Room 114 Homeroom News

January 11-15, 2016

Ms. Kirkwood & Mrs. Piccirilli Homeroom Calendar & Events

Dear Parents and Guardians,
Jan. 28th, the end of the second marking period, is fast approaching. This is the time when our students must buckle down in 5th grade and begin to consider their academic and social goals for middle school next year. Look for upcoming ROMS 5th grade events both in our newsletters and in flyers that come home. Our middle school transition events begin this month and seem to continue for the rest of the school year. Here are the first two in January:

  • Wednesday, Jan. 13th- ROMS Instrumental Petting Zoo Assembly is at 1:30 p.m. in Upton's Gym. Students will have an opportunity to learn about the instruments that will be available for them to play if they choose band or orchestra as one of their middle school classes.
  • Thursday Jan. 21st- ROMS 5th Grade Night, Basketball and Popcorn. (See flyer next week)
Remember there are no late starts in January and next Monday, Jan. 18th, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, so there is no school. We want to thank our parents who drove to the court house last week. The kids learned about Michigan's Judicial System and appreciated the real life experience of visiting court in session!

Reading - Historical Fiction, "The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963"

This week we will begin reading The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963. "Watsons" is written by Christopher Paul Curtis who lives in Detroit, but grew up in Flint Michigan. He was enrolled in Flint University of Michigan and worked on the General Motors assembly line at one time. This book has won numerous awards and is a Newbery Honor Book.

This piece of historical fiction is centered around the Civil Rights Movement and coincides nicely with some of the readings we will be doing towards the end of the week in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. Our plan is to discuss "Watsons" in a book club format as we read it aloud together, with a partner, or individually. Students will be responsible for doing activities for chapters after they read. These activities will vary depending on the reading for the lesson.

Besides our "in class" reading, students have "just right" books they have chosen to read independently in class. Students must also record their reading on their January Reading Calendar at home and be ready to turn it in at the end of the month. All students received a calendar last week. Students must read 30 minutes a night 5 days per week.

Writing- Completing Informational Books

Informational books will be due Friday, January 21st. They have all begun doing their final copy on the computer using Google Slides. All students have a rubric (guideline sheet of requirements) for this informational book. This rubric will be used to grade their assignment. Some students may be asked to provide a written copy of their book (instead of on the computer) if they are behind on their drafting. Students have been working so hard on their writing and we are looking forward to sharing their final project!


Our new lessons for spelling will begin on Tuesday. Students will be given their assignments which will be due on Tuesday, January 19th. They will also take their spelling tests on that Tuesday. Please remember that they are responsible for doing three activities and they need to study their list of words. Students are always provided with an extra list of spelling words that they can keep at home. Our recommendation is to post it somewhere, like the refrigerator, so they can practice their words daily.


Students need to fill out their planners daily. Assignments are written on the board daily for them to copy in their planner. We are noticing some students are forgetting them at home. The planner is a great tool for students to stay organized. It will be extremely helpful for them in middle school so it's important they establish a good routine of filling it out now.

Homework Update

For our homeroom class regular weekly homework is three Spelling Activities per week and studying for a spelling test which is normally given the following Monday. Students also have DLR (Daily Language Review) if it is not completed in class (there are 5 each week). Lastly students have Reading Calendars due each month. Students read 30 min. per day which is logged in their Monthly Reading Calendar and returned at the end of the month.