Directions to Log into Google Drive @Home

Dear families,

I have had quite a few questions about logging into Google Drive from home.  Please know that it is OPTIONAL for students to complete their Jamestown Project in Google Driver.  However, there are several advantages to using Google Drive for the project (automatic savings, access from home/school, easy feedback from me, etc.).  Here are some directions for accessing Google Drive from home.  Please note, these directions also explain how to access Schoology.  You will only need the first part of the directions to access Google Drive.

Schoology – Login Away from School

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Jamestown Project

We are so excited to begin our Jamestown unit in Virginia Studies today!  Today students will learn about their first project assignment in fourth grade – the Jamestown Project.  We will discuss the 3 options for their project in class today.  On Monday, they will take home their purple project assignment form in their yellow folder.  Please take the time to review all 3 project options with your child.  Your child must choose 1 option and submit the signed form by Wednesday, November 8.  Thank you in advance for your support and collaboration!

Please see the project assignment attached as a PDF: Jamestown Project – Connolly




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Open House

I can’t wait to see you at Open House! Stop by our classroom (D-15) tomorrow (Thursday, August 31) between 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Families whose last names begin with the letters A-M should plan to come at 1:00 pm. Families whose last names begin with letters N-Z should plan to come at 2:00 pm.

  • Families who did not register to use ZippSlip (online forms) will need to complete 3 paper forms upon arriving to the classroom. Your yellow communication folder with bus assignment will be given to you after these forms are completed and turned in. 
  • You may park across the street at Welborne church if necessary. Please be careful crossing Maybeury Drive.
  • Our wonderful PTA and Cafeteria Manager will be stationed in the Cafeteria. Spirit Wear will be available for purchase! Our Cafeteria Manager, Ms. Shannon Woodley, will be available to answer any and all questions regarding School Nutrition Services.
  • Our administrative team will be located at the front of the school to register Car Rider tags to all parents who will be picking up their child(ren) in the car loop in the afternoons. You must have your ID to receive a car tag. Any parents who do not register tomorrow will need to come into the school office on Tuesday and register with the Registrar to receive a tag. Car tags must be visible each afternoon to allow our students to be released safely.
  • Our Registrar and Financial Secretaries will be available to handle any registration questions if necessary. Families who need to complete the registration process need to bring the required documentation before your child can begin school on Tuesday.

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Fantastic Friday

Ms. Connolly’s class had a fantastic Friday today! We were grateful to have a guest teacher from Jamestown Outreach bring some artifacts for us to explore! We enjoyed the beautiful weather and a delicious broccoli snack at our Garden lesson. Good luck to all of the participants in tonight’s talent show! It’s hard to believe it’s almost May – see you on Monday!

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Virginia Studies Study Website PortaPortal

Here is a great resource for your children to use as a study tool for Virginia Studies. This Porta Portal website has links to reviews, study guides, and games for each unit of study in our Virginia Studies curriculum. Enjoy!

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MAPS Reading

Dear Parents,

As you know, our MAPS Reading Assessment date has changed. Students will take this test on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. Please note, this is the Wednesday before spring break.

As the “Measures of Academic Progress” assessment, the goal of MAPS testing is for each student to show growth from when they took this assessment in the fall (September 2016). In the 2+ months I have had the pleasure of working with your students, I have watched each of them grow tremendously. They have made incredible progress in fourth grade! They have so much learning to show off on this test!

If you would like to review for the MAPS Reading test at home, I encourage your child to use Study Island. Students can access this website at home via Clever. They will need their HCPS username/password to login to Clever. From the MES Library blog, the first link on the top right sidebar will connect you to Clever. Please let me know if you have any trouble accessing Study Island.

To learn more about MAP Testing, please see this HCPS Brochure:

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Author Visit Steven Smith

Our fourth graders enjoyed meeting Steven Smith yesterday, author of The Virginia Mysteries series. We have been reading his book, Secret of the Staircase, in our classroom for the past month. Yesterday, Steve told us about some of his inspirations for writing, including his three sons and Richmond’s rich history that he has been discovering after moving from NJ to VA. He shared some great advice and tips for being a better writer.

Thank you for visiting, Steven Smith!

Learn more on his blog at

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Civil War Project

This week, students were assigned a Civil War Project to be completed as homework over the course of the unit. The Project Planning Document is due Monday, March 20. The final project is due Thursday, March 30. Please don’t hesitate to ask if you or your child have any questions, particularly about Google Drive.

Civil War Project Choice Board – Connolly 2017

Civil War Project Planning Document & Rubric

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Virginia’s Founding Fathers

We won the Revolutionary War! Now we are developing our new nation: the United States of America.

As our class discussed the aftermath of the Revolutionary War, we examined the role of four Founding Fathers from Virginia who made significant contributions in the founding of our new nation: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, George Mason and James Madison. Here are a couple of paragraphs about these famous Virginians written by our classroom historians Titus and Kailee.

Founding Father paragraphs 2

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Jack Jouett’s Ride

As part of our Virginia Studies unit on the American Revolution, we learned about Jack Jouett’s famous ride to save Thomas Jefferson from the British. Students made their own comic strips about Jack Jouett’s ride, showing off their creative writing and artistic skills! Check out the work of some of our classroom comic artists: Addison, Nora, Kendra, and Fady!

Check out the work of some of our classroom comic artists: Addison, Nora, Kendra, and Fady!

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