Holifield Happenings

September 3, 2015

Upcoming Events

Sept. 4 (Fri) - Moms Make a Difference

Sept. 7 (Mon) - Labor Day Holiday; No School

Sept. 8 (Tues) - Grandparent Appreciation Luncheon

Sept. 24 (Thurs) - Early Release Day

Sept. 25 (Fri) - All Pro Dads; Birthday Book Lunch; Interims go home

Sept. 28 (Mon) - Dr. Doug Science Session (look for info in next week's Thursday folder)

Sept. 30 (Wed) - Picture Day

Oct. 2 (Fri) - Moms Make a Difference

Oct. 8 (Thurs) - Parent Teacher Conferences (beginning at 3:00pm)

Oct. 12 (Mon) - Parent Teacher Conferences (8:00am - around noon)

Club information went home today.

Since last week's newsletter, we've had a great week! We have completed our 3rd "golden hand" sheet which means our class has already received 30 golden hands!! If you are unsure about what that means, ask your child. They should be able to tell you all about it. :-)

Social Studies: Today, we learned about the process of setting up the IAN the correct way. We are taking our time to make sure that we are set up for success this school year. This is a process that will be repeated many, many times this school year so learning the correct way at the beginning is imperative! We will have a Geography quiz next week. It will cover the location of the continents, oceans, equator, prime meridian, etc. Your child's History Alive notebook will have everything they are responsible for knowing in it.

In Math, we began the initial Knowledge Check in ALEKS. Many students have a new log in for ALEKS. Tomorrow, I will be taping the username and password in the front of their agendas. We also took the pre-test for our multiplication unit this week. That will begin in full force next week.

In Reading, I was a little ambitious. With MAP testing and Summer Projects and finishing our Classmate Introductions, we haven't been able to begin this. It WILL happen tomorrow. As I have been conferencing with individual students, it has become apparent that they aren't as clear on the genres as I would like them to be. Many of them lump all fiction together. No worries. We will work on getting all of that straight.

Mrs. Reeves and I have discovered that your children didn't really use netbooks very much last year. With iPad technology available, it seems that they are not as familiar with Microsoft Word or Microsoft PowerPoint as rising 4th graders have been in the past. Times change. However, this has slowed us down a bit, because we've found ourselves needing to train the children in these programs and on using these devices. I only mention this to explain why we are just getting to the presentation part of the Classmate Introductions. Your children have done a great job of learning all of this. We will begin our first writing unit next week.

We will begin the Scientific Inquiry chapter in Science after the Geography quiz.

Khan Academy Class Code: TMSENT

Edmodo Class Code: fmfm7a

Student Sign Up

If you have never created an Edmodo Account, you can create a new Student Account by following the steps below:

  1. Obtain a 6-digit Group Code from your teacher.
  2. Go to www.edmodo.com and click "Students."
  3. Fill out the registration form with the Group Code, a unique username, and password. An email address is not required to sign up for a Student Account.
  4. Select the “Sign up” button to complete the sign up process. You will then see the Group your teacher created in the left side panel of your account.

Note: You only need one Student Account to join all your Groups!

Edmodo - Parent Account Directions (on the web)

After your child has created a Student Account, you can create a Parent Account using your child's unique Parent Code. You will not use a Group Code as Parent Accounts do not join Groups. Once you create your Parent Account, you are automatically observing any Group/class that your child is part of on his/her account.

You will need an email address to sign up for your Parent account. If your email addresses is in use on your child's Student account, then you can remove the email address from the student account so that you can use it on your Parent account. Student accounts do not require an email address.

How to Sign Up as a Parent:

  1. Obtain the unique 6-digit Parent Code from your child’s account (this is not the same as your child’s Group Code/s).
    • The Parent Code is attached to your child’s account. Each child has a different Parent Code. You can find your Parent Code the following ways:
      • Your child’s Edmodo Homepage: the Parent Code is located on the bottom of the left side panel.
      • Your child’s teacher can provide you with the Parent Code.
  2. Go to www.edmodo.com on a web browser (currently, you cannot create your Parent Account on the mobile or iPad Edmodo apps).
  3. Click “Parents.”
  4. Fill in the necessary information and your unique Parent Code, and check the box to agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.
  5. Click "Sign Up."

You only need one Parent Account your entire time on Edmodo. Even if you have multiple children using Edmodo, you can add them all to your one account. There is never a need to create a new Parent Account (and there is never a need for your child to create a new Student Account as well). If your child did create a new account, simply obtain the Parent Code associated with your child's new account and add it to your existing Parent Account. As your child joins or leaves classes or schools, your account will automatically update to reflect these changes.

Note: Each child has a different Parent Code. You do not have to share a Parent Account with another parent, relative, or guardian. Multiple Parent Accounts can be set up for one student. Simply use the same Parent Code found on the student’s account to create a second Parent Account (must have a different email address).