Planners & Folders & Next week

The planner and folder will be going home every day. This is a great way to keep parents updated on my classroom, notes, and anything important coming up in addition to our school and classroom blog. This is also the primary way of keeping up with your student’s behavior. I will begin tracking behavior next week! Green is where we start in 1st grade. Green means they did what was asked and made great choices. Yellow means they made a bad decision.  Red means they made a choice that hurt someone, used profanity, or lied to the teacher/adult, or was a danger to students.

Please look at, read, and initial the planner every single night. Your child knows this as well and can help remind you.

Please check folder for any notes, completed work coming home, graded work, homework, or activities. The folder should be emptied except for any returning notes, homework, or permission slips, etc.

It’s been another amazing day! I love your kids so much! They are all so different and great in their own ways and I love it! I can’t wait to get to know them better!

There is a “Get to Know Your Student” paper coming home to fill out! This way, I can learn from their first teacher, YOU, and what kind of kiddo they are! This will help me to see them in your eyes!

Remember the genius homework is due Monday. This will be presented to show off our genius and to see if any of our friends have similar interests.

In first grade, we only do snacks for the first 2 weeks of school.  We try to keep them from getting too hungry those first couple of weeks so we squeeze in snacks at 2:00 for their little bellies. If you would like to send a bulk snack, you are more than welcome!! We have 19 friends in our class this year!

First Grade is so jam-packed so it is important that our sweeties get here by 7:45, if at all possible.  Our day starts in full swing at 8:00 and we don’t stop until 2:45!  I understand there will be times that mornings get crazy, believe you me, but please try!

We will have a Parent Orientation after the year gets rolling to explain how our room works, reading levels, grade level expectations, writing, etc… please try your best to come to that.  It will make a huge difference in how you view your kiddos education and our classroom. I will let you know the date and time when our principal informs us!

Thank you for all you do! You are all great! I have a room full of sweet, polite, curious, and happy kids and I am so excited!

Enjoy your weekend! Get some rest! Next week is a full week!

-Lacey James

Just a tad bit of homework

Homework on the first day!?!? I guess I’m that teacher hahaha!!

Don’t worry, it’s a fun assignment and is ALL ABOUT YOUR KID’S GENIUS!!!!!

Today we talked about some things we are an “expert” at!! I had all kinds of answers!!

They helped me create my example! I chose fishing to be my genius!

notice the lifejacket and fishing hat they told me I NEEDED!!! I just love them!

They are to create them being an expert: soccer, bike riding. swimming, etc. and tell WHY! It can be short and sweet or lengthy! Help them! It will be so fun to learn what THEY feel they are great at!! You can bring it tomorrow or it is due Monday!

The first day has been soooooo great!! I love this group SO much!!! I am so happy they get to be in my class and we get to hang out all year and GROW as learners!! I hope they had a great day…and they might be ready for a nap, I know I could take a snooze!!

I’ll see them bright and early for Day 2!!

Love, Ms. James

Meet our Class!Michael Logan Brooks Evan Carter Graycee Eli Addison Parker Xander Lyla Karsyn Adilyn Jayden Cruz A.J BrodySophie


First Day!

Only one more sleep until we start a year of FIRST GRADE!!! I am so excited and am ready for a great year with all of your sweet kiddos!! I loved meeting them last night! It made me even more excited!!

Be sure you that your sweetie knows how they are getting home! I also have the paperwork you filled out, but be sure they know in addition to that paperwork, so they are not caught by surprise!

If you did not make it to meet the teacher, please PLEASE send a note or tell me in person when you walk them in their transportation for the day!

Planners and folders will be coming home tomorrow, so after tomorrow you can communicate any transportation/changes/notes in there! 🙂

I am so very excited! This teacher is ready for all of those smiling faces!! It’s going to be a fun, creative, amazing year and your kiddo is going to grow, explore, and LEARN so much!!




We Can Be The Difference!

Love, Ms. James




Meet Ms. James

Hello everyone!! I am so excited to meet you and your sweet kiddos tomorrow afternoon at meet the teacher!! Please bring supplies and $10 CASH for your planner and party money contribution!

You may come from 4:00-5:00!!

Supplies does not need any names on them. There will be places for each item and some paperwork to fill out to make the first 7 days and the rest of the school year run smoothly!

Here is a little about me!

My name is Lacey James and this is my 5th year at White Oak! As you know, White Oak is a special place and we are all so blessed to be here! I love mu job and am very excited for this awesome group!

I am engaged and will become Mrs. Hart September 30, so we will all be going through that exciting change next month. 

This is my fiance’ and me with our dog Honey

I have 2 beautiful nieces, Emma (4 next monday) and Sadie Lynn (5 months). They are so beautiful and smart!

I have an amazing family. I have an older brother that is a band director and a sister-in-law that teaches 2nd grade at Pine Tree!! My parents are the best parents ever and have always supported me and loved me and shaped me into who I am today.


You will learn more about me throughout the year but that’s just a little personal information for all of you!! 🙂


I am very blessed to be part of your child’s journey and I can’t wait to meet all of you!! Don’t forget to bring your smile!!


Holy moly!!! Only one more full day of first grade!! I am so very proud of every one of my sweet babies! They have learned so much and have become a very special part of my heart!! I am excited to see them go on to second grade and do amazing things!!

Thank you for letting me be part of their journey!

Important change in dismissal times! On our half days Thursday and Friday school will be letting out at 11:30 for K-2!

Please make arrangements for your kids! Please write if their is a change in the planner on the last two days of school.


ALSO!! Your little sweeties threw me a little Bridal Shower today, as I will be having on given by my coworkers.

They gave advice to my future husband. There was talk of lots of chocolate, flowers, and money! I am just fine with all of that!!

Field Trip on Wednesday

We will be spending the day at the park on Wednesday. Parents are welcome to come. We will be returning to school around 2:00. Please be sure to send your child to school in TENNIS SHOES and a SACK lunch ( no lunchboxes) two drinks with their name TAPED to the drink (to avoid confusion). Thanks for all that you do!


This weekend is the last chance to set up your child’s read-a-thon page. Remember, you do not have to donate money…you just have to set up a page. This is FREE and by doing so your child will receive a FREE PRIZE. It doesn’t take long at all. Our class has raised $685.00 so far! And other classes have raised even more!! Remember this is for a GREAT cause and goes straight into making the classrooms better for YOUR kids. Please take the time to register and if possible, donate a few bucks!!


Have a great weekend! Thank you!

Graded Papers and Reminders

Class Group Pictures: We are having class pictures tomorrow. If you would like to purchase a class photo, please send an envelope with $10 CASH

Permission slips: Please send out the permission form for our class trip to the park. Fill in all info on the form.

Read-a-thon: We are working hard to READ READ READ!!! Please take the time to create a page and donate to a great cause!! If you have already donated THANK YOU!!!!

Graded papers are coming home today. Please notice the grades and visit with your child and/or praise them!

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week! If you have helped or will help with the amazing things that are happening on our campus, I thank you!


In class we are working hard on writing! This really is the most challenging part of our year because there are so many rules and things to remember while writing a good story with a beginning, middle, and end. They are graded on their independent writing from Writer’s Workshop, Station Writing, and prompted writing!

We are also reading for our final benchmark level and fluency for the year. The kids (and you) have worked very hard to get to the level we are on, and I am so thrilled with all the progress shown!!

In math, we are reviewing concepts taught and adding in FRACTIONS!

I can’t believe it is already MAY!!!! We are so close to 2nd grade!!!! Have a fabulous week!

Lacey James