Last Week of School!!! Week of June 10 – 14

Last Week of School!!! Week of June 10 – 14

Happy last week of school, everyone!  I can’t believe that we have reached the end of this school year.  This has been a fantastic year!  I am incredibly proud of the growth that all of my students have demonstrated and am especially proud of the “R.O.C.K.” qualities they have shown this year.  It really has been a pleasure working with all of your children. They are a very kind, considerate, and creative group of children.  Thank you for all of your continued support throughout the year!

I hope that you all have a fun, relaxing, safe, and overall wonderful summer break!  Please encourage your child to continue reading and writing throughout the summer.  There is a great summer reading program through the Henrico County Public Library that you can sign up for.  Additional practice with all of your child’s basic math facts would also be beneficial, so they can maintain their math fact proficiency.  Finally, be sure to keep exploring all of the history that Virginia has to offer, especially right here in the Richmond area!

In preparation for our last week, here are some reminders:

  • No school for students on Tuesday due to the primary elections.
  • Please bring a towel/blanket for our “Picnic & Play Day” on Wednesday.
  • Popsicle permission slips are due back by Wednesday!
  • The last day of this school year is Friday 6/14.  It is a half day. Please let us know if there will be any changes to your child’s transportation that day.

I will miss everyone very much next year, and I know you will do a great job in 5th grade!  Be sure to stop by and say hello next year!  🙂

Sincerely,

Mrs. Jacobsen

Weeks of May 20 – 24 and May 28 – 31

Weeks of May 20 – 24 and May 28 – 31

I wanted to send a sincere THANK YOU for all of the thoughtful and generous teacher appreciation cards, flowers, treats, and gifts that were sent in for Teacher Appreciation Week!  I truly felt so appreciated!!!  It was so wonderful to read such thoughtful notes written by my students!  Thank you!!  🙂

I can’t believe that we are almost at the end of May!  I am extremely proud of the students’ hard work on their reading and math SOL tests over the last 2 weeks.  We will take our last SOL test, the Virginia Studies SOL Test on Wednesday 5/22.  Thank you for helping to keep your child focused throughout the last few weeks. Please encourage your child to review at home and to work carefully on all homework assignments.

 

*Important Announcements*

*Fire Safety:  The students did a wonderful job practicing fire safety in the practice trailer with the Henrico County firefighters last week.  Hopefully your child has showed you the assignment to create a fire escape plan for your home.  These fire escape plans are due on Tuesday, May 21.

*SPES Spring Carnival:  The SPES Spring Carnival is coming up on May 31st!  Fliers went home last week to purchase tickets for this fun event.  Please also consider signing up to volunteer, because we can’t have it unless we have adults helping out.  Sign-ups are on MySchoolAnywhere.  Please consider creating our class’s carnival game or teaming up with another family from our class and taking on this task together. Please reach out to me our our room parents with questions.  Thank you!!

*Field Day:  Field Day will be Thursday, June 6th.  Sign-ups for volunteers are happening on MySchoolAnywhere.  If you are planning on attending Field Day, please consider volunteering some of your time.

Since Field Day will be different this year, here is some information that Mr. Grey provided in “The Buzz” to help you understand what it will be like:

Field Day 2019 will be an all-day event with grade levels and classes rotating around to multiple activities inside and outside of the school building. These are activities are:

1. Field Events at the Short Pump Park football field (next door to the school)

2. Sidewalk Games on the sidewalk leading up to Short Pump Park

3. Fun Run activity on the track behind the school

4. Kids Heart Challenge (Jump Rope for Heart) in the gymnasium inside the school

5. Taekwondo Training Session in the cafeteria inside of the school

Each grade level will be rotating to each activity at different times and has a lunch built in to their schedule. Students have the option to bring in their own lunch or order bagged lunches from the cafeteria. You will be receiving a note home from the cafeteria staff about orders for lunches.

All of fourth grade will be having lunch in the parent drop off/parent pickup area. There is a nice shady area where we will all eat our lunch. Please bring a blanket and your lunch and join us for lunch on Field Day.

 

*What Are We Doing in Class?*

*Reading/Language Arts:

We will do one last word study unit this week, focusing on commonly misspelled words, in preparation for 5th grade writing.  Students will take the Word Study Test on Friday 5/24.  Later this week I will begin assessing students on their end-of-year reading level through one-on-one reading assessments.  These are not graded assessments, but will be used to help students know their reading level going into 5th grade.  Students will also be working on reading independently, reviewing for the Social Studies SOL test, writing poetry, and creating a “Virginia Studies ABC” book.

*Math:

Now that the Math SOL test is over, we will not have any new math instruction this year.  Students will be working on their “Fractions Most Wanted” projects in class, various challenge assignments, and we will play various math games, including Math 24.

*Social Studies:

Our Virginia Studies SOL Test is this Wednesday, May 22nd.  We will spend the last few days reviewing the modern 20th and 21st century units, VS.9 & VS.10.  We will also work together to create a large timeline of all of the important events we have learned this year.  It is also very important for students to know the geography of the important events on a blank Virginia map.  We will review this idea in class on Tuesday.

*Science:

This week we will continue our plant unit by learning about the parts of a flower and the processes of pollination and fertilization in the flower.  Please encourage your child to be reviewing his or her notes and vocabulary.  Students will take the flower parts quiz on Friday May 24.   Then we will review all of our plants unit on Tuesday, 5/28, in preparation for the Plants Test on Wednesday, 5/29.

 

Have a wonderful week!

-Mrs. Jacobsen

 

Weeks of May 6-10 & 13-17

Weeks of May 6-10 & 13-17

It is hard to believe that the end of the school year is coming up!  Students will have the chance to show off all that they have learned this year as they take the Virginia SOL assessments on the following days:

  • Thursday, 5/9 – Reading SOL Part 1
  • Friday, 5/10 – Reading SOL Part 2
  • Thursday, 5/16 – Math SOL Part 1
  • Thursday, 5/17 – Math SOL Part 2
  • Wednesday, 5/22 – Virginia Studies SOL

Thank you for helping to keep your child focused throughout the last few weeks. Please encourage your child to review at home and to work carefully on all homework assignments.

 

*Important Announcements*

*Jamestown Outreach Program:  Last week we had a visitor from the Jamestown Outreach Program come to our classroom and do a lesson with the students.  This was a very fun hands-on activity that allowed the students to review the cultures of Jamestown.  If you have not done so already, please send in $1.25 by Friday, May 10th to help pay for this program.

*Pictures:  If you have not done so already, please either return the pictures your child brought home or you may pay for them.

*SPES Spring Carnival:  Information went home about the Spring Carnival that we will have on May 31st this year. Please consider signing up for this fun event because we can’t have it unless we have adults helping out. Sign-ups are on MySchoolAnywhere. Please consider creating our class’s carnival game or teaming up with another family from our class and taking on this task together. Please reach out to me our our room parents with questions.  Thank you!!

*Field Day:  As you know, Field Day has been rescheduled for Thursday, June 6th.  Sign-ups for volunteers are happening on MySchoolAnywhere. If you are planning on attending Field Day, please consider volunteering some of your time.

Since Field Day will be different this year, here is some information that Mr. Grey provided in “The Buzz” to help you understand what it will be like:

Field Day 2019 will be an all-day event with grade levels and classes rotating around to multiple activities inside and outside of the school building. These are activities are:

1. Field Events at the Short Pump Park football field (next door to the school)

2. Sidewalk Games on the sidewalk leading up to Short Pump Park

3. Fun Run activity on the track behind the school

4. Kids Heart Challenge (Jump Rope for Heart) in the gymnasium inside the school

5. Taekwondo Training Session in the cafeteria inside of the school

Each grade level will be rotating to each activity at different times and has a lunch built in to their schedule. Students have the option to bring in their own lunch or order bagged lunches from the cafeteria. You will be receiving a note home from the cafeteria staff about orders for lunches.

All of fourth grade will be having lunch in the parent drop off/parent pickup area. There is a nice shady area where we will all eat our lunch. Please bring a blanket and your lunch and join us for lunch on Field Day.

 

*What Are We Doing in Class?*

*Reading:

Our 4th grade Reading SOL test is this week.  It will be broken up into 2 days – Thursday 5/9 and Friday 5/10.  We will spend the last 3 days before the test reviewing skills and strategies and test-taking tips.  Students will also spend time working on their writing and reading independently during rotations.

*Math:

Our 4th grade Math SOL test is next week.  It will also be broken up into 2 days – Thursday 5/16 and Friday 5/17.  We will continue reviewing this week.  Please check in with your child each night to make sure that they are taking their time on homework. Please encourage your child to use his or her notebook if they need help on assignments and any concepts they have forgotten.  Thank you for your support!  Here is the planned schedule of how we will be reviewing:

  • Monday 5/6:  Fractions review – all concepts
  • Tuesday 5/7:  *Fractions & Decimals “Checkpoint” Review Quiz ; Graphing Review
  • Wednesday 5/8:  Measurement review
  • Thursday 5/9:  Geometry review
  • Friday 5/10:  Patterns/Equalities/Properties review
    • *Measurement & Graphing “Checkpoint” Review Quiz
  • Monday 5/13:  *Geometry, Patterns, Equalities, Properties “Checkpoint” Review Quiz
  • Tuesday 5/14 & Wednesday 5/15:  Review of tools and strategies for the SOL test
  • Thursday 5/16 & Friday 5/17:  *Math SOL Test*
*Social Studies:

Our Virginia Studies SOL Test is Wednesday, May 22nd.  We will be reviewing for the test by going through each unit and reviewing the most important concepts we learned this year.  Here is the planned schedule of how we will be reviewing for the SOL test:

  • Monday 5/6:  VS.2abc Virginia Geography
  • Tuesday 5/7:  Virtual Lesson with the Virginia Museum of History & Culture
  • Wednesday 5/8:  VS.2d-g Virginia Indians
  • Thursday 5/9:  VS.3abc – Jamestown
  • Friday 5/10:  VS.3d-g Jamestown
  • Monday 5/13:  *VS.2 & VS.3 Review Quiz ; Review of VS.4 Colonial Virginia
  • Tuesday 5/14:  VS.5 American Revolution
  • Wednesday 5/15:  VS.6 New Nation
  • Thursday 5/16:  *VS.4-6 Review Quiz ; Review of VS.7a Civil War
  • Friday 5/17:  VS.7b & c Civil War ; Virginia People Quiz
  • Monday 5/20: VS.8 Reconstruction
  • Tuesday 5/21:  Strategies / timeline review for SOL
  • Wednesday 5/22:  Virginia Studies SOL Test
*Science:

This week we will continue our plant unit by learning about the process of photosynthesis. Please encourage your child to be working on all of the vocabulary words associated with this unit.

 

Have a good week!

-Mrs. Jacobsen

Week of April 23 – 26

Week of April 23 – 26
Hello everyone!  I hope you all had a nice long weekend!  The students did a fabulous job at the recorder concert last week!  They should be so proud of their performance!  🙂

*Important Announcements This Week*

 

*Earth Week:  Earth Day was Monday!  This week our school will be celebrating.  Below is the theme for 3 of the days this week:

  • Tuesday – wear green
  • Wednesday – wear blue
  • Thursday – wear brown

 

*MAP Testing:  Everyone did a great job on the Reading MAP test last week.  I am so proud of their hard work and efforts, and that they took their time.  This week we will take the Math MAP test on Wednesday 4/24.  Please have your child eat a good breakfast and get to school on time in order to do his or her best.

 

*Field Day:  This Friday, 4/26 is Field Day!  Everyone is looking forward to this fun event!  Information went home about 2 weeks ago about Mr. Grey needing volunteers. Sign-ups are happening on MySchoolAnywhere. If you are planning on attending Field Day, please consider volunteering some of your time.  Since Field Day will be different this year, here is some information that Mr. Grey provided in “The Buzz” newsletter to help you understand what it will be like:

  • Field Day 2019 will be an all-day event with grade levels and classes rotating around to multiple activities inside and outside of the school building. The activities are:
  1. Field Events at the Short Pump Park football field (next door to the school)
  2. Sidewalk Games on the sidewalk leading up to Short Pump Park
  3. Fun Run activity on the track behind the school
  4. Kids Heart Challenge (Jump Rope for Heart) in the gymnasium inside the school
  5. Taekwondo Training Session in the cafeteria inside of the school

Each grade level will be rotating to each activity at different times and has a lunch built in to their schedule. Students have the option to bring in their own lunch or order bagged lunches from the cafeteria. Last week you all received a note home from the cafeteria staff about orders for lunches.

I will let you know before Friday where the Fourth Grade will be eating lunch on Field Day so that you can join us for lunch. We look forward to a fabulous Field Day on Friday!

*Please help your child have a wonderful day by making sure he or she wears sneakers, brings a water bottle, and puts on sunscreen at the beginning of the day.  Thanks for your help!

 

*Spring Carnival:  Information went home on Friday about the Spring Carnival that SPES will have this year. Please consider signing up for this fun event because we can’t have it unless we have volunteers to help. Sign-ups are on the MySchoolAnywhere site.

 

*Field Trip:  We will be visiting the Virginia Museum of History & Culture on Tuesday, 4/30.  Field Trip permission slips went home on Friday.  If you haven’t done so already, please return the signed slip as soon as possible. Last week I chose 2 names to be our chaperones for the trip.  Thank you to Mr. Rassiwala and Mrs. Bell for joining us as chaperones. If you were not chosen, THANK YOU VERY MUCH for offering to be a chaperones.

 

*What Are We Learning In Class?*

 

*Reading:

This week we will review the concept of multiple meaning words. We will analyze dictionary entries and decide which meaning of a word was used in the text. We will also practice analyzing the parts of speech in the dictionary entry and writing sentences using the word correctly based on the part of speech.  During small group rotations, students will meet with me in small group and we will continue our strategy work using leveled texts.

We will continue with our word study unit this week and have our Word Study Test on Thursday, 4/25.

 

*Math:

This week we will work on elapsed time. I will teach students a strategy for determining elapsed time. Ask your child to tell you about the song that we used to help us with this skill – “Stop, in the name of time!”  Students will complete an elapsed time assessment on Thursday 4/25.

 

*Social Studies:

We will have our next virtual lesson with the Virginia Museum of History & Culture on Monday.  Then the class will take the VS.9 Test on Wednesday, 4/24.  

 

*Science:

This week we will begin our final unit in science which will be about plants.  On Thursday we will discuss plants that make seeds and plants that don’t make seeds. We will also review the basic plant structures and their functions.

 

Have a great week!

-Mrs. Jacobsen

Week of April 15 – 19

Week of April 15 – 19

*Important Announcements This Week*

 

*Recorder Concert:  On Tuesday 4/16 we have our Recorder Concert at 7:00 PM.  Students are supposed to come to school at 6:50 PM and be dressed in nice clothes. Mrs. Garcia has explained her expectations for clothing, and it was also included in the letter that was sent home several weeks ago. If you plan on arriving earlier than 6:50 to get a good parking spot or seat, please have your child stay with you until 6:50. Students will not be allowed up in their classrooms until 6:50 pm.  We will keep our recorders at school on Tuesday afternoon so your child will not need to remember to bring it with them at night.  We are so excited to show you our performance!  It is going to be a great evening. In case your child hasn’t told you, our class will be standing in the middle / right-hand part of the stage.

*Half Day 4/19 & No School 4/22:  A note went home last week reminding families that this Friday is a half-day, with dismissal beginning at 11:40 am. If your child’s transportation will be different on Friday, please be sure to send in a note to let us know.  In addition, there is no school on Monday, 4/22.

*MAP Assessments:  As a reminder, students will take the Reading MAP test on Thursday, April 18th and the Math MAP test on Wednesday, April 24th.  The students have been working on their growth skills in class, using both the Reading and Math sections of “My MAP Learning Path” on Study Island.  Thank you for encouraging your child to work on this at home also, if possible.

Below is the link to the NWEA website and their Parent Toolkit:

https://www.nwea.org/parent-toolkit

*Field Day Reminders:  Friday, 4/26 is Field Day. Information went home about 2 weeks ago requesting volunteers.  Thank you to those of you who have already signed up!  Sign-ups are happening on MySchoolAnywhere. If you are planning on attending Field Day, please consider volunteering some of your time.

*Field Trip:  We will be visiting the Virginia Museum of History & Culture on Tuesday, 4/30.  Field Trip permission slips went home on Friday.  If you haven’t done so already, please return the signed slip as soon as possible. I will be pulling names from a hat on Friday for chaperones.  Thank you so much to all of the parents that have volunteered to be a chaperones.

 

*What Are We Learning In Class?*

 

*Reading:

This week we will continue with the complex skill of summarizing. This week we will focus on nonfiction texts and we will use the strategy of “boxes and bullets” which helps students focus on the main idea of the text and supporting details that are also found in the text.  During small group rotations, students will meet with me in small group and we will continue our strategy work using leveled texts.  Students will also read-to-self, work on their writing, and practice their comprehension independently.

Students will take their Word Study Test on Tuesday, 4/16.  This test will cover the words we learned last week.  Then on Wednesday of this week we will continue word study with a new feature in our groups.  The test for the new word study words will be next Thursday, 4/25.

*Math:

Students will take the Patterns Test on Monday, 4/15.  All week as we worked on patterns I have stressed the importance of students writing on their patterns.  I hope that when I collect students’ papers after the assessment that each child’s paper will be full of lots of work.

During the rest of the week we will work on strategies for understanding equalities and properties. We will use calculators and learn how to determine if 2 sides of an equal sign are equal. We will also spend time understanding the difference between the commutative property and the associative property.  Students will take an equalities and properties assessment on Friday 4/19.

*Social Studies:

We will focus on our new VS.9 unit about Virginia in the 20th and 21st Century.  This week we will learn about some important people of the 20th and 21st Century that were from Virginia.  There are 8 people to learn in this unit, so please check in with your child to make sure he or she is studying this information in the notes.  Students will take the VS.9 Test on Wednesday, 4/24.

*Science:

No science this week.

 

Have a wonderful week!

-Mrs. Jacobsen

Week of April 8 – 12

Week of April 8 – 12
Welcome back from spring break, everyone!  I hope you all had a relaxing and fun week!  I had a nice break spending time with my family up in Northern Virginia and here in Richmond.  And of course, I had a great time cheering on my UVA Cavaliers in the NCAA tournament!  This is a very exciting time!  Go Hoos!!!   

*Important Announcements*

*Thank you for your donations!  Thank you to the families who sent in donations for the SPCA. Our school did a great job collecting over 400 items to donate to the Richmond SPCA!

*4th Quarter Reminders:  This week we begin the last quarter of the year. Please encourage your child to maintain his or her focus these last couple of months.  We know that with the weather getting nicer and sports practices running later, that the focus on school can start to decrease. Thank you very much in advance for your help in maintaining a strong work ethic throughout the rest of the year.

*Recorder Reminders:  Please remember that students should be practicing their recorder at home throughout the week. Your child has the Recorder Karate music in his or her Music Folder and should be practicing the next song in order to earn the next belt. As Mrs. Garcia explained in the letter sent home with recorders, you can record a video of your child performing a song and email it to her so that your child doesn’t have to “test” in music class.  Doing this really helps cut down on the testing line in class, and your child can do it in a much more relaxed environment at home.  Thank you for your support with this!

*The recorder concert will be on Tuesday, April 16th at 7:00 pm.  Please mark your calendars!  

*MAP Assessments:  As a reminder, students will take the Reading MAP test on Thursday, April 18th and the Math MAP test on Wednesday, April 24th.  The students have been working on their growth skills in class, using both the Reading and Math sections of “My MAP Learning Path” on Study Island.  Thank you for encouraging your child to work on this at home also, if possible.

Below is the link to the NWEA website and their Parent Toolkit:

https://www.nwea.org/parent-toolkit

*Classroom Items Needed:  We have run out of tissues!  With allergy season upon us, we could really use some more boxes of tissues.  If you are able to donate some boxes, I would truly appreciate it.  Thanks!  Also, if you are able to, we could use some new Dollar Store prizes for our “Gotta Get It Card” drawings.  Thank you in advance if you are able to send in some items for our Friday drawings!

 

*What Are We Learning In Class?*

*Reading:
*Math:
*Social Studies:

On Monday we will review the content that we covered before spring break on VS.8 a and b.  On Tuesday we will learn about VS.8c, which is about the importance of the growth in cities, railroads, and industry in Virginia and how it affected the economy of Virginia in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.  Students will take the VS.8a-c Test on Friday, 4/12.

We will also begin the next unit on Virginia in the 20th and 21st Century (VS.9).  We will start by learning about Virginia’s change from a rural society to a more urban society in the early 20th century.

*Science:

No science this week.

 

Have a great week!

-Mrs. Jacobsen

Week of March 25 – 29 / Have a great spring break!

Week of March 25 – 29 / Have a great spring break!

It’s the final days before spring break!  If you know that your child will be missing any days this week, I would love to know ahead of time, so that I can plan ahead regarding any work that he or she might miss. This Friday, 3/29 is the last day of the nine weeks, so if you know your child will be absent, it will be helpful for your child to complete assignments/tests before being absent. Thank you so much for your help with this!

*Important Announcements*

*Early Release on Friday 3/29:  The school sent home a note about ordering a “Grab and Go” lunch this Friday 3/29.  Please send this form back as soon as possible if you would like to have your child bring home a Grab and Go for the half day of school.

*Career Day:  Career Day is this Thursday, 3/28!  Miss Walker has arranged a fabulous morning for the students!  Be sure to ask your child about the 3 different careers he or she learned about on Thursday.  What a great experience for the students!

*SPCA Donations:  Information was sent home last week about collecting needed items for the SPCA. Collection begins on Monday 3/25 and we will continue to collect items through Friday 3/29.  Thank you for your donations!

*Recorder Reminders:  Please remember that students should be practicing their recorder at home throughout the week. Your child has the Recorder Karate music in his or her Music Folder and should be practicing the next song in order to earn the next belt. As Mrs. Garcia explained in the letter sent home with recorders, you can record a video of your child performing a song and email it to her so that your child doesn’t have to “test” in music class.  Doing this really helps cut down on the testing line in class, and your child can do it in a much more relaxed environment at home.  Thank you for your support with this!

*The recorder concert will be on Tuesday, April 16th at 7:00 pm.  Please mark your calendars!  🙂 

*MAP Assessments:  As a reminder, students will take the Reading MAP test on Thursday, April 18th and the Math MAP test on Wednesday, April 24th.  The students have been working on their growth skills in class, using both the Reading and Math sections of “My MAP Learning Path” on Study Island.  Thank you for encouraging your child to work on this at home also, if possible.

Below is the link to the NWEA website and their Parent Toolkit:

https://www.nwea.org/parent-toolkit

*Classroom Items Needed:  We have run out of tissues!  With allergy season upon us, we could really use some more boxes of tissues.  If you are able to donate some boxes, I would truly appreciate it.  Thanks!  Also, if you are able to, we could use some new Dollar Store prizes for our “Gotta Get It Card” drawings.  Thank you in advance if you are able to send in some items for our Friday drawings!

 

*What Are We Learning In Class?*

*Reading:

This week we will continue with the complex skill of inferences. We will work with non- fictional text this week. Students will complete a comprehension assessment on Wednesday 3/27.  During small group rotations, students will meet with me in our small group and we will continue our comprehension strategies using leveled texts.  Students will also read to self and work on their writing during rotations.

We will not do word study this week.

*Math:

We will finish our geometry unit this week.  On Monday we will learn about geometric solids, or 3-D shapes.  Students will analyze the characteristics of common 3d shapes, where we will learn about the number of faces, edges, and vertices on each solid.  Students will take the Geometry Test on Thursday, March 28th.

*Social Studies:

The class did a great job on their Civil War test last week.  It really was great to see how engaged and interested they were!  This week we will begin our next unit, which will be about the era of Reconstruction following the Civil War (VS.8).

*Science:

We will continue with our Ecosystems & Animals unit this week.  On Monday we will learn about adaptations.  We will learn about the differences between structural and behavioral adaptations.  We will discuss various examples of each on many different animals.  Make sure you child is able to discuss real-world examples of these adaptations.  Our class will take the Ecosystems & Animals Test on Wednesday, March 27th.

 

Have a FANTASTIC spring break, everyone!  🙂

-Mrs. Jacobsen

Week of March 18 – 22

Week of March 18 – 22

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  We only have 2 weeks left until Spring Break!  As a reminder, spring break will be April 1 – 5.  If you know that your child will be missing any time before the break, please let me know so that I can plan ahead regarding any work that your child will miss. The Friday before spring break is the last day of the nine weeks which means that we might be doing some tests or quizzes that we might want to get in before your child leaves. Thank you so much for your help with this!

*Important Announcements*

 

*Spirit Day:  The SCA’s next spirit day is this Monday, March 18th. The theme will be “Green Day” in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day!

*Family Learning Night:  Henrico County will be hosting a Family Learning Night event at Henrico High School on Tuesday, March 19th, from 5:30-8:;30 pm.  Please see the attached flier for more information:    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1zrVFdMbXkRbICfYNTF-nbJv8oAGeuddn/view

*Assembly:  Our school will be going to see the 3rd grade’s DRUM assembly on Tuesday afternoon.  It’s going to be fun to watch!

*Recorder Reminders:  Please remember that students should be practicing their recorder at home throughout the week. Your child has the Recorder Karate music in his or her Music Folder and should be practicing the next song in order to earn the next belt. As Mrs. Garcia explained in the letter sent home with recorders, you can record a video of your child performing a song and email it to her so that your child doesn’t have to “test” in music class.  Doing this really helps cut down on the testing line in class, and your child can do it in a much more relaxed environment at home.  Thank you for your support with this!

*MAP Assessments:  As a reminder, students will take the Reading MAP test on Thursday, April 18th and the Math MAP test on Wednesday, April 24th.  The students have been working on their growth skills in class, using both the Reading and Math sections of “My MAP Learning Path” on Study Island.  Thank you for encouraging your child to work on this at home also, if possible.

Below is the link to the NWEA website and their Parent Toolkit:

https://www.nwea.org/parent-toolkit

*Classroom Prizes:  If you are able to, we could use some new Dollar Store prizes for our “Gotta Get It Card” drawings.  Thank you in advance if you are able to send in some items for our Friday drawings!

*What Are We Learning In Class?*

*Reading:

This week we will review the complex skill of making inferences. We will work with fictional text this week and focus specifically on poetry at the end of the week. Students will complete a comprehension assessment on Friday.  During small group rotations, students will meet with me in small groups to work on comprehension, vocabulary, and fluency strategies using leveled texts.  Students will also read to self and work on their writing.

We will continue with word study this week. Students will work on the word study sentences on Thursday. Please encourage your child to be working on the meaning of the word study words and how to use them correctly in context. The class will take their word study test on Friday 3/22.

 

*Math:

On Monday we will review what we learned last week on perimeter and area.  Then we will  begin our new unit on geometry.  The topics we will be learning in this unit include:

  • points, line segments, lines, rays
  • types of angles (acute, right, obtuse)
  • types of lines (parallel, intersecting, perpendicular)
  • polygons up to 10 sides and the number of sides, vertices, and angles
  • classifying quadrilaterals (parallelogram, rhombus, rectangle, square, trapezoid)
  • solid (3-d) figures and the number of edges, vertices, and shapes of faces

 

*Social Studies:

We will finish up our Civil War unit this week (VS.7b & c). We will learn about the roles of various groups of Virginians on Monday, and then we will review all of the information from this unit.  The students have really enjoyed learning about this era of Virginia history, and had many good, insightful questions about this difficult subject matter.  The class will take the Civil War VS.7b & c Test on Wednesday, 3/20.  

*Science:

This week we will continue with our Animals & Ecosystems unit (SOL 4.5).  Topics we will learn about will include:

  • the organization of ecosystems and different niches that organisms have
  • consumers, producers, and decomposers
  • types of consumers (herbivores, omnivores, carnivores)
  • food chains and food webs
  • structural and behavioral adaptations

Last week, students made flashcards for the vocabulary in this unit.  We will take the Animals & Ecosystems vocabulary quiz on Friday, 3/22.   The class will take the Animals & Ecosystems Test on Wednesday 3/27.

 

Have a wonderful week!

-Mrs. Jacobsen

Week of March 11 – 15

Week of March 11 – 15

I hope everyone had a nice weekend!  It was nice to have some pleasant spring-like weather!  I enjoyed being able to see some of you at the Barnes and Noble book fair on Saturday afternoon.  Thank you for supporting our school!  My children, Will and Clara, loved hearing some of the SPES teachers read books!

*Important Announcements*

*Family Learning Night:  Henrico County will be hosting a Family Learning Night event at Henrico High School on Tuesday, March 19th, from 5:30-8:;30 pm.  Please see the attached flier for more information:    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1zrVFdMbXkRbICfYNTF-nbJv8oAGeuddn/view

*Virtual Lesson with the Virginia Museum of History & Culture:  On Tuesday of this week we will have our next virtual lesson with the VMHC.

*Recorder Reminders:  Please remember that students should be practicing their recorder at home throughout the week. Your child has the Recorder Karate music in his or her Music Folder and should be practicing the next song in order to earn the next belt. As Mrs. Garcia explained in the letter sent home with recorders, you can record a video of your child performing a song and email it to her so that your child doesn’t have to “test” in music class.  Doing this really helps cut down on the testing line in class, and your child can do it in a much more relaxed environment at home.  Thank you for your support with this!

*MAP Assessments:  As a reminder, students will take the Reading MAP test on Thursday, April 18th and the Math MAP test on Wednesday, April 24th.  The students have been working on their growth skills in class, using both the Reading and Math sections of “My MAP Learning Path” on Study Island.  Thank you for encouraging your child to work on this at home also, if possible.

Below is the link to the NWEA website and their Parent Toolkit:

https://www.nwea.org/parent-toolkit

 

*What Are We Learning In Class?*

*Reading:

This week we will begin a study of poetry.  We will learn about a variety of terms and vocabulary associated with poetry, and how poetry can be organized into stanzas, or verses.  We will also learn how to read poetry to understand the author’s message.  We will also begin a new reading comprehension activity called the “Daily Reading Review.”  Students will read one passage over the course of 2 days and answer about 10 questions each day.  This will allow them to focus on using a variety of comprehension strategies on one passage.  We will do one “D.R.R.” each week in order to help us prepare for the Reading SOL test in May.

During small group rotations, students will meet with me in small groups to work on comprehension, vocabulary, and fluency strategies using leveled texts.  Students will also read to self and work on their writing.

*Math:

The students did a good job on the weight/mass unit last week.  This week we will spend a few days studying capacity/volume using both customary units (cups, pints, quarts, and gallons) and metric units (liters and milliliters).  Students need to know the approximate size of the units and then how to convert between units in US Customary only (not metric). Students will take a short capacity assessment on Thursday 3/14.

Later in the week we will learn about how to find the perimeter and area of shapes and objects.

*Social Studies:

We will continue our Civil War unit this week (VS.7b & c). This week we will learn more about the key battles that took place here in Virginia, including the final event which was the surrender at Appomattox Courthouse, VA.  Students will take a short matching quiz on the Civil War leaders and terms on Tuesday 3/12.  

The class will take the Civil War VS.7b & c Test next Wednesday, March 20.  

*Science:

We will begin our next science unit on Monday – Animals & Ecosystems (4.5).  Topics we will learn about will include:

  • the organization of ecosystems and different niches that organisms have
  • consumers, producers, and decomposers
  • types of consumers (herbivores, omnivores, carnivores)
  • food chains and food webs
  • structural and behavioral adaptations

Students will need to make flashcards for the vocabulary in this unit.  The due date will be announced in class and written in your child’s homework agenda.

 

Have a great week!

-Mrs. Jacobsen

Week of March 4 – 8

Week of March 4 – 8

It’s Dr. Seuss week!  Please see below for more information.

 

*Important Announcements This Week*

 

*Dr. Seuss Week March 4 – March 8: 

  • Monday – Wear rainbow colors for My Many Colored Days
  • Tuesday – Wear crazy socks for Fox in Socks
  • Wednesday – Wear pajamas for I’m Not Getting Up Today
  • Thursday – Wear a hat and/or red, black, and white for The Cat in the Hat
  • Friday – Wear your SPES spirit wear and Say “Hooray for Diffendoofer Day”
  • Saturday – SPES Book Fair at the Short Pump Barnes & Noble from 12 – 3

*Assembly:  On Tuesday, March 5 we will attend a Laser Show assembly in the multipurpose room.  This is a new assembly which I have never seen before, and we are all looking forward to seeing it!

*Family Learning Night:  Henrico County will be hosting a Family Learning Night event at Henrico High School on Tuesday, March 19th, from 5:30-8:;30 pm.  Please see the attached flier for more information:    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1zrVFdMbXkRbICfYNTF-nbJv8oAGeuddn/view

*Recorder Reminders:  Please remember that students should be practicing their recorder at home throughout the week. Your child has the Recorder Karate music in his or her Music Folder and should be practicing the next song in order to earn the next belt. As Mrs. Garcia explained in the letter sent home with recorders, you can record a video of your child performing a song and email it to her so that your child doesn’t have to “test” in music class.  Doing this really helps cut down on the testing line in class, and your child can do it in a much more relaxed environment at home.  Thank you for your support with this!

 

*What Are We Learning This Week?*

 

*Reading:

We will continue learning about possessive nouns this week. Students did a great job with singular possessive nouns last week, and with understanding the difference between when to use plural nouns and when to use possessive nouns.  On Monday we will take time reviewing the rules for creating plurals, and then throughout the rest of the week we will take those plurals and make plural possessive nouns.  By the end of the week, students will spend time analyzing sentences to determine if the noun needs to be plural, singular possessive, or plural possessive.  Please check your child’s homework throughout the week to make sure that he or she is working through it successfully and using the strategies that we have learned in class.

During small group rotations, students will meet with me in small groups to work on comprehension, vocabulary, and fluency strategies using leveled texts.  Students will also read to self and work on their writing.

We will also continue with word study this week. Please encourage your child to be working carefully on his or her words throughout the week.  The students will take their Word Study test on Friday, 3/8.

*Math:

This week we start our unit on measuring weight and mass. We will work on both US Customary and metric weight during this short unit. Students need to know the approximate size of the units and then how to convert between units in US Customary.  We will focus on converting from ounces to pounds and from pounds to ounces (*16 ounces = 1 pound*).  Students will take the weight and mass assessment on Friday, 3/8.

*Social Studies:

We will continue our Civil War unit this week (VS.7b & c). This week we will learn more about the leaders on both the Union and Confederate sides.  Then we will learn about some of the key battles that took place here in Virginia.

*Science:

On Monday we will learn about the historical contributions of Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Edison in the study of electricity.  Then we will review all of the information in this unit.  The class will take the Electricity and Magnetism test on Wednesday, 3/6.

 

Thank you for all of your support at home.  Have a good week!

-Mrs. Jacobsen