Miss McQuillan's Class News
January 16, 2015
We also focused on generalizations this week. The students learned that there are two types of generalizations (valid and faulty). We discussed the clue words that author's use to help locate generalizations in text.
Literacy Focus 1/20-1/23
Big Question of the Week ~ How do weather patterns affect our lives?
Reading Focus ~Cause and Effect
Writing Focus~ Formal Letter
Grammar Focus~ Past, Present, and Future Tenses
Vocabulary Focus~ Root Words
Spelling Focus~ Compound Words
Update from Art (Mrs. Davis)
4th Grade Art Room Happenings for 2nd Quarter
Fourth graders were creative in the art room during 2nd quarter. First they learned about the Mexican cultural celebration called Dia de los Muertos. Then they decorated paper sugar skulls with cut and glued paper flowers. Then they got their hands into clay and molded a figure relief inspired by the artist Keith Haring. After that they remembered their warm and cool colors in a painting of three figures also inspired by Keith Haring. They finished up the quarter with different projects related to Op art. Op art is art that tricks the eye by creating an optical illusion. In the middle of this all, they worked on wonderful robot pictures which they all got to happily bring home. Keep working hard in art 4th graders!
Upcoming Dates to Remember
~Turn in field trip permission forms ASAP
~Monday, January 19th - No School- Dr. MLK, Jr. Day
~Thursday, January 22nd- Book Swap
~2nd quarter report cards go home Friday, January 23rd
~Chicago Wolves field trip Tuesday, February 3rd
~Friday, February 13th- No School- Teacher Institute Day
~Monday, February 16th- No School- Presidents’ Day
February PTA Meeting
Since school was cancelled due to the weather, we did not have our January meeting. Join us for our first PTA meeting of 2015!Thursday, February 12th at7pm (at Chesak). Come see how we closed out 2014 and what we can expect for the rest of the school year. We also have some exciting news to share on recent campaigns we have held! See you there...
Attending our meetings is a great way to get involved in your child's education. You also get to meet other parents and staff. Meetings usually only last an hour and you can bring your children with you.
Don't forget! Last Day of School will be...
PBIS Spirt Wear T-Shirts
Martin PBIS T-Shirts are now on sale until January 30th for students of Martin Elementary. Your child can join their teacher and the rest of the Martin Elementary staff by wearing their T-Shirt on Cool Tool & TAC Days. T-shirts are only $8.00. Order forms came home with your child the week of January 12th. You can also click here for an order form.
3rd Grade T-Shirts will be Red
4th Grade T-Shirts will be Black
5th Grade T-Shirts will be Light Gray
Show your Martin School Spirit by purchasing one today!