Skype a Scientist

Today we had a fabulous opportunity to “Skype a Scientist.” Via video conference, our class spoke with Dr. Sam Dundon, a cell biologist in the Pollard Lab at Yale University. As we begin our scientific investigations unit, it was so exciting to hear from a professional about what it’s like to think like a scientist and practice science everyday. Turns out, science involves a lot of reading, writing, math and data analysis! Thank you, Dr. Dundon!

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Virginia State Capitol Field Trip

Our fourth graders had such a fun day at the Virginia State Capitol! It was so exciting to walk through Thomas Jefferson’s impressive architecture, explore the beautiful rotunda, and sit in the Senate chambers. Our students had the opportunity to vote on a bill.. they decided not to allow McDonald’s to be served in school cafeterias! Many thanks to our chaperones for joining us on this field trip!

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Schoology Login @Home

We are so excited about our new one-to-one ChromeBooks in the classroom. As we incorporate this new technology into our learning routines, we’ll be using Schoology often. As you may know, Schoology is a digital learning platform that allows me to share links, documents, assignments, etc. with students. All of Henrico County is using Schoology, so I hope our students will be savvy in it by the time they reach middle school. Students can access Schoology at home, using the directions linked below!

Schoology – Login Away from School

P.S. Next week students will be assigned their Solar System Project. I will post the project choice board in Schoology, so be sure to look for that under their Science course.

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Every Kid In A Park

Did you know that your fourth grader (and your entire family) has access to hundreds of parks for FREE all year? Click the link below to get your free pass!

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Jamestown Field Trip Pictures

Our fourth graders were lucky to have an amazing field trip to Jamestown last week. Many thanks to our fabulous parent chaperones, especially for the pictures they have shared!

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Social Studies Journal Cover Assignment due Friday

This past Friday, students took home their Social Studies Journal Cover assignment. This is a fun, creative homework project that asks students to spice up their social studies notebook. We spent some time in class on Friday previewing our Virginia Studies curriculum for the year, and looking through our textbooks. They should have identified two themes for their journal cover, related to our Virginia Studies curriculum. The directions are detailed on a yellow paper that should be in the HW section of their accordion folder. I’ve attached the directions here for your reference as well. This assignment is due Friday, September 14. Please don’t hesitate to email me if you have any questions!

Social Studies Journal Cover Assignment 2018-19

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We Survived Day 1!

Thanks for a fabulous first day of fourth grade!

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Free Summer Learning Opportunities

Happy Summer! If you’re look for a fun way to keep the brain active and get out of the heat this summer, check out some of these awesome, FREE programs offered by Henrico County:


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So Long, Farewell!

It’s hard to believe the school year has come to an end. Ms. Connolly’s Crew has had a fabulous fourth grade year. Every student has learned and grown in so many ways this year. I am beyond PROUD of them!

We kicked off our last day of school today with a long family meeting, during which we all shared something we admire or value about each other. It is so inspiring and heart-warming to see the love and compassion these students have for each other. What an incredible group of young Mallards!

Many thanks to our parents for all you’ve done to make this year possible, fun-filled, and so memorable! A special shout-out to Mr. Vera for sharing beautiful photos from field day. Please see the link below to check them out!

Wishing you a safe and happy summer!

Much love,
Ms. Connolly

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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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