Ross / Ellis Weekly Newsletter

February 5, 2016

"Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude."

– Thomas Jefferson

World's Largest Dab!

Blackburn students gathered in the gym this morning to participate in the “World’s Largest Dab”. Students enjoyed showing their Panther Pride! Dave Faherty from WSOCTV Eyewitness News was there to cover the event. Look for us on the news!

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Science Center Fun

What Will We Be Learning This Week?


We will begin our unit on Decimals next week. Students will learn the place value of numbers through the hundredths place. They will learn to read decimals and will begin comparing them.


Thanks so much to those of you who came to help out at the Science Center on Tuesday! The kids had a great time and we appreciate your time very much.

Next week, we will begin our unit on Rocks and Minerals. Students will record what they already know about rocks and minerals and discuss properties of rocks and minerals.

Language Arts

We will read a short book in our guided reading groups on rocks and minerals to support Ms. Ellis' rocks and minerals unit that she is beginning this week in science.

There will not be any spelling this week due to the Success Celebration on Monday.

Social Studies

We will be learning about the history of transportation in North Carolina. Also, please email either Ms. Ellis or Mr. Ross with the subject "Keep Pounding!" for a free homework pass for your child.

Odds & Ends

Valentine's Day

If your child would like to bring in Valentine cards or a Valentine mailbox, he/she is welcome to do so. We ask that if you choose to send in cards, please include all students in your child’s homeroom class. Valentines can be sent in on Friday, February 12th. We will have a snack and deliver Valentines at some point on that day. Thanks so much!

Grandfather Mountain Field Trip

Just another reminder that you must have a background check on file in our front office if you would like to chaperone our Grandfather Mountain field trip on April 12th. Background checks are good for 2 years from the time of approval, and I am finding that some of your checks have expired. To check to see if your background check is current, please email Debbie Meyers at or call her in the front office at 466.7065. If you would like a form to have a check completed, let Ms. Ellis know and we will send an application home with your child. This takes several weeks to process, so please fill one out as soon as possible!

Upcoming Events

Feb. 8 - 2nd Quarter Success Celebration

Feb. 15 – This is now a student school day due to the recent snow days.

Feb. 16 – Lego Night 6:30pm in Gym

Feb. 23 – Progress Reports

Mar. 2 – Read Across America Day

Mar. 3-7 – Spring Book Fair

Mar. 8 – PDQ Night 5-9pm

Mar. 9 – Battle of the Books Competition (Hickory Metro Center)

Mar. 18 – March Madness Dance

Mar. 25 – No School – Teacher Workday

Mar. 28 – Apr. 1 No School – Easter Break