Blevins Broadcast

Room #135 News!

Welcome to Mrs. Blevins' Online News Broadcast!

Our classroom stresses the importance of working at one's full potential. The students are given opportunities to do their personal best during every activity. In order to determine your child's needs, continuous assessment takes place. All activities are designed so that every student in our classroom is working at a challenging and rewarding level. Throughout the school year, I promote working together to create an open teacher-parent-student communication relationship. I feel it is in your child's best interest if we work together and stay in contact with one another in order for him/her to be successful! Feel free to navigate the Blevins Broadcast at your convenience where you will find classroom news, slideshows, upcoming events, our week at a glance, a note from the teacher, and other pertinent information.

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Upcoming Events!

5/1 Hat Day!

5/11-Last week to check out library books! (All books due May 18th!)

5/11-Reproductive Health Week

5/15 We need to know how many members of your family are coming to Promotion by this day! :)

5/18 MSTEP Testing!

5/22 Camp forms and $90 due!

6/9 & 6/10 Promotion/Camp! And last day of school!

Math

We have completed Topic 17 and started Topic 19:Data and Graphs today. Students have been familiar with this topic because they see it a lot in Successmaker during Computer Lab. However, it is vital that you help your child a little bit every night with their math because a lot of these geometry topics are on the MSTEP! Students are working towards a discount in store if they receive only two wrong "Favorite No's!" Students are continuing to gain essential understanding when fixing problems they got wrong. Please review the different types of triangles, angles, and polygons with your child a little bit every night!


http://www.flushingschools.org/webpages/kchianoblevins/math.cfm

Social Studies

We took the Ch. 3 Test today! Look for your child's scores on ParentVUE. We will be continuing to study Canada's territories and provinces next week starting with Ontario and Quebec! Ask your 6th grader why Quebec wants to be their own country! We are also finishing up our Canada Travel Brochure! They are looking awesome! Ch. 5, Sec. 1 Quiz will be Friday, May 8th.


http://www.flushingschools.org/webpages/kchianoblevins/social_studies.cfm

Writing/Grammar

We have been focusing more on brainstorming and researching for our College/University PowerPoint Presentations and will continue with this topic next week.


Please remember that Thursdays, are the days we are thoroughly studying for the MSTEP. We have been practicing math problems and next week we will be discovering more about ELA questions. Computer Lab has been very beneficial in practicing the tools online.



http://www.flushingschools.org/webpages/kchianoblevins/writing.cfm

Word Study

This week, we studied the root word, "strict, strain, string = bind, tie, or draw tight." Next week, we will be studying the root word, "terr, terra, geo = land; earth." Make sure your child is using the review sheet to study at home and to log onto Quizlet.com. Login as...username: centralcats Password: flushing.


http://www.flushingschools.org/webpages/kchianoblevins/spelling.cfm

Reading

Students really love reading Devil's Arithmetic! We practiced vocabulary this week as well as context (historical vs. cultural). Students are very intrigued about the Holocaust and are eager to read more!


Students received their two Monthly Reading Logs for the month of April. One is an "At Home Reading Log." Students need to complete and fill out the log after reading 20 minutes everyday. The same rule applies for their "At School Reading Log." They are responsible for filling this out after IDR/Daily 4 time in class. Both are DUE on Friday, May 1st with a parent signature. They are also available on my teacher webpage for your reference.


http://www.flushingschools.org/webpages/kchianoblevins/reading_and_writing.cfm

Central Elementary 6th Grade Class Fundraiser

Dear 6th Grade Families,


As we are coming upon the end of your child's elementary years, we have plans to celebrate! An overnight camp experience, promotion ceremony, and a gift to the school that nurtured and guided your child are ways we will acknowledge the end of an era. This year we are raising money 3 different ways that will be simple, efficient, and cost effective.


1.) Hat Day (May 1st)

2.) Estimation Jar Fundraiser (completed April 13th)

3.) Donation per child (DUE May 15th). We would like each child to bring in a minimum of $10.00 or $15.00 or more! This donation is TAX DEDUCTIBLE. Please return the bottom portion of this slip in order to receive your proof of a charitable donation (sent home with your student).


100% OF THE MONEY RAISED GOES TO THE 6th GRADE CLASS FOR THE FOLLOWING:

*Sponsoring a child for camp

*Refreshments and supplies for the Promotion Ceremony. We plan on feeding 90 students, plus any family and friends who wish to attend during the event.

*Departing Gift from the 6th Grade class to Central Elementary.


THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!


~6th Grade Promotion Committee

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Name: _____________________________________

Student Name: ______________________________

Promotion Ceremony # of guests: _______________

Donation amount _______________________________________________________________

*Please return the slip that gives us information on the number of guests attending the Promotion Ceremony and your donation by May 1st.

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Scrapbook Supplies Needed Please!

We are collecting scrapbook supplies (stickers, ribbon, paper, etc.) to make our 6th grade "stars" that will be used for promotion. Each child will have a white cut-out star along with a copy of their school picture (we will provide the picture). We need scrapbook supplies to help make these stars look nice! Please send any supplies with your student to school by the week of (April 27th).

We would like to thank all of our wonderful parents for taking the time out of their busy schedules to come in and conference with us! We inspire to do better everyday! Let's end Marking Period 4 on a high note!

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The results are in! 6th Grade Promotion will be at Camp at 7:00 p.m.! We are all excited to have you join us in this celebration!

Please remember to turn in the Camp Packet forms signed and completed by May. Camp costs $90.00 per student. Chaperones are free! Please contact me if you have any questions!

Family Science Night!

Family Science Night is being held again this year on April 30th. It will take place at the Flushing Middle School from 5:30 - 7:00. This is a free event for all Flushing Elementary and ECC students. There will be a variety of hands-on stations that can be rotated through at your choice. Some stations will have materials that may be taken as a little "souvenir" from science night! An informational flyer will go home in April following Spring Break that will include more details. We look forward to an even bigger turn our this year...please save the date!

Clorox Wipes, Kleenex, and Paper Towel Needed Please!

Mrs. Blevins will give $5.00 Blevins Bucks for every item brought in to keep our classroom healthy! We are running low on all of these items, including store items! If you are willing to donate these items, students will receive bucks to spend at store! Thank you for your generosity!

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation!

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is a private, independent foundation dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. The Foundation supports exceptional students from elementary school to graduate school through scholarships, grants, direct service, and knowledge creation and dissemination.

Cat's For a Cure!

This October, Mrs. Blevins and the 6th grade team promoted a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. This school wide event involved a D.E.A.R> (Drop Everything And Read), and a t-shirt sale. We made over $500 for the ACS! We fight for a cure together!
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Checking-Out Digital Books from the Genesee Intermidiate Library

Did you know that you have free access to almost any magazine and many,many digital books and audio books? All you need is a Genesee Distict Library card and a device. The set-up takes some patience but it's ready to go after that.

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Checking out DIGITAL BOOKS and audio books from Genesee District Library

  1. Go to: www.thegdl.org

  2. At the top of the page, hover over “services” and click “digital library”

  3. Sign in with your barcode from your library number and your password. Most passwords will be set to the year the cardholder was born (unless you have changed it in the past). If this does not work, call the library (I called the Valley Branch at 810-732-1822) and they can reset your password to the year you were born. You can change your password online.

  4. Once you are logged in, you can browse books by genre or search for a specific title. The books with headphones are audio books, you can check out books with black books icons and place holds on books with grey icons (the library only owns a certain number of digital copies and will email you when it is your turn)

  5. You can choose your download method- Kindle or epub. I’m assuming the epub books open in your browser. I always do a kindle download which will take you right to the Amazon site and you check it out for free by clicking on the tab to the right (just as if you were shopping on Amazon).

  6. You do NOT have to own a kindle, you can load a free kindle app on to any device (phone, ipad, etc…)

  7. Books have a specific checkout length (mine all seem to be 21 days) and will return automatically.

Checking out MAGAZINES from the Genesee District LIbrary

  1. Go to: www.thegdl.org

  2. On the right, click on the “Zinio” icon

  3. At the top, click on “create an account”. You will need your library barcode and an email account. You will create your own password.

  4. You can browse all magazines or search by genre.

  5. When you see a magazine you like, click on the icon right under the magazine. You will have an option to check a box to be emailed when the next issue of the magazine is available.

  6. You can read the magazine from your browser OR download the free “Zinio for libraries” app. You can download the magazines to your device and read them when you are off-line.

  7. Unlike books, there is no due date, no waiting list, and no check out limits.