Starring Room 204

week of September 9, 2013

Third Week of School

The first six weeks of school lays the groundwork for a productive year of learning. During this time, we are building community, creating rules and teaching routines, introducing engaging curriculum, fostering autonomy, integrating social and academic learning, and establishing high expectations for learning and behavior.

This week's focus includes:

Math- Understanding Numbers/ Place Value

Reading- Building a Reading Life

Writing- Building a Writing Life

Science- Scientific Process and Observation


Thank you for supporting this year’s Boosterthon Fun Run! We are halfway through the program and the Boosterthon Fun Run event is quickly approaching. So far as a team, we are up to $85 per lap. Our class is currently in first place among the first grade classes. Let's maintain our position!

The students are having a blast learning about FRIENDSHIP through the CAMP HIGH FIVE theme! So far this week, we learned about how friends RESPECT OTHERS by understanding that everyone is different, and we learned how FRIENDS DON’T BULLY—never hurt others on purpose, but instead, treat everyone like a friend.

I hope that you are logging on to with your students every night and watching the Camp High Five character and music videos, as well as getting pledges to help our school.

This weekend is a special challenge—the “Weekend Challenge.” Any student who gets $2 per lap OR a $60 flat donation over the weekend, will receive the bonus reward Crazy Hair Ball on Monday. The students are super excited to rise to the challenge!

Thanks again for your help and supporting our class! Let’s work together to finish strong and reach our goal as a team!

e-Reader Policy

If you'd like your child to to use his/her Nook, Kindle, or other e-reader at school during class time to read a downloaded book, your permission is needed. Print and sign this permission slip. Then have your child return this slip to the class.


There's nothing like finding a note from Mom and Dad in your lunch or backpack. Here is a great resource for free printable notes for you to use. Enjoy!


For the first few weeks, the children are easing into homework. Presently, they are expected to read a minimum of 20 minutes a day. They should be recording their homework in their planner.

Every Monday, the children record homework assignments and notes in their planner. Please check their planner to make sure they are recording this information correctly. As their homework becomes more involved, I will be emailing a copy of the homework planner for you to cross check what should be in their planner, too.

Our science lab days have changed to Mondays 10:45-11:45 AM. For this coming Monday lab, Ms. Surko has requested your child to bring 1 or 2 (or more) leaves. I've asked them to collect a variety and store in a plastic bag. This will help them complete the activity and share with those that might forget.

Spirit Day!

Fridays are Spirit Day. Don't forget to have your children dressed in their favorite UP spirit shirt. Last week, we had 100% spirit! Let's keep it up.


Thank you to all the Moms and Dads for taking on the volunteer opportunities. There is still an opportunity to chair the End of the Year Party and 3 slots are available for Friday Reader. Friday Reader is always the most popular sign-up. I appreciate those that gave up their 2nd or 3rd slots. The current empty slots are now open to all! Go to SignUpGenius to fill them up.

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About Me

Vi An Vo

Teacher, Presenter, Mentor, and Advocate for the 21st Century Classroom