THE PATRIOTS' PRESS

APRIL 2021

A MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Hello Patriot Families,


Wonderful things are happening this spring at Hugh Mercer!

On April 6, 2021, we will begin extended in-person time for hybrid students. Schedules have been shared by our teachers; email your child’s teacher if you have not yet received the Extended Day Schedule or if you have any questions.

Please, remember that in order to be marked present on M, Tu, Th, F your child must attend class each day – either in-person or virtually/on zoom. Teachers and staff have added additional zoom times throughout the day for students to participate in live teaching experiences. If you do not have a copy of the zoom times or link, please let them know right away.

Starting this month, special area enrichment will be offered on Wednesdays. (Times are listed in our Extended Day schedule.) This schedule and link can be found on your child’s Canvas page. These sessions will be at 10:00 and 1:00 each week.

Our team has been hard at work, enhancing the learning experiences we provide. They’ve taken part in professional development with our math coach to support COVID-safe center rotations, They’ve also implemented guided reading instruction and phonics (Heggerty) through professional learning with our reading coaches. Our team is amazing! This has been a tricky year, but they’ve continued learning forward to do their very best for students. Please, take a minute to reach out to them this spring to give them a virtual high five! I am consistently in awe of their passion and hard work.

Students and families have also been hard at work and amazingly flexible. You are truly our heroes! We are so thankful for each of you!

Please, know that we are committed to continue to support our learners and enhance the school experience throughout the pandemic. We care deeply about your students and your families. Please, reach out to me directly if I can be of assistance.

Fondly,

Kim Doucette

EXTENDED SCHOOL HOURS (BEGINNING APRIL 6) AND SCHEDULES

FCPS will lengthen the hours of in-person instruction beginning April 6, 2021. Hybrid students will continue to report to school by zones with A/B on Mon. and Tues. and C/D on Thurs. and Fri. In-person hours will be increased from 8 A.M. to 2 P.M. on April 6. The new schedules are below:


KINDERGARTEN SCHEDULE

*Individual classroom schedules will vary slightly and will be provided by the homeroom teacher. Please note that if your student is a virtual learner, they will need to attend all synchronous sessions in-person using your homeroom teacher’s zoom link.


Time

Hybrid Learners

Virtual Learners


8:00-8:30

Arrival, Breakfast, Announcements

Breakfast

8:30-8:40

Morning Message

Morning Message (Synchronous)

8:40-8:55

Calendar Math

Calendar Math (Synchronous)

8:55-9:25

English Language Arts (ELA) Instruction

English Language Arts (ELA) Instruction (Synchronous)

9:25-10:45

ELA Instruction Continues

ELA Canvas Lessons/SmartyAnts

10:45-11:05

Recess

Movement Break

11:05-11:35

CORE (Science and Social Studies)

CORE (Science and Social Studies) Canvas Lessons

11:35-11:55

Lunch

Lunch

11:55-12:10

Math Spiral Review

Math Canvas Lessons

12:10-12:40

Special Area Classes

Special Area Canvas Lessons

12:40-1:40

Math Instruction

Math Canvas Lesson/Dreambox

1:40-1:50

Read Aloud

ELA Canvas Lessons

1:50-2:00

Dismissal

Movement Break

2:00-2:30

Canvas Lessons

Canvas Lessons

2:30-3:15

Canvas Lessons

Small Group Reading and Math (see homeroom teacher for schedule).

3:15-3:30

Self Selected Reading (MyOn or Library Book)

Self Selected Reading (MyOn or Library Book)


1ST GRADE SCHEDULE

*Individual classroom schedules will vary slightly and will be provided by the homeroom teacher. Please note that if your student is a virtual learner, they will need to attend all synchronous sessions in-person using your homeroom teacher’s zoom link.


Time

Hybrid Learners

Virtual Learners


8:00-8:30

Arrival, Breakfast, Announcements

Breakfast

8:30-8:40

Morning Message

Morning Message (Synchronous)

8:40-9:35

English Language Arts (ELA) Instruction

English Language Arts (ELA) Instruction (Synchronous)

9:35-9:55

Recess

Movement Break

9:55-10:20

English Language Arts (ELA) Instruction

English Language Arts (ELA) Instruction (Synchronous)

10:20-10:50

Special Area Classes

Special Area Canvas Lessons

10:50-11:30

ELA Instruction Continued

ELA Canvas Lessons/SmartyAnts

11:30-11:50

Lunch

Lunch

11:50-12:50

Math Instruction

Math Instruction (Synchronous)

12:50-1:20

Math Rotations

Math Canvas Lessons/Dreambox

1:20-1:50

Core (Science and Social Studies)

Core (Science and Social Studies) Canvas Lessons

1:50-2:00

Dismissal

Movement Break

2:00-2:45

Canvas Lessons

Canvas Lessons

2:45-3:15

Canvas Lessons

Small Group Reading and Math (see homeroom teacher for schedule).

3:15-3:30

Self Selected Reading (MyOn or Library Book)

Self Selected Reading (MyOn or Library Book)


2ND GRADE SCHEDULE

*Individual classroom schedules will vary slightly and will be provided by the homeroom teacher. Please note that if your student is a virtual learner, they will need to attend all synchronous sessions in-person using your homeroom teacher’s zoom link.


Time

Hybrid Learners

Virtual Learners


8:00-8:30

Arrival, Breakfast, Announcements

Breakfast

8:30-8:40

Morning Message

Morning Message (Synchronous)

8:40-9:10

Special Area Classes

Special Area Canvas Lessons

9:10-9:50

Calendar Math/Heggerty/

Number Talks

Calendar Math/Heggerty/

Number Talks (Synchronous)

9:50-10:20

English Language Arts (ELA) Instruction

ELA Canvas Lessons

10:20-10:40

Recess

Movement Break

10:40-11:30

English Language Arts (ELA) Instruction

ELA Canvas Lessons/Smarty Ants

11:30-12:00

Core (Science and Social Studies) Instruction

Core (Science and Social Studies Canvas Lessons

12:00-12:20

Lunch

Lunch

12:20-1:20

Math Instruction

Math Canvas Lessons/Dreambox

1:20-1:50

English Language Arts (ELA) Instruction

ELA Canvas Lessons

1:50-2:00

Dismissal

Movement Break

2:00-2:30

Canvas Lessons

Canvas Lessons

2:45-3:15

Canvas Lessons

Small Group Reading and Math (see homeroom teacher for schedule).

3:15-3:30

Self Selected Reading (MyOn or Library Book)

Self Selected Reading (MyOn or Library Book)


The PE Department hosted a special PE Zoom during the regularly scheduled special area zoom sessions on April 1. We hope you joined the PE department and Burn Boot Camp on a virtual field trip called Kids Camp.


No school on April 2 and April 5. Schools will be closed on Friday April 2 and Monday, April 5.


Special Area teachers will be hosting live enrichment lessons on Wednesdays during the months of April and May. Join them at either 10 AM or 1 PM. The schedule is below. (These lessons are optional and do not take the place of a Canvas lesson for virtual students.)


Date

10:00 AM Zoom featured Specials

1:00 PM Zoom featured Specials


April 7 (PE/French)

April 14 (Art/Health)

April 21 (Music/Library)

April 28 (PE/French)


May 5 (Art/Health)

May 12 (Music/Library)

May 19 (PE/French)

May 26 (End of Year Celebration from Special Area)

SCHOOL BOARD MEETING (April 12 @ 7:30 PM)

The meeting will be broadcast live on the following channels: Comcast - Channel 18 Verizon - Channel 41 Cox - Channel 83. The meeting will also be live-streamed on Regional WebTV at https://www.regionalwebtv.com/fredsb and on the Fredericksburg City Public Schools Facebook page.

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE CLASSROOM THIS SPRING?

KINDERGARTEN - This month, kindergartners will work on reading and explaining their own writing in language arts, as well as composing descriptive sentences. They will also be introduced to digraphs and segmenting phonemes in phonics. For math, students will collect, organ​ize, and represent data in object graphs, picture graphs, and tables. They will then read and interpret data from object graphs, picture graphs, and tables. They will finish the month by practicing counting to 100, by 10s to 100, and counting backwards from 10 to 0, as well as identifying the number that comes before and after a specific number. In science, kindergartners will be investigating living systems and different life cycles. They will also be exploring patterns in nature, such as weather and seasonal changes. They will finish the month by beginning a unit on how to conserve Earth's resources, such as recycling, reusing, and making positive choices that impacts the Earth.


1st GRADE - It is hard to believe this is our last quarter of 1st grade! The students have worked hard this year! The next few weeks in March, we will be learning many things! In Core, we will learn about inventors and then creating our own inventions! In math, we will learn about fractions and dividing things in to equal parts. We will also discuss magnitude and take our best guess! Then we will learn about equality and using the equal symbol.

In English, students will be learning how to expand their vocabulary and use of word meanings with singular and plural nouns as well as action verbs. They will also be able to identify the characters, settings, events, retell, know the beginning, middle and end of fictional texts. In writing, we are continuing to work on adding detail to all forms of writing and handwriting. We are also focusing on using different prewriting strategies to organize our thoughts and help add detail.


2nd GRADE - In April, 2nd graders will continue to learn many exciting things! In math, students will be creating and reading their own graphs. Then students will be working on counting and comparing money up to $2.00. In language arts, students will be working on nonfiction research throughout the month of April. Students will conduct their own research on a topic and be writing about their findings. In core, students will be focusing on science. This month's science topics consist of learning about plant and animal life cycles as well as a how plants impact our environment.

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Mrs. Teri

steri@cityschools.com


The Fredericksburg City Public School Word-of-the-Month for April is risk-taker. Think about a time when you tried something new. How did it make you feel? When we try something we have never done before, or do something that is difficult, we are being risk-takers. A risk-taker is someone who is willing to take on new challenges.


Being a risk-taker means having courage. It may be the courage to learn a new sport or to play an instrument. It may be the courage to learn a new language. It may even be the courage to make a new friend or to do what is right even when those around you are making other choices. Risk-takers do things that help them grow mentally, physically, and emotionally. They are brave! They know that they are in control of their learning and keep trying, even when they make mistakes.


At Hugh Mercer, our students are encouraged to explore and investigate topics they are learning about. They are asked to do their best even when it is hard. HMES students develop the skills they need to take ownership of their learning. They know how to keep trying and how to seek help when they need it. As risk-takers, our students learn they can succeed.


Being a risk-taker does not have to be hard. There are lots of little things we can do to build our risk-taking skills. Trying new foods, helping a family member with a project, or setting a personal goal for ourselves are all ways we can practice being a risk-taker. What challenge will you take on today?

PE/HEALTH

The PE Department hosted a special PE Zoom during the regularly scheduled special area zoom sessions on Thursday, April 1. They collaborated with Burn Boot Camp to take our students on a virtual field trip called "Kids Camp." Everyone had a great time. It's fun getting fit!

ESL

The ESL department has completed WIDA testing all our ESL students! Thank you to all who played a role in helping to complete this important task.


Families of virtual students who did not feel comfortable coming into the building to test—please be sure to complete the Parent Refusal Form which was emailed to you. We require written documentation for students who do not test this year. Your student will not be penalized in any way for not testing.


The ESL teachers are looking forward to April 6, as they can begin to service hybrid students in person once again! Therefore, we will no longer be meeting with hybrid students on Zoom. However, virtual students should be on the look out for a new time to meet with their ESL teacher on Zoom, due to the change in schedule with the extended school day. Please reach out to the corresponding ESL teacher for your grade level with any questions!


Kindergarten: Elizabeth Dominguez edominguez@cityschools.com

First Grade: Maricruz Baker mbaker@cityschools.com

Second Grade: Jenna DiGiacomo jdigiacomo@cityschools.com

CURRICULUM ROAD MAPS

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INFORMATIONAL DRIVE-THROUGH EVENT (APRIL 20) KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION (Drive-Through) on MAY 6

THANK YOU, SARAH STELMOK AND NEST REALTY!

Congratulations to the following teachers who received a $100 Teacher Appreciation Award from Principal/Managing Broker, Sarah Stelmok, and Nest Realty.


Kadie Obert, Maricruz Baker, Christina Chaney, Tremellia Lavalliere, Jolene Jonas, Aude Mann, Katharine Micks, Karen Szafranski, Elizabeth Dominguez, Jordan Reynolds, and Laura Thomson.


We are so fortunate to have such a generous community!

FOR YOUR INFORMATION

TITLE 1 - Title 1 is the largest federal aid program for elementary, middle, and high schools. Through Title 1, the federal government designates money to school districts around the country based on the number of students in need in each district. Each district uses its Title 1 money for extra educational services for children, such as:


  • class size reduction
  • additional teachers and paraprofessionals
  • parent resources
  • instructional materials and supplies
  • Tier 2 and Tier 3 support services


The focus of the Title 1 program is to ensure all students meet challenging content and achievement standards. Title 1 also authorizes federal grant programs that provide funds for reading instruction, services to migrant children, services to neglected and delinquent children, comprehensive school reform and dropout prevention.


All FCPS students in grades K-8 are eligible to receive programs funded through the Title 1 grant. Title 1 reading and math support is provided by the following staff members: Ms. Lisa Herbert, Mrs. Jill Kankam, Mrs. Pamela Douglas, and Ms. Patricia Balwanz (reading); Dr. Stefanie Hudson (math, Title 1). Administrative support for Title 1 services is provided by assistant principal, Mrs. Kisha Frye.


504 ACCOMMODATIONS AND SPECIAL EDUCATION - If your child has any type of learning or physical problem, he/she may qualify for accommodations under 504 or special education services. Please call the counseling office (372-1115 x 2023 or x 2039) if you have any questions or would like to refer your child for screening and possible assessment.


No otherwise qualified handicapped individual in the Untied States shall, solely by reason of his/her handicap, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973: The Rights of Individuals with Handicaps Under Federal Law.


NON-RESIDENT STUDENT ENROLLMENT - In the matter of non-resident student enrollment, the Fredericksburg City Public School Division does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origina, sec, age, or disability in its educational programs or activities. Any questions should be referred to Sue Keffer (Director of Human Resources), 210 Ferdinand Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401, or by calling (540) 372-1130.


SEX OFFENDER STATEMENT - The Fredericksburg City Public School Division recognizes the danger sex offenders pose to student safety. Therefore, to protect students while they travel to and from school, attend school and school-related activities, the FCPS Division shall request automatic electronic notification of registered sex offenders in the same or contiguous zip codes as any school within the division. Such request and notification shall be made according to the procedures established by the Virginia Department of State Police (State Police). The Superintendent shall serve as the contact person with the State Police for receipt of the registered sec offender information.

April Is ...

Autism Awareness Month

Mathematics Education Month

School Library Month (Children's Book Day is April 2, and National Librarian Day is April 6)

National School Volunteer Week (April 18-24)

Administrative Professionals' Day (April 21)