This Week In Room 411

Week of February 15, 2016


Sparkle and Clubs are meeting. Any questions, please call the office.

Monday, February 15th
  • No School-President's Day

Tuesday, February 16th

  • C-Day: PE/Music
  • Full Band
  • Spring Class and Individual Pictures

Wednesday, February 17th

  • O-Day: Computers
  • Full Band
  • Math Test-adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers

Thursday, February 18th

  • M-Day: PE/Music
  • Full Band

Friday,February 19th

  • E-Day: Art
  • Full Band

Monday, February 22nd

  • T-Day: Library/Counselor
  • Full Band

Information from Mr. Foster

Click the link below to access the schedule for the Solo Festival. Please direct all questions to Mr. Foster. Your child received their information last week.

This Week's Homework

Just a heads up that this week's homework consists of any unfinished work and then assignment in their Writer's Notebook. Nothing will be assigned on Friday unless they choose to bring their Writer's Notebook home. Also, remember to use,, and These websites take your child where they are at and then are able to move them forward. Your child uses them in class and know how they work. Also, if your child loves math and wishes I sent more work home, check their progress on and have them work through those levels. Advanced levels are available.

Thank You!!!

Thank you so much for attending your child's student led conference. We had 100% participation. Both your child and I greatly appreciated you coming. It was great to see the excitement and support being given when you saw your child's work samples and growth in scores. I was particularly impressed with the focus being on growth, and not just the letter grade.
Online Safety Parent Opportunity

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This week we will take a quiz over simile, idiom,metaphor, and personification. We will then move into proverbs and adages. The rest of the reading block will be used to complete our student lunch menu project and film the Statue of Liberty science investigation. Our informational text reading standards are also woven into our social studies unit.

New vocabulary packets are coming home today. The test will be next Friday.


This week we will focus on writing our personal narratives. Students will be taking a small moment and writing a personal narrative from it.


This week students are using the green screen to explain the results of the Statue of Liberty investigation. This has been such a great investigation in which to really understand what is occurring during a physical and chemical change.

Social Studies

I am so excited to begin our unit on colonization. We will begin with learning about the Puritans and Mayflower Compact, triangular trade, slavery in the colonies, Jamestown, and the Lost Colony of Roanoke. This is such a fun unit as I know I have many history buffs in our class, and I just love history! With the Puritans, we learn who settled many of the colonies and why. Jamestown and Roanoke are both investigations and we learn more about their relative failures as a settlement. Jamestown and Roanoke are particularly interesting as late as this summer more information about them are coming to light. As we work our way through this unit students will be presented with the following scenario.

Project Scenario:

  • You are the leaders of one of the thirteen original colonies. As one of the founding members, you need to bring more people to your colony in order for it to become successful.
  • Working with your group, you are to design an ad campaign in order to bring over more colonists. You may choose how to present it to your audience. This may be through video (including our green screen), podcasting, poster, Prezi, slides, or get teacher approval for your own idea.

Project Requirements: You must address these issues.

  • Be up front with possible colonists as to the consequences of colonizing the New World.
  • Appeal to the indentured servants. Explain why they would choose that route in coming to the New World.
  • Discuss Puritan values and appeal to them.
  • Discuss the geography of your colony and how it benefits your colony.
  • Discuss the success of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, the relative failures of Jamestown and Roanoke and how you have learned from them.
  • Include anything else that would appeal to potential colonists.


On Wednesday students will take the test over adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers. Ways to study for the test include viewing the videos from the past three newsletters, their math notebook that went home at conferences, and both quizzes. We will then move into multiplying fractions.

Most days students will be able to finish their math practice in class. However, at home they could work on math facts, either through flashcards or In addition, spend ten to fifteen minutes on to practice our current concepts. If your child has mastered the ones for Numbers Base Ten, then move on to geometry as this is often one that interests students and one they can accomplish independently. Any time your child is requesting more math opportunities, direct them to this site. They are familiar with it.

Math Resources

5.NF.1 - Add and Subtract Fractions with Unlike Denominators (Singapore Math)

Last Week in Pictures

Donors Choose Project Still Accepting Donations

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Lunch Menu (Click Here)

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Starside's School Newsletter

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Accessing Blackboard Learn

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Starside is on Twitter

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Contacting Mrs. Martin

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