Happy New Year!

With the change of the new year comes changes to our classroom curriculum. We will start new curriculum and homework. In the classroom, we will be studying ocean topography, the atmosphere, tides, and ecosystems in Science, Ancient African civilizations in History, moving into analogies and prefixes/suffixes in Language, and finishing up a study of fractions in Math so we can move into Geometry by the end of the month.

We will continue our break from Wordly Wise  for a month or so more to do some word study in the area of Analogies and Greek and Latin roots. The students will be learning to recognize and find relationships between words and ideas. These books are not easy. I want the students to be challenged, but not struggling.If your child is struggling, getting upset, and/or overly frustrated with his or her analogy book, PLEASE contact me! I will then look into changing the book that he or she is working in. I can adjust the difficulty of the book. They will be expected to complete a specific amount of work in a week. There will be times when your child will need to do a little research to find the answers. 

I will also be assigning Math pages for homework. We were given some review books for the SC Ready end-of-year test and I am using them to assign homework. This should help prepare the students for the testing in May by exposing them to the vocabulary and style the test will be using. Plus it is a good math review, which I like. Again, pages will be assigned on Monday and due by the following Monday.

Homework is assigned on a weekly basis.  By allowing a week to get the work done, students can skip a night when needed and not get behind. I do not recommend skipping more than one night in a row, however, as that can create a hardship when trying to catch up over the weekend. If your child has any questions during the week, he or she should bring in the folder so that we can go over it together.

We will be conducting our mid-year MAP testing over the next couple of weeks. We will be starting this Tuesday with Math. After testing is complete, I will be available for mid-year conferences. At this conference, I recommend students attend with their parents. This conference is optional and available for parents who feel the need to check in with me. I will set up a Sign-Up Genius calendar for those of you choosing to meet with me.

If you haven’t made it in to see our new home yet, please visit! It is absolutely amazing!

Calendar of Events:

Thursday, Jan. 12 – Full Day of School
Friday, Jan. 13 – Half Day of School – Dismissal at 11:25
Monday, Jan. 16 – Martin Luther King Holiday – No school
Wednesday, Jan. 18 – MMUN Dollar Dress Day
January 18th, 19th, 25th, and 26th: Play Practice for UE. Any student with a speaking part will need to attend practices! (one per week)
Saturday, Jan. 21 – GCSD Academic Fair at Georgetown Middle School
Saturday, Jan. 28 – MMUN Fun Fair Fundraiser – At our school. Plan to come out from 11 – 3 for fun games and a good time. More info to come – just put it on the calendar for now!
February 3 – UE Winter Play at WHS. Info to come, put this on your calendar, too.
February 11 – Eat, Play, Love Fundraiser 

Here are some photos from our first visit to our new library!

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