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Newsletter for February 10th -14th 2020

Hello Wonderful Students & Parents!

Wow! We had a fantastic time going to the Adapted Dance at Kennesaw Mountain High School. Fun was had by all! Our principal, Adam Hill, and assistant principal, Amy Stump, joined us for all the festivities! Today, we made X and O shape mini cakes. On Wednesday, Ms. Lisa is coming to our classroom to read to the students.  On Thursday, we will make Jell-O Jigglers for our Valentine celebration on Friday. This Friday, we have an opportunity to help Ronald McDonald Charities by donating a $1 and wearing “RED”.  We will also be sorting and selecting items for a secret valentine friend.  We look forward to returning to school on February 24th. If you have any questions or concerns, please email me. Have a great week!

This week’s schedule:

Reading: Lesson 3, Chapter 1 Activity Read-Aloud Parker and Lucie Use Maps.  We will visit Mexico City and Quebec City, Canada.

Language Arts: Lesson 30, Journal Entry #4 “Valentine’s Day is on February 14th” page 11 of 14 Errorless writing activity

Science:  Monthly Unit: Earth & Space Science: The Making of Mountains by Molly Tittle Level E

Math: Counting and Sorting Valentine Gifts for Our Friends & making Jell-O Jigglers  and O cupcakes. Also, we will do Lesson 19 story problems.

Social Studies: Civics/Government Monthly Unit: Democracy or Monarchy? We will read News 2 You Articles “Valentine’s Day and President’s Day”. We will learn about current events and breaking news using News2You curriculum. The students will participate in expanded discussions of News 2 You & CNN Student News topics.

Debbie Thorman

 

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Zoombie Run…Please join us!

This year’s Dickerson Dash 5K will be held Friday, March 13, at 7:45 pm.

This year’s theme is Zombie Run.  Runners can expect to be splashed with red color powder along the race and can even purchase red color packets to throw on themselves or friends.  Watch out!  There may be some zombie sightings along the race course too!  Community sponsors will have tents set up on campus and may have swag and coupons to pick up.  Participants may choose to dress as a human or a zombie!

 

(The color powders are high quality and safe.  All FDA food grade and biodegradable ingredients are used. The powders are certified cosmetics in Europe (safe for skin), certified non-dust explosive in the USA and Europe, and safe for the environment.)

 

 

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Newsletter for February 3rd – 7th 2020

Hello Wonderful Students & Parents!

Today, we start new units! On Wednesday, the students will attend the DMS Challenge with general education peers. On Friday, we will celebrate our “Student of the Month”! Our female student was nominated for February’s award! She will attend a ceremony on Friday morning.  If you have any questions or concerns, please email me. Have a great week!

This week’s schedule:

Reading: Lesson 1 Activity Read-Aloud Cindi Takes a Road Trip.

Language Arts: Lesson 30, Journal Entry #2 “I would like to take a trip.” page 9-14 Errorless writing activity

Science:  Monthly Unit: Earth & Space Science: The Making of Mountains by Molly Tittle Level E

Math:  Lesson 19 A “Helping at the Travel Agency” activity             

Social Studies: Civics/Government Monthly Unit: Democracy or Monarchy? Read-Aloud Who’s the Leader? by Kara Meaux. We will learn about current events and breaking news using News2You curriculum. The students will participate in expanded discussions of News 2 You & CNN Student News topics.

Debbie Thorman

 

 

 

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Newsletter for January 27th-31st 2020

Hello Wonderful Students & Parents!

This week we have lots of engaging activities to enjoy! On Wednesday, our fabulous occupational therapist, Laura Hollar, will host a Super Bowl party! The students in the ID units will use their mathematical and functional skills to prepare game day treats! Our 8th grade dance is Friday night. Please let me know if you are planning to attend.  I will be off campus on Thursday, January 30th. Marlene Henderson will be our substitute teacher. If you need assistance, please contact the front office. If you have any questions or concerns, please email me.

This week’s schedule:

Reading: Lesson 11, World War II, chapter 5, Read Aloud

Language Arts: Lesson 30, activity 2, journal 4, Martin Luther King errorless writing activity

Science:  Monthly Unit “The Gold Rush” Studying Elements: Metals.

Math:  Lesson 21, Activity 5 “Are You Ready for Some Football?”, Read This Chart & Super Bowl activity         

Social Studies:  Joey’s Locker in the Unique Curriculum – Let’s Go Around the Country to Various Stadiums (Mercedes Benz in Atlanta, Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles & MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. We will learn about current events and breaking news using News2You curriculum. The students will participate in expanded discussions of News 2 You & CNN Student News topics.

 

 Deborah Thorman

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Newsletter for January 21st – 24th 2020

Welcome Back Wonderful Students & Parents!

Today, we welcome back our adapted PE teacher, Ms. Martin! She was gone for a few weeks. It is nice to have her back! The students are continuing to enjoy the Unique curriculum. This week in Social Studies we will revisit last week’s lesson plans. Please let me know if your child will be attending the 8th grade dance on the evening of January 31st. Parents are welcome to join us!  If you have any questions or concerns, please email me.

This week’s schedule:

Reading: Lesson 9, Activity 1 Read-Aloud, World War I, Chapter 4 Read & Comprehend Questions.

Language Arts: Finish Lesson 17 Book Report on March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World by Christine King Farris.

Science:  Monthly Unit “The Gold Rush” Studying Elements: Metals.

Math:  Lesson 24B, Activity 2, Martin Luther King, Jr. “Day of Service” – Geometry          

Social Studies: Joey’s Locker in the Unique Curriculum – Exploring Sao Paulo, Brazil; Osaka, Japan; and Chicago, Illinois. We will learn about current events and breaking news using News2You curriculum. The students will participate in expanded discussions of News 2 You & CNN Student News topics.

 

 

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Newsletter for January 13th-17th 2020

Hello Wonderful Students & Parents!

I hope you enjoy Monday’s MLK holiday school break. We will begin the week on Tuesday, January 21st. On January 24th, during school hours, we will participate in the 8th grade Honor Roll. On Friday January 31st, the 8th grade dance will be from 7pm-9pm. The invitation is in your child’s backpack. Parents are required to provide transportation to Dickerson. Please let me know if your child will attend. If so, I am happy to be at the dance to help them socialize with their peers. Also, Mr. Hill has generously made the funds available for us to attend the Kennesaw Mountain Adapted PE Dance on February 10th. If possible, please email Mr. Hill to let him how much we appreciate his assistance. We would not be able to attend if it were not for his generous contribution. (Adam.Hill@cobbk12.org).  Parent’s will need to contribute $8 to cover a small portion of the transportation cost. The envelope and forms will be sent home soon.

This week’s schedule:

Reading: Lesson 5, Activity 1, Fluency/Comprehension Read Aloud, The Revolutionary, Chapter 2. .

Language Arts: Revisit Lesson 17 Book Report on March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World by Christine King Farris.

Science:  Monthly Unit “The Gold Rush” Studying Elements: Metals. Also, we will learn about N2Y Science Spotlight “The Botanist”.

Math:  Lesson 22, Activity 1A (Level 1 & 2) Game Day Party – Counting Money             

Social Studies: Joey’s Locker in the Unique Curriculum – Exploring Sao Paulo, Brazil; Osaka, Japan; and Chicago, Illinois. We will learn about current events and breaking news using News2You curriculum. The students will participate in expanded discussions of News 2 You & CNN Student News topics.

Debbie Thorman

 

 

 

 

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Newsletter for January 6th-10th 2020

Welcome Back Wonderful Students & Parents!

I hope everyone had a relaxing holiday! It is good to be back at school! We are enjoying our second semester schedule. On Wednesday, we will attend the 8th grade DMS Anti-Bullying Class. On Friday, students and staff are wearing their PJ’s and bringing in $1 to donate to the Ronald McDonald House. Progress reports will be distributed on Friday.  

This week’s schedule:

Reading: Lesson 1, Activity 1: Let’s Compromise Read-Aloud by Heather Jenkins.

Language Arts: Lesson 17 Book Report on March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World by Christine King Farris.

Science:  Monthly Unit “The Gold Rush” Studying Elements: Metals.

Math:  Lesson 19 A Military Care Packages using Addition

Social Studies: Joey’s Locker in the Unique Curriculum – Exploring London, England (River Thames), Lyon, France; & Merritt Island, Florida. We will learn about current events and breaking news using News2You curriculum. The students will participate in expanded discussions of News 2 You & CNN Student News topics.

 

Debbie Thorman

 

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Newsletter for December 16th-20th 2019

Happy Holidays Wonderful Students & Parents!

Last week our students hosted an ornament cooking session.  The students enjoyed socializing and making flour ornaments. We are doing lots of activities that revolve around our unit theme, “Holidays around the World”.   On Wednesday, staff and students will wear “Festive Flocks & Hats” & donate a $1 to help the Ronald McDonald House. The students will be released at 1:30 pm on Thursday and Friday.  It has been a wonderful year. I appreciate you and your child. Thank you for the continuous support and wonderful communication. Together, we make a great team! Have a wonderful break! If you have any holiday pictures that we can discuss during our January morning meeting, please email me! We look forward to being back at school on Monday, January 6, 2020!

This week’s schedule:

Reading: “Dev from India” Read-Aloud Chapter 4, Lesson 9, Activity 1

Language Arts: Read-Aloud & Self-Selected Book Report, Lesson 17, The Christmas Carol.

Science:  Monthly Unit “How Sound Waves Travel” review previous activities.

Math: “Holiday Activities Around the World, “Read This Chart”, Lesson 21 Activity 4.          

Social Studies: Holidays around the World, Chapter 5, Melissa from Brazil & Mick from Australia, Lesson 13, Chapter 6.” We will learn about current events and breaking news using News2You curriculum. The students will participate in expanded discussions of News 2 You & CNN Student News topics.

 

Debbie Thorman

 

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Newsletter for December 9th -13th 2019

Hello Wonderful Students & Parents!

We are enjoying lots of concerts performed by chorus, orchestra, and percussion. The students are enjoying these events. On Tuesday, we will be going with the 8th grade students to see the movie Harriet. It will be an exciting field trip! We will continue our studies of “Holiday’s Around the World”. We will read Polar Express and end the week by making “Grinch” popcorn!  

This week’s schedule:

Reading: Holidays & Traditions Word Study, Lesson 15 Activity 3

Language Arts: In class Read-Aloud & book report on The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

Science:  Monthly Unit “How Sound Waves Travel”.

Math: “Winter Clothes Drive” Activity Lesson 25 A, & “Measure It” Activity – Making Grinch Popcorn.

Social Studies: Holidays around the World, Lesson 7, Chapter 3 “Java from Kenya”. We will learn about current events and breaking news using News2You curriculum. The students will participate in expanded discussions of News 2 You & CNN Student News topics.

 

Debbie Thorman

 

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Newsletter for December 2nd-6th 2019

Welcome Back Students & Parents!

I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving break! We had a fabulous day. We went on our first Community Based Instruction today. The students enjoyed a trip to the East Cobb Avenue.  We had a scavenger hunt at Bed, Bath and Beyond and enjoyed lunch at Panera Bread Company. In the afternoon, we invited the students in the MOID classes to join us as we made cupcakes for Ms. Lawrence’s birthday. We used a power switch and Jelly Bean switch to use the mixer. Tomorrow, we will decorate the cupcakes. During this month, we will focus on subject related activities that revolve around holiday celebrations.  

This week’s schedule:

Reading: “Writing to Pen Pals” Read Aloud by Jen Voight & Sarah Moore, Lesson 1, Activity 4

Language Arts: In class journal activity “I can write to a pen pal”, Lesson 30, Activity 1.

Science:  Monthly Unit “How Sound Waves Travel”, Read- Aloud Book What’s Playing on the Radio?

Math:  Holiday Baking Event, Lesson 19A “Counting # of Bottles of Sprinkles”, worksheet #2. Also, we will use addition to make and decorate cupcakes.         

Social Studies: Holidays around the World, Lesson 5 “Freya from Sweden”. We will do a read-aloud for Chapter 1 & 2. We will learn about current events and breaking news using News2You curriculum. The students will participate in expanded discussions of News 2 You & CNN Student News topics.

 

Debbie Thorman

 

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