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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Winter Parent/Teacher Conferences

CTES Conference Night is set for Monday, February 5th from 3-6:30pm. If you would like to schedule a conference, please email me at medallavalle@henrico.k12.va.us. I will schedule on a first-come, first-serve basis.

If you would like to meet before the 5th, I am happy to meet before or after school. Be on the lookout for an email from me for more details.

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Important Updates!! Week of January 22nd

Due to the snow, the testing window but pushed back until February. Here is the updated schedule:

Reading Part 1: Wednesday, February 7th

Reading Part 2: Thursday, February 8th

Math Part 1: Monday, February 19th

Math Part 2: Tuesday, February 20th

Book Report is due Friday, February 2nd – students are still responsible for this after the snow break. They are to choose ONE visual project, and MUST complete the written portion and oral presentation. This is a 3-part report.


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Upcoming Assessments

Here is a list of our upcoming benchmark/assessments, as of January 12th:

Reading MAPS test: Tuesday, January 16th

Reading Benchmark (Part 1 and Part 2): Monday, January 22nd and Tuesday, January 23rd

Math Benchmark (Part 1 and Part 2): Thursday, February 1st and Friday, February 2nd

Division Unit test: TBD, but will be taken before the end of the second quarter (by January 31st)

Planets/Earth, Moon, Sun: I am not planning to test this unit, but will be giving quizzes throughout. We will be covering this unit this week and next week.

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Book Report #1

We are going to be starting Book Reports for each month. This month I am using as an introduction to the project – it will consist of 3 different parts: Oral Presentation, visual/project, and written report. Each student MUST do all 3 parts. They will complete the written report and visual, and then present to the class for the oral presentation. This first book report will be due on February 2nd.

I gave the students the packet today (Weds, Jan 10th) that explains each part and provides 10 possible visual projects. The students were very excited about this and were coming up with excellent ideas. I did explain to them that this is THEIR project – if they do something that will require your help, please make sure that they are completing the majority of the project. If the student requires assistance, I asked them to let me know in writing who is helping them – this will help me in grading fairly.

If you have any questions or need something clarified, please feel free to email me. I am being flexible this month with the book they are choosing – graphic novels are acceptable for this month. After this first project, I will require chapter books only.

**REMINDER: Due date is Friday, February 2nd**

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Let’s Help!!!! Donations due December 13th! (Wednesday)

Good morning Parents!

For this year, the class voted on showing their holiday spirit by bringing in donations for the Richmond Animal League Shelter! This is a generous idea, but we need your help!

The donations are due by Wednesday, December 13th. This will allow time for myself and the room parents to figure out what else is needed. With the donations, we will fill stockings which we will deliver to the Richmond Animal League.

I know how much this shelter can use the donations. These animals are those that are dropped off because their family doesn’t want them anymore. It would be great to be able to show up with some food, treats and toys so that these animals can be shown love!

Here is the wish list:

Canned dog food       Canned cat food        Hills adult cat/kitten food

Hills adult dog/puppy food        Milkbones           Peanut butter

Cat treats          Nylabones      Kongs        Cat toys       Clay Cat litter

Cat litter scoops      Bird seed      Pet store gift cards     Paper towels

Ziploc Bags     Fleece cat beds       Crate liners    13 gal Trash bags

33 Gal Trash bags     Hand held brooms/dustpans    Hand sanitizer

Hand soap

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PTA Skate Night

Colonial Trail Elementary PTA FUNdraiser Event

You’re invited to a FUNdraiser at The Rink at West Broad Village on December 7, 2017 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM in support of Colonial Trail Elementary PTA! The cost is just $10 per person and will be collected at the rink.


Thursday, December 7, 2017 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM EST


The Rink at West Broad Village

2301 Old Brick Road
Glen Allen, VA 23060

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Multiplication Mash Up

We watched this video in class yesterday, and some of the kids really enjoyed it! It has a different song for each multiple. This would be a good resource for them to practice their facts!

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