It’s hard to believe that it is mid October already! We are all so excited to start Path 2 on October 26th and to welcome some more of our students back into the building. Our teachers and staff have been busy preparing for your arrival Patriots! We are also planning a one of a kind Halloween event that will give everyone a safe and socially distanced opportunity to have some fun and to show off their creative costumes! Stay tuned for more information about that event and others on Matthew Whaley’s website.
Please remember that we are restarting school in a pandemic and the rules have changed if a child has symptoms of illness.
You will receive a STUDENT SYMPTOM CHECKER in your first day packet to keep at home, it is also available on the WJCC Schools website. If the answer is “yes” to any of the symptoms, your child should stay home and be cleared by a health care provider before coming to school.
The student will need to remain home for 10 days if diagnosed with or presumed positive for COVID-19. If a healthcare provider does not assess them, the student must stay home for 10 days, whether they feel better or not.
We are putting many strategies in place to do our best to keep everyone well and ready to learn! kindergarten, first, second and third grade students, we will see you the week of the 26th!
News From Kindergarten
Thank you to our families for helping our Kindergarteners navigate the new world of Virtual Kindergarten. You have helped to make this transition to Kindergarten so positive! Thank you for getting your child on their Zoom Meetings each day and reviewing the Class Virtual Rules with them. The support has been amazing and we are so proud of our Kinders for learning how to mute and unmute themselves so quickly. We know that it has not always been easy learning all of the new technology so thank you to our parents as well.
We already have the supplies that your child will need to help them to be successful here at school. Your child will not need to bring anything but their tablet and its case (in their backpack) to school each day. Thank you to our fabulous MW PTA for the donations to put pencil boxes together for all of the Kindergarten students!
We can hardly wait to see our students smiling faces the week of October 26th.
First Grade Report
Our 1st graders have done a wonderful job logging on to our whole class times and small groups! In reading, we are practicing our word study sorts, and working on independent journaling every day. In math, we are currently learning about shapes and sorting and graphs. We will even be making a few graphs of our own! This week in social studies, we will be making our own maps. Thank you to all of our first grade families for continuing to pick up our first grade packet! We appreciate everything you’re doing to support your students at home.
Hooray for Second Grade!
We are sailing right along in second grade! It has been so much fun getting to know each other through our virtual class meetings and reading lessons that focus on being kind, respectful citizens. Place value has been a breeze with both our hands-on base ten tools and online manipulatives used in each lesson. We are also practicing being excellent story-tellers as we write our personal narratives with complete sentences and good punctuation. We can’t wait to see what comes next as we dive into patterns, re-telling a story with our five senses, states of matter, and important contributions of Americans. Second is sensational!
Third Grade Spotlight
Can virtual school foster community-building, resulting in positive, trusting relationships? YES IT CAN! Third grade classes begin and end each day with uplifting meetings that emphasize social-emotional development. These meetings provide a framework for all of the content instruction that takes place throughout the busy days of learning. Third grade teachers have purposefully blended technology instruction with curricular instruction. Students are learning to use online programs, Zoom features, and other digital resources while engaging with first quarter content. All classes are embracing our cross-curricular theme: difference. The third grade teachers are so proud of the students for meeting the challenge of virtual learning with a growth mindset!
May the Fourth be With You!
Fourth grade has had a great start to this unique school year! We are working hard to master times tables, writing personal narratives, and learning about the early history of Virginia. Students are excited to start reading Blood on the River and comparing this historical fiction novel to what we have learned in Virginia Studies. Additionally, fourth graders are working to show responsibility in completing independent work and have become experts on using OneDrive and other technology tools. Keep being awesome fourth graders!
Fifth Grade Update
It seems like we are already flying through Fifth Grade! In Math, we have been reviewing estimation and computation of whole numbers using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Before the first marking period ends, we will also work on order of operations and algebra concepts. We continue to read Walk Two Moons for our novel study with a focus on fiction. If you have not done so already, please pick up your child’s free copy of the book in the school’s office. Fifth graders are currently working on writing personal narratives. So far, they have been guided through brainstorming their topic and writing an introductory paragraph as well as outlining at least three important events in their stories. Our focus in science has been on our geology unit where we have learned about continental drift theory, the layers of the Earth, plate tectonics and processes, kinds of rocks, and the rock cycle. Next up in science will be plant and animal cells. Finally, we have explored the five themes of geography, the difference between relative and absolute location, and using longitude and latitude for absolute location activities. Soon we will begin our studies of the five regions of the U. S. It has been and continues to be a busy marking period in Fifth Grade!