Welcome Back

Important Information

 Welcome Back!  I hope that you each had a relaxing Spring Break!  It’s crazy to think that our year is coming to a close, but we have a lot of great things to do in these last nine weeks!  Looking forward to seeing all the growth students have made since September!  Please help me in encouraging routine and good study habits as we wrap up the year!

  • Young Science: We had our list visit with Young Science today as students got their first look at our light and sound unit.
  • MAPS Testing: Our spring testing season is upon us.  Students will be taking MAP Reading this Tuesday, April 18, and MAP Math next Wednesday, April 26.  These tests are meant to be a measure of academic progress within this school year.  Please see the letter from Ms. Clifford for more detailed information.
  • Field Trip: Just a reminder that our Field Trip to the VA Marine Science Center has been postponed to June 1.  If you were selected as a chaperone and can no longer attend, please let me know ASAP.  Thanks!

In the Classroom

  • Reading/Language Arts: Students will revise their creative stories written before break, taking time to expand vocabulary and mimic authors’ crafts we have studied. Our large and small group focus this week will be on comparing and contrasting nonfiction.  Students will also begin their next literature circle mid-week, each reading a fractured fairy tale (a twist on the well-known classics).  The prefix of the week is CO/COM meaning together.
  • Math Students will continue geometry units this week.  Several will be working on the properties of quadrilaterals before moving onto finding area and perimeter.  Others will be looking at the characteristics of circles.  All students should be studying new math vocabulary on a regular basis.
  • Science/Social Studies:We will start our unit on sound this week.  Students will explore compression waves, pitch, frequency, and volume as we look at the way sound is created and moves through various phases of matter.  As we look at nonfiction passages, students will also begin looking at the Midwest region of the US.

Mark Your Calendar

  • April 17 – Young Science; Denim Drive begins
  • April 18 – MAP Reading Test
  • April 19 – TDAP for those who signed up
  • April 20 – KG Registration
  • April 26 – MAP Math Test
  • April 28 – Spring Carnival

It’s Monday Again!

Important Information

  • Field Trip: Thank you to everyone who has turned in their permission slip and money. Please remember that if you still need to send in money for the trip, we are now only able to accept cash. We are excited about our trip to the aquarium!  
  • Pictures: This is a final reminder to please take a look at your student’s spring pictures. If you would like to purchase the entire packet, please use the provided envelope to send in the money. You can also purchase only a portion of the pictures by returning the pictures you don’t want with the money for the pages you kept. Finally, if you don’t want to purchase any of the pictures, please return the packet to school.
  • Spring Carnival: The PTA is busy planning our amazing carnival. They have extended the deadline for wrist band sales to this Friday, March 31st. Preordered bands are $7.00 for children ages 5 – 15. Wrist bands can be purchased at the carnival but will be $10.00. I hope to see you there!
  • 20th Anniversary Celebration: This year marks Springfield Park’s 20th anniversary. We would love for you to join us as we celebrate 20 awesome years on April 4th at 7:00pm.

In the Classroom

  • Reading/Language Arts: This week’s word study unit will look at the Latin root MAL, meaning bad.  Just a head’s up that the review test for this unit will be next Wednesday due to the field trip and career day next week.  In reading, we will spend time this week making inferences from various texts, talking about character reactions, and author’s craft as we draw conclusions.  Students should keep a fiction novel at their desk to use in multiple activities this week.
  • Math: Students in all classes will continue to work on geometry.  In some classes they are moving from angles to triangles.  In other classes, students are determining perimeter, area and volume of different shapes.  Students should continue to use reflex math to practice their multiplication and division facts.
  • Science: We are continuing to look at matter this week.  Students will have practice with the Periodic Table of Elements and discuss the differences between elements, molecules, and compounds.

Mark Your Calendar

  • April 4 – 20th Anniversary Celebration, 7pm
  • April 6 – Aquarium field trip
  • April 7 – Career Day, ½ day – 11:05 dismissal
  • April 10 – 14 Spring Break!

Happy Monday!

Important Information

  • Field Trips: Looks like the students had a wonderful time at the YMCA.  The staff there even complimented Mrs. Marks on how great our class behaved and followed directions.  They do this trip with many classes from lots of schools, so hats off to Miss A’s groovy superstars!  Big thanks to Mrs. Marks for organizing such an informative trip and Mrs. Manning for going in my place!
  • Last week, students also brought home the information about our charter bus trip to the Virginia Aquarium on Thursday, April 6th. The cost of this trip is $40.00 for students and $40.00 for chaperones.  Please send in the money by Friday, March 24th. Any money turned in after the 24th will need to be cash.
  • Pictures: Please take a look at your student’s spring pictures. If you would like to purchase the entire packet, please use the provided envelope to send in the money. You can also purchase only a portion of the pictures by returning the pictures you don’t want with the money for the pages you kept. Finally, if you don’t want to purchase any of the pictures, please return the packet to school.

In the Classroom

  • Reading/Language Arts: This week’s word study unit will look at the Latin root BON/BENE, meaning good.  We will work on short passages in class this week and continue using non-fiction strategies in science and social studies.  Weekly homework this week is once again the same for everyone.  There were a handful of students who did not have their passages last week.  We discussed the expectations again that students are to be reading nightly and completing their assignments to practice skills at home. Students will each need to have a chapter book of their choice to read and use for various exercises until Spring Break.
  • Math: Students in all classes will be working on geometry this week.  This unit includes many new vocabulary words and formulas. Please encourage your student to review notes often. Students should continue to use reflex math to practice their multiplication and division facts.
  • Social Studies/Science: We will wrap up our study of the Northeast with a culture and history quiz on Thursday, March 23rd.  We will also start our unit on matter this week. Students will describe the three states of matter, explain how temperature affects matter, identify atoms, elements, molecules, compounds, mixtures, and solutions.

Mark Your Calendar

  • March 21 – PTA Meeting, 2nd grade performance
  • April 4 – 20th Anniversary Celebration, 7pm
  • April 6 – Aquarium field trip
  • April 7 – Career Day, ½ day – 11:05 dismissal
  • April 10 – 14 Spring Break!

It’s a Cold Monday in March

Important Information

  • Talent Show: Wow! I heard some great things about many of our students performing in the talent show on Friday. I’m so proud of so many students being willing to show off their talents. 
  • Field Trips: We are excited about our upcoming trip to the YMCA on Friday, March 17th. Students should wear their bathing suits under their clothing to school on Friday morning. Everyone should bring a towel and a change of clothes including undergarments. We will change into our second set of clothes at the YMCA. We will eat lunch at 11:58-12:28 in the cafeteria upon our return and Art class.
  • Students are also bringing home the information about our charter bus trip to the Virginia Aquarium on Thursday, April 6th from 8am-4pm. The cost of this trip is $40.00 for students and $40.00 for chaperones.  Please indicate if you’d like to be a chaperone on the permission slip as we will need 5 chaperones to join our class. I will pick chaperones on Wednesday, March 15th and let you know by email. Please send in the money by Friday, March 24th. Any money turned in after the 24th will need to be cash.

In the Classroom

  • Reading/Language Arts: This week’s word study unit will look at SCRIB/SCRIPT as another root meaning to write.  We will work on short passages in class and use our non-fiction strategies to do cross-curriculum reading about the Northeast region.  Weekly homework this week is the same for everyone.  Students will each need to have a chapter book of their choice to read and use for various exercises until Spring Break.
  • MathIn some classes, students will continue looking at polygons and the special properties of geometric shapes.  Other classes will be completing a short unit on patterns.  Students should continue to use reflex math to practice their multiplication and division facts.
  • Social StudiesWe are still working on the Northeast region of the United States. This week we will focus on the differences between urban and rural life in the region.  Students will take their states and capitals quiz Thursday, March 16th.

Mark Your Calendar

  • March 15 – PTA Spirit Night, Moe’s
  • March 17 – YMCA field trip
  • March 21 – PTA Meeting, 2nd grade performance
  • April 4 – 20th Anniversary Celebration, 7pm
  • April 6 – Aquarium field trip

Happy Monday!

Important Information

  • Theme Day: Theme day was a great success! Thank you to our fantastic PTA for planning such great activities.
  • Field Trip: We are excited about our upcoming trip to the YMCA on Friday, March 17th. Please look for specific information to come home soon regarding what to bring and wear for the trip.
  • Young Scientists: We had our third Young Scientist lesson today with Mr. Young himself. This lesson will be a great introduction to our next science unit on matter starting in a few weeks.
  • Talent Show: The Talent Show is this Friday at 6 pm. I am so proud of the many talented students we have performing. Admission will be just $1 and the donation of 1 canned good! The SPES PTA will be hosting a bake sale during the Talent Show, so treats will be available for purchase.  Fliers will come home with 4th and 5th grade students this week requesting donations of baked goods (each grade level is assigned a bake sale during the year, and 4th/5th is assigned to the talent show bake sale).  Donations for the bake sale can be dropped off in the school office during the day on Friday, March 10th or at the bake sale table in the gym foyer by 6pm that evening. 

In the Classroom

  • Reading/Language Arts: We have started our next set of Greek and Latin Roots in our word study.  This week, we are looking for words that use graph meaning to write. We will wrap up any last minute details on our scratch genre projects this week and students will begin working on their March activities in the Redskins Read booklet.   We will read several short texts in class and spend time looking more intensely at the writing process of essays.
  • Math: In some classes, students will continue the unit on equations. They will need to match expressions with word problems and model equations.  In the other classes, students are measuring and identifying angles and triangles.  Students should expect quizzes or tests at the end of the week.  Anyone still needing practice with facts should regularly be logging into Reflex Math.
  • Social Studies: We are working on the Northeast region of the United States. This week we will focus on the products and industries found and produced in this region. Our final states and capitals test of the Northeast will be next Thursday, March 16th.

 

Mark Your Calendar

  • March 9 – Author visit
  • March 10 – Talent Show
  • March 15 – PTA Spirit Night, Moe’s
  • March 17 – YMCA field trip
  • March 21 – PTA Meeting, 2nd grade performance

March is Here

Important Information

  • Field Trip: This is the last week to turn in money and permission slips for our YMCA aquatic safety lesson on March 17th from 10:20 – 12:10. The cost of the trip is $4.00 and is due this Friday, March 3rd. Please be sure to read the information carefully, because there are additional forms to fill out for this trip. Also, no chaperones will be needed for this trip. Thank you to those who have already turned everything in J
  • Theme Day: A reminder that this Wednesday, March 1st, is our theme day. Thank you to our PTA for planning such a GROOVY day! Students are encouraged to wear their grooviest outfits! This will also be a half day with dismissal at 11:05.
  • Author Visit: We are excited to have Ginjer Clarke visit Springfield Park on Thursday, March 9th. If you are interested, you may purchase autographed books for your child on bbgb’s website at bbgbbooks.com/book-buzz. You will receive a 15% discount when you use coupon code spes15. Make your selection on the website, then at check-out choose school delivery, select Springfield Park Elementary School and indicate your child’s name, teacher and to whom the book(s) should be signed. Please place your order by Wednesday, March 1st. The books will be delivered directly to school for Ginjer’s visit.

In the Classroom

  • Reading/Language Arts: Students will review the last four weeks’ lists of number prefixes in preparation for the unit test on Friday.  We will finish reading our NE/SE novel studies and students will work hard on their literature circle jobs.  Second half quizzes will be given on Friday and literature circle jobs will be due, Monday, March 6.  We will also focus on author’s purpose and text structures.
  • Math: Students will work on finishing fractions and moving into variable expressions in some classes.  In other classes, the focus will be on geometry and angle measurements.  In all classes, students should be continually reviewing past material, especially math specific terms.
  • Science/Social Studies: We will fully dive into our study of the United States Northeast.  Students will discuss similarities and differences with the Southeast, look at the geography of Northeastern states, and understand the historical significance of major cities in the Northeast.

Mark Your Calendar

  • March 1 – Theme Day; Student half-day
  • March 6 – Literature Circle Folders due
  • March 9 – Author visit
  • March 17 – YMCA field trip

 

Happy Tuesday!

Important Information

  • Field Trips: Our class is going to the Math Science Center on Thursday.  We will be gone from 9:30-12:30 and eat lunch upon our return to school.  Students should be prepared to eat lunch in the classroom on Thursday.  Lunch forms were sent home last week for anyone wishing to order a bag lunch from the cafeteria for the day.
  • Today you will find a permission slip for our next trip to the YMCA in your child’s yellow folder! We will be going to the Shady Grove YMCA for aquatic safety lessons on March 17th from ________. The cost of the trip is $4.00. Please read the information carefully, because there are additional forms to fill out for this trip. All forms and money are due by Friday, March 3rd. We will not need chaperones for this trip.
  • Picture Day: Spring Picture Day is also, Thursday, February 23rd.  Anyone wishing to purchase a class photo will need to pre-order the picture.
  • Theme Day: March 1st is our theme day this year. Thank you to our PTA for planning such a GROOVY day! Students are encouraged to wear their grooviest outfits! This will also be a half day with dismissal at 11:05.
  • Author Visit: We are excited to have Ginjer Clarke visit SPES on Thursday, March 9th. If you are interested, you may purchase autographed books for your child on bbgb’s website at bbgbbooks.com/book-buzz. You will receive a 15% discount when you use coupon code spes15. Make your selection on the website, then at check-out choose school delivery, select Springfield Park Elementary School and indicate your child’s name, teacher and to whom the book(s) should be signed. Please place your order by Wednesday, March 1st. The books will be delivered directly to school.

In the Classroom

  • Reading/Language Arts: The word study list this week is another number prefix.  Students will be looking at QUAD words on this week with only FOUR days.  Our reading will focus on a continuation of cause and effect as we look at this strategy in non-fiction texts.  Students will continue working on their literature circle studies as well.
  • Math: Students will continue working with fraction computation, exploring algebraic expressions, or reviewing the distributive property.  Teachers will also use the data from recent benchmarks to review concepts that caused more hiccups than others.
  • Science/Social Studies:We will wrap up our study of living systems this week as we finish animal cell stations, review the main concepts of plants and animals, and take the unit test on Thursday afternoon.  By the end of the week, students will also get their first look at the Northeast Region as we read non-fiction passages from our social studies textbook.

Mark Your Calendar

  • February 21 – PTA Meeting, 3rd Grade Performance
  • February 23 – Trip to MSiC; Spring Pictures; Kids Club
  • February 24 – Talent Show Rehearsal after school
  • March 1 – Theme Day; half-day

Happy Heart Week!

News You Can Use

  • Report Cards: Students are bringing home their second nine weeks report card today. Please sign and return the envelope only by Friday. Feel free to email with any questions.  Thank you for your continued support and the work you are doing with your students at home to help make them successful in the classroom.
  • Benchmark tests: We have almost completed our mid-year benchmark testing! A few students will be making up any tests that were missed with Mrs. Clifford this week.  Each of these tests will be counted as a quiz grade on the 3rd nine weeks.  We will review commonly missed questions and continue to review previously taught concepts to prepare for our end of the year tests.
  • Valentine’s Day: We will be exchanging Valentines this Tuesday, February 14th. Any student who wishes to participate must bring a Valentine for every student. Your student should have come home with a list of all 24 students in our class.
  • Picture Day: Spring Picture Day is February 23rd. Information is coming home today.  For those interested in a class photo, you will need to pre-order.

Classroom Updates

  • Reading/Language Arts: Our word study unit continues with number prefixes as we look at words that begin with TRI.  Students will work on finalizing an opinion essay we began last week and will continue to work on their newest literature circle novels.  Throughout the week, we will look at the use of cause and effect in various texts.
  • Math: Students will either be working with adding and subtracting fractions or furthering their exploration of algebraic expressions.  As usual, students should be practicing their basic facts at home each night to strengthen their math readiness.
  • Science/Social Studies: Students will work this week with animal adaptations and classifications.  They will have the opportunity to create their own organism and we will review the differences between plant and animal cells.  Please encourage your students to be studying a little each night for our unit test, which will be early next week.

Mark Your Calendar

  • February 13 – Report Cards go home
  • February 14 – Valentine Exchange
  • February 20 – Student Holiday
  • February 21 – PTA Meeting, 3rd Grade Performance
  • February 23 – Trip to MSiC; Spring Picture Day

January Bids Us Farewell!

Important Information

  • We are going to the Math Science Innovation Center on February 23.  Students brought home a permission slip for this trip last Wednesday.  This is a free trip we take as a class to explore Fractal Keys in the world around us.  Please be sure to sign and return the permission slip by the end of this week.
  • This week is the parent window (January 30th -February 3rd) to go online, approve Middle School Course Recommendations and choose electives.  Our wonderful counselors, Mrs. Woody and Mrs. Tate, will be on hand Thursday evening, during conferences, to assist anyone who is having trouble.  Computers will be available that night as well.
  • There are still a few slots available for conferences this Thursday, February 2.  Please use the link to sign up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a4dafaf2aa0fc1-msatkins1
  • Next week, we will continue our benchmark testing with a two-day math assessment on February 6 & 7.  Students will take the tests first thing in the morning.  Please encourage a good night’s sleep and healthy breakfast.

In the Classroom

  • Reading/Language Arts: We will begin our next unit of word study, with a return to prefixes.  This week’s focus will be words beginning with UNI-, meaning one.  We will spend some time reading and responding to a text in our Storyworks Magazine, looking at influences on character and an author’s use of language.  By the end of the week, students will begin their next Literature Circle, fictional stories set in the Eastern United States.
  • Math: Students in some classes will continue working with fractions as they convert them to decimals and show they are able to order numbers by value.  Other classes will be moving into solving expressions using variables.
  • Science/Social Studies: Even though we will begin some Northeast reading, most of our focus will be in Science this week.  We will continue our unit on Living Systems.  Students should expect a quiz on plant classifications, adaptations, and cells on Thursday.  Then we will move into a closer look at animal cells, adaptations, and classifications.

Mark Your Calendar

  • February 2 – Evening Conferences, 2:45-6:15 PM
  • February 8 – PTA Spirit Night at Potbelly, 4-9 PM
  • February 13 – Report Cards go home
  • February 20 – Student Holiday
  • February 23 – Trip to MSiC; Spring Picture Day