We made it through the first day without any major hiccups!! Yay us!! Below you will find most of the information that came home on our weekly newsletter. I will be posting information here each week to let you know about the happenings in our classroom. For the first month of school, I will also send a paper copy home. Starting in October, everything will be digital unless I receive a special request. Please just let me know.
Welcome back to school! I hope everyone enjoyed a relaxing summer vacation. I enjoyed meeting many of you at our open house and am excited to be working with you! We are going to have an awesome year together.
Thank you to everyone who has completed the back-to-school forms on ZippSlip. Soon you will receive any forms not completed online that will need to be filled out and returned. Please also send in the PTA forms as soon as possible. Thank you for taking the time to fill out all of these!
Please join me for Back-to-School Night on Thursday, September 22nd. We will begin with a PTA meeting at 6:30 pm followed by classroom presentations about the upcoming year.
Coming Up This Week
- Reading: We will begin the year with several short stories in our reading textbook and StoryWorks magazine as students gain an introduction to reading expectations for the year, including literature circle jobs and discussion skills. We will also visit the library to learn all about our Redskins Reading Program! Please look for more information about this incentive program to come home soon!
- Math: We will be switching classes for math this year. After completing several pre-assessments, we will begin switching classes on Friday. Our first unit will be on place value.
- Science / Social Studies: We will alternate between science and social studies units this year. We will start with a review of the scientific method and exploration of the geography of Henrico County. Students will receive a booklet that will be used throughout our studies of Henrico.
Mark Your Calendar
- Sept 15th – Invite your Grandparents to Lunch
- Sept 21st – ½ day for students, dismissal at 11:05
- September 22nd – Back-to-School Night, 6:30 pm
- October 10th – Student Holiday
It was so great to meet all of you on Friday morning at our open house. Parents and students, thanks for coming out to introduce yourself and get a sneak peek at the classroom. I know we are going to have a fantastic year together as we wrap up elementary school. Looking forward to seeing you all back on Tuesday morning. Don’t forget to wear your tennis shoes – we have PE!!
I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend despite the rain and clouds. A reminder as we enter this time of year, our last month together, that we are still working hard in class. Please continue to encourage our students to complete homework, give their best efforts while at school both academically and behaviorally, and stay well prepared for our SOL tests that are almost finished. I am very proud of the effort during the first three days. Today we completed part 1 of math today and will take part 2 tomorrow. We got this!!
In addition to the first rounds of testing being complete, we also have reason to celebrate with our final PTA performance. This Tuesday, May 24th, the 5th grade will provide a musical treat before our Ice Cream Social. Students are asked to wear jeans and a solid blue or yellow shirt Tuesday evening. They should report to the classroom at 6:45 pm. The PTA meeting will start at 7:00 pm, immediately followed by the social on the bus loop.
Coming up this week:
- Language Arts: This week, we will continue writing our opinion essay about robotic pets. Students will read several other articles in our current issue of Storyworks Magazine, continuing to hone skills, and we will work on another unit of Greek and Latin Roots.
- Math: The big day is here. Our Math SOL will be taken on Monday and Tuesday. Students will be testing with their math teachers both days. After testing students will continue to switch to their math classes as we work on hands on activities and extension projects incorporating the units studied throughout the school year.
- Science: Again, the focus this week will be on Social Studies.
- Social Studies: We have begun the last unit of study on the United States geographic regions. Students began by drawing their own version of the West region and making a list of the 11 states and capitals. This week, we will explore western geography and begin our virtual tour through the various states.