Room 114 Homeroom News

January 19-22, 2016

Ms. Kirkwood & Mrs. Piccirilli Homeroom Calendar & Events

Dear Parents and Guardians,
We hope everyone enjoyed their Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Last week we were jazzed as ROMS students and teachers introduced our kids to the available instruments in middle school. Look for upcoming ROMS 5th grade events both in our newsletters and in flyers that are sent home.
  • Thursday Jan. 21st- ROMS 5th Grade Night, Basketball and Popcorn. (Flyers went home last Friday.)
  • Thursday Jan. 27th, January Reading Calendars are Due (Students should be logging their daily 30 min. of at home reading. Please ask your child if he or she is keeping up with his or her reading calendar.)
  • Thursday Jan. 28th ends the second marking period
  • Friday Jan. 29th, Record's Day, No school for students
Remember there are no late starts in January.

Reading - Historical Fiction, "The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963"

To prepare for reading The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963, we made a timeline of Civil Rights Movement events from the 1950s-1960s. We then discussed and wrote about photos we observed from the era and worked on vocab. through a Martin Luther King Jr. word scramble. We will discuss "Watsons" in a book club format. Students will be responsible for doing activities for chapters after they read.

Please discuss making reading 30 min. a part of your child's daily homework routine so that their January Reading Calendar is complete and turned in by Jan. 27th.

Writing- Completing Informational Books

Informational books will be due Friday, January 21st. Students have all begun creating their final copy on Google Slides. All students have a rubric (guideline sheet of requirements) for this informational book. This rubric will be used to grade their assignment. Students have been working so hard on their writing and we are looking forward to sharing their final project!


Spelling activities are due on Tuesday, January 19th. Students will take their spelling tests Tuesday as well. Throughout the week students are responsible for doing three activities and studying their list of words for their test each week. Consider posting your child's at home spelling list somewhere that he or she can easily study their words on a daily basis.


Students need to fill out their planners daily. Assignments are written on the board daily for them to copy in their planner. The planner is a great tool for students to stay organized. It will be extremely helpful for them in middle school so it's important they establish a good routine of filling it out now.

Homework Update

Due Daily
  • Daily Language Review (DLR) if it is not completed in class - Assigned Monday-Friday
  • Reading Activities from "Watson's" check planners for Homework/Classwork (HW/CW) assignments
Due Weekly
  • 3 Spelling Activities due each Monday (Tuesday of this week)
  • Study for the spelling test- given each Monday (Tuesday of this week)
  • Math- given Monday-Thursdays
Due Monthly
  • Reading Calendars - Students log 30 min. of reading per day (Due Thurs. Jan. 27th)