Wednesday, September 14, 2022

 Sept. 14

Picture Day is this Friday the 16th!
Please have student bring in the flyer forms to order their pics!

"Sometimes the best way to get ahead is to simply pay attention!"

The garden is Growing

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year! I am so excited to meet my new 5th grade students on the First Day of School Monday, August 15th @7:50. School now begins at 7:50 and ends at 2:15 for grades 1-6. 
Wednesday is restructured day, 7:50-12:15. 

Back to School Night 
Thursday, September 8th
5:00-5:30 K-3 
5:30-6:00 Principal Message
6:00-6:30 4th-6th

Contact: Bloomz  access code: A4XW3D

Optional School Supply List -not required

Mrs. Nosky’s 5th Grade

  • 1 dozen sharpened Dixon Ticonderoga #2

  • Headphones/ear buds for to use with Chromebooks

  • 1 Marble Composition Notebook (please no spirals, I have some extras that I can make available if you are not able to purchase these.)

  • reusable water bottle-labeled

  • Colored sharpies

  • Glue sticks

  • Low Odor Dry Erase Makers and a sock for White-boards during Math

  • black sharpies

  • 4 Color Ballpoint Pen

  • Post-It Notes- (assorted sizes)


Class supplies are always much needed and greatly appreciated.

The Basics

  • Kleenex

  • Paper towels

  • Baby wipes 

  • Wipes for cleaning desks

  • Reams of printer paper

  • Popcorn

  • Amazon gift cards 

  • Avery labels 5160

  • Ziploc bags (assorted sizes)

  • Mod Podge 

“How can I help?”

  • Donations to our class fund; art projects, science experiments, math activities, etc…

  • Room Parent

  • Volunteering in the classroom (Sign up at Back to School Night-  September 9th)

  • Sharing a skill: art, yoga, PE, science, sewing, woodwork, any creative activity!

  • Chaperoning on field trips

Contact: Bloomz  access code: A4XW3D

Seahawks Soar to Success!

8/15/22:  First Day of School!

9/5/22:  Labor Day Holiday

10/14/22:  Student Recess

11/11/22:  Veteran's Day

11/14 - 11/18/22:  Parent Teacher Conference Week:  12:15 pm Restructured Day Dismissal

11/23 - 11/25/22:  Thanksgiving Holiday

12/19/22:  Winter Break

1/9/23:  School Begins

1/16/23:  Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

2/13/23:  Lincoln's Holiday

2/20/23:  Washington's Holiday

4/3 - 4/7/23:  Spring Recess

5/29/23:  Memorial Day Holiday

5/31/23:  Full Day:  2:15 pm Dismissal

6/2/23:  Last Day of School:  Early Dismissal

Monday, August 9, 2021

Welcome Back!

    Every year, the first day of school gets me as excited as when I was a child. I pick out my clothes, get my lunch ready and wake up super early. I remember one year getting new purple knickers to wear on the first day of school. I couldn't wait for the the year to begin. Things haven't changed much since then (except no purple knickers). I'm ready for a wonderful school year and a positive learning environment. 

 I look forward to communicating early and often with you this year. 
First, this blog will help you with curriculum, homework, projects and materials.  You can  Subscribe to the blog vial email to receive updates.   
Second, I’ve started using the Bloomz app to simplify how I communicate with class parents
I’ve created a group for our class to share updates, pictures, announcements and resources, as well as coordinate activities and field trips. You’ll also be able to share photos and interact with other class parents. You can also sign up for volunteering (hopefully coming soon) right in the app.
 Download the “Bloomz" app from the AppStore/PlayStore and click on "Enter Code". 
If browser, go to and click on "Join Bloomz" followed by "Enter Code" 
2. In the text box, enter TQCBSP 

Back to School Night (virtual)
Thursday, August 26 @6:00-6:30pm, more information will follow later.

 Optional School Supplies-not required

  • 1 dozen sharpened Dixon Ticonderoga #2 pencils for the class to share
  • 1 package of glue sticks (Avery or "jumbo" preferred) 
  • reusable water bottle-labeled
  • 1 homework folder-labeled front
  • 1 marble composition book
  • Headphones/ear buds for to use with Chromebook
  • College Ruled Binder Paper
 Kind regards,

Virginia Nosky
5th Grade Teacher
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Rio del Mar Elementary School
(831) 728-7838

Monday, September 16, 2019

  • Thank you to all who attended Back to School Night.
    It was great to see you again and discuss an overview of the year.
    Please feel free to call or email if you would like to discuss more. 

    Please see the top tab "Upcoming Projects"
    for information on the Landform project that is due Oct. 25th. 
    We will host an Author's Party on October 25th.

    Rainbow Roll-N-Write
    Here are a few suggestions for studying the weekly spelling words: 
    -Write the words in cursive.
    -Rainbow roll-n-write the words.
    -Write each word 3-5 times each. 
    -Write the words in a sentence. 
    -Draw a picture with each word. 
    A strong foundation in phonics helps with decoding more difficult words. 

    In Math, we're continuing with the second half of our module on multiplication and division.
    We will continue using the terms Labeled Tape Diagram, Array, Number Bond and Equation.
    This helps students develop a deeper understanding of multiplication and division. 


     "Just Right" Reading

    We have been focusing on how to choose "just right" books and why it is so important to choose
    books that we are able to read. Research shows when children are reading independently,
    they should be reading books they can read and understand. Reading books that are too
    challenging can lead to frustration, inability to understand the story, thus causing reading to no
    longer be enjoyable. We want children to love reading, which means it is important they are
    reading books they are interested in and on their just right level! 
    Research also shows that children are motivated to read when they can choose their own books.
    The strategy we will use in class to choose just right books is called IPICK.
    You can use the poster to help your child in picking good fit books at home.

    This year we will be focusing on applying reading strategies to a variety of literary genre. Our class will learn how to read fiction stories and nonfiction articles carefully. We will learn the basic skills that we will use in our reading throughout the year.  Ask your child what genre we focused on this week. (Hint: It has characters, setting, or events that can not exist in real life, animals have human-like characteristics, and these stories teach a lesson.)

    During our reading time we will focus on:
    • Ways to talk about their reading with partners and the class.
    • Strategies to help pronounce long words.
    • Strategies to figure out the meanings of hard words.
    • How to find important details in fiction stories and nonfiction articles.
    • How to analyze what we read and write about it.
    Here are a couple of activities you can do to help your child.
    • Read together a fiction story. Discuss what happens in the story and who the characters are.
    • Read together a nonfiction book or article. Ask your child what the story is about. Discuss what kinds of photos and images they see. What can they learn from these images?

    Writing: Writer's Workshop is well underway and students have been having a lot of fun learning about what writers do to "gather" ideas for writing true stories. Students have gathered ideas by recalling "first times" in their lives, writing about moments they experienced strong emotions such as sadness, happiness, embarrassment, and fear. They also generated ideas based on things they love. This week they will choose two of their ideas to take to a quick write, share those quick writes with partners, and then select one of those ideas to begin drafting their stories. We love the ownership this process gives them in their writing. One student told us that, "I feel like Writer's Workshop is like our own secret club!" It's so wonderful to hear that kids call out, "Yay!" when we announce it's time for writing. They have been so open and willing to share their ideas for writing as well (and boy did we hear about some VERY embarrassing moments). It's really a happy time in our classrooms.

    Accelerated Reader 
    Each student has been assigned an "AR Goal." The goals were calculated according to each student's performance on the computerized AR star test.  The Accelerated Reader program ("AR") is a computerized program that tests reading comprehension. Students select books on their reading level, read independently, and take an independent comprehension test on a school computer. Each book is worth a certain number of points based on its length and reading level. You can look up a particular book in AR Book Finder. Students get a percentage of these points based on how many of the test questions they get right. The program tracks their progress over the course of the school year. You may track your student’s progress in Home Connect.
    Here is a link to the Parent's Guide to AR. Accelerated Reader
    Hopefully, this will answer your questions.

    Wednesday, August 7, 2019

    Welcome to 3rd Grade! 

    We are excited for a new school year. 

    We look forward to meeting each child and seeing their special talents on the 
    First Day of School ~ Wednesday, August 14th 7:52-2:10.

    Back to School Night is Thursday, August 29th, 6:00-7:30, more information will follow later.  I highly encourage parents to attend this event. I will be discussing curriculum, volunteer opportunities, homework, field trips, and other information.

    Thank you, 
    Third Grade Team

    Optional School Supply List -not required
    • 1 dozen sharpened Dixon Ticonderoga #2
    • reusable water bottle-labeled
    • Colored sharpies
    • Glue stick
    • chisel tip EXPO brand Dry Erase Markers (low odor)
    • black sharpies
    • Post-It Notes- (assorted sizes)


    Class supplies are always much needed and greatly appreciated.

    • Kleenex
    • Baby wipes 
    • Wipes for cleaning desks
    • Hand sanitizer (pump bottles)
    • Paper towels
    • Reams of printer paper
    • Popcorn
    • Pizza Party (talk to Mrs. Nosky)
    • Amazon gift cards 
    • Avery labels 5160
    • Ziploc bags (assorted sizes)
    • Mod Podge 

    “How can I help?”
    • Donations to our class fund; art projects, science experiments, math activities, etc…
    • Room Parent
    • Volunteering in the classroom (Sign up at Back to School Night-  August 29th)
    • Sharing a skill: art, yoga, PE, science, sewing, woodwork, any creative activity!
    • Chaperoning on field trips

    Seahawks Soar to Success !

    Sunday, March 3, 2019

    Famous American Biographies:  Students should begin thinking about who they would like to research. We will start working on our famous American biography writing and presentations at the middle or end of April. Our focus is Famous Americans who have made a contribution to science, civil rights or a humanitarian effort. Students will study a famous artist in fourth grade so please save those ideas for next year. Examples of Famous Americans would be:

    JFKGeorge Washington
    John F. Kennedy
    Abraham Lincoln
    Alexander Graham Bell
    Susan B. Anthony
    Elizabeth Cady Stanton
    Harriet Tubman
    Sojourner Truth

    Math - Module 4 -  Understanding Area

     Students began in earlier grades to build arrays, showing multiplication and division as a series of rows and columns. In 3rd grade, they begin the transition to understanding these types of problems in the context of an area model. As students move through the grades, the area model will be a powerful tool that can take them all the way into algebra and beyond. One of the goals in A Story of Units is to first give students concrete experiences with mathematical concepts, and then build slowly toward more abstract representations of those concepts. The area model is a tool that helps students to make that important leap.  

    Module 5- Fractions on a number line. Fraction Equivalence, Ordering, and Operations.

    How you can help at home: Continue to practice and review multiplication and division math facts – this greatly supports work with fractions!  Look for opportunities in daily life to discuss fractional parts and divide objects into equal parts. In this module, students explore fraction equivalence and extend this understanding to mixed numbers. They compare and represent fractions and mixed numbers using a variety of models. Toward the end of the module, they use what they know to be true about whole number operations to apply to fractions and mixed number operations. 

    Little Red Riding HoodWe will begin our unit on fairy tales next week. We will first be reading the classic versions of CinderellaLittle Red Writing Hood, and Three Billy Goats Gruff. We will then be examining several adapted versions of these stories and spend time discussing why the authors have chosen to adapt the story, and students will work to identify the purposeful changes and consequential actions the authors have made. We will also be examining the plot structure of the fairy tales. Students will then choose to adapt Little Red Riding Hood or Three Billy Goats Gruff using their own imagination and creativity.

    Grammar: We will be focusing on the proper use of quotation marks this week, as our fairy tales have a lot of rich dialog within them. We will also be working on building simple sentences into rich, descriptive ones that create an image in the minds of readers.