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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!


Second Grade

I am absolutely thrilled to have my 2nd grade class on Tuesday!

Please let your child know that I will be picking them up from his/her homeroom teacher on Tuesday. Many students do not know where my classroom is located. After this Tuesday, they will then report straight to me on their target days!

Supplies will be the exact same as what was needed in Mrs. Robertson’s class. 🙂

If you have any questions, please let me know!

week 2

WOW! What a great day its been! We did a super cool game called machine where you made a sound and movement over and over. We kept adding people to make a complex machine!

We learned about empathy and how important it is to have empathy for others through an AMAZING piece of art! I think all of us enjoyed it! Then we read The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind and watched video about William, the boy who harnessed the wind! we also shared our SCAMPERs which were all so cool!  We were busy but we sure did have a great day! 😉

Reminders for next week: please get your tally signed, do your homework (Empathy Journal), and please BRING YOUR NOTEBOOK/SUPPLIES !

Happy Weekending

From your guest blogger,

Marin (5th Grade)



Hello everyone!

We will be splitting up the 4th and 5th grade classes this year in order to have Target on the same day!

4th Grade

  • Mawn- Baker
  • Gillett- Robertson

5th Grade

  • McAlpine- Baker
  • James- Robertson

However, we will have the same supply list and we will be doing the same units! The supply list is on the back on the welcome letters that went home yesterday. I am posting this list below!

If your child will be coming to me, please fill out this survey below by clicking on the peach “Information Sheet” link! You may do so on your mobile phone or a computer.

Information Sheet

Supply List Rising 5th Grade Target Students: 

  1. Five Star Five Subject Spiral Notebook (No Binder this year, make sure the cover is plastic so it will last longer) 
  2. Glue sticks (We are doing an interactive notebook, so we will be using quite a few glue sticks) 
  3. Pencils/pens of any color 
  4. Pencil Pouch or organizer 
  5. Expo Markers 

I am so excited for next week!

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