Week of 3/18-3/22

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Happy Birthday Mrs. Homer!  We hope you have an excellent birthday!

It’s hard to believe that we only have 10 school days until Spring Break.  It’s going by so fast!  I’m not sure where the time goes/has gone.  It doesn’t seem like it’s time for our little ducks to leave the nest and move on to 5th grade yet!  Well, there’s not enough time to get sentimental now.  I guess I need to wipe up my tears and move on to what we’ll be covering this week in class.  So, without further ado, let’s move on.

Math – this week, we will be continuing to work with decimals.  Last week, we quickly learned how to convert fractions to decimals and decimals to fractions within tenths and hundredths.  Then, we learned to add and subtract the decimals.  This week, we will spend time comparing decimals and ordering the decimals from least to greatest and greatest to least.

Reading – This week, we will begin a class novel, called The Hope Chest.  We will be reading the book in class, after we have completed some introductory activities the early part of the week.  Please be sure to ask your children tomorrow (on Monday) if they have figured out or been able to “infer” what the book is about through the activities that we complete.

Writing – This week, we will begin my favorite genre of writing.   We will begin working on fictional narratives.  Unlike personal narratives, fictional can be realistic, historical, or flat out make believe.  The students will begin the unit by completing a task card activity where they will need to read the task card and determine if the passage on the card is a fictional narrative or some other type of writing.  After we have a better understanding of what fictional writing is, we will create our fictional writing notebooks and begin focusing on the characters and settings of our stories.  We will still be working on completing some “prompted” writing throughout this process as well.

Grammar – due to the various activities outside of our control last week (field trip on Tuesday and Early Release on Wednesday), we didn’t get as far as I would have liked in Crickwing, so I decided last week to put it off until this week.  Last week, the students watched a you tube video of Crickwing, so this week, we will spend a little extra time working on the various parts of our mentor sentence and we will take our invitation to edit quiz on Friday.

Spelling – contracts are due on Friday of this week.  We will also be having our spelling test on Friday of this week, so please be sure you are practicing your spelling skills each and every day.  These contracts really make a difference in the students spelling ability when it comes time for the tests.  If for some reason, your child did not bring home his/her spelling contract, you can download another copy here.  

Social Studies – Last week, in our discussion of Westward Expansion, we focused on the lower half of the “soon to be US.” This week, we will continue our focus on Westward Expansion, but we will be focusing on the pioneers who began moving west on the Oregon Trail.  We will be completing some more structured notes and will be having a test next Friday, 3/29 on Westward Expansion.  I will be sending home a study guide no later than this coming Friday, 3/22 in your child’s graded paper folder.  Please begin studying as soon as you get the study guide.  All the answers to the test will be on the study guide, but probably not in the same order as the study guide.

Wednesday, 3/20 – Kindergarten Registration will be happening in the media center.  If you have an upcoming Kindergartener, please be sure to check the Pitner website for details.
Thursday, 3/21 – Ms. Whitton, our counselor, will be coming to our class for our monthly Guidance lesson.
Friday, 3/22 – Our “State Fair.”  We will be attending the “State Fair” from 1:30 – 2:00.  Thank you for all the parents who have volunteered their time to come in and help.  I know Ms. Stanley appreciates it.  Also, on Friday, 3/22, the third quarter report cards will be coming home.  Please be sure to sign and return the envelope.  The report card is yours to keep.

 


Week of 3/11 – 3/15

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Wow!  We have another busy week this week.  We have our field trip to the Cobb Safety Village on Tuesday and Early Release on Wednesday.  Please be sure to read all the way to the end of this blog to know all you need to be sure to have for this week.  On Tuesday, please be sure you are wearing blue jeans/pants, your green class t-shirt (or a green shirt that you might have), as well as bring your lunch if you told me you would be bringing your lunch from home.  Your lunch needs to be placed in a disposable lunch bag.  You don’t want to have to walk around with a lunchbox while we’re there.  On Wednesday, for Early Release, please be sure you know how you are going home.  We will be dismissing around 12:20.

Math – this week, we will begin working with decimals and converting fractions to decimals and decimals to fractions.  Decimals seem to be a little easier, because we associate decimals with money.  This really seems to help the students get a better understanding.  However, if your student is having difficulty, please be sure to check out the math “how to” videos here on the blog.  On Wednesday, we will be taking the third quarter full math touchstone.  Please be sure you know how to convert fractions!

Reading – this week, we will be focusing on context clues.  Just in case you’re not familiar with context clues, that’s when you come across a new word and have to use the words around that new word to help you determine the meaning of the word.  We will also be taking our third quarter ELA touchstone.

Writing – we will be working on the “ABCD” method of writing extended responses that Dr. Jones-Pringle introduced us to on Friday.  “ABCD” is an acronym for the students to be able to write more toward what is expected on the GA Milestones.  A stands for “attack the prompt”, B stands for “brainstorm”, C stands for “Choose the characteristics and structure of your essay”, and finally D stands for “Draft.”  The students will have the opportunity to practice typing their final drafts, some in class, but unfortunately, after Spring Break, testing begins for the other grade levels and we won’t have access to the laptops to practice typing, so after Spring Break, I’m going to be asking that the students practice their typing at home.

Spelling – This week, the students will be receiving their Sort #13 spelling lists.  However, if your student does not bring his/her contract home, please feel free to download another copy below.

 

Grammar – This week, our mentor text is Crickwing, by Janelle Cannon.  Our grammar focus is writing complex sentences and what makes them complex.

Social Studies – This week, we will continue our unit on Westward Expansion, but we will be focusing on The Mexican American War (the battle at the Alamo), as well as the Oregon Trail.  The students will be completing structured notes on these two topics. Also, please be sure that you completing the two pages in the Fire Safety Booklet that your students should have brought home to you last Tuesday, after our presentation.

Tuesday – 3/12 – Field Trip to Fire Safety Village 
Wednesday, 3/13 – Early Release – Dismissal at 12:20
Friday, 3/15 – Any extra credit projects are due.
Friday, 3/22 – 3rd quarter report cards to go home.

 


Week of 3/4 – 3/8/19

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Wow!  What a week last week was!  We had so many things going on, it was hard to stay afloat.  I hope everyone is safe and sound from these lovely storms we’re currently getting.  I love being able to sit on my couch and read a book.  I’ve gotten really into reading lately.  I loved having the opportunity to just have DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) time last week, because like the students, I dropped everything that I had going on and stopped to read in my newest book.  It’s a very exciting book. Well, that’s enough about boring old me, let’s move on to what we have on the agenda this week.

Math – This week, we will be focusing on creating and reading line plot graphs, as well as learning to multiply fractions by a whole number.  We will be working with some models, as well as just multiplying.  This concept has not changed since we were younger, but just in case you have forgotten, please feel free to view the various math “How to” videos located on the “Math ‘How To'” tab across the top of this blog.  We just multiply across.  For example, if we are multiplying 3 X 1/4, we would multiply 3 X 1, which is 3 and then move the denominator over because 3 is the same as 3X1.

Reading – This week, we will continue working on cross curricular reading by working on some test prep.  We will be reading a paired passage on The Oregon Trail.  With paired passages, many times, it’s a nonfiction text (journal entry, diary entry, section from a non-fiction text) and a fictional story related to the same topic.  Then, there will be questions aske about both passages and there will be a constructed response for these two passages in which the students will need to take information from both passages to fully answer the question.  The students will be expected to provide text evidence, use correct capitalization and punctuation. Please encourage your students to begin doing this with all of their written responses to questions.  We’re in fourth grade now and sometimes, a quick one word/one sentence answer won’t get them the full credit they need.

Writing – we are still working on writing non-fiction texts.  We will be continue to work on this during this upcoming week, as well as have an opportunity to work with Dr. Jones-Pringle for strategies to help ensure we are answering the constructed responses and extended responses to the best of our ability.  We will also be working on the website, No Red Ink (www.noredink.com) to help build up our grammar skills.  If your student is complaining that he or she has nothing to do, please encourage them to go to www.noredink.com, and work on those typing/grammar skills.

Spelling – we will be taking our Sort 12 test on Friday, March 8th.  Please be sure your student is completing the spelling contract and turning it in on Friday.  I don’t need to have all the activities.  You can just initial their sheet saying they have completed them.  If for some reason, your child didn’t bring home his/her spelling list, please feel free to download another copy here

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Grammar – this week, we will be using the mentor text Night Rabbits and our grammar focus will be on similes.  We have talked about similes prior, but just in case your student doesn’t remember what a simile is, that’s when the author is comparing two things using the words “like” or “as.”  For example, his hair is as red as a fox, or the stars shined like diamonds in the night sky.  There is a quick video that we like to watch from The Bazillions, called “Similes and Metaphors.”  We watch this video each time we talk about similes and metaphors and the students really seem to enjoy it.  You can watch it for yourself here.  Enjoy!  We’ll be taking our “invitation to edit” quiz on Night Rabbits on Friday, along with our spelling test.

Science – we have been learning about how light and sound move through air.  Last week, we also made some cameras to represent opaque, translucent, and transparent sources.  We completed a quick sort in which we had to sort out the various materials into one of these forms.  We will be having a science test on Friday, going over all these concepts that we have been learning the last couple of weeks.  Students were given a completed study guide in their Graded Paper folders on Friday.  However, if your child didn’t bring home said study guide, please feel free to download another copy here.  The test will contain the same information that you will see on the study guide.  This test will count double, so please don’t wait until Thursday night to try to study.

Monday, 3/4-Friday, 3/8 Pitner will be holding their Spring Book Fair.  The students were able to preview the book fair on Friday and they have found some very interesting titles.  Please consider sending your child with some money to make a purchase at the book fair.  Students without money, will not be able to go.  They are expected to come to the classroom and complete morning procedures prior to going.

Tuesday, March 5th – The Cobb County Fire Safety Village will be sending out a representative to come and discuss Fire Safety with us.  During this presentation, students will be receiving a Fire Safety Booklet.  The quizzes in this booklet will need to be completed and turned in prior to our visit the following Tuesday.  Please be sure your student is working on this each night.  It will be posted on the board as part of their homework this week, as well.

Thursday, March 7th – our annual Bedtime, Books, and Brownies will be happening!  This is a great family opportunity and if you haven’t had the chance to come and experience it, please do so Thursday night.  You can come in your jammies, hear a couple of bedtime stories, eat a yummy brownie, get a nice cold, glass of milk, and be ready for bed when you get home.  This is one of my favorite activities that the school does each year.  We hope to see you then!

Friday, March 8th – Science test on Light and Sound.  A study guide was provided to your students in their Graded paper folder on Friday.  If they don’t have it, please feel free to scroll up to the Science section and download another copy.  This test will be counted as “double,” because students have had a completed study guide provided to them to study from.

Friday, March 15th – Last day of the third quarter. If you have requested an extra credit project, please be sure they are turned in no later than Friday, 3/15.  No late projects will be accepted.


Week of 2/25 – 3/1/19

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Welcome back!  I hope everyone had a wonderful break.  I’m sorry for those of you who had to endure all the rain and yuck last week. I’m quite thankful I was out of town and not having to endure all of it. I heard it was gross.  Well, I’m thankful to be back and I’m looking forward to seeing all of our little ducks again tomorrow morning.  Let’s move on to what we have going on this week.

Math – this week, we will be focusing on mixed numbers and adding/subtracting fractions with like denominators.  Be sure to check out the videos on the “Math How-to” tab of our blog.  The students have been working hard on converting improper fractions into mixed numbers and mixed numbers into improper fractions.  Adding/subtracting fractions with like denominators should be an easier concept, since we don’t have to worry about unlike denominators.  We just add or subtract the numerators and transfer the denominators.  If the numerator happens to be larger than the denominator after adding them, the students will be expected to convert the fraction to a mixed number.

Reading – this week, our focus will be on non-fiction text features.  Some of the text features we will be talking about include subheadings, headings, captions, illustrations, and graphs.  The students will begin to use these text features to help improve their reading skills.  It’s important that students begin to notice the captions and illustrations while reading, because some times, answers to various questions can be found in the pictures and or captions.

Writing – we will be working on drafting and typing quick writes.  It’s important that students begin to understand how important it is to be able to get their ideas down on paper and then quickly type their responses.  We won’t be taking the GA Milestones until the end of April, beginning of May, but it’s important that students begin working on their typing skills now.

Spelling – The students will be receiving their new spelling lists this week and the contracts will be due on Friday, 3/8/19.  If for some reason your child does not bring home his/her spelling list, you can download the list and contract here.

Grammar – This week, our mentor sentence comes from the book, George Washington’s Teeth, by Deborah Chandra.  The focus of this week’s mentor sentence is using the correct order of adjectives.  We will be watching a quick video, which can be found here, to help us better understand how to order adjectives correctly.  When we order adjectives, we go from more general to more particular.  For example, from an opinion to size, then condition, followed by age, color and material.  Be sure to check out the video above to help you better understand the correct order of adjectives.

Science – We will begin our unit on light and sound.

If you would like to earn extra credit, your student will need to ask for the extra credit project.  You may choose one activity to complete and it must be turned in by the date.  No late work will be accepted.  Parents can not ask for extra credit for their students.  The students must be the one to ask for the extra credit.

 

 

 

On Tuesday, we have a visit from a puppeteer at 10:10
On Wednesdays, we have a visit from Depew Orthodontics coming for a program at 8:05.


Week of 2/18/19

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I hope every one is enjoying their winter break.  I know I am!  I hope everyone is getting some rest and being able to rejuvenate while they’re home this week.  If you are on vacation, like myself, I hope you all have safe travels!  We’ll see you next Monday!  Enjoy!


Week of February 11, 2019

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Well, we’ve made it to the last 5 days prior to the mid-winter break.  I hope this break gives you a chance to rest, relax, and rejuvenate.  I know I plan on spending some time with my family doing exactly that!  This is going to be a very busy week!  Please remember that although we are having a Valentine’s Day exchange, we are not having a party and we are not allowed to receive deliveries for your students.  Also, please remember that balloons and flower vases are not allowed on the school buses either.  We will not be having a “Party,” just a chance to exchange valentines with our classmates.  Please be sure that you include a valentine for each person in our class.  Valentines don’t have to be purchased, they can be and created.  I sent home a letter in the graded paper folders/with your students with a list of all the students’ names.  If you did not receive this list, you can download the list, as well as the letter below. 

Now, on to what we have to cover in class this week.

Math – we will be working on making improper fractions to mixed numbers and changing mixed numbers to improper fractions.  Fortunately, the process to exchange improper fractions into mixed numbers and mixed numbers into improper fractions are exactly the same as what we learned when we were growing up.  To exchange an improper fraction into a mixed number, the denominator will become the divisor and the numerator becomes the dividend.  Then, you would just divide like normal and the “remainder” would become the numerator and the divisor remains as the denominator.

Reading – We will be continuing to read various Greek myths to determine the meanings of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including those that allude to significant characters found in mythology.

Writing – we will be continuing to work on our sway, as well as working on typing skills.  It will be imperative that students type quickly for the GA Milestones that we will be taking the middle of May.  After Spring Break, we will be spending a lot of time working on how to write for various needs, as well as working on our typing speed.  If your child is bored over the break, please have him/her work on typing.  There are a variety of typing websites that your child can use to help work on their typing/typing speed.  One of these websites is nitrotype.com.  It’s actually a lot of fun.

Spelling – We will be taking our test on sort 11 on Friday.  Please encourage your students to complete the contract and turn it in on Friday.  If your haven’t seen the contract, please feel free to download it below.  

Grammar – This week’s mentor sentence comes from a book titled, Grace for President.  This week’s grammar focus is adverbs.  Adverbs are words that describe the verbs.  For example, in the sentence I am very hungry, the adverb is very.  It describes how I am feeling. Many times, adverbs can end in “ly,” but not always.

Social Studies – we will be finishing up our State Projects, since they are due on Friday, 2/15/19.  If your child has any of their pieces at home, please be sure to send them in this week.  We will begin putting everything together on Friday of this week.  If you are interested in helping with “The State Fair,” please let me know and I will forward your information on to Ms. Stanley.  We have a great time each year and would love for you to come and be a part of it, if you’re able.

Please remember that the Six Flags, Six Hours of Reading logs are due no later than Friday.  I must put them into the computer for your child to receive his/her free ticket to Six Flags.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me or Mrs. Homer.  We hope you all have a great Mid-Winter break.


Week of February 4, 2018

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Wow!  It’s so hard to believe that we’re already into the month of February.  I hat it that the groundhog saw his shadow.  I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of this cold weather!  We have a lot going on during the next couple of weeks.  This week, we need to have our George Washington Carver door completed and ready to be judged on 2/8.  The students have been doing a great job of researching various aspects of George Washington Carver’s life and accomplishments.  If you have any other ideas on how to decorate our door, please feel free to share them with me.  Also, we have our State Fair Projects that need to be completed by 2/15.  The students have been working very hard in class to complete these projects.  Please be sure your students have their information at school each day.  We will also have a Valentine’s exchange.  We will not be having a party, but we will have an opportunity to exchange valentines with our classmates.

Well, that’s enough about what’s to come in the future, let’s get on with what we’re doing this week.

Math – The students have been working very hard to compare fractions with unlike denominators.  When we are comparing fractions with unlike denominators, we must first get like denominators, by finding the least common multiple and then multiplying both the numerator and the denominator by the same number.  After the students have like denominators, they can look at the numerator and determine which is <, >, or =.   This week, we will be focusing on ordering fractions, using benchmark fractions, as well as looking at each of the fractions in a set and then placing them in order from least to greatest.

Reading – This week, we will begin our study on Greek Mythology to describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text.  The students will have a chance to read a few myths and answer questions about those myths.  Please encourage your students to refer to the text, mark their text, and answer the questions using complete sentences.

Writing – This week, we will continue working on our informational writing masterpieces.  We will continue working on researching and writing our final drafts of our state research.  Ms. Stanley told the students last week how they could use a database called “Culture Grams” to help them get more information about their states, but the students might need your assistance with this, in case the person on the other end of the phone has questions your students may or may not know the answers to.

Spelling – we will be taking our spelling test from Friday for Sort 10 on Tuesday of this next week.  We were so busy working on our state projects last week, that we just kept working and didn’t get to the test.  The students will receive the spelling contract for sort 11 on Monday.  However, if your child doesn’t bring his/hers home, please feel free to download it below.  

Grammar – due to the “Snow Day” last week, we will continue to work on The Day the Crayons Quit.  The students will be expected to classify sentences as being declarative (when you are declaring something), imperative (a command), or exclamatory (exclamation).  The students will be expected to read the sentences and then write a “D” if the sentence is declaring something, “I” if the sentence is commanding something, and “E” if the sentence is exclaiming something.

Social Studies – we will be continuing to work on our structured notes for Westward Expansion.  Last week, we did an overview, but this week, we will be looking at the Louisiana Purchase and Lewis and Clark’s expeditions.

 

Wednesday, 2/6 – Spelling Sort #10 test and severe weather drill
Friday, 2/8 – PTSA Sweetheart Dance (order forms can be found here)
Tuesday, 2/11 – Progress Reports will be coming home
Thursday, 2/14 – Valentine Exchange (download letter here)
Friday, 2/15 – Individual Spring Pictures/Class Picture
Friday, 2/15 – State Projects due
Friday, 2/15 – Six Flags Six Hours of Reading Log for a free Six Flags Ticket due (you must have mom/dad verify that you’ve read for at least 6 hours).  If you need another copy, please email me.
Monday, 2/18 – Friday, 2/22 – No school for students or staff – Mid-Winter break


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!

Donations

Volunteers


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.