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

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