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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 October 19th - October 23rd

Upcoming Due Dates and Assessments:
10/20 - Spelling Homework Due (usually on Wed.)
10/21 - Unit 1/Week 3 Comprehension Test
10/22 - Spelling Homework Due (usually on Fri.)
10/22 - Unit 4 Spelling Test
10/22 - Unit 1 Grammar Review Test
10/22 - Reading Response Letters Due
 
This week in reading, we will wrap up Unit 1/Week 3 by learning about how to use context clues to determine the meaning of unknown words.  We will review for the comprehension test on Tuesday.
 
In writing this week, we will continue working on paragraphs.  This week we will revise our paragraphs so that we can begin to build our 5-paragraph essays.
 
In grammar this week, we will be reviewing all of the skills from Unit 1.  These skills included nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, and plural nouns.  
 
Please continue to have students study their spelling words from Unit 4.  Students may also access Spelling City as a study tool. 
 
 
Finally, please be reminded that Friday, October 23rd is a remote learning day.  Students should read the assigned passage and answer the questions.  This work should be turned in on Monday.  
 
Please view this week's scheduled homework below.  As always, please continue to check student agendas for updates.
 
 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

 

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

 

Spelling – Worksheet due tomorrow!

 

*Get agenda signed*

 

 

 

 

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

 

Reading – Review study guide for tomorrow’s test.

 

Spelling – ABC Order – Due Thursday

 

 

*Get agenda signed*

 

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

 

Reading – Response letters due tomorrow!

 

Spelling – ABC Order – Due Thursday

 

Spelling test tomorrow!

 

*Get agenda signed*

 

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

 

Spelling – Worksheet - Due Friday

 

*Get agenda signed*

 

 

 

 

Remote Learning Day

 

 

Students should read the assigned passage and answer the questions.  This work should be turned in on Monday. 

 

 

 

Week of October 12th - October 16th

Upcoming Due Dates and Assessments:
10/15 - Nonfiction Text Structures Quiz
10/16 - Grammar Quiz on Irregular Plural Nouns
10/16 - Reading Logs Due
10/21 - Unit 1/Week 3 Comprehension Test
10/22 - Reading Response Letters Due
10/22 - Grammar Unit 1 Review Quiz
 
To wrap up Unit1/Week 3, we will finish examining nonfiction text structures, practice comparing and contrasting nonfiction topics, and learn about the clues that will help us figure out the meaning of an unknown word.  
 
In writing this week, we will continue paragraph writing.  Stronger paragraphs mean better essays!  We will begin essay writing next week.
 
Our grammar skill for this week is irregular plural nouns, such as mice, deer, and children.  This is the last skill for Unit 1.  We will review and take the Unit 1 Review Quiz next week.
 
New spelling words will be introduced this week.  This unit's words include "long i" sounds and patterns.  Please be sure students are continuing to complete homework and are regularly studying their words.  
 
School pictures and parent-teacher conference forms will be sent home on Tuesday.  As a reminder, Scholastic book orders for October are due on Friday, 10/16.
 
Please review the scheduled homework below.  As always, continue to check student agendas for reminders and updates.
 
 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

 

 

 

 

 

 

No

 

School

 

 

 

 

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

 

Spelling – Write words twice - Due Wednesday

 

 

*Get agenda signed*

 

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

 

Spelling – Worksheet - Due Friday

 

*Get agenda signed*

 

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

 

Spelling – Worksheet - Due Friday

 

*Get agenda signed*

 

 

 

 

No

Homework

 

 

 

Week of October 5th - October 9th

Upcoming Due Dates and Assessments:
10/7 - Sentences Unit Test
10/8 - Unit 1/Week 3 Vocabulary Test
10/9 - Plural Nouns Grammar Quiz
10/9 - Unit 3 Spelling Test
10/15 - Unit 1/Week 3 Comprehension Test
 
This week in reading, students will explore nonfiction text structures.  These text structures will include: description, cause and effect, problem and solution, compare and contrast, and sequence.  Please note that the unit vocabulary test and the unit comprehension test will be given separately.  This will allow us more time to work on skills next week.  
 
New reading logs will be assigned on Monday.  These logs will include a response that will be due on October 22nd.  
 
In writing, we will wrap up our unit on sentences with a review on Monday and Tuesday.  The unit assessment will be given on Wednesday.  Once this unit is wrapped up, we will move onto paragraph and essay writing.  
 
Our grammar skill for this week is regular plural nouns.  
 
Students should continue practicing their Unit 3 spelling words (long e).  The test for this unit will be given on Friday.
 
Please find this week's scheduled homework below.  As always, please continue to check student agendas for reminders and updates.
 
 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

 

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

 

Spelling – Write worksheet - Due Wednesday

 

Language Arts – Review study guide.  Sentence unit test Wednesday!

 

 

*Get agenda signed*

 

 

 

 

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

 

Reading - Vocabulary test Thursday.  Review/study words

 

Spelling – Write worksheet - Due Wednesday

 

Language Arts – Review study guide.  Sentence unit test tomorrow!

 

 

*Get agenda signed*

 

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

 

Reading – Vocabulary test tomorrow.  Review/study words

 

Spelling – ABC order - Due Friday

 

*Get agenda signed*

 

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

 

Spelling – ABC order - Due Friday

 

*Get agenda signed*

 

 

 

 

No

Homework

 

 

 

Week of September 28th - October 2nd

Upcoming Due Dates and Test Dates:
10/2 - Pronouns Quiz
10/2 - Reading Logs Due
10/6 - Sentences Unit Quiz
 
In reading this week, we will begin a new nonfiction unit (Unit 1/Week 3).  Throughout this unit, we will review nonfiction text features.  We will also compare and contrast topics and learn about determining the meaning of multiple meaning words.  Students will be introduced to new vocabulary words on Monday.  Words will come home by Tuesday.  
 
In writing, we will wrap up our unit on sentences.  Students will learn about multiple ways to revise run-on sentences and will begin to review the unit.
 
Our grammar skill for this week is pronouns.  
 
Students will receive new spelling words (Unit 3) on Monday.  The words for this unit contain "long e" sounds.  
 
Please review the homework for this week below.  As always, please check and sign agendas daily to stay on top of changes and updates.  
 
 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday


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


Spelling – Write your words twice - Due Wednesday


*Get agenda signed*





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


Spelling – 

Write your words twice - Due Wednesday



*Get agenda signed*


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


Spelling – 

Worksheet  - Due Friday


*Get agenda signed*


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


Spelling – 

Worksheet  - Due Friday


Language Arts - Pronoun study guide


*Get agenda signed*





No 

Homework




Week of September 14 - September 18

Upcoming Due Dates and Assessments:
 
9/15 - Types of Sentences Quiz
9/16 - Complete Subjects/Predicates Quiz
9/18 - Adjectives Quiz
9/18 - Reading Log Due
9/24 - Wonders Unit 1/Week 2 Comprehension Test
9/24 - Wonders Unit 1/Week 2 Vocabulary Test
9/25 - Adverbs Quiz
9/25 - Unit 2 Spelling Test
 
In reading this week, we will begin our first unit in our Wonders reading series.  Assigned vocabulary words will be introduced, reviewed, and sent home by Tuesday.  You can also find a copy of the words on this site.  Skills for Unit 1/Week 2 will include making predictions, identifying problems and solutions, and determining the meaning of figurative language.
 
We will continue to work on writing sentences this week.  Students will identify complete subjects and predicates, as well as simple subjects and simple predicates.  
 
Our grammar skill for this week is adjectives.  Students will identify adjectives in sentences and will use adjectives in their own sentences.
 
Unit 2 spelling words will be introduced on Monday.  These words will all contain the short a sound.
 
Please find the scheduled homework below.  As always, please continue to check student agendas for updates/changes.
 
 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

 

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

 

Spelling – Write words twice - Due Wednesday

 

*Get agenda signed*

 

 

 

 

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

 

Spelling – Write words twice - Due Wednesday

 

 

*Get agenda signed*

 

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

 

Spelling – Worksheet - Due Friday

 

*Get agenda signed*

 

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

 

Spelling – Worksheet - Due Friday

 

*Get agenda signed*

 

 

 

 

No

Homework

 

 

 

Week of August 31 - September 4

Here we go!
 
Upcoming Due Dates and Assessments
9/3 - Grammar Quiz - Nouns
9/11 - Unit 1 Spelling Test
 
This week we will begin to explore concepts in reading, writing, grammar, and spelling.  
 
In reading this week, we will review author's purpose and the features of fiction and nonfiction.  The goal is for students to connect the features of each genre to the author's purpose for writing it.  This simple connection will allow students to make meaningful predictions about the text.
 
In writing, students will complete a beginning-of-the-year assignment that will allow me to assess what they already know and can do as writers.  Later this week, we will begin to review sentences and sentence fragments.
 
Our grammar skill this week is nouns.  Students will identify nouns in sentences and will correctly use nouns in sentences.
 
Unit 1 spelling words will be assigned on Monday.  The pattern for this unit is short vowel sounds.  Homework packets will be assigned.  Please have students pay attention to the due dates at the top of each assignment.  The test for this unit will be given on Friday, September 11th.
 
Please continue to check your student's agenda for updates and changes.