Friday, January 28, 2011

Newsletter Notes 1-28-11


Students have been working so hard on their reading! I was very proud to see half of our class on the stage yesterday at our Awards Assembly. The students received their new Goal cards for the new marking period. Please encourage your reader! Book-It slips will be sent home with students who reach 50% of their reading goal by Feb. 25th.

This week we started filling in our Venn Diagrams with our Bird information. Next week students will begin writing paragraphs about their birds with a focus on the Organization trait of writing.

Parent/Teacher Conferences-
I would just like to remind you that the conferences are next week. I look forward to seeing you!

No School-
We will not have school on Feb. 4, 18, or 21.

Valentine’s Day Party-
Our class will celebrate Valentine’s Day a little early this year. We will be handing out Valentine’s on Feb. 11 in the afternoon. If your child would like to make Valentine’s the class list is provided on the back.

This week our students learned how difficult and tricky multiplication can be. We tried our first lesson on 2 digit by 2 digit multiplication. Next week we will be practicing this new skill and are looking to take a test on Thursday.

Science is Coming-
Our class will be switching back to Science on Feb. 7. We will be looking into a unit on Rocks and Fossils.

*Students were given back their graded Sci. fair proposals. Now students should conduct their experiment. The pink sheet is due on Feb. 24.

February’s Character Quality -

Perseverance -

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” —- Thomas Edison, inventor of the light bulb.

Edison and his team worked to make a light bulb which would burn for a long time without burning out. They tried 1,500 materials and nothing worked well. Finally he tried a new material in the filament that burned nearly 200 hours.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Mrs. Nawrot's News January 7, 2011


We are starting a unit on Multiplication. We will have a test over the basic multiplication facts and one digit by two digit multiplication on Friday, January 21.

Next week we will be starting our first research and compare and contrast writing piece. Each student will be selecting two Michigan birds and researching about their habitat, food, nesting, feathers, and much more. Please check out the website that Mrs. Benson has created for our bird project and look at which birds might be interesting to research. The website can be found on my blog.

Family Science Night-
We are excited to offer our first Family Night on Thursday, January 20th in the elementary gym and cafeteria. This is a night for ALL elementary students and their families. This is a FREE night of family fun with hands-on and minds-on science activities! Students will be able to explore magnets, fossils, birds, make their own play putty, and many other science stations. Every child that participates will also receive a FREE BOOK!

Book Orders-
January Book Orders are due on Jan. 20. I will have them available to order online through Scholastic, and you can access that through my blog.

January Awards Assembly Challenge-
It is our goal for the entire class to earn Reading Certificates, so that every child is onstage. So far 5 students have earned certificates towards January’s assembly. The assembly will be January 27th.

Science Fair-

Our students will have the opportunity to participate in the annual CCA Science Fair, which takes place on March 22. All 4th, 5th, & 6th grade students are required to complete a science project. Your child will be given a packet next week that covers all of the details including deadlines and turn in dates. Look for more information coming home next week!

Resolutions -
Now is a great time to discuss a resolution for 2011! Think about what you could resolve to make this year the best yet. It could be completing all homework or working to get more organized. We all have areas to improve on!

Michigan Bird Research Project

Please go out and view our Bird Project website.  We are going to be working on researching birds and writing a compare and contrast research piece for the next few weeks!  I can't wait to see how great our books turn out!

Visit the site today!