Class News

Winding Down

posted May 4, 2017, 5:39 PM by Ella Frazier

First, let me apologize for being out this Friday.  My oldest son, Michael, is graduating from Western Carolina University - YEA! 
A BIG shout out to Ms. Pyle, Charlotte's mom and Ms. Hamilton, Jahidi's mom, for being chaperones for the field trip to Raleigh this past Wednesday.  Thank you so much!!
We have only six more weeks.  We are continuing our EOG review.  I can see some real improvement over the last couple of weeks.  Reading to answer EOG-style questions is a skill in itself.  We are not only reviewing reading skills, but how to analyze questions and to use specific strategies to answer them.  You should be proud of how diligently and intensively all students are working.  I am very proud of them.
Don't forget the fourth grade overnight field trip to Betsy Jeff Penn May 9th and 10th and the fifth grade trip to Fort Caswell May 16th and 17th.

Week of April 24th

posted Apr 21, 2017, 10:47 AM by Ella Frazier

On Monday we will begin our countdown to the EOG.  This year we will be using Harry Potter to make things more interesting.  Students are divided into Hogwarts Houses.  Houses will be competing against each other for a weekly house cup.  The winning house will get a special surprise.  All houses that earn enough points will participate in a weekly celebration.  Our first celebration will be butter beer and dirt-cakes.  Students will earn points for their house by making good grades on review assignments, keeping a positive attitude, being a leader and putting forth their best effort.  We hope to make these last few weeks fun, memorable and full of learning.  

News and Reminders

posted Apr 6, 2017, 12:23 PM by Ella Frazier

Congratulations to The Book Jackets for coming in third in our city EBOB competition.  Both teams did an excellent job and I am very proud of them!
Next week is Spring Break (YEA!!).  Enjoy your time off, but please read some.
When we return, fourth grade will continue reading Extra Credit and fifth grade will continue with Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library.  We will also begin Spring Training - EOG review.  In science fourth grade will begin discussing health and nutrition.  Right now they have been learning about cells-the building blocks of life.  Fifth grade will continue with forces and motion.  Fifth grade will also be reviewing all science concepts for the Science EOG.
Get lots of rest, have lots of fun, play outside and be ready to work when we come back.  

Some Important Dates

posted Apr 3, 2017, 7:27 AM by Ella Frazier

April 6th and 7th:  Fifth Grade Family Life Classes - if you have not returned the permission paper, please do asap.
April 6th: Lexington City School EBOB Competition
April 7th: Awards Day - 4th and 5th grade is at 1:00
April 10th - 14th:  Spring Break
April 18th:  Fifth grade field trip to the science museum
April 21st:  Final payment for the 5th grade AIG overnight field trip to Fort Caswell is due

Congratulations to Our EBOB Winners

posted Apr 3, 2017, 5:39 AM by Ella Frazier

Team 1: The Book Jackets
Mary Evann Thornhill
Abby Reutinger
Valerie Castro
Isabella Rubio
Evelyn Cruz
Naima Nelson
Alternate:  Diamond Tatum

Team 2: The Potterheads
Shaza Hassan
Sarah Thornhill
Julie Lem
Charlotte Pyle
Sam West
Jonathan Perez
Alternate: Andrew George

Week of March 13th

posted Mar 13, 2017, 4:49 AM by Ella Frazier   [ updated Apr 2, 2017, 9:14 AM ]

     We have two more weeks in this quarter.  Students are working toward reaching their Reading Counts goals.  Please be sure your students is reading at home every night.  ALL students should be reading a chapter book.  Also, please talk with your student about completing one chapter book before beginning another.  Several are carrying around three or four book and not finishing any.
     This week will be mainly review and completing ongoing projects.  Our quarter tests are next week.  Our main focus for both grades will be nonfiction text.  Fifth grade will also have a science quarter test.  We will be reviewing for that also.
     Next week is the last week to turn in make up work.  We have had many, many, many absences this quarter.  It has been extremely difficult to keep up will the missing assignments, especially in forth grade.  I have given out make up work as best as I can.  It is students' responsibility to get that returned.  The Parent Portal can be used any time to check missing assignments.

Week of March 6th

posted Mar 6, 2017, 7:05 PM by Ella Frazier

     Welcome to the seventh week of the third quarter.  Time is sure flying by.  This week both fourth and fifth grade will be practicing identify text structures and using text features of nonfiction text.  Fifth grade is finishing up two writing assignments - Tear Jar description from the novel Blue and a news article about Mary the Hanging Elephant.  We will continue to work on researching and conducting scientific experiments.  Fourth grade is still working on writing a persuasive paper about a ban on junk food.
    In science fifth grade is continuing our study on body systems.  Our body models are almost done.  Fourth grade is working on properties of matter and then moving to rocks and minerals.

Week of February 13th

posted Feb 13, 2017, 10:01 AM by Ella Frazier   [ updated Feb 13, 2017, 10:01 AM ]

Happy Valentine's Day!  We will not have a party, but we will take time to exchange treats Tuesday afternoon.  
This week fifth grade will be finishing the novel Blue.  All students should take the reading counts test on the book.  It will count as a grade.  They should also have tested on at least two other chapter books by Friday.  In science we are continuing our study of single and multi-cellular organisms. 
Fourth grade will be finishing the novel Among the Hidden.  All fourth graders should take the reading counts test on the book.  It will be for a grade.  All students should have two other RC test for two other chapter books by this Friday.  Our next reading topic will be non-fiction text structures.  In science we are finishing with fossils and will begin discussing how the surface of Earth changes over time.

Week of February 6th

posted Feb 6, 2017, 5:30 AM by Ella Frazier   [ updated Feb 6, 2017, 5:31 AM ]

    We have started the Pizza Hut Card Fundraiser.  Remember you earn $6.00 for each card you sale.  This is an easy way to pay most of your field trip costs.
    Fifth grade is reading the novel Blue.  It is historical fiction and has a great deal of North Carolina history woven into the story.  In science we have finished our unit on genetics.  Thank you to all who allowed students to bring family picture.  It was very interesting to see the traits students inherited from their parents.  We are moving on to the topic of cells. Another thank you to parents who donated supplies.  It is very much appreciated.
    Fourth grade is reading the novel Among the Hidden. In science we are continuing our study of Earth's history and fossils.  Thank you to parents who donated fossil making supplies.  It was also greatly appreciated.
    It is the third week of the third quarter.  All students should have read and taken an RC test on a chapter book by now.  

Snow Make Up Days

posted Jan 18, 2017, 5:20 AM by Ella Frazier

Friday, January 20th: It was an early dismissal, but is now a full day
Monday, January 23rd: Snow make up day - Early Dismissal at 11:30
Tuesday, January 24th: Snow make up day - Full day ALSO the last day of the quarter and the last day to meet Reading Counts goals
Friday, January 27th: Report cards are being sent home in Friday Folders ALSO 2nd quarter Awards
  • 1st and 2nd grade at 12:00 pm
  • 3rd, 4th and 5th at 1:00 pm

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