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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Jan 22-25



Winter conferences are coming soon.  I will be available on Thurs. 2/7 from 3-7pm  for any parents who desire to meet.  (These are optional.)  I will contact any parents privately that I absolutely need to talk to.  A Sign Up Genius will be created soon and I’ll forward the information via Dojo.  If this date does not work for you, contact me and of course we can arrange an alternative. 🙂

What’s happening at school this week?

Benchmark testing.  Reading Tues and Wed, Math Thurs and Fri.  

Reading:  Review of strategies and test-taking skills with any available time after testing

Vocab:  Quiz Friday 

Math:  LCM, finding a common denominator.

VS:  Finish colonization VS4.  Vocab Quiz Thurs.  Students will vote on a test date for Colonization.  Study Guide will be provided, but study notebooks!  Vocab quiz Friday.  Next – American Revolution.

Important dates to remember:

Thurs 1/24:  Va Studies vocab quiz

Fri 1/25:  vocab quiz 

Mon 1/28:  No school for students

Wed. 1/30:  Family Life lesson

Thurs. 2/7:  Winter conferences

Feb, 21:  Multicultural Museum (writing) night






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Jan 15-18, 2019


I just love snow days!  Have you heard the forecast for next week?  

Here is what we will be learning this week:

Math:  Fractions.  Adding and subtracting with like denominators.  Simplifying using GCF.  Using LCM to find a common denominator, then adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators.

Reading:  Identifying and categorizing sensory language.  (Ex:  something silky or rough appeals to the sense of touch.)

Spelling/Vocabulary:  Spelling words:  kindness, shyness, weakness, darkness, fairness, fearless, hopeless, helpless, homeless, speechless, effortless, wooden, tighten, soften, sharpen, sicken.  (suffixes -ness, -less, -en)  Vocabulary: dinosaur, museum, speechless, darkness, ancient, nervous   Quiz Friday Jan. 25.

Va. Studies:  Colonization, moving Va’s capital, colonial economy 

Important Dates to remember:

Fri. 1/18:  Muffins for Mom 7:30

Mon. 1/21:  MLK holiday, no school

Tues. 1/22 and Wed. 1/23:  Reading Benchmark tests

Thurs. 1/24 and Fri. 1/25:  Math Benchmark tests

Fri. 1/25:  Vocab/Spelling Quiz

Mon. 1/28:  No school for students

Thurs. 2/21:  Cultural Museum Night showcasing student writing




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Muffins for Moms

We are excited to welcome Catava Burton, HCPS Educational Specialist, to Muffins with Moms, January 18, from 8-8:30am.

In her “Are You Smarter than Your Child’s Smart Phone?” workshop she will share the latest texting

slang, secret apps, and social media tricks.  Information will also be provided on bullying/cyberbullying,

human trafficking, internet safety, and psychological impact of these issues.  Strategies will be provided

to help parents keep their children safe.  Bring your smart phone!

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January 7-11, 2019


Welcome back!  I hope everyone enjoyed Winter Break, and enjoyed the sunshine and warm weather this weekend.  Here’s what is happening at school:

Welcome to our class Isaiah!  He comes to our class from Springfield Park Elem. in Henrico.  We are glad you are here!

Math:  Quiz Mon 1/7 on multiplication and long division.  Next unit of study – fractions.  Adding and subtracting with like and unlike denominators, simplifying.

Science:  Moon phases

VS:  Colonization

Reading:  Review of previously-learned comprehension skills.  We will practice reading test-taking skills.

Writing:  Subject & verb agreement, transition words.  Begin thinking of something that is important to your family that you can write about for the Multicultural Museum night in February.  Students will write about his or her chosen topic at school.  (Admin sent an email about this last week.)

Vocab:  Quiz Fri 1/11 on these words:  accused, slammed, tamed, flipped, improved, clapped, directed, accepted, setting, soaring, swimming, moving, dancing, approaching, vanishing, giggling  Quiz Fri

Important dates:

Mon 1/7:  Math computation quiz

Thurs. 1/10:  Young Scientists visit

Fri 1/11:  Vocab quiz, Cold Read reading test

Jan 18:  Muffins for Moms 7:30 am

Jan 21:  MLK day – no school

Jan 28:  no school for students

Feb. 21:  Multicultural Museum night

I hope I haven’t forgotten anything.  Have a super week and feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

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Dec 17-19, 2018


Hello.  Here’s what will be happening on these last few days of the school before Winter Break:

Good Luck in the Spelling Bee on Monday, Dhruv!

We are so happy that the Chromebooks have arrived.  We are fortunate to be one of the first elementary schools in the county to receive them.

Reading:  Fact vs. opinion.  We’ll take notes and practice in class.  No reading tests or quizzes until after the break.

Vocab:  No new words until after the break.

Science:  Quiz on Tuesday 12/18.  Know the planets according to size AND their distance from the sun.  Know which 2 early astronomers believed in the Earth-centered model of the universe and which 2 believed in the sun-centered model.  Students have been working in class on a Planets “circle” book, and this will count as a test grade.

Math:  We will spend the rest of this week mastering long division and reviewing 2 x 2 multiplication.  Computation test when we return (after a quick review).

Tuesday 12/18:  Pizza and a movie!  As a reward for working hard (and because of the convincing persuasive paragraphs).  Please turn in the PG permission form if you have not done so already.  (I will not show any PG13 movies).   If possible, please send in $2.00 to help me with the cost.  Thanks!  Science quiz today as well.

Wednesday, Dec. 19:  Winter Party!  After lunch (12:00)-end of day.  All parents are invited and are encouraged to help with an activity.  (Please make sure you have a volunteer application on file with the office.)  No younger siblings.  Thank you so much if you signed up to donate a food item.  Also, a $2 donation would be appreciated to help with costs for the supplies for the activities.

Have a safe and restful Winter Break.  See you next year!

Jan 3:  school resumes


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Dec. 3-7


How can it be December already?  Great news…our Pen Pals in Bay Shore, NY received our letters last week.  According to their teacher they are very excited and are in the process of writing us back.  

What’s happening this week?

Reading:  Novel studies begin.  Students will be reading an assigned novel in class, answering questions and discussing with their classmates during Book Club meetings.  Author’s Purpose review.  Read the Hawaii story in Storyworks magazine.  Quiz on Hawaii story Friday.

Vocab:  same words as last week…quiz Friday.

VS:  Jamestown test Tues.

Science:  Planets

Math:  Long Division.  Computation Quiz this week, date TBD (Wed or Thurs?)  (Computation quiz on addition, subtraction and multiplication only.)  

Writing/ELA:  Editing, revising.  Proofreading marks.  Using a thesaurus.

Important dates:

Tues. 12/4:  Jamestown test

Wed. 12/5 Young Scientists 

Fri 12/7:  Reading quiz (Storyworks Hawaii), vocab quiz, CUBS NIGHT IN!!!  (I’ll be there with Mrs. Shaffer with the IPads.)

Dec. 12:  School-wide Spelling Bee.  Go Dhruv!!

Dec. 19:  Last day of school before Winter Break.  Winter Celebration (party), details TBD



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