The Frasier News

February 2016

A Letter From Your Teacher

Dear Students and Parents,


"Kinder than is necessary. Because it's not enough to be kind. One should be kinder than needed." As our class completes the novel Wonder, we have reflected on many of the compelling precepts this book reveals. Being kinder than is necessary is a general rule that we should all live by! Don't you agree? As a homework assignment this week on Edmodo, your children were asked to share their personal precept. I would urge you to read their entries. They are very touching and reveal the depth of character your young children possess.


As a tangible means of being kinder than is necessary, our class is dedicated to having a Valentine Party "with a purpose." As mentioned in one of my January emails, we will forgo having a traditional Valentine's Party. Instead, we will make small tied fleece blankets. We will then donate our blankets the NICU at Rocky Mountain Children's Hospital. Thank you to the families who have already donated cash for the purchasing of fabric. It's not too late to donate! Please send cash donations in this week and all proceeds will go to this project!


As always, I welcome any and all feedback! Have a wonderful month and Happy Valentines' Day!


Warmest regards,

Amanda Frasier

Valentine Party Details

Click HERE to read all the details regarding our upcoming Valentine Party. All Heritage parties will be on Thursday, February 11th. We will begin our making blankets at 1:00 if you would like to join us.

MRMS Visits Heritage!!!!

On January 27th, counselors and student leaders from Mountain Ridge Middle School visited the students of Heritage Elementary. The purpose of this visit was to help build excitement and ease fears over the upcoming move to middle school. Our visitors shared an amazing video that was created by middle school students. In the video, students and staff members of MRMS welcomed all incoming 7th graders! Mountain Ridge looks like an amazing place to learn! Counselors also introduced the following concepts: block scheduling, selecting electives, CORE classes, & Clubs and Sports.


Remember, you need to register your child online and also complete and turn-in the purple registration form. This will ensure that your child receives some of the electives they selected.


If you have any questions, the counselors suggested that you first visit the MRMS website. You can also email them with any questions. Their email addresses are located on the MRMS website. (I am also happy to field any questions that I can.)


Exciting times ahead!!!

Important Dates:

Mark Your Calendars Now:



  • Feb. 3 - PTO Skate Night (6-8 PM)
  • Feb. 5 - PTO Meeting (7:45 AM)
  • Feb. 5 - Purple MRMS Registration Forms Due
  • Feb. 11 - Valentine Party (1:00 PM)
  • Feb. 11 - Hat Day - Make-a-Wish Spirit Week
  • Feb. 12 - Teacher Work Day
  • Feb. 15 - No School
  • Feb. 16 - Green Spirit Day - Make-a-Wish Spirit Week
  • Feb. 17 - Inside Out Day - Make-a-Wish Spirit Week
  • Feb. 17 - Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Feb. 18 - Pajama Day - Make-a-Wish Spirit Week
  • Feb. 18 - Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Feb. 19 - Wish Week Shirt - Make-a-Wish Spirit Week
  • Feb. 22- SAC Meeting (7:30 AM)
  • Mar. 3 - Mesoamerica Day - (More Information to Come)
  • Mar. 9 - Graduation Pictures for 6th Grade

Shout Out!

A big SHOUT OUT to Shannon Diederich, Macayla's mom. She has graciously agreed to organize our class basket for the annual Heritage Silent Auction. Currently, she is soliciting feedback regarding what type of basket we should donate.


With her help, I will create a Google form which I'll send out later this week. We'd love your feedback. I'll also be sending this form to the students. Please feel free to share any and all ideas.


One idea - in the past, my class donated and organized a Summer Reading Basket. It generated a lot of interest and sold for a pretty high price.


Remember, all money donated at the Auction goes directly back to Heritage. 2nd-6th graders all have Chromebooks because of your generous donations to the PTO!

In the Classroom:

Language Arts:


  • Fiction Reading - Students are busy reading and reflecting with their novel groups.
  • Nonfiction Reading - Ongoing reading, annotating, and analyzing magazine articles from Junior Scholastic.
  • Writing - Persuasive Writing



Math:


  • Chapter 7 (Equations - A Deeper Investigation into Algebra)
  • Write and Solve Addition Equations
  • Write and Solve SubtractionEquations
  • Write and Solve Multiplication Equations
  • Write and Solve Division Equations
  • Performance Assessment Task: The Road Trip Project



Social Studies:


  • Students will finalize their study of Canada before Spring Break.
  • Ongoing investigation of Central American and the Caribbean Islands
  • Mesoamerica Day - March 3rd



4C's:


  • Health (Mrs. Sue Antonsen)