Mr. Ross' Weekly Newsletter

March 13, 2015

"Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better."

- Maya Angelou

What Will We Be Learning This Week?


We have started Unit 6 in Math Expressions, which focuses on multiplication and division.

Language Arts

We will be reading Solids, Liquids and Gases, a leveled reader that continues our study of Matter.

Social Studies

We will be learning about pioneers who traveled west in the 1800's.


We will start our Energy: Conservation and Transfer unit. This unit covers how energy is transferred from one object to another. We will finish this unit by spring break.

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

Energy: Conservation and Transfer Study Guide

Odds & Ends

Snow Days

Due to winter weather, schools were closed 4 days for students and 2 days for staff. For the student days missed due to weather, Catawba County Schools will absorb these days into the current calendar, using our banked instructional hours that exceed the state’s minimum hours required. The staff workdays are now June 16 and 17.

Blackburn Has Talent Gift Basket

Our homeroom has been asked to create a "Car Care" themed gift basket for the auction at the Talent Show. If you would be willing, please begin sending in any automotive themed items such as cleaning products, air fresheners, and anything else that you would think would be appropriate. The PTO will be collecting items until April 17. Thank you for your help with this!

Technology in the Classroom

I will be making an effort to include technology in my lessons as much as possible for the remainder of the year. Students will be using their Gmail and Google Drive accounts to access websites and online activities that I have created for classroom instruction. If at all possible, please have your children bring in their tablets/devices on a daily basis, if one is available. For those who do not have one available or who forget to bring it in, I do have five devices and two classroom computers that children can use. Thank you for your help with this!

Upcoming Events

4/3-4/12 - Spring Break (no school)

Upcoming Field Trips:

3/18 - "Blue" performance by LRU students at Mountain View Elementary

4/15 - Presentation by Joyce Moyer Hostetter (author of "Blue") at LRU

4/23 - Science Center Field Trip (rescheduled) - Fire and Ice

5/8 - Science Center Outreach Program at Blackburn - Weather

Block Schedule

Monday 3/16 - Music

Tuesday 3/17 - Drama

Wednesday 3/18 - PE

Thursday 3/19 - PE

Friday 3/20 - Music

Monday 3/23 - Drama

Tuesday 3/24 - PE

Wednesday 3/25 - PE

Thursday 3/26 - Music

Friday 3/27 - Drama