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(Updated: Thursday, May 7th, 2015)
We've welcomed in May flowers!  May flowers also mean that SOL testing is around the corner.
We are beginning to wrap up our year and gear up for SOL testing.  We begin in May and go into the first part of June.  SOL review club is still taking place after school on Tuesday's and Wednesday's.
In Math we have split into 2 groups. We are focusing on our last objectives that we need to cover before the end of the year.
A teacher friend of mine told me about this cool option that we have through Reading A-Z.  We had a discussion group where they were reading in groups of four based on one central driving question.  Each person in the group read a different article based on this topic.  They seemed to have really enjoyed doing this, so we will continue to do this in the future.  It's going to be a great way to supplement our reading program. We are working on Spelling Unit 8.  I'm going to be slipping in many mini-lessons on basic grammar structure as well as all kinds of editing practice.  I've also discovered that we're going to have to bring back the good ole handwriting lessons. 
In Social Studies we have split the class into two groups.  Mrs. Hawthorne has perfected the skills needed for our students to ace their Virginia Studies SOL, so she's running that side of things.  I'm working with the fifth graders on their social studies.  We are studying the regions of the U.S.  We are a super team and we plan together.  
In Science we have now split into two groups as well.  In fourth grade they're working on their electricity unit.  In fifth grade we are working on Living Systems.
Keep your eyes peeled for Wednesday Folders and any important information that comes home. We are also using the Red Folders as daily communication back and forth.  There may be some days that they don't come home as there isn't anything to put in them. 
Continue to encourage your child to read every night for at least 20 minutes.  
 Here are some dates to put on your calendar:  
Tuesday, May 12th, 2015: 5th Grade Reading SOL
Thursday, May 14th, 2015: 4th Grade Reading SOL
Friday, May 15th, 2015: PTA Spring Picnic: 5:30-8:00 p.m. 
Thursday, May 21st, 2015: 5th Grade Math SOL 
Monday, May 25th, 2015: Memorial Day: No School
Wednesday, May 27th, 2015: 4th Grade VA Studies SOL
Friday, May 29th, 2015: 5th Grade Math SOL
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015: 5th Grade Science SOL 
Always DO your BEST!
Ask your child about this one: HOPE (each letter stands for something!)
 There is no failure, only delays on the road to success!
Enthusiasm Makes A Difference!
IN OUR CLASS: FAILURE IS ALWAYS AN OPTION!  (Have your child explain this)
Here's to beautiful Sunny Days!
Mrs. J. & Mrs. H.
Last Modified on May 7, 2015