Week of March 11

It was a fantastic week in room 108.  We enjoyed the beautiful weather outside and focused on learning inside our classroom.  We started a new routine during math rotations with a menu.  The students have choices of activities and are showing their maturity and responsibility by keeping track of their work and by being on task.  We also have two more wobble stools coming to help our Stingers keep active while they work. 

One reading group had a book with a short play (aka Reader’s Theatre) of the story.  The students in the group had such a great time being the characters that when we were in group they wanted to share it will the class.  I the picture of their performance doesn’t capture the fun they were having in character.  They did a great job and the audience was incredible.  The other groups all asked, “Does our book have a play too?”  I will be on the lookout for more opportunities for them to read and share their stories. 

I am so proud of the incredible, hard-working students I get to spend my days with.  I loved peeking at all the Spring Portraits as we packed them up in their folders. Please note that the pictures have not been paid for. You should pay for what you want and return the rest of the pictures. If you paid for a class picture, it should come in before Spring Break.


What we are learning:

  • Math
    • Comparing fractions
  • Social Studies
    • Communities/Innovations over time
  • Reading
    • Drawing conclusions with fiction
  • Writing
    • Contractions
    • Writing opinions
  •  Upcoming:
    • Comparing Fractions Quiz – March 19
    • Fractions Unit Test – March 22
    • Economics Quiz – March 25

Looking Forward to:

  • Wearing green on Monday to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
  • Buzzy Bash March 29
  • Family Learning Night on Tuesday, March 19 from 5:30 – 8:30 at Henrico High School
  • March is Music in our Schools & Youth Art Month – Events include:
    • Tuesday, March 19th at 7 pm – SPES Youth Art Month and Music in Our Schools Night
    • Friday, March 22nd-24th- HCPS Art Festival – at Varina HS, 10-4 (Saturday & Sunday)
    • Thursday, March 28th from 6 – 7pm – SunTrust Bank Art Show – Location: 919 E Main St, Richmond, VA 23219
    • Half Day and End of Quarter 3 March 29
    • Spring Break April 1-5
    • Virginia Living Museum Field Trip – April 12
  • Richmond SPCA Shelter & Veterinary Hospital Supplies Drive March 25-29

Large bath/beach towels **URGENT NEED** • Wash cloths **URGENT NEED** • Thin fleece throw blankets • Lint rollers and refills • Step stools • Sterile surgical/medical rubber gloves • Hand lotion and soap • Anti-bacterial hand sanitizer • Gift cards to Petco, grocery stores, office supply stores and craft stores (AC Moore, Michael’s) • Spray bottles • Natural bug spray • Alcohol wash bottles • Gallon-sized ziplock bags

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Week of March 4

We had a great week celebrating Dr. Seuss and dressing up everyday for the themes. It was fun to read the fun books and make the connections with them.  The pajama day was the favorite for staff and students alike!  We also enjoyed the laser light show.  It was a lesson and a party all at once.  I took a few pictures, but they do not capture the fun we all had. Thank you to our PTA and all who support it for providing us with this great assembly to enrich our day.

What we are learning:

  • Math
    • Fractions
  • Social Studies
    • Communities/ Innovations over time
  • Reading
    • Drawing Conclusions with fiction
  • Writing
    • Contractions
    • Writing Opinions

Upcoming:

  • Fractions Quiz- March 12
  • Social Studies Test – March 15
  • Fractions Unit Test- March 22

Looking Forward to:

  • Family Learning Night on Tuesday, March 19 from 5:30 – 8:30 at Henrico High School
  • Barnes & Noble Book Fair Saturday, March 9th – Wednesday, March 13th with special guest readers Saturday 12-3
  • March is Music in our Schools & Youth Art Month- Events include:
    • Wednesday, March 06, 2019, 6:00 PM-7:00 PM General Assembly Show Location: The Pocahontas Building- 900 E. Main St., Richmond, VA 232193rd and 4th floors
    • Thursday, March 14th, at 5:30 pm School Board Art Show- New Bridge School Board Building, then Multi-Purpose Rm. at Central Office
    • Tuesday, March 19th at 7 pm – SPES Youth Art Month and Music in Our Schools Night
    • Friday, March 22nd-24th- HCPS Art Festival – at Varina HS, 10-4 (Saturday & Sunday)
    • Thursday, March 28th from 6 – 7pm – Suntrust Bank Art Show Location: 919 E Main St, Richmond, VA 23219
  • End of Quarter 3 March 29
  • Spring Break April 1-5
  • Virginia Living Museum Field Trip- April 12
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Week of February 25

We welcome March in room 108.  I love this time of year.  The kids all look at the clock and finally know what time it is! Keep them working on this important life skill by changing the settings on your phone and practicing with an analog clock.  As we begin our fractions unit in math I am amazed to realize we are 5/8 through the school year!

I was excited to purchase a two Kore wobble stools for our class to use.  This flexible seating allows students to sit and work, and as the name implies, the stool’s movement makes them work to strengthen their core muscles.  Everyone is excited to get a turn and rock while they learn! We enjoy having Maggie Keller, our Godwin student volunteer, with us each week on Wednesday morning.  She even tried out the stool while she read to the class last week. I hope to purchase more in the next few weeks.  Thanks to the parents who have donated to this cause with Amazon gift cards and all who join the PTA and support the teacher classroom funds we receive.  These funds are so appreciated to help buy supplies and these flexible seating choices for our Stingers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What we are learning:

  • Math
    • Fractions
  • Science
    • Magnets
  • Reading
    • Drawing Conclusions with fiction
  • Writing
    • Contractions
    • Writing Opinions

Upcoming:

  • Time Test- March 4
  • Fractions Quiz- March 11
  • Fractions Unit Test- March 22
  • Magnets Quiz- March 6
  • Magnets Test- March 8

Looking Forward to:

  • Read Across America Week March 4
    • Monday: Wear rainbow colors for My Many Colored Days
    • Tuesday: Wear crazy socks for Fox in Socks
    • Wednesday: Wear pajamas for I’m Not Getting Up Today
    • Thursday: Wear a hat and/or red, black & white for The Cat in the Hat
    • Friday: Wear your SPES spirit wear and say “Hooray for Short Pump Day” for Hooray for Diffendoofer Day
    • Saturday: SPES Book Fair at the Short Pump Barnes & Noble from 12-3
  • Stinger Store- March 6
  • End of Quarter 3 March 29
  • Spring Break April 1-5
  • Virginia Living Museum Field Trip- April 12

Student Information Spring Update: Open now!

Deadline March 3rd

Twice a year we ask families to please check that the student  information we have in our database is correct. The window to check that what we have on file is correct or to make changes is from 2/25/18-3/3/19 . Please log in and check whether you think you have changes or not.    You will be updating these forms through Rycor. Parents with students in grades 2-12 can access Rycor Online Forms through the PowerSchool Parent Portal.  Those with students in grades ‘PK-1 Only’ must access Rycor Online Forms directly. Directions are available on the Henrico county website listed below. If you are unable to update online, a manual form will be sent home the week of March 11th. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Link for the connection to Rycor:    https://henricoschools.us/back-to-school-forms/

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Week of February 18

We had a fantastic week showing the students in room 108 are the greatest in and out of our classroom.  We achieved our 2nd hive and the students voted to have a Pajama Day on Monday to celebrate.  They will continue the rewards and celebration on Tuesday in Music with Mrs. Garcia for their great contributions in her class.

The Family Fitness Night was a blast, everyone had fun moving around the school trying different activities.  We ended the week with our fun field trip to Henricus Park.  We had a cold and drizzly day, but made the most of it.  Our stingers had awesome time enriching their knowledge of the Powhatan tribes. Thank you to the students for showing their best and for the chaperones for all their help! We got back a little later than planned so we skipped our Famous American quiz, we pushed it all back one day and will start our next Science unit once we finish the assessments for Social Studies.

What we are learning:

  • Math
    • Telling Time to the 5 minutes
  • Social Studies
    • Magnets
  • Reading
    • Drawing Conclusions with NonFiction
  • Writing
    • Contractions
    • Writing Opinions

Upcoming:

  • Math: Time Quiz Feb 28
  • Math: Time Test March 4
  • Social Studies:
    • Famous Americans Quiz February 25
    • Famous Americans Test February 26

Looking Forward to:

  • Class Hive Celebration Pajama Day- February 25
  • Star Class celebration in Music  with Mrs. Garcia- February 26
  • Spring Pictures- February 27
  • Read across America Week March 4
    • Monday: Wear rainbow colors for My Many Colored Days
    • Tuesday: Wear crazy socks for Fox in Socks
    • Wednesday: Wear pajamas for I’m Not Getting Up Today
    • Thursday: Wear a hat and/or red, black & white for The Cat in the Hat
    • Friday: Wear your SPES spirit wear and say “Hooray for Short Pump Day” for Hooray for Diffendoofer Day
    • Saturday: SPES Book Fair at the Short Pump Barnes & Noble from 12-3
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Week of February 11

We had a wonderful week spreading the love in and out of room 108.  The students made cards to share with Seniors at Nursing Homes and for family members.  They brought in cards to share with each other and showed me the love with all their cards and treats! It was such a great time showing caring and appreciation!

We had the best time watching the World Beat Workshop Assembly with Robert Jospe.  We learned about musical influences, rhythms, and danced.

Just a few reminders for our stingers to bring a peanut free snack daily.  Something small and simple that can be eaten in 10 minutes or less.  We usually have snack during math so messy foods and dips are not practical when working and eating.  The students may only have plain water in their water bottles and can not have juice boxes, sports drinks, or any other beverage in the classroom. Thank you for your cooperation.

Please check with your student and make sure they have a functioning pair of headphones.  Many students do not have headphones or they are no longer properly working.  We use our fabulous Chromebooks most days and not being able to hear the volume decreases the functionality of many programs we use.  Even when students are careful headphones get damaged or stop working properly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What we are learning:

  • Math
    • Telling Time
  • Social Studies
    • Famous Americans and Innovators
  • Reading
    • Drawing Conclusions with Non Fiction
  • Writing
    • Contractions
    • Writing Opinions

Upcoming:

  • Math: Probability Test February 18
  • Social Studies:
    • Famous Americans quiz February 18
    • Famous Americans Test February 25

Looking Forward to:

  • Family Wellness Night- February 21: See the FLYER 
  • Henricus Park Field Trip- February 22
  • Henrico Health and Wellness Event- February 23: see the FLYER
  • Spring Pictures- February 27
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Week of February 4

We had a great week, our first one in awhile with five full days!  We were thrilled to finish testing and get back to fun lessons and activities in and out of the classroom.  I enjoyed watching our stingers  as they were doing their first ukulele lesson with Mrs. Garcia and joining them while jumping rope in PE with Mr. Gray.  It was awesome to see them trying new things.  We also had some readers from Mrs. Bernheart’s class come and read some of our favorite books.

What we are learning:

  • Math
      • Probability
  • Social Studies
      • Famous Americans and Innovators
  • Reading
      • Summarizing
  • Writing
    • Adding Prefixes
    • Cursive

Upcoming:

  • Math: Probability Quiz February 12
  • Math: Probability Test February 18
  • Social Studies: Famous Americans quiz February 18

Looking Forward to:

  • Second Quarter Report Card Distribution- February 11
  • Robert Jospe World Beat Workshop Assembly – February 12
  • Valentine’s Day- February 14
  • Henricus Field Trip money due February 15
  • Family Wellness Night- February 21
  • Henricus Park Field Trip- February 22
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Week of January 25

What a busy week in room 108!  We started the 3rd quarter with some really cold days and a quick flurry as we left on Friday. I hope the groundhog was correct in his prediction and Spring is coming soon! In the classroom we kept warm and worked hard. We enjoyed summarizing with poems, it was a fun unit and hopefully the students were able to share the poems they brought home with you. We also and did some hands on learning about Matter.  I added a study guide for this unit to the blog for this unit

What we are learning:

  • Math
    • Probability
  • Science
    • Matter and changes in matter
  • Reading
    • Summarizing Fiction
  • Writing
    • Adding suffixes
    • cursive

Upcoming:

  • Science: Matter Test February 8
  • Math: Probability Quiz February 13
  • Math: Probability Test February 18

Looking Forward to:

  • Stinger Store- February 6
  • Parent Teacher Conferences- February 7
  • Second Quarter Report Card Distribution- February 11
  • Robert Jospe World Beat Workshop Assembly – February 12
  • Valentine’s Day- February 14
  • Family Wellness Night- February 21
  • Henricus Park Field Trip- February 22
  • Spring Pictures- February 27
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Week of January 22

Wow! We had another fabulous four day week jam packed with learning, fun, celebrations, testing, and more testing.  It has been an amazing first half of the year, we celebrated our hard work in the “O” in ROCK for ownership in our assembly on Friday. We are ready for quarter 3 next week.  I hope everyone enjoys the long weekend!

What we are learning:

  • Math
    • Graphing with 2 digit numbers
  • Science
    • Matter
  • Reading
    • Summarizing Poetry
  • Writing
    • Adding suffixes

Upcoming:

  • Math Benchmark- January 30-31

Looking Forward to:

  • Student Holiday/ Staff Clerical Day- January 28
  • Kindness Week- January 29 – Feb 1
    • Tuesday: Wear Pink or Red
    • Wednesday: Weak Yellow or Black
    • Thursday: Wear BRIGHT colors
    • Friday: Jersey Spirit day
  • Stinger Store- February 6
  • Parent Teacher Conferences- February 7
  • Second Quarter Report Card Distribution- February 11
  • Robert Jospe World Beat Workshop Assembly – February 12
  • Valentine’s Day- February 14
  • Family Wellness Night- February 21
  • Henricus Park Field Trip- February 22
  • Spring Pictures- February 27
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Week of January 14

We had a fun and busy four days!  We had a wonderful time watching the fabulous fifth graders give their snowy concert.  We also enjoyed a lesson with Mrs. Mangiaracina preparing everyone to do research using our Chromebooks next week.  We have our  Reading Benchmark on Wednesday and Thursday next week.  There is no studying necessary for this, but please try to have our wonderful stinger second graders well rested after a good night’s sleep and ready for school to do their best!  Enjoy the long weekend and I will look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday!

What we are learning:

  • Math
    • 2 digit addition and subtraction with and without regrouping equations and multi step word problems
  • Social Studies
    • Pueblo Indians
  • Reading
    • Reading for research: developing a topic, researching, and writing in my own words.
  • Writing
    • Suffixes

Upcoming:

  • American Indians test – January 25
  • Reading Benchmark January 23-24
  • Math Subtraction test January 23
  • Math Unit Test January 25

Looking Forward to:

  • Buzzy Bash – January 25
  • End of Quarter 2 – January 25
  • Student Holiday/ Staff Clerical Day January 28
  • Family Wellness Night February 21
  • Spring Pictures February 27
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Week of January 7

We had a great first full week of the year.  The class showed excellent behavior despite the excitement of the upcoming snow we celebrated with lunch and a movie on Friday.

I hope everyone is enjoying the weekend! Our big snowstorm looks like it was a big flop.  No fun snow to make a snowman.  I’m sure the kids are sad.  Hopefully, everyone is staying warm and safe in this crazy weather.  Please take a look at the upcoming dates we have so much to finish before the end of Quarter 2.

What we are learning:

 

  • Math
    • 2 digit subtraction with and without regrouping equations and word problems

  • Social Studies
    • Lakota Indians

  • Reading
    • Ask and Answer questions with non-fiction

  • Writing
    • Expository Writing and alphabetizing to the 3rd letter

 

Upcoming:

  • American Indians test – January 25
  • Math Subtraction quiz January 18
  • Reading Benchmark January 23-24
  • Math Subtraction test January 22
  • Math Unit Test January 24 or 25

Looking Forward to:

  • SCA Wacky Tacky/ Crazy Hair Day – January 17
  • Student Holiday – January 21
  • Buzzy Bash – January 25
  • End of Quarter 2 – January 25
  • Student Holiday/ Staff Clerical Day –  January 28
  • Gifted referral window is open until January 18th
  • Family Survey: please complete the 10-minute survey by Friday, January 18th: http://tiny.cc/spesfamilysurvey. Thank you!
  • Family Wellness Night February 21
  • Spring Pictures February 27
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