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Homework Schedule                                                                            

Weekly Schedule


  1. Math – use study guide to review. Test on 12/13.
  2. Spelling – long a worksheet
  3. Read for 10-15 mins (use reading log)


  1. Math – use study guide to review.
  2. Spelling – long i worksheet
  3. Read for 10-15 mins (no reading log)


  1. Math – worksheet
  2. Spelling – long 0 worksheet
  3. Read for 10-15 mins (use reading log)


  1. Spelling – long u and long e worksheets
  2. Read for 10-15 mins (use reading log)

Weekly Schedule
Monday – Gym

Tuesday – Computer

Wednesday – Spanish

Thursday – Art

Friday – Music

Helpful Links
Scholastic Book Wizard
Scholastic Reading Club
Go Noodle
Doubles Rap

Weekly Letter for December 3rd

Posted on December 10, 2018

December 3, 2018

Dear Families,

          Well, we blinked and it’s December!!!  There is so much going on this month that I am sure January will arrive just as quickly….


  • Our trip to see The Nutcracker is next Monday, December 10th. If you have not sent in the permission slip and payment please do so by Tuesday 12/4.
  • Thursday, December 6th is Parent-Teacher Conferences. I am looking forward to meeting with you to discuss your child’s progress so far.
  • The Christmas Show is Friday, December 14th. You must purchase tickets to the show prior to that day.  Tickets will not be sold at the door!

Phonics/Spelling – This week we are working on the long e sound this week.  Please be sure to review these words and the sight words with your child each night. There will be an assessment on Friday.

Math – In chapter 4, the students have been learning about several subtraction strategies.  This week, we will be working on the Make a 10 Strategy and Breaking Apart a 10 Strategy.  These are more difficult strategies than count back or think addition to subtract.   Please refer to the classwork if you are not sure how to do the homework.  Let me know if your child is struggling with either concept. 

          I have also been giving the class “Quick Quizzes” on their basic addition and subtraction facts.  They are timed and the students think of it as a game.  I will continue to send home these quizzes so you can see their progress.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact me.

Have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Van Buskirk

Weekly Letter for November 26th

Posted on November 26, 2018

November 26, 2018

Dear Families,

                Welcome back after the long weekend!  I hope you all had a nice and relaxing Thanksgiving break.  Now, the countdown to Christmas begins!

ELA/Science – This week we will continue with the Light portion of our unit.   We will read texts that focus on light and how it is created.  The class will discover how shadows are made.

Spelling/Phonics – This week our spelling focus is words with the long u sound made with silent e.  Please be sure to study these words each day.  Your child should be able to both read and write these words.  There will be a spelling assessment on Friday.

Math – This week we will begin our work in Chapter 4 Subtraction Strategies. The students will learn several strategies including counting back and think addition to subtract. Students will also learn that addition and subtraction facts are related.


  • Friday, December 7th is a 12:00 dismissal. After school is available.
  • The Christmas Show is on Friday, December 14th. More information to follow!
  • Be sure to sign up for Report Card Conferences using Sign Up Genius. The portal opens up today.  Conferences will be held on Thursday, December 6th.  There will be an afternoon and evening session.

Have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Van Buskirk

Weekly Letter for November 19th

Posted on November 19, 2018

November 19, 2018

Dear Families,

          As the holidays approach, we take time to thank God for the blessings in our lives.  There are many things that I am thankful for and being your child’s teacher is one of them!  I am very lucky to be with them each day and see them grow socially, emotionally and academically.  I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day with your families and friends!

Math – There will be an assessment tomorrow, November 20th on Chapter3 Addition Strategies.  Please review the study guide with your child and have them practice their addition facts with sums to 20. 

Spelling/Phonics – Due to the short week, we will not be working on a new spelling pattern and there will not be a spelling assessment this week.  Instead, we will be reviewing the long vowel sounds we have learned so far.

Thanksgiving – On Wednesday, the first grade will have a Thanksgiving celebration in class.  I will be bringing in turkey (deli sliced), popcorn, rolls and juice boxes.  Please let me know if your child can not have any of these things.  It is not necessary to send in snack on Wednesday unless you know your child will not want to eat turkey or popcorn.  While we enjoy our feast the class will watch the classic A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (22 mins).

          At 11:00 the first grade will participate in a Thanksgiving Prayer Service in St. Anastasia Church.  All are welcome to attend!


  • Wednesday, November 21st is a 12:00 dismissal. Classes resume on Monday, November 26th.
  • Please have your child read every day during the long weekend and practice their basic addition and subtraction facts.

Thank you for all that you do!


Mrs. Van Buskirk





Weekly Letter for November 7th

Posted on November 7, 2018

November 7, 2018

Dear Families,

            Thank you all so much for coming to our Family Celebration yesterday.  It was wonderful to see you and I know the students were so excited to share their books with you.  A big thank you to the class captains for decorating and providing the delicious spread!!

            This is just a reminder that school is closed on Friday for grades K-8 so that the faculty can attend a professional development workshop.  School is also closed on Monday in observance of Veteran’s Day.  I hope you are able to enjoy the long weekend.

            There will be a Spelling assessment on Thursday, November 8th.  Please review all the spelling words and sight words with your child.

            If you have not sent in a recent family photo yet, please do so ASAP.


Mrs. V

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