January 28, 2016

Curriculum Up-Date

We have been busy studying the properties of 3-D shapes and examining how they are used in architectural structures.

Students have been working hard on their architecture proposals and projects. The blueprints are now being used to create the walls for model houses. Students are taking those walls and decorating them to look like the appropriate architecture style. They are working very hard on these and I am so proud of them. There are so many math skills involved in this project. They are learning and having fun at the same time.

Cereal Boxes!

Thank you so much for all the cereal and snack boxes you have sent in. They have been a great help in our architecture project.

The students are able to use them to create wood siding, bricks and other house features. They are also great because the students can cut them up and use them as a template to figure out what size their roof needs to be.

Please keep sending them in!

Save the Date for a night of Family Fun with your ALERT friends!

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MESA Contest

Every year the SC Academy of Math and Science offers a mail in contest for students.

I am explaining the contest to the students in class and will be offering it as an option.

There is a short packet that students will bring home if they choose to participate in the contest. They will need a sponsor (which could be a parent or myself). If your child decides to participate let me know. Each child who participates will receive a certificate.

Here is a little more information from the contest organizer:

We encourage students to use reference resources of all types, including the internet. However, we strongly discourage parent’s assistance in finding the answers. This is a competitive contest meant to teach the children new methods of learning and exploring. We love parent’s involvement, but require the students find the answers on their own for this contest. Questions are prepared with respect to the common core standards for SC.

The deadline for entry is March 1, 2016.

Field Study Up-Date

We have finalized dates for our Spring Field Study.

Students from Sandlapper participating in the extended day trip to Whitewater will go on Friday, April 8th.

5th grade students from Rice Creek participating in the extended day trip to Whitewater will go on Thursday, April 14th.

4th grade students from Rice Creek participating in the extended day trip to Whitewater will go on Friday, April 15th.

All students (both from Rice Creek and Sandlapper) that are participating in the overnight trip to Mt. Trail Outdoor School will go on April 4th and 5th.

I will be with your students on all of these trips.

Please don't forget to send in final payments. All trips require a waiver/health form to be filled out. These are coming home with your students. Please send these back as soon as possible.

Important date for families of students attending the overnight trip:

On Thursday. February 11, 2016 at 7:00 pm the Elementary ALERT teachers will be holding a meeting for all parents of students participating in the overnight field study to provide important information to help you plan and prepare for your child's trip. We strongly encourage everyone to attend as we will share important details about this year's overnight field study. There will also be a time for you to ask questions and speak directly with your child's teacher.

All chaperones are required to attend a meeting before the general parent meeting. Chaperones please arrive at 6:30 pm.

Thank you for making your plans now to attend our parent meeting on February 11, 2016 at 7:00 pm at Lonnie B. Nelson Elementary, in the cafeteria.