April 22, 2020

Hello, Families! Edflix Season 2 is LIVE!   I look forward to working with your children during this new phase of virtual learning!  Here are a few Edflix highlights I during our Zoom meeting last week.

  • Author Study – Kate DiCamillo – Students can chose one of her books on the list to be in a Virtual Book Club with classmates to discuss the book.
  • Check out the Valentine Museum on Clever and consider submitting an artifact
  • Plan a party using a budget of $100.  Then see if you can host your event after cutting 25% out of your budget.
  • Explore places of interest throughout Virginia.  Create an advertisement of a places you would like to visit in each of the 5 regions of Virginia
  • Research plant parts and discover how they reproduce – it is a great time to conduct a plant experiment using the steps of the Scientific Method.
  • check out Mr. Krauss’ music blog http://blogs.henrico.k12.va.us/gekrauss
  • Get your family up and moving using the Dice game activities we did in class.

In addition to Edflix my best advice to all of you to keep your brain healthy and active is to read everyday, keep a journal, get out and exercise, and try something new.

Class Zoom Meet Ups – From now on the link and password will be the same.  For safety I will send it through email and not post here.

Tuesdays 2pm

Thursdays 10am

Last but not least – Check out the Photos link above to see all of the pictures I took of our class this year.

 

KES Spirit Week – March 30-April 3rd

KES Spirit Week:  Staying connected as a KES Family.  In spite of being out of school, KES Coyotes show their school spirit!”   

 Monday, March 30  USA Day:  Wear Red, White, and Blue. 

United we Stand!   Although we are practicing social distancing and staying in our homes, let’s show our support for our country!

Tuesday, March 31  Showcase a Habitude. 
Use your imagination and share a habitudeTake a photo of a picture or share a 30 second video.  Remember the habitudes are: Self- Awareness, Curiosity, Adaptability, Courage, Passion, Imagination, and Perseverance.   If interested, the creator of Habitudes, Angela Maiers, has a 1 ½ minute explanation of Habitudes:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWP7esCq7KM 

 Wednesday, April 1  Family Game Day.  
Share a photo of a game you have played together or something else that you have been working on as a family.    

Thursday, April 2   Build a Fort.  
This is the day to show your creativity! Build a fort however you like and use whatever resource you would like.  Make sure you have permission for whatever you choose to do!   

Friday, April 3 KES Day:  Showcase your best Coyote Spirit!  
KES coyotes have spirit…. Yes, we do!   However you want to show your spirit- do it!   Of course, our school colors, Teal and Orange, have to be a part of your picture, but you decide how!!!     

Below is the link for where we will share and post pictures and short ( 30 seconds or less) videos.  To support all KES families, there is a password associated with the site. The password is to protect our students and allows only KES families to have access to the photo gallery.  As a result, please do not copy or post photos from this gallery to share on your personal social media platforms. Thank you for respecting this request and supporting all KES families.    http://blogs.henrico.k12.va.us/mxcaratachea/subjects/kes-spirit-days-2020/
(password was shared in a KES School Messenger message on 3/38/20.  You may also contact your child’s teacher for the password.)

March 3rd

7th Annual Pi Day Celebration- we are getting ready to celebrate Pi Day.  This year we will be celebrating on March 12th.  Here is the sign up link so that we can enjoy celebrating Pi Day with some pie!

CLICK HERE – 7th ANNUAL PI DAY CELEBRATION SIGN UP

Recorder Concert – The 4th grade recorder concert is this Friday at 1:00.  Please make sure your student is practicing.  Students should bring their recorder to school every day from now until the concert as we may be having practice time each day.

Student-Led Conference Survey- Our first annual Student Led Conference night on Feb 13th was a great success.  All of our coyotes were so proud to share their learning with their families. Please give us information on how to make future events like this more relevant, authentic and important for our students’ academic growth.  Thank you for answering the following questions on this survey by March 8th. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScvsocmaQzzJmkoduarKpY8GESWRJ_scgH5bHKwdWd2JNKBxQ/viewform

Picture Day-  Picture day will be on March 19th.

Career Day- Looking for presenters for Career Day 2020! This year’s Career Day is Friday, April 3rd. Sign up here: http://goo.gl/i5KqyV

Curriculum Updates:

Language Arts: Monitoring Comprehension, The Phantom Tollbooth
Math: Measurement
Social Studies: Civil War – Test Friday 3/6

MARCH
Student Holiday
NED Character Ed assembly; 1:00 (supported by KES PTA)
1:00 4th grade recorder concert for 4th grade parents and 3rd grade students.
10 PTA Board Meeting in library 6:30-7:30 pm (THIS IS A CHANGE!)
19 Spring Pictures (individual only)
26 Festival of the Arts; 6:00-8:00 PM
30 ½ day for students

APRIL 
Career Day  
6-13 Spring Break Week/ School Closed (note: Monday, April 13 is student/staff holiday)
14 PTA Board Meeting in library 6:30-7:30 PM
15 Marco’s Pizza night (for last names beginning with A-M, or by preference)
16 Marco’s Pizza night (for last names beginning with N-Z, or by preference)
16 Kindergarten Registration for 2020-21 school year; 8:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00
20  Reading MAPS testing
21  Math MAPS Testing
30 Parent Internet Safety Session; 6:30-7:30  ( kick off for Screen Free Day on May 1st)

February 27th

At Kaechele we like to think that we celebrate kindness everyday but please help us by participating in our last monthly Random Act of Kindness.

February 24-28 Change for Children Sponsored by KES school counseling and the SCA.  The money raised will support the Children’s Hospital at VCU.  Thank you to all who have donated.  Our jar is almost full!

Student-Led Conference Survey- Our first annual Student Led Conference night on Feb 13th was a great success.  All of our coyotes were so proud to share their learning with their families. Please give us information on how to make future events like this more relevant, authentic and important for our students’ academic growth.  Thank you for answering the following questions on this survey by March 8th. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScvsocmaQzzJmkoduarKpY8GESWRJ_scgH5bHKwdWd2JNKBxQ/viewform

Recorder Concert – The 4th grade recorder concert is coming up.  Please make sure your student is practicing.  March 6th – 1:00 Recorder Concert.  Students should bring their recorder to school every day from now until the concert as we will be having practice time each day.

Career Day- Looking for presenters for Career Day 2020! This year’s Career Day is Friday, April 3rd. Sign up here: http://goo.gl/i5KqyV

Curriculum Updates:

Reading: Compare/Contrast – The Phantom Tollbooth novel study
Math:  Measurement – Pre- Algebra enrichment
Social Studies: Civil War – Test next Friday 3/6
English:  Writing comparing and contrasting paragraphs

February
28  Dream about Kindness (wear Pjs to school)

MARCH
Student Holiday
NED Character Ed assembly; 1:00 (supported by KES PTA)
1:00 4th grade recorder concert for 4th grade parents and 3rd grade students.
10 PTA Board Meeting in library 6:30-7:30 pm (THIS IS A CHANGE!)                      13 4th and 5th Grade Pi Day Celebration (more information to come)
19 Spring Pictures (individual only)
26 Festival of the Arts; 6:00-8:00 PM                                                                             27  4th Grade Field Trip – Cold Harbor Battlefield & Gaine’s Mill Battlefield                    30 ½ day for students

APRIL 
Career Day  
6-13 Spring Break Week/ School Closed (note: Monday, April 13 is student/staff holiday)
14 PTA Board Meeting in library 6:30-7:30 PM
15 Marco’s Pizza night (for last names beginning with A-M, or by preference)
16 Marco’s Pizza night (for last names beginning with N-Z, or by preference)
16 Kindergarten Registration for 2020-21 school year; 8:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00
30 Parent Internet Safety Session; 6:30-7:30  ( kick off for Screen Free Day on May 1st)

Week of February 3rd

Happy February!

It is hard to believe we are half way through the year!  Your students continue to make progress and WOW me everyday with their insightful contributions to classroom discussions and their hard work.

I was quite surprised and genuinely touched by the thoughtful cards, gifts, flowers and treats I was showered with for my Half Birthday last Friday.  My day was certainly made brighter.  Thank you all for you kindness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You should have received an email from Mrs. Patterson with a video link this evening about student led conferences.  Our class has been working on webpages to showcase their goals and also some of the activities they have been working on throughout the year.  Please note if you and your student are not able to attend, the students are able to present them to you at home.  There will not be a time to meet privately with me and this is not a required conference, but a time for your students to share with you.

Our class will be exchanging Valentines on February 14th.  Students will be decorating bags in class to collect their Valentines. We have 22 students in our class. If your child would like to exchange Valentines he or she must bring one for every classmate.  I will send home a class list this week.  You may send in pre-wrapped treats or goodies to go along with the cards, however any food or candy will not be opened until they get home.

During the month of February, KES will celebrate “Random Acts of Kindness,” and we are encouraging all children to think about special ways they can practice kindness towards others. Throughout the month we will have community service projects to help make the world a better place!  Information was sent home with all students this week. Below is a summary of the events:

February 3-28 Donate gently used new or used books- Books will be given to needy Henrico students for summer reading.  Sponsored by KES school counseling and KES community service club.

February 10th-14 Bottle Brigade Collection of Plastics to Recycle–Students will deposit any plastics for recycling in bins at school.  Sponsored by KES school counseling and the World Savers Club.

February 24-28 Change for Children Sponsored by KES school counseling and the SCA

SAVE THE DATE:

Curriculum Updates:

Reading: Cause and Effect, The Phantom Tollbooth novel study
Math: Geometry Unit
Science: Electricity
English: Greek and Latin Roots, Daily Dazzle

February
2/10 Report Cards go home
2/13 Student Led Conferences
2/17 Half Day for students
2/26 @ 5:00-8:00 KES Fitness and PTA Spirit at Boomerang

Week of January 6th

Happy New Year to all our Kaechele families.

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Curriculum Updates:

Reading: Students are reading biographies and researching famous Virginians, or people who are related to our 4th grade curriculum in some way. Wordly Wise lesson 9 – Test Friday
Math: Adding and Subtracting fractions with like and unlike denominators.
Social Studies: Building a New Nation- documents
English: Word Study – Greek and Latin stem test Thursday, We are writing color poems, letters to our pen pals and 2020 goals.  We also have a Daily Dazzle this week with a How To writing prompt.

January 1/20 Student/Staff Holiday
1/22 & 1/23 Benchmark  for Reading
1/24 End of the Marking Period
1/27 Student Holiday
1/29 & 1/30 Benchmark for Math
1/31 at 6:30-8:00 International Festival in KES Gym

February

2/10 Report Cards go home
2/13 Student Led Conferences
2/17 Half Day for students
2/26 @ 5:00-8:00 KES Fitness and PTA Spirit at Boomerang

 

 

 

Week of November 18

Spelling Bee:  Congratulations to our Spelling Bee winner!   Ryan Phipps and our alternate Gauri Tyagi

Member Hub:  Please make sure you have signed up for the Member Hub. This is where class sign ups will be to volunteer for Holiday parties     http://kespta.com/volunteer/memberhub/

Spirit Day- this Friday. Please support the SCA spirit day- Bring a Stuffed Animal Day.

 

NOVEMBER

20 Make up pictures (individual)
20  Report Cards go home
22 SCA Spirit Day- bring your favorite stuffed animal to school
27-29 Thanksgiving Holiday; School closed

DECEMBER
3 PTA Spirit Night at Bowl America (4:00-7:00) PM
3 PTA Board meeting in library at 7:30-8:30 PM
9 ½ day of school for students- dismissal at 11:00 AM
12 Winter Music Fest; 6:30 PM in gym
19 Jack Frost Jam (assembly during the school day) and winter parties KG-5
23-31 Winter Break- School Closed

Curriculum Updates:

Reading: Wordly Wise lesson 7, Drawing conclusions and Making inferences
Math: Division and Hands on Equations with Mrs. Becker
Social Studies: Colonial Times
Science: Solar System next week – Space Day Tuesday – 4th grade PJ day
English:  Harris Burdick stories – Proper and Possessive nouns

Week of November 11

From Mrs. Shaia: Save the date: Parent Seminar Bully Prevention November 14, 2019 6-7pm in the KES cafeteria

Jamestown field trip tomorrow 11/13

  It will be very cold!  Please encourage your children to dress warmly, as we will be outside all day.

  • Arrive at school promptly at 7am – we will meet in the gym
  • Pack a lunch in disposable containers to be collected by the chaperones and 2 snacks packed separately to be kept on the bus
  • Students my bring electronics at their own risk to be used on the bus ride
  • Dismissal from the Gym promptly at 4:00pm

 

 

NOVEMBER
13- Jamestown field trip
12- PTA Spirit Night at Chipotle; 4:00-8:00 PM
18- ½ day of school for students- dismissal at 11:00 AM
20- Make up pictures (individual)
27-29- Thanksgiving Holiday; School closed

DECEMBER
3- PTA Spirit Night at Bowl America (4:00-7:00) PM
3- PTA Board meeting in library at 7:30-8:30 PM
9- ½ day of school for students- dismissal at 11:00 AM
12- Winter Music Fest; 6:30 PM in gym
19- Jack Frost Jam (assembly during the school day) and winter parties KG-5
23-31- Winter Break- School Closed

Curriculum Updates:

Reading:  Blood on the River,  Non fiction text features and Making Inferences
Math: Multiplication and Division
Social Studies: Colonial life after Jamestown
English: Creative writing – Harris Burdick stories

 

Week of October 28th

From Mrs. Shaia: Save the date: Parent Seminar Bully Prevention November 14, 2019 6-7pm in the KES cafeteria

 Veteran’s Day Assembly- is on Friday, Nov 8 from 9 – 10:30am   We are asking families to donate items for our troops again this year.  Here is a link of the items we are encouraging our students to bring in:

Collection List

Jamestown – Thanks to the many parents who volunteered to be a chaperone for our field trip. Unfortunately due to the limited amount of space on the bus I am only able to have 4 official chaperones.  If you would like to join us that day you are welcome to meet us at Jamestown and purchase an admission ticket there.

 Family Life- is scheduled for Nov. 1st.

 Parent/Teacher Conferences- are scheduled for November 4th and 5th.  Please use the following link to sign up for a conference https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090844a5ab22a7f58-november2

OCTOBER
31 – Fire Safety Lesson

NOVEMBER
1- Family Life
4/5- Parent Conferences 2:30-6:00 PM on 11/4 and 7:30-11:00 AM on 11/5
6- PTA Board Meeting in library 6:30-7:30 PM (Date Change)
8- 9:00 AM Veteran’s Day Assembly
13- Jamestown field trip
12- PTA Spirit Night at Chipotle; 4:00-8:00 PM
18- ½ day of school for students- dismissal at 11:00 AM
20- Make up pictures (individual)
27-29- Thanksgiving Holiday; School closed

DECEMBER
3- PTA Spirit Night at Bowl America (4:00-7:00) PM
3- PTA Board meeting in library at 7:30-8:30 PM
9- ½ day of school for students- dismissal at 11:00 AM
12- Winter Music Fest; 6:30 PM in gym
19- Jack Frost Jam (assembly during the school day) and winter parties KG-5
23-31- Winter Break- School Closed

Curriculum Updates:

Reading: Blood on the River, Non-fiction text features, Wordly Wise lesson 6
Math: Equalities and extension activities including hands on equations, order of operations
Science: Weather project presentations
Social Studies: Primary and Secondary sources and Jamestown
English: Creative writing – Harris Burdick stories

 

Week of October 21st

 

 

 Unity Day- is Oct. 23rd- please wear orange.

From Mrs. Shaia: Save the date: Parent Seminar Bully Prevention November 14, 2019 6-7pm in the KES cafeteria

 Veteran’s Day Assembly- is on Friday, Nov 8 from 9 – 10:30am   We are asking families to donate items for our troops again this year.  Here is a link of the items we are encouraging our students to bring in:

Collection List

 

 Family Life- is scheduled for Nov. 1st.  Letters are coming home today.

 Parent/Teacher Conferences- are right around the corner. Information will be coming home from Mrs. Patterson soon about signing up for conferences.

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

NOVEMBER
1- Family Life
4/5 Parent Conferences 2:30-6:00 PM on 11/4 and 7:30-11:00 AM on 11/5
6 PTA Board Meeting in library 6:30-7:30 PM (Date Change)
8 9:00 AM Veteran’s Day Assembly- highlight 5th grade Chorus
13 Jamestown field trip
12 PTA Spirit Night at Chipotle; 4:00-8:00 PM
18 ½ day of school for students- dismissal at 11:00 AM
20 Make up pictures (individual)
27-29 Thanksgiving Holiday; School closed

DECEMBER
3 PTA Spirit Night at Bowl America (4:00-7:00) PM
3 PTA Board meeting in library at 7:30-8:30 PM
9 ½ day of school for students- dismissal at 11:00 AM
12 Winter Music Fest; 6:30 PM in gym
19 Jack Frost Jam (assembly during the school day) and winter parties KG-5
23-31 Winter Break- School Closed

Curriculum Updates:

Reading: Blood on the River, Non-fiction text features, Wordly Wise lesson 5
Math: Whole number and decimal computation
Science: Weather test Thursday, October 24 – Projects due October 30th and will count for a science and reading grade
English: Quotation marks, Greek and Latin stems: Skopeo and Visum