May 15, 2019

These children make me smile and laugh every day, and I am grateful. I felt extra appreciated last week, thank you from the bottom of my heart!

 

SOL Testing

Thursday, May 16        Math Part 2 (Grades 4 & 5)

Thursday, May 23        Science (Grade 5) & VA Studies (Grade 4)

 

It’s a Date!

MAY

27                                        Memorial Day -No School

30                                        PTA Spirit Night at Gelati Celesti

JUNE

5                                          End of the year KG Program; 8:30 AM

6                                          End of Year School Celebration ( rescheduled Fall Festival activities)

13                                        5th Grade Completion Ceremony/Celebration; 9:30-11:00 AM

14                                        ½ day of school for students- dismissal at 11:00 AM

 

What We are Learning:

MATH-

After our test tomorrow, we will have some fun with math art, projects, and explore some 5th grade curriculum!

LANGUAGE ARTS-

We will spend a lot of time writing and reflecting during the last few weeks of school.

  • Reading/LA –We will explore some more novels between now and June, Book Club style!

Social Studies/Science-  We have begun our unit on plants, next up animals!  We are completing review activities together in class, and the children continue to work through the county’s online review book in Schoology.

 

 

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May 8th, 2019

The Campground Buzz

To say that I am overwhelmed by your thoughtfulness, kindness, and generosity would be an understatement.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for SPOILING me this week!  I am genuinely blessed to work with your children every day.  They teach me as much as I teach them, and I love them for that.

 

SOL Testing

Wednesday, May 15    Math Part 1 (Grades 4 & 5)

Thursday, May 16        Math Part 2 (Grades 4 & 5)

Thursday, May 23        Science (Grade 5) & VA Studies (Grade 4)

 

It’s a Date!

MAY

15                                        Visiting Author at KES

27                                        Memorial Day -No School

30                                        PTA Spirit Night at Gelati Celesti

JUNE

5                                          End of the year KG Program; 8:30 AM

6                                          End of Year School Celebration ( rescheduled Fall Festival activities)

13                                        5th Grade Completion Ceremony/Celebration; 9:30-11:00 AM

14                                        ½ day of school for students- dismissal at 11:00 AM

 

What We are Learning:

MATH :

  • We are finished with the fourth grade curriculum!  We will spend time in review this week, and after testing, we will have some fun with math projects, games, and even explore some 5th grade curriculum!

LANGUAGE ARTS-

We will spend a lot of time writing and reflecting during the last few weeks of school.

  • Reading/LA –We will explore some more novels between now and June, Book Club style!
  • 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 begun our unit on plants, next up animals!  We are completing review activities together in class, and the children continue to work through the county’s online review book in Schoology.

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April 30th, 2019

My Happy Campers did an AMAZING job with their Earth Clean Up inventions! I will add another photo tomorrow when the rest of the class presents. Ask your child about his, or her, invention! #Lifeready

 

The Campground Buzz

Hi Happy Camper Families!  We are moving at a very rapid pace here in Room 214, and I am proud of all of my students’ efforts. It is that frenetic time of year when we are still learning new curriculum, and reviewing for SOL Tests all at the same time, so please bear with me, and as always, I truly appreciate all of the kind words and support that each of you give me regularly. It is right now that it is particularly important to carefully read school and classroom publications, there’s so much for all of us to remember during this busy, fun, and exciting time of year! As always, if you have questions about anything, please don’t hesitate to ask!

 

SOL Testing

Tuesday, May 7           Reading Part 1 (Grades 3-5)

Wednesday, May 8      Reading Part 2 (Grades 3-5)

Wednesday, May 15    Math Part 1 (Grades 4 & 5)

Thursday, May 16        Math Part 2 (Grades 4 & 5)

Thursday, May 23        Science (Grade 5) & VA Studies (Grade 4)

 

It’s a Date!

MAY

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

27                                        Memorial Day -No School

30                                        PTA Spirit Night at Gelati Celesti

JUNE

5                                          End of the year KG Program; 8:30 AM

6                                          End of Year School Celebration ( rescheduled Fall Festival activities)

13                                        5th Grade Completion Ceremony/Celebration; 9:30-11:00 AM

14                                        ½ day of school for students- dismissal at 11:00 AM

 

What We are Learning:

MATH :

  • We will begin to explore geometric and numerical patterns tomorrow

LANGUAGE ARTS-

Skill review

Vocabulary:

No more vocabulary for the year, we will focus on elements of grammar, as well as prefixes and suffixes.

  • Reading/LA –Mixed focus skill review for upcoming SOL
  • 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 will have our assessment on Natural Resources this Friday in Science, and complete an in-class project related to this unit. We will begin learning about plants next week.  The students will begin their last SS Weekly (28) of the year later this week, which covers Virginia’s natural resources and products

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April 23, 2019

Career Day was SO FUN, it was a little Nutzy.

It’s a Date!

April

23-26- Earth Day Happenings at KES!

26 Field Day

MAY

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

27                                        Memorial Day -No School

30                                        PTA Spirit Night at Gelati Celesti

JUNE

5                                          End of the year KG Program; 8:30 AM

6                                          End of Year School Celebration ( rescheduled Fall Festival activities)

13                                        5th Grade Completion Ceremony/Celebration; 9:30-11:00 AM

14                                        ½ day of school for students- dismissal at 11:00 AM

 

SOL Testing

Tuesday, May 7           Reading Part 1 (Grades 3-5)

Wednesday, May 8      Reading Part 2 (Grades 3-5)

Wednesday, May 15    Math Part 1 (Grades 4 & 5)

Thursday, May 16        Math Part 2 (Grades 4 & 5)

Thursday, May 23        Science (Grade 5) & VA Studies (Grade 4)

 

What We are Learning:

MATH :

  • We’ll finish up our measurement unit with elapsed time this week.  The students will be assessed on everything we’ve done with measurement so far tomorrow, and take a separate classroom assessment on elapsed time next week.

LANGUAGE ARTS-

Read Aloud: Liar and Spy

Vocabulary:

No more vocabulary for the year, we will focus on elements of grammar, as well as prefixes and suffixes.

  • Reading/LA –Mixed focus skill review for upcoming SOL
  • 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 will have our assessment on the 19th and 20th C in VA on Thursday.  Studies Weekly 27 online assessment due by Friday.  We will begin our natural resources of VA unit in Science this week.

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April 15, 2019

The Campground Buzz

Hello, Happy Camper Families!  We have officially hit that time during the school year when we are still learning new curriculum, and at the same time, reviewing learned material for our upcoming SOLs.  This only means one thing…we will be extremely busy each and every day for some time to come.  Naturally, it is also the time of year when the children begin to get antsy and excited about the prospect of summer, which makes everything even more interesting.

We are reviewing here at school quite a bit, and starting tomorrow, you will begin to see graded reviews arrive home in your child’s orange folder. Please go over missed questions with your child, and if you can make up the same type of question for him or her and give them a “re-do”, that would be great.  For example, if your child misses a question like: ___+28= 28+57, simply make up a similar question by inserting different numbers, etc. Thank you!

In addition to written and online reviews provided by the county, we will continue to use Study Island to keep our skills sharp.  When accessing Study Island at home, remember to go through Clever, and from there, use your child’s regular computer login. You can find the link to Clever on the KES website’s menu bar.

Lastly, I will periodically send home math or reading skill sheets in areas that I feel your child may need additional practice.  I don’t plan on assigning much homework for the rest of the year, but you may always find free printable skill sheets online, if there is a night during which you’d like to work with your child.

For Social Studies, we will begin using the counties online and writable review book tomorrow.  Review study guides, and Studies Weekly will also help a great deal.  Your child will soon bring home a curriculum “place mat” to use for review as well.

By working together in the upcoming weeks, we will ensure that our students succeed to the best of their abilities!

 

It’s a Date!

April

17 Math MAPs test (3-5)

17  PTA Spirit Night- Marco’s Pizza delivery

18 Field Trip to the state capitol building

19 Career Day (½ day of school for students)

22  Student Holiday

23 Report Cards sent home

26 Field Day

 

MAY

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

6-10                                    Teacher Appreciation Week

27                                        Memorial Day -No School

30                                        PTA Spirit Night at Gelati Celesti                                  

JUNE

5                                          End of the year KG Program; 8:30 AM

6                                          End of Year School Celebration ( rescheduled Fall Festival activities)

13                                        5th Grade Completion Ceremony/Celebration; 9:30-11:00 AM

14                                        ½ day of school for students- dismissal at 11:00 AM

 

SOL Testing

Tuesday, May 7           Reading Part 1 (Grades 3-5)

Wednesday, May 8      Reading Part 2 (Grades 3-5)

Wednesday, May 15    Math Part 1 (Grades 4 & 5)

Thursday, May 16        Math Part 2 (Grades 4 & 5)

Thursday, May 23        Science (Grade 5) & VA Studies (Grade 4)

 

What We are Learning:

MATH :

  • Our focus this week will be capacity and weight within our measurement unit

LANGUAGE ARTS-

Read Aloud: Liar and Spy

Vocabulary:

No more vocabulary for the year, we will focus on elements of grammar, as well as prefixes and suffixes.

  • Writing:  More Poetry!
  • Reading –Main Idea and Detail
  • Research Ninja -the children will complete this activity each week in the library in order to better learn how to use reference materials
  • Grammar- We will practice subject/verb agreement

Social Studies/Science-  This week, we are finishing up the Civil Rights movement and learning about the epic firsts accomplished by: Linwood Holton, Sr. , Maggie Walker, Arthur Ashe, and Douglas Wilder. This week, we are reading Studies Weekly 26, online assessment due by Friday.

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April 9, 2019

Room 214 is a NO SLOTH ZONE…phew, I can’t believe that we have started the fourth quarter.  No one blink, the year will be over before we know it!

It’s a Date!

April

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

11 Kindergarten Registration

 

MAP Testing

Friday, April 12      Reading (Grades 3-5)

Wednesday, April 17    Math (Grades 3-5)

 

17  PTA Spirit Night- Marco’s Pizza delivery

18 Field Trip to the state capitol building

19 Career Day (½ day of school for students)

22  Student Holiday

23 Report Cards sent home

26 Field Day

 

SOL Testing

Tuesday, May 7           Reading Part 1 (Grades 3-5)

Wednesday, May 8      Reading Part 2 (Grades 3-5)

Wednesday, May 15    Math Part 1 (Grades 4 & 5)

Thursday, May 16        Math Part 2 (Grades 4 & 5)

Thursday, May 23        Science (Grade 5) & VA Studies (Grade 4)

 

What We are Learning:

MATH :

  • We’re currently working on measurement, students must know the number of feet and yards in a mile.

LANGUAGE ARTS-

Vocabulary:

Delectable, acrid, clamor, astonish, drench- Quiz Friday

  • Writing:  We are expanding and embellishing sentences with adjectives and prepositional phrases
  • Reading –Main Idea and Detail
  • Research Ninja -the children will complete this activity each week in the library in order to better learn how to use reference materials
  • Grammar- We will practice subject/verb agreement

Social Studies/Science-  The 20th Century in VA and The Civil Rights Movement- Studies Weekly 24 and 25 due Friday.  (The students are given ample time to read the articles and take the assessments at school, but they are still welcome to take the assessments at home!)

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March 26th, 2019

THE CAMPGROUND BUZZ

Countdown to Spring Break!  I hope whatever you have planned that you have a wonderful time as you at least enjoy some relief from school routines.  I will miss my Coyotes, but as you all know, we will hit the ground running when we return in April!

I am purposely keeping this week pretty low key, and not assigning a great deal classwork wise, or homework wise. There is no homework this week other than to bring in a cereal box and to study for assessments.  We have our geometry assessment tomorrow, for which the students are well prepared, and our Reconstruction assessment on Friday.  The students have their study guide in their notebooks, and we will have lots of time this week to really delve into this era in history.  We’ve had two very good lessons so far, that included very thoughtful questions and discussion. Other than that, we are reviewing concepts and working on our Cereal Box Book Reports.

KES Career Festival, Sponsored by Karen Shaia, School Counselor
Calling all available workers to share their vast expertise from the World of Work!
DATE: Friday, 4/19  TIME: 8:00-10:45 AM
PLACE: KES Student Classrooms or Presentations in the Gym, or Work Vehicles in the Bus Loop
This year presenters will speak with students for 15 minutes during rotations and share materials and equipment they use on their jobs. Your role would be to help students understand the importance education plays in determining your career choice. Please consider being part of our Kaechele Career Day Festival.   If interested, then please sign up using this link Career Day 2019; http://goo.gl/forms/nQfxcMyFjA.  If you have any questions, then email Mrs. Shaia at khshaia@henrico.k12.va.us.

It’s a Date!

March

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

29   Reconstruction Assessment and  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

 

MAP Testing

Friday, April 12      Reading (Grades 3-5)

Wednesday, April 17    Math (Grades 3-5)

 

17  PTA Spirit Night- Marco’s Pizza delivery

19 Career Day (½ day of school for students)

22  Student Holiday

26 Field Day

SOL Testing

Tuesday, May 7           Reading Part 1 (Grades 3-5)

Wednesday, May 8      Reading Part 2 (Grades 3-5)

Wednesday, May 15    Math Part 1 (Grades 4 & 5)

Thursday, May 16        Math Part 2 (Grades 4 & 5)

Thursday, May 23        Science (Grade 5) & VA Studies (Grade 4)

 

What We are Learning:

MATH :

  • Math challenge problems this week!  We will pick up with area, perimeter and measurement when we return from the break

LANGUAGE ARTS-

Vocabulary:

No new words this week

  • Writing:  Finalizing poems for publication
  • Reading –Cereal Box Book Reports
  • Research Ninja -the children will complete this activity each week in the library in order to better learn how to use reference materials
  • Grammar- We are practicing with Harcourt’s Grammar Park-the link to which is in your child’s English Schoology folder

Social Studies/Science-  Reconstruction-assessment Friday 2/29 Studies weekly issues 22 and 23 due by Friday.  (We read issue 22 last week)

 

 

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March 19, 2019

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THE CAMPGROUND BUZZ

Hello Happy Camper Families!

Wow, I feel like we are in our spring-slide-into-summer mode, and we haven’t even had spring break yet!  It genuinely seems impossible that we have gotten to this point in the year already.  In the meantime, I am going to try and take it hour by hour, and day by day, so I don’t miss a moment with my Happy Campers!

Our field trip to Pamplin Park, in all seriousness, could not have been better.  The weather was spectacular, we learned much, had a ton of fun, and you would have all been so proud of your children’s behavior, I know I was!  A HUGE “THANK YOU” to our all-star chaperones, Mrs. Mirchandani, Mrs. Pelligrino, Mrs. Heskett, and Ms. Giannakopoulou, your help meant everything to me on that day, and eased my worries over safety…not to mention, you’re all excellent company.

Additionally, our Pi Day celebration was a huge success!  Thanks to everyone who sent in pie and came in to help out.  It could not have happened without you.

 

KES Career Festival, Sponsored by Karen Shaia, School Counselor
Calling all available workers to share their vast expertise from the World of Work!
DATE: Friday, 4/19  TIME: 8:00-10:45 AM
PLACE: KES Student Classrooms or Presentations in the Gym, or Work Vehicles in the Bus Loop
This year presenters will speak with students for 15 minutes during rotations and share materials and equipment they use on their jobs. Your role would be to help students understand the importance education plays in determining your career choice. Please consider being part of our Kaechele Career Day Festival.   If interested, then please sign up using this link Career Day 2019; http://goo.gl/forms/nQfxcMyFjA.  If you have any questions, then email Mrs. Shaia at khshaia@henrico.k12.va.us.

It’s a Date!

March

21 Civil War Assessment

22 Geometry Assessment

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

 

MAP Testing

Friday, April 12      Reading (Grades 3-5)

Wednesday, April 17    Math (Grades 3-5)

 

17  PTA Spirit Night- Marco’s Pizza delivery

19 Career Day (½ day of school for students)

22  Student Holiday

26 Field Day

SOL Testing

Tuesday, May 7           Reading Part 1 (Grades 3-5)

Wednesday, May 8      Reading Part 2 (Grades 3-5)

Wednesday, May 15    Math Part 1 (Grades 4 & 5)

Thursday, May 16        Math Part 2 (Grades 4 & 5)

Thursday, May 23        Science (Grade 5) & VA Studies (Grade 4)

 

What We are Learning:

MATH :

  • This week, we are learning about 3-D figures in geometry

 

LANGUAGE ARTS-

Vocabulary:

erroneous, precise, trek, collapse, probe –Quiz Friday

  • Writing:  We continue to explore poetry, this week we will write an “I AM” poem
  • Reading –We are practicing inference and drawing conclusions this week
  • Research Ninja -the children will complete this activity each week in the library in order to better learn how to use reference materials
  • Grammar- We are practicing with Harcourt’s Grammar Park-the link to which is in your child’s English Schoology folder

Social Studies/Science-  We continue to learn about the Civil War, and will move into Reconstruction by the end of the week.  The Civil War Assessment (only) is Thursday.

 

 

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March 12, 2019

THE CAMPGROUND BUZZ

 

Field Trip to Pamplin Park Thursday, March 14th 

We are very excited about our first field trip this Thursday and the pleasant weather forecast for the day.  All students and chaperones please meet in the cafeteria Thursday morning no later than 7:30am.  The buses will depart promptly at 7:45.  Please bring two peanut free snacks for the bus ride and a disposable lunch packed separately from your snack.  Students should leave their backpacks at home as we will not be going to the classroom.  We are allowing students to bring electronics, however neither the teachers, Kaechele nor the bus company  accepts responsibility for lost or damaged electronics.  Gaming devices must be left on the bus, however students will be allowed to carry their cameras on the tour. Students must use headphones on the bus to lessen the noise.  We will not be visiting the gift shop, so no money is needed.   Please expect the buses to return to school at 4:15.  If your student will be riding home with someone who isn’t on your authorized pick up list please send me a note for the office.  All students will have to be signed out in the gym before leaving. 

 

KES Career Festival, Sponsored by Karen Shaia, School Counselor
Calling all available workers to share their vast expertise from the World of Work!
DATE: Friday, 4/19  TIME: 8:00-10:45 AM
PLACE: KES Student Classrooms or Presentations in the Gym, or Work Vehicles in the Bus Loop
This year presenters will speak with students for 15 minutes during rotations and share materials and equipment they use on their jobs. Your role would be to help students understand the importance education plays in determining your career choice. Please consider being part of our Kaechele Career Day Festival.   If interested, then please sign up using this link Career Day 2019; http://goo.gl/forms/nQfxcMyFjA.  If you have any questions, then email Mrs. Shaia at khshaia@henrico.k12.va.us.

 

It’s a Date!

March

11 Visiting Author- James Riley

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’re all bent out of shape over geometry, get it?  My students are having fun with 2-D plane shapes this week, including quadrilaterals, parallelograms, triangles, and circles.

 

LANGUAGE ARTS-

Vocabulary:

No new words this week

  • Writing:  We continue to explore poetry, this week we will use our color poems to create a class slideshow
  • Reading –We are finishing up our novel studies and projects!  We continue to practice Cause and Effect, by using the picture book, “Pink and Say”, which takes place during the Civil War.
  • Research Ninja -the children will complete this activity each week in the library in order to better learn how to use reference materials
  • Grammar- Subject verb agreement

Social Studies/Science-  We continue to learn about the Civil War, and this week we are learning about the military leadership of Grant, Lee, and Jackson, along with some of the battles. Studies Weekly Issue 21 is the assignment for this week, the online assessment is due Friday.

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March 6, 2019

I’m very proud of how my students have conducted themselves with our STEAM opportunities!  Last week the children had to use paper and tape to create a structure strong enough to support the weight of a textbook. It’s really interesting to see how differently the students approached this challenge, and we met with 100% success!

It’s a Date!

March

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

6 Electricity Test-THIS IS A CHANGE

11 Visiting Author

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 our unit on geometry!  This week, we are revisiting lines, line segments, rays, and points.  We’re also distinguishing between intersecting, perpendicular, and parallel lines. Next up, angles and polygons.

 

  • LANGUAGE ARTS-

Vocabulary:

Beaming, glower, dismantle, peculiar, swift –Quiz Friday

  • Writing:  We continue to explore poetry, this week we will write color poems
  • Reading – Novel Study: Reading circles meet each Tuesday, and the children are working on their self-selected projects.  The comprehension focus skill for the next few weeks is Cause and Effect. Novel studies projects are due next week, and the children are working on these in class.
  • Research Ninja -the children will complete this activity each week in the library in order to better learn how to use reference materials
  • Grammar- Subject verb agreement

Social Studies/Science-  We’ve moved into our studies of the Civil War, and have so far learned about the differences between the north and the south and the causes of the war. Studies Weekly Issue 20 is the assignment for this week, the online assessment is due Friday.

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