Pleasant Valley School

March Newsletter

News from Miss Sheets

March is off to a calm beginning. So far the roaring winds have been pretty quiet. As the snow begins to melt, things will start to get muddy. Please keep bringing boots or shoes that you don't mind getting wet and muddy at recess.

March 16th, remember to bring in your Leprechaun traps. Lets see if we can catch one this year.

March 17th, we will check our traps and participate in our last MAP testing day of the year. Please see that students are rested and ready for the day.

March 21-25 is Spring Break! No School all week!

Friday, April 1st, there will be no school as it is time for Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences. Please complete the form below to let me know when you are able to come learn about all the wonderful things our students have been doing.

Happy Birthday to our two birthday students!

Looking Back

Awesome 100 Day Projects!

Big picture

Printing at the Hockaday Art Museum

School Events

Highlights - Keep an eye on the calendar.

Mar. 8 - Board Meeting at 5:45

Mar. 13 - Spring Clocks forward 1 hr.

Mar. 15 - Miss Sheets away attending a class in the afternoon. Mrs. Anderson will be here subbing.

Mar. 16 - Bring Leprechaun Traps

Mar. 17 - St. Patrick's Day and MAP Testing Day

Mar. 21-25 - Spring Break: No School

Apr. 1 - No School - Parent Teacher Conferences

What Are We Learning?



Unit 4 - Numbers within 10

Addition and Subtraction


UNIT 4 THEME: Then and Now

  • Essential Question: What can we learn from the past?
  • Reading Workshop: Read narrative nonfiction and understand the elements.
  • Phonics: Short and Long Vowel Sounds
  • High Frequency Words: Week 1) find, over, again; Week 2) all, now, pretty; Week 3) black, brown, white; Week 4) good, open, could; Week 5) want, every, please; Week 6)may, this, round
  • New in Unit 4 are weekly spelling tests. Look for lists on Monday.


Unit 4 - Earth's Weather

Essential Question: How does the weather change?

Social Studies

Topic 1 - Who am I?

In a series of activities, students will explore what they look like, what they care about, how they feel, and things they can do.


In art we are working on warm and cool colors. In music we are starting Chapter 4: Do, Re, Mi.



Unit 2 - Numbers Within 20

Addition and Subtraction and Representing Data


UNIT 4 THEME: Making History

  • Essential Question: Why is the past important?
  • Reading Workshop: Read biographies and understand the elements of the genre.
  • High Frequency Words: Week 1) new, thank, always, found, please; Week 2) were, pull, every, any, very; Week 3) away, our, light, never, pretty; Week 4) again, how, read, soon, both; Week 5) carry, going, been, words, does; Week 6) other, right, may, give, number


Topic 4 - Weather and Seasons

What can you tell about the weather and seasons?

Social Studies

Topic 1 - How do I get along with others?

Students will learn how cooperating is important to completing a task when working with others.


In art we are working on warm and cool colors. In music we are starting Chapter 4: Do, Re, Mi.

2nd Grade


Unit 3: Numbers Within 1,000

Place Value, Addition, and Subtraction


UNIT 4 THEME: Making a Difference

  • Essential Question: Why is it important to connect with other people?
  • Reading Workshop: Read narrative nonfiction and understand its elements.
  • High Frequency Words: Week 1) sometimes, mountains, young; Week 2) being, talk, song; Week 3)above, family, music; Week 4) color, questions, area; Week 5) horse, problem, complete; Week 6) since, usually, friends


Topic 3- Earth's Water and Land

Essential Question: How can you describe land and water on Earth?

Social Studies - My Community

Topic 2 - How are communities different?

Students will explore different kinds of communities.


In art we are working on warm and cool colors. In music we are starting Chapter 4: Do, Re, Mi.

4th Grade


Unit 4: Fractions, Decimals, and Measurement

Addition, Subtraction, and Multiplication


UNIT 4 THEME: Impacts

  • Essential Question: How do our stories shape our world?
  • Reading Workshop: Know about different types of traditional literature and understand their elements.
  • Trade Book: Where the Mountain Meets the Moon - Due April 15, 2022
  • Unit Academic Vocabulary Words: reveal, traditional, illustrate, interpret, predict
  • Words of the Week: Week 1) deceived, bargain, reputation, astonishment, composure; Week 2) accentuated, obliged, misled, commendable, riled; Week 3) sensitive, exchange, deed, insisted, satisfied; Week 4) drought, intricate, wavering, unbidden, snoozing; Week 5) shrewd, ornate, temperaments, parapet, infernal
  • Week 6 Project: Choose an American tall tale, folktale, or legend and research to explain the origin of the tale to create a class presentation.


Topic 4 - Earth's Features

Essential Question: How can you use maps to understand Earth's features?

Social Studies

Topic 6 - A Boat and Bus Tour of the Southeast

Essential Question: What factors have shaped the culture of the Southeast?

Students "travel" by boat and bus while listening to a tour guide and viewing images depicting life in the Southeast. The tour stops at three sites, where students engage in interactive experiences and learn key concepts and facts about the region.

Topic 7 - The Effects of Geography on Life in the Southeast

Essential Question: How has geography helped shape daily life in the Southeast?

Students will look at maps and answer questions about climate, elevation, natural resources, and bodies of water in the Southeast.


In art we are learning about warm and cool colors. In music we are working on our sheet music.

5th Grade


Unit 3: More Decimals and Fractions

Multiplication and Division


UNIT 4 THEME: Liberty

  • Essential Question: What does it mean to be free?
  • Reading Workshop: Know about different types of fiction and understand the elements of historical fiction.
  • Trade Book: Guns for General Washington - Due April 15
  • Unit Academic Vocabulary Words: limitation, grace, noble, empower, resist
  • Words of the Week: Week 1) endure, ponder, commotion, commenced, strapping; Week 2) resembled, suspicious, relaying, stalking, solemnly; Week 3)convention, delegates, ratification, petition, violations; Week 4) demonstrators, mistreated, qualified, segregation, sympathize; Week 5) provisions, terrain, settlement, bandits, oblige
  • Week 6 Project: Conduct research to find what freedom means to different people and create a poster to show what you think it means to be free.


Topic 4 - Earth's Water

Essential Question: How much water can be found in different places on Earth?

Social Studies - America's Past

Topic 6 - Early English Settlements

Essential Question: What challenges faced the first English colonies?

Topic 7 - Comparing the Colonies

Essential Question: How were the three colonial regions alike and different?


In art we are learning about warm and cool colors. In music we are working on our sheet music.

7th Grade


Unit 4: Algebraic Thinking

Expressions, Equations, and Inequalities


UNIT 3 THEME: Turning Points

Essential Question: What can cause a sudden change in someone’s life?

Trade Book: The Cay - Due Mar. 18

Writing: Explanatory Essay - What can cause a significant change in someone’s life?

Science - Life Science

Topic 3 - The Human Body System

Essential Question: How do systems interact in the human body?

Social Studies - The Ancient World

Topic 7 - Geography and the Early Settlement if Egypt, Kush, and Canaan

Essential Question: How did geography affect early settlement in Egypt, Kush, and Canaan?

Topic 8 - The Ancient Egypt Pharaohs

Essential Question: What did the pharaohs of ancient Egypt accomplish, and how did they do it?


In art we are learning about warm and cool colors. In music we are continuing to work through our practice book and learn our festival pieces.