Mr. Ross' Weekly Newsletter

December 12, 2014

“Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.”

- Walter Cronkite

Turkey Racers Activity

What Will We Be Learning This Week?


We will complete Unit 6 in Math Expressions, which covers measurement concepts such as volume, capacity, mass, and temperature.

Language Arts

We will continue our study of figurative language, focusing on similes, metaphors, and idioms.

There will not be any Words Their Way spelling lists this week.

Social Studies

We will not be completing a USA Studies Weekly this week but we will continue to learn about the causes of and events leading up to the American Revolution.


We will continue our Forces & Motion unit. On Thursday we will be holding our balloon racers competition. Students should each be making balloon racers out of common household materials at home and bringing them in on Thursday. Please see me if your child is having difficulty completing this task at home for whatever reason.

Here are the Balloon Racers guidelines for your reference:

Balloon Racers

Here is the unit study guide for your reference:

Forces & Motion Unit Study Guide

Upcoming Events

School Spelling Bee

Tuesday, Dec. 16th, 8:30am

Blackburn Elementary School, Jacobs Fork, NC, United States

Newton, NC

School Spelling Bee 8:30 am in the gym (3rd-6th Grade). Congrats and good luck to our classroom spelling champion, Parker H.!

5th Grade Holiday Breakfast

Friday, Dec. 19th, 8am

Blackburn Elementary School, Jacobs Fork, NC, United States

Newton, NC

On Friday, December 19th we will be having a Holiday Breakfast and watching Polar Express. We will also be having activities and crafts that afternoon as well as treat bags. Any donations you can make to your child's homeroom for the treat bags would be greatly appreciated! Please send in items (wrapped candies or small items) by December 17th. Thank you!

No School!

Saturday, Dec. 20th, 12am to Sunday, Jan. 4th 2015 at 11:45pm

Blackburn Elementary School, Jacobs Fork, NC, United States

Newton, NC

I hope that you each have a safe and happy winter vacation! See you next year!

Block Schedule

Monday 12/15 - Art

Tuesday 12/16 - PE

Wednesday 12/17 - PE

Thursday 12/18 - Music

Friday 12/19 - Art

Monday 1/5 - PE

Tuesday 1/6 - PE

Wednesday 1/7 - Music

Thursday 1/8 - Art

Friday 1/9 - PE

Parent Survey


Every few years schools engage in the process of accreditation. This year Blackburn will undertake this endeavor. As part of the process we need your help. We need to gather information about our school from our parents. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey to help us improve our great school.

The survey link for parents is:

Thank you for your time and participation

Blackburn Elementary