Monday is a school holiday in honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, and this week is the final week in the second marking period.
Kindness Week – Mrs. Jones has planned special days for us to heighten our awareness of the benefits of kindness. (Fun fact: Kindness benefits the person showing kindness as much as or more than the recipient.)
Tuesday – Wear pink or red, because we love kindness
Wednesday – Wear yellow and black to remind us to bee kind
Thursday – Wear bright colors
Friday – Wear blue & white
Students will receive a “Kindness Board” on Tuesday, and they’re encouraged to complete as many of the activities on the board as they can.
Middle School Course Selection – From Mrs. Jones, guidance counselor:
Parent access opens Tuesday! We will be using the online PowerSchool system for this process. Below is a timeline with IMPORTANT DATES that you will need to know for this scheduling process. Directions and flyers have been sent home previously, but they are also located on Mrs. Jones blog: https://rswalkerblog.wordpress.com/middle-school-transition-i-b-program/
- Tuesday, January 21st –Friday, January 31st parents log on to their PowerSchool account, review teacher selected courses, and select an elective.
- Thursday, January 23rd: Curriculum Carnival 5:30-7pm & Planning Guide meeting 7pm Pocahontas auditorium
- Thursday, January 30th Planning Guide Meeting at 7pm in the Pocahontas Middle School Auditorium.
**If your child has applied to the I.B. Program at Moody Middle School, please proceed with following these steps for course selection at Pocahontas Middle School. If your child is accepted into the I.B. Program, they will receive separate course selection instructions at that time.**
If you have any questions, please call or email Mrs. Jones at (804) 360-0812 or email@example.com
Change for Children
S.C.A. is sponsoring a school-wide Change for Children campaign to support the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR). The Children’s Hospital provides care to nearly 60,000 children each year right here in the Richmond community.
SPES students may bring in change OR dollar bills and drop it in the collection jars in their classrooms. The drive continues through this Friday, January 24th
Dates to Note:
Mon, Jan. 20 – Student Holiday – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Jan. 21 – Jan. 31 – Parent Course Request via PowerSchool Parent Portal
Wed, Jan. 22 – Thur, Jan. 23 – Reading Benchmark
Fri, Jan. 24 – End of 2nd Quarter
Mon, Jan. 27 – Student Holiday – Staff Clerical Day
Wed, Jan 29 – Thur, Jan. 30 – Math Benchmark
Academics This Week:
Students will take the Reading Benchmark this week, which is just a mid-year check of how students are progressing in reading.
Students will complete their composition planning and then write a multi-paragraph composition.
In small group, students are continuing to read daily in their novels. I am meeting with small groups numerous times each week to discuss their reading. I urge students to keep up with the assigned reading and questions, as it is hard to catch up once behind. Students can also expect weekly unannounced quizzes o their novel reading.
Students will begin working with Lesson 8 Vocabulary words this week. Study and practice lists for our current units can be found here:
Classroom Wish Lists:
Have a great week!