Atkinson Gazette

Room 203's Weekly Newsletter

What's UP in Room 203?

Happy Valentine's Day! I hope you are spending your day hugging your loved ones! This short little week is filled with the continuation of our biography projects and an educational extension at the high school's planetarium on Thursday.

Super Student: N/A

Pawsitive Panther for Trustworthiness: Addi Lewin

Valentine's Party Fun!

Valentine's Heart Challenge!

Students were challenged to build the tallest tower with candy hearts! The highest one came from Sienna and Ava (from Davison's room)! They built a tower that had 16 hearts!

Academic News for the Upcoming Week


We concluded our middle of the year benchmark last week and I am very pleased with how your children are growing throughout this school year. I could see that most of our kids were still misunderstanding personal financial literacy questions due to the fact that they are multiple steps. We will be doing POD's on this topic to help fill in any gaps.

We will continue the study of fractions this week. This week we will focus on comparing fractions with the same and different denominators and finding equivalent fractions. We have touched some of these skills in our Daily 6, but now students will get fully exposed to these topics.

Keep in mind, students will continue to have math homework to reinforce skills learned in class as well as Daily 6 Review on Thursday nights. We will have multiplication quizzes on Thursday.


This week students will be focusing on text features in expository texts because they will need to have some of the text features in their own books.

Last week, we slowed things down and talked about the importance of reading and note-taking. Kids were taught the differences between important facts versus extra facts. This will help them when they are taking notes when reading their biographies.

Science/Social Studies

We will start learning what a timeline is and how we can create one for our biography person. Then, we will pick three significant events and learn how to create a Google tag of that place. We will be app-smashing a couple of apps to create this! They will love it!


Spelling homework will go home on Tuesday and students will be required to finish 3 assignments on Spelling City by February 19th. They will be given class time, but some may need some time to work on it at home.

Rule: A contraction is made by putting two words together to make one shorter word. An apostrophe takes place of the letter or letters that are left out.

Example: could've, haven't, aren't, I've, won't

Non-negotiables: change, making, great, thought, children

I have added a new list on Spelling City. Students will have 3 activities to complete in the next two weeks. I also added the 5 non-negotiable words to that list so students get a little more exposure to them.

Important Dates

No School

Monday, Feb. 15th, 8am

3505 Amherst Avenue

Dallas, TX

Bad Weather Make-Up Day - not needed!

Planetarium Visit

Thursday, Feb. 18th, 10:15-11:30am

4220 Emerson Avenue

Dallas, TX