Mrs. Miskelley's Dream Team News

November 16, 2015

Important Dates & Needed Items

Nov. 24 - Wear Alabama & Auburn team colors to school

Nov. 25-27 - Thanksgiving holidays

* We are in need of magazines for some class projects- especially those with photographs of nature. If you have any that you could send our way in the next few days- that would be fantastic!

News You Can Use!

My beliefs about Homework

*Homework should be regular and meaningful.

*It should reinforce and support class lessons.

*It should provide information to you regarding your child’s academic progress.

*It should be checked by both you and your child for accuracy and understanding.

*Homework should not consume your evening. The average amount of time spent on homework should not be more than 15-20 minutes. If you find that you are spending too much time on homework, please

let me know.

November Reading Challenge

Wow! I am so impressed with how many books our kiddos are reading. Most of our kids have turned in at least 1 reading log so far. Several students have turned in multiple reading logs. Keep up the great work for the rest of the month.

"The whole world opened to me when I learned to read." Mary McLeod Bethune

Thanksgiving Food Drive

Keep those food items coming!

Bring in non-perishable food items in support of your favorite team.

We’ll be collecting food items until November 23.

All food will be donated to a local charity for Thanksgiving.


Our comprehension strategy this month is visualization. That simply means that good readers try to create a mental picture in their minds- a movie- while they are reading. This helps students understand and remember what they read. (RL1.2, 1.3, 1.4)

A person’s vocabulary level is the best single predictor of occupational success.” Johnson O’Connor

Language Skills

We are starting the publishing process for our personal narratives. Each student will be working to revise one of their stories. (W1.3. 1.5, 1.6)


Our focus will be adding & subtracting numbers using the fast tens strategy and the doubles strategy. For example, if you know that 6+4=10 then you should know that 10-6=4.

(1.OA.A1, B3, C6)

Social Studies

Alabama fast facts...

1. Alabama's natural resources include timber, water, wildlife and soil.

2. The state bird of Alabama is the yellowhammer.

3. Our state flower is the camellia.

4. The square dance is the official folk dance of Alabama.

Good Citizen

Our “Most Valuable Player” this week is Eli Perry.

Eli is a serious student who is focused

and reflective. His love of history has sparked an

interest in other students. He believes in treating

others fairly. We are super proud of Eli!

School Excuses

Each student is allowed 6 parent excuses per year (this is a change from years past). Parent excuses can be a hand written note or you may email the excuse to your child’s teacher and copy the excuse to:

An ORIGINAL doctor’s excuse may be turned in from the parent by the student. Doctor’s excuses may be faxed to 205-228-3201 ONLY by the doctor’s office. We can NOT accept a faxed/emailed or copied doctor’s excuse from a parent.

All excuses MUST be turned in within 3 days of the absence.

Trussville City Schools- Mission Statement

The mission of Trussville City Schools is to educate all students using high standards in a safe,nurturing environment fostering academic and career competencies that prepare them to be productive citizens.

Our vision is to help students move forward on a positive path toward college and career readiness.