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Welcome to a new school year!  If you were not able to attend Back to School Night or you have questions about school, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher. The orange communication folder is a great way to keep in contact with your child’s teacher - as it is sent home each day.  Many important and exciting events will be happening this year and details about those events can be found in your child’s orange folder. We appreciate the time you take to check and initial your child’s orange folder each night.

There are several important dates to mark on your October calendar. Report cards will be sent home in your child’s orange folder on October 20th. Kindergarten report cards will cover academics in addition to the same social development and work habits listed on the interim.

On October 11th, kindergarten students are taking a field trip to the pumpkin patch at Westmoreland Berry Farm. The students will go on a hayride to pick their very own pumpkin. Make sure you have submitted your child’s permission slip. We don’t want anyone to miss out on the fun!  

In math, students will continue to develop counting strategies and explore math manipulatives.  They will practice recognizing numbers 1-10 and writing the numbers correctly.

In reading, students are practicing letter recognition. They are learning how to determine the main idea of a story and how to retell stories in their own words. We are introducing several sight words this month.         

We want your child to have a wonderful kindergarten experience. Our goal is to help your child be an independent and lifelong learner. Thank you for supporting your child’s learning at home!

1st Grade

Fall weather has arrived and first grade is well into the swing of things!   Students have completed important Fall PALS and Numeracy Assessments.  It is our goal to meet with all first grade families prior to first quarter report cards so that we can review PALS results.  

Early Literacy Groups and Guided Reading sessions started in September.  These small group lessons allow students to read text at their own reading level.  

Students are learning about sentence structure. They have learned that a good sentence contains a capital letter at the beginning with lowercase letters throughout.  They have also learned that a sentence has an end mark at the end of the sentence and it should make sense and be legible.  Students are using Handwriting Heroes and Being a Writer to become the best writers that they can be.  

First graders are working diligently on spelling “CVC words” with short vowels. In math, they are focusing on counting to 110 by 1’s, 2’s, 5’s and 10’s, counting backwards from 30 - 0, and learning problem solving strategies.   In science, students are learning about living and nonliving things.

2nd Grade

Our year in second grade is off to a terrific start!  Students have learned many routines, including behavior expectations for the classroom and school communities.  They are also learning how the Daily Five stations work each day during reading.  Students completed PALS testing and the first part of the math Numeracy Assessment.  

We encourage all students to practice reading for 20 minutes nightly.  If you have extra time at night, or during weekends, and would like to practice reading and math skills from home, we encourage you to check out  for math and for reading.  These websites are excellent resources for students and support the math and reading skills we are working on at school.  If you need additional log-in information, or are in need of any other information, please contact your child’s teacher.

3rd Grade

In math, students are learning how to round and compare whole numbers.  They will learn to read and write numbers to the hundred thousands place, and will round and compare numbers to the thousands place.

In science, students will learn about the steps of the scientific method and will review scientific method throughout the year.  They will also begin learning about Matter.

In social studies, students will be discovering facts about ancient civilizations.

In reading, students will explore fiction and nonfiction texts in a variety of ways.  They will make and confirm predictions, draw conclusions, make connections and compare and contrast setting, characters and events.  Students will read fiction and nonfiction texts independently and together as a class.  They will continue to work on building stamina during ‘read to self’ time.

In writing, students are developing ways to come up with ideas for writing.  Students are making lists of people they know, places they have been, and different things and animals they know about.  Students will build their writing stamina during writing time and learn how to use transition words in the paragraphs they write.

4th Grade

We’ve been off to a wonderful start for the school year!

In reading, students will work on describing characters, setting or events from a text and identify the problem (conflict) and solution in fictional text. In Virginia Studies, students will learn about early Americans and the settlement of Jamestown.

In math, students will work on computation, estimation, associative property of addition and geometric patterns.  In science, students will learn about weather phenomena and meteorological tools.

In writing, students will continue to work on a new writing curriculum called Being a Writer with their homeroom teacher. This program hones in on writing skills and teaches students how to become better writers.  They will focus on the writing process and will complete their first writing piece using the entire writing process.

Fourth grade will embark on their first field trip to Jamestown on Wednesday, November 1st.  More information will be sent home in October.

5th Grade

In reading, students are working on skills to identify story elements and analyze characters.  They completed a creative story map project and a character poster to practice these skills.  In October, the focus will be to draw conclusions, infer, plot and conflict in narrative fiction, and point-of-view.  Be sure to read with or have your child read independently and have discussions about what is read to help with comprehension of material.  

In writing class, students started their year building a writing community.  They wrote about a variety of different topics and will take one writing piece to publication.  They will try to make their work as error-free and descriptive as possible, and in the second quarter, they will turn in their writing expository nonfiction papers.

Throughout the month of October in math, students will continue to review even and odd numbers, prime and composite numbers, adding and subtracting whole numbers and decimal numbers, and fraction decimal equivalency.  

New content will include:

SOL 5.6  Solve single-step and multi-step practical problems involving addition and subtraction with fractions and mixed numbers and express answers in simplest form.

SOL 5.4   Create and solve single-step and multi-step practical problems involving multiplication and division with and without remainders of whole numbers.

SOL 5.5   a)   find the product and quotient of two numbers expressed as decimals through thousandths (divisors with only one nonzero digit); and

b)   create and solve single-step and multi-step practical problems involving decimals.

We encourage your child to use his/her ixl account at home to review previously taught skills as well as skills that they are currently working on.  The website is and the username is your child’s lunch number followed by @kgcs.  The password is 2016kgc$.

In social studies, students have studied geography and Native Americans.  They will to continue to review that information as they move on to exploration by the English, Spanish and French and the places that were settled by each of those countries.   

In science, students are working on Science SOL 5.7 which includes earth patterns, cycles and change. After completing this unit, they will begin Science SOL 5.6 and they will study oceans.

For both social studies and science, students may log onto for extra practice and review. The password to log in is: seal.

6th Grade

In english, six graders are using narratives and their background knowledge to make predictions, conclusions and inferences. They have also been looking at cause and effect relationships within text that they read. They started a new writing program, Being A Writer, where students write and share their work daily as a writing community. As we continue with the first quarter, we will move on to studying non-fiction texts.  

In Math 6, students are studying how to convert between decimals, fractions and percents. In addition, they are learning how to place decimals, fractions and percents in order from least to greatest and greatest to least. Students will also learn how to multiply and divide fractions. They will be able to demonstrate this visually and through the standard algorithm.

In Math 6X, students are working on multiplying and dividing fractions. They are taking a very hands-on approach by learning many new methods for completing these problems. Examples include: models, math word problems, diagrams and algorithms. Students will start learning about integers, where integers exist and why are they important. This will allow students to incorporate real world situations in their learning.  As always, please check our websites for up to date information on quizzes and tests!

In science, students are learning about The Scientific Method, which will provide a solid basis for labs throughout the school year. Students reviewed the metric system and compared it to customary measurement. More recently, students studied atoms and the Periodic Table.   

In history, students have been studying the reasons for westward expansion after the Civil War.  Inventions like the railroad caused massive changes in the United States.  Students will study the relationships between transportation, natural resources and industrial development after 1865.  Finally, students have studied the major geographic regions of the United States, major cities of the United States and all 50 states.