Newsletter #15

News from Mrs. Gordon/

Mrs. Ford’s Pre-K Classroom

November 24 & 25, 2014


1.  Children learn through their play:  Don’t underestimate the value of play. Children learn and develop:  cognitive skills – like math and problem solving in a pretend grocery store; physical abilities – like balancing blocks and running on the playground; new vocabulary – like the words they need to play with toy dinosaurs; social skills – like playing together in a pretend car wash; literacy skills – like creating a menu for a pretend restaurant

2. Play is healthy:  Play helps children grow strong and healthy. It also counteracts obesity issues facing many children today.

3. Play reduces stress:  Play helps your children grow emotionally. It is joyful and provides an outlet for anxiety and stress.

4. Play is more than meets the eye:  Play is simple and complex.  There are many types of play: symbolic, sociodramatic, functional, and games with rules-–to name just a few. Researchers study play’s many aspects:  how children learn through play, how outdoor play impacts children’s health, the effects of screen time on play, to the need for recess in the school day.

5. Make time for play:  As parents, you are the biggest supporters of your children’s learning. You can make sure they have as much time to play as possible during the day to promote cognitive, language, physical, social, and emotional development.

6. Play and learning go hand-in-hand:  They are not separate activities. They are intertwined. Think about them as a science lecture with a lab. Play is the child’s lab.

7. Play outside:  Remember your own outdoor experiences of building forts, playing on the beach, sledding in the winter, or playing with other children in the neighborhood. Make sure your children create outdoor memories too.

8. There’s a lot to learn about play:  There’s a lot written on children and play. Here are some NAEYC articles and books about play. David Elkind’s The Power of Play (Da Capo, 2007 reprint) is also a great resource.

9. Trust your own playful instincts:  Remember as a child how play just came naturally? Give your children time for play and see all that they are capable of when given the opportunity.

10. Play is a child’s context for learning:  Children practice and reinforce their learning in multiple areas during play. It gives them a place and a time for learning that cannot be achieved through completing a worksheet. For example, in playing restaurant, children write and draw menus, set prices, take orders, and make out checks.  Play provides rich learning opportunities and leads to children’s success and self-esteem.

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Highlights for this week include:

  • Learning how to introduce a friend, practicing left & right, and finding out more about our classmates
  • Practicing left & right as well as creativity and body movement through passing a facial expression around the circle & then passing different movements
  • Making countdown to Christmas chains with an AB pattern of green & red strips practicing counting to 24 & working on fine motor skills of gluing the strips into a circle
  • Painting with corn syrup & food coloring on wax paper highlighting various vocab. words as we are exploring the strange liquid including pushing, swirling, up-and-down, side-to-side, etc.

Encore Schedule this week:

Monday—Art with Mrs. Dalton

Tuesday— P.E. with Mrs. Hall

Important Reminders:

  • Save and turn in your Boxtops for Education.
  • Check out the photos on my blog to see what your child has been up to in Pre-K (

Important Dates:

Wish List Items:

  • ¥2-liter plastic bottles with lids
  • ¥clear packing tape
  • ¥paint chip samples
  • ¥plastic drinking straws
  • ¥styrofoam meat trays
  • ¥vegetable oil/canola oil
  • ¥squeeze bottles (dish soap, shampoo, ketchup, body wash, salad dressing), pump bottles (hand soap), spray bottles
  • ¥whisks
  • ¥disposable plastic cups (all sizes)
  • ¥disinfecting wipes & wet wipes
  • ¥art supplies such as Masking tape, glue bottles, etc.
  • ¥envelopes
  • ¥buttons

*Make sure you are checking your child’s purple folder every night for notes or papers from school and/or special work y

Happy Thanksgiving

Hello All!

We have a short week coming up. The 8th grade classes have finished reading Stave One of “A Christmas Carol” and will have a test on Monday. On Tuesday we will begin reading Stave Two and delve into Scrooge’s past.

The 7th grade class is learning all about Greek mythology and identifying the gods and goddesses who were so fickle with the lives of mortals. We will read “The Flight of Icarus” and wrap up the week with a test on that unit.

Safe travels to all who are traveling early!

Goochland Christmas Mother

Randolph Elementary School’s Student Council Association is asking for donations to support the Goochland Christmas Mother Association. The object and purpose of the Goochland Christmas Mother Association is to provide a Christmas for Goochland County residents who would otherwise not have a meaningful Christmas.

We are collecting…

• boxed macaroni & cheese

• dried beans

• macaroni

• soup

All donations are due by Tuesday, November 25.

Donation boxes are located in the RES Office, classrooms, Cafeteria & Library-Media Center. Thank you for your support!

For more information, please visit:

Art Society Inducts Sixteen New Members

The Goochland High School National Art Honor Society held its annual induction ceremony for new members on November 20, 2014. President Sarah Bishop presided over the program and was supported by other members: Michelle Daschner, Kaitlyn Grant, Laurel Edmonds, and Hannah Lumpkins. Each student shared their thoughts about art and its meaning to them. Mrs. Shelton-Eide and Mrs. Johnson, GHS art teachers, were recognized for all they do to promote art and ceramics and inspire students.

Congratulations to the new members of the National Art Honor Society: Ryelee Adamy, Jonathan Adkins, Cayla Armitage, Wendy Escalera, Elizabeth Falconer, Peter Finley, Sara Hardy, Meredith Hickey, Tara Johnson, Gracie Jones, Kayla McCormick, Brandon Myrick, Nastacia Nickolaou, Madison Venhuizen, Mary Waldrop, and Makenna Wright.

Fun With Flowers

Our final Garden Club meeting of 2014 was a special event brought to us by Mrs. Dameron and her mom, GiGi.  Thirty-nine students in the K-5 clubs squeezed into Mrs. Martin’s room for a “Flowers 101″ lesson.

Mrs. Dameron and GiGi shared information about how to care for cut flowers, creative containers, oasis, and flower design.  Then it was time for students to jump in and make beautiful holiday arrangements.

As you can imagine, the room was a flurry of activity – petals and greenery flying – but the end results were all beautiful!  These gorgeous fall arrangements are sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face this holiday season!


Happy Thanksgiving to all!  

We will contact you in early 2015 with a new schedule for our meetings!  

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X-OUT Homelessness Day!! November 21, 2014

Please help GES by sending any of the following items to school: *New Pillows *Pillow cases *Razors and Shaving Cream *Toothbrushes *Toothpaste

Last day to send things in is NOVEMBER 21st! Let’s help the Homeless!

Dewey – Unit 4 Study Guide Answers

Here are the answers for the Unit 4 Study Guide – Remember we will be testing on Monday, 11/24/14 and Tuesday, 11/25/14

Please note these are just the answers, I did not take the time to type out the questions.

1) Did not like political parties, believed they divided the nation

2) Federalist – Alexander Hamilton and John Adams, Democratic-Republican -Thomas Jefferson and James Madison

3) Federalist – view of man: people are self-interested and greedy, view of the economy: should be based on commerce and industry, view of the constitution: loose construction (generally to expand the power of the central government, view of government: strong central government

Democratic-Republicans – view of man: people were naturally good, view of the economy: should be based on the small farmer, view of the constitution: strict construction (interpret it literally), view on government: weak central government and significant power for the states

4) Thomas Jefferson vs. John Adams, John Adams (Federalist Party) won

5) Thomas Jefferson vs John Adams, Thomas Jefferson won – Peaceful transfer of power from one political party to another

6) Bought the Louisiana Territory from France for $15 million, doubled the size of the US, increased tensions between the US and England

7) Judicial Review

8) States do no have the power to tax agencies of the federal government, gave the national government more power

9)a: Napoleonic War, b: impressment of American sailors, c: Freedom of the seas, d: The Embargo of 1807, e: The Barbary pirates, f: British cooperation with Native Americans, g: British refused  to leave their forts in North America

10) ~people who wanted to go to war with Great Britain, ~James Madison – President

11) To get Britain our of American territory

12) Andrew Jackson won his greatest victory over the British on Jan. 8, 1815 – after the war was technically over

13) ~Shawnee Chief, ~upset that fellow Native Americans were giving their land away, ~to create a Native American Confederation against the US

14) US vs Great Britain, US technically won

15) ~ended the WAr of 1812, ~all territory went back to the original holder , joint occupation of the Oregon Territory with Great Britain

16) US got Florida from Spain

17) The American continents should not be considered for future colonization by any European powers – would see European interference as a threat, US would not interfere in European Affairs

18) North – industry/manufacturing; South – farming/slave based economy

19) railroads, canals, National Road

20) increased slavery, Eli Whitney invented it

21) ~textiles and clothing, ~women and children/immigrants from Germany and Ireland

22) Religious movement focused on individual faith in seeking salvation, spread to African-Americans in the South

23) Rural Slaves- most worked in the fields from dawn to dusk, Urban slaves – worked in mills, on ships; skilled labor: blacksmiths, carpenters, could be hired out

24) Slaves who led rebellions in VA

25) Fear among whites, harsh laws against fugitive slaves, could not buy alcohol, own a gun or property, could not learn to read or write

26) William Lloyd Garrison: newspaper called the “The Liberator”; Harriet Beecher Stowe: “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”; Frederick Douglas: escaped slave, had his own newspaper

27) Abolition, Women’s suffrage, temperance

28) Women’s Rights Convention, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott

29) It was America’s God-given right to expand our empire from the Atlantic to the Pacific

30) 1820 – Mexico became independent from Spain; 1836 – Texas Revolution: Texas becomes an independent  nation; 1844 Texas is annexed by US becomes a state; 1845 – Mexican War starts,: 1848 – Mexican War ends – Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo


Earth Science Homework…

Study For Chapter 3 and 4 Test on Thursday….these were posted earlier on my blog and have been up in Schoology since you have been working in Schoology for the past 2 weeks :)

Ch. 3,4 Test Review Sheet

ANSWER KEY Ch. 3,4 Test Review Sheet


Assignments on Schoology that need to be done if you were absent…

In the Chapters 3 and 4 Folder…

  1. Seasons Worksheet

  2. Rotation/Revolution Worksheet

  3. Online Scavenger Hunt Worksheet Topo Maps

  4. Earth’s Interior Assignment

Jamestown Adventures!

Despite rainy weather (again), we were troopers throughout another historic field trip.  Students truly enjoyed their visit to Jamestown despite the dreary weather.  We ventured through the Indian village, onto a ship, and then to the fort (all replicas).  Students were able to answer nearly all the questions our knowledgable guide asked.  They also had many of their own.

All in all, it was a great trip.  Thanks to all the parents who joined us!  Several students travelled on to the original Jamestown to see what it looks like today!

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Dance Recital & Cafe for a Cure

The Dance Recital is December 4th at 6:30 pm. Admission is FREE!

Prior to the recital we will have a cafe open in the back of the auditorium. Desserts and hot drinks will be for sale. You may enjoy them before and during the show. The Cafe for a Cure will open at 5:30 pm. All proceeds from the cafe will support the outreach activities of the C.A.R.E. Club (Cancer Awareness Reaching Everyone).

Please support this great cause and enjoy some yummy desserts and a drink during the show.

Grandparent’s Day at GES

A huge thank you to all of the grandparents that ventured out on this frigid November day to have lunch with their grandchildren. We enjoyed having you at our school today!

Check out some of the moments I was lucky enough to capture. (I wish I could’ve gotten around to everyone, but we do appreciate all who came out!)