Finished Face Jugs

Please check out our finished Face Jugs by Ceramics I students inspired by African American slave artifacts. (Read previous posts for more background info!) You can find some of our jugs in the display case outside of the Ceramics studio!!

December 2-Decembr 6

I hope you your family enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving together. We have a busy three weeks ahead of us before our WInter Break.  We aill be working on holiday gifts in our “free time” so please let us know if you are stopping by the classroom.

This week will be be collecting rocks for our individual rock collections. We need egg cartons for this project.  We will go rock hunting at school. Of course, rocks brought in from home, are good specimans too.

Our WInter Program is acheduled for Monday, Dec. 16 at 6:30pm at Goochland High School in the auditorium.  We are having it at the high school for seating and parking needs.  Please make plans to join us!  The Kindergarten will be performing at this event.


Our Activities:


Language Arts:

Focus on Rr

Reviewing Aa, Bb, Cc, Dd, Ee Ff, Gg, Ii, Mm, Nn, Oo, Ss, Tt, & Uu     

*Sorting pictures by their beginning letters

 ** Extra Practice: Name writing on lined paper-first & last names

Journal Entries on specific topics

*Focus on Word Wall :

the, a, is, my, me, see, are, to,was, look, I, like, you, are, go, no, so

*Color words: red, blue, green, etc.

   Following multi-step directions


Numbers 1-12& Counting orally 0-30

Counting by 5’s & Counting      backwards

Number Sense Activities

*Reciting the months of the year

Graphing & Positional Words

Science:   Rock Mini Unit

Social Studies: Citizenship

                           Reindeer in literature

  *Making holiday gifts for our






12-2-13 to 12-6-13

Well, here we are in our last 3 weeks of the year 2013.  This week, as an added holiday bonus, I will be displaying all the lost coats over the year so far, hopefully we can make a dent in our collection.  Please make sure you have your childs name in their coats!!

This week k-2 students main activity will be working on striking skills.  We will break out the balloons and the rackets and work on striking.  We will also be working on some fast walking skills and working on some strength exercises with crab walking.

Our 3-5 students will be working on volleyball skills.  We will start out with the beachballs and work our way up to the real volleyballs!  They will also be working on some cardiovacular activities this week with locomotor skills.  Hopefully by the third week we can have our first annual volleyabll tornament against the other 3rd,4th, and 5th grade classes to close out the 2013 year.

Things to be thankful for about our children: (con’t)

  1. Their lacrosse games.
  2. Their football games.
  3. Their speeches.
  4. Their sense of humor.
  5. Their help.
  6. Their honesty.
  7. Their tender hearts.
  8. Their eager eyes.
  9. Their love of animals.
  10. Their simple faith.
  11. The way they grow.
  12. The way they learn.
  13. The way they overcome.
  14. The way they surprise us.
  15. The way they’re like us.
  16. They ways they’re unlike us.
  17. They try hard.
  18. They believe in the impossible.
  19. They believe.
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My blog–it’s a whole new look, but the content is still there!

Why?  Last week I attended a class called “Power-blogging,” in which I learned quite a bit about what makes a blog useful to students.  As a result, I have changed the way I categorize information.  I thought, why not change the way my blog looks as well as the way it’s organized?  The categories of “Honors 6″ and “Standard English 6″ are now parent categories, under which you will find the “Schedule” that includes our classwork and homework map for the week.

What about Pages?  In this format, the “Pages” section is on the right as a sidebar.    For example, if you are looking for the “Joint Book Review” notes, just go to “Search” and type up “Joint Book Reviews.”  Likewise, if you’re looking or “Mini-lessons,” type that in the search window.

I particularly liked the sunshine at the bottom of the blog, since I like to try to be your “Ray” of sunshine each day.  I hope you like this too.  Please send me a comment about the new format and parent category hierarchy.  I’m also interested in your reaction to the colors.  Is the yellow type easy to read?

Revised 12/3 -Block 1 standard English schedule Dec. 2-20

I’ve planned three weeks ahead to try to head off holiday anticipation wiggles!  It’s an exciting time of year!

*****GMS students will have EARLY DISMISSAL Dec. 17-20 due to exam schedule.  Previously I had only posted Dec. 20 as early dismissal.  Please change your calendars accordingly.


Revised Dec. 3 – Honors 6 schedule Dec. 2-13, 2013

CHANGE!!  GMS students will have early dismissal Dec. 17-20, not just on the Friday, Dec. 20.  Please change your calendars if you only marked Dec. 20.  This is due to the high school exam schedule.

2WeekScheduleMP2Wk6&7-10HONORS  This is a bird’s eye view of the schedule!  Email me with any questions, students!

Things to be thankful for about our children: (con’t)

  1. They give us chance after chance.
  2. They give us love.
  3. They make our hearts burst.
  4. They make us cry.
  5. They make us laugh.
  6. They make us grateful.
  7. They make us try harder.
  8. They keep us going.
  9. They keep us focused.
  10. They keep us humble.
  11. They keep us young.
  12. They keep us on our toes.
  13. They hold our hearts.
  14. Their rosy cheeks.
  15. Their toothless grins.
  16. Their school plays.
  17. Their sweet voices.
  18. Their soccer games.
  19. Their baseball games.
  20. Their volleyball games.
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Mrs. Austin’s Kindergarten Kids 2013-11-27 09:53:04

Room 111 News  December 2-6

Dear Room 111 Families,

Thanks so much for your help in making our Thanksgiving play reception great!  It was wonderful to see each of you and have you join us in our classroom.  The room 111 kids loved sharing this special day with each of you! 


*Mon., Dec. 2:  ”Spirit Night!” – White Hawk Music Café

*Mon., Dec. 16:  Winter Program – GHS – 7:00 p.m. – All Grades will be performing. – “Believe…!”  More information coming on this event.

*Fri., Dec. 20:  End of MP 2.  Lunch will be 30 minutes earlier.

1:00 Early Dismissal  

*Mon., Dec.23 – Jan. 3 – Happy Holidays – School will be closed for Students and Staff


*Please review previously taught letters and sounds.  Bb, Ff, Mm, Nn, Tt, Ii, Cc. Oo, Aa, Gg, Dd, Uu and Ee.  

*I will introduce letters Rr.

*Practice the following sight words: a, the, my, see, look, come, like, can and, I, go, get, said and & me.

Weekly Skills:

*Reading many new books and answering comprehension questions about these books.

*Each day we have literacy stations.  Each student will have small group reading instruction.  My kids love this special time each day!

*I will continue to send home books in your child’s white reading envelope.  Thanks for sending them back quickly. 




Students will:

*Count objects orally

*Write the numeral to tell how many are in a set

*Select corresponding numerals to match sets

*Indicate the ordinal position of objects first-tenth.

*Count by fives and tens to 100.

*Gather data by counting and tallying.

Social Studies:

Students will use simple maps & globes to develop awareness that a map is a drawing of a place and that a globe is a round model of the Earth. 






Things to be thankful for about our children:

  1. They’re funny.
  2. They’re sweet.
  3. They’re unpredictable.
  4. They’re silly.
  5. They’re beautiful.
  6. They’re inspiring.
  7. They’re touching.
  8. They’re unique.
  9. They’re hopeful.
  10. They’re innocent.
  11. They’re joyful.
  12. They’re sincere.
  13. They’re unfinished.
  14. They’re determined.
  15. They’re full of potential.
  16. They’re ours.
  17. They’re loving.
  18. They’re artistic.
  19. They’re athletic.
  20. They give us purpose.
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Happy Thanksgiving!

We had a busy day filled with a visit from a pilgrim (re-enactor), a Thanksgiving feast with our principal (thanks to some awesome parents), and holiday themed word problems during math.  We have so much to be thankful for as a class.  That was apparent as students each shared something different that they were thankful for this year during our lunch.

As for me, I could not be more thankful for the incredible students I have this year, as well as their supportive parents.   In particular, our room mom (Sandi Conrad) has taken time out of her busy life to meet with me and help plan events for these 3rd graders.  She has reached out to community members, ordered supplies, and even planned our upcoming trip to Luckstone next week.  Please thank her when you get a chance.  And THANK YOU to ALL parents who have sent in materials – recycled or purchased – to help support our every day learning.   Your contributions make a huge difference in what I can do for your children at RES.

Thank you, as well, to Ms. Alice Young who joined us today to share her knowledge about Plimoth Plantation, Jamestown, and so much more.  A little background on Ms. Young:

At Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT), Ms. Young majored in Renaissance and Medieval Studies with a concentration on England.  In the mid-1980′s, she spent three years working as a first-person historical interpreter at Plimoth Plantation in MA.  Plimoth Plantation is a large outdoor living history museum depicting everyday life of the Pilgrims.  After leaving Plimoth Plantation, she attended Smith College (Northampton, MA) for a Master of Arts in Teaching History degree.  From 1991 to 2002, she worked as the Curator of Education at Agecroft Hall Museum here in Richmond.  Agecroft is a historic house museum dedicated to interpreting the material culture and social history of a landed-gentry family living in the north of England during the Tudor and Stuart periods.

Ms. Young did a fabulous job giving my class background knowledge on what life was like in the beginning years of our country, as well as sharing the harvest and feasting traditions that have become what we now know as Thanksgiving.  Thank you, Ms. Young, for your efforts to enhance our classroom experience.

I wish each and every one of you a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.  (Your kids say Happy Thanksgiving, as well!)  Be safe and enjoy your time off with family and friends!   Let’s all come back from our break ready to rock!


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Enrichment Saturdays at William and Mary College

The College of William and Mary will be offering Saturday Enrichment Classes from February 22nd – March 22nd 2014. Classes include: Lego Robotics, Chess, Engineering,  and Archaeology. For information call Laura Ionescu at 757-221-2362 or contact her at To view all of the course offerings go to the brochure at this site:


A Stand for Gobbles: Our Thanksgiving Engineering Project

Whew! We made it to Tuesday, November, 26th. The last day of school before Thanksgiving Break! With a 2-hour delay, due to sleet & freezing rain, we needed a fun, INDOOR project….

Meet Gobbles the turkey. She does not want to be eaten for Thanksgiving dinner, so the students were given the task of making a stand for Gobbles so she can stay safe from hungry bellies on Thursday!

The challenge? They could only use 20 sheets of paper and 12 inches of tape. Who can build the tallest stand?

First, was the planning process…

Then the students folded, rolled, and began building…


Here are the finished projects. I am so proud of their creativity and ability to synergize with their teammates!



Now it’s time to measure to see which team built the tallest stand. We also judged those that could stand all by itself.

And the winner is…

Way to Go, Stephen and Parker! They built the tallest that could stand without support. But who am I kidding? We are ALL winners in Room 112!! Check out our Native American Gear ;)

Happy Thanksgiving, Y’all!!

Love, Mrs. Stacey


Happy Thanksgiving

Thank you so much to everyone who came to see our play.  We really enjoyed performing it for you.  Our class would like to wish all our family and friends a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, etc.

I hope everyone has a relaxing, safe, and happy Thanksgiving.

When we come back to school in Dec. we will collect the final donations for the American Heart Association.  Please make sure all envelopes and online donation forms are printed and turned in by Friday, Dec. 6th.

Health class for the 7th grade students will be on Friday, Dec. 6 and Monday, Dec. 9th.

Please encourage you child to have tennis shoes in their gym locker.  If they have an old pair at home that still fits, please have them bring it to school to leave in their gym locker.  Students have loan/rents available but are coming to school without proper shoes for gym and are unable to participate resulting in a zero for the class period.  We do not loan/rent gym shoes.  Thank you so much for your help.

Enjoy your holiday!

JROTC Orientation is a Great session!

Our Marine Corps instructors coming to GHS received a warm welcome on Nov. 14th as they were greeted by approximately one-hundred students, parents, and community members.

Major Michael Petruzello and Staff Sergeant Daniel Brown gave a wonderful presentation to the group outlining the advantages of joining a Marine Corps JROTC program and dispelled some misconceptions pertaining to these programs. Some of the points that were emphasized in the presentation were;

  • MCJROTC helps develop the self-discipline and self-confidence cadets need to meet future stresses and succeed in life.

  • While cadets incur NO MILITARY OBLIGATION, participation in MCJROTC can help those who are competing for college ROTC scholarships or military academy appointments.

  • MCJROTC encourages participation in community programs and projects and encourages civic responsibility.

  • The MCJROTC program is open to girls and boys in grades 9-12.

  •  A new level of the program will be added each year until all four levels of the program are in place.

  • The cadets do not use real guns or live ammunition. Air rifles are used for competitions but students can opt-out of this activity if they choose to.

To find out more about this new program at GHS and the advantages it offers to our students, you may pick up a brochure at GHS or GMS or call Bruce Watson, CTE Director for GCPS,  at 556-5613.





Directions to Riverheads High School

 Riverheads High School
19 Howardsville Road
Staunton, VA 24401
1. Start out going east on River Rd W/VA-6toward River Rd W/US-522. Continue to follow VA-6.
0.7 mi
2. Turn left onto Sandy Hook Rd/US-522. Continue to follow US-522.
  • If you are on River Rd W and reach Dickinson Rdyou’ve gone a little too far
7.3 mi
3. Merge onto I-64 W via the ramp on the lefttoward Charlottesville.
  • If you are on Cross County Rd and reach Junction Ln you’ve gone a little too far
80.4 mi
4. Merge onto US-11 N via EXIT 213B.
0.5 mi
5. Turn left onto Howardsville Rd.
  • Riverheads Elementary School is on the corner
  • If you are on US-11 N and reach US-11 S you’ve gone about 0.1 miles too far
0.05 mi
6. 19 HOWARDSVILLE RD is on the right.
  • If you reach Old Greenville Rd you’ve gone about 0.8 miles too far
19 Howardsville RdStauntonVA 24401-5714
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D1B1 A Math 6:

Today we corrected drill quizzes and took the Properties Quiz.


HW- none




D1B2 A Pre-Algebra 7:

Today we continued to work with solving two-step inequalities.

Test = Tues. Dec. 3 = Solving Equations and Inequalities


HW- finish Purple WORKbook p. 124





Block 4 Math 6:

Today we continued to work with adding and subtracting mixed numbers.


HW- none

Dec. 2-6

Math: We will continue studying place value. By the end of this unit, students will understand the ten-to-one relationship of ones, tens, and hundreds (10 ones = 1 ten; 10 tens =  1 hundred). The students will also understand that numbers are written to show how many hundreds, tens, and ones are in the number.

The place value test has been rescheduled for Thursday, December 5.


Language Arts: In Fundations, we will review vowel-consonant e syllables. In Word Study we will review suffixes. We will also be learning to write and recognize common abbreviations.


Social Studies: We will continue with the Native American unit. Powhatan and Lakota Indians will be reviewed, and the Pueblo of the Southwest will be introduced.

There will be a Pueblo Indian quiz on Tuesday, December 10.

The Native American Test covering all of the material in the interactive notes is scheduled for Wednesday, December 11.


It is very important that you are studying the interactive notes nightly with your child, especially during our study on Native Americans. The final Native American test will cover each tribe (Powhatan, Lakota, and Pueblo) and the vocabulary.




  • Sort and write your Word Study words
  • Reading


  • Write your Word Study words two times each.
  • Math


  • Write 1 sentence for 10 Word Study words.
  • Math


  • Sort and rainbow write your Word Study words
  • Reading


  • We do not have homework on Fridays. Enjoy your weekend!  

Notes and Upcoming Dates:


Winter Program- Wednesday, December 11

Early Dismissal- Friday, December 20

Winter Break- December 23-January 3

Report cards go home- Wednesday, January 8


Here are the finished products!  Art I students worked for many weeks to complete these color pencils drawings as seen in progress on a previous blog post…

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