March 18 – 22, 2019

 

Graded Paper Folders came home Friday. Please review these and then sign and return the cover sheet and the folder. Thank you!

Student Pictures

Student picture packets also came home on Friday. These have NOT been paid for. After viewing the photos of your child please select which ones – if any – you would like to keep and pay for. Return all others to school by Thursday. The three options are

1 – return all pictures

2 – keep all pictures and send in the payment

3 – keep the pictures you want to pay for and send in the payment and the remaining pictures.

Green Student Information Records came home with some students over a week ago for those families that did not complete the updates online. Please review, make corrections if needed, sign and return the forms ASAP. There are still many of these that have not been returned.

NAUTICUS FIELD TRIP is THIS FRIDAY – We now have 4 chaperones. I wouldn’t mind one more chaperone, especially the mom or dad of one of our boys. Send me an email if you’re interested. Look for a sheet of reminders to come home Monday. Students should arrive at school on Friday by 7:00 AM and be picked up at 4:30 PM. They will need to pack a nut free lunch, snack, and two drinks. They should wear shoes comfortable for walking and wear layers. (They will be outside during parts of the day.)

Novel Reading

Your child should finish reading in the teacher assigned novel this week, either Because of Winn Dixie or Bud, Not Buddy. Please check in with your child as to whether he/she is completing the assignments. The final quiz this Monday will cover through the end of the book.

March Book Reports

March book reports will be completed at school next week (March 25 – 28). Parents, please assist in making sure your children are reading these novels at home each night or at least making progress. Students should complete these books by next Monday, March 25.

Happy St Patrick’s Day

Students are encouraged to wear something green on Monday. It is an SCA spirit day.

Pencil Sharpener

Both of our classroom electronic pencil sharpeners are now out of order. If any one feels called to donate a new one, it would be much appreciated, especially by the students.

Family Learning Night will take place on Tuesday, March 19 from 5:30 – 8:30 at Henrico High School.

5th Grade Calendar of Events  (Click on link to left)

Scholastic Book Recommendations for Reluctant Readers

FREE Math SOL Study Sessions at Mathnasium

Dates to Note

Fri, March 15 – Graded Paper Folders Sent Home

Mon, March 18 – Please return signed Graded Paper Folders to school

Mon, March 18 – SCA Wear Green Spirit Day

Mon, March 18 – Novel Quizzes

Tues, March 19 – TDaP Clinic

Tues, March 19 & Wed, March 20 – SPES Spirit Night at Tony’s Italian Restaurant

Tues, March 26 – SPES Parent Workshop on hot topics, including Screen Time, Testing, and Safety – 6:00 pm PLEASE COME !!!

Thur., March 28 – Career Day

Fri, March 29 – 9 AM Buzzy Bash #3

Fri, March 29 – ½ Day for Students

Fri, March 29 – End of the 3rd Quarter

 

In Academics This Week:

Reading

In whole group students will continue to examine author’s word choice and tone as we begin to look at poetry forms.

Social Studies

Students will continue their tour of the Midwest Region this week.

English / Writing

Students are working in Unit 5 Greek & Latin root words this week. Here is a study site for the Unit 5 Roots and Words: https://quizlet.com/377172847/greek-latin-roots-unit-5-flash-cards/ . The quiz on these words will be early next week.

Vision:

At Short Pump Elementary School, our purpose is to develop compassion, critical thinking, and lifelong learning within our students to become productive, caring citizens of the world.

Have a great week!

Andrea McGee

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March 11 – 15, 2019

Short Pump Elementary and Barnes & Noble Book Fair

This starts tomorrow and continues through Wednesday, March 13 at 3:00 PM. At noon Saturday, Mrs. McGee will be reading folk tales related to St. Patrick’s day in the children’s department. I hope to see some friendly faces there. If you make any purchases at the store or online, be sure to use the Bookfair ID 12495966.

Novel Reading

Your child should be reading in a teacher assigned novel, either Because of Winn Dixie or Bud, Not Buddy. Students are given the reading assignments on Mondays and have until the following Monday to complete the reading and the questions for that section. Please check in with your child as to whether he/she is keeping up with the assignments. Quizzes on Monday will cover through the end of chapter 20 in Because of Winn Dixie and the end of chapter 15 in Bud, Not Buddy.

March Book Reports

February book reports will be completed at school near the end of the month. Parents, please assist in making sure your children are reading these novels at home each night or at least making progress every week. I have a menu of choices for students, but we are not going to look at these until the last week of March.

Nauticus Field Trip

The 5th graders will be going to the Nauticus museum in Norfolk on Friday, March 22. This will be a charter bus trip. Please complete and return the blue permission slip that came home last Friday along with $45 (checks made payable to Short Pump Elementary School) as promptly as possible but no later than this Friday, March 15. Let me know if you’d like to chaperone. So far, only one parent has volunteered.

Dear Mom , Dad, and Teacher, This is why I read…

Family Learning Night will take place on Tuesday, March 19 from 5:30 – 8:30 at Henrico High School.

5th Grade Calendar of Events  (Click on link to left)

Dates to Note

Sat, March 9 – SPES Book Fair at the Short Pump Barnes & Noble from 12-3

(Mrs. McGee will be reading at 12:00)

Sun, March 10 – Spring Forward: Daylight Savings Time Begins

Mon, March 11 – Novel Quizzes

Tues, March 12 – Dancing Classrooms Culminating Event 1:00 PM ***Subject to change

Wed, March 13 – Unit 4 Greek & Latin Roots Quiz

Thur, March 14 – Students take HCPS Survey at school

Mon, March 18 – SCA Wear Green Spirit Day

Mon, March 18 – Novel Quizzes

Tues, March 19 – TDaP Clinic

Tues, March 26 – Parent Workshop on hot topics at SPES, including Screen Time, Testing, and Safety – 6:00 pm PLEASE COME !!!

In Academics This Week:

 Reading

In whole group students will examine author’s word choice and tone.

Social Studies

Students will continue their tour of the Midwest Region this week.

English / Writing

Students will make flashcards for their Unit 4 Greek and Latin root words early this week. The Unit 4 quiz is planned for Wednesday. I just noticed that a Science Quiz and a Math Test are also scheduled for Wednesday, so I may delay the quiz one day. Here is a study site for the Unit 4 Roots and Words: https://quizlet.com/377171976/greek-latin-roots-unit-4-flash-cards/  I’ll even include a link to the game I played, so kids can take pleasure in smashing my record time of 14.2 seconds: https://quizlet.com/377171976/match

Vision:

At Short Pump Elementary School, our purpose is to develop compassion, critical thinking, and lifelong learning within our students to become productive, caring citizens of the world.

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March 4 – 8, 2019

Graded Paper Folders and Field Trip Permission Forms were sent home on Friday. Read on for more information on the upcoming field trip.

Novel Reading

Your child should be reading in a teacher assigned novel, either Because of Winn Dixie or Bud, Not Buddy. Students are given the reading assignments on Mondays and have until the following Monday to complete the reading and the questions for that section. Please check in with your child as to whether he/she is keeping up with the assignments. Quizzes on Monday will cover through the end of chapter 15 in Because of Winn Dixie and the end of chapter 11 in Bud, Not Buddy.

February Book Reports

Four students still need to submit their February Biography Book Reports.

March Book Reports

I’m guessing that parents will be relieved to know that these reports will be completed at school near the end of the month. I have a menu of choices for students, but we are not going to look at these until the last week of March. FOR NOW, students do need to select a fiction novel they want to read and get teacher approval by this Thursday, March 7. Parents will need to assist in making sure students are reading these novels at home each night or at least making progress every week.

Nauticus Field Trip

The 5th graders will be going to the Nauticus museum in Norfolk on Friday, March 22. This will be a charter bus trip. Please complete and return the blue permission slip that came home Friday along with $45 (checks made payable to Short Pump Elementary School) as promptly as possible but no later than Friday, March 15.

Short Pump Elementary and Bares & Noble Book Fair

This will be held from Saturday, March 9 through Wednesday, March 13 at 3:00 PM. The kickoff event will be at the Short Pump Barnes & Noble on Saturday, March 9.

At noon Mrs. McGee will be reading folk tales related to St. Paddy’s day. I hope to see some friendly faces there.

HCPS Family Engagement Event

Family Learning Night will take place on Tuesday, March 19 from 5:30 – 8:30 at Henrico High School.

5th Grade Calendar

The 5th Grade Teachers are trying to do a better job of keeping our calendar up to date. There’s a link to it on the Calendar tab in my blog.

5th Grade Calendar of Events

Dates to Note

Fri, March 1 – Graded Paper Folders Came Home – with a Field Trip Permission Form

Mon, March 4 – Return signed Graded Paper Folders to School

Mon, March 4 – Novel Quizzes

March 4 – 8 Dr. Seuss Spirit Week

Mon, March 4 – Wear rainbow colors for My Many Colored Days

Tues, March 5 – Wear crazy socks for Fox in Socks

Wed, March 6 – Wear pajamas for I’m Not Getting Up Today

Thur., March 7 – Wear a hat and/or red, black & white for The Cat in the Hat

Fri, March 8 – Wear your SPES spirit wear and say “Hooray for Short Pump Day” for Hooray for Diffendoofer Day

Sat, March 9 – SPES Book Fair at the Short Pump Barnes & Noble from 12-3

(Mrs. McGee will be reading at 12:00)

Mon, March 11 – Novel Quizzes

Thur., March 14 – Dancing Classrooms Culminating Event 1:00 PM ***Subject to change

Mon, March 18 – Novel Quizzes

Tues, March 19 – TDaP Clinic

Tues, March 26 – Parent Workshop on hot topics, including Screen Time, Testing, and Safety – 6:00 pm PLEASE COME !!!

In Academics This Week:

Reading

In whole group students will review the different forms of figurative language and identify examples of figurative language in literature. Late this week or next week students will practice their hand at creating their own examples of figurative language and using it to spice up their writing.

Social Studies

Students began their study of the Midwest geography last week. The Midwest geography quiz is this Friday, March 8. As previously, the following is a good game site for studying: US Geography Games

We’re presently “touring” the Midwest region and learning about some special features along the way, including the Black Hills, the Great Lakes, and Mount Rushmore.

English / Writing

Students will continue the exploration of how adjectives and adverbs can add valuable elaboration to our writing. They will also begin practice adding figurative language to their writing.

Students concluded their third unit of Greek and Latin root words last week. This week, they’ll begin the fourth unit.

Vision:

At Short Pump Elementary School, our purpose is to develop compassion, critical thinking, and lifelong learning within our students to become productive, caring citizens of the world.

Have a great week!

Andrea McGee

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Feb. 25 – March 1

Class Pictures
Forms to order class pictures were sent home Wednesday. These must be paid for in advance. Class pictures, individual pictures, and some club pictures will be taken this Wednesday, Feb. 27. When pictures come in, class pictures will go home only to those who paid in advance for them. Individual pictures will go home to everyone. Parents will then need to decide whether to return them or to pay for them and keep them.

 

Novel Reading

Your child should be reading in a teacher assigned novel, either Because of Winn Dixie or Bud, Not Buddy. Students are given the reading assignments on Mondays and have until the following Monday to complete the reading and the questions for that section. Please check in with your child as to whether he/she is keeping up with the assignments.

 

February Book Reports

Hopefully students have read their biographies and can work on completing their projects a little bit each day. Projects are due this Thursday, Feb. 28.

 

4 Mistakes I Made Trying to Raise a Middle School Reader:”

http://tinyurl.com/y272j34s

 

 

Dates to Note

Mon, Feb. 25 – Pink flyer coming home regarding Henrico Student Survey

Wed, Feb. 27 – Spring Picture Day

Thurs, Feb. 28 – Biography Book Reports Due

Thurs, Feb. 28 – Green Team Meeting

Fri, March 1 – Graded Paper Folders Come Home

Mon, March 4 – Return signed Graded Paper Folders to School

March 4 – 8 Dr. Seuss Spirit Week

Mon, March 4 – Wear rainbow colors for My Many Colored Days

Tues, March 5 – Wear crazy socks for Fox in Socks

Wed, March 6 – Wear pajamas for I’m Not Getting Up Today

Thur., March 7 – Wear a hat and/or red, black & white for The Cat in the Hat

Fri, March 8 – Wear your SPES spirit wear and say “Hooray for Short Pump Day” for Hooray for Diffendoofer Day

Sat, March 9 – SPES Book Fair at the Short Pump Barnes & Noble from 12-3

(Mrs. McGee will be reading at 12:00)

Fri, March 15 – Dancing Classrooms Culminating Event 1:00 PM ***Subject to change

Tues, March 19 – TDaP Clinic

 

In Academics This Week:

 

Reading

In whole group students will continue learning about different forms of figurative language. We’ll explore one type at a time and identify examples of figurative language in literature.

 

Social Studies

Students will begin their study of the Midwest geography late this week. The Midwest geography quiz is currently planned for Friday, March 8. As previously this is a good game site for studying: http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/web_games.htm

 

English / Writing

Students are reviewing grammar and sentence structure concepts on via NoRedInk early this week followed by a quick writing composition and then a lesson demonstrating how adjectives and adverbs can add valuable elaboration to our writing.

Students continue their third unit of Greek and Latin root words this week. Here is a link to the list of roots and words containing the roots on Quizlet: https://quizlet.com/205671823/greek-latin-roots-unit-3-flash-cards/

Vision:

At Short Pump Elementary School, our purpose is to develop compassion, critical thinking, and lifelong learning within our students to become productive, caring citizens of the world.

 

Have a great week!

Andrea McGee

 

Henrico Schools’ Family Learning Series offers workshops for parents, guardians and teachers

Henrico, Va. Feb. 18, 2019 – Henrico County Public Schools’ winter/spring edition of its Family Learning Series includes topics such as smartphone secrets, a dyslexia simulation and summer planning for students and families. The series is presented by Henrico Schools’ Department of Family and Community Engagement. Workshops are held at public libraries and school facilities across Henrico County.

 

Register for workshops by emailing Terry Talbott at tktalbott@henrico.k12.va.us or by calling 804-652-3787. Parents, guardians and Henrico County Public Schools staff members are welcome to register. Recertification points will be awarded to teachers who attend. For details on the sessions, go to henricoschools.us and look under “Hot Topics” or go to https://henricoschools.us/family-learning-serieswinter-spring-2019-sessions/.

 

  • “Are You Smarter than Your Child’s Smartphone? Social Media Tips, Tricks and Secrets”: Feb.

26, 6-7:30 p.m.

  • “Is Your Child Struggling in School?”: Feb. 27, noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • “Developmental Milestones”: March 5, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • “Developmental Milestones”: March 6, noon to 1:30 p.m.
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Feb. 18 – 22, 2019

Aquatic Safety Field Trip

This Thursday is our Aquatic Safety Field Trip to Shady Grove YMCA. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Students should come to school in their normal clothes.
  • They should pack (1) a swimsuit – one piece for girls (2) a towel and (3) a plastic bag to put wet items in after pool time.
  • Students will have their snack at school before leaving at 9:30.
  • Students will change into their suits in the locker rooms at the YMCA. Privacy changing areas are available. Teachers will be present.
  • Students will be pool side or in the water for approximately one hour – under supervision the entire time.
  • Students will quickly change back into their clothes in the locker room and board the bus to return to school. We should be back before Art and before lunch.

 

TDaP

Forms were sent home Friday regarding the necessity for your child to have a booster TDaP (Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis) vaccine prior to entering middle school. This may be done at your child’s pediatrician’s office, or you may opt to have your child receive the booster free of charge here at school on March 19. In either case, please complete the required paperwork and return to school ASAP. If your child has already received the vaccination outside of school, please follow the procedures to provide the school with documentation of that. You may call Mrs. Piper, our awesome school nurse, with questions.

Novel Reading

Your child should be reading in a teacher assigned novel, either Because of Winn Dixie or Bud, Not Buddy. Students are given the reading assignments on Mondays and have until the following Monday to complete the reading and the questions for that section. Please check in with your child as to whether he/she is keeping up with the assignments. By tomorrow students should have read and answered questions through the end of chapter 7.

 

SCA Change for Children Drive

The drive to collect change for the Children’s Hospital continues this week

 

 

February Book Reports

Students will be reading a biography in February. The assignment instructions went home early last week. Please sign and return the form by tomorrow just to show that parents are aware of the project. Projects are due Feb. 28.

 

 

Books like Harry Potter: 15 Series to read next:

https://tinyurl.com/ycvp3yl4

 

 

Dates to Note

Fri, Feb. 15 – Graded Paper Folder went home

Mon, Feb. 18 – Return signed Graded Paper Folders to school

Mon, Feb. 18 – Full Instructional Day for students (previously a half day)

Mon, Feb. 18 – Novel Questions Due

Tues, Feb. 19 – 5:30 5th Grade Celebration Planning Meeting

Thurs, Feb. 21 – Aquatic Safety Field Trip to Shady Grove YMCA

Thurs, Feb. 21 – In-School MSIC Lesson

Thurs, Feb. 21 – 100th Day of School

Thurs, Feb. 21 – PTA Family Health & Wellness Night

Wed, Feb. 27 – Spring Picture Day

Thurs, Feb. 28 – Biography Book Reports Due

Thurs, Feb. 28 – Green Team Meeting

*** Fri, March 15 – Dancing Classrooms Culminating Event 1:00 PM ***Subject to change

Tues, March 19 – TDaP Clinic

 

In Academics This Week:

 

Reading

In whole group students will begin our study of figurative language. We’ll explore one type at a time and identify examples of figurative language in literature.

 

Social Studies

Students will continue their exploration of the Northeast region this week and conclude some time next week.

 

English / Writing

Students will continue to practice writing dialogue and using quotation marks and other punctuation related to writing dialogue.

Students will begin their third unit of Greek and Latin root words later this week. Here is a link to the list of roots and words containing the roots on Quizlet: https://quizlet.com/205671823/greek-latin-roots-unit-3-flash-cards/

Vision:

At Short Pump Elementary School, our purpose is to develop compassion, critical thinking, and lifelong learning within our students to become productive, caring citizens of the world.

 

Have a great week!

Andrea McGee

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Feb. 11 – 15

Report Cards

Report Cards for the second quarter are coming home with students on Monday. Please sign and return the report card envelopes by Tuesday. Thank you. Feel free to contact me with questions: armcgee@henrico.k12.va.us

 

Valentine Exchange

Valentine’s Day is Thursday, February 14th! Students may create or buy Valentine cards for peers in the class, but it is not required. The school rule is no food (candy) allowed. If yor child plans to give Valentines to any students in our class, then he/she should create one for each student (so no one is left out). Students may decorate their own bags or boxes to bring in. Otherwise, Mrs. McGee will give them a paper lunch bag to collect their Valentines. I sent home a class list previously with students, but since then a new student has joined our class. His name is Din. I’ll include another list (first names only) at the bottom of this post.

 

BAT Day

On Friday students participated in the second quarter BAT Day. They were able to spend the beans earned through our bean economy and our class dojo system to participate in an activity of choice. This quarter the choices were:

  1. Fancy Fonts and Graphic Design
  2. Making a Bobblehead
  3. Drama
  4. Board Games

 

SCA Change for Children Drive

Beginning this Monday, the SCA is collecting change for the Children’s Hospital. I hope each child can find a few pieces of change to share with kids at the Children’s Hospital. Thank you to Tanmayi and Noah for serving as our SCA representatives and telling the class about this project. Some students have already made donations. (One student in Ms. Powell’s class donated all the money she received for her birthday and Christmas because she thought it was such a good cause.)

 

February Book Reports

Students will be reading a biography in February. The assignment instructions will come home this week. Please sign the form by Thursday just to show that parents are aware of the project. Projects will not be due until Feb. 28.

 

How Reading With Your Child Can Help Them Develop a ‘Yes Brain’:

https://tinyurl.com/ycfjgy2w

 

 

Dates to Note

Mon, Feb. 11 – Novel Reading & Questions Due

Mon, Feb. 11 – 2nd Quarter Report Cards Go Home

Mon, Feb. 11 – SCA Change for Children Drive begins

Thurs, Feb. 14 – Unit 2 Greek & Latin Roots Quiz

Thurs, Feb. 14 – Valentine Exchange

Fri, Feb. 15 – Northeast Geography Quiz

Mon, Feb. 18 – Full instructional day for students (previously a half day)

Mon, Feb. 18 – Novel Reading & Questions Due

Thurs, Feb. 21 – Aquatic Safety Field Trip to Shady Grove YMCA

Thurs, Feb. 21 – In-School MSIC Lesson

Thurs, Feb. 21- 100th Day of School

Thurs, Feb. 21 – PTA Family Health & Wellness Night

Thurs, Feb. 28 – Biography Book Reports Due

 

 

 

In Academics This Week:

 

Reading

In whole group students will read excerpts from peer writing, A Series of Unfortunate Events, and The Red Pencil. They will analyze characters and the use of dialogue and quotation marks in these texts.

 

In small group students have begun their novel studies. Each week students will work independently reading and responding to comprehension questions and discussion questions on the assigned reading. We will meet briefly as a group on Mondays. That way if students have not completed their reading assignments during the week, they can complete it over the weekend. I strongly urge students to keep up with the weekly reading assignments. It’s very difficult to catch up once one falls behind.

Social Studies

Last week students completed the Geography Challenge of the Northeast Region. Their quiz on the geography of the region is this Friday, Feb. 15. Here is a great game site for studying: http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/web_games.htm

 

Students will continue their exploration of the Northeast later this week, reading about the construction of the Erie Canal and the life of Milton Hershey as well as other topics.

 

English / Writing

Students will be completing their composition describing someone they know well early this week. They will also learn about writing dialogue and using quotation marks correctly. We have a special activity planned for Thursday utilizing conversation hearts candy (not for eating). If you can donate some, please go here: https://www.myschoolanywhere.com/volunteer-confirm2.a5w  and look for “5th Grade – Valentine Donations.”

Students have been working in their second unit of Greek and Latin root words. The quiz on the Unit 2 list is this Thursday. Here is a link to the list of roots and words containing the roots on Quizlet: https://quizlet.com/202783488/greek-latin-roots-unit-2-flash-cards/

 

SPES Vision:

At Short Pump Elementary School, our purpose is to develop compassion, critical thinking, and lifelong learning within our students to become productive, caring citizens of the world.

 

Have a great week!

Andrea McGee

Mrs. McGee’s Students:

Tanmayi

Anna

Beau

Evelyn

Din

Gloria

Rylan

Soham

Josh

Madeline

Sadie

Timothy

Winston

Joseph

Rohith

Al-kareem

Jonathan

Ben

Kharlie

Noah

Kenn

Byungjae

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Feb. 4 – 8, 2019

Graded Paper Folders

Graded papers were sent home Friday. Please review these, sign the cover sheet, and return the folder and cover sheet to school on Monday.

 

Aquatic Safety Field Trip – Forms & Money Due

In the graded paper folder 4 pages of permission slips for the Aquatic Safety Field Trip were sent home. Please complete and return ALL 4 of these permission slips and $4.00 (Make checks payable to Short Pump Elementary School) no later than his Friday, Feb. 7. If you must send cash, you must send exact change.

 

All County Chorus Try-Outs

Students have missed Music class for the last several Mondays. Mrs. Garcia wanted them to have advanced notice that try-outs for All County Chorus will take place in class this Monday. Students who want to try out will be requested to sing “Happy Birthday.”

 

Middle School Course Selections – It’s time!

The PowerSchool window for parents and students has been open and will close this Friday, Feb. 8.

 

February Book Reports

Students will be reading a biography in February. They should select a book and get teacher approval by Thursday, Feb. 7. The assignment instructions will come home later this week.

 

Dates to Note

Fri, Feb. 1 – Graded Paper Folders sent Home – See Aquatic Safety Permission Slips

Mon, Feb. 4 – All-County Chorus Try Outs in Music class

Mon, Feb. 4 – Return signed Graded Paper Folders to School

Tues, Feb. 5 – Science Benchmark

Wed, Feb. 6 – Stinger Store open

Thurs, Feb. 7 – Scholastic Book Orders Due

Thurs, Feb. 7 – Parent / Teacher Conferences

Fri, Feb. 8 – Aquatic Safety Permission Slips and $4 are due

Fri, Feb. 8 – Last Day to sign up for Middle School Courses

Mon, Feb. 11 – 2nd Quarter Report Cards Go Home

Mon, Feb. 11 – SCA Change for Children Drive begins

Thurs, Feb. 21 – Aquatic Safety Field Trip to Shady Grove YMCA

Thurs, Feb. 21 – In-School MSIC Lesson

Thurs, Feb. 28 – Biography Book Reports Due

 

 

 

In Academics This Week:

 

Reading

In whole group students will continue working on point of view and inferencing this week.

In small group students will continue their close reading of the paired passages related to elephant endangerment. They will also begin their novel studies.

Social Studies

Students will begin their exploration of the Northeast region this week with a Geography Challenge and a map homework assignment to complete.

 

English / Writing

Students wrote to describe someone they know well last week. Later this week they will add detail and refine the organization of these compositions. They learned about the structure of compound sentences. This week students will learn and practice the structure of complex sentences.

Students have been working in their first Greek and Latin root word unit. The quiz on these words is on Monday. Here is a link to the list of roots and words containing the roots on Quizlet: https://quizlet.com/198744410/greek-latin-roots-unit-1-flash-cards/

BOOK NEWS:

2019 Medal Winner

Merci Suárez Changes Gears, written by Meg Medina, published by Candlewick Press.

Using humor and grace, Merci, a charming and plucky protagonist, cycles through life’s challenges with the support of her intergenerational family. This richly nuanced novel tackles the complexity of navigating a multicultural identity amidst changing family dynamics.

“Meg Medina’s warm and honest novel masterfully depicts one Cuban-American family’s life with authenticity and empathy,” said Newbery Medal Committee Chair Ellen M. Riordan.

2019 Honor Books

The Night Diary, written by Veera Hiranandani and published by Dial Books for Young Readers, Penguin Young Readers Group, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.

Following introspective Nisha and her family as they flee their homeland for an uncertain future, Hiranandani illuminates the 1947 partition of India with unprecedented balance and sensitivity. Through spare evocative diary entries addressed to her late mother, Nisha discovers the complex beauty of her Hindu-Muslim identity.

The Book of Boy, written by Catherine Gilbert Murdock, illustrated by Ian Schoenherr, and published by Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

From Murdock’s first line, readers are swept into an epic quest across Europe in 1350 with Boy and a mysterious pilgrim, adventuring to recover seven relics of St. Peter. Layered characters from goats to nuns, lyrical language, and multiple reveals combine to create this powerful story of redemption.

Have a great week!

Andrea McGee

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Jan. 28 – Feb. 1, 2019

The third quarter begins this week, and more importantly, it is Kindness Week. Ms. Walker has planned some excellent, simple activities for us. We’ll start off the week with a video on the science of kindness and a little treat of kindness from Mrs. McGee for her students. Each student will receive a kindness choice board, and I hope everyone will choose to complete their board before the end of the week.

Middle School Course Selections – It’s time!

The PowerSchool window for parents and students opens Tuesday, Jan. 29. If you haven’t created an account yet, please do so without delay. Refer to the information sent home previously, and here is a link to Ms. Walker’s blog for more information: https://rswalkerblog.wordpress.com/middle-school-transition-i-b-program/

Reading

10 Sports Book for Teen Readers: https://tinyurl.com/ybtu5lna

Book Report 

Book reports are due this Friday, Feb. 1

Dates to Note

Mon, Jan. 28 – Student Holiday

Tues, Jan. 29 – Wear Pink or Red because WE LOVE KINDNESS

Tues, Jan. 29 – Fri, Feb. 8 – Parents log onto PowerSchool to review teacher selected courses and select an elective.

Wed, Jan. 30 – BEE Kind! Wear yellow and black.

Wed, Jan. 30 – Math Benchmark Part 1, Green Team Meeting 2:45

Thur, Jan. 31 – Wear BRIGHT colors to remind everyone to use words that brighten other people’s day

Thur, Jan. 31 – Math Benchmark Part 2

Fri, Feb. 1 – Historical Fiction Book Reports Due

Fri, Feb. 1 – Wear your team gear for TEAM KINDNESS

Fri, Feb. 1 – National Read Aloud Day, Steven Smith Author Visit

Tues, Feb. 5 – Science Benchmark

In Academics This Week:

Reading

In whole group we’re still catching up with previously introduced skills.

In small group students will read two paired passages related to elephant endangerment.

Social Studies

Students will complete their exploration of the Southeast region.

English / Writing

Students were introduced to their first Greek and Latin root word unit last week. They’ll continue working with these words this week. They should be completing some flash cards on Tuesday. Here is a link to the list of roots and words containing the roots on Quizlet: https://quizlet.com/198744410/greek-latin-roots-unit-1-flash-cards/

In whole group last week, students completed brainstorming and prewriting about a person they know well. This week they will use that planning to compose a multi-paragraph composition. Next, we’ll work on firming up those paragraphs and adding details and elaboration.

Have a great week!

Andrea McGee

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Jan. 22 – 25, 2019

5th Grade Performance

The 5th Grade Students had a remarkable performance Tuesday evening. It’s always nice to see the culmination of their hard work and talents.

 

Dancing Classrooms

Students have now completed 5 of their 20 lessons. While a few are still showing resistance, most have come a long way towards cooperating and learning. It would be very helpful to have your support and encouragement of this program at home. The program is developing the habits of teamwork, self-discipline, coordination, and self-esteem. The more students cooperate, the more they learn and practice, and the more satisfying the experience is. Thank you.

 

Reading

15 Great Read-Aloud Books for Older Kids:

https://www.readbrightly.com/great-read-aloud-books-older-kids/

 

Book Report

Please help your child make a schedule of reading in order to complete the book report book in time. They were due Thur., Jan 31. Since this is now the date for the Math Benchmark, I am changing the due date to Friday, Feb. 1.

 

Middle School Transition

Important papers were sent home Friday. These explain how to create an account in PowerSchool and view your child’s course selections. If you haven’t created an account yet, please do so without delay.

 

Here is a link to Ms. Walker’s blog for more information:

https://rswalkerblog.wordpress.com/middle-school-transition-i-b-program/

 

 

Graded Paper Folders

Graded Paper Folders were sent home Friday. Please review, sign, and return these by Tuesday. Thank you.

 

Career Day Volunteers Wanted

Even though we sent home the Career Day flyer previously I sent another copy home again on Friday to see if we could solicit more response. Ignore the previous due date, and please send in the form this week if you would like to volunteer at this year’s Career Day.

 

Warm Clothing Drive

The drive continues through this Friday.

 

Dates to Note

Mon, Jan 21 – Student Holiday – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Tues, Jan. 22 – Wordly Wise Unit 6 Quiz

Tues, Jan. 22 – 5th Grade Celebration Planning Meeting

Wed, Jan. 23 – Reading Benchmark Part 1

Thur., Jan. 24 – Reading Benchmark Part 2

Thur., Jan. 24 – Suffix Quiz

Thur., Jan. 24 – Pocahontas VIP Planning Meeting (7 pm) – This is a repeat mtg.

Fri, Jan. 25 – Geography Quiz – Landforms & Bodies of Water

Fri, Jan. 25 – Athletic Gear Spirit Day, End of 2nd Qtr, Buzzy Bash #2 at 1 pm

Mon, Jan. 28 – Student Holiday

Tues, Jan. 29 – Fri, Feb. 8 – Parents log onto PowerSchool to review teacher selected courses and select an elective.

Tues, Jan. 29 – Feb. 1 – Kindness Week

Wed, Jan. 30 – Math Benchmark Part 1, Green Team Meeting 2:45

Thur, Jan. 31 – Math Benchmark Part 2

Fri, Feb. 1 – Historical Fiction Book Reports Due

Fri, Feb. 1 – National Read Aloud Day, Steven Smith Author Visit

Tues, Feb. 5 – Science Benchmark

 

 

In Academics This Week:

 

Reading

In whole group students will have the Reading Benchmark this Wednesday and Thursday. The suffix quiz is on Thursday also. Students have their flashcards to help them study as well as games linked on Schoology. On Friday, we’ll continue our point of view study. This is a challenging skill. Not only will we consider the point of view of the narrator, but we’ll also look at the inferred point of view of other characters in a narrative text or other people or groups in a nonfiction text. This will continue into the following week.

In small group students will review the story elements of a short story. Then, they will be introduced to a new vocabulary unit on Greek & Latin root words.

Social Studies

Students will continue exploring the Southeast region and will study geography terms such as “cape,” “plateau,” and “delta.” Here’s a great practice quiz: https://www.quia.com/quiz/5118316.html

 

 

English / Writing

The Wordly Wise 6 Quiz is now on Tuesday. Here is a link: https://quizlet.com/171140149/wordly-wise-book-4-lesson-6-flash-cards/

Students will move on to working with Greek and Latin root words later this week.

Family Engagement

The following free program is offered by the HCPS Family & Community Engagement Series:

 

Tuesday, January 22, 2019. • 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Brookland Middle School, 9200 Lydell Rd. Richmond, VA 23228

Positive Behavior Support Strategies to Use at Home

Molly Dellinger-Wray, Partnership for People with Disabilities – Virginia Commonwealth University

This session will define positive behavior support and provide a brief overview of Positive Behavior Support and information on the function of behaviors that challenge us at home. Partici­pants will be given some strategies to help promote positive behavior and prevent the need for problem behaviors to occur.

 

Have a great week!

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Jan. 14 – 18, 2019

Books

One father’s reading resolution for the New Year:

https://tinyurl.com/y97n6d7w

 

Book Report

Please help your child make a schedule of reading in order to complete the book report book in time. They are due Thur, Jan 31.

 

Middle School Transition

There are some important dates approaching regarding your child’s transition to middle school. In the next few weeks, the process of selecting your child’s courses for the next school year will begin. Here is a link to Ms. Walker’s blog for more information:

https://rswalkerblog.wordpress.com/middle-school-transition-i-b-program/

On Wednesday, a sheet came home with two dates for students and parents to learn about and explore options AT POCAHONTAS. Another important item sent home Friday was the HCPS Planning Guide. Please ask to see these two things if you haven’t seen them yet. More information will come home from Mrs. Walker after her lesson with students on Friday, Jan. 18. One thing to keep in mind is that all parents will need to have a PowerSchool account in order to view and make course selections. Many of you have already created an account, but there are plenty that have not done this yet. Having an account in PowerSchool is really the best way to monitor your children’s grades and progress, so when the papers come home explaining how to create an account I strongly suggestion doing this without delay.

 

Family Survey

The Positive School Culture Team created a survey for our families. Please complete the 10-minute survey by Friday, January 18th: http://tiny.cc/spesfamilysurvey. Thank you!

 

Dates to Note

Mon, Jan. 14 – Jan 25 – Warm Clothing Drive

Tues, Jan. 15 – 7 pm 5th Graders’ “Snow Show” Performance

Thur, Jan. 17 – Wordly Wise 6 Quiz

Thur, Jan. 17 – Crazy Hair Day (SCA Spirit Day)

Thur, Jan. 17 – Curriculum Fair at Pocahontas MS (5:30-7:00 PM) followed by a

VIP planning meeting

Fri, Jan. 18 – Southesast Geography Quiz

Mon, Jan 21 – Student Holiday – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Tues, Jan. 22 – 5th Grade Celebration Planning Meeting

Wed, Jan. 23 – Reading Benchmark Part 1

Thur, Jan. 24 – Reading Benchmark Part 2 & Club Picture Day for Memory Book

Thur, Jan. 24 – Pocahontas VIP Planning Meeting

Fri, Jan. 25 – Athletic Gear Spirit Day, End of 2nd Qtr, Buzzy Bash #2 at 1 pm

Mon, Jan. 28 – Student Holiday

Tues, Jan. 29 – Fri, Feb. 8 – Parents log onto PowerSchool to review teacher selected courses and select an elective.

Tues, Jan. 29 – Feb. 1 – Kindness Week

Wed, Jan. 30 – Math Benchmark Part 1, Green Team Meeting 2:45

Thur, Jan. 31 – Math Benchmark Part 2

Thur, Jan. 31 – Historical Fiction Book Reports Due

Fri, Feb. 1 – National Read Aloud Day, Steven Smith Author Visit

Tues, Feb. 5 – Science Benchmark

 

 

 

 

In Academics This Week:

 

Reading

In whole group students will first explore suffixes and then move on to considering point of view. This is a challenging skill. Not only will we consider the point of view of the narrator, but we’ll also look at the inferred point of view of other characters in a narrative text or other people or groups in a nonfiction text. This will continue into the following week.

In small group students will continue their close re-reading of the play “The Necklace” and reviewing characterization, plot, summarizing, finding text evidence, and more.

Social Studies

Students began their exploration of the Southeast region last week with a study of the geography. They have a quiz on Southeast Geography this Friday, Jan. 18. Students have the following 3 study tools to prepare for this:

(1) Their completed Southeast Geography Map homework (reviewed in class)

(2) Their textbooks (maps in chapter 6)

(3) The online games linked here as well as on the Important Links page on my blog and in Schoology: http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/web_games.htm

 

 

English / Writing

Students are working in Wordly Wise Lesson 6 Words this week. Here is a link: https://quizlet.com/171140149/wordly-wise-book-4-lesson-6-flash-cards/

Students will continue creating compound sentences using coordinating conjunctions this week and adding elaboration and detail to a topic.

 

Family Engagement

The following free programs are offered by the HCPS Family & Community Engagement Series:

 

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 • 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. North Park Public Library, 8508 Franconia Road., Richmond, VA 23227

Dyslexia Presentation and Simulation

Kristin Kane, Family Resource Coordinator – PEATC

Participants will receive an overview of dyslexia and participate in an intensive simulation intended to generate robust conversation around children with dyslexia and their experiences in the classroom. The presentation will highlight the prevalence, characteristics, intervention, and accommoda­tions for dyslexia. The content will also review where dyslexia can be found in the Virginia Department of Education resources and provide attendees with a broad base of additional resources that can be used or shared with families. The simulation is intended to give the participant the power of empathy, which can truly be attained in this short experience.

 

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 • 12:00 –1:30 p.m. Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave., Richmond, VA 23223

Trauma-Informed Care for Students, Families and School Staff

Vivian Stith-Williams, PhD, Parent Resource Social Worker, Family & Community Engagementt – Henrico County Public Schools

No one is immune to the impact of trauma. Trauma affects the individual, families, and communities by disrupting healthy development, adversely affecting relationships, and contributing to mental health issues including substance abuse, domestic violence, and child abuse. Trauma is a wide­spread, harmful and costly public health problem. All children and adolescents experience stressful events which can affect them both emotionally and physically. This session will highlight the impact of trauma-informed care and how intervention strategies help students and families to cope effectively.

 

Tuesday, January 22, 2019. • 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Brookland Middle School, 9200 Lydell Rd. Richmond, VA 23228

Positive Behavior Support Strategies to Use at Home

Molly Dellinger-Wray, Partnership for People with Disabilities – Virginia Commonwealth University

This session will define positive behavior support and provide a brief overview of Positive Behavior Support and information on the function of behaviors that challenge us at home. Partici­pants will be given some strategies to help promote positive behavior and prevent the need for problem behaviors to occur.

 

Have a great week!

Andrea McGee

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