Ms. Then's Newsletter

February 11th

Important Dates

  • Second Payment for Washington DC now due- $100.00 (online payment available)

  • After school Arts Classes pick up is 4:30.
  • 2/15- Muddy Sneakers Field Trip to Weaver Park & Class Valentine's Day Party- 1:00
  • 2/19- Early Release Day-- Changed to Full Day!
  • 2/22- No School- Required Work Day
  • 2/25- Tea & Talk with the Superintendent for Claxton Families in the Media Center
  • 3/1- PTO/Parent Meeting 6 pm at the Grant Center
  • 3/13- Daylight Saving Time begins
  • 3/15- Annual Chicken Dinner and Math Carnival 5:30-7
  • 3/18- 7:00pm - 11:00pm "Light the Night" Auction
  • 3/19- Spring Grounds Workday at Claxton
  • 3/25- 4/3 Spring Break
  • 4/5- PTO/Parent Meeting 6 pm at Burton Street Center
  • 4/6-4/8- Washington DC Field Trip Depart at 6:00AM
  • 4/29-5/1 -Spring Musical Production
  • 5/2-5/6- Teacher Appreciation Week
  • 5/12-5/15- LEAF Festival
  • 5/24-6/7 -EOG Testing window
  • Valentine's Day

    We will exchange cards and treats on Monday after our Muddy Sneakers field trip. A class list has been sent home.

    Welcome Ms. Brown to our Media Center

    Hey there Ms. Then!

    Just wanted to say how impressed I was with your class when they came in today. They're a sweet group of kids and were so very well-behaved. Glad y'all could come down! Always a pleasure to have a group like that!

    Currently working on

    Currently in reading, we are working on recognizing Literary Elements. When we read, we often recognize common elements of a story that include plot, character, setting, and theme. We use these elements to help us infer what will happen next. As readers, when we identify and understand these elements, we store this information to help us remember and comprehend what the story is about. Literary elements work together to form the story and make it interesting. We learn literary elements separately, but we combine them when reading to give us a better understanding of the story. It is through exposure and practice that readers become good at using these elements to comprehend text.


    How can you help your child with this strategy at home?

    1. When reading a story with your child or when they read independently, discuss the character. Begin by asking your child who or what the story is about.

    2. After determining the character, see if your child is able to tell you where and when the story occurs. Ask your child how they were able to determine the setting? Did he/she use pictures, words, or infer to establish the setting?

    3. Continue to discuss with your child important events that occur in the story. Ask your child what the problem is in the story and how the problem was solved.

    4. Conclude the story by talking about the theme of the story. The theme is the underlying message, or meaning, of the story. Encourage your child to use what they know about the characters, setting, and plot to help determine the theme.


    Thank you for your continued support at home!

    Homework Updates

    Unfinished math work will be sent home to be completed. Students are required complete the assignment for homework and have a parent signature. Assignments are due the next day.


    Thursday- Homework Packets are sent home.

    Students should read at least 30 minutes and complete part of the math packet. Review science vocabulary and create flash cards for the following words: Anatomy, aorta, artery, autonomic, blood vessels, capillary, cardiovascular system, circulate, circulatory system, heart, pulmonary artery, pulse, valve, vein, ventricle.


    Friday-Students should read at least 30 minutes and complete part of the math packet.


    Saturday & Sunday

    Students should continue to read nightly in order to build habits of a lifelong reader. Consider some of these activities to support what your student is learning in class.


    • Math Talk- Find area or perimeter. Measure the sides of everyday objects and find the perimeter or the area.
    • Perimeter formula L + L + W + W = P
    • Area formula L X W = Area
    • Science Vocabulary- Review flashcards with your child.
    • Washington DC Exhibits - Follow this link to explore exhibits we will be visiting in Washington DC http://www.nps.gov/kowa/index.htm


    Monday- Students should read at least 30 minutes and complete part of the math packet.


    Tuesday- Students should read at least 30 minutes and complete part of the math packet.


    Wednesday -Students should read at least 30 minutes and complete part of the math packet. Please sign your child's agenda to show they have been reading for at least 30 minutes each evening.


    • Thursday homework packet and flash cards are due. (No Flash cards this week!)
    • Guidelines suggest limiting nightly homework to 50 minutes for fifth graders.
    • As students complete reading a book they will then write book reviews into their reading journal during class.
    • Follow the links below for help with math homework. (The lesson number on the homework page will direct you to which video to watch)

    Transition to Asheville Middle School

    On Wednesday, your student met with Jesse Pit and Mark Ackerman to review Exploratory Registration for 6th grade. A registration sheet has been sent home to be reviewed and signed with a parent.

    6th Grade Exploratories 2014-15