Mrs. Whitlock's Weekly Updates

December 14-18

Important Dates and Events (read thoroughly!)

Monday, December 14: Science Test on Matter

Tuesday, December 15: Character Education Kindness lights due (at least 2!), Donations for Winter Celebration due at noon if you signed up!

Wednesday, December 16: Elementary Talent Show and Class Book Exchange

Thursday, December 17: Winter Celebration!

Friday, December 18: Elementary Awards Ceremony and last day of the semester!

Important - No Clubs Next Week!

During the last week of each semester, we do not have clubs. This allows the teachers to prepare for all the fun end of semester events we have planned! Students who need to stay past 3:30 next week will be able to watch an educational video during our typical club time, but please note that if it is feasible, please make every effort to pick your child up at our first dismissal! This really makes a big difference!

How to Prepare for Next Week

  • Monday: I sent home our Chapter 7 study guide on Wednesday, which is an excellent way to prepare for our test on matter.
  • Tuesday: This week, I sent home 4 cardstock kindness lightbulbs. Students need to complete and record at least 2 acts of kindness on the lightbulbs. They need to color them and return them by Tuesday to receive credit!
    *If you signed up to donate items for the Winter Celebration, we need those by noon Tuesday! If you still want to donate, follow the Sign Up Genius link here.
  • Wednesday: For our Class Book Exchange, students will each bring in a wrapped children's book, and we will play a game to swap them so each child will go home with a new book to read over break! Please do not spend any more than $10 on a book, we don't want this to be expensive or a hassle for anyone. If you do not want to purchase a book but still want your child to participate, you can have your child bring a book that is lightly used and in very good condition (no rips, tears, wrinkles, scribbles, etc).
  • Thursday: We will rotate from classroom to classroom all day for our Elementary Winter Celebration! Check out Ms. Fichter's emails for more information.
    *If you are still interested in signing up for a volunteer slot, follow the Volunteer Spot link here.
  • Friday: The Elementary Awards Ceremony is from 1:30-2:30. You are more than welcome to attend, and you can take your child with you afterwards! Let's celebrate a wonderful first semester!

Don't forget about our opportunities to give back!

  • It is an awful truth that many people, even in our community, are victims of violence. Often times these people seek help from local organizations. Family Haven, an organization in Forsyth County, offers safe shelter and needed items, for free to those in need. We can help them help others, by donating. Cold winter weather is quickly approaching. Many people are in need of warm gloves and socks. Make a difference in someone’s life. Be kind and generous and bring in one or more pair of gloves and/or socks. Together we can help. Your donations can be dropped off at the front office or your child can give them to his/her homeroom teacher. We will accept donations until December 16th.
  • This year, our student council is going to host 10 Days of Caring. We are asking for students to donate NEW toys and gifts. These gifts will be going to the Children's Restoration Network,a non-profit agency which has been serving homeless children and mothers in Atlanta, Georgia since 1993. The Children's Restoration Network conducts programs and special events to provide a broad range of positive experiences for over 6,000 children across more than 134 shelters and group homes in 20 counties each year. All donations are greatly appreciate so we can put smiles on all of the kids' faces this Christmas. We are going to be doing this drive from December 7th to December 18th.

Looking for ways to engage your child over the break?

  • Go Noodle: If you've heard your child mention this site and have wondered what it is, is is a phenomenal free resource that provides fun videos for kids to exercise, dance, and stretch to. We use this website for brain breaks and indoor recess days. So if your kiddo is getting really antsy over break, check this out by clicking on this link!
  • Six Flags Read to Succeed Program: work on logging those 600 minutes of reading by February 24! Completing this challenge will earn your child one free ticket to Six Flags over Georgia!
  • Wintry Journal: Encourage your child to take some time to write about their break every few days.
  • Use a Map! If you have a globe or atlas, review the continents and oceans together. When we return in January, we will be talking about our continent, country, state, county, and city, so this is a fun thing to introduce as well!

Mrs. Melissa Whitlock

First Grade Teacher and Elementary Gifted Coordinator

Fulton Science Academy Private School

Serving Advanced and Gifted Students