Top Gun News

November 10th -24th

News From The Core Classes

Social Studies

The students are working on a PBL project on Native American Cultural Regions with a partner. They will take their research project and design a presentation that they will share with Willowbrook students next week. They are working hard and learning a lot about tribes of North America. Veteran's Day projects are due Tuesday November 11th. I appreciate the hard work on this project! I hope your child appreciates the sacrifice of their veteran a bit more after their research and interviews. They will be on display during Aviator Night.

Speaking of Aviator Night......I am donating a gift of time to help raise money for video cameras for our classroom. My goal is to make a news studio for the school. I will conduct a Sports Night on the Friday before the Super Bowl where I will serve chilli dogs and all the fixings. We will also have a Madden 25 tournament, NBA 2K tournament, watch sports bloopers, and finish the night watching a sports movie. It has been a huge success the previous two years at BFMS. There will be five winning bids and each winning bid can invite a friend.

Math with Mrs. Holt

In math class we are finishing up equal share problems with fractions and will be starting adding fractions with unlike denominators this week. Please remind your child that they are to work on Moby Max for 20 minutes each week. Most are doing a great job but there are some that are not working the whole 20 minutes and some not at all. If your child does not have internet access at home they can come in at any recess or PE to work on my IPad or on a computer.

Thank you,

Mrs. Holt

Mrs. Bainbridge Math

We will continue to work on division and equal sharing problems with whole numbers. We will have our Unit 1 Test on Thursday, November 13. It will be over powers of 10, exponential form, place value, expanded form, multiplication and division. We will have multiplication and division homework for the week. Please remember to do 20 to 40 minutes of Moby Max homework by Thursday.

Literacy with Mrs. Kendrick

In Literacy, we are working on reading paired texts. We began by comparing and contrasting two texts on Minecraft and LEGOs. We will continue to read about Norman Rockwell and analyze his paintings. We are also learning to identify text structures such as cause and effect, problem and solution, description, sequence, and compare and contrast. Grades are going in this week. I adore our Top Gun students and enjoy coming to work every day. Thank you for your support of our reading logs.

Mrs. Marshall Literacy

Norman Rockwell is our literature choice this quarter. We will read and practice finding main idea as well as searching for supporting details. Text Structure is another area of study this quarter and we will be reading various non-fiction texts to support that learning. We will continue to study CCC…Claim-Citation-Commentary and practice that in our daily writing. Students will continue to use Lexia as a supplemental program to benefit reading skills and reading daily in our ZPD will continue to be expected.


We are finishing up Simple Machines and Potential & Kinetic Energy tomorrow. The test over those topics will be Tuesday, November 18. Information is in their journal, as well as, the PowerPoint being on my website. We will be moving into Light Energy on Wednesday. We will not test on Light Energy until after Thanksgiving. I have a few links on my webpage that are good review games for Simple Machines. The kids are familiar with them because we played them in class. The 5th grade science is changing our Aviator Game activity due to the predicted cold temperatures. Instead of cornstarch we are in need of 16 ounce Styrofoam cups. The cheapest ones available will be fine…if you have a few at home, feel free to send leftovers from home.


News from BFMS and Community Events

BFMS Dates to Remember…

November 10: Flu Clinic

November 12: PTO Meeting @ 11:30

November 12: Chess Club

November 13: Breakfast Book talk with Mrs. Heffington

November 13, 20: Math Counts

November 13: Aviator Games 5:30-7:30 (see flyer)

Weekly Happenings…


Giving Tree Club 7:15

Lunch Bunch Book Club

Computer Club 2:45-4:00


FCA 7:15

The Cake Walk is an Aviator Games tradition! Cake Walk rounds will be one or two tickets per round and will be available for purchase that night at the event. Tickets are 50 cents each or a dozen for $5. This event is being organized by the BFMS Encore team and we need your help. We are asking for full-sized or individually packaged desserts to be donated for this event. Items can be brought to school the day of Aviator Games or prior to the beginning of the games that evening. Please label what the dessert is, especially if nuts are included in the ingredients. Thank you so much for all of your support!

Leftover candy…Please feel free to send any leftover Halloween candy to school. Teams will use it as prizes for Aviator Games.

Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Year Nominee form is due December 5. Please see the attached form for more information.


On Thursday, November 13th from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Bight Field Middle School is hosting the 3rd Annual Aviator Games. There are FREE, hands-on academic learning games and activities. PTO will be having a SILENT AUCTION where all the proceeds go toward purchasing playground/courtyard shade, two wireless microphones, and a portable projection screen. The Encore Teachers will be having a Cake Walk which costs money with the proceeds benefiting the Encore classes. Tickets for this activity may the purchased at the Cake Walk that evening. PTO will be selling pizza and drinks. There will also be FREE ice cream provided by Unilever. Don’t miss the event of the year! And as you run across the Ooblec (quicksand) “may the odds be ever in your favor.”

PTO is also looking for Silent Auction items for Aviator Games…if you have connections to vendors or can help with items, please contact

Creative Literary Event, hosted by BHS literary magazine students, will consist of workshops on art, poetry, and prose. Each participant will receive a complimentary magazine consisting of the art and writing created at the workshop. The specifics of cost, location, and time are on the attached flyer.

PTO Booster

Please join the Booster Club and support our school since it is our only fundraiser of the year to help with many of the children's activities. Every dollar counts...

SPOTS ARE STILL AVAILABLE! Summer 2015 Washington DC ….

There are still spots open for the Washington DC summer 2015 educational tour. If you would like to have your child experience a hands-on, once in a life time experience with history sign them up to participate in a summer educational tour! Your child will visit Washington DC June 25th-28th and have a jam packed time touring many of the museums, monuments, memorials and other historical places in DC. Many of the places we tour are part of the 5th/6th grade curriculum. What a better way to experience history, than in one of the most historical places in the US. For more information, contact Amy Heffington

You may want to hurry. Official registration opened Oct. 21st and this trip is only open to the first 45 students who sign up and pay the registration fee. Get your child's spot guaranteed quickly! Parents are also able to purchase a spot and attend with their student.

Like Kids on a Bus on Facebook to see albums of past years in DC. You will be able to see just what your child will experience, read parent reviews, and see just how informed you will stay with the tour leader at all times.

Native American Cultural Museum by TOP GUN


Good morning! The Top Gun fifth graders would like to invite you to check out our Native American Cultural Region Museum on Tuesday November 18th and Wednesday November 19th. We have four time slots available for visitors.

They are the following:

Anderson Homeroom 8:00-8:45

Holt Homeroom 9:00-9:45

Shinabery Homeroom 10:45-11:30

Kendrick Homeroom 1:40-2:20

Our students would like to share their Emaze and Prezi presentations on their laptops. We would just deeply appreciate if some visitors could come by and see what good things our kids are doing. It will also show you what kind of projects we are doing at BFMS. Please drop me an email if you plan to attend.