ASPIRE 5th Weekly News
December 11, 2015
Good-bye Ms. McCoy! We will miss you!
Dates to Remember:
December 15 - Lunch with the Principal, Spelling Bee Qualifying Test
December 16 - Pajama Day - to thank everyone for donating over 300 pairs of pj's for the homeless. 5th Grade Choir to Wells Fargo
December 17 - Holiday Party - 5th grade will start with a pizza lunch and continue throughout the afternoon.
December 18 - Early Dismissal at 11:45
December 21-January 4 - Winter Break - Build family memories, safe travels to all!
January 28 - FIELD TRIP - SMU President Bush Library
Code.org is the official sponsor of the Hour of Code. Our Scholars spent quite a bit of time with the Hour of Code activities - but there is so much more. Need a New Year's Resolution - How about the family that codes together, grows together! Check out the coding courses for all levels.
Hopscotch is a Favorite of ASPIRE Coders
Hopscotch is available as an app and teaches kids to code using simple, intuitive building blocks. Kids can create games, animations and other programs.
Cargo-Bot is a puzzle game where you learn programming concepts by teaching a robot how to move crates.
Hopscotch is a Favorite of ASPIRE Coders
Next Week in Our Classes
Math:6th Grade Accelerated Math
- Discovering the effect of scale factor on coordinate plane drawings
5th Grade Math
- Review multiplication and division of whole numbers for Unit test
- Grid Logic problems with a grid.
- Holiday math fun!
- Book clubs- reading scholar selected books set during the Revolutionary War period while Thinking Like a Disciplinarian (Historian, Linguist, Philosopher, Psychologist, and Sociologist)
- The Road to Revolution- Analyzing the effect that Thomas Paine's Common Sense had in the movement for Independence
- Comparing/Contrasting the real events of Paul Revere's Ride and Longfellow's account.
- Exploring the pros and cons of hydraulic fracking from two industry experts.
- Scholar led Book Club discussions
- Collaborating with small groups
- Presentations to class
Congratulations to our Geography Bee participants: Pravin, Nathan,Ella, Kavya, Molly, David, Nithya, Patrick and Lucas! Special congratulations to Ella as our 2nd place winner and to Nithya as the winner of this year's Geography Bee!
A Peek at Last Week
Scientists at Work:
This week our scholars began their exploration into fracking and it's impact on NE Texas.
The Revolutionary War book clubs went into full swing this week. The Scholars collaborated to create their assignment - how many pages and from each discipline (historian, linguist, philosopher, psychologist, or sociologist) from which each member would analyze the book. Then they each prepared a question to bring to the book club for discussion and wrote a reflection on the group's thinking after the discussion. Scholars leading Scholars in book discussions!
Order and Chaos in ASPIRE
This week order and chaos had the greatest impact on Mr. Boykin and Mrs. Fullhart. Mr. Boykin planned and ran the Geography Bee for the school. Whenever one takes on such an event, chaos reigns until it is organized into an orderly fashion. Mr. Boykin did a wonderful job not only on the day of the Bee itself, but also all of the days leading up to it as he met with judges and participants to ensure everyone understood the rules and the roles each was to play. Great job Mr. Boykin!
Mrs. Fullhart has had some chaos thrown her way the last couple of week's as well. In early November her daughter, Sarah, who is pregnant with twins, was placed on hospital bedrest. Babies and Mama are doing well and fortunately are at Baylor Hospital in Grapevine - just minutes away from all of her family. Mrs. Fullhart has adjusted her schedule to be able to spend 2-3 hours each night up at the hospital to be with her daughter. She is thankful for the thoughts and prayers sent her way and for your understanding why grades are showing up a little slower than usual. This past week they learned that Sarah will be at Baylor until at least January 7th. So not only was Thanksgiving at the hospital this year, but so is Sarah's birthday and Christmas! What a contrast this year's Christmas will be to next when the house will be full of boys!
5th Grade Holiday Party
If you’d like to help with the holiday party, please go to... http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4cabaf2fa3f58-5thgrade1. The Winter Holiday Party will be Thursday, December 17th, starting at lunch and continuing until almost the end of the school day.
Giving Tree For GRACE
5th Grade Video Photos
Did you receive the letter explaining how to submit photos for the 5th-grade video? If not, please ask your student to check their mailbox at school or visit the 5th-Grade Parents Facebook page for more details. The letter was sent home before Thanksgiving break. Just FYI - the first due date for photos is December 19th. Please email Liz Chalmers at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Reading Rewards and the 40 Book Challenge
Mr. Boykin's BLOG
Mrs. Fullhart's BLOG with links to student blogs
And on Facebook:
"Like" our page - ASPIRE Academy 5th Grade
"Like" the ASPIRE Academy at Glenhope page
We will also be utilizing the app Remind 101. To sign up:
ASPIRE 5th Grade Group (it states Fullhart, but is both classes) - Text @aspire5 to 81010
Fullhart Math - Text @fullha to 81010