Solar System Project Guidelines & Rubric:

Hello! I hope everyone is enjoying the snow/ice day today!

Just a reminder that Solar System projects are due Tuesday, February 7. A rubric and guideline sheet were sent home with your child (attached in assignment book) last week. I have also attached the rubric to this blog post (see below). Students created a planet booklet in class and are encouraged to refer to that when constructing their models. Please contact me for any questions you may have.

Thank you for your support,
Mrs. Ellis

Solar System Project

MLK Day:

As we enjoy this day spending time with our family, please take a moment to share with your children the reason why we have this day off from school. The link below may help:

Once upon a time, there was a man named Martin Luther King, Jr. He taught us that things won’t always be awesome, but your response can be. Remember, things don’t always have to be the way they are. We can change them! Kids can change them. This Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, celebrate the promise of change with Kid President.

Kid President: MLK

Friday: 1/13/17

Chicago forms were sent home this week and are due Monday, January 30th, along with your child’s remaining balance. Please make sure you have filled out an IChat form and have attached a copy of your driver’s license if you plan on participating in ANY field trips this year, including Chicago. Solar System Projects are due Tuesday, February 7. Guidelines and rubrics were sent home this week and stapled in your child’s assignment book. Specials field trip forms are also in your child’s Friday Folder. The trip is scheduled for February 16th and costs $8. There will be no school on Monday, January 16th, due to the MLK holiday. Have a great weekend! ~Mrs. Ellis

Next week’s learning targets:
Reading: I can find the similarities and differences within a piece of informational text.
I can recognize fact and opinion statements and key terms and use it to organize my thinking.
Math: I can add, subtract, compare, and multiply fractions to solve world problems.
I can predict the size of a product relative to the size of one factor based on the size of the the factor.
I can relate division by a unit fraction or whole number to multiplication.

Vocabulary Building:

This week we will be focusing on informational text and learning about extreme weather. Today, students worked in teams to define their vocabulary terms for the week. Students also practiced using it in a sentence and drew pictures to use as a visual cue when they were presenting to the class. They should be bringing these 8 words home throughout the week to study and they will be seeing these words in class during our reading block.

Vocabulary List: damages, property, available, hurricane, surge, contact, atmosphere, and destruction.

GIRLS ON THE RUN!!

Girls on the Run is an after school program for girls in grades 3-5. It is a program dedicated to girls that combines learning activities with training for a 5K run/walk. The curriculum is designed to promote good choices for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living, while increasing activity and fitness levels and self-esteem. We hope to encourage as many girls as possible to participate in this wonderful opportunity!

Registration is open and information is being sent home with your daughter. Please read all the information carefully. There are many changes this year, and it’s important that you are aware of them. Registration closes on January 18th.

If you are interested in helping out with this program or would like more information, please contact Mrs. Eckerman at 798-1773, ext. 8621. We are looking for more coaches and volunteers. There will be a random waiting list this year for girls if we don’t have enough coaches. It is a fantastic program to be a part of! Please consider helping with this outstanding program…make new friends, meet new moms, support your daughter, have FUN! In addition, if you volunteer, your daughter will receive a discount on her registration.

Chicago Information:

Hello all,

In my last communication I stated that Chicago forms were in your child’s Friday Folders. However, I was not at school on Friday (out with a sick child) and they never made in their folders. I will send them home tomorrow (1/9) so please check backpacks for them.

Thanks so much and have a great day! :)
~Mrs. Ellis

Friday: 1/6/17

Welcome back & Happy New Year! Chicago balance and information sheets are in your child’s Friday Folder. ALL Chicago money & forms are due Mon., Jan. 30. NO CASH PLEASE. Make checks out to Ross Park Elementary. The January newsletter is in your child’s FF, as well as right here. Please review it for important info for the month of January! Ship projects/notecard about the explorer are DUE Jan. 12. Guidelines were reviewed in class and sent home before break. Book orders are in your child’s FF and orders are due by Monday, Jan. 30. Please make sure your child is reading nightly in order to meet his/her AR goal, which ends March 13th. Have a great weekend! ~ Mrs. Ellis

Learning Targets for Next Week:
Reading: I can identify descriptive informational texts.
I can recognize chronological structures and key terms and use it to organize my thinking.
Math: I can relate operations with fractions and whole numbers, and discuss properties of arithmetic.
I can add, subtract, compare, and multiply fractions to solve world problems.
I can predict the size of a product relative to the size of one factor based on the size of the the factor.

Friday: 12/16/16

A BIG THANKS goes out to everyone who sent in items for our projects, brought in goodies and helped with our Holiday Party. The food was GREAT and very filling! I want to take this opportunity to tell you how lucky I am to be a part of your child’s school experience! Thank you SO for sharing them with me! You are all amazing and I truly appreciate all your help and support.

Ship projects/notecard about the explorer are DUE Jan. 12. Guidelines were reviewed in class and sent home. Chicago information/balances will be sent home after the break. Enjoy the holidays with friends and family! See you next year! ~Mrs. Ellis

Holiday Mannequin Challenge:

Here is our Holiday Mannequin Challenge! 2016 Holiday Mannequin Challenge

PJ Day Reading Buddies

Reading buddies with Mrs. Chasco’s second grade class! (see pics below)