A few things…

Dear Parents~

Here are a few things to keep in mind this week.


*The canned food drive begins this week. If you are able, please send in non-perishable items to donate to local families from our school. The class with the most items wins a pizza party.



* Eagle Awards are Friday at 8am in the cafeteria. You received a notification if your child is receiving an award.


*Fire Safety Village Field Trip- We will leave for our trip after the awards ceremony. Please have your child wear comfortable clothing and a Big Shanty shirt, if they have one. They must wear gym shoes on this trip.


If your child is buying lunch from the school, they will pick it up before we leave. If your child is bringing their lunch, please put it in a “throw away” sack: paper or plastic is fine.


*Fall Dance is Friday night from 6-8pm.


Next week is Red Ribbon Week:

Monday: Favorite team jersey- Team up against drugs

Tuesday: Crazy sock day- Sock it to drugs

Wednesday: Wear sunglasses- Your future is bright without drugs

Thursday: Backwards shirt day- Turn your back on drugs

Friday: Wear red- Say no to drugs


Once again, thank you all for your support at conference week. It was great to meet with each of you. Karen Wright

Conference Week

This week is conference week, as well as early release. You will receive your child’s report card during your conference time. Below you will find two links for reading material recommendations. Many of these books are award winners or used for the Helen Ruffin Reading Competition.

Also be aware that a form went home to order tickets for the fall dance which will be held Friday, October 27th.

Fire Safety Village Field Trip and Eagle Awards are on Friday, October 27th. Awards are at 8am in the cafeteria.

Please visit the Big Shanty Book Fair during conference week.


Past Award Winners and Nominees

Welcome to fall!

Fall has arrived…well, at least for a little while! I hope that each of you had wonderfully relaxing break with your children.

The first 9 weeks is coming to an end. Report cards will be given to parents during conference week, October 16-20th. At that time we will have the opportunity to discuss your child’s progress. Conference forms will be coming home on Thursday. Please review the time and date assigned to you. If you need a different time or day-or both, please write down a few options that might work. I look forward to speaking with all of you.

Book fair- the book fair will be held in the media center October 16-20th. Muffins for Mom will be held in the morning on Friday, the 20th.

Writing: We are continuing our journey of writing realistic fiction and working with the arc of the story. The students are working in a way they have not done before. This is creating interesting stories and characters.

Reading: Our class continues to read The Tiger Rising. We are analyzing characters, discussing the author’s craft, and synthesizing information from the story in many different ways. Students are also reading their own independent books daily.

RACE IT strategy: This 9 weeks we have been working on how to answer a constructed response question using the RACE it strategy. Every student should be able to explain this process and apply it to their answers when completing a constructed response question. RACE stands for:

Restate the question

Answer in your own words

Cite evidence from the text

Explain your thinking about the answer

Please be sure your child reads 20-30 minutes every night and logs their minutes on Eaglenasium. Also, every child should be completing 30 minutes of First In Math each night. This is their daily homework and counts toward their Work/Study Habits on their report card.

Thank you all for your support. I look forward to seeing you all during conference week. Mrs. Wright

Fall is in the Air1

Fall is in the Air! I hope you had a great Labor Day weekend. The weather is changing and getting cooler. Please be sure your child is dressed appropriately for the changing temperatures. I will always try to take them outside for recess if the weather allows.

September 11th This Monday we will honor our first responders at our Patriot Day Celebration. Students are encouraged to wear red, white, and blue or other patriotic apparel.

Ice Pops- We will be selling Ice Pops on Monday for $1 after the ceremony for any child that is interested.

Cafeteria Poster Contest- The café is having a poster contest to celebrate healthy choices. The poster should include the importance of eating fruits and vegetables. Entries are due September 13th. Winners will win a pair of movie tickets.

Homework- Please be reminded that students should be reading 20-30 minutes each night and logging their minutes on Eaglenasium. The link can be found on the Big Shanty webpage. In addition, students should be on First In Math for 20-30 minutes (or more, if desired) each day.

Seesaw– Hopefully, you have signed up for our class Seesaw account to view your child’s work. This is a great online journal students can use to showcase the great things they are doing at school. If you need me to resend the link, please ask. It is an amazing way to see what your child is doing at school.

Cursive- We are continuing to work on cursive writing. Please encourage your child to practice at home. They have learned all the lower case and capital letters, so now it’s all about making progress through practice.

Fall Break– Fall break is September 25-29. There will be no school this week. 🙂

Have a great weekend! Mrs. Wright



What’s Happening?

What’s Happening in ELA?

In Writing we are currently working on two skills. The first is the RACE it strategy, which is used for answering constructed response questions. Last week we practiced restating questions and answering in our own words. This week we will begin practicing citing evidence while using direct quotes or giving examples of our answers. We are also working on a review of “watermelon” and “seed”stories. A watermelon story is a big story of an event and the seed story is the small moment that we will never forget. Finally, we are also doing  something I call “Writing On Demand.” This is when I give the students a topic or photograph and ask them to write non-stop for 5 minutes. It helps to build writing stamina and  to generate story ideas.

In Reading we are working on how to do a “close read” and the strategies that help to reinforce our comprehension. We are also working on recognizing different types of genres in reading. This will help enhance book choice when choosing independent reading books.

Cursive Writing: I am currently teaching the kids the basics of cursive writing. This can be a long process that requires practice. Please encourage your child to practice at home, even if it is just their first and last name.

Homework: The students should be using First In Math and reading 20-30 minutes every night. Our first Eaglenasium challenge began yesterday. Students can begin logging their current reading minutes. The kids can go through the Big Shanty website to get to the site until I can get a link on our blog.

  • Thank you to our co-room mom, Mrs. Goff, for sending in a snack on Solar Eclipse Day.
  • Picture Day is Monday, August 28th. Order forms went home in last week’s Thursday folder.
  • Menchies Orders are due before Friday.

Thank you for all your support! The kids are doing great!

Moving Right Along…

Hello Parents~ It has been another great week! Your kids are doing a GREAT job following the Eagle Expectations in class and all around the school.

Our class will be trained on the new reading challenge and logging system tomorrow, and they can start logging their minutes on Monday. The kids have been “rocking” the First In Math program. We have had top earners all week. Keep it up!!!


Tomorrow’s Thursday folder is PACKED! In it you will find applications for all the Big Shanty Clubs that are available to students. Please discuss these options with your child and complete the application by the due date.


Picture Day order forms are also in their folders. Picture day is Monday, August 28th.


If you have not returned the Performing Arts permission slip yet, there is a second one, on  light pink paper, in your child’s folder. Please sign it and return it as soon as possible.


BRAG TAGS! I am so excited to have already given out two Brag Tags. Keep practicing those “Old School Skills” and send or bring me evidence. I will then give your child their Brag Tag.


Thank you for all you do to support our class. We are off to a great start! Mrs. Wright

Open House

Just a reminder…

Open House is Tuesday, August 8th. If your child is in ALP, there will be a meeting at 5pm with information you will need about this year’s program.

Our school PTA meeting will begin at 6pm in the cafeteria, and classroom meetings will begin at approximately 6:30.

If you have not yet returned your child’s paperwork, please do so as soon as possible.

Thank you for a great start to the school year.


Welcome Back!

Welcome Back! It’s hard to believe summer has come to an end, and we are about to begin the 2017-2018 school year. I am very excited to start a new year full of adventure and learning!

Meet-n-Greet will be held Friday, July 28th from 10:30-12:00. I look forward to meeting all of you!

A few things…

Hello All~

Tomorrow is our last day of testing! Yeah! The kids have worked hard, and we are all ready for it to be over. Please keep in mind though, that we still have 4 ½ weeks left of school. Please encourage kids to “finish strong” and be on their best behavior.


Carnival is Friday night from 6-8pm. If you signed up to donate items for the auction basket, please send it in ASAP.


Garden Gala is May 2nd from 6-8pm. Our students will be doing a poetry reading around 7:15. I truly hope you all can attend. Be aware all the parking lots will be closed. Please park at the catholic church or Kennesaw United Methodist Church. There will be a shuttle bus to pick you up and take you back. Check out the link below for more information. http://bit.ly/2oCoBuV


Progress reports go home on Wednesday. Please sign and return it the following day.!


Thank you for all the mints, snacks, and basket donations. We couldn’t do it without you! Thank you, Karen Wright