Update for February 19, 2018


We are halfway through our benchmark tests! This week, the math assessments will be given on February 22nd and 23rd.
Math boxes are being given as homework this week to provide some extra spiral review for the students. We will also introduce fractions and the  11 multiplication facts this week. In science, we will discuss how the moon affects the tides and review Earth cycles for our test on Thursday. (This is a change in order to have an extra day for review.) We will then move to economics for our next social studies unit. For language arts, our academic focus will be on drawing conclusions, using commas, and double consonants. Homework will consist of reading and math boxes, spelling (list 10). and reviewing earth & moon cycles.


Book orders are coming home! If you are interested in getting some fresh books, please order by February 28th. To order online, please use the code DZQH7.

Upcoming SCA Spirit Days:


Don’t forget to check under the “Homework” tab to see what our focus is in school and what is expected at home. This is updated weekly along with the blog in order to keep you connected. As always, let me know if you have any questions!


This Week’s Curriculum Objectives:
Reading:
Drawing Conclusions
Novel Studies

English:
Using Commas
Spelling List 10 (double consonants) Test Friday 2/23

Math:
Fractions (identification, representation and comparison)
Multiplying by 11
Students must know their facts (+, -, x, ÷)

Science:
Earth Cycles (Rotation and Revolution)
Moon Cycle (Phases)
Tides
Test Thursday 2/22
FEBRUARY
(Random Acts of Kindness Month and Read Aloud Month at KES)
22        Earth Cycles Test
22        Math Benchmarks: Part 1
23     
   Math Benchmarks: Part 2
26        Readers’ Theater @ 12:45

MARCH
1           Half Day for Students
1           PTA Spirit Day at Short Pump Chick-Fil-A
2           Dr. Seuss’s Birthday: Virtual Lesson with MSiC: Hats off for Dr. Seuss
6           PTA Board Meeting in library: 6:30 – 7:30 PM
8           KES Internet Safety Parent Session in library: 6:30 – 7:30 PM
12        Readers’ Theater @ 12:45
20        Young Scientists: Simple Machines
23        Spring Pictures (individual only)
26        Readers’ Theater @ 12:45

If you have not already checked the Coyote Courier, please click on the coyote below. There is a great deal of information that will help you stay on top of things here at Kaechele Elementary!

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Update for February 12, 2018

                               
This week we will celebrate Valentine’s Day in between taking the Reading Benchmark Tests. Homework will consist of reading boxes, family read aloud, spelling (list 9). money minibook, and reviewing earth & moon cycles. Our academic focus will be on making inferences, homophones, writing /f/ or /ph/ sound, making change, and cycles of the moon.

The benchmarks are a good way for students to practice for the end of the year SOLs. Please continue to use Study Island to practice “deeper” questions on the computer. Students need to STOP AND THINK – what is the question asking for? How can I PROVE this answer? Where is the EVIDENCE? When coming across new vocabulary word in nightly reading – define the word, break it apart (prefix – root – suffix), ask what other words might be on the same dictionary page, have them add a prefix or suffix to it and define the words new meaning, come up with synonyms and antonyms, etc. Ask your children to summarize things they are reading and living (what was the main idea about science, recess, lunch, math, etc.) In math, computation is always a great place to review especially subtraction with zeros. Lastly, their academic journals are a great place to review materials.

                                                    
REMINDERS

As your students continues to grow, so does their responsibility as a student. As we begin the third quarter, we will begin to enter Power Assessments as test grades which are weighed heavier than classwork and quiz grades. We will try to alternate paper and computerized test, however, it is crucial that students have exposure to the tools and format of these test as they mirror most computerized tests.

With work habits, we expect student to be more responsible with writing the proper heading expected on their assignments and turning in assignments on time.  Assignments that are outstanding (missing more than a week) will result in a 50% marked for the assignment. Please be vigilant in checking powerschool for assignments marked “missing assignments”. We know this will be difficult for some students, however necessary to prepare them to move on to the upper grades.
Important Change to the Benchmark Testing Window!

Henrico County has made the decision to allow use more instructional time to prepare students for Semester Benchmarks. Therefore, a new schedule has been developed within the new testing window of 2/5-2/23. Our new dates are as follows:
Reading Part 1: February 12
Reading Part 2: February 15
Math Part 1: February 22
Math Part 2: February 23

We will not be having a Valentines party, but students will be able to distribute cards if they would like as long as they include everyone. For a fun way to practice making change, we will be “Shopping for Shopkins”. Our Watch Dog will be assisting with this and I would love to have a few more “store clerks” if you are available (please see the updated nlist).


Don’t forget to check under the “Homework” tab to see what our focus is in school and what is expected at home. This is updated weekly along with the blog in order to keep you connected. As always, let me know if you have any questions!


This Week’s Curriculum Objectives:
Reading:
Making inferences
Novel Studies

English:
Homophones
Spelling List 9 (/f/) Test Friday 2/16

Math:
Money (making change from $5.00)
Students must know their facts (+, -, x, ÷)
Test Friday 2/16

Science:
Earth Cycles (Rotation and Revolution)
Moon Cycle (Phases)
Test 2/21
FEBRUARY
(Random Acts of Kindness Month and Read Aloud Month at KES)
12       Reading Benchmarks: Part 1
12       Readers’ Theater @ 12:45
15       Reading Benchmarks: Part 2
15        Family Fun and Fitness Night
16       Money Test
21       Earth Cycles Test
22       Math Benchmarks: Part 1
23       Math Benchmarks: Part 2
26       Readers’ Theater @ 12:45

MARCH (Youth Art Month)
1          Half Day for Students
1          PTA Spirit Day at Short Pump Chick-Fil-A
2          Dr. Seuss’s Birthday: Virtual Lesson with MSiC: Hats off for Dr. Seuss
6          PTA Board Meeting in library: 6:30 – 7:30 PM
12        Readers’ Theater @ 12:45
23        Spring Pictures (individual only)
26        Readers’ Theater @ 12:45

If you have not already checked the Coyote Courier, please click on the coyote below. There is a great deal of information that will help you stay on top of things here at Kaechele Elementary!

KES COYOTE COURIER LINK:

 

Update for February 5, 2108

This week we will be getting ready for taking the Reading and Math Benchmarks. These test will cover the first two quarters of the school year. At school, we practice taking more Power Assessments on the computer, continue to review spirally, along with learning the new material for this quarter.
How can you help at home? Study Island is a great resource that offers practice with “deeper” questions on the computer which are similar to the problems they will see on benchmarks, MAPS, and SOLs. When coming across new vocabulary word in nightly reading – define the word, break it apart (prefix – root – suffix), ask what other words might be on the same dictionary page, have them add a prefix or suffix to it and define the words new meaning, come up with synonyms and antonyms, etc. Ask your children to summarize things they are reading and
living (what was the main idea about science, recess, lunch, math, etc.) In math, computation is always a great place to review especially subtraction with zeros. Lastly, their academic journals are a great place to review materials.

                                             

As your students continues to grow, so does their responsibility as a student. As we begin the third quarter, we will begin to enter Power Assessments as test grades which are weighed heavier than classwork and quiz grades. We will try to alternate paper and computerized test, however, it is crucial that students have exposure to the tools and format of these test as they mirror most computerized tests.

With work habits, we expect student to be more responsible with writing the proper heading expected on their assignments and turning in assignments on time.  Assignments that are outstanding (missing more than a week) will result in a 50% marked for the assignment. Please be vigilant in checking powerschool for assignments marked “missing assignments”. We know this will be difficult for some students, however necessary to prepare them to move on to the upper grades.


Again, Study Island is a great resource tool. Student’s score have already been inputted. I have reviewed this with your students as well. Students should be practicing on the NWEA Path and focusing on weak areas first (sections with scores below 70%). Students should set goals to get sections up to a certain percent, 70% is what is marked as passing. Some students will be exposed to above grade level concepts, when this occurs students are given the option to see a lesson for that particular skill. There are some lessons that include video clips (marked by a porthole). The videos along with the study guides are meant to provide direction. Please help your student use these resources as a practice tool. If you have any questions please email or call.

Important Change to the Benchmark Testing Window!
Henrico County has made the decision to allow use more instructional time to prepare students for Semester Benchmarks. Therefore, a new schedule has been developed within the new testing window of 2/5-2/23. Our new dates are as follows:
Reading Part 1: February 12
Reading Part 2: February 15
Math Part 1: February 22
Math Part 2: February 23
World Read Aloud

On Thursday, February 8th, we will have our World Read Aloud Rally. Our class chose their favorite books to represent Room 230:
Gold: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Silver: Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Bronze: Wonder by: R.J. Palacio-Godwin

Students may dress up (following HCPS dress code) to connect with any of the top 3 choices their class voted on for our World Read Aloud event. This would be a fun way to celebrate our top choices. Students could dress as one of their favorite characters or in the style of their favorite choice.

                                           

Valentine’s Day
We will not be having a Valentines party, but students will be able to distribute cards if they would like as long as they include everyone. Our bags will be decorated this week at school. Some students have expressed interest in bringing decorated bags/boxes from home which is fine as well. To help spread some joy, we will also be making Valentines for our pen pals at Maybeury Elementary. Thank you SO MUCH to all who are sending in supplies for these projects!


Don’t forget to check under the “Homework” tab to see what our focus is in school and what is expected at home. This is updated weekly along with the blog in order to keep you connected. As always, let me know if you have any questions!


This Week’s Curriculum Objectives:
Reading:
Summarizing
Making Inferences and Drawing Conclusions
Introduction to new Novel Studies

English:
Homophones
Writing Summaries
Spelling List 8 (/ow/) Test Friday 2/9

Math:
Money (counting and comparing change up to $5.00)
Students must know their facts (+, -, x, ÷)

Science:
Animal and Plant Life Cycles, Interdependency and Human Influence
Test Wednesday 2/7
Earth Cycles (Rotation and Revolution)

FEBRUARY (Random Acts of Kindness Month and Read Aloud Month at KES)
6        PTA Board Meeting in library: 6:30-7:30 PM
7        Animal and Plant Life Cycles, Interdependency & Human Influence Test
8        World Read Aloud Day & Reading Rally: 9:00 AM
12     Reading Benchmarks: Part 1
12     Readers’ Theater @ 12:45
15     Reading Benchmarks: Part 2
15     Family Fun and Fitness Night
22     Math Benchmarks: Part 1
23     
Math Benchmarks: Part 2
26     Readers’ Theater @ 12:45

MARCH
1          Half Day for Students
1          PTA Spirit Day at Short Pump Chick-Fil-A
2          Dr. Seuss’s Birthday: Virtual Lesson with MSiC: Hats off for Dr. Seuss
6          PTA Board Meeting in library: 6:30 – 7:30 PM
12       Readers’ Theater @ 12:45
23       Spring Pictures (individual only)
26       Readers’ Theater @ 12:45

If you have not already checked the Coyote Courier, please click on the coyote below. There is a great deal of information that will help you stay on top of things here at Kaechele Elementary!

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Update for January 29, 2018


The season of testing is upon us! Next month, we will be taking Reading and Math Benchmarks. These test will cover the first two quarters of the school year. At school, we review in reading stations along with learning the new material for this quarter. We are also brainstorming and writing test strategies that will help us be successful.


How can you help at home? As mentioned before Study Island is a great resource. When coming across new vocabulary word in nightly reading – define the word, break it apart (prefix – root – suffix), ask what other words might be on the same dictionary page, have them add a prefix or suffix to it and define the words new meaning, come up with synonyms and antonyms, etc. In math, computation is always a great place to review especially subtraction with zeros. Lastly, their academic journals are a great place to review materials.
 

As your students continues to grow, so does their responsibility as a student. As we begin the third quarter, we will begin to enter Power Assessments as test grades which are weighed heavier than classwork and quiz grades. We will try to alternate paper and computerized test, however, it is crucial that students have exposure to the tools and format of these test as they mirror most computerized test.

With work habits, we expect student to be more responsible with writing the proper heading expected on their assignments and turning in assignments on time.  Assignments that are outstanding (missing more than a week) will result in a 50% marked for the assignment. Please be vigilant in checking powerschool for assignments marked “missing assignments”. We know this will be difficult for some students, however necessary to prepare them to move on to the upper grades.


Thursday, February 1st will be Kaechele Elementary School’s winter parent conference day, and teachers will be available by appointment only to meet with parents after school on this day from 2:30 to 6:00 PM. When scheduling appointments, please keep in mind the following:

  • Conference appointments are 15 minutes, so please be ready to meet with the teacher at your scheduled time; teachers must adhere to their schedule.
  • When scheduling more than one appointment on the same day for different teachers, please consider your travel time from one classroom to another.
  • Due to the limited number of conference times, each family may sign up for one time slot per child.

If you are unable to attend please email me or cancel the appointment to open up the time slot for another family.

If your child is progressing appropriately in third grade you do not need to schedule a conference. However, if you have concerns, please make an appointment. Please be aware if your student has been referred for gifted identification these details will not be discussed at this conference. Portfolios are still being processed and data reviewed. Letters will be sent home on February 6th. We believe that communication plays a vital role in your child’s education, thank you for your continued support at home!


Again, Study Island is a great resource tool. Student’s score have already been inputted. I have reviewed this with your students as well. Students should be practicing on the NWEA Path and focusing on weak areas first (sections with scores below 70%). Students should set goals to get sections up to a certain percent, 70% is what is marked as passing. Some students will be exposed to above grade level concepts, when this occurs students are given the option to see a lesson for that particular skill. There are some lessons that include video clips (marked by a porthole). The videos along with the study guides are meant to provide direction. Please help your student use these resources as a practice tool. If you have any questions please email or call.


Important Change to the Benchmark Testing Window!

Henrico County has made the decision to allow use more instructional time to prepare students for Semester Benchmarks. Therefore, a new schedule has been developed within the new testing window of 2/5-2/23. Our new dates are as follows:
            Reading Part 1: February 12
            Reading Part 2: February 15
            Math Part 1: February 22
            Math Part 2: February 23


Valentine’s Day Information
has come home. If you would like to donate materials for bag making, please see our nlist site.


Don’t forget to check under the “Homework” tab to see what our focus is in school and what is expected at home. This is updated weekly along with the blog in order to keep you connected. As always, let me know if you have any questions!


This Week’s Curriculum Objectives:
Reading:
Cause and Effect
Completion of Novel Studies

English:
“How-To” Writing
Spelling List 7 (/oi/) Test Friday, 2/2

Math:
Time (Equivalent Periods and Elapsed Time)
Test Friday, 2/2
Games under the Homework Tab
Students must know their facts (+, -, x, ÷)

Science:
Animal and Plant Life Cycles, Interdependency and Human Influence
Test Wednesday, 2/7


JANUARY

31        Scholastic Book Orders Due (Class Code – DZQH7)          

FEBRUARY (Random Acts of Kindness Month and Read Aloud Month at KES)
1          Parent Conferences: 2:30-6:00 PM
2          Time Test
6          PTA Board Meeting in library: 6:30-7:30 PM
7          Animal and Plant Life Cycles, Interdependency & Human Influence Test
8          World Read Aloud Day & Reading Rally: 9:00 AM
12       Reading Benchmarks: Part 1
12       Readers’ Theater @ 12:45
15       Reading Benchmarks: Part 2
15       Family Fun and Fitness Night
22       Math Benchmarks: Part 1
23       Math Benchmarks: Part 2
26       Readers’ Theater @ 12:45

MARCH
1          Half Day for Students
1          PTA Spirit Day at Short Pump Chick-Fil-A
2          Dr. Seuss’s Birthday: Virtual Lesson with MSiC: Hats off for Dr. Seuss
6          PTA Board Meeting in library: 6:30 – 7:30 PM
12        Readers’ Theater @ 12:45
20        Young Scientists: Simple Machines
23        Spring Pictures (individual only)
26        Readers’ Theater @ 12:45

If you have not already checked the Coyote Courier, please click on the coyote below. There is a great deal of information that will help you stay on top of things here at Kaechele Elementary!

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Update for January 23, 2018


We’ll we made it! I think we’ve all earned the ability to say we’ve been on television now. If you missed in all the snowy confusion, the taping of our class made it to the county
website. I don’t think the class has ever been that quiet. It was so interesting to see the affect the camera had on them. All in all, it was a good lesson in adaptability as we changed lessons effortlessly. Of course, watching it together was completely different, as they wouldn’t stop talking the whole time it was playing. What a fun memory for all of us!
We will try to hit the ground running as we continue reading our historical fiction books to support our unit on ancient Rome; the social studies test will be this Friday. Students will use the reading strategies we have learned to explore various aspects of these novels as well as
The Lightning Thief. Here are the Plot Anchor Charts that we made on Friday. We will also be looking at other strategies as well as vocabulary, word origins, recall skills, story elements, and figurative language. Novel studies will be used in place of Stop and Jots. Groups will meet daily to discuss their assignments and at least once a week with an adult to make text connections and dig deeper into the text.


Thursday, February 1st will be Kaechele Elementary School’s winter parent conference day, and teachers will be available by appointment only to meet with parents after school on this day from 2:30 to 6:00 PM. When scheduling appointments, please keep in mind the following:

  • Conference appointments are 15 minutes, so please be ready to meet with the teacher at your scheduled time; teachers must adhere to their schedule.
  • When scheduling more than one appointment on the same day for different teachers, please consider your travel time from one classroom to another.
  • Due to the limited number of conference times, each family may sign up for one time slot per child.

If you are unable to attend please email me or cancel the appointment to open up the time slot for another family.

If your child is progressing appropriately in third grade you do not need to schedule a conference. However, if you have concerns, please make an appointment. Please be aware if your student has been referred for gifted identification these details will not be discussed at this conference. Portfolios are still being processed and data reviewed. Letters will be received later this month. We believe that communication plays a vital role in your child’s education, thank you for your continued support at home! The winter MAPS test is an optional test that each school has the choice to administer and only serves as an instructional tool. It is a window into your student’s progress this year. Your student and I have conferenced to review their scores and set goals for the spring. They have identified strengths and weaknesses. We are also establishing strategies to help them reach their goals. Notes went home today to let parents know whether a conference was needed to discuss progress. 

Again, Study Island is a great resource tool. Student’s score have already been inputted. I have reviewed this with your students as well. Students should be practicing on the NWEA Path and focusing on weak areas first (sections with scores below 70%). Students should set goals to get sections up to a certain percent, 70% is what is marked as passing. Some students will be exposed to above grade level concepts, when this occurs students are given the option to see a lesson for that particular skill. There are some lessons that include video clips (marked by a porthole). The videos along with the study guides are meant to provide direction. Please help your student use these resources as a practice tool. If you have any questions please email or call.

Important Change to the Benchmark Testing Window!
Henrico County has made the decision to allow use more instructional time to prepare students for Semester Benchmarks. Therefore, a new schedule has been developed within the new testing window of 2/5-2/23. Our new dates are as follows:
Reading Part 1: February 12
Reading Part 2: February 15
Math Part 1: February 22
Math Part 2: February 23Cursive has been put on a hold as we catch up with other areas of the curriculum! Soon we will start up again with “rock” letters. These all begin with a swing up to either the sky line or airplane line. These letters will be demonstrated by the teacher, practiced by tracing, then writing freehand letters and words.


Please be aware that even though school is open for students and teachers that there are still icy spots on the sidewalks and parking lot.  We want to make sure that everyone is safe and prevent injuries as much as possible, so please be careful.

Valentine’s Day Information
is coming home today. There is information about making bags for our valentines as well as a class list on the back.


Don’t forget to check under the “Homework” tab to see what our focus is in school and what is expected at home. This is updated weekly along with the blogs to keep you connected. As always, let me know if you have any questions!


This Week’s Curriculum Objectives:
Reading:
Review Comprehension Strategies
Novel Studies: Historical Fiction (Ancient Rome)
Introduction to Figurative Language

English:
Contractions (Contraction Surgery this week!)
“How-To” Writing
Spelling List 6  (“Silent-e”) Test Friday 1/23

Math:
Time (to the minute, half/quarter past)
Games under the Homework Tab
Students must know their facts (+, -, x, ÷)

Social Studies:
Ancient Rome
Test Friday, 1/23
JANUARY

22       Readers’ Theater @ 12:45
22       Guidance: Study Skills
25       1st and 2nd grade music concert; 6:30 PM
29       Student Holiday
31       Scholastic Book Orders Due (Class Code – DZQH7)          

FEBRUARY (Random Acts of Kindness Month and Read Aloud Month at KES)
1          Parent Conferences: 2:30-6:00 PM
2          Time Test
6          PTA Board Meeting in library: 6:30-7:30 PM
8          World Read Aloud Day & Reading Rally: 9:00 AM
12       Reading Benchmarks: Part 1
12       Readers’ Theater @ 12:45
15       Reading Benchmarks: Part 2
15       Family Fun and Fitness Night
22       Math Benchmarks: Part 1
23   
   Math Benchmarks: Part 2
26       Readers’ Theater @ 12:45

MARCH
1          Half Day for Students
1          PTA Spirit Day at Short Pump Chick-Fil-A
2          Dr. Seuss’s Birthday: Virtual Lesson with MSiC: Hats off for Dr. Seuss
6          PTA Board Meeting in library: 6:30 – 7:30 PM
12       Readers’ Theater @ 12:45
23       Spring Pictures (individual only)
26       Readers’ Theater @ 12:45

If you have not already checked the Coyote Courier, please click on the coyote below. There is a great deal of information that will help you stay on top of things here at Kaechele Elementary!

KES COYOTE COURIER LINK:

Update for January 16, 2018


We will be reading historical fiction books to support our unit on ancient Rome. Students will use the reading strategies we have learned to explore various aspects of these novels as well as
The Lightning Thief. We will also be looking at vocabulary, word origins, recall skills, story elements, and figurative language. Novel studies will be used in place of Stop and Jots. Groups will meet daily to discuss their assignments and at least once a week with an adult to make text connections and dig deeper into the text.

*** If there is snow, students should continue to read a chapter every day and do the appropriate written assignment each day we are off. In addition, Reading Boxes (based on “The Sword and the Stone”) will be expected to be done. Please feel free to help your child if need be or email me with any questions. ***
Cursive writing lessons begin this week! First we will learn the 3 Ps: proper pencil grip, posture, and paper placement. Then we will receive our first cursive packet which focuses on “rock” letters. These all begin with a swing up to either the sky line or airplane line. These letters will be demonstrated by the teacher, practiced by tracing, then writing freehand letters and words.

Scholastic Book Orders will be coming home the next day of school.  You can order online at Scholastic.com/bookclubs. By going online, you are also able to search more books based on genre, reading level, series, author, etc. Please be sure to sure our class code: DZQH7. I’d like to place orders by Jan. 31st.


***Please be sure to read Test Schedule and homework blog with updates for any weather related absences.

Reading:
Review Comprehension Strategies
Novel Studies: Historical Fiction (Ancient Rome)
Introduction to Figurative Language

English:
Contractions (Contraction Surgery on Friday!)
Spelling List 5  (Long-oo and Long-u Vowel Sounds) Test Friday 1/19

Math:
Measurement (Temperature)
Time (to the minute, half/quarter past)
Students must know their facts to 12 (+, -, x, ÷)

Social Studies:
Ancient Rome (location, architecture, government, people)
JANUARY

16        HCPS TV is scheduled to film for “Today’s Classroom”  
19        International Night; 4:30-6:00 PA (sponsored by PTA)
22        Readers’ Theater @ 12:45
22        Guidance: Study Skills
25        1st and 2nd grade music concert; 6:30 PM
26        Reading Benchmarks: Part 1
29        Student Holiday
30       Reading Benchmarks: Part 2

FEBRUARY (Random Acts of Kindness Month and Read Aloud Month at KES)
1          Parent Conferences: 2:30-6:00 PM
6          Math Benchmarks: Part 1
6          PTA Board Meeting in library: 6:30-7:30 PM
7          Math Benchmarks: Part 1
8          World Read Aloud Day & Reading Rally
12       Readers’ Theater @ 12:45
15       Family Fun and Fitness Night
19       Student Holiday (unless there is another snow day)
26       Readers’ Theater @ 12:45

MARCH
1          Half Day for Students
1          PTA Spirit Day at Short Pump Chick-Fil-A
2          Dr. Seuss’s Birthday: Virtual Lesson with MSiC: Hats off for Dr. Seuss
6          PTA Board Meeting in library: 6:30 – 7:30 PM
12       Readers’ Theater @ 12:45
23       Spring Pictures (individual only)
26       Readers’ Theater @ 12:45

If you have not already checked the Coyote Courier, please click on the coyote below. There is a great deal of information that will help you stay on top of things here at Kaechele Elementary!

KES COYOTE COURIER LINK:

Update for January 9, 2018

What crazy winter weather we’ve had! Once we are back in school again, we will pick up where we left off. After taking our science matter test, we will move on to ancient Rome. We will be having our spelling test on Friday (list 4). We’ll also be reviewing the comprehension strategies we have used for fiction and nonfiction texts.
JA: Our City®
We are fortunate enough to have Junior Achievement volunteer Mr. Marvin Morris come to our class on Thursday, January 11th. All sections of the program will be completed on the same day. JA: Our City, introduces students to financial literacy and learning objectives for third–grade social studies, including the characteristics of cities, the importance of economic exchange, and how people and businesses in cities manage their money. Students will build businesses to create a city and become entrepreneurs of their own companies as they apply money-management strategies to personal and business accounts.


This Week’s Curriculum Objectives:

Reading:
Main Idea (Using NonFiction Text Features to find Details)
Review Comprehension Strategies

English:
Apostrophes in Possessive Nouns and Contractions
Spelling List 4  (Long and Short O) Test Friday 1/12

Math:
Measurement (Area, Perimeter and Temperature)
Students must know their facts to 12 (+, -, x, ÷)

Science:
Matter (Properties and Changes of States)
Test upon return to schoolA couple of random items will be needed to add a little bit of fun to our test review:

  • Box of medical gloves (40pairs total)
  • Box of medical mask (20 total)
  • Paper Surgical hats (20 total)
  • Old magazines (will be cut and not returned)

JANUARY
11        Junior Achievement: Our City
12        Performance from the Richmond Symphony Percussion
15        No School
16        HCPS TV is scheduled to film for “Today’s Classroom”  
19        International Night; 4:30-6:00 PA (sponsored by PTA)
22        Readers’ Theater @ 12:45
25        1st and 2nd grade music concert; 6:30 PM
29        Student Holiday

FEBRUARY (Random Acts of Kindness Month and Read Aloud Month at KES)
1          Parent Conferences: 2:30-6:00 PM
6          PTA Board Meeting in library: 6:30-7:30 PM
8          World Read Aloud Day & Reading Rally
12       Readers’ Theater @ 12:45
15       Family Fun and Fitness Night
19       Student Holiday
26       Readers’ Theater @ 12:45

MARCH
1         Half Day for Students
1         PTA Spirit Day at Short Pump’s Chick-Fil-A
2         Dr. Seuss’s Birthday – Virtual Lesson with MSiC: Hats off for Dr. Seuss
6         PTA Board Meeting in library: 6:30 – 7:30 PM
12       Readers’ Theater @ 12:45
23       Spring Pictures (individual only)
26       Readers’ Theater @ 12:45

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Update for January 2, 2018


Welcome Back!

We are excited to begin a new year with everyone! It’s so nice to have a fresh start full of renewed energy and big plans. Now is the time to dig in and use all of the resources we have been practicing to “show what we know”. Study Island (Classes: NWEA), Stop & Jots, Math & Reading Boxes, and reviewing graded papers are all fabulous ways to practice at home. We will be doing a lot of spiral review as we review the comprehension strategies we have used for fiction and nonfiction texts.
JA: Our City®
We are fortunate enough to have Junior Achievement volunteer Mr. Marvin Morris come to our class on Thursday, January 11th. All sections of the program will be completed on the same day. JA: Our City, introduces students to financial literacy and learning objectives for third–grade social studies, including the characteristics of cities, the importance of economic exchange, and how people and businesses in cities manage their money. Students will build businesses to create a city and become entreperneaus of their own companies as they apply money-management strategies to personal and business accounts.
This Week’s Curriculum Objectives:
Reading:
Main Idea (Using NonFiction Text Features to find Details)
Review Comprehension Strategies

English:
Apostrophes in Possessive Nouns
Spelling List 4 (Long and Short O)

Math:
Measurement (Area and Perimeter)
Students must know their facts to 20 (+, -, x, ÷)

Science:
Matter (Properties and Changes of States)
Test on Thursday, January 4th

JANUARY
2         Welcome Back to school!
4          Matter Test
8         Readers’ Theater @ 12:45
9         PTA Board Meeting in library; 6:30-7:30 PM
11      Junior Achievement: Our City
15      No School
19      International Night; 4:30-6:00 PA (sponsored by PTA)
22      Readers’ Theater @ 12:45
25      1st and 2nd grade music concert; 6:30 PM
29      Student Holiday

FEBRUARY (Random Acts of Kindness Month and Read Aloud Month at KES)
1        Parent Conferences; 2:30-6:00 PM
6        PTA Board Meeting in library: 6:30-7:30 PM
8        World Read Aloud Day  
12     Readers’ Theater @ 12:45
15     Family Fun and Fitness Night
19     Student Holiday
26     Readers’ Theater @ 12:45

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Update for December 12th, 2017


I hope you all were able to enjoy the beautiful snow this weekend; what a lovely surprise! This week is going to be jam-packed full of activities and fun times. We will also be doing our best to wrap up units on ancient Greece, main idea, affixes/root words, alternative assessments, etc. Since our Thanksgiving rotations were such a hit, we will have class rotations again on Wednesday to work on some of these skills in fun, hands-on ways.
(If you are available and would like to come and help with making mosaics with any of the classes, please let me know!) Thursday will be the Jack Frost Jog and Jam along with the winter festivities. Many thanks to Mrs. Harrington for organizing our class party! Be sure to check nList to see if there is a way you can help; the more, the merrier! Friday will be our last day before the break and we will do our best to finish up our units with a spelling test and a measurement quiz on weight.

This week is also a KES Spirit Week. It is suggested that students donate a dollar for each day they participate. Please send in exact change or a check written to KES. All proceeds are going towards Henrico Christmas Mother.

  • Mismatch Monday (wear mismatched clothes)
  • Tacky Tuesday (wear your tackiest holiday attire)
  • Wednesday – Winter Hat Wednesday (you may wear a winter hat)
  • Snow & Ice Thursday (wear blue & white attire for Jack Frost activities)
  • Pajama Friday (wear jammies to school)



Students have been practicing both on Study Island and Spelling City in class. Both of these technology tools are best used at home, and you are highly encouraged to take advantage of both. Study Island is a prescriptive program based on the results of the MAPs Growth of each student. Their results are put into the program and the lessons are tailored made according to their level. When students go into the NWEA section they may be working below, on, or above grade level depending on their needs. Please encourage them to use the lessons first. This offers a “study guide” explaining what they will be doing and may even contain a short video to watch. Remember to practice both reading and math. This is one of the best ways to improve upon your MAP scores. Spelling City has been introduced along with the 3rd grade spelling program. This is an easy way for students to practice their weekly words. All of the tests have been uploaded on the site so students can always go back to review if necessary. Each list has a different focus. These week, students will be comparing long and short i words with various spelling patterns.

This week, students will be using graphic organizers to represent the chapter they read each night. Students should be able to used these with various texts to break down the story elements, plots, main ideas and details.

Reading:
Mythology
Main Idea (NonFiction)

English:
Spelling List 3
Graphic Organizers
Writing

Math:
Measurement (Mass/Weight)
Students must know the 0s, 1s, 2s, 3s, 4s,  5s, 6s, 7s, 9s. 10s and 8s multiplication facts (along with addition and subtraction to 20)

Science:
Matter (States and Changes)

Social Studies:
Ancient Greece test on Tuesday


DECEMBER   
11        Young Scientists: Matter
11        Readers’ Theater @ 12:45 PM
14        KES Jack Frost Day and class winter parties
18-29 School Closed for Winter Break (students return on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018)

JANUARY
2           Welcome Back to school!
9          PTA Board Meeting in library; 6:30-7:30 PM
15        No School
19        International Night; 4:30-6:00 PA (sponsored by PTA)
25        1st and 2nd grade music concert; 6:30 PM
29         Student Holiday

FEBRUARY (Random Acts of Kindness Month and Read Aloud Month at KES)
1         Parent Conferences; 2:30-6:00 PM
6         PTA Board Meeting in library: 6:30-7:30 PM
8         World Read Aloud Day  
15      Family Fun and Fitness Night
19       Student Holiday

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Weekly Update for December 5, 2017


It’s December and things certainly are picking up speed! Now that students are aware of their responsibilities and the expectations of 3rd grade, all of the teachers will be holding everyone more accountable for themselves. Homework has become more involved, and the students and I have been discussing the requirements. Everyone seems to be enjoying their Greek themed books and has been doing a good job maintaining the pace. Some have even chosen another book to read at their own pace alongside the assigned one. This offers a wonderful opportunity to compare and contrast the characters, setting, plot, etc.


Students have also been practicing both on Study Island and Spelling City in class. Both of these technology tools are best used at home, and you are highly encouraged to take advantage of both. Study Island is a prescriptive program based on the results of the MAPs Growth of each student. Their results are put into the program and the lessons are tailored made according to their level. When students go into the NWEA section they may be working below, on, or above grade level depending on their needs. Please encourage them to use the lessons first. This offers a “study guide” explaining what they will be doing and may even contain a short video to watch. Remember to practice both reading and math. This is one of the best ways to improve upon your MAP scores. Spelling City has been introduced along with the 3rd grade spelling program. This is an easy way for students to practice their weekly words. All of the tests have been uploaded on the site so students can always go back to review if necessary. Each list has a different focus. These week, students will be comparing long and short e words with various spelling patterns.

The students will be writing about the chapter they have read each night. They will need to decide what they think the main idea and supporting details are. This can be done in paragraph form or students can use one of the graphic organizers we practiced in school.

Reading
:
Mythology
Main Idea (Fiction)

English:
Prefixes, Suffixes, and Root or Base words
Spelling List 2 (Click to use Spelling City for online practice)
Spelling Test this Friday

Math:
Measurement (capacity/liquid volume)
Students must know the 0s, 1s, 2s, 3s, 4s,  5s, 6s, 9s. 10s and 7s multiplication facts (along with addition and subtraction to 20)
Quiz on 7s facts this Friday

Social Studies:
Ancient Greece
Quiz on Friday, Test next Tuesday, December 12th


DECEMBER   
5          PTA Spirit Night at Longhorn Steakhouse
5          PTA board meeting in KES library @ 6:30 pm
11        Young Scientists: Matter
11        Readers’ Theater @ 12:45 PM
14        KES Jack Frost Day and class winter parties
18-29 School Closed for Winter Break (students return on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018)

JANUARY
2          Welcome Back to school!
9          PTA Board Meeting in library; 6:30-7:30 PM
15       No School
19       International Night; 4:30-6:00 PA (sponsored by PTA)
25       1st and 2nd grade music concert; 6:30 PM
29       Student Holiday

FEBRUARY (Random Acts of Kindness Month and Read Aloud Month at KES)
1          Parent Conferences; 2:30-6:00 PM
6          PTA Board Meeting in library: 6:30-7:30 PM
8          World Read Aloud Day  
15       Family Fun and Fitness Night
19      Student Holiday

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