SOLs are Finished!!!!



SOL testing in over, Thank Goodness!  There are many special activities coming up…see below.

What are we learning?

We now have time to focus on Science.  This week we’ll learn about Electricity and Magnetism, and we will build circuits.  I chose an awful time for Project Moon Watch, as there have been so many clouds in the sky.  Use the internet to update any evenings the moon is not visible, and turn in the completed sheet on June 5 for a Quiz grade.

Math:  Ordered pairs, Area and Perimeter, Geometry review

Word Trek:  Week 20 (final one).  Last Quiz on June 5.

Important Dates:

Friday, June 1:  FIELD DAY!!!!!  Crossing fingers for a nice day!

June 5:  Word Trek Quiz, Project Moon Watch due.

Thurs. 6/7:  4th grade Book Celebration!!!!!

Friday, June 8:  Yearbooks distributed, PTA Fun Run 6:15 pm , followed by Cub Celebration (details to follow)

Mon., June 11:  5th grade Wax Museum.  Bring extra change to donate to the American Red Cross.

Thurs. 6/14:  5th grade graduation.

Fri. 6/15:  Last Day of school!  Report cards will be sent home with students.

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CRAZY amount of rain recently!  Due to last Friday’s “rain day”, our Va. Studies SOL has been moved to Friday, May 25. 

THANK you for making me feel so loved and appreciated during Teacher Appreciation Week recently!  I have such a thoughtful class!

Please return the permission slip to watch a PG/PG13 movie if you haven’t already done so.  Remember – this is not required.

What’s happening at school?  

Va. Studies:  T-shirts due Tues 5/22.  Please wear the shirt to school.  You can leave it on all day or change after it has been graded.  Review, review, review for the SOL on Friday.  Please click on the “links to websites” tab for fun review games and interactive activities.

Science:  Project Moon Watch was sent home today (5/21).  Please read and let me know if you have any questions.  The paper will be due on June 5 and counts as a quiz.  We will begin to study Electricity and Magnetism.  We are in need of some batteries, size C or D.  We can just “borrow” them for an activity on Friday or early the following week.  Write your name on it and it will be returned to you.

Reading, Writing, English:  Word Trek week 20 words were distributed today.  This is the LAST one we will complete this year.  Quiz on 6/5.  word parts:  man(u)=hand, mar(e) = sea.  10 words:  magazine, magnanimous, magnate, magnificent, manipulate, manual, manuscript, marathon, marine, masquerade.  

End of Year F&P reading tests will be given.

Math:  review

Important dates to remember:  5/22 T-shirts due

5/25:  Va. Studies SOL

Mon. 5/28:  No School – Memorial Day holiday

Tues. 5/29:  Book Celebration responses due, Young Scientists (rescheduled)

June 1:  Field Day

June 5:  Project Moonwatch due, Word Trek quiz week 20


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SOL testing

Sorry I am late to post this week.  Our Reading SOLS are finished.  Math part 1 is tomorrow (may 17) and part 2 is Friday, May 18.  Va. Studies SOL on May 24th.

Monday, May 21:  Young Scientists visit

Tues. 5/22:  Virginia Studies T-shirts due.  Students should wear their shirt to school.  They can wear it all day or bring another shirt to change into.

We have reviewed Math all this week up to the SOLS, we are learning about the moon and moon phases.  The Virginia Studies curriculum is completely finished and we are also in “review mode” for that as well.  After SOLS we concentrate on Science.  I will be creating a “Sign-Up Genius” for post SOL snacks and a few items needed for Science.  I will send an email and Dojo notification when it is ready.

Students will soon begin “Project Moon Watch”, where they observe and record the moon phases.  I have postponed this due to the rainy weather.

Field Day is June 1.


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May 7-12

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SOL testing is here!  Our first SOL test is Reading Part 1 on Friday, May 12.  Reading Part 2 in Mon. 5/14.  Math also in 2 parts on 5/17 and 5/18.  Va. Studies on May 24.

What else is happening at school?

Reading:  SOL test preparation, review of skills.  Vocab:  Word Study quiz Tues. 5/15 Reading Celebration: The deadline is May 30 to have read at least 18 books from the list.  That’s only 14 in addition to the 4 that I have read out loud.  There is still time!  (Please note: Students who do not complete the required amount of books will not be able to participate in the fun activities on June 7.)

Math:  Geometry test Tues. 5/9, then review, review, review for SOLS!

VS:  finish Civil Rights, then famous Virginians and how Virginia’s government works.  T-shirt project due Tues. 5/15.  (I have scanned the requirements – see the link above.)

Science:  Students will complete a few reading/science passages in class.  As soon as the Reading SOL is finished, we will have more time to focus on Science.

Field Day is June 1.  Coach LeClair sent home an informational letter.  Please return the lunch form if you have not already done so.

Have a wonderful week!




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April 30 – May 9

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4th grade recorder and chorus concert this Friday, May 4, 1:45 pm.

Report Cards will be sent home Mon. 4/30.

Mrs. Smith, our Colonial Trail art teacher, is collecting some interesting items to be used in the art room this spring and next fall.  Please consider donating any of the following items to be used by the children in their art classes.  Feel free to collect these supplies during the summer and send them in the fall as well.  Your trash is our treasure!! Thanks for all of your help!!

Old CDs, Felt, Yarn, Fabric Scraps, Beads or old Necklaces, 4 oz Elmers Glue Bottles, Cheap White Paper Plates, Styrofoam or Plastic Egg Cartons, Empty Toilet Tissue and Paper Towel Rolls, Newspaper

Here is a list of what we will be learning and lots of important dates.

Math:  Geometry – lines, angles, polygons, transformations.  Geometry test late this week or early next week.

Reading:  Review of all comprehension skills and preparation for SOL.  (Reading SOLs 5/11 and 5/14.  Students will be reading the story “Donovan’s Word Jar” from the TEXTBOOK in class.  Reading test on Friday based on this story.  Students are encouraged to bring the textbook home nightly.  Rereading helps build fluency and will help prepare for the test.  

Writing:  students will finish and mail their friendly letters that were begun last week.  Writing dates and addresses.

Vocabulary:  Quiz Tues 5/1 on Word Trek week 17.  New words,  Week 19 (no week 18).  Week 19 word parts:  jud–=law,  liber–=free,  luna-=moon.  10 new words: judgement, keen, kindergarten, lanky, legend, liability, liberate, loathe, lunar, lurk     Quiz May 15.

Va. Studies:  Reconstruction test on Friday 5/4.  Civil Rights.  Details will be sent home soon about a T-shirt project featuring 20th century Virginians.  (Students will need to decorate a plain white Tshirt.)

Important Dates:  

Mon 4/30:  Report Cards sent home

Tues. 5/1:  Word Trek quiz week 17,  Flying Squirrels “Go Nuts for Reading” baseball game.  Pre-game parade at 5:45 pm.  Students will be sitting in section 204.

Friday, May 4:  Chorus/Recorder concert 1:45 pm, Reconstruction test

Friday, May 11:  Reading SOL test day 1

Monday, May 14:  Reading SOL test day 2

Tues. 5/15:  Word Trek quiz week 19

Thurs. 5/17:  Math SOL day 1

Fri. May 18:  Math SOL day 2

Fri. 5/24:  Va. Studies SOL

Friday, June 1:  Field Day

Thurs. June 7:  4th Grade Book Celebration (This is a change!)

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April 23-27

animated-book-image-0010  Book Reports Due Wed. 4/25

What’s happening at school this week?

Math:  Elapsed Time, Quiz Wed or Thurs, then Geometry. (We skimmed over these topics before MAPS, but need to go into more detail).

Reading/Writing:  Kids will write and mail a friendly letter this week.  Please see the note that is being sent home – we will need an address and postage.  Thanks!

Reading:  Text features.  Cold Read Friday.  Word Trek week 17., Quiz May 1.

Book Reports due Wed. 4/25 (These are the last ones!)  Please pay close attention to the requirements for each area (written, oral and visual).  Wed. is also Administrative Professionals Day, feel free to show appreciation to Mrs. Kelmar and Mrs. Jones in the office.

Va. Studies:  Reconstruction – Test early next week.  Keep up with the Blue Book review.  pgs. 10-1st 1/2 of 22 due Friday.  Parents, please sign the paper. Thanks!

THANKS to everyone who sent in items for the recent ice cream measurement activity!  It was loud, messy, and fun!

Report cards will be sent home April 30.  

Flying Squirrels “Go Nuts for Reading” tickets were sent home last week.  The game date is May 1st.


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April 16-20, 2018


Thanks everyone for donating items for our ice cream/measurement activity.  We will complete this on Tues. 4/17.  Because of MAPS testing, the 1/2 day and Career Day, our focus this week will be on Math (elapsed time and geometry) and Va. Studies (Reconstruction).

Many things are happening this week at school, so be sure to read below and mark your calendar!


What are we learning?

MATH:  We are right on schedule with pacing, but I will attempt to quickly teach some geometry before MAPS testing.  We will continue with geometry and cover it in more detail after the MAPS test.  

VA. STUDIES:  Reconstruction after the Civil War.  IMPORTANT!:  A blue workbook will be sent home Tues. 4/17 with a letter of explanation.  It will be used as a review for the Va. Studies SOL test.  Do NOT lose this booklet!  It will be collected every Friday for a grade, and quizzes will also be given on the assigned sections.  

READING/WRITING/LANGUAGE:  This week’s focus will be on Math and Virginia Studies due to limited classroom time.  However, continue to read for the Reading Celebration and the last Book Report due 4/25.  New Word Trek words will be distributed on Wed.   Word Trek lesson 17 words:  word parts:  –credi–=believe,  –sign–= mark.  10 new words:  inaugurate, incredible, indulge, infuriate, insignia, intoxicated, intricate, jargon, jaunt, jovial    Quiz 4/30

Important Dates:

Mon 4/16:  Reading MAPS

Tues. 4/17:  Young Scientists, Word Trek quiz week 17, VS Test Civil War

Wed. 4/18:  Spirit Night, Buffalo Wild Wings on Pouncey Tract, 5-9 pm

Thurs 4/19:  Math MAPS test

Fri. 4/20:  TURN IN VS. REVIEW BOOKLET.  Career Day 1st half of day, possible Cold Read reading test

Mon. 4/23:  Spring Pictures

Wed. 4/25:  Book Reports due.  LAST ONE!!!  

Mon. 4/30:  Report Cards go home.  Word Trek quiz Week 17

SOL TEST DATES:  Reading in 2 parts Fri. May 11 and Mon. May 14,   Math in 2 parts:  Thurs. 5/17 and Fri. 5/18, Va. Studies:  Thurs. May 24

Have a spectacular week and enjoy this warmer weather.


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April 9-13, 2018

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Brrr!  There is snow on the ground as I am writing this!!??  CRAZY!!!!

Hopefully everyone enjoyed Spring Break.  I enjoyed my “stay-cation”.  I hiked up a mountain to the top of Crabtree Falls, and have developed an interest in bird watching.

MAPS testing is coming next week.  Here is a link to released SOL tests which are excellent tools for practice/preparation:

Week at a glance/Important Dates:

Math:  We will learn metric units for measurement and how to convert within the metric system.  Unit test on ALL of Measurement Friday 4/13.

Reading/Language:  Review of comprehension skills and MAP test preparation.  Possible Word Trek week 15 Quiz on TUES 4/17.  Last Book report due 4/25.  

VS:  Finish Civil War.  test on Tues. 4/17

Important Dates:

Thurs. 4/12:  Open notebook VS Quiz

Fri. 4/13:  Measurement Test, end of Q3

Mon. 4/16:  1/2 day for students, MAPS Reading Test

Tues. 4/17:  Young Scientists, VS Civil War test, Word Trek quiz week 15

Thurs. 4/19:  Math MAPS test

Fri. 4/20:  Career Day, morning assembly

Mon. 4/23:  Spring Pictures

Wed. 4/25:  Book Reports due

Mon. 4/20:  Q3 Report Cards sent home



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SPRING BREAK!!! March 26-30

animated-spring-image-0018Students were allowed to take their recorders home.  PLEASE remember to bring them back to school each Thursday for Music class.  Mark your calendars for the 4th grade chorus and recorder concert on Fri. May 4.

Welcome to Blue Devil, our new Beta Fish!  Let me know if you would like to care for him over Spring Break.

Here’s what’s happening this week:

Math:  Measurement.  Quiz Fri 3/30 on all US Customary measurements and conversions.

Reading/Language:  Review of Main Idea and Supporting Details.  Work Trek week 16.  Quiz April 16.  Word parts:  il–, in–, im– = not, –port = carry.  10 new words:  ideal, illiterate, illogical, illusion, immense, impartial, impede, import, inadequate, inaudible.  Possible Cold Read test Friday.

Va. Studies:  Civil War, Fort Sumter, creation of West Virginia, First Battle of Bull Run.

Enjoy Spring Break, April 2-6.  Be safe, relax and have fun!


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March 19-23

HCPS Arts Festival.  Come see artwork from students from all over Henrico County Saturday, March 24 10-4 pm and Sunday, March 25 10-4 pm.  Douglas Freeman High School.

We  have a new, dark blue, male Beta fish!

Here is what we are learning this week:  

Math:  Measurement, US Customary and metric.  Quiz Thurs or Friday.

Science:  Force and Motion test Thurs. 3/22

Va. Studies:  Civil War.  Vocabulary quiz Tues. 3/20.

Reading, Writing, Language:  Word Trek week 15 (see last week’s post for the list of words.)  Quiz Mon. 3/26.  Book Reports due Tues. 3/27.    Poetry and sensory language, dictionary skills

Spring Break:  April 2-6  

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