Week of January 14, 2019

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We’ve made it through another week.  I hope everyone has stayed dry this weekend.  Wow!  That was some rain.  I hope you all were able to get some rest, because last week was a long one.  We should all be back into a normal routine this week.  Last week was a little crazy, because of the various interruptions in our schedule, including our visit from Coach Sloth, and the practice test for the upcoming GA Milestones.  I hope you all had a chance to look through all the information that came home on Friday.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me.  Well, there’s no reason to dwell on the past, let’s get on with what we’ll be learning this week.

Math – We will continue working on our division strategies and we will be taking the Third Quarter “Touchstone” pre-assessment.  This will provide us with some information on where the students are still struggling, as well as what we need to focus on to help boost their knowledge.  We will be meeting in our math groups to really focus and hone in on being able to explain what we’re doing to get the answer.

Reading – We will be focusing on inferences. We will be using our prior knowledge to help us “read between the lines.”  This is a very difficult concept for students, because the answers are not “right there” in the passage.  The students will need to use the information that is there, as well as use their prior knowledge to be able to answer the questions.  An example of inferencing would be “the child slammed the door as she walked out of the room, after having had a discussion with her mom.”  The question might be, how does the child feel?  No where in the “passage” does it say how the child felt, but based on my prior experiences and knowing that she slammed the door, I believe that the girl was angry with her mom.

Writing – we will be continuing to work on our unit on Informational Report writing.  We will be visiting the media center to find out more information about our “State Fair” project.  This works out well, because the students can work on researching on their state as part of their “Masterpiece” for our writing unit.  Please be on the look out for the information regrading the state project coming home on Friday.

Grammar – Unfortunately, due to everything that went on last week, we were not able to complete the “Invitation to Edit” on Snowmen at Christmas, so we will be taking that quiz early in the week.  We will also be using the mentor text, Martin’s Big Words, to work on prepositions.  Prepositions are words or word phrases that link nouns, pronouns, or phrases to other words within the sentence.  The students will be expected to identify the prepositions in the mentor sentence.

Spelling – we will have our spelling test on Friday.  Please be sure your student is working on their spelling contract and that they are returning it on Friday.  I don’t need the “actual” activities, just the contract with your initials saying that your student completed the activities.  The contracts were sent home last Monday, but in case your child didn’t get home with it, please feel free to download another copy here.

Science – we have had a great time reading a book called Snowflake Bentley, learning all about snowflakes.  We even had an opportunity to create our own snowflakes.  Snowflake Bentley is about a man who lived in Vermont that took pictures of snowflakes.  If you have not had the opportunity to see some of his photographs, you can find them here.  They are absolutely gorgeous.  We will spend next week continuing to focus on water and weather.  We will also be going to the media center on Friday to begin working on our state project.




Monday, January 14th  – Invitation to Edit from Snowmen at Christmas.
Friday, January 18th – School Spelling Bee – please no parents.
Friday, January 18th – Spelling Test for Sort 9
Monday, January 21st – MLK, Jr. Birthday is observed – no school for students or teachers.

Week of January 7, 2019

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Welcome back!  I hope everyone had a wonderful, restful, rejuvenating break.  I can’t believe we’re already halfway through our year together.  Time just continues to fly by.  Report cards will come home on Friday, 1/11/19, so please be on the look out for those.  Well, without further ado, let’s move on to what we’ll be covering this week.

Math – This week, we will be taking the brand new, Math Inventory (MI).  This will give us some helpful information regarding your progress so far and what we need to continue to work on to help us improve the remainder of the year.  Also, we will begin our unit on division.  I hope everyone worked on memorizing those multiplication facts during the break, because now is the time they will become very helpful.  Again, we will be discussing several strategies to learn to divide larger numbers.  We will be diving up to 4 digits by 1 digit.  Once we have learned the various strategies, you can choose your favorite one.  I might even tell you which one to use, because sometimes having so many options can become overwhelming.

Reading – We will be determining the differences between poetry, prose, and dramas.  We will be looking at all three types of writing and discussing the differences.  We will be completing some readers theater scripts, as well as reading some of my favorite poems.  We will be discussing the various parts of poems and how we can “UNWRAP” a poem to get a better understanding of what the author is saying, much like we do with prose (aka – traditional writing).  We will also be taking a quiz on identifying each type of text.

Writing – We will have a special opportunity this week to participate in Write Score.  Write Score is an online program in which the students are provided with a prompt and have a certain amount of time to plan, draft, revise, and “publish.”  Then, the computer will “magically” send their writing to the “Write Score” company to be graded and returned to us.  This is a great opportunity for us to be able to see where the students’ strengths and weaknesses are, so that we can work with on those weaknesses and improve on the strengths prior to the Milestones in Early May.

Spelling – This week, we will be working on Sort 9.  I’ll be giving the students a copy of their spelling words and the contract on Monday, but in case it doesn’t make it home on Monday, here is another copy that you can download and keep at home.  

Grammar – This week, our mentor sentence comes from a poem that has been made into a book.  The poem is called Snowmen at Christmas.  The grammar focus for this week is rhyme scheme or in everyday terms, the pattern of the poem.  Here is an example of rhyme scheme that follows a certain pattern.  This poem is called “A Rainbow Poem” by Angela Yardy.  See if you can determine the rhyme scheme.Science – This week, we will begin our unit on Water and Weather.  How appropriate that I found a poem on a rainbow.  That plays so well into our weather unit.  We will be discussing the water cycle, as well as various types of weather that we encounter here in Georgia.




Monday, 1/7/19 – First day of second semester/third quarter
Tuesday, 1/8/19 – Math Inventory
Thursday, 1/10/19 – Write Score writing of opinion piece.
Friday, 1/11/19 – Second Quarter Report cards will come home.  Please sign and return the envelope with your child’s graded paper folder on Monday, 1/14/19.

Week of 12/17/18

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Well, we finally made it to the last week of 2018.  It’s so hard to believe that we’re halfway through our school year together.  Please remember that Thursday and Friday of this week is Early Release and we’ll be leaving at 12:30 each day.  ASP will continue to be open for those who wish to send their students to ASP.  This week, we will not be having a spelling test, nor will be having a mentor sentence/invitation to edit.  We will be completing the invitation to edit that we missed last week, but that’s all.  We will begin working on division, but I don’t expect the students to master the idea of division until after the break.  Please have your students work on their multiplication/division facts during the break. Also, after the break, we will be completing a State Project in conjunction with Ms. Stanley.  If your child gets bored over the break, they are welcome to begin researching their state.  We will have time in class to work on this project, but many of them were excited and wanted to get started on it soon.   We have lots of fun things planned this week, so please be sure to check your child’s agenda daily to know what they need for the next day.

If I don’t see you or talk to you before the end of this year, I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season.  I will be thinking of you all!





Monday, 12/17/18 – Holiday Character Dress up day
Tuesday, 12/18/18 – Candy Stripe Day – wear your candy stripes (red/white stripes)
Wednesday, 12/19/18 – Holiday Hat Day – wear your favorite holiday hat – Holiday Breakfast Feast Party
Thursday, 12/20/18 – Holiday Sweater – Early Dismissal @ 12:30 – Holiday Movie Day
Friday, 12/21/18 – Holiday Pajama Day, Holiday Sing-a-long, Dismissal @ 12:30.

Holiday Party 2018

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Our holiday party is quickly approaching.  We only get to have two parties a year and the holiday party is one of them.  Mrs. Rodriguez, our room rep, has done a fabulous job of creating a sign-up genius and a holiday party flyer that will be coming home in your child’s folder tomorrow.  Please look for it.  If you would, please consider sending in a requested donation or money to help cover the cost of the items needed for our party.  Below, you will find the sign-up genius link Holiday Party and a copy of the flyer.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at robin.poulos@cobbk12.org.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding.

Week of 12/10/18

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Well, I guess being a little late in posting this week is paying off.  If you don’t know, we are delayed two hours tomorrow due to the possibility of black ice and yucky roads tomorrow morning.  Please understand that the first bell will be ringing at 9:15 and the tardy bell will be ringing at 9:45.  Please continue to watch/listen for updates on school closings/delays.  Well, with that being said, let’s move on to what we’re going to be doing this week.

Math – we will be taking the CCSD Touchstone on Wednesday.  This will be covering all the standards we have been covering this quarter. We have not gone over many of the division standards yet, so this might be a challenge for the students.  Please understand that we will be going over these standards after the winter break.  Students should know how to multiple larger numbers, as well as factors, multiples, area and perimeter.  We have been working hard on area and perimeter.  This week, we are including irregular rectilinear shapes. These are basically two shapes (rectangles/squares) put together to make an irregular shape.  Then, to find the area, you would have to pretend that there is a “line” between two of them, find the area of the two shapes and add it together to get the area of the rectilinear shapes.

Reading – we are also taking the CCSD ELA Touchstone this week.  We will be taking this on Tuesday, during reading time.  The students will be expected to read a passage or two and answer questions regarding the passages.  The students will be taking this test on the computers, much like they will have to do with the GA Milestones later in the spring.  We will also be working on identifying if passages are first or second hand accounts.  An example of a first hand account would be a photograph, a diary entry, or a letter from someone who was actually there at the event.  A second hand account would be like our textbooks, encyclopedias, etc.  The people who write the textbooks, encyclopedias, etc. were generally not there at the time of the event (especially our historical events).

Writing – we have begun to type our final drafts of our opinion masterpieces.  We have been working hard to get everything corrected, edited, revised, and perfect.  The students will have this week to complete their masterpieces.  After the break, the students will be writing another opinion masterpiece that will be sent off to be graded.  The information that we get back from this will help us work know what to work on before the GA Milestones in the spring.  Please be sure to ask your students about how the typing is going.  If they have saved their typing into office 365, they should be able to pull it up for you to read at home.

Language Arts – This week, our mentor text comes from the book called, The Snow Globe Family, written by Jane O’Connor.  The grammar focus for this week is comparative adjectives.  For example, when you are comparing two things, you would say, “My son is taller than your son.”  When you are comparing two things, you would use the suffix -er.  When you are comparing more than two, you would use the suffix -est.  With the invitation to edit, the students will also be expected to circle the simple subjects (the noun) and underline the simple predicates (the verb).  We will be identifying the predicates and subjects in several sentences.

Spelling – this week will be our last spelling test of the calendar year.  Please be sure your students are completing their spelling contract to help them study for their test on Friday.  I’m attaching the list/contract in case your child has lost his/her copy.

Social Studies – we will be working with some augmented reality, where we will be using Chatterpix to engage the students.  I’m looking forward to what they come up with.  Please be sure to check back and ask your students about their Chatterpix.  Also, a huge “THANK YOU!” to Mrs. Homer for brining in the great items that your family owns from the colonial times.  I think the kids really enjoyed seeing and holding some things that were used back during the Colonial Times.




Holiday Shoppe Monday, 12/10/18 – Friday, 12/21/18
Final Spelling test of this calendar year – Friday, 12/14/18
ELA Touchstone – Tuesday, 12/11/18
Reading Inventory – Wednesday, 12/12/18
Math Touchstone – Thursday, 12/13/18
Media Center for Lesson/Check-out – Friday, 12/14/18
Holiday Character Day – Monday, 12/17/18
Funny Holiday Sweater Day – Tuesday, 12/18/18
Holiday Hat Day – Wednesday, 12/19/18
Candy Stripe Day/Early Release @ 12:30 p.m. – Thursday, 12/20/18
Holiday Sing-A-Long/Early Release @ 12:30 pm. – Friday, 12/21/18
Class Winter Holiday Party – Wednesday, 12/19/18

Week of 12/3/18

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Only 14 more days until we are out for the Winter Holiday break.  We’ll have many fun, exciting days scheduled coming up these next few weeks.  Please be sure to check the blog and your child’s agenda regularly for any updates.  Well, there’s no time for chit chat, so let’s move on to what we have going on this week.

Math – this week, we will begin working on measuring the area of objects.  Since we have spent so much time working on multiplication, we shouldn’t have too much problem with this concept.  The hardest time the students typically have is with reading the actual problems and remembering to put the units of measure when they find the answer.  Once they understand the formula, A (Area) = L (length) X W (width), they usually do okay.  Today, we had a review of what we’ve been doing in class, due to my absence.  I will be back tomorrow and we’ll pick up there with area.

Reading – we are continuing to work on summarizing what we’re reading.  Many of us are also working on completing DRAs, to show how much we’ve improved this school year.  We will also be taking the Reading Inventory (RI) again next week to see how much our lexile levels have improved since the beginning of school.  Please be sure your students are reading for at least 20 minutes each night.  There will be a new reading log coming home tomorrow.

Writing – We are getting very close to finishing our first opinion masterpieces.  We should be getting ready to type by the end of this week or the beginning for next week.  We will be using Office 365, so your students will be able to pull up their masterpieces at home and let you read them.  If you have not already agreed to Office 365, please go into ParentVue and opt in.

Spelling – The students received their spelling contract for this week and next.  This will be the last contract of 2018.  We will not be having a spelling contract the week we get out of school for the break.  We will be working with these words for this week and next and we will be taking our Sort 8 test on Friday, 12/14. If for some reason, your child does not have his/her copy of this week’s contract, please feel free to download it here. 

Grammar – This week’s mentor sentence comes from the book, Tikki, Tikki, Tembo, by Arlene Mosel.  This week’s grammar focus will be on compound sentences vs. simple sentences.  It’s my goal that the students will begin writing more compound sentences, instead of simple sentences.  Compound sentences typically have two subjects, two predicates, and express two completely independent clauses.  For example, “Don’t go near the well, or you’ll surely fall in.”  If you were to take out the comma and the conjunction, you would have two completely independent clauses, “Don’t go near the well.” and “You’ll surely fall in.”  This is why it’s considered a compound sentence.  The students will be expected to identify both simple sentences, as well as compound sentences on the quiz on Friday.

Social Studies – this week, we will be continuing our study on the constitution and the founding fathers of the constitution.  We will be having some fun with some augmented reality, as we use an app called Chatterpix to have the “Founding Fathers” talk and explain their roles in the New Nation.  We will also be completing structured notes on the Constitution and how it became what it is today.




Monday, 12/3/18 – WellStar Visit
Friday, 12/7/18 – Dinner with Santa – Catered by Waffle House
Friday, 12/7/18 – Friday, 12/21/18 – PTSA Holiday Shoppe
Monday, 12/17/18 – Holiday Character Day
Tuesday, 12/18/18 – Funny Holiday Sweater Day
Wednesday, 12/19/18 – Holiday Hat Day
Thursday, 12/20/18 – Early Release @ 12:30, Candy Stripe Day, Class Party Day
Friday, 12/21/18 – Early Release @ 12:30, Holiday Sing-a-long, PJ day.

Week of 11/26/18

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I hope everyone had a wonderful, restful Thanksgiving Break that was filled with time to spend with family and friends.  I know I enjoyed mine!  It was great to hang out with my family and spend time with friends I don’t get to spend a lot of time with.  Now that we’re back in the full swing of things we only have a short 19 more days together before we’re out for the winter holidays break.  Only 19 more days before the end of the grading period and we’ll be half way to being fifth graders!  Where on earth has the time gone.  It seems like it’s flying!  Oh well, with the 19 short days left, let’s move on to what we’ve got going on this week.  Be sure to read all the way to the bottom of the blog for other important information and flyers.

Math – we will be working with multiplicative comparison by creating bar diagrams and solving word problems.  An example of multiplicative comparison would be to say something like, “Mrs. Poulos has 2 pets, but Mrs. Homer has 4 times as many pets as Mrs. Poulos.  How many pets does Mrs. Homer have?”  Well, we would take the 2 pets that Mrs. Poulos has and multiply that by 4 to get 8.  Therefore, Mrs. Homer has 8 pets and that is 4 times as many as Mrs. Poulos.  We will be continuing this strategy/skill all week long.  We will be incorporating some of our larger number multiplication as well.  Please continue to encourage your students to show their work when solving math equations.  Mrs. Homer and I don’t care what strategy they use, they just need to show their work, so that we can see where they may have a misunderstanding.

Reading – we are continuing to work on summarizing our nonfiction reading by using boxes and bullets.  In the “box” the students should be writing the main idea of the passage their reading and then next to the “bullets” they should be incorporating details from the passage, in their own words, that support the main idea.  We’re working to make our summaries short and sweet, not doing a retelling, in which we give away all of the events from the beginning, middle and end.  We will also begin to incorporate some first and second hand accounts with our nonfiction reading.  A first hand account would be a page from a diary, or a photograph.  Someone was actually there and is providing the information.  An example of a second hand account would be a text book or an encyclopedia entry.  The person writing the textbook or encyclopedia entry was probably not there and is using other research to provide us with information.

Writing – we are working hard on our opinion masterpieces.  This week, we will be focusing on taking into account opposing opinions, using examples in our writing to help “drive home the opinion,” as well as formatting of a good opinion essay.  I’m looking forward to reading their final drafts.  Hopefully, once we’ve got them complete, they will share them with you through Office 365.

Spelling – We will have our unit 7 sort test on Friday of this week.  You can find a copy of the contract below.

Grammar – due to unforeseen circumstances last week, we were not able to complete our mentor sentence from the book In November, by Cynthia Rylant.  Therefore, we will be working with that text this week.  Our focus is on figurative language (metaphors) and identifying if a sentence is complete or a fragment.

Science – We have a many things going on this week that will be taking the place of most of our science.  We will be having guidance on Tuesday and we had a visit from the Watershed Management yesterday.  We will be finishing up and presenting our ecosystem presentations during the rest of this week.  We will try to post some of the presentations on the blog.

Dinner with Santa Raffle Basket – please see the attached flyer for information regarding our raffle basket.



Friday, 11/30 – Dinner with Santa reservations due.
Monday, 12/2 – Wellstar Presentation
Friday, 12/7 – Dinner with Santa
Monday, 12/2 – Friday, 12/14 – PTSA Holiday Shop
Monday, 12/17 – Holiday Character Day
Tuesday, 12/18 – Funny Holiday Sweater Day
Wednesday, 12/19 – Holiday Hat Day
Thursday, 12/20 – Early Release Day – 12:30 dismissal, Candy Stripe Day, our Holiday Party
Friday, 12/21 – Early Release Day – 12:30 dismissal, Holiday sing-a-long, Holiday PJ Day

Week of 11/12 – 11/16/18

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Well, we’ve made it!  Only 5 short days until our Thanksgiving Break.  I hope everyone has a chance to spend some time with family and friends next week, as well as get some rest.  I’m extremely thankful to have such a great group of students this year.  I have really enjoyed getting to know each and everyone of them, as well as seeing how much they’ve grown so far this school year.  I look forward to seeing them continuing to grow.  We have also been very blessed to have Melissa Kohlhagen with us this quarter.  She is a student at KSU and I’m sure she will be an excellent teacher.  Unfortunately, this is her last week with us.  She will truly be missed.  Oh well, that’s enough sappiness, let’s move on to what we have coming up this week.

Math – We are extremely fortunate to have Miss Melissa teaching us a lesson this week. Miss Melissa will be teaching us how to multiply 2 digits by 2 digits.  We have been working hard to learn a variety of ways to multiply up to 4 digits by 1 digit and we are making huge progress.  Please continue working with your students on memorizing their multiplication facts.  This will become imperative as we move further and further into our units of multiplication and division. We will be having a test on up to 1 by 4 digit multiplication this week.

Reading – we will be continuing to work on finding the main idea and summarizing non-fiction texts.  We will also be continuing to determine the text structure of non-fiction texts.  There are five different text structures.  They are:  1) description, 2) cause and effect, 3) problem and solution, 4) compare and contrast, and finally 5) sequence.  The students will be expected to read various passages and decide what the text structure is.  Typically, when determining the text structure of a description passage, the author is providing information about the topic.  For cause and effect, the author is giving reasons (causes) and outcomes (effects) for a certain topic.  For problem and solution, the author will give information on a topic, such as air pollution, and then provide several solutions on how to fix the topic.  For compare and contrast, the author will take two topics and write about how they are the same and how they are different.  Finally, for the text structure of sequence, the author uses dates and such to tell the information in a certain, logical order.

Writing – we will be continuing to work on our opinion pieces.  This week, we will be focusing on writing strong leads, as well as making sure our reasons support our opinions and that we even consider mentioning opposing views and why those views are wrong.  This helps to make your reasons even stronger.

Spelling – we will be receiving our contract for unit seven this week.  The contract will not be due until the Friday after Thanksgiving Break (11/30/18).  I’m including the list and contract here, in case your student doesn’t happen to bring it home or in case your student loses his/her contract between now and then.  

Grammar – this week, we will be using the mentor text  In November, by Cynthia Rylant.  The grammar focus for this week is metaphors.  We’ve covered similes and metaphors previously, but this week, our focus is only metaphors.  Metaphors are similar to similes, but unlike similes, we do not use “like” or “as” to compare the two objects.  Some examples of metaphors would be:  1) you’re the apple of my eye, 2) you were a star in the performance this week.  We will be taking our “Invitation to Edit” on Friday.

Science – we will be continuing to work on Ecosystems.  We will also have the opportunity to do some stop motion videos and possibly some green screen videos to share our newly gained knowledge of ecosystems.  It should be lots of fun and hopefully, Ms. Dean, our STEAM coordinator, will be hand to help out with using this brand new technology.


Original Works

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Good afternoon.  Mrs. Hardesty just sent a reminder that if you would like to order your child’s Original Works art work, the orders were due today, but she has extended it until tomorrow.  If you would like to order the Original Works art work, please be sure to return the envelope by tomorrow.

Week of 11/5-11/9/18

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We have two weeks until Thanksgiving Break.  We had a very busy week last week, with the field trips, Mystery Readers, Ms. Melissa’s great lesson on moon phases and all.  Thank you for your patience and understanding when the field trip to South Cobb fell through.  Hopefully, we’ll be able to attend it later.  I was really looking forward to attending.  Oh well, no reason to focus on the past that can’t be changed, let’s move on to what we’re covering this week.

Math – This week in math, we will be working on multiplying multi-digits by 1 digit using base-ten blocks, as well as the traditional algorithm.  Please be sure to check out the videos that have been posted here on the blog.  If you go to the top of the blog, you should see a tab that says “Math How To” videos, you’ll need to scroll down toward the bottom and you will find all the Cobb County videos.  Under the heading of  multiplication, you will see various other videos that I have found and use in my classroom.  If you have any questions or would like to come in to learn how to help your child with these various strategies, please let me know.  Please understand that these are strategies that I must teach, because the county says I have to.  However, after I have taught the strategies, the students will have a choice in the strategy that they use on a regular basis.

Reading – This week, we will be discussing the various text structures of informational text.  These text structures include description, compare/contrast, sequence, problem and solution, and cause and effect.  We will be watching a Flocabulary video that will hopefully help the students understand the various text structures.  

Writing – We will be continuing our unit on opinion writing.  This week, we will be focusing on writing good, strong leads, as well as reasons to support their opinion.  The students will have an opportunity to “rehearse” their writing with their writing partner prior to writing.  I’m looking forward to seeing/reading what the students come up with.

Spelling – This week, we will continue with Sort #6.  We will be taking our test on Friday, 11/9/18.  Please be sure you are completing your contract and turning it in on Friday.

Grammar – Due to the crazy week we had last week, we weren’t able to get to our mentor sentence.  Therefore, we will be working with the mentor text from Water Dance by Thomas Locker.  This week’s focus will be exactly what it was last week.  We will be working on personification.  Personification is when someone gives personal characteristics to in animate objects.  An example of personification would be “Clouds dance across the sky.”  The personification is that clouds can’t dance, but people do.

Science – this week, Mrs. Homer will be teaching Science.  We will be focusing on Ecosystems.  We have some really cool activities planned.  Please be sure to talk to your students about what we’re covering.




Tuesday, 11/6/18 – Teacher Workday – No school for Students
Friday, 11/9/18 – PTSA Movie Night
Wednesday, 11/15/18 – Chick-fil-A Night
Monday, 11/19 – Friday, 11/23 – Thanksgiving Break – No School
Monday, 12/17/18 – Holiday Character Dress-up Day
Tuesday, 12/18/18 – Candy Cane Day
Wednesday, 12/19/18 – Fourth Grade Holiday Party/Holiday Hat Day
Thursday, 12/20/18 – Early Release (12:30 p.m.)/Ugly Sweater Day
Friday, 12/21/18 – Early Release (12:30 p.m.)/Holiday Sing-a-long/Holiday PJ Day