Friday, November 17, 2017

November 17, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

Important Dates:
Nov 20-24: Thanksgiving Holidays
Dec 21: Last Student Day
Dec 22: Teacher work day
Dec 25-Jan 9: Winter Break
Jan 8: Teacher Work Day
March 9: Field Day
-Library books are due every Tuesday. 

Spotlight Stallions:
This week’s Spotlight Stallion is… none due to the long break!

Stallion Key Maker (monthly):
Congratulations to Nishil and Xavi for exhibiting great Responsibility this month!

Wish List:
-Box Tops for Education for PE!

A Week of Learning:
Reading: We will be studying author’s craft. We will be stalking how good authors write to improve our craft.

Writing: Students will begin learning to write imaginative fiction.  We will be using features of fantasy writing and revising for a strong ending.

Spelling and Grammar: ask, brother, didn’t, four, keep, much, seven, try
After Thanksgiving break we will finish up our verb study by looking at verb tenses: past, present, and future.

Science: We use magnets in so many things!  This week, students will discover how we use magnets in our everyday life.  We will see how opposite poles attract and the same poles repel.  We will also get a look at how the magnetic field looks. 

Math: When we return from the Thanksgiving break we will continue our study of time. We’ll also review all measurement that we have studied so far (inch, foot, yard, cm, mm, meter) and have a measurement assessment at the end of the week.

Bits and Pieces:
-Pictures posted in the Google Shared File: Innovation Station and Thanksgiving lunch

-Parents!

We will study different cultures soon (Dec) with an emphasis on holidays. If you would like to share your families’ culture with the class, please let me know! I will create time for you to come in and teach us. What would be super enjoyable is for the students to see traditional clothing, try bite sized food/treats (no nuts), see artifacts/objects, play traditional games, listen to music, experience something authentic, etc.

 Think about it and please let me know!!

-TAG Information:
11/13-12/8 - Referrals accepted for January/February testing window.
1/8 - 1/10 - Let TAG Specialist know immediately of any transfer (new) students who arrived after the winter holiday and may have received gifted services at their previous school.
1/15 - Testing for gifted services will begin
4/1 - Final decisions regarding placement will be mailed out



Friday, November 10, 2017

November 10, 2017

Important Dates:
Nov 14: Thanksgiving Lunch (grades 2 and 3)
(our lunch is at normal time 11:26-11:56)
Nov 20-24: Thanksgiving Holidays
Dec 21: Last Student Day
Dec 22: Teacher work day
Dec 25-Jan 9: Winter Break
Jan 8: Teacher Work Day
March 9: Field Day
-Library books are due every Tuesday. 

Spotlight Stallions:
This week’s Spotlight Stallion is… Ariana!
We will spend the week getting to know more about Ariana and celebrating her as a part of our class!  Congratulations!!

Stallion Key Maker (monthly):
Congratulations to Nishil and Xavi for exhibiting great Responsibility this month!

Wish List:
-Box Tops for Education for PE!

A Week of Learning:
Reading: Students will compare characteristics of fiction and nonfiction books and show evidence in their work.  They will respond to nonfiction and fiction text throughout the week using a variety of reading strategies.

Writing: Students will be learning how to write realistic fiction.  We will be focusing on developing the character, setting, problem, and solution.

Spelling and Grammar: around, dear, eyes, found, jump, new, set, too
This week we will continue learning about verbs by adding in linking verbs.

Science: Students will be doing experiments with patterns of movement. The focus will be on rolling, spinning, and sliding of solids.

Math: We are continuing to study measurement, only this week we will learn how to measure time. Our goal will be able to tell time to the exact minute. Please practice this life skill at home! We say the hour first, then count by 5’s, and then count by 1’s if needed. Students will practice saying “quarter till” and “quarter past.”

Bits and Pieces:

-Parents!
We will study different cultures soon (Dec) with an emphasis on holidays. If you would like to share your families’ culture with the class, please let me know! I will create time for you to come in and teach us. What would be super enjoyable is for the students to see traditional clothing, try bite sized food/treats (no nuts), see artifacts/objects, play traditional games, listen to music, experience something authentic, etc.

 Think about it!!

-Note from PTA:

To promote Healthy Lifestyles month, the PTA has requested the students submit a page on what being healthy means to them.  We are asking the students to submit by Friday, 11/17.   They can draw a picture, submit a write up, use clippings, or whatever they choose. 
For grades 2-5, students must also include a healthy goal. 
We will select a winner for each grade level and hang their submission on the Wall of Champions.

-TAG Information:
11/13-12/8 - Referrals accepted for January/February testing window.
1/8 - 1/10 - Let TAG Specialist know immediately of any transfer (new) students who arrived after the winter holiday and may have received gifted services at their previous school.
1/15 - Testing for gifted services will begin

4/1 - Final decisions regarding placement will be mailed out