Weekly Update for October 15, 2018

This week during reading, we will begin understand and identify how nonfiction text features help us in reading. We will practice getting information from recipes, invitations, diagrams, written directions, etc. Our focus skill for English will be adverbs as we continue to write friendly letters. Please continue to practice all covered parts of speech with your student when reviewing each night. These skills are review from 2nd grade but many students have not fully mastered them yet. In order to maximize writing skills, basic parts of speech should be mastered. The spelling test for list 5 will be given on Tuesday, October 16th. List 6 will not be given until the following week. In math, we will test on place value and rounding on MONDAY, October 15th. Students have had extra days of instruction and should be ready to take the test. Don’t forget to continue practicing addition and subtraction facts; students should be fluent in all addition and subtraction facts. In social studies, we will continue to exploring geography.  Please be aware that new standards have been added to 3rd grade curriculum, students must be able to name the important landforms and rivers on each continent.

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Our first Readers’ Theater performances will be given on Monday, October 15th. Thank you to those parents who have already signed up to come in and be judges. Please know that audience members are always welcome to join us. There is no limit to the number of judges!
Last week, permission slips for our first field trip came home. Permission forms must be signed and returned. This year KES parents have the option of paying for field trips online.  Please visit http://osp.osmsinc.com/HenricoVA to set-up an account. Please click the following link for specific directions: KES: Online School Payments. On Tuesday November 13th, we will be visiting the Virginia Living Museum to learn more about animals, adaptations, and ecosystems. Chaperones will be chosen on October 23rd. Please wait until you have be contacted before sending in money to cover that cost.


Do you know your students have many online resources at their fingertips?  Your students have been given their usernames and passwords for the resources that we have begun using.  Please let us know if you have difficulty accessing resources at home or have any questions.  Please support and collaborate with us in teaching your students safe and responsible use of these online resources.  Please feel free to explore our resources with your students, too. Personal password should never be shared and should be only used by you and your student.KES Scholastic Book Fair has been extended for one more day!  If you didn’t get a chance to visit the book fair last week, then you have one last chance on Monday, October 15th from 2:30-7:30 PM.


Reading
:
Non-Fiction Text Features (recipes, invitations, diagrams, directions, etc.)
Questioning in Non-Fiction

English:
Spelling List 5: Test TUESDAY
No new spelling this week
Adverbs
Friendly Letters

Math:
Place Value, Comparing Numbers and Rounding to the nearest tens, hundreds, and thousands Test on MONDAY, October 15th
Next Unit: Equality and Estimation

Social Studies:
Geography: Maps & Globes (continents, oceans, Equator, Prime Meridian, hemispheres)
Test on Friday, October 19th

OCTOBER
9-11 Scholastic Book Fair 2:30-6:00 PM
12     SCA Spirit Day- Camp out with a Good Book: wear camping attire and bring a book
12     Math Test
12     Fall Festival and close out for book fair 4:00-7:00 PM
15     Readers’ Theater @ 1:15
19     Fall Pictures (individual and class picture)
19     Geography Test
23     PTA Spirit Event at Chipotle; Short Pump Town Center; 11728 W Broad St; 4:00-9:00 PM
29     Readers’ Theater @ 1:15
31     SCA Spirit Day: wear orange and black

NOVEMBER
1        Spooktacular
5/ 6   Parent Conferences 2:30-6:00 PM and 7:30-11:00 AM
6        PTA Board Meeting in library 6:30-7:30 PM
9        Veteran’s Day Assembly- highlight 5th grade Chorus @ 8:30 AM
12      Readers’ Theater @ 1:15
13      Spirit Event at BJ’s Brewhouse in Short Pump from 11:00 AM-11:00 PM
21-23 Thanksgiving Holiday

Weekly Update for October 8, 2018


It’s hard to believe we are about half way through the first nine weeks of third grade! Time seems to be flying by and we have hit the ground running. The students have been working hard as they become accustomed to the quicker pace of this year’s curriculum. Thank you so much for all your support at home. We realize it is a big adjustment!

During reading, we will be asking questioning – “thin and thick”. Our focus in English will be to review nouns, verbs, and adjectives. Be aware that we work hard to infuse the importance of proper grammar in all subjects. We would appreciate your support at home too. All third grade students should be able to write in complete sentences. We want them to carry over new grammar skills to improve their writing. Students will practice these skills as we continue to write friendly letters. In math, we will be completing the place value unit including rounding. Don’t forget to continue practice addition and subtraction facts; students should have addition and subtraction facts to 18 memorized. This will aid in our next unit in math that will include equality/inequality, as well as addition and subtraction strategies.  In social studies we have moved to geography and are now exploring maps and globes. Students are reviewing the continents and oceans as well as the Equator, Prime Meridian, and four hemispheres. This week will will focus on land and water features in five continents. Don’t’ forget, study guides are meant to communicate SOL requirements with parents, while the interactive journals should be used daily to help review for tests.


If you have not done so already, please sign and return the permission slip for the poster contest. Students are creating their posters at school, but need your signatures in order to enter them into the contest. All completed posters and form are due Friday.  Please click the following link to print a copy of the form.  Henrico Conservation Poster Contest Permission Form.On Tuesday, permission slips for our first field trip will come home. Permission forms must be signed and returned. This year KES parents have the option of paying for field trips online.  Please visit http://osp.osmsinc.com/HenricoVA to set-up an account. Please click the following link for specific directions: KES: Online School Payments.On Tuesday November 13th, we will be visiting the Virginia Living Museum to learn more about animals, adaptations, and ecosystems. Chaperones will be chosen on October 23rd. Please wait until you have be contacted before sending in money to cover that cost.

Reading:
Questioning in Fiction and Non-Fiction Text

English:
Review Nouns, Verbs, and Adjectives
Writing Friendly Letters
Spelling List 5

Math:
Place Value (including ordering, comparing, and rounding numbers)
**THIS IS A CHANGE**
Test on Friday, October 12th
Practice/ Master Addition and Subtraction Facts to 18

Social Studies:
Geography (Map Skills)

OCTOBER
9-11 Scholastic Book Fair 2:30-6:00 PM
12     SCA Spirit Day- Camp out with a Good Book: wear camping attire and bring a book
12     Math Test
12     Fall Festival and close out for book fair 4:00-7:00 PM
15     Readers’ Theater @ 1:15
19     Fall Pictures (individual and class picture)
19     Geography Test
23     PTA Spirit Event at Chipotle; Short Pump Town Center; 11728 W Broad St; 4:00-9:00 PM
29     Readers’ Theater @ 1:15
31     SCA Spirit Day: wear orange and black

NOVEMBER
5/ 6  Parent Conferences 2:30-6:00 PM and 7:30-11:00 AM
6       PTA Board Meeting in library 6:30-7:30 PM
9       Veteran’s Day Assembly- highlight 5th grade Chorus @ 8:30 AM
12     Readers’ Theater @ 1:15
13     Spirit Event at BJ’s Brewhouse in Short Pump from 11:00 AM-11:00 PM
21-23 Thanksgiving Holiday

Weekly Update for October 2, 2018

I have always believed in the African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.” This year, you all have shown me that this village can also raise up a teacher. I have been so touched by all of your kind thoughts, cards, prayers, and generosity of spirit. Every time I would go home to visit my parents, Dad would always ask about my class. As you know, I have been  visiting every weekend over the past month. Although he wasn’t able to speak to me I would still lie next to him to tell him about the Redskins, my family, and the amazing children you all have shared with me. These precious little ones continue to lift my spirits as they share their smiles, laughter, and wonder every day at school. Thank you for believing in me as a teacher and seeing me as an individual. I am truly blessed.As we move into October, we will be delving deeper with our reading and writing content. We will continue to learn about making text connections through various books along with questioning within text. This week, we will have an opportunity to make our Book Fair wish lists. In math, we will move on to rounding four digit numbers with our place value assessment closing out the unit on Wednesday, October 10th. The test will include place value using six digits, comparing, ordering and rounding numbers to 9,999. Next, we will move on to Addition/Subtraction Strategies and Properties. We have been conducting lots of science experiments in class and will put our scientific skills to work when we test tomorrow. Don’t forget, study guides are meant to communicate SOL requirements with parents, while the interactive journals should be used daily to help review for tests. After the scientific investigation test, we will switch back to social studies as we explore maps and globes.We have been sending home “reading and math boxes”. These should stay in their study guide folders for review daily. If students are very busy one particular nights, they can work ahead. Homework is a important tool to reinforce what we are completing at school and needs to be completed on a consistent basis. We appreciate your support in this area. Students will receive a tally mark if homework is turned in late. Please keep in mind four tallies in any particular work habit result in an X on their report card indicating that improvement is needed in that particular area.

Today I am sending home a permission slip for the poster contest. Please sign and return this as soon as possible. Students will be creating their posters at school, but need your signatures in order to enter them into the contest. If you need another form please let us know.Do you know your students have many online resources at their fingertips?  Your students have been given their usernames and passwords for the resources that we have begun using. Please feel free to explore our resources with your students, too. Please support and collaborate with us in teaching your students safe and responsible use of these online resources. Personal password should never be shared and should be only used by you and your student. Please find the link to most of our online resources below.  Please let us know if you have difficulty accessing resources at home or have any questions.
https://sites.google.com/site/kaechelelibrary/ONLINE-RESOURCES

Reading:
Making Text Connections (Text to Self, Text to Text, Text to World)
Questioning in reading (Thin vs Thick Questions)
Visiting the Book Fair Preview

English:
Adjectives
Friendly Letters
Spelling List 4

Math:
Number Sense (Place Value, Comparing, Ordering, and Rounding)
Test on Wednesday, October 10th

Science:
Scientific Investigations (making observations, tools, classification, scientific method)
Test on Tuesday, October 2nd

Social Studies:
Maps & GlobesOCTOBER
2        PTA Board Meeting in library at 6:30-7:30 PM
2        Scientific Investigations Test
8        Student Holiday
9-11 Scholastic Book Fair 2:30-6:00 PM
12     SCA Spirit Day- Camp out with a Good Book: wear camping attire and share fav. book
12     Fall Festival and close out for book fair 4:00-7:00 PM
15     Readers’ Theater @ 1:15
19     Fall Pictures (individual and class picture)
23     PTA Spirit Event at Chipotle; Short Pump Town Center; 11728 W Broad St; 4:00-9:00 PM
29     Readers’ Theater @ 1:15
31     SCA Spirit Day: wear orange and black

NOVEMBER
5/ 6  Parent Conferences 2:30-6:00 PM and 7:30-11:00 AM
6       PTA Board Meeting in library 6:30-7:30 PM
9       Veteran’s Day Assembly- highlight 5th grade Chorus @ 8:30 AM
12     Readers’ Theater @ 1:15
13     Spirit Event at BJ’s Brewhouse in Short Pump from 11:00 AM-11:00 PM
21-23 Thanksgiving Holiday

Weekly Update for September 24, 2018

We are enjoying getting to know our students better personally and academically and hope to be finished with our F&P assessments in the next few weeks. On Friday, we will have our first MAPS assessment for Reading. These scores, along with our one-on-one results will help to give us a clear picture as to the best reading group placement for your child. In Math, we will begin place value. Students should be able to read, write, identify, and compare numbers to the hundred thousand place. On Monday, October 1st, we will have our first MAPS assessment for Math. Be sure your student gets to bed on time on Sunday, eats breakfast, and arrives to school on time. We have begun to discuss scientific investigation and method in science and are looking forward to putting these skills to use as we perform some hands on experiments in class.

Image result for swcdOn Wednesday, September 12th, Lindy Durham came in to speak to all 3rd graders about a national poster contest. The annual Conservation Poster Contest provides kindergarten through twelfth grade students an opportunity to convey their thoughts about soil, water and related natural resource issues through art. It also highlights the educational outreach efforts of conservation districts and their state conservation associations, auxiliaries and agencies. The poster contest theme follows the annual National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) Stewardship theme. The Stewardship title for this year is ““Watersheds:  Our Water, Our Home” which relates to many of our science units of study. Students will be creating their posters at school, but will need your signatures in order to enter them into the contest. We will be sending these forms home to get your permission to enter. Winners at the local level will advance to a state competition. Winners of the state competition are sent to the National Association of Conservation Districts for a national competition.
Image result for testingAs stated earlier, our first MAPS assessment will be this Friday. The math MAPS will be next Monday. Please know that these are used as a measure of individual student growth. The only thing your child needs to do to prepare is get a good night’s sleep and have a nutritious breakfast. If an answer is correct, the questions will become more challenging. When a student misses an answer, the questions will adjust to move down a level. As teachers, our goal will be to pinpoint the areas of your child’s strengths and areas that need improvement. By focusing on these areas, we will be able to guide all students in order to improve upon these skills and show growth via these MAPS assessments. We will be able to share individual information regarding these results when we meet for parent teacher conferences in November.Many students are forgetting folders and notebooks at home. It is crucial that all folders and notebooks that are sent home come back to school. Notebooks are used daily, and student may lose loose paper if the notebooks are not available to glue in.

Most students have a red study guide folder for study guides and homework (or labelled study guide folder).  Study guides, word study words, and homework should stay in this folder and come to and from school daily. We will correct homework daily and at times need our study guides and word study list for centers or word study work.

The orange communication folder is used just for communication back and forth from school to home. This folder should be checked and emptied daily by parents in the evening and students in the morning at school. In this folder, you will find communications from the school, PTA, and me. Any classwork that I or your student correct in school will come home in this folder and can stay home for review or recycled.

Their blue classwork folder should rarely come home. It is where we store center work or unfinished classwork.  Our goal is for these folders to be empty by Friday afternoons.

Starting this week, students will receive tallies for missing homework and organization for forgetting notebooks.

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Reading:
Making Connections (Text to Text, Text to Self, Text to World)
Reading Accuracy and Fluency
Fountas & Pinnell Assessments

English:
Verbs
Spelling List 3

Math:
Place Value (standard, expanded, and word form)

Science:
Scientific Investigations (making observations, tools, classification, scientific method)
Test on Tuesday, October 2nd

SEPTEMBER
20      6:30-8:00 PM PTA Back to School Night  (Change of date)
25      Watch DOG Kick-Off Event; 5:00-7:00 PM

OCTOBER
2        PTA Board Meeting in library at 6:30-7:30 PM
8        Student Holiday
9-11 Scholastic Book Fair- 2:30-6:00
12     SCA Spirit Day- Camp out with a Good Book: wear camping attire and share fav. book
12     Fall Festival and close out for book fair 4:00-7:00
15     Readers’ Theater @ 1:15
19     Fall Pictures (individual and class picture)
23     PTA Spirit Event at Chipotle; Short Pump Town Center; 11728 W Broad St; 4:00-9:00 PM
29     Readers’ Theater @ 1:15
31     SCA Spirit Day: wear orange and black

NOVEMBER
5/ 6  Parent Conferences 2:30-6:00 PM and 7:30-11:00 AM
6       PTA Board Meeting in library 6:30-7:30 PM
9       Veteran’s Day Assembly- highlight 5th grade Chorus @ 8:30 AM
12     Readers’ Theater @ 1:15
13     Spirit Event at BJ’s Brewhouse in Short Pump from 11:00 AM-11:00 PM
21-23 Thanksgiving Holiday

Weekly Update for September 17, 2018

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This week we will begin Fountas and Pinnell to complete one-on-one reading assessments with all of the students. This will give us your students guided reading levels and allow us to differentiate reading groups. In math, we will test charts, tally marks, bar graphs and pictographs on Thursday and move on to place value next.  In science, we will be moving on to scientific investigation and learn what it takes to be a good scientist. We are looking forward to our first visit from Young Scientists this week. If you have not sent in $20 to cover the cost for your child, please do so as soon as possible.

If it seems like we’re moving fast, we are! Third grade is full of content that students are expected to master in a short amount of time in preparation for SOLs. Teachers are also required to get ten grades in each subject area. Please know we will not have a test or quiz until we are confident the material has been sufficiently taught. Thanks for your support in helping students review a little each night and get the proper rest and nutritious diet they need to help them succeed. We look forward to a great year working together!

Reading:
Main idea
Text Connections
Fountas & Pinnell Assessments

English:
Articles
Spelling List 2

Math:
Graphing Data
Test on all Graphs Thursday, September 20th

Science:
Scientific Investigations (making observations, tools, classification)

SEPTEMBER
19      ½ day of school for students- dismissal at 11:00 AM
20      6:30-8:00 PM PTA Back to School Night  (Change of date)
25      Watch DOG Kick-Off Event; 5:00-7:00 PM

OCTOBER
2        PTA Board Meeting in library at 6:30-7:30 PM
8        Student Holiday
9-11 Scholastic Book Fair- 2:30-6:00
12     Fall Festival and close out for book fair 4:00-7:00
15     Readers’ Theater
19     Fall Pictures (individual and class picture)
23     PTA Spirit Event at Chipotle; Short Pump Town Center; 11728 W Broad St; 4:00-9:00 PM
29     Readers’ Theater

NOVEMBER
5/ 6  Parent Conferences 2:30-6:00 PM and 7:30-11:00 AM
6       PTA Board Meeting in library 6:30-7:30 PM
9       Veteran’s Day Assembly- highlight 5th grade Chorus 8:30 AM
12     Readers’ Theater
13     Spirit Event at BJ’s Brewhouse in Short Pump from 11:00 AM-11:00 PM
21-23 Thanksgiving Holiday

Weekly Update for September 10, 2018


We have been busy getting to know each other, practicing routines, and stretching our brains. Practice makes perfect and soon we will be operating like a fine oiled machine!

In the next few weeks, we will be using Fountas and Pinnell to complete one-on-one reading assessments with all of the students. This will give us their guided reading levels and allow us to differentiate our reading groups. In math, we will start using centers to practice organizing and graphing data. Our discussions about citizenship will continue in social studies as we prepare to closeout the unit this week. We will also put the republican form of government to use as we listen to speeches and vote for our class representatives this Thursday. Remember: Students who wish to be a class representative must have their speeches written along with a signed permission slip in order to give “run for election”.Image result for myschoolanywhereMyschoolanywhere (MSA) News: The KES PTA has implemented a new app, Myschoolanywhere (MSA), which replaces nListhelp. Please register here as soon as possible. We will use Signup in MSA for volunteering and planning.  To learn more about volunteering in MSA, please access the User’s Guide, click on the first link for Signups Overview Video. There are other links as well, with additional information of how Signup works. As a reminder, please make sure to complete the required form for volunteering at Kaechele, available through the link below, prior to signing up to volunteer  http://kaechele.henricoschools.us/volunteers/


We will be sending home Scholastic Book Order forms. You can order online at Scholastic. Be sure to sure our class code: DZQH7.

Soon you will be receiving graded assignments in the weekly progress envelopes. Remember to keep the graded assignments and return their weekly progress folder by the following Monday at the latest. The assignments, quizzes and test you find in this folder will be the graded assignments found in Powerschool. Keep in mind that grades may appear on Powerschool before the papers come home. If you have any questions regarding assignment, return the graded item with a written note, phone call, or email communication.

Finally, please note that while we plan as a team, teachers work at a pace and choose instructional materials that best fit the needs of their class/groups. With this in mind, assignments may vary and/or be sent home at different times. We hope to see you at Open House this Thursday where you will learn about specifics for our class. This year, we all look forward to forging a partnership in guiding the success of your student!

Reading:
Main Idea
Predictions
Fountas & Pinnell Assessments

English:
Nouns
Word Study Unit 1 (Test Friday)

Math:
Graphing Data (charts, tallies, bar and pictographs)
Test on Thursday, September 20th

Social Studies:
Purpose of Rules & Citizenship
Me Museum due Wednesday
Quiz on Thursday

SEPTEMBER
12    Me Museums Due
12    Guidance Lesson with Mrs. Shaia
13    Room 229 Class Representative Speeches
13    PTA Back to School Night (parent only event); 6:30-8:00 PM
19    ½ day of school for students; dismissal at 11:00 AM
20    Data and Graphing Math Test
25    Watch DOG Kick-Off Event; 5:00-7:00 PM
26    Guidance Lesson with Mrs. Shaia

OCTOBER
2      PTA Board Meeting in library at 6:30-7:30 PM
3      Guidance Lesson with Mrs. Shaia
8      Student Holiday
9-11 Scholastic Book Fair- 2:30-6:00
12   Fall Festival and close out for book fair 4:00-7:00
17   Guidance Lesson with Mrs. Shaia
19   Fall Pictures (individual and class picture)
23   PTA Spirit Event at Chipotle; Short Pump Town Center; 11728 W Broad St; 4:00-9:00 PM

NOVEMBER
5/ 6 Parent Conferences 2:30-6:00 PM and 7:30-11:00 AM
6      PTA Board Meeting in library 6:30-7:30 PM
7      Guidance Lesson with Mrs. Shaia
9      Veteran’s Day Assembly (highlighting the 5th grade chorus) 8:30 AM
13   Spirit Event at BJ’s Brewhouse in Short Pump from 11:00 AM-11:00 PM
21-23 Thanksgiving Holiday
28    Guidance Lesson with Mrs. Shaia

Weekly Update: September 4, 2018

What a fabulous day we had in third grade today! I’m hoping you are the recipients of all the fun we had getting to know each other, third grade routines, supplies, and school rules, with a little fun mixed in or at least really TIRED third graders! We had a very busy day preparing for the new school year! Be on the lookout on Mondays, I will post weekly updates to the blog giving you helpful information for the week to come. I will also keep the homework page updated daily. Finally, thank you for sharing your sweet children with me. Our class did a phenomenal jobs today being great listeners and following directions. It’s finally time to start our adventures in third grade together!

This week will be over in a blur, but we will set a solid foundation for our new class. Basic rules, routines, and expectations will be addressed along with solid handshakes, good eye contact, and building our community. I will communicate open and directly with your children, but please feel free to write a note or email me should a question arise.

OTHER WAYS TO STAY IN TOUCH: If you have not already signed up for our Remind account, please do that along with subscribing to this blog (on the right side).  Also, please visit http://join.myschoolanywhere.com/ to complete directory information and volunteer opportunities from PTA. If you plan on volunteering at school (chaperone for field trips, working in the classroom, or even as watchdog) please visit the school website http://kaechele.henricoschools.us/volunteers/ and complete the volunteer forms. This forms have to be completed each school year. Thanks in advance for your support. It’s going to be a fabulous year and I am so excited to begin it with you and your children!

  • P.E. is on Tuesdays and Wednesdays so be sure to send in your child with tennis shoes.
  • Homework this week will be to read for at least 20 minutes every night, and to start gathering items for a “Me Museum” (due next Wednesday). Look for more detailed information on that project coming home soon.
  • Orange Homework Folder  need to be returned daily with completed forms and other communication. (This includes the Student Health History form if you haven’t already done so.)
  • Back to School Night: September 13th from 6:30 – 8 pm,  I hope to see many of you back again to learn all about 3rd grade.

Related imageMissing Supplies:  We have many students missing headphones and clipboards. If you order the school kit, please check order forms. Headphones were a separate box that you had to choose and pay extra. If you verify  that you did order them, please get in touch with Please contact Beth Vallei at bethrn78@hotmail.com from our PTA to see what the next step would be in fulfilling the purchase.

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SCA Applications: Each child who would like to run for class representative needs to give a speech to our class. They may not “promise” things that they cannot do;  for example – more recess time for each class. All speeches must be done by September 14th. If your student is interested, it is a good time for them to start planning their speech. Information will be going home on Friday after more discussion for anyone who is considering this opportunity.

Language Arts:
Routines & Expectations, 2nd Grade Review in Fiction Comprehension, Getting to know each other activities, Syllables

Math:
Routines & Expectations, 2nd Grade Review

Social Studies:
Citizenship: Diversity, Community, and Purpose of Rules
“Me Museum” due September 12th
Citizenship Quiz: September 13th

SEPTEMBER
12 Me Museum Due
13 Back to School Night 6:30
13 Citizenship Quiz
19 Half-Day Dismissal (3 hours early)
25 Watchdog kick-off 5:00

Welcome to Room 230!

Third grade is a quite year of growth. Students learn to take responsibility for their learning, their choices, and their attitudes. The focus of reading and writing shifts from fluency and decoding to comprehension and new concepts and strategies are discovered in math. In science and social studies, we will delve deeper into some areas of the curriculum as well as introduce some new concepts. It is a big year for students academically, socially, and emotionally.

In Room 230, there is a lot of emphasize on finding the positive, focusing on what we can control, and supporting one another. I use Whole Brain Teaching to engage students and actively involved in their learning. You will be learning more about our class as the year progresses and our needs shift. Please feel free to contact me if you ever have questions or want to become more involved.

This week will be over in a blur, but we will set a solid foundation for our new class. Basic rules, routines, and expectations will be addressed along with solid handshakes, good eye contact, and building our community. I will communicate open and directly with you and your children, if a question should arise just write a note or email me.

If you have not already signed up for our Remind account, please do that along with subscribing to this blog (on the right side). If you know you will be able to come in for lunch, help in the classroom or library, or go on a field trip, please be sure to fill out the volunteer form for Kaechele as well. If you have any difficulties, let me know so we can get you set up correctly.

One last thing I want to inform you of is that my father is not well. He has Alzheimer’s and seems to be slipping fast. I am spending this weekend at home with my parents to be there for them both. We do not know how things will progress and I will be going home when I am needed. Please understand that this would mean an unannounced substitute, but I am certain the class will be fine while I am gone. I just wanted to make you aware of the situation so that you know what is going on with me and my family. Thank you in advance for your support.

That being said, it’s going to be a fabulous year, and I am so excited to begin it with you and your children! Welcome 3rd Grade Coyotes!!!

Update for June 11, 2018


As we closeout the school year, we would like to have a little fun celebrating all your student’s accomplishments in 3rd grade. For the last week of school, we will have some special days to show our appreciation for their hard work.

June 11
Spirit Day: Wear NEON
Handheld Electronic Day: BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Students are responsible for their own devices. School computers and iPads will be available, too. Please be sure to have a technology permission slip turned in.

June 12
Spirit Day: Wear Tie-Dye
Autograph Day: Bring a special pen or sharpie to sign yearbooks or memory books. We will mingle with all third grade classes to be sure we don’t miss anyone!

June 13
Spirit Day: Wear a Hat
Board Game Day: Bring your favorite board game from home to play with your classmates.

June 14
Spirit Day: Wear Red, White, and Blue
Lights, Camera, Action: Novel Study Comparison Day: Students may choose to watch clips of “Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief” (PG) (written permission needed)  or “Charlotte’s Web” (G) while eating a picnic style lunch in the classroom. The cafeteria will be closed in support for our 5th graders who will have a special luncheon and end of the year celebration. All students are encouraged to bring a lunch from home; however, bagged lunches will be available for purchased. If interested in ordering a bagged lunch for this day, then please use the following link: http://tinyurl.com/halfdaylunch Students can also bring pre-popped popcorn as an extra snack.

June 15
Spirit Day: Wear your favorite KES shirt
Beach Book Day:  Bring your favorite book to read and  share.You may also bring a beach towel.


Keep your reading sharp and help us to win the Henrico County Public Library Summer Reading Trophy for the 6th year in a row! Join the Summer Reading Club and submit your reading before August 31st!
Friday, June 15th is the last day of school, and this day is a half day for students.
We will begin dismissal three hours early at 11:00 AM. As a result, students will not go to the cafeteria for their assigned lunch time. The pre order deadline for bagged lunches is Wednesday, June 13th. Please be aware that regular lunches will not be sold on June 14th and/or June 15th and only pre-ordered lunches will be prepared and served to students who ordered ahead of time. If you are interested in ordering your child a bagged lunch to be eaten at school before dismissal, then please sign up using this link: http://tinyurl.com/halfdaylunch.

JUNE
11        Spirit Day: Wear Neon Colors and Handheld Electronic Day
11        Student Recognition in Room 230 @ 11:45 am
12       Spirit Day: Wear Tie-Dye and Autograph Day
13       Spirit Day: Wear a Hat and Board Game Day
14       Spirit Day: Wear Red, White, and Blue and Movie/Novel Study
            Comparison Day
15       Spirit Day: Wear your favorite KES shirt and Beach Book Day
15       ½ day of school for students- dismissal at 11:00 AM

Update for June 5, 2018


It’s hard to believe the school year is almost over! This week, we will finish administering Fountas & Pinnell reading assessments. Students will also break into groups to create dioramas for
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. Each group will be creating a scene from a chapter in the book. Students are welcome to bring supplies from home as well as using the supplies available here at school. Homework will consist of reading for 20 minutes, spelling (list 23), and reviewing soil in our science journals.


The Wax Museum was a huge success! Thank you so much for all your help at home. We couldn’t have pulled it off without you. Be sure to check out the speeches and pictures under the picture tab.


All library materials are due back to the library by June 6th.   
This week, you received notices of any overdue books your child still has.  Please make every effort to find and return the books. If the book is still missing,  you will receive an invoice with the amount due, payable to Kaechele Elementary School. Thank you for your help and support.


This Thursday, June 7th, when we kick off summer reading with a book fair, dedicate our awesome new outdoor classroom, and celebrate that we have completed this year’s “Mission.”  Once again, we will partner with our local bookshop, bbgb, to bring you this convenient opportunity to shop for the newest and best summer titles. During the evening, we will also dedicate our outdoor classroom, share about upcoming landscaping designs for the fall and reveal the official name. A flyer was sent home this past Tuesday with more detailed information, so if you have not seen it, then please check your child’s backpack. Again, I hope you will plan to join us as we celebrate our successes, and how we have made it “Possible”……  Please check your calendar to make sure you have noted Book Fair at Kaechele from 4:00-7:00 PM and Dedication Ceremony at 6:00 PM in our new outdoor classroom. Friday, June 15th is the last day of school, and this day is a half day for students. We will begin dismissal three hours early at 11:00 AM. As a result, students will not go to the cafeteria for their assigned lunch time. If you are interested in ordering your child a bagged lunch to be eaten at school before dismissal, then please sign up using this link: http://tinyurl.com/halfdaylunch.  Also, on Thursday, June 14th the cafeteria will be closed in support for our 5th graders who will have a special luncheon and end of the year celebration.   All preschool, KG- 4th grade classes will each lunch picnic style on the school grounds or in their classrooms on this day. Grade level teachers will determine what course of action is best for their class. All students are encouraged to bring a lunch from home; however, bagged lunches will be available for purchased. If interested in ordering a bagged lunch for this day, then please use the following link: http://tinyurl.com/halfdaylunch  The pre order deadline for bagged lunches is Wednesday, June 13th. Please be aware that regular lunches will not be sold on June 14th and/or June 15th and only pre-ordered lunches will be prepared and served to students who ordered ahead of time.


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:
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing: Chapter Dioramas

English:
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing: Chapter Summaries
Spelling List 23 (suffixes) Test Friday 6/8

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

Science:
Soil (components, layers, function)
Test Tuesday, June 12

JUNE
7         End of Year School Celebration and Book Fair in library 4:00-7:00 PM
11        Spirit Day: Wear Neon Colors
12       Spirit Day: Wear Tie-Dye
13       Spirit Day: Wear a Hat
14       Spirit Day: Wear Red, White, and Blue
15       Spirit Day: Wear your favorite KES shirt
15       ½ day of school for students- dismissal at 11:00 AM

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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