Friday, December 7, 2018

Dec. 10-14

Dear Parents and Families,
We hope you are enjoying the beginning of the holiday season. We have a busy few weeks ahead.

As the weather grows ever colder, please make sure your child is dressed appropriately and has a jacket every day. We play outside 3 times a day unless it is raining!

Please help alleviate the high volume of last minute calls about students and whether they are riding the bus/getting picked up. If you could make your calls before the last hour or two of the day they would greatly appreciate it!

Permission slips for our 1st grade field trip to the Hurricane Rec Center for the Festival of Trees are due by Wed. Dec. 12. 

In Language Arts we will be practicing Proper Nouns, the suffix "es", action verbs, and the phonogram "ed."

Spelling Words:


In Go Math we will review on Monday and test on Chapter 5 Tuesday.

Upcoming Events:

Dec. 10- Polar Express Dance Recital at HHS. Please arrive at 6:30 and the show will begin at 7:00. Children should be wearing pajamas. Please no nightgowns.
Dec. 11- Musical Theater performance at 7:00 at Valley.
Dec. 12- Orchestra/Choir performance at 7:00 at Hurricane Fine Arts.
Dec. 17-Cookie Decorating and Movie at 6:00 at Valley.
Dec. 19- Pajama Day and Early Out-school will dismiss at 12:45.
Dec. 20-Jan. 2- Winter Break. School will resume Jan. 3.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

November 19 - 30

Dear Parents and Families, please note this blog post is for the next two weeks.

Next we will be focusing on Thanksgiving, Spalding, and in math Chapter 5.

The week after we will practice phonogram ck, the suffix S, plural nouns, and continue rhyming words, , nouns, and verbs.

In math we will continue Chapter 5.

Dixie Direct Books are due right after Thanksgiving, get them sold or bring them back.

Please read this message from out PAC:

Hello Valley Academy families, 

PAC is hosting a cookie decorating and game night on Monday, December 17th from 6:00-7:30 PM. We are looking for a few parents to come up with games that we can play at the event (we need three or four games total). Think short, minute to win it-type games with a festive theme. If you'd like to help us out, please email me at and I'll put you down as a volunteer game designer. 


Upcoming Events:

Nov. 17 - Christmas Wreath pick-ups from 9:00 - 10:00

Wednesday, Nov. 21 - Early Out

Nov. 22 - 26 - No School

Nov. 27 - 29 - SEP's Please watch for Sign-up Genius, also note, these are early out days.

Dec. 10 - Dance Recital at HHS. Students need arrive at 6:30, show begins at 7:00. Students in 1st grade should wear pajamas, no night gowns please.

Dec. 17 - Cookie decorating and game night, 6:00-7:30

Thursday, November 8, 2018

November 12 - 16

We are in the middle of November and Thanksgiving will soon be here. We are all excited for Thanksgiving and all the yummy food. We have been writing about turkeys, Thanksgiving dinner, and fall.

This week we will be working on rhyming words, common nouns, helping verbs, adjectives, and related sentences.

In Math we will test on Chapter 4 Wednesday. We will begin Chapter 5 on Thursday. We have started to send home math practice sheets. Please do one page a day so they stay with the class. We do not want them to go ahead because they might get frustrated.

As the weather turns colder please make sure you send your child to school with a coat. We go out three times a day for recess. If they do not have a coat they still have to go because the teachers have to be outside with the others observing.

Please remember to send money or books back for the Dixie Direct fundraiser.

Upcoming Events:

November 12 - Veterans Day assembly will be at 9:00. All service people are invited to attend

November 21 - 26 - No School- Thanksgiving break. Notice there is no school on Monday 26th.

November 27 - 29 - SEP's Please watch for a Sign-up Genius coming soon.

December 10 - Dance Recital. Our students will be wearing cute pajamas this year. Please no nightgowns.

Friday, November 2, 2018

November 5 - 9

Halloween has come and gone. The students are wore out, tired, and a little sugared up, but they had a lot of fun. We are ready to push hard the next few weeks before Thanksgiving break.

We will be continuing the same learning objectives in language arts as last week.

In math we will start Chapter 4, after a week of reteaching Chapter 3 and testing again. We will take the higher test score on Chapter 3.

Dixie Direct books will come home today (11/1/18). If you do not want to purchase simply send it back. If you do want to purchase please send $35, they will send home a new book for your child to sell another one. If you lose the book you will need to pay $35.

HOMEWORK: Please read each day with you child. They have a reading log that has been going home. This is being graded and will be on report cards. 

If you have any costumes that you want to get rid of please consider donating them to First Grade so we can have a few extra on hand.

Upcoming Events:

November 21st - an early out.
November 22- 26 - Thanksgiving Break, notice there is no school on Monday 26th.
November 27 - 29 - SEP's - this is an early out day.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

October 29 - November 2

Halloween is approaching quickly. I hope you're all excited for all the Halloween Activities. Please remember to send all items you have signed up for for the parties at 10:45. Thank you to all of our volunteers.

**Please note the time of our Halloween Flashmob has changed. It will be at K is at 1:00 with 1st  & 2nd following at 1:20 and then all the other grades will follow with their scheduled times. Students can go home with parents but they must follow the class back to their room before they can leave. Parents may not take them from the playground. Please encourage your child to stay with their class, come give them hugs and check them out from the classroom.

In language arts we will be doing Rhymes, common nouns, homophones, and imperative sentences.

In math we will begin Chapter 4 - Subtraction Strategies.

We have had a lot of fun learning about bats this week. Please ask your child what facts they know about bats.

Upcoming Events

Evergreen fundraising is due Oct. 26th

Dixie Direct Books coming soon (next week)

October 31st - Halloween Party 10:45 - 11:45
                        Parade and Flashmob 1:20 - 1:35

Thursday, October 18, 2018

October 22 - 26

Thank you everyone for having someone Grand come to lunch with your child today. They loved it.

Next week we will be doing a study on Bats. We will have a big writing project to go along with their research. We will continue declarative sentences, interrogative sentences, along with nouns, verbs, and adjectives. We will introduce compound words, exclamatory sentences, and phonemes ough, oe, ey, igh, kn, gn, wr, ie, dge, ei, eigh, ti, si, ci.

In math we will finish Chapter 3 and test on Friday. We will begin Chapter 4 Subtraction strategies the week after.

We need help with a "Stinky Feet" problem. Children are wearing shoes without socks and it is smelly. This is especially noticeable when they go to dance and have to take their shoes off. Please wash your child's shoes if necessary and make sure they are wearing socks to school.

Don't forget our Evergreen fundraiser. Get your holiday wreath ordered soon.

Upcoming Events

Friday, October 19th - Dixie Direct assembly - Watch for Dixie Direct books coming soon.

Next week is Red Ribbon week. It starts on Tues., October 3rd - Dress like a community hero, Wed. , October 24th - Wear a Red Shirt, Thurs., October 25th - Wear a team shirt, Fri. October 26th - Crazy hair day. Monday, October 29th - Backwards day, Tues., October 30th - Tie Dye.

October 31st Halloween, this will include a class party at 12:40 and a Halloween Parade (We will get a time for that ASAP), Flash Mob 8:45am.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

October 8 -10

We have had a great start to October. We are coming along great with our Phonemes/Phonograms. If you want to practice with your child at home you can download the Spalding app, the cost is around $4.00. You can also purchase the flash cards on Amazon.

We will be working on rhyming words, new phonograms - aw, au, ck, wh, ed, ew, ui, oa, gu, ph, we will continue working on declarative sentences, nouns, verbs, adjectives articles, and begin interrogative sentences.

In math we will continue Chapter 3 Addition Strategies.

We will also incorporate Columbus Day and a Pumpkin Write.

In your child's backpack you will find a fundraiser letter and a flyer for walk to school day.

Please make sure you child brings a backpack every day. We are having more and more children come with no backpacks. They have nothing to put notes, other papers, and books in. Take home books will start and they need a safe place. Books will come home on Mondays and they need to be sent back to the school on Friday. If a book is lost there is a $6.00 replacement fee.

We are getting more and more tardies each day. First thing in the morning is very important. It sets the tone for the day and is a very important writing practice. If your child is 10 minutes late they have lost out on that practice. This also disrupts the entire class.

Upcoming Events: 

October 8 - Columbus Day

October 10 - Walk to school day

October 11 - 15 is Fall break - No School, we will look forward to seeing your child on Tuesday October 16th.