November 13-17

      Thank you to all our veterans!!  Thank you so much for your service to our country!!

This is the 4 1/2 week mark for the second grading period. When you sign the accountability sheet on Friday (in the blue folder), you are stating that you are aware of your child’s current averages.

We will be holding a class spelling bee this week. The top two spellers will represent our class in the Ford Spelling Bee on December 18th. Good luck to all students!

Our Thanksgiving Feast will be Wednesday, November 14th 12:05-12:50. Hope to see you there!

Don’t forget about our Thanks 4 Giving food drive!  Let’s continue to do a great job of helping those in need in our community.

 


Upcoming Content:

Reading– vocabulary unit 6 – test Tuesday, November 14th. We will be working in reading groups with non-fiction text.  We are beginning our reading responses on our blogs. Ask your child about his or her blog. Also, check for information from me in a few weeks regarding student blogs. Please make sure students are reviewing vocabulary words each night. You may want to check your child’s reading goal progress for this nine weeks.

Language Arts – opinion writing – writing body paragraphs, creating a strong conclusion

Math– fractions  – We will continue to practice division and multiplication of decimals. Multiply and divide decimals test (algorithm and models) –  Wednesday, November 14th 

Social Studies – A Changing Nation – look for standards and vocabulary in the social studies notebook.

Science –  We have planted another set of vegetables in our hydroponics system.  We will continue to collect data.


Upcoming Events:

11/15: Thanksgiving Feast- 5th Grade Students
11/20 – 11/24: Thanksgiving Holidays

November 6 – 10

Awesome!!! Our class came in 1st place for our grade level for the Foundation Big Head Campaign!   Thank you so much for your donations!! The kids really enjoyed the extreme recess and carnival snacks Thursday!!

 


Upcoming Content:

Reading– vocabulary unit 6 – test Tuesday, November 14th. We will be working in reading groups with non-fiction text.  Please make sure students are reviewing vocabulary words each night. You may want to check your child’s reading goal progress for this nine weeks.

Language Arts – opinion writing – writing body paragraphs, creating a strong conclusion

Math– divide decimals using models and algorithms  – We will continue to practice multiplication of decimals.

Science – learned behavior and inherited traits & animal classification – test changed to Friday, November 10th. We will continue our next science unit this week. Please check the notebook for standards, vocabulary, and important content information.

Social Studies – A Changing Nation – look for standards and vocabulary in the social studies notebook.


Upcoming Events:
11/7: Student Holiday – Staff Workday
11/9: Family STEM Night, 6:00 – 7:30
11/15: 5th grade Thanksgiving Feast

October 30 – November 3

Wow!!  Our class is currently in the lead for our Ford Foundation Big Head Campaign Fundraiser.  Thank you so much for your donations!!  There are only a few more days left for those who are considering donating. The kids are really looking forward to attending the winner’s carnival! 🙂 The money raised from our campaign will go right to our learning commons where 15 additional new laptops will be purchased.  The foundation also supports our 5th grade Victory Garden and hydroponics projects. We thank you in advance for any and all support.  Please click here to donate online.

Speaking of Foundation support, we had the chance to visit the Victory Garden to plant cover crops and harvest our classroom hydroponics vegetables this week!

We had an awesome time at our lock-in, Friday! Thank you so much to everyone who donated their time to make the night a huge success! Thanks to Mrs. Cole and Mrs. Collins for chairing a fabulous event.


Upcoming Content:

Readingvocabulary test unit 5 – Tuesday, October 31st. We will be working in reading groups with non-fiction text.  Please make sure students are reviewing vocabulary words each night. You may want to check your child’s reading goal progress for this nine weeks.

Language Arts – opinion writing – gather research to support our opinion

Math– divide decimals using models and algorithms  – We will continue to practice multiplication of decimals.

Science – learned behavior and inherited traits & animal classification – test Wednesday, November 8th. We will continue our next science unit this week. Please check the notebook for standards, vocabulary, and important content information.


Upcoming Events:

10/23 – 10/30: Big Head Campaign
10/31: Foundation Friday – school appropriate costumes – $2.00 Donation
11/3: BINGO Night, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
11/7: Student Holiday – Staff Workday
11/9: Family STEM Night, 6:00 – 7:30

October 23-27

Greetings!!

Thank you so much for an awesome conference week. I enjoyed speaking with each of you regarding your child’s progress. I look forward to our partnership in ensuring a successful 5th grade year for our students!

Monday begins our Ford Foundation Big Head Campaign.  The money raised from our campaign will go right to our learning commons where 15 additional new laptops will be purchased.  The foundation also supports our 5th grade Victory Garden and hydroponics projects. We thank you in advance for any and all support.  Please click here to donate.

 

Fifth Grade Musical – I NEED A VACATION! – Tuesday, October 24 – 6:30
We will present our 5th Grade Musical “I Need a Vacation!” on Tuesday, October 24th at 6:30 PM in the Ford Gym.  Fifth graders should plan on arriving by 6:15 PM.  All 5th grade students will participate in this performance.  We will also have 2 school performances that morning at 8:15 & 9:00 AM.
Costumes: Students should wear their 5th grade t-shirt and school appropriate shorts/pants.  It’s best if the shorts or pants have pockets!
SUNGLASSES: All students need to bring in a pair of sunglasses (any styles if fine) by October 19.  It’s best if sunglasses are labeled with the student’s name and stay at school from October 19-24.
Friday, October 27th  is the 5th grade lock in in the gym from 6:30-10:00. I’m looking forward to a great night! 🙂

Upcoming Content:

Reading– vocabulary test unit 5 – Tuesday, October 31st. We will be working in reading groups with non-fiction text.  We will also begin Unit 5 Vocabulary. Please make sure students are reviewing the words each night.

Language Arts – opinion writing – gather research to support our opinion

Math– multiply decimals using models and algorithms  – adding and subtracting decimals test, Friday, October 27th – We will also continue practicing adding and subtracting decimals and division strategies this week.

Science – animal classification & traits – We will continue our next science unit this week. Please check the notebook for standards, vocabulary, and important content information.

Social Studies – We will practice map skills using our Civil War content.

October 16-20

I am looking forward to meeting with you this week to discuss your child’s progress in 5th grade! Early dismissal all week!

Fifth Grade Musical – I NEED A VACATION! – Tuesday, October 24 – 6:30
We will present our 5th Grade Musical “I Need a Vacation!” on Tuesday, October 24th at 6:30 PM in the Ford Gym.  Fifth graders should plan on arriving by 6:15 PM.  All 5th grade students will participate in this performance.  We will also have 2 school performances that morning at 8:15 & 9:00 AM.
Costumes: Students should wear their 5th grade t-shirt and school appropriate shorts/pants.  It’s best if the shorts or pants have pockets!
SUNGLASSES: All students need to bring in a pair of sunglasses (any styles if fine) by October 19.  It’s best if sunglasses are labeled with the student’s name and stay at school from October 19-24.


Upcoming Content

Reading/ Language Arts– vocabulary test unit 4 – Tuesday, October 17th. We will continue to learn reading comprehension strategies this week with Scholastic News and Hatchet. We will integrate writing into our Hatchet unit. We will be finishing Hatchet this week!  🙁 Don’t forget students need to read 2 1/2 hours each week.

Math– Place value to the thousandths place, rounding, and adding decimals – We will also continue learning division strategies this week.  Continue to review division, multiplication, and order of operations at home.

Science – animal classification & traits – We will continue our next science unit this week. Please check the notebook for standards, vocabulary, and important content information.


Upcoming Events
10/16 – 10/20: Conference Week, 12:15 early dismissal
10/16 – 10/20: Book Fair
10/23 – 10/30: Big Head Campaign

October 9-13

Fifth Grade Musical – I NEED A VACATION! – Tuesday, October 24 – 6:30
We will present our 5th Grade Musical “I Need a Vacation!” on Tuesday, October 24th at 6:30 PM in the Ford Gym.  Fifth graders should plan on arriving by 6:15 PM.  All 5th grade students will participate in this performance.  We will also have 2 school performances that morning at 8:15 & 9:00 AM.
Costumes: Students should wear their 5th grade t-shirt and school appropriate shorts/pants.  It’s best if the shorts or pants have pockets!
SUNGLASSES: All students need to bring in a pair of sunglasses (any styles if fine) by October 19.  It’s best if sunglasses are labeled with the student’s name and stay at school from October 19-24.

Fall Festival Spirit Week: Show your school spirit!!
Monday – Ford spirit wear
Tuesday – wear candy corn colors
Wednesday – wacky tacky day
Thursday (early release) – boots, bows, and bandanas
Friday – plaid is rad


Upcoming Content

Reading/ Language Arts– vocabulary test unit 4 – Tuesday, October 17th. We will continue to learn reading comprehension strategies this week with Scholastic News and Hatchet. We will integrate writing into our Hatchet unit. Don’t forget students need to read 2 1/2 hours each week.

Math– Place value to the thousandths place, rounding, and adding decimals – We will also continue learning division strategies this week.  Continue to review division, multiplication, and order of operations at home.

Social Studies – Civil War & Reconstruction –  test- October 11th – Students are working through Civil War notebook and Atlas assignments.  Students can begin turning in projects beginning Friday, October 6th with a final due date of Monday, October 9th.  Make sure you have discussed project ideas with your child and signed the contract page.

Science – animal classification & traits – We will begin our next science unit this week. Please check the notebook for standards, vocabulary, and important content information.


Upcoming Events

10/12: Early Release, 12:30 pm
10/13: Fall Festival, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
10/13: Book Fair, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
10/16 – 10/20: Conference Week
10/16 – 10/20: Book Fair

October 2-6

Greetings!
I hope you all had a fantastic, restful, and memorable Fall Break!
Wear class t-shirts tomorrow!!
The end of the 1st nine weeks is quickly approaching! Please check your child’s reading notebook to make sure they are progressing to meet their reading goal for the nine weeks.
Please check your email regarding conference sign up times. Please confirm your time or sign up for a conference time by Friday, October 6th. 

Upcoming Content

Reading/ Language Arts– spelling test – Tuesday, October 10th. We will continue to learn reading comprehension strategies this week with Scholastic News and Hatchet. We will integrate writing into our Hatchet unit. Don’t forget students need to read 2 1/2 hours each week.

Math– Place value to the thousandths place, rounding, and adding decimals – We will also continue learning division strategies this week.  Continue to review division, multiplication, and order of operations at home.

Social Studies – Civil War & Reconstruction –  test- October 11th – Students are working through Civil War notebook and Atlas assignments.  Students can begin turning in projects beginning Friday, October 6th with a final due date of Monday, October 9th.  Make sure you have discussed project ideas with your child and signed the contract page.


Upcoming Events
10/5: Reflections entries due
10/6: end of the 1st nine weeks
10/12: early release 12:30
10/16-10/20: parent teacher conference week

September 18-22

Thank you so much for all your kind thoughts and prayers over the last few weeks!!  It is so good to be back! I missed your children dearly! Over the next week, I will continue to enter grades collected during my absence. Continue to check Parent Vue for student progress.

IOWA testing continues this week.

9/18: Iowa Testing –   Math and Computation
9/19: Iowa Testing –   Science and Social Studies

Ford students participated in an informational video about the eclipse. Check out our teammate, Bryson! Click here to watch the video.

The 5th grade activity fee is due by September 22.   Please keep the information form in a safe spot as it will need to be referenced several times throughout the year. Also, return Lock In permission forms as soon as possible.

Ford Elementary has been selected as a stop on the U.S. Education Department’s Green Strides Tour. In order to minimize disruptions for our students and families, we will begin dismissal 15 minutes early on Tuesday, September 19th. Bus riders will dismiss at 2:00, and car riders will begin as soon as the buses leave campus (around 2:10). Please expect your children home about 15 minutes earlier this day, and ensure that someone is at the bus stop to meet them.


Upcoming Content

Reading/ Language Arts– Vocabulary unit 3 – test – Wednesday, September 20th. We will continue to learn reading comprehension strategies this week with Scholastic News and Hatchet. We will integrate writing into our Hatchet unit. Don’t forget students need to read 2 1/2 hours each week.

Math– We will continue learning division strategies this week. We will also practice multi-digit multiplication.  Continue to review multiplication and order of operations at home.

Science – We will finish presentations Monday. We will continue learning about hydroponics. Our system will be up and running this week! We will also visit the Victory Garden this week! A BIG thanks to Mr. Cole and Mrs. Wiltshire for cleaning our garden beds in my absence!

Social Studies – Civil War –  test- October 6th – Students are working through Civil War notebook and Atlas assignments.  Acceleration Option projects will be tentatively due Friday, October, 6th.  Make sure you have discussed project ideas with your child and signed the contract page.


Upcoming Events
9/19: Moe’s Spirit Night, 2:00 – 9:00 pm (3348 Cobb Pkwy.)
9/25-9/29: Fall Break

September 11-15

Greetings!

I will update you as soon as I receive new testing dates!!  

IOWA testing will begin Monday, September 11th. It is important for students to arrive on time and eat a good breakfast each morning. We will begin testing right at 8:00. Thanks in advance for donating healthy snacks! IOWA test scores are used to help determine middle school class placement.  While we don’t want to put pressure on the students, I do think it’s important that they understand how the results will be used. Have this conversation with them over the next few days. Being present for all test days, having a good night’s sleep, and having a good breakfast will help ensure accurate results.

9/11: Iowa Testing –  Reading and Vocabulary
9/12: Iowa Testing –   Written Expression, Spelling, Capitalization, and Punctuation
9/13: Iowa Testing –   Math and Computation
9/14: Iowa Testing –   Science and Social Studies

National Anthem Day – Thursday, September 14th – Please encourage your child to wear red, white & blue to school on Thursday, September 14 as we celebrate the 203rd anniversary of the penning of our National Anthem: The Star Spangled Banner.  

Ford Elementary has been selected as a stop on the U.S. Education Department’s Green Strides Tour. In order to minimize disruptions for our students and families, We will begin dismissal 15 minutes early on Tuesday, September 19th. Bus riders will dismiss at 2:00, and car riders will begin as soon as the buses leave campus (around 2:10). Please expect your children home about 15 minutes earlier this day, and ensure that someone is at the bus stop to meet them.


Upcoming Events:
Sept. 11-15th:  IOWA testing
Sept 14 –  National Anthem Day
Sept. 16: Green Apple Day of Service
Sept 19: 15 minutes early dismissal