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I'd like to give a HUGE thank you to those of you that sent in donations and/or volunteered at our Founder's Day booth. It was a huge success! Founder's Day is definitely one of my favorite events of the year as we all get a chance to have fun and enjoy each other's company. Thanks to all who participated. 

Usernames and Passwords for Connected and ThinkCentral will be placed on labels this week and be found in the front of your child's agenda! You now can access to our Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies books and online materials. I will attach directions below for each as a PDF. If you are having any difficulty accessing these materials online at home, please let me know.

Please initial all of your child's homework after you have reviewed each assignment for completeness, accuracy and neatness. Agenda planners need to be initialed on a daily basis after all homework assignments have been completed and checked.  

Glance at Our Week: September 15th-19th

Reading/Language Arts: UNIT 1 TESTING

Shared Read: NA DUE to Unit 1 Testing


Comprehension Strategy:

Vocabulary Strategy: 

Literature Anthology- NA DUE to Unit 1 Testing


Paired Read-  NA DUE to Unit 1 Testing



Vocabulary Words- (NA DUE to Unit 1 Testing.)  Can be found in the pocket sleeve of your child's red folder or as a PDF document below. 

Spelling Words- (NA DUE to Unit 1 Testing.) Spelling words are glued each week in your child's agenda and are located as a PDF below. 


Math- Chapter 3 (Understand Multiplication)- Our Chapter 3 Mid-Chapter Checkpoint will be taken on Wednesday, September 17th. 

Math Facts: This week we will focus on mixed subtraction facts 1-9s. Students will practice 20 addition facts (timed for 1 minute). Friday's fact assessment will be taken as a grade.

Writing:  RAP- Restate, Answer and Prove

Science: Unit 1 Test

Social Sudies: Understanding the Government and the Constitution


Kindest regards,

Mrs. Phillips

Upcoming Events

September 17th: Reading Celebration 10:00am @ VCMS gym



I have some great opportunities for PI in the classroom!  Please contact me if you are interested in coming in and volunteering!

Box Tops:

Our school collects Box Tops for Education throughout the school year.  Please look for Box Top logos on grocery and household products, clip the label, and send in with your child.  This is a great way for our school to earn "free" money! Thank you for helping us with this great opportunity!


Please make sure you are checking your child's agenda and take home folder on a daily basis.  Also, remember after you check your child's homework for accuracy to please sign it at the bottom of each day.  Thank you for all your support!

Going Green

To be better stewards with our resources, the students and parents can access A.R. resources online.  A detailed letter will go home soon giving you both user instructions as well as your child's password for "AR Home Connect." Please make sure to sign up!  It only takes a few minutes! It will alert you through your personal email every time your child has taken an AR test, and tells you what they scored on that test.  Your personal account also lets you know what books your child has read since they've been involved with AR.  The tool is really great!  Check it out! 

Weekly Cold Reads

A Fresh Read is an article, story, or passage that has not been read.  Your child will be unfamiliar with this text.  Each Wednesday your child will receive a weekly cold read.  Please review this cold read with your child each week and return the following Wednesday.  Here are the strategies that I teach to your child when completing a cold read.

Step 1: Look at the title and pictures.  Predict what you think the passage will be about.

Step 2: Read the questions only (not the answers) for this passage.

Step 3: Read the WHOLE story.  Ask yourself questions while reading the passage.  Who or what is the passage about? What is happening in the passage?  At the end of every paragraph check for understanding.  If you are unsure what happened, go back and reread.

Step 4: Complete this step for each question: Read the question and all of the answers.  Go back in the passage and UNDERLINE the part that PROVES the answer.  Write the question # next to the underlined part.  Bubble in your answer completely.

Step 5: Check your work.  Reread each question.  Go back in the passage and find where you underlined the answer.  Check to see if your answer makes sense.  If it does, go to the next question.  If it does not, find the correct answer and repeat step 4. Check all answers.


PDF documents
Directions for ConnectEd Login -
Helpful Websites -
Think Central Login -
Vocabulary Words for the Year -

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