Fontaine Flier

September 27, 2015

Don't Forget to Watch the Blood Red Moon/Lunar Eclipse Tonight Between 8-10!!!

The moon may turn red or coppery colored during the total portion of an eclipse. The red moon is possible because while the moon is in total shadow, some light from the sun passes through Earth's atmosphere and is bent toward the moon. While other colors in the spectrum are blocked and scattered by Earth’s atmosphere, red light tends to make it through easier. The effect is to cast all the planet's sunrises and sunsets on the moon. Wow!!!! So cool! Hope you get to see it!

Don't Forget to Schedule Your Parent-Teacher Conferences

A link was sent out last week for Sign-Up Genius. Parents are asked to go in and schedule their children's conferences. If you need me to resend the link, just let me know.

Conferences will be held:

  • October 14 from 4:30 -8:30 PM for 1st Grade-5th Grade
  • October 15 from 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM for Early Childhood- 5th Grade, with a dinner break provided for teachers from 4-5PM on Thursday.
  • Early Childhood/ Pre School and Kindergarten will not have school on October 14 and their conferences are from 8:00 AM- 8:30 PM.

5th Grade Conferences This Fall: PLEASE READ!!!

We WILL NOT be using an arena style conference schedule for the Fall conferences. You will only sign up to meet with your child's homeroom teacher during PT conferences. If you have concerns regarding math, please contact Mrs. Hitchcock and she will be glad to visit with you via phone, email or before/after school.

Math Wings

Math Wings will start Thursday from 3:40-4:40 in my room. Our first competition is coming up quickly-October 20th!!!

If your child is in running club, they may skip this Thursday and join us next week.

Please feel free to send in an after school snack with your child to eat during our Math Wings time.

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Coming up this Week

Social Studies-We finished our totem poles and they look marvelous!! If you are ever down by the fourth or fifth grade pod, you will have to come and take a look. They are on both sides of the building just outside our pod.

This week we will be wrapping up our Native American unit by learning about the Arctic and the Southwest Native Americans. Our test will be on Monday, October 5. Study guides will come home on Wednesday.

Math-Starting Topic 4

Writing-We will continue to work on our Native American tribe informational pieces. This week students will wrap up their research and start drafting their piece. We have been learning how to write a strong lead. Last week, we learned how to write a snapshot lead. This week students will be introduced to the sound effect lead, action lead, and question lead.

Reading-Quest for the Tree Kangaroo-Assessment on Thursday

Genre-Informational Text

Focus Skills-Cause and Effect/Context Clues/Domain Specific Vocabulary/Quotes & Descriptions

Reading Strategy-Close Reading

Spelling-List 6-Post Test on Friday

I think I am going to try something new this week. Instead of breaking spelling up into two days, I am going to give both the post test and pretest on the computer on Fridays. This way we can go to the lab all at once and knock spelling out in less time.

I will let you know if this will continue or if it was a flop. :)

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Journeys Log-In Information

Students are now able to log on to the Journey's website and read their text online.

Having students read the Journeys text to you would really benefit them for the test and with fluency.

Username-Blackbob username for Envision


Go to my library to find resources.

Word of the Week-lugubrious-sad or gloomy

Important Dates to Remember

Tuesday, September 29-C.S.I. for those kiddos signed up for the first session

Thursday, October 1-Running Club & Math Wings

Saturday, October 3-Jared Coones Run

Specials Schedule






Book Talks

Book Talk information was sent home last week and students hopefully have already signed up for their day to share their book. The book talk packet includes information about how to do the book talk and the rubric which will be used to assess the book talk.

Have a great week!