January 10, 2018





Dear Families,

      Happy New Year!  I must say, I had a great break, but I’m very happy to be back at school with these terrific kids!  It’s a new year and we have lots to look forward to!

     I do believe we are all breathing a collective sigh of relief that the Invention Convention is over!  Even though the process can be overwhelming for some, I still feel that the project is worth doing for so many reasons. Students are encouraged to think creatively, develop their critical thinking skills and use the engineering design process.  They also have an opportunity to hone their word processing and computer skills.  We had a great turn out for the convention--it was so good to see many parents were able to make it.


     Here’s a snapshot of what we’ll be focusing on in the coming weeks:

Literacy:  This week we’re working in a packet on informational reading.  Students will skim an article to find specific information, study new vocabulary, and use the text to write an essay. Next week we will get back into our reading anthology and enjoy some fictional stories.    


Writing: Students will study persuasive writing by deconstructing some sample pieces into a graphic organizer.  Each student will then choose a topic and use the same graphic organizer to compose their own persuasive piece.  Lessons will focus on gathering enough information to support their position, writing strong beginnings and conclusions and using effective transitional words and phrases.


Math: We reviewed single digit by up to 5 digit multiplication and the many ways we can show that (partial product multiplication, area model, distributive property and the standard algorithm).  We are also learning about prime and composite numbers and multiples.  We will venture on to multiplication by double digits and long division next.


Science: Next week we will begin our new science unit on “Environments”.  The Environments Module has four investigations that focus on the concepts that organisms need energy and matter to live and grow, and living organisms depend on one another and on their environment for their survival and the survival of populations.  Two examples of the activities are: students will assemble terrariums and set up and monitor experiments to determine the range of tolerance of water for the germination of four kinds of seeds. Students will also conduct a controlled experiment to determine which of four salt concentrations allow brine shrimp eggs to hatch.

Until next time,



Upcoming Events:          

Monday, Jan. 15: No School

Thursday, Jan. 25: School Spirit Day – Hat Day

Friday, Jan. 26: No School – No Contract Day

Friday, Feb. 2: No School – Grading Day