Weekly Update 3/19/20

Dear Families,

I hope that this blog post finds you well. So much continues to change each day.  I know we have only been out of school for days but I miss my students so much already! Please let them know that I miss them and that they are welcome to email me anytime.

I would like to share a few reading resources recommended by HCPS. Kidlit TV and Read Wonder and Learn! provide videos of authors reading their own books with permission from their publishers. Please see the Reading Resources document for more resources. Please note that your child’s Clever QR code to access HCPS resources is in your child’s folder. Also, please be on the look out for an email with an invitation to Epic’s free Student Remote Access.

I will be checking my email daily, please reach out if you have any questions/concerns. I sincerely hope each and every one of you and your loved ones stay healthy over the next few weeks.


Ms. Small


Weekly Update 3/8/20

Happy Sunday!

We had such a fun week with Read Across America and our field trip to Maymont on Thursday! The weather was perfect for spending time outdoors. We were able to participate in a “Creature Features” lesson on animal adaptations and explore the Children’s Farm. Many thanks to our parent chaperones for joining us!

Here’s what we are learning next week. 

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 9th-14th- Please check your child’s folder for more details!

This is the last week to order field day shirts! Here is the link to order online: 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!


Weekly Update 2/23/20

Happy Sunday!

We had another busy week in first grade! We completed our STEAM project based on the artwork of Tyree Guyton.  Our class loved all the first grade artwork that was created!

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!

As an incentive for following our PAW Expectations, I have told my students they may bring a toy on Friday if they earn Fun Friday.  That being said, please do not allow students to bring toys any other days of the week.  I do not want them to become a distraction.  I am hoping that being able to play with their toys on Friday will motivate them to work hard and follow classroom rules.

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!

3/13: Last day to order Field Day T-Shirts

Weekly Post 2/16/20

Happy Sunday! We had an exciting week in first grade! We learned all about equal shares, halves and fourths with our fractions unit in math this week. We continued learning about important African American figures for Black History Month by reading biographies of famous African Americans including Venus and Serena Williams, Barack Obama, and Tyree Guyton. We learned about the -ai/-ay pattern for phonics, and started our matter unit in science. We also visited the 4th grade African-American living history museum to learn all about famous African American Trailblazers!

On Friday the students had an amazing opportunity to video chat with Detroit artist Tyree Guyton about the Heidelberg Project. We learned about the hardships faced during Guyton’s youth, and how he overcame the sadness from the destruction of his hometown neighborhood. His story and artistic vision truly inspired all of us. On Monday we are going to create a mural together out of re-purposed materials that represents Trevvett’s Paw Values!

Of course we also celebrated Valentine’s Day! We read a fun book about a cranky boy, Crankenstein, who despises Valentine’s Day until someone special comes along. The student’s Crankenstein crafts were so cute! Students created special valentines, decorated their valentine shoe boxes, exchanged valentines with their classmates, and enjoyed treats for our class party. So much fun! Thank you so much for the extra special treats you sent in for me! I love them!

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


Weekly Update 1/20/20

Happy Monday!

Last week we practiced making connections and predictions with nonfiction and fiction text while reading some fun books about penguins! We focused on creating and solving addition and subtraction story problems in math. In science we continued learning about the Earth’s rotation and how this causes day and night, and how the Sun gives us light and heat energy. For phonics, we continued our lessons with “Super Sneaky” Silent E words

What we are learning 1/20-1/24

Upcoming Dates: 

1/18: PTO Spirit Night at Ashland Skateland 5:30-7:30

1/20: MLK Day/Student Holiday

1/24: End of 2nd Nine Weeks

1/27: Student Holiday

Homework Resources: 

January Homework Log

January Homework Activities

First grade sight word list – by week


Weekly Update 1/12/20

Happy Sunday!

I hope you all have had a wonderful weekend and were able to enjoy the weather!  We are transitioning back into our routine after winter break.  I was so happy to see all my students return back to school with fun stories of their time away!

This week we have focused on making predictions and connections with fictional text. In math, we focused on part-whole relationships for numbers up to 10. In science, we investigated the basic relationships between the sun and Earth. The students have enjoyed learning all about the sun! Please ask them what they have learned!

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.

What we are learning 1/13-1/17

Homework Resources: 

January Homework Log

January Homework Activities

First grade sight word list – by week

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

I can’t wait to see everyone back tomorrow!

Weekly Update 12/8/19

Happy Sunday!

I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving break! We got right back to work last week here in 1st grade, and have a busy week ahead of us with winter break right around the corner!

Our field trip to the Valentine Museum was a success! Students enjoyed taking a historical walk while learning about Richmond and famous Virginians such as Powhatan, Pocahontas, Christopher Newport, Maggie Walker, and Arthur Ashe. Thank you to our wonderful chaperones who made this trip one to remember!

In reading, the students have been practicing asking and answering questions about fictional text using the 5 W’s: who, what, when, where, and why. In science, we learned about the seasonal changes that occur from fall to winter and how these changes affect plants, animals, and people. We focused on the concept of equality in math. Students learned that the equal sign means the same on both sides and practiced balancing equations.

Please note that our Winter Party is on Friday, December 20th at 1:00! The PTO has created a sign up for volunteers and party supplies. Please check out the link below. It is sure to be a great time!

Winter Party Sign Up

A few reminders and helpful links: 

  • Please sign and return your child’s interim and blue PAW Check on Monday.
  • Monday, December 9th is a half-day for students! Early dismissal!

What we are learning 12/9-12/13

December Homework Log

December Homework Activities

First grade sight word list – by week



Weekly Update 11/24/19

Happy Sunday! It is hard to believe we are almost to Thanksgiving break. November is going by so fast! We had another busy week in first grade. The students had so much fun on our Great Giving Challenge STEAM Day working with their third grade partners and designing their recycled inventions. I can’t wait to see how their products turn out on our next STEAM Day!

We have been reading many wonderful books about Thanksgiving. The students have been practicing their five finger retell (characters, setting, beginning, middle, and end) and sharing what they are thankful for. In science, we learned about classifying animals by  like characteristics such as coverings and appendages.

*Our field trip to the Valentine Museum is coming up on December 4th. Our class needs a few more chaperones! Here is the link to complete the volunteer process. Please let me know if you are interested in joining us!

What we are learning 11/25-26

November Homework Log

November Homework Activities

First grade sight word list – by week

Upcoming Dates:

November 27-29: Thanksgiving Break

December 4: Valentine Museum Field Trip, PTO Spirit Night at McDonald’s 7527 Staples Mill Road

December 5: Santa Waffle Dinner

December 9: Half Day/STEAM Day


Weekly Update 11/17/19

Happy Sunday Families!

First grade had another busy week.  We had our Veteran’s Day performances this week.  The students put on a wonderful performance for the students and families of Trevvett! I am so proud of their hard work!

During reading our class is practicing our Five Finger Retell. This is such a great strategy for our students to practice retelling a story, they retell the characters, setting, events from the story/problem and the ending. In math we are working on place value (tens and ones). We are also comparing two numbers, focusing on greater than and less than!

In social studies we discussed Famous Americans that were important to the Jamestown settlement.  The students enjoyed discussing how the life in the past was different than life today.  The students had the opportunity to plan and create either a longhouse or settler’s house out of Keva blocks, play dough, and Popsicle sticks.

Upcoming Dates:

November 18: Half Day/STEAM Day

November 27-29: Thanksgiving Break

December 4: Valentine Museum Field Trip. The children will be learning about important Virginians in history. Please send in permission forms and payment before November 19. Thanks to those who have completed their forms and payment!

What we are learning 11/18- 11/22

What we are learning 11/25-26

November Homework Log

November Homework Activities

First grade sight word list – by week