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.