Update January 15, 2018

Dear Families,

This is coming to you earlier than usual.  We will be out of town for the weekend and I will not be able to post the update.

This was a fabulous week!  The students work on so many great projects:  collected beanstalk data, colored and labeled continent maps, (Where is the Weddell Sea, anyway??), and presented lessons on various stages of the electrical systems that give us our access to all things technology!  This class is the class of small group work and projects.

Housekeeping:  Be sure to keep track of winter gear.  Students were in need of warmer jackets and boots on Thursday at Phenology.

A quick parenting tip:  Please ask your child about the positive things that happen during the day. So many times we focus on the negative things, that we miss the wonderful little positive things that happen at school.  Mrs. Krissek would ask her boys to share three good things that happened at school each day before moving on the difficult things.  Remember that our thoughts are like seeds, we can grow flowers or weeds.

Academics this week:

Literacy:  In Readers’ Workshop we are going to read two articles, one on Ruby Bridges and one on Martin Luther King and compare the texts.  Students will also begin a vocabulary study with learning more about antonyms.  In Guided Reading groups students will read informational texts and complete comprehension, vocabulary, and other reading skill activities.  Spelling core words are:  page, got, earth, need, far, hand, high, year, mother, light.  Content words are Jamestown, tobacco, Virginia Company, Powhatan, Pocahontas.  We will continue to use our Writing time to catch up on social studies and to hold the classroom spelling bee.

Math:  In math we will have Unit 4 test on Tuesday.  We will begin Unit 5 on multiplication and division with a pretest and creating arrays to connect division to multiplication.  Some students has said to me that they don’t know division and there have been a few division questions on the math homework.  Guide your child to use what they know about multiplication and repeated addition to figure out an apparent division problem.  Students will have homework on Wednesday and Friday.

Science:  This week we will wrap up our study of energy systems and sources.  On Tuesday we will have our second lesson on solar power and make a solar powered fan model, create designs using light sensitive paper, and use chromebooks to visit solar energy websites.  We will also have a wind energy lesson and a wrap up lesson that will involve data interpretation.

Social Studies:  We will conclude the mini unit on the Lost Colony of Roanoke and learn about the Jamestown Colony.  We will focus on the reasons for colonization and some of the historical details.  The students will also create a 3-D Jamestown fort map.  (More projects!)

Spelling Bee:  The in-class spelling bee will be on Thursday afternoon.  I encourage everyone to give it a go.

Specials:  Be sure to check Spanish, Music, and Art webpages.  Here is a note from Mr. Flinn:

Hello PCCS Families,

In Mr. Flinn’s PE classes this year, we are trying something new. Mr. Flinn is having a fun, OPTIONAL Homework Challenge for the students to complete. There are 5 fitness/healthy tasks for the students to complete and hand in to Mr. Flinn by Thursday each week. If they complete this, please have the student and parent sign it with first and last name and hand it in. If they do so, their name will be entered in a raffle to win a prize. There are new challenges posted early each week on Mr. Flinn’s website under the “downloads” section. If your child would like to participate, but you do not have a working printer, please email Mr. Flinn and we can make it possible for them to participate. Feel free to email Mr. Flinn with any other questions you may have.

Thank you,

Joshua Flinn

Dates to Remember:

1/17:  Farm to Table

1/18:  Classroom Spelling Bee

1/22:  School Choice Assembly and All-School Spelling Bee, 8:15 am

1/23:  3rd and 4th Grade Literacy Night, 6:30-7:30 pm

1/24:  Early Release