January AG Newsletter

for Allen Jay & Archer Elementary

How To Keep Your Child Learning (And Having Fun) Over Winter Break!

There are many different ways to continue the learning over break. Playing games as a family are a good way to keep those minds active. There are many different games that allow children to learn to think critically while playing a game. I've listed a few that you may or may not know about. Also be sure to read for at least 300 minutes and fill out the reading log to turn in for a chance for prizes from the county! Someone will win, could it be you?


KenKen Puzzles are another great way to get in the dreaded math fact practice in a fun puzzle. Visit www.kenkenpuzzle.com to try out a few.


Some great brain teaser sites can be found at http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/brain_teasers.htm


Challenge 24 -you have to figure out how to use all 4 numbers to create an answer of 24. There are many levels of this game. Check out their website to learn more. www.24game.com/ They have an iPad/iPhone app also!

You can also play a similar game online at www.mathplayground.com/make_24.html


If you are looking for gift ideas check out these recommendations for smart toys and games for kids (and adults) from Hoagies Gifted site. http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/smart_toys.htm

What Makes A Hero? (4th ELA)

Soon students will be creating a piece of writing to publish online about Heroes. They may choose to write a poem, an essay, a graphic novel, or other written composition. We will be looking at a few different sites that take submissions for student work. Please be on the lookout for our student authors and their work in February!

How Do We Use Rates, Ratios, and Proportions? (4th Math)

Students will be creating a presentation to explain how understanding ratios can help you decide which product is the better buy. Students will research prices for a few items and show how to figure out the unit prices to compare and look for the better buy.

How Have People Fought For Freedom Throughout History? (5th ELA)

Soon students will be creating a piece of writing or work of art to publish online about Freedom. They may choose to write a poem, an essay, a graphic novel, or other written composition or create a work of art with a written rationale about what it means. We will be looking at a few different sites that take submissions for student work. Please be on the lookout for our student authors and artists and their work in February!

How Are Fractions Used In Everyday Life? (5th Math)

Students will be becoming event planners to show how their knowledge of fractions is useful in preparing a menu and figuring out the cost of items. They will pretend to host a banquet dinner where they need to figure out how much food they need based on realistic serving sizes for each guest. They will also use the amount of food needed to figure the total cost.

3rd Grade

I have enjoyed working with 3rd grade as a whole. Now it is time to finish up AG screening and begin pullout classes for those students who qualify for AG. Parents will be notified by late January or early February of your child's status. If your child qualifies you will have a chance to accept or decline AG services for your child. Pullout classes begin during 2nd semester.


Archer families you will receive notification of whether your child is continuing in the Portfolio B screening or is not eligible when we return in January. If your child is continuing in the process they may be given a Performance Task to help qualify them. This opportunity is for schools where less than 10% of the population is identified as AG.


Allen Jay families look for notification when we return to school in January of whether your child is eligible or not. We unfortunately are not able to use the Portfolio B this year.

2nd Grade Talent Development

I have enjoyed working with 2nd grade classes as a whole. However whole class lessons are finished at each school as of this Friday. There are students who showed great analyzing skills for these different lessons will now have the opportunity to continue to build those skills during enrichment lessons with me. Parents of these students will be notified when we return from break so that the letters are more likely to be seen! Be on the lookout during the first week back to find out if your child is going to be in this group.

Guilford County PAGE Information

Click here to find out more about Guilford County PAGE and how to become a member.

Contact Information & Websites

I enjoy working with your children to help them reach their potential. Please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.


My email is deprezb@gcsnc.com

Allen Jay (AJE) phone # 336-434-8490 (voicemails left at this number come to my email)

Archer phone #336-294-7335

My Class Website: http://ajes.gcsnc.com/pages/Allen_Jay_Elementary/Classes/deprezb or http://archer.gcsnc.com/pages/Archer_Elementary/Classes/deprezb

GCS AG Website: http://www.gcsnc.com/pages/gcsnc/Departments/Academically_Gifted

On the GCS AG website be sure to check out the tab called Elementary Resources for a variety of different sites dealing with the units we are currently teaching.