Week of April 9th

Calendar Events

 

Friday 4/12 – Reading MAPS

Wednesday 4/17 – Math MAPS

Thursday 4/18 – Field Trip to the Capitol

Friday 4/19 – Career Day – see note from Mrs. Shaia below

Monday 4/22 – No School

Tuesday 4/23 – Report Cards go home

 

MATH –

  • We began our unit on measurement with customary and metric length. Today we converted inches to feet to yards to miles. This unit also includes customary capacity, and both customary and metric weight.
  • A measurement test will be given on Thursday, 4/18.

Language Arts – 

  • Vocabulary – we will build vocabulary several ways.
    • Word of the Week:  Students are asked to use desolate  in written and spoken word.
    • Greek/Latin stems:  people: demos,  populus
    • Wordly Wise –  Lesson 16
  • Reading –
    • Skill – review all strategies
    • summarizing important details from non-fiction material

Virginia Studies – VS9 – 20th Century

We began our final Virginia Studies unit this week.   Over the next two weeks, we will be discussing:

  • advances in technology
  • important  world leaders with connections to Virginia (Woodrow Wilson and George Marshall)
  • Civil Rights movement and leaders
  • Virginia Firsts: Maggie Walker, Arthur Ashe, Douglas Wilder
  • Virginia Government Today

A unit test will be administered on Tuesday 4/23.

Week of March 11th

Calendar Events

Wednesday 3/13 –Greek and Latin root quiz

Wednesday 3/13 – author James Riley visit

Thursday 3/14 – Pamplin Park Field Trip

Friday 3/15 – Pi Day

Friday 3/22 – Spring Picture Day and Recorder Concert at 1:00 pm.  Keep Practicing

Friday 4/19 – Career Day – see note from Mrs. Shaia below

 

Curriculum:  

MATH –

  • Geometry – this week we will will explore polygons and quadrilaterals.

Language Arts – 

  • Vocabulary – we will build vocabulary several ways.
    • Word of the Week:  Students are asked to use dynamic in written and spoken word.
    • Greek/Latin stems:    There will be a quiz on all stems Wednesday 3/13. 
    •  Fab Five words – Quiz Friday
    • Wordly Wise –  none this week
  • Reading –
    • Skill – Cause and Effect
    • Mentor Sentences

Virginia Studies – VS7 – Civil War

As we continue our unit on the Civil War, we will turn our attention to the important Generals (Grant, Lee, Jackson) and begin discussing important battles that were fought in Virginia.  This week we touch on that Battle of Manassas,  Battle of the Monitor and Merrimack, and the Siege of Petersburg.   This will be enhanced as we tour the historic Pamplin Park battlefield in Petersburg on Thursday.

 

Items of Interest

Field Trip to Pamplin Park Thursday, March 14th 

We are very excited about our first field trip this Thursday and the pleasant weather forecast for the day.  All students and chaperones please meet in the cafeteria Thursday morning no later than 7:30am.  The buses will depart promptly at 7:45.  Please bring two peanut free snacks for the bus ride and a disposable lunch packed separately from your snack.  Students should leave their backpacks at home as we will not be going to the classroom.  We are allowing students to bring electronics, however neither the teachers, Kaechele or the bus company  accepts responsibility for lost or damaged electronics.  Gaming devices must be left on the bus, however students will be allowed to carry their cameras on the tour. Students must use headphones on the bus to lessen the noise.  We will not be visiting the gift shop, so no money is needed.   Please expect the buses to return to school at 4:15.  If your student will be riding home with someone who isn’t on your authorized pick up list please send me a note for the office.  All students will have to be signed out in the gym before leaving. 

 

KES Career Festival, Sponsored by Karen Shaia, School Counselor
Calling all available workers to share their vast expertise from the World of Work!
DATE: Friday, 4/19  TIME: 8:00-10:45 AM
PLACE: KES Student Classrooms or Presentations in the Gym, or Work Vehicles in the Bus Loop
This year presenters will speak with students for 15 minutes during rotations and share materials and equipment they use on their jobs. Your role would be to help students understand the importance education plays in determining your career choice. Please consider being part of our Kaechele Career Day Festival.   If interested, then please sign up using this link Career Day 2019; http://goo.gl/forms/nQfxcMyFjA.  If you have any questions, then email Mrs. Shaia at khshaia@henrico.k12.va.us.

 

Week of March 4th

Calendar Events

Wednesday 3/6  – Electricity Test

Wednesday 3/13 – author James Riley visit

Thursday 3/14 – Pamplin Park Field Trip

Friday 3/15 – Pi Day

Friday 3/22 – Spring Picture Day and Recorder Concert at 1:00 pm.  Keep Practicing

Friday 4/19 – Career Day – see note from Mrs. Shaia below

 

Curriculum:  

MATH –

  • Geometry – this week we began our study of geometry with lines (rays, segments) that are perpendicular, parallel, and intersection.  We also discussed angles.  Next week we will will explore polygons and quadrilaterals.

Language Arts – 

  • Vocabulary – we will build vocabulary several ways.
    • Word of the Week:  Students are asked to use dynamic in written and spoken word.
    • Greek/Latin stems:  numbers centum (100), milli (1,000) annu (1 year).  There will be a quiz on all stems next Wednesday 3/13. 
    •  Fab Five words – quiz Wednesday: glower, beaming, dismantle, peculiar, swift.  No new words for next week.
    • Wordly Wise –  Lesson 13
  • Reading –
    • Skill – Cause and Effect

SCIENCE: 4.3 Electricity  Image result for light bulb

This unit concludes with a unit test scheduled Wednesday 3/6.

Virginia Studies – VS7 – Civil War

We have discussed the economic differences between the north and the south.  We will talk about famous abolitionists such as Nat Turner, Harriet Tubman, John Brown and Abraham Lincoln.  Next week we will discuss important military leaders and battles fought in Virginia.

 

Items of Interest

KES Career Festival, Sponsored by Karen Shaia, School Counselor
Calling all available workers to share their vast expertise from the World of Work!
DATE: Friday, 4/19  TIME: 8:00-10:45 AM
PLACE: KES Student Classrooms or Presentations in the Gym, or Work Vehicles in the Bus Loop
This year presenters will speak with students for 15 minutes during rotations and share materials and equipment they use on their jobs. Your role would be to help students understand the importance education plays in determining your career choice. Please consider being part of our Kaechele Career Day Festival.   If interested, then please sign up using this link Career Day 2019; http://goo.gl/forms/nQfxcMyFjA.  If you have any questions, then email Mrs. Shaia at khshaia@henrico.k12.va.us.

 

Week of February 25th

Calendar Events

Wednesday 3/6  – Electricity Test

Thursday 3/14 – Pamplin Park Field Trip

Friday 3/15 – PI Day celebration- a day late due to field trip…email with information and link to sign up to serve and/or donate a pie

Friday 4/19 – Career Day – see note from Mrs. Shaia below

 

Curriculum:  

MATH –

  • Decimals – Our decimals unit concludes this week.  We will begin our unit on Geometry at the end of the week.

Language Arts – 

  • Vocabulary – we will build vocabulary several ways.
    • Word of the Week:  Students are asked to use thwart in written and spoken word.
    • Greek/Latin stems:  numbers 1-10
    • Wordly Wise –  Lesson 13
  • Reading –
    • Skill – Author’s Purpose in fiction and poetry
    • Types of Poetry quiz Thursday – notes in Reading notebook
    • Figurative Language
  • Writing –
    • Writing Original Poems and scientist essay.

SCIENCE: 4.3 Electricity  Image result for light bulb

Watts Up?! After an introduction on atoms, students learned that static electricity is the exchange of electrons from negatively charted objects.  We will be learning that electricity is produced from the moving of electrons through a closed circuit.    This unit includes  types of circuits and important scientists who worked with electricity (Franklin, Edison, Lattimer, and Faraday).

This unit concludes this Friday with a unit test scheduled Wednesday 3/6.

Virginia Studies – VS7 – Civil War begins next week

 

Items of Interest

KES Career Festival, Sponsored by Karen Shaia, School Counselor
Calling all available workers to share their vast expertise from the World of Work!
DATE: Friday, 4/19  TIME: 8:00-10:45 AM
PLACE: KES Student Classrooms or Presentations in the Gym, or Work Vehicles in the Bus Loop
This year presenters will speak with students for 15 minutes during rotations and share materials and equipment they use on their jobs. Your role would be to help students understand the importance education plays in determining your career choice. Please consider being part of our Kaechele Career Day Festival.   If interested, then please sign up using this link Career Day 2019; http://goo.gl/forms/nQfxcMyFjA.  If you have any questions, then email Mrs. Shaia at khshaia@henrico.k12.va.us.

 

Week of February 18

Calendar Events

Monday 2/18 – is now a FULL day of school

Thursday 2/21 – Family Fun and Fitness Night

Friday 2/22 – Young Scientist Electricity Lab

Wednesday 2/27 – Field Trip forms and money are due

Thursday 3/14 – Pamplin Park Field Trip

 

Curriculum:  

MATH –

  • Decimals -We will be adding and subtracting decimals this week and working with several decimal challenges
  • Test Tuesday, 2/26

Language Arts – 

  • Vocabulary – we will build vocabulary several ways.
    • Word of the Week:  Students are asked to use thwart in written and spoken word.
    • Greek/Latin stems:  numbers 1-10
    •  Fab Five words – new list this week: belittle, flatter, wafted, notorious, perish -Test Friday 2/22
    • Wordly Wise –  none this week
  • Reading –
    • Skill – Author’s Purpose in fiction and poetry
    • Figurative Language
  • Writing –
    • Writing Original Poems.  Students have already written their own Color Poem, concrete Poem,  Haiku, and Cinquain.
    • Students are also researching and writing essays about a scientist who made significant contributions in the field of electricity.

SCIENCE: 4.3 Electricity  Image result for light bulb

Watts Up?! After an introduction on atoms, students learned that static electricity is the exchange of electrons from negatively charged objects.  We will be learning that electricity is produced from the moving of electrons through a closed circuit.    This unit includes  types of circuits and important scientists who worked with electricity (Franklin, Edison, Lattimer, and Faraday).

Young Scientists will turn our classroom into an electricity lab on Friday 2/22.

This unit concludes with a test on 3/1 on both Force & Motion 4.2 and Electricity 4.3.

 

Week of February 4th

Calendar Events

Wednesday 2/6 – Fab Vocab Quiz

Wednesday 2/6 – Fractions Test

Thursday 2/7 – Greek/Latin stems quiz

Thursday 2/7 – Conferences

Friday 2/8 – Young Scientist visit

Monday 2/18 – is now a FULL day of school

Curriculum:  

MATH –

  • Fractions – This unit will conclude next with with a Fractions test on Wednesday 2/6.   This unit includes equivalent fractions, simplifying using GCF, comparing, ordering, and using the LCM to add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators, including mixed numbers.
  • For enrichment we will be multiplying and dividing fractions and relating them to decimals and percentages

Language Arts – 

  • Vocabulary – we will build vocabulary several ways.
    • Word of the Week:  Students are asked to use disheveled in written and spoken word.
    • Greek/Latin stems:  quiz on words 1-41 on Thursday
    •  Fab Five words – quiz on week 10 on Wednesday.
    • Wordly Wise –  Lesson 12 with a quiz on Friday 2/08
  • Reading –
    • Skill – Author’s Purpose in fiction and poetry
    • Figurative Language
  • Writing –
    • Color Poem
    • Pen Pal letters

SCIENCE: 4.2 Force and Motion

May the Force be With You!!  This unit is a continuation of third grade Simple Machines.   Students will explore force, motion, and energy.  We will be layering these familiar concepts with potential and kinetic energy, inertia, and unseen forces such as gravity.  We will also learn about Sir Issac Newton’s three laws of energy.

This unit includes a lesson with the Young Scientist

Week of January 19th

Calendar Events

Wednesday 1/30 – Math Benchmark Part 1

Wednesday 1/30 – Wordly Wise Lesson 11 Test

Thursday 1/31 – Math Benchmark Part 2

Thursday 1/31 – International Festival – see details below

Friday 2/1 – World Read Aloud Day – read below for important information from Mrs. Patterson

Friday 2/1 – Social Studies Test units VS5 & VS6

Tuesday 2/5 – Fractions Test

Thursday 2/7 – Conferences

Monday 2/18 – is now a FULL day of school

Curriculum:  

MATH –

  • Benchmark Test
  • Fractions – This unit will conclude next with with a Fractions test on Tuesday 2/5.   This unit includes equivalent fractions, simplifying using GCF, comparing, ordering, and using the LCM to add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators, including mixed numbers.

Language Arts – 

  • Vocabulary – we will build vocabulary several ways.
    • Word of the Week:  Students are asked to use Motive  in written and spoken word.
    • Greek/Latin stems:  pono (put, place) and figo (attach) cum (with)
    •  Fab Five words – new list this week: commute, ruthless, remote, sturdy, frail
    • Wordly Wise –  Lesson 11 with a quiz on Wednesday 1/30
  • Reading –
    • Skill – Author’s Purpose in fiction and poetry
    • Reader’s Theater
  • Writing –
    • Daily Dazzle and writing prompt

VIRGINIA STUDIES – VS6 – Documents

This unit covers important documents and authors including George Mason (Virginia Declaration of Rights), Thomas Jefferson (Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom), James Madison (The Constitution).  During this study, we will also discuss the westward expansion through the Cumberland Gap.

Unit Test on Friday 2/1.   This test includes

  • VS5 Revolutionary War –
    • Battles of Lexington and Concord and Battle/surrender at Yorktown
    • Roles of Virginians by group (women, African Americans, American Indians)
    • Roles of Prominent Virginians: G. Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, James Armistead Lafayette
  • VS6 Documents
    • George Mason and Virginia Statute of Rights
    • Thomas Jefferson and Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom as well as the Declaration of Independence
    • James Madison the Father of the Constitution
    • Three Branches of Government were created with George Washington as first president
    • expanding westward through the Cumberland Gap

SCIENCE:

Force and Motion begins next week

Items of Interest

World Read Aloud Day is Friday, February 1st.  KES coyotes will be making Global Connections Through Reading during an assembly on that day and then in their classrooms throughout the month of February.  To prepare for our assembly, I am asking each and every KES family to share ONE picture of your family reading together and send that picture to your child(ren)’s teacher.  The pictures will be used in a slide show that will be shared during our assembly. Our goal is to have every child in every classroom represented in the slide show.  Please help us showcase how much we love reading, and especially reading aloud, at KES!

SAVE THE DATE:  Thursday, January 31st; 5:30-7:00 PM, Kaechele’s Annual International Festival 
We are asking families to sponsor a “booth” to share their personal connections and/or interests in a country from around our globe.  Help our KES coyotes become Global Citizens and become active participants in a larger society by building global awareness and demonstrating respect for fellow community members.   If interested in hosting a booth or volunteering in some aspect during this event, then please contact Ramnita Sanduramnita_sandhu@yahoo.com or Parnita Singh parnitasingh123@gmail.com

 

 

Week of January 22

Calendar Events

Wednesday 1/23 – Reading Benchmark Part 1

Thursday 1/24 – Reading Benchmark Part 2

Wednesday 1/30 – Math Benchmark Part 1

Thursday 1/31 – Math Benchmark Part 2

Thursday 1/31 – International Festival – see details below

Friday 2/1 – World Read Aloud Day – read below for important information from Mrs. Patterson

Thursday 2/7 – Conferences

Monday 2/18 – is now a FULL day of school

Curriculum:  

MATH –

  • Fractions – Students will be adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers with like and unlike denominators this week.

Language Arts – 

  • Vocabulary – we will build vocabulary several ways.
    • Word of the Week:  Students are asked to use motive  in written and spoken word.
    • Greek/Latin stems:  bracchium (arms)  and digitus (fingers)
    •  Fab Five words – quiz on week 8 words tomorrow 1/23. superior, inferior, retrieve, scamper, douse
    • No Wordly Wise this week
    • In class group Novel study presentations are due Friday
  • Reading –
    • Skill – Comprehension Strategies Review
  • Writing
    • Students will write responses to our read aloud novel:  My Brother Sam is Dead
    • Daily Dazzle

VIRGINIA STUDIES – VS6 – Documents

This week we will focus on four important documents and their authors: The Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, The Virginia Declaration of Rights, The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

 

Items of Interest

*****Please send a picture of your family reading for World Read Aloud Day***  see details below.  Thank you

World Read Aloud Day is Friday, February 1st.  KES coyotes will be making Global Connections Through Reading during an assembly on that day and then in their classrooms throughout the month of February.  To prepare for our assembly, I am asking each and every KES family to share ONE picture of your family reading together and send that picture to your child(ren)’s teacher.  The pictures will be used in a slide show that will be shared during our assembly. Our goal is to have every child in every classroom represented in the slide show.  Please help us showcase how much we love reading, and especially reading aloud, at KES!

SAVE THE DATE:  Thursday, January 31st; 5:30-7:00 PM, Kaechele’s Annual International Festival 
We are asking families to sponsor a “booth” to share their personal connections and/or interests in a country from around our globe.  Help our KES coyotes become Global Citizens and become active participants in a larger society by building global awareness and demonstrating respect for fellow community members.   If interested in hosting a booth or volunteering in some aspect during this event, then please contact Ramnita Sanduramnita_sandhu@yahoo.com or Parnita Singh parnitasingh123@gmail.com

 

Week of January 15th

Calendar Events

Wednesday 1/23 – Reading Benchmark Part 1

Thursday 1/24 – Reading Benchmark Part 2

Wednesday 1/30 – Math Benchmark Part 1

Thursday 1/31 – Math Benchmark Part 2

Thursday 1/31 – International Festival – see details below

Friday 2/1 – World Read Aloud Day – read below for important information from Mrs. Patterson

Thursday 2/7 – Conferences

Monday 2/18 – is now a FULL day of school

Curriculum:  

MATH –

  • Fractions – Students will be learning about equivalent fractions this week.  They will learn to simplify fractions using GCF or greatest common factor.   They will also be comparing fractions and ordering them on a number line.

Language Arts – 

  • Vocabulary – we will build vocabulary several ways.
    • Word of the Week:  Students are asked to use fabricate  in written and spoken word.
    • Greek/Latin stems:  manus(hands) digitus (fingers) and pedis (feet)
    •  Fab Five words – quiz on week 8 words tomorrow. superior, inferior, retrieve, scamper, douse
    • Wordly Wise –  Lesson 1-10 Review – test Friday
  • Reading –
    • Skill – Comprehension Strategies Review
  • Writing –
    • Mentor Sentences

VIRGINIA STUDIES – VS5 – Revolutionary War

This week we will focus on Virginia’s Role in the American Revolution.  We will be learning about George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, James  Armistead Lafayette as well as general groups of Virginians.  We will also learn about important battles fought in Virginia.

 

Items of Interest

World Read Aloud Day is Friday, February 1st.  KES coyotes will be making Global Connections Through Reading during an assembly on that day and then in their classrooms throughout the month of February.  To prepare for our assembly, I am asking each and every KES family to share ONE picture of your family reading together and send that picture to your child(ren)’s teacher.  The pictures will be used in a slide show that will be shared during our assembly. Our goal is to have every child in every classroom represented in the slide show.  Please help us showcase how much we love reading, and especially reading aloud, at KES!

SAVE THE DATE:  Thursday, January 31st; 5:30-7:00 PM, Kaechele’s Annual International Festival 
We are asking families to sponsor a “booth” to share their personal connections and/or interests in a country from around our globe.  Help our KES coyotes become Global Citizens and become active participants in a larger society by building global awareness and demonstrating respect for fellow community members.   If interested in hosting a booth or volunteering in some aspect during this event, then please contact Ramnita Sanduramnita_sandhu@yahoo.com or Parnita Singh parnitasingh123@gmail.com

 

Week of January 7th

Wednesday 1/23 – Reading Benchmark Part 1

Thursday 1/24 – Reading Benchmark Part 2

Wednesday 1/30 – Math Benchmark Part 1

Thursday 1/31 – Math Benchmark Part 2

Thursday 1/31 – International Festival – see details below

Monday 2/18 – is now a FULL day of school

Curriculum:  

MATH –

  • Fractions – Students will be learning about equivalent fractions this week.  They will learn to simplify fractions using GCF or greatest common factor.   They will also be comparing fractions and ordering them on a number line.

Language Arts – 

  • Vocabulary – we will build vocabulary several ways.
    • Word of the Week:  Students are asked to use fabricate  in written and spoken word.
    • Greek/Latin stems:  corpus (body) caput (head) and dens (teeth)
    •  Fab Five words – quiz on week 8 words tomorrow.  inaccurate, meticulous, gorge, hover, scarce
    • Wordly Wise –  Lesson 10 – quiz on Friday
  • Reading –
    • Skill – Cause and Effect
    • Comprehension strategies – Cause and Effect using scholastic narrative non-fiction article about the Revolutionary War

VIRGINIA STUDIES – VS5 – Revolutionary War

This week we are learning about the causes of the Revolutionary War.  Students learned about the French  & Indian War, Proclamation of 1763, and taxes imposed to help pay for the war.  Later this week we will be discussing protests such as Boston Tea Party and the Boston Massacre.   By the end of the week, we will be discussing Virginia’s role in the Revolutionary War with contributions from Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington.

 

Items of Interest

SAVE THE DATE:  Thursday, January 31st; 5:30-7:00 PM, Kaechele’s Annual International Festival 
We are asking families to sponsor a “booth” to share their personal connections and/or interests in a country from around our globe.  Help our KES coyotes become Global Citizens and become active participants in a larger society by building global awareness and demonstrating respect for fellow community members.   If interested in hosting a booth or volunteering in some aspect during this event, then please contact Ramnita Sanduramnita_sandhu@yahoo.com or Parnita Singh parnitasingh123@gmail.com