Week of April 16th


It’s hard to believe that we are beginning the fourth nine weeks of school! We are working hard to prepare for the end of the year tests and 4th grade. Please remember to have your child practice their skills using Study Island to help them review the skills we have learned this year. This week will start off with a fun and informative Career Day. Then we will learn about different types of poetry, continue to work on our writing, work on combinations and probability, and begin studying some European explorers. Homework will consist of reading and math practice and reviewing on Study Island.
The dates for this year’s Measures of Academic Progress (MAPS) and Standards of Learning Assessments (SOLs) have been determined. Please make a note of these to assure your child will be present and able to take these 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

MAPS Testing Schedule: Grade 3

  • Wednesday, April 19 – Reading
  • Monday, April 23 – Math

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

Our last field trip will be on Tuesday, May 1st. We will be visiting Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello in Charlottesville, VA. We will be returning to school at 3:00 ( This is a change from the original permission slip).  Please make arrangements to have your child picked up from school.

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

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

Social Studies:
Explorers
Test May 3rd (Tentative)
APRIL

16       Career Day (½ day of school for students- dismissal at 11:00 AM
19       MAPS Reading
23       MAPS Math
27       Field Day

MAY
1         Field Trip to Monticello
9         SOL Reading Part 1
10      SOL Reading Part 2
24      SOL Math Part 1
25      SOL Math Part 2

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Week of April 9th


I hope you enjoyed your spring break and were able to have some quality time with your families. This week we will introduce elements of poetry, continue to work on our writing, learn about calculating mean, median, mode, range of data, and review for our test on simple machines this Friday. Homework will consist of reading and math practice, spelling (list 15), and reviewing simple machines.


Don’t forget that this Thursday is a spirit day. Everyone can wear camouflage to show their Coyote spirit!Career Day is coming April 16th. If you, or anyone you know, would be interested and willing to be a guest for this event we would so appreciate you joining us. Please use this link to sign up:  http://goo.gl/i5KqyV. More information is available on the weekly update. Thank you to everyone who can help make this day special by coming or recruiting a guest.


The dates for this year’s Measures of Academic Progress (MAPS) and Standards of Learning Assessments (SOLs) have been determined. Please make a note of these to assure your child will be present and able to take these 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

MAPS Testing Schedule: Grade 3

  • Wednesday, April 19 – Reading
  • Monday, April 23 – Math

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

 


On Tuesday, information about our last trip will be coming home. We will be visiting Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello in Charlottesville, VA, on Tuesday, May 1st. If you are interested in chaperoning, you can indicate so on the bottom of the permission slip.  Please do not send money for a chaperone ticket until your child’s teacher has contacted you. We know and appreciate that many parents want to join us on this trip, however space is limited.


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 Figurative Language, Author’s Purpose

English:
Writing Skills
Review Affixes, Grammar Skills
DLR Test Thursday 3/12
Spelling List 15 (/k/ sound) Test Friday 3/13

Math:
Mean/Median/Mode/Range
Students must know their facts (+, -, x, ÷)

Science:
Simple Machines
Test Friday 3/13APRIL
10        PTA Board Meeting in library 6:30-7:30 PM
12        Spirit Day – Wear camouflage
12        DLR Test
13        Simple Machines Test
16        Career Day (½ day of school for students- dismissal at 11:00 AM
19        MAPS Reading
23        MAPS Math
27        Field Day

MAY
1           Field Trip to Monticello
9           SOL Reading Part 1
10        SOL Reading Part 2
24        SOL Math Part 1
25        SOL Math Part 2

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Week of March 26th


We will have a busy week before spring break. Students will continue analyzing fiction and nonfiction texts, reviewing 3-D shapes to prepare for our test on Friday, continuing our study of figurative language (onomatopoeia, personification, alliteration, idioms), and begin studying simple machines. We will NOT be having a spelling test this week. Homework will consist of reading boxes, reviewing simple machines and geometry.
To extend upon our science unit, our field trip to the Math Science Innovation Center in Richmond will be this Tuesday. Students will explore the mechanics of simple and compound machines by constructing models featuring motors and sensors which they program using LEGO Education WeDo® software. Using engineering design principles, students work as a team to program their models in order to solve an interactive challenge.
The SCA will continue selling Smencils this week. Gel crayons and mechanical smencils will be $1.00 each. They will be available until all products are sold out.


Spring break is quickly approaching! Regardless of your plans, we hope that all our students plan to be reading. Please encourage your child to max out their checkouts from the library, so they can have plenty to keep themselves occupied when you need a break from spring break!

Career Day is coming April 16th. If you, or anyone you know, would be interested and willing to be a guest for this event we would so appreciate you joining us. Please use this link to sign up:  http://goo.gl/i5KqyV. More information is available on the weekly update. Thank you to everyone who can help make this day special by coming or recruiting a guest.

The dates for this year’s Measures of Academic Progress (MAPS) and Standards of Learning Assessments (SOLs) have been determined. Please make a note of these to assure your child will be present and able to take these 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

MAPS Testing Schedule: Grade 3

  • Wednesday, April 19 – Reading
  • Monday, April 23 – Math

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:
Summarizing Fiction and Nonfiction

English:
Figurative Language (onomatopoeia, personification, alliteration, idioms)

Math:
Geometry (3D shapes)
Test Friday, 3/30 (This is a change)
Students must know their facts (+, -, x, ÷)

Science:
Simple Machines
Test will be after Spring BreakMARCH
27        MSiC Field Trip
29        Festival of the Arts (5:30-7:30 PM)
30        Geometry Test  *This is a change*

APRIL
2-6      Spring Break Week
10        PTA Board Meeting in library 6:30-7:30 PM
16        Career Day (½ day of school for students- dismissal at 11:00 AM)

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Week of March 19th


We will continue summarizing fiction and nonfiction texts, build and explore polygons, look closer at figurative language (similes, metaphors, and hyperboles), and wrap up our unit ancient Mali. Homework will consist of math boxes, spelling (list 14), and reviewing ancient Mali lessons to prepare for Thursday’s test. Spring Pictures will be on Friday; these will be individual pictures only.
Young Scientist will  be coming to Kaechele on March 20th with a hands-on introduction to simple machines. This provide our third graders with a great foundation for our visit to the Math Science Innovation Center next week.
The SCA will be selling Smencils starting Thursday. Gel crayons and mechanical smencils will be $1.00 each. They will be available until all products are sold out. These are “hot items” so they will sell out quickly. If your child is interested in purchasing one of these, please send them in with money on Thursday.
Our next field trip will be to the Math Science Innovation Center on Tuesday, March 27th. Here, students will explore the mechanics of simple and compound machines by constructing models featuring motors and sensors which they program using LEGO Education WeDo® software. Using engineering design principles, students work as a team to program their models in order to solve an interactive challenge.Career Day is coming April 16th. If you, or anyone you know, would be interested and willing to be a guest for this event we would so appreciate you joining us. Please use this link to sign up:  http://goo.gl/i5KqyV. More information is available on the weekly update. Thank you to everyone who can help make this day special by coming or recruiting a guest.
The dates for this year’s Measures of Academic Progress (MAPS) and Standards of Learning Assessments (SOLs) have been determined. Please make a note of these to assure your child will be present and able to take these 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 ono-on-one practice at home as well!
– Released Tests & Item Sets

MAPS Testing Schedule: Grade 3

  • Wednesday, April 19 – Reading
  • Monday, April 23 – Math

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:
Summarizing Fiction and Nonfiction

English:
Figurative Language (simile, metaphor, hyperbole)
Spelling List 14 (commonly confused words) Test Friday 3/23

Math:
Geometry (congruency, symmetry, 3D figures)
Test Friday, 3/30 (This is a change)
12x Facts
Students must know their facts (+, -, x, ÷)

Social Studies:
Ancient Mali
Test Thursday, 3/22

Science:
Next unit: Simple Machines



MARCH
20       Young Scientists: Simple Machines
22       Ancient Mali Test
23       Spring Pictures (individual only)
27       MSiC Field Trip (Lego Robotics)
29       Festival of the Arts (5:30-7:30 PM)
30       Geometry Test  *This is a change*

APRIL
2-6     Spring Break Week
10       PTA Board Meeting in library 6:30-7:30 PM
16       Career Day (½ day of school for students- dismissal at 11:00 AM

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Week of March 12th

This we we hope to harness the “Luck of the Irish” as we go on our March field trips and continue our studies in school. We will work on summarizing fiction and nonfiction texts, continue to work on our writing, explore more with geometry, and research about life in ancient Mali. Homework will consist of reading and math boxes, spelling (list 13), and reviewing ancient Mali lessons.
Our next field trip will be to the Math Science Innovation Center on Wednesday, March 27th. Here, students will explore the mechanics of simple and compound machines by constructing models featuring motors and sensors which they program using LEGO Education WeDo® software. Using engineering design principles, students work as a team to program their models in order to solve an interactive challenge.Career Day is coming April 16th. If you, or anyone you know, would be interested and willing to be a guest for this event we would so appreciate you joining us. Please use this link to sign up:  http://goo.gl/i5KqyV. More information is available on the weekly update. Thank you to everyone who can help make this day special by coming or recruiting a guest.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:
Summarizing Fiction and Nonfiction

English:
Writing Skills
Spelling List 13 (homonyms) Test Friday 3/16

Math:
Geometry (polygons)
Students must know their facts (+, -, x, ÷)
Test Wednesday, March 28th

Social Studies:
Ancient Mali
Test Thursday, 3/22
MARCH
12        Field Trip to Richmond Walks and Historical Tredegar
20        Young Scientists: Simple Machines
22        Ancient Mali Test
23        Spring Pictures (individual only)
27        MSiC Field Trip
29        Festival of the Arts (5:30 – 7:30 PM)

APRIL
2-6      Spring Break
10        PTA Board Meeting in library 6:30 – 7:30 PM
16        Career Day (½ day of school for students – dismissal at 11:00 AM

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Week of March 5th


This week we will continue discussing author’s purpose in various forms of literature, work on our writing skills, and wrap up our units on fractions and economics. Next Monday is our field trip to Richmond Walks and History Program at Brown’s Island and Tredegar Iron Works. If you haven’t already done so, please turn in your child’s permission slip along with $7.00 to cover the cost of the trip. Homework will consist of  math boxes, spelling (list 12), and preparing for the upcoming fractions and economics tests.
Today our class had the opportunity to work with artist, Charlene Woods (see some examples of her work above).  Each class will be creating a piece of art to auction at our Art Festival later this month.  
Our next trip will be to the Math Science Innovation Center on Tuesday, March 27th. Here, students will explore the mechanics of simple and compound machines by constructing models featuring motors and sensors which they program using LEGO Education WeDo® software. Using engineering design principles, students work as a team to program their models in order to solve an interactive challenge. There is no cost for this trip. Permission slips will be sent home with Tuesday papers. Please sign and return yours as soon as possible.
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:
Author’s Purpose

English:
Using Author’s Purpose
March Mini-Writes
Spelling List 12 (words ending in -ed and -ing) Test Friday 3/9

Math:
Fractions Test Tuesday 3/6
Geometry (points, lines, rays, line segments and angles)
Students must know their facts (+, -, x, ÷)

Social Studies:
Economics Test on Thursday 3/8
Ancient Mali
MARCH
6          PTA Board Meeting in library: 6:30 – 7:30 PM
8          KES Internet Safety Parent Session in library: 6:30 – 7:30 PM
12        Field Trip to Richmond Walks and Historical Tredegar
20        Young Scientists: Simple Machines
23        Spring Pictures (individual only)
27        MSiC Field Trip
29        KES Festival of the Arts

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Week of February 26th


We will discuss author’s purpose in various forms of literature, continue to explore with fractions, and learn more about economics. Don’t forget that this Thursday will be a half-day for students. Please be sure to sign up if your child will need a bagged lunch on this day. Homework will consist of sharing Dr. Seuss books, reading boxes, spelling (list 11), and reviewing economic lessons.

 


On Monday, March 12th, we will be visiting Brown’s Island to participate in The Richmond Walks and History Program, a 90 minute walking tour along the riverfront and Brown’s Island. This is a great opportunity for your child to experience animal populations on the river, the history of goods produced on the riverfront, river and water conservation, along with a visit to the Christopher Newport Monument. This will be coordinated with a National Park Service program at Tredegar Iron Work entitled Mills, Waterwheels and Raceways. Permission slips will be sent home this Monday and will be due the following Tuesday. If you are interested in chaperoning, please indicate this on the bottom portion of the permission slip and return it this week. We will let you know who has been selected on Friday.
Our next trip will be to the Math Science Innovation Center on Tuesday, March 27th.  Here, students will explore the mechanics of simple and compound machines by constructing models featuring motors and sensors which they program using LEGO Education WeDo® software. Using engineering design principles, students work as a team to program their models in order to solve an interactive challenge.


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:
Author’s Purpose
Dr.Seuss Reader’s Theatre

English:
Using Author’s Purpose
Spelling List 11 (/s/ and /z/ sounds) Test Friday 2/2

Math:
Fractions (comparison, mixed numbers, addition & subtraction)
Students must know their facts (+, -, x, ÷)

Social Studies:
Economics
FEBRUARY
 (Random Acts of Kindness Month and Read Aloud Month at KES)

MARCH
1          Half Day for Students
1          PTA Spirit Day at Short Pump Chick-Fil-A
2          Visit from artist Charlene Woods
6          PTA Board Meeting in library: 6:30 – 7:30 PM
8          KES Internet Safety Parent Session in library: 6:30 – 7:30 PM
12        Field Trip to Tredegar
20        Young Scientists: Simple Machines
23        Spring Pictures (individual only)
27        MSiC Field Trip Innovation Station

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We are halfway through our benchmark tests! This week, the math assessments will be given on February 22nd and 23rd. Math boxes are being given as homework this week to provide some extra spiral review for the students. We will also introduce fractions and the  11 multiplication facts this week. In science, we will discuss how the moon affects the tides and review Earth cycles for our test on Thursday. (This is a change in order to have an extra day for review.) We will then move to economics for our next social studies unit. For language arts, our academic focus will be on drawing conclusions, using commas, and double consonants. Homework will consist of reading and math boxes, spelling (list 10). and reviewing earth & moon cycles.


Book orders are coming home! If you are interested in getting some fresh books, please order by February 28th. To order online, please use the code .

Upcoming SCA Spirit Days:


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:
Drawing Conclusions

English:
Using Commas
Spelling List 10 (double consonants) Test Friday 2/23
Review HOMOPHONES daily- TEST next week 2/28

Math:
Fractions (identification, representation and comparison)
Multiplying by 11
Students must know their facts (+, -, x, ÷)

Science:
Earth Cycles (Rotation and Revolution)
Moon Cycle (Phases)
Tides
Test Thursday 2/22
FEBRUARY
 (Random Acts of Kindness Month and Read Aloud Month at KES)
22        Earth Cycles Test
22        Math Benchmarks: Part 1
23     
   Math Benchmarks: Part 2

MARCH
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
8           KES Internet Safety Parent Session 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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Week of February 11th

                               
This week we will celebrate Valentine’s Day in between taking the Reading Benchmark Tests. Homework will consist of reading boxes, family read aloud, spelling (list 9)  and reviewing counting money and making change.  Our academic focus will be on making inferences, homophones, writing /f/ or /ph/ sound, making change, and cycles of the moon.

The benchmarks are a good way for students to practice for the end of the year SOLs. Please continue to use Study Island to practice “deeper” questions on the computer. Students need to STOP AND THINK – what is the question asking for? How can I PROVE this answer? Where is the EVIDENCE? 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. Ask your children to summarize things they are reading and living (what was the main idea about science, recess, lunch, math, 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.

        
REMINDERS
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 tests.

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.
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

We will not be having a Valentines party, but students will be able to distribute cards if they would like as long as they include everyone.


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:
Making inferences
Drawing Conclusions

English:
Homophones
Spelling List 9 (/f/) Test Friday 2/16

Math:
Money (making change from $5.00)
Students must know their facts (+, -, x, ÷)
Test Friday 2/16

Science:
Earth Cycles (Rotation and Revolution)
Moon Cycle (Phases)
Test 2/21
FEBRUARY
 (Random Acts of Kindness Month and Read Aloud Month at KES)
12       Reading Benchmarks: Part 1
15       Reading Benchmarks: Part 2
15        Family Fun and Fitness Night
16       Money Test
21       Earth Cycles Test
22       Math Benchmarks: Part 1
23       Math Benchmarks: Part 2

MARCH (Youth Art Month)
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
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!

KES COYOTE COURIER LINK:

 

Week of February 5th

This week we will be getting ready for taking the Reading and Math Benchmarks. These test will cover the first two quarters of the school year. At school, we practice taking more Power Assessments on the computer, continue to review spirally, along with learning the new material for this quarter.
How can you help at home? Study Island is a great resource that offers practice with “deeper” questions on the computer which are similar to the problems they will see on benchmarks, MAPS, and SOLs. 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. Ask your children to summarize things they are reading and living (what was the main idea about science, recess, lunch, math, 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 tests.

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.


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
World Read Aloud

On Thursday, February 8th, we will have our World Read Aloud Rally. Our class chose their favorite books to represent our classroom:
Gold: The Lightning Thief
Silver: A Whole New Ball Game

Bronze: Because of Winn Dixie

Students may dress up (following HCPS dress code) to connect with any of the top 3 choices their class voted on for our World Read Aloud event. This would be a fun way to celebrate our top choices. Students could dress as one of their favorite characters or in the style of their favorite choice.

                                            

Valentine’s Day
We will not be having a Valentines party, but students will be able to distribute cards if they would like as long as they include everyone. Our bags will be decorated this week at school. Some students have expressed interest in bringing decorated bags/boxes from home which is fine as well.


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This Week’s Curriculum Objectives:
Reading:
Making Inferences and Drawing Conclusions
Novel Study:  Because of Winn Dixie

English:
Homophones
Writing (Hooks, Introductions, Conclusions)
Spelling List 8 (/ow/) Test Friday 2/9

Math:
Money (counting and comparing change up to $5.00)
Students must know their facts (+, -, x, ÷)

Science:
Animal and Plant Life Cycles, Interdependency and Human Influence
Test Wednesday 2/7
Earth Cycles (Rotation and Revolution)

FEBRUARY (Random Acts of Kindness Month and Read Aloud Month at KES)
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

MARCH
1          Half Day for Students
1          PTA Spirit Day at Short Pump Chick-Fil-A
2          Dr. Seuss’s Birthday
6          PTA Board Meeting in library: 6:30 – 7:30 PM
23       Spring Pictures (individual only)

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