1st nine weeks

The end of the first marking period is October 10th! Please check Parent Vue for updated grades. Encourage your child to get missing assignments turned in this week!

September 17-21

Greetings!

IOWA testing continues through Tuesday, September 18th.

The Ford Foundation Annual Campaign wraps up Monday!  Thank you so much for your donations!! We are still in 1st place and hope to hold on to the lead!!   Please consider giving! The Foundation helps with 5th grade hydroponics and our Victory Garden unit. Ten percent of proceeds will be donated back to our class!!  Funds raised will also be used to create a 21st Century Computer Lab, finance STEM and Project-Based Learning Programs, and fund STEM-focused learning opportunities for our teachers.  Here is the link to give online. Ford Elementary Foundation

Picture retake is September 20th.

Please send in 5th grade T shirt order forms as soon as possible. Forms were sent home in red folders Friday.

Ford Parent Support Night – October 4, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM.
All Ford parents are invited to attend Parent Support Night, to learn more about various supports and services offered at Ford Elementary to serve our school community beyond the general education environment.  Ford Parent Night Flyer

Scholastic Book Club –  deadline for ordering books is Thursday, September 20th.


Upcoming Content
Reading– reading comprehension skills and strategies  – Hatchet

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 –   creating satisfying conclusions

Math– number sense and 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. Please check math notebooks to review notes and for assistance with homework.

Social Studies – Turn of the Century – We will continue our first unit, life changes for Americans at the turn of the 20th century. Check the “Changing Nation” Edmodo for notes and activities. Instructions for acceleration option assignments will be given this week. Assignments will be due October 8th.


Upcoming Events
9/17-9/18: IOWA testing
9/20: Picture retakes
9/21: Foundation Friday – College Wear ($1.00)
9/24 – 9/28: Fall Break for Teachers and Students
10/4: Ford Parent Support Night, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

September 10-14

Greetings!

IOWA testing begins Thursday, September 13th.

The 5th grade lock in has been postponed until January 25, 2019. Can’t wait!! More details will come from our 5th grade committee in the next few weeks.

Please check your child’s progress in Parent Vue this weekend. Sign the orange accountability sheet in your child’s red folder to indicate you have checked grades. You may want to have a discussion with your child regarding their progress so far this year. Grades will be updated on a weekly basis.

Scholastic Book Club –  deadline for ordering books is Thursday, September 20th.

National Anthem Day is Friday, Sept. 14, wear your read, white and blue.

The Ford Foundation Annual Campaign has begun! Information was sent home with your student on Friday.  Please consider giving!  Funds raised will be used to create a 21st Century Computer Lab, finance STEM and Project-Based Learning Programs, and fund STEM-focused learning opportunities for our teachers.  Here is the link to give online. Ford Elementary Foundation

The Reflections art competition deadline is Thursday, Sept. 13th.  The collection box will be placed in the Learning Commons starting Tuesday, Sept, 11th. For more information please go to the website: https://fordreflections.com/


Upcoming Content
Reading– reading comprehension skills and strategies  – Hatchet, vocabulary unit 3 test Friday, September 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 may begin 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 –  using descriptive language and transitions, creating satisfying conclusions

Math– division strategies – We will continue practice of traditional multiplication, multiplying and dividing with powers of 10, order of operations, and writing and reading expressions. Please check math notebooks to review notes and for assistance with homework.

Social Studies – big ideas across American history, geography, government, and economics – We will begin our first unit, life changes for Americans at the turn of the 20th century. Check the “Changing Nation” Edmodo for notes and activities.


Upcoming Events
9/13 – 9/18:  5th grade IOWA assessment dates

September 4-7

Greetings!! I hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day weekend!

IOWA Testing begins September 13 and goes through September 18th.  Please click Testing Information for more details.

Scholastic Book Club order forms were sent home Friday. The deadline for ordering books is Thursday, September 20th.

GREEN APPLE DAY of SERVICE is this Saturday, September 8th. Use this link to sign up to help with our Green Apple Day of Service. We appreciate your help!  GREEN APPLE

PTSA’s Reflections, Heroes Around Me, entries due Thursday, September 13th.  Additional information can be found at  www.fordreflections.com 

 


Upcoming Content
Reading– reading comprehension skills and strategies  – Hatchet

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 may begin 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 –  using descriptive language and transitions, creating satisfying conclusions

Math– division strategies – We will continue practice of traditional multiplication, multiplying and dividing with powers of 10, order of operations, and writing and reading expressions. Please check math notebooks to review notes and for assistance with homework.

Science– We will complete our Constructive and Destructive Forces unit. Learning contracts with standards and vocabulary will be glued into notebooks this week. Check Edmodo for notes and activities. assessment – Friday, September 7th. Students should bring their notebooks home nightly to help them prepare for the assessment.

Social Studies – big ideas across American history, geography, government, and economics – We will begin our first unit, life changes for Americans at the turn of the 20th century


Upcoming Events
9/8: Green Apple Day of Service
9/13 – 9/18:  5th grade IOWA assessment dates

IOWA testing information

Iowa Assessments and Cognitive Abilities Test Information

Testing Dates

September 5-September 7

1st and 3rd grade CogAT assessment dates

September 13- September 18

3rd and 5th grade IOWA assessment dates

 About the Iowa Assessments and Cognitive Abilities Test

The Iowa Assessments and Cognitive Abilities Test help determine how students are performing on nationwide standards. The Cognitive Abilities Test measures students’ learned reasoning abilities in three areas that closely relate to success in school; verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and nonverbal reasoning. The Iowa Assessments measure achievement in several important content areas including Reading, English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.

The tests help teachers identify a student’s strengths and areas that may need additional emphasis. The Iowa Assessments also measure student growth and progress in the content areas assessed from year to year and may provide information about college readiness for older students. The assessments produce information that enables sound decision making and provides a focus for teachers to evaluate instruction.

Each test includes sample questions to help students become familiar with the content and format of the tests. Samples help students understand what to do—how to mark answers and move from question to question.

For most tests, students read the questions and mark their answers by filling in a circle for each question. All test questions are multiple choice, and the tests last about 10 to 35 minutes.

How your child can prepare for test taking—and what you can do to help

A student who is well rested and well fed and has a positive attitude about testing is best prepared for testing. You can help your child do his or her best by considering these tips:

     Make sure that your child is in school and on time on test days.

     Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and eats a healthy breakfast before each day of testing.

     Remind your child that these tests are only one measure of what he or she has learned. Emphasize that you have confidence in his or her ability to do the best job possible.

     Remind your child to listen to the directions and read each question carefully during testing. Encourage your child to ask the teacher for help if he or she does not understand the directions.

Score reporting and how we use test results

The school will receive test scores in about 6-8 weeks and parents will receive an individual student score report for the Iowa Assessments. These scores will indicate how your child performed on the tests compared with students across the nation in the same grade.

Thank you very much for encouraging and supporting your child during testing. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Shay Kappel at [email protected].

Shay Kappel

Assistant Principal

Ford Elementary School

August 27-31

We are approaching the middle of the first marking period. Please continue to check red folders for progress on assigned classwork. We are still working out a few kinks with Parent Vue, but it should be up and running by the first week in September.

Early Release – Wednesday, August 29th – 12:30 dismissal

The annual PTSA’s Reflections art recogntion program is kicking off this week. Entry forms and rules were sent home Friday. I am really excited about this year’s theme, “Heroes Around Me.” I cannot wait to see our entries! Additional information can be found on www.fordreflections.com 

 


Upcoming Content
Reading– reading comprehension skills and strategies  – Hatchet
vocabulary unit 2 – assessment – Wednesday, August 29th
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 may begin 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 – drafting, creating strong introductions, using descriptive language and transitions

Math– division strategies, traditional method for multiplication – We will continue practice of multiplying and dividing with powers of 10, order of operations, and writing and reading expressions. Please check math notebooks to review notes and for assistance with homework.

Science– We will continue our Constructive and Destructive Forces unit. Learning contracts with standards and vocabulary will be glued into notebooks this week. Check Edmodo for notes and activities. assessment – Wednesday, September 5th

Social Studies – big ideas across American history, geography, government, and economics – preview life changes for Americans at the turn of the 20th century


Upcoming Events
8/29: Early Release at 12:30
8/30 : Yogli Mogli Spirit Night (2:00-8:00 pm)
8/31: BINGO Night 
PTSA Budget Presentation: 6:15-6:30, BINGO 6:30-8:00
9/8: Green Apple Day of Service – Use this link to sign up to help with our Green Apple Day of Service. We appreciate your help!
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e4ea4a623a46-green

August 20-24

Thank you so much for checking the blog every week, connecting with me on Remind and Class Dojo, and sending in your letters about your wonderful children!! Also, please continue to check red folders on Friday and have your child work on any corrections to help with  understanding of content. I look forward to a continued partnership with you to ensure a successful 5th grade year for your child!

The annual PTSA’s Reflections art recognition program is kicking off this week. Entry forms and rules were sent home Friday. I am really excited about this year’s theme, “Heroes Around Me.” I cannot wait to see our entries! Additional information can be found on www.fordreflections.com 

 


Upcoming Content
Reading– reading comprehension skills and strategies  We will begin our novel study of Hatchet this week.  vocabulary unit 2 – assessment – Wednesday, August 29th
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 may begin logging their book reviews via Biblionasium.

Language Arts – personal narrative writing – prewriting, drafting

Math– traditional method for multiplication – We will continue practice of multiplying and dividing with powers of 10, order of operations, and writing and reading expressions. Please check math notebooks to review notes and for assistance with homework.

Science– We will continue our Constructive and Destructive Forces unit. Learning contracts with standards and vocabulary will be glued into notebooks this week. Check Edmodo for notes and activities.

Social Studies – big ideas across American history, geography, government, and economics – preview life changes for Americans at the turn of the 20th century


Upcoming Events
8/29: Early Release at 12:30
8/31: BINGO Night 
PTSA Budget Presentation: 6:15-6:30, BINGO 6:30-8:00

August 13-17

Thank you for taking the time to attend Open House! I enjoyed speaking with you all!  Please go to “Class Information” tab to review the presentation if you were not able to make it Thursday.

Fall pictures – Wednesday, August 15th at 12:23

Red folders were sent home on Friday with Milestone scores from last year.  These are yours to keep.  Don’t forget to sign the folder and the agenda.  Students should have accumulated 2 1/2 hours of reading by the end of the week.  The reading time will be checked on Monday and is part of the homework.

We have a few children who are allergic to peanuts/tree nuts, so we will need to be a nut free classroom! Please keep this in mind as you are sending in snacks and treats throughout the year.

 


Upcoming Content
Reading– reading comprehension – “Signposts”.  We will begin our novel study of Hatchet this week.  vocabulary unit 1 test will be Wednesday, August 15th.
Don’t forget students need to read 2 1/2 hours each week.  I will check Monday mornings for the previous week’s reading.

Language Arts – using commas correctly when writing

Math– powers of 10, multiplication – We will continue practice of order of operations and writing and reading expressions. Please check math notebooks to review notes and for assistance with homework.

Science– We will continue our Constructive and Destructive Forces unit. Learning contracts with standards and vocabulary will be glued into notebooks this week.

August 6-10

We had an awesome first week of 5th grade! I am enjoying getting to know your precious children! We are learning 5th grade procedures and routines, and will continue to do so over the next few weeks!

Thank you for having your child ready and prepared with the necessary class supplies for a successful start to the year!

Our Open House is this Thursday, August 9th from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.  We will offer two sessions during the evening.  The first session begins at 6:00 and the second session begins at 7:00.  Please make every effort to come learn more about 5th grade expectations and content for your child. Hope to see you there!


Upcoming Content
Reading– We will read and analyze the story “Charles.”  We will begin vocabulary Unit 1.  The test will be Wednesday, August 15th.
Don’t forget students need to read 2 1/2 hours each week.  I will check Monday mornings for the previous week’s reading.

Math– We will begin order of operations. Please check math notebooks to review notes and for assistance with homework.

Science– We will begin our Constructive and Destructive Forces unit. Learning contracts with standards and vocabulary will be glued into notebooks this week.

Welcome to 5th Grade!!

It was great meeting you all at Sneak a Peek! I am very excited to be your teacher this year!  If you came to sneak a peek, please remember to return the Receipt of Family Information Guide from the Cobb County folder by Friday, August 3rd.

Please remember to have your child bring or wear sneakers, pack a healthy snack, and bring in school supplies Wednesday morning. 2018-2019 supply list

FLIPGRID INTRODUCTION HOMEWORK

https://flipgrid.com/d86923
Check your child’s Sneak a Peek paperwork or agenda for the password.

Click on the “Green Plus” button to access the recording page. You will then need to click the “Red Record” button to activate recording. I can’t wait to see your introductions!

Sneak a Peek presentation

I look forward to seeing you Wednesday!