January 20 – 24, 2020

Monday is a school holiday in honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, and this week is the final week in the second marking period.

Kindness Week – Mrs. Jones has planned special days for us to heighten our awareness of the benefits of kindness. (Fun fact: Kindness benefits the person showing kindness as much as or more than the recipient.)

Tuesday – Wear pink or red, because we love kindness

Wednesday – Wear yellow and black to remind us to bee kind

Thursday – Wear bright colors

Friday – Wear blue & white

Students will receive a “Kindness Board” on Tuesday, and they’re encouraged to complete as many of the activities on the board as they can.

Middle School Course Selection – From Mrs. Jones, guidance counselor:

Parent access opens Tuesday!  We will be using the online PowerSchool system for this process. Below is a timeline with IMPORTANT DATES that you will need to know for this scheduling process. Directions and flyers have been sent home previously, but they are also located on Mrs. Jones blog: https://rswalkerblog.wordpress.com/middle-school-transition-i-b-program/

  • Tuesday, January 21st –Friday, January 31st parents log on to their PowerSchool account, review teacher selected courses, and select an elective.
  • Thursday, January 23rd: Curriculum Carnival 5:30-7pm & Planning Guide meeting 7pm Pocahontas auditorium
  • Thursday, January 30th Planning Guide Meeting at 7pm in the Pocahontas Middle School Auditorium.

**If your child has applied to the I.B. Program at Moody Middle School, please proceed with following these steps for course selection at Pocahontas Middle School. If your child is accepted into the I.B. Program, they will receive separate course selection instructions at that time.**

If you have any questions, please call or email Mrs. Jones at (804) 360-0812 or rwjones@henrico.k12.va.us

Change for Children

S.C.A. is sponsoring a school-wide Change for Children campaign to support the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR). The Children’s Hospital provides care to nearly 60,000 children each year right here in the Richmond community.

SPES students may bring in change OR dollar bills and drop it in the collection jars in their classrooms. The drive continues through this Friday, January 24th

Dates to Note:

Mon, Jan. 20 – Student Holiday – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Jan. 21 – Jan. 31 – Parent Course Request via PowerSchool Parent Portal

Wed, Jan. 22 – Thur, Jan. 23 – Reading Benchmark

Fri, Jan. 24 – End of 2nd Quarter

Mon, Jan. 27 – Student Holiday – Staff Clerical Day

Wed, Jan 29 – Thur, Jan. 30 – Math Benchmark

Academics This Week:

Language Arts

Students will take the Reading Benchmark this week, which is just a mid-year check of how students are progressing in reading.

Students will complete their composition planning and then write a multi-paragraph composition.

In small group, students are continuing to read daily in their novels. I am meeting with small groups numerous times each week to discuss their reading. I urge students to keep up with the assigned reading and questions, as it is hard to catch up once behind. Students can also expect weekly unannounced quizzes o their novel reading.

Students will begin working with Lesson 8 Vocabulary words this week. Study and practice lists for our current units can be found here:

Mrs. McGee’s Book 4, Lesson 8 Word List

Mrs. Crews’ Book 3, Lesson 8 Word List

Classroom Wish Lists:

Mrs. McGee’s Amazon Wish List

Teachers Pay Teachers Class Fund

Reading Recommendations

Book about Kindness for Tweens

Have a great week!

Andrea McGee

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January 13 – 17

The students enjoyed their Aquatic Safety Field Trip to the Shady Grove YMCA on Friday. I’m proud of their participation and thankful for this opportunity for students. The most exciting thing planned in the week ahead is the 5th Grade choral performance on Tuesday evening.

5th Grade Concert Tuesday evening – Show time is at 6:00. Students should arrive by 5:50. Please discuss with your child what they will be wearing. Mrs. Garcia has given them direction.

Middle School Field Trip Wednesday – This is just a reminder that this trip is coming. No special preparations are necessary. We will be back at school before lunch.

Middle School Course Selection – From Mrs. Jones, guidance counselor:

It is the time of year when we begin the Middle School Scheduling Process!  We will be using the online PowerSchool system for this process. Below is a timeline with IMPORTANT DATES that you will need to know for this scheduling process. Directions and flyers will be sent home this month, but they are also located on Mrs. Jones blog: https://rswalkerblog.wordpress.com/middle-school-transition-i-b-program/

  • Wednesday, January 15th: 5th Grade Students visit and tour Pocahontas Middle School.
  • Thursday, January 23rd: Curriculum Carnival 5:30-7pm & Planning Guide meeting 7pm Pocahontas auditorium
  • Thursday, January 23rd and Thursday, January 30th Planning Guide Meeting at 7pm in the Pocahontas Middle School Auditorium. (You pick the date that works best).
  • Tuesday, January 21st –Friday, January 31st parents log on to their PowerSchool account, review teacher selected courses, and select an elective.

**If your child has applied to the I.B. Program at Moody Middle School, please proceed with following these steps for course selection at Pocahontas Middle School. If your child is accepted into the I.B. Program, they will receive separate course selection instructions at that time.**

If you have any questions, please call or email Mrs. Jones at (804) 360-0812 or rwjones@henrico.k12.va.us

Change for Children

S.C.A. is sponsoring a school-wide Change for Children campaign to support the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR). The Children’s Hospital provides care to nearly 60,000 children each year right here in the Richmond community.

SPES students may bring in change OR dollar bills and drop it in the collection jars in their classrooms. The drive runs Monday, January 13th– Friday, January 24th

Dates to Note:

Tues, Jan. 14 – 6:00 5th Grade Concert

Wed, Jan. 15 – Pocahontas Middle School Field Trip

Mon, Jan. 20 – Student Holiday – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Jan. 21 – Jan. 31 – Parent Course Request via PowerSchool Parent Portal

Mon, Jan. 27 – Student Holiday

Academics This Week:

Language Arts

Students will have their quiz on Suffixes this Thursday. Students have their flashcards to study. In addition, games are available in Schoology > Reading.

Students learned the basic parts of a correct compound sentence last week. With more practice on Monday, students will have a graded assignment this week. In addition, they’ll review the rules of capitalization. Later in the week students will begin a planning outline for a longer composition piece.

In small group, students began novel studies. They should be reading in these novels daily. I will meet with small groups several times each week to discuss their reading. I urge students to keep up with the assigned reading and questions, as it is hard to catch up once behind. Students can also expect weekly unannounced quizzes o their novel reading.

Students began working with Lesson 7 Vocabulary words last week. The quiz on this unit is scheduled for this Friday, January 17. Study and practice lists for our current units can be found here:

Mrs. McGee’s Book 4, Lesson 7 Words

Mrs. Crews’ Book 3, Lesson 7 Words

Social Studies

Students will be reading about the Everglades, a very unique ecosystem in the Southeast region, this week.

Classroom Wish Lists:

Mrs. McGee’s Amazon Wish List

Teachers Pay Teachers Class Fund

Reading Recommendations

One Dad’s Reading Resolutions for the New Year

Have a great week!

Andrea McGee

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January 6 – 10, 2020

Happy New Year!! I hope you and your family enjoyed your time together. I had a wonderful break but am eager to see my students again! We will have a very busy first few weeks of January. I appreciate your help in reestablishing healthy routines with your child, such as daily homework time, healthy outdoor play time, family meal time, reading time, limited screen time, and early bedtimes with electronics removed into parent custody. Let’s take a look at what’s coming.

Aquatic Safety Field Trip – On Friday students should wear normal clothes to school and be sure to pack the following:

  • A plastic bag to carry home wet bathing suit and towel
  • Swim suit (one piece for girls)
  • Towel
  • Extra snack – That pool time makes them even hungrier than they normally are – hard to believe, I know!

Students will change into their suits in the locker room at the YMCA and back into their clothes there as well. We will be back before lunch time, so no special preparations are needed for that.

Welcome! – We have a new student joining our class on Monday. He is transferring from another school in Henrico County, and I hope everyone will help him feel welcome and at home.

Middle School Field Trip Next Week – This is just a reminder that this is coming. No special preparations are necessary. We will be back at school before lunch.

Dates to Note:

Mon, Jan. 6 – School Reopens, Return signed Graded Paper Folders

Fri, Jan. 10 – Aquatic Safety Field Trip

Tues, Jan. 14 – 6:00 5th Grade Concert

Wed, Jan. 15 – Pocahontas Middle School Field Trip

Academics This Week:

 Language Arts

We will begin the new year with a study of suffixes. Students previously completed a unit on prefixes. We’ll complete a similar unit on suffixes this week. Students can expect independent work and a quiz late next week.

Students will also look at sentence combining this week, starting with compound sentences and coordinating conjunctions.

In small group, students will begin novel studies. They should be reading in these novels daily. I will meet with small groups several times each week to discuss their reading. I urge students to keep up with the assigned reading and questions, as it is hard to catch up once behind.

Students will be introduced to Lesson 7 Vocabulary words this week. Study and practice lists for our current units can be found here:

Mrs. McGee’s Book 4, Lesson 7 Words

Mrs. Crews’ Book 3, Lesson 7 Words

Social Studies

In Social Studies this week students will complete their tour of the Southeast Region.

Classroom Wish Lists:

Mrs. McGee’s Amazon Wish List

Teachers Pay Teachers Class Fund

Reading Recommendations

The Most-Anticipated Middle Grade and Chapter Books of 2020

Have a great week!

Andrea McGee

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Dec. 16 – 20

I want to give a huge thank you to Mrs. Dolan and the PTA for the very nice lunch on Friday and extended time to enjoy it.

Classroom Wish Lists:

Mrs. McGee’s Amazon Wish List

Teachers Pay Teachers Class Fund

Reading Recommendations

Audio Books for the Holidays

Dates to Note:

Fri, Dec. 13 – Graded Paper Folders Came Home

Mon, Dec. 16 – Return signed Graded Paper folders

Tues, Dec. 17 – Wordly Wise 6 Quiz

Wed, Dec. 18 – Southeast Geography Quiz

Wellness Wednesday

Green Team Meeting

Thur, Dec. 19 – Pajama Day (SCA Spirit Day)

Fri, Dec. 20 – Jingle Bell Jam & Winter Party & Graded Paper Folders

Mon, Dec. 23 – Fri, Jan. 3 – Winter Break = Schools Closed

Mon, Jan. 6 – School Reopens, Return signed Graded Paper Folders

Fri, Jan. 10 – Aquatic Safety Field Trip

Wed, Jan. 15 – Pocahontas Middle School Field Trip

Academics This Week:

Language Arts

Students have looked closely at five different nonfiction text structures, or organizational patterns.  This week students will look at all the different types with a focus on identifying main idea and details as they pertain to each structure. Students will also practice writing using the different text structures

Students have been working with Wordly Wise Lesson 6 Vocabulary words. The quiz is this Tuesday, Dec. 17. The lists for our current units can be found here:

Mrs. McGee’s Book 4, Lesson 6 Words

Mrs. Crews’ Book 3, Lesson 6 Words

Social Studies

In Social Studies this week students will continue their tour of the Southeast Region. They will have a quiz on the Geography of the Southeast this Wednesday. To study for this students have (1) the homework map they completed last week, (2) the map in their textbook, and (3) this recommended website: http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/web_games.htm

Have a great week and a very happy Winter Break!

Andrea McGee

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Dec. 9 – 13, 2019

Look who Mrs. McGee met this weekend when she purchased his two newest books for the classroom library: author Steven K. Smith!

Congratulations to Liliana for her participation in our School Spelling Bee on Friday. We’re proud of her.

If you have not yet completed the survey sent out via ClassDojo yesterday, please complete that no later than Monday evening. Here is the link again. Thank you!

https://forms.gle/QKH9wz7R55bfyH5s9

Monday is a half day for students!

Book Report

Students should have the requirement/rubric sheet in the rings of their binder behind the Reading tab. Final projects are due this Friday, Dec. 13.

Classroom Wish Lists:

Mrs. McGee’s Amazon Wish List

Teachers Pay Teachers Class Fund

Reading Recommendations

15 Fantastic Middle Grade Books Published in Fall 2019

Dates to Note:

Mon, Dec. 9 – ½ Day for Students

Wed, Dec. 11 – Wellness Wednesday

Fri, Dec. 13 – Smartphone Book Reports Due

Graded Paper Folders Come Home

Mon, Dec. 16 – Return signed Graded Paper folders

Wed, Dec. 18 – Wellness Wednesday

Green Team Meeting

Thur, Dec. 19 – Pajama Day (SCA Spirit Day)

Fri, Dec. 20 – Jingle Bell Jam & Winter Party

Mon, Dec. 23 – Fri, Jan. 3 – Winter Break = Schools Closed

Mon, Jan. 6 – School Reopens

Academics This Week:

Language Arts

Students will continue examining nonfiction text structures, or organizational patterns.  This week they’ll delve into cause/effect, problem/solution, and descriptive texts. These organizational patterns usually have signal words associated with them that guide readers. We’ll look at those as well as spend some time writing in each of the different text structures.

Students are working with Wordly Wise Lesson 6 Vocabulary words this week. The quiz is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 17. The lists for our current units can be found here:

Mrs. McGee’s Book 4, Lesson 6 Words

Mrs. Crews’ Book 3, Lesson 6 Words

Social Studies

In Social Studies this week students will have a graded classwork assignment using Latitude and Longitude skills. They will also begin their tour of the regions of the U.S., starting with the Southeast Region. We’ll kickoff our study with a Geography Challenge.

Have a great week!

Andrea McGee

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Dec. 2 – 6, 2019

I hope your brief school holiday has been relaxing and rejuvenating. I’ve been blessed to be surrounded by my family and extended family.

Book Report

Please help your child make a habit of reading in his/her book daily. I find that the more consistently I read a text, the more interesting and enjoyable it is. When I leave it for extended periods, I’ve lost the thread of interest and excitement. The same is likely true for your children. For some children it may help for a parent to sit down and begin reading with them each evening to assist in developing the interest in the stories and the habit of reading.

Last week in class students prepared the backgrounds for their smartphone book report projects. Students will complete the remainder of their projects at home. They may choose to get materials from school or from home. Word processing is welcome and preferred over hand written reports. Final projects are due Friday, Dec. 13.

Classroom Wish Lists:

Mrs. McGee’s Amazon Wish List

Teachers Pay Teachers Class Fund

Reading Recommendations

Cat Books for Kids – Scroll down for Middle Grade Recommendations

Horse Books for Middle Grade Readers

Dates to Note:

Tues, Dec. 3 – Make Up Picture Day

Wed, Dec. 4 – Stinger Store & Wellness Wednesday

Fri, Dec. 6 – School Spelling Bee

Mon, Dec. 9 – ½ Day for Students

Fri, Dec. 13 – Smartphone Book Reports Due

Fri, Dec. 20 – Jingle Bell Jam & Winter Party

Mon, Dec. 23 – Fri, Jan. 3 – Winter Break = Schools Closed

Mon, Jan. 6 – School Reopens

Academics This Week:

Language Arts

This week students will begin looking at nonfiction text structures, or organizational patterns, including sequencing/chronological and compare/contrast. These organizational patterns usually have signal words associated with them that guide readers. We’ll look at those as well.

Students will write a composition based on their outline from last week and will be introduced to Wordly Wise Lesson 6 Vocabulary words this week. A great study tool site for all of the vocabulary lists is my Quizlet page, which can be found here:

Mrs. McGee’s Study Sets

The lists for our current units can be found here:

Mrs. McGee’s Book 4, Lesson 6 Words

Mrs. Crews’ Book 3, Lesson 6 Words

Social Studies

In Social Studies this week students will delve deeper into practicing with Latitude and Longitude skills. These are often challenging for students. On Friday, in honor of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day on Saturday, Dec. 7, students will read about the events of Dec. 7, 1941 and respond to their reading.

Have a great week!

Andrea McGee

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Nov. 25-26, 2019

This is a short, two-day week, but here’s what’s happening:

Congratulations to Liliana, our Classroom Spelling Bee winner, and Sam, the runner up. Liliana will represent our class in the school bee on Dec. 6.

I want to congratulate my homeroom students again for earning the highest average of the three classes on the Map Skills Quiz on Thursday. I’m so proud of them! They also performed well on the Prefix Quiz earlier in the week with an average score of 90.

Book Report

On Monday and Tuesday we’ll get the background for our smartphone book report projects prepared at school. Students will complete the remainder of their projects at home. They may choose to get materials from school or from home. Word processing is welcome and preferred over hand written reports. Final projects are due Friday, Dec. 13.

Classroom Wish Lists:

Thanks to Ms. Larijani for your generous contributions from the classroom wish list. I’ve already put the magnet men to use, read a chapter of the book on whole brain teaching, and tried a suggestion from it in class. I think students liked it. They were certainly engaged.

Mrs. McGee’s Amazon Wish List

Teachers Pay Teachers Class Fund

Reading Recommendations

Amazon’s Best Children’s Books of 2019 for Ages 9-12

Dates to Note:

Mon, Nov. 25 – Graded Paper Folders come home

Tues, Nov. 26 – Please Return Graded Paper Folders

Tues, Nov. 26 – Wordly Wise 5 QUIZ

Tues, Nov. 26 – BAT Day

Wed, Nov. 26 – Fri, Nov. 28 – Student Holiday

Mon, Dec. 9 – ½ Day for Students

Fri, Dec. 13 – Smartphone Book Reports Due

Academics This Week:

Language Arts

This short week students will practice discriminating between facts and opinions. They’ll also look at how facts can and should be used to support opinions.

Mrs. McGee and Mrs. Crews are going to model outlining as a way of planning for organized and more detailed writing. Students will then write their outlines and use them as the basis for a descriptive composition. This will extend into the first week of December.

Students have been working with Wordly Wise Lesson 5 Vocabulary words and will take the quiz on them this Tuesday. A great study tool site for all of these lists is my Quizlet page which can be found here: Mrs. McGee’s Wordly Wise Quizlets

The lists for our current units can be found here:

Mrs. McGee’s Book 4, Lesson 5 Word List

Mrs. Crews’ Book 3, Lesson 5 Word List

Have a great week!

Andrea McGee

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Nov. 18 – 22, 2019

I’m glad some of you were able to make it to the SPES B&N Book Fair today. (Thanks for saying hello Mei-Li, Reece, and Miley!) If you couldn’t make it but would still like to purchase some books for anyone on your gift list and have those purchases help the SPES library, you can shop at BN.COM/bookfairs through Wednesday, Nov. 20. Enter the Bookfair ID 12562286 at checkout.

Monday is a half-day for students. Teachers have parent conferences again in the afternoon. If you haven’t met with me and would like to sign up for a time slot, send me an email at armcgee@henrico.k12.va.us and I’ll let you know what time slots are still available. I really enjoy talking with parents of Short Pump Elementary students and feel very fortunate to work in such a supportive and caring community.

New Book Report

The explanation sheet came home with students on Tuesday last week. Students are requested to select a mystery or a historical fiction book to read. They should select a book and get teacher approval by Monday, Nov. 18. Parent signature is also due Monday, Nov. 18. Final projects are due Friday, Dec. 13.

The students will be making a smartphone report. I’ll show them an example in class, and students may choose to get materials from school or from home. Word processing is welcome and preferred over hand written reports.

Classroom Wishlist:

Mrs. McGee’s Amazon Wish List

Reading Recommendations

10 Bingeable Series that Middle Grade Readers Love

Dates to Note:

Sat, Nov. 16 – SPES B&N Book Fair Kick Off (Book Fair extends online through Wed.)

Mon, Nov. 18 – Book Report Selections and Parent Signatures Due

Mon. Nov. 18 – Student ½ Day

Mon. Nov. 18 – 12:00-3:30 Parent Teacher Conferences #2

Tues., Nov. 19 – Prefix Quiz

Wed, Nov. 20 – Last day to order from SPES B&N Book Fair

Wed, Nov. 20 – 1st Quarter Report Cards go home

Thur, Nov. 21 – Map & Globe Skills Quiz

Thur, Nov. 21 – 5:30-7:30 Wellness Night / PTA Meeting

Mon, Nov. 25 – Graded Paper Folders come home

Tues, Nov. 26 – Please Return Graded Paper Folders

Tues, Nov. 26 – BAT Day

Wed, Nov. 26 – Fri, Nov. 28 – Student Holiday

Academics This Week:

 Language Arts

Last week students practiced using context clues to determine meanings of unfamiliar words. This week we’ll continue working with context clues to determine parts of speech and distinguish between multiple meanings of words.  Then we’ll delve into characterization and inferencing.

Our focus in writing this quarter is on composing, particularly works of more than one paragraph.

Students received their Wordly Wise Lesson 5 Vocabulary words last week and will begin working with them this week. A great study tool site for all of these lists is my Quizlet page which can be found here: Mrs. McGee’s Wordly Wise Quizlets

The lists for our current units can be found here:

Mrs. McGee’s Book 4, Lesson 5 Word List

Mrs. Crews’ Book 3, Lesson 5 Word List

Social Studies

Last week students used their map skills and real maps to complete some geography challenges.  A quiz on map and globe skills is planned for Thursday, Nov. 21. In addition to the first half of chapter 2 in their Social Studies Alive textbook, students have their vocabulary homework and some games linked via via Schoology to prepare for this.

Have a great week!

Andrea McGee

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November 11 – 15, 2019

I’m so humbled by the excellent parents I met with this week who do so much to help their children become excellent students, lifelong learners, and citizens. Thank you for meeting with me. I have a few more parents that have signed up to meet with me on Monday, Nov. 18, but plenty of slots are still available. Please sign up for a conference if I haven’t met with you yet. If you have questions about availability, just email me at armcgee@henrico.k12.va.us

Monday is Veteran’s Day. Thankfully, a decision has been made to hold Monday’s Veteran’s Day Assembly indoors.  Students are encouraged to wear red, white, and blue.

New Book Report

I apologize for the delay in sending out the next book report requirements. The explanation sheet will come home with students on Tuesday this week. Students are requested to select a mystery or a historical fiction book to read. They should select a book and get teacher approval by Monday, Nov. 18. Parent signature is also due by  Monday, Nov. 18. Final projects are due Friday, Dec. 13.

The students will be making a smartphone report. I’ll show them an example in class, and students may choose to get materials from school or from home. Word processing is welcome and preferred over hand written reports.

The November Scholastic Book Order flyers will come home Monday. Order are due by Friday morning please. That way we can get them by next week if any students are ordering books from the flyers for their reports. Also, our school’s Barnes & Noble book fair is next Saturday. Purchases at the book fair would support both your child’s reading wishes and the Short Pump Elementary library.

Classroom Wishlist:

Thank you to Ms. Jassy and the Goldings for your generation contributions to our classroom and teacher wish list! The students are excited about the prize box trinkets, and I am eager to delve into the teacher resource book about effective and positive conferencing with students on their writing.

Mrs. McGee’s Amazon Wish List

Reading Recommendations

8 Middle Grade Books on Bullying

Dates to Note:

Mon., Nov. 11 Final date to bring in Treats for Troops

Mon. Nov. 11 – Red, White & Blue Spirit Day

Mon. Nov. 11 – 9 AM Veteran’s Day Assembly

Tues, Nov. 12 – Wordly Wise 4 Quiz

Wed, Nov. 13 – Potbelly Spirit Night (4-9 pm)

Fri, Nov. 15 – Scholastic November Book Orders Due

Sat, Nov. 16 – SPES B&N Book Fair Kick Off

Mon, Nov. 18 – Book Report Selections and Parent Signatures Due

Mon. Nov. 18 – Student ½ Day

Mon. Nov. 18 – 12:00-3:30 Parent Teacher Conferences #2

Tues., Nov. 19 – Prefix Quiz

Wed, Nov. 20 – Last day to order from SPES B&N Book Fair

Wed, Nov. 20 – 1st Quarter Report Cards go home

Thur, Nov. 21 – Map & Globe Skills Quiz

Academics This Week:

Language Arts

Last week students learned some basic prefixes and practiced using them to create and interpret new words. Perhaps your child remembers what “preantepenultimate” means. (Don’t worry, that would not be on a quiz.)  Students will continue to work with prefixes during their literacy block and have a quiz scheduled for Tuesday, Nov 19.

This week students will delve into the skill of using of context clues.

In our small group time, students will work on the skills of inferencing and summarizing with the nonfiction text “Escape from Alcatraz.”

Our focus in writing this quarter will be on composing, particularly works of more than one paragraph.

Students have been working with Wordly Wise Lesson 4 Vocabulary words and have a quiz on Tuesday, Nov. 12. A great study tool site for all of these lists is my Quizlet page which can be found here: Mrs. McGee’s Wordly Wise Quizlets

The lists for our current units can be found here:

Mrs. McGee’s Book 4, Lesson 4 Word List

Mrs. Crews’s Book 3, Lesson 4 Word List

Social Studies

Last week we began a unit on Map and Globe Skills.  This week students will work with maps to complete some geography challenges that are both hands on and engaging. A quiz on map and globe skills is planned for Thursday, Nov. 21.

Have a great week!

Andrea McGee

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Nov 4 – 8, 2019

Thank you, Mrs. Dolan, for updating our MSDS inventory. It’s a mundane and detailed job, and I appreciate your time commitment for our children’s safety!

Congratulations to Lakhi in Mrs. Blankenship’s class, who is the winner of the Henrico History virtual trifold competition at Short Pump Elementary. She will be completing the trifold on behalf of our school.

Monday is the last day of the first marking period.

Tuesday is a Student Holiday and is Election Day.

Thursday evening is the first date available for Parent-Teacher conferences. The next date is Monday, Nov. 18. Sign Ups were posted via Membership Toolkit. I’m not sure if sign ups are still open or not, but here is the link:

https://spesptava.membershiptoolkit.com/volunteer/56774

Classroom Wishlist:

I moved this link higher up this week because we could really use some reliable working speakers in the classroom and some earbuds for students who do not have earphones.

Mrs. McGee’s Amazon Wish List

Reading Recommendations

Books 9-12 year old BOYS say are awesome

Exciting Action Adventure Books with Girls at the Center

Dates to Note:

Fri, Nov. 1 –Nov. 11 Treats for Troops collection (See more details below)

Mon, Nov. 4 – End of 1st Quarter

Tues, Nov. 5 – STUDENT HOLIDAY / Election Day

Wed, Nov. 6 – Stinger Store

Thurs, Nov. 7 – 3:00-6:30 Parent Teacher Conferences #1

Mon. Nov. 11 – Red, White & Blue Spirit Day

Mon. Nov. 11 – 9 AM Veteran’s Day Assembly

Sat, Nov. 16 – SPES B&N Book Fair Kick Off

Mon. Nov. 18 – Student ½ Day

Mon. Nov. 18 – 12:00-3:30 Parent Teacher Conferences #2

Wed, Nov. 20 – Last day to order from SPES B&N Book Fair

Wed, Nov. 20 – 1st Quarter Report Cards go home

Treats for Troops

Short Pump will once again be participating in the “Treats for the Troops” collection. Items will be collected from Friday, 11/1 through Monday, 11/11 (Veterans Day). Fifth-grade students are asked to bring in foil packs of tuna or chicken or crossword puzzle books.

The Blue Star Families Organization will be creating care packages to send to the troops. Some items will go to troops serving overseas, but some items will also go to support the USO. The United Service Organizations Inc. (USO Show) is a nonprofit organization that provides programs, services and live entertainment to United States troops and their families. Even though some of the USO activities are overseas, many are in the United States, but all support our troops.

The Veteran’s Day Assembly that will be held on Monday, Nov. 11 will be outdoors, so students should bring towels or blankets to sit on and guests may bring chairs.

Academics This Week:

Language Arts

Last week students practiced using the “Key Word Strategy” for summarizing a nonfiction text. This week, students will be immersed in a brief unit on prefixes. An understanding of prefixes, suffixes, and roots helps students decipher and give meaning to new and unfamiliar words.

In our small group time, students will begin a close reading of an exciting nonfiction text “Escape from Alcatraz.”

Students have been working with Wordly Wise Lesson 4 Vocabulary words. A great study tool site for all of these lists is my Quizlet page which can be found here: Mrs. McGee’s Wordly Wise Quizlets

The lists for our current units can be found here:

Mrs. McGee’s Book 4, Lesson 4 Word List

Mrs. Crews’s Book 3, Lesson 4 Word List

Social Studies

We’ve concluded our study of Henrico County and will move on this week to a unit on Map and Globe Skills before we begin exploring all the regions of our great nation.

Have a great week!

Andrea McGee

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