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Hello!

I am Kristina Virgilio, a fourth grade teacher here at Richland Elementary School. As I child, I walked these very halls and was inspired by so many wonderful teachers. I am honored to follow in their footsteps!

After graduating from Richland High School, I went on to earn my bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh in 2001. I then spent the next year as an AmeriCorps volunteer, helping nonprofits and in-need communities across the mid-west. In 2003, I followed my heart, moved to New York City, and entered the classroom as a third grade teacher. For the next four years, I taught at PS 199 in the South Bronx and then moved on to Harlem Village Academies, where I taught 5th grade math. I went on to work as a literacy coach and teacher trainer in schools all over New York City, helping schools and teachers write curriculum and improved teaching practices.
 
I began teaching fourth grade at Richland in 2015.  I love teaching and working with students everyday.  The classroom should be a place where every student feels safe and inspired to learn. In my classroom, students are challenged to work hard and maximize their potential. I encourage accountability and respect for oneself and others. Above all, I try my best to foster a positive and long-lasting love of learning.

I look forward to working with you and your students. Please feel free to communicate any questions or concerns you may have regarding our curriculum and/or your student's progress at any time. Here's to a great year!
 

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Week of December 10th - December 14th

We have quite a few tests lined up this week.  Unfortunately, our units and lessons are finishing at the same time.
 
Monday - Reading comprehension and vocabulary
Wednesday - Science Chapter 3/Lesson 1 on biomes
Thursday - Math Unit 3
Friday - Spelling Unit 13
 
We will not be working on another reading unit until after Christmas.  We will finish the year by applying comprehension strategies to passages and text-dependent analysis responses.
 
Students have begun working on their second persuasive writing assignment.  They were given an opportunity to choose from several Christmas-themed prompts for their second topic.  
 
We will be wrapping up Unit 13 in math this week.  We will review concepts in class on Wednesday and the test will be given on Thursday.  Next week we will begin to explore multi-digit multiplication strategies.
 
In science, we will finish our lesson on biomes by learning about water ecosystems.  Notes should come home on Monday afternoon.  Students will complete their outlines and review on Tuesday in class. 
 
Please see the schedule of homework assignments below.  As always, continue to check student agendas daily for any updates or changes.
 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

 

Reading – Read for at least 15 minutes.  Complete reading log.

 

Spelling – Write words twice.

 

Math – Homelinks

3-11

 

Science – Study notes for test on Wednesday!

 

*Get agenda signed*

 

 

 

 

Reading – Read for at least 15 minutes.  Complete reading log.

 

Spelling – Study words.

 

Math – Homelinks

3-12

 

Science – Study notes for test tomorrow!

 

 

*Get agenda signed*

 

Reading – Read for at least 15 minutes.  Complete reading log.

 

Spelling – Spelling worksheet

 

Math – Review study guide for test tomorrow.

 

*Get agenda signed*

 

Reading – Read for at least 15 minutes.  Complete reading log.

 

Spelling – Study words!  Test tomorrow!

 

Math – None

 

*Get agenda signed*

 

 

 

 

No

Homework

 

 

Week of December 3rd - December 7th

Hello December!
 
This week in reading, we will continue learning about folktales and their themes.  Students will also be using root words to figure out the meaning of unknown words.  A study guide will be coming home on Thursday.  Please be sure that students return it to school on Friday so that we can review.  The comprehension and vocabulary test for this lesson will be given on Monday, December 10th.
 
Students will continue writing their persuasive essays from the perspective of a turkey.  We should begin revising and editing later them later this week.
 
In math, we will begin to transition from fractions to decimals this week.  On Tuesday, students will take a short quiz on comparing and ordering fractions.  The Unit 3 math test will be coming up next week.  Students will take their assessment on Thursday, December 13th.
 
This week in science, we begin to learn about biomes, the Earth's largest ecosystems.  Vocabulary terms will come home on Monday.  The test for this lesson will be given on Tuesday, December 11th.
 
During social studies, we will begin exploring how state governments work.
 
Please see the schedule of homework assignments below.  As always, continue to check student agendas daily for any updates or changes.
 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

 

Reading – Read for at least 15 minutes.  Complete reading log.

 

 

Spelling – Write words twice.

 

Math – Homelinks

3-8

 

*Get agenda signed*

 

 

 

 

Reading – Read for at least 15 minutes.  Complete reading log.

 

 

Spelling – Study words.

 

Math – Homelinks

3-9

 

*Get agenda signed*

 

Reading – Read for at least 15 minutes.  Complete reading log.

 

Spelling – Spelling worksheet

 

Math – Homelinks 3-10

 

*Get agenda signed*

 

Reading – Read for at least 15 minutes.  Complete reading log.

 

Reading –

Study guide – Return tomorrow!

 

Spelling – Study words!  Test tomorrow!

 

Math – Homelinks

3-13

 

*Get agenda signed*

 

 

 

 

No

Homework

 

 

 

Week of November 27th - November 30th

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.
 
In reading this week, we will begin a new lesson from our series.  Students will be learning about folktales and their features.  In addition, we will begin discussing theme.  New vocabulary words will come home by Wednesday.  Our next comprehension and vocabulary test will be given on Monday, December 10th.
 
In writing, students will begin writing persuasive essays.  In these essays, students will pretend that they are turkeys trying to avoid being eaten for Christmas dinner.  Needless to say, we will have a lot of fun writing them!
 
We will continue comparing and ordering fractions in math this week.  Students will take a quiz on these topics on Tuesday, December 4th.
 
We will begin and end a very short lesson in science this week.  Students will be introduced to ecosystems and their features.  The test for this lesson will be given on Friday, November 30th.
 
Please see the schedule of homework assignments below.  As always, continue to check student agendas daily for any updates or changes.
 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

 

 

 

No

School

 

 

 

Reading – Read for at least 15 minutes.  Complete reading log.

 

Spelling – Write Unit 11 words twice

 

Math – Homelinks

3-6

 

*Get agenda signed*

 

Reading – Read for at least 15 minutes.  Complete reading log.

 

Spelling – Study words

 

Math – Worksheet

 

Science – Study for Friday’s test

 

*Get agenda signed*

 

Reading – Read for at least 15 minutes.  Complete reading log.

 

Spelling – Worksheet -  Test tomorrow!

 

Math – Homelinks

3-7

 

Science – Study for tomorrow’s test

 

*Get agenda signed*

 

 

 

 

No

Homework

 

 

Week of November 19th - November 22nd

I can't believe we're already at Thanksgiving break!
 
This week we will continue analyzing texts in reading using the textual analysis process.
 
In writing, we are creating gratitude journals to highlight our appreciation for all of the things that we have in our lives.
 
We are continuing to work with equivalent fractions in math and we will begin to compare them this week.
 
In social studies, we will discover how "checks and balances" plays a role in our government.
 
Please note that spelling and science will not be taught this week.
 
Happy Thanksgiving!
 
 

Week of November 5th - November 9th

We have a lot to squeeze into four days this week!  November will be gone before we know it!
 
First, please be advised that throughout the month of November we will NOT be starting a new reading unit.  Because the month is so choppy, we will instead focus on comprehension skills and text-dependent responses.  
 
Also, students will be bringing home instructions for their first book report on Tuesday.  Students will have until November 27th to complete their reports.
 
In writing this week, we will finally complete our essays and begin work on both Veteran's Day and Thanksgiving inspired writing. 
 
Our spelling unit will be Unit 10.
 
Students will take the cumulative assessment for units 1 and 2 on Wednesday, November 7th.  In our next unit, we will tackle fractions!
 
We have wrapped up Chapter 2 Lesson 4 in science.  Students will review on Tuesday and will take their assessment on Thursday, November 8th.  Please be advised that students will also be bringing home an "Inherited Trait Vs. Learned Behavior" activity on Thursday.  This will need to be completed over the long weekend and returned on Thursday, November 15th.
 
Lastly, in social studies, we will take time to honor veterans through poetry.
 
 
 

Week of October 29th - November 2nd

I can't believe that we are going to find ourselves in November by the end of the week!  This school year is flying by!  Please be advised that the end of the first marking period is Wednesday, October 31st.
 
This week in reading we will be wrapping up Unit 1 Week 5.  Students will continue to practice identifying the main idea of nonfiction text and will learn to use suffixes to help figure out the meaning of unknown words.  Study guides will be coming home on Tuesday and the comprehension and vocabulary tests will be given on Friday of this week.  In November, due to the choppy schedule, we will be taking a break for the Wonders series and will be focusing on comprehension strategies and text-dependent analysis questions.  
 
In writing, students will be revising and editing their essays.  Many should begin publishing by the end of the week.
 
After Monday's lesson, Unit 2 in math is officially completed.  We will review on Tuesday and students will take their Unit 2 tests on Wednesday, October 31st.  Students will be assessed on a cumulative review (Units 1-2) test next Wednesday, November 7th.  We will begin reviewing this Friday and will continue next Tuesday.
 
In science, we are beginning Chapter 2 - Lesson 4.  This week students will learn the difference between life cycle and lifespan.  They will also learn about the two types of cell reproduction.  Please be sure to let me know if any questions or concerns should arise with regard to this topic.
 
Finally, we will begin learning about the branches of government in social studies.  
 
Please see the schedule of homework assignments below.  As always, continue to check student agendas daily for any updates or changes.
 
 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

 

Reading – Read for at least 15 minutes.  Complete reading log.

 

 

Spelling – Write words twice.

 

Math – Homelinks

2-13

 

*Get agenda signed*

 

 

 

 

Reading – Read for at least 15 minutes.  Complete reading log.

 

 

Spelling – Study words.

 

Math – Study for test tomorrow!

 

*Get agenda signed*

 

Reading – Read for at least 15 minutes.  Complete reading log.

 

*Get agenda signed*

 

Reading – Read for at least 15 minutes.  Complete reading log.

 

Spelling –

Spelling worksheet

 

Study words!  Test tomorrow!

 

*Get agenda signed*

 

 

 

 

No

Homework

 

 

Week of October 22nd - October 26th

This is a busy week for us!  
 
In reading, we will begin our new unit (Unit 1 - Week 5).  The skills for this unit will include finding the main idea of a nonfiction text and using suffixes to determine the meaning of words.  Vocabulary words will be coming home on Wednesday.  The next comprehension and vocabulary tests will be given on Friday, November 2nd.
 
In writing, students are finishing the drafts of their essays and will begin the revising them this week.
 
Please note the Unit 8 spelling test will be given on Thursday this week, not Friday, due to the Halloween parade. 
 
We will be learning about the properties of triangles and quadrilaterals this week in math.  We will also be reviewing symmetry and patterns.  These concepts will finish up our unit.  The Unit 2 math test will be given next Thursday, November 1st.
 
Students will be reviewing the systems of the body on Monday and Tuesday and will take their Chapter 2-Lesson 3 test on Wednesday, October 24th.  Our next unit will begin next week.  Please be advised that information regarding the content of the next unit will be sent home on Wednesday, October 24th.  Please contact me with any questions.
 
Finally, we will begin learning about the branches of government in social studies.  
 
Please see the schedule of homework assignments below.  As always, continue to check student agendas daily for any updates or changes.
 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

 

Reading – Read for at least 15 minutes.  Complete reading log.

 

Spelling – Write words twice.

 

Math – Homelinks

2-10

 

Science – Study for test on Wednesday!

 

*Get agenda signed*

 

Library tomorrow!

 

 

Reading – Read for at least 15 minutes.  Complete reading log.

 

Spelling – Study words.

 

Math – Homelinks

2-11

 

Science – Study for test on Wednesday!

 

*Get agenda signed*

 

Music tomorrow!

 

Reading – Read for at least 15 minutes.  Complete reading log.

 

Spelling – Spelling worksheet

 

Math – Homelinks 2-12

 

*Get agenda signed*

 

Reading – Read for at least 15 minutes.  Complete reading log.

 

Spelling – Study words!  Test tomorrow!

 

Math – Homelinks

2-13

 

*Get agenda signed*

 

Halloween parade and party tomorrow!

 

 

 

 

No

Homework

 

 

Week of October 15th - October 19th

This week in reading we will be wrapping up Unit 1 Week 4.  We will continue to identify cause and effect relationships and practice vocabulary strategies.  Study guides will be assigned on Tuesday and MUST be returned on Wednesday for review.  Students will take their comprehension and vocabulary tests on Thursday, October 18th.
 
Please be aware that reading logs and responses are due on Friday, October 19th!
 
In writing, students will begin drafting essays about special people in their lives.  
 
In math this week, students will be learning about prime and composite numbers, converting units of time, and basic multiplication strategies.  Students will take a quiz on Wednesday, October 18th, on finding factors and multiples.
 
We will be completing our notes on body systems this week in science.  Notes will be available for studying by Thursday.  We will finish up the unit with activities and thus the test will not be given until next Wednesday, October 24th.
 
Finally, we will continue looking at our government during social studies.  
 
Please see the schedule of homework assignments below.  As always, continue to check student agendas daily for any updates or changes.
 
 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

 

Reading – Read for at least 15 minutes.  Complete reading log.

 

Spelling – Write words twice.

 

Math – Homelinks

2-5

 

*Get agenda signed*

 

 

 

 

Reading – Read for at least 15 minutes.  Complete reading log.

 

Reading – Complete reading study guide.  Bring back tomorrow!

 

Spelling – Study words.

 

Math – Homelinks

2-7

 

*Get agenda signed*

 

Reading – Read for at least 15 minutes.  Complete reading log.

 

Reading – Study for test tomorrow!

 

Spelling – Spelling worksheet

 

Math – Homelinks 2-8

 

*Get agenda signed*

 

Reading – Read for at least 15 minutes.  Complete reading log.  Log and response are due tomorrow!

 

Spelling – Study words!  Test tomorrow!

 

Math – Homelinks

2-9

 

*Get agenda signed*

 

 

 

 

No

Homework

 

 

Week of October 8th - October 12th

We have a lot to accomplish this week!
 
In reading, we will begin our new unit (Unit 1/Week 4).  New vocabulary words will be headed home by Wednesday.  Skills for this unit will include identifying features of narrative nonfiction, determining cause and effect relationships, and using context clues to figure out the meaning of new words.
 
We will be writing informational paragraphs this week.  These paragraphs will become the foundation for the 5-paragraph essays that we will be writing during the month of October.
 
Please note that this week in spelling is a review week.  Students are to review words from units 1-5.  Wednesday's homework will be identical to Friday's review test.  
 
We will be learning about factors and multiples this week in math.  We will use factors and multiples to determine whether or not numbers are prime or composite.
 
In science, we will begin learning about the systems of the body.  This unit is a bit challenging so please be aware that students should be bringing home their notes often to study them throughout the unit.  
 
Finally, we will continue looking at our government during social studies.  
 
Please see the schedule of homework assignments below.  As always, continue to check student agendas daily for any updates or changes.
 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

 

No

School

 

 

 

 

Reading – Read for at least 15 minutes.  Complete reading log.

 

Spelling – Review words from

Units 1-5

 

Math – Homelinks

2-3

 

*Get agenda signed*

 

Reading – Read for at least 15 minutes.  Complete reading log.

 

Spelling – Spelling worksheet

 

Math – Homelinks 2-4

 

*Get agenda signed*

 

Reading – Read for at least 15 minutes.  Complete reading log.

 

Spelling – Study words!  Test tomorrow!

 

Math – Homelinks

2-5

 

*Get agenda signed*

 

 

 

 

No

Homework

 

 

Week of October 1st - 5th

This week will be finishing up our units in Reading, Math, and Science.  Our math test will be given on Tuesday, October 2nd.  Science will follow on Wednesday, October 3rd, and reading/vocabulary will be given on Thursday, October 4th.  
 
In language arts, we will begin writing summary paragraphs.  This will set us up to begin looking at and drafting 5-paragraph essays next week.
 
In social studies, we will start to take a deeper look at the government of the United States.
 
Please see the schedule of homework assignments below.  As always, continue to check student agendas daily for any updates or changes.
 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

 

Reading – Read for at least 15 minutes.  Complete reading log.

 

 

Spelling – Write words twice.

 

Math – Study for test tomorrow!

 

Science – Study for test on Wednesday!

 

*Get agenda signed*

 

 

 

 

Reading – Read for at least 15 minutes.  Complete reading log.

 

Reading – Complete study guide.  Study vocabulary words.  Test on Thursday!

 

Spelling – Study words.

 

Math – No homework!

 

Science – Study for test tomorrow!

 

*Get agenda signed*

 

Reading – Read for at least 15 minutes.  Complete reading log.

 

 

Reading – Review study guide.  Study vocabulary words.  Test tomorrow!

 

Spelling – Spelling worksheet

 

Math – Homelinks 2-1

 

*Get agenda signed*

 

Reading – Read for at least 15 minutes.  Complete reading log.

 

Spelling – Study words!  Test tomorrow!

 

Math – Homelinks

2-2

 

*Get agenda signed*

 

 

 

 

No

Homework

 

 

Week of September 24th - 28th

We will begin our second reading unit this week.  The unit skills will include using nonfiction text features, comparing and contrasting information, and determining the meaning of words in context.  Vocabulary words will come home on Tuesday and can be used for practice.  The unit test will be given on Thursday, October 4th.
 
We have completed our lessons on sentences and are ready to assess.  Students will be bringing home their packets on Monday for review.  The sentence unit test will be given on Wednesday, September 26th.
 
This week in math we will be learning about unit conversion and geometry basics.  We will wrap up our unit by the end of the week and will begin reviewing on Friday.  Our review will continue next Monday and the Unit 1 test will be given next Tuesday, October 2nd.
 
In science, we will continue learning about vertebrates and students will be introduced to fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals this week.  We will be hosting Reptile Encounters next Monday as an extension of learning and we'll review for the test on Tuesday.  The Chapter 2/Lesson 2 test will be given next Wednesday, October 3rd.
 
Finally, we will continue learning about the types of government in social studies.  
 
Please see the schedule of homework assignments below.  As always, continue to check student agendas daily for any updates or changes.  
 
 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

 

Reading – Read for at least 15 minutes.  Complete reading log.

 

Language Arts –

Begin to study sentence packet for test on Wednesday.

 

Spelling – Write words twice.

 

Math – Homelinks

1-10

 

*Get agenda signed*

 

 

 

 

Reading – Read for at least 15 minutes.  Complete reading log.

 

Language Arts –

Study sentence packet for test on Wednesday.

 

Spelling – Study words.

 

Math – Homelinks

1-11

 

*Get agenda signed*

 

Reading – Read for at least 15 minutes.  Complete reading log.

 

Spelling – Spelling worksheet

 

Math – Homelinks 1-12

 

*Get agenda signed*

 

Reading – Read for at least 15 minutes.  Complete reading log.

 

Spelling – Study words!  Test tomorrow!

 

Math – Homelinks

1-13

 

*Get agenda signed*

 

 

 

 

No

Homework

 

 

Week of September 17th - 21st

Students will be taking their first unit/lesson assessments in reading and science this week.  Please read below for more information.
 
In reading this week, we will be finishing up our unit week.  Students will receive a study guide for homework on Tuesday which will be reviewed in class on Wednesday.  The reading assessment will include comprehension questions and a short response.  The comprehension questions will be based on two cold-read passages but will connect to the skills that we've practiced this unit week.    Students will also take a vocabulary test on the words we've been reviewing.
 
We will be continuing to learn about and write sentences in language arts.  We will be ready for our assessment next week and will then move on into paragraph writing.  
 
In math this week, we will be adding and subtracting 3-4 digit numbers.  Due to the fact that lessons will cover multiple days, students will not have math homework every night this week.
 
Our first science test is on Tuesday, September 18th.  All science tests this year will be administered online using Google Classroom.  Students will be emailed their results and test questions following the assessment.  If you should have trouble checking their scores and/or viewing their tests, please let me know.  
 
Finally, we will continue learning about the types of government in social studies.  
 
Please see the schedule of homework assignments below.  As always, continue to check student agendas daily for any updates or changes.  
 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

 

Reading – Read for at least 15 minutes.  Complete reading log.

 

 

Spelling – Write words twice.

 

Math – No homework tonight!

 

Science – Study for tomorrow’s test

 

*Get agenda signed*

 

 

 

 

Reading – Read for at least 15 minutes.  Complete reading log.

 

Study reading study guide and vocabulary words for Thursday’s test!

 

Spelling – Study words.

 

Math – Homelinks 1-7

 

*Get agenda signed*

 

Reading – Read for at least 15 minutes.  Complete reading log.

 

Study reading study guide and vocabulary words for tomorrow’s test!

 

Spelling – Spelling worksheet

 

Math – No homework tonight!

 

*Get agenda signed*

 

Reading – Read for at least 15 minutes.  Complete reading log.

 

Spelling – Study words!  Test tomorrow!

 

Math – Homelinks 1-9

 

 

*Get agenda signed*

 

 

 

 

No

Homework

 

 

Week of September 10th - 14th

We have a busy week ahead of us!  In addition to presentations from the Boy and Girl Scouts, Officer Phil, and Too Good For Drugs, we will also be hands-on in science with live earthworms to study their characteristics and behaviors.
 
This week in reading, students will be introduced to the unit's vocabulary words (coming home on Tuesday) and essential question - "How do my actions affect others?"  We will continue to learn about main idea and will make predictions using the features of realistic fiction.
 
In language arts, we will continue learning about sentences and will begin to identify compound and simple subjects and predicates.
 
This week in math, students will use their understanding of place value to round numbers through the hundred thousands place.  When completing homework, students should be able to use the following four steps to help them round numbers:
 
1.  Underline the PLACE they are rounding to.
 
2.  Identify what that digit could do.   The digit will either stay the same or will increase by one.
 
3.  "Go next door!"  Students will look at the number next door (to the right) and will ask "Is it bigger than 4?"  If yes, the number rounds up.  If no, the number stays the same.  
 
4.  Write the rounded number.  All digits before the rounded place stay the same.  All of the digits after the rounded place become zeros.
 
We will wrap up our science unit this week.  Students should be studying their vocabulary words nightly.  ALL of the vocabulary words will be on the test.  On Wednesday, we will examine earthworms and on Thursday, we will begin our review.  The Unit 2/Lesson 1 test will be given online via Google Classroom next Tuesday, September 18th.  
 
Finally, we will continue our introduction to government, and the forms of government, during our social studies lesson on Friday.

Week of September 4th-7th

I hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day weekend!  This week will begin getting into our reading, writing, math, and science units.  Please see the topics below:
 
Reading - Overview of the author's purpose and main idea.
 
Writing - Sentence structure
 
Math - Place value and rounding
 
Science - Invertebrates
 
Our first spelling list was also sent home.  From here on out, spelling tests will be given every Friday.
 
Please watch student folders this week for our September newsletter.  This letter will contain important upcoming test dates and reminders.  Information regarding students' Accelerated Reading requirements will be sent home this week as well.  I will be introducing and discussing these requirements in class with students. 
 
Please be advised that this week's reading log WILL require students to read every night this week.  This will not be the norm moving forward.  You will find that next week's log will be more flexible.  
 
Please see this week's anticipated homework schedule below.  As always, be sure to check agendas for any updates or changes.
 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

 

 

 

 

No

School

 

 

 

Reading – Read for at least 15 minutes.  Complete reading log.

 

 

Spelling – Write words twice.

 

Math – No homework tonight!

 

*Get agenda signed*

 

Reading – Read for at least 15 minutes.  Complete reading log.

 

Spelling – Spelling worksheet

 

Math – Homelinks 1-1

 

*Get agenda signed*

 

Reading – Read for at least 15 minutes.  Complete reading log.

 

Spelling – Study words!  Test tomorrow!

 

Math – Homelinks 1-2

 

 

*Get agenda signed*

 

 

 

 

No

Homework