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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Oct. 29 – Nov. 2

Congratulations to Madeline whose trifold and research on Pocahontas was selected as our class winner. The school winner was Lily from Mrs. Bernheart’s class. I’m proud of the research that students did and the presentations they planned in a very limited amount of time.

 

Letters came home with students Friday with the date of the upcoming Family Life Education. These do not have to be returned unless you want your child to opt out of the one hour class.

 

 

Dates to Note:

Monday, Oct. 29 – Treats for Troops Collection Begins (5th graders are requested to donate tuna/chicken in foil packages, crossword puzzle books, and/or playing cards)

Friday, Nov. 2 – Graded Paper Folders go 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 ShortPumpES for 15% of sales

to go to our PTA

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

Tuesday, Nov. 6 – Parent-Teacher Conferences 9:00-11:30 am

Thursday, Nov. 8 – Family Life Education

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

Parents are welcome

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 _ BAT Day

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

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

 

 

Parent Teacher Conferences

The PTA is organizing sign ups on MySchoolAnywhere this year, as they used to do on nlisthelp.com. This window for parents to see and sign up has been open since Monday will close tomorrow (Sunday.) After that, you’ll need to e-mail me to set up a conference time at armcgee@henrico.k12.va.us .

 

 

Directions for Parents to Sign Up for Conferences:

 

(1) Log into MySchoolAnywhere

(2) Go to Sign Ups

(3) Filter by Class, or look for the Sign Up called “teacher name – Fall Parent-Teacher Conference”

(4) Pick a slot that works for you and don’t forget to put your child’s name in the comments! 

 

-Any MySchoolAnywhere issues can be emailed to SPESMSA@gmail.com

 

Treats for Troops Collection for Blue Star Families: 5th graders are requested to donate tuna/chicken in foil packages, crossword puzzle books, and/or playing cards.

 

Short Pump Elementary has a tradition of collecting items to send to our troops overseas. We do this in collaboration with the Blue Star Families of Richmond, http://www.bluestarrichmond.org,

a chapter of a national organization of families with loved ones who proudly serve our country. Each grade level is assigned specific items to collect. Our goal is to collect 200 of each item in order to complete 200 care packages for active duty military personnel in combat zones and various USO sites. Thanks to the 4th grade team for organizing and coordinating this service opportunity.

 

 

In Academics This Week:

 

Reading

For most of the week, students will continue practicing the skill of summarizing nonfiction texts with the 5W’s and 1 H (Who, What, Where, When, Why & How), by writing a GIST statement, and by writing key word summaries. They will also practice reading fluency by participating in a Readers Theatre. On Wednesday students may bring in a flashlight, and they’ll read some scary stories. Students who would rather stay away from spooky stories – like myself – can read in a mystery book.

Students will receive a new book report assignment this week, so be on the lookout for that. They will be required to read a fantasy book of 150 pages or more. This page number guideline is flexible. I want each student to get teacher approval of the book they want to read. I can discuss with them individually whether it’s a good fit book for them or not.

In small group, students will conclude their in depth reading of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” (ie. The Headless Horseman) and take a quiz on the text. Then we’ll introduce and begin a nonfiction text.

Social Studies

This week students will learn a bit about the past and present economy and government of Henrico County. They’ll also view a perennial favorite movie: “The History of Short Pump.” I look forward to their reaction to this.

English / Writing

Students will prewrite, plan and write some spooky stories.  They will also continue in Wordly Wise Lesson 3 Words this week. Here is a link: https://quizlet.com/159099553/wordly-wise-book-4-lesson-3-flash-cards/

 

Have a great week!

Andrea McGee

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October 22 – 26

I enjoyed seeing many students and families at Short Pump’s Trunk or Treat event. Thank you to the many parents that donated items and especially to the Lienemann family for their awesome trunk and to the Trak family and the Grapevine Food Truck.

 

Dates to Note:

Thursday, Oct. 25 – Green Team Meeting after school 2:45 – 3:45 pm

Friday, Oct. 26 – Godwin HS Trunk or Treat 5:30 pm

Monday, Oct. 29 – Treats for Troops Collection Begins (5th graders are requested to donate tuna/chicken in foil packages, crossword puzzle books, and/or playing cards)

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

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

Tuesday, Nov. 6 – Parent-Teacher Conferences 9:00-11:30 am

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

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

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

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

 

NEW HCPS Safety Lunch Policy: This year, HCPS has changed this policy to help make your child safer. Only adults who are on the child’s authorization for pick up list are allowed to eat with your children unless you have provided a written note to the school authorizing your permission. For example, Grandma, who’s from out of town, comes to visit your child and wants to eat lunch with him. The only way she can eat lunch with your child is if you have placed Grandma on the authorization for pick up or have written a note.

 

Treats for Troops Collection for Blue Star Families: Short Pump Elementary has a tradition of collecting items to send to our troops overseas. We do this in collaboration with the Blue Star Families of Richmond, http://www.bluestarrichmond.org,

a chapter of a national organization of families with loved ones who proudly serve our country. Each grade level is assigned specific items to collect. Our goal is to collect 200 of each item in order to complete 200 care packages for active duty military personnel in combat zones and various USO sites. Thanks to the 4th grade team for organizing and coordinating this service opportunity. 5th graders are requested to donate tuna/chicken in foil packages, crossword puzzle books, and/or playing cards.

 

Parent Teacher Conferences

The PTA is organizing sign ups on MySchoolAnywhere this year, as they used to do on nlisthelp.com. This sign up will go live for parents to see and sign up on Monday, 10/22 and will close on Sunday, 10/28. After that, you’ll need to e-mail me to set up a conference time at armcgee@henrico.k12.va.us .

 

Directions for Parents to Sign Up for Conferences:

(1) Log into MySchoolAnywhere

(2) Go to Sign Ups

(3) Filter by Class, or look for the Sign Up called “teacher name – Fall Parent-Teacher Conference”

(4) Pick a slot that works for you and don’t forget to put your child’s name in the comments! 

-Any MySchoolAnywhere issues can be emailed to SPESMSA@gmail.com

In Academics This Week:

Reading

In whole group lessons this week students will continue reading in nonfiction texts. During the first part of the week students will conduct research on a person or place important in Henrico History. Later in the week students will focus on summarizing nonfiction texts with a GIST statement.

In small group, students are reading “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” (ie. The Headless Horseman). Yes, things are beginning to get spooky around here. Don’t worry, we won’t get too scary. I’m a big wimp, personally.

Social Studies

Students will research varying aspects of Henrico History this week. I hope they develop a deeper interest and curiosity about their county than previously. I certainly have.

English / Writing

Students have their Wordly Wise Lesson 2 assessment on Monday. (Sorry, usually it would be on a Friday.) Here is a link to the Lesson 2 Quizlet Words:

https://quizlet.com/154165016/wordly-wise-book-4-lesson-2-flash-cards/

They will also begin studying Wordly Wise Lesson 3 Words this week. Here is a link to Lesson 3 Words:

https://quizlet.com/159099553/wordly-wise-book-4-lesson-3-flash-cards/

Students will continue practicing an ACE reading response to literature. ACE stands for Answer the question, Cite text evidence, and Explain and Elaborate. We’ll evaluate ones written last week and write even better ones this week.

 

Have a great week!

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October 15 – 19

I hope your family was safe and didn’t lose power in Thursday night’s downpours.

This week is Red Ribbon “No Bullying” Week, and our guidance counselor, Ms. Walker, has some special spirit days planned.

Red Ribbon Week Spirit Days (Oct. 15 – 19):
Monday, Oct. 15 – Global Day – Pick a country and wear the colors or dress in the native clothing
Tuesday, Oct. 16 – Dress for Success – Show off your fancy business clothes or dress like your future profession. (Also, this is Mix It Up Day at lunch)
Wednesday, Oct. 17 – College Spirit Day – A parent’s or your future college
Thursday, Oct. 18 – Character Day – Dress like your favorite book character
Friday, Oct. 19 – Stinger Spirit Wear Day or Stinger colors: blue and yellow

Dates to Note:
Thursday, Oct. 18 – PTA Reflections Ceremony
Friday, Oct. 19 – Short Pump Elem. Trunk or Treat 6-8 pm
Thursday, Oct. 25 – Green Team Meeting after school 2:45 – 3:45 pm
Friday, Oct. 26 – Godwin HS Trunk or Treat 5:30 pm
Monday, Nov. 5 – End of 1st Quarter
Tuesday, Nov. 6 – Student Holiday (Election Day)
Monday, Nov. 12 – Observe Veteran’s Day (NOT a student holiday)
Thursday, Nov. 15 – Fall Picture Make-Up Day
Tuesday, Nov. 20 – Buzzy Bash #1 – 1:00 pm
Wed, Nov. 21 – Fri, Nov. 23 – Thanksgiving Holiday – Schools Closed

Nov. 12 – Nov. 19 – Fall Canned Food Drive

Book Orders:
Since we were not in school on Friday, I’ll accept book orders through Monday. Our class code is HHW4Q, which you can use at https://clubs.scholastic.com/

On the topic of books, here is a list from ReadBrightly.com of the “50 Best books for 11-12 year olds”:

The 50 Best Books for 11- and 12-Year-Olds

Thank You:
To the Lienemann family for providing the trunk for our class’s trunk or treat. I apologize for identify the wrong family last week!

In Academics This Week:

Reading
In whole group lessons this week students will continue reading in nonfiction texts and focusing on text features to make predictions and categorize new information learned. Students are finishing up Reading Menus from last week on Monday and will have two new menus this week, including vocabulary exercises, reading in the content areas of Henrico History (Soc Stud) and Rocks (Earth Science), and reading two fictional stories, “How Bad Could it Be?” and “Andruw’s Latest Scheme.”

Social Studies
Students explored early Henrico last week, and will continue their exploration of Henrico this week by learning where some of the names of our magisterial districts and familiar places and streets were derived.

English / Writing
This week students will continue working with Wordly Wise Lesson 2 words. Their quiz is planned for early next week. Here is a link to my Lesson 2 Quizlet Words:
https://quizlet.com/154165016/wordly-wise-book-4-lesson-2-flash-cards/
Students will be plan for a fictional story using a sequence organizer as a prewriting tool. The story prompts call for students to be creative, entertaining, and descriptive.
Students will also learn about and begin to practice using and ACE reading response to literature. ACE stands for Answer the question, Cite evidence, and Explain and Elaborate.

Have a great week!
Andrea McGee

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Oct. 8 – 12

Monday is a Student Holiday in honor of Columbus Day.

This Wednesday is Student Picture Day. These are individual pictures. Payments are due on the day pictures are taken.

Thursday is “National Walk to School Day.” Our school has adapted this to a “Stinger Stroll” event. Parents are invited to join students on the field as we walk, jog, or run. 3rd-5th graders will be moving around the Short Pump Park football field from 10:00 to 10:20 am. Parents interested in attending may meet us on the field at 10:00.

Dates to Note:
Monday, Oct. 8 – Columbus Day STUDENT HOLIDAY
Tuesday, Oct. 9 – Fall Fiction Book Reports Due
Wednesday, Oct. 10 – Picture Day – Payments due in advance
Thursday, Oct. 11 – “Stinger Stroll” – Parents may join us as we walk, jog, or run around the football field from 10:00 to 10:20 am – Meet us at the field.
Friday, Oct. 12 – Scholastic Book Orders Due
Friday, Oct. 12 – Trunk or Treat 6:00 pm

Red Ribbon Week Spirit Days (Oct. 15 – 19):
Monday, Oct. 15 – Global Day – Pick a country and wear the colors or dress in the native clothing
Tuesday, Oct. 16 – Dress for Success – Show off your fancy business clothes or dress like your future profession.
Wednesday, Oct. 17 – College Spirit Day – A parent’s or your future college
Thursday, Oct. 18 – Character Day – Dress like your favorite book character
Friday, Oct. 19 – Stinger Spirit Wear Day or Stinger colors: blue and yellow

Thank You:
To the Traks for the “The Quick Write Handbook” from my wishlist.
To the numerous parents who have already sent in treats for Trunk or Treat event this Friday.
To the Rosengrens for providing the “Trunk.” This promises to be a fun event.

Scholastic Book Orders:
In the Graded Paper Folders sent home Friday are the October Scholastic flyers. Ordering from these flyers not only promotes student choice in reading material, it also helps provide up to date books in our classroom library. Our class code to order online is HHW4Q. Here is a link to order on-line:
https://clubs.scholastic.com/home

This Week:

Reading
Book Reports that were not turned in Friday are due first thing Tuesday morning. The expectation is that students are already reading another book by now. In whole group lessons this week students will move on to nonfiction texts. They will start with looking at nonfiction text organizers and features, such as headings, illustrations, diagrams, and indexes. Students will utilize these features to make predictions and categorize new information. They will identify new information and summarize supporting details. These skills will continue into next week.
Small groups began reading a fictional story last week, and we’ll continue with that story this week. Independently students will have two Reading Choice Menus to guide them this week. Work for this should be completed at school but may also need to be completed at home. Assignment due dates are written on the menus.

Social Studies
Students completed their study of Henrico Geography, and this week, we’re moving on to studying Henrico history. We’ll start by taking a look back to early Henrico.

English / Writing
This week students will begin working with Wordly Wise Lesson 2 words. They will have multiple opportunities and assignments to work with these words. Here is a link to my Lesson 2 Quizlet Words:
https://quizlet.com/154165016/wordly-wise-book-4-lesson-2-flash-cards/
In writing this week, I will model and students will practice using a Sequence Organizer as a prewriting tool. The story prompts call for students to be creative, entertaining, and descriptive.

Have a great week!
Andrea McGee

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Oct. 1 – 5

Oct. 1-5, 2018

Happy Fall!

SCA Class Representatives:
Congratulations to Tanmayi and Noah who were elected by their peers to be our SCA Classroom Representatives.

Note from our Guidance Counselor, Ms. Walker:
All 5th grade students in Henrico County Public Schools have the opportunity to apply to the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IBMYP).
Applications will be given to interested students starting on Wednesday, September 19th – November 16th. Students can pick up an application before morning announcements from Ms. Walker. Applications should be returned to Ms. Walker by Friday, November 16th, 2018.
Not sure if IBMYP is for you? Parents and students are invited to attend the Open House at Moody Thursday, October 16th!
For more information please check out Ms. Walker`s Blog:
IB

Dates to Note:
Tuesday, Oct. 2 – Henrico Geography Quiz
Friday, Oct. 5 – Fall Fiction Book Reports Due
Monday, Oct. 8 – Columbus Day STUDENT HOLIDAY
Wednesday, Oct. 10 – Picture Day
Friday, Oct. 12 – Trunk or Treat 6:00 pm
Tuesday, Oct. 18 – Reflections Ceremony 6:00 pm

Thank You:
To the Camann’s for the Magic Erasers!
To whoever donated “The Quick Write Handbook” from my wishlist. I wish I knew who to thank in person.

Code of Conduct
For your convenience here is a link for the Henrico County Public School Code of Student Conduct pdf download:
http://henricoschools.us/pdf/Schools/CodeOfStudentConduct.pdf

This Week:

Reading
McGee’s homeroom students have Fall Fiction Book Reports due on Friday.
In whole group lessons this week students will practice the Chapter Stop Signs strategy for summarizing and identifying main idea in fictional texts. Then, we’ll look closely at evidence of character development in fictional texts and making inferences about characters motivations. Students will also be utilizing thesauruses to identify some new words which may help them describe characters and people.
In our small group time, we are almost done with beginning of the year F & P testing. I look forward to meeting with small groups this week to read a fictional story. Independently students will have two Reading Choice Menus to guide them this week. Work for this should be completed at school but may also need to be completed at home. Assignment due dates are written on the menus.

Social Studies
Students finally received their Henrico History books last week, and they should keep these in their binders until we conclude our study of Henrico County near the end of the first quarter. A study guide was sent home as well. The Henrico Geography quiz is planned for this Tuesday, October 2. At the end of the week we will move into learning about Henrico History. Here is a link to an on-line game they can play for quiz practice:
https://www.quia.com/rr/835111.html?AP_rand=985520408&playHTML=1

English / Writing
A great study tool site for all of the vocabulary lists is my Quizlet page which can be found here: https://quizlet.com/Mrs_McGee_5th
The list for the first unit of Wordly Wise can be found here: https://quizlet.com/151379531/wordly-wise-book-4-lesson-1-flash-cards/
The first Wordly Wise Vocabulary quiz is this Friday. Spelling does count, but a word list is provided. Therefore, the spelling is related to students using appropriate forms of words and endings for words.
In writing this week, students will continue creating and evaluating prewriting webs. I work with students on writing in small group reading time as well. This is a good time for me to give one on one guidance and assistance to students.

Have a great week!
Andrea McGee

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Sept. 24-28

It was wonderful to see so many parents at Back to School Night. Thank you for coming and staying informed and involved in your child’s education.

 

Graded Paper Folders

 

Graded Paper Folders were sent home again this Friday.

 

(1) Sign the green cover sheet to indicate that you have seen the graded papers. Feel free to write comments or questions. I many write comments or questions here occasionally also.

(2) The Return # column is for papers that are below 70. Students self-record this. I’d like you to sign and return these, just so I know they’ve been seen. Only those papers that require your signature need to be returned. These will be sent back home immediately after the teacher has seen a parent signature. Keep all the other graded papers at home. You may wish to keep them in a safe place to review at the end of the year.

(3) Return the folder to school on Monday with the signed green cover sheet and any papers that you signed. I’ll send papers home about every other Friday.

Reviewing PowerSchool Assessments On-Line:

Parent Log In to review PowerSchool Assessments:

https://aa.powerschool.com/Account/Login?redirectUrl=https://aa.powerschool.com/

You’ll need your child’s student number and the password on the top right of the Grade Report Sheet. The number is unique for each child and each assessment.

 

 

Reading:

Article Link: “Simple Ways to Build a Reading Routine Your Busy Family Can Enjoy”

https://www.readbrightly.com/build-reading-routine/?sid=302&mcg=526B15ACAC2544F4E0534FD66B0A527D&ref=PRH0563577803&aid=randohouseinc13256-20&linkid=PRH0563577803&cdi=526B1694230644EEE0534FD66B0A3FB1

 

Communication

If you have not already done so, please join our ClassDojo and MySchoolAnywhere.

 

Classroom Needs

Thank You:

To the Daub’s for the playground balls.

To the Rosenbergs for the football

To the Hickeys for the bandages

To the Lienemanns for the highlighters

To the Camann’s for placing an awesome book order.

I’m forgetting one, but when I remember, I’ll include it.

 

Mrs. McGee’s Amazon Wish List

 

Note from our Guidance Counselor, Ms. Walker:

All 5th grade students in Henrico County Public Schools have the opportunity to apply to the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IBMYP).

Applications will be given to interested students starting on Wednesday, September 19th – November 16th. Students can pick up an application before morning announcements from Ms. Walker.  Applications should be returned to Ms. Walker by Friday, November 16th, 2018.

Not sure if IBMYP is for you?  Parents and students are invited to attend the Open House at Moody Thursday, October 16th!

For more information please check out Ms. Walker`s Blog:

https://rswalkerblog.wordpress.com/ib/

 

Dates to Note:

Tuesday, Sept. 25 -5th Grade Math NWEA MAP Test

Friday, Sept. 28 – PTA Pizza Night

Tuesday, Oct. 2 – Henrico Geography Quiz

Friday, Oct. 5 – Fall Fiction Book Reports Due

Monday, Oct. 8 – Columbus Day STUDENT HOLIDAY

Wednesday, Oct. 10 – Picture Day

Friday, Oct. 12 – Trunk or Treat 6:00 pm

Tuesday, Oct. 18 – Reflections Ceremony 6:00 pm

 

Stinger Fund:

Safety continues to be Short Pump ES’s number 1 priority, and this year, we hope that you can support us in this effort as well. Please consider donating to the Stinger Fund, which is comprised of direct donations to support instruction and this year safety as well. We need to raise over at least $15,000 collectively to reach our goal. The way we figure it is if each family in my class donates at least $25, it will cover instructional materials of my classroom that the PTA financially provides each year and allows me to have a walkie talkie, an enhanced security measure. Thank you for consideration!

 

Stinger Spirit Wear

https://apparel.k2awards.com/spes/shop/home through the end of September.

 

This Week:

 

Reading

I trust students are reading daily in their book report books both at home and at school. Ideally, they will finish reading their books within the next week, so they will have about a week to complete their reports.

In whole group lessons this week students will use context clues and sentence structure to differentiate among multiple meanings of words. Then, we’ll move on to identifying the main idea in fictional texts.

In our small group time, I am enjoying getting to know the students individually as readers. They will have a Reading Choice Menu two to three times a week. Work for this should be completed at school but may also need to be completed at home. Assignment due dates are written on the menu.

Social Studies

Students did not receive their Henrico History books last week, but we are promised that we will receive them this week. Students will need to keep this in their binders until we conclude our study of Henrico County near the end of the first quarter. We went ahead and began learning about the geography of Henrico County last week. Students will continue this exploration this week. A quiz on this material is planned for Tuesday, October 2. I’ll provide students with a study guide this week. Here is a link to an on-line game they can play to practice:

https://www.quia.com/rr/835111.html?AP_rand=985520408&playHTML=1

English / Writing

A great study tool site for all of the vocabulary lists is my Quizlet page which can be found here: https://quizlet.com/Mrs_McGee_5th

The list for the first unit of Wordly Wise can be found here: https://quizlet.com/151379531/wordly-wise-book-4-lesson-1-flash-cards/

Notice that there are multiple things that students can do with the words in each list on Quizlet from learning and flashcards to games and quizzes.

In writing this week, students will practice prewriting. To begin, they’ll brainstorm and create webs. Later, they’ll practice with different prewriting forms.

 

Have a great week!

Andrea McGee

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Sept. 17 – 21, 2018

Graded Paper Folders

 

Last week students continued to show that they are going to be a great class this year. On Thursday students should have come home with their “Graded Paper Folder” containing their first set of graded papers. There weren’t very many, but please enjoy looking at your child’s progress and do the following:

 

(1) Sign the green cover sheet to indicate that you have seen the graded papers. Feel free to write comments or questions. I many write comments or questions here occasionally also.

(2) The Return # column is for papers that are below 70. I’d like you to sign and return these, just so I know they’ve been seen. Only those papers that require your signature need to be returned. These will be sent back home immediately after the teacher has seen a parent signature. Keep all the other graded papers at home. You may wish to keep them in a safe place to review at the end of the year.

(3) Return the folder to school on Monday with the signed green cover sheet and any papers that you signed. I’ll send papers home about every other Friday.

 

Henrico Explorers

Fifth-Graders in Henrico County are invited to participate in the Henrico Explorers program in which students visit historic sites in Henrico County with family members or friends. Students who have permission to participate will receive a passport in which they will document evidence of visiting each site. If a student documents visits to at least 8 sites before the end of June, he or she will be eligible to receive a free t-shirt. Permission forms to participate in this family experience were sent home Thursday. They must be completed and returned to school by this Friday, Sept. 21 in order for students to receive their passports.

 

Scholastic Book Orders:

The first Scholastic Book Order flyer was also sent home Thursday, and the deadline for ordering from the September flyer is this Friday, Sept. 21. Many of the books in the flyers are very reasonably priced, and purchases also help contribute new materials to our classroom library. The preferred method for ordering is online. Use our classroom code which is HHW4Q. Purchases may also be made by sending in payment by check made out to Scholastic Book Clubs. This month’s 5th Grade Flyer plus additional flyers can be accessed online at https://clubs.scholastic.com/

 

Communication

If you have not already done so, please join our ClassDojo and MySchoolAnywhere.

 

Classroom Needs

We’re still in need of playground balls especially:

Mrs. McGee’s Amazon Wish List

 

Stinger Fund

Safety continues to be Short Pump Elementary School’s top priority, and this year, we hope that you can support us in this effort as well. Please consider donating to the Stinger Fund, which is comprised of direct donations to support instruction and this year safety as well. The PTA is hoping to purchase a walkie talkie for each classroom teacher.

 

Note from our Guidance Counselor, Ms. Walker:

All 5th grade students in Henrico County Public Schools have the opportunity to apply to the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IBMYP).

Applications will be given to interested students starting on Wednesday, September 19th – November 16th. Students can pick up an application before morning announcements from Ms. Walker.  Applications should be returned to Ms. Walker by Friday, November 16th, 2018.

Not sure if IBMYP is for you?  Parents and students are invited to attend the Open House at Moody Thursday, October 16th!

For more information please check out Ms. Walker`s Blog:

https://rswalkerblog.wordpress.com/ib/

 

Dates to Note:

Tuesday, Sept. 18 – 5th Grade Reading NWEA MAP Test

Wednesday, Sept. 19 – HALF Day for Students

Wednesday, Sept. 19 – IB Application Window Opens

Thursday, Sept. 20 – PTA Back to School Night

Tuesday, Sept. 25 -5th Grade Math NWEA MAP Test

Friday, Sept. 28 – PTA Pizza Night

Monday, Oct. 8 – Columbus Day Student Holiday

Wednesday, Oct. 10 – Picture Day

 

 

This Week:

 

Reading I trust students are reading daily in their book report books both at home and at school.

In whole group lessons this week students will use context clues and sentence structure to determine meaning of unfamiliar words. Next week they’ll use context clues to differentiate among multiple meanings of words.

In our small group time, I am enjoying getting to know the students individually as readers. They will have a Reading Choice Menus. Work for this should be completed at school but may also need to be completed at home. Activities on the first menu are due first thing Thursday morning. Assignments on the second menu are due next Monday morning.

Social Studies

This week students should receive a copy of the Student Henrico History book. They will need to keep this in their binders until we conclude our study of Henrico County near the end of the first quarter. They will begin studying the Geography of Henrico County this week. A quiz on this material is planned for the first week of October. I’ll provide students with some study tools this week and next.

English / Writing

In writing this week, students will learn/review the basic components of a complete sentence (subjects and predicates). In addition, they will be introduced to their first Wordly Wise vocabulary unit. Students will have multiple exercises to complete during each unit, some at home and some at school. A great study tool site for all of these lists is my Quizlet page which can be found here: https://quizlet.com/Mrs_McGee_5th

The list for the first unit can be found here: https://quizlet.com/151379531/wordly-wise-book-4-lesson-1-flash-cards/

Notice that there are multiple things that students can do with the words in each list on Quizlet from learning and flashcards to games and quizzes.

Other:

 

Back to School Night is on Thursday, September 20. Mrs. Gosney, Ms. Powell and I plan to hold our sessions together in the multipurpose room following the general meeting, so you can meet and hear from all three of us in one sitting.

 

Teachers

Mrs. Gosney’s and Ms. Powell’s web sites may be accessed from our school websites, but here are some quick links for now:

Mrs. Gosney

Miss Powell

 

 

Have a great week! I look forward to sharing more information with you about our class next week at Back to School Night.

Andrea McGee

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