Ross / Ellis Weekly Newsletter

January 15, 2016

"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young."

– Henry Ford

What Will We Be Learning This Week?


Students will continue their study of fractions next week. They will be adding and subtracting mixed numbers, reducing fractions, multiplying fractions by whole numbers and finding fractions of numbers. Students have been reviewing the skills of multiplication and long division this week. Many continue to need practice with these skills.

Accelerated Math: Students will not be expected to meet a goal next week as they will be in school for only two days. They will have two extra days to meet goal for the following week.


Students have enjoyed learning about the phases of the moon this week. They should know that there are 8 phases of the moon and what those phases are. Students have also learned that the moon orbits Earth in 29 and ½ days, that the moon does not change shape, and what we see of the moon is related to where it is in its orbit around Earth. We will be learning more next week at the Science Center.

Language Arts

We will be working on our Greek Mythology projects over the next two weeks.

Words Their Way spelling lists will resume January 25.

Social Studies

NC Studies Weekly newspapers will resume January 25. We will be learning about the beginnings of the American Revolution in North Carolina.

Odds & Ends


Due to the short week next week, this newsletter covers the next two weeks. The next newsletter that we will send out will be January 29.

Science Center Field Trip

As you know, we will be going to the Science Center next Friday, January 22nd. Students will need to bring a bag lunch or purchase a bag lunch from the cafeteria on that day. All permission forms and $1.15 are due on Thursday, January 21st. Thanks!

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Upcoming Events

Jan. 17 – No School – Martin Luther King Day

Jan. 18 – No School – Teacher Workday

Jan. 19 – No School – Teacher Workday

Jan 22. – Field Trip to Science Center Planetarium

Jan. 25 – Report Cards

Jan. 26 – Jump Rope for Heart (All Students) 1:30 pm in Gym

Feb. 15 – No School – Teacher Workday

Feb. 16 – Tentative Lego Night 6:30pm in Gym

Feb. 23 – Progress Reports

Mar. 2 – Read Across America Day

Mar. 3-7 – Spring Book Fair

Mar. 8 – PDQ Night 5-9pm

Mar. 9 – Battle of the Books Competition (Hickory Metro Center)

Mar. 18 – March Madness Dance

Mar. 25 – No School – Teacher Workday

Mar. 28 – Apr. 1 No School – Easter Break