The Rigsby Reader 2.9.15

Updates from Room 311

Biltmore House on Thursday

When is the trip?

Our tour of the Biltmore Estate is THIS Thursday, February 12th. We will be leaving around 9am, and returning at the end of the day.

What does my child wear?

We ask that students dress "as nice as possible!" (This is great because the school dance is the same day- they will already be looking their best!)

What does my child need to bring?

We will be eating at the estate restaurant- so no food/water bottles need to be sent in. We also are not allowed to bring cameras.

Please send in the permission form by Tuesday. For those of you who haven't payed the $20 for this trip, please send that in as well by Tuesday.

Valentine's Dance

Thursday, Feb. 12th, 3-4:15pm

241 Merrimon Avenue

Asheville, NC

Permission Forms need to be signed and sent in by Thursday! Please plan on picking up your child promptly at 4:15pm from the Gym!

Admission: $3

Pizza: $2

Drinks & Snacks: $0.50

All Checks given to the school must be written in BLUE or BLACK ink only.

Light the Night Auction- Donations Needed

Light the Night, Claxton's biggest fundraiser of the year, needs donations to be auctioned! To donate items or services, please fill out an Auction Form in the PTO room and leave items in the silver box, or contact Annie Hawes at or Dawn Rentz at Also- plan on attending this FUNdraiser on March 6th!

NC Farm to School Art Contest 2015

Is your child an ARTIST?

The NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is sponsoring the NC Farm to School art contest in 2015. The deadline of February 27 is quickly approaching. The contest is open to all public school students in grades K-5. Each student who enters will receive a personalized certificate. Thirteen winners will be chosen to have their artwork featured in the NC Farm to School 2015-16 calendar, which is distributed state-wide.

Container Garden Contest

It's time for the 4th Annual Container Garden Contest. This is sponsered by the Men's Garden Club of Asheville. Claxton has a history of strong participation (and winning) this contest! I have never entered the competition because my Green well..more black than green. If there is a parent who is excited about leading this activity with the class, or has a creative idea for a funky upcycled garden project- PLEASE LET ME KNOW! The registration deadline is March 17th.

What We Are Learning

  • Reading- This week in Reading, we will continue to focus on nonfiction and informational texts. We will be spending time over the next two weeks discussing how what we read can be organized. The different ways non-fiction work can be organized is: chronological order(time), cause/effect, comparison, and problem/solution. Students will have the option to use a Chromebook to begin researching their chosen topic for our NC History Writing Unit.
  • Read Aloud: "Zombie Baseball Beatdown" to our classes. We are REALLY into this thrilling book. Not only do we get to discuss zombies in school- but it brings up some great conversations about citizenship, immigration, the FDA, bullying, and our food supply.
  • Math- Last week we got into some great discussions about how angles relate to circles. We will continue in Geometry this week and will be looking more specifically at angles and how to measure and draw angles using a protractor. We will also be working on "finding the missing angle". When a large angle is broken up into 2 sections- and you know the measure of the whole angle and one small- and have to use subtraction to figure out the missing small angle. The standards for our math lessons are below:

    4.MD.6 Measure angles in whole-number degrees using a protractor. Sketch angles of specified measure.

    4.MD.7 Recognize angle measure as additive. When an angle is decomposed into non-overlapping parts, the angle measure of the whole is the sum of the angle measures of the parts.

  • Writing- We have left Narrative writing and have moved into "Bringing NC History to Life" Informational Writing. Last week, we prepared ourselves to write an informational book, chose a topic, and organized our notebooks into chapters. This week we will begin researching and drafting our informational books. The topics that each student chose come directly from our Social Studies standards.
  • Social Studies- Last week we talked about the NC General Assembly. We read a few We broke up into the Senate and The House of Representatives- and the students successfully passed an amendment that we "do at least 2 GoNoodle video brain breaks per week". In Social Studies this week, we will continue to look and examine the North Carolina Constitution and Preamble and discuss the General Assembly.
  • Roots and Wings- Last week we wrapped up round 2 of Passion Projects/Genius Hour. Students created salt dough elevation maps of the continents, did a cultural study of Kenya, and problem solved their way through paper roller coasters. For our next round of Passion Projects- each class will stay with their homeroom teacher to complete the Balobby Challenge in small teams. To learn more about this- check out this Prezi ( ). This project has students creating a land in centimeters for a mythical creature called a Balobby. (Bah-LOB-by) Students will be working in small teams to design a land for their creatures- calculating the perimeter & area of their rooms. Students will also identify the angles and types of lines that are used in their design.

Dates to Remember:

  • February 12th: Biltmore Field Trip / Valentine’s Dance 3:00-4:15
  • February 16th – February 20th: First week of After School Arts.
  • February 16th: Daily 5 Open House (teachers from other schools observe in our classes), Family Night at Pisgah View Apartments at 6pm.
  • February 18th: Chinese New Year Parade and Assembly.
  • February 25th: Assembly (Soul Performance by LYRIC!) for all grades in the gymnatorium (1:15pm).
  • March 6th: Light the Night Claxton Auction at The Mill Room (7:00pm).
  • March 24th: Chicken Dinner & Math Night
  • April 24th-26: Claxton School Play!

Finding Mrs. Rigsby

If your child has a change in how they are going home- please send a note with your child or call the classroom and leave a message. I try to check my email often- but once I'm teaching, I don't stop! Please let me know how I can help your student be successful.