Week of September 17th

Calendar Events

Wednesday 9/19 – Half-Day Dismissal 11:00

Thursday 9/20 – Back to School Night

Friday 9/21 – Peace Day

Friday 9/21 Wordly Wise and Social Studies Quizzes

Wednesday 9/26 – Reading MAPS

Thursday 9/27 – Math MAPS

Friday 10/12 – Fall Festival

Friday  10/19 – Fall Pictures

MATH –

  • 4.1 Number Sense – In this unit students will read and write numbers to 100 millions place.  They will also be expected to write those numbers in expanded and word form.  Next week we will be rounding, ordering, and comparing numbers to millions place.

Language Arts – 

  • Vocabulary – we will build vocabulary several ways.
    • Word of the Week:  Students are asked to use RAVENOUS  in written and spoken word.
    • Greek/Latin stems with PHOTOS (light) and TELE (distant)
    •  Fab Five words that will include synonyms and antonyms study.  Students will use these 5 words in sentences: sluggish, rapid, brace, meek, sassy
  • Reading –
    • Comprehension Strategies:  Monitoring Comprehension
    • Main Idea and Supporting Details
    • Summarizing
  • Writing –
    • This week we introduced a program called Mentoring Sentences in which students dissect a well written sentence.
    • We will continue  Daily Dazzle.  This weekly program includes questions on plurals, possessives, sentence type, synonyms, capitalization, editing,  grammar, simple/compound sentences, etc.
    • students will practice writing 2 paragraph essays.

Virginia Studies –

4.2 Regions – During this unit students will locate on a map the following: border states, major waterways, the 5 Regions of Virginia and the products/industries in each region.  Students will learn mnemonic devices to help:

Borders: Never Trust Kangaroos With Mac And Cheese

Rivers: Please Remember Your Jacket

Cities on the fall line: Alex likes Potatoes; Fred likes to Rap; King James with Rich

Regions: Always Vacuum Before People Find Crumbs

 

 

 

 

Week of Sept. 10th

Calendar Events

Thursday 9/13  Math and Science quizzes – given a day early due to the emergency closing of school on Friday

Friday 9/14 – School Cancelled

Wednesday 9/19 – Half-Day Dismissal 11:00

Thursday 9/20 Rescheduled Back to School Night 6:30-8:00

Friday 9/21 – Peace Day

MATH –

  • 4.14 Graphing – Students will read, interpret, and create both line graphs and bar graphs.  They need to understand that line graphs are used to show a change over time.   There will be a quiz on Thursday 9/13  with 15 multiple choice questions and 2 performance questions that require students turn data into an appropriate graph.  ***This is a change due to the emergency closing of school***

Language Arts – 

  • Vocabulary – we will build vocabulary several ways.
    • Word of the Week:  Students are asked to use BIZARRE  in written and spoken word.
    • Greek/Latin stems with PHOTOS (light) and Graph (write)
    •  Fab Five words that will include synonyms and antonyms study.  Students will use these 5 words in sentences: sluggish, rapid, brace, meek, sassy
  • Reading –
    • Socratic Seminar where students practice being active, supportive listeners during round table discussions
    • Comprehension Strategies:  Monitoring Comprehension
    • Reference materials – for what information do we use a dictionary, thesaurus, encyclopedia, or atlas?
  • Writing –
    • This week we will introduce students to Daily Dazzle.  This weekly program includes questions on plurals, possessives, sentence type, synonyms, capitalization, editing,  grammar, simple/compound sentences, etc.
    • students will practice writing 2 paragraph essays.

Science –

4.1 Scientific Investigation – through a variety of hands on activities, students will learn vocabulary such as variables, constants, qualitative vs quantitative data, etc.  This one-week unit will conclude with a quiz on Thursday. ***This is a change due to the emergency school closing on Friday***

 

Week of September 4th

Welcome back 4th Grade Families!!

I am so excited to go on this adventure in learning with all of you!

Reminders:

Orange Folder- This folder will come home daily with homework, communication from the school, PTA and/or me as well as completed daily classwork assignments.  Students should go through these nightly,  take out completed classwork, and return them to school each day with completed homework and any notes for me.

Homework –  Today students were given an orange homework notebook to write assignments each day.  Homework is also posted on my blog.

Subscribe to the BLOG– by subscribing to the BLOG you should get an email alert letting you know when the BLOG is updated.  I usually update the BLOG every Tuesday which is the same day the red folders go home with graded papers.

http://blogs.henrico.k12.va.us/efblack

Back to School Night- is September 13th from 6:30 – 8 pm.  I hope to see many of you back again to learn all about 4th grade.

SCA Applications-  Students will receive these tomorrow. Each child who would like to run for class representative needs to give a speech to our class.  Remember, they may not “promise” things that they cannot do;  for example – more recess time for each class. Our class will give speeches and vote on Friday, September 14th.

Week of June 11th


As we closeout the school year, we would like to have a little fun celebrating all your student’s accomplishments in 3rd grade. For the last week of school, we will have some special days to show our appreciation for their hard work.

June 11
Spirit Day: Wear NEON
Handheld Electronic Day: BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Students are responsible for their own devices. School computers and iPads will be available, too. Please be sure to have a technology permission slip turned in.

June 12
Spirit Day: Wear Tie-Dye
Autograph Day: Bring a special pen or sharpie to sign yearbooks or memory books. We will mingle with all third grade classes to be sure we don’t miss anyone!

June 13
Spirit Day: Wear a Hat
Board Game Day: Bring your favorite board game from home to play with your classmates.

June 14
Spirit Day: Wear Red, White, and Blue
Lights, Camera, Action: Novel Study Comparison Day: Students may choose to watch clips of “Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief” (PG) (written permission needed)  or “Charlotte’s Web” (G) while eating a picnic style lunch in the classroom. The cafeteria will be closed in support for our 5th graders who will have a special luncheon and end of the year celebration. All students are encouraged to bring a lunch from home; however, bagged lunches will be available for purchased. If interested in ordering a bagged lunch for this day, then please use the following link: http://tinyurl.com/halfdaylunch Students can also bring pre-popped popcorn as an extra snack.

June 15
Spirit Day: Wear your favorite KES shirt
Beach Book Day:  Bring your favorite book to read and  share.You may also bring a beach towel.


Keep your reading sharp and help us to win the Henrico County Public Library Summer Reading Trophy for the 6th year in a row! Join the Summer Reading Club and submit your reading before August 31st!
Friday, June 15th is the last day of school, and this day is a half day for students.
 We will begin dismissal three hours early at 11:00 AM. As a result, students will not go to the cafeteria for their assigned lunch time. The pre-order deadline for bagged lunches is Wednesday, June 13th. Please be aware that regular lunches will not be sold on June 14th and/or June 15th and only pre-ordered lunches will be prepared and served to students who ordered ahead of time. If you are interested in ordering your child a bagged lunch to be eaten at school before dismissal, then please sign up using this link: http://tinyurl.com/halfdaylunch.

JUNE
11        Spirit Day: Wear Neon Colors and Handheld Electronic Day
12       Spirit Day: Wear Tie-Dye and Autograph Day
13       Spirit Day: Wear a Hat and Board Game Day
14       Spirit Day: Wear Red, White, and Blue and Movie/Novel Study
Comparison Day
15       Spirit Day: Wear your favorite KES shirt and Beach Book Day
15       ½ day of school for students dismissal at 11:00 AM

June 6th


It’s hard to believe the school year is almost over! This week, we will finish administering Fountas & Pinnell reading assessments. Students will also participate in drama circles and practice math skills playing several math games.  Homework will consist of reading for 20 minutes and reviewing soil in our science journals.


The Wax Museum was a huge success! Thank you so much for all your help at home. We couldn’t have pulled it off without you. Be sure to check out the speeches and pictures under the picture tab.


All library materials are due back to the library.   
This week, you received notices of any overdue books your child still has. Please make every effort to find and return the books. If the book is still missing, you will receive an invoice with the amount due, payable to Kaechele Elementary School. Thank you for your help and support.


This Thursday, June 7th, when we kick off summer reading with a book fair, dedicate our awesome new outdoor classroom, and celebrate that we have completed this year’s “Mission.”  Once again, we will partner with our local bookshop, bbgb, to bring you this convenient opportunity to shop for the newest and best summer titles. During the evening, we will also dedicate our outdoor classroom, share about upcoming landscaping designs for the fall and reveal the official name. A flyer was sent home this past Tuesday with more detailed information, so if you have not seen it, then please check your child’s backpack. Again, I hope you will plan to join us as we celebrate our successes, and how we have made it “Possible”……  Please check your calendar to make sure you have noted Book Fair at Kaechele from 4:00-7:00 PM and Dedication Ceremony at 6:00 PM in our new outdoor classroom.Friday, June 15th is the last day of school, and this day is a half day for students. We will begin dismissal three hours early at 11:00 AM. As a result, students will not go to the cafeteria for their assigned lunch time. If you are interested in ordering your child a bagged lunch to be eaten at school before dismissal, then please sign up using this link: http://tinyurl.com/halfdaylunch.  Also, on Thursday, June 14th the cafeteria will be closedin support for our 5th graders who will have a special luncheon and end of the year celebration.   All preschool, KG- 4th grade classes will each lunch picnic style on the school grounds or in their classrooms on this day. Grade level teachers will determine what course of action is best for their class. All students are encouraged to bring a lunch from home; however, bagged lunches will be available for purchased. If interested in ordering a bagged lunch for this day, then please use the following link: http://tinyurl.com/halfdaylunch  The pre order deadline for bagged lunches is Wednesday, June 13th. Please be aware that regular lunches will not be sold on June 14th and/or June 15th and only pre-ordered lunches will be prepared and served to students who ordered ahead of time.


Don’t forget to check under the “Homework” tab to see what our focus is in school and what is expected at home. This is updated weekly along with the blog in order to keep you connected. As always, let me know if you have any questions!

This Week’s Curriculum Objectives:
Reading:
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

English:
End of the year Narrative writing piece

Math:
Students must know their facts (+, -, x, ÷)

Science:
Soil (components, layers, function)

JUNE
7         End of Year School Celebration and Book Fair in library 4:00-7:00 PM
11        Spirit Day: Wear Neon Colors 
12       Spirit Day: Wear Tie-Dye
13       Spirit Day: Wear a Hat
14       Spirit Day: Wear Red, White, and Blue
15       Spirit Day: Wear your favorite KES shirt
15       ½ day of school for students- dismissal at 11:00 AM

If you have not already checked the Coyote Courier, please click on the coyote below. There is a great deal of information that will help you stay on top of things here at Kaechele Elementary!

KES COYOTE COURIER LINK:

Week of May 28th

We are in the home stretch! This week, we will begin administering Fountas & Pinnell reading assessments. Students will also create their buttons for the Wax Museum at school. All materials for the speeches should be at home so that your child can practice every night to be ready for their presentation on Thursday. Please let me know if you have any questions regarding their speech or costume/props as soon as possible! Homework will consist of practicing for the Wax Museum, spelling (list 21), and preparing for the energy test on Tuesday. The poetry packet that came home a few weeks ago is due this Friday as well.

Students began working on their final speeches last week. These were sent home on Friday in order for them to have extra time over the long weekend if necessary. The Wax Museum is THIS THURSDAY MORNING, so everything needs to be ready by then. Practicing speeches is part of homework; please keep them in your Study Guide folder so we can practice at school as well. Again, if you have any questions, please let me know as soon as possible in order to be ready on time.

Reminders:

  • Make sure you have your costume and/or prop(s).
  • Polish, practice, and memorize your speech.
  • Presentations should be between 30 seconds and 1 minute.
  • Come dressed and ready to go on Thursday morning.
  • Parents will not be allowed in the exhibit (gym) until 9:00 am.

Attention Lego loving Coyotes!  We are organizing the 2018-19 Lego Robotics team.  Any rising 4th and 5th grader can sign up if wanting to be on the team.  Any question please contact kaechelepta@gmail.com. Please fill out this form if your child is interested in joining:  https://tinyurl.com/yavb73bqDon’t forget to check under the “Homework” tab to see what our focus is in school and what is expected at home. This is updated weekly along with the blog in order to keep you connected. As always, let me know if you have any questions!

This Week’s Curriculum Objectives:
Reading:
Read Along: The One and Only Ivan
3rd Grade Comprehension Skills

English:
Practicing Speeches
Spelling List 21 Test Friday 6/1

Math:
Students must know their facts (+, -, x, ÷)

Science:
Energy Test Wednesday, 5/30


28        No School
29        Visit from the Public Library
30       Energy Test
31        Wax Museum

JUNE
7         End of Year School Celebration and Book Fair in library 4:00-7:00 PM
11        Spirit Day: Wear Neon Colors
12       Spirit Day: Wear Tie-Dye
13       Spirit Day: Wear a Hat
14       Spirit Day: Wear Red, White, and Blue
15       Spirit Day: Wear your favorite KES shirt

15       ½ day of school for students- dismissal at 11:00 AM

If you have not already checked the Coyote Courier, please click on the coyote below. There is a great deal of information that will help you stay on top of things here at Kaechele Elementary!

KES COYOTE COURIER LINK: 

Week of May 21st


We’re almost there! This is the last official week of SOLs, please continue to practice math facts and skills at home. In school, we will review testing strategies, including showing work and solving all problems in various ways. In addition, we will focus whole group reading strategies, reviewing 3rd grade math skills, and transferring our speech outlines into speeches. Young Scientists will be here on the 23rd to review energy. Homework will consist of reading and math practice, spelling (list 22), and reviewing science journals nightly. The poetry packet that came home a few weeks ago is due June 1st.

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Students are working to transfer their research information to their speech outlines. These will then be used as the “framework” for your final speech. Students are welcome to bring their papers home, but it is each child’s responsibility to bring everything back to school EVERYDAY.

At home, please start gathering things for your costume and/or prop(s) if you haven’t already done so. You do not need to purchase something fancy! Some great places to look are Good Will, the back of your closets, old costumes, check with neighbors and friends. If you can’t think of what to do, please ask me for some suggestions! As students start completing their outlines and writing speeches, these will come home to “polish and practice”. Speeches should be no longer than 1 minute, and they should contain all the required information.

The Wax Museum will be held on Thursday, May 31st. This is a highlight of 3rd grade every year and we look forward to experiencing it with you all. Please plan on being at KES anytime  between 9am-10am to view the Wax Exhibit.Don’t forget to check under the “Homework” tab to see what our focus is in school and what is expected at home. This is updated weekly along with the blog in order to keep you connected. As always, let me know if you have any questions!

This Week’s Curriculum Objectives:
Reading:
Read Along: The One and Only Ivan
3rd Grade Comprehension Skills

English:
Transfering Speech Outlines to Speeches
Spelling List 22 Test Friday 5/24

Math:
Review 3rd Grade Skills
SOLs this Thursday and Friday
Students must know their facts (+, -, x, ÷)

Science:
Energy (Fossil Fuels vs “Clean” Energy)


MAY
23       Young Scientists: Energy
24       SOL Math Part 1
25       SOL Math Part 2
28       No School
31       Wax Museum

JUNE
7         End of Year School Celebration and Book Fair in library 4:00-7:00 PM
15       ½ day of school for students- dismissal at 11:00 AM

If you have not already checked the Coyote Courier, please click on the coyote below. There is a great deal of information that will help you stay on top of things here at Kaechele Elementary!

KES COYOTE COURIER LINK:

Week of May 14th


I hope your Mother’s Day Weekends were fabulous! This past week has made me feel not only appreciated, but relaxed, pampered, and a bit spoiled as well! It means so much to know that we are supported by each and every one of you in so many different ways. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

This week, we will focus whole group reading strategies, reviewing 3rd grade math skills, and transferring our research to speech outlines/speeches. Homework will consist of  math practice, Study Island,  spelling (list 20), and reviewing journals nightly. The poetry packet that came home a few weeks ago is not due until June 1st.


We will be completing a whole class read along novel unit with the book, The One and Only Ivan. Each student will have their own copy to read along as we hear about Ivan and his explore his thoughts and feelings.  The students will delve deeply into reading by working in groups to explore the novel’s rich vocabulary and figurative language.

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All students should be finished with their research for the Wax Museum. The students have spent significant class time using books and student safe websites to complete the research packets and become experts about their chosen person. Our focus  this week will shift off of researching information, onto putting that information into a speech outline. Please ask your students about their chosen person and what they have learned about him or her during their research.  Some students may still be struggling to find information.  Some at home assistance may be needed.  Students are welcome to bring their research packets and speech outlines home as well, but they must be brought back to school EVERY DAY. The Wax Museum will be held on Thursday, May 31st. This is a highlight of 3rd grade every year and we look forward to experiencing it with you all. Please plan on being at KES anytime  between 9am-10am to view the Wax Exhibit.
As you know, Study Island is the best way  to help your student  review the skills we have learned this year. The SOLs are solely based on 3rd grade material, so it is best to go to VA Programs/3rd Grade when doing your nightly practice. This link to the VA Department of Education which has released items that you can use to practice as well. You can print off released SOL tests to practice at home.  Today we took the most recent released SOL as a practice test.  I am meeting with each student individually to go over the items they missed and review skills not yet mastered.

– Released Tests & Item SetsDon’t forget to check under the “Homework” tab to see what our focus is in school and what is expected at home. This is updated weekly along with the blog in order to keep you connected. As always, let me know if you have any questions!

This Week’s Curriculum Objectives:
Reading:
Read Along: The One and Only Ivan
3rd Grade Comprehension Skills

English:
Transfering Research Notes onto Speech Outline
Review Writing Skills
Spelling List 20 (/ar/ and /or/ sounds) Test Friday 5/18

Math:
Review 3rd Grade Skills
Students must know their facts (+, -, x, ÷)

Social Studies:
Famous Americans
Test Wednesday

Science:
Energy
(Renewable vs. Nonrenewable Sources)

MAY

23     Young Scientists: Energy
24       SOL Math Part 1
25       SOL Math Part 2
28       No School
31        Wax Museum

JUNE
7         End of Year School Celebration and Book Fair in library 4:00-7:00 PM
15       ½ day of school for students- dismissal at 11:00 AM

If you have not already checked the Coyote Courier, please click on the coyote below. There is a great deal of information that will help you stay on top of things here at Kaechele Elementary!

KES COYOTE COURIER LINK:

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Week of May 7th

Image result for never give up cartoonWelcome to the first week of SOLs! We worked hard all year to hone our comprehension skills, and now’s the time to put it all together! Our Reading SOLs are given in two parts, each part having approximately 20 questions each. Students are given as much time is needed to complete the tests. We are really working to practice using the skills we have learned in order to do our very best. The greatest challenge usually lies in taking the time to really analyze both the question and all answer choices in order to make the best choice.

Image result for cartoon help with homeworkAt home, as you know, Study Island to help them review the skills we have learned this year. The SOLs are solely based on 3rd grade material, so it is best to go to VA Programs/3rd Grade when doing your nightly practice. This link to the VA Department of Education which has released items that you can use to practice as well. You can print off released SOL tests to practice at home, as they are actual tests and very similar to what your child will see this week.

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This week we will focus on practicing reading strategies, complete our study of patterns, research with biographies and autobiographies of famous Americans as well as our Wax Museum individuals. Homework will consist of reading and math practice,spelling (list 19), and reviewing journals nightly. The poetry packet that came home last week is not due until June 1st.

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Students should be finished with their research by Wednesday. If you have not read your biography, please read that book for your 20 minutes of reading. Students are welcome to bring their research packets home as well, but they must be brought back to school EVERY DAY. The Wax Museum will be held on Thursday, May 31st. This is a highlight of 3rd grade every year and we look forward to experiencing it with you all. Please plan on being at KES anytime  between 9am-10am to view the Wax Exhibit.
Don’t forget to check under the “Homework” tab to see what our focus is in school and what is expected at home. This is updated weekly along with the blog in order to keep you connected. As always, let me know if you have any questions!

This Week’s Curriculum Objectives:
Reading:
SOL Testing Schedule:
  – Wednesday, May 9 – Reading Part 1
– Thursday, May 10 – Reading Part 2

English:
Review Writing Skills
Research and Biographies
Spelling List 19 (contractions) Test Friday 5/11

Math:
Review Patterns
Test Friday, 5/11
Students must know their facts (+, -, x, ÷)

Social Studies:
Famous Americans
Test Wednesday, 5/15

Science:
Next: Energy

MAY

9          SOL Reading Part 1
10       SOL Reading Part 2
11       Patterns Test
23      Young Scientists: Energy
24      SOL Math Part 1
25      SOL Math Part 2
28      No School
31      Wax Museum

JUNE
7         End of Year School Celebration and Book Fair in library 4:00-7:00 PM
15       ½ day of school for students- dismissal at 11:00 AM

If you have not already checked the Coyote Courier, please click on the coyote below. There is a great deal of information that will help you stay on top of things here at Kaechele Elementary!

KES COYOTE COURIER LINK:

 

Week of April 30th

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It’s hard to believe that May is upon us! Please remember to have your child practice their skills using Study Island to help them review the skills we have learned this year. The SOLs are solely based on 3rd grade material, so it is best to go to VA Programs/3rd Grade when doing your nightly practice. Below, you will find a link to the VA Department of Education which has released items that you can use to practice as well. This week we will continue to study (and write) poetry, review patterns in math, and after testing European explorers on Thursday, we will move on to studying Famous Americans. Homework will consist of reading and math practice, spelling (list 18), finishing up with explorers and finally moving to Famous Americans. A poetry packet will  also come home. This is not due until June 1st.

 

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We will present our Wax Museum on Thursday, May 31st. This is a highlight of 3rd grade every year! Students have all chosen their individuals and we are beginning to take notes, answer questions, and record our research findings. Please plan on being at KES anytime between 9am-10am to view the Wax Exhibit.  Please check in with your child periodically about their progress.  This project will be done mainly in class, however it is important that all students are using their class time wisely.  By now all students should have finished reading their books, found a student safe website from the Library Learning Commons Research Toolbox as an additional resource, and be about halfway through completing their research packet.

Please make a note of these to assure your child will be present and able to take the SOLs with the rest of us. Remember, Study Island is a great resource to help prepare for these assessments. The VA Department of Education also offers practice tests and released test questions for the SOLs. We will be practicing with these at school, but highly encourage you to take some time to have some one-on-one practice at home as well!
– Released Tests & Item Sets

SOL Testing Schedule: Grade 3
  – Wednesday, May 9 – Reading Part 1
– Thursday, May 10 – Reading Part 2
– Thursday, May 24 – Math Part 1
– Friday, May 25 – Math Part 2


Don’t forget to check under the “Homework” tab to see what our focus is in school and what is expected at home. This is updated weekly along with the blog in order to keep you connected. As always, let me know if you have any questions!

This Week’s Curriculum Objectives:
Reading:
Poetry
Review Third Grade Skills

English:
Review Writing Skills
Review Affixes, Grammar Skills
Spelling List 18 ( plurals) Test Friday 5/4

Math:
Patterns
Students must know their facts (+, -, x, ÷)

Social Studies:
Explorers
Test 5/3
Famous Americans


MAY

1          Field Trip to Monticello
9         SOL Reading Part 1
10       SOL Reading Part 2
23       Young Scientists: Energy
24       SOL Math Part 1
25       SOL Math Part 2
28       No School
31       Wax Museum

JUNE
7         End of Year School Celebration and Book Fair in library 4:00-7:00 PM
15       ½ day of school for students- dismissal at 11:00 AM

If you have not already checked the Coyote Courier, please click on the coyote below. There is a great deal of information that will help you stay on top of things here at Kaechele Elementary!

KES COYOTE COURIER LINK:

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