Ross / Ellis Weekly Newsletter
September 25, 2015
"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known."
What Will We Be Learning This Week?
The Leader in Me
This week we will be focusing on Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood. Students will learn the importance of listening and how that can help them in school and with their friends.
This week students have studied Comparison Problems and Equations, Comparison Equations and Mixed Comparison Problems. Some students have struggled to solve comparison problems like the ones below. Take some time to see if your child understands these problems:
- Sammy has 16 pieces of gum. This is 8 times as many as Tommy has. How many pieces of gum does Tommy have?
- Tara has 6 times as many goldfish as Rita. If Rita has 8 goldfish, how many does Tara have?
Accelerated Math continues to be a weekly expectation. Just a few reminders:
- 3 objectives should be mastered by Thursday afternoon.
- Students are allowed to use calculators on AM.
- Students can work on AM online only if they are able to bring an electronic daily.
- Students may work on AM on paper even if they have an electronic with them daily. They do not have to work online. Some students just prefer paper AM.
- Students are expected to make corrections on all AM. This helps to review difficult concepts and to master objectives.
- Students may work on AM at home. It should be in backpacks daily.
Students are continuing to learn about and research Natural Disasters. They enjoy this very much! The research has been delayed due to time constraints and will continue next week.
We will have a spelling list this week but it will not be tested until next Tuesday since there is no school on Friday. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday will have the same spelling homework as usual. The Parent Writing Sort will be assigned for next Monday night in preparation for Tuesday's test.
Relief Map Project:
The due date for our relief map project is coming up soon, on October 9. Here is the info that I sent home on this project a few weeks back for your reference. Please see me if you have any questions:
In addition to our usual classwork, students will be given the opportunity to complete an enrichment project at home for extra credit by creating a relief map of North Carolina that shows its three regions and major landforms. Students who wish to complete this project will need to turn it in by Friday, October 9. Students who complete this project will be given a 5 point bump in their social studies grade for the first quarter, up to 100% for the overall grade for the quarter. Students who choose not to do this project will not be penalized in any way as it is an extra credit project for students who would like further enrichment in social studies.
Please click the link below for further details:
Odds & Ends
Weekly Progress Reports
Scholastic Book Orders
If you would prefer to order online, use the link below and click the "Parents" tab to enter my class code: HBTXM.
A Note From Mr. Ross:
Technology in the Classroom
Sept. 28 – Great American Fundraiser Kick-Off
Oct. 2 – Teacher Workday
Oct. 2 – Elementary Night at Foard Football Game 7:30
Oct. 13 - Great American Fundraiser Begins
Oct. 13 – PDQ Night (5-9pm)
Oct. 13 – Permission Form and $9.00 due for Diamond Del
Oct. 16 – Diamond Del (on campus) Field Trip 4th Grade
Oct. 23 – BLACKBURN BLAST
Oct. 26 – Teacher Workday
Oct. 28 – Report Cards
Nov. 2 – Nov. 6 – Book Fair
Nov. 6 - Picture Make Ups
Nov. 10 – PDQ Night (5-9pm)
Nov. 11 – Veteran’s Day – NO SCHOOL
Nov. 26-27 Holiday – Happy Thanksgiving