February 19, 2019

STEAM rocks! We had our first STEAM Friday, and the STEAM Hall of Famers last week built a 5’9″ balloon tower in 15 minutes! Our next STEAM challenge will be Friday, March 1st.

Hello!  We are in high gear here in room 214! Just a reminder, if you haven’t returned your child’s field trip permission slip or sent in payment for it, please do so at your earliest convenience.  Please read below for all of the exciting things happening in Coyote country!

It’s a Date!

FEBRUARY Kindness Month!

21 Family Fun and Fitness Night

22 Young Scientist Lesson-Electricity

26 PTA General Membership Meeting: Library, 6:00 PM to approve annual budget

MARCH

1 Energy and Electricity Test

5   PTA Board Meeting in library 6:30-7:30 PM

14 Field Trip to Pamplin Park

15 Pi Day Observed for 4th Grade

22  Spring Pictures (individual only)

22   4th grade recorder concert; 1:00 PM

28    Festival of the Arts; 6:00-8:00 PM

29    ½ day for students

APRIL                                 1-5 Spring Break Week/ School Closed

9 PTA Board Meeting in library 6:30-7:30 PM

11 Kindergarten Registration

17  PTA Spirit Night- Marco’s Pizza delivery

19 Career Day (½ day of school for students)

22  Student Holiday

26 Field Day

 

What We are Learning:

MATH –

  • We continue our work with decimals, and my students seem to be enjoying the Math Market project we have been working on in class. So far we have learned decimal place value, (through the thousandths place), comparing and ordering decimals, and rounding to the nearest whole number.  Next up, adding and subtracting decimals.
  • I have begun using the counties checkpoint assessments with the class.  This week, they took a 15 question checkpoint that covered the first nine weeks of our math curriculum.  Overall, they did very well.  It is my plan to go over these checkpoints with the class each week, so that we get very good at interpreting the questions, and understanding where there is room for improvement.  Additionally, we will begin using Study Island more at school in order to ensure we are ready for Spring MAPS and SOLs!

LANGUAGE ARTS-

Vocabulary: barren, fruitful, calamity, plunge, unearth-Quiz Friday

  • Writing:  Poetry-The children have so far learned about and written Haiku, Concrete Poems, and Cinquain.  Next, we will write color poems!
  • Reading – We continue to work within our novel study groups, and explore figurative language. The children are reading about 25-30 pages in these each week, and meet with their reading circles each Tuesday.  The class will begin their in school novel projects by the end of the week. The children were able to select these, based on interest on Monday.
  • Research Ninja -the children will complete this activity each week in the library in order to better learn how to use reference materials
  • Grammar- Beginning next week, we will learn about verbs…its should be action packed. 🙂

Social Studies/Science-  We have started to learn about electricity in science, and as you can see by the pictures, we’ve had a ton of fun learning about static electricity.  In this unit, we will also learn about forms of energy, current electricity, and famous scientists, including; Edison, Franklin, Lattimer, and Faraday. This Friday, we will have another great lesson with Young Scientists.

 

Science is a hair raising experience.

studiesweekly.com/

There is no assigned assessment this week.  We will begin our studies of the Civil War on March 4th. However, the children can access Science Studies Weekly online and read the articles, etc.  in case they would like to learn more, or use it as a study tool. I can’t assign anything to the class through the Science Studies Weekly, because I only purchased the subscription for Social Studies.

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February 12, 2019

 

Friends are the best!

 

Hello Happy Camper Families!

I hope this finds you well.  We are extremely busy here at school, but that’s the way I like it!  Your children may feel differently. 🙂  I hope all of your received the email I sent to you today, it contains information and thoughts that belong on a less public forum than this blog.

Permission slips for our field trip to Pamplin Park on March 14th are in your child’s orange folder today.  Payments may be made online, or you may send in a check or cash in the correct amount to school.  Checks should be made out to Kaechele Elementary School.  Thank you!

Thank you to everyone that sent in Valentines Day decorations and STEM supplies!  I hope to plan a fun STEM activity for this Friday’s PIE time. The fun never ends here in Room 214!

 

It’s a Date!

FEBRUARY Kindness Month at KES-We are collecting coats and change this week!

14 Valentine’s Day

18 FULL DAY for students (it was originally a half day, but due to snow it was changed)

21 Family Fun and Fitness Night

26 PTA General Membership Meeting: Library, 6:00 PM to approve annual budget

MARCH

5   PTA Board Meeting in library 6:30-7:30 PM

14 Field Trip to Pamplin Park

15 Pi Day Observed for 4th Grade

22  Spring Pictures (individual only)

22   4th grade recorder concert; 1:00 PM

28    Festival of the Arts; 6:00-8:00 PM

29    ½ day for students

APRIL                                 1-5 Spring Break Week/ School Closed

9 PTA Board Meeting in library 6:30-7:30 PM

11 Kindergarten Registration

17  PTA Spirit Night- Marco’s Pizza delivery

19 Career Day (½ day of school for students)

22  Student Holiday

26 Field Day

 

What We are Learning:

MATH –

  • We have started learning about decimals!  The children will learn place value through the thousandths place, how to relate a decimal to a fraction, to compare decimal numbers, and to add and subtract them.  Additionally, this week, my students will be working on a math project called, “The Math Market”.  This practical math endeavor helps teach children to work within a budget, to reason, add and subtract money, as well as the reading and application of food labels.

LANGUAGE ARTS-

Vocabulary: No words this week!  We have worked on a Valentine word analysis activity.

  • Writing:  Poetry-The children began learning about Haiku this week, and I have already been pleased with some of the ones they have written!
  • Reading – We continue to work within our novel study groups, and explore figurative language.
  • Research Ninja -the children will complete this activity each week in the library in order to better learn how to use reference materials

Social Studies/Science-  We are still learning about Force, Motion and Energy in Science. This Friday, the children will have a paper quiz.  This topic will be assessed formally  on March 1st within the Energy and Electricity test.  We will begin learning about Electricity this Friday.

studiesweekly.com/

There is no assigned assessment this week.  We will begin our studies of the Civil War on March 4th.

 

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February 5, 2019

Hello!

Well, we are off and running into our first full week of school in a very long time, whew!  Please see below for upcoming dates and classroom events. Don’t forget!  It’s Kindness month and there will be numerous opportunities to show kindness during February.  This week KES is collecting non-perishable food items to share with those in need.

Looking for STEM Friday Donations-I’d love to spend some time on Fridays for STEM challenges!  If you would like to, and can, please send in paper towel tubes, buttons, plastic bottles, egg cartons, yarn, fabric, beads, clothes pins, plastic straws, pipe cleaners…pretty much anything that we may build and create with would be greatly appreciated!

FEBRUARY Kindness Month at KES

5 PTA Board Meeting in library 6:30-7:30 PM

6 PTA Spirit Event at Boomerang

7 Parent Conferences 2:30-6:00

8 Young Scientist Lesson and Fractions Test

14 Valentine’s Day-Information will be sent home this week!

18 FULL DAY for students (it was originally a half day but due to snow it was changed)

21 Family Fun and Fitness Night

26 PTA General Membership Meeting: Library, 6:00 PM to approve annual budget


MARCH

5   PTA Board Meeting in library 6:30-7:30 PM

22  Spring Pictures (individual only)

22   4th grade recorder concert; 1:00 PM             

28    Festival of the Arts; 6:00-8:00 PM

29    ½ day for students

APRIL                                 1-5 Spring Break Week/ School Closed

9 PTA Board Meeting in library 6:30-7:30 PM

11 Kindergarten Registration

17  PTA Spirit Night- Marco’s Pizza delivery

19 Career Day (½ day of school for students)

22  Student Holiday

26 Field Day

 

What We are Learning:

MATH –

  • We continue to explore fractions, we have learned how to create and identify equivalent fractions.  This week, we will add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators, and work with fraction word problems.  Test on Friday.

LANGUAGE ARTS-

Vocabulary: Week 10-frail, sturdy, remote, ruthless, and commute

  • Writing:  Poetry-this week the children will write color poems
  • Reading – We have started our first novel study and the children are very excited!  They had the opportunity to choose between four novels on Monday.  They are: “Loser” , “Rules”, “The Bridge to Teribithia”, and “The Door in the Lake”.  We will spend the next several weeks on these.  The children will meet in their Literature Circles at least once a week to discuss their novels and share their journal entries.  Additionally, their will be at least one in-school project that accompanies this endeavor.  We are also learning about figurative language in reading.  Last week, we explored simile and metaphor.  This week, we will have some fun with idioms.
  • Research Ninja -the children will complete this activity each week in the library in order to better learn how to use reference materials

Social Studies/Science-  We have started our unit on Force, Motion and Energy in Science, and are very excited out our upcoming lesson with Young Scientists this Friday!

studiesweekly.com/

Issue 19-Assessment Due Friday

 

 

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January 29, 2019

Hi Happy Camper Families!

I hope you enjoyed another long weekend with your awesome children. Thanks so much for sending in the photos from home for World Read Aloud Day, I appreciate it so much.  I just have a few more to get, so if you haven’t sent one in, please do!  Otherwise, I will take a picture of your child at school. Please see below for important dates, events and classroom happenings!

IT’S A DATE!

JANUARY 2019

30- Math Benchmark Pt. 1

31- Math Benchmark Pt. 2

31- International Night 5:30-7:00 PM (This is a date change)

 

FEBRUARY Kindness Month at KES

1 World Read Aloud Day

1 American Revolution and Documents Test

5 PTA Board Meeting in library 6:30-7:30 PM

6 PTA Spirit Event at Boomerang

7 Parent Conferences 2:30-6:00-if you desire one!

8 Young Scientist Lesson

8 Fractions Test

14 Valentine’s Day-details to come

18 FULL DAY for students ( it was originally a half day but due to snow it was changed)

21 Family Fun and Fitness Night

 

What We are Learning:

MATH –

  • We continue to explore fractions, we have learned how to create and identify equivalent fractions.  This week, we will add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators.

LANGUAGE ARTS-

Vocabulary: No new words this week

  • Grammar:  Adjectives
  • Reading – We are learning more about monitoring our own comprehension, and consistently reviewing learned focus skills. We will begin novel studies in February. Read aloud-“Because of Mr. Terupt”

Social Studies/Science-  The children participated in American Revolution review stations in the library today.  Later in the week, we will learn about westward expansion after the war. After our unit assessment on Friday, we will begin learning about force, motion and energy in science next week.

 

studiesweekly.com/

Issue 18-Assessment Due today

The children are reading Issue 3 about the Constitution this week online, however, since I sent the paper copy home earlier in the year, they are taking a paper assessment, so they may use the online article to help them out as they do.

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January 22, 2019

Woohoo!  We’ve made it HALF WAY!

 

Hello!  I hope this finds all of you well, and that you enjoyed your three day weekend!  It is definitely a busy and exciting time here at KES, but I guess that is to be expected seeing as though we are literally in the middle of year.  That is really hard for me to believe.

As you can see, there are loads of events coming up for the Coyote community as listed below. There is a ton to remember, however, if you would please, email me a photo of your family reading together ASAP.  We are putting something special together for World Read Aloud Day, and we need your help.  If you would rather not be in a photo, a picture taken with siblings or just one parent is fine.  Thanks so much!

IT’S A DATE!

JANUARY 2019

23-Reading Benchmark Pt.1

24- Reading Benchmark Pt. 2

28 Student Holiday- End of Second Quarter

30- Math Benchmark Pt. 1

31- Math Benchmark Pt. 2

31- International Night 5:30-7:00 PM (This is a date change)

 

FEBRUARY Kindness Month at KES

1 World Read Aloud Day

1 American Revolution and Documents Test

5 PTA Board Meeting in library 6:30-7:30 PM

6 PTA Spirit Event at Boomerang

7 Parent Conferences 2:30-6:00-if you desire one!

8 Young Scientist Lesson

8 Fractions Test

18 FULL DAY for students ( it was originally a half day but due to snow it was changed)

21 Family Fun and Fitness Night

 

What We are Learning:

MATH –

  • We continue to explore fractions, we have learned how to create and identify equivalent fractions.  This week, we will compare and order fractions.

LANGUAGE ARTS-

Vocabulary: No new words this week, instead the children are completing activities about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and will terms compassion, self-discipline, trustworthy, cooperation, and persistence extensively over the course week. 

  • Grammar:  Adjectives-(We have not had a chance to get to these yet, but we will!) and Homophones
  • Reading – We are learning more about monitoring our own comprehension.  The students are working hard on their reader’s theater movie projects! Read aloud-“Because of Mr. Terupt”

Social Studies-  This week, we will learn about important documents written as we built a new nation during the late 1700’s specifically, The Virginia Declaration of Rights, The Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, and the Constitution.

A word about Studies Weekly assessments, if your child is missing an assessment score in Power School for this quarter, PLEASE have your child revisit the articles and take the assessment, or assessments.  If these are not taken by the end of the quarter, it will negatively impact his or her grade for the nine weeks. 

studiesweekly.com/

Issue 18-Assessment Due by next Tuesday, 1/29

 

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January 14, 2019

Hello Happy Camper Families!

I hope that you are all safe and warm as you read this.  With luck and some help from Mother Nature, we will be back to a normal schedule tomorrow, and everything written here will remain relevant, in terms of timing.  If anything changes, I will let you know.

IT’S A DATE!

JANUARY 2019

21 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day-No School

28 Student Holiday- End of Second Quarter

31- International Night 5:30-7:00 PM (This is a date change)

 

FEBRUARY Kindness Month at KES

1 World Read Aloud Day

5 PTA Board Meeting in library 6:30-7:30 PM

6 PTA Spirit Event at Boomerang

7 Parent Conferences 2:30-6:00-if you desire one!

18 FULL DAY for students ( it was originally a half day but due to snow it was changed)

21 Family Fun and Fitness Night

 

What We are Learning:

MATH –

  • We continue to explore fractions, we have learned how to create and identify equivalent fractions.  This week, we will compare and order fractions.

LANGUAGE ARTS-

Vocabulary: Week 9- superior, inferior, retrieve, scamper, douse –Quiz Friday

  • Writing: The children are working on Google Slide presentations that address the causes of the American Revolution
  • Grammar:  Adjectives-(We have not had a chance to get to these yet, but we will!)
  • Reading – We are learning more about monitoring our own comprehension.  The students are working hard on their reader’s theater movie projects!

Social Studies-  This week, we will learn more about the Battle of Lexington and Concord and the Declaration of Independence.  Patrick Henry recitations are due by Wednesday.  A couple of students have already recited the speech to the class, and have done a wonderful job!

A word about Studies Weekly assessments, if your child is missing an assessment score in Power School for this quarter, PLEASE have your child revisit the articles and take the assessment, or assessments.  If these are not taken by the end of the quarter, it will negatively impact his or her grade for the nine weeks. 

studiesweekly.com/

Issue 17-I have opened the assessment for this issue, due by 1/22/19

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January 8, 2019

Whoa!  It feels like it’s been a VERY long time since I posted before our holiday time off.  I’ll let you in on a secret…I actually LOVE the time after winter break and before spring break! It’s the “meatiest” time of the school year, in terms of curriculum, the children are well acquainted with classroom routines and have already matured considerably since September.  It’s the most exciting time to watch my students learn and grow.

IT’S A DATE!

JANUARY 2019

21 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day-No School

28 Student Holiday- End of Second Quarter

31- International Night 5:30-7:00 PM (This is a date change)

 

FEBRUARY Kindness Month at KES

1 World Read Aloud Day

5 PTA Board Meeting in library 6:30-7:30 PM

6 PTA Spirit Event at Boomerang

7 Parent Conferences 2:30-6:00-if you desire one!

18 FULL DAY for students ( it was originally a half day but due to snow it was changed)

21 Family Fun and Fitness Night

 

What We are Learning:

MATH –

  • We’re falling to pieces learning all about FRACTIONS!  This is my favorite unit to teach in math, and so far, my Happy Campers seem to be catching on nicely!  We’ve had some practice already this year, thanks to our 100 Days number line!

LANGUAGE ARTS-

  • Vocabulary: Week 8: inaccurate, meticulous, hover, gorge (the verb), and scarce-Quiz Friday
  • Writing: The children are working on Google Slide presentations that address the causes of the American Revolution
  • Grammar:  Adjectives
  • Reading – Using our knowledge of cause and effect to understand how and why the American Revolution started.  We are also beginning new readers’ theater plays tomorrow. “Daughters of Liberty” “The Boston Tea Party”, “The British are Coming!”, and “The Boston Massacre”

Social Studies-   This week, my students have used a variety of resources to learn about just what angered the American colonists during the 1770’s and how that frustration turned into war.  Later this week, we will have some fun with Patrick Henry’s famous speech, which was delivered right here in Richmond, at St. John’s Church!

studiesweekly.com/

Issue 16 this week-NO ONLINE ASSESSMENT FOR THIS ISSUE

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Winter Fun!

Hi Happy Camper Families!

It seems impossible that winter break is upon us.  I hope, with all my heart, that you all have a wonderful time with your families and friends over the next couple of weeks.  Enjoy every moment, I plan to!  I’m very excited to spend time with my sons, and to head to Alexandria and New Hampshire to spend time with my in-laws and parents.  

Thank you for your kindness, thoughtfulness, and generosity this week.  It is truly my pleasure to work with such fantastic children and their families.  Lucky me!  

Below, please find pictures from this week, it’s safe to say that we had a blast!

See you in 2019!

Mrs. B.

 

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December 10, 2018

I hope everyone is safe and cozy during our time away from school!

Hello Happy Camper Families!  I just wanted to touch base with you to make sure you have all of the information you need for the rest of this month.

On Tuesday, December 18th, due to the Jack Frost Jam and Winter party schedule, the fourth grade students will eat lunch in their classrooms from 11:45-12:15.  If at all possible, please send your child to school with a lunch on this day.  Of course, the children will have the option to go down to the cafeteria to purchase a lunch, if you are not able to provide one ahead of time.

 

IT’S A DATE!

DECEMBER

4 PTA Board meeting in library at 6:30-7:30 PM

6 Math computation test

10-14-Collection for Henrico Christmas Mother

13 Winter Music Fest; 6:30 PM in gym

17 Monday, 12/17- Tacky Sweater Day- wear your tackiest sweater or tackiest
holiday outfit-(SCA Spirit Day)

18 Jack Frost Jam !2:15 (assembly during the school day) and winter parties KG-5 and Winter parties 12:45

Wear Blue and White Day- (SCA Spirit Day)

19 Pajama Day (SCA Spirit Day)

20-31 Winter Break- School Closed

 

JANUARY 2019

3 Return to school after Winter Break

21 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day-No School

28 Student Holiday- End of Second Quarter

31- International Night (This is a date change)

 

What We are Learning:

MATH –

  • 4.2 We have started on working on probability…but chances are, all of our plans will be thrown off track by the snow!  See what I did there?

LANGUAGE ARTS-

  • Vocabulary: TBD-once we get back to school!
  • Writing: We will work on a parody of the Night Before Christmas as a class
  • Grammar:  We will begin exploring adjectives
  • Reading – Focus skill-Cause and effect

SCIENCE –

We have begun to learn about Sun, Earth, and Moon relationships. The children will learn 8 phases of the moon this year.  New moon, crescent moon, first quarter moon, (this looks like a half moon with the lit half on the right), waxing gibbous, full moon, waning gibbous, last quarter, and waning crescent.

If you can, start talking about, and looking at the moon with your child.  Learning the phases and why and how they happen is a difficult concept for them to grasp.

Soon, we will learn about famous astronomers; Ptolemy, Aristotle, Copernicus, and Gallileo

Here’s the link to our beloved Mr. Demaio, and his video on the planets.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEXWxNbpTzU

 

VIRGINIA STUDIES-

.studiesweekly.com/

Issue 15 this week-the online assessment is open to anyone who wants to take this prior to our return to school.

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December 3, 2018

 

Good luck Luke B.! He will represent our class tomorrow in the school-wide spelling bee. Misha is serving as our alternate. Way to go Coyotes!

IT’S A DATE!

DECEMBER

4 PTA Board meeting in library at 6:30-7:30 PM

6 Math computation test

10-14-Collection for Henrico Christmas Mother

13 Winter Music Fest; 6:30 PM in gym

18 Jack Frost Jam (assembly during the school day) and winter parties KG-5

20-31 Winter Break- School Closed

 

JANUARY 2019

3 Return to school after Winter Break

21 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day-No School

28 Student Holiday- End of Second Quarter

31- International Night (This is a date change)

 

What We are Learning:

MATH –

  • 4.2 Computation-  Our computation assessment is scheduled for December 6th.  We’ve been working hard on mastering multi-step word problems.  For my students who are still struggling with facts, please keep practicing!  Most students in the class are comfortable with larger digit multiplication and division, and I’m proud of each students hard work.

LANGUAGE ARTS-

  • Vocabulary: frugal, generous, perturbed, envision, forbid

 

  • Writing: The children wrote me a friendly letter while they were with their substitute, and they did a wonderful job!
  • Grammar:  We will begin exploring adjectives
  • Reading – We will finish up inferencing and begin working on Cause and Effect this week

 

  • Read aloudI Survived the Revolutionary War

SCIENCE –

We continue to learn about the solar system and planets.  Later in the week, we will study Earth, moon, and sun. The children will learn 8 phases of the moon this year.  New moon, crescent moon, first quarter moon, (this looks like a half moon with the lit half on the right), waxing gibbous, full moon, waning gibbous, last quarter, and waning crescent.

If you can, start talking about, and looking at the moon with your child.  Learning the phases and why and how they happen is a difficult concept for them to grasp.

Here’s the link to our beloved Mr. Demaio, and his video on the planets.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEXWxNbpTzU

 

VIRGINIA STUDIES-

.studiesweekly.com/

Issue 14 this week-online assessment due by Friday, please!

 

 

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