May 20, 2019

Hi Parents!

SOL Testing: Tuesday is the first day of our math SOL testing!  Please make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and eats a hardy breakfast on testing mornings!  Please make every effort to get your child to school on time.  They have been working so hard all year and now it’s time for them to show what they know!

Help Needed!  As a STEM project, we will be creating simple machines out of everyday household items (string, toilet paper rolls, cans, pipe cleaners, popsicle sticks, etc.) after our SOL tests.  Please help by bringing these items in to class so we can have a variety of items to make our simple machines!  Thanks in advance!

Papa John’s Dollars for Dough: May is here – the end of the 2018-19 Papa John’s “Dollars for Dough” contest is near!  Friday, May 31 is THE LAST day for this year’s “Dollars for Dough” contest. We are close to winning some “dough” but we need everyone’s help to guarantee victory!  If every family would order one pizza from Papa John’s this month using the code SPES, we will definitely win.  Remember, anyone living in the state of Virginia can help.  Ask family and friends to support The Park. This is the BIG push to bring home the dough to The Park!    Go to www.papajohns.com and use the code SPES.

IN THE CLASSROOM

Reading: A variety of fun topics!

Math: SOL Testing

Theme: Citizenship & Economics

Dates to Remember

5/21- Math SOL (part 1)

5/22- Math SOL (part 2)

5/27- Memorial Day holiday

6/11- Student holiday

6/14- Last day for students,

11:05 dismissal

 

May 13, 2019

Dear Parents,

Thank you!  Thank you so much for all the sweet treats, fruit, flowers, classroom supplies and kind cards during teacher appreciation week!  I am so lucky to have such an amazing and supportive group of kids and their families!  You made me feel very special and very appreciated! 

May 6, 2019

Good Morning Parents,

Here is a practice website for the SOL’s! Please take a moment and review it with your child. 

https://home.testnav.com/

Thanks to all the chaperones who came on our field trip!  What a special day it was!

As a STEM project, we will be creating simple machines out of everyday household items (string, toilet paper rolls, cans, pipe cleaners, popsicle sticks, etc.) after our SOL tests.  Please help by brining these items in to class so we can have a variety of items to make our simple machines!  Thanks in advance!

We WON the denim drive for a second year in a row! Thank you for your continued support!

Did you know that 350 slices of pizza are eaten every second in the United States?  Americans love pizza so much that we eat about 100 acres of pizza everyday according to the National Association of Pizza operators.  That is A LOT of pizza!  If all those pizzas were ordered from Papa John’s using the code SPES we would easily win the “Dollars for Dough” contest.  Unfortunately, not all those people know about our wonderful school.  We need everyone’s help to win the $10,000 prize. It is so easy to do.  Go to www.papajohns.com and use the code SPES. Now thorough May 19, please send in your receipt with your child’s name and teacher’s name on it.  The class with the largest number of orders, per grade level,  will receive an exciting treat from our administration.  Ask family and friends to do the same and send in their receipt to help your child’s class.  In order to win, we need 100% participation.  We CAN do it with your help! We want the BIGGEST slice of the pie!

IN THE CLASSROOM

Reading: Big Idea:  Good readers summarize what they read.  Strategy Focus: Summarizing nonfiction and fictional text by writing down the most important parts.

Math: 3.12 The student will a. define polygon; b. identify and name polygons with 10 or fewer sides; and c. combine and subdivide polygons with three or four sides and name the resulting polygon(s).

Social Studies/Science:  3.7 The student will investigate and understand the major components of soil, its origin, and its importance to plants and animals including humans. Key concepts include a) soil provides the support and nutrients necessary for plant growth; b) topsoil is a natural product of subsoil and bedrock; c) rock, clay, silt, sand, and humus are components of soils; and d) soil is a natural resource and should be conserved.

 

April 29, 2019

Hello Parents,

Check out this SOL prep website!  www.solpass.org- This is an awesome website to help kids prepare for the reading and math SOL tests.  To login, type in under “school” Buffalo Trail ES.  The password is Buffalo.  The website gives practice passages and math questions broken down by skill.

Tuesday is our field trip!  We are very excited about visiting the Valentine Museum.  Please remember to make sure your child is wearing walking shoes and brings a bagged lunch unless you filled out a form for your child to get a lunch from school.  If you are a chaperone, please plan on being at school by 8:50.  We will depart at 9:15 and will be back to school by 1:30. 

Tank you Mrs. Watt and Mrs. Page!  This past Wednesday, April 24 was Secretary’s Day.   Mrs. Watt and Mrs. Page are the first two friendly faces that greet all of “The Park” visitors. Why not celebrate this day with a pizza from Papa John’s?  While you and your family are eating pizza, talk about all of the wonderful ways that these two special ladies help us at Springfield Park every day.  Go to www.papajohns.com  and use the code “SPES.”  (The code is important for us to receive credit.)  Happy Secretary’s Day, Mrs. Watt and Mrs. Page!  Thank you for everything you do every day at “The Park!”

As a STEM project, we will be creating simple machines out of everyday household items (string, toilet paper rolls, cans, pipe cleaners, popsicle sticks, etc.) after our SOL tests.  Please help by bringing these items in to class so we can have a variety of items to make our simple machines!  Thanks in advance!

IN THE CLASSROOM

Reading: We will work this week on Poetry!

Math: We will complete our unit on probability and begin our last unit on geometry. Students will a. define polygon; b. identify and name polygons with 10 or fewer sides; and c. combine and subdivide polygons with three or four sides and name the resulting polygon(s).

Social Studies/Science:  We will continue our work on simple machines and then move to a unit on soil. Students will investigate and understand the major components of soil, its origin, and its importance to plants and animals including humans. Key concepts include a) soil provides the support and nutrients necessary for plant growth; b) topsoil is a natural product of subsoil and bedrock; c) rock, clay, silt, sand, and humus are components of soils; and d) soil is a natural resource and should be conserved.

Dates to Remember:

4/30- Field Trip to Valentine Museum

5/14- Reading SOL (part 1)

5/15- Reading SOL (part 2)

5/21- Math SOL (part 1)

5/22- Math SOL (part 2)

5/27- Memorial Day holiday

6/11- Student holiday

6/14- Last day for students

April 15, 2019

Hello Parents,

Run to Read: Strait from the Heart

Springfield Park will have it’s annual Run2Read event on Friday, April 19 at 8:30am.    Please consider sponsoring your child (or even have their Grandparents sponsor) a book for their hard work with running.  We ask that students bring in their book (unwrapped) on the morning of the event (April 19) so they can place it in the gift boxes we will have. All the NEW books will be donated to the Children’s Hospital so we can bring joy to those needing the joy of a story. Thank you in advance for being willing to help your child with their quality character and being a wonderful global citizen. Here is a list of suggested books: IF YOU GET AN ERROR MESSAGE CLICK TAKE ME HOME 🙂

https://sites.google.com/henrico.k12.va.us/straitfromtheheart/click-here-for-information/sponsor-your-child-form

Here is the link to check out all the amazing things happening for our first annual Run2Read.

https://sites.google.com/henrico.k12.va.us/straitfromtheheart/home

Thank you for helping us to honor our beloved librarian and friend Diane Strait.

TESTING SITE: Check out this SOL prep website!  www.solpass.org- This is an awesome website to help kids prepare for the reading and math SOL tests.  To login, type in under “school” Buffalo Trail ES.  The password is Buffalo.  The website gives practice passages and math questions broken down by skill.

Field Day was a success despite the rain!  Thanks to all the parents who came out to cheer us on!

The news keeps reminding us that April 15th is fast approaching and today is THE DAY!  What is important about April 15?  April 15 is important because we only have 10 more days until our 2019 Denim Drive is over.  Now is the time to bring in all of the denim items that you have been thinking about donating since January.   We are a little over halfway to our goal of collecting 2,000 items.  Please ask family and friends if they have any denim items they are ready to part with.  Any color and condition are accepted. Remember, Thursday, April 25 is last call for ALL denim.   We can keep our title with your help!

Thank you to the families and Park friends who ordered Papa John’s pizza during the month of March.  We had our most successful month to date with 158 orders!  We are in third place at this point in the competition.  If we can maintain, or better yet, exceed this number for the months of April and May, we can hopefully get the biggest slice, $10,000.  Imagine all of the wonderful ways we can enhance learning at “The Park”.  It is so easy to do. Everyone loves pizza!   Go to www.papajohns.com and use the code SPES.  Remember, this Friday is a half day.  Why not order a pizza for lunch?

IN THE CLASSROOM

Reading: Big Idea: Determining the author’s purpose for writing helps the reader understand the author’s intended message.  Strategy Focus: Author’s Purpose Fiction

Math: 3.2 The student will a) name and write fractions and mixed numbers represented by a model; b) represent fractions and mixed numbers with models and symbols; and c) compare fractions having like and unlike denominators, using words and symbols (>, <, =, or ≠), with models.

Congratulations to Kelsey, Jacob, Audrey & Ava for reaching 100% in multiplication & division!

Science: We will begin our unit on Simple Machines. Students will be making a fun and interactive lap book to help them learn these new concepts. It will look something like this when it is complete!

Dates to Remember:

4/19- Half day for students

4/22- No school

4/23- Report cards go home

4/26- Spring Carnival

5/14- Reading SOL (part 1)

5/15- Reading SOL (part 2)

5/21- Math SOL (part 1)

5/22- Math SOL (part 2)

Have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Hilton

April 8, 2019

Hi Parents,

I hope you had a wonderful break with your kids! Here is the newsletter for the week!

Just a reminder that field trip money and forms are due Wednesday 4/10.  Any money collected after that date will need to be in cash. Thank you.

Check out this SOL prep website!  www.solpass.org- This is an awesome website to help kids prepare for the reading and math SOL tests.  To login, type in under “school” Buffalo Trail ES.  The password is Buffalo.  The website gives practice passages and math questions broken down by skill.

Just a reminder that students will take their Math MAPS test on Wednesday.  Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and eats a good breakfast that morning so they can rock the test!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you to those who ordered a pizza from Papa John’s the week before Spring Break to help us get a HUGE piece of the pie…$10,000!  If you were unable to order, it is not too late.  If every student, parent, teacher, staff member and anyone else who has a loved one at The Park places just one order this year with Papa John’s, we WILL win!  All you have to do is order ONLINE at www.papajohns.com. You MUST use the code SPES in the box at the top of the screen.   We are so close to winning the entire pie.  We just need your help!

The Denim Drive continues for a few more weeks.   Please send in any unwanted denim items (jackets, jeans, shirts, skirts, etc.)   Last year we collected almost 2000 denim items and with the momentum we have established the last 2 months, we can easily collect more than 2000 items this year.  Ask friends and family to help.   We can win this with EVERYONE’S help!

IN THE CLASSROOM

Reading: Big Idea: Determining the author’s purpose for writing helps the reader understand the author’s intended message.  Strategy Focus: Author’s Purpose Fiction.  Comprehension: 3.5e Identify the author’s purpose

Math: 3.2 The student will a) name and write fractions and mixed numbers represented by a model; b) represent fractions and mixed numbers with models and symbols; and c) compare fractions having like and unlike denominators, using words and symbols (>, <, =, or ≠), with models.

Social Studies/Science:  Students will switch teachers to learn about the contributions of ancient civilizations (Mali, Rome, Greece, China, Egypt).

4/12- Field Day

4/19- Half day for students

4/22- No school

4/26- Spring Carnival

4/30 Field Trip

March 18, 2019

Good Afternoon, Parents,

We had a wonderful visit from Steven K Smith this morning!  If you are looking for some wonderful books I highly rec commend his Virginia Readers series!  I have read them all! They take place in Virginia and students love them! 

IN THE CLASSROOM

Reading: Big Idea: A good reader summarizes information during and after reading that covers the main points.  Strategy Focus:  Summarizing Nonfiction. We will be reading nonfiction stories on famous Americans including: Wilma Rudolph, Harriett Tubman, The Wright Brothers & Abraham Lincoln. We will follow the Who-What-Why format for summarizing these famous individuals.

Math: The student will a) name and write fractions and mixed numbers represented by a model; b) represent fractions and mixed numbers with models and symbols; and c) compare fractions having like and unlike denominators, using words and symbols (>, <, =, or ≠), with models.

Social Studies/Science:  Students will switch teachers to learn about the contributions of ancient civilizations (Mali, Rome, Greece, China, Egypt).

www.khanacademy.org/mappers (designed to target specific weaknesses for your child).  Can be accessed on Schoology through Clever.  On my Schoology math page, there are also a lot of other websites as well.

If you have not already done so please consider joining our PTA.

Wednesday is the first day of spring.  It is time to put the winter clothes and parkas in the back of the closet and bring out the short sleeve shirts and jackets.  As you rotate your wardrobe for the new season, you may also discover there are denim items you no longer wear.  Instead of letting these items continue to take up valuable closet and drawer space, please send them to “The Park” for our annual Denim Drive.  Our March competition among the grade levels is tight.  Your addition may be the pair of jeans or the jean jacket to help your favorite class win!  Thank you for your help and Happy Spring!

Did you know that March 20th is National Proposal Day?  The Springers at “The Park” would like to propose to you the idea of ordering a pizza from Papa John’s to help us get closer to the GRAND PRIZE of $10,000. It is so easy to do.  Go to www.papajohns.com or call (804) 747-7300 and remember to use the code SPES.   So we would like to pop the question, “Would you PLEASE order a pizza from Papa John’s?”

This weekend there will be an arts festival on both Saturday & Sunday from 10am-4pm each day.  This is HCPS’s annual “Youth Art Month” exhibit featuring art from all of the elementary, middle, & high schools.  The location this year is Varina High School.  Stop by to see some amazing art created by SPES and Henrico county students!

To check your child’s grades visit: https://sis.henrico.k12.va.us/public/home.html

Respectfully,

Mrs. Hilton

March 11, 2019

IN THE CLASSROOM

TOMORROW IS SPRING PICTURE DAY! Remember to send in money if you would like a class photo.

Reading: Students will Identify the author’s purpose in nonfiction text.

  

Math: The student will a) name and write fractions and mixed numbers represented by a model; b) represent fractions and mixed numbers with models and symbols; and c) compare fractions having like and unlike denominators, using words and symbols (>, <, =, or ≠), with models.

Reflex Math: Please make sure your child is completing 2 days a week of Reflex Math until they meet their green light. This is part of weekly homework. Thank you!

Schoology: Your child can access their Schoology account from home. I am uploading AWESOME math games to help support their fraction unit!  Students are loving Find Grampy! Check it out at home!

Social Studies:  Students will switch teachers to learn about the contributions of Rome from Mrs. Colyer!

Just a reminder that as we approach SOLs, it’s more important than ever for your child to be reading, reading, reading!  Asking questions about their book or having them write about their reading is a great way to build accountability into their nightly homework.

To check your child’s grades visit: https://sis.henrico.k12.va.us/public/home.html

Dates to Remember:

3/12- Spring Picture Day

3/29- ½ Day for students

4/1-4/5- Spring Break

March 4, 2019

IN THE CLASSROOM

Reading: This week we will be working on identifying the author’s purpose in nonfiction text. We will compare three nonfiction text. The Boy who Harnessed the Wind, Ryan’s Well, and an article from the UVA newspaper about Chris Long’s work raising money to build wells in Africa. Chris Long is a current member of the Philadelphia Eagles, former UVA football player & philanthropist. I think this will be a wonderful week reading nonfiction and learning how author’s write to provide their reader with information!

Math: We will begin a large unit on fractions. This week students will name and write fractions of a set. Next week we will compare fractions with like and unlike denominators and then we will learn how to add and subtract fractions. Finally, we will learn about mixed numbers and improper fractions.

**If your child struggled on the money task cards and you would like to borrow a set of the cards to review. Please email me and I will send them home 🙂

Reflex Math: Please make sure your child is completing Reflex Math twice a week until they meet their green light. Congratulations to Jonah, Hassan & Hagop for being promotes to multiplication and division!

www.khanacademy.org/mappers (designed to target specific weaknesses for your child).  Both can be accessed on Schoology through Clever.

Social Studies/Science:  We will investigate and understand basic patterns and cycles occurring in nature. Key concepts include a) patterns of natural events such as day and night, seasonal changes, simple phases of the moon, and tides; b) animal life cycles; and c) plant life cycles. Our Test will be Thursday.

Writing: We will use our research about a famous African American and write a paragraph using transition words (first, next, then, finally) and joining words phrases.

WOW!!! We had an overwhelming first month collection for our Denim Drive.  Thanks to many of you, we collected 754 denim items.  Our February class winners in the K-2 Division is Miss Buff’s kindergarten and in the 3 – 5 Division is Mrs. Nowicki’s fifth grade.  Our March competition started on Friday.  Which classes will be he Denim Champions for March.  Ask family and friends to start cleaning out their closets and give any denim items to “The Park.”’  Will we be able to break 1,000 items in March?  With your help, we can!

March 6 is National Frozen Food Day.  We can thank Clarence Birdseye  for patenting frozen foods in 1927.  Frozen foods first hit store shelves in 1930.  When you think of frozen foods, many of you think of a frozen pizza.  Why have a frozen pizza when you can a delicious pizza made especially for you, hot and fresh from Papa John’s?  It is so easy to do.  Go to www.papajohns.com or call (804) 747-7300 and remember to use the code SPES.  Thank you for participating in Dollars for Dough and helping “The Park” get closer to $10,000.

To check your child’s grades visit: https://sis.henrico.k12.va.us/public/home.html

Dates to Remember:

3/8- Talent Show

3/12- Spring Picture Day

3/29- ½ Day for students

4/1-4/5- Spring Break

February 25, 2019

Good Morning, Parents!

*Oreo cookies for a class activity on moon phases!  Thanks in advance!*

IN THE CLASSROOM

Reading: Big Idea: Readers use information in the text along with what they already know to draw a conclusion.  Strategy Focus:  Drawing Conclusions in Nonfiction! We will be using the strategy: Read–Know–Conclude.

Writing: We are working on adding transition words to our paragraphs & students are researching a famous African American.

Math: The student will: determine the value of a collection of bills and coins whose total value is $5.00 or less, compare the value of two sets of coins or two sets of coins and bills, and make change from $5.00 or less.

Social Studies/Science: The student will investigate and understand basic patterns and cycles occurring in nature. Key concepts include a) patterns of natural events such as day and night, seasonal changes, simple phases of the moon, and tides; b) animal life cycles; and c) plant life cycles.

This Thursday, February 28 is Public Sleeping Day.  Wherever you plan to sleep, when you decide to wake up from you well deserved, peaceful rest, you will not feel like making dinner so why not stay where you are and have a pizza delivered to you from Papa John’s and help “The Park” get closer to the grand prize of $10,000.  It is so easy to do.  Go to www.papajohns.com or call (804) 747-7300 and remember to use the code SPES.   Sweet Dreams!

Our February Denim Drive school competition ends THIS Thursday, February 28.  Will your child’s class be the winner this month for the grades K-2 or 3-5 competition?  Will “The Park” reach our monthly goal of 700 denim items?   (700 items is about one piece of denim from each student.)  With your help and the help of your family and friends we will reach our goals! Thank you for your enthusiastic support!

New Websites to help with math: https://www.nctm.org/ClassroomResources/Illuminations/Interactives/Coin-Box/ (great for counting coins and making change!)

www.khanacademy.org/mappers (each child’s account has been individually designed to target specific weaknesses). This can be accessed on Schoology through Clever. Your child has been practicing this week!

Zearn-is also a wonderful site on clever!

To check your child’s grades visit: https://sis.henrico.k12.va.us/public/home.html

Dates to Remember:

3/8- Talent Show

3/12- Spring Picture Day

3/29- ½ Day for students

4/1-4/5- Spring Break