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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Jan 3 – 11, 2019

Happy New Year!

 

Students started off the new year with a new program: Dancing Classrooms. Their first lesson was on Friday. They began learning steps of the Merengue, a dance from the Dominican Republic. Ask your child to show you the following moves: green light, red light, and clock turn.

 

Alert

Three papers were sent home with students Friday afternoon. Please take a look at them if you haven’t seen them yet. They were as follows:

  • A notice about Bingo Night & Silent Auction Friday, Jan. 11
  • A notice about Career Day and request for volunteers
  • A notice about 5th Grade Celebration Planning and request for volunteers

 

Books

Here’s a look at some of the new books for middle grade students in 2019:

https://tinyurl.com/yaof63y6

 

Book Report

Speaking of Books, students have received a new book report assignment. This month they should read a historical fiction book. The assignment explanation and requirements was sent home Thursday. Students should select a book to read, get teacher approval, and get a parent signature by this Tuesday. (At the end of this post, I’ve included a list of historical fiction book recommendations, but students are not limited to the books on this list.)

 

Middle School Transition

In addition to our field trip to Pocahontas Middle School, there are some important dates coming up 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/

 

Dates to Note

Mon, Jan. 7 – Please send in Graded Paper Folders that were sent home in December

Tues, Jan. 8 – Historical Fiction Book Selection Due

Wed, Jan. 9 – Pocahontas Middle School Field Trip

Fri, Jan. 11 – Bingo Night & Silent Auction (6 pm)

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

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

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

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 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 – National Read Aloud Day, Steven Smith Author Visit

 

In Academics This Week:

 

Reading

In whole group students will look at the elements of plot and continue to make inference about characters.

In small group students will read a play while working on characterization, plot, summarizing, finding text evidence, and more.

Social Studies

Students will begin their exploration of the Southeast region this week with a study of the geography.

 

 

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 learn how to make “legal” compound sentences this week.

Family Engagement

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

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 • 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Glen Allen Public Library, 10501 Staples Mill Rd., Glen Allen, VA 23060

Are You Smarter than Your Child’s Smart Phone? – Social Media Tips, Tricks and Secrets!

Catava Burton, Educational Specialist, Professional Development & School Improvement – Henrico County Public Schools

You will learn the latest texting slang, secret apps and social media tricks. Information will also be provided on bullying/cyberbullying, human traffick­ing, internet safety and the psychological impact of these issues. Strategies will also address what you as parents can do to keep your children safe. Bring your smart phone!

 

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 • 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. New Bridge Learning Center, 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, VA 23223

Homework and Study Strategies

Pam Bell, Director, Family & Community Engagement – Henrico County Public Schools

This session will focus on a variety of ways to help your child jumpstart their school year with key strategies that they can use to realize success throughout the school year. It is true that when people “Begin With the End in Mind” they are typically more successful. You will receive tools to help navigate the VA Department of Education website, see the curriculum guide for your child’s grade level, see real examples of SOL questions, receive over 30 ways to help your child to study material, and discuss various organizational strategies so that your student starts and ends on top!

 

Historical Fiction Book Suggestions:

Recommendations from a Henrico County Public Librarian:

 The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Bradley and sequel The War I Finally Won

  Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

 I Love You, Michael Collins by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

 Ahimsa by Supriya Kelkar

Two excellent Historical Fiction/ Fanstasy novels that might be appeal are:

The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

The Inquisitor’s Tale, or Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz

Mrs. McGee’s Recommendations:

My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier

Full of Beans Jennifer L. Holm

Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm

Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi

Shakespeare’s Secret by Gary Blackwood

Crispin and the Cross of Lead by Avi

In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Bette Bao Lord

Slave Dancer by Paula Fox

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis

Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse

War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck

Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko

Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis

The Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages

A book in the I Survived series by Lauren Tarshis

 

Have a great week!

Andrea McGee

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Dec. 17-19, 2018

Winter Party
It will be on Wednesday, Dec. 19 from 1:30 to 2:30.

Winter Break
Thursday, Dec. 20 – Wed, Jan. 2

Winter Break Reading
I recently received this awesome list of suggested books for “Tween readers” from Henrico County Public Library. Check it out: http://www.libraryaware.com/1088/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/e123d556-a4f3-41e8-9382-051549e2b7fd?postId=a9da5ea3-b5d1-46a1-bf0c-9b824a1b5d63

I love this article about reading to your tweens:

5 Reasons Why Reading Aloud with Older Kids Is the Absolute Best

Dancing Classrooms
Starting Friday, January 4th, our 5th grade students and team will be piloting a program titled Dancing Classrooms. It’s currently in its 25th year, and it integrates 5th grade academic instruction, promotes leadership/character development, and inspires self-confidence through dance. Over 10 weeks, students will learn the Foxtrot, Rumba, Maringa, Swing, Waltz, and Tango during 45-minute lessons twice a week. This program typically costs schools $16,000, but they have raised the funds for our school to participate completely FREE of charge this year. All elementary schools in Richmond City, several in Hanover County, and some in Chesterfield County Public Schools participate, but there are none in Henrico County currently. A letter with more information will come home this week.

Save the Date
Tuesday, January 15 at 7:00 pm is the 5th Grade Chorus Program

Dates to Note:
Tues, Dec. 18 – Graded Paper Folders Sent Home
Wed, Dec. 19 – Winter Party
Dec. 20 – Jan. 2 – Winter Break
Jan. 3 – School Reopens
Jan. 4 – Dancing Classrooms program begins
Jan. 9 – Pocahontas Middle School Field Trip
Jan. 15 – 5th Grade Chorus Concert

In Academics This Week:

Reading
Students have their Prefix Quiz this Tuesday, Dec. 18. In small group we will try to wrap up our close reading of “Mountain of Fire” before break.

Prefix Review Activities/Games:
http://www.manythings.org/wbg/prefixes-jw.html
http://www.softschools.com/quizzes/grammar/prefix/quiz304.html
http://www.manythings.org/wbg/prefixes-mw.html
http://enjoyenglish.free.fr/english/ageless/prefix/pref.htm
https://www.wisc-online.com/learn/abe-ell/ell/esl4318/practice-with-prefixes-1

English / Writing
Students will incorporate transition words while writing a summary paragraph of “Iditarod Dream,” a story they read last week. They will also practice using “A Teacher’s Ten” strategies for adding details and description to their writing this week.

Have a great week and a lovely holiday!
Andrea McGee

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Dec. 10 – 19

I hope you and your family enjoyed the snow and are coping pleasantly with the down time from school. At some point we will return, so I am posting this blog update today, even if certain details may be changed in the near future.

 

Last week in the span of one afternoon student Dell laptops were collected and the new student Chromebooks were distributed. The consensus I hear from students so far is that they are awesome but slow. It is going to be a great instructional advantage for each student to have a dedicated chromebook. I reminded the students and hope you will remind them as well that these chromebooks (1) are a tool for instructional purposes as directed by teachers only and (2) belong to Henrico County Public Schools and need to be treated with care.

 

 

I was out Friday, but I hope most students submitted their book reports. If not, I expect them to come in with students on the first day they return to school. I look forward to seeing them.

 

Permission Slips

Soon after students return to school in January, they will be taking a field trip to Pocahontas Middle School. Permission slips were sent home last week. No money is required for this trip. Please complete, sign, and return the forms to school ASAP. Thank you.

This trip is the beginning of the process of preparing students for the transition to middle school. Later in January, teachers, students, and parents will begin the process of scheduling students’ courses in sixth-grade.

 

Winter Party

The party will be on Wednesday, Dec. 19 from 1:30 to 2:30. A letter from the room parents came home last week with an explanation of the winter party events planned and some requests, including a permission slip for your child to enjoy the food at the party. Please check these out and attend to the requests if you have not done so yet.

 

 

Hour of Code

Students seemed to really enjoy learning about coding last week, and we will continue to make it an optional activity on a recurring basis.

 

Dates to Note:

First Day Back – Return signed Graded Paper Folders to School

First Day Back – Return completed PMS Field Trip Permission slip

First Day Back – Send in requested items for Winter party

First Day Back – Wordly Wise Lesson 5 Quiz

Thur, Dec. 13 – Pajama Day sponsored by the PTA

Tues, Dec. 18 – Prefix Quiz

Wed, Dec. 19 – Jingle Bell Jam & Winter Parties

Dec. 20 – Jan. 2 – Winter Break

 

In Academics This Week:

 Reading

In whole group students will read a narrative nonfiction text and continue working with prefixes. The prefix quiz has been moved to Tuesday, Dec. 18. Students have their flashcards to study, and games are available via Schoology > Courses > Reading > Prefixes.

In small group students will continue their close reading of “Mountain of Fire” while working on skills such as text structure, fact and opinion, summarizing, finding text evidence, and more.

English / Writing

Students will take the quiz on Wordly Wise Lesson 5 Words the first day they return. Soon after they will be introduced to Lesson 6 words begin working with them. They will continue work on Lesson 6 in January. Here is a link to Lesson 5 Words: https://quizlet.com/165212335/wordly-wise-book-4-lesson-5-flash-cards/

Students will learn and practice strategies for adding details and description to their writing.

Social Studies

The next unit students will begin is on Geographical Landforms. The date is TBD.

Have a great week!

Andrea McGee

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Dec. 3 – 7

Congratulations to Al-kareem, the winner of our classroom Spelling Bee. He will participate in the schoolwide bee this Friday. Congratulations also to Beau, the runner up, and Kenn and Winston who were also in the final round.

 

Book Reports

Book reports are due this Friday. I hope students are able to finish reading their books in the next few days, leaving several days to assemble the mobile. Please help guide your children in working on this a little bit each day.

 

Winter Party

The room parents are meeting on Monday to finish planning the Winter Party for our students. It will be on Wednesday, Dec. 19 from 1:30 to 2:30. You will receive some more specific information from the room parents this week.

 

Hour of Code

This week is “Computer Science Week.” My class has a Coding Lesson planned for Tuesday. In addition, one of the May Do’s and Morning Work activities is working on Scholastic’s Hour of Code Lesson called “An Unusual Discovery.” I hope each student will learn some more about coding, and I hope I do as well.

 

Plastic Bag Recycling

Did you know that our school is now a collection center for recycling plastic bags? Students brought in 26.7 pounds worth of plastic bags in November, which is more than 2,100 plastic bags. The collection bins are just inside the two main entrances. In addition to plastic shopping bags, newspaper bags, dry cleaning bags, bubble wrap, and Ziplock bags can be recycled. Instead of throwing these items in the trash, please send them in so they will be recycled.

 

Books Make Great Gifts

If you would like to purchase any books from the Scholastic Book Club order as gifts, please let me know, and we can make arrangements for them to be picked up in the office. (armcgee@henrico.k12.va.us ) Book orders are due this Tuesday so they will be received before Winter Break. Our class code is HHW4Q. https://clubs.scholastic.com/

 

Student Chrome Books Coming Soon

We’ve been told they’re coming this week. I hope they do. We plan to have students begin using them as soon as possible. I’m sure we’ll have some hurdles to get over, but I’m really excited about these for our children. The Chrome books will not come home. They will remain at school.

 

 

Dates to Note:

Tues, Dec. 4 – Text Structures Quiz

Tues, Dec. 4 – Optional Scholastic Book Orders due

https://clubs.scholastic.com/

Wed, Dec. 5 – Map Skills Quiz

Thur, Dec. 6 – Graded Paper Folders will be sent hom

Fri, Dec. 7 – Fantasy Mobile Book Reports Due

Fri, Dec. 7 – Wordly Wise Lesson 5 Quiz

Fri, Dec. 7 – School Spelling Bee

Fri, Dec. 7 – Pearl Harbor Day

Mon, Dec. 10 – Return signed Graded Paper Folders to School

Thur, Dec. 13 – Pajama Day sponsored by the PTA

Fri, Dec. 14 – Prefix Quiz

Wed, Dec. 19 – Jingle Bell Jam & Winter Parties

Dec. 20 – Jan. 2 – Winter Break

 

 

In Academics This Week:

 

Reading

In whole group students will begin studying some specific prefixes and how they’re used to change the meaning of words. Understanding prefixes, suffixes, and root words helps students make meaning of new words and new forms of words. Students will be making a set of flash cards and can use them to help study and review. There will be a Prefix Quiz on Friday, Dec. 14.

In small group students will read a nonfiction story while continuing to work on previously learned skills such as text structure, fact and opinion, summarizing, finding text evidence, and more.

Social Studies

Students will continue practicing with latitude and longitude this week. The maps skills quiz is on Wednesday. Here is a link to a Quizlet with some of the vocabulary students need to know for the quiz on Wednesday:

https://quizlet.com/341445941/map-vocabulary-flash-cards/

 

Geography and Map Skills Rags to Riches Game:

https://www.quia.com/rr/854361.html

Geography and Map Skills Matching Practice:

https://www.quia.com/mc/2359135.html

Geography and Map Skills Pop-Up Quiz:

https://www.quia.com/cz/441525.html

 

 

English / Writing

Students will continue working in Wordly Wise Lesson 5 Words this week. The quiz is on Friday. Here is a link: https://quizlet.com/165212335/wordly-wise-book-4-lesson-5-flash-cards/

Students will begin to look at strategies for adding details and description to their writing this week.

 

Have a great week!

Andrea McGee

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Nov. 26 – 30

I hope you and your family have enjoyed some quality time together over the brief holiday. As students return to school this week, we will get right back into the academic groove.

 

Book Reports

Book reports are due in about two weeks (Fri, Dec. 7), so it’s suggested that students try to complete the reading of their books in about 10 days, leaving several days to assemble the mobile. Early this week, I’ll show students a model mobile and give hints on how their mobiles should be assembled so they don’t get tangled.

 

Graded Paper Folders were sent home the Friday before the break. If you have not seen your child’s yet, please review the papers with your child, sign the green cover sheet, and return to school on Monday.

 

Dates to Note:

Wed, Nov. 28 – Richmond Symphony String Ensemble Performs at SPES

Thur, Nov. 29 – Green Team Meeting after school

Fri, Nov. 30 – Bring a Stuffed Animal to School Spirit Day

Fri, Nov. 30 – IB Writing Prompt 9 AM

Fri, Dec. 7 – Fantasy Mobile Book Reports Due

Fri, Dec. 7 – School Spelling Bee

Thur, Dec. 13 – Pajama Day

Wed, Dec. 19 – Jingle Bell Jam & Winter Parties

Dec. 20 – Jan. 2 – Winter Break

 

In Academics This Week:

Reading

Having explored each of the text structures in depth, students are now looking at nonfiction texts and determining which text structure they align most closely to, including being able to summarize the main points into graphic organizers. They will continue to work on this during small group time.

Next, students will explore the difference between fact and opinion. They will also examine how pertinent facts can be applied to bolster opinions.

Social Studies

Students have begun their study of map skills and will continue this week. Here is a link to a Quizlet with some of the vocabulary they need to know:

https://quizlet.com/341445941/map-vocabulary-flash-cards/

Geography and Map Skills Rags to Riches Game:

https://www.quia.com/rr/854361.html

Geography and Map Skills Matching Practice:

https://www.quia.com/mc/2359135.html

Geography and Map Skills Pop-Up Quiz:

https://www.quia.com/cz/441525.html

 

English / Writing

Students will begin working in Wordly Wise Lesson 5 Words this week. Here is a link: https://quizlet.com/165212335/wordly-wise-book-4-lesson-5-flash-cards/

Students will very briefly look at sentence types and end punctuation before quickly moving on to reviewing the rules of comma usage.

 

Have a great week!

Andrea McGee

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Nov. 19 – 20, 2018

Nov. 19-20, 2018

 

Thank you to all who sent in Treats for Troops and for those of you who were able to attend the Veteran’s Day Assembly on Monday. It was respectful and entertaining.

 

We’ve been very fortunate to have Miss Fusco, a mature, calm, capable practicum student, with us two mornings a week through much of October and November. Monday will be her last day, and I was hoping the students would join me in showing our appreciation by putting together a “teacher” bag for her. I will obtain the tote bag and am asking the students to contribute whatever tokens of appreciation they would like, from school supplies, to teacher supplies, to thank you notes or cards. Thank you for any support you can contribute to this!

 

Thank you to Mr. Tom Traylor who came and shared with students his memories of Short Pump Elementary School and the surrounding area over 50 years ago. When he attended Short Pump, there were only 8 classrooms, and there was no cafeteria. He thought some of the best improvements in the area were the schools and the roads. He brought a rotary phone as an example of the “modern technology” of the time.

As you know this will be a very short two day week for students. On Monday, students have a normal academic day. On Tuesday, in addition to some academic time, 5th graders will get to participate in their first BAT (Bean Activity Time) Day. They have selected an activity in which to participate (Choices were engineering, coding, using a green screen, or participating in a logic lesson). In the afternoon our school will celebrate the first quarter Buzzy Bash from 1:00 to 2:00. If your child is being recognized for responsibility you have already been invited to attend. Other parents will be invited to attend a future Buzzy Bash.

 

Book Reports

I urge parents to make sure their children are reading each week – preferably daily – in their books so they can read it within a reasonable time. I truly hope they are enjoying the fantasy books they’ve selected.

 

Dates to Note:

Friday, Nov. 16 – Graded Paper Folders Go Home (Please return by Monday, Nov. 19)

Tuesday, Nov. 20 – Stinger Ninja Warrior Spirit Day

Tuesday, Nov. 20 _ 1st Quarter Report Cards Go Home

Tuesday, Nov. 20 – BAT Day

Tuesday, Nov. 20 – Buzzy Bash #1 – 1:00 pm

Wed, Nov. 21 – Fri, Nov. 23 – Thanksgiving Holiday – Schools Closed

Wed, Nov. 28 – Richmond Symphony String Ensemble Performs at SPES

Fri, Nov. 30 – Bring a Stuffed Animal to School Spirit Day

Fri, Nov. 30 –IB Writing Prompt 9 AM

 

Henrico Explorers Program:

This is just a reminder that over the upcoming Thanksgiving and Winter Breaks may be good times to go exploring at some of Henrico’s historical sites. Remember to document your trips to each location in your Henrico Explorers passports. When students have documentation of visiting at least 8 sites, they should return the passport to school (prior to January 31) for a free Henrico Explorers t-shirt. After January 31 completed passports should be brought to Meadow Farm.

 

In Academics This Week:

Reading

Students will review the different types of text structures and will practice identifying text structure with a variety of texts.

Social Studies

Students will participate in a Geography Challenge in which they will apply their map skills. Here is a link to the Map Vocabulary Words students should become familiar with: https://quizlet.com/341445941/map-vocabulary-flash-cards/

 

 

English / Writing

Students teams will work cooperatively to complete a review activity of the first four units of Wordly Wise vocabulary lists. We will introduce Wordly Wise Lesson 5 Words after the break. Here is a link if anyone is eager to get started: https://quizlet.com/165212335/wordly-wise-book-4-lesson-5-flash-cards/

Graded Paper Folders were sent home with students on Friday. Please review these with your child, sign the green cover sheet, and return to school on Monday. Look for report cards to come home Tuesday.

 

Thank you for all you do to make sure your children come to school ready to learn. They are a fantastic group of kids. Have a great week and a joyous holiday!

Andrea McGee

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Nov. 12 – 16

The Veteran’s Day Assembly is on MONDAY. Students should bring a blanket or towel to sit on, as the plan is to hold it outside. They are also asked to wear patriotic red, white, and blue.

 

Book Reports

Most students have selected and received teacher approval on a book to read for their book report. A few still need to complete this. It is important to do this soon, so they may begin reading the book. I urge parents to make sure their children are reading each week – preferably daily – in their books so they can read it within a reasonable time. If students find that the book is too hard for them or they just do not like it enough to stick with it, the time to change books is this week. (Reading 8 pages a day for 5 days a week, a student can complete a 160 page book in 4 weeks.)

 

SQUARE ONE ART – Note from Mrs. Dornik:

WOW!!  I hope that you have received the amazing brochures and stickers that came home in your children’s backpack this week. I was so impressed! Please go online to order any keepsakes you want by the deadline next Friday, November 16th.  All the ordering information is printed on the brochure. Feel free to contact me with questions!  Thanks to the many families who have already ordered, I know you are going to love these one of a kind treasures!  All money raised will benefit your child directly in the SPES Art program!

Here’s is the website address: https://shop.square1art.com

 

Fall Canned Food Drive

I realize we just finished collecting for Treats for Troops, but if you want to make room on your shelves for Holiday foods, now is a good time to clean out your cabinets and pantry for a good cause. The canned food drive begins Monday.

 

Dates to Note:

Monday, Nov. 12 – Observe Veteran’s Day (NOT a student holiday)

Monday, Nov. 12 – Veteran’s Day Program

Thursday, Nov. 15 – Fall Picture Make-Up Day

Thursday, Nov. 15 – 6:30 – 8:00 Math Night at Short Pump

Friday, Nov. 16 – Graded Paper Folders Go Home (Please return by Monday, Nov. 19)

Tuesday, Nov. 20 _ 1st Quarter Report Cards Go Home

Tuesday, Nov. 20 – BAT Day

Tuesday, Nov. 20 – Buzzy Bash #1 – 1:00 pm

Wed, Nov. 21 – Fri, Nov. 23 – Thanksgiving Holiday – Schools Closed

 

Henrico Explorers Program:

 

This is just a reminder that over the upcoming Thanksgiving and Winter Breaks may be good times to go exploring at some of Henrico’s historical sites. Remember to document your trips to each location in your Henrico Explorers passports. When students have documentation of visiting at least 8 sites, they should return the passport to school (prior to January 31) for a free Henrico Explorers t-shirt. After January 31 completed passports should be brought to Meadow Farm.

 

In Academics This Week:

 

Reading

This week students will look at the structure of nonfiction texts such as compare and contrast and cause and effect. Additionally, students will record the information from these texts into corresponding graphic organizers.

In small group, students will conclude their in depth reading of “Escape from Alcatraz.”

Social Studies

Before we embark on our study of the regions of the U.S., students will begin a unit on map skills and geography. This week, we’ll start on map skills. Later in the week, 5th graders have a guest speaker on early Short Pump history. They have brainstormed some questions for our speaker and are looking forward to hearing from him what life was like when Short Pump was a rural community.

 

English / Writing

This week students will work on identifying their audience when writing and writing a good main idea sentence.

They will also continue in Wordly Wise Lesson 4 Words this week. Here is a link: https://quizlet.com/161973026/wordly-wise-book-4-lesson-4-flash-cards/

 

Graded Paper Folders are coming home with students Friday. Please review these with your child, sign the green cover sheet, and return to school on Monday.

 

Have a great week!

Andrea McGee

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Nov. 5 – 9, 2018

Can you believe it is the end of the 1st quarter already? Monday marks the end of the first marking period, and I look forward to chatting with many of you about your children during conferences Monday afternoon or Tuesday morning.

 

Remember Tuesday is a Student Holiday and Election Day.

 

Graded Paper Folders came home with students Friday. Please review these with your child, sign the green cover sheet, and return to school on Monday.

 

Book Reports Students also brought a new book report assignment home on Friday. For now, they just need to select a fantasy or science fiction book of about 150 pages to read. I would like parent signatures on the report by Wednesday, and I’d like to approve the book. This way, I can discuss with students individually whether it’s a good fit book for them or not.

 

I contacted the Henrico County Public Library for some current fantasy book suggestions and received some excellent recommendations which I will pass on in a separate e-mail because it is full of links directly to the HCPL catalog. I also have quite an extensive list of suggested books in this genre which I will share with students on Monday.

 

Scholastic Book Orders – Also came home on Friday. If you’re interested in placing an order for your child, please do so by Thursday, Nov. 8.

 

Square One Art Orders will be coming this week. It is strongly encouraged that parents place orders on-line. Orders are due no later than Nov. 16

 

Veteran’s Day Assembly – is this Friday at 9:00 am on the primary blacktop. Students should wear red, white, and blue and bring a blanket or towel to sit on.

 

Dates to Note:

Friday, Nov. 2 – Graded Paper Folders Went Home (Please return by Monday, Nov. 5)

Sunday, Nov. 4 – Daylight Savings Ends – Move clocks back an hour

Monday, Nov. 5 – End of 1st Quarter

Monday, Nov. 5 – Parent-Teacher Conferences 3:00-6:30 pm

Monday, Nov. 5 – Spirit Night at Tarrant’s West (Mention Short Pump ES for 15% of

sales to go to our PTA

Tuesday, Nov. 6 – Student Holiday (Election Day)

Tuesday, Nov. 6 – Parent-Teacher Conferences 8:00-11:30 am

Wednesday, Nov. 7 – Parent Signature on book report form due & student selection of

Book due for teacher approval

Thursday, Nov. 8 – Scholastic November Book Orders due

Thursday, Nov. 8 – Family Life Education

Friday, Nov. 9 – 9:00 am Veteran’s Day Assembly (Outside on Primary Blacktop) –

Bring blanket or towel to sit on – Wear Red, White & Blue – Parents

are invited

Friday, Nov. 9 – Final Treats for Troops Collection Day

Monday, Nov. 12 – Observe Veteran’s Day (NOT a student holiday)

Thursday, Nov. 15 – Fall Picture Make-Up Day

Friday, Nov. 16 – Graded Paper Folder Go Home (Please return by Monday, Nov. 19)

Tuesday, Nov. 20 _ 1st Quarter Report Cards Go Home

Tuesday, Nov. 20 – BAT Day

Tuesday, Nov. 20 – Buzzy Bash #1 – 1:00 pm

Wed, Nov. 21 – Fri, Nov. 23 – Thanksgiving Holiday – Schools Closed

 

 

Parent Teacher Conferences

If you missed the conference sign ups and would still like a conference time, please email me as soon as possible at armcgee@henrico.k12.va.us

 

 

Treats for Troops Collection:

5th graders are requested to donate tuna/chicken in foil packages, crossword puzzle books, and/or playing cards. This is the final collection week.

 

In Academics This Week:

 

Reading

Students will practice writing key word summaries this week with an article titled “Saving America’s Wolves.”

In small group, students will begin reading a nonfiction article about a daring and mysterious “Escape from Alcatraz.” We’ll be using this text for close reading, making inferences, critical thinking, and finding text evidence.

Social Studies

This week we will begin to wrap up our study of Henrico History and prepare for a special guest speaker on Short Pump next week.

English / Writing

After writing key word summaries for each section in the article on wolves, students will write a summary paragraph of the entire article. Hopefully, we’ll also have time for a quick write or two. We’ll review subjects and predicates again as well as the rules for capitalization.

Students will begin working with Wordly Wise Lesson 4 words this week. Here’s a link to the list on Quizlet:

https://quizlet.com/161973026/wordly-wise-book-4-lesson-4-flash-cards/

Science:

Ms. Powell is planning some hands on ocean exploration for students this week. Here is a link for the materials still needed:

 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ATSTatjNjoi9l-btbYuvQxoQDLLenGmImCpai4jzHH8/edit?usp=sharing

 

Thank you Mrs. Wu, Mrs. Merchant, and Mrs. Hickey for signing up to send things in.

 

Have a great week!

Andrea McGee

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