Welcome back and Happy New Year! 2020 will be an exciting year with one extra day added in February! We have several exciting events, trips, and lots of learning ahead in 2020!
Thank you all so much for the sweet and thoughtful gifts. It has been a busy holiday break, but restful too! I hope everyone has enjoyed their time sharpening the saw with family and friends.
This week at the Mill:
Monday 1/6 = Back to School
Tuesday 1/7 = After-school clubs begin
Wednesday 1/8 = After-school science fair help session
Wednesday 1/8 = Smencil sales before school in Lobby
Friday 1/10 = Report Cards – available online only – see front office for ParentVue access
Friday 1/10 = After-school House Party for 5th graders – CLICK HERE 5th grade house party rsvp single
1/14 = Moe’s & Menchie’s Night
1/17 = Science Fair
1/28 = Sparkle’s Night
1/30 = STEM Night
2/12 = Performing Arts Field Trip (Symphony) – dress to impress
Reading = We will try to begin novel studies on January 13th. During this nine weeks, we will complete two novel studies of historical fiction. One based on WWI, and the other based on WWII. I apologize for not getting a letter out to you before the holiday break….time just got away from me!
Mrs. Misinco’s homeroom students will read War Horse by Michael Morpurgo. I have several books to loan to students while reading this novel, but you may find it helpful to order your own copy to have and read at home. It is a wonderful story, told through the perspective of a horse during World War I.
Mrs. Mill’s homeroom will read Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo. I have ordered several copies to loan to students while reading this novel, but you may want your own copy to mark-up or read at home. This story is also about WWI, but told through the perspective of a young soldier.
Either class is welcome to read both books. They are short novels with powerful messages. We will likely watch the movies based on these books after completing the novel studies.
Our second novel study of this term will be based on WWII. During this study, Misinco’s Homeroom will read Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. Mrs. Mill’s homeroom will read The Nazi Hunters by Neil Bascomb. I only mention this now, in the case that you’d like to order both books at once. Again, I will have several copies of both books available for students to use in the classroom, but it is often helpful to have your own copy.
This week, we will read a passage about the Zimmerman Telegram -and discover the biggest reason that the US entered WWI. We are focusing on using text evidence to support our responses to questions and citing that evidence in an appropriate way.
Language Arts = We will continue our focus on commas at the first of the week, and practice those skills in No Red Ink. We will review coordinate conjunctions and their function as well as learn about using subordinate conjunctions to create complex sentences. We will write each day in our Bell Ringer and work on an EOD (Essay on Demand) about children with cell phones. Students will also continue to develop their narrative “Super Hero” writing pieces that will turn into ebooks in a few weeks. Homework this week will focus on character development of a protagonist and antagonist. We will also create a plot diagram for those Hero creative writing pieces.
Social Studies = We will review what we’ve learned about WWI and complete an in-class WWI simulation.