Mrs. Houston's Weekly Updates

January 20-23

Important Dates

Monday, January 19: MLK Day (NO SCHOOL)
Tuesday, January 20: Homework Packet #2 due (Please remember there is a social studies mini-poster assignment included in this week's packet)
Thursday, January 22: 100th Day of School! AND Social Studies Test
Friday, January 23: Spelling Quiz
Monday, January 26: Homework Packet #3 due
Wednesday, January 28: Science Test

100th Day Activities

Dear Parents,
Thursday is the 100th day of school! Please keep your eyes open for an email with a sign up genius for supplies for our 100th day activities. We will be making a 100th day trail mix in class. Thanks!

Coming Up...

Reading: In Phonics, will be learning about r-controlled vowels (-er, -ur, -ir) and contractions with 's, 've, and 're. For Comprehension we are taking another look at Fact and Opinion. It's important that students can not identify facts/opinion in a text, but also write them about a text as well!
Language Arts: In writing we will be working on writing captions (complete sentences to describe pictures). For conventions we will discuss the correct use of the verbs: am, is, are, was, were
Science: Students will learn about what causes day and night. We will also have a chapter review on Friday.
Social Studies: We will spend Tuesday reviewing the chapter's important lessons about culture and traditions. On Thursday we will have our chapter test.

SPELLING WORDS: done, visit, know, wait, push, her, first, bird, girl, burn, were, shirt, fur, hurt, sir

Weekly Tests in Reading

As a way to test the skills we are learning in Reading and Language Arts, we will be having a weekly test on Fridays. The test comes directly from our Reading Street curriculum and is aligned to what we cover in class. I am starting to give the weekly tests this semester because I believe it is important that students are held accountable for what they learn in every subject!

NOTE: I have sent home this week's test. I did not count it, for there were some mistakes that I want the students to review. I think some kids didn't read the questions in their entirety and others rushed. Many questions were left blank and I had to give the tests back to students to complete missed questions.

Next week the test will count. The class was informed that they need to always take their time and always put their best efforts into their work. They should check to make sure every question is answered to his/her best ability as well.


Your child should be reading EVERY night for at least 20 minutes.

Your child should study his/her spelling words EVERY night.

The Yearbook - Tree Ring Info

If you haven't already done so, please take a moment to check out the website we are using to create and purchase our yearbooks.

Everyone should have received an email from prompting you to create an account. If you haven't already done so, please take a moment and explore the website. This website will allow you to purchase a yearbook to commemorate your student's year at FSA.

Each yearbook included 2 pages that you can customize with photos and memories just for you and your student!

The following link will take you to a page filled with tutorial videos to help you navigate the website and learn about all the options and features:

And here are several flyers that you might print or attach to emails (I sent most of these home with students earlier in the year, but some may have missed it):

Step by step guide to create personal pages

Step by step guide to purchase yearbook

Custom pages reminder flyer

General yearbook flyer

Treering iphone app flyer