Ms. Burns' 1st Grade Class

Eastvalley Elementary School: "Together We L.E.A.D."

Time Flies When You’re Having Fun!


Hello, Families!

How is it possible that we have less than 5 weeks of school left?? Your child is almost a 2nd grader!

The newest Homework Choice Menu (combining April and May) can be found under the homework tab, and so can the links for science activities and info George Washington Carver and Ruby Bridges.

Please send the permission forms and donation for our field trip to X-drenaline if you haven’t had the chance to do so yet. Remember, you must fill out a waiver online (  in order for your child to participate. Even if you’ve taken your child to X-drenaline in the past and think that you have a current waiver, please submit another one. Better safe than sorry!

We have an action-packed April and May, so check out the dates below!

Thank you!

Mark Your Calendars:
April 25th–> Career Day
April 30th–> Synergy Squads
May 1st–> Field Trip to X-Drenaline
May 2nd–> K-2 Field Day
May 3rd–> TBA
May 5th–> Georgia STEM Day
May 22nd–> Early Release @12:30
May 23rd–> Last Day of School, Early Release @12:30

Current & Upcoming Areas of Focus:
Reading: describing the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a text; identifying basic similarities and differences between two texts on the same topic
Writing: opinion, narrative, and informational writing; conventions; conjunctions
Math: partitioning shapes; addition and subtraction strategies; addition and subtraction word problems with start/change/result unknown
Social Studies: George Washington Carver’s and Ruby Bridges’ contributions and character traits
Science: plants and animals

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March Madness


Dearest Families,

March is a busy month at Eastvalley! Check out the dates below so you’re in the know!

The March Homework Choice Menu can be found under the homework tab, and so can the links for crafts, science experiments, shadow puppets, and info about Dr. Seuss. Have fun!

Some of the kids asked me to share a link to the directed drawing website we used to draw the Cat in the Hat last week, so here it is: Art for Kids hub

Thank you!

Mark Your Calendars:
March 3rd–> International Night, 4:00-7:00pm
March 5th- 9th–> Book Swap
March 8th–> EV STEM Day & Kroger Math Night
March 12th–> Synergy Squads
March 14th–> Early Release @12:20
March 16th–> EV Leadership Day & Mother/Son Trivia Night
March 22nd–> Books for Breakfast
March 26th- 30th–> Book Fair
March 30th–> Synergy Squads
April 2nd- 6th–> Spring Break

Current & Upcoming Areas of Focus:
Reading: identifying the central message/lesson, comparing/contrasting fiction stories
Writing: opinion writing, conventions, verb tenses, subject/verb agreement
Math: addition and subtraction word problems with start/change/result unknown
Social Studies: Theodore Roosevelt’s contributions and character traits

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Student Illnesses


Dear Eastvalley Parents,

The winter months are upon us which means an increase in illnesses in our school community and at Eastvalley! While school attendance is critical to ensure student achievement and academic growth, it’s also just as important to maintain a healthy environment for all students. In order to keep everyone as healthy as possible, Eastvalley wants to remind all parents and families that students should not be sent to school with a fever, diarrhea, and/or vomiting. According to Cobb County School District policy, students should be free of fever (without the use of fever reducing medicine), diarrhea, and/or vomiting for 24 hours before returning to school.  This will help keep the students and staff healthy throughout the school year. Students may attend school while experiencing minor health concerns such as coughing, allergies, congestion, sneezing, exhaustion, and other mild, non-contagious conditions. Thank you so much for your understanding and cooperation. Feel free to contact Nurse Dawn Mahoney at [email protected] or 770-578-7214 with any questions.



Prezados Pais da Eastvalley,

O inverno chegou! O que significa um aumento de doenças na nossa comunidade escolar e na Eastvalley! Enquanto a frequência escolar é fundamental para garantir o desempenho do aluno e rendimento acadêmico, também é importante manter um ambiente saudável para todos os alunos. Para manter todos o mais saudável possível, a Eastvalley quer lembrar aos pais e as famílias que os alunos não devem ser enviados para a escola com febre, diarréia e/ou vômitos. De acordo com a política do Condado Escolar do Distrito de Cobb ( Cobb County School District – em inglês), estudantes devem estar livres de febre (sem o uso de medicamento para reduzir a febre), diarréia e/ou vômitos durante 24 horas antes de retornar à escola. Isto irá ajudar a manter os alunos e funcionários saudáveis durante todo o ano letivo. Os alunos podem frequentar a escola enquanto estiverem com tosse, alergia, congestão, espirro, exaustão e outras condições mais amenas, não contagiosas. Agradecemos a sua compreensão e cooperação. Qualquer dúvida ou pergunta entrar em contato com a nossa enfermeira, Nurse Dawn Mahoney at [email protected] ou 770-578-7214.



Estimados Padres de Eastvalley,

¡Los meses de invierno han llegado lo que significa un aumento en enfermedades en nuestra comunidad escolar y en Eastvalley! Mientras que la asistencia escolar es fundamental para el rendimiento estudiantil y el crecimiento académico, también es importante mantener un ambiente saludable para todos los estudiantes. Con el fin de mantener a todos lo más saludable posible, Eastvalley quiere recordar a todos los padres y familiares que los estudiantes no deben asistir a la escuela con fiebre, diarrea, y/o vomito. De acuerdo a las pólizas del Distrito Escolar de Cobb, los estudiantes deben estar sin fiebre (sin la ayuda de medicamentos para reducir la fiebre), diarrea, y/o vomito durante 24 horas antes de regresar a la escuela.

Esto ayudara a mantener a los estudiantes y empleados saludables durante el año escolar.

Los estudiantes pueden asistir a la escuela si padecen de problemas de salud leves como tos, alergias, congestión, estornudos, agotamiento y otras condiciones leves, no contagiosas.

Muchas gracias por su entendimiento y cooperación. Si tiene preguntas adicionales se puede comunicar con la enfermera Dawn Mahoney al correo electrónico [email protected] o 770-578-7214.

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January 2018


Hi, everyone!

I hope you’ve all managed to stay warm and avoid cabin fever the last few days!

The January/February Homework Choice Menu can be found under the homework tab, and so can the links for crafts, science experiments, and info about Lewis & Clark. Have fun!

As I mentioned on the homework menu, Eastvalley no longer has a subscription to Lumio. Until we get a new subscription, check out Splash Math at Mrs. Healy recommended it!

Second semester F.A.S.T. activities begin next week. Please send me an email or write a note in your child’s agenda with the name and day of the week for each activity your child will attend. 

Thank you!

Mark Your Calendars:
Jan. 22nd–> Synergy Squads
Feb. 1st–> Family Science Night (RSVP!)
Feb. 5th–> Synergy Squads & PJ Day
Feb. 8th–> Art Show & PTA Meeting
Feb. 10th–> Father/Daughter Dance

Current & Upcoming Areas of Focus:
retelling stories, including key details, and identifying the central message/lesson
Writing: the five step writing process, conventions, and opinion writing
comparing 2-digit numbers and addition/subtraction strategies
Social Studies:
Lewis & Clark’s contributions and character traits

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December Dates & More


Hello, 1st Grade Families!

The newest Homework Choice Menu can be found under the homework tab, and so can the links for crafts, the SciShow Kids video, and Mackinvia. Have fun!

Mark Your Calendars:

Dec. 8th–> Synergy Squads
Dec. 15th –>EVRC Cut-Off for Quarter 2
Dec. 19th- 20th–> Early Release @12:30
Dec. 20th–> Class Holiday Party
Dec. 21st- Jan. 1st–> Winter Holiday Break 
Jan. 2nd- 3rd–> Teacher Workdays (no school)

Current & Upcoming Areas of Focus:
Reading: main idea & supporting details of nonfiction text and author’s purpose

Writing: informational/nonfiction writing & mechanics
Math: addition and subtraction word problems and place value 0-100
Social Studies: Thomas Jefferson
Science: magnets

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November already??


Hello, 1st Grade Families!

Below are attachments with information about the Thanksgiving Food Drive and our Friends and Family Lunch. You can find the November homework menu if you click on the “Homework” link to the right. 

2017 Friends & Family Lunch Schedule

2017 Thanks for Giving

Mark Your Calendars!
Nov. 7th–> 
Teacher Workday/ Student Holiday (no school)

Nov. 8th–> Hat Day for United Way ($1)
Nov. 10th
 –>Final Day of the Thanksgiving Food Drive

Nov. 13th–> Giving Tree Goes Up
Nov. 16th–> 
Friends & Family Lunch (1st and 5th grades)

Nov. 20th– 24th–> Thanksgiving Break (no school)
Nov. 28th–> Field Trip to the Georgia Aquarium

Current & Upcoming Areas of Focus:
Reading: nonfiction text features and how they help us better understand text & main idea of nonfiction text

Writing: informational/nonfiction writing & mechanics
Math: addition strategies & true/false equations
Science: sound- vibrations, pitch, volume

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Monthly *Optional* Homework Menus


Hello, families! The first *optional* homework menu went home with your child today. You can find October’s menu and future menus on this blog. Look at the orange sticky note on the top of my blog to find the link. Thanks!

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You’re Invited…

Eastvalley Parents
You are invited to learn more about
 Cobb County’s Gifted Eligibility Process
(Advanced Learning Program)
Presented by Mrs. OMeara and Mrs. Urbano
Friday, October 6, 2017
8:15 a.m.
Eastvalley Media Center
All Eastvalley parents are invited to attend.
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September 2017



Mark Your Calendars!

Sept. 22nd –> Pajama Day
Sept. 25th-29th –> Fall Break
Oct. 2nd –>Reflections Entries Due
Oct. 9- 27th  –> Eastvalley Education Enrichment Campaign
Oct. 12th–> Early Release
Oct. 13th  –> Screen on the Green (movie TBA)
Oct. 16th– 20th –> Conference Week & Book Fair
Oct. 17th  –> Picture Retakes
Oct. 23rd– 27th–> Red Ribbon Week
Oct. 26th –> Quarter 1 Books for Breakfast (grades 1, 3, 5)

Upcoming Areas of Focus:
Reading- explaining the differences between fiction and nonfiction
Writing- writing personal narratives
Math- solving addition and subtraction word problems (within 10)
Social Studies- locating continents and major oceans


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Early Release & STEM Lab Wish List



 Hello EV Parents!  This is just a reminder that this Wednesday, August 30th, Cobb County Schools will have Early Dismissal across the district for staff professional development.  Eastvalley students will begin dismissal at 12:30.  There will be no FAST Activities on Wednesday.  The After School Program will run from 12:45-6:00 PM.  Please make all necessary arrangements to ensure your child is dismissed safely and correctly on Wednesday, August 30th for Early Dismissal.  Thank you!


Ms. Branham, our STEM Lab teacher, has some special requests for materials our students will be using in future STEM projects. You can find her wish list at Thank you in advance for supporting our STEM initiative!

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