Mrs. O'Rourke's Panther Press

For the Week of Jan 29

Scholastic Book Orders due Feb 2nd

It's always a great time to get new books! Scholastic flyers went home last week, but feel free to browse the online catalog for books your child will love!

First Time Ordering Online?
•Go to
•Enter our one-time Class Activation Code: NCZKF
•Shop and submit your child's book order.
•Your books will be delivered directly to the classroom.

Would you be willing to donate some supplies?

We are getting a little slim on some classroom supplies. If you feel so moved to send in some donations with your child for our shared classroom supplies, we would grateful.

Items needed:

-Red student editing pens

-Dry Erase Markers

-White Out


Learning highlights from the past few weeks

Text Structure

We are learning about various text structures and their purpose. We have been focusing on chronological/sequence writing. How can you support this learning at home, you ask???

Well...anytime you watch a show or a movie with your child, go on an outing, read a story or book, or experience an event, have your child try to tell you about the activity in sequential order and encourage him/her to use transition words that show progression of sequence or time. (Ex: First, next, then...meanwhile, afterwards, etc...)


Wowza! What an improvement! Over the past 3 weeks students took a pretest over the locations of the countries of Europe and then began to study them. They took their post-test this week. I was so impressed! Over 85% of the students scored 97% or higher! We will begin learning more about the landforms and climate of Europe and how these affected history and our modern world.


Your child should have read about 14 books by the end of January. Please check in with him or her.

Independent reading of self-selected text is, statistically, the most effective way for a person's reading abilities to grow and vocabulary to increase. Students have a 25 book reading requirement for the year. By now, they should have completed about 14 books. Please check in with your child to ensure that he/she is reading at home at least 15-20 minutes a day from a book that he/she enjoys. If kids are in a "reading rut" and can't find a book they like, they know that they can come see me for suggestions. I always have plenty of suggestions, and our classroom library is pretty extensive!! I know the students have other obligations, but establishing a reading routine at home will help your child in oh so many ways!! Happy reading!

Mrs. O'Rourke's Recommended Reads

Our Next Humanitarianism Projects are due Wed. February 21st

Year-Long Humanitarian Projects

Ms. Hill and Mrs. O'Rourke introduced our Year-Long Humanitarian Projects and requirements to the students. Detailed information can be found on Canvas in the Humanitarian Projects Module, but here are the basics:

• This year students will have the opportunity to show 3 different humanitarian acts within the community.

• Each project will be documented with a picture of the student performing the act/event and a short paragraph. These will be displayed all year to celebrate our acts of good will.

• Between Mrs. O'Rourke's and Ms. Hill’s class, it is our goal to perform 300 acts within our community.

• We will also be brainstorming different project ideas within our school and school community.

2018 Civics Education Essay Competition - Enrichment Opportunity

Thank you, Mr. Hand, for forwarding this information/opportunity.



In recognition of Law Day, May 1, 2018, the National Center for State Courts is sponsoring a contest for elementary, middle school, and high school students. The contest entries will be divided into three groups: 3rd-5th graders, 6th-8th graders and 9th-12th graders.

Each grade group is encouraged to answer the following essay question:
Why did our Founding Fathers create three branches of government?

For more information about how your child can enter, see the link below.

Upcoming Assessments and Project Due Dates

This section will contain upcoming assessments so that parents can help students stay on top of their studying.

Next Few Weeks:

On going: Literary Essay Writing

Friday 2/9 - Vocabulary Assessment

Friday 2/16-Roots Review Quiz


Canvas is the HSE district's new online learning management system. It has replaced Blackboard. Our classes and our students are all using Canvas now. Family access is slated to be available in October. More news to come!