April 21st

April 21st

Career Day was a HUGE success! A special shout out to Ms. Lynch and Ms. Flax-Simms for sharing their careers with us. We have been busy comparing different types of genres.  In math, we are exploring Geometry and learning new vocabulary such as congruency, symmetry, line, ray, line segment, 3-D shapes, plane shapes, vertices, edges, and faces. In Social Studies we are diving into our Explorer Unit.

Just a reminder that Picture Day is Monday April 23rd! 

If you have any old magazine to donate, we would love to have them for a special project.



March 1st

March 1st
Wow!  It’s hard to believe that it is the beginning of March!  We had a wonderful time exploring the Science Museum.  A big THANK YOU to all the chaperones who volunteered their time.  We have a new PTA fundraiser through Papa John’s Pizza.  See the information below:



Save money on Papa Johns Pizza and earn money for Colonial Trail Elementary at the same time! This fundraiser starts on Tuesday, March 6th and ends on Tuesday, March 20th.


There are 2 coupon cards to choose from: a $10 card which has a variety of coupons including free pizza, desserts, or sides OR a $15 card which has 16 buy one get one free large pizza codes. The card pays for itself after the first use! They make great gifts for family and friends, too! The best part is CTES will receive up to 70% of the proceeds!

To top it off, the class with the most pizza cards sold will receive a FREE PIZZA PARTY!!! This fundraiser is online only- so please click here and take a look at the attached PDF. This fundraiser only lasts two weeks so order some cards today!!! Thanks for supporting CTES!!

February 20th

February 20th

This week the students began their Famous Americans project that they will presenting at the Social Studies Showcase on Wednesday, 2/21. I am BEYOND impressed with their dedication and focus on this project. They are so interested in the research and many have even begun planning their presentations! As always,  As always, I am so proud of this group and how they work together.

They will present to their classmates Thursday and Friday and to the parents on Wednesday Febrary 20th at 6:15.

On Friday February 23rd we will travel to the Science Museum.  We will depart school around 9:15 and return around 1:15.  Please have your child pack a BAG lunch and bring a drink and snack.  They also need to wear their classroom t-shirts.  We look forward to a fun and exciting day!

January 22nd

January 22nd

Well, I think we are done with snow for a while.  In reading, we are working  on functional texts such as a recipe, schedule, permission form and brochure.  We will be reading and learning strategies to help us understand the information in these texts.  In math,  we are working on temperature and time to the minute.  In science, we are learning about human influeces on the envornment both positive and negative.   

Friday 1/26 – Time/Temperature Quiz

Monday 1/29 – No School for Students – Teacher Work Day!

Thursday 2/1 – International Day!  If you have not signed up to volunteer or send in an item – Please do so.



December 7th

December 7th

Colonial Trail Elementary PTA FUNdraiser Event

You’re invited to a FUNdraiser at The Rink at West Broad Village on December 7, 2017 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM in support of Colonial Trail Elementary PTA! The cost is just $10 per person and will be collected at the rink.


Thursday, December 7, 2017 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM EST


The Rink at West Broad Village

2301 Old Brick Road
Glen Allen, VA 23060

November 22nd

November 22nd


Here are a few notes from PTA:


Please sign up to have your child attend Cubs Night In. What a wonderful way to have a night out to yourselves! J Cubs Night In is December 1st from 5:45-8:30. The students can wear their pajamas and they will get to choose three different rotations to attend. Some of the rotations include: Painting with Mrs. Smith, Dance Party, Airplane Competitions, Bingo, and more! The deadline to sign up was extended to November 27th. Thank you for supporting Colonial Trail’s PTA!

November 4th

November 4th

This week has been such a busy week!  Our Pumpkin Day activity was a HUGE success!  I want to thank all of my wonderful parents for their time and donations!  We weighed and counted the seeds in our pumpkins grouping them into tens, hundreds and thousands!  

This week in math we will begin multiplication and division.  We will be using arrays, groups, and number lines to understand the concept of multiplication and division.  In reading, we will be reviewing non fiction text features and working on fact/opinion.  We have been busy writing letters to our Veterans using the friendly letter format. 

Upcoming Dates:

Monday Nov. 6th – Parent/Teacher conferences.  If you have not signed up, please email me and we will work out a convenient time.

Tuesday Nov. 7th – No School for Students – Teacher work day.

Wednesday Nov. 8th – Math test on Addition, Subtraction, estimation, fact families

Friday Nov. 10th – Veteran’s Day Assembly 9:00 – Students need to wear red, white or blue.

October 17th

October 17th

We had a very fun field trip to the MSIC! We worked with Legos to make simple and complex machines. We then worked in groups to using various different machines to make a soccer goal.   We will be learning about these machines more later on in the school year but the class did an AWESOME job with this lesson. 

This coming week:

Reading: Articles (a, an, the) and homophones

Math: Patterns (this is only a week unit, there will be a QUIZ Friday)

Science- Animal relationships (food chains). QUIZ Wednesday.

October 1st

October 1st

I cannot believe it’s the beginning of October.  This has been an excellent first month of school! Sadly, we are going to be saying good-bye to a few of our friends next week as they move to the new class, but we will be happy to see them at recess and lunch!

Thank you so much to all of the parents that came to Back to School Night last night! I look forward to being able to talk to all parents individually during conferences in November.

This week in reading we will be learning how to use context clues and working on how to write and answer thick and thin questions.  In math, we will continue our study on Place Value  as we dive in to rounding numbers to the nearest thousand.  In Science, we will be learning about physical and behavioral adaptations.

Please remember to pack a daily healthy snack.

Thanks so much-

Mrs. Brown

September 23rd

September 23rd
What a group of hard-workers! I have been blown away with what these students continue to show me!
This week we have MAPS testing. This is something new for these third graders. First, I will say there is nothing you can study as this is a growth measure test to see the students’ progress this year.  Back to School night is Thursday September 28th at 6:00
Also, each day, I initial each student’s agenda to make sure they have copied the homework correctly.  Please make sure you look over their agenda and initial that you have seen their homework and any upcoming tests and quizzes.  Your Super Peep should be reading 60 minutes a week and recording the title and how much time they spend reading on their reading log.  They should be asking you to initial once for the week as these are due on every Friday.
Next week, I will be continuing to assess the students reading level, fluency rate and level of comprehension.  In math, We will be starting our unit on Place Value.   Your child should be bringing home their math notebook to review each night. In Science,  we will be diving into our unit on Adaptations.  We will be introducing the terms learned behavior, instinctive behavior, mimicry, camouflage and hibernation.