Weekly Update – 10/14/18

We are continuing to make great progress as we work our way through the first marking period.  As a reminder, student grades can be viewed through the Henrico County Parent Portal at any time.  (If you have not set up your account, but would like to, please click HERE then scroll to bottom of screen for directions.)  Because of this, interim report cards will not be sent home. We have three weeks remaining in the first marking period, so it’s not too late for the students to make positive changes in their grade in a particular subject should they desire to do so.

Get ready to smile because Picture Day is this Thursday, October 18th!  An order form went home in your student’s Dolphin Folder last week.  If you wish to order photos of your child, please return the order form and payment no later than Wednesday. Since these are the pictures that are used in the yearbook, a photo will be taken of all students even if you do not wish to place an order.

Please don’t forget to check the subject tabs at the top of the page for important curriculum-related updates.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, October 15th – Destination Imagination Interest Meeting @ 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 18th – Picture Day
  • Week of October 22nd – Dolphin Spirit Week (details posted next week)
  • Friday, October 26th – Lunch Bunch Book Club
  • Friday, October 26th – Pumpkin Palooza @ 5:00 p.m.

Weekly Update- 10/7/18

Thank you very much to those of you who contributed items for our custodial team.  The fourth grade was able to present each custodian with a nice assortment of cards, treats, and gift cards.  Here are a couple photos showing the “rock star” treatment they received.

I would like to remind you again that the students need to bring in a plain white t-shirt as soon as possible. The students will be making a Virginia Trekkers t-shirt in art class to wear on field trips and at the Movin’ Up ceremony at the end of the year.  In order for the shirts to be ready in time to wear on our first field trip in November, the students will need to start working on them in art class very soon.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, October 8th – Student Holiday
  • Monday, October 15th – Destination Imagination Interest Meeting @ 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 18th – Picture Day
  • Friday, October 26th – Pumpkin Palooza

Weekly Update – 9/30/18

We finally made it through our first full week of school!  It was a busy one, and we were able to accomplish quite a bit in the classroom.  Just click on the subject tabs at the top of this page to read all about what we have been working on in the classroom, as well as what the students can look forward to next week.  🙂

We are excited about tomorrow’s visit by Dylan Thuras, author of Atlas Obscura, The World’s Most Adventurous Kid.  This will serve as a wonderful kickoff to Echo Lake’s Book Fair which will be held after school October 1-3.  During school tomorrow, the children will have an opportunity to take a sneak peek at the books available and will be able to create their “wish list.”  The Book Fair will be open from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, and from 3:00-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday.


Thank you to those who have sent in donations for our custodial team.  If you have not, but would still like to, it’s not too late!  In preparation for National Custodian Day on Tuesday, October 2nd, the fourth grade teachers will be putting together gift bags for each of our four custodians tomorrow after school.  We would be happy to add in any last minute contributions.

I would also like to remind you that the students need to bring in a plain white t-shirt at your earliest convenience. The students will be making a Virginia Trekkers t-shirt in art class to wear on our first field trip and at the Movin’ Up ceremony at the end of the year.  In order for the shirts to be ready in time to wear to Jamestown in November, the students will need to start working on them in art class very soon.


I wanted to let you know about a great opportunity for fourth grade students and their families.  Every Kid in a Park is a wonderful program sponsored by the Department of the Interior.  Please click on the following link to find out more about how you can get free access to many parks, lands, and waters around the country.


Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, October 1 – Wednesday, October 3:  Book Fair
  • Tuesday, October 2: NWEA MAP Test (Reading)
  • Wednesday, October 3 – Family Picnic
  • Monday, October 8 – Student Holiday

Weekly Update – 9/23/18

Using green screen technology, check out some of the places in Virginia the students visited last week when we went to the library to brush up on our researching skills.

It was so nice to see those of you who were able to make it to Back to School Night last Thursday evening.  I am very excited to be working with your children this year.  If you were unable to attend, but would like to see the Powerpoint slideshow I presented, please click on the following link:  Back to School Night 2018_2019

Your child’s first set of graded papers came home in their “Graded Work Folder” on Friday. Please take a moment to review these and sign the cover sheet in the space provided to indicate that you have seen them.  I ask that you please return the entire packet of papers to school, using the same folder, at your earliest convenience.

Speaking of grades, on Monday, September 24th, grades and attendance information will begin posting in Powerschool.  In order to access your student’s information, you will need to set up an account.  If you need further information about creating an account, please click HERE.

Looking ahead to next week, here are a couple of additional reminders for you.  First, fourth grade students will be taking the Math NWEA MAP test on Tuesday, September 25th.  I would also like to thank you in advance for any donations that you are able to send in for our wonderful custodial team.  A letter came home in the Dolphin Folder last week which gives additional information about the celebration we will be having for them in honor of National Custodian Appreciation Day on Tuesday, October 2nd.

Other Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, September 24th – Watch D.O.G.S. Pizza Dinner
  • Monday, October 1st – Wednesday, October 3rd – Book Fair
  • Tuesday, October 2nd – NWEA MAP Test – Reading
  • Tuesday, October 2nd – National Custodian Appreciation Day
  • Wednesday, October 3rd – Family Picnic Night

Weekly Update – 9/16/18

Well, we nearly made it through a full week of school, but Mother Nature had other plans for us.  Thankfully, we were spared the wrath of the storm and will be able to resume our regular school schedule tomorrow.

Please make sure to check your child’s Dolphin Folder that came home on Thursday.  There were several important papers that came home which will need your attention.  One of the flyers included was from the MathScience Innovation Center.  Should you wish to sign up for one of these enrichment classes online, please click the following link to go directly to their website:  https://www.mymsic.org/

As we look ahead to next week, please make sure you have marked your calendar for Thursday, September 20th at 6:00 p.m. which is Back to School Night here at Echo Lake.  I will be sharing important information about what to expect throughout the fourth grade year, so I hope to see you there!  Here are some additional dates you may wish to put on your calendar.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Wednesday, September 19th – 1/2 Day for Students
  • Monday, September 24th – Watch Dog Pizza Night @ 6pm
  • Tuesday, September 25th – NWEA MAP Testing (Math)
  • Thursday, September 27th – PTA Volunteer Training @6:30 pm

Finally, please don’t forget to check out the subject tabs at the top of the page.  Updates are posted there each week to keep you in the loop about what we are working on in class.

Weekly Update – 9/9/18

Thank you to everyone for helping make the first week of school a successful one!  I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with my new class and am confident that we will have a great year together!  Much of our time this week was focused on getting to know one another and learning about classroom rules and routines. We are well on our way to building a strong sense of community in our classroom where everyone is treated with kindness and respect.

Here are a few photos of the students as they participated in a small group STEM challenge.  They learned a lot about the importance of teamwork!

As indicated in the parent welcome letter that went home this week, this blog will be the primary means of communication with you throughout the year.  This website will typically be updated on a weekly basis with news from the week, classroom pictures, and any information about upcoming events both in the classroom and at ELES.  You will also find updates by subject area by clicking on the appropriate tabs at the top of the page. I hope that you find this to be a useful tool for being “in the know” about everything that is going on in the classroom.

Last Thursday information came home in your child’s Dolphin Folder regarding volunteering at Echo Lake.  If you would like to learn more about volunteer opportunities, please click on the link below.


Please remember that if you are interested in being a chaperone on a field trip or possibly helping out in the classroom during a special function or event, you must have a current Volunteer Form on file in the office.  Thank you!

Looking ahead to the next couple weeks, here are some important dates to keep on your calendar:

  • Saturday, September 15th:  Glen Allen Day
  • Wednesday, September 19th:  Half day for Students
  • Thursday, September 20th:  Back to School Night (6:00 p..m.)

Finally, if you’d like to take a peek at all of the photos from the first week of school, please click HERE to visit our classroom photo gallery.

Welcome Happy Campers!

It was so nice to see all of you at Open House this evening.  I just know that we are going to have great year together.  Enjoy your last weekend of summer vacation, and I will see you bright and early next Tuesday morning for the first day of school!