Homeroom Buzz Room 220

Will we ever go back? January 27th Edition


  • If we go back to school this week, the BES Spelling Bee will be on Friday, January 27, 2016 at 9am.

  • We have re-scheduled Art Print for Friday, February 12th.

  • Report Cards go live on Wednesday, February 3rd.

Recess in the Winter

Students who participate in outdoor recess must wear clothing that is appropriate for the weather conditions. (When it is between 40-50 degrees, students must have long sleeves and long pants on.) When it is 40 or colder; a coat must be worn outside. Students will be given the option to stay inside when the temperature is below 32 degrees outside. Students will be given the option to stay inside when the temperature is below 32 degrees.


We have begun the research writing unit. Mrs. James, the librarian, is supporting and co-teaching this unit in the library. She has already worked with our class about research topics that they are curious about. Be sure to ask your student what they are thinking of researching.


The day we return to school, will be the day the students take Mrs. Greenwood's science test. Please continue to have them prepare, so that they are ready when they come back.

The day after the science test, they will begin the Civil War and Reconstruction social studies unit with me.


We are currently reading My Brother Sam is Dead in reading group. This is a historical fiction book based during the Revolutionary War. This is my favorite book that we read all year!! Students have a reading assignment due the day they come back. They have access to it on google classroom and should be prepared to meet. They were reminded to take their books home, so that they could be ready when we returned.

Mrs. Dettmann will continue to meet with the children she was meeting with before break. However, when this novel is finished, we will be moving some kids around in order to give other students the opportunity to work Mrs. Dettmann. If your child is in her reading group and you have questions, please contact her at mdettmann@k12albemarle.org.

Please be sure your student is turning in a signed reading log every Monday. It is a homework grade, and 120 min of reading needs to be verified by a parent weekly.

Word Study

Students should be keeping up with their daily word study activities each day that we are out of school. They will have an assessment on Friday (if we are back), and their work will be due. They have a sort, syllabication, and 6 activities due this Friday. This sort has continued for 2 weeks.

Don't let these dates buzz by you!

January 29th - Spelling Bee 9am

February 9th-19th - Henley Class Recommendations will be made

February 18th - ACPS Spelling Bee

February 25th & 26th - Variety Show

Birthday Celebrations

Every child loves to feel special that one day of the year. If you so choose, your child may share a treat with his or her classmates on or near his or her birthday. Treats are generally shared between 1:00-1:20 pm. We have no students in our classroom with food allergies. Please let me know prior to bringing in classroom treats so that we can plan accordingly.