We went on a nature walk today to look for Fall leaves! It was so much fun to see all the sticks, flowers, and leaves! We even saw a caterpillar at the end of our walk! For our art project today, we picked out a leaf and answered some questions about it- what color is the leaf, is the leaf big or little? We really had a fun time exploring around our school!


Fall Book Fair

Hey, Coyotes!  Are you ready to read S’More!! We are partnering with our awesome PTA for the 2018 KES Scholastic Book Fair on Tuesday, October 9th – Friday, October 12th!

Tuesday-Thursday Book Fair hours; 2:30-5:00

Friday, 10/12;  2:30-6:30

Literacy is a priority at KES, and book fairs are a terrific source for affordable, high interest books …


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Book Buddies

We have really enjoyed our time with our First Grade Book Buddies! We love reading with our friends!

Also, as a reminder tomorrow is a half day 🙂

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New School Year!

Wow! I can’t believe the 2018-2019 school year is almost here! We are going to have such  a fun year  🙂

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I am looking forward to seeing you all Tuesday!

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BBGB and Dedication!

Our bbgb Kick Off to Summer Reading Book Fair is June 7th from 4:00-7:00 pm here at Kaechele as part of our end of year celebration and outdoor classroom dedication! Yipppeee! Come by the Library Learning Commons to find the perfect summer reads for your family. Cash, check, and credit/debit cards will be accepted! Whoop! The incredible staff from bbgb will be here to chat with you and your children to assist them in making great selections! What a great opportunity! But that’s not all!  If you can’t make it by the Book Fair, bbgb is also extending our book fair dates after our event to include any purchases made at at bbgb’s shop (3003 W. Cary St.) June 7 – 10—and….15% of the proceeds will go back to KES! Yay! Please let everyone you know they are welcome to take part in this opportunity, but remind them to mention that they are with Kaechele Elementary School when making their purchases in order for KES to receive the benefits.

Mark this time because you won’t want to miss it!  Dedication Ceremony for our new outdoor classroom will begin promptly at 6:00 PM on June 7th.   Following the ceremony, the 2018-19 PTA Board members will be sworn in and new information will shared about next school year.


Also, our water play day will be Friday, June 8th! Ms. Katie and Ms. Gena’s pre-school classes will be joining us. Please make sure to send in an extra set of clothes, shoes, socks, etc. that day. We will get drenched! Also, please apply sunscreen to your child before school that day.

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Sensory Table Discovery

This year has been flying by! I can hardly believe we are in May. We have started a new unit of study… bugs and insects! By far everyone’s favorite center is the sensory table with black beans, magnifying glasses, and various insects for everyone to find.

We have also begun reviewing our shapes, letters, and colors. This month we are focusing on the number 2.

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Field Day

We had so much fun at Field Day today!

We started the day with the entire school in the cafeteria for LIVE morning announcements! We danced to Just Dance videos with First Grade then came back to the classroom for a quick snack and some center rotations. Then we went to the gym for Buddy Stations! We had so much fun in the sack races, tether ball, and disc golf! There were so many other stations too. A lot of fun was had. 🙂

We finished out our day eating lunch in the classroom and playing with our fine motor bins. What a busy day! More pictures can be found under the pictures tab.

As a reminder, The Little Feet Meet is Tuesday, May 1st at Tucker High School.

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Career Day

We had so much fun at Career Day today! In the gym we saw Firefighter John who taught us all about the equipment that firefighters wear. We also saw a veterinarian, artist, author, and a sailor from the Navy (Mr. Patterson; Mrs. Patterson’s husband!). We had snack in the cafeteria with a helicopter pilot! Wow! Then we got to see Elsa, the therapy dog! She was so sweet and fluffy. The final stop on our Career Day tour was the bus loop. We saw a front loader from Vulcan, the Henrico County Police, and an electric car from Dominion!

As a reminder, permission slips for Children’s Museum of Richmond are due tomorrow; 4/17  🙂

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Festival of the Arts!

Tonight is the night! Festival of the Arts! I hope to see all of you here 🙂   Mr. Lewis will be giving a musical performance in the gym tonight!

Kaechele’s annual Festival of the Arts is tonight Thursday, March 29th from 5:30-7:30 PM!  In addition to food trucks, music, dancing, student artwork showcased, and students participating in the Spoken Word Cafe, we will be hosting an art auction.  This year, professional artist Charlene Woods has helped art classes create a beautiful, collaborative art piece to be auctioned off during the festival.  Check out Charlene Woods’ Facebook page to get a better idea of what we created in class! www.facebook.com/OvertheRiverArtwork     All money collected during the auction will be added to a Outdoor Classroom Fund to purchase plants and landscaping items in our courtyard space.  

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Community Helpers

We are having so much fun making our Community Helpers books! So far, we have made Mail Carriers, Police Officers, and Firefighters. We will also be making Dentists, Teachers, and Hair Dressers in the coming weeks. This has been a fun unit of study for everyone so far 🙂

Coming up on Thursday is our CBI to Target!

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Dr. Seuss Character Day!

Ms. Suzy, Mr. Lewis, and myself had way too much fun for dress as your favorite Dr. Seuss Character day! Mr. Lewis was The Lorax and Ms. Suzy and I were truffula trees! Some of our fifth grade pup pack members were truffula trees today too!


Kaechele Elementary School will begin accepting applications for the 2018-19 Preschool Reverse Mainstreaming classes.  This half day morning class (7:40- 10:40 AM) consists of a mix of children with and without disabilities attending a high-quality, literacy- rich preschool program together.   If interested, please plan to attend an informational session on Thursday, March 15 at 6:00 PM in our school’s library.  Applications will be handed out during this meeting.  Please refer to the brochure for further information: https://drive.google.com/file/d/10DFQ33t6N1QDqbXplqm1JNB2sxPA1oYz/view?usp=sharing Also, please feel free to share this information with other families that live in the Short Pump community.   Parents must be able to provide transportation to and from Kaechele Elementary.

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