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