# News from Room 305

### March 13, 2015

Mrs. Schurle's kindergarten class - along with a few friends from other grades (including one from our class)- entered the KidsSmartz Safety Dance Video Contest. Our school could win \$10,000! Each person can vote one time per day. We only have until Monday night to receive votes. You may only vote ONE time per day and if attempts are made to vote more than once using multiple email addresses, names, computers, etc we can be disqualified. Please share this with friends and family.

## Loves Comes On a Leash Author Visit

Love Comes On a Leash author Jody Otwell visited LO fifth graders this afternoon along with many furry friends and volunteers from Pet Partners. Students learned about her passion for therapy dogs/animals and how it inspired her to write a children's book. Past Liberty Oaks therapy dogs are characters her book!

Her visit was a great jumping-off point for our Researched-Based Argumentative Essay, as students recognized that she wrote the book to inform and persuade others of the benefits of therapy dogs.

If you're interested in learning more or purchasing the book, please visit her website below.

Students truly analyzed the authors' structures of the folktales this week. For example, they realized that though John Henry and Mike Fink are two completely separate characters and books, their authors used a similar plot element (facing a competitor) to support the theme of bravery. They then thought of a different type of plot element used that also suggested a bravery theme.

While doing this, students practiced breaking down an essay question into all of its parts. One short direction can require many components. They created organizers prior to writing their two paragraph response comparing and contrasting the authors' and illustrators' creative choices that supported a similar theme.

Students completed their Westward Expansion Research Papers this week. Next week we will begin our Researched Based Argumentative Essays.

## Math

Students continued to further their knowledge about multiplying fractions. This week we focused on using different area models to solve mixed number multiplication. Thank you for helping to measuring your child's bedroom. The kids had a blast choosing what tile to cover their floor and figuring the price. They couldn't believe how much it cost!

Next week, students will be building their multiplying fraction fluency and begin making fractional division models.

## Jump Rope for the Heart

Here is a note from Mr. Thomas, the physical education teacher at Liberty Oaks:

This month marks the start of our Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser. Each packet you will receive has a permission slip that needs to be filled out, signed, and brought back to me. We already went over who we cannot talk to in regards to donations (strangers and door to door), but I would feel better if it also came from you. If you could help them record all of their donations on the back of their packets that would be great. Be sure to fill out their name and whose class they are in at the top of their packets. All of the checks can be made out to American Heart Association. Everything will be due the last week of March (24th-28th), which will give the kids a little under a month to try and get donations. We will do our jump rope competition that last week of March for all the grades in their regular PE class. Last year we raised a little over \$3,000!!! Thank you so much for all of your help and support. If you have any questions please feel free to call me at 736-2549 or email me at nthomas@liberty.k12.mo.us

Thanks,

Coach Thomas

## Next Week's Specials' Calendar:

Monday, March 16 - Day 1: Music

Tuesday, March 17 - Day 2: PE

Wednesday, March 18 - Day 3: Art

Thursday, March 19 - Day 4: Library

Friday, March 20 - Day 1: Music

## Upcoming Events:

March

3/20 - Family Fun Spring Dance 6:30-8:30 pm in Gym

3/20 - Report Cards sent home

3/23-27 - Fine Arts Week

3/25 - Spring Picture Day

3/30-4/3 - Spring Break

April

4/8- CiCi’s Pizza Night, 4:30-8:00 pm

4/9- All Pro Dads 7:00 am (library)

4/9- Moms & Muffins 7:15-7:45 (Last name A-L)

4/10-Moms &-Muffins 7:15-7:45 (Last name M-Z)

4/14 - PTA Exec. Board Meeting, 7:00 pm

4/15-Chipotle night (4-8)

4/15- Opera at school

4/7-4/17- Boosterthon on Campus

4/16- Boosterthon Fun Run

4/22- Science Night 5:30-7:00pm (Science Club Presenting Projects)

4/23- Culver’s Night (Teachers work) 5-8

4/24- Movie on the Playground

May

5/4-5/8 - State of Missouri Assessment (formerly MAP) Because the test is now online, each grade level will be assessed a different week. 5th Grade is tentatively scheduled during the first week of May. Fifth graders and Eighth graders have the largest assessments to complete, so attendance is extremely important.

5/4-5/8- Staff Appreciation Week

5/6- Bike- to- school Day

5/6- CiCi’s Pizza Night, 4:30-8:00 pm

5/7- Open House & Art Show, 5:30 pm

5/12- PTA General Meeting, 7:00 pm

5/14- All Pro Dads 7:00 am

5/14- 10/15- Chipotle night (4-8)

5/15- Field Day

5/18- 5th Grade Recognition Breakfast, 8:00 am – 9:00 am

5/20 Early Release & Last Day of School, 11:50 am