The Stoffle Gazette

January 8, 2016

News from this week

I hope everyone had a wonderful and restful winter break! It was great seeing my sweet and wonderful student's faces Wednesday morning!

Because we had such a short week, I will not be sending home Friday Folders this week.

We have had a nice week settling back into routines. We finished up our read aloud, Crash and next week, we will start a new historical fiction read aloud. It is titled, Fever 1793. It is a great book and it will give the students a better understanding of what life was like in the United States after the Revolutionary War.

Our annual Special Friends Lunch is coming up soon. For those of you who like to plan ahead, the 4th grade Special Friends Luncheon is scheduled for February 3rd. It will take place from 10:30-11:00 at tables 1 and 2.

Students had the opportunity to participate in a practice Georgia Milestones abbreviated assessment for both Language Arts and Math. This is for us to see where the students are at this point and what we need to continue to work on. This test will be scored at UGA. I will share the results with you when I receive them, hopefully at conferences.

Report cards will be sent home next Friday in your child’s Friday folder. Please sign the back of the envelope and send it back in on Tuesday. The report card is yours to keep.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Coming up next week

Reading: We will be comparing and contrasting the theme and patterns in myths. We will also be practicing how to respond to text dependent questions.

Writing: We will start drafting a guided informational essay.

ELA: We will be exploring prepositions and pronouns.

Math: We will continue to work on multiplying fractions.

Science: We will continue working on our Sound Unit.

Social Studies: We will study the Declaration of Independence and the major battles of the Revolutionary War after we complete our unit on sound.

Other Important Information

Dear Parents/ Guardians,

At school this week your child participated in a personal safety lesson designed to help prevent sexual abuse. The Think First & Stay Safe™ program is a research-based program that teaches specific personal safety education by way of interactive classroom lessons, classroom posters, role playing, and corresponding activities. Think First & Stay Safe™ enables students to take an active and necessary role in protecting themselves from abuse and exploitation. We hope you will take the time to talk with your child about what to do if they are touched by someone in a way that makes them feel uncomfortable. They need to know what you want them to do. We look forward to continuing to work together to make sure your child is safe at school, at home, and in the community. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at school.

Natalie Pugh,
School Counselor


“A Night at Disney” Talent Show 2016

Gwin Oaks will have its annual Talent Show on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 6:00 PM. This year’s Talent Show has a theme of “A Night at Disney.” Talent Show acts with a Disney theme (Disney characters, Star Wars, Marvel, etc.) are encouraged, but using the theme is not a requirement. Students will need to audition for the Talent Show on Tuesday, January 26 or Wednesday, January 27. Information about auditions will be sent home in Friday folders on Friday, January 15. Individual students, groups of students or families, classes, and staff members are invited to audition for our evening of fun. All Gwin Oaks students (K-5) are invited to participate. Even if you don’t audition, be sure to come and be a part of the audience to support those who will be performing their talents. Remember my rules: no fire, no pets or live animals, and all lyrics have to be appropriate for school. On the evening of the Talent Show, donations will be accepted in order to raise money for the Gwin Oaks Family Legacy Resource Center. Stay tuned for more information! - Mrs. Collins


The Library Now Has E-books!

Access them from your smartphone, tablet, Kindle, Nook, Mac and Windows computer! There are also several audiobooks available. Download the Brytewave app on your device and see the directions below.

Accessing eBooks From a Device

Step #1: Search for the Follett Brytewave K-12 App in your store

Step #2: Open up the app and enter your State, School name and then login using your

student number and password.***Make sure you select the “Stay logged in” option.

Accessing eBooks From a Computer

From a computer- Login to your eClass page and click on “Media Catalog” (see picture below). Then, you can login to our catalog using your username and password. To search for an ebook type the title or type ebook to see a list of all available ebooks.

Spelling Words and Root of the Week

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