Red Ribbon Week

Dear parents,

Next week is Red Ribbon Week at Mountain View! We will be celebrating drug prevention and education by incorporating themed days starting the week of October 23-27th.

Monday: Proud to be Drug Free! Wear red to help kickoff Red Ribbon Week!

Tuesday: One Way to Play, Drug Free Wear your favorite team colors

Wednesday: From Head to Toe, I’m Drug Free Crazy hair and sock day

Thursday: Your Choices are the Key to your Dreams Wear pajamas to school

Friday: Have the Power to say NO! Super hero dress up day



Dear parents,

I hope everyone is having a wonderful start to their week. I am looking forward to meeting with all of you for conferences this week. 🙂 Here are some things we are learning about in room 512.

Math: This week we are learning all about time! The students are learning the difference between reading analog and digital time, as well as learning how to tell time to the hour and half hour. Today we learned about the parts of a clock. This is a great skill to practice at home and the kids have so much fun with it! Below you will find a video that you can show your child at home.

Writing: This week we are beginning our informational writing unit. We will begin by writing an informational writing piece on how to carve a pumpkin. We are focusing on writing out detailed steps so that someone would be able to read our writing and carve a pumpkin on their own.

Phonics: The students will recognize three-letter initial blends. We are focusing on the blends scr-, spl-, spr-, squ-, and str-.

Reading: This week we are reading the nonfiction book entitled Pumpkin Circle. We are learning all about the life cycle of a pumpkin and we are learning about nonfiction text features.

Thank you so much for all you do!

Mrs. Dennis

Important Information:

  • Please be aware that our lunch time is from 10:32-11:02 every day this week due to early release.
  • We will go to the library on Friday of this week.
  • Picture retakes are on October 25th.

Dear parents,

We had the most amazing time on our field trip to Big Springs Pumpkin Farm yesterday! The kids enjoyed making their way through a corn maze, making butter, painting, and going on a hayride. We even saw some farm animals! Thank you so much to our wonderful parent volunteers. You made all of the difference. The kids had so much fun! Here are some pictures from our trip for you to enjoy. 🙂

Field Trip

Dear parents,

On Wednesday, October 11th, we will be going on our first field trip of the year to Big Springs Farm in Woodstock, Georgia.  We will depart school at 9:30 a.m. and return to school by 1:30 p.m..

Some students will be picking up their bag lunches from the cafeteria before we leave school.  I have already placed these lunch orders based on your permission slip sign-up.  If you will be packing your child’s lunch, please do so in a disposable bag so that we have one less item to keep up with after lunch.

Last, I would appreciate it so much if you could have the kiddos wear BLUE shirts.  Please do not buy anything new to wear.  Any shade of blue will do. Having everyone in the same color will help us keep up with everybody.

I’m looking forward to a great day at Big Springs Farm!

Mrs. Dennis


Good morning!

This Thursday is STEM day at Mountain View! First I want to thank you all for your donations from our last STEM day. It made our day so enjoyable and the kids had the best time! In order for our second STEM day to go as well as the first, we were hoping you could send in some recyclable items from home. If you have the following items lying around at home, it would be amazing if you sent some in with your child before Thursday. 🙂

  • Empty toilet paper rolls
  • Empty paper towel rolls
  • Rubber bands
  • Plastic Solo cups
  • Scotch Tape
  • Dried Beans (big or small)
  • String
  • Empty boxes (cereal, tissue, etc.)

Thank you so much for your continued support!

Mrs. Dennis

Happy October everyone! It is so exciting to finally feel that chill in the air. We have gotten so tired of the heat over here in room 512. It is hard to believe that we have been in school for a whole nine weeks. Please read below to see the exciting things our class is accomplishing this week.

Math: This week we are learning about fact families. Fact families are another wonderful strategy that students use to develop their addition and subtraction fluency. We discussed relationships between three numbers in a fact family and the different combinations we can make with the three numbers.

Writing: This week we are completing our Narrative Writing Unit by learning how to make the characters in our small moment stories feel and think. The students are learning to put their feelings into their writing. We even wrote a small moment story to show you during conferences. The students are excited for you to read them and for you to see how far their writing has already come.

Reading: Creepy Carrots! You have probably heard your child talk about Creepy Carrots this week. We have had so much fun in reading so far this week! We are reading the book Creepy Carrots (many times) and learning about cause/effect, how to retell the story, and how to make predictions about the story. Tomorrow we will write about our favorite part of the book and make our own Creepy Carrots. <——– Here is the link to the video version of the story. I told the kids that I would put it on my blog so that they could watch it at home. They loved it!

Important Reminders:

  • Please remember to sign up for a conference time. The link to the Sign-Up Genius is in my previous blog post.

Dear parents,

We had an unexpectedly short week this week, but we got so much learning done! Here are some things we learned about this week.

Math: This week we continued learning about place value up to 19. The students demonstrated their understanding of making groups of ten with manipulatives. It is important for them to understand that ten ones creates a ten. We made a fun ladybug craft today and the students had a blast! The ladybugs are now residing on our classroom door. 🙂

Writing: This week we began learning about how to bring our small moment stories to life. The students learned that in order to bring the people in their stories to life, they must make them move and talk. We had a great time in the Learning Commons completing this lesson. You will see some pictures below.

Reading: We read the book The Art Lesson and focused on learning how to find the setting of a book. The students found the setting in their own books today. They did a great job!

Phonics: This week we focused on works with initial s-blends.


Important Reminders:

  • Due to our inclement weather days, IOWA testing will be extended through next Tuesday. We will have lunch from 10:39-11:09 AM. Please remember that visitors are not permitted in the school building during testing time.
  • Please return your field trip forms. We are so excited to visit the pumpkin farm!