Mr. Ross' Weekly Newsletter

January 23, 2015

"When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn't understand the assignment, and I told them they didn't understand life."

- John Lennon

Congratulations to Our Balloon Racer Winners!

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Awards

Fastest Racer - Chris C. (1.23 m/s)

Furthest Distance - Kaitlyn E. (9.67 m)

Best Looking Racer - Jo R. (voted by class)

What Will We Be Learning This Week?

Math

We will be continuing Unit 5 in Math Expressions, which covers fractions, decimals, and probability.


We will not have Accelerated Math again this week.

Language Arts

We will begin reading Blue for the CCS 5th grade Little Read activities.


We will not have Words Their Way spelling lists again this week due to the short week.

Social Studies

We will not be completing a USA Studies Weekly assignment this week due to the short week.


Our Little Read novel, Blue, will cover our Social Studies curriculum for the week. Blue is a historical fiction novel that is centered around the polio outbreak in Hickory during the 1940s.

Science

We will be starting our unit on Matter: Properties and Change. This unit focuses on the three states of matter (solid, liquid, and gas) and the difference between physical and chemical changes. (Note- plasma, the fourth state of matter, is not covered in 5th grade.)


I am planning for this to be a five-week unit, concluding by the end of February. I will update you if this changes.


Here is the link to the unit study guide for your reference:


Matter: Properties and Change Unit Study Guide

Odds & Ends

Journey Portraits

Journey Portrait Packages will be sent home today. These are some sort of composite pictures of your child's photos through the years. If you would like to purchase any, please keep what you would like, return the rest and pay for whatever you keep. If you do not want to purchase any pictures please return the entire package. They are due Friday, January 30.

Upcoming Events

Teacher Workday - No School

Monday, Jan. 26th, 12am-11:45pm

Blackburn Elementary School, Jacobs Fork, NC, United States

Newton, NC

Teacher Workday - No School

Tuesday, Jan. 27th, 12am-11:45pm

Blackburn Elementary School, Jacobs Fork, NC, United States

Newton, NC

3rd Quarter Begins

Wednesday, Jan. 28th, 7:30am

Blackburn Elementary School, Jacobs Fork, NC, United States

Newton, NC

Report Cards Sent Home

Thursday, Jan. 29th, 3pm

Blackburn Elementary School, Jacobs Fork, NC, United States

Newton, NC

Journey Portrait Packages Due

Friday, Jan. 30th, 7:30am

Blackburn Elementary School, Jacobs Fork, NC, United States

Newton, NC

Block Schedule

Monday 1/26 - No School (Teacher Workday)

Tuesday 1/27 - No School (Teacher Workday)

Wednesday 1/28 - Music

Thursday 1/29 - Drama

Friday 1/30 - PE

Monday 2/2 - PE

Tuesday 2/3 - Music

Wednesday 2/4 - Drama

Thursday 2/5 - PE

Friday 2/6 - PE