Week Update: April 15th, 2019


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.  We will wrap-up probability unit with a test on Tuesday, learn about different parts and components of soil, continue to work on our writing including figurative language, and begin studying Mean, Median, Mode and Range. Homework will consist of reading and math practice and reviewing on Study Island.This week will end with a half day and a fun and informative Career Day.

OUR NEXT SPIRIT NIGHT IS THIS WEEK:  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17th  ** order deadline is Monday, April 15th @ midnight through http://www.marcospizzarva.com    

Enjoy pizza and many side options presented in a box decorated by YOUR child(ren.)  Their artwork is guaranteed to be the hot topic of dinner conversation!  Take the night off from cooking! Dinner can be carry out (John Rolfe Parkway location) or delivery.

DON’T DELAY AND PLACE YOUR ORDER TODAY!

Please make a note of these to assure your child will be present and able to take the MAPS and SOLs 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:

  • Wednesday, April 17th: MAPS Math

SOL TESTING SCHEDULE:

  • Tuesday, May 7              Reading Part 1 (Grades 3-5)
  • Wednesday, May 8       Reading Part 2 (Grades 3-5)
  • Tuesday, May 21            Math Part 1 (Grade 3)
  • Wednesday, May 22    Math Part 2 (Grade 3)

Book orders have been sent home. If you are interested in getting some fresh books, please order by April 19th. You can also order online from any Scholastic order form; please use the code N88JP.

Please mark April 19th on your calendar for the KES Career Festival, sponsored by Karen Shaia, School Counselor.

DATE:       Friday, 4/19  TIME: 8:00-10:45 AM
PLACES:  KES Student Classrooms,
Presentations in the Gym,
Work Vehicles in the Bus Loop


On Monday, May 1st, we will be visiting Brown’s Island to participate in The Richmond Walks and History Program, a 90 minute walking tour along the riverfront and Brown’s Island. This is a great opportunity for your child to experience animal populations on the river, the history of goods produced on the riverfront, river and water conservation, along with a visit to the Christopher Newport Monument. This will be coordinated with a National Park Service program at Tredegar Iron Work entitled Mills, Waterwheels and Raceways. Permission slips will be sent home this Monday and will be due by Friday, April 26th.  The cost will be $7.00 per person. Due to the spring date, payments will not be able to be made online. Please send in exact change or a check made out to Kaechele.  If you are interested in chaperoning, please indicate this on the bottom portion of the permission slip and return it this week. Chaperones will be chosen Monday, April 21st. We will let you know who has been selected on next Monday.

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

This Week’s Curriculum Objectives:

Reading:
Figurative Language
Poetry
Review

English:
Daily Quick Writes
Vocabulary Unit 2; When I Grow Up; Test, Friday 4/19

Math:
Probability Test Tuesday, 4/16
Mean, Median, Mode, and Range (Not Tested)

Science:
Soil: vocabulary, layers and components, purpose

APRIL
17   PTA Spirit Night- Marco’s Pizza delivery
19   Career Day (½ day of school for students)
22   Student Holiday
26   Field Day

MAY
1      3rd grade Richmond Walks Field Trip
7      PTA Board Meeting in library 6:30-7:30 PM
6-10 Teacher Appreciation Week
30    PTA Spirit Night at Gelati Celesti

JUNE
5     End of the year KG Program; 8:30 AM
6     End of Year School Celebration (rescheduled Fall Festival activities)
13   5th Grade Completion Ceremony/Celebration; 9:30-11:00 AM
14   ½ day of school for students- dismissal at 11:00 AM

Update: April 8th, 2019

      I hope you enjoyed your spring break and were able to have some quality time with your families. We are ready to hit the ground running this last quarter of school. We have many activities and tests coming up so please read the entire blog post.This week we will introduce figurative language to support our reading and writing, continue our Government Unit in social studies with the test this Thursday,Probability in math with a test next Tuesday(this is a change) and introduce our first vocabulary unit in reading. Homework will consist of 60 minutes of Study Island in both Reading and Math (NWEA) due at the end of the day Friday. We will also be introducing Conjunctions in English and taking our Spring Reading MAPS test Friday.

Please make a note of these to assure your child will be present and able to take the MAPS and SOLs 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:

  • Friday, April 12th: MAPS Reading
  • Wednesday, April 17th: MAPS Math

SOL TESTING SCHEDULE:

  • Tuesday, May 7              Reading Part 1 (Grades 3-5)
  • Wednesday, May 8       Reading Part 2 (Grades 3-5)
  • Tuesday, May 21            Math Part 1 (Grade 3)
  • Wednesday, May 22    Math Part 2 (Grade 3)

Book orders have been sent home. If you are interested in getting some fresh books, please order by April 19th. You can also order online from any Scholastic order form; please use the code N88JP.

Please mark April 19th on your calendar for the KES Career Festival, sponsored by Karen Shaia, School Counselor. Any available workers would be welcomed to share their vast expertise from the World of Work!

DATE:       Friday, 4/19  TIME: 8:00-10:45 AM

PLACES: KES Student Classrooms,
Presentations in the Gym,
Work Vehicles in the Bus Loop

This year presenters will speak with students for 15 minutes during rotations and share materials and equipment they use on their jobs. Your role would be to help students understand the importance education plays in determining your career choice. Please consider being part of our Kaechele Career Day Festival.   If interested, then please sign up using this link Career Day 2019; http://goo.gl/forms/nQfxcMyFjA.  If you have any questions, then email Mrs. Shaia at khshaia@henrico.k12.va.us.

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:
Figurative Language
Poetry
Review

English:
Conjunctions
Vocabulary Unit 1 Biggie Test, Friday 4/12

Math:
Probability Test Tuesday, 4/16

Social Studies:
Government (rules, laws, purpose of government) Test Thursday, 4/11

APRIL
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

MAY
1      3rd grade Richmond Walks Field Trip
7      PTA Board Meeting in library 6:30-7:30 PM
6-10 Teacher Appreciation Week
30    PTA Spirit Night at Gelati Celesti

JUNE
5     End of the year KG Program; 8:30 AM
6     End of Year School Celebration (rescheduled Fall Festival activities)
13   5th Grade Completion Ceremony/Celebration; 9:30-11:00 AM
14   ½ day of school for students- dismissal at 11:00 AM

Weekly Update: March 25th, 2019

We will have a busy week that will close out the 3rd quarter, our Geometry Unit and our annual Arts Festival. Please read the blog post in its entirety to be update to date on all upcoming events. The testing season will also be upon us as we return so please be aware of the testing dates when making appointments. If possible please avoid making appointments before lunch. 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!

THANK YOU SO MUCH to all who donated extra school supplies to the classroom! They are truly appreciated.

KES will hold our Festival of the Arts next Thursday, March 28th. Come on out to see the amazing talents of our students! From pieces of art to musical performances, they will astound you with what they can do! Doors will open at 6:00 pm and close at 8:00 pm. Festival Of the Arts Schedule

Please make a note of these to assure your child will be present and able to take the MAPS and SOLs 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:

  • Friday, April 12th: MAPS Reading
  • Wednesday, April 17th: MAPS Math

SOL TESTING SCHEDULE:

  • Tuesday, May 7              Reading Part 1 (Grades 3-5)
  • Wednesday, May 8       Reading Part 2 (Grades 3-5)
  • Tuesday, May 21            Math Part 1 (Grade 3)
  • Wednesday, May 22    Math Part 2 (Grade 3)

Please mark April 19th on your calendar for the KES Career Festival, sponsored by Karen Shaia, School Counselor. Any available workers would be welcomed to share their vast expertise from the World of Work!

DATE:       Friday, 4/19  TIME: 8:00-10:45 AM

PLACES: KES Student Classrooms,
Presentations in the Gym,
Work Vehicles in the Bus Loop

This year presenters will speak with students for 15 minutes during rotations and share materials and equipment they use on their jobs. Your role would be to help students understand the importance education plays in determining your career choice. Please consider being part of our Kaechele Career Day Festival.   If interested, then please sign up using this link Career Day 2019; http://goo.gl/forms/nQfxcMyFjA.  If you have any questions, then email Mrs. Shaia at khshaia@henrico.k12.va.us.

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
Review of past skills

English:
Review of Suffixes (focusing on -less, -full, -or,-er, and -ly)
Spelling List 23 (suffixes -ful, -ly, and -less)
Test Friday, 3/29

Math:
Geometry (polygons, combining and subdividing plane shapes)
Students must know their facts (+, -, x, ÷)
Geometry Test Thursday, 3/28

Social Studies:
Government (rules, laws, purpose of government)


MARCH

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

MAY
1   3rd grade Richmond Walks Field Trip
7      PTA Board Meeting in library 6:30-7:30 PM
6-10 Teacher Appreciation Week
30    PTA Spirit Night at Gelati Celesti

JUNE
5     End of the year KG Program; 8:30 AM
6     End of Year School Celebration (rescheduled Fall Festival activities)
13   5th Grade Completion Ceremony/Celebration; 9:30-11:00 AM
14   ½ day of school for students- dismissal at 11:00 AM

Weekly Update: March 20th, 2019

We will continue summarizing fiction and nonfiction texts along with biographies and autobiographies, build and explore polygons, look closer at prefixes, and wrap up our unit on Earth cycles. Homework will consist of Study Island practice, reviewing prefixes (spelling list 22), and reviewing Earth Cycles, moon phases and tides for Friday’s test.

THANK YOU SO MUCH to all who donated extra school supplies to the classroom! They are truly appreciated.


Spring pictures will be this Friday, March 22nd. These will be individual pictures only as the class photo was taken in the fall.

KES will hold our Festival of the Arts next Thursday, March 28th. Come on out to see the amazing talents of our students! From pieces of art to musical performances, they will astound you with what they can do! Doors will open at 6:00 pm and close at 8:00 pm.

Please make a note of these to assure your child will be present and able to take the MAPS and SOLs 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:

  • Friday, April 12th: MAPS Reading
  • Wednesday, April 17th: MAPS Math

SOL TESTING SCHEDULE:

  • Tuesday, May 7              Reading Part 1 (Grades 3-5)
  • Wednesday, May 8       Reading Part 2 (Grades 3-5)
  • Tuesday, May 21            Math Part 1 (Grade 3)
  • Wednesday, May 22    Math Part 2 (Grade 3)

Please mark April 19th on your calendar for the KES Career Festival, sponsored by Karen Shaia, School Counselor. Any available workers would be welcomed to share their vast expertise from the World of Work!

DATE:       Friday, 4/19  TIME: 8:00-10:45 AM

PLACES: KES Student Classrooms,
Presentations in the Gym,
Work Vehicles in the Bus Loop

This year presenters will speak with students for 15 minutes during rotations and share materials and equipment they use on their jobs. Your role would be to help students understand the importance education plays in determining your career choice. Please consider being part of our Kaechele Career Day Festival.   If interested, then please sign up using this link Career Day 2019; http://goo.gl/forms/nQfxcMyFjA.  If you have any questions, then email Mrs. Shaia at khshaia@henrico.k12.va.us.

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
Biographies and Autobiographies

English:
Review of Prefixes (focusing on re-, un-, dis-, and pre-)
Spelling List 22 (prefixes re-, un-, dis-)
Test Friday, 3/22

Math:
Geometry (polygons, symmetry, congruency)
Students must know their facts (+, -, x, ÷)
Geometry Test Thursday, 3/28

Science:
Earth’s Cycles: Seasons, Rotation vs Revolution, Moon Phases, Tides
Test Friday, 3/22


MARCH

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

MAY
7      PTA Board Meeting in library 6:30-7:30 PM
6-10 Teacher Appreciation Week
30    PTA Spirit Night at Gelati Celesti

JUNE
5     End of the year KG Program; 8:30 AM
6     End of Year School Celebration (rescheduled Fall Festival activities)
13   5th Grade Completion Ceremony/Celebration; 9:30-11:00 AM
14   ½ day of school for students- dismissal at 11:00 AM

Weekly Update: March 11th, 2019

We hope to harness the “Luck of the Irish” as we wrapped up our learning the last couple weeks of the third quarter. We will work on summarizing fiction and nonfiction texts, continue to work on our writing, explore more with geometry with hands-on experiences (please see details below), and delve into Earth’s cycles in studying the phases of the moon. Homework will consist of reading and math boxes, Study Island, and word study (list 21).

HANDS-ON GEOMETRY:  Traditionally, we have used some food items to build visuals of our geometry vocabulary. This allows students hands on manipulation of skills. Please see the resources below and let me know asap if you would not like your student to handle these items. We also have the option of using gloves if that would be needed. To heed to our school food policy, we will not ingest any of these items at school but will send them home in a ziplock bag to model or ingest at home.

Food LABELS

SUPPLY CHECK-IN

As we move into the 4th quarter some student have started to run out, lose or break some of their personal supplies especially headphones. Please check in with your students to see if they have all the supplies they need. We have also begun to run low on shared items such as white and colored card stock, liquid glue, cap erasers, scotch tape and are down to one functioning stapler. If you would like to help rebuild our supplies please sign-up at the following link: Community Supplies. Micheal’s and AC Moore craft stores has the best prices on card stock, especially if you use a coupon.

Please make a note of these to assure your child will be present and able to take the MAPS and SOLs 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:

  • Friday, April 12th: MAPS Reading
  • Wednesday, April 17th: MAPS Math

SOL TESTING SCHEDULE:

  • Tuesday, May 7                 Reading Part 1 (Grades 3-5)
  • Wednesday, May 8          Reading Part 2 (Grades 3-5)
  • Tuesday, May 21               Math Part 1 (Grade 3)
  • Wednesday, May 22       Math Part 2 (Grade 3)

Please mark on your calendar KES Career Festival
Sponsored by Karen Shaia, School Counselor
Calling all available workers to share their vast expertise from the World of Work!
DATE: Friday, 4/19  TIME: 8:00-10:45 AM
PLACE: KES Student Classrooms or Presentations in the Gym, or Work Vehicles in the Bus Loop  
This year presenters will speak with students for 15 minutes during rotations and share materials and equipment they use on their jobs. Your role would be to help students understand the importance education plays in determining your career choice. Please consider being part of our Kaechele Career Day Festival.   If interested, then please sign up using this link Career Day 2019; http://goo.gl/forms/nQfxcMyFjA.  If you have any questions, then email Mrs. Shaia at khshaia@henrico.k12.va.us.

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
Compare and Contrast
Novel Studies

English:
Subject and Predicate parts sentence
Spelling List 21 (endings -ar. -er, -orTest Friday 3/15

Math:
Geometry (lines, angles, congruency)
Students must know their facts (+, -, x, ÷)
Geometry Test Thursday, 3/28

Science:
Earth’s Cycles: Seasons, Rotation vs Revolution, Moon Phases
Test Friday, 3/22

MARCH
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

MAY
7 PTA Board Meeting in library 6:30-7:30 PM
6-10 Teacher Appreciation Week
30 PTA Spirit Night at Gelati Celesti

JUNE
5 End of the year KG Program; 8:30 AM
6 End of Year School Celebration ( rescheduled/cancelled Fall Festival activities)
13 5th Grade Completion Ceremony/Celebration; 9:30-11:00 AM
14 ½ day of school for students- dismissal at 11:00 AM

Weekly Update: March 4th, 2019


And just like that we are well on our way to the third quarter of the school year! Traditionally, the third quarter can be the most vigorous of the school year as there is a lot of new material and resources in addition to preparing for testing. In order to better prepare our students, we will be increasing computer testing to provide more exposure and practice. At home, please review missed PA questions and practice on Study Island. We will have a busy week with Young Scientist today, on Tuesday and a Soil presentation and Richmond Ballet on Wednesday. Ending our week will be our Cycles in Nature Power Assessment test and Word Study with the /or/ and /ar/ sounds. Our Fraction Unit will conclude next Tuesday with a test on identifying including mixed numbers, ordering, and equivalent, comparing, and adding/subtracting fractions.

Book orders have been sent home. If you are interested in getting some fresh books, please order by March 15th. You can also order online from any Scholastic order form; please use the code N88JP.

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:
Compare/Contrast
Biography vs Autobiography

English:
Using Author’s Purpose
Irregular Plural Verbs
Spelling List 20 (/or/ and /ar/ sounds) Test Friday 3/8

Math:
Fractions (identifying, ordering, and equivalent, comparing, adding/subtracting)
Students must know their facts (+, -, x, ÷)
Test, Tues. March 12th

Science:
Water, Plant and Animal Cycles
Test, Fri. March 8th

MARCH
5 PTA Board Meeting in library 6:30-7:30 PM
5 Young Scientists: Cycles in Nature
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

MAY
7 PTA Board Meeting in library 6:30-7:30 PM
6-10 Teacher Appreciation Week
30 PTA Spirit Night at Gelati Celesti

JUNE
5 End of the year KG Program; 8:30 AM
6 End of Year School Celebration ( rescheduled/cancelled Fall Festival activities)
13 5th Grade Completion Ceremony/Celebration; 9:30-11:00 AM
14 ½ day of school for students- dismissal at 11:00 AM

Weekly Update: February 25th, 2019


We have a fun week planned to celebrate reading and Dr. Seuss! Each night as part of your student’s 20 minutes of reading, students are encouraged to read and listen to some of Dr. Seuss’ classics posted on their Schoology account found on their Library Services Course.  Each morning, we will vote for our favorite and on Friday, Kaechele’s favorite Dr. Seuss book will be revealed. Leading up to Friday, we will also celebrate Dr. Seuss with the rest of Kaechele through our spirit week.

We will discuss author’s purpose in various forms of literature,  explore fractions, and learn more about the cycles of our Earth. Homework will consist of reading Dr. Seuss books, reading boxes, math boxes, spelling (list 19), and practicing on Study Island when time allows.


Book orders have been sent home. If you are interested in getting some fresh books, please order by February 28th. You can also order online from any Scholastic order form; please use the code N88JP.


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:
Author’s Purpose
Novel Studies

English:
Using Author’s Purpose
Contractions
Apostrophes (Possessives vs Plurals)
Spelling List 19 (contractions) Test Friday 3/1

Math:
Fractions (identifying, ordering, and equivalent)
Students must know their facts (+, -, x, ÷)
Test, Tues. March 12th

Science:
Water Cycle
Plant and Animal Cycles
Test, Fri. March 8th

MARCH
5 PTA Board Meeting in library 6:30-7:30 PM
5 Young Scientists: Cycles in Nature
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

Update: February 18th, 2019

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   We have been really busy in third grade trying to stay well and learning new content. Third grade teachers have been working hard reminding students to cover coughs and wash hands frequently. We have lots of germs going around school, we appreciate your support by keeping ill students at home and reminding your students ways to stay healthy.  Our instruction the past couple weeks has been more hands on than usual between simple machines, time and now money.  We encourage you and your students to point these out and practice at home using your daily routines and lives at home.

 In Math, we will move on from counting and comparing money to making change to $5.00. If your student has had difficulty with subtracting with zeros, the difficulty might resurface with this unit, practice, practice, practice! In reading, we will be exploring author’s purpose in non-fiction. In word study and English, we will delve deep into understanding and identifying plurals and possessive nouns. In Social Studies, we will closing out our Economics Unit with our test this Thursday. Most concepts should be review to students with the exception of economic choice versus opportunity cost.

Should I send my child to school?  During flu season and other times, many parents question whether or not they should send their child to school after they have been out sick.  Please review the following information in our KES Parent/Student Handbook about our procedures: Do not send your child to school if they have a fever over 100.4 degrees, vomiting or diarrhea due to illness.  Children should be free from these symptoms for 24 hours before returning to school.  Also, if a child is absent from school due to illness, they may not attend after school activities that may be going on at school that take place on that day.  A child who has been prescribed antibiotics can usually return to school 24 hours after treatment has begun or as directed by the child’s physician.

Family Fun and Fitness Night is Thursday, February 21st from 6:30 – 7:30: We hope you all can make it out for a fun filled night of fitness. We will all meet in the gym at 6:30 for a brief PTA meeting and then break off into 5 groups that will travel around the school to different fitness activities that include; Jumping Rope, Yard Games, Taekwondo, Student Tabatas and the Short Pump Middle Dance Team.  This will also be our final event for Healthy Schools Healthy Virginia. Hope to see everyone there!

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:
Author’s Purpose with non-fiction
Review Inferencing Test Wednesday, 2/20
Novel Studies

English:
Spelling List 18 (plurals) Test Friday, 2/22
Possessive Nouns

Math:
Money Test: Fri.. 2/22
(Counting, Comparing, Making Change to $5.00)
Students must know their facts (+, -, x, ÷)

Social Studies:
Economics Test Thursday, 2/21

FEBRUARY Random Acts of Kindness Month at KES
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.