Week of December 17, 2017

It is hard to believe how fast this year has gone! This will be the last week before Winter Break starts. Please keep in mind we have half days (12:30 dismissal) Monday-Wednesday.
Rome Project:
As you know, we are on track for Rome Project by now.  Students should have by now turned in their final draft and the tentative schedule regarding what is still to be completed before the presentation on January 8th.
The visual aid will be due on January 8th as it is part of the presentation. Please let me know if you have any questions regarding what it should entail.
Parent Teacher Conferences:
Conferences will be January 4th-5th.   Below, please find the link to follow to sign up for one of the two days we will be having conferences.
A Look at this Week:
ELA: We will have our vocabulary test on Monday, the poem recitation on Tuesday, and we will have a spelling test over 15 words on Wednesday. Students will be given 15 words on Monday.
Math: We will continue to work on multiplication facts.
History: Quiz on Monday and Rome Celebration on Wednesday 🙂
Science: Continuing to work on the Nervous System
Extra Credit:
Over winter break, some parents and students like to continue to work on curriculum. With this in mind, I have always given an extra credit winter break packet (please note this is not required). I will be handing the packets out to students on Monday. It will be due anytime during 3rd quarter and only affects the 3rd Quarter grades. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Report Cards:
Report cards will be going out the first week in January please email me if you don’t receive your child’s report card before conferences.
I hope everyone has a restful, relaxing, and joyous the holiday season with friends and family!

Week of December 11, 2017

We have a full week of curriculum this week and next – the last week of the semester is from Mon 12/18 to Wed 12/20, and will consist of half days.  We have plenty to keep us busy until then – it will go by fast!

With the colder weather (at last) we are seeing some students arriving at school with jackets and sweaters – a reminder that outer wear cannot be worn in the classroom, only outdoors.  Uniform sweaters and jackets may of course be worn indoors – PLEASE make sure your student’s name is on all outer garments!  They are easily misplaced and difficult to return to rightful owner if not marked (they are all the same!!!)


Winter Project

As you know, we are on track for Winter Project by now.  Student should have by now turned in a minimal outline, describing the three areas of focus within their subject, as well as a list of sources they are planning to use for their project.  Upcoming deadlines are as follows:

  • Friday, December 8th: The Rough draft of Project Report was due and handed back to students with corrections.  Some are being handed back December 11th.
  • Wednesday, December 13th: Final draft of Project Report due – refer to Project Timeline for details.
  • Friday, December 15th – Tentative work schedule and brief description of your visual aid for your presentation due
  • All materials are due January 8th, 2018. Presentations will take place January 8th– 10th in class.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Curriculum information for this week:


  • We will have our vocab quiz early in the week, and start going over words for next week’s quiz. All words are being discussed in detail in class, and practiced for homework weekly.
  • We are continuing our reading of Little House on the Prairie, and journaling from writing prompts based on the chapters read. We will be completing the book this week 🙂
  • We are also continuing our reading of The Wind in the Willows, which is the source for all our vocabulary words. The text is helping us learn Literary Traits and New Vocabulary usage.


This week in Math we are learning our Multiplication and division facts by using them in long division, multiplication algorithms, and word problems.


This week we are beginning the study of the Nervous System.


In history we are continuing our study of Rome, and its transition from Republic to Empire, by learning about the various personalities that contributed to its transformation.

As always, please be in touch with any questions or concerns.  Have a pleasant week!