Important Up Coming Dates

Thursday, June 6th Kindergarten Celebration                                                           All family members are invited!  We will start singing at 11 :00.  Be there early to get a good seat. Students should wear their GREEN class shirt.                                                We will NOT be going to the cafeteria on this day.  Students will either have the prepaid pizza lunch or bring lunch from home.  Parents bring lunch for yourselves as well!  Our “family picnic” will be in the gym until 12:00.  It might be a good idea to send a beach towel or blanket to sit on while eating.

Friday, June 7th  S.T.E.A.M.  (5:30-6:30) &  CUB CELEBRATION  (6:30 – 8:00)  You are invited to walk into all the CTES classrooms to see S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, arts & math) projects.  We will display, our “Litter Bugs.”  We will also have a video of our bugs “talking” on the board.   I sent this video to you a while back.  This is not a night for conferencing.  I WILL NOT BE DISCUSSING STUDENT’S PROGRESS WITH ANY PARENTS ON THIS NIGHT.

Tuesday June 11  –  No School

Friday, June 14  –  a half day and LAST day of school

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Fun, Fitness, Field Day

We had such a wonderful time during Field Day! I could not be prouder of the good sportsmanship, respect and responsibility shown by our class! Way to go!

Click to see more pictures.

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Our Week

This week we had a celebratory send off for our friends that participated in the Little Feet Meet. We pledged to take care of the Earth with the help of our fourth grade friends. We also made Litter Bugs.  Please be sure to look in the take home folder to see directions on how you can view the digital part of that project.


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Spring and the Code of Conduct – a message from Mrs. Hartman

Spring has arrived – plants are growing, kids are spending more time outside, and the temperatures are warming up.  With these changes, what we wear also changes.

Parents – please be mindful of what your child wears to school to ensure that they are in compliance with the HCPS Code of Conduct – Dress Code.  Thanks in advance for adhering to these expectations.

Dress code excerpt below from the HCPS Code of Conduct:

Students may not wear the following items unless otherwise stated:

  • Hoods, hats, face masks, or head coverings of any kind inside school buildings during regular school hours, unless required for religious or medical reasons.
  • The following items on school grounds during regular school hours: bandanas, do-rags, head scarves (with the exception of head garments for religious reasons), hair picks, wave caps, large combs, brushes, and rollers.
  • Sunglasses, unless prescribed by a physician.
  • Dresses, skirts, shorts, athletic shorts, and other similar clothing must reach the tip of the thumb when hands placed at the sides (arms straight with palms flat). When wearing leggings, tights, or similar apparel as an outer garment, tops must also reach the tip of the thumb.
  • Messages on clothing, chains, jewelry, and personal belongings that pertain to drugs, alcohol, tobacco, sex, gangs, vulgarity, or that could cause a substantial disruption to the learning environment.
  • Spiked jewelry, chains, and items which could cause student injury.
  • Beachwear (which includes bathing suits and trunks) and sleepwear.
  • Clothing that reveals undergarments.
  • Cut-off jeans, cut-off sweat pants, or torn, ripped, or slashed clothing that reveals undergarments or body parts excluded by other parts of this code.
  • Bedroom slippers or shoes with wheels, also known as “Heelys.”
  • Clothing that reveals the midriff while sitting or standing.
  • Clothing that is tight, skimpy, or with plunging necklines.
  • Clothing that is see-through, revealing, or resembles undergarments.
  • Tube tops, halter-tops, halter-top dresses, strapless dresses or tops or dresses with spaghetti straps (tops must be at least two inches wide at the shoulder).
  • High heels or flip flops at the elementary level (Elementary students are encouraged to wear athletic shoes or closed toe shoes with a rubber sole and should wear such shoes for Physical Education and recess).



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Career Day

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Fourth Grade Puppet Show

Some of Mrs. Andrews students did their book report in the form of a puppet show. They were kind enough to perform it for us!


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Looking for Signs of Spring

Today, we made binoculars. We then went outside to search for signs of spring. We saw birds, flowers, new blooms, trees with new leaves and much more!

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March is here!

March is here! I hope it will bring less mud and more sunshine.
Here are some notes for the coming weeks.

  • Many students have been buying lunch on Fridays. Please be sure to send snack on days your child is buying lunch.
  • Sadly, we’ve had a number of sick classmates recently.  Thank you for adhering to the county policy of not sending students to school if they have a fever. Students should be fever free (without the help of medicine) for 24 hours before coming to back.
  • On a similar note, if anyone would like to donate a can of disinfecting spray or a box of disinfecting wipes, we could really use it. We’re almost out.

Dr. Seuss Week  –  His birthday was this past Saturday and we’re celebrating all things Seuss and reading this week.  Here is how your child can participate:

Monday – Wear Silly Socks for Fox in Socks

Tuesday – Wear green for Green Eggs and Ham

Wednesday – Wear mismatched, wacky clothes for Wacky Wednesday

Thursday – Wear red, black and white for The Cat in the Hat Comes Back

Friday – Dress up like your favorite Dr. Seuss character !!! Kindergarten will parade around the school in the morning after the AM Announcements !

***Do not stress about the character costume.  This activity is meant to be fun!  Check your email for some simple and inexpensive ideas!

Henrico County Schools would like to hear from you. How are we doing? Tell us about your perspectives and experiences, so that we may improve and make important decisions about the future.

On March 11, you will receive an email from HCPS that contains a survey we’d like for you to take. It will be available from March 11 – 29. It will take 15 – 20 minutes to complete.

Students in grade 5 – 12 are also asked to complete the survey. Parents will have the needed link to preview the student survey. They may then decide if they’d like for their child to participate or if they’d like to submit an opt-out form. These forms will come home the week of February 25.****



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Feb. 18 – 22

Wow!  February is flying by.  Here are a few notes about this week.

  • Monday – a President’s Day poem project is coming home. Please help your child select one of the two poems to memorize.
  • Monday – We will be writing responses to “My Favorite Meal” and creating the meal using craft materials.
  • Wednesday is the 99th day of school. I’d like to have everyone’s collection of 100 items in the classroom.  This will allow us to be sure we have something appropriate for everyone to count the next day.
  • Thursday – 100th Day of School! Just for fun, let’s all wear our green class shirt.  (We’ll be using it again for another field trip and field day.)
  • Thursday Night – 6:30 – Brief PTA/First Grade Performance/Multicultural Night – We will display our favorite meal projects and enjoy some culinary samples from around the world.
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I See You!

Prasoon celebrate his birthday by gifting us these silly glasses!  Happy Birthday Prasoon!  

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Winter is Here!

We celebrated winter by making these super cool snowflakes!

Thanks Mrs. Anna & Ms. Ashley!

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Shadows: light, something blocking the light, surface

Ms. M from the Math, Science, and Innovation Center came by to talk to us about shadows. We had so much fun!

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When one of your girl friends returns after being sick for three days…

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Updates and Info

For our class:

  • Snowman Project due this FRIDAY
    • There are TWO parts to the assignment.
    • Help your child decorate the snowman.
    • Have your child make up a story about his/her snowman.  PLEASE make sure the ideas are your child’s.  Please do not help too much.  It should be your student’s words and work.  (I loved the family holiday projects.  However, some included words like glorious, hemisphere and illumination that I don’t think came from the student’s mind.)
    • You should WRITE what the student SAYS while making up the story.
  • Assessments and Conferences – Last week, this week and next week I will be meeting with students, one at a time to assess progress in reading and math.  I will send a written report at the end of January to ALL parents explaining the results.  At that time, I will also contact parents that I feel I need to meet with in person.  Those parents will be offered one of a limited number of spots available during the school’s evening conferences.  The conferences will be held in early February.
  • Friday Lunch Fridays are a popular day to buy lunch because of the pizza.  Please don’t forget to still send a snack though.  Lunch is very late in the day.
  • Text Messages – I love sending reminders using the Remind app.  Unfortunately, I’ve just been told that Verizon users will no longer be able to receive these texts because of a new fee.  I’m not sure how many people this affects.  I’ll keep using it, but I’ll also be relying on emails and this blog more.


  • Multicultural Museum – I’m sorry for any confusion surrounding the Multicultural Museum project.  A school-wide plan was set in motion before we realized some tweaking was needed for Kindergarteners.  I’ll be sending home more information about this later.  For now, please just return the WHITE slip of paper sent home last week.  It asks you to list your child’s favorite family meal.
  • Muffins with Mom – We are excited to welcome Catava Burton, HCPS Educational Specialist, to Muffins with Moms, January 18, from 8-8:30am.  In her “Are You Smarter than Your Child’s Smart Phone?” workshop she will share the latest texting slang, secret apps, and social media tricks.  Information will also be provided on bullying/cyberbullying, human trafficking, internet safety, and psychological impact of these issues.  Strategies will be provided to help parents keep their children safe.  Bring your smart phone!


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32 Degrees, Water Starts to Freeze!

Click here to see pictures of your friends in the snow.  

Click here to hear the Thermometer song.

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First Snow Day

We were so surprised by the snow! Click here to see us play in the snow.

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November 19

We had so much fun on Friday during our Fall Celebration. We created cute bear magnets, played pin-the-nose-on-the pumpkin, decorated leaves and bowled with candy corn! Huge thanks to Mrs. Gooden and Mrs. Director for their help. We could not have had so much fun without you!

Another huge thank you to the Sharfmans and Goodens for recent classroom donations. We will certainly use the items you contributed to make learning fun and engaging! Please check out my blog for more ideas from our wish list.

On Tuesday, we will participate in CTES’s Turkey Trot. It’s a time for students to get outside, get some fresh air and exercise a bit! Parents are invited to come walk/jog/run as well. I’m sorry, siblings that do not attend CTES are not able to come. The weather looks good, but please be sure to dress your child in layers and shoes for walking/running.

Speaking of dressing your children, please have your child practice putting on his/her gloves and mittens. Have your student practice zipping, hooking, buttoning and fastening their coats and pants. I’ve shown students how to zip up, then down when a zipper gets stuck. That often does the trick.

Thank you for sending in a change of clothes for your child. We seem to have been having a number of accidents lately. Please remind them to keep the clothes in their backpack. Also remind them that if I’m not talking, they can go without asking permission. They should also remember to go BEFORE it is an emergency. Finally, if I am teaching/talking to the class, remind them to use our “secret bathroom signal” when raising their hand so I can nod them on without them having to wait too long.

11/12-11/26- Food Collection for the Henrico Christmas Mother. This program relies on hundreds of volunteers and thousands of donors to provide food to more than 6,000 Henrico County residents who need our help during the holiday season. Each class will be competing with each other to see who brings in the most non-perishable and can goods. The teacher of the winning class on each grade level will be crowned during the Turkey Court the week after Thanksgiving. We’re already off to a great start. Thank you so much for your donations.

Finally, please have a safe and restful Thanksgiving with your friends and family.

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Veteran’s Day

Mrs. Andrew’s fourth graders came to create Veteran’s Day tribute. Click here for more pictures.

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Sweet Team Work

Folding the chair can be complicated. These three friends decided to work together to bring my chair all the way across the field to me. 🙂

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