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.

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/teacher’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.

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:
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.

Weekly Update: February 4th, 2019

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 usually alternate paper and computerized test, however, it is crucial that students have exposure to the tools and format of these test as they mirror most computerized tests.

With work habits, we expect student to be more responsible with writing the proper heading expected on their assignments and turning in assignments on time. Assignments that are outstanding (missing more than a week) will result in a 50% marked for the assignment. Please be vigilant in checking powerschool for assignments marked “missing assignments”. We know this will be difficult for some students, however necessary to prepare them to move on to the upper grades.

HELP US ALL STAY HEALTHY Please encourage your students to keep their hands clean as it is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. This winter, we have had many viruses in third grade including strep and the flu. Please do not send your student to school with a fever and not until they are 24 hours free of fever without medicine. These precautions will help keep us all healthy. Also, remember to call the office in the morning to let the school office assistants know that your child is not feeling well.

                                            

Valentine’s Day
We will not be having a Valentines party, but students will be able to distribute cards if they would like as long as they include everyone. Decorated bags should be returned to school by Next Monday, February 11th.


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:
Making Inferences and Drawing Conclusions
Introduction to new Novel Studies to support Global Citizenship

English:
Daily Language Review (Editing) Test Thursday; 2/7
Nouns: Common and Proper
Spelling List 16 ( /j/, /ch/, or /tch/) Test Friday 2/8

Math:
Elapsed Time and Calendar; Time Test Tuesday, 2/12
Students must know their facts (+, -, x, ÷)

Science:
Simple Machines, Test Friday, 2/8

FEBRUARY Random Acts of Kindness Month at KES
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

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 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.

Weekly Update: January 29th, 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 Monday, February 11th.  I told students they could 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 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:
Inferences
Drawing Conclusions

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

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

 

Weekly Update: January 21st, 2019

We have hit the ground running as we continue reading our novel study, Love That Dog, to support our review of reading skills. Students will use the reading strategies we have learned to explore various aspects of the novel. We will also be looking at other strategies as well as vocabulary, word origins, recall skills, story elements, and figurative language. Groups will meet daily to discuss their assignments and at least once a week with an adult to make text connections and dig deeper into the text.

The winter MAPS test is an optional test that each school has the choice to administer and only serves as an instructional tool. It is a window into your student’s progress this year. Soon, your student and I will have conferences to review their scores and set goals for the spring. They will identify strengths and weaknesses. We are also establishing strategies to help them reach their goals.

Again, Study Island is a great resource tool. Student’s score have already been inputed. 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 
Reading Part 1: January 23th
Reading Part 2: January 24th
Math Part 1: January 30th
Math Part 2: January 31st

Valentine’s Day Information
 is coming home today. There is information about making a valentine bag for our valentines as well as a class list on the back.


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

This Week’s Curriculum Objectives:
Reading:
Review Comprehension Strategies
Novel Studies: Love that Dog

English:
Editing

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

Social Studies:
Ancient Mali (geography, economics, government, and contributions)
Test Friday, 1/25

 PTA Memberships: We currently have 87% membership for 3rd grade parents.  We are looking to get 100% membership.  If you haven’t joined yet there is still time.  Just to clarify if you donated to our direct fund you still need to join the PTA since membership was not included in your direct donation.

International Festival- Thursday, January 31st; 5:30-7:00 PM, is Kaechele’s Annual International Festival.  This is one event you don’t want to miss!  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

World Read Aloud Day is Friday, February 1st.  KES coyotes will be making Global Connections Through Reading during an assembly on that day and then in their classrooms throughout the month of February.  To prepare for our assembly, Mrs. Patterson is asking each and every KES family to share ONE picture of your family reading together and send that picture to your child(ren)’s teacher.  The pictures will be used in a slide show that will be shared during our assembly. Our goal is to have every child in every classroom represented in the slide show.  Please help us showcase how much we love reading, and especially reading aloud, at KES!

JANUARY
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

Weekly Update: January 14th, 2019

We will be reading Love That Dog by: Sharon Creech as a whole class to support our review of reading strategies. This book is about a boy named Jack who doesn’t want to write poems.  Throughout the book, his teacher, Miss Stretchberry, helps him learn what a poem is.  He starts to understand poems better and writes them almost by accident. Students will use the reading strategies we have learned to explore various aspects of this novels as well as other nonfiction text about Ancient Mali. We will also be looking at vocabulary, word origins, recall skills, story elements, and figurative language. Groups will meet daily to discuss their assignments and at least once a week with an adult to make text connections and dig deeper into the text.  Many students have read this book before however it is a much higher reading level and I would like them to use the novel to connect and dig deeper into reading content. (vocabulary, word origins, recall skills, story elements, and figurative language)

*** 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: N88JP.

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

English:
Daily Language Review (Editing)
Spelling List 14 (Commonly Confused Words)

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

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.  Assignments that are outstanding (missing a week) will result in a 50% marked for the assignment. Please be vigilant in checking powerschool for assignments marked “missing assignments”. We know this will be difficult for some students, however necessary to prepare them to move on to the upper grades.

Again, Study Island is a great resource tool. Student’s score have already been imputed. 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
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 tomorrow. These will be due on January 18th. You can order online at scholastic.com/bookclubs using classroom code: N88JP.

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

English:
Homophones
Spelling List 13 (Homophones)

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

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

JANUARY
8 MAPS MAKEUP Day 8am
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

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

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