2/15 Friday

Wow, 2-5 day school weeks. Yes!!!

Just a calendar reminder: Monday, President’s Day, is a full day now due to all the snow days.

Reminders:

  1. Trifold?
  2. Northeastern states and capitols will be tested on 2/20
  3. Scholastic orders are due 2/21. Our classroom code is: QFZCV
  4. Curriculum Night is 2/21 from 5:30 – 7.
  5. Science Fair Project is due 3/18.
  6. Science Fair is 3/20 & 3/21.
  7. SPMS Pride Camp 8/22.

Math – went over our most missed questions on our Probability assessment and the Benchmark. Quite interesting to say the least. Spent some time knocking out our Dreambox lessons also. We’ll pick up our coordinate plane activities on Monday.

Social Studies – working on our Northeast Licence Plate Project & our Northeast states & capitols.

Science – how’s the science fair project coming along?

Have a great weekend and stay warm!  Best of luck to our DI team that competes tomorrow at Goochland Middle School.

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2/14 Happy Valentines Day

Afternoon –

Huge shout out #1 to Mrs. Tittermary for all her work getting supplies for Valentine Boxes and the strawberries/cool whip for our mini-party. She came and helped with the mini-party among the chaos known as passing out Valentine’s cards. Thank you, Mrs. Tittermary!

Huge shout out #2 to the students and the great job they did with the Student Led Conferences yesterday. I was quite proud and they all were shining stars. Thank you for coming and supporting our students.

Reminders:

  1. YMCA packet and money is due, tomorrow, 2/15. We highly recommend paying on-line.
  2. Do you have a trifold for your students Science Fair Project? This is a grade. See PowerSchool. As soon as your student confirms they have thetrifold they will receive a 100. Please do NOT send trifolds to school. I will believe your student if they say they have one.
  3. Northeastern states and capitols will be tested on 2/20
  4. Scholastic orders are due 2/21. Our classroom code is: QFZCV
  5. Science Fair Project is due 3/18.
  6. Science Fair is 3/20 & 3/21.
  7. SPMS Pride Camp 8/22.

Math – played a game with numbers that was pretty fun. Ask your student about it. Then we started learning about Coordinate Planes

Social Studies – started working on our NE States Project. Ask your students what we are doing. It’s related to a license plate. In case they can’t remember and you have to stir them along. We also did a worksheet to pre-test our knowledge of states and capitals. Many of us need to spend more time studying before next Wednesday.

Science – How’s the Science Fair Project going? Time is ticking away…..

Have a nice evening. Get outside. It’s a good afternoon/evening for a hand holding stroll.

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2/12 Tuesday

Afternoon – Phew, this rain!

Reminders:

  1. Report Card envelopes are due, asap.
  2. YMCA packet and money is due 2/15.(Corrected!  My apologies) We highly recommend paying on-line.
  3. Do you have a trifold for your students Science Fair Project? This is a grade. See PowerSchool. As soon as your student confirms they have thetrifold they will receive a 100. Please do NOT send trifolds to school. I will believe your student if they say they have one.
  4. Northeastern states and capitols will be tested on 2/20
  5. Scholastic orders are due 2/21. Our classroom code is: QFZCV
  6. Science Fair Project is due 3/18.
  7. Science Fair is 3/20 & 3/21.
  8. SPMS Pride Camp 8/22.

Math – wrapping up probability.

Science – has your student begun their Science Fair Project? Make sure they are following the guideline in the Science Fair Packet to stay on track. 5 more weeks until it is due. Don’t wait. You’ll be sorry.

Social Studies – wrapping up our research on our northeastern state.

Have a good evening. Tonight Mr. Raines and I will celebrate another year of being Valentines. I refuse to be out and about on that evening/actual day. Besides, he’s my Valentine every day of the year  :o)

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2/8-A 5 day school week – yes!

Afternoon – What a gorgeous day for a fire drill! We shall miss this next week.

Reminders:

  1. Friday folders went home today. Corrections are due 2/11 or 2/12.
  2. Per the earlier email all cocurse selections are due this evening. Read the email very carefully.
  3. YMCA packet and money is due 2/15.(Corrected!  My apologies) We highly recommend paying on-line.
  4. I still have 4 students with no Shoebox for valentines (do NOT decorate it at home). Please send one on Monday morning. Kleenex boxes or small Amazon boxes work also.
  5. Do you have a trifold for your students Science Fair Project? This is a grade. See PowerSchool. As soon as your student confirms they have thetrifold they will receive a 100. Please do NOT send trifolds to school. I will believe your student if they say they have one.
  6. Scholastic orders are due 2/21. Our classroom code is: QFZCV
  7. Science Fair Project is due 3/18.
  8. Science Fair is 3/20 & 3/21.
  9. SPMS Pride Camp 8/22.

Math – working on probabilty. We’ll wrap this up next week.

Science – Great job on our test today.

Social Studies – more talk about the Northeastern states. Students drew a state out of the bag today. More about that next week.

Have a great weekend. I am off to “Night to Shine”.

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2/7 Thursday

Afternoon – Where’d the sun go today?

Reminders:

  1. Shoebox for valentines (do NOT decorate it at home) due on or before 2/8. Kleenex boxes or small Amazon boxes work also.
  2. Do you have a trifold for your students Science Fair Project? This is a grade. See PowerSchool. As soon as your student confirms they have thetrifold they will receive a 100.
  3. Science Fair Project is due 3/18.
  4. Science Fair is 3/20 & 3/21.
  5. SPMS Pride Camp 8/22.

Math – last two days of probability. Today we were checking out the sums with two number cubes.

Science – two things. 1)test tomorrow on Science 5.5. See the study guide that went home yesterday and review in science spirals the 5.5 notes. 2)When reviewing grades for the Science benchmark I noticed that all  of the students missed one of the questions. I can’t see the test until next week but emailed the Elementary Science team and asked them to help me understand what I obviously didn’t teach my students. Turns our the answer key was keyed wrong (glad I’m not the only one that makes mistakes). After adjusting the students grades I have put their scores in PowerSchool for you guys. Super proud I am!

Social Studies – students need to finish up the Washington D.C. part of the social studies packet this evening. Today in class, we pretended to be candy wrappers out of Hershey, Pennsylvania. Since Pennsylvania is in the Northeast it was a fun tie in after several days of  testing. You might ask your student what roll or rolls they played in our candy wrapping sessions.

Have a great evening.

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2/6 Wednesday

Afternoon –

Trifolds purchased yet? It’s a free 100 in science when your student has it.

Shoebox brought to school yet? Need it by Friday 2/8 or first thing Monday morning, 2/11.

We all passed our math benchmark assessment and their score is posted in PowerSchool.

We all passed our science benchmark assessment and I’m waiting to see what happened with one question before I post those scores.

No math homework this evening!

Science assessment on Friday, 2/8. We did the study guide today. Please review the study guide and the notes the next few nights.

Looks like some rain is coming! Stay dry.

 

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2/5 Tuesday

Afternoon –

IF your student was accepted to Moody and you are going to the Open House, Mrs. Dalton and I would suggest going on Wednesday afternoon from 1-4. This also means that some of you will need to change your Student Led Conference time.

Reminders:

  1. Still need a Thursday Welcome Desk worker.
  2. Math Benchmark part 2 is 2/6.
  3. Shoebox for valentines (do NOT decorate it at home) due on or before 2/8. Kleenex boxes work also.
  4. Do you have a trifold for your students Science Fair Project?
  5. Science Fair Project is due 3/18.
  6. Science Fair is 3/20 & 3/21.
  7. SPMS Pride Camp 8/22.

Math – Benchmark Part 1 is in the books. Here’s to part 2 tomorrow. Students are to complete their Ice Cream Mini Poster at home if they didn’t complete it in class today.

Science – keep reviewing cells, animal kingdoms, vascular/non-vascular plants.

Social Studies – today we began our unit on the Northeast States.

Get out of the house again today. Open those windows to get rid of the crud before it gets cold again next week. Enjoy your evening.

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2/4 Monday

Afternoon – So I think we’ll actually have 5 days of school this week. Who knew?!

Reminders:

  1. Friday Folders are due Tuesday.
  2. Pull tabs for Ronald McDonald House are still being collected.
  3. Sign up for the welcome desk the week of 2/4.
  4. Math Benchmark is 2/5 & 2/6.
  5. Shoebox for valentines (do NOT decorate it at home) due on or before 2/8. Kleenex boxes work also.
  6. Do you have a trifold for your students Science Fair Project?
  7. Science Fair Project is due 3/18.
  8. Science Fair is 3/20 & 3/21.
  9. SPMS Pride Camp 8/22.

Math – reviewing for our benchmark.

Science – the students did a fantastic job with their Science Benchmark assessment. Looking forward to sharing the results with you once I see a few questions that I have questions about. I don’t create the test and we don’t get to see the questions until the whole county is done testing. Thus the delay. But they all did quite well. I am proud of their efforts!

Get out of the house. Open some windows. Enjoy your evening!

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1/23-25/19

Afternoon –

Sorry for the delay. I’ve been rather under the weather and leaving school asap the last few days and today I have no voice at all.  Looking forward to resting up over the long weekend.

Do you have your student’s trifold board for their Science Project? Don’t delay, you will be sorry and stressed out if you wait. Science Fair due in 7 weeks. Has your student begun the experiment? They need 3 or more trials for it to be a ‘good’ experiment at this level.

We’ve done some pretty neat probability activities this week in math. We’ve drawn cubes from bags for experimental and theoretical probability. We’ve flipped a coin and pulled cubes out of bags to figure out if we should have homework or not. Today we started our designs for an ice cream cake business. I can’t wait to see their finished products next week, especially the name of my ‘business’.

In science we’ve been reviewing some of our fourth grade topics in order to be extra ready for our Science Benchmark later this week. We’ve also talked about vascular and non-vascular plants.

Hope you guys all enjoy the weekend. Can you believe that half of the year is over?! Look out middle school, here we come!

Reminders:

  1. Friday Folders are due Tuesday or Wednesday next week.
  2. Coins for Children’s Hospital collection is next week.
  3. Pull tabs for Ronald McDonald House are still being collected.
  4. Science Benchmark is 1/31.
  5. Sign up for the welcome desk the week of 2/4.
  6. Math Benchmark is 2/5 & 2/6.
  7. Science Fair Project is due 3/18.
  8. Science Fair is 3/20 & 3/21.
  9. SPMS Pride Camp 8/22.
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1/22/19 Tuesday

Afternoon – Friday Folders went home Friday and are due tomorrow, 1/23. Corrections are also due, 1/23. As stated Friday, I am done taking grades for MP 2 so you might want to check the Math, Science and Social Studies grades for your student. Several have dropped a letter grade due by choosing not to correct papers. Several students have a zero you may want to check on tonight.

Reminders:

  1. SGES Parent Coffee about Middle School 1/22 @6 p.m.
  2. Reading Benchmark is 1/23.
  3. First 5th grade graduation planning party is 1/22 @3
  4. Science Fair Part 2 is due 1/23.
  5. SPMS Rising 6th grade Curriculum Fair 1/24 7:15-8:30
  6. Science Benchmark is 1/31
  7. Sign up for the welcome desk the week of 2/4.
  8. Math Benchmark is 2/5 & 2/6.
  9. Science Fair Project is due 3/18
  10. Science Fair is 3/20 & 3/21.
  11. SPMS Pride Camp 8/22.

Took part 1 of our Reading Benchmark today. Part 2 is tomorrow.

Math – a wee bit of probability today mixed in with some mean/median/mode/range practice. NO math homework this evening.

Science – Because we’ve missed so much school I haven’t had the time to do much Fourth Grade Science review prior to next weeks Science Benchmark. Today I gave students some statements/questions they need to be able to answer. IF your student had their fourth grade Science ISN in their cubby (and all but 3 did) they are a wee bit ahead of those that took their ISN home. IF their ISN is at home please send it to school with them tomorrow as we’ll be reviewing fourth grade science material the next few days.

My apologies as we ran out of time to write down everything in our ISN. Students can find the information in their fourth grade ISN. Students need to know:

  1. Part of a plant – draw a plant, label it, tell what the function of the part is.
  2. How does a plant reproduce? This is more about the flower and it’s parts. Students should be able to label the parts and tell what their function is.
  3. Photosynthesis – what is it, where does it take place, why is it important?
  4. How do plants adapt?
  5. How do animals adapt?
  6. What are populations, communities and ecosystems?

Have a great evening!

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