Mrs. Smith's Scoop
School Calendar for 2015-2016 School Year- UDATED
Progress Goals for 2015-2016 School Year
Important Start Dates
First day of School:
Term 7: January 6th
Attend all through the Online School in your Class Connect Sessions:
iKid Social: Jan. 14th - See OLS Class Connect Schedule for Time
Getting Started in Lower School: Wednesday, Jan. 15th at 11 am EST
Policy and Procedure Meeting: Tuesday, Jan. 12th at 12 pm EST and 8 pm EST
Progress Goals 2014-2015 School Year
Important End Dates
Term End Dates:
Term 11: December 10, 2015
Term 12: January 8, 2016
End of Year To Do:
*2-5 Full Time Students ~ End of Year Scantron (Login Info will be sent as testing windows open)
*K-1 End of Year Fluency Assessment
*All Work Samples must be turned in
*Inform admissions of plans for 15-16 school year (respond to 'Intentions' kmail once received)
*Discuss courses for 15-16 school year with homeroom teacher
Getting Started in Lower School with Mrs. Smith
November Coach to Coach Session Recording
December Coach to Coach Session Recording
December Fun Facts
Seasonal Fun Facts
by FamilyEducation Staff
Expand your holiday trivia knowledge with these interesting tidbits from past and recent history.
New Year's Ball
The original ball lowered in Times Square on New Year's Eve back in 1907 was made of iron and wood and decorated with 100 light bulbs.
The modern New Year's ball is made of Waterford crystal, covered with 696 light bulbs, 96 strobe lights, and 90 rotating pyramid mirrors.
The Popular Poinsettia
Poinsettias were first introduced into this country in 1828 by the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, Joel Poinsett.
Poinsettias are now grown in all 50 states and represent over 85 percent of potted plant sales during the holidays. Over $220 million worth of poinsettias are sold during holiday season!
Kisses in Color
Hershey's started wrapping their Kisses in red, green, and silver foil for the first time in 1962. The success of the holiday-wrapped Kisses led Hershey's to dress up their little chocolates for the Easter, Valentine's Day, and Fall Harvest seasons.
Hershey's now wraps up to 1,300 Hershey's Kisses a minute. That gives them the capacity to make approximately 33 million Hershey's Kisses a day, or more than 12 billion a year.
A Tree of Lights
In 1949, the tree at Rockefeller Center was strung with 7,500 bulbs.
Now more than 25,000 bulbs are strung on the tree - that's more than 5 miles of lights!
The Tree Tradition
The first American mention of a Christmas tree was in 1747, and, strictly speaking, it wasn't a tree at all but a wooden pyramid covered with evergreen boughs and decorated with apples.
Once the tree idea caught on, it grew by leaps and bounds. More than 34 to 36 million Christmas trees are now produced each year in the U.S. The industry employs over 100,000 people, and over 1 million acres of land have been planted with Christmas trees.
Artificial Christmas trees were on the market by 1900. They were available by mail from Sears, Roebuck and Company, and cost 50 cents for 33 limbs, or a dollar for 55 limbs.
Most artificial trees are now manufactured in Korea, Taiwan, or Hong Kong and contain non-biodegradable plastics and metals. They usually range in price from $200 to $2,000.
The first Christmas card, created by a London businessman, was printed in England in 1843. Three years later, the first commercial Christmas cards were available to the public. One thousand cards in all were produced and they were an instant success.
The holiday season is now the busiest time of the year for the US Postal Service. Last year, over 20 billion cards, letters, and packages were sent, causing the USPS to hire nearly 40,000 temporary workers and put thousands of additional trucks, trains, and planes in service.
WORK SAMPLES for 2015-2016 School year
We will go over these during our 1:1 conferences this year.
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. Video on how to file share: http://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/coQ6IlfHjn
Class Connect Recording Links 15-16 School Year- Check Here for Past Recording Links
Class Connect Recording Links
Click on the link below to view recordings related to that course.
Language Arts & Math+ Blue
Language Arts & Math+ Green
Language Arts & Math+ Orange
Language Arts & Math+ Purple
Language Skills 4 & Math+ Red
Language Skills 5 & Math+ Yellow
American History A:
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 http://www.k12.com/mobile-apps/k-8#.VDdUx_ldWSo.
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