Mrs. Smith's Scoop

March 15, 2015

Kimberly Smith

Lower School Teacher
Skype: icademyksmith
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Spelling Woes

So...I have heard that spelling is not always a favorite subject to tackle. Let's switch it up and have some fun with your words! Remember, mastery of content is the most important thing. Practicing spelling can be fun! Here are some ideas:

1) Scrabble Tiles: Use tiles from Scrabble, Boggle, or Bananagrams to spell out your words. You can always make your own "tiles" by creating them out of construction paper, if you wish. This is a great one for our tactile learners.

2) Craft Beads: Find a package of beads with letters written on them, and have fun stringing together necklaces or bracelets featuring your spelling words!

3) Food: Always a winner in my house! You can "spell" your letters out of Cheerios, M&M's, raisins, popcorn, or other favorite snacks. Or, with a small bag of icing, you can write them out.

4) Bubbles: With a bubble wand, you can paint the sky with your spelling words. Watch your little one's hand motions to see the letters form in the sky and have them spell it out as they write it.

5) Minecraft: You can build your spelling words out of cubes/bricks/blocks for a cool creation.

6) Hidden Words: Have your student "hide" the words in a piece of artwork. Words can easily be hidden in a lush green forest, mountain scene, or beach vista. You can have fun together finding the hidden words.

7)Shaving Cream: Place a plastic garbage bag over your table (for protection and sanity's sake) and cover with shaving cream. Your student can "draw" the spelling words in the cream for a fun, tactile, and delightfully messy experience.

8)Window Markers: These can be found at any craft store, Target, Walmart, etc. They are specially designed to crystallize on glass for a beautiful design. It's a fun way to practice spelling, and you can enhance the décor of your home by adding in some great spelling words. :)

Progress Goals 2014-2015 School Year

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Mid Year Progress Report Cards

Term 6: March 26, 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 :)

Important Dates

March 13- Teacher In-Service Day

March 30th- April 6th- Spring Break

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K12 International News and Events the Week of March 16th

Kids Corner

Journal Idea

Imagine if you woke up and the sky was green! What would it be like to live in a different colored world?

Weekly Riddle:

Weekly Riddle This Week:

Q: What season is it when you are on a trampoline?

Last Weeks:

Q: Did you hear the joke about the roof?

A: Never mind, it's over your head!

Did you know that March is Youth Art Awareness month?

Did you know that March is Youth Art Awareness month? Celebrate your budding artist by encouraging them to create! Whether they excel in visual art, dance, music, or performing arts, it's time to recognize the importance of art and what it brings to our society! Is there a local art festival happening in your town? Is there an outdoor concert, or even a museum to visit? Now is the time! Some activities to consider:

*Drawing a mural with your child with sidewalk chalk

*Reading poetry and creating art to go with the beautiful words

*Creating poetry for our Lower School Community Event on March 26th

*Dancing with your child

*Listening to music and discussing tempo and rhythm

*Trying out a new method of art, such as splatter painting or straw painting

*Going to a local museum or theater

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St. Patrick's Day

Believe it or not, the first St Patrick's Day parade was held in New York City on March 17, 1762. Irish Americans were not the first, however, to celebrate the feast of St Patrick. Irish families have traditionally celebrated the feast of St Patrick as a religious holiday for thousands of years—complete with dancing, toasting to a good future, and lots of food. Corned beef and cabbage anyone?

Should you really wear BLUE for St. Patty's day? 15 Interesting facts about St. Patrick's Day:

Link for games to play for St. Patrick's day!

Learning Coach Tip of the Week

Do you need to mark a sick day? OR Do you need to take off a school day?

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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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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