Ms. Carrie's Class Connect

July, 2016

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I will be out of the office from July 4th through July 8th.

1. Were you born to be a star? Shine on our online stage, and you could be one of 2016's Music Showcase winners!

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Office 365

This summer, Office 365 email will replace Kmail. Students will be assigned a school email address that will be used for school communications only. A copy of all student messages will be sent to the personal email address of the Learning Coach. In preparation for the upgrade, Learning Coaches are strongly encouraged to go into My Account and verify the email address on file is accurate.

Stay connected to your school!....Just click and go!!!!

Bookmark the sites below and visit often.

Policy and Procedure Link

If you were not able to make the Policy and Procedure session on August 11th, you can view the recording at:

Lower School to Middle School Recording

Learning Coach Tips

While reading with your student, help them find those literary devices

How to manage holidays and sick days

How to print your weekly plan

Upload to File Sharing

Important Dates

July 4th - No School

July 8th - Term 10b Last Day

July 14th - Term 5 Last Day

Mid Year Info

The following dates mark the end of the first semester for each term. Progress will be pulled at the end of the day.

Term 10~ July 8, 2016

Term 11~ July 22, 2016

Term 12~ August 8, 2016

Term 13~ August 26, 2016

*Students are expected to reach 50% in each of their courses by this time.

*Full time students should reach the following attendance goals:

K-2: 360 hours

3-5: 450 hours

End of Year Information

Term End Dates:

Term 5: July 14th

Term 6: August 2nd

Term 6b: August 23rd

Term 8b: June 6th

Term 9b: June 24th

Term 10b: July 8th

Term 11b: July 22nd

Term 12b: August 4th

Term 13b: August 26th

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Scantron Information

End of Year Scantron:

Each student, grades 2-5, is required to take the Scantron Post Test before their Term End date. The testing window opens 8 weeks prior to this date:


Term 1 - 5 Open Now!

Term 7b- 11b Open Now!

Opening soon!

Term 6- June 3rd

Term 12b - June 6th

Term 6b - June 20th

Term 13b - June 27th

You will see the Scantron course appear once again in your course list. Don't wait until the last minute!!


2015-2016 School Year Enrollment Information:

*Full Time Students: Go to link in message from admissions and fill out the enrollment information

*An enrollment counselor will contact you and finalize the enrollment or you can call: 877.512.7748 (John Rayner is our enrollment specialist for the lower school)

*You and I will discuss courses for next year in our upcoming conferences.

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School Calendar

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15-16 School Year Weekly Progress

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Work Samples

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Time Zone Check

To ensure you are viewing Class Connects at the time they are happening check your Time Zone Settings for the OLS. Make sure to select your time zone. Times displayed in the online school will adjust to your time zone if your settings are correct!

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Student Corner

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Journal topics for every day in July

  1. What’s the most important thing you would like to do this summer?
  2. Summertime great for the outdoors. Go for a walk. Write a sentence about the walk you went on.
  3. What is your favorite thing to do when you play outdoors in the summer?
  4. What is your favorite thing to do when you play inside? Why do you play inside in the summertime?
  5. If you could go on a summer vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  1. Make a list of groceries that you think mom or dad should buy for you from the store.
  2. Tell about an animal you would like to have for a pet.
  3. What would you do if there was a dragon stuck under your bed?
  4. What is the funniest thing that you have ever seen?
  1. What is something you would like to learn more about?
  2. What kind of pet do you think a teacher should get for their classroom?
  3. What is the best movie you have ever seen?
  4. Tell about your most favorite book.
  5. Tell about your favorite holiday. Explain why it is your favorite.
  6. Tell about your favorite restaurant. Why is it your favorite?
  7. Write a poem about what you think next school year will be like.
  8. What is something you love about yourself and why?
  9. If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be and why?
  10. Make a list of the things you are most thankful for in your life.
  11. Which season do you like the most?? Why??
  12. Which season do you like the least, why????
  1. You just won $1,000,000. What are you going to do first?
  1. Tell about a time when you were kind to someone.
  2. Tell about your favorite song.
  3. Write a story about the mysterious zizzybaloobuh that you just found in your bathtub.
  4. What is something that makes you ANGRY!!!!! and why?
  5. Tell about your favorite sport.
  6. Tell about the last time you cried.
  7. What are you scared of and why?
  8. You found a magic wand! What would you do with it?
  9. Tell about your favorite food and why it is so good.

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Weekly Joke

Which letter is the coolest?


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July Fun Facts

In the Georgian calendar, the calendar that most of the world uses, July is the seventh month. However, on the Roman calendar, it was actually the fifth month and was call Quintilis, which meant fifth. Later in 46 B.C., Caesar gave 31 days and the Roman Senates named the month Julius in honor of Caesar. In northern hemisphere, July is usually the hottest month of the year when it is actually a winter time in southern hemisphere. It gets very cold in Antarctica and cold and rainy in South America. Because there isn't much rain in July, the grass loses its greenness. Moreover, the abundance of flowers and insects occur in July.

Below are some fun facts about July:

1. The birthstone for July is the Ruby.

2. The zodiac signs for July are Cancer (June 21 - July 22) and Leo (July 23 - August 22)

3. The birth flower for July is the water lily.

4. The month of July was named after Julius Caesar.

5. On July 1, 1867, the Dominion of Canada was established due to the British North America Act.

6. On July 1, 1898, the San Juan Hill was occupied by the American troops during the Spanish-American War.

7. During World War I on July 1, 1916, the Battle of Somme began.

8. On July 2, 1881, President James Garfield was killed by Charles Guiteau.

9. On July 2, 1890, the Sherman Antitrust Act (an Act to prohibit trusts) was passed by the United States Congress.

10. On July 5, 1971, Amendment 26 was proclaimed which set the voting age at 18 in the United States.

11. On July 6, 1854, the Republican Party held its first state convention at Jackson, Michigan.

12. On July 11, 1804, during a duel between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton, Hamilton was killed.

13. The 38th President of the United States, Gerald R. Ford, was born on July 1, 1913.

14. On July 16, 1790, District of Columbia was established.

15. The first atomic bomb was set off by scientists in Alamogordo, New Mexico on July 16, 1945.

16. National Blueberry Month

17. National Ice Cream Month

18. National Hot Dog Month

19. July 1 - Canada Day

20. July 4 - Independence Day

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Craft Corner

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Supplies You will need to make the Paper Lanterns:

-Cardstock in Red, White and Blue

-A ruler


-Star punch or Star Stickers

-A pencil

-Glue Sticks

-Festive Ribbon


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Step One:

Fold your cardstock in Half Lengthwise. Then take your ruler and draw lines from the fold, leaving an inch from the end of your line and the edge. Leave about .75 inch on each side.

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Step 2: Have the kids cut on the line, stopping when the line ends, not through to the edge:) (This is great cutting practice)

*Little brother had to join…this photo is so funny because he has been wearing that monster hat (we have a green and pink one) for days…he refuses to take it off, even during nap time!

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Step 3: Unfold your paper and then with the folded bumps on the outside, tun inward and attach at the top and bottom. Then staple both the top and bottom a couple of times.
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You should now have a paper lantern to decorate! I was thinking you could make these look Hawaiian by using bright colors and adding flowers, or if you are throwing a birthday party you could easily match these lanterns to your theme.
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We added stars by using punched out star shapes in red, white, blue, and silver. The kids just glued on the stars with gluesticks, but you could even purchase some star stickers.
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July Snacks

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Summer Bored List

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Summer Science Experiments

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July Birthdays

James M. 13th
Jardae B. 30th

Woot Woot!

Do you have something you would like to share? Send me your stories, pictures, or accomplishments that you are proud of.