Friday, February 10, 2012

Newsletter February 10, 2012



MathWe are almost done with unit 7 and have certainly covered a lot of territory in this unit.  We have practiced the concepts a lot and keep being reminded of just how often we use our math facts.  The unit test has been moved to the 15th of February to allow for two days of review.  We will not have math on the 16th due to the assembly and will then start the new unit on the 20th.    
Science We built mountains this week and started drawing topographic maps.  Eric, in particular, had a lot of background knowledge on landform terms for mountains and shared his knowledge.  We have also started working on flashcards as a study tool.
Social Studies – We have dissected Benjamin Franklin’s sayings as well as created our own self-chosen project within the Middle Colonies.  I was able to introduce Prezi.com to some of the students who are using it rather than PowerPoint with great success. This is a free presentation tool that really takes your presentation to the next level.  I hope to introduce it to all students at some point.  We start the Southern Colonies on Wednesday.
Reading We have continued with our Jump Ship to Freedom exploration.  Most students are really engaged in the book and are writing very strong chapter summaries.  We will be discussing “To My Old Master” – a fantastic primary source document that you should read as well – just Google it!      
Writing Secrets of a 5th grader were due this week and today we shared our secrets and tried to guess the person.  We have also started a small “Heart Poem” unit this week where we discuss what poetry means to us and write our own freestyle poetry.  I just ordered materials for our next reading and writing unit, it will be an exciting one!
Special Notes
* I will be in Michigan on February 17th to see my sister who will be having surgery.  I have requested Mrs. Johnston as my sub.  I will therefore not be at the carnival but will miss it; I hope all of you have a wonderful time.    
* Don’t forget about our Valentine’s Day celebration.  All students can bring in a Valentine to pass out and they can also attach a candy to it if they would like.  We will start our celebration on the 14th at 9:30 AM. 
*  Spring conferences will be March 12th, 13th, and 15th.    The link to sign up can be found right on our blog www.mrsripp.blogspot.com If you sign up through here, it will even send you a reminder two days prior.  However on the 12th I have to leave at 3:45 for a dentist appointment, there will therefore be other days available.  If you have already scheduled yours after that time I will be contacting you to reschedule.
* This was the week of the cold, we have been hand sanitizing and disinfecting but it seems to be spreading.  I also ended up with an ear infection thus the sub Friday afternoon.
* If you haven’t heard the news; Mr. Getz revealed that he and his wife are expecting a baby in June.  This will be their 3rd child and they will have 3 under the age of 3 – wow, they will be busy!
*  If your child will miss school around spring break, please let me know.
*  Literacy week is coming February 27th!  I have posted more details on our website.
* I have some dates for you to put on your calendars: I have some dates for you to put on your calendars: Valentine’s Day Party 9:30 AM February 14th, Early Release February 14th, Assembly February 16th, Sub all day Friday, February 17th, Carnival Saturday, February 18th 2 PM, and finally The Family Feast February 22nd at 12:20 PM, Literacy week February 27th through March 2nd.

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