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Newsletter for September 17th -21st 2018

 

Hello Terrific Students & Wonderful Parents,
Last week, the students enjoyed hosting an activity called “Bandana Math”. It is always so nice when the MOID classes get to join us for some fun! This week we will celebrating one of our student’s 16th birthday! As it is such a special birthday, we will once again invite the MOID classes to join us for a wonderful math activity called “Let’s Do S’mores” which integrates our cowboy ELA reading text with learning math concepts. Also, we are VERY fortunate to follow our cooking activity with a guest visitor, Ms. Fan’s daughter, who is an amazing violinist & appears locally around town doing various performances. I have heard her play and I am in awe. It is hard to believe but we will be having fall break next week. School is flying by! I look forward to seeing everyone on October 1st!
This week’s schedule:
ELA/Reading- We will continue reading A Small White Scar. We are focusing on identifying episodes in the book.
Science- Our unit topic is Simple Machines. This week we are focusing on the screw.
Math- We are doing a math activity called “Let’s Do S’mores” which focuses on algebra & functional life skills.
Social Studies- In our Georgia unit we will be discussing the Blue Ridge area and Coastal Plain. We will continue to read articles with expanded discussion on News2You & explore topics on CNN Student News, too.
Have a wonderful fall break!
Deborah Thorman

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Yearbooks!

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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Newsletter for September 10th-14th 2018

Hello Terrific Students & Wonderful Parents,
Welcome back to school where we are enjoying our new units & celebrating Marvelous Monday! This Friday is “Relay for Life” fund raiser where students and staff are encouraged to wear a hat and donate a $1 to help cure cancer. This week we are integrating our Math and ELA units & using our geometry knowledge by making “A Small White Scar” cowboy bandana. Of course we have invited the MOID classes to join us for some fun learning! Please remember to mark your calendars for Fall Break, September 24th-28th.
This week’s schedule:
ELA/Reading- We will continue reading A Small White Scar. We are answering comprehension questions to cite textual evidence.
Science- Our unit topic is Simple Machines. This week we are focusing on wheel & axle.
Math- We are doing “Bandana Math” by discussing geometry terms such as: translation, reflection & rotation.
Social Studies- We have lots of fun things to learn in our Georgia Studies unit (This is one of my FAVORITE units!). This week we will be discussing and describing the Appalachian Plateau. We will continue to read articles with expanded discussion on News2You & explore topics on CNN Student News, too.
Email me with any questions!
Deborah Thorman

 

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Newsletter for September 4th-7th 2018

Hello Terrific Students & Wonderful Parents,
I hope everyone enjoyed the long Labor Day weekend! I’m am so excited we are starting all new units! Please remember to mark your calendars for Fall Break, September 24th-28th.
This week’s schedule:
ELA/Reading- We will start reading A Small White Scar. We will begin by citing textual evidence.
Science- We will be discussing the effect of Simple Machines. Week by week, we will cover: lever, inclined plane, pulley, wedge, screw and wheel and axle.
Math- We will work on IEP goals as well as use our mathematical skills to further develop functional life skills for everyday life.
Social Studies- We will start our Georgia Studies unit. It is one of my favorites! We will continue to read articles with expanded discussion on News2You & explore topics on CNN Student News, too.
Email me with any questions!
Deborah Thorman

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Newsletter for August 27th-31st 2018

Hello Terrific Students & Wonderful Parents!
Thanks to all the students and parents who participated in our Relay for Life fund raiser on Friday. We had a lot of fun dressing up in our favorite decade clothes. Of course, I did my best to bring back the “Disco Debbie” look…so glad there weren’t any pictures! This Wednesday is Early Release. The students will be dismissed at 1:30 pm. Please join us THIS Friday, August 31st at 8:00am in the DMS Theater for “Meet Mr. Hill,” a wonderful opportunity to ask him questions and learn more about our new principal. This Thursday we will invite the two MOID classes (12 students & 5 adults) to join us for an end of unit celebration, as we use our mathematical skills to recreate “Ms. Gloria Dump’s” Because of Winn Dixie party. Please feel free to bring any party item, cups, plates, peanut butter, bread or juice. We look forward to seeing the students back on Tuesday, September 4th. I hope you enjoy your long Labor Day weekend.
This week’s schedule:
ELA/Reading- We will finish reading the text Because of Winn Dixie. The students will continue to cite textual evidence.
Science- We will end our unit on Energy. The students have enjoyed the various lessons on potential and kinetic energy.
Math- We will use math in our morning meetings & when working on IEP goals. We will integrate our math activity with our ELA unit by hosting a “Gloria Dump” party for all the ID students.
Social Studies- We will finish our discussions on government and civic understanding. We will also read articles with expanded discussion on News2You and watch CNN10 news.
Deborah Thorman

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Newsletter for August 20th-24th 2018

Hello Terrific Students & Wonderful Parents!
The students are enjoying their “back to school” time. Everyone had a great time at “Fresh Air Friday”. We have added a mid-morning general education chorus class to their daily schedule and they are loving it! They continue to enjoy attending the afternoon general education art class too. Also, we often invite the MOID class into our classroom to do fun projects & cooking. We baked cupcakes on Thursday and decorated them on Friday. This week we will try our hands at planting and playing in the soil as an extended ELA activity “Because of Winn Dixie”. Today an additional MOID teacher, Ms. Pamela Bone & para, Ms. Jennifer Sutton have been added to our team! We are so happy to welcome them to our Dickerson family. Thursday is picture day and Friday is our Spirit Day where we are asking all students and staff to donate a $1 to Relay for Life & dress up in a favorite decade attire.
This week’s schedule:
ELA/Reading- We will focus on drawing inferences from the text Because of Winn Dixie. The students will practice identifying character emotions.
Science- We will continue our unit on Energy. We are focusing on the relationship between potential and kinetic energy.
Math- We will use math in our morning meetings & when working on IEP goals. We will integrate our math activity with our ELA unit by planting seeds and watching them grow, the same way Ms. Gloria Dump planted a tree in Because of Winn Dixie. We have invited the MOID classrooms to participate so it should be “action packed”!
Social Studies- We continue to focus on government and civic understanding. We will also read articles with expanded discussion on News2You and watch CNN10 news.
As always, please contact me with any questions.
Deborah Thorman

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Newsletter for August 20th-24th 2018

Hello Terrific Students & Wonderful Parents!
The students are enjoying their “back to school” time. Everyone had a great time at “Fresh Air Friday”. We have added a mid-morning general education chorus class to their daily schedule and they are loving it! They continue to enjoy attending the afternoon general education art class too. Also, we often invite the MOID class into our classroom to do fun projects & cooking. We baked cupcakes on Thursday and decorated them on Friday. This week we will try our hands at planting and playing in the soil as an extended ELA activity “Because of Winn Dixie”. Today an additional MOID teacher, Ms. Pamela Bone & para, Ms. Jennifer Sutton have been added to our team! We are so happy to welcome them to our Dickerson family. Thursday is picture day and Friday is our Spirit Day where we are asking all students and staff to donate a $1 to Relay for Life & dress up in a favorite decade attire.
This week’s schedule:
ELA/Reading- We will focus on drawing inferences from the text Because of Winn Dixie. The students will practice identifying character emotions.
Science- We will continue our unit on Energy. We are focusing on the relationship between potential and kinetic energy.
Math- We will use math in our morning meetings & when working on IEP goals. We will integrate our math activity with our ELA unit by planting seeds and watching them grow, the same way Ms. Gloria Dump planted a tree in Because of Winn Dixie. We have invited the MOID classrooms to participate so it should be “action packed”!
Social Studies- We continue to focus on government and civic understanding. We will also read articles with expanded discussion on News2You and watch CNN10 news.
As always, please contact me with any questions.
Deborah Thorman

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Newsletter for August 13th-17th 2018

Welcome Terrific Students & Wonderful Parents!

Last week, we had so much fun while we participated in our learning units! We made a “spin art” flag to complement our government unit and we made deviled eggs for our ELA text “Because of Winn Dixie”. This Thursday is “Open House” at 6:00 pm. Please let me know if you are able to attend. Our first early release day will be August 29th. The students will be dismissed at 1:30 pm. Our first “Relay for Life” fundraiser will be August 24th. The theme is “Decade Day”, please dress your child in your favorite “decade” décor while you help raise money to help cure cancer by donating $1. I have already started working on my costume!
This week’s schedule:
ELA/Reading- We will continue our ELA unit by reading the text Because of Winn Dixie. The students will focus on identifying textual evidence.
Science- We will continue our unit on Energy. We are focusing on the relationship between potential and kinetic energy.
Math- We will use math in our morning meetings & when working on IEP goals. We will integrate our math activity with our social studies material by inviting the MOID class to join us in baking and decorating “USA Flag” cupcakes.
Social Studies- We are studying government and civic understandings. We are focusing on the executive, legislative and judicial branch. We will also will read articles with expanded discussion on News2You and watch CNN10 news.
As always, please contact me with any questions.

Deborah Thorman

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Newsletter for August 6th -10th 2018

Welcome Terrific Students & Wonderful Parents!
The first week of school was a total success! The students are easily adjusting to school life. Thank you for promptly sending in the required forms & suggested school supplies. I greatly appreciate it! Eighth grade Open house will be Thursday, August 16th at 6 pm. Please let me know if you will be able to join us. I am excited to show you our new “Learning/Tiki Hut” classroom theme! School pictures will be August 23rd. Also, thank you again for your patience in dealing with transportation delays. Hopefully, this will improve quickly. If you have any transportation concerns, they can be addressed to the transportation director.
This week’s schedule:
ELA/Reading- We will continue our ELA introduction of the text Because of Winn Dixie. The students will focus on identifying textual evidence.
Science- We will continue our unit on Energy.
Math- We will use math in our morning meetings & when working on IEP goals. We will integrate our math activity with our ELA material. On Friday, we will make egg salad sandwiches like the ones served at Ms. Gloria Dump’s party in text Because of Winn Dixie.
Social Studies- We are studying government and civic understandings. We will also will read articles with expanded discussion on News2You.
As always, please contact me with any questions.
Deborah Thorman

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Newsletter for August 1st-3rd 2018

Welcome Terrific Students & Wonderful Parents!

I am so glad to be back at our AMAZING SCHOOL with our AMAZING students & staff! At the end of last school year, our fabulous principal, Dr. Brink announced her retirement. As much as we will miss her, we are excited to welcome our new principal, Mr. Adam Hill! We are looking forward to continuing to excel under his leadership. Just like last year, we are blessed to have Ms. Lucybelle and Ms. Kellie in our classroom! In the adjoining classroom, we have a new MOID teacher, Ms. Kessler and two new paras, Ms. Mary Kate & Ms. Nicolle. We welcome all our new staff & students.
The syllabus, Cobb informational packet & school supply list will be in your child’s back pack on the first day of school. Please send to school one change of clothes and any hygiene products needed. Please LABEL the clothes you are leaving at school. Also it is VERY IMPORTANT that the forms be signed and returned as soon as possible. They are collecting them on Friday.
This week’s schedule:
ELA/Reading- We will begin reading Because of Winn Dixie. The students will focus on identifying textual evidence.
Science- We will begin our unit on Energy.
Math- We will use math in our morning meetings & when working on IEP goals. We will begin our cooking activities next week.
Social Studies- We will study government and civic understandings. We will also read articles with expanded discussion on News2You.

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Deborah Thorman

 

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