monday!  

Picture day is Monday!  

Spring Picture day is Monday. Please dress your best even if you are not planning on purchasing any pictures.

Cold and flu season hit our classroom hard this year!  We are running very low on lysol wipes and tissues.  If you are able, we would love some tissue and sanitizing wipe donations! THANK YOU!

Writing – writing in complete sentences with a subject and predicate

Math – measuring (length, capacity, and temperature)

Social Studies – land forms and regions of the world (desert, rain forest, ocean, etc.)

We had a really exciting week!  Check it out!

Starting the 4th Marking Period!

Starting the 4th Marking Period!

This past Friday was the last day of the 3rd marking period.  We’re in the 4th and last marking period now!  We’ve been working hard at acting like SECOND graders to prepare for next year.

Just a reminder that tomorrow, Monday, April 16th is a half day for students.

Please read the homework carefully.  I’m giving a FREE Homework pass for Monday (if you choose).  I was unable to check the homework on Friday due to the field trip.

Reading – Theme – This is the message the author is trying to give or the moral of the story.

Math – measurement and capacity

Social Studies – maps (knowing our planet, country, state, and city)

Please help us congratulate London Harvey in her Cheerleading team’s FIRST PLACE award they won this weekend in Richmond!  We have very talented students in our class!

We had a BLAST on Friday at our field trip! A big THANK YOU to all of our chaperones who were a huge help on our field trip!

Please check out these pictures with your child so they can enjoy and explain what we did all week!

Happy Spring Break!

Happy Spring Break!

I cannot believe that we walked the dog tonight while it was SNOWING!  It this really April?


I hope you all have had a wonderfully relaxing Spring Break!


Just a reminder, we have a Field Trip this Friday, April 13th!  All students will need to wear their blue First Grade t-shirt.  If your child does not have a first grade t-shirt, they will need to wear a blue shirt.  All students must also bring a disposable lunch.  Please put all lunches in a plastic or paper bag with their name on it.  Everything must be able to be thrown away (such as ziplock bags, plastic utensils, plastic water bottles, etc.). Thank you!


Math – measurement using nonstandard units

Writing – using unique sentences to keep the story flowing

Social Studies – Maps