Ms. Carrie's Class Connect

Week of February 10, 2014

Important Dates

No School

February 17th - Presidents Day

Blackboard Update: Action Required Before Your First Class Connects The Week Of February 10th

Due to the new BlackBoard version 12.6 release, families will have to log into Blackboard to load and run the new software prior to attending a Class Connect or conference.

The download is 8 MB and will take extra time to launch the first session after the update. ***This means that students and Learning Coaches may be really late or miss their first session due to the length of time the download will take.

The following action is required:

• Go to the Class Connect configuration room at least 1 hour prior to the Class Connect you plan to attend.

○ Access the Configuration Room any time after 6 a.m. (MT) Sunday, February 9th but BEFORE your 1st scheduled session of the week. The room is available 24/7.

• Simply by clicking on the link, you will begin the download process so there is no need to go to a website to "find" the download.

• As long as you access the above link at least one hour prior to your Class Connect session, it will give you the needed amount of time for the download to finish. This will be essential, since the Class Connect sessions will not allow you to log in "early."

If you cannot get the link to work, please copy and paste the link into your web browser.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out and ask.

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

Bookmark the sites below and visit often.

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Math+ Blue

Language Skills Blue

Math+ Green

Language Skills Green

Language Skills Orange (PG 1) Math Orange (PG 2)

Math+ Purple

Language Skills 3

Math+ Red

Language Skills 4

Math+ Yellow

Language Skills 5

American History A

Science K2

Science 3-5


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Mid Term Reminder

Term 4, your mid term is February 18th. Make sure that you are within the 40%-50% progress mark in all courses. If you are struggling, please contact me! Remember, I'm here to help :)

Coming Up In February

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Are you a fan of Pinterest? If not, now might be the time to become one. We have our own K12 International Academy page with several Lower School boards. Come take a peek!

Student Corner

Weekly Riddle

Riddle of the Week:

Which month has 28 days?

Answer to Last Week’s Riddle:

Where did George Washington buy his hatchet?


The Chopping Mall

Send your guesses to me or wait until next week for the answer :)

Journal Topic

If you could be an athlete going to the Winter Olympics, what sport would you compete in and why?

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Groundhog Day

To See or Not to See….His Shadow That Is

On Feb. 2nd, the groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil emerged and saw his shadow which means 6 more weeks of winter!

Animal Facts

Giraffe Facts

Giraffes are the tallest land animals on earth thanks in part to their distinctive necks which alone can reach almost 2 meters in height.
  • A male giraffe can weigh as much as a pick up truck! That’s about 1400 kilograms.

  • Although a giraffe’s neck is 1.5 – 1.8 meters, it contains the same number of vertebrae at a human neck.
  • A giraffe's habitat is usually found in African savannas, grasslands or open woodlands.
  • The hair that makes up a giraffes tail is about 10 times thicker than the average strand of human hair.
  • The distinctive spots that cover a giraffe’s fur act as a good camouflage to protect the giraffe from predators. When the giraffe stands in front of trees and bushes the light and dark coloring of its fur blends in with the shadows and sunlight.
  • It is possible to identify the sex of the giraffe from the horns on its head. Both males and females have horns but the females are smaller and covered with hair at the top. Male giraffes may have up to 3 additional horns.
  • Giraffes are ruminants. This means that they have more than one stomach. In fact, giraffes have four stomachs, the extra stomachs assisting with digesting food.
  • Drinking is one of the most dangerous times for a giraffe. While it is getting a drink it cannot keep a look out for predators and is vulnerable to attack.
  • Male giraffes sometimes fight with their necks over female giraffes. This is called “necking”. The two giraffes stand side by side and one giraffe swings his head and neck, hitting his head against the other giraffe. Sometimes one giraffe is hit to the ground during a combat.
  • A female giraffe gives birth while standing up. The calf drops approximately 6 feet to the ground, but it is not hurt from the fall.
  • Giraffes have bluish-purple tongues which are tough and covered in bristly hair to help them with eating the thorny Acacia trees.

Woot Woot

Do you have something exciting that you would like to share? Please send it to me for our Woot Woot section.

Picture of the Week

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Thank you to Max V. for sharing this wonderful picture of his Redfoot Tortoise habitat!