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Vikki Fairchild

Scholastic Book Orders

Our Scholastic Book Order Class Code is Q7636.

Curious Campers Daily Schedule

7:45-8:15- Morning Meeting/ PE

8:20-9:40- Daily 5

9:40-10:00- Recess

10:00-11:00- Math

11:00-11:40- Lunch

11:40-1:00- ELA

1:00-1:20- Recess

1:20-2:00- Social Studies/ Science/ PE

2:05- Dismissal


Special Schedules

Early Out Wednesdays- 12:50

PE- Mondays/Tuesdays/Thursdays

Wednesdays- Library/Computer

Mrs. Fairchild

First Grade Curious Campers

Week of 12/3


Camper of the Week:  Wyatt

This week we are on Wonders Unit 3 Week 1.  Our Essential Question is How do we measure time? Our word work will include words with long a: a_e and high-frequency words: away, now, some, today, way and why. 

We are on our final week of Factswise Goal 3.  Students will be tested next week.  Please practice at home!

Factswise Goal 3 Addition - Within 10

10 + 0 = 10    9 + 1 = 10        8 + 2 = 10      7 + 3 = 10       

6 + 4 = 10      5 + 5 = 10        4 + 6 = 10      3 + 7 = 10         

2 + 8 = 10      1 + 9 = 10        0 + 10 = 10

December is going to be a busy month!  This Tuesday our class will be going to the Holiday Shoppe from 8:30-9:00 am.

Wednesday December 5th:  Library/Computer Lab

December 7th: Winter Wonderland Family Night, 5:30 pm-8:00 pm

December 21st– January 4th: Winter recess

January 7th, 2019: School Resumes

Week of 11/12


Camper of the Week:  Jude

This week we are on Wonders Unit 2 Week 4.  Our Essential Question is How do people help out in the community? Our word work will include words with th, sh, -ng and high-frequency words: all, call, day, her and want. 

This Wednesday is Family Day from 8:00-9:00 AM.  Please join us for breakfast, entertainment (this will happen first at 8:00) and a short family activity.  Thank you to all of you who have signed up to bring something on our wonderful Room Parents Sign-up Sheet.  It is going to be a fun morning!

I also want to pass along that I put up a project last week on Donors Choose.  I am trying to get a set of six Chromebooks for our classroom.  If you have not heard of it please go to to learn more.  If you know of any companies and/or your company requires you to donate to charitable organizations please consider helping our classroom. The link to the project is


PAL's Annual Food Drive Nov. 12-16

No School Next Week Nov. 19-23 for Thanksgiving Break

Fall Book Fair Nov. 26-30


Week of 11/5


Camper of the Week:  Gia

Thank you all for coming to conferences last week!  It was a pleasure meeting with all of you and discussing your amazing children!  

This week we are on Wonders Unit 2 Week 3.  Our Essential Question is Where do animals live together? Our word work will include End Blends (st, nk, nd, nt, sk, and mp) and high-frequency words: eat, no, of, under and who. We will also learn about possessive nouns.

In math we will continue working on equality.  We will also graph our Favorite Thanksgiving Food and begin FactWise Goal 3.

Save the date!  November 14th is Family Day!  Please come join our class immediately following the Veteran's Flag Assembly for breakfast and a special performance by your campers! The celebration will last about 1 hour.  Our room mom's will be sending out a sign-up sheet for breakfast items.


P.E. on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday

Library/Computer on Wednesday

Have a fabulous week!

Week of 10/29


Camper of the Week:  Jade

Wow! I can't believe we are almost into November! It has been a busy couple months of learning!  This week we are on Wonders Unit 2 Week 2.  Our Essential Question is What buildings do you know? What are the made of?  Our word work will include identifying and generating rhyme as well as spelling and reading words with short u.  Our High-Frequency Words this week are could, live, one, then, and three.

Last week students were tested on Factwise goal 1 and 2.  This week we will begin goal 3... All the ways to make 10.  

In science this week we will continue to observe light.  During our first light observation we learned that objects can only be seen when illuminated.  We are currently investigating the effect of placing objects made with different materials in the path of a beam of light.

This week is conference week!  I am looking forward to meeting with all of you to discuss your child's growth and goals for the year. If you need to check your conference time or reschedule your conference please go to Sign-Up Genius.

Our Halloween Parade is this Wednesday!  We would love for you to stay and watch our school wide parade at 7:45 AM. When the parade is over students will participate in some fun Halloween Themed Centers in the classroom.  Please have your child wear "regular" clothes under their costume or bring something to change into after the parade.  



Wednesday is Library Day



Have a great week!

Week of 10/22


Camper of the Week:  Dante

Our Reading Wonders essential question this week is Jobs Around Town.  We will be exploring what makes a community.  Our phonics focus is words with short e and our high-frequency words are: again, help, new, there, and use.  

Due to the Fun Run the students were not tested on Friday.  Please send their green sight word book with them to school on Monday so I can test them.

Please make sure your child is practicing Math Facts Goal 1 and 2.  I will be testing students this week.

The Fun Run was a huge success!  Our class finished in first place and we raised enough funds to support our art, music and P.E. programs!  Thank you all again for your support and enthusiasm! It was so much fun seeing how competitive the students were while they were running!  They were amazing!

This week is Red Ribbon Week.  I have the student's bracelets and I will pass them out Monday morning.

Monday: Wear Red

Tuesday: Wear Crazy Socks

Wednesday: Wear Castille Spirit Wear

Thursday: Wear your Shirt Backwards

Friday: Wear you Favorite Sport's Jersey or Shirt

REMINDER...  Conferences begin next week!  If you need to check or change your time I resent the link for Sign Up Genius.


Looking forward to another fun week!

Week of 10/15


This week we are on Wonders Unit 1 Week 5.  Our Essential Question is How does your body move?  We will be focusing on words with r-blends and s-blends in phonics and our high frequency words this week are jump, run, move, and two.  Also this week students will get the opportunity to record in front of the green screen for the first time.  Students will visit the Innovation Lab and explain how their body moves.

Last week in computer lab students took a reading test to determine their reading lexile.  Their lexile helps determine what reading level the student is at and helps when choosing a good fit book.  I will go over your child's results at our conference in a couple of weeks.  

THANK YOU ALL for supporting the Fun Run!  Our class is still currently in first place!  The kids are so excited and earning  a ton of prizes.  While the fundraising prizes are individual the incentive prizes are for the entire class. Here is what we have earned so far...  Monday is Bring a Stuffed Animal, Tuesday is Crazy Socks Day and Extra Recess, Wednesday students can Sit by a Friend and Wear their Pajamas, Friday students will get Free Choice during Computer Lab!  We still have two incentives left, Game Day and Movie/Popcorn Day!  Keep Going Campers!

We are still looking for one more volunteer for the fun run!  If you are available please sign-up using the link sent by our amazing room parents.  It is so much fun!  I promise you will have a blast!


Have a wonderful week!


Curious Camper News for the week of 10/1


Curious Camper of the Week is Peter

We are on Unit 1 Week 3 of Reading Wonders.  Our Essential Question this week is What makes a pet special?  Our spelling focus is l-blends and our high-frequency words for the week are be, come, good, and pull.

Check our class website for new October Math Activities!

We are starting our new science unit on light and sound waves this week.  We will be using flashlights from the science lab but we are in need of D batteries.  If you have any you are able to donate it would be very helpful.  We can use them right away!  

I sent out an email last week to sign up for fall parent/teacher conferences.  If you did not get a chance to sign up let me know and I will send you another email with the sign-up genius link.  Conferences take place October 29th - November 2nd.

Thank you once again for your generous booster club donations!  The science assembly on light waves was a fun and interactive way to get all my campers wondering more about light!  

Have a great week!

Week of 9/24


Hi Parents,

Start With Hello Week and Character Day- This is a special week where we will discuss making new friends, including others, and ending the feeling of social isolation. In honor of building great character within our school community we will all      be wearing green on Wednesday.

Volunteers - Thank you to all of you for giving back to our classroom! I am still looking for a couple of volunteers to help out. If anyone is available at anytime on Thursday to fill Thursday Folders please let me know! Also, we are looking for a class photographer that can come to our events and take pictures. Pictures will be submitted at the end of the year to the PTA to be included in our school yearbook! I am also looking for a couple of parents that are available on Fridays from 12:00-1:00 to help out in computer lab. You will be helping students learn how to sign on to the computer! 


Booster Club Donations- Thank you to all who have turned in their booster club donations for our extra assemblies, Memory books, and Field Trip. I have received checks from about half the class. Please send your donations in as soon as possible.  Your donations help make all our extra programs happen!


Thank you to all that have brought in headphones! I would like your child to have their own headphones if

possible for our classroom iPads. Please send them to school in a Ziploc bag labeled with your child's name. We will keep them at school for use throughout the year and they will be returned to you at the end of the year. 


School picture proofs went home in Coyote Folders on Thursday. This Thursday is make-up picture day. Please let me know if you would like your child to take a make-up picture.


Parent-Teacher conferences will be held the week of October 29. I just emailed a Sign-Up Genius sign up sheet. Please sign up for a conference for your child. This is a time for us to discuss your child's progress and goals for first grade. The schedule that week is full of minimum days and 1student free day (11/1). Please read schedule outlined on website or sign up genius so you can plan accordingly.


Also, Meet the Masters is this Wednesday from 11:45-12:45.  Let me know if you would like to help out!

Thank you and have a wonderful week!

Curious Camper News for the Week of 9/17


We have been working hard this week! In reading we began Unit 1 Week 1 in Reading Wonders. In Daily 5 we continue to work on our reading stamina. We also began #2... Read to Someone.

Math, we are counting collections and learning/practicing new ways to group items. We continue addition and subtraction (ways to make 5). We are also very busy problem solving and finding different ways to solve problems.

Social Studies, we are still learning about rights and responsibilities. We are also doing a lot of writing, reading, and getting to know each other!

Thank you to all of you for all you do!

Friday Sight Word Volunteers... Please start this Friday if possible at 8:00 am.

Workshop Helpers... We are still learning our reading routines. You will begin in October. I will email you with at date at least a week  prior.

Library/ Computer... We will begin October 3rd at 12:00 pm.

Meet the Masters... Our first lesson will be on Wednesday, Sept.26th from 11:45-12:45. Let me know if you would like to help. The more the merrier!

* Room Parent meeting Tuesday, Sept. 18th at 1:15 room
* Reflections Entry Deadline Sept. 21st
* LiveScan Fingerprinting Sept. 26th Call office for app.
* Sept. 27th Make-up Pictures

Look for Conference sign-ups at the end of the week.

Curious Camper News for the week of 9/10


We had a great week learning and practicing new routines.  We have been working on our Stamina so we can become better readers!  The first part of our Daily 5 routine is Read to Self.  We are working on finding a good reading spot, staying in that spot and reading the whole time.  We have also been reviewing letter sounds and kindergarten sight words during our morning reading block.

In math we are busy working on Factswise Goal 1, all the ways to make five.  We have also been working on choral counting and writing to 120.

I am looking forward to seeing you at Back to School Night!  Don't forget it is Wednesday, September 12th from 5:45 - 6:30.

I am putting together our class volunteer schedule.  If you would like to volunteer this year please fill out the volunteer form that was sent home in last Thursday's Coyote Folder and return ASAP.  


My name is Vikki Fairchild and I am extremely excited to begin my second year here at Castille!  I began my teaching career over 20 years ago in Long Beach and before coming to Castille I taught second grade at Kinoshita Elementary School.  I received my Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from California State University Dominguez Hills.  I embrace curiosity and exploration!  I believe students learn best by communicating, collaborating, creating and using critical thinking.  It is my goal to establish a love for learning, provide a safe and loving learning environment, and support students with the skills they need to be successful in the 21st century!


My husband Mike and I are high school sweethearts.  We have two twin children Adam (18), Lauren (18) and a five year old Husky.  Most of our weekends are spent watching softball, going to the beach, riding bikes, family dinners and weekend getaways.


November Math Activities


These activities are meant to be short daily practice.  


  • Count small objects in collections from 50-90. check for accuracy and 1 to 1 correspondence. Practice grouping by tens and ones.  Ask your child how many tens and ones are in the number of objects they counted.

  • Work on facts for making 10  10+? = 10, 9+?= 10, 8+?= 10, 7+?=10, 6+?=10, 5+?=10.  Your child should know these without needing to count on their fingers.  Also work on related subtraction facts (ex 10-0=10. 10-9=1, 10-8=2, 10-7=3, 10-6=4, 10-5=5).

  • Play Go to the Dump with your child- use UNO cards 0-10.  Each player gets 4 cards. Players take turns asking each other for a card that will make 10 with a card they have.  For example, if you have 4 you will ask for a 6.If they don’t have you go to the dump to get a card.

  • Practice counting by 10’s starting at any number other than 1 (example start at 7. 7,17,27,37,47,57 etc).

  • Practice Tallying.  Tally the number of sight words you can find in a book.

  • Log into to work on our first grade math skills.