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.
News You Can Use:
- As mentioned last week, we have begun preparations for the transition for middle school. Parents new to Henrico County’s Parent Portal will be asked to set up an account in Power School. It opens for elementary parents on January 20. If you already have an account, you will not need to create a new account. Later this month, 5th grade teachers will be entering recommendations for middle school courses on Power School. You will then be asked to select/approve the course selections during the parent window from February 15-19th. Although you will set up your account in January, you will NOT be able to make any course request selections until Feb. 15-19. Mrs. Woody and Mrs. Otley, our school counselors, will provide a “Help Workshop” for any 5th grade parents who would like help setting up their account this Thursday, January 21st from 8:30-10:00am in the Springfield Park “CAVE.” Please RSVP to Mrs. Woody at #527-4630 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by Jan. 19th, 2016.
- We are also scheduled to have our Health Education Family Life classes this Wednesday. Please remember to turn in the yellow form IF you do NOT want your child to participate.
- Please don’t forget to send in order forms (orange half-sheets) if your child intends to eat lunch at school during next week’s half day.
A Look into the Classroom
- Language Arts: We will return to our reading textbook this week as we look at selections that focus on the Southeast region. Students will learn more about Everglades National Park and several legendary Jazz musicians from New Orleans. In reading these stories, we will also discuss the characteristics of fiction and non-fiction literature. We will also review the third unit of our Greek and Latin root study and take the unit test on Friday.
- Math: Students will wrap up their units on adding and subtracting fractions before moving onto concepts of probability. Students will look at tree diagrams and the various forms that one could write about the probable outcomes of a situation.
- Science: This week’s science will focus on the groupings used to classify plants and animals. Students will look at what makes a plant vascular or non-vascular and discuss the difference between vertebrates and invertebrates. They will extend their knowledge of classification through several taxonomy sorting activities.
Here’s what life looks like in the classroom this week:
Language Arts: We are almost half-way through our novel study with The Wizard of Oz. Students are working nicely on their folders to keep up with the sequence of events and character development. I am looking forward to seeing their thoughts as we move into more aspects of the book that are drastically different from the movie. There will be no weekly story or word study during this shortened week. We will begin again after the holiday.
Math: Students are working on rounding decimals as well as computation with decimals currently. The different math classes are moving at slightly different paces, but all students should be reviewing their basic facts as we work on adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing decimals.
Social Studies/Science: We will continue our discussions on the history of schools in Henrico County this week. Students will compare education of the past to the school system of today. Next week, students will complete a review assignments on science topics covered so far before we begin our unit on Oceanography!