# Sweetheart Dance

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First Annual PTSA (Parent/Student) Sweetheart Dance is quickly approaching.  Forms were sent home late last week in your child’s homework folder.  If you are interested in coming to the Sweetheart Dance, but “never received your order form, you’re in luck.  You can view the flyer and download it below.

PTSA is still in need of some donations and could use some more volunteers.  If you are interested in donating an item, please click the “Donations” link below.  If you would like to volunteer to help at the Sweetheart Dance, please click the “volunteers” link below.  Mrs. Homer and I will both be here volunteering!  We hope to see you there!

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# Week of 1/28/19

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It’s hard to believe that we’re already into the fourth week of January.  I hope everyone’s year has had a great start!  I won’t keep you reading with a lot of mumbo jumbo, so I’ll get right on to what we have going on this week.

Math – This week, we will continue working with fractions.  Last week, we focused on finding equivalent fractions, and this week, we are beginning to work on comparing and ordering fractions.  Once the students understand what equivalent fractions are, it’s a little easier to understand how we compare fractions.  We will be using “benchmark fractions” to help us know if a fraction is greater or less than another.  I know that we were taught how to “cheat” the system and cross multiply and the side that has the bigger number is the larger fraction.  I will not be explaining this to the students.  I want them to use benchmark fractions to help them better understand what we’re actually doing.

Reading – we are continuing to work on inferences – where we take the information that the author has given us, and our prior knowledge to draw a conclusion based on the evidence in the text.  The students did a great job last week when I introduced the skill.  We will continue to work with these inferences and using the text evidence to support our answers.  Inferences can be very difficult, but as long as the students can support their answers, there’s no reason that couldn’t be correct.

Writing – we will continue working on our state projects that we are doing in collaboration with Ms. Stanley.  The students had a couple of opportunities to research their state’s information last week, and we will be going to the media center again this Friday and spending an hour to work on these projects.  The students can work on these projects at home as well, but we will have the opportunity to put them together here at school.  Mrs. Stanley will be providing the students with everything they need to complete the activity.  We are using Office 365 to upload a link to our images, so that Mrs. Stanley will print them in color for us.

Grammar – This week, our mentor sentence comes from The Day the Crayons Quiz, by Drew Daywalt.  The focus of our mentor sentence is identifying the types of sentences used. The types of sentences that we will be discussing are:  (a) declarative, (b) imperative – command, (c) exclamatory – exclamation.  In a declarative sentence, the speaker is declaring something, such as “My shirt is red.”  In an imperative sentence, the author is giving a command, therefore it’s imperative that you do that.  For example, sharpen your pencil.  Finally, an exclamatory sentence shows excitement and ends in an exclamation point.

Spelling – we will be having our Sort 10 spelling test on Friday.  Even if we happen to have a “S” word day or two, the students will still be expected to take the spelling test on Friday.  The contract is due on Friday, as well.  Please find the spelling contract below.

Social Studies – We will be reviewing what we learned about the War of 1812 on Monday, then have a guidance lesson on Tuesday.  On Friday, we will be working on our state projects in the media center.  Wednesday and Thursday, we will begin our unit on Westward Expansion.

Monday, 1/28/19 – Crazy Socks/Crazy Hair
Tuesday, 1/29/19 – Shine Bright for Kindness – wear bright colored clothing
Wednesday, 1/30/19 – Team Kindness – Wear sports attire
Thursday, 1/31/19 – Kindness Rocks – wear “Rock Star” attire
Friday, 2/1/19 – “Dreaming of Kindness” – Wear your PJs! (& hopefully the hot chocolate bar reward for box tops – fingers crossed)
Friday, 2/1/19 – Spelling Sort 10 Test and Invitation to Edit (sentence types)
Tuesday, 2/12/19 – Progress Reports come home
Thursday, 2/14/19 – Valentine’s exchange – letter coming home next week
Friday, 2/15/19 – Spring Pictures – this includes our annual class picture.

# Great Kindness Challenge (GKC)

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Next week, we will be partaking in the Great Kindness Challenge.  This is something that the counselors have implemented for us this year.  The Great Kindness Challenge is a proactive and positive bullying prevention initiative that helps to improve school climate and increases student engagement.  The Great Kindness Challenge (GKC) is one week devoted to performing as many acts of kindness as possible.  Below, you will find a checklist of 50 kind acts, that we hope our students will take part in and show the world that kindness really does matter!  Please feel free to download a flyer here.  You may also find a Spanish version here.

As part of the challenge, we are having some “theme” days next week.  Please see below for the various activities that have been planned.
On Monday, “we are crazy about kindness,” by wearing crazy socks/hair day
On Tuesday, “Shine Bright for Kindness,” by wearing brightly colored clothing.
On Wednesday, “Team Kindness,” by wearing sports attire
On Thursday, “Kindness Rocks,” by wearing “rock star” attire
On Friday, “Dreaming of Kindness,” by wearing your PJs!

As part of the GKC, we are also asking for donations of Toiletry items.  The items to bring can include:  toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouthwash, body wash, soap, facial soap, shampoo & conditioner (for all ethnicities), deodorant, body spray, paper towels, toilet paper, tissues, napkins, liquid dish soap, disinfecting wipes and/or spray, and hand sanitizer.  The donated items will be donated to Safe Path and CCYA.  Please look for a more detailed paper to come home with your student on Monday.

# 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.