## Science

In Science we continued working on our unit Forces and Motion. We began talking about Isaac Newton and his three laws of motion, then worked with marbles and calculating speed. We talked about the motion of objects and how a point of reference is important when describing motion. We will be working on this unit for the rest of the marking period.

## Math

In 5th grade math, we have started our unit on adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators. So far, they have completed addition problems that result in improper fractions and require them to write as a mixed number. For subtraction problems, they have done the more basic problems and have not been required to regroup in order to subtract yet. They will begin that process next week. If you child is really struggling with the fraction unit, please encourage them to come see me for help. I know fractions can be very scary for some kids, and we want to make the transition as smooth as possible!

This week in reading we read an autobiography about a girl who received a puppy from her uncle. He found the dog abandoned in Germany after the war. Students worked with partners to analyze the text and develop a catchy heading for various sections of the story. Later in the week, we started a writing piece and students analyzed the charters in a play and determined the theme of the drama. Please continue to check Skyward often the end of the 3rd marking period is March 29th. AR points are due on Wednesday, March 28th. Any questions about AR points or reading grades please contact me at tressler@browncityschools.org.

## Social Studies

We are learning about the New England, Middle, and Southern colonies and who settled each area. We have learned about the Pilgrims, Puritans, Quakers, and now leaning how Georgia became the colony of debtors. We have also learned about Roger Williams, Anne Hutchinson, Thomas Hooker, and James Oglethorpe. Ask your child to tell you about these individuals and why they are important to our country. Also, have your child name the 13 original colonies!! (This will be on their next test!!)

## Kindergarten Orientation

A Kindergarten Parent Orientation will be held on Tuesday, March 27th from 6-7pm and Wednesday, March 28th from 8:30-9:30am in our Kindergarten Wing for all parents that will be enrolling a student for the 2018-19 school year. (Children that will be 5 years old on or before December 1st are eligible to enroll.) This orientation will cover office procedures, counseling, transportation and explanation of how screening and placement are done.

## Upcoming Events

Mar 2- Progress Reports go Home

Mar 5- Book Fair Parent's Night

Mar 6- Battle of the Books

Mar 7- McClintic Book Fair Shopping Day

Mar 29- 1:00 Dismissal

Mar 30-No School

April 2-6 No School, Spring Break