Mrs. Whitlock's Weekly Updates

November 16-20

Important Dates

November 16-20: Scholastic Book Fair

Wednesday, November 18: Chapter 4 Science Test, Gratitude Challenge Due

Thursday, November 19: FSA Thanksgiving Dinner and Monster Bazaar

Friday, November 20: Homework Packet due, First Grade Friendsgiving

November 23-27: Thanksgiving Break! No School!

December 1-4: Winter MAP Testing

Tuesday, December 8: Science Fair Project Due

Thursday, December 10: Field Trip to Fernbank Museum

Wednesday, December 16: FSA Talent Show

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If you are leaving early for our holiday breaks (Thanksgiving or Winter Break), please let me know ASAP. This is particularly important regarding our MAP testing dates, and we want to make sure each child gets to take those before the semester is over. I appreciate your help here!

Follow the link below to sign up for our First Grade Friendsgiving on November 20!

Bring all media center books to school on Tuesday!

When we go to preview our book fair, we will be returning our library books before Thanksgiving Break. Please make sure your child brings all of their books from the media center on Tuesday!

Monster Book Fair all Next Week!

Our media center has been transformed into the "Monster Center" in preparation for next week's Scholastic Book Fair! There will be hundreds of books from new and favorite authors, popular series, cool posters school supplies, and fun for everyone! We will go to the book fair as a class, but you are also able to take your child in the morning or afternoons, and it will be open during the FSA Thanksgiving on Thursday night!

We are previewing the book fair on Tuesday morning and students will be able to purchase books on Thursday morning. After we go to our preview day, students will fill out a list of books they are interested in with the price so that it'll make life easier for you if you want to send them with money on Thursday!

There will also be a wish list for our classroom so that parents and students can buy books for their classroom library!

If you are interested in helping cashier during bookfair or cleanup after, sign up here:

An Attitude of Gratitude

We have been learning all about gratitude this month in Character Education, and have discussed how when we are grateful, it makes us happier and more willing to help others. Don't forget about your child's gratitude challenge. It is due on Wednesday, November 18! Students need to have completed at least 15 spaces to get a participation grade!

In class, we have been working on a 12-Day Gratitude Journal. Students have started each day with a prompt asking about different things they are thankful for. We also made pennants displaying something we are thankful for that can be found in our hallway. It has been a good way for us to talk and think about the amazing things we have. We are all very blessed!

Accelerated Reader

Thank you for your patience in our startup of Accelerated Reader this year. We have been reading a book about the First Thanksgiving as a whole class, and we will reread it together before practicing taking an AR test as a whole class next week.

Remember you can always look up whether or not a book your child has is AR or not by using AR Book Finder. If you want your child to take an AR test, I will give them a little summary activity first to make sure they are prepared, and then they can take it at school.

Keep bringing in those cans!

Our student council organized canned food drive that will continue until Wednesday, November 18th. Our homeroom has only donated 20 cans and we are in need of more!

Students should bring these cans to me so I can count them for 1st grade. If you drop them off at the front office, please make sure you let them know which homeroom they should go to so we can count them in our total number of cans collected.

A Peek at Next Week...

Reading/Language Arts: We will be having our Unit 2 Benchmark Assessment on Monday. This will not be a grade but will be a good indicator of where your child is in reading and language arts. For the rest of the week, we will continue to do interactive First Thanksgiving activities!

* We will not have a spelling or weekly test this week!

Science: We will be reviewing Chapter 4 on Monday before taking our test on Wednesday.

Social Studies: We will be discussing the First Thanksgiving and the foods the Pilgrims and Wampanoag ate versus what we eat. We will also be talking about Thanksgiving Day traditions.

Character Education: We will wrap up our discussion on gratitude. We will be finishing up our gratitude journals and turning in our gratitude journals.

*A NOTE ABOUT HOMEWORK: I'll be sending an optional homework activity home over Thanksgiving break. If students would like, they can write about their break and what they did. Otherwise, enjoy your break! Don't forget to be working on your science fair project which is due on December 8th!

Home Visits

At FSAPS we do home visits. It is a wonderful opportunity for teachers and families to get to know one another. I enjoy home visits because it helps bridge the gap between home and school for your child. These are not mandatory, but if you are interested in having some of your child's teachers visit your home please continue to read...

How can you schedule a home visit?

Very simple. Please send an e-mail to our home visit coordinator, Mrs. Unal at and give us three available dates for your child's home visit program. We will get back to you and confirm a date. Depending on our teacher’s availability, at least two teachers will be together to visit our students and parents at their homes.

FSA Thanksgiving Dinner: November 19

All families are invited to the annual Thanksgiving Dinner to be held on Thursday November 19th. Join us to celebrate Thanksgiving together by bringing a dish to share or if you are too busy to cook, send in a donation. Dinner starts at 6:00.

  • Enjoy a great pot luck dinner
  • Laugh with your friends
  • Find unique gifts and handmade creations at our Monster Bazaar
  • Browse books at our Scholastic book fair
  • Find even more books at the Read-it-Again book fair in the media center

Thanksgiving Dinner Decorations, Setup and Teardown, Musical Performance help

Thanksgiving Dinner Bring a Dish

RSVP to let us know if you planning to attend:

Monster Bazaar: November 19

Along with this year's book fair theme of Monster Book Fair we will host a Monster Bazaar where families and teachers can sell their individual creations. The Bazaar will be held at the school on Nov 19th along with the book fair and Thanksgiving dinner. The bazaar and book fair open at 5pm.

Booth space will be rented for 25.00. All proceeds will be used to benefit FSAPS.

If you are interested in signing up as a vendor for the Monster Bazaar please visit our volunteer spot signup page. Space is limited.

Mrs. Melissa Whitlock

First Grade Teacher & Elementary Gifted Coordinator

Fulton Science Academy Private School

Serving Advanced and Gifted Students