Spring? (wk of 3/11)

Classroom News:

This week we saw the first hints of spring!  It was so exciting to get out into the fresh warm air and start thinking about those showers and flowers to come.  We also sprung our clocks forward, which gave us an extra hour of sun to enjoy!

Classroom Awards:

Congratulations to Phoenix for reading all your indigo words.  Great job Charlotte and Lyric for reading all your violet words.  Hip hip horay for Karmella who read all her cloud words.  Way to go Addison and Shawn for reading all your green A words.  Keep up the excellent work!

This week:

Reading: We learned about characters, setting, plot, and resolution in the fiction books we read.

Writing: We reviewed all of our letters and continued writing our first and last names.  We worked to write complete sentences using capital letters and periods in the proper places.  We also worked with digraphs such as th, sh, ch, ph, and wh.

Math: We learned to write and represent the numbers from 0-20.

Social Studies: We learned the difference between a map and a globe and explored different features of each.

Next week:

READING/WRITING:
– Comprehension Focus & Genre Study: Retelling
– Phonemic awareness: ENDING digraphs /sh/ /ch/ /th/ /wh/
– Sight Words: all, this, home
– Writing sentences (with capital letter at beginning and period/question mark at the end) with our sight words
* Who were the important characters in the story? Where/When was the setting?  What was the problem? How did they solve it?

MATH: Part-Part-Whole Within 4
– K.4   The student will recognize and describe with fluency part-whole relationships for numbers up to 5.

SOCIAL STUDIES: Maps and Globes
—The student will use simple maps and globes to develop an awareness that locate land and water features.

Important Upcoming Dates/Events

March 18-22: Spring Book Fair

March 21st: PTO Spaghetti Dinner

March 23rd: Panther Prowl Fun Run

March 27th: Career Day

March 29th: STEAM Day/Student Half Day Dismissal @11am

April 1-5: Spring Break

Congratulations to:

Music to my ears (wk of 3/4)

Classroom Happenings:

This week we enjoyed some awesome live music presented by members of the the Richmond symphony.  Each musician explained a little about their instrument and gave us a taste of what they could do.  It was awesome!

A note about next week: I will be at a conference on Monday and will also be out on Thursday.  I have left detailed lesson plans for the sub to ensure our learning continues.

Classroom Awards:

Congratulations to Zeven for reading all your green words.  Great job Adalina and Riley for reading all your blue words.  Hip hip horay to Charlotte, Adam, and Zuhal for reading all your indigo words.  Great job Karmella for reading all your violet words.  Yay for Mira who read all her red 1 words.  Way to go Addison and Shawn for reading all your red A words.  Keep up the excellent work!

This week:

Reading: We asked questions about books that we read.

Writing: We reviewed all of our letters and continued writing our first and last names.  We worked to write complete sentences using capital letters and periods in the proper places.  We also worked with digraphs such as th, sh, ch, ph, and wh.

Math: We learned to write and represent the numbers from 0-20.

Science: The student investigated materials that float in water and those that sink.

Next week:

READING/WRITING:
– Comprehension Focus & Genre Study: Retelling (Fairy Tales)
– Phonemic awareness: ENDING digraphs /sh/ /ch/ /th/ /wh/
– Sight Words: she, with, her
– Writing sentences (with capital letter at beginning and period/question mark at the end) with our sight words
* Who were the important characters in the story? Where/When was the setting?  What was the problem? How did they solve it?

MATH: Numbers to 20
– The student will read, write, and represent numbers from 0 through 20.

SOCIAL STUDIES: Maps and Globes
—The student will use simple maps and globes to develop an awareness that a map is a drawing of a place to show where things are located and that a globe is a round model of the Earth.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Important Upcoming Dates/Events

March 18-22: Spring Book Fair

March 21st: PTO Spaghetti Dinner

March 23rd: Panther Prowl Fun Run

March 29th: STEAM Day/Student Half Day Dismissal @11am

April 1-5: Spring Break

Music Fun:

Congratulations:

Dr. Seuss (wk of 2/25)

Classroom Happenings:

This week we celebrated Dr. Seuss and Read Across America with a different theme each day.  The week culminated with Mrs. Broudy dressed as the Cat in the Hat rollerskating through our school!  That lets you know just how wacky this week was.  We were also thrilled to have multiple mystery readers on Friday!  Thank you to everyone that was able to join us, the students LOVED having you in our class!

Classroom Awards:

Congratulations to Angel for reading all your green words.  Great job Dremari and Adalina for reading all your blue words.  Hip hip horay to Lyric, Karmella, and Alexa for reading all your indigo words.  Way to go Addison for reading all your cloud one words.  Keep up the excellent work!

This week:

Reading: We asked questions about books that we read.

Writing: We reviewed all of our letters and continued writing our first and last names.  We worked to write complete sentences using capital letters and periods in the proper places.  We also worked with digraphs such as th, sh, ch, and wh.

Math: We counted backward from 10 to 0.

Science: We learned about the three states of matter: solid, liquid, and gas.

Next week:

READING/WRITING:
– Comprehension Focus & Genre Study: Questioning (Author Study: Kevin Henkes)
– Phonemic awareness: reviewing digraphs /sh/ /ch/ /th/ /wh/
– Sight Words: got, into
– Writing sentences (with capital letter at beginning and period/question mark at the end) with our sight words
* Who were the important characters in the story? Where/When was the setting?  What was the problem? How did they solve it?

MATH: Numbers to 20
– The student will read, write, and represent numbers from 0 through 20.

SCIENCE: Float and Sink
—The student will investigate and understand that some materials float in water, while others sink.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Important Upcoming Dates/Events

March 18-22: Spring Book Fair

March 21st: PTO Spaghetti Dinner

March 23rd: Panther Prowl Fun Run

March 29th: Student Half Day Dismissal @11am

April 1-5: Spring Break

Congratulations:

Coming soon…Adalina’s photo.  Great work Adalina for mastering those blue words!

Dr Seuss Fun:

All things 100 (wk of 2/18)

Classroom Happenings:

This week we celebrated our 100th day of school with a day filled with STEAM challenges, fun activities, and costumes.  We all dressed up like we were 100 years old and had a blast exploring the number 100.

Classroom Awards:

Congratulations to Angel for reading all your yellow words.  Great job Adalina, Riley, and Dremari for reading all your green words.  Hip hip horay to Phoenix, Alexa, Adam, Lyric, and Karmella for reading all your blue words.  Way to go Charlotte for reading all your violet words.  Great job Brett for reading all your indigo words.   Horay to Mira for reading all your cloud words.  Congratulations to Shawn for reading all your indigo one words.  Way to go Addison for reading all your violet one words.  Keep up the excellent work!

Classroom Notes:

Next week we will celebrate read across America.  Please let me know if you would like to come in and read a story to our class on Friday, March 1.

Classroom needs:

Students are invited to bring in 100 small items for our counting activities.  Examples include: 100 buttons, 100 paper clips, and 100 beads.  We would also love a donation of skittles to use for our counting activities.

This week:

Reading: We asked questions about nonfiction books that we read.

Writing: We reviewed all of our letters and continued writing our first and last names.  We will also worked with blends and digraphs such as th, sh, ch, and wh.

Math: We continued learning to count all the way to 100 by ones and 10s!

Social Studies: We learned about the contributions of local African Americans to our  Richmond community by studying Maggie Walker and Arthur Ashe.

You can check out videos of our learning here!

Next week:

Reading: We will work to ask questions about books that we read.

Writing: We will be working on a review of our letters and will continue writing our first and last names.  We will also continue our work with blends and digraphs such as th, sh, and ch.

Math: We will learn to count backward from 10-0.

Science: We will learn about matter in the forms of a solid, liquid, and gas.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Important Upcoming Dates/Events

February 25th-March 1st:  Read Across America Spirit Week 

  • Monday: My Many Colored Day (wear lots of colors)
  • Tuesday: Oh the Places You’ll Go  (wear college/career/vacation shirt)
  • Wednesday: Wacky Wednesday (dress as wacky as you can)
  • Thursday: Cat in the Hat (Write the title of your favorite book on a card and pin it to your hat)

February 26th: African-American Living History Museum @6pm

March 23rd: Panther Prowl Fun Run

Congratulations:

100 day activities:

Challenge: Work in teams and use 100 blocks to design the tallest tower.

Challenge: Use 100 Fruit Loops to create a necklace pattern.

 

Celebrations (wk of 2/11)

Classroom Happenings:

This week was full of joy and celebrations.  We began the week with our award ceremony celebrating all the hard work we did last quarter.  Then on Thursday, we celebrated Valentine’s Day with a huge party and Valentine exchange.  I want to say a HUGE thank you to the families that sent in food and supplies for our party and to those that volunteered to come in and celebrate with us.  You really made our day so special!

Classroom Awards:

Congratulations to Phoenix for reading all your Green words!  Great job Mira for reading all your Indigo words!  Way to go Shawn for reading all your Blue One words!  Hip Hip Hooray for Addison who finished all her Indigo One words.  Awesome job to everyone!  Keep up the amazing work.

Classroom Notes:

Monday, February 18 is a full day of school for students.  (It was a holiday, but we are using it as a make up day for snow.)

On Tuesday, February 26th @6pm, Trevvett presents an African American History Living Museum.  Come out and be mesmerized by 4th grade students as they bring famous African Americans to life with just a push of a button!

Students also brought home a flyer this week regarding a “Panther Prowl Fun Run” on Saturday, March 23rd at Hermitage HS.  Be sure to check it out!

Classroom needs:

We are still in need of a few containers of Clorox/Lysol wipes.  Please consider sending a few containers in with your student if you are able to help replenish our supply and keep us germ free and healthy.  Thank you in advance!

This week:

Reading: We worked to connect with books we read by trying to: connect it to another book we have read, connect it to something we have done, or connect it with something we know about the world around us.

Writing: We worked on a review of our letters and continued writing our first and last names.  We also  continued working with blends and digraphs such as th, sh, and ch.

Math: We counted to 100 by ones and tens.

Social Studies: We studied George Washington Day (President’s Day) and learned all about both George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.  We also made an awesome poster with interesting facts about both Presidents and presented it to the whole class.  It was really fun!

Next week:

Reading: We will work to ask questions about nonfiction books that we read.

Writing: We will be working on a review of our letters and will continue writing our first and last names.  We will also continue our work with blends and digraphs such as th, sh, and ch.

Math: We will continue learning to count all the way to 100 by ones and 10s!

Social Studies: We will learn about the contributions of local African Americans to our local Richmond community by studying Maggie Walker and Arthur Ashe.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Upcoming events:

February 18th: Full Day of instruction for students (previously a holiday)

February 22nd: Celebrate 100th Day – collection of items and dress up

February 25th-March 1st:  Read Across America Spirit Week (more info coming soon)

February 26th: African-American Living History Museum @6pm

Congratulations:

Classroom Awards:

Polar Bears and Ancient Shadow Clocks (Wk of 2/4)

Classroom Happenings:

This week we had a blast reading all about polar bears.  We were really surprised and a little skeptical to learn that their blubber keeps them warm in the ice cold water, so we decided to do an experiment to test it out.  We put one hand in an insulated bag and the other one in the ice water.  Turns out that the blubber insulation made a huge difference!  You can check out the pictures of our surprise below!

We also continued exploring shadows.  This week we learned all about how shadows change.  We began the week with a prediction about whether shadows can change.   We discovered that you can change a shadow by moving an object closer or further away from the light!  We also explored how shadows change during the day by going outside in the morning and outlining the shadow of our ball hoop in chalk.  We then predicted whether it would be the same in the afternoon.  Later that day, we went out to find that it had moved really far from our outline! We were so surprised!  Then, we talked about how ancient people used this knowledge to make sundials to tell time.  It was so cool that shadows could actually be a clock!  Check out the pictures below to see us doing our experiments and making our own sundials!

Classroom Awards:

Congratulations to Angel for reading all your Orange words!  Great job Adalina for reading all your Yellow words!  Way to go Alexa and Lyric for reading all your green words!  Hip Hip Hooray for Brett who finished his violet words.  Awesome job to everyone!  Keep up the amazing work.

Classroom Notes:

To celebrate the end of Quarter 2, we will be holding a brief classroom awards recognition at 1:00pm on Monday, February 11th.  Students names will be read aloud as well as their accomplishments for this quarter.  This brief recognition will last about 5 minutes.  Parents are welcome to attend.

Thursday, February 14 is our Valentine’s exchange celebration.  Please see the note that went home in the grey folders for details on how to send in valentines.  Unfortunately, I have an obligation out of town that morning, so I will not be at our celebration in person, but I will send my love from afar and leave detailed instructions for the guest teacher to ensure that students have a blast celebrating kindness and friendship on that special day.

The SCA will be selling “Candy Grams” on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of next week.  For $1, your child can send a candy gram to anyone at Trevvett to be delivered on Valentine’s Day.  This is a fundraiser for our SCA.

Every month students have the opportunity to purchase books from the scholastic school book order.  Our order is due on Feb 25th.  Here is a link to order: https://clubs.scholastic.com               Our class code is:  TQRV7

Friday 2/25 was the last day of the 2nd quarter.  Please let me know ASAP if you would like to meet about your student’s progress to date.

Classroom needs:

It is germ season, and we have worked very hard this year to keep our classroom clean and germ free.  As a result, we have already used up our supply of Clorox/Lysol wipes.  Please consider sending a few containers in with your student if you are able to help replenish our supply and keep us germ free and healthy.  Thank you in advance!

This week:

Reading: We worked to connect with books we read by trying to: connect it to another book we have read, connect it to something we have done, or connect it with something we know about the world around us.

Writing: We worked on a review of our letters and continued writing our first and last names.  We also began working with blends and digraphs such as th, sh, and ch.

Math: We compared measurements including length, width, weight, and volumetric capacity.

Science: We explored shadows.

Next week:

Reading: We will continue to work to connect with books we are reading by trying to: connect it to another book we have read, connect it to something we have done, or connect it with something we know about the world around us.

Writing: We will be working on a review of our letters and will continue writing our first and last names.  We will also continue our work with blends and digraphs such as th, sh, and ch.

Math: We will learn to count all the way to 100 by ones and 10s!

Social Studies: We will learn all about President’s Day.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Upcoming events:

February 11th: Classroom Awards at 1:00 pm

February 14th: Valentine’s Day Exchange: See the note in the grey folders about the celebration.

Congratulations:

Experiments:

Groundhogs, Shadows, and Cold…Oh my! (Wk of 1/28)

This week we learned all about Groundhog Day.  It was so bitter cold this week that we were are all hoping that he will see his shadow on Saturday!  Did you know that the tradition began in the 1600s in Europe?  Instead of a groundhog, they looked for the hedgehog (which is a hibernating animal).  If his body told him to wake up and go outside, the people knew spring was just around the corner.

Speaking of shadows, in science we explored how to make our own shadows and tried it out by making a shadow puppet show.  You can check out the photos below.

This week we also welcomed a new friend to our class!  I was so proud of everyone for being so warm and kind and helping her get to know her way around our class and school.  We are so happy to welcome you to our class, Lyric!

Congratulations to Zuhal and Karmella for reading all your green words!  Great job Mira for finishing all your violet words. Hip Hip Hooray for Shawn who finished his green one words.  Way to go Addison for finishing all your blue one words!  Awesome job to everyone!  Keep up the amazing work.

A huge congratulations to both Adalina and Charlotte for practicing your rainbow words every day in January!  They received the super fun book Space Cows to keep as their very own for their amazing work!  Just a reminder that all students should be practicing their words at home every day.  Families can initial the rainbow calendar in the grey folders when students practice to help them earn the mystery book for February.

Every month students have the opportunity to purchase books from the scholastic school book order.  Our order is due on Feb 25th.  Here is a link to order: https://clubs.scholastic.com               Our class code is:  TQRV7

Friday 2/25 was the last day of the 2nd quarter.  I will be available on February 7th to meet with families about their student’s progress to date.  If you are unable to meet that day, please let me know so that I can arrange an alternate date for you.  You can sign up for your time here: https://tinyurl.com/FletcherConferenceQ2

We have worked very hard this year to keep our classroom clean and germ free.  As a result, we have already used up our supply of Clorox/Lysol wipes!  Please consider sending a few containers in with your student if you are able to help replenish our supply and keep us germ free and healthy.  Thank you in advance.  

This week:

Reading: We worked to connect with books we read by trying to: connect it to another book we have read, connect it to something we have done, or connect it with something we know about the world around us.

Writing: We worked on a review of our letters and continued writing our first and last names.  We also began working with blends and digraphs such as th, sh, and ch.

Math: We compared measurements including length, width, weight, and volumetric capacity.

Science: We explored shadows.

Next week:

Reading: We will continue to work to connect with books we are reading by trying to: connect it to another book we have read, connect it to something we have done, or connect it with something we know about the world around us.

Writing: We will be working on a review of our letters and will continue writing our first and last names.  We will also continue our work with blends and digraphs such as th, sh, and ch.

Math: We will continue comparing measurements including length, width, weight, volumetric capacity, and temperature.

Science: We will continue to explore shadows.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Important Upcoming Dates/Events

February 7th: Parent Teacher Conference

February 11th: Classroom Awards at 1:00 pm

February 14th: Valentine’s Day Exchange: See the note in the grey folders about the celebration.

Congratulations to:

Shadow Fun:

A Wonderful Week (wk of Jan 21)

This week we had a blast celebrating our academic and behavior achievements by enjoying our PAW Achievement coding activity.  Our Kindergarten class enjoyed an amazing coding opportunity, where every student got the opportunity to learn about the basics of coding on their own personal laptops.  I was so impressed with how well they did!

We also had fun with hibernation by designing and creating our own graham cracker caves for them to hibernate.   (Check out our creations below.)

Just a reminder that Monday January 28 is a student holiday.  Students will not report to school.

Friday 2/25 was the last day of the 2nd quarter.  I will be available on February 7th to meet with families about their student’s progress to date.  If you are unable to meet that day, please let me know so that I can arrange an alternate date for you.  You can sign up for your time here: https://tinyurl.com/FletcherConferenceQ2

Congratulations to Mira, Brett, and Charlotte for finishing all their blue words!  Hip Hip Hooray for Shawn who finished his yellow one words.  Way to go Addison who finished all her green one words!  Awesome job to everyone!  Keep up the amazing work.

Just a reminder that all students should be practicing their words at home every day.  Families can initial the rainbow calendar in the grey folders when students practice to help them earn special prizes.

Every month students have the opportunity to purchase books from the scholastic school book order.  Our order is due on Jan 28th.  Here is a link to order: https://clubs.scholastic.com               Our class code is:  TQRV7

This week:

Reading: We learned how to research interesting topics by using one of three strategies: ask an expert, look it up on a computer/iPad, and look it up in a book.

Writing: We worked on a review of our letters and continued writing our first and last names.  We also finished learning how to write words with short vowel patterns.

Math: We learned to write our numbers from 0-10.

Science: We explored and researched hibernation.

Next week:

Reading: We will work to connect with books we are reading by trying to: connect it to another book we have read, connect it to something we have done, or connect it with something we know about the world around us.

Writing: We will be working on a review of our letters and will continue writing our first and last names.  We will also begin working with blends and digraphs such as th, sh, and ch.

Math: We will be measuring and comparing measurements including length, width, weight, and volumetric capacity.

Science: We will explore shadows.

Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the student holiday on Monday.

Important Upcoming Dates/Events

January 28th: Student Holiday/No School

January 31st: PTO Night @Zaxby’s

February 7th: Parent Teacher Conference

February 11th: Classroom Awards at 1:00 pm

 

Bear Caves and Rainbows: 

Equality and Sharing (wk of Jan 14)

This week we learned all about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his dream that we are living today that everyone can learn and live together.  We also got a special lesson from Ms. Bushy about personal space and graduated from personal space camp!  How cool!

Friday 2/25 is the last day of the 2nd quarter.  I will be available on February 7th to meet with families about their student’s progress to date.  If you are unable to meet that day, please let me know so that I can arrange an alternate date for you.  Sign up for your time here: https://tinyurl.com/FletcherConferenceQ2

Addison did an amazing job on her rainbow words this week.  She finished all her yellow one words and moved on to green one!  Awesome job!  Keep up the amazing work.

Just a reminder that all students should be practicing their words at home every day.  Families can initial the rainbow calendar in the grey folders when students practice to help them earn special prizes.

Every month students have the opportunity to purchase books from the scholastic school book order.  Our order is due on Jan 28th.  Here is a link to order: https://clubs.scholastic.com               Our class code is:  TQRV7

This week:

Reading: We continued making predictions about the books we were reading.

Writing: We worked on a review of our letters.  We also continued writing our first and last names.  We learned that we need to leave spaces between words.  We also learned how to write the date.

Math: We continued learning about parts of numbers and how we can put numbers together to make a whole.  For example, we know that 1 and 2 are both parts of 3.  We are not using any specific mathematical symbols just yet, but we can talk about the different parts of whole numbers.

Social Studies: We will learn about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the important contributions he made to our country.

Next week:

Reading: We will learn how to research interesting topics by using one of three strategies: ask an expert, look it up on a computer/iPad, and look it up in a book.

Writing: We will be working on a review of our letters and will continue writing our first and last names.  We will also be working to write different words and to leave spaces between words.  Lastly, we will continue practicing writing the date.

Math: We will learn to write our numbers from 0-10.

Science: We will explore hibernation.

Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday.

Upcoming Dates:

January 21st: MLK Jr Holiday

January 25th: End of the Second Marking Quarter

January 28th: Student Holiday

Congratulations To:

Math Center Fun:

Back in the swing of things (wk of Jan 7)

This week was super fun and super busy.  We got back into the swing of things around the classroom and had fun exploring numbers and magnets.

Everyone has been working so hard on their rainbow words, and I am thrilled to congratulate Zeven, Dremari, Alexa, Phoenix, Adam, and Zuhal for finishing their yellow words and moving on to green.  Hip-hip-horay to Charlotte for finishing all of her green words and moving on to blue.  Shawn and Addision have done an amazing job finishing their red one words (first grade red words) and moving up to yellow one.  Keep up the great job!

Every month students have the opportunity to purchase books from the scholastic school book order.  The Jan order form went home this week.  If you are interested in purchasing books for your student, you can send the order form and payment back to school by Jan 28th or you can order online.  Please make sure to specify Yael Fletcher as the teacher (if you accidentally chose the wrong Mrs. Fletcher your order will not show up on my site and it will not be processed).

This week:

Reading: We continued making predictions about the books we were reading.

Writing: We worked on a review of our letters and writing our first and last names.

Math: We started learning about parts of numbers and how we can put numbers together to make a whole.  For example, we know that 1 and 2 are both parts of 3.  We are not using any specific mathematical symbols just yet, but we can talk about the different parts of whole numbers.

Science: We continued our work with magnets.

.Next week:

Reading: We will continue making predictions about the books we are reading.

Writing: We will be working on a review of our letters and will continue writing our first and last names.  We will also be working to write different words and to leave spaces between words.

Math: We will continue learning about different parts of numbers.

Social Studies: We will learn about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the important contributions he made to our country.

A note from Ms. Rhoden: Parent referrals for gifted identification will be accepted beginning January 3 to January 18, 2019. As you consider your decision to refer your child, please be sure to speak with his/her teacher to discuss any gifted qualities being observed in the classroom on a consistent basis. Referrals should be submitted in writing (email is acceptable) to Jennifer Rhoden at jmrhoden1@henrico.k12.va.us during these designated dates. No referrals will be accepted after January 18. The subject line of the email should state GIFTED REFERRAL, and the email should include the student’s first and last name, grade level, teacher, and area of referral (English, Math, Both). An email confirmation will be sent within 48 hours. If you do not receive an email confirmation, please call the school.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Upcoming Dates:

January 21st: MLK Jr Holiday
January 28th: Student Holiday

Congratulations To: