Week of 9/10

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. We have a busy week full of learning and testing. ITBS starts this Thursday and will continue through 9/18. Please make sure your child is on time and has had breakfast, so that they can do their best on the test.

 

A note from our STEM Teacher, Mrs. Smith:

Good afternoon parents,
I was so excited to see such an amazing turnout for the August STEM Take-Home Challenge! The kids did an AMAZING job!!!
This week your child listened to our STEM book of the month for September, Perfect Square read by Ms. Gurski. If your child would like to complete the new Take-Home Challenge for September, they may get an instruction sheet from their teacher, me, or you can print one off from the STEM blog. If you have any questions about the STEM book of the month or the Take-Home STEM Challenge, please email me at [email protected] You can also find out more information on the STEM blog at http://www.cobblearning.net/pmesangelasmith/book-of-the-month/

Thank you,
Mrs. Smith

 

This week we will be learning:

  • using subtraction strategies
  • using compound words with 2 syllables
  • exploring soil and its different layers
  • analyzing character traits and how characters change over time
  • working on narrative stories

 

Looking Ahead:

9/12 Rock Quarry Field Trip!
9/12 Wacky Hair Day for $1
9/13- 9/18 IOWA Testing
9/18 Zaxby’s Family Night
9/18 Curriculum Night K-2
9/20 Curriculum Night 3-5

 

Let’s have a great week!

 

Week of 9/4

Welcome back! I hope everyone enjoyed their extra long Labor Day weekend! We couldn’t have asked for better weather this past weekend. My family and I went to Calloway Gardens to see their Hot Air Balloon festival and festivities over the weekend. It was amazing!

Cogat testing begins tomorrow at 8 am, so please make sure your child is here on time. We will test Wednesday though Friday this week. ITBS testing will begin next Thursday.

Our field trip to Vulcan Rock Quarry went great today. The students learned all about the rock process and how it is used in our lives. They also got to see “the money pit”, and they were able to find some special rocks to take home with them. Thank you to all of the volunteers that attended our field trip!

 

This week we will be learning:

  • new addition strategies
  • the prefix “pre”
  • analyzing character traits
  • finishing up rocks and beginning to explore soil
  • starting narrative stories

 

Looking Ahead:

9/5-9/7    CogAT Testing
9/12     Rock Quarry Field Trip!
9/12     Wacky Hair Day
9/13-9/18   IOWA Testing
9/18     Zaxby’s Family Night
9/18    Curriculum Night K-2
9/20   Curriculum Night 3-5

 

Let’s have a great week!

 

STEM

Message from our STEM teacher:

 

Good afternoon parents,
I was so excited to see such an amazing turnout for the August STEM Take-Home Challenge! The kids did an AMAZING job!!!
Today, your child listened to our STEM book of the month for September, Perfect Square. If your child would like to complete the new Take-Home Challenge for September, they may get an instruction sheet from their teacher, me, or you can print one off from the STEM blog. If you have any questions about the STEM book of the month or the Take-Home STEM Challenge, please email me at [email protected] You can also find our more information on the STEM blog at http://www.cobblearning.net/pmesangelasmith/book-of-the-month/.
Thank you,
Mrs. Smith

 

 

Chess Team

Our School’s Chess Team will be holding tryouts next week (Sept. 4th-7th) after school. Chess Team is for students with some experience. During the tryout your child will be assessed on their ability to correctly set up the chess board, move each chess piece accurately, and demonstrate effective capturing and end game skills. Currently, the only cost associated with Chess Team is a one-time $10 ASP Registration fee. If your child makes the team, practices will be on Thursdays starting September 13th through January 17th.

Use the following link to view their SignUpGenius page –

http://www.tinyurl.com/pkmchess

Week of 8/20

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! We have been learning our routines for each part of the day over the past couple of weeks. Now it’s time to show what we know and practice our routines independently this week.

Don’t forget to take a look at your child’s Tuesday folder tomorrow. It has important information coming home about Picture Day on August 30th.

Also, I am sending home another copy of the t-shirt order form for our field trips this year. The deadline for ordering is Friday, August 24. Unfortunately, the t-shirt company cannot accept orders after this date.

Our first field trip is quickly approaching. Our class will be scheduled to go to the Rock quarry on September 4, so please be sure to send in your child’s permission forms for all field trips and a $5 payment by August 27th. The forms will be coming home tomorrow. Please let me know if you have any financial concerns, and I will do my best to assist you.

Please help your child remember to write in the book section on their agenda with what they read each night and initial their agendas nightly.

Did you know you can nominate an Employee of the Month? The nomination allows you to recognize any Pickett’s Mill staff for the exceptional work they do. Click on the link below to fill out the short form.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdERYmqWU42-9z61CeycXu_XbzEUfk016mdEOn8Ou6FTMeH-w/viewform

This week we will be learning:

  • Math- place value and representing numbers
  • Reading- Character Traits
  • Word Study- prefix “un”
  • Writing- Narrative writing
  • Science- Characteristics of rocks and minerals

 

Looking Ahead:

8/24   Dress Like a Pirate Day
8/24   Class T-shirt Orders Due
8/28   Watch DOG Pizza Night
8/29   EARLY RELEASE DAY
8/29   Lakepoint Family Night 2-9pm
8/30   Fall Picture Day

 

Let’s have a great week!

Week of 8/6

It’s hard to believe we are at the end of week 2! We have had so much fun getting to know each other over the past 8 days and learning all about our class routines/expectations. We got to see Gutsy the Flying Fox yesterday and the Science for Everyone Science show today. The kids loved both shows and discovered some cool science experiments and reinforced their understanding of the 7 Habits.

In the class we have completed two STEM challenges: The Marshmallow Challenge and String Lifters. Be sure to ask your child all about them this weekend. We had a snowball fight and guess which snowball belonged to each student in the class. The snowballs had 2 interesting facts about each student.

If you haven’t had a chance to look over all of the papers that came home on Tuesday in your child’s red folder, please be sure to check out the 3rd grade t-shirt form that came home. Each 3rd grade class will have different colored shirts to wear on field trips. Our class will be a light blue. The shirts cost $7. The order forms are due by 8/24/18.

Our first homework assignment began this past Monday. Students will need to read each night, and beginning this coming week, students will also have spelling words to practice and 4 math problems to complete each night. Please sign your child’s agenda in the green box nightly. This lets me know that your child is doing their homework, but also helps me to keep you informed on what assignments are due each week. The math problems are due each Friday. Your child may choose to practice their spelling words any way that they want, but I will have our weekly words posted on Spelling City each week. There are games to help your child practice each night. The link can be found on the Spelling Page on my blog (far right hand side on the blog).

Also, students RAZ kids accounts/IXL accounts are ready to go if you would like to find books on your child’s reading level and practice other academic skills. Their IXL username and password can be located on the inside cover of their agenda. Their RAZ kids password is their student number and the teacher name is bmilliken2.

 

Looking Ahead:

8/14 Chick Fil A Night 5:30-7 pm

8/24 Dress Like a Pirate

8/24 Class T-Shirts Orders Due

8/28 Watch Dogs Pizza Night

8/29 Early Release Day

8/29 Lakepoint Family Night 2-9 pm

8/30 Fall Picture Day

 

Thank you so much for all of the Wish List Items that were donated! We now have a new gaming chair for the students to read in, new books for the class, treats for the class, and other needed classroom items.

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

STEM Lab Message from Mrs. Smith

Good afternoon parents,
My name is Mrs. Smith and I am the new STEM lab teacher here at Pickett’s Mill. Over the next few days, I will be going in to each of the classrooms and introducing the students to something new we will be doing this year. Each month, we will have a STEM book of the month. The books will be read aloud to the students at school. To go along with the book, the students will have an optional Take-Home STEM Challenge. When students complete the Take-Home STEM Challenges, they will bring them to me in the STEM lab, and they will be displayed in the Learning Commons for that month. Students who complete the projects will have their name placed in a bucket for a chance to win the STEM book of the month. There will be 2 books given away – one for K-2 and one for 3-5.
Today, I read the STEM book of the month to your child’s class. Your child should have a copy of the Take-Home Challenge for August. If you have any questions about the STEM book of the month or the Take-Home STEM Challenge, please email me at [email protected] You can also find our more information on the STEM blog at www.cobblearning.net/pmesangelasmith/.
Thank you,
Mrs. Smith

Student Teacher

I would like to introduce Mrs. Rokarya. She will be joining our class this year and teaching lessons throughout the year. Mrs. Rokarya is a student at Kennesaw State University and will be graduating with her teaching degree in Early Childhood Education with an ESOL endorsement in the spring of 2019. I have included a link below to Mrs. Rokarya’s edublog that will help you to learn all about her. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

 

Mrs. Rokarya’s EduBlog:

http://mrokarya.edublogs.org

 

Meet and Greet/ Open House

It was a pleasure meeting and speaking with everyone today. If you were unable to attend, I hope to be able to speak with you soon! Please don’t hesitate to send me an email, a message on the class blog, or give me a phone call if you have any questions or concerns about this year. I have provided a link below for the PowerPoint that provided during Meet and Greet Open House today. I know we are going to have a fun day tomorrow getting to know each other and all about how our classroom will work this year. Get some rest and see you in the morning!

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