Gray's Kiddos

The Happenings of Room 18.

Monday, January 11th

Happy New Year!

I hope that all of you had an amazing winter break with your family! We headed out to California to spend time with my family and it was amazing! We took Elsa to Disneyland for the first time (she loved it!) and also went to Pasadena for the Rose Parade. Pictures do not do those floats justice. Simply amazing!



Please check the calender on the website too!

Week of 1/11 - we have school news

1/13 - Wildcat Patrol Activity

1/14 - NWEA testing

1/18 - No School

1/20 - Unit 5 Math Test

1/22 - Midwest States and Caps test

1/27 - Community Service Blanket Making & Wildcat Wednesday

1/28 - DIA field trip - bus leaves for the DIA at 9:30. We will eat lunch there. The bus leaves the DIA at 12:30.

1/29 - NO School for kids - PD for teachers





1.13: PTO Meeting 7pm @ the Library

1.18: No School (MLK Holiday)

1.20: Skating Party @ Skatin’ Station 6p-8p

1.23: Family Fun Event @ 3&UP 1p-4p

1.25: Dining for Dollars - DOMINOS PIZZA

1.27: Wildcat Wednesday - wear your Workman Gear or Colors


2.5: Family Bingo Night

2.10: - PTO Meeting 7pm @ the Library

2.13: Family Fun Event @ Artic Edge 11a - 12:50p

2.15-2.19: No School (Mid-Winter Break)

2.24: Wildcat Wednesday

DON'T FORGET! Free Passes for 4th Graders

Please click the links to these FREE opportunities to 4th graders!

4th & 5th graders ski free in Michigan -- A flier came home today in your kids Friday Folder about this! The Michigan Snowsports Industries Association (MSIA) wants to give Michigan kids an opportunity to get out, have fun and get healthy this winter. This is why MSIA has established a state-wide program that provides every 4th and 5th grader the opportunity to ski for free. Students can obtain a “Cold is Cool” Ski & Ride Passport that gives them up to three free lift tickets or trail passes at 30 participating ski areas, plus additional discounts on the slopes and in Michigan ski shops. Mt. Brighton is on the list!!

National Parks Program - Beginning September 1st all kids in the fourth grade have access to their own Every Kid in a Park pass at This pass provides free access to national parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges, and more!

The Every Kid in a Park pass is good for the 2015-2016 school year, until August 31, 2016. Information on obtaining the pass is available by visiting


The volunteer schedule is up for the rest of the year. I only have volunteers come in through April. May and June are just to crazy to schedule.

Here is the link - Classroom Volunteers.


Reading -

We have started reading the novel, Bud, Not Buddy. The book is set in Flint, Michigan during 1936. The kids and I have talked about the Great Depression a little bit but if you talk to your kiddo about it as well to help give them some context for the book. Bud, is a young African-American boy whose mom died when he was 6. Since then he has been living in foster homes or in an orphanage, but has a plan for finding his father. We have been working on our "thinking marks" as we read. Ask your kiddo what those are!


We are just starting our persuasive unit this week. I read a story to the kids called Hey Little Ant. They had to respond whether or not the kid in the story should squish the ant. I apologize in advance, the kids might get really good at persuading you for things!

Math -

We are continuing with Unit 5 in math. The kids have been doing a great job with double digit multiplication. Some kids still need some extra practice at home. Our test is next Wednesday. We will start the study guide on Friday, and then on Tuesday the kids will get to tailor the study time to meet their needs.

Science -

We are working on our animal adaption unit right now. Kids are learning about different adaptations. Later this week we will be doing an opposable thumb activity to help us realize how important our thumb is to us!

Social Studies -

We are learning about the midwest region. Their test is on January 22. They do have their flashcards!