Happy Monday!

Important Information

  • I hope you enjoyed a relaxing break filled with family and friends. We only have three weeks remaining before winter break! Please help remind your student to make good choices, complete nightly homework, and be prepared for tests and quizzes. Thank you for your continued support!
  • Report Cards– Report cards were sent home last week, Tuesday, November 22nd. Please review your child’s report card with them and sign the outside of the envelope next to the red star.  Then return only the envelope.  Thanks so much!
  • Winter Performance– Along with Winter Break, our winter program is right around the corner. Please mark your calendars for Friday, December 16th at 9 am to come and watch your child perform. Also, if your child has an assigned part, please encourage them to practice their parts as much as possible.  Can’t wait to see them perform!

In the Classroom

  • Reading/Language Arts: For Word Study, we will begin our third unit, returning to Greek and Latin Roots.  This week’s list will focus on JECT.  In class, students will read leveled passages about immigration and acclimating to new cultures as they continue working on their literature circle novels, all with a main character traveling to the United States for the first time.  We will also practice our read aloud skills as we prep for “Giving the Gift of Reading” through our Redskins Read Program.
  • Math: A couple of classes are concluding their units on solving expressions with the order of operations.  The other classes are working to compare fractions and convert them to and from decimals.  Continue to encourage your student to practice facts on reflex math regularly.
  • Science/Social Studies: In science, we will continue to look at properties of the ocean, as well as the creatures and plants that live within.  We will begin using our Social Studies textbook this week as we talk about the “peopling of the United States” and the cultural influences that have made us who we are today.  Looking forward to hearing about school experiences that students learned about over the break and the opportunity for students to continue sharing over the next couple of weeks.

Mark Your Calendar

  • November 30th – Redskins Read Booklet due
  • December 7th – PTA Spirit Night – Panera, 4 – 8 pm
  • December 14th – Benjamin Franklin assembly, 9 am
  • December 16th – Winter Performance, Winter Party
  • December 19th – January 1st – Winter Break

Happy Turkey Day!

Happy Thanksgiving! I just want to take a moment and express my gratitude for a great group of kiddos.  These guys are very close to earning their second reward for the compliment jar, which is just a testament to the sweet students they are throughout the week.  They are working hard and I appreciate all of the support that is happening at home as well.  It is my sincerest wish that you all enjoy the break with family and friends. Take time to rest and come back ready to finish out 2016!  See everyone again on Monday, November 28th.

News You Can Use

  • Grading –As we begin the second nine weeks, I want to make sure you know that all subject tests will now count twice (reading, math, science, and social studies). This will NOT include weekly word study quizzes, but will include unit tests.  You will notice this in Power School Parent Portal or on the weekly signed papers as it will say 2x next to tests. Please let me know if you have any questions.
  • Turkey Queen – Thank you to everyone who donated cans. We really stocked up last week and are making such a difference for families in need. I’ll find out tomorrow if I get the crown!
  • Behavior– As the holidays are approaching, please remind students to be on their best fifth grade behavior while at school as they set an example for the rest of the school. I know this time of year has many fun filled activities and in order to have them run smoothly, good behavior is a must. Thank you all so much!

In the Classroom

  • Reading/Language Arts:During the short week, students will complete a few festive activities centered around Thanksgiving traditions.  There will be no word study or reading passage until after the holidays.  In class, we will continue reading our literature circle novels and working towards our next Redskins Read projects.
  • Math: Students are working to solve expressions using the order of operations and also to order fractions as they compare and contrast them.
  • Science/Social Studies: We are working in science to explore the three levels of the ocean water.  We are also connecting our literature circle novels to the idea of cultural influence on the United States over the years.  If they have not already, students should be taking advantage of family time this week to interview the older generations about how school was different in the past.

Mark Your Calendar

  • November 21st – PTA Spirit Day – Chipotle, 4- 8 pm
  • November 22nd – Pajama Day
  • November 23rd – 25th Thanksgiving Break
  • November 30th – Redskins Read Booklet due
  • December 7th – PTA Spirit Night – Panera, 4 – 8 pm
  • December 16th – Winter Performance, Winter Party

Happy Monday (despite the rain clouds)!

Important Information

  •  PTA Reflections: There will be a ceremony held for all students who participated in the PTA Reflections contest on November 15th at 7 pm. Please come out and support a great program!
  • Barnes and Noble Book Fair: Mark your calendars for our book fair taking place at Barnes and Noble in Shot Pump on Thursday, November 17th from 6:00-8:00 pm.
  • Family Life:  Just a reminder that we will be having our Family Life lesson this Thursday, November 17th. If you did not want your child to participate, you needed to fill out the yellow form that previously went home in Monday Folders. Please let me know if you need anything in regards to this upcoming lesson J
  • Turkey Queen:  Please consider donating canned goods to our food drive. All canned goods will be donated to the Henrico Christmas Mother to help needy families in our community. We will be accepting cans through November 15th.

In the Classroom

  • Reading/Language Arts: We are reviewing our 2nd word study unit on prefixes through their parts of speech.  Students will have a review sheet to complete each night for homework in preparation for the test on Friday.  We have also started our 2nd literature circle novel studies.  Each student will be reading a book about immigration to the United States, to go along with our upcoming Social Studies Unit.  Finally, students will continue building their writing skills and we create a persuasive Thanksgiving paragraph.
  • Math: Students continue to look at number classification and patterns.  Some classes will begin working with fractions this week.
  • Science/Social Studies: In Science, we have begun our Oceanography unit.  Students will explore the ocean through stations in the library, reading various texts, and small demonstrations in the classroom.  As we wrap up our look at Henrico County, students will be interviewing family members to better understand the differences in school then v. now.  Then, we will begin looking at the many influences present in our American culture.

Mark Your Calendar

  • November 15th– PTA Reflections Ceremony
  • November 17th– Barnes and Noble Book Fair
  • November 21st– PTA Spirit Night at Chipotle from 4-8
  • November 22nd – Pajama Day
  • November 23-25- Thanksgiving Break!

Happy Election Day!

News You Can Use

  • Conferences- Thanks to everyone who came out last night!!  If you were unable to come and would still like to chat, please email about setting up a phone conference.
  • PTA Reflections There will be a ceremony held for all students who participated in the PTA Reflections contest on November 15th at 7 pm. Please come out, show your support, and see the awesome creations from our class and others!
  • Barnes and Noble Book Fair- Mark your calendars for our book fair taking place at Barnes and Noble in Shot Pump on Thursday, Nov. 17th from 6- 7:30. Flyers are coming home with more info today.
  • Turkey Queen – Please consider donating canned goods to our food drive. All canned goods will be donated to the Henrico Christmas Mother to help needy families in our community. We will be accepting cans through November 18th.

Happening in the Classroom

  • Reading/Language Arts: The word study this list focuses on the prefix poly-, meaning many.  Students should focus on the second half of each word in order to determine definitions.  During our Reading block, we will continue with our baseball passages and look at several other short texts before beginning our next literature circle.
  • Math: Several classes will be looking at prime and composite numbers.  Others will be wrapping up order of operations and moving into number patterns and some beginning algebra.
  • Science/Social Studies: We will continue our focus on Henrico County as we wrap up our look into the government and school system.

Mark Your Calendar

  • November 8th – Student Holiday
  • November 11th – Veteran’s Day Assembly
  • November 15th– PTA Reflections Ceremony
  • November 17th– Barnes and Nobel Book Fair
  • November 22nd – Pajama Day
  • November 23rd-25th – Thanksgiving Break

Happy Halloween!

Important Information

  • Happy Halloween! I hope all those celebrating have an exciting and safe evening!
  • Family Life Education – Letters explaining the family life curriculum is coming home today. Please read over the information carefully and only return the form if you want to opt out of the program.
  • Square One Art – Order forms came home last week for Square One Art gifts. This is a great fundraiser for the PTA. All the directions for ordering were included in your child’s packet.
  • Conferences – Our Parent/Teacher conferences are scheduled for Monday, November 7th from 2:45 – 6:15 pm. Please use the link below to sign up for a conference. You can also find the links on the school website. I look forward to meeting with you and discussing your student’s progress. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a4dafaf2aa0fc1-msatkins.

In the Classroom

  • Reading/Language Arts: The word study this list focuses on the prefix mono-, meaning one.  Students should focus on the second half of each word in order to determine definitions.  During our Reading block, we will work on some writing strategies and read a few short stories about baseball as we talk about chronological order and using evidence from the text to support our thinking.
  • Math: Many students are working on computational skills with multiplication and division.  Please continue to review facts.  Others will be looking at the order of operations and number patterns.
  • Science/Social Studies: Students rocked out on their Geology Test today.  We will take a short break from science to wrap up our work on Henrico County, its government and school system.  There will still be some review lessons on scientific investigation and 4th grade material over the next two weeks.

Mark Your Calendar

  • November 3rd – Picture Retakes
  • November 7th – Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • November 8th – Student Holiday
  • November 11th – Veteran’s Day Assembly
  • November 22nd – Pajama Day
  • November 23rd – 25th Thanksgiving Break

Happy Monday!

Important Information

  • Papa John’s Night – This was a great success! Thank you to the many parents that ordered. I will find out soon if our class earned a pizza party!! 
  • Trunk or Treat – Thank you to all the parents who donated candy to our class car. Thank you also to our room parents, Donna Taylor, for organizing everything and Laila Campbell for providing the groovy car. We sure had a great time!
  • Square One Art – Order forms are coming home today for Square One Art gifts. This is a great fundraiser for the PTA. All the directions for ordering are included in your child’s packet.
  • Conferences – Our Parent/Teacher conferences are scheduled for Monday, November 7th from 2:45 – 6:15 pm. Please use the link below to sign up for a conference. You can also find the links on the school website. I look forward to meeting with you and discussing your student’s progress.- http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a4dafaf2aa0fc1-msatkins

In the Classroom

  • Reading/Language Arts: Students will have a lot of time this week to create book advertisements for their literature circle novels by Andrew Clements as part of our Redskins Read program.  Individually or in small groups, students will use technology to create videos, slideshows, and pixie presentation.  We will meet in small groups to continue using non-fiction reading strategies and students will explore their second list of prefix words, with POST words.
  • Math: Several classes will continue with computation while others will look at number sense.  All students should continue to review facts on Reflex Math, at least once at home throughout the week.
  • Science/Social Studies: We will wrap up our unit on geology with a review assessment on the computer on Tuesday and a ROCKing Earth Test on Friday.  Students began making flashcards last week.  In Social Studies, we will start taking a look at Henrico’s economy.

 

Mark Your Calendar

  • November 3rd – Picture Retakes
  • November 7th – Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • November 8th – Student Holiday
  • November 11th – Veteran’s Day Assembly
  • November 22nd – Pajama Day

Happy Monday!

Important Information

  • Papa John’s Night – SPES teachers are delivering pizzas to your homes this Tuesday night!  Make sure that you go online to order yours by midnight tonight! (www.pjrva.com/schools) With 65% participation, our class will earn a pizza party and top classes win prizes for their teachers as well.  The PTA keeps a portion of pizza sales and ALL TIPS! 
  • Trunk or Treat – Our annual school-wide event is Friday, October 21st.  Thanks to all of you who have already sent in candy! Students can wear a costume and should bring a bag to collect their candy.
  • Parent Teacher Conferences – Our fall conferences are scheduled for Monday, November 7, from 2:45-6:15 pm.  Each conference will be 15 minutes and you can sign up using the following link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a4dafaf2aa0fc1-msatkins.  If there are any scheduling conflicts, please don’t hesitate to contact me to set up a different time.  Thanks!

In the Classroom

  • Reading/Language Arts: Our new word study unit will focus on prefixes and suffixes and students look at how adding beginnings and endings change the meanings of words.  Our literature circle will wrap up with the last two meetings.  Students will want to make sure their folders are all up to date and ready to be turned in at the end of the week.  Then, students will work in small groups on their Redskins Read activity and take a comprehension test.
  • Math: We continue to work on solving both single-step and multistep word problems.  Students have all been given access to Reflex Math and should be reviewing their facts a couple of times throughout the week.  Knowing facts builds a great foundation for moving forward.
  • Science/Social Studies: Our first Young Science lesson is this week, with a look at oceans.  We will also continue our regular science geology unit, exploring weathering and erosion.  In social studies, we will continue to work through Henrico County’s history.

Mark Your Calendar

  • October 18th – PTA Teacher Delivery Night
  • October 20th – New Parent Mtg 9:30-10:30 am
  • October 21st – PTA Trunk or Treat 5:45-8 pm
  • November 3rd – Picture Retakes
  • November 7th – Parent Teacher Conferences

Happy Tuesday!

Important Information

  • Young Science – Students brought home permission slips for this in-house field trip the week before last.  Our first lesson will be presented next week, so we will need to have all permission slips turned in by this Friday, October 14th.  There is a $10 cost per student.  We’d like to thank the PTA for generously providing $10 per student as well in order to have these hands-on activities at school.
  • Papa John’s Night – Coming next Tuesday, October 18th, SPES teachers will be delivering pizzas to your homes.  Pizzas must be ordered online at www.pjrva.com/schools by midnight on Monday, October 17th to participate in this awesome experience!  The PTA keeps a portion of pizza sales and ALL TIPS! 
  • Trunk or Treat – Our annual school-wide event is next Friday, October 21st.  You should have received an email from our room parent, Mrs. Taylor, where you can sign up to help out with your vehicle or send-in some candy. Students can wear a costume and should bring a bag to collect their candy.  If you are planning to pre-order dinner from Papa John’s, order forms should be returned by this Friday.

News from the Classroom

  • Reading/Language Arts: This week, we will continue to work with our literature circle novels as students meet for the third and fourth time.  Students will also meet in small groups to read non-fiction correlated to our current science unit on rocks.  Word study homework will be a review of all four lists we have covered so far.  The unit test will be on Friday.
  • Math: Several classes will continue working on math word problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  Some classes will be looking at place value and rounding numbers.  Students should pay attention in math classes for dates of assessments.
  • Science/Social Studies: Students will work this week on a brief essay about an important person, place, or event as a part of our Henrico County study.  In science, we will continue looking at rocks and talk about the layers of the earth and the crust’s movement.

It’s Monday Again!

Important Information

  • Field Trip Info – We are excited to be going on our first field trip tomorrow. Just a reminder to wear comfortable shoes, bring a jacket, and pack a lunch. We will return to school around 1:15 and have regular dismissal procedures. Also please see the field trip form that is coming home today for Young Scientists. The cost will be $10 for four lessons throughout the year.  Our first lesson will be in just a few weeks. Please sign and return the permission slip by October 14th.
  • In Henrico County we are working to help students become responsible digital citizens. Your child will be receiving lessons on digital citizenship and Internet safety throughout the year. Please check out this link for more information. http://blogs.henrico.k12.va.us/it/digital-citizenship/

In the Classroom

  • Reading/Language Arts: Students will continue reading a novel as a part of our author study on Andrew Clements.  Classwork will consist of Literature Circle jobs as well as work in small groups on reading non-fiction passages that relate to our science and social studies.  They will learn about their October project for Redskins Read and study their last list of Greek and Latin Roots in our first unit. 
  • Math: We will continue working on math word problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  Students should pay attention in math classes for dates of assessments.
  • Science/Social Studies: Again this week, we will spend time reading about the history of Henrico County.  Our science unit on rocks and the Earth’s crust will pick up speed as well.  We will begin creating a list of geology vocabulary that will be part of their next test.

Happy Monday!

News You Can Use

  • I enjoyed meeting with many of you at Back-to-School Night. This is going to be a great year and I appreciate your continued support!
  • A permission slip and lunch order form came home last week for our first field trip! We are excited to explore rocks and minerals found along the James River. Please return the money and permission slip by Tuesday, September 27th.  Thanks to our three great parents for volunteering as chaperones!
  • Parent referrals for gifted identification will be accepted beginning October 10 to October 28, 2016.  Referrals should be submitted in writing (email is acceptable) to our resource teacher, Margo Clifford, at mecliffo@henrico.k12.va.us during these designated dates.  No referrals will be accepted after October 28.  Subject line of email should state Gifted Referral, and the email should include student’s first and last name, grade level, teacher, and area of referral (English, Math, or both areas).  An email confirmation will be sent within 48 hours.  If you do not receive an email confirmation, please call the school.  

In the Classroom

  • Reading/Language Arts: This week, we begin our Literature Circles in class.  Students will be assigned a novel as a part of our author study on Andrew Clements.  We will put together our folders and map out the schedule of meetings.  During reading stations, they will have time to work on their assigned jobs as well as a few other concept activities.  Students will also be working on their first Redskins Read assignment, due on Friday.  We will have our third installment of Greek and Latin Roots with SPEC words. 
  • Math: We are working on math word problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will start with a review of addition and subtraction.  Students will use estimation to help make sure answers are logical.
  • Science/Social Studies: We will continue looking at the scientific method this week and students can expect a check-up assignment on Thursday.  Then, we will begin our Earth Science unit on Rocks.  We will also spend some time this week looking at Henrico Country History in our County Workbook.