September 23, 2019

Good Morning, Parents,

I was fantastic to see so many of you at back to school night last Thursday! I am enjoying getting to know your child and am loving this class!

In Reading we will begin to focus on nonfiction text features. Students will use text features to preview; set a purpose for reading; make, confirm, revise predictions; and locate information. On Friday, students choose a nonfiction book from the library to work with during independent reading extensions (stations) this week. They will learn how to respond to their reading using a graphic organizer! They will then use that graphic organizer to compose a short oral book report and record themselves using Flip Grid! The best thing about this oral report is it’s done entirely in class! After this week each student will be one book closer to their 25 book goal! I am hoping to post some of these next week. Reading Challenge: Your child is coming home with this information today!! To help support your child’s continued reading growth, the third-grade teachers at SPES have developed a yearlong book challenge!  Over the course of the school year, your child will be reading books from a variety of genres as part of their daily homework! We hope this will help broaden students’ interests and inspire them to choose from a variety of books! While their reading is done at home, they will be completing responses or tasks in class that coincide with the books they are reading at home. Please ensure that they are keeping up with the 8 books read in a 9 weeks period at home. Please remember to sign the orange paper tonight. This shows me you are aware of the 25 book challenge. Thank you!

In Math we will complete our unit on place value! Students will learn to round four-digit numbers to the nearest tens, hundreds & thousands place & ordering/comparing whole numbers.

In

Science students will demonstrate an understanding of scientific reasoning, logic, and the nature of science by planning and conducting investigations. Students will participate in four different experiments this week and work through the steps of the scientific method.

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)

National Board Certification: PLEASE READ

Last year, I chose to pursue my National Board Certification in Middle Childhood education.  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.

If you already filled out the form at back to school night you are all good! If not, I will be sending home a release form with a lengthier explanation, but have summed up the main points here in this email. 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!

PIZZA PIZZA!!!!  Mark your calendars for our Papa John’s Delivery Night on October 3. 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!!

The gifted identification window for students in grades 3 – 5 will be October 7th through October 25th. If you would like to recommend a student in third, fourth, or fifth grade for gifted identification, please send a letter or email to the Gifted Identification Coordinator, Sara Blackburn (sfblackburn@henrico.k12.va.us). All requests must be received in writing by October 25th. Please feel free to call (804) 527-4630 if you have any questions about the gifted identification process.

Dates to remember:

September 24- Grandparents lunch

September 30: ½ Day for students-Dismissal begins at 11:00

October 3:  Papa John’s Delivery Night

October 14: Student Holiday

October 28:  ½ Day for students; Dismissal begins at 11:00

Have a wonderful week!

Respectfully,

Mrs. HIlton

September 13, 2019

Good Morning, Parents,

We have had another phenomenal week in room D7!

In the Classroom:

Congratulations to Zemi for being chosen our SCA representative and for Harper being chosen as the runner up! It was a very close election, since we have so many fantastic students!

Reading: Our reading focus will be building a community of readers and using the Book Head Heart strategy to help us better understand both fiction and nonfiction books.

Math: Our math focus is place value. Students will learn to identify the place name for each digit in a six-digit number, use manipulatives & pictures to show the value of numbers, & write a six-digit number in standard, expanded and written form. Looking ahead, students will learn to round four-digit numbers to the nearest tens, hundreds & thousands place & ordering/comparing whole numbers.

Social Studies:  The student will explain the responsibilities of a good citizen. I enjoyed the student’s brown bag projects! They each did a wonderful job representing their unique qualities and likes!

Homework: 

Reflex Math: Students should complete Reflex Math three times a week. They should play until they meet their green light each time.

Reading Challenge: COMING SOON! To help support your child’s continued reading growth, the third-grade teachers at SPES have developed a yearlong book challenge!  Over the course of the school year, your child will be reading books from a variety of genres as part of their daily homework! We hope this will help broaden students’ interests and inspire them to choose from a variety of books! More information will be discussed at Back to School Night!

Other Important Information:

PTA Back to School Night is Thursday, September 19 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.

LIBRARY- We have library resource each week this year on Fridays & the last Monday of each month. Book check outs are for 2 weeks but students can return books each week if they need to checkout a new book to read.

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 October 3. 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!!

Dates to Remember:
September 19- PTA Back to School Night 6:30 PM
September 24- Grandparents lunch (return RSVP)
September 30: ½ Day for students-Dismissal begins at 11
 October 3:  Papa John’s Delivery Night
October 14: Student Holiday
October 28:  ½ Day for students; Dismissal begins at 11

September 6, 2019

What a wonderful first week of school!

This is my 20th year, and it has been the smoothest yet!

Thank you for returning signed papers quickly! I am sending home a PTA form that may have been overlooked in your child’s Monday take home folder!

We had a wonderful week of getting to know each other and learning! The highlight of the week was our team building STEM lesson! Students were given 20 pieces of spaghetti, 12 inches of wide tape, a pipe cleaner and a large marshmallow! They collaborated in groups and used communication skills build a, free standing tower that would support the marshmallow! I love doing this lesson! To everyone’s shock not a single group was able to build a “successful” tower on the first try! We talked a lot about “failure” and how good students use struggles and failures to build later success! There were a lot of defeated faces, which I expected. Imagine their excitement when I gave them the same materials again and let them retry! I think you will see each group’s success in the photos below!

In the Classroom:

Reading: Our reading focus will be building a community of readers through routines and procedures that encourage choice and independence. We will also differentiate between fiction & nonfiction texts. This week students listened to 3 “Book Talks” written by me! After careful listening & consideration they logged into their Schoology accounts and cast their vote for our very first read aloud!

And the winner is:

Math:  Students will identify the place name for each digit in a six digit number, use base 10 manipulatives & pictures to show the value of numbers in more than one way, & write a six digit number. Later they will order and comparing whole numbers, & round numbers to the nearest ten, hundred and thousand.

Theme: The student will explain the responsibilities of being a good citizen.

PTA Back to School Night is Thursday, September 19 at 6:30pm

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. I will have a hand out for all families to help you understand classroom procedures, discuss our grade level reading club initiative and discuss my pursuit of National Board Teaching Certification.

Behavior Incentive: Our behavior system involves students earning cubes for good work habits and conduct.  Students receive 6 cubes  at the beginning of the week to represent the number of letters in Friday. Those students that have 3 or more cubes left on Friday may earn Free Time Friday where we have fun activities. Students that have two or more missing homework assignments in a week may NOT go to Free Time Friday. Students not earning Free Time Friday will go to a designated 3rd grade classroom to complete work owed and/or read.  Please encourage your child to work to earn Free Time Friday each week.

LIBRARY- We have library resource each week this year on Tuesdays and the first Monday of the month. Book check outs are for 2 weeks but students can return books each week if they need to checkout a new book to read.

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!!!!

Papa John’s Silly String Friday is THIS Friday, September 13.  Would you like to get a shot at “silly stringing” either Mrs. Mulholland or Mrs. Anderson?  It is easy to do.  If you have ordered pizza from Papa John’s at www.papajohns.com using the code SPES between June 14 and September 10, turn in your receipt to your teacher with your name, your teacher’s name and your teacher will get your ticket for your chance to “spray” one of our administrators.  The more receipts you turn in, the more “sprays” you get.  How many will you receive?

Mark your calendars for our Papa John’s Delivery Night on October 3. 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!!

Important Dates:

September 9-10-  MAPS testing

September 19- PTA Back to School Night 6:30 PM

September 24- Grandparents lunch

September 30: ½ Day for students-Dismissal begins at 11

October 3:  Papa John’s Delivery Night

Welcome to Mrs. Hilton’s Class

WELCOME TO OUR CLASS BLOG!

I encourage you to take some time to look around!

It was AMAZING to meet so many of you yesterday! I know we are going to have a WONDERFUL 2019-2020 school year as we, “Sail the 6 C’s Towards Success. This school year we will focus on nurturing all students to become: Creative thinkers, Critical thinkers, positive Collaborators, & Communicators with quality Character.

Forms: Please look through your child’s yellow folder they received yesterday and complete the white medical form, blue emergency closing form & blue PTA form. I also encourage you to join the PTA. Our PTA helps provide Storyworks Magazines & digital resources that your child will use weekly!

PTA Back to School Night is on Thursday, Sept. 19th 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.

PIZZA PIZZA!!!!  Mark your calendars for our Papa John’s Delivery Night on Thursday, Oct. 3.  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!!

Looking Ahead:

Reading: Our reading focus for next week will be, “Building a community of readers” and determining the difference between fiction and non fiction books. We will begin our first class read aloud! I am anxious to see which book the students will choose!

Math: Next week we will begin a very large unit on place value! The jump from 2nd grade math to 3rd grade math can be quite the leap! Don’t worry! We will get through it! My goal to make math fun with tons of hands on activities and games!  The place value unit includes: reading & writing 6 digit numbers; determining the value of each digit in a six digit number, rounding and comparing numbers with up to four digits!

Social Studies:  The student will explain the responsibilities of a good citizen and determine the difference between rules and laws.

Dates to Remember:

Monday, Sept. 19: PTA Back to School Night 6:30 PM

Tuesday, Sept. 26: Papa John’s Delivery Night

Thursday, Sept. 24- Invite grandparents to lunch

Monday, Sept. 30- ½ day for students-Dismissal begins at 11:05

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Respectfully,

Mrs. Hilton

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