Sunday, April 23, 2017



The first graders worked on comparing and contrasting in reading last week.  The discussed how the character in our story, Vashti was different from the beginning to the end and how she was the same.  

In math on Wednesday, the first graders used the iPads to complete a Goose Chase outside and inside.  They were looking for 2D and 3D shapes.    

They had to take selfies and record videos with different shapes.  

The first graders had their first Junior Achievement session on Tuesday.  Please ask your child what they learned.  Thanks to Luke and Sullivan's mom for teaching the lesson. 

Noah's dad was a WATCH dog on Friday.  The students thought it was fun to have him in our classroom.  


  • Spelling test will be on Friday.
  • Lesson 26 reading test will be taken on Monday.
  • There will be math homework Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
  • Monday A P.E./Art/Music, Tuesday B P.E., Wednesday C Library/Technology, Thursday A P.E./Art/Music
  • Fluency passages and paper books will be sent home with your child on Monday.  This will be the last week of paper books.  
  • Our class will start the iReady math and reading diagnostic tests this week.  
  • We are looking at Friday, May 19th for our Blank Park Zoo field trip.  I will let you know as soon as we get it scheduled for sure.  

Sunday, April 16, 2017




This week we discussed one of the properties of how light interacts with materials:  some materials allow light to pass through them (“transparent,” or see-through), others do not (“opaque”), while others are only “kind of” see-through (translucent). We talked about how glass is an especially important material which enables us to have windows in our homes, windshields on our cars, eyeglasses, and more.  One thing you can do to further encourage your child’s curiosity about this topic is to look together to find examples of translucent and transparent materials in your home. 

The first graders made paper stained glass butterflies or flowers.  We displayed them in our classroom windows.  

The first graders learned about telling time to the half hour.  There will be math homework on Monday and Tuesday.  The 1st graders will take the Unit 8 math test on Thursday.  

The JDRF walk is Saturday, May 13th at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.  A big THANKS to Luke's mom for giving our class Team Luke t-shirts.  

Check out the link below for more information on the JDRF walk.  

  • Lesson 26 spelling test will be on Friday.
  • The first graders will take lesson 25 reading test on Monday.  
  • Fluency passages and paper books will be sent home on Monday.
  • Monday C Library/Technology, Tuesday A Art/Music, Wednesday B P.E., Thursday C Library/Technology  
  • Puppy Dog Relays are Wednesday, May 17th.  K-2 will be in the morning.  If you would like to volunteer, please let me know.
  • There will be a Destination Imagination Fundraiser  for the 5th grade team that made it to the Global Finals.  They will be going to Knoxville, Tennessee in May.   If you can, stop in the Van Meter Elementary lunchroom on Saturday, April 22nd from 8-10.  Enjoy breakfast comprised of breakfast burritos, fruit and pastries as you shop for Mother’s Day from several vendors, including:
  • Pampered Chef
    Tastefully Simple
    Park Lane
    LuLaRoe
    Young Living Essential Oils
    Thirty-One
    Scentsy
    Arbonne
    Your donations and purchases will go toward the 5th Grade Destination Imagination team as they travel to compete in Global Finals in Tennessee! We appreciate your support!


Sunday, April 9, 2017


  • Lesson 25 spelling test will be on Friday.
  • There will be math homework on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
  • The first graders will be learning about light in Science for the next 2 weeks.  
  • Monday -B - P.E., Tuesday - C - Library/Technology, Wednesday - A - Art/Music, Thursday - B - P.E.
  • Puppy Dog Relays will be on Wednesday, May 17th.  K-2 will be in the morning.
  • The first graders did a great job performing Thursday night!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

The first graders talked about responsibility in Guidance this week.  Ask your child what "First things First" means.

The first graders created their own polygons in math.  Check them out !






The 2nd-5th graders will be taking Iowa Assessments this week.  Some of the Drake Bulldog basketball players came to talk to us about how important it is to do your best on the tests.  Some of the teachers and students got to play knock out with them.  It was very entertaining.  


  • There will not be any spelling words this week.
  • There will not be any fluency bags this week.
  • There will be math homework on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
  • I will not be at school on Wednesday. 
  • April snack calendars will be sent home on Monday.
  • On Thursday, April 6th, the first graders will have their music concert.  Please drop your child off at our classroom at 6:15, no earlier please.  They will need to wear green.  There will be a note sent home with your child on Monday with more details.   
  • Related Arts Schedule:  Monday A Art/Music, Tuesday B P.E./Guidance, Wednesday C Library/Technology, Thursday A Art/Music

Sunday, March 26, 2017



The first graders have been learning about telling time on an analog clock.  We had talked about the hour hand earlier in the year and added the minute hand last week.  


Our class had Star Lab on Thursday.  As you can see from the picture, they were very excited about it.  

Chris Adkins shared information about the constellations and encouraged them to go out a look at the stars.  


The first graders read their penguin informational books to Mrs. Smith's class on Thursday.  Will did a great job introducing us!  






  • The spelling test will be on Friday.
  • The first graders will be reviewing for the unit 7 math test on Monday and will take the test on Tuesday.  There will be math homework on Wednesday and Thursday.  
  • New paper books and fluency passages will be given out on Monday and are due on Friday.  
  • Spring pictures need to be returned to school by Wednesday.  
  • The Elementary Carnival is Saturday, April 1st.
  • The first graders  WILL PRESENT THEIR FIRST ELEMENTARY CONCERT IN THE NEWLY REMODELED PERFORMING ARTS CENTER on April 6th at 6:30.



Sunday, March 19, 2017



  • Spelling test will be on Friday.
  • There will be math homework on Tuesday and Thursday.
  • Monday-B-P.E./Guidance, Tuesday-C-Library/Technology, Wednesday-A-Art/Music, Thursday-B-P.E./Guidance
  • There will be new fluency passages and paper books sent home on Monday.  Please have your child return the passages or graphs on Friday. 
  • I hope everyone had a great break! 

Sunday, March 5, 2017


The first graders on doing a PBL on penguins.  They are very excited to learn all about these flightless birds.    

Mrs. Lamoureux came in on Tuesday and Wednesday to teach the students about nonfiction text features and some important penguin vocabulary words.  


The first graders had to decide if the penguin statement was a fact or an opinion.  



The students have been reading books and using Pebble Go to help them research facts on penguins.  They will pick one penguin to write their own informational text on.  They can pick from the King penguin, the Emperor penguin, the Gentoo penguin or the Little Blue penguin.  Please ask your child which penguin they chose.  

The students got to see how penguin feathers help them survive in the cold water.  Please ask them about this experiment.  

The first graders got to feel what it would be like to have blubber.  We made a blubber pocket using vegetable shortening, 2 baggies and duct tape.  Please ask your child why blubber is so important to penguins.  

  • Spelling test will be on Friday.
  • Please let me know if your child will be attending the Van Meter boys state basketball game on Tuesday.
  • There will be new fluency passages and paper books sent home with your child on Monday.  
  • Monday - A - Art/Music, Tuesday - B- P.E./Guidance, Wednesday - C- Library/Technology, Thursday - A - Art/Music
  • There will be math homework on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.
  • Your child will get a new behavior chart on Monday.  Please look at it every night and sign it.
  •   Our carnival basket theme is listed below.