Ms. Sizemore's Class News

Monday, January 18

Upcoming Events

Monday, January 18: MLK Jr. Holiday (No School)

Monday, January 18: MLK Jr. Peace March and Rally @ 11:30

Tuesday, January 19: Teacher Workday (No School for Students)

Friday, January 22: Pasta Dinner Fundraiser for the IDES Garden @ 5:00

Saturday, January 23: Hot Chocolate 10K @ 9:00

Thursday, February 4: Camp Greenville Information Session @ 5:30

Friday, February 19: Early Release @ 12:00

Monday, February 22: Teacher Workday (No School for Students)

Friday, March 11: Early Release @ 12:00

Happy New Year!

It is so wonderful to have our son's surgery behind us. We had more follow-up care than we expected because he developed fluid around his heart. That issue has resolved itself and now he has more energy than ever before. Our cardiologist here in Asheville said the surgery was impeccable, which was a wonderful thing for us to hear. Mrs. Bolinger, our guest teacher, bragged about how wonderful the kids were in my absence, which was also wonderful to hear. They gave me such a warm welcome when I returned last Friday.

I have not had the opportunity to see all of you in person, but I wanted to say thank you for the class gift that was presented to me before Winter Break. It was such a thoughtful and much needed gift. I was touched and slightly overwhelmed by your generosity. Charlotte (Maya's mom) unsuccessfully attempted to take a video, but it was mostly me tearing up and saying thank you over and over again. I also appreciate your understanding and concern about my son's surgery. No matter what is happening in the broader world of education, my Dickson peers, students and families constantly create a bubble where teaching is still fun and worthwhile.

I am glad to be back at school and in a more regular schedule. Thursday, we read Brave Irene and Snowflake Bentley , drank hot chocolate and did snow-inspired projects. The students created winter landscapes, made crystallized snowflakes and cut out lots of paper snowflakes we will use to decorate our classroom. This was our our version of a snow day at school.

In math, we are finishing up our unit on area. Throughout this unit, students have been reinforcing what they have learned about multiplication and preparing for our upcoming unit on division. Students are also learning to skip count by larger numbers (6, 7, 8, 9, etc.) and how to analyze number patterns. In reading, we are reviewing nonfiction text conventions (photographs, captions, headings, diagrams, etc.) and learning how to recognize different text structures (descriptive, problem/solution, cause/effect, compare/contrast, etc.) In writing, students are working on argumentative writing. Because we are halfway through the year, we will also take time to set some goals for the remainder of the year, which will fly by!

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Martin Luther King Jr. Peace March and Rally

If you are looking for a way to honor Martin Luther King Jr. and the spirit of his work, consider the MLK Jr. Peace March and Rally, Monday, Jan. 18 at 11:30 a.m. at St. James AME Church, 44 Hildebrand St.; 12:00 Noon march to City-County Plaza.

Camp Greenville

We are beginning to prepare for our Third Grade overnight field trip. We are going to Camp Greenville on April 14th and 15th, 2016. We will be participating in educational opportunities that are aligned with our third-grade curriculum, as well as opportunities for community building. We are excited about this field trip and we will hold an information session on February 4th at 5:30 pm. We will meet in the library and go over the schedule, groups, sleeping arrangements and any questions/ concerns you may have. The cost of the trip is $90.00 and it is due March 18th, unless you have made other arrangements. We will have scholarships or partial scholarships available for anyone who requests one. We encourage those who can, to send extra money in order to provide scholarships and ensure that all expenses are covered. If anyone is interested in helping with fundraising opportunities, please let me know. Stephanie Root (Ella's mom) and Scott Barnwell (Luna's dad) have both offered to go with our class. Thank you for supporting us in this awesome endeavor!

About Camp Greenville

For 100 years, Camp Greenville has been owned and operated by the YMCA of Greenville. Its unique mountaintop setting and adventurous programs make for unforgettable experiences that provide a lifetime of memories. Camp Greenville has an educational component during the school year. The Environmental Education program offers participants the opportunity for hands-on learning experiences about the natural world around them in their 1600 acre outdoor classroom. The program is open to elementary age youth through eighth grade. Their aim is to help students find out more about the outdoors and themselves through thoughtful learning opportunities. For more information go to


  • Thanks to Maya's family for providing snack this week.
  • Thanks to Nora and her mom, Bonnie, for helping me clean the classroom before the Winter Break.