December 10-14

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Hi parents!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend!  🙂  We have another busy weekend ahead.  Please encourage your child to continue to be a diligent worker.

Our Holiday Party will be on December 21st from 9:45-10:45. All parents are invited and encouraged to come! 

Upcoming Content: 

Math: In math this week, we will continue learning about area.  We will find the area of squares and rectangles, as well as composite figures.  Students will practice finding area, as well as explaining their mathematical thinking regarding area. We will also continue to practice mastering multiplication and division facts. Students are taking timed tests each day and should be studying each night. Please help your child study math facts each night!! Flash cards are a huge help with this! 

Reading: In reading this week, we will be working on a close reading of a Scholastic News Article about the Native Americans’ development of lacrosse.  We will also deeply analyze how non-fiction text structures connect paragraphs and ideas in a non-fiction passage. Last week we focused on cause and effect. This week our focus will be on problem and solution. Lastly, we will analyze the picture book, Silver Packages. 

Grammar: We will continue practicing with suffixes and root words and different tenses of regular and irregular verbs.

Writing: In writing this week, students will finish their informational essay that has them synthesize information from a narrative and informational reading passage. Students will also be writing an informational essay that has them synthesize information from two non-fiction passages.

Science: In science this week, we will continue our study on fossils.  Students will take an interactive field trip and construct a model to demonstrate how an organism becomes fossilized.

Upcoming Dates: 

12/20/18: Early Release, 12:30
12/20/18: Chick-fil-A Spirit Night; Tone Chimes

12/21/18: Class Holiday Party- 9:45-10:45
12/21/18: Early Release, 12:30

As always, let me know if you have any questions or concerns.


December 3-7

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Hi parents!! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  I cannot believe it is already December.  I have already seen your child grow exponentially through these first four months, and I cannot wait to see their continued growth.

If you are not receiving email from our room mom, Jaime Plett, please email me and let me know.

The students will have a Unit 3 Vocabulary test this Friday, December 7.  Please make sure they are studying their flashcards.

Our Holiday Party will be on December 21st from 9:45-10:45. All parents are invited and encouraged to come! 

Upcoming Content: 

Math: In math this week, students will begin learning about area.  Students will also be practicing with 2 step addition and subtraction word problems and 1 step multiplication and division word problems. We will also continue to practice mastering multiplication and division facts. Students are taking timed tests each day and should be studying each night. Please help your child study math facts each night!! Flash cards are a huge help with this! 

Reading: In reading this week, we will be working on a close reading of a Scholastic News Article about the Flu.  We will also deeply analyze how non-fiction text structures connect paragraphs and ideas in a non-fiction passage. Our non-fiction text structure focus this week will be on cause & effect. Students will have their Unit 3 Vocabulary Quiz on Friday, December 7th.  Students will need to make flashcards for the unit 3 vocabulary words on Monday and Tuesday for homework and study the flashcards on Wednesday and Thursday.

Grammar: We will continue practicing with prefixes and root words and different tenses of regular and irregular verbs.

Writing: In writing this week, students will be writing an informational essay that has them synthesize information from a fiction and non-fiction passage.  I know this sounds challenging, but I know they can do it! 🙂

Science: In science this week, we will begin learning about Fossils and they imprint they leave on Earth’s surface. Towards the end of the week, students will construct an argument explaining how fossils serve as evidence of past organisms and the environments they live in!

Upcoming Dates: 

December 21: Class Holiday Party

December 21: Last day before Winter Break.


November 26-30

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Hi parents!!

I hope you all had a wonderful break and a fabulous Thanksgiving.  I was so excited to see the children today!

Please be on the lookout for an email from our room mom, Jaime Plett, regarding a special Holiday treat for the students!

The last day to turn in square one art forms is Tuesday, November 27th.

The Jingle Jog is this Saturday, December 1. 

Upcoming Content: 

Math: In math this week, students will be learning about scaled picture graphs and bar graphs. We will also continue to practice mastering multiplication and division facts. Students are taking timed tests each day and should be studying each night. Please help your child study math facts each night!! Flash cards are a huge help with this! 

Reading: In reading this week, we will continue working with non-fiction pieces. Students will practice identifying the text structure of non-fiction pieces to help them understand the author’s purpose. Students will also work on unit 3 vocabulary this week.

Writing: In writing this week, students will finish their informational writing piece on one of the six Native American regions.  This week, students will write their rough draft, edit and revise, and type their final copies.

Science: We will be learning about weathering and erosion this week through videos, activities, and readings.

Please let me know if you have any questions. 🙂


November 5-9

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Hi Parents!

I loved each child’s costume on Wednesday!  I know they had a fun day! 🙂

If you or anyone in your family is planning on joining your child at the Thanksgiving Feast on Wednesday, November 14th from 12:15-1:00, please return the permission slip by Wednesday, November 7th.  We will also be going on our field trip to the Etowah Indian Mounds on Friday, November 9th.  Parents are more than welcome to meet us there!

The can food drive has started.  Yesterday, students received the paper bags!  Students can fill the bags with cans and bring them in anytime between November 2-November 15.

Students will not have school on Tuesday, November 6th due to election day, but there will be a spirit night at Moes! 🙂

Upcoming Content: 

Math: In math this week, we will continue practicing the three main multiplication properties (associative, commutative, and distributive).  We will also begin 2 step word problems with all 4 operations. We will also continue to practice mastering multiplication and division facts. Students are taking timed tests each day and should be studying each night. Please help your child study math facts each night!! Flash cards are a huge help with this! 

Reading: In reading this week, we will continue working with non-fiction pieces. Students will read an article on the Election process and identify text features, and ask and answer questions about the article.  Students will take their Unit 2 vocabulary quiz on Wednesday, November 7. Students should study the flash cards they made in class. 

Writing: In writing this week, students will begin their informational writing piece on one of the six Native American regions.  This week, student will use a graphic organizer to identify the three main ideas of their informational writing and add supporting details.

Social Studies/Science: Students will work on finishing their Native American Region project. We will also continue feeding the worms and tracking worm data. Students will have an Earth Parent lesson on Monday.  They will be doing a worm investigation.

Please let me know if you have any questions. 🙂

Upcoming Dates: 

11/1-11/15: Canned Food Drive

11/6: Election Day, Student Holiday/Staff Day

11/6: Moe’s Spirit Night, 2:00 – 9:00 p.m.


Schedule and RSVP Form
11/13: First and Fourth Grade
11/14: Second and Third Grade
11/15: Kindergarten and Fifth Grade

12/1: Our 8th Annual Jingle Jog is Saturday, December 1st.
Register at  https://www.active.com/
You must register by November 14th to get a race day t-shirt! 

Ford Foundation Fall Pine Straw
Spruce up yards for the Fall and before those pesky HOA letters start coming in. We have teamed up again with Ace Hardware—Brookstone to provide you with long-needle pine straw. Follow the link to place you online order today:
https://4agc.com/commerce_pages/585cf216-6b5d-4453-9917-e9cb58d75fe1

2019 Milestones Elementary School EOG Schedule
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October 29-November 2

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Hi parents!

I enjoyed seeing some of you at the Fall Festival on Friday!  If students bring in $2 for the Ford Foundation, they can dress up in costumes on Wednesday!  I can’t wait to see the students’ costumes! If you are planning on coming to the Thanksgiving Feast, please turn in the permission slips this week.

If you have not already done so, please send in the permission slip for the field trip to the Etowah Indian Mounds as soon as possible.

Upcoming Content: 

Math: In math this week, we will learn about the three main multiplication properties (associative, commutative, and distributive).  We will also go over the zero property and the identity property. We will also continue to practice mastering multiplication and division facts. Students are taking timed tests each day and should be studying each night. Please help your child study math facts each night!! Flash cards are a huge help with this! 

Reading: In reading this week, we will work on learning how to identify the main idea of non-fiction pieces. Students will also continue practicing with non-fiction text structure. Lastly, students will make unit 2 vocabulary cards on Monday and Tuesday to begin studying for their vocabulary test on Tuesday, November 6th. 

Writing: In writing this week, we will begin out informational writing unit by taking a pre-test, reviewing the difference between a fact and an opinion, and practicing citing text evidence. Students will be writing an informational writing piece on one of the 6 Native American regions.

Social Studies/Science: Students will work in partners to research and create a presentation on one of the six Native American Regions. The students are very excited about these projects and I cannot wait to see the presentations! 🙂 We will also continue feeding the worms and tracking worm data.

Please let me know if you have any questions. 🙂

Upcoming Dates: 

 

10/31: Foundation Costume Day, $2.00 Donation

11/1-11/15: Canned Food Drive

Ford Elementary School STEM Educator Tour
11/02/18 (8:30 – 11:30 am)
Ford Elementary School, a Georgia STEM Certified School, will be offering an informational session and tour of our campus to educators. Participation is limited to 30 educators with a maximum of four from each school.
Registration Link:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0844aca923a64-ford1

11/2: Bingo Night, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

11/6: Election Day, Student Holiday/Staff Day


Schedule and RSVP Form
11/13: First and Fourth Grade
11/14: Second and Third Grade
11/15: Kindergarten and Fifth Grade


12/1: Our 8th Annual Jingle Jog is Saturday, December 1st.
Register at  https://www.active.com/
You must register by November 14th to get a race day t-shirt! 


October 22-26

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Hi Parents!

It was so wonderful meeting with each of you last week!  I thoroughly enjoyed discussing your child’s progress with you!  This week is Fall Festival Spirit week and students are invited to dress up each day. The Fall Festival is this Friday, October 26th from 6-8:30.

Monday: Pajama Day 

Tuesday: Football Team Day 

Wednesday: Wacky Tacky Day 

Thursday: Twin Day 

Friday: Ford Spirit Day

If you have not already done so, please send in the permission slip for the field trip to the Etowah Indian Mounds as soon as possible.

Upcoming Content: 

Math: In math this week, we will be looking at patterns in the multiplication chart. Students will be expected to identify patterns, create patterns, and determine the rule for patterns.  We will also continue to practice mastering multiplication and division facts. Students are taking timed tests each day and should be studying each night. Please help your child study math facts each night!! Flash cards are a huge help with this!

Reading: In reading this week, we will be identifying figurative language in reading passages. We will also discuss non-fiction text structure and compare and contrast it to fiction text structure.

Writing: In writing this week, we will continue to practice grammar.  We will also begin learning how to answer constructed response questions using the RACE strategy.  Each of you got an explanation of this in your conference folders last week! 🙂

Social Studies/Science: Students will spend the week rotating through Native American inquiry centers. This will lead into their in-school Native American project. In science we will continue tracking worm data.

Please let me know if you have any questions. 🙂

Upcoming Dates: 

10/26: Fall Festival and Silent Auction, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Ford Elementary School STEM Educator Tour
11/02/18 (8:30 – 11:30 am)
Ford Elementary School, a Georgia STEM Certified School, will be offering an informational session and tour of our campus to educators. Participation is limited to 30 educators with a maximum of four from each school.
Registration Link:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0844aca923a64-ford1

12/1: Our 8th Annual Jingle Jog is Saturday, December 1st.
Register at  https://www.active.com/
You must register by November 14th to get a race day t-shirt! 


October 15-19

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Hi parents!  We had another excellent week of school!  Do not forget that this week is conference week.  Students will dismiss at 12:15.  I look forward to meeting with each of you!

Upcoming Content: 

Math: In math this week, we will discuss multiplication and division as inverse operations and continue to practice with multiplication and division strategies.  As we continue to learn about multiplication, it is absolutely crucial for students to memorize multiplication and division facts. Therefore, starting this week, students will have “fact family” homework each night. Each week, we will focus on a different fact family and students will need to copy down these fact families for homework each night. This week we will be working on 2s! I will send home a sheet with more thorough instructions tomorrow.

Reading: This week, we will begin diving into non-fiction texts.  Students will learn about non-fiction texts features and practice summarizing and identifying the main idea of non-fiction texts.

Writing: In writing this week, we will practice grammar and complete verb activities.

Social Studies/Science: Students will learn about the Native American rivers and mountain ranges. We will also study different resources.  In science, we will continue to take worm data.

Upcoming Dates: 


10/15 – 10/19: Conference Week, Early Release 12:15
10/15 – 10/19: Book Fair, See Below for Hours and More Information
10/17: Bruster’s Spirit Event, 12:30 – 5:00 p.m.
10/26: Fall Festival and Silent Auction, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.


October 8-12

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Hi parents!

We had a great week of school this past week!  Conference sheets were sent home this past Friday. Please sign and return these as soon as possible. There will be an early release day this Thursday, October 11. Elementary aged students will be dismissed at 12:30 pm. Students will have a vocabulary quiz this Tuesday, October 9.  Please make sure they are studying their flash cards!

Upcoming Content: 

Math: In math this week, students will be introduced to division. Many of the strategies used to understand multiplication are also used to understand division.  Students will have math homework each night this week.

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

Writing: Students will start a new narrative this week.  I will read the book, Diary of a Worm, and students will write a narrative from the perspective of a worm in our classroom! Students will focus on point of view and perspective in their narrative.

Social Studies/Science: Students will complete an activity that will help them understand the idea of opportunity cost. Students will also have an in-school field trip on soils on Tuesday.

Upcoming Dates: 

10/9: STEM Night, 6:00 – 7:30
10/11: Early Release 12:30
10/11: Sparkle’s Spirit Event, 12:30 – 8:00 p.m.
10/15 – 10/19: Conference Week, Early Release 12:15
10/15 – 10/19: Book Fair, See Below for Hours and More Information
10/17: Bruster’s Spirit Event, 12:30 – 5:00 p.m.
10/26: Fall Festival and Silent Auction, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.


October 1-5

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Hi parents!

I hope you had a wonderful Fall Break.  I cannot believe it is already October.

Upcoming Content: 

Math: In math this week, students will be introduced to multiplication.  In the first part of the multiplication unit, it is important that students understand the concept multiplication as “groups of” and repeated addition.  For example 4×7 = 4 “groups of” 7. Students will have homework each night this week that focuses on multiplication.

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. During reading groups, students will be creating flash cards for unit 1 vocabulary.  They will have a unit 1 vocabulary quiz on Tuesday, October 9. I will teach the students ways they can study their flash cards and they will begin bringing the flash cards and vocabulary book home this Wednesday.

Writing: Students will finish writing their narrative and they will begin the revising and editing process. We will also work on adding more descriptive details and transition words.  Towards the end of the week, students will begin their final draft!  We will also begin weekly grammar this week.

Social Studies: Students will learn about the branches of government and opportunity cost.

Upcoming Dates: 

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

10/9: STEM Night, 6:00 – 7:30
10/11: Early Release; 12:30
10/15 – 10/19: Conference Week; Early Release; 12:15
10/15 – 10/19: Book Fair, See Below for Hours and More Information

Ford Elementary School STEM Educator Tour
11/02/18 (8:30 – 11:30 am)
Ford Elementary School, a Georgia STEM Certified School, will be offering an informational session and tour of our campus to educators. Participation is limited to 30 educators with a maximum of four from each school.
Registration Link:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0844aca923a64-ford1

Book Fair (Homepage)


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)