January 4th, 2016

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I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you for each gift I received from the children. I have taught for many years, but do not think I have ever felt SO loved! I cherished every gift, from the handmade cards and gifts to the gift cards. I am truly blessed! Thank you!


Any work not brought in on the day it is graded will be reduced by 1 letter grade. My reasoning for this is that it is not fair for a student to sit through the whole discussion on the homework when he or she did not do his work, then be able to make a 100 when he brings it in the next day. Of course exceptions will be made if your child is sick or comes in with a note.email about not having homework due to illness or family emergency.

Monday Night Math Homework- will be graded on Tuesday

1) Adam's freezer had 24 ice cubes in it. If he had to get ice for 3 cups, how many pieces should he put in each cup to make them have the same amount?

2) Sarah was sending out birthday invitations to her friends. If each package of invitations she bought had 2 invitations in it and she bought 4 packs, how many friends can she invite?

3) At the fair the roller coaster can hold 20 people total. If each car has 4 seats, how many cars are there?

4) Edward was buying books about astronomy. He bought 8 books about the planets and 3 about the space program. How many books did he buy total?

Tuesday Night Math Homework- will be graded on Wednesday

5) A pet store had 18 snakes. They had the snakes in cages with 2 snakes in each cage. How many cages did the pet store have?

6) A delivery driver had to make 2 stops on his route. After he finished those deliveries he made 7 more stops. How many stops did he make total?

7) Oliver was packing up his old toys. He filled 8 boxes with action figures and 6 boxes with old games. How many boxes did he pack total?

8) Debby had 11 math problems for homework. If she finished 3 of them on the bus ride home, how many more did she have to do?

Wednesday Night Homework- to be graded on Thursday

9) An airline lets each passenger take 2 pieces of luggage. If there were 8 people flying, how many bags could they take?

10) Tiffany had to complete 2 pages of homework. Each page had 9 problems on it. How many problems did she have to complete total?

11) A vase can hold 2 flowers. If you had 12 flowers, how many vases would you need?

12) Tom was yard sale shopping. He ended up buying 16 video games, but only 9 of them worked. How many bad games did he buy?

Thursday Night Homework- to be graded on Friday

13) Paul bought 11 books at the book fair. If he gave 2 of them to his brother, how many books did he have left?

14) Wendy's mom was buying extra school supplies for her and her siblings. If she bought 3 packs of glue sticks with 9 glue sticks in each pack, how many did she get total?

15) Jerry bought several boxes of books at a yard sale and ended up with 27 books total. If each box had 9 books how many boxes did he buy?

16) Maria had 10 quarters. If she spent 4 of them buying a soda, how many coins did she have left?


Reading homework will be for each student to meet his or her LEXIA Goal. Students who reach their goal by Friday morning will be rewarded. Any student who does not reach his or her goal by Sunday night, when the points start over, will receive a lowered weekly Lexia score.



Students will be expected to write a GOOD sentence using each of this weeks Flocabulary words. A GOOD sentence contains correct capitalization and punctuation. In addition, it needs to be written so that another student could guess what word would go in the blank if that word is left out.

Example of BAD sentence: Bob is awkward.

This is a bad sentence because MANY words could fit in the blank where the word awkward is.
Example of GOOD Sentence: Bob is an awkward guy and bumps into things a lot.
This is a good sentence because the sentence has enough description of Bob that the word Awkward would be one of the few words which would work in the sentence.


Before we left for Christmas break, the students took a test on all of the concepts that they had learned so far. We will continue this week with reviewing measuring of angles with a protractor, naming polygons based on number of sides and naming triangles based on measurement of angles and length of sides.

Part of math each day will include small group instruction for students based on their last assessment while others work independently on practice and enrichment activities. For some , this means we will work on adding and subtracting using regrouping. Others will be working on division using the partial product method and others will be working on using arrays to multiply. There will be nightly homework for reach student involving word problems. I will give students an example of what is expected in how they give a written response to HOW they solve each problem. I know this is NOT something they enjoy but it is a necessary part of the objectives. Points will be counted off for not giving a complete written explanation. I am not counting spelling but if I can't read it I will have to have them read their answers to me or rewrite it.

Social Studies/ Branches of Government

This week we will begin studying NC Government. The goal we will focus on is 4.C&G.1 Understand the development, structure and function of North Carolina’s government.

Our focus will be on the Branches of Government.

The Legislative Branch makes laws for North Carolina. It is made up of the Senate and the House of Representatives, which together are known as the General Assembly. The General Assembly meets several times a year in Raleigh, the state capital. The Executive Branch of government is the branch that enforces laws.

This is the information we are going over in class. If you could help your child review it by looking at the video and discussing it then this will help with the assessment, which will be next week.


Some of the themes and facts we will focus on are as follows:

The student will understand:

  • Democratic governments often set the standard by which laws are developed.
  • Revisions to the guiding documents of a state reflect the changing values and beliefs of citizens. US constitution sets the standards by which The student will know:
  • A key principle is a general or fundamental truth used in deciding conduct or choice.
  • A revision is to alter something already written or printed in order to make corrections, improve, or update.
  • There are three branches of government outlined in the North Carolina Constitution (The Legislative, The Executive, and the Judicial Branch).
  • There have been three constitutions since North Carolina became a state (the Constitution of 1776, the Constitution of 1868, and the Constitution of 1971).
  • The present constitution was written in 1971, although it has been amended several times.


Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly

This week I will introduce the students to a new book, Pictures of Hollis Woods. I was introduced to this book last year and loved it! It is such a good book about character development, putting others needs before your own, respecting the elderly as they grow older and the true meaning of family. The students will have classwork and sometimes will have homework to accompany this book.

Pictures of Hollis Woods In this New berry Honor Book, a troublesome 12-year-old orphan, staying with an elderly artist who needs her, remembers the only other time she was happy in a foster home, with a family that truly seemed to care about her.

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Flocabulary/Vocabulary ----TEST on Friday.

Unit 9 Flocabulary


(adj) 1. Not graceful. Bob is an awkward guy and bumps into things a lot. 2. Weird or hard to


**The party was really awkward; nobody talked the whole time.


(noun) 1. Trying to outdo others. There is a lot of competition between Kala and her sister; they’re

always bragging about who is the better dancer. 2. A game or contest.

**Keith entered the rock band competition with his all-tuba band.


(verb) To express joy for a person’s success or good fortune.

**Mr. Toobin congratulated the class on winning the playwriting competition.


(noun) The time at the end of the day just before dark; the evening.

** It was dusk, and the ducks were flying home to go to sleep.


(noun) A moment; a very short period of time.

**Leonel paused for an instant and then jumped off the rock into the water.

(adj) Quick; without much delay.

** I love the taste of instant oatmeal, and it’s so easy to make.


(noun) An arm, leg, wing, or branch.

** Using his long limbs, Jerry lifted himself from one tree limb to another.


(adj) Feeling sick to the stomach.

** Yuck! Smelling pig guts makes me so queasy.


(verb) To stand in for something or someone else.

**As the class president, I get to go to an academic fair in Boston and represent my school.


(adj) Feeling tired or worn out from hard work; exhausted.

**Candice was so weary by the end of the trip that all she wanted to do was crawl into bed.

Grammar Focus

This week I will begin accessing students on each of the grammar standards. I will start with

  • Use relative pronouns (who, whose, whom, which, that) and relative adverbs (where, when, why).

Relative Pronouns

A relative pronoun is a pronoun that introduces a relative clause. It is called a "relative" pronoun because it "relates" to the word that its relative clause modifies. Here is an example:

  • The person who phoned me last night is my teacher.

In the above example, "who":

  • relates to "The person", which "who phoned me last night" modifies
  • introduces the relative clause "who phoned me last night"

There are five relative pronouns: who, whom, whose, which, that*

Who (subject) and whom (object) are generally only for people. Whose is for possession. Which is for things. That can be used for things and people only in defining relative clauses (clauses that are essential to the sentence and do not simply add extra information).**

Relative Adverbs :

These adverbs relate two sentences.

Examples :

  • I do not know the place where she works.

  • He is the boy who receives the gold medal.

  • I want to speak to the person who deals with my account.

  • I remember the day when the war began.

  • I will there where I are waiting.

  • He is the person who paid your fees.

  • She will rely on those who guide her properly.

  • This is the temple which has been inducted into the List.

    I need volunteers who would be willing to listen to a child read a timed passage and simply record the number of words per minute. I also need a volunteer to work on sight words, vocabulary words, spelling and giving times multiplication quizzes. If you are interested PLEASE send me an email at cynthia.ayers@bcsemail.org and tell me the day or days and times you are available. I am looking for someone who can do it in a pretty regular basis.

    Thank you!


    If your kids got new games and you are looking to get rid of old games, please consider donating them to the class. I am looking for the following:

    1. Games for Rainy and Cold days. If you have games with all of the pieces which you would like to get rid of, we would love to have them for rainy days.
    2. Game Boards and Game pieces to be used for me to create new vocabulary and math games to be used in the class. Any old game boards or the pawns(pieces that you move around the board) would be so appreciated!


    If you happen to come upon a used copy of Esperanza Rising or Pictures of Hollis Woods, which you would like to donate to the class we would so appreciate it. I am reading Pictures of Hollis Woods starting this week and would love for each student to have a copy. Thanks!

    Extra Free 100

    I know this is a very long newsletter but it has much needed information to help your child. If you read the whole newsletter, and send me an email to cynthia.ayers@bcsemail.org simply saying READ IT, then I will give your child a free 100 in Reading.