Carter's Classroom Corner

Connecting classroom and home

January 6, 2016

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Welcome Back to School!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with your friends and family! It is hard to believe the second half of our school year has begun. First grade will be hitting the ground running, and I am excited to see the students continue to grow as learners and in their own walk with Jesus. Please continue to pray for our class as we seek to draw closer to Him, and become strong academically as well. 2016 is going to be a great year!
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New Year's News Items

  • Watch for an email from Mrs. Lackey regarding THIS Friday's pizza and sports team day!
  • Tune in to WSLS-TV 10 and WDBJ 7 for information regarding ABCA closings due to inclement weather. Also, you should receive notifications on our Facebook page and by email.
  • We are out of copier paper in the office. Parents are asked to send in a ream of regular white copier paper to school with you students to help out. Thanks in advance!
  • 2nd Quarter report cards will be sent home at the end of next week.
  • PLEASE be sure to send your child to school with a warm coat, gloves, hat, etc. every day. When the temperatures are above freezing, we go outside for recess, even if just for a few minutes.
  • Most of my students are using their second box of crayons at this point. If you would, please send another box or two for your child for second semester (16 or 24 Crayola crayons).


In January we will be learning about snow, winter, animals in winter, and penguins. We will continue to move forward in writing, reading, and science using wonderful books by Helen Lester (Tacky the Penguin series), Ezra Jack Keats (The Snowy Day), and Caralyn Buhner (Snowmen at Night series). The winter units are such fun, and I know your children will love them!

An Important Note from the Teacher:

As we start the second half of first grade, all of the work we do becomes more in depth and moves at a fairly rapid pace. We have established routines and learned classroom rules and expectations, become well-acquainted with classmates and teachers, and have reviewed all the basics of phonics and arithmetic. Now is when we really take off!

It is so very important that you are involved in your child's academic growth by checking his or her folder everyday, returning flashcards and readers everyday, and working with your child to do homework each evening. Please read at least 15 minutes each evening with your child, and at this point, it is important that your child do most of the reading aloud to you. Starting next week we will be on schedule again for weekly Bible verse memorization and spelling lists. It is extremely important that you help your child with these things, as well as math facts practice, during the week.

Don't neglect your child's January Reading Log! Those who complete it get a sticker reward for their cups, and it is an easy way to track your daily reading!

Thank you so much for all you do to support what we do in school each day. I am so grateful for each one of you!

Lamentations 3:22-24

22 It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.

23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

24 The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.