Color Battle!

A message from DURHAM MIDDLE SCHOOL

Dear Parents,

Thank you for your support of Durham Middle School and the investments you make in your children’s lives.  We’re so excited to introduce you to this year’s only school-wide fundraiser, the Durham Middle School Color Battle! A group of student leaders at our school have worked very hard to organize the Color Battle fundraiser and are pumped to be able to host this event on Friday, September 7th.

We kicked off our Color Battle fundraiser today with a fun-packed Pep Rally and each student received an Access Code Sheet to enter and track donations online.  Students are challenged to get donations over the next 2 weeks from family and friends to help our school.  Funds raised this year will be used to purchase and install an electronic marquee sign at our school’s entrance on Mars Hill Road. We’ll end the 2 week fundraiser with a celebratory Color Battle event for students who participate in the fundraiser (think lots of color powder, participant t-shirts, loud music, high energy, and FUN!). 

How the Color Battle fundraiser works:  Logon to Anython.com using your student’s access code found on their Access Code Sheet and enter and pay donations online. This is the preferred method. Or, for those that don’t want to pay online, please send cash or check to the school no later than Wednesday, Sept. 5th and the donation will be manually entered into the Anython system so your child receives credit for it.  All checks should be made payable to: ANYTHONStudents must raise a minimum of $30 in total donations in order to participate in the Color Battle event.

Students will also earn prizes for every $30 in donations received, including a Color Battle t-shirt, color packets to use at the event, a drawstring backpack and choice of bluetooth speakers or selfie stick, and the chance to win their very own Apple Watch, iPad Mini, Chromebook, $150 Visa Gift Card, or Beats Headphones!  In addition, we’ll be announcing fun daily challenges with prizes for the class that raises the most each day.

You can help make our Color Battle fundraiser successful by connecting your student to potential donors (family/friends) to acquire donations. The easiest way is to use the “Share Wizard” feature on your child’s donation page at Anython.com. Using the Share Wizard, you can send a link to your child’s donation page via text message, email, Facebook and Twitter.

Also, we are asking that students sign up for the reminders via the remind app. Students can sign up by texting the message @dmsep to 81010. If your child is under the age of 13 we are asking that parents sign up for the reminders from Epic Erika. The remind app will only be used after school hours to remind parents and students of challenges.

Thank you again for your continued support!

Sincerely,
Dr. Patricia Alford, Principal      

 

Disclaimer/Release of Liability: The Color Battle activities will involve running and other forms of exercise that may be physically exerting. Students will also be dusted with color powder. If your child has preexisting conditions such as heart conditions, allergies, asthma, immune disorders, susceptibility to bleeding or broken bones, or other illnesses or conditions that require limited physical exertion, please consult with your doctor before allowing your child to participate.  If parents or guardians allow their student to participate, you are representing and warranting that your child is healthy enough to participate safely in the activities and you agree to hold Anython and the School harmless for any possible accident or injury. You are also agreeing that you are assuming all responsibility for your child’s clothing and shoes during the activity.

Color Powder: The color powder used during the Color Battle is non-toxic and biodegradable. All materials are FD&C grade, made from cornstarch and food-safe coloring. Color powder may stain clothing. If your child is participating, please have them wear old shoes and bottoms that are ok if they get stained and bring a change of clothing for after the event.

 

Please Check ParentVue for grades & see me to make up any missing assignments!

Small Group Language Arts

  • Homework – finish rough draft / graphic organizer for paragraph.  Remember – the book is available on Springboard online.

Reading Success

  • Please log into Read Works to begin working on your homework assignment – due 8/31/18

How to get students to their assignments

1. Have students go to www.readworks.org/student

2. Students enter class code XYP2NQ

3. Tell your students that their default password is 1234

Please don’t change your password – please leave it as 1234!

Weekly Update

Please Check ParentVue for grades & see me to make up any missing assignments!

Small Group Language Arts

  • Today we began reading an excerpt from “Flipped”.  Students answered comprehension questions based off of the excerpt as a quiz grade.
  • Remember to log into Zinc at home to practice vocabulary!  This is a great review and a fun way to win prizes in class!

Reading Success

  • Please log into Read Works to begin working on your homework assignment – due 8/31/18

How to get students to their assignments

1. Have students go to www.readworks.org/student

2. Students enter class code XYP2NQ

3. Tell your students that their default password is 1234

Please don’t change your password – please leave it as 1234!

 

 

Monday 8/20/18

Small Group ELA:

  • Students will finish the graphic organizer for “The Circuit”.
  • Reading the short story, ” My Superpowers” & learning the I-R-R strategy (Incident – Response – Reflection) for comprehension.

Reading Success:

  • Today is the day!  We begin Workshop 7 & our rotations.
  • Students will receive a copy of the Workshop 7 calendar – this document has all of the important dates on it, so please keep up with it!
  • Please note that there are three homework assignments during this workshop – these are noted on the calendar.  Directions on how to log on are below:

How to get students to their assignments

1. Have students go to www.readworks.org/student

2. Students enter class code XYP2NQ

3. Tell your students that their default password is 1234

(Please leave this as your password!)

 

Thursday, 8/16/18

Small Group Language Arts:

Today in class:

  • We began Activity 1.2, What Makes a Narrative?
  • We listened to the audio version of the short story, “The Circuit,” by Francisco Jimenez.
  • Students marked the text as they read along, noting changes, action and unknown words.

Reading Success:

Today in class:

  • We learned about SMART Goals & set goals for the first 9 weeks.

Wednesday, 8/15/18

Small Group Language Arts:

Today in class:

  • Students began our novel study of Rain Reign.

Reading Success:

Today in class:

  • We reviewed behavior expectations for each of the 4 rotations (Whole Group, Small Group, Reading Nook and Computer Software).
  • Students reviewed the 5 W’s and responding to questions using complete sentences.

Tuesday, 8/14/18

Small Group Language Arts:

Today in class:

  • Previewed Unit 1
    • Literary and Academic vocabulary
      • Students were given a set of vocabulary cards w/ definitions today in class – these are great to use for flash cards and to reference throughout the unit
    • Students are also bringing home the Unit 1 family letter – this details what is involved in our first unit of study, the assessments and access to the online textbook.

Reading Success:

Today in class:

  • We reviewed behavior expectations for each of the 4 rotations (Whole Group, Small Group, Reading Nook and Computer Software).
  • Students tracked their Lexile score from last week’s RI assessment.

 

Monday, 8/13/18

Small Group Language Arts:

Today in class:

  • Students organized their composition notebooks
  • Previewed novels to prepare for independent reading

(If you did not bring a composition notebook to class today, please remember to bring one tomorrow!)

Reading Success:

Today in class:

  • Students set up their Reading Success binders.
    • Several students did not have their supplies today, please remember to bring a binder that you can leave in the classroom tomorrow!