Mrs. Smith's Scoop

April 1, 2016

Kimberly Smith

Lower School Teacher
Skype: icademyksmith
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School Calendar for 2015-2016 School Year- UPDATED

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Progress Goals for 2015-2016 School Year

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Important Dates

  • April 7th – Coach to Coach Chat
  • April 14th – Term 3 End of 3rd Quarter
  • April 15th - Term 6b Mid-Year
  • April 21st – Term 9/9b: End of 1st Quarter Term 13/13b: Start Date
  • April 27th – Term 4 : End of 3rd Quarter
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K12 International News and Events the Week of April 4th

Kids Corner


If you could plant a garden of anything, what would be in it?

Draw a picture of what you picture your garden would look like.


Q. When do monkeys fall from the sky?

A. During Ape-ril showers!

April Fun Facts

Symbols of April

  • Birthstone: Diamond
  • Flower: Daisy and the sweet pea


In the initial Roman calendar April was the second month of the year until January and February were added in 700 BC. It is thought that the name April comes from the Latin word "to open" and describes the trees opening at springtime. It could also be that the name comes from the Greek goddess Aphrodite.

April in Other Languages

  • Chinese (Mandarin) - sìyuè
  • Danish - april
  • French - avril
  • Italian - aprile
  • Latin - Aprilis
  • Spanish - abril

About the Month of April

  • April is the 4th month of the year and has 30 days.
  • April is the month when the professional baseball season begins in the United States.
  • It is the second month of spring. It is a time of planting and spring cleaning.
  • In the Southern Hemisphere, April is the same as October in the Northern Hemisphere.
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Are you doing cool stuff too? Just let Mrs. Smith know and you can be our next Student Spot Light


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November Coach to Coach Session Recording

Thank you to all of the learning coaches that shared at our first Coach to Coach session. It was full of so many great tips and tricks!! Please watch the recording to hear all of these suggestions.

December Coach to Coach Session Recording

COOL NEWS: Minecraft Education Edition

Read about how Minecraft could be changing the face of education:

WORK SAMPLES for 2015-2016 School year

There are the work sample requirements for grades K-5. They have been updated again for the 15-16 School Year.

We will go over these during our 1:1 conferences this year.

You will scan and save them as pdf, or take a picture and save as a jpeg. Then you will send them to me with the new File Sharing Option in the OLS. Video on how to file share:

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Work Samples For 90 Day students ONLY- Terms 7b, 8b, 9b, 10b, 11b, 12aa and 12bb

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Are you having technical difficulties?

There are several different types of support if you are having technical difficulties.

Check out:

K12 Customer Support:

Call:866.512.2273 (866-K12-CARE)

International- 606-274-2341

Blackboard Support:

US- 1-877-382-2293

International - (606) 274- 2370

Did you Know that K12 has many great apps in the mobile app stores?

If you have an iPad, Kindle, tablet, etc. that you allow your kids to use, they may be missing out on some really cools apps that K12 offers. You should visit the full list at

Many of the Apps are FREE, with only a couple that cost a few dollars.

There is an app for each grade level in K-2 that has all of the K12 Classic Reader Stories. They include the pictures and the story can be read aloud.

Also check out the fun math apps like K12 Choc-It-Up or xGerms Addition