Week of September 17th


I can’t believe next week is Fall Break! August and September have flown by! On Monday and Tuesday we are continuing Iowa testing.  Help your student prepare for testing by making sure they get a good night’s sleep and eat a good breakfast!  Thank you parents for donating testing snacks! The kids have loved the fruit snacks and Cheeze its!

I am looking forward to seeing the heritage boards on Wednesday, September 19th!  Heritage Presentations will be on Wednesday and Thursday.  Friday, students will bring in a dish that comes from the country they researched and you are invited to join us too! Invitations were sent home in the VIP folder on Thursday. *Please remember that dishes need to be peanut and tree nut free.  (Tree nuts include almonds, hazelnuts, pecans, brasil nuts, walnuts, macadamia nuts, pistachios,  and pine nuts.)

International Day of Peace

Friday, September 21st


Next Friday, September 21 is the International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”).  Peace Day is observed around the world each year on September 21. Established in 1981 by a unanimous United Nations resolution, Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace.  To celebrate this wonderful day, Kincaid staff and students are participating in several activities.


  • Teachers will be delivering lessons and activities to promote kindness and acceptance.
  • Students and staff are encouraged to wear “Peace” themed clothes to school. Break out your tye-dyes, headbands, bellbottoms etc. to celebrate peace at Kincaid and in our larger world.
  • Rausch will create “Pinwheels for Peace” with all students to display outside on the front lawn.  These pinwheels will be put out on the afternoon of September 20th. You and your student are welcome to view the display on the evening of September 20th or on September 21st

    Specials Schedule:



    Wednesday- Math lab

    Thursday- STEM Lab



Our learning objectives this week…

In math, we are finishing place value and beginning powers of ten and exponents.  Students will have homework Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday night.  

In reading, we are diving deeper with theme this week and examining how character’s face challenges.  We read a lot of great books this week including Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller and Decibella and her 6 Inch Voice by Julia Cook.  Check the reading response section of reader’s notebooks for reading grades weekly.  Students are doing an excellent job on their independent reading!  Reading logs will come home on Monday and need to be signed Thursday night! 

In writing, students will assess their growth as narrative writer’s and set new goals for their small moment narrative.  Students will begin generating ideas for a story about an important moment of their life.  We are working on determining when to change paragraphs in a story.

In science, we are reviewing earthquakes and volcanoes.  Students will have an earthquake science lab on Wednesday! Wear closed toed shoes! Students will have 2 study guides: one on volcanoes and one on earthquakes that are both due on Wednesday.  Students will have class time to work on them but may need to finish them at home.  

In social studies, we are learning about the causes of the Spanish-American War.  We are studying  President McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt’s contributions to the Turn of the Century.

Have a wonderful week!



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Week of September 10th


It was another great week last week and this week is sure to be even better than the last!  Thank you for returning the progress reports and the inclement weather forms to me so promptly! I really appreciate it!


IOWA testing is Thursday and Friday this week!

Specials Schedule


Tuesday-Math Lab

Wednesday- Stem Lab

Thursday- PE


Our learning objectives this week…

In math, we are working on place value, expanded form, and starting decimal place value.  Students will not have homework on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday!

In reading, we are on chapter 3 of The Giver and it has started some great discussions about the importance of choices and learning about our histories. We are also learning about inferences and theme this week.  On Monday, students will have 2 hours of research time for their heritage projects.  The rest will need to be completed at home! I am looking forward to seeing the heritage boards on Wednesday, September 19th! Reading logs will come home on Monday and need to be signed Thursday night! 

In writing, students finished their Found narratives on Friday and are starting a new opinion piece.  They are writing their opinion on which would be a better invention: a helper robot or a flying car.  Students are working on strong leads and adding details into their writing.

In science, we are reviewing constructive forces, destructive forces, earthquakes and volcanoes.  Students will have task cards, writing activities, and a fun review game to prepare them for their quiz on Thursday.  

In social studies, we are continuing with inventors and innovations this week.  Students will have a quiz on Wednesday on inventors and cattle trails.

Have a great week!

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Week of September 4th


Good evening! I hope everyone had a great 3 day weekend! I can’t believe we are already halfway through our first nine weeks! Wow! Time flies when you are having fun! 🙂


Progress reports will go home with everyone on Wednesday! Please sign and return them by Friday! Sign behavior sheets on Friday and return on Tuesday, Target students return theirs on Wednesday! Heritage Day information is coming home on Tuesday! Parents will be invited to come for our Heritage Day celebration from 11:00-12:00 on  9/21. Check your child’s VIP folder for detailed information.

This week’s Specials schedule:

T-Stem Lab



F- Music- Bring Recorders!

Our Learning Objectives this week…

In math, we are continuing place value and expanded form.  We are starting on decimal place value and working on our division fact fluency!  Students will have homework every night this week.

We loved hands on equations with Mrs. Gillett! 

In reading, we are beginning inferences with text evidence.  We are focused on thinking beyond the text and diving deeper into our independent reading.  Reading responses last week were great! Check the reading response section for your students grade and feedback.  New reading responses are due this week and reading logs need to be signed Thursday night! 

In writing, we will do a museum walk on Tuesday to share our turning point narratives.  On Wednesday, we will begin to study fictional narratives.  Students will begin their “Found” narrative project Tuesday night.

In science, we are continuing to study earthquakes and volcanoes.  We look forward to visiting the science lab on Wednesday to explore volcanoes! Wear closed toes shoes! 

In social studies, we are presenting our innovations and reviewing Westward Expansion.

It will be a wonderful week!


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Week of August 27th


I can’t believe this is the last week of August! It has been a huge month and this week will be another busy one!


Picture day is Wednesday! All students will have their photo taken for the yearbook. If you want to purchase a package, see the VIP folder for the order form that was sent home last week.  Early Release day is also on Wednesday! Expect your child home 2 hours earlier than normal if they ride the bus.

This week’s Specials schedule:





F- Math Lab

Our Learning Objectives this week…

In math, on Monday we will review order of operations and expressions and have a test on Tuesday.  Students will have a study guide on Monday night to help them prepare.  Also review previous classwork and quizzes to study.  Then, we will begin place value on Wednesday!

In reading,  we will begin our Fall semester read aloud The Giver by Lois Lowry and we will continue to review thinking strategies for reading.  The first reading responses are due this week.  Check your child’s reading response section for requirements, due dates, and rubrics for this weekly reading assignment.  Please sign the reading log on Thursday night!

In writing, we are continuing to work on our Turning Point narratives.  This week, we are focusing on revising and editing our work before publishing.  We are also working on peer conferencing to strengthen our editing skills.

In science, we are finishing up earthquakes and moving on to volcanoes! Our first visit to the science lab was a success and we are excited to make volcanoes next time!

In social studies,  students are beginning their turn of the century unit.  Students will study the four inventors of the turn of the century and work on their Innovator’s Project which will be due next Monday.  

Have an awesome week!

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Week of August 20th


Last week was rich with laughter and learning!  Students did a great job with their behavior in the cafeteria, hallway, and classroom.  They are setting an excellent example for the younger kids and showing me what good leaders they are! I am very proud of them!  I also enjoyed seeing so many of you on Thursday! Thank you for attending Parent Night!

This week’s Specials schedule:


T-Music- Bring recorders by September


Th-Math Lab


Things to remember this week:

  • Behavior Sheets went home on Friday. Thank you for initialing them and returning them to me by Monday.  (Target kids will have their behavior sheets updated on Monday!)
  • Continue signing agendas each night and checking VIP folders at least once a week.

Our learning objectives this week:

In math, we have a quiz on Monday on Order of Operations.  Review your videos and math notebook to help you study.  You can also go on EducationGalaxy.com (username: student number password: Kincaid) and go to Math -> Skills Practice-> Order of Operations to study more. We will begin expressions on Tuesday.  This week we will have homework Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights.

In reading, students have begun their reading responses and stop and jots which will be due next week for the first time.  After that, students in my reading class will turn their responses in weekly for a classwork grade.  We are doing this instead of AR testing.  If you have any questions about its requirements or rubrics, please look in the “reading response” section of the Reader’s Notebook.  We are also working on text evidence and elements of stories.  Reading logs need to be signed Thursday night!

In writing, students began generating their ideas for their Turning Point narratives last week.  This week, we will review important elements of stories as we write our own.  Students will plan on Monday and by Friday they should finish their story.  They are working on writing a clear beginning, middle, and end, adding dialogue, and changing paragraphs appropriately.

In science, we are learning about earthquakes and visiting the science lab on Wednesday.

In social studies, we have a vocabulary quiz on Monday! We are finishing up our Citizen’s Rights unit and preparing to begin our Turn of the Century unit.

Have a wonderful week!

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Week of August 13th


Last week was filled with fun and getting back into our school routines!  The kids did a very good job this week and received many compliments from other teachers and even Mrs. Blake!  They worked very hard and we got a lot done this week. I am very proud of everyone! Keep up the great work!

This weeks Specials schedule:

M-Music, bring recorders


W-Math Lab

Th-Stem Lab


Things to remember this week:

  • Parent Night for Grades 3-5 is Thursday starting at 6:30pm, second session will begin at 7:10pm.  I look forward to seeing everyone again!
  • Behavior Sheets were returned on Monday and will come back home on Friday. Thank you for initialing them and returning them to me.
  • Continue signing agendas each night and checking VIP folders at least once a week.

Our learning objectives this week:

In math, we are continuing to dive deeper into order of operations and expressions.  Students have a vocab quiz on Monday and an Education Galaxy pretest on Thursday.  Starting this week, students will begin to have homework every night except Friday.  Tests and quizzes will usually be on Mondays.  They can check their math notebook for lessons and resources if they need help with homework.

In reading,  students have begun their 5 book challenge with excitement and energy.  Students enjoyed finding their perfect reading spot this week and checking out from the media center.  Many students have taken their first AR test already!  Great job, readers!  This week, we will begin reading responses and stop and jots.  This is a weekly assignment that will be due on their “book club” day in the classroom.  Please check the reading response section in their reader’s notebook for more information and rubrics.  The first AR test needs to be completed by Friday, August 24th.  

In writing, students were introduced to Writer’s workshop.  Writer’s workshop is a lesson structure that allows students to build their stamina as writers and hone their author’s skills.  Students will review good conventions and writing habits this week.  Towards the end of the week, we will begin generating ideas for our Turning Point narratives.

In science, we are continuing constructive and destructive forces.  We will go on a nature walk on Wednesday around the playground to find real life examples of erosion and weathering.  We will have a quiz on Thursday!

In social studies, we are reviewing the branches of the government and learning about the amendment process.

This week, Mrs. Weitnauer came to visit our class. The children learned about her job as our school counselor. Mrs. Weitnauer was excited to meet our new students, and to remind our returning students about school counseling at Kincaid. Mrs. Weitnauer will be visiting our class every three weeks. Lesson topics will include friendship, conflict resolution, study skills, responsibility, career awareness and safety skills. Please contact [email protected] or by phone (770) 578-7238 if you ever need to discuss your student with her.

Have a great week, and see you Thursday!



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Week of August 6th


Last week was wonderful and the best first week ever!  We had a great first few days getting to know each other! We worked on learning our school and classroom procedures and getting organized.  I also want to thank you all for our classroom supplies! We are fully stocked and ready to learn! And a special thank you to Justin for our class soccer ball and Cailin for our class sorting hat! I appreciate everyone’s support of our classroom!

Students have been writing in their agendas and I appreciate your help by initialing it each night.  It includes our daily lessons and homework.  Students will be bringing home a behavior chart on Friday in their VIP folder.  This will be my primary way to communicate classroom behavior.  Please sign and return it by Monday Morning.  

This week…

In math, we began to change classes. In my math class, we began Order of Operations.  Students can practice at home with their math notebook and on their flocabulary account.  Flocabulary is a great study tool that combines rhythm, rhyme, and vocabulary.  Think modern School House Rock! I assigned a 3 minute video on PEMDAS to get students started this week.  Students need to view the video at least once by Sunday night.  There will be an Order of Operations vocabulary quiz on Monday.

In reading, we set up our reader’s notebook.  Your child’s reader’s notebook is a treasure trove of information!  Students will glue in their daily lessons in their notes section, record their nightly reading in their reading log (which needs to be signed by Friday), keep track of their data, and write a weekly reading response letter to me.  Refer to this notebook for the standards we are learning and further details about assignments.  We also reviewed genre, author’s purpose and will visit the media center to check out books.  On Friday, we will take the RI assessment. * Please return the signed 5 book challenge information sheet by Thursday! *

In writing, we created our writer’s notebook and introduced fifth grade writing expectations.  We reviewed the three types of writing: narratives, informational, and opinion.

In science, we began our first unit on constructive and destructive forces of the Earth.

In social studies, we reviewed standards and started our first unit on citizenship and the constitution.


Thank you all for your patience as I have settled into Kincaid and set up my new classroom.  I am so happy to teach here and I appreciate your kind words and welcome.  I look forward to seeing you all again next Thursday, August 16th for Parent Night!

Have a great week!

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