News from Room 40

March 2016

At a glance...

Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter! We are coming very close to the end of third grade (who can believe it?!). With that, we have many important events coming up before the end of the year:


  • 3/14: Snow day make-up day
  • 3/17 & 3/18: Student Growth Assessment for Reading
  • 3/22 & 3/24: Student Growth Assessment for Math
  • 3/25: Career Day
  • 3/26 - 4/3: Spring Break


  • 4/4-4/8: Ms. Gorski out for the week
  • 4/15: Field trip to Washington D.C.
  • 4/22: Earth Day


  • 5/2 & 5/3: Reading SOL testing days
  • 5/9 & 5/11: Math SOL testing days
  • 5/19: Pride banquet
  • 5/23: Field Day and STEM day
  • 5/26: Last day of third grade!

Please see below for more details about these events and what has been going on in our classroom!

Ms. Gorski

Standardized Testing

Student Growth Assessments

For 4 days in March, students will be taking their Student Growth Assessments for both Reading and Math. Student Growth Assessments are assessments made by the county to see how much your child has learned during the year. They take an assessment at the beginning of the school year and again at the end of the school year. The assessments are designed to be as similar to the SOL tests as possible. We use the results of these tests to plan our instruction and review for the rest of the school year so the students are well prepared for our SOL tests at the end of the year.

These dates of testing will be Thursday, March 17; Friday, March 18; Tuesday, March 22; and Thursday, March 24. Please remind your child the importance of doing their best on these assessments so we can learn what they already know and what they need more practice with.

Standards of Learning (SOL) assessments

Monday, May 2: Reading, part 1

Tuesday, May 3: Reading, part 2

Monday, May 9: Math, part 1

Wednesday, May 11: Math, part 2

Please keep in mind that these days will result in a different schedule. The students will only take half of the SOL a day to help keep them fresh and focused. We will also have extended recess on these days to help with the wiggles.

To help prepare your child best for these testing days, please make sure they come well fed and with a strong understanding of how important it is for them to try their best on these exams. They are well-prepared for them and should knock them out of the park if they put forth their best effort.

Your support at home makes a HUGE difference for them, and we greatly appreciate all that you do to influence your child's education.

Stem Day - Build a Native American home

Read Across America - Dr. Seuss Week

Washington D.C. field trip

Friday, April 15th, 8:30am-6:30pm

Washington, DC, United States

Washington, DC

Our spring field trip this year will be to Washington D.C. on Friday, April 15, 2016. In order to get as many fun activities in for the day we will need to leave school right away and return after it ends (6:30 pm).

We will be visiting national monuments, and museums. Please be sure your children are dressed in appropriate clothing for both indoor and outdoor weather and are wearing comfortable walking shoes.

We are able to take 10 chaperones on this trip! Unfortunately, we had a high interest of chaperones. Once all field trip forms have been collected, I will randomly select parents to come and notify you if you were chosen or not.

Students of the Month

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February Student of the Month

Congratulations to Stella who was chosen by her classmates as our February Student of the Month! Student of the month is chosen by students and thought to them as someone who is responsible, respectful and a great role model.

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March Student of the Month

Congratulations to Ianna who was chosen by her classmates as our March Student of the Month! Student of the month is chosen by students and thought to them as someone who is responsible, respectful and a great role model.

Ms. Gorski's Wedding

On April 2, during Spring Break, I am very excited to say I will be getting married! Right after, I will not be in school from Monday, April 4 through Friday, April 8. I have told the students I will not be here that week.

Due to my absence, the school will provide a licensed substitute teacher for this week. This means it is a substitute with years of teaching experience and is certified by the state of Virginia to be an elementary school teacher. Instruction, homework, and testing will continue as usual this week! Please feel free to email me with any questions or concerns.