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May 18, 2017

Quick Tid-Bits

May 18, 2017


Below is a link to help you access the Parent Portal for Lumen to check your child’s grades. If you have any questions, please let me know.

http://www.sdow-mo.schoolloop.com/cms/page_view?d=x&piid=&vpid=1335694229741



If your child would like to participate in the Summer Reading Program sponsored by the Middle School, check out this link: http://wms-sdow-mo.schoolloop.com/2016summer


Your child’s chromebook will be collected tomorrow, Friday, May 19. They do not get a new cord or bag next year and will need to keep track of it over the summer. If your child lost either their bag or their charger, they will have to pay for a new one. They will not be receiving a new one next year.



Thanks for a great year! Have a fantastic summer, and good luck next year in Middle School!


UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Friday, May 19 - Sixth Grade Awards Ceremony, 8:00 am in the gym

  • Monday, May 22 - Spring Fling - All Day (Mrs. Harty sent a flyer electronically about this)

    • Wear a Blue shirt (6th Grade), wear sunscreen, bring a hat, beach towel, and water bottle!

  • Monday, May 22 - Sixth Grade Celebration - 6:00-8:00pm at N-Sports

    • Flyer was sent home on Monday. Cost is free (cost already paid by South Point PTC). Please make sure the waiver is signed and turned in ASAP to your child’s homeroom teacher.

  • Tuesday, May 23 - Last Day of School, Modified Day - Dismissal at 11:50 am

    • Yearbook Order Forms due

    • 5th Grade vs. 6th Grade Kickball Game - 8:00 am (wear tennis shoes)

    • Sixth Grade Send-Off, 11:40 am


kristen.fieseler@washington.k12.mo.us


monica.nadler@washington.k12.mo.us



May 11, 2017


**Reminders about our Zoo Field Trip tomorrow are at the bottom of the newsletter in “Upcoming Events.”


Sixth Grade is finished MAP Testing! Everyone did their best and we are very proud of their hard work!


Below is a link to help you access the Parent Portal for Lumen to check your child’s grades. If you have any questions, please let me know.

http://www.sdow-mo.schoolloop.com/cms/page_view?d=x&piid=&vpid=1335694229741


Take a look at what’s going on in our classrooms!


  • In Social Studies, we are learning about the Crusades and Black Death in Medieval Europe. Next week, we will focus on the Renaissance in Europe. There will not be a Quarterly Assessment for Social Studies this quarter.

  • In Reading and Writing, we will be working on some argumentative/debate topics. Students will be finding details and central ideas to help make a claim and support it with evidence. There will not be Quarterly Assessments for ELA and Writing this quarter.

  • In Math, we will be working on a class project next week involving statistics. There will not be a Quarterly Assessment for Math this quarter.

  • Every Wednesday, students get new Spelling words. The words can be found in your child's Schoology "Spelling" course. This week's words are on the "Week 33” page. The Week 33 Spelling test will be on Wednesday, May 17th. Students should be studying their spelling words at home as well. If your child scores below an 80% on a spelling test, he or she will be able to retake their test on the following Friday if they have completed and turned in their spelling tasks on time for that week. This will be our last week of spelling for the year!


Please be sure to sign your child’s homework page every night.


Thank you for your ongoing support at home encouraging your child and helping in his or her education! It is greatly appreciated!


UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Friday, May 12 - Field Trip to the St. Louis Zoo

    • Students need to wear a blue shirt and comfortable shoes, consider wearing a hat, bring sunscreen, and either bring a lunch or money to buy lunch. They are responsible for carrying all of their belongings. We are leaving school at 8:30 am.

  • Wednesday, May 17 - Middle School Registration (during school)

  • Wednesday, May 17 - Papa Murphy’s Night from 4:00-7:00 (rescheduled from earlier)

  • Friday, May 19 - Sixth Grade Awards Ceremony, 8:00 am in the gym

  • Monday, May 22 - Spring Fling - All Day

  • Monday, May 22 - Sixth Grade Celebration - 6:00-8:00pm at N-Sports

  • Tuesday, May 23 - Last Day of School, Modified Day - Dismissal at 11:50 am

    • 5th Grade vs. 6th Grade Kickball Game - 8:00 am


kristen.fieseler@washington.k12.mo.us

monica.nadler@washington.k12.mo.us




April 27, 2017


Parents and families,


I would like to say thank you to each and every single one of you. Your kind thoughts, words, cards and prayers mean so much to my family and I during this difficult time. Your kids also made sympathy cards in class one day. Some of those cards made me laugh and some made me cry. You have wonderful kids who truly took the time to think about others. I received so many hugs when I came back this week. I promise to get things in the classroom caught up and get back at it. I can't thank you enough for everything you have done.


IMPORTANT FOR MAP TESTING: Please remember that your child must have a pair of headphones for MAP testing. Please purchase your child a pair as soon as possible if they do not have any.


Spring Picture Money due Friday, April 28th.


The Washington Police Department is holding a contest from now until May with all the schools in Washington, private and public, for the Ronald McDonald House. Please collect and save your tops from aluminum cans and have your child bring them into his or her classroom. Deadline is April 30.


Below is a link to help you access the Parent Portal for Lumen to check your child’s grades. If you have any questions, please let me know.

http://www.sdow-mo.schoolloop.com/cms/page_view?d=x&piid=&vpid=1335694229741


Take a look at what’s going on in our classrooms!


  • In Social Studies, we finished our Ancient Africa unit. We will be starting our Middle Ages/Renaissance/Reformation unit on Monday next week. Due to MAP testing, we will only have Social Studies on Monday (5/1) and we will pick back up with the new unit the week of May 8.

  • In Reading, students have been reading passages about Pearl Harbor, Iwo Jima, and Victory in Europe/Victory in Japan Day. They are annotating their passages and answering comprehension questions. We have also watched President Roosevelt give his Pearl Harbor speech and discussed how different it is to hear him give the speech than it is just to read it.

  • In Writing, students will be looking at other students’ Google Sites Teen Activism projects during the afternoons of MAP Testing. They are excited to share their work.

  • In Math, students have been working on statistics, which is covered in chapters 9 and 10 in their textbooks. They have been learning about mean, median, and mode. Next week we will be taking the Math MAP test on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

  • Every Wednesday, students get new Spelling words. The words can be found in your child's Schoology "Spelling" course. This week's words are on the "Week 32” page. The Week 32 Spelling test will be on Wednesday, May 3rd. Students should be studying their spelling words at home as well. If your child scores below an 80% on a spelling test, he or she will be able to retake their test on the following Friday if they have completed and turned in their spelling tasks on time for that week.


Please be sure to sign your child’s homework page every night.


Thank you for your ongoing support at home encouraging your child and helping in his or her education! It is greatly appreciated!


UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Thursday, April 27 - Orange Leaf Night, 4-9pm

  • Thursday, April 27-Friday, April 28 - MAP Testing (See schedule below)

  • Tuesday, May 2-Thursday, May 4 - MAP Testing (See schedule below)

  • Thursday, May 4 - Papa Murphy’s Night, 4-7pm

  • Friday, May 5 - Track and Field Day at WHS (no rain date)

  • Tuesday, May 9 - Meramec Caverns Permission Slip (with money) is due.

  • Friday, May 12 - Field Trip to Meramec Caverns

  • Friday, May 19 - Sixth Grade Awards Ceremony, 8:00 am in the gym

  • Monday, May 22 - Spring Fling - All Day

  • Tuesday, May 23 - Last Day of School, Modified Day - Dismissal at 11:50 am


MAP Test Schedule!

  • Thursday, April 27 - ELA

  • Friday, April 28 - ELA

  • Tuesday, May 2 - Math

  • Wednesday, May 3 - Math

  • Thursday, May 4 - Math


kristen.fieseler@washington.k12.mo.us


monica.nadler@washington.k12.mo.us



April 6, 2017


**The band night has been changed to April 10th from 6:00-7:30 pm in the WMS Gymnasium.**


**The dance on Friday at the Middle School has been CANCELLED. It will not be rescheduled.


Track and Field Day! Please put your order form and money in an envelope with your child’s name on the front of the envelope. T-shirt orders and bus money are due Friday, April 7. No late orders will be accepted.


Please remember that your child must have a pair of headphones for MAP testing. Please purchase your child a pair as soon as possible if they do not have any.


We have planned our Sixth Grade Field Trip! On Friday, May 12, we will be going to Meramec Caverns. We will be doing a cave tour with a guide and a classroom activity in the cave about minerals and rocks. If you would be interested in attending our field trip, please let your child’s homeroom teacher know. The cost for adults to attend is $16. You are welcome to ride the bus with us or drive yourself. You will also need to make sure you have an updated Background Check Form completed through the office. If you are unsure if you do, please contact the school office. A permission slip for this field trip will be sent home in April.


The Washington Police Department is holding a contest from now until May with all the schools in Washington, private and public, for the Ronald McDonald House. Please collect and save your tops from aluminum cans and have your child bring them into his or her classroom. Deadline is April 30.


Below is a link to help you access the Parent Portal for Lumen to check your child’s grades. If you have any questions, please let me know.

http://www.sdow-mo.schoolloop.com/cms/page_view?d=x&piid=&vpid=1335694229741


Take a look at what’s going on in our classrooms!


  • In Science, students have finished their rock presentations and learned about the rock cycle. Students took a test over rocks and the rock cycle today. We will be completing our last lessons in Science this year over fossils and the absolute and relative dating of rocks and fossils. Students will be taking their QA on Thursday, April 13.

  • In Reading, students have read chapters 11-14 in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas this week. Students will take a quiz over these chapters tomorrow, Friday, April 7.

  • In Writing, students have been working hard designing their Google Sites page that details the claims they made in their teen activist paper. They are adding in all four of their chapters right now.

  • In Math, students have been learning how to find the surface area of prisms and pyramids. We have also practiced creating nets of the solids. Next week, we will learn how to calculate volume. Your child’s Unit 8 test is TENTATIVELY scheduled for Thursday, April 13.

  • Every Wednesday, students get new Spelling words. The words can be found in your child's Schoology "Spelling" course. This week's words are on the "Week 29” page. The Week 29 Spelling test will be on Wednesday, April 12th. Students should be studying their spelling words at home as well. If your child scores below an 80% on a spelling test, he or she will be able to retake their test on the following Friday if they have completed and turned in their spelling tasks on time for that week.


Please be sure to sign your child’s homework page every night.


Thank you for your ongoing support at home encouraging your child and helping in his or her education! It is greatly appreciated!


UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Friday, April 7- Track and Field Day permission slips and order forms due

  • Friday, April 7 - Middle School Permission slips due

  • Monday, April 10 - Band Night at WMS Gymnasium, 6:00-7:30 pm:

    • If you are interested in Band as a 7th grader come to band night to collect information, try instruments, ask questions, and meet Mrs. Holm, the Band Director.

  • Tuesday, April 11 - Philly’s Pizza Pickup

  • Tuesday, April 11- 2nd Parent Meeting for 6th Grade Party 6:00 in the library

  • Wednesday, April 12 - Modified Day - Dismiss at 11:50

  • Friday, April 14 - NO SCHOOL

  • Tuesday, April 18 - Field Trip to the Middle School (8:45 am-10:45 am)

  • Wednesday, April 19 - Blood Drive, 3:00-7:30 pm

  • Thursday, April 27-Friday, April 28 - MAP Testing (See schedule below)

  • Tuesday, May 2-Wednesday, May 3 - MAP Testing (See schedule below)

  • Friday, May 5 - Track and Field Day at WHS

  • Friday, May 12 - Field Trip to Meramec Caverns (Permission Slip coming in April)


MAP Test Schedule!

  • Thursday, April 27 - ELA

  • Friday, April 28 - ELA

  • Tuesday, May 2 - Math

  • Wednesday, May 3 - Math


kristen.fieseler@washington.k12.mo.us

monica.nadler@washington.k12.mo.us





March 30, 2017



**The band night has been changed to April 10th from 6:00-7:30 pm in the WMS Gymnasium.**


Spring Pictures are Tuesday, April 4th.


Track and Field Day permission slips, order forms and volunteer forms are going home today. Please put your order form and money in an envelope with your child’s name on the front of the envelope. T-shirt orders are due Friday, April 7. No late orders will be accepted.


South Point is hosting a blood drive on Wednesday, April 19. A flyer is being sent home today.


We have planned our Sixth Grade Field Trip! On Friday, May 12, we will be going to Meramec Caverns. We will be doing a cave tour with a guide and a classroom activity in the cave about minerals and rocks. If you would be interested in attending our field trip, please let your child’s homeroom teacher know. The cost for adults to attend is $16. You are welcome to ride the bus with us or drive yourself. You will also need to make sure you have an updated Background Check Form completed through the office. If you are unsure if you do, please contact the school office. A permission slip for this field trip will be sent home in April.


The Washington Police Department is holding a contest from now until May with all the schools in Washington, private and public, for the Ronald McDonald House. Please collect and save your tops from aluminum cans and have your child bring them into his or her classroom.


Below is a link to help you access the Parent Portal for Lumen to check your child’s grades. If you have any questions, please let me know.

http://www.sdow-mo.schoolloop.com/cms/page_view?d=x&piid=&vpid=1335694229741


Take a look at what’s going on in our classrooms!


  • In Science, students are learning about the three different rock types: igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary. We are discovering that each of these rock types have several classifications. Students will be presenting short presentations on these rock types in class tomorrow, Friday March 31.

  • In Reading, students have read chapters 7-10 in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. Students took a quiz over these chapters on Thursday, March 30.

  • In Writing, students have been working on both self and peer editing and revising all four of their chapters of their teen activism paper. Students will be working on a Google Sites website where they will add each of their four chapters, pictures, and diagrams to help emphasize their claims in their teen activism paper.

  • In Math, students have been learning how to find the surface area of prisms and creating nets. Next week, we will learn how to calculate the surface area of pyramids. Your child’s Unit 7 test is in this week’s Thursday folder. Please sign and return the front page of the test.

  • Every Wednesday, students get new Spelling words. The words can be found in your child's Schoology "Spelling" course. This week's words are on the "Week 28” page. The Week 28 Spelling test will be on Wednesday, April 5th. Students should be studying their spelling words at home as well. If your child scores below an 80% on a spelling test, he or she will be able to retake their test on the following Friday if they have completed and turned in their spelling tasks on time for that week.


Please be sure to sign your child’s homework page every night.


Thank you for your ongoing support at home encouraging your child and helping in his or her education! It is greatly appreciated!


UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Friday, March 31 - Field Trip to the Middle School to see the Band

  • Tuesday, April 4 - Spring Picture Day

  • Friday, April 7- Track and Field Day permission slips and order forms due

  • Monday, April 10 - Band Night at WMS Gymnasium, 6:00-7:30 pm:

    • If you are interested in Band as a 7th grader come to band night to collect information, try instruments, ask questions, and meet Mrs. Holm, the Band Director.

  • Tuesday, April 11 - Philly’s Pizza Pickup

  • Tuesday, April 11- 2nd Parent Meeting for 6th Grade Party 6:00 in the library

  • Wednesday, April 19 - Blood Drive, 3:00-7:30 pm

  • Thursday, April 27-Friday, April 28 - MAP Testing (See schedule below)

  • Monday, May 1 - Popsicles with the Principals, 4:30-5:15 pm

  • Tuesday, May 2-Wednesday, May 3 - MAP Testing (See schedule below)

  • Friday, May 5 - Track and Field Day at WHS (Permission Slip coming in April)

  • Friday, May 12 - Field Trip to Meramec Caverns (Permission Slip coming in April)


MAP Test Schedule!

  • Thursday, April 27 - ELA

  • Friday, April 28 - ELA

  • Tuesday, May 2 - Math

  • Wednesday, May 3 - Math


kristen.fieseler@washington.k12.mo.us


monica.nadler@washington.k12.mo.us





March 16, 2017


We have planned our Sixth Grade Field Trip! On Friday, May 12, we will be going to Meramec Caverns. We will be doing a cave tour with a guide and a classroom activity in the cave about minerals and rocks. If you would be interested in attending our field trip, please let your child’s homeroom teacher know. The cost for adults to attend is $16. You are welcome to ride the bus with us or drive yourself. You will also need to make sure you have an updated Background Check Form completed through the office. If you are unsure if you do, please contact the school office. A permission slip for this field trip will be sent home in April.


The Washington Police Department is holding a contest from now until May with all the schools in Washington, private and public, for the Ronald McDonald House. Please collect and save your tops from aluminum cans and have your child bring them into his or her classroom.


Below is a link to help you access the Parent Portal for Lumen to check your child’s grades. If you have any questions, please let me know.

http://www.sdow-mo.schoolloop.com/cms/page_view?d=x&piid=&vpid=1335694229741


Take a look at what’s going on in our classrooms!


  • In Science, students took their mineral quiz on Wednesday. We began our rock unit with a reader’s theater activity called “I Wanna Be a Rock Star.” When we return from Spring Break, we will be investigating the three different rock types: Igneous, Metamorphic, and Sedimentary. We will be looking at their characteristics and how they are formed.

  • In Reading, students have read chapters 1-6 in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. Students will be taking a quiz over these chapters on Friday, March 17.

  • In Writing, students have been working on Chapter 4 of their teen activism paper. Chapter 4 focuses on what their teen activist has done to spread information about their activism. Students also include information about other activists that are fighting for the same cause as well as how people can help. Chapter 4 is due tomorrow, Friday, March 17.

  • In Math, students will be taking Unit 7 test tomorrow, Friday, March 17. In unit 8 we will be learning surface area and volume.

  • Every Wednesday, students get new Spelling words. The words can be found in your child's Schoology "Spelling" course. This week's words are on the "Week 27” page. The Week 27 Spelling test will be on Wednesday, March 29th. Students should be studying their spelling words at home as well. If your child scores below an 80% on a spelling test, he or she will be able to retake their test on the following Friday if they have completed and turned in their spelling tasks on time for that week.


Please be sure to sign your child’s homework page every night.


Thank you for your ongoing support at home encouraging your child and helping in his or her education! It is greatly appreciated!


UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Thursday, March 16-Friday, March 17 - Scholastic Book Fair (Last days)

  • Thursday, March 16 - Curriculum Night, 6:00-7:30 pm

  • Monday, March 20-Friday, March 24 - Spring Break NO SCHOOL

  • Friday, March 31 - Field Trip to the Middle School to see the Band

  • Tuesday, April 4 - Spring Picture Day

  • Thursday, April 6 - Band Night at WMS Gymnasium, 6:00-7:30 pm:

    • If you are interested in Band as a 7th grader come to band night to collect information, try instruments, ask questions, and meet Mrs. Holm, the Band Director.

  • Tuesday, April 11 - Philly’s Pizza Pickup

  • Tuesday, April 11- 2nd Parent Meeting for 6th Grade Party 6:00 in the library

  • Wednesday, April 19 - Blood Drive, 3:00-7:30 pm

  • Thursday, April 27-Friday, April 28 - MAP Testing (See schedule below)

  • Monday, May 1 - Popsicles with the Principals, 4:30-5:15 pm

  • Tuesday, May 2-Wednesday, May 3 - MAP Testing (See schedule below)

  • Friday, May 5 - Track and Field Day at WHS (Permission Slip coming in April)

  • Friday, May 12 - Field Trip to Meramec Caverns (Permission Slip coming in April)


MAP Test Schedule!

  • Thursday, April 27 - ELA

  • Friday, April 28 - ELA

  • Tuesday, May 2 - Math

  • Wednesday, May 3 - Math


kristen.fieseler@washington.k12.mo.us

monica.nadler@washington.k12.mo.us




March 9, 2017


We have planned our Sixth Grade Field Trip! On Friday, May 12, we will be going to Meramec Caverns. We will be doing a cave tour with a guide and a classroom activity in the cave about minerals and rocks. If you would be interested in attending our field trip, please let your child’s homeroom teacher know. The cost for adults to attend is $16. You are welcome to ride the bus with us or drive yourself. You will also need to make sure you have an updated Background Check Form completed through the office. If you are unsure if you do, please contact the school office. A permission slip for this field trip will be sent home in April.


**Due to taking quarterly assessments last week, there will not be many assignments in your child’s Thursday folder this week.**


The Washington Police Department is holding a contest from now until May with all the schools in Washington, private and public, for the Ronald McDonald House. Please collect and save your tops from aluminum cans and have your child bring them into his or her classroom.


Below is a link to help you access the Parent Portal for Lumen to check your child’s grades. If you have any questions, please let me know.

http://www.sdow-mo.schoolloop.com/cms/page_view?d=x&piid=&vpid=1335694229741


Take a look at what’s going on in our classrooms!


  • In Science, students are investigating the six properties of minerals (color, luster, streak, hardness, cleavage and fracture, and density) and using the properties to identify different minerals. Students will be having a mineral quiz on Wednesday, March 15.

  • In Reading, students took their quarterly assessment last week. Today, we began our fourth quarter fiction unit. We are going to be reading The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne while also focusing on reading skills and strategies, such as summarizing, tone/mood, inferencing, and point of view.

  • In Writing, Students have been working on Chapter 3 of their teen activism paper. Chapter 3 focuses on the the activism their teen activist fights for. The different activisms include girls’ education (Malala Yousafzai), e-waste (Alex Lin), child labor (Iqbal Masih), and bullying (Emily-Anne Rigal). Chapter 3 is due tomorrow, Friday, March 10.

  • In Math, students will be finishing Unit 7. This week we added and subtracted inequalities. Next week we will practice multiplying and dividing inequalities. Unit 7 test will be on Friday, March 17. A study guide will go home on Wednesday, March 15.

  • Every Wednesday, students get new Spelling words. The words can be found in your child's Schoology "Spelling" course. This week's words are on the "Week 26” page. The Week 26 Spelling test will be on Wednesday, March 15th. Students should be studying their spelling words at home as well. If your child scores below an 80% on a spelling test, he or she will be able to retake their test on the following Friday if they have completed and turned in their spelling tasks on time for that week.


Please be sure to sign your child’s homework page every night.


Thank you for your ongoing support at home encouraging your child and helping in his or her education! It is greatly appreciated!


UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Monday, March 13-Friday, March 17 - Scholastic Book Fair

  • Thursday, March 16 - Curriculum Night, 6:00-7:30 pm

  • Monday, March 20-Friday, March 24 - Spring Break NO SCHOOL

  • Friday, March 31 - Field Trip to the Middle School to see the Band

  • Tuesday, April 4 - Spring Picture Day

  • Thursday, April 6 - Band Night at WMS, 6:00-8:00 pm

  • Tuesday, April 11 - Philly’s Pizza Pickup

  • Wednesday, April 19 - Blood Drive, 3:00-7:30 pm

  • Thursday, April 27-Friday, April 28 - MAP Testing (See schedule below)

  • Monday, May 1 - Popsicles with the Principals, 4:30-5:15 pm

  • Tuesday, May 2-Wednesday, May 3 - MAP Testing (See schedule below)

  • Friday, May 5 - Track and Field Day at WHS (Permission Slip coming in April)

  • Friday, May 12 - Field Trip to Meramec Caverns (Permission Slip coming in April)


MAP Test Schedule!

  • Thursday, April 27 - ELA

  • Friday, April 28 - ELA

  • Tuesday, May 2 - Math

  • Wednesday, May 3 - Math


kristen.fieseler@washington.k12.mo.us

monica.nadler@washington.k12.mo.us




March 2, 2017


**Please check your child’s Thursday folder for a half-sheet permission slip to attend a band concert at the Middle School on Friday, March 31. The permission slips are due on Wednesday, March 8.


We have planned our Sixth Grade Field Trip! On Friday, May 12, we will be going to Meramec Caverns. We will be doing a cave tour with a guide and a classroom activity in the cave about minerals and rocks. If you would be interested in attending our field trip, please let your child’s homeroom teacher know. The cost for adults to attend is $16. You are welcome to ride the bus with us or drive yourself. You will also need to make sure you have an updated Background Check Form completed through the office. If you are unsure if you do, please contact the school office. A permission slip for this field trip will be sent home in April.


Sixth Grade Celebration! Any sixth grade parent interested in helping with the end of the year party is asked to attend a planning meeting on Tuesday, March 7 in the South Point library at 6:00 pm. If you are unable to attend, but would like to help, please contact Nichole Briggs at 636-390-3776 or Missy Holtmeyer at 636-221-1068.


The Washington Police Department is holding a contest from now until May with all the schools in Washington, private and public, for the Ronald McDonald House. Please collect and save your tops from aluminum cans and have your child bring them into his or her classroom.


Below is a link to help you access the Parent Portal for Lumen to check your child’s grades. If you have any questions, please let me know.

http://www.sdow-mo.schoolloop.com/cms/page_view?d=x&piid=&vpid=1335694229741


Take a look at what’s going on in our classrooms!


  • In Social Studies, students will now be taking their Social Studies QA on Monday, March 6. I moved it back a few days so students can have some extra review time. On Tuesday next week, we will begin our first 4th quarter Science unit: Minerals.

  • In Reading, students took the ELA Quarterly Assessment on Wednesday and Thursday this week. Tomorrow, Friday, March 3 is ReadQuest, similar to Read Across America. Please remind your child to bring a book (or a few) to read while at school. We will be doing a few activities with other grade levels and taking AR tests over the books we have read.

  • In Writing, students took the Writing Quarterly Assessment on Monday and Tuesday this week. Students have been working on Chapter 2 of their teen activism paper. Chapter 2 focuses on the teen activist and their cause. Each student chose either Malala Yousafzai, Alex Lin, Iqbal Masih, or Emily-Anne Rigal to research more in-depth.

  • In Math, students took their Math Quarterly Assessment today. On Monday, students will take the STAR test. Next week, we will focus on Unit 7.6, adding and subtracting inequalities. Unit 7 test will be the week of March 13th.

  • Spelling words (Week 26) will resume next week, March 8. Students did not get new words this week.


Please be sure to sign your child’s homework page every night.


Thank you for your ongoing support at home encouraging your child and helping in his or her education! It is greatly appreciated!


UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Friday, March 3 - Wear Pajamas & Bring a Stuffed Animal (Last day of Spirit Week)

  • Friday, March 3 - ReadQuest - All Day (At school)

  • Friday, March 3 - Spelling Bee, 8:30 am

  • Tuesday, March 7 - WINGS Card Assembly during school

  • Tuesday, March 7 - 6th Grade Celebration planning meeting, South Point library, 6:00 pm

  • Wednesday, March 8 - Middle School Band Concert Permission Slip Due

  • Wednesday, March 8 - Modified Day - Dismissal 11:50

  • Monday, March 13-Friday, March 17 - Scholastic Book Fair

  • Thursday, March 16 - Curriculum Night, 6:00-7:30 pm

  • March 20-24 - Spring Break NO SCHOOL

  • Friday, March 31 - Field Trip to the Middle School to see the Band (Permission Slip in Thursday Folder)

  • Wednesday, April 19 - Blood Drive, 3:00-7:30 pm


kristen.fieseler@washington.k12.mo.us

monica.nadler@washington.k12.mo.us





February 23,2017


The deadline for the Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser is February 24th.


The Washington Police Department is holding a contest from now until May with all the schools in Washington, private and public, for the Ronald McDonald House. Please collect and save your tops from aluminum cans and have your child bring them into his or her classroom.


Below is a link to help you access the Parent Portal for Lumen to check your child’s grades. If you have any questions, please let me know.

http://www.sdow-mo.schoolloop.com/cms/page_view?d=x&piid=&vpid=1335694229741


Take a look at what’s going on in our classrooms!


  • In Social Studies, students are working on a project where they are investigating an Ancient American culture (Maya, Inca, Aztec). They are creating a Google Slides presentation about the civilization of their choice and highlighting aspects of the culture’s history and cultural elements. These presentations are due in the morning on Tuesday, February 28. We will be covering Islam on Wednesday and Thursday next week. We will be using information directly from students’ textbooks. The Social Studies QA is scheduled for Friday, March 3.

  • In Reading, students have been reviewing more skills with the Patricia Polacco book, Thank You Mr. Falker. Next week we will focus more on citing evidence to support a claim using both fiction and nonfiction texts. Our 3rd quarter QA will be given on Wednesday, March 1 and Thursday March 2.

  • In Writing, students finished composing their flash drafts for our informational writing unit. Next students will be creating a trail of research. This trail of research will then turn into a table of contents for their teen activism paper. Our 3rd Quarter Writing QA will be given on Monday, February 27 and Tuesday, February 28.

  • In Math, students will continue Unit 7. We took a quiz over lesson 7.1-7.4 on Thursday. Next week we will focus on lesson 7.5. They will learn how to write and graph inequalities. We will then spend Wednesday reviewing for our QA. The math QA will be given on Thursday, March 2nd.

  • Every Wednesday, students get new Spelling words. The words can be found in your child's Schoology "Spelling" course. This week's words are on the "Week 25” page. The Week 25 Spelling test will be on Wednesday, March 1st. Students should be studying their spelling words at home as well. If your child scores below an 80% on a spelling test, he or she will be able to retake their test on the following Friday if they have completed and turned in their spelling tasks on time for that week.


Please be sure to sign your child’s homework page every night.


Thank you for your ongoing support at home encouraging your child and helping in his or her education! It is greatly appreciated!


UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Friday, February 24 - Jump Rope for Heart ends

  • Monday, February 27-March 3 - Spirit Week (See Flyer in Thursday folder)

    • Monday, Feb. 27 - Wear Animal Print

    • Tuesday, Feb. 28 - Wear a Hat

    • Wednesday, March 1 - Wear Wacky Clothes

    • Thursday, March 2 - Wear Green

    • Friday, March 3 - Wear Pajamas & Bring a Stuffed Animal

  • Friday, March 3 - Spelling Bee, 8:30 am

  • Friday, March 3 - Read Across America Day

  • Tuesday, March 7 - WINGS Card Assembly

  • Wednesday, March 8 - Modified Day - Dismissal 11:50

  • Thursday, March 16 - Curriculum Night, 6:00-7:30 pm

  • March 20-24 - Spring Break NO SCHOOL

  • Wednesday, April 19 - Blood Drive, 3:00-7:30 pm


kristen.fieseler@washington.k12.mo.us

monica.nadler@washington.k12.mo.us




February 16, 2017


The deadline for the Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser is February 24th.


The Washington Police Department is holding a contest from now until May with all the schools in Washington, private and public, for the Ronald McDonald House. Please collect and save your tops from aluminum cans and have your child bring them into his or her classroom.


Below is a link to help you access the Parent Portal for Lumen to check your child’s grades. If you have any questions, please let me know.

http://www.sdow-mo.schoolloop.com/cms/page_view?d=x&piid=&vpid=1335694229741


Take a look at what’s going on in our classrooms!


  • In Social Studies, students took their Ancient India Quiz today. We will begin our next unit on the Ancient Americas. Students are going to be learning about the Maya, Aztec, and Inca civilizations in Central and South America. The quiz over this will be next week. Our final unit in Social Studies will be Islam. We will be learning about the cultural aspects of this religion since it ties so deeply into the culture of the Middle East. We will be reading two lessons from our Social Studies textbook.

  • In Reading, students are taking their test over reading skills and comprehension over the book Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco. We will be reviewing skills more with another Patricia Polacco book, Thank You Mr. Falker.

  • In Writing, students are hard at work on their flash drafts for our informational writing unit. Students made an overall statement, or claim, about teen activists and are supporting their claim from evidence they found in articles about both Alex Lin and Malala Yousafzai.

  • In Math, students will continue Unit 7. This week we focused on writing and solving equations with addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Our focus next week will be writing equations with two variables. We will also take a short quiz over lessons 7.1-7.4.

  • Every Wednesday, students get new Spelling words. The words can be found in your child's Schoology "Spelling" course. This week's words are on the "Week 24” page. The Week 24 Spelling test will be on Wednesday, February 22. Students should be studying their spelling words at home as well. If your child scores below an 80% on a spelling test, he or she will be able to retake their test on the following Friday if they have completed and turned in their spelling tasks on time for that week.


Please be sure to sign your child’s homework page every night.


Thank you for your ongoing support at home encouraging your child and helping in his or her education! It is greatly appreciated!


UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Friday, February 17 - Modified Day, Dismissal at 11:50 am

  • Monday, February 20 - No School, President’s Day

  • Friday, February 24 - Jump Rope for Heart ends

  • Friday, February 24 - Family Trivia Night (PTC Event), 6:30-8:30 pm

  • Friday, March 3 - Spelling Bee, 8:30 am

  • Thursday, March 16 - Curriculum Night, 6:00-7:30 pm

  • Wednesday, April 19 - Blood Drive, 3:00-7:30 pm


kristen.fieseler@washington.k12.mo.us

monica.nadler@washington.k12.mo.us






February 9, 2017


Our class Valentine’s Day party is from 1:30-2:30 on Tuesday, February 14. If you would like to bring in any food or drinks for our party, it is much appreciated. Please be sure the food is peanut-free, and your child gets the food checked with Nurse Hagan. We have 30 students in our classroom. Thank you!


The Washington Police Department is holding a contest from now until May with all the schools in Washington, private and public, for the Ronald McDonald House. Please collect and save your tops from aluminum cans and have your child bring them into his or her classroom.


Celebrations: Our class held a Spelling Bee this week. Congratulations to our 2 class representatives!


Below is a link to help you access the Parent Portal for Lumen to check your child’s grades. If you have any questions, please let me know.

http://www.sdow-mo.schoolloop.com/cms/page_view?d=x&piid=&vpid=1335694229741


Take a look at what’s going on in our classrooms!


  • In Social Studies, students have been learning about the geography of Ancient India. Next week, we will be learning about both Hinduism and Buddhism, religions that originated in Ancient India. Both religions are integral to India’s culture, both past and present. The Ancient India Quiz is currently scheduled for Thursday, February 16.

  • In Reading, we are using the book Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco to understand various skills related to reading fiction books. Students are making inferences, analyzing the similarities and differences between characters, explaining points of view, and discovering unfamiliar words by using context clues. We will continue going over these skills next week as well. There will be a test over these skills relating to Pink and Say on Friday, February 17.

  • In Writing, students are working on starting their informational paper on Teen Activism. Students are discovering a “big picture” idea about this topic, and narrowing down their ideas about several teen activists as pieces of information that relates to teen activism in general.

  • In Math, students finished Unit 6 and took their test yesterday. We will begin Unit 7. Unit 7 will focus on writing equations and inequalities. We will begin the unit by writing equations and then will focus on solving equations with addition and subtraction.

  • Every Wednesday, students get new Spelling words. The words can be found in your child's Schoology "Spelling" course. This week's words are on the "Week 23” page. The Week 23 Spelling test will be on Wednesday, February 15. Students should be studying their spelling words at home as well. If your child scores below an 80% on a spelling test, he or she will be able to retake their test on the following Friday if they have completed and turned in their spelling tasks on time for that week.


Please be sure to sign your child’s homework page every night.


Thank you for your ongoing support at home encouraging your child and helping in his or her education! It is greatly appreciated!


UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Tuesday, February 14 - Valentine’s Day Party (1:30-2:30 pm)

  • Thursday, February 16 - Six Flags Reading Club forms due

  • Friday, February 17 - Modified Day, Dismissal at 11:50 am

  • Monday, February 20 - No School, President’s Day

  • Friday, February 24 - Family Trivia Night (PTC Event), 6:30-8:30 pm

  • Thursday, March 16 - Curriculum Night, 6:00-7:30 pm

  • Wednesday, April 19 - Blood Drive, 3:00-7:30 pm


kristen.fieseler@washington.k12.mo.us


monica.nadler@washington.k12.mo.us




February 2, 2017


The Washington Police Department is holding a contest from now until May with all the schools in Washington, private and public, for the Ronald McDonald House. Please collect and save your tops from aluminum cans and have your child bring them into his or her classroom.


In today’s Thursday folder, you will find the Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser information. There is an assembly tomorrow at 2:00.


Below is a link to help you access the Parent Portal for Lumen to check your child’s grades. If you have any questions, please let me know.

http://www.sdow-mo.schoolloop.com/cms/page_view?d=x&piid=&vpid=1335694229741


Celebration: We have had one student donate tops for Ronald McDonald House!


Take a look at what’s going on in our classrooms!


  • In Science, students have been working on an informational essay about the three plate boundaries: divergent, transform, and convergent. They are working on the essay in class, and should be working at home if they need to finish to keep up with the timeline designated on the project information packet. The essay is due tomorrow, Friday, February 3. I have pushed back our tests next week by one day. We will now have our Unit test on Tuesday, February 7. The Quarterly Assessment will be on Wednesday, February 8.

  • In Reading, students have been reviewing concepts that we have been learning about so far this quarter. This includes citing textual evidence to support a central idea, writing summaries, identifying an argument, explaining the credibility of sources, figurative language, denotation/connotation, and tone and mood.

  • In Writing, students have begun to research other teen activists. We continue to work on note-taking and research skills, which are both so important to establish before constructing a formal informational paper.

  • In Math, students will finish Unit 6. This week we learned about the four quadrants in a coordinate plane. The students took a short quiz yesterday. Check their schoology accounts to see their grade. We ARE NOT having Unit 6 test tomorrow. The test has been moved to Wednesday, February 8th. A study guide will go home on Monday night.

  • Every Thursday, students get new Spelling words. The words can be found in your child's Schoology "Spelling" course. This week's words are on the "Week 22” page. The Week 22 Spelling test will be on Wednesday, February 8. Students should be studying their spelling words at home as well. If your child scores below an 80% on a spelling test, he or she will be able to retake their test on the following Friday if they have completed and turned in their spelling tasks on time for that week.


Please be sure to sign your child’s homework page every night.


Thank you for your ongoing support at home encouraging your child and helping in his or her education! It is greatly appreciated!


UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Friday, February 3 - Jump Rope for Heart assembly

  • Friday, February 3 - Mid-Quarter, Progress Reports available online

  • Tuesday, February 7 - Relay for Life assembly

  • Tuesday, February 14 - Valentine’s Day Party (1:30-2:30)

  • Thursday, February 16 - Six Flags Reading Club forms due

  • Friday, February 24 - Family Trivia Night (PTC Event), 6:30-8:30 pm

  • Thursday, March 16 - Curriculum Night, 6:00-7:30 pm

  • Wednesday, April 19 - Blood Drive, 3:00-7:30 pm


kristen.fieseler@washington.k12.mo.us

monica.nadler@washington.k12.mo.us





January 26, 2017


The Washington Police Department is holding a contest from now until May with all the schools in Washington, private and public, for the Ronald McDonald House. Please collect and save your tops from aluminum cans and have your child bring them into his or her classroom.


Below is a link to help you access the Parent Portal for Lumen to check your child’s grades. If you have any questions, please let me know.

http://www.sdow-mo.schoolloop.com/cms/page_view?d=x&piid=&vpid=1335694229741


Take a look at what’s going on in our classrooms!


  • In Science, students have been learning about the Continental Drift theory and piecing together Pangaea by using clues from coastlines, rocks, fossils, and climate. Next week, students will be learning about Plate Tectonics. We will have our Unit test on Monday, February 6. The Quarterly Assessment will be on Tuesday, February 7. Students will get a study guide next week.

  • In Reading, students will be reviewing concepts that we have been learning about so far this quarter. This includes citing textual evidence to support a central idea, writing summaries, identifying an argument, explaining the credibility of sources, figurative language, denotation/connotation, and tone and mood. There is a quiz tomorrow over figurative language, connotation/denotation, and tone and mood.

  • In Writing, students have written summaries on both Malala Yousafzai and Alex Lin. Students researched each teen activist and annotated their research to help them dig deeper into who these teen activists are and what they are doing to change the world and inspire others.

  • In Math, students will continue Unit 6. This week we learned about absolute value. We have started discussing the four quadrants of a coordinate plane and have started plotting points in each of these quadrants. Next week we will learn about reflecting points on a coordinate plane. A quiz over lessons 6.4-6.5 is tentatively scheduled for next week Wednesday, February 1st.

  • Every Thursday, students get new Spelling words. The words can be found in your child's Schoology "Spelling" course. This week's words are on the "Week 21” page. The Week 21 Spelling test will be on Wednesday, February 1. Students should be studying their spelling words at home as well. If your child scores below an 80% on a spelling test, he or she will be able to retake their test on the following Friday if they have completed and turned in their spelling tasks on time for that week.


Please be sure to sign your child’s homework page every night.


Thank you for your ongoing support at home encouraging your child and helping in his or her education! It is greatly appreciated!


UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Friday, February 3 - Jump Rope for Heart assembly

  • Friday, February 3 - Mid-Quarter

  • Tuesday, February 7 - Relay for Life assembly

  • Tuesday, February 14 - Valentine’s Day Party (1:30-2:30)

  • Thursday, February 16 - Six Flags Reading Club forms due

  • Friday, February 24 - Family Trivia Night (PTC Event), 6:30-8:30 pm

  • Thursday, March 16 - Curriculum Night, 6:00-7:30 pm

  • Wednesday, April 19 - Blood Drive, 3:00-7:30 pm


kristen.fieseler@washington.k12.mo.us


monica.nadler@washington.k12.mo.us





January 19, 2017


Tomorrow, Friday, January 20th, Interstate Studio will be here to take group and candid photos. If your child participates in Jr. Jays basketball or volleyball, please have them wear their sports shirts tomorrow for a picture.


Below is a link to help you access the Parent Portal for Lumen to check your child’s grades. If you have any questions, please let me know.

http://www.sdow-mo.schoolloop.com/cms/page_view?d=x&piid=&vpid=1335694229741


Take a look at what’s going on in our classrooms!


  • In Science, students took their quiz on weathering. Now, students are working on a small group presentation on one of three natural disasters that can change the surface of the Earth quickly: landslides, floods, and volcanoes. Students will be presenting these projects tomorrow, Friday, January 20. Next week, we will be investigating the Continental Drift Theory and Pangaea.

  • In Reading, students are practicing finding inferences and textual evidence in informational (nonfiction) reading passages. We are also focusing on annotating a text to find important details

  • In Writing, students are beginning to research teen activists, specifically Alex Lin and Malala Yousafzai. Next week, we will be practicing our note-taking skills and research various other teen activists This will lead us into our informational paper.

  • In Math, we will continue Unit 6. Tomorrow, Friday, January 19th, there will be a quiz over lesson 6.1-6.3. The students were told to bring home their notes to help them study for the quiz. Next week we will focus on absolute value and plotting points on the coordinate plane.

  • Every Thursday, students get new Spelling words. The words can be found in your child's Schoology "Spelling" course. This week's words are on the "Week 20" page. The Week 20 Spelling test will be on Wednesday, January 25. Students should be studying their spelling words at home as well. If your child scores below an 80% on a spelling test, he or she will be able to retake their test on the following Friday if they have completed and turned in their spelling tasks on time for that week.


Please be sure to sign your child’s homework page every night.


Thank you for your ongoing support at home encouraging your child and helping in his or her education! It is greatly appreciated!


UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Friday, January 20 - Candid and Club Photos

  • Wednesday, January 25- Modified Day Dismissal is at 11:45

  • Friday, February 3 - Mid-Quarter

  • Tuesday, February 14 - Valentine’s Day Party (1:30-2:30)

  • Thursday, February 16 - Six Flags Reading Club forms due


kristen.fieseler@washington.k12.mo.us

monica.nadler@washington.k12.mo.us




January 12, 201 7


The 5th and 6th Grade Dance for tomorrow night, Friday, January 13th has been cancelled due to the possibility of inclement weather.


If you do not have access to LUMEN please see the following link on the district web page. Please be sure to check LUMEN for your child's second quarter grades.

http://www.sdow-mo.schoolloop.com/cms/page_view?d=x&piid=&vpid=1335694229741


Six Flags Read to Succeed log sheet is due February 16th. If your child reads for at least 6 hours, they will receive a free ticket to Six Flags.



CELEBRATE: We are starting third quarter off strong. I have also implemented a "Caught Being Good" system in the classroom, and the kids seem to love it! Ask your child if they received any tickets for the day.


Curriculum Corner



Math: We have started Unit 6 this week. Unit 6 focuses on integers and the coordinate plane. This week we have learned how to plot positive and negative integers on a number line, compare positive and negative numbers, and order integers from least to greatest. Next week we will focus on comparing and ordering decimals and fractions.


Science: Students have been learning about the two different types of rock weathering (mechanical and chemical) and the different causes of each type of weathering. We have also been discovering the difference between weathering (the breaking down of rock) and erosion (the movement of rocks by natural forces). Tomorrow, Friday, January 13, there will be a weathering quiz. The students have flipbooks they have created to help them study. The flipbooks are also due tomorrow. If there happens to be no school tomorrow due to inclement weather, the quiz will be on Tuesday, January 17.


Reading: Students are working on distinguishing fact and opinion when looking at informational writings. We started out by learning about the author Patricia Polacco and watched a video interview with her, read her autobiography, and read a biography about the author. We have also been discovering the credibility of different websites and discussing that just because something looks good and seems like it may be true doesn’t mean it is true.


Writing: Students are learning the foundations of informational/research writing. We began our first lesson today which is centered on note-taking. Students will be researching teen activism. We began by talking about both Alex Lin and Malala Yousafzai, both prominent teen activists.


Spelling: We will have our next test on Wednesday, January 18th. Our test will be over Week 19 words.


If you need to contact Kristen Fieseler (my students' science/social studies teacher) or I at any time, please feel free to email us. Below are our emails:


kristen.fieseler@washington.k12.mo.us

monica.nadler@washington.k12.mo.us



UPCOMING EVENTS


  • Monday, January 16th: NO SCHOOL

  • Friday, January 20th: Candid and club photos

  • Friday, February 3rd: Mid-Term
  • Tuesday, February 14th: Valentine's Day Party 1:30-2:30
  • Thursday, February 16th: Six Flags Reading Club




December 15, 2016


Next week Tuesday, December 20th will be our class Christmas Party. The party is from 1:30-2:30. Please send in any donations for the party.


I will not be sending home a newsletter next week. I hope that everyone enjoys the holiday season.


If you do not have access to LUMEN please see the following link on the district web page. Please be sure to check LUMEN for your child's second quarter grades.

http://www.sdow-mo.schoolloop.com/cms/page_view?d=x&piid=&vpid=1335694229741



CELEBRATE: The students survived a tough week of taking quarterly assessments. They have been very focused this week.


Curriculum Corner



Math: Unit 5 test was given on Tuesday. Please check Thursday folders for your child's results. We also took our QA this week and we will be taking our STAR test tomorrow. When we return in January we will begin Unit 6. Unit 6 will focus on integers and the coordinate plane.


Social Studies: We took our Quarterly Assessment today. Students are now going to be focusing on a project called “Create your Own Country.” They will be using their knowledge of cultural elements and will be making up their own country, with its own government, language, laws, and customs. Students will be working on a Google Slides presentation next week.


Reading: We finished our reading QA's yesterday. The rest of this week they are working on a Rockefellar Christmas Tree project. They will also be creating a a booklet about Italy.


Writing: Students have submitted their argumentative paper. Our next writing project will be an informational writing.


Spelling: We will not have a spelling test next week. We will start a new list of words in January.



If you need to contact Kristen Fieseler (my students' science/social studies teacher) or I at any time, please feel free to email us. Below are our emails:


kristen.fieseler@washington.k12.mo.us

monica.nadler@washington.k12.mo.us



UPCOMING EVENTS


  • Tuesday, December 20, 1:30-2:30 – Christmas Parties

  • Tuesday, December 20- Manner's Day lunch - Canned food drive

  • Wednesday, December 21 – Modified Day Dismissal 11:50


  • Thursday, December 22-Monday, January 2 - Winter Break - NO SCHOOL
  • Tuesday, January 3 - School Resumes; Beginning of 3rd Quarter






December 8, 2016


Tomorrow, December 9 we will have a hat day for $1. The Cadet Teachers are raising money to try to send 10 students to their state level competition.


If you do not have access to LUMEN please see the following link on the district web page.

http://www.sdow-mo.schoolloop.com/cms/page_view?d=x&piid=&vpid=1335694229741


Next week Tuesday, our class will participate in the child advocacy program. A letter went home a few weeks ago informing you of the topics that will be covered. If you wish for your child not to participate in this program please let us know.



CELEBRATE: There are a total of 12 students who have met their AR goal so far this quarter. Several students are very close to reaching their goal!


Curriculum Corner



Math: Unit 5 test has been moved to next week Tuesday, December 13th. A study guide will go home with your child on Friday, December 9th. Next week we will be taking our Math Quarterly Assessment. The QA will be Thursday, December 15. All students should be preparing for this QA. The QA covers Unit 3-4. Please have your child look at their tests on Schoology for these units to help them prepare for this assessment.


Social Studies: We took our Ancient Rome assessment today. Next week, we will be reviewing for the Social Studies Quarterly Assessment. The QA will be on Thursday, December 15 and will cover Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, and timelines. All students should be preparing for this test by looking over anything they have from this quarter. The textbook is also a good resource to help students study. Ancient Greece is in Chapter 8, and Ancient Rome is in Chapter 9.


Reading: This week we have been discussing and practicing how to determine the central idea of a passage and giving details to support the central idea. We will be giving a short assessment tomorrow over this concept. We have also been administering the DRA's for a mid-year assessment. Next week we will be taking Part 1 of our QA on Tuesday, December 13th. We will take part 2 on Wednesday, December 14th. Students can review different genres, main idea, and comparing and contrasting characters and stories to help them prepare for this assessment.


Writing: Students will need to submit their final draft of their argumentative paper to me tomorrow, December 9th. Next week Monday, students will take their writing QA.


Spelling: Your child's words can be found in your child's Schoology "Spelling" course. The students need to look in their 2nd quarter folder for their words. This week's words are "Week 16." The next test will be Wednesday.



If you need to contact Kristen Fieseler (my students' science/social studies teacher) or I at any time, please feel free to email us. Below are our emails:


kristen.fieseler@washington.k12.mo.us

monica.nadler@washington.k12.mo.us



UPCOMING EVENTS


  • Friday, December 9-Hat Day for a $1 donation

  • Saturday, December 10 – PTC Breakfast with Santa, 9-10:30AM

  • Tuesday, December 20, 1:30-2:30 – Christmas Parties (more info to come)

  • Tuesday, December 20- Manner's Day lunch - Canned food drive

  • Wednesday, December 21 – Modified Day Dismissal 11:50


  • Thursday, December 22-Monday, January 2 - Winter Break - NO SCHOOL
  • Tuesday, January 3 - School Resumes; Beginning of 3rd Quarter





December 1, 2016


I hope that everyone enjoyed the long weekend with their family. It is hard to believe that it is December already!


Please check your child's Thursday folders. They should be showing you their Genre Study rubric. Please sign and return the rubric by Monday, December 5th at the latest. Thank you.


On Friday, December 9 we will have a hat day for $1. The Cadet Teachers are raising money to try to send 10 students to their state level competition.



CELEBRATE: The music program was great last week! It was great to see your kids perform.


Curriculum Corner



Math: In math we will finish Unit 5. Our Unit 5 test is TENTATIVELY scheduled for next week Friday, December 9th. Please know that the test may be pushed back if the lessons take longer than anticipated. I will keep your child informed.



Social Studies: Students took their Ancient Greece assessment last Tuesday. We have begun our Ancient Rome unit. Students have learned about the geography of Italy and the history of Ancient Rome from its time as a small kingdom, to a republic, and finally as an empire. We have also been working on reading, understanding, and analyzing timelines. Students will be piecing together a timeline of Ancient Rome tomorrow, Friday, December 2.


Reading: This week we have been discussing and practicing how to compare and contrast 2 different non-fiction texts. Tomorrow there will be a short quiz assessing their knowledge of this standard. Next week we will be discussing the central idea of a passage and giving details to support the central idea. We will also be administering the DRA's for a mid-year assessment.


Writing: Students have written their rough draft of their argumentative paper. This week we will finish editing, revising, and peer editing our work. Next week they will submit their final draft.


Spelling: Your child's words can be found in your child's Schoology "Spelling" course. The students need to look in their 2nd quarter folder for their words. This week's words are "Week 15." The next test will be Wednesday.



If you need to contact Kristen Fieseler (my students' science/social studies teacher) or I at any time, please feel free to email us. Below are our emails:


kristen.fieseler@washington.k12.mo.us

monica.nadler@washington.k12.mo.us



UPCOMING EVENTS


  • Friday, December 9-Hat Day for a $1 donation

  • Saturday, December 10 – PTC Breakfast with Santa, 9-10:30AM

  • Tuesday, December 20, 1:30-2:30 – Christmas Parties (more info to come)

  • Tuesday, December 20- Manner's Day lunch - Canned food drive

  • Wednesday, December 21 – Modified Day




November 17, 2016


Our music program is Monday, November 21st at 6:30 in the gym. They kids have been practicing and rehearsing a lot! I hope to see everyone on Monday!


Don't forget no school Wednesday-Friday of next week. I hope that everyone enjoys the extra time with your loved ones.


CELEBRATE: The Manner's Day Lunch was great this week. It was wonderful to be able to sit with your child and have a conversation with them at lunch.


Curriculum Corner



Math: In math we will begin Unit 5. We will begin our discussion on ratios and using ratio tables.

If your child needs to retake Unit 4 math test, the retake will be Tuesday, November 22nd. They took this test yesterday and I will have them graded and returned tomorrow.If they need to retake portions of their test, I will provide extra practice worksheets for them to complete. Remember to take a look at LUMEN to see if your child is completing all of their math homework.


Students have access to their math book online. Students will need to go to the district webpage and log into their Clever account. Their username for Clever is their Active Directory ID (The last two digits of their graduation year, first two letters of their first name and first five letters of their last name)

- Their password is: sdow2016

Once students log into Clever, they will be prompted to change their password. I would suggest keeping it the same as all of their other passwords so that it is easy to remember. After logging into Clever you will see an app that says, "Big Ideas Learning."


Social Studies: Students have been learning about the society, politics, and culture of Ancient Greece. We examined the similarities and differences between two of the biggest city-states, Athens and Sparta. Students are also discovering important cultural elements of Ancient Greece, including Greek mythology, philosophers, art, and more. The Ancient Greece test is scheduled for Tuesday, November 22. Students should be preparing for this test by looking over any notes and activities from class as well as looking back at Chapter 8 in the Social Studies textbook.


Reading: I gave students some extra time to finish some missing components from their genre project from last week. I found that several students were not including key information that had been written out for them to include in their rubric to receive full points. After today, the projects will be graded as they are shared with me. We have been also working on using textual evidence to support claims that we find in nonfiction texts. There will be a short quiz given tomorrow to assess the progress made toward understanding this concept. ​


Writing: Students have used a Boxes and Bullets organizer to state and support the claim they are making in reference to the character that they have chosen. Next week we will start drafting our argumentative paper.


Spelling: I am really disappointed in the number of kids not turning in their spelling tasks. They are given time in class to work on these tasks. If these are not completed, their consequence is missing their reward recess on Friday. Yesterday, only HALF of the students turned in their work. This is their responsibility. Please have a conversation with your child about work completion. You may check LUMEN to see how many of hte tasks your child is turning in each week. Your child is expected to complete 3 tasks per week. They are given time in class during guided reading to work on spelling. Your child's words can be found in your child's Schoology "Spelling" course. The students need to look in their 2nd quarter folder for their words. This week's words are "Week 14." The next test will be Tuesday not Wednesday.



If you need to contact Kristen Fieseler (my students' science/social studies teacher) or I at any time, please feel free to email us. Below are our emails:


kristen.fieseler@washington.k12.mo.us

monica.nadler@washington.k12.mo.us



UPCOMING EVENTS


  • Monday, November 21 - 6th Grade Music Performance at South Point Gym

  • Wednesday, November 23-Friday, November 25 - NO SCHOOL
  • Saturday, December 10 – PTC Breakfast with Santa, 9-10:30AM

  • Tuesday, December 20, 1:30-2:30 – Christmas Parties (more info to come)

  • Wednesday, December 21 – Modified Day



November 10, 2016


SOUTH POINT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL is proud to partner with Kurt Warner First Things First Foundation for the 16th Annual Warner’s Warm-Up Coat Drive by serving as a drop off location. The drive will take place from November 1st – 14th. We encourage everyone to donate and help us spread the word by telling your family, friends and neighbors.


Veteran's Day Assembly: Parents and guest are welcome to join us. If you have a veteran in your family, you may send in a photo along with name and relationship to your student to have added to our video collage. Please email your photos to Mrs. Trentmann. The program is at 10AM and we will have refreshments from 9:45-10 in the library for guests.


St. Louis Cardinals calendar fundraiser information and order forms were sent home on Thursday, Oct. 20th. All order forms are due TOMORROW!


Picture Retake: Picture retake day is Thursday, November 17th. If you would like your child to have his/her picture retaken, call the office and let them know that you need a retake form. Please remember that you must bring back their first picture and turn it in to the photographer when they sit for their retake.



CELEBRATE: We have had 9 students reach their AR Goal so far this quarter. Congratulations! The quarter is half over, encourage your child to reach their goal!


Curriculum Corner



Math: In math we will be taking Unit 4 test next week Wednesday, November 16th. A study guide will go home on Monday night for homework. Students should be studying and practicing the formulas for finding the area of a square, rectangle, parallelogram, triangle and a trapezoid. Remember to take a look at LUMEN to see if your child is completing all of their math homework.


Students have access to their math book online. Students will need to go to the district webpage and log into their Clever account. Their username for Clever is their Active Directory ID (The last two digits of their graduation year, first two letters of their first name and first five letters of their last name)

- Their password is: sdow2016

Once students log into Clever, they will be prompted to change their password. I would suggest keeping it the same as all of their other passwords so that it is easy to remember. After logging into Clever you will see an app that says, "Big Ideas Learning."


Science: Students took their Quarterly Assessment over Weather and Climate on Wednesday. Today, we began our first unit in Social Studies. We are exploring the geography of Greece. Next week, we will begin to investigate the society and culture of Ancient Greece.



Reading: Students are working on a project exploring different genres. Everyone is creating a project on Google Slides. All students have a project information sheet with a rubric attached. The rubrics are very important to look at while working on the project. As of now, this project is due tomorrow, Friday, November 11.


Writing: Students have examined the character traits of a character from a book they have chosen. Next week, students will begin to find evidence from their book that support the claims they made about the character traits of their character. We will be doing this in an outline form to help develop their literary essay.



Spelling: Your child is expected to complete 3 tasks per week. They are given time in class during guided reading to work on spelling. Your child's words can be found in your child's Schoology "Spelling" course. The students need to look in their 2nd quarter folder for their words. This week's words are "Week 13." The next test will be Wednesday.



If you need to contact Kristen Fieseler (my students' science/social studies teacher) or I at any time, please feel free to email us. Below are our emails:


kristen.fieseler@washington.k12.mo.us

monica.nadler@washington.k12.mo.us



UPCOMING EVENTS


  • Friday, November 11 - Veteran’s Day Assembly at 10:00 am

  • Friday, November 11 - Cardinal Calendar order forms due

  • Friday, November 11- Mid Term

  • Tuesday, November 15 - Manner’s Day

  • Thursday, November 17 - Picture Re-Take Day

  • Monday, November 21 - 6th Grade Music Performance at South Point Gym

  • Wednesday, November 23-Friday, November 25 - NO SCHOOL


November 3, 2016


SOUTH POINT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL is proud to partner with Kurt Warner First Things First Foundation for the 16th Annual Warner’s Warm-Up Coat Drive by serving as a drop off location. The drive will take place from November 1st – 14th. We encourage everyone to donate and help us spread the word by telling your family, friends and neighbors.


Veteran's Day Assembly: Parents and guest are welcome to join us. If you have a veteran in your family, you may send in a photo along with name and relationship to your student to have added to our video collage. Please email your photos to Mrs. Trentmann. The program is at 10AM and we will have refreshments from 9:45-10 in the library for guests.



St. Louis Cardinals calendar fundraiser information and order forms were sent home on Thursday, Oct. 20th. All order forms are due back on Nov. 11th.



CELEBRATE: This weather is absolutely gorgeous! Enjoy the weekend with your family.


Curriculum Corner



Math: In math we started Unit 4. In Unit 4, we will learn the formula for finding the area of parallelograms, triangles and trapezoids. We will also learn how to find lengths of line segments in a coordinate plane.


Students have access to their math book online. Students will need to go to the district webpage and log into their Clever account. Their username for Clever is their Active Directory ID (The last two digits of their graduation year, first two letters of their first name and first five letters of their last name)

- Their password is: sdow2016

Once students log into Clever, they will be prompted to change their password. I would suggest keeping it the same as all of their other passwords so that it is easy to remember. After logging into Clever you will see an app that says, "Big Ideas Learning."


Science: Students presented their Meteorologist Projects where they forecasted the weather for a certain day from information that was given to them. They did a great job! We will now be learning about the composition of the atmosphere and the water cycle. Our Science Quarterly Assessment over Weather and Climate will be on Wednesday, November 9.



Reading: We have finished reading Hatchet. Students are currently working on a project on Google Slides. They are researching selected websites and creating their own survival guide or manual that could help them if they had been in Brian’s position. I have pushed back the due date on the Hatchet Survival Guides to tomorrow, Friday, November 4. We have also been working on identifying the four different types of point-of-view: first person, second person, third person omniscient, and third person limited. Students have been focused on also determining different text features that can be found in nonfiction books, magazines, articles, or newspapers.


Writing: Students are working on an outline about a claim they made about a character from a book they are reading. They are working to provide evidence to support their claim about their character’s traits.



Spelling: Your child is expected to complete 3 tasks per week. They are given time in class during guided reading to work on spelling. Your child's words can be found in your child's Schoology "Spelling" course. The students need to look in their 2nd quarter folder for their words. This week's words are "Week 12." The next test will be Wednesday.



If you need to contact Kristen Fieseler (my students' science/social studies teacher) or I at any time, please feel free to email us. Below are our emails:


kristen.fieseler@washington.k12.mo.us

monica.nadler@washington.k12.mo.us



UPCOMING EVENTS


  • Friday, November 11 - Veteran’s Day Assembly at 10:00 am

  • Friday, November 11 - Cardinal Calendar order forms due

  • Friday, November 11- Mid Term

  • Tuesday, November 15 - Manner’s Day

  • Thursday, November 17 - Picture Re-Take Day

  • Monday, November 21 - 6th Grade Music Performance at South Point Gym

  • Wednesday, November 23-Friday, November 25 - NO SCHOOL



October 27, 2016


Thank you to everyone who attended your parent teacher conference last week.


Our class Halloween party will be on Halloween (Monday, October 31). There will be a school parade that begins at 1:15. Students are able to wear costumes, but should not contain or be any of the following: gore, weapons, guts, or clowns.


St. Louis Cardinals calendar fundraiser information and order forms were sent home on Thursday, Oct. 20th. All order forms are due back on Nov. 11th.


News From The Nurse:

If your child has received any immunizations recently, please send an updated immunization record to school. This will help your child and you with the transition into Middle School.



CELEBRATE: We have had several students reach their AR Goal for second quarter already.


Curriculum Corner



Math: In math we will finish chapter 3. We are discussing algebraic expressions and properties of math. Chapter 3 may be a very difficult chapter for the students. In this chapter they have to memorize mathematical terms and definitions. I have been telling them that they should be studying these terms and their notes NIGHTLY. After teaching the lessons this week, I feel that the students are not prepared for a test on Friday as I originally planned. They struggled applying the distributive property in class. Due to the fact that most students struggled, I am moving the test to next week Tuesday, November 1st. I know that this is the day after Halloween, so please study with your child over the weekend. They will be given a study guide on Friday to complete. We will discuss the study guide on Monday in class.


Science: Students are working on their meteorologist project in small groups. They are working on putting together a presentation where they are plotting weather fronts, pressure systems, air masses, temperatures, and precipitation on a map. With their group, they will be writing a script as well. As of now, they will be presenting their weather information with their group on Thursday, November 3.



Reading: This week we discussed point of view. I also assigned their survival guide project that is due next week. Next week we will be comparing and contrasting different types of media. We will compare our visualizations with what we read to what we see. We will also be discussing non-fiction text features.


Writing: We will continue working on our quarter 2 writing project. We will be learning techniques and strategies to compose an argumentative paper.



Spelling: Your child is expected to complete 3 tasks per week. They are given time in class during guided reading to work on spelling. Your child's words can be found in your child's Schoology "Spelling" course. The students need to look in their 2nd quarter folder for their words. This week's words are "Week 11." The next test will be Wednesday.



If you need to contact Kristen Fieseler (my students' science/social studies teacher) or I at any time, please feel free to email us. Below are our emails:


kristen.fieseler@washington.k12.mo.us

monica.nadler@washington.k12.mo.us



UPCOMING EVENTS


  • Friday, October 28 - Trunk or Treat (5:30 pm-7:00 pm)

  • Monday, October 31 - Class Halloween Party (Parade begins at 1:15 pm)

  • Friday, November 11 - Veteran’s Day Assembly at 10:00 am

  • Friday, November 11 - Cardinal Calendar order forms due

  • Tuesday, November 15 - Manner’s Day

  • Thursday, November 17 - Picture Re-Take Day

  • Monday, November 21 - 6th Grade Music Performance at South Point Gym

  • Wednesday, November 23-Friday, November 25 - NO SCHOOL



October 20, 2016


Our class Halloween party will be on Halloween (Monday, October 31). There will be a school parade that begins at 1:15. Students are able to wear costumes, but should not contain or be any of the following: gore, weapons, guts, or clowns. Check out the half sheet of paper in your child’s Thursday folder about donating food and drinks to our class Halloween party!


St. Louis Cardinals calendar fundraiser information and order forms will be sent home on Thursday, Oct. 20th. Samples of calendars will be available for viewing at Parent/Teacher conferences on Oct. 20th. All order forms are due back on Nov. 11th.


Don't forget Red Ribbon Week is next week.

Monday: Wear red, white and blue

Tuesday: Wear pj's or comfy clothes

Wednesday: Wear tie-dye or bright colors

Thursday: Wear red

Friday: Bring in a favorite stuffed animal



CELEBRATE: We set our second quarter AR goals and some students have already started to take quizzes to try to reach their goal! What a wonderful display of motivation and determination!


Curriculum Corner



Math: In math we started chapter 3. We are discussing algebraic expressions and properties of math. Chapter 3 may be a very difficult chapter for the students. In this chapter they have to memorize mathematical terms and definitions. I have been telling them that they should be studying these terms and their notes NIGHTLY. I gave a quick check assessment (exit slip) on Wednesday, and most of the students did a great job. I told the students where to find examples in the book to practice these types of problems (this should be in their notes). Please look at their schoology account and check out the exit slip. If they struggled please help them study the definitions at home. I am planning on taking a test over Chapter 3 next week Friday, October 28th.


Science: We investigated several different factors that affect climate. This week we are focusing on the different air masses and fronts that form over the continental United States. We will have a Benchmark test on Tuesday, October 25 over weather vs. climate, the factors that affect climate, and air masses.​



Reading: This week we discussed the central idea of a passage. We will continue working on that next week. We also will finish reading Hatchet. If your child has not told you anything about this book, please ask them. They absolutely LOVE IT. We will be working on a survival guide project to wrap up this book.


Writing: We will begin the process for writing an argumentative paper. We will also continue to focus on subject-verb agreement.



Spelling: Your child is expected to complete 3 tasks per week. They are given time in class during guided reading to work on spelling. Your child's words can be found in your child's Schoology "Spelling" course. The students need to look in their 2nd quarter folder for their words. This week's words are "Week 10-." The next test will be Wednesday.



If you need to contact Kristen Fieseler (my students' science/social studies teacher) or I at any time, please feel free to email us. Below are our emails:


kristen.fieseler@washington.k12.mo.us

monica.nadler@washington.k12.mo.us



UPCOMING EVENTS


  • ​​Friday, October 21 - NO SCHOOL
  • Monday, October 24-Friday, October 28 - Red Ribbon Week

  • Friday, October 28 - Trunk or Treat (5:30 pm-7:00 pm)

  • Monday, October 31 - Class Halloween Party (Parade begins at 1:15 pm)

  • Friday, November 11 - Veteran’s Day Assembly at 10:00 am

  • Friday, November 11 - Cardinal Calendar order forms due

  • Tuesday, November 15 - Manner’s Day

  • Thursday, November 17 - Picture Re-Take Day

  • Monday, November 21 - 6th Grade Music Performance at South Point Gym

  • Wednesday, November 23-Friday, November 25 - NO SCHOOL


October 13, 2016


I can't believe that the first quarter is over already! I am sure as a parent it is bittersweet thinking that your child only has 3 quarters left in Elementary School. Time really does fly by.


In today's Thursday folder, you will be receiving a note stating when our parent teacher conference time has been scheduled. Conferences are next week Thursday, the 20th.


Don't forget that next week Thursday students are dismissed at 11:50 and there is no school on Friday.


Our class Halloween party will be on Halloween (Monday, October 31). There will be a school parade that begins at 1:15. Students are able to wear costumes, but should not contain or be any of the following: gore, weapons, guts, or clowns.



CELEBRATE: We had a total of 25 students who were able to participate in our PBS Quarter 1 reward yesterday. Congratulations!



Curriculum Corner



Math: In math we took our chapter 2 test on Tuesday. We are starting chapter 3 which covers algebraic expressions, writing expressions, properties of addition and multiplication and the distributive property.

If your child struggles with their basic facts please let me know and I can provide flash cards for them to practice. They may also access their XtraMath account for additional practice. If homework is confusing, a good online resource is Khan Academy https://www.khanacademy.org Khan Academy provides step by step videos of the standards we are working on.



Science: We began our unit on Weather and Climate today. Students are investigating the difference between weather and climate by looking at what each concept is and isn’t. Next week, we will be exploring the different factors that affect climate around the world.



Reading: This week we are still focusing on point of view. We will also be focusing on main idea. We will be setting new AR goals for the second quarter. Encourage your child to reach their goal!!



Writing: Our focus for the second quarter will be the steps in writing an argumentative paper. Next week we will also focus on subject verb agreement.



Spelling: Your child is expected to complete 3 tasks per week. They are given time in class during guided reading to work on spelling. Your child's words can be found in your child's Schoology "Spelling" course. The students need to look in their 2nd quarter folder for their words. This week's words are "Week 9." The next test will be Wednesday.



If you need to contact Kristen Fieseler (my students' science/social studies teacher) or I at any time, please feel free to email us. Below are our emails:


kristen.fieseler@washington.k12.mo.us

monica.nadler@washington.k12.mo.us






UPCOMING EVENTS


  • Monday, October 17-Thursday, October 20 - Scholastic Book Fair
  • Thursday, October 20 - End of Quarter 1 - Modified Day - Dismiss at 11:50 am
  • Thursday, October 20 - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Friday, October 21 - NO SCHOOL
  • Monday, October 24-Friday, October 28 - Red Ribbon Week
  • Friday, October 28 - Trunk or Treat (5:30 pm-7:00 pm)
  • Monday, October 31 - Class Halloween Party (Parade begins at 1:15 pm)





October 6, 2016



*Picture day is tomorrow! Order forms were sent home last week. You may also order online at www.inter-state.com/order Use order code 11396MA


* If you have not returned your preferred time to meet with me for parent teacher conferences, please do so as soon as possible. I don't have very many time slots left. I will be sending each family a letter next week letting you know what time our conference will be held.


*We are the the process of taking Quarterly Assessments in Math, Reading/ELA, and Social Studies (Science was already done at mid-quarter). Please remind your child to prepare themselves for these tests by looking over past work from this quarter, getting a good night’s sleep, and eating a good breakfast. We hope everyone is here at school to focus and do their best on QAs!



CELEBRATE: Four sixth grade students attended a Bully Prevention summit this week. They are very excited to share what they learned!




Curriculum Corner



Math: In math we will finish taking our QA tomorrow. Next week Tuesday, we will have a test over Chapter 2. A study guide will be going home tomorrow. We will review the study guide in class on Monday.

If your child struggles with their basic facts please let me know and I can provide flash cards for them to practice. They may also access their XtraMath account for additional practice. If homework is confusing, a good online resource is Khan Academy https://www.khanacademy.org Khan Academy provides step by step videos of the standards we are working on.



Social Studies: We finished learning about our first civilization, Mesopotamia, and took our test over it on Tuesday. Now, students are learning about the geography and culture of Ancient Egypt. Due to the quarter almost being over, there will not be a separate Ancient Egypt test. Instead, I will be grading students on the QA questions that pertain to Ancient Egypt and also have a much shorter quiz that has some additional questions. The Social Studies QA will be on Tuesday, October 11.



Reading: This week we introduced point of view. We also discussed plot structure. One more student met her AR goal and celebrated with Mrs. Harty! Congratulations!



Writing: Students will turn in their personal narrative on Friday. Our writing project for the second quarter will be an argumentative paper.



Spelling: Your child is expected to complete 3 tasks per week. They are given time in class during guided reading to work on spelling. Most of the students did much better this week. Thank you for helping them at home. Your child's words can be found in your child's Schoology "Spelling" course. This week's words are "Week 8." The next test will be Wednesday.



If you need to contact Kristen Fieseler (my students' science/social studies teacher) or I at any time, please feel free to email us. Below are our emails:


kristen.fieseler@washington.k12.mo.us

monica.nadler@washington.k12.mo.us






UPCOMING EVENTS


  • Friday, October 7 - Picture Day
  • Wednesday, October 12 - Modified Day - Dismiss at 11:50 am
  • Monday, October 17-Thursday, October 20 - Scholastic Book Fair
  • Thursday, October 20 - End of Quarter 1 - Modified Day - Dismiss at 11:50 am
  • Thursday, October 20 - Parent/Teacher Conferences - Information about your scheduled time coming soon
  • Friday, October 21 - NO SCHOOL
  • Monday, October 24-Friday, October 28 - Red Ribbon Week
  • Friday, October 28 - Trunk or Treat (5:30 pm-7:00 pm)
  • Monday, October 31 - Class Halloween Party (Parade begins at 1:15 pm)




September 29, 2016


Parent-Teacher Conferences are fast approaching. The sign up sheet is going home today! Please return your preferred time as soon as possible. I will be assigning times on a first come first serve basis.


Picture Day is October 7th. Order forms went home today in their Thursday Folders.


Reward Recess: Your child is going to have the opportunity to earn a reward recess every Friday afternoon. To earn this recess they must have all of their assignments completed (both homework and class assignments) and they can not have any minors or majors for the week. If your child misses recess throughout the week for excessive talking, then they will miss the reward recess, if they have had to miss a total of 5 minutes or more throughout the week. The kids seem really excited about this opportunity.


CELEBRATE: If your child earned a ROCK ticket this quarter, they will participate in a reward recess on Friday morning! Congratulations to those students who went above and beyond!


Curriculum Corner


Math: The students took a quiz over 2.1-2.3 today. You can see their scores in their Schoology account. The focus of the last half of the chapter is adding decimals, multiplying decimals, and dividing decimals. Our chapter 2 test is tentatively scheduled for October 11th. We will take our QA next week Thursday.

If your child struggles with their basic facts please let me know and I can provide flash cards for them to practice. They may also access their XtraMath account for additional practice. If homework is confusing, a good online resource is Khan Academy (https://www.khanacademy.org Khan Academy provides step by step videos of the standards we are working on.


Social Studies: In Social Studies, we are exploring our first civilization, Mesopotamia. There will be a quiz next week (date to be determined). We will finish First Quarter learning about Ancient Egypt's geography, history, and culture. Students will be taking their Social Studies QA on Tuesday, October 11.


Reading: This week we introduced point of view. We will continue that next week. We will also work on plot structure. Our reading QA is scheduled for Wednesday. Two more students have met their AR goal and celebrated with Mrs. Harty! Congratulations!


Writing: Students have been working hard to draft their personal narrative. We will discuss revising and editing this week and the beginning of next week. They will need to turn in their final copy by next week Friday. We will also administer our writing QA next week or the beginning of the following week.


Spelling: Your child is expected to complete 3 tasks per week. They are given time in class during guided reading to work on spelling. Most of the students did much better this week. Thank you for helping them at home. Your child's words can be found in your child's Schoology "Spelling" course. This week's words are "Week 7." The next test will be Wednesday.


If you need to contact Kristen Fieseler (my students' science/social studies teacher) or I at any time, please feel free to email us. Below are our emails:

kristen.fieseler@washington.k12.mo.us

monica.nadler@washington.k12.mo.us


UPCOMING EVENTS

· Friday, October 7 - Picture Day

· Wednesday, October 12 - Modified Day - Dismiss at 11:50 am

· Thursday, October 20 - Modified Day - Dismiss at 11:50 am

· Thursday, October 20 - Parent/Teacher Conferences - (sign-up for time coming soon)

· Friday, October 21 - NO SCHOOL

· Friday, October 28 - Trunk or Treat (Details coming later)

· Monday, October 31 - Class Halloween Party (Parade begins at 1:15 pm)




September 22, 2016


Picture Day is October 7th. More info will be coming home soon.


If you did not see the email that was sent home from Mrs. Harty, the district has hired a class reduction para-professional for our classrooms. The district has hired Mr. Julian Davis. His start date is scheduled for Monday. This excerpt is from Mrs. Harty's letter, "The 6th grade teachers and I have discussed the various ways we can utilize Mr. Davis. These ideas consist of: small group reteach, decreasing wait time for students by being available to offer support to students, increasing student engagement by monitoring the room during whole group lessons, and providing additional space and supervision on the extra trailer during independent work time." If you have any questions please feel free to contact myself or Mrs. Harty.



Curriculum Corner


Math: The students took their Unit 1 test last week Friday. Your child should have shown you his/her test score on Monday. Some students were allowed to retake their test today, (Thursday), if they completed the study guide before the test. This week we have started multiplying and dividing fractions. If your child does not know their multiplication facts and you would like flashcards, please contact me and I will send some home. Next week we will have a quiz over lessons 2.1-2.3. This quiz will be Friday.


Science: In Science, we took the Science Quarterly Assessment today. Tomorrow, we will begin our first Social Studiesunit over Early Humans and Culture.​


Reading: Next week we will be starting small groups. We will also be focusing on connotative and denotative meanings of words. Keep encouraging your child to reach their AR goal. Two students have already met their goal! Congratulations!


Writing: We have continued working on the narrative writing process. We discussed how adding details can make your writing more exciting. We also learned how to write a lead to our narratives. Next week they will be drafting their narratives.


Spelling: Your child is expected to complete 3 tasks per week. They are given time in class during guided reading to work on spelling. Many of the kids are not completing these in class, therefore, should be completing these at home. Please remind your child to complete their homework. Thank you. Your child's words can be found in your child's Schoology "Spelling" course. This week's words are "Week 6." The next test will be Wednesday.



If you need to contact Kristen Fieseler (my students' science/social studies teacher) or I at any time, please feel free to email us. Below are our emails:


kristen.fieseler@washington.k12.mo.us

monica.nadler@washington.k12.mo.us




UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Saturday, September 24 - Mouse Races

  • Friday, October 7 - Picture Day

  • Wednesday, October 12 - Modified Day - Dismiss at 11:50 am

  • Thursday, October 20 - Modified Day - Dismiss at 11:50 am

  • Thursday, October 20 - Parent/Teacher Conferences - (sign-up for time coming soon)

  • Friday, October 21 - NO SCHOOL

  • Friday, October 28 - Trunk or Treat (Details coming later)

  • Monday, October 31 - Class Halloween Party (Parade begins at 1:15 pm)



September 15, 2016


There is still time to sign up for the Mouse Races! If you need more information, please contact the office or myself. Sixth grade will be creating a "Movie Basket" for the silent auction.


Picture Day is October 7th. More info will be coming home soon.


This week we will be focusing on:


Math: The students will be taking their Unit 1 Assessment tomorrow. They were given a study guide on Tuesday for homework. Next week we will begin Unit 2. We will focus on multiplying & dividing fractions. We will then move onto decimals.


Science: Students will be taking our second science benchmark assessment tomorrow (Friday, September 16) over the revolutions and rotations of planets, gravity, and the inner and outer planets of our Solar System. We will begin Seasons and the Tilt of the Earth on its Axis on Monday and will have our last benchmark test over this topic on Wednesday, September 21. Our Science Quarterly Assessment will be on Thursday, September 22 and will cover the scientific inquiry process and the Solar System.


Reading: Next week I will finish administering the DRA's (Developmental Reading Assessments) during small group time. The kids have been working so hard on these and I am very proud of the effort they are putting toward this. We have also set our AR goals for the quarter. Please encourage your child to read and help them meet their AR goal!


Writing: We have started the narrative writing process. We created a 3 column chart to help the students develop ideas for their personal narrative. Ask them about their ideas for "the first time...the last time....or the time I realized." See if they can tell you what they wrote in their writing journals.


Spelling: Your child took their fourth spelling test today. IF they scored below an 80% on the test, AND they had all 3 tasks completed for the week, then they have the option to retake the test on tomorrow. If they did not have their tasks completed they will not be allowed to retake the test. The words can be found in your child's Schoology "Spelling" course. This week's words are "Week 5." The next test will be Wednesday.


If you need to contact Kristen Fieseler (my students' science/social studies teacher) or I at any time, please feel free to email us. Below are our emails:

kristen.fieseler@washington.k12.mo.us

monica.nadler@washington.k12.mo.us



UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Friday, September 16 - Mid-Quarter

  • Saturday, September 24 - Mouse Races

  • Friday, October 7 - Picture Day

  • Wednesday, October 12 - Modified Day - Dismiss at 11:50 am

  • Thursday, October 20 - Modified Day - Dismiss at 11:50 am

  • Thursday, October 20 - Parent/Teacher Conferences - (sign-up for time coming soon)

  • Friday, October 21 - NO SCHOOL

  • Friday, October 28 - Trunk or Treat (Details coming later)

  • Monday, October 31 - Class Halloween Party (Parade begins at 1:15 pm)