Week of October 14th

Monday 10/ 14 – school closed – no book fair
Tuesday 10/15 – book fair is from 2:30 to 5:00
Wednesday 10/16 – book fair is from 2:30 to 5:00
Thursday 10/17 – book fair is from 4:00 – 6:30 (during Fall Festival)
Friday 10/18 – book fair is from 2:30 to 5:00

 Fall Festival and Cake Walk– is on Thursday starting at 4:30

Jamestown Field Trip- Permission form is being sent home today.  We will be visiting Jamestown on Wednesday, November 13th.  The cost of the field trip is $36.00 and we will be traveling by charter bus.  We will start collecting money from Oct. 15 – Oct. 28.  If you would like to chaperone please indicate this on the field trip form.  We must have all interested chaperone names by Oct. 22nd so we can select chaperones. Please DO NOT pay for a chaperone spot until you have been contacted by me.  I realize this is a popular trip to chaperone, however I am only able to take 4 chaperones per class.  If you are interested in being a chaperone please make sure you have filled out the volunteer forms to be on the approved list   Here is the link for information on how to fill out the volunteer forms:   https://kaechele.henricoschools.us/volunteers/

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

OCTOBER
14 Student Holiday
15-18 Scholastic Book Fair- 2:30-6:00
17 PTA Fall Festival; 4:30-6:00 and book fair; 4:00-6:30
28 ½ day of school for students- dismissal at 11:00 AM

NOVEMBER
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: This week we are focusing on context clues and non fiction text features. Students are reviewing previously learned Wordly Wise Words using them in context and illustrating their meanings.  We have begun reading Blood on the River in preparation for our field trip and Jamestown unit.  In small groups students will be sharing their readers’ responses and discussing the books they are independently reading.
Math: This week we will continue our decimal unit focusing on fraction and decimal equivalents.  We will review all number sense and decimal concepts.  A unit test will be administered next Tuesday, October 22nd.
Science:  Our weather unit continues.  Today students were given criteria for their weather projects.  This is the one and only big at home project of 4th grade.  All other projects will be primarily in school.  The weather project is due October 30th and will count for a Science and Reading grade.  Students should begin researching now.
English: Students are practicing using quotation marks correctly in their writing.  They will also be answering a prompt about the narrative elements of our first read aloud, There is a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom.  Greek and Latin stem test will be Thursday, October 17th.

Week of September 30th

OCTOBER
1 Fall Pictures (individual and class pictures)
1 PTA Board Meeting
2 Teacher Delivery Night with Papa Johns
4 Mr. Kaechele Day
14 Student Holiday
15-18  Scholastic Book Fair- 2:30-6:00
17 Fall Festival and close out for book fair 4:00-7:00

NOVEMBER
4/5 Parent Conferences 2:30-6:00 PM and 7:30-11:00 AM
5 Student Holiday
5 PTA Board Meeting in library 6:30-7:30 PM
8 Veteran’s Day Assembly
12 PTA Spirit Event at Chipotle; Short Pump Town Center; 11728 W Broad St; 4:00-9:00 PM
18 Student 1/2 day
20 Report Cards go home
27-29 Thanksgiving Holiday

MATH –

  • 4.3 Decimals unit. The students will learn to read, write, represent, and identify decimals expressed through thousandths place, round decimals to the nearest whole number, and compare and order decimals.
  • Please continue to encourage your student to practice their multiplication facts at home.  Our class goal is to have all facts memorized by the end of the nine weeks.  By now the students should have memorized 0-7 and 10.  This week  students are memorizing the 8’s. Congrats to the many students who have mastered all facts and earned their “A.”

Language Arts – 

  • Vocabulary – we will build vocabulary several ways.
    • Word of the Week:  Students are asked to use ARDUOUS  in written and spoken word.
    • Greek/Latin stems
    •  Wordly Wise Lesson 3
  • Reading –
    • Comprehension Strategies:  Monitoring Comprehension
    • Narrative Structure
    • Theme
    • Summarizing
  • Writing –
    • Students began a writing unit with Mrs. Becker last week where they will go through the steps of the writing process.

Virginia Studies –

4.2 Regions – We continue to study border states, major waterways, the 5 Regions of Virginia and the products/industries in each region. We will begin to study the Native Americans of Virginia on Friday.  Next Friday – October 4th will be a Social Studies test covering both units.  Please encourage your students to share with you what they are learning about in Social Studies.  Your conversations with them daily are a great way to review notes each night.  Students will learn mnemonic devices to help:

Borders: Never Trust Kangaroos With Mac And Cheese

Rivers: Please Remember Your Jacket

Cities on the fall line: Alex likes Potatoes; Fred likes to Rap; King James with Rich

Regions: Always Vacuum Before People Find Crumbs

Native Americans: I See Ants Climbing My Pants

Week of September 23rd

The KES Staff will deliver Papa John’s pizzas on WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2nd. *Pick up is also available at the Lauderdale store. Order on-line by midnight on Monday, September 30th. 20% of sales and 100% of tips are donated to the school!  Thank you for supporting KES in our first spirit night of the year! Tag photos on Instagram with #saycheeseKES & show us who comes to your door! http://www.pjcheese.com/kaech

Outside Time- Mrs. Patterson would like us to remind our parents that KES students go out every day.  It is an expectation that they come to school prepared with appropriate shoes and clothing.  If you do not want your child to go outside due to illness or a health concern, then a doctor’s note should be provided indicating that the child has a serious health concern or an illness that does not allow him/her to be outside for the 30 minute recess time.

SEPTEMBER
25 MAPS Testing Math
26 Watch DOG Kick-Off Event; 5:00-7:00 PM
30 ½ day of school for students- dismissal at 11:00 AM

OCTOBER
1 Fall Pictures (individual and class pictures)
1 PTA Board Meeting
2 Teacher Delivery Night with Papa Johns
4 Mr. Kaechele Day
14 Student Holiday
15-18  Scholastic Book Fair- 2:30-6:00
17 Fall Festival and close out for book fair 4:00-7:00

NOVEMBER
4/5 Parent Conferences 2:30-6:00 PM and 7:30-11:00 AM
5 Student Holiday
5 PTA Board Meeting in library 6:30-7:30 PM
8 Veteran’s Day Assembly
12 PTA Spirit Event at Chipotle; Short Pump Town Center; 11728 W Broad St; 4:00-9:00 PM
18 Student 1/2 day
20 Report Cards go home
27-29 Thanksgiving Holiday

MATH –

  • 4.1 Number Sense – This week we are continuing with rounding, ordering, and comparing numbers to millions place.  The students will be taking a Checkpoint Quiz on Friday.
  • Math homework will include math boxes which review previously learned computation skills. These will go home Monday and be due Friday.
  • Next week we begin our 4.3 Decimals unit. The students will learn to read, write, represent, and identify decimals expressed through thousandths place, round decimals to the nearest whole number, and compare and order decimals.
  • Please continue to encourage your student to practice their multiplication facts at home.  Our class goal is to have all facts memorized by the end of the nine weeks.  By now the students should have memorized 0-6 and 10.  This week and next week students are memorizing the 7’s. Congrats to the many students who have mastered all facts and earned their “A.”

Language Arts – 

  • Vocabulary – we will build vocabulary several ways.
    • Word of the Week:  Students are asked to use PUNCTUAL  in written and spoken word.
    • Greek/Latin stems
    • Week #1 Fab Vocab words
    • No Wordly Wise this week
  • Reading –
    • Comprehension Strategies:  Monitoring Comprehension
    • Narrative Structure
  • Writing –
    • Students began a writing unit with Mrs. Becker last week where they will go through the steps of the writing process.

Virginia Studies –

4.2 Regions – We continue to study border states, major waterways, the 5 Regions of Virginia and the products/industries in each region. We will begin to study the Native Americans of Virginia on Friday.  Next Friday – October 4th will be a Social Studies test covering both units.  Please encourage your students to share with you what they are learning about in Social Studies.  Your conversations with them daily are a great way to review notes each night.  Students will learn mnemonic devices to help:

Borders: Never Trust Kangaroos With Mac And Cheese

Rivers: Please Remember Your Jacket

Cities on the fall line: Alex likes Potatoes; Fred likes to Rap; King James with Rich

Regions: Always Vacuum Before People Find Crumbs

More to come next week:)

Week of September 16th

Calendar Events

Tuesday 917- Graded papers, behavior sheets and important notes  are going home in the orange folders.  Please sign the behavior sheet and send back to school.  You may keep the graded papers at home.  ***Remember the orange folder should be checked and emptied every night***

Thursday 9/19 – Back to School Night

Friday 9/20 – Peace Day

Wednesday 9/23 – Reading MAPS

Thursday 9/25 – Math MAP

MATH –

  • 4.1 Number Sense – In this unit students will read and write numbers to 100 millions place.  They will also be expected to identify those numbers in expanded and word form.  Next week we will be rounding, ordering, and comparing numbers to millions place.
  • Math homework will not include math boxes which review previously learned computation skills. These will go home Monday and be due Friday.
  • Please continue to encourage your student to practice their multiplication facts at home.  Our class goal is to have all facts memorized by the end of the nine weeks.  By now the students should have memorized 0-5 and 10.  This week students are memorizing the 6’s. Congrats to the many students who have mastered all facts and earned their “A.”

Language Arts – 

  • Vocabulary – we will build vocabulary several ways.
    • Word of the Week:  Students are asked to use RAVENOUS  in written and spoken word.
    • Greek/Latin stems with PHOTOS (light) and TELE (distant)
  • Reading –
    • Comprehension Strategies:  Monitoring Comprehension
    • Genres
  • Writing –
    • This week we introduced a program called Mentoring Sentences in which students dissect a well written sentence.
    • We will continue  Daily Dazzle.  This weekly program includes questions on plurals, possessives, sentence type, synonyms, capitalization, editing,  grammar, simple/compound sentences, etc.
    • students will practice writing 2 paragraph essays.

Virginia Studies –

4.2 Regions – During this unit students will locate on a map the following: border states, major waterways, the 5 Regions of Virginia and the products/industries in each region.  Please encourage your students to share with you what they are learning about in Social Studies.  Your conversations with them daily are a great way to review notes each night.  Students will learn mnemonic devices to help:

Borders: Never Trust Kangaroos With Mac And Cheese

Rivers: Please Remember Your Jacket

Cities on the fall line: Alex likes Potatoes; Fred likes to Rap; King James with Rich

Regions: Always Vacuum Before People Find Crumbs

Week of Sept. 9th

Calendar Events

Wednesday 9/11 SCA speeches due and given in class

Friday 9/13 ME posters due

Monday 9/16 Virginia Studies notebook cover due

Thursday 9/19 Back to School Night 6:30-8:00

MATH –

  • 4.14 Graphing – Students will read, interpret, and create both line graphs and bar graphs.  They need to understand that line graphs are used to show a change over time.   There will be a quiz on Thursday 9/13  with  multiple choice questions and 2 performance questions that require students turn data into an appropriate graph.

Language Arts – 

  • Vocabulary – we will build vocabulary several ways.
    • Word of the Week:  Students are asked to use BIZARRE  in written and spoken word.
    • Greek/Latin stems with PHOTOS (light) and Graph (write)
    •  Fab Five words that will include synonyms and antonyms study.  Students will use these 5 words in sentences: sluggish, rapid, brace, meek, sassy
  • Reading –
    • Building a classroom community of readers – every student should be reading a book of their choice for at least 20 minutes every night.  Students are responsible for writing a response to what they are independently reading once per week.  This week we made a list of response options.
    • Comprehension Strategies:  Monitoring Comprehension
    • Genres – we will be exploring various genres and taking a quiz on these next Friday 9/20.
  • Writing –
    • This week we will introduce students to Daily Dazzle.  This weekly program includes questions on plurals, possessives, sentence type, synonyms, capitalization, editing,  grammar, simple/compound sentences, etc.
    • students will practice writing by responding to a prompt each week

Science –

4.1 Scientific Investigation – through a variety of hands on activities, students will learn vocabulary such as variables, constants, qualitative vs quantitative data, etc.  This one-week unit will conclude with a quiz on Tuesday September 17.

Week of September 3rd

Welcome back 4th Grade Families!!

It was a great first day in room 214!  We are getting to know each other and building our classroom community.  Today we were busy organizing our supplies and practicing classroom routines.

Reminders:

Orange Folder- This folder will come home daily with homework, communication from the school, PTA and/or me as well as completed daily classwork assignments.  Students should go through these nightly,  take out completed classwork, and return them to school each day with completed homework and any notes for me.  On Tuesdays this folder will contain a stapled packet of your students weekly grades and behavior report.  Please sign the behavior report and keep the graded papers at home.

Homework –   Homework will be posted on my blog and updated daily.  Please locate this tab and have your student get in the habit of checking it each night.  I don’t give much homework, but when I do I expect it to be completed and returned to school on time.  If your child prefers to keep his or her own agenda and write down assignments please feel free to send one to school.  The homework will also be posted in the classroom.

Subscribe to the BLOG– by subscribing to the BLOG you should get an email alert letting you know when the BLOG is updated.  I usually update the BLOG every Tuesday which is the same day the graded papers and behavior report will go home.

http://blogs.henrico.k12.va.us/efblack

Back to School Night- is September 19th from 6:30 – 8 pm.  I hope to see many of you back again to learn all about 4th grade.

SCA Applications-  Students received these today. Each child who would like to run for class representative needs to give a speech to our class.  Remember, they may not “promise” things that they cannot do;  for example – more recess time for each class. Our class will give speeches and vote next Wednesday, September 11th.

Curriculum

Math – We will begin our unit on graphing this week.  Students will be researching to collect data to create graphs and analyze the information.  A quiz on this unit will be given Friday, September 13th. Ask your student to tell you about our number line which we started today.

Science – Scientific investigation is our first unit of study in science. This week we will explore what it means to be a scientist and investigate various types of scientists.. We will be using the steps of the scientific method while conducting simple experiments in our classroom next week.

Reading/ Language Arts – The first three weeks of school will be spent building  our classroom community of readers.  We will talk about various genres, how to select books and the best way to reflect about what we are reading.  We will  engage in collaborative conversations with each other.  Various vocabulary building activities and word study programs will make up our reading curriculum.  This will all be discussed at Back to School night.

Writing – We will be writing daily and working to improve our writing by using the steps of the writing process, mentor sentences and daily dazzle grammar lessons.

Week of April 29th

Calendar Events

Friday 5/3 – Science Test

SOL Schedule:

  1. Reading – May 7 & 8
  2. Math – May 15 & 16
  3. Virginia Studies – May 23

 

Curriculum:  

MATH –

  • Our last math unit on Patterns begins this week.  This includes number, shape, and function patterns.

Language Arts – 

  • Vocabulary – we will build vocabulary several ways.
    • Word of the Week:  Students are asked to use substantial  in written and spoken word.
    • Greek/Latin stems:  quiz on #1-66 Thursday, May 9th
    • Wordly Wise –  Lesson 17
  • Reading –
    • Skill – review all strategies using short review quizzes
    • Read Aloud – Maniac Magee
  • Writing –
    • editing grammar

Science – 4.9 Resources

We began our unit on resources.  This includes the watershed (we are part of the James River/Chesapeake Bay watershed), forests, soil, and minerals that are found in Virginia.  Students will understand the importance of practicing conservation of our natural resources.  This unit will conclude with a test on Friday 5/3.

Please ask your student about the Science Resource project.  Due date is Tuesday, May 7th.

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.