Dr. Shaw's Weekly Newsletter

February 22nd - 26th

Greetings Everyone!

Next week will be another "off" week with Early Release scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday. I am looking forward to our conferences! On Friday, February 19th, I emailed you the adjusted cafeteria menu for the week. The school will serve breakfast as usual all five days. Note that we eat lunch at 9:30 on Wednesday and Thursday. I'd call that brunch!

On the 18th of February, I emailed you a letter about our Jackson Jam silent auction basket. On behalf of our PTA, I hope you will be able to contribute to the basket. The Jam is on the 18th of March

We did win the Box Tops contest for fifth grade this time around! Thanks again for supporting Jackson by collecting Box Tops! We enjoyed a treat served by the PTA at lunch on the 19th.

Here's a look at next week...

In math next week, we will wrap up our study of volume. The students have learned how to calculate basic volume of regularly shaped rectangular prisms already. We are fine tuning the skill of calculating composite volume. The daily grade for the volume skill will be February 24th for the morning math class, but maybe on the 23rd for my afternoon group. I will play that by ear after I see how many of them retained it over the weekend. We will move on to measurement conversions after that.

In science, we have already had several hands-on activities investigating chemical changes. We have learned about the triggers that cause chemical changes and how to identify evidence of a chemical change. There is a daily grade on these skills plus a lab experiment that will count as a test grade. One or the other will be scheduled for the week of the 22nd, but no earlier than mid week. It's tricky working around the Early Release schedule. Please check with your child to see what the date might be next week. I won't announce it until Monday since I have lots of planning to do this weekend.

In social studies, we've learned about the events that led up to WWII and are now focusing on major battles of the war, plus life in America during the war. There is a map skill daily grade scheduled for the 26th. Students will be able to use the atlas to answer the questions.

As a reminder... We will be learning about the Holocaust and the treatment of the Jewish people in the concentration camps. It is a sensitive topic that is part of our curriculum. Please talk to your son or daughter about displaying the proper sense of respect and maturity during our study of this time.

In reading, the class will continue their work with comparing/contrasting books within the same genre. Mrs. Blankenship will be sharing non-fiction picture books next week with the students. The daily grade for this skill using the shared books will be completed by Friday, February 26th.

In writing, the students will continue to work on writing from another perspective. This skill will involve practice in building writing stamina and editing for quality of work. The students will also be working on completion of their Great Depression poems for Dr. Shaw's Social Studies grade.

The students will be completing their semicolon grade for grammar either Wednesday or Thursday of next week due to Early Release. The students have access to the PowerPoint review of this skill on Mrs. Blankenship's eClass page.

Important Dates

February 24th and 25th - Early Release for Conferences

February 25th - Chick-fil-A Spirit Night - 5:00 - 8:00 PM

March 11th - Student/Teacher Holiday - Weather Make up #2

March 18th - Jackson Jam

March 25th - Report Cards Sent Home

Have a wonderful week!

Dr. Shaw