Update 3/20

Happy Friday!

I hope everyone’s first week of distance learning is going well. I am missing being in our classroom with you all. If your child is interested in video chatting or using Facetime to catch up please let me know, I would love to hear from you!  You may also send pictures to my email at ngnies@henrico.k12.va.us, so that I can share them on our blog (with your permission).

Here is an updated Epic class code: dyi9429

I know I have been spending time outside with my sweet dog Lucy! Can’t wait to see some of your distance learning photos!

Have a great day,

Mrs. Nies

Update 3/18


As we all navigate through our distance learning I want to make sure you have the Clever log in link.

For Clever log in directions and other approved e-learning, visit https://sites.google.com/henrico.k12.va.us/hcpsdistancelearning/resources?authuser=0
Our class uses Epic, Brainpop Jr. and Seesaw in our classroom already, now they are accessible at home!

If your child is interested in more reading resources Kidlit TV and Read Wonder and Learn! provide videos of authors reading their own books with permission from their publishers. The Reading Resources document is linked via QR code in the packet that was sent home.

There is a Clever QR code in your child’s folder. I am able to send you log in information if you need assistance.

Have a wonderful Wednesday.

Weekly Update 3/7

Happy Weekend!

Our students had such a great time during our field trip to Maymont park on Thursday. We were able to participate in a lesson on Creature Features and explore the Children’s Farm. Below are some pictures, if you were able to attend the trip and have great pictures you would like to share I would love to add them to our blog. Please email them to me at ngnies@henrico.k12.va.us


In math this week we practiced our fact fluency with addition and subtraction up to 20. We wrapped up our telling time unit as well! Our kiddos are working hard on telling time to the hour and half hour. Next week we start recognition of coins and counting money.

Here is our homework for March! 

Upcoming dates:

Saturday March 14 and Sunday March 15- Henrico ARTS festival at Deep Run High School

Spring Book Fair March 9-14

This is the last week to order field day shirts, here is the link: https://pswear.com/Trevvett

Ms. Bushey is seeking presenters, volunteers, and cool trucks for this year’s Career Day! Please see this flyer for more information and to RSVP by March 11!

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Nies

Weekly update 3/1

The month of February flew by! This past week in math the students practiced telling time to the hour and half hour. They enjoyed reading stories with clocks in them such as the Grouchy Ladybug and What Time is it Mr. Crocodile? In reading we continue to practice retelling stories by discussing the plot as well as introducing theme.

Next week we will celebrate Read Across America in honor of Dr. Seuss with spirit week activities. Flyers were sent home last week with details.

Our field trip to Maymont is this Thursday, March 5th. Please be sure to dress your child appropriately for outdoors and pack a bagged lunch! It’s sure to be a great day!

Reminders for Next Week: 

  • March 2nd: “Cat in the Hat”/Crazy Hat Day
  • March 3rd:  Student Holiday/Election Day
  • March 4th: “Wacky Wednesday”
  • March 5th: “One Fish, Two Fish”/ Wear red or blue/ Field Trip to Maymont
  • March 6th: Spring Picture Day/ Dress to Impress for “Oh the Places You’ll Go”

Field Day Shirt orders are due March 13th:  https://pswear.com/Trevvett

What we are learning 3/2-3/6

Weekly Update 2/23

Our class had such a fun time learning about the artist Tyree Guyton. For our STEAM day we were able to create “The Heart of Trevvett” mural. Our class chose to make three paw prints to represent our awesome tiger pride! We used recycled materials and craft supplies.

We continued learning about fractions and enjoyed exploring matter through scientific investigations. We read biographies about famous African-American Trail Blazers and wrote books about our writing partners! Check out some great pictures below from our week!

What we are learning 2/24-2/28

February Homework Log

February Homework Activities

First grade sight word list – by week

Upcoming Dates:

2/26: PTO Spirit Night at McDonald’s

2/28: Q3 Interims and Progress Reports

3/2: Dr Seuss Day/Read Across America Day…more details coming soon!

3/3: Student Holiday/Staff Clerical Day

3/5: Maymont Field Trip

3/6: Spring Picture Day

3/9: Spring Book Fair!

Weekly Update 2/16



Our first grade class had a wonderful week! We were busy planning for our STEAM Day project. We were able to Skype with Tyree Guyton to get some great ideas for our upcoming STEAM creations. He encouraged us to have fun and make mistakes! We can’t wait to show you our awesome creations.

On Thursday first grade had the opportunity to visit the Famous Americans Living Museum put on by our very own fourth grade students. On Friday we were able to set aside some time to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a fun math graphing activity and a great party in the afternoon. Check out our pictures below!

What we are learning 2/17-2/21

February Homework Log

February Homework Activities

First grade sight word list – by week

Upcoming Dates:

2/17: Half Day/STEAM Day

2/21: Last Day to turn in field trip permission forms and fees

3/2: Dr. Seuss Day

3/5: Field Trip to Maymont Park

3/6: Spring Picture Day

Have a great weekend!

Weekly Update 2/9

This week in reading we started our biography unit! We are learning about many notable African-Americans to celebrate Black History Month! We learned about Duke Ellington, Rosa Parks, Katherine Johnson, and Melba Liston. In social studies we are discussing our Founding Fathers George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. In math we finished up our Shape attribute unit. In our picture below it shows all the right angles that we find in our own classroom! We also focused on “Pirate -ar” words in writing.

I enjoyed meeting with many of our families for Parent-Teacher conferences. If you were not able to come and you still would like to meet please email me.

What we are learning 2/10-2/14

February Homework Log

February Homework Activities

First grade sight word list – by week

Upcoming Dates:

2/10: Awards 7:45-8:00, Report cards go home

2/10-2/12: Flowers for Friends Sale. $1.00 for Carnations for a special someone!

2/14: Valentines Party 1:30

2/17: Half Day/STEAM Day. We’re going to be creating a cool mural inspired by Detroit artist Tyree Guyton.

3/6: Spring Picture Day

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Nies

Weekly Update 2/2

Happy weekend!

It was another busy week in first grade! This week we learned about the famous Virginians Maggie Walker and Arthur Ashe Jr, and their important contributions in African American history. In reading we read several fun versions of “The Three Billy Goats Gruff” and practiced retelling story plot and discussing the themes.  In math, we learned about attributes of shapes, including sides, vertices, and right angles. The students enjoyed creating shape pictures.In writing, we focused on the long e vowel patterns -ee and -ea.

Our Winter Conferences are scheduled for this Thursday, February 6th from 3:00-6:30 pm. Your amazing students have been working hard and I can’t wait to share their progress with you! Thanks to those of you who have signed up for a time slot! Confirmation time sheets will be coming home Monday in our Communication folders. Winter conference forms were sent home in folders last week. Please let me know if you would like to meet but have not yet scheduled a time.

Here’s what we are learning next week.

Upcoming Dates: 

2/3 – 2/13: Pennies for Patients Charity Fundraiser- Please see the flyer sent home in folders!

2/6: Winter Conferences 3:00 – 6:30 PM

2/10: Quarter 2 Report Cards and Classroom Awards Presentation 7:45-8:00 AM. Awards will be sent home with report cards on this day.

2/14: Valentines Party/PAW Achievement (More information coming soon!)

2/17: Half Day


Weekly Post 1/17

Happy Friday!

I have been very impressed at how focused our class has been this week! We have learned about the sun and its relationship to the Earth in science. The students practiced rotation and revolution and pretended to be the sun and Earth.

In reading we have continued to be better readers by focusing on what we are seeing in the text by looking at the pictures and words. We are reminding ourselves to ask questions about the text to help us make predictions and connections.

In math we are working on part-part-whole story problems. In class we have learned some fun station games to help us with our sums up to 10 and beyond!

If you are in need of homework information please check the homework tab at the top of the website page.

Here is what we are learning this coming week.

We have had quite a few sick students in first grade this week. Please see the following important note from our school clinic to help keep our class healthy!

Parents- as a reminder, the following is the Henrico County Public Schools ill student policy. These measures are in place and must be followed to ensure a healthy learning environment for ALL students.

Students should not be in the school if they have the following:

A fever of 100.4 degrees or greater before taking a fever-reducing medication.
Vomiting or diarrhea because of illness
An unknown rash or possible contagious condition (requires MD note before return)
Are unable to focus due to: pain, chronic health condition and/ or acute illness
Flu-like illness (with or without fever)- headache, fatigue, cough, aches, weakness, and sore throat.
A child should be free of symptoms of contagious disease (fever, vomiting, diarrhea, suspicious rash, etc.) for at least 24 hours before returning to school. If your child has been vomiting or having diarrhea, they should also be able to eat a full meal without any GI symptoms.

Gifted Identification Information:

Please note that parent referrals for gifted identification will be accepted from January 6 to January 24, 2020.  As you consider your decision to refer your child, please be sure to speak with his/her teacher to discuss any gifted qualities being observed in the classroom on a consistent basis.  Referrals should be submitted in writing (email is acceptable) to Jennifer Rhoden at jmrhoden1@henrico.k12.va.us during these designated dates.  No referrals will be accepted after January 24.  Subject line of email should state Gifted Referral, and the email should include student’s first and last name, grade level, teacher, and area of referral (English, Math or Both areas).  An email confirmation will be sent within 48 hours.  If you do not receive an email confirmation, please call the school.

Upcoming dates:

  • Jan. 18th–PTO Spirit Night: Ashland Skateland (5:30-7:30 pm)
  • Jan. 20th-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day-Student Holiday (no school)
  • Jan. 27th-Student Holiday
  • Please look for information soon about Parent, student, teacher conferences 3:00-7:00pm