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Newsletter for December 10th -14th 2018

Hello Terrific Students & Wonderful Parents!

The holiday season is in full force at Dickerson! The teachers & staff are dressing up to celebrate “The 12 Days Before Holiday Break”! Tomorrow, I will be dressed as Santa Claus! The students are enjoying their lessons & using their AAC devices to deliver the treats they made (see above) to special people who help us throughout the school year. Last week, we had a visit by Gaye Gibson, our bookkeeper, who made each child a beautiful tie blanket. I can’t wait for you to see it! Each blanket was made with such love and care. We are truly blessed to be at a school where there is so much love & support. On Wednesday, the students will be going to the Dollar Tree and Johnny’s Pizza. If you haven’t done so already, please send in a short list and money so they can practice using the “Dollar Up” method. Thank you for promptly returning the permission forms. On Thursday & Friday, we will integrate our ELA unit with our math functional skills by making soap (no lye or chemicals) – similar to the way they did in Little House on the Prairie!
This week’s schedule:
ELA/Reading- The students will focus on answering questions from the adapted version of The Little House on the Prairie.
Science- The students will be make a flip book about the Planets and the Phases of the Moon.
Math- We will use mathematical concepts to make soap & practice the “Dollar Up Method”.
Social Studies- The students will identify key locations of Australia. We will continue to read current event articles with expanded discussion on News2You & explore topics on CNN Student News.
Deborah Thorman

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Newsletter for December 3rd – 7th 2018

Hello Terrific Students & Wonderful Parents!
The students are enjoying our new units. This Thursday our class, along with a few other students from MOID classrooms, will be making “Jell-O Jigglers”. On Friday we will do rotations with the two MOID classes and in our classroom the students will cut the jigglers into holiday shapes. Speaking of holidays…our principal has some fun in store for us! Starting this Thursday the teachers & staff will dress up to participate in “Dickerson’s Twelve Days Before Holiday Break”. We will be wearing various outfits, from our favorite holiday movie character (mine is Santa) to dressing like an actual “gift”! It will add a lot of fun & excitement for the next few weeks. Thank you for returning the permission slips for the CBI trip. Please send in a small gift giving list & money so the students can participate in the “Dollar Up” activity. We have been fortunate to have numerous chaperone offers so each student will have “helpers” to assist them with their purchases.
This week’s schedule:
ELA/Reading- The students will focus on identifying various settings from the adapted version of The Little House on the Prairie.
Science- The students will learn about Planets and the Phases of the Moon. This week we are focusing on the first quarter phase.
Math- We will continue to use fraction concepts to discuss the phases of the moon and do calendar math during morning meetings. We will also use ratios during the Jell-O Jigglers activity.
Social Studies- The students will identify key locations of Australia. We will continue to read current event articles with expanded discussion on News2You & explore topics on CNN Student News.
Deborah Thorman

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Newsletter for November 26th-30th 2018

Welcome Back Terrific Students & Wonderful Parents!
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving break. Thanks for all the pictures! It made for a lively discussion during our morning meeting. This week we are starting all new units! We have a new teacher in our ID classrooms. We are pleased to welcome our new adapted P.E. teacher, Ms. Mary Martin. We will miss our current adapted P.E. teacher, Ms. Ballow, but we wish her a happy retirement! We are preparing for our first CBI on Wednesday, December 12th. The students in the ID classrooms will be using the “Dollar Up” method to purchase presents for their family or friends at the Dollar Tree followed by an opportunity to use proper table manners while enjoying a delicious lunch at Johnny’s Pizza. Please help the students assemble a small gift list for the special people in their life. They can bring cash to make purchases at the Dollar Tree on our CBI trip.
This week’s schedule:
ELA/Reading- The students will cite textual evidence for The Little House on the Prairie. They will focus on identifying the main characters. This month the students will recreate holiday activities from the “Christmas at Plum Creek” story.
Science- The students learn about Planets and the Phases of the Moon. This week we are focusing on the full moon phase.
Math- We will use fraction concepts to discuss the phases of the moon and do calendar math during morning meetings.
Social Studies- The students will be introduced to key locations of Australia. We will continue to read current event articles with expanded discussion on News2You & explore topics on CNN Student News, too.
Deborah Thorman

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Newsletter for November 12th-16th 2018

Hello Terrific Students & Wonderful Parents,
Last week, the students enjoyed the violin performance by two Kennesaw State University students & making ocean biomes with blue Jell-O and Swedish fish. This week we will rotate ID classrooms on Thursday and Friday. In my rotation, we will be make Pumpkin Sugar Cookies! On Friday, the students will participate in a science general education class where they will do experiments to find DNA from strawberries, peas and the cells inside of their mouths! Also, on Friday, we are asking for your support for “Relay for Life” by having your child donate $1 and dress up in FLANNEL! We look forward to starting new units after the week long Thanksgiving break. I am thankful to you the parents and to all the Dickerson staff & students who provide tremendous support and encouragement to our classroom. Your children are awesome and I love teaching them!
This week’s schedule:
ELA/Reading- Using the cause and effect spinner, the students will identify characters, plots and settings for the text Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We are also continuing the study on the Rain Forest and Chocolate Factories.
Science- The students will name 3 fun facts for each biome, identify them on a poster & make a worksheet for their yearbook.
Math- We will apply our understanding of ratio concepts by making pumpkin shaped sugar cookies and expand our mathematical knowledge during daily morning meetings.
Social Studies- The students will review key locations of Africa: Sahara, Sahel, tropical rainforest, Congo River, Nile River, etc. We will continue to read current event articles with expanded discussion on News2You & explore topics on CNN Student News, too. Happy Thanksgiving!
Deborah Thorman

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Newsletter for November 5th-9th 2018

Hello Terrific Students & Wonderful Parents,
Time is flying by! It’s hard to believe we are already in November! Quick reminder, we will not be in school tomorrow as it is VOTING DAY! This week we will continue our current units. On Friday, the students will participate in ID class rotations & in my rotation, we will make an ocean biome out of blue Jell-O, and Swedish Fish! Our students enjoy spending time with students in the MOID classrooms and going to different classes to learn from all the ID teachers.
This week’s schedule:
ELA/Reading- Using the cause and effect spinner, the students will identify characters, plots and settings for the text Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We are also continuing the study on the Rain Forest and Chocolate Factories.
Science- The students will explore tactiles and textures in “Fur, Feather, Skin, Shell” Biome cards activity.
Math- We will apply our understanding of ratio concepts when making the Blue Jell-O Biome activity and expand our mathematical knowledge during daily morning meetings.
Social Studies- The students will help make several African maps that focus on key locations: Sahara, Sahel, tropical rainforest, Congo River, Nile River, etc. We will continue to read current event articles with expanded discussion on News2You & explore topics on CNN Student News, too.
Please contact me if you have any questions.
Deborah Thorman

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Newsletter for October 26th – November 2nd 2018

Hello Terrific Students & Wonderful Parents,
Last Friday, the students enjoyed hanging with their general ed peers while they participated in the frog dissecting activity. The ID classroom rotations were very successful. We will do another rotation on Wednesday. In our classroom, the students will be making chocolate fondue to integrate ratio & sequencing math skills with our ELA unit. This week is Red Ribbon Week. On Wednesday, the students can help raise funds for Relay for Life by donating a $1 to dress up for Halloween. Thursday they are encouraged to “put a CAP on drugs or alcohol use” by wearing a team/school hat. And, on Friday everyone is wearing “RED” to enjoy a special Fresh Air Friday session. Students are encouraged to bring in travel-sized toiletries to donate.
This week’s schedule:
ELA/Reading- We are identifying emotions that are tied to different events in the text Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We are also doing a study on the Rain Forest and Chocolate Factories.
Science- The students will use a cause and effect switch to activate the Ocean Biome light and we will talk more about the various Biomes.
Math- We will discuss sequencing and ratios when we use marshmallows and chocolate to make fondue.
Social Studies- The students will use the spinner to learn 3 facts on key African locations. We will continue to read aloud the text, “Out of My Mind” & articles with expanded discussion on News2You & explore topics on CNN Student News, too.
Please contact me if you have any questions.
Deborah Thorman

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Newsletter for October 22nd-26th 2018

Hello Terrific Students & Wonderful Parents,
Last week we played in the soil and planted pumpkin seeds! One of our students gave us a classroom pumpkin and we had a blast decorating it! This week we have some more fun activities planned. We will start a classroom rotation with the MOID classes. The students will change classes and go to different classrooms. They will have the opportunity to learn from different teachers. How exciting! As a tie in to our ELA unit Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, we will be making Halloween cupcakes. On Friday, the students will join a general education Science class to participate in dissecting frogs. On October 31st, the staff & students are encouraged to wear any school appropriate Halloween costume. Any favorite outfit is fine!
This week’s schedule:
ELA/Reading- We will continue reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We are using a cause and effect spinner to answer the 5 “WH” questions.
Science- We are studying Biomes. The students will learn more about the desert and the marine biome. We will be finding 3 fun facts about each biome.
Math- We will make cupcakes using ratio concepts.
Social Studies- We are learning about Africa; specifically we are making maps & locating the following areas: Sahara Desert, Nigeria, Sudan, Kenya, Egypt & South Africa. We will continue to read articles with expanded discussion on News2You & explore topics on CNN Student News, too.

Please contact me if you have any questions.
Deborah Thorman

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Newsletter for October 15th-19th 2018

Hello Terrific Students & Wonderful Parents,
Quick reminder, this week the students will be released at 1:30 pm. The students will be visiting the Scholastic Book Fair. Please send money if you would like for your student to buy a book or a gift item (poster, etc.) Today, the students will be attending the pep rally for Dickerson’s 2nd annual fund raising “Color Battle”. We are very excited to see “Epic Erika” return to our school! Please see the flyer for more information. We are starting all new units! On Thursday, I will not be in school and will not have access to my emails. If you need to reach our room please call the front office.
This week’s schedule:
ELA/Reading- We will begin reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We will focus on citing textual evidence. When we visit the library, we will be reading the book Out of my Mind.
Science- We are starting our unit on Biomes. The students will be introduced to: forest, desert, grassland, tundra, freshwater & marine biomes.
Math- We will continue to learn more about ratios.
Social Studies- We will learn about Africa. We will continue to read articles with expanded discussion on News2You & explore topics on CNN Student News, too.
Please contact me if you have any questions.
Deborah Thorman

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Newsletter for October 8th -12th 2018

Hello Terrific Students & Wonderful Parents,
This week we are finishing our current units. Next week, we will begin our study on Biomes/Interdependence of Life, Africa and read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. On Wednesday, we will join the general education students for a DMS Anti-Bullying class. Please remember this Thursday is Early Release. The students will be dismissed at 1:30 pm. This Friday we will conclude our Georgia Studies of Entrepreneurs, by doing a Waffle House test kitchen with the two MOID classes. If you have not done so, please return the bottom portion of the conference sheet to let me know how I can best serve you.
This week’s schedule:
ELA/Reading- We will finish reading A Small White Scar. We will focus on settings and sequencing in the story.
Science- We are reviewing all the simple machines we have discussed (wedge, wheel & axle, inclined plane, screw, lever, & pulley).
Math- We will integrate our math activities with the Georgia Studies unit by using “Waffle House” in our ratio discussions. On Friday, we will cook waffles!
Social Studies- We will evaluate the influence of Georgia enterprises such as: Home Depot, Delta Airlines, Georgia Pacific, the Coca Cola Company & Waffle House. We will continue to read articles with expanded discussion on News2You & explore topics on CNN Student News, too.
Please contact me if you have any questions.
Deborah Thorman

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YEARBOOKS ARE ON SALE NOW!

Yearbooks are on sale now! The cost
is $30.00 until October 31st! The
price increases after that date! You
can purchase yearbooks online only
by visiting the Dickerson webpage.
In addition, you can personalize your
book by purchasing an engraved
name plate for only $5.00.

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