• Week 35 Update

    Posted by Emily Nelson on 5/20/2019

     Down to the last three weeks--so much to do and so little time! Here's what's new for this week:

     

    1.  End of the Year Party:  Our amazing Room Mom, Mrs. Schuman, has asked for everyone to donate $5 for our End of the Year Party on Thursday, June 6th. If you send it in with your child, I'll make sure it gets to her. Thanks!

     

    2.  Field Day Link: If you are available to help out at Field Day, here's the link:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c48aba72baafb6-round

     

    3.  Curriculum:

    • Reading:  We are starting our final reading unit of the year, focusing on characters and character traits.
    • Writing:  We will be doing a writing unit in conjunction with an author study on Mo Willems, who writes the Gerald & Piggie and Pigeon books.
    • Math:  We will finish our unit on measurement by studying weight and volume.
    • Content:  We are learning about reading maps and Virginia symbols.
    • Phonics:  The test on our phonics words will be on Friday 5/24. I sent home the list last week. I've attached it here if have misplaced your copy: Week 14 Sight Words

     

    Have a great week!

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  • Week 34 Update

    Posted by Emily Nelson on 5/13/2019

    Can you believe we only have 4 weeks left? This year has just flown by! As we work our way slowly through end of year assessments, I'm so amazed by how far your children have come since September. They will soon be ready to be second graders! Here's what we will be learning for the week:

    • Reading:  We are right in the middle of our end of year testing. As you read with your child at home, please have them work on retelling the story or chapter to you after they've finished. 
    • Writing:  We are reviewing how to write a complete sentence with a capital letter and punctuation at the end.
    • Math:  We are working to complete our end of year math testing and then we will finish up our unit on measurement next week.
    • Science:  We've learned about the parts of a plant and plant needs and now we will learn about the life cycle of a plant.
    • Phonics:  I sent home our last set of phonics words for the year today. They are all sight words from the list of 50 that they need to know by the end of the year. The test will be NEXT Friday 5/24.

    That's all for this week! Hopefully all of our busy end of year testing will be done by the end of the week and we can jump into a few more fun units before the end of the year!

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  • Week 33 Update

    Posted by Emily Nelson on 5/6/2019

    Happy Monday! Hard to believe we are in the final weeks of this year! Things will be pretty busy for the duration due to end of year testing and activities. This week is pretty normal so here are the curriculum updates for the week:

    • Reading:  We just finished up our unit on comprehension strategies and will spend a little time on building fluency through shared reading and read alouds before beginning our final unit.
    • Math:  We will be finished with our money unit on Wednesday and then will begin a unit on measurement.
    • Writing:  We will complete our final writing assessment of the year this week and then next week we will begin a new unit.
    • Science:  We will be learning about the parts of a plant and how plants grow. 
    • Phonics:  Your kiddos may have told you that I accidentally gave them the phonics test on Friday--oops! Anyone who already spelled the words correctly last Friday will not need to retake the test. Otherwise, please continue to study those tricky sight words this week and we will test again on 5/10. 

    That's all I can think of for this week! If I realize I forgot something, I'll shoot out another email. Have a great week!

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  • Week 31 Update

    Posted by Emily Nelson on 4/22/2019

    Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a wonderful Spring Break! The kids were so excited to tell me all of the fun things they got to do while they were off! It's hard to believe we are in the final weeks of the school year already--just 7 more to go. This year sure did fly by! We'll be busy during the last few weeks for sure. Here's what's coming up this week:

     

    1.  Money: We are beginning our unit on counting coins in math. Please gather some loose change of pennies, nickels, and dimes (totaling about $2.00) and send it with your child either tomorrow or Wednesday so we can practice counting. I'm sorry for the late notice! Thanks for your support with this!

     

    2.  Phonics Words:  Our test on our Phonics words from last week will be this Thursday 4/25. Please let me know if you need another copy of the words.

     

    3.  Field Trip:  Our field trip is this Friday 4/26, rain or shine! Please be sure to keep an eye on the weather and dress your child accordingly. It is mostly an outdoor field trip, so they will probably need layers as the day warms up. As a reminder, I will not be going on the field trip because I'll be out of town for my sister's wedding. Mrs. Roach, an experienced and wonderful sub, will be going instead. I assure you, they are in good hands! You are welcome to join us at the Animal Park if you'd like, but you will need to stay with your child's chaperone group. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

     

    4.  Curriculum:

    • Reading--This week we will be focusing on comprehension strategies and things readers can do to make sure that they are understanding their books.
    • Writing--We are continuing to celebrate Poetry Month by writing color poems and shape poems.
    • Math--We will be counting coins up to $1.00.
    • Content--We are starting our next PBL project focusing on goods and services.
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  • Week 30 Update

    Posted by Emily Nelson on 4/8/2019

    Happy Monday! I hope you enjoyed the beautiful weather we had this weekend! Looks like we've got a great week ahead of us as well!

     

    1.  Report Cards:  Report Cards were published on ParentVUE on Friday. Please be sure to log on and read about your child's progress in 3rd quarter. Feel free to let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

     

    2.  Field Trip:  Field trip money is due TOMORROW, April 9th. The permission slip also needs to be completed and turned in by tomorrow. The cost of the trip is $7.95 and you may pay by check made out to Round Hill Elementary or cash. 

     

    3.  Epic Build:  Our classroom will be open for the Epic Build Showcase 9:00-9:30am tomorrow. At 9:30 we will resume our normal school day. We hope to see you there! 

     

    4.  Recess:  Now that the weather is getting warmer, I know all the kids want to wear shorts and t-shirts. Just remember that our first recess happens at 9:15, long before the peak temperatures of the day. Please send your child to school in appropriate attire for a chilly first recess. Thanks!

     

    4.  Curriculum:

    • Reading:  We are continuing our unit on more decoding strategies and using context clues to figure out new words.
    • Writing:  The kids are loving our poetry unit! We will do a few more acrostic poems this week before moving on to a new type of poem.
    • Math:  We will be wrapping up our unit on place value by comparing numbers with <, >, and =. Our test will be on Friday, April 12th. Please let me know if your child will be absent that day due to a Spring Break trip so that he/she can take the test before you leave.
    • Content:  We are learning about economics, focusing on needs vs. wants and goods vs. services.
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  • Week 29 Update

    Posted by Emily Nelson on 4/2/2019

    How is it the 4th quarter already? I can't believe that school will be over in just a few short weeks and your kiddos will be 2nd graders! We'll be making the most of the time we have left together in 1st grade! Here are a few quick updates for the week:

     

    1.  Field Trip: We will be going on a field trip to the Leesburg Animal Park on Friday, April 26th! There is information and a permission slip coming home in red folders today. If you would like to be a chaperone, you will need to return the slip at the bottom of the paper ASAP. Also, because my sister is getting married that weekend in NC, I will not be on the field trip with the kids. Please rest assured that they will be in good hands with my sub, Mrs. Roach. She is very familiar with the kids and an experienced sub. The other 1st grade classes and teachers will also be on the trip. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

     

    2.  Picture Day:  Tomorrow is Picture Day! We will have a class picture and individual pictures. Please try to make sure your child is at school on time because our time slot is 8:05! I hope everyone is able to be here for our class picture!

     

    3.  Epic Build:  Our Epic Build is next Tuesday 4/9 8:30-10:00. I'm not sure what time we're scheduled to show our projects, but I'll let you know as soon as I do. We've been working really hard to learn some new skills on Scratch!

     

    4.  Curriculum:

    • Reading:  Readers have big jobs to do! We are learning to be the boss of our own reading and to try multiple strategies when stuck on a word.
    • Writing:  April is Poetry Month so we will spend the month learning how to write a variety of poems. We will be learning about acrostic poems first.
    • Math:  We are continuing to learn about place value and making groups of ten. Toward the end of the week, we will be learning how to compare two numbers using <, >, and =.
    • Social Studies:  We will start our economics unit by learning about needs vs. wants and producers vs. consumers.

     

    Have a great week!

     

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  • Week 28 Update

    Posted by Emily Nelson on 3/25/2019

    Happy Monday parents! I hope you enjoyed the warmer weather this weekend! Here are couple of updates for the week:

     

    1.  Yearbook orders:  If you'd like to order a yearbook, orders are due by April 5th. The cost is $20. If you have misplaced the order form, you can also order online. The link and ID code can be found below:

    ybpay.lifetouch.com 
    ID code   13279919
     
     
    2.  Phonics Words:  I've attached the Phonics words for the week. Because there is no school this Friday or next Monday, the assessment will be NEXT Friday, April 5th. Phonics Words Week 11
     
     
    3.  Curriculum:
    • Reading:  We're starting a new unit! We'll be focusing on decoding more challenging words and using context clues. 
    • Writing:  We will be wrapping up writing about our Famous Americans this week. In April we will begin a poetry unit.
    • Math:  We're learning about place value and making groups of ten. This would be a good skill to practice at home! You could have students count a group of objects, make groups of ten, and then write the number. (For example, the number 21 is really 2 groups of ten with 1 left over).
    • Science:  We are learning about day and night and the motion of the Earth.

     

    That's all for this week! Hope it's a good one!

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  • Week 27 Update

    Posted by Emily Nelson on 3/18/2019

    It's Famous Americans Week! We are busy getting ready for an incredible showcase! The students have worked really hard and are eager to show off everything they've learned. Here are a couple of reminders about the performance:

     

    1.  It will be held in the gym on Thursday, March 21st at 9:30. It will last an hour at the most.

     

    2.  Students are expected to come to school in their costumes! You may send in a change of clothes for after the performance. I can't wait to see what everyone has come up with for their costumes!

     

    3.  The performance will begin with a whole grade level show and then be followed by group presentations in front of their boards. All groups will be presenting at the same time. You will be able to circulate around the gym and hallway to see all of the hard work the students have done. We will give you time to take pictures of your student as well.

     

    4.  Because we will be focusing mainly on our Famous Americans performance this week, I will not be sending home phonics words. We will pick back up with phonics words next week.

     

    Please let me know if you have any questions!

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  • Week 26 Update

    Posted by Emily Nelson on 3/12/2019

    Happy Tuesday parents! Hope your week is off to a good start! It's been so nice to be able to get outside for recess in this slightly warmer weather! Here are just a couple quick updates for the week:

     

    1.  Famous Americans:  Our Famous Americans Expo is next week! It will be held in the gym on Thursday, March 21st at 9:30am. All are welcome to attend! Please remember that your child is expected to arrive at school already dressed in their costume! They may also bring another set of clothes to change into after the performance if they'd like. Please let me know if you have any questions. It will be a great performance!

     

    2.  Phonics Words:  Please remember to be practicing our phonic words at home each night. This week we are learning about the different sounds the "ed" ending can make. 

     

    3.  Curriculum:  

    • Reading/Writing:  We will be working on our Famous Americans projects and writing a nonfiction piece about our person.
    • Math:  We will finish up our unit on telling time with a test on Friday. Students have learned how to tell time to the nearest hour and half hour.
    • Content:  We are learning about Famous Virginians Maggie L. Walker and Arthur Ashe.

     

    Have a fabulous week! I look forward to seeing you at our Famous Americans Expo!

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  • Week 25 Update

    Posted by Emily Nelson on 3/4/2019

    Happy Monday! Looks like we've got another full week ahead of us! Here are the updates for the week:

     

    1.  Spirit Week:  Friday 3/8 is our volleyball game against Emerick. I'll be playing this year and I'd love to see you there! To prep for the game, we're having spirit week this week. Each day that your child participates earns his or her house a point! The days are as follows:

    • Tuesday:  crazy hair or hat day
    • Wednesday:  jersey day
    • Thursday:  house color day
    • Friday:  Round Hill spirit wear day

     

    2.  Famous Americans:  Our Famous Americans Expo is quickly approaching! It will be held on March 21st at 9:30am. Don't forget to be working on your costume at home!

     

    3.  Curriculum: 

    • Reading/Writing:  We are researching and writing about our Famous American.
    • Math:  We are talking about the importance of time and learning to tell time to the nearest hour.
    • Phonics:  New words came home today with more word endings to practice!
    • Social Studies:  We are learning about the Jamestown settlement and the famous Virginians who lived during that time--Powhatan, Christopher Newport, and Pocahontas.

     

    Have an awesome week! I hope to see you on Friday at Loudoun Valley HS for the volleyball game!

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