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December 1, 2014

News from the CORE Classes

Social Studies

The kids did a fantastic job in hosting the WBES students in our room when they shared their Native American PBLs. We are starting a short unit on European Exploration and early settlements before our break. We are also going to begin a novel study based on the book The Sign of the Beaver. Top gun Geography Bee will be this Monday.


We are continuing with Light Energy this week. The students will have a Light Vocabulary Test tomorrow, Wednesday, and the Light Energy Test one day next week. We will be growing crystals the weekbefore the break. The students will each need a glass jar for this experiment. Wide mouth jars work the best.


Sharing and Caring items are due Friday.

ONSC Parent Meeting is Thursday.

Dress Like an Elf Day is Friday, December 19

Don’t forget to turn in Box Tops for Education. Please trim them before turning them in.

January 20 & 21---Kendrick & Anderson to ONSC

January 22 & 23---Shin & Holt to ONSC

Math with Mrs. Holt

The kids are doing a unit on adding fractions. They are also drawing models to illustrate the process of adding fractions. Please continue to finish you 20 minutes of Moby Math per week.

Math with Mrs. Bainbridge

We will continue to work on division and equal sharing problems with whole numbers. We will finish our Unit 1 Test on Monday, November 17. We will have multiplication homework for the week. Please remember to do 20 to 40 minutes of Moby Max homework by Thursday. We will have our Thanksgiving break with no school on Monday, November 24 -28.

Literacy with Mrs. Kendrick

Our newly designed reading logs will begin next week. This week we are starting back up with our old logs. 100+ minutes a week is what is recommended for 5th grade. We are balancing our day with a fictional read-a-loud using Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli and our biography of Norman Rockwell. We’ll review similes/metaphors, prefix un-, and comprehension strategies.

News from BFMS and Community

BFMS Dates to Remember…

December 1-17: 1000 Books for 1000 Readers Book Drive (see attachment)

December 3: Bright Field and Stream Club

December 4: Math Counts Club

December 4: ONCS Parent Meeting 6 p.m.

Weekly Happenings…


Giving Tree Club 7:15

Computer Club 2:45-4:00


FCA 7:15


Lunch Bunch Book Club

“1,000 Books for 1,000 Readers!”

This book drive, initiated by the Bentonville Public Library’s Student and Teen Advisory Boards, collects children and teen books at Bright Field Middle School during Dec 1st through Dec 17th. Books will be delivered to local non-profit groups that serve children, teens and families. With so many youth in our community in need of basic literacy skills, we hope this book drive will get books into the hands of the underserved youth. The books will be for use in the institutions and to distribute to residents as appropriate.

Here is who we have confirmed to receive books:

  • CASA (Could use up to 600!)

  • Salvation Army (about 50)

  • Children’s Advocacy Center (any amount)

  • Children’s Shelter of NWA (any amount)

  • The Call (Arkansas Foster Care Group) (Would like 200-250 books)

Please consider donated your gently used books to this project.

Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Year Nominee form is due December 5. Please see the attached form for more information.

BFMS Odyssey of the Mind

I will be helping to coach a BFMS Odyssey of the Mind team this year. Odyssey of the Mind is a program involving creative problem solving. We will be holding tryouts in my classroom on Tuesday, Nov. 18 until 4:30 p.m. If your child is interested in joining the team, please have him/her stop by my classroom this Friday, Nov. 14, to pick up an information packet and permission form.

If you have questions, please contact me or Mrs. Orum (TREC) at or


Kristie Calohan


SPOTS ARE STILL AVAILABLE! Summer 2015 Washington DC ….

There are still spots open for the Washington DC summer 2015 educational tour. If you would like to have your child experience a hands-on, once in a life time experience with history sign them up to participate in a summer educational tour! Your child will visit Washington DC June 25th-28th and have a jam packed time touring many of the museums, monuments, memorials and other historical places in DC. Many of the places we tour are part of the 5th/6th grade curriculum. What a better way to experience history, than in one of the most historical places in the US. For more information, contact Amy Heffington

You may want to hurry. Official registration opened Oct. 21st and this trip is only open to the first 45 students who sign up and pay the registration fee. Get your child's spot guaranteed quickly! Parents are also able to purchase a spot and attend with their student.

Like Kids on a Bus on Facebook to see albums of past years in DC. You will be able to see just what your child will experience, read parent reviews, and see just how informed you will stay with the tour leader at all times.

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