Mr. Ross' Weekly Newsletter

September 19, 2014

"You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus."

- Mark Twain

What Will We Be Learning This Week?


We have completed Unit 1 but we need to keep reviewing for the test. We will be taking the Unit 1 test on Tuesday and then beginning Unit 2.

Language Arts

We will continue reading Food Chains and Food Webs, further exploring what we are learning in science. We will either finish towards the end of this week or early next week.

We will not have a Words Their Way spelling list this week because we do not have school on Friday.

Social Studies

We will learn about French and English explorers like Sir Francis Drake, Henry Hudson, and Samuel de Champlain.

We will also be learning about political maps, which show countries, states and boundaries that are defined by people and governments, not nature.


We will continue learning about the characteristics of land biomes.

Upcoming Events

9/22 Scholastic Book Order Due

If you would like to order online, my class code is HBTXM.

9/26 No School (Teacher Workday)

I have most of the day open to set up conferences. If you are interested and able to make it, please click the following link to sign up:

Odds and Ends

Accelerated Math

AM will count for a grade next week. I will take a grade off of a student's average practice grade and test grade for the week. Students are usually expected to master 5 objectives each week, but this week will be 4 due to the teacher workday.

Haw River Field Trip 10/8-10/10

Please remember:
  • All payments are due by 10/1.
  • Students will not be allowed to bring medications/medicines of any kind on the trip without a physician's order. This, along with the medication, is due by 10/6.
  • Students need to begin thinking about packing for the trip. Clothes should all be old and able to get muddy. Students should pack clothing and toiletries in a carry-on sized bag and bedding/pillow in a trash bag. Each should be labeled with the student's name.


Daily Schedule

7:35-8:05 Morning Work and Breakfast

8:05-9:20 Language Arts and Social Studies

9:20-10:00 Remediation and Enrichment

10:00-10:40 Block (A - Art, B - PE, C - PE, D - Music)

10:40-11:10 Lunch

11:15-11:30 Read Aloud

11:30-12:40 Math

12:45-1:15 Recess

1:20-2:30 Science

2:30-3:00 Accelerated Math and Dismissal

Block Schedule

Monday 9/22 - Music

Tuesday 9/23 - Art

Wednesday 9/24 - PE

Thursday 9/25 - PE

Friday 9/26 - NO SCHOOL (teacher workday)

Monday 9/29 - Music

Tuesday 9/30 - Art

Wednesday 10/1 - PE

Thursday 10/2 - PE

Friday 10/3 - Music