The Rigsby Reader 2.23.15

Updates from Room 311

-Raleigh Payment #2 is Due Feb. 27th

Change in Homework

Math: Still 1 math sheet per night. Nothing has changed.


  • Read for at least 20 minutes (book for pleasure, battle of books, magazine etc..) record on reading calendar.
  • Reading Packet: Sent home on Monday- Due Friday. Only 1 Packet for the whole week. Your student should read the passage, answer the comprehension questions, and complete the vocabulary assignments. This packet is REPLACING the Written Responses each night. They no longer need to write about what they are reading.

Why the change? We all need to shake it up sometimes! These passages allow parents to help with homework questions easier. (I haven't read every book in existence- and neither have you. But we can read 1 passage a week!) We are focusing on vocabulary for the rest of the year during Daily 5- and this will give students some practice at home as well.

BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology)

A.C.S is now a BYOT district and I am so excited to announce that our classroom is now BYOT accessible. I will be reviewing the district guidelines with the students and will attach them here for you to read, sign and send in with your child. The most important pieces of information for you to know are:

  • I can only connect your child to the internet, I cannot fix broken technology or troubleshoot anything else.
  • Students may not use their devices to record or take pictures without permission from me or a district staff member.
  • If students are not complying with district guidelines rules and expectations their devices can be confiscated or inspected.
  • Students are responsible for proper care and responsibility of their devices.

Light the Night Auction- Donations Needed

Light the Night, Claxton's biggest fundraiser of the year, needs donations to be auctioned! To donate items or services, please fill out an Auction Form in the PTO room and leave items in the silver box, or contact Annie Hawes at or Dawn Rentz at Also- plan on attending this FUNdraiser on March 6th!

NC Farm to School Art Contest 2015

Is your child an ARTIST?

The NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is sponsoring the NC Farm to School art contest in 2015. The deadline of February 27 is quickly approaching. The contest is open to all public school students in grades K-5. Each student who enters will receive a personalized certificate. Thirteen winners will be chosen to have their artwork featured in the NC Farm to School 2015-16 calendar, which is distributed state-wide.

Container Garden Contest

It's time for the 4th Annual Container Garden Contest. This is sponsered by the Men's Garden Club of Asheville. Claxton has a history of strong participation (and winning) this contest! I have never entered the competition because my Green well..more black than green. If there is a parent who is excited about leading this activity with the class, or has a creative idea for a funky upcycled garden project- PLEASE LET ME KNOW! The registration deadline is March 17th.

What We Are Learning

  • Reading- With a focus on Informational Text and Text Structure we have revamped our reading groups. Students were previously grouped by their reading level, now students will be grouped by their specific needs in "strategy groups." We will still be using our Daily 5 structure during our reading time
  • Read Aloud: "Zombie Baseball Beatdown" We are REALLY into this thrilling book. Not only do we get to discuss zombies in school- but it brings up some great conversations about citizenship, immigration, the FDA, bullying, and our food supply.
  • Math- This week we are working on Symmetry of shapes and reviewing all of the thing's we have learned. . Friday we are having a unit test on Geometry.
  • Writing- We have left Narrative writing and have moved into "Bringing NC History to Life" Informational Writing. L The topics that each student chose come directly from our Social Studies standards.
  • Social Studies- In Social Studies this week, we will continue to look and examine the North Carolina Constitution and the State Song.
  • Science- We will be discussing the earth's rotation- and how we have day/night and the seasons. We will also be learning about the phases of the moon.
  • Roots and Wings- Students continue to work on their Balobby Project. This project has students creating a land in centimeters for a mythical creature called a Balobby. (Bah-LOB-by) Students will be working in small teams to design a land for their creatures- calculating the perimeter & area of their rooms. Students will also identify the angles and types of lines that are used in their design.

Dates to Remember:

  • February 23rd – February 26th: First week of After School Arts.
  • February 23rd: Chinese New Year Parade and Assembly.
  • February 26th: BBQ Pickup in the Gym 5:30-7:00 (Also give your feedback on the Claxton Playground!
  • February 26th: Assembly (Soul Performance by LYRIC!) for all grades in the gymnatorium (1:15pm).
  • February 27th: Dress Up at School Day
  • March 6th: Light the Night Claxton Auction at The Mill Room (7:00pm).
  • March 24th: Chicken Dinner & Math Night
  • April 24th-26: Claxton School Play!

Finding Mrs. Rigsby

If your child has a change in how they are going home- please send a note with your child or call the classroom and leave a message. I try to check my email often- but once I'm teaching, I don't stop! Please let me know how I can help your student be successful.