August 13

Math and Reading Update

We learned a rap today to help us remember the proper order for operations. Our class really loved it and so many told me that it has already helped them to remember P.E.M.D.A.S.

We will continue with the order of operations and exponents tomorrow, study over the weekend and have an assessment on Monday. We will then move on to multiplication of multi-digit numbers.

Next week in reading will begin to look at nonfiction text feature.

PS If your child has not yet returned their Cobb County information forms please do so as soon as possible. I have also attached my student information sheet for those of you who did not make it to sneak a peek. This is for your contact information if any of our faculty or staff need to reach you in regards to your child.

Important Student Information

August 12

Summarizing

We learned a little tune in class to help us remember the proper way to summarize what we have read. It’s silly and our students have LOVED singing it in class! I have attached the words, your child should know the movements. I would venture to say that you’ll catch on pretty quickly too!The Summarizing Hokey Pokey

August 11

Independence Day!

We are now approaching our third week of school. The students have been learning the Nickajack routines and procedures and how to be Respectful, Responsible, Role Models. In order to foster both responsibility and independence, and to ensure our student’s safety, Nickajack is happy to announce that we will be celebrating our first ever, Nickajack Independence Day, on Monday, August 17, 2015. Beginning on this day, students will need to take on the responsibility of walking themselves to class. If your child is a car rider, we highly recommend that he/she is dropped off through the car pool line. If you choose to come inside to drop off or pick up your car rider, we ask that you stop in the front lobby and allow your child to walk to and from class independently. However, we do understand that some students with special needs may need assistance at dismissal time, and we will accommodate these needs.
Even though we are fostering independence, we still love volunteers at Nickajack. We want you to feel welcome in the building, but are asking that you please prearrange these volunteer opportunities with your child’s teacher. To celebrate this day, we are encouraging all students and faculty to participate by wearing their red, white, and blue on August 17.
Thank you so much for your continued support and cooperation!

August 6

Fifth Grade Has Begun!

Welcome Fifth Grade Families!

I’m so excited I got to start the week off getting to know everyone. Our “Figure Me Out” project will help me and the class learn more about each other. Everyone received an instruction sheet, materials, and an overview of the project. I will soon upload a few of the projects I received. I have so enjoyed getting to know our class through this project!

We are still working on establishing routines and expectations though we will begin new units in both math and reading on Monday. Our first topics in reading will include how to become “good” readers, growing our reading stamina and summarizing what we are reading accurately and in detail. Our school will be utilizing MyOn on-line reading again this year. We have not yet received our login information so please be sure your student is reading for at least half an hour each night…even on the weekend! In math we will start to explore place value, the difference between a number’s place and value and rounding whole numbers and decimals.
Please check our class blog regularly as well as Mrs. Curley’s and Ms. Burney’s blogs for classroom updates and academic tools and tips.

Thank you so much to our families who have already returned ALL of the forms that were sent home on Monday in your Cobb County folders. If you have not done so already please remember to complete and return all of your forms. Each form is an import communication tool and very helpful to our administrative staff as well as myself; your friendly Homeroom Teacher!