Week of November 13

This week, we are learning a new letter, Letter Xx. We will be working on learning the sound that Xx makes and looking at words that end with Xx (since there are not many words beginning with Xx). We will also read stories about patterns found in animals and objects. We are still reviewing the five senses as well. You can help your child by reviewing the letters that we have studied so far (S, T, P, and O). We are also working on number recognition and patterns in class.

United Way Activities:
Our school is having fun activities to raise money to support the United Way. Your child can participate in all the activities for a $3.00 donation.
Tuesday – Jersey Day (wear your favorite jersey)
Wednesday – Crazy Hat Day
Thursday -Crazy Hair Day/ School Dance during the school day
Friday – Spirit Day – wear green and gold

At Home Activities:
*Decorate Xx – write a large capital X and a small lowercase x on drawing paper. Spread glue on the letters and help your child decorate them with glitter, tissue paper, or other art materials. (This would be great to do with other letters as well.)
*We will be reading the book How the Zebra Got Its Stripes. Read other stories at home about animals. Talk about how the animals in the stories are alike and different.
*Play a letter matching game with your child. Write letters on index cards (make two cards for each letter). Turn them over and play a game of concentration. Have your child say the letter and the letter sound of the letter he/she chooses.

Dates to Remember:
November 17 – early dismissal @1:20
November 22– early dismissal @ 1:20 (Thanksgiving)
November 23-24 – Thanksgiving holiday

Week of October 30

This week we will learn about the five senses (hearing, sight, touch, taste, and smell). Using the topic “Using My Senses,” we will read stories about how people use their senses. Our new letter this week is the letter Tt. We will be reviewing the other letters learned so far (Ss and Pp). We will also be working on simple patterns.

We go outside two times each day. (Once in the morning and once in the afternoon after our nap and snack time) Please make sure to send coats, hats, mittens, scarves, etc. as the weather gets colder.


Teddy Bear DayFriday is Teddy Bear Day. Have your child bring a teddy bear to school.


Book Fair

Our school is having a book fair this week. If you would like to purchase any books, please send the money in a bag or envelope. We will take students each day to purchase books. If you write a check, please make it out to Nansemond Parkway Elementary.


Home Activities:

*Tt Poster – Go on a Tt hunt around your house. Find objects whose names begin with Tt. Write and place labels on these objects or make a list that you can read later.

*Guessing Game – Play a senses guessing game with your child. For example, say “I hear a loud ringing sound.” Encourage your child to guess what you are describing. Take turns saying clues that begin I hear ____, I see ____, I taste ____, I feel ______, and I smell _______.


Dates to Remember:

November 7 – Election Day – no school

November 10 – Veteran’s Day – no school

November 22 – early dismissal @ 1:20 (Thanksgiving)

November 23-24 – Thanksgiving holiday


Week of October 23

This week, we will learn about community helpers such as firefighters, police officers, teachers, doctors and nurses. We will read stories about how people in a community help each other. We are also learning the letter P. We will practice naming the letter, saying the letter sound, and make a list of things that begin with the letter P.


Pajama Day:

We will have a pajama day this Friday to celebrate the letter P. Please see the letter in your child’s folder explaining more about this fun day!


Book Fair

Our school is having a book fair from Oct 25- Nov. 3. If you are able to volunteer to help, please let us know and we will pass on your information to our librarian. We will visit the book fair sometime this week and made a wish list. If you would like to purchase any books, please send the money in a bag or envelope. We will take students each day to purchase books. If you write a check, please make it out to Nansemond Parkway Elementary.


Home Activities:

  1. Pp card – fold a piece of drawing paper in half. Write Pp on the front of the card. Name the letters and have you child repeat their names. Look for picture of things that start with Pp in magazines or newspapers. Cut out the pictures and help your child to glue them to the inside of the card.
  2. Practice cutting – have your child practice cutting out simple shapes or pictures. Practice is the key to learning how to cut.
  3. You can also have your child practice tracing the letter Ps that are glued into the composition book.


Week of October 16

This week we will learn about neighbors and neighborhoods. We will read stories about what it means to be a good neighbor. We will begin learning a letter of the alphabet each week. This week’s letter is Ss. We will be making spider hats and scarecrows. Your child will also make an S book that you can read with your child at home. Please continue to have your child practice the letters in his or her name. We are also practicing counting to 20 in class.


Home Activities:

  1. Ss Hunt – Page through newspaper or magazine headlines with your child looking for capital S and lowercase s. Circle the letters that you find. Look at the materials again and ask you child to point to each circled letter and say its name. Look for pictures or objects that begin with S.
  2. Sort objects – Have your child sort objects in your home by size, shape, or color. Then have her/him count how many objects are in each set.
  3. When reading books to your child, have him/her predict what might happen next, tell what happened first, next and last, and answer simple questions about the book.
  4. Color the Sammy Seal book and find the Ss in the book.
  5. Practice writing the letter S using the paper sent home in your child’s folder.


Suffolk Reader Bags:

*Blue Suffolk Reader bags are due back each Tuesday. We will send new bags each Wednesday.

*You can keep the bags at home until Tuesday so the book bags aren’t too heavy.


October 9

This week we will begin a new unit called, “My Family, My Community”. We will learn about families and all the members of a family. We will read about what families do together. We are going to draw our families and tell about them. We are working on recognizing the letters in our name as well as other letters of the alphabet.  Please help your child practice cutting at home. This is a difficult skill to master and takes lots of practice. We will practice at school as well.

Suffolk Reader Bags

We will be sending home the blue “Suffolk Reader” bags this week. This bag will be filled with 5 books for you to read with your child at home. It is a good idea to keep all of the books right in the bag so they don’t get lost. Please keep the books at home until next Tuesday so they don’t make your child’s book bag too heavy.

Home Activities:

  1. Letter Hunt: Look at book titles and newspaper or magazine headlines with your child to find letters of the alphabet.   Start with the letter A and continue with the rest of the letters in ABC order. Encourage your child to name each letter as he/she finds it.
  2. Morning Routines: Children will listen to a story about what each person in a family does in the morning. Ask you child to tell you about the things he/she does each morning. Prompt him/her to use the words first, next, and last.
  3. Read at least one book each day. I would also encourage you to take your child to the library.

Week of October 2

This week, we will learn about our school. Using the topic, “Our Happy Classroom,” we will read stories about the many things we see and do at school. We will read a book called The Great Shape Hunt. We are still reviewing basic shapes and the letters in each child’s name. Continue to work on cutting skills at home. Please make sure you label your child’s coat. Sometimes there is two of the same type jacket and we are not sure which one belongs to which child.


We put nametags on each child’s book bag last week. They no longer need to wear the nametags around their necks.


Home Activities:

Name the Letters

Write the alphabet on a long strip of paper. Chant or sing the alphabet song as you point to each letter. Write the letters in your child’s first name on index cards. Help your child identify each letter and match it to the appropriate letter on the alphabet strip.

Shape Hunt

Cut a rectangle, a circle, a square, and a triangle out of construction paper. Have your child trace and name each shape. Take a walk around your neighborhood and look for these shapes on signs, houses, trees, or flowers.

Week of September 25

Last week, we reviewed the four basic shapes (circle, triangle, rectangle, and square).   We traced each shape, made pictures with them, and used shapes to create a face after reading the book, Making Faces with Shapes. Please review shapes with your child as well as naming colors and counting to 20. Use everyday things to teach and review concepts. For example: What color is that car? How long will it take you to put away your shoes? (Count to see) Play I Spy using shapes and colors (I spy something that is a red square).

This week we will be focusing more on letters. We will decorate our names with shapes, pom poms, and other fun things. We are working on identifying our first names. We will be reading apple books and doing apple crafts. Today we tasted apples to see if we liked green or red apples best.



I did set up our class in the Bloomz App. If you need another information sheet that tells the code for our class, let me know. I will start posting pictures and information this week.


Different Way Home

If your child will be going home a different way, please write a note in his/her composition book so that we can him/her to the correct place. Thanks




  • If there is anything you need for me to know, feel free to write a note in your child’s composition book or you can send me an email at annamcleod@spsk12.net.   I check my email first thing in the morning, during nap time (around 1:45) and at the end of the day.
  • Please check your child’s folders daily. Any papers in their folders can be kept at home.
  • If your daughter wears a dress, please have her wear shorts under her dress.

September 11

A super week!

We had a great first week of school. We made new friends, learned about our classroom, played outside, read many books, and sang songs. Thank you for sharing your wonderful children with us.


Composition Books

Inside the composition book, you will find a weekly behavior chart. Each day, we will color the box to let you know the type of day your child had in school. (Green means a great day. Yellow means that a rule was broken after a warning was given. Red means that a rule was broken several times.) We have talked about our classroom rules and consequences many times throughout the week. We will continue to emphasize the rules of the classroom so that the children know and understand them. If your child has anything but a green square, I will write a short note to let you know what happened. Please feel free to write in the composition if you need to let me know something about your child.


Name Tags

Please make sure that your child has his/her name tag each day. If there is any change in the way that your child will go home, please write a note in their composition book. We will be putting a nametag on your child’s book bag this week. Please keep it on your child’s book bag.


Change of Clothes

If you have not sent in a change of clothes for your child to keep at school, please send them in this week. Thanks!