Friday, February 23, 2018

February 23, 2018

Read Across America Week!

Next week is Read Across America/Dr. Seuss' Birthday!  We will be celebrating all week by having Spirit "Dress-Ups" each day:


DAY
THEME
WHAT TO DO
Monday, 2/26
Cat in the Hat
Wear a funny or unique hat
Tuesday, 2/27
Fox in Sox
Wear crazy socks
Wednesday, 2/28
Wacky Wednesday
Wear a mismatched or a wacky outfit
Thursday, 3/1
Oh, the Places You’ll Go
Wear a uniform/outfit to show what kind of job you’d like to have when you grow up
Friday, 3/2
The Sleep Book
Wear school appropriate pj’s or comfy clothes

Monday, February 5, 2018

Week of February 5-9

Fifth Grade

*NO SPELLING LISTS this week.  Due to last week's snow day, and the possibility of another one on Wednesday, we are taking the week off from spelling lists.  
*Read 30 minutes each night
*Social Studies Desserts are due on Thursday - these are OPTIONAL and may be done with other students.

Fourth Grade

*NO SPELLING LISTS this week.  Due to last week's snow day, and the possibility of another one on Wednesday, we are taking the week off from spelling lists.
*Read 30 minutes each night

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Week of January 29-February 2

Day of Wonder!

On Thursday, both 4th and 5th grades will watch the movie Wonder, which came out last fall, based on the book by RJ Palacio.  Both grades have read the book, which supports our Social/Emotional Learning (as well as just being an awesome story!).  Students are invited to wear slippers (no pjs or bathrobes, please), and I will provide the requisite popcorn!

Fifth Grade

* Read 30 minutes each night
*Work on Social Studies "Dessert" project, due February 8th
*Study for spelling test on Friday

Fourth Grade

*Read 30 minutes each night
* Study for spelling test on Friday

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Week of January 22

Fifth Grade Homework:

* Read 30 minutes each night.  Logs are kept by me at school.
*Socials Studies Side #2 Due Friday!
* Study for spelling test on Friday!

Fourth Grade Homework:

* Read 3o minutes each night.  Logs are kept by me at school.
* Study for spelling test on Friday!

Fourth graders are invited to wear slippers in the classrooms in the afternoons, especially during the wet winter months.  We spend a lot of time sitting on the floor, and when the kids come in from recess their feet are usually wet and/or muddy.  If they have an extra pair of sneakers or slippers they can leave in their lockers, it would be greatly appreciated!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Week of January 15

Important Notes:

* Please look for books belonging to our classroom library and return them to school.  We are missing many books!

*Scholastic Book Orders are due on January 20th.  Online orders are the easiest way to do this!

Fifth Grade Homework:

*Read 30 minutes each night.  We have begun our author study on Jerry Spinelli, and kids are welcome to read their Spinelli books at home, or read other appropriate books of their choice.  I am tracking the reading, so reading logs are not necessary, other than notes on a bookmark or in the planner.

*NO SPELLING THIS WEEK! 

*CHANGE IN SOCIAL STUDIES PROJECT: Only the FIRST "side" is due on Friday.  We have had so many snow days that I haven't been able to give as much time as I wanted for in-class work, so we are splitting them up.  Part Two will be due next week (January 26), and the dessert will be pushed back to February 2nd.  

Fourth Grade Homework:

* Read 30 minutes each night.  We have begun our author study on JRoald Dahl, and kids are welcome to read their Dahl books at home, or read other appropriate books of their choice.  I am tracking the reading, so reading logs are not necessary, other than notes on a bookmark or in the planner.

*No spelling this week!

Friday, January 12, 2018

4/5 News

January 12, 2018: There is flu and pink eye in the school!

We just want you to be aware that they are here, and they are spreading.  We are doing our best to clean and encourage excellent hand hygiene in the classrooms, but kids are still getting sick.  Please be aware of the signs and symptoms of both flu and pink eye, and keep your kids home if in doubt!

Fifth Grade Note:

We just ended a terrific week with Mr. Ish from Hartford Stage, who introduced us to the book Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli, the author we study in fifth grade.  It's a terrific way to kick off our author study unit, and also to introduce the sometimes difficult topics of racism and ignorance.  Ask your kids to explain the difference between ignorance and stupidity!  The kids did an excellent job of talking through some tough issues, and they learned some theater techniques, as well.  Thanks for having such great kids!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Week of January 8, 2018

Welcome back to school!  We are happy to be back after all that snow!

Fifth Grade: We are excited to have Mr. Ish from Hartford Stage join us each day this week to teach us some drama techniques and learn about the book Maniac Magee  by Jerry Spinelli!

* Read 30 minutes each night
* Study for spelling test (aiming for test on Thursday)
* Work on SIDES for Social Studies projects

Band concert this week!  It's super important for kids to bring their instruments on Tuesday for rehearsal and Thursday for the concert!


Fourth Grade: 

* Read 30 minutes each night
*Study for spelling test (aiming for test on Wednesday)