Dream Box

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We just received our log-in information on Dream Box.  Dream Box is a math program where students enjoy learning new math skills.  We started using Dream Box in class today.  We had some trouble logging in at first, but fortunately for us, these kids are technologically inclined and figured it out.  A letter will be coming home on Friday regarding Dream Box and and email went out this morning.  Here’s what we figured out had to be done in order to get to the student log in page.  Please follow these directions to be able to see your student’s progress.

  1. Go to www.cobbk12.org/Pitner
  2. Click on “School links”
  3. Click on “Just for Fun”
  4. Click on Dream Box
  5. Use the log-in information that is in your child’s agenda to complete the following.  Our class code is 66700.  From the following screen, you should be able to create a parent account and follow your child’s progress.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. 


Week of December 15-19, 2019

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We’ve made it to the halfway point!  Only five (5) more wake-ups before we’re out for two weeks!  We had an awesome time creating water filtration systems during our STEAM day on Friday!  Be sure you talk to your students about what they did and how they did it.  Mrs. Homer will be posting come pictures and videos on her blog.  Please be sure to check those out.

We have really enjoyed having these students this year!  It’s so refreshing to see a group that is so accepting and understanding of each other!  It’s going to be very hard to see them leave in the spring!  Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to help out with our Winter Break party on Thursday.  If you want to come, please feel free to come.  The more the merrier!  If you volunteered to send in an item for the party, please be sure to send it in no later than Wednesday, so that we can make arrangements for any missing items.  Please remember that Thursday and Friday are early release days and we will begin our dismissal at 12:30, as soon as the buses can get here from the high schools.  Please be sure to read all the way to the bottom, especially the “Upcoming Events,” so that your student can participate in all the fun things Dr. Hosey has planned for us.  This week we will be working on finishing up all our missing assignments, so that grades can be put in prior to the break.  We will have a number of assessments this week, so please be sure to check your child’s agenda daily for pertinent information.

Grammar – our mentor text is The Snow Globe Family by Jane O’Connor.  The focus of the mentor sentence will be on comparative and superlative adjectives.  Comparative adjectives are adjectives that compare differences between the attributes of two (2) nouns.  For example, Mrs. Homer is funnier than Mrs. Poulos.  Comparative adjectives typically end in -er, since they are comparing two things.  Superlative adjectives are similar to Comparative adjectives, but they describe the attribute of a person or thing that is the highest or lowest in degree compared to the members of the noun’s group.  For example, Wallace, Mrs. Homer’s dog is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.  Superlative adjectives typically end in -est.

Reading – We will be working on some fun activities and catching up on missing assignments.  We will also be taking the ELA Touchstone during our reading time.  The Read 180 students will continue to go to their classroom, and we will continue working on DRAs (Developmental Reading Assessments), so that we have our new groups in place for the beginning of next year.  Students will also be finishing up any missing reading assignments that they still have in their cubbies.

Science – We will be taking our summative test on the water cycle and states of matter on Tuesday.  We will be playing Kahoot! on Monday to help us review.  Please be sure your student has studied the study guide that came home last week.  If for some reason, your child says he/she didn’t receive one, please be sure to check the blog (the Science tab) for another copy that you can download.

Math – We have worked hard to cover all the standards up to this point.  We will be taking the Math Touchstone on Wednesday.  We are currently working on finding the area of rectilinear figures (these are the irregular figures).  The students have done a great job of working on finding the area of rectangles and squares, but it becomes more difficult when there are irregular shapes.  The students will need to find the area of the two rectangles and then add them together to get the total area of the rectilinear figures.

Monday, 12/16 – Holiday Character day – Wear your favorite holiday character.  Make up work completion.

Tuesday, 12/17 – Holiday Hat day – Wear your favorite holiday hat attire.
Tuesday, 12/17/19 – Science Test and ELA Touchstone

Wednesday, 12/18 – Holiday Sock Day and Math Touchstone

Thursday, 12/19 – Early Release Day – 12:30 Dismissal/Holiday Sweater Day

Friday, 12/20 – Early Release Day – 12:30 Dismissal/Movie Day

Monday, 12/23/19 – Friday, 1/4/20 – Winter Holiday break for students and staff


Winter Break Party – 12/19/19

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Good morning!  Thank you to everyone who has already volunteered to come and help with our winter break party on 12/19/19.  As promised, Mrs. Homer and I have finally had a chance to sit and talk about the party.  We are thinking of doing a cookie decorating party.  I have already purchased the cookies and some of the decorating items, but we are still in need of several other things.  If you are available to come in and help with the craft and the cookie decorating, we would love to have you.  We will be making the crafts from 10:15 – 11:00, then we will do the cookie decorating and eating after lunch around 11:38, up until dismissal.  I have created a Sign-up Genius to help get some of the items in.  If you can, would you please consider signing up for an item or two?  If you would like to come in to help, you can just email either myself or Mrs. Homer.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email us.  Thank you for all you do to support us and your students.  We have seen some great progress this year and look forward to how much they continue to grow.  Please click the link below to sign up for an item or two.

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Week of 12/9 – 12/13/19

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Well, the countdown is on.  Only 10 more wake-ups until the winter break.  It’s so hard to believe that we’re so close to the end of the first semester together.  I’m very sad that the first half is almost over.  We have a very busy couple of weeks these next two.  Over the next two weeks, we will be taking the Reading Inventory (RI) and the Math Inventory (MI).  We will also be taking the English/Language Arts Touchstone to see how much the students have learned thus far this quarter.  We are also expected to take the Math touchstone, as well as our end of the quarter math summative assessment.  Please be sure to check your student’s graded paper folder this week.  There are several important papers in there.  They are all in the front of the “Keep at Home” side of the folder.  Also, congratulations to Jazlyn for being our spelling bee contestant and Autumn for being our spelling bee alternate.  Good luck at the school spelling bee in January!

Grammar – This week, we will continue working on figurative language by reading the book called The Honest to Goodness Truth by Patricia McKissack.  The mentor sentence focus this week is on similes.  A simile is when the author compares two or more objects using the words “like” or “as.”  On Friday, the students will be expected to underline the figurative language used in the sentence (aka the similes), as well as adding as subordinating conjunction to make the listed complex sentences make sense.

Writing – We are coming into the home stretch of finishing up our opinion masterpieces.  This week, we will be putting all of our learning into a post-assessment in which we take a piece completely through the writing process by brainstorming, drafting, editing, revising, and publishing a piece in 45 quick minutes.  The students will have a list of topics they can choose from, but the list will contain all opinion topics.  We will also be completing our 45 minute pre-assessment piece on informational writing, so be thinking about something you know a lot about.

Reading – This week in reading we will be comparing paired texts.  The students will be expected to read two passages on the same topic and then compare and contrast the two passages.

Science – We’ll be continuing to work with the water cycle and states of matter.  We will be taking our test on the water cycle and states of matter on Tuesday, 12/17.  A study guide will come home Monday or Tuesday and it will be posted on the blog accordingly on the “Science” tab.

Math – This week and next, we will be working on finding area.  We’ve already covered perimeter – adding up the outside.  Now, we’ll be moving on to area – this is where we multiply the length times the width (A=l*w).  We will also be working on rectilinear figures, where we have to combine areas for irregular shapes.  The students have done a great job with multiplication.  We have 7 Multiplication Masters – have scored 90% or better on our F4 (Fast Fact Fluency Friday), 1 Division Dojo – have scored 90% or better on our division F4, and 2 Mixed Miyagis – have scored 90% or better on both multiplication and division F4.  The Mixed Miyagis no longer have to take the F4 each week!  We would love to see these numbers increase.  When we reach 80% of the class as Multiplication Masters, we get a pizza party.  Right now we have 10, so we only need 8 more to pass with a 90% or higher!  Keep working on those multiplication and division facts!

Friday, 12/6/19 – Dinner with Santa – proceeds going to help support 5th grade activities – tonight from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

PTSA’s Holiday Shop – opens tonight during Dinner with Santa and will run through Wednesday of next week.  Please be sure to look for information regarding the Holiday Shop in your child’s graded paper folder today.  There is quite a bit of important information on top of the papers on the “Keep at Home” side.  We will have the opportunity to shop on Monday morning from 8:00 – 8:30.  This will be our only opportunity next week.

Wednesday, 12/11/19 – Guidance with Ms. Perry.  I was mistaken and thought it was last week, oops!  Sorry for the confusion!

Wednesday, 12/11/19 – Spirit Night at Cheeseburger Bobby’s on Barrett Parkway 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Be sure to mention that you’re with Pitner Elementary.  20% of sales comes back to Pitner!

Friday, 12/13/19 – Pitner STEAM Day – please be sure to ask your students about the fourth grade STEAM challenge!

Friday, 12/13/19 – PBIS school store – Be ready to spend or save your Pitner Bucks!

Saturday, 12/14/19 – Christmas at Piedmont – some members of our class will be singing with the Pitner Chorus this afternoon.  If you’re looking for a family Christmas activity, this is it!  It’s a huge production!

Monday, 12/16/19 – Holiday Character Day – Dress as your favorite holiday character, or wear something with your favorite holiday character on it.

Tuesday, 12/17/19 – Water/Water Cycle/States of Matter Test.

Tuesday, 12/17/19 – Holiday Hat Day – Wear your favorite Holiday Hat all day.

Wednesday, 12/18/19 Holiday Sock Day – Wear your favorite Holiday socks.

Thursday, 12/19/19 – Holiday Sweater Day – Wear your favorite holiday sweater.  This is also an early release day.  Dismissal will be at 12:30.  Please be sure to tell your student how they will be going home.  ASP will be available until 6:00 p.m., like usual.

Thursday, 12/19/19 – Class Party our class party will also be on this day.  We will be sending home more information as soon as possible.  If you would like to come and help, please email either myself or Mrs. Homer.

Friday, 12/20/19 – Holiday PJ Day – Wear your favorite holiday pajamas to school!  Be sure you wear your tennis shoes for recess.  This too is an early release day.  Dismissal will also be at 12:30.  Please be sure you tell your student how they are going home.  ASP will be available until 6:00 p.m., like usual.

Mystery activity – Go to the padlet that we’ve created (on the science tab) and add a sticky.  If you do this by Monday morning, you’ll receive some Pitner bucks!

 

 

 


Week of 12/2 – 12/6/19

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It’s so hard to believe that in 3 short weeks (15 school days), we will be halfway through our school year!  I’m having a very difficult time believing that this year is going so fast!  I’ve always heard that once you had kids, that the time flies.  That is so true!  This year is flying by!  I hope everyone had a wonderful, restful break last week. I know I enjoyed spending time with my family and friends in Birmingham.  Well, that’s enough about me, let’s move on to what we’ll be covering this next week.

Grammar – this week, our mentor text is a book called The Water Dance by Thomas Locker.  This week’s focus will be on personification. Personification is a form of figurative language where an author gives human qualities to objects or animals to help the reader visualize.  The students will be expected to find three (3) adjectives in the mentor sentence, then they will be expected to read the sentences that follow and tell what the author was trying to help them visualize.

Writing – We are continuing to work on our opinion writing pieces.  This week, we will be focusing on adding topic and concluding sentences, adding  more interesting words, including transitions from one paragraph to the next, including a conclusion, rather than just stopping the writing, and finally editing our masterpieces.  I’m looking forward to reading their final, published pieces.

Reading – This week, we will be continuing to work on using understanding how visuals, such as charts and graphs, can help us better understand what we are reading.  We will be using Nearpod to help us with this.  Your student will have a nearpod login provided to them this week.

Science – we will begin our unit on Water and the water cycle.  This week, we will begin our unit by doing a book walk through the science textbooks, as well as creating our own water cycle to observe how the water cycle works.

Math – we will be continuing to work on multiplying larger numbers (up to two digits by two digits).  The students are expected to know how to multiply using any method they want.  In fifth grade, the teachers will be focusing on how to solve the problems with the traditional algorithm, which we will teach the students how to do, but in my opinion, it’s more important that the students understand the concept of how to multiply up to two by two digits.  We will teach them both ways and then the students can use either way to solve their problems.  If they would like to use the traditional algorithm and check it using the box method (place value) model.

We have several things going on this week!  Please don’t forget about the free ticket to Six Flags, just for reading 6 hours between now and April 15, 2020.  If you have lost your child’s reading form, you can download another one on the tab above that says “Six Flags Reading Challenge.”  Also, please don’t forget that we need monetary donations for our Class Raffle Basket for Dinner with Santa on Friday, 12/6/19.  If you haven’t had a chance to make a donation, please be sure to read the following letter from Mrs. Radtke and Mrs. White regarding the basket.  Dinner with santa

Tuesday, 12/3/19 – Media center for check out and lesson
Wednesday, 12/4/19 – Guidance with Ms. Perry
Friday, 12/6/19 – Dinner with Santa – 5 – 8 p.m. – If you are interested in attending, but haven’t had a chance to order your tickets, you’re in luck!  The deadline for ordering tickets has been extended to Monday, 12/2 at 6 p.m.  You can use the following links to order your tickets on-line Dinner with Santa Tickets.  If you’re interested in making a donation or helping, please feel free to click the following links:  Donations and Volunteer Sign-up

Friday, 12/6/19 – Class Spelling Bee We will be having a class spelling bee to find a contestant and an alternative for our school spelling bee that will be held in January.

Wednesday, 12/11/19 – Spirit Night at Cheeseburger Bobby’s – more information to come home, when available – check your student’s homework folders for a flyer.

Friday, 12/13/19 – Pitner STEAM Day – more information to come.

Monday, 12/16/19 – Holiday Character Day – dress as your favorite holiday character or wear something with your favorite character on it.

Tuesday, 12/17/19 – Holiday Hat Day – Wear your favorite Holiday hat.

Wednesday, 12/18/19 – Holiday Sock Day – Wear your favorite holiday socks!

Thursday – 12/19/19 – Holiday Sweater Day – Wear your favorite holiday sweater – Also, this is an early release day at 12:30.  Please let your students know how they are going home.  ASP will be available until 6:00 p.m.  Our class holiday party will also be on this day – more information to come home soon. 

Friday, 12/20/19 – Holiday PJ Day – Wear your favorite holiday pajamas to school!  This too, is an early release day with dismissal at 12:30.  Please let your students know how they are going home.  ASP will be available until 6:00 p.m.

Monday, 12/23/19 – Friday, 1/3/20 – Winter break for students!  Staff will be expected to report on 1/2, but no students will be expected until Monday, 1/6/20.

Mystery Question of the week – What day is the Holiday Hat day? – Be sure to read through the entire blog to find the answer and then write it down on a piece of paper and bring it to Mrs. Poulos for some Pitner Bucks! Be sure you don’t tell anyone the answer, I want everyone to read through the blog to find the answer for themselves.