Mrs. Proch
Gifted Resource
Kilby/Vaughan ES

Office Hours:
I will be available by phone or email every Wednesday for students from 12pm-1pm and for teachers from 1pm-2pm. Please contact me anytime throughout the week by email as well, and I will respond as soon as I can, within 2 business days.

Hello everyone! Well these certainly are interesting times... those of us who need mental stimulation and a regular schedule have had our worlds rocked! I am right there with you! My kids and I have started homeschooling using the many resources the county has provided, links shared with me on social media from other teachers, and some that we have used in START/SIGNET class. I hope you have found some ways to cope at home including using mindfulness practices, intellectual stimulation, creative time, and family bonding. Remember to get plenty of sleep, as this is how our brains and bodies heal and process grief and trauma. SIGNET students, the Class Notebook pages are still active for centers, and I will try to push out some more centers in there in the coming weeks.

I miss you all terribly! Feel free to email me anytime and I will get back to you within a few days. Love you!!! 

Parents, here is the way I am setting up the day for my children at home. My daughter, Brooklyn, is 5 and my son, Julian, is 8 and this is working for us. I try to give them as much choice as possible within the given structure and sometimes move the blocks around, but keeping the schooling in the morning. This way we can all stay sane and love each other's company. From what I've read kids who normally receive homeschooling don't so "schoolwork" all day long! This time bonding and helping our children thrive in the new normal, is more important than trying to make up every missed academic lesson from traditional school. 

7:00-9:00am Free Time, Breakfast (Remember the county is serving free meals to kids in the mornings until 11am at Fred Lynn MS!)
9:00-10:30am Academic/Creative work
10:30-11:30am Reading (Independently reading books on their reading level in hand or online.)
11:30-12:00pm Free Time
12:00-1:00pm Lunch and Family time
1:00-2:00pm Rest time (My kids need time apart, especially my daughter who prefers to be alone and quiet more than the rest of us. During this time they play in their rooms, color, listen to their own music, read, or dance around in their rooms, etc. No electronics.)
2:00-3:00pm Chores
3:00-5:00pm Free Time (usually outside play, a workout on the TV, or Zoom (an app for video conferencing) meeting with friends in the neighborhood)
5:00-7:00pm Dinner and Family Time
7:00pm Get ready for bed, read, discuss what we are grateful for today (a mindfulness practice).

Ideas for Academic Time: 3/28/20

Check your teacher's websites too!
I will update this list biweekly as I think of more ideas.
*Links for these ideas are in the challenge websites links list on the left panel of this screen.

Math board game, card game
*Kahn Academy
Measuring around the house: estimating/comparing/calculating
Cooking with a recipe (fractions)

Science board game or online game
Science website (ex.
* BrainPop and Brainpop Jr.
Experiment kit (sold online or purchased at a craft store like Michael's)
Nature Hike
STEM Project
Do an experiment!

Social Studies:
Research... on this day in history...
Take a virtual tour of a museum online.
Research a high interest topic in history (ex. The Bermuda Triangle. The Lochness Monster, BigFoot, The Titanic)

Reading: (many of these are found through clever or your homeroom teacher's website)
Read a fiction or nonfiction book.
Practice Sight Words (K-1)  (K-2)
Benchmark Universe
Reserve and read books from the PWC library. They have pick up service!
Read a book online from the PWC library through HOOPLA. 
Watch a BrainPop video and put the captions on!
Read an author's website to learn about their biography!
Scholastic -
Learn a new language at DuoLingo!
Read online comics
Read online news articles at their level-
Read aloud to a family member.
Watch a read aloud on You Tube

Watch an Author speak online about their work or visit their website.
Write a... story, comic, poem, song, informational brochure, letter, etc.
Write a report about your learning today.
Write an email or letter to a teacher. Email them to get their address if the child is handwriting it.
Watch a TED Talk (found on YouTube) on any topic and  make a bubble map about the ideas you learned.

Build (with materials found at home).
Watch a video about a famous artist and make something like them!
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems (You Tube and the Kennedy Center)
Watch a performance of dance, an orchestra, or other creative art.
Take a virtual tour of an Art Museum!
Squiggle- Someone else draws an incomplete design then you finish it and write about it!
Create an invention that is needed in this world!
Study a kitchen object or tool. How is it used? How could it be improved?

Create a Powerpoint for something you learned or have  interest! Use Office 365 online and share it with a teacher!
* course I assigned you, or start a new project
Make a Wixie project
Type your writing task on MS WORD.
STEM Project (more ideas to be posted next week)
Email with a friend! Tell them what you have been doing. Ask them trivia questions.

Puzzles/Problem Solving:
Learn chess!
Play checkers or another strategy game.
* Play SET online
Jigsaw puzzle
Design a game
Watch a How-To-Video on You Tube. Practice it then teach someone else!
Download a gifted app (list to be posted next week)
Coding Board game
Make your own creativity challenge.
LEGO challenge (link to be posted next week)

Mindfulness Practice, Religious Time:
Read a mindfulness children's blog. (I will look for a link here.)
Watch new school announcements from another school (ex. Tyler ES).
Write a positive mantra, memorize it, say it.
Do something good for your community.
Join Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts. If already in, attend a Zoom meeting or earn a patch/badge online.
Make a gratitude list of 10 or more.
Check on the elderly people in your neighborhood.

Are you or your family struggling to work through all this?
If your child needs more support for anxiety, depression, anger, etc. please use the PWCS resources or email me!
Parent and children can send an e-mail to A school mental health or health professional will answer and offer virtual support to students to the best of their ability. This e-mail is not to be used for emergency situations as it will not be monitored 24 hours a day. We are getting new information constantly and I will update you as I can. If a student is ever in an emergency situation he/she is encouraged to call911or utilize one of the resources listed below:

Emergency Resources:

ACTS Helpline  703.368.4141

1.800.SUICIDE(24-hour hotline)1.800.784.2433

Crisis Text Hotline (24-hour hotline) 741741  

PWC Child Protective Services Hotline703.792.4200

PWC Community Services Board703.792.7800

1.800.SUICIDE (24-hour hotline)               1.800.784.2433

Crisis Text Hotline (24-hour hotline)         741741   

Students can also get support through The Trevor Project which is a suicide hotline and a safe, judgment-free place to talk: 1-866-488-7386.

Resources for Unsheltered and Homeless During COVID-19:

Coordinated Entry System (CES) at 703-792-3366, access to homeless services

The Health District Call Center at 703-872-7759, information related to COVID-19.

The Overnight Shelter for adults is now located at the A. J. Ferlazzo Building Gymnasium (15941 Donald Curtis Dr., Woodbridge) from 6:30 pm to 7 am.

The Bill Mehr Drop-In Center is still operating at its permanent location, 14716 Potomac Mills Road, Woodbridge, from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Monday through Saturday

OmniRide Local and Metro Express is operating fare free.


During these difficult times, our food services staff is working hard to make sure students get fed during the week, To-go meals are available at Fred Lynn Middle School from 9:00 am until 11:00 am during the week, free of charge for anyoneunder 18 present at the time of service. PWCS is also partnering with some local organizations to organize weekend food bag donations for families who may need food on weekends.  The First Baptist Church-Woodbridge will be at the following food pick up sites, during the established morning food pick up hours (9:00 am - 11:00 am) on the next two Fridays to give out weekend food bags to families ona first come, first served basis:

March 27th

Lake Ridge MS

Beville MS

Graham Park MS

Fred Lynn Middle

Dale City ES

Fitzgerald ES

April 3rd 

Woodbridge Middle 

Rippon Middle

Potomac Middle 

John D Jenkins ES

Hampton Middle

Forest Park High School

Activity Ideas for Week of June 1:
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Adventure Time!

Where would you like to visit? Go learn about it! 3rdGraders, you are experts on these websites! Then make a PowerPoint or a trifold brochure to teach others about it. I would love to post it here for others to learn too! Email me your work!
Powerpoint is accessible in your Office 365 suite.
This is a "trifold brochure".
GYM Tri fold Brochure by Asaduzzaman Moin on Dribbble
1. Name of state or country and some interesting facts
2. Environment/Landscape (animals, plants, land, climate)
3. Points of Interest (Where would you visit while there and why?)
4. Dangers (What should we watch out for while visiting?)
5. Common things to know about the native people
6. _________________________ (You choose!)

World Book Online
Username: pwcschools
Password: research
Culture Grams
Username: princewmr
Password: county

4-5 Hands On Equations
I haven't heard from any students that they are participating in this so I am not posting this anymore. If you need it, please email me.

Puzzle/Game of the Week:
Visual/Spatial Puzzles to try!

Update! PWCS Cardboard Challenge Winners Announced
For the #PWCSCardboardChallenge, we had a total of287 entries from47 different elementary schools. Seeing the creativity, excitement, and pride coming from so many PWCS students was absolutely amazing!  Winners were announced on Twitter this morning.Each entry was rated by a panel of judges on a scale from ONE to FIVE stars. Judges looked for creative ideas, clever use of materials, realistic design, teamwork, size, and problem solving potential. The entries with the top 6 scores are listed below. Each student or team will receive a certificate and prize delivered to their home.
Here are links to the winning creations! Get inspired!
  1. House - Daniela Escobar, Bel Air ES
  2. Musical Instrument - Robert Arroyos, Montclair ES
  3. Star Gazer 2000 - Subhaan Malik, Swans Creek ES
  4. Marble Roller Coaster - Grace and Jacob Casaverde, Chris Yung ES
  5. Gumball Obstacle Course - Charlie Berger, Pennington Traditional
  6. Sewing Machine - DanielNanthavongsa, Marumsco Hills ES
Activity Idea for week of May 26:
* Are you trying some of these ideas? Email them to me so I can see!
Grades K-5: Activity #1
Listen a podcast for kids and families! 
Description: Hosts Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz guide curious kids and their grown-ups on a journey into the wonders of the world around them. We'll go inside our brains, out into space and deep into the coolest new stories in science and technology.Go to categories and select one to start! Write a recommendation for other kids about the podcast! Or make a Powerpoint to teach about the 3 -5 main points in the podcast. I would love to see your work!

Grades K-5: Activity #2
Try a new website for reading, StoryLine Online! 
Celebrity readers make picture books come alive! Even older kids love to be read to in an interesting way! I miss reading to you all. But I hope to see you in the Fall!

Grades K-5: Activity #3