Mystery Reader & Mustache Day

Thanks to Kai’s dad for being our Mystery Reader last week!  We enjoyed your stories.





Monday was mustache day.  We looked very silly!


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Dec. 9 – 13

December 9 – 13

  • Monday is a half day.  Please send library books and lunch.
  • What are we learning?   We’ll continue to on teen numbers, needs and wants, the five senses, family traditions and vowels.
  • Be sure your child is working on the Family Traditions project.  It should not be done in one setting.  Please work on it one page at a time.  It should include words or sentences.  Your child should be able to read and present it to the class. 

This is Spirit Week

Mustache Monday

Twisted Tuesday (teachers dress like students/students like teachers)

Wicked Wednesday  Heroes and Villains (Are you a hero or a villain? You decide and dress like your favorite hero or your favorite villain)

Throwback Thursday (Dress in your favorite decade)

Footie Friday (Wear your favorite PJs –  no slippers)

Bonus Spirit Day – Friday, Dec. 20th   Tacky Sweater Day! Wear your favorite tacky holiday or winter gear!

Please be sure to check out the Sign Up Genius sent out by our Room Parents. 

They are organizing a fun Winter Party and need your help!


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Dec. 2 – 6

I hope everyone had a happy, relaxing, family filled, wonderful Thanksgiving Break!

Coming up:

12/4 – make up picture day if you were absent or are new to CTES

12/6 – Cub’s Night In & Parent’s Night Out

12/9 – Half Day for students – send lunch unless you returned a lunch order slip

12/23 – 1/3 Winter Break

What are we learning in December?

short vowels –

a – sounds like apple, crab

e- sounds like elephant, bed

I – iguana, six

O – octopus, sock

U – umbrella, bug

teen numbers – read, write, represent, tell more, tell fewer numbers 0 – 20

needs and wants – choices, wants, needs, money, earning

the five senses – the five senses allow us to learn about our surroundings, sight/eyes, hearing/ears, smelling/nose, touch/skin, taste/tongue  (sweet, sour, smooth, hard, warm, color, bright, strong smell, good/bad smell)

family holiday traditions – make connections between the past and present, compare and contrast people, places and events, identify people and events from the history of my community.


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What are we learning?

We will continue learning about Past and Present and Thanksgiving. We are working on numbers  0 – 10 and will soon be doing numbers 11 – 20. We are reading familiar and new books for fluency and comprehension while also looking at letter sounds, writing sentences and sounding out new words.

What is coming up?

Nov. 26- Turkey Trot-  Kindergarten will go outside with the First and Second Graders from 9:15-9:45 and trot around the building. Please dress your child warm.  There is still time to volunteer:

Nov. 27 – 29– Thanksgiving Holiday- No School

Dec. 4– Make-up picture day

Dec. 6– Cub’s Night In – Parent’s Night Out –  5:30 – 8:30 – Have you registered yet?

Dec. 9– Half day for students – dismissal 11:35 – send lunch or return green lunch order form that is coming home Monday.

Dec. 23- Jan. 3–  Winter Break

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Children’s Museum

We had a great time at the Children’s Museum. We explored the museum and then learned about our five senses. HUGE THANK YOU to our chaperones: Krishnavi’s mom, Jennah’s mom, and Orane’s mom.

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Sunny and Aishu

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First Snow of the Season!

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Veterans Day

Our project completed with Mrs. Andrew’s Fourth Grade class.

We are so grateful for Mr. Smither’s service in the Marine Corp!

Mr. Smither made us proud as he was the guest speaker at the Veteran’s Day Assembly.

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Food Drive Math

Thank you for sending in food to help those in our community who are in need! It was a great lesson in being civic minded.  We collected over 130 cans. We used our knowledge of counting by 10s to count them all!

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Nov. 11 – 15, 2019

* Monday, Nov. 11 – Veteran‘s Day – Please wear red, white, and/or blue as we salute the military and their families.
* Baby photos – If you have not yet, please send in a baby photo of your child. It will be returned on Wednesday.
* Thursday, Nov. 14 – Children’s Museum trip – please wear new purple CTES shirt. Bring a bag lunch AND snack. I suggest a disposable water bottle in case it gets lost.
* RAZ kids – amended directions: Please have your child listen to stories TWO times, read to self once and then read to another reader.

Please have students wear layers to school.  Sometimes it warms up before we get outside for recess and the big winter coat is too much.  It can also get cool in our room sometimes, so layers are great.  Please also work on zipping and buttoning coats, and putting on coats.

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READING -Blend and segment words, correctly write the letters Ww, Yy, Zz  and identifying their sounds, write first and last name with only the first letter of each upper case, Sight words

MATH– Count, writing, reading, comparing, creating, and spelling numbers 1-10

SOCIAL STUDIES – Veteran’s Day, Patriotism, Past and Present (long ago, present, future)

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Veterans Day Book Buddies

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November 4 – 8, 2019

  • We will be studying a Past and Present Unit in Social Studies next week. Please send in a small baby picture of your child by Wednesday, Nov. 6th  Thank you!
  • Conferences – I look forward to meeting with many of you this week. Please be sure to help me stay on schedule by knocking on the door at your conference time and concluding our conference when our time is up.  If for any reason you find you are not able to make our conference time, even if it is the last minute, please call the office and let them know.  They will get a message to me.  804-364-0055.
  • No school – Election Day – Tuesday, November 5.
  • Field Trip – We will be going to the Children’s Museum on November 14. Chaperones have been selected and sent an email.
  • Can Goods – It is a Colonial Trail tradition to collect canned food goods for the Henrico Christmas Mother Program.  This program provides assistance for residents right here in Henrico County who need our help during the holiday season.            From November 1st to November 13th, students may bring in canned goods (& non-perishable food items such as boxed macaroni and cheese, etc.).  Not only is this for a great cause, but the classroom in each grade level that collects the greatest number of items by 3:00 on Nov. 13th will not only earn bragging rights, but their teacher and class will be recognized at the annual “Turkey Court” assembly.
  • CTES has a Facebook page! Please follow us and see what’s happening!
  • CTES PTA Facebook page –
  • Free Money – Did you know that there is an easy way to help our school earn FREE money? All you have to do is designate our school as your beneficiary. Today and each time you shop using your rewards card, you will help CTES purchase needed educational supplies


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Week of October 28

• Monday is a half day. We will not go to the library, but please send books in. We will go either Tuesday or Wednesday.

• Permission slips and ticket money for our trip to the Children’s Museum is due Thursday. Please be sure to label the money with your child’s name. Thursday, I will randomly choose chaperones for the trip from those who have volunteered. Once notified that you have been chosen, please send in your $9 ticket money right away.

• I understand some of our friends may be celebrating Diwali. Throughout the year, please share any pictures you might have of our friends taking part in family traditions. We are so fortunate to have such a diverse population in our class. One of my goals is to share with my students an understanding of how we are all alike and yet different.

• The Book Fair is an excellent way to encourage the love of reading. Students brought home a flyer in their folders. Please consider visiting.  Also, please consider purchasing a gift for our class.  I’ve made a wish list of books that I know our class would enjoy.  It is pinned to the wall on the left as you enter.  I will add a special name plate to the title page of the book announcing it as a gift from your child.
Monday, October 28 3:00-5:45pm
Tuesday, October 29 During the school day, 7:50-2:30
Wednesday, October 30 3:00-6:00pm
LAST DAY!! Thursday, October 31 During the school day, 7:50-2:30

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We had a busy week! Thanks to Orane, Swara, Sunny and Arjun for sending in pumpkins. We made observations, compared, contrasted, measured and conducted an experiment with them. Do you think pumpkins will float or sink in water? Ask your child!

There are still a few spots available for Fall Conferences. Please visit:!/showSignUp/5080D4CA9AC2EA64-fall1

On Tuesday, Mrs. Cieslak will return to substitute in our class. I’m excited for the chance for students to show how respectful and responsible they can be. I know they will be quiet listeners and good workers.

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Our First Mystery Reader

Thanks to Arjun’s mom for being our First Mystery Reader!  We loved it!

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Last Week Oct. 7 – 11

We were so glad to welcome our friend, Aishu, back after an extended absence. When the students heard she was back, they all came out of the room to greet her!

We observed, measured, tasted, floated, and ate apples this week.  As for favorites, our vote was 8 for red, 8 for green and 2 for neither. The applesauce was a success, as well! 

Ah, cooler days! We enjoyed the playground without the heat!

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Next Week

October 14 – Monday is a school holiday for students.

I will be holding Fall Conferences on November 4th and 6th. Please use this link to sign up to meet with me to discuss your student’s progress. Fall Conference Sign Up (If I’ve reached out to you for a meeting sooner that November 4th, there is no need for you to sign up.)

There are a few items we need for some future lessons. Your help would be greatly appreciated. Please email me if you are able to contribute one or more of the following items next week. (We won’t be carving the pumpkins. We will be exploring the life cycle and possible roasting the seeds.)

1 small pumpkin
1 medium pumpkin
1 large pumpkin
2 package of white paper lunch bags
2 packages of brown paper lunch bags

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Apples, Apples, Apples

Next week we will be exploring Fall with a special focus on the harvesting of APPLES! Please send two apples in on Monday or Tuesday. We’ll be taking note of the various types of apples, so please also include a note telling me what type of apple it is.
Later in the week, we will be tasting apples in the form of apple sauce. Please let me know if your child should not particpate in the food tasting.

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Donuts for Dear Ones (a PTA Offering – Thanks for supporting our PTA)

Parents a Reminder:
Donuts with Dear Ones for K-2nd grader is Monday, October 7th from 7:30-8:00am in the gym. You MUST have already submitted your form and money to attend.

Donuts with Dear Ones for 3rd-5th is Thursday, October 10 from 7:30-8:00am in the gym. Deadline to submit your form and money is Tuesday, October 8th. Attached is the form.

Also, Parents, we need volunteers for BOTH events to help make them a success. Please see the sign up genius link below to sign up to help out with these events. Thank you for your time.

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