Weekly Update: February 11th, 2019

This week we will celebrate Valentine’s Day on Thursday. Please send in your decorated bag and enough Valentines for the entire class if you’d like to participate. Don’t forget to add on our new classmate, LUKE! Welcome to our Coyote family!

Please be aware that when working on Study Island there are various level to use.When studying for the SOL, students should click on VA programs —-> 3rd grade —-> Math or Reading SOL. (THIS WILL ONLY BE THIRD GRADE CONTENT.) When review for MAPS testing, use NWEA Path as these strands will be individualize for your student. It should be challenging but not hard. Student can watch lessons to gain knowledge on a particular strand. NWEA may require an adult’s guidance. If students are struggling they can stop the session and continue later with an adult’s guidance.

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 words 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 and using known multiplication facts to find the product of unknown facts. 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.

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. NO FOOD ITEMS, PLEASE.

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 and the blog is updated weekly-ish in order to keep you connected. As always, let me know if you have any questions!

This Week’s Curriculum Objectives:
Reading:
Making inferences and drawing conclusions with non-fiction
Novel Studies

English:
Spelling List 17 (/sh/, /ch/, /wh/) Test Friday, 2/15
Verb Tenses (past, present, future)

Math:
Time Test: Tues. 2/12
Money (Counting, Comparing)
Students must know their facts (+, -, x, ÷)

Social Studies:
Economics

FEBRUARY Random Acts of Kindness Month at KES
11 Report Cards go home
21 Family Fun and Fitness Night

MARCH
5 PTA Board Meeting in library 6:30-7:30 PM
6 Richmond Ballet
6 SOIL PRESENTATION
13 Author Visit: James Riley
22 Spring Pictures (individual only)
22 4th grade recorder concert; 1:00 PM
27 Virginia Reader’s Choice Voting (only for those who have read at least 8)
28 Festival of the Arts; 6:00-8:00 PM
29 ½ day for students

APRIL  
1-5 Spring Break Week/ School Closed
9   PTA Board Meeting in library 6:30-7:30 PM
11   Kindergarten Registration
17  PTA Spirit Night- Marco’s Pizza delivery
19  Career Day (½ day of school for students)
22  Student Holiday
25 3rd grade Richmond Walks Field Trip
26  Field Day

January 22-February 21 Healthy Schools, Healthy Virginia Thank you for considering a donation that will be shared with the American Heart Association and KES. Half of the donations will be used to purchase a set of Polar OH1 optical heart rate sensors. The other half of the donation will go to the American Heart Association. Go to www.HealthySchoolsHealthyVa.com and click on Find My School. Locate your school, click Become a Fundraiser and the Join a Team.

Random Acts of Kindness Month– every February KES celebrates random acts of kindness.  We have many school wide events to help celebrate this month.  Listed below are many of theopportunities for our coyotes to show kindness.

  • February 11-15 Coat Drive for Caring Clothes Closet RVA: This campaign is sponsored by our KES community service club. Please send in gently used children’s coats to help support those in need for warm winter items.   
  • February 11-15 Children’s Hospital Foundations’ Change for Children Campaign: This campaign is sponsored by our KES SCA. 100% of the collection stay here in Richmond to support patients that are receiving services from Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU. Bring in any spare change for classroom change jars.
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Weekly Update: January 30th, 2019


Thursday, February 7th 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.

Knowing that teacher/parent communication occurs throughout the school year, it may not be necessary for you to conference with me at this time. If your child is progressing appropriately in third grade you do not need to schedule a conference or if you have met with me within the last month please reserve these times for our other parents. However, if you would like to schedule a conference time, our school will again use Sign Up Genius as a tool for scheduling appointments. A School Messenger message will be sent out Tuesday, Jan 29th with the specific information for scheduling an appointment to meet with me on Feb. 7th.


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.


Benchmark Testing 
Math Part 1: January 30
Math Part 2: January 31


Valentine’s Day Information
 has come gone home. Please be sure that bags are sent bag by Wednesday, February 13th.  Students can use their bag to carry in their Valentines if they want! Please remember no food items including candy should be given out with Valentines.


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, and the blog is usually updated weekly in order to keep you connected. As always, let me know if you have any questions!

This Week’s Curriculum Objectives:
Reading:
Inferences
Drawing Conclusions

English:
Spelling List 15 (/k) Test Friday, 2/1
Editing (**Back of DLR will now be a classwork grade beginning next week)

Math:
Time (to the minute, quarter, half-past)
Calendar (Equivalent and Elapsed time)
Students should have mastered facts (+, -, x, ÷)

Science:
Simple Machines

Random Acts of Kindness Month– every February KES celebrates random acts of kindness.  We have many school wide events to help celebrate this month.  Listed below are many of theopportunities for our coyotes to show kindness.

  •  February 4-8 Food Drive for Henrico County Blue Bus Department of Family and Community Engagement: This campaign is sponsored by our KES community service club. Please bring in one or more food items to help those students and families in Henrico County who are in need of food. Items include: cereal boxes, cereal bars, fruit cups, applesauce, oatmeal, grits, fruit rolls, peanut butter, jams/jellies, mac-n-cheese, rice, noodles, beans, instant mashed potatoes, all veggie/fruit canned items, canned meats such as tuna, ham, or chicken, chili, corn beef hash, all soups – canned or in cartons, bottle water, juices, boxed drinks.
  • February 11-15 Coat Drive for Caring Clothes Closet RVA: This campaign is sponsored by our KES community service club. Please send in gently used children’s coats to help support those in need for warm winter items.   
  • February 11-15 Children’s Hospital Foundations’ Change for Children Campaign: This campaign is sponsored by our KES SCA. 100% of the collection stay here in Richmond to support patients that are receiving services from Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU. Bring in any spare change for classroom change jars.
  • January 22-February 21 Healthy Schools, Healthy Virginia Thank you for considering a donation that will be shared with the American Heart Association and KES. Half of the donations will be used to purchase a set of Polar OH1 optical heart rate sensors. The other half of the donation will go to the American Heart Association.

JANUARY
30 Math Benchmark Part 1
30 Richmond Symphony @1
31 Math Benchmark Part 2
31 International Night; 6:30-8:00 PM– sponsored by PTA

FEBRUARY Random Acts of Kindness Month at KES
1 World Read Aloud Day
5 Young Scientists: Simple Machines
5 PTA Board Meeting in library 6:30-7:30 PM
6 PTA Spirit Event at Boomerang
7 Parent Conferences 2:30-6:00
11 Report Cards go home
21 Family Fun and Fitness Night

MARCH
5 PTA Board Meeting in library 6:30-7:30 PM
6 Richmond Ballet
6 SOIL PRESENTATION
22 Spring Pictures (individual only)
22 4th grade recorder concert; 1:00 PM
28 Festival of the Arts; 6:00-8:00 PM
29 ½ day for students

APRIL  
1-5 Spring Break Week/ School Closed
9   PTA Board Meeting in library 6:30-7:30 PM
11   Kindergarten Registration
17  PTA Spirit Night- Marco’s Pizza delivery
19  Career Day (½ day of school for students)
22  Student Holiday
25 3rd grade Richmond Walks Field Trip
26  Field Day

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Weekly Update: January 14th, 2019

*** Please review last week’s post regarding upcoming testing. 

Scholastic book orders will be sent home tomorrow. These will be due on FRIDAY. You can order online at scholastic.com/bookclubs using classroom code: RBKY7.

This Week’s Curriculum Objectives:
Reading:
Review of Q1 and Q2 Comprehension and Word Skills Strategies

English:
Daily Language Review (Editing)
Spelling List 13 (Homophones)

Math:
Measurement (Length,Capacity, and temperature) Test on Friday, January 18th

Social Studies:
Ancient Mali (geography, government, economics, and contributions)

JANUARY
21 Schools Closed/Student Holiday
23 Reading Benchmark Part 1
24 Reading Benchmark Part 2
28 Student Holiday
30 Math Benchmark Part 1
30 Richmond Symphony @1
31 Math Benchmark Part 2
31 International Night; 6:30-8:00 PM– sponsored by PTA

FEBRUARY Random Acts of Kindness Month at KES
1 World Read Aloud Day
5 Young Scientists: Simple Machines
5 PTA Board Meeting in library 6:30-7:30 PM
6 PTA Spirit Event at Boomerang
7 Parent Conferences 2:30-6:00
11 Report Cards go home
21 Family Fun and Fitness Night

MARCH
5 PTA Board Meeting in library 6:30-7:30 PM
6 Richmond Ballet
6 SOIL PRESENTATION
22 Spring Pictures (individual only)
22 4th grade recorder concert; 1:00 PM
28 Festival of the Arts; 6:00-8:00 PM
29 ½ day for students

APRIL  
1-5 Spring Break Week/ School Closed
9   PTA Board Meeting in library 6:30-7:30 PM
11   Kindergarten Registration
17  PTA Spirit Night- Marco’s Pizza delivery
19  Career Day (½ day of school for students)
22  Student Holiday
25 3rd grade Richmond Walks Field Trip
26  Field Day

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Weekly Update: January 8th, 2019

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), 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.

The next couple of weeks we will be getting ready to take 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 (This will be the program used for the Benchmark 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.) When looking at pictures or reading paragraphs ask your students, “What question(s) are answered in picture or text?” 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. Beginning with the third quarter (January 28th), 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 students to be more responsible with writing the proper heading expected on their assignments and turning in assignments on time.  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 MAP scores have already been imputed. I will be reviewing these 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.

Benchmark Testing 
Reading Part 1: January 23th
Reading Part 2: January 24th
Math Part 1: January 30th
Math Part 2: January 31st

Scholastic book orders will be sent home today. These will be due on January 18th. You can order online at scholastic.com/bookclubs using classroom code: RBKY7.

This Week’s Curriculum Objectives:
Reading:
Main Idea (Using NonFiction Text Features to find Details)
Review Comprehension Strategies

English:
Homophones
Spelling List 12

Math:
Measurement (Length,liquid, and temperature) Test on Fri., January 18th

Science:
Matter (Properties and Changes of States) Test on Friday , January  11th

JANUARY
21 Schools Closed/Student Holiday
23 Reading Benchmark Part 1
24 Reading Benchmark Part 2
28 Student Holiday
30 Math Benchmark Part 1
31 Math Benchmark Part 2
31 International Night; 6:30-8:00 PM– sponsored by PTA

FEBRUARY Random Acts of Kindness Month at KES
1 World Read Aloud Day
5 Young Scientists: Simple Machines
5 PTA Board Meeting in library 6:30-7:30 PM
6 PTA Spirit Event at Boomerang
7 Parent Conferences 2:30-6:00
21 Family Fun and Fitness Night

MARCH
5 PTA Board Meeting in library 6:30-7:30 PM
22 Spring Pictures (individual only)
22 4th grade recorder concert; 1:00 PM
28 Festival of the Arts; 6:00-8:00 PM
29 ½ day for students

APRIL  
1-5 Spring Break Week/ School Closed
9   PTA Board Meeting in library 6:30-7:30 PM
11   Kindergarten Registration
17  PTA Spirit Night- Marco’s Pizza delivery
19  Career Day (½ day of school for students)
22  Student Holiday
26  Field Day

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Weekly Update: December 3rd, 2018


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.


Please take advantage of Study Island and Spelling City at home! 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 is another great resource that supports 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 /s/ or /z/ sounds with various spelling patterns.

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Celebrate the holidays and upcoming winter break by attending the KES Winter Music Fest, Thursday, December 13th @ 6:30pm in our gym! Enjoy an evening of song and merriment as our talented musicians, singers and dancers perform songs from the great American holiday songs collection, which you can be certain will warm your heart and put a smile on your face. That’s Thursday, December 13th @ 6:30pm in our gym and dress for the party!


Reading
:
Main Idea (Fiction) (Test: 12/11)
Mythology (whole class read aloud)

English:
Review of all parts of speech (Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives, Adverbs, and Pronouns)
Spelling List 11 (Click to use Spelling City for online practice)
Spelling Test 11 this Friday

Math:
Multiplication and Division Strategies including word problems and 2-digit multiplication
Students must know the 0s, 1s, 2s, 3s, 4s,  5s, and 10s multiplication facts (along with addition and subtraction to 20)
Test on Multiplication and Division Strategies this Friday

Social Studies:
Ancient Rome
Test on Ancient Greece and Rome 12/18

DECEMBER
4 PTA Board meeting in library at 6:30-7:30 PM
7  MAPS READING WINTER TEST
10  MAPS MATH WINTER TEST
13 Winter Music Fest; 6:30 PM in gym
18 Jack Frost Jam (assembly during the school day) and winter parties KG-5
20-31 Winter Break- School Closed

JANUARY
1-2 Winter Break/ School Closed
3 School Resumes following Winter Break
7 Young Scientists: Matter
8 PTA Board Meeting in library 6:30-7:30 PM
18 International Night; 6:30-8:00 PM– sponsored by PTA
21 Schools Closed/Student Holiday
28 Student Holiday

FEBRUARY Random Acts of Kindness Month at KES
1 World Read Aloud Day
5 Young Scientists: Simple Machines
5 PTA Board Meeting in library 6:30-7:30 PM
6 PTA Spirit Event at Boomerang
7 Parent Conferences 2:30-6:00
21 Family Fun and Fitness Night

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Weekly Update: November 26th, 2018

We hope you all enjoyed your time with family and friends. We are thankful to have the students back, fresh and ready to learn! We will be introducing new curriculum in math and social studies this week. Please be sure to review journals daily to confirm mastery. In math, we will using our math facts we know in different multiplication and division strategies. We will also begin our unit on ancient Greece. This unit is fun to tie into literature on many different levels. Within the various forms of literature, we will be focusing on story elements (character, setting, plot). For English, we will focus on using irregular plural nouns as well as double consonants in our writing.We will be using Study Island to practice test tasking skills for upcoming MAP Growth, it is best to get on Study Island through Clever. They should explore using both reading and math. Once in Study Island, students can go to their class or to the NWEA site. Through NWEA, each individual student works on the study level based on their results from the online tests taken at school.

Reading:
Story Elements

English
:
Finishing our “Feature Creature” poster
Irregular Plural Nouns
Word Study 10; Test Fri. 11/30

Math:
Multiplication and Division Strategies
Students must know the 0s, 1s, 2s, 4s,  5s, and 10s multiplication facts (along with addition and subtraction to 20)

Social Studies:
Ancient Greece

DECEMBER
3 Make up pictures (individual)
3 PTA Spirit Night at Ashland Skateland; 5:30-7:30 PM
4 PTA Board meeting in library at 6:30-7:30 PM
7 Winter MAPS Reading Test

7 Book Orders Due (Class Code RBKY7)

10 Winter MAPS Math Test
13 Winter Music Fest; 6:30 PM in gym
18 Jack Frost Jam (assembly during the school day) and winter parties KG-5
20-31 Winter Break- School Closed

JANUARY
1-2 Winter Break/ School Closed
3 School Resumes following Winter Break
7 Young Scientists: Matter
8 PTA Board Meeting in library 6:30-7:30 PM
18 International Night; 6:30-8:00 PM– sponsored by PTA
21 MLK Day – No School
28 Student Holiday

FEBRUARY Random Acts of Kindness Month at KES
1 World Read Aloud Day
5 Young Scientists: Simple Machines
5 PTA Board Meeting in library 6:30-7:30 PM
6 PTA Spirit Event at Boomerang
7 Parent Conferences 2:30-6:00
21 Family Fun and Fitness Night

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Weekly Update: November 12, 2018


This week we will be busy finishing up our habitats and working on our animal research. We will use the information we find to fill out “Creature Feature” at the end of this week. Our field trip to the Virginia Living Museum and Spelling Bee will also be this week. Please be advise that weekly progress folders will come home Wednesday with a special note about Power Assessments, too.

TOMORROW, November 13th, we will be visiting the Virginia Living Museum to learn more about animals, adaptations, and ecosystems. Please pack your student a paper bag lunch that can be thrown away. Please be aware of the weather, the field trip is inside and outside.  If students own a raincoat or poncho, they may want to bring it for the trip. Chaperones should arrive to school with their students. We will be leaving promptly at 8:00 am. Parents will need to come into the gym to sign their students out at 3:30. I will send a REMIND text when we arrive at the museum, when we leave the museum and if we will be running late or even early. If someone else is picking up your student, you MUST send a change of transportation form stating who will pick up your student. 


As we begin the second nine weeks, we will be reviewing rules and expectations in 3rd grade. Students will be reminded of the importance of double-checking their work. If problems are left blank, they will be marked as incorrect. However we will continue to return papers with sections or whole pages blank. When names are left off, students will receive a tally marks for following directions. At this point, everyone should know that writing their name and number should be the first thing they do on any assignment. In addition, we will begin taking PA assessments for grades. These will count as quizzes; during the second half of the year, they will be counted as a test. As always, please let us know if you have any questions.

In language arts, we will finish up fact and opinion and move on to compare and contrast. Our focus in math will be wrapping up addition and subtraction strategies, testing on Wednesday. 0,1, and 5, 10 time tables, as well as moving on to patterns (geometric, number and charts) will begin later this week. In science, we will move into human influence and interdependency as we finish up our habitat and animal projects.

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Join KES PTA Today!  $6.00
Login: https://www.myschoolanywhere.com/
Go to Store, Select PTA Membership, Purchase.

As you know this year our PTA has a goal of 100% membership, which means one child in every school has an adult who has joined the PTA on his/her behalf.   Right now, we are at about 76% membership.


Reading
:
Compare and Contrast
Habitat & Animal Research and Comprehension

English:
Plural Nouns
Reporting research findings
Word Study 9; Test Fri. 11/16

Math:
Addition and Subtraction one step and two step Word Problems
Add. and Sub. Strategies and Single/Multi-step Word Problems; Test 11/14
Times Tables: 0,1, 5, 10

Math Magician

Science:
Human Influence and Interdependency
Habitat Test on Friday 11/16

NOVEMBER
13 Spirit Event at BJ’s Brewhouse in Short Pump from 11:00 AM-11:00 PM
13 Field Trip to Virginia Living Museum
21-23 Thanksgiving Holiday

DECEMBER
3 Make up pictures (individual)
3 PTA Spirit Night at Ashland Skateland; 5:30-7:30 PM
4 PTA Board meeting in library at 6:30-7:30 PM
13 Winter Music Fest; 6:30 PM in gym
18 Jack Frost Jam (assembly during the school day) and winter parties KG-5
20-31 Winter Break- School Closed

JANUARY
1-2 Winter Break/ School Closed
3 School Resumes following Winter Break
7 Young Scientists: Matter
8 PTA Board Meeting in library 6:30-7:30 PM
18 International Night; 6:30-8:00 PM– sponsored by PTA
21 MLK Day – No School
28 Student Holiday

FEBRUARY Random Acts of Kindness Month at KES
1 World Read Aloud Day
5 Young Scientists: Simple Machines
5 PTA Board Meeting in library 6:30-7:30 PM
6 PTA Spirit Event at Boomerang
7 Parent Conferences 2:30-6:00
21 Family Fun and Fitness Night

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Update for Week of: November 5th, 2018

    I hope you made the most of your extra hour this weekend and are adjusting to the change in time. This week we will be another busy week. We will be working on our inquiry-based projects in Science and dig deeper by choosing information from our habitats to research further into our ecosystems. The students are excited about collaborating with their peers to create projects to share.

In language arts, we will continue research but also review fact and opinion. During our writing time, we will be finalizing writing friendly letters by completing final drafts of letters to those serving in the military. Our focus in math will be single and multi-step word problems, as well as continuing to explore strategies in addition and subtraction.  This week, we will also introduce zero and one times tables in anticipation of multiplication and division unit later this month.

Lastly, thank you for all those parents who met with me for parent-teacher conferences. Collaboration and communication between parent and teacher is a huge advantage for the success of your student. I appreciate your time given to their success. “Together may we give our children the roots to grow and the wings to fly.” Anonymous


November 11th is Veterans Day, and KES students, teachers, staff and parents would like to invite all men and women who are currently serving or who have served in the Armed Forces to join us for an assembly on Friday, Nov. 9th from 9:00-10:00 AM.  This annual event is special for our school as we honor, recognize and celebrate all those who have made a difference in our lives.  If you are a veteran and are able to attend our assembly, then we ask that you complete a registration form located on our school’s website (click on Veterans Day Registration) or visit the site directly athttps://goo.gl/forms/y0KVH2HZa2QesYb83   Please register as soon as possible but no later than Wed, November 7th.  During the assembly each guest veteran will be introduced and asked to stand to be recognized.  Guest veterans are encouraged, but not required, to wear their uniforms for the assembly. KES students and staff will be wearing red, white and blue.  All veteran guests will have reserved seating and sit with their KES student. All veterans should report to the front foyer of the school to check in before the assembly.  Our assembly will begin promptly at 9:00 AM.

In addition to recognizing guest veterans during our assembly, our school will participate in two other experiences to honor and support our veterans.  First, we will create a visual representation in our school’s hallway to honor men and women who have served our country in the past or who are currently serving but may not be able to attend our assembly.  Second, our KES community will partner with Blue Star Families and the USO to collect items to be sent to our deployed troops. Please review the list of needed items and begin shopping now:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BmdTd_kVFtc0BFqeQ_ypUczyX4koK7vQo7mGt1FuEzs/edit?usp=sharing   Thank you for your generosity in the past with our troop collection, and we hope this year we can collect enough items to pack lots of boxes to send to the troops.

Personal items:
deodorant/antiperspirant, toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, Gold Bond foot powder, socks, hand sanitizer, sunscreen, Q-tips

Snacks:
powdered drink mixes, coffee, Kool-aid, Crystal Light, power bars, instant oatmeal, pop tarts, crackers, cookies, tuna/chicken in foil packages, individual snack packs such as nuts, dried fruit, beef jerky, trail mix

Reading material:
crossword puzzles, magazine

 

We will have our class spelling bees within the next two weeks. Teachers will make sure that everyone is here in order for all to be able to participate. We will use the Spelling Bee Notes and Classroom Pronouncer Guide to administer our class bee. Each class will have one participant qualify for the school-wide bee on November 27th. We will also have a runner-up in case the winner is not available on that day.

In our classroom, we are using a program called Study Island, an online learning resource that will help students with standards mastery. Because Study Island is web-based, students will be able to continue their learning outside of the classroom. Students will occasionally be assigned a graded lesson that covers skills being taught in class. The students are given time throughout the week in school to complete the activities and can also work on them at home.

Cold Weather Reminder: Please remind your child to dress appropriately for the weather.  Please be sure to label all layered clothing. If is much easier for items to be returned if it has your child’s name in it. We also have many students with the same jackets, too.

Reading:
Fact and Opinion
Habitat & Animal Research and Comprehension

English:
Letter writing to military
Word Study 8; Test Fri. 11/9

Math:
Addition and Subtraction one step and two step Word Problems
Add. and Sub. Strategies and Single/Multi-step Word Problems; Test 11/14

Science:
Food Chains & Webs
Habitat Test on Friday 11/9

NOVEMBER
9 9:00 AM Veteran’s Day Assembly- highlight 5th grade Chorus
13 Spirit Event at BJ’s Brewhouse in Short Pump from 11:00 AM-11:00 PM
13 Field Trip to Virginia Living Museum
21-23 Thanksgiving Holiday

DECEMBER
3 Make up pictures (individual)
3 PTA Spirit Night at Ashland Skateland; 5:30-7:30 PM
4 PTA Board meeting in library at 6:30-7:30 PM
13 Winter Music Fest; 6:30 PM in gym
18 Jack Frost Jam (assembly during the school day) and winter parties KG-5
20-31 Winter Break- School Closed

JANUARY
1-2 Winter Break/ School Closed
3 School Resumes following Winter Break
7 Young Scientists: Matter
8 PTA Board Meeting in library 6:30-7:30 PM
18 International Night; 6:30-8:00 PM– sponsored by PTA
21 MLK Day – No School
28 Student Holiday

FEBRUARY Random Acts of Kindness Month at KES
1 World Read Aloud Day
5 Young Scientists: Simple Machines
5 PTA Board Meeting in library 6:30-7:30 PM
6 PTA Spirit Event at Boomerang
7 Parent Conferences 2:30-6:00
21 Family Fun and Fitness Night

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Week of October 29th, 2018

We have so much planned to make this a fun week! In anticipation of such a busy week, we have decided to only assign light homework. Between Our Chromebook lesson, Spooktacular, Author’s Visit, Trick or Treating and animal/habitats projects, we will squeeze in as much “normal” learning as possible.

In language arts, we will be finishing up our nonfiction text features and references study to help us as we begin to research habitats and animals. We will be testing this comprehension skill on Friday. During our writing time, we will be writing letters to our military and studying parts of a letter. We will continue practicing and studying parts of speech. Our focus in math will subtracting with regrouping.  This is VERY difficult for some students to master.  Practice, Practice, Practice is the best habit for success. The students are getting excited about collaborating with their peers to research their animals/habitats.

Thank you to all the parents and students who donated to our classroom library and supported our school Book Fair. Our new books are a great addition to our classroom library and we look forward to using them as resources. Thanks again for your thoughtfulness.

On Tuesday November 13th, we will be visiting the Virginia Living Museum to learn more about animals, adaptations, and ecosystems.We still have a few students who need to return their field trip permission form and payment.  Please do this as soon as possible. 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.  If you were chosen to chaperone, please send in $36 to cover your cost either with exact cash or a check by Friday, November 2nd. 

Spiders and pumpkins and bats! Oh, my!  We will be connecting with the MSIC online via Adobe Connect and experience a  virtual lesson. We will use SOL-based hands-on activities that capture students’ imagination. The hour virtual lesson focuses on scientific investigation, unique physical adaptations of bats and spiders, along with spider webs and food webs, and don’t forget the pumpkins! We will explore plant life cycles and seed dispersal too. A class that creeps and crawls and, in the end, grows on you!

We will have our class spelling bees within the next two weeks. Teachers will make sure that everyone is here in order for all to be able to participate. We will use the Spelling Bee Notes and Classroom Pronouncer Guide to administer our class bee. Each class will have one participant qualify for the school-wide bee on November 27th. We will also have a runner-up in case the winner is not available on that day.

In our classroom, we will begin using a program called Study Island, an online learning resource that will help students with standards mastery. Because Study Island is web-based, students will be able to continue their learning outside of the classroom. Students will occasionally be assigned a graded lesson that covers skills being taught in class. The students are given time throughout the week in school to complete the activities and can also work on them at home.

Cold Weather Reminder: Please remind your child to dress appropriately for the weather.  Please be sure to label all layered clothing. If is much easier for items to be returned if it has your child’s name in it. We also have many students with the same jackets, too.

Reading:
Non Fiction Text Features (Test 11/2) and Reference materials
Habitat & Animal Research and Comprehension

English:
Letter writing to military
Parts of a Letter Test 11/7
Word Study 7; Test Fri. 11/2

Math:
Subtraction Strategies with regrouping
Add. and Sub. Strategies and Single/Multi-step Word Problems; Test 11/14

Science:
Animal Adaptations (behavioral and physical) Quiz on Friday, Nov. 2

OCTOBER  
31 SCA Spirit Day: wear orange and black

NOVEMBER
1 Spooktacular Lesson 1:00-2:00
2  Non Fiction Text Features/ Comprehension Test
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 9:00 AM Veteran’s Day Assembly- highlight 5th grade Chorus
13 Spirit Event at BJ’s Brewhouse in Short Pump from 11:00 AM-11:00 PM
13 Field Trip to Virginia Living Museum
14 Math Test: Add./Sub. Strategies and Single/Multi-step Word Problems
21-23 Thanksgiving Holiday

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Week of: October 22nd, 2018

     

This week during reading, we will look forward to seeing the creativity of all our 3rd graders when presenting their pumpkin book reports. We will also explore the dictionary/ glossary and functional text such as, recipes and directions. We will use these resources to find definitions, synonyms, antonyms, parts of speech, etc. We will review ABC order but will be a review of 2nd grade. Please provide extra practice with your student if needed. In English, we will explore pronouns and compose gratitude letters to our military as writing assignment. Our focus in math will be addition strategies with and without regrouping. It is vital that all students have mastered addition and subtraction facts to 20, in order to move into more in depth math concepts and processes. In science, we will be identifying and observing the characteristics of various habitats.

On Tuesday November 13th, we will be visiting the Virginia Living Museum to learn more about animals, adaptations, and ecosystems.We still have a few students who need to return their field trip permission form and payment.  Please do this as soon as possible. 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. Chaperones will be chosen on Tuesday, October 24th.  We will contact everyone who has let us know they are interested in chaperoning to let them know who are the lucky winners! If you are chosen, please send in $36 to cover your cost either with exact cash or a check.

We will have our class spelling bees in the next month. Teachers will make sure that everyone is here in order for all to be able to participate. We will use the Spelling Bee Notes and Classroom Pronouncer Guide to administer our class bee. Each class will have one participant qualify for the school-wide bee on November 27. We will also have a runner up in case the winner is not available on that day.

Our Annual Veterans Day Assembly is right around the corner. Please consider inviting a guest veteran to be with us during our assembly. Mark your calendars for Friday, November 9th, 9:00 AM -10:30 AM. More information about our assembly will be shared next week; however, we wanted you to be aware that we will be collecting items again this year. Please review the list of needed items and begin shopping now:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BmdTd_kVFtc0BFqeQ_ypUczyX4koK7vQo7mGt1FuEzs/edit?usp=sharing  Thank you for your generosity in the past with our troop collection, and we hope this year we can collect enough items to pack lots of boxes to send to the troops.

Reading:
Non-Fiction Text Features (dictionaries/glossaries)
Functional Text (recipes, invitations, directions, etc.)

English:
Pronouns
Gratitude Letters to Veterans
Word Study 6; Test Fri. 10/26

Math:
Addition with and without regrouping

Science:
Animal Habitats (ecosystems, population, communities)

OCTOBER
23 PTA Spirit Event at Chipotle; Short Pump Town Center; 11728 W Broad St; 4-9 
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 9:00 AM Veteran’s Day Assembly- highlight 5th grade Chorus
13 Spirit Event at BJ’s Brewhouse in Short Pump from 11-11
13 Field Trip to Virginia Living Museum
21-23 Thanksgiving Holiday
27   KES School Spelling Bee

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