Last Week of School is Here!

Thank you to all the families who were able to attend our STEM Night and Cub Celebration on Friday.  We had a great turnout and so much fun!  I am very proud of the projects the class created and enjoyed learning about other STEAM night projects in other grades.  Our overall driving question was:  Can wind be used as a force to move an automobile?   The kids had to design a vehicle with a body, wheels and a sail to catch the wind.  They were only able to move the vehicle with their breath.  We all had so much fun designing and learning about wheels and axles, friction, size and sail design.  See video for a recap!   Special thanks to Connor’s dad for coming in 2 mornings to help us with our STEAM projects!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1OkIlOmAIF6Kokr3JLnXgfBvFp1SitHy5/view?usp=sharing

This week is Spirit Week:

Monday:  Wear something from a different place

Tuesday:  Student Holiday (no school)

Wednesday:  Wear your PJ’s (no slippers!)

Thursday:  Wear your favorite summer hat!

Friday:  Beach Day – Wear your favorite beach outfit and flip flops! (No bathing suits!) You can bring a beach towel!

Friday is also a half day for students.  Dismissal will begin at 11:30.

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STEAM Night on Friday!

Wow!  What a great Field Day on Friday!  Special thanks to all of the parents who came in to volunteer to help make the day so much fun.  Special thanks to Elise’s mom, Akira’s mom and Collette’s mom for coming in so that I could enjoy my lunch with my friends.  See the link below for some of the fun!

https://photos.app.goo.gl/ZFCwaw7otsxybfky8

We will not have assigned homework any longer this year.  Please continue to read and practice math nightly!

This week we will learn about:

Language: Cause and Effect

Math: We will finalize our STEAM projects

Science:  Plants

Reminders:

  • June 7 – STEAM night / Cub Celebration 5:30 – 8:00
  • June 11 – no school for students
  • June 16th – half day – last day of school!
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Please remember to read and practice math nightly!

This week we will begin working on our STEAM projects for STEAM Night on June 7th.  We will be learning about wind as a force to move things and how friction can change the movement of an object.  We will also learn about using a sail to catch the wind.  As we work on our projects, I will send out a list of items we would like to have for our projects.  Thanks in advance!!!

Special thanks to Connor’s dad for being our Mystery Reader last week!

This week we will learn about the following:

Language:  Main idea and Theme of a story, writing an opinion paper, using “sparkle” words in our writing, sight words:  boy, girl, thank, kind, which

Math:  Review number sense and addition and subtraction to 20

Science: Force and Motion and begin a unit on Plants

Dates to remember:

Friday, May 24th – Scholastic Book Orders are due!

Monday, May 27th – Memorial Day – No School for Students

Friday, May 31st – Field Day!

 

 

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to everyone!!!  Hope everyone enjoys the day!!

Thank you so much for all the wonderful gifts I received for Teacher Appreciation Week.  I feel very blessed to have such thoughtful and giving students and families in our room.  I received many needed class supplies:I also received a basket of books for our class library!!!!!  Thank you so much!

Special thanks to Elise’s mom and Siddharth’s mom for the extra lunch coverage this week.  Thanks to Ian’s mom for helping to coordinate this special week and to Ian’s dad for Starbuck’s coffee on Friday, just in time!!!!  To end the week, Ian’s mom brought a beautiful pink azalea plant, granola and fresh fruit from the whole class!!!  HUGE THANKS to everyone! It was the best Teacher Appreciation Week I have every enjoyed!

Special thanks once again to Siddharth’s mom for being our Mystery Reader on Friday!

This week we will learn about the following:

Language:  Main idea of a story, verbs and sight words:  write, about, rain, their, know

Math:  review equality and problem solving to 20

Science:  Force and motion

Social Studies:  Economic Choices

Dates to Remember:

Monday, May 27th- NO SCHOOL for Memorial Day

Friday, May 31st- CTES Field Day!   Everyone must have a volunteer form on file in the office prior to volunteering to participate in Field Day!

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Homework Change!

For the month of May your child will bring home a calendar for homework.  They will be required to read for at least 15 minutes and practice math for at least 15 minutes each night.  They can read a book of their choice or use Raz-Kids.  For math they can use ZEARN or Reflex Math.  Please initial the calendar each night as your child completes the homework.  The calendar can stay in their cub folder.  I will check it each Friday.  Thank you for your continued support at home.

Special thanks to Saira’s mother for being our Mystery Reader last week!

We had a wonderful Poetry Cafe!  The children were amazing!  See the link below to view the videos.  We all had so much fun!

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1-J4FfS15sDVPB_flaU5ez69VxoinuvwM?usp=sharing

This week we will learn about the following:

Language:  adjectives, verbs, story retell, theme, sight words:  saw, brother, sister, never, goes

Math:  Review and practice number combinations to 10 and adding and subtracting 10 from a number

Social Studies: Review goods/services and consumer/producer.  Learn about saving and making economic choices

Science:  Force and Motion (Remember to bring in a toy that shows motion!) NO ELECTRONICS PLEASE!!!!

Reminders:

Sunday, May 12th- Mother’s Day

Monday, May 27th- NO SCHOOL for Memorial Day

Friday, May 31st- CTES Field Day!  Please see link below to sign up to help!  Everyone must have a volunteer form on file in the office prior to volunteering to participate in Field Day!

taleclair@henrico.k12.va.us

 

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Beautiful Spring Weather!

Poetry Cafe on Tuesday!  Please have your child dress their best!  We are all very excited to share the poems we have learned.

Special thanks to Siddharth’s mother for being our Mystery Reader last week.

This week we will learn about the following:

Language:  Review plot and 5 finger retell of a story, the sound /0i/ makes in words like oil, sight words:  another, would, teacher, school, nice (remember we learned week 4 words in week 2 so we are getting back on track this week)

Math: Finishing our unit on non-standard measurement and begin a unit on estimation.

Social Studies: Finish our unit on economics.

Science:  Force and motion

Reminders:

Tuesday, April 30 – Poetry Cafe 11:30 room 115

 

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Monday is a Student Holiday!

I hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend!  Once the storm passed on Friday the weather was beautiful.  Just a quick reminder that there is no school on Monday.

For the homework this week, you will only need to choose 3 assignments due to the short week!

Special thanks to Ian’s mom for being our Mystery Reader last week and for adjusting her schedule to come in early.

Spring has arrived – plants are growing, kids are spending more time outside, and the temperatures are warming up.  With these changes, what we wear also changes.   Parents – please be mindful of what your child wears to school to ensure that they are in compliance with the HCPS Code of Conduct – Dress Code.  Thanks in advance for adhering to these expectations.

 

Dress code excerpt below from the HCPS Code of Conduct:

Students may not wear the following items unless otherwise stated:

  • Hoods, hats, face masks, or head coverings of any kind inside school buildings during regular school hours, unless required for religious or medical reasons.
  • The following items on school grounds during regular school hours: bandanas, do-rags, head scarves (with the exception of head garments for religious reasons), hair picks, wave caps, large combs, brushes, and rollers.
  • Sunglasses, unless prescribed by a physician.
  • Dresses, skirts, shorts, athletic shorts, and other similar clothing must reach the tip of the thumb when hands placed at the sides (arms straight with palms flat). When wearing leggings, tights, or similar apparel as an outer garment, tops must also reach the tip of the thumb.
  • Messages on clothing, chains, jewelry, and personal belongings that pertain to drugs, alcohol, tobacco, sex, gangs, vulgarity, or that could cause a substantial disruption to the learning environment.
  • Spiked jewelry, chains, and items which could cause student injury.
  • Beachwear (which includes bathing suits and trunks) and sleepwear.
  • Clothing that reveals undergarments.
  • Cut-off jeans, cut-off sweat pants, or torn, ripped, or slashed clothing that reveals undergarments or body parts excluded by other parts of this code.
  • Bedroom slippers or shoes with wheels, also known as “Heelys.”
  • Clothing that reveals the midriff while sitting or standing.
  • Clothing that is tight, skimpy, or with plunging necklines.
  • Clothing that is see-through, revealing, or resembles undergarments.
  • Tube tops, halter-tops, halter-top dresses, strapless dresses or tops or dresses with spaghetti straps (tops must be at least two inches wide at the shoulder).
  • High heels or flip flops at the elementary level (Elementary students are encouraged to wear athletic shoes or closed toe shoes with a rubber sole and should wear such shoes for Physical Education and recess).

This week we will learn about:

Language: story elements (character, setting, plot, problem, solution), sight words for week 3:  around, should, pretty, through, before

Apparently I got off schedule and taught the sight words for week 4 last week.  We should have learned the words for week 2.  Sorry for the confusion.  We will get on schedule this week with words for week 3 and then I will do words for week 2 when we get to week 4.  Sorry!

Math:  measurement – volume and weight

Social Studies:  economics – goods/services, consumer/producer, savings, economic choices

Reminders:

Friday, April 26 – Talent Show

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Go Nuts For Reading on Thursday!

Special thanks once again to all the parents who were able to attend our field trip to the state capitol last week.  We had a beautiful day and learned so much about the capitol, the designer (Thomas Jefferson) and other Virginia Presidents.  We were able to see the Governor’s Mansion and many other historical monuments on the capitol grounds.  I was very proud of the children and the knowledge that they shared!  Thanks again!

What we will be learning this week:

Math: measurement using non-standard units (paper clips, unifix cubes, pencils, etc) We will be exploring: length,height, capacity, volume, weight

Language Arts: who, what, when, where, why, and how

Writing: P.I.E.  writing to persuade, inform and entertain

Social studies: Economics unit (wants and needs; goods and services; consumer/producer)

Reminders:

Thursday, April 18th – Go Nuts for Reading at the Diamond!

Friday, April 19th- 1/2 day of school for students; dismissal at 11:35AM.

Monday, April 22- NO SCHOOL for Easter holiday

Tuesday, April 23- Report cards come home

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Field Trip on Wednesday!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Spring Break.  I can’t wait to hear about all of your adventures!

I want to say a special thank you to all the parents and children who helped to make my birthday celebration so much fun.  I received so many beautiful flowers from the children that it took 3 vases to hold them all!  They are still beautiful today!  I also want to say a special thanks to all the parents who contributed to the class gift.  I love it!!!!  Teachers always need new tote bags especially ones that are monogrammed!  Huge thank you goes to Heather for coordinating such a special day for me and for bringing in the delicious cupcakes!!!  Thanks to all!!!

Field Trip on Wednesday to the Virginia State Capital! 

  • Students will need to bring a bagged lunch with a drink in a disposable container for our picnic on the grounds.
  • Students should wear their CLASS SHIRT and comfortable shoes. We will be outside for the majority of the field trip so please dress according to the weather.

As we return to school and our normal routine, please talk with your child about our class rules and expectations.  (be respectful, be safe and be kind)  We will also review them this week in class.

We will also get back to our normal homework routine.  Please be sure that you review what we are learning each week and that your child practices reading nightly.  We will be focusing on fluency this nine weeks.

This week we will learn about the following:

Language: asking and answering questions when we read to help our comprehension, the long vowel sound -igh makes in words like light and fight, sight words:  always, first, please, once, other

Math: measurement using non-standard units (unifix cubes, paperclips etc)

Science:  review natural resources, 3 R’s, pollution and conservation

Sight Word List for 4th Quarter!

sight words 4

Reminders:

Wednesday, April 10th – Field Trip to the Virginia State Capital

Friday, April 12th – Career Day

Deadline to fill out the parent survey is now April 19. See link below.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HCPS2019Parent

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Spring Is Here!

Well even though the weather is cool, Spring has arrived!  Last week we learned about how the Spring weather affects plants, animals and people.

I have extended the Scholastic Book order date until Wednesday, March 27.  I can then place the order and the books should arrive the first week we get back from Spring Break.

We will not have written homework this week.  Please remember to practice reading nightly, use Raz-Kids, Reflex Math and Zern!!!!!

We will not have any new vocabulary words this week.  We will review all third quarter words in preparation for our test on Thursday.

This week we will learn about the following:

Math: centers that review time to the hour and 1/2 hour and number sense

Language Arts: making inferences in a story

Writing: using voice in our writing

Science: conserving our natural resources (reduce, reuse, recycle), spring

Reminders:

Half Day for student March 29 – dismissal begins at 11:35

Spring Break is from April 1 – 5.  We will be returning to school on Monday, April 8.

Field Trip to the Virginia State Capital will be on Wednesday, April 10.

Career Day will be on Friday, April 12.

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