We had a wonderful opportunity last week to receive a lesson from our guidance department on Mindfulness. Students learned what it means to be mindful and how mindfulness can help them at school and at home, particularly with handling frustration or disappointment, staying focused on a task, and listening attentively. The class was guided in practicing mindfulness as they listened to a chime and then focused on their deep breathing until the chime rang again. We received our very own class chime after the lesson and have been beginning and ending our day with mindfulness time since then. I am excited about the positive impact this activity will bring to the students and our class as a whole!

Winter Fun!

Last week our theme was polar animals. One of my favorite activities to do during this unit is Animals in Winter Yoga. This activity reinforces great information about animals in winter, including hibernation, migration, and adaptation. You can check the activity out here and even complete it at home! On Friday, we got to experience what it is like to be a penguin in the arctic as we tested how a penguin’s oily feathers work in the ice cold water and how a layer of blubber keeps penguins warm.

Make sure to stop by our Google Photos Album for some photos of our Winter fun!

Gifted Referral

Parent referrals for gifted identification will be accepted in October and January for the following grade levels:

  • Students in Kindergarten and grades 1 and 2 can be referred beginning January 2 to January 19, 2018.

Submit referrals in writing (email is acceptable) to the Associate Principal, Crystal Metzger, at cmmetzger@henrico.k12.va.us during the referral period.  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 English and Math).   An email confirmation will be sent by the following day.  If you do not receive an email confirmation, please call the school.


For information about Henrico County’s gifted identification process and school programs, visit http://henricoschools.us/gifted

Important links about the Gifted Identification/Placement Process include:


The 7 Habits of Happy Kids!

This week we started on The 7 Habits of Happy Kids. We will be spending a week on each habit. The students will listen to a story about the habit and discuss what the habit means and how they can demonstrate it. This week’s habit is: Be Proactive. The class has had a great discussion about what it means to be proactive and how we can practice this skill. I’d love for you to discuss as a family and comment below with your child’s thoughts on this week’s habit!

Apple Day!

This afternoon we celebrated the end of our apple unit with apple investigations and homemade applesauce! Students were able to measure, explore, and investigate an apple and then enjoy eating our homemade apple sauce! The apple sauce got good reviews and one friend even asked for a recipe, so I told the class it would be posted here (sorry in advance for not measuring!). 🙂

Leave us a comment below and let us know your favorite part of apple week!

Mrs. Arthur’s Homemade Applesauce

Fuji Apples, peeled and chopped (we used 10 apples)

Squeeze of fresh lemon juice

Dash of salt

Pure maple syrup (not pancake syrup) to taste

Cinnamon to taste

A little bit of water

Combine all ingredients in the crock pot and cook on high 3-4 hours, or low 6-8 hours, until apples are soft and can be mashed with a potato masher or the back of a large metal spoon. Stir occasionally and add more water if needed.



Five Senses Nature Walk

This afternoon we took Science outside as we went on a Five Senses Nature Walk! The students had so much fun using four of their five senses (can you guess which ones?!) to observe the world around them.

What was your favorite thing you saw on our nature walk? Leave your comment below!