C.A.R.E. Club Prepares for The Ronald McDonald House

These C.A.R.E. Club students could have gone home today for Thanksgiving break but we are still at school working away on door decorations. Tomorrow we will be volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House. Three of the students will be with the residence decorating cookies while the others will be hanging up their door decorations. What a great way to spend Thanksgiving Break!! Giving back to others in need.


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December 1 – 5

Word Wall Words (sol 1.5)

why            my              by              try              fly

Word Study (sol 1.6)   (spelling)

Bears – can, man, fan, pan, pin, fin, chin, thin, sun, bun, fun, run

Frogs – cap, pal, at, van, mad, lake, cane, gate, rake, mane, tape, made

Reading Vocabulary/Story

Blue – be, good, Mr., need, our, right, saw, time, try – p. 110

Green – above, different, hold, old, warm, water, years – p. 68

Orange – afraid, brave, climb, closet, hawk, mountain, screamed, shaking – p. 14


Mon. – Word Study – See new list of words.

Reading – worksheet**

Tues. – Reading – Go over the new vocabulary words with an adult.

Math – worksheet

Wed.  – Writing – Sentences

Thurs. – Reading – Read and discuss your assigned story with an adult.

Math – worksheet


  • Congratulations to our First Grade Spelling Bee Winners!

           McKena Allen – First Place     Gavin Lloyd – Second Place     Adrian Aaron - Alternate

  • **Parents, please assist your child with the reading homework by doing the following:  Have your child read the story aloud to you.  As they read each question, have them locate the answer in the story and underline it. They are then to copy the answer onto the lines.  (We completed a similar worksheet in class together.)
  • In Science, we are studying the relationship between the sun and Earth. (sol 1.6)  Key concepts include:
  1.  The sun is the source of energy, light, and warmth for the Earth.

2.  The sun rises in the east and sets in the west.

3.  Day and night are caused by the Earth’s rotation.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Dear BES and GES Families,


I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving break!  Enjoy this break with your families, and may you find time to relax, enjoy delicious food, and spend time with loved ones.  I count you all as a huge blessing!  Looking forward to seeing you when we get back…and enjoying some winter programs together!

Stay safe, and thanks for your children, support, and care!  Happy Thanksgiving!


Happy Thanksgiving!

As the Thanksgiving holiday is upon us, I always stop to reflect on the many things for which I am thankful.  After my own family, my Byrd family is right up there at the top of the list.  The teachers, students, staff and principal with whom I work lighten up my life each and every day.  Thanks to parents and other community members for all you do to support Byrd.

Take a moment this week to count your many blessings, no matter how big or small.  Have a safe, relaxing and happy Thanksgiving!


Gobble Gobble

Today, the students made adorable turkeys using plastic bottles/bottle caps, noodles, feathers, glue, tissue paper, and pipe cleaners. They painted the bottles with glue and added brown tissue paper. Then they glued on bottle caps for the eyes, a noodle for the beak, and a pipe cleaner for the wattle. They added feathers to the back for a final touch. This was a fun and messy project that turned out great!!



This week…

Good afternoon!

First, I wanted to let you know Activity Log #5 is posted, and it is due by Friday, December 5th.  Second, Day 1 students will be outside for the entire block of gym tomorrow, November 25th.  Our gym floors are being refinished, so we won’t be allowed to be in the gym.  Please have students bring jackets and/or sweatpants to wear over their uniforms if they should choose to do so.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving Break!

Nutcracker Field Trip

Dancers attending the Nutcracker Field Trip on December 19th need to remember to make arrangements with their teacher to take the exam early. You will be missing midterms for Day 2 block 2 and 4. I have emailed all the teachers and they know who will be absent. It is your responsibility to make arrangements to take it EARLY.


Good Afternoon!! Tomorrow, November 25th we will have our 3rd After School Enrichment Session. School will be closed from the end of the day Tuesday until December 1, so that we may all celebrate the Thanksgiving Holidays with our families! Have a safe and happy holiday!!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Due to the short week we will not have spelling words or a reading story.  This week we will continue to work on our Fundations (Phonics Program).  We will also, be reading a reader’s theater about Thanksgiving.  We will be writing a letter to ourselves from a turkey’s standpoint about why he or she wouldn’t be a good choice for Thanksgiving.  Our weekly reader this week is about Thanksgiving and the pilgrims.

In math we will be doing a turkey glyph and graphing our answers.  We will also be working strengthening our addition skills.

In Social Studies we will discuss the past and the present.

Tomorrow we have been invited to the Kindergarten play and will using our best manners during the show.

I hope that everyone has a restful and safe Thanksgiving.  Please enjoy the time with your friends and families.


P.S.  There is NO HOMEWORK this week!!!!!!  Please continue to read nightly with your child.  Have a great Thanksgiving!

November 24 – 28

Word Wall Words


Reading Vocabulary/Story





  • Due to the short week, we will not have new word wall words, word study words, or a reading story this week.
  • This week, we will have Girls’ and Boys’ Sharing on Tuesday.
  • Congratulations to our classroom spelling bee winners!        McKena Allen and Kalev daSilva (alternate: Kyranna Stratiou)
  • Mark your calendars!  The Winter Concert has been scheduled for Tuesday, December 16 at GHS at 6:30 p.m.  All students will be participating!
  • School is closed on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (Nov. 26 – 28) for the Thanksgiving Holiday.


Be sure to read aloud to friends and relatives over the holiday!


Jammed Packed with Fun

This week will be a short school week but will be packed with reading and writing projects, reading review games, and country writing and research. Remember, if you ever have any questions or concerns, please email me at ncarter@glnd.k12.va.us :)

Writing In Writing this week, students will continue to practice and review comparative and superlative adjectives. They will review the material through review questions and will create their own story book that reviews the material. Students will also continue to work on their country project for the world faire. All of the work for the faire will be completed in the classroom, however, any material that is not completed in the classroom will need to be finished for homework. This week, students will be completing their country organizer as well as a couple paragraphs of the rough draft. Students will finish the rough draft and final copy of the country project when we return from Thanksgiving break.

Reading Last week, students began the novel, Shiloh. Students have read chapters 1 through 3 and learned about the main character, Marty. This week, students will be completing various activities to review the information read so far in the novel. Students will also be reviewing the chapters vocabulary and major events from the each chapter. This week, students will also review reading strategies and other reading material through various games with small groups. **Reminder: students should continue to read 30 minutes a night and also get parent signatures each day. Beginning in MP2, students will be receiving a combination grade of their reading log, AR tests, and book summaries at the end of each month.


**I hope that everyone has a wonderful holiday season!

Important Dates

  • November 26 – 28 ~ No School (Thanksgiving Holiday)

Newsletter #15

News from Mrs. Gordon/

Mrs. Ford’s Pre-K Classroom

November 24 & 25, 2014


1.  Children learn through their play:  Don’t underestimate the value of play. Children learn and develop:  cognitive skills – like math and problem solving in a pretend grocery store; physical abilities – like balancing blocks and running on the playground; new vocabulary – like the words they need to play with toy dinosaurs; social skills – like playing together in a pretend car wash; literacy skills – like creating a menu for a pretend restaurant

2. Play is healthy:  Play helps children grow strong and healthy. It also counteracts obesity issues facing many children today.

3. Play reduces stress:  Play helps your children grow emotionally. It is joyful and provides an outlet for anxiety and stress.

4. Play is more than meets the eye:  Play is simple and complex.  There are many types of play: symbolic, sociodramatic, functional, and games with rules-–to name just a few. Researchers study play’s many aspects:  how children learn through play, how outdoor play impacts children’s health, the effects of screen time on play, to the need for recess in the school day.

5. Make time for play:  As parents, you are the biggest supporters of your children’s learning. You can make sure they have as much time to play as possible during the day to promote cognitive, language, physical, social, and emotional development.

6. Play and learning go hand-in-hand:  They are not separate activities. They are intertwined. Think about them as a science lecture with a lab. Play is the child’s lab.

7. Play outside:  Remember your own outdoor experiences of building forts, playing on the beach, sledding in the winter, or playing with other children in the neighborhood. Make sure your children create outdoor memories too.

8. There’s a lot to learn about play:  There’s a lot written on children and play. Here are some NAEYC articles and books about play. David Elkind’s The Power of Play (Da Capo, 2007 reprint) is also a great resource.

9. Trust your own playful instincts:  Remember as a child how play just came naturally? Give your children time for play and see all that they are capable of when given the opportunity.

10. Play is a child’s context for learning:  Children practice and reinforce their learning in multiple areas during play. It gives them a place and a time for learning that cannot be achieved through completing a worksheet. For example, in playing restaurant, children write and draw menus, set prices, take orders, and make out checks.  Play provides rich learning opportunities and leads to children’s success and self-esteem.

- See more at: http://families.naeyc.org/learning-and-development/child-development/10-things-every-parent-should-know-about-play#sthash.IQA5Bbva.dpuf


Highlights for this week include:

  • Learning how to introduce a friend, practicing left & right, and finding out more about our classmates
  • Practicing left & right as well as creativity and body movement through passing a facial expression around the circle & then passing different movements
  • Making countdown to Christmas chains with an AB pattern of green & red strips practicing counting to 24 & working on fine motor skills of gluing the strips into a circle
  • Painting with corn syrup & food coloring on wax paper highlighting various vocab. words as we are exploring the strange liquid including pushing, swirling, up-and-down, side-to-side, etc.

Encore Schedule this week:

Monday—Art with Mrs. Dalton

Tuesday— P.E. with Mrs. Hall

Important Reminders:

  • Save and turn in your Boxtops for Education.
  • Check out the photos on my blog to see what your child has been up to in Pre-K (http://blogs.glnd.k12.va.us/begordon).

Important Dates:

Wish List Items:

  • ¥2-liter plastic bottles with lids
  • ¥clear packing tape
  • ¥paint chip samples
  • ¥plastic drinking straws
  • ¥styrofoam meat trays
  • ¥vegetable oil/canola oil
  • ¥squeeze bottles (dish soap, shampoo, ketchup, body wash, salad dressing), pump bottles (hand soap), spray bottles
  • ¥whisks
  • ¥disposable plastic cups (all sizes)
  • ¥disinfecting wipes & wet wipes
  • ¥art supplies such as Masking tape, glue bottles, etc.
  • ¥envelopes
  • ¥buttons

*Make sure you are checking your child’s purple folder every night for notes or papers from school and/or special work y

Happy Thanksgiving

Only two days this week. We have a lot of fun activities to cram into our two days this week. First we will finish our book, Flying Solo by Ralph Fletcher. Next we will kick off our literary devices and poetry unit by completing our class acrostic poem on Gratitude and set that to music. Each student will make his or her own gratitude song. If we have time, we will explore Goochland County Public Schools mission statement with a closer look at what “honor” means to each of us.

Vocabulary Words for all classes ( we will be quizzed on these 12/5/14)


claswork grades

Quiz grade on Flying Solo

Quiz grade on Gratitude Song

I hope that all of you enjoy your Thanksgiving with time to reflect on how fortunate you are to be blessed with what you have. I have heard that we may see some snow Wednesday evening, wow, a “white Thanksgiving” would be really rare.


Mrs. Bay

Learning Corner

Language Arts:

*Word Study – no words this week



I will not assign new stories this week due to a short school week Nov. 24th. Please look for different books to come home for extra reading practice this week. (chapter books or small leveled reader books)

This week’s focus will be on Writing and Grammar. We will also be doing Native American crafts and drawing/telling Native American stories.


Place Value

next up: comparing numbers 0-999 using <, > symbols

A big concept:  What is the Value of the 6 in the number 364? 60, What is the Value of the 3? 300 and so on….

math test on Friday, December 5th


Social Studies:

There will be a Native Americans test on Tuesday, December 2. This IS a change. I’d like to review as soon as everyone returns from Thanksgiving break!

Notes will be sent home for this on Monday, November 24th.

  • Exploring Southwest/Pueblo this week