Weekly News! 9/14/2018

Dear Parents,

I hope you are doing well. We had a week full of academic challenges and fun times too. During the week we had class meeting discussions about “self-control,” learned how to identify the beginning, middle, and end of a story, studied the long – e – sound made by ee/ea, learned about collective nouns, continued working on narrative writing—particularly, writing about “small moments,” and studied the three states of matter (solid, liquid, and gas).

Important Upcoming Events

9/16/18—Sunday—The NESF Great Skate at Sparkles, Smyrna, on Sunday (9/16) from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. See the attached flyer for more information.

9/20/18—Thursday—Performing Arts Field Trip at the Jennie T. Anderson Theater, Marietta High School. PLEASE IF YOU HAVE NOT TURNED IN THE PERMISSION SLIP (4 STUDENTS MISSING), SEND IT WITH YOUR CHILD ON MONDAY—ADDITIONAL PERMISSION SLIPS WHERE GIVEN TO THE STUDENTS WHO HAVE NOT TURNED IT IN.

9/20/18—Thursday—2nd Annual Nickajack Multicultural Night, join us to celebrate the awesome diversity of our school and community on Thursday, September 20, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.. There will be crafts, performances, games, and lots of food. This is a free event.

9/24 to 9/28—Fall Break—the school will be closed during the break. 

Homework/Spelling Test

The students received their weekly homework packet today and it is due next Friday (9/21/18). I told the students yesterday that they could use the time generally dedicated to their “morning work” to do their homework, and to ask me any questions that they have related to any part of their homework packet. If for any reason your child needs more time to complete the homework please let me know.

The spelling test is on Friday (9/21/18). This test will be on the words included in the homework packet. Today we had the ee/ea spelling test and 17 out 20 students scored 100%!!

Curriculum Next Week

B3—Fairness

Reading—Beginning, Middle, and End (cont.)

Phonics—oa/oe/ow sounds

Language Arts—Irregular Plural Nouns and Reflexive Nouns

Writing—Narrative Writing (cont.)

Math—Place Value, Comparing Numbers, and Ordering Numbers

Science—Matter (cont.)

Communication

During the last two weeks I missed a few of your emails and for that reason did not give you a prompt reply as you deserve, and as I generally do.  I apologize for that, and want to reiterate that communicating with you, answering your questions, and clarifying any concerns is extremely important to me. I have a son in 5th grade and the other in high school, and I would be annoyed if an email to one of their teachers goes unanswered for days. I also want to remind you that besides my email, you may also text me at 404-933-2228—as I explained during meet and greet and open house, this is my preferred way of communicating. However, email is also perfectly fine.

I hope that you have a great weekend.

 

Weekly News 8-17-2018

 

Good afternoon,

I hope that all of you had a great week. We had an awesome week full of academic challenges and fun. The class in general is doing a fantastic job meeting expectations while walking in the hallway and for that reason the students were chosen as role models to show the rest of the school how to follow hallway rules.  I’m very proud of the class because that simple recognition demonstrates that my students are positively influencing each other and it also shows that they have accepted my challenge to be a strong team in which we help each other be better Braves. During out morning class meeting we have discussed the topic of Respect to Others and Respect to Self. The children have constantly been reminded that in our class they are not measured just by their performance but by their effort. We have talked about the fact that we all have our strengths and weaknesses, and that it is our duty as members of a cohesive and caring team to help and never to mock a classmate when he or she struggles in a particular subject. Another important topic that we discussed is positive self-talk and visualization. We discussed how important it is to wake up with a positive thought and a positive outlook on the day ahead. I suggested the phrase: “I am awesome and today will be a great day!” This idea comes from our school motto “Positive Thoughts + Positive Actions = Positive Results.”

Today was the first homework due date and approximately 20% of the students did not turn it in or turned in an incomplete homework packet. Hopefully we will move closer to 100% in the near future.  The students did not get their homework packet today because I had an unexpected meeting during our planning period and I did not have time to finish making the copies. Therefore, I will give them the homework packet on Monday and to compensate with the missed days I will allow them some time to work on it during the day. They also took their first spelling test today and although I haven’t had a chance to grade it, it seems like most of them did well.

Academics Next Week 

Reading: Story Elements/Characters

Phonics: Final Blends

Language Arts: Capitalization of Proper Nouns

Writing: Narrative Writing

Math: Place Value, Value of a Digit, Expanded Form, Word Form, Base Ten Blocks

Social Studies: Continue GA Regions and Rivers

Specials Next Week

Monday              Music

Tuesday              PE (your child must wear sneakers/athletic footwear)

Wednesday       Science

Thursday            PE (your child must wear sneakers/athletic footwear)

Friday                 Art

Have a great weekend!

 

Weekly News 8-10-2018

Dear Parents, I hope that all of you had a wonderful week.  We had a great week at Nickajack!

Homework Packet

The children received their first homework packet today (it should be in their red folder) and it is due next Friday. This packet includes the spelling words of the week and they will take a spelling test next Friday as well. The first page of the homework packet includes 9 different activities, of which the children must select three activities and complete them using the spelling words provided in the pages titled: Spelling Choice 1, Spelling Choice 2, and Spelling Choice 3. The homework packet also includes reading comprehension practice, nouns practice, basic addition, and a compound words activity. The homework packet must be completed (all sections) in order for your child to get credit for it. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Reading Log

As previously explained, the children are expected to read for at least 20 minutes EVERY DAY!!! Please complete the reading log on a daily basis.  There’s ample academic/scientific research showing the incredible benefits of reading 20 minutes a day. Please take some time to review some of the following articles:

https://fairhill.org/time-spent-reading/

https://www.hameraypublishing.com/blogs/all/new-post-the-importance-of-reading-20-minutes-per-day

http://readdbq.org/2014/11/19/read-20-minutes-day/

But PLEASE make sure that your child is reading books at their reading level, otherwise you will have a child pretending to read for 20 minutes—which would lead them to dislike reading. Please let me know if you want to know your child’s Lexile or DRA reading level—this number should be among the documents sent to you at the end of the school year. Once you have your child’s reading level you may use it to get books appropriate for him/her.

Treasure Box

As a class incentive I will begin treasure box awards every other week, starting next Friday. In order for a student to get rewarded, he or she must turn in their COMPLETE homework for two weeks, have at least four documented (initialed by mom or dad) reading sessions per week in the reading log, and their conduct must be in accordance with the classroom and school rules. I buy some of the toys for the treasure box at Wal-Mart or Dollar Store most of the time—if possible, I would appreciate any donation of small toys for the treasure box.

Academics Next Week

              B3                        Being Responsible

              Reading              Making Text Connections

              Phonics               Initial Blends

              ELA                      Common vs Proper Nouns

              Writing               Writing Pre-Tests

              Math                   Addition and Subtraction within 20

              Social Studies    Georgia Regions

Specials Next Week

              Monday              PE (your child must wear sneakers/athletic footwear)

              Tuesday              Art

              Wednesday       PE (your child must wear sneakers/athletic footwear)

              Thursday            Computer

              Friday                  PE (your child must wear sneakers/athletic footwear)

I hope that you have a peaceful and fun weekend.

 

 

Weekly News 8-03-18

Good afternoon parents!

I hope that you and your family are doing well. Happy Friday!! I feel fortunate to have every single one of your children in my class. During the last three days we had an opportunity to know each other, discuss our rules and expectations, and conducting some preliminary assessments.  Today we worked on a bar graph completed based on their own gathering of information among their classmates. In Reading we learned about the importance of visualizing as they read in order to improve their enjoyment and comprehension of what they read. In Social Studies we studied what a compass rose is in a map and learned to identify cardinal points in map (North, South, East, and West).

Next week, we will discuss the topic of “Respect” during out PBIS period, and in Reading we will launch our reading workshop and continue practicing visualization. In language arts we will learn how to identify compound words, and in Math we begin with addition and subtraction of numbers within 20—using the base 10 strategy (please watch this video related to the corresponding unit http://streamingcobb.cobbk12.org/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=b2106e01-2c9a-44a1-be44-e64e2f17ccac ).  In social studies we will continue developing map skills and introduce geographical divisions—the hemispheres, as well as the equator and 0 degree longitude lines. The students will also take their first formal writing assessments (Pre) next week.

I look forward to meeting you again on Tuesday, August 7, during our open house and answer any questions that you may have. If it is not possible for you to attend, I will email the power point presentation to everyone.

On a separate note, if you have not turn in your child’s school supplies, please do so as soon as possible. Thank you!

 

Weekly News! First Week Edition :)

Dear Parents,

It was a pleasure to meet most of you and your children yesterday! I can tell that our class will be amazing! I want you to be aware of what your children are learning in school, so here attached is a copy of our pacing guideline up until October. In my weekly letter I will provide you with a more detailed account of what we plan to cover in class each week.

SPECIALS

Also attached is a copy of the “Specials’ calendar. The letters that correspond to our Specials classes are the following:

8/01 – A day – PE (please make sure that your child wears tennis shoes today)

8/02 – B day – Art

8/03 – C day – PE (please make sure that your child wears tennis shoes today)

8/06 – D day – Computer

8/07 – E day – PE (please make sure that your child wears tennis shoes today)

8/08 – F day – Music

8/09 – G day – PE (please make sure that your child wears tennis shoes today)

8/10 – H day – Science

SNACKS

We do not have a “snack” time in my class. However, my students are allowed to bring healthy snacks and a water bottle to eat and drink at any time—as long as it does not interfere with their work. If your child wants to share her/his snack with a classmate, she/he will only be allowed to do so during recess—not during class as it may lead to class interruptions. If a student is not able to eat her/his snack without affecting her/his class work, I will ask the student to put the snack away until recess.

TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION

Your children will receive their daily folders tomorrow. Please provide me with accurate indication of how they are going home each day. If you need to make a change to your previously indicated transportation option, you will need to contact the office prior to 1:30 p.m. I cannot make changes based on an email from you.

COMMUNICATION

Please feel free to contact me via email or text (404-933-2228) with any questions, suggestions, or concerns. I will reply as soon as I can within 24 hours.

I will provide more important information in subsequent emails. Again, I am excited about this new school year and I look forward to having your children in class tomorrow. Thank you!

 

 

PTA Movie Food Truck Night ​

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Did you hear the news? For just $5, enter to win ​
​Walt ​Disney ​World Tickets​ and Skyline Park Tickets​ at our​ Annual PTA Movie Food Truck Night ​this ​​​Friday, April 20th 5pm – 10pm. The movie will be shown in the faculty parking lot on the big screen provided by Monte Carlo Productions.  Bring chairs and blankets to be comfy while enjoying the movie.  ​ ​We will have unlimited fresh popcorn poppin’ and fun activities too.
Willing to volunteer? Sign-up here:
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Food Trucks:
The Royal Pig BBQ            Atlanta Ice Cream Truck
Genki Sushi                          Funnel Cake Guys
Pattywagon                          Kona Ice

Weekly Update 4/09/2018

Dear Parents,

I hope that you and your family are doing well. We have approximately six more weeks of learning before the end of the school year. In Math we continue learning about 3-dimensional figures and the children have done a great job creating their own solid figures in the classroom. In Reading we are reading informational texts with an emphasis on identifying main idea and using context clues to infer information and improve comprehension. In Grammar we are studying suffixes and irregular past tense verbs, and in Science we continue studying different life cycles (butterfly and plants). The homework packet is due on Monday and the Spelling test is this Friday. The spelling words for this week are the following:

  1. spoke
  2. drove
  3. began
  4. drank
  5. told
  6. forgave
  7. sang
  8. forgot
  9. caught
  10. bought
  11. became
  12. taught
  13. built
  14. heard
  15. chose

Challenge Words:

  1. understood
  2. partitioned
  3. migrated
  4. molting
  5. emerging

Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you!

Weekly Update 3/26/2018

Dear parents,

I hope that you had a great weekend. We had a great time during the field trip to the Atlanta Children’s Museum on Friday. Thank you to all the parents who helped as chaperones.

The specials’ schedule for this week is: Monday—Music, Tuesday—Science, Wednesday—PE, Thursday—Art, Friday–PE (please remember that students must wear tennis shoes the during PE days).

Our academic objectives for the week are the following:

Phonics: words with the prefixes dis, pre, and mis

Science: Frog Life Cycles

Reading: Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel – Chapters 2 and 3 – Main Idea and Context Clues

Math: 2-Dimensional Shapes with partitioning.

Writing: Informational writing (focus: frog life cycle – sequence)

The spelling words for this week are:

Spelling Words:

disagree

dishonest

dislike

disbelieve

disappear

premade

preschool

prepaid

preview

pretest

misbehave

mishear

misspell

misuse

misread

 

Challenge Words:

 

misunderstood

misinformation

disorganized

disrespectful

prehistoric

 

Thank you!

 

This Week

Dear parents,

I hope that you had a great weekend. We had a great time during the field trip to the Atlanta Children’s Museum on Friday. Thank you to all the parents who helped as chaperones.

The specials’ schedule for this week is: Monday—Music, Tuesday—Science, Wednesday—PE, Thursday—Art, Friday–PE (please remember that students must wear tennis shoes the during PE days).

Our academic objectives for the week are the following:

Phonics: words with the prefixes dis, pre, and mis

Science: Frog Life Cycles

Reading: Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel – Chapters 2 and 3 – Main Idea and Context Clues

Math: 2-Dimensional Shapes with partitioning.

Writing: Informational writing (focus: frog life cycle – sequence)

The spelling words for this week are:

Spelling Words:

disagree

dishonest

dislike

disbelieve

disappear

premade

preschool

prepaid

preview

pretest

misbehave

mishear

misspell

misuse

misread

Challenge Words:

misunderstood

misinformation

disorganized

disrespectful

prehistoric

 

Field Trip Information and Report Cards

Dear Parents,

I hope that all of you had a great day. As you know tomorrow is the field trip to the Children’s Museum of Atlanta. The children are definitely excited about it. We plan to leave the school at approximately 9:15 a.m. and we should be back by 1:15 p.m.. The following is a link to the museum’s website in case that you want more information about the place: http://childrensmuseumatlanta.org/

The children who regularly eat food from the cafeteria will receive sack lunches prepared at school, but those who bring their own food from home need to bring their lunch in a lunch bag or any other appropriate container that is disposable with their name on it. Please do not send their regular lunchboxes as we need to be able to throw away the bag or container at the museum.

Thank you very much to our five volunteer chaperones: Mr. Stone, Mrs. Angel, Mrs. Graham, Mr. Gudipalley, and Mrs. Meni!

On a separate note, I sent home the report cards for the 3rd Quarter. Please sign the envelope provided and send back to school as soon as possible. You may keep the report card, but we need the signed envelope back. Thank you.