Hawker-Shipley Newsletter

February 5, 2016

What's Up in the Classroom?


Students continue to work on persuasive essays. Students are writing support for their thesis and we will be drafting our piece next week.


We are on to our measurement chapter and it is important for your student to be practicing their conversions (metric/customary) each night on their homework. To supplement homework please use the Splash Math app on the iPad. The expectation for the assessment is that your child can accurately convert metric system measurements/customary system measurements. Ex: 5m = ___ cm or 5 ft = ___ in. and also be able to complete word problems involving the conversion process. (They have a "Cheat Sheet" on page S1 and S2 in the back of their math books! )

Reading/Language Arts

Summarizing and Theme of Literature continues to be a focus for us this week. We will spend time working on this concept over the next couple of weeks. Students also worked on a Wonderopolis piece and had to summarize an article and make a chatterpix about their piece. Ask to see your child's work. Click on the elephant to see Ms. Shipley's work!


Motion is our current focus and we are having so much fun! Students have been exploring friction, force and air resistance. They are taking notes in their ipad so they have a guide to study from for the final test. Students should go onto BrainPop and BrainPopJr. and check out the videos on Pushes and Pulls, Acceleration and Force. We will be working with Spheros in this unit! Click here for a look at what Spheros are!

Valentines Day

Parents and Students:

We will have a class Valentines exchange and small celebration on Friday February 12th. If you’re sending valentines please send one for each classmate. You may also bring a ‘mailbox’ or gift bag for your valentines.

Parents: Please let me know if you’re able/interested in sending in a snack/drink for the class on this day!

Please email me if you have any questions!



Notes From The Teacher

School Highlights

Jump Rope for Heart Donation Envelopes Due Monday!

Donation envelopes are due on Monday, February 8. Please turn them in to your classroom or PE teacher.
Also, congratulations to Forest Glen second grader Abby Buchinger who won the Jump Rope for Heart Raffle and will eating lunch with GLENDA!

Candy sale order forms were sent home this week! Sale runs through Wednesday, February 24. Products will be available for pick up on Tuesday, March 15 from 3pm-6pm. Need an order form? Click here!

Items available consist of gift boxes of assorted chocolates, meltaways and caramels. Easter products of butter fudge eggs and solid milk chocolate bunnies or lambs and of course signature coffees!

Questions or to volunteer for sorting on March 15, please contact Kathy Schommer at 434-8871.

Help Forest Glen win a visit from author, Jan Brett! Just click on the image above to cast your vote! Get your family, friends and neighbors involved! Voting ends April 4, 2016!


This is your chance to have your artwork on the cover of this years Memory book!

What you need to do is:

  • Get a white 8 ½ x 11 vertical piece of paper
  • Use crayons, markers, colored pencils or a combination of the three
  • Include “Forest Glen” and 2015-2016 somewhere on your drawing
  • Write your name and grade in pencil on the BACK of the drawing
  • Turn in your entries into your teacher or the office by Thursday, February 11

Have fun and be creative!

Also, If you have or will be taking pictures of events happening at Forest Glen, please email them to forestglenptohistorian@gmail.com and include grade, teacher and description of event along with your pictures! Pictures will be considered for printing in our annual school memory book.

Any questions? Please contact Tammy Colassacco,colassacco@yahoo.com

Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences Begin Next Week!

Conferences are set for the dates and times listed below.

  • Thursday, February 11
  • Tuesday, February 16

Conferences are scheduled using the online system TEESO. The registration window is open now through midnight Tuesday, February 9. Parents schedule a 15 minute time slot with their classroom and special education, ELL and/or speech teacher(s) if applicable. Other staff members are also available for a separate 15 minute time slot if desired. Click here for instructions on how to schedule! If you do not have internet access to schedule, please contact the school office at 662-7958. All parents are strongly encouraged to attend a conference with their child's teacher. If you would like to schedule a time with a literacy specialist, GT teacher or school counselor, please contact them directly to schedule a time. Their contact information can be found in the staff directory linked here.

Also, Forest Glen will be hosting its annual Spring Book Fairin Pod C during parent teacher conferences. The book fair will be open at 3:00pm-8:00pm. Join us for our Grand Eventon Wednesday, February 10 from 7:30am-8:30am! Click here for more information and RSVP form!

Please plan on attending our fair to help us put more books in the hands of our students at school and Forest Glen families at home, by connecting kids with books they want to read! All profit dollars earned from the book fair benefit Forest Glen by providing our students and teachers with opportunities to use those dollars to purchase books and build classroom libraries.

We're using VolunteerSpot to organize volunteers for the book fair. If you are willing to volunteer, please follow the steps below. Thanks in advance for your time and help!

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our Sign-Up on VolunteerSpot:http://vols.pt/swaU8q
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.