Mrs. Whitlock's Weekly Updates

May 2-6

Important Dates

Wednesday, May 4: Muffins with Mom 8:00-8:30AM, School-Wide Maker Faire

Thursday, May 5: STEAM Day

Friday, May 6: Reading Street End of Year Benchmark Assessment, Second Step Summative Assessment

Monday, May 9: American Heroes Quiz

Tuesday, May 10: American Heroes Booklets due

May 10-12: MAP Testing

May 13 – 19: ITBS testing

Wednesday, May 18: Pre-K through 3rd End of Year Picnic

May 23-26: Spirit Week

Monday, May 23: Elementary Talent Show (1:45 PM)

Wednesday, May 25: Last Blast Carnival

Thursday, May 26: Last Day of School, Elementary Award Ceremony (1:30 PM)

Bring your library books on May 3!

This Tuesday, May 3 will have our last class visit to the media center to check out books. The media center will be used for testing the last few weeks of May, so it is very important that your child returns any books that they have checked out! If you are unsure... please email me and I will let you know on Monday what your child has checked out!

Muffins with Mom is May 4!

Moms, we cannot wait to host you for Muffins with Mom this Wednesday, May 4! I have heard from most of you as to whether or not you will be attending. If I haven't heard from you, please email me this weekend so we can get supplies and goodies accordingly!


Our breakfast will be from 8-8:30 AM in the FSA Cafeteria. We will provide coffee, milk, juice, and some breakfast treats, along with the fun surprises our kids have been working on for you! Can't wait to see you there!

STEAM Day needs YOU!

The FSA STEAM Day plays are moving full speed ahead for a great day of learning and fun onThursday May 5th.


We are looking for volunteers to work directly with the kids all day (some half day volunteer spots are also available) and have lots of great opportunities including working with art, fossils, gemstones, building stuff, and more. If you can’t wait to spend STEAM day at FSA, please sign up at http://vols.pt/4SEcEr


If you have specific questions about STEAM day, please contact Alison Gurevich at akgurevich@gmail.com


Thank you!

MAP Testing May 10-12

Here is our MAP testing schedule:

Tuesday, May 10th - Reading Part 1

Wednesday, May 11th - Reading Part 2

Thursday, May 12th - Math


Please make sure your students get a great night of sleep, and eat a healthy breakfast before coming to school on these days!


As we all know, test taking is a skill students have to learn. If you would like your child to be start practicing for the Spring MAP test at home, this is a FABULOUS resource for MAP test taking. Simply click the RIT scores your child falls in and have them work on the different concepts they need to improve on!


READING: http://www.sowashco.org/ro/pages/studentlinks/map/reading.htm

MATH: http://www.sowashco.org/ro/pages/studentlinks/map/

A Peek at Next Week...

Reading/Language Arts: We will be reviewing phonics lessons, sentence structure, and parts of speech. We will have a graded end of year benchmark assessment on Friday. You can use all past weekly tests and homework packets, in addition to the optional homework I sent home this week, to prepare.


Social Studies: We will be looking at the lives of George Washington Carver and Theodore Roosevelt to wrap up our American Heroes unit. We will have a brief mini-assessment on Wednesday over Carver and Friday over Roosevelt. We will have a American Heroes quiz the following Monday. A study guide will be sent home this week. We will be taking a break from science this week to finish our unit in social studies.


Character Education: We will be reviewing the strategies we have learned this year on learning strategies, emotions, emotional management, and problem solving. We will have a brief summative assessment at the end of the week.

Mrs. Melissa Whitlock

First Grade Teacher & Elementary Gifted Coordinator

Fulton Science Academy Private School

Pre-K through High School

Serving Advanced and Gifted Students

INNOVATION, EXCELLENCE, CHARACTER