April 16th – 20th


The end of the school year is such a busy time! We are trying to squeeze in as much learning as possible along with testing, field trips, and many other fun activities.

We have planned one last field trip to the Atlanta Zoo on May 1st. Permission slips will come home on Tuesday, April 17th. There will be a pretty quick turn around in getting the permission slips and money back. Thank you for your prompt attention in this matter!

This week in Math, we are reviewing 2-digit addition up to 100. We are working on understanding the value of the number in the tens and ones place. For example, 53 is 50 and 3 more.

We have moved onto Informational writing this week. We are researching and writing about Butterflies  for our first text. I will also be checking student’s proper use of punctuation and capitalization in their writing.

In Reading, we are comparing and contrasting information learned from 2 texts on the same topic.

Last week, our class planted some lima beans and we are having fun watching them grow. This plant will come home sometime next week. Maybe it could be the start of a family garden! We will be wrapping up our study of plants on Wed., April 18th with our end of unit test. Then we will move on to study Animals.

Upcoming events:

Next Tuesday, April 24th  the public library will be here to talk to the kids about summer reading programs available.

Jump Rope for Heart is next Wed., April 25th during specials.

The Color Fun Run is Friday, April 27th.

Progress reports will also come out next Friday.


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March 26th – 30th


Our class field trip to Cobb Energy Center is on Tuesday, March 27th. Please have your child wear their green class shirt. We will eat lunch before we leave for the show.

Art and STEAM Night is Wednesday, March 28th from 5:00-7:30. Stop by and see your child’s beautiful art work an try out some fun STEAM activities.

We currently have 255 inches of tape. We are trying to win for first grade so we can get double the tape and a popsicle party. On Friday, March 30th, The school will use all the inches of tape to tape               Mrs. Bristow to the wall. It will definitely be an exciting week!

This week in Writing, we will be wrapping up our work with narrative writing. We are also studying prepositions and using them to help stretch our sentences and give more details.

In Reading, we are gathering information from pictures and texts to learn more from non-fiction books.

Our Math unit this week is partitioning shapes into halves and fourths. We are also looking at equal parts.

In Science, we will begin our unit on Plants. We will study plant needs, the parts of plants, and what each part does to keep a plant healthy. After spring break, we will be planting some seeds and studying how they grow.

Spring Break is April 2nd – 6th. I hope everyone has a relaxing break and I will see everyone back on April 9th.

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Picture packet information


Dear Parents,

Please know that spring pictures went home on Thursday, March 15.  Each student should have received a picture packet if they were present when they were taken.  Inside of each packet are ordering instructions on how to purchase the picture packet or pieces of the packet.  If you do not wish to order any pictures at this time, please send the packet back to school and have your child give it to their homeroom teacher.  If you have any questions, please email Mr. Traster at [email protected].

Thank you!

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Read Across America Day


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Welcome Back!


I hope everyone is well rested and enjoyed their winter break! I can’t believe how quickly this year is passing by.

We will celebrate Read Across America on Friday, March 2nd. We will spend some time reading independently and also enjoy a story or two from a mystery reader.

The Book Fair is coming! It will be here March 5th – 9th. Don’t forget to stop by and check out the great selection of books.

Bedtime, Books, and Brownies is on Thursday, March 8th. More information will be coming home soon about this fun event.

Our field trip to Cobb Energy Center is fast approaching. Several students have not returned their permission slip and money. If you need another copy, please let me know as soon as possible.

Registration forms for the 2018-2019 school year were sent home on Monday, Feb. 26th. Please check that all the information is correct. If it is not, be sure to make any necessary corrections and return the form in the envelope no later than Friday, March 2nd. If you would like your child’s report card mailed home at the end of the year, please place 3 stamps on the envelope.

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Welcome Back again!


I am so happy to be back at school with this awesome class after the crazy bitter cold! I hope everyone stayed warm and enjoyed some family fun time!

We will continue with last week’s Phonics list since we were only here 1 day. Please help your child study the words with y as a vowel. Also, I will not be sending home a new homework packet until next week. Some students completed it but many did not.

We will pick up where we left off last week working on 10 more and 10 less than a number, determining central message, writing opinion texts, and studying Lewis and Clark.

The class enjoyed a guidance lesson from Ms. Gilner today on setting goals.

Have a great week and enjoy the warmer weather!

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December is here!


I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season! The month of December is so busy! Here are some fun theme days that are coming up next week.

Thurs., Dec. 14th is Holiday Hat Day!

Fri., Dec 15th is Favorite or Tacky Christmas Sweater Day!

Mon., Dec. 18th is dress as your favorite Christmas character!

Tues., Dec. 19th is dress like a candy cane and our class holiday party. The party will begin at 8:30 with a yummy pancake breakfast! Tuesday is also an Early Release Day. School will dismiss at 12:15.

Wed., Dec. 20th is Pajama Day! We will also be having a fun sing a long in the morning. School will dismiss at 12:15 due to the Early Release schedule.

The Holiday shop will be open next week, Dec. 11th -15th for your child to shop for some holiday gifts for the family. More information will come home this week.


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Kennesaw Mountain Success!


What a fun day of hiking Kennesaw Mountain! We all successfully made it to the top and learned some neat things about the mountain along the way! I don’t know about the students but this tired teacher went home and took a nap!


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Week of Nov. 6th – 10th


There is no school tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 7th due to the teacher work day!

This week we will continue our work with non-fiction texts. Our focus is to understand the points an author is making in a text and find the supporting reasons.

In Math we are working on solving for a missing addend in equations and in word problems. Some examples are 5 + ___ = 8,  ___ – 6 =9,  12 – ___ = 4. Please encourage your child to practice missing addends at home. The subtraction ones are a little harder!

Our unit test on Thomas Jefferson is on Wed., Nov. 8th. A study guide came home with your child today. We will review before the test one more time. After the test, we will be moving on to our science unit on Magnets.

In writing, we will continue our work with writing How to’s and informational texts. In our writing, we are focusing on subject-verb agreement, using capitals at the beginning of sentences, and end punctuation. I encourage you to have your child practice writing at home with letters to friends, in a journal, or just a fun story. The more we write the better we will get!

The Fall Jamboree is Friday, Nov. 10th from 5-8pm. Come on out and enjoy the fun!

Our class field trip to Kennesaw Mountain is next Wed., Nov. 15th. Please have your child wear their green class shirt, tennis shoes for lots of walking, and be sure to check the weather that morning.

Have a great week!

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Happy November!


Just a few reminders as we head into the month of November!

Field trip permission slips and money for Kennesaw Mountain are due asap! Our trip is scheduled for Wed., November 15th. We will wear our green class shirts for the trip.

Next Tuesday, November 7th is a Teacher Work Day! No school on Tuesday!

The Fall Jamboree has been rescheduled for Friday, Nov. 10th from 5-8pm. More information will come home in your child’s folder.

Don’t forget to encourage your child to try out Raz kids. We are looking forward to using the laptop cart on Wednesdays in class to access the program and work on our reading skills.

We are finishing up our text features unit in Reading and the meaning of the equal sign unit in Math this Friday. Check back on Monday for our new focus for Reading and Math.

Have a great week end!



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