Read to Win

Wow – over 200 students participated in the Read to Win program!!! These students read over the summer and received their Blue Ribbons and Field Day of the Past fair treats this week. The Read to Win celebration will be held on Sunday, Sept. 21st from 2:30 – 3:00  on the soundstage at Field Day of the Past. Dr. Lane will be there to congratulate all of our Blue Ribbon Winners! Students will receive their special certificates at that time! Congratulations to all of the Blue Ribbon Winners!


What a fantastic day of traveling through all 5 regions in 2.5 hours!  We had coal miners, ski patrols, valley girls, business professionals, and a beach bum!

We covered every component of Virginia Studies geography along with products and industries!  What an incredible day of learning for these young people!

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We’re already planning the next unit!  Who wants to volunteer?

Mother Goose Performers!

Mother Goose Performers


Please have your child learn one Nursery Rhyme to recite to the class on Wednesday, October 1st.  I am asking that you help your child dress in character, and/or bring in props (nothing elaborate), and practice the rhyme of their choice. I am asking that you do not pick “Jack Be Nimble”.   I have included a list of Nursery Rhymes to help your child make their choice.  You may choose from this list, or pick one of your own.  Please fill out and return the following form by Friday, September 26th!  This is a performance for the class only, and a few special guests (Mr. Gardner, Mrs. Evans, etc.).   Thank you for your help.  This is a great performing experience for your child, and they love doing it! Parents are not invited to this performance. I promise that there will be plenty of other opportunities for you to come and see your child perform this year! 


My child, ____________________________ will be performing the Nursery Rhyme _______________



 Rhymes/Songs to choose from:


1,2 Buckle My Shoe              

Hey Diddle, Diddle

Humpty Dumpty

Baa, Baa, Black Sheep         

Itsy, Bitsy Spider

Mary had a Little Lamb      

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star 

Little Miss Muffet

Once I Caught a Fish Alive  

It’s Raining, It’s Pouring      

1,2,3,4, Mary’s at the Kitchen Door

Hickory Dickory Dock

Little Bo Peep

This Old Man


* You may choose a rhyme that is not on this list as long as it is not “Jack Be Nimble”.  





Newsletter 9/22-9/26

Mrs. Tysinger’s Newsletter

September 22nd – September 26th



*Introducing the letter Nn, We will be reviewing the letters Tt,Bb, and Ff.




*Tracking words (pointing to words) in sentences at the bottom of the page.

*Learning to read the following TRICK WORDS: a, my, I, the, this, see, like.

*Writing as “authors” in our Writing “Workshop”.

*Having “Show and Tell” Wednesday (Boys) and Friday (Girls.)

*Doing activities in our unit on NURSERY RHYMES.

*Our Mother Goose Performers will recite their nursery rhyme on Wednesday, October 1st.  PLEASE SEE THE ATTACHED LETTER. J


*Working on the concept of one-to-one correspondence.

*Recognizing, creating, and extending patterns (patterns with 2 or 3 members).


*Reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and recognizing the American Flag.


*Beginning our unit of Study on OUR 5 SENSES.

*Recognizing Fall as our new season. Our Emphasis this week will be on APPLES!

I am asking that each student bring in 1 red apple, 1 yellow apple, and 1 green apple by Tuesday.  We will be doing many fun activities with these apples.  Thanks!

Encore Schedule for the week:  Mon.= ART, Tues.= PE, Wed.= LIBRARY, Thurs.= PE, Fri.= MUSIC.

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Thanks for being great parents!

Mrs. Tysinger


 Mrs. Tysinger’s Fall Wish List


cotton balls

 white paper plates (small and large)

 any old Fall or Halloween decorations you no longer use

 Craft feathers, beads, sequins

 brown paper lunch bags



Earphones Needed

I need each parent to send in a cheap pair of earphones for your child.

Please put them in a bag and label.  You can get them at Five Below or The Dollar Tree.

Newsletter Alvis Gazette September 22-26

What We’re Learning


*Identify and write the letters m and i

*We will review letters t, b, f, and n.

*Keep practicing the HIGH FREQUENCY WORDS/Trick words: “a” the, my and I.

*Show and Tell (Girls – Wednesday and Boys – Friday)

*Rhyming words – identifying and matching

*Writing Journal

*Lots of literature – Five Little Monkeys, Mouse Mess


*Oral counting from 0-20

*Classify and sort according to color, shape and size.

*Positional words (above, below, next to, bigger, smaller)

*Numbers 0-4


*Five Senses

*The Life Cycle of the Apple

           Social Studies:    

*  Pledge of Allegiance


Friday, September 26 – Field Trip to Carter’s Mountain.   Don’t forget to send a snack/snack drink and lunch/lunch drink on Friday. Please wear appropriate clothing and tennis shoes.

Monday, September 29 – PALS testing begins.

October 10 – Roadrunners on the Run. Kindergarten and First Grade will go out from 1:00 – 1:45.  Parents are encouraged to come and cheer for us.

October 13 – Columbus Day – No School/Staff Development Day.

October 23- Grandparent’s Night/PTA Meeting 6:30 p.m.

October 31 – Fall Treat 2:30 – 3:00










I’m back!

Hello all! I’m back in the classroom. I’m moving slowly and the kids are being great about helping me as much as possible. We’ve spent a couple of days reviewing what they worked on while I was out and we’ve moved on to new topics. Here are the things we will be working on next week.

8th grade:

  • Quiz on apostrophes.
  • Writing exercises to strengthen writing skills.
  • Begin reading and discussing “Flowers for Algernon”.
  • Test on beginning chapters of “FFA”.

7th grade:

  • Test on parts of speech.
  • Read Chapters 1 and 2 in “The Watsons go to B’ham” and apply figurative language.
  • Work on writing a paragraph.

I’m sorry I missed the ones of you who came for Back to School Night. I will be getting in touch with you next week.

Have a good weekend.


It is hard to believe that we are already to the mid way point in our first marking period.  Interims will go home with your child on Tuesday, Sept. 23.  If your child’s grades are not what you are expecting, please review PowerSchool with your child and discuss ways to work together to lead to success in school.  Remember, this is only an interim.  There is still time for improvement before report cards.

Please feel free to contact me at any time with any questions or concerns you may have.  When we all work together, every child can be successful!

News from Mrs. Gordon/ Mrs. Ford’s Pre-K Classroom September 22-26, 2014

News from Mrs. Gordon/

Mrs. Ford’s Pre-K Classroom

September 22-26, 2014


*Try giving your child the opportunity to do big jobs (indoor and outdoor jobs children do with their families (or others) that help the whole family). They include tasks like setting the table, planting flowers, and tidying up when visitors are coming. To adults they might seem like simple tasks, but Big Jobs carry big rewards—for your child and your entire family.  When children volunteer to do big jobs, they learn to:  work with other people, solve problems, compromise, and contribute to their family.  More examples of big jobs include:  cooking and baking—washing and peeling vegetables, stirring muffin batter, tearing lettuce leaves to make salad; gardening—digging holes, planting seeds, raking leaves, weeding, watering plants indoors and outdoors; doing laundry—carrying the laundry basket, sorting, folding, delivering clean clothes to each family member’s room; caring for pets—feeding, brushing, walking, cleaning the cage or aquarium; cleaning—rinsing dishes, dusting, emptying wastebaskets

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Our main focus this week will be:

  • Exploring phonological awareness-identifying distinct sounds in spoken language focusing especially on rhyming and alliteration
  • Recognizing the letters of the alphabet & identifying their sounds
  • Classifying materials, actions, people, and events
  • Measuring to compare things
  • Counting things & recognizing/using number words & symbols
  • Communicating ideas about the characteristics of things & how they work
  • Understanding past, present, and future

Encore Schedule this week:

Monday—Art with Mrs. Dalton

Tuesday— P.E. with Mrs. Hall

Wednesday—Library with Mrs. Stevens

Thursday—P.E. with Mrs. Hall

Friday— Music with Mrs. Watts

Important Reminders:

  • Save and turn in your Boxtops for Education.
  • We will send home Rest Time blankets every Friday.  Please wash them over the weekend & send them back with your child on Monday.
  • If your child brings lunch, please make sure you pack their snack in a separate bag than their lunch.  This helps eliminate confusion as to what is their snack & what is their lunch.
  • Make sure you are checking your child’s purple folder every night for notes or papers from school and/or special work your child has created, and please make sure they bring it everyday along with a snack.
  • Check out the photos on my blog to see what your child has been up to in Pre-K (

Important Dates:

  • Sept. 23—“Back to School Night”/PTA Meeting 5-7 in the gym
  • Oct. 6-17—PALS begins (more info. coming soon)
  • Oct. 13—No School (Teacher Work Day)

Wish List Items:

  1. 1.Fabric scraps
  2. 2.Disposable plastic cups (all sizes)
  3. 3.Old recipe boxes
  4. 4.Magazines/newspapers
  5. 5.Dishwashing liquid

*Make sure you are checking your child’s purple folder every night for notes or papers from school and/or special work your child has created, and please make sure they bring it everyday along with a snack.

Test Next Week

The First Americans/Native People Test will be Friday, September 26th.

  • Don’t forget that I have fun games and study information located on the right hand side of this blog page! The students LOVE playing these games in school, so I know they will love it at home as well! :)


Advocate For Education By Sharing Your Story

Advocate For Education By Sharing Your Story DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 23, 2014

We have an unprecedented opportunity to increase the amount of broadband funding for schools across the country. You know firsthand how important robust and reliable broadband is for learning and teaching. It’s time to tell your story, and ISTE has made it easy for you to do so by September 23, 2014.

This past year ISTE members have successfully informed the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) about the importance of school broadband and in particular the E-Rate program that helps schools pay for this important priority. The FCC has heard our voices and is requesting public comments about the possibility of increasing funding for school broadband.

With real dollars on the line, we need you to weigh in one more time by September 23. ISTE’s story template will guide you through the key items to share with the FCC about how broadband connectivity is facilitating learning and teaching in your classroom, school or district, and the connectivity challenges you face. After you submit your story, ISTE will share it with the FCC in the official record.

Please take just a few minutes to make your voice heard by September 23, and share this alert with your colleagues, parents and students.

Interim Reports

Interims reports will be distributed Tuesday, September 23.  GPREP students will have a different looking interim than the high school.  Their reports will show the one or two courses the student is working on as well as the student’s progress toward completion.  I will include an explanation of the progress chart with the first interim.

Overall, things are going well at this point of the year.  We currently have 7 full-time students and 3 split schedule students.   Ninety percent of the students are at the midway point in completing their courses.  The GED students are progressing well in their preparation for the new GED test.  Hopefully by the time they are ready to test, GCPS will have final approval as an online testing site.


Remember the Egg?

Years and years ago, I remember watching some television sitcom where one of the characters had to care for an egg as if it were a baby. It was a school assignment designed to teach students responsibility, and I think it had something to do with babies. I really don’t remember the details.

This week I found out that this assignment has been updated at GMS to help students transition to our 1:1 iPad program prior to deployment. Mrs. Ray’s students created mock iPads out of construction paper. For the past few days, they have carried their paper iPads with them, taking them out of their backpacks in each class. The paper iPad cannot be on the floor, cannot get crumpled or stained with food, and it cannot be left at home or in a locker.


The students are having fun, building excitement, and learning important habits.

Great idea, Ms. Ray!

September 22-September 26 Weekly News

Theme of the Week

This week we will continue with our family theme. Our letter of the week is /Rr/. Please reinforce teaching this letter at home.

On Monday, we will track the print to the rhyme “The House” and read The Napping House while sequencing pictures from the story as we read. We will practice scissors skills too by cutting out pictures from the story and gluing them in sequence. We will make play dough families, complete structured dollhouse play, and use file folder games to learn basic concepts. On Tuesday, we will sing “Where is Family” using flannel board pictures and make a graph by gluing people cutouts to represent the people that live in our homes. Math concepts such as more, fewer, and same will also be reinforced. We will also participate in dramatic play in the housekeeping center while acting out family roles and we will practice writing skills by writing and drawing in shaving cream. On Wednesday, we will read The Family Book and place theme words on our word wall. We will easel paint family portraits, and also complete a children’s engineering project by making a robot family out of recyclable materials (R is for robot). On Thursday, we will review the oral language cards of family members and track the print to the rhyme “Family.” We will also look at the family book I will put together using the family photos sent in and have the children share their pictures. We will finger paint family pictures, do puzzles and games free choice activities, and listen to stories on the iPads. NO school for our class on Friday! During small group time, we will color, cut, and sort pictures of things you would find in your home, complete a Match-It ABC puzzle to practice recognizing letters and beginning sounds, and we will take down the word wall words and see if the students can match them back on the word wall by placing the pictures on the correct letters. We will also make a racecar and rocket craft to reinforce the letter of the week.


September 25th-Picture Day

Friday, September 26-No School for our preschoolers

*Our ECSE staff will be completing developmental screenings on this day so our class will not come to school on Friday, September 26.

Additional Thoughts

Don’t forget to send in family photos!