Hope everyone had a wonderful break and are ready for a new decade!! We are happy to be back and learning.
Now that we are half way thought the school year (I know, crazy) several students are short on supplies or have totally run out. I asked to students to check their supplies and write in their agenda what they needed. The most common ones are pencils, glue sticks, scissors, colored pencils, dry erase markers. Thank you! 🙂
Here are some upcoming important dates:
Jan. 10th (Friday) Report Cards are available in parent vue.
Jan. 13th to March 10th: 3rd 9 weeks Biblionasium book challenge. Log your books!
Jan. 15th (Wednesday) Science Fair projects Due
Jan. 20th (Monday) No School- MLK Jr. Day
Jan. 23rd (Thursday) 4th grade trip to the West Cobb Library (permission forms due back by the 17th)
What Are We Learning
Reading: The students are excited to be learning about allusions from Greek Myths. Discovering the stories where the allusions come from what they mean.
Writing: This nine weeks are focus in on informational writing. We will be researching animal defense mechanism and the students will create a Sway (similar to power point but way cooler) rather than typing out an essay.
Math: We are working on the area model and partial products strategies for multiplying 1 digit by up to 4 digits as well as 2 digit by 2 digit equations.
Science: As we continue our space unit, now our focus is on the moon phases, stars, and planets. I am hoping to get a research project done with this as well.
I hope everyone had a great break! These next few weeks till our winter/holiday break will go by fast. There are several things coming up the next few weeks…..
Dec. 10th– This is our day for the Holiday Shoppe. Students can shoppe in the morning from 7:15-7:50. Money must be sealed in an envelope with your childs name on it.
Dec. 10th – Holidays around the world. 6pm
Dec. 17th – Class party from 12:00-1:00 Please join us for some festive fun.
Dec. 19th and 20th – Early Release at 12:30
Dec. 21st – Jan 5th – No School
Here is what we are working on!
Reading: We are reading a variety of text and determine the text structure. We are able to describe the differences between the text structures. We then will start reading text that are first hand and second hand accounts.
Writing: We are in the final stages of our opinion writing. This week we will be revising and editing, and next week start drafting. We will have a celebration at the end where the students are going to get a chance to practice entomophogy and eat an insect! 🙂
Math: We are focusing on multiples, factors, and prime and composite numbers. Please have your student work one their multiplication facts. Many students are struggling with this. We are learning the skip counting songs in class to hopefully build upon what they already know.
Science: We are starting our new Science unit which is on the earth and moon. We will discuss why we have day and night, as well as seasons. We will also learn about the different phases of the moon
*Please be checking Synergy and encourage your child to check too.
*I added a link to Typing Club. It is great practice and a wonderful way for your child to work on their typing skills. Their log in information is in their agendas. Mr. D is really encouraging this for all 3-5 students and will be give them challenges.
Hi everyone! Here are a few things coming up…..
Oct. 30 Trunk of Treat and Frey spirit night at the McDonalds at Brookstone.
Oct. 31 Costume day- 5$ donation for Rally Kids.
Nov. 3 Daylight Savings ends-Don’t forget to set your clocks back!
Here is what we are learning….
We started our next reading unit where we are working with non-fiction text. The texts that we are using focus on Animal Defense Mechanisms. (a little extra science included 🙂 We will focus on the following learning targets:
- Explaining what a text says using specific details from the text.
- Making inferences using specific details from the text.
- Paraphrasing information presented in a read-aloud on animal defense mechanisms.
- Determining the meaning of unfamiliar words to help me better understand an informational article
Our next writing genre is opinion writing. We will be focusing on the characteristics of opinion writing. Clearly stating their opinion, supporting their opinion with reasons based on facts. We will be researching information to make an informed opinion and use the researched information to support the opinion. We will work on the organization of an opinion essay.
We are working on find the perimeter and area of rectangles using formulas.
We are continuing to study the causes of the American Revolution. This week we started with the Boston Massacre. We will then move on to the Boston Tea Party and the first battles of the war, Lexington and Concord.
You all should have received an email about signing up for fall conferences. If you did not receive the email, here is the link. If you are unavailable to meet on any of these times or days please contact me so we can make other arrangements.
There are a lot of things coming up here at Frey in October!! Please mark these events on your calendar.
- Picture retake day is Tuesday the 8th.
- Early release Thursday 10/10. Dismissal at 12:30 pm.
- Conference week is the week of October 14th. During this week we will have an early dismissal at 12:30 every day.
- Also during conference week we will be having the Scholastic Book Fair in the Learning Commons. Fee free to stop in and take a look. I will keep you updated on the times.
- Chick-Fil-A chicken biscuits will be sold every Thursday for $3. This is a fundraiser to raise money for technology in the school.
- Smencils will be on sale Friday the 11th before school for $1
- Fall festival will be Friday the 18th at 6pm. Hope to see you all there!!
Please take a moment to click on the link provided to participate in a brief survey regarding our school. The results of this survey determine our School Climate Rating and are a part of our school’s CCRPI score. Your participation in this survey is critical to our school. The survey window opens Tuesday, October 1, 2019 and closes Friday, March 2, 2020. The survey contains 24 questions and can be completed using your personal computer, smartphone, or tablet. Survey responses are anonymous, self-reported, and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis. Although the window is open for an extended period of time, we would encourage you to please complete the survey as soon as possible.
Georgia Parent Survey:
I hope fall break is relaxing for everyone. I can’t even believe it is the end of September already. A lot of things coming up the next few weeks.
- Remember we have a new schedule starting Monday 9/30 specials will be at 8:10 & lunch is at 11:12 to 11:42
- We have an early release on Thursday Oct. 10th. Dismissal will be at 12:30
- The 1st nine weeks ends Oct. 11th
- Conference week is Oct 14 through the 18th. It will be early release all week. Information about setting up a conference day and time will be sent home soon.
- Fall Festival is Oct. 18th at 6 pm.
Here is what we are learning:
We are continuing to read the book Love That Dog. We are working on reading closely for details, citing evidence from a text to support thinking, and making inferences. While doing this we are also learning about poetry as we read the book.
We are continuing to work on our personal narratives. Our focus has been adding details, description, and dialogue in the heart of our story. Our next steps are editing and revising. Then we are on to our final drafts.
We are still working with place value. We are starting to round numbers and will move on to powers of ten within place value.
We have just started a new Social Studies unit. We are studying the causes of the American Revolutionary War. We will learn about the French and Indian War and how it lead to more taxes in the colonies. We will talk about the Stamp Act, Sons of Liberty, Boston Massacre, Boston Tea Party and how these things impacted the colonist.
Message from Mrs. Faklaris….
Parent Letter 2019
I hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day weekend!
Progress reports will go home Friday.
Here is what we are learning…..
We will finish the novel Long Walk to Water. The kids have really enjoyed this book. We will also start our poetry unit towards the end of the week. Remember to keep reading at home and log your minutes into Biblionasium .
Last week we started brainstorming and organizing details for our personal narratives. We will continue with that and start drafting.
Also, there will be no spelling words this week
We will start our place value unit starting with reading, writing, and comparing numbers up to the millions place. We will also keep reviewing previously learned in our Math rotations. The students have done great with rotations. They know what they are to do and what is expected of them. 🙂 Also, students can log on to fast math at any time to practice math facts!
Our weather unit continues this week with learning about weather tools, fronts and climate.
- Wednesday is early release. Dismissal will start at 12:30pm.
- House pep-rally on Friday! Show your house spirit by wearing your house color.
- Monday is labor day, no school!
Here’s what we are learning!
We are continuing to read Long Walk to Water. We are comparing characters and discussing point of views in the story. We are also doing different activities with point of view and talking about how different point of views can change a story.
We are continuing to work on personal narratives.
We will have another spelling test Friday. The focus this week is the suffixes of -ible and -able.
We are still working on addition and subtraction with regrouping. The students are doing very well with learning standard algorithm. We are also going to work on word problems.
We are moving on from the water cycle and going into weather, which connects back to the water cycle. This week we are focusing on clouds and weather instruments.
***Keep reading and practicing math facts at home. I added a link to Fast Math under the Math tab. The students really enjoy practicing facts on Fast Math. All students were set to addition facts as a review.
Zaxby’s spirit night is Tuesday 8.20 from 5-10. Come have dinner and support our school!
Picture day is this Thursday 8/22! Please have students bring the picture order forms and money on Thursday.
Quarter 1 Biblionasium reading challenge has started! Make sure you keep logging reading minutes. Quarter 1 reading challenge goes till October 9th.
Here is what we are working on:
READING: We are continuing to work on our reading stamina. These kids love to read! We also are working on settings, characters, comparing and contrasting, and point of view while we are reading Long Walk to Water.
WRITING/GRAMMAR: We started working on narrative writings. We also have our first spelling list and our first spelling test on Friday 8/23.
MATH: We are working on different strategies for adding and subtracting with regrouping. We are also going to be starting math fact fluency practice with Fast Math. All students will start with addition as a refresher.
SCIENCE: We are learning about the water cycle. Ask your child to perform the Water Cycle Rap. We do it every day!
**Remember to be reading and practicing math facts everyday!