September 17-21

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Hi Parents! 🙂

I hope you all had a great weekend!  I can’t thank you all enough for sending in snacks during testing.  The kids really enjoy having treats.  The students will finish taking the IOWA assessment Monday and Tuesday of this week.

Thank you so much to the families who have donated to the Big Head Campaign. Monday is the last day to donate! As a class, we have reached 60% of our goal.  As a result, students have earned a “gum day” (students can chew gum in class) and a pajama day.  Both the gum day and the pajama day will be this Wednesday, September 19. 

Upcoming Content: 

Math: In math this week, students will learn how to complete two step word problems that involve both addition and subtraction. Students will not have math homework Monday or Tuesday due to testing.

Reading: Students will continue working with their novel studies.  We will also focus on asking and answering questions, and identifying the main idea in reading passages.

Writing: Students will finish writing their narrative and they will begin the revising and editing process.

Social Studies: Students will continue learning about civics and the rights and responsibilities of citizens.

Upcoming Dates: 

9/21: Foundation Friday – College Wear ($1.00)

9/24 – 9/28: Fall Break for Teachers and Students

10/4: Ford Parent Support Night, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
All Ford parents are invited to attend Parent Support Night, to learn more about various supports and services offered at Ford Elementary to serve our school community beyond the general education environment. (Flyer)


September 10-14

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Hi Parents!!

I hope you have had a wonderful weekend! Thank you so much to those of you who sent in snacks!! The kids have really enjoyed having them after testing each day.

Information was sent home on Friday about Ford’s annual Big Head Campaign.

Please check the Ford Foundation’s web page to make your tax-deductible donation.

Funds will be utilized to update the Computer Lab with functional seating and laptops, provide professional development opportunities for our teachers, and continue funding Ford’s Advanced STEM curriculum including Project Based Learning in all grades.

You can donate here or with the envelope sent home on Friday.

 

Upcoming Content: 

Math: In math this week, we will begin subtraction 3 and 4 digit numbers. Students will be expected to use strategies learned in second grade as well as the traditional algorithm.  Towards the end of the week, we will begin subtraction word problems.  Students will have math homework Monday and Tuesday, but they will not have any math homework Wednesday-Friday due to testing. 

Reading: In reading this week, we will begin looking at parts of dramas, poems, and stanzas.  We will read a drama and analyze it throughout the week.

Writing: Students will continue working on their narratives.  The focus this week will be on developing strong and detailed middle paragraphs, as well as excellent endings.

Social Studies: We will begin our civics unit and students will write their first DBQ (document based question) about the responsibilites of citizens.

Upcoming Dates: 

9/13 – 9/18: 3rd and 5th grade IOWA assessment dates

9/24 – 9/28: Fall Break for Teachers and Students

Ford Foundation Annual Campaign

Ford Foundation Annual Campaign is Sept 10-17, 2018.  The funds raised will be used to update the Computer Lab, finance our award-winning STEM and Project Based Learning Programs, and support our teachers’ attendance at innovative learning conferences and professional workshops.
We appreciate your help! Use this link to donate. Ford Foundation Donation Page


September 4-7

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Hi parents and students!!

I hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing long weekend!

Our “Big Head” Campaign kickoff is Friday the 7th.  Please check the Ford Foundation’s web page to make your tax-deductible donation.

Funds will be utilized to update the Computer Lab with functional seating and laptops, provide professional development opportunities for our teachers, and continue funding Ford’s Advanced STEM curriculum including Project Based Learning in all grades.

Click on the following link and the click “Donate Now

Each year teachers get back 10% of what their class raises.

3rd graders will take the COGAT Wednesday-Friday of this week and the IOWA September 13-18.  Please review the following information from Mrs. Kappel regarding testing for the next two weeks.

Iowa Assessments and Cognitive Abilities Test Information

Testing Dates

September 5-September 7

1st and 3rd grade CogAT assessment dates

September 13- September 18

3rd and 5th grade IOWA assessment dates

 About the Iowa Assessments and Cognitive Abilities Test

The Iowa Assessments and Cognitive Abilities Test help determine how students are performing on nationwide standards. The Cognitive Abilities Test measures students’ learned reasoning abilities in three areas that closely relate to success in school; verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and nonverbal reasoning. The Iowa Assessments measure achievement in several important content areas including Reading, English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.

The tests help teachers identify a student’s strengths and areas that may need additional emphasis. The Iowa Assessments also measure student growth and progress in the content areas assessed from year to year and may provide information about college readiness for older students. The assessments produce information that enables sound decision making and provides a focus for teachers to evaluate instruction.

Each test includes sample questions to help students become familiar with the content and format of the tests. Samples help students understand what to do—how to mark answers and move from question to question.

For most tests, students read the questions and mark their answers by filling in a circle for each question. All test questions are multiple choice, and the tests last about 10 to 35 minutes.

How your child can prepare for test taking—and what you can do to help

A student who is well rested and well fed and has a positive attitude about testing is best prepared for testing. You can help your child do his or her best by considering these tips:

     Make sure that your child is in school and on time on test days.

     Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and eats a healthy breakfast before each day

of testing.

     Remind your child that these tests are only one measure of what he or she has learned.

Emphasize that you have confidence in his or her ability to do the best job possible.

     Remind your child to listen to the directions and read each question carefully during testing.

Encourage your child to ask the teacher for help if he or she does not understand the directions.

Score reporting and how we use test results

The school will receive test scores in about 6-8 weeks and parents will receive an individual student score report for the Iowa Assessments. These scores will indicate how your child performed on the tests compared with students across the nation in the same grade.

Thank you very much for encouraging and supporting your child during testing. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Shay Kappel at [email protected].

 

Upcoming Content: 

Math: In math this week, we will work on 1 step and 2 step addition word problems. Students will not have math homework this week due to testing. 

Reading: In reading this week, we will continue to focus on character traits, and how a character changes throughout a story.

Writing: Students will continue working on their narratives.  The focus this week will be on developing strong and detailed middle paragraphs.

Science: We will continue learning about rocks and soil this week.

Upcoming Dates: 

9/5 – 9/7: 1st and 3rd grade CogAT assessment dates

9/13 – 9/18: 3rd and 5th grade IOWA assessment dates

9/8: Green Apple Day of Service
Use this link to sign up to help with our Green Apple Day of Service. We appreciate your help!
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e4ea4a623a46-green

 


August 27-31

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Hi parents!!

I cannot believe this is our last week of August! We had another great week of school last week!  This week there will be an early release day on Wednesday. Elementary students will be dismissed at 12:30. 

Content for the Week: 

Reading: In reading this week, we will begin analyzing characters in stories.  We will be focusing on this standard this week and next week.  We will also be working in our reading groups this week! Please make sure your children are reading for 20 minutes each night!!

Math: In math this week, we will begin adding and subtracting 2, 3, & 4 digit numbers using the traditional algorithm.  Towards the end of the week, we will begin addition word problems. Please review this concept with your child each night through their homework and their math journal.

Writing: In writing this week, we will begin developing our bold beginning, mighty middle, and excellent ending for our narrative piece.  Students’ graphic organizer will be due on Friday.

Science: We will continue learning about soil and explore the different types of soil through hands-on activities.

 

Important dates/reminders: 

8/29: Early Release 
Students will be dismissed at 12:30 (Students will be home from the bus approximately 2 hours earlier than usual.)  

8/30 – Yogli Mogli Spirit Night (2:00-8:00 pm)

8/31: BINGO Night
PTSA Budget Presentation (6:15-6:30)
BINGO
 (6:30-8:00)

9/8: Green Apple Day of Service
Use this link to sign up to help with our Green Apple Day of Service. We appreciate your help!
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e4ea4a623a46-green

Reflections entries will be accepted September 11-13!  I cannot wait to see the entries from our class! 


August 20-24

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Hi parents!

We had another wonderful week of school!  Information about the PTSA’s Reflections Program was sent home in the red folder this week.  The theme this year is “Heroes Around Me.” Please look over this with your child. Many of the students are already excited to submit a piece for this program and I cannot wait to see all of the entries from our class.

Upcoming content: 

Reading: In reading this week, we will continue to learn strategies good readers use when they read.  We will also begin reading groups this week.  Each child will get a book that they will read in class.  Please make sure your child is reading 20 minutes at home each night.

Math: In math this week, we will continue rounding whole numbers through the thousands place.  Please review your child’s homework each night.

Writing: In writing this week, we will begin writing a narrative on a personal memory.  We will also learn about different parts of speech.

Science: We will begin learning about soil.  We will also have our worm training this Tuesday morning at 10.

Upcoming Events: 
8/29: Early Release
 
Students will be dismissed at 12:30 (your students will be home from the bus approximately 2 hours earlier than usual)

8/31: BINGO Night
PTSA Budget Presentation: 6:15-6:30
BINGO
 6:30-8:00


August 13-17

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Hi parents!

We had a great first full week of school.  I have really enjoyed getting to know your child. Thank you to those of you who were able to attend Open House.  If you were not able to make it, I sent the power point in an email on Friday. Please let me know if you are not getting my emails.

Our class will take pictures this Wednesday, August 15th, at 11:28.

Upcoming content: 

Reading: We will continue using picture books to learn about reading strategies.  Later in the week, we will complete a close reading using the book Fly Away Home.  We will practice all of the reading strategies we have learned thus far while reading the book.

Math: In Math this week, we will review place value through thousands, learn how to compare numbers, and begin rounding whole numbers though the thousands place. These students will have homework each night covering the concepts learned in class.

Writing: In writing this week, we will begin practicing using the RACES strategy.

Science: We will continue learning about rocks and minerals.

Upcoming Events: 

8/15: Fall Pictures 

8/29: Early Release
 
Students will be dismissed at 12:30 (your students will be home from the bus approximately 2 hours earlier than usual)

8/31: BINGO Night
PTSA Budget Presentation: 6:15-6:30
BINGO
 6:30-8:00


May 14-18

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WOW!!! I can not believe we have less than 2 weeks of school left for the year!! Time has absolutely flown by!

Victory Garden Harvest: A big thanks to parents who came out to help us Friday with our harvest. The students had a great time harvesting and eating their vegetables!!

25 book reading goal: Please check your child’s reading notebook for their progress. All book reviews are due Friday, May 18th. Students should meet requirements for all 4 nine week periods.
4th nine week 25 book requirements – students will need to earn 6 stickers. They are required to read 2 informational books on a new topic.

5th Grade Awards Ceremony and DVD viewing: Thursday, May 17th at 8:30
All 5th grade students will receive a completion certificate.

5th Grade Picnic: Tuesday, May 22nd

Students may need to bring home math and reading project assignments this week if they have not spent class time working diligently to complete these projects.

 

Upcoming Content:
Reading/ELA – 
vocabulary unit 14, test Wednesday, May 16. Continue reading project

Science – constructive and destructive forces

Math Project – Students will continue working on their math projects this week.  They will need some help from you gathering materials needed to complete the project. Due dates will be given as we work through the project. Projects should be finished by May 16th.

math board game instructions

Social Studies – 1950’s through 2001

Reading Project – All signatures have been received. Thank you for your support! The SSR project is under way. Due dates for the book chat presentations have changed to Friday, May 18th and Monday, May 21st.  Please check your child’s due date.

Reading responses and rubric

Sustained Silent Reading Book Chat


Upcoming Events:
5/17: 5th Grade Awards & DVD viewing
5/22: 5th Grade picnic, Early Release
5/23: Early Release, Last Day of School – Have a great summer!


May 7-11

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Hi parents and students!!

Junior Beta Club book drive
Are you doing a little spring cleaning? Ford’s Junior Beta Club is collecting gently used children’s books from May 7 through May 11. The books will be donated to local agencies that will distribute to kids who may not have books at home or access to books over the summer. Bins for the collection will be at the front of the school. We thank you for helping our community!

Upcoming Content:
Reading/ELA – 
Continue reading project

Science – constructive and destructive forces

Math Project – Students will continue working on their math projects this week.  They will need some help from you gathering materials needed to complete the project. Due dates will be given as we work through the project. Students should have materials to begin creating their game board on Tuesday, May 8.

Social Studies – 1950’s through 2001

Reading Project – Due dates for the book chat presentations have changed to Friday, May 18th and Monday, May 21st.  Please check your child’s due date.

Upcoming Events:
5/7: Field Day
5/17: 5th Grade Awards & DVD viewing
5/22: 5th Grade picnic, Early Release
5/23: Early Release, Last Day of School – Have a great summer!


April 30 – May 4

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Hi Parents and students, 

We had a wonderful 5th grade field trip!! The kids had an amazing time! Thank you so much to our parent chaperones for the day!!!

5th Grade Class Picture – Wednesday, May 2nd. Students will need to wear their 5th grade Tshirt. Purchase information was sent home a few weeks ago.

4/30 – 5/4: Ford’s Relay for Life “Penny War” – This is a great way for all students to get involved! Students can bring pennies or even silver coins to help their class win.  Please send in coins with your students this week to help support a great cause.

Evening in the Garden – Tuesday, May 1 6:00-8:00 (Rain date May 3)

Performance Schedule

6:30 – Knd/1st grade performs
7:00 – 2nd/3rd grade performs
7:30 – 4th/5th grade performs
7:40 – Finale for ALL grades
Please plan to park at Burnt Hickory Baptist Church one hour before your performance time.  For the best seating BRING A BLANKET

http://eveninginthegarden.wikispaces.com/Evening+in+the+Garden+Information

Upcoming Content:

Reading/ELA –  Continue reading project

Science – constructive and destructive forces- Test will be Friday, May 4. This will be an open note/open book test.

Math Project – Students will continue working on their math projects this week.  They will need some help from you gathering materials needed to complete the project. Due dates will be given as we work through the project.

Social Studies – 1950’s through 2001

Reading Project – All signatures have been received. Thank you for your support! The SSR project is under way.

Reading responses and rubric

Sustained Silent Reading Book Chat


April 23-27

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Hi parents and students!!

Woohoo!! Testing is over!! I am so proud of how hard your children worked during the testing period! THANK YOU to everyone who sent is snacks and treats during testing!! The students loved having them when they were finished each day!

The 5th grade field trip to Ruby Falls is this Friday, April 27th! A pink sheet with additional information was sent home in blue folders on Friday.  Please make sure you look over that!

Upcoming Content:
Reading/ELA – 

We will continue our reading project and work with informational pieces.

Science – constructive and destructive forces

Math Project – Please review and sign the instructions and rubric for your child’s in school math Board Game project.  They will need some help from you gathering materials needed to complete the project. Due dates will be given as we work through the project.

Social Studies – 1950’s through 2001

Reading Project – Please make sure you have signed the reading journal rubric and assignment sheet.

Reading responses and rubric

Sustained Silent Reading Book Chat

Upcoming Events:
4/27: 5th Grade Field trip to Tennessee
5/1: Evening in the Garden, 6:00-8:00 p.m., more information

Evening in the Garden – Tuesday, May 1 6:00-8:00

(Rain date May 3)

Performance Schedule

6:30 – Knd/1st grade performs

7:00 – 2nd/3rd grade performs

7:30 – 4th/5th grade performs

7:40 – Finale for ALL grades

Please plan to park at Burnt Hickory Baptist Church one hour before your performance time.

For the best seating BRING A BLANKET

http://eveninginthegarden.wikispaces.com/Evening+in+the+Garden+Information