News from Room 5

January Scoop

Important Notes & Events

Special Dates to Remember:

•Jan. 6 Return from Winter Break

•Jan. 15 Young Scientist's Club First Meeting (7:45-8:30 a.m.)

Jan. 22nd/29th Young Scientist Club Meetings

•Jan. 17 Science Discovery Day

•Jan. 20 Martin Luther King Holiday

•Jan. 22 Parent Common Core Informational Night with Terry Decker 6 p.m. @ Skyline

•Jan. 31 Fitness Friday & Chinese New Year


Your children were so proud to have accomplished several projects for our Ancestor Project. They created iMovies in groups with an additional QR code to access it and developed their own Educreations piece related to their country of origin. We continue to learn together in progressing as a 21st century classroom. I challenge myself and the class in improving our skills in this area, and the results are gratifying. Our plan is to put our written ancestor projects on Keynote and to develop Book Reviews for Miss. Atkins class. We will be sharing our book reviews between our classes.

Speech Topics at a Glance

Week of January 6th:

Goals. Do you have a New Year’s Goal? What are you going to work on this year? What do you hope to learn or work on improving in 2014?

Week of January 13th:
Favorite block on the Pyramid of Success. We have read and talked about Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success and the 14 different blocks. Choose one of your favorite blocks (i.e. friendship, loyalty, hard work, self-control, etc.) and give us three detailed examples of how you can demonstrate that block of the pyramid.

Week of January 20th: No Speeches

Week of January 27th: Think about a hero in your life. Explain why he/she is your hero and how this individual has made a difference in your life or the lives of others.


Below you will find links to Compass Learning, Room Recess, Bedtime Math, Dreambox and Raz-Kids.

Please Note: Staff is being trained on Dec. 3rd about Dreambox for the upper grades. I will keep you posted with this site for more math practice.

This is the information for login:

  • For Grades 2 and up, Students pick their teacher, then enter their username and password
    • Username is firstnamelastname (e.g. johndoe)
      • NOTE: Long names are truncated to 20 characters
    • Passwords are the last 4 digits of the Student ID

Focus Areas for This Month

Class Wish List

Wish List for the Classroom

1. Little prizes for our Treasure Chest

2. Class set of styluses for iPads

3. I purchase a lot of items from Teachers pay Teachers. There are so many creative and well-written lessons and products for teachers. All these lessons benefit your child. They offer gift certificates!