SuperHero 5k Race at St. Joseph’s Villa

SuperHero 5k Race at St. Joseph’s Villa

Running club has been a group of 4th and 5th grade students who have trained with me and the help of Miss Atkins, Mrs. Traverse and Mrs. Cable for 6 weeks.  We have been running a mile, 2 miles. hill repeats, relays and speed work to help students run their first 5k race.  The pictures below are from our race on May 4th.  We had top finishers in the 9-11 age group: WIll Parrack for boys and Maya Anderson for girls!  YAY!  And, Springfield Park represented for the biggest group in attendance.  Sprinting Springers ROCK!

Test-taking Strategies

Test-taking Strategies

“RELAX!  Just do it, when you take the SOL test.  RELAX! Just do it when you take the test.  RELAX! Just do it when you take the SOL test.  RELAX! just do it….when you take the test….when you take the test.”

We are learning to RELAX to help us take the SOL tests this May.  Below are the strategies to RELAX!

R-read everything carefully (directions and questions)

E-examine all answer choices (read ALL answer choices before you choose)

L-look for proof in your passage and underline or highlight

A-always check your work

X-out all wrong answers

If we practice relaxing…we will be GREAT test takers!  Please help your child(ren) at home remember to relax before testing.  Classroom lessons in grades 2-5 will focus on RELAX test-taking strategies and RELAXing during the SOL test!

February is Friendship Month

February is Friendship Month

For the month of February, Mrs. Tate and I are conducting friendship lessons in the classrooms of grades Kg-4th grades.  5th grade is receiving lessons on middle school transition with learning the websites, Kahoot games, and practicing locker combinations.

The Friendship Theme is “The Key to being a Good Friend”.  Students may take a blank key template which I have by my bulletin board in the main hallway, and write down qualities they like to have in a friend.  For example, nice, loyal, friendly, kind, helpful and many more.  They may decorate the key and cut it out and return to a box by the bulletin board for me to add to the bulletin board.  This is a colorful month for friendship.  Below are pictures from my bulletin board.

Great Kindness Challenge Week=Kindness Breakfast

Great Kindness Challenge Week=Kindness Breakfast

I hosted a kindness breakfast for our Police Officers and Fire Fighters in our community to thank them and show kindness to our heroes in our community. The SCA members helped serve breakfast, cards and poems were shared from grade levels and classrooms, and 5th Grade DramaRama performed their kindness skit. Below are picture from this fun event.

Planting Seeds of Kindness

Planting Seeds of Kindness

This month is Kindness Month.  Kindness Challenge is January 29th-February 2nd.  Our theme is “Planting Seeds of Kindness”.  All month students may “pluck” a sunflower petal from the Counselor bulletin board in the main hallway and complete the act of kindness written on the petal.  Some examples are “Thank your bus driver”, “Write a nice note to your friend”, “Ask someone who is alone to play with you”, “Smile and say hi to someone in the hall”, “Smile and say hi to an adult at school” and there are many more.

Below is the bulletin board:

 

Bully Walk Pictures

Bully Walk Pictures

Video

Our 2nd annual bully walk was held last Friday, October 26th.  We celebrated Bully Prevention Month by following our motto of “Take A Stand, Lend A Hand” and walking together against bullying in our school.  Students were asked to dress as twins that day or wear orange.  Nutzy the Squirrel and Minnie Mouse walked with us to celebrate, Glen Allen High School track team came out o cheer us on, Officer Vitek walked along with us and Mr. Favale entertained us with some great tunes!  Enjoy the pictures below.

A Successful and FUN Bully Walk!

A Successful and FUN Bully Walk!

We had a great time celebrating Bully Prevention Month here at “The Park”!  Our motto was “Take a Stand, Lend a Hand”.  Students in each classroom received a hand to decorate with how to stop bullying. Classroom lessons were taught by Mrs. Woody and Mrs. Tate.  Students learned 3 steps to stop a bully:

  1.  Be Brave
  2. Tell the bully to please “stop”
  3. Go tell an adult

Students also learned the difference between joking, teasing and bullying as well as the difference between upstander and bystander.  We had trivia questions some mornings on the announcements and also celebrated as a school with our 2nd annual Bully Free Walk.  Below are pictures from our decorated  bulletin board after our walk and decorated hands to celebrate our theme “Take a Stand, Lend a Hand.”

MIX IT UP Day

MIX IT UP Day

Today was Mix It Up day!  Each class was given matching animal pictures and students were given an animal and asked to find another student with a match.   At lunch today, students were asked to sit next to their animal match student and meet them and talk with them.  I had popsicle sticks with conversation questions on them for students to ask each other.  I was also in the cafeteria from 10:30-1:00 playing music and asking students to ask his/her partner a question on the popsicle stick like “What is your favorite food?” , “If you had 3 wishes, what would you wish for?”  “What would you do with $100?” and more fun questions like that.  Below is a picture of the matching animals and conversation popsicle sticks.  Ask your child how they enjoyed Mix It Up Day. 🙂

Welcome New Springers!

Welcome New Springers!

New Student groups start up this week for grades 1st-5th.  New students will meet with me, fill out an “All About Me” sheet, have his/her picture taken, and go on a scavenger hunt in the building locating staff and places.  Next week, the new student groups will meet with me and have a “FUN LUNCH” where we’ll eat and play games together.  I want to welcome all of our new students!

Below is the New Student Wall in the cafeteria for parents to see on Back-To-School Night:

Running Club Super Hero 5k was fun!

Running Club Super Hero 5k was fun!

Running Club for 4th and 5th graders finished up last week with the CASA SuperHero 5k run at St. Joseph’s Villa on Saturday, May 5th.  Springfield Park “Sprinting Springers”  won 2nd place for largest group participants!  We had 2 of our very own win in their age group…Landon Burke and Lily Neilson.  And, we even had a costume contest winner…Dominic Daszi. Congrats to ALL of our Sprinting Springers!   Below are a few pictures from our big race.