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

Happy Monday!

Important Information

  • Students started Benchmark Testing today with the first half of Reading.  We will take the second half tomorrow.  Our Math Benchmark is scheduled for Feb. 6-7.
  • This week is Kindness Week & students are encouraged to participate in several spirit wear activities.  Please see the flyer from last week or recent school email updates.
  • Tonight, from 6-7:30 in the Cafeteria, you can sign up for Kid’s Club, which will run for 6 weeks beginning Feb 9th.  Please see the flyer coming home today for more details.
  • The Yearbook is seeking your help in submitting baby photos of your students.  You can send in a hard copy or a digital one (yearbook@springerpta.com) on or before this Friday, 1/27.
  • For those interested in the music program at Holman Middle School, please see info on the back about their upcoming Musical Petting Zoo.
  • Please make sure you have taken the time to set up your online Parent Portal account so that you will be able to approve course requests next week as well as select electives for your student in middle school.
  • Finally, there are still a few slots available for conferences next Thursday.  Please use the link to sign up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a4dafaf2aa0fc1-msatkins1

In the Classroom

  • Reading/Language Arts: Students will complete several review activities this week as we prepare for our third word study unit test.  Lists being assessed include mis/mit, port, sect, and ject.  After completing our Reading Benchmark, we will read a few short stories as we discuss genre and determine main ideas.
  • Math: Several classes will continue determining mean, median, mode, and range of various data sets.  Others will begin reviewing the basics of fractions and exploring ways to compare them.
  • Science/Social Studies: This week, we jump into our Living Systems unit as we talk about the parts of a plant cell, look at the ways that organelles work together, and study the ways plants are classified.  Students will read several selections and even get the chance to build their own cell.

Mark Your Calendar

  • January 23 – SPES Kids Club Registration 6-7:30 & Holman Curriculum Fair 7-8 PM
  • January 27 – End of Quarter 2; ½ day for students
  • January 30 – Student Holiday

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