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Email Blasts

I believe I now have everyone’s email! As of today, I have sent out an email to every grade level! If you have not received one, please send me an email to [email protected] so I can make sure I have the right email. I did receive a couple of bounce backs!

Upcoming Events

GT Invention Convention: Come out and see the 4th and 5th grade Target Invention Convention held in the Gym. This awesome convention the kids have been working on will be from 4-6 pm. You don’t have to have a child in 4th or 5th grade to come either!

  Remember this?! The Pack Sack!

I miss these guys! I can’t want to see what your inventions will be!

3rd Place last year! What will it be this year?

Last year, the Spring Washer placed 4th! What will be 4th place this year?

Open House Take Two: Since the snow situation made it very difficult for us to get the news out to you and you to get to us, we are having another open house for new or old Target parents! This will take place on Feb. 15 from 5-5:45. Come out and hear about the standards your child will cover, the units of study, and how progress is monitored! I look forward to meeting everyone!

-Ms. Baker

Hamlet has been having a blast getting so much love from everyone!

Spring Open House

WOW! These snow days came out of no where! I hope you enjoyed the impromptu break, stayed in pjs, and were able to get some R&R!  I can’t want to finally meet my first grade group! On Monday, we will be having an Open House for all new target parents. If you can’t make it, let me know and I will send you the information we cover.

Target Open House

We would like to invite all new Target parents whose children are new or old to our program to attend Target Open House on Monday, January 22nd.

The meeting will take place in the Kincaid media center from 8:30 a.m.—9:15 a.m. Stop by on your way to work or as you start your day to hear all about our Advanced Learning Program and our plans for this semester.

We are so excited to welcome you and your child into our target family, and we look forward to meeting with you!

Mark your calendars to join us on January 22nd!


Target Updates

Invention Convention will be held on Feb. 8 from 4-6 p.m. This is required of all 4th and 5th grade students. If, for some reason, your child cannot make it, please let me know! If you know of someone with a background in STEAM, Business, Liberal Arts, etc. that would be willing to judge our local competition, please let me know. You can send me an e-mail at [email protected] with their information! Judges will need to be here are 3:45 on Feb. 8 for a quick meeting.

Target Tally’s will be a little bit different this week. Please make sure you look at the tally to provide your email(s)!

I would like to slowly transition  into the technology world of communication and away from the paper Tally form of communication. I will begin sending home weekly e-mails after class that provides the same Tally information. This will include.

  1. Class News
  2. Homework for the upcoming week
  3. Maybe even pictures of what we did!!! (If I can figure it out with the wifi!) 🙂

Please provide a working e-mail or e-mails that you wish for these updates to go. As soon as I can confirm everyone’s email per class, I will stop sending the Tally home. If there is ever a concern with behavior, I will personally reach out.

Until January!

Wow! It has been such a fun semester with all of these wonderful Target students! I have a slideshow coming soon from all of the challenging fun we have had since August!

Thanksgiving Lunch on Friday- 5th graders will report back to their homerooms at 12:00 on Friday to enjoy Lunch with their class and families. Come out and enjoy this wonderful time!

Due to our testing window beginning, Target students will not have class until January. I will give out their official January start date as I know more information.

2nd Grade Update: On Tuesday, we completed our Chess unit! Students used their critical thinking skills in order to work their way through chess. Over the course of the semester, students learned about the History of chess, they completed algebraic reasoning problems about how much each chess piece would cost using variables. AND they even created pictures using quadrant I on a coordinate plane! They can tell you exactly where each chess pieces goes using coordinates! We talked about how artificial intelligence is used to create the perfect game of chess on a computer and how it can be almost impossible to beat. To learn about artificial intelligence, they played a game of naughts and crosses (tic-tac-toe) against the worlds more intelligent piece of paper! Unfortunately….they lost and the paper won….every. single. time. It has been a blast this semester getting to know these brilliant children! I can’t wait to see what next semester holds! Have a wonderful and safe break!

4th and 5th Grade Updates: To say there was an explosion of brilliance in my room is an understatement. I cannot even begin to tell you how cool these inventions are! The students have been working hard through the engineering design process to create their inventions! They worked collaboratively to create pitches. These pitches need to be memorized by the time we come back in January. They also have the AWESOME opportunity to send their pitches off to Georgia Tech professors for feedback. Our tentative date for our InVention convention will be in Feb. As soon as the date is finalized, I will let you know!

I want to thank you parents for being patient with my blog as my students took it over for the semester!


Today was a lot of fun. We learned a bit of German instead of Hands On Equations (H.O.E) from Ms. Baker. We learned the alphabet, colors and numbers from 1-10. We worked through the Define (yellow) section of our InVenture notebooks. Most of us got through page 5. We worked on team names, our hooks, problem statements, solve a problem and research. Happy Birthday Mireya and thanks for the cookies :). Over all is was a fun class, and I can’t wait for  the weekend and next week target! Remember to do the homework you and your team decided on.

From your guest blogger, Grace Fuleihan (Mrs. Mcalpine’s 5th grade class)


We had so much fun today!!!!!

First, we did H.O.E.! Everyone has made so much progress in H.O.E since the beginning of the year! Then, we went to Mrs. Robertson’s classroom to do our affective lesson. After, was, I think everyone’s favorite part of the day… InVenture!

Have an AWESOME weekend!!!!!!


Mireya (5th)

(For 5th grade, students decided their own homework as teams (with my approval) in order to be prepared for what they need to do next for InVenture. This is written in the Homework section of the tally. Some of the homework requires some parental assistance! They will let you know if they need it!)

Almost to Fall Break!:)

We’re almost to fall break!! Today we started out our day with the great, amazing, spectacular, super, cool, tubular hands on equations! Unfortunately the hands on equations had to end eventually, but lucky for us…Mrs. Robertson awaited us. We imagined ourselves on our 80th birthday. We came back to Ms. Baker’s room brainstormed to add stuff to our InVenture notebooks until…THE FIRE ALARM (at 1:30!) After the drill we ran outside and played until we turned purple!  Then it was off the Fall Break!

Don’t forget to do your self evaluation for homework! It shouldn’t take you too long to do!

Until next time,

-Shiloh (5th)



Today we…lets see what did do today? … Oh I found where the stuff is that said what we did. Our Agenda on the Tally! First, we learned about the patent steps. Second, we reserched patents. Lastly, we SCAMPERED a new shoping cart p.s. DO YOUR HOMEWORK (Interview 5 adults on global problems). Also, Grey is the best person ever.                                                   By: Guess who (5th Grade)



Happy Friday!

Good afternoon parents! We officially started Hands On Equations today and had a group lesson on subtracting positive and negative numbers. Today in class we got into our groups for InVenture and the kids were super excited! Ms. Baker gave each group their own InVenture notebook. We glued everything in and we wrote down the things we did today in our InVenture journal.  We did a Decision Matrix which was to think of the best ideas that we had  from our homework. Our homework for next week is to create InVenture Group Norms. The kids will write what is important to them in making their experience with their groups successful. We had another wonderful day! I hope you and your family have an wonderful weekend!


Kilyn (5th)

“I loved today’s target class. My favorite thing of today was woosh, bang, pow! Smart snips is when we cut different shapes and we did something like origami. The bow was the hardest! My favorite part of the Asia map was labeling. China was the biggest! My favorite part of kid chess was playing and learning about it. I learned how to play chess. We did brain breaks. The games we did was woosh bang pow and family photos. We wooshed with our hands, we showed our muscles with a bang, we pretened we had a bow and arrow. Family photos, we pretended we were families and we did different poses like we were in photos.


Remember to do your homework!


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