Important information and reminders:
–Progress reports were sent home last Friday. Please keep in mind that there are not many grades at this point, especially because of the snow days. As more grades are input, the weight of each grades lessens. Use the progress reports as an opportunity to talk with your child about what he/she can do to maintain or increase their grade. Work skills are impacting some of the students- how can your child do better in this area? Are they listening during the lesson? Focusing on the work during work time? Using their time wisely? Please sign and return the progress reports. Thank you!
–Family Dinner Night. Join us Tuesday, 2/13 from 4:30-8:30 at The LoKal for Big Shanty Spirit Night! When ordering, please mention that you are from Big Shanty so that a portion of the sales comes right back to Big Shanty!
–Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week. This is a week in which we celebrate teachers, bus drivers, counselors, the nurse, office staff, and custodians! The theme for each day:
- Monday- “A Simple Note of Thanks!” Bring a handwritten note or card.
- Tuesday- “Thank You for Helping Me Grow!” Bring a flowerpot, flower, or plant.
- Wednesday- “You are Very Sweet!” Bring a sweet treat.
- Thursday- “You are Quite Sharp!” Being a school supply for the classroom.
- Friday- Thank You for Being YOU!” Bring something your teacher loves.
–Valentine’s Day– Ms. Burke and Ms. Early’s classes will exchange Valentines on 2/14. Please send your child in with their valentines that day. Be sure to send one for each student in class. There are 25 students in Burke’s class and 24 students currently in Early’s class. Have your child write that it is from them, but do not fill out the To: section. Just leave it blank. Also, you do NOT need to provide a box for your child to collect valentines. Students will have an opportunity to decorate bags in class.
-Next week is February Break. Enjoy the week off, but don’t forget to have your child read and get on First in Math!
–St. Patrick’s Day Dance– Friday, March 16th, 2:30-3:30. Let your child come have fun! For $5, your student will get a cookie and a bottle of water and get to spend the hour having fun and dancing with friends! All proceeds go to Relay for Life. Your child may be picked up immediately following the dance, or they may go to ASP. Please return the form by Thursday, March 15th.
–Yearbook: A pink paper went home with yearbook information. Highlights:
- Yearbooks must be ordered by March 16th.
- 5th grade dedications are available for $25. 1/4 page. Dedications are due March 16th.
- How to order: Go to www.yearbookordercenter.com
- Enter order number 20824
- Navigate to the Online Ad Creator
- Email [email protected] with any questions.
-The Junior Optomist (JOI) Club at Big Shanty is doing a service project to assist victims of family violence. They are filling socks with items that are needed. liveSAFE Resources provides assistance to the victims in many ways, one of which is an emergency shelter. Socks are already provided, but we need you to help fill them! They are in need of the following items (all travel-size):
-toy or fun item such as cards, crayons, cars, or stickers
Thank you for helping us assist those in need!
–STEM Day was last Friday. Ms. Early’s class rocked the electromagnets! After running some tests and collecting data, we came up with the claim that the more coils there are wrapped around the nail, the stronger the magnet. When testing final protoypes, the groups were able to pick up 6, 9, 26, 26, 38, and 70 staples!! WOW! Way to go Ben, Emily, Kamron, and Keidy!!! Picking up 70 staples with an electromagnet is impressive!!!
-Optional Milestones Review Guide:
Calendar with suggested study topics:
In grammar, our mentor sentence is from the book Wilma Unlimited. This book tells about the triumphs of Wilma Rudolph, an Olympic medalist in the area of track and field during the 1956 and 1960 Olympics. Our focus will be on verb tenses and conjunction to form compound sentences. We do work with this sentence each day and then take a quiz on Friday. Students are welcome to bring their sheet home on Thursday to review for the quiz, but I do ask that they bring the paper back to keep in their writing folder to use as a resource.
In reading, we are finishing up our 2nd nonfiction unit this week. We will be working on comparing and contrasting craft across texts, summarizing, and using text features to gather more information before taking the post-assessment for this unit.
In writing, the students will be finishing their second persuasive piece. After doing research in reading, they have been writing a piece trying to convince the reader to agree with their opinion on the topic of plastic water bottles, zoos, extreme sports, or protecting sharks. We will continue writing rough drafts after learning about rebuttals and counterclaims as well as evaluating evidence. After spending some time revising and editing, students will publish their finished piece.
This week in math:
We will be finishing up our study of quadrilaterals and beginning to learn about the coordinate plane and how it is used to make data easier to understand.
Each evening, students should be on First in Math for 30 minutes. Another option is to review Milestone Math materials for 30 minutes. Students must take notes over what they are learning, get parent initials, and will have a special prize when they show me their work.
Science: We are finishing up our study of Electricity with a quiz on Friday. Students have notes that will help them prepare.
Social Studies: We will begin our study of World War I.
Let’s make this a wonderful week!