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!!

Sep 27

September 27

Here are a few pictures from our 1st Young Scientist presentation. Our next one is in November on oceans.

A reminder that all field trip money and permission slips need to be sent by Oct. 9th. Chaperones need to pay the same amount as the children. 

 

Dates to Remember

October:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 2nd: MAPS Math
  • Thursday, Oct. 4th: Family Picnic & Celebration
  • 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 are starting to working on SOL 5.3 today on prime and composite numbers.
  • Students will be receiving notes about identifying odd and even numbers and prime and composite numbers. They will be doing a hands on activity to assist them in understanding the difference between prime and composite numbers.
  • A reminder that the children need to be completing at least 2 Reflex Math sessions per week. If they have completed these 2 before Friday, the new week begins again on Friday morning. They are welcome to work on this over the weekend. It will go towards their required green light sessions.

 

Language Arts

  • The children are starting to learn more about the elements of plot. They have received notes in their reading notebooks. Be on the look out for a test date on this material.
  • The children will have their 1st test on DOL #1. DOL stands for Daily Oral Language. They have their DOL sheet that they need to study.
  • In writing, the children are analyzing strong writing pieces to understand what good writing looks like. We will be working on using pre-writing graphic organizers in the next couple of weeks.
  • We are using our Flocabualry resource to reinforce skills in Language Arts. The next piece of technology we will use is Schoology. More information will be coming. The children will be having homework assignments on Schoology soon.

The referral window for Henrico County Public School’s Gifted Identification Process opens on Tuesday, October 9th, 2018 for students in third, fourth, and fifth grades. Referrals to the process will be accepted by Gayton’s Gifted Identification Coordinator, Jessica Fisher, from October 9th-26th.

Please submit all written referrals to Ms. Fisher by sending her an email at jafisher@henrico.k12.va.us. Parents, guardians, community members, students, and teachers may submit referrals for students in grades 3-5 during the window. The gifted referral window closes on Friday, October 26, 2018 and will be the last day gifted referrals are accepted for students in grades 3-5. More information about the HCPS Gifted Identification Process can be found at http://henricoschools.us/gifted/

Sep 20

September 20th

Dates to Remember

  • Tuesday, Sept. 25th: MAPS Reading
  • Wednesday, Sept. 26th: Young Scientist Program
  • Thursday, Sept. 27th: Family Picnic & 30th Anniversary Celebration @ 5:00 PM

October:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 2nd: MAPS Math
  • 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

 

******You will find the permission slip for Nauticus in tomorrow’s red folder. We will begin collecting money on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. All payments need to made by Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018.*****

Math

  • The children are completing their lesson on SOL 5.1, decimals. Their quiz is Monday. Next week, we are starting SOL 5.3 on prime and composite numbers. Check the blog next week for a video we will use in class.
  • The children will be receiving notes about identifying odd and even numbers and prime and composite numbers. They will be doing a hands on activity to assist them in understanding the difference between prime and composite numbers.
  • A reminder that the children need to be completing at least 2 Reflex Math sessions per week. If they have completed these 2 before Friday, the new week begins again on Friday morning. They are welcome to work on this over the weekend. It will go towards their required green light sessions.

Language Arts

  • While we are evaluating the children’s current reading levels, they are working on the 4 different types of sentences.
  • They will also be using the Empowering Writers program to evaluate the different parts of papers. We will discuss what makes good writing.
  • They will continue working on justifying their answers in reading passages.

Sep 13

September 13th

September:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 19th: Student Half Day
  • Thursday, Sept. 20th: Back to School Night @ 6:30 PM
  • Thursday, Sept. 20th: Tentative meeting for Gator Aide Volunteers @ 9:30 AM
  • Thursday, Sept. 27th: Family Picnic & 30th Anniversary Celebration @ 5:00 PM

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
  • Thursday, Oct. 25th: Fifth grade field trip to Nauticus

Back to School Night Details

  • Next Thursday night will be our “Back to School” night @ 6:30 PM. After the brief PTA meeting in the cafeteria, Ms. Patoray and I will be presenting information about your child’s day together in room 35. We will be doing the same presentation during both sessions.
  • We wanted to give you the opportunity to meet both of us at one time since we know many of you have children in different grade levels.
  • We look forward to seeing many of you Thursday night.

Math

  • The children will have a quiz on SOL 5.1- decimals, on Friday, Sept 21st. They will need to review rounding, place value, reading & writing decimal numbers, and comparing decimals through the ten-thousandths place. You will see notes in their notebooks on blue paper.
  • Use any of the sheets we have completed as a study guide.
  • Also check out the links to the right for games and activities on comparing decimals, rounding, and place value.
  • The next unit we will be studying is SOL 5.3: prime & composite numbers.
  • Please make sure the students get their green light twice a week. If there is a computer issue at home, please send me in a note explaining the issue.

English & Reading

  • In grammar, the children are reviewing the 4 types of sentences. The students will also be looking at a sentence vs a fragment. We will use basic diagramming skills in understanding the difference.
  • In whole group reading, the children are continuing to work on  color coding passages to locate answers. Next, we will work on the elements of plot.
  • We will be checking the children’s current reading level.

 

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