February 21, 2018

Week of January 6th

Our class enjoyed a fine start to the new year this week! We are working hard to buckle down and focus on the task at hand, and eliminate distracting behaviors. Especially important is the ability to engage with a good book for 15-30 minutes each day. You can certainly  encourage such behavior at home as well.

Students are finishing up revising their informational books. Hopefully, they will be able to edit each chapter and complete final copies by the end of next week. We may need one more week, however, in order to publish quality products.

As part of our geography study, we flew to many places around the world using the Google Earth app on the iPads. Students learned how to zoom in and out, find specific places, add layers (such as 3-D buildings, borders, places, and photos), and, most importantly, reconnect to wi-fi when the connection broke. We were amazed by the wonderful places and the interesting details we discovered. Next week, we will embark on a scavenger hunt using our newly developed skills.

Today, we tried a timed quiz from National Geographic. Using our own knowledge, as well as atlases and geographical reference books, we attempted to correctly answer ten questions. Working together, we did fairly well. Each day is a new quiz, so try it yourself!   http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee/quiz/today/

Time is running out to join our Corbett math teams. I need to register in mid-January, so must know the members before that. If your child is interested, please send me an e-mail before Thursday, January 16th. Contact me if you need more information.

Many students composed a new message to their e-pals this week. Please confirm that your child sent one; if not, visit http://www.epals.com/#!/main and complete it. Thanks!

I hope that you received and read the plea for art materials that was sent home last month. Please continue to save and send them in until April, as we will rotate all of the intermediate students through these art projects. Here is a summary of needed items:

  • white cotton sheets or pillowcases
  • buttons and sewing trims
  • boxes
  • cardboard tubes (toilet paper and paper towel)
  • any other materials you think we could use to create our own buildings

Happy New Year!

Susan Handy


  • Monday, January 20th – MLK Holiday
  • Friday, January 24th –  School Day
  • Monday, February 17th – Presidents’ Day Holiday
  • Friday, February 21st – School Day
  • March 21st-30th – Spring Break
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