Bonnie Cheshire

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During our school's closure, please visit the First Grade Team Page and go to the 1st Grade Home Learning Page for links to suggested resources, lessons and activities you can do to help continue learning at home. 

As always, if you need anything or have questions, please do not hesitate to email me at!


We hope you had a nice Spring break! We are missing our students terribly. 

As the county implements what it is calling “Phase 4 of the continuity of Learning Plan”, we wanted to note a few changes that will take effect starting this week, April 13. 

As requested by the county, a weekly schedule has been developed that includes the following:

-60 minutes of combined review lessons and student learning time per week

-60 minutes available per teacher for designated virtual “office” hours

-60 minutes weekly for school counseling, special education support, and English Language Learner support

The designated time currently for first grade teacher office hours is every Monday and  Wednesday  from 9:30am-10:00am. During these designated office hours, your child’s teacher will be available to answer questions you have immediately within that window of time. It does not mean you cannot still email your child’s teacher at other times. They will still respond within the 24-hour time period if you email outside of the office hours. 

For the 60 minutes of review lessons and learning, we will still develop and send out a weekly choice board. Reminder, it can also be found on the Nokesville First Grade Home Learning Page. You will find the choice board for the week of April 13th attached. All of the links, activities and web pages included can be accessed by clicking on them directly in the board. Your child does not have to complete all of the choices. These are optional, suggested activities only. They should spend a maximum of 60 minutes per week on each content area. The schedule suggests doing one subject per day for 60 minutes, which could be any combination of one or more of the choices depending on your child. 

The first grade team has divided the work of each subject. Therefore, if you have any questions directly related to any of the activities in the choice board, you can contact the following First Grade Teacher:

Language Arts (Monday): Mrs. Hale

Math (Tuesday): Mrs. Zugibe

Social Studies (Wednesday): Mrs. Cheshire

Science (Thursday): Mrs. Byer

As always, if you have any questions specifically about your child or account passwords, you can still email your child’s teacher.  

We just want to reiterate that all of these activities are optional. All of these skills have been previously taught. The activities and lessons are meant to review and keep your child’s skills in practice during this time away from the regular school schedule. We do not expect you to replicate a traditional school day or spend hours a day on schoolwork at home. As always, please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions or concerns. 

Thank you so much for your continued support at home. 


The First Grade Team

The teacher username for our class is: bcheshirea
Your child has a password that is a picture or two pictures.  If you need this information, please email me.

Epic! Reading
The class code is:  gsl2644  (The third character is a lower case L, not the number 1.)
You may email me for your child's pin number.

**I want to remind you that first graders are beginning readers, and they can very easily lose reading levels if they don't read every day.   


Units of Study - 3rd Grading Period

Reading -
exploring informational text - identify purpose for reading; text features - pictures, diagrams, labels, captions, table of content, index

Writing - class research - reading nonfiction books on birds; put information in own words, shared writing of All About Birds book 
continue:  writing in complete sentences; beginning sentences with a capital letter and ending with punctuation; using correct spelling for commonly used words; stretching out words and writing many correct letters

Math - comparing quantities; place value; telling time to the half hour; reading a calendar; combinations of 10; commutative property (5+2=7, 2+5=7); equality; data - tally charts, graphs; fact families

-animals - needs, physical characteristics, classification, effects of changing seasons

Social Studies
- holidays - Presidents' Day, Independence Day (4th of July), Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

First Grade Sponsored Recycling Project
The first grade classes are again sponsoring a school-wide recycling project.  We are part of TerraCycle's Tom's of Maine Natural Care Brigade.  We are collecting empty toothpaste tubes, floss containers, deodorant containers, mouthwash bottles, and old toothbrushes.  Also accepted is the plastic packaging on a multi-pack of bar soap.  All brands of these items can be recycled.  Items collected are sent to TerraCycle to be made into new products.  For each unit, we receive 2 cents.  We will donate our proceeds to Heifer International, a charity which provides animals for families in need in our country and throughout the world.  Please help your child to bring in items for recycling!  First graders can make a difference!!


1st Grade Schedule

Language Arts




Encore (Specials)


Science or Social Studies


Handwriting or Writing Workshop







12:50 - 2:05

Brain Break outside


Writing Workshop





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The best times to contact me are:  7:00 a.m. – 7:45 a.m; 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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