## Happy 2016!

HEART HEALTH DAY is on Friday, February 5th! Nurse Pat would like our Skaggs Stars to wear red as a reminder to keep our hearts healthy!

Friendship Week is coming the week of Feb. 8-12th. Please see the link below for a list of the fun activities and dress-up days Mrs. Carrenza has planned for us.

Our Friendship Party is on Friday, February 12th from 12:30-1:30, and I know our PTA parents have planned some fun activities. We will be sending home a white bag for students to decorate and return to school by February 12th,

Multicultural Night is on Thursday, February 18th at 6:00 pm. Students are invited to create a display board with information about a country of their choice. Please see the link below for more information.

## Language Arts

We will continue our theme of "Working Together" by learning about animal teams. "The Life and Times of the Ant" is our main story, and we will learn that ants are unique in that they must work together to get food, build homes, and raise their young. Our reading skill is description which is one type of text structure. Authors who use description as a text structure define and classify information by describing its qualities or characteristics. As they read the story, students will create a description web with a main idea and details. The spelling pattern for the week is inflectional endings: changing y to i.

## Math

Next week, we will continue our study of fractions with adding and subtracting fractions with like denominators. Students will use number lines, fraction strips, and fraction bars to add and subtract fractions. Benchmark fractions will be used to estimate fraction sums and differences. As students analyze these mathematical relationships, they will continue to develop number sense and fluency in their understanding of fractions, their relationships, and how they are used in everyday life.

Thursday, February 4th, our students will complete a fraction math assessment over Topics 10 and 11. Please have your child complete the review tests for these topics on pages 551-552 and 611-614 found in their Envisions book.

## Science and Social Studies

Next week, students will know that Earth consists of useful resources and its surface is constantly changing. The student is expected to: examine properties of soils, including color and texture, capacity to retain water, and ability to support the growth of plants. The student uses scientific inquiry methods during laboratory and outdoor investigations. The student is expected to plan and implement descriptive investigations, including asking well-defined questions, making inferences, and selecting and using appropriate equipment or technology to answer his/her questions.

Science Test is on Monday,Feb 22nd

## From the Teachers

• Please always send your child with a coat during cold weather. We go outside if the temperature is 40 degrees or above. Also remember to label all of your child's removeable clothing so we may find its owner easily.
• Reading Logs: Skaggs has a new reading program that we would love to encourage your children to participate in. With this reading program, your child will read at home and record the number of minutes that he or she has read each night. At the end of the week, your child can record the number of minutes read for the week on the following web site: http://tinyurl.com/SkaggsReadingLog
• We would like to encourage your child to bring their electronic devices. Electronic devices are being used in all subject areas every day, along with music and art.
• Be a star for our students and write a check to our PTA. See the information below regarding the Skaggs PTA Check Writing Campaign.

## Important Dates

1/28 PTA Meeting CANCELED

2/2 Student Council Meeting 2:45-3:30 pm

2/5 Wear red for HEART HEALTH DAY

2/11 Progress Reports

2/12 Friendship Party

2/15 Student Holiday

2/18 Multicultural Night