Weekly Update: December 17th, 2018

Our room parents have been working hard to prepare for the Winter Party next week. Please be sure you are receiving emails to help out and provide supplies.Tuesday will be the Jack Frost Jog and Jam along with the winter festivities. We will not have any written homework this week but will have a few assessments to wrap of units of study in Social Studie and Science. We will go ahead and complete the math MAP test this Monday. For any students that will not be here and will need to make it up, Mr. Buffkin will pull them after winter break. We will take our Main Idea Test Monday and Ancient Greece and Rome Test will still be Tuesday.

Thursday, January 31st; 5:30-7:00 PM, Kaechele’s Annual International Festival: We are asking families to sponsor a “booth” to share their personal connections and/or interests in a country from around our globe.  Help our KES coyotes become Global Citizens and become active participants in a larger society by building global awareness and demonstrating respect for fellow community members.   If interested in hosting a booth or volunteering in some aspect during this event, then please contact Ramnita Sandu ramnita_sandhu@yahoo.com or Parnita Singh parnitasingh123@gmail.com  

      Henrico Christmas Mother has been extended to the 18th – we hope you will support our school and our community during this week of Dec. 10-18.  This year, our SCA is asking for your help in supporting the Henrico Christmas Mother by asking students to donate at least $1 each day.  I hope you will consider supporting this SCA project.

Please be advised it is an expectation that KES students go outside for recess everyday.    Please keep this in mind when your child dresses for the school day. All students should come to school with the appropriate coats, hats, gloves, shoes, etc.  to play outside each day. Students are not allowed to stay inside during recess time. If there are specific medical needs, and you are concerned that your child is unable to go outside, then please send in a doctor’s note to our school nurse, Ms. Mlynczak.  She will follow up with you and with the classroom teacher regarding the medical need. If you have questions or concerns about this expectation, then please feel free to contact Mr. Buffkin or Mrs. Patterson.

Dec 18th — Jack Frost Day

  • 9:00-9:30  Jack Frost Jog on the KES track ( all KES students and staff run/walk the track while listening to a festival of winter music)
  • 12:15-12:45 Jack Frost Jam in the KES Gym ( all KES students and staff put on their dancing shoes and “jam” out to favorite dance songs)  ** During this time, room parents will be setting up for the classroom winter party.
  • 12:45-1:45 Winter Party in classrooms

Dec 19th- Movie and SCA Pajama Day

Before lunch, students will have the choice of watching one of three rated G movies: Wall.E, Ratatouille, Ponyo.  Students will have the opportunity to join friends from other classes and grade levels.

Reading:
Mythology
Main Idea Test on Monday, December 17th

English:
Narrative Writing

Math:
MATH MAPS TEST ON MONDAY
Measurement (Customary Length)
Students must have facts memorized (0,1,2,3,5,10 times tables, along with addition and subtraction to 20)

Social Studies:
Ancient Greece and Rome Test on Tuesday, December 18th

DECEMBER
17  MAPS MATH WINTER TEST
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
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

Weekly Update: December 10th, 2018


I hope you all were able to enjoy the beautiful snow this week; what a lovely surprise! This week is going to be jam-packed full of activities and fun times. We We will also be doing our best to wrap up units on Ancient Greece and Rome, main idea, and homophones. Our room parents have been working hard to prepare for the Winter Party next week. Please be sure you are receiving emails to help out and provide supplies. Tuesday will be the Jack Frost Jog and Jam along with the winter festivities.


Reading
:
Mythology
Main Idea

English:
Spelling List 12
Narrative Writing

Math:
Measurement (Customary Length)
Students must have facts memorized (0,1,2,3,5,10 times tables, along with addition and subtraction to 20)

Social Studies:
Ancient Greece and Rome test on Tuesday

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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!

DECEMBER
10  MAPS MATH WINTER TEST (not sure of make-up day)
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
21 Schools Closed/Student Holiday
28 Student Holiday
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

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. Everyone seems to enjoy their Greek themed books and has been doing a great job sharing connections. Some have even chosen another book to read at their own pace. 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 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
:
Story Element review
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
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  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

 

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. In addition to the prescriptive NWEA side of Study Island, classes (such as “Fosberg Homeroom”) can have specific topics assigned to them to complete. These are based on the current comprehension or math focus being practiced at school. These questions would be based on a third grade level skill, but may require more or less problem solving and application skills.

Reading:
Story Elements
Novel Studies

English
:
Finishing our “Feature Creature” poster
Presenting Habitat Projects
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
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

Weekly Update: November 18th, 2018

We are so thankful for all of the support you have given us! Third grade is such a big year on many levels, and the students have already grown so much. Thank you for your help and encouragement as we continue to traverse this journey together! We hope you all enjoy your Thanksgiving break and are surrounded by family and friends. It is so important to have some time to take a moment and appreciate all we have.

This week we will be wrapping up units in science and math, Students will have a math test on patterns and finalize and habitat projects on Tuesday. In addition, we will administer alternative assessments for the county, finish up our habitats and animal research.


Reading
:
Compare and Contrast
Story Elements
Thanksgiving Novel Study

English:
Finishing our “Feature Creature” poster

Math:
Patterns (Test 11/20)
Students must know the 0s, 1s, 2s, 4s,  5s, and 10s multiplication facts (along with addition and subtraction to 20)

Science:
Animal Habitats

NOVEMBER
20 Cafeteria Signal Blue Practice
20 Math: Patterns Test
20 Q1 Report Cards come home
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
7 Winter MAPS Reading Test
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

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”. 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 today 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. Electronic are NOT allowed on this trip and students will NOT be visiting the gift shop so there is no need to send money. 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.

Please check Powerschool weekly, each week, late or missing graded assignments that are not turn in by the following Monday will be marked 50% in powerschool. These assignments are valuable tools in identifying areas of instruction that might need intervention, enrichment, or guidance in lesson planning and grouping.

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). In science, we will move into human influence and interdependency as we finish up our habitat and animal projects.


Scholastic book orders will be sent home today. These will be due on November 16th. You can order online at scholastic.com/bookclubs using classroom code: N88JP.

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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. Our class percentage is currently 56%.  


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

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

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 animals 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 meeting with me today or tomorrow 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 at https://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


Scholastic book orders will be sent home on Wednesday along with weekly progress folders. These will be due on November 16th. You can order online atscholastic.com/bookclubs using classroom code: N88JP.

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
Parts of a Letter Test 11/7
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/ Interdependency
Habitat Test on Friday 11/9

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 11:00 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

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 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:
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)

Gifted Programs has updated the Gifted News Parent Page:
http://blogs.henrico.k12.va.us/giftedparents/    This site contains a lot of valuable information for parents of gifted students. There are two sections that may be of special interest to elementary parents. The Elementary School Enrichment Information page contains information about a variety of enrichment opportunities available after school and on weekends.The Parent Resources/Tip Sheets contains NAGC tip sheets and other articles on topics such as perfectionism, friendships, etc.

OCTOBER  
31 SCA Spirit Day: wear orange and black

NOVEMBER
1 Spooktacular Lesson 8:30-9:30
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

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

Week of October 15th, 2018

      This week during reading, we will begin understand and identify how nonfiction text features help us in reading. We will practice getting information from recipes, invitations, diagrams, written directions, etc. Our focus skill for English will be adverbs. Please continue to practice all covered parts of speech with your student when reviewing each night. These skills are review from 2nd grade but many students have not fully mastered them yet. In order to maximize writing skills, basic parts of speech should be mastered. In math, we will test on place value and rounding on MONDAY, Oct. 15th. Students have had extra days of instruction and should be ready to take the test. Don’t forget to continue practicing addition and subtraction facts; students should be fluent in all addition and subtraction facts. In social studies, we will continue to exploring geography.  Please be aware that new standards have been added to 3rd grade curriculum, students must be able to name the important landforms and rivers on each continent.           Last week, permission slips for our first field trip came home. Permission forms must be signed and returned. This year KES parents have the option of paying for field trips online.  Please visit http://osp.osmsinc.com/HenricoVA to set-up an account. Please click the following link for specific directions: KES: Online School Payments. On Tuesday November 13th, we will be visiting the Virginia Living Museum to learn more about animals, adaptations, and ecosystems. Chaperones will be chosen on October 23rd. Please wait until you have be contacted before sending in money to cover that cost.


Do you know your students have many online resources at their fingertips?  Your students have been given their usernames and passwords for the resources that we have begun using.  Please let us know if you have difficulty accessing resources at home or have any questions.  Please support and collaborate with us in teaching your students safe and responsible use of these online resources.  Please feel free to explore our resources with your students, too. Personal password should never be shared and should be only used by you and your student.

KES Scholastic Book Fair has been extended for one more day!  If you didn’t get a chance to visit the book fair last week, then you have one last chance on Monday, October 15th from 2:30-7:30 PM.    


Reading
:
NonFiction Text Features (recipes, invitations, diagrams, directions, etc.)
Questioning in non-fiction

English:
Word Study 5: Test TUESDAY
No Word Study test on Friday this week
Adverbs

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

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


OCTOBER
 
19 Fall Pictures (individual and class picture)
23 PTA Spirit Event at Chipotle; Short Pump Town Center; 11728 W Broad St; 4-9PM
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 11:00 AM-11:00 PM
21-23 Thanksgiving Holiday