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Weekly Schedule
Monday – Spanish

Tuesday – Art

Wednesday – Computer

Thursday – Gym and Music

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

Weekly Letter for November 6th

Posted on November 6, 2017

November 6, 2017

Dear Families,

                I hope you enjoyed the weekend with your families.  We have a short week ahead of us but there is a lot happening!

Fire Drills and Lock Downs – As you know, the safety of your children is of the utmost importance to me and the entire DWCA faculty and administration.  To that end, we need to practice what to do in case of a real emergency.  Fire Drills and Lock Down Drills are the best way to do that.  We have had several fire drills already this year and I am happy to say that, with very few exceptions, the class followed directions well.  Later this week, the first Lock Down Drill is scheduled.   When the words, “This is a Lock Down” are announced over the PA, the children will quietly sit criss-cross applesauce against the wall and lockers where they are expected to wait quietly until the all clear is given.  Please speak to your child about the importance of following the rules for a Fire Drill and Lock Down.  The most important rule is to remain silent and listen to the teacher.  Thank you so much for your help and feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Reading – This week we will begin our unit on Light and Sound.  The class will learn that we have five senses and that scientists use their senses to learn about the world around them.  They were very excited to learn that they are going to be scientists and explore ways we make light and sound.  There will be a more detailed letter about this unit coming home in your child’s folder.

Math – We are coming to the end of Chapter 3.  The students have learned several addition strategies: changing the order of the addends, counting on, doubles facts and doubles plus one/doubles minus one facts and making a 10.  I know these were difficult lessons and I will not stop reviewing all the strategies as we come to the end of the chapter.  I will continue to send home the classwork so you can refer to it when helping your child with their homework.   A study guide will be sent home on Wednesday and I expect to give the Chapter 3 assessment on November 15th.

Grammar – This week I will be introducing nouns to the class.  They will learn that a noun is a person, place, thing or idea.  There will be a homework sheet each night to help them review at home.


  • A Special Request: Please be sure to empty your child’s homework folder each night. Only that night’s homework and any notes for me or the office should be in the folder.  Thank you!
  • If you have not yet done so, please sign and return your child’s progress report to me ASAP.
  • School is closed Thursday, November 9th due to a Professional Day for the faculty and Friday, November 10th for Veteran’s Day.

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me.


Mrs. V

Weekly Letter for October 30th

Posted on October 30, 2017

October 30, 2017

Dear Families,

          Happy Halloween! I hope you all have a great time trick-or-treating tomorrow with your families.  I am looking forward to celebrating Halloween with the class and seeing their costumes.  November begins on Wednesday and I have a feeling this month will go by as quickly as October did…

Special Request – Please send in a recent family photo by Thursday, November 2nd.

Reading – This week the class will be putting the finishing touches on their Family Books.  These books will be shared with you at the Family Celebration set for Tuesday, November 7th.  If you have not sent in your RSVP slip please do so as soon as possible.  Our class captains need an accurate headcount so they can prepare.  Looking ahead, we will begin our new unit next week: Waves: Light and Sound.  During this unit, students will be conducting and participating in many fun science activities and experiments. They will discover that sounds are made when something vibrates, sounds can be loud or soft and high or low, we use sound and light to communicate and a shadow is made when something blocks the light. This is a very hands on and interesting unit and I am looking forward to it.

Spelling/Phonics – The phonics focus this week is the long a sound.  Please refer to the spelling packet for the list of spelling and sight words.  There will be a formal assessment on Friday, so please review these words every night.

Math – This week we will continue to work on Addition Strategies.  I have noticed that some students need more instruction and practice with doubles plus one and double minus one.  I think it is important to spend the extra time with these concepts because they are a building block to other concepts.  The students will also be introduced to the ten – frame this week.  This tool will help students add sums to 20.


  • Please sign and return your child’s progress report to me by Friday, November 3rd.
  • The November Scholastic Book Order is due by 11/3. You can order online using our code: HG2W7 or send in your order and payment to me.
  • School is closed on Friday, November 10th for Veteran’s Day.
  • School is closed on Thursday, November 9th for a Professional Development Day.

Thank you for all that you do!


Mrs. Van Buskirk




Posted on October 3, 2017

H.W. 11-6-17

  1. Math  – worksheet
  2. Grammar – activity #1
  3. Read for 10-15 mins

H.W. 11-7-17

  1. Math – worksheet
  2. Grammar – activity #2
  3. Read for 10-15 mins

H.W. 11-8-17

  1. Read for 10-15 mins

H. W. 11-9-17

  1. Read for 10-15 mins

Weekly Newsletter

Posted on October 2, 2017

October 2, 2017

Dear Families,

          Happy Monday!  I hope you enjoyed this weekend and the beautiful fall weather.  

Reading ? As we begin this week we are diving right into our first unit: Families.  I am really looking forward to learning more about each of your families.  The comprehension focus for this unit is Compare/Contrast.  We will spend time discovering how our families are alike and different.  The students will use a Venn diagram to help them organize their ideas.

          Also this week, the students will begin to bring home their book baggies filled with three just right books and two free choice books. One group will book shop each day so for this week, your child may not get their book baggie until Thursday.   Feel free to use these books for the nightly reading homework.  It is very important that the book baggie comes back to school each day.  If your child leaves their book baggie at home they will be unprepared for class.   

Phonics/Spelling ? The spelling/phonics focus this week are short a and i words ending in -s.  Please refer to the spelling packet for the list of spelling and sight words.  I hope that making the flash cards is a helpful activity for you and your child.  It is a great and easy way to review the sight words with your child.   There will be formal spelling assessment on Friday.

Math ? This week we will continue with our chapter on subtraction.  The students will learn several subtraction strategies such as drawing pictures that show take away and also using counters and snap cubes to solve subtraction problems.  They will also learn that the difference is the answer in a subtraction sentence. 

Religion – The first graders have been learning all about the Blessed Trinity in Chapter 2.  We will be finishing up this chapter this week and there will be a formal assessment next Tuesday.  I will be sending the book home on Thursday night and over the weekend.  Be sure to review the concepts of the Blessed Trinity and the Sign of the Cross.  It is very important that the students make the Sign of the Cross correctly.  Please take time to practice with your child.


  • School is closed for Columbus Day on Monday, October 9th. Enjoy the long weekend!
  • Please be sure to read and sign your childs homework planner each night.
  • If you have not yet done so, please fill out and return the Back to School papers as soon as possible.

Thank you for all that you do!

Mrs. Van Buskirk


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