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(Updated: Thursday, March 19th, 2015)
WOW! March is flying by so quickly.  We are getting ready to head into Spring Break.  I think March is going to go out like a lion instead of a lamb.
Congratulations to Adam who competed at Stone Bridge High School last week in the county spelling bee. You were very courageous.  I don't think he will ever forget how to spell the word: vulcanize ever in his lifetime.  Great Job Kiddo!
In Math three days a week we will split into 3 groups. 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.  There are some topics in which Mrs. Hawthorne and I will combine our groups for.
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 have a new spelling contract, Unit 6, and it will take us to Spring Break.  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 weather unit.  In fifth grade we are working on Living Systems.
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.   
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:  
Friday, March 20th, 2015: PTA Auction at Breaux Vineyard
Friday, March 20th, 2015: 5th Grade Edible Cell Project is due.
Saturday, March 28th, 2015: Spring Break Begins
Monday, April 6th, 2015: Teacher Work Day
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 March 19, 2015