Mrs. Smith's Scoop

January 15, 2016

Kimberly Smith

Lower School Teacher
Skype: icademyksmith
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Martin Luther King Jr. Day- Monday, January 18th

There is an optional school day on Monday. If you are on track with your progress feel free to take that day off. Or you can use that day to get back on track with classes that you have fallen behind on.

School Calendar for 2015-2016 School Year- UDATED

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Progress Goals for 2015-2016 School Year

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Important Start Dates

First day of School:

Term 8: January 20th

Term 9: February 10th

End of Semester 1:

Term 2: 1/15/16

Term 3: 2/1/16

*Students are expected to reach 50% in each of their courses by this time.

*Full time students should reach the following attendance goals:

K-2: 360 hours

3-5: 450 hours


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November Coach to Coach Session Recording

Thank you to all of the learning coaches that shared at our first Coach to Coach session. It was full of so many great tips and tricks!! Please watch the recording to hear all of these suggestions.

December Coach to Coach Session Recording

Kids Corner


What is the coldest country in the world?

A: Chili :)

Journal Topic: January 14th is "Dress Up Your Pet Day." Write about how you think a pet feels about being dressed up.

January Fun Facts

Below are some fun facts about January:

1. The flower symbol of January is snowdrop & carnation.

2. January's gem is garnet which represents constancy.

3. The zodiac signs for January is Capricorn (December 22 - January 19) and Aquarius (January 20 - February 18).

4. The Common Sense by Thomas Paine was published on January 10, 1776.

5. On January 10, 1920 the League of Nations was established.

6. National Blood Donor Month

7. National Braille Literacy Month

8. National Hobby Month

9. National Soup Month

10. National Staying Healthy Month

11. On January 8, 1798, Amendment 11 to Constitution was proclaimed which modified the Supreme Court's power.

12. On January 4, 1896, Utah became the 45th state.

13. On January 6, 1912. New Mexico became the 47th state.

14. January 8 - Elvis Presley's birthday

15. January 11 - National Human Trafficking Awareness Day in the United States

16. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the United States - Third Monday

17. On January 2, 1788, Georgia ratified the Constitution.

18. January 26 - Republic Day in India

19. On January 1, 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by Abraham Lincoln.

20. On the first Monday of January, Handsel Monday is celebrated in Scotland and northern England.

Craft Ideas

1. Salt Painting Winter Scenes (& a poem)
2. Handprint Snowflakes (& a poem)
3. Sock Snowmen
4. Shape Snowmen
5. Marshmallow Math & Igloos
6. Toilet Roll Penguins
7. Marshmallow Painting
8. Snowman Bowling - Spanglish Baby
9. Icicle Painting - Mama Smiles
10. Mini Marshmallow Snowman Treats - Reading Confetti
11. Snow Scene Sensory Boxes - Here Come the Girls
12. Snowman Waterless Snowglobe - Glittering Muffins
13. Pipe Cleaner Snowflake Stamping - CraftoArt
14. Snowman Milk Chugs - Creative Kid Snacks (cute craft AND snack!)
15. Frosty Fluff DIY Sparkle Snow - Growing a Jeweled Rose
16. Glitter Play Dough Snowmen - Frogs & Snails & Puppy Dog Tails
17. Hibernation Experiment - The Freckled Homeschooler
18. Bubble Wrap Winter Trees - Red Ted Art
19. Borax Snow Crystals - Delia Creates

20. Painted Peace Signs - Inner Child Fun (in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
21. Fingerprint Doves - Beverly Cleary School Class Art (in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
22. Peppermint Sensory Snow - Frogs & Snails & Puppy Dog Tails
23. Snow Paint Snowmen (Part 1 & Part 2) and Snowy Traffic Jams - In Lieu of Preschool
24. Glue Snowflakes - Rockabye Butterfly
25. Snowmen Family - The Freckled Homeschooler
26. Rainbow Snowflakes & Color Crawling - Reading Confetti
27. Snow Ice Cream - Housing a Forest
28. Paper Plate Snowman - Artsy Craftsy Mom
29. 5 Little Snowmen Finger Play - Boy Mama Teacher Mama
30. Shredded Paper Snow Scene - Mess for Less
31. An Orange in January (Book and Project) - JDaniel4's Mom
*And a bonus :) Snowman Perspective Painting and Snowman Learning Activities - The Educator's Spin On It **

WORK SAMPLES for 2015-2016 School year

There are the work sample requirements for grades K-5. They have been updated again for the 15-16 School Year.

We will go over these during our 1:1 conferences this year.

You will scan and save them as pdf, or take a picture and save as a jpeg. Then you will send them to me with the new File Sharing Option in the OLS. Video on how to file share:

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Work Samples For 90 Day students ONLY- Terms 7b, 8b, 9b, 10b, 11b, 12aa and 12bb

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Did you Know that K12 has many great apps in the mobile app stores?

If you have an iPad, Kindle, tablet, etc. that you allow your kids to use, they may be missing out on some really cools apps that K12 offers. You should visit the full list at

Many of the Apps are FREE, with only a couple that cost a few dollars.

There is an app for each grade level in K-2 that has all of the K12 Classic Reader Stories. They include the pictures and the story can be read aloud.

Also check out the fun math apps like K12 Choc-It-Up or xGerms Addition