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December 14, 2015

Update and Request from Mrs. Blankenship

Hello Families,

I truly appreciate your support this week. My husband had surgery last evening. Our hope is that he will be released from the hospital Monday, and I will return to school Tuesday. Dr. Shaw has been a wonderful support as I have been away from school. With the final week prior to the Winter Break, our common goal is to finish strong...that includes academics and behavior.

Our Winter Holiday Party is scheduled for Wednesday, December 16th. I forwarded an email from Mrs. Stevens, our room rep, requesting ingredients/supplies for the party. As of today, we are still in need of several items. If you would please follow this link to sign up for items, I would appreciate it! Thank you to the parents who have already agreed to donate. Here is the link:

Only devices permitted next week will be cell phones. All other devices should remain at home.

Curriculum Update....

ELA- Next week will be a busy one in ELA. Monday, the students will take their ELA District Assessment. Starting Tuesday, the students will be presenting their speeches based upon their research for Dr. Shaw’s science class. Time permitting, the students will continue to work on their snowman stories. Given the warm temperatures, the students will have the ability to be very creative with their work! Frosty needs to stay frozen! We will also continue the reading of Auggie & Me. I am hopeful that the students are finding this book as heartwarming as I have. There are a multitude of lessons to be learned from this special young man.

Looking ahead- As the students are enjoying their break, please take a moment to ask about the quality of folders and if supplies need to be replenished. Many of the folders are now well worn and need replacing. Thank you in advance for your support.

Math-In math, we will review for the DA and finish up some problem solving exemplars next week. We will also indulge in some math brainteasers and number puzzles. Please check the portal over the weekend for your child's score on the math test we took on the 11th.

Social Studies-In social studies, we will continue the DA review Monday - Wednesday. With the exception of the DA, all social studies grades have been entered in the grade book.

Science- In science, we finished up our constructive/destructive forces unit with a test on the 10th. Those grades are posted. Next week, we will partake in a STEAM project involving flood control. The lab will be graded. The students have also turned in graphic organizers that they created on these forces in preparation for their oral presentations next week in language arts. I will grade the graphic organizers over the weekend and Mrs. B. will be grading their speeches for a language arts grade.

There are great resources on eClass for both science and social studies. I am adding a featured website to the landing page every week. Also, check out the links under the Resources tab that provide students with game based activities to review science content and an important Google map of places we have studied in socials studies so far this year. Students are responsible for identifying specific geographic locations in social studies.