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


Keep Calm — Spring Break is Coming!

Keep Calm — Spring Break is Coming!

5 more school days until Spring Break!  I know the kids are just as excited as the teachers! *There will be no blog post next Sunday.  Please enjoy your spring break!  The next blog post will be Sunday, April 8th.

Thank you so much for all of the birthday love! Turning 25 for the 9th time has been great so far! 🙂 Also, thank you to those of you who have purchased things off of our wish list!  The kids truly appreciate them!

You will see on this week’s homework that there is a mandatory Poetry reading assignment.  This will be a speaking and listening (English and Reading) grade.  Please help your child select any poem they would like (they DO NOT need to write the poem!).  They are to practice reading it fluently for homework.  We will have a poetry sharing in class on Friday where your child will be graded on their ability to read their selected poem in front of the class. Please let me know if you have any questions or would like help finding a poem!  Have fun!

Just a heads up — First grade has planned a second field trip for the year!  We are waiting approval from the county before we can send home the permission slip.  This is taking longer than expected.  The field trip will be Friday, April 13th to the Science Museum of Richmond.  There will be a small fee for this field trip.  The estimated amount is $13.50, however, we are waiting on confirmation.  Once we get approval and the permission slip is sent home, we will need them to be returned with the payment ASAP.  Please do not send any money into school until the permission slip is sent home.  I apologize for the late notice and thank you for your cooperation!  The kids are going to love this field trip!

*As always, the chaperones are chosen first come first serve basis.  Chaperones will also have to pay the same amount as the children.  We are limited to only 4 chaperones per class. Thank you for your understanding.


Reading: poetry fluency and comprehension

Math: when to use addition or subtraction in word problems

Social Studies: Maps! We will compare and contrast maps and globes as well as learn about cardinal directions.


Check out all of the cool stuff we did this week!


Happy Friday!

Happy Friday!

With the sun shining, it looks as though Spring may be right around the corner!  BUT…then you step outside, and realize it’s still quite chilly!  How deceiving!  Please continue to dress your child appropriately for outside recess.  As long as the “feels like” temperature is above 32 degrees, we do go outside!  The kids need it!

Reading/Writing: We will be reviewing nouns, verbs, and adjectives to prepare for us to learn about making good word choices when writing!  We want to write stories that will captivate the reader!

Math: the next two weeks will be review weeks.  We will be reviewing telling time, money, addition, and subtraction.

Science: Natural Resources, Pollution, Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle! We are celebrating Mother Nature this week as well as touching upon the Spring Season.

We had an exciting week!  Ask your child to explain everything we did using these pictures!


Have a Great Weekend!

Have a Great Weekend!

Mr. Buchanan and I will be out of town to celebrate our niece’s 3rd birthday in Philadelphia this weekend!  I hope you don’t mind if I post the blog early!

Please join the first grade teachers at California Pizza Kitchen this Tuesday, March 13th!  Part of your bill will go to CTES if you mention the promotion!

Reading/Writing – This week we will be focusing on writing, specifically coming up with ideas for writing.  Let’s be creative!

Math – counting mixed coins

Science – Natural Resources

*We’ve done A LOT of science experiments this week!  Check out our pictures and have your child explain/share what they’ve learned!

Happy Music and Art Month!

Happy Music and Art Month!

In celebration of Music and Art month, we will have spirit wear days this week!

Monday – Cool colors Day (blue, Green and Purple)

Tuesday – Primary Color Day (Red, Yellow and Blue)

Wednesday – Secondary Colors (Orange, Green, and Purple)

Thursday – Wear shapes day!

Friday – Wear patterns day

Save the date!  Tuesday, March 13th is a spirit night at California Pizza Kitchen in Short Pump mall!  All of the first grade teachers will be there!  Please join us!  A portion of your bill will go to CTES if you mention the spirit night!

Just a reminder that our school does collect “Box Tops”.  These Box tops also give money to our school! Please cut them out of any product you may have around the house and send them in!

Many of your homework notebooks are beginning to get full.  Once the notebook is full, you can keep it at home (once I’ve checked it).  The notebook will need to be replaced.  Please let me know if you are not able to replace it.

For Fun Friday this Friday, we are doing a very special science experiment: Root Beer Floats!  PLEASE KEEP THIS A SECRET! We will identify the solid, liquid, and gas in the root beer float.  **Please let me know if your child is not able to drink the root beer float! 

We are in need of a 2 liter bottle of root beer soda, 25 small clear plastic cups, 25 spoons, and a half gallon of vanilla ice cream.  If you are able to donate, please let me know and send in the supplies before Thursday!  THANK YOU!

Please see the attached flier from Papa Johns for a great fundraising opportunity! Papa Johns Form

Reading: We will be learning how to put words in ABC order to the 2nd letter.  We will also be continuing to write a creative story with a clear beginning, middle,and end.  We will then exchange our stories to ask and answer questions about them!  We are true authors!

Math: Money money money!!!!  We will begin identifying and counting coins.

Science: Solid, liquid, gas, and dissolving!

We had a great week!  Check us out!


Read Across America Week!

Read Across America Week!

Happy Dr. Seuss week!  This is one of my favorite weeks of the year!  We get to celebrate the life of an amazing author and educator while focusing on having fun with literature!  To help celebrate the week, please consider participating in our spirit wear!

Monday: Fox in Socks Day (wear crazy socks)

Tuesday:  I Can Read With My Eyes Shut Day (wear a shirt you can read)

Wednesday: Green Eggs and Clothes Day (wear green)

Thursday: If I Ran the Zoo Day (wear animal print)

Friday:  Seussical Character Day (dress as your favorite Dr. Seuss character)


One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish…we’re all out of Goldfish!  From time to time, students forget their snack.  They’re able to “purchase” snack with their class money.  But we’re all out!  If you’re able, please consider donating Goldfish crackers, graham crackers, pretzels, or any other healthy nut-free snack.  Thank you!

What an amazing performance the kids did at the Social Studies Showcase!  They rocked it!  The students also did an amazing job with their Famous American projects and presentations!

If you have photos of your students at home or school and would like to submit them to our yearbook, please login to this website and upload them.


Reading – plot (beginning, middle, and end). We will use what we’ve learned about plot to create our own stories with a clear beginning, middle, and end.

Math – telling time to the hour and half hour

Science – matter, solid, liquid, and gas (one of my favorites!).

*We will be doing many experiments this week with solid liquid and gas.  I have many of the supplies already.  However, we are in need of:

  • a small bag of sand

  • a small bag of soil

  • koolaid powder mix

  • a bottle of cooking oil

We will start the experiments on Tuesday!  Please let me know if you’re able to help by donating!


Check out all of the fun we had this week!!!

Famous Americans

Famous Americans

This is going to be a very busy week!

Tuesday is our Famous American parade at school.  This will take place right after announcements in the morning.  Please have your child come to school dressed as the Famous American they did their research.  If they would like to change after the parade, please pack them a change of clothes in their backpack.  They may wear their costume all day if they would like as long as they are able to play at recess.

Wednesday after school is the Social Studies Showcase where first grade will have their music performance to kick off the night! Please  dress your child in their Famous American Costume for this after school event.  First graders should arrive at 5:30.  They will parade around gym before their music performance.  After they sing, I will take the students to a corner of the gym for parents to pick them up.  Once you have picked up your child, please feel free to check out the rest of the school’s Social Studies projects!

Thursday is the 100th day of school!  We will be doing some fun activities during the school day.  Please dress your child in a shirt with a number on it.  This is just for fun!

This has been quite the eventful year for our family.  I am sorry to report that Mr. Buchanan and I will be in Pittsburgh until Tuesday evening.  My aunt unexpectedly passed away on Friday.  We are attending her funeral and celebrating her life with my family in Pittsburgh.  I am very sorry to have to miss the Famous American parade on Tuesday.  However, I have asked the substitute to take pictures.  Thank you all for your understanding!  I will be checking my email frequently.  Please email me if you have any questions about the events this week!

Reading : Plot – this is a summary of a story.  The beginning introduces the setting and characters.  The middle is the most exciting part, typically some sort of problem.  The end is the conclusion or solution to the problem.

Math: We will be introducing the concept of telling time to the hour.

Social Studies: students will be doing their famous American presentations on Wednesday for a grade.  Please have them practice what it is that they will say.  They can read their research paper if they feel more comfortable doing so.  *If your child has not turned in their sloppy copy for their research, please make sure they turn it in on Monday!  During class on Monday, they will be writing their final copy!  This is also for a grade.

Science: matter – this lesson will develop into learning about the states of matter (solid, liquid, and gas) the following week!


Happy Valentine’s Week!

Happy Valentine’s Week!

I have emailed a list of Valentine guidelines along with the students’ first names.  Please let me know if you need me to send a paper copy home.  We will not be having a “party”, simply a Valentine exchange.

First grade is performing at the Social Studies Showcase night!  Please send in your child’s permission slip ASAP so Mrs. N knows which students are attending.  Let me know if you have any questions about the performance and/or the Famous American project.  This is a favorite of mine and the children!

Report Cards will come home Monday!  Please sign and return the envelop stating that you have received the report card.  You may keep the report card and the contents of the envelop.  Thank you!

Many of you have heard about the tragic sled riding accident that wounded one of our students and her brother.  Friends of the family will be hosting a fundraiser for the Dietsch family at Pie Five on Broad street this Tuesday, February 13th.  See the flier below for more details.

Math: fractions – Fractions are a part of a whole.

Reading – using context clues to understand unknown words

Social Studies – Famous Americans