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Week of October 23, 2017



Foundation Friday

This Friday students may pay $2 and wear their Halloween costumes. Please make sure that any costume is school appropriate. We also ask that students not bring props (swords, bats, light sabers, etc.) because they get lost, and that they not wear masks or makeup that completely covers their face. Costume additions like wings are okay as they are part of the costume itself.

Halloween Dance This Friday!!

The Halloween Dance is already here! The dance will take place in the gym where there will be music and lots of tricks and treats! Bruster’s Ice Cream will be available for purchase ($4 cone/$3 cup) as well as popcorn and water ($1 each). There will also be face painting ($3) and glow sticks ($1 each) and glow in the dark grab bags ($5 each).

Please remember to register and pre-pay your child for the dance by Wednesday and they will receive a free glow wristband. If your child will be attending ASP on Friday you will need to fill out a permission form (click here) and will need to register and pre-pay for both ASP ($7) and the Halloween Dance ($7).

Support the Foundation and PTA while having a blast at this family FUNdraiser! Parents and siblings are encouraged to attend!

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Please ask your students if they have glue sticks and dry erase markers.  They need them almost daily, and many are running low.
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Please continue signing the agenda and reading log every night to show that students have completed homework.
Thursday, October 26 – PJ and Hat Day
Friday, October 27 – Foundation Friday –
Friday, October 27 – Spelling Test
Friday, October 27 – Multiplication Test

There are still a few students who do not know their multiplication tables.  Please use flashcards or call facts out to help them speed up these facts.  The worst ones are 6 x 7, 6 x 8, and 8 x 7.

We are finishing up multiplication with a test on Friday.  Students should be able to multiply 2 digits by 2 digits as well as up to 4 digits by 1 digit.  They are doing great with these skills.

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The traditional method is a 5th grade standard that is being covered in AC 4th grade math.  Students need to be fluent with their multiplication strategies.  Please take some time to quiz them on the tables through 9 to help with this unit.

Students are working in reading groups to read, identify main ideas, and summarize the informational text Animal Defenses.

Students should be reading for the AR requirement 🙂

We will be working on Unit 6  of Wordly Wise this week.   There is a link to games they may use to study on the link above called “Wordly Wise and AR .”  The test will be Friday, October 20 on definitions.

There will be a spelling test on Friday.  The words are on the spelling link from my blog.

We have started an informational booklet project on Colonial Life.  Students will be using print and digital resources to research the colonies and write informational paragraphs for the booklet.  They will also be required to include illustrations, maps, captions, a table, and a glossary to show their knowledge of the text features we have studied.

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Student handwriting and writing conventions become much more important.  I have explained to students that they will be rewriting work that is not neat.

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We have started our Physics unit on Force and Motion.  This is a fun unit with lots of activities.  They built roller coasters in Science Lab this week.

This unit covers force, motion, gravity, Newton’s Laws, and simple machines.  We will be spending about 4 weeks on this unit.

All notes for science will be kept in your students’ Science notebook.  Ask your child to bring their notebooks home to show you what we are covering.  The notebook is also what students should be studying as tests and quizzes occur.

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This week we will continue our unit on American colonization.  We have discussed the beginning of the English colonies with Roanoke Island and Jamestown.  This week we continue to talk about the New England and Middle Colonies.  Students will be able to discuss the economies of the different regions as well as the people who live in the region and how their lives are similar and different.


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