Weekly Update – 3/18/18

Celebrating “Mustache Day”

We are just two weeks away from Spring Break, but that doesn’t mean that we are slowing down in the classroom.  We have much to do in the days ahead, so thank you in advance for making sure your child comes to school each day ready to work diligently!

We are happy to see that many of our students are embracing the Study Island Challenge!  So far just over 800 blue ribbons have been earned in the areas of Reading and Math.  Please make sure that your child is completing the nightly assignments according to the schedule sent home with your child on March 5th.

We have two more names on our Reflex Math Wall of Fame!  Congratulations to Sean and Ankit who are now 100% Fluent.  Way to go!

Several items came home with your student at the end of last week.  You should have a received a Field Day t-shirt order form, a Picture Day flyer, and information about the ELES Book Boogie.  Please make sure that if you order a t-shirt that you get your child’s proper color.  That information has been noted on the form by Ms. Inge.  Picture Day is on Monday, March 26th.  A class photo will be taken on that date.  If you would like to pre-order one, the cost is $9.00.  Collection envelopes for that will be coming home this week.

Your child’s Student Information Record is required to be updated each spring. If you filled out this form at the beginning of the year using Zipp Slip, you are asked to go in and verify the information currently on file.  Zipp Slip will be open from March 12th until March 26th.  Please click on the link below to complete the verification.  Thank you!

Update my child’s Student Information Record on Zipp Slip

Upcoming Dates:

  • Friday, March 23rd – Red, White, and Blue Day
  • Monday, March 26th – Spring Picture Day
  • Tuesday, March 27th – Social Media Parent Workshop (6 pm)
  • Friday, March 30th – Echo Lake Book Boogie (4th grade: 10:20 am  – 10:50 am)


Weekly Update – 3/11/18


The update this week will be brief.  We are continuing to work diligently in the classroom each day!  This is a very busy time of year, as we are trying to make sure that the students are on-track for meeting their individual growth targets in Reading and Math.  NWEA MAP testing is scheduled for mid-April, which is a mere four “academic” weeks away.  Please encourage your child to complete the nightly Study Island assignments according to the schedule that was sent home last week.  We will be having a “Study Island Blue Ribbon Competition” where the students will be able to earn prizes as they successfully complete activities on their individual learning pathway.  Thank you for your support from home!

Congratulations to Aaria who is now 100% Fluent in Reflex Math!  “Wonder”ful job, Aaria!

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, March 12th – Talent Show Auditions
  • Wednesday, March 14th – Pi Day!
  • Thursday, March 15th – Fractions Test
  • Friday, March 16th – Force & Motion Test

Weekly Update – March 4, 2018

We’ve been asked to reach out to all of the dads out there to let you know about a great opportunity for you to help out in our school by being one of our Watch D.O.G.S.  If you can spare a few hours one day in March, please sign up using the following link:

Watch D.O.G.S.- March, 2018

Speaking of great opportunities, how would you like to take the night off from cooking and have your dinner delivered to you this Thursday evening?  Papa John’s Teacher Delivery Nights is this Thursday, March 8th.  Mrs. Adams, Mrs. Hamilton, and Miss Mayberry are just a few of the teachers who could end up on your doorstep with a hot, delicious Papa John’s pizza.  If you would like to take advantage of this special offer, you’ll need to place your order by midnight on Wednesday, March 7th.  Here is a link to sign up:

Papa John’s Teacher Delivery Night

Upcoming Dates:

  • Tuesday, March 6th – Civil War Test
  • Wednesday, March 7th – Biography Book Report due
  • Thursday, March 8th – Word Study Test
  • Thursday, March 8th – Papa Johns Teacher Delivery Night
  • Friday, March 9th – Superhero Day
  • Tuesday, March 13th – Force & Motion Test

Please be sure to click on the tabs at the top of the page to read about what we are working on in each of the subject areas.  Have a great week!

Weekly Update – 2/25/18

Thanks to everyone who came out to support STEM Night last week.  It was a great evening of family fun!  Here are some pictures of those who stopped in to complete the 4th Grade Challenge:  Tallest Tower.

We’ve been asked to share some information with you about an upcoming Parent Workshop that will take place on March 27th.  Come learn about some topics such as:  how screen time affects the brain, what are the current social media trends, and some helpful tips on how to manage technology for your child.  This event is for 4th and 5th grade parents only.  Please be on the lookout for a flyer that will be coming home this week in your child’s Dolphin Folder.

It’s time to recognize another super Math student: Maddox!  Congratulations to him for earning his spot on the Reflex Math “Wall of Fame.”  He’s now 100% Fluent in Reflex Math.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Thursday, March 1st:  1/2 Day for Students
  • Friday, March 2nd:  SCA Mix & Match Day
  • Thursday, March 8th:  Papa John’s Teacher Delivery Night

Please remember to check out the individual subject tabs at the top of the page to find out what we will be working on in class this week!

Weekly Update – 2/18/18

With the exception of those students who may need to make up sections due to absences, Benchmark Tests in Reading and Math are complete.  Benchmark results will be helpful in determining any areas of difficulty that may require some reteaching, as well as which specific students may need remediation in particular skills.  Your child’s benchmark scores in Reading and Math will be recorded as quiz grades in the third marking period. On Friday, February 23rd, these scores can be viewed on Power School by logging in to the Parent Portal.

We hope that you have marked your calendar for Tuesday, February 20th when Echo Lake will host its first STEM Night.  We have so many fun activities planned for students and their families!  A brief PTA meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m., then STEM Night activities will begin at 6:30 p.m. and last until 7:30 p.m.

It’s time to recognize two more hard-working Math students for becoming 100% Fluent in Reflex Math.  Congratulations to Nick and Austin for achieving this important milestone!

Finally, please don’t forget to read about what we are working on in each subject area by clicking on the content area tabs at the top of the page.  Thank you!

Upcoming Dates:

  • Tuesday, February 20th:  STEM Family Night @ 6:30 p.m
  • Thursday, February 22nd:  Potbelly Spirit Night
  • Friday, February 23rd:  SCA Spirit Day – “Inside Out” Day

Weekly Update – 2/11/18

We are all thrilled to announce that we have a new student teacher starting her internship with us on February 12th. She will be working closely with Mrs. Adams until March 30th.  Ms. Fraser Mayberry is a Senior at Randolph-Macon College who is excited to spend time assisting and teaching the Language Arts curriculum during the third marking period.  She will also be helping Mrs. Adams’ homeroom learn more Virginia Studies concepts as well. We are certain that the children will benefit greatly with Ms. Mayberry’s assistance and instruction!

The students will have a brief opportunity to exchange cards for Valentine’s Day on Wednesday, February 14th.  Class lists were sent home by your child’s homeroom teacher last week.  We would like to ask that if your child plans to bring in Valentine cards that they bring one for each child in their homeroom class.  And while we certainly don’t want to be presumptuous, both Mrs. Adams and Mrs. Hamilton would like to kindly request that if your child plans to include a card for either of us, that they please refrain from including candy.  Their special Valentine’s Day wish is all the sweet treat we need!  🙂

Report cards will be distributed to your child on Monday afternoon.  Everything inside the envelope is yours to keep.  We just ask that at your earliest convenience, you sign in the space provided on the front of the envelope and then return that to school with your child.

Additional reminders for the upcoming week:

  • Thursday, February 15th – Math Benchmark (Part 1)
  • Thursday, February 15th – Heart to Heart Breakfast (last names L-P)
  • Friday, February 16th – Math Benchmark (Part 2)
  • Friday, February 16th – Heart to Heart Breakfast (last names Q-Z)

Please remember that some of the most important things you can do to help your child prepare for the benchmark tests are to make sure your child gets a good night’s rest and to see that they eat a healthy breakfast,.  Thank you for your support at home!

Weekly Update – 2/4/18

We had a very busy, productive, and fun-filled football-themed day on Friday. Coaches Adams and Hamilton were quite impressed with how hard the students worked on completing their assigned tasks! Congratulations go out to our three MVPs who were able to complete all eleven of the activity stations: MacKenzie, Camdyn, and Sasha!  Way to go, ladies!

We would also like to give a big shout out to Anisa, our latest student to be added to our Reflex Math “Wall of Fame.”  Congratulations, on becoming 100% Fluent, Anisa!

Benchmark Testing begins this week!  On Thursday, February 8th and Friday, February 9th, the students will be taking the Reading Benchmark. Please make sure that your child arrives to school on time with a positive attitude, and that they are both well rested and well nourished so that they are able to do their very best!  Thank you very much for your support from home!

Also on the schedule this week are some of the Heart to Heart Breakfasts.  If you signed up to attend, here are the dates:

  • Thursday, February 8th – Last names A-D
  • Friday, February 9th – Last names E-K

We are once again very much in need of glue sticks in both classrooms.  This is a supply that we rely on having for each student every day, so if you are able to donate some, we would very much appreciate it!  Thank you!

Other Upcoming Dates:

  • Wednesday, February 7th – Parent/Teacher Conferences (Hamilton’s Homeroom)
  • Thursday, February 8th – Parent/Teacher Conferences (Adams’ Homeroom)
  • Monday, February 12th – Report Card Distribution
  • Thursday, February 15th – Math Benchmark (Part 1)
  • Thursday, February 15th – Heart to Heart Breakfast (L-P)
  • Friday, February 16th – Math Benchmark (Part 2)
  • Friday, February 16th – Heart to Heart Breakfast (Q-Z)

Weekly Update – 1/28/18

We’ve made it through the first half of the academic school year!  Last Friday marked the end of the quarter, and grades are currently being finalized.  Report cards will be coming home with the students on Monday, February 12th.

The benchmark testing dates have been rescheduled as follows:

  • Thursday, February 8th – Reading Benchmark (Part 1)
  • Friday, February 9th – Reading Benchmark (Part 2)
  • Thursday, February 15th – Math Benchmark (Part 1)
  • Friday, February 16th – Math Benchmark (Part 2)

The students in Mrs. Adams’ and Mrs. Hamilton’s classes are in for a real treat on Friday, February 2nd when we devote the entire day to all things football!  To gear up for the big Super Bowl weekend, we have designed “Football Frenzy”, a collection of fun and educational football-themed stations. This will be a self-paced day where the students complete activities of their choice and then have the opportunity to earn special prizes depending upon the number of stations they complete.  Some of the activities require using math skills, while others focus on language arts.  They may also choose to do some computer research to test out their technology skills, or possibly explore their artistic talents by designing their own Superbowl ticket.  We are “super” excited about this big day and hope the students will be too!  Students are welcome to wear a football jersey to school that day to get into the Superbowl spirit!

You should have received an email last week with a link to sign up for a Parent/Teacher Conference with your child’s homeroom teacher.  Please contact Mrs. Adams or Mrs. Hamilton if you need that information to be sent to you again.

Other Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, January 29th – Student Holiday
  • Wednesday, February 7th – Parent/Teacher Conferences (Hamilton’s Homeroom)
  • Thursday, February 8th – Parent/Teacher Conferences (Adams’ Homeroom)
  • Thursday, February 8th – Heart to Heart Breakfast (A-D)
  • Friday, February 9th – Heart to Heart Breakfast (E-K)
  • Thursday, February 15th – Heart to Heart Breakfast (L-P)
  • Friday, February 16th – Heart to Heart Breakfast (Q-Z)

Weekly Update – 1/21/18

Although we’ve missed a number of school days due to snow over the past couple weeks, the students still had the chance to decorate their own snowmen and write poems about what their snowmen might do at night.  See below for a look at their snowy creations.

The students can expect to be kept quite busy this week as we wrap up the second marking period.  Any unfinished assignments that your child has not yet handed in will need to be completed and turned in as soon as possible.  We did receive word that the benchmark testing that was to begin this week will be postponed until the beginning of February.  At this time we do not have the official testing schedule, but we will communicate the dates to you just as soon as possible.

Information regarding Parent/Teacher Conferences will be shared soon. Due to the limited number of time slots that will be available, Mrs. Adams and Mrs. Hamilton will meeting with parents of students in their homeroom class only. If we feel that a conference is necessary, we will let you know that as well.

To catch a glimpse of what we will be working on in the classroom next week, please see the subject tabs at the top of this page.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Tuesday, January 23rd – Chipotle Spirit Night
  • Friday, January 26th –  End of Quarter 2
  • Monday, January 29th – Student Holiday

Weekly Update – 1/15/18

We have just a few items to share as we get ready to begin another shortened week of school.  First, during a fun taxation without representation simulation last week, both classes got a glimpse of what it might have been like to be a colonist during the time right before the Revolutionary War.  Ask your student about how they felt watching the king get richer and richer while being taxed for things like having laces on their shoes or eating lunch.

If your child is still interested in participating in the Weekend Warriors Running Club, it’s not too late!  Just return the form that went home last week by this Friday, January 19th. Here is a link to a pdf version of the form should you need it.

2018 Weekend Warriors

We recently received information about a summer enrichment program being held at the University of Virginia. The University of Virginia’s 2018 Summer Enrichment Program is an exciting opportunity for gifted and high ability students currently in grades 4-10. Program information and online applications can be found by clicking on the link below:

UVA Summer Enrichment

Upcoming Dates:

  • Friday, January 19th – Tie Dye Day
  • Tuesday, January 23rd – Chipotle Spirit Night
  • Thursday, January 25th – Reading Benchmark Part 1
  • Friday, January 26th – Reading Benchmark Part 2; End of Quarter 2
  • Monday, January 29th – Student Holiday