Heisler's Herald

February 1st, 2016

News for you!

Friendship Party- It will be Thursday, Feb. 11th. Click HERE for a class list. If your child chooses to bring in Valentines please make sure they bring one for every student.

Yearbook- It is not too late to order your yearbook. Click the link below to order online. Don't forget to use the following Conley School code: 10091016

Click here to order a yearbook online.

Box Tops- Keep clipping those Box Tops. Our class would love an extra PE!

Important Dates

Feb. 11th- Friendship Party (Click HERE for a class list)

Feb. 12th and 15th- NO SCHOOL

Feb. 26th- Young Author books due (See NEW information for this project in this newsletter)

Feb. 26th- Great America Reading Log due


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

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

Young Author

Young Authors is in full swing for the year. Completed books are due to your child’s school no later than Friday, February 26th. Judging by community volunteers will take place the following week. Winning students who will represent Community District 158 at the Young Authors Conference will be notified prior to spring break. Below, please find guidelines for book submission, along with some general judging criteria. Please let your grade level representative know of any additional questions you may have.

Click HERE Guidelines & Judging Criteria.

Click HERE for sample writing frameworks.

Mrs. Christy Gibbs K-2 (cgibbs@district158.org 847-659-5858)

Mrs. Laura Brummer 3-5 (lbrummer@district158.org 847-659-3543)

Mrs. Tammy Carpenter 6-8 (tcarpenter@district158.org 847-659-4440)


This week we are reading the story Special Effects in Film and Television.

Big Question of the Week ~ How do artists create special effects to entertain us?

Reading Skill ~ Graphic Sources

Reading Strategy ~ Important Ideas

Grammar Focus~Prepositions

Word Analysis~ Compound Words

Literary Term~ Jargon

Vocabulary Focus~Prefixes pre- and re-

Speling Focus~Prefixes un-, de-, dis-

*Spelling and Weekly test will be on Friday.


Our district is trying out a new math platform for next year. It is designed by Pearson, very similar to our Reading program. For our next unit of study, I have decided to pilot the new program. All of the students work will be done either on the chromebook, paper, or their math notebook. They will be taking traditional notes in their notebooks to use while they work out problems. The notes will also be available online. I will be asking that students show their work on paper but they will enter their final answer online. I have assigned their first assignment today in class. They had time to get started on it. The rest they needed to finish for homework. There will be no math boxes for this unit. Because it is new, I don't really have a projected test date. I will notify you as the date gets closer.


This week we will continue our review of matter. In this week's lesson we will review the characteristics and qualities of matter. By the end of this lesson, students should be able to:

  • Describe the three states of matter.
  • Understand that we can describe matter based on its properties.
  • Know that some properties of matter include mass, volume, density, color, texture, and temperature.
  • Observe examples of matter and compare and contrast them according to their properties.


February Birthdays

Ali H. 2/19

Olivia 2/19

Karen 2/20