Class News

Week of February 11th

posted Feb 11, 2019, 12:20 PM by Ella Frazier

    There have been a few "bugs" making their way through our classes - a stomach virus and the flu.  Please encourage your student to wash their hands any time possible.  I have been doing the same.  If you can donate tissue, that would be great.  Thank you Ms. How for the many donations already!
    With that said, it is very important make-up work be returned to be graded.  If not, your student may receive a failing grade.  I do make sure I give students work they missed while absent.
    Tonight is Pickett Family Night at Bojangles on Hwy 64 from 5:00 to 8:00.  If you need dinner, drop on by and let them know your child goes to Pickett.
    5th grade will be going to the symphony Thursday.  If you have not returned the permission slip, you need to do that as soon as possible.  Also remember payment for Fort Caswell is due March 22nd and you can make payments.
    We will take time to exchange Valentine treats Thursday afternoon.  I sent home a class list in Friday folders.
    This week 5th grade will continue practicing adding, subtracting and multiplying decimals.  We will learn to divide decimals next.  In science we will be finishing up with cell and moving to body systems.  Fourth grade will continue to practice comparing fractions and will be moving into decomposing, adding and subtracting fractions.  In science we will finish discussing fossils and move into weathering and erosion.

Week of January 28th

posted Jan 28, 2019, 8:29 AM by Ella Frazier   [ updated Jan 28, 2019, 8:30 AM ]

Hopefully we will have a full week this week.  The second quarter awards assembly will be Friday, February 1st at 1:15.  Report cards were in Friday folders.  The spelling bee is coming up soon and both grades have been studying hard for the Geography Bee.
Both grades have math homework nightly.  They have the usual Daily Word Problem and I have added a daily computation practice.  It is very important student do their homework.  
Fifth grade has the upcoming field trip to the symphony on February 14th.  If you haven't returned the permission slip or $5.00, please do as soon as you can.  I also put a balance sheet for the Fort Caswell overnight field trip in with report cards.  That money is due by March 22nd.  You can make small payments if you wish.
In math fourth grade will continue with fractions.  They will be practicing recognizing and creating equivalent fractions and then on to comparing fractions.  In science we hope to make some fossils this week.
Fifth grade will be reviewing and practicing adding, subtracting and multiplying fractions this week.  In science we hope to finish up genetics this week and moving on to cells.

Hello Third Quarter

posted Jan 22, 2019, 4:51 AM by Ella Frazier

This week is the first week of the third quarter.  Report cards should be sent home Friday in Friday folders.  
 Fifth grade will be reviewing multiplying and dividing fractions and then will move into multiplying and dividing decimals.  In science we began learning about genetics and inherited traits.  If possible, please allow your student to bring a picture of a parent or grandparent when they were young.  We are going to compare the picture with the student and see what traits have been passed down.  This is always fun and surprising.
    Fourth grade will begin fractions.  We will be learning about fractions the whole third quarter.  We will begin with equivalent fractions and comparing fractions.  In science fourth grade will be learning about fossils - how they are created and how they are used to study Earth's history.
    Fifth grade has a field trip to the Symphony February 14th.  There was a permission slip in last week's Friday folder.  The cost is $5.00  I will be sending home information about the Fort Caswell Trip soon.  I will let everyone know their balance due.

It's Buggy at School!

posted Jan 4, 2019, 8:58 AM by Ella Frazier

I just wanted to let you know there have been several cases of lice at Pickett in the last week or so.  We do not have lice in our classrooms.  But, please talk to your student about not messing with anyone's hair, especially the girls.  They like to "do" each others hair.  Also they should not be sharing jackets, coats or hats.  We no longer have the 'No Nits' policy, so its important we do all we can to prevent an outbreak.  Thank you!!

Look Out 2019!

posted Jan 1, 2019, 5:41 PM by Ella Frazier

Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday break.  It's time to come back and finish the second quarter strong.      
    Fourth grade will be reviewing for the second quarter assessment.  The topics assessed will be place value, adding and subtracting larger numbers, multiplication and division.  Hopefully we can even dip into next quarter's topic which is all things fractions.  Fractions are a huge topic in fourth grade.  In science we need to finish up with magnetism and electricity.  
    Fifth grade will also be reviewing for the second quarter assessment.  Fifth grade topics assessed are dividing with fractions, comparing decimals and adding and subtracting decimals.  Fifth grade is a little behind in science because of the time we missed for snow and holiday activities.  We will review all weather topics.  I'm working on creating some study guides for the major weather concepts.  We still need to learn about conservation of matter and different kinds of changes that affect matter.  No worries though.  We have time to get caught up.
Upcoming Dates:
January 14 - Science Quarter Assessment
January 15 - Reading Quarter Assessment
January 16 - Math Quarter Assessment
January 18 - End of Second Quarter
January 21 - MLK Holiday (No school)
January 25 - Report Cards Sent Home

Snow Days 2018

posted Dec 7, 2018, 9:36 AM by Ella Frazier   [ updated Dec 7, 2018, 9:41 AM ]

Well, it looks inevitable.  Snow is on its way.  To keep students academically engaged over the snow days I will be sending home some review math work and a special Flipgrid Video Challenge.  I'm excited about the Video Challenge.  It can be really fun if everyone participates.  I will be posting videos also.  

The link to the Flipgrid Video Challenge is:

Below are links to the review math work:

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!!

Week of November 13th

posted Nov 13, 2018, 4:49 AM by Ella Frazier

    I hope everyone had a great long weekend.  I just want to say "Thank You" to any veterans or active military family members.  I truly appreciate your service and sacrifice.  
    This week in fourth grade students will continue to practice long division and will move to larger numbers, but with only a single digit divisor.  I'm teaching students a few different methods, so if they show you something "funky", it's just a different algorithm.  I will be teaching them the traditional method also.  In science we will continue with energy.  Right now they are learning about thermal energy and will move to sound energy.  Because of the short week student will not have daily word problems for homework.  They have a multiplication and division practice.
    In fifth grade students will continue to practice adding, subtracting and multiplying fractions.  I hope to introduce dividing fractions by the end of the week.  In science we will continue with weather.  Our topic this week is air pressure.  If possible, please allow students to bring a small, glass jar to school tomorrow.  We will be making barometers. Because of the short week student will not have daily word problems for homework.  They have division practice sheet.
 
Upcoming Important Dates:
No School - November 21, 22, or 23 for Thanksgiving Holiday
All Nature's Vision Fundraiser Order Due - November 26th
If you choose not to participate in the fundraiser, a $20 deposit is due November 30th
Second Quarter Progress Reports - December 7th
Early Dismissal - December 21st
No school - December 24th - January 1st for Holiday Break 

Week of October 29th

posted Oct 29, 2018, 2:06 PM by Ella Frazier

    Well, the first quarter is in the books.  This week begins the second quarter.  Don't forget this Wednesday is an early dismissal day.  Student will get out at 11:30.  Students do not attend Thursday.  Parent/Teacher conference will be held this week.  If you have not signed up for a conference time, please CLICK HERE to sign up.
    Students received a fundraising packet for Nature's Vision in their Friday folder.  Remember any profit you earn goes toward your child's cost for the overnight fieldtrip.  Students earn 40% of all sales.  All orders are due by November 26th.  Also remember customers can order online and have items shipped directly to them.  CLICK HERE for a copy of the fundraiser letter.  
    If you choose not to participate in the fundraiser we will need a $20.00 deposit by November 30th.  Money from the fundraiser and deposits will be used to pay deposits for the charter bus and Fort Caswell in January.
    To start the second quarter fourth grade will begin learning multi-digit division.  In science they will be finishing up the phases of the moon and moving on to different types of energy.  Fifth grade will begin with adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators.  In science we will continue with the water cycle and move into a huge science topic for fifth grade - weather.    
    I look forward to seeing you this week.

 

Week of October 15th

posted Oct 15, 2018, 2:34 PM by Ella Frazier

This Thursday is our Title 1/Open House night from starting at 6:00 pm.  You are welcome to come learn about some curriculum and to ask any question.
The next week is the last week of the first quarter - can you believe it?  Time has flown.  We will have fall parent/teacher conferences the week of October 29th.  Mrs. Joyce and I have a few openings on Tuesday afternoon after school and Wednesday afternoon, which is an early release day.  The bulk of the time slots are on Thursday from 12:00 to 6:30.  I sent out a remind with a link to sign up for a conference time.  If you didn't get a chance to check it out or sign up CLICK HERE to sign up for a conference time.  
As you know, October 31st is Halloween.  Students may dress up as a book character that day.  No masks please.
As we finish up the quarter, fourth grade will be learning about area and perimeter and fifth grade will be learning about volume.  In science fourth grade will continue with the Earth, sun and moon and fifth grade will continue with thermal energy and the water cycle.

Week of October 1st

posted Oct 1, 2018, 12:27 PM by Ella Frazier

    Wow, we actually came to school on a Monday!  This week 4th grade will continue with multiplication and possibly move to division.  We will also sprinkle in some area and perimeter practice.  In science they will finish ecosystems.
    Fifth grade will continue with division and then move into operations with decimals.  In science we will finish ecosystems this week.  
Important October Dates:
9th- 5th Grade field trip to Ag by the Slice
18th - Open House 6:00 - 7:00 pm
23rd - Reading benchmark
24th - Math benchmark
25th - Science benchmark
26th - end of the first quarter
31st - Early Dismissal
Nov. 1st. - Parent Conferences

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