Young Scientists/Tshirts

Just a reminder that payments and permission slips for our Young Scientists sessions and Tshirts are due THIS Friday, October 5th.

Also – please send in the Clay Project materials (show box and modeling clay) by this Friday. We’d like to begin this project on Monday!

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The 2018-2019 school year has arrived!

Welcome to Ms. Dalla Valle’s 4th grade class for the 2018-2019 school year! I am SO excited to be working with you all and cannot wait to meet my new group of students! It’s going to be a very exciting, challenging year and I know everyone is going to be very successful! Even though summer is behind us and we are starting a new school year, I hope you’re as excited as I am! 4th grade is going to be so much fun!

I hope to see everyone at the open house Thursday (TOMORROW), August 30th from 1-3pm. You will have the opportunity to drop off your school supplies and see the classroom! I think I am most proud of this year’s classroom theme: “Keep Calm and Climb On”! It is tying into the school’s theme of “Climbing to New Heights”. We will be focusing this year on independence and personal growth, building our confidence in our learning and teamwork! We have to work hard and support each other in order to achieve success. I always hope to foster a safe learning environment where students are comfortable being challenged and working through tasks calmly.

Back to School Night will be on Thursday, September 20th. I will explain classroom expectations, procedures and share what we’ve been up to in the first few weeks of school. Hope to see everyone there!

If you need to contact me, please email me at any time ( I will email you back as soon as possible! I would also love for all parents to sign up for the Remind app this year, to use as an additional (and quicker) tool of communcation. Please see the “Remind” tab at the top of the blog. This will guide you on how to sign up. It will be a quick and easy tool to remind everyone about quizzes, tests and important upcoming events.

Happy Labor Day and see you all on Tuesday!

Ms. Dalla Valle

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5th grade Wax Museum

Dear CTES Students, Parents & Faculty,
Our Annual
th Grade Change for
Charities Wax Museum
 event will be held at
CTES on Monday, June 11
th from 8:40-10:10am. We will be located in the library and cafeteria.   Student will be visiting the museum with their class and the CTES students, faculty and parents are encouraged to bring change for our chosen charity the American Red Cross.  Thank you so much for helping the 5th Grade support such a great charity.  We look forward to your visit to the museum! 
The 5th Grade Class
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Update on SOLs

Due to missing today, our testing schedule will be adjusted as followings:

Mon., May 21 – 4th grade – Math part 2

Tues., May 22 – 3rd grade – Math part 1

Wed., May 23 – 3rd grade – Math part 2

Thurs., May 24 – 5th Science

Fri., May 25 – 4th VS

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Message from Mrs. Smith, the Art Teacher!

Mrs. Smith, our Colonial Trail art teacher, is collecting some interesting items to be used in the art room this spring and next fall.  Please consider donating any of the following items to be used by the children in their art classes.  Feel free to collect these supplies during the summer and send them in the fall as well.  Your trash is our treasure!! Thanks for all of your help!!

Old CDs, Felt, Yarn, Fabric Scraps, Beads or old Necklaces, 4 oz Elmers Glue Bottles, Cheap White Paper Plates, Styrofoam or Plastic Egg Cartons, Empty Toilet Tissue and Paper Towel Rolls, Newspaper

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Book Celebration Update!!!!

Good afternoon 4th grade parents,

   Can you believe we are nearing the end of the school year already? I wanted to give you all an update on our annual 4thGrade Book Celebration—due to a scheduling conflict the last week of school we are moving the big day up two school days, from Tuesday, June 12 to Thursday, June 7.  I sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. The date chance will not affect the book response deadline.

Thank you,

Ms. Brown, Librarian

The 4th grade team

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SOL Schedule

Here is the 4th Grade Spring 2018 SOL Schedule:

Reading: Friday, May 11th (Part 1) and Monday, May 14th (Part 2)

Math: Thursday, May 18th (Part 1) and Friday, May 19th (Part 2)

Virginia Studies: Thursday, May 24th


We are in full review mode, except for Virginia Studies! Please plan to see review homework for each subject on a regular basis, and encourage your children to visit any of the following websites for extra practice/review:

Study Island


VDOE Website/Test Nav website for practice tests

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Spring MAPS

Next week we will take our Spring MAPS test. I have reminded the students that there is not much preparation for these tests. However, I encourage them to get on Study Island for both Math and Reading for extra practice. This program is very similar to MAPS.

Reading MAPS – Monday, April 16th

Math MAPS – Thursday, April 19th

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CTES Spirit Night!! March 13th

CTES has its next Spirit Night at California Pizza Kitchen on Tuesday! Please mention CTES when you go to eat, and they said you can go more than once in a day! Pizza twice in one day?!

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Social Studies Showcase

February 21st will be the CTES Social Studies showcase. Our class will be making catapults, which will incorporate VS. 5 (Revolutionary War) AND Measurement for Math. We will begin this week (week of February 12th) and it will be completed and on display next week! The showcase is from 5:45-7:00pm. The night begins in the gym and will finish with a tour of the school and everyone’s projects. Hope to see you there!

Thank you SO much to the parents who donated supplies for this project. It truly is greatly appreciated!!!

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