Blevins Broadcast

Room #135 News!

Welcome to Mrs. Blevins' Online News Broadcast!

Our classroom stresses the importance of working at one's full potential. The students are given opportunities to do their personal best during every activity. In order to determine your child's needs, continuous assessment takes place. All activities are designed so that every student in our classroom is working at a challenging and rewarding level. Throughout the school year, I promote working together to create an open teacher-parent-student communication relationship. I feel it is in your child's best interest if we work together and stay in contact with one another in order for him/her to be successful! Feel free to navigate the Blevins Broadcast at your convenience where you will find classroom news, slideshows, upcoming events, our week at a glance, a note from the teacher, and other pertinent information.

Check out Maddie and Ella W. as this week's anchors!

Blevins Broadcast 3/27/15

Upcoming Events!

4/2-4/12 SPRING BREAK! :)

4/14 Promotion Committee Meeting at 6:30 p.m. in Central's Library

4/22 PTO Meeting at 6:30 p.m. in Central's Library

4/23 No School! Teacher Work Day

4/29 Early Dismissal @ 1:50 p.m.

Math

Students completed Topic 14 and did great on the test! Next week, we will start Topic 11: Properties of Two-Dimensional Figures. This is the start of our Geometry unit. Students are working towards a discount in store if they receive only two wrong "Favorite No's!" Students are continuing to gain essential understanding when fixing problems they got wrong. Please review the different types of triangles, angles, and polygons with your child a little bit every night!


http://www.flushingschools.org/webpages/kchianoblevins/math.cfm

Social Studies

Students did amazing on their Canada Maps! We will be tested over the Canada Today sections on Monday, March 31st!


http://www.flushingschools.org/webpages/kchianoblevins/social_studies.cfm

Writing/Grammar

Your 6th graders did amazing work on finishing their Informational Essays! We will be celebrating our hard work on Tuesday, March 31st!


We have been using the Chrome Books in class. Students need to be familiar with using the Chrome Books due to the M-STEP test (the new MEAP) being online.



http://www.flushingschools.org/webpages/kchianoblevins/writing.cfm

Word Study

We have been reviewing and playing games all week to prep us for the Word Study test on Wednesday, April 1st. Make sure your child is using the review sheet to study at home and to log onto Quizlet.com. Login as...username: centralcats Password: flushing.


http://www.flushingschools.org/webpages/kchianoblevins/spelling.cfm

Reading

We are half way through Tuck Everlasting! This week, we focused on comparing and contrasting, and imagery. Next week, we will focus on making inferences and continue to work on understanding vocabulary used in Tuck.


Students received their two Monthly Reading Logs for the month of March. One is an "At Home Reading Log." Students need to complete and fill out the log after reading 20 minutes everyday. The same rule applies for their "At School Reading Log." They are responsible for filling this out after IDR/Daily 4 time in class. Both are DUE on Wednesday, April 1st with a parent signature. They are also available on my teacher webpage for your reference.


Make sure your child is completing the yellow Reading Log Challenge for March is Reading Month! They will have a chance to surprise Mr. Steinhaus!


http://www.flushingschools.org/webpages/kchianoblevins/reading_and_writing.cfm

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Scrapbook Supplies Needed Please!

We are collecting scrapbook supplies (stickers, ribbon, paper, etc.) to make our 6th grade "stars" that will be used for promotion. Each child will have a white cut-out star along with a copy of their school picture (we will provide the picture). We need scrapbook supplies to help make these stars look nice! Please send any supplies with your student to school by the week of (April 27th).

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation!

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is a private, independent foundation dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. The Foundation supports exceptional students from elementary school to graduate school through scholarships, grants, direct service, and knowledge creation and dissemination.
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We would like to thank all of our wonderful parents for taking the time out of their busy schedules to come in and conference with us! We inspire to do better everyday! Let's end Marking Period 4 on a high note!

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The results are in! 6th Grade Promotion will be at Camp at 7:00 p.m.! We are all excited to have you join us in this celebration!

Please remember to turn in the Camp Packet forms signed and completed by May. Camp costs $90.00 per student. Chaperones are free! Please contact me if you have any questions!

Clorox Wipes, Kleenex, and Paper Towel Needed Please!

Mrs. Blevins will give $5.00 Blevins Bucks for every item brought in to keep our classroom healthy! We are running low on all of these items, including store items! If you are willing to donate these items, students will receive bucks to spend at store! Thank you for your generosity!

Cat's For a Cure!

This October, Mrs. Blevins and the 6th grade team promoted a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. This school wide event involved a D.E.A.R> (Drop Everything And Read), and a t-shirt sale. We made over $500 for the ACS! We fight for a cure together!
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Checking-Out Digital Books from the Genesee Intermidiate Library

Did you know that you have free access to almost any magazine and many,many digital books and audio books? All you need is a Genesee Distict Library card and a device. The set-up takes some patience but it's ready to go after that.

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Checking out DIGITAL BOOKS and audio books from Genesee District Library

  1. Go to: www.thegdl.org

  2. At the top of the page, hover over “services” and click “digital library”

  3. Sign in with your barcode from your library number and your password. Most passwords will be set to the year the cardholder was born (unless you have changed it in the past). If this does not work, call the library (I called the Valley Branch at 810-732-1822) and they can reset your password to the year you were born. You can change your password online.

  4. Once you are logged in, you can browse books by genre or search for a specific title. The books with headphones are audio books, you can check out books with black books icons and place holds on books with grey icons (the library only owns a certain number of digital copies and will email you when it is your turn)

  5. You can choose your download method- Kindle or epub. I’m assuming the epub books open in your browser. I always do a kindle download which will take you right to the Amazon site and you check it out for free by clicking on the tab to the right (just as if you were shopping on Amazon).

  6. You do NOT have to own a kindle, you can load a free kindle app on to any device (phone, ipad, etc…)

  7. Books have a specific checkout length (mine all seem to be 21 days) and will return automatically.

Checking out MAGAZINES from the Genesee District LIbrary

  1. Go to: www.thegdl.org

  2. On the right, click on the “Zinio” icon

  3. At the top, click on “create an account”. You will need your library barcode and an email account. You will create your own password.

  4. You can browse all magazines or search by genre.

  5. When you see a magazine you like, click on the icon right under the magazine. You will have an option to check a box to be emailed when the next issue of the magazine is available.

  6. You can read the magazine from your browser OR download the free “Zinio for libraries” app. You can download the magazines to your device and read them when you are off-line.

  7. Unlike books, there is no due date, no waiting list, and no check out limits.