April 23-26

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What a beautiful weekend!  Friday’s rain cleared out some pollen and I can breathe again!

The Pamplin Park field trip is one week away!  Please send in money and permission slips ASAP if you want your child to attend.  (The deadline for money was actually last Friday.)  Wear comfortable shoes, dress for the weather, and pack a lunch from home.  I think all parents interested in chaperoning will be able to attend, I will contact you within a day or two.

Students were issued a novel a few weeks ago.  They need to be finished reading it before Fri. 4/26 so they will be prepared to complete an activity at school with other 4th graders who read the same book.  Three novels in all will need to be completed by early June.  (Fun culminating day!  Details forthcoming.)

Here’s what we will be learning this week:

Reading:  SOL review based on MAP data.  Students need to read and reread the story “My Life Without Hair” and “Haircuts for Hope” from the May/June Storyworks.  Students will receive their magazines on Tuesday.  Please do not lose them! (The magazine can be accessed online though…storyworks.scholastic.com.)  Quiz on these articles Thursday.  Cold Read on Friday.

Vocab/Spelling:  week 13 – homographs.  Students receive word list on Tues. 4/23.  Know how to spell these words:  brace, shrink, wave, passage, crane, can, pitcher, park, match, rock, diamond, fair, bank, yard, play, break.  Know the multiple meanings of pitcher, can, park, passage, & crane.  Quiz Fri. 5/3.

Writing:  Parts of Speech, prepositional phrases

Math:  Elapsed time.  You can help at home by practicing reading time on a traditional (analog) clock.  Measurement TEST Thursday April 4/25.  Measuring on a ruler in inches and centimeters, converting weight, length and volume in US customary and metric units.

VS:  Continue Civil War battles.  Quiz Fri. 4/26 on VS7A.  Study Guide will be sent home.  Civil War Unit test next week date TBD.  Pamplin Park field trip Mon. 4/29.  Wear comfortable shoes, dress for the weather, pack a lunch.

Dates to Note:

Thurs. 4/25:  Math measurement TEST, Readworks Quiz

Fri. 4/26:  VS Quiz, Cold Read Test, Novel Study group activity

Mon. 4/29:  Pamplin Park Field Trip.

SOL Dates:  Reading:  May 6-7.  Math:  May 14-15, VS:  May 22

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April 8-12, 2019

I can’t wait to see everyone tomorrow.  I look forward to reading what you write in your journals about Spring Break!

This week we’ll be learning:

Reading:  Main Idea in fiction and non-fiction.  Book Reports due Wed. 4/10.

Vocab/Spelling:  Be able to spell and know the proper version of these words:  Thrown, throne, pear, pair, night, knight, weight, wait, peek, peak, hole, whole, no, know, allowed, aloud    Know the meanings of these words:  night, knight, allowed, aloud, peak, peel, homophone  (We will review parts of speech which will help with homophones).  Quiz Fri 4/19

Math:  Measurement:  capacity and volume, converting within the metric  system.  Quiz Thurs.  Unit test next week.

VS:  Civil War.  Differences between North and South, causes of conflict, involvement of Virginia and Virginians.  Vocab Quiz Fri. 4/12

Important Dates: 

Wed. 4/10:  Book Reports Due

Thurs. 4/11:  Measurement Quiz

Fri. 4/12:  Career Day!  Civil War vocab quiz

Unit test on Measurement this week (Apr 15-9)

Fri. 4/19:  Vocab Quiz on homophones, 1/2 day!  Cold Read?

MAPS Testing:  4/17 Reading, 4/18 Math, Go Nuts for Reading base all game.




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March 18-22


A big “shout out” to Leila S!  Her artwork was selected to represent our ENTIRE SCHOOL and is on display at the district office!

Dhruv, Akilesh, and Sidhvi are on the CTES “24” Math team and will participate in a tournament Thursday evening against other elementary schools.  

Book Reports coming soon!  Look for an information sheet that was sent home 3/18 with your child.  Please read, discuss and return the bottom portion.  Thanks!

We still need donations of notebook paper.  Thank you in advance if you can help.

What are we learning this week?

Reading:  Making inferences, predictions/drawing conclusions.  Using evidence from  text to justify answers.  Reading a novel for upcoming Book Report due 4/10.  

Vocab.  Week 11 Quiz Friday 3/22

Writing:  Following directions carefully to fully respond to writing prompts.  

Science:  Electricity and Magnetism.  

Math:  begin unit on measurement, focusing on length this week.  Converting between inches, feet, yards, miles.  Measure on a ruler to the nearest 1/8 inch.  Measure accurately in centimeters.

Remember, March 29 is a 1/2 day and marks the beginning of Spring Break!

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March 11-15

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Whats happening this week in room 216?

Friday, March 15 is picture day.  Individual pictures AND whole-class pictures.  Information will be sent home in the Tuesday folder.

What are we learning?

Math:  Area and perimeter, then begin measurement.  Area and perimeter quiz on Friday 3/15.

Science:  Force and Motion vocab. quiz Tues. 3/12.  Students may bring in one Hot Wheels or Matchbox car on Wed. 3/13 for a Science investigation on friction.  No worries if you don’t have one – I have plenty to share!

Reading:  Mixed comprehension skill review.  Cold Read Friday. (I cancelled the one previously scheduled for last Friday as we had such a busy day.)

Vocab:  16 new Spelling Words:  weigh, neighbor, sleigh, eight, reins, reindeer, deceive, receive, field, friend, grief, piece, relief, yield, believe, thief.  (Remember the rule “i before e except after c”.  Vocab words:  experience (n), rein (n), sleigh (n), impatient (adj), relief (n), neighborhood (n), convenient (adj)  QUIZ Friday 3/22

Writing:  descriptive writing with lots of details

Dates to remember:

Tues. 3/12:  Science quiz on Force and Motion vocab

Wed. 3/13:  bring in a small toy car if you have one

Fri. 3/15:  Area and Perimeter quiz, cold read, Picture day

Fri. 3/22:  Vocab quiz week 11

Fri. 3/29:  1/2 day

Spring Break – return to school on Mon 4/8

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March 4-8


Thank you so much to Elyana’s dad and Sravya’s dad.  They braved the dreary weather and served as chaperones to St. John’s church.  The kids enjoyed reciting the last part of Patrick Henry’s speech along with the actor.  We even saw George Wythe’s tombstone!

What’s happening this week?

Reading:  Mixed review based on class needs.  Cold Read Friday.

Vocabulary:  Week 10 quiz Friday.

Writing:  Descriptive writing about a made-up monster.  Ask your child to tell you about this fun activity!

Math:  Geometry test Friday.  Study Math notebooks.  (vocab, lines, polygons, solid shapes, symmetry).  

Science:  Force and Motion.  Bring in paper airplanes Friday for an activity.  Study Force and Motion vocab. for an upcoming QUIZ.   We’ll vote on a date.

Important Dates:  

Wed. 3/6:  optional: recite Preamble to Constitution for Extra credit, Wear wacky clothes (Dr. Seuss)

Thurs. 3/7:  Dr. Seuss wear red, white and black

Fri. 3/8:  Reading cold read, vocab quiz, Geometry test, bring paper airplanes

Fri. 3/29:  1/2 day for students.  Spring Break!

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Feb. 25-March 1


Welcome to our class Lavonia!  She is a new student from Sao Paolo, Brazil.

FIELD TRIP Friday, March 1.  Please send in permission slips and $8 if you have not already done so.

Hopefully, students will be allowed to take home their recorders from music this week.  If so, PLEASE remember to bring them back to school each Wednesday.  Thanks!

What’s happening this week?

Reading:  Multi-skill review

Vocabulary/Spelling:  Week 10.  16 new words to spell:  enjoyment, replacement, basement, instrument, attention, information, celebration, invention, protection, quickly, friendly, swiftly, badly, happily, recently, entirely      Know the meanings of these:  entirely, instrument, friendly, enjoyment, celebration, recently, protection.  Words are in WOrd Study/Vocab notebook.  Quiz 3/8.

Va. Studies:  learning about famous Virginians and famous documents.  TEST Thursday on the American Revolution (VS5).  Study notes in notebook.  Study guide sent home today for homework.

Math:  Polygons, quadrilaterals, congruency, symmetry



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Feb 18-22


Multicultural Museum/Writing Showcase is this Thursday from 6:30 – 7:30.  Please come see your child’s family crest and writing.

Please send back your child’s photos if you do not wish to purchase them.  Thanks!

Please send in the St.John’s Church field trip permission form and $8 if you have not done so already.  We have room for one more chaperone for the March 1st trip.

What are we learning this week?

Reading:  continue with Cause and Effect

Vocabulary/Spelling:  Week 9.  Spelling 16 words:  pregame, prepare, preheat, pretest, prepay, rebound, rebuild, rewrite, remind, retreat, repaint, misspell, mistake, misbehave, mislead, misprint.  Know the meanings of these words:  rage (noun), retreat (verb), enormous (adj), prepare (verb), avoid (verb), remind (verb), suspect (verb).  QUIZ Friday 2/22.

Writing:  students will write for the multicultural museum project

Math:  Begin Geometry.  types of lines, how lines intersect, types of angles.  Quiz Thurs on vocab.  Study the definitions and drawing examples that will be in the Math notebook.

Va. Studies:  We will finish our study of the American Revolution this week.  (Battles of Lexington & Concord, Great Bridge and Yorktown.)  Quiz Thurs on “Causes of the Revolution” only.  A study guide is in the VS notebook.  We will vote on a date for the unit test.  Students may recite a portion of Patrick Henry’s speech on Mon. 2/25 for extra credit.

Important dates:

Thurs. 2/21:  VS Quiz, Geometry vocab Quiz, Multicultural Night 6:30-7:30

Fri. 2/22:  Week 9 vocab/spelling Quiz

Mon 2/25:  Recite Patrick Henry’s speech for optional extra credit

March 1:  Field Trip to St. John’s Church

March 29:  1/2 day for students, Spring Break begins!!!





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Go Nuts for Reading


The Richmond Flying Squirrels are pleased to announce that the Flying Squirrels Reading Program, “Go Nuts for Reading!” is back for its tenth season! This year’s program, which will run through Wednesday, March 20th 2019, is open to all CTES to participate! After reading 8 books and signing your child’s bookmark, your child will receive a FREE baseball voucher to the 6:35 pm April 18th baseball game. It will be a fun-filled night, beginning with a school parade around the diamond and ending with (fingers crossed) a win for our Flying Squirrels!! Look for more information in the Cub Chronicle and lets “play ball!”

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Feb. 4-8


Donation needed:  Can anyone send in a large bag of plain M&Ms for a Va. Studies activity?  Need Wednesday.

What will we be learning this week?

Math:  Fractions:  Adding and subtracting fractions with like and unlike denominators.  Simplifying.  Changing Improper fractions to mixed numbers and vice-versa.  Quiz Wednesday 2/6 on adding and subtracting, simplifying.  No improper fractions on quiz.

Reading:  Continue with poetry unit (elements of poetry, author’s purpose).  Quiz Thurs. 2/7.   Cold Read Friday.  (The only way to prepare for these is to READ.)  Although I don;t write it down, students are expected to read nightly at home for 20 minutes.  Students will also be reading two articles about lions from the Jan/Feb issue of Readworks magazine in class, and rereading at home for further comprehension.  Possible quiz next week.

Vocab:  Quiz Thursday. (see last week’s post for word list)

Writing:  write in class for the multicultural writing night on 2/21.

Va. Studies:  American Revolution.  Causes of the American Revolution.  Boston Tea Party.  No quizzes or tests this week.

Important dates:

Wed. 2/6:  Fractions Quiz

Thurs. 2/7:  Poetry quiz,  winter conferences.  (If I thought a conference was necessary, I would have contacted you privately.  Sign Up Genius link on last week’s post)

Fri. 2/8:  Vocab quiz

Thurs. 2/21:  Multicultural Night

Fri. 3/1:  Field Trip to St. John’s Church.  Details coming soon.

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Jan 29-Feb 1

Welcome back to school after a 3 day weekend.  It’s going to be a busy week!  Please take a moment to look over the page titled “Computer Use Rules” with your student.  Thanks!

2019 CTES PTA Winter After School Enrichment registration is open.

We have a great line-up of classes this session!

Classes run the week of February 11 through the week of March 18.

This is the last week to sign up for classes, so log on today and register.

Deadline to register for classes is Monday, February 4th. 

Visit the CTES PTA website to get more information and register online. https://colonialtrailpta.membershiptoolkit.com/ase

You can view the descriptions of each class online or attached is the 2019 ASE Flyer.

What are we learning this week?

Reading:  Poetry.  Elements of poetry and author’s purpose when writing poetry.  Quiz Friday.

Spelling/Vocab:  New Words:  Spelling:  quizzed, strolled, stammered, whined, dew, temperature, clouds, vapor, endangered, adapt, captivity, wildlife, conservation, extinct, motion, gravity

Vocabulary:  vapor, endangered, extinct, gravity, adapt, strolled, quizzed.  Quiz Fri. 2/8

Writing:  Pen Pal friendly letters, plural and possessive nouns.  We will begin writing our essay for the Multicultural Museum night on Feb. 21.  Please make sure your students knows their topic, and think of an artifact that can accompany the writing.

Va. Studies:  American Revolution.  Test Thurs 1/31 on Colonization.  Study notebooks and study guide.

Math:  Fractions.  adding and subtracting with unlike denominators.  Using LCM to find a common denominator.  Using GCF to simplify.  Improper fractions.  Quiz on Friday on adding, subtracting with like and unlike denominators, simplifying.

Important dates:

Wed. 1/30:  Family Life Lesson 8:30-9:30

Thurs. 1/31:  VS Colonization Test

Fri. 2/1:  Poetry quiz, Math quiz

Feb. 7:  Parent-teacher conferences.  3-7 pm.  I will contact parents directly that I would like to meet with.  Feel free to sign up even if I don’t contact you.  Here is the link to the Sign-Up-Genius:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409084EACAB2CA0FD0-winter

Feb. 8:  Vocab quiz week 8

Feb 21:  Multicultural Museum night

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