Ms. Arnold's Weekly News

Week of 1-11-16

Our Class Motto: Perseverance

"Being persistent & never giving up!"

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Monday Night's Video Lesson (Unit 6: Lesson 5 Divide by 5)

IMG_1786 (Ms Arnold Math Video)

Classroom News


Popcorn Fridays!!!!!!!!!! ($1 a bag)

Other News

(NEW) Fact Practice: It is encouraged that students practice their multiplication daily 10 min and/or 3-5 times a week for a longer stretch of time.


Math homework: As I mentioned at conferences, I have chosen to "flip" my classroom in math. Homework each night is a video of the next day's lesson. Students are expected to watch the lesson each night and follow along on their lesson page. I provide the information that is being practiced the day. Students will get classroom time to work independently and get help while working. Getting this lesson as homework has already shown "significant" gains in participation, effort, and accuracy on daily work. I highly encourage the video lesson be done each night! Thanks for patience and support!

Educreations Videos:

It can be downloaded on Ipads and/or you can log in with the use of the Internet by going to the login page for Educreations. Once logged in the videos will come up immediately.

Students will have to login using their own username and password.

McGraw-Hill Connected Resource: Parents/Students can log in to McGraw-Hill connected to view and use our Treasures Reading Book as well as our My Math Book, lessons, HW, videos, etc.

How do you log in? Go to

Login is: keicher27

Password is: cardinals3

Reading: Anytime students can read 20+ minutes a night I encourage it!

Classroom Learning Time

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Our Focus Points

Reading / Language Arts

Students are continuing to work through each of our Daily 5 rotations...Read to Someone, Teacher Time, Listening, Nonfiction Reading, and Writing. As well as learning "partner fluency" routines and using various reading skills/strategies we focused on throughout the week. Read to Self Time is a priority every day as well!

Math (Unit 6: Multiplication and Division)

Points of focus...multiplication and division patterns and relationships


Students continue to gather stories in their writer's notebooks as well as build/draft/edit informational papers as well as developing their sentencing and paragraph structure. Grammar skills continue to be a focus point too. Students are continuing to add to their "My Writing Playground" notebooks during reading rotations. I love their creativity!

This Week's Spelling Words (test on Friday)

Spelling List #11

1. turns

2. first

3. herds

4. learn

5. purr

6. third

7. earn

8. nurse

9. perch

10. girls

11. firm

12. word

13. world

14. worth

15. serve

16. Thursday

17. perfect

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Weekly Specials and Nightly Homework

Monday: Computers; Music; Math Homework; Study spelling; Red folders come home

Tuesday: Gym; Math Homework; Study spelling words; Red folders come home

Wednesday: Computers; Math Homework; Study spelling; Red folders come home

Thursday: Gym; Math Homework; Study spelling; Red folders come home

Friday: No specials; Spelling test; facts test (addition/subtraction AND multiplication);

Red folders come home; new spelling list comes home

***3-4 days a week study +- facts for 10 min

(Study with online games or apps; flashcards; etc...)

***Read, read, read!!!!!

Take Advantage of the Technology



*Learn Zillion

*Cool Math


*Storyline online



*Front Row Math


*Write About

*Book Talks with Chatterpix

*Mad Libs



*Word games

*Mrs. Barnes Useful Links

*McGraw-Hill Connected


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Lego Club News

Lego Club Team 1: Wednesdays from 3:30pm-4:30pm

-starting again Wed. January, 13th

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Keicher News



11 School Board Meeting – MCHS – 7:00 p.m.

Good News Club – Permission Slips week before

12 Michigan Center Community Food Panty – 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

13 Credit Union Day

15 Keicher Student Lock-in – Super Bowl Theme -6:00 – 9:00 p.m.


19 4th Grade Hearing Screening

20 4th Grade Hearing Screening

3rd and 5th Grade Vision Screening

Credit Union Day

21 3rd and 5th Grade Vision Screening

25 Spelling Bee practice – Mrs. Barnes’ Computer Lab – 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

26 Michigan Center Community Food Panty – 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

27 Credit Union Day

Baseball/Softball Sign-ups – High School –

6:00 – 8:00 P.M. – During Wrestling Meet

28 Spelling Bee – Semi/Finals – 2:00 p.m.

29 Progress Reports going home

30 Daddy/Daughter Dance – More information to come


1 Bible Release – 2:10 – 3:10 p.m.

3 Credit Union Day

4 5th Grade Music Program – Keicher West Gym – 2:30 and 6:30 p.m.

5 Popcorn Today – Bigger Size - $1.00

6th Grade Band Field Trip – 4:30 – 11:00 p.m.

6 Baseball/Softball Sign-ups – High School –

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – During Basketball Tournament

8 Good News Club – Permission Slips week before

School Board Meeting – MCHS – 7:00 p.m.

9 Michigan Center Community Food Pantry – 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.


Credit Union Day

Hearing Rescreening – 4th Grade

12 Keicher Student Lock-in – More information later


16 Spring Pictures

17 Credit Union

18 Crazy Cowboy Fundraiser

23 Michigan Center Community Food Pantry –

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

24 Credit Union Day

5th Grade Project Night – Living Wax Museum –

6:00 – 7:00 P.M.

26 Popcorn Today – Bigger Size - $1.00

27 Baseball/Softball Sign-ups – High School –

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – During Basketball Tournament

29 Bible Release – 2:10 – 3:10 p.m.


1. WINTER OR SPRING - As usual, our Michigan weather keeps us guessing. Please be sure your child has the proper clothing to go outside for recess. The playground is wet and muddy on some days so perhaps an extra pair of jeans could be sent to school in case of “accidents.” Boots will help children’s feet stay dry and prolong the life of their shoes. Hats & mittens should be sent to school in case the temperature drops suddenly.

As we have mentioned before, outside recess is important to each and every child. They enjoy getting out of the school building and it refreshes them for the afternoon. If for some reason your child is not allowed outside for a day, please send a note to that effect. Thank you so much for your cooperation.

2. BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION - We are still collecting box tops. Each box top you send in is worth 10 cents to our school. Twice a year, Box Tops will send our school a check worth 10 cents for each Box top redeemed. The money earned goes to student assemblies, Cardinal Kudo prizes, awards, field trips, etc.

3. BASEBALL/SOFTBALL SIGN-UPS will be held at the High School on Wednesday, January 27th from 6:00 – 8:00p.m. during the wrestling meet, Saturday, February 6th from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and Saturday, February 27th from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. during the basketball tournaments. All kids ages 4-14 (Boys age as of April 30, 2016 and Girls age as of December 31, 2015) need to register by March 10th to avoid a late fee (no exceptions).

Cost: Bring cash or check

T-Ball (ages 4-5) $25

Coach pitch (ages 6-8) $40

Minors (ages 9-10) $60

Majors (ages 11-12) $60

Koufax Boys (ages 13-14) $110

Travel Girls (ages 13-14) $110

A $20.00 LATE FEE will be REQUIRED for late REGISTRATIONS.

Girls & Boys Competitive Team Tryouts coming soon!

Questions? Contact Lisa Haynes (937-6542)

4. ATTENDANCE - We have many students who need to work on their punctuality in the morning. We certainly understand that students have doctor and dentist appointments or that busses sometimes run late, but many students are not getting to class on time. One problem is that students take too long at breakfast, and then straggle into class. This causes a disruption for the students and the teacher in the room. Please stress to your children the importance of getting to their class on time. Also, picking your child up early means your child is missing important instruction time. Teachers are teaching right up until dismissal time. Our goal is 100% attendance every day and no tardies. For the sake of your child’s education, we hope that you can make this your goal as well.

5. SPELLING BEE – Our fifth and sixth grade students will be participating in classroom spelling bees. In preparation for these bees, we will be having lunch time practices on Monday, January 11th, Wednesday, January 13th, 20th and Thursday, January 21st for those students that are interested. All lunch time practices will be held in Mrs. Barnes’ computer lab. In addition, we will have an after school practice on Monday, January 25th from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Transportation must be provided by parents for the after school sessions. If you have access to a computer at home you may also practice by going to and Word lists and definitions are located there! Continue the great work students!

6. PTO’S 7TH ANNUAL DADDY/DAUGHTER DANCE will be held on January 30th in the Michigan Center High School Gym from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Parents, please pick up your Daddy/Daughter boxes on Monday, January 25th from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Arnold School or Wednesday, January 27th from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Keicher School. Boxes will include tiara, corsage, and ticket. Tickets do not need to be brought to the dance. The girls’ names will be on a list at the door. If you were unable to pick up their boxes on either of those nights, they may be picked up the night

of the dance.


Please make sure you are at the bus stop at least ten (10) minutes prior to your posted bus time. Bus stop times are approximate times and can vary due to the weather and a different bus driver on the route. Your help is greatly appreciated to make sure all students get to school on time. Thank you.




Join CP Federal Credit Union and The Vault program for a FREE family skate night!

Saturday, January 30

Optimist Ice Arena

Jackson, MI

4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Free Entry Free Rental


Happy New Year, Cardinals!!

I hope you had a relaxing and joyous holiday season!! It is GREAT to see all of our CARDINALS back and ready to learn. J

With Cardinal Pride!!!

Ms. Pscodna J

Keicher Principal

MC Little League

It’s Time for

Baseball and Softball and T-Ball

Registration and Tryouts!

All kids ages 4-14 (as of April 30, 2016 for boys and December 31, 2015 for girls) need to REGISTER by March 10 to avoid late fee (no exceptions).

When: Please register your player at one of the following:

Wednesday, January 27th, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. during wrestling meet at High School

Saturday, February 6th, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. during basketball tournament at High School (Qualify for early bird drawing.)

Saturday, February 27th, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. during basketball tournament at High School

Cost: Bring cash or check:

T-ball (ages 4-5) $25

Coach pitch (ages 6-8) $40

Minors (ages 9-10) $60 (additional fees for competitive teams)

Majors (ages 11-12) $60 (additional fees for competitive teams)

Koufax Boys (ages 13-14) $110 (refunded if cut from team)

Travel Girls (ages 13-14) $110 (refunded if cut from team)


Girls & Boys Competitive Team Tryouts coming soon!

Look for announcements regarding dates and times coming home from school and on the MCYL Facebook page.

Questions? Contact Lisa Haynes (937-6542)

Ms. Arnold

I send home Remind messages daily. Please contact me with the chat feature on Remind at any time, send me a note, an email, call, or stop in. My door is always open!