Dear Families,

I can’t say thank you enough for all the sweet surprises during Teacher Work Week. I felt VERY appreciated and I count myself lucky to be able to teach such a thoughtful group of students. So please know that this simple thank you can’t encompass all my gratitude!


Dear Families, During our Civil War unit, I have talked with the students about many places nearby that were integral to the war and can be visited. They were all very excited to see some of these places so I mentioned I would send home information.

In Richmond:

Tredegar Iron Works/American Civil War Museum    The newest addition to this museum will be opening up next weekend on May 4th. They can see a great deal of artifacts, such as Robert E. Lee’s boots and Stonewall Jackson’s uniform. It is kid friendly and has interactive sections.

White House of the Confederacy – this is a tour of the actual home used by Jefferson Davis during the war and visited by Abraham Lincoln after the war. Use the link above for more information. Both places are part of the same organization.


Outside of Richmond:

Appomattox Court House This is a little over an hour away from Richmond. Here they can see interpreters, go inside the McLean house where the surrender took place, see the printing of parole passes, and much more. It is a beautiful place to walk around and visit – very family friendly.


Weekend Trip or long Day Trip:

Harper’s Ferry, WVA  This is a wonderful place to make a weekend visit. It is beautiful, historical, and quaint. They can see the convergence of three states and two rivers, see the town in which John Brown tried to start a slave rebellion, take a hike along the many mountain trails, etc.


If any students visit any of these historical places (or any other ones regarding the Civil War – there are far too many in the Richmond area to mention), they can earn extra credit by writing 2-3 paragraphs about what they learned.



Pamplin Park Field Trip

Monday, April 29th

**Students & chaperones need to arrive at school at 7:15 am!!**

****We have to leave on time to get there for our program start time!!!!****

What Should I Bring?

  • A small backpack for jackets, umbrella, etc.
  • Snacks (2: 1 for the morning and 1 for the afternoon)
  • Water/Drinks (NO SODA!!!)
  • No electronics or phones!

What Should I Wear?

  • All 4th graders should wear their class t-shirt for the trip. Comfortable shoes (There will be lots of walking today)

We will be returning to school on time so students will take their normal route home.  If there are any changes in transportation for Monday, April 29th, please send them in on Friday, April 26th,  so we will have that information in advance of the trip. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask!