The Dragon Times

March 2021 Edition

Put Students First * Seek Growth * Be Open to Change * Do Great Work Together * Value Differences

Jordan's Jots

Dear Luxford Families,


We are halfway into our 3rd quarter of school. I cannot believe how time flies when you are working hard! Please continue to encourage your students to dig and work hard. We want to finish the year strong with the skills they need to move into the next school year. Participation is key. Please remember although Mondays are asynchronous, they remain very important with many remediation groups and individual assignments given to help pull all the skills together. Attendance is required 5 days per week!


Also, our teachers have been working harder than they ever have this year and need to hear from you! Teacher appreciation week is the first week of May and we love to see gifts of appreciation and thanks during this time. More information will be coming as we get closer, but they would love to hear words of encouragement now!


Please consider taking a moment to thank our hard-working staff for what they do. Please see the link below to give a "Kudo" to a teacher. Please also remember our amazing Art, P.E., music, reading and math specialists, and counselors too for all they do!

Important Dates and Reminders

March is:

American Red Cross Month

Music in Our Schools Month

National Middle Level Education Month

National Nutrition Month

Social Work Month

Women's History Month

Youth Art Month


Special Weeks:

3/2

National Read Across America Day (Dr. Seuss Day)

3/1-3/6

National School Breakfast Week

National Foreign Language Week

3/7 – 3/13

National School Social Work Week

3/7 – 3/13

Girl Scout Week

3/21 – 3/27

National Poison Prevention Week


Friday, March 5- Is a school day for students!


Monday, March 8- Progress reports will be emailed for those students who are struggling. All grades will be available for all parents in ParentVue!


***SAVE THE DATE:

Wednesday, March 24- Join us for our Literacy Family Engagement Night from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. as we celebrate Reading month. Please mark the date. We cannot wait to see you! 😊

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Updated Self-Screening Tool

Please review this tool daily regarding your student's health and prior to sending them to school each day

Food Service Now offering dinner meals to Face to Face Students

Currently, supper meals are available for curbside pick up for Option 2 (virtual) students. Beginning March 9, 2021, Option 1 (face to face) students will be eligible for dinner meals Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of each week. All family members ages 1-18 years are eligible.


If you would like dinner meals sent home with your child(ren), please provide the information requested in the survey below. Please submit one form per family.

Dinner Meals Request for Option 1 (F2F) Students

Please complete survey if you wish to receive meals

Congratulations Mr. Fontanilla our TA of the year!

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March is Reading Month

We have great activities planned for reading month! Reading Month activities to include guest readers, literacy activities, “Wordly Wednesdays” (vocabulary word of the week), a family engagement reading night and more.


Also, we have EXCTING NEWS! We have purchased a book for each student so we can have a One School, One Book reading experience!!! Our book is Titled, “What Do You Do with a Problem?” Your teachers will provide weekly updates on fun activities planned.


We encourage you to read wtih your student this month. Make some special time to read and talk with you students about the joyand importance of reading.


Because... "Literacy is Justice for All!"

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Family Engagement Night!

We are looking forward to our 3rd Family Engagement night of the year on March 24, 2021, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. I know it has been a bit more difficult with us having to have "virtual" family nights this year, but we want you to stay connected to our Luxford school community! Please be on the lookout for an invite and flyer soon! our focus will be on reading this time! So please plan on participating in and interactive event and walk away with a strategy you can use with your students!

Book Fair

We are in the works for a book fair this spring! Although it may not look like it has in the past, we will do our best to make it as exciting as possible. More details to come soon.

3rd Quarter Supply Pick-up

We will be organizing our 3rd quarter parent supply pick-up for Monday, March 15 for our virtual students. Some of the supplies being provided to students are a social emotional book that was provided after the 2nd quarter report card, our school-wide book "What Do you do With a Problem?" which we will read together as a school, and other supplies determined by the classroom teacher and as detailed by our reading and math specialists.


Details will be forth coming for pick-up on the 15th!

From our Reading Specialists

As we as we move in to the second half of the 3rd quarter, the reading specialists, Mrs. Reedy and Mrs. Miller would like to share with you what your students will be working on for the month of March.


Kindergarten- Unit 7: This unit focuses on nonfiction texts using text features to identify and learn about topics. Students will identify important information about the topics to deepen understanding of information learned from nonfiction as well as making predictions and asking questions pertinent to the topics. Students will focus on descriptive writing and continue to emphasize writing in complete sentences, using capitalization, punctuation and spacing between words. Content objectives related to geography and living systems will be integrated throughout the unit.


1st Grade- Unit 7: This unit will focus on nonfiction texts and support students in developing comprehending skills related to nonfiction. Making predictions, using text features to locate information and identifying the main idea of a text will be the instructional focus. Students will work on nonfiction writing, specifically with an emphasis on telling more and adding descriptive words. Content objectives related to plants and geography will be integrated throughout the unit.


2nd Grade- Unit 7: Students will revisit the characteristics of fiction and nonfiction to deepen their understanding of the genres. Students will apply various reading strategies as they analyze texts. The unit is designed to move fluidly between fictional and non-fiction texts. In writing, students will learn to compose friendly letters and then craft a letter to take through the writing process that will express an opinion. Opportunities for content integration have been provided throughout the ongoing magnets performance task. Integrated into the performance task is an opportunity for students to compose a functional text. Students should continue to receive opportunities to conduct interest-based inquiry projects.


3rd Grade- Unit 7: Students will engage in their second writing performance task. In the following weeks, students will synthesize all they have learned about reading fiction and nonfiction texts to compare and contrast within and across genres, specifically differentiating between fiction and nonfiction. Students will be able to identify literary nonfiction texts and use their understanding of this type of text to analyze the similarities among this genre and others. Students will apply various reading strategies as they analyze narrative elements in paired texts that share similar plots. Writing instruction will provide students with opportunities to craft opinion-based texts. Students will generate ideas for their writing samples based on the work they are doing in reading, content and other topics of interest.


4th Grade- Unit 7: Students will complete their second writing performance task. The rest of the unit will be centered around synthesizing the strategies students have learned about reading fiction and nonfiction texts by comparing across genres. Students will be able to identify literary nonfiction texts and use their understanding of this type of text to analyze the similarities among this genre and others. Writing instruction will focus on opinion texts. Students will generate ideas for their writing samples based on topics for which they have strong opinions. Students will write multiple paragraphs focused on one opinion and provide supporting reasons. Students will also be analyzing media messages to make connections between opinion writing and media messages.


5th Grade- Unit 7: Students will complete their second writing performance task. In the remaining weeks, they will synthesize all they have learned about reading fiction and nonfiction texts to compare and contrast across genres. Students will be able to identify literary nonfiction texts and use their understanding of this type of text to analyze the similarities among this genre and others. Students will apply various reading strategies as they analyze and interpret across genres. Students will analyze paired passages across genres that have similar themes. Writing instruction will support the reading instruction by providing students with opportunities to craft persuasive texts. Students will also be analyzing, and crafting media messages and teachers should model for students how to make connections between persuasive writing and media messages.

From Our Math Specialist

As we move in to the last half of the 3rd quarter, our Math Specialist, Ms. Inman would like to share with you what your students will be working on throughout March.


Kindergarten

Students will be exploring with measurement during the month of March.They will recognize attributes of coins and identify the number of coins equivalent to a nickel, dime and quarter. Students will investigate the passage of time on a calendar and make comparisons forlength, height, weight, temperature and time.

First Grade

This month, students will tell time to the hour and half-hour and use a calendar. Quarter 3 will come to a close with students studying equal sharing of halves and fourths in the fraction unit.

Second Grade

Students will continue working with computation by exploring arrays and equality with the equal and not equal symbols. After computation, students will begin the Measurement unit. Students will explore time to the nearest five minutes, the days of the week and dates on a calendar. Students will continue to work on demonstrating fluency with basic facts.

Third Grade

After geometry, students will study rational numbers. Students will name, write, model and represent fractionsas well as compare and solve problems that involve fractions. Students will continue to develop their computational fluency with multiplication and division facts of 0, 1, 2, 5 and 10.

Fourth Grade

After rational number computation, students will begin measurement studies. Students will expand their understanding of elapsed time, estimate, measure and solve problems involving length, weight and volume and determine perimeter and area. Students will continue to develop computational fluency with multiplication and division facts.

Fifth Grade

During this quarter, students will explore measurement and variables. During the Measurement unit, students will estimate and measure length, weight and volume and identify equivalent measures. Students will solve problems involving perimeter, area and volume as well as determine elapsed time.

Virginia Beach Public Library Bayside Area- Author Talks

This is a great opportunity for 4th and 5th graders to here actual book authors speak!


Carlos Hernandez, author of Sal & Gabi Break the Universe, and Aimee Lucido, author of Emmy in the Key of Code, will be presenting free virtual author talks on Saturday, March 6.


Carlos Hernandez will be speaking at 1:00 p.m. and Aimee Lucido will be speaking at 3:00 p.m. The authors will be talking about their books and writing process, as well as answering any questions the students may have for them.

These events are open to any students in grades 4-6 and are free!

To register, visit vbpl.librarymarket.com. A Microsoft Teams link will be sent to the email address provided at registration.