News from Mrs. Drudy 04/04/2016

"We exist so children can excel."

What We're Learning in Language Arts

This Week's Story: Ancient Greece

This week's story, Ancient Greece, is expository text. The civilization of the ancient Greeks, from the first Minoan palaces to Alexander the Great and beyond, lasted for thousands of years. Its influence can still be felt in the world today.


This Week's Spelling Pattern: Related Words

Generalization: Related words often have parts that are spelled the same

but pronounced differently: alternate, alternative.

Phonics Words

1. alternate

2. alternative

3. office

4. official

5. economy

6. economics

7. normal

8. normality

9. restore

10. restoration

11. indicate

12. indicative

13. gene

14. genetic

15. excel

16. excellence

17. adapt

18. adaptation

19. crime

20. criminal

Challenge Words

21. deprive

22. deprivation

23. initiate

24. initiative

25. contaminate

26. contamination

This week's spelling pattern addresses the following Indiana Academic Standard:

  • "Use the relationship between particular words to better understand each of the words."

Library News

Mrs. Frondorf has passed along several dates of interest.

April 8th: Last day to take Young Hoosier Book tests

April 15th: Vote for favorite Young Hoosier Book

April 18th-22nd: BOGO Scholastic Book Fair

April 29th: Last day to take A.R. quizzes to qualify for party

May 4th: Accelerated Reader party

May 6th: Last Day to check out library books

May 13th: All books due to library

To the Beach!

We are still in need of your help as we get ready for our Carnival on Friday, April 29th. I inadvertently listed that date as a Saturday in last week's newsletter. If you are willing to help, please send an item that goes along with our sixth grade basket theme: To the Beach!. Check out the list below to help you with ideas of things we could use in our basket! If you would rather donate money for us to purchase items to fill the basket, you may do that, too. We would like to have all donation items by April 25th, so we have time to put everything together for the Carnival. Thank you so much for being the amazingly supportive parents/guardians that you are!

Basket ideas:

  • Beach towels
  • Water toys
  • Picnic supplies
  • Outdoor games
  • Bubbles
  • Water bottles
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray

These are only ideas, so take these suggestions and run with it. We sincerely appreciate all your help!

Notes from the Teacher

Coming Up:

Early Dismissal: Wednesday, April 6th

Spring Pictures: Monday, April 11th

MCS Drama Club Production Into the Woods Junior April 21st & 22nd @ 6:30

Carnival Friday, April 29th 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.