News for the College Bound Third Graders of Miss Strohl’s Class May/June 2016 May/June News and Notes It is hard to believe that the third nine weeks is over and there are only 6 weeks of school left! This year has absolutely gone by in the blink of an eye. This month is a very important one for the third graders. Our SOL testing window begins on Friday, May 13th. Students will take tests in both math and reading spread over two days each. Students will also be assessed on the new science and social studies Performance Assessments. We will spend time this month reviewing in school to prepare students for these important assessments but you can review for these tests at home as well. Reviewing math skills at home will help support our preparation in school. If you have a computer at home, you can access the Virginia Department of Education website to see sample SOL questions which students can practice. This is the students first year participating in SOL testing. There are some things you can do to help ensure your child performs at their best for each of these important assessments. On testing days, it is essential that your child is in school on time. Testing will be completed online and classes will be taking tests in shifts. The morning shift starts at 8:15 and the afternoon shift starts at 11:15. Any student who arrives at school after testing begins will not be permitted in the classroom until after testing is complete. Any test that is missed will have to be made up on another day. Your child needs to have a healthy breakfast in the morning. Because these assessments often take more than 90 minutes, it is important that they are well fed so they are able to concentrate. It is important that your child is getting plenty of sleep each night. A healthy, well rested child will perform at their best. It is also important to help your child relax each evening as these assessments are stressful. A reminder to all parents – when you are visiting the school, you must present your ID every time you enter the building. You will also be asked to state the reason for your visit. You need to sign in and out of the office every time. Thank you for your patience as we try to keep all the children of Horizon safe and secure. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Thank you, Miss Bekah Strohl Academic Notes In May, we will be studying the following: Reading: -Comprehension Strategies -Predicting -Sequencing -Summarizing -Making Inferences -Writing story summaries/retelling -Reading Fluency Writing: -Persuasive Writing -Poetry -Cursive -Editing Strategies Math: - Review for SOL’s Science: - Plants and Soils test – May 12th -Health & Fitness quiz – May 26th - Review for SOL’s Social Studies: - Review for SOL’s Attendance News In May and June, we will be preparing for and taking the SOL assessments. Please make sure your student arrives on time daily so that they won’t miss a minute of review! Upcoming Events May 11th – Smithsonian Field Trip May 18th & 19th – Reading SOL May 24th – Wegmeyer Farm Field Trip May 27th – Health and Fitness Day (class activity) May 30th – Memorial Day—No School June 1st – Field Day June 3rd – Multicultural Fun Fair (6:30pm) June 8th & 9th – Math SOL June 10th – End of the Year Party June 14th – Last day of school Units to Review Social Studies Maps Explorers Greece Rome Government Mali Economics Native Americans Science Matter Investigations Water cycles Space cycles Animals Ecosystems Resources Simple machines Math Geometry Place value Rounding Money Multiplication Division Probability Addition and subtraction Graphing Fractions Measurement Time Miss Strohl’s Notes Wednesday, May 4th will be our last day with our student teacher, Claire Bucher. Please join me in congratulating her as she graduates from JMU this month and begins her career as a teacher in LCPS! DRA testing will also be taking place this month. We will be assessing students to determine their reading level for the end of third grade. The testing window will be between May 16th and June 1st. Students need to pass both a fiction and non-fiction passage this year. If they have already done that to the end of grade level standard, they are done being tested. If they haven’t done that yet this year, they will be tested during the window. Comments? Questions? Concerns? School Phone: (571) 434-3260 May/June Tip It is important for students to do well on their SOL assessments but they shouldn’t feel pressured. Reward students at home for all their hard work in school with some family time to play games and relax. [email protected] Email Reminder Please don’t use email for emergencies or last minute dismissal changes. I don’t always get these messages before the end of the school day. Please call the school instead so these messages are received and handled in time.