Woods Weekly

Week of February 8th-12th

Classroom Happenings

Dear Parents/Guardians,


A big thank you to all who ordered from our January Book Order! Our order arrived earlier this week, and we were able to get 7 free books for our classroom library! Plus, every student received a copy of I Survived True Stories: Extreme Weather. Woohoo!! As soon as I get the February book order catalogs, I will send them home because each student has a coupon for 1 free book (up to $5 in value) with a purchase of ten dollars or more. How awesome is that?!?!


Valentine's Day

A letter came home yesterday (Thursday, February 4th) letting you know that students decorated their Valentine's Day bags and are able to bring in Valentine's Day cards/treats. Bringing in cards/treats is not required; however, if students decide to bring something in, there must be enough for everyone. All treats must be packaged and cannot contain nuts. Please view the letter that came home yesterday for a list of student names.

Reminders

Student Council: Cookies and Coffee for Soldiers

Our Student Council is collecting 1 pound bags of ground coffee and packaged cookies for our soldiers through March 18th. If you are willing and able to donate any of these items, please place them on the table by the cafeteria. All donations will be boxed up and sent by The Military Support Group in Indianapolis. Thank you for helping us send the troops a little taste of home!


Spring Music Program:

Central's spring music program will be taking place on April 12th at 7pm. Mr. Meyer will be sending a letter home soon.


Accelerated Reader:

Just like last grading period, Accelerated Reader will count as two reading grades. One grade will be for reading comprehension accuracy; the goal is for students to earn at least 85% accuracy. The other grade will be based on whether your child achieves his/her reading goal. All students have gotten their new goal for the grading period. It can be found in the front cover of their assignment notebook. Please take a look.

Science

We are continuing to discuss different forms of energy. This week, we will be discussing the following energy related topics:


  • mechanical energy
  • heat and the transfer of it from a warmer object to a cooler one.
  • light and its ability to be reflected by some objects but pass through others
  • chemical energy

Social Studies

We are taking a break from social studies. We will pick it up again in March.

Reading

We are entering week 2 of Unit 6. We are continuing to use our connection and cause and effect skills from last week; however, we will now be doing so with the help of Pourquoi Tales. These tales are often meant to explain why something is the way it is. For example, Why is the sky blue?

Students will take their Unit 6 test on Thursday.

Math

We will be exploring the following topics as we continue our geometry and measurement unit:


  • lines of symmetry (review)
  • rotational symmetry (review)
  • 3-Dimensional Shapes--names and properties
  • volume

Writing

We have been looking on the following skill areas:
  • sticking to the topic
  • writing in logical order
  • using different sentence patterns
  • incorporating WOW! words
  • using our 5 senses to include more description
  • engaging with the audience

After discussing these writing areas with students, they are gaining more perspective on what they need to work on within their own writing. It is amazing to see their confidence increase and their writing grow stronger!

Spelling

Students will be tested over all 10 Core Words. Then, I will choose 10 of the Test Words to give them on Friday. For the last word, students have to write the sentence that I say using the spelling word. I take a writing score for their sentence based on spelling, capitalization, and punctuation.


***Because we don't have school on Friday, we will be taking our test on Thursday.***

Core Words

  1. certain

  2. frighten

  3. garden

  4. margin

  5. kitten

  6. cannon

  7. pumpkin

  8. common

  9. sharpen

  10. pardon


Test Words

  1. raisin

  2. salmon

  3. bargain

  4. heaven

  5. napkin

  6. prison

  7. cotton

  8. cousin

  9. dragon

  10. swollen

  11. villain

  12. gelatin

  13. fountain

  14. weapon

  15. apron

Important Dates to Remember:

February 12th: Mid-Winter Break/ No School

February 15th: President's Day/ No School

Specials and Lunch/Recess Schedule

Monday: Library

Tuesday: Music and Gym

Wednesday: Music and Gym

Thursday: Computers

Friday: Art


Lunch: 12:20-12:50

Recess: 12:50-1:20

Conferences

If you would like to set up a conference with me to discuss your child's progress, please email or call me. I am available 3:30-4:00 pm on Tuesdays and 8:00-8:30 am on Thursdays. If those days and times do not work for you, please let me know and we will find another time to meet.