Locke's Letter

February 8th, 2016

Upcoming Dates:

Thursday, February 11th, 2016- Valentine's Day Dance

Monday, February 15th, 2016- Valentines Day Breakfast and Pajama Celebration- More info in flyer!

Monday February 15th, 2016- DEADLINE for Biltmore Permission Forms and Money ($25)

Thursday, February 18th, 2016 - Biltmore Field Trip

Thursday, February 18, 2016- Family Voices/Community Outreach Night at the Montford Center

Monday, February 22nd, 2016- Teacher Workday

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016- FINAL Raleigh payment of $30 (or remaining balance) due.

Thursday, February 25, 2016- Tea & Talk with the Superintendent for Claxton Families


Biltmore Field Trip

After a long wait for paperwork, we finally have a date scheduled and permission forms sent home for the Biltmore trip! We will be visiting Biltmore on Thursday, February 18th. That is next Thursday! Because we are on such a tight schedule for this deadline, all Biltmore permission forms and money must be turned in by Monday February 15th. The cost of this trip is $25. This covers everything, including your child's lunch at the Biltmore House. If your child has any dietary restrictions that I don't already know about, please let me know so that I can ensure we have a meal option for them!

If you have any questions or concerns about this field trip, please contact me! We do have partial scholarships available. If you think you may need a scholarship, please contact me as soon as possible so I can make arrangements.

I can bring up to 2 chaperones on this trip. This is ALL that Biltmore allows us to bring. If you would like to chaperone, the cost of the trip will be $30 for you and $25.00 for your child, making it a total of $55.00. The first two parents to send checks or cash for that amount will get to go, I cannot hold spots for this trip.

On this trip we learn about historical NC landmark, the Biltmore house. Students in 4th grade are learning about North Carolina history, specifically landmarks and people important to NC history. The Biltmore house is located right in our back yard and a wonderful opportunity to learn more about George Vanderbilt and the house he built.

Students will have a guided tour through the Biltmore house and learn more about the "how" and "why" of the house that Mr. Vanderbilt built. They will experience North Carolina living before a time with the amenities we have now. Students will be able to ask tour guides questions as they walk through the house.

After we tour the house, students will eat lunch at Deerpark Restaurant and use the skills we learned in our etiquette lesson with Ms. Dechant.

The dress code for this trip is nice clothing that students would wear to a play, show or other big event. Please no athletic shorts, shirts or sweat pants on this day! We love dressing up and having fun and want to teach kids the importance of looking nice in public and at a "fancy" location.

Thank you for your support, we are so excited about this awesome field trip opportunity!

Valentine's Day

On Monday, February 15th, we will be having our class Valentine's breakfast. The plan is to make pancakes and wear PJ's and have a "read in" during our Daily 5 time. Students will be able to exchange Valentine's treats during this time. Please know that if you are sending your child with Valentine's it should be for the whole class. Students do NOT have to purchase anything. They can make their Valentines or write letters to their classmates.

Please do not send your child with special gifts for friends as this may make students who are unable to purchase special gifts or students who did not receive special gifts feel bad. Our goal is to have an inclusive classroom community where everyone feels welcomed and appreciated.

Please see attached list for names.

  1. Caleb
  2. Ki'Morrah
  3. Isabel
  4. Claire
  5. Anny
  6. JJ
  7. Deklan
  8. Traven
  9. Delilah
  10. Will
  11. Anthony
  12. Unique
  13. Zasha
  14. Porter
  15. Jake Henry
  16. Tyviaun
  17. Louisa
  18. Emma
  19. Brent
  20. Max
  21. Chloe
  22. Kiara
  23. Jahsere
  24. Lulu
  25. Silver
  26. Hadley

What we're learning this week

Math: In math this week, we are continuing our unit on fractions. Be on the look out for a lot of resources over the quarter to support your child in this area.

Language Arts: We will continue accountability in daily five this week! Each day, the students will track their choices and what they accomplished during each round. Students will have the option to listen to reading, read to someone, read to self, work on words, and work on writing.

-We are focusing on how to determine the main idea of an informational text, as well as, how to effectively summarize a text.

In writing, we will be starting a new creative writing narrative unit.

Social Studies: We are going to be learning about the history of the three regions of North Carolina.

Contacting Ms. Locke

Please feel free to call the classroom at (828) 350-6524 or email me at kathleen.locke@acsgmail.net.