Week of Dec 10th

Happy Sunday Parents!

Can you believe all this snow? As I am working on this week’s plans, I am trying to figure out how to fit it all in, especially since I am not sure when we are going back.  Please know that the plans below are tentative, and can change.  Also – HW has already been copied for Mon-Thur, so I will give the kids some extra rewards if they are able to get all the HW done in their packets for the week. I guess it all depends on when we are back to school.  See below for our week –

Gingerbread Houses – Thanks to my room parents, a sign up genius went out asking for supplies.  We are in the middle of our Fairy Tale unit and the kids will be really excited to make their own gingerbread house.  We will be making them next Monday and Tuesday, both at 1:00 each day.  Please remember, as my room mom posted – you have to have a volunteer form filled out if you want to come into the room just to help. Email me if you need a paper copy.  Here is the site for the sign up if you have not signed up for anything yet.  Please send in everything by this Friday, Dec 14th.


Holiday Party – On Wednesday, Dec 19th – I will be having a small party for the kids.  The school will be showing Polar Express, we will be making a craft, and I will provide some goodies for the class.  I like to make reindeer food together then eat it during the movie, as my fun treat to them.  If anyone has any allergy concerns please let me know and I will send home the recipe.  It has no nuts in it, so I don’t believe there should be any issues. Parents are welcome to come in.


This Week’s Sticky

Monday – Snow Day

Tuesday – New Math and Cursive Packets (we are now starting Capital Letters!)

Wednesday – nothing new

Thursday – nothing new

Friday – Please send in all supplies for gingerbread houses by today!

**There will be no new WS words until after break.  We also will not have any major tests this week.



Reading SOL 3.5 – Finishing our Fairy Tale Unit this week

Math SOL 3.7   – The student will estimate and use U.S. Customary and metric units to measure

b) liquid volume in cups, pints, quarts, gallons, and liters. They will NOT have to do conversions.

Studies – SOL 3.2 The student will explain how the contributions of ancient China and Egypt have influenced the present world in terms of architecture, inventions, the calendar, and written language.

Writing – Homophones, and writing with expression using adjectives.


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Week of Nov 26th

Happy Sunday Parents,

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving Break!  I missed the kids and look forward to seeing them early tomorrow morning.  Here is our week ahead –

Field Trip – We are schedule to take our field trip on Friday, please pack a lunch for your child and make sure they are dressed to be outside most of the day.  I will send you a reminder e-mail closer to the date.  Please remember, I also need all signed permission slips back with the new date on it.

Report Cards – Report cards went home before break.  Please sign the envelope and you are welcome to keep the report card inside.  If you would like to conference at any time, please let me know.

Ginger Bread Houses – We are starting our three week unit on Fairy Tales, which we will incorporate reading skills such as – main idea, sequencing, supporting details, reading for accuracy, and much more.  So the Monday and Tuesday (the week before break) we will be building our own Gingerbread Houses.  My wonderful room moms will be sending out a Sign Up Genius so that you can look for things to send in for this event.  The kids really seem to like it and I am excited to be a part of it this year!


Here is this week’s Sticky-

Monday –   New Math and Cursive HW Packets

Tuesday  –  Turkey Court 1:45

Wednesday – New Word Study Words (Test next Thurs.)

Thursday – nothing

Friday – Field Trip to Tredegar Today!  Pack a lunch!

Measurement Quiz Today!


This week’s SOL’s

Reading SOL 3.5 – The student will read and demonstrate comprehension of fictional text and poetry.

  1. c) Make, confirm, or revise predictions.
  2. d) Compare and contrast settings, characters, and events.
  3. f) Ask and answer questions about what is read.
  4. g) Draw conclusions about text.

Math SOL 3.7  The student will estimate and use U.S. Customary and metric units to measure  length to the nearest 1/2 inch, inch, foot, yard, centimeter, and meter.

Science – We are finishing habitats this week.

Writing – What is an adjective?

As usual, if you have any questions  – please let me know.  Have a great week!

Mrs. Wheaton


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Week of Nov. 12th

Happy Sunday!

Below you will find our usual notes and sticky about this week.  As usual, if you have any questions please let me know!

Veterans Day Assembly – This is scheduled to start at 9:00 am Monday morning.  The kids have been asked to wear – red, white, and blue clothing, if possible.  It is a great performance and I hope everyone can attend!

Field Trip – We are schedule to go down to the Tredegar Ironwork’s Walk on Tuesday.  However, it looks like we will be getting some rain.  Please lookout for an email from me.  The students should plan on wearing comfy clothes and shoes, as well as a packed lunch.  I will let you know asap if the trip is canceled due to the weather.


This week’s sticky –

Monday – Veteran’s Day Assembly at 9:00am

**New Spelling Words given out – won’t test until next week (Tuesday)

Tuesday – Field Trip – pack a lunch

**Patterns Quiz when we return



Friday – Have a good weekend!


SOL’s this week

Reading – SOL 3.5d/h – Compare Character, Setting, and Plot and Problem and Solution

Math – SOL 3.4 – Multiplication – the students will work on using arrays, number lines, etc. to understand the multiplication factors for 0,1,2,5, and 10.

Science – SOL 3.6 – Ecosystems and Habitats of living things.

Writing – Still working on persuasive writing



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Week of November 5th

Hello Families,

I can not believe we are in November already!  The end of the first nine weeks is upon us.  Here is some notes, our schedule, and sticky for the week.  Please let me know if there is any questions.

Grading – As I am finishing up grading, I wanted to mention the HW grade.  I wanted to be clear that I DO NOT grade HW.  Instead I keep a record of your child’s HW completion for the nine weeks in the area of Math, Reading Log, and Cursive.  Then I average them together for one grade.  HW is a time to practice their skills, so I would not grade the specific activities.  Just if it has been completed and turned in on time.  Any questions, please let me know.

Field Trip – We are heading to the Math and Science Center this week – Thursday, Nov. 8th.  We will be leaving around 9:15 and returning around 1:00.  I still have a few students who do not have signed permission slips.  It was a WHITE permission slip that came home and is FREE.  I will be contacting parents of the kids who have not yet turned these in.  Please note – your child will need a packed lunch on this day!  We will be eating at the Math and Science Center.  Also – since it is an extension of the classroom I am not taking any chaperones (none of the classes do).

Items Needed – As we are working in class, we are in need of some items.  We need Expo Dry Erase Markers and Erasers – at this point the kids are using tissues to erase their white boards and it is wasting our tissues.  I would love each student to have their own eraser, it would make daily life easier for the kids.  We also seem to be going through glue sticks pretty fast as well. So any of these donations would be greatly appreciated.

Pumpkin Math – I wanted to take a minute and thank all our parents that showed up for Pumpkin Math on Halloween – and those that send in items.  I will be posting pics on the blog of some of the funs we had at Pumpkin Math and the Spooktacular Interactive Lesson we did in class with the Math and Science Center.  I really could not accomplish everything in my room without the wonderful support of my room parents and volunteers!  So thank you!

Veterans Day Assembly – Nov 12th – our kids are getting ready to put on a great show!

Conferences – If you have not already signed up here is what is left for conferences.  If you are not able to meet, please let me know and I can meet with you at a different day/time



This week’s sticky –

Monday – New HW packets come home -look for 2nd Nine weeks Reading Log (in yellow) **Monday afternoon/Night Conferences

Tuesday – No School Today                                                                                                    **Morning Conferences Today

Wednesday – Spelling Test/Star Group has Vocabulary Test with it

Thursday – Math and Science Center Trip – Pack a Lunch Friday


This week’s SOL’s –

Reading –

SOL 3.5d – compare and contrast characters, settings, and events SOL 3.5h – Identify problem and solution

Math –

3.16 – The students will identify, extend, create, and describe patterns found in objects, pictures, numbers, and tables.

Science –

SOL 3.6 – Ecosystems – plants and animals that share limited resources

Writing –

We will work on a persuasive writing this week.

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Week of Oct 29th

Happy Sunday everyone,

Here is your weekly e-mail.  Below is the usual announcements, schedule, and sticky the kids will have for this week.  Have a great week!

Halloween – Please send in any supplies that you signed up for (for our Pumpkin Activity) by this Tuesday.  Please remember not to send any knives on the bus.  Also, if you plan to stop in to help you MUST have a volunteer form filled out and submitted.  It is county and school policy. Also, please remember that kids can NOT wear costumes to school.  We were asked to let parents know that.  As much as I love Halloween, I am also asking that kids not bring candy to school as a snack.  Too much sugar is hard for them to stay seated.

PTA – Has asked the kids to do an “optional” HW assignment.  Have you joined the PTA yet?  They do wonderful things for our kids.  The flyer will be coming home in this week’s Tuesday folder and as with all of my HW, if that kids complete it I will offer them a classroom prize!


This week’s sticky –

Monday – new HW, and new Word Work Words will come home today.


Wednesday – Pumpkin Math Activity Today

Thursday –

Friday – Math Quiz (equal and not equal statements)

**Spelling/Word Work Test – will not be until Wednesday 11/7


This week’s SOL’s

Reading – We will be finishing up from last week – Text features, context clues, and test taking skills.

Math – SOL 3.17 – We will create equations to represent equivalent mathematical relationships.

Social Studies – SOL 3.6 – We will finish our geography unit on the continents and oceans.



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Week of Oct 22 / Parent Conference Sign Ups

Happy Sunday Parents,

Hope everyone had a great weekend.  Here are a few announcements as well as our usual weekly sticky and the SOL’s we will be covering this week.  Please let me know if you have any questions!

Field Trips – Two separate field trip forms came home (one in white) for the Math and Science Center, which is free – Nov.8th, so please just send back signed.  We do not take chaperones to this trip, since it is an extension of the classroom.  The second form (in yellow) was our first trip down to Tredegar Ironworks Walk, on Nov 13th.  It does cost $8.00 and I will be able to take about 3 chaperones.  Please do not send in chaperone money until I contact you.

Donuts with Dad – Rescheduled for Friday, November 2nd at 7:30 am

Pumpkin Activity – My wonderful room mom’s sent home a genius sign up for items needed for our pumpkin activity next week.  If you have not signed up for something, please do.  We appreciate all the help.  The kids will really enjoy this!

Here is the link –


School Conferences – I have a sign up genius for school conferences.  If you are not able to make any of these times, please let me know and I will be able to schedule something with you a time after school.

Here is the link –



Here is our weekly sticky for upcoming tests –

Monday – Rescheduled Picture Day!

Tuesday – Word Work/Spelling Test



Friday  – Math Test (adding, subtracting, and estimating)


This week’s SOL’s


3.5 l Differentiate between fiction and nonfiction, as well as continuing nonfiction text features from last week.


3.3  Estimate and determine the sum or difference of two whole numbers; and create and solve single-step and multistep practical problems involving sums or differences of two whole numbers, each 9,999 or less.

Social Studies

3.6  The student will develop map skills by using globes and maps to locate and describe:

a.major rivers, mountain ranges, and other geographic features of Africa;

b.major rivers, mountain ranges, and other geographic features of Asia;

c.major rivers, mountain ranges, and other geographic features of Europe.

d.major rivers, mountain ranges, and other geographic features of North America; and

e.major rivers, mountain ranges, and other geographic features of South America.



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Week of Oct 15th

I hope everyone had a good (and safe) three day weekend!  Below is our sticky and our schedule for the week.  I will let you know when we have a make up day for our picture day.  We will have a few changes this week due to having Friday off.  Let me know if you have any questions or problems!


This week’s sticky –

Monday – Place Value Test (moved from Friday)

Spelling Test (moved from Friday)

New HW Packets come home today

Tuesday –

Wednesday –

Thursday –

Friday – NO Spelling Test on new words (we will test on Tuesday of next week)


We will be working on –

Reading –

SOL 3.6c – Text Features – Use text features to set a purpose for reading non fiction.

Math –

SOL 3.3a,b – Estimating the sum and difference of whole numbers and creating and solving two step word problems.


SOL 2.6 – Students will use map skills – 7 continents and 5 oceans; equator, Prime Meridian, and four hemispheres.

Writing –

We will continue to work on identifying and correcting complete and incomplete sentences.


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Week of Oct 8th

Here are a few announcements about this week!

Raz Kids Accounts – Raz Kids Accounts have been activated and are ready for use!  The passwords to the accounts are glued into the front of the kids agenda’s next to their Reflex passwords.  They are allowed to use this for their nightly reading log, as it is tuned to their particular level of reading.

Word Work – We will be starting our Word Work this week.  It will take the place of word study this year.  The kids will receive a list of works that is on their spelling/voc level.  They will be gluing the words in their agendas every week so they always have a copy to take home.  Each set of words still have a “pattern” but the focus is for the kids to use more word work with the words instead of just “sorting” the words and memorizing where to put them in a sort.  So, throughout the week the kids will be working on daily word work using these words given to them.  They will have a second copy of the list to be glued into their notebooks where they will produce the work for the week.  On Friday’s, I will collect their journals and give them a “spelling test” on their words for the week.  They will not have to know the words in a sort to test.  Just simply how to spell them correctly.


This week’s Sticky

Monday – No School Today for Students

Tuesday – New Math and Cursive HW Packets

Wednesday – Science Test – Animal Adaptations


Friday – Math Test – ALL PLACE VALUE

1st Word Work/Spelling Test Today


This week’s SOL’s

Reading –

SOL 3.4 d – The use of Context Clues to Clarify Meaning of unfamiliar words and determine appropriate homophone usage. Use context to clarify meaning of unfamiliar words

Math –

SOL 3.1 – The students will read, write, and identify the place and value of each digit in a six digit whole number, with and without models:

b)round whole numbers to the nearest thousand or less.

c)compare and order whole numbers, thousands or less.


SOL 3.4 The student will investigate and understand that adaptations allow animals to satisfy life needs and respond to the environment. Key concepts include

  1. a) behavioral adaptations; and
  2. b) physical adaptations

Writing – We will focus on writing complete sentences, correcting fragments and run-on sentences.

Thanks everyone for turning in T-shirt money and Young Scientists money on time.  It is appreciated!  Let me know if you have any questions!

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Week of Oct 1st

I am super proud of our kids!  They are really doing a great job at our morning routine, as well as turning in their weekly homework.  They are such a great group of kids!  Below is some notes for the week –

Grading – As you may have noticed, graded work is coming home in Tuesday folders.  I really do my best to get grades turned back to you in a decent amount of time.  I spent most weekends grading away!  I did want to point out that I always put the grade your child earned on an item – like if they received a 20%, but I wanted to be clear, per HCPS policy I can only record in my gradebook a 50% or higher.  I am just putting the real grade so you can see how your child did.  If anything is unclear, please let me know.

Gifted Meeting – October 4th from 6:00 – 7:00 in the Cafeteria if you are interested


Coach LeClair our PE Teacher –  asked me to send you the following –

CTES Families, The Short Pump Mile is September 30th! Last year our school had amazing participation and we were able to get money for our PE department! The more students sign up for the race, the more money we can get toward new equipment. The run is completely optional of course. It is a great opportunity to get some great exercise and have some fun! Online registration closes Thursday, 9/27 at 8AM and then you’ll have to register at the packet pickup on Friday, 9/28 from 4PM-8PM or Saturday 9/29 from 10AM-4PM.

Thanks so much to all of those who have registered, we are in the top 10 in schools registering so far!! Hopefully you are able to make it out to the fun run!

All of the information and registration can be found by going to this link:  http://shortpumprace.com/registration.html


This weeks Sticky –

Monday – New Homework packets sent home


Wednesday – Young Scientists Coming today!

Thursday –

Friday –


This weeks SOL’s –

Reading (SOL 3.5f)  – We will continue on with Questioning in Fiction this week.

Math (SOL 3.1a,b,c) – We will continue to work on Place Value, but rounding to the nearest thousand and comparing numbers 9,999 or less.

Science (SOL 3.4 a,b) – We will continue our unit on Animal Adaptations.

Writing(3.10j) – We will continue our grammar unit will work on  Possessive Plural Nouns.  But we will also start working on 6 + 1 Traits of writing.  We will focus on Brainstorming this week.

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Week of Sept 24th

Hello Parents,

Hope everyone had a great weekend.  Here are a few notes about the week ahead.  Any questions please let me know!

Reflex Math – I was able to activate Reflex Math accounts for all the kids.  I will have them glue their account information in the front of their agenda’s tomorrow morning, so they can use the account at home as well.  Right now, the account is set on + and – facts.  We will eventually move to multiplication and division, but this is a good time to review those facts for fluency.

PTA Membership – Here is the link to the PTA membership in case you have not had the chance to join yet.  https://colonialtrailpta.membershiptoolkit.com/

This week –

Reading (SOL 3.4b and 3.5f)  – We will be working on Synonyms/Antonyms, as well as learning to ask Questions in Fiction.

Math (SOL 3.1a,b,c) – We will be working on Place Value up to the hundred thousands place.  Check the kids math notebook for any information to help you with HW.

S.Studies (SOL 3.11 and 3.12) – We will finish up our unit on Citizenship and Government with a quiz on Tuesday

Science (SOL 3.4 a,b) – We will work on a new unit for Animal Adaptations, starting on Wednesday.

Writing(3.10j) – Our grammar unit will work on Plural Nouns and then eventually Possessive Plural Nouns.  This will take us a little over  a week since we are reviewing the Plural Nouns first.

This week’s sticky – (we will still glue it in the kids agenda, but I just added it here as well)

Monday – Math and Cursive HW packets sent home

Tuesday – SS Test today (Government and Citizenship)

Wednesday –

Thursday –

Friday –  Math Quiz (Place Value)

Young Scientists Field (in school) Field Trip Money Due Today ($20.00)


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