Monday, May 8, 2017

cell phones



I understand that some students keep cell phones in their backpacks. It's proven by how many times they have gone off during class :)Therefore, I am asking that students leave cell phones at home during our testing window so there is not chance of them going off during test time. If this is not possible, please make sure that the phones are turned OFF before your child leaves home in the mornings. Your help with this matter is GREATLY appreciated.



Class News

Testing Notes:
·        Encouragement Cards were due on Friday. If you have not sent those in, please do so tomorrow.
·        We are still accepting donations of snacks and drinks for testing days. We appreciate those who have already sent in items.
·        Students should wear their KPREP shirts on Wednesday and then again on the 16th.
·        Students are encouraged to bring a light jacket or hoodie to keep on their chair during testing just in case they get cold. 
·        Remember that breakfast is FREE to all students EVERY DAY.  Please encourage your child to eat a good breakfast each morning.
·        I am excited to see the students’ success on KRPEP. They have worked really hard in all of their classes. 

Book Orders are due tomorrow. This will be our last order for the year. If you order online, you can search for books that are not included in the flyers.  As always, we appreciate your orders. They allow us to get FREE books for our classroom.

Mark Your Calendars
May 10 -16  KPREP Testing
May 16          6th Grade Parent Orientation
May 18          Safety Day Program, Senior Walk
May 19          Awards @ 9:30, Talent Show @ 1:00
May 22          WOW Party
May 23          Field Day, Last Day of School
June 7            Wildcat Life at FSMS from 12-3
August 9       First Day of School



Tomorrow will be the last day for switching for core classes. All grades are due tomorrow.



The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Movie




Friday, May 5, 2017

Wanna Be a Cheerleader?


Attention Girls:
If you are interested in being a cheerleader next year at the middle school, mark your calendars for these dates.


May 8 at 5:30 Mandatory Parent Meeting for upcoming 6th grade girls wishing to try out

May 8 - 9 from 4:00 - 5:30 Tryout Clinics

May 11 from 4:00 - 6:30 Tryouts


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Important News!

Please turn in the following things tomorrow:

Notes of Encouragement: A couple of weeks ago, I sent home envelopes with each student that contained 5 note cards for you to complete to encourage your child during KPREP testing.  I have only received a handful of those back.  I need those turned in tomorrow.  These cards will be passed out each morning before testing to motivate and encourage your child to work hard.


Good Faith Effort Contracts were sent home Monday. This must be turned in tomorrow.  The family contract stays home, but the student contract comes back to me.


We need donations of individually wrapped snacks and drinks for testing.  We need enough for each child to have one each of the 5 days of testing.  We have 25 students in our class.  I simply can not afford to provide snacks and drinks every day for every student.  Currently, I have had only 1 family donate. That donation is greatly appreciated.



Students should wear their KPREP T-Shirts tomorrow.  Students will also wear these shirts on May 10 and May 16.  

If your child is missing grades for a teacher, those are due tomorrow!  Teachers must have all grades posted by 3PM Friday.  Missing grades will be given a grade of 0% F. 


Mark your calendars for these important dates:

5/5     KPREP Pep Rally (wear your shirt)
5/10   KPREP Testing Begins (wear your shirt)
5/16   Last day of KPREP testing (wear your shirt)
5/18   Safety Program, Senior Walk
5/19   Awards Day @ 9:30, Talent Show @1:00
5/22   WOW Party, Battle of the Books Championship, Math Marathon
5/23   Field Day, Last Day of School



13 School Days Left!!!!!!





Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

We have just finished reading The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.  Students had many questions about the inferences they were to make throughout the book.  Discussions have been great. I encourage you to continue the talk with them at home.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Jersey

Student jerseys for our class door are due promptly. These were passed out on Friday to be completed at home.


Jersey should have student's last name with a number to look like the back of a baseball jersey. They can be colored with any color.

Weekly News

SNACKS
We are looking for donations of snacks and drinks for testing.  Please send in individually wrapped snacks and/or canned drinks/bottle water by Friday.  We have 25 students in our class and need enough for each child to have a snack for 5 days of testing.

ENCOURAGEMENT
If you have not already returned your notes of encouragement, please do so as soon as possible. 

DRESS UP DAYS
Tuesday - Mustache
Wednesday – Sports Team or Baseball Player
Thursday – Cry Baby
Friday – KPREP shirt

MAY BIRTHDAYS
Connor – 11th
Alex – 12th
Dariyn – 15th

LEADERS of the MONTH
Congratulations to Jayden and Jonathan for being our April and May Leaders of the Month. 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS
May 1-5: Teacher Appreciation Week
May 4: 4th Grade Musical “Proud”
May 5: K-PREP Pep Rally
May 10-16: K-PREP Testing
May 18: 5th Grade Safety Day
May 19: 4th Grade Awards Day @ 8:30 and 5th Grade Awards Day @ 9:30
May 22: Wow Party
May 23: Field Day



Friday, April 28, 2017

Writing Extra Credit




Students in my writing classes can earn extra credit by submitting an article about a special teacher who deserves recognition.  These can be handwritten, typed, or submitted electronically (email or shared via google drive).  Articles are due Monday.


READING EXTRA CREDIT


Students in my reading classes can earn extra credit by earning their AR goals.


Dress Up Days

We are gearing up for KPREP testing.  Next week, May 1-5, we will have dress up days.  Please plan and dress accordingly.


Monday - Kentucky Proud Day
Tuesday - If you "Mustache" Ask- Mustaches
Wednesday - Imma Balla Day- Dress as baseball player or favorite team
Thursday - There's No Crying in Baseball Day- Dress like a "cry baby"
Friday - Knock it out of the Park (Pep Rally Day, wear tshirts)



Thursday, April 27, 2017

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Important News Updates

A secret envelope was sent home with each child earlier this week. If you did not get one, please let me know.

The puberty class note is due tomorrow. The class will start next week.  If your child has lost it, please send a note stating whether or not he/she has permission to attend. Questions can be direct to Nurse Tomblin here at the school.

KPREP t-shirt orders are due Monday. They are $5.  You may send an additional $5 to sponsor a student who can not afford a shirt.


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Malala Writing Assignment

Below are the instructions for the Malala Writing Assignment. We began this work in class, but students need to finish at home.  This assignment is due on or before Friday, April 21.


Select one of the following writing tasks to complete.  Be sure to use the general scoring guide to help you as you complete the task. Don’t forget to use prewriting activities before you write your draft.

1. HUMAN RIGHTS – Should education be a basic human right?  Write a speech to our world leaders to express your opinion.  Be sure to include your reasons for your opinion.

2. PARENTING – Was Malala’s dad a bad parent?  Write a blog post that explains whether or not you think Malala’s dad was a bad parent.  Be sure to use specific evidence from the book to support your answer.

3. FAITH – Even through her struggles, Malala remained true to her faith.  Would you (could you) remain faithful to your faith group/religion if they gave you the same restrictions that Malala faced?  Write an article for your school newspaper describing your beliefs about equal rights and how they compare with your faith group/religion.  Include how you would react to your group if you were in Malala’s situation.

4. LINCOLN LEADERS -  Malala wanted an education more than anything and nothing was going to keep her from it.  What can you do to encourage your classmates to take pride in their education?  Write an action plan that you could present to the principal that would encourage students to come to school and work hard. Be sure to include the following in your plan: purpose of the plan, school attendance, behavior, and grades (keep in mind that not everyone will always be a straight A student).



If you do not understand the assignment, ask NOW. Do not wait until Friday. Use the chart below to guide you.




Monday, April 17, 2017

Class News



Mark your calendars for the following dates:
4/19 FSMS Tour
4/20 Academic Recognition @ 7:45
        Easter Lunch @10:45
4/24 KPREP T-shirt orders due, Book orders due
5/5  KPREP Pep Rally
5/10 KPREP Testing Begins
5/18 Safety Program
5/19 Awards Program @ 9:30
5/22 Field Day
5/23 WOW Party, Last day of school
8/9  First day of school

April Birthdays
4/20 Karlee
4/28 Abbi

Library News from Ms. Rahm
In order to get as many books back as possible, and get an inventory started, students will need to return books by 4/28. Starting Monday 4/17, students will only be able to check out 1 book at a time. Last day for having books out will be 4/28. This will allow 3 weeks to get all (or most) books back from students.

Battle of the Books Team
Kylie, Jayden, Dariyn, Abbi, Garrett, and Connor will be representing our homeroom in this year’s Battle of the Books competition. Christina will be our alternate representative.



26 Days of School Until Summer Vacation!


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Friday Transportation


The Boys and Girls Club is closed Friday, April 14, 2017. If this your child's normal afternoon arrangement, please send a written note to the front office explaining alternate afternoon transportation.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Class News



Mark your calendars for the following dates:
4/19 FSMS Tour
4/20 Academic Recognition @ 7:50
          Easter Lunch @ 10:45
5/5    KPREP Pep Rally
5/10  KPREP Testing begins
5/18  Safety Program
5/19  Awards Program @ 9:30
5/22  Field Day
5/23  WOW Party and Last Day of School
8/9    First Day of School



STAR Testing
Students will be taking their end of year STAR tests for Reading and Math beginning next week.  Please encourage your child to do their best.  We want to see how much they’ve learned this school year. Their scores will also help place them in the proper flexible groups for next school year.

Book Orders
Book Orders are coming home today.  These are due back next Monday, April 17. Please make checks payable to Scholastic or you may order online. If you send cash, it must be for the exact amount.  Remember that your orders help provide books for our classroom 


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Attention Reading Class

We will be reading The Boy in the Striped Pajamas after spring break. The cost of the book is $10 for anyone who wishes to have their own personal copy. Please send to school tomorrow so I can get them ordered during spring break.


Monday, March 27, 2017

Busy Week Ahead


Tuesday - JA in a Day - We will have a community volunteer teaching the class about real world economics.  We have the highest of expectations for all students to display appropriate behavior for our volunteer.  We will also take part in the Mobile Dairy Unit in the afternoon.

Wednesday - Redo Parties. Stations are: gym, hula hoop and and music, computer lab, legoland, bingo, playground (movie if raining) All Students who scored distinguished on the Social Studies learning check will go directly to the station of their choice.

Thursday - School pictures (individual and group) morning classes will be shortened.

Friday - Midsummer's Night Dream play in the gym, morning classes will be shortened.




Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Leadership Project: Blessing Bags






March Book Order



Our March book order will be ONLINE only.  Please follow this link to make a purchase before March 22.

https://orders.scholastic.com/GP999

Every order you place gets us free books for our classroom library.  We always appreciate your orders.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

News

Today is the LAST day of the 3rd Quarter.

AR goals are due TODAY.

There is NO school for students tomorrow.


Friday, March 3, 2017

Five Minute Friday: Purpose





Class News


March Birthdays
Christina - 14
Jessi – 22
Tucker – 26

Expectations
Students are expected (and have at least 10-15 minutes) to go to the restroom every morning during homeroom.  Many students are waiting to go during their first class.  This has been the expectation since August.

Homework should be completed at home. Very little is given, yet many students are scrambling to get it done during homeroom each morning.  Students have 10- 30 minutes every afternoon before their bells ring to gather materials to go home and to begin work on homework.

Disrespect has become a major issue. Mrs. Pais announced that students who show disrespect will be sent to the office. Many students are rolling their eyes, backtalking, and throwing their behavior sheets at their teachers.

If your child is sick, they can NOT come back to school until they are 24 hours fever free.  Please do not give your child Tylenol/Motrin to bring down the temp so he/she can come to school.  Strep and Flu are still going around. 

Mark Your Calendars
March 9 – End of Quarter
March 10 – NO School/PLC Day for Teachers
March 20 – 21 – Learning Checks
March 30 – School Pictures

March 31 – Assembly

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Behavior Incentives for the Month of March


Students who have office referrals are automatically disqualified.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Five Minute Friday: Slow


Add your response in the comments section.


Harriet Tubman

On Monday, we will see the play about Harriet Tubman.  You will be comparing the video with the play.  

video