Ms. Arnold's Weekly News

Week of 3-28-16

Our Class Motto: Perseverance

"Being persistent & never giving up!"

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Classroom News

All students who met their AR Reading Challenge Goal will be heading to All-Skate this Wednesday (April 13th) from 8:30-11:25am! Their entry ticket and roller skate rentals are covered. However, speed skates, food from the snack bar, games, laser tag, etc... are not. Therefore, students who want to do these extra things will need to bring money in order to do so.

Also, Flat Stanley projects are due this week! I hope everyone enjoyed their spring break!

Keicher Tech Day

Grant Update

Exciting news! My $4,000 grant money has been spent on my new classroom design plan. New furniture has begun to arrive!

*see pictures

Fact Practice

(NEW) Fact Practice: It is encouraged that students practice their multiplication and division facts daily for 10 min. A tracking sheet, seen below, has been placed in their

at-home folders to help guide nightly practice of their facts.


At-Home Fact Practice Guide

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Classroom Learning Time

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Our Focus Points

Reading / Language Arts

Students are continuing to work through each of our Daily 5 rotations...Read to Someone, Teacher Time, Listening, Nonfiction Reading, and Writing. As well as learning "partner fluency" routines and using various reading skills/strategies we focused on throughout the week. Read to Self Time is a priority every day as well!

Math (Unit 11: Measurement)

*Video lessons for the week will be uploaded to Educreations.


Students are also continuing to gather stories and writing strategies in their writer's notebooks. Paragraph development and grammar skills continue to be a focus point too. And we have started our third trimester piece: opinion paper.

Science and Social Studies topics for the year:

*Force and motion

*Traits/living organisms/ecosystems

*Weather maps

*STEAM activities

*Michigan: government, economics, geography, and history of

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This Week's Spelling Words (test on Friday)

Spelling List #20

homophones #2

1. they're

2. their

3. buy

4. by

5. bye

6. cell

7. sell

8. for

9. four

10. weak

11. week

12. knight

13. night

14. toe

15. tow

16. flu

17. flew

Multiplying By 9s Song

Counting By Nines Song Video

Multiplying By 11 Song

Skip Counting By 11 Song Video - Beginner

Multiply By 12 Song Video

multiplication song: 12 times tables
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Take Advantage of the Technology


*Pixel Floors

*Scratch or Tynker



*Learn Zillion

*Cool Math


*Storyline online



*Front Row Math


*Write About

*Book Talks with Chatterpix

*Mad Libs



*Word games

*Mrs. Barnes Useful Links

*McGraw-Hill Connected


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Lego Club News

Lego Club Team 1 and Team 2: This Wednesday from 3:30-4:30

-Shirts have been distributed to students who purchased one.

Keicher News



1 March is Reading Month Assembly – 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.


11 Return to School

Bible Release

School Board Meeting – MCHS – 7:00 p.m.


Michigan Center Community Food Pantry – 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

13 3/4 All Skate – Students that have met their AR goals – 8:40 – 11:45 a.m.

Credit Union Day

14 5/6 All Skate – Students that have met their AR goals – 8:40 – 11:45 a.m.

MC Bond Town Hall Meeting – Keicher Elementary School – West Gym – Information Presentation/Q & A – 6:30 p.m. – Building Tour – 7:00 p.m.

15 Popcorn Today – Bigger Size - $1.00

18 Good News Club - Permission slip week before

19 3rd Grade to Rural Education Day (RED) – Fairgrounds – A.M.

4th Grade to Doktor KABOOM – Jackson College Potter Center – A.M. – Cost $3.50

MC Bond Town Hall Meeting – Arnold Elementary School Gym – Information Presentation/Q & A – 6:30 p.m. – Building Tour - 7:00 p.m.

20 Credit Union Day

22 5th Grade Tiger Trip - Final payment due

26 Michigan Center Community Food Pantry – 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

27 Credit Union Day

29 Keicher Student Lock-in -6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Attention: All Parents and Students

We will no longer be allowing charges for lunches after…

Monday, April 11th

All balances need to be paid in full by the end of the school year.

1. TEACHER REQUESTS for the 2016-2017 school year are now being taken in the Keicher office. We will continue to take requests during the month of April. We have a super teaching staff at Keicher Elementary, and are excited at the variety of teaching styles we can offer our students. Requests must be written and have an educational reason to be considered for the placement. As much as we are able, we will honor requests made, but there are no guarantees. The deadline is April 29, 2016.

2. PRESCHOOL – Michigan Center Preschool has a few openings left for the 2016-2017 school year. We have 3 and 4 year -old tuition classes open to any child from any district. Our 4 year- old state funded program is free for families that meet the criteria set by the State Scholarship Program. For more information or to enroll your child, contact Kim at 764-3380. Hurry – classes are filling up fast.

3. ATTENDANCE is a very important part of the academic process. Please stress to your student the importance of being in school and getting to class on time. This is something that will carry them through in their professional career as well. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

4. 6TH GRADE CAMP is coming soon! Parents, we need you! We especially need dads for overnight supervision of the boys’ cabins. In order to make our kid’s experience at camp wonderful, your assistance is needed to help us chaperone on May 16th and 17th. Any time you can spare is most appreciated. Please call

764-5200 if you can help us out or have any questions. The final payment of $25.00 is due on May 6th.

5. The MICHIGAN CENTER COMMUNITY FOOD PANTRY will be open every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 6:30 -7:30 p.m. The pantry is located at the west end of Keicher. Follow the signs through the Pre-School playground gate. See dates above.

6. Good News Club – Our last “Good News Club” is on Monday, April 18th. We will be having a party that will include handing out perfect attendance awards, refreshments, and games. Hope to see you there!

7. KINDERGARTEN ROUND-UP OPEN HOUSE - Believe it or not, it is time to start thinking about the 2016-2017 school year. Kindergarten Roundup Open House will be held on Thursday, April 14th, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the Arnold School gym. Students must be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2016. Please pass this information on to a friend or relative who will have a child starting school in the fall. If your child is already enrolled in Young 5’s, you do not need to re-enroll. Any questions, call 764-5700.

Michigan Center School District May 3rd Bond Proposal Community Town Hall Meetings & Building Tours

In an effort to share information regarding the upcoming May 3rd Bond Proposal, there will be community town hall meetings and tours held at each of our buildings. The informational portion of the meetings at each building will be identical and cover the plans for the entire district, so please feel free to attend only the tour portion at the other buildings.

Keicher Elementary School

o April 14th in the West Gymnasium

♣ 6:30 PM – Information Presentation/Q & A

♣ 7:00 PM – Building Tours

Arnold Elementary School

o April 19th in the Gymnasium

♣ 6:30 PM – Information Presentation/Q & A

♣ 7:00 PM – Building Tours

Please Remember to Vote May 3rd!


3 Week Window

5th Grade – April 11 – April 29

3rd Grade – April 25 – May 13

4th Grade – May 9 – May 27

Grades 3-6 (MI Access) – April 11 –May 27

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Important Websites

Ms. Arnold

I send home Remind messages daily. Please contact me with the chat feature on Remind at any time, send me a note, an email, call, or stop in. My door is always open!