December 17-21

Greetings!

We will continue to work diligently this last week before Winter Break! Please check your email from Mrs. Calhoun regarding information for our class party on Thursday.

Please check your child’s reading goal progress for this nine weeks. Students need to receive 7 stickers for the second nine weeks to meet their reading goal. Students will need to read 2 nonfiction books as a part of their 7 sticker requirements. 2nd nine week book goal DUE – SATURDAY, JANUARY 5TH

Milestones Practice Information
The Georgia Milestones are going to be here before we know it. Resources to help your student prepare for Georgia Milestones are available on the Georgia Department of Education’s website at http://testing.gadoe.org. To see what online testing is like, you and your student may visit the Experience Online Testing Georgia website at http://gaexperienceonline.com. The items on the demonstration tests are general and represent multiple grade levels. They do not assess student achievement.

We are also working to encourage our students to get familiar with typing. Some resources you may wish to explore are: https://www.typingclub.com/ or https://www.dancemattypingguide.com/

We will continue to share information as it becomes available.


 

Upcoming Content
Reading– informational reading comprehension skills and strategies  – using information text to produce effective written constructed response answers

Don’t forget students need to read 2 1/2 hours each week.  I will check Monday mornings for the previous week’s reading. Students should be logging their book reviews via BiblionasiumStudents need to receive 7 stickers for the second nine weeks to meet their reading goal. Students will need to read 2 nonfiction books as a part of their 7 sticker requirements. 2nd nine week book goal DUE – SATURDAY, JANUARY 5TH

Language Arts – constructed response writing, informational writing, grammar – prepositions

Math– connecting fractions and division, adding and subtracting fractions and mixed fractions, fractions and decimals – performance tasks using multiple operations with decimals, review multiply decimals using models and the algorithm – Please continue to check math notebooks to review notes and for assistance with homework.

Social Studies –  Great Depression and the New Deal – contracts, standards, and vocabulary are in student notebooks. Students also have a One Note notebook to complete online assignments.

Science – cells and microorganisms – updating our notebooks with contracts, standards, and vocabulary


Upcoming Events
12/20/18: Chick-fil-A Spirit Night; Tone Chimes performance
12/20: Class Holiday Party – Early Release Day 12:30
12/21: Last day before break – Early Release Day 12:30
12/24- 1/4: Winter Break (No School for Students)

December 10-14

Greetings!! I hope everyone has had a wonderful, wet, weekend!

Our field trip to the Museum of History and Holocaust Education at Kennesaw State University  is tomorrow! We will be going to the Varsity for lunch. Please dress your child warmly as the forecast calls for rain showers and cold temperatures Monday morning.

Please remember to have your child dress with a jacket and pants for recess when temps are at/below 40 degrees.

Holiday Magnets went home last week with students.  Please return either the magnets or payment for the magnets by Monday, December 10th.  Make check payable to GCI Portraits


Upcoming Content
Reading– informational reading comprehension skills and strategies  – using information text to produce effective written constructed response answers Vocabulary unit 9 – quiz Friday, December 14th

Don’t forget students need to read 2 1/2 hours each week.  I will check Monday mornings for the previous week’s reading. Students should be logging their book reviews via BiblionasiumStudents need to receive 7 stickers for the second nine weeks to meet their reading goal. Students will need to read 2 nonfiction books as a part of their 7 sticker requirements. 2nd nine week book goal DUE – SATURDAY, JANUARY 5TH

Language Arts – constructed response writing, informational writing, grammar – prepositions

Math– adding and subtracting fractions and mixed fractions, fractions and decimals, percentage glyphs – finish performance tasks using multiple operations with decimals, review multiply decimals using models and the algorithm – Please continue to check math notebooks to review notes and for assistance with homework.

Social Studies –  Great Depression and the New Deal, World War I and the Roaring Twenties – contracts, standards, and vocabulary are in student notebooks. Students also have a One Note notebook to complete online assignments. Expect an assessment this week  on World War I and the 1920’s- students should study their notebooks nightly


Upcoming Events
12/10: Field trip to Kennesaw State University’s WWII exhibit
12/20/18: Chick-fil-A Spirit Night; Tone Chimes performance
12/20: Class Holiday Party – Early Release Day 12:30
12/21: Last day before break – Early Release Day 12:30

December 3-7

Greetings!!  We have just 3 weeks left in the 2nd week marking period!  Your children have been working diligently throughout the marking period. Please encourage them to continue their diligence and end strong!

Please return field trip permission forms for our trip to the Museum of History and Holocaust Education at Kennesaw State University and our trip to Tennessee in April.


Upcoming Content
Reading– informational reading comprehension skills and strategies  – using information text to produce effective written constructed response answers Vocabulary unit 8 – quiz Friday, December 7th

Don’t forget students need to read 2 1/2 hours each week.  I will check Monday mornings for the previous week’s reading. Students should be logging their book reviews via BiblionasiumStudents need to receive 7 stickers for the second nine weeks to meet their reading goal. Students will need to read 2 nonfiction books as a part of their 7 sticker requirements.

Language Arts – informational writing, grammar – prepositions, preposition poems

Math– adding and subtracting fractions and mixed fractions, fractions and decimals, percentage glyphs – finish performance tasks using multiple operations with decimals, review multiply decimals using models and the algorithm – Please continue to check math notebooks to review notes and for assistance with homework.

Social Studies – World War I and the Roaring Twenties – contracts, standards, and vocabulary are in student notebooks. Students also have a One Note notebook to complete online assignments.


Upcoming Events
12/10: Field trip to Kennesaw State University’s WWII exhibit
12/20: Class Holiday Party – Early Release Day
12/21: Last day before break – Early Release Day

November 26-30

Welcome back!! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Break!

Congratulations to our class spelling bee winners – Dheeraj and Ishaan!!!

Please check your Remind text from last week or email for an important volunteer opportunity!

🙌  Reminder – If you have signed a permission form, please send devices to school with your child. As we continue throughout the school year, students will have digital assignments and lessons they will need to complete. Having additional technology in the room would be great!


Upcoming Content
Reading– informational reading comprehension skills and strategies  – using information text to produce effective written constructed response answers

Don’t forget students need to read 2 1/2 hours each week.  I will check Monday mornings for the previous week’s reading. Students should be logging their book reviews via BiblionasiumStudents need to receive 7 stickers for the second nine weeks to meet their reading goal. Students will need to read 2 nonfiction books as a part of their 7 sticker requirements.

Language Arts – informational writing, grammar – prepositions

Math– fractions and decimals – performance tasks using multiple operations with decimals, review multiply decimals using models and the algorithm – Please continue to check math notebooks to review notes and for assistance with homework.

Social Studies – World War I and the Roaring Twenties – contracts, standards, and vocabulary will be placed in student notebooks this week. Students also have a One Note notebook to complete online assignments

Science – Inherited traits and learned behaviors, Animal and plant classification – contracts, standards, and vocabulary are in student notebooks.


Upcoming Events
11/27: Spirit Night at Marietta Pizza –  5:00  to 10:00 pm
12/1:  8th Annual Jingle Jog is Saturday, December 1st.
12/10: Field trip to Kennesaw State University’s WWII exhibit
12/20: Class Holiday PARTY – Early Release Day
12/21: Last day before break – Early Release Day

November 12-16

     To all our veterans and those currently serving, thank you so much for your service! We appreciate your sacrifice!

Greetings! I hope you are enjoying this wonderful fall weather!

Our Thanksgiving Feast is this Thursday at 12:05. Hope to see you then!!

We will have our class spelling bee this week!

🙌  Reminder – If you have signed a permission form, please send devices to school with your child. As we continue throughout the school year, students will have digital assignments and lessons they will need to complete. Having additional technology in the room would be great!

Square One Art at Ford Elementary –  This exciting fundraiser not only provides you with precious gifts and keepsakes with your child(s)’ artwork on it, it provides us with the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of engaging projects including clay, glass, printmaking, sculpture, pastels, a wide range of experimental drawing techniques, painting and STEAM projects here at Ford Elementary! Please remember that we will NOT be accepting cash; credit card payments can be easily made with online orders and checks made out to Square One Art can be included with paper orders. Orders are due on November 27th, 2018. Questions? Please feel free to email Claire.cyr@cobbk12.org. Thank you so much for your support!

*Thanks for Giving Canned Food Drive – November 1st – November 15th  It’s time again for our annual Thanks for Giving food drive and we could use your help! Our goal of 10,000 items (that’s just 13 items per student!) requires lots of boxing, sorting and labeling! Please click the Sign-Up Genius link below to view the available dates and times to volunteer! Thank you!!  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090d4baea822a1ff2-thanks

*5th Grade Dedication Deadline is November 16th. This ¼ page dedication is included in your 5th Grade activity fee. Please email your photo and verbiage to: dedications@fordptsa.org.

 


Upcoming Content
Reading– informational reading comprehension skills and strategies  – using information text to produce effective written constructed response answers

Don’t forget students need to read 2 1/2 hours each week.  I will check Monday mornings for the previous week’s reading. Students should be logging their book reviews via BiblionasiumStudents need to receive 7 stickers for the second nine weeks to meet their reading goal. Students will need to read 2 nonfiction books as a part of their 7 sticker requirements.

Language Arts – informational writing, grammar – prepositions

Math– using models to divide decimals, all decimal operations – performance tasks using multiple operations with decimals, review multiply decimals using models and the algorithm, review adding and subtracting decimals and decimal place value – Please continue to check math notebooks to review notes and for assistance with homework. Expect a math test for unit 3, multiplying and dividing decimals soon!

Social Studies – World War I and the Roaring Twenties – contracts, standards, and vocabulary will be placed in student notebooks this week. Students also have a One Note notebook to complete online assignments

Science – Inherited traits and learned behaviors, Animal and plant classification – contracts, standards, and vocabulary are in student notebooks. Expect a unit test Friday, November 16th.


Upcoming Events
11/19-11/23: Thanksgiving Break, School closed
12/1: Our 8th Annual Jingle Jog is Saturday, December 1st.

November 5-9

                                            My chocolate drawer is FULL!!  Thank you and your sweet kiddos for sharing Halloween candy!

 

Thank you so much for your Boxtop donations!! Our class is the 5th grade winner for most boxtops collected!!

Be sure to RSVP for our Thanksgiving Feast on November 15th. Schedule and RSVP Form

 


Upcoming Content
Reading– informational reading comprehension skills and strategies  – using information text to produce effective written constructed response answers

Don’t forget students need to read 2 1/2 hours each week.  I will check Monday mornings for the previous week’s reading. Students should be logging their book reviews via BiblionasiumStudents need to receive 7 stickers for the second nine weeks to meet their reading goal. Students will need to read 2 nonfiction books as a part of their 7 sticker requirements.

Language Arts – informational writing, grammar – prepositions

Math– dividing decimals bu whole numbers and decimals by decimals – performance tasks using multiple operations with decimals, review multiply decimals using models and the algorithm, review adding and subtracting decimals and decimal place value – Please continue to check math notebooks to review notes and for assistance with homework. Expect a math test for unit 3, multiplying and dividing decimals soon!

Social Studies – World War I and the Roaring Twenties – contracts, standards, and vocabulary will be placed in student notebooks this week

Science – Inherited traits and learned behaviors, Animal and plant classification – contracts, standards, and vocabulary are in student notebooks. Expect a unit test soon!


Upcoming Events
11/1-11/15: Canned Food Drive
11/6: Election Day, Student Holiday/Staff Day
11/15: Fifth grade Thanksgiving Feast

October 29-November 2

What an awesome Fall Festival!!! Thank you so much for our basket donations. A BIG thank you to Colleen Calhoun for putting together our class basket AND for organizing a spectacular Fall Festival!  We had a great time! 🙂

Thank you for your boxtop donations!

Forms were sent home Friday for our Thanksgiving Feast on November 15th. Schedule and RSVP Form

Book Reviews- For the second nine weeks, students are required to obtain 7 stickers.  Two of the books must be a nonfiction.

Veteran’s Celebration
If you have a family member who is a veteran or who is currently serving in the military, please send in a COPY of a picture of your veteran so we can honor them on our Hall of Fame. Pictures need to be 4X6 and will NOT be returned. Forms were sent home Friday to RSVP for the Veteran’s Day program.


Upcoming Content
Reading– informational reading comprehension skills and strategies  – using information text to produce effective written constructed response answers

Don’t forget students need to read 2 1/2 hours each week.  I will check Monday mornings for the previous week’s reading. Students should be logging their book reviews via BiblionasiumStudents need to receive 7 stickers for the second nine weeks to meet their reading goal. Students will need to read 2 nonfiction books as a part of their 7 sticker requirements.

Language Arts – informational writing

Math– performance tasks using multiple operations with decimals, review multiply decimals using models and the algorithm, review adding and subtracting decimals and decimal place value – Please continue to check math notebooks to review notes and for assistance with homework.

Social Studies – Turn of the Century – map skills

Science – Animal and plant classification – contracts, standards, and vocabulary are in student notebooks


Upcoming Events
10/31: Foundation Costume Day, $2.00 Donation
11/1-11/15: Canned Food Drive
11/2: Bingo Night, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
11/6: Election Day, Student Holiday/Staff Day

October 22-26

What a fabulous conference week!! I enjoyed speaking with each of you regarding your child’s progress.  Please click on the link below to complete the conference evaluation if you have not already done so.
conference week survey

“Pirates” – 5th grade musical Tuesday, October 23rd – students need to meet me in the class at 6:15 p.m. for the evening performance.  Costumes: Students should wear their 5th grade t-shirt with black, gray or dark blue pants that stop below the knees (students may wear capris, baseball/football pants or pin their pants up), brightly colored socks and dark closed toed shoes.  They may also wear one pirate accessory such as a scarf, hat or eyepatch (no weapons please).

Box Tops Contest  Please turn in your Box Tops by October 26th.

The Fall Festival and Silent Auction – October 26th – 6:00 to 8:30 PM.  Fall Festival and Silent Auction will be Friday, October 26th from 6-8:30pm!    This will be an event you don’t want to miss!  We are looking for volunteers, as well as donations of water/soda/cake walk goodies for the festival.

If you would like to volunteer (this includes a parking pass to the event) please sign up here:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4ba8aa2aa6fc1-20183

If you are able to donate, please sign up on the signup genius link below:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4ba8aa2aa6fc1-20182

Show your spirit and you could win some Fall Festival Swag!
Monday 10/22 – Pajama Day
Tuesday 10/23 – Football Team Day
Wednesday 10/24 – Wacky Tacky Day
Thursday 10/25 – Twin Day
Friday 10/26 – Ford Spirit Day

Our 8th Annual Jingle Jog is Saturday, December 1st.  Register at  https://www.active.com/
You must register by November 14th to get a race day t-shirt! 



Upcoming Content
Reading– informational reading comprehension skills and strategies  – using information text to produce effective written constructed response answers

Don’t forget students need to read 2 1/2 hours each week.  I will check Monday mornings for the previous week’s reading. Students should be logging their book reviews via BiblionasiumStudents need to receive 7 stickers for the second nine weeks to meet their reading goal. Students will need to read 2 nonfiction books as a part of their 7 sticker requirements.

Language Arts – informational writing

Math– multiply decimals using models and the algorithm, adding and subtracting decimals, decimal place value – Please continue to check math notebooks to review notes and for assistance with homework.

Social Studies – Turn of the Century – map skills

Science – Animal and plant classification – contracts, standards, and vocabulary are in student notebooks


Upcoming Events
10/26: Fall Festival and Silent Auction, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

October 15-19

Conference Week
I am so excited to speak with you regarding your child’s progress!! Early dismissal at 12:15 every day this week. See you at our scheduled conference time.

Our 8th Annual Jingle Jog is Saturday, December 1st.  Register at  https://www.active.com/
You must register by November 14th to get a race day t-shirt! 

 


Upcoming Content
Reading– informational reading comprehension skills and strategies  – using information text to produce effective written constructed response answers

Don’t forget students need to read 2 1/2 hours each week.  I will check Monday mornings for the previous week’s reading. Students should be logging their book reviews via Biblionasium. Students need to receive 7 stickers for the second nine weeks to meet their reading goal. Students will need to read 2 nonfiction books as a part of their 7 sticker requirements.

Language Arts – personal narrative writing –  begin brainstorm of narrative prompt in class, rough draft due Thursday – revisions and editing due Friday – parents please assist students with their revisions and sign the rough draft

Math– multiply decimals, adding and subtracting decimals, decimal place value – Please continue to check math notebooks to review notes and for assistance with homework. unit 2 decimals test Friday, October 18th – use the math NB to study, we are also working on a study guide in class

Social Studies – Turn of the Century – map skills

Science – Animal and plant classification – contracts, standards, and vocabulary are in student notebooks


Upcoming Events
10/15 – 10/19: Conference Week, Early Release 12:15
10/15 – 10/19: Book Fair
10/17: Bruster’s Spirit Event, 12:30 – 5:00 p.m.
10/26: Fall Festival and Silent Auction, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

October 8-12

Greetings!! I hope everyone had an enjoyable, restful fall break!

The 1st nine week marking period ends Wednesday, October 10! We have both a math and social studies test this week, as well as a narrative writing piece we are finishing.  Let’s end strong! Please ensure your child is using their study guides and class notes to study and has met their reading goal for the first nine weeks.

Please take a moment to sign up for your conference time.  Conferences have already been scheduled for students with siblings at Ford. However please sign up to confirm your conference time. Sign-up

Please turn in 5th grade dues. Forms were sent home a few weeks ago in red folders.

Ford Family STEM Night will be held on Tuesday, October 9th, 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM. Please join us for a fun evening of STEM related activities and special guests!

2019 Milestones Elementary School EOG Schedule has been released.
April 10-12: 5th grade ELA
April 22-23: 5th grade Math
May 2: 5th grade Science
May 3: 5th grade Social Studies

 


Upcoming Content
Reading– informational reading comprehension skills and strategies  – using information text to produce effective written constructed response answers

Don’t forget students need to read 2 1/2 hours each week.  I will check Monday mornings for the previous week’s reading. Students should be logging their book reviews via Biblionasium. Students need to receive 6 stickers for the first nine weeks to meet their reading goal.

Language Arts – personal narrative writing –  rough draft, revise, edit, and final draft of choice narrative writing

Math– adding and subtracting decimals, decimal place value – We will continue practice of division strategies, traditional multiplication, multiplying and dividing with powers of 10, order of operations, and writing and reading expressions. Unit 1 math test- Wednesday, October 10th – use math notes and study guide as a study resource. Please continue to check math notebooks to review notes and for assistance with homework.

Social Studies – Turn of the Century – We will end our first unit, life changes for Americans at the turn of the 20th century. Acceleration option assignments are due Monday, October 8th. Test – Wednesday, October 10th

Science – Animal and plant classification – contracts, standards, and vocabulary will be put into notebooks this week

 


UPCOMING EVENTS
10/9: STEM Night, 6:00 – 7:30
10/11: Early Release 12:30
10/11: Sparkle’s Spirit Event, 12:30 – 8:00 p.m.
10/15 – 10/19: Conference Week, Early Release 12:15
10/15 – 10/19: Book Fair
10/17: Bruster’s Spirit Event, 12:30 – 5:00 p.m.
10/26: Fall Festival and Silent Auction, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.