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Due to forecasted winter weather, all after-school and evening activities for Friday, February 12, 2016 are canceled.

Mrs. McElwain's First Graders

Welcome to our classroom webpage. †I know that we are going to have a fantastic year in first grade. †Check back often for updates and important information.
Class Announcements
Spaghetti Dinner/Science Fair
SES will hold it's annual science fair on Thursday, February 18th, along with the PTA spaghetti dinner. It is a wonderful night to spend at SES with your entire family. The PTA is seeking donations to help with the cost of this activity. They have requested donations for powdered iced tea and lemonade from first grade families. If you are able to send in a container of lemonade or tea, we would greatly appreciate it. Other grade levels are collecting spaghetti noodles, spaghetti sauce, salad dressings, and desserts. Please send in any donations as soon as possible. Thank you!
Basket Raffle Tickets
The PTA sponsored basket raffle has been a huge success thanks to all who sent in donations! Ticket sales will run through Friday, February 12th. If your child would like to purchase any tickets, please send their money in a labeled baggie with their name. Tickets are 3 for $1.00 or 50 cents a piece. Tickets for the Disney corporate basket are $2.00 a piece. The raffle will take place Friday night at the PTA movie night, after the PTA meeting, and before the movie begins, around 7:00. Good luck to everyone! Thank you for helping to make this another successful fundraiser for our school!
SES PTA 5th Annual Basket Raffle
The popular basket raffle is back and we need your help to make it possible. This year the first grade classes will be collecting items for a Star Wars basket and a gift card basket. My class has participated in these two themes in previous years and they were both very popular! So, we will be looking for the first grade students to send in anything Star Wars related (toys, puzzles, books, games, food, legos, etc;) and gift cards of any amount to any local businesses or stores. All of the donated items will then be placed in baskets and put on display for everyone to see. Each student will receive 1 free ticket for a chance to win one of the baskets and extra tickets can be purchased for 50 cents each or 3/$1.00. The PTA has a very special Corporate basket which will cost $2.00 a ticket. They will announce that very soon and I understand that it is very exciting!

Donations will be accepted until January 22nd and the raffle will be help on January 29th. Any little bit helps, so we appreciate anything that you are willing to send in. If any parents are interested in being the parent representative for this project, please let me know. It is very helpful for the PTA to have a parent who can help coordinate putting the baskets together. Thank you again!
Wish List
Thank you to everyone who has helped donate to our classroom wish list!
We are still in need of these items:

Individual snacks for those who forget- we have gone through all of our extras.
Sketchbooks for students to keep in their desks (an old notebook or tablet will do)
Boxes of 24 crayons

Thank you so much! You are the best!
SCA is collecting books and stuffed animals
The Student Council of SES is working hard to collect gently used books and stuffed animals to donate to children that may not have any. There are boxes placed throughout the school and are labeled for donations. If your child has books that he/she doesn't read any more, or has stuffed animals that are in good condition and are looking for a new home, please consider donating them to help the SCA. The PTA is also collecting non perishable foods for the winter food drive. We appreciate everyone's help to make these donations that benefit the SES community!
Coats and Hats
Please be sure to write your child's name in their coats and warm weather items. We will always try to go outside during the winter, unless it is below freezing. Students will not be allowed to go outside if they do not have a coat. It is also a good idea to put names in sweatshirts and items that students may take on and off through out the day. Thank you for helping with this!
Congratulations to our Turkey Tie-Off Winners
We held our first annual turkey tie-off shoe tying contest on Tuesday, November 24th. It was a close race and everybody came with their game faces on. The boys and girls in room 13 worked hard to improve their skills over the months of October and November and a champion was crowned today! Congratulations to Suzy who finished in first place and Joyce who placed second! These two were fierce competitors and the final challenge was to tie Mrs. McElwain's shoes. It was close,and as the class cheered them on, Suzy came out victorious! Thank you to everyone for working hard to help your children learn this life skill!
I would like to thank all of the parents who took time out of their busy schedules to meet with me for parent/teacher conferences! It was so good to meet with you and discuss the progress your child is making. Please don't ever hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
Class Wish List
We will have an ongoing wish list for the classroom throughout the year. Sometimes families ask if there is anything we need or would like for our classroom. I will try to keep our wish list updated and if you would like to provide any of the following items, you can. Thank you in advance!

Updated Wish List on 11/12/15
Small prizes for our treasure box (erasers, trinkets, happy meal toys, etc;)
Individual snacks (for those who occasionally forget)

Scrap paper for drawing or individual sketchbooks
Snack and Water Bottle
Please make sure your child brings a healthy snack and a water bottle to school every day. Thank you!
Specials Schedule
We will go to specials every day from 1:50-2:30.

Monday- Music with Mr. Collett
Tuesday - P.E. with Miss Pfahler and Mr. Amey
Wednesday - Art with Miss Miller
Thursday - Library with Mrs. MacLeod
​Friday - P.E. with Miss Pfahler and Mr. Amey
Friday - Computer Lab (10:45-11:30)

VA Young Readers
We will be working on reading these books throughout the year. Check them out!

The Cart That Carried Martin by Eve Bunting
Eat Like a Bear by April Pulley Sayre
Hi, Koo!: A Year of Seasons by Jon J Muth
The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig
Lion vs. Rabbit by Alex Latimer
The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrantís Tale by Duncan Tonatiuh
The Snatchabook by Helen Docherty
Sparky! by Jenny Offill
Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown
Box Tops
Our school will again be collecting Box Tops for Education.  Over the past two years,  SES has raised over $6,000 by collecting them.  Every month, your child will bring home a sheet for collecting the box tops.  Just fill it up and send it back to school - it's that easy!  If you have any questions, please let me know!
Collecting Pop Tops
 The SES ambassadors are collecting Pop Tops for the Ronald McDonald House and will continue to collect them throughout the year.  Please save the tops of aluminum cans and send them to school.  The ambassadors will be around every month the collect and weigh them.  Thank you for taking the time to do this and help a good cause.
Class Homework
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