Week of January 22-26, 2018

We have enjoyed our full week of learning at Pickett’s Mill!  Here are some highlights and reminders:

New Communication Tool – Seesaw!  

This week you received an orange letter and a QR code to join our classroom Seesaw Account.  Seesaw allows us to create a digital portfolio for each student, which can include work samples, videos, and pictures.  Please create your account so that you don’t miss out on seeing your child in action.  Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any issues creating your account.

Shutterfly Account

Our classroom has two Shutterfly accounts that we use to post pictures from school.  Our classroom account can be found here:

https://mrsdermansclass201718.shutterfly.com/pictures

We also have an account for our Pickett’s Mill Pirate Pals club.  Be sure to view pictures from our Pirate Pals visits here:

https://pickettsmillpiratepals.shutterfly.com/pictures

5th Grade Symphony Field Trip

The 5th Grade Field Trip to the symphony has been rescheduled for Friday, February 16, 2018.  This will be such a fun thing to do on the last day before our February Break (February 19-23, 2018).

Curriculum Highlights

The students have adjusted very well to returning to our routine and following all classroom expectations this week.  Here are a few things that would be very helpful for you to reinforce at home:

  • Life Skills:  Please review your home address, phone number, birthday, and age every day with your child.
  • Conversational Speech:  When you are talking with your child at home, please encourage them to always use a full sentence.  We are working hard on conversational speech in the classroom, especially during snack time, and would appreciate your help with this at home.  Encourage your child to ask you questions and engage in back and forth conversation with you.
  • Math:  We are working hard on individual math goals daily.  Please listen to your child count as high as they can every day.  Many students should be able to count to 100, but work within your child’s currently ability.  Also, ask them to identify coins and paper money and tell you the value.

Homework

A new homework packet, which will include a new spelling list will come home today.  Homework is always due the following Friday and spelling tests will be every Friday as well.

Have a wonderful weekend!  We look forward to another great week!

 

 

Week of 1/9-1/12/2018

Welcome back to school and Happy New Year to all of you!  We have had a wonderful start to 2018 in our classroom.  Here are a few highlights from this week:

Math:  Our math stations this week are focused on not only explicit instruction on math standards and personal goals/objectives, but we also have a time/money station, math computation review station, and a life skills station.  This week’s life skills focus is on remembering our Parent’s names, phone number, and address.  Please reinforce these skills at home.

Speech:  January Speech homework calendars were sent home this week.  Please remember to practice speech skills, color the day on the calendar, and send in the speech folder every day with your child.  Mrs. Nettles checks the calendars and reinforces the skills during her time in our classroom.

Guided Reading and Literacy:  In addition to starting a new guided reading book, I have also taught the students how to participate in our new literacy stations.  We have a classroom library work station, poetry work station, listening work station, word work station and writing work station that the students are now familiar with.  I’m so proud of their ability to work in these stations independently for increasingly longer amounts of time.

Important Date for 5th Grade:  The Symphony Trip has been rescheduled for February 16, 2018.  Please mark this date on your calendar and plan to dress for success that day.

Remember that homework is due on Friday and our library day is Thursday.  We look forward to a great rest of the week!  No School on Monday, 1/15/2018!

Pirate Pals on Friday

Our final meet and greet kick-off for Pirate Pals will be this Friday, December 15, 2017 at 7:15 AM in the Hot Spot!  These meetings have been such a fun way to meet our new friends.

All of you have been added to the Pirate Pal Shutterfly Site:

https://pickettsmillpiratepals.shutterfly.com/

Please take a minute to visit the site to view pictures from our recent meetings.  We’ve had delicious breakfast and played many fun games!

5th Grade Holiday Party Information

The excitement continues at Pickett’s Mill.  The fifth grade students will celebrate the holidays as a grade level on December 19th from 10-11 AM.  The room moms are asking for a $5.00 donation  (Due December 13th) to cover the cost of the celebration.  Here is the information that will be sent home today with your child:

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Please let me know if you have any questions!

5th Grade Elements Project and Counselor Today

Information was sent home today about the 5th Grade Element Project  The project is due December 15, 2017.  Here are some additional details about the project:

Your child selected an element in class today.  The element is written on the assignment sheet.  The assignment will be completed on the four-square poster that was also sent home today.

The assignment sheet references a rubric that the students created for grading the project.  Here are the details of the rubric:

  • Is the project neat/colorful?  Yes  or  No
  • Does the project have uses for the element?  (It should have several uses and lists or pictures)
  • Is the information accurate?  Most is Accurate  or   All is Accurate
  • The last column of the rubric asks students to include a fun fact or make a connection from their element to something they already know.

Note that these four things are the grading criteria and NOT what should go in the four squares.  Please use the assignment sheet for what should go in each square.

During Science and Social Studies today the students had a session with Mr. Verity, our counselor, and he discussed careers.

5th Grade: Week of 12/4-12/8/2017

It is an exciting and busy time in Fifth Grade!  Here are important updates for this week and the weeks coming up:

Curriculum Highlights:

Writing Workshop:  This month, our writing workshop topics will all center around the Holiday Season.  Our first explanatory writing was “How to Decorate a Christmas Tree.”  This week we will be doing a sensory reflection on what we might see, hear, smell, and feel at a Holiday Party.  We are using graphic organizers to develop a topic sentence, closing sentence, and supporting details to create our paragraphs.

Reading: In guided reading this month, we will be reading books centered around our Holiday theme at the appropriate reading level.  We utilize several graphic organizers to help with retelling the story, answering comprehension questions, and defining key vocabulary terms.  Please listen to your child read books that I send home after we are finished with them here at school.  Please also read with/to your child for 10-20 minutes each night.

Math:  In math, we are targeting each student’s individual math goals as well as working on graphing, time, and word problems utilizing resources from the weekly News-2-You newspaper.  This week’s News-2-You topic is Holiday Toys.

Upcoming Grade Level Events:

December 8: 5th Grade Field Trip to the Symphony (Lassiter High School): 10:45-1:30 PM

December 8: PTA Bingo Night!  Flyer can be found here:

http://www.cobbk12.org/pickettsmill/PDFs%20and%20documents/Holiday%20BINGO.pdf

December 19: 10:00-11:00 5th Grade Winter Celebration

2nd Grade: Week of 12/4-12/8/2017

It is an exciting and busy time in Second Grade!  Here are important updates for this week and the weeks coming up:

Curriculum Highlights:

Writing Workshop:  This month, our writing workshop topics will all center around the Holiday Season.  Our first explanatory writing was “How to Decorate a Christmas Tree.”  This week we will be doing a sensory reflection on what we might see, hear, smell, and feel at a Holiday Party.  When you are talking with your children at home, please encourage full sentences with added detail.

Reading:  In guided reading this month, we are working on both decodable books to practice blending words with a Consonant-Vowel-Consonant pattern, as well as reading holiday themed books at the appropriate reading level.  Please listen to your child read books that I send home after we are finished with them here at school.  Please also read with/to your child for 10-20 minutes each night.

Math:  In math, we are continuing to practice single digit addition and subtraction using a number line, drawing dots, as well as counting up.

Upcoming Grade Level Events:

December 8: 2nd Grade Field Trip to Allatoona High School from 9:30-10:45 AM

December 8: PTA Bingo Night!  Flyer can be found here:

http://www.cobbk12.org/pickettsmill/PDFs%20and%20documents/Holiday%20BINGO.pdf

December 15: 12:00-2:00 PM: Mrs. Folsom’s Class Winter Centers

December 18: 8:00-9:30 AM: 2nd Grade Winter Celebration