Week of May 14th

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I cannot believe we are starting the last full week of school! We have a lot going on before the last day of school, May 23rd.

-Summer Reading Program in the Learning Commons on Monday.  We will hear about the fun things going on at the Kennesaw Public Library this summer.

-Thursday is yearbook signing.  If your child purchased a yearbook, please ensure their name is on it.  They may bring it for the signing.  If your child did not purchase a yearbook, they will be able to use the memory books we created to get their friends signatures.

-Friday is 5th grade awards from 8:00-10:00.  Everyone is invited, although it is not certain that every student will be getting an award.  Awards that will be given out are: All A’s (all year) Honor Roll, All A’s & B’s (all year) Honor Roll, Citizenship, 4th quarter Blue and Gold Eagles, 4th quarter Most Improved, and Specialist awards.  We hope you can join us!

-The 22nd and 23rd will be early release days.

-The 5th grade celebration will be held on May 23rd.  It will be 9:30-11:30.  The 5th grade walk will begin at 11:45. Please try to come, especially for the walk.  What a special time for the 5th graders!

-If your child has medication in the clinic, please be sure to pick it up on or before the last day of school.  No medication can be left over the summer.  Thanks!


Week of May 7th

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-5th Grade Panoramic will be taken Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 8:00.

10 x 20 photo can be pre-purchased for $15.00.  Laminate photo for an additional $5.00.

Payments are due on picture day.

Make checks payable to GCI Portraits.

Questions:  Contact GCI Portraits at 770-428-3717.

Order forms are being sent home in Thursday folders.

-Our Field Trip is Thursday.  A few reminders: your child needs to dress for walking trails and being outside. Also, students decided to either bring or buy a lunch.  If your child chose to bring their lunch, make sure everything is disposable.

-Field Day is Friday. 5th grade will begin at 12:05.

-STEM Supplies- We are gearing up for our most important STEM Days yet! A team from AdvancED will be visiting our school to consider us for international STEM certification! Please help us by sending in donations of the following materials by May 9th. Your support makes exciting days like this possible!
• Vegetable oil • Masking tape • Empty Water Bottles
• Zip top sandwich or quart sized bags • White Plastic or Styrofoam
Disposable Bowls • Light colored knee high hose
• 16 oz. plastic cups • Boxes of Aluminum Foil • Bubble Wrap
• Coffee filters (round) • White Poster Board • Cotton Balls
• Kitchen sponges without
scrubber/scratchy side • Thin Dowel Rods or Chopsticks • Cotton Batting
• Felt (any size or color) • Cheesecloth

You can drop off donations in Mrs. Hill’s STEM Lab, STEM-Mart, or in Mrs. Olotka’s office.
Want to save a trip to the store?
Check out our Amazon Wish List at: http://tinyurl.com/BSISTEMDay4


Week of April 30th

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Happy Monday!

Human Growth and Development Forms- Please return the permission form for your child to take part in the Human Growth and Development curriculum classes.  Return the forms by Monday, April 30th.

-Garden Gala- It’s almost time for the Garden Gala! Join us Thursday, May 3rd from 6-8 pm.  This is the biggest event of the school year, with every single student having something to showcase.  Please check out the website and the interactive map! Use the map to help you plan your night. www.bigshantygardengala.weebly.com   https://www.thinglink.com/scene/1043507632414916609

Progress Reports were sent home Friday.  Please review, sign, and return.

-STEM Supplies- We are gearing up for our most important STEM Days yet! A team from AdvancED will be visiting our school to consider us for international STEM certification! Please help us by sending in donations of the following materials by May 9th. Your support makes exciting days like this possible!
• Vegetable oil • Masking tape • Empty Water Bottles
• Zip top sandwich or quart sized bags • White Plastic or Styrofoam
Disposable Bowls • Light colored knee high hose
• 16 oz. plastic cups • Boxes of Aluminum Foil • Bubble Wrap
• Coffee filters (round) • White Poster Board • Cotton Balls
• Kitchen sponges without
scrubber/scratchy side • Thin Dowel Rods or Chopsticks • Cotton Batting
• Felt (any size or color) • Cheesecloth

You can drop off donations in Mrs. Hill’s STEM Lab, STEM-Mart, or in Mrs. Olotka’s office.
Want to save a trip to the store?
Check out our Amazon Wish List at: http://tinyurl.com/BSISTEMDay4

 

This week:

Writing- students will begin working on 5th grade memory books.  In addition to fun pages you typically find in a memory book, students will also be writing about an impactful teacher, a special friend, and a special memory.  I am excited to spend the time creating a long-lasting memento for the students.

Reading- Students are working hard to finish their fantasy books- this week we will step up the excitement.  We will spend one day reading outside, reading in another area of the school, and reading with a flashlight! Please send in a labeled flashlight with your child on Tuesday.

 

 

 


STEM Supplies – Can you help us?

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We are gearing up for our most important STEM Days yet! A team from AdvancED will be visiting our school to consider us for international STEM certification! Please help us by sending in donations of the following materials by May 9th. Your support makes exciting days like this possible!
• Vegetable oil • Masking tape • Empty Water Bottles
• Zip top sandwich or quart sized bags • White Plastic or Styrofoam
Disposable Bowls • Light colored knee high hose
• 16 plastic cups • Boxes of Aluminum Foil • Bubble Wrap
• Coffee filters (round) • White Poster Board • Cotton Balls
• Kitchen sponges without
scrubber/scratchy side • Thin Dowel Rods or Chopsticks • Cotton Batting
• Felt (any size or color) • Cheesecloth

You can drop off donations in Ms. Charyna’s STEM Lab, STEM-Mart, or in Mrs. Olotka’s office.
Want to save a trip to the store?
Check out our Amazon Wish List at: http://tinyurl.com/BSISTEMDay4


BurkEarlishious Bath Bombs and The Frog Water Garden

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An update for Science/Math:

We have been working hard on several STEM projects that students are enjoying.   The science and math of bathbombs has been much more complex that originally thought!   Using science, we have created the “perfect recipe” for bath bombs that releases the most “fizz” or CO2.  We used math to determine the maximum size that they can be to earn a profit.  We also evaluated several shipping methods, and found the one that would be the “best deal.”  Students have spent time creating videos, movies and posters in order to “market” these “BurkEarlishious Bath Bombs” with hopes of selling many at the Garden Gala on May 3rd.  The price is $2.00 each and all proceeds will go towards our STEM program.

“Watershed Wednesday” has become an amazing “real world problem” that we have been solving throughout the year.  Students spoke with an expert from Cobb County Water about questions that they had about our erosion problem on the land that we adopted.  We collected data over time and had solid evidence that the problem is progressing.  We learned that since we can’t build a French Drain, we will embrace the standing water by creating a “rock garden.”  Included in our garden will be “Frog Tubes” that provide the perfect “getaway” for our tree frogs.


Week of April 23

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Happy Monday!

Book Fair is this week!  Both classes are previewing the fair today.  Students who bring money for the Book Fair will be allowed to go shop during the week.  It will be open the following times:

Monday- 8-4

Tuesday- 7:15-5:30 (Also the Grand Event 2:30-5:30- come join for snacks, crafts, and prizes!)

Wednesday- 7:15-4

Thursday- 7:15-4

Friday- 7:15-8 (Also the Dads & Donuts- bring dad (or any family member) for breakfast and Book Fair shopping!

Human Growth and Development Forms- Please return the permission form for your child to take part in the Human Growth and Development curriculum classes.  Return the forms by Monday, April 30th.

-Garden Gala- Please save the date for the Garden Gala. It will be Thursday, May 3rd from 6-8 pm.  This is the biggest event of the school year, with every single student having something to showcase.  Please check out the website, and continue to check it, as it will continue to be updated as we get closer to the event. www.bigshantygardengala.weebly.com

-Basket- Please consider donating items for our class basket: Movie Night.  Donations of DVDs, popcorn, candy, drinks, popcorn seasoning, movie theater gift certificates, red box gift certificates, or anything else you can think of that fit this theme are welcomed. Please help make this basket great!  Thank you to Daniel and Ben for your donation!

 

In ELA this week, we will be working on a career research assignment.  Students have researched potential careers and will be writing a short paper detailing the career, including its salary, education level required, and skills needed, in addition to why they think they would perform well in that field. Students are also working hard to finish up their fantasy books in order to prepare for our culminating activity- an ELA STEM project!


Week of April 16th

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Happy Monday!

-Milestones- 

The students have been working so hard on the Milestones.  We have two days left- science and social studies.

A few important things to note:

-Testing will begin as soon as attendance is taken.  It is imperative that your child arrives to school on time. If your child arrives after testing has begun, they will not be allowed in the room until the next section is about to begin.

-A good night’s sleep is very important.  Please make sure your child is getting to sleep at a decent time so they can perform their best on the test.  A sleepy student won’t be a good test taker!

-Please ensure your child eats a nutritious, filling breakfast.  Eating at the school is great.  But if your child eats breakfast at home, please encourage them to eat something filling and not full of sugar.  Oatmeal, fresh fruit, and eggs are great examples of healthy, filling breakfast foods.

-Make sure your child knows to try their best, but not to stress.  This is just one measure of their success. There are so many child your child is capable of that the test does not measure: creativity, kindness, empathy, musical talent, athletic ability, courage, manners, and character are just a few.  Your child is so much more than this test.  Although it is important for them to give 100%,  I am proud of the growth each of them has shown this year, no matter what the test shows.

Middle School Field Trip- Please return the signed permission slip for the Awtrey or Palmer field trips.  The trip does not cost anything, but the form must be returned in order for your child to attend.  These forms should be returned by Wednesday, April 18th.

Student Information Forms- We are still missing quite a lot of these.  Please return the completed student information form and the envelope, even if you cannot provide stamps at this time.

Comcast Cares- Join us Saturday, April 21st from 8-1 to help us beautify our school! Every grade level has projects that will be worked in in conjunction with their yearlong STEM project.  There will be something to do for all ages!

***Last Thursday, students got a Comcast Cares waiver in their Thursday folders. Even if you are not planning on attending, please complete this form and return it.  We may be doing some beautifying during class next week, so it will count towards Comcast Cares.

-Garden Gala- Please save the date for the Garden Gala. It will be Thursday, May 3rd from 6-8 pm.  This is the biggest event of the school year, with every single student having something to showcase.  Please check out the website, and continue to check it, as it will continue to be updated as we get closer to the event. www.bigshantygardengala.weebly.com

-Spring Carnival- Unfortunately, the PTA Spring Carnival has been cancelled this year. However, we are still creating baskets to be raffled at the Garden Gala. Please consider donating items for our class basket: Movie Night.  Donations of DVDs, popcorn, candy, drinks, popcorn seasoning, movie theater gift certificates, red box gift certificates, or anything else you can think of that fit this theme are welcomed. Please help make this basket great!  Thank you to Daniel for your donation!


Week of April 9th

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Happy Monday!  I hope everyone enjoyed Spring Break!

-Milestones- 

Milestones will begin on Tuesday.  Please refer to the schedule sent in Thursday folders before break- we will be testing until Tuesday, 4/17.  Make ups will continue through the rest of the week.

A few important things to note:

-Testing will begin as soon as attendance is taken.  It is imperative that your child arrives to school on time. If your child arrives after testing has begun, they will not be allowed in the room until the next section is about to begin.

-A good night’s sleep is very important.  Please make sure your child is getting to sleep at a decent time so they can perform their best on the test.  A sleepy student won’t be a good test taker!

-Please ensure your child eats a nutritious, filling breakfast.  Eating at the school is great.  But if your child eats breakfast at home, please encourage them to eat something filling and not full of sugar.  Oatmeal, fresh fruit, and eggs are great examples of healthy, filling breakfast foods.

-Make sure your child knows to try their best, but not to stress.  This is just one measure of their success. There are so many child your child is capable of that the test does not measure: creativity, kindness, empathy, musical talent, athletic ability, courage, manners, and character are just a few.  Your child is so much more than this test.  Although it is important for them to give 100%,  I am proud of the growth each of them has shown this year, no matter what the test shows.

Student Information Forms- We are still missing quite a lot of these.  Please return the completed student information form and the envelope, even if you cannot provide stamps at this time.

Comcast Cares- Join us Saturday, April 21st from 8-1 to help us beautify our school! Every grade level has projects that will be worked in in conjunction with their yearlong STEM project.  There will be something to do for all ages!  Here is the link to sign up to volunteer: https://www.comcastinthecommunity.com/Project/Detail?projectID=10117

-Garden Gala- Please save the date for the Garden Gala. It will be Thursday, May 3rd from 6-8 pm.  This is the biggest event of the school year, with every single student having something to showcase.  Please check out the website, and continue to check it, as it will continue to be updated as we get closer to the event. www.bigshantygardengala.weebly.com  FOOD TRUCK MENUS ARE NOW UP!!

-Spring Carnival- The PTA Spring Carnival will be on Friday, April 20th at 5:00.  We hope you can join us for some fun! Each class is creating a carnival basket for our silent auction.  Please consider donating items for our class basket: Movie Night.  Donations of DVDs, popcorn, candy, drinks, popcorn seasoning, movie theater gift certificates, red box gift certificates, or anything else you can think of that fit this theme are welcomed. Please help make this basket great!

 


Week of March 26th

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Happy Monday!

Student Information Forms- We are still missing quite a lot of these.  Please return the completed student information form and the envelope, even if you cannot provide stamps at this time.

-Report Cards- Report cards were sent home with students last Wednesday.  Please sign and return the white envelope.

Picture Day- March 27th, THIS TUESDAY, is spring picture day.  Your child will only have individual pictures taken if you have preordered a package.  Everyone will be in our class photo, which you can order as well.

-Spring Break-  Next week is Spring Break! Enjoy the time with your family!

Milestones- We now have access to the official parent/student study guide for the Georgia Milestones.  Please take some time to review this with your child and have him/her practice.  There are practice questions that give the correct answer and explain why it is correct.  It is an excellent resource.  Please utilize it each night with your child.

Parent Only – Study Guide Grade 5-1k3c7w7

Comcast Cares- Join us Saturday, April 21st from 8-1 to help us beautify our school! Every grade level has projects that will be worked in in conjunction with their yearlong STEM project.  There will be something to do for all ages!

-Garden Gala- Please save the date for the Garden Gala. It will be Thursday, May 3rd from 6-8 pm.  This is the biggest event of the school year, with every single student having something to showcase.  Please check out the website, and continue to check it, as it will continue to be updated as we get closer to the event. www.bigshantygardengala.weebly.com

This week:

In grammar, we will review many of our language standards with a rock n’ roll twist.

In reading and writing, we will be reviewing all the concepts we have learned this year.  This week we will play Stinky Feet, Snowball, Escape, Quest, and one more surprise game.  The students really enjoyed the games last week, and the questions are providing a great review of our standards.

In Math, we have been doing intensive review through Kahoot, Jeopardy, Bazinga and independent practice/review.  The big areas we are focusing most on are:  decimal operations, fraction operations, and measurement.

Each student has a packet with specific problems to review (one on the NBT standards, one on the NF standards and one on the MD standards.  We are going over answers and I am working out examples each day.  Please encourage your child to spend 30 minutes daily on review.  This can be done in lieu of First In Math.

Additional practice pages are from Volume one of student’s text pages 365 – 366, 405 – 406 and 447-448.

In Science, we are learning about CELLS, including making a 3-D animal and plant cell this week.

In Social Studies, we have finished our WWII study and will soon begin the Roaring 20’s.

Have a wonderful week!


Eagle Awards

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Hello Parents,

In order to compensate for lost instructional time due to inclement weather earlier in the school year we have decided that this 9 week’s awards ceremony will be held in the classroom on Friday for teachers and students.  As always we want to recognize your children for their hard work and for following our Eagle Expectations.

Thank you,

Eagle PBIS Team