Mrs. Whitlock's Weekly Updates

December 7-11

We have LOTS of things going on - please read through to stay updated and informed!

Important Dates

Monday, December 7: Field Trip forms and money DUE!

Tuesday, December 8: Science Fair Projects DUE!

Wednesday, December 9: Come bundled up for our class Frosty Photo!

Thursday, December 10: Fernbank Field Trip (be on time and wear red FSA polo)

Friday, December 11: Weekly Quiz and Spelling Test, Homework Packet 14 due

Monday, December 14: Science Test on Matter

Wednesday, December 16: Class Book Exchange

Thursday, December 17: Elementary Winter Celebration!

Friday, December 18: Last day of the semester! Elementary Awards Ceremony

Tuesday, January 5: First Day of Second Semester

Don't forget about Science Fair Projects (Design Process) - due Tuesday, December 8th! Make sure to bring your child's packet and at least one prototype. Remember, we are NOT using any tri-folds or posters for this!

Be prepared for a Frosty Photo on Wednesday!

On Wednesday, December 9, each elementary class will take a fun, wintery photo as a whole group by our blow-up snowman outside the cafeteria. This includes ALL elementary students Pre-K through 5th grade. We will pose each class one at a time so we can develop the photos in time to put them in individual frames to be decorated during our Elementary Winter Celebration. We want to really convey that we’re having a frosty good time, so please send your child to school with a big winter coat, scarf, mittens, hat, etc. Thanks so much for your help and we promise the end result will be one VERY adorable photo!

Fernbank Field Trip on Thursday!

Pre- K, Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade students will be heading on a field trip to The Fernbank Museum of Natural History on Thursday, December 10th. Students will begin the day with Wonders of the Arctic IMAX movie. From there, we will split up into smaller groups and explore the museum, eat lunch together, and check out the souvenirs shop on our way out.


When: We depart from school by 8:30am and return to school between 3:00 and 3:30 pm on December 10th.


Where: 767 Clifton Rd, Atlanta, GA 30307

(404) 929-6300


How: Students and Chaperones will be transported using a school bus.


Cost: Students should bring $23 to their homeroom teacher in cash or a check made out to “FSAPS” by Monday, December 7th.


Lunch: Please make sure nothing needs to be heated and that your child’s lunch is packed in a disposable bag, labeled with their name and grade.

WT Café, our lunch provider, is also able to offer a sack lunch for your child that day. If you already ordered lunch through WT café for this day and you would like your child to have a bag lunch, please cancel your ordered lunch and then check the lunch option you prefer on the field trip permission form and send in the correct amount via check or cash.


Attire: Students must wear red FSA polo and uniform bottoms.

AR Quizzes and Goals

If your child reads, takes an AR quiz, and scores a passing grade on at least 3 AR quizzes by the end of the month, they will receive a dress down day at the beginning of the next month for reaching their AR goal :) Congratulations to Aryan for being our first student to complete this goal!


Please be reminded... AR quizzes will only be taken during school. I know in the past, students could take quizzes at home. This year, students will only be allowed to take quizzes during the school day. During our Reading/Language Arts time, students have opportunities to take AR tests almost every day. If your child has read a book more than once and can give me a summary of the story, I will let them take the AR test. Feel free to send the book in their book bag so I can look up the correct book in the AR system.

Class Book Exchange on Wednesday, December 16th

On Wednesday, December 16th, we will be having a class book exchange. On this day, students will each bring in a wrapped children's book, and we will play a game to swap them so each child will go home with a new book to read over break! Please do not spend any more than $10 on a book, we don't want this to be expensive or a hassle for anyone. If you do not want to purchase a book but still want your child to participate, you can have your child bring a book that is lightly used and in very good condition (no rips, tears, wrinkles, scribbles, etc). This will be a special time for our class to celebrate what powerful learning we have accomplished this year! Please let me know if you have any questions, and we look forward to seeing some exciting titles to share with our friends!

Winter Celebration is December 17th! Follow the link below to donate materials. Please also refer to the email Ms. Fichter sent out this week - it has lots of important details for this fun day!

A Month of Generosity: Ways to Give Back

This month our character education word is generosity. It's a perfect transition from gratitude - now that we see how blessed we are, it motivates us to act generously and share what we have with others. There are a few school-wide ways students can practice generosity this month. I encourage you to talk about these as a family and contribute!

  • It is an awful truth that many people, even in our community, are victims of violence. Often times these people seek help from local organizations. Family Haven, an organization in Forsyth County, offers safe shelter and needed items, for free to those in need. We can help them help others, by donating. Cold winter weather is quickly approaching. Many people are in need of warm gloves and socks. Make a difference in someone’s life. Be kind and generous and bring in one or more pair of gloves and/or socks. Together we can help. Your donations can be dropped off at the front office or your child can give them to his/her homeroom teacher. We will accept donations until December 16th.
  • This year, our student council is going to host 10 Days of Caring. We are asking for students to donate NEW toys and gifts. These gifts will be going to the Children's Restoration Network,a non-profit agency which has been serving homeless children and mothers in Atlanta, Georgia since 1993. The Children's Restoration Network conducts programs and special events to provide a broad range of positive experiences for over 6,000 children across more than 134 shelters and group homes in 20 counties each year. All donations are greatly appreciate so we can put smiles on all of the kids' faces this Christmas. We are going to be doing this drive from December 7th to December 18th.

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Don't forget about the Six Flags Read to Succeed Program!

Join us in this fun incentive to read! Students need to record and log their reading over the next few months. If they submit a log with 6 hours of reading on it by Wednesday, February 24, 2016, they will receive one free ticket to Six Flags Over Georgia!


Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Only students in grades K through 6 are eligible to participate
  • Review the reading log provided by your child's language arts teacher. Your child should use this sheet to record what and how long he/she reads
  • Your child must complete 6 hours (360 minutes) of recreational reading
  • Please initial each entry and then sign the reading log to verify that the 6 hours of reading has been completed
  • Your child can read books, magazines, newspapers, or comic books (digital or hard copy). Reading for homework or a class assignment does NOT count!
  • Students can read silently, aloud, or with an adult - you can read to your child, or your child can read to you.
  • Remind your child to return the reading log to his/her language arts teacher byWednesday, February 24, 2016. Your child's teacher will submit your child's information and minutes read.
  • Late entries will NOT be accepted

A Peek at Next Week...

Reading/Language Arts: We will be comparing and contrasting variations on the gingerbread man story, using ng/nk words, discussing verbs that end in s, and writing our own gingerbread stories!

Spelling Words: bring, trunk, pink, band, sang, wing, rink, blank, rang, sunk, any, enough, ever, every, own, sure, were


Science: We will wrap up our unit on matter by discussing mixtures. Study guides for our test on Monday the 14 will go home on Wednesday. Don't forget to bring in your science projects on TUESDAY!


Social Studies: We will be reviewing the seven continents and five oceans as we travel around the world collecting facts and information on Fall and Winter Celebrations. This is a powerful transition unit between our chapter on maps and our chapter on culture! A huge thank you to everyone who submitted their Google Form about holidays - you'll see some of your family's traditions reflected int he material we are covering!

Mrs. Melissa Whitlock

First Grade Teacher & Elementary Gifted Coordinator

Fulton Science Academy Private School

Serving Advanced and Gifted Students