Hurley News

February 2016 - Going From Good to Great!

K News

Kindergarten will be busy this month. We are working on counting to 100 and will celebrate the 100th day of school. We will be traveling to The Children's Museum of Winston Salem on February 17th. We will explore the museum and act out fairy tales. We will pretend to work in a grocery store and a Krispy Kreme doughnut shop. We will explore how things move and fall. It will be a great time. Thanks to Target for the grant that enables us to go.

In math we are working on addition. We have been reviewing numbers 0-10 and different ways to make those numbers. Be sure to practice reading all of the sight words we have sent home. It is critical your child can read these words fluently and independently.

We hope you will join us for our PTA Math night on February 11 at 5:30! Progress Reports will go home on February 23! Be sure to sign the envelope and return it to school!

1st Grade

February is here with many learning adventures ahead of us this month. In first grade, we will read and work on writing responses to questions. We will describe events in stories, focus on the central message, and identify the main topic of a text. Math topics will include shapes, adding doubles (3+3, 4+4), and addition within 10. Our social studies unit this month is "Finding my way around my community".

2nd Grade

Second Graders came back from break ready to learn! We are beginning double digit addition and subtraction this quarter in math as well as reviewing concepts taught the first two quarters. Please continue reading daily with your child and allow your child to retell the story in his or her own words. During reading we will be comparing to versions of the same story. Occasionally encourage your child to retell a story in writing. Please remind your children of the importance of following rules and procedures and doing their very best work at all times. Your child's teacher will be sending information soon regarding the class Valentine Treat.

3rd Grade

February is here and we are back and ready to learn! In math, we will be focusing on solving two-step word problems. We will be using many strategies to help us as we try to figure out what steps we need to take in order to solve a variety of word problems. As we do this, we will be reviewing time and looking at graphs. Please remember to help your child study his or her multiplication facts each night.

In reading, we will be looking at text features and how they help us as we read. We will also continue to focus on written response questions. Please make sure that you are reading with your child each night and asking them questions as you read the story together.

4th Grade

This February we are diving into fractions. Our first step will be to identify equivalent fractions. We will be able to identify that 1/2 a pizza is the same as 2/4 of a pizza and 3/6, 4/8, 5/10 and 50/100.

We are continuing our exploration into rocks and minerals. We will be digging into the rock cycle and the development of sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rocks.

Our 3rd math and reading Discovery Education assessment is this month. This assessment will be guiding our instruction for the rest of the school year. We are excited about the 2nd half of the year. We thank parents for the continued support to improve our community.

5th Grade

In 5th grade in math we will be working on fractions. We will be building on the skills that students learned in 4th grade. In reading class we will be continuing to use our new Ready NC books and working specifically on poetry for the next few weeks. We will also really make sure that students have the tools to figure out unknown vocabulary using context clues. In Science class we will be focusing on ecosystems and how they go together. In Social Studies we will be working on government, economics, westward expansion, and the civil war. Please make sure you are checking your child’s progress as the weeks go by. Thank you for your continued support.

Music News

The Music Trailer has been rocking this February! Fifth graders are preparing for the North Carolina Symphony concert that is coming up in May. They are also learning to play their recorders at a very proficient level. Fourth grade will be starting recorders in the next few weeks as well.


The composer of the month is Johann Sebastian Bach. All grade levels are learning something about his career and the differences between his time period and ours.


K through 2nd grade will be playing instruments and reading musical notation with Valentine's Day Songs.

Art News

Students have been busy putting the elements of art and principles of design to work in their projects this month! All grade levels created cold weather animals-polar bears in Kindergarten, penguins in first and third grades, cardinals in second and fourth grades, and a variety of arctic animals by fifth graders. To reach out to our community, students in several grades made Valentine’s Day cards for the VA hospital and area nursing homes. Cards were also made for our bus drivers as part of “Love the Bus” week. The origami hearts were a big hit with the third, fourth, and fifth graders!


Upcoming projects include units on quilting, studying African American artists, jazz instrument collages, and Aboriginal dot painting.


Selection of art for the annual Elementary Art Show at Waterworks Visual Arts Center will be completed and delivered by the 25th of the month. It is such a challenge to just choose 12 pieces!! Stay tuned for the posting of student names!!