Richmond Elementary List-Serv


Important Dates to Remember


5.4-5.8.15 Teacher Appreciation Week

5.5-5.7.15 Grade 4 Science NECAP Testing

5.8.15 Talent Show 7 pm

5.12-5.14.15 Grade 3-4 PARCC End-of-Year Testing

5.20.15 PTO Meeting 6:30 pm

5.21.15 Early Release Day

5.26.15 School Improvement Team Meeting 3:45 pm (All Welcome)

5.25.14 No School-Memorial Day


6.4.15 District Poetry Slam

6.18.15 Field Day (am and pm volunteers needed from each classroom)

6.19.15 Fourth Grade Farewell 9:30 am (Rain Date for Field Day)

Spotlight on Instruction: Teaching Point of View

A point of view is the way someone views or looks at a situation or object. Students in fourth grade read "Where the Mountain Meets the Moon" and discuss how the author writes the book from different points of view (see Common Core State Standard below). The point of view of "Where the Mountain Meets the Moon" is always third-person, but the narrator changes frequently, which makes the book ideal for teaching this fourth grade Common Core Standard.


Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third-person narrations.

World Language Update

Spanish Classes - April

Dear Families,

In April we have added the following words and expressions for some of the classes. Be sure to ask your children to sing the Macarena with the months of the year. Don’t forget to access the webpage for vocabulary that we are learning, activities that you can practice at home and songs that we are singing.

Students have been assessed during the month of April in order to help us evaluate the program and its success. all students have made progress and it’s exciting to hear the Spanish language throughout the building.

¿Cuál es la fecha de hoy? What is the date today?

enero - January

febrero - February

marzo - March

abril - April

mayo - May

junio - June

julio - July

agosto - August

septiembre - September

octubre - October

noviembre - November

diciembre - December

¿Qué tiempo hace hoy? How is the weather today?

Hace frío. It’s cold.

Hace calor. It’s hot.

Hace sol. It’s sunny.

Hace buen tiempo. It’s good weather.

Hace mal tiempo. It’s bad weather.

Nieva. It’s snowing.

Llueve. It’s raining.

Está nublado. It’s cloudy.

Mrs. Martin has been including a Spanish Word of the week: conejo - rabbit, llueve - It’s raining, flores - flowers.


Señora Gendreau (,

Señorita Bathgate (

2015-16 Class Placement

Beginning this month, the staff and I will begin the process of grouping students for placement into classrooms for the next school year. The ultimate goal for the classroom placement process is to create well-balanced heterogeneously grouped classrooms of students. The placement team considers all students’ strengths and needs with regard to academic proficiency across all content areas, social competency, emotional maturity, leadership qualities, learning style needs, behavioral dynamics, peer relationships and any services received. Your child's present teacher and other support staff members have a wealth of information about the conditions under which your child learns best. They will share this information with me as part of the placement process.

Attached to this list serve is a parent/guardian survey if you would like to share any additional information about how your child learns best. Please give this to your child's current teacher by May 7th. Please do not request a teacher by name. If there is compelling information that the school should consider when placing your child, please submit it to me in writing by May 7th, otherwise, please trust us to make decisions that have every child's best interests in mind.

Parents/guardians will be notified of their child's placement on the final report card.

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Summer Reading Program

See the attachment for information about our summer reading program.

PTO Enrichmond Program

We are off to a great start with EnRichmond classes this week! Please remember you MUST have a valid form of identification when you pick up your child. We have a large number of students in our Tuesday classes and could use a few extra volunteers to help with check out. This would only require about 25 minutes of your time (4:20 - 4:45pm). If you could help with one, two, or all of the remaining check outs please contact:

Shellie Callahan @