Tellus Museum Field Trip Reminder

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Just a reminder that our field trip to Tellus Museum is still scheduled for this Thursday, November 16th.    Thank you so much for sending in permission slips:)  If you have made plans to meet us there, the address is:  

100 Tellus Drive  

Cartersville, GA  

You will need to meet us at the Museum around 9:45 a.m.  Thank you so much for volunteering your time!!  You will definitely enjoy visiting Tellus, as it is a fantastic museum!!!




Instructional Highlights for the Week of November 6th

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Grammar/Spelling – verb tenses & decoding words with common Latin suffixes, as well as multi-syllabic words

Reading/Writing – nonfiction work continues (we are in the midst of turning our research into our very own books related to topics we are interested in)  So far we have worked on strategies for “taking notes” and we have developed our Table of Contents.  This week we will focus on completing our rough draft where we write all about our information, using our own voice!  This final step has been a bit challenging.  It is difficult to rewrite information without it sounding very similar to the way it sounded in the book.  We are having to pull from our narrative writing lessons to ensure we don’t sound like encyclopedias as we share our newly learned information!

Math – problem solving using  multiplication & division (the students are doing so well with our “bar method” for solving word problems)  There will be a word problem assessment on Friday (11/10).

Social Studies – we will begin our study of “How it All Began in the New World!”  The following explorers will be covered in from now through Winter Break:  Columbus, Hudson, de Soto, Cartier, Cabot, and Balboa.

Veterans’ Day Celebration

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Honoring Our Veterans

Dear Parents,


On Friday, November 10th we will be having our annual Veterans Day breakfast and parade in honor of all who have served our country. If possible please have your child wear red, white, and blue or any one of those 3 colors. Also, if your child would like he/she may bring in a small flag to wave during the parade. Thank you in advance in helping us honor our Veterans.

Ms. Henson

A Few Additional Friday Tidbits

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A few additional bits of important information…  

CogAt and IOWA scores are coming home today in a white envelope:  The score reports have extremely clear commentary that explains your child’s scores.  If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to email or call and I will be happy to further explain / clarify any questions.  

If you have not returned the Tellus Field trip permission and payment envelope, please do so by Wednesday, November 8th:) If you have misplaced the permission form, I will be happy to send home another:)

Update for Friday, November 3rd

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Dear Parents,

 A big thank you to all of our parents who helped with our fabulous fall centers!!  The children definitely thoroughly enjoyed each and every one of them!!   Also, a big thank you to Ms. Gibson and Ms. Toma for teaching our Adventures In Art yesterday:)  Please ensure that you have a reminder on your calendar that we do not have school next Tuesday, November 7th, as this is a professional learning day for all Cobb County teachers.  Curriculum highlights for next week coming soon:)  

Have a great weekend!!

Red Ribbon Week Schedule

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Red Ribbon Week is a national event that helps unite students against negative behaviors and helps promote making positive choices.  At East Side, we encourage students to be drug-free, discourage bullying, and make positive choices!  

Monday:  Show school spirit day:  “Our school chooses to be bully free!”  


Tuesday: “Peace out to bullies.”    Wear peace signs or tie-dye clothing.  


Wednesday:  “Team up against bullying.”  Wear your favorite sports shirt or jersey.  Students will receive a “No Bullying” sticker.  

Thursday:  “Use your head to make good choices.”  Come to school in a crazy hat or with crazy hair.  


Friday:: ” Promote good character.”   Dress up as a super hero with a positive character who prevents bullying.  Each student will receive a “Be someone’s Hero” bookmark.

A Sneak Peek At What We Will Be Learning This Week…

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Reading: Main Idea, Becoming Text Experts, Setting Goals as Informational Readers

Writing: Organizational Structures for Writing: Boxes and bullets, Cause/effect, Problem/Solution

Math: Associative and Distributive Properties of Multiplication

Science: Weathering and Erosion, Fossils

Orton-Gillingham:  1-1-1 Doubling Rule and review of all previously learned rules.

Cursive:  f and g

Grammar:  Irregular past tense verbs

Fall Festival is This Friday!!

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A big thank you to all parents for attending conferences this week!  It was so exciting to share all of your child’s accomplishments and growth opportunities!  I know all of you have very busy schedules, and your time is greatly appreciated:)    

Please remember that our East Side Fall Festival is this Friday!!  There will be lots of fun games and treats, and don’t forget the annual Teacher Auction!!  I can’t wait to see who I will be traveling to East Cobb Park with on November 14th!!:)    

Again, thank you for all you do at home to help ensure your child’s success, and I look forward to seeing everyone at the Fall Festival:)  

Have a wonderful weekend!  

Ms. Henson

Reminder: Early Dismissal Tomorrow

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Just a quick reminder that we will have early dismissal tomorrow around 12:10, so that our East Side teachers may participate in valuable staff development and collaboration with their teams.  I know I shared this with you at Open House, but just wanted to send a quick reminder:)  Also, yesterday when I was in grade level full-day collaboration, the substitute sent home STEM tee shirt forms and payment envelopes.  You can either send in the payment this week, or may drop by during conference week.   Have a wonderful remainder of the week!!