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(Updated: Friday, November 14th, 2014)
 
Happy November!  We have some great new things happening in our classroom.  We've worked on tweaking our schedule so that it works a little better.  We hope all of you are enjoying this Fall weather.
 
Miss Hill is beginning to wrap up her time with us.  Her last day with us is December 5th, 2014.  We will miss her.  
 
In Math three days a week we will split into 3 groups.  Mrs. H. has a group, Miss Hill has a group, and I will have a group.  On Tuesday's, which is our Futura day, we will continue with whole group Hands-on-equations lessons. On Wednesday's we will be doing a whole group review/reinforce lesson focusing on multi-step word problems along with some logic work as well.  Miss Hill will be planning and implementing these plans while she is here.
 
In Language Arts we will have a special list next week with Thanksgiving words on it for all the groups.  I will post the lists and contracts just in case your child leaves their resources here at school.  We have started the book "The River."  It's our Tuesday book as that's Futura day. We are working on our adapted Daily 5 along with four reading groups. Miss Hill has been doing some grammar/structure mini-lessons as well as some great writing/editing 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 their science right now is tying directly into their Virginia Studies and have finished up studying the moon.  They will be moving onto their Weather unit next.  In fifth grade we're finishing up plate tectonics with a fun project and then we're off an running with the rock cycle.
 
I'm looking forward to "pushing" my students out of their comfort zone.  I'm incredibly excited about a class that I took this summer that emphasizes STEAM.  We will trying to devote a few times a month where we focus on lessons of this nature.  We've already a few of these challenges.  Ask your child about about them.  I'm working on getting pictures loaded.  I'm hoping to create a separate STEM/STEAM page to load all the pictures on.  
 
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:  
 Monday, November 10th, 2014: Family Life begins for both 4th and 5th graders.  We have our "opt-out" list.  Classes run until November 17th, 2014.
Wednesday, November 19th, 2014: American Education Day in our class from 1:00-2:30 p.m. Join us for another fun Design Challenge! 
Friday, November 21st, 2014: Wacky Hair Day! 
Tuesday, November 25th, 2014: Fourth Grade to Jamestown: Extended Day trip!
Tuesday, November 25th, 2014: Fifth Grade to STEM Day at Heritage High School with Lincoln Fifth Graders. 
Friday, December 5th, 2014: Miss Hill's Last Day with us at Hillsboro. 
 
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)
 
Cheers!
Here's to beautiful Fall Days!
Hugs,
Mrs. J. & Mrs. H.
 
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Last Modified on November 14, 2014