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

September 28, 2018

Good Morning Parents!

We had a busy week in room D-7.  We had a lot of graded assignments, and many student are struggling in some area of the curriculum.  I am pulling those students into small groups to help them grasp challenging concepts.  It is very important that you review any and all graded papers your child brings home on Monday, then return the folder signed and the graded papers back to school.  This way we have open communication about grades.  You are also able to create an account to check your child grades.  here is the link to do that. https://sis.henrico.k12.va.us/public/home.html

Third graders will take the MAPS reading test on Tuesday, October 2nd. Students do not need to prepare for the test. We ask that they get a good night’s sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, and come to school on time.

Thanks to all the families who participated in Papa John’s Pizza Night!  We hope you had a yummy dinner and enjoyed having staff deliver your pizza!  We appreciate your support of Springfield Park!

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.  The trip will cost $34 and we will begin collecting money on October 15.  I hope this notice helps with planning.

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

IN THE CLASSROOM

Reading: SOL 3.5fFocus strategy: Questioning in Fiction- Students will continue to ask and answer questions about what is read to gain meaning before, during, and after reading. They will also learn about prefixes and suffixes to help them with decoding and word meaning.  This week we worked specifically with “green” questions and “red” questions.  Green questions are the basic Who, When, What, Where, How, Which questions that can be found directly in the story.  Red questions are questions that need more thought.  At night when your child is reading independently or to you ask them to find some green questions!  These are the easiest.  It may also be a good idea to get a pack of sticky notes and as your child is reading they can write their own green questions to show they are comprehending the text.

Writing:  This week we completed our first multi-draft writing prompt.  The topic was, A Summer Memory.  Students used the Step-Up-to-Writing format to brainstorm, outline, and write a final copy.  I posted the rubric I will use to score the prompts so the students would know the expectations.  I am working to grade those and you will see them soon.  We will be working on a small research project to enrich out upcoming science unit on animal adaptations.

Math: SOL 3.1 We will continue with place value- The student will read and write six-digit numerals and identify the place value and value of each digit; round whole numbers, 9,999 or less, to the nearest ten, hundred, and thousand;  and compare two whole numbers between 0 and 9,999, using symbols (>, <, or =)  and words (greater than, less than, or equal to).  Towards the end of the week we will move into our unit on patterns.

Reflex Math- Students should be doing Reflex Math twice a week until they earn a green light.  This is homework and will count as homework.  I keep the homework load very light because I believe the best possible homework your child an do is read daily for 20  minutes and learn their math facts.  Last week many students did not do Reflex Math at all, and many of those that did never reached a green light.  Thank you for your help with this!

Social Studies/Science:

Science: Science- SOL Animals and Ecosystems (We will cover the following information over the next three weeks!

3.4 The student will investigate and understand that adaptations allow animals to satisfy life needs and respond to the environment. Key concepts include (behavioral adaptations; and  physical adaptations)

3.5 The student will investigate and understand relationships among organisms in aquatic and terrestrial food chains. Key concepts include (producer, consumer, decomposers, herbivore, carnivore, omnivore; predator and prey).

3.6 The student will investigate and understand that ecosystems support a diversity of plants and animals that share limited resources. Key concepts include (aquatic ecosystems &  terrestrial ecosystems)

Gifted Education: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.

Dates to Remember:

10/2 MAPS Reading Test

10/4 Fall picture day

10/8 Student holiday

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

September 21, 2018

Good Morning, Parents,

We have had another wonderful week in room D-7!

In the Classroom

Reading– In reading this week we worked on making connections!  Students made text to text connections using the books Thank You Mr. Falker and Junkyard Wonders by Patricia Polacco.  Students made text to self connections using the book Be Kind by Pat Miller.  Finally, students made text to world connections using the book Follow the Drinking Gourd.  As your child reads at home ask them to make these kind of connections to aid in comprehension!  I have been working hard to assess each child’s reading level.  I hope to start guided reading groups towards the end of next week!  Students also worked in their StoryWorks magazine this week.  They read and responded to a fictional story called Not My Dog.  StoryWorks is a fantastic resource, and we are very lucky to have a subscription for another school year!

Writing–   In writing this week we worked on pre-writing strategies for narrative stories!  Students worked with the Step-Up-to-Writing method.  In this method students are taught to make an outline using green, yellow, and red circles.  The green circles are the main idea and conclusion sentences and the yellow circles are details that support the main idea.  This week each student focused on the green and yellow outline.  As your child’s writing progresses we will add the red circles later!

Math– In math students took their final graphing test.  Please review this with your child in their signed paper folder Monday night.  We began a unit on place value.  In third grade students are expected to know the value of digits through the hundred thousand place.  We began working on writing numbers in standard, expanded and written form.  Next week students will bring home a sheet of paper to practice reading numbers having six digits and less.  Please help them review this skill.

Science-This week we are Scientific Investigation.  We conducted two experiments and will do several more next week.  This week we hypothesized and tested how many drops of water a penny can hold and we worked with vinegar and baking soda to make raising “dance”!  Students should be familiar with the scientific method and the importance of each step!

Problem-What are you trying to find out

Hypothesis-an educated guess written in an IF___________THEN_________________ statement

Materials-items needed for the experiment

Procedure-Steps to the experiment

Observations-What can you observe with your senses (see, smell, hear, feel)

Conclusion-What the experiment proved (compare this to your hypothesis)

Reflex Math– Students are now imported into my class on Reflex Math and should be able to sign in to Reflex Math at home. We will be getting on Reflex Math in the classroom at least 2 times a week. Please have your child log in at least 3 times a week.

Other Important Information

MAPS Testing: In September, third graders will take the MAPS test in math (Sept. 25) and reading (October 2).  Students do not need to prepare for these tests. We ask that they get a good night’s sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, and come to school on time.

PIZZA! PIZZA!!! Mark your calendars for our Papa John’s Delivery Night on Tuesday, September 25th.  Teachers will be delivering pizzas to Springfield Park Elementary School students! Take a night off from cooking and earn money for our school- a win-win!!  Please try to support our school in this fundraiser if you are able!

Google Form:  If you have not completed the Google Form please do so.  This will help me assist your child!  Here is the form.  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf0vVdWwE8kq1G3rAqIMRp0s0KRBNIsmeoW3bOCiRVT_AFHlg/viewform?usp=sf_link

National Board Certification: PLEASE READ

This year I have chosen to pursue my National Board Certification in Middle Childhood education.  I am so incredibly excited to go through this process. It is a rigorous process that involves a lot of planning and self-reflection.  Ultimately, candidates become better, more effective teachers.  Your student will be working with me so they will directly benefit from my involvement in the process!

Different components of the portfolio for candidacy require different types of submissions. For some parts, I may need to submit student work samples. For others, I have to video record myself teaching in order to watch it back and reflect on what was done well, what could have been done differently, and what the next steps are based on student learning. Student last names will NEVER be included, and NO identifying information (such as last names, school name, location such as Henrico Co. Public Schools, etc) will appear in video clips/photographs. These videos and photographs are solely meant to focus on my teaching, not the students.  The videos and samples are also never used again.

I will be sending home a release form with a lengthier explanation, but have summed up the main points here in this email. I will also have copies at Back to School Night and review the process briefly.  Please let me know if you have any questions regarding this process and your child’s possible involvement this year after reading through the information. I would love if you could return the form whether you choose to allow your student’s work to be part of my evaluation or not- just please mark “I DO” or “I DO NOT” give permission, sign, date, and return. Thank you for your consideration in assisting with this process!

I hope you have a wonderful week and I look forward to seeing you on Thursday night!

Respectfully,

Stacy Hilton

September 17, 2018

Good Morning, Parents,

We had an excellent second week in room D-7!  Students are settling into the routines nicely!

IN THE CLASSROOM

Reading/Writing: This week students listened to Thank You Mr. Falker, Officer Buckle and Gloria, Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, and Lilly’s Big Day.  We made prediction charts together and students made prediction charts independently.

Next week our reading focus will be on making connections.   Good readers make connections (text to self, text to text, and text to world) while they are reading to help them better understand what is being read.

Writing:  This week we worked on identifying complete and incomplete sentences.  Beginning next week we will start working on narrative writing using the Step-Up to Writing Method.

Math: Graphing- We will collect and organize data, construct and interpret graphs including pictographs and bar graphs. Students took two graded assignments this week on graphing.  Please refer to them in the signed papers and help your child on items they struggled with.  Mid week we will move into a difficult SOL!  SOL 3.1- Place value, rounding, comparing and ordering whole numbers.  Thank you in advance for your support with this hard topic.

Reflex Math– Students are now imported into my class on Reflex Math and should be able to sign in to Reflex Math at home. We will be getting on Reflex Math in the classroom at least 2 times a week. Please have your child log in at least 3 times a week.

Social Studies:  3.11  Civics and Government- We will study the traits of a good citizen and how citizens can serve the community.  Please review notes nightly.  These vocabulary words are in your child’s homework folder.

Science: 3.1: Mid week we will begin our unit on scientific investigation!  We will conduct several experiments and learn the steps to the scientific method.

Other Important Information:

Reminder: Our PTA Back to School Night has been rescheduled for THIS Thursday, September 20th at 6:30pm and will begin in the multipurpose room.  I hope you will be able to come and learn about our classroom. This night is intended for parents. If possible, please do not bring children.

MAPS Testing: In September, third graders will take the MAPS test in both reading (Sept. 18) and math (Sept. 25). Students do not need to prepare for these tests. We ask that they get a good night’s sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, and come to school on time.

PIZZA! PIZZA!!! Mark your calendars for our Papa John’s Delivery Night on Tuesday, September 25th.  Teachers will be delivering pizzas to Springfield Park Elementary School students! Take a night off from cooking and earn money for our school- a win-win!!

Google Form:  If you have not completed the Google Form please do so.  This will help me assist your child!  Here is the form.  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf0vVdWwE8kq1G3rAqIMRp0s0KRBNIsmeoW3bOCiRVT_AFHlg/viewform?usp=sf_link

National Board Certification: PLEASE READ

This year I have chosen to pursue my National Board Certification in Middle Childhood education.  I am so incredibly excited to go through this process. It is a rigorous process that involves a lot of planning and self-reflection.  Ultimately, candidates become better, more effective teachers.  Your student will be working with me so they will directly benefit from my involvement in the process!

Different components of the portfolio for candidacy require different types of submissions. For some parts, I may need to submit student work samples. For others, I have to video record myself teaching in order to watch it back and reflect on what was done well, what could have been done differently, and what the next steps are based on student learning. Student last names will NEVER be included, and NO identifying information (such as last names, school name, location such as Henrico Co. Public Schools, etc) will appear in video clips/photographs. These videos and photographs are solely meant to focus on my teaching, not the students.  The videos and samples are also never used again.

I will be sending home a release form with a lengthier explanation, but have summed up the main points here in this email. I will also have copies at Back to School Night and review the process briefly.  Please let me know if you have any questions regarding this process and your child’s possible involvement this year after reading through the information. I would love if you could return the form whether you choose to allow your student’s work to be part of my evaluation or not- just please mark “I DO” or “I DO NOT” give permission, sign, date, and return. Thank you for your consideration in assisting with this process!

I hope you have a wonderful week and I look forward to seeing you on Thursday night!

Respectfully,

Stacy Hilton

 

September 7, 2018

Hello Parents,

We have had a fantastic first week!  Your children have settled into an excellent routine!  They are kind, responsible and willing to participate!  We created classroom norms and learned how failures can lead to later success!  I am excited about the year to come and I am thrilled to have each and every one of your children!

In the Classroom:

We began the week creating “Classroom Norms” and learning how to assess how we are doing!  We spent A LOT of time talking about what a good teacher “looks like” and what a good student “looks like”!  I stressed the fact this year we were not going to be bound by specific rules, rather, we are going to focus on being the best students/individuals we can be!  Instead of a clip chart or other behavior plan I want to focus on your child’s ability to assess how they are doing in all areas of learning.  It is a four color system (red=Novice (struggling but willing to learn), orange=apprentice(practicing but needing help), green=practitioner (almost self-sufficient) and blue=(expert).  We will begin the year only assessing our ability to follow classroom norms at lunch, recess, specials and during class.  We will expand upon this later.  It is my hope your child will become well aware of their strength and their weaknesses and how to either challenge themselves further or get some extra assistance.  I am pleased to let you know most of the week students were able to confidently give themselves a green or blue!

In reading we read several books about treating others kindly!  On Tuesday we read We are All Wonders.  Together we created a piece of art!  Each student decorated their own piece and together it looks beautiful.  We talked about how each of us has a uniqueness that cannot be duplicated!  Together we don’t look “perfect” but that’s what makes us beautiful!

On Wednesday students were given a “Learning Styles” Inventory!  Hopefully they came home and shared their findings.  In their Monday folders you will find their inventory and a description of how they learn best.  This is not a perfect assessment, but can give you an idea of ways to make learning more meaningful for them.  Please take a few minutes to read over these papers.

On Thursday we worked on our very first STEM challenge.  Students were asked to build a freestanding tower.  They were given 20 pieces of spaghetti, 1 yd of tape and 1 yd of string.  Their tower was expected to hold one marshmallow. This was definitely a challenge and a wonderful learning opportunity!  5/6 groups did not have standing towers at the end of this activity, and we celebrated this!  Why??  I wanted the students to learn that failure is an essential part of the learning experience.  I then gave them the same materials again and they had a second chance.  Each group was more successful the second time around!  Aren’t we all!  It was wonderful to see this change of mindset!

Other important information:

PTA Back to School Night is this Thursday, September 13th at 6:30pm and will begin in the multipurpose room.  I hope you will be able to come and learn about our classroom. This night is intended for parents. If possible, please do not bring children.

*Please help your child prepare their Me Museum project.  The rubric is located on the back of the directions.  This should be an easy grade for everyone!

Reflex Math- Students have been given a password (It is taped to their agenda) to use for this online math practice program.  We will be practicing one to two times a week in class.  This will be part of homework starting next week as well.   It is a great and fun way to master basic facts.

PTA-If you have not already done so, please join the PTA! ( only $6.00) The PTA does so much for our school that benefits all students.

PIZZA! PIZZA!!! Mark your calendars for our Papa John’s Delivery Night on Tuesday, September 25th.  Teachers will be delivering pizzas to Springfield Park Elementary School students! Take a night off from cooking and earn money for our school- a win-win!!

*Please remember to return your Grandparent’s Day RSVP forms by Friday 9/18.  Due to planning we will not be able to accept forms after this date.

Respectfully,

Mrs. Hilton