The Pony Express

Fun in First Grade

Fall is Fast Approaching!

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Here are pictures of our Summer Search - we hunted for clues of summer in nature before Autumn comes!
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Back to School Night was a great success! Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns! :D
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Magazine Monday

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Read, Read, Read!

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Book Buddies

Book buddies have begun! We have paired up with Mrs. Albertson's fourth grade class this year for book buddies. We sit EEKK (elbow to elbow, knee to knee) so we can listen to reading and use pictures for context clues in order to fully comprehend what is occurring in the story. Once the fourth graders have read their book, our first graders read their "good fit books" to their buddy. The buddy knows to give time or a hint before telling our first graders what a word is or how it is pronounced.

Don't forget to help kiddos practice their weekly poem at home! We will present our weekly poem to book buddies each week for compliments and a critique. We received a big crocodile clap after sharing our first poem this week!

beautiful butterflies!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities
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Dot Day!

At home, Sadie painted a log to look just like a beautiful dot! :} At school, we painted dots, learned about math Touchpoints (invisible dots on numbers), and used our imaginations to make dots into something else. Wow - what a fun day full of learning!
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Family Fall Day at Camp Friendship

Weekend Fun and an opportunity to Get to know the location of our First Grade design '15 project

Come and take in the beautiful fall scenery with Camp Friendship and enjoy FREE pony rides, pumpkin painting, archery and more! We’ll have fall foods and warm apple cider available for all, so bring a friend or 10 and join in the fun, all ages welcome. Here are some pictures of the Fall Festival 2014.


Saturday, October 22nd

11 am – 2 pm
Bella - a first grader in Mrs. Ackenbom's class two years ago - Nika's big sister!
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About Mrs. Ackenbom

I am from a military family and grew up in several areas around the United States. I received my B.A. from the University of Mary Washington in American Studies. I enjoyed Mary Washington so much that I decided to stay and get my Masters of Science in Elementary Education. This will be my tenth year as a teacher and I love being a part of a child's individual learning journey. In addition to teaching, I am passionate about horseback riding and being active outside. I am very excited to be working at Crozet Elementary this year!

About Us

We are Mrs. Ackenbom's Little Ponies! We want to learn something new every day. We use kind words with others. We treat others with kindness and compassion. We share. We take turns. We apologize. We have fun. We are first graders at Crozet Elementary - where we inspire and are inspired by the world around us!

Apples Needed!

Monday, Sep. 19th, 7:45am to Friday, Sep. 30th, 2:45pm

1407 Crozet Avenue

Crozet, VA

We are participating in a Crozet apple unit these next two weeks. Please send in apples to school any day between this coming Monday and next Friday. We need enough for apple pies, taste tests, and artwork! Thanks so much in advance!

The Crozet Book Fair is next week! Hooray!

If you haven't had a chance to do so, please fill out this Crozet Elementary PTO beginning of the school year survey! :D

Crozet Elementary students will participate in Walk (Bike) to School Day again this fall. The event date is Wednesday, October 5th, with a rain date of Thursday, October 6th. Please click on this link to sign up to be a part of this easy and fun volunteer experience. Buses 28, 29, 54, 92, 93, and 165 could all use some help. Thank you!