Weekly Update January 13, 2019

Hello Everyone,

We had a great Marvelous Moments Party on Friday. The class loved snuggling up in their pj’s with blankets, pillows and stuffed animals!

Important Notes:
-January book reports are due Thursday, January 31st.
– Report Cards go home Thursday, January 17th. Please sign and return envelopes as soon as possible!
– Monday, January 21st is a holiday. There will be no school
– Open House is January 27th from 2-4PM

This Week:
Language Arts: Reading We will begin this week with realistic fiction Mr. Tanen’s Tie Trouble

Vocabulary Strategies: We will be working on homographs. Words that are spelled the same but have different meanings.

Comprehension Skills and Strategies: Story Structure and Understanding Characters

Phonics: Base Words and Endingd –ed, and -ing

Math: We finished our Chapter 5 subtraction unit with our Chapter 5 Test on Tuesday. We will be moving on to Geometry next, starting off our chapter with solid figures and faces, vertices and edges. This is a tough unit and therefore supplemental worksheets will be going home with homework for extra credit as well as extra practice.

History: We are moving right along in our unit! Our class loves learning about the pioneers and ways they started to move west. This week we will learn about the Oregon Trail and gold rush.

Science: We are finishing up our GAP unit on The Earth’s Surface studying the layers of the earth as well as the rock cycle. We will be completing a study guide next Tuesday, with a test on Monday, January 28th.

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Our Under the Blood-Red Sun unit was a short one, but was thoroughly enjoyed by all. A compare/contrast essay was written after viewing the movie. While they agreed the acting could have been better, it was a wonderful ending to a powerful storyline. We have already started into our final novel, Tangerine. Meatier discussions, review of the novel features as well as literary devices, and personal connections will be our focus this text. Nightly rereading of pages and answering of comprehension questions is expected of them. After each “part” of the book – for a total of 3 – there will be a quiz. A final test will be given covering all parts at the end of the novel.

We have covered a TON in writing! We are currently awaiting responses from our business letters, so stay tuned! Some kids have already received theirs with attachments included 🙂 We will continue journaling and our review of writing processes with several pieces mixed in before dedicating the month of March to our big research paper. Information for this will be coming home mid-February, but I encourage the kids to start thinking of someone they’d like to research and learn more about. This figure needs to be someone who has made a POSITIVE contribution to their field. For example, Jackie Robinson made a positive contribution to the Major Leagues on breaking the color barrier for all races. Take something that interests them (dance, football, cars!) and start digging for that figure. All writing/research will be done here at school.

Our Judaism unit was a riveting success! I hope all enjoyed our scavenger hunt — thank you, parents, for your help! We are currently learning about Ancient Greece, democracy, and Ancient Rome before diving into our second monotheistic religion, Christianity. We will have a mini-museum (all done in school) on a certain topic of Ancient Greece: Science, Engineering, Technology, Food/Family Life, Fashion/Jewelry, Trojan War, Weapons/War Strategy, etc. Stay tuned for more information!

Wood Acres school keeps the warmth in our hearts!

Brrrrr!! With the chill in the air, we hope you are finding some warmth this weekend cozying up next to the fire place and, with some hot coco by your side.

This week, we will focus on the letters C and D. For the letter C, the children will become cookie monsters as they make their own cookies and decorate them with yummy delicious toppings. Yum Yum! For the letter D, we will observe a dinosaur hatching from a capsule and during group discussion talk about fossils. For creative movement your little ones may be a little crabby as we crawl round looking like crabs ( Snap Snap) and play Doggie Doggie Where’s My Bone. For Martin Luthier king jr, we will observe a white abd brown egg. During circle time, we will discuss how different we are on the out side and, crack it open to show how we are all the same on the inside.

Durning Investigator Club our focus of the week is as followed;
Let’s meet Chuck Wood. Chuck Wood is known for building things out of wood.

Literacy: Dilly and Chuck Wood
Objective is to listen and recite the story.

Physical Awareness: Beginning sounds
Objective is to show awareness of beginning sounds of letters C and D.

Oral Language: setting the stage
Objective is to identify the letter in written words.

Oral Language: Chuck says
Objective is to listen and understand conversations, songs, finger play and poems.

Music and Movement: Under construction
Objective is to move about freely with the music.

As a reminder, on Thursdays your child will create a letter bag that will be sent home to find child age appropriate toys to show and share on Fridays. What fun they had last weeks showing and sharing their bags for the first time. They all did a phenomenal job as they represented each item they brought in.

Mystery reader dates are still available. If you would like to be a part of our Feel Good Friday’s please email me for a date. I have sent you a private email last week regarding open dates. Please take a peek at it.

Friendly reminders;

Wood Acres will be closed January 21st in honor of Martin Luther King junior.

Open house will be held January 27th from 2 to 4 pm. While we love and don’t want to see your children go, we are so excited about there soon – to – be transition to the four year old building! Come in and spend sometime getting to know the teachers down the hill. We are more then confident in their abilities to continue helping your child grow and succeed at the Woods!

Parent teacher conferences are being held February 19th and 20th. Please keep an eye for your scheduled time. If for any reason you are unable to make you scheduled time please let’s me know.

Have a wonderful week! 😉

Ms. Orsano and Ms. Wright

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Wood Acres school keeps the warmth in our hearts!

Brrrrr!! With the chill in the air, we hope you are finding some warmth this weekend cozying up next to the fire place and, with some hot coco by your side.

This week, we will focus on the letters C and D. For the letter C, the children will become cookie monsters as they make their own cookies and decorate them with yummy delicious toppings. Yum Yum! For the letter D, we will observe a dinosaur hatching from a capsule and during group discussion talk about fossils. For creative movement your little ones may be a little crabby as we crawl round looking like crabs ( Snap Snap) and play Doggie Doggie Where’s My Bone. For Martin Luthier king jr, we will observe a white abd brown egg. During circle time, we will discuss how different we are on the out side and, crack it open to show how we are all the same on the inside.

Durning Investigator Club our focus of the week is as followed;
Let’s meet Chuck Wood. Chuck Wood is known for building things out of wood.

Literacy: Dilly and Chuck Wood
Objective is to listen and recite the story.

Physical Awareness: Beginning sounds
Objective is to show awareness of beginning sounds of letters C and D.

Oral Language: setting the stage
Objective is to identify the letter in written words.

Oral Language: Chuck says
Objective is to listen and understand conversations, songs, finger play and poems.

Music and Movement: Under construction
Objective is to move about freely with the music.

As a reminder, on Thursdays your child will create a letter bag that will be sent home to find child age appropriate toys to show and share on Fridays. What fun they had last weeks showing and sharing their bags for the first time. They all did a phenomenal job as they represented each item they brought in.

Mystery reader dates are still available. If you would like to be a part of our Feel Good Friday’s please email me for a date. I have sent you a private email last week regarding open dates. Please take a peek at it.

Friendly reminders;

Wood Acres will be closed January 21st in honor of Martin Luther King junior.

Open house will be held January 27th from 2 to 4 pm. While we love and don’t want to see your children go, we are so excited about there soon – to – be transition to the four year old building! Come in and spend sometime getting to know the teachers down the hill. We are more then confident in their abilities to continue helping your child grow and succeed at the Woods!

Parent teacher conferences are being held February 19th and 20th. Please keep an eye for your scheduled time. If for any reason you are unable to make you scheduled time please let’s me know.

Have a wonderful week! 😉

Ms. Orsano and Ms. Wright

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Hello Everybody and Happy Sunday!

I hope your weekend was productive like mine. At times, I love gloomy days because I am forced to work on projects that I have put off for that dreary weekend. Right now, my house is clean, school work is done, and I’ve made progress on a pillow I am currently stitching which makes me beam and smile.

Speaking of school work, here are some dates and information you want to jot down in your calendar.

· Research paper information (purple sheet in homework or Friday folder) went home to be read, signed and returned.

· Book report presentation times (yellow sheet in homework or Friday folder) went home for you to choose the times that work best for your schedule. Return when possible.

· Thursday, January 17, report cards are going home. The progress I’m seeing is definitely positive because of the efforts your student is achieving with and without their textbooks. Please sign report card and return it and the envelope as soon as you can. Thanks.

· Tuesday, January 15, there is a Word Skills dictation and quiz over digraphs, silent consonants, and the Ti and Ci sounds.

· Wednesday, January 16, there will be a spelling test, vocabulary quiz, and reading quiz over novel Chapters 5-8.

· Monday, January 21 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a school holiday.

· Friday, January 25 at 3:00 – Jekyll Island meeting for all parents and students in Mrs. Leagan’s classroom. Please come and hear all about this amazing field trip.

· Sunday, January 27 – The Wood Acres Open House from 2:00-4:00. Come meet our fifth grade teachers, Ms. Julie Rosier and Mrs. Eve Armstrong and listen to all that happens in 5th grade.

· Math-help sessions are back and in full swing. See you on Wednesday.

· Parent-Teacher Conferences will be Tuesday, February 19 and Wednesday, February 20. More information to come.

Wow, I believe that is all for now. My best to you and please enjoy the rest of this Sunday.

Yours truly,
Cheryl Leagan
4th grade lead teacher
The Wood Acres School

January 12, 2019 Newsletter

What a wonderful weather week! Mother Nature really smiled on us while we soaked up some much deserved sunshine on the playground.

This week the class began learning the alphabet. The alphabet will be introduced through the Investigator Club with Dilly Gator putting on an alphabet show. All her friends will take part with costumes and props. The children, in small groups, will recognize the letters and learn a little about letter sounds. They will trace letters and write them in various materials like shaving cream, rice, sand, just to mention a few, and pay close attention to the letters in their name. Since the boys and girls loved “The Number Jar” so much, we will continue with “The Alphabet Jar.” The snack kid will bring one item that begins with the letter we are focusing on in the jar. The class, in turn, will ask the snack child questions about his item. This activity is not only fun but reinforces letter sounds and verbal development.

We started with letter A and heard the story and song, “The Ants Go Marching”. We stamped ants on a anthill and ate animal crackers. Be sure to save the letter crafts your child brings home and display them in his/her bedroom or playroom. A good way to display all 26 letters is to hang them on a “clothes line” so they can look at them daily. It makes for a great teaching tool and they can feel proud of their work!

Our letter B craft, the bumble bee, was not quite dry yesterday to take home. It is so cute, just wait until you see it.

Besides, learning about the letters A & B, we heard books from Jan Brett. “The Mitten,” and “The Hat,” are Ukrainian Folktales retold and beautifully illustrated by this famous author. Check them out……these books are worthy of a trip to the library. After listening to, “The Mitten,” the children colored animals to place inside the mitten so they could retell the story at home. Yesterday we heard, “The Hat,” about a hedgehog who gets a stocking stuck on his head and claims it as a hat. The children made the cutest little play dough hedgehogs with prickles on his back.

Next week we focus on letters….C & D and learn about Dr. Martin Luther King. Please remember there will be no school next Monday, Jan. 21.

Have a nice weekend.

5th Grade Weekly Update Week of Jan 14th

Don’t forget! Second quarter report cards go home on Thursday! Please sign and return them in the unsealed envelope.

ELA: We worked hard last week learning how to take note cards for our research paper. We practiced and practiced, and now it’s time! We will start taking notes on Monday! Please make sure that your student has all they need for this project on that day. In order to still keep our vocabulary, reading comprehension, and grammar skills sharp, I will insert mini-lessons throughout the weeks. For vocabulary, I’ll be using a program called Vocabu-Lit. It gives the student a small passage from an age appropriate text and chooses 10 words to highlight and learn how to use in context, as well as practicing analogies, synonyms, antonyms, root words, prefixes, suffixes, etc. After introducing the terms, the exercises will be ELA homework throughout the week. For grammar, we’re going to use a text called Daily Paragraph Editing, some may already be familiar with this program. Since we’re going to use so much editing in our research paper, this is the perfect time to edit paragraphs, find mistakes, and figure out how to fix them! DPE will be completed all in class.

History: We are finishing up our last few lessons in the Civil War unit. These lessons cover Lincoln’s assassination, along with Congressional and Presidential plans for reconstruction.

Math: We had so much fun on Friday as we strapped on our aprons and turned our science lab into a five star restaurant! Afterwards, we had a great discussion about the difference between multiplying fractions because of repeated addition versus multiplying fractions to find part of a whole. This week, we will practice multiplying mixed numbers and dive into dividing fractions! On Monday, we will have a homework check on last week’s homework.

Science: On Monday, students have been instructed to bring in a pack of index cards that we will keep in the classroom to use for our flashcard assignments. These will be kept separate from the index cards they are purchasing for the research paper. Last week, we discovered that no matter their mass all objects accelerate towards the ground at 9.8 meters per second due to unbalanced forces caused by the gravitational pull of the Earth. We watched related Myth Busters episodes where they tested similar theories we are studying in class. We also watched a terrific video about the common misconceptions that many adults have regarding these principles. This week, we will learn how to calculate the forces that oppose motion, such as the force of friction.

Other: We have just confirmed with Ms. Jennifer Steele that we will begin our Leadership Lite classes the week students return from the MLK holiday. These classes will be a mini version of the leadership classes they take in Upper School. She will cover an array of topics, for example, dealing with changing friendships, self confidence, and qualities of good leaders.

Week at a Glance:
Monday: All research paper materials due
Monday: Bring in index cards for science
Thursday: 2nd Quarter Report Cards go home

5th Grade Weekly Update for Week of January 14th

Photo Highlight of the Week: We discovered cooking with fractions is a blast! Hudson, Leo, and Seth made a terrific team of chefs! Our brownie waffles definitely were 5 star quality!

Don’t forget! Second quarter report cards go home on Thursday! Please sign and return them in the unsealed envelope.

ELA: We worked hard last week learning how to take note cards for our research paper. We practiced and practiced, and now it’s time! We will start taking notes on Monday! Please make sure that your student has all they need for this project on that day. In order to still keep our vocabulary, reading comprehension, and grammar skills sharp, I will insert mini-lessons throughout the weeks. For vocabulary, I’ll be using a program called Vocabu-Lit. It gives the student a small passage from an age appropriate text and chooses 10 words to highlight and learn how to use in context, as well as practicing analogies, synonyms, antonyms, root words, prefixes, suffixes, etc. After introducing the terms, the exercises will be ELA homework throughout the week. For grammar, we’re going to use a text called Daily Paragraph Editing, some may already be familiar with this program. Since we’re going to use so much editing in our research paper, this is the perfect time to edit paragraphs, find mistakes, and figure out how to fix them! DPE will be completed all in class.

History: We are finishing up our last few lessons in the Civil War unit. These lessons cover Lincoln’s assassination, along with Congressional and Presidential plans for reconstruction.

Math: We had so much fun on Friday as we strapped on our aprons and turned our science lab into a five star restaurant! Afterwards, we had a great discussion about the difference between multiplying fractions because of repeated addition versus multiplying fractions to find part of a whole. This week, we will practice multiplying mixed numbers and dive into dividing fractions! On Monday, we will have a homework check on last week’s homework.

Science: On Monday, students have been instructed to bring in a pack of index cards that we will keep in the classroom to use for our flashcard assignments. These will be kept separate from the index cards they are purchasing for the research paper. Last week, we discovered that no matter their mass all objects accelerate towards the ground at 9.8 meters per second due to unbalanced forces caused by the gravitational pull of the Earth. We watched related Myth Busters episodes where they tested similar theories we are studying in class. We also watched a terrific video about the common misconceptions that many adults have regarding these principles. This week, we will learn how to calculate the forces that oppose motion, such as the force of friction.

Other: We have just confirmed with Ms. Jennifer Steele that we will begin our Leadership Lite classes the week students return from the MLK holiday. These classes will be a mini version of the leadership classes they take in Upper School. She will cover an array of topics, for example, dealing with changing friendships, self confidence, and qualities of good leaders.

Birthday celebrations: Best birthday wishes to Sierra, Morgan, and Erin as we celebrate these special days with them!

Week at a Glance:
Monday: All research paper materials due
Monday: Bring in index cards for science
Thursday: 2nd Quarter Report Cards go home

Happy Friday

Happy Friday Everyone!!

Please be sure and check your folders this weekend for a couple of important flyers.

We will be having “Mitten Day” on Friday February 1, at 11:00. This is just about an hour long(at the most) and we just would love each child to have one adult if at all possible. We will be doing some activities with counting, patterning, measuring etc. We are also collecting donations of mittens for adults and/or children to donate to families in need.

Just as a reminder, Monday January 21, school will be closed for MLK Day.

Have a great weekend!!

This Matters At Wood Acres.

  • High Expectations For Teaching And Learning

  • Strong Instructional Leadership

  • Safe Learning Environment For Everyone

  • Positive And Welcoming School Climate

  • Valuing Time On Task For Mastery

  • Close Home School Partnerships