Jan 02

January 2nd

Welcome to 2019!!! I hope you all had a relaxing holiday season with time to spend with family and friends.

Dates to Remember

January:

  • Thursday, January 3rd: School Reopens
  • Tuesday, January 8th: Visit to Pocahontas Middle School
  • Monday, January 21st: School Closed MLK holiday
  • Tuesday, January 22nd: PTA Program @ 7:00 PM featuring FIFTH GRADE
  • Friday, January 25th: End MP2
  • Monday, January 28th: School Closed- Teacher Workday

County Benchmark schedule as of today:

  • Reading- January 22nd & January 23rd
  • Math- January 29th & January 30th
  • Science- February 5th

February:

  • Wednesday, February 6th: Young Scientist
  • February 11th- February 15th: Take Your Family to School Week
  • Tuesday, February 12th: PTA featuring 3rd grade
  • Monday February 18th: Changed to FULL day
  • Thursday, February 21st: VA Repertory to see “Huck and Finn and the Mighty Mississippi

March:

  • Tuesday, March 12th: PTA meeting @ 6:00 PM- Talent Show
  • Tuesday, March 19th: Spring Pictures
  • Thursday, March 21st: Papa John’s Pizza Teacher Delivery Night
  • Friday, March 29th: End MP3

April:

  • April 1st – April 5th: Spring Break
  • Friday, April 12th: Aquatics Field Trip to Shady Grove YMCA
  • April 15th – April 19th: PTA Book Fair
  • Friday, April 19th: Career Day AM & Student Half Day PM
  • Monday, April 22nd: No School for Easter Monday

May 1st:

  • Wednesday, May 1st: Young Scientists Program
  • Friday, May 3rd: Spring Carnival
  • Tuesday, May 14th: PTA meeting featuring Kindergarten
  • Monday, May 22nd: Memorial Day Holiday- no school

June:

  • Friday, June 7th: Field Day
  • Wednesday, June 12th: Reading Olympics
  • Thursday, June 13th: 5th Grade Assembly @ 8:30 AM followed by the 5th grade party!!!
  • Friday, June 14th: Last Day of School!!! Student Half Day

Math

  • The students are going to work on graphing, SOL 5.16. They will learn to read and create Stem and Leaf Plots. The students will also study Line Plots. They will use their football information to create both of these plots. We will also review line graphs and bar graphs.
  • Here is a video on Stem and Leaf Plots. We will be showing the children a specific way to organize data. Please copy and paste the address to view.

https://www.mathplayground.com/howto_stemleaf.html

  • The reminder of the month, the children will be working on fractions. They will review changing a fraction to a decimal, equivalent fractions, reducing fractions, and adding/subtracting fractions. We are going to be very busy in math!!

Language Arts

  • The students will be writing a 5 paragraph paper from a pre-writing activity they completed in the first marking period.
  • The children will be reading another article from the Storyworks magazine. They will be reading a fiction and a non-fiction selection. In the fiction story, they will be working on vocabulary, theme, character development, inferences, and critical thinking questions.In the non-fiction story, they will work on critical thinking questions, vocabulary, text evidence, and text features.

 

Dec 06

December 6th

Dates to Remember

December:

  • Saturday, December 8th: Barnes and Noble Book Fair
  • Tuesday, December 11th: PTA meeting @ 7:00 PM featuring 1st grade
  • Wednesday, December 19th: Jingle Bell Run @ 8:30 AM & Winter Party @ 1:00 PM
  • Winter Break; December 20th – Jan. 2nd (School reopens Jan 3rd)

January:

  • Thursday, January 3rd: School Reopens
  • Tuesday, January 8th: Visit to Pocahontas Middle School
  • Monday, January 21st: School Closed MLK holiday
  • Tuesday, January 22nd: PTA Program @ 7:00 PM featuring FIFTH GRADE
  • Friday, January 25th: End MP2
  • Monday, January 28th: School Closed- Teacher Workday

February:

  • Wednesday, February 6th: Young Scientist
  • Tuesday, February 12th: PTA featuring 3rd grade
  • Thursday, February 21st: VA Repertory to see “Huck and Finn and the Mighty Mississippi

 

Math

  • The children will have a test on Thursday on all SOLs except for 5.16 which we will start on Monday.
  • The SOL we will start next week will be SOL 5.16 on stem and leaf plots and line plots. We will also review line graphs and bar graphs.
  • The children will once again use their football data to create their own plots and graphs.
  • Next week, I will post a video on stem and leaf plot.

Language Arts

  • Mrs. Lacy and I are completing the 2 articles we have been working on in reading. Next week, we will be reading 2 different passages and completing various skill tasks. We will be looking at vocabulary, answering questions, and writing summaries.
  • We will also be working on root words, prefixes, and suffixes.
  • The children will also be practicing their editing skills.

Nov 28

November 28th

Dates to Remember

December:

  • Monday, December 3rd: Make-Up pictures
  • Saturday, December 8th: Barnes and Noble Book Fair
  • Tuesday, December 11th: PTA meeting @ 7:00 PM featuring 1st grade
  • Wednesday, December 19th: Jingle Bell Run @ 8:30 AM & Winter Party @ 1:00 PM
  • Winter Break; December 20th – Jan. 2nd (School reopens Jan 3rd)

January:

  • Thursday, January 3rd: School Reopens
  • Tuesday, January 8th: Visit to Pocahontas Middle School
  • Monday, January 21st: School Closed MLK holiday
  • Tuesday, January 22nd: PTA Program @ 7:00 PM featuring FIFTH GRADE
  • Friday, January 25th: End MP2
  • Monday, January 28th: School Closed- Teacher Workday

Math

  • The children are currently working on 2 SOLs: SOL 5.15 (probability) and SOL 5.17 (mean, median, mode, and range).
  • Next week, the students will use their football data to find the mean, median, mode, and range. I am including a couple of videos on this concept for the children to view.
  • They will also have a daily grade towards the end of next week on probability.
  • Remember to make sure the children have completed at least 2 green lights each week from Reflex Math.

 

Language Arts

  • The children are using the Scholastic magazine Storyworks in small group reading. We are working on many skills with these articles. They are reading non-fiction and fiction. They are working on vocabulary skills, inferences, summarizing, plot elements, and critical thinking questions.
  • The students will have a DOL test on Tuesday. We are also reviewing nouns. The children will be doing a Flocabulary lesson on nouns shortly.

 

Nov 08

November 8th

Dates to Remember

November:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 13th: PTA Program featuring 2nd grade- Veteran’s Day Program @ 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, Nov. 14th: Young Scientists
  • Thursday, Nov. 15th: Veteran”s Day Program @ 9:00 AM
  • Saturday, Nov. 17th: PTA Sponsored Gayton Gobbler
  • Nov. 21st- Nov. 25th: Thanksgiving Break

December:

  • Monday, December 3rd: Make-Up pictures
  • Saturday, December 8th: Barnes and Noble Book Fair
  • Tuesday, December 11th: PTA meeting @ 7:00 PM featuring 1st grade
  • Wednesday, December 19th: Jingle Bell Run @ 8:30 AM & Winter Party @ 1:00 PM
  • Winter Break; December 20th – Jan. 2nd (School reopens Jan 3rd)

January:

  • Thursday, January 3rd: School Reopens
  • Tuesday, January 8th: Visit to Pocahontas Middle School
  • Monday, January 21st: School Closed MLK holiday
  • Tuesday, January 22nd: PTA Program @ 7:00 PM featuring FIFTH GRADE
  • Friday, January 25th: End MP2
  • Monday, January 28th: School Closed- Teacher Workday

Math

  • The children are finishing up with SOLs 5.4 (word problems) and 5.5 (decimals). They are working on 2 activities where they are looking at a budget for a trip and planning a party.
  • Next week we will begin SOL 5.15 on probability.

Language Arts

  • The children are working on locating errors in punctuation in paragraphs.
  • We are still working in the Storyworks magazines. Some of the skills include summarizing, plots elements, answering critical thinking questions in complete sentences, and vocabulary.

Nov 01

November 1st

I can’t believe that the marking period is just about over, and we have 2 months of school. It always amazes me how quickly the year goes!!

Dates to Remember

November:

  • Monday, Nov. 5th: End MP1
  • Tuesday, Nov. 6th: Election Day- no school for children; conferences in the AM
  • Thursday, Nov. 8th: evening conferences
  • Tuesday, Nov. 13th: PTA Program featuring 2nd grade- Veteran’s Day Program @ 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, Nov. 14th: Young Scientists
  • Thursday, Nov. 15th: Veteran”s Day Program @ 9:00 AM
  • Saturday, Nov. 17th: PTA Sponsored Gayton Gobbler
  • Nov. 21st- Nov. 25th: Thanksgiving Break

December:

  • Monday, December 3rd: Make-Up pictures
  • Saturday, December 8th: Barnes and Noble Book Fair
  • Tuesday, December 11th: PTA meeting @ 7:00 PM featuring 1st grade
  • Wednesday, December 19th: Jingle Bell Run @ 8:30 AM & Winter Party @ 1:00 PM
  • Winter Break; December 20th – Jan. 2nd (School reopens Jan 3rd)

Math

  • The children are working on SOLs 5.4 (Word Problems) and 5.5 (adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing decimals). The children have been creating their own word problems. They will be participating in a couple of activities for these 2 SOLs.

Language Arts

  • Currently, the children are reading articles from the Scholastic magazine Storyworks. As we read these articles, we are working on a variety of reading skills from vocabulary, elements of plots, summarizing, and critical thinking questions. These are fabulous articles!!
  • The students are working on writing summaries.
  • In writing, the students are working on what details belong with main idea sentences.

Oct 25

October 25th

Wow! What a great day we had on our field trip today!! A special thanks to our parents that were able to chaperone to make this day so successful. Here are a few pictures from the day. 

 

October:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 31: SCA sponsored “Dress Like Your Favorite Book Character”

November:

  • Thursday, Nov. 1st: Family Life
  • Monday, Nov. 5th: End MP1
  • Tuesday, Nov. 6th: Election Day- no school for children; conferences in the AM
  • Thursday, Nov. 8th: evening conferences
  • Tuesday, Nov. 13th: PTA Program featuring 2nd grade- Veteran’s Day Program @ 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, Nov. 14th: Young Scientists
  • Thursday, Nov. 15th: Veteran”s Day Program @ 9:00 AM
  • Saturday, Nov. 17th: PTA Sponsored Gayton Gobbler
  • Nov. 21st- Nov. 25th: Thanksgiving Break

December:

  • Monday, December 3rd: Make-Up pictures
  • Saturday, December 8th: Barnes and Noble Book Fair
  • Tuesday, December 11th: PTA meeting @ 7:00 PM featuring 1st grade
  • Wednesday, December 19th: Jingle Bell Run @ 8:30 AM & Winter Party @ 1:00 PM
  • Winter Break; December 20th – Jan. 2nd (School reopens Jan 3rd)

Math

  • The unit we are currently working on is SOL 5.4 on word problems. The children will be creating their own word problems.
  • The children will also be working on SOL 5.5 on adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing decimals.

Language Arts

  • Next week, the children will start reading from the scholastic magazine “Storyworks”. They will be working on vocabulary, answering questions, inference skills, summarizing, and plot with these stories.
  • In writing, the children will be looking at what details belong with specific main idea sentences.
  • The students have a DOL #2 test on Tuesday.

 

Oct 18

October 18th

You will see information about our field trip in this week’s red folder. I will send a digital copy at the beginning of next week. The children will need to be at school at 7:15 AM on Thursday morning. We plan to return to school by 3:30 PM. 

 

Dates to Remember

October:

  • Thursday, Oct. 25th: Fifth grade field trip to Nauticus
  • Wednesday, Oct. 31: SCA sponsored “Dress Like Your Favorite Book Character”

November:

  • Monday, Nov. 5th: End MP1
  • Tuesday, Nov. 6th: Election Day- no school for children
  • Tuesday, Nov. 13th: PTA Program featuring 2nd grade- Veteran’s Day Program @ 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, Nov. 14th: Young Scientists
  • Thursday, Nov. 15th: Veteran”s Day Program @ 9:00 AM
  • Saturday, Nov. 17th: PTA Sponsored Gayton Gobbler
  • Nov. 21st- Nov. 25th: Thanksgiving Break

December:

  • Monday, December 3rd: Make-Up pictures
  • Saturday, December 8th: Barnes and Noble Book Fair
  • Tuesday, December 11th: PTA meeting @ 7:00 PM featuring 1st grade
  • Wednesday, December 19th: Jingle Bell Run @ 8:30 AM & Winter Party @ 1:00 PM
  • Winter Break; December 20th – Jan. 2nd (School reopens Jan 3rd)

Math

  • The children are still working on SOL 5.7 on Order of Operations. They will have a test on Wednesday, Oct. 24th.
  • Our next unit will be SOL 5.4 on word problems.

Language Arts

  • The children are reading The History of Halloween in small groups.
  • We are still going over the elements of plot, but we will discuss summarizing next.
  • The children will be writing a narrative piece within the next week. We are also looking at all the parts that make good writing.

Oct 11

October 11

Our Pennies for Pasta collection is still going to raise money to help the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society! Send in those pennies. Here is the link for online donations: 

https://events.lls.org/pages/va/GaytonElementarySchool-2019

 

Dates to Remember

October:

  • Friday, Oct. 12th: PTA Sponsored Family Fun Night @ 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday, Oct. 16th: Fall pictures & PTA Reflections Program @ 7:00 PM
  • Thursday, Oct. 25th: Fifth grade field trip to Nauticus
  • Wednesday, Oct. 31: SCA sponsored “Dress Like Your Favorite Book Character”

November:

  • Monday, Nov. 5th: End MP1
  • Tuesday, Nov. 6th: Election Day- no school for children
  • Tuesday, Nov. 13th: PTA Program featuring 2nd grade- Veteran’s Day Program @ 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, Nov. 14th: Young Scientists
  • Thursday, Nov. 15th: Veteran”s Day Program @ 9:00 AM
  • Saturday, Nov. 17th: PTA Sponsored Gayton Gobbler
  • Nov. 21st- Nov. 25th: Thanksgiving Break

 

  • The children started learning about SOL 5.7- Order of Operations. We have placed notes in our notebook, and watched a video that shows this concept.
  • Please have the children use the links on the blog to assist them in understanding the concepts presented in class.
  • I am so excited to see the children’s fluency facts increase as they continue to work on the Reflex Math program.

 

 

English & Whole Group Reading

  • The children are now using Schoology during reading to work on comprehension. We have done a couple of comprehension reviews in class to ensure that the children (and myself) understand how to use this program. Soon this will become part of a weekly assignment.
  • We are studying what good writing looks like and identifying the pieces of this writing.
  • The children are beginning to work in reading groups.

Oct 09

IB Open House

From Miss Fisher:

 

The IB open house at Moody MS on October 16th is designed for parents and students alike to attend.  There are two identical hour-long sessions (4:30-5:30 and 6:00-7:00) that give families a choice that works with their schedule that evening.  Each session kicks off in the auditorium to provide a brief overview of the ins and outs of the program, then MMS IB students and teachers have curated a showcase of IB experiences throughout the building for families to explore on their own.

 

If your child is considering applying to IB, this is a night you won’t want to miss!

Oct 04

October 4th

It was great to see so many families at the Gayton Family Picnic tonight! Hope everyone had a great time.

 

Dates to Remember

October:

  • Monday, Oct. 8th: No school for students
  • Wednesday, Oct. 10th: National Walk to school day
  • Friday, Oct. 12th: PTA Sponsored Family Fun Night @ 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday, Oct. 16th: Fall pictures & PTA Reflections Program @ 7:00 PM
  • Thursday, Oct. 25th: Fifth grade field trip to Nauticus
  • Wednesday, Oct. 31: SCA sponsored “Dress Like Your Favorite Book Character”

November:

  • Monday, Nov. 5th: End MP1
  • Tuesday, Nov. 6th: Election Day- no school for children
  • Tuesday, Nov. 13th: PTA Program featuring 2nd grade- Veteran’s Day Program @ 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, Nov. 14th: Young Scientists
  • Thursday, Nov. 15th: Veteran”s Day Program @ 9:00 AM
  • Saturday, Nov. 17th: PTA Sponsored Gayton Gobbler
  • Nov. 21st- Nov. 25th: Thanksgiving Break

Math

  • The children have been working on identifying prime and composite numbers. I encourage the students to play some of the games on this blog to practice this concept.
  • They will have their test on SOLs 5.3 and 5.1 on Wednesday.
  • The next unit we will study is SOL 5.7 on Order of Operations.

Language Arts

  • The students have been analyzing the different parts of expository writing. We have identified the introductory and concluding paragraphs, the main ideas of each paragraph, and word references in the papers. In order to become better writers, it is important to see good writing.
  • Next week, we will continue working on elements of plot and start reading about the history of Halloween.
  • We are also going to begin working on Schoology with reading comprehension activities. Wish me luck!!

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