Holifield Happenings

March 13, 2014

Upcoming Events

March 17 (Mon) - Art Basket Donations

March 18-19 (Tues/Wed) - PASS Writing

March 20 (Thurs) - Early Dismissal

March 21 (Fri) - American Revolution Test (tentative) / Bingo & Baskets night (PTO)

March 24 (Mon) - MAP Reading test

March 27 (Thurs) - Middleton Place field trip

April 2 (Wed) - Report Cards

April 3 (Thurs) - MAP Math test

April 8 (Tues) - McAlister's Spirit Night

April 10 (Thurs) - Celebration of Learning

April 14-18 - Spring Break!! (We haven't heard anything about make-up days yet.)

April 24 (Thurs) - Early Dismissal; 4th/5th grade musical (6:30) - this is a change!!

May 1 (Thurs) - Talent Show

May 5-9 (Tues - Thurs) - PASS testing (Reading, Math, Science, SS)

PASS Letters of Encouragement

I Forgot!!!

I intended to send some stationary home with your child today!! I will send it with them tomorrow so please look for an envelope in their agenda when they come home!

Here's how it works: You send the envelope back to me on Monday, I will give it to them to read before they take the test on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.

You can write one letter for both days, or you can do two and label them. I will send two pieces of paper. Obviously, you don't have to use the paper I send if you have something you would prefer to use instead. I'm just trying to make it as easy as possible for you. :-)


DBQ: Some of the children are still finishing up the DBQ essay. In addition to our writing time, they are using every spare minute in class to do this. Unfortunately, we don't have many spare minutes these days... Lots to do!!

Book Clubs: These are off to a great start! There have been a few small bumps in the road for a couple of our groups as they wrap their minds around the expectations I have for them. However, today was smoother. :-) The conversations that they are having with each other are exciting!

If your child hasn't already informed you, I figured out how to create small groups for each Book Club within our Edmodo group. I am a member of each small group. I will encourage the children to use this as a means to discuss the book outside of class. I can't wait to read what they have to say about what they are reading!!

Art Basket

Next week is THE week! Not only do we have PASS writing on Tuesday and Wednesday and Early Dismissal on Thursday, we also have Bingo and Baskets on Friday night!!! We have a couple of awesome addition to our basket - a "Chicken Man" painting and a week at Art Camp!! What a wonderful beginning to our basket! I've had a few parents that have expressed a willingness to buy whatever we need for the basket, but everyone is kind of waiting to see what we "need." I'm grateful for the help! At this point, I suppose we just need to get some stuff - lol!

Here's the list I sent last week:

  • If we could get a donation from some place that allows people to create some kind of art, I think it would be a great addition to our basket. Some places I can think of: Art Smart Academy, Palmetto Paint and Pour, Wine and Design, Two Peas in a Pot, & Mad Platter
  • Crayons, paints, construction paper, play dough, colored pencils, sidewalk chalk, paint brushes, finger paints, finger paint paper, glitter, markers, scissors, stickers, glue sticks.
  • Art easel
  • Gift card to Michael's

It would be awesome if we could get the donations sent in on Monday so the parents that are putting it together will have a couple of days to do so.

Please know that any item is appreciated - big or small. They will all add up together to make a great basket!

Middleton Place

If you haven't already returned the green sheet about who is picking your child up after the field trip, the deadline for that is Tuesday, March 25th. I understand that some people aren't able to finalize those sorts of things until closer to the day so I will not be stressing out about the "missing" slips until the 25th. :-) These sheets will be the back up for contacting you. I plan to utilize the Remind 101 website/app to communicate with you that day.

If you are interested in going with us to Middleton Place, you can follow the bus and pay $10 when you arrive. I know of at least one parent in our class. Please let me know and maybe you can carpool... It is a wonderful place! Fingers crossed for beautiful weather!!!

Food Drive

Our food drive item for March is Deodorant. This is something that the families that benefit from our food drive cannot purchase with food stamps.

Please consider supporting this wonderful cause if you are able. Thanks! :-)

Khan Academy

Class Code: 7ZWSB8

Please let me know when you are able to get your child signed up. If you have any problems or questions, please let me know. Thanks!!