March 30th, 2015

Dear Parents,

This week we are completing the Science and Social Studies Benchmark tests.We will be having the Reading Benchmark after Spring break. Spring break will be April 6-10th. Please work with your child on counting money with pennies, nickels, and dimes. Practice counting nickels with pennies, dimes with pennies, nickels with dimes, and nickels, dimes, and pennies together. Please follow the money guide that was sent home earlier.


Reading: Read for 20 minutes each night. Spelling words are:eat, each, please, treat, clean, ea, team, dream, beach, lean    Sight vocabulary words are : colors, sign, over, show, could, great, draw, drew, going, asked

Math: Complete workbook pages 179-184.

March 9th, 2015

Dear Parents,

Please review the math study guide with your child for the upcoming math benchmark on March 24th. Also please continue to encourage your child to read and take A.R. tests on their library books. Your child also needs to continue working on the Reading Eggs and IXL computer programs at home. These programs are an excellent way to help your child improve their academic skills in math and reading at school.


Reading- Read 2o minutes each night. Review sight words. A sight word test will be on Friday. Sight words for this week are: done, from,  visit, heard,  know, knew,  wait, our, push, and sure.

Spelling-Choose four activities from the March word study. Spelling test on Friday. Spelling words are: her,burn, girl, for, shirt, bird, sir, were, first, and hurt.

Math-Complete handout.

Science- We are studying animals.

Social Studies- We are studying American leaders Washington, Lincoln, Carver, Franklin, and Roosevelt.


March 2nd, 2015

Dear Parents,

This coming Friday March 6th will be Career Day at NPES. It will also be Career Dress-Up Day as well.  All students are encouraged to dress up in an outfit that would reflect their possible choice for a career in the future. Please note the following upcoming testing dates for benchmark testing in first grade : March 18th- Math 3rd nine weeks Benchmark , March 24th-Reading Part I, March 25th- Reading Benchmark Part II, March 26- Science Benchmark,  and March 30th- History Benchmark.



Reading: Read for 20 minutes each night and review sight words. Sight words are: afraid, how, again, read, few, soon, though, very, want, and shade. Sight word test on Friday.

Spelling- Choose four activities from March word study. Spelling test on Friday. Spelling words are: plan, planned, help, helped, drop, dropped, call, called, ask, asked.

Math- Complete math handout.

Science- We are studying Animals.

Social Studies: We are studying American leaders: George Washington Carver and Eleanor Roosevelt.

February 24th, 2015

Dear Parents,

It’s hard to believe that we are almost halfway through the third nine weeks.  Thank you for your continued support this school year. Recently  you received a letter concerning school supplies for the classroom. Your cooperation in sending these in will be greatly appreciated. In the fall  you sent in a supply materials such as pencils, glue sticks, erasers, dry erase markers, and crayons. Those supplies are depleted after a period of time. Our emergency classroom supply box is depleted. It is imperative that these supplies are replenished as soon as possible. These are important tools for learning. Thank you.



Reading- Read for 20 minutes each night. Study for sight word recognition test on Friday.  Sight words are :  away, friends, house, school, very, made, car, there, our, what

Spelling: Choose three activities from word study. Spelling test on Friday. Spelliing words are: fix, fixes, wish, wishes, class, classes, kiss, kisses, bus, buses

Math: Complete handout.

Science- We are studying about plants.

Social Studies: – We are studying about American leaders: George Washington Carver.


January 12th, 2015

Dear Parents,

Thank you for your continued support in helping your child this year. Please continue to review old study guides from the past in math, science, and social studies. They will be quite helpful for the benchmark tests that are upcoming and the end of the year tests. Please continue to encourage your child to read and take Accelerated Reader tests at school on the library books that they check out.  A.R. is a great tool for improving fluency and reading comprehension.  Please continue to initial your child’s behavior chart each day. It is important to continue to remind your child to do his/her best each day. That includes academics, good listening habits and good behavvior. All of these things are important for success in school.  Thank you.


Reading- Read for 20 minutes each night. Review sight words. Sight word  recognition test on Friday. Sight words: isn’t, I’m, they’ll, can’t, hadn’t, you’ll, aren’t, he’ll, I’ll, couldn’t     Reading Benchmark test Part I on Tuesday January 13th and part 2 on Wednesday January 14th.

Spelling-Choose one activity from word study.  Spelling words are: home, woke, hose, stone, hope, those, joke, rose, bone, rode  Spelling test on Friday.

Math- Write the months of the year and days of the week in order in the homework notebook. Complete the two-sided calendar worksheet.

Science- Review the study guide on Sun and Earth. Test Tuesday January 13th.

Social Studies- Map Project- Draw a map of your house or your room.  Be sure to include a compass rose, map legend with symbols, and a title. This is due Friday.


January 5th, 2015

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year! I hope that your holiday was relaxing and enjoyable. Thank you for all of your support so far this year.  All students are asked to replenish their school supplies. Our classroom is in dire need of student dry erase markers.  Students use dry erase boards as part of the learning process on a regular basis. We also could use a supply of crayons, glue sticks, pencils, and pencil top erasers, and tissues. Thank you.


Reading- Read for 20 minutes eah night.  Sight word recognition test on Friday. Sight words are: live, saw, who, them, out, very, work, our, people, now

Spelling- Choose four activities from the January word study calendar. Spelling test on Friday.  Spelling words are: like, white, time, hide, dime, smile, kite, bike, ride, ice

Math-Complete workbook pages  225 and 226. Also complete double sided math worksheet,

Science- Review study guide on back of homework sheet.Tuesday January 13 test on Sun and Earth.

Social Studies- Quiz on  government, traditions, and holidays on   January 6th. Test on same material on January 8th. 


November 11th, 2014

Dear Parents,

It’s hard to believe that we have already entered the month of November. Thank you for your support so far this year. Together we can make a difference in your child’s progress. Please continue to check your child’s daily folder each day and initial the monthly behavior calendar. In our classroom we need supplies of crayons, glue sticks, pencils, dry erase markers, and pencil top erasers. Your help in this matter will be greatly appreciated. Friday November 14th is Parent- Teacher Conference Day. Please make an appointment to discuss your child’s progress.



Reading-Read for 20 minutes each night. Read the passge “The Owl and The Mouse” and complete the reading comprehension questions.

Spelling- There are no spelling words this week. Please focus on reviewing sight words.

Math- Write to 100 by 2’s , 5’s, and 10’s in the homework notebook.

Science- In science we are studying Force and Motion.

Social Studies- We are currently studying about community, climate and physical surroundings.



November 1st, 2014

Dear Parents,

It’s hard to believe that we have completed the first two months of school. Our students are transitioning into first graders.  Many of our first graders are in the process of taking Accelerated Reader tests on their library books that they have read. This is not part of their report card grade, but it is a wonderful tool for increasing comprehension and improving fluency.  We are asking all of our students to read a book at least three times at home brfore taking an A.R. test. Parents can help by asking questions to their child about the book that has been read. A.R. tests are always multiple choice in format. If a student reaches his/her goal and maintains an average score of at least 80% on the quizzes taken, then at the end of the nine weeks a certificate will be given for that accomplishment plus a special pencil.  Please encouraage your child to participate in this endeavor.  Homework folders are sent home on Monday and need to be returned on Friday.  If your chid is unable to bring in his/her folder on time please send in a note to school by your child. We realize that there are sometimes unforseen circumtances that may prevent homework being completed by the due date. Also please initial behavior calendars nightly  Feel free to contact me at shool or at home (539-5905) if the need arises.

Homework – November 3-7,2014.

Reading- Read for 20 minutes each night.

Spelling- Choose 3 activities from word study calendar.

Math- Complete workbook pages 137- 142 by Friday.


September 15th, 2014

Dear Parents,

It’s hard to believe that we are already in the third week of school. During the month of September we are assessing our students for instructional purposes. We will be doing PALS and MAP testing this week so please make sure your child gets a full nights rest and has a good breakfast. Also, please initial the monthly calendar each night where “color” is noted.


Reading:- Read 20 minutes. Practice reading the “I Can Read” Story of the week on the homework sheet.

Spelling: The students have sight words for their spelling words this week.  They will not be tested on their spelling but they will have to be able to read them. The words are: said, them, went, saw, got, you, was, came, from, that.

Math:Do practice pages 37 and 173. Students are counting to 100.

Science: We are studying weather and precipitation.

Social Studies: We are studying Citizenship and American Symbols.

September 8th, 2014

Dear Parents,

Welcome to a new school year at Nansemond Parkway and to first grade. We are looking forward to a great learning  year.

Your child is bringing home each day a daily folder which contains a monthly calendar for recording behavior . Please make sure that you initial the calendar each day.  Homework folders go home each Monday and need to be returned each Friday. Homewwork for this week is posted beelow.



Reading: During the week cut out pictures and words that start with the short a sound.  Glue them on a sheet of construction paper. Students need to read with an adult for 20 minutes each night.

Math: Complete practice pages 21-25.

Homework is due on Friday.