Ms. Burns' 1st Grade Class

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

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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Eclipse 2017

Extended School Day August 21st
On August 21st, the Cobb County School District has extended the school day by 45 minutes as a result of the solar eclipse.  In preparation for the event, we purchased the NASA certified protection eyewear for our 4th and 5th grade students and teachers.  Only students in those grade levels will be allowed to view the eclipse live outside with proper eyewear and parent permission.  Permission slips will be sent home in Tuesday Tracker folders on August 15th and must be returned by Friday, August 18th.  Students in K-3rd grades will be allowed to watch a live stream of the event from their classrooms.  Any students that have a portable classroom will be brought into the cafeteria to watch a live stream of the event.  As always, you are allowed to check your student out prior to 2:00 pm. We are asking for no checkouts from 2:00pm – 3:00 pm. There will be additional support in the front office from 11:30-12:30 to assist with early checkouts.  Dismissal will begin at approximately 3:05 with bus students. Please feel free to call the school if you have any further questions or concerns.
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First Two Weeks of School


Hello, 1st Grade Families!

We’ve had a fabulous first two weeks of school! We’ve spent quite a bit of time learning and practice our classroom routines and procedures, something that we’ll continue to do in the coming weeks. I’m looking forward to settling into what will be our regular every day schedule now that we’re moving into our third week together. 🙂

We had an amazing turn out at Open House last Thursday! I’ve never had so many families show up; thank you so much for coming! If you need a refresher of the topics discussed at Open House, the Powerpoint presentation and packet are linked below. If you’ve thought of any specific questions since last Thursday night, please feel free to contact me at [email protected]

 Open House Packet 2017 

Open House PowerPoint 1st 2017

We’re *ALMOST* ready to start EVRC! The plan is, for those students who are ready, to begin taking tests next Monday. Please remind your child that the book he/she tests on should be one that can be read independently and was read to an adult. At the beginning of 1st grade, I highly recommend reading the book at least twice before taking the test.

Almost the entire class has a supply/pencil box; please send one at your earliest convenience if your child still needs one. We’re trying very hard to be organized, and that supply box will help immensely!

A couple of parents have already sent some of the items from our class wish list. Thank you VERY much for your contribution! You can find our class wish list here. 🙂

I’m so excited that most of our parents signed up for a SeeSaw account! I love being able to send photos of what we’re doing in school. 🙂 If you still need the QR code for your child’s account, let me know, but you can also sign-up at Once you sign up, you can download the SeeSaw app on your phone or view our class page on the web.

Thank you for sharing your child with me! I’m really enjoying getting to know them. 🙂


PS: Here’s a note regarding Performing Arts for the 2017-18 school year:

Next Tuesday the 16th, we will be sending home Performing Arts Permission and Donation forms! Based on the donations received, each elementary school is allotted a certain budget to bring in performances for the whole school, and to send the 2nd and 5th graders on Performing Arts field trips to the Atlanta Ballet and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra! Also, on December 1st the Cobb New Horizons band will be here to present a program of kid-friendly holiday music, and on Feb 1, Jonathan Blanchard will return with his Music of the Civil Rights Movement performance! If enough funds are collected by the county, there is a possibility of having a third performance as we often did in the past.


  • The Arts educate, communicate, and inspire us to know more about ourselves, each other, and our culture and heritage.
  • The Performing Arts are those forms of art such as acting, dancing, and playing and singing music that are performed in front of an audience.

Our Purpose and Mission:

  • To provide opportunities for Cobb’s children K- 8th grades to experience uniquely rewarding performing arts that might otherwise be unavailable to them
  • To spark curiosity, broaden awareness of the Arts, stimulate minds and emotions, foster creativity and inspire a lifelong interest and love of the arts with far-reaching effect
  • To encourage excellence in the arts by providing high-quality professional performances and opportunities for cultural enrichment through the performing arts
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