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Humble and Kind

Have you heard Tim McGraw's new song, Humble & Kind? I love it. Actually, I'm slightly obsessed. In fact, it may or may not be the song I'm currently planning on dancing to with one of my sons at their wedding ... shameless, I know. But, it embodies what I hope my boys learn from me - that no matter their life goals, I want them to always be humble and kind.


If you haven't heard it in its entirety, I highly recommend it. In the meantime, check out the lyrics from the chorus:

Hold the door, say please, say thank you
Don't steal, don't cheat, and don't lie
I know you got mountains to climb but
Always stay humble and kind
When the dreams you're dreamin' come to you
When the work you put in is realized
Let yourself feel the pride but

Always stay humble and kind


Along those same lines, I read an article from USA Today that I felt noteworthy. Have a read: http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/05/08/donald-trump-winning-commencement-addresses-humility-millennials-graduation-column/83938162/


I think you're all doing a fantastic job parenting some genuinely humble and kind people. All your hard work is really paying off!

This Week's Set List (May 23-27)

Week at a Glance/Skills for the Week:


LITERACY – We will wrap up our final novel study. We finished reading The Phantom Tollbooth. This fantasy novel is full of interesting language, puns, and figurative language making it a favorite! The students are exploring what Milo learns about "valuing education" and "learning to use common sense". In addition to this classwork, the Book Review Assignment is due on May 23rd.


WRITING – We finished our final writing unit, which was informational writing. Students used what they learned about the Civil War to write these pieces, and published them in a special Civil War Time for Kids issue. The final result was excellent, exceeding my expectations! You should be proud of their very hard work on this project. For the final days of school, students will reflect on their growth as a writer, and have time for choice writing.


MATH – We will apply our learning of volume and surface area to designing a Noble Crossing garden with raised beds. I'm eager to see what they can design! The students actually wrote this assignment themselves - talk about ownership of learning! WOW.


SPELLING – During 4th quarter, we will not be taking spelling tests. All students in this class have demonstrated a 4th-5th grade mastery of spelling, and therefore, we will utilize time for other learning!


SCIENCE – No science this week.


SOCIAL STUDIES – We will finish reading about what happened after the Civil War ended, and reflect on our essential questions: How do people react to change? How do we use the past to help us in our future? The group presentations were wonderful - Mr. Haney stopped by and even he learned a thing or two!


TIPS - We will prepare for a final Socratic Seminar, and will reflect on how we have improved in our ability to discuss complex texts.


** Note: Genius Hour Projects are due on May 24th. Please see the official invitation in this newsletter, below. **

Upcoming Events

May 27th: Field Day

May 30th: Memorial Day, no school

June 1st: Last day of school

Genius Hour Presentations

Tuesday, May 24th, 8:45am

5670 Noble Crossing Parkway

Noblesville, IN

This Tuesday, students will present their final Genius Hour presentations. They have worked very hard this year with their ability to self-direct learning and use 21st century skills. The students would like to share with you these culminating projects. Please join us!


Students with last names from Ashworth through Middleton will present at 8:45am.

Students with last names Paska through Wilken will present at 1:45pm.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.