Pleasant Valley School

February Newsletter

News from Miss Sheets

We have officially entered the last half of the school year. To celebrate, Wednesday, Feb. 9th is our 100th day of School!!! Yea!!! 100 is a big number for our younger students and we are going to celebrate with lots of activities using the number 100. I hope everyone has been working on their 100 day projects of 100. I'm excited to see what you came up with this year.


Valentine's Day is on Monday this year, so we will start the week off celebrating on Feb. 14th. Students are welcome to bring treats and valentines to share with their classmates. Miss Wilson has requested for students to bring a shoe box sized box to decorate in art class for collecting their valentines. Please send boxes by Wednesday Feb. 9th. We do have a few spare boxes.


Happy Birthday to our two birthday students!

School Events

Highlights - Keep an eye on the calendar.

Wednesday, Feb. 9th - 100 Day Celebration

Friday, Feb. 11 - Miss Sheets will be attending a course about the new social studies standards. Mr. Gordon Kron will be subbing.

Monday, Feb. 14 - Valentine's Day Party

Friday, Feb. 18 - Field Trip to Glacier Symphony and Hockaday Art Museum

Monday, Feb. 21 - No School for President's Day

What Are We Learning?

Kindergarten

Math

Unit 3: Geometry

Naming, Comparing, and Building Shapes


Reading

UNIT 3 THEME: Tell Me a Story

  • Essential Question: Why do we like stories?
  • Reading Workshop: Read traditional stories and understand the elements.
  • Phonics: Letter sounds for Jj, Xx, Uu, Vv, Zz, Qq,
  • High Frequency Words: Week 1) was, said, where; Week 2) any, come, play; Week 3) her, how, down; Week 4) away, give, little; Week 5) some, were, funny; Week 6) live, know, going


Science

Unit 4 - Earth's Weather

Essential Question: How does the weather change?


Social Studies

Topic 1 - Who am I?

In a series of activities, students will explore what they look like, what they care about, how they feel, and things they can do.


Arts

In music we are working on Chapter 3, C and G are best friends.

1ST GRADE

Math

Unit 2 - Numbers Within 20

Addition and Subtraction and Representing Data


Reading

UNIT 3 THEME: Imagine That

  • Essential Question: How can we use our imaginations?
  • Reading Workshop: Read traditional stories and understand the elements of the genre.
  • High Frequency Words: Week 1) round, good, said, no, put; Week 2) could, be, old, why, of; Week 3) or, live, work, who, out; Week 4) there, down, drink, now, together; Week 5) grow, full, around, find, under; Week 6) eat, play, so, their, some


Science

Topic 3 - Sky and Earth

What objects are in the sky, and how do they move?


Social Studies

Topic 1 - How do I get along with others?

Students will learn how cooperating is important to completing a task when working with others.


Arts

In music we are working on Chapter 3, C and G are best friends.

2nd Grade

Math

Unit 3: Numbers Within 1,000

Place Value, Addition, and Subtraction


Reading

UNIT 3 THEME: Our Traditions

  • Essential Question: What makes a tradition?
  • Reading Workshop: Read different types of traditional tales and understand their elements.
  • High Frequency Words: Week 1) eyes, earth, thought; Week 2) along, few, head; Week 3) something, example, paper; Week 4) often, important, took; Week 5) hear, idea, enough; Week 6) group, book, almost


Science

Topic 3- Earth's Water and Land

Essential Question: How can you describe land and water on Earth?


Social Studies - My Community

Topic 2 - How are communities different?

Students will explore different kinds of communities.


Arts

In music we are working on Chapter 3, C and G are best friends.

4th Grade

Math

Unit 3: Multi-Digit Operations and Measurement

Multiplication, Division, Perimeter and Area


Reading

UNIT 3 THEME: Diversity

  • Essential Question: How can we reach new understandings through exploring diversity?
  • Reading Workshop: Know about different types of fiction and understand their elements.
  • Trade Book: Rickshaw Girl - Due Feb. 18, 2022
  • Unit Academic Vocabulary Words: conflict, participate, expand, challenges, accomplish
  • Words of the Week: Week 1) frustrated, cool, confused, irritable, bothered; Week 2) subsided, dedication, impulsively, trance, grudge; Week 3) inspiration, create, heritage, festival, performance; Week 4) miserable, thrilling; Week 5) plunge, thud, thrilled, buoy, flocked
  • Week 6 Project: Research the need for and write a letter to the school principal arguing that inclusive play equipment should be on the school playground.


Science

Topic 3 - Waves and Information

Essential Question: How do we use waves to communicate?


Social Studies

Topic 4 - A Train Tour of the Northeast

Students will pretend to sit on a "train" and listen to a tour guide while they view images of places in the Northeast to learn key concepts and facts about the region.


Topic 5 - Population Density and Life in the Northeast

Students will respond to a series of questions about how population density might affect people’s lives.


Arts

In music we are continuing to work through our recorder practice book.

5th Grade

Math

Unit 2: Decimals and Fractions

Place Value, Addition, and Subtraction


Reading

UNIT 3 THEME: Reflections

  • Essential Question: How do the experiences of others reflect our own?
  • Reading Workshop: Know about different types of fiction and understand their elements.
  • Trade Book: The Thing About Georgie - Due Feb. 18
  • Unit Academic Vocabulary Words: demonstrate, perspective, recall, appeal, confide
  • Words of the Week: Week 1) enthusiasm, shattered, reassuring, encompass, inseparable; Week 2) tolerate, loamy, wriggled, quarters, tingled; Week 3) quell, tactics, preserve, conscientious; Week 4) vivid, retired, trembles, crinkled, melodic; Week 5) radically, embodies, indivisible, revolutionary, ironic
  • Week 6 Project: Research a person or hero and write a speech about why a day should be dedicated to that person.


Science

Topic 3 - Earth's Systems

Essential Question: How can you model interactions among Earth's systems?


Social Studies - America's Past

Topic 2 - American Indians and Their Land

Essential Question: How did American Indians adapt to different environments in North America?


Topic 3 - American Indian Cultural Regions

Essential Question: How and why did American Indian cultural regions differ?


Arts

In music we are continuing to work through our recorder practice book.

7th Grade

Math

Unit 3: Numbers and Operations

Multiply and Divide Rational Numbers


Reading

UNIT 3 THEME: Turning Points

Essential Question: What can cause a sudden change in someone’s life?

Trade Book: The Cay - Due Mar. 18

Writing: Explanatory Essay - What can cause a significant change in someone’s life?


Science - Life Science

Topic 2 - The Cell System

Essential Question: How does the structure of cells determine their function?


Topic 3 - The Human Body System

Essential Question: How do systems interact in the human body?


Social Studies - The Ancient World

Topic 5 - Ancient Sumer

Essential Question: Why do historians classify ancient Sumer as a civilization?


Topic 6 - Exploring Four Empires of Mesopotamia

Essential Question: What were the most important achievements of the Mesopotamian empires?


Arts

In music we are continuing to work through our practice book and learn our festival pieces.