What's Trending in Room 228

Mrs. Marcum's class

Weekly Attendance : Last week= 96.62% This week= 94.96%

The district's goal is 96%.

Our class had the highest attendance for Month of December!!!

**This is part of our BSIP (Building School Improvement Plan). To get our average above 96% for the year**

Mark your Calendar:

  • Friday, February 12th-- PTO Friendship Class Party 1:30-2:30pm
  • Monday, February 15th-- President's Day= School in Session---Snow Make up Day!!
  • Thursday, February 25th-- Last day for PTO Box Top Competition (You can still send Box Tops in they just won't count towards this year's competition.)


  • Math- We will begin chapter 10. Multiplying and dividing fractions. Continue to work on multiplication facts at home!
  • Reading- We will be using non-fiction text to make inferences.
  • Writing- We will continue learning how to organize and write an informational paper.
  • Grammar- We will start reviewing how to use commas.

  • Words Their Way- Sort 19 (Latin Roots dic and aud)

  • Science- We have finished the Solar System, and will be taking our Post-test tomorrow. Next, we will start learning about Moon phases and how light works.

Friendship Party

Our class party will take place tomorrow from 1:30 to 2:30. Your student may bring in a Valentines box or bag they have created at home. If your student does not want to create one I will have bags here they can use. If your student brings Valentine's they need to bring one for everyone in the class. I am attaching the class list as well.

Thank you to Samantha (Drake's mom) for planning our Friendship party. It is a time consuming labor of love!!

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We won the Soup Drive!!

Our class brought in 50 cans of Soup for People Helping People!! We won the Souper Bowl party treats. We ran out of time Friday to eat them, so we ate one treat and are saving them for another day.

Toy Drive

Conner, Josh, James (from our class), and Dean (from Ms. Gilliland's class) have started a People Helping People Toy Drive. They are collecting gently used and new toys to donate to the "Birthday Shelf" at People Helping People.

Their goal is for Sweeny to raise 300 toys to donate to People Helping People.

Shoe Drive

Mr. Crouch's class is conducting a shoe drive! You can send in your old shoes (even the ones that can't be worn anymore). Just tie the laces together, or put a pair in a bag and tie it closed. Then send it to Mr. Crouch. His students are working hard to get them ready to send off. I will send more information as it is available.

Free Gerbils!!

I am needing to reduce the number of gerbils we have...due to an unexpected gender identity mishap:) Cages at Wal-Mart are around $22. With only one gerbil one bag of food and bedding would last you a few months (food = $4 and bedding = $4).

We have two black ones that still need a home (one is turning a more dark gray color, so I'm not sure what color it will end up being)! They are still really skittish, but Brenna (my daughter) is working on them. They still have a tendency to jump out of your hands (literally).

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Box Tops for Education: End of February is Coming Quick!!

Every single class at Sweeny is in a competition to collect the most Box Tops. Each class that collects at least 1000 box tops will get an extra recess with pop-ices, and the winning class will get an extra surprise!

All the money comes right back to our classroom for me to spend on the students.

Each box top you send in is worth 10 cents for us to spend. It doesn't sound like much, but they can really add up. Ask relatives and friends if they have any extra box tops they aren't using. Most people don't mind cutting them out and saving them if you ask:)