Mrs. Whitlock's Weekly Updates

February 15-19

What a fun week!

What a unique and exciting week we've had! We were able to play in the snow and explore snowflakes up close on Tuesday, celebrate Preston's birthday on Wednesday, and wrap our week up with a Valentine's Day dance and party today! Check out our Homeroom App for some up-close and personal looks at all of the excitement!

Important Dates

Monday, February 15: Presidents' Day (NO SCHOOL!)

Tuesday, February 16: Spring Picture Day- Dress up for participants only

Friday, February 19: Good Conduct Dress Down Day, Homework Packet due, Spelling and Weekly Quiz

Wednesday, February 24: Science Test on Movement

Thursday, February 25: Field Trip to the Alliance Theater

Friday, February 26: Cultural Pizza Project Due

Monday, February 29: February Citizenship Challenge Due, Last day to turn in Maker Faire proposal forms (deadline extended!)

Wednesday, March 2: Dr. Seuss Day!

*Dads, go ahead and mark your calendars for Donuts with Dad on Friday, April 1st 8:00-8:30 AM!

*Moms, mark your calendars for Muffins with Mom on Friday, May 6th 8:00-8:30 AM!

Important Information

  • Continue to bring in BOX TOPS for NJHS: The class who brings in the most will receive a dress down day and win our school-wide competition!
  • Coming Soon - Dr. Seuss: We love celebrating Dr. Seuss and the wonderful books he has written! Students will be able to come to school dressed like their favorite Seuss character, and we will be traveling to various elementary classrooms experiencing different activities based on Dr. Seuss books. There will be an elementary-wide volunteer sign-up coming soon for help, so if you're interested in helping keep March 2nd open!
  • Read to Succeed: Six Flags logs are due on February 24th if you want your child to receive his or her free pass!
  • Uniform Reminder: Please make sure your child is coming to school in their proper school uniform every day. Students are only permitted to wear their FSAPS fleece in the classroom, all other outside jackets will be stored in their cubbies. Also, I've been seeing a lot of colorful shoes lately - please refer to our Parent Handbook to make sure your child is wearing appropriate shoe wear!

Maker Faire Deadline Extended!

I am so very excited to see that we have a handful of students in our class who have decided to participate in FSAPS' first ever Maker Faire! We have decided to extend the deadline for turning in proposals. If your child would like to be a part of this exciting milestone in our school's history, please turn in proposal forms by Monday, February 29th!

Parent Survey for Academic Teams

Mrs. Walsh and Mrs. Stathos, who run our middle school Science Olympiad team, will be making a presentation at the RESA STEM conference in March. The title of their talk is "Academic Teams as a Means of Enhancing School Climate." They are collecting data about parents' perceptions of our Academic Teams and how much of a role our Academic Teams played in their decision to send their child to FSA.

If you have not done so already, Please fill out this survey here. They really value your input!

A Peek at Next Week...

We will be trying lots of fun new things this week - I am very thankful for our three-day weekend, but very excited to share in these fun learning opportunities together on Tuesday!

Reading/Language Arts: We will be looking for important facts and details in reading, writing descriptive poems, discussing adjectives that describe size, using three-letter consonant blends, exploring the vowel digraphs oa/ow, using eBooks in our reading groups, and picking a poem of interest to practice and read to the class!

Spelling Words: boat, road, snow, row, yellow, loaf, coat, soap, blow, pillow, found, mouth, once, took, wild

Science: We will be extending our discussion on magnets by exploring various magnet centers and stations. We will also start to wrap up our unit on movement with a few fun movement experiments!

Social Studies: We will be discussing national holidays, particularly Presidents' Day. We will review what a president does and highlight the lives of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

Character Education: We will discuss aspects of what makes a good citizen (connecting to the Citizenship Challenge that went home this week!) and will continue our empathy unit with Second Step.

Plank Challenge! We have made it to 45 seconds of holding a plank so far! By the end of next week, we will be holding a plank for a minute and a half!