Pleasant Valley School

March Newsletter

News from Miss Sheets

March is off to a warm, calm beginning. So far the roaring winds have been pretty quiet. As the snow begins to melt, things will start to get muddy. Please keep bringing boots or shoes that you don't mind getting wet and a little muddy at recess.


On March 12th, we will have our last MAP testing of the year. Please see that students are rested and ready for the day. The following week, on March 19th it is the end of 3rd quarter. On the 19th, I currently have planned our end of quarter trip to the Hockaday Museum of Art. This will be dependent on road conditions. I'm hoping for some improvement! The last full week of the month (March 22-26) is Spring Break! Monday, March 29th, following Spring Break there will be no school. It is time for Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences. Please complete the form below to let me know when you are able to come learn about all the wonderful things our students have been doing.


Hopefully March will continue to be calm as warm as it is time to start our school garden. What should we plant this year? Let us know if you have any suggestions.


Welcome to our new 6th Grade student and family, we are excited to have you here.

Happy Birthday to our two birthday students!

Looking Back at February

Happy 100th Day of School!

What can you make with 100...?

Kindergarten and 1st Grade Weather Science

During February we started learning how to be a meteorologist and the tools that they use. Today we are experimenting with bubbles to learn how air moves things - wind! Yes, we all had to have a little bubble fun in the sun!

School Events

Mark Your Calendar

12th - MAP Testing

14th - Daylight Savings Time: Spring your clocks forward 1 hour.

17th - St. Patrick's Day

19th - End of Quarter - Field Trip to Hockaday Art Museum

22nd - 26th - Spring Break - No School

29th - No School: Parent - Teacher Conferences

What Are We Learning?

Jr. Kindergarten

Monthly Theme

Dr. Seuss


Reading

Mar. 2-4: P and Q

Mar. 9-11: R and S

Mar. 16-18: S and T

Please practice the sounds that these letters make and find things that begin with these letters at home.


Math

Mar. 2-4: Numbers 1-10

Mar. 9-11: Numbers 1-5, Adding 1 More

Mar. 16-18: Numbers 1-5, Adding and Subtracting 1

Practice counting different objects that you find in his environment.


Science

Mar. 2-4: Parts of a Plant

Mar. 9-11: We Eat Plants

Mar. 16-18: Wings and Claws

Kindergarten

Math

Unit 4 - Numbers within 10

Addition and Subtraction


Reading

UNIT 4 THEME: Then and Now

Talk with others to learn about the past.
  • Essential Question

What can we learn from the past?

  • READING WORKSHOP

Read narrative nonfiction and understand the elements.

  • READING-WRITING WORKSHOP BRIDGE

Use language to make connections between reading and writing narrative nonfiction texts.

  • WRITING WORKSHOP

Use elements of narrative nonfiction to write a personal narrative.


Science

Weather - If I Were a Meteorologist

We will be learning about tools that meteorologist use to learn about the weather.


Social Studies

Topic 9 - How do people live around the World?

Students will discover that people use different languages to communicate. They also take an "airplane flight" to Japan to "share a meal," and they play two cultures' versions of a sidewalk game.


Arts

This quarter we are focusing on our music standards. We will be learning about the Orchestra and practicing rhythms.

1ST GRADE

Math

Unit 3 - Tens and Ones

Counting, Place Value, Time, and Money


Reading

UNIT 4 THEME: Making History

Talk with others about people who have made history.

  • Essential Question

Why is the past important?

  • READING WORKSHOP

Read biographies and understand the elements of the genre.

  • READING-WRITING WORKSHOP BRIDGE

Use language to make connections between reading and writing.

  • WRITING WORKSHOP

Write a personal narrative using elements of personal narrative style.


Science

Weather - If I Were a Meteorologist

We will be learning about tools that meteorologist use to learn about the weather.


Social Studies

Topic 8: What groups do we belong to?

Students will examine pictures and categorize them into groups as school, family, or community. They then read about and recognize the different type of groups to which they belong.


Topic 9: How are families special?

Students will read about different family members, types of homes, and family activities. They then create a book to share how their own families are special.


Arts

This quarter we are focusing on our music standards. We will be learning about the Orchestra and practicing rhythms.

4th Grade

Math

Unit 4: Fractions, Decimals, and Measurement

Addition, Subtraction, and Multiplication


Reading

UNIT 4 THEME: Impacts

Collaborate with others to determine how stories shape our world.

  • Essential Question

How do our stories shape our world?

  • READING WORKSHOP

Know about different types of traditional literature and understand their elements.

  • Book Club Book: Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

How do stories add power and meaning to our lives?

  • READING-WRITING WORKSHOP BRIDGE

Use language to make connections between reading and writing.

  • WRITING WORKSHOP

Use elements of opinion writing to write an opinion essay.


Science

Topic 5 - Earth's Natural Hazards

Essential Question: What impacts do natural hazards have?


Social Studies

Topic 6 - A Boat and Bus Tour of the Southeast

Essential Question: What factors have shaped the culture of the Southeast?

Students "travel" by boat and bus while listening to a tour guide and viewing images depicting life in the Southeast. The tour stops at three sites, where students engage in interactive experiences and learn key concepts and facts about the region.


Topic 7 - The Effects of Geography on Life in the Southeast

Essential Question: How has geography helped shape daily life in the Southeast?

Students will look at maps and answer questions about climate, elevation, natural resources, and bodies of water in the Southeast.


Arts

This quarter we are focusing on our music standards. We will be learning about the Orchestra and practicing rhythms.

6th Grade

Math

Unit 3: Ratio Reasoning

Ratio Concepts and Equivalent Ratios


Reading

UNIT 3 THEME: Modern Technology


Essential Question

How is modern technology helpful and harmful to society?


READING WORKSHOP

Read literature and informational mentor texts to answer the essential question.

Trade Book: A Wrinkle in Time


WRITING WORKSHOP

Argument Essay: Do we rely on technology too much?


Science

Topic 5 - Earth's Surface Systems

Essential Question: What processes change Earth's surface?


Social Studies

Topic 8 - Creating the Constitution

Essential Question: What compromises emerged from the Constitutional Convention?

Students will examine the factors that led to the creation of a stronger central government under the U.S. Constitution.


Topic 9 - The Constitution: A More Perfect Union

Essential Question: How has the Constitution created “a more perfect Union”?

Students will explore the key features and guiding principles of the U.S. Constitution


Arts

This quarter we are focusing on our music standards. We will be learning about the Orchestra and practicing rhythms.