EOG Milestone Dates

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Please mark your calendar as you are making appointments/plans –

This year the EOG Milestone Test given to grades 3-5 will be taken entirely on laptops over a period of weeks.  

3rd   grade will take the EOG Milestone Test on the following days:

Tuesday, April 16th

Wednesday, April 17th

Thursday, April 18th

Wednesday, April 24th

Thursday, April 25th

Testing will begin promptly at 8:00am each day.


Message from Mrs. Perisino

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In preparation for computer-based Milestones testing in April, third and fifth grade students are receiving extra instruction in typing.  Each student has been given an account and assigned lessons at Typing.com.  During their first lessons, all students received logins and passwords.  Students will practice during weekly typing instruction but are also highly encouraged to practice in the classroom, computer lab, ASP and at home throughout February, March and Spring Break.  Practice can only be completed on a laptop or desktop computer.  Tablets and smart devices will not work.  We want our third and fifth graders to feel successful and self-assured before the test begins.  Please allow them to practice as part of their weekly homework.


February 11th – February 15th

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What’s happening this week?

  • Enrichment Schedule: M: Music, T: STEM, W: Math, Th: PE, F: PE
  • We have a typing lesson with Mrs. Perisino on Wednesday.
  • On Thursday we will celebrate Valentine’s Day with a valentine’s exchange.
  • STEM Day is Friday.  Students will present their Minecraft Education project in our classroom at 9:30 am.  Please plan to come at the beginning of the session, so you don’t miss out on your child’s group project presentation.

Spotlights

The class is doing an outstanding job sharing their work on our Seesaw account.  I appreciate all the parents that are following our account and can see your child’s activities throughout the day.  They light up knowing that you ‘like’, comment, and even leave voice recordings on their updates 🙂  Let me know if you need another information sheet on how to sign up.

Top Zearners – Kiera 7 lessons, Julia 6 lessons, Zion, Quinn, and Mattie 3 lessons

Reading

We had a goal of last week to complete Peter Pan, but it was a busy week and we got a little carried away with summarizing and reader’s theatre.  We will complete the book this week and have a grand finale of watching the movie on Friday to compare/contrast the book to the movie 🙂

Writing

Opinion Writing Prompt: Is it okay to be bored?  Support with text evidence from article read in class.

Math

Fractions – vocabulary (numerator, denominator, equivalent); comparing fractions and finding equivalent fractions

Social Studies 

Explorers – Cabot / Balboa


February 4th – February 8th

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What’s happening this week?

  • Enrichment Schedule: M: STEM, T: Math, W: PE, Th: PE, F: Art
  • We will complete a STEM activity building different Native American homes in the Science Lab on Wednesday. Students are encouraged to collect and bring sticks, bark, leaves, etc. in a Ziploc bag from home to use as additional materials.
  • On Thursday, we will have a media lesson from Mrs. Perisino.
  • Mrs. Weitnauer will give us our guidance lesson on Thursday.

Spotlights

We are having a LOT of fun playing around with our new Seesaw account.  Thanks to all the parents that are having fun with us and created an account to keep in touch throughout the school day.  Major shout-out to Mrs. McMahan who added a voice message to a picture she saw of Sophie working hard in math on our Super Bowl football team comparison performance task.  I got to play the voice message to Sophia and she lit up knowing that her mommy was keeping up with her 🙂

I’m constantly impressed by all these students and they quick learning of technology.  Marc, Jude, and Birame are constantly helping others out, even myself.  I look forward to using all our technology resources more and more throughout the year.  I’m learning myself and the class is having such a fun time!!

Top Zearners (2 lessons required each week for HW)

  • Julia 6 lessons
  • Andrea 5 lessons
  • Madeline 4 lessons
  • Jude 4 lessons
  • Andrea 4 lessons

Top AR Point Achievers from last week

  • Elim 38.7 points
  • Quinn 4 points
  • Asher 3 points

Classroom Needs

  • skinny EXPO markers
  • Kleenex (we have tons of runny noses)
  • Students are encouraged to bring their devices from home when possible to access their Seesaw account, Office 365 account, Zearn, and much more….

Math

Fractions (equivalent fractions, comparing fractions, modeling fractions, and finding fractions on a number line

Reading 

Last week for Kindness Week, we read the book Each Kindness.  Students are working in pairs to create a sequel to the story.  They are typing their sequel on Microsoft Word and will publish their sequel to the class using Sway.  We discussed the point of view of the book and keeping the same point of view in the sequel.  As a finale to our Kindness Week, we watched the movie Wonder – which also gave us reminders of different points of view.

We will complete our whole class reading of Peter Pan.

Writing

Opinion Writing – using details to support our opinion

Grammar 

Adverbs / Conjunctions

Social Studies 

John Cabot


January 28th – February 1st

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What’s happening this week?

  • Enrichment Schedule: M: Math, T: PE, W: PE, Th: Art, F: Music
  • Kindness Challenge Week
    • We will have good discussions on how to be kind and some fun by dressing up to the following themes each day.
    • Monday (1/28)-Hats off to kindness (wear hats)
    • Tuesday (1/29)-Being kind is groovy (wear 70s clothes)
    • Wednesday (1/30)-Kindness Rocks (wear rock star clothes)
    • Thursday (1/31)-Cougars are Kind (wear Cougar Pride or school colors)
    • Friday (2/1)-Cheer for Kindness (wear sports clothes)

Classroom Needs

skinny EXPO markers – we use EXPO markers a TON throughout the school day (taking notes and solving math problems on our desks and personal sized white boards)

Spotlights

  • Top 5 Zearners (going above and beyond 2 lesson homework expectation)
    • Naomi 9 lessons
    • Andrea, Julia, Quinn 4 lessons
    • Zion, Kaimi, Elim, and Birame 3 lessons
  • Top 5 AR Point Achievers
    • Kaimi 41.6 points
    • Elim 20.4 points
    • Quinn 8 points
    • Andrea 7 points
    • Birame 2.9 points
  • Thank you Pham family for your donation of skinny EXPO markers!

Math

Fractions

Writing

Opinion Writing

Grammar

Adverbs

Reading

Social Studies

Christopher Columbus


January 22nd – January 25th

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What’s happening this week?

  • Enrichment Schedule: T: PE, W: Art, Th: Music, F: STEM

Spotlights

  • Top 5 Zearners
    • Birame 9 lessons
    • Benjamin 6 lessons
    • Kaimi 5 lessons
    • Andrea 4 lessons
  • Top 5 AR Point Achievers
    • Declan 16.8 points
    • Elim 15.2 points
    • Kaimi 10.8 points
    • Madeline 5.9 points
    • Naomi 5.4 points

Grammar 

adverbs

Math

Fractions

Reading 

Character Traits – Character Changes – Point of View (Peter Pan)

Science 

Animal Adaptations

The class did a fantastic job on their Office 365 Sway presentations on the Georgia Habitats.  Ask them to login to their Seesaw account and show you some of their hard work.


Message from School Counselors

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As part of our “No Place for Hate” program, we are looking forward to participating in the Kindness Challenge from January 28th-February 1st.

The students will work together as a class to complete activities to show kindness such as, asking a new friend to play, helping someone, writing a thank you note, or performing a kind act of their own design. Teachers will have daily discussions, read stories, and watch short video clips about showing kindness, inclusion, and respect.

Additionally, we will show kindness in our community by hosting a toiletries drive to benefit The Center for Children and Young Adults AND SafePath Children’s Advocacy Center. With the help of our Student Council, we will be collecting items such as shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, etc. These items will go to children in our community.  A flyer with more information will come home about this. 

We will also have some fun by dressing up to the following themes each day.

Monday (1/28)-Hats off to kindness (wear hats)

Tuesday (1/29)-Being kind is groovy (wear 70s clothes)

Wednesday (1/30)-Kindness Rocks (wear rock star clothes)

Thursday (1/31)-Cougars are Kind (wear Cougar Pride or school colors)

Friday (2/1)-Cheer for Kindness (wear sports clothes)


January 14th – January 18th

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What’s happening this week?

  • Enrichment Schedule: M: Art, T: Music, W: STEM, Th: Math, F: PE
  • On Wednesday, we have a performing arts presentation
  • We have a guidance lesson with Mrs. Weitnauer on Wednesday.  

Spotlights

  • Top Zearners from last week
    • Benjamin 19 lessons
    • Kaimi 10 lessons
    • Quinn 9 lessons
    • Asher and Jude 8 lessons
  • Top AR point achievers from last week
    • Kaimi 107 points
    • Elim 33 points
    • Marc 20 points
    • Annie 5 points

Reading

Peter Pan – character changes / point of view, context clues

Writing

Last week we got a little carried away with our free writing about our winter break.  We shared stories in the Author’s Chair and added out writing to our writing portfolio to share with you in May.  Now we’re ready to rock and roll with opinion writing.  We will review the difference between fact and opinion and then begin some fun activities providing details to support our opinion.

Grammar

Comparative and Superlative Adjectives

Math

Fractions

Science

Georgia Habitats / plant & animal adaptations for each region


January 7th – January 11th

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Hope everyone had a restful winter break spent with friends and family!  Thank you all for all your thoughtfulness.  The best gift of all is spending so much time with your sweet children.  I can’t believe the year is halfway complete…….let’s not think about that, change of subject….

What’s happening this week?

  • Enrichment Schedule: M: Music, T: STEM, W: Math, Th: PE, F: PE
  • On Tuesday we will have Harlem Globetrotter assembly in the gym.
  • We have a Get Fit lesson from Well Star on Thursday
  • Report cards go home on Friday.  Please sign and return the envelope as soon as possible.  Also, let me know if you have any questions regarding your child’s progress.  I’m always available 🙂

Spotlights

  • Amazing job Kaimi and Marc for completing Zearn lessons over the winter break!!  LOVE IT!!
  • Congratulations to the top 5 AR point achievers for the 2nd quarter.  We will begin reaching for our 3rd quarter goals this week.
    • Elim 168.2 points
    • Kaimi 100.0 points
    • Marc 45.1 points
    • Andrea 42.3 points
    • Naomi 38.5 points

Classroom Needs

  • ream of copy paper
  • tissues and disinfectant wipes

Math 

Geometry  – review area/perimeter, different quadrilaterals, and polygon attributes.  We will also learn about the different types of angles.

Reading 

We will begin a whole class read aloud of Peter Pan.   We will identify the main idea of each chapter, discuss vocabulary words and how to define them using context clues, and answer text-dependent questions about the book.

Writing 

This quarter our focus will be on opinion writing and providing details to support our opinion.

Science 

Georgia Habitats – mountains (valley/ridge, Appalachian plateau), piedmont, coastal plain, swamp/marsh).  We learned about many of the regions in last year’s curriculum, so this will be more of a review.


December 17th – December 21st

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What’s happening this week?

  • Enrichment Schedule: M: PE, T: PE, W: Art, Th: no specials, F: sing-along
  • Our classroom holiday party is on Wednesday from 12:30-1:30.  Thank you Mrs. Frey for coordinating 🙂
  • We have early release dismissal on Thursday and Friday.  School will be dismissed 2 hours earlier.
  • Our lunch schedule is very different this week due to all the events – sing-along, holiday parties, eating lunch in the classroom, early release dates, etc.

Classroom Needs

Reams of printer paper

Math

Problem Solving

Reading

Main Idea and supporting details, finding evidence to support our answers

Writing

We will complete our Native American Indian writing / fun seasonal writing activities