Monday, February 29, 2016


The first week of March brings us to a new book report genre. This month, students will enjoy choosing their choice of book to complete a report. Ms. Bonjrada and I will help those who are undecided.  Homework is attached. Have a great week.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Spelling Activities

Forgot to include spelling homework for my reading group.

This Week's Overview and Homework

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

This Thursday my Reading group will have a vocabulary test on the words from the Martin Luther King Jr. novel we've been reading. We will finish the book this week and move on to 'Glory Be'. You can access all the words on (link located on this blog).

We had a lot of fun on Friday afternoon as we proved that, although gas is invisible, it really does exist! We watched balloons fill with air as we dumped Poprocks into soda bottles with the balloons attached.  We have another fun gas experiment planned for this week.

Tomorrow, all students will be introduced to 'Book Club'.  Each student will have a partner who will be reading the same book. This months' books are about Rosa Parks. Vocabulary and themes are aligned to the MLK novel we are reading.  I'm very excited that students will be taking another step toward becoming independent readers.  Social skills will develop as partners dissect plot lines and analyze characters. Other benefits in a collective literary experience include increased comprehension and exposure to varied points of view.

During this Lenten season I'm sharing prayers and reflections of Mother Teresa. Each Monday we list our focus for Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving over the next  five days. Last week we fasted from complaining, we prayed for people who have not been treated with thoughtfulness and we tried to 'give away' (almsgiving) at least ten beautiful smiles a day.  Students kept charts to track their smiles.  This week we will fast from saying anything unkind, pray for one of our classmates who especially needs our prayers, and give or show a special kindness to a classmate or family member, focusing on those who are grumpy or uncaring.  Please encourage your student to continue these practices at home and over the weekends.

           "Be kind and merciful. Let no one ever come to you without coming away better and             happier."         - Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Here is the homework for this week.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Welcome Back!

I hope everyone had an enjoyable mid-winter break and is re-energized for more learning!  We have much packed in for a mini week of school.  Wednesday we have 'Families' and early dismissal (2:15pm).  On Friday we have a test in Math on Chapter 7- Multiplication.  You can access the student textbook right from this blog by clicking on the Math in Focus link.  Also, on Friday, my reading group will have a spelling test and in Science, we'll be conducting experiments using chemical reactions to help us better understand force and motion and changes in matter.                       Homework for this week is attached.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Valentine's Day and Other News

Over the next 2 weeks we have just 6 days of school, optional parent conferences, Ash Wednesday and Valentine's Day.   Whew!!!  So, first of all, since Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, we need to have a Valentine's Day celebration on Tuesday, Feb. 9.  This will be a mini-party (no parent volunteers needed).  Students may bring in a small box or container to decorate in school to hold their Valentines' cards.  I will supply a treat and other activities .  To replace this party, our room parents will be planning a St. Patrick's Day Party in March.  If you're interested in helping
 please contact - Stefani Arya or Derek Mitchell   .

Next, for Mrs. Ferguson's Reading group- Students will receive their Spelling lists on Tuesday.  The tests will not be held until Friday, February 19th.  I will also hand out the list of spelling activities not due until that Friday.  

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Change in Homework

I've had to make a few alterations to homework and lesson plans for this week.  There will be no Social Studies quiz on Thursday. It will be rescheduled for next week.  Also, check your child's agenda for daily homework updates.
Thank you!