January 14, 2019

Good Morning Parents!

Mark your calendars- The third grade students will be preforming at the PTA meeting on February 19th and 7:00.  Hope to see you there!

During the week of February 11th– 15th, the SCA will be raising money for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. Students will have the opportunity to bring in change throughout the week. This fundraiser has always been a huge success and we can’t wait to see all that we can collect this year. Thank you in advance for your support!

As we wrap up our second quarter, you are welcome to schedule a time to meet with me regarding your child’s progress on Monday, February 4th.  Please fill out the following form: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0A4DAFAF2AA0FC1-mrs160

Our class will be taking a free field trip to the Math and Science Center on 2/7 to receive a lesson on simple machines.  Please return the permission form if you have not already done so.

IN THE CLASSROOM

Reading: Big Idea: “Readers Choose and Use Strategies” Focus Strategy: When readers take ownership of strategies, they flexibly use a variety of strategies to support comprehension. Comprehension Standards: 3.5k Use reading strategies to monitor comprehension throughout the reading process. (fiction)  3.6j Use reading strategies to monitor comprehension throughout the reading process. (nonfiction) 3.5i Identify the main idea

We will estimate and use U.S. Customary and metric units to measure

  1. length to the nearest 12 inch, inch, foot, yard, centimeter, and meter; and
  2. liquid volume in cups, pints, quarts, gallons, and liters.

Social Studies/Science:  Students will be studying ancient civilizations (Rome, Mali, China, Egypt and Greece) by rotating to other classrooms.

I hope you have a wonderful week!

Respectfully,

Mrs. Hilton

Please remember, you can check your child’s grades online.

https://sis.henrico.k12.va.us/public/home.html

January 4, 2018

Happy New Year!  I hope 2019 brings you much happiness and joy!

In the Classroom:

We will be busy in the coming weeks!

Reading:

Before the winter break we completed our second full novel!  We read The One & Only Ivan and compared it with the nonfiction book about the same gorilla entitled Ivan, the Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla! Now we are half way through, Because of Winn Dixie.

We will be focusing on comprehension of Nonfiction Text.  We will use a strategy called VIP Nonfiction.  In this strategy students will learn to 1) Flag an important fact or sentence, 2) Write the key words, 3) Use those key words to write a main idea. We will use our StoryWorks Magazines & other nonfiction texts to practice this strategies in both small group and whole group instruction.

In addition to this, students will begin their first independent novel study!  They are VERY excited about this! In class we spent the last two days learning how to complete each of the six novel study jobs.  Beginning next week, your child will be reading one of the following books: Frindle, Ramona’s World, or Double Fudge. These books will be easy reads for your child, which will allow them to focus on completing their jobs correctly.

Writing: We will work on writing friendly letters over the next two weeks.

Math: We completed our unit on multiplication representation.  We will continue to work on representing division facts. Next week we will begin a unit on measurement (length & volume). This will be a two week unit. Students will need to know how to measure length to the nearest ½ inch, cm, m, & yd and how to measure volume in cups, pints, quarts, gallons, liters & ml. This is often a challenging unit, so they may need extra support at home.

Refllex Math: Since SO many students are close to the 100% in Reflex math.  I will give students until 1/15/19 to meet this goal.  Then all students at 100% in addition and subtraction will have lunch with me in the room.  Please see that your child is doing this for two nights weekly.  This is homework.

Science: We will begin a review unit on matter next week.  Students will have a study guide, it will go home on Tuesday.  Reviewing this daily will be homework.

Social Studies: Students will switch classes next week to learn about Mali.  Mrs. Newton will be teaching this unit to your child.  I will send home any materials she would like reviewed as well.

PTA Movie Night– Our movie night will be Friday, January 11th beginning at 6:30 PM.  This is a family event (not drop-off).  This year we will have opportunities for parents to learn about reading techniques you can do at home while the children watch the movie in the gym.  Parents will be able to attend the following sessions: Choosing a Just Right Book, Implementing Reading into Everyday Activities, & Comprehension Skills!

Mark your calendars– The third grade students will be preforming at the PTA meeting on February 19th and 7:00.  Hope to see you there!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mrs. Hilton

Please remember, you can check your child’s grades online.

https://sis.henrico.k12.va.us/public/home.html

December 10, 2018

Hello Parents,

It was so nice to see your children on today!  I hope you all had a restful break!

I would like to congratulate Felicity for representing us in the 3rd grade spelling bee!  She definitely made us proud and had a big fan base in the audience!

I would also like to congratulate the following students from reaching 100% in Reflex Math for their addition and subtraction facts! Ava, Jacob, Maliyah, Logan and Audrey!  I hope many more students will reach this goal before winter break!  Then I will switch the students over to multiplication and division facts…there will be a “sweet” reward for learning those facts!

In the Classroom

The second nine weeks of third grade is packed with rigorous curriculum. The review period is over and expectations are higher.  Please take some time on Monday nights to sit with your child and review there graded papers.  Please provide assistance if you find an area of need.  Many students will need both our support the remainder of the year.  Though the material is much harder and more challenging in all subject areas, students will be exposed to many fun activities!

Please also remember you can check your child’s grades at any time.  Here is the link to make an account for yourself in case you have not already done so. https://sis.henrico.k12.va.us/public/home.html

You may notice, in this weeks papers that students are beginning to use our “Assess yourself” system on their work. If you see a blue circle on your child’s paper it means THEY feel THEY were experts on that assignment.  If you see a green circle on your child’s paper that means THEY feel THEY were practitioners and did really well and maybe only made one mistake!  if you see an orange circle on their paper that means THEY feel that THEY are an Apprentice and still need some help.  If you see a red on their paper that means THEY feel THEY need 1-1 instruction from me and consider themselves a beginner.  Notice I put THEY in all capitals?!?!  I want them to begin to know and understand times they are confident and times they should ask for help!  Ask your child about this when you review papers!  Are they able to know when they need help, or when they are experts?

Reading: We continued to focus on finding the main idea and supporting details of fictional stories!  This week we read, A Bad Case of the Stripes, The Important Book, Chicken Sunday, and What Do You Do with a Problem! In small reading groups we read a about Native Americans and a boy names Talon!  All reading groups worked with note cards to make “main idea/ detail” tables!  I am hoping the visual of a table will help students understand the importance of details in both their reading and writing!

Writing: Students learned about homophones this week and completed 10 task cards during station time.  Students also worked on a graphic organizer for their continent writing assignment.  Please go over this with your child, if they struggled.  I gave it back to all students and we went over each question and my expectation for an answer.  It is important that students learn these research skills early.  We have worked hard in class and they have seen it modeled.  Thank you for your help with this.  They then took this information and put it into a paragraph.  These paragraphs were graded and are in your child’s folder today.

Math: We completed our unit on equality.  Students all excelled on the classwork, partner work and independent work for this unit!  One day everyone got a 100%!  Amazing!  Unfortunately, when it came to the test many students did not show there work.  I sent home your child’s score, a paper copy of the test and their scratch paper.  Thank you for taking the time to review this with your child.  We begin multiplication!  We will work on ways to represent multiplication and division for the next week.  Then we will begin to learn some of the facts.  I sent home a sheet for you, as parents, to assist!  Students put this in their homework folder. A lot has changed since “we” learned multiplication and the main focus of the third grade multiplication unit is on learning how facts are represented.

Social Studies: We concluded our map unit!  Next students will become world travelers!  The third grade team has divided the civilizations (Egypt, China, Greece, Rome and Mali).  We each will be teaching one civilization to all five classes.  We begin with our own class next week!  I am responsible for teaching Egypt!  For the next two weeks my class will be learning about Egypt!  After winter break they will get another stamp on their passport as they travel to Mali in Mrs. Newton’s room!  Hopefully, they will all find this activity to be fun!

  • Egypt: In my room we did a little something different with Egypt!  Since I knew this was covered last year, students chose one of the 5 contributions to research further.  Students did some of the work independently and some of the work with other students that chose the same contribution.  On Monday, students will be put in groups of five and participate in a Socratic Seminar. This is where each member shares the contribution they researched and teach their group!  They have worked so hard on this challenging activity!!

STEM

The week of 12/17, and 1/4 we will be doing several stem lessons.  We are working hard to plan fun, yet meaningful activities for your students during these short weeks.  I know I need the following items.  If you are able to donate any of the items please let me know.

  • 4 bags of peppermint candies
  • paper plates
  • Styrofoam cups
  • 1 bag of large marshmallows

Other Important Things:

  • Please check Lost and Found for missing items.  Items need to be picked up by December 14th.
  • Hats/Gloves/Mitten Collection: Beginning November 26th through December 14th we will be collecting new hats, gloves and mittens for the Henrico Family Engagement Center. Your support is greatly appreciated as we help others in our community!
  • Save yourself some cooking by ordering pizza and supporting the PTA through Papa John’s! All purchases ordered online using the code SPES will give the school a 10% return each month.

Respectfully,

Stacy Hilton

 

 

November 26, 2018

Hello Parents,

I hope you had a wonderful break! Thank you for the canned food donations!  Our class collected over 50 cans to help those in need.

Congratulations to our Spelling Bee winner and Runner Up!

Winner: Felicity H.

Runner Up: Maliyah

IN THE CLASSROOM

Reading: 

Good readers are able to identify the main idea/central message and most important details of what they are reading.

Reading: : Main Idea and Details in Fiction

Writing: Student will be working independently to research a continent of their choice and write a paragraph about their continent.

Math: 3.17   The student will create equations to represent equivalent mathematical relationships.  We will also learn inverse relationships, commutative property of addition and identity property of addition.  Next week we will begin to learn 4 ways to represent multiplication and division facts.

Social Studies/Science

The student will develop map skills by using globes and maps to locate and describe:
major rivers, mountain ranges, and other geographic features of…

North America: Great Lakes, Mississippi River, Rio Grande River, Appalachian Mts., Rocky Mts.

South America: Andes Mts., Amazon River, Amazon Rain forest

Africa: Sahara Desert, Nile River, Atlas Mts.

Europe: Italian Peninsula, Mediterranean Sea, Alps Mts.

Asia: Huang He River, Himalaya Mts. Gobi Desert

Your child should be reviewing nightly, We have labeled all these features except Asia.  There is a test on Friday.

Other Important Things to Know:

Please send back signed report card envelopes, if you have not already done so

Hats/Gloves/Mitten Collection: Beginning November 26th through December 14th we will be collecting new hats, gloves and mittens for the Henrico Family Engagement Center. Your support is greatly appreciated as we help others in our community!

Save yourself some cooking by ordering pizza and supporting the PTA through Papa John’s! All purchases ordered online using the code SPES will give the school a 10% return each month.

We will be having a winter party on the afternoon on December 19th.

Please remember, you can check your child’s grades online.

https://sis.henrico.k12.va.us/public/home.html

November 11, 2018 & Monticello!

Good Morning, Parents,

We had a wonderful end to the first nine weeks!  Check out what is happening this week in the classroom!

If you were not able to come in for a parent/teacher conference, it’s not too late!  Please contact me to set up a time to meet.  It always such a joy partnering with the parents to help ensure success!  sehilton@henrico.k12.va.us

Reading: This week we will compare and contrast settings, characters, and events using five different versions of Cinderella!  This is one of my favorite units!  We will read a traditional Cinderella and compare that story to the following versions; Smoky Mountain Rose, The Rough Faced Girl, Cinder Edna and Dinorella!  Students are encouraged to READ over the Thanksgiving break.

Math: The student will identify, describe, create, and extend patterns found in objects, pictures, numbers and tables.  We will test on this Friday.

Reflex Math: Please continue to have your child complete Reflex Math at least twice a week!  Fact mastery is very important!

Social Studies Students need to continue to review the location of the seven continents and five oceans.  This week we will work on learning the following features of North America: Great Lakes, Appalachian Mountains, Rocky Mountains, Rio Grande River and Mississippi River.  We will also learn the following features of South America: Amazon River, Amazon Rain forest and Andes Mountains.  In Africa we will learn the location of the Nile River River Atlas Mountains and the Sahara Desert. As you can see this is A LOT of information and students will likely need review time at home.  Thank you in advance for that!

Gobble, Gobble! It has been my dream to be the Turkey Queen! It is time for us to start collecting canned goods for our Turkey King and Queen Contest. We are collecting canned goods from November 1st– 16th. Your donations not only support a wonderful charity but they help us earn the title of Turkey Queen/King for the 2018- 2019 school year!! Thank you in advance for all of your donations!

Thank you to our chaperones (and awesome students) who made the field trip a success.  I think we can all agree it was a wonderful day filled with lasting memories! Here are some photos that were taken.  I tried hard to get some of everyone, but I am sure I missed someone.  Photography was not allowed inside the actual house, but I think we got plenty of good pictures anyway!  Click on the link below and Enjoy!

https://photos.app.goo.gl/C6pPU22xNrkDPoao7

11/20- PJ day/Report cards go home

11/21-11/23- Thanksgiving break

12/20-1/2- Winter break

Respectfully,

Mrs. Hilton

November 2, 2018

Good evening, Parents,

We had a good week!

IN THE CLASSROOM

Reading: We continued working on yellow questions while we read a wonderful StoryWorks story, Saving the Dolphins!  Students learned how a group of people rescued two dolphins. As they read, they identified problems and solutions related to saving endangered dolphins and built vocabulary.

Writing: Students worked on narrative writing this week.  They wrote stories, from the point of view of a crayon!  Some students will be finishing this up next week, and others will move onto another writing assignment!  We continue to work on complete sentences, capitalization and punctuation.  As well as, making our stories flow!

Math: We completed our unit on addition and subtraction.  Please continue to work with your child at home if this was a tough unit.  Practicing Reflex Math will help also.  It is essential that students master these facts. Fact mastery is key we move into multiplication, division and fractions!

Science: We had a wonderful virtual lesson from the MSiC.  Students were able to work with bats!

Social Studies– We will begin to learn land and water features for the continents of North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Africa!

Save yourself some cooking by ordering pizza and supporting the PTA through Papa John’s! All purchases ordered online using the code SPES will give the school a 10% return each month.

Other Information:

The Next General Membership PTA meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 13th at 7:00pm in the gym.

Our next SPES PTA spirit night is going to be at Potbelly Sandwich Shop (10921 W. Broad Street) on November 12, 2018 from 4pm-9pm!  We hope you can make it!

Gobble, Gobble! It is time for us to start collecting canned goods for our Turkey King and Queen Contest. We are collecting canned goods from November 1st– 16th. Your donations not only support a wonderful charity but they help your child get the title of Turkey Queen/King for the 2018- 2019 school year!! Thank you in advance for all of your donations!

Important Dates:

11/6 Student holiday/morning parent conferences

11/7 Field Trip to Monticello

11/20 PJ day/Report cards go home

11/21-11/23 Thanksgiving break

12/20-1/2 Winter break

October 27, 2018

Good evening, Parents,

I hope you all are enjoying your weekend! We had another great week in room D-7.

Thank you for your candy donations for Trunk or Treat!  We hope you had a wonderful time despite it being inside!  It was so nice to see so many of you there!  The kids all looked so cute!

Mrs. Woody did a wonderful job organizing the Bully Walk!  She arranged for some of the Glen Allen High School Track team, Nutzy the Squirrel, Parker the kangaroo and Minnie Mouse to attend and support or daily quest for a bully free school!  Mr. Favale was an amazing deejay.

Reading-This week we finished our nonfiction unit on San Franscisco.  In small groups each group read a nonficiton book on animals.  Students either read, From Wild to Mild or Say What Horse!  Next week, in small group,  we will read a nonfiction article from the StoryWorks magazine on dolphins!  In whole group we will read nonfiction articles about pumpkins and spiders!

Writing– We began a new writing activity.  Students will take on the role of a crayon and write a narrative essay from the point of view of a crayon.  We read, The Day the Crayons Quit to gain an understanding of how to do this type of writing.  This is a challenging activity but one that will help your child become a better writer and the end result is fantastic!

Math-We completed our place value unit this week.  We took our first Power Test.  This is a test on the computer made by the math specialists of the county.  These tests are meant to simulate the SOL and provide students, teachers and parents good feedback on areas of needed review.  These scores are usually lower than the traditional paper, pencil tests.  For this reason I usually only give 1 or  2 a nine weeks for both math and reading.  This nine weeks I will only give one. Please take some time and look over this and the other signed papers.  There are students that would continue to benefit from this time at home to review.  We are currently working in a unit on addition, subtraction and estimation.  Please make sure your child knows to add/subtract starting in the ones place, can line up numbers in equations and is able to determine what needs to be done in word problems.  This is also a skill we will review all year long.  Next, we will do a unit on patterns.  I will continue to help those that struggle in PIE time. Thank you for your help at home.

Science-We have completed our unit on Animals and Ecosystems!  Monday we will have a virtual lesson from the MSiC (Math Science Innovation Center) that focuses on bats and their adaptations.  I will try to take some good photos to upload.

Social Studies-We will begin a new unit on map skills.  Students will briefly review the continents and oceans and begin to learn land and water features for North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America.

Field Trip-If you have not already paid please do so as soon as possible.  Payments need to be made in cash at this point.  To further support this trip I read the students the book Who Was Thomas Jefferson!  We learned many great facts!  Did you know Thomas Jefferson was an amazing writer but poor public speaker, wrote more than 36,000 letters in his life time, died on July 4th, and considers his biggest regret and failure as president to be the fact that he owned slaves and was not “bold” enough to see through the law he passed to free slaves?  Hopefully these facts will give students a base for the trip!  As you do know it was years later that another president Abraham Lincoln made this a reality.

A few reminders:

Just a friendly reminder that students cannot wear costumes to school and due to allergies, please do not send in candy.

Save yourself some cooking by ordering pizza and supporting the PTA through Papa John’s! All purchases ordered online using the code SPES will give the school a 10% return each month.  J

What would I look like in the turkey queen hat!  Make my dreams come true!

Gobble, Gobble! It is time for us to start collecting canned goods for our Turkey King and Queen Contest. We are collecting canned goods from November 1st– 16th. Your donations not only support a wonderful charity but they help your child get the title of Turkey Queen/King for the 2018- 2019 school year!! Thank you in advance for all of your donations!

Dates to Remember

11/5 End of First nine weeks/evening parent conferences

11/6 Student holiday/morning parent conferences

11/7 Field Trip to Monticello

11/20 PJ day/Report cards go home

11/21-11/23 THANKSGIVING BREAK!

October 19, 2018

Hello Parents,

We have had a fun, full week!

IN THE CLASSROOM

Reading: Focus strategy- Questioning in Nonfiction – Functional Texts (flyers, recipes, brochures, how-to, articles, etc.)  Ask and answer questions about what is read.  GAIN meaning before, during, and after reading by:

  • Asking and answering questions to clarify meaning
  • Understanding that sometimes two or more pieces of information need to be put together to answer and question
  • Understanding that some questions are answered directly in the text

Please continue to review nonfiction text features with your child.  We will continue our unit on San Francisco.  We did not finish all the fun activities I had planned!  This week we will look at brochures, menus, schedules and we will visit an internet site on Pier 36 in San Francisco.

Writing:  Students have blown me away with their research!  I had the chance to conference with each child and they are close to completing their animal report!  Next week we will begin a two week, first person narrative writing assignment.  They are quickly turning into excellent writers!

Math: We will continue to work on the following:  estimating and determining the sum or difference of two whole numbers; and creating and solving single-step and multi step practical problems involving sums or differences of two whole numbers, each 9,999 or less.

Reflex Math: So many students are mastering so many facts!  Thank you, parents, for making sure they get on twice a week for homework.  As we move into our computation and estimation unit this prior knowledge will prove to be a huge help!  We already have a few students nearing 100%!  That is fantastic!

Science:  We will conclude our unit on animals this week and move into a three week study of map skills! We will also conclude out animal research papers this week.  I have been very pleased with these prompts, and thrilled with the way this research supported our learning in such a fun way!

Other important information:

Mark your calendars!  The evening of November 5th and morning of November 6th (a teacher work day) will be set aside for parent teacher conferences.  It is an important time to discuss the first nine weeks and what’s ahead for your child.  Below is the website to sign up for conferences on Sign Up Genius.  Please let me know if you have any issues scheduling a conference.  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0A4DAFAF2AA0FC1-mrs132

We are continuing to collect candy for Trunk or Treat.  Candy can be brought into the classroom through Friday.  Currently we only have a few bags.  Thank you for donating!

We are looking forward to our upcoming field trip!  Please get permission forms and money by Friday 10/26.  Thank you.

Save yourself some cooking by ordering pizza and supporting the PTA through Papa John’s! All purchases ordered online using the code SPES will give the school a 10% return each month.

Parent referrals for gifted identification will be accepted beginning October 9 through October 26, 2018.  Referrals should be submitted in writing (email is acceptable) to Teresa Atkinson at twatkins@henrico.k12.va.us during these designated dates.  No referrals will be accepted after October 26.  The subject line of the email should state Gifted Referral, and the email should include student’s first and last name, grade level, teacher, and area of referral (English, Math or Both areas). An email confirmation will be sent within 48 hours.  If you do not receive an email confirmation, please call the school.

October 15, 2018

Good evening parents!

I hope you all were safe during Michael!  Even though it was a short week, it was a week full of learning!  The pace is starting to pick up and new material is being introduced.  If you are noticing lower grades than you are used to, it can be normal!  The jump between 2nd and 3rd grade is a large academic jump.  It is also the year where the focus of reading changes from “learning to read” to “reading to learn”.  Couple this with a heightened responsibility placed on your child, and there may be some growing pains.  Please remember we are all in this together!  I have lived this jump with one of my children so far, and we both survived!

IN THE CLASSROOM

Reading: Focus strategy- Questioning in Nonfiction – Functional Texts (flyers, recipes,brochures, how-to, articles, etc.) We have a fun unit on San Francisco/ Alcatraz planned for this week! Throughout this unit students will:

Ask and answer questions about what is read,

GAIN meaning before, during, and after reading by:

  • Asking and answering questions to clarify meaning
  • Understanding that sometimes two or more pieces of information need to be put together to answer and question
  • Understanding that some questions are answered directly in the text

We also are working of identifying fictional texts and nonfictional texts by their features.

Math: We will conclude our place value unit, but will continue to review the skills through the remainder of the year!  If you noticed that your child struggled, please continue to review (reading, writing and representing six digit numbers, and comparing/rounding four digit numbers.)  It may be helpful to review the last blog post for more detail.  Moving forward we will begin working on estimating and determining the sum or difference of two whole numbers; and creating and solving single-step and multi-step practical problems involving sums or differences of two whole numbers, each 9,999 or less.

Writing:  Students began their research for their animal project this week!  They used at least two of the four resources (Pebble Go, EPIC, Britanica Online, Nonfiction Library Books) to find facts on an animal of their choice!  I would say it was a hit! I am hoping next week’s writing portion will be just as fun!

Science:  We will continue to explore Ecosystems, both terrestrial (land) and aquatic (water), and learn how different animal’s adapt to their ecosystems.  We will learn that animals can have physical adaptation (teeth, fur, blubber, beaks, camouflage, mimicry etc) and behavioral adaptations (migrating, hibernating, food storing, playing dead etc).  They will apply what they are learning in science to their research/writing projects!  This week we were lucky to have a free program from Henricopolis Soil and Water called, “Who Polluted the River”.

Other Important Reminders

Socktober!  During the month of October, students are encouraged to bring in new socks that will be donated to people in need.  Let’s fill the sock bin and show our Springfield sprit!

Mark your calendars!  The evening of November 5th and morning of November 6th (a teacher work day) will be set aside for parent teacher conferences.  It is an important time to discuss the first nine weeks and what’s ahead for your child.  Below is the website to sign up for conferences on Sign Up Genius.  Please let me know if you have any issues scheduling a conference.https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0A4DAFAF2AA0FC1-mrs132

Spirit Night – Our October spirit night will be on Wednesday, October 17th at California Pizza Kitchen, Short Pump Town Center. The school will be sending out a flier closer to the event in our weekly Eblast. You want to present that flier to your server and California Pizza Kitchen will donate 20% of your purchase to SPES PTA!

PIZZA-Save yourself some cooking by ordering pizza and supporting the PTA! All purchases ordered online using the code SPES will give the school a 10% return each month.

Field Trip– Forms are coming home Monday 10/15.  Please return them as soon as possible.  If you would like to be considered for a chaperone please mark that at the bottom of your form, but do not pay yet.  There will be attached directions for paying online.  If you are able to pay online please do so.  It is very easy, but you will need your child’s student ID.  This is on every report cart and if they were born in VA it is their birth certificate number.  Most of you had to dig this up for the Rycor forms.  The good news is once it is in the system it will stay and you an pay year after year!

Dates to Remember

10/26 Trunk or Treat

11/5 End of First nine weeks/evening parent conferences

11/6 Student holiday/morning parent conferences

11/7 Field Trip to Monticello

Parent referrals for gifted identification will be accepted beginning October 9 through October 26, 2018.  Referrals should be submitted in writing (email is acceptable) to Teresa Atkinson at twatkins@henrico.k12.va.us during these designated dates.  No referrals will be accepted after October 26.  The subject line of the email should state Gifted Referral, and the email should include student’s first and last name, grade level, teacher, and area of referral (English, Math or Both areas). An email confirmation will be sent within 48 hours.  If you do not receive an email confirmation, please call the school

 

October 6, 2018

Good evening, Parents,

We had a great, and busy week in room D-7!

IN THE CLASSROOM

Reading: Students will use text formats such as the following to preview, set a purpose for reading, and locate information relevant to a given topic efficiently:

  • Content text features, such as headings and chapter layout by topic
  • Functional formats, such as advertisements, flyers, and directions
  • Specialized type, such as bold face and italics
  • Visually and graphically represented information such as charts, graph, graphic organizers, pictures, and photographs

We began reading stations, extensions.  This week I will begin pulling reading groups and students will continue to learn our station rotation.  Challenge work will also be given for early finishers!

Writing– This week your child did a writing prompt, highlighting part of our school theme!  They chose one of the letters from the word KIND (Knowledgeable, Imaginative, Nurturing, Determined).  Next week we will begin an animal research project!

Math: SOL 3.1 Place  Value- 3.1 Read, write, and identify the place and value of each digit in a six-digit whole number, with and without models; round whole numbers, 9,999 or less, to the nearest ten, hundred, and thousand; and compare and order whole numbers, each 9,999 or less.  Please look over the papers that will come home tomorrow.  This will help you know what areas your child  may need to practice a little more before our test later this week.

Science-We will be working on another science unit.  Over the next two weeks we will study animal habitats and adaptations.  Students will get the opportunity to research an animal of their choice and complete an expository writing assignment using their animal!

Socktober!  During the month of October, students are encouraged to bring in new socks that will be donated to people in need.  Let’s fill the sock bin and show our Springfield sprit!

Homework: Students are now imported into my class on Reflex Math and should be able to sign in to Reflex Math at home. Please have your child do Reflex math nightly twice a week, until they reach a green light. Students should be reading 20 minutes each night as well.  Please ask your child a few questions about their reading to check for comprehension.

Mark your calendars!  The evening of November 5th and morning of November 6th (a teacher work day) will be set aside for parent teacher conferences.  It is an important time to discuss the first nine weeks and what’s ahead for your child.

Our first field trip of the year will be on November 7th to Monticello.  More information will be sent home closer to the trip but I do know the cost is $34.00.  I wanted to let you know early, so you are able to plan.

The Watchdog kick-off Breakfast has been moved to October 12th.

Parent referrals for gifted identification will be accepted beginning October 9 through October 26, 2018.  Referrals should be submitted in writing (email is acceptable) to Teresa Atkinson at twatkins@henrico.k12.va.us during these designated dates.  No referrals will be accepted after October 26.  The subject line of the email should state Gifted Referral, and the email should include student’s first and last name, grade level, teacher, and area of referral (English, Math or Both areas). An email confirmation will be sent within 48 hours.  If you do not receive an email confirmation, please call the school.

Looking forward to another wonderful week!

Respectfully,
Stacy Hilton