NO Cause and Effect Quiz

I am  NOT going to give a Cause and Effect quiz tomorrow. We have not had enough instruction time with it, so I will not assess it yet. Please look for an updated date on my blog post for next week. Thanks for your understanding.

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St. John’s Church Field Trip

Our St. John’s Church Field Trip, to hear the speech given by Patrick Henry that sparked the decision to fight the Revolutionary War, is on Friday, March 1st. Permission slips went home last week. Please turn the permission slip and the $8 to attend by this Friday, February 22nd. Thank you!!

I have selected by 2 chaperones for this trip and they will be notified in the beginning of the week. Thank you for offering to join us!

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Upcoming Assessments

Due to the 2-hr delay, I’ve decided to change up our assessment schedule a bit (I am very read to have a regular schedule again that is interrupted! Fingers crossed!).

Math – 4.2a-c (identifying fractions, benchmark fractions, equivalent fractions) QUIZ will now be on Tuesday, February 5th

Virginia Studies – VS. 5a-b Revolutionary War (Causes of the war, key Virginians) QUIZ will also be on Tuesday, February 5th

**These will be short quizzes, just so I can get that they’re retaining the important information. I will just be assessing facts for Virginia Studies and if they’re understanding the processes I’m teaching in Math.

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After School Enrichment Classes!!!!

Parents – the PTA does an awesome job putting this together and the wonderful teachers here at CTES hold these classes. We have tried to make these even more fun and academic than in the past. Check them out online and sign your child up!!!

2019 Winter After School Enrichment Classes

Classes will begin the week of February 11 and will run through the week of March 18. 

If you have a PTA Membership, you will have first “choice” on ASE Classes!!

ASE registration for PTA Membership begins January 22nd – 24th.

Regular ASE registration begins Friday, January 25.

Registration deadline is Monday, February 4, 2019.

Please see link below for more information on classes and to register online.

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Winter Conferences

We will have our winter conferences on February 7th from 3:00-6:30. I will contact you if I need to have a conference. If you do not hear from me and would like one, please email me. I will respond with open slot times.

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Multicultural Night

Who: all students at Colonial Trail Elementary

 When:  Thursday, February 21 from 6:30 – 7:30.

What:   Starting in January, all students will begin a schoolwide writing prompt at school.  They will write about a person, place, thing, feeling, or idea that is important to their family.   This could be anything, such as pizza on Friday nights, your religion, a tradition, a grandparent, a significant family story, a piece of furniture, a family recipe, etc.  The students will also draw or take a photograph of whatever family artifact they chose.  Through their writing, the students will describe the artifact and explain its significance.

How:  The students will be writing for an authentic audience – families and staff of CTES. They will go through the entire writing process of Prewriting, Drafting, Revising, Refining, and  Publishing.

Why: Every students’ writing and picture of their idea will be on display so all of our families can see the rich diverse school community that makes Colonial Trail a special place.

Where:  Every students’ writing and picture will be displayed on walls and/or on tables throughout the school building.  First grades’ work will be on display in the gym since they are performing this night.  A sampling of food/desserts from around the world will be available in the cafeteria as well.

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Muffins with Mom

Here is a message from Mrs. Reece, our school counselor, regarding Muffins with Mom next Friday, January 18th:

We are excited to welcome Catava Burton, HCPS Educational Specialist, to Muffins with Moms, January 18, from 8-8:30am. In her “Are You Smarter than Your Child’s Smart Phone?” workshop she will share the latest texting slang, secret apps, and social media tricks.  Information will also be provided on bullying/cyberbullying, human trafficking, internet safety, and psychological impact of these issues.  Strategies will be provided to help parents keep their children safe.  Bring your smart phone!

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Planet Newspaper Project

Just a reminder that the Planet Newspaper Project is due NEXT Friday, January 11th! The students were given this assignment before winter break. I will not be accepting any late projects. Thank you for understanding.

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Welcome back from Winter Break!

Welcome back from winter break! We are going to use Thursday and Friday to review procedures, rules and expectations. See the “Weekly Updates” link to see what skills we will be working on.

Please make sure the students get lots of rest tonight! I expect tomorrow to be touch for some students, especially if you’ve been traveling most of break. I will continue to have snack during reading centers, so please make sure they bring a snack.

Happy New Year!

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We are going to have our VS. 3 Jamestown test NEXT Tuesday, December 4th. It is posted under “Virginia Studies” in the weekly updates section, but I want to make sure everyone sees it 🙂


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