Happy Tuesday!

News You Can Use

  • It is time for mid-year benchmarks.  Fifth graders will take two tests, each given over the course of two-days.  This will help us to identify areas that we will want to review as we continue marching forward with the curriculum.  The schedule is as follows: Reading on January 23-24th and Math on February 6-7th.
  • As we think ahead to the middle school transition, we are also at the time to make course requests for next year.  In the next week, teachers will be making recommendations about the classes we feel would be the best fit for your child in the core academic classes.  Then, from January 30-February 3, you will have the opportunity to go online, approve the recommendations and select elective classes.  We will be happy to discuss these decisions with you during February conferences, when our wonderful counselors will also be available for computer assistance.
  • Those parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for the evening of February 2, 2017.  Please use the link below to sign up if you would like to schedule a meeting: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a4dafaf2aa0fc1-msatkins1

In the Classroom

  • Reading/Language Arts: Students will continue working with MIS/MIT words this week and have their quiz on Friday.  Miss A is continuing one-on-one assessments with each student to track reading comprehension.  Simultaneously, students are reading short stories about life in the southeast, specifically during the Jazz Age and Civil Rights Movement.  We are discussing character traits and plot as we read these various texts.
  • Math: Most students are working with data sets as we collect and organize numbers through various graphs.  We are determining mean, median, mode, and range of each data set as well.
  • Science/Social Studies: Students will have an introduction to Living Systems with our Young Science Lesson this week.  In Social Studies, we will wrap up information on the Southeast, and students will take their quiz on state location and capitals.

Mark Your Calendar

  • January 19 – Hungary Creek Curriculum Fair 6-7:30 PM
  • January 20 – SPES PTA Movie Night at 6 PM
  • January 23 – Holman Curriculum Fair 7-8 PM
  • January 27 – End of Quarter 2; ½ day for students
  • January 30 – Student Holiday

Welcome Back!

Important Information

Welcome back!  I hope that you each had a restful and enjoyable break with your family and friends. The two weeks definitely seemed to fly by, but we are ready to get back into the routine of 5th grade!  Please be sure and check in with your students to make sure they are still fully stocked on school supplies, specifically pencils, coloring utensils, and glue sticks as we begin the new year.

Over the next couple of weeks, we will be visited by guidance counselors from our local middle schools.  Yes, it’s that time to start thinking about classes for next year and what the transition will be like from elementary to middle school.  Holman is coming on Wednesday, January 4th and Hungary Creek will be stopping by on Tuesday, January 10th.  Be on the lookout for school specific paperwork to come home over the next few weeks.

In the Classroom

  • Reading/Language Arts: We will return to our word study lists this week as students look at the root PORT.  In Reading, we will spend the month of January working on short passages and various strategies.  This week, we will look at the author’s use of figurative language, vocabulary choice, and making inference from the text.  Much of our focus over the next few weeks will be texts from or about the Southeast region in support of our current Social Studies Unit.
  • Math:Students will work with fractions as some review concepts from previous years and begin to compare and convert them.  Others will use them as they explore the ideas of probability and the chances of certain events happening.
  • Science/Social Studies:We will continue our unit on the Southeastern region of the United States.  Students will identify and begin to study the state capitals in this region, and we will begin our virtual tour of several major landmarks.

Mark Your Calendar

  • January 4 – Holman Middle School Visits
  • January 10 – Hungary Creek Middle School Visits
  • January 16 – Schools Closed – MLK Jr Day
  • January 20 – PTA Movie Night at 6 PM
  • January 27 – End of Quarter 2; ½ day for students
  • January 30 – Student Holiday

One More Week

Important Infromation

  • FYI: Henrico County now has a link for families to request a meeting with an interpreter.  Please use the following link: http://henricoschools.us/esl/  
  • Request from Mrs. Cogbill: Students should bring something to wear on their head (sunglasses, hat, scarf, other accessories, etc.) for their fabulous, “Pop Art” photo on Friday.  They will be using this picture for a future portrait lesson.  Mrs. Cogbill wants the picture to show off each student’s personality & interests, or make them look groovy like celebrities/movies stars. 
  • Winter Party – Mrs. Taylor has sent out a Sign-Up Genius where you can sign-up to help with our winter celebration on Friday at 1:00 pm.  Thanks to everyone who will be sending something in or volunteering your time. 
  • Winter Performance – The big day is this Friday, December 16th. We are actually going to be performing twice.  You can come at either 8:15 am or 9:15 am. If your student has a speaking part, please help them practice often.  Also check with each student about the costume Mrs. Heath has asked them to wear.

In the Classroom

  • Reading/Language Arts: We will wrap up our 2nd novel study this week.  Students will complete their last literature circle meeting and complete a comprehension quiz.  They will also demonstrate knowledge of multiple meaning words and use of reference books.
  • Math: Some students will continue to work on computation of fractions through single and multi-step word problems.  Others will keep working to determine probability and organize data.
  • Science/Social Studies: In Social Studies, we will identify the five main regions of the United States and begin our focus on the Southeast region (Chapters 6-7).  Students will study curriculum based vocabulary this week in place of their regular Greek and Latin Roots.  They should also begin studying the states and capitals of this region. We will return to science in the New Year.

Mark Your Calendar

  • December 14th – Benjamin Franklin assembly, 9 am
  • December 16th – Winter Performance, Winter Party
  • December 19th – January 1st – Winter Break

Happy December!

Important Information

  • It is hard to believe we have only two weeks until winter break! Please remind your student to make good choices, complete their nightly homework, and prepare for tests and quizzes. Thank you for your continued support!
  •  Winter Party – Mrs. Taylor is working hard to plan our winter party on Friday, December 16th at 1:00 pm.  She will be in touch soon about how you can help out.  Thanks in advance. 
  • Winter Performance – Mark your calendars for our winter performance on December 16th at 9 am. If your student has a speaking part, please help them practice often.  Also check with each student about the costume Mrs. Heath has asked them to wear.  Can’t wait for the big day!

In the Classroom

  • Reading/Language Arts:This week will focus on SECT words, meaning to cut or separate.  I have enjoyed seeing students use their new vocabulary in their own written responses and daily speak.  We will continue working in small groups on determining main idea and understanding words with multiple meanings.  Students will be recorded for the Gift of Reading Project and meet twice with their Literature Circle groups.
  • Math: Classes are working on probability and fraction computation this week.  Please remind students to utilize the games online as well as Reflex Math to strengthen skills.
  • Science/Social Studies: Our test on Oceans is this Thursday.  Students should know the parts of the ocean floor, the three zones of ocean water, understand the idea of salinity and be able to describe ocean movement.In Social Studies, we will wrap up Chapter 3 as we talk about the cultural influences on our country.  Students have an outline to complete for homework on pages 44-47 in their textbooks.

Mark Your Calendar

  • 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 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