Pleasant Valley School

March Newsletter

News from Miss Sheets

Seasonal change will soon be here. As the snow begins to melt, things will start to get muddy. Please keep bringing boots or shoes that you don't mind getting wet and muddy at recess.


Thank you to everyone who attended our first science fair. The students did very well. Reminder, this week is the Flathead County Science Fair. On Wednesday, 1st and 2nd Grade will be dismissed at 3:00. 3rd - 8th grade will be headed to town to set-up their projects. On Thursday, 1st and 2nd grade will be here with Mr. Kron. 3rd - 8th grade will leave at 7:45 for the science fair. Students will return by 3:15.


March 16th, is our last MAP testing day of the year. Please see that students are rested and ready for the day.


March 27-31 is Spring Break! No School all week!


Friday, April 7th, is time for Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences. Please complete the form below or return the paper copy to let me know when you are able to come learn about all the wonderful things our students have been doing. Also, if you know of any families in the valley, this is our New Student Round-up Day for the coming fall. Fliers will be posted soon.


Happy Birthday to our two birthday students!

Looking Back

Happy Valentine's Day!

What's the Weather? Learning about the wind with kites we made ourselves.

Awesome 100 Day Projects!

School Events

Highlights - Keep an eye on the calendar.

Mar. 8 at 3:00 - 1st and 2nd Early Out, 3rd - 8th leave for Science Fair Set-Up

Mar. 9 at 7:45 - 3rd - 8th leave for County Science Fair.

Mar. 12 - Spring Clocks forward 1 hr.

Mar. 13 - Board Meeting at 5:45

Mar. 16 - MAP Testing Day

Mar. 17 - St. Patrick's Day

Mar. 20 - First Day of Spring!

Mar. 27-31 - Spring Break: No School

Apr. 7 - Parent Teacher Conferences and New Student Round-up Day

What Are We Learning?

1ST GRADE

Math

Unit 3: Tens and Ones

Counting, Place Value, Time, and Money


Reading

UNIT 4 THEME: Making History

  • Essential Question: Why is the past important?
  • Reading Workshop: Read biographies and understand the elements of the genre.
  • High Frequency Words: Week 1) new, thank, always, found, please; Week 2) were, pull, every, any, very; Week 3) away, our, light, never, pretty; Week 4) again, how, read, soon, both; Week 5) carry, going, been, words, does; Week 6) other, right, may, give, number


Science

Topic 5 - Living Things

How do the parts of plants and animals help them?


Social Studies

Topic 6 - Work in the Community (Last Topic!)

How do people get what they need?


Arts

In art we are working on symmetry. In music we are starting Chapter 8: Songs. We are learning how to use all of our hand signs and bells to make music.

2nd Grade

Math

Unit 3: Numbers Within 1,000

Place Value, Addition, and Subtraction


Reading

UNIT 4 THEME: Making a Difference

  • Essential Question: Why is it important to connect with other people?
  • Reading Workshop: Read narrative nonfiction and understand its elements.
  • High Frequency Words: Week 1) sometimes, mountains, young; Week 2) being, talk, song; Week 3)above, family, music; Week 4) color, questions, area; Week 5) horse, problem, complete; Week 6) since, usually, friends


Science

Topic 5 - Plants and Animals

What do plants and animals need to survive?


Social Studies

Topic 6 - Our American Culture (Last Topic!)

How is culture shared?


Arts

In art we are working on symmetry. In music we are starting Chapter 8: Songs. We are learning how to use all of our hand signs and bells to make music.

3rd Grade

Math

Unit 4: Fractions

Equivalence and Comparison, Measurement, and Data


Reading

UNIT 4 THEME: Events

  • Essential Question: How do communities change over time?
  • Reading Workshop: Know about biography and understand its elements.
  • Trade Book: Sonia Sotomayor - Due April 13
  • Unit Academic Vocabulary Words: benefit, generation, advice, consumer, familiar
  • Words of the Week: Week 1) community, donate, convince, generous, transformed; Week 2) slavery, abolitionist, violence, equality, influential; Week 3)succeed, determined, impressed, eventually, imagined; Week 4) destroyed, opportunity, sustainability, reclaimed, constructed; Week 5) heritage, immigrants, interview, permission, arrival
  • Week 6 Project: Create an informational poster about how part of a city or town has changed.


Science

Topic 5 - Life Cycles and Traits

How do the traits of living things vary?


Social Studies

Topic 6 - Growing a Nation

How does life change throughout history?


Arts

In art we are working on symmetry. In music we are starting Chapter 8: Songs. We are learning how to use all of our hand signs and bells to make music.

5th Grade

Math

Unit 3: More Decimals and Fractions

Multiplication and Division


Reading

UNIT 4 THEME: Liberty

  • Essential Question: What does it mean to be free?
  • Reading Workshop: Know about different types of fiction and understand the elements of historical fiction.
  • Trade Book: Guns for General Washington - Due April 13
  • Unit Academic Vocabulary Words: limitation, grace, noble, empower, resist
  • Words of the Week: Week 1) endure, ponder, commotion, commenced, strapping; Week 2) resembled, suspicious, relaying, stalking, solemnly; Week 3)convention, delegates, ratification, petition, violations; Week 4) demonstrators, mistreated, qualified, segregation, sympathize; Week 5) provisions, terrain, settlement, bandits, oblige
  • Week 6 Project: Conduct research to find what freedom means to different people and create a poster to show what you think it means to be free.


Science

Topic 7 - Patterns in Space

How do patterns change from day to day and season to season?


Social Studies

Topic 8 - Westward Expansion

What are the costs and benefits of growth?


Arts

In art we are working on symmetry. In music we are continuing to work through our music book and learn our sheet music for festival.

6th Grade

Math

Unit 5: Algebraic Thinking

Equivalent Expressions and Equations with Variables


Reading

UNIT 3 THEME: Modern Technology

Essential Question: How is modern technology helpful and harmful to society?

Trade Book: A Wrinkle in Time

Writing: Argument Essay: Do we rely on technology too much?


Science - Middle School Physical Science

Topic 6 - Electricity and Magnetism

What factors affect the strength of electric and magnetic forces?


Social Studies - Middle School American History

Topic 10 - Industrial and Economic Growth (1865-1914)

How did America's economy, industries, and population grow after the Civil War?


Arts

In art we are working on symmetry. In music we are continuing to work through our music book and learn our sheet music for festival.

8th Grade

Math

Unit 4: Functions

Linear and Nonlinear Relationships


Reading

UNIT 4 THEME: Human Intelligence

Essential Question: In what different ways can people be intelligent?

Trade Book: A Mango-Shaped Space - Due April 13

Writing: Informational Essay - In what different ways can people be intelligent?


Science - Middle School Physical Science

Topic 6 - Electricity and Magnetism

What factors affect the strength of electric and magnetic forces?


Social Studies - Montana History

Topic 13 - Homesteading This Dry Land (1905-1920)

The Big Picture: The homesteading era lasted just a few years but changed much of Mantana's landscape. Homesteaders endured great hardship, learned to live with the land, and struggled to better understand their new home.


Arts

In art we are working on symmetry. In music we are continuing to work through our music book and learn our sheet music for festival.