Ms. Kilar's Class

Friday, December 19, 2014

January Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent teacher conferences are coming up again in January. Please take a moment to schedule a conference with me. You may use the link below or contact Mrs. Zoerner in the office at 5260-4500.

Friday Folders

I did not send Friday folders home this week. There were no notes and only a few graded papers. I figured parents could do without them for break.


This week in writing we started working on persuasive writing. Students thought of three ideas for writing and drafted to persuasive letters...mostly to their parents!!!! We talked about writing a topic sentences and providing strong evidence to support their issue.

We also learned about adverbs and relative adverbs, and we continued to work on pronouns from last week.


We reviewed plot and setting. Students identified the theme in their personal reading book and shared it with the class. We also finished our unit on identifying and empathizing with a character. We have been reading "Tiger Rising" by Kate DiCammillo. The students have had a lot of good discussion about this book along the way and were quite surprised by the end.


This week students continued to work on multiplication of two 2-digit numbers with a concentration on solving "real world" problems requiring multiple steps and multiple operations. The children are finding that careful reading, and rereading, along with accurate computation are critical to solving these challenging problems. Math Homework: Practice Math Facts over break!


This week we discussed the importance of wolves in an ecosystem by viewing a short video about "How Wolves Changed Rivers." We enjoyed a wildlife program called Water, Woods and Wildlife from Mackinaw Historic Parks on Wednesday, in which we learned how important animals, birds and our watershed are in Michigan. Cheri Leach returned on Thursday to do STEM to go activities that focused on engineering.

Social Studies

This week in social studies we discussed how geographic features influence the way people live and where they live. We learned about the fall line on the Appalachian Mountains and the importance of port cities in the Southeast. Students took their chapter 6 and 7 test. When we return from break we will begin our mini-society unit and study economics.


There will be no homework over break. We will resume homework and spelling the week we get back from break. The next spelling test will not be until Jan. 16!!!

We are encouraging students to continue to read a self selected reading book for 20 minutes a night. Also, practice math and math facts using Moby Max and Splash Math.

Thank you

We had a wonderful Christmas breakfast! A huge thanks to Shannon and John Wilson for organizing the breakfast and cooking the eggs. Another huge thanks to Koko and Bob Mogford for making and cooking the pancakes. Thanks to the Kruzels, and Parsons families for sending in supplies for the breakfast. Thanks of the Fisher family for sending in cupcakes.

Thanks also to Kate Kloss, Jen Blancato and Rebecca Parsons for helping students make their angels last week. They turned out great!!

Thank you to all the families for sending in supplies for the Little Traverse Bay Humane Society. The students enjoyed giving back and we collected a ton of stuff.

Upcoming Events

  • Jan. 5- School Resumes
  • Jan. 6 - Camp permission slip and payment due
  • Jan. 22-23 - Camp Wolverine
  • Jan. 28-29 - Parent Teacher Conferences

Special's Schedule

  • Monday - Library
  • Tuesday - Music
  • Wednesday - Art and P.E.
  • Thursday - Library
  • Friday - Music