Top Turkey Tips
Guidelines for tackling the big bird.
Whether you’re tackling a Thanksgiving turkey for the first or hundredth time, our top tips will ensure your big bird is the best it can be.
1. Thawing a frozen turkey requires patience. The safest method is to thaw turkey in the refrigerator. Be sure to plan ahead — it takes approximately 4-5 days for a 20-pound turkey to fully defrost.
2. For crisper skin, unwrap the turkey the day before roasting and leave it uncovered in the refrigerator overnight.
3. When calculating your roasting time, plan on about 15 minutes per pound.
Language Arts updates:
This week in Language Arts:
Writing: Students will be practicing and applying the RACE strategy when responding to constructed responses. Each student has a Race study poser in their writing or reading notebook to explain the process. Rubrics are also going home each week attached to their student writing to explain the expectations.
This week they will also be writing their final copy to their 5 paragraph information essay.
Grammar: verb and adjective review quiz 11/17/17. The mentor sentence focus is the verb and a review of contractions. Students mentor sentence can be found in their grammar notebook. Each Friday they get a sentence they will also correct on Friday, 11/17/17. We practice a focus lesson on each sentence of the week. The Friday quiz should be a review for each student. They are welcome to bring home these notebooks each day to study.
Reading: NONFICTION strategies
quiz on text features: 11/15/17
Their notebooks are also a great source to study and review the reading strategies taught for that week. This week we are focusing on reading difficult texts, nonfiction text structures, and using the Race strategy.
The students had an indoor recess today so may be a little charged up, when getting home. This week we have been working on multiplication with two and three digits. Our focus has been on the area model where kids draw boxes and break apart the factors according to place value. It’s a good way to work in mental math and of course requires math fact fluency. We have a multiplication test next week-most likely Wednesday. Review material can be found in the math journals and chapter four of the work book.
For social studies we’ve been working on map skills(again) as the students compare and contrast the British colonies.
Tonight is STEM night 6-7:30
Next Thursday Desin’s class is having the Thanksgiving feast from 12:44-1:29. But trust me, arrive way ahead of time. If you want to eat here it’s $3.75. GCI portraits will be on stage to take family pictures. There are different packages available and you can sign up then.
November 20th-24th no school
Join us for Big Shanty’s
6:00 – 7:30 PM
We hope you will join us for an exciting night packed with STEM activities at Big Shanty on November 10th. Bring your whole family to try out cool gadgets like Spheros, Osmos, and BeeBots and kick your brains into high gear for our engineering, science, and math challenges. We know you will have a great time!
Today the students tested on multiples and factors, which was a summary of chapter 3.
Next week the students begin multiplying multiple digit numbers. Tuesday there will be no school of course. But the rest of the week should be normal. On Thursday, we will have STEM night. It’s a great way to see some of the cool things we do here. And it gets the kids out of the house.
Also next week, we return to social studies, The theme is colonies and here is an overview: students will explain the factors that shaped British Colonial America. By the end of this unit, students should know and understand:
• Religious freedom and the opportunity for profit motivated many people to move to the British American colonies.
• Colonization was driven by Great Britain’s desire for profit and resources.
• The colonial regions developed different economic, educational, and religious beliefs.
• The physical geography of each region helped develop the economy of that region.
• Colonial life was different for each colonist.
• British Colonial America developed its own economy and contributed to the economy of Great Britain.
11/7 no school
11/10 daily math quiz
11/16-11/17 Thanksgiving in the café
If you have extra candy, I will gladly take any donations for the First in Math treat box.
That’s it for now,
FIRE SAFETY VILLAGE FUN!
A few things to remember:
RED RIBBON WEEK:
Monday: Favorite team jersey- Team up against drugs
Tuesday: Crazy sock day- Sock it to drugs
Wednesday: Wear sunglasses- Your future is bright without drugs
Thursday: Backwards shirt day- Turn your back on drugs
Friday: Wear red- Say no to drugs
THANK YOU TO ALL THE PARENTS SENDING IN CANS FOR OUR ANNUAL CAN FOOD DRIVE HERE AT BSI!
LAST FRIDAY’S FIELD TRIP WAS A SUCCESS. I WAS THRILLED WITH THE WAY OUR STUDENTS LISTENED AND LEARNED WHILE THEY HAD A LITTLE FUN AT THE FIRE SAFETY VILLAGE.
SPECIALS FOR THE WEEK:
MONDAY: STEM TUESDAY: ART WEDNESDAY: MUSIC THURSDAY: P.E. FRIDAY: HEALTH
THIS WEEK IN LANGUAGE ARTS:
STUDENTS WILL BE READING NON-FICTION AND ARE EXPECTED TO HAVE A NONFICTION BOOK WITH THEM AT ALL TIMES.
THEY ARE FOCUSING ON WRITING A 5 PARAGRAPH ESSAY BY THE END OF THIS NINE WEEKS AND EACH DAY THEY WILL BE FOCUSING ON ELABORATING ON BIG IDEAS IN WRITING CLASS. STUDENTS WILL BE ORGANIZING ALL THIS IN THEIR WRITER’S NOTEBOOK.
GRAMMAR FOCUS: INTERJECTIONS
QUIZ: FRIDAY NOVEMBER 3RD.
We had a good day working with factors and multiples. They’re pretty essential for 4th grade math. The students also played Breakout, which is a good problem solving and team building activity. Ask your child how he or she did.
Our award ceremony is tomorrow at 8. Soon after we’ll be leaving for the Cobb County Safety Village.
It’s going to be a bit cold and we’ll spend significant time outside, so please have your child dress in layers.
If your child is packing a lunch, please be sure everything is disposable.
Tomorrow night is the PTA Fall Dance. It’s a great way to start off the weekend and get festive. If tickets were bought in advance they will be in tonight’s Thursday folder.
The fundraiser has been extended to go until Monday.
Check SEESAW for pics and work samples from your kids.
STEM day is next Friday, we’re building mini roller coasters!
Keep bringing in those cans so we can feed the hungry!
11/7-no school for kids
Thanksgiving Meals 11/16-11/17
This week in ELA:
- Reading: The conclusion of Tiger Rising. We will be responding and answering comprehension with the RACE strategy within our notebooks.
- Collaborative narrative due this Wednesday.
- Grammar: Using Quotations within a sentence and applying dialogue within our narratives.
Oct. 26 th Grammar quiz on Quotations.
Oct. 27th Award’s Day 8:00 a.m.
Oct. 27th Fire Safety Village departure 9:15.
Please remember your lunch if your student will be bringing his/her own lunch in a disposable bag and the water or milk should also be disposable. Thanks!
Canned food drive starts this week!
A note from our Administration:
- We are nearing the end of our fundraiser, and we want to thank everyone who has showed their support. Each item sold goes towards providing things for our school that would not be possible without your participation. If you have not had a chance to register online or sell items in-person, there is still time! Your participation makes a difference!
- Bourbon Street Ice on Friday during the dance….$3
- Bourbon Street prides themselves by offering an amazing selection of all natural frozen Ice Pops! Ice pops are made with fresh fruit, veggies, spices & herbs to make the best hand crafted creations anywhere! Moms can rest assured our frozen treats are made with care and contain no artificial colors, flavors, preservatives nor sweeteners. We are also Vegan Friendly and have several sugar free options! A great natural sweet treat!
Finally the fall weather is here! I hope you all get a chance to enjoy it, if not this week, then hopefully during the weekend. Hey conferences are coming to an end, but it’s been good to discuss how the kids are doing at this point in the year.
This whole early release schedule is wrapping up also and for that I am thankful. Next week we’ll be back to a bit of normalcy.
We are starting our multiplication unit and setting up our science fair projects on force and motion (it’s the students’ first, so there is A LOT of guidance).
Don’t forget to buy Boos!
10/27 awards day, field trip, PTA fall dance-buy tickets if you haven’t-should be a lot of fun!
Next week we have our canned food drive that goes until November 8th.
11/7 no school for kids
11/20-11/24 Thanksgiving Break
Don’t forget –Homework: 20 minutes of reading and 30 minutes of math (FIM or Conceptua)
PATRIOT’S DAY AT BIG SHANTY!
ELA NEWS: Tiger Rising
We will be finishing up our novel and answering a few constructed response questions this Friday.
- 10/20 quiz on possessive nouns and using the apostrophe in contractions.
READING/Writing: Students will turn in their partner narratives on 10/20. They have had close to two weeks to plan, generate, edit, and publish these story Arcs. I’m looking forward to seeing some creative stories.
Don’t forget Award’s Day October 27th at 8 a.m. Then our Fire Safety Field trip!
Have a great week.
This week in MATH.
Today we took the addition and subtraction test. Next week we are moving into multiplication. Again First in Math is a great source for building on math fluency. The expectation is kids are getting about 30 minutes a night on this.
Next week we have conferences, and I look forward to discussing how we can help your child have a great year! If there are any questions about what time your conference is, please don’t hesitate to ask.
We are also in phase one of our in class science fair project. Kids are planning hypotheses on motion and speed.
Our Fundraiser kickoff was today, please check the packet in your child’s Thursday folder.
• Next week is conference week and the book fair. There is a bunch of great books there, check it out!
• Students can purchase “Boos” starting tomorrow, please see the flyer in the Thursday folder.
• 10/27 Award Ceremony, Field Trip to the Safety Village, PTA FALL DANCE 6-8
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