Mrs. Smith's Scoop

January 20-23rd, 2015

Kimberly Smith

Lower School Teacher
Skype: icademyksmith

Mid Year Progress Report Cards

Term 2: Jan 14, 2015

Term 3: Jan 28, 2015

Term 4: February 12, 2015

Percentages and grades are pulled at the end of the day for your term mid year progress report. Make sure that you are within the 40%-50% progress mark in all courses.

Attendance goals for FT students: K-2 360 hours 3-5 450 hours. If you are struggling, please contact me! Remember, I'm here to help :)

Progress Goals 2014-2015 School Year

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Progress Goals 2013-2014 School Year

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Important Dates

January 28th- Semester End for Term 3 Students

February 6th- Teacher In-Service Day

February 16th- Presidents Day- No School for Students and Teachers

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K12 International News and Events the Week of January 19th
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Kids Corner

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Journal Idea

Journal Entry: Write a poem about freedom. Start each line with a letter from the word "freedom."

Weekly Riddle:

Weekly Riddle This Week:

Q: What do penguins have for lunch?

Last Week:

Q:Where does a penguin keep its money?

A: In a snow bank!

The 1st month of the year is an outstanding one

In the Georgian calendar, the calendar that most of the world uses, January is the very first month of the year. The name January came from a Roman god Janus. According to the Roman legend, in 700 B.C., the ruler Numa Pompilius added January to the end of the 10-month Roman calendar. When it was added, Pompilius gave 30 days to January. However, Romans later made January the first month of the year. Moreover, in 46 B.C. Julius Caesar added a one more day to January and that's why there are 31 in January today. January was known as the wolf month to the Anglo-Saxons because in winter, wolves came into the villages to search for food. It is the coldest month in the northern half of the world, nature is quiet and the birds travel less. Also, the bears and woodchucks go into hibernation. However, in southern half of the world, January is the warmest month. During this time, unlike the northern half of the world, animals are active and plants are growing.

January Fun Facts

1. The flower symbol of January is snowdrop & carnation.

2. January's gem is garnet which represents constancy.

3. The zodiac signs for January is Capricorn (December 22 - January 19) and Aquarius (January 20 - February 18).

4. The Common Sense by Thomas Paine was published on January 10, 1776.

5. On January 10, 1920 the League of Nations was established.

6. National Blood Donor Month

7. National Braille Literacy Month

8. National Hobby Month

9. National Soup Month

10. National Staying Healthy Month

11. On January 8, 1798, Amendment 11 to Constitution was proclaimed which modified the Supreme Court's power.

12. On January 4, 1896, Utah became the 45th state.

13. On January 6, 1912. New Mexico became the 47th state.

14. January 8 - Elvis Presley's birthday

15. January 11 - National Human Trafficking Awareness Day in the United States

16. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the United States - Third Monday

17. On January 2, 1788, Georgia ratified the Constitution.

18. January 26 - Republic Day in India

19. On January 1, 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by Abraham Lincoln.

20. On the first Monday of January, Handsel Monday is celebrated in Scotland and northern England.

Did you Know that K12 has many great apps in the mobile app stores?

If you have an iPad, Kindle, tablet, etc. that you allow your kids to use, they may be missing out on some really cools apps that K12 offers. You should visit the full list at

Many of the Apps are FREE, with only a couple that cost a few dollars.

There is an app for each grade level in K-2 that has all of the K12 Classic Reader Stories. They include the pictures and the story can be read aloud.

Also check out the fun math apps like K12 Choc-It-Up or xGerms Addition


There are new work sample requirements for grades 3-5. I will be going over these with each family individually, but I want you to be able to look over them here as well.

These assignments MUST be turned into me to be graded.

3 Math Assignments and 3 Reading/Writing Assignments

You will scan and save them as pdf, or take a picture and save as a jpeg. Then you will send them to me with the new File Sharing Option in the OLS.

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Work Samples to Be Turned In for K-2

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