Mrs. Schoener's Blog

January 20, 2019

I hope you are all staying warm this long weekend! Here are some updates from our classroom.

We are continuing to go outside at recess time even through the winter months. Please make sure your child comes to school with the appropriate clothing.

Outdoor Recess Guidelines:

Outdoor recess is dependent on both the air temperature and wind speed. Below are the guidelines:

        • 20 degrees with wind speed of 10mph or higher students do not go outside
        • 20 degrees with wind less than 10 mph, kids can go outside but must have hats, mittens, proper shoes.

Each day our school nurse teacher checks both the wind speed as well as the temperature to determine whether it will be an indoor day or outdoor day


    • Reading - Next week we will shift our focus back to narrative texts. Specifically, we will read a historical fiction text. Through this we will review plot structure, character inferences, theme, vocabulary, and author's craft. Book Clubs are also in full swing again! Students should be reading every night for this and there are journal responses due every Monday and Thursday. There is a Journal Response due Tuesday this week, since there is no school Monday.
    • Writing - To connect with our reading unit, we will be writing our own narratives.
    • Math - We will be reviewing for our Module 3 Math Test Tuesday and taking the test Wednesday this week. Before students left on Friday I handed out a review packet with optional review questions for them to do. All of the answers are posted in our Google Classroom Math page, so students can check their work as they go. Stuck inside today? You can always remind them of this packet! We will also be going over the Mid-Year Interim Learning Task and setting new math goals for the next quarter.
      • In addition, students also have a current ixl.com checklist with review questions targeted to this unit.
      • Starting January 28th, we will begin Module 4 which focuses on Expressions and Equations. More information about this unit will be coming home, including a parent tip sheet and a new ixl checklist to go with this unit.

Another Chance to Receive the Kinsa Thermometer

Sherman Elementary School was chosen to participate in the Kinsa Fluency Program. 500 Schools out of 10,000 were chosen. The Fluency Program will have a positive effect on the health of our students and families, so students can be free of illness and be ready to learn! Click here to learn more. Here is a direct link to the Kinsa health website. The last day to sign up is January 30th.

Sherman Upcoming Events

January 21- No school for students and staff

January 25- No school for students

February 1- Progress Reports Sent Home

February 5- Sherman PTO Meeting-Superintendent Bo Wright will be in attendance to share district information and answer questions (Babysitting is available).

February 12- Sherman Culture Fair- 6:30 PM

February 18-22- No school for students and staff (School will resume on Monday, February 25)


Thank you everyone! Please let me know if you have any questions!


January 2019

I hope you all had a restful vacation and were able to settle back into the school routine easily. Thank you for all of the wonderful holiday and new year gifts...I am lucky to teach such thoughtful students who have such thoughtful families!

We are continuing to go outside at recess time even through the winter months. Please make sure your child comes to school with the appropriate clothing.

Next Week's Focus:

    • Reading - We will be reading a selection of texts to build on our background knowledge on alternative and traditional forms of energy. This will support our writing as well.
    • Writing - We are continuing our research on traditional and alternative forms of energy. We will begin our PBA for this towards the end of the week.
    • Math - We began Module 3. Here is a link to the Parent Tip Sheet that was sent home last week. This unit focuses on rational numbers. Students have a new ixl checklist they can use to practice these important skills.

Finally, I am seeing an increase in students coming to school with their chromebooks not charged. Please remind your child to charge their chromebooks properly each night.

Thank you all for your support!

December 7, 2018

Brrrrrr.....it's cold outside! We will be going out for recess as much as possible during the winter season. Please make sure your child has the appropriate winter attire for outside fun! If you need assistance with this, please don't hesitate to ask.

Next Week's Focus:

      • Reading - We finished our first non-fiction text to help us learn about author's purpose. Next week we will begin a second text and continue to determine author's purpose through the language they use and we will be using details to support our thinking.
      • Writing - We will use our organizer we created last week to begin drafting our first argumentative writing piece! Ask your child about which ocean danger they feel poses the biggest threat to humans. Encourage them to back up their thoughts with evidence.
      • Math - On Monday we will be learning about Greatest Common Factor and Least Common Multiple. That will conclude Module 2. We will spend two days reviewing for the test in class. Thursday, December 13th will be our Module 2 test. Students can study at home by following the ixl checklist that was passed out in class at the start of this unit and by going over the review packet we complete in class.

Our class Chillin' Challenge will continue! We are challenging the kids to earn 15 pride prints each by December 15th for showing their ready to learn behaviors. Those that get 15 pride prints will earn an ice cream party!


December 1, 2018

Please remind your kids to wear their "Be the Nice Kid" shirts tomorrow.

Next Week's Focus -

      • Reading - determining author's point of view and the techniques an author uses to convey their point of view. Round 2 of Book Clubs has officially begun!
      • Writing - We will begin our first writing piece of this unit. Students will research various ocean dangers and write an argumentative essay on which ocean danger they believe poses the biggest threat to humans.
      • Math - This week our fractions unit takes on dividing with decimals. Students will use the standard algorithm to fluently divide multi-digit decimals.

Our class Chillin' Challenge has begun! We are challenging the kids to earn 15 pride prints each by December 15th for showing their ready to learn behaviors. Those that get 15 pride prints will earn an ice cream party!

November 20, 2018

Thank you everyone for taking the time to meet with me for parent teacher conferences. At conferences, I mentioned a great resource to help with homework. Here is the link to the Homework Helpers. Please let me know if you'd like a printed version of this to keep at home.

After break we will continue with our unit on dividing fractions and start a new reading and writing unit on author's point of view.

Enjoy the Thanksgiving Holiday!


November 11, 2018

Next Week's Focus:

      • Reading - Determining central idea and supporting it with relevant details
      • Writing - We will be working on our PBA's (Performance Based Assessments) this week. Students will write an encyclopedia article on a topic related to ancient civilizations independently to showcase their learning from this unit.
      • Math - Division of fractions using models

Please complete this google form to provide feedback on our Curriculum Night format. Our goal is to provide a meaningful night to for you to learn more about what your child will be learning during the school year. If you have already taken the survey, you do not need to take again. Thanks in advance for your input.

Please Have Your Child Wear His/Her Blue “Be the Nice Kid” T-Shirts Next Friday, November 16


Sherman PTO News

Our next meeting is on November 13 at 6:30 pm. We now are offering babysitting at these meetings. At this meeting our math coach, Amy Wilson, will be sharing new ways they are learning mathematical concepts.

The Sherman PTO is planning a Fall Fling for our grade 6 students. The event will take place on Friday, November 30 from 6:00 pm- 7:30 pm. Please check out this flyer for more information.


Sherman Upcoming Events

November 16- Progress Reports Sent Home

November 19-Parent-Teacher Conferences, 1-8 PM

November 20-Parent-Teacher Conferences, 8AM-3PM

November 21,22 & 23- No School

December 5-Grade 6 Winter Concert, Roth Auditorium

To all of the Veterans out there....thank you for your service! We honor you!


October 14, 2018

Tomorrow is picture day!!!

Also, please remember to send in items for our KIpp/Schoener community service project. A letter was sent home with more information last week. Here is a copy of that letter. We are collecting sport related items to make a basket to raffle off at a fundraiser event. Any items you can send in to contribute would be awesome!

We learned how to use Noodle Tool this week for note taking. We will use this helpful website to support our non-fiction writing and reading. Our reading focus will be on determining the central idea of a text and supporting it with details. Our writing will focus on how to write a non-fiction encyclopedia article.

In math, we are learning about rates. You can help by talking to your child about common rates in the real world - miles per hour, price per gallon, price per ounce, unit price, etc.

Book Clubs are off and running! Your child will be coming home with extra homework to make sure they are prepared for their clubs. Clubs meet daily.

Important Dates

    • October 18- Principal’s Coffee Hour 8-9 am
    • October 25- School Improvement Team (SIT) meeting 3:45 pm (This is the new name for SDM)

Parent-Teacher conference sign up will be sent home electronically shortly.

Please contact me if you have any questions.


October 8, 2018

Last week we had the great opportunity to see "We the People", a Theaterworks production over at the SHS. It was fantastic and such a great learning experience about our government for our students!

Mid-Module Math test grades were sent home on Thursday. We were able to go over the test in class and answer any questions the students had. Please let me know if you have any questions. We will be starting the second half of our Ratios module tomorrow.

The Schoener/Kipp team is participating a community service project. A letter was sent home with more information last week. Here is a copy of that letter. Any items you can send in to contribute would be awesome!

We finished Bud, Not Buddy and our first unit on fictional narratives. Next week we will begin reading non-fiction and focusing on vocabulary, and determining the central idea. We will also begin our book clubs that students have been eager to start! In writing, we will also study non-fiction writing and have a chance to write our own encyclopedia article.

Curriculum Night Videos

As part of Curriculum Nights, the following two informational videos were shared. In case you were unable to make the meeting, here are the videos.

    1. Please partner with us to empower students with wise Chromebook use . This short video shows how you can come alongside us to make this a successful year for Chromebook use both in school and at home. Here is the link: Chromebook Use at Home
    2. This is a video of Mr. Pollard discussing some of Sherman’s student expectations. Here is the link.

Important Dates:

    • October 9- PTO Meeting/Tech. Night 6:30 pm
    • October 15- Picture Day (This is a change from 10/2)- Make ups on November 28
    • October 18- Principal’s Coffee Hour 8-9 am
    • October 25- School Improvement Team (SIT) meeting 3:45 pm (This is the new name for SDM)


September 28, 2018

Happy Friday! My blog is short this week, just a few important items to share.

- Here is a link to my slideshow I presented at Curriculum Night if you were unable to make it.

- Here is a link to sign up for Seesaw, if you haven't yet. https://app.seesaw.me/s/822-642-638

- Math Homework next week will be on Monday and Thursday. Mid Module Test is on Tuesday.

- Wednesday we are going to a Theatreworks Presentation of "We the People" at the SHS in the morning. No need for permission slips. Information came home today about the trip.

- Starting Monday students are allowed to take their chromebooks home. We will be having discussions about using them appropriately and only for school related learning. Please monitor your child's use with their chromebook at home to make sure they are using it appropriately.

- Spirit week is next week - information came home today.


September 23, 2018

We are about half way through our Ratio unit - there will be a mid-module assessment next week (the first week of October). If you're looking for some additional practice with ratios for your child, IXL is a great option. We logged onto ixl this week to practice Ratios, so your child is familiar with where to go. Additionally, on our math section of my website, I have placed a pdf link to homework helpers. They are similar questions that appear on math homework to help guide students. I have instructed students to also bring their math binders home each night so they have a copy of their notes handy. Finally, we all logged into Prodigy as well and I have customized the learning on that to fit our units. Prodigy is another great website for your child to practice math and you can connect to their account to get some great information. Information on connecting to their accounts went home Friday (my homeroom), or coming home tomorrow (Mr. Kipp's homeroom). Let me know if you have any questions.

Math homework will be on Tuesday and Thursday of this week.

In ELA, we have just about finished our first writing piece - a personal narrative. This week we will be revising, editing, and publishing these! I'm super excited to see the final products....be sure to ask your kids about them later in the week! Last week, we dug deeper into figurative language and making inferences. The kids also chose a book club to join with their peers. Once I get my hands on enough copies of the books they want to read (hopefully by this week!), we will begin book clubs.

We are also starting Fish in a Tree this week as a read aloud I will be doing. It's a fantastic book!

Picture Day is October 15 (Make - Up Date is November 28). Here is a link to the Picture Day Order Form. These will also be coming home in the mail over the next couple weeks.

Reminders -

      • Save Around Books Are Now Due - please return the package and the book even if you weren't able to sell any books.
      • Curriculum Night is Tuesday from 6:45 - 7:30. You will have the chance to visit our classroom first, the head over to Mr. Kipp's.
      • Continue to have your child read independently for 20-30 minutes each night
      • Please connect to your child's Seesaw Account - We use Seesaw to post student work samples and pictures of our classroom happenings, so you'll want to make sure you set up that account. Contact me if you have questions


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September 15, 2018

Our first full week of school! We have had a great start to our year. Your children are very respectful and cme to school ready to learn! We did some fun activities to get to know each other and wrote letters to our "future" selves. We posted our first reading notebook entry to Seesaw titled "I am". I sent home some information about how to access your child's Seesaw account. If you need another copy of this, please let me know. We use Seesaw to post student work samples and pictures of our classroom happenings, so you'll want to make sure you set up that account.

Your child was also given an agenda which they will write important homework and information in each day.

If you need to contact me, email is the best option.

Save Around coupon books went home as a PTO fundraiser. Please contact the PTO if you have any questions. Some students in our class have already sold multiple books....way to go!

We started our first math unit this week on ratios. If you're looking for some additional practice with ratios for your child, IXL is a great option. We logged onto ixl this week to practice Ratios, so your child is familiar with where to go. Additionally, on our math section of this website, I have placed a pdf link to homework helpers. They are similar questions that appear on math homework to help guide students. I have instructed students to also bring their math binders home each night so they have a copy of their notes handy.

We began reading the book Bud, Not Buddy. As we read this book we will analyze author's craft and figurative language. In addition, throughout the unit we will make inferences on characters and study how events in a book help to move the plot forward. We will be writing our own personal narratives as well. Each student also selected an independent reading book. We have time built into our day for independent reading, but I ask that students read for an average of 20-30 minutes each night.


Sherman Upcoming Events

September 19-Parent Meeting for Beginning Instrumentalists 6:30 pm

September 25- Grade 6 Curriculum Night 6:45-7:30 pm

October 2- Picture Day

October 9- PTO Meeting/Tech. Night 6:30 pm

October 18- Principal’s Coffee Hour 8-9 am

October 25- School Improvement Team (SIT) meeting 3:45 pm (This is the new name for SDM)