Spring MAPS Testing Dates

Below are the upcoming MAPS testing dates. These are cumulative from the year and assess how much your child has grown. There is minimal prep/studying that can be done for this – but for Math, your child can spend time on Study Island to prepare. Reading, just encourage your children to be thinking about their reading.

Reading MAPS – Wednesday, April 17th

Math MAPS – Thursday, April 18th

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HCPS County-wide Survey coming your way!!

Parents,

Henrico County Schools would like to hear from you.  How are we doing?  Tell us about your perspectives and experiences, so that we may improve and make important decisions about the future.

On March 11, you will receive an email from HCPS that contains a survey we’d like for you to take.  It will be available from March 11 – 29.  It will take 15 – 20 minutes to complete.

Students in grade 5 – 12 are also asked to complete the survey.  Parents will have the needed link to preview the student survey.  They may then decide if they’d like for their child to participate or if they’d like to submit an opt-out form.  These forms will come home the week of February 25.

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St. Baldrick’s Event

Please consider having your child bring in $1 to support Team Tariq, one of our very own Colonial Trail Cubs.  Your child’s name will be placed on a special card and hung on the donor’s wall.

Thanks so much to those who have already contributed and to those who have also made a donation on the Team Tariq St. Baldrick’s web page.  Tariq’s family and many like them are grateful for your support.

https://www.stbaldricks.org/teams/teamTariq?fbclid=IwAR1o_YQtUpRCqrgcN3cPErwkxJP7GiGmQYeBeSrxS2XP0clz33fvy71L-e0

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“Momo” on Youtube

I am going to copy the email that was sent out to all parents last week regarding “Momo” on youtube. We are going to have another class meeting, but please discuss with your students that they should not be talking about this at school.

Good evening parents:

It was brought to my attention multiple times this week by both students and adults that there are some scary things going on on Youtube Kids. There are reports that a man pops up in the middle/end of certain videos and tells children how to hurt themselves. There are also reports that these videos tell children a scary monster, Momo, will get them if they tell anyone what they saw. We encourage you to monitor when your child watches Youtube. The following articles can provide more information.

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/videos/5-ways-to-make-youtube-safer-for-kids#

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/youtube-kids-inappropriate-horrified-mom-discovers-suicide-instructions-in-video-on-youtube-and-youtube-kids/

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/momo-challenge-resurfaces-police-issue-warning-to-parents/

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/youtube/whats-the-deal-with-disturbing-youtube-videos-that-look-like-theyre-for-kids-but-are-strange

Also, here is a fellow counselor’s presentation on Internet Safety from this past November. You may find some good tips!

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1lE3DGZKfpME-x-_z8o61HY7whPtLmJEFfD4iEk8iXdY/edit?usp=sharing

Sincerely,

Joannie Reece, School Counselor

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VS. 6 quiz moved to Tuesday!

We will have our VS. 6 quiz on Tuesday instead of Friday (tomorrow).

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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.

https://colonialtrailpta.membershiptoolkit.com/ase

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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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