Mr. Ross' Weekly Newsletter

March 27, 2015

"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."

- Mahatma Gandhi

What Will We Be Learning This Week?


We have started Unit 7 in Math Expressions, which focuses on multiplication and division.

Here is a video to help struggling students:

Multiplying Decimals

Language Arts

We will be focusing on text features of nonfiction texts.

There will not be any WTW spelling this week due to the short week.

Social Studies

Although there will not be a USA Studies Weekly this week (due to the short week), we will continue to learn about the causes of the Civil War.

Any missing USA Studies Weekly assignments must be turned in by Thursday, 4/2. Otherwise they will receive a 0%. Please see me if you have any questions.


We have finished our Energy Unit, and we will have the unit test on Thursday. Students should be studying for this daily.

Here is the link to the unit study guide for your reference:

Energy: Conservation and Transfer Study Guide

We will start our unit on weather this week to get a head start before break. This is a lengthy unit, we should be finishing in mid-May.

Odds & Ends

Blackburn Has Talent Gift Basket

Our homeroom has been asked to create a "Car Care" themed gift basket for the auction at the Talent Show. If you would be willing, please begin sending in any automotive themed items such as cleaning products, air fresheners, and anything else that you would think would be appropriate. The PTO will be collecting items until April 17. Thank you for your help with this!

Technology in the Classroom

We have started using Google Classroom, which is basically a way for me to organize digital assignments and materials for students that I would have otherwise just uploaded to Google Drive. You can access this by going to The student login is the same as for the other google accounts.

Thank you for sending in the tablets and other devices for your children to use. We are now using these devices on a daily basis in our classroom so they are very helpful to have!

Upcoming Events

4/2 - 3rd Quarter ends

4/2 - Class Easter celebration

4/3-4/12 - Spring Break (no school)

4/13 - 4th Quarter begins

4/14 - PDQ Spirit Night 5-9pm

4/15 - Report Cards sent home

4/17 - Heritage Day

4/22 - Spring Pictures

Upcoming Field Trips:

4/15 - Presentation by Joyce Moyer Hostetter (author of "Blue") at LRU

4/16 - Success Celebration (Pin Station) (newly added to upcoming events)

4/23 - Science Center Field Trip (rescheduled) - Fire and Ice

5/8 - Science Center Outreach Program at Blackburn - Weather

Block Schedule

Monday 3/30 - PE

Tuesday 3/31 - PE

Wednesday 4/1 - Music

Thursday 4/2 - Drama

Friday 4/3 - No School (Spring Break)

Spring Break

Monday 4/14 - PE

Tuesday 4/15 - PE

Wednesday 4/16 - Music

Thursday 4/17 - Drama

Friday 4/18 - PE