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 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
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

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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. We continue to explore soil and it’s importance to our daily lives, sharpen our typing skills, and practice cursive writing. Homework will consist of reading for 20 minutes 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!


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/English:

Literacy Centers, Cursive, Typing, Story Writing

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

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Weekly Update: May 28th, 2018

We are in the home stretch! This week, we will begin administering Fountas & Pinnell reading assessments. Students will also create their buttons for the Wax Museum at school. All materials for the speeches should be at home so that your child can practice every night to be ready for their presentation on Thursday. Please let me know if you have any questions regarding their speech or costume/props as soon as possible! Homework will consist of practicing for the Wax Museum and preparing for the energy test tomorrow. The poetry packet that came home a few weeks ago is due this Friday as well.

Students began working on their final speeches last week. These were sent home on Friday in order for them to have extra time over the long weekend if necessary. The Wax Museum is THIS THURSDAY MORNING, so everything needs to be ready by then. Practicing speeches is part of homework; please keep them in your homework folder so we can practice at school as well. Again, if you have any questions, please let me know as soon as possible in order to be ready on time.

Reminders:

  • Make sure you have your costume and/or prop(s).
  • Polish, practice, and memorize your speech.
  • Presentations should be between 1-1.5 mins.
  • Come dressed and ready to go on Thursday morning.
  • Parents will not be allowed in the exhibit (gym) until 9:00 am.

Attention Lego loving Coyotes!  We are organizing the 2018-19 Lego Robotics team.  Any rising 4th and 5th grader can sign up if wanting to be on the team.  Any question please contact kaechelepta@gmail.com. Please fill out this form if your child is interested in joining:  https://tinyurl.com/yavb73bqDon’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:
Read Along: The One and Only Ivan
3rd Grade Comprehension Skills

English:
Practicing Speeches

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

Science:
Energy Test Wednesday, 5/30


28        No School
29        Visit from the Public Library
30       Energy Test
31        Wax Museum

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

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Update for May 21, 2018


We’re almost there! This is the last official week of SOLs, please continue to practice math facts and skills at home. In school, we will review testing strategies, including showing work and solving all problems in various ways. In addition, we will focus whole group reading strategies, reviewing 3rd grade math skills, and transferring our speech outlines into speeches. Young Scientists will be here on the 23rd to review energy. Homework will consist of math practice and reviewing science journals nightly. The poetry packet that came home a few weeks ago is due June 1st.



We are enjoying our novel study, The One and Only Ivan. Every few chapters, students will use their books to answer comprehension questions about those chapters. Upon completion of the book, we will begin working on summarizing projects.

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Students are working to transfer their research information to their speech outlines and rough drafts. These will then be used as the “framework” for your final speech. Students are welcome to bring their papers home, but it is each child’s responsibility to bring everything back to school EVERYDAY.

At home, please start gathering things for your costume and/or prop(s) if you haven’t already done so. You do not need to purchase something fancy! Some great places to look are Goodwill, the back of your closets, old costumes, and check with neighbors and friends. If you can’t think of what to do, please ask me for some suggestions! As students start completing their outlines and writing speeches, these will come home to “polish and practice”. Speeches should be no longer than 1-1.5 minutes, and they should contain all the required information.

The Wax Museum will be held on Thursday, May 31st. This is a highlight of 3rd grade every year and we look forward to experiencing it with you all. Please plan on being at KES anytime  between 9am-10am to view the Wax Exhibit.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:
Read Along: The One and Only Ivan
3rd Grade Comprehension Skills

English:
Transferring Speech Outlines to Speeches

Math:
Review 3rd Grade Skills
SOLs this Thursday and Friday
Students must know their facts (+, -, x, ÷)

Science:
Energy (Renewable vs Nonrenewable energy sources)


MAY
23       Young Scientists: Energy
24       SOL Math Part 1
25       SOL Math Part 2
28       No School
31       Wax Museum

JUNE
7         End of Year School Celebration and Book Fair in library 4:00-7:00 PM
15       ½ day of school for students- dismissal at 11:00 AM

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Update for May 14, 2018


I hope your Mother’s Day Weekends were fabulous! Teacher Appreciation week made me feel not only appreciated, but a bit spoiled as well! Thank you for all your support this year (and for sending such wonderful kiddos to Kaechele)!

This week, we will focus whole group reading strategies, reviewing 3rd grade math skills, and transferring our research to speech outlines/speeches. Homework will consist of reading and math practice,spelling (list 20), and reviewing journals nightly. The poetry packet that came home a few weeks ago is not due until June 1st.


We will be beginning a new read along, The One and Only Ivan. I’ll be reading a chapter or so a day, and the students will practice their third grade reading skills to delve deeper into the text. We have a few copies for groups to share during this time, so if you come by any gently used copies you’d like to donate, we’d greatly appreciate it! Or, if you’d like your student to have his/her own copy, I’m sure it can be found at the local library.

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All students should be finished with their research for the Wax Museum. We will be working on finding any missing answers with Mrs. Hyman. Our focus begin to shift off of researching information, onto putting that information into a speech outline. Students are welcome to bring their research packets and speech outlines home as well, but they must be brought back to school EVERY DAY. The Wax Museum will be held on Thursday, May 31st. This is a highlight of 3rd grade every year and we look forward to experiencing it with you all. Please plan on being at KES anytime  between 9am-10am to view the Wax Exhibit.
At home, as you know, Study Island to help them review the skills we have learned this year. The SOLs are solely based on 3rd grade material, so it is best to go to VA Programs/3rd Grade when doing your nightly practice. This link to the VA Department of Education which has released items that you can use to practice as well. You can print off released SOL tests to practice at home, as they are actual tests and very similar to what your child will see this week.

– Released Tests & Item SetsDon’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:
Read Along: The One and Only Ivan
3rd Grade Comprehension Skills

English:
Transfering Research Notes onto Speech Outline
Review Writing Skills
Spelling List 20 (/ar/ and /or/ sounds) Test Friday 5/18

Math:
Review 3rd Grade Skills
Students must know their facts (+, -, x, ÷)

Social Studies:
Famous Americans
Test Wednesday, 5/15 

Science:
Energy
(Renewable vs. Nonrenewable Sources)

MAY
23       Young Scientists: Energy
24       SOL Math Part 1
25       SOL Math Part 2
28       No School
31        Wax Museum

JUNE
7         End of Year School Celebration and Book Fair in library 4:00-7:00 PM
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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Update for May 7, 2108

Image result for never give up cartoonWelcome to the first week of SOLs! We worked hard all year to hone our comprehension skills, and now’s the time to put it all together! Our Reading SOLs are given in two parts, each part having approximately 20 questions each. Students are given as much time is needed to complete the tests. We are really working to practice using the skills we have learned in order to do our very best. The greatest challenge usually lies in taking the time to really analyze both the question and all answer choices in order to make the best choice.

Image result for cartoon help with homeworkAt home, as you know, Study Island to help them review the skills we have learned this year. The SOLs are solely based on 3rd grade material, so it is best to go to VA Programs/3rd Grade when doing your nightly practice. This link to the VA Department of Education which has released items that you can use to practice as well. You can print off released SOL tests to practice at home, as they are actual tests and very similar to what your child will see this week.

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This week we will focus on practicing reading strategies, complete our study of patterns, research with biographies and autobiographies of famous Americans as well as our Wax Museum individuals. Homework will consist of reading and math practice, spelling (list 19), and reviewing journals nightly. The poetry packet that came home last week is not due until June 1st.

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Students should be finished with their research by Wednesday. If you have not read your biography, please read that book for your 20 minutes of reading. Beginning tomorrow, students are welcome to bring their research packets home as well, but they must be brought back to school EVERY DAY. The Wax Museum will be held on Thursday, May 31st. This is a highlight of 3rd grade every year and we look forward to experiencing it with you all. Please plan on being at KES anytime  between 9am-10am to view the Wax Exhibit.
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:
SOL Testing Schedule:
  – Wednesday, May 9 – Reading Part 1
– Thursday, May 10 – Reading Part 2

English:
Review Writing Skills
Research and Biographies
Spelling List 19 (contractions) Test Friday 5/11

Math:
Review Patterns
Test Friday, 5/11
Students must know their facts (+, -, x, ÷)

Social Studies:
Famous Americans
Test Wednesday, 5/15

Science:
Next: Energy

MAY
9          SOL Reading Part 1
10       SOL Reading Part 2
11       Patterns Test
23      Young Scientists: Energy
24      SOL Math Part 1
25      SOL Math Part 2
28      No School
31      Wax Museum

JUNE
7         End of Year School Celebration and Book Fair in library 4:00-7:00 PM
15       ½ day of school for students- dismissal at 11:00 AM

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Update for April 23, 2018


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

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We will also be having our Wax Museum on Thursday, May 31st. This is a highlight of 3rd grade every year! Information is coming home today with the basics, more information will follow soon. So even though we are in the “homestretch” we still have a lot to look forward to experiencing this year!
The dates for this year’s Standards of Learning Assessments (SOLs) have been determined. Please make a note of these to assure your child will be present and able to take these with the rest of us. Remember, Study Island is a great resource to help prepare for these assessments. The VA Department of Education also offers practice tests and released test questions for the SOLs. We will be practicing with these at school, but highly encourage you to take some time to have some one-on-one practice at home as well!
– Released Tests & Item Sets

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

 


Our last field trip will be on Tuesday, May 1st. We will be visiting Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello in Charlottesville, VA. Chaperones have been chosen. Please send in a check or cash for your spot if you haven’t already done so. Thank you to all of you who volunteered. We know and appreciate that many parents want to join us on this trip, however space is limited.


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

This Week’s Curriculum Objectives:
Reading:
Poetry
Review Third Grade Skills
English:
Review Writing Skills
Review Affixes, Grammar Skills
Spelling List 17 ( /sh/, /ch/, and /wh/ sounds) Test Friday 3/27

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

Social Studies:
Explorers
Test 5/3

APRIL
27       Field Day
30       Report Cards go home

MAY
1          Field Trip to Monticello
9          SOL Reading Part 1
10       SOL Reading Part 2
24       SOL Math Part 1
25       SOL Math Part 2

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Update for April 17, 2018


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

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

MAPS Testing Schedule: Grade 3

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

SOL Testing Schedule: Grade 3

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

Our last field trip will be on Tuesday, May 1st. We will be visiting Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello in Charlottesville, VA. If you are interested in chaperoning, you can indicate so on the bottom of the permission slip.  Please do not send money for a chaperone ticket until your child’s teacher has contacted you. We know and appreciate that many parents want to join us on this trip, however space is limited. Chaperones will be drawn on Thursday, April 19th.
Don’t forget to check under the “Homework” tab to see what our focus is in school and what is expected at home. This is updated weekly along with the blog in order to keep you connected. As always, let me know if you have any questions!

This Week’s Curriculum Objectives:
Reading:
Poetry
Review Third Grade Skills
English:
Review Writing Skills
Review Affixes, Grammar Skills
Spelling List 16 ( /j/, /ch/, and /tch/ sounds) Test Friday 3/20

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

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

19       MAPS Reading
23       MAPS Math
27       Field Day
MAY
1         Field Trip to Monticello
9         SOL Reading Part 1
10      SOL Reading Part 2
24      SOL Math Part 1
25      SOL Math Part 2

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Update for April 9, 2018


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


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


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

MAPS Testing Schedule: Grade 3

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

SOL Testing Schedule: Grade 3

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


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


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

This Week’s Curriculum Objectives:
Reading:
Poetry
Review Figurative Language, Author’s Purpose, Main Idea
English:
Writing Skills
Review Affixes, Grammar Skills
Spelling List 15 (/k/ sound) Test Friday 3/13

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

Science:
Simple Machines
Test Friday 3/13APRIL
10        PTA Board Meeting in library 6:30-7:30 PM
12        Spirit Day – Wear camouflage
13        Simple Machines Test
16        Career Day (½ day of school for students- dismissal at 11:00 AM
19        MAPS Reading
23        MAPS Math
27        Field Day
MAY
1           Field Trip to Monticello
9           SOL Reading Part 1
10        SOL Reading Part 2
21        Readers’ Theater @ 12:45
24        SOL Math Part 1
25        SOL Math Part 2

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Update for March 26, 2018


We will have a busy week before spring break. Students will continue analyzing fiction and nonfiction texts, reviewing 3-D shapes to prepare for our test on Friday, finishing our study of figurative language (onomatopoeia, personification, alliteration, idioms), and begin studying simple machines. We will NOT be having a spelling test this week. Homework will consist of math boxes and reviewing geometry and simple machines.

The SCA will continue selling Smencils this week. Gel crayons and mechanical smencils will be $1.00 each. They will be available until all products are sold out.


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

Career Day is coming April 16th. If you, or anyone you know, would be interested and willing to be a guest for this event we would so appreciate you joining us. Please use this link to sign up:  http://goo.gl/i5KqyV. More information is available on the weekly update. Thank you to everyone who can help make this day special by coming or recruiting a guest.

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

MAPS Testing Schedule: Grade 3

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

SOL Testing Schedule: Grade 3

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


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

This Week’s Curriculum Objectives:
Reading:
Summarizing Fiction and Nonfiction

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

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

Science:
Simple Machines
Test will be after Spring BreakMARCH
29        Festival of the Arts (5:30-7:30 PM)
30        Geometry Test  *This is a change*

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

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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