The Vise Press

February 12, 2016

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Curriculum Conversations

Here are some questions to ask your student about their learning this week:

What are the different activities you did to learn Cause and Effect?

Did you do any Cause and Effect writing?

How can you write 4 digit numbers in different ways?

What salt water and fresh water activities did you do?

Are you working on any projects in class?

Star Student

Next week's Star Student will be: NONE

Monday: Send in 10-12 pictures for the students to share with the class.
Friday: Students will read a book aloud to the class and they may bring an item for Show and Tell.

Junk Day

Junk Day will be held on Friday, February 19th. In order for your child to be prepared for the special activity, they will need to bring small items in from home that they no longer play with. Some suggestions are: books, beanie babies, silly bands, small stuffed animals, special pencils, Happy Meal prizes, etc. They may even want to make some small things to sell.

  • Everything must fit in their backpack.
  • NO electronics!
  • They must have your permission to sell the items.

The students will price their items and set up their store the morning of the 19th. We are looking forward to a Junktastic Day!

Fitness Force

There will be NO FITNESS FORCE next week due to Early Dismissal on Wednesday and Thursday.

LEAD 2021

Portrait of a Graduate: The Portrait of a Graduate was developed by teachers, students, and community members as a part of the LEAD 2021 Initiative. The GCISD Portrait of a Graduate includes 5 competencies which ensure that every GCISD student will graduate with the skills necessary for success in the 21st century. We will highlight a different competency over the next 5 weeks.

3. Skilled Problem Solvers

  • Respect Diversity
  • Value Group Members
  • Build Relationships
  • Are able to disagree respectfully
  • See problems or issues from multiple perspectives
  • Work toward a common goal
  • Communicate ideas clearly to a team
  • Listen and ask each other questions to seek understanding

Students who are collaborative workers will welcome opportunities to collaborate beyond the classroom walls to contribute on a local and global level. Collaborative workers recognize the need for interdependence in a group.

A teacher who creates collaborative workers will seek out and intentionally design authentic collaborative opportunities, celebrate attempts as much as success, provide meaningful feedback, promote individual accountability, and focus on the learning goals.

A parent of collaborative workers will model respectful collaboration, both at home and in a partnership with the school.

Upcoming Events

February 15th - NO SCHOOL

February 17th - Early Dismissal at 11:45; Student-Led Conferences; CHIPOTLE SPIRIT NIGHT (Hwy 26 Location in NRH)

February 18th - Early Dismissal at 11:45; Student-Led Conferences

February 19th - Junk Day, Sock Hop 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

February 22nd - Six Flags Reading Forms Due

February 24th - Progress Reports available in Google Drive; Fitness Force 2:50 - 3:30

February 25th - Which Which Spirit Night

February 26th - Class Picture Day

February 29th - Timeline Projects Due

March 3rd - Open House 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

What Will We Learn Next Week???


Math :
  • Students will be able to name a number that is greater than or less than a given number.
  • Students will be able to solve multi-step word problems.

Language Arts (including Social Studies):

  • Students will be able to spell words with suffixes.
  • Students will be able to identify characteristics of procedural text.
  • Students will be able to write a procedural composition.


  • Students will be able to describe patterns in the sky.
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