The Cloud Connection

March 16, 2015

Reading: We will begin a new reading unit this week. Students will be reading Sci-fi books; either The Giver or The City of Ember. Each book presents great topics for literary discussions. We'll work on answering questions using complete sentences.


Language: Students are going to be working on a variety of "on-demand" writing to a prompt the next couple of weeks. As we revise and work on our pieces I'm expecting students to become better at recognizing mistakes in their own writing so they can be self-editors. Our vocab words are: pit/pic, per, pos/pon/posit and spec/spect. A study guide will go home on Monday the 16th in preparation for the test on Friday. Congratulations to Emma who made it through the first round of the State Spelling Bee on Thurs. We are proud of your hard work!


Math: This week we'll learn how to add/subtract mixed numbers. Homework: Mon. pg. 661-662 (prob. solv. due Thurs.), Tues. 669-670, Wed. pg. 681-682 and Thurs. Lesson 12 wkst. We'll have our final Continental Math Problem solving test this week either Wed. or Thurs.


Social Studies: Students will be learning more about the lifestyle of the early colonists.


Our guest Artist in Residence is Marie Alexson. We are so excited to host her and I know the students will be creating some wonderful art pieces. We'll have two art sessions with her this week and two next week.


We have a field trip Thurs. a.m. to go "winter" birdwatching. Please make sure your child's permission slip is turned in by Wed. so I can make the required copies for the office. They'll need to dress to be outside the morning of March 19 as we'll for Islands and Ocean shortly after they arrive at school.


Reading logs are due on Monday, March 23.


Students are working hard toward our Healthy Futures "get active" initiative. It runs through April. Please help your child by recording their active minutes on their sheet. Their sheets are due the last Friday of March or the following day. Students who are participating in the walking club at school can use those minutes as well. We have quite a following! Congratulations to Kaylin who was the first to reach the marathon mark. 26.2 miles, way to go!


I'll be home a couple days late from Spring Break. I hope you and your family have a wonderful week off and I'm looking forward to finishing the year strong! Ms. Sisson is our guest teacher. If you have questions or notes for your child please call the office as she won't be able to receive emails. As always, I expect that students are doing their best job in my absence!


We are hosting Bingo night Friday, March 20th to raise funds for our field trip last fall. If you can help please let me know. We'll need help in a variety of ways from providing treats/taking money, set up, take down, and soliciting a few fun prizes. Hopefully we'll see you there!


Library News

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming soon! Monday March 23th--Friday March 27, the Book Fair will be open all week during the school day.

Tuesday March 24th 4:30-6:30 is Family and Friends Fun Night at the Book Fair with door prizes and refreshments. Come one and all and help support the library!

The students go to the Book Fair during their regularly scheduled library classes and during after lunch recess. Teachers will also pick out books that they wish for in their classroom. Parents and students have a chance to buy a book and donate it to the classroom. A personal placard in the book denotes the donation.

There will be books, science kits, art kits, notebooks, posters and more—something for everyone! The students help me run the Book Fair. There will be lots of books and we will have lots of fun!!!!!!!

You can go to the following link and look at our Scholastic Book Fair Web Page:

http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/westhomerelementaryschool

See you there,

Lisa Whip and Cheryl Illg

Winter Birdwatching

Thursday, March 19th, 8:45am

Islands and Ocean

Dress warm and make sure your permission slip is signed and turned in by the 17th.

5th Grade Bingo

Friday, March 20th, 6:30pm

995 Soundview Avenue

Homer, AK

Come support the 5th grade for a fun family filled night of Bingo.