September 20, 2018

Don’t forget

Parent’s please don’t forget Heritage Day tomorrow.

You can bring your “dish” to the Gym from 10:50-11:00. Our class will go through the line first at 11:05.

Next week is Fall Break!

September 11, 2018

Sept 11, 2018

A mid week note and update:

IOWA testing starts this Wednesday and goes through next Tuesday.

Please note the Heritage Project tri-fold board is due next Wednesday, Sept 19th. The Heritage Day Buffet is next Friday, Sept 21st. Your student was given this information Wednesday, please conference with your student and make sure they are on track to be successful.

Sept 21 is National day of Peace, we will be dressing up in 60’s decade clothing. Peace, Love, and  Rock & Roll….I guess.

 

 

 

September 5, 2018

Sept 5, 2018

News and Notes for this week.

Please look in your student’s homework folder to find information on our Heritage Project. Students will complete this cross-curricular project through classwork and homework in language arts and social studies. In this project, students will research their country of origin or any other country from which people immigrated to the United States. Their Project Board is done at home and is due on September 19th.
There is a lot of information headed your way this. So, sit back and relax, put on some good tunes, grab a pen and your date book and enjoy.

On September 21st we will have a special event to help bring our heritage study to a close. Our Heritage Day will be a chance for students to share and celebrate their backgrounds and heritages with classmates and families. We would like to invite parents and family members to join us for a cultural experience! Each child’s presentation board will be on display for viewing. We are also asking each family to bring in a ready-to-serve dish related to their family’s heritage or their country of choice as part of a giant buffet. Please join us as we learn about each other and the differences that make us all unique!

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There is a research paper due with this project that will be done in class. Your student needs to  keep all their notes from their research to use on the paper.

I sent 5th grade t-shirt forms today. The t-shirts cost $10 and they must be paid in cash. Please have those turned in by September 12th.

Progress reports  went home today. Please review, sign and return as soon as possible.

A letter from our room parent also went home. I want to thank our parent volunteers in advance, please help them out where you can to make it a great school year.   Thank all of  you for your support.

 

Mr. Long

 

August 27, 2018

August 27, 2018

Just a couple of quick notes;

  • Wednesday is Picture Day!!!
  • Wednesday is an Early Release Day…students will be dismissed at 12:15.  Please expect them at the bus stop 2 hours earlier than the normal time.  ASP will be open from 12:30 until 6pm.
  • Friday is our first Foundation Friday Fundraiser!  Students will wear college shirts/colors and make a $2 donation in the cafe.

They’ll be more later this week.

August 15, 2018

August 15, 2018

I apologize for the late post this week, I wrote that last weekend and published it. I’m not sure why it didn’t post until now.

Just a quick reminder, 3-5 Open House is tomorrow night. The first session is 6:30-7:10 and the second session from 7:10-7:50.

 

August 15, 2018

August 8, 2018

This has been a tremendous start to the “New School Year. It has also been very busy.

Our schedule is jammed packed , it is full steam ahead, with all the curriculum requirements and your student has to keep up with all their assignments and requirements.  To help your student keep track of  upcoming events, assignments and assessments, I fill out my homework chart at the beginning of each week and update it through the week. Your student should fill their’s out Monday morning and update theirs through the week also. I remind them to do this and make sure they understand home work assigned. Please, review your child’s agenda every night.

My requirements for the agenda; The agenda should be filled out everyday with homework assignments.  They also should be recording their nightly reading in the agenda.  A parent/guardian needs to sign the agenda every night, verifying the work was completed.

5th grade reading requirements:    5th Grade Book Requirements-1o2zwzt        I will post the date the book report is due later this month.

We are changing classes for math. Last Friday a class assignment and contact letter was sent home with your student, concerning your students math teacher.  Again they will have math homework daily. If your student doesn’t have math homework in their agenda and the assignment, please contact their teacher sooner rather later.  All 5th grade needs to know their math multiplication facts fluently.  In the 5th grade we are working; multi digit multiplication problems, dividing multi digit numbers, adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators, computing area and volume, plus converting measurements, along with other mathematical functions. All of these operations center around them knowing their multiplication facts.

We needed 5 composition books this year. Please check with your student to make sure they have all the supplies they need.

Reading:
This week in Reading we will be setting up our Interactive Reading Journal. We will also be discussing what Reader’s Workshop is and what our procedures will be with it. The end of the week we will be talking about how to paraphrase the stories we read.
Students should have begun their Reading Log this week! Students must read 20 minutes for 4 days! Logs are done in their Agenda, and I check them daily. Make sure your student is reading every day and recording it because it is the EASIEST grade the students will get.

Writing: 

This week in writing class we will be working on short writing responses and working on our writing fluency. We will also be discussing how to use strong vocabulary in our writing. We are also starting a Writing journal.

Social Studies:
Our first few lessons will be discussing the 4 domains of social studies and the different themes we have in social studies. The rest of the week we will begin our unit on Citizenship. The kids will be learning on what the difference between a right and a responsibility is.

Science:
In Science we will begin our unit on Constructive and Destructive Forces. We will be talking about weathering and erosion.

July 29, 2018

Welcome to the 2018/19 School year

Dear 5th Grade Parents,

Meet and Greet

Monday, first session 9:00 – 9:45  A – L, second session  10:00 – 10:45  M – Z. It will nice to meet everyone and their parents. This is going to be one of the best years ever, I am certainly looking forward to it and I hope you and your student are too.

School Starts Wednesday Morning at 7:45. This is the new start time and tardy time for all of Cobb County Schools. Be on time and ready.

Specials

Our specials this year are from 1:20 until 2:05.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Monday
Day 1

P.E.

Day2

P.E.

Day3

Art

Day 4

Music

Day 5

Stem

 

Day 6

Math

Specials Rotation schedule

The specials rotation schedule for the month of August is on Kincaid’s home page.  http://www.cobbk12.org/Kincaid/

Student success:

There are so many areas that are crucial to student achievement it would be impossible to address them all; having stated that let me speak to a couple of areas. Reading it is crucial that your student increases their reading abilities, word knowledge, fluency and overall text comprehension. Our written language is how we pass on knowledge and experiences, your child’s reading ability and comprehension may very well determining factor in how they view and experience the world. Read with your student every night, and have your child read every night. You might pick out a book you can both read and then discuss the characters, the plot and setting. Have Fun.

Writing; Communication in written form is often times our first communication with someone, sometimes it is the only form of communication with some people. Our written communication level is directly tied to our word knowledge. It can be our first impression. Where do we get that word knowledge from? Reading. It is my goal to help your child become a better communicator Reading and Writing are closely tied together. Encourage your child this year to use more precise words while their talking and writing.

Lastly Attendance; your child’s attendance is crucial. Your child can make up the work, but they can never make up the classroom experience and if they are doing group projects, group misses their partner’s work and comradery. If you have to schedule Doctor’s appointments please schedule them after 11:30 or if you can have your student school by 11:10 they’re not counted absent. Please keep this in mind.

Positive

I use a positive point system to help keep track of student performance in the classroom, this includes quality of work, behavior and attitudes . These points equal their class dollars. The students can spend their class dollars on various privileges in the classroom.

Help

We will need a room parent and volunteers to help.  Please look for the signup sheet Monday

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Mr. Long

 

 

July 29, 2018

Important supply information for 2018/2019 school year.

Hello parents,

I am in the process of updating my blog, so the’ll be a nice post after while.

Some changes to the supply list. Your students needs; a pair of earbuds, 1 more composition book, for a total of 5, and a 1/2 inch three ring binder.

More later.

Thank you Mr. Long

August 11, 2015

Why can’t I “Skip My Twenty Minutes of Reading”

Here are some statistics on why your child needs to read twenty minutes a day or more.

Click on it to open.                   why cant I skip my 20 minutes of reading

One of the major concerns that comes to mind as I evaluate our students and our society is our loss of communication skills. We are communicating more than ever before, but it is through sound bites, quick clips, short text messages, twitter feeds and the list goes on. Advertisements and store names change the spelling of words to fit phonetically and what appears appealing. Thus we are losing the ability to write with deep thought and meaning. Written communication is what people often see from us first, from job applications to even this simple message. Our students are losing the vocabulary to effectively communicate.  Where does this exposure to higher order words come from?  Reading consistently and reading at the highest level possible. When students read at the highest level possible, they experience good writing.  If not, it is hard for them to use more complex words in their own writing. Why does this matter? Our students are being asked by the end of the year to read passages and write comprehensive summaries or comparison papers, and word choice counts on the overall evaluation. They are being asked to explain math problems, and they need the vocabulary to effectively explain problems. Food for Thought.

Mr.Long