Ms. Arnold's Weekly News

Week of 2-15-16

Our Class Motto: Perseverance

"Being persistent & never giving up!"

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March Lock-In

Dear Parents,

We are hosting a third grade lock- in on March 11th. The proceeds from the lock-in will go to a few different third grade activities. These include bringing the "Bat's in Schools" program here to go along with our Animals Unit in Science. We are in need of three volunteer parents per classroom to volunteer that night and you have been selected!!! We would need you here from 5:30-9:30. You may also bring your child to the lock-in with you for free. You would be assigned a specific area to supervise. For example: an activity room, the computer lab, sign in-sign out, etc. Please let me know ASAP if you are available to help out. It would be truly appreciated.


Third grade Teachers

3rd Grade Carnival Baskets

We are looking for donations for our 3rd grade Carnival basket. Our theme this year is "family fun night"!!!

Classroom News

No School: Mon, February 15th!!

Spring Picture Day: Tues, February 16th

Keicher Crazy Cowboy Night (PTO Fundraiser): Thurs, Feb 18th @ 6pm

Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum Trip: Mon, March 14th

3rd grade music program: Tues, March 15th @ 2:30 & 6:30

MC Carnival Night: Fri, March 18th

(NEW) Fact Practice: It is encouraged that students practice their multiplication daily 10 min and/or 3-5 times a week for a longer stretch of time.


Math homework: As I mentioned at conferences, I have chosen to "flip" my classroom in math. Homework each night is a video of the next day's lesson. Students are expected to watch the lesson each night and follow along on their lesson page. I provide the information that is being practiced the day. Students will get classroom time to work independently and get help while working. Getting this lesson as homework has already shown "significant" gains in participation, effort, and accuracy on daily work. I highly encourage the video lesson be done each night! Thanks for patience and support!

Educreations Videos:

It can be downloaded on Ipads and/or you can log in with the use of the Internet by going to the login page for Educreations. Once logged in the videos will come up immediately.

Students will have to login using their own username and password. Videos must be taken care of before school the next day. Videos need to be 100% watched and lessons must be signed!

McGraw-Hill Connected Resource: Parents/Students can log in to McGraw-Hill connected to view and use our Treasures Reading Book as well as our My Math Book, lessons, HW, videos, etc.

How do you log in? Go to

Login is: keicher27

Password is: cardinals3

Reading: Anytime students can read 20+ minutes a night I encourage it!

Classroom Learning Time

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Our Focus Points

Reading / Language Arts

Students are continuing to work through each of our Daily 5 rotations...Read to Someone, Teacher Time, Listening, Nonfiction Reading, and Writing. As well as learning "partner fluency" routines and using various reading skills/strategies we focused on throughout the week. Read to Self Time is a priority every day as well!

Math (Unit 7: Multiplication and Division)

*Unit test on Tuesday

*Begin next unit on Wednesday


Students continue to gather stories in their writer's notebooks as well as build/draft/edit informational papers. Paragraph development and grammar skills continue to be a focus point too.

This Week's Spelling Words (test on Friday)

Spelling List #14

1. coy

2. soil

3. foil

4. toil

5. coins

6. point

7. noise

8. loyal

9. boiled

10. spoiled

11. enjoys

12. voice

13. choice

14. soybean

15. joyful

16. noisy

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Weekly Specials and Nightly Homework

Monday: Computers; Music; Math Homework; Study spelling; Red folders come home

Tuesday: Gym; Math Homework; Study spelling words; Red folders come home

Wednesday: Computers; Math Homework; Study spelling; Red folders come home

Thursday: Gym; Math Homework; Study spelling; Red folders come home

Friday: No specials; Spelling test; facts test (addition/subtraction AND multiplication);

Red folders come home; new spelling list comes home

***3-4 days a week study +- facts for 10 min

(Study with online games or apps; flashcards; etc...)

***Read, read, read!!!!!

Take Advantage of the Technology


*Scratch or Tynker



*Learn Zillion

*Cool Math


*Storyline online



*Front Row Math


*Write About

*Book Talks with Chatterpix

*Mad Libs



*Word games

*Mrs. Barnes Useful Links

*McGraw-Hill Connected


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Lego Club News

Lego Club Team 1 and 2: This Wednesday from 3:30-4:30

-Shirts are ordered and should be in anytime!

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Keicher News




16 Spring Pictures

17 Credit Union

Little Caesar’s Pizza Kits Pick-up – Keicher West Gym – 3:30 – 6:00 p.m.

23 Michigan Center Community Food Pantry – 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

24 Credit Union Day

5th Grade Project Night – Living Wax Museum – 6:00 – 7:00 P.M.

26 Popcorn Today – Bigger Size - $1.00

27 Baseball/Softball Sign-ups – High School – 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – During Basketball Tournament

29 Bible Release – 2:10 – 3:10 p.m.


2 Credit Union Day

7 Good News Club – Permission Slips week before

5th Grade Parent Band Meeting – Part 1 – Keicher West Cafeteria – 6:30 p.m.

8 Michigan Center Community Food Pantry – 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

9 Credit Union Day

10 4th Grade Music Program – Keicher West Gym – 2:30 and 6:30 p.m.

11 End of Trimester 2

Keicher Student Lock-in – More information later

14 School Board Meeting – MCHS – 7:00 p.m.

3rd Grade to Hands on Museum – 8:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

15 3rd Grade Music Program – Keicher West Gym – 2:30 and 6:30 p.m.

16 Credit Union Day

Spelling Bee – Western Community Arts Center – 6:00 p.m.

18 Carnival – More information to come

21 5th Grade Parent Band Meeting – Part 2 – Keicher West Cafeteria – 6:30 p.m.

22 Michigan Center Community Food Pantry – 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

23 Credit Union Day

24 Popcorn Today – Bigger Size - $1.00


30 Credit Union Day

1. SNOW DAYS – With our “Global Connect” automatic calling, you should receive a phone call if school is called off due to the weather. Please make sure we have a working number for you on file.

2. SPRING PICTURE DAY will be Tuesday, February 16th. All students will be photographed. Please notify your child’s teacher if you do not want an individual portrait taken of your child. Package information sheets were sent home last week. Just send the form with your child on picture day with your background chosen. Pictures will be sent home for your review before buying. If you choose not to buy, pictures need to be returned to the office.


3. We have many students missing a lot of days of instruction. Your support in encouraging good attendance and assisting students with homework is greatly appreciated. We do understand that illness does occur. We are still receiving reports of strep throat, flu, and colds. Thank you for keeping us informed by calling us whenever your student is absent. Doctor or Dentist notes are needed for an excused absence, preferably the day the student returns to school.

4. The MICHIGAN CENTER COMMUNITY FOOD PANTRY will be open every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 6:30 –

7:30 p.m. The pantry is located at the west end of Keicher. Follow the signs through the Pre-School playground gate. See dates above.

MCYL Baseball and Softball Competitive Tryouts

Saturday, March 5th

Old Gym

Michigan Center High School

League age determination is as follows:

Softball: Age as of December 31, 2015

Baseball: Age as of April 30, 2016

12u Boys’ Competitive Baseball Tryouts: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

10u Boys’ Competitive Baseball Tryouts: 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

10u Girls’ Competitive Softball Tryouts: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

12u Girls’ Competitive Softball Tryouts: 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Email Lisa Haynes at or text her at 517-937-6542, if you have any questions.

You’re Invited

Project Night 2016

Living Wax Museum

Breathe Life into Biographies

Who: 5th Grade Students, Teachers, Families, and Guests

What: Living Wax Museum

Where: Keicher Elementary Gym

When: Wednesday, February 24th

Time: 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Come walk through our Living Wax Museum and listen to monologues on their historical person.

***Just a tap on the shoulder will get a response***

All are welcome!

MC Little League

It’s Time for

Baseball and Softball and T-Ball

Registration and Tryouts!

All kids ages 4-14 (as of April 30, 2016 for boys and December 31, 2015 for girls) need to REGISTER by March 10 to avoid late fee (no exceptions).

When: Please register your player at one of the following:

Wednesday, January 27th, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. during wrestling meet at High School

Saturday, February 6th, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. during basketball tournament at High School (Qualify for early bird drawing.)

Saturday, February 27th, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. during basketball tournament at High School

Cost: Bring cash or check:

T-ball (ages 4-5) $25

Coach pitch (ages 6-8) $40

Minors (ages 9-10) $60 (additional fees for competitive teams)

Majors (ages 11-12) $60 (additional fees for competitive teams)

Koufax Boys (ages 13-14) $110 (refunded if cut from team)

Travel Girls (ages 13-14) $110 (refunded if cut from team)


Girls & Boys Competitive Team Tryouts coming soon!

Look for announcements regarding dates and times coming home from school and on the MCYL Facebook page.

Questions? Contact Lisa Haynes (937-6542)

Ms. Arnold

I send home Remind messages daily. Please contact me with the chat feature on Remind at any time, send me a note, an email, call, or stop in. My door is always open!