Update for April 23, 2018


Last week was such a whirlwind! From Career Day, to MAPS, to Three Lakes Park we had so many experiences and made even more fond memories in addition to working hard to prepare for the end of the year tests and 4th grade. Please remember to have your child practice their skills using Study Island to help them review the skills we have learned this year. We will continue to study poetry, practice combinations and probability, and learn more about European explorers. Our last MAPS for the year is on Monday and we will finish off the week with a jam-packed field day! Homework will consist of reading and math practice,
spelling (list 17), and reviewing explorers. Image result for field day clipartField Day will be held this Friday, rain or shine. Please be sure your child is wearing appropriate attire (as if dressed for gym). It would also be a good idea to send in a labeled water bottle. There will be water available at specific locations, but it is much easier when students have their own to carry with them between stations.

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We will also be having our Wax Museum on Thursday, May 31st. This is a highlight of 3rd grade every year! Information is coming home today with the basics, more information will follow soon. So even though we are in the “homestretch” we still have a lot to look forward to experiencing this year!

The dates for this year’s Measures of Academic Progress (MAPS) and Standards of Learning Assessments (SOLs) have been determined. Please make a note of these to assure your child will be present and able to take these with the rest of us. Remember, Study Island is a great resource to help prepare for these assessments. The VA Department of Education also offers practice tests and released test questions for the SOLs. We will be practicing with these at school, but highly encourage you to take some time to have some one-on-one practice at home as well!

Released Tests & Item Sets

MAPS Testing Schedule: Grade 3
  – Monday, April 23 – Math

SOL Testing Schedule: Grade 3
  – Wednesday, May 9 – Reading Part 1
  – Thursday, May 10 – Reading Part 2
  – Thursday, May 24 – Math Part 1
  – Friday, May 25 – Math Part 2


Book orders have been sent home. If you are interested in getting some fresh books, please order by April 27th. You can also order online from any Scholastic order form; please use the code DZQH7.


Our last field trip will be on Tuesday, May 1st. We will be visiting Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello in Charlottesville, VA. If you are interested in chaperoning, you can indicate so on the bottom of the permission slip.  Please do not send money for a chaperone ticket until your child’s teacher has contacted you. We know and appreciate that many parents want to join us on this trip, however space is limited. Chaperones have been notified, please send in a check for your spot if you haven’t already done so.


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:
Poetry
Review Third Grade Skills
Read Along (Because of Winn Dixie)

English:
Review Writing Skills
Review Affixes, Grammar Skills
Spelling List 17 ( /sh/, /ch/, and /wh/ sounds) Test Friday 3/27

Math:
Combinations & Probability
Test Thursday 3/26
Students must know their facts (+, -, x, ÷)

Social Studies:
Explorers
Test 5/3

APRIL
23       MAPS Math
23       Readers’ Theater @ 12:45
27       Field Day
27       Book Orders Due
30       Report Cards go home

MAY
1          Field Trip to Monticello
7          Readers’ Theater @ 12:45
9          SOL Reading Part 1
10       SOL Reading Part 2
21       Readers’ Theater @ 12:45
24       SOL Math Part 1
25       SOL Math Part 2

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Update for April 16, 2018


It’s hard to believe that we are beginning the fourth nine weeks of school! We are working hard to prepare for the end of the year tests and 4th grade. Please remember to have your child practice their skills using Study Island to help them review the skills we have learned this year. This week will start off with a fun and informative Career Day. Then we will learn about different types of poetry, continue to work on our writing, work on combinations and probability, and begin studying some European explorers. Homework will consist of reading and math practice,
spelling (list 16), and reviewing simple machines.


Our next field trip will be this Friday. Three Lakes Park and Nature Center bring together the three worlds of air, water, and land for visitors to explore. The Nature Center is a 6,500 square foot facility featuring a variety of exhibits designed to provide hands-on experiences. The 50,000 gallon aquarium also gives visitors a “fish-eye” view of the underwater world. By providing an assortment of live exhibits, dioramas, and interactive displays, the Nature Center provides information on the plant and animal life native to the area and wildlife living in the wetlands and woodlands of the park.


Most of all, we are super excited to meet our penpals from Maybeury! We will have time to walk the trails, play on the playground, and enjoy a picnic lunch before visiting the Nature Center. There is no cost for this trip and all chaperones will be welcome to come.
The dates for this year’s Measures of Academic Progress (MAPS) and Standards of Learning Assessments (SOLs) have been determined. Please make a note of these to assure your child will be present and able to take these with the rest of us. Remember, Study Island is a great resource to help prepare for these assessments. The VA Department of Education also offers practice tests and released test questions for the SOLs. We will be practicing with these at school, but highly encourage you to take some time to have some one-on-one practice at home as well!

Released Tests & Item Sets

MAPS Testing Schedule: Grade 3

  • Wednesday, April 19 – Reading
  • Monday, April 23 – Math

SOL Testing Schedule: Grade 3

  • Wednesday, May 9 – Reading Part 1
  • Thursday, May 10 – Reading Part 2
  • Thursday, May 24 – Math Part 1
  • Friday, May 25 – Math Part 2


Book orders have been sent home. If you are interested in getting some fresh books, please order by April 27th. You can also order online from any Scholastic order form; please use the code DZQH7.
Our last field trip will be on Tuesday, May 1st. We will be visiting Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello in Charlottesville, VA. If you are interested in chaperoning, you can indicate so on the bottom of the permission slip.  Please do not send money for a chaperone ticket until your child’s teacher has contacted you. We know and appreciate that many parents want to join us on this trip, however space is limited. Chaperones will be drawn on Tuesday, April 17th.We are running low on pencils. New, sharpened pencils would be greatly appreciated – especially now that testing time is approaching! Also needed are Swiffer Dusters and replacement pads. In addition, flightless fruit flies from the pet store makes up the diet of our praying mantis, and French Fry could always use fresh food. Thank you in advance!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:
Poetry
Review Third Grade Skills
Read Along (Because of Winn Dixie)

English:
Review Writing Skills
Review Affixes, Grammar Skills
Spelling List 16 ( /j/, /ch/, and /tch/ sounds) Test Friday 3/20

Math:
Combinations & Probability
Students must know their facts (+, -, x, ÷)

Social Studies:
Explorers
Test May 3rd (Tentative)
APRIL

16       Career Day (½ day of school for students- dismissal at 11:00 AM
19       MAPS Reading
20       Field Trip to Three Lakes Park and Nature Center
23       MAPS Math
23       Readers’ Theater @ 12:45
27       Field Day
27       Book Orders Due

MAY
1         Field Trip to Monticello
7         Readers’ Theater @ 12:45
9         SOL Reading Part 1
10      SOL Reading Part 2
21      Readers’ Theater @ 12:45
24      SOL Math Part 1
25      SOL Math Part 2

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Update for April 9, 2018


I hope you enjoyed your spring break and were able to have some quality time with your families. This week we will introduce elements of poetry, continue to work on our writing, learn about calculating mean, median, mode, range of data, and review for our test on simple machines this Friday. Homework will consist of reading and math practice,
spelling (list 15), and reviewing simple machines.


Don’t forget that this Thursday is a spirit day. Everyone can wear camouflage to show their Coyote spirit!
Career Day is coming April 16th. If you, or anyone you know, would be interested and willing to be a guest for this event we would so appreciate you joining us. Please use this link to sign up:  http://goo.gl/i5KqyV. More information is available on the weekly update. Thank you to everyone who can help make this day special by coming or recruiting a guest.


Our next field trip will be on Friday, April 20th. Three Lakes Park and Nature Center bring together the three worlds of air, water, and land for visitors to explore. The Nature Center is a 6,500 square foot facility featuring a variety of exhibits designed to provide hands-on experiences. The 50,000 gallon aquarium also gives visitors a “fish-eye” view of the underwater world. By providing an assortment of live exhibits, dioramas, and interactive displays, the Nature Center provides information on the plant and animal life native to the area and wildlife living in the wetlands and woodlands of the park.


Most of all, we are super excited to meet our penpals from Maybeury! We will have time to walk the trails, play on the playground, and enjoy a picnic lunch before visiting the Nature Center. There is no cost for this trip and all chaperones will be welcome to come.
The dates for this year’s Measures of Academic Progress (MAPS) and Standards of Learning Assessments (SOLs) have been determined. Please make a note of these to assure your child will be present and able to take these with the rest of us. Remember, Study Island is a great resource to help prepare for these assessments. The VA Department of Education also offers practice tests and released test questions for the SOLs. We will be practicing with these at school, but highly encourage you to take some time to have some one-on-one practice at home as well!

Released Tests & Item Sets

MAPS Testing Schedule: Grade 3

  • Wednesday, April 19 – Reading
  • Monday, April 23 – Math

SOL Testing Schedule: Grade 3

  • Wednesday, May 9 – Reading Part 1
  • Thursday, May 10 – Reading Part 2
  • Thursday, May 24 – Math Part 1
  • Friday, May 25 – Math Part 2


Book orders will come home on Tuesday. If you are interested in getting some fresh books, please order by April 27th. You can also order online from any Scholastic order form; please use the code DZQH7.


On Tuesday, information about our last trip will be coming home. We will be visiting Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello in Charlottesville, VA, on Tuesday, May 1st. If you are interested in chaperoning, you can indicate so on the bottom of the permission slip.  Please do not send money for a chaperone ticket until your child’s teacher has contacted you. We know and appreciate that many parents want to join us on this trip, however space is limited.


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:
Poetry
Review Figurative Language, Author’s Purpose, Main Idea
Read Along (Because of Winn Dixie)

English:
Writing Skills
Review Affixes, Grammar Skills
DLR Test Thursday 3/12

Spelling List 15 (/k/ sound) Test Friday 3/13

Math:
Mean/Median/Mode/Range
Students must know their facts (+, -, x, ÷)

Science:
Simple Machines
Test Friday 3/13APRIL
9          Readers’ Theater @ 12:45
10        PTA Board Meeting in library 6:30-7:30 PM
12        Spirit Day – Wear camouflage
12        DLR Test
13        Simple Machines Test
16        Career Day (½ day of school for students- dismissal at 11:00 AM
19        MAPS Reading
20        Field Trip to Three Lakes Park and Nature Center
23        MAPS Math
23        Readers’ Theater @ 12:45
27        Field Day
27        Book Orders Due

MAY
1           Field Trip to Monticello
7           Readers’ Theater @ 12:45
9           SOL Reading Part 1
10        SOL Reading Part 2
21        Readers’ Theater @ 12:45
24        SOL Math Part 1
25        SOL Math Part 2

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Update for March 26, 2018


We will have a busy week before spring break. Students will continue analyzing fiction and nonfiction texts, reviewing 3-D shapes to prepare for our test on Friday, finishing our study of figurative language (onomatopoeia, personification, alliteration, idioms), and begin studying simple machines. We will NOT be having a spelling test this week.
Homework will consist of reading boxes, math practice questions, and reviewing simple machines.
To extend upon our science unit, our field trip to the Math Science Innovation Center in Richmond will be this
Wednesday. Students will explore the mechanics of simple and compound machines by constructing models featuring motors and sensors which they program using LEGO Education WeDo® software. Using engineering design principles, students work as a team to program their models in order to solve an interactive challenge.
The SCA will continue selling Smencils this week. Gel crayons and mechanical smencils will be $1.00 each. They will be available until all products are sold out.


Spring break is quickly approaching! Regardless of your plans, we hope that all our students plan to be reading. Please encourage your child to max out their checkouts from the library, so they can have plenty to keep themselves occupied when you need a break from spring break!

                        
Our terrarium has become a vivarium! This week we added some orange armadillidiidae (aka. pillbugs or rollypollies) and some blue collembola (springtails) to our praying mantis habitat. These insects will act as decomposers to break down mold, waste and dead plants. By adding these critters to the soil and plants, our terrarium is now self-sustaining. Next we will introduce some worms to help with decomposition and the making of soil. Not only will they add to our vivarium, but they will also contribute to our science unit on soil.Career Day is coming April 16th. If you, or anyone you know, would be interested and willing to be a guest for this event we would so appreciate you joining us. Please use this link to sign up:  http://goo.gl/i5KqyV. More information is available on the weekly update. Thank you to everyone who can help make this day special by coming or recruiting a guest.

The dates for this year’s Measures of Academic Progress (MAPS) and Standards of Learning Assessments (SOLs) have been determined. Please make a note of these to assure your child will be present and able to take these with the rest of us. Remember, Study Island is a great resource to help prepare for these assessments. The VA Department of Education also offers practice tests and released test questions for the SOLs. We will be practicing with these at school, but highly encourage you to take some time to have some one-on-one practice at home as well!

Released Tests & Item Sets

MAPS Testing Schedule: Grade 3

  • Wednesday, April 19 – Reading
  • Monday, April 23 – Math

SOL Testing Schedule: Grade 3

  • Wednesday, May 9 – Reading Part 1
  • Thursday, May 10 – Reading Part 2
  • Thursday, May 24 – Math Part 1
  • Friday, May 25 – Math Part 2


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 Fiction and Nonfiction
Test Thursday, 3/29
Novel Studies
Read Along (Because of Winn Dixie)

English:
Figurative Language (onomatopoeia, personification, alliteration, idioms)
Quiz Friday 3/30

Math:
Geometry (3D shapes)
Test Friday, 3/30 (This is a change)
Students must know their facts (+, -, x, ÷)

Science:
Simple Machines
Test will be after Spring BreakMARCH
26        Readers’ Theater @ 12:45
28        Bagley MSiC Field Trip
29        Festival of the Arts (5:30-7:30 PM)
30        Geometry Test  *This is a change*

APRIL
2-6      Spring Break Week
9          Readers’ Theater @ 12:45
10        PTA Board Meeting in library 6:30-7:30 PM
16        Career Day (½ day of school for students- dismissal at 11:00 AM)
23        Readers’ Theater @ 12:45

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Update for March 20, 2018


We will continue summarizing fiction and nonfiction texts, build and explore polygons, look closer at figurative language (similes, metaphors, and hyperboles), and wrap up our unit ancient Mali. Homework will consist of reading and math boxes, spelling (list 14), and reviewing ancient Mali lessons to prepare for Thursday’s test. Spring Pictures will be on Friday; these will be individual pictures only.
Young Scientist will  be coming to Kaechele on March 20th with a hands-on introduction to simple machines. This provide our third graders with a great foundation for our visit to the Math Science Innovation Center next week.

The SCA will be selling Smencils starting Thursday. Gel crayons and mechanical smencils will be $1.00 each. They will be available until all products are sold out. These are “hot items” so they will sell out quickly. If your child is interested in purchasing one of these, please send them in with money on Thursday.

Our next field trip will be to the Math Science Innovation Center on
Wednesday, March 28th. Here, students will explore the mechanics of simple and compound machines by constructing models featuring motors and sensors which they program using LEGO Education WeDo® software. Using engineering design principles, students work as a team to program their models in order to solve an interactive challenge.Career Day is coming April 16th. If you, or anyone you know, would be interested and willing to be a guest for this event we would so appreciate you joining us. Please use this link to sign up:  http://goo.gl/i5KqyV. More information is available on the weekly update. Thank you to everyone who can help make this day special by coming or recruiting a guest.
The dates for this year’s Measures of Academic Progress (MAPS) and Standards of Learning Assessments (SOLs) have been determined. Please make a note of these to assure your child will be present and able to take these with the rest of us. Remember, Study Island is a great resource to help prepare for these assessments. The VA Department of Education also offers practice tests and released test questions for the SOLs. We will be practicing with these at school, but highly encourage you to take some time to have some ono-on-one practice at home as well!

Released Tests & Item Sets

MAPS Testing Schedule: Grade 3

  • Wednesday, April 19 – Reading
  • Monday, April 23 – Math

SOL Testing Schedule: Grade 3

  • Wednesday, May 9 – Reading Part 1
  • Thursday, May 10 – Reading Part 2
  • Thursday, May 24 – Math Part 1
  • Friday, May 25 – Math Part 2


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 Fiction and Nonfiction
Novel Studies
Read Along (Because of Winn Dixie)

English:
Figurative Language (simile, metaphor, hyperbole)
Spelling List 14 (commonly confused words) Test Friday 3/23

Math:
Geometry (congruency, symmetry, building polygons)
Test Friday, 3/30 (This is a change)
12x Facts
Students must know their facts (+, -, x, ÷)

Social Studies:
Ancient Mali
Test Thursday, 3/22

Science:
Next unit: Simple Machines



MARCH

20       Young Scientists: Simple Machines
22       Ancient Mali Test
23       Spring Pictures (individual only)
26       Readers’ Theater @ 12:45
28       MSiC Field Trip (Lego Robotics)
29       Festival of the Arts (5:30-7:30 PM)
30       Geometry Test  *This is a change*

APRIL
2-6     Spring Break Week
9         Readers’ Theater @ 12:45
10       PTA Board Meeting in library 6:30-7:30 PM
16       Career Day (½ day of school for students- dismissal at 11:00 AM
23       Readers’ Theater @ 12:45

 

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Update for March 12, 2018

                                         

This we we hope to harness the “Luck of the Irish” as we go on our second field trip and continue our studies in school. We will work on summarizing fiction and nonfiction texts, continue to work on our writing, explore more with geometry, and research about life in ancient Mali. Homework will consist of reading and math boxes, spelling (list 13), and reviewing ancient Mali lessons.
Our next field trip will be to the Math Science Innovation Center on
Wednesday, March 28th. Here, students will explore the mechanics of simple and compound machines by constructing models featuring motors and sensors which they program using LEGO Education WeDo® software. Using engineering design principles, students work as a team to program their models in order to solve an interactive challenge.Career Day is coming April 16th. If you, or anyone you know, would be interested and willing to be a guest for this event we would so appreciate you joining us. Please use this link to sign up:  http://goo.gl/i5KqyV. More information is available on the weekly update. Thank you to everyone who can help make this day special by coming or recruiting a guest.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 Fiction and Nonfiction
Novel Studies
Read Along (Because of Winn Dixie)

English:
Writing Skills
Spelling List 13 (homonyms) Test Friday 3/16

Math:
Geometry (polygons)
Students must know their facts (+, -, x, ÷)
Test Friday, 3/23

Social Studies:
Ancient Mali
Test Thursday, 3/22
MARCH
12        Field Trip to Richmond Walks and Historical Tredegar
20        Young Scientists: Simple Machines
22        Ancient Mali Test
23        Spring Pictures (individual only)
26        Readers’ Theater @ 12:45
28        MSiC Field Trip
29        Festival of the Arts (5:30 – 7:30 PM)

APRIL
2-6      Spring Break
9          Readers’ Theater @ 12:45
10        PTA Board Meeting in library 6:30 – 7:30 PM
16        Career Day (½ day of school for students – dismissal at 11:00 AM
23        Readers’ Theater @ 12:45

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Update for March 5, 2018


This week we will continue discussing author’s purpose in various forms of literature, work on our writing skills, and wrap up our units on fractions and economics.
We will also begin a class “read along”. Students will all have their own copies of the book so they can follow along together. Next Monday is our field trip to Richmond Walks and History Program at Brown’s Island and Tredegar Iron Works. If you haven’t already done so, please turn in your child’s permission slip along with $7.00 to cover the cost of the trip. Homework will consist of reading and math boxes, spelling (list 12), and preparing for the upcoming fractions and economics tests.
Our schedule will change slightly this week to accommodate for two special events. First, we will not have art on Thursday. It has been rescheduled for Friday in order to allow us to have the opportunity to work with artist, Charlene Woods (see some examples of her work above). In place of our Thursday class, we will have an hour of free technology. This is being offered as a class reward that the students have worked hard to earn. Please refer to the orange technology protocol that is being sent home today for more details.

Our next trip will be to the Math Science Innovation Center on
Wednesday, March 28th. Here, students will explore the mechanics of simple and compound machines by constructing models featuring motors and sensors which they program using LEGO Education WeDo® software. Using engineering design principles, students work as a team to program their models in order to solve an interactive challenge. There is no cost for this trip. Permission slips will be sent home with Tuesday papers. Please sign and return yours as soon as possible.
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:
Author’s Purpose
Point of View
Novel Studies
Class Read Along

English:
Using Author’s Purpose
March Mini-Writes
Spelling List 12 (words ending in -ed and -ing) Test Friday 3/9

Math:
Fractions Test Tuesday 3/6
Geometry (points, lines, rays, line segments)
Students must know their facts (+, -, x, ÷)

Social Studies:
Economics Test on Thursday 3/8
Ancient Mali
MARCH
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        Field Trip to Richmond Walks and Historical Tredegar
20        Young Scientists: Simple Machines
23        Spring Pictures (individual only)
26        Readers’ Theater @ 12:45
28        MSiC Field Trip
29        KES Festival of the Arts

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Update for February 26, 2018


We have a fun week planned to celebrate reading and Dr. Seuss!
Each night, students will bring home a different Dr. Seuss book to read aloud with their parents. I will also read some Dr. Seuss books in class, including The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins in order to prepare for our virtual lesson on Dr. Seuss’s birthday. This Friday, we will participate in another online lesson with the Math Science Innovation Center along with some other 3rd grade classes from the Richmond area. It is an hour long lesson that integrates literature, math and 21st century technology skills. During this hour, we will focus on function tables, operations and even a combination problem. Leading up to Friday, we will celebrate Dr. Seuss with the rest of Kaechele through our spirit week.


We will discuss author’s purpose in various forms of literature, begin new novel studies, continue to explore with fractions, and learn more about economics. Don’t forget that this Thursday will be a half-day for students. Please be sure to sign up if your child will need a bagged lunch on this day.
Homework will consist of sharing Dr. Seuss books, reading boxes, spelling (list 11). fraction minibook, and reviewing economic lessons.


Book orders have been sent home. If you are interested in getting some fresh books, please order by February 28th. You can also order online from any Scholastic order form; please use the code
DZQH7.


On Monday, March 12th, we will be visiting Brown’s Island to participate in The Richmond Walks and History Program, a 90 minute walking tour along the riverfront and Brown’s Island. This is a great opportunity for your child to experience animal populations on the river, the history of goods produced on the riverfront, river and water conservation, along with a visit to the Christopher Newport Monument. This will be coordinated with a National Park Service program at Tredegar Iron Work entitled Mills, Waterwheels and Raceways. Permission slips will be sent home this Monday and will be due the following Tuesday. If you are interested in chaperoning, please indicate this on the bottom portion of the permission slip and return it this week. We will let you know who has been selected on Friday.
Our next trip will be to the Math Science Innovation Center on
Wednesday, March 28th. Here, students will explore the mechanics of simple and compound machines by constructing models featuring motors and sensors which they program using LEGO Education WeDo® software. Using engineering design principles, students work as a team to program their models in order to solve an interactive challenge.


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:
Author’s Purpose
Novel Studies

English:
Using Author’s Purpose
Spelling List 11 (/s/ and /z/ sounds) Test Friday 2/2

Math:
Fractions (comparison, mixed numbers, addition & subtraction)
Students must know their facts (+, -, x, ÷)

Social Studies:
Economics
FEBRUARY
(Random Acts of Kindness Month and Read Aloud Month at KES)
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
2          Visit from artist Charlene Woods
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        Field Trip to Tredegar
20        Young Scientists: Simple Machines
23        Spring Pictures (individual only)
26        Readers’ Theater @ 12:45
28        MSiC Field Trip Innovation Station

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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

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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

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