We are halfway through our benchmark tests! This week, the math assessments will be given on February 22nd and 23rd. Both math journals will be sent home for review. 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 Wednesday. 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 finishing Because of Winn-Dixie, spelling (list 10). and reviewing earth & moon cycles.

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:
Homophones and 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 Wednesday 2/21
FEBRUARY
 (Random Acts of Kindness Month and Read Aloud Month at KES)
21        Earth Cycles Test
22        Math Benchmarks: Part 1
23     
   Math Benchmarks: Part 2

MARCH
1           Half Day for Students
1           PTA Spirit Day at Short Pump Chick-Fil-A
6           PTA Board Meeting in library: 6:30 – 7:30 PM
8           KES Internet Safety Parent Session in library: 6:30 – 7:30 PM
20        Young Scientists: Simple Machines
23        Spring Pictures (individual only)

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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 Because of WInn-Dixie novel study, family read aloud, spelling (list 9). reviewing money (especially counting back change), and reviewing earth & moon cycles. Our academic focus will be on making inferences, homophones, 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.


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 daily 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
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

MARCH (Youth Art Month)
1          Half Day for Students
1          PTA Spirit Day at Short Pump Chick-Fil-A
6          PTA Board Meeting in library: 6:30 – 7:30 PM
23        Spring Pictures (individual only)

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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. Ask your student about the books we chose for our gold, silver, and bronze winners!
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. Bags/boxes should be decorated at home. Be creative! Have fun! Students should bring in their bag/box/Valentine’s as early as next Monday.


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
Continuing Because of Winn-Dixie

English:
Homophones
Writing Detailed Paragraphs

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 Friday 2/9
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

8        World Read Aloud Day & Reading Rally: 9:00 AM

8        Junior Achievement

9        Animal and Plant Life Cycles, Interdependency & Human Influence Test

12     Reading Benchmarks: Part 1
15     Reading Benchmarks: Part 2
15     Family Fun and Fitness Night
22     Math Benchmarks: Part 1
23     
Math Benchmarks: Part 2
MARCH
1          Half Day for Students
1          PTA Spirit Day at Short Pump Chick-Fil-A
6          PTA Board Meeting in library: 6:30 – 7:30 PM
23       Spring Pictures (individual only)

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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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. Supporting our novel study, Because of Winn-Dixie, is another way to help your reader grow. There is a comprehension packet that accompanies the book, and we’ll be reading 1-2 chapters each night. 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.


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

 


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 (daily) along with the blog (weekly) 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
Beginning of Novel Study, Because of Winn-Dixie

English:

Contractions, homophones

Spelling List 7 (/oi/) Test Friday, 2/2

Math:
Time (Equivalent Periods and Elapsed Time)
Test Friday, 2/2 (games under “Websites” tab)
Students must know their facts (+, -, x, ÷)

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


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          Junior Achievement AND World Read Aloud Day & Reading Rally: 9:00 AM
12       Reading Benchmarks: Part 1
15       Reading Benchmarks: Part 2
15       Family Fun and Fitness Night
22       Math Benchmarks: Part 1
23       Math Benchmarks: Part 2
MARCH
1          Half Day for Students
1          PTA Spirit Day at Short Pump Chick-Fil-A
6          PTA Board Meeting in library: 6:30 – 7:30 PM
20        Young Scientists: Simple Machines
23        Spring Pictures (individual only)

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 are wrapping up our study of Ancient Rome. There is a Rome quiz on Wednesday and a cumulative Ancient Rome and Greece test on Friday!  Students will continue using the reading strategies we have learned to explore various aspects of  The Lightning Thief  and our upcoming novel, Because of Winn-Dixie. 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 a few times a week with me 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 will conference to review their scores and set goals for the spring. We’ll identify strengths and weaknesses and establish strategies to help them reach their goals.

 

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 letters will be demonstrated by the teacher, practiced by tracing, then writing freehand letters and words. So far, our class has covered i, t, u, and w.


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 tomorrow. 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 daily 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: Realistic Fiction: Because of Winn-Dixie
Introduction to Figurative Language

English:
Contractions
Spelling List 6  (“Silent-e”) Test Friday 1/23

Math:
Time (to the minute, half/quarter past) See “Websites” tab for time games!

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

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

25       1st and 2nd grade music concert; 6:30 PM

26       Guidance: Study Skills
29       Student Holiday

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
15       Reading Benchmarks: Part 2
15       Family Fun and Fitness Night
22       Math Benchmarks: Part 1
23   
    Math Benchmarks: Part 2


MARCH
1          Half Day for Students
1          PTA Spirit Day at Short Pump Chick-Fil-A
6          PTA Board Meeting in library: 6:30 – 7:30 PM
23       Spring Pictures (individual only)

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 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 18th. 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 entreperneaurs 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 multiplication facts to 12

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

JANUARY
2         Welcome Back to school!
3          Matter Quiz
9         PTA Board Meeting in library; 6:30-7:30 PM
15      No School

18      Junior Achievement: Our City
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
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:
Please refer to the Courier Link for week of 12/11/2017 – 12/15/17:  There is not an updated Courier.  Next issue will be January 8-12.

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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. Thursday will be the Jack Frost Jog and Jam along with the winter festivities. Many thanks to Mrs. Hansen 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.

  • 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

English:
Spelling List 3
Graphic Organizers

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)


DECEMBER   
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

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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nList

Here’s an update to the latest update! If you have not subscribed to nList, please do so. It is very easy and an excellent way to stay informed on volunteer opportunities, like how to help with our Winter Party!

Go to: https://www.nlisthelp.com

Our class code is fa5c66. Thanks!

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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.
Mission: READ Stop and Jots: The students will be writing about the chapter they have read each night. Last week and this week, graphic organizers have been glued in the journal to guide the stop and jot activity. These activities are shared and discussed during reading centers and are geared towards such things as story elements, compare/contrast, main idea, etc. 
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
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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Update for November 27, 2017


We hope you all enjoyed your time with family and friends. We are thankful to have the students back, fresh and ready to learn! This week we will be administering the winter MAPS in order to assess students’ academic growth. Thursday morning will be reading and Friday morning will be math. Please be sure students get a good night’s sleep and have a solid breakfast before the tests. It is important they are feeling their best in order to focus and do their best. We will also begin our unit on ancient Greece. This unit is fun to tie into literature on many different levels.

First, we will begin a new read aloud with the whole class. Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief is the first of a popular series by Rick Riordan. This series is based on Greek mythology and offers a wonderful example of strong characters and plot twists. I will be using this book for whole group lessons as we study various approaches to reading comprehension.


In addition, students will be assigned a book to read on their own as part of special reading groups. All of these books are also from series that delve into historical fiction and fantasy. Persephone the Phony, from The Goddess Girls series in which classic Greek mythology is given a contemporary twist as best friends navigate friendship and adventure at Mount Olympus Academy. Hades and the Helm of Darkness and Poseidon and the Sea of Fury are introductions to the Heroes in Training series. This also based on Greek gods in which ten-year-old Hades and Poseidon, along with some fellow young Olympians, embark on various adventures. Students will be expected to read a chapter every evening and write about it in their Mission Read journals. They will share their writing with their groups at school the following days. We will also use these books to expand upon methods that we have used as we read The Lightning Thief as a class.


The student have been given their first set of 3rd grade spelling words! This week’s words will cover short and long a vowels. These can be practiced at home using List 1 on our Spelling City Link which offers a variety of ways to practice their words. The spelling test will be given this Friday. Students will receive the next set of words on Friday after the test, so they will have the weekend to start practicing their new words if desired.
The students will be given an assigned book to read that ties in with our history unit in Social Studies. They will be expected to read one chapter a night, then write about it as their “Stop and Jot”. You are welcome to read that chapter with your child or have them read aloud to you in order to help them with this assignment. Occasionally, students will be given a specific topic to write about, otherwise they are encouraged to reflect upon what has happened in the chapter, choices made by the characters, changes in the plot, the importance of the setting, predictions as to what will happen next, or text connections. These are all things that we have gone over during reading at school so all students should be familiar with these types of comprehension strategies.
We will be using Study Island to practice test tasking skills for upcoming MAP Growth, Students will be given their usernames and passwords which will provide them with access to their personalized accounts. It is best to get on Study Island through Clever. On Tuesday afternoon, we will have a class lesson on how to best use this program. This week, we are asking students to practice using the program for at least 10 minutes a night. They should explore using both reading and math and complete at least one lesson in each.

Once in Study Island, students can go to their class or to the NWEA site. Through the NWEA, each individual student works on the study level based on their results from the online tests taken at school. 
Reading
:
Main Idea
Begin novel studies/Greek mythology
Reading Review Skills Test on 11/30
Reading MAP Growth on 11/30

English:
Spelling (long and short a patterns)
Begin studying affixes (prefixes and suffixes)

Math:
Measurement (length in U.S. customary and metric units)
Students must know the 0s, 1s, 2s, 3s, 4s,  5s, 6s, 10s and 9s multiplication facts (along with addition and subtraction to 20)
Math MAP Growth on 12/1

Social Studies:
Ancient Greece (location, physical characteristics, architecture)

Homework:
No Reading and Math Boxes!
Study Island for 10 minutes
Greek books: Read a chapter then Stop & Jot

NOVEMBER
30      MAP testing – Reading
30      Reading Skills Review Test

DECEMBER   
1         Make-up Picture Day
1         MAP Testing – Math
5         PTA Spirit Night at Longhorn Steakhouse
5         PTA board meeting in KES library @ 6:30 pm
11       Young Scientists: Matter
14       KES Jack Frost Day and class winter parties
18-29 School Closed for Winter Break (students return on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018)

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