Field Trip and Sports-a-thon Information

Field Trip – April 25, 2018

Our field trip to the Georgia Aquarium is almost here.  Here are a few things you need to know:

  1. Please have your child wear their Be Nice t-shirt (orange).
  2. Due to time constraints, we will not have time to visit the gift shop. Please do not send any money to school with your child.
  3. Electronic devices are not permitted, please do not send any device with your child for the field trip.
  4. We will eat snack before we leave. Since our lunch will not be until we return, please send a hearty snack on the day of our trip.
  5. Please make sure your child is at school on time on April 25th. We will leave promptly when the buses arrive.

Sports-A-Thon – April 27, 2018

  1. Students will participate in water stations. Please send in a plastic, consumable bag with a change of clothes (shoes, socks, shorts, shirt, underwear, and towel).
  2. Students will still need a snack. Snack time will be in the morning due to a later lunch.
  3. Students must wear their orange, Be Nice t-shirt. 🙂


Happy Thursday!  Here are few questions you can ask your child about school tonight!

  1.  What is a fraction?  We’ve been working hard on fractions.  I feel like we could use more time!  Students should know equal and not equal.  They should know how to partition a shape into equal parts.  They should also know how to label a fraction using 1 out of 4.
  2. Who is Marvin Redpost?  We are reading Louis Sacher’s series about Marvin Redpost.  Marvin just accidentally kissed his elbow falling out of bed.  Will he turn into a girl?  What do your kids think?
  3. How is writing going?  We are currently writing our realistic fiction stories and they are doing great.  Today I challenged them to see if they could add a long talking series for their character.  I am excited to read their thoughts!
  4. What letter NEVER, not even ONCE, ends a word?  V- no words end with V.
  5. What is a diagram?  Today as we were studying fish, we drew a fish, which included a window to their insides, and labeled the picture.  They did an amazing job!

Well, that’s a little about our day!

Happy Monday

This week we will be busy!  Here’s a look at what we are doing this week in first grade!

Math:  This week we will begin learning about fractions.  Students need to know one half, one quarter as well as the term one fourth.  Students should know what it means to draw equal portions.  Usually students love our fraction study!

Reading:  This week we are comparing and contrasting two books on the same topic.  They are going to tell how the story of The Three Little Pigs and the True Story of the Three Little Pigs are alike and how they are different.

Science:  This week we are doing an animal study on fish.  Students are learning how to find and research different groups of animals.  This week I am modeling how to do the fish booklet then students will work on their own animal books about mammals, birds, amphibians, and reptiles.

Phonics: This week we are working on the /oo/ and /ew/ sounds.  We will no longer take spelling test.  But we will study the vowel combinations in class.

Other tidbits to know:

Field Trip:  We are getting excited for our field trip.  All money should be turned in.

Sports-a-thon: We will have a fun Pep Rally for the Sports-a-thon on Wednesday.

Envelope:  Don’t forget to give me an envelope that is addressed with 2 stamps!


Field Trip Information and a little more

Hi Families!  I hope everyone had a DELIGHTFUL spring break.  I know I LOVED it!  So we are in the last stretch of this school year.  So many things seem to be packed in the last few weeks.  Here are a few things you need to know about.

  1.  Field trip- Right now I have about 14 parents interested in going on the field trip.  Which is amazing!  The cost might be a little more than I expected.  I need a FOR SURE exact number of parents who are coming.  Please email me ASAP if you are FOR SURE coming.  I believe the cost will be $19.
  2. Sports-a-thon– this event is taking place like our field day.
  3.  I need you to provide me with a self address stamped envelope with 2 stamps on it.  This is how you will receive your report card home at the end of the school year.  Thank you to those who did it without me even asking.
  4. Today we had our first different schedule for Milestone Testing.  The kids did GREAT.  Some were a little hungry this morning as our snack is in the afternoon since lunch is at 10:39.  Don’t forget to send a healthy snack with your child to school.

Okay, that is enough information for today!  Don’t forget to email me if you are FOR SURE going on the field trip!


Thanks a million!

Field trip info:  

When: Wednesday, April 25

Time: Arrive at the aquarium around 10:15-10:30

Leave: We will leave the aquarium around 12:45

Forms due: Monday, April 16

Happy Friday

I hope everyone enjoys their week off!  I am looking forward to a great vacation too!  I just wanted to let you know when we return back to school, Mountain View will begin Georgia Milestone testing.  Although first graders do not test, we do have changes to our schedule.  Please know, that we cannot have any visitors in the building while testing is taking place.  So that means until testing times are done we do not accept visitors in the building.

Our testing schedule will be:

Lunch time: 10:39-11:09

Specials time:  12:30-1:00

Recess: 1:30-2:00

Enjoy your week and I can’t wait to see everyone back with smiles on April 9th.

Pajama Day Success

Yay, we had a wonderful day today celebrating our compliments!

I just wanted to let you know to be on the look out for the permission slip and volunteer form for our next field trip to the Georgia Aquarium.  They went home today!


Have a great evening!

Last week of March

Oh my goodness.  Can you believe it is the last week of MARCH?  I cannot believe it is almost spring break!  Here are a few things happening in room 511 this week!

Math:  This week, and the week we come back, we will work on geometry.  Students love this unit!  We are learning about different attributes for the different shapes.  We should end this unit knowing-

    • Study and compose two- and three-dimensional figures.
    • Identify basic figures within two- and three-dimensional figures.
    • Compare, contrast, and/or classify geometric shapes using position, shape, size, number of sides, and number of angles.
    • Solve simple problems, including those involving spatial relationships.
    • Investigate and predict the results of putting together and taking apart two- and three-dimensional shapes.
    • Create mental images of geometric shapes using spatial memory and spatial visualization.

Writing:  We are starting our last writing unit, realistic fiction.  This is a revisit of our small moment stories, but we are making it happen to a fictional character.  My fictional character is Emmaleigh Pickle.  She will have many adventures this nine weeks.

Reading:  This week we are working on identifying who is telling the story.  This standard can be a little tricky.  As you are reading with your child this week, take time to talk about who is telling the story.  Is it told my one of the main characters? (this is called first person) or is it told by a narrator (this is called third person)?  There is a second person but we do not really discuss this in first grade.

Phonics:  This week we will work on the digraph sh as well as the ee and ea words.  It is important that students know the difference in deer, dear, peer and pier, hear and here.  We talked about it today but as they are studying the words, maybe have them draw a quick picture next to it to help them remember the meaning as well.

Other business:

  1.  Thank you for sending in all the supplies for our national park project.  They are on display in the library but I will get them back to you soon.
  2. Don’t forget to turn in the report card envelope.


Your child is bringing home their supply list for our national park project this Friday.  I will make sure if your child is bringing in Lincoln Logs or Legos, they will be returned to you!!  Please make sure they are labeled.  If your child has something crazy on the list, just let me know or feel free to make a reasonable substitution.


Thank you!

PS:  The report cards went home today!  Remember to sign and return the envelope!

We go to the book fair and library tomorrow!

Creating a National Park

On Friday, students will go to the library and create their very own national park.  We’ve been studying about parks and what most parks have and need.  Students are in small groups and will create their park with their team.  Students will need supplies to create this project.  This is completely driven by the students.  Today, students were to create a list of items needed to build their park.  Tomorrow, students will bring home their list of materials they think their team needs to build the park.  Please, do not feel like you need to purchase things.  Please gather these materials from items you have at home.  I do have access to the STEM closet as well, if we need additional items.  Look for your child’s list of materials to come home tomorrow.  If you any questions, please just shoot me an email.  Finally, we need these items on Friday!


Thank you!