Hassels' Headlines

Dec. 11th, 2015

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PAWS Pride- The PAWS Pride lesson this week focused on following directions in the classroom. A big part of our day is spent using technology. We reviewed the importance of listening to directions when on the Chromebook during independent work and whole group instruction, even when playing a game or listening to music may be more appealing.

Holiday Grab Bag- The students are so excited about this activity! The gifts are due on Wednesday, Dec. 16th. Please make sure the gift is wrapped and labeled with the receiver's name. The sender needs to describe themselves on the label but NOT reveal their name. It is a secret!

Five Below Fundraiser- The PTA is doing a fundraiser at Five Below. You can shop Dec. 11th-Dec.13th and 10% of the total dollars spent will be donated back to the PTA! This would be a great place to shop for the Grab Bag gifts:) Click the link below for more details about this fundraiser. Happy Shopping!

Click here to read more about the Five Below fundraiser.

Important Dates

Dec.16th- Holiday Grab Bag gift due

Dec. 17th- Holiday Party 1:15-2:15

Dec. 18th- Last day of school before Winter Break

Jan. 4th- First day of school after break

Subject Snapshots


Unit 2 Review Week


Unit 5- Big Numbers, Estimation and Computation



Reward Jar Celebration

The students moved to level 2 on our reward this week! The reward they chose was to eat lunch in the classroom and have me bring in a special treat. On Thursday we had a fabulous time eating lunch in the classroom by the "fire" and singing holiday carols. We used the "Cocomotion" machine to make hot chocolate and marshmallow snowman straws. Lots of fun was had by all! Check out the pictures below:)

Hour of Code!

This week we started Hour of Code. Hour of Code is a website where you can make a character move by moving blocks that say things like ''move forward'' or ''turn right''.There are 4 themes. They are Minecraft, Tynker, Combat, and Star Wars. If we finish our work in the morning, we can code.Same with daily five. When she does Global Read Aloud, we can code while she reads. By Kate

Our students participated in the Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week this week. They just LOVED it! Last year, 15 million students tried computer science in one week. This year, we joined students worldwide to reach 100 million students! For more information go to http://hourofcode.com/us

Ask your child all about it! See pictures below.

The Conley Library Wants Your Picture...

Take a "selfie" with your favorite book and bring in a 4x6 copy of the picture to the LRC in the month of December.

We will post the pictures on the LRC Bulletin board after winter break as part of our "Instagram" display.

If you bring in a picture with a book you will get a scratch n sniff Holiday book mark from your favorite librarians!

They can bring the books in with them to their normal library time or an open checkout time. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Young Authors

District 158 Young Author’s

Does your child like to write? The Young Author’s program is a great opportunity for our Kindergarten through 8th grade students. The students who participate will have their books judged. One book will be chosen to represent each school in the state conference on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. Entries will be due to your child’s school by February 26th. Watch for more information to come in newsletters and on Haiku.

Click here to read more about the Young Authors Program.

School Store

Our School Store is open every Tuesday and the students really enjoy finding and purchasing fun treasures and school supplies. If you are looking for a Christmas idea you can purchase a School Store gift certificate for your child. Click on the link below for more details.

Click here to learn how to purchase a School Store gift certificate.


Yearbooks can be ordered ONLINE ONLY @ YBPay.lifetouch.com with the Yearbook ID Code : 10091016

Yearbooks are $15 again this year and will be on sale at least through January.

Girls on the Run

Would you be interested in helping to build the confidence of the young girls at Conley and have fun doing this? If so, you need to consider becoming a coach for Girls on the Run. Being a coach is easy, rewarding, and you don't have to run! Check out the website to learn more information about this great program!



In writing, we worked on a Persuasive essay. Mrs. Hassels read us a book that was a Persuasive essay. Then we pretended that we were reindeer, going on strike. So, we had to make three demands that would make pulling Santa's sleigh worth it plus, you had to explain why you would want it. We brainstormed some examples of some demands. Then, we brainstormed some strong lead sentences. Finally we brainstormed some strong finishes. My example was, if you don't give me my three demands, the world will never be jolly. Then, we started writing our Persuasive essay! With some hot chocolate, we were writing and had to write the essay in whatever style you have the neatest handwriting. Mine is cursive, so I had to write cursive, it is not an option. We also had fun paper to do our essay on. If you filled up the paper you get another lined piece of paper to finish your Persuasive essay. This was a really fun and exiting writing project.


Jonas Brown


Our new unit in science is energy. On Monday we, discussed different types of energy such as, kinetic, potential, thermal and solar energy. Along with the types of energy we learned terms like, speed,stored energy, how energy travels through things, how it can move and the force. We watched 2 videos about energy during car crashes, and their effects. Then, we also watched a video about energy, and how it works. Then on Tuesday we watched a video about the five main types of energy. Those five main types of energy are, mechanical, electric, nuclear, heat and chemical energy. We also learned the definition of work, it is done when a force is applied to an object, and the object moves, or stops moving, or changes direction. On Wednesday we watched 2 Brain Pop videos about potential and kinetic energy, and we took notes and learned five new definitions of words. Finally on Friday we cut out cards and put them into 2 different groups, kinetic or potential. As you can see, we are having fun in science.


This week we studied for our reading unit test to do that we played a buzzer game on common, proper and plural nouns.We also did a scoot,a scoot is where Mrs.Hassels places cards around the room and the card has a noun we need to write on a piece of paper if it is a common or proper noun.We also did 3 Pear Decks decks.Which are presentations where we choose answers.

Mrs. Hassels' Math Class

On Monday in math we did our test that goes over everything we are going to learn in that week and if you pass it then you get the test that we do at the end of unit five and if you pass that then you can sit out for the lessons you passed or you can join in. We also went over our math boxes. On Tuesday we started unit five and unit five is about rounding multiplication.We also worked on appending a zero to the end of our facts. Mrs.Hasseles helped us with two of our math journal pages and then sent us off to do it by our selves.Once you were done with that then you had to one round of Xtra Math before we could study our math facts with a partner. On Thursday we started estimating sums. We also wrote in our math note books.Then we played a dice game that makes you estimate. Then if you finished that then you had to do a challenge work sheet.Finally if you finished that then you got to Xtra Math and then we went over the challenge work sheet. Finally on Fridaywe did a small work sheet that was called What Do Americans Eat.There where three lines that said how many eggs did you eat in 7 days.Another line said how much milk did you drink is 7 days and the last one said how much yogurt did you eat in 7 days.Then we did a journal page on it.Next we did an estimate averages page in our journal and then we went over our study link with a partner. When you where done you do math boxes and then Front Row.

Mrs. Price's Math Class

This week in math we had a lot of fun playing with fractions. We did a
lot of guided math. Guided math is a activity with three stations, 1.
Mrs.Price, 2. math box, and 3. regular pages.we also played
divisibility dash on our chrome books(everydaymath.com).We have been
learning how to compare and make equivalent fractions.It was very fun
learning about fractions this week.We did a whole group lesson on
writing fractions as decimals and converting improper factions to
mixed numbers, and we filled out half of the Fraction equivalent
chart.On Friday we learned how to make a fraction into a decimal by
using a calculator.You just need to divide the numerator by the
donominator.We had a lot of fun with Mrs.Price, and learned a lot of


Today in art we learned how to do Pointillism. It is art using many dots. We drew fish with this technique.


In music we played our recorders. On Tuesday we did a song on our recorders. Then on the next day we did the song on our recorders. In music we took different parts of the song. We also played wax museum!


Monday we had running day and we got our pedometers and we ran for about 20 minutes and at the end we did cool down stretches and we filled out our cards asking how much steps, are MVPA, and our activity time. Tuesday we played a game wear there were a bunch of balls all over the gym and we got partners and we threw it 5 times and then put the balls in a hula hoop. On Wednesday we played a game were you had a card and you had a code you had to knock down a frisbee and get a letter for the number. Thursday we played a game were there was four groups and you had to knock down there frisbees and when a group knocks down all your frisbees you join another group. Finally on Friday we played the same game that we played on Thursday but with two other classes.