Shady Grove Book Fair!

The Bedford Falls Book Fair is coming to the Shady Grove Library next week! Your child will be bringing home a flyer this week with information about this annual fundraising opportunity. The flyer will feature many of the new and popular books offered by the Fair, but the Fair itself, held in the school’s Library, will contain hundreds of wonderful books for sale. Money raised from Book Fair sales will be used to purchase more Library books for the Shady Grove collection—books that can be borrowed and shared by ALL of our students! If you’d like to add some new books to your home library collection, or to purchase a few titles for the upcoming gift giving season, please consider visiting the Book Fair in the Library! (Check, cash, or Mastercard and Visa accepted.)

Dates and times for the Fair
Tuesday, November 14th: 2:30-5:00pm
Wednesday, November 15th: 2:30-7:00pm
Thursday, November 16th: 2:30-5:00pm

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Gifted Identification Window

Below is gifted information that is on the Shady Grove Website. There is also a link below to a flyer that provides the dates for the upcoming Gifted Informational Meetings (it is also on the Shady Grove Website).
Blurb from the website:
Parent referrals for gifted identification will be accepted in October and January for the following grade levels:
• Students in grades 3, 4, and 5 can be referred beginning October 9 to October 27, 2017.
• Students in Kindergarten and grades 1 and 2 can be referred beginning January 2 to January 19, 2018.
Submit referrals in writing (email is acceptable) to the Associate Principal, Crystal Metzger, at the appropriate referral period. Subject line of email should state Gifted Referral and the email should include student’s first and last name, grade level, teacher and area of referral (English, Math or Both English and Math). An email confirmation will be sent by the following day. If you do not receive an email confirmation, please call the school.

For information about Henrico County’s gifted identification process and school programs, visit
Important links about the Gifted Identification/Placement Process include:
• Frequently Asked Questions
• Parent/Guardian Identification Questionnaire
• Understanding the Identification Process

Gifted Flyer:

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Genre Dudes – 2017!

Third Grade Parents:

This week, the Library introduced a new reading program for all third graders called the “Genre Dudes” reading initiative, based on a book entitled Joe Bright and the Seven Genre Dudes by Jackie Mims Hopkins, which we shared during a recent Library visit. Every third grader has the opportunity to collect 8 cards (similar in size to baseball cards), each featuring a different literary genre. To collect a card, the student just needs to read a chapter book that is JUST RIGHT for him or for her, identify the book’s genre, and write a good one sentence summary of the book. The students can enter this information by accessing the “Genre Dudes” link on their teacher’s blog or on the school’s Library page at When a student submits the information about his or her book, the results are forwarded to our Librarian, Mrs. Blouch, who will then review and pull the appropriate card or cards for each student’s collection and have them ready to put in their plastic “card saver” sleeve each Friday. The sleeves will be kept in the Reading section of each student’s binder.

The objective of the program is to encourage students not only to read, which is ALWAYS a primary goal of the Library program, but to read and enjoy books in genres that they might not usually read. The books don’t have to be from our school library, as long as the book is a chapter book (it can be a book from the Nate the Great or Magic Treehouse series if that is JUST RIGHT for a particular child…or a book from the Harry Potter series that might be JUST RIGHT for another child). As long as the student reads the book entirely, can identify its genre, and write a good summary sentence about the book, he or she can earn a card and the accompanying incentives and recognition. In order to make sure that children are reading thoughtfully and meaningfully (and not rushing through their choice titles), students are requested to enter no more than two chapter books a week. The program will continue through the end of May.

Not only will the students collect a Genre Dudes card with each acceptable summary, they will also be awarded a fun incentive at the halfway point (after collecting 4 cards) and recognition on our Morning Announcement program after completing the program and collecting all 8 cards. Each student who collects all 8 cards by the end of the year will also receive a certificate of achievement and another fun incentive in honor of his or her accomplishment.

Please encourage your third grader to participate and develop into the lifelong reader and learner we know you want him or her to be!

The direct link to the summary page is:

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Welcome to Room 17’s Blog! The students and I hope you enjoy all the items that we share with you. Technology is an important part of the 21st century, especially as a means of communication! Hopefully our blog will keep you informed and encourage you to comment back to us!

As we celebrate Shady Grove’s 26th year, our on-going school theme is “The Cardinal Way”! We are continually working on the five pillars of good citizenship–Responsibility, Respect, Kindness, Creativity, and Integrity. We will keep these ideals in mind all year and work hard to practice each one!

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Happy 25th Birthday, Shady Grove!

We had a wonderful 25th birthday celebration on Thursday, May 18th, followed by our end-of-the year family picnic. Thank you, PTA for hosting!

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