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Harmony Science Academy-Waco

October 21, 2020 Issue 5

"Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and diligence."-Abigail Adams

Looking Ahead: Important Dates

10/21 Title 1 Meeting

10/23 No school/Teacher Work Day

10/23-10/31 Red Ribbon Week

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What is Red Ribbon Week?

Red Ribbon Week is the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention awareness campaign. Today, millions of people celebrate.

How did Red Ribbon Week start?

Red Ribbon Week started after the death of Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, in 1985. After his death, people wanted to honor his sacrifice. Local celebrations began in California – where Camarena grew up – in 1985, and in 1988 the National Family Partnership started the first National Red Ribbon Week.

Why the red ribbons?

As a tribute to Camarena during the initial local celebrations, high school friend Henry Lozano and Congressman Duncan Hunter, created “Camarena Clubs” and the wearing of a red ribbon to show their oppositions to drugs.


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Hello HSA Families

As you know we recently hosted an all school live stream event called NED’s Mindset Mission. We trust your student was encouraged by the show which taught about having a positive Mindset for learning and life!

If you’d like additional resources they are available here.

‍If you’d like to purchase a NED messaged item for your child they are still available here:


And don’t forget to ask your student what they learned in the show about having a growth mindset from YET the Yeti, Captain Kindly and during NED’s visit on the spaceship!

Educating together!

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As we continue in the second week of the second semester, please continue to check your student's Skyward grades for possible missed assignments or exit tickets. These assignments can be made up by looking in the Quarter 2 folder on your student's Schoology class or by contacting the teacher.


This week, we are beginning our study of Giants by learning about big and little. We will compare sizes of animals and objects. You can have fun hunting for things in your house that are larger than yourself or smaller than your hand. Our focus letter this week is Hh and our number is 7.-Mrs. Vasquez

This week in Ms. Bateman's class we are learning:

Letter: Hh, Number: 7, Color: pink, Shape: pentagon

We will also continue to work on compound words.

This week in Ms. Ingroum's class, we are learning the letter F and the number 6. We are also learning about maps, fire safety, and how to be a part of a community.


We are continuing to work on identifying letters and letter sounds, identifying rhyming words, and listening comprehension.

In math we are working on sorting objects based on attributes: color, size, shape.

In science we are working on patterns of movement.

In Social Studies we will be distinguishing the difference between wants and needs.

Thank you all for your continued support! If you are interested in a virtual home visit let us know, we would be more than happy to meet with you. The Kinder Team

1st Grade

In math, we will be finishing our unit on addition and begin learning about subtraction. We are learning how to read and spell words with the sh digraph, singular & plural nouns, and practicing identifying the problem and resolution of a story. In science, we are discovering magnets. For social studies, we are going to decide if something is fact or fiction.-First Grade Team

2nd Grade

In math we will continue our unit over subtraction. Please make sure your child completes their exit tickets by 11:59 pm, if your child missed the live lesson for the day.-Ms. Lester

This week in ELA we will be spelling words with final double consonant sounds. We will be working on finding the theme in a story and using words to express an opinion. In order to avoid zeroes in the grade book, please make sure your child completes their exit tickets by 11:59PM, if your child missed the live lesson for the day. Please remind students to read each day for at least 20 minutes and consider asking them questions about their book and having conversations to check for understanding! --Ms. Brown

This week students are starting their new unit on energy. We will be investigating the effects on objects by increasing and decreasing amounts of sound, light, and thermal energy!-Mrs. A. Martinez

This week in ELA we will focus on words with consonant digraphs th, sh, ch, ph, and wh. We will understand the theme in the story “Pepita and the Bully,” and be able to retell the story. For writing, we are learning about compound subjects and predicates. Persuasive text final drafts are due this week. -Ms. B.Martinez

3rd Grade

Reminder: No School Friday.

There will be NO Spelling test this week. We will continue working on point of view (1st and 3rd person) in reading. In writing, we are continuing to work on our narrative writing pieces by adding other elements.-Mrs. Salas

In math next week students will take their multiplication test. We will be finishing up the unit and reviewing this week. Please encourage your students to practice their multiplication facts at home using flashcards or QuickTables on Aleks.-Ms. Curtis

This week students are starting their new unit on forces and motion. We will be demonstrating and observing how position and motion can be changed by pushing and pulling objects such as swings, balls, and wagons. -Mrs. A Martinez

This week we will be learning about why we celebrate our freedom! We will be working on spelling words with the k, j, kw sounds. We will be working on identifying the first and third point of view in our stories using pronouns. We will begin working on narrative introductions! Please encourage your student to read at least 20 minutes each day! Ask them questions about their book and have conversations to check for understanding! -Ms. Brown

4th Grade

This week we will be discussing idioms, adages, and proverbs. Students will also be completing their opinion essay on why it’s important to rely on friends when faced with a challenge. -Ms. Swanner

We will be reading "My Diary from Here to There." We will focus on the author's craft. For writing, we are going to continue writing an opinion essay.-Mrs. Driver

We just started our unit on division this week! We will be dividing by 10's, 100's and 1,000's and estimating quotients. Reminder that all students are required to complete **10 topics** a week on ALEKS. We work on ALEKS during lab, but some students need to be working on it outside of class in order to get their topics done. Please message me on dojo if they cannot remember their ALEKS login. -Ms. McCaig

Reminder: No School Friday.

In Social Studies, we will be discussing Spanish explorers. Please make sure your child is completing their exit ticket as well as their test (located in Clever). They may use the article for help.-Mrs. Salas

This week students are continuing to study energy! We will wrap up our unit on mechanical, electrical, light, thermal, and sound energy (M.E.L.T.S.). Students will be introduced to conductors and insulators and how we use them in our daily lives.-Mrs. A Martinez

5th Grade

In science we are studying fossil fuels (specifically coal, natural gas, organic matter and oil). In social studies we are studying the Wampanoag people(specifically Squanto). They helped the Pilgrims to survive.-Mr. Walton

Hello 5th grade parents and guardians! We are testing this week on our division unit and next moving to our fractions unit. Students will first focus on finding equivalent fractions and simplifying fractions. We'll then move into adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators. Check-in with your child to see their notes and assignments. Thanks for all you do! -Ms. Piscacek

In ELA we will be working on figurative language in reading this week. We will also be working on rules for answering a STAAR writing prompt, including staying on the topic of the prompt, using complete sentences, capitalization, punctuation, avoiding fragments and run-on sentences. We will also be working in groups to revise our writing. There are a few students missing work from last week, please remind your students to check Schoology for missing work. This 2nd quarter it will be more of the students' responsibility as 5th graders to check daily for their missing work. Please remind students to report to zoom on time for class to avoid disruptions and to stay caught up on the daily lesson. Thank you for all you do!-Ms. Dunford

If your student is absent, email the doctor's note to the attendance clerk (imeza@harmonytx.org) fax or drop the note inside the box outside the office by the window. Reminder: students have until 11:59 pm to submit the exit ticket to receive attendance credit for that day.
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