Week of April 29 – May 3, 2019

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Well, the time has finally arrived.  We begin testing at 8:00, sharp.  If your student is not here by 8:00, they will have to take the test later in the afternoon, with someone else.  Please do your best not to stress them out.  We want them refreshed and ready to “Rock” the test.  They are going to be fine.  They have all the tools in their toolbox, they just have to put forth the effort that goes along with it.  We can only ask that they do their best.  Is it going to be hard, YES!  Is it going to be tiresome, YES!  Can they do it, YES!!!!  They have all shown so much growth this year in everything they have done.  We just need to see that in “action” on the test.  We’ve talked about how it’s not a “pass or fail” kind of thing.  They just need to do their best and show the fifth grade teachers what they’re capable of.

With that all being said, I want to thank you for sharing your students with us.  We have really enjoyed getting to know them and work with them.  I’m sure there have been days that they thought we were the worst things they’ve ever seen, but hopefully they have learned something and will continue to grow as the mature and move through the grade levels.  Now is the time to shine!  We don’t have much on the docket for this week, because of testing.  The students are going to be mentally drained, so I don’t want to stress them out too much.  However, I will be handing out the contract for this week and shhhh!  It’s the last one of the year!  It will be due on 5/10 (which is the same day as the Career Day).  We will be taking our test first thing in the morning that day.  If your child doesn’t come home with their spelling contract on Monday, please feel free to download it here.  

We will be having a more relaxed week this week, but after testing we will still be talking about the Civil War and moving into Reconstruction.  Please be sure to check the blog often for updates and information regarding the busiest four weeks of the year.  There is a lot to do in the month of May. Also, talent show interest forms were sent home on Thursday, so if you’re interested in participating in the talent show, be sure to send in the forms no later than Wednesday, 5/1/19.  The talent show will be held on Friday, 5/17 at 7:00 in the cafeteria.

Monday, 4/29 – ELA Part 1 (8:00 – 10:15)
Tuesday,4/30 – ELA Part 2 (8:00 – 10:15)
Wednesday, 5/1 – ELA Part 3 (8:00 – 10:15)
Monday, 5/6 – Math Part 1 (8:00 – 10:00)
Tuesday, 5/7 – Math Part 2 (8:00 – 10:00)
Wednesday, 5/8 – Reading Inventory
Thursday, 5/9 – Math Inventory
Friday, 5/10 – Career Day/Spelling Test
Monday, 5/13 – Field Day for 4th and 5th Grades
Tuesday, 5/14 – Guidance Lesson with Ms. Whitton
Monday, 5/20 – Last day to take home supplies, notebooks, etc. – Bring a LARGE Bag with handles
Tuesday, 5/21 – Early Release at 12:30
Wednesday, 5/22 – Last Day of School – Early Release at 12:30

Week of 4/22-4/26

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Happy Easter and Happy Passover!  I hope everyone has enjoyed some time with family and friends this weekend, despite the cold, dreary weather on Saturday.  It’s hard to believe that we’re only about 4 1/2 weeks from the end of the year.  I don’t know about you, but this year has flown by!  I have enjoyed working with each and every one of you this year and look forward to hearing how things are going in the future!  With that being said, let’s move on to what we’ve got going on this week.  Please remember that there are no lunch visitors except for Friday, 5/10, due to testing challenges and other end of year activities that could cause a change in the schedule. 

Math – this week, we will be learning how to measure angles using a protractor, as well as understanding that angles are additive.  We will be working to find the measurement of a missing angle, as well as measuring angles.

Reading – we will continue working on paired passages, where we are reading two different passages and then answering questions or writing a constructed response with information from the two articles.  Please encourage your students to go back into the passage and find their answers, as much as possible.  Many times, the creators of the questions and the “test,” will ask questions that have answers that can be found within the passage.  It’s imperative that students take the time to go back and find the answers while they’re reading.

Writing – we are continuing to work on fictional narratives with a focus on using dialogue, and punctuating it correctly, using strong verbs to help the reader visualize what is being written, as well as the correct times to change paragraphs and how to use transition words and phrases appropriately.

Grammar – This week, our mentor sentence comes from the Patricia Polocco book, Chicken Sunday.  We will be working on punctuation as well.  We will be taking our invitation to edit on Friday.

Spelling – we will be waiting until after the GA Milestones to be taking our Sort 15 test, around May 10th.  I don’t want students to lose their spelling contracts this week, so I will be placing the contract here, in case your student wants to get a jump start on studying the words and completing the activities.  I’ll be passing out the actual contract next Monday, but it won’t be due until May 10th. 

Science – We will be finishing up our unit on Force and Motion on Monday, then moving onto Social Studies, beginning on Tuesday.

Social Studies – we will begin our study on the U.S. Civil War.  With this unit, we will be discussing slavery, because it’s part of our history, but in no certain terms is it acceptable.  We teach history, so that hopefully history doesn’t repeat itself.  I will only be teaching about the facts.  If you would like to see the PowerPoint presentations that I will be using, please let me know and I will share them with you.

Thursday, 4/25/19 – First Annual STEAM Night – 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Friday, 4/26/19 – WellStar Visit
Friday, 4/26/19 – End of 4.5 week grading period.
Monday, 4/29/19 – ELA Section 1 – GA Milestones (8:00 – 10:00)
Tuesday, 4/30/19 – ELA Section 2 – GA Milestones (8:00 – 10:00)
Tuesday, 4/30/19 – Fourth Quarte Progress Reports sent home.
Wednesday, 5/1/19 – ELA Section 3 – GA Milestones (8:00 – 10:00)
Monday, 5/6/19 – Math Section 1 – GA Milestones (8:00 – 10:00) 
Tuesday, 5/7/19 – Math Section 2  GA Milestones (8:00 – 10:00)
Friday, 5/10/19 – Career Day
Monday, 5/13/19 – Fourth/Fifth Grade Field Day
Tuesday, 5/14/19 – Second/Third Grade Field Day
Wednesday, 5/15/19 – Kindergarten/First Grade Field Day

Week of 4/15 – 4/19/19

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My apologies for the tardiness of this post.  Time just got away from me this weekend!  I hope everyone survived the storms yesterday and had no damage to their houses/yards.  We’re quickly approaching our testing window and I know your students are getting more and more anxious by the day.  They have all the tools in their toolbox, they just need to remember to take their time and read the questions/passages carefully.  We can only ask that they do their best.  It will be a very tiring couple of days.  Please take advantage of the test prep that is located on the Pitner website.  I’m also including a link here.  This will be very helpful for the students to know what types of questions they will be expected to answer when the time comes.  We are continuing to practice daily in class, as well as cover new material.  Please try not to stress your students out over this.  It’s one assessment and we all know they are more than a test score.  We just want them to do their best.  Well, that’s enough of the boring stuff, let’s move on to more exciting things, like what we’ll be doing in class this week.

Math – The students took a quick assessment this morning on what we’ve been working on over the last week.  I was very pleased, because more than half of the class passed with an 80% or more.  Granted, there were only five questions, but there was quite a bit of improvement from the first time we took the whole big test.  I will be working to continue to review and extend these missing skills in math class each day, as well as incorporating new material that we are learning.  This week, we will be focusing on classifying polygons by their angles and by the number of parallel/perpendicular sides they have.  We will then move on to measurement of angles next week, as well as conversions of customary and metric units.  We will only be scratching those surfaces prior to the milestones.

Reading – This week, we are working on reading and answering questions based on paired text.  Paired text is when we take two different writings (poetry, drama, or prose) about the same subject.  For example today, we were working on the Pony Express that was used to help deliver mail and packages back during our time of westward expansion.  The students were to read a prose (regular writing), and then read a poem on the same topic.  Then, they were expected to use the information from both passages to answer some multiple choice questions and then imagine they were a rider of the Pony Express and then describe what it would have been like.  These papers will be coming home in your students’ graded paper folders on Friday.  Please be on the lookout for them.

Writing – we are still focusing on writing fictional narratives.  These narratives can be realistic, historical, or just imaginary.  Our focus this week will be writing a good lead, one that hooks the reader into the world of our story, developing good, interesting characters, then working our way to adding suspense and further developing the setting to our stories.  The students are working hard and I can’t wait to read their masterpieces when they are all done.  Hopefully, we’ll have an opportunity to type these, so that your students can share them with you through office 365.

Grammar  – This week’s mentor sentence comes from a book called, My School’s a Zoo.  This week’s focus is on possessive pronouns (his, hers, ours, theirs, etc).

Spelling – we have our Sort 14 test schedule for Friday of this week, so please make sure your students are completing their contracts and studying their words.  If for some reason, your child doesn’t have a copy of his/her contract, please feel free to download another one below.

Science – this should be a fun and exciting week in Science. We will be reading about roller coasters and then creating our own Rube Goldbergs in class towards the end of the week.  If you’re not sure what a “Rube Goldberg” is, please be sure to go to Mrs. Homer’s Symbaloo and look for it.  She has a great video from Okay, Go in which they have created a massive one.  We will not be creating a massive one or trashing things like TVs, but we’re looking forward to the students’ creations.  

We have a number of upcoming activities in the next few weeks, as we whiz through April and the end of the school year!  Please be sure to add these things to your calendars and home and check the agendas daily to keep abreast of what’s going on.


Tuesday, 4/16 – GA Milestones for third grade begins (ELA section 1)
Wednesday, 4/17 – GA Milestones for third grade (ELA section 2)
Thursday, 4/18 – GA Milestones for third grade (ELA section 3)
Friday, 4/19 – Good Friday, for those who celebrate Easter
Friday, 4/19 – Color Fun Run donations due
Friday, 4/19 – Spelling Sort #14 Test
Monday, 4/22 – GA Milestones for fifth grade (Math Section 1)
Tuesday, 4/23 – GA Milestones for fifth grade (Math Section 2)
Wednesday, 4/24 – GA Milestones for third grade (Math Section 1)
Thursday, 4/25 – GA Milestones for third grade (Math Sections 2)
Friday, 4/26 – WellStar Presentation during math
Friday, 4/26 – PNN Applications for next year are due (including the reference forms)
Monday, 4/29 – GA Milestones for Fourth Grade (ELA Section 1)
Tuesday, 4/30 – GA Milestones for Fourth Grade (ELA Section 2)
Wednesday, 5/1 – GA Milestones for Fourth Grade (ELA Section 3)
Monday, 5/6 – GA Milestones for Fourth Grade (Math Section 1)
Tuesday, 5/7 – GA Milestones for Fourth Grade (Math Section 2)
Monday, 5/13 – Field Day for fourth and fifth grades (Please wear your green t-shirt)
Friday, 5/10 – Career Day

Week of 4/8-4/12/19

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I hope everyone had an excellent Spring Break 2019!  I know mine was emotional, as my daughter and I went visiting various colleges and she decided what she wants to do when she’s finished with school.  Although emotional, it was a great time spent with just the two of us.  We had a chance to rest, relax, and recover to be ready for the final few weeks of school.  I’m ready to face what the future holds.  Well, that’s enough about me.  Let’s move on to what we have on the agenda this week.  It’s going to be a busy one  The first thing on the agenda is the schedule change.  Due to the upcoming GA Milestones, we have had a schedule change.  The only two things that will remain the same are lunch and our content area times.  I’ve listed out the new schedule below.

7:15 – 7:45     Morning Procedures
7:45 – 8:00    Morning Announcements
8:00 – 8:25    Number Talks
8:25 – 9:15    Math groups (rotations)
9:15 – 10:15   Reading
10:15 – 11:30  ELA (Writing/Grammar/Spelling)
11:30 – 11:55  Recess
11:55 – 12:25  Lunch
12:25 – 12:30 Restroom prior to specials
12:30 – 1:15   Specials
1:15 – 2:05    Content Area (Science/Social Studies)
2:05 – 2:15    Pack for dismissal
2:15 – 2:25    Dismissal

Math – This week, we will be taking the fourth quarter touchstone on Monday, then focusing on some geometry with lines, points, line segments, parallel lines, intersecting lines, and perpendicular lines.

Reading – this week we will begin reviewing for the upcoming GA Milestones at the end of April by spending this week working on context clues.  Context clues is when you use the words around a bolded word to help you determine the meaning of the word.  We will also be continuing with our reading of our class novel The Hope Chest, which is a historical fiction novel based on the 19th amendment (women’s suffrage).

Writing – we will be reviewing for the upcoming GA milestones by writing some quick opinion pieces based on some text that I will give them.  Please have your students work on typing as much as possible at home this week.  The students will need these typing skills to help them with the GA Milestones, but unfortunately, we won’t be able to use the laptops or computer lab at school, due to third and fifth grades taking the Milestones in the mornings.

Grammar – this week, we will be using the mentor text, Twilight Comes Twice, and our focus will be on figurative language.  Figurative language is often used in writing to help the reader get a clearer picture of what the author is trying to say.  Figurative language has many facets.  These facets can include metaphors, similes, hyperbole, personification, and onomatopoeia.

Spelling – this week, we will get our Sort 14 contract and we will be taking our test on Friday, 4/19.  This will be the last contract for  a while, because of the upcoming GA Milestones.  We will not have another contract until after the GA Milestones.  If for some reason your child doesn’t bring home his/her contract, please feel free to download another copy below.  

Science – we will begin our study of force and motion, as well as simple machines.  We usually have a great time with these two subjects.  Please be sure to check Mrs. Homer’s blog for more detailed information.




Monday, 4/8 – New schedule begins
Tuesday, 4/9 – In house field trip – this is a make-up trip from “Willy Wonka” at South Cobb HS that was cancelled.
Thursday, 4/12 – Field trip to Sparkles for Light and Sound information – Lunch reminders will come home on Wednesday.