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