Weekly Update – 5/20/18

With the exception of any makeup SOL testing and/or expedited SOL retakes, next week marks the final week of SOL testing for our fourth graders!  The Math SOL will be administered on both Thursday, May 24th (Part 1) and Friday, May 25th (Part 2). Both students and teachers will certainly be breathing a sigh of relief when we can put these tests behind us!  Please make sure that your child gets a good night’s rest, eats a healthy and nutritious breakfast, and comes to school ready to do their very best!  Thank you for your support from home.

We were so impressed with the students’ performance at the Living Museum and Recorder Concert last week!  Here are some of the photos from the evening….additional pictures from the event can be viewed by clicking HERE.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Thursday, May 24th – Math SOL Part 1
  • Friday, May 25th – Math SOL Part 2
  • Monday, May 28th – Memorial Day Holiday
  • Friday, June 1st – Crazy Hair Day

Weekly Update – 5/13/18

First, we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who made us feel so special during Teacher Appreciation Week last week.  We truly enjoyed all of the special hand-written notes and cards, beautiful flowers, delicious sweet treats, and school supplies that were sent in for us. We are very fortunate to work in a school with such supportive families!

This is going to be a very busy week for us!  On Tuesday evening, the students will be participating in the Living Museum and Recorder Concert.  We are excited to listen their speeches and see what they’ve come up with for their costumes and props!  We know the students will do a great job.

On Wednesday morning, the students will be taking the Virginia Studies SOL.  This test covers quite a bit of material, so we hope that students have been reviewing the flashcards, reading the blue review booklet, as well as taking advantage of some of the review activities and online quizzes posted on our portaportal.  Thank you for your support from home to make sure that your child is doing their part to adequately prepare for this assessment!

If you are still interested in purchasing tickets to the Flying Squirrels baseball game this Friday, May 18th, it’s not too late!  Just click on the link below to order \your tickets online.

Flying Squirrels Tickets

 

Finally, here’s a shout out to those students who were able to attend the Tuesday afternoon showing of The Boxcar Children – Surprise Island.  We had a great time, and it really inspired us to want to read some books from the Boxcar series.  🙂

Upcoming dates:

  • Tuesday, May 15th – Living Museum and Recorder Concert @ 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 17th – Virginia Studies SOL
  • Friday, May 18th – Flying Squirrels Spirit Night
  • Saturday, May 19th – Gardening Day (10:00 a.m. – Noon)
  • Thursday, May 24th – Math SOL Part 1
  • Friday, May 25th – Math SOL Part 2
  • Monday, May 28th – Memorial Day Holiday
  • Friday, June 1st – Crazy Hair Day

Weekly Update – 5/6/18

Despite the heat, the students did a great job participating in the Field Day activities on Friday.  Here is a photo sampling of our superheroes in action.  Please click HERE to visit our classroom photo gallery and view the rest.  If any of our classroom parents have some photos to share, please email Mrs. Hamilton at skhamilton@henrico.k12.va.us.

We are very glad that the students had an enjoyable time, but it’s time to get back to business, as we get ready for the Reading SOL Test on Tuesday, May 8th and Wednesday, May 9th. We are confident that the students are well prepared, and that they will do their very best to make their teachers, parents, and themselves proud! Thank you for making sure that your child gets a good night’s rest, eats a healthy breakfast, and arrives to school on time.

We hope that you have your calendar marked for the Recorder Concert and Living Museum scheduled for Tuesday, May 15th.  Mrs. Franklin has been working diligently to get the students prepared for their musical performance, and they are really sounding good!  Please make sure that your child is practicing their speech at home in preparation for the Living Museum portion of the evening.  Students will be given an opportunity to practice in front of the class prior to the 15th.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, May 7th – Friday, May 11th:  Teacher Appreciation Week
  • Tuesday, May 8th – Reading SOL (part 1)
  • Wednesday, May 9th – Reading SOL (part 2)
  • Tuesday, May 15th – Recorder Concert and Living Museum
  • Wednesday, May 16th – Virginia Studies SOL

Weekly Update – 4/29/18

What a beautiful weekend it has been!  It’s unfortunate that it couldn’t have been this nice last Friday when Field Day was originally planned, but we will try again this coming Friday, May 4th. The original schedule will continue to be followed with festivities for grades 3, 4, and 5 beginning at 11:45 and lasting until approximately 2:00 p.m.  Lunch times will be confirmed via email midweek.

Please be on the lookout for your child’s Report Card for the third marking period to be coming home tomorrow.  Included in the report card envelope will be the Spring SOL Testing Schedule.  We hope that you will put these dates on your calendar so that potential scheduling conflicts can be avoided.  For your convenience, here are the dates that the fourth graders will be testing:

  • Tuesday, May 8th – Reading SOL (Part 1)
  • Wednesday, May 9th – Reading SOL (Part 2)
  • Wednesday, May 16th – Virginia Studies SOL
  • Thursday, May 24th – Math SOL (Part 1)
  • Friday, May 25th – Math SOL (Part 2)

Also coming home tomorrow will be a permission slip for a school-wide assembly on Monday, May 7th.  There is no cost for the students to attend, however we must have a signed permission form returned to school in order for your child to participate.

Spring pictures from Strawbridge Studios were sent home with your child last Thursday.  Please remember to send in payment for any pictures that you plan to keep, and then send back the rest of the photo package to school. If you pre-purchased a class picture, those should be arriving soon.Attention Dads….if you would like to volunteer to be a Watch Dog during May or June, here are links to sign up:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090a44acad23a64-maysignup

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090a44acad23a64-june1

Here are some additional dates of upcoming school and grade level happenings:

  • Monday, April 30th – Chipotle Spirit Night
  • Thursday, May 3rd – PTA Bingo Night
  • Monday, May 7th – Friday, May 11th:  Teacher Appreciation Week
  • Tuesday, May 15th – Recorder Concert & Living Museum

Weekly Update – 4/22/17

We’d like to remind you that the Echo Lake Talent Show is this Tuesday, April 24th at 6:00 p.m., so come on out and support all of our talented students!

It’s hard to believe that it’s already time for Field Day, which is currently scheduled for this Friday, April 27th.  (The rain date, which we are hoping we will not need is Friday, May 4th.)  Festivities for Grades 3, 4, and 5 will be held from 11:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Please keep in mind that the cafeteria will only be serving pre-purchased bag lunches, so if you would like to order one for your child, please send in the order form that went home last Thursday as soon as possible.  If you are still interested in volunteering to help out, please contact Ms. Inge at your earliest convenience.

Finally, if you have not returned your child’s Student Information Record form that was sent home the other week, please do so as soon as possible.  Unless you updated this information online, the office will need to have a signed paper copy on file.  Thank you for your help in getting this important verified promptly.

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Upcoming Dates:

  • Tuesday, April 24th – Talent Show @ 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 25th – Makeup MAP Testing
  • Thursday, April 26th – Volunteer Brunch @ 9:00 a.m.
  • Friday, April 27th – Field Day (Grade 4) 11:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Monday, April 30th – Report Card Distribution
  • Monday, April 30th – Chipotle Spirit Night

Weekly Update – 4/15/18

We had a great time on our field trip to the Richmond Capitol and Supreme Court on Friday!  We learned a great deal about the Capitol building itself, as well as the legislative and judicial process.  What a special treat it was to have the delegate from our district, Debra Rodman, meet us there to tell us about her job.  She even let us see her desk and chair on the house floor.  A special thanks to Carter’s grandfather and former lobbyist, Mr. Randy Bush, for coordinating her visit, taking the time to show us around the Capitol grounds, and for providing us with many interesting facts about what we were seeing. We’d also like to give a big shout out to our wonderful chaperones:  Mrs. Bush, Mrs. Kirkpatrick, Ms. Butler, and Mrs. Curtin!

Here is a sneak peek at several photos taken on our trip.  More photos will be added to our Classroom Photo Gallery soon!

The students on the House floor with Delegate Debra Rodman

We got a quick glimpse of Governor Ralph Northam who was at the Capitol for a special ceremony that morning.

The students actually got to sit in the justices’ seats while at the Virginia Supreme Court.

As you can see, being a justice is a very serious job!

We would like to remind you that the ELES Denim Drive continues this week.  Please remember to send in all donations by the end of the week!  Thank you for your support with this.

Field Day is scheduled for next Friday, April 27th and Ms. Inge is looking for volunteers to help out with the different activity stations.  A volunteer form went home with your child last week.  If you are able to help out that day, please return the form to school with your child as soon as possible.

Please remember that the NWEA MAP Math Test is this Wednesday, April 18th. We would greatly appreciate it if you make sure your student gets a good night’s rest, eats a healthy breakfast, and arrives to school on time!

Finally, we’d like to give a big shout out to Camdyn, who is now 100% Fluent in Reflex Math!  Way to go, Camdyn!

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, April 16th – Half Day for Students
  • Wednesday, April 18th – NWEA MAP Test – Math
  • Thursday, April 26th – Volunteer Brunch @ 9:00 a.m.
  • Friday, April 27th – Field Day

Weekly Update – 4/8/18

We hope that everyone enjoyed a restful and relaxing Spring Break week, and that the students will be returning to school re-energized and ready to get back to work!  It’s hard to believe, but this Friday will mark the last day of the third marking period.  Please make sure that you and your student are monitoring grades and assignments on Power School.  Any “missing” work must be turned in this week!

Before we move on to this week’s happenings, we’d like to recognize the great job that all of the students did at the Book Boogie.  Each student earned a ticket that they were able to enter into a drawing for some special prizes.  Starting tomorrow, students may turn in any pledge money that they collected.  For each $5 a student turns in, they will receive an additional ticket for the prize drawing.

The students are in for a treat this Thursday when the fourth grade heads out on a field trip to the Richmond Capitol. In addition to a tour, the students will have the opportunity to go into the Senate or House Chambers and sit at a legislator’s desk. While there, they will learn about the legislative process, participate in a mock session, then debate and vote on a bill.  Please be on the lookout for some reminders to be sent home at the beginning of the week!

The spring testing season begins this week!  On Wednesday, April 11th students will be taking the Reading NWEA MAP assessment.  This test is very important because it will measure your child’s academic growth from the beginning of the school year.  We ask that you please make sure your child arrives to school on time, that they are well-rested, and that they have eaten a nutritious breakfast.

Please remember to send in denim donations April 9th – 20th in support of the Echo Lake Denim Drive. Last year our school won $1,000 in much needed funds! Thank you for your support.

Lastly, we would like to remind you that all Original Works orders need to be returned to school this week!  Before Spring Break, each student came home with a magnet that was created from some of your child’s original artwork here at school.  Please remember that the magnets are for you to keep only if you pay for them.  If you do not choose to buy the magnet, please send it back to school with your child.  All order forms and unpurchased magnets are due back to school no later than April 13th.  Any items that you order will be delivered to school at the end of April, just in time for Mother’s Day!

Upcoming Dates:

  • Wednesday, April 11th – NWEA MAP Test (Reading)
  • Thursday, April 12th – Field Trip to Richmond Capitol
  • Friday, April 13th – End of Marking Period
  • Monday, April 16th – 1/2 Day for Students
  • Wednesday, April 18th – NWEA MAP Test (Math)
  • Friday, April 20th – Crazy Hair Day

Smile!  This is just a friendly reminder that Picture Day is tomorrow!  Prepayment is not needed for your child’s individual photos, however if you wish to order a class picture, advance payment is required.  Please fill out the envelope that was sent home last week and pay online using the instructions provided on the picture envelope, or you may send in a check made payable to Strawbridge Studios for $9.

The fourth graders are excited to be going on another field trip the week we return from Spring Break! On Thursday, April 12th, we will head to the Capitol Building here in Richmond to learn about our state’s government.  Each class is allowed to take two chaperones, so if you are interested in going with us, please indicate so at the bottom of the permission form that went home last week.  We will be selecting chaperones in a random drawing, and those who are chosen will be notified by the end of the week.

Echo Lake’s first Book Boogie is scheduled for this Friday, March 30th.  Our students will participate in a variety of fun dance activities for thirty minutes to help raise funds for our book room.  Fourth grade students will be attending the event from 10:20 – 10:50, and families are encouraged to join us and see how important reading is to our school.  If your child has collected any donations,  please return them to school sometime this week in the envelope that was provided.

We’ve been asked to let you know that if you have not ordered your Field Day t-shirt or other gear, it’s not too late!  The deadline for ordering has been extended to Tuesday, March 27th.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, March 26th – Picture Day
  • Tuesday, March 27th – Social Media Parent Workshop @ 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday, March 30th – Book Boogie
  • Monday, April 2nd – Friday, April 6th  Spring Break
  • Wednesday, April 11th – NWEA MAP Test (Reading)
  • Thursday, April 12th – Field Trip to Richmond Capitol
  • Friday, April 13th – End of Marking Period

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

CHECK OUT THESE SUPERHERO STUDENTS!

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