The season of testing is upon us! Next month, we will be taking Reading and Math Benchmarks. These test will cover the first two quarters of the school year. At school, we review in reading stations along with learning the new material for this quarter. We are also brainstorming and writing test strategies that will help us be successful.
How can you help at home? As mentioned before Study Island is a great resource. When coming across new vocabulary word in nightly reading – define the word, break it apart (prefix – root – suffix), ask what other words might be on the same dictionary page, have them add a prefix or suffix to it and define the words new meaning, come up with synonyms and antonyms, etc. In math, computation is always a great place to review especially subtraction with zeros. Lastly, their academic journals are a great place to review materials.
As your students continues to grow, so does their responsibility as a student. As we begin the third quarter, we will begin to enter Power Assessments as test grades which are weighed heavier than classwork and quiz grades. We will try to alternate paper and computerized test, however, it is crucial that students have exposure to the tools and format of these test as they mirror most computerized test.
With work habits, we expect student to be more responsible with writing the proper heading expected on their assignments and turning in assignments on time. Assignments that are outstanding (missing more than a week) will result in a 50% marked for the assignment. Please be vigilant in checking powerschool for assignments marked “missing assignments”. We know this will be difficult for some students, however necessary to prepare them to move on to the upper grades.
Thursday, February 1st will be Kaechele Elementary School’s winter parent conference day, and teachers will be available by appointment only to meet with parents after school on this day from 2:30 to 6:00 PM. When scheduling appointments, please keep in mind the following:
- Conference appointments are 15 minutes, so please be ready to meet with the teacher at your scheduled time; teachers must adhere to their schedule.
- When scheduling more than one appointment on the same day for different teachers, please consider your travel time from one classroom to another.
- Due to the limited number of conference times, each family may sign up for one time slot per child.
If you are unable to attend please email me or cancel the appointment to open up the time slot for another family.
If your child is progressing appropriately in third grade you do not need to schedule a conference. However, if you have concerns, please make an appointment. Please be aware if your student has been referred for gifted identification these details will not be discussed at this conference. Portfolios are still being processed and data reviewed. Letters will be sent home on February 6th. We believe that communication plays a vital role in your child’s education, thank you for your continued support at home!
Again, Study Island is a great resource tool. Student’s score have already been inputted. I have reviewed this with your students as well. Students should be practicing on the NWEA Path and focusing on weak areas first (sections with scores below 70%). Students should set goals to get sections up to a certain percent, 70% is what is marked as passing. Some students will be exposed to above grade level concepts, when this occurs students are given the option to see a lesson for that particular skill. There are some lessons that include video clips (marked by a porthole). The videos along with the study guides are meant to provide direction. Please help your student use these resources as a practice tool. If you have any questions please email or call.
Important Change to the Benchmark Testing Window!
Henrico County has made the decision to allow use more instructional time to prepare students for Semester Benchmarks. Therefore, a new schedule has been developed within the new testing window of 2/5-2/23. Our new dates are as follows:
Reading Part 1: February 12
Reading Part 2: February 15
Math Part 1: February 22
Math Part 2: February 23
Scholastic Book Orders– Due Jan. 31st. You can order online QK2P7.
Valentine’s Day Information has come home. If you would like to donate materials for bag making, an nList will be sent home this week for requested items.
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:
Cause and Effect
Spelling List 7 (/oi/) Test Friday, 2/2
Time (Equivalent Periods and Elapsed Time)
Test Friday, 2/2
Students must know their facts (+, -, x, ÷)
Animal and Plant Life Cycles, Interdependency and Human Influence
Test Wednesday, 2/7
31 Scholastic Book Orders Due
FEBRUARY (Random Acts of Kindness Month and Read Aloud Month at KES)
1 Parent Conferences: 2:30-6:00 PM
2 Time Test
6 PTA Board Meeting in library: 6:30-7:30 PM
7 Animal and Plant Life Cycles, Interdependency & Human Influence Test
8 World Read Aloud Day & Reading Rally: 9:00 AM
12 Reading Benchmarks: Part 1
15 Reading Benchmarks: Part 2
15 Family Fun and Fitness Night
22 Math Benchmarks: Part 1
23 Math Benchmarks: Part 2
1 Half Day for Students
1 PTA Spirit Day at Short Pump Chick-Fil-A
6 PTA Board Meeting in library: 6:30 – 7:30 PM
20 Young Scientists: Simple Machines
23 Spring Pictures (individual only)
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!
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